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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227961/balancing-accuracy-delay-and-battery-autonomy-for-pervasive-seizure-detection
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Athanasios Karapatis, Robert M Seepers, Marijn van Dongen, Wouter A Serdijn, Christos Strydis, Athanasios Karapatis, Robert M Seepers, Marijn van Dongen, Wouter A Serdijn, Christos Strydis, Athanasios Karapatis, Wouter A Serdijn, Robert M Seepers, Christos Strydis, Marijn van Dongen
A promising alternative for treating absence seizures has emerged through closed-loop neurostimulation, which utilizes a wearable or implantable device to detect and subsequently suppress epileptic seizures. Such devices should detect seizures fast and with high accuracy, while respecting the strict energy budget on which they operate. Previous work has overlooked one or more of these requirements, resulting in solutions which are not suitable for continuous closed-loop stimulation. In this paper, we perform an in-depth design space exploration of a novel seizure-detection algorithm, which uses a complex Morlet wavelet filter and a static thresholding mechanism to detect absence seizures...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227544/tolerance-of-neural-decoding-errors-for-powered-artificial-legs-a-pilot-study
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Fan Zhang, Ming Liu, He Huang, Fan Zhang, Ming Liu, He Huang, He Huang, Ming Liu, Fan Zhang
Neural-machine interface (NMI) decoding errors challenge the clinical value of neural control of powered artificial legs, because these errors can dangerously disturb the user's walking balance, cause stumbles or falls, and thus threaten the user's confidence and safety in prosthesis use. Although extensive research efforts have been made to minimize the NMI decoding error rate, none of the current approaches can completely eliminate the errors in NMI. This study aimed at improving the robustness of prosthesis control system against neural decoding errors by introducing a fault-tolerant control (FTC) strategy...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224335/evidence-of-colloidal-transport-of-pahs-during-column-experiments-run-with-contaminated-soil-samples
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Karim Benhabib, Marie-Odile Simonnot, Pierre Faure, Michel Sardin
Brownfield soils may contain high levels of organic pollutants particularly polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). It is essential to predict their migration and fate and to evaluate the risk of transfer to sensitive targets, such as water resources, ecosystems and human health. In this study, soil samples have been taken from an experimental contaminated site of former steel activities located at Homecourt (Lorraine, France). These samples have been lixiviated in laboratory column in water-saturated condition at room temperature...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222674/administration-of-hes-in-elderly-patients-undergoing-hip-arthroplasty-under-spinal-anesthesia-is-not-associated-with-an-increase-in-renal-injury
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Yuanyuan Zhang, Yonghao Yu, Junya Jia, Wenli Yu, Rubin Xu, Licheng Geng, Ying Wei
BACKGROUND: Hydroxyethyl starch (HES) is applied to achieve volume expansion during surgery; however, nephrotoxicity may be induced in patients with sepsis. Simultaneously, neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) and IL-18 have been illustrated as pivotal indicators to diagnose the acute kidney injury (AKI) early. This multi-center, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study aimed to investigate whether 6% HES 130/0.4 administration caused postoperative AKI, which can be revealed by urinary and plasma NGAL and IL-18 estimations in elderly patients with normal renal function undergoing hip arthroplasty under spinal anesthesia...
February 21, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222631/analgesic-effects-of-ultrasound-guided-transverse-abdominis-plane-block-using-different-volumes-and-concentrations-of-local-analgesics-after-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy
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Ayça Sultan Şahin, Necmiye Ay, Nuri Alper Şahbaz, Mehlika Kocabaş Akay, Yavuz Demiraran, Abdurrahim Derbent
Objective To evaluate the effects of an ultrasound-guided transverse abdominis plane (US-TAP) block used for postoperative pain relief by comparing the efficacy of two different volumes/concentrations of the local anaesthetic bupivacaine in patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomies. Methods This randomized study enrolled patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomies. They were randomized to two groups: group A received a 20 ml US-TAP block (50 mg bupivacaine +10 ml saline solution) and group B received a 30 ml US-TAP block (50 mg bupivacaine + 20 ml saline solution)...
February 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221801/balancing-segregation-and-complexation-in-amphiphilic-copolymers-by-architecture-and-confinement
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Pascal Hebbeker, Alexander A Steinschulte, Stefanie Schneider, Felix A Plamper
Segregation is a well-known principle for micellization, as solvophobic components try to minimize interactions with other entities (such as solvent) by self-assembly. An opposite principle is based on complexation (or coacervation), leading to the coassembly/association of different components. Most cases in the literature rely on only one of these modes, though the classical micellization scheme (such as spherical micelles, wormlike micelles, and vesicles) can be enriched by a subtle balance of segregation and complexation...
February 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221760/hydrogel-nanocomposites-with-independently-tunable-rheology-and-mechanics
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Shimon Unterman, Lyndon F Charles, Sara E Strecker, Denis Kramarenko, Dmitry Pivovarchik, Elazer Reuven Edelman, Natalie Artzi
Hydrogels are an attractive class of biomaterials for minimally invasive local drug delivery given their injectability, tunability, high water content, and biocompatibility. Broad applicability though is challenged: relatively modest mechanical properties restricts use to soft tissues, while flow properties necessary for injectability limit implantation to dried, enclosed tissues to minimize material migration during gelation. To address these dual concerns we designed an injectable nanocomposite hydrogel based on dextran aldehyde and poly(amido amine) dendrimer doped with phyllosilicate nanoplatelet fillers...
February 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220515/challenges-in-conducting-multicentre-multidisciplinary-longitudinal-studies-in-children-with-chronic-conditions
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Hillary L Broder, Canice E Crerand, Ryan R Ruff, Alexandre Peshansky, David B Sarwer, Lacey Sischo
OBJECTIVES: Conducting longitudinal, multicentre, multidisciplinary research for individuals with chronic conditions can be challenging. Despite careful planning, investigative teams must adapt to foreseen and unforeseen problems. Our objective is to identify challenges encountered and solutions sought in a recently completed observational, longitudinal study of youth with cleft lip and palate as well as their caregivers. METHODS: Data for analysis were derived from a 6-year, multicentre, prospective, longitudinal study of youth with cleft conducted from 2009 to 2015 that examined oral health-related quality of life and other related clinical observations over time in youth who had cleft-related surgery compared to those who did not...
February 21, 2017: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220053/simulation-study-on-effects-of-order-and-step-size-of-runge-kutta-methods-that-solve-contagious-disease-and-tumor-models
#9
Wang Z, Wang Q, Klinke Dj
Biological processes such as contagious disease spread patterns and tumor growth dynamics are modelled using a set of coupled differential equations. Experimental data is usually used to calibrate models so they can be used to make future predictions. In this study, numerical methods were implemented to approximate solutions to mathematical models that were not solvable analytically, such as a SARS model. More complex models such as a tumor growth model involve high-dimensional parameter spaces; efficient numerical simulation techniques were used to search for optimal or close-to-optimal parameter values in the equations...
September 2016: Journal of Computer Science and Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216890/evaluate-the-antigenotoxicity-and-anticancer-role-of-%C3%AE-sitosterol-by-determining-oxidative-dna-damage-and-the-expression-of-phosphorylated-mitogen-activated-protein-kinases-c-fos-c-jun-and-endothelial-growth-factor-receptor
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Ramalingam Sharmila, Ganapathy Sindhu
BACKGROUND: Plant sterols are the major source of micronutrients and have not shown any obvious side effects in human. β-sitosterol is one of the most prevalent phytosterols which have been recorded in ancient medicinal history for its use in the treatment of many chronic diseases, especially cancer. The modulations of mitogen-activated protein kinases' (MAPKs') play a crucial role in the development of human renal cell carcinoma. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current study is to evaluate the antigenotoxic and anticancer role of β-sitosterol against renal carcinogen...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215906/does-diurnal-variation-in-cough-reflex-testing-exist-in-healthy-young-adults
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Sarah Perry, Maggie-Lee Huckabee
The aim of this study was to investigate whether diurnal variation in cough reflex sensitivity exists in healthy young adults when a tidal-breathing method is used. Fifty-three participants (19-37 years) underwent cough reflex testing on two occasions: once in the morning (between 9 am - midday) and once in the afternoon (between 2-5 pm). The order of testing was counter-balanced. Within each assessment, participants inhaled successively higher citric acid concentrations via a facemask, with saline solution randomly interspersed to control for a placebo response...
February 12, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208604/reducing-fall-risk-with-combined-motor-and-cognitive-training-in-elderly-fallers
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Francesco Barban, Roberta Annicchiarico, Matteo Melideo, Alessia Federici, Maria Giovanna Lombardi, Simone Giuli, Claudia Ricci, Fulvia Adriano, Ivo Griffini, Manuel Silvestri, Massimo Chiusso, Sergio Neglia, Sergio Ariño-Blasco, Raquel Cuevas Perez, Yannis Dionyssiotis, Georgios Koumanakos, Milo Kovačeić, Nuria Montero-Fernández, Oscar Pino, Niels Boye, Ulises Cortés, Cristian Barrué, Atia Cortés, Peter Levene, Stelios Pantelopoulos, Roberto Rosso, José Antonio Serra-Rexach, Angelo Maria Sabatini, Carlo Caltagirone
BACKGROUND: Falling is a major clinical problem in elderly people, demanding effective solutions. At present, the only effective intervention is motor training of balance and strength. Executive function-based training (EFt) might be effective at preventing falls according to evidence showing a relationship between executive functions and gait abnormalities. The aim was to assess the effectiveness of a motor and a cognitive treatment developed within the EU co-funded project I-DONT-FALL...
February 10, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208390/geometry-and-design-of-origami-bellows-with-tunable-response
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Austin Reid, Frederic Lechenault, Sergio Rica, Mokhtar Adda-Bedia
Origami folded cylinders (origami bellows) have found increasingly sophisticated applications in space flight and medicine. In spite of this interest, a general understanding of the mechanics of an origami folded cylinder has been elusive. With a newly developed set of geometrical tools, we have found an analytic solution for all possible cylindrical rigid-face states of both Miura-ori and triangular tessellations. Although an idealized bellows in both of these families may have two allowed rigid-face configurations over a well-defined region, the corresponding physical device, limited by nonzero material thickness and forced to balance hinge and plate-bending energy, often cannot stably maintain a stowed configuration...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207400/a-low-cost-adaptive-balance-training-platform-for-stroke-patients-a-usability-study
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Sunny Verma, Deepesh Kumar, Animesh Kumawat, Anirban Dutta, Uttama Lahiri
Stroke patients usually suffer from asymmetric posture due to hemi-paresis that can result in reduced postural controllability leading to a balance deficit. This deficit increases the risk of falls, which often makes them dependent on caregivers for community ambulation, thus deteriorating their quality of life. Conventional balance training involves rehabilitation exercises performed under physiotherapist's supervision where the scarcity of trained professionals as well as the cost of clinic-based rehabilitation programs can deter stroke survivors from undergoing regular balance training...
February 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206841/stressors-and-protective-factors-among-veterinary-students-in-new-zealand
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Jenny F Weston, Dianne Gardner, Polly Yeung
A study was undertaken to investigate the stressors faced by veterinary students and the protective factors against those stressors. The study was conducted as a workshop during which students collaborated with their peers through an iterative process to identify personal and external factors that contributed to or protected against stress as a veterinary student, and then to suggest strategies that would protect their mental health and well-being. Workload and assessment were the most commonly reported stressors...
2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197988/in-vivo-and-in-vitro-degradation-comparison-of-pure-mg-mg-10gd-and-mg-2ag-a-short-term-study
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I Marco, A Myrissa, E Martinelli, F Feyerabend, R Willumeit-Römer, A M Weinberg, O Van der Biest
The purpose of this study was to compare short term in vitro and in vivo biodegradation studies with low purity Mg (> 99.94 %), Mg-10Gd and Mg-2Ag designed for biodegradable implant applications. Three in vitro testing conditions were applied, using (i) phosphate buffered saline (PBS), (ii) Hank's balanced salt solution (HBSS) and (iii) Dulbecco's modified eagle medium (DMEM) in 5 % CO2 under sterile conditions. Gas evolution and mass loss (ML) were assessed, as well as the degradation layer, by elemental mapping and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
February 13, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197045/experiences-with-continuous-venovenous-hemofiltration-using-18mmol-l-predilution-citrate-anticoagulation-and-a-phosphate-containing-replacement-solution
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Yuen Henry Jeffrey, Shum Hoi-Ping, Anne Leung Kit Hung, Lam Chung-Ling, Yan Wing-Wa, Lai King-Yiu
CONTEXT: Regional citrate anticoagulation for continuous renal replacement therapy is associated with a longer filter-life, less bleeding events and improved mortality. Problems associated with using Prismocitrate 10/2 solution in continuous renal replacement therapy, include hypomagnesemia, hypophosphatemia and the need for additional bicarbonate infusion. AIMS: This study uses the new Prismocitrate 18/0 solution for improved buffer balance and Phoxilium solution for a more favourable electrolyte profile...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195435/why-do-children-present-to-emergency-departments-exploring-motivators-and-measures-of-presentation-appropriateness-for-children-presenting-to-a-paediatric-emergency-department
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John A Cheek, George Braitberg, Simon Craig, Adam West
AIM: To compare the parental motivators and referring general practitioner's (GP's) reasons for advising emergency department (ED) attendance with the assessment of ED medical staff. To compare ED clinician opinion with other published methods that have attempted to define 'primary care suitable' presentations to the ED. METHODS: A prospective observational study and series of surveys regarding the attendance of children presenting to a single tertiary paediatric ED...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193033/wearable-potentiometric-chloride-sweat-sensor-the-critical-role-of-the-salt-bridge
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Dong-Hoon Choi, Jin Seob Kim, Garry R Cutting, Peter C Searson
The components of sweat provide an array of potential biomarkers for health and disease. Sweat chloride is of interest as a biomarker for cystic fibrosis, electrolyte metabolism disorders, electrolyte balance, and electrolyte loss during exercise. Developing wearable sensors for biomarkers in sweat is a major technological challenge. Potentiometric sensors provide a relatively simple technology for on-body sweat chloride measurement, however, equilibration between reference and test solutions has limited the time over which accurate measurements can be made...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192670/metal-ion-mediated-cellulose-nanofibrils-transient-network-in-covalently-cross-linked-hydrogels-mechanistic-insight-into-morphology-and-dynamics
#20
Jun Yang, Feng Xu, Chun-Rui Han
Utilization of reversible interactions as sacrificial bonds in biopolymers is critical for the integral synthesis of mechanically superior biological materials. In this work, cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) reinforced covalent polyacrylamide (PAAm) composite hydrogels are immersed into multivalent cation (Ca2+, Zn2+, Al3+, and Ce3+) aqueous solution to form ionic association among CNFs, leading to the ionic-covalent cross-linked hydrogels. The cations promote the formation of porous networks of nanofibrils by screening the repulsive negative charges on CNF surface and dominate the mechanical properties and self-recovery efficiency of the hydrogels, resulting in mechanically reinforced ionic hydrogels with stiff (Young's modulus 257 kPa) and tough properties (fracture toughness 386 kJ/m3)...
February 13, 2017: Biomacromolecules
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