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H Lu, K B Lua, Y J Lee, T T Lim, K S Yeo
This paper reports the results of combined experimental and numerical studies on the ground effect on a pair of three-dimensional (3D) hovering wings. Parameters investigated include hovering kinematics, wing shapes, and Reynolds numbers (Re). The results are consistent with the observation by another study (Gao and Lu, 2008 Phys. Fluids, 20 087101) which shows that the cycle-averaged aerodynamic forces generated by two-dimensional (2D) wings in close proximity to the ground can be broadly categorized into three regimes with respect to the ground clearance; force enhancement, force reduction, and force recovery...
October 25, 2016: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
T Wiesmann, T Steinfeldt, M Exner, W Nimphius, J De Andres, H Wulf, U Schwemmer
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Most anesthesiologists use the injection of a test dose of local anesthetic in order to evaluate the final needle tip position. Thus, the intraneural injection of a full dose can be avoided. The aim of this study was to analyze whether an intraneural injection of a test dose of bupivacaine could trigger histological changes. METHODS: Intraneural injections under direct vision were performed in 40 brachial plexus nerves in seven anesthetized pigs...
October 25, 2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
F B Pereira, J L Luque
Molecular and morphological characterization of two species of Cucullanidae from freshwater fish in Brazil are provided, one of which represented an undescribed taxon. Cucullanus opisthoporus n. sp. was collected in Cichla melaniae from River Xingu, State of Pará, and in C. pinima from River Jamarí, State of Rondônia. Nematodes referable to Cucullanus grandistomis were collected in Oxydoras niger from River Xingu. The new species has an appendage in the tail tip, ventrally covered by small spines, which is an exclusive feature of Cucullanus tucunarensis...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Helminthology
Roderick J Finlayson, Atikun Thonnagith, Maria Francisca Elgueta, Jordi Perez, John-Paul B Etheridge, De Q H Tran
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Novel multitined cannulae constitute an attractive option for ultrasound-guided radiofrequency neurotomy of cervical medial branches. The deployment tines increase the cannula's active area, thus altering its lesion size. Despite their theoretical benefits, multitined cannulae have not been assessed. In this bench study, we sought to investigate the lesions produced by a standard 18-gauge and 2 commercially available multitined deployment cannulae. We created ex vivo models to evaluate lesion morphology at a periosteal interface using approach angles likely to be encountered during an ultrasound-guided technique...
October 21, 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Gaël Reecht, Christian Lotze, Dmytro Sysoiev, Thomas Huhn, Katharina J Franke
Diarylethene molecules are prototype molecular switches with their two isomeric forms exhibiting strikingly different conductance, while maintaining similar length. We employed low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to resolve the energy and the spatial extend of the molecular orbitals of the open and closed isomers when lying on a Au(111) surface. We find an intriguing difference in the extension of the respective HOMOs and a peculiar energy splitting of the formerly degenerate LUMO of the open isomer...
October 24, 2016: ACS Nano
Mitchell R Armstrong, Sethuraman Senthilnathan, Christopher J Balzer, Bohan Shan, Liang Chen, Bin Mu
Systematic studies of key operating parameters for the sonochemical synthesis of the metal organic framework (MOF) HKUST-1(also called CuBTC) were performed including reaction time, reactor volume, sonication amplitude, sonication tip size, solvent composition, and reactant concentrations analyzed through SEM particle size analysis. Trends in the particle size and size distributions show reproducible control of average particle sizes between 1 and 4μm. These results along with complementary studies in sonofragmentation and temperature control were conducted to compare these results to kinetic crystal growth models found in literature to develop a plausible hypothetical mechanism for ultrasound-assisted growth of metal-organic-frameworks composed of a competitive mechanism including constructive solid-on-solid (SOS) crystal growth and a deconstructive sonofragmentation...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Alison T Merryweather-Clarke, Alex J Tipping, Abigail A Lamikanra, Rui Fa, Basel Abu-Jamous, Hoi Pat Tsang, Lee Carpenter, Kathryn J H Robson, Asoke K Nandi, David J Roberts
BACKGROUND: Human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are a potentially invaluable resource for regenerative medicine, including the in vitro manufacture of blood products. HiPSC-derived red blood cells are an attractive therapeutic option in hematology, yet exhibit unexplained proliferation and enucleation defects that presently preclude such applications. We hypothesised that substantial differential regulation of gene expression during erythroid development accounts for these important differences between hiPSC-derived cells and those from adult or cord-blood progenitors...
October 21, 2016: BMC Genomics
Collin W Blackburn, Sarah R Vossoughi, Bukola Ojo, Prakash Gorroochurn, Charles C Marboe, Yelena Akelina, Robert J Strauch
Background During microvascular anastomosis, needle placement is facilitated by inserting the tips of the forceps into the lumen of the vessel, rather than grasping and everting the luminal wall, to minimize trauma to the vessel. This study examines whether the vessel wall can be grasped and everted during microvascular anastomosis without compromising surgical outcomes. Methods A total of 20 Sprague-Dawley rats weighing between 252 and 483 g were used. Bilateral anastomoses of the animals' femoral arteries (mean size: 0...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
Yanina S Bogliotti, Marcela Vilarino, Pablo J Ross
Cytoplasmic microinjection into one-cell embryos is a very powerful technique. As an example, it enables the delivery of genome editing tools that can create genetic modifications that will be present in every cell of an adult organism. It can also be used to deliver siRNA, mRNAs or blocking antibodies to study gene function in preimplantation embryos. The conventional technique for microinjecting embryos used in rodents consists of a very thin micropipette that directly penetrates the plasma membrane when advanced into the embryo...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Roy George
Data sourcesCochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Medline, Embase and Scopus databases.Study selectionStudies that reported the precision of electronic apex locators (EALs) in locating the apical constriction (AC) in primary root canal treatment of human teeth compared with a histologic evaluation of the AC were considered.Data extraction and synthesisData were extracted and quality assessed independently by two reviewers.ResultsTen studies were included, reporting on 1105 EAL measurements. Seven studies were considered to be at high risk of bias and three at low risk...
September 2016: Evidence-based Dentistry
Matthew Yankowitz, K Watanabe, T Taniguchi, Pablo San-Jose, Brian J LeRoy
Combining atomically-thin van der Waals materials into heterostructures provides a powerful path towards the creation of designer electronic devices. The interaction strength between neighbouring layers, most easily controlled through their interlayer separation, can have significant influence on the electronic properties of these composite materials. Here, we demonstrate unprecedented control over interlayer interactions by locally modifying the interlayer separation between graphene and boron nitride, which we achieve by applying pressure with a scanning tunnelling microscopy tip...
October 20, 2016: Nature Communications
Frank G J Kallenberg, Barbara A J Bastiaansen, Evelien Dekker
Background and study aims: Guidelines recommend surveillance endoscopy with both forward- and side-viewing endoscopes to identify duodenal and ampullary adenomas in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). We hypothesized that both the duodenum and the ampulla of Vater can be completely visualized during cap-assisted forward-viewing endoscopy. Patients and methods: A total of 40 patients with FAP underwent forward-viewing endoscopy with a short cap attached to the tip of the gastroscope, with the aim of visualizing both the duodenum and the ampulla of Vater...
October 19, 2016: Endoscopy
Matthew D Parker, Lynette A Jones, Ian W Hunter, A J Taberner, M P Nash, P M F Nielsen
A triaxial force-sensitive microrobot was developed to dynamically perturb skin in multiple deformation modes, in vivo. Wiener static nonlinear identification was used to extract the linear dynamics and static nonlinearity of the force-displacement behavior of skin. Stochastic input forces were applied to the volar forearm and thenar eminence of the hand, producing probe tip perturbations in indentation and extension. Wiener static nonlinear approaches increased the variance accounted for by 0.1 % to 3.4 % over linear approaches, to 94 % to 97 %...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Ammar M Killu, Niyada Naksuk, Christopher V Desimone, Prakriti Gaba, Scott Suddendorf, Joanne Powers, Dejae Ladewig, Lilach O Lerman, Barry A Borlaug, Samuel J Asirvatham
INTRODUCTION: Epicardial procedures frequently require pericardial manipulation. We aimed to develop a nonsurgical percutaneous pericardial modification tool that may (1) facilitate epicardial-based procedures by enabling adhesiolysis or (2) attenuate the myocardial constraining effect of the pericardium. METHODS: Three novel devices were developed to enable pericardiotomy, all of which can be deployed in over-the-wire fashion following percutaneous epicardial access...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
David R Diercks, Brian P Gorman, Johannes J L Mulders
Six precursors were evaluated for use as in situ electron beam-induced deposition capping layers in the preparation of atom probe tomography specimens with a focus on near-surface features where some of the deposition is retained at the specimen apex. Specimens were prepared by deposition of each precursor onto silicon posts and shaped into sub-70-nm radii needles using a focused ion beam. The utility of the depositions was assessed using several criteria including composition and uniformity, evaporation behavior and evaporation fields, and depth of Ga+ ion penetration...
October 17, 2016: Microscopy and Microanalysis
Thomas J Hinton, Andrew Hudson, Kira Pusch, Andrew Lee, Adam W Feinberg
Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomer is used in a wide range of biomaterial applications including microfluidics, cell culture substrates, flexible electronics, and medical devices. However, it has proved challenging to 3D print PDMS in complex structures due to its low elastic modulus and need for support during the printing process. Here we demonstrate the 3D printing of hydrophobic PDMS prepolymer resins within a hydrophilic Carbopol gel support via freeform reversible embedding (FRE). In the FRE printing process, the Carbopol support acts as a Bingham plastic that yields and fluidizes when the syringe tip of the 3D printer moves through it, but acts as a solid for the PDMS extruded within it...
October 10, 2016: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
R Wagner, T J Woehl, R R Keller, J P Killgore
The response time of an atomic force microscopy (AFM) cantilever can be decreased by reducing cantilever size; however, the fastest AFM cantilevers are currently nearing the smallest size that can be detected with the conventional optical lever approach. Here, we demonstrate an electron beam detection scheme for measuring AFM cantilever oscillations. The oscillating AFM tip is positioned perpendicular to and in the path of a stationary focused nanometer sized electron beam. As the tip oscillates, the thickness of the material under the electron beam changes, causing a fluctuation in the number of scattered transmitted electrons that are detected...
July 25, 2016: Applied Physics Letters
Frances J Harding, Salvatore Surdo, Bahman Delalat, Chiara Cozzi, Roey Elnathan, Stan Gronthos, Nicolas H Voelcker, Giuseppe Barillaro
Ordered arrays of silicon nano- to microscale pillars are used to enable biomolecular trafficking into primary human cells, consistently demonstrating high transfection efficiency can be achieved with broader and taller pillars that reported to date. Cell morphology on the pillar arrays is often strikingly elongated. Investigation of the cellular interaction with the pillar reveals that cells are suspended on pillar tips and do not interact with the substrate between the pillars. While cells remain suspended on pillar tips, acute local deformation of the cell membrane was noted, allowing pillar tips to penetrate the cell interior, while retaining cell viability...
October 17, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
X Yuan, C Chen, J Zhou, M Han, X Wang, C Wang, X He
OBJECTIVES: Donors with bacteremia and sepsis are often considered to be controversial for organ retrieval due to potential transmission of an infectious agent to the recipient. Herein we report our initial experience of organ donation and transplantation results from donors with systemic infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From January 2013 to December 2014, 125 cases of donation were completed in our organ procurement organization including 90 cases of donation after brain death (DBD) and 35 cases of donation after circulatory death (DCD)...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
S D Stites, C A Cooblall, J Aronovitz, S B Singletary, K Micklow, M Sjeime
BACKGROUND: The incidence and severity of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) have increased in recent years. Predictive models may help to identify at-risk patients before the onset of infection. Early identification of high-risk patients could help antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programmes and other initiatives to better prevent C. difficile in these patients. AIM: To develop a predictive model that identifies patients at high risk for CDI at the time of hospitalization...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
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