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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438004/autofocusing-airy-beams-generated-by-all-dielectric-metasurface-for-visible-light
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Qingbin Fan, Daopeng Wang, Pengcheng Huo, Zijie Zhang, Yuzhang Liang, Ting Xu
Conventional method to generate autofocusing Airy (AFA) beam involves the optical Fourier transform (FT) system, which has a fairly long working distance due to the focal length of FT lens, presence of spatial light modulator (SLM) and auxiliary total reflection mirrors. Here, we propose an extremely compact design to generate high-efficiency AFA beam at visible frequency by using metasurface which is composed of a single layer array of amorphous titanium dioxide (TiO<sub>2</sub>) elliptical nanofins sitting on the fused-silica substrate...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437900/model-and-reconstruction-of-a-k-edge-contrast-agent-distribution-with-an-x-ray-photon-counting-detector
#2
Bo Meng, Wenxiang Cong, Yan Xi, Bruno De Man, Jian Yang, Ge Wang
Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) helps enhance the visibility for tumor imaging. When a high-Z contrast agent interacts with X-rays across its K-edge, X-ray photoelectric absorption would experience a sudden increment, resulting in a significant difference of the X-ray transmission intensity between the left and right energy windows of the K-edge. Using photon-counting detectors, the X-ray intensity data in the left and right windows of the K-edge can be measured simultaneously. The differential information of the two kinds of intensity data reflects the contrast-agent concentration distribution...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437561/semiparametric-probit-models-with-univariate-and-bivariate-current-status-data
#3
Hao Liu, Jing Qin
Multivariate current-status data are frequently encountered in biomedical and public health studies. Semiparametric regression models have been extensively studied for univariate current-status data, but most existing estimation procedures are computationally intensive, involving either penalization or smoothing techniques. It becomes more challenging for the analysis of multivariate current-status data. In this article, we study the maximum likelihood estimations for univariate and bivariate current-status data under the semiparametric probit regression models...
April 24, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437434/comparisons-of-gnrh-antagonist-protocol-versus-gnrh-agonist-long-protocol-in-patients-with-normal-ovarian-reserve-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ruolin Wang, Shouren Lin, Yong Wang, Weiping Qian, Liang Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonist (GnRH-ant) protocol and gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRH-a) long protocol in patients with normal ovarian reserve. METHODS: We searched the PubMed (1992-2016), Cochrane Library (1999-2016), Web of Science (1950-2016), Chinese Biomedical Database (CBM, 1979-2016), and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI, 1994-2016). Any randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that compared GnRH-ant protocol and GnRH-a long protocol in patients with normal ovarian reserve were included, and data were extracted independently by two reviewers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437081/silicon-induced-uv-transparency-in-phosphate-glasses-and-its-application-to-the-enhancement-of-the-uv-type-b-emission-of-gd-3
#5
José A Jiménez
The silicon route to improve the ultraviolet (UV) transparency in phosphate glasses is investigated, and further exploited to enhance the UV type B (280-320 nm) emission of gadolinium(III) relevant for biomedical applications. The glasses were synthesized with a barium-phosphate composition by melt-quenching in ambient atmosphere, and the optical properties investigated by optical absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy including emission decay kinetics. An improvement in the UV transparency was gradually developed for the glasses melted merely with increasing amounts of Si powder...
April 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436937/efficacy-of-anti-sclerostin-monoclonal-antibody-bps804-in-adult-patients-with-hypophosphatasia
#6
Lothar Seefried, Jasmin Baumann, Sarah Hemsley, Christine Hofmann, Erdmute Kunstmann, Beate Kiese, Yue Huang, Simon Chivers, Marie-Anne Valentin, Babul Borah, Ronenn Roubenoff, Uwe Junker, Franz Jakob
BACKGROUND: Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is a rare genetic disorder resulting in variable alterations of bone formation and mineralization that are caused by mutations in the ALPL gene, encoding the tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (ALP) enzyme. METHODS: In this phase IIA open-label, single-center, intra-patient, dose-escalating study, adult patients with HPP received 3 ascending intravenous doses of 5, 10, and 20 mg/kg BPS804, a fully human anti-sclerostin monoclonal antibody, on days 1, 15, and 29, respectively...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436920/hybrid-3d-printing-and-electrodeposition-approach-for-controllable-3d-alginate-hydrogel-formation
#7
Wanfeng Shang, Yanting Liu, Wenfeng Wan, Chengzhi Hu, Zeyang Liu, Chin To Wong, Toshio Fukuda, Yajing Shen
Calcium alginate hydrogel is one of the most widely used biocompatible materials in biomedical and tissue engineering. This paper reports a hybrid 3D printing and electrodeposition approach to form the 3D calcium alginate hydrogel in a controllable manner. Firstly, a specific 3D printing system is developed by combining a 3D printer and a customized ejection syringe. Then, the mixed solution (1% w/v sodium alginate and 0.25% w/v CaCO3 nano particles) is filled in the syringe and ejected out from the nozzle to the substrate continuously...
April 24, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436918/an-integrated-and-highly-sensitive-ultrafast-acoustoelectric-imaging-system-for-biomedical-applications
#8
Beatrice Berthon, Pierre-Marc Dansette, Mickael Tanter, Mathieu Pernot, Jean Provost
PURPOSE: Direct imaging of cardiac electrical activation is crucial to better understand and diagnose diseases linked to arrhythmias. This work presents an Ultrafast Acoustoelectric Imaging (UAI) system for direct and non-invasive ultrafast mapping of propagating current densities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Acoustoelectric imaging is based on the acoustoelectric effect, the modulation of the medium's electrical impedance by a propagating ultrasonic wave. UAI triggers this effect with plane wave emissions to image current densities...
April 24, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436509/covering-the-optical-spectrum-through-collective-rare-earth-doping-of-nagdf4-nanoparticles-806-and-980-nm-excitation-routes
#9
A Skripka, R Marin, A Benayas, P Canton, E Hemmer, F Vetrone
Today, at the frontier of biomedical research, the need has been clearly established for integrating disease detection and therapeutic function in one single theranostic system. Light-emitting nanoparticles are being intensively investigated to fulfil this demand, by continuously developing nanoparticle systems simultaneously emitting in both the UV/visible (light-triggered release and activation of drugs) and the near-infrared (imaging and tracking) spectral regions. In this work, rare-earth (RE) doped nanoparticles (RENPs) were synthesized via a thermal decomposition process and spectroscopically investigated as potential candidates as all-in-one optical imaging, diagnostic and therapeutic agents...
April 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436451/empirical-modeling-of-physiochemical-immune-response-of-multilayer-zinc-oxide-nanomaterials-under-uv-exposure-to-melanoma-and-foreskin-fibroblasts
#10
Muhammad Fakhar-E-Alam, M Waseem Akram, Seemab Iqbal, K S Alimgeer, M Atif, K Sultana, M Willander, Zhiming M Wang
Carcinogenesis is a complex molecular process starting with genetic and epigenetic alterations, mutation stimulation, and DNA modification, which leads to proteomic adaptation ending with an uncontrolled proliferation mechanism. The current research focused on the empirical modelling of the physiological response of human melanoma cells (FM55P) and human foreskin fibroblasts cells (AG01518) to the multilayer zinc oxide (ZnO) nanomaterials under UV-A exposure. To validate this experimental scheme, multilayer ZnO nanomaterials were grown on a femtotip silver capillary and conjugated with protoporphyrin IX (PpIX)...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436215/multilayer-nanofilms-via-inkjet-printing-for-stabilizing-growth-factor-and-designing-desired-cell-developments
#11
Moonhyun Choi, Hee Ho Park, Daheui Choi, Uiyoung Han, Tai Hyun Park, Hwankyu Lee, Juhyun Park, Jinkee Hong
Biologically versatile basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), well known for roles of signaling molecules between cells and regulating various cellular processes, has been proven to utilize specific functionalities. However, the remarkable functions are inclinable to dwindle with decrease of bFGFs' activity. In nanoscale, developing thin films with intrinsic characteristics of building molecules can facilitate handling various materials for desired purposes. Fabricating nanofilm and handling sensitive materials without detriment to activity via highly productive manufacturing are significant for practical uses in the field of biomedical applications...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435439/nanobiotechnology-cell-membrane-based-delivery-systems
#12
Pengfei Zhang, Gang Liu, Xiaoyuan Chen
The increasingly rapid pace of research in the field of bioinspired drug delivery systems is revealing the promise of cell membrane-based nanovesicles for biomedical applications. Those cell membrane-based nanoparticles combine the natural functionalities of cell plasma membranes and the bioengineering flexibility of synthetic nanomaterials, and such versatility provides a means of designing exciting new drug formulations for personalized treatment in future nanomedicine.
April 2017: Nano Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435186/a-low-power-thermal-based-sensor-system-for-low-air-flow-detection
#13
Akm Arifuzzman, Mohammad Rafiqul Haider, David B Allison
Being able to rapidly detect a low air flow rate with high accuracy is essential for various applications in the automotive and biomedical industries. We have developed a thermal-based low air flow sensor with a low-power sensor readout for biomedical applications. The thermal-based air flow sensor comprises a heater and three pairs of temperature sensors that sense temperature differences due to laminar air flow. The thermal-based flow sensor was designed and simulated by using laminar flow, heat transfer in solids and fluids physics in COMSOL MultiPhysics software...
November 2016: Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435148/plasma-mediated-protein-immobilisation-enhances-the-vascular-compatibility-of-polyurethane-with-tissue-matched-mechanical-properties
#14
Irina Kondyurina, Steven Wise, Alan Ngo, Elysse Filipe, Alexey Kondyurin, Anthony Weiss, Shisan Bao, Marcela Bilek
Polyurethanes are a diverse class of polymers, with independently tunable mechanical and biodegradation properties making them a versatile platform material for biomedical implants. Previous iterations have failed to adequately embody appropriate mechanical and biological properties, particularly for vascular medicine where strength, compliance and multifaceted biocompatibility are required. We have synthesized a new polyurethane formulation with finely tuned mechanical properties, combining high strength and extensibility with a low Young's modulus...
April 24, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435059/in-vivo-cancer-research-using-aggregation-induced-emission-organic-nanoparticles
#15
REVIEW
Xiaoyong Yi, Jun Li, Zhipeng Zhu, Qian Liu, Qiang Xue, Dan Ding
Exploration of a nanoplatform that benefits precise cancer diagnosis and treatment in vivo is particularly valuable. In recent years, aggregation-induced emission luminogens (AIEgens) have emerged as advanced fluorescent materials for the design and preparation of organic nanoparticles (NPs); they also have unique advantages in biomedical applications, especially in cancer diagnosis and theranostics. In this review, we summarize the current status of the development of AIEgen-based NPs for in vivo cancer research, including in vivo tumor diagnosis, drug delivery, and photodynamic therapy...
April 20, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435052/neurovascular-neuroenergetic-coupling-axis-in-the-brain-master-regulation-by-nitric-oxide-and-consequences-in-aging-and-neurodegeneration
#16
REVIEW
Cátia F Lourenço, Ana Ledo, Rui M Barbosa, João Laranjinha
The strict energetic demands of the brain require that nutrient supply and usage be fine-tuned in accordance with the specific temporal and spatial patterns of ever-changing levels of neuronal activity. This is achieved by adjusting local cerebral blood flow (CBF) as a function of activity level - neurovascular coupling - and by changing how energy substrates are metabolized and shuttled amongst astrocytes and neurons - neuroenergetic coupling. Both activity-dependent increase of CBF and O2 and glucose utilization by active neural cells are inextricably linked, establishing a functional metabolic axis in the brain, the neurovascular-neuroenergetic coupling axis...
April 20, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435015/using-classification-models-for-the-generation-of-disease-specific-medications-from-biomedical-literature-and-clinical-data-repository
#17
Liqin Wang, Peter J Haug, Guilherme Del Fiol
OBJECTIVE: Mining disease-specific associations from existing knowledge resources can be useful for building disease-specific ontologies and supporting knowledge-based applications. Many association mining techniques have been exploited. However, the challenge remains when those extracted associations contained much noise. It is unreliable to determine the relevance of the association by simply setting up arbitrary cut-off points on multiple scores of relevance; and it would be expensive to ask human experts to manually review a large number of associations...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434962/outcome-of-the-biomedical-glue-sling-technique-in-microvascular-decompression-for-hemifacial-spasm-involving-the-vertebral-artery
#18
Xin Zhang, Hua Zhao, Jin Zhu, Yinda Tang, Tingting Ying, Yan Yuan, Shiting Li
BACKGROUND: Microvascular decompression (MVD) is the most useful treatment for hemifacial spasm (HFS). In cases of vertebral artery (VA) compression of the facial nerve, MVD is often difficult. In this study, we compared the outcome of the biomedical glue sling technique with the traditional technique in MVD for HFS involving the VA. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of patients with HFS treated by MVD, and was conducted between January 2013 and December 2015...
April 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434580/-gaceta-sanitaria-joins-the-reward-initiative-to-improve-biomedical-research-and-reduce-waste-in-science
#19
EDITORIAL
Clara Bermúdez-Tamayo, Julia Bolívar Muñoz, Erica Briones Vozmediano, Mercedes Elcira Carrasco Portiño, María Victoria Zunzunegui Pastor, Miguel Ángel Negrín, Laura Inés González Zapata, Leila Posenato García, Carlos Álvarez-Dardet Díaz
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May 2017: Gaceta Sanitaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434256/a-bioinformatics-roadmap-for-the-human-vaccines-project
#20
Richard H Scheuermann, Robert S Sinkovits, Theodore Schenkelberg, Wayne C Koff
Biomedical research has become a data intensive science in which high throughput experimentation is producing comprehensive data about biological systems at an ever-increasing pace. The Human Vaccines Project is a new public-private partnership, with the goal of accelerating development of improved vaccines and immunotherapies for global infectious diseases and cancers by decoding the human immune system. To achieve its mission, the Project is developing a Bioinformatics Hub as an open-source, multidisciplinary effort with the overarching goal of providing an enabling infrastructure to support the data processing, analysis and knowledge extraction procedures required to translate high throughput, high complexity human immunology research data into biomedical knowledge, to determine the core principles driving specific and durable protective immune responses...
April 24, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
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