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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822341/mullins-effect-in-polyethylene-and-its-dependency-on-crystal-content-a-network-alteration-model
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M Makki, G Ayoub, H Abdul-Hameed, F Zaïri, B Mansoor, M Naït-Abdelaziz, M Ouederni
This contribution is focused on the Mullins effect in polyethylene. An ultra-low-density polyethylene with 0.15 crystal content, a low-density polyethylene with 0.3 crystal content and a high-density polyethylene with 0.72 crystal content are subjected to cyclic stretching over a large strain range. Experimental observations are first reported to examine how the crystal content influences the Mullins effect in polyethylene. It is found that the cyclic stretching is characterized by a stress-softening, a hysteresis and a residual strain, whose amounts depends on the crystal content and the applied strain...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822263/the-most-important-factor-in-producing-clubhead-speed-in-golf
#2
Christopher Joyce
Substantial experiential research into x-factor, and to a lesser extent crunch-factor has been undertaken with the aim of increasing clubhead speed. However, a direct comparison of the golf swing kinematics associated with each 'factor' has not, and possible differences when using a driver compared to an iron. Fifteen low handicap male golfers who displayed a modern swing had their golf swing kinematic data measured when hitting their own driver and five-iron, using a 10-camera motion analysis system operating at 250Hz...
August 16, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821971/multiscale-mechanics-of-the-cervical-facet-capsular-ligament-with-particular-emphasis-on-anomalous-fiber-realignment-prior-to-tissue-failure
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Sijia Zhang, Vahhab Zarei, Beth A Winkelstein, Victor H Barocas
The facet capsular ligaments encapsulate the bilateral spinal facet joints and are common sources of painful injury due to afferent innervation. These ligaments exhibit architectural complexity, which is suspected to contribute to the experimentally observed lack of co-localization between macroscopic strain and microstructural tissue damage. The heterogeneous and multiscale nature of this ligament, combined with challenges in experimentally measuring its microscale mechanics, hinders the ability to understand sensory mechanisms under normal or injurious loading...
August 18, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821820/searching-for-signatures-across-microbial-communities-metagenomic-analysis-of-soil-samples-from-mangrove-and-other-ecosystems
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Madangchanok Imchen, Ranjith Kumavath, Debmalya Barh, Vasco Avezedo, Preetam Ghosh, Marcus Viana, Alice R Wattam
In this study, we categorize the microbial community in mangrove sediment samples from four different locations within a vast mangrove system in Kerala, India. We compared this data to other samples taken from the other known mangrove data, a tropical rainforest, and ocean sediment. An examination of the microbial communities from a large mangrove forest that stretches across southwestern India showed strong similarities across the higher taxonomic levels. When ocean sediment and a single isolate from a tropical rain forest were included in the analysis, a strong pattern emerged with Bacteria from the phylum Proteobacteria being the prominent taxon among the forest samples...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821123/interfacial-modification-on-polyhydroxyalkanoates-starch-blend-by-grafting-%C3%A2-in-situ
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Pengwu Xu, Qingtao Zeng, Ying Cao, Piming Ma, Weifu Dong, Mingqing Chen
The interfacial adhesion between polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and native starch is poor. To improve the interfacial adhesion, PHAs were in-situ grafted onto starch using dicumyl peroxide (DCP) as a free radical initiator. The grafting reaction was carefully characterized and confirmed by gel analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The gel yield of the PHAs/starch/DCP blend increased with the DCP concentration up to 2wt%. Meanwhile, obvious plastic deformation (stretched fibrils) was observed at the interface in the PHAs/starch/DCP blend in comparison with complete interfacial debonding in the PHAs/starch physical blend...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820573/magnetically-aligned-co-c-mwcnts-composite-derived-from-mwcnts-interconnected-zeolitic-imidazolate-frameworks-for-lightweight-and-highly-efficient-electromagnetic-wave-absorber
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Yichao Yin, Xiaofang Liu, Xiaojun Wei, Ya Li, Xiaoyu Nie, Ronghai Yu, Jianglan Shui
Developing lightweight and highly efficient electromagnetic wave (EMW) absorbing materials is crucial but challenging for anti-electromagnetic irradiation and interference. Herein, we used MWCNTs as templates for growth of Co-based zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs), and obtained Co-C/MWCNTs composite by post pyrolysis. The MWCNTs interconnected the ZIF-derived Co-C porous particles, constructing a conductive network for electron hopping and migration. Moreover, the Co-C/MWCNTs composite was aligned in paraffin matrix under an external magnetic field, which led to the stretch of MWCNTs along the magnetic field direction...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820356/a-phantom-study-for-the-comparison-of-different-brands-of-computed-tomography-scanners-and-software-packages-for-endovascular-aneurysm-repair-sizing-and-planning
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Juliëtte F Velu, Erik Groot Jebbink, Jean-Paul Pm de Vries, Job Am van der Palen, Cornelis H Slump, Robert H Geelkerken
Objectives Correct sizing of endoprostheses used for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms is important to prevent endoleaks and migration. Sizing requires several steps and each step introduces a possible sizing error. The goal of this study was to investigate the magnitude of these errors compared to the golden standard: a vessel phantom. This study focuses on the errors in sizing with three different brands of computed tomography angiography scanners in combination with three reconstruction software packages...
January 1, 2017: Vascular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820213/chip-scale-alignment-of-long-dna-nanofibers-on-a-patterned-self-assembled-monolayer
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J Xia, M Su
Controlled alignment of long DNA nanofibers is challenging. This communication reports a method to align human genomic DNA with nearly unlimited length using lithographically produced micro-patterns of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) with positively charged terminal groups. The micro-patterns act as local DNA reservoirs to supply DNAs for nanofiber formation, and can also stretch and align DNA nanofibers to form an ordered array by controlling the dewetting profile. By reducing the size and inter-patch distance of a micro-patch, a nearly uniform array of long DNA nanofibers can be patterned over a large area...
August 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820183/technique-of-retinal-gene-therapy-delivery-of-viral-vector-into-the-subretinal-space
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K Xue, M Groppe, A P Salvetti, R E MacLaren
PurposeSafe and reproducible delivery of gene therapy vector into the subretinal space is essential for successful targeting of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and photoreceptors. The success of surgery is critical for the clinical efficacy of retinal gene therapy. Iatrogenic detachment of the degenerate (often adherent) retina in patients with hereditary retinal degenerations and small volume (eg, 0.1 ml) subretinal injections pose new surgical challenges.MethodsOur subretinal gene therapy technique involved pre-operative planning with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and autofluorescence (AF) imaging, 23 G pars plana vitrectomy, internal limiting membrane staining with Membrane Blue Dual (DORC BV, Zuidland, Netherlands), a two-step subretinal injection using a 41 G Teflon tipped cannula (DORC) first with normal saline to create a parafoveal bleb followed by slow infusion of viral vector via the same self-sealing retinotomy...
August 18, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819756/nanofibers-grafted-on-titanium-alloy-the-effects-of-fiber-alignment-and-density-on-osteoblast-mineralization
#10
Hsin-Yi Lin, Zhao-Xiang Peng
The surface of medical implant alloy Ti-6Al-4V was chemically modified to allow it to covalently bond with collagen/PVA nanofibers. These nanofibers were successfully attached to the Ti-6Al-4V surface in three different morphologies: randomly oriented high-density fiber, COL(H); randomly oriented low-density fiber, COL(L); and aligned high-density fiber, COL(A). The effects of the morphology of these covalently-bound collagen nanofibers on the growth and differentiation of osteoblasts were studied for 21 days...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819695/theoretical-modeling-of-mechanical-homeostasis-of-a-mammalian-cell-under-gravity-directed-vector
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Lüwen Zhou, Chen Zhang, Fan Zhang, Shouqin Lü, Shujin Sun, Dongyuan Lü, Mian Long
Translocation of dense nucleus along gravity vector initiates mechanical remodeling of a eukaryotic cell. In our previous experiments, we quantified the impact of gravity vector on cell remodeling by placing an MC3T3-E1 cell onto upward (U)-, downward (D)-, or edge-on (E)- orientated substrate. Our experimental data demonstrate that orientation dependence of nucleus longitudinal translocation is positively correlated with cytoskeletal (CSK) remodeling of their expressions and structures and also is associated with rearrangement of focal adhesion complex (FAC)...
August 17, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818659/a-new-methodology-to-identify-surface-water-bodies-at-risk-by-using-pesticide-monitoring-data-the-glyphosate-case-study-in-lombardy-region-italy
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Andrea Di Guardo, Antonio Finizio
In the last decades, several monitoring programs were established as an effect of EU Directives addressing the quality of water resources (drinking water, groundwater and surface water). Plant Protection Products (PPPs) are an obvious target of monitoring activities, since they are directly released into the environment. One of the challenges in managing the risk of pesticides at the territorial scale is identifying the locations in water bodies needing implementation of risk mitigation measures. In this, the national pesticides monitoring plans could be very helpful...
August 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818450/development-and-delivery-of-a-physiotherapist-led-exercise-intervention-in-a-randomised-controlled-trial-for-subacromial-impingement-syndrome-the-support-trial
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Kay Stevenson, Sue Jackson, Julie Shufflebotham, Edward Roddy, Nadine E Foster
PURPOSE: This paper describes the development, content and delivery of a physiotherapist- led individualised, supervised and progressed exercise programme for use in a factorial randomised controlled trial testing treatments for subacromial impingement syndrome. METHODS: To develop the intervention, a survey of community physiotherapists and national guidelines provided the basis for a consensus workshop through which a protocol was developed for the SUPPORT trial physiotherapist-led exercise programme (SUPPORT: SUbacromial impingement syndrome and Pain: a randomised controlled trial Of exeRcise and injection)...
March 24, 2017: Physiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818139/bed-rest-and-intermittent-centrifugation-effects-on-human-balance-and-neuromotor-reflexes
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William H Paloski, Millard F Reschke, Alan H Feiveson
INTRODUCTION: The effects of repeated centrifugation in association with head-down tilt (HDT) bed rest (BR) on the mediation of basic reflexes associated with the major postural muscles was investigated as a potential countermeasure for maintaining balance control and neuromotor reflex function. METHODS: There were 15 male volunteers who were exposed to 21 d of 6° HDT-BR. Eight were treated with daily 1-h artificial gravity (AG) exposures aboard a short radius centrifuge that provided 1-g footward loading at heart level...
September 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817819/progressive-kyphosis-associated-with-tethered-cord-syndrome-treated-by-posterior-vertebral-column-resection-in-a-pediatric-patient
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Kadir Oktay, Kerem Mazhar Ozsoy, Yurdal Gezercan, Nuri Eralp Cetinalp, Tahsin Erman
Posterior vertebral column resection is a novel surgical approach for the treatment of progressive kyphosis associated with tethered cord syndrome that was first treated with untethering surgery. A patient with tethered cord syndrome associated with kyphosis first underwent untethering surgery, resulting in progressive kyphosis. Posterior vertebral column resection was performed to correct the kyphosis while shortening the spinal column to prevent the spinal cord from stretch injury. Good correction of kyphosis and reduction of tension on the neural elements were achieved without any neurological deficits...
August 18, 2017: Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817574/diffusion-tensor-imaging-profiles-reveal-specific-neural-tract-distortion-in-normal-pressure-hydrocephalus
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Nicole C Keong, Alonso Pena, Stephen J Price, Marek Czosnyka, Zofia Czosnyka, Elise E DeVito, Charlotte R Housden, Barbara J Sahakian, John D Pickard
BACKGROUND: The pathogenesis of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) remains unclear which limits both early diagnosis and prognostication. The responsiveness to intervention of differing, complex and concurrent injury patterns on imaging have not been well-characterized. We used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to explore the topography and reversibility of white matter injury in NPH pre- and early after shunting. METHODS: Twenty-five participants (sixteen NPH patients and nine healthy controls) underwent DTI, pre-operatively and at two weeks post-intervention in patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817275/influence-of-sodium-chloride-on-the-formation-and-dissociation-behavior-of-co2-gas-hydrates
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Christine Carola Holzammer, Judith Maria Schicks, Stefan Will, Andreas Siegfried Braeuer
We present an experimental study on the formation and dissociation characteristics of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas hydrates using Raman spectroscopy. The CO2 hydrates were formed from sodium-chloride/water solutions with salinities of 0-10 wt-%, which were pressurized with liquid CO2 in a stirred vessel at 6 MPa and a subcooling of 9.5 K. The formation of the CO2 hydrate resulted in a hydrate gel where the solid hydrate can be considered as the continuous phase that includes small amounts of a dispersed liquid water-rich phase that has not been converted to hydrate...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817257/cation-anion-arrangement-patterns-in-self-assembled-pd2l4-and-pd4l8-coordination-cages
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Guido H Clever, Philip Punt
Compounds featuring one-dimensional regular arrangements of stacked metal complexes and alternating [cation-anion]∞ sequences have raised considerable interest owing to their peculiar electronic and optical properties as well as guest inclusion capabilities. While traditional ways to realize these structural motifs rely on crystalline compounds, exclusively existing in the solid state, recent progress in the area of metal-mediated supramolecular self-assembly allows for the rational synthesis of structurally well-defined short stretches of stacked metal complexes and cation-anion arrangements...
August 17, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817244/key-developments-that-impacted-the-field-of-mechanobiology-and-mechanotransduction
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Michelle Wall, David Butler, Alicia El Haj, Josephine C Bodle, Elizabeth G Loboa, Albert J Banes
Advances in mechanobiology have evolved through insights from multiple disciplines including structural engineering, biomechanics, vascular biology, and orthopaedics. In this paper, we reviewed the impact of key reports related to the study of applied loads on tissues and cells and the resulting signal transduction pathways. We addressed how technology has helped advance the burgeoning field of mechanobiology (over 33,600 publications from 1970-2016). We analyzed the impact of critical ideas and then determined how these concepts influenced the mechanobiology field by looking at the citation frequency of these reports as well as tracking how the overall number of citations within the field changed over time...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816944/acute-changes-in-neuromuscular-activity-in-vertical-jump-and-flexibility-after-exposure-to-whole-body-vibration
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Giuseppe Annino, Ferdinando Iellamo, Francesco Palazzo, Augusto Fusco, Mauro Lombardo, Francesca Campoli, Elvira Padua
This study was aimed to investigate the neuromuscular activity after 10 minutes of exposure to a whole body vibration (WBV) session.Twenty male young adults (24.8 ± 2.5 year olds) were randomized and divided into 2 groups: the vibration group (VG) was exposed to 10 minutes of WBV at 35 Hz; performed 10 minutes of WBV at 35 Hz (displacement = 5 mm; magnitude = 5 g); the nonvibrated group (NVG) was the placebo group that maintained the same position on the plate but without exposure to any type of vibration...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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