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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335436/photonic-low-cost-micro-sensor-for-in-line-wear-particle-detection-in-flowing-lube-oils
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Jon Mabe, Joseba Zubia, Eneko Gorritxategi
The presence of microscopic particles in suspension in industrial fluids is often an early warning of latent or imminent failures in the equipment or processes where they are being used. This manuscript describes work undertaken to integrate different photonic principles with a micro- mechanical fluidic structure and an embedded processor to develop a fully autonomous wear debris sensor for in-line monitoring of industrial fluids. Lens-less microscopy, stroboscopic illumination, a CMOS imager and embedded machine vision technologies have been merged to develop a sensor solution that is able to detect and quantify the number and size of micrometric particles suspended in a continuous flow of a fluid...
March 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331545/metabolic-engineering-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-to-produce-a-reduced-viscosity-oil-from-lignocellulose
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Tam N T Tran, Rebecca J Breuer, Ragothaman Avanasi Narasimhan, Lucas S Parreiras, Yaoping Zhang, Trey K Sato, Timothy P Durrett
BACKGROUND: Acetyl-triacylglycerols (acetyl-TAGs) are unusual triacylglycerol (TAG) molecules that contain an sn-3 acetate group. Compared to typical triacylglycerol molecules (here referred to as long chain TAGs; lcTAGs), acetyl-TAGs possess reduced viscosity and improved cold temperature properties, which may allow direct use as a drop-in diesel fuel. Their different chemical and physical properties also make acetyl-TAGs useful for other applications such as lubricants and plasticizers...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325124/effects-of-obstetric-gel-on-the-process-and-duration-of-labour-in-pregnant-women-randomised-controlled-trial
#3
Mehmet Murat Seval, Tuncay Yüce, Betül Yakıştıran, Yavuz Emre Şükür, Batuhan Özmen, Cem Atabekoğlu, Acar Koç, Feride Söylemez
The present study investigated maternal and neonatal outcomes in pregnant women who used obstetric lubricant gels during active labour. This prospective randomised controlled study included 180 pregnant women. Women were randomly assigned to two groups during the first-stage of labour. Pregnant women in the obstetric gel group received standard antepartum care plus vaginal application of obstetric gel. Women in the control group received standard antepartum care without obstetric gel. Mean duration of the second stage of labour was significantly shorter in the obstetric gel group than control group (45 ± 34 min vs...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319840/grafting-heteroelement-rich-groups-on-graphene-oxide-tuning-polarity-and-molecular-interaction-with-bio-ionic-liquid-for-enhanced-lubrication
#4
Liwen Mu, Yijun Shi, Xiaojing Guo, Wei Zhuang, Long Chen, Tuo Ji, Jing Hua, Huaiyuan Wang, Jiahua Zhu
Two different heteroelement-rich molecules have been successfully grafted on graphene oxide (GO) sheets which were then used as lubricant additives in bio-ionic liquid. The grafting was processed with reactions between GO sheets and synthesized heteroelement-rich molecules (Imidazol-1-yl phosphonic dichloride and 1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-yl phosphonic dichloride, respectively). The modified GO (m-GO) was added into [Choline][Proline] ([CH][P]) bio-ionic liquid, and has been demonstrated effective additive in promoting lubrication...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319714/occupational-exposure-of-firefighters-to-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-non-fire-work-environments
#5
Marta Oliveira, Klara Slezakova, Adília Fernandes, João Paulo Teixeira, Cristina Delerue-Matos, Maria do Carmo Pereira, Simone Morais
This work aims to characterize personal exposure of firefighters to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in non-fire work environments (fire stations), and assesses the respective risks. Eighteen PAHs (16 considered by USEPA as priority pollutants, dibenzo[a,l]pyrene and benzo[j]fluoranthene) were monitored in breathing zones of workers at five Portuguese fire stations during a normal shift. The obtained levels of PAHs fulfilled all existent occupational exposure limits as well as air quality guidelines with total concentrations (ΣPAHs) in range of 46...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317744/molecular-study-of-mucin-procyanidin-interaction-by-fluorescence-quenching-and-saturation-transfer-difference-std-nmr
#6
Elsa Brandão, Mafalda Santos Silva, Ignacio García-Estévez, Nuno Mateus, Victor de Freitas, Susana Soares
Astringency is closely related to the interaction between procyanidins and salivary proteins (SP). The aim of this work was to study the interaction between mucin, a SP responsible for saliva lubricating properties, with different procyanidins (B4 dimer, tetramer (TT) and fractions of oligomeric procyanidins), and the influence of several conditions [pH, ionic strength, procyanidins' mean degree of polymerization (mDP) and different solvents (ethanol or dimethylsulfoxide)] on this interaction by fluorescence quenching and Saturation Transfer Difference (STD)-NMR...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302668/sulphated-glycosaminoglycans-support-an-assortment-of-planarian-rhabdite-structures
#7
Matthew J Hayes
Planaria are soft-bodied, bilateral flatworms of the phylum Playhelminthes. They are covered in cilia and use ciliary-gliding to traverse the substratum while hunting. Their body surface is covered in a layer of viscous slime primarily derived from specialised secretory granules known as rhabdites. The slime must somehow stay associated with the surface of the animal in aqueous environments whilst also lubricating the interface of the animal and the surfaces over which the animal moves. The slime prevents damage to the animal's soft body and also contributes to adhesion to the substratum...
March 16, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300740/imiquimod-5-cream-for-the-treatment-of-large-nodular-basal-cell-carcinoma-at-the-medial-canthal-area
#8
Gamze Ozturk Karabulut, Pelin Kaynak, Can Ozturker, Korhan Fazil, Osman Bulut Ocak, Muhittin Taskapılı
Context (Background): Imiquimod (IMQ) 5% cream is an immunomodulatory and antitumorigenic agent, which was used as a topical treatment regimen, who had periocular basal cell carcinoma (BCC). AIM: This study aims to present three cases with large BCC at the medial canthal area treated with IMQ 5% cream. MATERIALS AND METHODS: IMQ 5% cream was used in three patients with ages 45, 49, and 73 who preferred medical treatment over surgery. Following incisional biopsy IMQ cream was used once a day, 5 times a week and the patients were followed up weekly during 12 week treatment period and monthly after the clearance of the lesion...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299781/architectural-differences-in-the-anterior-and-middle-compartments-of-the-pelvic-floor-of-young-adult-and-postmenopausal-females
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Yi Wu, Noshir F Dabhoiwala, Jaco Hagoort, Li-Wen Tan, Shao-Xiang Zhang, Wouter H Lamers
The pelvic floor guards the passage of the pelvic organs to the exterior. The near-epidemic prevalence of incontinence in women continues to generate interest in the functional anatomy of the pelvic floor. However, due to its complex architecture and poor accessibility, the classical 'dissectional' approach has been unable to come up with a satisfactory description, so that many aspects of its anatomy continue to raise debate. For this reason, we opted for a 'sectional' approach, using the Chinese Visible Human project (four females, 21-35 years) and the Visible Human Project (USA; one female, 59 years) datasets to investigate age-related changes in the architecture of the anterior and middle compartments of the pelvic floor...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299465/extraction-of-microalgae-derived-lipids-with-supercritical-carbon-dioxide-in-an-industrial-relevant-pilot-plant
#10
Jan Lorenzen, Nadine Igl, Marlene Tippelt, Andrea Stege, Farah Qoura, Ulrich Sohling, Thomas Brück
Microalgae are capable of producing up to 70% w/w triglycerides with respect to their dry cell weight. Since microalgae utilize the greenhouse gas CO2, they can be cultivated on marginal lands and grow up to ten times faster than terrestrial plants, the generation of algae oils is a promising option for the development of sustainable bioprocesses, that are of interest for the chemical lubricant, cosmetic and food industry. For the first time we have carried out the optimization of supercritical carbon dioxide (SCCO2) mediated lipid extraction from biomass of the microalgae Scenedesmus obliquus and Scenedesmus obtusiusculus under industrrially relevant conditions...
March 15, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297907/films-layers-and-droplets-the-effect-of-near-wall-fluid-structure-on-spreading-dynamics
#11
Hanyu Yin, David N Sibley, Uwe Thiele, Andrew J Archer
We present a study of the spreading of liquid droplets on a solid substrate at very small scales. We focus on the regime where effective wetting energy (binding potential) and surface tension effects significantly influence steady and spreading droplets. In particular, we focus on strong packing and layering effects in the liquid near the substrate due to underlying density oscillations in the fluid caused by attractive substrate-liquid interactions. We show that such phenomena can be described by a thin-film (or long-wave or lubrication) model including an oscillatory Derjaguin (or disjoining or conjoining) pressure and explore the effects it has on steady droplet shapes and the spreading dynamics of droplets on both an adsorption (or precursor) layer and completely dry substrates...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296414/lubrication-with-soft-and-hard-two-dimensional-colloidal-arrays
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Lucie Giraud, Gwénaëlle Bazin, Suzanne Giasson
Normal and friction forces between immobilized two-dimensional (2D) homogeneous non-close packed colloidal arrays made of different particles are compared in aqueous media. Soft pH-responsive (microgels) and non-responsive hard (silica) particles of different sizes were used to create the 2D arrays. The results show that friction of soft responsive structured layers can be successfully modulated by varying pH, with a friction coefficient varying by nearly three orders of magnitude (10(-2) to 1). This important change in lubricating properties is mainly correlated with the particle swelling behavior, i...
March 15, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295051/six-out-of-ten-women-with-recurrent-urinary-tract-infections-complain-of-distressful-sexual-dysfunction-a-case-control-study
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Luca Boeri, Paolo Capogrosso, Eugenio Ventimiglia, Roberta Scano, Alessandra Graziottin, Federico Dehò, Emanuele Montanari, Francesco Montorsi, Andrea Salonia
Uncomplicated recurrent urinary tract infections (rUTIs) are common among reproductive-aged women. We aimed to assess the prevalence and predictors of sexual dysfunction (FSD) in a cohort of women with rUTIs and compare their psychometric scores to those of matched controls. Data from 147 rUTIs women and 150 healthy controls were analysed. Participants completed the International Prostatic Symptoms Score (IPSS), the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and the Female Sexual Distress Scale (SDS). Descriptive statistics and logistic regression models tested prevalence and predictors of distressful FSD...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292574/effect-of-lipid-based-dry-eye-supplements-on-the-tear-film-in-wearers-of-eye-cosmetics
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Michael T M Wang, Irene Sung Hee Cho, Soo Hee Jung, Jennifer P Craig
PURPOSE: To compare the effects on tear film parameters and contamination in cosmetic eyeliner wearers, after single application of two lipid-based dry eye treatments: a lipid-containing lubricant eye drop and a phospholipid liposomal spray. METHODS: Fifty participants were enrolled in a prospective, randomised, paired-eye, investigator-masked trial. Pencil eyeliner (Body Shop(®) Crayon Eye Definer) was applied to the upper eyelid periocular skin of both eyes, anterior to the lash line...
March 11, 2017: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291008/the-efficacy-of-yttrium-90-radiosynovectomy-in-patients-with-camptodactyly-arthropathy-coxa-vara-pericarditis-syndrome
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Sulaiman Mohammed Al-Mayouf, Nora Almutairi, Khalid Alismail
OBJECTIVE: Camptodactyly-arthropathy-coxa-vara-pericarditis (CACP) syndrome is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in PRG4 gene that encodes for proteoglycan 4, the main lubricant for joints and tendon surfaces. It is a non-inflammatory arthropathy, characterized by joint effusions and synovial hypertrophy. So far, there is no effective treatment for this disorder. To evaluate the effectiveness of yttrium-90 radiosynovectomy in arthropathy of patients with CACP syndrome...
February 5, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Radionuclide Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289787/changes-in-bacterial-diversity-associated-with-bioremediation-of-used-lubricating-oil-in-tropical-soils
#16
Naruemon Meeboon, Mary-Cathrine Leewis, Sireewan Kaewsuwan, Suppasil Maneerat, Mary Beth Leigh
Used lubricating oil (ULO) is a widespread contaminant, particularly throughout tropical regions, and may be a candidate for bioremediation. However, little is known about the biodegradation potential or basic microbial ecology of ULO-contaminated soils. This study aims to determine the effects of used ULO on bacterial community structure and diversity. Using a combination of culture-based (agar plate counts) and molecular techniques (16S rRNA gene sequencing and DGGE), we investigated changes in soil bacterial communities from three different ULO-contaminated soils collected from motorcycle mechanical workshops (soil A, B, and C)...
March 13, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287231/failure-mechanisms-of-air-entrainment-in-drop-impact-on-lubricated-surfaces
#17
M Pack, H Hu, D Kim, Z Zheng, H A Stone, Y Sun
Lubricated surfaces have recently been introduced and studied due to their potential benefit in various configurations and applications. Combining the techniques of total internal reflection microscopy and reflection interference microscopy, we examine the dynamics of an underlying air film upon drop impact on a lubricated substrate where the thin liquid film is immiscible to the drop. In contrast to drop impact on solid surfaces where even the smallest asperities cause random breakup of the entraining air film, we report two air film failure mechanisms on lubricated surfaces...
March 13, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285000/reinforcement-of-articular-cartilage-with-a-tissue-interpenetrating-polymer-network-reduces-friction-and-modulates-interstitial-fluid-load-support
#18
Benjamin G Cooper, Taylor Lawson, Brian D Snyder, Mark W Grinstaff
OBJECTIVE: Osteoarthritis is associated with increased articular cartilage hydraulic permeability and decreased maintenance of high interstitial fluid load support during articulation, resulting in increased friction on the cartilage solid matrix. This study assesses frictional response following in situ synthesis of an interpenetrating polymer network designed to mimic glycosaminoglycans depleted during osteoarthritis. METHODS: Cylindrical osteochondral explants containing various interpenetrating polymer concentrations were subjected to a torsional friction test under unconfined creep compression...
March 8, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283768/-ocular-involvement-in-atopic-dermatitis-clinical-aspects-and-therapy
#19
P Maier, T Lapp, T Reinhard
Patients with atopic dermatitis frequently complain of ocular symptoms. The general dermatitis can directly affect the periocular skin and patients often present with chronic atopic blepharokeratoconjunctivitis. Early diagnosis of the characteristic ophthalmological alterations, such as blepharitis, allergic conjunctivitis, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, conjunctival scarring with formation of symblepharon and lid malpositioning, filiform keratitis, corneal plaques, (persistent) epithelial defects, corneal ulcers and keratoconus as well as appropriate stage-adapted treatment, including lid hygiene with preservative-free lubricants, topical and sometimes systemic anti-inflammatory therapy and surgical treatment are important for patients to prevent long-term damage of the ocular surface leading to severe visual impairment...
March 10, 2017: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280285/hyaluronic-acid-and-phospholipid-interactions-useful-for-repaired-articular-cartilage-surfaces-a-mini-review-toward-tribological-surgical-adjuvants
#20
REVIEW
Stanislaw Jung, Aneta Petelska, Piotr Beldowski, Wayne K Augé, Tahlia Casey, Dominik Walczak, Krzysztof Lemke, Adam Gadomski
This mini review is focused on the emerging nexus between the medical device and pharmaceutical industries toward the treatment of damaged articular cartilage. The physical rationale of hyaluronic acid and phospholipid preparations as tribological surgical adjuvants for repaired articular cartilage surfaces is explored, with directions for possible new research which have arisen due to the therapeutic advance of the physiochemical scalpel. Because synovial joint lubrication regimes become dysfunctional at articular cartilage lesion sites as a result of the regional absence of the surface active phospholipid layer and its inability to reform without surgical repair, hyaluronic acid and phospholipid intra-articular injections have yielded inconsistent efficacy outcomes and only short-term therapeutic benefits mostly due to non-tribological effects...
2017: Colloid and Polymer Science
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