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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925228/a-mock-circulatory-system-incorporating-a-compliant-3d-printed-anatomical-model-to-investigate-pulmonary-hemodynamics
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Paul G M Knoops, Giovanni Biglino, Alun D Hughes, Kim H Parker, Linzhang Xu, Silvia Schievano, Ryo Torii
A realistic mock circulatory system (MCS) could be a valuable in vitro testbed to study human circulatory hemodynamics. The objective of this study was to design a MCS replicating the pulmonary arterial circulation, incorporating an anatomically representative arterial model suitable for testing clinically relevant scenarios. A second objective of the study was to ensure the system's compatibility with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for additional measurements. A latex pulmonary arterial model with two generations of bifurcations was manufactured starting from a 3D-printed mold reconstructed from patient data...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924817/in-vitro-human-epidermal-permeation-of-nicotine-from-electronic-cigarette-refill-liquids-and-implications-for-dermal-exposure-assessment
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H Frederick Frasch, Ana M Barbero
Nicotine plus flavorings in a propylene glycol (PG) vehicle are the components of electronic cigarette liquids (e-liquids), which are vaporized and inhaled by the user. Dermal exposure to nicotine and e-liquids may occur among workers in mixing and filling of e-cigarettes in the manufacturing process. Inadvertent skin contact among consumers is also a concern. In vitro nicotine permeation studies using heat-separated human epidermis were performed with surrogate and two commercial e-liquids, neat and aqueous nicotine donor formulations...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924323/the-use-of-a-quartz-crystal-microbalance-as-an-analytical-tool-to-monitor-particle-surface-and-particle-particle-interactions-under-dry-ambient-and-pressurized-conditions-a-study-using-common-inhaler-components
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N W Turner, M Bloxham, S A Piletsky, M J Whitcombe, I Chianella
Metered dose inhalers (MDI) and multidose powder inhalers (MPDI) are commonly used for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and asthma. Currently, analytical tools to monitor particle/particle and particle/surface interaction within MDI and MPDI at the macro-scale do not exist. A simple tool capable of measuring such interactions would ultimately enable quality control of MDI and MDPI, producing remarkable benefits for the pharmaceutical industry and the users of inhalers. In this paper, we have investigated whether a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) could become such a tool...
December 7, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924009/public-understanding-of-cigarette-smoke-constituents-three-us-surveys
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Noel T Brewer, Jennifer C Morgan, Sabeeh A Baig, Jennifer R Mendel, Marcella H Boynton, Jessica K Pepper, M Justin Byron, Seth M Noar, Robert P Agans, Kurt M Ribisl
INTRODUCTION: The Tobacco Control Act requires public disclosure of information about toxic constituents in cigarette smoke. To inform these efforts, we studied public understanding of cigarette smoke constituents. METHODS: We conducted phone surveys with national probability samples of adolescents (n=1125) and adults (n=5014) and an internet survey with a convenience sample of adults (n=4137), all in the USA. We assessed understanding of cigarette smoke constituents in general and of 24 specific constituents...
December 6, 2016: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920571/commercial-test-kits-for-detection-of-lyme-borreliosis-a-meta-analysis-of-test-accuracy
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Michael J Cook, Basant K Puri
The clinical diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis can be supported by various test methodologies; test kits are available from many manufacturers. Literature searches were carried out to identify studies that reported characteristics of the test kits. Of 50 searched studies, 18 were included where the tests were commercially available and samples were proven to be positive using serology testing, evidence of an erythema migrans rash, and/or culture. Additional requirements were a test specificity of ≥85% and publication in the last 20 years...
2016: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918636/4d-printing-of-shape-memory-based-personalized-endoluminal-medical-devices
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Matt Zarek, Nicola Mansour, Shir Shapira, Daniel Cohn
The convergence of additive manufacturing and shape-morphing materials is promising for the advancement of personalized medical devices. The capability to transform 3D objects from one shape to another, right off the print bed, is known as 4D printing. Shape memory thermosets can be tailored to have a range of thermomechanical properties favorable to medical devices, but processing them is a challenge because they are insoluble and do not flow at any temperature. This study presents here a strategy to capitalize on a series of medical imaging modalities to construct a printable shape memory endoluminal device, exemplified by a tracheal stent...
December 5, 2016: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918225/clinical-surgical-and-electrical-factors-impacting-residual-hearing-in-cochlear-implant-surgery
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Adrien A Eshraghi, Jamal Ahmed, Eric Krysiak, Kadri Ila, Peter Ashman, Fred F Telischi, Simon Angeli, Sandra Prentiss, Diane Martinez, Sandra Valendia
CONCLUSIONS: This study recommends using soft surgical principal and round window insertion to protect residual hearing with favorable anatomical exposure. Further studies are needed to evaluate the impact of the electrical stimulation on the organ of corti and hearing. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to analyze various factors that impact on preservation of residual hearing post-implantation. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed to analyze loss of residual hearing in a cohort of 225 patients implanted in a large academic center...
December 5, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917822/additive-manufactured-polycaprolactone-scaffold-consisting-of-innovatively-designed-microsized-spiral-struts-for-hard-tissue-regeneration
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Gi Hoon Yang, Minseong Kim, GeunHyung Kim
Three-dimensional biomedical polycaprolactone scaffolds consisting of microsized spiral-like struts were fabricated using an additive manufacturing process. In this study, various processing parameters such as applied pressure, polymer viscosity, printing nozzle-to-stage distance, and nozzle moving speed were optimized to achieve a unique scaffold consisting of spiral-like struts. Various physical and biological analyses, including the morphological structure of spirals, mechanical properties, cell proliferation, and osteogenic activities, were performed to evaluate the effect of the spirals of the scaffold...
December 5, 2016: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917703/principles-of-the-kenzan-method-for-robotic-cell-spheroid-based-3d-bioprinting
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Nicanor I Moldovan, Narutoshi Hibino, Koichi Nakayama
Bioprinting is a technology with the prospect to change the way many diseases are treated, by replacing the damaged tissues with live, de novo created bio-similar constructs. However, after more than a decade of incubation and many proofs-of-concept, the field is still in its infancy. The current stagnation is the consequence of its early success: the first bioprinters, and most of those which followed, were modified versions of the 3D printers used in additive manufacturing, redesigned for layer-by-layer dispersion of biomaterials...
December 4, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917421/morphology-of-viscoplastic-drop-impact-on-viscoplastic-surfaces
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Simeng Chen, Volfango Bertola
The impact of viscoplastic drops onto viscoplastic substrates characterized by different magnitudes of the yield stress is investigated experimentally. The interaction between viscoplastic drops and surfaces has an important application in additive manufacturing, where a fresh layer of material is deposited on a partially cured or dried layer of the same material. So far, no systematic studies on this subject have been reported in literature. The impact morphology of different drop/substrate combinations, with yield stresses ranging from 1...
December 5, 2016: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917374/identification-and-characterization-of-staphylococcus-aureus-strains-with-an-incomplete-hemolytic-phenotype
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Haifang Zhang, Yi Zheng, Huasheng Gao, Ping Xu, Min Wang, Aiqing Li, Minhui Miao, Xiaofang Xie, Yimai Deng, Huiqin Zhou, Hong Du
Staphylococcus aureus is a common pathogen causing both hospital and community-acquired infections. Hemolysin is one of the important virulence factors for S. aureus and causes the typical β-hemolytic phenotype which is called complete hemolytic phenotype as well. Recently, S. aureus with an incomplete hemolytic phenotype (SIHP) was isolated from clinical samples. To study the microbiologic characteristics of SIHP, the special hemolytic phenotype of SIHP was verified on the sheep blood agar plates supplied by different manufacturers...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916504/the-state-of-play-and-future-of-antibody-therapeutics
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Zehra Elgundi, Mouhamad Reslan, Esteban Cruz, Vicki Sifniotis, Veysel Kayser
It has been over four decades since the development of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) using a hybridoma cell line was first reported. Since then more than thirty therapeutic antibodies have been marketed, mostly as oncology, autoimmune and inflammatory therapeutics. While antibodies are very efficient, their cost-effectiveness has always been discussed owing to their high costs, accumulating to more than one billion dollars from preclinical development through to market approval. Because of this, therapeutic antibodies are inaccessible to some patients in both developed and developing countries...
December 1, 2016: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915486/evaluation-of-the-axonics-modulation-technologies-sacral-neuromodulation-system-for-the-treatment-of-urinary-and-fecal-dysfunction
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Joshua A Cohn, Casey G Kowalik, Melissa R Kaufman, W Stuart Reynolds, Douglas F Milam, Roger R Dmochowski
Sacral neuromodulation (SNM) remains one of the few effective treatments for refractory bladder and bowel dysfunction. However, SNM is associated with frequent need for surgical intervention, in many cases because of a failed battery. A rechargeable SNM system, with a manufacturer-reported battery life of 15 years or more, has entered post-market clinical testing in Europe but has not yet been approved for clinical testing in the United States. Areas covered: We review existing neuromodulation technologies for the treatment of lower urinary tract and bowel dysfunction and explore the limitations of available technology...
December 4, 2016: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915125/artificial-neural-networks-as-a-powerful-numerical-tool-to-classify-specific-features-of-a-tooth-based-on-3d-scan-data
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Stefan Raith, Eric Per Vogel, Naeema Anees, Christine Keul, Jan-Frederik Güth, Daniel Edelhoff, Horst Fischer
Chairside manufacturing based on digital image acquisition is gainingincreasing importance in dentistry. For the standardized application of these methods, it is paramount to have highly automated digital workflows that can process acquired 3D image data of dental surfaces. Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) arenumerical methods primarily used to mimic the complex networks of neural connections in the natural brain. Our hypothesis is that an ANNcan be developed that is capable of classifying dental cusps with sufficient accuracy...
November 27, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913788/safety-assessment-of-achillea-millefolium-as-used-in-cosmetics
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Lillian C Becker, Wilma F Bergfeld, Donald V Belsito, Ronald A Hill, Curtis D Klaassen, Daniel C Liebler, James G Marks, Ronald C Shank, Thomas J Slaga, Paul W Snyder, F Alan Andersen
Cosmetic ingredients derived from Achillea millefolium function in cosmetics as skin-conditioning agents-miscellaneous, skin-conditioning agents-humectants, and fragrance ingredients. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel (Panel) reviewed relevant animal and human data to determine their safety in cosmetics and raised concerns about cosmetics containing linalool, thujone, quercetin, hydroquinone, or α-peroxyachifolid. Because final product formulations may contain multiple botanicals, each containing similar constituents of concern, formulators are advised to be aware of these components and to avoid reaching levels that may be hazardous to consumers...
November 2016: International Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911941/copper-oxide-nanoparticles-impact-several-toxicological-endpoints-and-cause-neurodegeneration-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Michael J Mashock, Tyler Zanon, Anthony D Kappell, Lisa N Petrella, Erik C Andersen, Krassimira R Hristova
Engineered nanoparticles are becoming increasingly incorporated into technology and consumer products. In 2014, over 300 tons of copper oxide nanoparticles were manufactured in the United States. The increased production of nanoparticles raises concerns regarding the potential introduction into the environment or human exposure. Copper oxide nanoparticles commonly release copper ions into solutions, which contribute to their toxicity. We quantified the inhibitory effects of both copper oxide nanoparticles and copper sulfate on C...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911413/fabricating-a-uv-vis-and-raman-spectroscopy-immunoassay-platform
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Cynthia Hanson, Nathan D Israelsen, Michael Sieverts, Elizabeth Vargis
Immunoassays are used to detect proteins based on the presence of associated antibodies. Because of their extensive use in research and clinical settings, a large infrastructure of immunoassay instruments and materials can be found. For example, 96- and 384-well polystyrene plates are available commercially and have a standard design to accommodate ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy machines from various manufacturers. In addition, a wide variety of immunoglobulins, detection tags, and blocking agents for customized immunoassay designs such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) are available...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909986/toxicity-and-pharmacokinetic-profile-for-single-dose-injection-of-aby-029-a-fluorescent-anti-egfr-synthetic-affibody-molecule-for-human-use
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Kimberley S Samkoe, Jason R Gunn, Kayla Marra, Sally M Hull, Karen L Moodie, Joachim Feldwisch, Theresa V Strong, Daniel R Draney, P Jack Hoopes, David W Roberts, Keith Paulsen, Brian W Pogue
PURPOSE: ABY-029, a synthetic Affibody peptide, Z03115-Cys, labeled with a near-infrared fluorophore, IRDye® 800CW, targeting epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) has been produced under good manufacturing practices for a US Food and Drug Administration-approved first-in-use human study during surgical resection of glioma, as well as other tumors. Here, the pharmacology, phototoxicity, receptor activity, and biodistribution studies of ABY-029 were completed in rats, prior to the intended human use...
December 1, 2016: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908715/development-and-characterization-of-bacterial-cellulose-reinforced-biocomposite-films-based-on-protein-from-buckwheat-distiller-s-dried-grains
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Xuejiao Wang, Niamat Ullah, Xuchun Sun, Yan Guo, Lin Chen, Zhixi Li, Xianchao Feng
Biocomposite films were manufactured by combining protein extracted from buckwheat distiller's dried grains with bacterial cellulose (BC). The film microstructures showed that BC is compatible with protein matrix and endows the film with high rigidity. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) showed that BC can promote thermal stability of the composite films. BC promoted the transition from a Newtonian to a non-Newtonian fluid and the shear thinning behavior of protein-BC solution. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy showed the main functional groups' absorption peaks shifted to lower wavenumbers...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908256/a-review-on-nano-antimicrobials-metal-nanoparticles-methods-and-mechanisms
#20
Edris Hoseinzadeh, Pouran Makhdoumi, Parisa Taha, John Stelling, Hooshyar Hossini, Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Ghulam Md Ashraf
Nanotechnology is a scientific and engineering technology conducted at the Nano-scale, such as in the fields of compound fabric manufacturing, food processing, agricultural processing, and engineering, as well as in medical and medicinal application. In recent decade, nanomaterial applications for antimicrobial works have been interested by many researchers. Available reports show that some of the metal oxide Nanoparticles including; Al2O3, TiO2, ZnO, CuO, Co3O4, In2O3, MgO, SiO2, ZrO2, Cr2O3, Ni2O3, Mn2O3, CoO, and Nickel oxide have toxicity toward several microorganisms and they could successfully kill numerous bacteria...
December 1, 2016: Current Drug Metabolism
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