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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214602/impact-of-fill-level-in-twin-screw-granulation-on-critical-quality-attributes-of-granules-and-tablets
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Robin Meier, Klaus-Peter Moll, Markus Krumme, Peter Kleinebudde
In a previous study a change of the fill-level in the barrel exerted a huge influence on the twin-screw granulation (TSG) process of a high drug loaded, simplified formulation. The present work investigated this influence systematically. The specific feed load (SFL) indicating the mass per revolution as surrogate parameter for the fill-level was applied and the correlation to the real volumetric fill level of an extruder could be demonstrated by a newly developed method. A design of experiments was conducted to examine the combined influence of SFL and screw speed on the process and on critical quality attributes of granules and tablets...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212271/carbon-nanotubes-as-an-effective-opportunity-for-cancer-diagnosis-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Alessandro Sanginario, Beatrice Miccoli, Danilo Demarchi
Despite the current progresses of modern medicine, the resistance of malignant tumors to present medical treatments points to the necessity of developing new therapeutic approaches. In recent years, numerous studies have focused their attention on the promising use of nanomaterials, like iron oxide nanowires, zinc oxide or mesoporous silica nanoparticles, for cancer and metastasis treatment with the advantage of operating directly at the bio-molecular scale. Among them, carbon nanotubes emerged as valid candidates not only for drug delivery, but also as a valuable tool in cancer imaging and physical ablation...
February 15, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211968/verse-guided-parallel-rf-excitations-using-dynamic-field-correction
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Mustafa Çavuşoğlu, Ronald Mooiweer, Klaas P Pruessmann, Shaihan J Malik
In parallel RF pulse design, peak RF magnitudes and specific absorption rate levels are critical concerns in the hardware and safety limits. The variable rate selective excitation (VERSE) method is an efficient technique to limit the peak RF power by applying a local-only RF and gradient waveform reshaping while retaining the on-resonance profile. The accuracy of the excitation performed by the VERSEd RF and gradient waveforms strictly depends on the performance of the employed hardware. Any deviation from the nominal gradient fields as a result of frequency dependent system imperfections violates the VERSE condition similarly to off-resonance effects, leading to significant excitation errors and the RF pulse not converging to the targeted peak RF power...
February 17, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208508/correlation-powered-information-engines-and-the-thermodynamics-of-self-correction
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Alexander B Boyd, Dibyendu Mandal, James P Crutchfield
Information engines can use structured environments as a resource to generate work by randomizing ordered inputs and leveraging the increased Shannon entropy to transfer energy from a thermal reservoir to a work reservoir. We give a broadly applicable expression for the work production of an information engine, generally modeled as a memoryful channel that communicates inputs to outputs as it interacts with an evolving environment. The expression establishes that an information engine must have more than one memory state in order to leverage input environment correlations...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208227/integrating-remotely-sensed-fires-for-predicting-deforestation-for-redd
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Dolors Armenteras, Cerian Gibbes, Jesús A Anaya, Liliana M Dávalos
Fire is an important tool in tropical forest management, as it alters forest composition, structure, and the carbon budget. The United Nations program on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) aims to sustainably manage forests, as well as conserve and enhance their carbon stocks. Despite the crucial role of fire management, decision-making on REDD+ interventions fails to systematically include fires. Here, we address this critical knowledge gap in two ways. First, we review REDD+ projects and programs to assess the inclusion of fires in monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) systems...
February 16, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199982/n-acetyl-cysteine-attenuates-remifentanil-induced-postoperative-hyperalgesia-via-inhibiting-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-in-dorsal-root-ganglia
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Yue Liu, Yuan Ni, Wei Zhang, Yu-E Sun, Zhengliang Ma, Xiaoping Gu
Treatment of remifentanil-induced postoperative hyperalgesia (RIH) remains a clinical challenge because the mechanisms are not fully understood. Matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) is a key component in neuroinflammation because of its facilitation of pro-inflammatory cytokine maturation. Therefore, inhibition of MMP-9 may represent a novel therapeutic approach to the treatment of RIH. Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into three groups: Control, Incision and Remifentanil. A right plantar surgical incision was performed in Group Incision, and intraoperative remifentanil (0...
February 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198035/testing-the-effect-of-dietary-carotenoids-on-larval-survival-growth-and-development-in-the-critically-endangered-southern-corroboree-frog
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Phillip G Byrne, Aimee J Silla
The success of captive breeding programs (CBPs) for threatened species is often limited due to a lack of knowledge of the nutritional conditions required for optimal growth and survival. Carotenoids are powerful antioxidants known to accelerate vertebrate growth and reduce mortality. However, the effect of carotenoids on amphibian life-history traits remains poorly understood. The aim of our study was to use a manipulative laboratory experiment to test the effect of dietary-carotenoid supplementation during the larval life stage on the survival, growth and development of the critically endangered southern corroboree frog (Pseudophryne corroboree)...
February 15, 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194875/nanophase-bone-substitute-for-craniofacial-load-bearing-application-pilot-study-in-the-rodent
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Jonathan Z Baskin, Yohannes Soenjaya, James McMasters, Alvin Ko, Amit Vasanji, Nathan Morris, Steven J Eppell
An exploratory pilot study shows that a rodent mandibular defect model is useful in determining the biological response to a nanophase collagen/apatite composite designed as a biomimetic load-bearing bone substitute. Using a critical size defect, eight groups of rats (n = 3) were implanted with four renditions of the nanophase bone substitute (NBS) biomaterial. Each rendition was tested with and without recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2). NBS biomaterial renditions were: baseline, hyper-densified, d-ribose crosslinked, and d-ribose crosslinked and hyper-densified...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193901/exceedingly-small-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-as-positive-mri-contrast-agents
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He Wei, Oliver T Bruns, Michael G Kaul, Eric C Hansen, Mariya Barch, Agata Wiśniowska, Ou Chen, Yue Chen, Nan Li, Satoshi Okada, Jose M Cordero, Markus Heine, Christian T Farrar, Daniel M Montana, Gerhard Adam, Harald Ittrich, Alan Jasanoff, Peter Nielsen, Moungi G Bawendi
Medical imaging is routine in the diagnosis and staging of a wide range of medical conditions. In particular, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is critical for visualizing soft tissue and organs, with over 60 million MRI procedures performed each year worldwide. About one-third of these procedures are contrast-enhanced MRI, and gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) are the mainstream MRI contrast agents used in the clinic. GBCAs have shown efficacy and are safe to use with most patients; however, some GBCAs have a small risk of adverse effects, including nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), the untreatable condition recently linked to gadolinium (Gd) exposure during MRI with contrast...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191592/what-is-the-clinical-evidence-on-regenerative-medicine-in-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
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REVIEW
M Basso, L Cavagnaro, A Zanirato, S Divano, C Formica, M Formica, L Felli
PURPOSE: This review aims to explore and summarize the current clinical evidence about the use of regenerative medicine such as mesenchymal stem cells or platelet-rich plasma in intervertebral disc regeneration, in order to clarify the state of art of these novel approaches. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a research of the available literature about regenerative medicine strategies aiming to prevent intervertebral disc degeneration. All preclinical trials and in vitro studies were excluded...
February 13, 2017: Musculoskeletal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182552/bubble-entropy-an-entropy-almost-free-of-parameters
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George Manis, Md Aktaruzzaman, Roberto Sassi
OBJECTIVE: A critical point in any definition of entropy is the selection of the parameters employed to obtain an estimate in practice. We propose a new definition of entropy aiming to reduce the significance of this selection. METHODS: We call the new definition Bubble Entropy. Bubble Entropy is based on Permutation Entropy, where the vectors in the embedding space are ranked. We use the bubble sort algorithm for the ordering procedure and count instead the number of swaps performed for each vector...
February 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174191/augmentation-of-muscle-blood-flow-by-ultrasound-cavitation-is-mediated-by-atp-and-purinergic-signaling
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J Todd Belcik, Brian P Davidson, Aris Xie, Melinda D Wu, Mrinal Yadava, Yue Qi, Sherry Liang, Chae Ryung Chon, Azzdine Y Ammi, Joshua Field, Leanne Harmann, William M Chilian, Joel Linden, Jonathan R Lindner
BACKGROUND: - Augmentation of tissue blood flow by therapeutic ultrasound is thought to rely on convective shear. Microbubble contrast agents that undergo ultrasound-mediated cavitation markedly amplify these effects. We hypothesized that purinergic signalling is responsible for shear-dependent increases in muscle perfusion during therapeutic cavitation. METHODS: -Unilateral exposure of the proximal hindlimb of mice (with or without ischemia produced by iliac ligation) to therapeutic ultrasound (1...
February 7, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169471/srcl2-derived-perovskite-facilitating-a-high-efficiency-of-16-in-hole-conductor-free-fully-printable-mesoscopic-perovskite-solar-cells
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Hua Zhang, Huan Wang, Spencer T Williams, Dehua Xiong, Wenjun Zhang, Chu-Chen Chueh, Wei Chen, Alex K-Y Jen
Despite the breakthrough of over 22% power conversion efficiency demonstrated in organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells (PVSCs), critical concerns pertaining to the instability and toxicity still remain that may potentially hinder their commercialization. In this study, a new chemical approach using environmentally friendly strontium chloride (SrCl2 ) as a precursor for perovskite preparation is demonstrated to result in enhanced device performance and stability of the derived hole-conductor-free printable mesoscopic PVSCs...
February 7, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167769/multifunctional-inexpensive-and-reusable-nanoparticle-printed-biochip-for-cell-manipulation-and-diagnosis
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Rahim Esfandyarpour, Matthew J DiDonato, Yuxin Yang, Naside Gozde Durmus, James S Harris, Ronald W Davis
Isolation and characterization of rare cells and molecules from a heterogeneous population is of critical importance in diagnosis of common lethal diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, and cancer. For the developing world, point-of-care (POC) diagnostics design must account for limited funds, modest public health infrastructure, and low power availability. To address these challenges, here we integrate microfluidics, electronics, and inkjet printing to build an ultra-low-cost, rapid, and miniaturized lab-on-a-chip (LOC) platform...
February 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167003/visual-speech-alters-the-discrimination-and-identification-of-non-intact-auditory-speech-in-children-with-hearing-loss
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Susan Jerger, Markus F Damian, Rachel P McAlpine, Hervé Abdi
OBJECTIVES: Understanding spoken language is an audiovisual event that depends critically on the ability to discriminate and identify phonemes yet we have little evidence about the role of early auditory experience and visual speech on the development of these fundamental perceptual skills. Objectives of this research were to determine 1) how visual speech influences phoneme discrimination and identification; 2) whether visual speech influences these two processes in a like manner, such that discrimination predicts identification; and 3) how the degree of hearing loss affects this relationship...
March 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165087/impacts-of-interfacial-charge-transfer-on-nanoparticle-electrocatalytic-activity-towards-oxygen-reduction
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Yi Peng, Bingzhang Lu, Nan Wang, Ligui Li, Shaowei Chen
Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells represent a next-generation power supply technology that may be used in a diverse range of applications. Towards this end, the rational design and engineering of functional nanomaterials as low-cost, high-performance catalysts is of critical significance in the wide-spread commercialization of fuel cell technology. One major bottleneck is the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) at the cathode. Whereas platinum-based nanoparticles have been used as the catalysts of choice, further engineering of the nanoparticles is urgently needed to enhance the catalytic performance and concurrently reduce the costs...
February 6, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160103/stents-biomechanics-biomaterials-and-insights-from-computational-modeling
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REVIEW
Georgia S Karanasiou, Michail I Papafaklis, Claire Conway, Lampros K Michalis, Rami Tzafriri, Elazer R Edelman, Dimitrios I Fotiadis
Coronary stents have revolutionized the treatment of coronary artery disease. Improvement in clinical outcomes requires detailed evaluation of the performance of stent biomechanics and the effectiveness as well as safety of biomaterials aiming at optimization of endovascular devices. Stents need to harmonize the hemodynamic environment and promote beneficial vessel healing processes with decreased thrombogenicity. Stent design variables and expansion properties are critical for vessel scaffolding. Drug-elution from stents, can help inhibit in-stent restenosis, but adds further complexity as drug release kinetics and coating formulations can dominate tissue responses...
February 3, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157148/real-time-performance-of-a-self-powered-environmental-iot-sensor-network-system
#18
Fan Wu, Christoph Rüdiger, Mehmet Rasit Yuce
Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) play an increasingly important role in monitoring applications in many areas. With the emergence of the Internet-of-Things (IoT), many more lowpower sensors will need to be deployed in various environments to collect and monitor data about environmental factors in real time. Providing power supply to these sensor nodes becomes a critical challenge for realizations of IoT applications as sensor nodes are normally battery-powered and have a limited lifetime. This paper proposes a wireless sensor network that is powered by solar energy harvesting...
February 1, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155076/non-destructive-determination-of-disintegration-time-and-dissolution-in-immediate-release-tablets-by-terahertz-transmission-measurements
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Daniel Markl, Johanna Sauerwein, Daniel J Goodwin, Sander van den Ban, J Axel Zeitler
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to establish the suitability of terahertz (THz) transmission measurements to accurately measure and predict the critical quality attributes of disintegration time and the amount of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) dissolved after 15, 20 and 25 min for commercial tablets processed at production scale. METHODS: Samples of 18 batches of biconvex tablets from a production-scale design of experiments study into exploring the design space of a commercial tablet manufacturing process were used...
February 2, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152425/stimulation-of-the-medial-septum-improves-performance-in-spatial-learning-following-pilocarpine-induced-status-epilepticus
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Darrin J Lee, Ali Izadi, Mikhail Melnik, Stacey Seidl, Angela Echeverri, Kiarash Shahlaie, Gene G Gurkoff
Temporal lobe epilepsy often leads to hippocampal sclerosis and persistent cognitive deficits, including difficulty with learning and memory. Hippocampal theta oscillations are critical in optimizing hippocampal function and facilitating plasticity. We hypothesized that pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus would disrupt oscillations and behavioral performance and that electrical neuromodulation to entrain theta would improve cognition specifically in injured rats. Rats received a pilocarpine (n=30) or saline injection (n=27) and unilateral bi-polar electrodes were implanted into the medial septum and hippocampus the following day...
January 17, 2017: Epilepsy Research
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