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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918839/clinical-utility-of-bronchoalveolar-lavage-cytomegalovirus-viral-loads-in-the-diagnosis-of-cytomegalovirus-pneumonitis-in-infants
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Kerusha Govender, Prakash Jeena, Raveen Parboosing
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) pneumonitis is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality of children in Africa. The current practice for diagnosing CMV pneumonitis in this setting is based on interpretation of clinical, laboratory, and radiological findings. There is a need for a sensitive and specific laboratory test to objectively distinguish between patients with CMV pneumonitis and those with CMV infection, and non-CMV pneumonia. In this study, we compared plasma and non-bronchoscopic bronchoalveolar lavage (NBBAL) CMV viral loads in patients with CMV pneumonitis and those with CMV infection and non-CMV pneumonia...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918649/big-data-from-small-samples-informatics-of-next-generation-sequencing-in-cytopathology
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REVIEW
Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri, Somak Roy, Sara E Monaco, Mark J Routbort, Liron Pantanowitz
The rapid adoption of next-generation sequencing (NGS) in clinical molecular laboratories has redefined the practice of cytopathology. Instead of simply being used as a diagnostic tool, cytopathology has evolved into a practice providing important genomic information that guides clinical management. The recent emphasis on maximizing limited-volume cytology samples for ancillary molecular studies, including NGS, requires cytopathologists not only to be more involved in specimen collection and processing techniques but also to be aware of downstream testing and informatics issues...
December 5, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918231/a-3d-assessment-and-feedback-tool-for-ankylosing-spondylitis-from-the-perspective-of-healthcare-professionals
#3
Shijuan Li, Stephen Kay, Stuart Porter
To investigate the utility of 3D visualization technology to augment assessment and feedback for Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), a visualization prototype was developed, and both subjective and objective measures of current assessment instruments were compared. To verify and establish a base-line for the prototype's effectiveness, motion data and measurement data from a healthy adult in a laboratory environment were collected. To validate the prototype, a qualitative evaluation was undertaken using multiple methods including a pilot study, focus groups, and individual interviews...
December 5, 2016: Informatics for Health & Social Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917572/mannitol-challenge-testing-for-asthma-in-a-community-cohort-of-young-adults
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Elisha C White, Nicholas de Klerk, Zoltan Hantos, Monique Priston, Elysia M Hollams, Alan James, Peter D Sly, Patrick G Holt, Graham L Hall
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Mannitol challenge testing is an established tool for clinical asthma diagnosis, and can be performed outside of specialized respiratory laboratories. Despite applicability in both clinical and non-clinical populations, with different pre-test asthma probabilities, differences in diagnostic properties have not been well explored. This study aimed to quantify the diagnostic utility of mannitol challenge testing for asthma in a community cohort and a symptomatic wheezing subset of this cohort...
December 5, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917268/effects-of-the-genium-knee-system-on-functional-level-stair-ambulation-perceptive-and-economic-outcomes-in-transfemoral-amputees
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M Jason Highsmith, Jason T Kahle, Matthew M Wernke, Stephanie L Carey, Rebecca M Miro, Derek J Lura, Bryce S Sutton
Compared to non-microprocessor knees, the C-Leg microprocessor knee (MPK) is bioenergentically and economically more efficient and safer for transfemoral amputation (TFA) patients. The Genium MPK has demonstrated improvements in perceived function, knee kinematics, and physical functional performance compared to C-Leg. Clinical and health economic analyses have not been conducted with the Genium knee system. The purpose of this study was to determine if laboratory determined benefits of Genium are detectable using common clinical assessments and if there are economic benefits associated with its use...
September 2016: Technology and Innovation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916031/-experience-of-the-selection-and-maintainence-for-donor-lung-62-cases-attached
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G L Peng, X Xu, D X Huang, B Wei, D Xiao, W Wang, Y D Wang, J X He
Objective: To summarize the experience of selection and maintainence for the lungs from donation. Methods: From January 2015 to June 2016, 62 cases had been evaluated by Department of Thoracic Surgery, First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University. All the clinic data had been collected to evaluate the donor lungs, including the basic information, physical examination, results of radiology and laboratory, the bronchoscope, etc. All the satisfactory donors had been harvested and transplanted to the receipient and then follow up...
December 1, 2016: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913823/mathematical-models-suggest-facilitated-fatty-acids-crossing-of-the-luminal-membrane-in-the-cardiac-muscle
#7
Efrath Barta
Long-chain fatty acids cross a few membranes on their way from the capillary blood to the cardiomyocyte cytosol, where they are utilized as an essential source of energy. Details of the transport mechanism across those membranes remained elusive despite decades of laboratory and theoretical work. Here we inspect several optional scenarios for the crossing of the luminal membrane of the endothelial cell, the first barrier that should be crossed: a passive diffusion, facilitation by receptors for albumin and facilitation by fatty acids transporters...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913582/bremsstrahlung-dose-yield-for-high-intensity-short-pulse-laser-solid-experiments
#8
Taiee Liang, Johannes M Bauer, James C Liu, Sayed H Rokni
A bremsstrahlung source term has been developed by the Radiation Protection (RP) group at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory for high-intensity short-pulse laser-solid experiments between 10(17) and 10(22) W cm(-2) This source term couples the particle-in-cell plasma code EPOCH and the radiation transport code FLUKA to estimate the bremsstrahlung dose yield from laser-solid interactions. EPOCH characterizes the energy distribution, angular distribution, and laser-to-electron conversion efficiency of the hot electrons from laser-solid interactions, and FLUKA utilizes this hot electron source term to calculate a bremsstrahlung dose yield (mSv per J of laser energy on target)...
December 1, 2016: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913536/reversal-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants-a-practical-approach
#9
Andrew W Shih, Mark A Crowther
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have at least noninferior efficacy compared with other oral anticoagulants and have ancillary benefits, including overall better safety profiles, lack of the need for routine monitoring, rapid onset of action, and ease of administration. Reversal of these agents may be indicated in certain situations such as severe bleeding and for perioperative management. DOAC-associated bleeding should be risk stratified: patients with moderate or severe bleeding should have the DOAC discontinued and reversal strategies should be considered...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913152/development-and-validation-of-an-objective-scoring-tool-for-robot-assisted-radical-prostatectomy-prostatectomy-assessment-and-competency-evaluation-pace
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Ahmed A Hussein, Khurshid R Ghani, James Peabody, Richard Sarle, Ronney Abaza, Daniel Eun, Jim Hu, Michael Fumo, Brian Lane, Jeffrey Montgomery, Nobuyuki Hinata, Deborah Rooney, Bryan Comstock, Hei Kit Chan, Sridhar S Mane, James L Mohler, Gregory Wilding, David Miller, Khurshid A Guru
INTRODUCTION: and Background: Comprehensive training and skill acquisition by urologic surgeons are vital to optimize surgical outcomes and patient safety. We sought to develop and validate an objective and procedure specific tool to assess the quality of robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP)-Prostatectomy Assessment and Competence Evaluation (PACE) METHODS: Development and content validation of PACE was performed by deconstruction of RARP into seven key domains utilizing the Delphi methodology...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912989/assessment-of-methane-production-from-shredder-waste-in-landfills-the-influence-of-temperature-moisture-and-metals
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Ehsan Fathi Aghdam, Charlotte Scheutz, Peter Kjeldsen
In this study, methane (CH4) production rates from shredder waste (SW) were determined by incubation of waste samples over a period of 230days under different operating conditions, and first-order decay kinetic constants (k-values) were calculated. SW and sterilized SW were incubated under different temperatures (20-25°C, 37°C, and 55°C), moisture contents (35% and 75% w/w) and amounts of inoculum (5% and 30% of the samples wet weight). The biochemical methane potential (BMP) from different types of SW (fresh, old and sieved) was determined and compared...
November 29, 2016: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911402/utilizing-the-ethylene-releasing-compound-2-chloroethylphosphonic-acid-as-a-tool-to-study-ethylene-response-in-bacteria
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Richard V Augimeri, Andrew J Varley, Janice L Strap
Ethylene (C2H4) is a gaseous phytohormone that is involved in numerous aspects of plant development, playing a dominant role in senescence and fruit ripening. Exogenous ethylene applied during early plant development triggers the triple response phenotype; a shorter and thicker hypocotyl with an exaggerated apical hook. Despite the intimate relationship between plants and bacteria, the effect of exogenous ethylene on bacteria has been greatly overlooked. This is partly due to the difficulty of controlling gaseous ethylene within the laboratory without specialized equipment...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911395/preparation-of-primary-mixed-glial-cultures-from-adult-mouse-spinal-cord-tissue
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Jennifer T Malon, Ling Cao
It has been well-accepted that spinal cord glial responses contribute significantly to the development of neuropathic pain. Tremendous information regarding glial activities at the cellular and molecular levels has been obtained through in vitro cell culture systems. The in vitro systems utilized, mainly include primary glia derived from neonatal brain cortical tissue and immortalized cell lines. However, these systems may not reflect the characteristics of spinal cord glial cells in vivo. In order to further investigate the roles of spinal cord glial cells in the development of peripheral nerve injury-induced neuropathic pain using a culture system that better reflects the in vivo condition, our laboratory has developed a method to establish primary spinal cord mixed glial cultures from adult mice...
November 19, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910871/noncontact-and-wide-field-characterization-of-the-absorption-and-scattering-properties-of-apple-fruit-using-spatial-frequency-domain-imaging
#14
Dong Hu, Xiaping Fu, Xueming He, Yibin Ying
Spatial-frequency domain imaging (SFDI), as a noncontact, low-cost and wide-field optical imaging technique, offers great potential for agro-product safety and quality assessment through optical absorption (μa) and scattering (μ) property measurements. In this study, a laboratory-based SFDI system was constructed and developed for optical property measurement of fruits and vegetables. The system utilized a digital light projector to generate structured, periodic light patterns and illuminate test samples...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910647/a-technique-for-measuring-the-quality-of-an-elliptically-bent-pentaerythritol-pet-002-crystal
#15
M J Haugh, K D Jacoby, M A Barrios, D Thorn, J A Emig, M B Schneider
We present a technique for determining the X-ray spectral quality from each region of an elliptically curved PET(002) crystal. The investigative technique utilizes the shape of the crystal rocking curve which changes significantly as the radius of curvature changes. This unique quality information enables the spectroscopist to verify where in the spectral range that the spectrometer performance is satisfactory and where there are regions that would show spectral distortion. A collection of rocking curve measurements for elliptically curved PET(002) has been built up in our X-ray laboratory...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910644/development-of-plasma-bolometers-using-fiber-optic-temperature-sensors
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M L Reinke, M Han, G Liu, G G van Eden, R Evenblij, M Haverdings, B C Stratton
Measurements of radiated power in magnetically confined plasmas are important for exhaust studies in present experiments and expected to be a critical diagnostic for future fusion reactors. Resistive bolometer sensors have long been utilized in tokamaks and helical devices but suffer from electromagnetic interference (EMI). Results are shown from initial testing of a new bolometer concept based on fiber-optic temperature sensor technology. A small, 80 μm diameter, 200 μm long silicon pillar attached to the end of a single mode fiber-optic cable acts as a Fabry-Pérot cavity when broadband light, λo ∼ 1550 nm, is transmitted along the fiber...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910535/new-compact-and-efficient-local-oscillator-optic-system-for-the-kstar-electron-cyclotron-emission-imaging-system
#17
Y B Nam, D J Lee, J Lee, C Kim, G S Yun, W Lee, H K Park
Electron cyclotron emission imaging (ECEI) diagnostic on Korean Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research utilizes quasi-optical heterodyne-detection method to measure 2D (vertical and radial) Te fluctuations from two toroidally separated poloidal cross section of the plasma. A cylindrical lens local oscillator (LO) optics with optical path length (OPL) 2-2.5 m has been used in the current ECEI system to couple the LO source to the 24 vertically aligned array of ECE detectors. For efficient and compact LO optics employing the Powell lens is proposed so that the OPL of the LO source is significantly reduced from ∼2...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910203/designing-easy-dna-extraction-teaching-creativity-through-laboratory-practice
#18
Endang Susantini, Lisa Lisdiana Isnawati, Aushia Tanzih Al Haq, Guntur Trimulyono
Subject material concerning Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid (DNA) structure in the format of creativity-driven laboratory practice offers meaningful learning experience to the students. Therefore, a laboratory practice in which utilizes simple procedures and easy-safe-affordable household materials should be promoted to students to develop their creativity. This study aimed to examine whether designing and conducting DNA extraction with household materials could foster students' creative thinking. We also described how this laboratory practice affected students' knowledge and views...
December 2, 2016: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910019/fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-on-tissue-sections
#19
Alvin S T Lim, Tse Hui Lim
Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues are typically the specimens available for FISH analysis of solid tissues, particularly of tumor specimens. Occasionally, tissue cores constructed as tissue microarrays from several patients are presented for simultaneous evaluation. FFPE sections can also be prepared from cell blocks derived from cell suspensions. The interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization assay employs specific nucleic acid sequences (probes) that target complementary sequences of interest to detect gains or losses of genes/gene loci or a fusion gene within the tissue...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909941/degradation-and-half-life-of-dna-present-in-biomass-from-a-genetically-modified-organism-during-land-application
#20
Mathew C Halter, James A Zahn
White biotechnology has made a positive impact on the chemical industry by providing safer, more efficient chemical manufacturing processes that have reduced the use of toxic chemicals, harsh reaction conditions, and expensive metal catalysts, which has improved alignment with the principles of Green Chemistry. The genetically-modified (GM) biocatalysts that are utilized in these processes are typically separated from high-value products and then recycled, or eliminated. Elimination routes include disposal in sanitary landfills, incineration, use as a fuel, animal feed, or reuse as an agricultural soil amendment or other value-added products...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
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