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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325007/building-a-more-diverse-biomedical-engineering-workforce-biomedical-engineering-at-the-university-of-the-district-of-columbia-a-historically-black-college-university
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Lara A Thompson, A Segun Adebayo, Nian Zhang, Sasan Haghani, Kathleen Dowell, Devdas Shetty
Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a new, multidisciplinary, and rapidly growing field, however, the BME Workforce suffers from limited ethnic and gender diversity. Despite the demand and growth of this new field due to its public health importance, only 4 out of the 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) nationwide offers a Bachelor's of Science (B.S.) in Bio-Engineering related fields. In order to contribute to a growing BME Workforce, HBCUs need to react and offer more degree-programs relevant to BME...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324951/mentor-s-brain-functional-connectivity-network-during-robotic-assisted-surgery-mentorship
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Somayeh B Shafiei, Scott T Doyle, Khurshid A Guru
In many complicated cognitive-motor tasks mentoring is inevitable during the learning process. Although mentors are expert in doing the task, trainee's operation might be new for a mentor. This makes mentoring a very difficult task which demands not only the knowledge and experience of a mentor, but also his/her ability to follow trainee's movements and patiently advise him/her during the operation. We hypothesize that information binding throughout the mentor's brain areas, contributed to the task, changes as the expertise level of the trainee improves from novice to intermediate and expert...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324860/direct-detection-of-two-different-tumor-derived-extracellular-vesicles-by-sam-aunis-lspr-biosensor
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Abhimanyu Thakur, Guangyu Qiu, Siu-Pang Ng, Jintao Guan, Jianbo Yue, Youngjin Lee, Chi-Man Lawrence Wu
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are abundant in various biological fluids including blood, saliva, urine, as well as extracellular milieu. Accumulating evidence has indicated that EVs, which contain functional proteins and small RNAs, facilitate intercellular communication between neighbouring cells, and are critical to maintain various physiological processes. In contrast, EV-derived toxic signals can spread out over the tissues adjacent to the injured area in certain diseases, including brain tumors and neurodegenerative disorders...
March 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324797/consistency-of-a-lumbar-movement-pattern-across-functional-activities-in-people-with-low-back-pain
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Andrej V Marich, Ching-Ting Hwang, Gretchen B Salsich, Catherine E Lang, Linda R Van Dillen
BACKGROUND: Limitation in function is a primary reason people with low back pain seek medical treatment. Specific lumbar movement patterns, repeated throughout the day, have been proposed to contribute to the development and course of low back pain. Varying the demands of a functional activity test may provide some insight into whether people display consistent lumbar movement patterns during functional activities. Our purpose was to examine the consistency of the lumbar movement pattern during variations of a functional activity test in people with low back pain and back-healthy people...
March 7, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324767/the-health-assessment-questionnaire-disability-index-haq-di-as-a-valid-alternative-for-measuring-the-functional-capacity-of-people-with-haemophilia
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Hortensia De La Corte-Rodriguez, E Carlos Rodriguez-Merchan
BACKGROUND: There are several scales for evaluating the functional capacity of people with haemophilia (PWH). OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the value and simplicity of the "Health Assessment Questionnaire Disability Index" (HAQ-DI) for making a functional assessment of persons with haemophilia (PWH) in those contexts in which the specific physical assessment scales cannot be used (the "World Federation of Haemophilia Physical Examination Score" (WFH-PES) and the "Haemophilia Joint Health Score 2...
March 14, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324489/monitoring-mitochondrial-changes-by-alteration-of-the-pink1-parkin-signaling-in-drosophila
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Tsuyoshi Inoshita, Kahori Shiba-Fukushima, Hongrui Meng, Nobutaka Hattori, Yuzuru Imai
Mitochondrial quality control is a key process in tissues with high energy demands, such as the brain and muscles. Recent studies using Drosophila have revealed that the genes responsible for familial forms of juvenile Parkinson's disease (PD), PINK1 and Parkin regulate mitochondrial function and motility. Cell biological analysis using mammalian cultured cells suggests that the dysregulation of mitophagy by PINK1 and Parkin leads to neurodegeneration in PD. In this chapter, we describe the methods to monitor mitochondrial morphology in the indirect flight muscles of adult Drosophila and Drosophila primary cultured neurons and the methods to analyze the motility of mitochondria in the axonal transport of living larval motor neurons...
March 22, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324196/should-we-genetically-select-for-the-beauty-norm-of-fair-skin
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Herjeet Marway
Fair skin is often regarded as a beauty ideal in many parts of the world. Genetic selection for non-disease traits may allow reproducers to select fair skin for the purposes of beauty, and may be justified under various procreative principles. In this paper I assess the ethics of genetic selection for fair skin as a beauty feature. In particular, I explore the discriminatory aspects and demands of such selection. Using race and colour hierarchies that many would find objectionable, I argue that selection for beauty that is underpinned by such hierarchies is not a trivial selection...
March 21, 2017: Health Care Analysis: HCA: Journal of Health Philosophy and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324184/early-outcomes-of-spinal-growth-tethering-for-idiopathic-scoliosis-with-a-novel-device-a-prospective-study-with-2-years-of-follow-up
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M Boudissa, A Eid, E Bourgeois, J Griffet, A Courvoisier
QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is a 3D spine deformity that worsens during the whole growth. New methods for spinal growth modulation with flexible spinal implants have been described to avoid progression of the deformity during growth spurt. The main limitations are that no specific ancillaries and devices are available, which makes the surgery technically demanding. METHODS: We have developed a new method of spinal growth tethering using minimal invasive videothoracoscopic approach...
March 21, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324117/accommodation-responds-to-optical-vergence-and-not-defocus-blur-alone
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Antonio J Del Águila-Carrasco, Iván Marín-Franch, Paula Bernal-Molina, José J Esteve-Taboada, Philip B Kruger, Robert Montés-Micó, Norberto López-Gil
Purpose: To determine whether changes in wavefront spherical curvature (optical vergence) are a directional cue for accommodation. Methods: Nine subjects participated in this experiment. The accommodation response to a monochromatic target was measured continuously with a custom-made adaptive optics system while astigmatism and higher-order aberrations were corrected in real time. There were two experimental open-loop conditions: vergence-driven condition, where the deformable mirror provided sinusoidal changes in defocus at the retina between -1 and +1 diopters (D) at 0...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323843/dynamic-postural-control-and-associated-attentional-demands-in-contemporary-dancers-versus-non-dancers
#10
Geneviève Sirois-Leclerc, Anthony Remaud, Martin Bilodeau
Postural control is not a fully automatic process, but requires a certain level of attention, particularly as the difficulty of the postural task increases. This study aimed at testing whether experienced contemporary dancers, because of their specialized training involving the control of posture/balance, would present with a dual-task performance suggesting lesser attentional demands associated with dynamic postural control compared with non-dancers. Twenty dancers and 16 non-dancers performed a dynamic postural tracking task in both antero-posterior and side-to-side directions, while standing on a force platform...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323817/hippocampal-and-prefrontal-processing-of-network-topology-to-simulate-the-future
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Amir-Homayoun Javadi, Beatrix Emo, Lorelei R Howard, Fiona E Zisch, Yichao Yu, Rebecca Knight, Joao Pinelo Silva, Hugo J Spiers
Topological networks lie at the heart of our cities and social milieu. However, it remains unclear how and when the brain processes topological structures to guide future behaviour during everyday life. Using fMRI in humans and a simulation of London (UK), here we show that, specifically when new streets are entered during navigation of the city, right posterior hippocampal activity indexes the change in the number of local topological connections available for future travel and right anterior hippocampal activity reflects global properties of the street entered...
March 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323545/creation-of-a-bioengineered-skin-flap-scaffold-with-a-perfusable-vascular-pedicle
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Bernhard J Jank, Jeremy Goverman, Jacques P Guyette, Jon M Charest, Mark A Randolph, Glenn R Gaudette, Joshua R Gershlak, Martin Purschke, Emilia Javorsky, Rosalynn M Nazarian, David A Leonard, Curtis L Cetrulo, William G Austen, Harald Christian Ott
Full thickness skin loss is a challenging problem due to limited reconstructive options, demanding 75 million surgical procedures annually in the United States. Autologous skin grafting is the gold standard treatment, but results in donor site morbidity and poor aesthetics. Numerous skin substitutes are available on the market to date, however, none truly function as full thickness skin due to their lack of a vascular network. The creation of an autologous full thickness skin analogue with a vascular pedicle would result in a paradigm shift in the management of wounds and in reconstruction of full thickness skin defects...
March 21, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323421/assessment-of-the-secondary-copper-reserves-of-nations
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Kyaw Nyunt Maung, Seiji Hashimoto, Mizuki Mizukami, Masataka Morozumi, Cherry Myo Lwin
The sustainable use of metals demands consideration not only of primary metals in the natural environment but also of secondary metals in society as alternative resources. This study applied our proposed classification framework of secondary resources to copper (1) to investigate the applicability of the framework and (2) to assess the secondary copper reserves and resources of selected countries. To estimate secondary copper reserves, we introduced the variable "secondary reserve ratio": the fraction of in-use copper stocks that is technically and economically recoverable...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323404/electrophoretic-approach-for-the-simultaneous-deposition-and-functionalization-of-reduced-graphene-oxide-nanosheets-with-diazonium-compounds-application-for-sensing-in-serum
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Qian Wang, Alina Mihaela Vasilescu, Qi Wang, Yannick Coffinier, Musen Li, Rabah Boukherroub, Sabine Szunerits
Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of reduced graphene oxide nanosheets (rGO) offers several advantages over other surface coating approaches, including process simplicity, uniformity of the deposited films and good control of the film thickness. The EPD conditions might also be of interest for the reduction of diazonium salts, which upon the release of N2 molecules and generation of radicals, can form covalent bonds with the sp2 hybridized carbon lattice atoms of rGO films. In this work, we report on the coating of gold electrodes in one-step with rGO/polyethyleneimine (PEI) thin films and their simultaneous modification using different phenyl (Ph) diazonium salt precursors bearing various functionalities such as -B(OH)2, -COOH and -C≡CH...
March 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319990/a-decision-support-approach-for-provider-scheduling-in-a-patient-centered-medical-home
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Renata Konrad, Sarah Ficarra, Catherine Danko, Rachel Wallace, Cliona Archambeault
The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has been proposed as a viable and medically effective model of primary care delivery. The fundamental principles of a PCMH address increased access and offer new ways to organize a practice. Creating provider schedules able to satisfy the operational and organizational constraints imposed by this type of delivery model is a challenging, complex, and time-consuming task.This article presents a two-step approach for scheduling providers and prospectively assessing the consequences of various schedules on patient throughput without experimenting on the real-world system...
January 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319794/apoplastic-gamma-glutamyl-transferase-activity-encoded-by-ggt1-and-ggt2-is-important-for-vegetative-and-generative-development
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Sabrina Giaretta, Dinesh Prasad, Ilaria Forieri, Teofilo Vamerali, Anna Rita Trentin, Markus Wirtz, Rüdiger Hell, Antonio Masi
Gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT; EC 2.3.2.2) is the only enzyme capable of degrading glutathione (GSH) in extra-cytosolic spaces. In plant cells, the GGT1 and GGT2 isoforms are located in the apoplast, bound respectively to the cell wall and the plasma membrane. GGT1 is expressed throughout plants, mainly in the leaves and vascular system, while GGT2 is more specifically expressed in seeds and trichomes, and weakly in roots. Their role in plant physiology remains to be clarified, however. Obtaining the ggt1/ggt2 double mutant can offer more clues than the corresponding single mutants, and to prevent any compensatory expression between the two isoforms...
March 10, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319779/supramolecular-biofunctional-materials
#17
REVIEW
Jie Zhou, Jie Li, Xuewen Du, Bing Xu
This review discusses supramolecular biofunctional materials, a novel class of biomaterials formed by small molecules that are held together via noncovalent interactions. The complexity of biology and relevant biomedical problems not only inspire, but also demand effective molecular design for functional materials. Supramolecular biofunctional materials offer (almost) unlimited possibilities and opportunities to address challenging biomedical problems. Rational molecular design of supramolecular biofunctional materials exploit powerful and versatile noncovalent interactions, which offer many advantages, such as responsiveness, reversibility, tunability, biomimicry, modularity, predictability, and, most importantly, adaptiveness...
March 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319766/sequential-ultrasound-and-low-temperature-thermal-pretreatment-process-optimization-and-influence-on-sewage-sludge-solubilization-enzyme-activity-and-anaerobic-digestion
#18
Patricio Neumann, Zenón González, Gladys Vidal
The influence of sequential ultrasound and low-temperature (55°C) thermal pretreatment on sewage sludge solubilization, enzyme activity and anaerobic digestion was assessed. The pretreatment led to significant increases of 427-1030% and 230-674% in the soluble concentrations of carbohydrates and proteins, respectively, and 1.6-4.3 times higher enzymatic activities in the soluble phase of the sludge. Optimal conditions for chemical oxygen demand solubilization were determined at 59.3kg/L total solids (TS) concentration, 30,500kJ/kg TS specific energy and 13h thermal treatment time using response surface methodology...
March 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319759/removal-of-hydrogen-sulfide-generated-during-anaerobic-treatment-of-sulfate-laden-wastewater-using-biochar-evaluation-of-efficiency-and-mechanisms
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Jarupat Kanjanarong, Balendu S Giri, Deb P Jaisi, Fernanda R Oliveira, Piyarat Boonsawang, Sumate Chaiprapat, R S Singh, Avula Balakrishna, Samir Kumar Khanal
Removal of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from biogas was investigated in a biochar column integrated with a bench-scale continuous-stirred tank reactor (CSTR) treating sulfate-laden wastewater. Synthetic wastewater containing sulfate concentrations of 200-2000mg SO4(2-)/L was used as substrate, and the CSTR was operated at an organic loading rate of 1.5g chemical oxygen demand (COD)/L·day and a hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 20days. The biochar was able to remove about 98.0 (±1.2)% of H2S for the ranges of concentrations from 105-1020ppmv, especially at high moisture content (80-85%)...
March 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319757/interaction-driver-bicyclist-on-rural-roads-effects-of-cross-sections-and-road-geometric-elements
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Francesco Bella, Manuel Silvestri
The interaction of motorists and bicyclists, particularly during passing maneuvers, is cited as one of the primary causes of bicyclist fatalities. This paper reports the results of a driving simulator study, which sought to analyze the effects that three cross-section configurations of a two-lane rural road and four geometric elements of the road have on driver behavior, during the interaction with a cyclist. A two-lane rural road, about 11km long, was designed and implemented in an advanced-interactive driving simulator...
March 17, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
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