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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231638/comparison-of-the-shock-absorption-capacities-of-different-mouthguards
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Melina Simonetta Bochnig, Min-Jung Oh, Theresa Nagel, Fred Ziegler, Paul-Georg Jost-Brinkmann
BACKGROUND/AIMS: In this in vitro study the protective qualities of different mouthguard types were examined during small hard object collisions. The aim was to investigate inconclusive aspects of hard inserts, nylon nets and air spaces as reinforcements in the anterior region and the protection qualities of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five different mouthguards with a labial thickness between 2 mm and 11 mm made of materials of varying stiffness were investigated...
February 23, 2017: Dental Traumatology: Official Publication of International Association for Dental Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230990/a-comparative-study-of-the-synthesis-structural-and-physicochemical-properties-of-diketopiperazines-vs-aza-diketopiperazines
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Pierre Regenass, Damien Bosc, Stéphanie Riché, Patrick Gizzi, Marcel Hibert, Lydia Brelot, A Ganesan, Dominique Bonnet
Aza-diketopiperazines (Aza-DKP) represent an underprivileged motif obtained by scaffold hopping of 2,5-diketopiperazines (2,5-DKP). Herein, we compare the synthesis but also the structural and the physicochemical properties of aza-DKP 4 vs 2,5-DKP 7. Thus, X-ray and 1H NMR studies show that aza-DKP 4 is a rigid and non-flat scaffold like the 2,5-DKP 7. Moreover, the replacement of one Calpha-stereogenic center by a nitrogen atom results in a significant improvement of both the water solubility and the microsomal stability...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230918/single-crystal-flexible-electronics-enabled-by-3d-spalling
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Ning Li, Stephen Bedell, Huan Hu, Shu-Jen Han, Xiao Hu Liu, Katherine Saenger, Devendra Sadana
Flexible and stretchable electronics are becoming increasingly important in many emerging applications. Due to the outstanding electrical properties of single crystal semiconductors, there is great interest in releasing single crystal thin films and fabricating flexible electronics with these conventionally rigid materials. In this study the authors report a universal single crystal layer release process, called "3D spalling," extending beyond prior art. In contrast to the conventional way of removing blanket layers from their substrates, the new process reported here enables 3D control over the shape and thickness of the removed regions, allowing direct formation of arbitrarily shaped structures of released film and locally specified thickness for each region...
February 23, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230164/dynamical-majorana-edge-modes-in-a-broad-class-of-topological-mechanical-systems
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Emil Prodan, Kyle Dobiszewski, Alokik Kanwal, John Palmieri, Camelia Prodan
Mechanical systems can display topological characteristics similar to that of topological insulators. Here we report a large class of topological mechanical systems related to the BDI symmetry class. These are self-assembled chains of rigid bodies with an inversion centre and no reflection planes. The particle-hole symmetry characteristic to the BDI symmetry class stems from the distinct behaviour of the translational and rotational degrees of freedom under inversion. This and other generic properties led us to the remarkable conclusion that, by adjusting the gyration radius of the bodies, one can always simultaneously open a gap in the phonon spectrum, lock-in all the characteristic symmetries and generate a non-trivial topological invariant...
February 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229538/biological-control-of-appetite-a-daunting-complexity
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Paul S MacLean, John E Blundell, Julie A Mennella, Rachel L Batterham
OBJECTIVE: This review summarizes a portion of the discussions of an NIH Workshop (Bethesda, MD, 2015) titled "Self-Regulation of Appetite-It's Complicated," which focused on the biological aspects of appetite regulation. METHODS: This review summarizes the key biological inputs of appetite regulation and their implications for body weight regulation. RESULTS: These discussions offer an update of the long-held, rigid perspective of an "adipocentric" biological control, taking a broader view that also includes important inputs from the digestive tract, from lean mass, and from the chemical sensory systems underlying taste and smell...
March 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229125/the-clinical-neuroanatomical-and-neuropathologic-phenotype-of-tbk1-associated-frontotemporal-dementia-a-longitudinal-case-report
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Carolin A M Koriath, Martina Bocchetta, Emilie Brotherhood, Ione O C Woollacott, Penny Norsworthy, Javier Simón-Sánchez, Cornelis Blauwendraat, Katrina M Dick, Elizabeth Gordon, Sophie R Harding, Nick C Fox, Sebastian Crutch, Jason D Warren, Tamas Revesz, Tammaryn Lashley, Simon Mead, Jonathan D Rohrer
INTRODUCTION: Mutations in the TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) gene have recently been shown to cause frontotemporal dementia (FTD). However, the phenotype of TBK1-associated FTD is currently unclear. METHODS: We performed a single case longitudinal study of a patient who was subsequently found to have a novel A705fs mutation in the TBK1 gene. He was assessed annually over a 7-year period with a series of clinical, cognitive, and magnetic resonance imaging assessments...
2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229065/foreign-body-aspiration-in-adults-two-unusual-foreign-bodies-knife-and-tube-tracheostomy
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Seyed Mozafar Hashemi, Mohsen Kolahdouzan, Shahab Shahabi, Hamid Talebzadeh, Mohammad Taghi Rezaei
INTRODUCTION: Foreign body aspiration is usually a serious condition that is most common among the pediatric population, and rare in adults. In adults, aspiration may be tolerated for a long time. CASE REPORTS: Our first case is a 38-year-old man who presented with a 2-day history of swallowing a foreign body. He was completely asymptomatic. Chest X-ray revealed the presence of 5-cm foreign object in the right main bronchus. Rigid bronchoscopy was performed and a knife was removed from the right main bronchus...
January 2017: Iranian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228797/femoral-neck-s-fracture-in-fahr-s-syndrome-case-report
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Marcello Sallì, Antonio D'Arienzo, Mariella Bonanno, Salvatore Morello, Antonino Sanfilippo, Giulia Letizia Mauro, Michele D'Arienzo
Fahr's syndrome, also known as "Bilateral Striopallidodentate Calcinosis" (BSPDC) primitive, is a rare neurological disease characterized by the presence of idiopathic, bilateral, symmetrical and abnormal deposition of calcium in areas of the brain that control movements including the basal ganglia, dentate nuclei of the cerebellum, nuclei of thalamus and semi-oval center. We describe a case of a 76-year-old male patient underwent reduction and fixation of a subtrochanteric fracture with intramedullary nail...
September 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228530/optical-detection-of-nanometric-thermal-fluctuations-to-measure-the-stiffness-of-rigid-superparamagnetic-microrods
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Fabien Gerbal, Yuan Wang
The rigidity of numerous biological filaments and crafted microrods has been conveniently deduced from the analysis of their thermal fluctuations. However, the difficulty of measuring nanometric displacements with an optical microscope has so far limited such studies to sufficiently flexible rods, of which the persistence length ([Formula: see text]) rarely exceeds 1 m at room temperature. Here, we demonstrate the possibility to probe 10-fold stiffer rods by a combination of superresolutive optical methods and a statistical analysis of the data based on a recent theoretical model that predicts the amplitude of the fluctuations at any location of the rod [Benetatos P, Frey E (2003) Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys 67(5):051108]...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227886/development-of-an-open-source-cosimulation-method-of-the-knee
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Anne Schmitz, Davide Piovesan, Anne Schmitz, Davide Piovesan, Anne Schmitz, Davide Piovesan
Rigid body dynamics and soft tissue loads are solved simultaneously in a cosimulation framework to couple musculoskeletal dynamics and tissue mechanics. The goal of this work was to implement a validated, open-source cosimulation framework of the knee to determine how this coupling affects computed cartilage loads. The kinematic knee joint of a generic whole body model in the open-source software OpenSim was replaced by a previously developed discrete element knee model that consisted of a six degree of freedom (dof) tibiofemoral joint and one dof patellofemoral joint...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227830/an-adaptive-model-approach-for-quantitative-wrist-rigidity-evaluation-during-deep-brain-stimulation-surgery
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Sofia Assis, Pedro Costa, Maria Jose Rosas, Rui Vaz, Joao Paulo Silva Cunha, Sofia Assis, Pedro Costa, Maria Jose Rosas, Rui Vaz, Joao Paulo Silva Cunha, Maria Jose Rosas, Joao Paulo Silva Cunha, Sofia Assis, Rui Vaz, Pedro Costa
Intraoperative evaluation of the efficacy of Deep Brain Stimulation includes evaluation of the effect on rigidity. A subjective semi-quantitative scale is used, dependent on the examiner perception and experience. A system was proposed previously, aiming to tackle this subjectivity, using quantitative data and providing real-time feedback of the computed rigidity reduction, hence supporting the physician decision. This system comprised of a gyroscope-based motion sensor in a textile band, placed in the patients hand, which communicated its measurements to a laptop...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227686/novel-modular-2-dof-microsurgical-forceps-for-transoral-laser-microsurgeries-ergonomic-design-and-preliminary-evaluation
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Manish Chauhan, Giacinto Barresi, Nikhil Deshpande, Darwin G Caldwell, Leonardo S Mattos, Manish Chauhan, Giacinto Barresi, Nikhil Deshpande, Darwin G Caldwell, Leonardo S Mattos, Darwin G Caldwell, Giacinto Barresi, Leonardo S Mattos, Nikhil Deshpande, Manish Chauhan
Transoral Laser Microsurgeries (TLM) demand a great level of control and precision in intraoperative tissue manipulation. The optimal eradication of the diseased tissue is possible only with coordinated control of the laser aiming for incision and the microsurgical tools for orienting and stretching the tissue. However, the traditional microsurgical tools are long, single purpose, one degree-of-freedom (DOF), rigid tools with small range of motion and a normal grasping handle inducing non-ergonomic usage. This paper presents a novel, modular microsurgical tool to overcome the challenges of the traditional tools and improve the surgeon-tool usage experience...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227661/parameter-optimization-of-pseudo-rigid-body-models-of-mri-actuated-catheters
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Tipakorn Greigarn, Taoming Liu, M Cenk Cavusoglu, Tipakorn Greigarn, Taoming Liu, M Cenk Cavusoglu, Taoming Liu, Tipakorn Greigarn, M Cenk Cavusoglu
Simulation and control of a system containing compliant mechanisms such as cardiac catheters often incur high computational costs. One way to reduce the costs is to approximate the mechanisms with Pseudo-Rigid-Body Models (PRBMs). A PRBM generally consists of rigid links connected by spring-loaded revolute joints. The lengths of the rigid links and the stiffnesses of the springs are usually chosen to minimize the tip deflection differences between the PRBM and the compliant mechanism. In most applications, only the relationship between end load and tip deflection is considered...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227655/development-of-a-snake-like-dexterous-manipulator-for-skull-base-surgery
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Suat Coemert, Anzhu Gao, John P Carey, Mattias F Traeger, Russell H Taylor, Tim C Lueth, Mehran Armand, Suat Coemert, Anzhu Gao, John P Carey, Mattias F Traeger, Russell H Taylor, Tim C Lueth, Mehran Armand, Anzhu Gao, Russell H Taylor, Mattias F Traeger, Mehran Armand, Suat Coemert, Tim C Lueth, John P Carey
Petrous apex lesions constitute considerable surgical challenges due to their location in the skull base and close relationship with critical structures such as inner ear, carotid arteries, facial nerves and jugular bulb. These lesions often cannot be treated completely with rigid tools due to the limited accessibility. We are aiming to develop a snake-like manipulator to assist surgeons with the infralabyrinthine treatment of petrous apex lesions with increased dexterity. This snake-like dexterous manipulator (SDM) with 3...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227586/inductive-power-transmission-to-millimeter-sized-biomedical-implants-using-printed-spiral-coils
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Ahmed Ibrahim, Mehdi Kiani, Ahmed Ibrahim, Mehdi Kiani, Ahmed Ibrahim, Mehdi Kiani
The operation frequency (f) has been a key parameter in optimizing wireless power transmission links for biomedical implants with millimeter (mm) dimensions. This paper studies the feasibility of using printed spiral coils (PSCs) for powering mm-sized implants with high power transmission efficiency (PTE) at different fps. Compared to wire-wound coils (WWCs), using a PSC in the implant side allows batch fabrication on rigid or flexible substrates, which can also be used as a platform for integrating implant components...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227002/3d-limb-movement-tracking-and-analysis-for-neurological-dysfunctions-of-neonates-using-multi-camera-videos
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Irene Yu-Hua Gu, Grzegorz Sowulewski, Yixiao Yun, Anders Flisberg, Magnus Thordstein, Irene Yu-Hua Gu, Grzegorz Sowulewski, Yixiao Yun, Anders Flisberg, Magnus Thordstein, Irene Yu-Hua Gu, Grzegorz Sowulewski, Anders Flisberg, Yixiao Yun, Magnus Thordstein
Central nervous system dysfunction in infants may be manifested through inconsistent, rigid and abnormal limb movements. Detection of limb movement anomalies associated with such neurological dysfunctions in infants is the first step towards early treatment for improving infant development. This paper addresses the issue of detecting and quantifying limb movement anomalies in infants through non-invasive 3D image analysis methods using videos from multiple camera views. We propose a novel scheme for tracking 3D time trajectories of markers on infant's limbs by video analysis techniques...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226941/large-deflection-statics-analysis-of-active-cardiac-catheters-through-co-rotational-modelling
#17
Peng Qi, Chen Qiu, Aadarsh Mehndiratta, I-Ming Chen, Haoyong Yu, Peng Qi, Chen Qiu, Aadarsh Mehndiratta, I-Ming Chen, Haoyong Yu, Peng Qi, Aadarsh Mehndiratta, I-Ming Chen, Haoyong Yu, Chen Qiu
This paper presents a co-rotational concept for large-deflection formulation of cardiac catheters. Using this approach, the catheter is first discretized with a number of equal length beam elements and nodes, and the rigid body motions of an individual beam element are separated from its deformations. Therefore, it is adequate for modelling arbitrarily large deflections of a catheter with linear elastic analysis at the local element level. A novel design of active cardiac catheter of 9 Fr in diameter at the beginning of the paper is proposed, which is based on the contra-rotating double helix patterns and is improved from the previous prototypes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226937/design-of-a-bio-inspired-pneumatic-artificial-muscle-with-self-contained-sensing
#18
Onder Erin, Nishant Pol, Luis Valle, Yong-Lae Park, Onder Erin, Nishant Pol, Luis Valle, Yong-Lae Park, Nishant Pol, Luis Valle, Onder Erin, Yong-Lae Park
Pneumatic artificial muscles (PAMs) are one of the most famous linear actuators in bio-inspired robotics. They can generate relatively high linear force considering their form factors and weights. Furthermore, PAMs are inexpensive compared with traditional electromagnetic actuators (e.g. DC motors) and also inherently light and compliant. In robotics applications, however, they typically require external sensing mechanisms due to their nonlinear behaviors, which may make the entire mechanical system bulky and complicated, limiting their use in simple systems...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226867/qapd-an-integrated-system-to-quantify-symptoms-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Vrajeshri Patel, Martin Burns, Michael Pourfar, Alon Mogilner, Douglas Kondziolka, Ramana Vinjamuri, Vrajeshri Patel, Martin Burns, Michael Pourfar, Alon Mogilner, Douglas Kondziolka, Ramana Vinjamuri, Douglas Kondziolka, Ramana Vinjamuri, Martin Burns, Alon Mogilner, Michael Pourfar, Vrajeshri Patel
The complex prevalence of Parkinson's disease (PD) symptoms has pushed research towards assessment tools that can assist in their quantification. There remains a need for a system capable of measuring symptoms during various tasks at multiple motor levels (kinematics and electromyography). In this paper, we present the development and initial validation of a quantitative assessment tool for Parkinson's disease (QAPD), a system designed to assist researchers and clinicians in the study of PD. The system integrates motion tracking, data gloves, and electromyography to collect movement related data from multiple body parts...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226732/lung-tumor-boundary-tracking-in-mri-with-moving-mesh-correspondences-for-adaptive-radio-therapy
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Nazanin Tahmasebi, Pierre Boulanger, Kumaradevan Punithakumar, Nazanin Tahmasebi, Pierre Boulanger, Kumaradevan Punithakumar, Kumaradevan Punithakumar, Pierre Boulanger, Nazanin Tahmasebi
Delineation of lung tumor regions from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) poses many difficulties due to MR signal similarities of the region of interest and surrounding area as well as the influence of respiration. However, accurate segmentation of the tumor region is of utmost importance in planning a radiation therapy since a small error can result in some healthy tissues to receive excessive radiation. This study presents a semi-automated method to delineate lung tumor regions from a sequence of MRIs. The proposed method uses a non-rigid image registration framework to propagate the boundaries of the tumor region in MRI acquired during a radiation treatment stage, given manual segmentation on frames acquired during pretreatment stage...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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