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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447604/wearable-smart-sensor-systems-integrated-on-soft-contact-lenses-for-wireless-ocular-diagnostics
#1
Joohee Kim, Minji Kim, Mi-Sun Lee, Kukjoo Kim, Sangyoon Ji, Yun-Tae Kim, Jihun Park, Kyungmin Na, Kwi-Hyun Bae, Hong Kyun Kim, Franklin Bien, Chang Young Lee, Jang-Ung Park
Wearable contact lenses which can monitor physiological parameters have attracted substantial interests due to the capability of direct detection of biomarkers contained in body fluids. However, previously reported contact lens sensors can only monitor a single analyte at a time. Furthermore, such ocular contact lenses generally obstruct the field of vision of the subject. Here, we developed a multifunctional contact lens sensor that alleviates some of these limitations since it was developed on an actual ocular contact lens...
April 27, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445398/consensus-based-cooperative-control-based-on-pollution-sensing-and-traffic-information-for-urban-traffic-networks
#2
Antonio Artuñedo, Raúl M Del Toro, Rodolfo E Haber
Nowadays many studies are being conducted to develop solutions for improving the performance of urban traffic networks. One of the main challenges is the necessary cooperation among different entities such as vehicles or infrastructure systems and how to exploit the information available through networks of sensors deployed as infrastructures for smart cities. In this work an algorithm for cooperative control of urban subsystems is proposed to provide a solution for mobility problems in cities. The interconnected traffic lights controller (TLC) network adapts traffic lights cycles, based on traffic and air pollution sensory information, in order to improve the performance of urban traffic networks...
April 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432913/spontaneously-formed-redox-and-ph-sensitive-polymersomes-by-mpeg-based-cytocompatible-random-copolymers
#3
Partha Laskar, Joykrishna Dey, Sudip Kumar Ghosh
Stimuli-sensitive polymersomes are one of the important vehicles and have been extensively studied as smart drug delivery system. Polymersomes have added advantage over the micelles because of having the ability to carry not only hydrophobic but also hydrophilic guest in their aqueous core. Among various stimuli, the change of pH and redox reaction is very important for drug delivery purpose especially for anticancer drug. Therefore, in this work, two poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (mPEG) containing hydrophilic random anionic copolymers, poly[(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-3,3'-dithiodipropanoic acid)x-co-(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)y], poly[(HEMA-DTDPA)x-co-mPEGy] with different copolymer ratios were designed and synthesized...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425695/reduced-graphene-oxide-containing-smart-hydrogels-with-excellent-electro-response-and-mechanical-properties-for-soft-actuators
#4
Chao Yang, Zhuang Liu, Chen Chen, Kun Shi, Lei Zhang, Xiao-Jie Ju, Wei Wang, Rui Xie, Liang-Yin Chu
A novel reduced graphene oxide/poly(2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid-co-acrylamide) (rGO/poly(AMPS-co-AAm)) nanocomposite hydrogel that possesses excellent electro-response and mechanical properties has been successfully developed. The rGO nanosheets that homogeneously dispersed in the hydrogels could provide prominent conductive platforms for promoting the ion transport inside the hydrogels to generate significant osmotic pressure between the outside and inside of such nanocomposite hydrogels. Thus, the electro-responsive rate and degree of the hydrogel for both deswelling and bending performances become rapid and remarkable...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414721/a-novel-smart-navigation-system-for-intramedullary-nailing-in-orthopedic-surgery
#5
Jaesuk Choi, Jihun Kim, Jae Youn Hwang, Minkyu Je, Jun-Young Kim, Shin-Yoon Kim
This paper proposes a novel smart surgical navigation system for intramedullary nailing in orthopedic surgery. Using a handle-integrated laser guidance module, the system can target a drill insertion point onto skin, indicating an accurate target position to perpendicularly access an invisible distal hole. The proposed handle-integration-based fixation of the laser guidance module precisely defines the relative position of the module with respect to the distal hole. Consequently, unlike conventional systems, the proposed system can indicate the target insertion point without any help from bulky and costly external position-tracking equipment that is usually required for compensating disturbances generated by external impacts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411078/performance-of-the-xpert-%C3%A2-carba-r-v2-in-the-daily-workflow-of-a-hygiene-unit-in-a-country-with-a-low-prevalence-of-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae
#6
Yannick Hoyos, Souad Ouzani, Laurent Dortet, Nicolas Fortineau, Thierry Naas
Early detection of patients colonised with carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) is crucial for implementing proper infection control measures. Here we evaluated the biological performance of the Xpert(®) Carba-R v2 (Cepheid) in the daily workflow of a hygiene unit in a country with a low CPE prevalence. Patients repatriated from countries known for high CPE prevalence or contact patients of a known CPE carrier were targeted as being 'high-risk patients' for CPE carriage. Between September 2015 and March 2016, 241 'high-risk patients' for CPE carriage were screened using the Xpert(®) Carba-R v2 and by plating on chromID(®) CARBA Smart medium (bioMérieux) with and without ertapenem-containing enrichment culture for 24 h...
April 12, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402600/magneto-adaptive-surfactants-showing-anti-curie-behavior-and-tunable-surface-tension-as-porogens-for-mesoporous-particles-with-12-fold-symmetry
#7
Stefanie Hermann, Martin Wessig, Dennis Kollofrath, Melanie Gerigk, Kay Hagedorn, James A Odendal, Matthias Hagner, Markus Drechsler, Philipp Erler, Mikhail Fonin, Georg Maret, Sebastian Polarz
Gaining external control over self-organization is of vital importance for future smart materials. Surfactants are extremely valuable for the synthesis of diverse nanomaterials. Their self-assembly is dictated by microphase separation, the hydrophobic effect, and head-group repulsion. It is desirable to supplement surfactants with an added mode of long-range and directional interaction. Magnetic forces are ideal, as they are not shielded in water. We report on surfactants with heads containing tightly bound transition-metal centers...
April 12, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392307/electrically-responsive-core-shell-hybrid-microfibers-for-controlled-drug-release-and-cell-culture
#8
Chuntao Chen, Xiao Chen, Heng Zhang, Qi Zhang, Li Wang, Chenxi Li, Beibei Dai, Jiazhi Yang, Jian Liu, Dongping Sun
It is an active research field to develop fiber-shaped smart materials for biomedical applications. Here we report the development of the multifunctional core-shell hybrid microfibers with excellent mechanical and electrical performance as a new smart biomaterial. The microfibers were synthesized using a combination of co-axial spinning with a microfluidic device and subsequent dip-coating, containing a hydrogel core of bacterial cellulose (BC) and a conductive polymer shell layer of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT)...
April 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381672/supramolecular-polymeric-materials-containing-cyclodextrins
#9
REVIEW
Masaki Nakahata, Yoshinori Takashima, Akira Harada
Smart design of polymeric materials may lead to intelligent materials exhibiting unique functional properties. Looking at nature, living systems use specific and reversible intermolecular interactions in realizing complex functions. Hence reversible bonds based on selective molecular recognition can impart artificial materials with unique functional properties. This review mainly focuses on supramolecular polymeric materials based on cyclodextrin-based host-guest interactions. Polymeric materials using molecular recognition at polymer main chain, side chain, and termini are described...
2017: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371376/a-smart-responsive-dual-aptamers-targeted-bubble-generating-nanosystem-for-cancer-triplex-therapy-and-ultrasound-imaging
#10
Feifei Zhao, Jie Zhou, Xiangjie Su, Yuhui Wang, Xiaosa Yan, Shaona Jia, Bin Du
The absence of targeted, single treatment methods produces low therapeutic value for treating cancers. To increase the accumulation of drugs in tumors and improve the treatment effectiveness, near-infrared 808 nm photothermal responsive dual aptamers-targeted docetaxel (DTX)-containing nanoparticles is proposed. In this system, DTX and NH4 HCO3 are loaded in thermosensitive liposomes. The surface of liposomes is coated with gold nanoshells and connected with sulfydryl (SH) modified AS1411 and S2.2 aptamers...
March 30, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370503/switching-thin-films-of-azobenzene-containing-metal-organic-frameworks-with-visible-light
#11
Kai Müller, Alexander Knebel, Fangli Zhao, David Bléger, Jürgen Caro, Lars Heinke
Stimuli-responsive molecules change their properties when exposed to external signals, such as light, and enable the preparation of smart materials. UV light, which often destroys organic materials, is typically required for activating the desired response of photoswitchable compounds, significantly limiting the potential applications of light-operated smart materials. Herein, we present the first metal-organic framework (MOF), which enables reversible modulation of key properties upon irradiation with visible light only...
April 24, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363579/smart-nanopaper-based-on-cellulose-nanofibers-with-hybrid-pedot-pss-polypyrrole-for-energy-storage-devices
#12
Makara Lay, M Àngels Pèlach, Neus Pellicer, Joaquim A Tarrés, Kim Ngun Bun, Fabiola Vilaseca
In the current work, flexible, lightweight, and strong conductive nanopapers based on cellulose nanofibers (CNFs) with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) and/or polypyrrole (PPy) were prepared by following a mixing and in situ chemical polymerization method. A successful homogeneous coating of PEDOT:PSS on cellulose nanofibers occurred by means hydrogen-bonding interactions between the hydroxyl functionalized CNF and the electronically charged PEDOT:PSS, as shown by FTIR spectra...
June 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355996/environmentally-responsive-systems-for-drug-delivery
#13
Marcos Luciano Bruschi, Fernanda Belincanta Borghi, Mariana Volpato Junqueira, Sabrina Barbosa de Souza Ferreira, Jessica Bassi da Silva
BACKGROUND: In recent decades, the development of the environmentally responsive systems for drug delivery has been well regarded, with enormous potential in different applications. METHODS: These "environmentally sensitive", "smart", "intelligent" formulations have the ability to alter their physical properties in response to small changes in physical or chemical conditions, such as temperature, glucose, pH, ultrasound, light, electric field and redox potential with a huge potential in drug delivery systems...
March 28, 2017: Recent Patents on Drug Delivery & Formulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346548/kinetics-of-light-induced-ordering-and-deformation-in-lc-azobenzene-containing-materials
#14
Vladimir Toshchevikov, Tatiana Petrova, Marina Saphiannikova
Azobenzene-containing smart materials are able to transform the energy of light into directional mechanical stress. We develop a theory of time-dependent light-induced ordering and deformation in azobenzene materials starting from the kinetic equations of photoisomerization. The liquid crystalline (LC) interactions between rod-like trans-isomers are taken into account. Angular selectivity of the photoisomerization known as an "angular hole burning" or the Weigert effect leads to the light-induced ordering and deformation of the azobenzene materials...
April 12, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345897/a-smart-molecule-for-selective-sensing-of-nitric-oxide-conversion-of-no-to-hsno-relevance-of-biological-hsno-formation
#15
Abu Saleh Musha Islam, Rahul Bhowmick, Kaberi Pal, Atul Katarkar, Keya Chaudhuri, Mahammad Ali
A smart molecule, QT490, containing thiosemicarbazide moiety acts as a highly selective turn-on in vitro NO sensor through the unprecedented NO-induced transformation of thiosemicarbazide moiety to 1,3,4-oxadiazole heterocycle with the concomitant release of HSNO, thereby eliminating any interference from various endogenous biomolecules including dehydroascorbic acid, ascorbic acid, etc. The kinetic studies of the reactions between QT490 and NO provide a mechanistic insight into formation of HSNO/RSNO from the reaction between H2S/RSH and NO in the biological system...
March 27, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325014/real-time-monitoring-of-swimming-performance
#16
R Delgado-Gonzalo, A Lemkaddem, Ph Renevey, E Muntane Calvo, M Lemay, K Cox, D Ashby, J Willardson, M Bertschi
This article presents the performance results of a novel algorithm for swimming analysis in real-time within a low-power wrist-worn device. The estimated parameters are: lap count, stroke count, time in lap, total swimming time, pace/speed per lap, total swam distance, and swimming efficiency (SWOLF). In addition, several swimming styles are automatically detected. Results were obtained using a database composed of 13 different swimmers spanning 646 laps and 858.78 min of total swam time. The final precision achieved in lap detection ranges between 99...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323415/facile-access-to-multisensitive-and-self-healing-hydrogels-with-reversible-and-dynamic-boronic-ester-and-disulfide-linkages
#17
Ruiwei Guo, Qian Su, Jinwei Zhang, Anjie Dong, Cunguo Lin, Jianhua Zhang
Multifunctional and multiresponsive hydrogels have presented a promising platform to design and fabricate smart devices for application in a wide variety of fields. However, their preparations often involve multistep preparation of multiresponsive polymer precursors, tedious reactions to introduce functional groups or sophisticated molecular designs. In this work, a multifunctional boronic acid-based cross-linker bis(phenylboronic acid carbamoyl) cystamine (BPBAC) was readily prepared from inexpensive commercially available 3-carboxylphenylboronic acid (CPBA) and cystamine dihydrochloride, which has the ability to cross-link the cis-diols and catechol-containing hydrophilic polymers to form hydrogels...
March 29, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322552/one-step-fabrication-of-a-microfluidic-device-with-an-integrated-membrane-and-embedded-reagents-by-multimaterial-3d-printing
#18
Feng Li, Petr Smejkal, Niall P Macdonald, Rosanne M Guijt, Michael C Breadmore
One of the largest impediments in the development of microfluidic-based smart sensing systems is the manufacturability of integrated, complex devices. Here we propose multimaterial 3D printing for the fabrication of such devices in a single step. A microfluidic device containing an integrated porous membrane and embedded liquid reagents was made by 3D printing and applied for the analysis of nitrate in soil. The manufacture of the integrated, sealed device was realized as a single print within 30 min. The body of the device was printed in transparent acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and contained a 400 μm wide structure printed from a commercially available composite filament...
April 5, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302179/balanced-crystalloids-versus-saline-in-the-intensive-care-unit-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomized-multiple-crossover-trial
#19
Matthew W Semler, Wesley H Self, Li Wang, Daniel W Byrne, Jonathan P Wanderer, Jesse M Ehrenfeld, Joanna L Stollings, Avinash B Kumar, Antonio Hernandez, Oscar D Guillamondegui, Addison K May, Edward D Siew, Andrew D Shaw, Gordon R Bernard, Todd W Rice
BACKGROUND: Saline, the intravenous fluid most commonly administered to critically ill adults, contains a high chloride content, which may be associated with acute kidney injury and death. Whether using balanced crystalloids rather than saline decreases the risk of acute kidney injury and death among critically ill adults remains unknown. METHODS: The Isotonic Solutions and Major Adverse Renal Events Trial (SMART) is a pragmatic, cluster-level allocation, cluster-level crossover trial being conducted between 1 June 2015 and 30 April 2017 in five intensive care units at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, USA...
March 16, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292300/clinical-outcomes-and-glycaemic-responses-to-different-aerobic-exercise-training-intensities-in-type-ii-diabetes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#20
Aimee Grace, Erick Chan, Francesco Giallauria, Petra L Graham, Neil A Smart
AIMS: To establish if aerobic exercise training is associated with beneficial effects on clinical outcomes and glycaemic profile in people with type II diabetes. METHODS: A systematic search was conducted to identify studies through a search of MEDLINE (1985 to Sept 1, 2016, Cochrane Controlled Trials Registry (1966 to Sept 1, 2016), CINAHL, SPORTDiscus and Science Citation Index. The search strategy included a mix of MeSH and free text terms for related key concepts...
March 14, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
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