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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529027/management-of-postneurosurgical-meningitis-narrative-review
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Khetam Hussein, Roni Bitterman, Ben Shofty, Mical Paul, Ami Neuberger
BACKGROUND: Infections complicating neurosurgery pose unacceptable mortality and morbidity. AIMS: To summarize what is known about the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of post-neurosurgical meningitis (PNM). SOURCES: PubMed, references of identified studies and reviews, and personal experience when evidence was lacking. CONTENT: The incidence and pathogen distribution of PNM is highly variable. A shift towards Gram-negative bacteria has been observed with use of antibiotic prophylaxis and antibiotic-coated devices directed mainly against Gram-positive bacteria...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526198/anthropogenic-contamination-of-portuguese-coastal-waters-during-the-bathing-season-assessment-using-caffeine-as-a-chemical-marker
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Paula Paíga, Cristina Delerue-Matos
Bathing water quality standards are based on international standards and legislations. However, in Europe, only the microbiological parameters are to be accomplished. Recent research has focused on chemical indicators that can determine human fecal contaminants in water. Therefore, the suitability of caffeine as a chemical marker of seawater pollution in the north Portuguese coastal area in the Atlantic Ocean during the bathing season was assessed in this study. The quality of water from the coasts of five cities was monitored...
May 17, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520947/synergistic-effect-of-spice-extracts-and-modified-atmospheric-packaging-towards-non-thermal-preservation-of-chicken-meat-under-refrigerated-storage
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M Sivarajan, U Lalithapriya, Peter Mariajenita, B Aafrin Vajiha, K Harini, D Madhushalini, M Sukumar
This study investigates the integrated approach of spice extracts and modified atmospheric packaging (MAP) chicken meat preservation. Specifically, extracts from clove (CL), cinnamon (CI) individually and in combination (3% w/w) along with MAP (30% CO2/70% N2 and 10% O2/30% CO2/60% N2) were used to increase the shelf life of fresh chicken meat stored at 4°C. The parameters evaluated as shelf life indications are microbiological (total viable count, Pseudomonas spp., lactic acid bacteria (LAB), and Enterobacteriaceae), physicochemical (pH, Lipid oxidation, color changes) and Sensory attributes...
May 17, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517954/on-the-rocks-microbiological-quality-and-microbial-diversity-of-packaged-ice-in-southern-california
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Kun Ho Lee, Liana S Ab Samad, Phillip M Lwin, Stefan F Riedel, Ashley Magin, Mina Bashir, Parag A Vaishampayan, Wei-Jen Lin
Ice is defined as a food and is frequently used in direct contact with food and beverages. Packaged ice is commercially produced and can be easily found in grocery and convenience stores. However, the quality and safety of packaged ice products is not consistent. The Packaged Ice Quality Control Standards manual (PIQCS) published by the International Packaged Ice Association provides the quality and processing standards for packaged ice produced by its members. Packaged ice produced on the premise of stores (on-site packaged ice) is not required to be in compliance with these standards...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515650/prevalence-and-comparing-of-some-microbiological-properties-somatic-cell-count-and-antibiotic-residue-of-organic-and-conventional-raw-milk-produced-in-turkey
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Bayram Ürkek, Mustafa Şengül, Tuba Erkaya, Vecihi Aksakal
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of production systems and milk collection periods on the somatic cell count (SCC), some microbiological properties, total aerobic mesophilic bacteria (TAMB), coliform, Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), yeast and mould) and antibiotic residue of milk; in Turkey. Milk samples were collected from 9 conventional farms and 9 organic farms during one year time, at six different months (December 2013 to October 2014), and all farms were selected from the same geographical locations...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513785/microbiological-outcomes-from-different-periodontal-maintenance-interventions-a-systematic-review
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Patricia Daniela Melchiors Angst, Amanda Finger Stadler, Rui Vicente Oppermann, Sabrina Carvalho Gomes
This study aimed to investigate the differences in the subgingival microbiological outcomes between periodontal patients submitted to a supragingival control (SPG) regimen as compared to subgingival scaling and root planing performed combined with supragingival debridement (SPG + SBG) intervention during the periodontal maintenance period (PMP). A systematic literature search using electronic databases (MEDLINE and EMBASE) was conducted looking for articles published up to August 2016 and independent of language...
May 4, 2017: Brazilian Oral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513575/adding-value-to-goat-meat-biochemical-and-technological-characterization-of-autochthonous-lactic-acid-bacteria-to-achieve-high-quality-fermented-sausages
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Miriam T Nediani, Luis García, Lucila Saavedra, Sandra Martínez, Soledad López Alzogaray, Silvina Fadda
Quality and safety are important challenges in traditional fermented sausage technology. Consequently, the development of a tailored starter culture based on indigenous microbiota constitutes an interesting alternative. In the present study, spontaneously fermented goat meat sausages were created and analyzed using a physicochemical and microbiological approach. Thereafter 170 lactic acid bacteria (LAB) strains were isolated and preliminary characterized by phenotypic assays. The hygienic and technological properties, and growth and fermentative potential of isolates using a goat-meat-based culture medium were evaluated...
May 17, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513297/former-food-products-safety-microbiological-quality-and-computer-vision-evaluation-of-packaging-remnants-contamination
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M Tretola, A R Di Rosa, E Tirloni, M Ottoboni, C Giromini, F Leone, C E M Bernardi, V Dell'Orto, V Chiofalo, L Pinotti
The use of alternative feed ingredients in farm animal's diets can be an interesting choice from several standpoints, including safety. In this respect, the aim of this study was to investigate the safety features of selected Former Food Products (FFPs) intended for animal nutrition produced in the framework of IZS PLV 06/14 RC project by a FFP processing plant. Six FFP samples, both mash and pelleted, were analysed for the enumeration of Total Viable Count (TVC) (ISO 4833), Enterobacteriaceae (ISO 21528-1), Escherichia coli (ISO 16649-1), coagulase-positive Staphylococci (CPS) (ISO 6888), presumptive B...
May 17, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512715/management-of-rainwater-harvesting-and-its-impact-on-the-health-of-people-in-the-middle-east-case-study-from-yatta-town-palestine
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Ilke Celik, Lina M A Tamimi, Issam A Al-Khatib, Defne S Apul
Water-related diseases are a primary problem in Palestine where many residents revert to harvested rainwater as their primary water source due to water shortages within the area. From an environmental engineering perspective, it is already well known that certain situations (e.g., cross contamination) reduce drinking water quality and ultimately cause diseases in a population. In this study, we investigated the social practices and situations that may lead to lower disease occurrence. Towards this goal, we surveyed 382 residents in Yatta to collect data on the water-related diseases that they experienced and the specific situations that might affect the disease occurrences such as the residents' practices (i) for maintaining a high quality of cistern water, (ii) for maintaining the environment around the cistern, and (iii) for managing the wastewater...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501335/obtaining-of-granular-fertilizers-based-on-ashes-from-combustion-of-waste-residues-and-ground-bones-using-phosphorous-solubilization-by-bacteria-bacillus-megaterium
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M Rolewicz, P Rusek, K Borowik
The article presents research results on obtaining phosphorus granulated fertilizers on the basis of microbiologically activated sewage sludge ashes, ground bones and dried blood from meat industry. Granulation tests were carried out using a laboratory pan granulator as well as on an experimental pilot plant. The aim of the studies was to select the proper composition of the mixture of raw materials and binding agents to obtain granulated fertilizers from waste materials such as MSSA and MBM and bacteria lyophilisate...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500818/household-microbial-water-quality-testing-in-a-peruvian-demographic-and-health-survey-evaluation-of-the-compartment-bag-test-for-escherichia-coli
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Alice Wang, Lanakila McMahan, Shea Rutstein, Christine Stauber, Jorge Reyes, Mark D Sobsey
AbstractThe Joint Monitoring Program relies on household surveys to classify access to improved water sources instead of measuring microbiological quality. The aim of this research was to pilot a novel test for Escherichia coli quantification of household drinking water in the 2011 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) in Peru. In the Compartment Bag Test (CBT), a 100-mL water sample is supplemented with chromogenic medium to support the growth of E. coli, poured into a bag with compartments, and incubated. A color change indicates E...
April 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499227/organic-carbon-pools-and-soil-biological-fertility-are-affected-by-land-use-intensity-in-mediterranean-ecosystems-of-sardinia-italy
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Rosa Francaviglia, Gianluca Renzi, Luigi Ledda, Anna Benedetti
Soil quality is mainly studied from the chemical and physical point of view, whereas soil biochemical and microbiological parameters are relatively more scarcely explored to assess the effect of management practices. This study aimed to evaluate soil organic carbon (SOC) and its pools; soil microbial activity parameters; and the Biological Fertility Index (BFI), in six land uses characteristics of the Mediterranean basin in north-eastern Sardinia. These land uses differed in management intensity and consisted of: tilled vineyard (TV), no tilled grassed vineyard (GV), former vineyards (FV), hay crop and pasture (HC and PA), cork oak forest (CO)...
May 9, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497911/the-clinical-efficacy-of-pollen-extract-and-vitamins-on-chronic-prostatitis-chronic-pelvic-pain-syndrome-is-linked-to-a-decrease-in-the-pro-inflammatory-cytokine-interleukin-8
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Tommaso Cai, Paolo Verze, Roberto La Rocca, Alessandro Palmieri, Daniele Tiscione, Lorenzo Giuseppe Luciani, Sandra Mazzoli, Vincenzo Mirone, Gianni Malossini
PURPOSE: We aim to evaluate the efficacy of pollen extract in association with vitamins in patients affected by chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) and to evaluate the level of the pro-inflammatory mediators interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8, and IL-10. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients diagnosed with CP/CPPS between January and December 2015 were enrolled in this study. Participants were randomly assigned to receive oral capsules of pollen extract and vitamins (group A) or bromelain (group B) for 3 months...
April 30, 2017: World Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495619/the-respire-trials-two-phase-iii-randomized-multicentre-placebo-controlled-trials-of-ciprofloxacin-dry-powder-for-inhalation-ciprofloxacin-dpi-in-non-cystic-fibrosis-bronchiectasis
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Timothy Aksamit, Tiemo-Joerg Bandel, Margarita Criollo, Anthony De Soyza, J Stuart Elborn, Elisabeth Operschall, Eva Polverino, Katrin Roth, Kevin L Winthrop, Robert Wilson
The primary goals of long-term disease management in non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis (NCFB) are to reduce the number of exacerbations, and improve quality of life. However, currently no therapies are licensed for this. Ciprofloxacin Dry Powder for Inhalation (Ciprofloxacin DPI) has potential to be the first long-term intermittent therapy approved to reduce exacerbations in NCFB patients. The RESPIRE programme consists of two international phase III prospective, parallel-group, randomized, double-blinded, multicentre, placebo-controlled trials of the same design...
May 8, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493309/effect-of-nanoemulsified-and-microencapsulated-mexican-oregano-lippia-graveolens-kunth-essential-oil-coatings-on-quality-of-fresh-pork-meat
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Elvia Hernández-Hernández, César Y Lira-Moreno, Isabel Guerrero-Legarreta, Graciela Wild-Padua, Prospero Di Pierro, Blanca E García-Almendárez, Carlos Regalado-González
Fresh meat is a highly perishable food. This work aimed to evaluate the influence of Mexican oregano (Lippia graveolens Kunth) incorporated into active coatings (ACs) spread on fresh pork meat as free (FEO), nanoemulsified (NEO), and microencapsulated (MEO) essential oil (EO), on its microbiological, physicochemical and sensory properties during 15 d at 4 ± 1 °C. Thymol and γ-terpinene were identified in the EO. In vitro effect of 2.85 mg EO/cm(2) was tested against Brochothrix thermosphacta, Micrococcus luteus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Pseudomonas fragi, and Salmonella Infantis...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486419/impact-of-a-microbial-cocktail-used-as-a-starter-culture-on-cocoa-fermentation-and-chocolate-flavor
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Igor Magalhães da Veiga Moreira, Leonardo de Figueiredo Vilela, Maria Gabriela da Cruz Pedroso Miguel, Cledir Santos, Nelson Lima, Rosane Freitas Schwan
Chocolate production suffered a vast impact with the emergence of the "witches' broom" disease in cocoa plants. To recover cocoa production, many disease-resistant hybrid plants have been developed. However, some different cocoa hybrids produce cocoa beans that generate chocolate with variable quality. Fermentation of cocoa beans is a microbiological process that can be applied for the production of chocolate flavor precursors, leading to overcoming the problem of variable chocolate quality. The aim of this work was to use a cocktail of microorganisms as a starter culture on the fermentation of the ripe cocoa pods from PH15 cocoa hybrid, and evaluate its influence on the microbial communities present on the fermentative process on the compounds involved during the fermentation, and to perform the chocolate sensorial characterization...
May 9, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475777/antimicrobial-stewardship-in-inpatient-settings-in-the-asia-pacific-region-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Hitoshi Honda, Norio Ohmagari, Yasuharu Tokuda, Caline Mattar, David K Warren
Background: An antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) is one of the core elements needed to optimize antimicrobial use. Although collaboration at the national level to address the importance of ASPs and antimicrobial resistance has occurred in the Asia Pacific region, hospital-level ASP implementation in this region has not been comprehensively evaluated. Methods: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the efficacy of ASPs in inpatient settings in the Asia Pacific region from January 2005 through March 2016...
May 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472599/peri-prosthetic-knee-infection-management-spacers-loaded-with-two-or-three-antibiotic-agents
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David Joaquin Ortola, Domenico Fenga, Sandra Marcellino, Massimiliano Rosi, Francesco Centofanti, Michele Attilio Rosa
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this work was to compare pre-made antibiotic-loaded spacers with two commercially available antibiotic agents and custom-made cements with three antibiotic agents added. We evaluated: (a) the validity of our procedures, (b) the control of the rate of infection in the long term, (c) complications, and (d) quality of life and patient satisfaction. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed on 112 consecutively treated patients between January 2010 and December 2013; 56 patients were treated with a pre-formed cement spacer (clindamycin + gentamicin), and 56 patients were treated with a spacer loaded with three antibiotic agents (clindamycin + gentamicin + vancomycin)...
May 4, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465304/invasive-meningococcal-disease-in-the-veneto-region-of-italy-a-capture-recapture-analysis-for-assessing-the-effectiveness-of-an-integrated-surveillance-system
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Tatjana Baldovin, Roberta Lazzari, Silvia Cocchio, Patrizia Furlan, Chiara Bertoncello, Mario Saia, Francesca Russo, Vincenzo Baldo
BACKGROUND: Epidemiology of Neisseria meningitidis has been changing since the introduction of universal vaccination programmes against meningococcal serogroup C (MenC) and meningococcal serogroup B (MenB) has now become dominant. This study aimed to analyse the cases reported in institutional data recording systems to estimate the burden of invasive meningococcal diseases (IMDs) and assess the effectiveness of surveillance in Veneto region (Italy). METHODS: Analysis was performed from 2007 to 2014 on data recorded in different systems: Mandatory Notification System, National Surveillance of Invasive Bacterial Diseases System and Laboratories Surveillance System (LSS), which were pooled into a combined surveillance system (CSS) and hospital discharge records (HDRs)...
May 2, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461147/microbiological-and-clinical-outcomes-of-treating-non-mac-ntm-pulmonary-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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R Diel, F C Ringshausen, E Richter, L Welker, J Schmitz, A Nienhaus
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary disease caused by non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) is steadily increasing worldwide. METHODS: A systematic review of Non-Mycobacterium avium complex studies published prior to October 2016 was conducted with respect to microbiological and clinical outcomes of current treatment regimens. RESULTS: We retrieved 352 citations; these yielded 24 studies eligible for evaluation. Sixteen studies were retrospective chart reviews, 3 were prospective and only 5 randomized...
April 28, 2017: Chest
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