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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220058/semg-sensor-using-polypyrrole-coated-nonwoven-fabric-sheet-for-practical-control-of-prosthetic-hand
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Yinlai Jiang, Masami Togane, Baoliang Lu, Hiroshi Yokoi
One of the greatest challenges of using a myoelectric prosthetic hand in daily life is to conveniently measure stable myoelectric signals. This study proposes a novel surface electromyography (sEMG) sensor using polypyrrole-coated nonwoven fabric sheet as electrodes (PPy electrodes) to allow people with disabilities to control prosthetic limbs. The PPy electrodes are sewn on an elastic band to guarantee close contact with the skin and thus reduce the contact electrical impedance between the electrodes and the skin...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218979/interference-of-allelopathic-rice-with-paddy-weeds-at-the-root-level
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Xue-Fang Yang, Chui-Hua Kong
BACKGROUD: Despite increasing knowledge of allelopathy involved in negative interactions among plants, relatively little is known about its action at the root level. This study aims at further enhancing the understanding of the interactions of roots of crop and associated weeds via allelopathy. METHODS: Based on a series of experiments with window rhizobox and root segregation methods, we examined root-placement patterns and root interactions between allelopathic rice and major paddy weeds including Cyperus difformis, Echinochloa crus-galli, Eclipta prostrata, Leptochloa chinesis and Oryza sativa (weedy rice)...
February 20, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218517/selective-metallization-induced-by-laser-activation-fabricating-metallized-patterns-on-polymer-via-metal-oxide-composite
#3
Jihai Zhang, Tao Zhou, Liang Wen
Recently, the metallization on polymer substrates has been paid more attention due to its outstanding properties of both plastics and metals. In this study, the metal oxide composite of copper-chromium oxide (CuO•Cr2O3) was incorporated into the polymer matrix to design a good laser direct structuring (LDS) material, and the well-defined copper pattern (thickness =10 μm) was successfully fabricated through selective metallization based on 1064 nm near-infrared (NIR) pulsed laser activation and electroless copper plating...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217991/simultaneous-formation-and-spatial-patterning-of-zno-on-ito-surfaces-by-local-laser-induced-generation-of-microbubbles-in-aqueous-solutions-of-zn-nh3-4-2
#4
Sho Fujii, Ryuta Fukano, Yoshihito Hayami, Hiroaki Ozawa, Eiro Muneyuki, Noboru Kitamura, Masa-Aki Haga
We demonstrate the simultaneous formation and spatial patterning of ZnO nanocrystals on an indium-tin oxide (ITO) surface upon local heating using a laser (1064 nm) and subsequent formation of microbubbles. Laser irradiation of an ITO surface in aqueous [Zn(NH3)4](2+) solution (1.0 × 10(-2) M at pH = 12.0) under an optical microscope produced ZnO nanocrystals, the presence of which was confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis and Raman microspectroscopy. Scanning the focused laser beam over the ITO surface generated a spatial ZnO pattern (height: ~60 nm, width: ~1 m) in the absence of a template or mask...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216465/increased-intestinal-permeation-and-modulation-of-presystemic-metabolism-of-resveratrol-formulated-into-self-emulsifying-drug-delivery-systems
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G Mamadou, C Charrueau, J Dairou, N Limas Nzouzi, B Eto, G Ponchel
Despite various beneficial biological properties, resveratrol lacks therapeutic applications because of poor bioavailability due to variable absorption and extensive metabolism. The present study aims at evaluating the capability of self-emulsifying drug delivery systems (SEDDS) to enhance resveratrol permeation across rat intestine and to modulate its presystemic metabolism. For that purpose, semi-solid (SS) and liquid (L) SEDDS were prepared and dispersed in an aqueous buffer to produce nanoemulsions (NE)...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215990/neural-mechanisms-of-single-corrective-steps-evoked-in-the-standing-rabbit
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L-J Hsu, P V Zelenin, V F Lyalka, M G Vemula, G N Orlovsky, T G Deliagina
Single steps in different directions are often used for postural corrections. However, our knowledge about the neural mechanisms underlying their generation is scarce. This study was aimed to characterize the corrective steps generated in response to disturbances of the basic body configuration caused by forward, backward or outward displacement of the hindlimb, as well as to reveal location in the CNS of the corrective step generating mechanisms. Video recording of the motor response to translation of the supporting surface under the hindlimb along with contact forces and activity of back and limb muscles was performed in freely standing intact and in fixed postmammillary rabbits...
February 12, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214757/staining-in-firearm-barrels-after-experimental-contact-shots
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C Schyma, K Bauer, J Brünig, C Courts, B Madea
After contact shots to the head biological traces inside firearm barrels can be found. This study was conducted to simulate and to evaluate such staining. Five current handguns of four inch barrel length in the calibre .22 long rifle, 7.65mm Browning, 9mm Luger and .38 special were used to perform 24 contact shots on silicone coated, gelatine filled box models using the triple contrast method. The staining was documented by endoscopy and swabs gathered from both ends of the barrel were analysed by quantitative PCR...
February 10, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213499/geometry-and-network-connectivity-govern-the-mechanics-of-stress-fibers
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Elena Kassianidou, Christoph A Brand, Ulrich S Schwarz, Sanjay Kumar
Actomyosin stress fibers (SFs) play key roles in driving polarized motility and generating traction forces, yet little is known about how tension borne by an individual SF is governed by SF geometry and its connectivity to other cytoskeletal elements. We now address this question by combining single-cell micropatterning with subcellular laser ablation to probe the mechanics of single, geometrically defined SFs. The retraction length of geometrically isolated SFs after cutting depends strongly on SF length, demonstrating that longer SFs dissipate more energy upon incision...
February 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212464/oxytocin-reduces-ethanol-self-administration-in-mice
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Courtney E King, William C Griffin, Lauryn N Luderman, Malcolm M Kates, Jacqueline F McGinty, Howard C Becker
BACKGROUND: Excessive ethanol consumption remains an important health concern and effective treatments are lacking. The central oxytocin system has emerged as a potentially important therapeutic target for alcohol and drug addiction. These studies tested the hypothesis that oxytocin reduces ethanol consumption. METHODS: Male C57BL/6J mice were given access to ethanol (20% v/v) using a model of binge-like drinking ("drinking-in-the-dark") that also included the use of lickometer circuits to evaluate the temporal pattern of intake as well as 2-bottle choice drinking in the home cage...
February 17, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211468/long-lasting-solid-lubrication-by-cnt-coated-patterned-surfaces
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L Reinert, F Lasserre, C Gachot, P Grützmacher, T MacLucas, N Souza, F Mücklich, S Suarez
The use of lubricants (solid or liquid) is a well-known and suitable approach to reduce friction and wear of moving machine components. Another possibility to influence the tribological behaviour is the formation of well-defined surface topographies such as dimples, bumps or lattice-like pattern geometries by laser surface texturing. However, both methods are limited in their effect: surface textures may be gradually destroyed by plastic deformation and lubricants may be removed from the contact area, therefore no longer properly protecting the contacting surfaces...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210716/a-nonmonotonic-dependence-of-the-contact-angles-on-the-surface-polarity-for-a-model-solid-surface
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Chonghai Qi, Bo Zhou, Chunlei Wang, Yujun Zheng, Haiping Fang
Based on molecular dynamics simulations, we found a nonmonotonic relationship between the contact angle of water droplets and the surface polarity on a solid surface with specific hexagonal charge patterns at room temperature. The contact angle firstly decreases and then increases as polarity (denoted as charge q) increases from 0 e to 1.0 e with a vertex value of q = 0.5 e. We observed a different wetting behavior for a water droplet on a conventional nonwetted solid surface when q ≤ 0.5 e, and a water droplet on an ordered water monolayer adsorbed on a highly polar solid surface when q > 0...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209964/ge-nanopillar-solar-cells-epitaxially-grown-by-metalorganic-chemical-vapor-deposition
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Youngjo Kim, Nguyen Dinh Lam, Kangho Kim, Won-Kyu Park, Jaejin Lee
Radial junction solar cells with vertically aligned wire arrays have been widely studied to improve the power conversion efficiency. In this work, we report the first Ge nanopillar solar cell. Nanopillar arrays are selectively patterned on p-type Ge (100) substrates using nanosphere lithography and deep reactive ion etching processes. Nanoscale radial and planar junctions are realized by an n-type Ge emitter layer which is epitaxially grown by MOCVD using isobutylgermane. In situ epitaxial surface passivation is employed using an InGaP layer to avoid high surface recombination rates and Fermi level pinning...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209734/neural-representations-of-observed-actions-generalize-across-static-and-dynamic-visual-input
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Alon Hafri, John C Trueswell, Russell A Epstein
People interact with other people and with objects in distinct and categorizable ways (e.g., kicking is making contact with foot). We can recognize these action categories across variations in actors, objects, and settings; moreover, we can recognize them from both dynamic and static visual input. However, the neural systems that support action recognition across these perceptual differences are unclear. Here we used multivoxel pattern analysis of fMRI data to identify brain regions that support visual action categorization in a format-independent way...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209597/athletic-groin-pain-part-2-a-prospective-cohort-study-on-the-biomechanical-evaluation-of-change-of-direction-identifies-three-clusters-of-movement-patterns
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A Franklyn-Miller, C Richter, E King, S Gore, K Moran, S Strike, E C Falvey
BACKGROUND: Athletic groin pain (AGP) is prevalent in sports involving repeated accelerations, decelerations, kicking and change-of-direction movements. Clinical and radiological examinations lack the ability to assess pathomechanics of AGP, but three-dimensional biomechanical movement analysis may be an important innovation. AIM: The primary aim was to describe and analyse movements used by patients with AGP during a maximum effort change-of-direction task. The secondary aim was to determine if specific anatomical diagnoses were related to a distinct movement strategy...
March 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209275/contact-kinematic-differences-between-gap-balanced-vs-measured-resection-techniques-for-single-radius-posterior-stabilized-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Matthew G Teeter, Kevin I Perry, Xunhua Yuan, James L Howard, Brent A Lanting
BACKGROUND: Measured resection (MR) and gap balancing (GB) are common surgical techniques for total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Controversy has arisen as each conceptually differs in how the knee is balanced through bone and soft tissue management. The objective of the present study was to compare both the frequency of condylar liftoff and the location of femorotibial contact from extension through midflexion between patients undergoing GB or MR TKA. METHODS: A total of 24 knees (23 patients) were randomly assigned at referral to either a surgeon performing MR or GB TKA with the same single radius, posterior-stabilized implant (12 per cohort)...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209153/a-prospective-observational-longitudinal-study-of-new-onset-seizures-and-newly-diagnosed-epilepsy-in-dogs
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N Fredsø, N Toft, A Sabers, M Berendt
BACKGROUND: Seizures are common in dogs and can be caused by non-epileptic conditions or epilepsy. The clinical course of newly diagnosed epilepsy is sparsely documented. The objective of this study was to prospectively investigate causes for seizures (epileptic and non-epileptic) in a cohort of dogs with new-onset untreated seizures, and for those dogs with newly diagnosed epilepsy to investigate epilepsy type, seizure type and the course of disease over time, including the risk of seizure recurrence...
February 16, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206803/mental-health-treatment-utilization-in-oif-oef-national-guard-and-reserve-troops-with-and-without-dsm-diagnoses
#17
Jennifer M Primack, Brian Borsari, Madeline B Benz, Madhavi K Reddy, M Tracie Shea
Military service members have an increased risk of developing mental health (MH) problems following deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan, yet only a small percentage seek mental health treatment. The aim of the present study was to explore patterns of MH service utilization within the first 12 months following return from combat deployment. Participants were 169 service members who had returned from war-zone deployment in either Iraq or Afghanistan and had assessments covering a 12-month period following their homecoming...
2017: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203593/effects-of-sex-and-fatigue-on-biomechanical-measures-during-the-drop-jump-task-in-children
#18
Kristín Briem, Kolbrún Vala Jónsdóttir, Árni Árnason, Þórarinn Sveinsson
BACKGROUND: Female athletes have a higher rate of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury than males from adolescence and into maturity, which is suggested to result from sex-specific changes in dynamic movement patterns with maturation. Few studies have studied movement strategies and response to fatigue in children. PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of fatigue on biomechanical variables associated with increased risk for ACL injury during a drop-jump (DJ) performance in children...
January 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203586/comparison-of-kinematics-and-tibiofemoral-contact-pressures-for-native-and-transplanted-lateral-menisci
#19
Patrick C McCulloch, Donald Dolce, Hugh L Jones, Andrea Gale, Michael G Hogen, Jason Alder, Jeremiah E Palmer, Philip C Noble
BACKGROUND: Lateral meniscus transplantation is a proven treatment option for the meniscus-deficient knee, yet little is known about meniscal kinematics, strain, and tibiofemoral contact pressure changes after transplantation or the effect of altered root position in lateral meniscus transplantation. PURPOSE: To compare the native lateral meniscal kinematics, strain, and tibiofemoral contact pressures to a best-case scenario meniscus transplant with perfectly matched size and position and to determine how sensitive these factors are to subtle changes in shape and position by using a nonanatomic meniscus transplant position...
December 2016: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202593/a-maugis-dugdale-cohesive-solution-for-adhesion-of-a-surface-with-a-dimple
#20
A Papangelo, M Ciavarella
We study the adhesion of a surface with a 'dimple' which shows a mechanism for a bi-stable adhesive system in surfaces with spaced patterns of depressions, leading to adhesion enhancement, high dissipation and hysteresis. Recent studies were limited mainly to the very short range of adhesion (the so-called JKR regime), while we generalize the study to a Maugis cohesive model. A 'generalized Tabor parameter', given by the ratio of theoretical strength to elastic modulus, multiplied by the ratio of dimple width to depth has been found...
February 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
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