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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438012/smartphone-based-dual-modality-imaging-system-for-quantitative-detection-of-color-or-fluorescent-lateral-flow-immunochromatographic-strips
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Yafei Hou, Kan Wang, Kun Xiao, Weijian Qin, Wenting Lu, Wei Tao, Daxiang Cui
Nowadays, lateral flow immunochromatographic assays are increasingly popular as a diagnostic tool for point-of-care (POC) test based on their simplicity, specificity, and sensitivity. Hence, quantitative detection and pluralistic popular application are urgently needed in medical examination. In this study, a smartphone-based dual-modality imaging system was developed for quantitative detection of color or fluorescent lateral flow test strips, which can be operated anywhere at any time. In this system, the white and ultra-violet (UV) light of optical device was designed, which was tunable with different strips, and the Sobel operator algorithm was used in the software, which could enhance the identification ability to recognize the test area from the background boundary information...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437846/pain-sensitization-is-associated-with-disease-activity-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-a-cross-sectional-study
#2
Yvonne C Lee, Clifton O Bingham, Robert R Edwards, Wendy Marder, Phillips Kristine, Marcy B Bolster, Daniel J Clauw, Larry W Moreland, Bing Lu, Alyssa Wohlfahrt, Zhi Zhang, Tuhina Neogi
OBJECTIVE: Pain sensitization may contribute to pain severity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), impacting assessment of disease activity. We examined whether pain processing mechanisms were associated with disease activity among RA patients with active disease. METHODS: This study includes 139 subjects enrolled in the Central Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis cohort. Subjects underwent quantitative sensory testing (QST), including assessment of pressure pain thresholds (PPTs) at multiple sites, conditioned pain modulation, and temporal summation...
April 24, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437805/anti-inflammatory-antipyretic-and-antinociceptive-effects-of-a-cressa-cretica-aqueous-extract
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Heba Mohammed Ibrahim Abdallah, Abdelsamed Ibrahim Elshamy, Abd El-Nasser Gaber El Gendy, Ahmed Mohamed Abd El-Gawad, Elsayed Abouelfotowh Omer, Marinella De Leo, Luisa Pistelli
Cressa cretica is a widely grown halophytic plant traditionally used for the treatment of different ailments. Previous investigations reported its biological activity on a wide spectrum of diseases. In this study, in vivo antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic activities of C. cretica aqueous extract whole plant were evaluated. In addition, the total polyphenol content, the total flavonoid content, and the chemical characterization of the extract were performed. C. cretica showed writhing inhibition in acetic acid-induced peripheral nociception of 43 and 48 % at doses of 50 and 100 mg/kg, respectively...
April 24, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437802/surveillance-after-resection-of-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-with-curative-intent-a-multicenter-survey-in-germany-and-review-of-the-literature
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Thomas J Ettrich, Lucas A Schulte, Natalie Eitel, Kristin Ettrich, Andreas W Berger, Lukas Perkhofer, Thomas Seufferlein
Background Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the most lethal cancers with high risk of relapse even after curative-intended resection. There are no evidence-based recommendations for surveillance in actual guidelines. Given this situation and as a basis for prospective studies, we wanted to determine the current practice of surveillance after pancreatic cancer resection in German institutions. Methods A web-based questionnaire was sent in 2015 to 300 German institutions (hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private practices) experienced in the care of patients with PDAC...
April 24, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437787/a-comparison-of-three-different-volumes-of-levobupivacaine-for-caudal-block-in-children-undergoing-orchidopexy-and-inguinal-hernia-repair
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Vesna Marjanovic, Ivana Budic, Marija Stevic, Dusica Simic
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of three different volumes of 0.25% levobupivacaine caudally administered on the effect of intra- and post-operative analgesia in children undergoing orchidopexy and inguinal hernia repair. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Forty children, aged 1 to 7 years, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status I and II, were randomized into 3 different groups according to the applied volumes of 0.25% levobupivacaine: group 1 (n=13): 0...
April 23, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437780/evidence-based-practice-knowledge-attitudes-and-practice-of-online-graduate-nursing-students
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Wilaiporn Rojjanasrirat, Jan Rice
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate changes in evidence-based practice (EBP) knowledge, attitudes, and practice of nursing students before and after completing an online, graduate level, introductory research/EBP course. DESIGN: A prospective one-group pretest-posttest design. SETTINGS: A private university in the Midwestern, USA. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty-three online nurse practitioner students in Master's program. METHODS: A convenient sample of online graduate nursing students who enrolled in the research/EBP course was invited to participate in the study...
April 14, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437740/stabilization-of-metal-loid-s-in-two-contaminated-agricultural-soils-comparing-biochar-to-its-non-pyrolysed-source-material
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Lukáš Trakal, Irene Raya-Moreno, Kerry Mitchell, Luke Beesley
Two metal(loid) contaminated agricultural soils were amended with grape stalk (wine production by-product)-derived biochar as well as its pre-pyrolysed origin material, to investigate their geochemical impacts on As, Cr, Cu and Zn. Detailed physico-chemical evaluation combined with a column leaching test determined the retention of metal(loid)s from soil solution by each amendments. A pot experiment measured metal(loid)s in soil pore water and their uptake to ryegrass when the amendments were mixed into soils at 1 and 5% (w/w)...
April 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437733/the-establishment-of-in%C3%A2-vitro-culture-and-drug-screening-systems-for-a-newly-isolated-strain-of-trypanosoma-equiperdum
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Keisuke Suganuma, Shino Yamasaki, Nthatisi Innocentia Molefe, Peter Simon Musinguzi, Batdorj Davaasuren, Ehab Mossaad, Sandagdorj Narantsatsral, Banzragch Battur, Badgar Battsetseg, Noboru Inoue
Dourine is caused by Trypanosoma equiperdum via coitus with an infected horse. Although dourine is distributed in Equidae worldwide and is listed as an internationally important animal disease by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), no effective treatment strategies have been established. In addition, there are no reports on drug discovery, because no drug screening system exists for this parasite. A new T. equiperdum strain was recently isolated from the genital organ of a stallion that showed typical symptoms of dourine...
April 13, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437729/evaluation-of-the-effects-of-polymeric-chitosan-tripolyphosphate-and-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-on-germination-of-zea-mays-brassica-rapa-and-pisum-sativum
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Daniele Y Nakasato, Anderson E S Pereira, Jhones L Oliveira, Halley C Oliveira, Leonardo F Fraceto
Although the potential toxicity of many metallic and carbon nanoparticles to plants has been reported, few studies have evaluated the phytotoxic effects of polymeric and solid lipid nanoparticles. The present work described the preparation and characterization of chitosan/tripolyphosphate (CS/TPP) nanoparticles and solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) and evaluated the effects of different concentrations of these nanoparticles on germination of Zea mays, Brassica rapa, and Pisum sativum. CS/TPP nanoparticles presented an average size of 233...
April 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437728/is-a-a-o-process-effective-in-toxicity-removal-case-study-with-coking-wastewater
#10
Liu Shi, Dong Wang, Di Cao, Chunhong Na, Xie Quan, Ying Zhang
The anaerobic-anoxic-oxic (A/A/O) process is the commonly used biological wastewater treatment process, especially for the coking wastewater. However, limit is known about its ability in bio-toxicity removal from wastewater. In this study, we evaluated the performance of A/A/O process in bio-toxicity removal from the coking wastewater, using two test species (i.e. crustacean (Daphnia magna) and zebra fish (Danio rerio)) in respect of acute toxicity, oxidative damage and genotoxicity. Our results showed that the acute toxicity of raw influent was reduced gradually along with A/A/O process and the effluent presented no acute toxicity to Daphnia magna (D...
April 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437634/convolutional-neural-network-regression-for-short-axis-left-ventricle-segmentation-in-cardiac-cine-mr-sequences
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Li Kuo Tan, Yih Miin Liew, Einly Lim, Robert A McLaughlin
Automated left ventricular (LV) segmentation is crucial for efficient quantification of cardiac function and morphology to aid subsequent management of cardiac pathologies. In this paper, we parameterize the complete (all short axis slices and phases) LV segmentation task in terms of the radial distances between the LV centerpoint and the endo- and epicardial contours in polar space. We then utilize convolutional neural network regression to infer these parameters. Utilizing parameter regression, as opposed to conventional pixel classification, allows the network to inherently reflect domain-specific physical constraints...
April 12, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437613/evaluating-the-role-of-multidrug-resistance-protein-3-mdr3-inhibition-in-predicting-drug-induced-liver-injury-using-125-pharmaceuticals
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Michael D Aleo, Falgun Shah, Kan He, Paul D Bonin, A David Rodrigues
The role of bile salt export protein (BSEP) inhibition in drug-induced liver injury (DILI) has been investigated widely, while inhibition of the canalicular multidrug resistant protein 3 (MDR3) has received less attention. This transporter plays a pivotal role in secretion of phospholipids into bile and functions coordinately with BSEP to mediate the formation of bile acid-containing biliary micelles. Therefore, inhibition of MDR3 in human hepatocytes was examined across 125 drugs (70 of Most- and 55 of No-DILI-concern)...
April 24, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437553/genotype-x-environment-interaction-on-experimental-hybrids-of-chili-pepper
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N S S Cabral, A M Medeiros, L G Neves, C P Sudré, S Pimenta, V J Coelho, M E Serafim, R Rodrigues
In Brazil, cultivation of hybrid plants comprise near 40% of the area grown with vegetables. For Capsicum, hybrids of bell and chili peppers have already exceeded 50% and over 25% of all are commercialized seeds. This study aimed to evaluate new pepper hybrids in two environments, Cáceres, MT, and Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ, Brazil. Nine experimental hybrids of C. baccatum var. pendulum were tested and trials were performed in a randomized block design, with three replications and eight plants per plot. In each environment, plants were assessed for canopy diameter, plant height, number of fruit per plant, mean fruit mass per plant, fruit length and diameter, pulp thickness, and content of soluble solids...
April 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437549/poor-utility-of-gonadal-shielding-for-pediatric-pelvic-radiographs
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Mark C Lee, Jessica Lloyd, Matthew J Solomito
Plain pelvic radiographs are commonly used for a variety of pediatric orthopedic disorders. Lead shielding is typically placed over the gonads to minimize radiation exposure to these sensitive tissues. However, misplaced shielding can sabotage efforts to protect patients from excessive radiation exposure either by not covering radiosensitive tissues or by obscuring anatomic areas of interest, prompting repeat radiographic examinations. The goal of this study was to determine the incidence of misplaced shielding for pelvic radiographs obtained for pediatric orthopedic evaluation...
April 24, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437547/concordance-of-patient-and-physician-perceptions-of-care-in-an-orthopedic-clinic
#15
Kelly Zhang, Charles Day, Matthew L Iorio
It is essential to study whether physicians' perceptions align with their patients' views, as understanding patient perception leads to superior satisfaction and health outcomes. Previous studies have established differences in physician-patient perceptions, but no studies have been conducted in orthopedic clinics. The authors' primary goal was to evaluate differences in physician and patient perceptions of an orthopedic clinic visit. Their secondary objective was to determine the influence of visit length, demographics, and depression risk-level on patient satisfaction...
April 24, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437520/academic-performance-motor-function-and-behavior-11-years-after-neonatal-caffeine-citrate-therapy-for-apnea-of-prematurity-an-11-year-follow-up-of-the-cap-randomized-clinical-trial
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Barbara Schmidt, Robin S Roberts, Peter J Anderson, Elizabeth V Asztalos, Lorrie Costantini, Peter G Davis, Deborah Dewey, Judy D'Ilario, Lex W Doyle, Ruth E Grunau, Diane Moddemann, Harvey Nelson, Arne Ohlsson, Alfonso Solimano, Win Tin
Importance: Caffeine citrate therapy for apnea of prematurity reduces the rates of bronchopulmonary dysplasia, severe retinopathy, and neurodevelopmental disability at 18 months and may improve motor function at 5 years. Objective: To evaluate whether neonatal caffeine therapy is associated with improved functional outcomes 11 years later. Design, Setting, and Participants: A follow-up study was conducted at 14 academic hospitals in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom from May 7, 2011, to May 27, 2016, of English- or French-speaking children who had been enrolled in the randomized, placebo-controlled Caffeine for Apnea of Prematurity trial between October 11, 1999, and October 22, 2004...
April 24, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437515/a-new-equation-for-predicting-evolution-of-oral-pain-in-orthodontic-treatment-a-longitudinal-prospective-cohort-study
#17
Monica Larrea, Rosario Salvador, Rosa Cibrian, Jose Luis Gandia, Vanessa Paredes-Gallardo
AIMS: To develop an equation capable of relating the evolution of oral pain to the time elapsed, measured from the moment of dental archwire fitting and identifying when pain begins, peaks, and ends; and secondly, to compare pain during orthodontic treatment in relation to archwire material (steel or nickel-titanium [Ni-Ti]) and position (maxillary or mandibular) and patient age (child, teenager, or adult) and gender (male or female). METHODS: A longitudinal prospective cohort study was conducted of 112 patients who filled in a scale to evaluate pain, noting the times when the pain occurred...
April 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437509/thermal-perception-as-a-key-factor-for-assessing-effects-of-trigeminal-nerve-injury
#18
Hye-Kyoung Kim, Ki-Suk Kim, Mee-Eun Kim
AIMS: To conduct a functional examination using multimodal exploration of a sample of patients with iatrogenic trigeminal nerve injury to understand the underlying mechanisms of neuropathic pain following trigeminal nerve injury. METHODS: Subjective and objective symptoms and responses to thermal and electrical quantitative sensory testing (QST) were evaluated in 85 patients with unilateral trigeminal nerve injury. Objective symptoms were measured by seven clinical sensory tests...
April 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437508/comparative-evaluation-of-anesthetic-efficacy-of-2-lidocaine-4-articaine-and-0-5-bupivacaine-on-inferior-alveolar-nerve-block-in-patients-with-symptomatic-irreversible-pulpitis-a-prospective-randomized-double-blind-clinical-trial
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Vivek Aggarwal, Mamta Singla, Sanjay Miglani
AIMS: To compare the anesthetic efficacy of 1.8 mL of 2% lidocaine with 1:200,000 epinephrine, 4% articaine with 1:100,000 epinephrine, and 0.5% bupivacaine with 1:200,000 epinephrine on producing inferior alveolar nerve block (IANB) in patients with symptomatic irreversible pulpitis. METHODS: A total of 91 adult patients who were actively experiencing mandibular molar pain were involved in this study. The patients were randomly divided into three groups on the basis of the anesthetic solution used...
April 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437504/effect-of-plate-in-close-proximity-to-empty-external-fixation-pin-site-on-long-bone-torsional-strength
#20
Fred L Speck, Randal P Morris, Ronald W Lindsey
Complex tibia fractures are often provisionally stabilized with external fixation prior to definitive fracture fixation. Bicortical defects, such as those left after removal of a fixator pin, can decrease the torsional strength of long bone. Evaluating the effect of subsequent plate fixation in close proximity to a defect on the torsional strength of the tibia is the purpose of this study. Eight groups of 5 fourth-generation left composite tibias were tested to failure in torsion. The experimental plated groups consisted of bicortical defects at 3 cm, 2 cm, and 1 cm distal to the plate end, with 1 plated group without a defect...
March 2017: American Journal of Orthopedics
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