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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923968/soft-tubular-microfluidics-for-2d-and-3d-applications
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Wang Xi, Fang Kong, Joo Chuan Yeo, Longteng Yu, Surabhi Sonam, Ming Dao, Xiaobo Gong, Chwee Teck Lim
Microfluidics has been the key component for many applications, including biomedical devices, chemical processors, microactuators, and even wearable devices. This technology relies on soft lithography fabrication which requires cleanroom facilities. Although popular, this method is expensive and labor-intensive. Furthermore, current conventional microfluidic chips precludes reconfiguration, making reiterations in design very time-consuming and costly. To address these intrinsic drawbacks of microfabrication, we present an alternative solution for the rapid prototyping of microfluidic elements such as microtubes, valves, and pumps...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892612/medium-chain-length-polyhydroxyalkanoate-copolymer-modified-by-bacterial-cellulose-for-medical-devices
#2
Denis Mihaela Panaitescu, Irina Lupescu, Adriana Nicoleta Frone, Ioana Chiulan, Cristian Andi Nicolae, Vlad Tofan, Amalia Stefaniu, Raluca Somoghi, Roxana Trusca
Medium chain-length PHAs (mPHAs) are flexible elastomeric biopolymers with valuable properties for biomedical applications like artificial arteries and other medical implants. However, an environmentally friendly and high productivity process together with the tuning of the mechanical and biological properties of mPHAs are mandatory for this purpose. Here, for the first time, a melt processing technique was applied for the preparation of bionanocomposites starting from poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate) (PHO) and bacterial cellulose nanofibers (BC)...
September 11, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887503/stretchable-conductive-elastomer-for-wireless-wearable-communication-applications
#3
Zhibo Chen, Jingtian Xi, Wei Huang, Matthew M F Yuen
Wearable devices have provided noninvasive and continuous monitoring of physiological parameters in healthcare applications. However, for the comfortable applications of wearable devices on human body, two key requirements are to replace conventional bulky devices into soft and deformable ones and to have wireless wearable communication. In this paper we present a simple, low-cost and highly efficient all-elastomeric conductor that can be used in a soft radio-frequency (RF) transmission line and antenna. We show a stretchable transmission line and two stretchable antennas fabricated with conventional screen printing...
September 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882019/usefulness-of-hospital-at-home-in-nosocomial-infections-advantages-and-limitations
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REVIEW
V J González Ramallo, M Mirón Rubio, O Estrada Cuxart, M E García Leoni
Hospital at Home units allows ambulatory treatment and monitoring of complex and serious infections. Nosocomial infections produce an extension of the stay in hospital often specifying long intravenous treatments without any effective oral alternatives. Daily dosing of antimicrobial are easier to administer at home. The use of portable programmable pump infusion and elastomeric devices allow efficient and safe infu-sions for most antimicrobials at home. Some antibiotics against multidrug-resistant organisms of recent introduction have a suitable profile for outpatient intravenous treatment...
September 2017: Revista Española de Quimioterapia: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Quimioterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878564/nonlinear-electroelasticity-material-properties-continuum-theory-and-applications
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REVIEW
Luis Dorfmann, Ray W Ogden
In the last few years, it has been recognized that the large deformation capacity of elastomeric materials that are sensitive to electric fields can be harnessed for use in transducer devices such as actuators and sensors. This has led to the reassessment of the mathematical theory that is needed for the description of the electromechanical (in particular, electroelastic) interactions for purposes of material characterization and prediction. After a review of the key experiments concerned with determining the nature of the electromechanical interactions and a discussion of the range of applications to devices, we provide a short account of the history of developments in the nonlinear theory...
August 2017: Proceedings. Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875572/hybrid-3d-printing-of-soft-electronics
#6
Alexander D Valentine, Travis A Busbee, John William Boley, Jordan R Raney, Alex Chortos, Arda Kotikian, John Daniel Berrigan, Michael F Durstock, Jennifer A Lewis
Hybrid 3D printing is a new method for producing soft electronics that combines direct ink writing of conductive and dielectric elastomeric materials with automated pick-and-place of surface mount electronic components within an integrated additive manufacturing platform. Using this approach, insulating matrix and conductive electrode inks are directly printed in specific layouts. Passive and active electrical components are then integrated to produce the desired electronic circuitry by using an empty nozzle (in vacuum-on mode) to pick up individual components, place them onto the substrate, and then deposit them (in vacuum-off mode) in the desired location...
September 6, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872882/two-dimensional-active-tuning-of-an-aluminum-plasmonic-array-for-full-spectrum-response
#7
Ming Lun Tseng, Jian Yang, Michael Semmlinger, Chao Zhang, Peter Nordlander, Naomi J Halas
Color pixels composed of plasmonic nanostructures provide a highly promising approach for new display technologies, capable of vivid, robust coloration and incorporating the use of low-cost plasmonic materials, such as Aluminum. Here we report a plasmonic device that can be tuned continuously across the entire visible spectrum, based on integrating a square array of Aluminum nanostructures into an elastomeric substrate. By stretching the substrate in either of its two dimensions, the period and therefore the scattering color can be modified to the blue or the red of the at-rest structure, spanning the entire visible spectrum...
September 5, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844381/assessment-of-half-mask-elastomeric-respirator-and-powered-air-purifying-respirator-reprocessing-for-an-influenza-pandemic
#8
Caryn Lawrence, Delbert A Harnish, Megan Sandoval-Powers, Devin Mills, Michael Bergman, Brian K Heimbuch
BACKGROUND: Health care facilities are considering the use of reusable respiratory protective devices (RPDs) to mitigate a potential N95 filtering facepiece respirator shortage caused by an influenza pandemic. US regulators are also considering stockpiling reusable RPDs for pandemic preparedness, but limited data exist on the effectiveness of cleaning and disinfection of these devices. This study defines reprocessing protocols and evaluates their effectiveness against a pandemic influenza strain in a laboratory setting...
August 22, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836752/highly-flexible-multipixelated-thermosensitive-smart-windows-made-of-tough-hydrogels
#9
Thanh-Giang La, Xinda Li, Amit Kumar, Yiyang Fu, Shu Yang, Hyun-Joong Chung
In a cold night, a clear window that will become opaque while retaining the indoor heat is highly desirable for both privacy and energy efficiency. A thermally responsive material that controls both the transmittance of solar radiance (predominantly in the visible and near-infrared wavelengths) and blackbody radiation (mainly in the mid-infrared) can realize such windows with minimal energy consumption. Here, we report a smart coating made from polyampholyte hydrogel (PAH) that transforms from a transparency state to opacity to visible radiation and strengthens opacity to mid-infrared when lowering the temperature as a result of phase separation between the water-rich and polymer-rich phases...
September 13, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795567/buckled-thin-film-transistors-and-circuits-on-soft-elastomers-for-stretchable-electronics
#10
Giuseppe Cantarella, Christian Vogt, Raoul Hopf, Niko Münzenrieder, Panagiotis Andrianakis, Luisa Petti, Alwin Daus, Stefan Knobelspies, Lars Büthe, Gerhard Tröster, Giovanni A Salvatore
Although recent progress in the field of flexible electronics has allowed the realization of biocompatible and conformable electronics, systematic approaches which combine high bendability (<3 mm bending radius), high stretchability (>3-4%), and low complexity in the fabrication process are still missing. Here, we show a technique to induce randomly oriented and customized wrinkles on the surface of a biocompatible elastomeric substrate, where Thin-Film Transistors (TFTs) and circuits (inverter and logic NAND gates) based on amorphous-IGZO are fabricated...
August 30, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794001/randomized-comparison-of-ridaforolimus-eluting-and-zotarolimus-eluting-coronary-stents-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-primary-results-from-the-bionics-trial
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David E Kandzari, Pieter C Smits, Michael P Love, Ori Ben-Yehuda, Shmuel Banai, Simon D Robinson, Michael Jonas, Ran Kornowski, Rodrigo Bagur, Andres Iniguez, Haim D Danenberg, Robert L Feldman, Rajiv Jauhar, Harish Chandna, Manish A Parikh, Gidon Y Perlman, Mercedes Balcells, Peter M Markham, Melek Ozgu Ozan, Philippe Genereux, Elazer Edelman, Martin B Leon, Gregg W Stone
Background -The safety and efficacy of a novel cobalt alloy-based coronary stent with a durable elastomeric polymer eluting the antiproliferative agent ridaforolimus for treatment of patients with coronary artery disease is undetermined. Methods -A prospective, international 1:1 randomized trial was conducted to evaluate in a noninferiority design the relative safety and efficacy of ridaforolimus-eluting stents (RES) and slow-release zotarolimus-eluting stents (ZES) among 1,919 patients at 76 centers undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention...
August 9, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763289/improved-hearing-protector-attenuation-through-the-use-of-a-lubricant
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Timothy J Ryan, Rebecca S Meier, Ashley Tatarka
A study of 40 novice hearing protection users was conducted to determine if the use of lubricants with hearing protective plugs would enhance their attenuation. Three types of hearing protection devices (i.e., earplugs) were evaluated: roll-down PVC foam, mushroom-style polyurethane foam, and elastomeric flanged. For each earplug type, the right and left ear (dry and lubricated, respectively) personal attenuation rating was determined using a commercially available microphone in real-ear apparatus. Earplug efficacy was observed to increase in the presence of lubricants for all 3 plug types, with average mean elevations by earplug type ranging from 1...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760798/protocol-for-a-randomised-crossover-trial-to-evaluate-patient-and-nurse-satisfaction-with-electronic-and-elastomeric-portable-infusion-pumps-for-the-continuous-administration-of-antibiotic-therapy-in-the-home-the-comparing-home-infusion-devices-chid-study
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Jodie G Hobbs, Melissa K Ryan, Brett Ritchie, Janet K Sluggett, Andrew J Sluggett, Lucy Ralton, Karen J Reynolds
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies comparing satisfaction with electronic and elastomeric infusion pumps are limited, and improvements in size and usability of electronic pumps have since occurred. The Comparing Home Infusion Devices (CHID) study plans to assess patient and nurse satisfaction with an elastomeric and electronic pump for delivering intravenous antibiotic treatment in the home. Secondary objectives are to determine pump-related complications and actual antibiotic dose administered, evaluate temperature variation and compare pump operating costs...
July 31, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753269/highly-sensitive-flexible-pressure-sensor-based-on-silver-nanowires-embedded-polydimethylsiloxane-electrode-with-microarray-structure
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Xingtian Shuai, Pengli Zhu, Wenjin Zeng, Yougen Hu, Xianwen Liang, Yu Zhang, Rong Sun, Ching-Ping Wong
Flexible pressure sensors have attracted increasing research interest because of their potential applications for wearable sensing devices. Herein, a highly sensitive flexible pressure sensor is exhibited based on the elastomeric electrodes and a microarray architecture. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrate, coated with silver nanowires (AgNWs), is used as the top electrode, while polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) as the dielectric layer. Several transfer processes are applied on seeking facile strategy for the preparation of the bottom electrode via embedding AgNWs into the PDMS film of microarray structure...
August 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691693/influence-of-physico-mechanical-properties-of-elastomeric-material-for-different-cell-growth
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Jyoti Wala, Debashis Maji, Soumen Das
The tunable mechanical and physical properties of Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) are commonly utilized for studying cellular dynamics. However, the inherent hydrophobic nature of PDMS limits its application as cell culture films. Various surface modification techniques render PDMS films hydrophilic which alters the surface chemistry, elasticity, roughness and cell attachment of anchorage dependent cell types to the films. The surface properties of thin film lead to alteration in bio-mechano-physical properties of cells and therefore could be used as mechanical signature for viability testing of different normal and cancerous cells...
July 10, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691142/force-level-of-small-diameter-nickel-titanium-orthodontic-wires-ligated-with-different-methods
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Rodrigo Hitoshi Higa, José Fernando Castanha Henriques, Guilherme Janson, Murilo Matias, Karina Maria Salvatore de Freitas, Fernanda Pinelli Henriques, Manoela Fávaro Francisconi
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to compare the deflection force in conventional and thermally activated nickel-titanium (NiTi) wires in passive (Damon Q) and active (Bioquick) self-ligating brackets (SLB) and in conventional brackets (CB) tied by two different methods: elastomeric ligature (EL) and metal ligature (ML). METHODS: Two wire diameters (0.014 and 0.016 in.) and 10 specimens per group were used. The specimens were assembled in a clinical simulation device and tested in an Instron Universal Testing Machine, with a load cell of 10 N...
December 2017: Progress in Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678968/evaluation-of-deflection-forces-of-orthodontic-wires-with-different-ligation-types
#17
José Fernando Castanha Henriques, Rodrigo Hitoshi Higa, Nayara Thiago Semenara, Guilherme Janson, Thais Maria Freire Fernandes, Renata Sathler
The aim of this study was to evaluate deflection forces of orthodontic wires of different alloys engaged into conventional brackets using several ligation types. Stainless steel, conventional superelastic nickel-titanium and thermally activated nickel-titanium archwires tied into conventional brackets by a ring-shaped elastomeric ligature (RSEL), a 8-shaped elastomeric ligature (8SEL) and a metal ligature (ML) were tested. A clinical simulation device was created especially for this study and forces were measured with an Instron Universal Testing Machine...
July 3, 2017: Brazilian Oral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647645/adding-dimension-to-cellular-mechanotransduction-advances-in-biomedical-engineering-of-multiaxial-cell-stretch-systems-and-their-application-to-cardiovascular-biomechanics-and-mechano-signaling
#18
REVIEW
O Friedrich, D Schneidereit, Y A Nikolaev, V Nikolova-Krstevski, S Schürmann, A Wirth-Hücking, A L Merten, D Fatkin, B Martinac
Hollow organs (e.g. heart) experience pressure-induced mechanical wall stress sensed by molecular mechano-biosensors, including mechanosensitive ion channels, to translate into intracellular signaling. For direct mechanistic studies, stretch devices to apply defined extensions to cells adhered to elastomeric membranes have stimulated mechanotransduction research. However, most engineered systems only exploit unilateral cellular stretch. In addition, it is often taken for granted that stretch applied by hardware translates 1:1 to the cell membrane...
June 21, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645997/temperature-profiles-of-antibiotic-containing-elastomeric-infusion-devices-used-by-ambulatory-care-patients
#19
Toni Docherty, Michael Montalto, Joni Leslie, Katrina King, Suzanne Niblett, Tim Garrett
PURPOSE: The temperature profiles of antibiotic-containing elastomeric infusion devices used by ambulatory care patients under various environmental conditions were evaluated. METHODS: A prospective, descriptive survey of temperature exposure was conducted in 4 publically funded hospitals. Over a 12-month period, electronic temperature-recording devices were attached to the antibiotic infusion devices (infusers) of prospectively randomized hospital-in-the-home (HITH) participants...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634955/human-lung-small-airway-on-a-chip-protocol
#20
Kambez H Benam, Marc Mazur, Youngjae Choe, Thomas C Ferrante, Richard Novak, Donald E Ingber
Organs-on-chips are microfluidic cell culture devices created using microchip manufacturing techniques that contain hollow microchannels lined by living cells, which recreate specialized tissue-tissue interfaces, physical microenvironments, and vascular perfusion necessary to recapitulate organ-level physiology in vitro. Here we describe a protocol for fabrication, culture, and operation of a human lung "small airway-on-a-chip," which contains a differentiated, mucociliary bronchiolar epithelium exposed to air and an underlying microvascular endothelium that experiences fluid flow...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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