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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814043/design-of-a-wearable-interface-for-lightweight-robotic-arm-for-people-with-mobility-impairments
#1
Tommaso Lisini Baldi, Giovanni Spagnoletti, Mihai Dragusanu, Domenico Prattichizzo
Many common activities of daily living like open a door or fill a glass of water, which most of us take for granted, could be an insuperable problem for people who have limited mobility or impairments. For years the unique alternative to overcame this limitation was asking for human help. Nowadays thanks to recent studies and technology developments, having an assistive devices to compensate the loss of mobility is becoming a real opportunity. Off-the-shelf assistive robotic manipulators have the capability to improve the life of people with motor impairments...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814038/design-and-preliminary-assessment-of-vanderbilt-hand-exoskeleton
#2
Benjamin W Gasser, Daniel A Bennett, Christina M Durrough, Michael Goldfarb
This paper presents the design of a hand exoskeleton intended to enable or facilitate bimanual activities of daily living (ADLs) for individuals with chronic upper extremity hemiparesis resulting from stroke. The paper describes design of the battery-powered, self-contained exoskeleton and presents the results of initial testing with a single subject with hemiparesis from stroke. Specifically, an experiment was conducted requiring the subject to repeatedly remove the lid from a water bottle both with and without the hand exoskeleton...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813939/comparison-of-tongue-interface-with-keyboard-for-control-of-an-assistive-robotic-arm
#3
Lotte N S Andreasen Struijk, Romulus Lontis
This paper demonstrates how an assistive 6 DoF robotic arm with a gripper can be controlled manually using a tongue interface. The proposed method suggests that it possible for a user to manipulate the surroundings with his or her tongue using the inductive tongue control system as deployed in this study. The sensors of an inductive tongue-computer interface were mapped to the Cartesian control of an assistive robotic arm. The resulting control system was tested manually in order to compare manual control of the robot using a standard keyboard and using the tongue interface...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813693/thyrotoxicity-of-arsenate-and-arsenite-on-juvenile-mice-at-organism-subcellular-and-gene-levels-under-low-exposure
#4
Hong-Jie Sun, Shi-Wei Li, Chao Li, Wen-Qian Wang, Hong-Bo Li, Lena Q Ma
Arsenic contamination in drinking water is a worldwide issue, posing threat to human health. Arsenic is an endocrine system disruptor, however, limited information is available regarding its long-term effects on thyroid endocrine system at low exposure. In this study, we assessed the thyroid toxicity of arsenate (AsV) and arsenite (AsIII) at 10-100 μg L(-1) in juvenile mice after 8-week of exposure via drinking water. After 1-2 week, AsV and AsIII had little influence on thyroxine (T4) level (56.3-64.7 μg L(-1)) in mouse blood compared to control mice at 57...
August 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813609/co-assembly-kinetics-of-graphene-oxide-and-block-copolymers-at-the-water-oil-interface
#5
Dayong Chen, Zhiwei Sun, Thomas P Russell, Lihua Jin
The co-assembly kinetics of graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets and diblock copolymers at the water/toluene interface is probed by tracking the dynamic interfacial tension using pendant drop tensiometry. The diblock copolymer significantly enhances the surfactancy of the GO nanosheets at the interface. It is found that diblock copolymers rapidly adsorb to the water/toluene interface and enhance the adsorption affinity of GO nanosheets to the interface. The continuous adsorption of GO at the interface leads to a random loose packing state, at which the adsorbed GO and diblock copolymers start to form an elastic film...
August 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813603/modeling-optical-spectra-of-large-organic-systems-using-real-time-propagation-of-semiempirical-effective-hamiltonians
#6
Soumen Ghosh, Amity Andersen, Laura Gagliardi, Christopher J Cramer, Niranjan Govind
We present an implementation of a time-dependent semiempirical method (INDO/S) in NWChem using real-time (RT) propagation to address, in principle, the entire spectrum of valence electronic excitations. Adopting this model, we study the UV-visible spectra of medium-sized systems like P3B2, f-coronene, and in addition much larger systems like ubiquitin in the gas phase and the betanin chromophore in the presence of two explicit solvents (water and methanol). RT-INDO/S provides qualitatively and indeed often quantitatively accurate results when compared with RT- TDDFT or experimental spectra...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813598/functional-microcapsules-with-hybrid-shells-made-via-sol-gel-reaction-within-double-emulsions
#7
David G Moore, Jonathan V A Brignoli, Patrick Alberto Rühs, André R Studart
Microcapsules with organic-inorganic hybrid shells can be used as functionally-responsive delivery systems that are attractive for a broad range of applications. Hybrid-shell microcapsules have often been synthesized by the assembly of solid inorganic nanoparticles and polymers. Efforts to extend this approach to microfluidic emulsification have been hampered by problems with clogging and flow instabilities when utilizing dispersions of solid particles. In this work, hybrid shell microcapsules are synthesized through the reaction of liquid precursors, eliminating the use of solid dispersions...
August 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813595/activation-of-a-nickel-based-oer-catalyst-on-a-hematite-photoanode-via-incorporation-of-cerium-for-photoelectrochemical-water-oxidation
#8
Hyungseob Lim, Jae Young Kim, Edward J Evans, Amritesh Rai, Jun-Hyuk Kim, Bryan R Wygant, Charles Buddie Mullins
There has been debate on whether Ni(OH)2 is truly catalytically active for the photo/-electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction. In this report, we have synthesized a Ni(OH)2 co-catalyst on a hematite photoanode and showed that, as has been proposed in other studies, the current density varies as a function of scan rate, which arise due to a photo-induced capacitive charging effect. We have discovered that this photo-induced charging of Ni2+/3+ can be overcome by mixing cerium nitrate into the Ni precursor solution...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813594/facile-purification-of-milligram-to-gram-quantities-of-condensed-tannins-according-to-mean-degree-of-polymerization-and-flavan-3-ol-subunit-composition
#9
Ron Herbert Brown, Irene Mueller-Harvey, Wayne E Zeller, Laurie Reinhardt, Elisabetta Stringano, An Gea, Chris Drake, Honorata M Ropiak, Christos Fryganas, Aina Ramsay, Emily E Hardcastle
Unambiguous investigation of condensed tannin (CT) structure-activity relationships in biological systems requires well-characterized, high-purity CTs. Sephadex LH-20 and Toyopearl HW-50F resins were compared for separating CTs from acetone/water extracts and column fractions analyzed for flavan-3-ol subunits, mean degree of polymerization (mDP) and purity. Toyopearl HW-50F generated fractions with higher mDP values and better separation of procyanidins (PC) and prodelphinidins (PD) but required a pre-purification step, more time for large scale purifications and gave poorer recoveries...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813542/the-african-cholera-surveillance-network-africhol-consortium-meeting-10-11-june-2015-lom%C3%A3-togo
#10
Aline Munier, Berthe-Marie Njanpop-Lafourcade, Delphine Sauvageot, Raymond B Mhlanga, Léonard Heyerdahl, Johara Nadri, Richard Wood, Issaka Ouedraogo, Alexandre Blake, Laurent Akilimali Mukelenge, Jean-Claude B Anné, Abiba Banla Kere, Lucienne Dempouo, Sakoba Keita, José P M Langa, Issa Makumbi, Elibariki R Mwakapeje, Ian J Njeru, Olubunmi E Ojo, Isaac Phiri, Lorenzo Pezzoli, Bradford D Gessner, Martin Mengel
The fifth annual meeting of the African cholera surveillance network (Africhol) took place on 10-11 June 2015 in Lomé, Togo. Together with international partners, representatives from the 11 member countries -Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe- and an invited country (Malawi) shared their experience. The meeting featured three sessions: i) cholera surveillance, prevention and control in participating countries, ii) cholera surveillance methodology, such as cholera mapping, cost-effectiveness studies and the issue of overlapping epidemics from different diseases, iii) cholera laboratory diagnostics tools and capacity building...
2017: BMC Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813532/nitrogen-and-carbon-isotopic-dynamics-of-subarctic-soils-and-plants-in-southern-yukon-territory-and-its-implications-for-paleoecological-and-paleodietary-studies
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Farnoush Tahmasebi, Fred J Longstaffe, Grant Zazula, Bruce Bennett
We examine here the carbon and nitrogen isotopic compositions of bulk soils (8 topsoil and 7 subsoils, including two soil profiles) and five different plant parts of 79 C3 plants from two main functional groups: herbs and shrubs/subshrubs, from 18 different locations in grasslands of southern Yukon Territory, Canada (eastern shoreline of Kluane Lake and Whitehorse area). The Kluane Lake region in particular has been identified previously as an analogue for Late Pleistocene eastern Beringia. All topsoils have higher average total nitrogen δ15N and organic carbon δ13C than plants from the same sites with a positive shift occurring with depth in two soil profiles analyzed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813525/is-the-detection-of-aquatic-environmental-dna-influenced-by-substrate-type
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Andrew S Buxton, Jim J Groombridge, Richard A Griffiths
The use of environmental DNA (eDNA) to assess the presence-absence of rare, cryptic or invasive species is hindered by a poor understanding of the factors that can remove DNA from the system. In aquatic systems, eDNA can be transported out either horizontally in water flows or vertically by incorporation into the sediment. Equally, eDNA may be broken down by various biotic and abiotic processes if the target organism leaves the system. We use occupancy modelling and a replicated mesocosm experiment to examine how detection probability of eDNA changes once the target species is no longer present...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813497/high-hydrostatic-pressure-induces-pro-osteoarthritic-changes-in-cartilage-precursor-cells-a-transcriptome-analysis
#13
Kevin Montagne, Yasuko Onuma, Yuzuru Ito, Yasuhiko Aiki, Katsuko S Furukawa, Takashi Ushida
Due to the high water content of cartilage, hydrostatic pressure is likely one of the main physical stimuli sensed by chondrocytes. Whereas, in the physiological range (0 to around 10 MPa), hydrostatic pressure exerts mostly pro-chondrogenic effects in chondrocyte models, excessive pressures have been reported to induce detrimental effects on cartilage, such as increased apoptosis and inflammation, and decreased cartilage marker expression. Though some genes modulated by high pressure have been identified, the effects of high pressure on the global gene expression pattern have still not been investigated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813474/binge-like-sucrose-consumption-reduces-the-dendritic-length-and-complexity-of-principal-neurons-in-the-adolescent-rat-basolateral-amygdala
#14
Masroor Shariff, Paul Klenowski, Michael Morgan, Omkar Patkar, Erica Mu, Mark Bellingham, Arnauld Belmer, Selena E Bartlett
A compelling body of evidence suggests that the worldwide obesity epidemic is underpinned by excessive sugar consumption, typified by the modern western diet. Furthermore, evidence is beginning to emerge of maladaptive changes in the mesolimbic reward pathway of the brain in relation to excess sugar consumption that highlights the importance of examining this neural circuitry in an attempt to understand and subsequently mitigate the associated morbidities with obesity. While the basolateral amygdala (BLA) has been shown to mediate the reinforcing properties of drugs of abuse, it has also been shown to play an important role in affective and motivated behaviours and has been shown to undergo maladaptive changes in response to drugs of abuse and stress...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813467/meat-consumption-reduction-in-italian-regions-health-co-benefits-and-decreases-in-ghg-emissions
#15
Sara Farchi, Manuela De Sario, Enrica Lapucci, Marina Davoli, Paola Michelozzi
INTRODUCTION: Animal agriculture has exponentially grown in recent decades in response to the rise in global demand for meat, even in countries like Italy that traditionally eat a Mediterranean, plant-based diet. Globalization related dietary changes are contributing to the epidemic of non-communicable diseases and to the global climate crisis, and are associated with huge carbon and water footprints. The objective of the study is to assess inequalities in health impacts and in attributable greenhouse gases-GHG emissions in Italy by hypothesizing different scenarios of reduction in red and processed meat consumption towards healthier consumption patterns more compliant with the recommendations of the Mediterranean food pyramid...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813453/metabolomics-reveals-that-vine-tea-ampelopsis-grossedentata-prevents-high-fat-diet-induced-metabolism-disorder-by-improving-glucose-homeostasis-in-rats
#16
Wenting Wan, Baoping Jiang, Le Sun, Lijia Xu, Peigen Xiao
BACKGROUND: Vine tea (VT), derived from Ampelopsis grossedentata (Hand.-Mazz.) W.T. Wang, is an alternative tea that has been consumed widely in south China for hundreds of years. It has been shown that drinking VT on a daily basis improves hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia. However, little is known about the preventive functions of VT for metabolic dysregulation and the potential pathological mechanisms involved. This paper elucidates the preventive effects of VT on the dysregulation of lipid and glucose metabolism using rats maintained on a high-fat-diet (HFD) in an attempt to explain the potential mechanisms involved...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813451/schistosoma-mansoni-reinfection-analysis-of-risk-factors-by-classification-and-regression-tree-cart-modeling
#17
Andréa Gazzinelli, Roberta Oliveira-Prado, Leonardo Ferreira Matoso, Bráulio M Veloso, Gisele Andrade, Helmut Kloos, Jeffrey M Bethony, Renato M Assunção, Rodrigo Correa-Oliveira
Praziquantel (PZQ) is an effective chemotherapy for schistosomiasis mansoni and a mainstay for its control and potential elimination. However, it does not prevent against reinfection, which can occur rapidly in areas with active transmission. A guide to ranking the risk factors for Schistosoma mansoni reinfection would greatly contribute to prioritizing resources and focusing prevention and control measures to prevent rapid reinfection. The objective of the current study was to explore the relationship among the socioeconomic, demographic, and epidemiological factors that can influence reinfection by S...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813427/electromagneto-squeezing-rotational-flow-of-carbon-c-water-h2o-kerosene-oil-nanofluid-past-a-riga-plate-a-numerical-study
#18
Tasawar Hayat, Mumtaz Khan, Muhammad Ijaz Khan, Ahmed Alsaedi, Muhammad Ayub
This article predicts the electromagneto squeezing rotational flow of carbon-water nanofluid between two stretchable Riga plates. Riga plate is known as electromagnetic actuator which is the combination of permanent magnets and a span wise aligned array of alternating electrodes mounted on a plane surface. Mathematical model is developed for the flow problem with the phenomena of melting heat transfer, viscous dissipation and heat generation/absorption. Water and kerosene oil are utilized as the base fluids whereas single and multi-wall carbon nanotubes as the nanomaterials...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813409/the-rise-of-algae-in-cryogenian-oceans-and-the-emergence-of-animals
#19
Jochen J Brocks, Amber J M Jarrett, Eva Sirantoine, Christian Hallmann, Yosuke Hoshino, Tharika Liyanage
The transition from dominant bacterial to eukaryotic marine primary productivity was one of the most profound ecological revolutions in the Earth's history, reorganizing the distribution of carbon and nutrients in the water column and increasing energy flow to higher trophic levels. But the causes and geological timing of this transition, as well as possible links with rising atmospheric oxygen levels and the evolution of animals, remain obscure. Here we present a molecular fossil record of eukaryotic steroids demonstrating that bacteria were the only notable primary producers in the oceans before the Cryogenian period (720-635 million years ago)...
August 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813186/multi-normalization-and-interpolation-protocol-to-improve-norovirus-immunoagglutination-assay-from-paper-microfluidics-with-smartphone-detection
#20
Soohee Cho, Tu San Park, Kelly A Reynolds, Jeong-Yeol Yoon
Norovirus (NoV) is one of the leading causes of acute gastroenteritis, affecting 685 million people per year around the world. The best preventive measure is to screen water for possible NoV contamination, not from infected humans, preferably using rapid and field-deployable diagnostic methods. While enzyme immunoassays (EIAs) can be used for such detection, the low infectious dose as well as the generally inferior sensitivity and low titer of available NoV antibodies render critical challenges in using EIAs toward NoV detection...
August 1, 2017: SLAS Technology
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