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Jonathan W Hennek, Ashok A Kumar, Alex B Wiltschko, Matthew R Patton, Si Yi Ryan Lee, Carlo Brugnara, Ryan P Adams, George M Whitesides
Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is a nutritional disorder that impacts over one billion people worldwide; it may cause permanent cognitive impairment in children, fatigue in adults, and suboptimal outcomes in pregnancy. IDA can be diagnosed by detection of red blood cells (RBCs) that are characteristically small (microcytic) and deficient in hemoglobin (hypochromic), typically by examining the results of a complete blood count performed by a hematology analyzer. These instruments are expensive, not portable, and require trained personnel; they are, therefore, unavailable in many low-resource settings...
October 5, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Robert A Mulcahy, Rebecca S Blue, Johnené L Vardiman, Tarah L Castleberry, James M Vanderploeg
INTRODUCTION: Anxiety may present challenges for commercial spaceflight operations, as little is known regarding the psychological effects of spaceflight on laypersons. A recent investigation evaluated measures of anxiety during centrifuge-simulated suborbital commercial spaceflight, highlighting the potential for severe anxiousness to interrupt spaceflight operations. METHODS: To pave the way for future research, an extensive literature review identified existing knowledge that may contribute to formation of interventions for anxiety in commercial spaceflight...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Matthew A Puderbaugh
BACKGROUND: Centrifuge training, while an integral component in pilot training, is not without risks. To date there has never been a reported case of isolated transverse process fractures associated with centrifuge training. CASE REPORT: A 32-yr-old Flight Surgeon underwent centrifuge training as part of an educational course. She had increasing back pain after exposure to the centrifuge. Follow-up studies showed left L2 and bilateral L3 transverse process fractures...
July 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Shazwani Samson, Mahiran Basri, Hamid Reza Fard Masoumi, Emilia Abdul Malek, Roghayeh Abedi Karjiban
A predictive model of a virgin coconut oil (VCO) nanoemulsion system for the topical delivery of copper peptide (an anti-aging compound) was developed using an artificial neural network (ANN) to investigate the factors that influence particle size. Four independent variables including the amount of VCO, Tween 80: Pluronic F68 (T80:PF68), xanthan gum and water were the inputs whereas particle size was taken as the response for the trained network. Genetic algorithms (GA) were used to model the data which were divided into training sets, testing sets and validation sets...
2016: PloS One
Brandon C Shade, Kellie Schiavo, Tami Rosenthal, James T Connelly, Richard W Melchior
OVERVIEW: Recent advances in blood pump technology have led to an increased use of centrifugal pumps for prolonged extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Data from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization confirms that many institutions have converted to centrifugal pumps after prior experience with roller pump technology. Centrifugal pump technology is more compact and may generate less heat and hemolysis than a conventional roller pump. Based on the potential advantages of centrifugal pumps, a decision was made institution-wide to convert to centrifugal pump technology in pediatric implementation of ECMO...
June 5, 2016: Perfusion
Mark E Westman, Richard Malik, Evelyn Hall, Jacqueline M Norris
We recently showed that two immunochromatography point-of-care FIV antibody test kits (Witness FeLV/FIV and Anigen Rapid FIV/FeLV) were able to correctly assign FIV infection status, irrespective of FIV vaccination history, using whole blood as the diagnostic specimen. A third FIV antibody test kit, SNAP FIV/FeLV Combo (an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay [ELISA]), was unable to differentiate antibodies produced in response to FIV vaccination from those incited by FIV infection. The aim of this study was to determine if saliva is a suitable diagnostic specimen using the same well characterized feline cohort...
June 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Najet Serradj, Marc Jamon
A previous study showed that motor experiences during critical periods of development durably affect the motor properties of adult C57BL/6J mice. However, dependence on early environmental features may vary with the genetic profile. To evaluate the contribution of the genetic background on external influences to motricity, we performed the same experiment in a 129/Sv mouse strain that show a strongly different motor profile. Mice were subjected to endurance training (enriched environment or forced treadmill), hypergravity (chronic centrifugation), or simulated microgravity (hindlimb unloading) between postnatal days 10 and 30...
September 1, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Thomas R Morgan, Ulf Balldin, Joseph R Fischer
BACKGROUND: In a previous study, pressurized sleeves and gloves were found to substantially diminish or eliminate G-induced arm pain. Since this equipment presumably acts similarly to a G suit for the arms and hands, it was hypothesized that higher inflation pressures might provide an additional increment of G protection. METHODS: In a human-rated centrifuge, 15 well trained subjects using Combat Edge and ATAGS G-protective equipment were exposed to gradual and rapid onset relaxed G exposures as well as rapid onset straining and simulated aerial combat maneuver G exposures up to + 9 Gz with and without pressurized sleeves and gloves...
May 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Ji Zhang, David Lok, Jesse Gray, Steve Grossman, Matt Jones
The desire for serial microsampling in mice has led to extensive research in this field within the pharmaceutical industry. The ability to profile a compound's in vivo properties with less material and fewer mice has obvious advantages. A new device and workflow was developed at the Takeda Oncology site to allow scientists to isolate plasma from very low volumes of mouse blood (as low as 20 μl) collected using standard microsampling techniques. A side-by-side in vitro comparison of plasma concentrations was performed using this new device and conventional sampling methods with commercial and in-house molecules...
May 2016: Bioanalysis
Zbigniew Wochyński, Krzysztof Kowalczuk, Marek Kłossowski, Krzysztof A Sobiech
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: This study aimed at investigating the relationship between the lipid index (WS) in the examined cadets and duration of exposure to +Gz in the human centrifuge. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study involved 19 first-year cadets of the Polish Air Force Academy in Dęblin. Tests in the human centrifuge were repeated twice, i.e. prior to (test I) and 45 days after (test II). After exposure to +Gz, the examined cadets were divided into 2 groups...
2016: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Maria Jose Zamora, Albert Obradors, Bryan Woodward, Valerie Vernaeve, Rita Vassena
The aim of this study was to evaluate the residual presence of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) following a triple gradient extended semen wash from ejaculates of serodiscordant couples, and analyse their reproductive outcomes after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). For this purpose, a retrospective analysis of our database was performed in serodiscordant couples, with HIV-infected men and non-infected women, using fresh or frozen sperm with ICSI in oocytes from either the patients or donors from January 2006 to September 2013...
June 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Jinhee Park, Chul Yun, Seungcheol Kang
BACKGROUND: Consensus on whether physical condition affects the risk of gravity-induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) has not been reached, and most previous studies about the issue did not include well-experienced aviators. We compared the physical conditions of well-experienced young aviators according to the occurrence of G-LOC during human centrifuge training. METHODS: Among 361 young male aviators on active flight duty with experience in high performance aircrafts for at least 2 years, 350 had full data available and were reviewed in this study...
2016: PloS One
Johannes Floß, Ilya Sh Averbukh
We describe a universal behavior of linear molecules excited by a periodic train of short laser pulses under conditions close to the quantum resonance. The quantum resonance effect causes an unlimited ballistic growth of the angular momentum. We show that a disturbance of the quantum resonance, either by the centrifugal distortion of the rotating molecules or a controlled detuning of the pulse train period from the so-called rotational revival time, eventually halts the growth by causing Anderson localization beyond a critical value of the angular momentum, the Anderson wall...
May 19, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Booyong Choi, Yongkyun Lee, Taehwan Cho, Hyojin Koo, Dongsoo Kim
G-Induced Loss of Consciousness (G-LOC) is mainly caused by the sudden acceleration in the direction of +Gz axis from the fighter pilots, and is considered as an emergent situation of which fighter pilots are constantly aware. In order to resist against G-LOC, fighter pilots are subject to run Anti-G straining maneuver (AGSM), which includes L-1 respiration maneuvering and muscular contraction of the whole body. The purpose of this study is to create a G-LOC warning alarm prior to G-LOC by monitoring the Electromyogram (EMG) of the gastrocnemius muscle on the calf, which goes under constant muscular contraction during the AGSM process...
August 2015: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Liyona Kampel, Eyal Klang, Harry Winkler, Barak Gordon, Yael Frenkel-Nir, Yifat Erlich Shoam
BACKGROUND: Varicocele is quite common in the general population, affecting up to 15% of men. It is not considered disqualifying for the pilot's training program of the Israeli Air Force as long as there are no related symptoms or associated pathologies. During combat flight, increased venous pressure due to acceleration forces and anti-G straining maneuvers, used to counteract high gravitational G forces, can theoretically aggravate the venous blood pooling in varicocele, leading to rupture...
December 2015: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
I M Zhdanko, A A Vorona, V V Lapa, M N Khomenko
The article is devoted to the history of the Research Test Center Aviation and Space Medicine and military ergonomics, now included in the Central Research Institute of the Air Force Defense Ministry. The center throughout 80 years history is a leding research organization in the country for the integrated study of the human factor in aviation and problems connected with it. The world-famous scientific schools in aviation physiology, hygiene and radiolorgy, emergency medicine, aviation psychology and ergonomics have been grounded on the basis of this center...
March 2015: Voenno-medit︠s︡inskiĭ Zhurnal
Joyce M Evans, L Christine Ribeiro, Fritz B Moore, Siqi Wang, Qingguang Zhang, Vladimir Kostas, Connor R Ferguson, Jorge Serrador, Michael Falvo, Michael B Stenger, Nandu Goswami, Jon C Rask, Jeffrey D Smith, Charles F Knapp
PURPOSE: In addition to serious bone, vestibular, and muscle deterioration, space flight leads to cardiovascular dysfunction upon return to gravity. In seeking a countermeasure to space flight-induced orthostatic intolerance, we previously determined that exposure to artificial gravity (AG) training in a centrifuge improved orthostatic tolerance of ambulatory subjects. This protocol was more effective in men than women and more effective when subjects exercised. METHODS: We now determine the orthostatic tolerance limit (OTL) of cardiovascularly deconditioned (furosemide) men and women on one day following 90 min of AG compared to a control day (90 min of head-down bed rest, HDBR)...
December 2015: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Giovanni Lugli, Aaron M Cohen, David A Bennett, Raj C Shah, Christopher J Fields, Alvaro G Hernandez, Neil R Smalheiser
To assess the value of exosomal miRNAs as biomarkers for Alzheimer disease (AD), the expression of microRNAs was measured in a plasma fraction enriched in exosomes by differential centrifugation, using Illumina deep sequencing. Samples from 35 persons with a clinical diagnosis of AD dementia were compared to 35 age and sex matched controls. Although these samples contained less than 0.1 microgram of total RNA, deep sequencing gave reliable and informative results. Twenty miRNAs showed significant differences in the AD group in initial screening (miR-23b-3p, miR-24-3p, miR-29b-3p, miR-125b-5p, miR-138-5p, miR-139-5p, miR-141-3p, miR-150-5p, miR-152-3p, miR-185-5p, miR-338-3p, miR-342-3p, miR-342-5p, miR-548at-5p, miR-659-5p, miR-3065-5p, miR-3613-3p, miR-3916, miR-4772-3p, miR-5001-3p), many of which satisfied additional biological and statistical criteria, and among which a panel of seven miRNAs were highly informative in a machine learning model for predicting AD status of individual samples with 83-89% accuracy...
2015: PloS One
C Brinkmann, D A Bizjak, S Bischof, J Latsch, K Brixius, W Bloch, M Grau
This study examines the effects of endurance training on red blood cells (RBC) in seventeen non-insulin-dependent type 2 diabetic men with a special focus on in vivo RBC aging. Venous blood was collected pre- and post-training at rest. RBC from whole blood and RBC separated according to cell age by density-gradient centrifugation were analyzed. RBC deformability was measured by ektacytometry. Immunohistochemical staining was performed to quantify the RBC-nitric oxide (NO) synthase activation (RBC-NOSSer1177) because RBC-NOS-produced NO can contribute to increased RBC deformability...
September 12, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Abdelfateh Kerrouche, Marc P Y Desmulliez, Helen Bridle
Sample processing is a highly challenging stage in the monitoring of waterborne pathogens. This step is time-consuming, requires highly trained technicians and often results in low recovery rates of pathogens. In the UK but also in other parts of the world, Cryptosporidium is the only pathogen directly tested for in routine operational monitoring. The traditional sampling process involves the filtration of 1000L of water, semi-automated elution of the filters and membranes with recovery rates of about 30-40% typically...
November 2015: Journal of Microbiological Methods
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