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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352706/environmental-conditions-in-health-care-facilities-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-coverage-and-inequalities
#1
Ryan Cronk, Jamie Bartram
Safe environmental conditions and the availability of standard precaution items are important to prevent and treat infection in health care facilities (HCFs) and to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets for health and water, sanitation, and hygiene. Baseline coverage estimates for HCFs have yet to be formed for the SDGs; and there is little evidence describing inequalities in coverage. To address this, we produced the first coverage estimates of environmental conditions and standard precaution items in HCFs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); and explored factors associated with low coverage...
January 11, 2018: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351882/surface-characterization-of-arsenopyrite-during-chemical-and-biological-oxidation
#2
Sha Deng, Guohua Gu, Baoke Xu, Lijuan Li, Bichao Wu
The surface properties of arsenopyrite during chemical and biological oxidation were investigated by synchrotron X-ray diffraction (S-XRD), X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and scanning electron microscope (SEM), accompanying with leaching behaviors elucidation. The moderate thermophile S. thermosulfidooxdians was used as the bioleaching microorganism. Leaching experiments showed that only 16.26% and 44.37% of total arsenic extractions were obtained for sterile acid and culture medium controls, whereas 79...
January 16, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350984/conquering-the-complexity-of-sterilization-instructions-for-use
#3
Weston Balch
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350653/the-law-on-artificial-insemination-an-italian-anomaly
#4
Rossana Cecchi, Vittoria Masotti, Arturo Umberto Meo, Raffaella Rinaldi
The law on medically assisted procreation in Italy, from its entering into force, has undergone numerous amendments. This has been due to the fact that those citizens, directly affected by its imposed prohibitions, have not given in, bringing their requests before the courts, both nationally and internationally. Over the years, the courts through numerous rulings have significantly changed a law clearly incapable of protecting the rights of those involved. Currently Italy has an acceptable law on M.A.P. which is the result of the strong willing of citizens affected by problems of sterility or infertility...
January 16, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350478/enzymatic-scarification-of-anacamptis-morio-orchidaceae-seed-facilitates-lignin-degradation-water-uptake-and-germination
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Simon Pierce, Alberto Spada, Elisabetta Caporali, Roberta M Ceriani, Gabriella Buffa
The seed coat of many species contains hydrophobic lignins, and in soil the action of microbial ligninases may contribute to release from dormancy. Laboratory use of ligninases to stimulate germination is promising because of the specific action on the seed coat, whereas chemical scarification agents may also corrode the embryo. We hypothesized that exposure of Anacamptis morio (Orchidaceae) seeds to fungal laccase stimulates germination, and that the mechanism involves lignin degradation and increased imbibition...
January 19, 2018: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350475/water-deficit-disrupts-male-gametophyte-development-in-quercus-ilex
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Olga Bykova, Jean-Marc Limousin, Jean-Marc Ourcival, Isabelle Chuine
Tree species distribution, and hence forest biodiversity, rely on the reproductive capacity of trees which is currently affected by climate change. Drought-induced pollen sterility could increase as a consequence of more intense and more frequent droughts projected for temperate and Mediterranean regions and threaten the sexual regeneration of trees in these regions. To evaluate this possibility, we examined the effect of long-term partial rainfall exclusion (-27% of precipitation) on male reproductive development in holm oak, Quercus ilex, one of the most important and widespread tree species of the Mediterranean region...
January 19, 2018: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349716/detection-of-bovine-carriers-of-leptospira-by-serological-bacteriological-and-molecular-tools
#7
Melissa H Pinna, Gabriel Martins, Ana Paula Loureiro, Walter Lilenbaum
Bovine leptospirosis is an important infectious disease that causes reproductive problems and economic risks, particularly in the tropics. The present study aimed to determine the extent of Leptospira infection among bovines on a slaughterhouse from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil via serological, bacteriological, and molecular tests. Two hundred eight bovines were examined in total, and we obtained 208 blood samples for serology, 198 urine samples collected via direct bladder puncture for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and culture, 208 kidney samples (one from each animal) for PCR and culture, and 92 vaginal fluid samples from sterile swabs for PCR and culture...
January 18, 2018: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346641/uncovering-behavioural-diversity-amongst-high-strength-pseudomonas-spp-surfactants-at-the-limit-of-liquid-surface-tension-reduction
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Kamaluddeen Kabir, Yusuf Y Deeni, Simona M Hapca, Luke Moore, Andrew J Spiers
Bacterial bio-surfactants have a wide range of biological functions and biotechnological applications. Previous analyses had suggested a limit to their reduction of aqueous liquid surface tensions (γMin), and here we confirm this in an analysis of 25 Pseudomonas spp. strains isolated from soil which produce high-strength surfactants that reduce surface tensions to 25.2 ± 0.1-26.5 ± 0.2 mN.m-1 (the surface tension of sterile growth medium and pure water was 52.9 ± 0.4 mN.m-1 and 72.1 ± 1.2 mN.m-1, respectively)...
January 16, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346420/initial-acquisition-and-succession-of-the-cystic-fibrosis-lung-microbiome-is-associated-with-disease-progression-in-infants-and-preschool-children
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Marianne S Muhlebach, Bryan T Zorn, Charles R Esther, Joseph E Hatch, Conor P Murray, Lidija Turkovic, Sarath C Ranganathan, Richard C Boucher, Stephen M Stick, Matthew C Wolfgang
The cystic fibrosis (CF) lung microbiome has been studied in children and adults; however, little is known about its relationship to early disease progression. To better understand the relationship between the lung microbiome and early respiratory disease, we characterized the lower airways microbiome using bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples obtained from clinically stable CF infants and preschoolers who underwent bronchoscopy and chest computed tomography (CT). Cross-sectional samples suggested a progression of the lower airways microbiome with age, beginning with relatively sterile airways in infancy...
January 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346340/disparities-in-preconception-health-indicators-%C3%A2-behavioral-risk-factor-surveillance-system-2013-2015-and-pregnancy-risk-assessment-monitoring-system-2013-2014
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Cheryl Robbins, Sheree L Boulet, Isabel Morgan, Denise V D'Angelo, Lauren B Zapata, Brian Morrow, Andrea Sharma, Charlan D Kroelinger
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Preconception health is a broad term that encompasses the overall health of nonpregnant women during their reproductive years (defined here as aged 18-44 years). Improvement of both birth outcomes and the woman's health occurs when preconception health is optimized. Improving preconception health before and between pregnancies is critical for reducing maternal and infant mortality and pregnancy-related complications. The National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative's Surveillance and Research work group suggests ten prioritized indicators that states can use to monitor programs or activities for improving the preconception health status of women of reproductive age...
January 19, 2018: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346046/ultrasonographic-characteristics-of-the-reproductive-tract-and-serum-progesterone-and-estradiol-concentrations-in-captive-female-red-wolves-canis-rufus-with-and-without-reproductive-tract-disease
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Kadie M Anderson, Mandi W Schook, Karen L Goodrowe, William T Waddell, Karen N Wolf
OBJECTIVE To describe ultrasonographic characteristics of the reproductive tract and serum progesterone and estradiol concentrations in captive female red wolves (Canis rufus) with and without reproductive tract disease. DESIGN Prospective study. ANIMALS 13 adult female red wolves. PROCEDURES Wolves with varying parity and history of contraceptive treatment were anesthetized to facilitate ultrasonographic examination and measurement of the reproductive tract and blood collection for determination of serum progesterone and estradiol concentrations in December 2011 and June 2012...
February 1, 2018: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345577/probiotics-and-paraprobiotics-in-viral-infection-clinical-application-and-effects-on-the-innate-and-acquired-immune-systems
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Osamu Kanauchi, Akira Andoh, Sazaly AbuBakar, Naoki Yamamoto
Recently, the risk of viral infection has dramatically increased owing to changes in human ecology such as global warming and an increased geographical movement of people and goods. However, the efficacy of vaccines and remedies for infectious diseases is limited by the high mutation rates of viruses, especially, RNA viruses. Here, we comprehensively review the effectiveness of several probiotics and paraprobiotics (sterilized probiotics) for the prevention or treatment of virally-induced infectious diseases...
January 16, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345196/surfactant-protein-c-dampens-inflammation-by-decreasing-jak-stat-activation-during-lung-repair
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Huiyan Jin, Andrzej K Ciechanowicz, Alanna R Kaplan, Lin Wang, Ping Xia Zhang, Yi-Chien Lu, Rachel E Tobin, Brooke A Tobin, Lauren Cohn, Caroline J Zeiss, Patty J Lee, Emanuela M Bruscia, Diane S Krause
Surfactant Protein C (SPC), a key component of pulmonary surfactant, also plays a role in regulating inflammation. SPC deficiency in patients and mouse models is associated with increased inflammation and delayed repair, but the key drivers of SPC-regulated inflammation in response to injury are largely unknown. This study focuses on a new mechanism of SPC as an anti-inflammatory molecule using SPC-TK/SPC-KO (surfactant protein C-thymidine kinase/surfactant protein C knockout) mice, which represent a novel sterile injury model that mimics clinical acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344973/use-of-hysterosalpingo-foam-sonography-for-assessment-of-the-efficacy-of-essure-hysteroscopic-sterilization
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Maja Rosič, Branka Žegura, Sabina Vadnjal Đonlagić
OBJECTIVES: Hysterosalpingo-foam sonography (HyFoSy) has been suggested to be a possible less invasive alternative to hysterosalpingography (HSG), which is the reference standard for confirmation of tubal occlusion after Essure (Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany) hysteroscopic sterilization. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the accuracy of HyFoSy compared to HSG for confirmation of tubal occlusion after Essure hysteroscopic sterilization. METHODS: A prospective study included 90 patients who underwent Essure hysteroscopic sterilization...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344015/implementation-of-the-single-european-code-in-a-multi-tissue-bank
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Jan Schroeter, Tino Schulz, Bernard Schroeter, Katrin Fleischhauer, Axel Pruß
Introduction: The traceability of tissue and cells transplants is important to ensure a high level of safety for the recipients. With the final introduction of the Single European Code (SEC) in April 2017 in the EU a consistent system among all member states became mandatory. Methods: The regulations for the SEC on EU and national level were evaluated. An overview on the different parts of the SEC with detailed explanations is given. Our own experiences with the implementation of the SEC in our multi-tissue bank are reported in addition...
November 2017: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343826/mammalian-sterile-20-kinase-1-and-2-are-important-regulators-of-hematopoietic-stem-cells-in-stress-condition
#16
Da-Hye Lee, Tae-Shin Kim, Dongjun Lee, Dae-Sik Lim
The mammalian Hippo signaling pathway has been implicated in the self-renewal and differentiation of stem and progenitor cells. MST1 and MST2 (MST1/2) are core serine-threonine kinases in the Hippo signaling pathway, one of which, MST1, has been extensively investigated for its role in T cell and myeloid cell function. These studies have identified MST1 as a promising therapeutic target in immunological disease. However, the roles of MST1/2 in hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) function in vivo are not fully understood...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343620/comparative-extractables-study-of-autoclavable-polyethersulfone-filter-cartridges-for-sterile-filtration
#17
Roberto Menzel, Ina Pahl, Thomas Loewe, Armin Hauk
Sterile filters are ubiquitous in biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes. Since such filters are in direct contact with the process fluid, profiling of the extractables is of utmost importance. The work presented here reveals the extractables profile from filter cartridges for sterilizing grade filtration, which were obtained from six different vendors. All filters contain a 0.2 μm polyethersulfone (PES) membrane for sterile filtration combined with a PES pre-filter with retention rates spanning from 0...
January 17, 2018: PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343618/retention-of-acholeplasma-laidlawii-by-sterile-filtration-membranes-effect-of-cultivation-medium-and-filtration-temperature
#18
Alexander Helling, Hannes König, Felix Seiler, Ralph Berkholz, Volkmar Thom, Milan Polakovic
This experimental study compares cell size, zeta potential and the ability to penetrate tailor-made size exclusion membrane filters of mycoplasma A. laidlawii cultivated in five different cultivation media. The influence of relevant filtration process parameters, in particular transmembrane pressure and filtration temperature, on their respective retention was tested. The impact of the filtration temperature was further evaluated for the Gram-negative bacteria species Brevundimonas diminuta, the Gram-positive bacteria species Staphylococcus epidermidis, the Pseudomonas phage PP7 and the mycoplasma species M...
January 17, 2018: PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343564/phenotypic-plasticity-in-an-ant-with-strong-caste-genotype-association
#19
Alexandre Kuhn, Hugo Darras, Serge Aron
Caste determination in social Hymenoptera (whether a female egg develops into a reproductive queen or a sterile worker) is a remarkable example of phenotypic plasticity where females with highly similar genomes exhibit striking differences in morphology and behaviour. This phenotypic dichotomy is typically influenced by environmental factors. However, recent studies have revealed a strong caste-genotype association in hybridogenetic ants: workers are all interlineage hybrids while queens are all purebred, suggesting that female caste fate is genetically determined...
January 2018: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343307/informed-choice-and-female-sterilization-in-south-asia-and-latin-america
#20
Apoorva Jadhav, Emily Vala-Haynes
Globally, female sterilization is one of the most popular contraceptive methods despite concerns about quality of care for women who report being sterilized. In this study, informed choice among sterilized women was quantified using Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data from 2000 to 2012 for countries in South Asia and Latin America. Three responses measured informed choice and knowledge about whether women were informed by a health worker or provider: that sterilization is permanent, the potential side-effects of sterilization and other methods of contraception...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Biosocial Science
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