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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526091/a-pre-therapeutic-coating-for-medical-devices-that-prevents-the-attachment-of-candida-albicans
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Diego Vargas-Blanco, Aung Lynn, Jonah Rosch, Rony Noreldin, Anthony Salerni, Christopher Lambert, Reeta P Rao
BACKGROUND: Hospital acquired fungal infections are defined as "never events"-medical errors that should never have happened. Systemic Candida albicans infections results in 30-50% mortality rates. Typically, adhesion to abiotic medical devices and implants initiates such infections. Efficient adhesion initiates formation of aggressive biofilms that are difficult to treat. Therefore, inhibitors of adhesion are important for drug development and likely to have a broad spectrum efficacy against many fungal pathogens...
May 19, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525774/development-and-validation-of-a-physical-model-to-investigate-the-biomechanics-of-infant-head-impact
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M Jones, D Darwall, G Khalid, R Prabhu, A Kemp, O Arthurs, P Theobald
Head injury in childhood is the single most common cause of death or permanent disability from injury. However, despite its frequency and significance, there is little understanding of the response of a child's head to injurious loading. This is a significant limitation when making early diagnoses, informing clinical and/or forensic management or injury prevention strategies. With respect to impact vulnerability, current understanding is predominantly based on a few post-mortem-human-surrogate (PMHS) experiments...
April 13, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522235/a-review-of-terrestrial-aerial-and-aquatic-keratins-the-structure-and-mechanical-properties-of-pangolin-scales-feather-shafts-and-baleen-plates
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Bin Wang, Tarah N Sullivan
Keratinous materials, omnipresent as the hard and durable epidermal appendages of animals, are one of the toughest biological materials. They exhibit diverse morphologies and structures that serve a variety of amazing and inspiring mechanical functions. In this work, we provide a review of representative terrestrial, aerial and aquatic keratinous materials, pangolin scales, feather shafts and baleen plates, and correlate their hierarchical structures to respective functions of dermal armor, flight material and undersea filter...
May 8, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516401/endovascular-crossing-of-chronic-total-occlusions-using-an-impulse-an-explorative-design-study
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Aimée Sakes, Marleen van der Wiel, Dimitra Dodou, Paul Breedveld
In this study we investigated whether exerting an impulse on a Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) improves the success rate of CTO crossing as compared to the currently used method of statically pushing the guidewire against the CTO. A prototype (Ø2 mm) was developed that generates translational momentum using a spring-loaded indenter and converts it to an impulse during impact. Mechanical performance was evaluated by measuring the peak force and momentum for different spring compressions and strike distances in air and blood-mimicking fluid...
May 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514955/label-free-biosensing-of-salmonella-enterica-serovars-at-single-cell-level
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Bin Wang, Bosoon Park, Bingqian Xu, Yongkuk Kwon
BACKGROUND: The emerging nanotechnologies have greatly facilitated the development of label-free biosensors. The atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been used to study the molecular mechanism of the reactions for protein and aptamers. The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) have been used in fast detections of various pathogens such as bacteria. This study used both AFM and SPR to investigate the complex reactions between aptamers and outer membrane proteins (OMPs) on the surface of S. typhimurium...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513287/contact-force-technology-integrated-with-3d-navigation-system-for-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-improving-results
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Roberto Rordorf, Antonio Sanzo, Vincenzo Gionti
Pulmonary veins isolation (PVI) by radiofrequency (RF) ablation is currently an established treatment for symptomatic, drug-resistant paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Although the effectiveness of the therapy has been clearly demonstrated, success rate after a single procedure is still sub-optimal. The main reason for recurrences after PVI is electrical pulmonary vein-atrium reconnection. In order to increase the likelihood of permanent PVI, the creation of a transmural, durable lesion is mandatory. The main determinants of lesion size and transmurality are power, stability, duration and contact-force during RF application...
May 17, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513277/effect-of-gastrocnemius-kinesio-taping-on-countermovement-jump-performance-and-vertical-stiffness-following-muscle-fatigue
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Sahar Boozari, Mohammad Ali Sanjari, Ali Amiri, Ismail Ebrahimi Takamjani
CONTEXT: Kinesio Tape (KT) is a widely used intervention in the fields of sports and rehabilitation. However, its effects on lower extremity behavior during functional activities are not entirely known. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that application of KT can change performance and vertical stiffness during the countermovement jump (CMJ) before and after a fatigue protocol. DESIGN: A pre and post design to study the effect of KT in two situations, pre- and post-fatigue...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509762/beetroot-juice-increases-human-muscle-force-without-changing-ca2-handling-proteins
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Jamie Whitfield, Daniel Gamu, George J F Heigenhauser, Luc J C van Loon, Lawrence L Spriet, A Russell Tupling, Graham P Holloway
Dietary inorganic nitrate (NO3) supplementation improves skeletal muscle (SkM) contractile efficiency, and while rodent literature has suggested improvements in calcium handling or redox modifications as likely explanations, the direct mechanism-of-action in humans remains unknown. PURPOSE: To examine the effects of 7-d of beetroot juice (BRJ) supplementation on SkM contractile characteristics and function. METHODS: Recreationally active males (n=8) underwent transcutaneous electrical muscle stimulation of the vastus lateralis for evaluation of contractile characteristics before (pre) and after (post) 7-d of BRJ supplementation (280 mL/day, ~26 mmol NO3)...
May 15, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506015/review-on-pen-and-paper-based-observational-methods-for-assessing-ergonomic-risk-factors-of-computer-work
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Mohd Nasrull Abdol Rahman, Siti Shafika Mohamad
BACKGROUND: Computer works are associated with Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs). There are several methods have been developed to assess computer work risk factor related to MSDs. OBJECTIVE: This review aims to give an overview of current techniques available for pen-and-paper-based observational methods in assessing ergonomic risk factors of computer work. METHODS: We searched an electronic database for materials from 1992 until 2015. The selected methods were focused on computer work, pen-and-paper observational methods, office risk factors and musculoskeletal disorders...
May 6, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504823/centrifugal-driven-reduced-dimension-planar-chromatography
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Rachel B Strickhouser, Nahla A Hatab, Nickolay V Lavrik, Michael J Sepaniak
A fundamental problem with efficiency in capillary action driven planar chromatography results from diminishing flow rates as development proceeds, giving rise to molecular diffusion related band dispersion for most sample types. Overpressure and electrokinetic means to speed flow have been used successfully in TLC. We explore the use of centrifugal force (CF) to drive flow for reduced-dimension planar platforms (ultra-TLC, low μm features, and nano-TLC, nanoscale features). The silicon wafer platforms have two forms of continuous 2-D arrays created by either photolithography or metal dewetting followed by deep reactive ion etching and coated with porous SiO2 ...
May 15, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501900/autonomic-nervous-system-in-newborns-a-review-based-on-heart-rate-variability
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Sandra Cardoso, Marta João Silva, Hercília Guimarães
PURPOSE: Heart rate variability (HRV) has been a relevant tool in the assessment of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). How autonomic control normally develops in newborns and how it is affected by gestational age (GA) is not fully understood. We aimed to review the current evidence on HRV in preterm (PT) and term neonates (TN) and investigate the relation between GA and the maturation of ANS. METHODS: Electronic databases (Pubmed, World of Science, and Scopus) were searched for studies from 1997 to 2017 examining HRV (time and frequency domain) in PT and TN who followed to the Task Force (1996) guidelines...
May 13, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501623/efficient-direct-conversion-of-human-fibroblasts-into-myogenic-lineage-induced-by-co-transduction-with-mycl-and-myod1
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Junko Wakao, Tsunao Kishida, Shigehisa Fumino, Koseki Kimura, Kenta Yamamoto, Shinichiro Kotani, Katsura Mizushima, Yuji Naito, Toshikazu Yoshikawa, Tatsuro Tajiri, Osam Mazda
The skeletal muscle consists of contractile myofibers and plays essential roles for maintenance of body posture, movement, and metabolic regulation. During the development and regeneration of the skeletal muscle tissue, the myoblasts fuse into multinucleated myotubes that subsequently form myofibers. Transplantation of myoblasts may make possible a novel regenerative therapy against defects or dysfunction of the skeletal muscle. It is reported that rodent fibroblasts are converted into myoblast-like cells and fuse to form syncytium after forced expression of exogenous myogenic differentiation 1 (MYOD1) that is a key transcription factor for myoblast differentiation...
May 10, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500744/risk-of-cataract-among-interventional-cardiologists-and-catheterization-lab-staff-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ahmed Elmaraezy, Mostafa Ebraheem Morra, Abdelrhman Tarek Mohammed, Ahmed Al-Habaa, Ahmed Elgebaly, Ahmed Abdelmotaleb Ghazy, Adham M Khalil, Nguyen Tien Huy, Kenji Hirayama
OBJECTIVES: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the risk of developing a radiation-induced cataract in interventional cardiologists (ICs). BACKGROUND: ICs are forced to radiation exposure during cardiac catheterization procedures. Since the eye lens is one of the most radiosensitive organs in the body, ICs are highly susceptible to develop a radiation-induced cataract. METHOD: We performed a systematic literature search of nine electronic databases to retrieve studies that report cataract among interventional cardiologists...
May 13, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497993/personal-variation-in-preference-for-sweetness-effects-of-age-and-obesity
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Nuala Bobowski, Julie A Mennella
BACKGROUND: Use of nonnutritive sweeteners (NNSs), which provide sweet taste with few to no calories, has increased, but data on whether children's hedonic responses to NNSs differ from nutritive sugars or from adults' hedonic responses are limited. METHODS: Most preferred levels of sucrose and the NNS sucralose were determined via a forced-choice tracking procedure in 48 children, 7-14 years (mean = 10 years), and 34 adults. Each participant also rated the liking of these taste stimuli, as well as varying concentrations of aspartame on 3- and 5-point facial hedonic scales...
May 12, 2017: Childhood Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493850/importance-of-endogenous-extracellular-matrix-in-biomechanical-properties-of-human-skin-model
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Flavien Pillet, Laure Gibot, Moinecha Madi, Marie-Pierre Rols, Etienne Dague
The physical and mechanical properties of cells modulate their behavior such proliferation rate, migration and extracellular matrix remodeling. In order to study cell behavior in a tissue-like environment in vitro, it is of utmost importance to develop biologically and physically relevant 3D cell models. Here, we characterized the physical properties of a single cell type growing in configurations of increasing complexity. From one human skin biopsy, primary dermal fibroblasts were isolated and seeded to give monolayer (2D model), spheroid (3D model poor in extracellular matrix) and tissue-engineered cell sheet (3D model rich in endogenous extracellular matrix)...
May 11, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493723/influence-of-conventional-surfactants-on-the-self-assembly-of-a-bola-type-amphiphilic-peptide
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Yueying Cao, Dong Wang, Peng Zhou, Yurong Zhao, Yawei Sun, Jiqian Wang
Structural and morphological regulation is a distinctly important topic in peptide self-assembly, and is also regarded as the fundamental point in peptide-based biomaterials development. In this paper, we showed that adding anionic surfactant SDS to a bola amphiphilic peptide KI4K could result in the reconstruction of β-sheet secondary structure besides the changes in self-assembly morphologies from nanotubes to helical ribbons, nanofibers or straight nanotapes according to the negatively stained transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, circular dichroism spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy results...
May 11, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492649/identifying-electrochemical-effects-in-a-thermal-electrochemical-co-driven-system-for-co2-capture
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Guang X Liu, Yun S Yu, Ying T Hong, Zao X Zhang, Jin J Wei, Geoff G X Wang
Currently, the most promising amine absorption system for CO2 capture still faces the challenges of heavy steam consumption and a high energy penalty. Thus, a new thermal-electrochemical co-driven system (TECS) for CO2 capture was developed to resolve these problems. In the TECS, unknown electrochemical behaviors are quite essential to assess the CO2 capture performance. Electrochemical experiments were designed using response surface methodology (RSM) to identify electrochemical effects. The results show that the cathode process is slow and difficult, which is the main limitation in improving the performance of the TECS...
May 11, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490503/entropic-forces-drive-self-organization-and-membrane-fusion-by-snare-proteins
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Hakhamanesh Mostafavi, Sathish Thiyagarajan, Benjamin S Stratton, Erdem Karatekin, Jason M Warner, James E Rothman, Ben O'Shaughnessy
SNARE proteins are the core of the cell's fusion machinery and mediate virtually all known intracellular membrane fusion reactions on which exocytosis and trafficking depend. Fusion is catalyzed when vesicle-associated v-SNAREs form trans-SNARE complexes ("SNAREpins") with target membrane-associated t-SNAREs, a zippering-like process releasing ∼65 kT per SNAREpin. Fusion requires several SNAREpins, but how they cooperate is unknown and reports of the number required vary widely. To capture the collective behavior on the long timescales of fusion, we developed a highly coarse-grained model that retains key biophysical SNARE properties such as the zippering energy landscape and the surface charge distribution...
May 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488924/effects-of-caffeine-on-countermovement-jump-performance-variables-in-elite-male-volleyball-players
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Hermann Zbinden-Foncea, Isabel Rada, Jesus Gomez, Marco Kokaly, Trent Stellingwerff, Louise Deldicque, Luis Peñailillo
PURPOSE: To examine the effects of a moderate dose of caffeine in elite male volleyball players on countermovement jump (CMJ) performance, as well as temporal concentric and eccentric phase effects. METHODS: Ten elite male volleyball players took part in two experimental days via a randomized cross-over trial 1 week apart in which they ingested either 5 mg/kg of caffeine or a placebo in double-blind fashion. Heart rate and blood pressure parameters were measured at rest and 60 min post-ingestion...
May 10, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488824/effects-of-verbal-encouragement-on-force-and-electromyographic-activations-during-handgrip-exercise
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Chama Belkhiria, Giovanni DE Marco, Tarak Driss
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to examine the effects of verbal encouragement on isometric force and associated electromyographic (EMG) parameters during a handgrip task. METHODS: Twenty-three participants (12 women and 11 men) performed maximal voluntary isometric handgrip contractions following three conditions: 1) verbal encouragement (VE) condition: participants executed isometric contractions while being verbally encouraged. 2) non verbal encouragement (nVE) condition: the same starting and stopping signal but without encouragement...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
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