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an evaluation of three selective media and Mastalex-MRSA latex agglutination

Screening for methicillin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative staphylococci: an evaluation of three selective media and Mastalex-MRSA latex agglutination Bowers, K M ABSTRACT Laboratory confirmation of MRSA is important for the implementation of infection control; conventional screening culture methods take up to five days for confirmation. The purpose of this study is to ascertain […]

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Biomedical Sciences Explained: Haematology

Biomedical Sciences Explained: Haematology McLellan, D S Biomedical Sciences Explained: Haematology C. J. Pallister. Oxford: Butterworth Heineman. 1999. ISBN 0-7506-2457-4. 262 pp. 19.99. This book is written by the series editor and follows the now familiar style that typifies this highly commendable series of texts. Each chapter commences with learning objectives and concludes with a […]

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Antibiotic resistance and identification of uncommon Gram-negative bacteria isolated from sputum of adult patients with cystic fibrosis

Antibiotic resistance and identification of uncommon Gram-negative bacteria isolated from sputum of adult patients with cystic fibrosis Gillow, C The organisms Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Burkholderia cepacia complex are well established and recognised as major causes of lung infection in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients.1 They are important in CF lung pathology as they initiate a vicious […]

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Evaluation and introduction for routine urine culture in a large clinical microbiology laboratory

Chromogenic urinary tract infection medium: Evaluation and introduction for routine urine culture in a large clinical microbiology laboratory Baker, M Abstract: Evaluation and introduction of a chromogenic urinary tract infection (UTI) medium for the primary culture of routine urine specimens in a very large clinical microbiology laboratory is described. A modified scheme for the direct […]

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False-positive serological tests in acute malaria

False-positive serological tests in acute malaria Ghosh, K Introduction Malaria is now endemic in many parts of the world and is returning even to those countries from which it had been eradicated. Unfortunately, wherever malaria is rife, other infections such as typhoid fever and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection also are not uncommon. Malaria is […]

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Kawasaki disease: Is it caused by an infectious agent?

Kawasaki disease: Is it caused by an infectious agent? Lloyd, Allyson J Introduction Historical background Kawasaki disease (KD) was described initially by Tomisaku Kawasaki, a Japanese paediatrician, in 1967. In his report, he outlined 50 cases of what he termed `mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome’, observed in young children between 1961 and 1967.’ Originally thought to […]

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Aci-fast bodies in faecal smears stained by the modified Ziehl-Neelsen technique

Aci-fast bodies in faecal smears stained by the modified Ziehl-Neelsen technique Clarke, S C Abstract: The modified Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) stain has proved useful in the laboratory diagnosis of cryptosporidiosis and, more recently, for the laboratory diagnosis of cyclospora. Apart from cryptosporidia and cyclospora, many other organisms and artefacts are present in faeces, and may be […]

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Effect of L929 cell-conditioned medium on antioxidant capacity in RAW264.7 cells

Effect of L929 cell-conditioned medium on antioxidant capacity in RAW264.7 cells Pang, Z J Abstract: Previously, we found that macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF) could reduce tert-butyl hydroperoxide (tbOOH)-induced oxidative injury in monocytes/macrophages. In order to find the mechanism by which M-CSF achieves this, we investigate the effect of M-CSF on the antioxidant system in murine […]

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Blood film review by biomedical scientists

Blood film review by biomedical scientists Sinclair, G J ABSTRACT This study aims to provide evidence of biomedical scientists’ competence in blood film cytomorphology and to improve continuing assessment and training. Twenty photomicrographs are prepared from historical teaching slides, and a slide projector timer is designed and built to trigger slide advance automatically every 30 […]

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Bone Marrow Pathology (3rd Edition)

Bone Marrow Pathology (3rd Edition) Alexander, H D Bone Marrow Pathology (31 Edition) Barbara I Bain, David M. Clark, Irvin A. Lampert, Bridget S. Wilkins. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 2001. ISBN 0 632 05578 2. 499 pp. 89,50. The new edition of this popular book has been substantially revised, with the inclusion of a fourth author […]