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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724243/extensively-and-multi-drug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-recovered-from-technosol-at-a-dump-site-in-croatia
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Jasna Hrenovic, Goran Durn, Martina Seruga Music, Svjetlana Dekic, Tamara Troskot-Corbic, Dijana Skoric
In a karst pit above City of Rijeka in Croatia the hazardous industrial waste was continuously disposed from 1955 to 1990, and later it was periodically used as an illegal dump site. The surface part of a technosol at the edge of dump was analysed mineralogically, geochemically and bacteriologically. From the technosol rich in petroleum hydrocarbons and heavy metals three isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii were recovered. Isolates from technosol shared many features that are previously described for clinically isolates: the affiliation to IC1 and 2, multi-drug resistant (MDR) or extensively drug-resistant (XDR) antibiotic resistance profile, carbapenem resistance mediated by blaOXA72 and blaOXA23 genes, and the expression of virulence factors...
July 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723962/surface-functionalization-specific-binding-of-coagulation-factors-by-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-delays-coagulation-time-and-reduces-thrombin-generation-potential-in-vitro
#2
Jun-Young Yang, Jiyeong Bae, Ayoung Jung, Seonyeong Park, Seungtae Chung, Jihyun Seok, Hangsik Roh, Youngju Han, Jae-Min Oh, Soojung Sohn, Jayoung Jeong, Wan-Seob Cho
Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) have many biomedical applications such as chemotherapy agents, vaccine adjuvants, and biosensors but its hemocompatibility is still poorly understood, especially in the event of direct contact of NPs with blood components. Here, we investigated the impact of size and surface functional groups on the platelet homeostasis. ZnO NPs were synthesized in two different sizes (20 and 100 nm) and with three different functional surface groups (pristine, citrate, and L-serine). ZnO NPs were incubated with plasma collected from healthy rats to evaluate the coagulation time, kinetics of thrombin generation, and profile of levels of coagulation factors in the supernatant and coronated onto the ZnO NPs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723785/asymptomatic-congenital-tuberculosis-a-case-report
#3
Patrick M Meyer Sauteur, Ewerton Marques-Maggio, Christa Relly, Peter M Keller, Christian F Clarenbach, Christoph Berger
RATIONALE: Congenital tuberculosis (TB) is described as a rare, but severe disease. In contrast to the cases with severe symptoms reported so far, we describe a child with asymptomatic congenital TB. PATIENT CONCERNS: An 8-week-old girl was investigated because of newly diagnosed TB in her mother, which complained about cough since 21 weeks gestation. Lung biopsy tissue specimens of the mother revealed necrotizing granuloma with a single acid-fast bacillus (AFB) and Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) was detected by polymerase chain reaction...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723703/management-of-chest-pain-in-the-french-emergency-healthcare-system-the-prospective-observational-epidoultho-study
#4
Sandrine Charpentier, Sebastien Beaune, Luc Marie Joly, Abdo Khoury, François-Xavier Duchateau, Raphael Briot, Bertrand Renaud, François-Xavier Ageron
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to describe the epidemiology, and diagnostic and therapeutic strategies that emergency physicians use to manage patients presenting with chest pain at all three levels of the French emergency medical system - that is, dispatch centres (SAMUs: the medical emergency system), which operate the mobile intensive care units (MICUs), and hospitals' emergency departments (EDs), with a focus on acute coronary syndrome (ACS). PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients with chest pain who contacted a SAMU and/or were managed by a MICU and/or were admitted into an ED were included in a 1-day multicentre prospective study carried out in January 2013...
July 18, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723409/layering-of-different-materials-to-achieve-optimal-conditions-for-treatment-of-painful-wounds
#5
T Maver, L Gradišnik, M Kurečič, S Hribernik, D M Smrke, U Maver, K Stana Kleinschek
Despite a range of advanced wound dressings that can facilitate wound healing, there are still no clinically used dressings for effective local pain management. The latter was the main motivation of the present study. We designed a novel wound dressing with three layers. A macro-porous polyethylene terephthalate (PET) mesh with incorporated lidocaine, a fast-acting local anesthetic, was chosen as the layer in direct contact with the skin. Fast release from this layer enables an immediate pain relieving effect, caused by dressing changes...
July 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723387/sigma-1-receptor-activation-modifies-intracellular-calcium-exchange-in-the-g93a-hsod1-als-model
#6
Vedrana Tadić, Ayse Malci, Nadine Goldhammer, Beatrice Stubendorff, Saikata Sengupta, Tino Prell, Silke Keiner, Jingyu Liu, Madlen Guenther, Christiane Frahm, Otto W Witte, Julian Grosskreutz
Aberrations in intracellular calcium (Ca(2+)) have been well established within amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a severe motor neuron disease. Intracellular Ca(2+) concentration is controlled in part through the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) mitochondria Ca(2+) cycle (ERMCC). The ER supplies Ca(2+) to the mitochondria at close contacts between the two organelles, i.e. the mitochondria-associated ER membranes (MAMs). The Sigma 1 receptor (Sig1R) is enriched at MAMs, where it acts as an inter-organelle signalling modulator...
July 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723223/free-energy-of-binding-and-mechanism-of-interaction-for-the-meevd-tpr2a-peptide-protein-complex
#7
Mauro Lapelosa
The association between the MEEVD C-terminal peptide from the heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) and tetratricopeptide repeat A (TPR2A) domain of the heat shock organizing protein (Hop) is a useful prototype to study the fundamental molecular details about the Hop-Hsp90 interaction. We study here the mechanism of binding/unbinding, and compute the standard binding free energy and potential of mean force for the association of the MEEVD peptide to the TPR2A domain using the Adaptive Biasing Force (ABF) methodology...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723207/wearable-flexible-and-multifunctional-healthcare-device-with-an-isfet-chemical-sensor-for-simultaneous-sweat-ph-and-skin-temperature-monitoring
#8
Shogo Nakata, Takayuki Arie, Seiji Akita, Kuniharu Takei
Real-time daily healthcare monitoring may increase the chances of predicting and diagnosing diseases in their early stages which, currently, occurs most frequently during medical check-ups. Next-generation noninvasive healthcare devices, such as flexible multifunctional sensor sheets designed to be worn on skin, are considered to be highly suitable candidates for continuous real-time health monitoring. For healthcare applications, acquiring data on the chemical state of the body, alongside physical characteristics such as body temperature and activity, are extremely important for predicting and identifying potential health conditions...
March 24, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723185/silanization-of-sapphire-surfaces-for-optical-sensing-applications
#9
Tanja Sandner, Annina M Steinbach, Peter Knittel, Thomas Diemant, R Jürgen Behm, Steffen Strehle, Christine Kranz, Boris Mizaikoff
Well-characterized silane layers are essential for optimized attachment of (bio)molecules enabling reliable chem/biosensor performance. Herein, binding properties and orientation of 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane layers at crystalline sapphire (0001) surfaces were determined by water contact angle measurements, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy measurements suggest an almost perpendicular arrangement of the MPTMS molecules to the substrate surface...
April 28, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723128/calorimetric-biosensing-system-for-quantification-of-urinary-creatinine
#10
David Gaddes, William Brian Reeves, Srinivas Tadigadapa
In this work, we demonstrate the quantification of creatinine in human urine samples using a microcalorimetric sensing system. The calorimetric sensor is based on an array of microfabricated Y-cut quartz resonators. The piezoelectric quartz is etched down to a thickness of 10 μm and exhibits a bulk acoustic resonance of 166 MHz. The temperature sensitivity of this high-frequency quartz resonator is 14 600 Hz/K due to the high phenomenological sensitivity of quartz. Most importantly, the quartz sensors and the analyte fluidics are decoupled providing a significantly more robust calorimetric sensing system than directly contacted chip calorimeters...
June 23, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723115/response-of-gallium-nitride-chemiresistors-to-carbon-monoxide-is-due-to-oxygen-contamination
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Ravi Mohan Prasad, Stefan Lauterbach, Hans-Joachim Kleebe, Odile Merdrignac-Conanec, Nicolae Barsan, Udo Weimar, Aleksander Gurlo
We report on the influence of oxygen impurities on the gas sensing properties of gallium nitride (GaN) chemiresistors. As shown by XRD, elemental analysis, and TEM characterization, surface oxidation of GaN-for example, upon contact to ambient air atmosphere-creates an oxidative amorphous layer which provides the sites for the sensing toward CO. Treating this powder under dry ammonia at 800 °C converts the oxide layer in nitride, and consequently the sensing performance toward CO is dramatically reduced for ammonia treated GaN gas sensors...
June 23, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723113/an-inexpensive-single-use-carbon-based-sensor-for-the-rapid-and-early-detection-of-hydrocarbon-leaks
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H Bri Sebastian, Robert M Mayall, Roberto J Pilonieta, Steven L Bryant
A novel fabrication process for a single use, low-cost organic solvent sensor has been developed. The process is simple, and the materials are readily available. Carbon nanomaterials are self-assembled at a water/hexane interface, where the hexane phase contains dissolved paraffin wax. Upon the controlled evaporation of hexane, the paraffin wax precipitates, trapping the carbon nanoparticles at the surface in a paraffin wax backbone, realizing a carbon-nanoparticle-decorated film. The film is hydrophobic and highly electrically conductive...
June 23, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723086/formation-of-core-shell-ethane-silver-clusters-in-he-droplets
#13
Evgeny Loginov, Luis F Gomez, Boris G Sartakov, Andrey F Vilesov
Ethane core - silver shell clusters consisting of several thousand particles have been assembled in helium droplets upon capture of first ethane molecules, followed by Ag atoms. The composite clusters were studied via infrared laser spectroscopy in the range of C-H stretching vibrations of ethane molecules. The spectra show the splitting of the vibrational bands, which was assigned to different environment of the molecules, such as in contact or devoid of a contact with Ag atoms. The analysis of the band intensities for different number of trapped ethane molecules and Ag atoms indicates that the composite clusters consist of ethane core covered with small Ag clusters having different degree of submergence on the surface...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723084/mineral-reactions-in-shale-gas-reservoirs-barite-scale-formation-from-reusing-produced-water-as-hydraulic-fracturing-fluid
#14
Amelia N Paukert Vankeuren, J Alexandra Hakala, Karl Jarvis, Johnathan E Moore
Hydraulic fracturing for gas production is now ubiquitous in shale plays, but relatively little is known about shale-hydraulic fracturing fluid (HFF) reactions within the reservoir. To investigate reactions during the shut-in period of hydraulic fracturing, experiments were conducted flowing different HFFs through fractured Marcellus Shale cores at reservoir temperature and pressure (66(o)C, 20 MPa) for one week. Results indicate HFFs with hydrochloric acid cause substantial dissolution of carbonate minerals, as expected, increasing effective fracture volume (fracture volume + near-fracture matrix porosity) by 56-65%...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722816/construction-of-all-solid-state-batteries-based-on-sulfur-graphene-composite-and-li9-54si1-74p1-44s11-7cl0-3-solid-electrolyte
#15
Ruochen Xu, Zhang Wu, Shenzhao Zhang, Xiuli Wang, Yan Xia, Xinhui Xia, Xiaohua Huang, Jiangping Tu
Herein we report an effective way for construction of all-solid-state lithium-sulfur batteries (LSBs) with sulfur/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and Li9.54Si1.74P1.44S11.7Cl0.3 solid electrolyte. In the composite cathode, the Li9.54Si1.74P1.44S11.7Cl0.3 powder is homogeneously mixed with the S/rGO composite to enhance the ionic conductivity. Coupled with metallic Li anode and solid electrolyte, the designed S/rGO-Li9.54Si1.74P1.44S11.7Cl0.3 composite cathode exhibits a high specific capacity and good cyclic stability...
July 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722774/-promoting-continuity-of-care-specialist-nurses-role-experiences-in-gynaecological-oncology-a-qualitative-study
#16
Andrea Kobleder, Hanna Mayer, Larissa Gehrig, Beate Senn
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To investigate the experiences of specialist nurses in Switzerland concerning their role of caring for women with gynaecological cancer. BACKGROUND: Women with gynaecological cancer often face complex situations, which require an integrative and quality-assured approach by the healthcare system. Specialist nurses can play an important role in supporting these patients. However, in countries where the role of specialist nurses is at a developmental stage, their role lacks clarity...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722614/identification-of-risk-factors-associated-with-transmission-of-plague-disease-in-eastern-zambia
#17
Stanley S Nyirenda, Bernard M Hang'ombe, Robert Machangu, Jackson Mwanza, Bukheti S Kilonzo
Plague is a fatal, primarily rodent-flea-borne zoonotic disease caused by Yersinia pestis. The identification of risk factors of plague was investigated through questionnaire interview and conducting focus group discussion (FGD) in Sinda and Nyimba of eastern Zambia. A total of 104 questionnaires were administered to individual respondents and 20 groups consisting of 181 discussants, which comprised FGD team in this study. The study revealed that trapping, transportation, and preparation of rodents for food exposed the community to rodent and their fleas suggesting that plague may have occurred primarily by either flea bites or contact with infected wild rodents...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722608/active-tuberculosis-case-finding-in-haiti
#18
Jack Masur, Serena P Koenig, Pierrot Julma, Oksana Ocheretina, Maria A Durán-Mendicuti, Daniel W Fitzgerald, Jean W Pape
In 2010, Haiti suffered from a devastating earthquake; data on the impact on the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic are limited. From January to June 2013, we conducted active case finding at the household level in a slum in Port-au-Prince. Community health workers identified individuals with cough ≥ 2 weeks, and referred them for evaluation. Contact tracing was conducted for patients with active TB. Of an estimated 7,500 residents screened, 394 (5%) had cough and were tested for TB. One hundred (25%) were diagnosed with active TB; 53 (53%) were smear positive...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722592/a-cluster-of-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-infections-of-severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-caused-by-person-to-person-transmission
#19
Deyu Huang, Yueping Jiang, Xiaoping Liu, Bo Wang, Junming Shi, Zhan Su, Hui Wang, Ting Wang, Shuang Tang, Hanyun Liu, Zhihong Hu, Fei Deng, Shu Shen
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV) is a novel phlebovirus that was identified to be the etiological pathogen of the emerging infectious disease, severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS). SFTSV could be transmitted through tick bite. Transmission of SFTSV among humans has also been reported mainly through direct blood contact. In July 2014, a cluster of six suspected SFTS cases occurred in Shandong Province, China. In this cluster, both symptomatic and asymptomatic persons were included...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722570/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-in-close-childhood-contacts-of-adults-with-pulmonary-tuberculosis-is-increased-by-secondhand-exposure-to-tobacco
#20
Ifedayo M O Adetifa, Lindsay Kendall, Simon Donkor, Moses D Lugos, Abdulrahman S Hammond, Patrick K Owiafe, Martin O C Ota, Roger H Brookes, Philip C Hill
Tobacco use is a major risk factor for tuberculosis (TB). Secondhand smoke (SHS) is also a risk factor for TB and to a lesser extent, Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection without disease. We investigated the added risk of M. tuberculosis infection due to SHS exposure in childhood contacts of TB cases in The Gambia. Participants were childhood household contacts aged ≤ 14 years of newly diagnosed pulmonary TB (PTB) cases. The intensity of exposure to the case was categorized according to whether contacts slept in the same room, same house, or a different house as the case...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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