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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208249/flexible-passive-near-field-communication-tag-for-multigas-sensing
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P Escobedo, M M Erenas, N López-Ruiz, M A Carvajal, S Gonzalez-Chocano, I de Orbe-Payá, L F Capitán-Valley, A J Palma, A Martínez-Olmos
In this work we present a full-passive flexible multigas sensing tag for the determination of oxygen, carbon dioxide, ammonia, and relative humidity readable by a smartphone. This tag is based on near field communication (NFC) technology for energy harvesting and data transmission to a smartphone. The gas sensors show an optic response that is read through high-resolution digital color detectors. A white LED is used as the common optical excitation source for all the sensors. Only a reduced electronics with very low power consumption is required for the reading of the optical responses and data transmission to a remote user...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199243/intraabdominal-surgery-and-anesthesia-management
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John Hedley-Whyte
: Inspired Oxygenation in Surgical Patients During General Anesthesia With Controlled Ventilation: A Concept of Atelectasis. By Bendixen HH, Hedley-Whyte J, and Laver MB. New Engl J Med 1963; 269:991-996. Reprinted with permission. ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine if the pattern of ventilation, by itself, influences oxygenation during anesthesia and surgery and examine the hypothesis that progressive pulmonary atelectasis may occur during constant ventilation whenever periodic hyperventilation is lacking, but is reversible by passive hyperinflation of the lungs...
March 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164693/hexagonal-arrays-of-cylindrical-nickel-micro-structures-for-improved-oxygen-evolution-reaction
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Michael T Y Paul, Brenden B Yee, David R Bruce, Byron D Gates
Fuel cell systems are of interest for a wide range of applications, in part for their utility in power generation from non-fossil fuel sources. However, the generation of these alternative fuels, through electrochemical means, is a relatively inefficient process due to gas passivation of the electrode surfaces. Uniform micro-structured nickel surfaces were prepared by photolithographic techniques as a systematic approach to correlate surface morphologies to their performance in the electrochemically driven oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline media...
February 6, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140400/further-support-for-association-between-gwas-variant-for-positive-emotion-and-reward-systems
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T M Lancaster, N Ihssen, L M Brindley, D E J Linden
A recent genome-wide association study (GWAS) identified a significant single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) for trait-positive emotion at rs322931 on chromosome 1, which was also associated with brain activation in the reward system of healthy individuals when observing positive stimuli in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study. In the current study, we aimed to further validate the role of variation at rs322931 in reward processing. Using a similar fMRI approach, we use two paradigms that elicit a strong ventral striatum (VS) blood oxygen-level dependency (BOLD) response in a sample of young, healthy individuals (N=82)...
January 31, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113346/control-and-evaluation-of-a-powered-transfemoral-prosthesis-for-stair-ascent
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Elissa D Ledoux, Michael Goldfarb
This paper assesses the metabolic effort exerted by three transfemoral amputees when using a powered knee and ankle prosthesis for stair ascent, relative to ascending stairs with passive knee and ankle prostheses. The paper describes a controller that provides step-over stair ascent behavior reflective of healthy stair ascent biomechanics, and describes its implementation in a powered prosthesis prototype. Stair ascent experiments were performed with three unilateral transfemoral amputee subjects, comparing the oxygen consumption required to ascend stairs using the powered prosthesis (with a step-over gait), relative to using their daily-use energetically passive prostheses (with a step-to gait)...
January 20, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079401/hemo2life-as-a-protective-additive-to-celsior-solution-for-static-storage-of-donor-hearts-prior-to-transplantation
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Elaine S Teh, Franck Zal, Valérie Polard, Philippe Menasché, David J Chambers
BACKGROUND: Prior to heart transplantation, static storage of donor hearts is currently limited to 4-5 h, despite profound hypothermia (4-8 °C). Because heart transplantation is an emergency procedure, improved protection to extend safe storage duration would be advantageous. We investigated whether the naturally respiratory pigment HEMO2life(®), which is effective at hypothermia for the passive release of oxygen via oxygen gradient, could improve long-term preservation. METHODS: Isolated Langendorff-perfused rat hearts (n = 12/group) were equilibrated (20 min) and function (left ventricular developed pressure: LVDP) measured by intraventricular balloon before arrest with cold (7...
January 12, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078611/hyperbaric-oxygen-prevents-cognitive-impairments-in-mice-induced-by-d-galactose-by-improving-cholinergic-and-anti-apoptotic-functions
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Chunxia Chen, Luying Huang, Zhihuan Nong, Yaoxuan Li, Wan Chen, Jianping Huang, Xiaorong Pan, Guangwei Wu, Yingzhong Lin
Our previous study demonstrated that hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) improved cognitive impairments mainly by regulating oxidative stress, inflammatory responses and aging-related gene expression. However, a method for preventing cognitive dysfunction has yet to be developed. In the present study, we explored the protective effects of HBO on the cholinergic system and apoptosis in D-galactose (D-gal)-treated mice. A model of aging was established via systemic intraperitoneal injection of D-gal daily for 8 weeks. HBO was administered during the last 2 weeks of D-gal injection...
January 11, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076368/functional-laterality-of-task-evoked-activation-in-sensorimotor-cortex-of-preterm-infants-an-optimized-3-t-fmri-study-employing-a-customized-neonatal-head-coil
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Lukas Scheef, Jurek A Nordmeyer-Massner, Adam Pr Smith-Collins, Nicole Müller, Gaby Stegmann-Woessner, Jacob Jankowski, Jürgen Gieseke, Mark Born, Hermann Seitz, Peter Bartmann, Hans H Schild, Klaas P Pruessmann, Axel Heep, Henning Boecker
BACKGROUND: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in neonates has been introduced as a non-invasive method for studying sensorimotor processing in the developing brain. However, previous neonatal studies have delivered conflicting results regarding localization, lateralization, and directionality of blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) responses in sensorimotor cortex (SMC). Amongst the confounding factors in interpreting neonatal fMRI studies include the use of standard adult MR-coils providing insufficient signal to noise, and liberal statistical thresholds, compromising clinical interpretation at the single subject level...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066141/dehydroevodiamine%C3%A2-hcl-enhances-cognitive-function-in-memory-impaired-rat-models
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Ki Young Shin, Ka Young Kim, Yoo-Hun Suh
Progressive memory impairment such as that associated with depression, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease (AD) can interfere with daily life. In particular, AD, which is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, prominently features a memory and learning impairment that is related to changes in acetylcholine and abnormal β-amyloid (Aβ) deposition in the brain. In the present study, we investigated the effects of dehydroevodiamine·HCl (DHED) on cognitive improvement and the related mechanism in memory-impaired rat models, namely, a scopolamine-induced amnesia model and a Aβ1-42-infused model...
January 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061341/enhanced-reactivity-of-microscale-fe-cu-bimetallic-particles-mfe-cu-with-persulfate-ps-for-p-nitrophenol-pnp-removal-in-aqueous-solution
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Qingqing Ji, Jun Li, Zhaokun Xiong, Bo Lai
In this study, batch experiments were conducted to examine the enhanced reactivity of microscale Fe/Cu bimetallic particles (mFe/Cu) with persulfate (PS) for p-nitrophenol (PNP) removal in aqueous solution. The key operating parameters (i.e., theoretical Cu mass loadings (TMLCu), mFe/Cu dosage, PS dose, initial pH and temperature) were optimized by the batch experiments, respectively. The experimental data were followed well the pseudo-first-order kinetic model. Result reveals that refractory PNP (500 mg L(-1)) was effectively degraded by mFe/Cu-PS system with removal of 98...
April 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060861/predicting-the-multisensory-consequences-of-one-s-own-action-bold-suppression-in-auditory-and-visual-cortices
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Benjamin Straube, Bianca M van Kemenade, B Ezgi Arikan, Katja Fiehler, Dirk T Leube, Laurence R Harris, Tilo Kircher
Predictive mechanisms are essential to successfully interact with the environment and to compensate for delays in the transmission of neural signals. However, whether and how we predict multisensory action outcomes remains largely unknown. Here we investigated the existence of multisensory predictive mechanisms in a context where actions have outcomes in different modalities. During fMRI data acquisition auditory, visual and auditory-visual stimuli were presented in active and passive conditions. In the active condition, a self-initiated button press elicited the stimuli with variable short delays (0-417ms) between action and outcome, and participants had to detect the presence of a delay for auditory or visual outcome (task modality)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049105/rapid-adaptation-of-activated-sludge-bacteria-into-a-glycogen-accumulating-biofilm-enabling-anaerobic-bod-uptake
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Md Iqbal Hossain, Andrea Paparini, Ralf Cord-Ruwisch
Glycogen accumulating organisms (GAO) are known to allow anaerobic uptake of biological oxygen demand (BOD) in activated sludge wastewater treatment systems. In this study, we report a rapid transition of suspended activated sludge biomass to a GAO dominated biofilm by selective enrichment using sequences of anaerobic loading followed by aerobic exposure of the biofilm to air. The study showed that within eight weeks, a fully operational, GAO dominated biofilm had developed, enabling complete anaerobic BOD uptake at a rate of 256mg/L/h...
March 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994556/endurance-performance-during-severe-intensity-intermittent-cycling-effect-of-exercise-duration-and-recovery-type
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Luis F Barbosa, Benedito S Denadai, Camila C Greco
Slow component of oxygen uptake (VO2SC) kinetics and maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) attainment seem to influence endurance performance during constant-work rate exercise (CWR) performed within the severe intensity domain. In this study, it was hypothesized that delaying the attainment of VO2max by reducing the rates at which VO2 increases with time (VO2SC kinetics) would improve the endurance performance during severe-intensity intermittent exercise performed with different work:recovery duration and recovery type in active individuals...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990516/surface-chemistry-and-density-distribution-influence-on-visible-luminescence-of-silicon-quantum-dots-an-experimental-and-theoretical-approach
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Ateet Dutt, Yasuhiro Matsumoto, G Santana-Rodríguez, Estrella Ramos, B Marel Monroy, J Santoyo Salazar
The impact of the surface reconstruction of the density distribution and photoluminescence of silicon quantum dots (QDs) embedded in a silicon oxide matrix (SiOx) has been studied. Annealing treatments carried out on the as-deposited samples provoked the effusion of hydrogen species. Moreover, depending on the surrounding density and coalescence of QDs, they resulted in a change in the average size of the particles depending on the initial local environment. The shift in the luminescence spectra all over the visible region (blue, green and red) shows a strong dependence on the resultant change in the size and/or the passivation environment of QDs...
January 4, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987778/the-role-of-grain-refinement-and-film-formation-potential-on-the-electrochemical-behavior-of-commercial-pure-titanium-in-hank-s-physiological-solution
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Arash Fattah-Alhosseini, Omid Imantalab, Ghazaleh Ansari
In this study, the electrochemical behavior and semiconducting properties of the passive film formed on the nano-grained commercial pure titanium (CP-Ti), successfully made by seven-cycle accumulative roll bonding process, were compared to those for annealed CP-Ti in Hank's physiological solution at 37°C. Polarization plots and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements revealed that the passive behavior of the nano-grained sample was significantly improved in comparison with that of annealed CP-Ti...
February 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987300/implantable-sensors-for-regenerative-medicine
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Brett S Klosterhoff, Melissa Tsang, Didi She, Keat Ghee Ong, Mark G Allen, Nick J Willett, Robert E Guldberg
The translation of many tissue engineering/regenerative medicine (TE/RM) therapies that demonstrate promise in vitro are delayed or abandoned due to reduced and inconsistent efficacy when implemented in more complex and clinically relevant preclinical in vivo models. Determining mechanistic reasons for impaired treatment efficacy is challenging after a regenerative therapy is implanted due to technical limitations in longitudinally measuring the progression of key environmental cues in vivo. The ability to acquire real-time measurements of environmental parameters of interest including strain, pressure, pH, temperature, oxygen tension, and specific biomarkers within the regenerative niche in situ would significantly enhance the information available to tissue engineers to monitor and evaluate mechanisms of functional healing or lack thereof...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973586/characterization-of-the-fishing-lines-in-titiwai-arachnocampa-luminosa-skuse-1890-from-new-zealand-and-australia
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Janek von Byern, Victoria Dorrer, David J Merritt, Peter Chandler, Ian Stringer, Martina Marchetti-Deschmann, Andrew McNaughton, Norbert Cyran, Karsten Thiel, Michael Noeske, Ingo Grunwald
Animals use adhesive secretions in a plethora of ways, either for attachment, egg anchorage, mating or as either active or passive defence. The most interesting function, however, is the use of adhesive threads to capture prey, as the bonding must be performed within milliseconds and under unsuitable conditions (movement of prey, variable environmental conditions, unfavourable attack angle, etc.) to be nonetheless successful. In the following study a detailed characterization of the prey capture system of the world-renowned glowworm group Arachnocampa from the macroscopic to the ultrastructural level is performed...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960516/metal-free-carbon-based-nanomaterial-coatings-protect-silicon-photoanodes-in-solar-water-splitting
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KunHo Yoon, Jae-Hyeok Lee, Joohoon Kang, Junmo Kang, Michael J Moody, Mark C Hersam, Lincoln J Lauhon
The decreasing cost of silicon-based photovoltaics has enabled significant increases in solar electricity generation worldwide. Silicon photoanodes could also play an important role in the cost-effective generation of solar fuels, but the most successful methods of photoelectrode passivation and performance enhancement rely on a combination of precious metals and sophisticated processing methods that offset the economic arguments for silicon. Here we show that metal-free carbon-based nanomaterial coatings deposited from solution can protect silicon photoanodes carrying out the oxygen evolution reaction in a range of working environments...
December 14, 2016: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960434/resistance-of-poss-polyimide-blends-to-hyperthermal-atomic-oxygen-attack
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Min Qian, Vanessa J Murray, Wei Wei, Brooks C Marshall, Timothy K Minton
Copolymers of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) and polyimide (PI) have shown remarkable resistance to atomic oxygen (AO) attack and have been proposed as replacements for Kapton on the external surfaces of spacecraft in the harsh oxidizing environment of low Earth orbit (LEO). POSS PI blends would be an economical alternative to the copolymers if they also resisted AO attack. Thus, blends of trisilanolphenyl (TSP) POSS and PI with different weight percentages of the Si7O9 POSS cage were cast into films and exposed to a hyperthermal AO beam, and they were characterized in terms of their recession, mass loss, surface morphology, and surface chemistry...
December 14, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960416/self-stable-wp-c-support-with-excellent-cocatalytic-functionality-for-pt-enhanced-catalytic-activity-and-durability-for-methanol-electro-oxidation
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Yaqiang Duan, Ye Sun, Siyu Pan, Ying Dai, Liang Hao, Jinlong Zou
To endow catalyst support with excellent stability and cocatalytic activity toward methanol, oxidation reaction (MOR) is an effective way to strengthen the electrocatalytic activity of Pt-based catalysts. Tungsten phosphide/3D-corrugated porous carbon (WP/C) composite as Pt-support and cocatalyst for MOR is prepared via a synchronous synthesis method. Porous 3D-tufted structure and high surface area of WP/C with abundant oxygen-containing groups (such as C-O-C, C-O-H, or C-OH) can significantly improve the exposure of active sites, which enlarge the contact area with electrolyte and facilitate the mass transfer and absorption of methanol for promoting the MOR activity in acidic electrolyte...
December 14, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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