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This paper reports the performances of several X-band silicon-germanium (SiGe) monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) including multi-throw switches and attenuators designed using an optimized vertical PIN diode currently offered by IBM SiGe foundry process.
Growth monitoring is the method of choice in many assays measuring the presence or properties of pathogens, e.g. in diagnostics and food quality. Established methods, relying on culturing large numbers of bacteria, are rather time-consuming, while in healthcare time often is crucial. Several new approaches have been published, mostly aiming at assaying… (More)
The present brief report describes four cases with mycobacterial infection and negative T-SPOT.TB tests. This test proved to be a useful tool to help rule out the diagnosis of active Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and could therefore prevent unnecessary or inappropriate therapy.
Chronic cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are diseases with marked morbidity. Patients are often advised to change their lifestyle to prevent complications and impairment of their diseases. Compliance, however, is influenced by multiple factors. Initial studies show that spirituality is an important aspect in health behavior and lifestyle changing, but to… (More)