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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527886/immuno-pcr-a-new-technique-for-the-serodiagnosis-of-tuberculosis
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Promod K Mehta, Bhawna Dahiya, Suman Sharma, Netrapal Singh, Renu Dharra, Zoozeal Thakur, Neeru Mehta, Krishna B Gupta, Mahesh C Gupta, Dhruva Chaudhary
Rapid and accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) is essential to control the disease. The conventional microbiological tests have limitations and there is an urgent need to devise a simple, rapid and reliable point-of-care (POC) test. The failure of TB diagnostic tests based on antibody detection due to inconsistent and imprecise results has stimulated renewed interest in the development of rapid antigen detection methods. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has emphasized to continue research for designing new antibody-based detection tests with improved accuracy...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526675/iterative-user-interface-design-for-automated-sequential-organ-failure-assessment-score-calculator-in-sepsis-detection
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Christopher Ansel Aakre, Jaben E Kitson, Man Li, Vitaly Herasevich
BACKGROUND: The new sepsis definition has increased the need for frequent sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) score recalculation and the clerical burden of information retrieval makes this score ideal for automated calculation. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to (1) estimate the clerical workload of manual SOFA score calculation through a time-motion analysis and (2) describe a user-centered design process for an electronic medical record (EMR) integrated, automated SOFA score calculator with subsequent usability evaluation study...
May 18, 2017: JMIR Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526667/patient-centered-decision-support-formative-usability-evaluation-of-integrated-clinical-decision-support-with-a-patient-decision-aid-for-minor-head-injury-in-the-emergency-department
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Edward R Melnick, Erik P Hess, George Guo, Maggie Breslin, Kevin Lopez, Anthony J Pavlo, Fuad Abujarad, Seth M Powsner, Lori A Post
BACKGROUND: The Canadian Computed Tomography (CT) Head Rule, a clinical decision rule designed to safely reduce imaging in minor head injury, has been rigorously validated and implemented, and yet expected decreases in CT were unsuccessful. Recent work has identified empathic care as a key component in decreasing CT overuse. Health information technology can hinder the clinician-patient relationship. Patient-centered decision tools to support the clinician-patient relationship are needed to promote evidence-based decisions...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526661/the-parasol-protocol-an-implementation-science-study-of-hiv-continuum-of-care-interventions-for-gay-men-and-transgender-women-in-burma-myanmar
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Andrea L Wirtz, Soe Naing, Emily Clouse, Kaung Htet Thu, Sandra Hsu Hnin Mon, Zin Min Tun, Stefan Baral, Aung Zayar Paing, Chris Beyrer
BACKGROUND: Efforts to improve HIV diagnosis and antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation among people living with HIV and reduce onward transmission of HIV rely on innovative interventions along multiple steps of the HIV care continuum. These innovative methods are particularly important for key populations, including men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TW). The HIV epidemic in Myanmar is concentrated among key populations, and national efforts now focus on reducing stigma and improving engagement of MSM and TW in HIV prevention and care...
May 17, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526402/outpatient-antibiotic-stewardship-interventions-and-opportunities
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Erica L Dobson, Michael E Klepser, Jason M Pogue, Matthew J Labreche, Alex J Adams, Timothy P Gauthier, R Brigg Turner, Christy P Su, David M Jacobs, Katie J Suda
Improving the use of antibiotics across the continuum of care is a national priority. Data outlining the misuse of antibiotics in the outpatient setting justify the expansion of antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) into this health care setting; however, best practices for outpatient antibiotic stewardship (AS) are not yet defined. In a companion article, we focused on recommendations to overcome challenges related to the implementation of an outpatient ASP (e.g., building the AS team and defining program metrics)...
May 16, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525851/a-fully-integrated-distance-readout-elisa-chip-for-point-of-care-testing-with-sample-in-answer-out-capability
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Dan Liu, Xingrui Li, Junkai Zhou, Shibo Liu, Tian Tian, Yanling Song, Zhi Zhu, Leiji Zhou, Tianhai Ji, Chaoyong Yang
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is a popular laboratory technique for detection of disease-specific protein biomarkers with high specificity and sensitivity. However, ELISA requires labor-intensive and time-consuming procedures with skilled operators and spectroscopic instrumentation. Simplification of the procedures and miniaturization of the devices are crucial for ELISA-based point-of-care (POC) testing in resource-limited settings. Here, we present a fully integrated, instrument-free, low-cost and portable POC platform which integrates the process of ELISA and the distance readout into a single microfluidic chip...
May 4, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525778/inferior-vena-cava-collapsibility-detects-fluid-responsiveness-among-spontaneously-breathing-critically-ill-patients
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Keith A Corl, Naomi R George, Justin Romanoff, Andrew T Levinson, Darin B Chheng, Roland C Merchant, Mitchell M Levy, Anthony M Napoli
PURPOSE: Measurement of inferior vena cava collapsibility (cIVC) by point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has been proposed as a viable, non-invasive means of assessing fluid responsiveness. We aimed to determine the ability of cIVC to identify patients who will respond to additional intravenous fluid (IVF) administration among spontaneously breathing critically-ill patients. METHODS: Prospective observational trial of spontaneously breathing critically-ill patients...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524668/emerging-trends-in-micro-and-nanoscale-technologies-in-medicine-from-basic-discoveries-to-translation
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Mario M Alvarez, Joanna Aizenberg, Mostafa Analoui, Anne M Andrews, Gili Bisker, Edward S Boyden, Roger D Kamm, Jeffrey M Karp, David J Mooney, Rahmi Oklu, Dan Peer, Michelle Stolzoff, Michael S Strano, Grissel Trujillo-de Santiago, Thomas J Webster, Paul S Weiss, Ali Khademhosseini
We discuss the state of the art and innovative micro- and nanoscale technologies that are finding niches and opening up new opportunities in medicine, particularly in diagnostic and therapeutic applications. We take the design of point-of-care applications and the capture of circulating tumor cells as illustrative examples of the integration of micro- and nanotechnologies into solutions of diagnostic challenges. We describe several novel nanotechnologies that enable imaging cellular structures and molecular events...
May 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522808/plasmonics-enhanced-smartphone-fluorescence-microscopy
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Qingshan Wei, Guillermo Acuna, Seungkyeum Kim, Carolin Vietz, Derek Tseng, Jongjae Chae, Daniel Shir, Wei Luo, Philip Tinnefeld, Aydogan Ozcan
Smartphone fluorescence microscopy has various applications in point-of-care (POC) testing and diagnostics, ranging from e.g., quantification of immunoassays, detection of microorganisms, to sensing of viruses. An important need in smartphone-based microscopy and sensing techniques is to improve the detection sensitivity to enable quantification of extremely low concentrations of target molecules. Here, we demonstrate a general strategy to enhance the detection sensitivity of a smartphone-based fluorescence microscope by using surface-enhanced fluorescence (SEF) created by a thin metal-film...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521828/markov-modeling-in-hepatitis-b-screening-and-linkage-to-care
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Martin A Sehr, Kartik D Joshi, John M Fontanesi, Robert J Wong, Robert R Bitmead, Robert G Gish
BACKGROUND: With up to 240 million people chronically infected with hepatitis B worldwide, including an estimated 2 million in the United States, widespread screening is needed to link the infected to care and decrease the possible consequences of untreated infection, including liver cancer, cirrhosis and death. Screening is currently fraught with challenges in both the developed and developing world. New point-of-care tests may have advantages over standard-of-care tests in terms of cost-effectiveness and linkage to care...
May 18, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521601/significance-of-pregnancy-test-false-negative-results-due-to-elevated-levels-of-%C3%AE-core-fragment-hcg
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Sarah Johnson, Saji Eapen, Peter Smith, Graham Warren, Michael Zinaman
Very high levels of β-core fragment human chorionic gonadotrophin (βcf-hCG) are reported to potentially cause false negative results in point-of-care (POC)/over-the-counter (OTC) pregnancy tests. To investigate this further, women's daily early morning urine samples, collected prior to conception and during pregnancy, were analysed for intact, free β- and βcf-hCG. The proportion of βcf-hCG was found to be related to that of hCG produced and in circulation. Therefore, best practice for accuracy testing of POC/OTC pregnancy tests would be to test devices against clinical samples containing high levels of βcf-hCG as well as standards spiked with biologically relevant ratios...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Immunoassay & Immunochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521523/sepsis-in-internal-medicine-wards-current-knowledge-uncertainties-and-new-approaches-for-management-optimization
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Vincenzo Zaccone, Alberto Tosoni, Giovanna Passaro, Carla Vallone, Michele Impagnatiello, Domenica Donatella Li Puma, Salvatore De Cosmo, Raffaele Landolfi, Antonio Mirijello
Sepsis represents a global health problem in terms of morbidity, mortality, social and economic costs. Although usually managed in Intensive Care Units, sepsis showed an increased prevalence among Internal Medicine wards in the last decade. This is substantially due to the ageing of population and to multi-morbidity. These characteristics represent both a risk factor for sepsis and a relative contra-indication for the admission to Intensive Care Units. Although there is a lack of literature on the management of sepsis in Internal Medicine, the outcome of these patients seems to be gradually improving...
May 18, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520858/rapid-tests-for-influenza-respiratory-syncytial-virus-and-other-respiratory-viruses-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ahl Bruning, Mmg Leeflang, Jmbw Vos, R Spijker, M D de Jong, K C Wolthers, D Pajkrt
Rapid diagnosis of respiratory virus infections contributes to patient care. This systematic review evaluates the diagnostic accuracy of rapid tests for the detection of respiratory viruses. We searched Medline and EMBASE for studies evaluating these tests against PCR as reference standard. 179 studies were included of which 134 evaluated rapid tests for influenza viruses, 32 for RSV, and 13 for other respiratory viruses. We used the bivariate random effects model for quantitative meta-analysis of the results...
May 17, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520780/towards-a-point-of-care-strip-test-to-diagnose-sickle-cell-anemia
#14
Meaghan Bond, Brady Hunt, Bailey Flynn, Petri Huhtinen, Russell Ware, Rebecca Richards-Kortum
A rapid test to identify patients with sickle cell disease could have important benefits in low-resource settings. Sickle cell anemia (SCA) affects about 300,000 newborns each year, the majority of whom are born in sub-Saharan Africa. Low-cost therapies are available to treat SCA, but most countries in sub-Saharan Africa lack robust neonatal screening programs needed to identify patients in need of treatment. To address this need, we developed and evaluated a competitive lateral flow assay that identifies patients with SCA (genotype HbSS) in 15 minutes using undiluted whole blood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520580/high-agreement-between-benchtop-and-point-of-care-dipcard-tests-for-ethyl-glucuronide
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Emily Leickly, Jordan Skalisky, Sterling McPherson, Michael F Orr, Michael G McDonell
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 4, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520525/companion-and-point-of-care-sensor-system-for-rapid-multiplexed-detection-of-a-panel-of-infectious-disease-markers
#16
Anjan Panneer Selvam, Shalini Prasad
A nanochannel-based electrochemical biosensor has been demonstrated for rapid and multiplexed detection of a panel of three biomarkers associated with rapid detection of sepsis. The label-free biosensor detected procalcitonin (PCT), lipoteichoic acid (LTA), and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from human whole blood. The biosensor comprises a nanoporous nylon membrane integrated onto a microelectrode sensor platform for nanoconfinement effects. Charge perturbations due to biomarker binding are recorded as impedance changes using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy...
June 2017: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516982/colorimetric-and-electrochemical-quantification-of-global-dna-methylation-using-a-methyl-cytosine-specific-antibody
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Md Hakimul Haque, Ripon Bhattacharjee, Md Nazmul Islam, Vinod Gopalan, Nam-Trung Nguyen, Alfred K Lam, Muhammad J A Shiddiky
We report a simple colorimetric (naked-eye) and electrochemical method for the rapid, sensitive and specific quantification of global methylation levels using only 25 ng of input DNA. Our approach utilises a three-step strategy; (i) initial adsorption of the extracted, purified and denatured bisulfite-treated DNA on a screen-printed gold electrode (SPE-Au), (ii) immuno-recognition of methylated DNA using a horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-conjugated methylcytosine (HRP-5mC) antibody and (iii) subsequent colorimetric detection by the enzymatic oxidation of 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidin (TMB)/H2O2 which generated a blue-coloured product in the presence of methylated DNA and HRP-5mC immunocomplex...
May 18, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516178/a-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-zinc-oxide-nanofiber-based-flexible-chemiresistive-biosensor-for-malaria-biomarker-detection
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Brince Paul K, Asisa Kumar Panigrahi, Vikrant Singh, Shiv Govind Singh
We report the fabrication of a flexible, lightweight and disposable multi walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)-zinc oxide (ZnO) nanofiber based chemiresistive biosensor for label free detection of the malaria biomarker, histidine rich protein II (HRP2). The sensing platform is formed by depositing nanofibers in between the source and drain electrodes patterned on a thin, flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. MWCNT-ZnO nanofibers are synthesized via the electrospinning technique followed by a calcination process...
May 18, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513759/-diagnosis-of-leptospirosis-in-dogs
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Michèle Bergmann, Julia-Rebecca Llewellyn, Katrin Hartmann
Rapid confirmation of the diagnosis leptospirosis is important in order to apply appropriate treatment; in addition, infected dogs are a zoonotic risk. Culture and isolation of living leptospires from blood, urine, or tissues is considered the reference standard of diagnosis. However, sensitivity are low, and leptospires require weeks to months to grow. Therefore, diagnosis of leptospirosis is most commonly based on antibody testing or the detection of Leptospira spp. DNA by PCR. Microscopic agglutination test (MAT) is currently still the recommended confirmatory test for canine leptospirosis, despite its numerous limitations (e...
May 17, 2017: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe K, Kleintiere/Heimtiere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511553/whole-blood-platelet-aggregation-test-and-prediction-of-hemostatic-difficulty-after-tooth-extraction-in-patients-receiving-antiplatelet-therapy
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Yasushi Nagao, Rikuo Masuda, Akane Ando, Mutsumi Nonaka, Akiko Nishimura, Kinuko Goto, Yasubumi Maruoka, Takehiko Iijima
When patients on antiplatelet therapy (APT) require minor invasive surgery, APT is usually continued to limit the risk of thrombosis. However, the possibility of hemostatic difficulties necessitates the monitoring of platelet aggregation to prevent unexpected bleeding. We examined whether whole blood aggregometry as a point-of-care testing (POCT) could be useful as a tool for predicting hemostatic difficulties. Sixty-five patients receiving APT and 15 patients who were not receiving APT were enrolled in the present study; all patients were scheduled to undergo a tooth extraction...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
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