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Promod K Mehta, Bhawna Dahiya, Suman Sharma, Netrapal Singh, Renu Dharra, Zoozeal Thakur, Neeru Mehta, Krishna B Gupta, Mahesh C Gupta, Dhruva Chaudhary
Rapid and accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) is essential to control the disease. The conventional microbiological tests have limitations and there is an urgent need to devise a simple, rapid and reliable point-of-care (POC) test. The failure of TB diagnostic tests based on antibody detection due to inconsistent and imprecise results has stimulated renewed interest in the development of rapid antigen detection methods. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has emphasized to continue research for designing new antibody-based detection tests with improved accuracy...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526661/the-parasol-protocol-an-implementation-science-study-of-hiv-continuum-of-care-interventions-for-gay-men-and-transgender-women-in-burma-myanmar
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Andrea L Wirtz, Soe Naing, Emily Clouse, Kaung Htet Thu, Sandra Hsu Hnin Mon, Zin Min Tun, Stefan Baral, Aung Zayar Paing, Chris Beyrer
BACKGROUND: Efforts to improve HIV diagnosis and antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation among people living with HIV and reduce onward transmission of HIV rely on innovative interventions along multiple steps of the HIV care continuum. These innovative methods are particularly important for key populations, including men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TW). The HIV epidemic in Myanmar is concentrated among key populations, and national efforts now focus on reducing stigma and improving engagement of MSM and TW in HIV prevention and care...
May 17, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525851/a-fully-integrated-distance-readout-elisa-chip-for-point-of-care-testing-with-sample-in-answer-out-capability
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Dan Liu, Xingrui Li, Junkai Zhou, Shibo Liu, Tian Tian, Yanling Song, Zhi Zhu, Leiji Zhou, Tianhai Ji, Chaoyong Yang
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is a popular laboratory technique for detection of disease-specific protein biomarkers with high specificity and sensitivity. However, ELISA requires labor-intensive and time-consuming procedures with skilled operators and spectroscopic instrumentation. Simplification of the procedures and miniaturization of the devices are crucial for ELISA-based point-of-care (POC) testing in resource-limited settings. Here, we present a fully integrated, instrument-free, low-cost and portable POC platform which integrates the process of ELISA and the distance readout into a single microfluidic chip...
May 4, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525846/exploring-the-clonal-evolution-of-cd133-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-1-aldh1-positive-cancer-stem-like-cells-from-primary-to-recurrent-high-grade-serous-ovarian-cancer-hgsoc-a-study-of-the-ovarian-cancer-therapy-innovative-models-prolong-survival-octips-consortium
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Ilary Ruscito, Dan Cacsire Castillo-Tong, Ignace Vergote, Iulia Ignat, Mandy Stanske, Adriaan Vanderstichele, Ram N Ganapathi, Jacek Glajzer, Hagen Kulbe, Fabian Trillsch, Alexander Mustea, Caroline Kreuzinger, Pierluigi Benedetti Panici, Charlie Gourley, Hani Gabra, Mirjana Kessler, Jalid Sehouli, Silvia Darb-Esfahani, Elena Ioana Braicu
BACKGROUND: High-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC) causes 80% of all ovarian cancer (OC) deaths. In this setting, the role of cancer stem-like cells (CSCs) is still unclear. In particular, the evolution of CSC biomarkers from primary (pOC) to recurrent (rOC) HGSOCs is unknown. Aim of this study was to investigate changes in CD133 and aldehyde dehydrogenase-1 (ALDH1) CSC biomarker expression in pOC and rOC HGSOCs. METHODS: Two-hundred and twenty-four pOC and rOC intrapatient paired tissue samples derived from 112 HGSOC patients were evaluated for CD133 and ALDH1 expression using immunohistochemistry (IHC); pOCs and rOCs were compared for CD133 and/or ALDH1 levels...
May 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524686/anomalous-thermal-conductivity-and-magnetic-torque-response-in-the-honeycomb-magnet-%C3%AE-rucl_-3
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Ian A Leahy, Christopher A Pocs, Peter E Siegfried, David Graf, S-H Do, Kwang-Yong Choi, B Normand, Minhyea Lee
We report on the unusual behavior of the in-plane thermal conductivity κ and torque τ response in the Kitaev-Heisenberg material α-RuCl_{3}. κ shows a striking enhancement with linear growth beyond H=7  T, where magnetic order disappears, while τ for both of the in-plane symmetry directions shows an anomaly at the same field. The temperature and field dependence of κ are far more complex than conventional phonon and magnon contributions, and require us to invoke the presence of unconventional spin excitations whose properties are characteristic of a field-induced spin-liquid phase related to the enigmatic physics of the Kitaev model in an applied magnetic field...
May 5, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523593/emotion-oriented-coping-increases-the-risk-of-depression-among-caregivers-of-end-stage-renal-disease-patients-undergoing-hemodialysis
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Paulo Roberto Santos, Ítala Mônica de Sales Santos, João Laerte Alves de Freitas Filho, Carlos Wellington Macha, Priscila Garcia Câmara Cabral Tavares, Ana Cláudia de Oliveira Portela, Ana Mayara Barros Campos, Ana Raquel Ferreira de Azevedo, Catarine Cavalcante Ary, Felipe Peixoto Nobre, Jamille Fernandes Carneiro, Yandra Maria Gomes Pontes
PURPOSE: We investigated the possible association between coping style and depressive feelings among caregivers of end-stage renal disease patients undergoing hemodialysis. METHODS: We studied 107 main caregivers of hemodialysis patients. Main caregiver was defined as the person on whom the patient counts for daily care or the one the patient calls upon in case of difficulties. Demographic data of caregivers and clinical data of patients were collected. The Jalowiec Coping Scale was applied to score two styles of coping: problem-oriented coping (POC) and emotion-oriented coping (EOC)...
May 18, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522808/plasmonics-enhanced-smartphone-fluorescence-microscopy
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Qingshan Wei, Guillermo Acuna, Seungkyeum Kim, Carolin Vietz, Derek Tseng, Jongjae Chae, Daniel Shir, Wei Luo, Philip Tinnefeld, Aydogan Ozcan
Smartphone fluorescence microscopy has various applications in point-of-care (POC) testing and diagnostics, ranging from e.g., quantification of immunoassays, detection of microorganisms, to sensing of viruses. An important need in smartphone-based microscopy and sensing techniques is to improve the detection sensitivity to enable quantification of extremely low concentrations of target molecules. Here, we demonstrate a general strategy to enhance the detection sensitivity of a smartphone-based fluorescence microscope by using surface-enhanced fluorescence (SEF) created by a thin metal-film...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521601/significance-of-pregnancy-test-false-negative-results-due-to-elevated-levels-of-%C3%AE-core-fragment-hcg
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Sarah Johnson, Saji Eapen, Peter Smith, Graham Warren, Michael Zinaman
Very high levels of β-core fragment human chorionic gonadotrophin (βcf-hCG) are reported to potentially cause false negative results in point-of-care (POC)/over-the-counter (OTC) pregnancy tests. To investigate this further, women's daily early morning urine samples, collected prior to conception and during pregnancy, were analysed for intact, free β- and βcf-hCG. The proportion of βcf-hCG was found to be related to that of hCG produced and in circulation. Therefore, best practice for accuracy testing of POC/OTC pregnancy tests would be to test devices against clinical samples containing high levels of βcf-hCG as well as standards spiked with biologically relevant ratios...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Immunoassay & Immunochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521189/does-a-video-displaying-a-stair-climbing-model-increase-stair-use-in-a-worksite-setting
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L Van Calster, A-S Van Hoecke, A Octaef, F Boen
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the effects of improving the visibility of the stairwell and of displaying a video with a stair climbing model on climbing and descending stair use in a worksite setting. STUDY DESIGN: Intervention study. METHODS: Three consecutive one-week intervention phases were implemented: (1) the visibility of the stairs was improved by the attachment of pictograms that indicated the stairwell; (2) a video showing a stair climbing model was sent to the employees by email; and (3) the same video was displayed on a television screen at the point-of-choice (POC) between the stairs and the elevator...
May 15, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516178/a-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-zinc-oxide-nanofiber-based-flexible-chemiresistive-biosensor-for-malaria-biomarker-detection
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Brince Paul K, Asisa Kumar Panigrahi, Vikrant Singh, Shiv Govind Singh
We report the fabrication of a flexible, lightweight and disposable multi walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)-zinc oxide (ZnO) nanofiber based chemiresistive biosensor for label free detection of the malaria biomarker, histidine rich protein II (HRP2). The sensing platform is formed by depositing nanofibers in between the source and drain electrodes patterned on a thin, flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. MWCNT-ZnO nanofibers are synthesized via the electrospinning technique followed by a calcination process...
May 18, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512501/effect-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-product-qiangguyin-on-bone-mineral-density-and-bone-turnover-in-chinese-postmenopausal-osteoporosis
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Zhen-Yu Shi, Xin-Gen Zhang, Chun-Wen Li, Kang Liu, Bo-Cheng Liang, Xiao-Lin Shi
Introduction. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of herbal formula QiangGuYin (QGY) in postmenopausal women. Materials and Methods. A total of 240 participants from six clinical centers were randomly to receive alendronate 70 mg/week, QGY granules 20 g/day, and placebo. Primary end points were BMD changes over 6 and 12 months; secondary end points were bone turnover markers changes at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months. Safety was monitored by clinical adverse events reported during the follow-up...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510114/fabricating-poly-1-8-octanediol-citrate-elastomer-based-fibrous-mats-via-electrospinning-for-soft-tissue-engineering-scaffold
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Lei Zhu, Yuanzheng Zhang, Yali Ji
Poly(1,8-octanediol citrate) (POC) is a recently developed biodegradable crosslinked elastomer that possesses good cytocompatibility and matchable mechanical properties to soft tissues. However, the thermosetting characteristic reveals a big challenge to manufacture its porous scaffold. Herein, POC elastomer was electrospun into fiber mat using poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) as a spinnable carrier. The obtained POC/PLLA fiber mats were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), uniaxial tensile test, static-water-contact-angle, thermal analysis, in vitro degradation and biocompatibility test...
June 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503126/in-vitro-and-ex-vivo-measurement-of-prophylactic-dabigatran-concentrations-with-a-new-ecarin-based-thromboelastometry-test
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Mareike Kristina Körber, Elisabeth Langer, Martin Köhr, Klaus-Dieter Wernecke, Wolfgang Korte, Christian von Heymann
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of oral anticoagulants has been approved, including dabigatran etexilate (DE). DE is a direct thrombin inhibitor that requires no routine monitoring, but, if necessary (e.g. urgent surgery etc.), the diluted thrombin time measured with Hemoclot® has shown reliable results. So far, no point-of-care (PoC) assay is available to measure DE effects. The EcaTEM assay uses ecarin to initiate the coagulation cascade at the step of thrombin generation and measures the clotting time (CT) by thromboelastometry...
April 2017: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500649/a-comparative-study-using-thrombin-generation-and-three-different-inr-methods-in-patients-on-vitamin-k-antagonist-treatment
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N Riva, K Vella, S Meli, K Hickey, D Zammit, C Calamatta, M Makris, S Kitchen, W Ageno, A Gatt
INTRODUCTION: Vitamin K antagonist (VKA) treatment requires routine monitoring using the international normalized ratio (INR). However, different INR assays may vary in their results. The aim of this study was to assess the agreement of three different INR methods, compared with thrombin generation, in patients on VKA treatment. METHODS: Sixty patients attending the Anticoagulation Clinic at Mater Dei Hospital (Msida, Malta) for VKA monitoring between August and September 2015 were enrolled...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498189/impact-of-point-of-care-cd4-testing-on-retention-in-care-among-hiv-positive-pregnant-and-breastfeeding-women-in-the-context-of-option-b-in-zimbabwe-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jessica Joseph, Tendai Gotora, Alison S Erlwanger, Angela Mushavi, Simukai Zizhou, Nyasha Masuka, Caroline E Boeke, Alexio-Zambezi Mangwiro
INTRODUCTION: Scale-up of Option B+ in Zimbabwe has increased antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage but patient loss-to-follow-up remains high; thus, effective strategies to improve retention in care are needed. Evidence for Elimination, a cluster randomized controlled trial, evaluated the impact of point-of-care (POC) CD4 testing with CD4 count-specific adherence counseling on rates of retention among 1150 HIV-positive pregnant women initiating ART in Zimbabwe. METHODS: Thirty-two primary care health facilities were randomized to offer either standard-of-care (SOC) or POC CD4 testing plus CD4-specific counseling to clients (POC Plus)...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496152/rapid-self-driven-liquid-mixing-on-open-surface-microfluidic-platforms
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Jared M Morrissette, Pallab Sinha Mahapatra, Aritra Ghosh, Ranjan Ganguly, Constantine M Megaridis
Self-driven surface micromixers (SDSM) relying on patterned-wettability technology provide an elegant solution for low-cost, point-of-care (POC) devices and lab-on-a-chip (LOC) applications. We present a SDSM fabricated by strategically patterning three wettable wedge-shaped tracks onto a non-wettable, flat surface. This SDSM operates by harnessing the wettability contrast and the geometry of the patterns to promote mixing of small liquid volumes (µL droplets) through a combination of coalescence and Laplace pressure-driven flow...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495951/biochemical-analysis-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-in-the-laboratories-of-deployed-medical-treatment-facilities-are-multistix-10-sg-strip-and-istat-useful
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Bertrand Lefrere, J Plantamura, C Renard, F Ceppa, H Delacour
INTRODUCTION: During military deployment, the diagnosis and the management of acute bacterial meningitis can be problematic, as deployed Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) often have a limited laboratory diagnostic capability. However, French Role 2 and 3 MTFs have point-of-care (POC) testing to perform urinary (Multistix 10 SG strip) and blood (iSTAT handheld analyser) biochemical testing mentioned in AMedP8.5. The purpose of this study was to compare the accuracy of this urine test strip and of the iSTAT CHEM8 and CG4 cartridges with a standard hospital bench top analyser in order to determine if these POC devices have a potential role in the biochemical analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF protein, CSF glucose and CSF lactate, respectively)...
May 10, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489036/gryphsens-a-smartphone-based-portable-diagnostic-reader-for-the-rapid-detection-of-progesterone-in-milk
#18
Hyunwook Jang, Syed Rahin Ahmed, Suresh Neethirajan
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is a popular assay technique for the detection and quantification of various biological substances due its high sensitivity and specificity. More often, it requires large and expensive laboratory instruments, which makes it difficult to conduct when the tests must be performed quickly at the point-of-care (POC). To increase portability and ease of use, we propose a portable diagnostic system based on a Raspberry Pi imaging sensor for the rapid detection of progesterone in milk samples...
May 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480110/point-of-care-testing-in-the-acute-management-of-traumatic-brain-injury-identifying-the-coagulopathic-patient
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Yair M Gozal, Christopher P Carroll, Bryan M Krueger, Jane Khoury, Norberto O Andaluz
BACKGROUND: The use of anticoagulants or antiplatelet medications has become increasingly common and is a well-established risk factor for worsening of hemorrhages in trauma patients. The current study addresses the need to investigate the efficacy of point-of-care tests (POC) as an adjunct to conventional coagulation testing in traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. METHODS: A retrospective review of 190 TBI patients >18 years of age who underwent both conventional and POC testing as part of their admission coagulopathy workup was conducted...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475793/effectiveness-of-probiotic-prebiotic-and-synbiotic-therapies-in-reducing-postoperative-complications-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
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Nongyao Kasatpibal, JoAnne D Whitney, Surasak Saokaew, Kirati Kengkla, Margaret M Heitkemper, Anucha Apisarnthanarak
Background: Microbiome-directed therapies are increasingly used preoperatively and postoperatively to improve postoperative outcomes. Recently, the effectiveness of probiotics, prebiotics, and synbiotics in reducing postoperative complications (POCs) has been questioned. This systematic review aimed to examine and rank the effectiveness of these therapies on POCs in adult surgical patients. Methods: We searched for articles from PubMed, Embase, Cochrane, Web of Science, Scopus, and CINAHL plus...
May 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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