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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735045/multiplexed-capillary-microfluidic-immunoassay-with-smartphone-data-acquisition-for-parallel-mycotoxin-detection
#1
Jessica M D Machado, Ruben R G Soares, Virginia Chu, João P Conde
The field of microfluidics holds great promise for the development of simple and portable lab-on-a-chip systems. The use of capillarity as a means of fluidic manipulation in lab-on-a-chip systems can potentially reduce the complexity of the instrumentation and allow the development of user-friendly devices for point-of-need analyses. In this work, a PDMS microchannel-based, colorimetric, autonomous capillary chip provides a multiplexed and semi-quantitative immunodetection assay. Results are acquired using a standard smartphone camera and analyzed with a simple gray scale quantification procedure...
July 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734816/glaucoma-screening-in-nepal-cup-to-disc-estimate-with-standard-mydriatic-fundus-camera-compared-to-portable-non-mydriatic-camera
#2
Sarah E Miller, Suman Thapa, Alan L Robin, Leslie M Niziol, Pradeep Y Ramulu, Maria A Woodward, Indira Paudyal, Ian Pitha, Tyson N Kim, Paula Anne Newman-Casey
PURPOSE: To compare cup to disc ratio (CDR) measurements from images taken with a portable, 45° non-mydriatic fundus camera to images from a traditional table-top mydriatic fundus camera. DESIGN: Prospective, cross sectional, comparative instrument validation study. METHODS: materials-methods SETTING: Clinic-based. STUDY POPULATION: 422 eyes of 211 subjects were recruited from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (Kathmandu, Nepal)...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734366/a-label-free-genetic-biosensor-for-diabetes-based-on-aunps-decorated-ito-with-electrochemiluminescent-signaling
#3
Suyan Zhai, Chen Fang, Jilin Yan, Qun Zhao, Yifeng Tu
The variation of I27L gene closely relates to increasing risk of type 2 diabetes, thus it is greatly significant to develop various methods for its identification or monitoring. We report here a novel label-free electrochemiluminescent (ECL) biosensor for simple and effective determination of I27L gene based on Au nanoparticles functionalized ITO electrode. The ECL technique is employed to monitor the hybridization of DNA strands by measuring the changes of its intensity. Here, the ECL signal was quenched by blocked access of probe (luminol anion) owing to the electrostatic repulsion of negatively charged sensor surface and the space resistance...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734362/discrimination-of-bacteria-by-rapid-sensing-their-metabolic-volatiles-using-an-aspiration-type-ion-mobility-spectrometer-a-ims-and-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-gc-ms
#4
Ileana Andreea Ratiu, Victor Bocos-Bintintan, Adrian Patrut, Victor Hugo Moll, Matthew Turner, C L Paul Thomas
The objective of our study was to investigate whether one may quickly and reliably discriminate different microorganism strains by direct monitoring of the headspace atmosphere above their cultures. Headspace samples above a series of in vitro bacterial cultures were directly interrogated using an aspiration type ion mobility spectrometer (a-IMS), which produced distinct profiles ("fingerprints") of ion currents generated simultaneously by the detectors present inside the ion mobility cell. Data processing and analysis using principal component analysis showed net differences in the responses produced by volatiles emitted by various bacterial strains...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734360/revealing-the-biography-of-a-hidden-medieval-manuscript-using-synchrotron-and-conventional-imaging-techniques
#5
E Pouyet, S Devine, T Grafakos, R Kieckhefer, J Salvant, L Smieska, A Woll, A Katsaggelos, O Cossairt, M Walton
Reading the content of hidden texts from ancient manuscripts has become an increasingly important endeavor thanks to the variety of non-destructive analytical tools and image processing routines available for this task. In this study, portable macro X-Ray Fluorescence (MA-XRF-tube), Visible Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI) together with Synchrotron based macro X-Ray Fluorescence (MA-XRF-SR) are combined with signal processing methods to reveal the biography of a degraded manuscript recycled as binding material for a 16th century printed edition of Hesiod's Works and Days...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734264/a-small-scale-portable-method-for-extracting-microplastics-from-marine-sediments
#6
Rachel L Coppock, Matthew Cole, Penelope K Lindeque, Ana M Queirós, Tamara S Galloway
Microplastics (plastic particles, 0.1 μm-5 mm in size) are widespread marine pollutants, accumulating in benthic sediments and shorelines the world over. To gain a clearer understanding of microplastic availability to marine life, and the risks they pose to the health of benthic communities, ecological processes and food security, it is important to obtain accurate measures of microplastic abundance in marine sediments. To date, methods for extracting microplastics from marine sediments have been disadvantaged by complexity, expense, low extraction efficiencies and incompatibility with very fine sediments...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734173/reliability-and-validity-of-the-tilburg-frailty-indicator-tfi-among-chinese-community-dwelling-older-people
#7
Lijuan Dong, Na Liu, Xiaoyu Tian, Xiaoxia Qiao, Robbert J J Gobbens, Robert L Kane, Cuili Wang
OBJECTIVE: To translate the Tilburg Frailty Indicator (TFI) into Chinese and assess its reliability and validity. METHODS: A sample of 917 community-dwelling older people, aged ≥60 years, in a Chinese city was included between August 2015 and March 2016. Construct validity was assessed using alternative measures corresponding to the TFI items, including self-rated health status (SRH), unintentional weight loss, walking speed, timed-up-and-go tests (TUGT), making telephone calls, grip strength, exhaustion, Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire (SPMSQ), Geriatric Depression scale (GDS-15), emotional role, Adaptability Partnership Growth Affection and Resolve scale (APGAR) and Social Support Rating Scale (SSRS)...
July 15, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733965/molecular-communication-over-gas-stream-channels-using-portable-mass-spectrometry
#8
Stamatios Giannoukos, Alan Marshall, Stephen Taylor, Jeremy Smith
The synthetic generation/coding and transmission of olfactory information over a gas stream or an odor network is a new and unexplored field. Application areas vary from the entertainment or advertisement industry to security and telemedicine. However, current technological limitations frustrate the accurate reproduction of decoded and transmitted olfactory data. This study describes the development, testing, and characterization of a novel odor emitter (OE) that is used to investigate the generation-encoding of gaseous standards with odorous characteristics with a regulatable way, for scent transmission purposes...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732298/stomatal-and-non-stomatal-factors-regulated-the-photosynthesis-of-soybean-seedlings-in-the-present-of-exogenous-bisphenol-a
#9
Liya Jiao, Lihong Wang, Qing Zhou, Xiaohua Huang
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an emerging environmental endocrine disruptor that has toxic effects on plants growth. Photosynthesis supplies the substances and energy required for plant growth, and regulated by stomatal and non-stomatal factors. Therefore, in this study, to reveal how BPA affects photosynthesis in soybean seedlings (Glycine max L.) from the perspective of stomatal and non-stomatal factors, the stomatal factors (stomatal conductance and behaviours) and non-stomatal factors (Hill reaction, apparent quantum efficiency, Rubisco activity, carboxylation efficiency, the maximum Rubisco carboxylation velocity, ribulose-1,5-bisphospate regeneration capacities mediated by maximum electron transport rates, and triose phosphate utilization rate) were investigated using a portable photosynthesis system...
July 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732293/investigation-of-the-wash-off-process-using-an-innovative-portable-rainfall-simulator-allowing-continuous-monitoring-of-flow-and-turbidity-at-the-urban-surface-outlet
#10
Saja Al Ali, Céline Bonhomme, Philippe Dubois, Ghassan Chebbo
Development of appropriate models, based on an in-depth understanding of the wash-off process, is essential to accurately estimating pollutant loads transported by stormwater, thereby minimizing environmental contamination. To this end, we developed an innovative rainfall simulator, which simulated an intense rainfall (120mm/h) and permitted the acquisition of runoff samples as well as the in situ monitoring of continuous flow and turbidity dynamics. Relationships between deposited sediments and total suspended solids in simulated runoff were thus investigated on two different types of surfaces within the Paris region in terms of loads and particle size distribution...
July 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728854/potential-use-of-american-college-of-radiology-bi-rads-mammography-atlas-for-reporting-and-assessing-lesions-detected-on-dedicated-breast-ct-imaging-preliminary-study
#11
Hae Kyoung Jung, Cherie M Kuzmiak, Keum Won Kim, Na Mi Choi, Hye Jeong Kim, Eun Lee Langman, Sora Yoon, Doreen Steen, Donglin Zeng, Fei Gao
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Dedicated breast computed tomography (DBCT) is an emerging and promising modality for breast lesions. The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential use of applying the BI-RADS Mammography Atlas 5th Edition for reporting and assessing breast lesions on DBCT. Currently, no atlas exists for DBCT. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four radiologists trained in breast imaging were recruited in this institutional review board-approved, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant study...
July 17, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728609/multiple-myeloma-can-be-accurately-diagnosed-in-acute-kidney-injury-patients-using-a-rapid-serum-free-light-chain-test
#12
Jennifer L J Heaney, John P Campbell, Punit Yadav, Ann E Griffin, Meena Shemar, Jennifer H Pinney, Mark T Drayson
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common in patients with multiple myeloma (MM). Whether serum free light chain (sFLC) measurements can distinguish between myeloma and other causes of AKI requires confirmation to guide early treatment. A rapid and portable sFLC test (Seralite®) is newly available and could reduce delays in obtaining sFLC results and accelerate diagnosis in patients with unexplained AKI. This study evaluated the accuracy of Seralite® to identify MM as the cause of AKI...
July 20, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728008/pen-on-paper-strategy-for-point-of-care-testing-rapid-prototyping-of-fully-written-microfluidic-biosensor
#13
Zedong Li, Fei Li, Yue Xing, Zhi Liu, Minli You, Yingchun Li, Ting Wen, Zhiguo Qu, Xiao Ling Li, Feng Xu
Paper-based microfluidic biosensors have recently attracted increasing attentions in point-of-care testing (POCT) territories benefiting from their affordable, accessible and eco-friendly features, where technologies for fabricating such biosensors are preferred to be equipment free, easy-to-operate and capable of rapid prototyping. In this work, we developed a pen-on-paper (PoP) strategy based on two custom-made pens, i.e., a wax pen and a conductive-ink pen, to fully write paper-based microfluidic biosensors through directly writing both microfluidic channels and electrodes...
July 1, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727917/a-3d-printed-portable-optical-sensing-platform-for-smartphones-capable-of-detecting-the-herbicide-2-4-dichlorophenoxyacetic-acid
#14
Yijia Wang, Mohamed Maarouf Ali Zeinhom, Mingming Yang, Rongrong Sun, Shengfu Wang, Jordan N Smith, Charles Timchalk, Lei Li, Yuehe Lin, Dan Du
Onsite rapid detection of herbicide and herbicide residuals in environmental and biological specimens is important for agriculture, environment, food safety, and health care. Traditional method for herbicide detection requires expensive laboratory equipment and a long turn-round time. In this work, we developed a single-stripe microliter plate smartphone colorimetric device for rapid and low-cost in-field test. This portable smartphone platform is capable of screening 8 samples in a microplate single-stripe...
July 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727229/volatile-organic-compound-detection-as-a-potential-means-of-diagnosing-cutaneous-wound-infections
#15
Mohammed Ashrafi, Matt Bates, Mohamed Baguneid, Teresa Alonso-Rasgado, Riina Rautemaa-Richardson, Ardeshir Bayat
Chronic cutaneous wound infections and surgical site infections (SSIs) present a huge burden on the healthcare system and can lead to increased morbidity and mortality. Current diagnostic methods of identifying and confirming infection involve culture-based and molecular methods. Both techniques are time consuming and delays commonly lead to un-targeted empirical treatment. An ideal diagnostic method would be non-invasive and highly sensitive and detect pathogenic organisms with a high degree of accuracy in order to allow targeted treatment...
July 20, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727097/evaluating-the-impact-of-breed-pregnancy-and-hair-coat-on-body-temperature-and-sweating-rate-of-hair-sheep-ewes-in-the-tropics
#16
R W Godfrey, W D Preston, S R Joseph, L LaPlace, P E Hillman, K G Gebremedhin, C N Lee, R J Collier
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of pregnancy, breed, and hair coat on body temperature and sweating rate (SR) of hair sheep. St. Croix White (STX; = 9) and Dorper × STX (DRPX; = 9) ewes (3.6 yr of age) were evaluated over 4 d at 126 d of gestation (PREG) and over 4 d at 46 d postpartum (OPEN) in the shade and sun and in the morning (AM; 0900 to 1200 h) and afternoon (PM; 1300 to 1600 h) after a 20 min acclimation to each condition on each day. Data loggers recorded vaginal temperature (VT) at 10-min intervals for 96 h...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726939/a-super-flexible-and-custom-shaped-graphene-heater
#17
Tian-Yu Zhang, Hai-Ming Zhao, Dan-Yang Wang, Qian Wang, Yu Pang, Ning-Qin Deng, Hui-Wen Cao, Yi Yang, Tian-Ling Ren
In this paper, we fabricate a graphene film heater through laser reduction on graphene oxide, which is a two-step process. The electrothermal performance of the graphene heater can be adjusted by the laser energy density. While the applied voltage is 18 V, the graphene heater reaches a steady-state temperature of 247.3 °C within 20 s. After the graphene heater is folded in half 100 times, its output temperature remains to be precisely controlled by the input power and the temperature distribution is uniform...
July 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726914/3d-printed-smartphone-based-point-of-care-tool-for-fluorescence-and-magnetophoresis-based-cytometry
#18
Stephanie Knowlton, Ashwini Joshi, Philip Syrrist, Ahmet F Coskun, Savas Tasoglu
In developing countries, there are often limited resources available to provide important medical diagnostics, which severely limits our ability to diagnose conditions and administer proper treatment, leading to high mortality rates for treatable conditions. Here, we propose a multiplex tool capable of density-based cell sorting via magnetic focusing in parallel with fluorescence imaging to provide highly specific clinical assays. While many cell sorting techniques and fluorescence microscopes generally are costly and require extensive user training, limiting accessibility and usability in developing countries, this device is compact, low-cost, and portable...
July 20, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726728/a-novel-physical-sensing-principle-for-liquid-characterization-using-paper-based-hygro-mechanical-systems-pb-hms
#19
Angel Perez-Cruz, Ion Stiharu, Aurelio Dominguez-Gonzalez
In recent years paper-based microfluidic systems have emerged as versatile tools for developing sensors in different areas. In this work; we report a novel physical sensing principle for the characterization of liquids using a paper-based hygro-mechanical system (PB-HMS). The PB-HMS is formed by the interaction of liquid droplets and paper-based mini-structures such as cantilever beams. The proposed principle takes advantage of the hygroscopic properties of paper to produce hygro-mechanical motion. The dynamic response of the PB-HMS reveals information about the tested liquid that can be applied to characterize certain properties of liquids...
July 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724509/youth-oriented-activity-trackers-comprehensive-laboratory-and-field-based-validation
#20
John R Sirard, Brittany Masteller, Patty S Freedson, Albert Mendoza, Amanda Hickey
BACKGROUND: Commercial activity trackers are growing in popularity among adults and some are beginning to be marketed to children. There is, however, a paucity of independent research examining the validity of these devices to detect physical activity of different intensity levels. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine the validity of the output from 3 commercial youth-oriented activity trackers in 3 phases: (1) orbital shaker, (2) structured indoor activities, and (3) 4 days of free-living activity...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
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