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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821116/active-release-coating-of-multilayer-assembled-branched-and-ionic-%C3%AE-cyclodextrins-onto-poly-ethylene-terephthalate
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Leyre Pérez-Álvarez, Leire Ruiz-Rubio, Erlantz Lizundia, Estíbaliz Hernáez, Luis M León, Jose Luis Vilas-Vilela
Branched ionic cyclodextrins multilayers were assembled onto the surface of previously aminolyzed poly(ethylene terephthalate) in order to construct local drug delivery tailored platforms with potential applicability as materials for indwelling medical devices. The construction of the multilayers took place by the alternate deposition of ionic cyclodextrin derivatives and was characterized by surface zeta-potential measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and, after fluorescent labeling of anionic branched cyclodextrins, by UV-vis spectroscopy and confocal fluorescence spectroscopy...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820411/-importance-of-shear-wave-elastography-of-livers-in-practically-healthy-pregnant-women
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E Sariyeva, S Salahova, N Bayramov
Pulse-wave elastography (SWE) that is one of the mostly used methods in the recent years holds important place in assessment of liver fibrosis. However there is no exact information on the results of liver elastography in healthy pregnant women in the world literature. The aim of the study was to investigate theSWE parameters of liver elastography in practically healthy pregnant women. The subject of the research was 50 practically healthy pregnant women within 18-45 years old (mean age 27.7±0.7). The pregnant women with genital and extragenital diseases were not included to the research...
July 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820040/effect-of-interhospital-icu-relocation-on-patient-physiology-and-clinical-outcomes
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David R Janz, Yasin A Khan, Jennifer L Mooney, Matthew W Semler, Todd W Rice, Jessica L Johnson, Bennett P deBoisblanc
Relocation of large numbers of critically ill patients between hospitals is sometimes necessary and the risks associated with relocation may be high. In the setting of adherence to an interhospital intensive care unit (ICU) relocation protocol, we aimed to determine whether the interhospital relocation of all ICU patients in a single day is associated with changes in vital signs, device removal, and worse clinical outcomes. We conducted a prospective, observational, cohort study of all critically ill adults admitted to a tertiary medical center's ICUs on the day of a planned hospital relocation and exposed to interhospital ICU relocation compared with unexposed critically ill adults...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819984/adherence-to-diurnal-cortisol-sampling-among-mother-child-dyads-from-maltreating-and-nonmaltreating-families
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Kristin Valentino, Ashley De Alba, Leah C Hibel, Kaitlin Fondren, Christina G McDonnell
There has been increasing interest in evaluating whether interventions for child maltreatment can improve and/or prevent child physiological dysregulation via measurement of diurnal cortisol. The assessment of diurnal cortisol typically involves the home-based collection of saliva multiple times per day, bringing forth important methodological considerations regarding adherence to collection instructions. To date, there has been no data regarding adherence to home collection of diurnal cortisol among maltreating families...
January 1, 2017: Child Maltreatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819983/an-evaluation-of-the-effectiveness-of-a-risk-based-monitoring-approach-implemented-with-clinical-trials-involving-implantable-cardiac-medical-devices
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Christopher A Diani, Angie Rock, Phil Moll
Background Risk-based monitoring is a concept endorsed by the Food and Drug Administration to improve clinical trial data quality by focusing monitoring efforts on critical data elements and higher risk investigator sites. BIOTRONIK approached this by implementing a comprehensive strategy that assesses risk and data quality through a combination of operational controls and data surveillance. This publication demonstrates the effectiveness of a data-driven risk assessment methodology when used in conjunction with a tailored monitoring plan...
August 1, 2017: Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819908/the-effect-of-cationically-modified-phosphorylcholine-polymers-on-human-osteoblasts-in-vitro-and-their-effect-on-bone-formation-in-vivo
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Jonathan M Lawton, Mariam Habib, Bingkui Ma, Roger A Brooks, Serena M Best, Andrew L Lewis, Neil Rushton, William Bonfield
The effect of introducing cationic charge into phosphorylcholine (PC)-based polymers has been investigated in this study with a view to using these materials as coatings to improve bone formation and osseointegration at the bone-implant interface. PC-based polymers, which have been used in a variety of medical devices to improve biocompatibility, are associated with low protein adsorption resulting in reduced complement activation, inflammatory response and cell adhesion. However, in some applications, such as orthopaedics, good integration between the implant and bone is needed to allow the distribution of loading stresses and a bioactive response is required...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819271/a-magnetoelectric-flux-gate-new-approach-for-weak-dc-magnetic-field-detection
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Zhaoqiang Chu, Huaduo Shi, Mohammad Javad PourhosseiniAsl, Jingen Wu, Weiliang Shi, Xiangyu Gao, Xiaoting Yuan, Shuxiang Dong
The magnetic flux gate sensors based on Faraday's Law of Induction are widely used for DC or extremely low frequency magnetic field detection. Recently, as the fast development of multiferroics and magnetoelectric (ME) composite materials, a new technology based on ME coupling effect is emerging for potential devices application. Here, we report a magnetoelectric flux gate sensor (MEFGS) for weak DC magnetic field detection for the first time, which works on a similar magnetic flux gate principle, but based on ME coupling effect...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819006/increased-tissue-oxygenation-explains-the-attenuation-of-hyperaemia-upon-repetitive-pneumatic-compression-of-the-lower-leg
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Alessandro Messere, Gianluca Ceravolo, Walter Franco, Daniela Maffiodo, Carlo Ferraresi, Silvestro Roatta
Aim The rapid hyperaemia evoked by muscle compression is short-lived and was recently shown to undergo a rapid decrease even in spite of continuing mechanical stimulation. The present study aims at investigating the mechanisms underlying this attenuation which include local metabolic mechanisms, desensitization of mechano-sensitive pathways, and reduced efficacy of the muscle pump. Methods In 10 healthy subjects short sequences of mechanical compressions (n=3-6; 150 mmHg) of the lower leg were delivered at different inter-stimulus intervals (ranging from 20 to 160 s) through a customized pneumatic device...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818431/wearable-technology-for-cardiology-an-update-and-framework-for-the-future
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REVIEW
Joshua M Pevnick, Kade Birkeland, Raymond Zimmer, Yaron Elad, Ilan Kedan
The field of cardiology has long used wearable medical devices to monitor heart rate and rhythm. The past decade has seen the emergence of many new wearable devices, including several that have been widely adopted by both physicians and consumers. In this review, we discuss existing and forthcoming devices designed to measure activity, heart rate, heart rhythm, and thoracic fluid. We also offer several frameworks to classify and better understand wearable devices, such that we may weigh their potential benefit in improving healthcare with the many challenges that must be addressed to reap these benefits...
August 9, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818225/patient-centered-outcomes-of-a-dual-action-pneumatic-compression-device-in-comparison-to-compression-stockings-for-patients-with-chronic-venous-disease
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Fedor Lurie, Marc Schwartz
OBJECTIVE: The ACTitouch (AT) device (Tactile Medical, Minneapolis, Minn) represents a new generation of pneumatic compression devices by combining sustained compression with intermittent pneumatic compression. The sustained compression mode provides automatic pressure adjustment every 30 minutes, ensuring pressure consistency regardless of leg volume changes and environmental influences. Designed for mobile patients, this device has not been studied in comparison to standard compression stockings (CS)...
September 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817694/a-new-holistic-3d-non-invasive-analysis-of-cellular-distribution-and-motility-on-fibroin-alginate-microcarriers-using-light-sheet-fluorescent-microscopy
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Serena Duchi, Filippo Piccinini, Michela Pierini, Alessandro Bevilacqua, Maria Luisa Torre, Enrico Lucarelli, Spartaco Santi
Cell interaction with biomaterials is one of the keystones to developing medical devices for tissue engineering applications. Biomaterials are the scaffolds that give three-dimensional support to the cells, and are vectors that deliver the cells to the injured tissue requiring repair. Features of biomaterials can influence the behaviour of the cells and consequently the efficacy of the tissue-engineered product. The adhesion, distribution and motility of the seeded cells onto the scaffold represent key aspects, and must be evaluated in vitro during the product development, especially when the efficacy of a specific tissue-engineered product depends on viable and functional cell loading...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817499/nurse-practitioner-lead-pediatric-baclofen-pump-program-impact-on-safety-and-quality-of-care
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Kristin Buxton, Ann Morgan, Jayne Rogers
Children with cerebral palsy experience spasticity that can be debilitating and cause significant pain and contractures. Intrathecal baclofen (ITB) therapy can help relieve this spasticity and improve the quality of life for these patients, but it comes with risk. Withdrawal from the medication in case of abrupt discontinuation of delivery can be life-threatening. Regular maintenance of the system is mandatory. Having a program in place to manage the device and support patients helps to ensure their safety...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817381/advanced-radiation-dosimetry-phantom-ardos-a-versatile-breathing-phantom-for-4d-radiation-therapy-and-medical-imaging
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Natalia Kostiukhina, Dietmar Georg, Sofia Rollet, Peter Kuess, Andrej Sipaj, Piotr Andrzejewski, Hugo Furtado, Ivo Rausch, Wolfgang Lechner, Elisabeth Steiner, Hunor Kertesz, Barbara Knaeusl
A novel breathing phantom was designed for being used in conventional and ion-beam radiotherapy as well as for medical imaging. Accurate dose delivery and patient safety are aimed to be verified for four-dimensional (4D) treatment techniques compensating for breathing-induced tumor motion. The phantom includes anthropomorphic components representing an average human thorax. It consists of real tissue equivalent materials to fulfill the requirements for dosimetric experiments and imaging purposes. The different parts of the torso (lungs, chest wall, and ribs) and the tumor can move independently...
August 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817165/contraception-after-surgical-and-medical-abortion-a-review
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Andrea Hsu Roe, Deborah Bartz
Importance: To prevent subsequent unintended pregnancy, contraception should be initiated soon after surgical and medical abortion. Evidence regarding the safety of postabortion contraception, especially for longacting reversible methods, has accumulated in recent years. Objective: This review seeks to provide up-to-date recommendations about the provision and timing of contraception after surgical and medical abortion. Evidence Acquisition: Recommendations are based on the US Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC) or on the authors' review of the current literature for topics that the MEC does not address...
August 2017: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816307/quantum-cascade-lasers-qcls-in-biomedical-spectroscopy
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REVIEW
Andreas Schwaighofer, Markus Brandstetter, Bernhard Lendl
Quantum cascade lasers (QCL) are the first room temperature semiconductor laser source for the mid-IR spectral region, triggering substantial development for the advancement of mid-IR spectroscopy. Mid-IR spectroscopy in general provides rapid, label-free and objective analysis, particularly important in the field of biomedical analysis. Due to their unique properties, QCLs offer new possibilities for development of analytical methods to enable quantification of clinically relevant concentration levels and to support medical diagnostics...
August 17, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816077/in-vitro-evaluation-of-the-occlusive-properties-of-the-artventive-eos-occlusion-device-for-transrenal-ureteral-occlusion
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Daniel Kuetting, Carsten Meyer, Hans Heinz Schild, Claus Christian Pieper
PURPOSE: Current techniques for percutaneous ureteral occlusion are either technically difficult or not satisfactory due to frequent ureteral recanalization. The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the occlusive properties of an "off the shelf" solution (EOS; ArtVentive Medical Group, Inc, Carlsbad, CA/USA) for transrenal ureteral occlusion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 8 and 11 mm ePTFE covered ArtVentive EOS devices were used in 10 porcine models. Experiments were performed in explanted porcine ureters to simulate physiologic conditions...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815151/eye-tracking-for-clinical-decision-support-a-method-to-capture-automatically-what-physicians-are-viewing-in-the-emr
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Andrew J King, Harry Hochheiser, Shyam Visweswaran, Gilles Clermont, Gregory F Cooper
Eye-tracking is a valuable research tool that is used in laboratory and limited field environments. We take steps toward developing methods that enable widespread adoption of eye-tracking and its real-time application in clinical decision support. Eye-tracking will enhance awareness and enable intelligent views, more precise alerts, and other forms of decision support in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR). We evaluated a low-cost eye-tracking device and found the device's accuracy to be non-inferior to a more expensive device...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814898/reducing-rectal-injury-in-men-receiving-prostate-cancer-radiation-therapy-current-perspectives
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REVIEW
Nicholas A Serrano, Noah S Kalman, Mitchell S Anscher
Dose escalation is now the standard of care for the treatment of prostate cancer with radiation therapy. However, the rectum tends to be the dose-limiting structure when treating prostate cancer, given its close proximity. Early and late toxicities can occur when the rectum receives large doses of radiation therapy. New technologies allow for prevention of these toxicities. In this review, we examine the evidence that supports various dose constraints employed to prevent these rectal injuries from occurring...
2017: Cancer Management and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813814/toward-quantitative-characterization-of-essential-tremor-for-future-tremor-suppression
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Steven K Charles, Daniel W Geiger, Andrew D Davidson, Adam C Pigg, C Paul Curtis, Brendon C Allen
Tremor is the most common movement deficit and manifests in a variety of disorders, including Essential Tremor, Parkinson's Disease, Dystonia, and Cerebellar Ataxia. Although medication and surgical interventions have significantly reduced patient suffering, they are only partially effective and can carry undesired side effects, leaving many patients without satisfactory treatment options. Wearable tremor-suppressing devices could provide an alternative to medication and surgery. Multiple research groups have developed orthotic prototypes to low-pass filter tremor, but these devices have not yet been optimized for in-vivo use...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812166/part-ii-u-s-sub-saharan-africa-educational-partnerships-for-medical-device-design
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EDITORIAL
Brittany Ploss, Tania S Douglas, Matthew Glucksberg, Elsie Effah Kaufmann, Robert A Malkin, Janet McGrath, Theresa Mkandawire, Maria Oden, Akinniyi Osuntoki, Andrew Rollins, Kathleen Sienko, Robert T Ssekitoleko, William Reichert
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August 15, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
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