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L A Bitzer, K Neumann, N Benson, R Schmechel
Super-resolution (SR) is a technique used in digital image processing to overcome the resolution limitation of imaging systems. In this process, a single high resolution image is reconstructed from multiple low resolution images. SR is commonly used for CCD and CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor) sensor images, as well as for medical applications, e.g., magnetic resonance imaging. Here, we demonstrate that super-resolution can be applied with scanning light stimulation (LS) systems, which are common to obtain space-resolved electro-optical parameters of a sample...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Nádia Sitoe, Rosa Macamo, Bindiya Meggi, Ocean Tobaiwa, Osvaldo Loquiha, Timothy Bollinger, Lara Vojnov, Ilesh Jani
BACKGROUND: In resource-limited countries, CD4 T-cell (CD4) testing continues to be used for determining antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation eligibility and opportunistic infection monitoring. To support expanded access to CD4 testing, simple and robust technologies are necessary. We conducted this study to evaluate the performance of a new Point-of-Care (POC) CD4 technology, the MyT4, compared to conventional laboratory CD4 testing. METHODS: EDTA venous blood from 200 HIV-positive patients was tested in the laboratory using the MyT4 and BD FACSCalibur™...
2016: PloS One
Shaohong Cheng, Patrick Aghajanian, Sheila Pourteymoor, Catrina Alarcon, Subburaman Mohan
Endochondral ossification plays an important role in the formation of the primary ossification centers (POCs) and secondary ossification centers (SOCs) of mammalian long bones. However, the molecular mechanisms that regulate POC and SOC formation are different. We recently demonstrated that Prolyl Hydroxylase Domain-containing Protein 2 (Phd2) is a key mediator of vitamin C effects on bone. We investigated the role of Phd2 on endochondral ossification of the epiphyses by conditionally deleting the Phd2 gene in osteoblasts and chondrocytes...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Vigneshwaran Mani, Bhairav Paleja, Karima Larbi, Pavanish Kumar, Jo Ann Tay, Jie Yee Siew, Fatih Inci, ShuQi Wang, Cynthia Chee, Yee Tang Wang, Utkan Demirci, Gennaro De Libero, Amit Singhal
Access to point-of-care (POC), rapid, inexpensive, sensitive, and instrument-free tests for the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) remains a major challenge. Here, we report a simple and low-cost microchip-based TB ELISA (MTBE) platform for the detection of anti-mycobacterial IgG in plasma samples in less than 15 minutes. The MTBE employs a flow-less, magnet-actuated, bead-based ELISA for simultaneous detection of IgG responses against multiple mycobacterial antigens. Anti-trehalose 6,6'-dimycolate (TDM) IgG responses were the strongest predictor for differentiating active tuberculosis (ATB) from healthy controls (HC) and latent tuberculosis infections (LTBI)...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mark E Westman, Richard Malik, Evelyn Hall, Matthew Harris, Margaret J Hosie, Jacqueline M Norris
OBJECTIVES: Recently, two point-of-care (PoC) feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) antibody test kits (Witness and Anigen Rapid) were reported as being able to differentiate FIV-vaccinated from FIV-infected cats at a single time point, irrespective of the gap between testing and last vaccination (0-7 years). The aim of the current study was to investigate systematically anti-FIV antibody production over time in response to the recommended primary FIV vaccination series. METHODS: First, residual plasma from the original study was tested using a laboratory-based ELISA to determine whether negative results with PoC testing were due to reduced as opposed to absent antibodies to gp40...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Minh D Pham, Paul A Agius, Lorena Romero, Peter McGlynn, David Anderson, Suzanne M Crowe, Stanley Luchters
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care (POC) CD4 testing increases patient accessibility to assessment of antiretroviral therapy eligibility. This review evaluates field performance in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) of currently available POC CD4 technologies. METHODS: Eight electronic databases were searched for field studies published between January 2005 and January 2015 of six POC CD4 platforms: PointCare NOW™, Alere Pima™ CD4, Daktari™ CD4 Counter, CyFlow® CD4 miniPOC, BD FACSPresto™, and MyT4™ CD4...
October 21, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Pavel Damborský, Katarzyna M Koczula, Andrea Gallotta, Jaroslav Katrlík
Lateral flow assays (LFAs) enable the simple and rapid detection and quantification of analytes and is popular for point-of-care (PoC), point-of-use and outdoor testing applications. LFAs typically depend on antibody or nucleic acid based recognition. We present the innovative concept of a LFA using lectins in the role of the biorecognition element. Lectins are a special kind of glycan-binding protein and the lectin-based LFA herein described was developed for the determination of the glycosylation of free prostate specific antigen (PSA)...
October 21, 2016: Analyst
Zhe Zhang, Bing Zhang, Ming Li, Xue Liang, Xiaodong Chen, Renyuan Liu, Xin Zhang, Hua Guo
PURPOSE: To report a diffusion imaging technique insensitive to off-resonance artifacts and motion-induced ghost artifacts using mulitshot Cartesian turbo spin-echo (TSE) acquisition and iterative POCS-based reconstruction of multiplexed sensitivity encoded magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (POCSMUSE) for phase correction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Phase insensitive diffusion preparation was used to deal with the violation of the Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill (CPMG) conditions of TSE diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), followed by a mulitshot Cartesian TSE readout for data acquisition...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Karidia Diallo, Surbhi Modi, Mackenzie Hurlston, Rachel Suzanne Beard, John N Nkengasong
Early diagnosis of HIV infection in infants and children remains a challenge in resource-limited settings, with approximately half of all HIV-exposed infants receiving virological testing for HIV by the recommended age of two months in 2015. In order to reduce morbidity and mortality among HIV-infected children and to close the treatment gap for HIV-infected children, there is an urgent need to evaluate existing programmatic and laboratory practices for early infant diagnosis and introduce strategies to improve identification of HIV-exposed infants and ensure access to systematic, early HIV testing with early linkage to treatment for HIV-infected infants...
October 19, 2016: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
Meri Kankaanpää, Maria Raitakari, Leila Muukkonen, Siv Gustafsson, Merja Heitto, Ari Palomäki, Kimmo Suojanen, Veli-Pekka Harjola
BACKGROUND: To assess whether the use of point-of-care testing (POCT) and early assessment team (EAT) model shortens emergency department (ED) length of stay (LOS). METHODS: This prospective, observational study with comparison between three study periods was performed in three phases in a metropolitan ED with 57,000 annual visits. Data were collected from adult ambulatory patients who were discharged home. Phase 1 served as a control (n = 1559 in one month)...
October 18, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Floriana Zennaro, Elena Neri, Federico Nappi, Daniele Grosso, Riccardo Triunfo, Francesco Cabras, Francesca Frexia, Stefania Norbedo, Pierpaolo Guastalla, Massino Gregori, Elisabetta Cattaruzzi, Daniela Sanabor, Egidio Barbi, Marzia Lazzerini
BACKGROUND: The use of point-of-care ultrasonography (POC US) in paediatrics is increasing. This study investigated the diagnostic accuracy of POC US in children accessing the emergency department (ED) when performed by paediatricians under the remote guidance of radiologists (TELE POC). METHODS: Children aged 0 to 18 years accessing the ED of a third level research hospital with eight possible clinical scenarios and without emergency/severity signs at the triage underwent three subsequent US tests: by a paediatrician guided remotely by a radiologist (TELE POC); by the same radiologist (UNBLIND RAD); by an independent blinded radiologist (BLIND RAD)...
2016: PloS One
Wei Chang, Gabriel Chamie, Daniel Mwai, Tamara D Clark, Harsha Thirumurthy, Edwin D Charlebois, Maya Petersen, Jane Kabami, Emmanuel Ssemmondo, Kevin Kadede, Dalsone Kwarisiima, Norton Sang, Elizabeth A Bukusi, Craig R Cohen, Moses Kamya, Diane V Havlir, James G Kahn
BACKGROUND: In 2013-2014, we achieved 89% adult HIV testing coverage using a hybrid testing approach in 32 communities in Uganda and Kenya (SEARCH: NCT01864603). To inform scalability, we sought to determine: (1) overall cost and efficiency of this approach; and (2) costs associated with point-of-care (POC) CD4 testing, multidisease services, and community mobilization. METHODS: We applied microcosting methods to estimate costs of population-wide HIV testing in 12 SEARCH trial communities...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Awa R N'Diaye, Camille Leclerc, Takfarinas Kentache, Julie Hardouin, Cecile Duclairoir Poc, Yoan Konto-Ghiorghi, Sylvie Chevalier, Olivier Lesouhaitier, Marc G J Feuilloley
Staphylococci can sense Substance P (SP) in skin, but this molecule is generally released by nerve terminals along with another neuropeptide, Calcitonin Gene Related Peptide (CGRP). In this study, we investigated the effects of αCGRP on Staphylococci. CGRP induced a strong stimulation of Staphylococcus epidermidis virulence with a low threshold (<10(-12 )M) whereas Staphylococcus aureus was insensitive to CGRP. We observed that CGRP-treated S. epidermidis induced interleukin 8 release by keratinocytes...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tae-Dong Jeong, Eun-Jung Cho, Dae-Hyun Ko, Woochang Lee, Sail Chun, Ki-Sook Hong, Won-Ki Min
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to report the experience of large-scale performance evaluation of 238 Accu-Chek Inform II point-of-care (POC) glucose meters in a single medical setting. METHODS: The repeatability of 238 POC devices, the within-site imprecision of 12 devices, and the linearity of 49 devices were evaluated using glucose control solutions. The glucose results of 24 POC devices and central laboratory were compared using patient samples. RESULTS: Mean concentration of control solutions was 2...
October 14, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
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Respiratory tract infections (RTI) are among the most common acute conditions leading to GP consultations and to antibiotic prescribing in primary care, even though 70% are viral, and many others are minor self-limiting bacterial infections.(1-4) Between 0.5% and 1.1% of adults have community-acquired pneumonia every year in the UK, most of whom are managed in primary care.(4,5) The decision to prescribe antibiotics for an acute RTI in primary care is often based on clinical symptoms, which have low sensitivity and specificity, and high inter-observer variability...
October 2016: Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
Giuseppa Di Bella, Imen Haddaoui, Vincenzo Lo Turco, Angela Giorgia Potortì, Maria Rita Fede, Giacomo Dugo
BACKGROUND: Despite the importance of beans as food, few works are conducted to control their contamination by Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), compounds of highly importance because of their toxicity and tendency to accumulate in food chains. In order to evaluate the human exposure to POPs by beans consumption a monitoring program was conducted on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) residues in samples coming from Italy, Mexico, India, Japan, Ghana and Ivory Coast...
October 13, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Marcin Kunecki, Wojciech Płazak, Tomasz Roleder, Jolanta Biernat, Tomasz Oleksy, Piotr Podolec, Krzysztof Stanisław Gołba
BACKGROUND: Ischemic preconditioning (IPC) and postconditioning (POC) are the novel strategies of attaining cardioprotection against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Previous studies suggested the role of opioid pathway, however the class of opioid receptors responsible for this effect in humans remains unknown. The aim of the study was to assess the influence of opioids on simulated I/R injury outcomes in the human myocardium. METHODS: Trabeculae of the human right atrium were electrically driven in organ bath and subjected to simulated I/R injury...
October 13, 2016: Cardiology Journal
Kimberly Plevniak, Matthew Campbell, Timothy Myers, Abby Hodges, Mei He
Clinical diagnosis requiring central facilities and site visits can be burdensome for patients in resource-limited or rural areas. Therefore, development of a low-cost test that utilizes smartphone data collection and transmission would beneficially enable disease self-management and point-of-care (POC) diagnosis. In this paper, we introduce a low-cost iPOC(3D) diagnostic strategy which integrates 3D design and printing of microfluidic POC device with smartphone-based disease diagnosis in one process as a stand-alone system, offering strong adaptability for establishing diagnostic capacity in resource-limited areas and low-income countries...
September 2016: Biomicrofluidics
Sikhulile Moyo, Terence Mohammed, Kathleen E Wirth, Melanie Prague, Kara Bennett, Molly Pretorius Holme, Lucy Mupfumi, Philemon Sebogodi, Natasha O Moraka, Corretah Boleo, Comfort N Maphorisa, Boitumelo Seraise, Simani Gaseitsiwe, Rosemary M Musonda, Erik van Widenfelt, Kathleen M Powis, Tendani Gaolathe, Eric J Tchetgen Tchetgen, Joseph M Makhema, Max Essex, Shahin Lockman, Vladimir Novitsky
BACKGROUND: Routine monitoring of HIV-1 RNA, or viral load (VL) in patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) is important, but there are multiple impediments to VL testing in resource-constrained settings. An accurate point-of-care (POC) HIV-1 VL test could alleviate many of these challenges. METHODS: We compared the performance of the Cepheid Xpert® HIV-1 VL against the laboratory-based Abbott m2000sp/m2000rt assay (Abbot assay). ART-naïve individuals participating in the Botswana Combination Prevention Project in 20 communities provided EDTA blood specimens during household surveys...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Paul C Pearlman, Rao Divi, Michael Gwede, Pushpa Tandon, Brian S Sorg, Miguel R Ossandon, Lokesh Agrawal, Vinay Pai, Houston Baker, Tiffani Bailey Lash
Point-of-care (POC) technologies have proved valuable in cancer detection, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment in the developed world, and have shown promise in low-and-middle-income countries (LMIC) as well. Despite this promise, the unique design constraints presented in low-resource settings, coupled with the variety of country-specific regulatory and institutional dynamics, have made it difficult for investigators to translate successful POC cancer interventions to the LMIC markets. In response to this need, the National Cancer Institute has partnered with the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to create the National Institutes of Health Affordable Cancer Technologies (ACTs) program...
2016: IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
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