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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941351/autovalidation-and-automation-of-the-postanalytical-phase-of-routine-hematology-and-coagulation-analyses-in-a-university-hospital-laboratory
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Ana Mlinaric, Marija Milos, Désirée Coen Herak, Mirjana Fucek, Vladimira Rimac, Renata Zadro, Dunja Rogic
BACKGROUND: The need to satisfy high-throughput demands for laboratory tests continues to be a challenge. Therefore, we aimed to automate postanalytical phase in hematology and coagulation laboratory by autovalidation of complete blood count (CBC) and routine coagulation test results (prothrombin time [PT], international normalized ratio [PT-INR], activated partial thromboplastin time [APTT], fibrinogen, antithrombin activity [AT] and thrombin time [TT]). Work efficacy and turnaround time (TAT) before and after implementation of automated solutions will be compared...
September 23, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938744/an-improved-ivm-method-for-cumulus-oocyte-complexes-from-small-follicles-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-patients-enhances-oocyte-competence-and-embryo-yield
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F Sánchez, F Lolicato, S Romero, M De Vos, H Van Ranst, G Verheyen, E Anckaert, J E J Smitz
STUDY QUESTION: Are meiotic and developmental competence of human oocytes from small (2-8 mm) antral follicles improved by applying an optimized IVM method involving a prematuration step in presence of C-Type Natriuretic Peptide (CNP) followed by a maturation step in presence of FSH and Amphiregulin (AREG)? SUMMARY ANSWER: A strategy involving prematuration culture (PMC) in the presence of CNP followed by IVM using FSH + AREG increases oocyte maturation potential leading to a higher availability of Day 3 embryos and good-quality blastocysts for single embryo transfer...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938562/the-effect-of-pre-pregnancy-body-mass-index-and-excessive-gestational-weight-gain-on-the-risk-of-gestational-diabetes-in-advanced-maternal-age
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Beibei Dong, Hong Yu, Qiong Wei, Mengmeng Zhi, Chunhua Wu, Xiangyun Zhu, Ling Li
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: With the popularization of a two-child policy in China, the number of pregnant women of advanced maternal age will increase steadily. We aimed to assess the association between pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and weight gain in the first and second trimester and the risk of gestational diabetes (GDM) in the advanced maternal age group and control group defined as maternal age of 20-35 years. RESULTS: The risk of GDM for obesity before pregnancy was 2...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938305/a-useful-device-to-measure-kinetics-of-platelet-contraction
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Mitchell J George, Kevin R Aroom, Max A Skibber, Tushar Sharma, Charles E Wade, Charles S Cox, Brijesh S Gill
Platelet contraction provides a minimally invasive source for physiologic information. In this article, we describe a device that directly measures the kinetics of platelet contraction. Whole blood is injected between acrylic plates and an adherent clot forms. The bottom plate is fixed, and the top plate is attached to a wire cantilever. Platelet contraction drives deflection of the wire cantilever which is captured by a camera. Force generated by the clot with time is derived using beam equations. Force derivations were verified using a microelectromechanical (MEMS) force sensor...
September 21, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938050/markers-of-poor-adherence-among-adults-with-hiv-attending-themba-lethu-hiv-clinic-helen-joseph-hospital-johannesburg-south-africa
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Maria Nnambalirwa, Caroline Govathson, Denise Evans, Lynne McNamara, Mhairi Maskew, Peter Nyasulu
Background: To date, there is no consensus on ideal ways to measure antiretroviral treatment (ART) adherence in resource limited settings. This study aimed to identify markers of poor adherence to ART. Methods: Retrospective data of HIV-positive ART-naïve adults initiating standard first-line ART at Themba Lethu Clinic, Helen Joseph Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa from April 2004 to December 2011 were analysed. Poisson regression models with robust error variance were used to assessed the following potential markers of poor adherence 'last self-reported adherence, missed clinic visits, mean corpuscular volume (MCV), CD4 count against definition of adherence, suppressed HIV viral load using traditional test metrics'...
December 1, 2016: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938032/efficacy-of-sealing-agents-on-preload-maintenance-of-screw-retained-implant-supported-prostheses
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Camila Berbel Seloto, Henrico Badaoui Strazzi Sahyon, Paulo Henrique Dos Santos, Juliana Aparecida Delben, Wirley Gonçalves Assunção
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of sealing agents on preload maintenance of screw joints. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of four groups (n = 10 in each group) of abutment/implant systems, including external hexagon implants and antirotational UCLA abutments with a metallic collar in cobalt-chromium alloy, were assessed. In the control group (CG), no sealing agent was used at the abutment screw/implant interface. In the other groups, three different sealing agents were used at the abutment screw/implant interface: anaerobic sealing agent for medium torque (ASMT), anaerobic sealing agent for high torque (ASHT), and cyanoacrylate-based bonding agent (CYAB)...
September 22, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937963/ki67-and-lymphocytes-in-the-pretherapeutic-core-biopsy-of-primary-invasive-breast-cancer-positive-markers-of-therapy-response-prediction-and-superior-survival
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Claus M Schlotter, Lothar Tietze, Ulf Vogt, Carlos Villena Heinsen, Antje Hahn
Background Core needle biopsy plays a crucial role as diagnostic tool for BC. Both Ki67 and likely tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in the near future are determining the kind of systemic therapy. The role of TILs in BC is still an issue for clinical research, albeit preliminary results of neoadjuvant and adjuvant clinical studies already now highlight the crucial impact of TILs on therapy response and survival. Methods Evaluation of related publications (pubmed) and meeting abstracts (ASCO, SABCS). Results The monoclonal antibody Ki67 recognizing a nuclear antigene in proliferating cells is a positive marker of therapy response and superior survival...
September 22, 2017: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937870/student-led-screening-of-school-children-for-refractive-error-correction
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Dipesh Bhattarai, Subodh Gnyawali, Arpan Silwal, Sudan Puri, Anita Shrestha, Man Bahadur Kunwar, Madan Prasad Upadhyay
PURPOSE: Detection and correction of uncorrected refractive errors among 12 million children is an overwhelming task for the 500 currently available eye-care professionals in Nepal. A mid-term review of VISION 2020 goals in Nepal has recommended utilizing alternative human resources that could screen children for visual impairment. This study was conducted to assess the validity of vision screening of school children by trained high school students when compared to optometrist testing as the gold standard...
September 22, 2017: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937836/optimizing-a-3d-model-system-for-molecular-manipulation-of-tenogenesis
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Chun Chien, Brian Pryce, Sara F Tufa, Douglas R Keene, Alice H Huang
PURPOSE: Tendon injuries are clinically challenging due to poor healing. A better understanding of the molecular events that regulate tendon differentiation would improve current strategies for repair. The mouse model system has been instrumental to tendon studies and several key molecules were initially established in mouse. However, the study of gene function has been limited by the absence of a standard in vitro tendon system for efficiently testing multiple mutations, physical manipulations, and mis-expression...
September 22, 2017: Connective Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937824/clinical-comparison-of-two-methods-of-graft-preparation-in-descemet-membrane-endothelial-keratoplasty
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Annekatrin Rickmann, Natalia Opitz, Peter Szurman, Karl Thomas Boden, Sacha Jung, Silke Wahl, Arno Haus, Lara-Jil Damm, Kai Januschowski
PURPOSE: Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) has been improved over the last decade. The aim of this study was to compare the clinical outcome of the recently introduced liquid bubble method compared to the standard manual preparation. METHODS: This retrospective study evaluated the outcome of 200 patients after DMEK surgery using two different graft preparation techniques. Ninety-six DMEK were prepared by manual dissection and 104 by the novel liquid bubble technique...
September 22, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937795/using-mystery-patient-drills-to-assess-hospital-ebola-preparedness-in-new-york-city-2014-2015
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Mary Foote, Roshni Daver, Celia Quinn
In response to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa, rapid measures were taken to ensure readiness at frontline New York City (NYC) healthcare facilities, including mandating monthly EVD mystery patient drills to test screening protocols. This study analyzed after-action reports to describe the use of mystery patient drills to test rapid identification and isolation of potential EVD cases in NYC emergency departments. NYC hospitals were required to develop protocols for EVD screening and isolation, and to conduct drills with an actor presenting to the emergency department with symptoms suggestive of EVD...
September 22, 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937783/validation-of-the-missouri-osteochondral-allograft-preservation-system-for-the-maintenance-of-osteochondral-allograft-quality-during-prolonged-storage
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Aaron M Stoker, James P Stannard, Keiichi Kuroki, Chantelle C Bozynski, Ferris M Pfeiffer, James L Cook
BACKGROUND: Fresh osteochondral allografts (OCAs) are limited in availability. The Missouri Osteochondral Allograft Preservation System (MOPS) has been reported to effectively preserve OCAs twice as long as current tissue bank protocols in preclinical studies. HYPOTHESIS: The viable chondrocyte density (VCD) in OCAs preserved for up to 70 days using the MOPS will not be significantly different from day 0, and the VCD in MOPS-preserved OCAs will be significantly higher than for standard tissue bank preservation...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937537/a-comparison-of-biologic-screening-and-diagnostic-indicators-to-detect-in-utero-opiate-and-cocaine-exposure-among-mother-infant-dyads
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Meagan Stabler, Peter Giacobbi, Ilana Chertok, Leann Long, Lesley Cottrell, Panitan Yossuck
BACKGROUND: Opioid and cocaine antenatal substance use can result in significant obstetric and pediatric health implications. Accurate detection of in utero exposed neonates can improve patient care and health outcomes. Therefore, the effectiveness of mother-infant biological and diagnostic indicators collected at labor and delivery to provide accurate detection of in utero opiate and cocaine exposure was assessed. METHODS: A retrospective medical chart review included 335 mother-infant dyads exposed to antenatal substances who were delivered between January 2009 and March 2014...
September 19, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937500/serum-adiponectin-levels-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-meta-analysis
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Ahmed Ali Dini, Peng Wang, Dong-Qing Ye
BACKGROUND: Higher serum adiponectin in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients mitigates the inflammatory response. Previous studies investigated serum adiponectin level in SLE patients compared with control subjects, yielding inconsistent results. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this meta-analysis was to assess the difference between serum adiponectin levels in SLE patients compared with control subjects. METHODS: MEDLINE, PubMed, EMBASE, and Web of Science were searched from inception to August 31, 2016, to identify all observational studies that examined the relationship between serum adiponectin levels and SLE...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937471/serum-adiponectin-levels-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-meta-analysis
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Ahmed Ali Dini, Peng Wang, Dong-Qing Ye
BACKGROUND: Higher serum adiponectin in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients mitigates the inflammatory response. Previous studies investigated serum adiponectin level in SLE patients compared with control subjects, yielding inconsistent results. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this meta-analysis was to assess the difference between serum adiponectin levels in SLE patients compared with control subjects. METHODS: MEDLINE, PubMed, EMBASE, and Web of Science were searched from inception to August 31, 2016, to identify all observational studies that examined the relationship between serum adiponectin levels and SLE...
October 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937368/human-immunodeficiency-virus-associated-cystic-lymphoid-hyperplasia-an-immunohistochemical-description
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Shabnum Meer, Shailen Dulabh
BACKGROUND: Cystic lymphoid hyperplasia (CLH) describes benign salivary lymphoepithelial cysts with a strong link to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The pathogenesis is related to ductal dilatation of entrapped salivary elements due to intranodal HIV-associated atypical lymphoid hyperplasia. Very little is known about the immunophenotypic profile of this entity. AIM: This study aims to describe the immunopathological features of a series of CLH cases in HIV-positive patients to clarify the etiopathogenesis...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937270/feasibility-of-free-breathing-lung-mri-for-radiotherapy-using-non-cartesian-k-space-acquisition-schemes
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Shivani Kumar, Robba Rai, Alto Stemmer, Sonal Josan, Lois Holloway, Shalini Vinod, Daniel Moses, Gary Liney
OBJECTIVES: To test a free breathing MRI protocol for anatomical and functional assessment during lung cancer radiotherapy by assessing two non-cartesian acquisition schemes based on a T1W 3D gradient recall echo sequence: (i) stack-of stars (StarVIBE) and (ii) spiral (SpiralVIBE) trajectories Methods: MR images on five healthy volunteers were acquired on a wide bore 3T scanner (Skyra, Siemens Healthcare). Anatomical image quality was assessed on: (1) free breathing (StarVIBE), (2) the standard clinical sequence (VIBE) acquired in a 20 second compliant breath-hold and (3) 20 second non-complaint breath-hold...
September 13, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937032/development-and-standardization-of-a-new-cognitive-assessment-test-battery-for-chinese-aphasic-patients-a-preliminary-study
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Ji-Bao Wu, Zhi-Hong Lyu, Xiao-Jia Liu, Hai-Peng Li, Qi Wang
BACKGROUND: Nonlinguistic cognitive impairment has become an important issue for aphasic patients, but currently there are few neuropsychological cognitive assessment tests for it. To get more information on cognitive impairment of aphasic patients, this study aimed to develop a new cognitive assessment test battery for aphasic patients, the Non-language-based Cognitive Assessment (NLCA), and evaluate its utility in Chinese-speaking patients with aphasia. METHODS: The NLCA consists of five nonverbal tests, which could assess five nonlinguistic cognitive domains such as visuospatial functions, attention test, memory, reasoning, and executive functions of aphasic patients...
October 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936997/influence-of-age-and-gender-on-the-function-of-postganglionic-sympathetic-sudomotor-axons
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Kedar Mal, Hulegar A Abhishekh, Mahavir Prasad Chawla, Trichur R Raju, Talakad N Sathyaprabha
BACKGROUND: The quantitative sudomotor axon reflex test (QSART) is an autonomic function test to evaluate the function of postganglionic sympathetic sudomotor axons. The QSART is used for research and in clinical assessment of various neurological diseases, but few studies have assessed the influence of age, gender and reported a normative range. We assessed the influence of age and gender on QSART parameters. METHODS: We recruited 61 healthy volunteers (41 men and 20 women) after obtaining written informed consent...
May 2017: National Medical Journal of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936785/ligand-capped-cdte-quantum-dots-as-a-fluorescent-nanosensor-for-detection-of-copper-ions-in-environmental-water-sample
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Hamideh Elmizadeh, Majid Soleimani, Farnoush Faridbod, Ghasem Rezanejade Bardajee
In this work, as a novel fluorescent nano-sensor, a ligand-capped CdTe QDs (CdTe-L QDs) was designed for the detection and quantification of Cu(2+) ions in environmental water samples. The synthesized QDs were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermo-gravimetric (TG) analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), UV-Vis spectrophotometry and fluorescence spectroscopy. Optical properties of the produced nanosensor were monitored by UV-Vis and fluorescence spectrophotometry. It was observed that fluorescence intensity of the produced nano-sensor selectively quenched by adding Cu(2+) ions in comparison to other metal ions tested...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
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