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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328885/introducing-therioepistemology-the-study-of-how-knowledge-is-gained-from-animal-research
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Joseph P Garner, Brianna N Gaskill, Elin M Weber, Jamie Ahloy-Dallaire, Kathleen R Pritchett-Corning
This focus issue of Lab Animal coincides with a tipping point in biomedical research. For the first time, the scale of the reproducibility and translatability crisis is widely understood beyond the small cadre of researchers who have been studying it and the pharmaceutical and biotech companies who have been living it. Here we argue that an emerging literature, including the papers in this focus issue, has begun to congeal around a set of recurring themes, which themselves represent a paradigm shift. This paradigm shift can be characterized at the micro level as a shift from asking "what have we controlled for in this model?" to asking "what have we chosen to ignore in this model, and at what cost?" At the macro level, it is a shift from viewing animals as tools (the furry test tube), to viewing them as patients in an equivalent human medical study...
March 22, 2017: Lab Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322631/priming-patient-safety-through-nursing-handoff-communication
#2
Patricia S Groves, Jacinda L Bunch, Ellen Cram, Amany Farag, Kirstin Manges, Yelena Perkhounkova, Jill Scott-Cawiezell
Understanding how safety culture mechanisms affect nursing safety-oriented behavior and thus patient outcomes is critical to developing hospital safety programs. Safety priming refers to communicating safety values intended to activate patient safety goals. Safety priming through nursing handoff communication was tested as a means by which cultural safety values may affect nursing practice. The mixed-methods pilot study setting was an academic medical center's high-fidelity simulation lab. Twenty nurses were randomized into intervention and control groups...
October 1, 2016: Western Journal of Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321259/evaluation-of-three-devices-for-the-isolation-of-the-stromal-vascular-fraction-from-adipose-tissue-and-for-asc-culture-a-comparative-study
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Jonathan Rodriguez, Anne-Sophie Pratta, Nacira Abbassi, Hugo Fabre, Fanny Rodriguez, Cyrille Debard, Jacqueline Adobati, Fabien Boucher, Frédéric Mallein-Gerin, Céline Auxenfans, Odile Damour, Ali Mojallal
Adipose-derived stem/stromal cells (ASCs) reside in the stromal vascular fraction (SVF) of adipose tissue (AT) and can be easily isolated. However, extraction of the SVF from lipoaspirate is a critical step in generating ASC, and semiautomated devices have been developed to enhance the efficacy and reproducibility of the outcomes and to decrease manipulation and contamination. In this study, we compared the reference method used in our lab for SVF isolation from lipoaspirate, with three medical devices: GID SVF-1™, Puregraft™, and Stem...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320312/the-effect-of-an-electronic-cognitive-aid-on-the-management-of-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-during-caesarean-section-a-prospective-randomised-simulation-study
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Michael St Pierre, Bjoern Luetcke, Dieter Strembski, Christopher Schmitt, Georg Breuer
BACKGROUND: Cognitive aids have come to be viewed as promising tools in the management of perioperative critical events. The majority of published simulation studies have focussed on perioperative crises that are characterised by time pressure, rare occurrence, or complex management steps (e.g., cardiac arrest emergencies, management of the difficult airway). At present, there is limited information on the usefulness of cognitive aids in critical situations with moderate time pressure and complexity...
March 20, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299935/the-effect-of-structural-heterogeneity-in-chemical-composition-on-online-single-particle-mass-spectrometry-analysis-of-sea-spray-aerosol-particles
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Camille M Sultana, Douglas B Collins, Kimberly Ann Prather
Knowledge of the surface composition of sea spray aerosols (SSA) is critical for understanding and predicting climate-relevant impacts. Offline microscopy and spectroscopy studies have shown dry supermicron SSA tend to be spatially heterogeneous particles with sodium and chloride rich cores surrounded by organic enriched surface layers containing minor inorganic seawater components such as magnesium and calcium. At the same time, single particle mass spectrometry reveals several different mass spectral ion patterns, suggesting that there may be a number of chemically distinct particle types...
March 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296198/mechanical-and-microstructural-analysis-of-a-radially-expandable-vascular-conduit-for-neonatal-and-pediatric-cardiovascular-surgery
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Abigail E Loneker, Samuel K Luketich, Doug Bernstein, Arush Kalra, Alan W Nugent, Antonio D'Amore, Denver M Faulk
In pediatric cardiovascular surgery, there is a significant need for vascular prostheses that have the potential to grow with the patient following implantation. Current clinical options consist of nonexpanding conduits, requiring repeat surgeries as the patient outgrows the device. To address this issue, PECA Labs has developed a novel ePTFE vascular conduit with the capability of being radially expanded via balloon catheterization. In the described study, a systematic characterization and comparison of two proprietary ePTFE expandable conduits was conducted...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285917/examining-the-structure-activity-relationship-of-benzopyran-based-inhibitors-of-the-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1-pathway
#7
Jalisa Ferguson, Zeus De Los Santos, Narra Devi, Erwin Van Meir, Sarah Zingales, Binghe Wang
Many forms of solid tumor have a characteristic feature known as hypoxia, which describes a low or non-existent presence of oxygen in the cellular microenvironment. This decrease in oxygen causes activation of the hypoxia inducible factor (HIF) pathway, which activates the transcription of many genes that cause cell proliferation, metastasis, increased glycolysis and angiogenesis. Increased HIF expression has been linked with poor patient prognosis, increased malignancy, and therapeutic resistance. Previous work in our lab has identified 1 and 2 as inhibitors of the HIF pathway, specifically as disrupters of the p300-HIF-1α complex formation...
March 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284763/validation-of-a-two-dimensional-liquid-chromatography-method-for-quality-control-testing-of-pharmaceutical-materials
#8
Samuel H Yang, Jenny Wang, Kelly Zhang
Despite the advantages of 2D-LC, there is currently little to no work in demonstrating the suitability of these 2D-LC methods for use in a quality control (QC) environment for good manufacturing practice (GMP) tests. This lack of information becomes more critical as the availability of commercial 2D-LC instrumentation has significantly increased, and more testing facilities begin to acquire these 2D-LC capabilities. It is increasingly important that the transferability of developed 2D-LC methods be assessed in terms of reproducibility, robustness and performance across different laboratories worldwide...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282820/just-add-water-accuracy-of-analysis-of-diluted-human-milk-samples-using-mid-infrared-spectroscopy
#9
R W Smith, D H Adamkin, A Farris, P G Radmacher
OBJECTIVE: To determine the maximum dilution of human milk (HM) that yields reliable results for protein, fat and lactose when analyzed by mid-infrared spectroscopy. STUDY DESIGN: De-identified samples of frozen HM were obtained. Milk was thawed and warmed (40°C) prior to analysis. Undiluted (native) HM was analyzed by mid-infrared spectroscopy for macronutrient composition: total protein (P), fat (F), carbohydrate (C); Energy (E) was calculated from the macronutrient results...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279924/physicians-responses-to-financial-and-social-incentives-a-medically-framed-real-effort-experiment
#10
Mylène Lagarde, Duane Blaauw
Because compensation policies have critical implications for the provision of health care, and evidence of their effects is limited and difficult to study in the real world, laboratory experiments may be a valuable methodology to study the behavioural responses of health care providers. With this experiment undertaken in 2013, we add to this new literature by designing a new medically framed real effort task to test the effects of different remuneration schemes in a multi-tasking context. We assess the impact of different incentives on the quantity (productivity) and quality of outputs of 132 participants...
March 2, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268373/automated-transepithelial-electrical-resistance-measurements-of-the-epiderm-reconstructed-human-epidermis-model
#11
Frank A Alexander, Joachim Wiest
Understanding the effect of exogenous substances on human skin is critical for toxicology assessment. To address this, numerous artificial models of the topmost layer of human skin, so-called reconstructed human epidermis (RhE), have been created in an attempt to produce a clear analogue for testing. Unfortunately, current testing modalities still rely on endpoint assays and are not capable of monitoring time-resolved changes in barrier function without using numerous redundant samples. In this work, a novel, time-resolved approach is realized by monitoring the transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) of MatTek EpiDerm® reconstructed human epidermis model, utilizing an automated protocol with the Intelligent Mobile Lab for in vitro diagnostics (IMOLA-IVD)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268269/physiological-mechanisms-for-stabilizing-the-limb-when-acting-against-physical-constraints
#12
P Senot, L Damm, M Tagliabue, J McIntyre
Smooth physical interaction with our environment, such as when working with tools, requires adaptability to unpredictable perturbations that can be achieved through impedance control of multi-joint limbs. Modulation of arm stiffness can be achieved either increasing co-contraction of antagonistic muscles or by increasing the gain of spinal reflex loops. According to the "automatic gain scaling" principle, the spinal reflex gain, as measured via the H-reflex, scales with muscle activation. A previous experiment from our labs suggested, however, that reflex gains might instead be scaled to the force exerted by the limb, perhaps as a means to counteract destabilizing external forces...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267592/sfrp4-signalling-of-apoptosis-and-angiostasis-uses-nitric-oxide-cgmp-permeability-axis-of-endothelium
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Uttara Saran, Mani Krishna Priya, Uma Maheswari Balaguru, Akila Swaminathan, Shunmugam Nagarajan, Arun Dharmarajan, Suvro Chatterjee
Nitric oxide (NO) plays a critical role in endothelial functions such as cellular migration, vascular permeability and angiogenesis. Angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels from "pre-existing" ones is a carefully regulated process and essential during reproduction, development and wound healing. Previously our lab group reported that Secreted Frizzled-Related Protein 4 (sFRP4) could inhibit angiogenesis in both in vitro and in vivo conditions. sFRP4 belongs to a family of secreted glycoproteins that function as antagonists of the canonical Wnt signalling pathway...
March 3, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266240/replication-and-innovation-versus-a-perfect-05
#14
Joseph B Hopfinger
Slotnick (2017) makes a strong case that any attempt to assess the reliabiltiy of statistical correction procedures should use truly random data. In addition, however, there is an important side effect of the over-reliance on any given threshold to determine the worth of an experiment. Placing too much faith in any method of correction obscures the point that replication across labs remains a most critical part of scientific study. Especially for expensive methods, such as fMRI, an overemphasis on increasingly conservative thresholds can negatively impact the potential for replication of studies and the pursuit and reporting of innovative results...
March 7, 2017: Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245589/bismuth-infusion-of-abs-enables-additive-manufacturing-of-complex-radiological-phantoms-and-shielding-equipment
#15
Justin Ceh, Tom Youd, Zach Mastrovich, Cody Peterson, Sarah Khan, Todd A Sasser, Ian M Sander, Justin Doney, Clark Turner, W Matthew Leevy
Radiopacity is a critical property of materials that are used for a range of radiological applications, including the development of phantom devices that emulate the radiodensity of native tissues and the production of protective equipment for personnel handling radioactive materials. Three-dimensional (3D) printing is a fabrication platform that is well suited to creating complex anatomical replicas or custom labware to accomplish these radiological purposes. We created and tested multiple ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) filaments infused with varied concentrations of bismuth (1...
February 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241495/state-of-the-art-methods-for-skeletal-muscle-glycogen-analysis-in-athletes-the-need-for-novel-non-invasive-techniques
#16
REVIEW
Jacob Greene, Julien Louis, Olga Korostynska, Alex Mason
Muscle glycogen levels have a profound impact on an athlete's sporting performance, thus measurement is vital. Carbohydrate manipulation is a fundamental component in an athlete's lifestyle and is a critical part of elite performance, since it can provide necessary training adaptations. This paper provides a critical review of the current invasive and non-invasive methods for measuring skeletal muscle glycogen levels. These include the gold standard muscle biopsy, histochemical analysis, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and musculoskeletal high frequency ultrasound, as well as pursuing future application of electromagnetic sensors in the pursuit of portable non-invasive quantification of muscle glycogen...
February 23, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229110/reliability-of-the-chronic-mild-stress-model-of-depression-a-user-survey
#17
Paul Willner
The chronic mild stress (CMS) model of depression is considered by many to be the animal model of depression that has the greatest validity and translational potential, but it has often been criticized for a perceived lack of reliability. The aims of this study were to establish the extent to which the procedure is reproducible, and to identify experimental variables relevant to its reliability. Because failures to replicate frequently remain unpublished, a survey methodology was used. A questionnaire was circulated to 170 labs identified from a PubMed search as having published a CMS study in the years 2010 or 2015 (with no selection in respect of the results reported)...
February 2017: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226537/automated-transepithelial-electrical-resistance-measurements-of-the-epiderm-reconstructed-human-epidermis-model
#18
Frank A Alexander, Joachim Wiest, Frank A Alexander, Joachim Wiest, Joachim Wiest, Frank A Alexander
Understanding the effect of exogenous substances on human skin is critical for toxicology assessment. To address this, numerous artificial models of the topmost layer of human skin, so-called reconstructed human epidermis (RhE), have been created in an attempt to produce a clear analogue for testing. Unfortunately, current testing modalities still rely on endpoint assays and are not capable of monitoring time-resolved changes in barrier function without using numerous redundant samples. In this work, a novel, time-resolved approach is realized by monitoring the transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) of MatTek EpiDerm® reconstructed human epidermis model, utilizing an automated protocol with the Intelligent Mobile Lab for in vitro diagnostics (IMOLA-IVD)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226426/physiological-mechanisms-for-stabilizing-the-limb-when-acting-against-physical-constraints
#19
P Senot, L Damm, M Tagliabue, J McIntyre, P Senot, L Damm, M Tagliabue, J McIntyre, P Senot, L Damm, M Tagliabue, J McIntyre
Smooth physical interaction with our environment, such as when working with tools, requires adaptability to unpredictable perturbations that can be achieved through impedance control of multi-joint limbs. Modulation of arm stiffness can be achieved either increasing co-contraction of antagonistic muscles or by increasing the gain of spinal reflex loops. According to the "automatic gain scaling" principle, the spinal reflex gain, as measured via the H-reflex, scales with muscle activation. A previous experiment from our labs suggested, however, that reflex gains might instead be scaled to the force exerted by the limb, perhaps as a means to counteract destabilizing external forces...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224905/emerging-trends-in-biosensing-using-stripping-voltammetric-detection-of-metal-containing-nanolabels-a-review
#20
REVIEW
Christos Kokkinos, Anastasios Economou
Over the last years, nanomaterials have found many applications in the development of electrochemical biosensors. Among other functions, metal nanoparticles (NPs) and quantum dots (QDs) (semiconducting nanocrystals composed of metal salts) are increasingly being used as voltammetric labels in affinity biosensing. Labeling is based on the attachment of the label(s) on the target biomolecules or on a biorecognition reporting probe. After an appropriate specific affinity interaction between the target and the reporting probe, the metallic nanolabels are converted to the respective cations which are quantified by a voltammetric technique...
April 8, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
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