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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535331/computer-and-mobile-technology-interventions-for-self-management-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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REVIEW
Catherine McCabe, Margaret McCann, Anne Marie Brady
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterised by airflow obstruction due to an abnormal inflammatory response of the lungs to noxious particles or gases, for example, cigarette smoke. The pattern of care for people with moderate to very severe COPD often involves regular lengthy hospital admissions, which result in high healthcare costs and an undesirable effect on quality of life. Research over the past decade has focused on innovative methods for developing enabling and assistive technologies that facilitate patient self-management...
May 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533376/b12-dependent-photoresponsive-protein-hydrogels-for-controlled-stem-cell-protein-release
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Ri Wang, Zhongguang Yang, Jiren Luo, I-Ming Hsing, Fei Sun
Thanks to the precise control over their structural and functional properties, genetically engineered protein-based hydrogels have emerged as a promising candidate for biomedical applications. Given the growing demand for creating stimuli-responsive "smart" hydrogels, here we show the synthesis of entirely protein-based photoresponsive hydrogels by covalently polymerizing the adenosylcobalamin (AdoB12)-dependent photoreceptor C-terminal adenosylcobalamin binding domain (CarHC) proteins using genetically encoded SpyTag-SpyCatcher chemistry under mild physiological conditions...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532782/risk-factors-for-recurrent-cardiovascular-events-before-age-65-years-or-within-2-5%C3%A2-years-of-a-recent-first-cardiovascular-event
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M Johanneke van den Berg, Jan Westerink, Yolanda van der Graaf, L Jaap Kappelle, Gert J de Borst, Maarten-Jan M Cramer, Frank L J Visseren
The aim of this study was to quantify the relation between classical risk factors (smoking, diabetes, BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure, and lipids), risk factor targets, and risk of recurrent major atherosclerotic cardiovascular events (MACE). This was first done for recurrent MACE ≤65 years in patients aged <60 years and second for recurrent MACE ≤2.5 years after a first cardiovascular event. Data were used from the Second Manifestations of Arterial Disease study (n = 5,115), a prospective cohort of patients with a recent (≤1 year) first cardiovascular event...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532112/preparations-and-doxorubicin-controlled-release-of-amino-acid-based-redox-ph-dual-responsive-nanomicelles
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Yuanyuan Ding, Liping Zhang, Gang Shi, Xinxin Sang, Caihua Ni
Terpolymers of poly (Lysine-co-N, N-Bis (acryloyl) cystamine-co-β-Phenethylamine) (PLBP) were synthesized in one-pot by Michael addition terpolymerization. The terpolymers self-assembled into nano-sized spherical micelles (84-123nm) with narrow distributions. The surface charge of the nanomicelles (NMs) was depended on solution's pH and showed negative values under physiological conditions (pH7.4), which was beneficial for long circulation without non-specific protein adsorption. Doxorubicin (DOX) was effectively loaded into the NMs for controlled release...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532082/ultrasonic-nanotherapy-of-breast-cancer-using-novel-ultrasound-responsive-alginate-shelled-perfluorohexane-nanodroplets-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation
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Fatemeh Baghbani, Mahdieh Chegeni, Fathollah Moztarzadeh, Jamshid Aghazadeh Mohandesi, Manijhe Mokhtari-Dizaji
Development of a new class of multifunctional ultrasound-responsive smart nanocarriers that combine therapeutic properties with diagnostic imaging has gained great attention in recent years. Here, we describe the results of ultrasonic nanotherapy of breast cancer using novel alginate-stabilized perfluorohexane nanodroplets. Doxorubicin (Dox)-loaded multifunctional nanodroplets (Dox-NDs) were synthesized via nanoemulsion process and evaluated in vitro and in vivo with focus on cytotoxicity, hemolytic activity, biodistribution, biosafety, and antitumor activity...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532072/new-bioactive-bone-like-microspheres-with-intrinsic-magnetic-properties-obtained-by-bio-inspired-mineralisation-process
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Tatiana Marisa Fernandes Patrício, Silvia Panseri, Monica Sandri, Anna Tampieri, Simone Sprio
A bio-inspired mineralisation process was investigated and applied to develop novel hybrid magnetic materials by heterogeneous nucleation of Fe(2+)/Fe(3+)-doped hydroxyapatite nanocrystals onto a biopolymeric matrix made of a Type I collagen-based recombinant peptide (RCP). The effect of the synthesis temperature on the phase composition, crystallinity and magnetic properties of the nucleated inorganic phase was studied. The as-obtained magnetic materials were then engineered, by using a water-in-oil emulsification process, into hybrid magnetic microspheres, which were stabilized by de-hydrothermal treatment yielding cross-linking of the macromolecular matrix...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532063/biodegradable-galactitol-based-crosslinked-polyesters-for-controlled-release-and-bone-tissue-engineering
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Janeni Natarajan, Sahitya Movva, Giridhar Madras, Kaushik Chatterjee
Various classes of biodegradable polymers have been explored towards finding alternates for the existing treatments for bone disorders. In this framework, two families of polyesters using an array of crosslinkers were synthesized. One was based on galactiol/adipic acid and the other based on galactitol/dodecanedioic acid. The structures of the polymers were confirmed by FTIR and further confirmed by (1)H NMR. DSC showed that the polymers were amorphous and the glass transition temperature increased with increase in crosslinking...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531157/hybrid-aware-model-for-senior-wellness-service-in-smart-home
#8
Yuchae Jung
Smart home technology with situation-awareness is important for seniors to improve safety and security. With the development of context-aware computing, wearable sensor technology, and ubiquitous computing, it is easier for seniors to manage their health problem in smart home environment. For monitoring senior activity in smart home, wearable, and motion sensors-such as respiration rate (RR), electrocardiography (ECG), body temperature, and blood pressure (BP)-were used for monitoring movements of seniors. For context-awareness, environmental sensors-such as gas, fire, smoke, dust, temperature, and light sensors-were used for senior location data collection...
May 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531125/characterizing-dynamic-walking-patterns-and-detecting-falls-with-wearable-sensors-using-gaussian-process-methods
#9
Taehwan Kim, Jeongho Park, Seongman Heo, Keehoon Sung, Jooyoung Park
By incorporating a growing number of sensors and adopting machine learning technologies, wearable devices have recently become a prominent health care application domain. Among the related research topics in this field, one of the most important issues is detecting falls while walking. Since such falls may lead to serious injuries, automatically and promptly detecting them during daily use of smartphones and/or smart watches is a particular need. In this paper, we investigate the use of Gaussian process (GP) methods for characterizing dynamic walking patterns and detecting falls while walking with built-in wearable sensors in smartphones and/or smartwatches...
May 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530204/in-bed-vital-signs-monitoring-system-based-on-unobtrusive-magnetic-induction-method-with-a-concentric-planar-gradiometer
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Hadiseh Mahdavi, Javier Rosell-Ferrer
SIGNIFICANCE: Unobtrusive vital signs monitoring is of major importance for various medical areas such as detection and treatment of sleep disorders, monitoring neonates and burned victims, home health care and smart home applications and wearables among others. Such applications call for monitoring methods in which the patient's natural state is less interfered with. An ideal device would be non-invasive, minimally restrictive, robust enough to compensate movements of the patients, and would operate without relying on the patient's full cooperation...
June 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530149/a-technology-roadmap-of-smart-biosensors-from-conventional-glucose-monitoring-systems
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Pravin Shende, Pratiksha Sahu, Ram Gaud
The objective of this review article is to focus on technology roadmap of smart biosensors from a conventional glucose monitoring system. The estimation of glucose with commercially available devices involves analysis of blood samples that are obtained by pricking finger or extracting blood from the forearm. Since pain and discomfort are associated with invasive methods, the non-invasive measurement techniques have been investigated. The non-invasive methods show advantages like non-exposure to sharp objects such as needles and syringes, due to which there is an increase in testing frequency, improved control of glucose concentration and absence of pain and biohazard materials...
June 2017: Therapeutic Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529435/two-generalized-lyapunov-type-inequalities-for-a-fractional-p-laplacian-equation-with-fractional-boundary-conditions
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Yang Liu, Dapeng Xie, Dandan Yang, Chuanzhi Bai
In this paper, we investigate the existence of positive solutions for the boundary value problem of nonlinear fractional differential equation with mixed fractional derivatives and p-Laplacian operator. Then we establish two smart generalizations of Lyapunov-type inequalities. Some applications are given to demonstrate the effectiveness of the new results.
2017: Journal of Inequalities and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527834/perceptions-of-seniors-with-heart-failure-regarding-autonomous-zero-effort-monitoring-of-physiological-parameters-in-the-smart-home-environment
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Sherry L Grace, Golnoush Taherzadeh, Isaac Sung Jae Chang, Jennifer Boger, Amaya Arcelus, Susanna Mak, Caroline Chessex, Alex Mihailidis
BACKGROUND: Technological advances are leading to the ability to autonomously monitor patient's health status in their own homes, to enable aging-in-place. OBJECTIVES: To understand the perceptions of seniors with heart failure (HF) regarding smart-home systems to monitor their physiological parameters. METHODS: In this qualitative study, HF outpatients were invited to a smart-home lab, where they completed a sequence of activities, during which the capacity of 5 autonomous sensing modalities was compared to gold standard measures...
May 17, 2017: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527520/recent-advances-in-smart-biotechnology-hydrogels-and-nanocarriers-for-tailored-bioactive-molecules-depot
#14
REVIEW
Gesmi Milcovich, Stefania Lettieri, Filipe E Antunes, Bruno Medronho, Ana C Fonseca, Jorge F J Coelho, Paolo Marizza, Francesca Perrone, Rossella Farra, Barbara Dapas, Gabriele Grassi, Mario Grassi, Silvia Giordani
Over the past ten years, the global biopharmaceutical market has remarkably grown, with ten over the top twenty worldwide high performance medical treatment sales being biologics. Thus, biotech R&D (research and development) sector is becoming a key leading branch, with expanding revenues. Biotechnology offers considerable advantages compared to traditional therapeutic approaches, such as reducing side effects, specific treatments, higher patient compliance and therefore more effective treatments leading to lower healthcare costs...
May 9, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526666/a-smart-toy-to-enhance-the-decision-making-process-at-children-s-psychomotor-delay-screenings-a-pilot-study
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María Angeles Gutiérrez García, María Luisa Martín Ruiz, Diego Rivera, Laura Vadillo, Miguel Angel Valero Duboy
BACKGROUND: EDUCERE ("Ubiquitous Detection Ecosystem to Care and Early Stimulation for Children with Developmental Disorders") is an ecosystem for ubiquitous detection, care, and early stimulation of children with developmental disorders. The objectives of this Spanish government-funded research and development project are to investigate, develop, and evaluate innovative solutions to detect changes in psychomotor development through the natural interaction of children with toys and everyday objects, and perform stimulation and early attention activities in real environments such as home and school...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525259/biodegradable-smart-polyphosphazenes-with-intrinsic-multi-functionality-as-intracellular-protein-delivery-vehicles
#16
Andre P Martinez, Bareera Qamar, Thomas R Fuerst, Silvia Muro, Alexander K Andrianov
A series of biodegradable drug delivery polymers with intrinsic multifunctionality have been designed and synthesized utilizing polyphosphazene macromolecular engineering approach. Novel water-soluble polymers, which contain carboxylic acid and pyrrolidone moieties attached to inorganic phosphorus-nitrogen backbone, were characterized by a suite of physico-chemical methods to confirm their structure, composition, and molecular sizes. All synthesized polyphosphazenes displayed composition dependent hydrolytic degradability in aqueous solutions at neutral pH...
May 19, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524602/elucidating-the-role-of-dissolution-in-ceo2-nanoparticle-plant-uptake-by-smart-radiolabeling
#17
Stefan Schymura, Thomas Fricke, Heike Hildebrand, Karsten Franke
The identification of major uptake pathways in plants is an important factor when evaluating the fate of manufactured nanoparticles in the environment and the associated risks. Using different radiolabeling techniques we were able to show a predominantly particulate uptake for CeO2 nanoparticles in contrast to a possible uptake in the form of ionic cerium.
May 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524547/performance-of-a-new-generation-continuous-autotransfusion-device-including-fat-removal-and-consequences-for-quality-controls
#18
T F Seyfried, M Gruber, D Bitzinger, M T Pawlik, A Breu, B M Graf, E Hansen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Cell salvage plays a key role in blood conservation. To maintain high performance, quality management is recommended. Accordingly, a new-generation autotransfusion device was tested for its performance and compared with its predecessor. Two different calculations of quality parameters were applied. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In an experimental study, the continuous autotransfusion devices CATSmart and Continuous Autotransfusion System (C.A...
May 19, 2017: Transfusion Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524364/biofunctional-microgel-based-fertilizers-for-controlled-foliar-delivery-of-nutrients-to-plants
#19
Richard A Meurer, Steffen Kemper, Sandra Knopp, Thomas Eichert, Felix Jakob, Heiner E Goldbach, Ulrich Schwaneberg, Andrij Pich
Foliar application of micronutrients (e.g. Fe(3+) ) onto plants over an extended time is challenging and often not possible due to insufficient rainfastness. Smart delivery systems which enable micronutrient release over several weeks would offer innovative and sustainable options to improve plant health and food production. Herein, we report a novel foliar fertilizer delivery system based on functional pH-responsive biohybrid microgels that have orthogonal functionality as carriers of micronutrients and employ peptides (termed anchor peptides) as foliar adhesion promoters...
May 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524114/bath-ambience-a-mechatronic-system-for-assisting-the-caregivers-of-bedridden-people
#20
Karolina Bezerra, José Machado, Vítor Carvalho, Marcelo Castro, Pedro Costa, Demétrio Matos, Filomena Soares
The health of older people is receiving special attention and dedication nowadays, with the aim of increasing their general wellbeing and quality of life. Studies into different aspects of the care of the elderly have found that emphasis should be given to solving problems related to bathing in different situations and environments. In particular, it is important to develop new assistive technologies to streamline and ease the burden of a caregiver's daily tasks. Generally-speaking, in the case of bedridden patients, bathing is typically carried out manually by a caregiver, using towels, sponges, and a water basin...
May 18, 2017: Sensors
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