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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231298/a-revised-model-for-jeffrey-nanofluid-subject-to-convective-condition-and-heat-generation-absorption
#1
Tasawar Hayat, Arsalan Aziz, Taseer Muhammad, Ahmed Alsaedi
Here magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) boundary layer flow of Jeffrey nanofluid by a nonlinear stretching surface is addressed. Heat generation/absorption and convective surface condition effects are considered. Novel features of Brownian motion and thermophoresis are present. A non-uniform applied magnetic field is employed. Boundary layer and small magnetic Reynolds number assumptions are employed in the formulation. A newly developed condition with zero nanoparticles mass flux is imposed. The resulting nonlinear systems are solved...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231260/effects-of-the-skills4genius-sports-based-training-program-in-creative-behavior
#2
Sara Santos, Sergio Jiménez, Jaime Sampaio, Nuno Leite
Team Sports has been suggested as a suitable environment to investigate creative behavior. This study's purpose was two-fold: first, it intended to identify the effects of the Skills4Genius sports-bases training program in thinking, motor, and in-game creative behavior in team sports. Second, it aimed to investigate the relationship between creative thinking and in-game creativity. Forty children from primary school were allocated into control (n = 18, age: 9.2±0.4) and experimental (n = 22, age: 9.5±0.7) groups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229860/distinct-contributions-of-the-thin-and-thick-filaments-to-length-dependent-activation-in-heart-muscle
#3
Xuemeng Zhang, Thomas Kampourakis, Ziqian Yan, Ivanka Sevrieva, Malcolm Irving, Yin-Biao Sun
The Frank-Starling relation is a fundamental auto-regulatory property of the heart that ensures the volume of blood ejected in each heartbeat is matched to the extent of venous filling. At the cellular level, heart muscle cells generate higher force when stretched, but despite intense efforts the underlying molecular mechanism remains unknown. We applied a fluorescence-based method, which reports structural changes separately in the thick and thin filaments of rat cardiac muscle, to elucidate that mechanism...
February 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229307/investigation-of-osteogenic-activity-of-primary-rabbit-periosteal-cells-stimulated-by-multi-axial-tensile-strain
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Chih-Hao Chiu, Jun-Liang Liu, Chih-Hsuan Chang, Kin Fong Lei, Alvin Chao-Yu Chen
Periosteum-derived cells was indicated to respond to mechanical force and have stem cell potential capable of differentiating into multiple tissue. Investigation of osteogenic activity under mechanical stimulation is important to understand the therapeutic conditions of fracture healing. In this work, a cell culture platform was developed for respectively providing isotropic and anisotropic axial strain. Primary rabbit periosteal cells were isolated and cultured in the chamber. Multi-axial tensile strain was received and osteogenic activity was investigated by mRNA expressions of CBFA1 and OPN...
March 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228932/a-clinically-relevant-in-vivo-model-for-the-assessment-of-scaffold-efficacy-in-abdominal-wall-reconstruction
#5
Jeffrey Cy Chan, Krishna Burugapalli, Yi-Shiang Huang, John L Kelly, Abhay Pandit
An animal model that allows for assessment of the degree of stretching or contraction of the implant area and the in vivo degradation properties of biological meshes is required to evaluate their performance in vivo. Adult New Zealand rabbits underwent full thickness subtotal unilateral rectus abdominis muscle excision and were reconstructed with the non-biodegradable Peri-Guard(®), Prolene(®) or biodegradable Surgisis(®) meshes. Following 8 weeks of recovery, the anterior abdominal wall tissue samples were collected for measurement of the implant dimensions...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228920/checklist-of-gastropods-from-the-exclusive-economic-zone-eez-sarawak-malaysia
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Wan Zabidii Wan Morni, Siti Akmar Khadijah Ab Rahim, Richard Rumpet, Jamil Musel, Ruhana Hassan
This study provides the first marine gastropod checklist from the Sarawak Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Gastropod samples were collected from selected stations in the Sarawak EEZ using an otter trawl net with a stretched mesh size of 38 mm at the cod end. The trawling operations were conducted more than 12 nautical miles from the coast, and the area was divided into three depth strata: I) 20-50 m, II) 50-100 m and III) 100-200 m. A total of 23 gastropod species were identified during the two-month sampling period from 16 August until 6 October 2015, representing 8 superfamilies, 15 families and 20 genera...
January 2017: Tropical Life Sciences Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228734/%C3%AE-subunits-functionally-differentiate-human-kv4-3-potassium-channel-splice-variants
#7
Geoffrey W Abbott
The human ventricular cardiomyocyte transient outward K(+) current (Ito) mediates the initial phase of myocyte repolarization and its disruption is implicated in Brugada Syndrome and heart failure (HF). Human cardiac Ito is generated primarily by two Kv4.3 splice variants (Kv4.3L and Kv4.3S, diverging only by a C-terminal, S6-proximal, 19-residue stretch unique to Kv4.3L), which are differentially remodeled in HF, but considered functionally alike at baseline. Kv4.3 is regulated in human heart by β subunits including KChIP2b and KCNEs, but their effects were previously assumed to be Kv4...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228526/trimethylamine-n-oxide-stabilizes-proteins-via-a-distinct-mechanism-compared-with-betaine-and-glycine
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Yi-Ting Liao, Anthony C Manson, Michael R DeLyser, William G Noid, Paul S Cremer
We report experimental and computational studies investigating the effects of three osmolytes, trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), betaine, and glycine, on the hydrophobic collapse of an elastin-like polypeptide (ELP). All three osmolytes stabilize collapsed conformations of the ELP and reduce the lower critical solution temperature (LSCT) linearly with osmolyte concentration. As expected from conventional preferential solvation arguments, betaine and glycine both increase the surface tension at the air-water interface...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228037/water-dissociation-on-ni-100-ni-110-and-ni-111-surfaces-reaction-path-approach-to-mode-selectivity
#9
H Seenivasan, Bret Jackson, Ashwani K Tiwari
A comparative study of mode-selectivity of water dissociation on Ni(100), Ni(110), and Ni(111) surfaces is performed at the same level of theory using a fully quantum approach based on the reaction path Hamiltonian. Calculations show that the barrier to water dissociation on the Ni(110) surface is significantly lower compared to its close-packed counterparts. Transition states for this reaction on all three surfaces involve the elongation of one of the O-H bonds. A significant decrease in the symmetric stretching and bending mode frequencies near the transition state is observed in all three cases and in the vibrational adiabatic approximation, excitation of these softened modes results in a significant enhancement in reactivity...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228030/anion-photoelectron-spectroscopy-of-deprotonated-ortho-meta-and-para-methylphenol
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Daniel J Nelson, Wilson K Gichuhi, Elisa M Miller, Julia H Lehman, W Carl Lineberger
The anion photoelectron spectra of ortho-, meta-, and para-methylphenoxide, as well as methyl deprotonated meta-methylphenol, were measured. Using the Slow Electron Velocity Map Imaging technique, the Electron Affinities (EAs) of the o-, m-, and p-methylphenoxyl radicals were measured as follows: 2.1991±0.0014, 2.2177±0.0014, and 2.1199±0.0014 eV, respectively. The EA of m-methylenephenol was also obtained, 1.024±0.008 eV. In all four cases, the dominant vibrational progressions observed are due to several ring distortion vibrational normal modes that were activated upon photodetachment, leading to vibrational progressions spaced by ∼500 cm(-1)...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228028/characterization-of-the-electronic-states-of-the-biological-relevant-ssno-molecule
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Tarek Ayari, Majdi Hochlaf, Muneerah Mogren Al-Mogren, Joseph S Francisco
Using configuration interaction ab initio methods, we investigate the lowest electronic states of doublet and quartet spin multiplicities of SSNO where the one-dimensional cuts of the six-dimensional potential energy surfaces of these electronic states along the stretching and bending coordinates are computed. Mainly, these electronic states are found to be repulsive along the central SN distance. A high density of electronic states is computed even at low excitation energies that may favor their couplings...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227951/smartsock-a-wearable-platform-for-context-aware-assessment-of-ankle-edema
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Ramin Fallahzadeh, Mahdi Pedram, Hassan Ghasemzadeh, Ramin Fallahzadeh, Mahdi Pedram, Hassan Ghasemzadeh
Ankle edema an important symptom for monitoring patients with chronic systematic diseases. It is an important indicator of onset or exacerbation of a variety of diseases that disturb cardiovascular, renal, or hepatic system such as heart, liver, and kidney failure, diabetes, etc. The current approaches toward edema assessment are conducted during clinical visits. In-clinic assessments, in addition to being burdensome and expensive, are sometimes not reliable and neglect important contextual factors such as patient's physical activity level and body posture...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227894/wearable-strain-sensors-fabricated-by-silver-nanowire-patterning-method-based-on-parylene-stencil-technique
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Namsun Chou, Sohee Kim, Namsun Chou, Sohee Kim, Namsun Chou, Sohee Kim
This paper describes a fabrication method of the silver nanowire (AgNW) patterns on PDMS substrate using a parylene stencil technique. The AgNW electrodes with the straight line and serpentine line traces were fabricated and characterized in terms of electromechanical properties. The sensitivity of the AgNW patterns was measured using a custom-designed stretch test module, resulting in gauge factors from 55.2 to 2.7 at 2% strain for two different 100 um-wide AgNW patterns. The wearable sensor based on AgNW patterns was designed and fabricated to epidermally detect the respiration and heart rate from the abdomen and neck...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227892/investigation-of-changes-in-the-electrical-properties-of-novel-knitted-conductive-textiles-during-cyclic-loading
#14
Cristina Isaia, Donal McNally, Simon A McMaster, David T Branson, Cristina Isaia, Donal McNally, Simon A McMaster, David T Branson, Simon A McMaster, Donal McNally, Cristina Isaia, David T Branson
Combining stainless steel with polyester fibres adds an attractive conductive behaviour to the yarn. Once knitted in such a manner, fabrics develop sensing properties that make the textiles, also known as e-textiles, suitable for smart/wearable applications. Structural deformations of the fibres (e.g. stretching) will cause changes in the conductivity of the fabric. This work investigates changes in the electrical properties exhibited by four knitted conductive textiles made of 20% stainless steel and 80% polyester fibres during cyclic loading...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227686/novel-modular-2-dof-microsurgical-forceps-for-transoral-laser-microsurgeries-ergonomic-design-and-preliminary-evaluation
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Manish Chauhan, Giacinto Barresi, Nikhil Deshpande, Darwin G Caldwell, Leonardo S Mattos, Manish Chauhan, Giacinto Barresi, Nikhil Deshpande, Darwin G Caldwell, Leonardo S Mattos, Darwin G Caldwell, Giacinto Barresi, Leonardo S Mattos, Nikhil Deshpande, Manish Chauhan
Transoral Laser Microsurgeries (TLM) demand a great level of control and precision in intraoperative tissue manipulation. The optimal eradication of the diseased tissue is possible only with coordinated control of the laser aiming for incision and the microsurgical tools for orienting and stretching the tissue. However, the traditional microsurgical tools are long, single purpose, one degree-of-freedom (DOF), rigid tools with small range of motion and a normal grasping handle inducing non-ergonomic usage. This paper presents a novel, modular microsurgical tool to overcome the challenges of the traditional tools and improve the surgeon-tool usage experience...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227660/robot-assisted-retinal-vein-cannulation-with-force-based-puncture-detection-micron-vs-the-steady-hand-eye-robot
#16
Berk Gonenc, Nhat Tran, Peter Gehlbach, Russell H Taylor, Iulian Iordachita, Berk Gonenc, Nhat Tran, Peter Gehlbach, Russell H Taylor, Iulian Iordachita, Nhat Tran, Russell H Taylor, Iulian Iordachita, Berk Gonenc, Peter Gehlbach
Retinal vein cannulation is a demanding procedure where therapeutic agents are injected into occluded retina veins. The feasibility of this treatment is limited due to challenges in identifying the moment of venous puncture, achieving cannulation and maintaining it throughout the drug delivery period. In this study, we integrate a force-sensing microneedle with two distinct robotic systems: the handheld micromanipulator Micron, and the cooperatively controlled Steady-Hand Eye Robot (SHER). The sensed tool-to-tissue interaction forces are used to detect venous puncture and extend the robots' standard control schemes with a new position holding mode (PHM) that assists the operator hold the needle position fixed and maintain cannulation for a longer time with less trauma on the vasculature...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227590/elastic-ribbon-like-piezoelectric-energy-harvester-for-wearable-devices-with-stretchable-surfaces
#17
You Liang Lionel, Wong, Gary K Fedder, You Liang Lionel, Wong, Gary K Fedder
This paper presents an elastic ribbon-like piezoelectric energy harvester which is targeted for skin-wearable devices by harnessing the movements of stretchable surfaces. The device aims to power up smart thin stick-on devices for healthcare monitoring. By embedding a ribbon-like PVDF film in a flexible elastomer, Ecoflex, the device is potentially able to stretch 34%, while maintaining internal strain of the film below its plastic deformation limit. Alternate electrode layout and bimorph configuration help to reduce charge cancellation, while increasing overall effectiveness...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227575/non-invasive-multi-modal-sensing-of-skin-stretch-and-bioimpedance-for-detecting-infiltration-during-intravenous-therapy
#18
Jambu A Jambulingam, Russell McCrory, Leanne West, Omer T Inan, Jambu A Jambulingam, Russell McCrory, Leanne West, Omer T Inan, Leanne West, Omer T Inan, Russell McCrory
Intravenous infiltration is a condition wherein an infused solution leaks inadvertently into soft tissue surrounding a hypodermic needle site. This occurrence affects approximately 6.5% of patients in hospitals worldwide, and can lead to severe tissue damage if not treated immediately. The methods currently used by medical staff to detect an infiltration are subjective and can potentially be prone to error. Infiltration is an even larger concern in pediatric patients, who have smaller veins than adults and have more difficulty in communicating pain or other discomfort associated with the infiltration with medical staff...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227562/improving-modified-tardieu-scale-assessment-using-inertial-measurement-unit-with-visual-biofeedback
#19
Seoyoung Choi, Jonghyun Kim, Seoyoung Choi, Jonghyun Kim, Seoyoung Choi, Jonghyun Kim
Reliable spasticity assessment is important to provide appropriate intervention for spasticity. Modified Tardieu scale (MTS) assessment is simple and convenient enough to be used in clinical environment, but has poor or moderate reliability due to irregular passive stretch velocity and goniometric measurement. We proposed a novel inertial measurement unit (IMU)-based MTS assessment with gyroscope-based visual biofeedback to improve the reliability of MTS by providing regular passive stretch velocity. With five children with cerebral palsy and two raters, the IMU-based MTS assessment was compared with conventional MTS assessment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227340/mechanomyography-signals-in-spastic-muscle-and-the-correlation-with-the-modified-ashworth-scale
#20
E L Santos, M C Santos, E Krueger, G N Nogueira-Neto, P Nohama, E L Santos, M C Santos, E Krueger, G N Nogueira-Neto, P Nohama, G N Nogueira-Neto, M C Santos, E Krueger, E L Santos, P Nohama
The modified Ashworth scale (MAS) is the most widely used measurement technique to assess levels of spasticity. In MAS, the evaluator graduates spasticity considering his/her subjective analysis of the muscular endurance during passive stretching. Therefore, it is a subjective scale. Mechanomyography (MMG) allows registering the vibrations generated by muscle contraction and stretching events that propagate through the tissue until the surface of the skin. With this in mind, this study aimed to investigate possible correlations between MMG signal and muscle spasticity levels determined by MAS...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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