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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922878/development-and-validation-of-a-mobile-device-based-external-ventricular-drain-simulator
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Peter J Morone, Kimon Bekelis, Brandon K Root, Robert J Singer
BACKGROUND: Multiple external ventricular drain (EVD) simulators have been created, yet their cost, bulky size, and nonreusable components limit their accessibility to residency programs. OBJECTIVE: To create and validate an animated EVD simulator that is accessible on a mobile device. METHODS: We developed a mobile-based EVD simulator that is compatible with iOS (Apple Inc., Cupertino, California) and Android-based devices (Google, Mountain View, California) and can be downloaded from the Apple App and Google Play Store...
October 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922877/use-of-a-polytetrafluoroethylene-coated-vascular-plug-for-focal-intracranial-parent-vessel-sacrifice-for-fusiform-aneurysm-treatment
#2
Andrew P Carlson, Mohammad Abbas, Patricia Hall, Christopher Taylor
BACKGROUND: Fusiform intracranial aneurysms are challenging due to the circumferential nature of the disease. Endovascular parent vessel sacrifice with coils may be a treatment option, but typically requires a long vessel segment to induce complete cessation of flow. OBJECTIVE:   We evaluate early clinical experience with the intracranial use of the microvascular plug (MVP; Medtronic, Dublin, Ireland) device and to compare to previous coil-only techniques for vertebral artery sacrifice for fusiform vertebral aneurysm...
October 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922874/noninvasive-transfontanelle-monitoring-of-the-intracerebral-pressure-in-comparison-with-an-invasive-intradural-intracranial-pressure-device-a-prospective-study
#3
Bedjan Behmanesh, Marco Bartels, Florian Gessler, Natalie Filmann, Volker Seifert, Matthias Setzer, Thomas M Freiman
BACKGROUND: We previously introduced a novel noninvasive technique of intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring in children with open fontanelles. OBJECTIVE: To compare the ICP obtained by our new technique to the ICP derived from an intradurally implanted ICP measurement device (external ventricular drain, subdural ICP device). METHODS: Children with open fontanelles and need of intracranial monitoring were included in this study. A standard ICP probe was placed upon the frontal fontanelle and data were compared with the values recorded by an already invasively implanted subdural ICP technique...
October 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922650/constitutive-modeling-of-the-passive-inflation-extension-behavior-of-the-swine-colon
#4
Bhavesh Patel, Huan Chen, Aashish Ahuja, Joshua F Krieger, Jillian Noblet, Sean Chambers, Ghassan S Kassab
In the present work, we propose the first structural constitutive model of the passive mechanical behavior of the swine colon that is validated against physiological inflation-extension tests, and accounts for residual strains. Sections from the spiral colon and the descending colon were considered to investigate potential regional variability. We found that the proposed constitutive model accurately captures the passive inflation-extension behavior of both regions of the swine colon (coefficient of determination R(2)=0...
August 31, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922624/quantification-of-voc-emissions-from-paint-spraying-on-a-construction-site-using-solid-phase-microextraction-devices
#5
Wen-Hsi Cheng, Hsiao-Lin Huang, Kang-Shin Chen, Yu-Jen Chang
The objective of this study was to measure the emission of, and personal exposure to workers, volatile organic compound (VOC) during paint spraying on a construction site. Needle trap samplers (NTSs), which are a green solid phase microextraction sampling technology, were used to obtain air samples at a large music exhibition center. The standard active sampling method using charcoal tubes and a personal air pump, Method 1501, was simultaneously utilized at the sampling sites to assess the workers' VOC exposures...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922620/%C3%AE-pad-fluorescence-scattering-immunoagglutination-assay-for-cancer-biomarkers-from-blood-and-serum
#6
Cayla Baynes, Jeong-Yeol Yoon
A microfluidic paper analytical device (μPAD) was created for the sensitive quantification of cancer antigens, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA 19-9), from human whole blood and serum, toward diagnosis and prognosis of colorectal cancer. Anti-CEA and anti-CA 19-9 antibodies were covalently linked to submicron, fluorescent polystyrene particles, loaded, and then dried in the center of the μPAD channel. CEA- or CA 19-9-spiked blood or serum samples were loaded to the inlet of μPAD, and subsequent immunoagglutination changed the fluorescent scatter signals upon ultraviolet (UV) excitation...
September 1, 2017: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922544/flexible-photodetectors-based-on-novel-functional-materials
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REVIEW
Chao Xie, Feng Yan
Flexible photodetectors have attracted a great deal of research interest in recent years due to their great possibilities for application in a variety of emerging areas such as flexible, stretchable, implantable, portable, wearable and printed electronics and optoelectronics. Novel functional materials, including materials with zero-dimensional (0D) and one-dimensional (1D) inorganic nanostructures, two-dimensional (2D) layered materials, organic semiconductors and perovskite materials, exhibit appealing electrical and optoelectrical properties, as well as outstanding mechanical flexibility, and have been widely studied as building blocks in cost-effective flexible photodetection...
September 18, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922518/accelerated-epithelialization-and-improved-wound-healing-metrics-in-porcine-full-thickness-wounds-transplanted-with-full-thickness-skin-micrografts
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Christina L Rettinger, John L Fletcher, Anders H Carlsson, Rodney K Chan
Split-thickness skin grafting (STSG) is the current gold standard for treatment of extensive burn and traumatic skin injuries. However, STSG is limited by donor-site morbidity and availability, and often leads to scarring and wound contracture. Furthermore, these thin grafts lack dermal elements such as nerves and adnexa which are important in recapitulating normal skin function. Methods of fractional skin replacement either as minced STSGs or microscopic skin tissue columns (MSTCs) have been proposed, though these techniques have not been fully-characterized and lack evidence of regenerated adnexal structures...
September 18, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922511/reliability-and-measurement-error-of-digital-planimetry-for-the-measurement-of-chronic-venous-leg-ulcers
#9
Michael Stacey, Steven Phillips, Forough Farrokhyar, Jillian M Swaine
Area measurements of a chronic wound are the gold standard outcome measure to determine if a wound is on a healing or non-healing trajectory. The use of digital planimetry can provide increased accuracy in measuring wound area however it is important to know the reliability and measurement error of these devices when used by multiple assessors. The aim of this study is to determine the within rater, between rater, and standard error of measurement of a digital planimetry device. Wound area in 42 patients was measured weekly for 12 weeks by two different raters, with each rater measuring the wound 10 times per visit...
September 18, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922492/highly-sensitive-detection-of-protein-biomarkers-with-organic-electrochemical-transistors
#10
Ying Fu, Naixiang Wang, Anneng Yang, Helen Ka-Wai Law, Li Li, Feng Yan
The analysis of protein biomarkers is of great importance in the diagnosis of diseases. Although many convenient and low-cost electrochemical approaches have been extensively investigated, they are not sensitive enough in the detection of protein biomarkers with low concentrations in physiological environments. Here, this study reports a novel organic-electrochemical-transistor-based biosensor that can successfully detect cancer protein biomarkers with ultrahigh sensitivity. The devices are operated by detecting electrochemical activity on gate electrodes, which is dependent on the concentrations of proteins labeled with catalytic nanoprobes...
September 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922491/temporal-and-remote-tuning-of-piezophotonic-effect-induced-luminescence-and-color-gamut-via-modulating-magnetic-field
#11
Man-Chung Wong, Li Chen, Gongxun Bai, Long-Biao Huang, Jianhua Hao
Light-emitting materials have been extensively investigated because of their widespread applications in solid-state lighting, displays, sensors, and bioimaging. In these applications, it is highly desirable to achieve tunable luminescence in terms of luminescent intensity and wavelength. Here, a convenient physical approach of temporal and remote tuning of light-emitting wavelength and color is demonstrated, which is greatly different from conventional methods. It is shown that by modulating the frequency of magnetic-field excitation at room temperature, luminescence from the flexible composites of ZnS:Al, Cu phosphors induced by the piezophotonic effect can be tuned in real time and in situ...
September 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922489/clinical-evaluation-of-the-newly-formatted-lateral-flow-device-for-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis
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Martin Hoenigl, Susanne Eigl, Sven Heldt, Wiebke Duettmann, Christopher Thornton, Juergen Prattes
The study evaluated the newly formatted Aspergillus-specific lateral-flow-device (LFD), and compared its performance to the original prototype "old" LFD test using BALF samples from 28 patients (14 patients with probable/proven invasive pulmonary aspergillosis [IPA] and 14 patients with no evidence for IPA). A total of 10/14 (71%) of BALF samples from patients with probable/proven IPA resulted positive with the new LFD, including 8/9 with true-positive and 2/5 with false-negative results with the old LFD. All 14 samples from patients without IPA resulted negative with the new LFD; specificity of the new LFD was significantly improved compared to the old LFD...
September 18, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922484/characterization-of-edge-contact-atomically-resolved-semiconductor-metal-lateral-boundary-in-mos2
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Hyeokshin Kwon, Kiyoung Lee, Jinseong Heo, Youngtek Oh, Hyangsook Lee, Samudrala Appalakondaiah, Wonhee Ko, Hyo Won Kim, Jin-Wook Jung, Hwansoo Suh, Hongki Min, Insu Jeon, Euyheon Hwang, Sungwoo Hwang
Despite recent efforts for the development of transition-metal-dichalcogenide-based high-performance thin-film transistors, device performance has not improved much, mainly because of the high contact resistance at the interface between the 2D semiconductor and the metal electrode. Edge contact has been proposed for the fabrication of a high-quality electrical contact; however, the complete electronic properties for the contact resistance have not been elucidated in detail. Using the scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy and scanning transmission electron microscopy techniques, the edge contact, as well as the lateral boundary between the 2D semiconducting layer and the metalized interfacial layer, are investigated, and their electronic properties and the energy band profile across the boundary are shown...
September 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922482/bottom-up-single-electron-transistors
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Ksenia S Makarenko, Zhihua Liu, Michel P de Jong, Floris A Zwanenburg, Jurriaan Huskens, Wilfred G van der Wiel
As the downscaling of conventional semiconductor electronics becomes more and more challenging, the interest in alternative material systems and fabrication methods is growing. A novel bottom-up approach for the fabrication of high-quality single-electron transistors (SETs) that can easily be contacted electrically in a controllable manner is developed. This approach employs the self-assembly of Au nanoparticles forming the SETs, and Au nanorods forming the leads to macroscopic electrodes, thus bridging the gap between the nano- and microscale...
September 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922475/a-new-passivation-route-leading-to-over-8-efficient-pbse-quantum-dot-solar-cells-via-direct-ion-exchange-with-perovskite-nanocrystals
#15
Zhilong Zhang, Zihan Chen, Lin Yuan, Weijian Chen, Jianfeng Yang, Bo Wang, Xiaoming Wen, Jianbing Zhang, Long Hu, John A Stride, Gavin J Conibeer, Robert J Patterson, Shujuan Huang
Colloidal quantum dots (QDs) are promising candidate materials for photovoltaics (PV) owing to the tunable bandgap and low-cost solution processability. Lead selenide (PbSe) QDs are particularly attractive to PV applications due to the efficient multiple-exciton generation and carrier transportation. However, surface defects arising from the oxidation of the PbSe QDs have been the major limitation for their development in PV. Here, a new passivation method for chlorinated PbSe QDs via ion exchange with cesium lead halide (Br, I) perovskite nanocrystals is reported...
September 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922462/vaginal-mesh-repair-systems-for-pelvic-organ-prolapse-anatomical-study-comparing-transobturator-trangluteal-versus-single-incision-techniques
#16
Giuseppe Campagna, Giovanni Panico, Andrea Morciano, Pierre Gadonneix, Vincent Delmas, Mauro Cervigni, Alfredo Ercoli, Giovanni Scambia
INTRODUCTION: The present study aim to compare the anatomic landmarks of two pelvic floor repair systems, in order to identify the potential neurovascular lesions related to different mesh fixation techniques. METHODS: Abdominal and perineal dissections of 10 fresh cadavers after prolapse surgery using transobturator/transgluteal versus single incision techniques. Neuro-vascular structures of obturator region and perineum were isolated. Distances between needles and anatomical structures were measured...
September 18, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922407/segmental-arterial-stiffness-in-relation-to-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-with-preserved-systolic-heart-function
#17
Chih-Hsuan Yen, Chung-Lieh Hung, Ping-Ying Lee, Jui-Peng Tsai, Yau-Huei Lai, Cheng-Huang Su, Hung-I Yeh, Charles Jia-Yin Hou, Kuo-Liong Chien
BACKGROUND: Central arterial stiffness has been shown to play a key role in cardiovascular disease. However, evidence regarding such arterial stiffness from various arterial segments in relation to B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) remains elusive. METHODS: A total of 1255 participants (47.8% men; mean age: 62.6 ± 12.3 [SD] years) with preserved left ventricular function (ejection fraction ≥50%) and ≥1 risk factors were consecutively studied. Arterial pulse wave velocity (PWV) by automatic device (VP-2000; Omron Healthcare) for heart-femoral (hf-PWV), brachial-ankle (ba-PWV), and heart-carotid (hc-PWV) segments were obtained and related to BNP concentrations (Abbott Diagnostics, Abbott Park, IL, USA)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922391/impedance-biosensor-for-real-time-monitoring-and-prediction-of-thrombotic-individual-profile-in-flowing-blood
#18
Denise De Zanet, Monica Battiston, Elisabetta Lombardi, Ruben Specogna, Francesco Trevisan, Luigi De Marco, Antonio Affanni, Mario Mazzucato
A new biosensor for the real-time analysis of thrombus formation is reported. The fast and accurate monitoring of the individual thrombotic risk represents a challenge in cardiovascular diagnostics and in treatment of hemostatic diseases. Thrombus volume, as representative index of the related thrombotic status, is usually estimated with confocal microscope at the end of each in vitro experiment, without providing a useful behavioral information of the biological sample such as platelets adhesion and aggregation in flowing blood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922351/estimation-of-the-mechanical-properties-of-the-eye-through-the-study-of-its-vibrational-modes
#19
M Á Aloy, J E Adsuara, P Cerdá-Durán, M Obergaulinger, J J Esteve-Taboada, T Ferrer-Blasco, R Montés-Micó
Measuring the eye's mechanical properties in vivo and with minimally invasive techniques can be the key for individualized solutions to a number of eye pathologies. The development of such techniques largely relies on a computational modelling of the eyeball and, it optimally requires the synergic interplay between experimentation and numerical simulation. In Astrophysics and Geophysics the remote measurement of structural properties of the systems of their realm is performed on the basis of (helio-)seismic techniques...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922337/role-of-the-internet-as-an-information-resource-before-anaesthesia-consultation-a-french-prospective-multicentre-survey
#20
Bastian Nucci, Pierre-Geraud Claret, Gilles Leclerc, Arnaud Chaumeron, Philippe Grillo, Clément Buleon, Vincent Leprince, Mathieu Raux, Vincent Minville, Emmanuel Futier, Jean-Yves Lefrant, Philippe Cuvillon
BACKGROUND: Use of the internet as an information search tool has increased dramatically. Our study assessed preoperative use of the internet by patients to search for information regarding anaesthesia, surgery, pain or outcomes. OBJECTIVE(S): The aim of this study was to test whether patients used the internet prior to surgery and what kinds of information they looked for (anaesthetic technique, pain, adverse events, outcomes and surgery). Correlation between patient age and information sought about surgery from the internet was also explored...
September 16, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
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