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Chieko Kadoma, Masatoshi Takahara, Masahiro Maruyama, Hiroshi Satake, Michiaki Takagi
Rupture of the flexor pollicis longus tendon is a major complication after volar locking plate fixation of distal radius fracture. This study used ultrasonography to assess the flexor pollicis longus tendon and intermediate tissue. The study assessed 27 patients (28 wrists) who underwent removal of the volar locking plate. Before plate removal, radiography and ultrasonography were performed to assess the relation between the flexor pollicis longus tendon and the volar locking plate. Intraoperatively, the authors evaluated the intermediate tissues between the flexor pollicis longus tendon and the distal volar margin of the plate...
October 25, 2016: Orthopedics
Georgios N Panagopoulos, Panayiotis D Megaloikonomos, Andreas F Mavrogenis
Peripheral nerve injury can have a potentially devastating impact on a patient's quality of life, resulting in severe disability with substantial social and personal cost. Refined microsurgical techniques, advances in peripheral nerve topography, and a better understanding of the pathophysiology and molecular basis of nerve injury have all led to a decisive leap forward in the field of translational neurophysiology. Nerve repair, nerve grafting, and nerve transfers have improved significantly with consistently better functional outcomes...
October 25, 2016: Orthopedics
Michail Nomikos, Angelos Thanassoulas, Konrad Beck, Maria Theodoridou, Jasmine Kew, Junaid Kashir, Brian L Calver, Emily Matthews, Pierre Rizkallah, Zili Sideratou, George Nounesis, Anthony F Lai
Hereditary leukonychia is a rare genetic nail disorder characterized by distinctive whitening of the nail plate of all twenty nails. Hereditary leukonychia may exist as an isolated feature, or in simultaneous occurrence with other cutaneous or systemic pathologies. Associations between hereditary leukonychia and mutations in the gene encoding phospholipase C delta-1 (PLCδ1) have previously been identified. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying PLCδ1-mutations and hereditary leukonychia remain uncharacterized...
October 26, 2016: FEBS Journal
Osvalda De Giglio, Giovanna Barbuti, Paolo Trerotoli, Silvia Brigida, Angelantonio Calabrese, Giuseppe Di Vittorio, Grazia Lovero, Giuseppina Caggiano, Vito Felice Uricchio, Maria Teresa Montagna
This study represents the first investigation of microbiological groundwater pollution as a function of aquifer type and season for the Apulia region of southern Italy. Two hundred and seven wells were randomly selected from those monitored by the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection for emergency use. Both compulsory (Escherichia coli, Total Coliform, and Enterococci) and optional (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella spp., Heterotrophic Plate Count at 37 and 22 °C) microbiological parameters were assessed regularly at these wells...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Gabor Kiraly, Athene S Simonyi, Melinda Turani, Istvan Juhasz, Gabor Nagy, Gaspar Banfalvi
In early S phase the newly replicated DNA is folded back to increasingly compact structures. The process of chromatin condensation inside the nucleus starts with the formation of a micronucleus observed in five established cell lines (K562, CHO, Indian muntjac, murine preB and SCC). Supercoiling of chromatin generates a polarized end-plate region extruded from the nucleus. The extruded chromatin is turned around itself forming the head portion (micronucleus) visible by fluorescence microscopy until the middle of S phase when chromatin structures are succeeded by distinguishable early forms of chromosomes...
October 25, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
C Schulz, U M Mauer, R Mathieu
BACKGROUND: Anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion (ACCF) has become a standard procedure for patients with spondylotic myelopathy due to multisegmental stenosis of the cervical canal. In addition to the fusion technique using autogenous bone grafts and titanium implants, synthetic polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cages have been used increasingly during the last years. However, limited evidence on the clinical and radiological results of PEEK cages for ACCF exists in the literature. The study presented here is the largest series to date reporting clinical and radiological outcome as well as complication rates after one to three-level ACCF using PEEK cages augmented by an anterior plate-screw osteosynthesis...
October 25, 2016: Der Orthopäde
Alicia Galindo-Ferreiro, Patricia Akaishi, Somaya Hanafi, Rajiv Khandekar, Alberto Galvez-Ruiz, Silvana Schellini, Augusto Cruz
PURPOSE: To compare outcomes of two techniques of frontalis silicone sling surgery. METHODS: This retrospective, nonrandomized chart review was performed on patients undergoing frontalis sling surgery between 2008 and 2011. Silicone rods were sutured to the tarsal plate through an eyelid crease incision (open method) or stab incisions (closed method). Data were collected on age, gender, type of surgery, preoperative and postoperative margin reflex distance (MRD), and complications...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Mingshun Jiang, Yaozhang Sai, Xiangyi Geng, Qingmei Sui, Xiaohui Liu, Lei Jia
We proposed and studied an impact detection system based on a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor array and multiple signal classification (MUSIC) algorithm to determine the location and the number of low velocity impacts on a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) plate. A FBG linear array, consisting of seven FBG sensors, was used for detecting the ultrasonic signals from impacts. The edge-filter method was employed for signal demodulation. Shannon wavelet transform was used to extract narrow band signals from the impacts...
October 24, 2016: Sensors
Sébastien Pesenti, Benjamin Blondel, Gregory Armaganian, Sébastien Parratte, Gérard Bollini, Franck Launay, Jean-Luc Jouve
Patellofemoral instability in children requires surgery when recurrent dislocation occurs. The aim of this study is to report the 5-year clinical and radiographic outcomes following lateral wedge augmentation trochleoplasty of the femoral trochlea. This is a review of 23 (mean age: 12.5 years) patients who underwent surgery for recurrent patellar dislocations related to a flat trochlea. In every case, a lateral wedge augmentation trochleoplasty was performed with preservation of the growth plate. This surgery was consistently associated with a soft tissue procedure...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Part B
Jeppe Brage Christensen, Heikki Tölli, Niels Bassler
PURPOSE: Dosimetry with ionization chambers in clinical ion beams for radiation therapy requires correction for recombination effects. However, common radiation protocols discriminate between initial and general recombination and provide no universal correction method for the presence of both recombination types in ion beams of charged particles heavier than protons. The advent of multiple field optimization in ion beams, allowing for complex patterns of dose delivery in both temporal and spatial domains, results in new challenges for recombination correction where the resulting recombination depends on the plan delivered...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Samare Rostami, S Alireza Ghasemi, Ehsan Nedaaee Oskoee
We present an accurate and efficient algorithm to calculate the electrostatic interaction of charged point particles with partially periodic boundary conditions that are confined along the non-periodic direction by two parallel metallic plates. The method preserves the original boundary conditions, leading to an exact solution of the problem. In addition, the scaling complexity is quasilinear O(Nln(N)), where N is the number of particles in the simulation box. Based on the superposition principle in electrostatics, the problem is split into two electrostatic problems where each can be calculated by the appropriate Poisson solver...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
B Borm, F Gärtner, D Khaghani, P Neumayer
We demonstrate that stacking several imaging plates (IPs) constitutes an easy method to increase hard x-ray detection efficiency. Used to record x-ray radiographic images produced by an intense-laser driven hard x-ray backlighter source, the IP stacks resulted in a significant improvement of the radiograph density resolution. We attribute this to the higher quantum efficiency of the combined detectors, leading to a reduced photon noise. Electron-photon transport simulations of the interaction processes in the detector reproduce the observed contrast improvement...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Wolfgang Becker, Liisa M Hirvonen, James Milnes, Thomas Conneely, Ottmar Jagutzki, Holger Netz, Stefan Smietana, Klaus Suhling
We report on the implementation of a wide-field time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) method for fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM). It is based on a 40 mm diameter crossed delay line anode detector, where the readout is performed by three standard TCSPC boards. Excitation is performed by a picosecond diode laser with 50 MHz repetition rate. The photon arrival timing is obtained directly from the microchannel plates, with an instrumental response of ∼190 to 230 ps full width at half maximum depending on the position on the photocathode...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Semih Turkaya, Renaud Toussaint, Fredrik Kvalheim Eriksen, Olivier Lengliné, Guillaume Daniel, Eirik G Flekkøy, Knut Jørgen Måløy
Acoustic signal localization is a complex problem with a wide range of industrial and academic applications. Herein, we propose a localization method based on energy attenuation and inverted source amplitude comparison (termed estimated source energy homogeneity, or ESEH). This inversion is tested on both synthetic (numerical) data using a Lamb wave propagation model and experimental 2D plate data (recorded with 4 accelerometers sensitive up to 26 kHz). We compare the performance of this technique with classic source localization algorithms: arrival time localization, time reversal localization, and localization based on energy amplitude...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Bin Huang, Xiaomeng Wang, Chengwei Li, Jiajing Yi, Rongsheng Lu, Jiayue Tao
This paper describes the design, working principle, as well as calibration of an air-floating six-axis force measurement platform, where the floating plate and nozzles were connected without contact, preventing inter-dimensional coupling and increasing precision significantly. The measurement repeatability error of the force size in the platform is less than 0.2% full scale (FS), which is significantly better than the precision of 1% FS in the six-axis force sensors on the current market. We overcame the difficulties of weight loading device in high-precision calibration by proposing a self-calibration method based on the floating plate gravity and met the calibration precision requirement of 0...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
T Essinger-Hileman, A Kusaka, J W Appel, S K Choi, K Crowley, S P Ho, N Jarosik, L A Page, L P Parker, S Raghunathan, S M Simon, S T Staggs, K Visnjic
We present an evaluation of systematic effects associated with a continuously rotating, ambient-temperature half-wave plate (HWP) based on two seasons of data from the Atacama B-Mode Search (ABS) experiment located in the Atacama Desert of Chile. The ABS experiment is a microwave telescope sensitive at 145 GHz. Here we present our in-field evaluation of celestial (Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) plus galactic foreground) temperature-to-polarization leakage. We decompose the leakage into scalar, dipole, and quadrupole leakage terms...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Mingge Deng, Zhen Li, Oleg Borodin, George Em Karniadakis
We develop a "charged" dissipative particle dynamics (cDPD) model for simulating mesoscopic electrokinetic phenomena governed by the stochastic Poisson-Nernst-Planck and the Navier-Stokes equations. Specifically, the transport equations of ionic species are incorporated into the DPD framework by introducing extra degrees of freedom and corresponding evolution equations associated with each DPD particle. Diffusion of ionic species driven by the ionic concentration gradient, electrostatic potential gradient, and thermal fluctuations is captured accurately via pairwise fluxes between DPD particles...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Neelima Bhargava, Vellasamy Shanmugaiah, Manav Saxena, Manish Sharma, Niroj Kumar Sethy, Sushil Kumar Singh, Karuppiah Balakrishnan, Kalpana Bhargava, Mainak Das
In vitro cell culture system for adult rod and cone photoreceptor (PR) is an effective and economical model for screening drug candidates against all kinds of age related retinal blindness. Interestingly, adult PR cells have a limited survival in the culture system, thus preventing full exploitation of this in vitro approach for drug screening applications. The limited survival of the adult PR cells in culture is due to their inherently high oxidative stress and photic injury. Mixed valence-state ceria nanoparticles have the ability to scavenge free radicals and reduce oxidative stress...
September 16, 2016: Biointerphases
Aleksandra Dimitrovska Cvetkovska, Stefano Manfredini, Paola Ziosi, Sonia Molesini, Valeria Dissette, Ilenia Magri, Chiara Scapoli, Alberto Carrieri, Elisa Durini, Silvia Vertuani
OBJECTIVE: The in vitro evaluation of SPF is still a problem due to the lack of repeatability and correlation between the in vitro and in vivo data and many authors are currently working to develop an internationally harmonized method.(1) Very recently, the use of several "adjuvant" ingredients such as boosters, antioxidants, immuno-modulators, solvents and film forming ingredients have further complicated the pattern for product developers, that should frequently run in vivo test. The aim of this study is to understand if a simple and cheap in vitro method could be optimized in order to provide both statistically repeatable and predictive SPF measurement...
October 26, 2016: International Journal of Cosmetic Science
Neil Y C Lin, Itai Cohen
The mechanical properties of crystalline materials can be substantially modified under confinement. Such modified macroscopic properties are usually governed by the altered microstructures and internal stress fields. Here, we use a parallel plate geometry to apply a quasi-static squeeze flow crushing a colloidal polycrystal while simultaneously imaging it with confocal microscopy. The confocal images are used to quantify the local structure order and, in conjunction with Stress Assessment from Local Structural Anisotropy (SALSA), determine the stress at the single-particle scale...
October 26, 2016: Soft Matter
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