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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108975/3d-printed-soft-tissue-physical-models-of-renal-malignancies-for-individualized-surgical-simulation-a-feasibility-study
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Michael M Maddox, Allison Feibus, James Liu, Julie Wang, Raju Thomas, Jonathan L Silberstein
To construct patient-specific physical three-dimensional (3D) models of renal units with materials that approximates the properties of renal tissue to allow pre-operative and robotic training surgical simulation, 3D physical kidney models were created (3DSystems, Rock Hill, SC) using computerized tomography to segment structures of interest (parenchyma, vasculature, collection system, and tumor). Images were converted to a 3D surface mesh file for fabrication using a multi-jet 3D printer. A novel construction technique was employed to approximate normal renal tissue texture, printers selectively deposited photopolymer material forming the outer shell of the kidney, and subsequently, an agarose gel solution was injected into the inner cavity recreating the spongier renal parenchyma...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Robotic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108974/design-and-evaluation-of-topical-diclofenac-sodium-gel-using-hot-melt-extrusion-technology-as-a-continuous-manufacturing-process-with-kolliphor%C3%A2-p407
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Jaywant Pawar, Rajkiran Narkhede, Purnima Amin, Vaishali Tawde
The aim of the present context was to develop and evaluate a Kolliphor® P407-based transdermal gel formulation of diclofenac sodium by hot melt extrusion (HME) technology; central composite design was used to optimize the formulation process. In this study, we have explored first time ever HME as an industrially feasible and continuous manufacturing technology for the manufacturing of gel formulation using Kolliphor® P407 and Kollisolv® PEG400 as a gel base. Diclofenac sodium was used as a model drug. The HME parameters such as feeding rate, screw speed, and barrel temperature were crucial for the semisolid product development, and were optimized after preliminary trials...
January 20, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108958/biocompatibility-study-of-three-distinct-carbon-pastes-for-application-as-electrode-material-in-neural-stimulations-and-recordings
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Melinda Varga, Paul Wolff, Klaus-Juergen Wolter
Neural interfaces hold great promise for research and treatment of a wide variety of neurological diseases. Medical electrodes are designed to interface with the nervous system and provide control signals for neural prostheses. We fabricated previously a hook-up neural electrode. Here we investigate the in vitro cytotoxicity of three commercial carbon pastes used for printing the conductor tracks of this electrode. At first, the carbon pastes were characterized with respect to their microstructure and chemical composition...
February 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108817/computerized-classification-of-pneumoconiosis-on-digital-chest-radiography-artificial-neural-network-with-three-stages
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Eiichiro Okumura, Ikuo Kawashita, Takayuki Ishida
It is difficult for radiologists to classify pneumoconiosis from category 0 to category 3 on chest radiographs. Therefore, we have developed a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system based on a three-stage artificial neural network (ANN) method for classification based on four texture features. The image database consists of 36 chest radiographs classified as category 0 to category 3. Regions of interest (ROIs) with a matrix size of 32 × 32 were selected from chest radiographs. We obtained a gray-level histogram, histogram of gray-level difference, gray-level run-length matrix (GLRLM) feature image, and gray-level co-occurrence matrix (GLCOM) feature image in each ROI...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108241/levator-alae-nasi-muscle-v-y-island-flap-for-nasal-tip-reconstruction
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Simone La Padula, Vincenzo Abbate, Gianluca Di Monta, Fabrizio Schonauer
Nasal tip reconstruction can be very challenging. It requires close attention to skin texture, colour and thickness matching, with the respect of the nasal aesthetic units and symmetry. Flaps are usually preferred to skin grafts where possible. Based on different donor areas, various flaps have been described for reconstruction of this region. Here we present a new V-Y myocutaneous island flap based on the levator alae nasi muscle (LAN muscle) blood supply. This flap may represent an alternative to the nasalis myocutaneous sliding V-Y flap previously described by Rybka...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106716/tracking-and-classification-of-in-air-hand-gesture-based-on-thermal-guided-joint-filter
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Seongwan Kim, Yuseok Ban, Sangyoun Lee
The research on hand gestures has attracted many image processing-related studies, as it intuitively conveys the intention of a human as it pertains to motional meaning. Various sensors have been used to exploit the advantages of different modalities for the extraction of important information conveyed by the hand gesture of a user. Although many works have focused on learning the benefits of thermal information from thermal cameras, most have focused on face recognition or human body detection, rather than hand gesture recognition...
January 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106703/clinical-application-of-a-pedicled-forearm-flap-in-the-reconstruction-after-oral-cancer-resection
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Xiaoqiang Zhao, Youmei Zhang, Shuai Fu, Changbin Zhang, Ming Li, Yong Wu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical application of a pedicled forearm flap in the reconstruction of soft tissue defects after oral cancer resection. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed on 31 patients with oral cancer in the Affiliated Stomatology Hospital of Kunming Medical University. The patients underwent repair of soft tissue defects, resulting from oral cancer resection, using a pedicled forearm flap. Patients were followed up for 3 months to 3 years to observe the survival rate of the pedicled forearm flap and the recovery of the patient's appearance and oral function...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106133/prototypical-topological-orbital-ferromagnet-%C3%AE-femn
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Jan-Philipp Hanke, Frank Freimuth, Stefan Blügel, Yuriy Mokrousov
We predict from first principles an entirely topological orbital magnetization in the noncoplanar bulk antiferromagnet γ-FeMn originating in the nontrivial topology of the underlying spin structure, without any reference to spin-orbit interaction. Studying the influence of strain, composition ratio, and spin texture on the topological orbital magnetization and the accompanying topological Hall effect, we promote the scalar spin chirality as key mechanism lifting the orbital degeneracy. The system is thus a prototypical topological orbital ferromagnet, the macroscopic orbital magnetization of which is prominent even without spin-orbit coupling...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104949/enlarged-parathyroid-glands-with-variable-sonomorphology-in-a-case-of-tertiary-hyperparathyroidism-sonographic-histopathologic-correlation
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Yashant Aswani, Varsha Dhume, Ravi Varma, Shenaz Saifi
The typical sonomorphology of homogeneously hypoechoic texture of an enlarged parathyroid gland (PG) is a reflection of uniform arrangement of the parathormone-producing chief cells. A variable cellular arrangement, hemorrhage, fibrosis, and adipocytes cause heterogeneous appearance. We describe a case of a 32-year-old male, a case of tertiary hyperparathyroidism, with increased serum parathormone levels, hypercalcemia, and enlargement of all four PGs, albeit with differing morphology. The left lower gland had two nodules, namely, superior and inferior...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103556/steerable-wavelet-machines-swm-learning-moving-frames-for-texture-classification
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Adrien Depeursinge, Zsuzsanna Puspoki, John Paul Ward, Michael Unser
We present texture operators encoding classspecific local organizations of image directions (LOID) in a rotation-invariant fashion. The LOIDs are key for visual understanding, and are at the origin of the success of the popular approaches such as local binary patterns (LBP) and the scaleinvariant feature transform (SIFT). Whereas LBPs and SIFT yield handcrafted image representations, we propose to learn dataspecific representations of the LOIDs in a rotation-invariant fashion. The image operators are based on steerable circular harmonic wavelets (CHW), offering a rich and yet compact initial representation for characterizing natural textures...
January 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102411/defect-driven-shapes-in-nematic-droplets-analogies-with-cell-division
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Marco Leoni, Oksana V Manyuhina, Mark J Bowick, M Cristina Marchetti
Building on the striking similarity between the structure of the spindle during mitosis in living cells and nematic textures in confined liquid crystals, we use a continuum model of two-dimensional nematic liquid crystal droplets to examine the physical aspects of cell division. The model investigates the interplay between bulk elasticity of the microtubule assembly, described as a nematic liquid crystal, and surface elasticity of the cell cortex, modeled as a bounding flexible membrane, in controlling cell shape and division...
January 19, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102074/growth-of-a-large-area-free-standing-highly-conductive-and-fully-foldable-silver-film-with-inverted-pyramids-for-wearable-electronics-applications
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Xiao Yu, Zihua Li, Yong Liu, Wen-Xia Zhao, Ruimei Xu, Donghai Wang, Hui Shen
A promising new concept is the application of flexible and foldable conductive film or paper for wearable electronics, in which silver nanowires, carbon nanotubes and graphene are primarily used as conductive materials. However, their insufficient nanostructure contacts lead to poor electrical conductivity and mechanical fracture. Here, we demonstrate a simple and innovative strategy for fabricating a free-standing silver film with inverted pyramids by replicating pyramids on a textured silicon wafer under a hydrothermal reaction...
January 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101719/in-patients-with-a-soft-pancreas-a-thick-parenchyma-a-small-duct-and-fatty-infiltration-are-significant-risks-for-pancreatic-fistula-after-pancreaticoduodenectomy
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Motokazu Sugimoto, Shinichiro Takahashi, Motohiro Kojima, Tatsushi Kobayashi, Naoto Gotohda, Masaru Konishi
BACKGROUND: This study sought to characterize soft and hard pancreatic textures radiologically and histologically, and to identify specific risks in a soft pancreas associated with postoperative pancreatic fistula (POPF) formation after pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD). METHODS: Consecutive 145 patients who underwent PD at a single institution between January 2010 and May 2013 were studied. Pancreatic consistency was intraoperatively judged as soft or hard. Pancreatic configuration was assessed using preoperative CT...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101252/identification-of-proteins-from-wild-cardoon-flowers-cynara-cardunculus-l-by-a-proteomic-approach
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Amal Ben Amira, Julien Bauwens, Edwin De Pauw, Souhail Besbes, Hamadi Attia, Frédéric Francis, Christophe Blecker
Proteomic approach was applied to identify total proteins, particularly the enzymatic content, from wild cardoon flowers. As the selection of an appropriate sample preparation method is the key for getting reliable results, two different extraction/precipitation methods (trichloroacetic acid and phenol/ammonium acetate) were tested on fresh and lyophilized flowers. After two-dimensional electrophoresis (2D-E) separations, a better protein pattern was obtained after phenol extraction from lyophilized flowers...
January 2017: Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100743/three-small-receptive-field-ganglion-cells-in-the-mouse-retina-are-distinctly-tuned-to-size-speed-and-object-motion
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Jason Jacoby, Gregory W Schwartz
: Retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) are frequently divided into functional types by their ability to extract and relay specific features from a visual scene, such as the capacity to discern local or global motion, direction of motion, stimulus orientation, contrast or uniformity, or the presence of large or small objects. Here we introduce three previously uncharacterized, nondirection-selective ON-OFF RGC types that represent a distinct set of feature detectors in the mouse retina. The three high-definition (HD) RGCs possess small receptive-field centers and strong surround suppression...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099774/drivers-of-soil-and-tree-carbon-dynamics-in-urban-residential-lawns-a-modeling-approach
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T L E Trammell, R V Pouyat, M M Carreiro, I Yesilonis
Soils constitute the largest sink of terrestrial carbon (C), and urban soils have the potential to provide significant soil C storage. Soils in urbanized landscapes experience a multitude of human alterations, such as compaction and management subsidies, that impact soil C dynamics. While field studies may provide data on urban soil C storage, modeling soil C dynamics under various human impact scenarios will provide a basis for identifying drivers of urban soil C dynamics and for predicting the potential for these highly altered soils to store C over time intervals not typically amenable to empirical validation...
January 18, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097934/automatic-and-quantitative-measurement-of-laryngeal-video-stroboscopic-images
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Chung-Feng Jeffrey Kuo, Joseph Kuo, Shang-Wun Hsiao, Chi-Lung Lee, Jih-Chin Lee, Bo-Han Ke
The laryngeal video stroboscope is an important instrument for physicians to analyze abnormalities and diseases in the glottal area. Stroboscope has been widely used around the world. However, without quantized indices, physicians can only make subjective judgment on glottal images. We designed a new laser projection marking module and applied it onto the laryngeal video stroboscope to provide scale conversion reference parameters for glottal imaging and to convert the physiological parameters of glottis. Image processing technology was used to segment the important image regions of interest...
January 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097755/a-solution-processable-liquid-crystalline-semiconductor-for-low-temperature-annealed-air-stable-n-channel-field-effect-transistors
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Resul Ozdemir, Donghee Choi, Mehmet Ozdemir, Hyekyoung Kim, Sinem Tuncel Kostakoğlu, Mustafa Erkartal, Hyungsug Kim, Choongik Kim, Hakan Usta
A new solution-processable and air-stable liquid-crystalline n-channel organic semiconductor (α,ω-2OD-TIFDMT) employing a donor-acceptor-donor (D-A-D) type of π-conjugation has been designed, synthesized, and fully characterized. The new semiconductor exhibits a low LUMO energy (-4.19 eV) and a narrow optical band gap (1.35 eV). Typical pseudo focal-conic fan-shaped texture of a hexagonal columnar liquid crystalline (LC) phase was observed over a wide temperature range. The spin-coated semiconductor thin-films shows the formation of large (~0...
January 17, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095580/split-face-comparison-of-an-advanced-non-hydroquinone-lightening-solution-to-4-hydroquinone
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Joel Schlessinger, Subhash Saxena, Stuart Mohr
INTRODUCTION: Hyperpigmentation is a primary concern for many cosmetic patients because of its high rate of occurrence and significant impact on perceived age. While 4% hydroquinone has been the gold-standard of treatment, there is a growing interest in non-hydroquinone solutions, however, many of these newer solutions fail to deliver equivalent improvement. METHODS: This double-blind, randomized, split-face study compares the effects of a new OTC non-hydroquinone lightening product (JM) to an available 4% hydroquinone lightening solution (OB) on the appearance of hyperpigmentation, texture, and ne lines and wrinkles...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095556/combination-therapy-for-acne-scarring-personal-experience-and-clinical-suggestions
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Lucija Kroepfl, Jason J Emer
Acne is one of the most prevalent skin conditions seen by dermatologists. The cosmetic sequelae of severe acne, including scarring and pigmentation, have a profound psychological impact on those in icted. Topical (eg, retinoids, antibiotics, dapsone, hydroxyacids) and oral treatments (eg, antibiotics and/or spironolactone) are often bene cial to control acne or in the instance of oral isotretinoin use, rid the acne permanently; however, these treatments have very little affect on the ultimate cosmetic outcome of the acne scarring and skin texture that results...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
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