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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211468/long-lasting-solid-lubrication-by-cnt-coated-patterned-surfaces
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L Reinert, F Lasserre, C Gachot, P Grützmacher, T MacLucas, N Souza, F Mücklich, S Suarez
The use of lubricants (solid or liquid) is a well-known and suitable approach to reduce friction and wear of moving machine components. Another possibility to influence the tribological behaviour is the formation of well-defined surface topographies such as dimples, bumps or lattice-like pattern geometries by laser surface texturing. However, both methods are limited in their effect: surface textures may be gradually destroyed by plastic deformation and lubricants may be removed from the contact area, therefore no longer properly protecting the contacting surfaces...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211183/a-comparison-of-the-self-reported-dry-eye-practices-of-new-zealand-optometrists-and-ophthalmologists
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Ally L Xue, Laura E Downie, Susan E Ormonde, Jennifer P Craig
PURPOSE: The aim of this cross-sectional survey was to evaluate the self-reported clinical practices of New Zealand optometrists and ophthalmologists with respect to the diagnosis and management of dry eye disease. It also sought to compare these behaviours with the current research evidence base. METHODS: An anonymous survey was distributed electronically to New Zealand eye care clinicians (optometrists n = 614, ophthalmologists n = 113) to determine practitioner interest in dry eye disease, practice experience, practice modality, preferred diagnostic and management strategies, and information used to guide patient care...
March 2017: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210752/biodegradation-of-diesel-crude-oil-and-spent-lubricating-oil-by-soil-isolates-of-bacillus-spp
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Maddela Naga Raju, Rodriguez Leo, Sanaguano Salguero Herminia, Ricardo Ernesto Burgos Morán, Kadiyala Venkateswarlu, Scalvenzi Laura
Two species of Bacillus, B. thuringiensis B3 and B. cereus B6, isolated from crude oil-contaminated sites in Ecuador, were tested for their capability in degrading polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in diesel (shake-flask), and to remove total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPHs) from crude oil- or spent lubricating oil-polluted soils (plot-scale). TPHs and PAHs were analyzed by Gas chromatography-Flame ionization detector (GC-FID) and High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), respectively. Degradation percentages of PAHs by strain B6 were in the range of 11-83 after 30 days...
February 16, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208491/dynamic-shear-jamming-in-dense-granular-suspensions-under-extension
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Sayantan Majumdar, Ivo R Peters, Endao Han, Heinrich M Jaeger
Unlike dry granular materials, a dense granular suspension like cornstarch in water can strongly resist extensional flows. At low extension rates, such a suspension behaves like a viscous fluid, but rapid extension results in a response where stresses far exceed the predictions of lubrication hydrodynamics and capillarity. To understand this remarkable mechanical response, we experimentally measure the normal force imparted by a large bulk of the suspension on a plate moving vertically upward at a controlled velocity...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208081/molecular-synergy-in-biolubrication-the-role-of-cartilage-oligomeric-matrix-protein-comp-in-surface-structuring-of-lubricin
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Akanksha Raj, Min Wang, Chao Liu, Liaquat Ali, Niclas G Karlsson, Per M Claesson, Andra Dėdinaitė
HYPOTHESIS: Synovial surfaces are lubricated by biomolecular aggregates that act in synergy, and lubricin is one key biolubricant. Its molecular structure allows extensive hydration and this is conducive to its lubrication performance. However, in order to fullfil its lubrication function it needs to be anchored and oriented on the surface in a proper way. We suggest that cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) is one of the biomolecules that promotes anchoring of lubricin in a fashion that facilitates lubrication...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199076/the-effect-of-extended-release-tolterodine-used-for-overactive-bladder-treatment-on-female-sexual-function
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Athanasios Zachariou, Maria Filiponi
INTRODUCTION: Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common condition, especially in middle aged women, requiring long term therapy with anticholinergics to maintain symptoms relief. The aim of the study was to determine the effect of tolterodine extended release (ER) used for OAB treatment on the sexual function of women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between August 2010 and August 2014, 220 women with confirmed OAB, attended Urogynecology Outpatient Clinic and were prospectively enrolled in this study...
February 15, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198633/tuning-the-hydration-and-lubrication-of-the-embedded-load-bearing-hydrogel-fibers
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Ran Zhang, Yange Feng, Shuanhong Ma, Meirong Cai, Jun Yang, Bo Yu, Feng Zhou
One of the most prominent properties of hydrogels is their excellent hydro-lubrication that derives from the strong hydration of the gel network. However, excessive hydration makes hydrogels very poor mechanical property, which limits the practical applications. Here, the novel composite surface of hydrogel nanofibers embedded in anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) substrate was prepared and exhibited both excellent lubrication and high load bearing capacity. Through the copolymerization of acrylic acid (AA) and 3-Sulfopropyl methacrylate potassium salt (SPMA), gel network swelled sufficiently in aqueous solution and caused high osmotic pressure repulsion to bear heavy load, and hence performed excellent aqueous lubrication (µ~0...
February 15, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194347/is-rectosigmoid-vaginoplasty-still-useful
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Seok-Kwun Kim, Ji-Woen Park, Kwang-Ryeol Lim, Keun-Cheol Lee
BACKGROUND: The ideal vaginoplasty must be successful functionally as well as have a natural appearance, and also must retain its functionality and appearance over the long term. Conventional vaginoplasty techniques have functional limitations and are associated with recurrent complications, but rectosigmoid vaginoplasty is known to have a high satisfaction rate due to its functional similarity with the vagina. We conducted the present study to assess the usability of rectosigmoid vaginoplasty over the course of long-term follow-up...
January 2017: Archives of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191980/interaction-mechanisms-between-air-bubble-and-molybdenite-surface-impact-of-solution-salinity-and-polymer-adsorption
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Lei Xie, Jingyi Wang, Duowei Yuan, Chen Shi, Xin Cui, Hao Zhang, Qi Liu, Qingxia Liu, Hongbo Zeng
The surface characteristics of molybdenite (MoS2) such as wettability and surface interactions have attracted much research interest in a wide range of engineering applications, such as froth flotation. In this work, a bubble probe atomic force microscope (AFM) technique was employed to directly measure the interaction forces between an air bubble and molybdenite mineral surface before/after polymer (i.e., guar gum) adsorption treatment. The AFM imaging showed that the polymer coverage on the surface of molybdenite could achieve ~5...
February 13, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183604/wear-behaviour-of-uhmwpe-reinforced-by-carbon-nanofiller-and-paraffin-oil-for-joint-replacement
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Samy Yousef, Annamaria Visco, Giovanna Galtieri, Davide Nocita, Claudia Espro
The majority of artificial joints incorporate biomedical grade Ultra High Molecular Weight Poly Ethylene (UHMWPE), whose wear is considered most important in controlling service time of the whole joint. The aim of this work was to improve wear resistance of UHMWPE through the addition of 0.5-2.0wt% of Carbon Nano Filler (CNF) and 2% wt of Paraffin Oil (PO) using ball milling (BM) and extrusion techniques (EX). The wear tests on these nanocomposites were conducted by a pin on disc in dry (air) and wet media (simulated synovial fluid or artificial lubricant, and bovine synovial fluid or natural lubricant)...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183180/regulation-mechanism-of-salt-ions-for-superlubricity-of-hydrophilic-polymer-cross-linked-networks-on-ti6al4v
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Caixia Zhang, Yuhong Liu, Zhifeng Liu, Hongyu Zhang, Qiang Cheng, Congbin Yang
Poly (vinylphosphonic acid)(PVPA) cross-linked networks on Ti6Al4V show superlubricity behavior when sliding against polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) in water-based lubricants. The superlubricity can occur, but only with the existence of salt ions in the polymer cross-linked networks. This is different from the phenomenon in most polymer brushes. An investigation into the mechanism revealed that cations and anions in the lubricants worked together to yield the superlubricity even in harsh conditions. It is proposed that the preferential interactions of cations with PVPA molecules rather than water molecules are the main reason for the superlubricity in water-based lubricants...
February 10, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182130/therapeutic-effect-of-epidural-hyaluronic-acid-in-a-rat-model-of-foraminal-stenosis
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Francis Sahngun Nahm, Pyung Bok Lee, Ghee Young Choe, Young Jin Lim, Yong Chul Kim
PURPOSE: Since receiving a warning from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space having serious adverse events, we have sought alternative medications for injection at this site. Hyaluronic acid (HA) has anti-adhesive, anti-inflammatory, and lubricating properties, so could potentially be useful for spinal pain. The exact mechanism by which spinal stenosis develops is not fully understood, but is likely to involve inflammation...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181101/preparation-of-hydroxyapatite-collagen-injectable-bone-paste-with-an-anti-washout-property-utilizing-sodium-alginate-part-1-influences-of-excess-supplementation-of-calcium-compounds
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Taira Sato, Masanori Kikuchi, Mamoru Aizawa
The anti-washout property, viscosity, and cytocompatibility to an osteoblastic cell line, MG-63, of anti-washout pastes were investigated. Mixing a hydroxyapatite/collagen bone-like nanocomposite (HAp/Col), an aqueous solution of sodium alginate (Na-Alg), which is a paste hardening and lubricant agent, and supplementation of calcium carbonate or calcium citrate (Ca-Cit) as a calcium resource for the hardening reaction realized an injectable bone paste. Adding Ca-Cit at a concentration greater than eight times the Ca(2+) ion concentration to Na-Alg improved the anti-washout property...
March 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178575/prevalence-of-female-sexual-dysfunction-in-brazil-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Raquel E Wolpe, Kamilla Zomkowski, Fabiana P Silva, Ana Paula A Queiroz, Fabiana F Sperandio
The aim of this systematic review is to investigate the prevalence of female sexual dysfunction in the Brazilian population. This is a systematic review conducted in July 2016 in which four databases were searched: MEDLINE/Pubmed, Scopus, LILACS, and Cinahl. Two investigators extracted the primary data, which were fully analyzed, and applied the inclusion/exclusion criteria. The search found 113 results, and 20 of them compounded the scope of this study. Only four of the studies showed good methodology quality...
January 18, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178141/a-non-surgical-approach-to-the-management-of-exposure-keratitis-due-to-facial-palsy-by-using-mini-scleral-lenses
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Victor Zaki
RATIONALE: This is a retrospective study aimed to determine the efficacy of mini-scleral contact lens in protecting the cornea and improving vision in cases of facial palsy. PATIENT CONCERNS: Patients with facial palsy get exposure keratitis because the cornea is dry. They feel pain, discomfort and excessive watering. If left untreated, it leads to permanent damage to the cornea and loss of good functional vision. Mini-scleral lens keep the cornea covered by saline solution all wearing hours...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171824/hyaluronate-and-its-derivatives-for-customized-biomedical-applications
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REVIEW
Hyemin Kim, Hyeonseon Jeong, Seulgi Han, Songeun Beack, Byung Woo Hwang, Myeonghwan Shin, Seung Soo Oh, Sei Kwang Hahn
Since hyaluronate (HA) was firstly isolated from the vitreous of bovine eyes in 1934, HA has been widely investigated for various biomedical applications. As a naturally-occurring polysaccharide, HA has been used for joint lubrication and ocular treatment in its intact form due to the excellent biocompatibility, viscoelasticity, biodegradability, and hygroscopic properties. HA can be easily functionalized via the chemical modification of its carboxyl and hydroxyl groups. Recently, a variety of biological functions of HA have been explored and a number of customized applications have been investigated taking advantages of the interaction between HA and biological tissues...
January 30, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170093/topical-treatments-for-blepharokeratoconjunctivitis-in-children
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REVIEW
Michael O'Gallagher, Catey Bunce, Melanie Hingorani, Frank Larkin, Stephen Tuft, Annegret Dahlmann-Noor
BACKGROUND: Blepharokeratoconjunctivitis (BKC) is a type of inflammation of the surface of the eye and eyelids that involves changes of the eyelids, dysfunction of the meibomian glands, and inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea. Chronic inflammation of the cornea can lead to scarring, vascularisation and opacity. BKC in children can cause significant symptoms including irritation, watering, photophobia and loss of vision from corneal opacity, refractive error or amblyopia.Treatment of BKC is directed towards modification of meibomian gland disease and the bacterial flora of lid margin and conjunctiva, and control of ocular surface inflammation...
February 7, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169136/in-vitro-wear-of-ultrahigh-molecular-weight-polyethylene-and-vitamin-e-blended-highly-cross-linked-polyethylene-in-linked-semiconstrained-total-elbow-replacement-prostheses
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Oludele O Popoola, Brian L Kincaid, Kimberly Mimnaugh, Mark Marqueling
BACKGROUND: The objectives of this study were to develop a clinically relevant in vitro elbow wear test and to compare the polyethylene wear of 2 total elbow replacement prostheses, one that uses conventional gamma-irradiated polyethylene (CPE) and one that uses vitamin E blended and cross-linked polyethylene (VE-HXPE) bushings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The test protocol applied 0° to 85° flexion-extension motions and imposed a constant 4.5° varus malalignment of the ulnar relative to the humeral implant under a variable joint load profile at a frequency of 1 Hz...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168656/the-impact-of-mode-of-delivery-on-the-sexual-function-of-primiparous-women-a-prospective-study
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Ilker Kahramanoglu, Merve Baktiroglu, Kubra Hamzaoglu, Ozge Kahramanoglu, Fatma Ferda Verit, Oguz Yucel
AIM: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of mode of delivery on the sexual function of women using the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI). METHODS: This was a prospective study of 452 nulliparous women, comparing their sexual function before and after birth. A Turkish version of the FSFI questionnaire was administered within the first 8 weeks of pregnancy, at 3 and 6 months postpartum in a face-to-face manner and subsequently at the 12th month and 24th month over the telephone...
February 6, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166657/ocular-surface-effects-of-repeated-application-of-povidone-iodine-in-patients-receiving-frequent-intravitreal-injections
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Habiba Saedon, Jennifer Nosek, Julian Phillips, Nirodhini Narendran, Yit C Yang
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the patient reported symptoms and objective signs of tear film and ocular surface abnormalities experienced by patients undergoing repeated exposure to povidone iodine as a consequence of requiring frequent intravitreal injections for wet macular degeneration. METHODS: This was a prospective study of consecutive patients who had received recent povidone 5% solution for sterile preparation of intravitreal injection less than 3 months prior to inclusion with a total of at least 3 intravitreal injections for macular degeneration...
February 6, 2017: Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology
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