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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346002/quality-assessment-of-fluconazole-capsules-and-oral-suspensions-compounded-by-pharmacies-located-in-the-united-states
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Carine M Laporte, Crisanta Cruz-Espindola, Kamoltip Thungrat, Anthea E Schick, Thomas P Lewis, Dawn M Boothe
OBJECTIVE To evaluate pharmaceutical characteristics (strength or concentration, accuracy, and precision), physical properties, and bacterial contamination of fluconazole compounded products. SAMPLE Fluconazole compounded products (30- and 240-mg capsules; 30- and 100-mg/mL oral suspensions) from 4 US veterinary compounding pharmacies. PROCEDURES Fluconazole compounded products were ordered 3 times from each of 4 pharmacies at 7- or 10-day intervals. Generic fluconazole products (50- and 200-mg tablets; 10- and 40-mg/mL oral suspensions) served as references...
April 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345500/avian-malaria-ecological-host-traits-and-mosquito-abundance-in-southeastern-amazonia
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Alan Fecchio, Vincenzo A Ellis, Jeffrey A Bell, Christian B Andretti, Fernando M D'Horta, Allan M Silva, Vasyl V Tkach, Jason D Weckstein
Avian malaria is a vector transmitted disease caused by Plasmodium and recent studies suggest that variation in its prevalence across avian hosts is correlated with a variety of ecological traits. Here we examine the relationship between prevalence and diversity of Plasmodium lineages in southeastern Amazonia and: (1) host ecological traits (nest location, nest type, flocking behaviour and diet); (2) density and diversity of avian hosts; (3) abundance and diversity of mosquitoes; and (4) season. We used molecular methods to detect Plasmodium in blood samples from 675 individual birds of 120 species...
March 27, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345443/economic-burden-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome-with-diarrhea-retrospective-analysis-of-a-u-s-commercially-insured-population
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Jessica L Buono, Kush Mathur, Amelia J Averitt, David A Andrae
BACKGROUND: The economic burden associated with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) is not well understood. OBJECTIVES: To (a) evaluate total annual all-cause, gastrointestinal (GI)-related, and symptom-related (i.e., IBS, diarrhea, abdominal pain) health care resource use and costs among IBS-D patients in a U.S. commercially insured population and (b) estimate incremental all-cause health care costs of IBS-D patients versus matched controls. METHODS: Patients aged ≥ 18 years with 12 months of continuous medical and pharmacy benefit eligibility in 2013 were identified from the Truven Health MarketScan research database...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345281/correlates-of-alcohol-consumption-on-heavy-drinking-occasions-of-young-risky-drinkers-event-versus-personal-characteristics
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P Dietze, P A Agius, M Livingston, S Callinan, R Jenkinson, M S C Lim, C J C Wright, R Room
AIMS: Risky single occasion drinking (RSOD) by young people is a serious public health issue, yet little is known about the specific circumstances of risky drinking occasions. This study examined the independent effects of event- and individual-specific variables on RSOD. DESIGN: Longitudinal cohort study measuring self-reported RSOD and event- and individual-specific variables across two drinking occasions approximately one year apart. SETTING: Metropolitan Melbourne, Australia...
March 26, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345033/improved-estimates-of-ocean-heat-content-from-1960-to-2015
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Lijing Cheng, Kevin E Trenberth, John Fasullo, Tim Boyer, John Abraham, Jiang Zhu
Earth's energy imbalance (EEI) drives the ongoing global warming and can best be assessed across the historical record (that is, since 1960) from ocean heat content (OHC) changes. An accurate assessment of OHC is a challenge, mainly because of insufficient and irregular data coverage. We provide updated OHC estimates with the goal of minimizing associated sampling error. We performed a subsample test, in which subsets of data during the data-rich Argo era are colocated with locations of earlier ocean observations, to quantify this error...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343102/acoustic-and-hybrid-3d-printed-electrochemical-biosensors-for-the-real-time-immunodetection-of-liver-cancer-cells-hepg2
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Samar Damiati, Seta Küpcü, Martin Peacock, Christoph Eilenberger, Mazin Zamzami, Ishtiaq Qadri, Hani Choudhry, Uwe B Sleytr, Bernhard Schuster
This study presents an efficient acoustic and hybrid three-dimensional (3D)-printed electrochemical biosensors for the detection of liver cancer cells. The biosensors function by recognizing the highly expressed tumor marker CD133, which is located on the surface of liver cancer cells. Detection was achieved by recrystallizing a recombinant S-layer fusion protein (rSbpA/ZZ) on the surface of the sensors. The fused ZZ-domain enables immobilization of the anti-CD133 antibody in a defined manner. These highly accessible anti-CD133 antibodies were employed as a sensing layer, thereby enabling the efficient detection of liver cancer cells (HepG2)...
March 21, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341678/defining-the-core-citrus-leaf-and-root-associated-microbiota-factors-associated-with-community-structure-and-implications-for-managing-huanglongbing-citrus-greening-disease
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Ryan A Blaustein, Graciela L Lorca, Julie L Meyer, Claudio F Gonzalez, Max Teplitski
Stable associations between plants and microbes are critical to promoting host health and productivity. The objective of this work was to test the hypothesis that re-structuring of core microbiota may be associated with the progression of Huanlongbing (HLB), the devastating citrus disease caused by Liberibacter asiaticus, L. americanus, and L. africanus The microbial communities of leaves (n=94) and roots (n=79) from citrus trees that varied by HLB symptom severity, cultivar, location, and season/time were characterized with Illumina sequencing of 16S rDNA...
March 24, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339458/rapid-surveillance-for-vector-presence-rsvp-development-of-a-novel-system-for-detecting-aedes-aegypti-and-aedes-albopictus
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Brian L Montgomery, Martin A Shivas, Sonja Hall-Mendelin, Jim Edwards, Nicholas A Hamilton, Cassie C Jansen, Jamie L McMahon, David Warrilow, Andrew F van den Hurk
BACKGROUND: The globally important Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses are primarily transmitted by the invasive mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. In Australia, there is an increasing risk that these species may invade highly urbanized regions and trigger outbreaks. We describe the development of a Rapid Surveillance for Vector Presence (RSVP) system to expedite presence- absence surveys for both species. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We developed a methodology that uses molecular assays to efficiently screen pooled ovitrap (egg trap) samples for traces of target species ribosomal RNA...
March 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339442/clinical-outcome-of-full-endoscopic-interlaminar-discectomy-for-single-level-lumbar-disc-herniation-a-minimum-of-5-year-follow-up
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Zhiming Tu, Ya Wei Li, Bing Wang, Guohua Lu, Lei Li, Lei Kuang, Yuliang Dai
BACKGROUND: Full-endoscopic interlaminar discectomy (FEID) is widely applied for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation (LDH) and satisfactory short-term outcomes have been achieved. However, the long-term evaluation for this technique is still lacking, especially the comparison between FEID and microendoscopic discectomy (MED). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical outcome of FEID technique in comparison with MED for single-level LDH with a minimum of 5-year follow-up...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337073/real-time-dna-sequencing-in-the-antarctic-dry-valleys-using-the-oxford-nanopore-sequencer
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Sarah S Johnson, Elena Zaikova, David S Goerlitz, Yu Bai, Scott W Tighe
The ability to sequence DNA outside of the laboratory setting has enabled novel research questions to be addressed in the field in diverse areas, ranging from environmental microbiology to viral epidemics. Here, we demonstrate the application of offline DNA sequencing of environmental samples using a hand-held nanopore sequencer in a remote field location: the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Sequencing was performed using a MK1B MinION sequencer from Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT; Oxford, United Kingdom) that was equipped with software to operate without internet connectivity...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Techniques: JBT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336095/chlorinated-pesticides-and-natural-brominated-anisoles-in-air-at-three-northern-baltic-stations
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Terry F Bidleman, Hjalmar Laudon, Olle Nygren, Staffan Svanberg, Mats Tysklind
Polyurethane foam (PUF) disk passive samplers were deployed at one inland and two island locations in the Bothnian Bay region of the northern Baltic Sea. Uptake was linear over 81-147 d and a temperature range of -2.6 to 14.2 °C for organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and current-use pesticides (CUPs) having log KOA ≥9 at ambient temperatures. Partial saturation of the PUF disks occurred for the more volatile OCPs hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs) and hexachlorobenzene (HCB), and for bromoanisoles (BAs), which are products of bromophenols released by natural and anthropogenic sources...
March 20, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335337/effect-of-crystal-orientation-on-self-assembly-nanocones-formed-on-tungsten-surface-induced-by-helium-ion-irradiation-and-annealing
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Shilin Huang, Guang Ran, Penghui Lei, Shenghua Wu, Nanjun Chen, Ning Li
The self-assembly nanocone structures on the surface of polycrystalline tungsten were created by He⁺ ion irradiation and then annealing, and the resulting topography and morphology were characterized using atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The cross-sectional samples of the self-assembly nanocones were prepared using an in situ-focused ion beam and then observed using transmission electron microscopy. The self-assembly nanocones were induced by the combined effect of He⁺ ion irradiation, the annealing process and the chromium impurity...
November 12, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334723/expression-of-activating-protein-4-and-its-relationships-with-prognosis-in-gastric-cancer
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Xiuwei Sun, Zhanjun Feng, Yao Qu, Jiayue Shao, Ning Wei
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work was to investigate the expression of transcription activating protein 4 (AP-4) in gastric cancer (GC) and its impacts on prognosis. METHODS: The cancer tissues and normal tissues of 54 GC patients were sampled for the expression detection of AP-4, and the patients were followed up. RESULTS: The positive expression rate of AP-4 in the cancer tissues (68.5%) was higher than the normal tissues (22.2%; p < 0...
March 24, 2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334505/effectiveness-of-an-evidence-based-practice-nurse-mentor-training-program
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LeeAnna Spiva, Patricia L Hart, Sara Patrick, Jessica Waggoner, Charon Jackson, Jamie L Threatt
BACKGROUND: Multiple reasons are cited for why nurses do not incorporate evidence into clinical practice, including lack of knowledge and skills, training, time, and organizational support. AIMS: To investigate the effectiveness of a mentor training program on mentors' perceptions of knowledge, attitude, skill, and confidence levels, and organizational readiness related to evidence-based practice (EBP) and research utilization; and to investigate the effectiveness of creating a formalized structure to enculturate EBP in order to prepare nurses to incorporate EBP into clinical practice on nurses' perceptions of knowledge, attitude, skill levels, barriers, nursing leadership, and organizational support related to EBP and research utilization...
March 23, 2017: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334190/limited-impact-of-a-fall-seeded-spring-terminated-rye-cover-crop-on-beneficial-arthropods
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Mike W Dunbar, Aaron J Gassmann, Matthew E O'Neal
Cover crops are beneficial to agroecosystems because they decrease soil erosion and nutrient loss while increasing within-field plant diversity. Greater plant diversity within cropping systems can positively affect beneficial arthropod communities. We hypothesized that increasing plant diversity within annually rotated corn and soybean with the addition of a rye cover crop would positively affect the beneficial ground and canopy-dwelling communities compared with rotated corn and soybean grown without a cover crop...
March 3, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333949/metabolic-syndrome-and-its-components-among-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-a-comprehensive-updated-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jamal Hallajzadeh, Saeid Safiri, Mohammad Ali Mansournia, Maliheh Khoramdad, Neda Izadi, Amir Almasi-Hashiani, Reza Pakzad, Erfan Ayubi, Mark J M Sullman, Nahid Karamzad
BACKGROUND: Estimating the current global prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS), and its components, among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients is necessary in order to formulate preventative strategies and to ensure there are adequate community resources available for these patients. Furthermore, the association between RA and MetS is controversial and has not previously been comprehensively assessed. Therefore, the present study aimed to: 1) determine the prevalence of MetS, and its components, among RA patients across the world 2) update the odds ratio of MetS in RA patients, compared to healthy controls, using a comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332950/spatiotemporal-trend-analysis-of-metal-concentrations-in-sediments-of-a-residential-california-stream-with-toxicity-and-regulatory-implications
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Lenwood W Hall, Ronald D Anderson, William D Killen
The objective of this study was to determine if concentrations of arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, nickel and zinc measured in the sediments of a residential stream in California (Pleasant Grove Creek) have changed temporally or spatially from 2006 to 2016. Threshold Effect Levels (TELs), conservative ecological effects benchmarks, and exceedances for the seven metals were also evaluated over the 11-year time period to provide insight into potential metal toxicity to resident benthic communities. In addition, the bioavailability of metals in sediments was also determined by calculating Simultaneous Extracted Metal/Acid Volatle Sulfide (SEM/AVS) ratios to allow an additional assessment of toxicity...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332927/leptospira-spp-in-small-mammals-from-areas-with-low-and-high-human-hantavirus-incidences-in-south-west-germany
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Anna Obiegala, Christoph Albrecht, Maysaa Dafalla, Stephan Drewes, Carolin Oltersdorf, Hendrik Turni, Christian Imholt, Jens Jacob, Christiane Wagner-Wiening, Rainer G Ulrich, Martin Pfeffer
INTRODUCTION: Leptospirosis is caused by Leptospira spp. and is considered the most widespread zoonotic disease worldwide. It mimics nephropathia epidemica in humans, a disease mainly caused by Puumala hantavirus (PUUV). Small mammals are reservoirs for Leptospira spp. and PUUV. Seewis virus (SWSV) is a shrew-borne hantavirus with unknown pathogenicity. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence for Leptospira spp. and the frequency of Leptospira-hantavirus co-infections in small mammals collected at locations with high and low incidences in humans...
March 23, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328652/delayed-second-dose-antibiotics-for-patients-admitted-from-the-emergency-department-with-sepsis-prevalence-risk-factors-and-outcomes
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Daniel Leisman, Victor Huang, Qiuping Zhou, Jeanie Gribben, Andrea Bianculli, Michelle Bernshteyn, Mary Frances Ward, Sandra M Schneider
OBJECTIVE: 1) Determine frequency and magnitude of delays in second antibiotic administration among patients admitted with sepsis; 2) Identify risk factors for these delays; and 3) Exploratory: determine association between delays and patient-centered outcomes (mortality and mechanical ventilation after second dose). DESIGN: Retrospective, consecutive sample sepsis cohort over 10 months. SETTING: Single, tertiary, academic medical center. PATIENTS: All patients admitted from the emergency department with sepsis or septic shock (defined: infection, ≥ 2 systemic inflammatory response syndrome criteria, hypoperfusion/organ dysfunction) identified by a prospective quality initiative...
March 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328505/blocked-elements-in-1-d-and-2-d-arrays-part-ii-compensation-methods-as-applied-to-large-coherent-apertures
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Marko Jakovljevic, Nick Bottenus, Lily Kuo, Shalki Kumar, Jeremy J Dahl, Gregg E Trahey
In Part I of the paper, we detected elements blocked by ribs during simulated and in vivo transcostal liver scans, and we turned those elements off to compensate for the loss in visibility of liver vasculature. Here, we apply blocked-element detection and adaptive compensation to large synthetic aperture data collected through rib samples ex vivo, in order to reduce near-field clutter and to recover lateral resolution. To construct large synthetic transmit and receive apertures, we collected the individual channel signals from a fully-sampled matrix array at multiple and know array locations across the tissue samples...
March 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
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