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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783145/electrochemical-biosensor-system-using-a-cmos-microelectrode-array-provides-high-spatially-and-temporally-resolved-images
#1
William Tedjo, Jasmine E Nejad, Rachel Feeny, Lang Yang, Charles S Henry, Stuart Tobet, Tom Chen
The ability to view biological events in real time has contributed significantly to research in the life sciences. While video capture of real time changes in anatomical relationships is important, it is equally important to visualize real time changes in the chemical communications that drive cell behaviors. This paper describes an electrochemical imaging system capable of capturing changes in chemical gradients in live tissue slices. The system consists of a CMOS microchip with 8192 configurable Pt surface electrodes, on-chip potentiostat, on-chip control logic, and a microfluidic device designed to interface with the CMOS chip to support ex vivo tissue experimentation...
April 10, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783119/in-vivo-imaging-of-neuronal-calcium-during-electrode-implantation-spatial-and-temporal-mapping-of-damage-and-recovery
#2
James R Eles, Alberto L Vazquez, Takashi D Y Kozai, X Tracy Cui
Implantable electrode devices enable long-term electrophysiological recordings for brain-machine interfaces and basic neuroscience research. Implantation of these devices, however, leads to neuronal damage and progressive neural degeneration that can lead to device failure. The present study uses in vivo two-photon microscopy to study the calcium activity and morphology of neurons before, during, and one month after electrode implantation to determine how implantation trauma injures neurons. We show that implantation leads to prolonged, elevated calcium levels in neurons within 150 μm of the electrode interface...
May 7, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783001/laparoscopic-extraperitoneal-pelvic-lymph-node-debulking-in-locally-advanced-cervical-cancer
#3
Diaz-Feijoo Berta, Luna-Guibourg Rocio, Cabrera Silvia, Manrique Susana, Gil-Moreno Antonio
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the feasibility of laparoscopic extraperitoneal approach for pelvic metastatic lymph node debulking in locally advanced cervical cancer. DESIGN: Surgical video article. Canadian task force Classification III. SETTING: University Hospital PATIENT: A 52 year-old patient presented a stage IIA2 Cervical adenocarcinoma according to FIGO classification. The physical exam reported a 45 mm tumor. Positron emission tomography (PET- CT) was positive for hypermetabolic enlarged lymph nodes in left external iliac region of 1...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782947/multifunctional-degradable-electronic-scaffolds-for-cardiac-tissue-engineering
#4
Ron Feiner, Sharon Fleischer, Assaf Shapira, Or Kalish, Tal Dvir
The capability to on-line sense tissue function, provide stimulation to control contractility and efficiently release drugs within an engineered tissue microenvironment may enhance tissue assembly and improve the therapeutic outcome of implanted engineered tissues. To endow cardiac patches with such capabilities we developed elastic, biodegradable, electronic scaffolds. The scaffolds were composed of electrospun albumin fibers that served as both a substrate and a passivation layer for evaporated gold electrodes...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782944/a-comprehensive-review-on-contact-lens-for-ophthalmic-drug-delivery
#5
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Jiawen Xu, Yingyan Xue, Gaoyong Hu, Tianyu Lin, Jingxin Gou, Tian Yin, Haibing He, Yu Zhang, Xing Tang
With the prevalence of electronic devices and an aging population, the number of people affected with eye disease is increasing year by year. In spite of a large number of eye drops on the market, most of them do not perform sufficiently, due to rapid clearance mechanisms and ocular barriers. To enhance drug delivery to the eye, a number of novel formulations for ocular diseases have been investigated over recent decades, aiming to increase drug retention and permeation while also allowing for sustained drug release over prolonged periods...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782799/highly-efficient-perovskite-solar-cells-with-gradient-bilayer-electron-transport-materials
#6
Xiu Gong, Qiang Sun, Shuangshuang Liu, Peizhe Liao, Yan Shen, Carole Graetzel, Shaik Mohammed Zakeeruddin, Michael Grätzel, Mingkui Wang
Electron transport layers (ETLs) with suitable energy level alignment for facilitating charge carrier transport as well as electron extraction are essential for planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells (PSCs) to achieve high open-circuit voltage (VOC) and short-circuit current. Herein we systematically investigate band offset between ETL and perovskite absorber by tuning F doping level in SnO2 nanocrystal. We demonstrate that gradual substitution of F- into the SnO2 ETL can effectively reduce the band offset and result in a substantial increase in device VOC...
May 21, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782682/a-centimeter-scale-inorganic-nanoparticle-superlattice-monolayer-with-non-close-packing-and-its-high-performance-in-memory-devices
#7
Ke Wang, Haifeng Ling, Yan Bao, Mengting Yang, Yi Yang, Mubashir Hussain, Huayang Wang, Lianbin Zhang, Linghai Xie, Mingdong Yi, Wei Huang, Xiaolin Xie, Jintao Zhu
Due to the near-field coupling effect, non-close-packed nanoparticle (NP) assemblies with tunable interparticle distance (d) attract great attention and show huge potential applications in various functional devices, e.g., organic nano-floating-gate memory (NFGM) devices. Unfortunately, the fabrication of device-scale non-close-packed 2D NPs material still remains a challenge, limiting its practical applications. Here, a facile yet robust "rapid liquid-liquid interface assembly" strategy is reported to generate a non-close-packed AuNP superlattice monolayer (SM) on a centimeter scale for high-performance pentacene-based NFGM...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782681/highly-efficient-nonfullerene-polymer-solar-cells-enabled-by-a-copper-i-coordination-strategy-employing-an-1-3-4-oxadiazole-containing-wide-bandgap-copolymer-donor
#8
Xiaopeng Xu, Zuojia Li, Zhaozhao Bi, Ting Yu, Wei Ma, Kui Feng, Ying Li, Qiang Peng
A novel wide-bandgap copolymer of PBDT-ODZ based on benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b' ]dithiophene (BDT) and 1,3,4-oxadiazole (ODZ) blocks is developed for efficient nonfullerene polymer solar cells (NF-PSCs). PBDT-ODZ exhibits a wide bandgap of 2.12 eV and a low-lying highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) level of -5.68 eV, which could match well with the low-bandgap acceptor of 3,9-bis(2-methylene-(3-(1,1-dicyanomethylene)-indanone)-5,5,11,11-tetrakis(4-hexylthienyl)-dithieno[2,3-d:2',3'-d']-s-indaceno[1,2-b:5,6-b']-dithiophene (ITIC-Th), inducing a good complementary absorption from 300 to 800 nm and a minimal HOMO level offset (0...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782678/nanoparticle-enhanced-silver-nanowire-plasmonic-electrodes-for-high-performance-organic-optoelectronic-devices
#9
Taehyo Kim, Saewon Kang, Jungwoo Heo, Seungse Cho, Jae Won Kim, Ayoung Choe, Bright Walker, Ravi Shanker, Hyunhyub Ko, Jin Young Kim
Improved performance in plasmonic organic solar cells (OSCs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) via strong plasmon-coupling effects generated by aligned silver nanowire (AgNW) transparent electrodes decorated with core-shell silver-silica nanoparticles (Ag@SiO2 NPs) is demonstrated. NP-enhanced plasmonic AgNW (Ag@SiO2 NP-AgNW) electrodes enable substantially enhanced radiative emission and light absorption efficiency due to strong hybridized plasmon coupling between localized surface plasmons (LSPs) and propagating surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) modes, which leads to improved device performance in organic optoelectronic devices (OODs)...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782676/composition-graded-cesium-lead-halide-perovskite-nanowires-with-tunable-dual-color-lasing-performance
#10
Ling Huang, Qinggang Gao, Ling-Dong Sun, Hao Dong, Shuo Shi, Tong Cai, Qing Liao, Chun-Hua Yan
Cesium lead halide (CsPbX3 ) perovskite has emerged as a promising low-threshold multicolor laser material; however, realizing wavelength-tunable lasing output from a single CsPbX3 nanostructure is still constrained by integrating different composition. Here, the direct synthesis of composition-graded CsPbBrx I3- x nanowires (NWs) is reported through vapor-phase epitaxial growth on mica. The graded composition along the NW, with an increased Br/I from the center to the ends, comes from desynchronized deposition of cesium lead halides and temperature-controlled anion-exchange reaction...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782662/spoof-plasmonics-from-metamaterial-concept-to-topological-description
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Zhen Gao, Lin Wu, Fei Gao, Yu Luo, Baile Zhang
Advances in metamaterials have offered the opportunity of engineering electromagnetic properties beyond the limits of natural materials. A typical example is "spoof" surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), which mimic features of SPPs without penetrating into metal, but only with periodic corrugations on metal surfaces. They hold considerable promise in device applications from microwaves to the far infrared, where real SPP modes do not exist. The original spoof SPP concept is derived from the description of corrugated surfaces by a metamaterial that hosts an effective plasma frequency...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782659/self-suspended-nanomesh-scaffold-for-ultrafast-flexible-photodetectors-based-on-organic-semiconducting-crystals
#12
Lei Zhang, Nadiia Pasthukova, Yifan Yao, Xiaolan Zhong, Egon Pavlica, Gvido Bratina, Emanuele Orgiu, Paolo Samorì
Self-standing nanostructures are of fundamental interest in materials science and nanoscience and are widely used in (opto-)electronic and photonic devices as well as in micro-electromechanical systems. To date, large-area and self-standing nanoelectrode arrays assembled on flexible substrates have not been reported. Here the fabrication of a hollow nanomesh scaffold on glass and plastic substrates with a large surface area over 1 mm2 and ultralow leakage current density (≈1-10 pA mm-2 @ 2 V) across the empty scaffold is demonstrated...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782617/patient-specific-neurosurgical-phantom-assessment-of-visual-quality-accuracy-and-scaling-effects
#13
Felipe Wilker Grillo, Victor Hugo Souza, Renan Hiroshi Matsuda, Carlo Rondinoni, Theo Zeferino Pavan, Oswaldo Baffa, Helio Rubens Machado, Antonio Adilton Oliveira Carneiro
Background: Training in medical education depends on the availability of standardized materials that can reliably mimic the human anatomy and physiology. One alternative to using cadavers or animal bodies is to employ phantoms or mimicking devices. Styrene-ethylene/butylene-styrene (SEBS) gels are biologically inert and present tunable properties, including mechanical properties that resemble the soft tissue. Therefore, SEBS is an alternative to develop a patient-specific phantom, that provides real visual and morphological experience during simulation-based neurosurgical training...
2018: 3D Print Med
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782516/how-a-smiley-protects-health-a-pilot-intervention-to-improve-hand-hygiene-in-hospitals-by-activating-injunctive-norms-through-emoticons
#14
Susanne Gaube, Dimitrios Tsivrikos, Daniel Dollinger, Eva Lermer
Hand hygiene practice in hospitals is unfortunately still widely insufficient, even though it is known that transmitting pathogens via hands is the leading cause of healthcare-associated infections. Previous research has shown that improving knowledge, providing feedback on past behaviour and targeting social norms are promising approaches to improve hand hygiene practices. The present field experiment was designed to direct people on when to perform hand hygiene and prevent forgetfulness. This intervention is the first to examine the effect of inducing injunctive social norms via an emoticon-based feedback system on hand hygiene behaviour...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782449/does-the-shoe-fit-considerations-for-proper-shoe-fitting
#15
Marie Mantini Blazer, Laura Beth Jamrog, Lauren Lindsay Schnack
It is important to be properly evaluated for shoes to avoid complications. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to pathologies in different populations. The focus of this article is to review the components and function of a basic athletic-type shoe, general shoe-fitting techniques, and selecting appropriate footwear for various populations including those with diabetes, elderly, and females. Poorly fitting shoes can exacerbate structural foot deformities. Unevenly distributed plantar pressures and wear can lead to ulcerations in diabetic populations...
May 2018: Orthopaedic Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782432/two-biliary-cannulation-techniques-for-ercp-in-patients-with-intradiverticular-papilla-a-retrospective-review
#16
Long Huang, Qing-Sheng Yu, Kun Sun
PURPOSE: To compare the effectiveness and complications of the different cannulation techniques for bile duct stones removal in patients with intradiverticular papilla. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The records of 472 patients with common bile duct (CBD) stones who underwent endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures for bile duct stones removal from January 2014 to December 2016 were retrospectively reviewed. A total of 42 patients with CBD stones were included in the study and data of included patients were collected retrospectively...
May 18, 2018: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782417/prevalence-and-analysis-of-medical-device-related-pressure-injuries-results-from-the-international-pressure-ulcer-prevalence-survey
#17
Susan A Kayser, Catherine A VanGilder, Elizabeth A Ayello, Charlie Lachenbruch
OBJECTIVE: To examine the prevalence and characteristics of medical device-related pressure injuries (MDR PIs) in a large, generalizable database. METHODS: This study is a retrospective analysis of the 2016 International Pressure Ulcer Prevalence data. Data were limited to US and Canadian facilities. Facilities included acute care, long-term care, rehabilitation, long-term acute care hospitals, and hospice. Analysis included 102,865 adult patients; 99,876 had complete data and were the focus of the analysis and are reported in the results below...
June 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782386/a-systematic-review-of-biodegradable-biliary-stents-promising-biocompatibility-without-stent-removal
#18
Antti Siiki, Juhani Sand, Johanna Laukkarinen
Biodegradable self-expanding stents are an emerging alternative to standard biliary stents as the development of endoscopic insertion devices advances. The aim was to systematically review the existing literature on biodegradable biliary stents. In-vivo studies on the use of biodegradable stents in the biliary duct were systematically reviewed from 1990 to 2017. Despite extensive research on the biocompatibility of stents, the experience so far on their clinical use is limited. A few favorable reports have recently been presented on endoscopically and percutaneously inserted self-expanding biodegradable polydioxanone stents in benign biliary strictures...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782333/the-role-of-clinic-blood-pressure-for-the-diagnosis-of-hypertension
#19
Mohamed Ayan, Sabeeda Kadarath, Patrick T Campbell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent data from randomized clinical trials and updates to hypertension guidelines warrant a review of the literature for the diagnosis and management of hypertension in the clinic setting. Although there have been significant advances in ambulatory blood pressure (BP) monitoring and home BP monitoring, office BP (OBP) measurements remains the primary means of diagnosis and treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: The current review focuses on updated guidelines, proper technique, device selection, and the recent controversy regarding unattended BP measurements...
May 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782298/orthopedic-and-cutaneous-reactions-to-nickel-after-total-hip-replacement
#20
Domagoj Delimar, Ivan Bohaček, Zrinjka Paštar, Jasna Lipozenčić
Implant degradation products have shown signs of a cutaneous allergic response after implantation of a metal orthopedic replacement, loosening and failure of the joints as well as skin rashes, general fatigue, pain, and impaired wounds and bone healing. The prevalence of contact skin sensitivity in patients with a joint replacement device is higher than that in the general population. This delayed hypersensitivity to metallic orthopedic implants is more clearly defined and is a contributing factor to implant failure...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
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