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Pamela Oetting-Neumann, Karl Rohn, Martina Hoedemaker
OBJECTIVE: Determination of the frequency of subclinical hypocalcaemia, increased lipomobilisation and subclinical ketosis as problems in dairy herds and identification of possible risk factors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Information was obtained from 51 dairy farms on husbandry, feeding, management of the cows and heifers, animal health and prophylactic treatments using a questionnaire. Blood samples from 20% of the cows and 30% of the heifers of each farm (= herd sample) were collected in the week ante partum (a...
February 2018: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe G, Grosstiere/Nutztiere
Barbara Albiger, Joana Revez, Katrin Claire Leitmeyer, Marc J Struelens
In an era of global health threats caused by epidemics of infectious diseases and rising multidrug resistance, microbiology laboratories provide essential scientific evidence for risk assessment, prevention, and control. Microbiology has been at the core of European infectious disease surveillance networks for decades. Since 2010, these networks have been coordinated by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Activities delivered in these networks include harmonization of laboratory diagnostic, antimicrobial susceptibility and molecular typing methods, multicentre method validation, technical capacity mapping, training of laboratory staff, and continuing quality assessment of laboratory testing...
2018: Frontiers in Public Health
Srinivasareddy Putluri, Md Zia Ur Rahman, Shaik Yasmeen Fathima
Cloud computing offers significant research and economic benefits to healthcare organisations. Cloud services provide a safe place for storing and managing large amounts of such sensitive data. Under conventional flow of gene information, gene sequence laboratories send out raw and inferred information via Internet to several sequence libraries. DNA sequencing storage costs will be minimised by use of cloud service. In this study, the authors put forward a novel genomic informatics system using Amazon Cloud Services, where genomic sequence information is stored and accessed for processing...
February 2018: Healthcare Technology Letters
Kirill Veselkov, Jonathan Sleeman, Emmanuelle Claude, Johannes P C Vissers, Dieter Galea, Anna Mroz, Ivan Laponogov, Mark Towers, Robert Tonge, Reza Mirnezami, Zoltan Takats, Jeremy K Nicholson, James I Langridge
Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MSI) holds significant promise in augmenting digital histopathologic analysis by generating highly robust big data about the metabolic, lipidomic and proteomic molecular content of the samples. In the process, a vast quantity of unrefined data, that can amount to several hundred gigabytes per tissue section, is produced. Managing, analysing and interpreting this data is a significant challenge and represents a major barrier to the translational application of MSI. Existing data analysis solutions for MSI rely on a set of heterogeneous bioinformatics packages that are not scalable for the reproducible processing of large-scale (hundreds to thousands) biological sample sets...
March 6, 2018: Scientific Reports
Cinzia Barberini, Enrica Lavezzini, Daniela Zoboli, Corrado Busani
INTRODUCTION: In the past couple of years, the demand of galenic compounds has risen sharply. In order to plan the activity, our team designed and set up a database which stores all the necessary information related to drugs and ingredients. This allows our internal Galenic Laboratory to better manage the pharmaceutical prescriptions for the hospital and the outpatients, optimizing the use of raw materials. METHODS: The application is based on the interconnection of prescription-related aspects (patients' and prescriber's details and prescription information)...
February 2018: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
Emad Hashish, Abdallah Merwad, Shimaa Elgaml, Ali Amer, Huda Kamal, Ahmed Elsadek, Ayman Marei, Mahmoud Sitohy
Mycobacterium marinum is an opportunistic pathogen inducing infection in fresh and marine water fish. This pathogen causes necrotizing granuloma like tuberculosis, morbidity and mortality in fish. The cell wall-associated lipid phthiocerol dimycocerosates (PDIM), phenolic glycolipids (PGLs) and ESAT-6 secretion system 1 (ESX-1) are the conserved virulence determinant of the organism. Human infections with Mycobacterium marinum hypothetically are classified into four clinical categories (type I-type IV) and have been associated with the exposure of damaged skin to polluted water from fish pools or contacting objects contaminated with infected fish...
March 1, 2018: Veterinary Quarterly
Manal Elnenaei, Derek Minney, David B Clarke, Andrew Kumar-Misir, Syed Ali Imran
OBJECTIVE: The clinical presentation of pituitary dysfunction is typically variable and may often be insidious, resulting in delayed diagnosis by up to decades. The complexity of presentation and difficulty in pattern recognition of first line hormone tests result in challenges in early diagnosis of this condition. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of reflective testing and interpretive commenting on the early detection and management of such cases from primary care. METHODS: Prospective audit over 12 months in which first line pituitary target organ hormones were identified via a reflex algorithm in the laboratory information system...
February 24, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
Justin Bussery, Leslie-Alexandre Denis, Benjamin Guillon, Pengfeï Liu, Gino Marchetti, Ghita Rahal
We describe the genesis, design and evolution of a computing platform designed and built to improve the success rate of biomedical translational research. The eTRIKS project platform was developed with the aim of building a platform that can securely host heterogeneous types of data and provide an optimal environment to run tranSMART analytical applications. Many types of data can now be hosted, including multi-OMICS data, preclinical laboratory data and clinical information, including longitudinal data sets...
February 13, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Wei Yuan, Xuan Liu, Xiaoshu Zhou, Lei Pei, Yue Zhu
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical outcomes of continues irrigation suction systems (CISS) or vacuum assisted closure system (VACS) in early deep wound infection (DWI) after thoracolumbar instrumentation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: DWI after thoracolumbar instrumentation is challenging and debridement followed by either CISS or VACS has been proven to be effective. So far which one of the system has more advantages over the other remains unclear...
February 23, 2018: Spine
Frederick A Meier, Tony C Badrick, Kenneth A Sikaris
Objectives: For 50 years, structure, process, and outcomes measures have assessed health care quality. For clinical laboratories, structural quality has generally been assessed by inspection. For assessing process, quality indicators (QIs), statistical monitors of steps in the clinical laboratory total testing, have proliferated across the globe. Connections between structural and process laboratory measures and patient outcomes, however, have rarely been demonstrated. Methods: To inform further development of clinical laboratory quality systems, we conducted a selective but worldwide review of publications on clinical laboratory quality assessment...
February 17, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Hongbo Lin, Xun Tang, Peng Shen, Dudan Zhang, Jinguo Wu, Jingyi Zhang, Ping Lu, Yaqin Si, Pei Gao
INTRODUCTION: Data based on electronic health records (EHRs) are rich with individual-level longitudinal measurement information and are becoming an increasingly common data source for clinical risk prediction worldwide. However, few EHR-based cohort studies are available in China. Harnessing EHRs for research requires a full understanding of data linkages, management, and data quality in large data sets, which presents unique analytical opportunities and challenges. The purpose of this study is to provide a framework to establish a uniquely integrated EHR database in China for scientific research...
February 12, 2018: BMJ Open
Frank J Lebeda, Jeffrey J Zalatoris, Julia B Scheerer
Introduction: This position paper summarizes the development and the present status of Department of Defense (DoD) and other government policies and guidances regarding cloud computing services. Due to the heterogeneous and growing biomedical big datasets, cloud computing services offer an opportunity to mitigate the associated storage and analysis requirements. Having on-demand network access to a shared pool of flexible computing resources creates a consolidated system that should reduce potential duplications of effort in military biomedical research...
February 7, 2018: Military Medicine
Kevin K Tremper, Jenny J Mace, Jan M Gombert, Theodore T Tremper, Justin F Adams, James P Bagian
BACKGROUND: This paper describes the design of a multifunction alerting display for intraoperative anesthetic care. The design was inspired by the multifunction primary flight display used in modern aviation. RESULTS: The display retrieves live data from multiple sources; the physiologic monitors, the anesthesia information management system, the laboratory values and comorbidities from patient's problem summary list, medical history or history & physical. This information is integrated into a display composed of readily identifiable icons of organ systems, which are color coded to signify normal range, marginal range, abnormal range (by green, yellow, red respectively) and orange outlines for comorbidities/risk factors...
February 5, 2018: BMC Anesthesiology
Alexandros Mandalidis, Antonios Topalidis, Evangelos A Voudrias, Nikolaos Iosifidis
The overall objective of this work is to determine the composition, characterization and production rate of Greek dental solid waste (DSW). This information is important to design and cost management systems for DSW, for safety and health considerations and for assessing environmental impact. A total of 141 kg of DSW produced by a total of 2542 patients in 20 dental practices from Xanthi, Greece was collected, manually separated and weighed over a period of four working weeks. The waste was separated in 19 sub fractions, which were classified in 2 major categories, according to Greek regulations: Domestic-type waste comprising 8% and hazardous waste comprising 92% by weight of total DSW...
February 1, 2018: Waste Management
Enrique Rodriguez-Borja, Africa Corchon-Peyrallo, Esther Barba-Serrano, Celia Villalba Martínez, Arturo Carratala Calvo
BACKGROUND: We assessed the impact of several "send & hold" clinical decision support rules (CDSRs) within the electronical request system for vitamins A, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B6 and C for all outpatients at a large health department. METHODS: When ordered through electronical request, providers (except for all our primary care physicians who worked as a non-intervention control group) were always asked to answer several compulsory questions regarding main indication, symptomatology, suspected diagnosis, vitamin active treatments, etc...
February 3, 2018: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Ian D Graham, Anita Kothari, Chris McCutcheon
BACKGROUND: Health research is conducted with the expectation that it advances knowledge and eventually translates into improved health systems and population health. However, research findings are often caught in the know-do gap: they are not acted upon in a timely way or not applied at all. Integrated knowledge translation (IKT) is advanced as a way to increase the relevance, applicability and impact of research. With IKT, knowledge users work with researchers throughout the research process, starting with identification of the research question...
February 2, 2018: Implementation Science: IS
Catherine Fillée, Claire Beguin, Laurence Habimana, Catherine Hubert, Marianne Philippe
In the context of the flat-rate reimbursements in healthcare, we reviewed physicians' behavior towards laboratory test ordering. We demonstrated how it could be improved when a specific stage of the patient management is considered. We took a multi-step approach to analyze the laboratory test orders in the context of planned laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a general teaching hospital. A reference order set was defined through a collaborative analysis between clinicians and laboratory physicians. The clinical and financial impacts were then evaluated over a period of 24 months...
January 30, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
Kirsten Wiese Simonsen, Kristian Linnet, Brian Schou Rasmussen
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to examine the frequency of psychoactive drugs and alcohol in drivers under suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in 2015 and 2016 in the eastern part of Denmark. The trends in the number of traffic cases sent for drug analysis since 2000 and alcohol analysis since 2011 are also discussed. METHODS: Blood samples from drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or medication and/or illicit drugs in 2015 and 2016 were investigated as requested by the police...
January 25, 2018: Traffic Injury Prevention
Clara D M van Karnebeek, Saskia B Wortmann, Maja Tarailo-Graovac, Mirjam Langeveld, Carlos R Ferreira, Jiddeke M van de Kamp, Carla E Hollak, Wyeth W Wasserman, Hans R Waterham, Ron A Wevers, Tobias B Haack, Ronald J A Wanders, Kym M Boycott
Since Garrod's first description of alkaptonuria in 1902, and newborn screening for phenylketonuria introduced in the 1960s, P4 medicine (preventive, predictive, personalized, and participatory) has been a reality for the clinician serving patients with inherited metabolic diseases. The era of high-throughput technologies promises to accelerate its scale dramatically. Genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, proteomics, glycomics, metabolomics, and lipidomics offer an amazing opportunity for holistic investigation and contextual pathophysiologic understanding of inherited metabolic diseases for precise diagnosis and tailored treatment...
January 23, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Amy Duhig, Soumi Saha, Stacie Smith, Stew Kaufman, Janet Hughes
BACKGROUND: As the United States health care system shifts from traditional volume-based payments to value-based payments, outcomes-based contracts (OBCs) are gaining popularity among payers and manufacturers as a mechanism for the shift toward value. Under this model, stakeholders hope to align drug payment and value to real-world performance metrics (e.g., biomarkers and health care resource utilization). OBJECTIVE: To understand the experiences, perceptions, and needs of payers and manufacturers related to OBCs...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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