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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227506/a-pdms-based-optical-waveguide-for-transcutaneous-powering-of-microelectrode-arrays
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Ali Ersen, Mesut Sahin, Ali Ersen, Mesut Sahin, Ali Ersen, Mesut Sahin
Implantable microelectrode arrays (MEAs) usually have on-site electronics that need to be powered, both in neural recording and stimulation applications. Interconnecting wires between implanted electrodes and the outside world constitute a major source of complications. Our solution to this tethering problem is to design a light waveguide that can collect the optical power transcutaneously and transmit it to the microelectrode array where it is to be converted to an electric current. A polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-based waveguide was fabricated and its attenuation was measured in vitro and found to be 0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226755/automatic-detection-of-melanoma-using-broad-extraction-of-features-from-digital-images
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M H Jafari, S Samavi, N Karimi, S M R Soroushmehr, K Ward, K Najarian, M H Jafari, S Samavi, N Karimi, S M R Soroushmehr, K Ward, K Najarian, K Ward, M H Jafari, S M R Soroushmehr, S Samavi, K Najarian, N Karimi
Automatic and reliable diagnosis of skin cancer, as a smartphone application, is of great interest. Among different types of skin cancers, melanoma is the most dangerous one which causes most deaths. Meanwhile, melanoma is curable if it were diagnosed in its early stages. In this paper we propose an efficient system for prescreening of pigmented skin lesions for malignancy using general-purpose digital cameras. These images can be captured by a smartphone or a digital camera. This could be beneficial in different applications, such as computer aided diagnosis and telemedicine applications...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223745/intense-pulsed-light-alone-and-in-combination-with-erbium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet-laser-on-small-to-medium-sized-congenital-melanocytic-nevi-single-center-experience-based-on-retrospective-chart-review
#3
Mi So Lee, Hee Jin Jun, Sang Hyun Cho, Jeong Deuk Lee, Hei Sung Kim
BACKGROUND: Treatment of congenital melanocytic nevi (CMN) with intense pulsed light (IPL) has recently produced promising results. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical and histological outcomes of small-to-medium sized CMN treated with IPL alone and in combination with erbium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Er: YAG) laser. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of 26 small-to-medium sized CMN treated as described above. The reduction in visible pigmentation, signs of recurrence and any adverse skin changes were evaluated by two independent clinicians...
February 2017: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220602/mexametric-and-cutometric-assessment-of-the-signs-of-aging-of-the-skin-area-around-the-eyes-after-the-use-of-non-ablative-fractional-laser-non-ablative-radiofrequency-and-intense-pulsed-light
#4
Anna Maria Kołodziejczak, Helena Rotsztejn
The assessment of the signs of aging within eyes area in cutometric (skin elasticity) and mexametric (discoloration and severity of erythema) examination after the treatment with: non-ablative fractional laser, non-ablative radiofrequency (RF) and intense light source (IPL). This study included 71 patients, aged 33-63 years (the average age was 45.81) with Fitzpatrick skin type II and III. 24 patients received 5 successive treatment sessions with a 1,410-nm non-ablative fractional laser in two-week intervals, 23 patients received 5 successive treatment sessions with a non-ablative RF in one-week intervals and 24 patients received 5 successive treatment sessions with an IPL in two-week intervals...
February 21, 2017: Dermatologic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219012/the-tyrosinase-catalyzed-oxidation-of-the-leukoderma-inducing-agent-raspberry-ketone-produces-e-4-3-oxo-1-butenyl-1-2-benzoquinone-implications-for-melanocyte-toxicity
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Shosuke Ito, Maki Hinoshita, Erina Suzuki, Makoto Ojika, Kazumasa Wakamatsu
The exposure of human skin to 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanone (raspberry ketone, RK) is known to cause chemical/occupational leukoderma. RK has a structure closely related to 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanol (rhododendrol), a skin whitening agent that was found to cause leukoderma in the skin of consumers in 2013. Rhododendrol is a good substrate for tyrosinase and causes a tyrosinase-dependent cytotoxicity to melanocytes, cells that are responsible for skin pigmentation. Therefore, it is expected that RK exerts its cytotoxicity to melanocytes through the tyrosinase-catalyzed oxidation to cytotoxic o-quinones...
February 20, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217472/yellow-pseudochromhidrosis-in-a-young-female
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Pragya A Nair, Rahul Krishna S Kota, Nishit K Surti, Nilofar G Diwan, Shailee S Gandhi
Chromhidrosis is a rare disorder in which there is pigmentation of sweat in a variety of colors. It can be classified into apocrine, pseudoeccrine, and true eccrine chromhidrosis. Pseudochromhidrosis is a condition in which the excreted sweat is colorless, but later acquires color due to contact with chromogenic chemicals. Systemic and topical antibiotics are the mainstay of treatment. Although it does not constitute a major health issue, it causes psychological stress and social embarrassment. A 20-year-old female presented to us with yellow-colored sweat and discoloration of clothes since 1 month...
January 2017: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217468/subcutaneous-phaeohyphomycosis-in-an-immunocompetent-individual-a-case-report
#7
Sudharani Chintagunta, Geetakiran Arakkal, Sudha V Damarla, Akshay K Vodapalli
Phaeohyphomycosis is a rare mycotic infection caused by various heterogenous groups of phaeoid (dematiaceous) fungi involving the skin and subcutaneous tissue. Common clinical manifestations are subcutaneous abscesses or cystic swellings. Here, we report a case of subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis presenting as multiple asymptomatic cystic swellings over the hands and feet without any predisposing factors. Histopathology showed granulomatous inflammation and special stain with Grocott's methanamine silver stain revealed broad pigmented hyphae...
January 2017: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217150/infantile-tremor-syndrome-a-review-and-critical-appraisal-of-its-etiology
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REVIEW
Jatinder Singh Goraya, Sukhjot Kaur
Infantile tremor syndrome (ITS) is defined by the tetrad of pallor, developmental delay/regression, skin pigmentation, and brown scanty scalp hair. Involuntary movements in the form of tremors supervene in the natural course of the illness in a significant number of cases. The disorder occurs in exclusively breast-fed infants of vegetarian mothers belonging to economically deprived sections of society. Most of the children eventually recover but are frequently left with long-term cognitive and language neurodeficits...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209049/5-point-checklist-for-skin-cancer-detection-in-primary-care
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Elvira Moscarella, Aimilios Lallas, Caterina Longo, Roberto Alfano, Giuseppe Argenziano
BACKGROUND: Skin cancer screening interventions often relay on the involvement of general practitioners (GPs). Many interventions up to now have been directed to training approaches focusing on the clinical features of skin malignancies to increase GPs skill in skin cancer recognition. METHODS: Based on the available current knowledge about skin cancer epidemiology and risk factors, we built up a 5-point checklist to help GPs in triaging patients to be referred to a dermatologist...
February 16, 2017: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208984/aquaporin-3-and-e-cadherin-expression-in-perilesional-vitiligo-skin
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Ola Ahmed Bakry, Magda Mostafa Hagag, Mona Abd El Halim Kandil, Wafaa Ahmed Shehata
INTRODUCTION: Vitiligo is a common dermatologic disorder with debated aetiology. Most studies focused on role of melanocytes and few investigated the role of keratinocytes in pathogenesis of the disease. AIM: To investigate the keratinocyte adhesion in perilesional vitiligo skin through the immunolocalization of Aquaporin-3 (AQP3) and E-cadherin. SETTING AND DESIGN: Sixty five subjects were selected. These included 40 cases with vitiligo and 25 age and gender-matched healthy subjects as a control group...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196317/common-skin-conditions-in-children-noninfectious-rashes
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Brian Z Rayala, Dean S Morrell
Cutaneous adverse drug reactions are among the most common noninfectious rashes of childhood. Cutaneous adverse drug reactions are classified as morbilliform, urticarial, bullous, pustular, or psoriasiform. Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common inflammatory cutaneous eruptions, and is characterized by pruritus and flexural distribution. Emollients and topical corticosteroids are first-line therapies. Topical calcineurin inhibitors are second-line, steroid-sparing drugs for certain conditions, such as face and eyelid eczema...
February 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195138/bioproduction-characterization-anticancer-and-antioxidant-activities-of-extracellular-melanin-pigment-produced-by-newly-isolated-microbial-cell-factories-streptomyces-glaucescens-neae-h
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Noura El-Ahmady El-Naggar, Sara M El-Ewasy
In this present study, a newly isolated strain, Streptomyces sp. NEAE-H, capable of producing high amount of black extracellular melanin pigment on peptone-yeast extract iron agar and identified as Streptomyces glaucescens NEAE-H. Plackett-Burman statistical design was conducted for initial screening of 17 independent (assigned) variables for their significances on melanin pigment production by Streptomyces glaucescens NEAE-H. The most significant factors affecting melanin production are incubation period, protease-peptone and ferric ammonium citrate...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195077/effects-of-air-pollution-on-the-skin-a-review
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REVIEW
Poonam Puri, Shashi Kumar Nandar, Sushruta Kathuria, V Ramesh
The increase in air pollution over the years has had major effects on the human skin. Various air pollutants such as ultraviolet radiation, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, oxides, particulate matter, ozone and cigarette smoke affect the skin as it is the outermost barrier. Air pollutants damage the skin by inducing oxidative stress. Although human skin acts as a biological shield against pro-oxidative chemicals and physical air pollutants, prolonged or repetitive exposure to high levels of these pollutants may have profound negative effects on the skin...
February 7, 2017: Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194446/knockin-mouse-with-mutant-g%C3%AE-11-mimics-human-inherited-hypocalcemia-and-is-rescued-by-pharmacologic-inhibitors
#14
Kelly L Roszko, Ruiye Bi, Caroline M Gorvin, Hans Bräuner-Osborne, Xiao-Feng Xiong, Asuka Inoue, Rajesh V Thakker, Kristian Strømgaard, Thomas Gardella, Michael Mannstadt
Heterotrimeric G proteins play critical roles in transducing extracellular signals generated by 7-transmembrane domain receptors. Somatic gain-of-function mutations in G protein α subunits are associated with a variety of diseases. Recently, we identified gain-of-function mutations in Gα11 in patients with autosomal-dominant hypocalcemia type 2 (ADH2), an inherited disorder of hypocalcemia, low parathyroid hormone (PTH), and hyperphosphatemia. We have generated knockin mice harboring the point mutation GNA11 c...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191677/uvb-represses-melanocyte-cell-migration-and-acts-through-%C3%AE-catenin
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Juliette U Bertrand, Valérie Petit, Elke Hacker, Irina Berlin, Nicholas K Hayward, Marie Pouteaux, Evelyne Sage, David C Whiteman, Lionel Larue
The exposure of skin to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can have both beneficial and deleterious effects: it can lead, for instance, to increased pigmentation and vitamin D synthesis but also to inflammation and skin cancer. UVB may induce genetic and epigenetic alterations, and have reversible effects associated with post-translational and gene regulation modifications. β-catenin is a main driver in melanocyte development; although infrequently mutated in melanoma, its cellular localization and activity is frequently altered...
February 13, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185012/the-synergistic-effect-of-maltose-enhances-the-anti-melanogenic-activity-of-acarbose
#16
Bum-Ho Bin, Sung Tae Kim, Jinhyuk Bhin, Kyounghee Byoun, Tae Ryong Lee, Eun-Gyung Cho
Melanocytes play an important role in maintaining epidermal homeostasis by producing melanin and protecting the skin from harmful environmental factors. However, excessive up- or down-regulation of melanin production often causes hyper- or hypo-pigmented disorders, respectively, which affect the patient's quality of life. Therefore, various strategies for modulating melanin levels have been developed by the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. We reported previously that voglibose, which is a well-known anti-hyperglycemic agent, could be used as an anti-melanogenic agent by inhibiting α-glucosidase activity and reducing tyrosinase protein levels...
February 9, 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183159/a-novel-schedule-of-accelerated-partial-breast-radiation-using-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-in-elderly-patients-survival-and-toxicity-analysis-of-a-prospective-clinical-trial
#17
Mutlay Sayan, Karen Wilson, Carl Nelson, Havaleh Gagne, Deborah Rubin, Ruth Heimann
Purpose: Several accelerated partial breast radiation (APBR) techniques have been investigated in patients with early-stage breast cancer (BC); however, the optimal treatment delivery techniques remain unclear. We evaluated the feasibility and toxicity of APBR delivered using intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in elderly patients with stage I BC, using a novel fractionation schedule. Materials and Methods: Forty-two patients aged ≥65 years, with stage I BC who underwent breast conserving surgery were enrolled in a phase I/II study evaluating APBR using IMRT...
February 13, 2017: Radiation Oncology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181477/eumelanin-releasing-spongy-like-hydrogels-for-skin-re-epithelialization-purposes
#18
Lucília Pereira da Silva, Sílvia Oliveira, Rogério Pirraco, Tírcia Santos, Rui Reis, Alexandra Marques, Vitor Correlo
Melanin function in the skin has been associated to pigmentation but other properties such as electrical conductance, photoprotection, antioxidant and antimicrobial activity, have also been recognized. Nonetheless, the use of melanin in a skin wound healing context was never considered. In this sense, eumelanin particles with a typical round and nano-sized morphology and electrical conductivity of 2.09x10-8S·cm-1 were extracted from the ink of Sepia officinalis. The ability of primary human keratinocytes to phagocyte eumelanin, which was then accumulated in cytosolic vesicles and nuclei surroundings, was demonstrated...
February 9, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177974/optimizing-radiotherapy-for-keloids-a-meta-analysis-systematic-review-comparing-recurrence-rates-between-different-radiation-modalities
#19
Peter Mankowski, Jonathan Kanevsky, Jared Tomlinson, Alina Dyachenko, Mario Luc
BACKGROUND: The high recurrence rate of keloids has lead to the use of multiple treatment adjuncts to improve cosmetic outcomes after surgery. To date, there has been no single, standardized modality agreed upon to produce the best results. The purpose of this study was to review the radiation-based treatments (brachytherapy, electron beam and X-ray) used for keloid management and compare their outcomes. METHODS: A literature review was performed from 1942 to October 2014 using the databases: PubMed database of the National Center of Biotechnology Information, MEDLINE, Biosis, Embase, Google scholar, and Cochrane database...
February 8, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176337/how-fish-color-their-skin-a-paradigm-for-development-and-evolution-of-adult-patterns-multipotency-plasticity-and-cell-competition-regulate-proliferation-and-spreading-of-pigment-cells-in-zebrafish-coloration
#20
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Ajeet Pratap Singh
Pigment cells in zebrafish - melanophores, iridophores, and xanthophores - originate from neural crest-derived stem cells associated with the dorsal root ganglia of the peripheral nervous system. Clonal analysis indicates that these progenitors remain multipotent and plastic beyond embryogenesis well into metamorphosis, when the adult color pattern develops. Pigment cells share a lineage with neuronal cells of the peripheral nervous system; progenitors propagate along the spinal nerves. The proliferation of pigment cells is regulated by competitive interactions among cells of the same type...
February 3, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
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