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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227997/an-autoclavable-wireless-palpation-instrument-for-minimally-invasive-surgery
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Anish S Naidu, Abelardo Escoto, Omar Fahmy, Rajni V Patel, Michael D Naish, Anish S Naidu, Abelardo Escoto, Omar Fahmy, Rajni V Patel, Michael D Naish, Abelardo Escoto, Omar Fahmy, Michael D Naish, Anish S Naidu, Rajni V Patel
Minimally invasive surgery prevents surgeons from manually palpating organs to locate subsurface tumors and other structures. One solution is to use ultrasound; however, it is not always reliable. Various minimally invasive surgery instruments that provide tactile feedback have been proposed to augment ultrasound sensing for tumor localization; however, current designs have limitations such as cumbersome wiring, difficulty in manipulation, lack of sterilizability and high cost. This paper presents a novel, autoclavable, wireless, hand-held palpation instrument that uses a custom, low-cost, disposable tactile sensor to provide tactile and kinesthetic force feedback...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218524/general-fabrication-of-boride-carbide-and-nitride-nanocrystals-via-a-metal-hydrolysis-assisted-process
#2
Ling Zhou, Lishan Yang, Li Shao, Bo Chen, Fanhui Meng, Yitai Qian, Liqiang Xu
Metal boride, carbide, and nitride materials are useful owing to their wide variety of interesting chemical and physical properties. However, the synthesis of these materials with nano or mesoscale sizes is challenging due to the usually required high temperatures and long reaction durations. To our knowledge, the exploration of a number of simultaneous chemical reactions through rapid synthesis still remains a great challenge. In this study, a general route for the reduction and transformation of metal oxides into related metal boride (TiB2, MoB2, DyB4, ErB4, YB4, LaB6, CeB6, SmB6, EuB6), carbide (SiC, TiC, VC, WC, W2C, ZrC, MoC, NbC), and nitride (TiN, VN, BN, AlN, CrN, MgSiN2) nanocrystals were achieved at 150 °C...
February 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213299/anaerobic-digestion-of-lignocellulosic-biomasses-pretreated-with-ceriporiopsis-subvermispora
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X Liu, S Hiligsmann, R Gourdon, R Bayard
Fungal pretreatment by Ceriporiopsis subvermispora of two forest residues (hazel and acacia branches) and two agricultural lignocellulosic residues (barley straw and sugarcane bagasse) were studied as a pretreatment to improve their subsequent anaerobic digestion for methane production. Biomass samples were grinded to 2 ranges of particle sizes (<4 or 1 mm), autoclaved, inoculated with two strains of C. subvermispora (ATCC 90467 and ATCC 96608) and incubated at 28 °C for 28 days. The effects of fungal pretreatment were assessed by analyzing the samples before and after incubations for dry solids mass, biochemical composition, bio-methane production (BMP) and availability of cellulose to hydrolysis...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213100/effect-of-processing-conditions-of-dicalcium-phosphate-cements-on-graft-resorption-and-bone-formation
#4
Zeeshan Sheikh, Yu Ling Zhang, Faleh Tamimi, Jake Barralet
Dicalcium phosphate cements (brushite and monetite) are resorbable biomaterials with osteoconductive potential for bone repair and regeneration that have yet to gain widespread commercial use. Brushite can be converted to monetite by heat treatments additionally resulting in various changes in the physico-chemical properties. However, since conversion is most commonly performed using autoclave sterilisation (wet heating), it is uncertain whether the properties observed for monetite as a result of heating brushite under dry conditions affect resorption and bone formation favourably...
February 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211495/characterization-of-biocarbon-source-recovery-and-microbial-community-shifts-from-waste-activated-sludge-by-conditioning-with-cornstover-assessment-of-cellulosic-compositions
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Kaili Wen, Aijuan Zhou, Jiaguang Zhang, Zhihong Liu, Guoying Wang, Wenzong Liu, Aijie Wang, Xiuping Yue
Most studies on the production of volatile fatty acids (VFAs) from waste activated sludge (WAS) digestion have focused on operating conditions, pretreatments and characteristic adjustments. Conditioning by extra carbon sources (ECS), normally added in a solid form, has been reported to be an efficient approach. However, this has caused considerable waste of monomeric sugars in the hydrolysate. In this study, the effects of two added forms (pretreated straw (S) and hydrolyzed liquid (L)) of cornstover (CS) on WAS acidification were investigated...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196085/what-device-would-be-best-for-early-infant-male-circumcision-in-east-and-southern-africa-provider-experiences-and-opinions-with-three-different-devices-in-kenya
#6
Robert C Bailey, Irene Nyaboke, Fredrick O Otieno
Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) reduces risk of HIV acquisition in heterosexual men by approximately 60%. As some countries approach targets for proportions of adolescents and adults circumcised, some are considering early infant male circumcision (EIMC) as a means to achieve sustainability of VMMC for long term reduction of HIV incidence. Evaluations of specialized devices for EIMC are important to provide programs with information required to make informed decisions about how to design safe, effective EIMC programs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192678/assaying-the-stability-and-inactivation-of-aav-serotype-1-vectors
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Douglas B Howard, Brandon K Harvey
Adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors are a commonplace tool for gene delivery ranging from cell culture to human gene therapy. One feature that makes AAV a desirable vector is its stability, in regard to both the duration of transgene expression and retention of infectivity as a viral particle. This study examined the stability of AAV serotype 1 (AAV1) vectors under different conditions. First, transducibility after storage at 4°C decreased 20% over 7 weeks. Over 10 freeze-thaw cycles, the resulting transduction efficiency became variable at 60-120% of a single thaw...
February 2017: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186188/all-in-one-3d-printed-microscopy-chamber-for-multidimensional-imaging-the-universlide
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Kevin Alessandri, Laetitia Andrique, Maxime Feyeux, Andreas Bikfalvi, Pierre Nassoy, Gaëlle Recher
While live 3D high resolution microscopy techniques are developing rapidly, their use for biological applications is partially hampered by practical difficulties such as the lack of a versatile sample chamber. Here, we propose the design of a multi-usage observation chamber adapted for live 3D bio-imaging. We show the usefulness and practicality of this chamber, which we named the UniverSlide, for live imaging of two case examples, namely multicellular systems encapsulated in sub-millimeter hydrogel shells and zebrafish larvae...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182635/electrochemically-reduced-water-exerts-superior-reactive-oxygen-species-scavenging-activity-in-ht1080-cells-than-the-equivalent-level-of-hydrogen-dissolved-water
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Takeki Hamasaki, Gakuro Harada, Noboru Nakamichi, Shigeru Kabayama, Kiichiro Teruya, Bunshi Fugetsu, Wei Gong, Ichiro Sakata, Sanetaka Shirahata
Electrochemically reduced water (ERW) is produced near a cathode during electrolysis and exhibits an alkaline pH, contains richly dissolved hydrogen, and contains a small amount of platinum nanoparticles. ERW has reactive oxygen species (ROS)-scavenging activity and recent studies demonstrated that hydrogen-dissolved water exhibits ROS-scavenging activity. Thus, the antioxidative capacity of ERW is postulated to be dependent on the presence of hydrogen levels; however, there is no report verifying the role of dissolved hydrogen in ERW...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177407/transformation-of-sulfonamides-and-tetracyclines-during-anaerobic-fermentation-of-liquid-manure
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Astrid Spielmeyer, Franziska Stahl, Madeleine S Petri, Walter Zerr, Hubertus Brunn, Gerd Hamscher
Liquid manure is frequently used as soil fertilizer due to its high nutrient content. It can also contain residues of pharmaceuticals, such as antibiotics, if farm animals are medicated. The anaerobic fermentation process in biogas plants is discussed as one way to reduce the input of antibiotics into the environment. Therefore, 10 worldwide-applied sulfonamides (sulfachloropyridazine, sulfadiazine, sulfadimethoxine, sulfaguanidine, sulfamerazine, sulfamethazine, sulfamethoxazole, sulfamethoxypyridazine, sulfapyridine, and sulfathiazole) and four frequently used tetracyclines (chlortetracycline, doxycycline, oxytetracycline, and tetracycline) were investigated concerning their elimination pattern during anaerobic fermentation...
January 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173694/genomic-analysis-of-a-freshwater-actinobacterium-candidatus-limnosphaera-aquatica-strain-imcc26207-isolated-from-lake-soyang
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Suhyun Kim, Ilnam Kang, Jang-Cheon Cho
Strain IMCC26207 was isolated from the surface layer of Lake Soyang in Korea by the dilution-to-extinction culturing method using a liquid medium prepared with filtered and autoclaved lake water. The strain could neither be maintained in a synthetic medium other than natural freshwater medium nor grow on solid agar plates. Phylogenetic analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequences indicated that strain IMCC26207 formed a distinct lineage in the order Acidimicrobiales of the phylum Actinobacteria. The closest relative among the previously identified bacterial taxa was "Candidatus Microthrix parvicella" with 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity of 91...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167265/curcumin-complexation-with-cyclodextrins-by-the-autoclave-process-method-development-and-characterization-of-complex-formation
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Turki Al Hagbani, Sami Nazzal
One approach to enhance curcumin (CUR) aqueous solubility is to use cyclodextrins (CDs) to form inclusion complexes where CUR is encapsulated as a guest molecule within the internal cavity of the water-soluble CD. Several methods have been reported for the complexation of CUR with CDs. Limited information, however, is available on the use of the autoclave process (AU) in complex formation. The aims of this work were therefore to (1) investigate and evaluate the AU cycle as a complex formation method to enhance CUR solubility; (2) compare the efficacy of the AU process with the freeze-drying (FD) and evaporation (EV) processes in complex formation; and (3) confirm CUR stability by characterizing CUR:CD complexes by NMR, Raman spectroscopy, DSC, and XRD...
February 5, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167109/partial-characterization-of-chayotextle-starch-based-films-added-with-ascorbic-acid-encapsulated-in-resistant-starch
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Miguel A Martínez-Ortiz, Apolonio Vargas-Torres, Alma D Román-Gutiérrez, Norberto Chavarría-Hernández, Paul B Zamudio-Flores, Martín Meza-Nieto, Heidi M Palma-Rodríguez
Chayotextle starch was modified by subjecting it to a dual treatment with acid and heating-cooling cycles. This caused a decrease in the content of amylose, which showed values of 30.22%, 4.80%, 3.27% and 3.57% for native chayotextle starch (NCS), starch modified by acid hydrolysis (CMS), and CMS with one (CMS1AC) and three autoclave cycles (CMS3AC), respectively. The percentage of crystallinity showed an increase of 36.9%-62% for NCS and CMS3AC. The highest content of resistant starch (RS) was observed in CMS3AC (37...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161663/is-there-a-cause-and-effect-relationship-between-physicochemical-properties-and-cell-behavior-of-alginate-based-hydrogel-obtained-after-sterilization
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Hao Yu, Ghislaine Cauchois, Jean-François Schmitt, Nicolas Louvet, Jean-Luc Six, Yun Chen, Rachid Rahouadj, Céline Huselstein
Alginate-based hydrogel scaffolds are widely used in the field of cartilage regeneration and repair. If the effect of autoclaving on the alginate powder is well known, it is not the same for the possible effects of the sterilization UV treatment on the properties of the hydrogel after polymerization. To select an effective sterilization treatment of alginate-based materials, one must find what are inter-relationship between the characteristics (chemical, physical and mechanical) of alginate-based hydrogel during sterilization, and what consequences have affected on cell behavior...
January 25, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159299/tetraplex-pcr-assay-involving-double-gene-sites-discriminates-beef-and-buffalo-in-malaysian-meat-curry-and-burger-products
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M A Motalib Hossain, Md Eaqub Ali, Sharifah Bee Abd Hamid, S M Azad Hossain, Asing, Nina Naquiah Ahmad Nizar, Mohammad Nasir Uddin, Lokman Ali, Md Asaduzzaman, Md Jahurul Haque Akanda
Replacement of beef by buffalo and vice versa is frequent in global markets, but their authentication is challenging in processed foods due to the fragmentation of most biomarkers including DNA. The shortening of target sequences through use of two target sites might ameliorate assay reliability because it is highly unlikely that both targets will be lost during food processing. For the first time, we report a tetraplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay targeting two different DNA regions in beef (106 and 120-bp) and buffalo (90 and 138-bp) mitochondrial genes to discriminate beef and buffalo in processed foods...
June 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148206/microwave-as-an-emerging-technology-for-the-treatment-of-biohazardous-waste-a-mini-review
#16
Klaus Zimmermann
Microwave is an emerging technology to treat biohazardous waste, including material from healthcare facilities. A screen of the peer-reviewed literature shows that only limited information may be found in this area of work and, furthermore, analysis of the references reveals that sometimes not all necessary aspects for the appropriate use of the technology are considered. Very often conventional microwave technology is applied for the inactivation of pathogens, which might make sense for certain applications but, on the other hand, may lead to the misbelief that microwave systems cannot be used for the inactivation of a solid "dry" waste...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128893/autoclaving-derived-surface-coating-with-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antimicrobial-and-antibiofilm-efficacies
#17
Yajuan Su, Zelun Zhi, Qiang Gao, Meihua Xie, Meng Yu, Bo Lei, Peng Li, Peter X Ma
Biomedical device-associated infections which engender severe threat to public health require feasible solutions. In this study, block copolymers consisting of antimicrobial, antifouling, and surface-tethering segments in one molecule are synthesized and grafted on polymeric substrates by a facile plasma/autoclave-assisted method. Hetero-bifunctional polyethylene glycol (PEG) with allyl and tosyl groups (APEG-OTs) is first prepared. PEGs with different molecular weights (1200 and 2400 Da) are employed. Polyhexamethylene guanidine (PHMG) which has excellent broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity and thermal/chemical stability, is conjugated with APEG-OTs to generate the block copolymer (APEG-PHMG)...
January 27, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099574/anatomy-and-micromorphometric-analysis-of-leaf-catasetum-x-apolloi-benelli-grill-with-addition-of-potassium-silicate-under-different-light-sources
#18
L Eburneo, N G Ribeiro-Júnior, I V Karsburg, A A B Rossi, I V Silva
The aim of this study was to compare vitroplants Catasetum x apolloi grown under natural light and artificial light and different concentrations of potassium silicate, providing data on the anatomical differentiation that aids the acclimatization process of this species. Plants from in vitro seeding were used; 5 protocorms of approximately 0.5 cm were inoculated into vials with a capacity of 500 mL containing 100 mL of alternative culture medium plus potassium silicate (0.0, 0.5; 1.0 mL L-1), pH adjusted to 5...
January 12, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Biology, Revista Brasleira de Biologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095539/a-proposed-method-for-upper-eyelid-and-infrabrow-tightening-using-a-transcutaneous-temperature-controlled-radiofrequency-device-with-opaque-plastic-eye-shields
#19
Douglas J Key, Lauren Boudreaux
BACKGROUND: Laxity of the eyelid and periorbital area, a common manifestation of aging, is usually addressed via blepharoplasty and/ or fat transfer. Given the trend toward safer, less invasive treatments preferred by those patients reticent to undergo more invasive procedures, viable alternatives have been sought. Transcutaneous temperature controlled radiofrequency (TTCRF) integrates non- invasive super cial RF treatment with automatic temperature feedback control of energy deposition, as a stimulator of overall collagen remodeling; however, the globe of the eye is particularly sensitive to RF energy...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077242/outbreak-of-elizabethkingia-meningoseptica-sepsis-with-meningitis-in-a-well-baby-nursery
#20
I-C Tai, T-P Liu, Y-J Chen, R-I Lien, C-Y Lee, Y-C Huang
Between March and May 2012, three neonates born at a regional maternity hospital developed Elizabethkingia meningoseptica (previously Chryseobacterium meningosepticum) sepsis with meningitis aged <10 days, and were treated successfully with intravenous ciprofloxacin plus vancomycin or piperacillin-tazobactam for three to six weeks. Four (16.6%) of 24 environmental specimens obtained from the nursery and delivery room were positive for this organism. All of the clinical isolates and two isolates from storage boxes for pacifiers and pacifier covers were genetically identical...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
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