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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231337/4d-dose-simulation-in-volumetric-arc-therapy-accuracy-and-affecting-parameters
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Thilo Sothmann, Tobias Gauer, René Werner
Radiotherapy of lung and liver lesions has changed from normofractioned 3D-CRT to stereotactic treatment in a single or few fractions, often employing volumetric arc therapy (VMAT)-based techniques. Potential unintended interference of respiratory target motion and dynamically changing beam parameters during VMAT dose delivery motivates establishing 4D quality assurance (4D QA) procedures to assess appropriateness of generated VMAT treatment plans when taking into account patient-specific motion characteristics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229955/three-dimensional-colloidal-lithography
#2
Hironori Nagai, Austen Poteet, Xu A Zhang, Chih-Hao Chang
Light interactions with colloidal particles can generate a variety of complex three-dimensional (3D) intensity patterns, which can be utilized for nanolithography. The study of particle-light interactions can add more types of intensity patterns by manipulating key factors. Here we investigate a novel 3D nanolithography technique using colloidal particles under two-beam coherent illuminations. The fabricated 3D nanostructures are hollow, nested within periodic structures, and possess multiple chamber geometry...
February 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228078/nanocarriers-mediated-topical-drug-delivery-for-psoriasis-treatment
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Sevgi Güngör, Meriem Rezigue
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory skin disease affecting 2 to 3% of people worldwide. Topical therapy as first option in the management of psoriasis is an attractive strategy by delivering drugs efficiently into target sites of disease, minimizing systemic side effects of drugs and ensuring high patient compliance. However, the delivery of antipsoriatic agents via conventional topical formulations is limited due to their poor percutaneous penetration and targeting into deeper layers of the skin...
February 22, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228017/adsorption-mechanism-of-an-antimicrobial-peptide-on-carbonaceous-surfaces-a-molecular-dynamics-study
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Danilo Roccatano, Edita Sarukhanyan, Ronen Zangi
Peptides are versatile molecules with applications spanning from biotechnology to nanomedicine. They exhibit a good capability to unbundle carbon nanotubes (CNT) by improving their solubility in water. Furthermore, they are a powerful drug delivery system since they can easily be uptaken by living cells, and their high surface-to-volume ratio facilitates the adsorption of molecules of different natures. Therefore, understanding the interaction mechanism between peptides and CNT is important for designing novel therapeutical agents...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227990/using-computational-phantoms-to-improve-delivery-of-tumor-treating-fields-ttfields-to-patients
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Ze'ev Bomzon, Hadas Sara Hershkovich, Noa Urman, Aafia Chaudhry, Dario Garcia-Carracedo, Anders R Korshoej, Uri Weinberg, Cornelia Wenger, Pedro Miranda, Yoram Wasserman, Eilon D Kirson, Yoram, Ze'ev Bomzon, Hadas Sara Hershkovich, Noa Urman, Aafia Chaudhry, Dario Garcia-Carracedo, Anders R Korshoej, Uri Weinberg, Cornelia Wenger, Pedro Miranda, Yoram Wasserman, Eilon D Kirson, Yoram, Uri Weinberg, Cornelia Wenger, Noa Urman, Hadas Sara Hershkovich, Yoram Wasserman, Anders R Korshoej, Eilon D Kirson, Dario Garcia-Carracedo, Pedro Miranda, Aafia Chaudhry, Zeev Bomzon, Yoram
This paper reviews the state-of-the-art in simulation-based studies of Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) and highlights major aspects of TTFields in which simulation-based studies could affect clinical outcomes. A major challenge is how to simulate multiple scenarios rapidly for TTFields delivery. Overcoming this challenge will enable a better understanding of how TTFields distribution is correlated with disease progression, leading to better transducer array designs and field optimization procedures, ultimately improving patient outcomes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227795/simplified-realistic-human-head-model-for-simulating-tumor-treating-fields-ttfields
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Cornelia Wenger, Ze'ev Bomzon, Ricardo Salvador, Peter J Basser, Pedro C Miranda, Cornelia Wenger, Ze'ev Bomzon, Ricardo Salvador, Peter J Basser, Pedro C Miranda, Peter J Basser, Pedro C Miranda, Cornelia Wenger, Ricardo Salvador, Ze'ev Bomzon
Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) are alternating electric fields in the intermediate frequency range (100-300 kHz) of low-intensity (1-3 V/cm). TTFields are an anti-mitotic treatment against solid tumors, which are approved for Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) patients. These electric fields are induced non-invasively by transducer arrays placed directly on the patient's scalp. Cell culture experiments showed that treatment efficacy is dependent on the induced field intensity. In clinical practice, a software called NovoTal(TM) uses head measurements to estimate the optimal array placement to maximize the electric field delivery to the tumor...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226993/first-steps-to-creating-a-platform-for-high-throughput-simulation-of-ttfields
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Hadas Sara Hershkovich, Zeev Bomzon, Cornelia Wenger, Noa Urman, Aafia Chaudhry, Dario Garcia-Carracedo, Eilon D Kirson, Uri Weinberg, Yoram Wassermann, Yoram Palti, Hadas Sara Hershkovich, Zeev Bomzon, Cornelia Wenger, Noa Urman, Aafia Chaudhry, Dario Garcia-Carracedo, Eilon D Kirson, Uri Weinberg, Yoram Wassermann, Yoram Palti, Yoram Wassermann, Cornelia Wenger, Uri Weinberg, Hadas Sara Hershkovich, Zeev Bomzon, Eilon D Kirson, Dario Garcia-Carracedo, Yoram Palti, Noa Urman, Aafia Chaudhry
Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) are low intensity alternating electric fields in the 100-500 KHz frequency range that are known to have an anti-mitotic effect on cancerous cells. In the USA, TTFields are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of glioblastoma (GBM) in both the newly diagnosed and recurrent settings. Optimizing treatment with TTFields requires a deep understanding of how TTFields distribute within the brain. To address this issue, simulations using realistic head models have been performed...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226972/design-of-a-dual-hormone-model-predictive-control-for-artificial-pancreas-with-exercise-model
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Navid Resalat, Joseph El Youssef, Ravi Reddy, Peter G Jacobs, Navid Resalat, Joseph El Youssef, Ravi Reddy, Peter G Jacobs, Navid Resalat, Joseph El Youssef, Peter G Jacobs, Ravi Reddy
The Artificial Pancreas (AP) is a new technology for helping people with type 1 diabetes to better control their glucose levels through automated delivery of insulin and optionally glucagon in response to sensed glucose levels. In a dual hormone AP, insulin and glucagon are delivered automatically to the body based on glucose sensor measurements using a control algorithm that calculates the amount of hormones to be infused. A dual-hormone MPC may deliver insulin continuously; however, it must avoid continuous delivery of glucagon because nausea can occur from too much glucagon...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223860/polymeric-films-as-a-promising-carrier-for-bioadhesive-drug-delivery-development-characterization-and-optimization
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Pallavi Bassi, Gurpreet Kaur
Bioadhesive films using tamarind seed polysaccharide were prepared for the treatment of candida vaginitis using nystatin as the model drug. Films were prepared by solvent casting method. A 3(2) factorial design was employed to study the effect of independent variables (polymer and plasticizer concentration) on a range of dependent variables namely mechanical, swelling, interfacial, and bioadhesive properties through response surface methodological approach, using Design Expert® software. Formulation composition that provided the most desired and optimized results was selected using desirability approach...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223171/how-tumour-induced-vascular-changes-alter-angiogenesis-insights-from-a-computational-model
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A Stéphanou, A C Lesart, J Deverchère, A Juhem, A Popov, F Estève
A computational model was developed to describe experimentally observed vascular changes induced by the introduction of a tumour on a mouse equipped with a dorsal skinfold chamber. The vascular structure of the host tissue was segmented from in vivo images and transposed into the computational framework. Simulations of tumour-induced vascular changes were performed and include the destabilizing effects of the growth factor VEGF on the integrity of the vessels walls. The integration of those effects, that include alteration of the vessel wall elasticity and wall breaching, were required to realistically reproduce the experimental observations...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222100/development-of-topical-ophthalmic-in-situ-gel-forming-estradiol-delivery-system-intended-for-the-prevention-of-age-related-cataracts
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Udaya K Kotreka, Vicki L Davis, Moji C Adeyeye
The goal of this study was to develop and characterize an ion-activated in situ gel-forming estradiol (E2) solution eye drops intended for the prevention of age-related cataracts. Accordingly, in situ gelling eye drops were made using gellan gum as an ion-activated gel-forming polymer, polysorbate-80 as drug solubilizing agent, mannitol as tonicity agent, and combination of potassium sorbate and edetate disodium dihydrate (EDTA) as preservatives. The formulations were tested for the following characteristics: pH, clarity, osmolality, antimicrobial efficacy, rheological behavior, and in vitro drug release...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221040/magnetic-fullerene-dna-hyaluronic-acid-nanovehicles-with-magnetism-reduction-dual-responsive-triggered-release
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Ling Wang, Yitong Wang, Jingcheng Hao, Shuli Dong
We create the dual-responsive nanovehicle that can effectively combine and abundantly utilize magnetic and glutathione (GSH)-reductive triggers to control the drug delivery and achieve more intelligent and powerful targeting. In the nanovehicles, paramagnetic fullerene (C60@CTAF) was prepared via one-step modification of fullerene with magnetic surfactant CTAF by hydrophobic interaction for the first time. The perfect conjugation of C60 and CTAF increased the solubility or dispersity of fullerenes and qualify CTAF with more powerful assembly capability with DNA...
February 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219689/in-vitro-drug-release-profiles-of-ph-sensitive-hydroxyethylacryl-chitosan-sodium-alginate-hydrogels-using-paracetamol-as-a-soluble-model-drug
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Pitchaya Treenate, Pathavuth Monvisade
The aim of this study is to investigate in vitro drug release profiles of pH-sensitive hydrogels composed of hydroxyethylacryl chitosan (HC) and sodium alginate (SA). The hydrogels were crosslinked by dipping method using different ionic crosslinkers (e.g., Ca(2+), Zn(2+) and Cu(2+)). The crosslinking reaction was confirmed by FT-IR. Swelling behavior and stability of the hydrogels in simulated digestive media were investigated. The result indicated that the combination between HC and SA could delay the degradation time of the hydrogels...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217761/modeling-of-chronic-radiation-induced-cystitis-in-mice
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Bernadette M M Zwaans, Sarah Krueger, Sarah N Bartolone, Michael B Chancellor, Brian Marples, Laura E Lamb
PURPOSE: Radiation cystitis (RC), a severe inflammatory bladder condition, develops as a side-effect of pelvic radiation therapy in cancer patients. There are currently no effective therapies to treat RC, in part due to the lack of preclinical model systems. In this study, we developed a mouse model for RC and used a small animal radiation research platform (SARRP) to simulate the targeted delivery of radiation as used with human patients. METHODS AND MATERIALS: To induce RC, C3H mice received a single radiation dose of 20Gy delivered through two beams...
October 2016: Advances in Radiation Oncology
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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