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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346963/point-of-care-testing-in-neurosurgery
#1
Christopher Beynon, Lars Wessels, Andreas W Unterberg
Coagulation disorders can have a major impact on the outcome of neurosurgical patients. The central nervous system is located within the closed space of the skull, and therefore, intracranial hemorrhage can lead to intracranial hypertension. Acute brain injury has been associated with alterations of various hemostatic parameters. Point-of-care (POC) techniques such as rotational thromboelastometry are able to identify markers of coagulopathy which are not reflected by standard assessment of hemostasis (e.g...
March 27, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346849/clostridium-perfringens-type-a-isolates-of-animal-origin-with-decreased-susceptibility-to-metronidazole-show-extensive-genetic-diversity
#2
Sergio Álvarez-Pérez, José L Blanco, Marta E García
Metronidazole is a first-line drug for the treatment of human infections caused by anaerobic bacteria. Although most Clostridium perfringens isolates are susceptible to metronidazole, a number of strains with decreased susceptibility have been obtained in clinical and environmental surveys. However, little is known yet about the toxinotype and genetic diversity of metronidazole-resistant C. perfringens strains. We tested for susceptibility to metronidazole and assessed the toxigenic status and amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) diversity of a collection of 80 C...
March 27, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346794/comparative-study-of-xenobiotic-free-media-for-the-cultivation-of-human-limbal-epithelial-stem-progenitor-cells
#3
Sheyla González, Luxia Chen, Sophie X Deng
The culture of human limbal epithelial stem/progenitor cells (LSCs) in the presence of animal components poses the risk of cross-species contamination in clinical applications. We quantitatively compared different xenobiotic-free culture media for the cultivation of human LSCs. LSCs were cultured from 2 × 2 mm limbal tissue explants on denuded human amniotic membrane with different xenobiotic-free culture media: CnT-Prime (CnT-PR) supplemented with 0%, 1%, 5%, and 10% human serum (HS), embryonic stem cell medium (ESCM) alone or in combination with the standard supplemented hormonal epithelium medium (SHEM, control) at a 1:1 dilution ratio, and modified SHEM (mSHEM), in which cholera toxin and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) were removed, isoproterenol was added, and the epidermal growth factor concentration was reduced...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346737/easl-and-aasld-recommendations-for-the-diagnosis-of-hcc-to-the-test-of-daily-practice
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Christophe Aubé, Frederic Oberti, Julie Lonjon, Georges Pageaux, Olivier Seror, Giséle N'Kontchou, Agnes Rode, Sylvie Radenne, Christophe Cassinotto, Julien Vergniol, Ivan Bricault, Vincent Leroy, Maxime Ronot, Laurent Castera, Sophie Michalak, Maxime Esvan, Valérie Vilgrain
AIM: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of CT, MRI, and CEUS alone and in combination, for the diagnosis of HCC between 10 and 30 mm, in a large population of cirrhotic patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a multicentre prospective trial, 442 patients have been enrolled. Within a month CEUS, CT and MRI were performed for all patients. A composite algorithm was defined to obtain the more accurate gold standard. RESULTS: 544 nodules in 381 patients have been retained for the performance analysis...
March 27, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346714/discrepant-serological-assays-for-pneumococcus-in-renal-transplant-recipients
#5
Jay A Fishman, David N Iklé, Robert A Wilkinson
Vaccine immunoprotection for Streptococcus pneumoniae is mediated by opsonizing antibodies targeting serotype-specific capsular polysaccharides. Quantitative antibody levels (ELISA) and antibody-mediated opsonophagcytic assays (OPA) measure vaccine-induced protection; correlation of these assays in transplantation requires investigation. This study examines the laboratory assessment of antibody titers in vaccinated renal recipients. Streptococcus pneumoniae 19A is common in immunocompromised hosts and is represented in protein-conjugate vaccines (PCV) and polysaccharide vaccines (PSV)...
March 27, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346708/high-resolution-isotopic-monitoring-of-cave-air-co2
#6
Paul Töchterle, Yuri Dublyansky, Nils Stöbener, Magda Mandić, Christoph Spötl
RATIONALE: CO2 is the main driver of many chemical processes in cave environments. Understanding CO2 fluxes in a given cave system through monitoring campaigns has become a standard procedure in a wide variety of fields such as paleoclimatology or show cave management. However, conventional methods lack the resolution of isotopic data to capture many transient processes occurring in caves. METHODS: A novel approach using isotope ratio infrared spectrometry (IRIS) to monitor cave air pCO2 , δ(13) C and δ(18) O values in situ was tested and compared with conventional monitoring methods (handheld pCO2 meter and discrete cave air samples for conventional isotope ratio mass spectrometry)...
March 27, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346658/spatially-heterogeneous-selection-in-nature-favors-phenotypic-plasticity-in-anuran-larvae
#7
Josh Van Buskirk
Theory holds that adaptive phenotypic plasticity evolves under spatial or temporal variation in natural selection. I tested this prediction in a classic system of predator-induced plasticity: frog tadpoles (Rana temporaria) reacting to predaceous aquatic insects. An outdoor mesocosm experiment manipulating exposure to Aeshna dragonfly larvae revealed plasticity in most characters: growth, development, behavior, and external morphology. I measured selection by placing 1927 tadpoles into enclosures within natural ponds; photographs permitted identification of the survivors 6-9 days later...
March 27, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346604/blended-learning-educational-format-for-third-year-pediatrics-clinical-rotation
#8
Erik E Langenau, Robert Lee, Marci Fults
CONTEXT: Traditional medical education is shifting to incorporate learning technologies and online educational activities with traditional face-to-face clinical instruction to engage students, especially at remote clinical training sites. OBJECTIVE: To describe and evaluate the effectiveness of the blended learning format (combining online and face-to-face instruction) for third-year osteopathic medical students during their pediatric rotation. METHODS: Third-year medical students who completed the 4-week clerkship in pediatrics during the 2014-2015 academic year were divided into a standard learning group and a blended learning group with online activities (discussion boards, blogs, virtual patient encounters, narrated video presentations, and online training modules)...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346578/association-of-plasma-neurofilament-light-with-neurodegeneration-in-patients-with-alzheimer-disease
#9
Niklas Mattsson, Ulf Andreasson, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow
Importance: Existing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or imaging (tau positron emission tomography) biomarkers for Alzheimer disease (AD) are invasive or expensive. Biomarkers based on standard blood test results would be useful in research, drug development, and clinical practice. Plasma neurofilament light (NFL) has recently been proposed as a blood-based biomarker for neurodegeneration in dementias. Objective: To test whether plasma NFL concentrations are increased in AD and associated with cognitive decline, other AD biomarkers, and imaging evidence of neurodegeneration...
March 27, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346380/constituents-of-the-roots-of-dichapetalum-pallidum-and-their-anti-proliferative-activity
#10
Dorcas Osei-Safo, Godwin Akpeko Dziwornu, Regina Appiah-Opong, Mary Anti Chama, Isaac Tuffour, Reiner Waibel, Richard Amewu, Ivan Addae-Mensah
As part of our search for bioactive compounds from the Dichapetalaceae, repeated chromatographic purification of the roots of a hitherto unexamined species, Dichapetalum pallidum, led to the isolation of the newly occurring 7-hydroxydichapetalin P (1) and the known dichapetalins A (2) and X (3). Also isolated were the known compounds friedelin-2,3-lactone (4), friedelan-3-one (6), friedelan-3β-ol (7) and pomolic (8), as well as the dipeptide aurantiamide acetate (5). The compounds were characterized by direct interpretation of their IR, 1D NMR and 2D NMR spectral data and by comparison of their physico-chemical data, including their chromatographic profiles, with the literature and authentic samples in our compound library for the genus Dichapetalum...
March 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346363/rapid-and-low-cost-crp-measurement-by-integrating-a-paper-based-microfluidic-immunoassay-with-smartphone-crp-chip
#11
Meili Dong, Jiandong Wu, Zimin Ma, Hagit Peretz-Soroka, Michael Zhang, Paul Komenda, Navdeep Tangri, Yong Liu, Claudio Rigatto, Francis Lin
Traditional diagnostic tests for chronic diseases are expensive and require a specialized laboratory, therefore limiting their use for point-of-care (PoC) testing. To address this gap, we developed a method for rapid and low-cost C-reactive protein (CRP) detection from blood by integrating a paper-based microfluidic immunoassay with a smartphone (CRP-Chip). We chose CRP for this initial development because it is a strong biomarker of prognosis in chronic heart and kidney disease. The microfluidic immunoassay is realized by lateral flow and gold nanoparticle-based colorimetric detection of the target protein...
March 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346192/menopausal-symptom-relief-and-side-effects-experienced-by-women-using-compounded-bioidentical-hormone-replacement-therapy-and-synthetic-conjugated-equine-estrogen-and-or-progestin-hormone-replacement-therapy-part-3
#12
Laura J Deleruyelle
The use of compounded bioidentical hormone replacement therapy by menopausal women has become a popular alternative to traditional synthetic conjugated equine estrogen and progestin hormone replacement therapy due to safety concerns raised by recent studies. However, due to the lack of randomized, large-scale trials to evaluate the efficacy and side-effect profile of compounded bioidentical hormone replacement therapy many healthcare providers are reluctant to prescribe such therapy. The purpose of this study was to compare women's menopausal symptom relief and side effects experienced when using compounded bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and traditional hormone replacement therapy...
January 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346087/pubchem-bioassay
#13
Yanli Wang, Tiejun Cheng, Stephen H Bryant
High-throughput screening (HTS) is now routinely conducted for drug discovery by both pharmaceutical companies and screening centers at academic institutions and universities. Rapid advance in assay development, robot automation, and computer technology has led to the generation of terabytes of data in screening laboratories. Despite the technology development toward HTS productivity, fewer efforts were devoted to HTS data integration and sharing. As a result, the huge amount of HTS data was rarely made available to the public...
January 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346038/recruitment-and-testing-protocol-in-the-national-eye-health-survey-a-population-based-eye-study-in-australia
#14
Joshua Foreman, Stuart Keel, Peter van Wijngaarden, Hugh R Taylor, Mohamed Dirani
PURPOSE: To present the recruitment and testing methodology of the National Eye Health Survey (NEHS), a population-based study that aimed to determine the prevalence and causes of vision impairment and blindness in Australia. METHODS: Non-Indigenous Australians aged 50 years and older and Indigenous Australians aged 40 years and older were recruited using a door-to-door approach from 30 randomly selected geographical areas, stratified by remoteness. Participants underwent a vision examination, anterior segment assessment, intraocular pressure testing, perimetry, and fundus photography...
March 27, 2017: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345960/graft-utilization-in-the-bridging-reconstruction-of-irreparable-rotator-cuff-tears-a-systematic-review
#15
Matthew R Lewington, Devin P Ferguson, T Duncan Smith, Robert Burks, Catherine Coady, Ivan Ho-Bun Wong
BACKGROUND: Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common conditions affecting the shoulder. Because of the difficulty in managing massive rotator cuff tears and the inability of standard techniques to prevent arthropathy, surgeons have developed several novel techniques to improve outcomes and ideally alter the natural history. PURPOSE: To systematically review the existing literature and analyze reported outcomes to evaluate the effectiveness of using a bridging graft reconstruction technique to treat large to massive irreparable rotator cuff tears...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345877/direct-analysis-of-metal-ions-in-solutions-with-high-salt-concentrations-by-total-reflection-x-ray-fluorescence-txrf
#16
Mercedes Regadío, Sofía Riaño, Koen Binnemans, Tom Vander Hoogerstraete
Total Reflection X-ray Fluorescence (TXRF) is becoming more and more popular for elemental analysis in academia and industry. However, simplification of the procedures for analyzing samples with complex compositions and residual matrix effects is still needed. In this work, the effect of an inorganic (CaCl2) and an organic (tetraalkylphosphonium chloride) matrix on metals quantification by TXRF was investigated for liquid samples. The samples were spiked with up to 20 metals at concentrations ranging from 3 to 50 mg L-1 per element, including elements with spectral peaks near the peaks of the matrix elements or near the Raleigh and Compton scattering peaks of the X-ray source (molybdenum anode)...
March 27, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345743/opioids-and-nonopioids-for-postoperative-pain-control-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
#17
Michele Binhas, Julia Egbeola-Martial, Michael D Kluger, Francoise Roudot-Thoraval, Philippe Grimbert
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate postoperative pain management (POPM) practices by anesthesiologists caring for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). DESIGN: Prospective one-time survey endorsed by the French Society of Anesthesia and Intensive Care (SFAR). SETTING: A self-administered online questionnaire was distributed to members of SFAR nationally. PARTICIPANTS: Three hundred seven SFAR members participated in the study...
January 2017: Journal of Opioid Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345691/surface-plasmon-resonance-imaging-for-abh-antigen-detection-on-red-blood-cells-and-in-saliva-secretor-status-related-abo-subgroup-identification
#18
Patjaree Peungthum, Krisda Sudprasert, Ratthasart Amarit, Armote Somboonkaew, Boonsong Sutapun, Apirom Vongsakulyanon, Wuttigrai Seedacoon, Pimpun Kitpoka, Mongkol Kunakorn, Toemsak Srikhirin
Low antigenic expression of ABO subgroup system on red blood cell (RBC) is cause of discrepancy between forward and reverse blood typing in the standard agglutination technique. Neutralization agglutination is employed for verification of the detection of ABH substances in saliva. However, the neutralization technique is complicated, time-consuming and requires expertise. To overcome these drawbacks, surface plasmon resonance (SPR) imaging was developed for ABH antigen detection on RBCs and in saliva. An antibody array was designed to classify the ABO subgroups by anti-A, anti-B, and anti-H antibodies; the array was immobilized on a carboxymethyl-dextran sensor-surface...
March 27, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345599/location-location-size-defects-close-to-surfaces-dominate-fatigue-crack-initiation
#19
Itziar Serrano-Munoz, Jean-Yves Buffiere, Rajmund Mokso, Catherine Verdu, Yves Nadot
Metallic cast components inevitably contain defects such as shrinkage cavities which are inherent to the solidification process. Those defects are known to significantly alter the fatigue life of components. Yet very little is known, quantitatively, on the dangerosity of internal casting defects compared to surface ones. In this study, fatigue specimens containing controlled internal defects (shrinkage pores) are used to foster internal cracking. In situ fatigue tests monitored by X ray synchrotron tomography revealed that the internal nucleation and propagation of cracks was systematically overran by surface cracking initiated at castings defects up to ten times smaller than the internal ones...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345372/screening-of-intestinal-crypt-organoids
#20
Svenja Ley, Olaf Galuba, Adrian Salathe, Nicolas Melin, Alexandra Aebi, Monika Pikiolek, Judith Knehr, Walter Carbone, Martin Beibel, Florian Nigsch, Guglielmo Roma, Giovanni d'Ario, Susan Kirkland, Laure C Bouchez, Caroline Gubser Keller, Tewis Bouwmeester, Christian N Parker, Heinz Ruffner
Oral and intestinal mucositis is a debilitating side effect of radiation treatment. A mouse model of radiation-induced mucositis leads to weight loss and tissue damage, reflecting the human ailment as it responds to keratinocyte growth factor (KGF), the standard-of-care treatment. Cultured intestinal crypt organoids allowed the development of an assay monitoring the effect of treatments of intestinal epithelium to radiation-induced damage. This in vitro assay resembles the mouse model as KGF and roof plate-specific spondin-1 (RSPO1) enhanced crypt organoid recovery following radiation...
January 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
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