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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444251/effect-of-eu-electrical-stunning-conditions-on-breast-meat-quality-of-broiler-chickens
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F Sirri, M Petracci, M Zampiga, A Meluzzi
Electrical stunning is still the main stunning method used worldwide in commercial poultry plants. The stunning procedures in water bath stunners affect both bird welfare and meat quality attributes. The European Union (EU) Council Regulation 1099/2009 on the protection of the animal at the time of killing established the minimum current flow through an individual bird at a specified frequency to assure an effective stun that must last until the bird's death. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of the application of different stunning current flows on the prevalence of hemorrhages (classified as 1 = no lesion, 2 = moderate, and 3 = severe lesion) and some quality traits (pHu, color, drip and cooking losses, and shear force) of chicken breast meat...
April 24, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443922/friction-lubrication-and-in-situ-mechanics-of-poroelastic-cellulose-hydrogels
#2
G K Dolan, G E Yakubov, M R Bonilla, P Lopez-Sanchez, J R Stokes
The tribology between biphasic materials is challenging to predict and interpret due to the interrelationship between mechanical properties, microstructure and movement of the fluid phase contained within. A new approach is presented to deconvolute these effects for cellulose hydrogels, which have a fibrous network that is akin to the microstructure of articular cartilage and plant cell walls. This is achieved by developing a tribo-rheological technique that uniquely incorporates in situ mechanical characterisation (compression-relaxation and small amplitude oscillatory shear) immediately prior to measuring the tribological response between pairs of hydrogels...
April 26, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442371/dynamites-a-dynamic-cell-culture-platform-for-in-vitro-drug-testing-part-1-engineering-of-microfluidic-system-and-technical-simulations
#3
Kai Mattern, Nicole Beißner, Stephan Reichl, Andreas Dietzel
Conventional safety and efficacy test models, such as animal experiments or static in vitro cell culture models, can often not reliably predict the most promising drug candidates. Therefore, a novel microfluidic cell culture platform, called Dynamic Micro Tissue Engineering System (DynaMiTES), was designed to allow online analysis of drugs permeating through barrier forming tissues under dynamic conditions combined with monitoring of the transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) by electrodes optimized for homogeneous current distribution...
April 22, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442120/american-gastroenterological-association-institute-technical-review-on-the-role-of-elastography-in-chronic-liver-diseases
#4
Siddharth Singh, Andrew J Muir, Douglas T Dieterich, Yngve T Falck-Ytter
Chronic liver diseases (CLDs), due to chronic hepatitis C; hepatitis B; nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases (NAFLD); and alcoholic liver disease, are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality globally. Early identification of patients with cirrhosis at high risk of progression to liver-related complications may facilitate timely care and improve outcomes. With risks and misclassification associated with invasive tests, such as liver biopsy, noninvasive imaging modalities for liver fibrosis assessment have gained popularity...
May 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440374/electrotunable-lubricity-with-ionic-liquids-the-influence-of-nanoscale-roughness
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Alessio David, Oscar Y Fajardo, Alexei A Kornyshev, Michael Urbakh, Fernando Bresme
The properties of ionic liquids can be modified by applying an external electrostatic potential, providing a route to control their performance in nanolubrication applications. Most computational studies to date have focused on the investigation of smooth surfaces. Real surfaces are generally inhomogeneous and feature roughness of different length scales. We report here a study of the possible effects that surface roughness may have on electrotunable lubricity with ionic liquids, performed here by means of non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations...
April 25, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440353/the-safety-and-feasibility-of-diagnostic-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-elastography-used-for-eyes-a-preliminary-in-vivo-study
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Li Zha, Ke Qi Chen, Xiao Zhi Zheng, Jing Wu
AIMS: To assess the safety and feasibility of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastography in the eyes of rats. Material and methods: One hundred and twenty-six SD rats were divided into 7 groups. Group 1 was the control group and Group 2 to Group 7 were investigated by ARFI elastography using increased powers of 5%, 10%, 20%, 50%, and 100% and repetitions of 5 or 10. The changes of ocular architecture structures and functions were examined by phthalmoscopic, histopathologic, and light reflex examination, and the expression level of IL-6, IL-8, and TNF-α was determined in days 1, 3, and 7 after ARFI elastography, respectively...
April 22, 2017: Medical Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437130/lower-limb-and-trunk-biomechanics-after-fatigue-in-competitive-female-irish-dancers
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Catherine Y Wild, Avril Grealish, Diana Hopper
CONTEXT:   Because of the increasing popularity of participation in Irish dance, the incidence of lower limb injuries is high among this competitive population. OBJECTIVE:   To investigate the effects of fatigue on the peak lower limb and trunk angles as well as the peak lower limb joint forces and moments of competitive female Irish dancers during the performance of a dance-specific single-limb landing. DESIGN:   Cross-sectional study...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435467/ultrasound-elastography-review-of-techniques-and-clinical-applications
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REVIEW
Rosa M S Sigrist, Joy Liau, Ahmed El Kaffas, Maria Cristina Chammas, Juergen K Willmann
Elastography-based imaging techniques have received substantial attention in recent years for non-invasive assessment of tissue mechanical properties. These techniques take advantage of changed soft tissue elasticity in various pathologies to yield qualitative and quantitative information that can be used for diagnostic purposes. Measurements are acquired in specialized imaging modes that can detect tissue stiffness in response to an applied mechanical force (compression or shear wave). Ultrasound-based methods are of particular interest due to its many inherent advantages, such as wide availability including at the bedside and relatively low cost...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435336/anterior-cruciate-ligament-injury-reinjury-in-alpine-ski-racing-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Matthew J Jordan, Per Aagaard, Walter Herzog
The purpose of the present review was to: 1) provide an overview of the current understanding on the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, and prevention methods for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in alpine ski racing; and 2) provide an overview of what is known pertaining to ACL reinjury and return to sport after ACL injury in alpine ski racing. Given that most of the scientific studies on ACL injuries in alpine ski racing have been descriptive, and that very few studies contributed higher level scientific evidence, a nonsystematic narrative review was employed...
2017: Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433441/role-of-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-in-diagnosis-of-thyroid-nodules-in-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-gray-zone
#10
Jia Zhan, Xue-Hong Diao, Lin Chen, Jia-Mei Jin, Yue Chen
The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical value of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) in the diagnosis of thyroid nodules in the acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) "gray zone" (the shear wave velocity is in the range 2.5-3 m/s). ARFI was performed before thyroidectomy in 70 patients with 200 thyroid nodules, and then CEUS was performed in 40 thyroid nodules in the "gray zone." The accuracy of ARFI for the 200 thyroid nodules was 82% (164/200). The accuracy of ARFI for the 40 "gray zone" thyroid nodules was 70% (28/40), whereas the accuracy of CEUS for the "gray zone" thyroid nodules was 90% (36/40)...
April 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433391/mechanisms-of-anterior-posterior-stability-of-the-knee-joint-under-load-bearing
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Ryan J Reynolds, Peter S Walker, John Buza
The anterior-posterior (AP) stability of the knee is an important aspect of functional performance. Studies have shown that the stability increases when compressive loads are applied, as indicated by reduced laxity, but the mechanism has not been fully explained. A test rig was designed which applied combinations of AP shear and compressive forces, and measured the AP displacements relative to the neutral position. Five knees were evaluated at compressive loads of 0, 250, 500, and 750N, with the knee at 15° flexion...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433346/biomechanical-flow-amplification-arising-from-the-variable-deformation-of-the-subglottic-mucosa
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Eric Goodyer, Frank Müller, Markus Hess, Karthikeyan Kandan, Farukh Farukh
OBJECTIVE: This study mapped the variation in tissue elasticity of the subglottic mucosa, applied these data to provide initial models of the likely deformation of the mucosa during the myoelastic cycle, and hypothesized as to the impact on the process of phonation. STUDY DESIGN: Six donor human larynges were dissected along the sagittal plane to expose the vocal folds and subglottic mucosa. A linear skin rheometer was used to apply a controlled shear force, and the resultant displacement was measured...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430110/viscosity-of-a-sheared-correlated-near-critical-model-fluid-in-confinement
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Christian Rohwer, Andrea Gambassi, Matthias Kruger
Second-order phase transitions are characterized by a divergence of the spatial correlation length of the order parameter fluctuations. For confined systems, this is known to lead to remarkable equilibrium physical phenomena, including finite-size effects and critical Casimir forces. We explore here some non-equilibrium aspects of these effects in the stationary state resulting from the action of external forces: by analyzing a model of a correlated fluid under shear, spatially confined by two parallel plates, we study the resulting viscosity within the setting of (Gaussian) Landau-Ginzburg theory...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429593/model-amphiphilic-block-copolymers-with-tailored-molecular-weight-and-composition-in-pdms-based-films-to-limit-soft-biofouling
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Brandon M Wenning, Elisa Martinelli, Sophie Mieszkin, John A Finlay, Daniel A Fischer, James A Callow, Maureen E Callow, Amanda Leonardi, Christopher K Ober, Giancarlo Galli
A set of controlled surface composition films was produced utilizing amphiphilic surface-active block copolymers dispersed in a crosslinked polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) network. These block copolymers contained oligo(ethylene glycol) (PEGMA) and fluoroalkyl (AF6) side chains in selected ratios and molecular weights to control surface chemistry as well as antifouling (AF) and fouling-release (FR) performance. AF and FR properties were assessed by carrying out settlement and removal assays using two algae, the green macroalga Ulva linza (favors attachment to polar surfaces) and the unicellular diatom Navicula incerta (favors attachment to non-polar surfaces)...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428992/dynamic-shear-force-microscopy-of-confined-liquids-at-a-gold-electrode
#15
Günther Krämer, Florian Hausen, Roland Bennewitz
The confinement of liquids in nanometer-scale gaps can lead to changes in their viscous shear properties. For liquids of polar molecules, the charge state of the confining surfaces has a significant influence on the structure in the confined liquid. Here we report on the implementation of dynamic shear force microscopy in an electrochemical cell. Lateral oscillations of the tip of an atomic force microscope were magnetically activated at a frequency of about 50 kHz. The damping of the lateral tip oscillation was recorded as a function of the tip-sample distance and of the electrode potential at the surface of a Au(100) single crystal electrode...
April 21, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426089/ferrogels-based-on-entrapped-metallic-iron-nanoparticles-in-a-polyacrylamide-network-extended-derjaguin-landau-verwey-overbeek-consideration-interfacial-interactions-and-magnetodeformation
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Ajay Shankar, Alexander P Safronov, Ekaterina A Mikhnevich, Igor V Beketov, Galina V Kurlyandskaya
A new kind of ferrogel with entrapped metallic iron nanoparticles causing unusual magnetodeformation is presented. Crosslinked polyacrylamide (PAAm) based ferrogels embedded with iron nanoparticles (MNPs) were synthesized by free radical polymerization in aqueous medium. Spherical iron MNPs with average diameter 66 nm were synthesized by the electrical explosion of wire and modified by interfacial adsorption of linear polyacrylamide (LPAAm). Extended Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (xDLVO) calculations based on the superposing of van der Waals, electrostatic, steric, and magnetic contributions showed that polymeric encapsulation of nanoparticles by LPAAm is one of the most suitable pathways for preparing stable aqueous dispersions of iron nanoparticles...
April 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425017/spineless-cactus-associated-with-tifton-hay-or-sugarcane-bagasse-may-replace-corn-silage-in-sheep-diets
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Julimar do Sacramento Ribeiro, Luana Lira Santos, Dorgival Morais de Lima Júnior, Tobyas Maia de Albuquerque Mariz, Márcio Machado Ladeira, Paulo Sérgio de Azevedo, Carolyny Batista Lima, Maria Josilaine Matos Dos Santos Silva
The effect of the replacement of corn silage with spineless cactus associated with Tifton 85 hay or sugarcane bagasse was evaluated on the performance, body weight components and sheep meat quality. Twenty-one Santa Inês male sheep with initial body weight of 22.9 ± 2.9 kg were used. They were confined in individual stalls for 74 days receiving the following diets: corn silage + concentrate (CS); spineless cactus + Tifton 85 hay + concentrate (TH); spineless cactus + sugarcane bagasse + concentrate (SB)...
April 19, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424923/shear-wave-velocity-of-the-healthy-thyroid-gland-in-children-with-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-elastography
#18
Meltem Ceyhan Bilgici, Dilek Sağlam, Semra Delibalta, Serap Yücel, Leman Tomak, Muzaffer Elmalı
PURPOSE: Acoustic radiation force impulse imaging is a kind of shear wave elastography that can be used in children for differentiating thyroid pathologies. Possible changes in the healthy thyroid gland in children may create difficulties in the use of shear wave velocities (SWV) in thyroid pathologies. The aim of this study was to define the normal values of SWV for the healthy thyroid gland in children, elucidate the correlation of the SWV values with potential influencing factors, and evaluate intra-operator reproducibility of the SWV...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422889/an-in-vitro-biomechanical-evaluation-of-an-expansive-double-threaded-bi-directional-compression-screw-for-fixation-of-type-ii-odontoid-process-fractures-a-squire-compliant-article
#19
Ning Liu, Li Tian, Rong-Xian Jiang, Chao Xu, Lei Shi, Wei Lei, Yang Zhang
Odontoid process fracture accounts for 5% to 15% of all cervical spine injuries, and the rate is higher among elderly people. The anterior cannulated screw fixation has been widely used in odontoid process fracture, but the fixation strength may still be limited under some circumstances. This study aims to investigate the biomechanical fixation strength of expansive double-threaded bi-directional compression screw (EDBCS) compared with cannulated lag screw (CLS) and improved Herbert screw (IHS) for fixation of type II odontoid process fracture...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422194/field-induced-anomalous-spreading-oscillation-ejection-spinning-and-breaking-of-oil-droplets-on-a-strongly-slipping-water-surface
#20
Sunny Kumar, Bhaskarjyoti Sarma, Ahsok Kumar Dasmahapatra, Amaresh Dalal, Dipankar Narayan Basu, Dipankar Bandyopadhyay
Application of an electric field on an oil droplet floating on the surface of a deionized water bath showed interesting motions such as spreading, oscillation, and ejection. The electric field was generated by connecting a pointed platinum cathode at the top of the oil droplet and a copper anode coated with polymer at the bottom of the water layer. The experimental setup mimicked a conventional electrowetting setup with the exception that the oil was spread on a soft and deformable water isolator. While at relatively lower field intensities we observed spreading of the droplet, at intermediate field intensities the droplet oscillated around the platinum cathode, before ejecting out at a speed as high as ∼5 body lengths per second at even stronger field intensities...
April 19, 2017: Faraday Discussions
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