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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164019/quantitative-analysis-of-electro-anatomical-maps-application-to-an-experimental-model-of-left-bundle-branch-block-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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David Soto Iglesias, Nicolas Duchateau, Constantine Butakoff Kostantyn Butakov, David Andreu, Juan Fernandez-Armenta, Bart Bijnens, Antonio Berruezo, Marta Sitges, Oscar Camara
Electro-anatomical maps (EAMs) are commonly acquired in clinical routine for guiding ablation therapies. They provide voltage and activation time information on a 3-D anatomical mesh representation, making them useful for analyzing the electrical activation patterns in specific pathologies. However, the variability between the different acquisitions and anatomies hampers the comparison between different maps. This paper presents two contributions for the analysis of electrical patterns in EAM data from biventricular surfaces of cardiac chambers...
2017: IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161293/high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-ablation-around-the-tubing
#2
Jun Yang Siu, Chenhui Liu, Yufeng Zhou
High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has been emerging as an effective and noninvasive modality in cancer treatment with very promising clinical results. However, a small vessel in the focal region could be ruptured, which is an important concern for the safety of HIFU ablation. In this study, lesion formation in the polyacrylamide gel phantom embedded with different tubing (inner diameters of 0.76 mm and 3 mm) at varied flow speeds (17-339 cm/s) by HIFU ablation was photographically recorded. Produced lesions have decreased length (~30%) but slightly increased width (~6%) in comparison to that without the embedded tubing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158895/a-journey-through-liposuction-and-liposculture-review
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REVIEW
Elisa Bellini, Michele P Grieco, Edoardo Raposio
Introduction: Nowadays, liposuction is the most frequently performed aesthetic surgery procedure in Western Countries. This technique has had rapid development since the 1970s, when it was experimented for the first time by A. and G. Fischer. It is currently widely used in clinical practice for many different situations in aesthetic, reconstructive and functional fields. Materials and methods: This review aims to describe the historical evolution of liposuction by analyzing the transformation of the method in function of the introduction of innovative ideas or instruments...
December 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158396/emt-programs-promote-basal-mammary-stem-cell-and-tumor-initiating-cell-stemness-by-inducing-primary-ciliogenesis-and-hedgehog-signaling
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Vincent J Guen, Tony E Chavarria, Cornelia Kröger, Xin Ye, Robert A Weinberg, Jacqueline A Lees
Tissue regeneration relies on adult stem cells (SCs) that possess the ability to self-renew and produce differentiating progeny. In an analogous manner, the development of certain carcinomas depends on a small subset of tumor cells, called "tumor-initiating cells" (TICs), with SC-like properties. Mammary SCs (MaSCs) reside in the basal compartment of the mammary epithelium, and their neoplastic counterparts, mammary TICs (MaTICs), are thought to serve as the TICs for the claudin-low subtype of breast cancer...
November 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156340/fabricating-hierarchical-micro-and-nano-structures-on-implantable-co-cr-mo-alloy-for-tissue-engineering-by-one-step-laser-ablation
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Liguo Qin, Hongxing Wu, Junde Guo, Xinan Feng, Guangneng Dong, Jinyou Shao, Qunfeng Zeng, Yali Zhang, Yuanbin Qin
Surface texturing is one of the effective strategies to improve bioactivity of implantable materials. In this study, hierarchical micro and nano structure (HMN) were fabricated on Co-Cr-Mo alloy substrate by a movable picosecond laser irradiation. Respectively, microgrooves with nano ripples and islands were produced on Co-Cr-Mo alloy by low and high laser power density. X-ray diffraction apparatus (XRD) phase analysis illustrated that substrate was in the phase of γ- face-centered cubic structure (FCC) before laser treatment, while it was in ε-hexagonal closest packing structure (HCP) phase dominant after laser treatment...
November 17, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156126/two-dimensional-tantalum-carbide-mxenes-composite-nanosheets-for-multiple-imaging-guided-photothermal-tumor-ablation
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Chen Dai, Yu Chen, Xiangxiang Jing, Lihua Xiang, Dayang Yang, Han Lin, Zhuang Liu, Xiaoxia Han, Rong Wu
MXenes, an emerging family of graphene-analogues two-dimensional (2D) materials, have attracted continuous and tremendous attentions in many application fields because of their intrinsic physiochemical properties and high performance in versatile applications. In this work, we report on the construction of tantalum carbide (Ta4C3) MXene-based composite nanosheets for multiple imaging-guided photothermal tumor ablation, which has been achieved by rational choice of the composition of MXenes and their surface functionalization...
November 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144983/albumin-coordinated-assembly-of-clearable-platinum-nanodots-for-photo-induced-cancer-theranostics
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Yong'an Tang, Tao Yang, Qiaoli Wang, Xiaoyan Lv, Xue Song, Hengte Ke, Zhengqing Guo, Xiaoqing Huang, Jun Hu, Zifu Li, Peng Yang, Xiangliang Yang, Huabing Chen
Photoactive noble metal nanoparticles are of increasing importance toward personalized cancer therapy in the field of precision nanomedicine. A critical challenge remains in the exploration of clinically potential noble metal nanoparticles for highly efficient cancer theranostics. Here, we introduce albumin-coordinated assembly of clearable Pt nanodots (Pt-NDs) with monodisperse nanostructure as high-performance theranostic agents for imaging-guided photothermal tumor ablation. We precisely manipulate the reduction and growth of tetravalent Pt ions into ultrasmall nanodots through albumin-directed growth kinetics, thereby leading to the synthesis of monodisperse 6...
October 20, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138342/immunotherapy-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-facts-and-hopes
#8
Mercedes Iñarrairaegui, Ignacio Melero, Bruno Sangro
Treatment of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma in the advanced stage remains a great challenge, with very few drugs approved. After decades of failures of immune therapies, immune checkpoint inhibitors have emerged as potentially effective treatments for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma in the advanced stage. Immune checkpoints, including human cancer, cytotoxic T-lymphocyte protein 4 (CTLA-4) and programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1), are surface proteins expressed in a variety of immune cells, and mostly provide immunosuppressive signals...
November 14, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136808/an-approach-for-quantification-of-platinum-distribution-in-tissues-by-la-icp-ms-imaging-using-isotope-dilution-analysis
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I Moraleja, M L Mena, A Lázaro, B Neumann, A Tejedor, N Jakubowski, M M Gómez-Gómez, D Esteban-Fernández
Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) has been revealed as a convenient technique for trace elemental imaging in tissue sections, providing elemental 2D distribution at a quantitative level. For quantification purposes, in the last years several approaches have been proposed in the literature such as the use of CRMs or matrix matched standards. The use of Isotope Dilution (ID) for quantification by LA-ICP-MS has been also described, being mainly useful for bulk analysis but not feasible for spatial measurements so far...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135967/modifying-the-morphology-of-silicon-surfaces-by-laser-induced-liquid-assisted-colloidal-lithography
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Magdalena Ulmeanu, Robert L Harniman, Petko Petkov, Michael N R Ashfold
Single, or isolated small arrays of, spherical silica colloidal particles (with refractive index ncolloid = 1.47 and radius R = 350 nm or 1.5 μm) were placed on a silicon substrate and immersed in carbon tetrachloride (nliquid = 1.48) or toluene (nliquid = 1.52). Areas of the sample were then exposed to a single laser pulse (8 ps duration, wavelength λ = 355 nm), and the spatial intensity modulation of the near field in the vicinity of the particles revealed via the resulting patterning of the substrate surface...
November 14, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131985/analysis-of-contaminated-nuclear-plant-steel-by-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy
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Adam Lang, Dirk Engelberg, Nicholas T Smith, Divyesh Trivedi, Owen Horsfall, Anthony Banford, Philip A Martin, Paul Coffey, William R Bower, Clemens Walther, Martin Weiß, Hauke Bosco, Alex Jenkins, Gareth T W Law
Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) has the potential to allow direct, standoff measurement of contaminants on nuclear plant. Here, LIBS is evaluated as an analytical tool for measurement of Sr and Cs contamination on type 304 stainless steel surfaces. Samples were reacted in model acidic (PUREX reprocessing) and alkaline (spent fuel ponds) Sr and Cs bearing liquors, with LIBS multi-pulse ablation also explored to measure contaminant penetration. The Sr II (407.77nm) and Cs I (894.35nm) emission lines could be separated from the bulk emission spectra, though only Sr could be reliably detected at surface loadings >0...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122711/developmental-refinement-of-synaptic-transmission-on-micropatterned-single-layer-graphene
#12
Sandeep Keshavan, Shovan Naskar, Alberto Diaspro, Laura Cancedda, Silvia Dante
Interfacing neurons with a single atomic layer of graphene, single atomic layer of sp2 hybridized C-atoms, is a key paradigm in understanding how to exploit the unique properties of such a two-dimensional system for neural prosthetics and biosensors development. In order to fabricate graphene-based circuitry, a reliable large area patterning method is a requirement. Following a previously developed protocol, we monitored the in vitro neuronal development of geometrically ordered neural network growing onto patterned Single Layer Graphene (SLG) coated with poly-D-lysine...
November 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120376/real-time-alpine-measurement-system-using-wireless-sensor-networks
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Sami A Malek, Francesco Avanzi, Keoma Brun-Laguna, Tessa Maurer, Carlos A Oroza, Peter C Hartsough, Thomas Watteyne, Steven D Glaser
Monitoring the snow pack is crucial for many stakeholders, whether for hydro-power optimization, water management or flood control. Traditional forecasting relies on regression methods, which often results in snow melt runoff predictions of low accuracy in non-average years. Existing ground-based real-time measurement systems do not cover enough physiographic variability and are mostly installed at low elevations. We present the hardware and software design of a state-of-the-art distributed Wireless Sensor Network (WSN)-based autonomous measurement system with real-time remote data transmission that gathers data of snow depth, air temperature, air relative humidity, soil moisture, soil temperature, and solar radiation in physiographically representative locations...
November 9, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107175/entrapment-of-focal-atrial-tachycardia-using-cryoballoon-ablation-sinus-rhythm-in-the-left-atrium-and-ongoing-atrial-tachycardia-in-the-left-atrial-appendage
#14
Hikmet Yorgun, Uğur Canpolat, Banu Evranos, Kudret Aytemir
Left atrial appendage (LAA) is a well-known source of focal atrial tachycardias (AT). Although radio-frequency (RF) energy is the most commonly used technique in such cases, there was an option other than epicardial approach when RF technique fails. Cryoballoon technology is primarily developed to be used for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Also, there was no report regarding the isolation of LAA by using cryo-balloon in patients with focal AT. In this case, for the first time in the literature, we successfully isolated the LAA because of failed attempts of RF ablation for focal AT in whom the surface electrogram showed a sinus rhythm while arrhythmia continues inside the LAA...
October 28, 2017: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093476/in-vivo-neurochemical-measurements-in-cerebral-tissues-using-a-droplet-based-monitoring-system
#15
Guillaume Petit-Pierre, Philippe Colin, Estelle Laurer, Julien Déglon, Arnaud Bertsch, Aurélien Thomas, Bernard L Schneider, Philippe Renaud
Direct collection of extracellular fluid (ECF) plays a central role in the monitoring of neurological disorders. Current approaches using microdialysis catheters are however drastically limited in term of temporal resolution. Here we show a functional in vivo validation of a droplet collection system included at the tip of a neural probe. The system comprises an advanced droplet formation mechanism which enables the collection of neurochemicals present in the brain ECF at high-temporal resolution. The probe was implanted in a rat brain and could successfully collect fluid samples organized in a train of droplets...
November 1, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090511/fracture-behavior-marginal-gap-width-and-marginal-quality-of-vented-or-pre-cemented-cad-cam-all-ceramic-crowns-luted-on-y-tzp-implants
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Lucia K Zaugg, Simon Meyer, Nadja Rohr, Isabella Zehnder, Nicola U Zitzmann
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the fracture behavior and marginal gap region of CAD/CAM fabricated lithium disilicate (L) and zirconium dioxide (Z) crowns using palatal venting (PV), pre-cementation with custom analogs (CA), or conventional cementation technique (SP) with adhesive cement (A) or resin-modified glass ionomer cement (B). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twelve groups (n = 6) were set according to material (L, Z), cement (A, B), and technique (PV, CA, SP). Specimens were thermo-mechanical aged (TML), loaded until fracture (LF) and fracture patterns recorded...
October 31, 2017: Clinical Oral Implants Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080008/objective-evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-a-non-ablative-fractional-1565%C3%A2-nm-laser-for-the-treatment-of-deliberate-self-harm-scars
#17
Anne Guertler, Markus Reinholz, Julian Poetschke, Stephanie Steckmeier, Hannah Schwaiger, Gerd G Gauglitz
Scars resulting from deliberate self-harm (DSH) represent therapeutically challenging forms of scarring due to their highly variable patterns, with no official therapeutic guidelines available. In this pilot study, we aimed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of a non-ablative fractional Er:glass 1565 nm laser, as a potential new, minimal-invasive approach for the improvement of DSH scars. Sixteen Caucasians suffering from mature DSH scars were included in this clinical study. Patients received a total of three treatments using a non-ablative fractional 1565 nm Er:glass laser every 4 weeks, employing two passes (300 μbeams/cm(2), 40 mJ, onto the scar; 150 μbeams/cm(2), 50 mJ, overall area)...
October 27, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076899/unusual-uptake-of-131i-in-a-cutaneous-benign-fibrous-histiocytoma-in-a-patient-with-thyroid-cancer
#18
Huijun Zhou, Jiaqi Yan, Rui Huang, Lin Li
A 52-year-old man with papillary thyroid cancer underwent total thyroidectomy and subsequent I remnant ablation. The postablation whole-body radioiodine scanning showed an unexpected focus on the upper right arm. SPECT/CT found that the abnormal focus of radioactivity was from body surface. Histopathology confirmed the diagnosis of benign fibrous histiocytoma.
October 26, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071025/effect-of-various-laser-surface-treatments-on-repair-shear-bond-strength-of-aged-silorane-based-composite
#19
Parnian Alizadeh Oskoee, Siavash Savadi Oskoee, Sahand Rikhtegaran, Fatemeh Pournaghi-Azar, Sarah Gholizadeh, Yasaman Aleyasin, Shahin Kasrae
Introduction: Successful repair of composite restorations depends on a strong bond between the old composite and the repair composite. This study sought to assess the repair shear bond strength of aged silorane-based composite following surface treatment with Nd:YAG, Er,Cr:YSGG and CO2 lasers. Methods: Seventy-six Filtek silorane composite cylinders were fabricated and aged by 2 months of water storage at 37°C. The samples were randomly divided into 4 groups (n=19) of no surface treatment (group 1) and surface treatment with Er,Cr:YSGG (group 2), Nd:YAG (group 3) and CO2 (group 4) lasers...
2017: Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069393/sclerostin-antibody-reverses-bone-loss-by-increasing-bone-formation-and-decreasing-bone-resorption-in-a-rat-model-of-male-osteoporosis
#20
Xiaodong Li, Michael S Ominsky, Kelly S Villasenor, Qing-Tian Niu, Frank J Asuncion, Xuechun Xia, Mario Grisanti, Thomas J Wronski, W Scott Simonet, Hua Zhu Ke
Sclerostin antibody (Scl-Ab) restored bone mass and strength in the ovariectomized rat model of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Increased bone mineral density (BMD) and decreased skeletal fragility fracture risk have been reported in postmenopausal osteoporotic women receiving Scl-Ab. In males, loss of androgen leads to rapid decreases in BMD and increased risk for fragility fractures. We hypothesized that Scl-Ab could reverse the loss of bone mass and strength caused by androgen ablation in the orchiectomized (ORX) rat model of male osteoporosis...
October 20, 2017: Endocrinology
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