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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231158/irradiation-maintains-functional-components-of-dry-hot-peppers-capsicum-annuum-l-under-ambient-storage
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Qumer Iqbal, Muhammad Amjad, Muhammad Rafique Asi, Aamir Nawaz, Samiya Mahmood Khan, Agustin Ariño, Tanveer Ahmad
Hot peppers used as natural flavoring and coloring agents are usually irradiated in prepacked form for decontamination. The effects of gamma radiation on the stability of functional components such as capsaicinoids and antioxidant compounds (carotenoids, ascorbic acid and total phenolics) were investigated in hot peppers (Capsicum annuum). Whole dried peppers packed in polyethylene bags were gamma irradiated at 0 (control), 2, 4, and 6 kGy and subsequently stored at 25 °C for 90 days. The irradiation dose did not substantially affect the initial contents of capsaicinoids, ascorbic acid and total phenolics, though the concentration of carotenoids declined by 8% from the control (76...
September 12, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230792/static-hot-air-and-infrared-rays-roasting-are-efficient-methods-for-aflatoxin-decontamination-on-hazelnuts
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Ilenia Siciliano, Barbara Dal Bello, Giuseppe Zeppa, Davide Spadaro, Maria Lodovica Gullino
Aflatoxins are a group of secondary metabolites produced by members of Aspergillus Section Flavi that are dangerous to humans and animals. Nuts can be potentially contaminated with aflatoxins, often over the legal threshold. Food processes, including roasting, may have different effects on mycotoxins, and high temperatures have proven to be very effective in the reduction of mycotoxins. In this work, two different roasting methods-traditional static hot air roasting and infra-red rays roasting-were applied and compared for the detoxification of hazelnuts from Italy and Turkey...
February 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228494/an-evaluation-of-rgm-medium-for-isolation-of-nontuberculous-mycobacteria-from-respiratory-samples-from-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis-in-the-united-states
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Rongpong Plongla, Clair L Preece, John D Perry, Peter H Gilligan
A novel selective agar (RGM medium) has been advocated for the isolation of rapidly growing mycobacteria from the sputum of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. The aim of this study was to compare RGM medium with Burkholderia cepacia selective agar (BCSA) and a standard AFB culture method for the isolation of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) from patients with CF. The applicability of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) for identification of NTM isolated on RGM was also assessed...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226554/effects-of-a-non-thermal-plasma-needle-device-on-hpv-16-positive-cervical-cancer-cell-viability-in-vitro
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Hollie A Ryan, Johanna Neuber, Shutong Song, Stephen J Beebe, Chunqi Jiang, Hollie A Ryan, Johanna Neuber, Shutong Song, Stephen J Beebe, Chunqi Jiang, Shutong Song, Johanna Neuber, Chunqi Jiang, Stephen J Beebe, Hollie A Ryan
Non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma has been demonstrated to inactivate a wide range of surface-dwelling pathogenic microorganisms including airborne viral particles, vegetative bacteria and bacterial spores. This shows the promise of plasma-based decontamination procedures for broad-spectrum sterilization and disinfection and promotes the in-depth and systematic study of how plasma treatment conditions relate to pathogen inactivation efficiency. A wide knowledge gap nonetheless exists regarding whether certain plasma parameters and exposure conditions can alter the resistance of virus-linked cancer cells to treatment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226285/drying-and-decontamination-of-raw-pistachios-with-sequential-infrared-drying-tempering-and-hot-air-drying
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Chandrasekar Venkitasamy, Maria T Brandl, Bini Wang, Tara H McHugh, Ruihong Zhang, Zhongli Pan
Pistachio nuts have been associated with outbreaks of foodborne disease and the industry has been impacted by numerous product recalls due to contamination with Salmonella enterica. The current hot air drying of pistachios has low energy efficiency and drying rates, and also does not guarantee the microbial safety of products. In the study described herein, dehulled and water-sorted pistachios with a moisture content (MC) of 38.14% (wet basis) were dried in a sequential infrared and hot air (SIRHA) drier to <9% MC...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224727/molecular-identification-and-distribution-of-non-tuberculous-mycobacteria-isolated-from-clinical-specimens-by-pcr-sequencing-method-in-west-of-iran
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Mahsa Dastranj, Abbas Farahani, Abdolrazagh Hashemi Shahraki, Sara Atashi, Parviz Mohajeri
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Infections by Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) has rapidly increased in recent years, due to high infection rates related to the populations at risk like immunocompromised individuals, patients predisposed by prior pulmonary. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of NTM in clinical samples and genetic diversity using 16S rRNA and rpoB sequence analysis. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 45 diverse isolates collected from sputum in two years 2014-2015 using standard decontamination procedure...
February 22, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221974/evaluation-of-a-surface-sampling-method-for-recovery-of-human-noroviruses-prior-to-detection-using-reverse-transcription-quantitative-pcr
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Grace Tung-Thompson, Blanca I Escudero-Abarca, Janie Outlaw, Arnaud Ganee, Sylvanie Cassard, Claude Mabilat, Lee-Ann Jaykus
Human noroviruses are the most common cause of acute viral gastroenteritis, and the environmental persistence of these viruses contributes to their transmissibility. Environmental sampling is thus an important tool for investigating norovirus outbreaks and for assessing the effectiveness of cleaning and decontamination regimens. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a sampling material (wipes) for their efficacy at recovering human norovirus from hard surfaces and foods. Dilutions of a human norovirus GII...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221891/microbial-quality-safety-and-pathogen-detection-by-using-quantitative-pcr-of-raw-salad-vegetables-sold-in-dhanbad-city-india
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Sujeet K Mritunjay, Vipin Kumar
Consumption of ready-to-eat fresh vegetables has increased worldwide, with a consequent increase in outbreaks caused by foodborne pathogens. In the Indian subcontinent, raw fresh vegetables are usually consumed without washing or other decontamination procedures, thereby leading to new food safety threats. In this study, the microbiological quality and pathogenic profile of raw salad vegetables was evaluated through standard protocols. In total, 480 samples (60 each of eight different salad vegetables) of cucumber, tomato, carrot, coriander, cabbage, beetroot, radish, and spinach were collected from different locations in Dhanbad, a city famous for its coal fields and often called the "Coal Capital of India...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221875/inactivation-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-and-aerobic-microorganisms-in-romaine-lettuce-packaged-in-a-commercial-polyethylene-terephthalate-container-using-atmospheric-cold-plasma
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Sea C Min, Si Hyeon Roh, Glenn Boyd, Joseph E Sites, Joseph Uknalis, Xuetong Fan, Brendan A Niemira
The effects of dielectric barrier discharge atmospheric cold plasma (DACP) treatment on the inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and aerobic microorganisms in romaine lettuce packaged in a conventional commercial plastic container were evaluated during storage at 4°C for 7 days. Effects investigated included the color, carbon dioxide (CO2) generation, weight loss, and surface morphology of the lettuce during storage. Romaine lettuce pieces, with or without inoculation with a cocktail of three strains of E...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219248/high-performance-method-for-determination-of-pu-isotopes-in-soil-and-sediment-samples-by-sector-field-inductively-coupled-plasma-mass-spectrometry
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Zhongtang Wang, Jian Zheng, Youyi Ni, Wu Men, Keiko Tagami, Shigeo Uchida
Plutonium is extensively studied in radioecology (e.g., soil to plant transfer and radiological assessment) and geochemistry (e.g., sediment dating). Here, we reported a new chemical separation method for rapid determination of Pu in soil and sediment samples, based on the following investigations: extraction behaviors of interfering elements (IEs, for inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS) measurement) on TEVA resin; decontamination of U using TEVA, UTEVA, and DGA resins; and the impact of coprecipitation on Pu determination...
February 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218864/surgical-treatment-of-severe-peri-implantitis-using-a-round-titanium-brush-for-implant-surface-decontamination-a-case-report-with-clinical-re-entry
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Yinzhe An, Jae-Hong Lee, Young-Ku Heo, Jung-Seok Lee, Ui-Won Jung, Seong-Ho Choi
The most common cause of peri-implantitis is the accumulation of plaque and the formation of a biofilm on the implant surface. Terminating the development of the disease requires the biofilm to be removed from the implant surface. This paper describes two cases of severe peri-implantitis lesions treated through surgical approaches. Complete mechanical debridement with a round titanium brush was mainly performed to detoxify and modify the affected implant surface. A regenerative approach was then performed. In both cases, the surgical procedure was effective in arresting the peri-implantitis, and clinical re-entry revealed uneventful healing of the existing bone defect...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Oral Implantology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218409/development-of-haemostatic-decontaminants-for-treatment-of-wounds-contaminated-with-chemical-warfare-agents-3-evaluation-of-in-vitro-topical-decontamination-efficacy-using-damaged-skin
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Helen L Lydon, Charlotte A Hall, Christopher H Dalton, J Kevin Chipman, John S Graham, Robert P Chilcott
Previous studies have demonstrated that haemostatic products with an absorptive mechanism of action retain their clotting efficiency in the presence of toxic materials and are effective in decontaminating chemical warfare (CW) agents when applied to normal, intact skin. The purpose of this in vitro study was to assess three candidate haemostatic products for effectiveness in the decontamination of superficially damaged porcine skin exposed to the radiolabelled CW agents, soman (GD), VX and sulphur mustard (HD)...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214161/human-factors-related-to-time-dependent-infection-control-measures-scrub-the-hub-for-venous-catheters-and-feeding-tubes
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Lindsay Caspari, Elizabeth Epstein, Amy Blackman, Li Jin, David A Kaufman
BACKGROUND: The use of catheter hub decontamination protocols is a common practice to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections. However, few data exist on the most effective disinfection procedure prior to hub access accounting for human factors and time-dependent practices in real time in the clinical setting. METHODS: An observational design with a multimodal intervention was used in this study in a neonatal intensive care unit. Direct observations on nurse compliance of scrub times with decontamination when accessing of venous catheter and feeding tube hubs were conducted during 3 phases: (1) baseline period prior to any interventions; (2) during an educational intervention phase; and (3) during a timer intervention period when using a timing device, either an actual timer or music button...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214125/advanced-technologies-for-the-remediation-of-pesticide-contaminated-soils
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E Morillo, J Villaverde
The occurrence of pesticides in soil has become a highly significant environmental problem, which has been increased by the vast use of pesticides worldwide and the absence of remediation technologies that have been tested at full-scale. The aim of this review is to give an overview on technologies really studied and/or developed during the last years for remediation of soils contaminated by pesticides. Depending on the nature of the decontamination process, these techniques have been included into three categories: containment-immobilization, separation or destruction...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213039/control-of-human-pathogenic-yersinia-enterocolitica-in-minced-meat-comparative-analysis-of-different-interventions-using-a-risk-assessment-approach
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I Van Damme, L De Zutter, L Jacxsens, M J Nauta
This study aimed to evaluate the effect of different processing scenarios along the farm-to-fork chain on the contamination of minced pork with human pathogenic Y. enterocolitica. A modular process risk model (MPRM) was used to perform the assessment of the concentrations of pathogenic Y. enterocolitica in minced meat produced in industrial meat processing plants. The model described the production of minced pork starting from the contamination of pig carcasses with pathogenic Y. enterocolitica just before chilling...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213017/inactivation-of-salmonella-spp-pathogenic-escherichia-coli-staphylococcus-spp-or-listeria-monocytogenes-in-chicken-purge-or-skin-using-a-405-nm-led-array
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Christopher Sommers, Nereus W Gunther, Shiowshuh Sheen
Raw poultry are sometimes contaminated with foodborne pathogens, which can lead to illness in humans. In recent years research has focused on a variety of light technologies to decontaminate food and food contact surfaces during meat and poultry processing. In this study we evaluated the ability of 405-nm light generated from an LED array to inactivate multi-isolate cocktails of either Salmonella spp., pathogenic Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus spp., or Listeria monocytogenes suspended in chicken purge or skin...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212822/cryptosporidium-contaminated-water-disinfection-by-a-novel-fenton-process
#17
Sina Matavos-Aramyan, Mohsen Moussavi, Hedieh Matavos-Aramyan, Sara Roozkhosh
Three novel modified advanced oxidation process systems including ascorbic acid-, pro-oxidants- and ascorbic acid-pro-oxidants-modified Fenton system were utilized to study the disinfection efficiency on Cryptosporidium-contaminated drinking water samples. Different concentrations of divalent and trivalent iron ions, hydrogen peroxide, ascorbic acid and pro-oxidants at different exposure times were investigated. These novel systems were also compared to the classic Fenton system and to the control system which comprised of only hydrogen peroxide...
February 16, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212132/hydrocarbon-enema-an-unusual-cause-of-chemical-burn
#18
Justin Mygatt, Mustafa Amani, Patrick Ng, Brian Benson, Jeremy Pamplin, Leopoldo Cancio
Hydrocarbons are a wide-ranging group of flammable chemicals and are often used in suicide attempts either by ingestion or as accelerant in self-immolation. In this case study, we present a 37-year-old female who suffered 6% TBSA partial-thickness burns to her perineum and buttocks, which she claims resulted from diarrhea after ingesting a bottle of lighter fluid. The patient underwent decontamination and medical treatment for her burns and during her inpatient stay, it became apparent that the burns were more likely sustained from an intentional rectal administration of lighter fluid...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211313/detection-and-elimination-of-corynebacterium-bovis-from-barrier-rooms-by-using-an-environmental-sampling-surveillance-program
#19
Christopher A Manuel Umarani Pugazhenthi Shannon P Spiegel And Jori K Leszczynski
Rodent health-monitoring programs based on sampling an IVC system's exhaust air dust (EAD) has enhanced and evenreplaced traditional sentinels for some rodent pathogens. EAD testing by qPCR assay is an optimal surveillance methodfor the rapid detection of Corynebacterium bovis-infected immunodeficient mice. Here we demonstrate that an active EADsurveillance program for C. bovis can be used to maintain nude mice C. bovis-free after the transition from historically enzootically infected colonies. During 3 events over 3 y, rapid detection of infection, elimination of infected mice, aggressivequarantine measures, and local decontamination prevented the spread of C...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211181/a-national-survey-of-the-use-of-pachymeters-by-optometrists-in-scotland-experience-views-and-barriers-to-use
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Colin Goudie, Savva Pronin, Helen Court, Janet Pooley, Andrew J Tatham
PURPOSE: Thin central corneal thickness (CCT) is a risk factor for glaucoma. In 2016 all optometry practices in Scotland were provided with pachymeters aiming to improve risk assessment and accuracy of referrals to secondary care. We examined optometrists' experience and views of pachymetry, including perceived barriers to pachymetry in primary care. METHODS: A questionnaire was sent using the REDCap electronic data capture tool to all 1264 optometrists registered with NHS Education for Scotland (NES)...
March 2017: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
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