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Geon-Hyoung An, Do-Young Lee, Yu-Jin Lee, Hyo-Jin Ahn
The use of metal oxides as anode materials in Li-ion batteries (LIBs) are of significant interest to many potential technologies, due to their high theoretical capacity, cost-effectiveness, and environmentally friendly features. In spite of these considerable benefits, and ongoing progress in the field, important challenges exist, associated with structural degradation due to volume expansion of electrode materials. This leads to rapid capacity fading, and must be resolved in order to move towards the practical use of high-performance LIBs with ultrafast cycling stability...
October 19, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Alberto Baggioli, Carlo A Cavallotti, Antonino Famulari
From proteins and peptides to semiconducting polymers, aliphatic chains on aromatic groups are recurring motifs in macromolecules from very diverse application fields. Fields in which molecular folding and packing determine the macroscopic physical properties that make such advanced materials appealing in the first place. Within each macromolecule, the intrinsic structure of each unit defines how it interacts with its neighbours, ultimately opening up or denying certain backbone conformations. This eventually also determines how macromolecules interact with each other...
October 18, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Jatish Kumar, K George Thomas, Luis M Liz-Marzán
The field of chirality has recently seen a rejuvenation due to the observation of chirality in inorganic nanomaterials. The advancements in understanding the origin of nanoscale chirality and the potential applications of chiroptical nanomaterials in the areas of optics, catalysis and biosensing, among others, have opened up new avenues toward new concepts and design of novel materials. In this article, we review the concept of nanoscale chirality in metal nanoclusters and semiconductor quantum dots, then focus on recent experimental and theoretical advances in chiral metal nanoparticles and plasmonic chirality...
October 18, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Hari Ram, Hardik Makadia, Gagan Mehta, Shadab Mohammad, Rakesh Kumar Singh, Nimisha Singh, Geeta Singh
INTRODUCTION: The term oro-antral fistula is understood to mean of fistular canal covered with epithelia which may or may not be filled with granulation tissue or polyposis of the sinus mucous membrane. With the presence of a fistula the sinus is permanently open, which enables the passage of microbial flora of the oral cavity into the maxillary sinus and the occurrence of inflammation with all possible consequences. Every now and then various researchers have proposed innumerable techniques to treat this defect...
September 2016: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
M Savolainen, A Ritvanen, J Hukki, P Vuola, J Telkkä, J Leikola
Correction of calvarial defects after calvarial vault reconstruction (CVR) is challenging in craniosynostosis patients of advanced age and typically employs autologous bone. Demineralized bone matrix (DBM) is a potential alternative material for autologous bone, but its use has not been extended to correct calvarial defects. CVR patients operated at the Department of Plastic Surgery, Helsinki University Hospital, during 2008-2010 were retrospectively reviewed. Inclusion criteria of the study were CVR patients who received DBM plate, with or without bone dust, on calvarial defects and who had suitable uncovered defect on the contralateral side as control...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
Boriphat Methachan, Kamolrat Thanapprapasr
The emergence of theranostics with ultrasound technology is a promising development, as it opens pathways to providing more effective treatments for cancer. Advancements in ultrasound imaging would give a more detailed and accurate image for better diagnosis and treatment planning. Polymeric ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) are appealing because they are stable and easily modified for active targeting. In addition, a better therapy could be achieved in conjunction with advancements in UCAs. The active targeting not only makes the precise imaging possible, but also leads to targeted delivery of active components to specific local treatment sites...
October 14, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Laixi Sun, Jin Huang, Hongjie Liu, Xin Ye, Jingjun Wu, Xiaodong Jiang, Liming Yang, Wanguo Zheng, Weidong Wu
In this Letter, an effective combined process of reaction ion etching (RIE) and dynamic chemical etching (DCE) is applied for significantly improving the damage resistance of fused silica optics, while minimizing the removal amount. By optimizing the combination process and removal depth, a near-perfect optical surface of fused silica with relatively low roughness (<0.7  nm) is created with 1 μm RIE pretreatment and 3 μm DCE retreatment. In this case, the sample has a 2.4 times enhanced 0% probability damage threshold compared to the original sample...
October 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Mark W Lowdell, Amy Thomas
Advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) represent the current pinnacle of 'patient-specific medicines' and will change the nature of medicine in the near future. They fall into three categories; somatic cell-therapy products, gene therapy products and cells or tissues for regenerative medicine, which are termed 'tissue engineered' products. The term also incorporates 'combination products' where a human cell or tissue is combined with a medical device. Plainly, many of these new medicines share similarities with conventional haematological stem cell transplant products and donor lymphocyte infusions as well as solid organ grafts and yet ATMPs are regulated as medicines and their development has remained predominantly in academic settings and within specialist centres...
October 17, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Veerasamy Yengopal, Soraya Yasin Harnekar, Naren Patel, Nandi Siegfried
BACKGROUND: Childhood caries (tooth decay) consists of a form of tooth decay that affects the milk teeth (also known as baby or primary teeth) of children. This may range from tooth decay in a single tooth to rampant caries affecting all the teeth in the mouth. Primary teeth in young children are vital to their development and every effort should be made to retain these teeth for as long as is possible. Dental fillings or restorations have been used as an intervention to repair these damaged teeth...
October 17, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Hideo Masuki, Toshimitsu Okudera, Taisuke Watanebe, Masashi Suzuki, Kazuhiko Nishiyama, Hajime Okudera, Koh Nakata, Kohya Uematsu, Chen-Yao Su, Tomoyuki Kawase
BACKGROUND: The development of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) drastically simplified the preparation procedure of platelet-concentrated biomaterials, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and facilitated their clinical application. PRF's clinical effectiveness has often been demonstrated in pre-clinical and clinical studies; however, it is still controversial whether growth factors are significantly concentrated in PRF preparations to facilitate wound healing and tissue regeneration. To address this matter, we performed a comparative study of growth factor contents in PRP and its derivatives, such as advanced PRF (A-PRF) and concentrated growth factors (CGF)...
December 2016: Int J Implant Dent
Chris Jeynes, Julien L Colaux
The analysis of thin films is of central importance for functional materials, including the very large and active field of nanomaterials. Quantitative elemental depth profiling is basic to analysis, and many techniques exist, but all have limitations and quantitation is always an issue. We here review recent significant advances in ion beam analysis (IBA) which now merit it a standard place in the analyst's toolbox. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) has been in use for half a century to obtain elemental depth profiles non-destructively from the first fraction of a micron from the surface of materials: more generally, "IBA" refers to the cluster of methods including elastic scattering (RBS; elastic recoil detection, ERD; and non-Rutherford elastic backscattering, EBS), nuclear reaction analysis (NRA: including particle-induced gamma-ray emission, PIGE), and also particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE)...
October 17, 2016: Analyst
Yupeng Zhang, Jingying Liu, Ziyu Wang, Yunzhou Xue, Qingdong Ou, Lakshminarayana Polavarapu, Jialu Zheng, Xiang Qi, Qiaoliang Bao
Metal-halide perovskites have been hailed as remarkable materials for photovoltaic devices and, recently, their star has also been on the rise in optoelectronics and photonics. In particular, the optical properties of a metal-halide perovskite can be widely manipulated once its bulk structure has been reduced to a low-dimensional structure, allowing multiple functionalities of light generation, emission, transmission, and detection to be realized in one material. In this paper, we highlight the recent advances in the synthesis of low-dimensional metal-halide perovskites and their unique properties as well as their novel optoelectronic and photonic applications...
October 17, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Katsutoshi Miura, Hideki Katoh
The aim of this study was to reveal the pathogenesis of aortic stenosis (AS) and regurgitation (AR) by comparing differences in mechanical and biochemical alterations. We applied scanning acoustic microscopy (SAM) to measure the speed of sound (SOS) through valves to estimate the elasticity and monitor sensitivity to protease treatment, as the SOS is correlated with the stiffness of materials, which is reduced after digestion by proteases. The fibrosa of both the AS and AR groups were stiffer than the fibrosa of the normal group...
2016: BioMed Research International
Adel Dalilottojari, Bahman Delalat, Frances J Harding, Michaelia P Cockshell, Claudine S Bonder, Nicolas H Voelcker
Porous silicon (pSi) substrates are a promising platform for cell expansion, since pore size and chemistry can be tuned to control cell behavior. In addition, a variety of bioactives can be loaded into the pores and subsequently released to act on cells adherent to the substrate. Here we construct a cell microarray on plasma polymer coated pSi substrates that enables the simultaneous culture of human endothelial cells on printed immobilized protein factors while a second soluble growth factor is released from the same substrate...
October 15, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Joseph Arthur, Sriram Yennu, Kresnier Perez Zapata, Hilda Cantu, Jimin Wu, Diane Liu, Eduardo Bruera
BACKGROUND: Data on the use of question prompt sheets (QPS) in palliative care is limited. Our team previously developed a single page QPS using a Delphi process. The main objective of this study was to determine the perception of helpfulness of a QPS in patient-physician communication among advanced cancer outpatients. METHODS: 100/104(96%) eligible patients and 68/68(100%) caregivers received the QPS during their first palliative care clinic. 12 palliative medicine specialists also participated in the study...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Brigham J Hartley, Kristen J Brennand
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can theoretically yield limitless supplies of cells fated to any cell type that comprise the human organism, making them a new tool by which to potentially overcome caveats in current biomedical research. In vitro derivation of central nervous system (CNS) cell types has the potential to provide material for drug discovery and validation, safety and toxicity assays, cell replacement therapy and the elucidation of previously unknown disease mechanisms. However, current two-dimensional (2D) CNS differentiation protocols do not faithfully recapitulate the spatial organization of heterogeneous tissue, nor the cell-cell interactions, cell-extracellular matrix interactions, or specific physiological functions generated within complex tissue such as the brain...
October 12, 2016: Neurochemistry International
T Steffens
BACKGROUND: The impact of hearing loss on the ability to participate in verbal communication can be directly quantified through the use of speech audiometry. Advances in technology and the associated reduction in background noise interference for hearing aids have allowed the reproduction of very complex acoustic environments, analogous to those in which conversations occur in daily life. These capabilities have led to the creation of numerous advanced speech audiometry measures, test procedures and environments, far beyond the presentation of isolated words in an otherwise noise-free testing booth...
October 14, 2016: HNO
Maxine de la Cruz, Akhila Reddy, Vishidha Balankari, Margeaux Epner, Susan Frisbee-Hume, Jimin Wu, Diane Liu, Sriram Yennurajalingam, Hilda Cantu, Janet Williams, Eduardo Bruera
BACKGROUND: Improper use, storage, and disposal of prescribed opioids can lead to diversion or accidental poisoning. Our previous study showed a large proportion of cancer patients have unsafe opioid practices. Our objective was to determine whether an improvement occurred in the patterns of use, storage, and disposal of opioids among cancer outpatients after the implementation of a patient educational program. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Our palliative care (PC) clinic provides every patient with educational material (EM) on safe opioid use, storage, and disposal every time they receive an opioid prescription...
October 14, 2016: Oncologist
M O Yokosuk, Amal Al-Wahish, Sergey Artyukhin, K R O'Neal, D Mazumdar, P Chen, Junjie Yang, Yoon Seok Oh, Stephen A McGill, K Haule, Sang-Wook Cheong, David Vanderbilt, J L Musfeldt
We combined high field optical spectroscopy and first principles calculations to analyze the electronic structure of Ni_{3}TeO_{6} across the 53 K and 9 T magnetic transitions, both of which are accompanied by large changes in electric polarization. The color properties are sensitive to magnetic order due to field-induced changes in the crystal field environment, with those around Ni1 and Ni2 most affected. These findings advance the understanding of magnetoelectric coupling in materials in which magnetic 3d centers coexist with nonmagnetic heavy chalcogenide cations...
September 30, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Ping Li, Hua Chun Zeng
In recent years, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have been employed as heterogeneous catalysts or utilized as solid precursors for synthesis of catalytic materials. However, conventional MOFs and their derivatives, which normally have relatively large particle sizes, exhibit limited mass transfer and modest catalytic activities owing to lengthy diffusion path and less exposed active sites. On the other hand, it has been generally conceived that nanoscale MOFs will be beneficial to materials utilization as well as to mass diffusion, but the instability of nano-MOFs poses a serious issue on their practical applications...
October 14, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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