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How Can Swab Sampling Help Identify The Potential Pathogen?
2023-09-07
How Can Swab Sampling Help Identify The Potential Pathogen?
How Can Swab Sampling Help Identify The Potential Pathogen? Trueperella pecoris is a recently discovered bacterial species that may cause disease in livestock. This article summarizes key points on using swab samples and a LAMP diagnostic assay to evaluate T. pecoris as a potential pathogen. How were swab samples collected and processed in this study? In this...
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Are Environmental Swabs The Future of Biomonitoring?
2023-09-07
Are Environmental Swabs The Future of Biomonitoring?
Are Environmental Swabs The Future of Biomonitoring? What are environmental swabs and how are they collected? Environmental swabs involve using a swab to collect DNA material from surfaces in the environment. This allows researchers to obtain DNA samples from vertebrates without directly handling or observing the animals. The swabs are simply rubbed against environm...
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Stool Sample Collection Kits: Methods and Challenges
2023-09-05
Stool Sample Collection Kits: Methods and Challenges
Stool Sample Collection Kits: Methods and Challenges Stool sample collection kits are essential tools enabling microbiome research through large-scale epidemiological studies. This article explores various at-home stool collection methods, challenges in optimizing kits for diverse global contexts, and key considerations for maximizing participant compliance. What ar...
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White Blood Cells in Cervical Swab Without Infection: Causes and Clinical Approach
2023-09-05
White Blood Cells in Cervical Swab Without Infection: Causes and Clinical Approach
White Blood Cells in Cervical Swab Without Infection: Causes and Clinical Approach Finding white blood cells on a cervical swab despite no apparent cervical infection is a seemingly paradoxical result that warrants evaluation. This article explores potential reasons for increased cervical white blood cells without infection, how the number correlates to conditions, when up...
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How to Optimize Release Efficiency of Sterile Cotton Swabs
2023-09-05
How to Optimize Release Efficiency of Sterile Cotton Swabs
How to Optimize Release Efficiency of Sterile Cotton Swabs Sterile cotton swabs are used to sample surfaces in cleanrooms. A study in 2017 by Satyada and Sandle investigated optimizing the releasing capacity of swabs for discharging sampled microorganisms. Their results on factors like diluent, vortex mixing time, and holding time provide guidance on improving swab samplin...
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A Primer on Wound Culture Swab: Essential Facts & Guidelines
2023-09-05
A Primer on Wound Culture Swab: Essential Facts & Guidelines
A Primer on Wound Culture Swab: Essential Facts & Guidelines Wound infections significantly impair healing and can lead to serious complications. Culture swabs are a critical diagnostic tool to identify pathogens and guide treatment. But what is the best technique for optimal results? We review evidence comparing swab and tissue cultures, and provide recommendations fo...
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The Pros and Cons of Using Mouth Swabs For Elderly Oral Care
2023-09-04
The Pros and Cons of Using Mouth Swabs For Elderly Oral Care
The Pros and Cons of Using Mouth Swabs For Elderly Oral Care Oral hygiene is critical yet challenging for many elderly patients. Mouth swabs are often used as an alternative to toothbrushing to clean the mouths of hospitalized or nursing home patients. This article examines the use of swabs for oral care in the elderly, including their effectiveness, impact on pneumonia ri...
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Everything You Need To Know About Aerobic Culture Swabs
2023-09-01
Everything You Need To Know About Aerobic Culture Swabs
Everything You Need To Know About Aerobic Culture Swabs What are aerobic culture swabs? Aerobic culture swabs are used to collect specimens from patients to test for the presence of aerobic bacteria. They consist of a swab tip made of synthetic material such as polyester, rayon, or nylon attached to a plastic shaft. The swab tip is sterile and is used to collect bac...
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A Full Comparison of Inactivated and Non-inactivated VTM
2023-08-31
A Full Comparison of Inactivated and Non-inactivated VTM
A Full Comparison of Inactivated and Non-inactivated VTM What are Inactivated and Non-inactivated Viral Transport Media? Viral transport media (VTM) are designed to preserve and transport viruses for laboratory analysis. There are two main types - inactivated and non-inactivated. Inactivated VTM contains chemicals that destroy the infectivity of viruses while p...
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Findings About Dog Antimicrobial Resistance in Growth Medium
2023-08-31
Findings About Dog Antimicrobial Resistance in Growth Medium
Findings About Dog Antimicrobial Resistance in Growth Medium Antimicrobial resistance poses a major threat to public health globally. While resistance emerging in bacteria from food animals grabs headlines, the role of dogs as mediators of resistance merits dedicated focus. The close bond shared between humans and dogs creates a conduit for exchange of resistant microbes. ...
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Can Tongue Swabs Improve Tuberculosis Detection in Children?
2023-08-31
Can Tongue Swabs Improve Tuberculosis Detection in Children?
Can Tongue Swabs Improve Tuberculosis Detection in Children? Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. Childhood TB is especially difficult to diagnose due to paucibacillary disease and limitations of current tests. Could sampling the oral cavity provide a better approach? Recent research indicates promise for detecting Mycobacterium tuberculos...
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