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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212389/application-of-calibrated-forceps-for-assessing-mechanical-nociception-with-high-time-resolution-in-mice
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Hideki Kashiwadani, Yuichi Kanmura, Tomoyuki Kuwaki
In order to investigate the basic physiological mechanisms of pain and the anti-nociceptive effects of analgesics, development of pain assays in mice is critical due to the advances of genetic manipulation techniques. The von Frey hairs/Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments test (von Frey test) has long been applied to examine mechanical nociception in mice. Though the von Frey test is a well-established and standardized method, it is inappropriate to assess a rapid change in the nociceptive threshold because voluntary resting/sleeping states are necessary to examine the response...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211790/flpstop-a-tool-for-conditional-gene-control-in-drosophila
#2
Yvette Erica Fisher, Helen H Yang, Jesse Isaacman-Beck, Marjorie Xie, Daryl M Gohl, Thomas R Clandinin
Manipulating gene function cell type-specifically is a common experimental goal in Drosophila research and has been central to studies of neural development, circuit computation, and behavior. However, current cell type-specific gene disruption techniques in flies often reduce gene activity incompletely or rely on cell division. Here we describe FlpStop, a generalizable tool for conditional gene disruption and rescue in post-mitotic cells. In proof-of-principle experiments, we manipulated apterous, a regulator of wing development...
February 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211719/generation-of-ramped-current-profiles-in-relativistic-electron-beams-using-wakefields-in-dielectric-structures
#3
G Andonian, S Barber, F H O'Shea, M Fedurin, K Kusche, C Swinson, J B Rosenzweig
Temporal pulse tailoring of charged-particle beams is essential to optimize efficiency in collinear wakefield acceleration schemes. In this Letter, we demonstrate a novel phase space manipulation method that employs a beam wakefield interaction in a dielectric structure, followed by bunch compression in a permanent magnet chicane, to longitudinally tailor the pulse shape of an electron beam. This compact, passive, approach was used to generate a nearly linearly ramped current profile in a relativistic electron beam experiment carried out at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Accelerator Test Facility...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208697/hybrid-analytical-and-data-driven-modeling-for-feed-forward-robot-control-%C3%A2
#4
René Felix Reinhart, Zeeshan Shareef, Jochen Jakob Steil
Feed-forward model-based control relies on models of the controlled plant, e.g., in robotics on accurate knowledge of manipulator kinematics or dynamics. However, mechanical and analytical models do not capture all aspects of a plant's intrinsic properties and there remain unmodeled dynamics due to varying parameters, unmodeled friction or soft materials. In this context, machine learning is an alternative suitable technique to extract non-linear plant models from data. However, fully data-based models suffer from inaccuracies as well and are inefficient if they include learning of well known analytical models...
February 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207445/the-nuts-and-bolts-of-performing-focused-cardiovascular-ultrasound-focus
#5
Josh M Zimmerman, Bradley J Coker
The benefit of focused cardiovascular ultrasound as an adjunct to physical examination has been shown in numerous specialties and in diverse clinical settings. Although the value of these techniques to the practice of anesthesiology is substantial, they have only begun to be incorporated. This article reviews the basic techniques required to perform a bedside focused cardiovascular ultrasound (ie, FoCUS examination). This includes a discussion of patient positioning, breath control, probe position, and manipulation and was supplemented by normal and abnormal examples for review...
March 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203515/curvilinear-segmental-mandibular-reconstruction-utilizing-distraction-osteogenesis-and-early-open-callus-manipulation
#6
Alberto Rocha Pereira, Paulo Neves, José Rosa, Scott Bartlett
The authors present a new technique for reconstruction of large curvilinear mandibular defects with distraction osteogenesis and early open callus manipulation. In phase 1, transport disks are created from mandibular bone and distracted across the entire length of the defect, without the restriction from a mandible plate fixation. This allows for full-length distraction until enough regenerate is obtained to reconstruct the defect without the need for additional bone grafts. Taking advantage of the soft moldable regenerate, the second and final operative procedure allows for the manipulation, repositioning, and fixation of the transported segments in the ideal position creating perfect tridimensional form and symmetry of the mandible arch...
January 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203436/chest-physiotherapy-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-without-pneumonia-a-narrative-review
#7
REVIEW
Herbert D Spapen, Jouke De Regt, Patrick M Honoré
A beneficial adjuvant role of chest physiotherapy (CPT) to promote airway clearance, alveolar recruitment, and ventilation/perfusion matching in mechanically ventilated (MV) patients with pneumonia or relapsing lung atelectasis is commonly accepted. However, doubt prevails regarding the usefulness of applying routine CPT in MV subjects with no such lung diseases. In-depth narrative review based on a literature search for prospective randomized trials comparing CPT with a non-CPT strategy in adult patients ventilated for at least 48 h...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202256/transseptal-puncture-review-of-anatomy-techniques-complications-and-challenges
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REVIEW
Barry O'Brien, Haroon Zafar, Simon De Freitas, Faisal Sharif
In recent years, the transseptal puncture approach has enabled passage of increasingly large and complex devices into the left atrium. Traditional tools remain effective in creating and dilating the initial puncture, with an acceptable safety profile. Even for skilled operators, the procedure is technically demanding and requires sound understanding of atrial anatomy. Intracardiac echocardiography is useful in cases of previous septal repair, poorly defined fossa ovalis anatomy or when considering patent foramen ovale portal crossing...
February 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201894/manipulating-and-probing-the-polarisation-of-a-methyl-tunnelling-system-by-field-cycling-nmr
#9
Bo Zhang, Sabah M M Abu-Khumra, Abdellah Aibout, Anthony J Horsewill
In NMR the polarisation of the Zeeman system may be routinely probed and manipulated by applying resonant rf pulses. As with spin-1/2 nuclei, at low temperature the quantum tunnelling states of a methyl rotor are characterised by two energy levels and it is interesting to consider how these tunnelling states might be probed and manipulated in an analogous way to nuclear spins in NMR. In this paper experimental procedures based on magnetic field-cycling NMR are described where, by irradiating methyl tunnelling sidebands, the polarisations of the methyl tunnelling systems are measured and manipulated in a prescribed fashion...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198579/tweezing-of-magnetic-and-non-magnetic-objects-with-magnetic-fields
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REVIEW
Jaakko V I Timonen, Bartosz A Grzybowski
Although strong magnetic fields cannot be conveniently "focused" like light, modern microfabrication techniques enable preparation of microstructures with which the field gradients - and resulting magnetic forces - can be localized to very small dimensions. This ability provides the foundation for magnetic tweezers which in their classical variant can address magnetic targets. More recently, the so-called negative magnetophoretic tweezers have also been developed which enable trapping and manipulations of completely nonmagnetic particles provided that they are suspended in a high-magnetic-susceptibility liquid...
February 15, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198492/redox-state-manipulation-of-a-tris-p-tetrazolylphenyl-amine-ligand-and-its-mn-2-coordination-frameworks
#11
Carol Hua, Jing-Yuan Ge, Floriana Tuna, David Collison, Jing-Lin Zuo, Deanna M D'Alessandro
In situ spectroelectrochemical experiments coupled with UV/Vis/NIR, EPR, magnetism and fluorescence techniques have enabled insights into the electronic properties of the tris(p-tetrazolylphenyl)amine (H3TTPA) ligand and the new Mn(2+) frameworks [Mn3(TTPA)2(MeOH)6]n (1) and [Mn3(TTPA)2(DMF)6]n (2). Oxidation of H3TTPA generated the triarylamine radical which was found to be delocalised throughout the ligand backbone. Solid state Vis/NIR and EPR spectroelectrochemical experiments on the frameworks were used to probe the optical properties of the accessible redox states and their relative stabilities, as well as the charge transfer interactions which were generated upon infiltration of electron acceptor guests...
February 15, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198442/a-novel-augmented-reality-system-for-displaying-inferior-alveolar-nerve-bundles-in-maxillofacial-surgery
#12
Ming Zhu, Fei Liu, Gang Chai, Jun J Pan, Taoran Jiang, Li Lin, Yu Xin, Yan Zhang, Qingfeng Li
Augmented reality systems can combine virtual images with a real environment to ensure accurate surgery with lower risk. This study aimed to develop a novel registration and tracking technique to establish a navigation system based on augmented reality for maxillofacial surgery. Specifically, a virtual image is reconstructed from CT data using 3D software. The real environment is tracked by the augmented reality (AR) software. The novel registration strategy that we created uses an occlusal splint compounded with a fiducial marker (OSM) to establish a relationship between the virtual image and the real object...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196632/procedure-selection-and-patient-positioning-influence-spine-kinematics-during-high-velocity-low-amplitude-spinal-manipulation-applied-to-the-low-back
#13
Spencer Bell, Kevin D'Angelo, Gregory N Kawchuk, John J Triano, Samuel J Howarth
OBJECTIVES: This investigation compared indirect 3-dimensional angular kinematics (position, velocity, and acceleration) of the lumbar spine for 2 different high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) spinal manipulation procedures (lumbar spinous pull or push), and altered initial patient lower limb posture. METHODS: Twenty-four participants underwent 6 HVLA procedures directed toward the presumed L4 vertebra, reflecting each combination of 2 variants of a spinal manipulation application technique (spinous pull and push) and 3 initial hip flexion angles (0°, 45°, and 90°) applied using a right lateral recumbent patient position...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196631/effects-of-12-weeks-of-chiropractic-care-on-central-integration-of-dual-somatosensory-input-in-chronic-pain-patients-a-preliminary-study
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Heidi Haavik, Imran Khan Niazi, Kelly Holt, Bernadette Murphy
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this preliminary study was to assess whether the dual somatosensory evoked potential (SEP) technique is sensitive enough to measure changes in cortical intrinsic inhibitory interactions in patients with chronic neck or upper extremity pain and, if so, whether changes are associated with changes in pain scores. METHODS: The dual peripheral nerve stimulation SEP ratio technique was used for 6 subjects with a history of chronic neck or upper limb pain...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193038/sheathless-focusing-and-separation-of-diverse-nanoparticles-in-viscoelastic-solutions-with-minimized-shear-thinning
#15
Chao Liu, Baoquan Ding, Chundong Xue, Yu Tian, Guoqing Hu, Jiashu Sun
Viscoelastic microfluidics becomes an efficient and label-free hydrodynamic technology to enrich and separate micrometer-scale particles, including blood cells, circulating tumor cells, and bacteria. However, the manipulation of nanoscale particles by viscoelastic microfluidics remains a major challenge, because the viscoelastic force acting on the smaller particle decreases dramatically. In contrast to the commonly used polymer solutions of high molecular weight, herein we utilize the aqueous solutions of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) of low molecular weight with minimized shear thinning but sufficient elastic force for high-quality focusing and separation of various nanoparticles...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192793/nonpharmacologic-therapies-for-low-back-pain-a-systematic-review-for-an-american-college-of-physicians-clinical-practice-guideline
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Roger Chou, Richard Deyo, Janna Friedly, Andrea Skelly, Robin Hashimoto, Melissa Weimer, Rochelle Fu, Tracy Dana, Paul Kraegel, Jessica Griffin, Sara Grusing, Erika D Brodt
Background: A 2007 American College of Physicians guideline addressed nonpharmacologic treatment options for low back pain. New evidence is now available. Purpose: To systematically review the current evidence on nonpharmacologic therapies for acute or chronic nonradicular or radicular low back pain. Data Sources: Ovid MEDLINE (January 2008 through February 2016), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and reference lists...
February 14, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191733/a-novel-dynamic-expression-of-vasa-in-male-germ-cells-during-spermatogenesis-in-the-chinese-soft-shell-turtle-pelidiscus-sinensis
#17
Wei Li, Piaoyi Zhang, Xuling Wu, Xinping Zhu, Hongyan Xu
vasa gene encodes a highly conserved DEAD-box RNA helicase, required for germ cell development across animal kingdom. Vasa mutations cause male infertility in mammals. It has been widely used as a biomarker for studying animal fertility or manipulating germ cells in organisms. However, in reptilians, the functions of vasa gene involved in germ cell differentiation are largely unclear; this hampers the development of biological techniques and the improvement of the productivity in these species. Here a vasa cDNA was isolated in Chinese soft-shell turtle and it predicts a protein of 691 amino acid residues, which is 72%, 69%, 58%, 59%, and 54-56% identical to its homolog from mouse, platypus, frog, chicken, and fish, respectively, and named as PsVasa...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191366/radiological-and-functional-outcome-of-displaced-colles-fracture-managed-with-closed-reduction-and-percutaneous-pinning-a-prospective-study
#18
Sagar Panthi, Kishor Khatri, Krishna Kharel, Subin Byanjankar, Jay R Sharma, Rahul Shrestha, Raju Vaishya, Amit Kumar Agarwal, Vipul Vijay
BACKGROUND: Displaced Colles' fractures are treated by manipulation and below elbow cast application. Malunion is a common complication, resulting in pain, mid-carpal instability, and post-traumatic arthritis. Fracture stabilization by percutaneous pinning is a simple, minimally invasive technique that helps prevent displacement of the fracture, thereby minimizing complications. This study aims to assess the amount of collapse after closed manipulation and percutaneous pinning with Kirschner wires (K-wires) and its correlation with the functional outcome of the wrist after union...
January 6, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190837/analysis-of-distribution-and-intraparticle-diffusion-of-a-fluorescent-dye-in-mesoporous-silica-gel-by-confocal-fluorescence-microspectroscopy
#19
Tatsumi Sato, Kiyoharu Nakatani
A micrometer-sized spherical silica gel microparticle (pore diameter, ∼7 nm) was injected into an aqueous rhodamine 6G solution using microcapillary manipulation-injection technique, and the dye distribution in the single microparticle was measured as the fluorescence depth profile by confocal fluorescence microspectroscopy. The fluorescence depth profile was simulated by the convolution and deconvolution methods to correct the contribution of the spatial resolution of the experimental system. The dye homogeneously or heterogeneously distributed in the microparticle at the adsorption equilibrium, dependent on the type of silica gel...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190566/effects-of-wireless-packet-loss-in-industrial-process-control-systems
#20
Yongkang Liu, Richard Candell, Nader Moayeri
Timely and reliable sensing and actuation control are essential in networked control. This depends on not only the precision/quality of the sensors and actuators used but also on how well the communications links between the field instruments and the controller have been designed. Wireless networking offers simple deployment, reconfigurability, scalability, and reduced operational expenditure, and is easier to upgrade than wired solutions. However, the adoption of wireless networking has been slow in industrial process control due to the stochastic and less than 100% reliable nature of wireless communications and lack of a model to evaluate the effects of such communications imperfections on the overall control performance...
February 9, 2017: ISA Transactions
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