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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692107/whole-blood-ristocetin-activated-platelet-impedance-aggregometry-multiplate-for-the-rapid-detection-of-von-willebrand-disease
#1
David E Schmidt, Maria Bruzelius, Ammar Majeed, Jacob Odeberg, Margareta Holmström, Anna Ågren
Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the most common bleeding disorder, but no bedside tests specific for Von Willebrand factor are available. The objective of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of whole blood ristocetin-induced platelet aggregometry (WB-RIPA) in VWD. WB-RIPA was performed in VWD patients (n=100) and healthy controls (n=17) using the Multiplate® platelet impedance aggregometry platform. The diagnostic properties of the test were described as sensitivity/specificity, positive and negative predictive value, and ROC area under the curve (AUC)...
July 6, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674996/characteristics-of-adverse-drug-reactions-in-a-vemurafenib-early-post-marketing-phase-vigilance-study-in-japan
#2
H Uhara, Y Kiyohara, A Tsuda, M Takata, N Yamazaki
BACKGROUND: Post-approval research or monitoring is important to determine real-world safety of new products; however, evidence is scant for vemurafenib in Japanese patients. In Japan, a unique system is officially obligated to investigate post-approval safety. Here we report the first adverse drug reaction (ADR) data from vemurafenib-treated Japanese patients with metastatic melanoma. Data were collected in an early post-marketing phase vigilance (EPPV) study. METHODS: ADRs were events for which a causal relationship with vemurafenib could not be ruled out or was unknown...
July 3, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670119/improved-lfias-for-highly-sensitive-detection-of-bnp-at-point-of-care
#3
Yan Gong, Jie Hu, Jane Ru Choi, Minli You, Yamin Zheng, Bo Xu, Ting Wen, Feng Xu
Heart failure (HF) has become a major cause of morbidity and mortality with a significant global economic burden. Although well-established clinical tests could provide early diagnosis, access to these tests is limited in developing countries, where a relatively higher incidence of HF is present. This has prompted an urgent need for developing a cost-effective, rapid and robust diagnostic tool for point-of-care (POC) detection of HF. Lateral flow immunoassay (LFIA) has found widespread applications in POC diagnostics...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669831/epidemiology-of-antifungal-resistance-in-human-pathogenic-yeasts-current-viewpoint-and-practical-recommendations-for-management
#4
Dimitrios Farmakiotis, Dimitrios P Kontoyiannis
In this review, we describe the epidemiology and clinical significance of resistance in Candida spp. and other non-Cryptococcus yeasts. The rise in echinocandin resistance, azole resistance and cross-resistance to ≥2 antifungal classes (multi-drug resistance: MDR) has been a worrisome trend, mainly in US large tertiary and oncology centers, particularly as it relates to C. glabrata. C. kefyr is also a concern, as it can be resistant to echinocandins and polyenes, especially in patients with hematologic malignancies...
June 29, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669701/comparative-evaluation-of-2-hour-rapid-diagnostic-algorithms-for-acute-myocardial-infarction-using-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-t
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Andrew D McRae, Grant Innes, Michelle Graham, Eddy Lang, James E Andruchow, Hong Yang, Yunqi Ji, Shabnam Vatanpour, Danielle A Southern, Dongmei Wang, Isolde Seiden-Long, Lawrence DeKoning, Peter Kavsak
BACKGROUND: Symptoms of acute coronary syndrome account for a large proportion of emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations. High-sensitivity troponin can rapidly rule out or rule in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) within a short time of ED arrival. We sought to validate test characteristics and classification performance of 2-hour high-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT) algorithms for the rapid diagnosis of AMI. METHODS: We included consecutive patients from 4 academic EDs with suspected cardiac chest pain who had hsTnT assays performed 2 hours apart (± 30 minutes) as part of routine care...
May 3, 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657620/impact-of-the-composition-of-the-bacterial-population-and-additional-carbon-source-on-the-pathway-and-kinetics-of-degradation-of-endosulfan-isomers
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Swatantra Pratap Singh, Saumyen Guha, Purnendu Bose
Abiotic and bacterial degradation is presented for the two isomers α- and β- of the organochlorine pesticide endosulfan, denoted as ES-1 and ES-2, respectively. Biodegradation studies were conducted with two indigenous species Pseudomonas putida (P. putida) and Rhodococcus sp. Both ES isomers rapidly hydrolyzed in water at pH ≥ 7 but the hydrolysis was inhibited in the presence of biomass. The pesticide partitioned onto the biomass making it unavailable for abiotic hydrolytic reaction. Spontaneous temperature dependent abiotic conversion of ES-2 to ES-1 was reported in the presence of dual air-water phases but was not observed in the abiotic aqueous phase...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655118/giant-juvenile-fibroadenoma-in-a-9-year-old-a-case-presentation-and-review-of-the-current-literature
#7
Michalina Kupsik, Brian Yep, Suela Sulo, Heidi Memmel
Juvenile fibroadenoma is the most common breast mass in adolescents accounting for 0.5-4% of all cases of fibroadenomas. Giant fibroadenomas are well-circumscribed, firm breast masses characterized by proliferation of epithelial and connective tissue. They are defined as being larger than 5 cm or weighing more than 500 g. The peak age has been reported between the ages of 17 and 20, with less than 5% of these in patients less than 18-years-old.We present a 9-year-old, pre-menstrual, Nigerian female with no known family history of breast masses or cancers who developed spontaneous giant fibroadenoma measuring approximately 13  cm × 13 cm...
June 23, 2017: Breast Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653943/a-patient-with-a-typical-presentation-of-wernicke-encephalopathy-was-found-to-have-sporadic-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease
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K Goossens, R L van Bruchem-Visser
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) has a significant degree of clinical heterogeneity that is especially found in the features at onset. Here we present a patient with the sporadic form of CJD mimicking Wernicke encephalopathy. We first treated him with a high dose of thiamine; however, the vitamin B1 levels proved to be normal, which ruled out Wernicke encephalopathy. Meanwhile, his clinical condition progressively worsened and he developed a rapidly progressive cognitive disorder, mutism and myoclonus of the muscles...
June 2017: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653131/novel-risk-stratification-assays-for-acute-coronary-syndrome
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REVIEW
Haitham M Ahmed, Stanley L Hazen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Since identification of aspartate aminotransferase as the first cardiac biomarker in the 1950s, there have been a number of new markers used for myocardial damage detection over the decades. There have also been several generations of troponin assays, each with progressively increasing sensitivity for troponin detection. Accordingly, the "standard of care" for myocardial damage detection continues to change. The purpose of this paper is to review the clinical utility, biological mechanisms, and predictive value of these various biomarkers in contemporary clinical studies...
August 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652337/mine-conformational-dynamics-regulate-membrane-binding-mind-interaction-and-min-oscillation
#10
Kyung-Tae Park, Maria T Villar, Antonio Artigues, Joe Lutkenhaus
In Escherichia coli MinE induces MinC/MinD to oscillate between the ends of the cell, contributing to the precise placement of the Z ring at midcell. To do this, MinE undergoes a remarkable conformational change from a latent 6β-stranded form that diffuses in the cytoplasm to an active 4β-stranded form bound to the membrane and MinD. How this conformational switch occurs is not known. Here, using hydrogen-deuterium exchange coupled to mass spectrometry (HDX-MS) we rule out a model in which the two forms are in rapid equilibrium...
June 26, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646780/sem-eds-and-optical-microscopy-analyses-of-microplastics-in-ocean-trawl-and-fish-guts
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Zhong-Min Wang, Jeff Wagner, Sutapa Ghosal, Gagandeep Bedi, Stephen Wall
Microplastic particles from Atlantic and Pacific Ocean trawls, lab-fed fish guts and ocean fish guts have been characterized using optical microscopy and SEM/EDS in terms of size, morphology, and chemistry. We assessed whether these measurements could serve as a rapid screening process for subsequent identification of the likely microplastic candidates by micro-spectroscopy. Optical microscopy enabled morphological classification of the types of particles or fibers present in the sample, as well as the quantification of particle size ranges and fiber lengths...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611889/evaluating-the-laboratory-risk-indicator-to-differentiate-cellulitis-from-necrotizing-fasciitis-in-the-emergency-department
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Michael M Neeki, Fanglong Dong, Christine Au, Jake Toy, Nima Khoshab, Carol Lee, Eugene Kwong, Ho Wang Yuen, Jonathan Lee, Arbi Ayvazian, Pamela Lux, Rodney Borger
INTRODUCTION: Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is an uncommon but rapidly progressive infection that results in gross morbidity and mortality if not treated in its early stages. The Laboratory Risk Indicator for Necrotizing Fasciitis (LRINEC) score is used to distinguish NF from other soft tissue infections such as cellulitis or abscess. This study analyzed the ability of the LRINEC score to accurately rule out NF in patients who were confirmed to have cellulitis, as well as the capability to differentiate cellulitis from NF...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600845/sflt-1-and-plgf-kinetics-during-and-after-pregnancy-in-women-with-suspected-or-confirmed-preeclampsia
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Langeza Saleh, Anton H van den Meiracker, Roos Geensen, Aslihan Kaya, Jeanine E Roeters van Lennep, Johannes J Duvekot, Koen Verdonk, Eric A P Steegers, Henk Russcher, Jan A H Danser, Willy Visser
OBJECTIVES: To assess the evolution of the sFlt-1/PlGF ratio in women with suspected or with confirmed preeclampsia and to investigate the changes in sFlt-1 and PlGF levels in preeclamptic women after delivery. METHODS: In this exploratory tertiary referral university centre study, using the Roche Diagnostics Elecsys assay, sFlt-1 and PlGF were determined in two groups of patients. In the first group of 46 patients with suspected or confirmed preeclampsia, sFlt-1 and PlGF were measured at least twice during their pregnancy...
June 10, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594960/a-portable-image-based-cytometer-for-rapid-malaria-detection-and-quantification
#14
Dahou Yang, Gowtham Subramanian, Jinming Duan, Shaobing Gao, Li Bai, Rajesh Chandramohanadas, Ye Ai
Increasing resistance by malaria parasites to currently used antimalarials across the developing world warrants timely detection and classification so that appropriate drug combinations can be administered before clinical complications arise. However, this is often challenged by low levels of infection (referred to as parasitemia) and presence of predominantly young parasitic forms in the patients' peripheral blood. Herein, we developed a simple, inexpensive and portable image-based cytometer that detects and numerically counts Plasmodium falciparum infected red blood cells (iRBCs) from Giemsa-stained smears derived from infected blood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593800/use-of-copeptin-for-rapid-rule-out-of-acute-myocardial-infarction
#15
Christian Mueller, Martin Möckel, Evangelos Giannitsis, Kurt Huber, Johannes Mair, Mario Plebani, Kristian Thygesen, Allan S Jaffe, Bertil Lindahl
Copeptin is currently understood as a quantitative marker of endogenous stress. It rises rapidly in multiple acute disorders including acute myocardial infarction. As a single variable, it has only modest diagnostic accuracy for acute myocardial infarction. However, the use of copeptin within a dual-marker strategy together with conventional cardiac troponin increases the diagnostic accuracy and particularly the negative predictive value of cardiac troponin alone for acute myocardial infarction. The rapid rule-out of acute myocardial infarction is the only application in acute cardiac care mature enough to merit consideration for routine clinical care...
June 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588366/neurocognitive-effect-of-nootropic-drug-brahmi-bacopa-monnieri-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Kaustubh S Chaudhari, Nishant R Tiwari, Rakesh R Tiwari, Rohan S Sharma
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease of the elderly. The rapid increase in its incidence has necessitated development of newer drugs. Ayurvedic herbal medications are increasingly researched due to their biosafety profile and usefulness in cognitive impairment. In this article, we critically reviewed one such Medhya Rasayana (nootropic drug) Brahmi-derived from extract of Bacopa monnieri (EBm). Studies have shown that EBm promotes free radical scavenger mechanisms and protects cells in prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and striatum against cytotoxicity and DNA damage implicated in AD...
May 2017: Annals of Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574017/line-probe-assay-for-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-an-experience-from-central-india
#17
Prabha Desikan, Nikita Panwalkar, Shaina Beg Mirza, Aparna Chaturvedi, Kudsia Ansari, Reeta Varathe, Manju Chourey, Pradeep Kumar, Manoj Pandey
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex may sometimes not be detected in sputum samples of suspected multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) patients by line probe assay (LPA) even though they are smear positive for acid-fast bacilli (AFB). This retrospective analysis was attempted to understand and document our experience with LPA for detection of M. tuberculosis complex and diagnosis of MDR-TB under programmatic conditions. METHODS: One thousand two hundred and ninety four sputum samples of MDR-TB suspects that were smear positive for AFB, and received from February to November 2013, were tested by LPA for the presence of M...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567289/primary-cutaneous-b-cell-lymphoma-and-chronic-leg-ulcers-in-a-patient-with-type-2-diabetes
#18
Alessandro Mantovani, Fabrizia Perrone, Vincenzo Stoico, Isabella Pichiri, Laura Salvotelli, Ilaria Teobaldi, Massimiliano Bruti, Michela Conti, Luca Cima, Albino Eccher, Enzo Bonora
The incidences of type 2 diabetes mellitus and many cancers are rapidly increasing worldwide. Diabetes is a strong risk factor for some cancers (including lymphomas) and is also associated with adverse cancer outcomes. After gastrointestinal tract, the skin is the second most frequent extranodal site involved by non-Hodgkin lymphomas and the cutaneous B-cell lymphomas (CBCLs) range from 25% to 30% of all primary cutaneous lymphomas. The primary cutaneous diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (PCDLBCL) is an aggressive lymphoma with a poor prognosis, representing roughly 20% of all primary CBCLs...
2017: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557512/the-nature-disorder-paradox-a-perceptual-study-on-how-nature-is-disorderly-yet-aesthetically-preferred
#19
Hiroki P Kotabe, Omid Kardan, Marc G Berman
Natural environments have powerful aesthetic appeal linked to their capacity for psychological restoration. In contrast, disorderly environments are aesthetically aversive, and have various detrimental psychological effects. But in our research, we have repeatedly found that natural environments are perceptually disorderly. What could explain this paradox? We present 3 competing hypotheses: the aesthetic preference for naturalness is more powerful than the aesthetic aversion to disorder (the nature-trumps-disorder hypothesis); disorder is trivial to aesthetic preference in natural contexts (the harmless-disorder hypothesis); and disorder is aesthetically preferred in natural contexts (the beneficial-disorder hypothesis)...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. General
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546866/a-diagnostic-protocol-designed-for-determining-allergic-causes-in-patients-with-blood-eosinophilia
#20
Jean-François Magnaval, Guy Laurent, Noémie Gaudré, Judith Fillaux, Antoine Berry
BACKGROUND: Blood eosinophilia is a common laboratory abnormality, and its characterization frequently represents a quandary for primary care physicians. Consequently, in France, specialists and particularly hematologists, often must investigate patients who present with blood eosinophilia that often, but not always, occurs because of allergic causes. Both the Departments of Hematology and Parasitology at Toulouse University Hospitals established a collaboration to rule out allergic causes of eosinophilia, particularly helminthiases, prior to initiating more sophisticated investigations...
2017: Military Medical Research
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