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Natta Wiriyakun, Duangjai Nacapricha, Rattikan Chantiwas
This work presents a simple hot embossing method with a shrinking procedure to produce cross-shape microchannels on poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) substrate for the fabrication of an electrophoresis chip. The proposed method employed a simple two-step hot embossing technique, carried out consecutively on the same piece of substrate to make the crossing channels. Studies of embossing conditions, i.e. temperature, pressure and time, were carried out to investigate their effects on the dimension of the microchannels...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Marie-Charlotte Desseroit, Florent Tixier, Wolfgang Andreas Weber, Barry Alan Siegel, Catherine Cheze Le Rest, Dimitris Visvikis, Mathieu Hatt
PURPOSE: The main purpose of this study was to assess the reliability of shape and heterogeneity features in both PET and low-dose CT components of PET/CT. A secondary objective was to investigate the impact of image quantization. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A HIPAA-compliant secondary analysis of deidentified prospectively acquired PET/CT test-retest datasets of 74 patients from multi-center Merck and ACRIN trials was performed. Metabolically active volumes were automatically delineated on PET with Fuzzy Locally Adaptive Bayesian (FLAB) algorithm...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Maxime Cailleret, Christof Bigler, Harald Bugmann, Jesús Julio Camarero, Katarina Cˇufar, Hendrik Davi, Ilona Mészáros, Francesco Minunno, Mikko Peltoniemi, Elisabeth M R Robert, María Laura Suarez, Roberto Tognetti, Jordi Martínez-Vilalta
Tree mortality is a key process shaping forest dynamics. Thus, there is a growing need for indicators of the likelihood of tree death. During the last decades, an increasing number of tree-ring based studies have aimed to derive growth-mortality functions, mostly using logistic models. The results of these studies, however, are difficult to compare and synthesize due to the diversity of approaches used for the sampling strategy (number and characteristics of alive and death observations), the type of explanatory growth variables included (level, trend, etc...
September 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Huilin He, Qiang Liu, Dandan Yang, Qiwen Pan, Jianrong Qiu, Guoping Dong
Monodisperse lanthanide oxyfluorides LnOF (Ln = Gd, Y) with mid-infrared emissions were controllably synthesized via a mild co-precipitation route and a subsequent heat-treatment. The detailed composition and morphology were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The results showed that monodisperse GdOF:Er(3+) were nano-riced shape with length about 350 nm and width about 120 nm, while the quasi-spherical YOF:Er(3+) were uniform nanocrystals with an average size around 100 nm...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Kenion H Blakeman, Craig A Cavanaugh, William M Gilliland, J Michael Ramsey
RATIONALE: There are many chemical measurement scenarios that would benefit from hand portable mass spectrometry tools including forensics, environmental monitoring, and safety and security. High pressure mass spectrometry (HPMS) facilitates miniaturization by significantly reducing vacuum system requirements. Previous work demonstrated HPMS using helium buffer gas, but HPMS conducted using ambient air would further reduce the size and weight of a portable instrument while also reducing logistical demands by eliminating the need for a helium supply...
October 17, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
Emily I McIntosh, John L Zettel, Lori Ann Vallis
The objective of this work was to investigate the influence perturbation direction has on postural responses during overground gait, and whether these responses are age related. Differences in stepping patterns following perturbations of the support surface were examined in the frontal and sagittal planes during forward walking. Eleven young and 10 older adults completed Mini BESTest, hip strength tests, and 45 perturbed walking trials, triggered on heel contact. Lateral perturbations were more challenging to postural stability for both groups...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Motor Behavior
Elizabeth A Phillips, Rui Shen, Siyu Zhao, Jacqueline C Linnes
The complexity of current paper-fluidic diagnostic devices is limited by their imperfect control of reagent incubation and delivery. Valves providing complete fluid obstruction and multiple actuation steps within a single paper-fluidic diagnostic would increase the range of diagnostic bioassays in these porous membranes. Here, we report the rapid fabrication of tunable wax-ink valves that are thermally actuated within porous membranes. Varying width bands of wax-ink were printed onto strips of nitrocellulose and cellulose membranes and characterized by their triggered obstruction and release of fluid wicking through the membranes...
October 18, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Zhanhua Wei, Ajay Perumal, Rui Su, Shendre Sushant, Jun Xing, Qing Zhang, Swee Tiam Tan, Hilmi Volkan Demir, Qihua Xiong
Recently, CsPbBr3 perovskites have been emerging as very promising green emission materials for light-emitting diodes (LEDs) due to their high color purity, low cost and high photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY). However, the corresponding LED performance is still low and far behind CH3NH3PbBr3; it is due to the lack of proper perovskite film preparation methods and interfacial engineering. Herein, we report highly bright and durable CsPbBr3-based LEDs fabricated using a one-step solution method. The precursor solution is prepared by simply dissolving CsPbBr3 powder and a CsBr additive in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)...
September 22, 2016: Nanoscale
Chong Hu, Sheng Lin, Wanbo Li, Han Sun, Yangfan Chen, Chiu-Wing Chan, Chung-Hang Leung, Dik-Lung Ma, Hongkai Wu, Kangning Ren
An ultra-fast, extremely cost-effective, and environmentally friendly method was developed for fabricating flexible microfluidic chips with plastic membranes. With this method, we could fabricate plastic microfluidic chips rapidly (within 12 seconds per piece) at an extremely low cost (less than $0.02 per piece). We used a heated perfluoropolymer perfluoroalkoxy (often called Teflon PFA) solid stamp to press a pile of two pieces of plastic membranes, low density polyethylene (LDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) coated with an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA)...
October 5, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Leily Macedo Firoozmand, Mariana Gonçalves Cordeiro, Marcos André Dos Santos Da Silva, Rudys Rodolfo De Jesus Tavarez, Etevaldo Matos Maia Filho
The aim of this study was to evaluate the radiopacity of silorane and methacrylate resin composites, comparing them to the enamel, dentin, and aluminum penetrometer using a digital image. From six resin composites (Filtek™ P90, Filtek Z350, Filtek Z350 XT flow, Tetric Ceram, TPH Spectrum, and SureFil SDR flow) cylindrical disks (5 × 1 mm) were made and radiographed by a digital method, together with a 15-step aluminum step-wedge and a 1 mm slice of human tooth. The degree of radiopacity of each image was quantified using digital image processing...
2016: TheScientificWorldJournal
Jason T Hamamoto, Timothy Leroux, Jorge Chahla, Sanjeev Bhatia, John D Higgins, Anthony A Romeo, Adam B Yanke, Nikhil N Verma
The preoperative assessment of anterior glenoid bone loss is a critical step in surgical planning for patients with recurrent anterior glenohumeral instability. The structural integrity of the glenoid has been identified as one of the most important factors influencing the success of operative repair. The currently accepted gold standard for glenoid structural assessment among most orthopaedic surgeons is the use of 3-dimensional reconstructed computed tomography images with the humeral head digitally subtracted, yielding an en face sagittal oblique view of the glenoid...
August 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
Ying Zhang, Yisong Chen, Keqin Hua
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To describe our technique of robotic assisted reconstruction of cervix and vagina by SIS (small intestinal sub-mucosa, SIS) graft and fusion of hemi-uterus. DESIGN: Step-by-step explanation of the procedure using video. SETTING: Congenital complete vaginal and cervical atresia is rare. Some patient has urinary system abnormality. No standardized surgical treatment guideline was available and the performance is varying for each patient...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Laura Comber, Rose Galvin, Susan Coote
BACKGROUND: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) results in postural instability and gait abnormalities which are associated with accidental falls. OBJECTIVE: This systematic review and meta-analysis aims to quantify the effect of MS on gait to inform the development of falls prevention interventions. METHODS: A systematic literature search identified case-control studies investigating differences in gait variables between people with MS and healthy controls...
September 26, 2016: Gait & Posture
Daniela Garib, Rita De Cássia Moura Carvalho Lauris, Louise Resti Calil, Arthur César De Medeiros Alves, Guilherme Janson, Araci Malagodi De Almeida, Lúcia Helena Soares Cevidanes, José Roberto Pereira Lauris
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this 2-arm parallel study was to evaluate the dentoskeletal effects of rapid maxillary expansion with differential opening (EDO) compared with the hyrax expander in patients with complete bilateral cleft lip and palate. METHODS: A sample of patients with complete bilateral cleft lip and palate was prospectively and consecutively recruited. Eligibility criteria included participants in the mixed dentition with lip and palate repair performed during early childhood and maxillary arch constriction with a need for maxillary expansion before the alveolar bone graft procedure...
October 2016: American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Yu Tong, Eva Bladt, Meltem F Aygüler, Aurora Manzi, Karolina Z Milowska, Verena A Hintermayr, Pablo Docampo, Sara Bals, Alexander S Urban, Lakshminarayana Polavarapu, Jochen Feldmann
We describe the simple, scalable, single-step, and polar-solvent-free synthesis of high-quality colloidal CsPbX3 (X=Cl, Br, and I) perovskite nanocrystals (NCs) with tunable halide ion composition and thickness by direct ultrasonication of the corresponding precursor solutions in the presence of organic capping molecules. High angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) revealed the cubic crystal structure and surface termination of the NCs with atomic resolution. The NCs exhibit high photoluminescence quantum yields, narrow emission line widths, and considerable air stability...
October 24, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Daisuke Muroi, Takahiro Higuchi
The present study addressed whether visual information about the width of an aperture, obtained at a distance, would be sufficient to guide walking through the aperture without collision. For this purpose, we asked twelve young participants to walk while holding a 66-cm horizontal bar (bar length needs to be considered in order to perceive space necessary for crossing) and pass through an aperture without vision from 3 m in front of the aperture. Participants performed the tasks under each of four visual conditions, which differed in how vision was available: observation for 1...
September 29, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
Ilma Xhaferllari, Omar El-Sherif, Stewart Gaede
Volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) is emerging as a leading technology in treating early-stage, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR). However, two other modalities capable of deliver-ing intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) include fixed-beam and helical TomoTherapy (HT). This study aims to provide an extensive dosimetric compari-son among these various IMRT techniques for treating early-stage NSCLC with SABR. Ten early-stage NSCLC patients were retrospectively optimized using three fixed-beam techniques via nine to eleven beams (high and low modulation step-and-shoot (SS), and sliding window (SW)), two VMAT techniques via two partial arcs (SmartArc (SA) and RapidArc (RA)), and three HT techniques via three different fan beam widths (1 cm, 2...
2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Miao Zhang, Nan Qin, Xun Jia, Wei J Zou, Atif Khan, Ning J Yue
This work investigated the possibility of using proton beam for total body irradia-tion (TBI). We hypothesized the broad-slow-rising entrance dose from a monoen-ergetic proton beam can deliver a uniform dose to patient with varied thickness. Comparing to photon-based TBI, it would not require any patient-specific com-pensator or beam spoiler. The hypothesis was first tested by simulating 250 MeV, 275 MeV, and 300 MeV protons irradiating a wedge-shaped water phantom in a paired opposing arrangement using Monte Carlo (MC) method...
2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Lorenz Kuessel, René Wenzl, Marie-Louise Marschalek, Georg Slavka, Daniela Doerfler, Heinrich Husslein
OBJECTIVE: To provide a review of the literature regarding this technique as well as a step-by-step description with the goal of increasing its use as a safe surgical option. Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome is characterized by vaginal agenesis and a variety of mullerian duct anomalies. To date, a variety of procedures have been described for creating a neovagina, but the best treatment remains debated. The Wharton-Sheares-George method, a minimally invasive surgical approach for the creation of a neovagina, is remarkably simple to perform...
September 24, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
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