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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439137/compatibility-of-ceftazidime-avibactam-ceftolozane-tazobactam-and-piperacillin-tazobactam-with-vancomycin-in-dextrose-5-in-water
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Kevin Meyer, Maressa Santarossa, Larry H Danziger, Eric Wenzler
Objectives: The compatibility of vancomycin with existing and novel β-lactam/β-lactamase inhibitors at clinically relevant concentrations in 5% dextrose in water has not been fully explored to date. Methods: Vancomycin concentrations tested ranged from 5 to 20 mg/mL. Ceftazidime-avibactam was tested at 8, 20, and 40 mg/mL, ceftolozane-tazobactam at 15 mg/mL, and piperacillin-tazobactam at 28 mg/mL. Compatibility of drug admixtures were tested via both simulated and actual y-site infusion. For the simulated y-site compatibility assessment, 1:1 mixtures of each respective drug were analyzed over 24 hours...
March 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406861/clinical-presentation-microbiologic-profile-and-factors-predicting-outcomes-in-bacillus-endophthalmitis
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Vivek P Dave, Avinash Pathengay, Ina Budhiraja, Savitri Sharma, Rajeev R Pappuru, Mudit Tyagi, Raja Narayanan, Subhadra Jalali, Jay Chhablani, Taraprasad Das
PURPOSE: To describe the clinical presentation, microbiologic profile, and factors predicting outcomes in Bacillus endophthalmitis. METHODS: Retrospective interventional case series. Eighty-six patients with culture-proven Bacillus endophthalmitis, from January 2001 to December 2015, underwent vitrectomy/vitreous biopsy and intravitreal antibiotic with or without steroid as appropriate. The undiluted vitreous biopsy was subjected to microbiologic evaluation. The duration of symptoms, presenting visual acuity, organisms isolated, influence of intravitreal dexamethasone with intravitreal antibiotics, and type of initial intervention were examined for any clinical and statistical correlation in terms of odds ratio with the final visual outcome...
April 11, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404759/paving-the-way-for-dose-banding-of-chemotherapy-an-analytical-approach
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Heike Reinhardt, Rainer Trittler, Alison G Eggleton, Stefan Wöhrl, Thomas Epting, Marion Buck, Sabine Kaiser, Daniel Jonas, Justus Duyster, Manfred Jung, Martin J Hug, Monika Engelhardt
Background: In an interdepartmental cooperation, we investigated the feasibility and benefits of implementing dose banding of chemotherapy at our medical center. Based on this concept, chemotherapy doses are clustered into bands of similar dosage levels, thereby allowing the preproduction of frequently used standard doses of drugs, with sufficient physicochemical stability. Although established practice in the United Kingdom, there is little published evidence of its introduction elsewhere. Methods: We performed an analysis of local prescribing practice (22,310 chemotherapies) and identified gemcitabine, 5-fluorouracil, and carboplatin, among various others, as cytotoxic drugs suitable for dose banding...
April 2017: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385473/the-utility-of-repeat-culture-in-fungal-corneal-ulcer-management-a-secondary-analysis-of-the-mutt-i-randomized-clinical-trial
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Kathryn J Ray, Prajna Lalitha, N Venkatesh Prajna, Revathi Rajaraman, Tiruvengada Krishnan, Muthiah Srinivasan, Peter Ryg, Stephen McLeod, Nisha R Acharya, Thomas M Lietman, Jennifer Rose-Nussbaumer
PURPOSE: To determine whether patients who had a positive repeated culture was predictive of worse clinical outcome than those who achieved microbiological cure at 6 days in the Mycotic Ulcer Treatment Trial I (MUTT-I). DESIGN: Secondary analysis from a multicenter, double-masked, randomized clinical trial. METHODS: Setting: Multiple hospital sites of the Aravind Eye Care System, India. STUDY POPULATION: Patients with culture-positive filamentous fungal ulcers and visual acuity of 20/40 to 20/400 re-examined 6 days after initiation of treatment Intervention: Corneal scraping and cultures were obtained from study participants at day-6 after enrollment...
April 3, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383604/microbiological-contamination-in-digital-radiography-evaluation-at-the-radiology-clinic-of-an-educational-institution
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Cristiana P Malta, Naiana Nl Damasceno, Rosangela A Ribeiro, Carolina Sf Silva, Karina L Devito
The aim of this study was to evaluate the contamination rate of intra and extraoral digital X ray equipment in a dental radiology clinic at a public educational institution. Samples were collected on three different days, at two times in the day: in the morning, before attending patients, and at the end of the day, after appointment hours and before cleaning and disinfection procedures. Samples were collected from the periapical X-ray machine (tube head, positioning device, control panel and activator button), the panoramic X- ray machine (temporal support, bite block, control panel and activator button), the intraoral digital system (sensor), and the digital system computers (keyboard and mouse)...
December 2016: Acta Odontológica Latinoamericana: AOL
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376782/image-analysis-driven-single-cell-analytics-for-systems-microbiology
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Athanasios D Balomenos, Panagiotis Tsakanikas, Zafiro Aspridou, Anastasia P Tampakaki, Konstantinos P Koutsoumanis, Elias S Manolakos
BACKGROUND: Time-lapse microscopy is an essential tool for capturing and correlating bacterial morphology and gene expression dynamics at single-cell resolution. However state-of-the-art computational methods are limited in terms of the complexity of cell movies that they can analyze and lack of automation. The proposed Bacterial image analysis driven Single Cell Analytics (BaSCA) computational pipeline addresses these limitations thus enabling high throughput systems microbiology. RESULTS: BaSCA can segment and track multiple bacterial colonies and single-cells, as they grow and divide over time (cell segmentation and lineage tree construction) to give rise to dense communities with thousands of interacting cells in the field of view...
April 4, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376638/transabdominal-collection-of-amniotic-fluid-sludge-and-identification-of-candida-albicans-intra-amniotic-infection
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Juan P Kusanovic, Roberto Romero, Carolina Martinovic, Karla Silva, Offer Erez, Eli Maymon, Francisco Díaz, Fernando Ferrer, Rafael Valdés, Víctor Córdova, Paula Vargas, María Elena Nilo, Patricio Le Cerf
A G3P2 patient who conceived with an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) presented at 20 weeks of gestation with mild irregular uterine contractions and vaginal bleeding. Sonographic examination at admission showed the presence of dense amniotic fluid "sludge" and a long sonographic uterine cervix (42 mms). To assess the microbiologic significance of amniotic fluid "sludge", we performed a transabdominal amniocentesis. The procedure was performed under real-time ultrasound, and fluid resembling pus at gross examination was noted...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369127/propionibacterium-acnes-biofilm-is-present-in-intervertebral-discs-of-patients-undergoing-microdiscectomy
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Manu N Capoor, Filip Ruzicka, Jonathan E Schmitz, Garth A James, Tana Machackova, Radim Jancalek, Martin Smrcka, Radim Lipina, Fahad S Ahmed, Todd F Alamin, Neel Anand, John C Baird, Nitin Bhatia, Sibel Demir-Deviren, Robert K Eastlack, Steve Fisher, Steven R Garfin, Jaspaul S Gogia, Ziya L Gokaslan, Calvin C Kuo, Yu-Po Lee, Konstantinos Mavrommatis, Elleni Michu, Hana Noskova, Assaf Raz, Jiri Sana, A Nick Shamie, Philip S Stewart, Jerry L Stonemetz, Jeffrey C Wang, Timothy F Witham, Michael F Coscia, Christof Birkenmaier, Vincent A Fischetti, Ondrej Slaby
BACKGROUND: In previous studies, Propionibacterium acnes was cultured from intervertebral disc tissue of ~25% of patients undergoing microdiscectomy, suggesting a possible link between chronic bacterial infection and disc degeneration. However, given the prominence of P. acnes as a skin commensal, such analyses often struggled to exclude the alternate possibility that these organisms represent perioperative microbiologic contamination. This investigation seeks to validate P. acnes prevalence in resected disc cultures, while providing microscopic evidence of P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346364/new-benzimidazole-1-2-4-triazole-hybrid-compounds-synthesis-anticandidal-activity-and-cytotoxicity-evaluation
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Hülya Karaca Gençer, Ulviye Acar Çevik, Serkan Levent, Begüm Nurpelin Sağlık, Büşra Korkut, Yusuf Özkay, Sinem Ilgın, Yusuf Öztürk
Owing to the growing need for antifungal agents, we synthesized a new series 2-((5-(4-(5-substituted-1H-benzimidazol-2-yl)phenyl)-4-substituted-4H-1,2,4-triazol-3-yl)thio)-1-(substitutedphenyl)ethan-1-one derivatives, which were tested against Candida species. The synthesized compounds were characterized and elucidated by FT-IR, ¹H-NMR, (13)C-NMR and HR-MS spectroscopies. The synthesized compounds were screened in vitro anticandidal activity against Candida species by broth microdiluation methods. In vitro cytotoxic effects of the final compounds were determined by MTT assay...
March 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346212/stability-of-extemporaneously-prepared-hydroxycarbamide-oral-suspensions
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Djamila Kabiche, Issa-Bella Balde, Elyes Majoul, Sofiane Kabiche, Elodie Bourguignon, Jean-Eudes Fontan, Salvatore Cisternino, Jöel Schlatter
Hydroxycarbamide, available as tablets, is a pharmacological agent for fetal hemoglobin induction such as sickle cell anemia. The need for alternative dosage form options for patients unable to take tablets led hospital pharmacies to prepare solutions and suspensions. The objective of this study was to determine the stability of hydroxycarbamide in Ora-Plus in combination with either Ora-Sweet or Ora-Sweet SF, Ora-Blend, or Ora-Blend SF suspending agents. The studied samples were compounded into 100-mg/mL suspensions and stored in 60-mL amber glass bottles at room (22°C to 25°C) or refrigerated (4°C to 8°C) temperature...
March 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328294/microbiological-characteristics-and-clinical-outcomes-of-acinetobacter-spp-endophthalmitis-with-the-first-reported-case-of-acinetobacter-haemolyticus-endophthalmitis
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Mahima Jhingan, Divya Balakrishnan, Padmaja Kumari Rani, Mudit Tyagi, Joveeta Joseph
AIM: To present the microbiological details and clinical outcomes of Acinetobacter spp. endophthalmitis with the first reported case of A. haemolyticus. METHODS: A retrospective study of microbiologically proven Acinetobacter spp. endophthalmitis was carried out from 2010 to 2015. The data collected included age, type of endophthalmitis, best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), species involved, and antibiotic susceptibility pattern. The primary outcomes measured were anatomical outcomes in terms of globe integrity and functional outcome as BCVA at last follow-up...
March 22, 2017: Seminars in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314729/efficacy-of-a-sonicating-swab-for-removal-and-capture-of-listeria-monocytogenes-in-biofilm-on-stainless-steel
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Tobyn A Branck, Matthew J Hurley, Gianna N Prata, Christina A Crivello, Patrick J Marek
Listeria monocytogenes is of great concern in food processing facilities because it persists in biofilms, potentiating biotransfer. Stainless steel is commonly used for food contact surfaces and transport containers. L. monocytogenes biofilm on stainless steel served as a model system for surface sampling to test the performance of a sonicating swab in comparison to a standard cotton swab. Swab performance and consistency were determined using total viable counts. Stainless steel coupons sampled with both swabs were examined with SEM to visualize biofilms and surface structures (i...
March 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300642/distribution-and-phylogeny-of-brachyspira-spp-in-human-intestinal-spirochetosis-revealed-by-fish-and-16s-rrna-gene-analysis
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Pablo Rojas, Annett Petrich, Julia Schulze, Alexandra Wiessner, Christoph Loddenkemper, Hans-Jörg Epple, William Sterlacci, Michael Vieth, Judith Kikhney, Annette Moter
During six years as German National Consultant Laboratory for Spirochetes we investigated 149 intestinal biopsies from 91 patients, which were histopathologically diagnosed with human intestinal spirochetosis (HIS), using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) combined with 16S rRNA gene PCR and sequencing. Aim of this study was to complement histopathological findings with FISH and PCR for definite diagnosis and species identification of the causative pathogens. HIS is characterized by colonization of the colonic mucosa of the human distal intestinal tract by Brachyspira spp...
March 12, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298316/paediatric-infectious-keratitis-a-case-series-of-107-children-presenting-to-a-tertiary-referral-centre
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Julia Dutra Rossetto, Kara M Cavuoto, Carla J Osigian, Ta Chen Peter Chang, Darlene Miller, Hilda Capo, Oriel Spierer
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Corneal ulcers can result in severe visual impairment in children. The recent trends of paediatric microbial ulcerative keratitis in the USA are unknown. The purpose of this study is to report the risk factors, microbiological profile and treatment outcomes of paediatric microbial keratitis in South Florida. METHODS: A university-based tertiary eye care centre retrospective case series between 1992 and 2015. Medical records of 107 paediatric patients (age <18 years) with the diagnosis of microbial ulcerative keratitis were analysed...
March 15, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288455/diagnostic-tools-for-doctors-evaluation-of-tattoo-complications
#15
Jørgen Serup
Diagnosis of tattoo complications is a multi-facetted field since many clinical entities and disease mechanisms are represented. Infections, allergies, and pigment foreign body reactions with granuloma are the major groups. The clinician needs a structured approach to diagnosis and an armamentarium of standard tests. Diagnosis primarily builds on patient history, objective clinical examination, and punch biopsy, supplemented with microbiology testing, ultrasound scanning, and clinical photography. Evaluation of allergic tattoo reactions and allergy to pigments by patch testing is not applicable and has a falsely negative outcome except for the diagnosis of allergy to metals and preservatives...
2017: Current Problems in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259075/the-effect-of-carbon-monoxide-pretreatment-exposure-time-on-the-colour-stability-and-quality-attributes-of-vacuum-packaged-beef-steaks
#16
Lauren Anne Van Rooyen, Paul Allen, Sarah M Crawley, David I O'Connor
The effect of 5% CO pretreatments prior to vacuum packaging of beef striploin steaks (Longissimus thoracis et lumborum, LTL) on quality attributes, primarily colour stability was investigated. The aim was to determine the optimum pretreatment that would induce the desirable red colour, while allowing discoloration to occur by the end of a 28-day display period (2°C), so as to not mask spoilage. A range of pretreatment exposure times (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 15 and 24h) were applied to steaks using a gas mixture of 5% CO, 60% CO2 and 35% N2...
February 24, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228409/clinical-and-demographic-study-of-microsporidial-keratoconjunctivitis-in-south-india-a-3-year-study-2013-2015
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Rohan Agashe, Naveen Radhakrishnan, Sayali Pradhan, Muthiah Srinivasan, Venkatesh N Prajna, Prajna Lalitha
AIM: To study the demographic profile, clinical features, treatment outcome and ocular morbidity of smear-positive microsporidial keratoconjunctivitis. METHODS: Retrospective case series of all patients with clinical features of microsporidial keratoconjunctivitis and who were smear positive for the same on Gram stain from January 2013 to December 2015. Demographic data, predisposing factors, microbiological investigations, clinical course and visual outcome were analysed...
February 22, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222388/microbial-profile-of-dental-plaque-associated-to-white-spot-lesions-in-orthodontic-patients-immediately-after-the-bracket-removal
#18
Moniek W Beerens, Jacob M Ten Cate, Monique H van der Veen
OBJECTIVE: Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) is suggested to predict caries risk in young children. Such a tool would be valuable in orthodontic patients undergoing treatment with fixed appliances. In this cross-sectional study the applicability of DGGE and conventional microbiology for caries risk assessment in orthodontic patients were assessed. DESIGN: Dental plaque was obtained from orthodontic patients immediately prior to bracket removal. Presence of white spot lesions (WSL) was assessed immediately post debracketing...
February 9, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151861/shifting-trends-in-microbial-keratitis-following-penetrating-keratoplasty-in-taiwan
#19
Hung-Chi Chen, Chia-Yi Lee, Hung-Yu Lin, David Hui-Kang Ma, Phil Yeong-Fong Chen, Ching-Hsi Hsiao, Hsin-Chiung Lin, Lung-Kun Yeh, Hsin-Yuan Tan
To investigate the clinical and microbiological profiles from microbial keratitis following penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) in a tertiary referral center in Taiwan, the medical records of 648 consecutive patients (648 eyes) undergoing PKP between January 2003 and December 2007 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients who subsequently sustained microbial keratitis were enrolled and analyzed for potential risk factors, clinical manifestations, microbiological profiles, complications, graft survival, and final visual outcome...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138334/atopic-keratoconjunctivitis-complicated-by-kocuria-koreensis-keratitis-the-first-case
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Noriko Inada, Jun Shoji, Satoru Yamagami
BACKGROUND: Patients with atopic dermatitis have a predisposition to Staphylococcus aureus and a Herpes simplex virus infection. The treatment of atopic diseases with steroid and immunosuppressive agents induces opportunistic infection. However, there is a concern regarding visual prognosis in patients with atopic keratoconjunctivitis (AKC) complicated with infectious keratitis. We report an unusual case of an atopic shield ulcer with Kocuria keratitis. CASE PRESENTATION: A 51-year-old Japanese man presented with a 14-day history of eye pain and visual loss in his left eye...
2017: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
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