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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213338/a-uniaxial-cyclic-compression-method-for-characterizing-the-rheological-and-textural-behaviors-of-mechanically-dewatered-sewage-sludge
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Fenglin Liang, Martial Sauceau, Gilles Dusserre, Patricia Arlabosse
The mechanically dewatered sewage sludge with total solid content around 20% on a weight basis is very similar to yield stress fluid, its complex transition between solid and fluid states is not perfectly reversible and especially challenging in terms of pumping, land spreading and drying. To characterize the rheological and textural properties of highly concentrated sludge, a specific methodology based on uniaxial single and cyclic compression tests is developed. Three types of sludge samples (fresh original, fresh premixed and aged original ones) are extruded into cylinders and pressed between two parallel plates using a material testing machine...
February 7, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212706/sclerostin-antibody-inhibits-skeletal-deterioration-in-mice-exposed-to-partial-weight-bearing
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J M Spatz, R Ellman, A M Cloutier, L Louis, M van Vliet, D Dwyer, M Stolina, H Z Ke, M L Bouxsein
Whereas much is known regarding the musculoskeletal responses to full unloading, little is known about the physiological effects and response to pharmacological agents in partial unloading (e.g. Moon and Mars) environments. To address this, we used a previously developed ground-based model of partial weight-bearing (PWB) that allows chronic exposure to reduced weight-bearing in mice to determine the effects of murine sclerostin antibody (SclAbII) on bone microstructure and strength across different levels of mechanical unloading...
February 2017: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212673/weight-compensation-characteristics-of-armeo%C3%A2-spring-exoskeleton-implications-for-clinical-practice-and-research
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Bonnie E Perry, Emily K Evans, Dobrivoje S Stokic
BACKGROUND: Armeo®Spring exoskeleton is widely used for upper extremity rehabilitation; however, weight compensation provided by the device appears insufficiently characterized to fully utilize it in clinical and research settings. METHODS: Weight compensation was quantified by measuring static force in the sagittal plane with a load cell attached to the elbow joint of Armeo®Spring. All upper spring settings were examined in 5° increments at the minimum, maximum, and two intermediate upper and lower module length settings, while keeping the lower spring at minimum...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212092/modeling-contrast-imaging-assisted-optimal-targeted-drug-delivery-a-touchable-communication-channel-estimation-and-waveform-design-perspective
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Yifan Chen, Yu Zhou, Ross Murch, Panagiotis Kosmas
To maximize the effect of treatment and minimize the adverse effect on patients, we propose to optimize nanorobotsassisted targeted drug delivery (TDD) for locoregional treatment of tumor from the perspective of touchable communication channel estimation and waveform design. The drug particles are the information molecules; the loading/injection and unloading of the drug correspond to the transmitting and receiving processes; the concentration-time profile of the drug particles administered corresponds to the signalling pulse...
February 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208994/comparison-of-the-load-deflection-characteristics-of-aesthetic-and-conventional-super-elastic-ni-ti-orthodontic-arch-wires-in-conventional-and-metal-insert-ceramic-brackets
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Hosseinagha Aghili, Soghra Yassaei, Neda Joshan, Nemat Hoseini
INTRODUCTION: Coated arch wires and ceramic brackets have been introduced to improve aesthetics during orthodontic treatment. AIM: The aim of this study was to determine the effects of coating on the physical properties of aesthetic orthodontic wires. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Five round wires (0.016 inch) were obtained from each of three brands: conventional uncoated super elastic Nickel Titanium (Ni-Ti) (Rematitian Lite; Dentaurum, Ispringen, Germany), HUBIT (Teflon Coated, Korea), G&H (Epoxy Coated, Greenwood, Indiana, USA) which belonged to maxillary arch...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208592/relationship-between-deck-level-body-surface-temperature-and-carcass-damages-in-italian-heavy-pigs-after-short-journeys-at-different-unloading-environmental-conditions
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Agnese Arduini, Veronica Redaelli, Fabio Luzi, Stefania Dall'Olio, Vincenzo Pace, Leonardo Nanni Costa
In order to evaluate the relationships between deck level, body surface temperature and carcass damages after a short journey (30 min), 10 deliveries of Italian heavy pigs, including a total of 1400 animals from one farm, were examined. Within 5 min after the arrival at the abattoir, the vehicles were unloaded. Environmental temperature and relative humidity were recorded and a Temperature Humidity Index (THI) was calculated. After unloading, maximum temperatures of dorsal and ocular regions were measured by a thermal camera on groups of pigs from each of the unloaded decks...
February 10, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207840/using-the-hephaistos-orthotic-device-to-study-countermeasure-effectiveness-of-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-and-dietary-lupin-protein-supplementation-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Jochen Zange, Kathrin Schopen, Kirsten Albracht, Darius A Gerlach, Petra Frings-Meuthen, Nicola A Maffiuletti, Wilhelm Bloch, Jörn Rittweger
PURPOSE: The present study investigated whether neuromuscular electrical stimulation for 20 min twice a day with an electrode placed over the soleus muscle and nutritional supplementation with 19 g of protein rich lupin seeds can reduce the loss in volume and strength of the human calf musculature during long term unloading by wearing an orthotic unloading device. METHODS: Thirteen healthy male subjects (age of 26.4 ± 3.7 years) wore a Hephaistos orthosis one leg for 60 days during all habitual activities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196032/rotational-knee-instability-in-acl-deficient-knees-role-of-the-anterolateral-ligament-and-iliotibial-band-as-defined-by-tibiofemoral-compartment-translations-and-rotations
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Frank R Noyes, Lauren E Huser, Martin S Levy
BACKGROUND: The anterolateral ligament (ALL) has been proposed as a primary restraint for knee rotational stability. However, the data remain inconclusive. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of the ALL and the iliotibial band (ITB) on knee rotational stability. METHODS: A 6-degrees-of-freedom robotic simulator was used to test 14 fresh-frozen cadaveric knee specimens. There were 4 testing conditions: intact, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)-sectioned, ACL and ALL or ITB-sectioned (determined at random), and ACL and both ALL and ITB-sectioned...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194875/nanophase-bone-substitute-for-craniofacial-load-bearing-application-pilot-study-in-the-rodent
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Jonathan Z Baskin, Yohannes Soenjaya, James McMasters, Alvin Ko, Amit Vasanji, Nathan Morris, Steven J Eppell
An exploratory pilot study shows that a rodent mandibular defect model is useful in determining the biological response to a nanophase collagen/apatite composite designed as a biomimetic load-bearing bone substitute. Using a critical size defect, eight groups of rats (n = 3) were implanted with four renditions of the nanophase bone substitute (NBS) biomaterial. Each rendition was tested with and without recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2). NBS biomaterial renditions were: baseline, hyper-densified, d-ribose crosslinked, and d-ribose crosslinked and hyper-densified...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188145/structural-studies-of-rfc-c-tf18-reveal-a-novel-chromatin-recruitment-role-for-dcc1
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Benjamin O Wade, Hon Wing Liu, Catarina P Samora, Frank Uhlmann, Martin R Singleton
Replication factor C complexes load and unload processivity clamps from DNA and are involved in multiple DNA replication and repair pathways. The RFC(C)(tf18) variant complex is required for activation of the intra-S-phase checkpoint at stalled replication forks and aids the establishment of sister chromatid cohesion. Unlike other RFC complexes, RFC(C)(tf18) contains two non-Rfc subunits, Dcc1 and Ctf8. Here, we present the crystal structure of the Dcc1-Ctf8 heterodimer bound to the C-terminus of Ctf18. We find that the C-terminus of Dcc1 contains three-winged helix domains, which bind to both ssDNA and dsDNA We further show that these domains are required for full recruitment of the complex to chromatin, and correct activation of the replication checkpoint...
February 10, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182119/biodegradable-mesoporous-delivery-system-for-biomineralization-precursors
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Hong-Ye Yang, Li-Na Niu, Jin-Long Sun, Xue-Qing Huang, Dan-Dan Pei, Cui Huang, Franklin R Tay
Scaffold supplements such as nanoparticles, components of the extracellular matrix, or growth factors have been incorporated in conventional scaffold materials to produce smart scaffolds for tissue engineering of damaged hard tissues. Due to increasing concerns on the clinical side effects of using large doses of recombinant bone-morphogenetic protein-2 in bone surgery, it is desirable to develop an alternative nanoscale scaffold supplement that is not only osteoinductive, but is also multifunctional in that it can perform other significant bone regenerative roles apart from stimulation of osteogenic differentiation...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177383/evaluating-the-behavior-growth-performance-immune-parameters-and-intestinal-morphology-of-weaned-piglets-after-simulated-transport-and-heat-stress-when-antibiotics-are-eliminated-from-the-diet-or-replaced-with-l-glutamine
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J S Johnson, D C Lay
Study objectives were to evaluate the effects of post-weaning transport during heat stress (HS) and thermoneutral (TN) conditions when dietary antibiotics are removed or replaced with a nutraceutical. Sixty mixed sex piglets from 10 sows ( = 6 piglets/sow) were weaned (18.8 ± 0.8 d of age) and then herded up ramps into 1 of 2 simulated transport trailers in either TN (28.8 ± 0.2°C) or HS (cyclical 32 to 37°C) conditions where they remained for 12 h. During the 12 h of simulated transport, fans were used to simulate air movement through the trailer, feed and water were withheld, and rectal temperature (T) was measured hourly...
January 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168379/continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device-support-improves-myocardial-supply-demand-in-chronic-heart-failure
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Kevin G Soucy, Carlo R Bartoli, Dustin Phillips, Guruprasad A Giridharan, Michael A Sobieski, William B Wead, Robert D Dowling, Zhongjun J Wu, Sumanth D Prabhu, Mark S Slaughter, Steven C Koenig
Continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (CF LVADs) are rotary blood pumps that improve mean blood flow, but with potential limitations of non-physiological ventricular volume unloading and diminished vascular pulsatility. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that left ventricular unloading with increasing CF LVAD flow increases myocardial flow normalized to left ventricular work. Healthy (n = 8) and chronic ischemic heart failure (IHF, n = 7) calves were implanted with CF LVADs. Acute hemodynamics and regional myocardial blood flow were measured during baseline (LVAD off, clamped), partial (2-4 L/min) and full (>4 L/min) LVAD support...
February 6, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164485/comparison-of-growth-performance-of-the-bact-alert-virtuo-and-bactec-fx-blood-culture-systems-under-simulated-bloodstream-infection-conditions
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Joonhong Park, Seounghwan Han, Soyoung Shin
BACKGROUND: We evaluated growth performance of the BacT/ALERT VIRTUO and the BACTEC FX blood culture (BC) systems based on recovery rate and time to detect microorganisms under simulated bloodstream infection conditions. METHODS: Three expected concentrations of 125, 30, and 5 CFU/mL of eighteen reference microorganisms were diluted with 5 mL blood for adult aerobic/anaerobic culture and with 3 mL for pediatric aerobic culture and inoculated, and each of three BC bottles were loaded into the two BC systems...
January 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160731/immunological-clinical-haematological-and-oxidative-responses-to-long-distance-transportation-in-horses
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Barbara Padalino, Sharanne Lee Raidal, Nicole Carter, Pietro Celi, Gary Muscatello, Leo Jeffcott, Kumudika de Silva
Horses are transported frequently and often over long distances. Transportation may represent a physiological stressor with consequential health and welfare implications. This study reports the effects of a long distance journey on immunological, clinical, haematological, inflammatory and oxidative parameters in an Experimental Group (EG) of ten horses, comparing them with six horses of similar age and breed used as a non-transported Control Group (CG). Clinical examination and blood sampling were performed twice on all horses: immediately after unloading for the EG, and at rest on the same day for the CG (day 1); at rest on the same day one week later for both groups (day 7)...
January 31, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160702/safety-assessment-of-nanopesticides-using-the-roundworm-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Mauricio T Jacques, Jhones L Oliveira, Estefânia V R Campos, Leonardo F Fraceto, Daiana Silva Ávila
The extensive use of pesticides is causing environmental pollution, affecting animal organisms in different habitats and also leading human health at risk. In this study, we present as an alternative the use of nanoparticles loaded with pesticides and report their toxicological assessment to a soil organism, Caenorhabditis elegans. Three nanoparticle formulations were analyzed: solid lipid nanoparticles loaded or not with atrazine and simazine, SLN; polymeric nanoparticles, NC_PCL loaded with atrazine; and chitosan/tripolyphosphate, CS/TPP, loaded or not with paraquat...
February 1, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159812/right-ventricular-metabolism-during-veno-arterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-immature-swine-heart-in-vivo
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Masaki Kajimoto, Dolena R Ledee, Nancy G Isern, Michael A Portman
Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) provides hemodynamic rescue for patients encountering right or left ventricular (RV or LV) decompensation, particularly after surgery for congenital heart defects. ECMO, supported metabolically by parenteral nutrition, provides reductions in myocardial work and energy demand and therefore enhances functional recovery. The RV must often assume systemic ventricular pressures and function upon weaning from VA-ECMO. However the substrate utilization responses of the RV to VA-ECMO or stimulation are unknown...
February 3, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157238/resealable-optically-accessible-pdms-free-fluidic-platform-for-ex-vivo-interrogation-of-pancreatic-islets
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Giovanni Lenguito, Deborah Chaimov, Jonathan R Weitz, Rayner Rodriguez-Diaz, Siddarth A K Rawal, Alejandro Tamayo-Garcia, Alejandro Caicedo, Cherie L Stabler, Peter Buchwald, Ashutosh Agarwal
We report the design and fabrication of a robust fluidic platform built out of inert plastic materials and micromachined features that promote optimized convective fluid transport. The platform is tested for perfusion interrogation of rodent and human pancreatic islets, dynamic secretion of hormones, concomitant live-cell imaging, and optogenetic stimulation of genetically engineered islets. A coupled quantitative fluid dynamics computational model of glucose stimulated insulin secretion and fluid dynamics was first utilized to design device geometries that are optimal for complete perfusion of three-dimensional islets, effective collection of secreted insulin, and minimization of system volumes and associated delays...
February 3, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155954/novel-features-of-the-mullins-effect-in-filled-elastomers-revealed-by-stretching-measurements-in-various-geometries
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Thanh-Tam Mai, Yoshihiro Morishita, Kenji Urayama
Stretching experiments with various geometries are performed using a custom-built tensile tester to reveal the intriguing features of the mechanical softening phenomena of filled elastomers in loading-unloading cycles, commonly known as the Mullins effect. The dissipated energy (D), residual strain (ε(r)), and dissipation factor (Δ; the ratio of D to input strain energy) in the loading-unloading cycles are evaluated as a function of the maximum stretch in cyclic loading (λm) using three types of extension, i...
February 3, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154976/the-effect-of-temperature-gradient-and-load-carriage-on-oxygen-consumption-posture-and-gait-characteristics
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Katrina Hinde, Ray Lloyd, Chris Low, Carlton Cooke
PURPOSE: The purpose of this experiment was to evaluate the effect of load carriage in a range of temperatures to establish the interaction between cold exposure, the magnitude of change from unloaded to loaded walking and gradient. METHODS: Eleven participants (19-27 years) provided written informed consent before performing six randomly ordered walking trials in six temperatures (20, 10, 5, 0, -5, and -10 °C). Trials involved two unloaded walking bouts before and after loaded walking (18...
February 2, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
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