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Wei Qian, Xiaodong Hu, Weifeng He, Rixing Zhan, Menglong Liu, Daijun Zhou, Yong Huang, Xiaohong Hu, Zhanhua Wang, Guoxia Fei, Jun Wu, Malcolm Xing, Hesheng Xia, Gaoxing Luo
Toward fabricating a novel multifunctional wound dressing material, we incorporated a series of contents of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) sheets into polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) matrix to prepare the rGO-PDMS composite membrane and be used for wound dressing. The pore structure, dispersion of rGO, physical properties, water vapor transmission rate (WVTR), cytotoxicity and antibacterial activity were studied. Finally, the effect of the rGO-PDMS composite membrane on wound healing was investigated on a murine full-thickness skin wound model...
March 12, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
J C Wormald, A Jain
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March 15, 2018: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Y Wang, S Subhankar, P Bienias, M Łącki, T-C Tsui, M A Baranov, A V Gorshkov, P Zoller, J V Porto, S L Rolston
We report on the experimental realization of a conservative optical lattice for cold atoms with a subwavelength spatial structure. The potential is based on the nonlinear optical response of three-level atoms in laser-dressed dark states, which is not constrained by the diffraction limit of the light generating the potential. The lattice consists of a one-dimensional array of ultranarrow barriers with widths less than 10 nm, well below the wavelength of the lattice light, physically realizing a Kronig-Penney potential...
February 23, 2018: Physical Review Letters
S Debnath, N M Linke, S-T Wang, C Figgatt, K A Landsman, L-M Duan, C Monroe
The local phonon modes in a Coulomb crystal of trapped ions can represent a Hubbard system of coupled bosons. We selectively prepare single excitations at each site and observe free hopping of a boson between sites, mediated by the long-range Coulomb interaction between ions. We then implement phonon blockades on targeted sites by driving a Jaynes-Cummings interaction on individually addressed ions to couple their internal spin to the local phonon mode. The resulting dressed states have energy splittings that can be tuned to suppress phonon hopping into the site...
February 16, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Wimonchat Tangamornsuksan, Manupat Lohitnavy
Importance: Dapsone-induced hypersensitivity syndrome (DHS) is a life-threatening adverse drug reaction. Based on available epidemiologic studies, HLA genotypes may play an important role in DHS. Objective: To assess the association between HLA-B*1301 and dapsone-induced cutaneous adverse drug reactions (cADRs). Data Sources: Human studies investigating associations between HLA-B*1301 and dapsone-induced cADRs were systematically searched without language restriction from the inception of each database until September 12, 2017, in PubMed, the Human Genome Epidemiology Network), and the Cochrane Library...
March 14, 2018: JAMA Dermatology
Qinzhou Ye, Jiahao Huang, Min Zhuang, Honghua Zhong, Chaohong Lee
Dressed potentials realized by coupling state-dependent bare potentials with external fields have important applications in trapping and manipulating atoms. Here, we study the dynamics of dressed states for coupled two-component Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) in state-dependent potentials. Through both analytical and numerical methods, we find that the dressed state dynamics sensitively depend on both the inter-component coupling strength and the initial state. If the inter-component coupling is strong enough and the initial wave packet is located at the potential minimum, the dressed states can be decoupled and the Josephson oscillations and macroscopic quantum self-trapping appear...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Alison Holdhus Small, Danila Marini, Maxime le Floch, David Paull, Caroline Lee
Mulesing is a painful husbandry procedure commonly used to reduce the risk of breech strike in sheep. This study assessed the behavioural (over 6 h), cortisol, haptoglobin and haematology responses to surgical mulesing plus tail hot knife docking (mulesing); modulated by a buccal meloxicam formulation (Buccalgesic), a topical local anaesthetic wound dressing (Tri-Solfen) or both agents. 24 lambs were allocated to each of: 1) Placebo and sham handled (Sham); 2) Placebo and mulesing (Mules); 3) Buccalgesic and mulesing (Mules + B); 4) Tri-Solfen and mulesing (Mules + T); 5) Placebo, Tri-Solfen and mulesing (Mules + T + P); 6) Buccalgesic, Tri-Solfen and mulesing (Mules + T + B)...
February 28, 2018: Research in Veterinary Science
Hui Sun, Yuanxiu Hong, Yuejing Xi, Yijie Zou, Jingyi Gao, Jianzhong Du
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have been attracting much attention due to their excellent antimicrobial efficiency and low rate in driving antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which has been increasing globally to alarming levels. Conjugation of AMPs into functional polymers not only preserves excellent antimicrobial activities but reduces the toxicity and offers more functionalities, which brings new insight towards developing multifunctional biomedical materials such as hydrogels, polymer vesicles, polymer micelles, etc...
March 14, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Mayte Martinez-Martinez, Guillermo Rodriguez-Berna, Isabel Gonzalez Alvarez, M Jesus Hernandez, Avelino Corma, Marival Bermejo, Virginia Merino, Marta Gonzalez-Alvarez
In this work, 6-phosphogluconic trisodium salt (6-PG-Na+) is introduced as a new aqueous and non-toxic crosslinker agent to obtain ionic hydrogels. Here, it is shown the formation of hydrogels based on chitosan crosslinked with 6-PG-Na+. This formulation is obtained by ionic interaction of cationic groups of polymer with anionic groups of crosslinker. These hydrogels are non-toxic, do not cause dermal irritation, are easy to extend and have an adequate adhesion force to be applied as polymeric film over the skin...
March 14, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Edwin Tapiwa Chamanga
Chronic wounds are defined as those that have failed to heal after three months. There are various intrinsic and extrinsic factors that may result in the development of chronic wounds, including comorbidities such as diabetes mellitus and venous insufficiency, and lifestyle factors such as obesity, alcohol consumption and smoking. Chronic wounds represent a significant burden on healthcare resources and can have a negative effect on patients' quality of life. This article discusses the assessment and treatment of non-healing chronic wounds...
March 14, 2018: Nursing Standard
K Donaldson, W A Wallace, C Henry, A Seaton
The building of the Edinburgh New Town, from the mid-18th to the mid-19th centuries, was a major advance in harmonious and elegant town planning. However, there is anecdotal evidence that it led to the occurrence of an epidemic of silicosis/tuberculosis among the stonemasons. We have reviewed contemporary accounts of the episode and early records of the understanding of silicosis. We have also studied the lung of a contemporary stonemason, preserved in the museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and confirmed the presence of silico-tuberculosis in it...
December 2017: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Jiang Wu, Zecong Xiao, Anqi Chen, Huacheng He, Chaochao He, Xintao Shuai, Xiaokun Li, Shengfu Chen, Yanxian Zhang, Baiping Ren, Jie Zheng, Jian Xiao
Skin wound healing is a still long-history challenging problem and impeded by the foreign-body reaction including severe inflammation response, poor neovascularization, incomplete re-epithelialization and defective ECM remodeling. Development of biocompatible polymers, in combination with specific drugs or growth factors, has been considered as a promising strategy to treat skin wounds. Significant research efforts have been made to develop poly(ethylene glycol) PEG-based polymers for wound healing, however less efforts has been paid to zwitterionic materials, some of which have demonstrated their super low-fouling property in vitro and anti-inflammatory property in vivo...
March 10, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Z K Smith, A J Thompson, J P Hutcheson, W T Nichols, B J Johnson
Crossbred beef steers (n = 240; 12 pens/treatment; initial BW = 305 ± 17.7 kg) were used in a randomized block design feedlot study to evaluate the influence of coated trenbolone acetate (TBA) and estradiol-17β (E2) implants (Merck Animal Health, Madison, NJ) on gain performance, carcass traits, and sera metabolites. The five treatments were no implant (NI), Revalor-XR on d 0 [200 mg TBA + 20 mg E2 (coated); XR], Revalor-XS on d 0 [200 mg TBA + 40 mg E2 (total): 80 mg TBA + 16 mg E2 (non-coated) and 120 mg TBA + 24 mg E2 (coated); XS], Revalor-200 on d 0 [200 mg TBA + 20 mg E2 (non-coated); E200], or Revalor-200 on d 70 (D200)...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
Takahiro Tadokoro, Manabu Kakinohana, Michael Navarro, Motoaki Goya, Yuichiro Odo
BACKGROUND: Insufficient fixation of an epidural catheter may result in migration of the catheter and eventual catheter failure. However, the best fixation method remains to be established. Aron Alpha A (2-ethyl cyanoacrylate) adhesive is approved for clinical use and can be used for surgical adhesion to both skin and blood vessels. We hypothesized that the addition of Aron Alpha A adhesive to film dressing would result in consistent and dependable catheter fixation. METHODS: In this study, 58 women who were scheduled for cesarean delivery under spinal and epidural anesthesia were recruited...
March 12, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Cynthia Khamala Wangamati, Johanne Sundby, Ruth Jane Prince
Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a major global health concern. Although it is prevalent in Kenya, scant literature on factors contributing to CSA vulnerability exists. Using qualitative data from 28 focus groups and ethnographic field notes, we explored and assessed community perceptions of factors contributing to CSA vulnerability in Homa Bay County, Western Kenya. Findings suggest that people living in these communities perceived CSA as being influenced by multiple factors: developmental stage, peer pressure, huge gender disparities exacerbated by negative social norms and cultural practices, the HIV epidemic and social media platforms that circulate sexualised images...
March 13, 2018: Culture, Health & Sexuality
Yue Pan, Xi-Xun Wang, Ji-Chao Hu, Cheng Jin, Yong Wei, Jun Lei, Guo-Qing Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical effect of repairing soft tissue defect after hand wound using reverse island skin flap of upper carpal cutaneous branches of ulnar artery. METHODS: From June 2010 to November 2016, 12 patients with hand soft tissue defects were repaired by reverse island skin flap of upper carpal cutaneous branches of ulnar artery, including 9 males and 3 females with an average age of (35.2±9.4) years old ranging from 22 to 58 years. The defect area varied from 7...
January 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Taressa Bull, Amanda Corley, Danielle J Smyth, David J McMillan, Kimble R Dunster, John F Fraser
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) delivers cardiac and/or respiratory support to critically ill patients who have failed conventional medical therapies. If the large-bore cannulas used to deliver ECMO become infected or dislodged, the patient consequences can be catastrophic. ECMO cannula-related infection has been reported to be double the rate of other vascular devices (7.1 vs 3.4 episodes/1000 ECMO days respectively). The aim of this study was to assess the ability of cyanoacrylate tissue adhesive (TA) to inhibit bacterial growth at the ECMO cannulation site, and the effectiveness of TA and securement devices in securing ECMO cannulas and tubing...
March 12, 2018: Intensive Care Medicine Experimental
Chao-Chun Yang, Tak-Wah Wong, Chih-Hung Lee, Chien-Hui Hong, Chung-Hsing Chang, Feng-Jie Lai, Shang-Hung Lin, Ching-Chi Chi, Tzu-Kai Lin, Hsi Yen, Chin-Han Wu, Hamm-Ming Sheu, Cheng-Che E Lan
BACKGROUND: Currently available topical treatments for actinic keratosis (AK) are associated with substantial side-effects. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of topical SR-T100 gel in treating AK. METHODS: A multicenter, randomized, double-blinded phase III trial was conducted. Patients with at least two clinically visible AK were enrolled and a punch biopsy was performed on one of the AK to confirm the diagnosis. This study consisted of up to 16-week treatment and 8-week post-treatment periods...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Science
Kevin Woo
Maintaining skin integrity is espoused by several international authorities as a benchmark for patient safety and quality of care. National guidelines advocate the use of prophylactic multi-layer foam dressings over bony prominences for the prevention of pressure ulcers or injuries. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the implementation of best practice guidelines including the use of multi-layer foam dressings for the prevention of pressure injuries. The analysis involved data from a total number of 62 unique patients...
March 12, 2018: Surgical Technology International
Steven L Percival
A novel hydrophilic polyurethane (PU) foam dressing which is impregnated with silver chloride, Optifoam® Gentle (OG) Ag+ (Medline Industries Inc., Chicago, Illinois), was evaluated in this study. The aims of this study were to determine the rate of elution of silver from the foam dressing over a period of 168 hours into simulated wound fluid and an evaluation of antimicrobial efficacy using zone of inhibition (ZOI), direct kill, and time-kill viability. Thirty-two microorganisms associated with wounds including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), Acinetobacter baumannii, Candida albicans, and antibiotic-resistant strains (Methicillin-resistant S...
March 12, 2018: Surgical Technology International
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