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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231320/improved-image-quality-and-diagnostic-potential-using-ultra-high-resolution-computed-tomography-of-the-lung-with-small-scan-fov-a-prospective-study
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Huiyuan Zhu, Lian Zhang, Yali Wang, Preeti Hamal, Xiaofang You, Haixia Mao, Fei Li, Xiwen Sun
The aim of this study was to assess whether CT imaging using an ultra-high-resolution CT (UHRCT) scan with a small scan field of view (FOV) provides higher image quality and helps to reduce the follow-up period compared with a conventional high-resolution CT (CHRCT) scan. We identified patients with at least one pulmonary nodule at our hospital from July 2015 to November 2015. CHRCT and UHRCT scans were conducted in all enrolled patients. Three experienced radiologists evaluated the image quality using a 5-point score and made diagnoses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231012/quantum-percolation-and-magnetic-nano-droplet-states-in-electronically-phase-separated-manganite-nanowires
#2
Kaixuan Zhang, Lin Li, Hui Li, Qiyuan Feng, Nan Zhang, Long Cheng, Xiaodong Fan, Yubin Hou, Qingyou Lu, Zhenyu Zhang, Changgan Zeng
One-dimensional (1D) confinement has been revealed to effectively tune the properties of materials in homogeneous states. The 1D physics can be further enriched by electronic inhomogeneity, which unfortunately remains largely unknown. Here we demonstrate the ultra-high sensitivity to magnetic fluctuations and the tunability of phase stability in the electronic transport properties of self-assembled electronically phase-separated manganite nanowires with extreme aspect ratio. The onset of magnetic nano-droplet state, a precursor to the ferromagnetic metallic state, is unambiguously revealed, which is attributed to the small lateral size of the nanowires that is comparable to the droplet size...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230987/urinary-antibiotics-of-pregnant-women-in-eastern-china-and-cumulative-health-risk-assessment
#3
Hexing Wang, Na Wang, Junhua Qian, Lingyun Hu, Peixin Huang, Meifang Su, Xin Yu, Chaowei Fu, Feng Jiang, Qi Zhao, Ying Zhou, Haijiang Lin, Gengsheng He, Yue Chen, Qingwu Jiang
Exposure to antibiotics during pregnancy can pose a systematic effect on human health. A few bio-monitoring studies have demonstrated an extensive exposure of children to antibiotics, but there is still lack of data for pregnant women. To assess the exposure of pregnant women to antibiotics and potential health risk, we investigated 536 pregnant women aged 16-42 years from two geographically different study sites in Eastern China in 2015. We measured 21 antibiotics of five categories (seven fluoroquinolones, three phenicols, four tetracyclines, three macrolides, and four sulfonamides) in urines by using the isotope dilution ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled to quadrupole time of-flight mass spectrometry...
February 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230966/increasing-peak-capacity-in-non-targeted-omics-applications-by-combining-full-scan-field-asymmetric-waveform-ion-mobility-spectrometry-with-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
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Kayleigh L Arthur, Matthew A Turner, James C Reynolds, Colin S Creaser
Full scan field asymmetric waveform ion mobility spectrometry (FAIMS) combined with liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (LC-FAIMS-MS) is shown to enhance peak capacity for omics applications. A miniaturized FAIMS device capable of rapid compensation field scanning has been incorporated into an ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) and time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry analysis, allowing the acquisition of full scan FAIMS and MS nested data sets within the timescale of a UHPLC peak...
February 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230822/disordered-redox-metabolism-of-brain-cells-in-rats-exposed-to-low-doses-of-ionizing-radiation-or-uhf-electromagnetic-radiation
#5
A P Burlaka, M O Druzhyna, A V Vovk, S М Lukin
AIM: To investigate the changes of redox-state of mammalian brain cells as the critical factor of initiation and formation of radiation damage of biological structures in setting of continuous exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation or fractionated ultra high frequency electromagnetic radiation (UHF EMR) at non-thermal levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The influence of low-intensity ionizing radiation was studied on outbred female rats kept for 1.5 years in the Chernobyl accident zone...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230757/simultaneous-quantification-of-nine-new-furanocoumarins-in-angelicae-dahuricae-radix-using-ultra-fast-liquid-chromatography-with-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#6
Lei Zhang, Wei Wei, Xiu-Wei Yang
A series of new furanocoumarins with long-chain hydrophobic groups, namely andafocoumarins A-H and J, have been isolated from the dried roots of Angelica dahurica cv. Hangbaizhi (Angelicae Dahuricae radix) in our previous study, among which andafocoumarins A and B were demonstrated to have better anti-inflammatory activity than the positive controls. In this work, a sensitive, accurate, and efficient ultra-fast liquid chromatography coupled with triple quadrupole mass spectrometer (UFLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for simultaneous quantification of above-mentioned nine compounds in four cultivars of Angelicae Dahuricae Radix...
February 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230211/ageing-behavior-of-extruded-mg-8-2gd-3-8y-1-0zn-0-4zr-wt-alloy-containing-lpso-phase-and-%C3%AE-precipitates
#7
C Xu, T Nakata, X G Qiao, M Y Zheng, K Wu, S Kamado
The effect of long period stacking ordered (LPSO) phase and γ' precipitates on the ageing behavior and mechanical properties of the extruded Mg-8.2Gd-3.8Y-1.0Zn-0.4Zr (wt.%) alloy was investigated. The results show that more β' phases precipitate during ageing treatment in the LPSO phase containing alloy so that the LPSO phase containing alloy exhibits a higher age-hardening response than the γ' precipitates containing alloy. The precipitation strengthening induced by β' precipitates is the greatest contributor to the strength of the peak-aged LPSO-containing alloys...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229954/nano-cone-resistive-memory-for-ultralow-power-operation
#8
Sungjun Kim, Sunghun Jung, Min-Hwi Kim, Tae-Hyeon Kim, Suhyung Bang, Seongjae Cho, Byung-Gook Park
SiN x -based nano-structure resistive memory is fabricated by fully silicon CMOS compatible process integration including particularly designed anisotropic etching for the construction of a nano-cone silicon bottom electrode (BE). Bipolar resistive switching characteristics have significantly reduced switching current and voltage and are demonstrated in a nano-cone BE structure, as compared with those in a flat BE one. We have verified by systematic device simulations that the main cause of reduction in the performance parameters is the high electric field being more effectively concentrated at the tip of the cone-shaped BE...
February 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229593/development-of-laser-structured-liquid-infused-titanium-with-strong-biofilm-repellent-properties
#9
Katharina Doll, Elena Fadeeva, Joern Schaeske, Tobias Ehmke, Andreas Winkel, Alexander Heisterkamp, Boris N Chichkov, Meike Stiesch, Nico S Stumpp
Medical implants are commonly used in modern medicine but still harbor the risk of microbial infections caused by bacterial biofilms. As their retrospective treatment is difficult, there is a need for biomedical materials, which inhibit bacterial colonization from the start without using antibacterial agents, as these can promote resistance development. The promising concept of slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces (SLIPS) possesses enormous potential for this purpose. In the present study, this principle was applied to titanium, a common material in implantology, and its biofilm-repellent properties were demonstrated...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229566/bioenergetics-and-psychological-profile-of-an-ultra-endurance-walker
#10
Anna Pedrinolla, Giovanni Li Volti, Fabio Galvano, Federico Schena, Valentina Perciavalle, Donatella Di Corrado
BACKGROUND: Ultra endurance walking provides athletes with significant physiological and psychological challenges. In this study ultra endurance walking races are intended as events where the participants have to cover the largest distance within a given time, usually 24, 36, 48 hours, or longer, keeping the pause time within 5% of the total walking time. The aim of the study was to evaluate the metabolic, bioenergetics, and psychological characteristics of a world record ultra endurance walker during three different ultra endurance events characterized by different durations (36h, 48h and 70h)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228017/adsorption-mechanism-of-an-antimicrobial-peptide-on-carbonaceous-surfaces-a-molecular-dynamics-study
#11
Danilo Roccatano, Edita Sarukhanyan, Ronen Zangi
Peptides are versatile molecules with applications spanning from biotechnology to nanomedicine. They exhibit a good capability to unbundle carbon nanotubes (CNT) by improving their solubility in water. Furthermore, they are a powerful drug delivery system since they can easily be uptaken by living cells, and their high surface-to-volume ratio facilitates the adsorption of molecules of different natures. Therefore, understanding the interaction mechanism between peptides and CNT is important for designing novel therapeutical agents...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228006/ultra-thin-pyrocarbon-films-as-a-versatile-coating-material
#12
Tommi Kaplas, Polina Kuzhir
The properties and synthesis procedures of the nanometrically thin pyrolyzed photoresist films (PPF) and the pyrolytic carbon films (PCF) were compared, and a number of similarities were found. Closer examination showed that the optical properties of these films are almost identical; however, the DC resistance of PPF is about three times higher than that of PCF. Moreover, we observed that the wettability of amorphous PPF and PCF was almost comparable to crystalline graphite. Potential applications executed by utilizing the small difference in the synthesis procedure of these two materials are suggested...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228005/strained-germanium-quantum-well-pmosfets-on-soi-with-mobility-enhancement-by-external-uniaxial-stress
#13
Yan Liu, Jiebin Niu, Hongjuan Wang, Genquan Han, Chunfu Zhang, Qian Feng, Jincheng Zhang, Yue Hao
Well-behaved Ge quantum well (QW) p-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (pMOSFETs) were fabricated on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrate. By optimizing the growth conditions, ultrathin fully strained Ge film was directly epitaxially grown on SOI at about 450 °C using ultra-high vacuum chemical vapor deposition. In situ Si2H6 passivation of Ge was utilized to form a high-quality SiO2/Si interfacial layer between the high-κ dielectric and channels. Strained Ge QW pMOSFETs achieve the significantly improved effective hole mobility μ eff as compared with the relaxed Si and Ge control devices...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227999/polysilicon-based-flexible-temperature-sensor-for-high-spatial-resolution-brain-temperature-monitoring
#14
Zhizhen Wu, Chunyan Li, Jed Hartings, Raj K Narayan, Chong Ahn, Zhizhen Wu, Chunyan Li, Jed Hartings, Raj K Narayan, Chong Ahn, Zhizhen Wu, Chunyan Li, Chong Ahn, Jed Hartings, Raj K Narayan
In this paper, we present a flexible temperature sensor with ultra-small polysilicon thermistors for brain temperature monitoring. In vitro sensitivity, resolution, thermal hysteresis and long term stability tests were performed. Temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of -0.0031/ °C and resolution of 0.1 °C were obtained for the sensor. Thermal hysteresis for temperature range of 30~45 °C was less than 0.1 °C. With silicon nitride as the passivation layer, the temperature sensor showed a drift within 0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227954/a-short-impulse-uwb-bpsk-transmitter-for-large-scale-neural-recording-implants
#15
M Rezaei, H Bahrami, A Mirbozorgi, Leslie A Rusch, B Gosselin, M Rezaei, H Bahrami, A Mirbozorgi, Leslie A Rusch, B Gosselin, M Rezaei, Leslie A Rusch, H Bahrami, B Gosselin, A Mirbozorgi
In this paper, a short-impulse ultra-wide band (UWB) transmitter is introduced to enable large-scale neural recordings within miniature brain implants including thousands of channels. The proposed impulse radio UWB transmitter uses a BPSK modulation scheme, the carrier signal of which uses only two delayed impulses to encode the transmitted signal. The proposed UWB transmitter has been implemented into a CMOS 180 nm technology. It occupies 300 μm × 230 μm, and consumes only 6.7 pJ/bit from a 1.8-V supply...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227813/a-110-nw-in-channel-sigma-delta-converter-for-large-scale-neural-recording-implants
#16
M Rezaei, E Maghsoudloo, M Sawan, B Gosselin, M Rezaei, E Maghsoudloo, M Sawan, B Gosselin, M Rezaei, E Maghsoudloo, M Sawan, B Gosselin
Advancement in wireless and microsystems technology have ushered in new devices that can directly interface with the central nervous system for stimulating and/or monitoring neural circuitry. In this paper, we present an ultra low-power sigma-delta analog-to-digital converter (ADC) intended for utilization into large-scale multi-channel neural recording implants. This proposed design, which provides a resolution of 9 bits using a one-bit oversampled ADC, presents several desirable features that allow for an in-channel ADC scheme, where one sigma-delta converter is provided for each channel, enabling development of scalable systems that can interface with different types of high-density neural microprobes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227708/towards-detection-of-sleep-apnea-events-by-combining-different-non-contact-measurement-modalities
#17
Abdul Q Javaid, Carlo M Noble, Russell Rosenberg, Mary A Weitnauer, Abdul Q Javaid, Carlo M Noble, Russell Rosenberg, Mary A Weitnauer, Carlo M Noble, Abdul Q Javaid, Mary A Weitnauer, Russell Rosenberg
In this work, we extract features from an under-the-mattress impulse radio ultra-wide band (IR-UWB) radar and a microphone, placed on the side table of the bed, to classify epochs belonging to normal sleep and those that contain an apnea event in them. Sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep related breathing disorder in adults with an estimated prevalance of 5-15%. The common diagnostic process for sleep apnea, polysomnography (PSG), involves sleeping in well-equipped sleep clinics. The cost and discomfort associated with the process has spurred research towards the design of portable home-based monitoring devices...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227620/routing-over-multi-hop-fading-wireless-body-area-networks-with-reliability-considerations
#18
Hussein Moosavi, Francis Minhthang Bui, Hussein Moosavi, Francis Minhthang Bui, Francis Minhthang Bui, Hussein Moosavi
Optimal reliable routing is studied in the context of fading wireless body area networks (WBANs). A non-cooperative game is proposed to model and analyze the strategic interactions among body-worn health-care devices when each seeks to find the most reliable path to the hub. A distributed algorithm based on the proposed game is provided and proved to converge to a multi-hop Pareto-dominant Nash topology. The game-theoretic framework is evaluated through numerical simulations in conditions approximating actual deployment of a moving ultra wideband WBAN...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227602/development-of-high-impedance-measurement-system-for-water-leakage-detection-in-implantable-neuroprosthetic-devices
#19
Aziz Yousif, Shawn K Kelly, Aziz Yousif, Shawn K Kelly, Shawn K Kelly, Aziz Yousif
There has been a push for a greater number of channels in implantable neuroprosthetic devices; but, that number has largely been limited by current hermetic packaging technology. Microfabricated packaging is becoming reality, but a standard testing system is needed to prepare these devices for clinical trials. Impedance measurements of electrodes built into the packaging layers may give an early warning of device failure and predict device lifetime. Because the impedance magnitudes of such devices can be on the order of gigaohms, a versatile system was designed to accommodate ultra-high impedances and allow future integrated circuit implementation in current neural prosthetic technologies...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227589/uhf-wearable-battery-free-sensor-module-for-activity-and-falling-detection
#20
Nam Trung Dang, Thang Viet Tran, Wan-Young Chung, Nam Trung Dang, Thang Viet Tran, Wan-Young Chung, Thang Viet Tran, Wan-Young Chung, Nam Trung Dang
Falling is one of the most serious medical and social problems in aging population. Therefore taking care of the elderly by detecting activity and falling for preventing and mitigating the injuries caused by falls needs to be concerned. This study proposes a wearable, wireless, battery free ultra-high frequency (UHF) smart sensor tag module for falling and activity detection. The proposed tag is powered by UHF RF wave from reader and read by a standard UHF Electronic Product Code (EPC) Class-1 Generation-2 reader...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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