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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813983/modeling-and-control-of-a-transfemoral-prosthesis-embedding-two-infinitely-variable-transmissions
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Renaud Ronsse, Matthias Tummers, Christophe Everarts
In this paper, we report the model of an original actuation concept for a transfemoral prosthesis, relying on the combination of a single power motor, a compliant element (a spring), a mechanical differential, and two infinitely variable transmissions. It allows to manage the mechanical power flows through the device in both directions (i.e. when energy should be produced or dissipated by the knee and ankle), so that the power motor does not face the sharp load power fluctuations. The paper further reports a preliminary approach to synthesize a closed-loop controller for this device, and simulation results of this closed-loop behavior for three locomotion tasks: level-ground walking and stair ascent/descent...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813844/soft-stop-knee-brace-for-rehabilitation-from-ligament-injuries-design-and-pilot-trial
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James R J Greenfield, Haram Francis Hwang, Claire Davies, Andrew J McDaid
Ligaments within the human knee are commonly torn or injured as a result of sports that involve sharp direction changes, pivoting and landing. For this reason, athletes are often side-lined from their respective sports for up to 18 months after injury to rehabilitate. As part of the rehabilitation process, knee braces are often prescribed in an attempt to decrease the recovery period of the injured individual by restraining and minimizing the motion at the knee. However, the true efficacy of knee bracing is yet to be fully evaluated as studies show mixed results to whether braces actually decrease the rehabilitation period for patients...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813566/a-nonlinear-generalization-of-the-savitzky-golay-filter-and-the-quantitative-analysis-of-saccades
#3
Weiwei Dai, Ivan Selesnick, John-Ross Rizzo, Janet Rucker, Todd Hudson
The Savitzky-Golay (SG) filter is widely used to smooth and differentiate time series, especially biomedical data. However, time series that exhibit abrupt departures from their typical trends, such as sharp waves or steps, which are of physiological interest, tend to be oversmoothed by the SG filter. Hence, the SG filter tends to systematically underestimate physiological parameters in certain situations. This article proposes a generalization of the SG filter to more accurately track abrupt deviations in time series, leading to more accurate parameter estimates (e...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813160/a-strain-driven-antiferroelectric-to-ferroelectric-phase-transition-in-la-doped-bifeo3-thin-films-on-si
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Deyang Chen, Christopher T Nelson, Xiaohong Zhu, Claudy R Serrao, James D Clarkson, Zhe Wang, Ya Gao, Shang-Lin Hsu, Liv R Dedon, Zuhuang Chen, Di Yi, Heng-Jui Liu, Dechang Zeng, Ying-Hao Chu, Jian Liu, Darrell Schlom, Ramamoorthy Ramesh
A strain driven orthorhombic (O) to rhombohedral (R) phase transition is reported in La-doped BiFeO3 thin films on silicon substrates. Biaxial compressive epitaxial strain is found to stabilize the rhombohedral phase at La concentrations beyond the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). By tailoring the residual strain with film thickness we demonstrate a mixed O/R phase structure consisting of O phase domains measuring tens of nanometers wide within a predominant R phase matrix. A combination of piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), polarization-electric field hysteresis loop (P-E loop) and polarization maps reveal that the O-R structural change is an antiferroelectric to ferroelectric (AFE-FE) phase transition...
August 16, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812878/nanomechanical-imaging-of-the-diffusion-of-fullerene-into-conjugated-polymer
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Dong Wang, Ken Nakajima, Feng Liu, Shaowei Shi, Thomas P Russell
The large Young's modulus difference between chemically modified fullerene (PCBM) and a conjugated polymer was used to nanomechanically map the diffusion of PCBM into PTB7, a high efficiency low band gap conjugated polymer. The sharp tip in nanomechanical atomic force microscopy (AFM) ensures a high-resolution nanomechanical characterization of the diffusion front, with the intrinsic benefits of revealing the mechanical properties of the mixtures. Localized structure changes induced by diffusion were investigated by grazing incidence x-ray diffraction methods...
August 16, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812660/global-determinants-of-zoogeographical-boundaries
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Gentile Francesco Ficetola, Florent Mazel, Wilfried Thuiller
The distribution of living organisms on Earth is spatially structured. Early biogeographers identified the existence of multiple zoogeographical regions, characterized by faunas with homogeneous composition that are separated by biogeographical boundaries. Yet, no study has deciphered the factors shaping the distributions of terrestrial biogeographical boundaries at the global scale. Here, using spatial regression analyses, we show that tectonic movements, sharp changes in climatic conditions and orographic barriers determine extant biogeographical boundaries...
March 6, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812485/the-sharp-descent-into-poverty
#7
Erin Dean
When breast cancer treatment stopped mental health nurse Kath Clayson from working for six months, she quickly found herself sliding into debt.
August 16, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812432/addressing-compassion-fatigue-and-stress-of-special-education-teachers-and-professional-staff-using-mindfulness-and-prayer
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Lori M Sharp Donahoo, Beverly Siegrist, Dawn Garrett-Wright
Alternative therapies are promising nursing interventions for improvement of compassion fatigue in educators working in special education. A convenience sample of 27 teachers and professional staff working in special education participated in a quasi-experimental pilot study and completed a pre/posttest of demographic questions, the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) (10-item) and Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL). All attended a presentation on stress, compassion satisfaction (CS), mindfulness, prayer, and social support...
January 1, 2017: Journal of School Nursing: the Official Publication of the National Association of School Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812281/preclinical-development-of-an-automated-injection-device-for-intradermal-delivery-of-a-cell-based-therapy
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Giulia Leoni, Alex Lyness, Patrick Ginty, Rindi Schutte, Gopalan Pillai, Gayatri Sharma, Paul Kemp, Natalie Mount, Michaela Sharpe
Current methods for intradermal delivery of therapeutic products in clinical use include manual injection via the Mantoux technique and the use of injection devices, primarily developed for the delivery of vaccines and small molecules. A novel automated injection device is presented specifically designed for accurate delivery of multiple doses of product through a number of adjustable injection parameters, including injection depth, dose volume and needle insertion speed. The device was originally conceived for the delivery of a cell-based therapy to patients with skin wounds caused by epidermolysis bullosa...
August 15, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811171/molecular-sensors-of-blood-flow-in-endothelial-cells
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Sara Baratchi, Khashayar Khoshmanesh, Owen L Woodman, Simon Potocnik, Karlheinz Peter, Peter McIntyre
Mechanical stress from blood flow has a significant effect on endothelial physiology, with a key role in initiating vasoregulatory signals. Disturbances in blood flow, such as in regions of disease-associated stenosis, arterial branch points, and sharp turns, can induce proatherogenic phenotypes in endothelial cells. The disruption of vascular homeostasis as a result of endothelial dysfunction may contribute to early and late stages of atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of coronary artery disease. In-depth knowledge of the mechanobiology of endothelial cells is essential to identifying mechanosensory complexes involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis...
August 12, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811150/best-practice-recommendations-for-the-retention-of-radiotherapy-records
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E Lockhart, K Bak, L J Schreiner, D C Hodgson, E Gutierrez, P Warde, M B Sharpe
This paper offers best practice recommendations for the maintenance and retention of radiotherapy health records and technical information for cancer programmes. The recommendations are based on a review of the published and grey literature, feedback from key informants from seven countries and expert consensus. Ideally, complete health records should be retained for 5 years beyond the patient's lifetime, regardless of where they are created and maintained. Technical information constituting the radiotherapy plan should also be retained beyond the patient's lifetime for 5 years, including the primary images, contours of delineated targets and critical organs, dose distributions and other radiotherapy plan objects...
August 12, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810118/capacitive-detection-of-low-enthalpy-higher-order-phase-transitions-in-synthetic-and-natural-composition-lipid-membranes
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Graham Jeffrey Taylor, Frederick A Heberle, Jason Sharp Seinfeld, John Katsaras, C Patrick Collier, Stephen Andrew Sarles
In-plane lipid organization and phase separation in natural membranes plays a key role in regulating many cellular processes. Highly cooperative, first-order phase transitions in model membranes consisting of few lipid components are well understood and readily detectable via calorimetry, densitometry, and fluorescence. However, far less is known about natural membranes containing numerous lipid species and high concentrations of cholesterol, for which thermotropic transitions are undetectable by the above-mentioned techniques...
August 15, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809007/method-to-identify-silent-codon-mutations-that-may-alter-peptide-elongation-kinetics-and-co-translational-protein-folding
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Ronald Worthington, Elijah Ball, Brentsen Wolf, Gregory Takacs
Due to the redundancy of the protein genetic code, mutational changes in the second or third nucleotide of an existing codon may not change the amino acid specification of the resulting modified codon. When peptide primary sequence is unchanged by mutation, that mutation is assumed to have no functional consequences. However, for one key gene involved in drug transport, MDR-1, several silent, synonymous mutations have been shown to alter protein structure and substrate affinity (Kimchi-Sarfaty et al., Science 315:525-528, 2007)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808915/cost-effectiveness-of-posaconazole-tablets-for-invasive-fungal-infections-prevention-in-acute-myelogenous-leukemia-or-myelodysplastic-syndrome-patients-in-spain
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Rafael Cámara, Irmina Gozalbo, Manuel Jurado, Jaime Sanz, Belén Aragón, Santiago Grau
INTRODUCTION: Posaconazole is superior to fluconazole (FLU) and itraconazole (ITRA) in the prevention of invasive fungal diseases (IFDs) in neutropenic patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). A new tablet formulation of posaconazole with improved pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties compared to posaconazole oral solution has recently been approved. The objective of this study is to estimate the cost-effectiveness of the newly developed posaconazole tablets versus FLU oral suspension or ITRA oral solution for preventing IFDs in high-risk neutropenic patients with AML or MDS and from the perspective of the Spanish National Health System (NHS)...
August 14, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808230/environmental-drivers-of-a-microbial-genomic-transition-zone-in-the-ocean-s-interior
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Daniel R Mende, Jessica A Bryant, Frank O Aylward, John M Eppley, Torben Nielsen, David M Karl, Edward F DeLong
The core properties of microbial genomes, including GC content and genome size, are known to vary widely among different bacteria and archaea (1,2) . Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain this genomic variability, but the fundamental drivers that shape bacterial and archaeal genomic properties remain uncertain (3-7) . Here, we report the existence of a sharp genomic transition zone below the photic zone, where bacterial and archaeal genomes and proteomes undergo a community-wide punctuated shift...
August 14, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808227/exactly-solvable-model-for-a-velocity-jump-observed-in-crack-propagation-in-viscoelastic-solids
#16
Naoyuki Sakumichi, Ko Okumura
Needs to impart appropriate elasticity and high toughness to viscoelastic polymer materials are ubiquitous in industries such as concerning automobiles and medical devices. One of the major problems to overcome for toughening is catastrophic failure linked to a velocity jump, i.e., a sharp transition in the velocity of crack propagation occurred in a narrow range of the applied load. However, its physical origin has remained an enigma despite previous studies over 60 years. Here, we propose an exactly solvable model that exhibits the velocity jump incorporating linear viscoelasticity with a cutoff length for a continuum description...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808190/cholesterol-crystal-embolization-following-plaque-rupture-a-systemic-disease-with-unusual-features
#17
Firas Ghanem, Deepthi Vodnala, Jagadeesh K Kalavakunta, Sridevi Durga, Noah Thormeier, Prem Subramaniyam, Scott Abela, George S Abela
Cholesterol crystal embolic (CCE) syndrome is often a clinically challenging condition that has a poor prognostic implication. It is a result of plaque rupture with release of cholesterol crystals into the circulation that embolize into various tissue organs. Plaque rupture seems to be triggered by an expanding necrotic core during cholesterol crystallization forming sharp tipped crystals that perforate and tear the fibrous cap. Embolizing cholesterol crystals then initiate both local and systemic inflammation that eventually lead to vascular fibrosis and obstruction causing symptoms that can mimic other vasculitic conditions...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806677/influence-of-the-residue-from-an-iron-mining-dam-in-the-growth-of-two-macrophyte-species
#18
F Bottino, J A M Milan, M B Cunha-Santino, I Bianchini
On November 5th, 2015 the worst environmental disaster in Brazil spilled 60 million m(3) of iron mining residue into Gualaxo do Norte River (Minas Gerais State), an affluent of the highest River Basin of the Brazilian Southeast (Doce River Basin), reaching the Atlantic Ocean. To assess the impact of the iron residue on the aquatic plant metabolism, we performed macrophyte growth experiments under controlled light and temperature conditions using two species (Egeria densa and Chara sp.). The plants' growth data were fitted in a kinetic model to obtain the biomass yields (K) and growth rates (μ)...
August 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806326/recurrent-vestibular-migraine-vertigo-attacks-associated-with-the-development-of-profound-bilateral-vestibulopathy-a-case-series
#19
Jacob L Wester, Akira Ishiyama, Gail Ishiyama
BACKGROUND: Bilateral vestibulopathy (BVP) is a debilitating condition characterized by gait ataxia, oscillopsia, and imbalance. OBJECTIVE: Case series of patients with migraine-linked vertigo spells and profound BVP. PATIENT 1:: A 69-year-old man presented with a history of recurrent severe vertigo spells lasting up to 3 days in duration associated with prostrating migraine headaches starting at age 60. His symptoms were misdiagnosed as an anxiety syndrome. At age 68, electronystagmography (ENG) revealed bilaterally absent caloric responses and complete BVP...
September 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806225/preventing-retained-central-venous-catheter-guidewires-a-randomized-controlled-simulation-study-using-a-human-factors-approach
#20
Maryanne Z A Mariyaselvam, Ken R Catchpole, David K Menon, Arun K Gupta, Peter J Young
BACKGROUND: Retained central venous catheter guidewires are never events. Currently, preventative techniques rely on clinicians remembering to remove the guidewire. However, solutions solely relying upon humans to prevent error inevitably fail. A novel locked procedure pack was designed to contain the equipment required for completing the procedure after the guidewire should have been removed: suture, suture holder, and antimicrobial dressings. The guidewire is used as a key to unlock the pack and to access the contents; thereby, the clinician must remove the guidewire from the patient to complete the procedure...
August 11, 2017: Anesthesiology
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