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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914366/rapid-and-low-cost-biosensor-for-the-detection-of-staphylococcus-aureus
#1
Ghadeer A R Y Suaifan, Sahar Alhogail, Mohammed Zourob
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is one of the most common etiological agents in hospital-acquired infections and food-borne illness. S. aureus toxins and virulence proteases often circulate in host blood vessels leading to life-threatening diseases. Standard identification approaches include bacterial culturing method, which takes several days. Other nucleic acid-based methods were expensive and required trained personnel. To surmount these limitations, a paper-based biosensor was developed. The sensing mechanism was based on the proteolytic activity of S...
November 21, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914349/effects-of-clay-minerals-hydroxides-and-timing-of-dissolved-organic-matter-addition-on-the-competitive-sorption-of-copper-nickel-and-zinc-a-column-experiment
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Yasser Refaey, Boris Jansen, John R Parsons, Pim de Voogt, Simone Bagnis, Adriaan Markus, Abdel-Hamid El-Shater, Abdel-Aziz El-Haddad, Karsten Kalbitz
Infiltration of heavy metal (HM) polluted wastewater can seriously compromise soil and groundwater quality. Interactions between mineral soil components (e.g. clay minerals) and dissolved organic matter (DOM) play a crucial role in determining HM mobility in soils. In this study, the influence of the timing of addition of DOM, i.e. concurrent with or prior to HMs, on HM mobility was explored in a set of continuous flow column experiments using well defined natural soil samples amended with goethite, birnessite and/or smectite...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914260/the-extent-of-fermentative-transformation-of-phenolic-compounds-in-the-bioanode-controls-exoelectrogenic-activity-in-a-microbial-electrolysis-cell
#3
Xiaofei Zeng, Maya A Collins, Abhijeet P Borole, Spyros G Pavlostathis
Phenolic compounds in hydrolysate/pyrolysate and wastewater streams produced during the pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass for biofuel production present a significant challenge in downstream processes. Bioelectrochemical systems are increasingly recognized as an alternative technology to handle biomass-derived streams and to promote water reuse in biofuel production. Thus, a thorough understanding of the fate of phenolic compounds in bioanodes is urgently needed. The present study investigated the biotransformation of three structurally similar phenolic compounds (syringic acid, SA; vanillic acid, VA; 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, HBA), and their individual contribution to exoelectrogenesis in a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) bioanode...
November 27, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914235/hyaluronan-as-a-promising-excipient-for-ocular-drug-delivery
#4
REVIEW
Michaela Guter, Miriam Breunig
Hyaluronan (HA) is a naturally occurring polysaccharide and well known for its exceptional properties such as high biocompatibility and biodegradability, along with a low immunogenicity. Besides its use for various biomedical applications it recently came into focus as a favorable excipient for the formulation of various ocular therapeutics. This review article summarizes the ocular distribution of HA and its most heavily investigated binding protein "cluster of differentiation 44" (CD44) which is the rationale for the clinical use of HA, primarily as an additive in ocular applications ranging from eye drops to contact lenses...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914131/the-role-of-pharmacomechanical-endovascular-intervention-for-iliofemoral-vein-thrombosis-compared-to-conventional-anticoagulation-therapy
#5
In Sub Kim, Won Min Jo
Although anticoagulation therapy is the primary treatment for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), it has not been associated with the rapid recanalization of the venous occlusion. Moreover, it is associated with long-term disability due to post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). In contrast, pharmacomechanical endovascular intervention (PMI) results in more rapid clinical improvement in DVT patients, but there are few reports on its long-term outcomes. This retrospective study evaluated the clinical effectiveness of PMI compared to conventional anticoagulation therapy (ACA) for acute and subacute iliofemoral DVT...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914125/having-a-physician-rather-than-a-place-as-a-usual-source-of-care-would-be-better-from-2012-korea-health-panel-data
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Kyeong Min Kim, Hyunsoo Jeon, Jae Ho Lee
A usual source of care (USC) in primary care improves health care quality and can result in improved health. However, current research about the type of USC (place only vs. physician with a place) is insufficient as an evidence to support the value of primary care. We analyzed data from the 2012 Korea Health Panel survey of adults aged 18 years or older (n = 11,873) who reported whether having a USC or not to compare the effects by type of USC on medical care use and out-of-pocket costs. Descriptive analysis showed significant differences in the distributions of sociodemographic and health status factors except frequency of outpatient visit by type of USC...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914107/non-paraneoplastic-autoimmune-subepidermal-bullous-disease-associated-with-fatal-bronchiolitis-obliterans
#7
Mari Orime, Katsuhiro Tomiyama, Hideki Hashidate, Satoru Yoshida, Satoshi Hokari, Akiko Tsuda, Hisashi Yokoyama, Jun-Ichi Narita, Youhei Uchida, Takuro Kanekura, Riichiro Abe, Norito Ishii, Takashi Hashimoto, Kazuhiro Kawai
Bronchiolitis obliterans is a small-airway obstructive lung disease for which immunologically mediated pathogenesis is supposed. Frequent association of bronchiolitis obliterans with paraneoplastic pemphigus is well known, but its association with other autoimmune bullous diseases has not been reported except for a case of anti-laminin-332-type mucous membrane pemphigoid in a patient with chronic graft-versus-host disease. We report a case of non-paraneoplastic autoimmune subepidermal bullous disease associated with fatal bronchiolitis obliterans in a patient without transplantation...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913991/24-hour-efficacy-and-ocular-surface-health-with-preservative-free-tafluprost-alone-and-in-conjunction-with-preservative-free-dorzolamide-timolol-fixed-combination-in-open-angle-glaucoma-patients-insufficiently-controlled-with-preserved-latanoprost-monotherapy
#8
Anastasios-Georgios Konstas, Konstadinos G Boboridis, Paraskevas Kapis, Konstantinos Marinopoulos, Irini C Voudouragkaki, Dimitrios Panayiotou, Dimitrios G Mikropoulos, Eirini Pagkalidou, Anna-Bettina Haidich, Andreas Katsanos, Luciano Quaranta
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the 24-h efficacy, tolerability, and ocular surface health with preservative-free (PF) tafluprost and a PF triple drug regimen comprising tafluprost and dorzolamide/timolol fixed combination (DTFC) in open-angle glaucoma patients who were insufficiently controlled with preserved branded or generic latanoprost monotherapy and who exhibited signs or symptoms of ocular surface disease (OSD). METHODS: Prospective, observer-masked, crossover, comparison...
December 2, 2016: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913964/intracerebroventricular-streptozotocin-as-a-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease-neurochemical-and-behavioral-characterization-in-mice
#9
Katherine Garcia Ravelli, Barbara Dos Anjos Rosário, Rosana Camarini, Marina Sorrentino Hernandes, Luiz Roberto Britto
Streptozotocin has been widely used to mimic some aspects of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, especially in mice, several characteristics involved in the streptozotocin (STZ)-induced AD pathology are not well known. The main purpose of this study was to evaluate temporally the expression of AD-related proteins, such as amyloid-β (Aβ), choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), synapsin, axonal neurofilaments, and phosphorylated Tau in the hippocampus following intracerebroventricular (icv) administration of STZ in adult mice...
December 2, 2016: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913920/ns5a-resistance-associated-variants-undermine-the-effectiveness-of-ledipasvir-and-sofosbuvir-for-cirrhotic-patients-infected-with-hcv-genotype-1b
#10
Eiichi Ogawa, Norihiro Furusyo, Hideyuki Nomura, Kazufumi Dohmen, Nobuhiko Higashi, Kazuhiro Takahashi, Akira Kawano, Koichi Azuma, Takeaki Satoh, Makoto Nakamuta, Toshimasa Koyanagi, Masaki Kato, Shinji Shimoda, Eiji Kajiwara, Jun Hayashi
BACKGROUND: Little real-world cohort data has been reported for Asians who have received interferon-free regimens with sofosbuvir (SOF) for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. We evaluated the effectiveness and safety in clinical practice of ledipasvir (LDV) plus SOF for Japanese patients infected with HCV genotype 1. METHODS: This large, multicenter, real-world cohort study consisted of 772 patients treatment-naive or -experienced, with or without compensated cirrhosis, who were treated with LDV (90 mg)/SOF (400 mg) for a fixed 12-week duration...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913904/association-between-brain-structural-anomalies-electroencephalogram-and-history-of-seizures-in-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-ii-hunter-syndrome
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Ramón Ernesto Jiménez-Arredondo, Aniel Jessica Leticia Brambila-Tapia, Francisco Miguel Mercado-Silva, Martha Ortiz-Aranda, Verónica Benites-Godinez, Graciela Olmos-García-de-Alba, Luis Eduardo Figuera
Mucopolysaccharidosis type II or Hunter syndrome (MPS II) is a genetic disease that can course with intellectual impairment and central nervous system (CNS) alterations. To date, no report has documented electroencephalogram (EEG) measures associated with CNS alterations, detected by imaging studies, and the history of seizures in patients with MPS II. Therefore, we decided to search this association. We included 9 patients with MPS II and performed imaging studies of the brain to detect the presence of cortico-subcortical atrophy, enlarged subarachnoid space and supratentorial ventricular size...
December 2, 2016: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913903/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-and-myasthenia-gravis-association-or-chance-occurrence
#12
Silvia de Pasqua, Francesco Cavallieri, Roberto D'Angelo, Fabrizio Salvi, Nicola Fini, Roberto D'Alessandro, Rita Rinaldi, Antonio Fasano, Jessica Mandrioli
Very few cases of patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) who later developed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have been described, although some studies showed that significantly more cases than expected have ALS associated with a prior diagnosis of autoimmune diseases. Our aim was to investigate whether the association of ALS and MG was higher than expected in a population-based study and to describe the clinical features characterizing these patients. In Emilia Romagna Region of Italy, a prospective registry has been collecting all incident ALS cases since 1...
December 2, 2016: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913751/new-fungal-defensin-like-peptides-provide-evidence-for-fold-change-of-proteins-in-evolution
#13
Yucheng Wu, Bin Gao, Shunyi Zhu
Defensins containing a consensus cystine framework, Cys[1]..Cys[2]X3Cys[3]..Cys[4]..Cys[5]X1Cys[6] ("X", any amino acids normally except Cys; "...", variable residue numbers), are extensively distributed in a variety of multicellular organisms (plants, fungi and invertebrates) and essentially involved in immunity as microbicidal agents. This framework is a prerequisite for forming a cystine-stabilized α-helix and β-sheet (CSαβ) fold, in which the two invariant motifs, Cys[2]X3Cys[3]/Cys[5]X1Cys[6], are key determinants of fold formation...
December 2, 2016: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913736/additional-effects-of-topical-tranexamic-acid-in-on-pump-cardiac-surgery
#14
Noppon Taksaudom, Sophon Siwachat, Apichat Tantraworasin
OBJECTIVE: Postoperative bleeding after cardiac surgery is commonly associated with hyperfibrinolysis. This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of topical tranexamic acid in addition to intravenous tranexamic acid in reducing bleeding in cardiac surgery cases. METHODS: From July 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, 82 patients who underwent elective on-pump cardiac surgery were randomized into a tranexamic acid group and a placebo group. In the tranexamic acid group, 1 g of tranexamic acid dissolved in 100 mL of normal saline solution was poured into the pericardium during sternal closure; the placebo group had 100 mL of saline only...
December 2, 2016: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913540/sickle-cell-disease-an-inherited-thrombophilia
#15
Ted Wun, Ann Brunson
Activation of the hemostatic system occurs in patients with sickle cell disease. The extent to which this activation contributes to sickle cell pathophysiology is uncertain. Clinical trials of anticoagulants or platelet inhibitors have demonstrated the ability to decrease biomarkers of hemostatic activation, but this has generally not resulted in improvement in clinically relevant outcomes. Venous thromboembolism (VTE: deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism) has been until recently an underappreciated complication of sickle cell disease, with incident event and recurrence rates consistent with a strong thrombophilia...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913464/new-challenges-in-evaluating-anemia-in-older-persons-in-the-era-of-molecular-testing
#16
David P Steensma
Anemia is common in older persons, and often remains unexplained despite a thorough clinical history, physical examination, and focused laboratory testing, including marrow aspiration, biopsy, and karyotyping. The advent of molecular genetic testing panels in hematology clinical practice has complicated the evaluation of older patients with unexplained anemia. While the presence of a somatic mutation provides evidence of clonal hematopoiesis and may support a diagnosis of a hematologic neoplasm such as one of the myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), with rare exceptions, individual mutations are not strongly associated with one specific diagnosis, nor are they by themselves diagnostic of neoplasia...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913422/factor-xi-deficiency-enhances-the-pulmonary-allergic-response-to-house-dust-mite-in-mice-independent-of-factor-xii
#17
Ingrid Stroo, Jack Yang, Johannes Daan de Boer, Joris J T H Roelofs, Cornelis van 't Veer, Francis J Castellino, Sacha Zeerleder, Tom van der Poll
Asthma is associated with activation of coagulation in the airways. The coagulation system can be initiated via the extrinsic tissue factor dependent pathway or via the intrinsic pathway, in which the central player factor XI (FXI) can be either activated via active factor XII (FXIIa) or via thrombin. We aimed to determine the role of the intrinsic coagulation system, and its possible route of activation, in allergic lung inflammation induced by the clinically relevant human allergen house dust mite (HDM). Wild-type (WT), FXI knockout (KO) and FXII KO mice were subjected to repeated exposure to HDM via the airways, and inflammatory responses were compared...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913168/fermentative-production-of-high-titer-citric-acid-from-corn-stover-feedstock-after-dry-dilute-acid-pretreatment-and-biodetoxification
#18
Ping-Ping Zhou, Jiao Meng, Jie Bao
The aim of this work is to study the citric acid fermentation by a robust strain Aspergillus niger SIIM M288 using corn stover feedstock after dry dilute sulfuric acid pretreatment and biodetoxification. Citric acid at 100.04g/L with the yield of 94.11% was obtained, which are comparable to the starch or sucrose based citric acid fermentation. No free wastewater was generated in the overall process from the pretreatment to citric acid fermentation. Abundant divalent metal ions as well as high titer of potassium, phosphate, and nitrogen were found in corn stover hydrolysate...
November 15, 2016: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913025/mapping-monthly-rainfall-erosivity-in-europe
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Cristiano Ballabio, Pasquale Borrelli, Jonathan Spinoni, Katrin Meusburger, Silas Michaelides, Santiago Beguería, Andreas Klik, Sašo Petan, Miloslav Janeček, Preben Olsen, Juha Aalto, Mónika Lakatos, Anna Rymszewicz, Alexandru Dumitrescu, Melita Perčec Tadić, Nazzareno Diodato, Julia Kostalova, Svetla Rousseva, Kazimierz Banasik, Christine Alewell, Panos Panagos
Rainfall erosivity as a dynamic factor of soil loss by water erosion is modelled intra-annually for the first time at European scale. The development of Rainfall Erosivity Database at European Scale (REDES) and its 2015 update with the extension to monthly component allowed to develop monthly and seasonal R-factor maps and assess rainfall erosivity both spatially and temporally. During winter months, significant rainfall erosivity is present only in part of the Mediterranean countries. A sudden increase of erosivity occurs in major part of European Union (except Mediterranean basin, western part of Britain and Ireland) in May and the highest values are registered during summer months...
November 29, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912978/tap-water-iontophoresis-in-the-treatment-of-pediatric-hyperhidrosis
#20
Haitham Dagash, Sinead McCaffrey, Katie Mellor, Agnes Roycroft, Ingrid Helbling
AIM OF THE STUDY: The treatment options for localized hyperhidrosis include antiperspirants, anticholinergics, iontophoresis, botulinum toxin and surgery. Tap water iontophoresis (TWI) involves immersing the affected area in tap water and passing a small electrical current through the area. Our aim was to assess the success of this therapy in a pediatric cohort. METHODS: Retrospective case note review of all patients younger than 18years who underwent TWI between 2002 and 2015...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
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