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Erin M Warshaw, Solveig L Hagen, Denis Sasseville, Howard I Maibach, Joel G DeKoven, Donald V Belsito, Joseph F Fowler, Kathryn A Zug, James S Taylor, C G Toby Mathias, Anthony F Fransway, Vincent A DeLeo, James G Marks, Melanie D Pratt, Matthew J Zirwas, Frances J Storrs
BACKGROUND: Contact dermatoses are common in mechanic and repair occupations. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to (1) estimate the prevalence of occupationally related contact dermatitis among mechanics/repairers patch tested from 1998 to 2014 by the North American Contact Dermatitis Group, (2) characterize responsible allergens and irritants, and their sources, and (3) compare results among 3 occupational subgroups (mechanics, electrical/electronic, and other). METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis of patients patch tested by the North American Contact Dermatitis Group between 1998 and 2014...
October 21, 2016: Dermatitis
Giulia Morgese, Lucca Trachsel, Matteo Romio, Mohammad Divandari, Shivaprakash N Ramakrishna, Edmondo M Benetti
The cyclic polymer topology strongly alters the interfacial, physico-chemical properties of polymer brushes, when compared to the linear counterparts. In this study, we especially concentrated on poly-2-ethyl-2-oxazoline (PEOXA) cyclic and linear grafts assembled on titanium oxide surfaces by the "grafting-to" technique. The smaller hydrodynamic radius of ring PEOXAs favors the formation of denser brushes with respect to linear analogs. Denser and more compact cyclic brushes generate a steric barrier that surpasses the typical entropic shield by a linear brush...
October 24, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Elke Scholten
An understanding of the effect of structural features of foods in terms of specific sensory attributes is necessary to design foods with specific functionalities, such as reduced fat or increased protein content, and increased feeling of satiety or liking. Although the bulk rheological properties of both liquid and solid foods can be related to textural attributes such as thickness and firmness, they do not always correlate to more complex sensory attributes, such as creamy and smooth. These attributes are often a result of different contributions, including lubrication aspects and interactions between food and components present in the oral cavity...
October 24, 2016: Food & Function
Md Akhlaquer Rahman, Md Mujahid, Arshad Hussain
AIMS: The purpose of the current study was to investigate the feasibility of producing solid self-emulsifying pellets using the extrusion/spheronization technique with an aim to increase the bioavailability of selected drug and also to encounter the problems associated with liquid lipid formulations. Self-emulsifying formulations are experiencing a very active development as reflected by the numerous publications and patents being granted on these systems. The patents on self-emulsifying formulation (US20036630150) and (US20006054136) helped in selecting the drug and excipients...
October 21, 2016: Recent Patents on Drug Delivery & Formulation
Stefanie Funke, Julia Matilainen, Heiko Nalenz, Karoline Bechtold-Peters, Hanns-Christian Mahler, Wolfgang Friess
A significant number of therapeutic proteins are marketed as pre-filled syringes or other drug/device combination products and have been safely used in these formats for years. Silicone oil, which is used as lubricant, can migrate into the drug product and may interact with therapeutic proteins. In this study, particles in the size range of 0.2-5 μm and ≥1 μm as determined by resonant mass measurement and micro-flow imaging/light obscuration, respectively, resulted from silicone sloughing off the container barrel after agitation...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Y F Zhang, D Y Li, J X Yu, H T He
OBJECTIVE: To determine the thickness and nanomechanical properties of salivary pellicle formed on tooth enamel. METHODS: In vitro adsorption experiments were conducted by immersing enamel samples in centrifuged saliva for 1min, and then the nanomechanical properties of the salivary pellicle/tooth enamel system were measured firstly using nanoindentation based on a continuous stiffness measurement technique. Finally, a model was proposed to obtain the thickness and the intrinsic nanohardness of this biofilm...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Dentistry
Siyan Yi, Sovannary Tuot, Pheak Chhoun, Khuondyla Pal, Chanrith Ngin, Sok Chamreun Choub, Carinne Brody
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among key populations in Cambodia continues to rise. To address this issue, KHANA, the largest national HIV organization in the country developed and implemented the Sustainable Action against HIV and AIDS in Communities (SAHACOM) project. This study aims to determine the impacts of the SAHACOM on sexual behaviors and the uptake of HIV/STI services among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Cambodia. METHODS: We compared outcome indicators at midterm (n = 352) and endline (n = 394)...
October 21, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Meng Wang, Guoqing Wang, Ting Zhang, Lihai Fan, Tianwei Tan
1,3-Propanediol (1,3-PDO) is a monomer for the synthesis of various polyesters. It is widely used in industries including cosmetics, solvents, and lubricants. Here, the multi-modular engineering was used to improve the concentration and tolerance of 1,3-PDO in Klebsiella pneumoniae. Firstly, the concentration of 1,3-PDO was increased by 25 %, while the concentrations of by-products were reduced considerably through one-step evolution which focused on the glycerol pathway. In addition, the 1,3-PDO tolerance was improved to 150 g L(-1)...
October 19, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Nir Kampf, Chunxian Wu, Yilin Wang, Jacob Klein
The surface structure of the trimeric surfactant tri(dodecyldimethylammonioacetoxy)-diethyltriamine trichloride (DTAD) on mica, and the interactions between two such DTAD-coated surfaces were determined using atomic force microscopy and a surface force balance. In an aqueous solution of 3 mM, five times the critical aggregation concentration (CAC), the surfaces are coated with worm-like micelles or hemi-micelles and larger (ca. 80 nm) bilayer vesicles. Repulsive normal interactions between the surfaces indicate a net surface charge and a solution concentration of ions close to that expected from the CAC...
October 19, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Karla Zanolla Dias de Souza, Fabiene Bernardes Castro Vale, Selmo Geber
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of Tribulus terrestris for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder in postmenopausal women and evaluate its effect on the serum levels of testosterone. METHODS: We performed a prospective randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study, during 18 months. A total of 45 healthy sexually active postmenopausal women reporting diminished libido were selected to participate in the study and were randomly assigned to receive 750 mg/d of T terrestris or placebo for 120 days...
October 10, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Xiaohu Zheng, Lei Gao, Quanzhou Yao, Qunyang Li, Miao Zhang, Xiaoming Xie, Shan Qiao, Gang Wang, Tianbao Ma, Zengfeng Di, Jianbin Luo, Xi Wang
Two-dimensional (2D) materials possess outstanding lubrication property with their thicknesses down to a few atomic layers, but they are easily susceptible to sliding induced degradation or ubiquitous chemical modification. Maintaining the superior lubricating performance of 2D materials in a harsh working environment is highly desirable yet grandly challenging. Here we show that by proper alignment of graphene on a Ge(111) substrate, friction of graphene could be well preserved at an ultra-low level even after fluorination or oxidation...
October 19, 2016: Nature Communications
Dhananjai Saranadhi, Dayong Chen, Justin A Kleingartner, Siddarth Srinivasan, Robert E Cohen, Gareth H McKinley
Skin friction drag contributes a major portion of the total drag for small and large water vehicles at high Reynolds number (Re). One emerging approach to reducing drag is to use superhydrophobic surfaces to promote slip boundary conditions. However, the air layer or "plastron" trapped on submerged superhydrophobic surfaces often diminishes quickly under hydrostatic pressure and/or turbulent pressure fluctuations. We use active heating on a superhydrophobic surface to establish a stable vapor layer or "Leidenfrost" state at a relatively low superheat temperature...
October 2016: Science Advances
Qiangliang Yu, Yang Wu, DongMei Li, Meirong Cai, Feng Zhou, Weimin Liu
A new class of ionic liquid gels (ionogels) is prepared through the supramolecular self-assembly of imidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs) bearing the urea group as gelators in normal ILs. The ILs gelator can self-assemble through hydrogen bonding and hydrophobic interaction to form analogous lamellar structures and solidify base ILs. The obtained ionogels exhibit superior anticorrosion and conductivity characteristics. Moreover, ionogels show fully thermoreversible and favorable thixotropic characteristics, such that they can be used as high-performance semisolid conductive lubricants...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Yue Yin, Lan Gong
PURPOSE: To observe reversibility of meibomian gland (MG) dropout and analyze correlated factors and to compare the treatment efficiency with and without eyelid hygiene in patients with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). METHODS: Consecutive 78 eyes of 78 MGD (stage 2-3) patients who finished follow-up examination after 1-month of treatment were recruited in this retrospective study. All patients were treated with artificial lubricant and eyelid hygiene. Related ocular surface evaluation and meibomian gland assessment were examined...
October 14, 2016: Cornea
Michael J Murray, Heidi DeBlock, Brian Erstad, Anthony Gray, Judi Jacobi, Che Jordan, William McGee, Claire McManus, Maureen Meade, Sean Nix, Andrew Patterson, M Karen Sands, Richard Pino, Ann Tescher, Richard Arbour, Bram Rochwerg, Catherine Friederich Murray, Sangeeta Mehta
OBJECTIVE: To update the 2002 version of "Clinical practice guidelines for sustained neuromuscular blockade in the adult critically ill patient." DESIGN: A Task Force comprising 17 members of the Society of Critical Medicine with particular expertise in the use of neuromuscular-blocking agents; a Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation expert; and a medical writer met via teleconference and three face-to-face meetings and communicated via e-mail to examine the evidence and develop these practice guidelines...
November 2016: Critical Care Medicine
N Bavi, O Bavi, M Vossoughi, R Naghdabadi, A P Hill, B Martinac, Y Jamali
Gating of mechanosentive (MS) channels is driven by a hierarchical cascade of movements and deformations of transmembrane helices in response to bilayer tension. Determining the intrinsic mechanical properties of the individual transmembrane helices is therefore central to understanding the intricacies of the gating mechanism of MS channels. We used a constant-force steered molecular dynamics (SMD) approach to perform unidirectional pulling tests on all the helices of MscL in M. tuberculosis and E. coli homologs...
October 18, 2016: Channels
Sanjeev Kumar Ujjain, Pritam Kumar Roy, Sumana Kumar, Subhash Singha, Krishnacharya Khare
Alloys, specifically steel, are considered as the workhorse of our society and are inimitable engineering materials in the field of infrastructure, industry and possesses significant applications in our daily life. However, creating a robust synthetic metallic surface that repels various liquids has remained extremely challenging. The wettability of a solid surface is known to be governed by its geometric nano-/micro structure and the chemical composition. Here, we are demonstrating a facile and economical way to generate copper oxide micro-nano structures with spherical (0D), needle (1D) and hierarchical cauliflower (3D) morphologies on galvanized steel substrates using a simple chemical bath deposition method...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jeremy C K Tan, Melissa X Kuo, Minas T Coroneo
PURPOSE: To report on a case of autoconjunctival graft compromise after pterygium surgery in a patient on long-term anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) therapy, due to the deleterious effects of anti-VEGF agents on ocular wound healing. METHODS: A white female in her early eighties presented with large right nasal pterygium, first noted 5 years previously. She also had macular degeneration and had been receiving monthly injections of ranibizumab, which was later switched to aflibercept...
October 5, 2016: Cornea
Jaymit Patel, Clare Granger, Sandra Parker, Mangala Patel
OBJECTIVES: This in-vitro study investigated the effect of 'instrument lubricants' used during placement of composite restorative material, on the diametral tensile strength (DTS) and water uptake of composite specimens. METHODS: 300 posterior composite cylindrical specimens were manufactured: 60 with each instrument lubricant (ethanol, 3-step, 2-step and 1-step 'bonding agent') and 60 with no lubricant (controls). Each set of 60 specimens was evenly allocated to one of the following test groups (n=100/group): Group 1 - tested for DTS immediately after manufacture; Groups 2 and 3 - tested for DTS after immersion in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) for 1 and 12-weeks respectively, using a Universal Instron machine...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Dentistry
N D Fleming, P T Ramirez, P T Soliman, K M Schmeler, G B Chisholm, A M Nick, S N Westin, M Frumovitz
OBJECTIVES: To longitudinally assess quality of life (QOL) in women undergoing radical trachelectomy for early-stage cervical cancer. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled patients with stage IA1-IB1 cervical cancer prior to undergoing radical trachelectomy to complete validated QOL instruments. These instruments included the General Health-Related QOL (SF-12), Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Cervix (FACT-Cx), MD Anderson Symptom Inventory (MDASI), Female Sexual Functioning Index (FSFI), and Satisfaction with Decision scale (SWD)...
October 11, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
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