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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314871/-evidence-based-lichtenstein-technique
#1
W Reinpold, D Chen
Lichtenstein hernioplasty is the number one technique worldwide for open, mesh-based inguinal hernia repair. The principle of Lichtenstein hernioplasty is the tension-free reinforcement of the abdominal wall by covering the transversalis fascia and the oblique muscles with an artificial patch of mesh. The Lichtenstein technique has been modified since its inception. The technique has the benefits of low costs and a rapid learning curve and can be performed with the patient under local anesthesia. The recurrence rates after the Lichtenstein operation are significantly lower compared to open suture repair and equal to laparoendoscopic techniques...
March 17, 2017: Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift Für Alle Gebiete der Operativen Medizen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306221/construction-of-small-diameter-vascular-graft-by-shape-memory-and-self-rolling-bacterial-cellulose-membrane
#2
Ying Li, Kai Jiang, Jian Feng, Jinzhe Liu, Rong Huang, Zhaojun Chen, Junchuan Yang, Zhaohe Dai, Yong Chen, Nuoxin Wang, Wenjin Zhang, Wenfu Zheng, Guang Yang, Xingyu Jiang
Bacterial cellulose (BC) membranes with shape-memory properties allow the rapid preparation of artificial small-diameter blood vessels when combined with microfluidics-based patterning with multiple types of cells. Lyophilization of a wet multilayered rolled BC tube endows it with memory to recover its tubular shape after unrolling. The unrolling of the BC tube yields a flat membrane, and subsequent patterning with endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells, and fibroblast cells is carried out by microfluidics...
March 17, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301285/wireless-power-transfer-for-a-pacemaker-application
#3
Vladimir Vulfin, Shai Sayfan-Altman, Reuven Ianconescu
An artificial pacemaker is a small medical device that uses electrical impulses, delivered by electrodes contracting the heart muscles, to regulate the beating of the heart. The pacemaker is implanted under the skin, and uses for many years regular non-rechargeable batteries. However, the demand for rechargeable batteries in pacemakers increased, and the aim of this work is to design an efficient charging system for pacemakers.
March 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296412/negative-linear-compressibility-due-to-layer-sliding-in-a-layered-mof
#4
Qingxin Zeng, Kai Wang, Yuancun Qiao, Xiaodong Li, Bo Zou
Negative linear compressibility (NLC) is a rare and counterintuitive phenomenon because materials with this property would expand along one specific direction when uniformly compressed. NLC materials have a broad range of potential applications in designing pressure sensors, artificial muscles and so on. Designing and searching for systems with NLC is desired and crucial for material and compression science. Herein, with the help of high-pressure X-ray diffraction measurements and density functional theory calculations, we find that the 2D layered Co(SCN)2(pyrazine)2 exhibits NLC with a new mechanism-layer sliding...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287594/magnetic-stirrer-method-for-the-detection-of-trichinella-larvae-in-muscle-samples
#5
Anne Mayer-Scholl, Edoardo Pozio, Jennifer Gayda, Nora Thaben, Peter Bahn, Karsten Nöckler
Trichinellosis is a debilitating disease in humans and is caused by the consumption of raw or undercooked meat of animals infected with the nematode larvae of the genus Trichinella. The most important sources of human infections worldwide are game meat and pork or pork products. In many countries, the prevention of human trichinellosis is based on the identification of infected animals by means of the artificial digestion of muscle samples from susceptible animal carcasses. There are several methods based on the digestion of meat but the magnetic stirrer method is considered the gold standard...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286945/controlled-sol-gel-transitions-by-actuating-molecular-machine-based-supramolecular-polymers
#6
Antoine Goujon, Giacomo Mariani, Thomas Lang, Emilie Moulin, Michel Rawiso, Eric Buhler, Nicolas Giuseppone
The implementation of artificial molecular machines in polymer science is an important objective that challenges chemists and physicists in order to access an entirely new class of smart materials. To design such systems, the amplification of a mechanical actuation from the nanoscale up to a macroscopic response in the bulk material is a central issue. In this article we show that bistable [c2]daisy chain rotaxanes (i.e. molecular muscles) can be linked into main-chain Upy-based supramolecular polymers. We then reveal by an in depth quantitative study that the pH actuation of the mechanically active rotaxane at the nanoscale influences the physical reticulation of the polymer chains by changing the supramolecular behavior of the Upy units...
March 13, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283336/tissue-engineering-with-peripheral-blood-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-promotes-the-regeneration-of-injured-peripheral-nerves
#7
Mengjie Pan, Xianghai Wang, Yijing Chen, Shangtao Cao, Jinkun Wen, Guofeng Wu, Yuanyuan Li, Lixia Li, Changhui Qian, Zhenqi Qin, Zhenlin Li, Dandan Tan, Zhihao Fan, Wutian Wu, Jiasong Guo
Peripheral nerve injury repair can be enhanced by Schwann cell (SC) transplantation, but clinical applications are limited by the lack of a cell source. Thus, alternative systems for generating SCs are desired. Herein, we found the peripheral blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells (PBMSCs) could be induced into SC like cells with expressing SC-specific markers (S100, P75NTR and CNPase) and functional factors (NGF, NT-3, c-Fos, and Krox20). When the induced PBMSCs (iPBMSCs) were transplanted into crushed rat sciatic nerves, they functioned as SCs by wrapping the injured axons and expressing myelin specific marker of MBP...
March 7, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282858/the-impact-of-shiftwork-on-skeletal-muscle-health
#8
REVIEW
Brad Aisbett, Dominique Condo, Evelyn Zacharewicz, Séverine Lamon
(1) Background: About one in four workers undertake shift rosters that fall outside the traditional 7 a.m.-6 p.m. scheduling. Shiftwork alters workers' exposure to natural and artificial light, sleep patterns, and feeding patterns. When compared to the rest of the working population, shiftworkers are at a greater risk of developing metabolic impairments over time. One fundamental component of metabolic health is skeletal muscle, the largest organ in the body. However, cause-and-effect relationships between shiftwork and skeletal muscle health have not been established; (2) Methods: A critical review of the literature was completed using online databases and reference lists; (3) Results: We propose a conceptual model drawing relationships between typical shiftwork consequences; altered light exposure, sleep patterns, and food and beverage consumption, and drivers of skeletal muscle health-protein intake, resistance training, and hormone release...
March 8, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280845/-function-of-prosthesis-components-in-lower-limb-amputees-with-bone-anchored-percutaneous-implants-biomechanical-aspects
#9
S Blumentritt
BACKGROUND: Bone anchorage of an artificial limb has been proven to be an alternative intervention for amputees when prosthesis use is seriously reduced because of stump problems. Little is known about how prosthesis components interact with bone and joints and which potential the optimum use provides with respect to quality of treatment of leg amputees. OBJECTIVE: Does osseointegration influence the motor activity of residual limbs differently compared with socket prostheses? How should prosthesis components be aligned? What type of prosthetic knee joints should be preferred in transfemoral amputees? MATERIAL AND METHODS: Transfer of biomechanical knowledge of socket prosthetics to bone-anchored prostheses...
March 9, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276249/functional-modification-of-electrospun-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-vascular-grafts-with-the-fusion-protein-vegf-hgfi-enhanced-vascular-regeneration
#10
Kai Wang, Qiuying Zhang, Liqiang Zhao, Yiwa Pan, Ting Wang, Dengke Zhi, Shaoyang Ma, Peixin Zhang, Tiechan Zhao, Siming Zhang, Wen Li, Meifeng Zhu, Yan Zhu, Jun Zhang, Mingqiang Qiao, Deling Kong
Synthetic artificial vascular grafts have exhibited low patency rate and severe neointimal hyperplasia in replacing small-caliber arteries (<6 mm) because of their failure to generate a functional endothelium. In this study, small-caliber (2.0 mm) electrospun poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) vascular grafts were modified with a fusion protein VEGF-HGFI which consists of the class I hydrophobin (HGFI) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), via hydrophobic interactions. Immunofluorescence staining with the anti-VEGF antibody showed that VEGF-HGFI formed a protein layer on the surface of fibers in the grafts...
March 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269081/an-adapted-double-threshold-protocol-for-spastic-muscles
#11
Pedro M Vieira, Joao F Ferreira, Pedro R Gomes, Carlos S Lima
The onset of muscle contraction has been an important element in the understanding of human motor control system as well as in the development of medical devices. This task is problematic in the study of spasticity using surface Electromyography (sEMG). In fact, spasticity is characterized by involuntary muscle contractions that can be seen as both, a non-stationary background if they are weak or a severe non-stationary EMG signal if they are strong. In other hand, these sEMG signals present a very low signal to noise ratio, beyond the added noise that contaminates this signal...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269022/split-belt-controllable-treadmill-with-differential-velocity-based-fall-stimulation-and-motion-analysis
#12
Yasutaka Nakashima, Hiroki Noutsuka, Takanori Fukui, Motoji Yamamoto
Amid trends toward aging populations in developed nations, the number of people requiring nursing care has increased markedly. Slips and falls during ordinary daily activities are a common cause of fractured bones and muscle injury. Several studies have analyzed the movements produced by artificially generated slip and fall stimuli, but few have investigated these stimuli. We analyzed lower-limb motion following a slip and fall stimulus produced using a pulled free-walking system consisting of a controllable split-belt treadmill, where a speed difference between the belts could be applied to produce a slipping motion...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268749/design-of-a-bio-inspired-pneumatic-artificial-muscle-with-self-contained-sensing
#13
Onder Erin, Nishant Pol, Luis Valle, Yong-Lae Park
Pneumatic artificial muscles (PAMs) are one of the most famous linear actuators in bio-inspired robotics. They can generate relatively high linear force considering their form factors and weights. Furthermore, PAMs are inexpensive compared with traditional electromagnetic actuators (e.g. DC motors) and also inherently light and compliant. In robotics applications, however, they typically require external sensing mechanisms due to their nonlinear behaviors, which may make the entire mechanical system bulky and complicated, limiting their use in simple systems...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268592/a-multiscale-model-based-analysis-of-the-multi-tissue-interplay-underlying-blood-glucose-regulation-in-type-i-diabetes
#14
Federico Wadehn, Stephan Schaller, Thomas Eissing, Markus Krauss, Lars Kupfer
A multiscale model for blood glucose regulation in diabetes type I patients is constructed by integrating detailed metabolic network models for fat, liver and muscle cells into a whole body physiologically-based pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (pBPK/PD) model. The blood glucose regulation PBPK/PD model simulates the distribution and metabolization of glucose, insulin and glucagon on an organ and whole body level. The genome-scale metabolic networks in contrast describe intracellular reactions. The developed multiscale model is fitted to insulin, glucagon and glucose measurements of a 48h clinical trial featuring 6 subjects and is subsequently used to simulate (in silico) the influence of geneknockouts and drug-induced enzyme inhibitions on whole body blood glucose levels...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263945/thin-polymeric-films-for-building-biohybrid-microrobots
#15
Leonardo Ricotti, Toshinori Fujie
This paper aims to describe the disruptive potential that polymeric thin films have in the field of biohybrid devices and to review the recent efforts in this area. Thin (thickness  <  1 mm) and ultra-thin (thickness  <  1 µm) matrices possess a series of intriguing features, such as large surface area/volume ratio, high flexibility, chemical and physical surface tailorability, etc. This enables the fabrication of advanced bio/non-bio interfaces able to efficiently drive cell-material interactions, which are the key for optimizing biohybrid device performances...
March 6, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250153/microinjection-of-kynurenic-acid-in-the-rostral-nucleus-of-the-tractus-solitarius-disrupts-spatiotemporal-aspects-of-mechanically-induced-tracheobronchial-cough
#16
Ivan Poliacek, Teresa Pitts, Melanie J Rose, Paul W Davenport, Michal Simera, Marcel Veternik, Zuzana Kotmanova, Donald C Bolser
The importance of neurons in the solitary tract nucleus (NTS) in the production of coughing was tested by microinjections of the non-specific glutamate receptor antagonist kynurenic acid (kyn; 100 mM in artificial cerebrospinal fluid) in 15 adult spontaneously breathing anesthetized cats. Repetitive coughing was elicited by mechanical stimulation of the intrathoracic airway. Electromyograms (EMG) were recorded from inspiratory parasternal and expiratory transversus abdominis muscles (ABD). Bilateral microinjections of kyn into the NTS rostral to obex (55±4 nl total in two locations; n=6 or 110±4 nl total in four locations; n=5), primarily the ventrolateral subnucleus, reduced cough number and expiratory cough efforts (amplitudes of ABD EMG and maxima of esophageal pressure) compared to control...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247357/methods-for-observing-and-quantifying-muscle-satellite-cell-motility-and-invasion-in-vitro
#17
Dane K Lund, Patrick McAnulty, Ashley L Siegel, Ddw Cornelison
Motility and/or chemotaxis of satellite cells has been suggested or observed in multiple in vitro and in vivo contexts. Satellite cell motility also affects the efficiency of muscle regeneration, particularly in the context of engrafted exogenous cells. Consequently, there is keen interest in determining what cell-autonomous and environmental factors influence satellite cell motility and chemotaxis in vitro and in vivo. In addition, the ability of activated satellite cells to relocate in vivo would suggest that they must be able to invade and transit through the extracellular matrix (ECM), which is supported by studies in which alteration or addition of matrix metalloprotease (MMP) activity enhanced the spread of engrafted satellite cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241090/plasma-exchange-for-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome
#18
REVIEW
Sylvie Chevret, Richard Ac Hughes, Djillali Annane
BACKGROUND: Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an acute paralysing disease caused by peripheral nerve inflammation. This is an update of a review first published in 2001 and last updated in 2012. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of plasma exchange for treating GBS. SEARCH METHODS: On 18 January 2016 we searched the Cochrane Neuromuscular Specialised Register, CENTRAL, MEDLINE, and Embase. We also searched clinical trials registries. SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomised and quasi-randomised trials of plasma exchange versus sham exchange or supportive treatment, or comparing different regimens or techniques of plasma exchange...
February 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227301/an-adapted-double-threshold-protocol-for-spastic-muscles
#19
Pedro M Vieira, Joao F Ferreira, Pedro R Gomes, Carlos S Lima, Pedro M Vieira, Joao F Ferreira, Pedro R Gomes, Carlos S Lima, Pedro M Vieira, Joao F Ferreira, Pedro R Gomes, Carlos S Lima
The onset of muscle contraction has been an important element in the understanding of human motor control system as well as in the development of medical devices. This task is problematic in the study of spasticity using surface Electromyography (sEMG). In fact, spasticity is characterized by involuntary muscle contractions that can be seen as both, a non-stationary background if they are weak or a severe non-stationary EMG signal if they are strong. In other hand, these sEMG signals present a very low signal to noise ratio, beyond the added noise that contaminates this signal...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227235/split-belt-controllable-treadmill-with-differential-velocity-based-fall-stimulation-and-motion-analysis
#20
Yasutaka Nakashima, Hiroki Noutsuka, Takanori Fukui, Motoji Yamamoto, Yasutaka Nakashima, Hiroki Noutsuka, Takanori Fukui, Motoji Yamamoto, Takanori Fukui, Hiroki Noutsuka, Yasutaka Nakashima, Motoji Yamamoto
Amid trends toward aging populations in developed nations, the number of people requiring nursing care has increased markedly. Slips and falls during ordinary daily activities are a common cause of fractured bones and muscle injury. Several studies have analyzed the movements produced by artificially generated slip and fall stimuli, but few have investigated these stimuli. We analyzed lower-limb motion following a slip and fall stimulus produced using a pulled free-walking system consisting of a controllable split-belt treadmill, where a speed difference between the belts could be applied to produce a slipping motion...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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