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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723610/pediatric-reference-intervals-for-29-ortho-vitros-5600-immunoassays-using-the-caliper-cohort-of-healthy-children-and-adolescents
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Victoria Higgins, Angela W S Fung, Man Khun Chan, Joseph Macri, Khosrow Adeli
BACKGROUND: Accurate reference intervals (RIs) based on a healthy pediatric population are essential for pediatric test result interpretation. The CALIPER project has recruited a large healthy cohort and completed a series of a priori studies to address gaps in pediatric RIs. As immunoassays from different manufacturers for endocrine and special chemistry markers are not standardized and show marked intermethod differences, direct RI studies are needed for each major analytical platform...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722447/fluorescence-sensing-of-circulating-diagnostic-biomarkers-using-molecular-probes-and-nanoparticles
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Oya Tagit, Niko Hildebrandt
The interplay of photonics, nanotechnology, and biochemistry has significantly improved the identification and characterization of multiple types of biomarkers by optical biosensors. Great achievements in fluorescence-based technologies have been realized, for example, by the advancement of multiplexing techniques or the introduction of nanoparticles to biochemical and clinical research. This review presents a concise overview of recent advances in fluorescence sensing techniques for the detection of circulating disease biomarkers...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722430/multi-amplified-sensing-of-microrna-by-a-small-dna-fragment-driven-enzymatic-cascade-reaction
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Eunjung Kim, Philip D Howes, Spencer W Crowder, Molly M Stevens
Combining technological developments such as nanomaterials, DNA nanotechnology, and functional enzymes has great potential to facilitate next generation high performance molecular diagnostic systems. In this work, we describe a microRNA (miRNA) detection assay that combines target recycling and isothermal amplification in an elegantly designed enzyme-mediated cascade reaction. Target recycling is driven by the action of duplex-specific nuclease (DSN), resulting in highly amplified translation of input miRNA to short output DNA fragments...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722367/-next-generation-sequencing-a-diagnostic-tool-for-inherited-immune-defects
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Stéphanie Droz-Georget, Orbicia Riccio, Béryl Royer-Bertrand, Andrea Superti-Furga, Fabio Candotti
Establishing the definitive diagnosis in the case of inherited immune defects (IID) is often challenging because the clinical features can be heterogeneous, atypical and overlapping different disease entities. The next generation sequencing technology (NGS) allows identifying genetic variants that are responsible for the observed clinical presentations. The use of NGS applied to the genes mutated in IIDs or known to be involved in the development, differentiation and regulation of the immune system allows to target hundreds of relevant genes in well characterized patients suspected of carrying inherited immune defects...
April 5, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721829/ngs-technologies-as-a-turning-point-in-rare-disease-research-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Ana Fernández-Marmiesse, Sofía Gouveia, María L Couce
Approximately 25-50 million Americans, 30 million Europeans, and 8% of the Australian population have a rare disease. Rare diseases are thus a common problem for clinicians and account for enormous healthcare costs worldwide due to the difficulty of establishing a specific diagnosis. In this article we review the milestones achieved in our understanding of rare diseases since the emergence of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies and analyze how these advances have influenced research and diagnosis...
July 18, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720422/drug-targeting-to-myofibroblasts-implications-for-fibrosis-and-cancer
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Saleh Yazdani, Ruchi Bansal, Jai Prakash
Myofibroblasts are the key players in extracellular matrix remodeling, a core phenomenon in numerous devastating fibrotic diseases. Not only in organ fibrosis, but also the pivotal role of myofibroblasts in tumor progression, invasion and metastasis has recently been highlighted. Myofibroblast targeting has gained tremendous attention in order to inhibit the progression of incurable fibrotic diseases, or to limit the myofibroblast-induced tumor progression and metastasis. In this review, we outline the origin of myofibroblasts, their general characteristics and functions during fibrosis progression in three major organs: liver, kidneys and lungs as well as in cancer...
July 15, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719087/mri-guided-stereotactic-neurosurgical-procedures-in-a-diagnostic-mri-suite-background-and-safe-practice-recommendations
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Paul S Larson, Jon T Willie, Sudhakar Vadivelu, Hooman Azmi-Ghadimi, Amy Nichols, Loretta Litz Fauerbach, Helen Boehm Johnson, Denise Graham
The development of navigation technology facilitating MRI-guided stereotactic neurosurgery has enabled neurosurgeons to perform a variety of procedures ranging from deep brain stimulation to laser ablation entirely within an intraoperative or diagnostic MRI suite while having real-time visualization of brain anatomy. Prior to this technology, some of these procedures required multisite workflow patterns that presented significant risk to the patient during transport. For those facilities with access to this technology, safe practice guidelines exist only for procedures performed within an intraoperative MRI...
July 2017: Journal of Healthcare Risk Management: the Journal of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718074/advances-in-imaging-instrumentation-for-nuclear-cardiology
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Jae Sung Lee, Gil Kovalski, Tali Sharir, Dong Soo Lee
Advances in imaging instrumentation and technology have greatly contributed to nuclear cardiology. Dedicated cardiac SPECT cameras incorporating novel, highly efficient detector, collimator, and system designs have emerged with the expansion of nuclear cardiology. Solid-state radiation detectors incorporating cadmium zinc telluride, which directly convert radiation to electrical signals and yield improved energy resolution and spatial resolution and enhanced count sensitivity geometries, are increasingly gaining favor as the detector of choice for application in dedicated cardiac SPECT systems...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716677/incidence-of-active-tuberculosis-in-individuals-with-latent-tuberculosis-infection-in-rural-china-follow-up-results-of-a-population-based-multicentre-prospective-cohort-study
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Lei Gao, Xiangwei Li, Jianmin Liu, Xinhua Wang, Wei Lu, Liqiong Bai, Henan Xin, Haoran Zhang, Hengjing Li, Zongde Zhang, Yu Ma, Mufei Li, Boxuan Feng, Jiang Du, Hongtao Sui, Rong Zhao, Haoxiang Su, Shouguo Pan, Ling Guan, Fei Shen, Jian He, Shumin Yang, Hongyan Si, Xu Cheng, Zuhui Xu, Yunhong Tan, Tianzhu Chen, Weiguo Xu, Hong Peng, Zhijian Wang, Tao Zhu, Xiaoyou Chen, Xinhua Zhou, Xueling Guan, Qi Jin
BACKGROUND: The management of latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection is a new priority action for the WHO End Tuberculosis (TB) Strategy. However, national guidelines on latent tuberculosis infection testing and treatment have not yet been developed in China. Here, we present the results from the 2-year follow-up of a study that aimed to track the development of active disease in individuals with latent tuberculosis infection, identify priority populations for latent infection management, and explore the most suitable latent infection diagnostic approach...
July 14, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716434/training-midwives-to-perform-basic-obstetric-point-of-care-ultrasound-in-rural-areas-using-a-tablet-platform-and-mobile-phone-transmission-technology-a-wfumb-coe-project
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Sudhir Vinayak, Joyce Sande, Harvey Nisenbaum, Christian Pállson Nolsøe
Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has become a topical subject and can be applied in a variety of ways with differing outcomes. The cost of all diagnostic procedures including obstetric ultrasound examinations is a major factor in the developing world and POCUS is only useful if it can be equated to good outcomes at a lower cost than a routine obstetric examination. The aim of this study was to assess a number of processes including accuracy of images and reports generated by midwives, performance of a tablet-sized ultrasound scanner, training of midwives to complete ultrasounds, teleradiology solution transmissions of images via internet, review of images by a radiologist, communication between midwife and radiologist, use of this technique to identify high-risk patients and improvement of the education and teleradiology model components...
July 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715367/microfluidic-imaging-flow-cytometry-by-asymmetric-detection-time-stretch-optical-microscopy-atom
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Anson H L Tang, Queenie T K Lai, Bob M F Chung, Kelvin C M Lee, Aaron T Y Mok, G K Yip, Anderson H C Shum, Kenneth K Y Wong, Kevin K Tsia
Scaling the number of measurable parameters, which allows for multidimensional data analysis and thus higher-confidence statistical results, has been the main trend in the advanced development of flow cytometry. Notably, adding high-resolution imaging capabilities allows for the complex morphological analysis of cellular/sub-cellular structures. This is not possible with standard flow cytometers. However, it is valuable for advancing our knowledge of cellular functions and can benefit life science research, clinical diagnostics, and environmental monitoring...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715320/human-breast-phantoms-test-beds-for-the-development-of-microwave-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-technologies
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Luz Maria Neira, R Owen Mays, Susan C Hagness
Over the past two decades, there has been enormous growth in research activity for microwave diagnostic and therapeutic technologies that target the breast. The clinical need for new tools in the breast cancer armamentarium, combined with the promising lowcost, nonionizing nature of microwave technologies, has fueled these investigations. High-fidelity breast phantoms are essential components of computational and experimental test beds for investigating and accurately assessing the performance of new devices, algorithms, and systems related to microwave breast cancer detection and/or treatment...
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715206/high-throughput-screening-and-quantitation-of-target-compounds-in-biofluids-by-coated-blade-spray-mass-spectrometry
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Marcos Tascon, German Augusto Gómez-Ríos, Nathaly Reyes-Garcés, Justen J Poole, Ezel Boyaci, Janusz Pawliszyn
Most contemporary methods of screening and quantitating controlled substances and therapeutic drugs in biofluids typically require laborious, time-consuming, and expensive analytical workflows. In recent years, our group has worked towards developing microextraction (µe)-mass spectrometry (MS) technologies that merge all of the tedious steps of the classical methods into a simple, efficient, and low-cost methodology. Unquestionably, the automation of these technologies allows for faster sample throughput, greater reproducibility, and radically reduced analysis times...
July 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715149/welcome-to-the-real-world-do-the-conditions-of-fda-approval-devalue-high-sensitivity-troponin
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Richard Body, Simon Mahler
In January 2017 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first high sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn) assay for use in the United States: the 5(th) generation hs-cTnT assay manufactured by Roche Diagnostics. This landmark decision finally enables Americans to benefit from the same improvements in diagnostic technology that the rest of the world has utilized for some six years. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
July 17, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714408/biomaterials-and-supercritical-fluid-technologies-which-perspectives-to-fabricate-artificial-extracellular-matrix
#15
Della Porta Giovanna, E Reverchon, N Maffulli
The foundation of tissue engineering for either therapeutic or diagnostic applications is the ability to exploit living cells. Tissue engineering utilizes living cells as engineering materials implanted, seeded or bio-plotted into an artificial structure capable of supporting three-dimensional tissue formation. These structures, typically called scaffolds, are critical, both ex vivo and in vivo, to influence their own microenvironments. Scaffolds can serve the following purposes: allow cell attachment and migration, deliver and retain cells and biochemical factors, enable diffusion of vital cell nutrients or expressed products, exert certain mechanical and biological influences to modify the behaviour of the cell phase...
July 13, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714192/secreted-tumor-antigens-immune-biomarkers-for-diagnosis-and-therapy
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Els N Meeusen, Elgene Lim, Suresh Mathivanan
With the advent of immunotherapies for cancer, there is growing interest in the identification of tumor antigens. Tumor antigens are self-molecules altered through genetic mutations (neoantigens), protein truncation, protein misfolding or abnormal post translational modifications. To induce an immune response, tumor antigens need to be secreted into the tumor environment and presented to the immune system in the draining lymph nodes, resulting in the generation of tumor-specific effector cells and antibodies...
July 17, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713478/an-integrated-microfluidic-system-for-the-isolation-and-detection-of-ovarian-circulating-tumor-cells-using-cell-selection-and-enrichment-methods
#17
Sung-Chi Tsai, Lien-Yu Hung, Gwo-Bin Lee
Gynecological cancer is difficult to be diagnosed at early stages. The relatively high mortality rate has been a serious issue accordingly. We herein reported a diagnosis method by using circulating tumor cells (CTCs) which have been extensively explored as a potential tool for diagnostics and prognostics of ovarian cancers. Nonetheless, the detection of CTCs still remains a challenge because of the difficulty in isolating them from whole blood samples since they are shed into the vasculature from primary tumors and circulate irregularly in the bloodstream in extremely low concentrations...
May 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713077/-burnout-syndrome-among-physiotherapists
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Krzysztof Owczarek, Stanisław Wojtowicz, Witold Pawłowski, Dariusz Białoszewski
BACKGROUND: Burnout is a syndrome of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a reduced sense of personal accomplishment. Symptoms of burnout include mental and physical exhaustion, accompanied by psychosomatic disorders and emotional problems. Burnout occurs most often in people employed in occupations requiring working with people (human services) as a result of coping with stress and experience numerous failures at work. The aim of the research is the analysis of burnout among physiotherapists and demographic factors and conditions that may contribute to the burnout...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712982/fracture-risk-prediction-modeling-and-statistics-what-should-clinical-researchers-journal-reviewers-and-clinicians-know
#19
John T Schousboe, Lisa Langsetmo, Brent C Taylor, Kristine E Ensrud
Fractures are binary events (they either occur or they do not), and predicting whether fractures may occur involves assigning probabilities of one or more of those events occurring over time to populations and to individuals. Fracture risk prediction has become central to the management of osteoporosis and fracture prevention in clinical practice, and the ultimate clinical usefulness of the prediction tools used to estimate these risks depends, at a minimum, on the validity and accuracy of those tools. In this paper, we will describe how fracture prediction models are developed and validated, and how their performance characteristics are assessed...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Densitometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712662/enteropathogen-detection-in-children-with-diarrhoea-or-vomiting-or-both-comparing-rectal-flocked-swabs-with-stool-specimens-an-outpatient-cohort-study
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Stephen B Freedman, Jianling Xie, Alberto Nettel-Aguirre, Bonita Lee, Linda Chui, Xiao-Li Pang, Ran Zhuo, Brendon Parsons, James A Dickinson, Otto G Vanderkooi, Samina Ali, Lara Osterreicher, Karen Lowerison, Phillip I Tarr
BACKGROUND: Enteropathogen detection traditionally relies on diarrhoeal stool samples, but these are inconvenient to collect if they are not immediately available, leading to suboptimum return rates of samples and delayed or missed diagnostic opportunities. We sought to compare the enteropathogen yields of rectal swabs and stool specimens in children with diarrhoea or vomiting, or both. METHODS: The Alberta Provincial Pediatric EnTeric Infection TEam (APPETITE) did a study in three outpatient cohorts in Calgary and Edmonton (AB, Canada)-children enrolled in the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada emergency departments, children receiving routine vaccinations at a Calgary health clinic, and symptomatic children who met criteria for treatment at home...
July 13, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
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