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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210462/accuracy-of-a-new-rapid-antigen-detection-test-for-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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Rasoul Aliannejad, Ahmadreza Bahrmand, Hamidreza Abtahi, Mahnaz Seifi, Enayat Safavi, Farid Abdolrahimi, Shahriyar Shahriaran
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Tuberculosis (TB) is a major problem in the world. Treatment and control of TB needs detection of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MT) in the proper samples. While smear doesn't have enough sensitivity, culture and PCR are expensive, time consuming and unavailable in many centers. Recent development of a rapid TB antigen detection test (PrTBK) at Pasteur Institute of Iran could give a simple way for diagnosis of TB in about two hours. In this test the antigen-antibody complex will change color when gold conjugated mouse anti-rabbit antibody detects specific MT cell wall antigen in suspected samples...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183393/filling-in-the-gaps-estimating-numbers-of-chlamydia-tests-and-diagnoses-by-age-group-and-sex-before-and-during-the-implementation-of-the-english-national-screening-programme-2000-to-2012
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Nastassya L Chandra, Kate Soldan, Ciara Dangerfield, Bersabeh Sile, Stephen Duffell, Alireza Talebi, Yoon H Choi, Gwenda Hughes, Sarah C Woodhall
To inform mathematical modelling of the impact of chlamydia screening in England since 2000, a complete picture of chlamydia testing is needed. Monitoring and surveillance systems evolved between 2000 and 2012. Since 2012, data on publicly funded chlamydia tests and diagnoses have been collected nationally. However, gaps exist for earlier years. We collated available data on chlamydia testing and diagnosis rates among 15-44-year-olds by sex and age group for 2000-2012. Where data were unavailable, we applied data- and evidence-based assumptions to construct plausible minimum and maximum estimates and set bounds on uncertainty...
February 2, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182080/cytopathology-practice-in-kumasi-a-2-year-retrospective-audit
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Babatunde M Duduyemi, Osei Owusu-Afriyie, Kwabena O Danquah, Derick Na Osakunor
AIM: Surgical pathology service is generally unavailable in most developing countries and comes with challenges. Cytopathology is a reliable, inexpensive adjunct to surgical histopathology. We present a retrospective review of the various cytopathology cases received at the department. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of 836 cytopathology cases from January 2010 to December 2011 at the Department of Pathology of our hospital was conducted. All cytopathology reports and records from the department were retrieved and analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 16 for windows...
January 2017: Journal of Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179703/evaluation-of-five-discriminating-indexes-to-distinguish-beta-thalassemia-trait-from-iron-deficiency-anaemia
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Zahid Ullah, Aamer Ali Khattak, Sara Arif Ali, Javaid Hussain, Badshah Noor, Raheela Bano, Muhammad Amin Jan Mahsud
OBJECTIVE: To assess the reliability of different red blood cell indices-based formulae in the indexes formula in differential diagnosis of beta thalassemia trait and iron deficiency anaemia. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted between January and October 2015 in Dera Ismail Khan in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Patients of beta thalassemia trait and iron deficiency anaemia were registered irrespective of age and gender. About 5 mL of blood was taken from each patient to analyse different red cell parameters like red blood cell count, haemoglobin, mean cell volume, mean cell haemoglobin, mean cell haemoglobin concentration, and red cell distribution width...
December 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179647/narcolepsy
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REVIEW
Birgitte R Kornum, Stine Knudsen, Hanna M Ollila, Fabio Pizza, Poul J Jennum, Yves Dauvilliers, Sebastiaan Overeem
Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that has a typical onset in adolescence and is characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, which can have severe consequences for the patient. Problems faced by patients with narcolepsy include social stigma associated with this disease, difficulties in obtaining an education and keeping a job, a reduced quality of life and socioeconomic consequences. Two subtypes of narcolepsy have been described (narcolepsy type 1 and narcolepsy type 2), both of which have similar clinical profiles, except for the presence of cataplexy, which occurs only in patients with narcolepsy type 1...
February 9, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173770/screening-for-genital-tuberculosis-in-a-limited-resource-country-case-report
#6
Sadie Namani, Emine Qehaja-Buçaj, Diellëza Namani
BACKGROUND: Screening for benign or malignant process of pelvis in young females is a challenge for a physician in a limited resource country. Tuberculosis should be always considered in the differential diagnosis of a pelvic mass in countries with high prevalence of tuberculosis. Negative results of analysis of peritoneal fluid for acid-fast staining, late cultures, and unavailability of new diagnostics methods such as polymerase chain reaction and adenosine deaminase of the aspirated fluid from peritoneal cavity can often result in invasive diagnostic procedures such as laparotomy...
February 7, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166794/an-epidemiological-study-to-assess-plasmodium-falciparum-parasite-prevalence-and-malaria-control-measures-in-burkina-faso-and-senegal
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Aldiouma Diallo, Ali Sié, Sodiomon Sirima, Khadime Sylla, Mahmadou Ndiaye, Mamadou Bountogo, Espérance Ouedraogo, Roger Tine, Assane Ndiaye, Boubacar Coulibaly, Alphonse Ouedraogo, Babacar Faye, El Hadji Ba, Guillaume Compaore, Alfred Tiono, Cheikh Sokhna, Maurice Yé, Amidou Diarra, Edith Roset Bahmanyar, Melanie De Boer, Jean-Yves Pirçon, Effua Abigail Usuf
BACKGROUND: Malariometric information is needed to decide how to introduce malaria vaccines and evaluate their impact in sub-Saharan African countries. METHODS: This cross-sectional study (NCT01954264) was conducted between October and November, 2013, corresponding to the high malaria transmission season, in four sites with Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (DSS) [two sites with moderate-to-high malaria endemicity in Burkina Faso (Nouna and Saponé) and two sites with low malaria endemicity in Senegal (Keur Socé and Niakhar)]...
February 6, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166076/bedside-ultrasound-in-the-emergency-department-to-detect-hydronephrosis-for-the-evaluation-of-suspected-ureteric-colic
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R Shrestha, R M Shakya, A Khan A
Background Renal colic is a common emergency department presentation. Hydronephrosis is indirect sign of urinary obstruction which may be due to obstructing ureteric calculus and can be detected easily by bedside ultrasound with minimal training. Objective To compare the accuracy of detection of hydronephrosis performed by the emergency physician with that of radiologist's in suspected renal colic cases. Method This was a prospective observational study performed over a period of 6 months. Patients >8 years with provisional diagnosis of renal colic with both the bedside ultrasound and the formal ultrasound performed were included...
April 2016: Kathmandu University Medical Journal (KUMJ)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163461/familial-disseminated-cutaneous-glomuvenous-malformation-treatment-with-polidocanol-sclerotherapy
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Aditi Jha, Niti Khunger, K Malarvizhi, V Ramesh, Avninder Singh
Glomuvenous malformations (GVMs) present as asymptomatic multiple pink-to-blue nodules or plaques. Disseminated lesions are rare, representing 10% of all the cases. Familial cases are caused by mutations in the glomulin gene. A young male presented with multiple bluish-to-dusky red-coloured nodules 10-15 in numbers over the trunk, limbs and buttocks since 12 years of age. They ranged in size from 1 to 3 cm, partially to non-compressible and tender on palpation. There was no history of any systemic complaint...
October 2016: Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149925/automated-detection-of-coarctation-of-aorta-in-neonates-from-two-dimensional-echocardiograms
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Franklin Pereira, Alejandra Bueno, Andrea Rodriguez, Douglas Perrin, Gerald Marx, Michael Cardinale, Ivan Salgo, Pedro Del Nido
Coarctation of aorta (CoA) is a critical congenital heart defect (CCHD) that requires accurate and immediate diagnosis and treatment. Current newborn screening methods to detect CoA lack both in sensitivity and specificity, and when suspected in a newborn, it must be confirmed using specialized imaging and expert diagnosis, both of which are usually unavailable at tertiary birthing centers. We explore the feasibility of applying machine learning methods to reliably determine the presence of this difficult-to-diagnose cardiac abnormality from ultrasound image data...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124389/evaluation-of-a-chemiluminescent-immunoassay-for-measurement-of-equine-insulin
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H B Carslake, G L Pinchbeck, C M McGowan
BACKGROUND: Many diagnostic tests for insulin dysregulation use reference intervals established with an insulin radioimmunoassay (RIA) that is no longer available. A chemiluminescent immunoassay (CLIA) is commonly used for the measurement of serum insulin concentration in clinical practice but requires further validation, especially at clinically relevant reference intervals. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the CLIA for measurement of equine insulin and compare it to the previously validated, but now unavailable RIA...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110797/computer-aided-diagnosis-for-lung-cancer-usefulness-of-nodule-heterogeneity
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Mizuho Nishio, Chihiro Nagashima
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: To develop a computer-aided diagnosis system to differentiate between malignant and benign nodules. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-three lung nodules revealed on 60 sets of computed tomography (CT) images were analyzed. Contrast-enhanced CT was performed in 46 CT examinations. The images were provided by the LUNGx Challenge, and the ground truth of the lung nodules was unavailable; a surrogate ground truth was, therefore, constructed by radiological evaluation...
January 16, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110176/the-management-of-hiv-in-pregnancy-a-10-year-experience
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Sonia F Raffe, Charlotte Savage, Louisa A Perry, Amie Patel, Tricia Keith, Richard Howell, Robert Bradley, Rob Bomont, Katy Fidler, Yvonne Gilleece
OBJECTIVE: The package of care to reduce HIV mother to child transmission (MTCT) has evolved significantly since trials of ante and intrapartum antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 1994. In the UK MTCT rate has fallen from 25.6% in the 1990s to 0.46%. We review the management of HIV in pregnancy in Brighton in the context of evolving guidelines. STUDY DESIGN: HIV, obstetric and neonatal notes of all HIV positive women, pregnant between 2003 and 2014, were reviewed. RESULTS: 97 pregnancies in 75 women were identified, resulting in 79 live births...
January 3, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096078/how-to-prevent-the-microvascular-complications-of-type-2-diabetes-beyond-glucose-control
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REVIEW
Willy Marcos Valencia, Hermes Florez
Microvascular complications (retinopathy, nephropathy, and neuropathy) affect hundreds of millions of patients with type 2 diabetes. They usually affect people with longstanding or uncontrolled disease, but they can also be present at diagnosis or in those yet to have a diagnosis made. The presentation and progression of these complications can lead to loss of visual, renal, and neurologic functions, impaired mobility and cognition, poor quality of life, limitations for employment and productivity, and increased costs for the patient and society...
January 17, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058483/three-dimensional-ultrasound-of-the-neonatal-brain-technical-approach-and-spectrum-of-disease
#15
Jessica Kurian, Susan Sotardi, Mark C Liszewski, William A Gomes, Thomas Hoffman, Benjamin H Taragin
Brain pathology is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in neonates, especially in the premature population. While conventional two-dimensional neurosonography is traditionally used for screening, diagnosis and monitoring of brain disorders such as germinal matrix hemorrhage, periventricular leukomalacia and hydrocephalus, three-dimensional ultrasonography has gained popularity in a variety of clinical applications in recent years. Three-dimensional ultrasonography is not yet widely utilized in pediatric imaging but is a potentially powerful tool for evaluating the neonatal brain...
January 5, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049457/breathdx-molecular-analysis-of-exhaled-breath-as-a-diagnostic-test-for-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-protocol-for-a-european-multicentre-observational-study
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Pouline M P van Oort, Tamara Nijsen, Hans Weda, Hugo Knobel, Paul Dark, Timothy Felton, Nicholas J W Rattray, Oluwasola Lawal, Waqar Ahmed, Craig Portsmouth, Peter J Sterk, Marcus J Schultz, Tetyana Zakharkina, Antonio Artigas, Pedro Povoa, Ignacio Martin-Loeches, Stephen J Fowler, Lieuwe D J Bos
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) remains time-consuming and costly, the clinical tools lack specificity and a bedside test to exclude infection in suspected patients is unavailable. Breath contains hundreds to thousands of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that result from host and microbial metabolism as well as the environment. The present study aims to use breath VOC analysis to develop a model that can discriminate between patients who have positive cultures and who have negative cultures with a high sensitivity...
January 3, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032016/rapid-naked-eye-discrimination-of-cytochrome-p450-genetic-polymorphism-through-non-crosslinking-aggregation-of-dna-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles
#17
Yoshitsugu Akiyama, Guoqing Wang, Shota Shiraishi, Naoki Kanayama, Tohru Takarada, Mizuo Maeda
Involvement of single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping in healthcare should allow for more effective use of pharmacogenomics. However, user-friendly assays without the requirement of a special instrument still remain unavailable. This study describes naked-eye SNP discrimination in exon 5 of the human cytochrome P450 2C19 monooxygenase gene, CYP2C19*1 (the wild-type allele) and CYP2C19*2 (the variant allele with G681A point mutation). The present assay is composed of allele-specific single-base primer extension and salt-induced aggregation of DNA-modified gold nanoparticles (DNA-AuNPs)...
December 2016: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006003/genital-chlamydia-trachomatis-infection-among-women-of-reproductive-age-attending-the-gynecology-clinic-of-hawassa-university-referral-hospital-southern-ethiopia
#18
Endale Tadesse, Million Teshome, Anteneh Amsalu, Techalew Shimelis
BACKGROUND: Urogenital infection with Chlamydia trachomatis(CT) is one of the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) world-wide, especially in developing nations where routine laboratory diagnosis is unavailable. Little is known about the epidemiology of this infection in Ethiopia where other STIs are prevalent. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence and associated factors of CT infection among women of reproductive age. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 322 consecutive women aged between 15-49 years at Hawassa University Referral Hospital from November 2014 to April 2015...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993924/limited-effectiveness-of-a-skills-and-drills-intervention-to-improve-emergency-obstetric-and-newborn-care-in-karnataka-india-a-proof-of-concept-study
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Beena Varghese, Jayanna Krishnamurthy, Blaze Correia, Ruchika Panigrahi, Maryann Washington, Vinotha Ponnuswamy, Prem Mony
OBJECTIVE: The majority of the maternal and perinatal deaths are preventable through improved emergency obstetric and newborn care at facilities. However, the quality of such care in India has significant gaps in terms of provider skills and in their preparedness to handle emergencies. We tested the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of a "skills and drills" intervention, implemented between July 2013 and September 2014, to improve emergency obstetric and newborn care in the state of Karnataka, India...
December 23, 2016: Global Health, Science and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989424/designing-and-computational-validation-of-microarray-probe-sets-for-the-diagnosis-of-viruses-of-non-human-vertebrates
#20
Gaurava K Rai, Rubina Lawrence
Making specific oligonucleotide probes for diagnosis and differentiation of viruses has always been a challenging task due to unavailability of defined viral sequence databases, probe designing softwares and higher degree of sequence homology among the types and subtypes of viruses. We have provided here, a streamlined procedure to design microarray probes involving various computational tools which is capable of yielding highly specific as well as conserved oligonucleotides to facilitate unbiased diagnosis of viruses...
December 15, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Probes
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