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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161333/precise-mass-determination-of-single-cell-with-cantilever-based-microbiosensor-system
#1
Bogdan Łabędź, Aleksandra Wańczyk, Zenon Rajfur
Having determined the mass of a single cell of brewer yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae by means of a microcantilever-based biosensor Cantisens CSR-801 (Concentris, Basel, Switzerland), it was found that its dry mass is 47,65 ± 1,05 pg. Found to be crucial in this mass determination was the cell position along the length of the cantilever. Moreover, calculations including cells positions on the cantilever provide a threefold better degree of accuracy than those which assume uniform mass distribution. We have also examined the influence of storage time on the single cell mass...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159841/trends-in-hepatitis-c-related-mortality-in-switzerland
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O Keiser, F Giudici, B Müllhaupt, C Junker, J-F Dufour, D Moradpour, P Bruggmann, B Terziroli, D Semela, M Brezzi, B Bertisch, J Estill, F Negro, A Spoerri
In order to accurately assess the burden of hepatitis C (HCV) and develop effective interventions, we must understand the magnitude and trends of mortality related to the disease. In the United States, HCV-related mortality is continuously increasing. We have no comparable data for Switzerland and other European countries, although a modelling study predicted a similar increase. We analysed time trends (1 January 1995-31 December 2014) in HCV-specific mortality rates in the Swiss general population using the death registry of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (SFSO)...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158192/combination-of-gene-expression-signature-and-model-for-end-stage-liver-disease-score-predicts-survival-of-patients-with-severe-alcoholic-hepatitis
#3
Eric Trépo, Nicolas Goossens, Naoto Fujiwara, Won-Min Song, Antonio Colaprico, Astrid Marot, Laurent Spahr, Pieter Demetter, Christine Sempoux, Gene Y Im, Joan Saldarriaga, Thierry Gustot, Jacques Devière, Swan N Thung, Charlotte Minsart, Thomas Sersté, Gianluca Bontempi, Karim Abdelrahman, Jean Henrion, Delphine Degré, Valerio Lucidi, Laura Rubbia-Brandt, Venugopalan D Nair, Christophe Moreno, Pierre Deltenre, Yujin Hoshida, Denis Franchimont
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis (AH) have a high risk of death within 90 days. Corticosteroids, which can cause severe adverse events, are the only treatment that increases short-term survival. It is a challenge to predict outcomes of patients with severe AH. Therefore, we developed a scoring system to predict patient survival, integrating baseline molecular and clinical variables. METHODS: We obtained fixed liver biopsy samples from 71 consecutive patients diagnosed with severe AH and treated with corticosteroids from July 2006 through December 2013 in Brussels, Belgium (derivation cohort)...
November 17, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156871/relationship-of-spinal-curvature-mobility-and-low-back-pain-in-women-with-and-without-urinary-incontinence
#4
Şeyda Toprak Çelenay, Derya Özer Kaya
Background/aim: This study aimed to investigate the relationship of sagittal spinal curvature, mobility, and low back pain (LBP) in women with and without urinary incontinence (UI). Materials and methods: Thirty-two women with UI (incontinence group) and 41 women without UI (control group) were included in this study. The sagittal spinal curvature and mobility were assessed with a Spinal Mouse device (IDIAG, Fehraltorf, Switzerland). Urogenital symptom distress, LBP, and disability caused by LBP were assessed using the Urogenital Distress Inventory-6 (UDI-6), a visual analog scale (VAS), and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), respectively...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156378/effect-of-robotic-assisted-gait-rehabilitation-on-dynamic-equilibrium-control-in-the-gait-of-children-with-cerebral-palsy
#5
L Wallard, G Dietrich, Y Kerlirzin, J Bredin
Due to the intensity and repetition of movement, roboticassisted gait training therapy could have a beneficial effect on the recovery and improvement of postural and locomotor functions of the patient. This study sought to highlight the effects of robotic-assisted gait rehabilitation in gait of children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). We analyzed the different strategies before and after this rehabilitation which was used in order to generate forward motion while maintaining balance. Data were collected by a motion analysis system (Vicon® - Oxford Metrics, Oxford, UK)...
November 11, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155285/parasite-infection-of-specific-host-genotypes-relates-to-changes-in-prevalence-in-two-natural-populations-of-bumblebees
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Oliver Manlik, Regula Schmid-Hempel, Paul Schmid-Hempel
The antagonistic relationship between parasites and their hosts is strongly influenced by genotype-by-genotype interactions. Defense against parasitism is commonly studied in the context of immune system-based mechanisms and, thus, the focus in the search for candidate genes in host-parasite interactions is often on immune genes. In this study, we investigated the association between prevalence of parasite infection and host mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) haplotypes in two natural populations of bumblebees (Bombus terrestris)...
November 16, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153922/e-health-in-switzerland-the-laborious-adoption-of-the-federal-law-on-electronic-health-records-ehr-and-health-information-exchange-hie-networks
#7
Carlo De Pietro, Igor Francetic
Within the framework of a broader e-health strategy launched a decade ago, in 2015 Switzerland passed a new federal law on patients' electronic health records (EHR). The reform requires hospitals to adopt interoperable EHRs to facilitate data sharing and cooperation among healthcare providers, ultimately contributing to improvements in quality of care and efficiency in the health system. Adoption is voluntary for ambulatories and private practices, that may however be pushed towards EHRs by patients. The latter have complete discretion in the choice of the health information to share...
November 10, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153513/biofilm-formation-of-staphylococcus-aureus-dairy-isolates-representing-different-genotypes
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E Thiran, P A Di Ciccio, H U Graber, E Zanardi, A Ianieri, J Hummerjohann
The objective of this study was to compare the biofilm-forming capabilities of different genotypes of Staphylococcus aureus dairy isolates from Switzerland and northern Italy, including Staph. aureus genotype B (GTB) and methicillin-resistant Staph. aureus (MRSA). We hypothesized that biofilm formation might be more pronounced in the contagious GTB isolates compared with other genotypes affecting individual animals. Twenty-four dairy isolates, including 9 MRSA, were further characterized by genotyping by using ribosomal spacer PCR, spa typing, biofilm formation under static and dynamic conditions, and scanning electron microscopy...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153351/choosing-wisely-an-international-and-multimorbid-perspective
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Edouard J Battegay, Marcus Cheetham
Some medical diagnostic and therapeutic interventions are non-beneficial or even harmful. The Choosing Wisely campaign has encouraged the generation of "top five" lists of unnecessary low-value services in different specialist areas. In the USA alone, where the campaign was launched, these lists include a total of 450 evidence-based recommendations. Medical scientific societies in further countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Switzerland and Germany have since initiated Choosing Wisely campaigns...
November 15, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153070/-the-importance-of-the-contribution-of-rapid-test-serological-and-molecular-methods-in-the-diagnosis-of-two-imported-malaria-cases-with-atypical-microscopy
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Orçun Zorbozan, Hüsnü Pullukçu, Esra Atalay Şahar, Muhammet Karakavuk, Hüseyin Can, Varol Tunali, Mert Döşkaya, Nevin Turgay, Seray Töz, Ahmet Özbilgin
Malaria is a widespread and life-threatening disease in tropical and subtropical regions. In patients with typical clinical symptoms, malaria is considered as a preliminary diagnosis if there is a travel history to malaria-endemic areas. The basis of the laboratory diagnosis of malaria is the microscopic examination of Giemsa stained smears. On the other hand, the diagnosis and differentiation of Plasmodium species with microscopic examination may have some difficulties. In the first case, adifferent appearance from the classical Plasmodium vivax erythrocytic forms in infected erythrocytes were detected in 1% of all erythrocytes in thin smear blood preparations of a 26-year-old male with complaints of fever and chills and a story of travel to Nigeria...
October 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149722/effects-of-middle-ear-quasi-static-stiffness-on-sound-transmission-quantified-by-a-novel-3-axis-optical-force-sensor
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Ivo Dobrev, Jae Hoon Sim, Baktash Aqtashi, Alexander M Huber, Thomas Linder, Christof Röösli
BACKGROUND: Intra-operative quantification of the ossicle mobility could provide valuable feedback for the current status of the patient's conductive hearing. However, current methods for evaluation of middle ear mobility are mostly limited to the surgeon's subjective impression through manual palpation of the ossicles. This study investigates how middle ear transfer function is affected by stapes quasi-static stiffness of the ossicular chain. The stiffness of the middle ear is induced by a) using a novel fiber-optic 3-axis force sensor to quantify the quasi-static stiffness of the middle ear, and b) by artificial reduction of stapes mobility due to drying of the middle ear...
November 10, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148618/interest-in-tanning-beds-and-sunscreen-in-german-speaking-countries
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Michael C Kirchberger, Laura F Kirchberger, Thomas K Eigentler, Raphael Reinhard, Carola Berking, Gerold Schuler, Lucie Heinzerling, Markus V Heppt
BACKGROUND: The growing incidence of nearly all types of skin cancer can be attributed to increased exposure to natural or artificial ultraviolet (UV) radiation. However, there is a scarcity of statistical data on risk behavior or sunscreen use, which would be important for any prevention efforts. METHODS: Using the search engine Google(®) , we analyzed search patterns for the terms Solarium (tanning bed), Sonnencreme (sunscreen), and Sonnenschutz (sun protection) in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland between 2004 and 2016, and compared it to search patterns worldwide...
November 17, 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148145/development-of-undergraduate-gerodontology-courses-in-austria-germany-and-switzerland-2004-2014
#13
I Nitschke, M Neitzel, B A J Sobotta
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: In view of the demographic shift, undergraduate dental students should be prepared for growing numbers of older people and their specific needs. The study examines changes in undergraduate dental teaching in Austria, Germany and Switzerland between 2004 and 2014. METHODS: Questionnaires were mailed in 2004, 2009 and 2014 to all deans and all department heads of Austrian (n = 4), German (n = 30) and Swiss (n = 4) dental schools. RESULTS: Response rates were 51% for deans and 47% for heads of department...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Dental Education: Official Journal of the Association for Dental Education in Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146762/natural-history-of-primary-paediatric-optic-nerve-sheath-meningioma-case-series-and-review
#14
Daniel S Narayan, Ghislaine L Traber, Edwin Figueira, Adnan Pirbhai, Klara Landau, Garry Davis, John Crompton, Dinesh Selva
PURPOSE: To study the natural history, clinical and radiological characteristics of primary paediatric optic nerve sheath meningioma (PPONSM). METHODS: Retrospective study of eight paediatric patients who were treated between 1994 and 2016 at the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland and the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia. Clinical records and imaging studies were reviewed. RESULTS: The mean age at presentation was 11 years (range: 6-17 years)...
November 16, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145645/waddlia-chondrophila-a-chlamydia-related-bacterium-has-a-negative-impact-on-human-spermatozoa
#15
D Baud, N Vulliemoz, A Ammerdorffer, J Gyger, G Greub, V Castella, M Stojanov
STUDY QUESTION: What is the impact of Waddlia chondrophila, an emerging Chlamydia-related bacterium associated with miscarriage, on human spermatozoa? SUMMARY ANSWER: W. chondrophila had a negative impact on human spermatozoa (decrease in viability and mitochondrial membrane potential) and was not entirely removed from infected samples by density gradient centrifugation. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Bacterial infection or colonization might have a deleterious effect on male fertility...
November 14, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145510/out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrests-in-switzerland-predictors-for-emergency-department-mortality-in-patients-with-rosc-or-on-going-cpr-on-admission-to-the-emergency-department
#16
Thomas C Sauter, Nora Iten, Patrik R Schwab, Wolf E Hautz, Meret E Ricklin, Aristomenis K Exadaktylos
BACKGROUND: One of the leading causes of death is out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) with an in-hospital mortality of about 70%. To identify predictors for the high mortality of OHCA patients and especially for women, that are considered at high risk for in-hospital mortality, we evaluated one specific setting of in-hospital treatment after OHCA: the emergency department (ED). METHODS: Retrospective analysis of consecutive ED admissions with OHCA at the Inselspital Bern, Switzerland from 1st June 2012 to 31th Mai 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145003/the-importance-of-saprinus-semistriatus-coleoptera-histeridae-for-estimating-the-minimum-post-mortem-interval
#17
I Szelecz, N Feddern, C V W Seppey, J Amendt, E A D Mitchell
In forensic science, the use of entomological evidence to estimate the minimum post-mortem interval can be crucial. However, not all cadaver-visiting insects are equally useful. Our focus is on the histerid beetle Saprinus semistriatus (Scriba 1790) (Histeridae; Coleoptera). Histeridae are common predators that feed mainly on dipteran larvae on carrion and dung. We review 23 publications mentioning this species and provide new experimental data on its temporal pattern beneath and on hanging pig cadavers. In a field experiment near Neuchâtel, Switzerland, we recorded the abundance of S...
November 10, 2017: Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141740/a-lateral-flow-rapid-test-for-human-toxocariasis-developed-using-three-toxocara-canis-recombinant-antigens
#18
Muhammad Hafiznur Yunus, Siti Naqiuyah Tan Farrizam, Izzati Zahidah Abdul Karim, Rahmah Noordin
Laboratory diagnosis of toxocariasis is still a challenge especially in developing endemic countries with polyparasitism. In this study, three Toxocara canis recombinant antigens, rTES-26, rTES-30, and rTES-120, were expressed and used to prepare lateral flow immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) dipsticks. The concordance of the results of the rapid test (comprising three dipsticks) with a commercial IgG-enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) (Cypress Diagnostics, Belgium) was compared against the concordance of two other commercial IgG-ELISA kits (Bordier, Switzerland and NovaTec, Germany) with the Cypress kit...
November 6, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138568/epidemiology-and-costs-of-multiple-sclerosis-in-switzerland-an-analysis-of-health-care-claims-data-2011-2015
#19
Eva Blozik, Roland Rapold, Klaus Eichler, Oliver Reich
Background: Medical therapy for multiple sclerosis (MS) is expensive. Quantifying the burden of MS is fundamental for health-care planning and the allocation of resources for the management of MS. This study provides current national estimates of prevalence, incidence, mortality, and costs of MS in Switzerland using claims data between 2011 and 2015. Methods: We analyzed health insurance claims of adult persons enrolled with a large health insurance group covering about 13% of the Swiss population between 2011 and 2015...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138200/assessing-the-consequences-of-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-on-offspring-s-cardiovascular-health-mysweetheart-cohort-study-protocol-switzerland
#20
Stefano Di Bernardo, Yvan Mivelaz, Adina Mihaela Epure, Yvan Vial, Umberto Simeoni, Pascal Bovet, Sandrine Estoppey Younes, Arnaud Chiolero, Nicole Sekarski
INTRODUCTION: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a state of glucose intolerance with onset during pregnancy. GDM carries prenatal and perinatal risks as well as long-term risks for the mother and her child. GDM may be involved in the foetal programming of long-term cardiovascular health. However, evidence is sparse and the effect of GDM on cardiovascular health is unknown. To address these issues, we will conduct MySweetHeart Cohort study. The objectives are to assess the effect of GDM on offspring's cardiovascular health early in life by using surrogate markers of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis...
November 14, 2017: BMJ Open
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