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Sanjeev Kumar Ujjain, Pritam Kumar Roy, Sumana Kumar, Subhash Singha, Krishnacharya Khare
Alloys, specifically steel, are considered as the workhorse of our society and are inimitable engineering materials in the field of infrastructure, industry and possesses significant applications in our daily life. However, creating a robust synthetic metallic surface that repels various liquids has remained extremely challenging. The wettability of a solid surface is known to be governed by its geometric nano-/micro structure and the chemical composition. Here, we are demonstrating a facile and economical way to generate copper oxide micro-nano structures with spherical (0D), needle (1D) and hierarchical cauliflower (3D) morphologies on galvanized steel substrates using a simple chemical bath deposition method...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Su-Ll In, Young S Gwak, Hye Rim Kim, Abdul Razzaq, Kyeong-Seok Lee, Hee Young Kim, SuChan Chang, Bong Hyo Lee, Craig A Grimes, Chae Ha Yang
Acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention has been widely used for treatment of many pathophysiological disorders. For achieving improved therapeutic effects, relatively thick acupuncture needles have been frequently used in clinical practice with, in turn, enhanced stimulation intensity. However due to the discomforting nature of the larger-diameter acupuncture needles there is considerable interest in developing advanced acupuncture therapeutical techniques that provide more comfort with improved efficacy...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yoshinobu Murayama, Olof A Lindahl
Resonance-based contact-impedance measurement refers to the application of resonance sensors based on the measurement of the changes in the resonance curve of an ultrasonic resonator in contact with a surface. The advantage of the resonance sensor is that it is very sensitive to small changes in the contact impedance. A sensitive micro tactile sensor (MTS) was developed, which measured the elasticity of soft living tissues at the single-cell level. In the present paper, we studied the method of improving the touch and stiffness sensitivity of the MTS...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
Prina Mehta, Rita Haj-Ahmad, Manoochehr Rasekh, Muhammad S Arshad, Ashleigh Smith, Susanna M van der Merwe, Xiang Li, Ming-Wei Chang, Zeeshan Ahmad
Complex micro- and nano-structures enable crucial developments in the healthcare remit (e.g., pharmaceutical and biomaterial sciences). In recent times, several technologies have been developed and explored to address key healthcare challenges (e.g., advanced chemotherapy, biomedical diagnostics and tissue regeneration). Electrohydrodynamic atomization (EHDA) technologies are rapidly emerging as promising candidates to address these issues. The fundamental principle driving EHDA engineering relates to the action of an electric force (field) on flowing conducting medium (formulation) giving rise to a stable Taylor cone...
September 28, 2016: Drug Discovery Today
Tae-Rin Kwon, Eun Ja Choi, Chang Taek Oh, Dong-Ho Bak, Song-I Im, Eun Jung Ko, Hyuck Ki Hong, Yeon Shik Choi, Joon Seok, Sun Young Choi, Gun Young Ahn, Beom Joon Kim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Many studies have investigated the application of micro-insulated needles with radio frequency (RF) to treat acne in humans; however, the use of a micro-insulated needle RF applicator has not yet been studied in an animal model. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a micro-insulated needle RF applicator in a rabbit ear acne (REA) model. STUDY DESIGN/MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, we investigated the effect of selectively destroying the sebaceous glands using a micro-insulated needle RF applicator on the formation of comedones induced by application of 50% oleic acid and intradermal injection of P...
September 29, 2016: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
Konstantinos Chatzipanagis, Christoph G Baumann, Monica Sandri, Simone Sprio, Anna Tampieri, Roland Kröger
: We report the design, fabrication and application of a novel micro-electromechanical device coupled to a confocal Raman microscope that enables in situ molecular investigations of micro-fibers under uniaxial tensile load. This device allows for the mechanical study of micro-fibers with diameters in the range between 10 and 100μm and lengths of several hundred micrometers. By exerting forces in the mN range, the device enables an important force range to be accessed between that of atomic force microscopy and macroscopic stress-strain measurement devices...
September 22, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Pietro Zedde, Sebastiano Cudoni, Giacomo Giachetti, Maria Lucia Manunta, Gerolamo Masala, Antonio Brunetti, Andrea Fabio Manunta
PURPOSE: microfracture, providing direct stimulation of chondrogenic mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in the subchondral bone, remains the most frequently used primary cartilage repair technique. However, the newly formed type I collagen-rich fibrocartilaginous tissue has poor biomechanical properties and a tendency to degenerate. To overcome these limitations the nanofracture technique was introduced. Our purpose was to compare subchondral bone remodeling 6 months after microfracture versus nanofracture (subchondral needling) treatment in an ovine model...
April 2016: Joints
Yang Li, Lulu Liu, Min Guo, Mei Zhang
TiO2 visible light catalysts with different crystalline phases and morphologies were synthesized from titanium-bearing electric arc furnace molten slag (Ti-bearing EAF slag) by using a simple acidolysis process. The effects of the pH of the HCl solution, liquid to solid ratio (RL/S, HCl solution to the residue ratio, mL/g) and acidolysis time on the micro-morphology and crystalline phase of as-prepared TiO2 photocatalysts were systematically investigated. The results indicated that with decreasing pH in the HCl solution and increasing RL/S, the crystalline phase and micro-morphology of the obtained TiO2 nanostructures tended to transform from anatase type TiO2 with spherical nanoparticle structures to rutile type TiO2 with needle-like nanorod structures...
September 2016: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Paolo Del Rio, Chiara Montana Montana, Giulia Mingardi, Giovanna Piva, Mario Sianesi, Luigi Corcione
BACKGROUND: The incidence of thyroid carcinoma goes from 0.5 to 10 cases on 100.000, depending on the country, the context and purpose of the study. The high incidence of differentiated thyroid tumor is continuously growing. While most malignant pathologies affect the adults, a proportion of 1-2 % of paediatric population is affected by solitary nodule, of which some are malignant cancers. Studying thyroid malignant cancer, the most sensitive and accurate imaging technique is the colorDoppler ultrasounds...
September 2, 2016: Minerva Endocrinologica
Shawn Stapleton, Daniel Mirmilshteyn, Jinzi Zheng, Christine Allen, David A Jaffray
The heterogeneous intra-tumoral accumulation of liposomes is a critical determinant of their efficacy. Both the chaotic tumor microcirculation and elevated IFP are linked to the heterogeneous intra-tumoral distribution of nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems such as liposomes. In the present study, the relationship between tumor microcirculation, elevated IFP, and accumulation of nanoparticles was investigated through in vivo experimentation. This was accomplished by evaluation of the tumor microcirculation using dynamic contrast enhanced computed tomography (DCE-CT) and measurement of tumor IFP using a novel image-guided robotic needle placement system connected to the micro-CT scanner...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
John W Sessions, David G Armstrong, Sandra Hope, Brian D Jensen
Traditional methods for addressing chronic wounds focus on correcting dysfunction by controlling extracellular elements. This review highlights technologies that take a different approach - enhancing chronic wound healing by genetic modification to wound beds. Featured cutaneous transduction/transfection methods include viral modalities (i.e. adenoviruses, adeno-associated viruses, retroviruses, and lentiviruses) and conventional non-viral modalities (i.e. naked DNA injections, micro-seeding, liposomal reagents, particle bombardment, and electroporation)...
August 30, 2016: Experimental Dermatology
Suzette Delaloge, Julia Bonastre, Isabelle Borget, Jean-Rémi Garbay, Rachel Fontenay, Diane Boinon, Mahasti Saghatchian, Marie-Christine Mathieu, Chafika Mazouni, Sofia Rivera, Catherine Uzan, Fabrice André, Clarisse Dromain, Bruno Boyer, Barbara Pistilli, Sandy Azoulay, Françoise Rimareix, El-Hadi Bayou, Benjamin Sarfati, Hélène Caron, Amal Ghouadni, Nicolas Leymarie, Sandra Canale, Muriel Mons, Julia Arfi-Rouche, Monica Arnedos, Voichita Suciu, Philippe Vielh, Corinne Balleyguier
PURPOSE: Rapid diagnosis is a key issue in modern oncology, for which one-stop breast clinics are a model. We aimed to assess the diagnosis accuracy and procedure costs of a large-scale one-stop breast clinic. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 10,602 individuals with suspect breast lesions attended the Gustave Roussy's regional one-stop breast clinic between 2004 and 2012. The multidisciplinary clinic uses multimodal imaging together with ultrasonography-guided fine needle aspiration for masses and ultrasonography-guided and stereotactic biopsies as needed...
October 2016: European Journal of Cancer
Yen-Heng Lin, I-Chi Lee, Wei-Chieh Hsu, Ching-Hong Hsu, Kai-Ping Chang, Shao-Syuan Gao
The main issue of transdermal drug delivery is that macromolecular drugs cannot diffuse through the stratum corneum of skin. Many studies have pursued micro-sized needles encapsulated with drugs to overcome this problem, as these needles can pierce the stratum corneum and allow drugs to enter the circulatory system of the human body. However, most microneedle fabrication processes are time-consuming and require expensive equipment. In this study, we demonstrate a rapid method for fabricating a microneedle mold using drawing lithography and a UV-cured resin...
October 2016: Biomedical Microdevices
Guven Baris Cansu, B Bakar, T Bakar, B P Cengiz
OBJECTIVE: Suture granuloma, the rare complication of thyroidectomy, results from the use of nonabsorbable suture materials. Despite its typical ultrasound images and benign course, it carries utmost importance in the diff erential diagnosis of lymph nodes, recurrent nodules, and recurrence in the case of thyroid cancers. Subject and Results. Fifty four years old female patient, who underwent bilateral thyroidectomy in July 2010, was diagnosed with multinodular goiter and incidentally discovered micropapillary carcinoma (2 mm)...
July 2016: Endocrine Regulations
Beate Gruber, Thomas Groeger, Dale Harrison, Ralf Zimmermann
Vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) absorption spectroscopy was recently introduced as a new detection system for one, as well as comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC) and successfully applied to the analysis of various analytes in several matrices. In this study, its suitability for the analysis of breath metabolites was investigated and the impact of a finite volume of the absorption cell and makeup gas pressure was evaluated for volatile analytes in terms of sensitivity and chromatographic resolution...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Muhammad Imran, Sobia Manzoor, Muhammad Saalim, Saleha Resham, Javed Ashraf, Aneela Javed, Ahmed Bilal Waqar
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is a major health burden across the world which leads to the development of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). This review article discusses the prevalence of HIV, its major routes of transmission, natural immunity, and evasion from the host immune system. HIV is mostly prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa and low income countries. It is mostly transmitted by sharing syringe needles, blood transfusion, and sexual routes. The host immune system is categorized into three main types; the innate, the adaptive, and the intrinsic immune system...
October 2016: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
Julius W Few, Alec Semersky
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August 16, 2016: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
Gordon H Sasaki
BACKGROUND: Aesthetic micro-needling (MN) has demonstrated skin permeability to cosmeceutical ingredients and platelet-rich plasma by creating reversible micro-channels in the skin. OBJECTIVES: The purposes of this study were to determine: (1) actual needle depth-penetrations by adjusting needle lengths in a disposable tip of an electric MN device; (2) time-dependent passage of pigment and platelets; and (3) safety and efficacy profiles in patients. METHODS: Excised micro-needled pre-auricular skin was used to determine actual depths of tissue penetration with six needle lengths, and the presence of massaged pigment particles (histological examination) and fluorescein-labeled platelets (confocal laser microscopy) in 1 mm depth micro-channels over an hour...
August 16, 2016: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
Seung Hyun Park, Kang Ju Lee, JiYong Lee, Jae Hyoung Yoon, Dong Hyun Jo, Jeong Hun Kim, Keonwook Kang, WonHyoung Ryu
UNLABELLED: The sclera provides the structural support of the eye and protects the intraocular contents. Since it covers a large portion of the eye surface and has relatively high permeability for most drugs, the sclera has been used as a major pathway for drug administration. Recently, microneedle (MN) technology has shown the possibility of highly local and minimally-invasive drug delivery to the eye by MN insertion through the sclera or the suprachoroidal space. Although ocular MN needs to be inserted through the sclera, there has been no systematic study to understand the mechanical properties of the sclera, which are important to design ocular MNs...
October 15, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Michael Gold, Mark Taylor, Kenneth Rothaus, Yohei Tanaka
INTRODUCTION: Skin aging occurs through both intrinsic and extrinsic processes. Fractional radiofrequency (RF) with a microneedling array is the newest form of fractional therapy to be useful in treating aging skin. The current study utilized a noninsulated fractional RF microneedling system. METHODS: This multicenter clinical trial saw 49 patients complete 3 monthly treatments with the new fractional RF microneedling treatments and be followed for 3 months following their last treatment...
October 2016: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
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