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OBJECTIVE Automatic monitoring of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs), defined as adverse patient outcomes caused by medications, is a challenging research problem that is currently receiving significant attention from the medical informatics community. In recent years, user-posted data on social media, primarily due to its sheer volume, has become a useful(More)
OBJECTIVE Social media is becoming increasingly popular as a platform for sharing personal health-related information. This information can be utilized for public health monitoring tasks, particularly for pharmacovigilance, via the use of natural language processing (NLP) techniques. However, the language in social media is highly informal, and(More)
Recent research has shown that Twitter data analytics can have broad implications on public health research. However, its value for pharmacovigilance has been scantly studied - with health related forums and community support groups preferred for the task. We present a systematic study of tweets collected for 74 drugs to assess their value as sources of(More)
Eleven laboratories participated in a collaborative study to compare the dry rehydratable film (Petrifilm SM and Petrifilm VRB) methods, respectively, to the standard plate count (SPC) and violet red bile agar (VRBA) standard methods for estimation of total bacteria and coliform counts in raw and homogenized pasteurized milk. Each laboratory analyzed 16(More)
UNLABELLED Finding gene functions discussed in the literature is an important task of information extraction (IE) from biomedical documents. Automated computational methodologies can significantly reduce the need for manual curation and improve quality of other related IE systems. We propose an open-IE method for the BioCreative IV GO shared task (subtask(More)
The Ruakura rolling ball viscometer was evaluated in 3 laboratories along with currently approved instrumental methods for measuring somatic cells in milk and the Wisconsin mastitis test. Replacement of the Teepol reagent with Wisconsin mastitis test reagent in the rolling ball viscometer was also evaluated. Both repeatability and reproducibility were(More)
A collaborative study was conducted to determine the reliability of a Bacillus stearothermophilus disc assay method for differentiating various concentrations of penicillin in raw milk. Participating laboratories tested 10 different samples (including one negative) in blind duplicate. Triplicate standards were alternated with triplicate unknowns around the(More)
An automated, in-line, mechanical technique for sampling milk from farm bulk tanks was evaluated in a collaborative study. The automated sampling device, which is mounted on the milk intake line, contains an electronically controlled peristaltic pump. The device takes a representative sample of the entire volume pumped through the system. Samples taken can(More)
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