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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634733/dynamic-properties-of-human-tympanic-membrane-after-exposure-to-blast-waves
#1
Warren G Engles, Xuelin Wang, Rong Z Gan
Blast overpressure causes dynamic damage to middle ear components, and tympanic membrane (TM) rupture is the most frequent middle ear injury. However, it is unclear how the blast waves change mechanical properties of the TM and affect sound transmission through the ear. This paper reports the current study on dynamic properties of the TM after exposure to blast waves by using acoustic loading and laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV). The TM specimens were prepared from human temporal bones following exposures to blast overpressure...
June 20, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634732/engineering-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-plga-micro-and-nano-carriers-for-controlled-delivery-of-17%C3%AE-estradiol
#2
Alesia V Prakapenka, Heather A Bimonte-Nelson, Rachael W Sirianni
With menopause, circulating levels of 17β-estradiol (E2) markedly decrease. E2-based hormone therapy is prescribed to alleviate symptoms associated with menopause. E2 is also recognized for its beneficial effects in the central nervous system (CNS), such as enhanced cognitive function following abrupt hormonal loss associated with ovariectomy. For women with an intact uterus, an opposing progestogen component is required to decrease the risk of developing endometrial hyperplasia. While adding an opposing progestogen attenuates these detrimental effects on the uterus, it can attenuate the beneficial effects of E2 in the CNS...
June 20, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620768/carbon-nanotube-reinforced-collagen-hydroxyapatite-scaffolds-improve-bone-tissue-formation-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#3
Zheng Jing, Yeke Wu, Wen Su, Mi Tian, Wenlu Jiang, Li Cao, Lixing Zhao, Zhihe Zhao
Current bone regeneration strategies faced major challenges in fabricating the bionic scaffolds with nano-structure, constituents and mechanical features of native bone. In this study, we developed a new porous scaffold by adding the multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) into collagen (Col)/hydroxyapatite (HA) composites. Data showed that 0.5%CNT/Col/HA (0.5%CNT) group was approximately tenfolds stiffer than Col-HA, and it was superior in promoting bone marrow mesenchymal stem proliferation and spreading, mRNA and protein expressions of bone sialoprotein (BSP) and osteocalcin (OCN) than Col-HA group...
June 15, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620767/a-novel-method-for-mouse-retinal-temperature-determination-based-on-erg-photoresponses
#4
Marja Pitkänen, Ossi Kaikkonen, Ari Koskelainen
This study introduces a novel retinal temperature determination method based on the temperature dependent properties of photoresponses recorded by electroretinography (ERG). The kinetics and amplitudes of ERG photoresponses depend on retinal temperature. Additionally, raising retinal temperature increases the probability of long-wavelength photon absorption, which manifests as temperature dependence of photoreceptor sensitivity. In this study we extract a number of features that represent these properties from the a- and b-waves of mouse ex vivo ERG flash responses and construct three multivariable regression models between temperature and the selected features...
June 15, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620766/phenotype-transformation-of-aortic-valve-interstitial-cells-due-to-applied-shear-stresses-within-a-microfluidic-chip
#5
Xinmei Wang, Joohyung Lee, Mir Ali, Jungkyu Kim, Carla M R Lacerda
Despite valvular heart diseases constituting a significant medical problem, the acquisition of information describing their pathophysiology remains difficult. Due to valvular size, role and location within the body, there is a need for in vitro systems that can recapitulate disease onset and progression. This study combines the development of an in vitro model and its application in the mechanical stimulation of valvular cell transformation. Specifically, porcine aortic valvular interstitial cells (PAVIC) were cultured on polydimethylsiloxane microfluidic devices with or without exposure to shear stresses...
June 15, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612188/direct-quantification-of-solute-diffusivity-in-agarose-and-articular-cartilage-using-correlation-spectroscopy
#6
Janty S Shoga, Brian T Graham, Liyun Wang, Christopher Price
Articular cartilage is an avascular tissue; diffusive transport is critical for its homeostasis. While numerous techniques have been used to quantify diffusivity within porous, hydrated tissues and tissue engineered constructs, these techniques have suffered from issues regarding invasiveness and spatial resolution. In the present study, we implemented and compared two separate correlation spectroscopy techniques, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and raster image correlation spectroscopy (RICS), for the direct, and minimally-invasive quantification of fluorescent solute diffusion in agarose and articular cartilage...
June 13, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612187/enhancement-of-energy-production-of-the-intervertebral-disc-by-the-implantation-of-polyurethane-mass-transfer-devices
#7
Yu-Fu Wang, Howard B Levene, Weiyong Gu, C -Y Charles Huang
Insufficient nutrient supply has been suggested to be one of the etiologies for intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. We are investigating nutrient transport into the IVD as a potential treatment strategy for disc degeneration. Most cellular activities in the IVD (e.g., cell proliferation and extracellular matrix production) are mainly driven by adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) which is the main energy currency. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of increased mass transfer on ATP production in the IVD by the implantation of polyurethane (PU) mass transfer devices...
June 13, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608245/obesity-and-obesity-shape-markedly-influence-spine-biomechanics-a-subject-specific-risk-assessment-model
#8
Farshid Ghezelbash, Aboulfazl Shirazi-Adl, André Plamondon, Navid Arjmand, Mohamad Parnianpour
Underlying mechanisms of obesity-related back pain remain unexplored. Thus, we aim to determine the effect of obesity and its shapes on the spinal loads and the associated risks of injury. Obesity shapes were initially constructed by principal component analysis based on datasets on 5852 obese individuals. Spinal loads, cycles to vertebral failure and trunk stability margin were estimated in a subject-specific trunk model taking account of personalized musculature, passive ligamentous spine, obesity shapes, segmental weights, spine kinematics and bone mineral density...
June 12, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584937/a-single-port-robotic-platform-for-laparoscopic-surgery-with-a-large-central-channel-for-additional-instrument
#9
K L Yung, J L K Cheung, S W Chung, S Singh, C K Yeung
A new approach to a surgical robotic platform for single incision laparoscopic or natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery is presented in this paper This platform allows insertion of up to four instruments including the robotic arms and the camera through a single cannula at the same footprint. After insertion of all instruments, a large central channel of 15 mm diameter is kept clear for the passage of additional laparoscopic instruments, such as passage or retrieval of suture needles, and/or suction irrigators which greatly facilitates the performance of complex surgical procedures...
June 5, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573419/quantifying-cartilage-biomechanical-properties-using-a-linearized-frequency-domain-method
#10
A Gkousioudi, D S Tzeranis, G P Kanakaris, M Saloufas, L G Alexopoulos
Articular cartilage function relies on its unique mechanical behavior. Cartilage mechanics have been described by several analytic models, whose parameters are usually estimated by fitting their constitutive equations to stress-relaxation data. This procedure can be long and is prone to experimental and fitting errors. Τhis study describes a novel methodology for estimating the biomechanical properties of cartilage samples based on their linearized frequency response, derived by applying a series of small-amplitude harmonic displacements superimposed to a bias strain...
June 1, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567658/left-ventricular-assist-devices-challenges-toward-sustaining-long-term-patient-care
#11
REVIEW
Marianne Schmid Daners, Friedrich Kaufmann, Raffael Amacher, Gregor Ochsner, Markus J Wilhelm, Aldo Ferrari, Edoardo Mazza, Dimos Poulikakos, Mirko Meboldt, Volkmar Falk
Over the last few decades, the left ventricular assist device (LVAD) technology has been tremendously improved transitioning from large and noisy paracorporeal volume displacement pumps to small implantable turbodynamic devices with only a single transcutaneous element, the driveline. Nevertheless, there remains a great demand for further improvements to meet the challenge of having a robust and safe device for long-term therapy. Here, we review the state of the art and highlight four key areas of needed improvement targeting long-term, sustainable LVAD function: (1) LVADs available today still have a high risk of thromboembolic and bleeding events that could be addressed by the rational fabrication of novel surface structures and endothelialization approaches aiming at improving the device hemocompatibility...
May 31, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567657/special-issue-devoted-to-a-new-field-of-regenerative-medicine-reproductive-tissue-engineering
#12
EDITORIAL
Christiani A Amorim
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 31, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560553/quantification-of-inter-erythrocyte-forces-with-ultra-high-frequency-410%C3%A2-mhz-single-beam-acoustic-tweezer
#13
Hae Gyun Lim, K Kirk Shung
Efforts on quantitative measurements of the interactive forces of red blood cells (RBC) have been pursued for many years in hopes of a better understanding of hemodynamics and blood rheology. In this paper, we report an approach based on an ultra-high frequency (410 MHz) single beam acoustic tweezer (SBAT) for quantitative measurements of inter-RBC forces at a single cell level. The trapping forces produced by this ultra-high frequency (UHF) SBAT can be quantitatively estimated with a micropipette. Since the focal beam diameter of the 410 MHz ultrasonic transducer used in this SBAT was only 6...
May 30, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560552/children-with-and-without-dystonia-share-common-muscle-synergies-while-performing-writing-tasks
#14
Francesca Lunardini, Claudia Casellato, Matteo Bertucco, Terence D Sanger, Alessandra Pedrocchi
Childhood dystonia is a movement disorder characterized by muscle overflow and variability. This is the first study that investigates upper limb muscle synergies in childhood dystonia with the twofold aim of deepening the understanding of neuromotor dysfunctions and paving the way to possible synergy-based myocontrol interfaces suitable for this neurological population. Nonnegative matrix factorization was applied to the activity of upper-limb muscles recorded during the execution of writing tasks in children with dystonia and age-matched controls...
May 30, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550499/systematic-review-of-fmri-compatible-devices-design-and-testing-criteria
#15
REVIEW
V Hartwig, N Carbonaro, A Tognetti, N Vanello
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) is at present one of the most used methodologies for functional brain exploration, both in clinical and research settings. fMRI can noninvasively measure neural activity by using specific experimental paradigms. Often, these paradigms require the stimulation of the subject to perform sensorimotor tasks: in the past, the stimuli have been administered manually for investigating fundamental aspects of tactile perception and somatosensory processing. Nowadays, the use of mechatronic devices to stimulate the subject during fMRI studies is growing, also to assure reproducibility, control, and monitoring of task performances...
May 26, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547660/rib-geometry-explains-variation-in-dynamic-structural-response-potential-implications-for-frontal-impact-fracture-risk
#16
Michelle M Murach, Yun-Seok Kang, Samuel D Goldman, Michelle A Schafman, Stephen H Schlecht, Kevin Moorhouse, John H Bolte, Amanda M Agnew
The human thorax is commonly injured in motor vehicle crashes, and despite advancements in occupant safety rib fractures are highly prevalent. The objective of this study was to quantify the ability of gross and cross-sectional geometry, separately and in combination, to explain variation of human rib structural properties. One hundred and twenty-two whole mid-level ribs from 76 fresh post-mortem human subjects were tested in a dynamic frontal impact scenario. Structural properties (peak force and stiffness) were successfully predicted (p < 0...
May 25, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540448/sensor-based-balance-measures-outperform-modified-balance-error-scoring-system-in-identifying-acute-concussion
#17
Laurie A King, Martina Mancini, Peter C Fino, James Chesnutt, Clayton W Swanson, Sheila Markwardt, Julie C Chapman
Balance assessment is an integral component of concussion evaluation and management. Although the modified balance error scoring system (mBESS) is the conventional clinical tool, objective metrics derived from wearable inertial sensors during the mBESS may increase sensitivity in detecting subtle balance deficits post-concussion. The aim of this study was to identify which stance condition and postural sway metrics obtained from an inertial sensor placed on the lumbar spine during the mBESS best discriminate athletes with acute concussion...
May 24, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536786/future-prospects-for-human-tissue-engineered-urethra-transplantation-decellularization-and-recellularization-based-urethra-regeneration
#18
Abdol-Mohammad Kajbafzadeh, Reza Abbasioun, Shabnam Sabetkish, Nastaran Sabetkish, Parvin Rahmani, Kamyar Tavakkolitabassi, Hamid Arshadi
To evaluate the histological characteristics of decellularized human urethra after transplantation into the rat omentum and compare in vivo cell seeding with perfusion-based and cell sheet urethral regeneration. Eight adult human male urethras accompanied with the surrounding corpus spongiosum were obtained. The tissues were decellularized with detergent-based method. The efficacy of decellularization and extracellular matrix preservation was evaluated by several techniques. Decellularized scaffolds were transplanted into the omentum of 12 male rats and located into the scrotum...
May 23, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523516/pre-operative-screening-and-manual-drilling-strategies-to-reduce-the-risk-of-thermal-injury-during-minimally-invasive-cochlear-implantation-surgery
#19
Neal P Dillon, Loris Fichera, Kyle Kesler, M Geraldine Zuniga, Jason E Mitchell, Robert J Webster, Robert F Labadie
This article presents the development and experimental validation of a methodology to reduce the risk of thermal injury to the facial nerve during minimally invasive cochlear implantation surgery. The first step in this methodology is a pre-operative screening process, in which medical imaging is used to identify those patients that present a significant risk of developing high temperatures at the facial nerve during the drilling phase of the procedure. Such a risk is calculated based on the density of the bone along the drilling path and the thermal conductance between the drilling path and the nerve, and provides a criterion to exclude high-risk patients from receiving the minimally invasive procedure...
May 18, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512702/an-intracardiac-soft-robotic-device-for-augmentation-of-blood-ejection-from-the-failing-right-ventricle
#20
Markus A Horvath, Isaac Wamala, Eric Rytkin, Elizabeth Doyle, Christopher J Payne, Thomas Thalhofer, Ignacio Berra, Anna Solovyeva, Mossab Saeed, Sara Hendren, Ellen T Roche, Pedro J Del Nido, Conor J Walsh, Nikolay V Vasilyev
We introduce an implantable intracardiac soft robotic right ventricular ejection device (RVED) for dynamic approximation of the right ventricular (RV) free wall and the interventricular septum (IVS) in synchrony with the cardiac cycle to augment blood ejection in right heart failure (RHF). The RVED is designed for safe and effective intracardiac operation and consists of an anchoring system deployed across the IVS, an RV free wall anchor, and a pneumatic artificial muscle linear actuator that spans the RV chamber between the two anchors...
May 16, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
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