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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343023/classification-of-footwear-outsole-patterns-using-fourier-transform-and-local-interest-points
#1
Nicole Richetelli, Mackenzie C Lee, Carleen A Lasky, Madison E Gump, Jacqueline A Speir
Successful classification of questioned footwear has tremendous evidentiary value; the result can minimize the potential suspect pool and link a suspect to a victim, a crime scene, or even multiple crime scenes to each other. With this in mind, several different automated and semi-automated classification models have been applied to the forensic footwear recognition problem, with superior performance commonly associated with two different approaches: correlation of image power (magnitude) or phase, and the use of local interest points transformed using the Scale Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT) and compared using Random Sample Consensus (RANSAC)...
March 4, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340153/establishing-a-stand-alone-laboratory-dedicated-to-the-care-of-patients-with-ebola-virus-disease
#2
Jing Cao, Christine Senn, Pedro Castaneda, Sheree Humphries, Amy B Karger
Objective: To describe the process for establishment of a stand-alone laboratory dedicated to testing for Ebola virus disease (EVD). Methods: We selected 2 neighboring rooms for the EVD unit: 1 for patient care and 1 for laboratory testing. A limited test menu was developed after consultation with the team of healthcare providers treating patients with EVD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, and other sites with EVD expertise. Results: We selected several point-of-care (POC) devices and manual assays to provide necessary testing...
March 13, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339958/postconditioning-protects-renal-fibrosis-by-attenuating-oxidative-stress-induced-mitochondrial-injury
#3
Shuxian Zhang, Xiaohua Tan, Yan Chen, Xiuying Zhang
Background.: Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays a critical role in renal fibrosis. We hypothesize that mitochondrial DNA damage and DNA deletions caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS) during renal ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) might lead to EMT in renal fibrosis. Methods.: Rats were classified into seven groups: sham-operation, IRI, postconditioning (POC), I/R + apocynin, POC +  apocynin, I/R + Mito-Tempol (Mito-T) and POC +  Mito-T...
March 3, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339133/prospective-comparison-of-diagnostic-accuracy-between-point-of-care-and-conventional-ultrasound-in-a-general-diagnostic-department-implications-for-resource-limited-settings
#4
Steffen J A Haider, Roberta diFlorio-Alexander, David H Lam, Joo Y Cho, Jae Ho Sohn, Robert Harris
OBJECTIVES: To compare the diagnostic accuracy of hand-held point of care (POC) versus conventional sonography in a general diagnostic setting with the intention to inform medical providers or clinicians on the rational use of POC ultrasound in resource limited settings. METHODS: Over 3 months in 2010, 47 patients were prospectively enrolled at a single academic center to obtain 54 clinical conventional ultrasound examinations and 54 study-only POC ultrasound examinations...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336070/highly-modular-bioluminescent-sensors-for-small-molecules-and-proteins
#5
Qiuliyang Yu, Rudolf Griss, Alberto Schena, Kai Johnsson
Obtaining patient-specific information through the quantification of small molecules and proteins in bodily fluids is essential for personalized therapies. Point-of-care (POC) diagnostic devices hold the promise of delivering such benefit to a wide range of patients. However, there is a lack of enabling technology, as the majority of newly developed POC devices focus on the same underlying core technologies. Here we provide an overview of a new technology based on highly modular bioluminescent sensors that enables the quantification of small molecules and proteins at the POC with low-cost devices...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326106/in-vivo-assessment-of-stem-cells-for-treating-neurodegenerative-disease-current-approaches-and-future-prospects
#6
REVIEW
Byeong-Wook Song
In recent years, stem cell-related therapies have been widely applied for treating neurodegenerative disease. Despite their potential, stem cell tracking and imaging techniques for the evaluation of in vivo proof-of-concept (PoC) therapies have not been sufficiently represented in the research area. This review summarizes the recent approaches that have been used for tracking and imaging engrafted stem cells in vivo. Furthermore, we introduce tissue clearing technology that can be applied to develop three-dimensional in vivo experiments...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324325/the-universe-of-ana-testing-a-case-for-point-of-care-ana-testing
#7
Konstantin N Konstantinov, Robert L Rubin
Testing for total antinuclear antibodies (ANA) is a critical tool for diagnosis and management of autoimmune diseases at both the primary care and subspecialty settings. Repurposing of ANA from a test for lupus to a test for any autoimmune condition has driven the increase in ANA requests. Changes in ANA referral patterns include early or subclinical autoimmune disease detection in patients with low pre-test probability and use of negative ANA results to rule out underlying autoimmune disease. A positive result can lead to further diagnostic considerations...
December 2017: Auto- Immunity Highlights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322517/materials-for-microfluidic-immunoassays-a-review
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REVIEW
Lei Mou, Xingyu Jiang
Conventional immunoassays suffer from at least one of these following limitations: long processing time, high costs, poor user-friendliness, technical complexity, poor sensitivity and specificity. Microfluidics, a technology characterized by the engineered manipulation of fluids in channels with characteristic lengthscale of tens of micrometers, has shown considerable promise for improving immunoassays that could overcome these limitations in medical diagnostics and biology research. The combination of microfluidics and immunoassay can detect biomarkers with faster assay time, reduced volumes of reagents, lower power requirements, and higher levels of integration and automation compared to traditional approaches...
March 21, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322218/remineralization-of-particulate-organic-carbon-in-an-ocean-oxygen-minimum-zone
#9
E L Cavan, M Trimmer, F Shelley, R Sanders
Biological oceanic processes, principally the surface production, sinking and interior remineralization of organic particles, keep atmospheric CO2 lower than if the ocean was abiotic. The remineralization length scale (RLS, the vertical distance over which organic particle flux declines by 63%, affected by particle respiration, fragmentation and sinking rates) controls the size of this effect and is anomalously high in oxygen minimum zones (OMZ). Here we show in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific OMZ 70% of POC remineralization is due to microbial respiration, indicating that the high RLS is the result of lower particle fragmentation by zooplankton, likely due to the almost complete absence of zooplankton particle interactions in OMZ waters...
March 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321830/current-trends-in-ligand-binding-real-time-measurement-technologies
#10
Stephanie Fraser, Judy Y Shih, Mark Ware, Edward O'Connor, Mark J Cameron, Martin Schwickart, Xuemei Zhao, Karin Regnstrom
Numerous advances in ligand binding assay (LBA) real-time measurement technologies have been made within the last several years, ranging from the development of novel platforms to drive technology expansion to the adaptation of existing platforms to optimize performance and throughput. In this review, we have chosen to focus on technologies that provide increased value to two distinct segments of the LBA community. First, experimentally, by measuring real-time binding events, these technologies provide data that can be used to interrogate receptor/ligand binding interactions...
March 20, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320676/smartphone-based-rapid-screening-of-urinary-biomarkers
#11
Haakon Karlsen, Tao Dong
An ambulatory pre-screening Point-of-Care (POC) device compatible with commercially available diapers has been developed to rapidly screen urine samples for incontinent or functionally impaired elderly. This POC device consists of a set of colorimetric reaction pads with accompanying reference colors. A smartphone with camera is a convenient tool for analysis of colorimetric assays; and a software application has been developed for smartphones to photograph the colorimetric assay and classify colorimetric reactions according to the reference colors...
April 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317969/yolk-shell-nanostructured-fe3o4-c-magnetic-nanoparticles-with-enhanced-peroxidase-like-activity-for-label-free-colorimetric-detection-of-h2o2-and-glucose
#12
Na Lu, Min Zhang, Lei Ding, Jing Zheng, Caixia Zeng, Yanli Wen, Gang Liu, Ali Aldalbahi, Jiye Shi, Shiping Song, Xiaolei Zuo, Lihua Wang
Herein, we have developed a simple and facile method to synthesize yolk-shell nanostructured Fe3O4@C nanoparticles (NPs) as a multifunctional biosensing platform for the label-free colorimetric detection of H2O2 and glucose. It was demonstrated that Fe3O4@C yolk-shell nanostructures (YSNs) retained the magnetic properties that can be used for separation and concentration. Also importantly, the Fe3O4@C YSNs exhibited an intrinsic peroxidase-like activity that could quickly catalyze the enzyme substrate in the presence of H2O2 and produce a blue color...
March 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317324/big-in-the-benthos-future-change-of-seafloor-community-biomass-in-a-global-body-size-resolved-model
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Andrew Yool, Adrian P Martin, Thomas R Anderson, Brian J Bett, Daniel O B Jones, Henry A Ruhl
Deep-water benthic communities in the ocean are almost wholly dependent on near-surface pelagic ecosystems for their supply of energy and material resources. Primary production in sunlit surface waters is channelled through complex food webs that extensively recycle organic material, but lose a fraction as particulate organic carbon (POC) that sinks into the ocean interior. This exported production is further rarefied by microbial breakdown in the abyssal ocean, but a residual ultimately drives diverse assemblages of seafloor heterotrophs...
March 19, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299706/microfluidic-pouch-chips-for-immunoassays-and-nucleic-acid-amplification-tests
#14
Michael G Mauk, Changchun Liu, Xianbo Qiu, Dafeng Chen, Jinzhao Song, Haim H Bau
Microfluidic cassettes ("chips") for processing and analysis of clinical specimens and other sample types facilitate point-of-care (POC) immunoassays and nucleic acid based amplification tests. These single-use test chips can be self-contained and made amenable to autonomous operation-reducing or eliminating supporting instrumentation-by incorporating laminated, pliable "pouch" and membrane structures for fluid storage, pumping, mixing, and flow control. Materials and methods for integrating flexible pouch compartments and diaphragm valves into hard plastic (e...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299696/finger-powered-electro-digital-microfluidics
#15
Cheng Peng, Y Sungtaek Ju
Portable microfluidic devices are promising for point-of-care (POC) diagnosis and bio- and environmental surveillance in resource-constrained or non-laboratory environments. Lateral-flow devices, some built off paper or strings, have been widely developed but the fixed layouts of their underlying wicking/microchannel structures limit their flexibility and present challenges in implementing multistep reactions. Digital microfluidics can circumvent these difficulties by addressing discrete droplets individually...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297730/point-of-care-coagulation-monitoring-in-trauma-patients
#16
Philipp Stein, Alexander Kaserer, Gabriela H Spahn, Donat R Spahn
Trauma remains one of the major causes of death and disability all over the world. Uncontrolled blood loss and trauma-induced coagulopathy represent preventable causes of trauma-related morbidity and mortality. Treatment may consist of allogeneic blood product transfusion at a fixed ratio or in an individualized goal-directed way based on point-of-care (POC) and routine laboratory measurements. Viscoelastic POC measurement of the developing clot in whole blood and POC platelet function testing allow rapid and tailored coagulation and transfusion treatment based on goal-directed, factor concentrate-based algorithms...
March 15, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293297/incidence-of-the-22q11-2-deletion-in-a-large-cohort-of-miscarriage-samples
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Melissa K Maisenbacher, Katrina Merrion, Barbara Pettersen, Michael Young, Kiyoung Paik, Sushma Iyengar, Stephanie Kareht, Styrmir Sigurjonsson, Zachary P Demko, Kimberly A Martin
BACKGROUND: The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome is the most common microdeletion syndrome in livebirths, but data regarding its incidence in other populations is limited and also include ascertainment bias. This study was designed to determine the incidence of the 22q11.2 deletion in miscarriage samples sent for clinical molecular cytogenetic testing. RESULTS: Twenty-six thousand one hundred one fresh product of conception (POC) samples were sent to a CLIA- certified, CAP-accredited laboratory from April 2010--May 2016 for molecular cytogenetic miscarriage testing using a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-based microarray platform...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292178/antisense-oligonucleotides-internally-labeled-with-peptides-show-improved-target-recognition-and-stability-to-enzymatic-degradation
#18
Maria Taskova, Charlotte S Madsen, Knud J Jensen, Lykke Haastrup Hansen, Birte Vester, Kira Astakhova
Specific target binding and stability in diverse biological media is of crucial importance for applications of synthetic oligonucleotides as diagnostic and therapeutic tools. So far, these issues have been addressed by chemical modification of oligonucleotides and by conjugation with a peptide, most often at the terminal position of the oligonucleotide. Herein, we for the first time systematically investigate the influence of internally attached short peptides on the properties of antisense oligonucleotides...
March 15, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289117/systematic-diabetes-screening-using-point-of-care-hba1c-testing-facilitates-identification-of-prediabetes
#19
Heather P Whitley, Courtney Hanson, Jason M Parton
This prospective longitudinal study compares diabetes screenings between standard practices vs systematically offered point-of-care (POC) hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) tests in patients aged 45 years or older. Systematically screened participants (n = 164) identified 63% (n = 104) with unknown hyperglycemia and 53% (n = 88) in prediabetes. The standard practice (n = 324) screened 22% (n = 73), most commonly by blood glucose (96%); 8% (n = 6) and 33% (n = 24) were found to have diabetes and prediabetes, respectively...
March 2017: Annals of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282646/point-of-care-sexually-transmitted-infection-diagnostics-proceedings-of-the-star-sexually-transmitted-infection-clinical-trial-group-programmatic-meeting
#20
Anthony D Cristillo, Claire C Bristow, Rosanna Peeling, Barbara Van Der Pol, Sasha Herbst de Cortina, Ivan K Dimov, Nitika Pant Pai, Dong Jin Shin, Ricky Y T Chiu, Catherine Klapperich, Purnima Madhivanan, Sheldon R Morris, Jeffrey D Klausner
The goal of the point-of-care (POC) sexually transmitted infection (STI) Diagnostics meeting was to review the state-of-the-art research and develop recommendations for the use of POC STI diagnostics. Experts from academia, government, nonprofit, and industry discussed POC diagnostics for STIs such as Chlamydia trachomatis, human papillomavirus, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Trichomonas vaginalis, and Treponema pallidum. Key objectives included a review of current and emerging technologies, clinical and public health benefits, POC STI diagnostics in developing countries, regulatory considerations, and future areas of development...
April 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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