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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445803/jetvalve-rapid-manufacturing-of-biohybrid-scaffolds-for-biomimetic-heart-valve-replacement
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Andrew K Capulli, Maximillian Y Emmert, Francesco S Pasqualini, Debora Kehl, Etem Caliskan, Johan U Lind, Sean P Sheehy, Sung Jin Park, Seungkuk Ahn, Benedikt Weber, Josue A Goss, Simon P Hoerstrup, Kevin Kit Parker
Tissue engineered scaffolds have emerged as a promising solution for heart valve replacement because of their potential for regeneration. However, traditional heart valve tissue engineering has relied on resource-intensive, cell-based manufacturing, which increases cost and hinders clinical translation. To overcome these limitations, in situ tissue engineering approaches aim to develop scaffold materials and manufacturing processes that elicit endogenous tissue remodeling and repair. Yet despite recent advances in synthetic materials manufacturing, there remains a lack of cell-free, automated approaches for rapidly producing biomimetic heart valve scaffolds...
April 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445765/in-line-monitoring-and-optimization-of-powder-flow-in-a-simulated-continuous-process-using-transmission-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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Md Anik Alam, Zhenqi Shi, James K Drennen, Carl A Anderson
In-line monitoring of continuous powder flow is an integral part of the continuous manufacturing process of solid oral dosage forms in the pharmaceutical industry. Specifically, monitoring downstream from loss-in-weight (LIW) feeders and/or continuous mixers provides important data about the state of the process. Such measurements support control of the process and thereby enhance product quality. Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) is a potential PAT tool to monitor the homogeneity of a continuous powder flow stream in pharmaceutical manufacturing...
April 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445643/pinhole-free-hybrid-perovskite-film-with-arbitrarily-shaped-micro-patterns-for-functional-optoelectronic-devices
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Jiang Wu, Junyan Chen, Yifei Zhang, Zhaojian Xu, Lichen Zhao, Tanghao Liu, Deying Luo, Wenqiang Yang, Ke Chen, Qin Hu, Fengjun Ye, Pan Wu, Rui Zhu, Qihuang Gong
In many optoelectronic applications, patterning is required for functional and/or aesthetic purposes. However, established photolithographic technique can't be applied directly to the hybrid perovskites, which are considered as promising candidates for optoelectronic applications. In this work, a wettability-assisted photolithography (WAP) process, which employs photolithography and one-step solution process to deposit hybrid perovskite, was developed for fabricating patterned hybrid perovskite films. Uniform pinhole-free hybrid perovskite films with sharp-edged micro-patterns of any shapes can be constructed through the WAP process...
April 26, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445544/pressure-flaking-to-serrate-bifacial-points-for-the-hunt-during-the-mis5-at-sibudu-cave-south-africa
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Veerle Rots, Carol Lentfer, Viola C Schmid, Guillaume Porraz, Nicholas J Conard
Projectile technology is considered to appear early in the southern African Middle Stone Age (MSA) and the rich and high resolution MSA sequence of Sibudu Cave in KwaZulu-Natal has provided many new insights about the use and hafting of various projectile forms. We present the results of a functional and technological analysis on a series of unpublished serrated bifacial points recently recovered from the basal deposits of Sibudu Cave. These serrated tools, which only find equivalents in the neighbouring site of Umhlatuzana, precede the Still Bay techno-complex and are older than 77 ka BP...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445444/pharmaceutical-equivalence-of-clarithromycin-oral-dosage-forms-marketed-in-nairobi-county-kenya
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Rebecca O Manani, Kennedy O Abuga, Hezekiah K Chepkwony
Clarithromycin is a broad-spectrum semi-synthetic macrolide indicated for treatment of pneumonias, Helicobacter pylori, and chlamydial and skin infections. The object of this study was to evaluate the pharmaceutical equivalence of 14 generic clarithromycin products marketed in Nairobi County, Kenya, to the innovator products, using in vitro dissolution profiles and similarity factors (f₂). Further, dissolution profiles of four innovator formulations manufactured in different sites were compared. Fourteen clarithromycin tablets/capsules and four suspensions were subjected to assay and comparative dissolution runs at pH 1...
April 26, 2017: Scientia Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445356/what-is-the-standard-volume-to-increase-a-cup-size-for-breast-augmentation-surgery-a-novel-three-dimensional-computed-tomographic-approach
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Nina-Marie King, Vedran Lovric, William C H Parr, W R Walsh, Pouria Moradi
BACKGROUND: Breast augmentation surgery poses many challenges, and meeting the patient's expectations is one of the most important. Previous reports equate 100 cc to a one-cup-size increase; however, no studies have confirmed this between commercially available bras. The aim of this study was to identify the volume increase between cup sizes across different brands and the relationship with implant selection. METHODS: Five bra cup sizes from three different companies were analyzed for their volume capacity...
May 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445243/harmonizing-standardized-uptake-value-recovery-between-two-pet-ct-systems-from-different-manufacturers-when-using-resolution-modelling-and-time-of-flight
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Ian S Armstrong, Katharine E Thomson, Lisa M Rowley, Daniel R McGowan
PET iterative reconstruction algorithms with resolution modelling (RM) can be used to improve spatial resolution in the images. However, RM has a significant impact on quantification, which raises issues for harmonization across multicentre networks or collaborations. This investigation compared quantification from two modern time-of-flight (TOF) PET/CT systems from different manufacturers with RM with the intention to harmonize recovery. Images of a National Electrical Manufacturers Association image quality phantom with a sphere-to-background concentration ratio of 4 : 1 were acquired on a GE Discovery 710 and a Siemens Biograph mCT and reconstructed with RM and TOF...
April 25, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445164/simple-and-scalable-preparation-of-master-mold-for-nanoimprint-lithography
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Yuri Yamada, Kota Ito, Atsushi Miura, Hideo Iizuka, Hiroaki Wakayama
Nanoimprint lithography (NIL) is one of the most prominent bottom-up techniques for duplicating nanostructures with a high throughput. However, fabrication of starting master mold commonly requires expensive equipment of top-down techniques, or additional steps to transfer the fabricated patterns from bottom-up methods. Here we demonstrate that a SiO2 nanostructure manufactured from a self-assembled block copolymer, polystyrene-b-polydimethylsiloxane (PS-b-PDMS), directly serves as a master mold for NIL without further modification...
May 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444869/assessment-of-the-usage-of-biodegradable-polymeric-matrix-in-vaginal-devices-to-sustain-progesterone-release-in-cows
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José Rodrigo Valim Pimentel, Milton Maturana Filho, Lucio Cardozo-Filho, José Augusto M Agnelli, Jefter Nascimento, Ed Hoffmann Madureira
The usage of timed artificial insemination (TAI) at a low cost leading to better reproductive rates has been the aim of several research groups in the field. Usually during TAI protocols, sustained progesterone (P4 ) release devices are employed. Most devices are constituted of a nylon skeleton covered with a silicon layer with P4 . A device based on biopolymers was developed in order to reduce costs and decrease its environmental impact. In this study, we compared the kinetics of sustained progesterone release among devices manufactured with a polymeric blend made of polyhydroxybutyrate-valerate (PHBV) and poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL) (DISP) which were compared with DIB® (Internal Bovine Device) used as the control...
April 25, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444836/ephedra-alkaloid-contents-of-chinese-herbal-formulae-sold-in-taiwan
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Chih-Wei Chang, Szu-Yun Hu, Guan-Qian Huang, Mei-Chich Hsu
Consumption of Ephedra alkaloids has been prohibited in-competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In Taiwan, colds are often treated with Chinese herbal formulae containing Herba Ephedrae. We screened the products sold in Taiwan and preliminarily assessed their relationships with WADA threshold violations. Fifty-six concentrated powder products, including 19 Chinese herbal formulae that contained Herba Ephedrae, were collected. The content of Ephedra alkaloids, namely ephedrine (E), methylephedrine (ME), norpseudoephedrine (NPE; cathine), pseudoephedrine (PE), and norephedrine (NE; phenylpropanolamine), was determined using a validated high-performance liquid chromatography method...
April 25, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444804/effect-of-resistant-starch-on-the-intestinal-health-of-old-dogs-fermentation-products-and-histological-features-of-the-intestinal-mucosa
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M C Peixoto, É M Ribeiro, A P J Maria, B A Loureiro, L G di Santo, T C Putarov, F N Yoshitoshi, G T Pereira, L R M Sá, A C Carciofi
The effects of resistant starch (RS) intake on nutrient digestibility, microbial fermentation products, faecal IgA, faecal pH, and histological features of the intestinal mucosa of old dogs were evaluated. The same formulation was extruded in two different conditions: one to obtain elevated starch cooking degree with low RS content (0.21%) and the other lower starch cooking with high RS content (1.46%). Eight geriatric Beagles (11.5 ± 0.38 years old) were fed each diet for 61 days in a crossover design...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444798/multi-gel-casting-apparatus-for-vertical-polyacrylamide-gels-with-in-built-solution-flow-system-and-liquid-level-detectors
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Praveen Maurye, Arpita Basu, Tapas Kumar Bandyopadhyay, Jayanta Kumar Biswas, Bimal Prasana Mohanty
Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) is the most widely used technique for the separation and biochemical analysis of biomolecules. The ever growing field of proteomics and genomics necessitates the analysis of many proteins and nucleic acid samples to understand further about the structure and function of cells. Simultaneous analysis of multiple protein samples often requires casting of many PAGE gels. Several variants of multi-gel casting/electrophoresis apparatuses are frequently used in research laboratories...
April 26, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444778/development-and-implementation-of-an-84-channel-matrix-gradient-coil
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Sebastian Littin, Feng Jia, Kelvin J Layton, Stefan Kroboth, Huijun Yu, Jürgen Hennig, Maxim Zaitsev
PURPOSE: Design, implement, integrate, and characterize a customized coil system that allows for generating spatial encoding magnetic fields (SEMs) in a highly-flexible fashion. METHODS: A gradient coil with a high number of individual elements was designed. Dimensions of the coil were chosen to mimic a whole-body gradient system, scaled down to a head insert. Mechanical shape and wire layout of each element were optimized to increase the local gradient strength while minimizing eddy current effects and simultaneously considering manufacturing constraints...
April 25, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444620/environmental-pollution-with-antimicrobial-agents-from-bulk-drug-manufacturing-industries-in-hyderabad-south-india-is-associated-with-dissemination-of-extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-and-carbapenemase-producing-pathogens
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Christoph Lübbert, Christian Baars, Anil Dayakar, Norman Lippmann, Arne C Rodloff, Martina Kinzig, Fritz Sörgel
PURPOSE: High antibiotic and antifungal concentrations in wastewater from anti-infective drug production may exert selection pressure for multidrug-resistant (MDR) pathogens. We investigated the environmental presence of active pharmaceutical ingredients and their association with MDR Gram-negative bacteria in Hyderabad, South India, a major production area for the global bulk drug market. METHODS: From Nov 19 to 28, 2016, water samples were collected from the direct environment of bulk drug manufacturing facilities, the vicinity of two sewage treatment plants, the Musi River, and habitats in Hyderabad and nearby villages...
April 26, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444563/889%C3%A2-days-of-support-on-hydrodynamic-bearing-rotation-mode-of-the-duraheart%C3%A2-for-bridge-to-heart-transplantation
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Yorihiko Matsumoto, Tomoyuki Fujita, Satsuki Fukushima, Hiroki Hata, Yusuke Shimahara, Yuta Kume, Kizuku Yamashita, Kensuke Kuroda, Seiko Nakajima, Haruki Sunami, Takuma Sato, Osamu Seguchi, Masanobu Yanase, Norihide Fukushima, Junjiro Kobayashi
A 49-year-old man with ischemic cardiomyopathy and tricuspid regurgitation underwent a DuraHeart implantation and tricuspid annuloplasty for bridge-to-heart transplantation. On postoperative day 393, the magnetic levitation system suddenly broke down, and the pump system went into hydrodynamic bearing rotation (HD) mode without causing relevant symptoms. The controller was exchanged with one that adapted to the HD mode. No significant hemodynamic changes or indications of hemolysis were observed. On postoperative day 982, the pump temporarily stopped nine times...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444492/optimal-radial-force-and-size-for-palliation-in-gastroesophageal-adenocarcinoma-a-comparative-analysis-of-current-stent-technology
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Nsehniitooh Mbah, Prejesh Philips, Michael J Voor, Robert C G Martin
BACKGROUND: The optimal use of esophageal stents for malignant and benign esophageal strictures continues to be plagued with variability in pain tolerance, migration rates, and reflux-related symptoms. The aim of this study was to evaluate the differences in radial force exhibited by a variety of esophageal stents with respect to the patient's esophageal stricture. METHODS: Radial force testing was performed on eight stents manufactured by four different companies using a hydraulic press and a 5000 N force gage...
April 25, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444188/gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-method-to-quantify-benzo-a-pyrene-in-tobacco-products
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Karl A Wagner, Chorng B Huang, Matt S Melvin, Regina Ballentine, Naren K Meruva, Jason W Flora
The USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) as a harmful and potentially harmful constituent (HPHC) found in tobacco products. Tobacco manufacturers are required to report HPHC quantities to the FDA; however, there is currently no standardized method for determination of B[a]P in smokeless tobacco products (STPs). This work details a sensitive, selective and rapid method for the determination of B[a]P in STPs, cigarette filler and tobacco. Tobacco is extracted using methanol followed by solid-phase extraction and concentration prior to analysis by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry in the selected ion monitoring mode...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chromatographic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444020/deformation-of-nickel-titanium-closed-coil-springs-an-in-vitro-study
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Camilla Ivini Viana Vieira, José Maurício Dos Santos Nunes Reis, Luiz Geraldo Vaz, Lídia Parsekian Martins, Renato Parsekian Martins
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to determine the amount of deformation in four commercial brands of nickel-titanium closed springs. METHODS: A total of 130 springs were divided into 13 subgroups, according to their features and manufacturers (Morelli, Orthometric, Ormco and GAC) and activated from 100% to 1000% of the effective length of the nickel-titanium portion present at the spring, at 37 °C. Deactivation data were plotted and deformation was found graphically...
February 2017: Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444014/photoelastic-analysis-of-stress-generated-by-connecticut-intrusion-arch-cia
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Alessandro Schwertner, Renato Rodrigues de Almeida, Alcides Gonini, Marcio Rodrigues de Almeida
OBJECTIVE: The present in vitro study evaluated, by means of the photoelastic technique, the effects generated by the Connecticut Intrusion Arch (CIA), with a 90o bend on the distal surface of molar tubes and using the 4 x 2 appliance on the anterior and posterior regions of the upper dental arch. METHODS: Five models were manufactured, in which two different clinical situations were correlated: 1) use of intrusion arch not cinched back and transpalatal bar for anchorage (Group 1); 2) use of intrusion arch cinched back and transpalatal bar for anchorage (Group 2)...
February 2017: Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443694/fractal-features-and-surface-micromorphology-of-unworn-surfaces-of-rigid-gas-permeable-contact-lenses
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Ştefan Ţălu, Miroslaw Bramowicz, Slawomir Kulesza, Ilenia Fiorillo, Stefano Giovanzana
PURPOSE: The aim of this exploratory study was to investigate the micromorphology of surfaces of rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses (CLs) using atomic force microscopy (AFM) followed by fractal analysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In order to characterize in a quantitative manner the micromorphology of surfaces of new and unworn RGP CLs made of twelve different materials, AFM was taken and then analyzed using fractal methods. Surface topography was sampled in an intermittent-contact mode in air, on square areas of 5 × 5 µm(2) (MultiMode with Nanoscope V (Bruker)...
April 26, 2017: Current Eye Research
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