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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208735/probabilistic-neighborhood-based-data-collection-algorithms-for-3d-underwater-acoustic-sensor-networks
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Guangjie Han, Shanshan Li, Chunsheng Zhu, Jinfang Jiang, Wenbo Zhang
Marine environmental monitoring provides crucial information and support for the exploitation, utilization, and protection of marine resources. With the rapid development of information technology, the development of three-dimensional underwater acoustic sensor networks (3D UASNs) provides a novel strategy to acquire marine environment information conveniently, efficiently and accurately. However, the specific propagation effects of acoustic communication channel lead to decreased successful information delivery probability with increased distance...
February 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205143/development-of-a-gastric-absorptive-immediate-responsive-oral-protein-loaded-versatile-polymeric-delivery-system
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Pierre P D Kondiah, Yahya E Choonara, Lomas K Tomar, Charu Tyagi, Pradeep Kumar, Lisa C du Toit, Thashree Marimuthu, Girish Modi, Viness Pillay
A multifunctional platform to deliver three diverse proteins of insulin, interferon beta (INF-β) and erythropoietin (EPO), using a novel copolymeric microparticulate system of TMC-PEGDMA-MAA, was synthesised as an intelligent pH-responsive 2-fold gastric and intestinal absorptive system. Physiochemical and physicomechanical studies proved the degree of crystallinity that supported the controlled protein delivery of the microparticulate system. The copolymer was tableted before undertaking in vitro and in vivo analysis...
February 15, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199396/influence-of-cerebral-blood-vessel-movements-on-the-position-of-perivascular-synapses
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Miguel Urrecha, Ignacio Romero, Javier DeFelipe, Angel Merchán-Pérez
Synaptic activity is regulated and limited by blood flow, which is controlled by blood vessel dilation and contraction. Traditionally, the study of neurovascular coupling has mainly focused on energy consumption and oxygen delivery. However, the mechanical changes that blood vessel movements induce in the surrounding tissue have not been considered. We have modeled the mechanical changes that movements of blood vessels cause in neighboring synapses. Our simulations indicate that synaptic densities increase or decrease during vascular dilation and contraction, respectively, near the blood vessel walls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199265/a-decision-support-approach-for-provider-scheduling-in-a-patient-centered-medical-home
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Renata Konrad, Sarah Ficarra, Catherine Danko, Rachel Wallace, Cliona Archambeault
The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has been proposed as a viable and medically effective model of primary care delivery. The fundamental principles of a PCMH address increased access and offer new ways to organize a practice. Creating provider schedules able to satisfy the operational and organizational constraints imposed by this type of delivery model is a challenging, complex, and time-consuming task.This article presents a two-step approach for scheduling providers and prospectively assessing the consequences of various schedules on patient throughput without experimenting on the real-world system...
January 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196607/development-of-a-model-web-based-system-to-support-a-statewide-quality-consortium-in-radiation-oncology
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Jean M Moran, Mary Feng, Lisa A Benedetti, Robin Marsh, Kent A Griffith, Martha M Matuszak, Michael Hess, Matthew McMullen, Jennifer H Fisher, Teamour Nurushev, Margaret Grubb, Stephen Gardner, Daniel Nielsen, Reshma Jagsi, James A Hayman, Lori J Pierce
PURPOSE: A database in which patient data are compiled allows analytic opportunities for continuous improvements in treatment quality and comparative effectiveness research. We describe the development of a novel, web-based system that supports the collection of complex radiation treatment planning information from centers that use diverse techniques, software, and hardware for radiation oncology care in a statewide quality collaborative, the Michigan Radiation Oncology Quality Consortium (MROQC)...
October 20, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193299/otolaryngology-outreach-to-komfo-anokye-teaching-hospital-a-medical-and-educational-partnership
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B Waller, R Larsen-Reindorf, M Duah, J Opoku-Buabeng, B M Edwards, D Brown, J Moyer, M Prince, G J Basura
BACKGROUND: Medical and educational partnerships between high- and low-resourced countries provide opportunities to have a long-term meaningful impact on medical training and healthcare delivery. METHODS: An otolaryngology partnership between Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana, and the University of Michigan Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery has been undertaken to enhance healthcare delivery at both institutions. RESULTS: A temporal bone dissection laboratory, with the equipment to perform dedicated otological surgery, and academic platforms for clinical and medical education and residency training have been established...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191842/synthesis-and-functional-characterization-of-novel-sialyl-lewisx-mimic-decorated-liposomes-for-e-selectin-mediated-targeting-to-inflamed-endothelial-cells
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Chanikarn Chantarasrivong, Akiharu Ueki, Ryutaro Ohyama, Johan Unga, Shinya Nakamura, Isao Nakanishi, Yuriko Higuchi, Shigeru Kawakami, Hiromune Ando, Akihiro Imamura, Hideharu Ishida, Fumiyoshi Yamashita, Makoto Kiso, Mitsuru Hashida
Sialyl LewisX (sLeX) is a natural ligand of E-selectin that is overexpressed by inflamed and tumor endothelium. Although sLeX is a potential ligand for drug targeting, synthesis of the tetrasaccharide is complicated with many reaction steps. In this study, structurally simplified novel sLeX analogs were designed and linked with 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-polyethyleneglycol-2000 (DSPE-PEG) for E-selectin-mediated liposomal delivery. The sLeX structural simplification strategies include (1) replacement of the Gal-GlcNAc disaccharide unit with lactose to reduce many initial steps and (2) substitution of neuraminic acid with a negatively charged group, i...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190945/mems-based-flexible-force-sensor-for-tri-axial-catheter-contact-force-measurement
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Hardik J Pandya, Jun Sheng, Jaydev P Desai
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a significant healthcare problem caused by the uneven and rapid discharge of electrical signals from pulmonary veins (PVs). The technique of radiofrequency (RF) ablation can block these abnormal electrical signals by ablating myocardial sleeves inside PVs. Catheter contact force measurement during RF ablation can reduce the rate of AFib recurrence, since it helps to determine effective contact of the catheter with the tissue, thereby resulting in effective power delivery for ablation...
February 2017: Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188697/a-case-study-evaluating-deep-inspiration-breath-hold-and-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-to-minimise-long-term-toxicity-in-a-young-patient-with-bulky-mediastinal-hodgkin-lymphoma
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Jonathan M Tomaszewski, Sarah Crook, Kenneth Wan, Lucille Scott, Farshad Foroudi
Radiotherapy plays an important role in the treatment of early-stage Hodgkin lymphoma, but late toxicities such as cardiovascular disease and second malignancy are a major concern. Our aim was to evaluate the potential of deep inspiration breath-hold (DIBH) and intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) to reduce cardiac dose from mediastinal radiotherapy. A 24 year-old male with early-stage bulky mediastinal Hodgkin lymphoma received involved-site radiotherapy as part of a combined modality programme. Simulation was performed in free breathing (FB) and DIBH...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186522/effect-of-internal-architecture-on-microgel-deformation-in-microfluidic-constrictions
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Lynna Chen, Kai Xi Wang, Patrick S Doyle
The study of how soft particles deform to pass through narrow openings is important for understanding the transit of biological cells, as well as for designing deformable drug delivery carriers. In this work, we systematically explore how soft microparticles with various internal architectures deform during passage through microfluidic constrictions. We synthesize hydrogel particles with well-defined internal structure using lithography-based UV polymerization in microfluidic channels (stop-flow lithography)...
February 10, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183595/carbon-nanotube-as-a-carrier-in-drug-delivery-system-for-carnosine-dipeptide-a-computer-simulation-study
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Sepideh Ketabi, Leila Rahmani
Biological application of carbon nanotube in drug delivery is our main concern in this investigation. For this purpose interaction of carnosine and carbon nanotube was studied in both gas phase and separately in aqueous media. Three possible interactions of carnosine dipeptide with (5,5) carbon nanotube in physiological media were considered. At first step each species were modeled using quantum mechanical calculations, in the next step, their properties in aqueous solution were studied by applying Monte Carlo simulations...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182862/proanthocyanidins-loaded-nanoparticles-enhance-dentin-degradation-resistance
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A S Fawzy, B M Priyadarshini, S T Selvan, T B Lu, J Neo
Previous studies reported that grapeseed extract (GSE), which is rich in proanthocyanidins (PAs), improves the biodegradation resistance of demineralized dentin. This study aimed to investigate the effect of a new GSE delivery strategy to demineralized dentin through loading into biodegradable polymer poly-[lactic-co-glycolic acid] (PLGA) nanoparticles on the biodegradation resistance in terms of structural stability and surface/bulk mechanical and biochemical properties with storage time in collagenase-containing solutions...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181817/mathematical-modeling-of-intraperitoneal-drug-delivery-simulation-of-drug-distribution-in-a-single-tumor-nodule
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Margo Steuperaert, Giuseppe Falvo D'Urso Labate, Charlotte Debbaut, Olivier De Wever, Christian Vanhove, Wim Ceelen, Patrick Segers
The intraperitoneal (IP) administration of chemotherapy is an alternative treatment for peritoneal carcinomatosis, allowing for higher intratumor concentrations of the cytotoxic agent compared to intravenous administration. Nevertheless, drug penetration depths are still limited to a few millimeters. It is thus necessary to better understand the limiting factors behind this poor penetration in order to improve IP chemotherapy delivery. By developing a three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model for drug penetration in a tumor nodule, we investigated the impact of a number of key parameters on the drug transport and penetration depth during IP chemotherapy...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181795/water-responsive-shape-recovery-induced-buckling-in-biodegradable-photo-cross-linked-poly-ethylene-glycol-peg-hydrogel
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Abhijit Vijay Salvekar, Wei Min Huang, Rui Xiao, Yee Shan Wong, Subbu S Venkatraman, Kiang Hiong Tay, Ze Xiang Shen
The phenomenon of recovering the permanent shape from a severely deformed temporary shape, but only in the presence of the right stimulus, is known as the shape memory effect (SME). Materials with such an interesting effect are known as shape memory materials (SMMs). Typical stimuli to trigger shape recovery include temperature (heating or cooling), chemical (including water/moisture and pH value), and light. As a SMM is able not only to maintain the temporary shape but also to respond to the right stimulus when it is applied, via shape-shifting, a seamless integration of sensing and actuation functions is achieved within one single piece of material...
February 9, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176999/selective-solute-adsorption-and-partitioning-around-single-pnipam-chains
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Matej Kanduč, Richard Chudoba, Karol Palczynski, Won Kyu Kim, Rafael Roa, Joachim Dzubiella
Thermoresponsive polymer architectures have become integral building blocks of 'smart' functional materials in modern applications. For a large range of developments, e.g. for drug delivery or nanocatalytic carrier systems, the selective adsorption and partitioning of molecules (ligands or reactants) inside the polymeric matrix are key processes that have to be controlled and tuned for the desired material function. In order to gain insights into the nanoscale structure and binding details in such systems, we here employ molecular dynamics simulations of the popular poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) polymer in explicit water in the presence of various representative solute types with a focus on aromatic model reactants...
February 8, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176899/subcutaneous-sumatriptan-delivery-devices-comparative-ease-of-use-and-preference-among-migraineurs
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Anthony D Andre, Elimor Brand-Schieber, Margarita Ramirez, Sagar Munjal, Rajesh Kumar
BACKGROUND: Several sumatriptan subcutaneous autoinjector devices for acute treatment of migraine patients are available, each device differs with respect to design and features. Determining device preference and ease of use is important because patients experiencing a migraine attack are often functionally impaired. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this human factors study was to compare migraine patients' device use performance and preferences for three sumatriptan subcutaneous autoinjectors: a disposable two-step device (Zembrace(®) SymTouch(®)), a disposable three-step device (Sumavel(®) DosePro(®)), and a multistep reloadable device (Imitrex(®) STATdose(®)), using simulated injections...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169033/combining-habitat-requirements-of-endemic-bird-species-and-other-ecosystem-services-may-synergistically-enhance-conservation-efforts
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Mattia Brambilla, Luca Ilahiane, Giacomo Assandri, Silvia Ronchi, Giuseppe Bogliani
Biodiversity conservation and the optimisation of other ecosystem service delivery as a contribution to human well-being are often tackled as mutually alternative targets. Modern agriculture is a great challenge for the fulfilment of both. Here, we explore the potential benefits of integrating biodiversity conservation and the preservation of wider ecosystem services, considering the conservation of an endemic species (Moltoni's warbler Sylvia subalpina; Aves: Sylvidae) and soil erosion control (a final ecosystem service) in intensive vineyards in Italy...
February 3, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169021/supplemental-parenteral-nutrition-in-intensive-care-patients-a-cost-saving-strategy
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Lorenzo Pradelli, Séverine Graf, Claude Pichard, Mette M Berger
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The Swiss supplemental parenteral nutrition (SPN) study demonstrated that optimised energy provision combining enteral nutrition (EN) and SPN reduces nosocomial infections in critically ill adults who fail to achieve targeted energy delivery with EN alone. To assess the economic impact of this strategy, we performed a cost-effectiveness analysis using data from the SPN study. METHODS: Multivariable regression analyses were performed to characterise the relationships between SPN, cumulative energy deficit, nosocomial infection, and resource consumption...
January 25, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167261/redox-and-ph-responsive-gold-nanoparticles-as-a-new-platform-for-simultaneous-triple-anti-cancer-drugs-targeting
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Marjan Ghorbani, Hamed Hamishehkar
Cancer is considered to be one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide and nanotechnology was shown to have a unique potential to enhance the therapeutic performance of anti-cancer agents. A novel dual stimuli-responsive polyethylene glycol (PEG) block copolymer was synthesized for the decoration and stabilization of gold nanoparticles (NPs) to carry multiple anti-cancer drugs, doxorubicin (DOX), methotrexate (MTX) and 6-mercaptopurine (MP). DOX, MTX and MP were successfully loaded (the loading capacity of 37%, 12%, and 49%, respectively) into the NPs by ionic interaction (DOX and MTX) and disulphide-covalent bond formation (MP) in the polymeric shell of NPs...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166057/proton-therapy-of-prostate-cancer-by-anterior-oblique-beams-implications-of-setup-and-anatomy-variations
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M Moteabbed, A Trofimov, G C Sharp, Y Wang, A L Zietman, J A Efstathiou, H-M Lu
Proton therapy of prostate by anterior beams could offer an attractive option for treating patients with hip prosthesis and limiting the high-dose exposure to the rectum. We investigated the impact of setup and anatomy variations on the anterior-oblique (AO) proton plan dose, and strategies to manage these effects via range verification and adaptive delivery. Ten patients treated by bilateral (BL) passive-scattering proton therapy (79.2 Gy in 44 fractions) who underwent weekly verification CT scans were selected...
March 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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