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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448641/detecting-glaucoma-with-a-portable-brain-computer-interface-for-objective-assessment-of-visual-function-loss
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Masaki Nakanishi, Yu-Te Wang, Tzyy-Ping Jung, John K Zao, Yu-Yi Chien, Alberto Diniz-Filho, Fabio B Daga, Yuan-Pin Lin, Yijun Wang, Felipe A Medeiros
Importance: The current assessment of visual field loss in diseases such as glaucoma is affected by the subjectivity of patient responses and the lack of portability of standard perimeters. Objective: To describe the development and initial validation of a portable brain-computer interface (BCI) for objectively assessing visual function loss. Design, Setting, and Participants: This case-control study involved 62 eyes of 33 patients with glaucoma and 30 eyes of 17 healthy participants...
April 27, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448296/the-use-of-the-moleculight-i-x-in-managing-burns-a-pilot-study
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Emily Blumenthal, Steven L A Jeffery
The MolecuLight i:X Imaging Device is a portable, noninvasive, real-time camera used to visualize the bacterial load in a wound. It uses violet light illumination and a dual bandpass optical filter to capture the fluorescence of endogenous structures in the tissue matrix and harmful bacteria. The MolecuLight i:X captures images of wounds and highlights potentially detrimental levels of bacteria. This is an initial evaluation of using the MolecuLight i:X camera in the management of burns to demonstrate the following: the ability of the device to guide clinicians in their management of the burn (ie, detect, identify, and specify swabbing locations)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446704/preservation-of-protein-expression-systems-at-elevated-temperatures-for-portable-therapeutic-production
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David K Karig, Seneca Bessling, Peter Thielen, Sherry Zhang, Joshua Wolfe
Many biotechnology capabilities are limited by stringent storage needs of reagents, largely prohibiting use outside of specialized laboratories. Focusing on a large class of protein-based biotechnology applications, we address this issue by developing a method for preserving cell-free protein expression systems for months above room temperature. Our approach realizes unprecedented long-term stability at elevated temperatures by leveraging the sugar alcohol trehalose, a simple, low-cost, open-air drying step, and strategic separation of reaction components during drying...
April 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446180/physical-activity-when-riding-an-electric-assisted-bicycle
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Sveinung Berntsen, Lena Malnes, Aleksander Langåker, Elling Bere
BACKGROUND: The objectives of the present study were to compare time spent cycling, exercise intensity, and time spent in moderate- (MPA) and vigorous intensity physical activity (VPA) when cycling on an E-bike and a conventional bicycle on two "cycling-to-work" routes with differences in topography, defined as a hilly and a flat route. METHODS: Eight adults (23-54 years, two women) cycled outdoors on a conventional bicycle and an E-bike, on a flat (8.2 km) and a hilly (7...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445812/portable-aptamer-biosensor-of-platelet-derived-growth-factor-bb-using-a-personal-glucose-meter-with-triply-amplified
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Lu Hong, Fu Zhou, Dongmin Shi, Xiaojun Zhang, Guangfeng Wang
Sensitive and rapid detection of platelet-derived growth factor BB (PDGF-BB), a cancer-related protein, could help early diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of cancers. Although some methods have been developed to detect PDGF-BB, few can provide quantitative results using an affordable and portable device that is suitable for home use or field application. In this work, we report the first use of a portable kind of personal glucose meter (PGM) combining a catalytic and molecular beacon (CAMB) system with a cation exchange reaction (CX reaction) for ultrasensitive PDGF-BB assay...
April 19, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445107/hypodermal-adipose-tissue-sonoelastography-for-monitoring-treatment-response-in-patients-with-plaque-psoriasis
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Annunziata Dattola, Simone Altobelli, Salvatore Marsico, Domenico Plastina, Steven P Nistico, Armando Cavallo, Roberto Floris, Luca Bianchi, Manlio Guazzaroni
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis (PsO) is a multifactorial chronic and relapsing skin disease that affects about 125 million people in the world. Several studies have demonstrated the link between adipose tissue, inflammation, and PsO. The purpose of our study is to evaluate hypodermal adipose tissue inflammation underneath PsO plaques quantifying tissue elasticity with sonoelastography before and after treatment. The study was conducted at the Department of Dermatology of the University of "Rome Tor Vergata" and Department of Radiology of the University of "Rome Tor Vergata...
April 24, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444252/accurate-measurement-of-indoor-radon-concentration-using-a-low-effective-volume-radon-monitor
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Aya Tanaka, Nodoka Minami, Yumi Yasuoka, Takeshi Iimoto, Yasutaka Omori, Hiroyuki Nagahama, Jun Muto, Takahiro Mukai
AlphaGUARD is a low-effective volume detector and one of the most popular portable radon monitors which is currently available. This study investigated whether AlphaGUARD can accurately measure the variable indoor radon levels. The consistency of the radon-concentration data obtained by AlphaGUARD is evaluated against simultaneous measurements by two other monitors (each ~10 times more sensitive than AlphaGUARD). When accurately measuring radon concentration with AlphaGUARD, we found that the net counts of the AlphaGUARD were required of at least 500 counts, <25% of the relative percent difference...
April 24, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443959/ankle-brachial-index-as-a-predictor-of-mortality-in-hemodialysis-a-5-year-cohort-study
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Jair Baptista Miguel, Jorge Paulo Strogoff de Matos, Jocemir Ronaldo Lugon
BACKGROUND: Abnormal ankle-brachial index (ABI) has been found to be a strong predictor of mortality in some hemodialysis populations in studies with relatively short periods of follow-up, lower than 2 years. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the predictive value of abnormal ABI as a risk factor for death among patients on maintenance hemodialysis after a 5-year follow-up. METHODS: A total of 478 patients on hemodialysis for at least 12 months were included in the study...
March 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443900/toward-wearable-sensors-optical-sensor-for-detection-of-ammonium-nitrate-based-explosives-anfo-and-annm
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Sara Sheykhi, Lorenzo Mosca, Pavel Anzenbacher
Increasing security needs require compact and portable detection tools for the rapid and reliable identification of explosives used in improvised explosive devices (IEDs). We report of an easy-to-use optical sensor for both vapour-phase and solution-phase identification of explosive mixtures that uses a cross-reactive fluorimetric sensor array comprising chemically responsive fluorimetric indicators composed of aromatic aldehydes and polyethyleneimine. Ammonium nitrate-nitromethane (ANNM) was analyzed by paper microzone arrays and nanofiber sensor mats...
April 26, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443837/real-time-plasmonic-qpcr-how-fast-is-ultra-fast-30-cycles-in-54-seconds
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Philip J R Roche, Mohamed Najih, Seung S Lee, Lenore K Beitel, Matthew L Carnevale, Miltiadis Paliouras, Andrew G Kirk, Mark A Trifiro
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is a critical tool for biological research investigators but recently it also has been making a significant impact in clinical, veterinary and agricultural applications. Plasmonic PCR, which employs the very efficient heat transfer of optically irradiated metallic nanoparticles, is a simple and powerful methodology to drive PCR reactions. The scalability of next generation plasmonic PCR technology will introduce various forms of PCR applications ranging from small footprint portable point of care diagnostic devices to large footprint central laboratory multiplexing devices...
April 26, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443278/saliva-liquid-biopsy-for-point-of-care-applications
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Katri Aro, Fang Wei, David T Wong, Michael Tu
Saliva is a non-invasive biofluid, which is easy to collect, transport, and store. Because of its accessibility and connection to systemic diseases, saliva is one of the best candidates for the advancement of point-of-care medicine, where individuals are able to easily monitor their health status by using portable convenient tools such as smartphones. There are a variety of scenarios with which saliva can be used: studies have been conducted on using saliva to measure stress hormones, enzyme levels, developmental disease biomarkers, and even cancer mutations...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442333/effects-of-auditory-stimuli-on-electrical-activity-in-the-brain-during-cycle-ergometry
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Marcelo Bigliassi, Costas I Karageorghis, Michael J Wright, Guido Orgs, Alexander V Nowicky
The present study sought to further understanding of the brain mechanisms that underlie the effects of music on perceptual, affective, and visceral responses during whole-body modes of exercise. Eighteen participants were administered light-to-moderate intensity bouts of cycle ergometer exercise. Each exercise bout was of 12-min duration (warm-up [3min], exercise [6min], and warm-down [3min]). Portable techniques were used to monitor the electrical activity in the brain, heart, and muscle during the administration of three conditions: music, audiobook, and control...
April 22, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440573/glycated-albumin-is-stable-in-plasma-when-exposed-to-common-laboratory-conditions-and-comparable-when-drawn-from-venous-or-capillary-sites
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Andrew N Reynolds, Michelle Harper, Bernard J Venn, Jim Mann
BACKGROUND: Circulating glycated albumin is a marker of blood glucose reflecting the previous 2 weeks. However, the effects of storage conditions and draw site on glycated albumin values are not fully understood. METHODS: Fifteen plasma samples from people with type 2 diabetes were assessed during repeated freeze-thaw rounds for 10 cycles. A further 15 samples were stored at 4°C and assessed over 3 days. Another 40 samples drawn concurrently from capillary and venous sites had their glycated albumin content compared...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440379/high-voltage-positive-electrode-materials-for-lithium-ion-batteries
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REVIEW
Wangda Li, Bohang Song, Arumugam Manthiram
The ever-growing demand for advanced rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in portable electronics and electric vehicles has spurred intensive research efforts over the past decade. The key to sustaining the progress in Li-ion batteries lies in the quest for safe, low-cost positive electrode (cathode) materials with desirable energy and power capabilities. One approach to boost the energy and power densities of batteries is to increase the output voltage while maintaining a high capacity, fast charge-discharge rate, and long service life...
April 25, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439827/droplet-microfluidic-device-fabrication-and-use-for-isothermal-amplification-and-detection-of-microrna
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Maria Chiara Giuffrida, Roberta D'Agata, Giuseppe Spoto
Droplet microfluidics combined with the isothermal circular strand displacement polymerization (ICSDP) represents a powerful new technique to detect both single-stranded DNA and microRNA sequences. The method here described helps in overcoming some drawbacks of the lately introduced droplet polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification when implemented in microfluidic devices. The method also allows the detection of nanoliter droplets of nucleic acids sequences solutions, with a particular attention to microRNA sequences that are detected at the picomolar level...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439718/the-new-eu-general-data-protection-regulation-what-the-radiologist-should-know
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The European Society of Radiology (ESR) informs its membership and its associated Institutional Members about the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union (EU,) which will apply from 25 May 2018. Radiologists and radiology departments should be prepared to comply with several new rules for the protection of imaging data. Although the new GDPR applies to all domains of the public and private sectors, some specific derogations are defined for data concerning health, aiming at protecting the rights of data subjects and confidentiality of their personal health data, whilst preserving the benefits of processing data, including digital images for research and public health purposes...
April 24, 2017: Insights Into Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439557/designer-interphases-for-the-lithium-oxygen-electrochemical-cell
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Snehashis Choudhury, Charles Tai-Chieh Wan, Wajdi I Al Sadat, Zhengyuan Tu, Sampson Lau, Michael J Zachman, Lena F Kourkoutis, Lynden A Archer
An electrochemical cell based on the reversible oxygen reduction reaction: 2Li(+) + 2e (-) + O2↔ Li2O2, provides among the most energy dense platforms for portable electrical energy storage. Such Lithium-Oxygen (Li-O2) cells offer specific energies competitive with fossil fuels and are considered promising for electrified transportation. Multiple, fundamental challenges with the cathode, anode, and electrolyte have limited practical interest in Li-O2 cells because these problems lead to as many practical shortcomings, including poor rechargeability, high overpotentials, and specific energies well below theoretical expectations...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439233/concealed-unobtrusive-ear-centered-eeg-acquisition-ceegrids-for-transparent-eeg
#18
Martin G Bleichner, Stefan Debener
Electroencephalography (EEG) is an important clinical tool and frequently used to study the brain-behavior relationship in humans noninvasively. Traditionally, EEG signals are recorded by positioning electrodes on the scalp and keeping them in place with glue, rubber bands, or elastic caps. This setup provides good coverage of the head, but is impractical for EEG acquisition in natural daily-life situations. Here, we propose the transparent EEG concept. Transparent EEG aims for motion tolerant, highly portable, unobtrusive, and near invisible data acquisition with minimum disturbance of a user's daily activities...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439206/is-operavox-a-clinically-useful-tool-for-the-assessment-of-voice-in-a-general-ent-clinic
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Richard Teck Kee Siau, Jay Goswamy, Sue Jones, Sadie Khwaja
BACKGROUND: Objective acoustic analysis is a key component of multidimensional voice assessment. OperaVOX is an iOS app which has been shown to be comparable to Multi Dimensional Voice Program for most principal measures of vocal function. As a relatively cheap, portable and easily accessible form of acoustic analysis, OperaVOX may be more clinically useful than laboratory-based software in many situations. This study aims to determine whether correlation exists between acoustic measurements obtained using OperaVOX, and perceptual evaluation of voice...
2017: BMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438425/mobile-laboratories-an-innovative-and-efficient-solution-for-radiological-characterization-of-sites-under-or-after-decommissioning
#20
V Goudeau, B Daniel, D Dubot
During the operation and the decommissioning of a nuclear site the operator must assure the protection of the workers and the environment. It must furthermore identify and classify the various wastes, while optimizing the associated costs. At all stages of the decommissioning radiological measurements are performed to determine the initial situation, to monitor the demolition and clean-up, and to verify the final situation. Radiochemical analysis is crucial for the radiological evaluation process to optimize the clean-up operations and to the respect limits defined with the authorities...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
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