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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334016/does-shoe-heel-design-influence-ground-reaction-forces-and-knee-moments-during-maximum-lunges-in-elite-and-intermediate-badminton-players
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Wing-Kai Lam, Jaejin Ryue, Ki-Kwang Lee, Sang-Kyoon Park, Jason Tak-Man Cheung, Jiseon Ryu
BACKGROUND: Lunge is one frequently executed movement in badminton and involves a unique sagittal footstrike angle of more than 40 degrees at initial ground contact compared with other manoeuvres. This study examined if the shoe heel curvature design of a badminton shoe would influence shoe-ground kinematics, ground reaction forces, and knee moments during lunge. METHODS: Eleven elite and fifteen intermediate players performed five left-forward maximum lunge trials with Rounded Heel Shoe (RHS), Flattened Heel Shoe (FHS), and Standard Heel Shoes (SHS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333642/endomicroscopy-for-computer-and-robot-assisted-intervention
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Siyang Zuo, Guang-Zhong Yang
Endomicroscopy is a new technique that allows human tissue to be characterized in vivo, and in situ, circumventing the need for conventional biopsy and histology. Despite increased application and growing research interests in this area, the clinical application of endomicroscopy, however, is limited by difficulties in ergonomic control, consistent probe-tissue contact, large area surveillance and retargeting. Recently, advances in high-speed imaging, mosaicing and robotics have aimed to address these difficulties...
March 22, 2017: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333076/a-passive-temperature-sensing-antenna-based-on-a-bimetal-strip-coil
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Xianwei Shi, Fan Yang, Shenheng Xu, Maokun Li
A passive temperature-sensing antenna is presented in this paper, which consists of a meandering dipole, a bimetal strip and a back cavity. The meandering dipole is divided into two parts: the lower feeding part and the upper radiating part, which maintain electric contact during operation. As a sensing component, a bimetal strip coil offers a twisting force to rotate the lower feeding part of the antenna when the temperature varies. As a result, the effective length of the dipole antenna changes, leading to a shift of the resonant frequency...
March 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332445/dynamic-virtual-simulation-of-the-occurrence-and-severity-of-edge-loading-in-hip-replacements-associated-with-variation-in-the-rotational-and-translational-surgical-position
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Joanna Leng, Mazen Al-Hajjar, Ruth Wilcox, Alison Jones, David Barton, John Fisher
Variation in the surgical positioning of total hip replacement can result in edge loading of the femoral head on the rim of the acetabular cup. Previous work has reported the effect of edge loading on the wear of hip replacement bearings with a fixed level of dynamic biomechanical hip separation. Variations in both rotational and translational surgical positioning of the hip joint replacement combine to influence both the biomechanics and the tribology including the severity of edge loading, the amount of dynamic separation, the force acting on the rim of the cup and the resultant wear and torque acting on the cup...
April 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332396/salinity-dependent-contact-angle-alteration-in-oil-brine-silicate-systems-the-critical-role-of-divalent-cations
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Martin E J Haagh, Igor Siretanu, Michael H G Duits, Frieder Mugele
The effectiveness of water flooding oil recovery depends to an important extent on the competitive wetting of oil and water on the solid rock matrix. Here, we use macroscopic contact angle goniometry in highly idealized model systems to evaluate how brine salinity affects the balance of wetting forces and to infer the microscopic origin of the resulting contact angle alteration. We focus in particular on two competing mechanisms debated in the literature, namely double layer expansion and divalent cation bridging...
March 23, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331907/brace-technology-thematic-series-the-3d-rigo-ch%C3%A3%C2%AAneau-type-brace
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Manuel Rigo, Mina Jelačić
BACKGROUND: Chêneau and Matthias introduced in 1979 a brace concept inspired in casting. The brace was initially named "CTM" from Chêneau-Toulouse-Münster. The name "CTM" is still popular in France but "Chêneau-type brace" is its common name in the rest of the world. Principles to construct this brace were originally based on anatomical descriptions rather than biomechanics, and its standard is poor. METHODS: This paper follows the format of the "Brace technology thematic series...
2017: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330756/femoral-articular-geometry-and-patellofemoral-stability
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Farhad Iranpour, Azhar M Merican, Seow Hui Teo, Justin P Cobb, Andrew A Amis
BACKGROUND: Patellofemoral instability is a major cause of anterior knee pain. The aim of this study was to examine how the medial and lateral stability of the patellofemoral joint in the normal knee changes with knee flexion and measure its relationship to differences in femoral trochlear geometry. METHODS: Twelve fresh-frozen cadaveric knees were used. Five components of the quadriceps and the iliotibial band were loaded physiologically with 175N and 30N, respectively...
March 19, 2017: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329017/navigating-in-foldonia-using-accelerated-molecular-dynamics-to-explore-stability-unfolding-and-self-healing-of-the-%C3%AE-solenoid-structure-formed-by-a-silk-like-polypeptide
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Binwu Zhao, Martien A Cohen Stuart, Carol K Hall
The β roll molecules with sequence (GAGAGAGQ)10 stack via hydrogen bonding to form fibrils which have been themselves been used to make viral capsids of DNA strands, supramolecular nanotapes and pH-responsive gels. Accelerated molecular dynamics (aMD) simulations are used to investigate the unfolding of a stack of two β roll molecules, (GAGAGAGQ)10, to shed light on the folding mechanism by which silk-inspired polypeptides form fibrils and to identify the dominant forces that keep the silk-inspired polypeptide in a β roll configuration...
March 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327558/actomyosin-generated-tension-on-cadherin-is-similar-between-dividing-and-non-dividing-epithelial-cells-in-early-xenopus-laevis-embryos
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Gaëtan Herbomel, Guillaume Hatte, Julien Roul, Sergi Padilla-Parra, Jean-Pierre Tassan, Marc Tramier
Epithelia represent a unique situation where polarized cells must maintain sufficiently strong cell-cell contacts to guarantee the epithelial integrity indispensable for barrier functions. Nevertheless, epithelia must also keep sufficient plasticity which is crucial during development and morphogenesis. Adherens junctions and mechanical forces produced by the actomyosin cytoskeleton are major players for epithelial integrity maintenance and plasticity regulations. To understand how the epithelium is able to meet such a challenge, it is indispensable to determine how cellular junctions and mechanical forces acting at adherens junctions are regulated...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327533/flexible-piezoresistive-sensors-embedded-in-3d-printed-tires
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Md Omar Faruk Emon, Jae-Won Choi
In this article, we report the development of a flexible, 3D printable piezoresistive pressure sensor capable of measuring force and detecting the location of the force. The multilayer sensor comprises of an ionic liquid-based piezoresistive intermediate layer in between carbon nanotube (CNT)-based stretchable electrodes. A sensor containing an array of different sensing units was embedded on the inner liner surface of a 3D printed tire to provide with force information at different points of contact between the tire and road...
March 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326990/native-and-non-native-perception-of-stress-in-mapudungun-assessing-structural-maintenance-in-the-phonology-of-an-endangered-language
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Benjamin J Molineaux
Today, virtually all speakers of Mapudungun (formerly Araucanian), an endangered language of Chile and Argentina, are bilingual in Spanish. As a result, the firmness of native speaker intuitions-especially regarding perceptually complex issues such as word-stress-has been called into question. Even though native intuitions are unavoidable in the investigation of stress position, efforts can be made in order to clarify what the actual sources of the intuitions are, and how consistent and 'native' they remain given the language's asymmetrical contact conditions...
March 2017: Language and Speech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326769/octadecyltrichlorosilane-deposition-on-mica-surfaces-the-insight-interface-interaction-mechanism
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Jun Huang, Xiaokong Liu, Xiaoyong Qiu, Lei Xie, Bin Yan, Xiaogang Wang, Qingxue Huang, Hongbo Zeng
Surface functionalization by alkylsilanes has been widely used in many engineering applications. In this work, a systematic investigation was conducted on the deposition behaviors of octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTCS) on freshly cleaved mica surfaces that possess low density of reactive sites (i.e., silanol groups) via a vapor deposition method. The deposition of OTCS molecules on mica was found to follow a two-stage process, as monitored by measuring the surface morphology using atomic force microscope (AFM) and wettability of the samples obtained at different deposition times...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323704/minimizing-pedicle-screw-pullout-risks-a-detailed-biomechanical-analysis-of-screw-design-and-placement
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Rohan-Jean Bianco, Pierre-Jean Arnoux, Eric Wagnac, Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong, Carl-Éric Aubin
STUDY DESIGN: Detailed biomechanical analysis of the anchorage performance provided by different pedicle screw designs and placement strategies under pullout loading. OBJECTIVE: To biomechanically characterize the specific effects of surgeon-specific pedicle screw design parameters on anchorage performance using a finite element model. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Pedicle screw fixation is commonly used in the treatment of spinal pathologies...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323590/the-ecology-of-medical-care-among-israeli-military-aviators
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Barak Gordon, Yuval Levy, Tal Yemini, Erez Carmon, Yifat Erlich, Doron Hermoni
BACKGROUND: The ecology of medical care model has been used in various populations with varying results. We aimed to apply this model in the population of Israeli Air Force (IAF) aviators. METHODS: An anonymous questionnaire was presented to all Israeli Air Force aviators during their mandatory yearly check-up over 1 yr starting on November 26th, 2012. The questionnaire contained items on demographic, personal, and military details, as well as items on the presence of clinical symptoms, and various health care contacts in the previous month...
December 1, 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323294/energy-harvesting-efficiency-in-gan-nanowire-based-nanogenerators-the-critical-influence-of-the-schottky-nanocontact
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Nicolas Jamond, Pascal Chrétien, Lina Gatilova, Elisabeth Galopin, Laurent Travers, Jean-Christophe Harmand, Frank Glas, Frédéric Houzé, Noëlle Gogneau
The performances of 1D-nanostructure based nanogenerators are governed by the ability of nanostructures to efficiently convert mechanical deformation into electrical energy, and by the efficiency with which this piezo-generated energy is harvested. In this paper, we highlight the crucial influence of the GaN nanowire-metal Schottky nanocontact on the energy harvesting efficiency. Three different metals, p-type doped diamond, PtSi and Pt/Ir, have been investigated. By using an atomic force microscope equipped with a Resiscope module, we demonstrate that the harvesting of piezo-generated energy is up to 2...
March 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322473/synthesis-of-hydrophobic-nanoparticles-for-real-time-lysozyme-detection-using-surface-plasmon-resonance-sensor
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Yeşeren Saylan, Fatma Yılmaz, Ali Derazshamshir, Erkut Yılmaz, Adil Denizli
Diagnostic biomarkers such as proteins and enzymes are generally hard to detect because of the low abundance in biological fluids. To solve this problem, the advantages of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and nanomaterial technologies have been combined. The SPR sensors are easy to prepare, no requirement of labelling and can be detected in real time. In addition, they have high specificity and sensitivity with low cost. The nanomaterials have also crucial functions such as efficiency improvement, selectivity, and sensitivity of the detection systems...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322351/the-effect-of-surface-texture-on-the-kinetic-friction-of-a-nanowire-on-a-substrate
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Hongtao Xie, James Mead, Shiliang Wang, Han Huang
The friction between Al2O3 nanowires and silicon substrates of different surface textures was characterised by use of optical manipulation. It was found that surface textures had significant effect on both the friction and the effective contact area between a nanowire and a substrate. A genetic algorithm was developed to determine the effective contact area between the nanowire and the textured substrate. The frictional force was found to be nearly proportional to the effective contact area, regardless of width, depth, spacing and orientation of the surface textures...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322109/tio2-nanorod-arrays-as-a-photocatalytic-coating-enhanced-antifungal-and-antibacterial-efficiency-of-ti-substrates
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Lu Jia, Jichuan Qiu, Lingqian Du, Zhi Li, Hong Liu, Shaohua Ge
AIM: To investigate the photocatalytic inactivation of fungi and bacteria mediated by TiO2 nanorod arrays (TNRs). MATERIALS & METHODS: The features of TNRs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction (XRD) and contact angle measurement. The antimicrobial efficiency was detected on biofilm and planktonic forms of Candida albicans, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans and Porphyromonas gingivalis by crystal violet and XTT (2,3-bis [2-methoxy-4-nitro-5-sulfophenyl]-2H-tetrazolium-5-caboxanilide) assay, confocal laser scanning microscope and colony-forming assay...
March 21, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321636/the-effect-of-cement-on-hip-stem-fixation-a-biomechanical-study
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Talip Çelik, İbrahim Mutlu, Arif Özkan, Yasin Kişioğlu
This study presents the numerical analysis of stem fixation in hip surgery using with/without cement methods since the use of cement is still controversial based on the clinical studies in the literature. Many different factors such as stress shielding, aseptic loosening, material properties of the stem, surgeon experiences etc. play an important role in the failure of the stem fixations. The stem fixation methods, cemented and uncemented, were evaluated in terms of mechanical failure aspects using computerized finite element method...
March 20, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321192/quantifying-the-frictional-forces-between-skin-and-nonwoven-fabrics
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Kavinda Jayawardana, Nicholas C Ovenden, Alan Cottenden
When a compliant sheet of material is dragged over a curved surface of a body, the frictional forces generated can be many times greater than they would be for a planar interface. This phenomenon is known to contribute to the abrasion damage to skin often suffered by wearers of incontinence pads and bed/chairbound people susceptible to pressure sores. Experiments that attempt to quantify these forces often use a simple capstan-type equation to obtain a characteristic coefficient of friction. In general, the capstan approach assumes the ratio of applied tensions depends only on the arc of contact and the coefficient of friction, and ignores other geometric and physical considerations; this approach makes it straightforward to obtain explicitly a coefficient of friction from the tensions measured...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
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