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Kevin D Martin, Jeffrey Wake, Laura Dawson, J Preston Van Buren
Background: The prevalence of Achilles tendon (AT) pathology is common and can result in disability. Understanding normal AT properties can improve our ability to prevent AT injuries. We examined the cross-sectional area of the AT at multiple levels in an asymptomatic population of Army Rangers. Methods: This is a prospective cohort study composed of 41 voluntarily recruited United States Army Rangers deployed in a combat theater. All subjects were members of the Ranger Regiment participating in more than 20 h of intense bipedal non-sport weekly training with no history of AT pathology...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Kang An, Hang Yin, Ju Mei, Jiaquan Zhu, Min Tang
OBJECTIVES: We retrospectively analysed data from non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) patients who underwent minimally invasive surgical AF ablation at our centre. Our purpose was to explore the atrial endocardial expression of von Willebrand factor (vWF) and thrombomodulin (TM) and their association with rhythm results after the procedure. METHODS: From January 2014 to May 2015, 60 patients underwent minimally invasive surgical AF ablation at our centre. Left atrial appendage samples were obtained during the procedure and immunohistochemistry for endocardial markers including vWF and TM was performed and semi-quantitatively graded...
March 14, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Hyungsub Park, Kwangmin Kim
The incidence of an isolated femoral vessel injury in the absence of fractures or other organ injury is extremely rare. A 20-yr-old male Korean soldier was taken to the hospital with a common femoral artery (CFA) obstruction. Injured CFA segment was resected and replaced by using 7-mm PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) graft. Two months after the surgical treatment, the patient discharged from the hospital without any complaints or postoperative complications. We report an unusual case of isolated femoral artery injury due to blunt trauma during military service with following review of literature...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Zhen-Zhen Cao, Mei-Ling Qin, Xiao-Yan Lin, Zhi-Wei Zhu, Ming-Xue Chen
Sulfur (S) fertilizer application in rice (Oryza sativa L.) is crucial in determining rice grain productivity and quality. However, little information is available concerning the effect of S supply on cadmium (Cd) uptake and translocation in rice. In this study, both hydroponic and soil experiments were conducted to investigate the influence of S supply on Cd accumulation in rice under two Cd levels (0 and 50 μM), combined with three S concentrations (0, 2.64 and 5.28 mM). The moderate and excessive S supply (2...
March 13, 2018: Environmental Pollution
A Abellán-Llobregat, C González-Gaitán, L Vidal, A Canals, E Morallón
A new portable electrochemical sensor based on 4-aminobenzoic acid-modified herringbone carbon nanotubes (hCNTs-4ABA/Au-IDA) has been developed for the simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA) in physiological fluids. AA and UA were quantified by chronoamperometry at 0.1 and 0.32 V, respectively, in phosphate buffer solution (PBS 0.25 M, pH 7.0). Significant results were obtained for the separate quantification of AA and UA, with a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.65 μM for both analytes, and sensitivities of (9...
February 23, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Enrico Ravagli, Stefano Severi
During hemodialysis (HD), blood is circulated through an extracorporeal tubing system (bloodline) made of medical-grade polymeric material. Sensors of various types that do not come into contact with blood (optical, electromagnetic, etc.) are applied directly across the bloodline for clinical purposes and for therapy customization. Thus, a detailed knowledge of the bloodline's physical properties is useful for the development of next-generation HD sensors. In this work, we performed a novel comparative analysis of the materials used by the manufacturers of the bloodlines...
March 16, 2018: Materials
Xin Zhang, Lei Peng, Zhao-Peng Ni, Tian-Xiao Ni, Yi-Liang Huang, Yang Zhou
Experimental research was conducted to study the fire resistance of steel tubular columns used in prefabricated and modular construction. In order to achieve high-efficient prefabrication and fast on-site installation, membrane protections using board products and thermal insulation blankets are adopted as the favorable protection method. Three protected tubular columns were tested in a full-scale column furnace with axial load applied. The study variables were different membranes, including fiber reinforced calcium silicate (FRCS) boards, rock wool and aluminum silica (Fiberfrax) insulations...
March 16, 2018: Materials
Muhammad Shafique, Reeho Kim, Kwon Kyung-Ho
This field study elaborates the role of grass swale in the management of stormwater in an urban parking lot. Grass swale was constructed by using different vegetations and local soil media in the parking lot of Mapu-gu Seoul, Korea. In this study, rainfall runoff was first retained in soil and the vegetation layers of the grass swale, and then infiltrated rainwater was collected with the help of underground perforated pipe, and passed to an underground storage trench. In this way, grass swale detained a large amount of rainwater for a longer period of time and delayed peak discharge...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Dong Yoon Kim, Ji Ho Song, Yoon Jeon Kim, Joo Yong Lee, June-Gone Kim, Young Hee Yoon, Soo Geun Joe
PURPOSE: To investigate the differences in the progression of diabetic retinopathy (DR) in both eyes of patients with axial anisometropia. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted on diabetic patients who had different axial lengths (difference greater than 1 mm) in each eye. The primary objective of this study was to analyze the differences in the progression of DR in both eyes of patients with axial anisometropia. Fundus images (fluorescein angiography and photographs of the fundus covering the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study seven fields) were graded using the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study DR grading system...
March 15, 2018: Retina
Elodie Alessandri-Gradt, Fabienne De Oliveira, Marie Leoz, Véronique Lemee, David L Robertson, Felix Feyertag, Paul-Alain Ngoupo, Philippe Mauclere, François Simon, Jean-Christophe Plantier
OBJECTIVES: HIV/1 group P (HIV-1/P) is the last HIV/1 group discovered and to date, comprises only two strains. To obtain new insights into this divergent group, we screened for new infections by developing specific tools, and analysed phenotypic and genotypic properties of the prototypic strain RBF168. In addition, the follow-up of the unique patient monitored so far, has raised the knowledge of the natural history of this infection and its therapeutic management. DESIGN/METHODS: We developed an HIV-1/P specific sero-molecular strategy and screened over 29,498 specimen samples...
March 15, 2018: AIDS
Dimitar Popmintchev, Benjamin R Galloway, Ming-Chang Chen, Franklin Dollar, Christopher A Mancuso, Amelia Hankla, Luis Miaja-Avila, Galen O'Neil, Justin M Shaw, Guangyu Fan, Skirmantas Ališauskas, Giedrius Andriukaitis, Tadas Balčiunas, Oliver D Mücke, Audrius Pugzlys, Andrius Baltuška, Henry C Kapteyn, Tenio Popmintchev, Margaret M Murnane
Recent advances in high-order harmonic generation have made it possible to use a tabletop-scale setup to produce spatially and temporally coherent beams of light with bandwidth spanning 12 octaves, from the ultraviolet up to x-ray photon energies >1.6  keV. Here we demonstrate the use of this light for x-ray-absorption spectroscopy at the K- and L-absorption edges of solids at photon energies near 1 keV. We also report x-ray-absorption spectroscopy in the water window spectral region (284-543 eV) using a high flux high-order harmonic generation x-ray supercontinuum with 10^{9}  photons/s in 1% bandwidth, 3 orders of magnitude larger than has previously been possible using tabletop sources...
March 2, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Yang Liu, Dandan Sun, Jingjing Zhou, Yingping Qin, Deyu Wang, Bingkun Guo
In this work, we propose a novel electrolyte additive, isophorone diisocyanate(IPDI), to construct the surface protective interlayer. This membrane is produced via nucleophilic addition between the IPDI's diisocyanate groups and the freeradical-onium ion oxidative intermediate of propylene carbonate(PC). In the electrolyte with IPDI added between 10 ~ 20 mM, LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 presents the excellent performance, demonstrating the relative wide operational window to form the optimal protective membrane. This protective membrane ameliorates the cyclic stability...
March 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Fernando Martínez, Núria Alegret, Federico Carol, M Jesús Laso, Juanjo Zancajo, Esteban García, Vanesa Ros
OBJECTIVES: The main objective of this study was to identify demographic, clinical, analytical factors or injuries associated with 30-day mortality in patients with pelvic fractures. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective observational study of patients with multiple injuries including pelvic fractures between January 2009 and January 2017. We recorded demographic, clinical, and laboratory data on arrival at the emergency department; type of pelvic fracture; treatments; associated lesions; and 30-day mortality...
2018: Emergencias: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Medicina de Emergencias
James Hope, Frederique Vanholsbeeck, A J McDaid
In neural interfaces for peripheral nerve a trade-off exists between the level of invasiveness and the selectivity of neural recordings. In this study, we implement electrical impedance tomography (EIT) in a nerve cuff with the aim to investigate the achievable level of selectivity.
 Approach: Established modelling approaches in neural-EIT are expanded on to be used, for the first time, on myelinated fibres which are abundant in mammalian peripheral nerves and transmit motor commands. The model is then used to evaluate the viability of using EIT with a nerve cuff to record neural activity in peripheral nerves...
March 16, 2018: Physiological Measurement
Seiji Obata, Minoru Sato, Keishi Akada, Koichiro Saiki
A high throughput synthesis method of graphene has been required for a long time to apply graphene to industrial applications. Of the various synthesis methods, the chemical exfoliation of graphite via graphene oxide (GO) is advantageous as far as productivity is concerned; however, the quality of the graphene produced by this method is far inferior to that synthesized by other methods, such as chemical vapor deposition on metals. Developing an effective reduction and restoration method for GO on dielectric substrates has been therefore a key issue...
March 16, 2018: Nanotechnology
Yashwant Singh Tanwar, Yatinder Kharbanda, Atin Jaiswal, Vikas Birla, Ramsagar Pandit
INTRODUCTION: Coronal plane distal humeral injuries are relatively rare. Numerous classification systems have been proposed as the complexity of these fractures has been realized. We in the present series of ten patients describe the surgical technique of Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of Coronal plane fractures of the distal humerus with headless compression screws performed using the anterolateral approach. MATERIAL AND METHOD: It was a retrospective study, the data collected from March 2010 to 2015 was analysed and the final outcome was assessed using the DASH score...
2018: SICOT-J
Mark O Wielpütz, Ho Yun Lee, Hisanobu Koyama, Takeshi Yoshikawa, Shinichiro Seki, Yuji Kishida, Yasuhiro Sakai, Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, Kazuro Sugimura, Yoshiharu Ohno
OBJECTIVE: Ultrashort TE (UTE) MRI has been shown to deliver high-resolution images comparable to CT images. Here we evaluate the potential of UTE-MRI for precise lung nodule characterization. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Fifty-one patients (mean [± SD] age, 68.7 ± 10.8 years) with 119 nodules or masses (mean size, 17.4 ± 16.3 mm; range, 4-88 mm) prospectively underwent CT (1-mm slice thickness) and UTE-MRI (TE, 192 μs; 1 mm3 resolution). Two radiologists assessed nodule dimensions and morphologic features (i...
March 16, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Nicola Schieda, Robert S Lim, Satheesh Krishna, Matthew D F McInnes, Trevor A Flood, Rebecca E Thornhill
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to evaluate tumor attenuation and texture on unenhanced CT for potential differentiation of low-grade from high-grade chromophobe renal cell carcinoma (RCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study of 37 consecutive patients with chromophobe RCC (high-grade, n = 13; low-grade, n = 24) who underwent preoperative unenhanced CT between 2011 and 2016 was performed. Two radiologists (readers 1 and 2) blinded to the histologic grade of the tumor and outcome of the patients subjectively evaluated tumor homogeneity (3-point scale: completely homogeneous, mildly heterogeneous, or mostly heterogeneous)...
March 16, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Tayfun Bacaksız, Cemal Kazimoglu, Ali Reisoglu, Ali Turgut, Erdem Kumtepe, Haluk Agus
BACKGROUND: The minimally invasive technique (percutaneous screw fixation) is one of the options for treating tongue-type IIC fractures successfully. The aim of this study was to assess the biomechanics of four different screw configurations used for the fixation of tongue-type IIC calcaneal fractures. METHODS: Identical osteotomies, recapitulating a type IIC injury, were created in synthetic calcaneus specimens using a saw. The specimens were randomly assigned to one of the four fixation groups (n = 7 per group): two divergent screws, two parallel screws, two parallel screws plus one screw axially oriented toward the sustentaculum tali, and three parallel screws...
January 2018: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Rafiq Ahmad, Nirmalya Tripathy, Min-Sang Ahn, Jin-Young Yoo, Yoon-Bong Hahn
Seed layer plays a crucial role to achieve high electrical conductivity and ensure higher performance of the devices. In this study, we report fabrication of a solution-gated field-effect transistor (FET) sensor based on zinc oxide nanorods (ZnO NRs) modified iron oxide nanoparticles (α-Fe2O3 NPs) grown on a highly conductive sandwich-like seed layer (ZnO seed layer/Ag nanowires/ZnO seed layer). The sandwich-like seed layer and ZnO NRs modification with α-Fe2O3 NPs provide excellent conductivity and prevent possible ZnO NRs surface damage from low pH enzyme immobilization, respectively...
March 16, 2018: ACS Sensors
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