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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934170/mobile-based-analysis-of-malaria-infected-thin-blood-smears-automated-species-and-life-cycle-stage-determination
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Luís Rosado, José M Correia da Costa, Dirk Elias, Jaime S Cardoso
Microscopy examination has been the pillar of malaria diagnosis, being the recommended procedure when its quality can be maintained. However, the need for trained personnel and adequate equipment limits its availability and accessibility in malaria-endemic areas. Rapid, accurate, accessible diagnostic tools are increasingly required, as malaria control programs extend parasite-based diagnosis and the prevalence decreases. This paper presents an image processing and analysis methodology using supervised classification to assess the presence of malaria parasites and determine the species and life cycle stage in Giemsa-stained thin blood smears...
September 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933752/graphene-field-effect-transistors-for-biomedical-applications-current-status-and-future-prospects
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REVIEW
Rhiannan Forsyth, Anitha Devadoss, Owen J Guy
Since the discovery of the two-dimensional (2D) carbon material, graphene, just over a decade ago, the development of graphene-based field effect transistors (G-FETs) has become a widely researched area, particularly for use in point-of-care biomedical applications. G-FETs are particularly attractive as next generation bioelectronics due to their mass-scalability and low cost of the technology's manufacture. Furthermore, G-FETs offer the potential to complete label-free, rapid, and highly sensitive analysis coupled with a high sample throughput...
July 26, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932925/hepatic-complications-of-anorexia-nervosa
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REVIEW
Elissa Rosen, Neeru Bakshi, Ashlie Watters, Hugo R Rosen, Philip S Mehler
Anorexia nervosa (AN) has the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric illnesses due to the widespread organ dysfunction caused by the underlying severe malnutrition. Starvation causes hepatocyte injury and death leading to a rise in aminotransferases. Malnutrition-induced hepatitis is common among individuals with AN especially as body mass index decreases. Acute liver failure associated with coagulopathy and encephalopathy can rarely occur. Liver enzymes may also less commonly increase as part of the refeeding process due to hepatic steatosis and can be distinguished from starvation hepatitis by the finding of a fatty liver on ultrasonography...
September 20, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932314/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-treatment-acute-deep-vein-thrombosis-in-clinic-of-vascular-surgery-sarajevo
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Haris Vukas, Samra Kadić-Vukas, Adis Salihbegović, Muhamed Djedović, Dragan Totić, Haris Vranić, Amel Hadžimehmedagić
AIM: To compare hospital costs of acute deep vein thrombosis (ADVT) treatment in two periods of time. Evidence of repercussions on reducing costs during successful treatment. Attention was given to the necessity, costs and effectiveness of diagnostic procedures, treatment and complications. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of data obtained from patients medical history in a period from 2000 to 2016. Model management and safe practice of ADVT care consisted of clinical examination, laboratory, colour Doppler and invasive diagnostics...
August 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932037/fine-needle-aspiration-cytology-of-cysticercosis-in-submandibular-gland
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Vaneet Kaur Sandhu, Upender Sharma, Navtej Singh, Geetika Goyal
Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) has emerged as simple, minimally invasive, low-cost, outpatient diagnostic modality for the evaluation of nodules caused by parasites. Cysticercosis is caused by larval stage of Taenia solium, pork tapeworm. It is endemic in Southeast Asia, Latin America and South Africa. We report a case of cysticercosis in a 25-year-old male who presented with painless swelling of submandibular gland which was diagnosed on FNAC. The patient was recommended antihelminthic therapy which resulted in complete resolution of the swelling...
May 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931561/genetic-mimetics-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-and-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-as-verification-standards-for-molecular-diagnostics
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Edith Erika Machowski, Bavesh Davandra Kana
Molecular diagnostics have revolutionized the management of health care through enhanced detection of disease or infection and effective engagement into care. In recognition of this, the World Health Organization approved the rollout out of nucleic acid amplification technologies for identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis using platforms such as GeneXpert MTB/RIF, the GenoType MTBDRplus Line Probe Assay and more recently, GeneXpert MTB/RIF Ultra. These assays can simultaneously detect tuberculosis infection and assess rifampicin resistance...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930183/substituting-sodium-hydrosulfite-with-sodium-metabisulfite-improves-long-term-stability-of-a-distributable-paper-based-test-kit-for-point-of-care-screening-for-sickle-cell-anemia
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Kian Torabian, Dalia Lezzar, Nathaniel Z Piety, Alex George, Sergey S Shevkoplyas
Sickle cell anemia (SCA) is a genetic blood disorder that is particularly lethal in early childhood. Universal newborn screening programs and subsequent early treatment are known to drastically reduce under-five SCA mortality. However, in resource-limited settings, cost and infrastructure constraints limit the effectiveness of laboratory-based SCA screening programs. To address this limitation our laboratory previously developed a low-cost, equipment-free, point-of-care, paper-based SCA test. Here, we improved the stability and performance of the test by replacing sodium hydrosulfite (HS), a key reducing agent in the hemoglobin solubility buffer which is not stable in aqueous solutions, with sodium metabisulfite (MS)...
September 20, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929112/imaging-diagnosis-of-right-ventricle-involvement-in-chagas-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Minna M D Romano, Henrique T Moreira, André Schmidt, Benedito Carlos Maciel, José Antônio Marin-Neto
Right ventricle (RV) is considered a neglected chamber in cardiology and knowledge about its role in cardiac function was mostly focused on ventricular interdependence. However, progress on the understanding of myocardium diseases primarily involving the RV led to a better comprehension of its role in health and disease. In Chagas disease (CD), there is direct evidence from both basic and clinical research of profound structural RV abnormalities. However, clinical detection of these abnormalities is hindered by technical limitations of imaging diagnostic tools...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927538/advances-in-ligase-chain-reaction-and-ligation-based-amplifications-for-genotyping-assays-detection-and-applications
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REVIEW
Abdullah A Gibriel, Ola Adel
Genetic variants have been reported to cause several genetic diseases. Various genotyping assays have been developed for diagnostic and screening purposes but with certain limitations in sensitivity, specificity, cost effectiveness and/or time savings. Since the discovery of ligase chain reaction (LCR) in the late nineties, it became one of the most favored platforms for detecting these variants and also for genotyping low abundant contaminants. Recent and powerful modifications with the integration of various detection strategies such as electrochemical and magnetic biosensors, nanoparticles (NPs), quantum dots, quartz crystal and leaky surface acoustic surface biosensors, DNAzyme, rolling circle amplification (RCA), strand displacement amplification (SDA), surface enhanced raman scattering (SERS), chemiluminescence and fluorescence resonance energy transfer have been introduced to both LCR and ligation based amplifications to enable high-throughput and inexpensive multiplex genotyping with improved robustness, simplicity, sensitivity and specificity...
July 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923845/high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-i-as-a-gatekeeper-for-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-and-stress-testing-in-patients-with-acute-chest-pain
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Maros Ferencik, Thomas Mayrhofer, Michael T Lu, Pamela K Woodard, Quynh A Truong, W Frank Peacock, Fabian Bamberg, Benjamin C Sun, Jerome L Fleg, John T Nagurney, James E Udelson, Wolfgang Koenig, James L Januzzi, Udo Hoffmann
BACKGROUND: Most patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergo noninvasive cardiac testing with a low diagnostic yield. We determined whether a combination of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) and cardiovascular risk factors might improve selection of patients for cardiac testing. METHODS: We included patients from the Rule Out Myocardial Infarction/Ischemia Using Computer Assisted Tomography (ROMICAT) I and II trials who presented to the ED with acute chest pain and were referred for cardiac testing...
September 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923054/a-novel-method-for-extracting-nucleic-acids-from-dried-blood-spots-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-low-density%C3%A2-plasmodium-falciparum-and-plasmodium-vivax%C3%A2-infections
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Kayvan Zainabadi, Matthew Adams, Zay Yar Han, Hnin Wai Lwin, Kay Thwe Han, Amed Ouattara, Si Thura, Christopher V Plowe, Myaing M Nyunt
BACKGROUND: Greater Mekong Subregion countries are committed to eliminating Plasmodium falciparum malaria by 2025. Current elimination interventions target infections at parasite densities that can be detected by standard microscopy or rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). More sensitive detection methods have been developed to detect lower density "asymptomatic" infections that may represent an important transmission reservoir. These ultrasensitive polymerase chain reaction (usPCR) tests have been used to identify target populations for mass drug administration (MDA)...
September 18, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921971/paper-sensor-coated-with-a-poly-carboxybetaine-multiple-dopa-conjugate-via-dip-coating-for-biosensing-in-complex-media
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Fang Sun, Kan Wu, Hsiang-Chieh Hung, Peng Zhang, Xinran Che, Joshua Kenyon Smith, Xiaojie Lin, Bowen Li, Priyesh Jain, Qiuming Yu, Shaoyi Jiang
Cellulose paper is an ideal diagnostic platform for low-cost, easily disposable and lightweight implementation, but requires surface modification to achieve detection with high sensitivity and specificity in complex media. In this work, a polymer-catechol conjugate containing a super-hydrophilic nonfouling poly(carboxylbetaine) (pCB) and four surface-binding L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) groups, pCB-(DOPA)4, were applied onto a paper-based sensor surface via a simple "graft-to" immersion process to render the surface with both nonfouling and protein functionalizable properties...
September 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919246/filtered-sunlight-solar-powered-phototherapy-and-other-strategies-for-managing-neonatal-jaundice-in-low-resource-settings
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Tina M Slusher, Louise Tina Day, Tolulope Ogundele, Nick Woolfield, Joseph Aderinsola Owa
Challenges in treating severe neonatal jaundice in low and middle-income country settings still exist at many levels. These include: a lack of awareness of causes and prevention by families, communities and even sometimes health care professionals; insufficient, ineffective, high quality affordable diagnostic and therapeutic options; limited availability of rehabilitation provision for kernicterus. Collectively these challenges lead to an unacceptably high global morbidity and mortality from severe neonatal jaundice...
September 15, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919224/clinical-factors-associated-with-the-yield-of-routine-outpatient-scalp-electroencephalograms-a-retrospective-analysis-from-a-tertiary-hospital
#14
Mastura Monif, Udaya Seneviratne
The routine outpatient electroencephalogram (EEG) is most often used in the diagnosis and classification of epilepsy. The diagnostic yield of outpatient EEGs is low and the clinical factors contributing to the EEG outcome have not been well established. In this study, we sought to determine the yield and the factors predicting the EEG outcome. We retrospectively analyzed 1092 routine adult EEGs that were performed in a tertiary referral center over a period of 1year. Patient demographics, sources of referral, and indications for EEG were recorded...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918341/is-first-trimester-hba1c-useful-in-the-diagnosis-of-gestational-diabetes
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David Benaiges, Juana A Flores-Le Roux, Irene Marcelo, Laura Mañé, Marta Rodríguez, Xavier Navarro, Juan J Chillarón, Gemma Llauradó, Lucia Gortazar, Juan Pedro-Botet, Antonio Payà
AIMS: To evaluate the usefulness and efficacy of first-trimester HbA1c in the diagnosis of gestational diabetes (GDM). METHODS: Prospective observational of consecutive pregnant women. All women had a first-trimester HbA1c determination and GDM screening at 24-28weeks of pregnancy using a two-step approach. A ROC curve was drawn to determine the sensitivity and specificity of HbA1c in detecting GDM and a rule-in rule-out diagnostic algorithm was proposed. The cost of the proposed algorithm was calculated...
August 30, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916508/development-of-a-whole-slide-imaging-system-on-smartphones-and-evaluation-with-frozen-section-samples
#16
Hong Yu, Feng Gao, Liren Jiang, Shuoxin Ma
BACKGROUND: The aim was to develop scalable Whole Slide Imaging (sWSI), a WSI system based on mainstream smartphones coupled with regular optical microscopes. This ultra-low-cost solution should offer diagnostic-ready imaging quality on par with standalone scanners, supporting both oil and dry objective lenses of different magnifications, and reasonably high throughput. These performance metrics should be evaluated by expert pathologists and match those of high-end scanners. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to develop scalable Whole Slide Imaging (sWSI), a whole slide imaging system based on smartphones coupled with optical microscopes...
September 15, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915496/solid-phase-microextraction-coupled-to-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-followed-by-multivariate-data-analysis-for-the-identification-of-volatile-organic-compounds-as-possible-biomarkers-in-lung-cancer-tissues
#17
Federica Bianchi, Nicolò Riboni, Paolo Carbognani, Letizia Gnetti, Enrico Dalcanale, Luca Ampollini, Maria Careri
Solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry followed by multivariate data analysis were used to analyze lung tissues from both healthy and carcinogenic patients. A total of 78 volatile compounds belonging to different chemical classes were identified, seven of which were able to discriminate between the two groups. Discriminant analysis allowed to correctly classify 98.3% of the cases. By using the leave-one-method, 100% of the cross-validated samples belonging to the "tumor" group was correctly classified, whereas 2 cross-validated healthy samples out of 48 were erroneously allocated in the "tumor" group...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915385/photoluminescent-lateral-flow-based-on-non-radiative-energy-transfer-for-protein-detection-in-human-serum
#18
Alejandro Zamora-Gálvez, Eden Morales-Narváez, Javier Romero, Arben Merkoçi
A new paper-based lateral flow immunoassay configuration was engineered and investigated. The assay is intended for the detection of a model protein in human serum, that is, human immunoglobulin G, with the aim to demonstrate a virtually universal protein detection platform. Once the sample is added in the strip, the analyte is selectively captured by antibody-decorated silica beads (Ab-SiO2) onto the conjugate pad and the sample flows by capillarity throughout the strip until reaching the test line, where a sandwich-like immunocomplex takes place due to the presence of antibody-functionalized QDs (Ab-QDs) onto the test line...
September 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915229/the-optimal-night-time-home-blood-pressure-monitoring-schedule-agreement-with-ambulatory-blood-pressure-and-association-with-organ-damage
#19
Anastasios Kollias, Emmanuel Andreadis, Gerasimos Agaliotis, George N Kolyvas, Apostolos Achimastos, George S Stergiou
OBJECTIVE: Night-time home blood pressure (HBP) monitoring has emerged as a feasible, reliable and low-cost alternative to ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) monitoring. This study evaluated the optimal schedule of night-time HBP monitoring in terms of agreement with night-time ABP and association with preclinical target-organ damage. METHODS: Untreated hypertensive adults were evaluated with ABP (24-h) and HBP monitoring (daytime: six days, duplicate morning and evening measurements; night-time: three nights, three-hourly automated measurements/night), and determination of left ventricular mass index, common carotid intima-media thickness and urinary albumin excretion...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900815/wavelet-based-encoding-scheme-for-controlling-size-of-compressed-ecg-segments-in-telecardiology-systems
#20
Asiya M Al-Busaidi, Lazhar Khriji, Farid Touati, Mohd Fadlee Rasid, Adel Ben Mnaouer
One of the major issues in time-critical medical applications using wireless technology is the size of the payload packet, which is generally designed to be very small to improve the transmission process. Using small packets to transmit continuous ECG data is still costly. Thus, data compression is commonly used to reduce the huge amount of ECG data transmitted through telecardiology devices. In this paper, a new ECG compression scheme is introduced to ensure that the compressed ECG segments fit into the available limited payload packets, while maintaining a fixed CR to preserve the diagnostic information...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
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