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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222260/the-k-channel-a-multi-functional-architecture-for-dynamically-re-configurable-sample-processing-in-droplet-microfluidics
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Steven R Doonan, Ryan C Bailey
By rapidly creating libraries of thousands of unique, miniaturized reactors, droplet microfluidics provides a powerful method for automating high-throughput chemical analysis. In order to engineer in-droplet assays, microfluidic devices must add reagents into droplets, remove fluid from droplets, and perform other necessary operations, each typically provided by a unique, specialized geometry. Unfortunately, modifying device performance or changing operations usually requires re-engineering the device among these specialized geometries, a time-consuming and costly process when optimizing in-droplet assays...
February 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221808/decoupled-hierarchical-structures-for-suppression-of-leidenfrost-phenomenon
#2
Nazanin Farokhnia, Seyed Mohammad Sajadi, Peyman Irajizad, Hadi Ghasemi
Thermal management of high temperature systems through cooling droplets is limited by the existence of the Leidenfrost point (LFP), at which the formation of a continuous vapor film between a hot solid and a cooling droplet diminishes the heat transfer rate. This limit results in a bottleneck for the advancement of the wide spectrum of systems including high-temperature power generation, electronics/photonics, reactors, and spacecraft. Despite a long time effort on development of surfaces for suppression of this phenomenon, this limit has only shifted to higher temperatures, but still exists...
February 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216832/a-novel-technique-for-continuous-cooling-till-re-establishment-of-blood-flow-during-major-limb-replants
#3
R Jayakumar, Rahul Bamal, Amrita Mandal
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery: Official Publication of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216389/mastery-of-pmdi-technique-asthma-control-and-quality-of-life-of-children-with-asthma-a-randomized-controlled-study-comparing-two-inhaler-technique-training-approaches
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Wesam G Ammari, Nussaibah Al-Hyari, Nathir Obeidat, Mona Khater, Amal Sabouba, Mark Sanders
OBJECTIVE: Verbal counselling (VC) is the clinical standard for training patients on correct inhaler use. Patients fail to recall their VC with time. Ethical approval was obtained to compare the pressurized metered dose inhaler (pMDI) VC with Trainhaler (TH), a novel pMDI inhalation flow and technique training device, in children with asthma. METHODS: At visit 1, 7-17 year-old children with a pMDI hand-lung coordination problem including a fast peak inhalation flow (PIF) through pMDI >60 L/min were randomized into either VC group that received verbal pMDI training; or into TH group that were trained on- and given TH to practice at home...
February 16, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215810/the-impact-of-pre-restoration-land-use-and-disturbance-on-sediment-structure-hydrology-and-the-sediment-geochemical-environment-in-restored-saltmarshes
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Kate L Spencer, Simon J Carr, Lucy M Diggens, James A Tempest, Michelle A Morris, Gemma L Harvey
Saltmarshes are being lost or degraded as a result of human activity resulting in loss of critical ecosystem services including the provision of wild species diversity, water quality regulation and flood regulation. To compensate, saltmarshes are being restored or re-created, usually driven by legislative requirements for increased habitat diversity, flood regulation and sustainable coastal defense. Yet, there is increasing evidence that restoration may not deliver anticipated ecosystem services; this is frequently attributed to poor drainage and sediment anoxia...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214118/optimizing-peri-urban-ecosystems-pure-to-re-couple-urban-rural-symbiosis
#6
REVIEW
Yong-Guan Zhu, Brian J Reid, Andrew A Meharg, Steve A Banwart, Bo-Jie Fu
Globally, rapid urbanization, along with economic development, is dramatically changing the balance of biogeochemical cycles, impacting upon ecosystem services and impinging on United Nation global sustainability goals (inter alia: sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; good health and well-being; clean water and sanitation, and; to protect and conserve life on land and below water). A key feature of the urban ecosystems is that nutrient stocks, carbon (C), nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), are being enriched...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209484/successful-provision-of-inter-hospital-extracorporeal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-for-acute-post-partum-pulmonary-embolism
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C McDonald, J Laurie, S Janssens, C Zazulak, P Kotze, K Shekar
Mortality during pregnancy in a well-resourced setting is rare, but acute pulmonary embolism is one of the leading causes. We present the successful use of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (eCPR) in a 22-year old woman who experienced cardiopulmonary collapse following urgent caesarean section in the setting of a sub-massive pulmonary embolus. Resources and personnel to perform eCPR were not available at the maternity hospital and were recruited from an adjacent pediatric hospital. Initial care used low blood flow extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) with pediatric ECMO circuitry, which was optimized when the team from a nearby adult cardiac hospital arrived...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205364/altered-neural-mechanisms-of-cognitive-control-in-patients-with-primary-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-an-effective-connectivity-study
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Ekaterina Dobryakova, Maria Assunta Rocca, Paola Valsasina, John DeLuca, Massimo Filippi
Primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) leads to physical and cognitive disability. Specifically, cognitive deficits in PPMS have been explained by both grey matter atrophy and white matter lesions. However, existing research still lacks in the understanding of how the brain of a patient with PPMS functions under cognitive control demands. Thus, the aim of the current study was to examine information integration in patients with PPMS using a search-based effective connectivity method. Fourteen patients with PPMS and 22 age- and gender-matched healthy controls (HC) performed the Stroop task, a cognitively demanding interference task that taxes neural resources required for cognitive control and response inhibition...
February 16, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199875/examining-the-impacts-of-increased-corn-production-on-groundwater-quality-using-a-coupled-modeling-system
#9
Valerie Garcia, Ellen Cooter, James Crooks, Brian Hinckley, Mark Murphy, Xiangnan Xing
This study demonstrates the value of a coupled chemical transport modeling system for investigating groundwater nitrate contamination responses associated with nitrogen (N) fertilizer application and increased corn production. The coupled Community Multiscale Air Quality Bidirectional and Environmental Policy Integrated Climate modeling system incorporates agricultural management practices and N exchange processes between the soil and atmosphere to estimate levels of N that may volatilize into the atmosphere, re-deposit, and seep or flow into surface and groundwater...
February 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197593/tandem-emulsification-for-high-throughput-production-of-double-emulsions
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M L Eggersdorfer, W Zheng, S Nawar, C Mercandetti, A Ofner, I Leibacher, S Koehler, D A Weitz
Core-shell double emulsions produced using microfluidic methods with controlled structural parameters exhibit great potential in a wide range of applications, but the low production rate of microfluidic methods hinders the exploitation of the capabilities of microfluidics to produce double emulsions with well-defined features. A major obstacle towards the scaled-up production of core-shell double emulsions is the difficulty of achieving robust spatially controlled wettability in integrated microfluidic devices...
February 15, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194836/quantitative-characterization-of-the-carbon-carbon-composites-components-based-on-video-of-polarized-light-microscope
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Yixian Li, Lehua Qi, Yongshan Song, Xujiang Chao
The components of carbon/carbon (C/C) composites have significant influence on the thermal and mechanical properties, so a quantitative characterization of component is necessary to study the microstructure of C/C composites, and further to improve the macroscopic properties of C/C composites. Considering the extinction crosses of the pyrocarbon matrix have significant moving features, the polarized light microscope (PLM) video is used to characterize C/C composites quantitatively because it contains sufficiently dynamic and structure information...
February 13, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193233/tacrolimus-in-the-prevention-of-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-and-diabetes-associated-embryopathies-in-obese-and-diabetic-mice
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Ahmad J H Albaghdadi, Melanie A Hewitt, Samantha M Putos, Michael Wells, Terence R S Ozolinš, Frederick W K Kan
BACKGROUND: T2DM is a high-risk pregnancy with adverse fetal and maternal outcomes including repeated miscarriages and fetal malformations. Despite the established association between placental insufficiency and poor maternal Th1-adaptability to the development of pregnancy complications in T2DM, there have been no established data to assess benefits of pre-pregnancy immunosuppression relative to gestational outcomes in T2DM. We hypothesized that pre-pregnancy macrolide immune suppression can re-establish normal placental development and uterine vascular adaptation in a mouse model of obesity-associated T2DM...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192264/balloon-angioplasty-for-in-stent-restenosis-resulting-in-carotid-stent-fracture-with-literature-review-of-stent-in-stent-technique-as-a-viable-therapeutic-option
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Abdul-Haseeb Naeem, Ghaya Al-Rumaihi, Amirpouyan Namavarian, Manas Sharma, Melfort Boulton
BACKGROUND: Carotid stent fractures are rare and multiple etiologies have been proposed to explain their occurrence. We present a patient with a internal carotid artery (ICA) stent who developed in-stent restenosis. We performed balloon angioplasty to address in-stent restenosis but post-procedure he developed a carotid stent fracture. To our knowledge, balloon angioplasty has not been reported to cause stent fractures and we report the first case report. CASE DESCRIPTION: 72-year-old male underwent stenting for symptomatic left ICA stenosis with post-stenting residual stenosis of 55%...
February 9, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191820/vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-glycocalyx-mediates-shear-stress-induced-contractile-responses-via-a-rho-kinase-rock-myosin-light-chain-phosphatase-mlcp-pathway
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Hongyan Kang, Jiajia Liu, Anqiang Sun, Xiao Liu, Yubo Fan, Xiaoyan Deng
The vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) are exposed to interstitial flow induced shear stress that may be sensed by the surface glycocalyx, a surface layer composed primarily of proteoglycans and glycoproteins, to mediate cell contraction during the myogenic response. We, therefore, attempted to elucidate the signal pathway of the glycocalyx mechanotransduction in shear stress regulated SMC contraction. Human umbilical vein SMCs (HUVSMCs) deprived of serum for 3-4 days were exposed to a step increase (0 to 20 dyn/cm(2)) in shear stress in a parallel plate flow chamber, and reduction in the cell area was quantified as contraction...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190454/somatic-map2k1-mutations-are-associated-with-extracranial-arteriovenous-malformation
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Javier A Couto, August Y Huang, Dennis J Konczyk, Jeremy A Goss, Steven J Fishman, John B Mulliken, Matthew L Warman, Arin K Greene
Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a fast-flow, congenital vascular anomaly that may arise anywhere in the body. AVMs typically progress, causing destruction of surrounding tissue and, sometimes, cardiac overload. AVMs are difficult to control; they often re-expand after embolization or resection, and pharmacologic therapy is unavailable. We studied extracranial AVMs in order to identify their biological basis. We performed whole-exome sequencing (WES) and whole-genome sequencing (WGS) on AVM tissue from affected individuals...
January 30, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188602/umbilical-venous-catheters-placement-evaluation-on-frontal-radiogram-application-of-a-simplified-flow-chart-for-radiology-residents
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Sergio Salerno, Chiara Tudisca, Elena Murmura, Domenica Matranga, Giuseppe La Tona, Giuseppe Lo Re, Antonio Lo Casto
BACKGROUND: Umbilical Venous Catheter (UVC) are commonly used in neonatal period; they can be not correctly positioned and could be associated with complications. The purpose of this article is to suggest a flow-chart to evaluate the placement of UVC, testing it in young radiologists-in-training. METHOD: We developed a simple flow-chart to asses, steps by step, UVC placement considering its course and tip location (ideally placed in the atriocaval junction). We tested the flow-chart impact asking to 20 residents to evaluate the placement of 10 UVC before and after they familiarized with the flow-chart and the anatomical findings of a newborn...
February 10, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188349/on-line-dynamic-extraction-system-hyphenated-to-inductively-coupled-plasma-optical-emission-spectrometry-for-automatic-determination-of-oral-bioaccessible-trace-metal-fractions-in-airborne-particulate-matter
#17
Victoria Mohr, Manuel Miró, Andreas Limbeck
For a realistic evaluation of the potential hazard emanating from airborne particulate matter (APM), the determination of the total inhaled metal amounts associated with APM is insufficient in risk assessment. Additional information about metal fractions that can be mobilized by the human body is necessary, because only those soluble (also called bioaccessible) fractions can be absorbed by the human body, and thus potentially cause adverse health effects. In the present study, a dynamic flow-through approach as a front end to inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) exploiting advanced flow analysis is employed for on-line handling of multiple APM samples and determination of bioaccessible trace metals under worst case extraction scenarios...
February 10, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185977/the-central-role-of-relationships-to-trauma-informed-integrated-care-for-children-and-youth
#18
Jonathan D Brown, Melissa A King, Lawrence S Wissow
OBJECTIVE: Primary care plays an essential role in the primary and secondary prevention of children's mental health problems. A growing series of trials have demonstrated the capacity of primary care providers to deliver care that specifically addresses risks to healthy social and emotional development by incorporating mental health services into their routines and integrating their work with the mental health care system. This paper describes elements common to various integration schemes that seem essential to their success...
February 6, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185236/regulation-of-osmolality-for-cancer-treatment
#19
REVIEW
Atsushi Shiozaki, Daisuke Ichikawa, Toshiyuki Kosuga, Yoshinori Marunaka, Eigo Otsuji
Disseminated metastasis is associated with a poor prognosis, and its management in the peritoneal or pleural cavity is crucial in the treatment of cancer. Recent studies show that ion and water transporters play important roles in fundamental cellular functions, including the regulation of cell volume that would be involved in the cancer process. Here, we review the evidence for hypotonic treatments of cancer and evaluate the potential of the cellular physiological approach in clinical management. The regulation of extracellular osmolality is a promising method, with several studies demonstrating the cytocidal effects of hypotonic solution on cancer cells...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184238/a-carbon-balance-model-for-the-great-dismal-swamp-ecosystem
#20
Rachel Sleeter, Benjamin M Sleeter, Brianna Williams, Dianna Hogan, Todd Hawbaker, Zhiliang Zhu
BACKGROUND: Carbon storage potential has become an important consideration for land management and planning in the United States. The ability to assess ecosystem carbon balance can help land managers understand the benefits and tradeoffs between different management strategies. This paper demonstrates an application of the Land Use and Carbon Scenario Simulator (LUCAS) model developed for local-scale land management at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. We estimate the net ecosystem carbon balance by considering past ecosystem disturbances resulting from storm damage, fire, and land management actions including hydrologic inundation, vegetation clearing, and replanting...
December 2017: Carbon Balance and Management
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