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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814004/biomimetic-finger-extension-mechanism-for-soft-wearable-hand-rehabilitation-devices
#1
Dong Hyun Kim, Si-Hwan Heo, Hyung-Soon Park
For the rehabilitation and assistance of the hand functions, wearable devices have been developed, and the interest in tendon driven mechanisms have especially increased since it allows light weight and compact design. The tendon driven hand rehabilitation devices provides grasping force via exo-tendons routed on the dorsal and palmar sides of the hand pulled by remotely located actuators. However, most of the devices were not able to provide natural joint extension sequence of the finger and showed hyperextension of finger joints because the tendons for extension were fixed at the fingertip, concentrating the torque at the distal interphalangeal joint...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813953/bridge-behavioural-reaching-interfaces-during-daily-antigravity-activities-through-upper-limb-exoskeleton-preliminary-results
#2
Marta Gandolla, Andrea Costa, Lorenzo Aquilante, Margit Gfoehler, Markus Puchinger, Francesco Braghin, Alessandra Pedrocchi
People with neuromuscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy experience a distributed and evolutive weakness in the whole body. Recent technological developments have changed the daily life of disabled people strongly improving the perceived quality of life, mostly concentrating on powered wheelchairs, so to assure autonomous mobility and respiratory assistance, essential for survival. The key concept of the BRIDGE project is to contrast the everyday experience of losing functions by providing them of a system able to exploit the best their own residual capabilities in arm movements so to keep them functional and autonomous as much as possible...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813811/a-multichannel-near-infrared-spectroscopy-triggered-robotic-hand-rehabilitation-system-for-stroke-patients
#3
Jongseung Lee, Nobutaka Mukae, Jumpei Arata, Hiroyuki Iwata, Keiji Iramina, Koji Iihara, Makoto Hashizume
There is a demand for a new neurorehabilitation modality with a brain-computer interface for stroke patients with insufficient or no remaining hand motor function. We previously developed a robotic hand rehabilitation system triggered by multichannel near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to address this demand. In a preliminary prototype system, a robotic hand orthosis, providing one degree-of-freedom motion for a hand's closing and opening, is triggered by a wireless command from a NIRS system, capturing a subject's motor cortex activation...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813704/p38-kinase-sgk1-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-dependent-up-regulation-of-na-ca2-exchanger-expression-and-activity-following-tgf%C3%A3-1-treatment-of-megakaryocytes
#4
Tamer Al-Maghout, Lisann Pelzl, Itishri Sahu, Basma Sukkar, Zohreh Hosseinzadeh, Ravi Gutti, Stefan Laufer, Jakob Voelkl, Burkert Pieske, Meinrad Gawaz, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND: TGFβ1, a decisive regulator of megakaryocyte maturation and platelet formation, has previously been shown to up-regulate both, store operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE) and Ca2+ extrusion by Na+/Ca2+ exchange. The growth factor thus augments the increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]i) following release of Ca2+ from intracellular stores and accelerates the subsequent decline of [Ca2+]i. The effect on SOCE is dependent on a signaling cascade including p38 kinase, serum & glucocorticoid inducible kinase SGK1, and nuclear factor NFκB...
August 15, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813695/risk-based-remediation-of-polluted-sites-a-critical-perspective
#5
REVIEW
Saranya Kuppusamy, Kadiyala Venkateswarlu, Mallavarapu Megharaj, Srinithi Mayilswami, Yong Bok Lee
Sites contaminated with chemical pollutants represent a growing challenge, and remediation of such lands is of international concern. Risk-based land management (RBLM) is an emerging approach that integrates risk assessment practices with more traditional site-specific investigations and remediation activities. Developing countries are yet to adopt RBLM strategies for remediation. RBLM is considered to be practical, scientifically defensible and cost-efficient. However, it is inherently limited by: firstly, the accuracy of risk assessment models used; secondly, ramifications of the fact that they are more likely to leave contamination in place; and thirdly, uncertainties involved and having to consider the total concentrations of all contaminants in soils that overestimate the potential risks from exposure to the contaminants...
August 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813692/enhancing-cell-growth-and-lutein-productivity-of-desmodesmus-sp-f51-by-optimal-utilization-of-inorganic-carbon-sources-and-ammonium-salt
#6
Youping Xie, Xurui Zhao, Jianfeng Chen, Xuqiu Yang, Shih-Hsin Ho, Baobei Wang, Jo-Shu Chang, Ying Shen
The type and concentration of inorganic carbon and nitrogen sources were manipulated to improve cell growth and lutein productivity of Desmodesmus sp. F51. Using nitrate as nitrogen source, the better cell growth and lutein accumulation were obtained under 2.5% CO2 supply when compared to the addition of NaHCO3 or Na2CO3. To solve the pH variation problem of ammonium consumption, the strategy of using dual carbon sources (NaHCO3 and CO2) was explored. A lower bicarbonate-C: ammonium-N ratio led to a lower culture pH as well as lower lutein productivity, but significantly enhanced the auto-flocculation efficiency of the microalgal cells...
August 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813691/effects-of-superabsorbent-polymers-on-the-abundances-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-mobile-genetic-elements-and-the-bacterial-community-during-swine-manure-composting
#7
Aiyun Guo, Jie Gu, Xiaojuan Wang, Ranran Zhang, Yanan Yin, Wei Sun, Xiaxia Tuo, Li Zhang
Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) are considered suitable amendments for reducing the selection pressure due to heavy metals and the abundances of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) during composting. In this study, three SAP (sodium polyacrylate) levels (0, 5, and 15mgkg(-1) of compost) were applied and their effects on the abundances of ARGs, mobile genetic elements (MGEs), and the bacterial community were investigated. After composting, the abundances of ARGs and MGEs decreased to different extent, where the removal efficiencies for tetW, dfrA7, ermX, aac(6')-ib-cr and MGEs exceeded 90%...
August 5, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813617/environmental-stress-affects-the-formation-of-staphylococcus-aureus-persisters-tolerant-to-antibiotics
#8
Lucie Kubistova, Lukas Dvoracek, Jan Tkadlec, Oto Melter, Irena Licha
The ability to form persisters has been observed in many microorganisms, including Staphylococcus aureus, mainly in the context of chronic infections and the pathogenicity of these microbes. In our research, we have demonstrated that salt or oxidative stress could play a role in the formation of S. aureus persisters outside the host's intracellular interface. We pre-exposed planktonic growing bacterial culture to an oxidative or salt stress and monitored the dynamics of persister formation after ciprofloxacin and gentamicin treatment...
August 16, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813613/methacholine-challenge-comparison-of-airway-responsiveness-produced-by-a-vibrating-mesh-nebulizer-versus-a-jet-nebulizer
#9
Christianne M Blais, Donald W Cockcroft, Justine Veilleux, Marie-Ève Boulay, Louis-Philippe Boulet, Gail M Gauvreau, Tara X Scime, Richard M Watson, Paul M O'Byrne, Beth E Davis
BACKGROUND: The latest methacholine challenge testing (MCT) guidelines published by the European Respiratory Society recommend the characterization of nebulizers before their use in clinics and research. Such investigations are necessary for accurately determining the provocative dose of methacholine causing a 20% fall in FEV1 (PD20) delivered by a given device. The standard English Wright (Wright) jet nebulizer recommended in the 1999 guidelines by the American Thoracic Society has become difficult to obtain and possesses some characteristics that complicate the calculation of dose delivery from this device (e...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813611/intrauterine-growth-restricted-yucatan-miniature-pigs-experience-early-catch-up-growth-leading-to-greater-adiposity-and-impaired-lipid-metabolism-as-young-adults
#10
Semone B Myrie, Leslie L McKnight, J Christopher King, John J McGuire, Bruce N Van Vliet, Sukhinder K Cheema, Robert F Bertolo
Early nutrition has critical influences on cardiovascular disease risk in adulthood. The study objectives were to evaluate the impact of low birth weight on fasting and postprandial lipid metabolism and endothelium function in Yucatan miniature pigs. Intrauterine growth-restricted (IUGR) piglets (n = 6, 3 d old, 0.73 ± 0.04 kg) were paired with normal weight (NW) same-sex littermates (n = 6, 1.11 ± 0.05 kg) and fed milk replacer ad libitum for 4 wk. Thereafter, all pigs were fed a standard diet ad libitum for 5 h/d with growth, intakes and blood samples collected for 8 mo...
August 16, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813610/poloxamer-decorated-polymer-nanoparticles-for-lung-surfactant-compatibility
#11
Moritz Beck-Broichsitter, Adam Bohr, Christian Arnold Ruge
Lung-delivered polymer nanoparticles provoked dysfunction of the essential lung surfactant system. A steric shielding of the nanoparticle surface with poloxamers could minimize the unwanted interference of polymer nanoparticles with the biophysical function of lung surfactant. The extent of poly(styrene) and poly(lactide) nanoparticle-induced lung surfactant inhibition could be related to the type and content of the applied poloxamer. Escalations of the adsorbed coating layer thickness (>3 nm) as well as concentration (brush- rather than mushroom-like conformation of poly(ethylene glycol), chain-to-chain distance of <5 nm) on the colloidal surface were capable of circumventing bioadverse effects...
August 16, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813547/an-experimental-and-numerical-study-of-hybrid-iii-dummy-response-to-simulated-underbody-blast-impacts
#12
Karthik Somasundaram, Anil Kalra, Don Sherman, Paul Begeman, King H Yang, John M Cavanaugh
Anthropometric test devices (ATDs) such as Hybrid III dummy have been widely used in automotive crash tests to evaluate the risks of injury at different body regions. In recent years, researchers have started using automotive ATDs to study the high-speed vertical loading response caused by underbelly blast (UBB) impacts. This study analyzed the Hybrid III dummy responses to short-duration large magnitude vertical acceleration in a laboratory setup. Two unique test conditions were investigated using a horizontal sled system to simulate the UBB loading conditions...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813523/et-26-hydrochloride-et-26-hcl-has-similar-hemodynamic-stability-to-that-of-etomidate-in-normal-and-uncontrolled-hemorrhagic-shock-uhs-rats
#13
Bin Wang, Shouming Chen, Jun Yang, Linghui Yang, Jin Liu, Wensheng Zhang
OBJECTIVE: ET-26 HCl is a promising sedative-hypnotic anesthetic with virtually no effect on adrenocortical steroid synthesis. However, whether or not ET-26 HCl also has a sufficiently wide safety margin and hemodynamic stability similar to that of etomidate and related compounds remains unknown. In this study, the effects of ET-26 HCl, etomidate and propofol on therapeutic index, heart rate (HR), mean arterial pressure (MAP), maximal rate for left ventricular pressure rise (Dmax/t), and maximal rate for left ventricular pressure decline (Dmin/t) were investigated in healthy rats and a rat model of uncontrolled hemorrhagic shock (UHS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813504/effect-of-co2-induced-seawater-acidification-on-growth-photosynthesis-and-inorganic-carbon-acquisition-of-the-harmful-bloom-forming-marine-microalga-karenia-mikimotoi
#14
Shunxin Hu, Bin Zhou, You Wang, Ying Wang, Xinxin Zhang, Yan Zhao, Xinyu Zhao, Xuexi Tang
Karenia mikimotoi is a widespread, toxic and non-calcifying dinoflagellate, which can release and produce ichthyotoxins and hemolytic toxins affecting the food web within the area of its bloom. Shifts in the physiological characteristics of K. mikimotoi due to CO2-induced seawater acidification could alter the occurrence, severity and impacts of harmful algal blooms (HABs). Here, we investigated the effects of elevated pCO2 on the physiology of K. mikimotoi. Using semi-continuous cultures under controlled laboratory conditions, growth, photosynthesis and inorganic carbon acquisition were determined over 4-6 week incubations at ambient (390ppmv) and elevated pCO2 levels (1000 ppmv and 2000 ppmv)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813487/effect-of-masticatory-stimulation-on-the-quantity-and-quality-of-saliva-and-the-salivary-metabolomic-profile
#15
Nobuyuki Okuma, Makiko Saita, Noriyuki Hoshi, Tomoyoshi Soga, Masaru Tomita, Masahiro Sugimoto, Katsuhiko Kimoto
BACKGROUND: This study characterized the changes in quality and quantity of saliva, and changes in the salivary metabolomic profile, to understand the effects of masticatory stimulation. METHODS: Stimulated and unstimulated saliva samples were collected from 55 subjects and salivary hydrophilic metabolites were comprehensively quantified using capillary electrophoresis-time-of-flight mass spectrometry. RESULTS: In total, 137 metabolites were identified and quantified...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813470/comparison-of-macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-and-neutrophil-gelatinase-associated-lipocalin-2-to-predict-acute-kidney-injury-after-liver-transplantation-an-observational-pilot-study
#16
Joanna Baron-Stefaniak, Judith Schiefer, Edmund J Miller, Gabriela A Berlakovich, David M Baron, Peter Faybik
INTRODUCTION: Several biomarkers have been suggested as early predictors of acute kidney injury (AKI) after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin-2 (NGAL) appears to be a promising predictor of AKI after OLT, but the clinical benefit remains to be proven. Recently, systemic macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) has been proposed as early indicator for requirement of renal replacement therapy after OLT. The aim of this prospective, observational pilot study was to compare the predictive values of serum and urinary MIF for severe AKI after OLT to those of serum and urinary NGAL...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813455/maternal-serum-c-reactive-protein-concentration-and-intra-amniotic-inflammation-in-women-with-preterm-prelabor-rupture-of-membranes
#17
Ivana Musilova, Marian Kacerovsky, Martin Stepan, Tomas Bestvina, Lenka Pliskova, Barbora Zednikova, Bo Jacobsson
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate maternal serum C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations in pregnancies complicated by preterm prelabor rupture of membranes (PPROM) in relation to the presence of microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity (MIAC) and/or intra-amniotic inflammation (IAI). METHODS: Two hundred and eighty-seven women with singleton pregnancies complicated by PPROM between 2014 and 2016 were included in this study. Maternal blood and amniotic fluid samples were collected at the time of admission...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813452/plasma-metabolomics-reveals-membrane-lipids-aspartate-asparagine-and-nucleotide-metabolism-pathway-differences-associated-with-chloroquine-resistance-in-plasmodium-vivax-malaria
#18
Karan Uppal, Jorge L Salinas, Wuelton M Monteiro, Fernando Val, Regina J Cordy, Ken Liu, Gisely C Melo, Andre M Siqueira, Belisa Magalhaes, Mary R Galinski, Marcus V G Lacerda, Dean P Jones
BACKGROUND: Chloroquine (CQ) is the main anti-schizontocidal drug used in the treatment of uncomplicated malaria caused by Plasmodium vivax. Chloroquine resistant P. vivax (PvCR) malaria in the Western Pacific region, Asia and in the Americas indicates a need for biomarkers of resistance to improve therapy and enhance understanding of the mechanisms associated with PvCR. In this study, we compared plasma metabolic profiles of P. vivax malaria patients with PvCR and chloroquine sensitive parasites before treatment to identify potential molecular markers of chloroquine resistance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813439/comparative-ecophysiology-of-a-critically-endangered-cr-ectotherm-implications-for-conservation-management
#19
Andrea F T Currylow, Angelo Mandimbihasina, Paul Gibbons, Ernest Bekarany, Craig B Stanford, Edward E Louis, Daniel E Crocker
Captive breeding is a vital conservation tool for many endangered species programs. It is often a last resort when wild animal population numbers drop to below critical minimums for natural reproduction. However, critical ecophysiological information of wild counterparts may not be well documented or understood, leading to years of minimal breeding successes. We collected endocrine and associated ecological data on a critically endangered ectotherm concurrently in the wild and in captivity over several years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813428/soil-features-in-rookeries-of-antarctic-penguins-reveal-sea-to-land-biotransport-of-chemical-pollutants
#20
Anna C Santamans, Rafael Boluda, Antonio Picazo, Carlos Gil, Joaquín Ramos-Miras, Pablo Tejedo, Luis R Pertierra, Javier Benayas, Antonio Camacho
The main soil physical-chemical features, the concentrations of a set of pollutants, and the soil microbiota linked to penguin rookeries have been studied in 10 selected sites located at the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula (Maritime Antarctica). This study aims to test the hypothesis that biotransport by penguins increases the concentration of pollutants, especially heavy metals, in Antarctic soils, and alters its microbiota. Our results show that penguins do transport certain chemical elements and thus cause accumulation in land areas through their excreta...
2017: PloS One
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