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An investigation into the effects of aging on automotive bumper samples by xylene soluble flow injection polymer analysis (XS-FIPA)
Bassem Sabagh, Wei Sen Wong, Bernd Tartsch

This poster describes the use of flow injection polymer analysis (FIPA) as an analytical tool for xylene soluble (XS) determination with quick and easy simultaneous measurements of molecular weight (MW), intrinsic viscosity (IV) and XS%. The technique was applied to automotive bumper samples which had undergone an aging test. The results from the XS-FIPA technique highlight the differences caused by the aging process.

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Phenotypic Screening Applied to the Anti-biofilm Drug Discovery: Identification of Anti-biofilm Flavonoids from a Chemical Library
Suvi Manner1*, Malena Skogman2, Pia Vuorela2, Adyary Fallarero2

This work represents a systematic exploration of a flavonoids collection for the inhibitory activity against Staphylococcus aureus biofilms and offers an improved methodological workflow for anti-biofilm screens of chemical libraries taking into account the connections between anti-biofilm and antibacterial properties.

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The role of AHPCO Technology in reducing allergic rhinitis cases as Air Purifier, Surface Sterilizer and Ice Maker sterilizer
Dr. Nabarun K. Ghosh, PhD1, Dr. Constantine K. Saadeh, MD FAAAAI2, Dr. Jeff Bennert, PhD CTN3 and Ms. Griselda Estrada, BS1

Dirty ice makers can cause potential health hazards. To prevent any potential contamination, the interior surfaces of the ice machine must be cleaned and sanitized regularly. This report justifies the demand and use of novel equipment that will sanitize the surface of an ice machine continuously. We evaluated the Bi-Polar® unit built by Air Oasis (1.2) in sanitizing the ice machine surface.

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Marked increase in basophil activation during non-anaphylactic allergic reactions to peanut in man
Paul J. Turner, Orla McMahon, Amy Switzer, Andrew Clark, Robert J. Boyle, Stephen R. Durham and Mohamed H. Shamji

Our data imply an important role for basophils in the evolution of acute IgE-mediated reactions to food allergens.

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Ten-Year Experience with Sublingual Immunotherapy for Juniper Pollenosis
W Donald Cooke MD

Efficacy of sublingual immunotherapy for Juniper induced allergic rhinitis is presented.

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Association between asthma-related emergency department visits, meteorological measurements, and air quality concentrations in the Bronx (2001-2008)
Abraham R(1), Toh J(2), Desai T(2), Shum M(3), Patel P(2), Rosenstreich D(2), Jariwala SP(2)

Evaluate the association between asthma-related emergency department visits (AREDV), meteorological measurements, and air quality concentrations in a high asthma prevalence area, the New York City borough of the Bronx.

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Ocular papillary changes on the caruncle surface in allergic conjunctivitis
Milton M. Hom, OD, FAAO1, Leslie E. O’Dell, OD, FAAO2, Carl J. May, Jr., MD2, Leonard Bielory, MD3

The caruncle is small, pink, globular nodule at the inner corner of the eye. We found the papillary changes of the caruncle corresponds to changes in palpebral conjunctiva seen in allergic conjunctivitis. There may indicate a greater inflammatory response in the caruncle resulting in greater itching in the nasal corners of the eye. Allergists can easily assess the caruncle.

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Microbial Regulation of IgE Production in Early Life
Ana B Blazquez, Jeremiah J Faith, Hugh A Sampson, M Cecilia Berin

Changes in gastrointestinal microbiota have been suggested to drive the increasing prevalence of food allergy. Our aim was to determine the impact of mouse and human intestinal microbiota on modulation of allergic parameters including IgE.

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Tolerance to Allergenic Foods Following Food Oral Immunotherapy (FOIT)
AR Hague1, RL Wasserman1,2, SK Silvers1,2, RW Sugerman1,2, M Herbert3

We report on 21 patients who completed FOIT (food oral immunotherapy) escalation followed by a period of maintenance dosing and later underwent a tolerance FC (food challenge). 90% of tested FOIT patients and 94% of patients who met our pre-defined criteria for tolerance FC achieved tolerance to their allergenic food.

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With 60% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer dying within five years of diagnosis there has been considerable efforts to try to detect the disease at an earlier stage.
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In Blinding Eye Disease, Trash-Collecting Cells Go Awry, Accelerate Damage
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Artificial Pancreas Controls Diabetes
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Growing Spinal Disc Tissue
Scientists develop new method for growing spinal disc tissue in the lab for combating chronic back pain.
Imaging Individual Molecules
JILA researchers have designed a microscope instrument so stable that it can accurately measure the 3D movement of individual molecules over many hours-hundreds of times longer than the current limit measured in seconds.
Long-term Memories Are Maintained by Prion-like Proteins
Research from Eric Kandel’s lab at Columbia University Medical Center has uncovered evidence of a system in the brain that persistently maintains memories for long periods of time.
How the Mammoth Got its Wool
Evolutionary change in a gene reconstructed in the lab from the woolly mammoth was part of a suite of adaptations that allowed the mammoth to survive in harsh arctic environments, according to new research.
Chemists Design a Quantum-Dot Spectrometer
New instrument is small enough to function within a smartphone, enabling portable light analysis.
Elastic Gel to Heal Wounds
A team of bioengineers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has developed a new protein-based gel that, when exposed to light, mimics many of the properties of elastic tissue, such as skin and blood vessels.
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