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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150809/molecular-properties-of-metal-difluorides-and-their-interactions-with-co2-and-h2o-molecules-a-dft-investigation
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Agnes Lincy Arokiyanathan, Senthilkumar Lakshmipathi
A computational study of metal difluorides (MF2; M = Ca to Zn) and their interactions with carbon dioxide and water molecules was performed. The structural parameter values obtained and the results of AIM analysis and energy decomposition analysis indicated that the Ca-F bond is weaker and less ionic than the bonds in the transition metal difluorides. A deformation density plot revealed the stablizing influence of the Jahn-Teller effect in nonlinear MF2 molecules (e.g., where M= Sc, Ti, Cr). An anaysis of the metal K-edge peaks of the difluorides showed that shifts in the edge energy were due to the combined effects of the ionicity, effective nuclear charge, and the spin state of the metal...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150740/severe-rigid-scheuermann-kyphosis-in-adult-patients-correction-with-posterior-only-approach
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B Mirzashahi, M Chehrassan, A Arfa, M Farzan
PURPOSE: Scheuermann kyphosis is the most common structural kyphosis among adolescence and young people. Surgical treatment may be performed through combined anterior and posterior or posterior-only approaches; to our knowledge, the efficacy of posterior-only approach as less invasive procedure is not well studied in case of severe rigid Scheuermann kyphosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighteen patients with severe rigid Scheuermann kyphosis operated through only posterior approach from 2013 to 2016 were evaluated...
November 17, 2017: Musculoskeletal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150647/impact-of-multidecadal-climate-variability-on-united-kingdom-rickets-rates
#3
Haris Majeed, G W K Moore
Children who receive inadequate exposure to sunlight have reduced levels of vitamin D, resulting in rickets, a disease that is characterized by bone deformity, stunted growth, and long term pronounced disability. The United Kingdom rickets incidence rates declined from the early 1960's to mid-1990's, after which there was a dramatic increase. The reason for this change is not well understood. Here we show that an important low frequency mode of climate variability, the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO), with a period of ~60-80 years, has an impact on rickets incidence rates in the United Kingdom through changes in sea level pressure, cloud cover and sunshine duration...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150315/surgical-options-for-osteoporotic-vertebral-compression-fractures-complicated-with-spinal-deformity-and-neurologic-deficit
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Kalliopi Alpantaki, Michael Dohm, Panagiotis Korovessis, Alexander G Hadjipavlou
INTRODUCTION: This paper describes surgical options for Osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture (OVCF) with acute flexible or chronic rigid kyphosis, and pseudarthrosis complicated with pain and neurologic deficit. METHODS: This study has two components. a) A prospective clinical study of surgical treatment of 31 patients (age: 69±11 years) with either acute flexible or progressive pseudarthrotic kyphosis manifested with severe pain or neurological deficit between 2010 and 2014...
November 12, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150155/the-association-of-functional-capacity-with-right-atrial-deformation-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-a-study-with-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking
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Weiwei Liu, Yueheng Wang, Jinling Zhou, Hui Bai, Feng Wang, Ju Wang
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to assess right atrial (RA) myocardial mechanics in pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients using two-dimensional speckle tracking (2D-STE), and define the relationship between RA function and exercise capacity in PH patients. METHODS: Thirty-eight consecutive PH patients were studied and compared with a control group of 25 healthy volunteers. Peak atrial longitudinal strain (PALS), RA strain rate were measured in all subjects...
April 13, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149991/a-fast-and-low-cost-microfabrication-approach-for-six-types-of-thermoplastic-substrates-with-reduced-feature-size-and-minimized-bulges-using-sacrificial-layer-assisted-laser-engraving
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Longjun Gu, Guodong Yu, Cheuk-Wing Li
Since polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is notorious for its severe sorption to biological compounds and even nanoparticles, thermoplastics become a promising substrate for microdevices. Although CO2 laser engraving is an efficient method for thermoplastic device fabrication, it accompanies with poor bonding issues due to severe bulging and large feature size determined by the diameter of laser beam. In this study, a low-cost microfabrication method is proposed by reversibly sealing a 1 mm thick polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) over an engraving substrate to reduce channel feature size and minimize bulges of laser engraved channels...
January 2, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149778/the-changes-of-th17-treg-and-related-cytokines-il-17-il-23-il-10-and-tgf-%C3%AE-in-respiratory-syncytial-virus-bronchiolitis-rat-model
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Meng Gao, Liang-Xiao Liu, Fu-Ling Wu, Xuejing Zhang, Ying-Ying Li, Tao Shi, De-Zhi Li, Ting-Ting Han
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the leading cause of bronchiolitis and hospitalization that lead to high morbidity and mortality among young infants. T helper 17 (Th17) cells and regulatory T cells (Tregs) play essential roles in the pathogenesis of autoimmune, cancer, and inflammatory diseases. However, whether changes in T-cell subsets are related to the systemic immune responses in RSV-caused bronchiolitis merit further investigation. Three-week-old Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into the normal control (NC) and RSV bronchiolitis (RSV-B) groups...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149715/robust-brain-roi-segmentation-by-deformation-regression-and-deformable-shape-model
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Zhengwang Wu, Yanrong Guo, Sang Hyun Park, Yaozong Gao, Pei Dong, Seong-Whan Lee, Dinggang Shen
We propose a robust and efficient learning-based deformable model for segmenting regions of interest (ROIs) from structural MR brain images. Different from the conventional deformable-model-based methods that deform a shape model locally around the initialization location, we learn an image-based regressor to guide the deformable model to fit for the target ROI. Specifically, given any voxel in a new image, the image-based regressor can predict the displacement vector from this voxel towards the boundary of target ROI, which can be used to guide the deformable segmentation...
November 10, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149695/rheo-optical-near-infrared-nir-spectroscopy-study-of-partially-miscible-polymer-blend-of-polymethyl-methacrylate-pmma-and-polyethylene-glycol-peg
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Hideyuki Shinzawa, Junji Mizukado
Tensile deformations of a partially miscible blend of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) is studied by a rheo-optical characterization near-infrared (NIR) technique to probe deformation behavior during tensile deformation. Sets of NIR spectra of the polymer samples were collected by using an acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) NIR spectrometer coupled with a tensile testing machine as an excitation device. While deformations of the samples were readily captured as strain-dependent NIR spectra, the entire feature of the spectra was overwhelmed with the baseline fluctuation induced by the decrease in the sample thickness and subsequent change in the light scattering...
November 11, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149657/the-mechanical-behavior-of-nacre-across-length-scales
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Hariprasad Gopalan, Atul H Chokshi
Nacre achieves excellent mechanical properties with a relatively simple hierarchical structure. Analyses suggest that a significant gain in toughness is realized with a modest reduction in strength, with increasing levels of hierarchy. This study probes the role of different hierarchical length scales in governing the strength and modulus of nacre using a combination of bulk compression tests, microindentation and nanoindentation tests. The variability in the measured properties is assessed through Weibull analyses...
October 18, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149656/location-specific-mechanical-response-and-morphology-of-facial-soft-tissues
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Marco Pensalfini, Johannes Weickenmeier, Marga Rominger, Roberto Santoprete, Oliver Distler, Edoardo Mazza
The facial tissue of 9 healthy volunteers (m/f; age: 23-60y) is characterized at three different locations using a procedure combining suction measurements and 18MHz ultrasound imaging. The time-dependent and multilayered nature of skin is accounted for by adopting multiple loading protocols which differ with respect to suction probe opening size and rate of tissue deformation. Over 700 suction measurements were conducted and analyzed according to location-specific mechanical and morphological characteristics...
November 14, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149498/association-between-a-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-in-the-grem1-gene-and-nonsyndromic-orofacial-cleft-in-the-chinese-population
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Xiaotong Wang, Hongquan Song, Xiaohui Jiao, Yanru Hao, Wei Zhang, Yuwei Gao, Yong Li, Na Mi, Jiaqun Yan
BACKGROUND: Nonsyndromic orofacial cleft (NSOC) is a common craniofacial deformity among newborns. The GREM1 gene is correlated with orofacial development. The aim of our study was to investigate the association between a single-nucleotide polymorphism in the GREM1 gene and this malformation in the Chinese population. METHODS: The SNaPshot mini sequencing technique was used to genotype the locus rs1258763 of the GREM1 gene in 331 patients with NSOC and 271 individuals in a control group...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149232/stabilized-electrically-induced-helfrich-deformation-and-enhanced-color-tuning-in-cholesteric-liquid-crystals
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Meina Yu, Huai Yang, Deng-Ke Yang
When subjected to an AC electric field perpendicular to its layers, the cholesteric planar state may undergo a periodic layer undulation, known as the Helfrich deformation, which generates a color change of the reflected light. The Helfrich deformation of regular cholesteric liquid crystals is, however, unstable and easily taken over by the focal conic state, and thus the color tuning range is narrow. We demonstrated that the Helfrich deformation can be stabilized in a large electric field region by doping a bent dimer with an anomalously small bend elastic constant and dispersing a small amount of polymer network...
November 17, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148579/a-step-by-step-review-on-patient-specific-biomechanical-finite-element-models-for-breast-mri-to-x-ray-mammography-registration
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Eloy García, Yago Diez, Oliver Diaz, Xavier Lladó, Robert Martí, Joan Martí, Arnau Oliver
Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-ray mammography are two image modalities widely used for the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. The combination of these modalities leads to a more accurate diagnosis and treatment of breast diseases. The aim of this paper is to review the registration between breast MRI and X-ray mammographic images using patient-specific finite element-based biomechanical models. Specifically, a biomechanical model is obtained from the patient's MRI volume and is subsequently used to mimic the mammographic acquisition...
November 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148052/influence-of-the-addition-of-soy-product-and-wheat-fibre-on-rheological-textural-and-other-quality-characteristics-of-pizza
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Virginia Glicerina, Federica Balestra, Francesco Capozzi, Marco Dalla Rosa, Santina Romani
The effect of partial replacement of wheat flour with soy-paste and wheat fibre on rheological, textural, physico-chemical and organoleptic characteristics of an enriched pizza base (E) was investigated in comparison with those of a control pizza base (C). New ingredients (e.g. enriched cooked ham, whey cheese and tomato sauce realized using food industry by-products) were also used in E pizza topping to further increase its nutritional properties. Enriched dough was developed first at a laboratory level. Large and small deformation, moisture, leavening activity and metabolic heat were tested...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Texture Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148040/the-endocranial-shape-of-australopithecus-africanus-surface-analysis-of-the-endocasts-of-sts-5-and-sts-60
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Amélie Beaudet, Jean Dumoncel, Frikkie de Beer, Stanley Durrleman, Emmanuel Gilissen, Anna Oettlé, Gérard Subsol, John Francis Thackeray, José Braga
Assessment of global endocranial morphology and regional neuroanatomical changes in early hominins is critical for the reconstruction of evolutionary trajectories of cerebral regions in the human lineage. Early evidence of cortical reorganization in specific local areas (e.g. visual cortex, inferior frontal gyrus) is perceptible in the non-human South African hominin fossil record. However, to date, little information is available regarding potential global changes in the early hominin brain. The introduction of non-invasive imaging techniques opens up new perspectives for the study of hominin brain evolution...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147795/preoperative-pregabalin-has-no-effect-on-intraoperative-neurophysiological-monitoring-in-adolescents-undergoing-posterior-spinal-fusion-for-spinal-deformities-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Linda Helenius, Antti Puhakka, Tuula Manner, Olli Pajulo, Ilkka Helenius
PURPOSE: This study was designed to evaluate the effect of preoperative pregabalin on intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring in adolescents undergoing surgery for spinal deformities. METHODS: Thirty-one adolescents undergoing posterior spinal fusion were randomized to receive preoperatively either pregabalin 2 mg/kg twice daily or placebo. The ability to make reliable intraoperative neurophysiological measurements, transcranial motor (MEPs) and sensory evoked potentials (SSEP) was evaluated...
November 17, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147556/mechanism-of-biosurfactant-adsorption-to-oil-water-interfaces-from-millisecond-scale-tensiometry-measurements
#18
Lingling Kong, Kadi Liis Saar, Raphael Jacquat, Liu Hong, Aviad Levin, Hongze Gang, Ruqiang Ye, Bozhong Mu, Tuomas P J Knowles
Many biological molecules are by their nature amphiphilic and have the ability to act as surfactants, stabilizing interfaces between aqueous and immiscible oil phases. In this paper, we explore the adsorption kinetics of surfactin, a naturally occurring cyclic lipopeptide, at hexadecane/water interfaces and compare and contrast its adsorption behaviour with that of synthetic alkyl benzene sulfonate isomers, through direct measurements of changes in interfacial tension upon surfactant adsorption. We access millisecond time resolution in kinetic measurements by making use of droplet microfluidics to probe the interfacial tension of hexadecane droplets dispersed in a continuous water phase through monitoring their deformation when the droplets are exposed to shear flows in a microfluidic channel with regular corrugations...
December 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146997/a-new-method-to-measure-mechanics-and-dynamic-assembly-of-branched-actin-networks
#19
Pierre Bauër, Joseph Tavacoli, Thomas Pujol, Jessica Planade, Julien Heuvingh, Olivia du Roure
We measured mechanical properties and dynamic assembly of actin networks with a new method based on magnetic microscopic cylinders. Dense actin networks are grown from the cylinders' surfaces using the biochemical Arp2/3-machinery at play in the lamellipodium extension and other force-generating processes in the cell. Under a homogenous magnetic field the magnetic cylinders self-assemble into chains in which forces are attractive and depend on the intensity of the magnetic field. We show that these forces, from piconewtons to nanonewtons, are large enough to slow down the assembly of dense actin networks and controlled enough to access to their non linear mechanical responses...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146924/interpretation-of-dynamic-tensile-behavior-by-austenite-stability-in-ferrite-austenite-duplex-lightweight-steels
#20
Jaeyeong Park, Min Cheol Jo, Hyeok Jae Jeong, Seok Su Sohn, Jai-Hyun Kwak, Hyoung Seop Kim, Sunghak Lee
Phenomena occurring in duplex lightweight steels under dynamic loading are hardly investigated, although its understanding is essentially needed in applications of automotive steels. In this study, quasi-static and dynamic tensile properties of duplex lightweight steels were investigated by focusing on how TRIP and TWIP mechanisms were varied under the quasi-static and dynamic loading conditions. As the annealing temperature increased, the grain size and volume fraction of austenite increased, thereby gradually decreasing austenite stability...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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