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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227682/development-of-ocular-viscosity-characterization-method
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Shu-Hao Lu, Guo-Zhen Chen, Stanley Y Y Leung, David C C Lam, Shu-Hao Lu, Guo-Zhen Chen, Stanley Y Y Leung, David C C Lam, David C C Lam, Shu-Hao Lu, Guo-Zhen Chen, Stanley Y Y Leung
Glaucoma is the second leading cause for blindness. Irreversible and progressive optic nerve damage results when the intraocular pressure (IOP) exceeds 21 mmHg. The elevated IOP is attributed to blocked fluid drainage from the eye. Methods to measure the IOP are widely available, but methods to measure the viscous response to blocked drainage has yet been developed. An indentation method to characterize the ocular flow is developed in this study. Analysis of the load-relaxation data from indentation tests on drainage-controlled porcine eyes showed that the blocked drainage is correlated with increases in ocular viscosity...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227677/multipoint-temperature-monitoring-in-liver-undergoing-computed-tomography-guided-radiofrequency-ablation-with-fiber-bragg-grating-probes
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P Saccomandi, E Schena, M Diana, F M Di Matteo, G Costamagna, J Marescaux, P Saccomandi, E Schena, M Diana, F M Di Matteo, G Costamagna, J Marescaux, F M Di Matteo, J Marescaux, E Schena, M Diana, G Costamagna, P Saccomandi
In this work, we investigated the temperature increment experienced by biological tissue during radiofrequency ablation (RFA). The measurements were performed by using two custom-made thermal probes based on fiber optic sensors (fiber Bragg gratings, FBGs). The two probes embed a total of 9 FBGs. Experiments were performed during RFA of an ex vivo healthy porcine liver. The RFA heating module was equipped with 5 thermocouples. Results show that the temperature increment close to the applicator (i.e., 0.6 cm-0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227669/green-lasers-are-beyond-power-limits-mandated-by-safety-standards
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M H Lee, K Fox, S Goldwasser, D W M Lau, B Aliahmad, M Sarossy, M H Lee, K Fox, S Goldwasser, D W M Lau, B Aliahmad, M Sarossy, B Aliahmad, M H Lee, K Fox, D W M Lau, M Sarossy, S Goldwasser
There has been an increasing number of reports of people losing vision from laser exposure from pocket laser pointers despite the safety limit of 1 milliwatt (1mW) imposed by the Australian government. We hypothesize that this is because commercially available red and green laser pointers are exceeding their labeled power outputs. We tested the power outputs of 4 red and 4 green lasers which were purchased for less than AUD$30 each. The average of 10 measurements was recorded for each laser. We found that 3 out of 4 red lasers conformed to the 1mW safety standard; in contrast, all of the green lasers exceeded this limit, with one of the lasers recording an output of 127...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227403/abnormal-interhemispheric-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-primary-open-angle-glaucoma
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Peng Zhou, Jieqiong Wang, Ting Li, Ningli Wang, Junfang Xian, Huiguang He, Peng Zhou, Jieqiong Wang, Ting Li, Ningli Wang, Junfang Xian, Huiguang He, Ningli Wang, Junfang Xian, Huiguang He, Ting Li, Jieqiong Wang, Peng Zhou
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness and it has been the topic of massive studies to explore the underlying mechanisms of the disease. Resting-state neuroimaging studies have been widely applied to investigate the functional damage of the brain, but little is known about the alterations of the interhemispheric resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). In the present study, we used a newly developed voxel-mirrored homotopic connectivity (VMHC) method to explore the interhemispheric RSFC of the brain in POAG patients...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227209/high-speed-in-vivo-imaging-of-retinal-hemodynamics-in-a-rodent-model-of-hypertension
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Mahdieh Rezaeian, Dana Georgevsky, S Mojtaba Golzan, Stuart L Graham, Mahdieh Rezaeian, Dana Georgevsky, S Mojtaba Golzan, Stuart L Graham, Dana Georgevsky, Mahdieh Rezaeian, S Mojtaba Golzan, Stuart L Graham
The eye is the only organ through which microcirculation can be visualized non-invasively. This unique feature makes the eye and specifically retinal vasculature an excellent target area to monitor and study micro-vascular damage in systemic diseases. Dynamic (real-time) changes of retinal vessels have been shown to be more specific to the disease in comparison with static measurements. In this study we utilize high speed imaging (i.e. 125 fps) to study and derive dynamic changes of retinal vessels in a rat model of hypertension...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226980/gastric-mucosa-injury-quantification-in-an-ischemia-reperfusion-experimental-model
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E Pena-Mercado, M Garcia-Lorenzana, E Arechaga, C H Gonzalez-de la Rosa, N E Beltran, E Pena-Mercado, M Garcia-Lorenzana, E Arechaga, C H Gonzalez-de la Rosa, N E Beltran, E Arechaga, E Pena-Mercado, M Garcia Lorenzana, N E Beltran
Gastric ischemia - reperfusion (I/R) injury is an important clinical problem, which is developed in more than 80% of critically ill patients. I/R is caused by interruption of blood supply to an organ or tissue followed by blood reflow into the exposed area, leading to multiple organ failure and death. Gastric reactance has been proposed to measure tissue injury caused by ischemia. The present study evaluates a new method to quantify gastric tissue damage due to I/R, and assess its relation to gastric reactance changes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226835/analysis-of-muscle-synergy-for-evaluation-of-task-specific-performance-in-stroke-patients
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Si Li, Cheng Zhuang, Xiao Zhang, Chuanxin M Niu, Qing Xie, Ning Lan, Si Li, Cheng Zhuang, Xiao Zhang, Chuanxin M Niu, Qing Xie, Ning Lan, Chuanxin M Niu, Xiao Zhang, Cheng Zhuang, Si Li, Ning Lan, Qing Xie
Muscle synergy represents a central neural module that organizes and activates a group of muscles when performing a certain task. However, whether muscle synergy is a good physiological indicator of motor ability in task performance for patients suffering stroke is not clear. The purpose of this study is to understand how information of task-specific muscle synergy in healthy subjects and patients post stroke can be used to evaluate their motor ability, and further to assist motor rehabilitation for stroke patients...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226775/evaluation-of-multidrug-cancer-chronotherapy-based-on-cell-cycle-model-under-influences-of-circadian-clock
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Hiroshi Inokawa, Norihiro Katayama, Mitsuyuki Nakao, Hiroshi Inokawa, Norihiro Katayama, Mitsuyuki Nakao, Mitsuyuki Nakao, Hiroshi Inokawa, Norihiro Katayama
The intracellular circadian clock mechanisms are known to affect various substantial cellular machinery such as cell cycle progression, inflammatory response, apoptosis, and DNA repair. Cancer growth in various tissues is still under circadian control, which may be at least partly underlain by the survived connections between the intracellular machinery and the clock. Considering such findings, chronotherapy has been applied to cancer treatments, in which anti-cancer drugs are administered in scheduled circadian times so as to resolve the trade-off between damages against the normal and cancer cells...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226599/identifying-glaucoma-patients-by-applying-multivariate-analyses-of-cardiovascular-signals
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Andreas Voss, Claudia Fischer, Cristina Gonzalez Martinez, Eva Koch, Niklas Plange, Kathleen Kunert, Andreas Voss, Claudia Fischer, Cristina Gonzalez Martinez, Eva Koch, Niklas Plange, Kathleen Kunert, Claudia Fischer, Kathleen Kunert, Niklas Plange, Cristina Gonzalez Martinez, Eva Koch, Andreas Voss
Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye's optic nerve. However, the exact cause of this optic nerve damage is not yet fully understood. Besides the factors of age, genetics and others, such as obesity, medication and migraines, a vascular dysfunction is believed to be a significant factor leading to glaucoma. This study's objective was to investigate whether these vascular dysfunctions could be recognized by analyzing cardiovascular regulation in glaucoma patients. Linear and nonlinear methods were applied to the extracted heart rate (HR), and systolic/ diastolic blood pressure (DBP) time series to discriminate between 35 healthy controls and 20 glaucoma patients...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226508/temperature-monitoring-during-radiofrequency-ablation-of-liver-in-vivo-trials
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P Saccomandi, G Frauenfelder, C Massaroni, M A Caponera, A Polimadei, F Taffoni, F M Di Matteo, G Costamagna, F Giurazza, E Schena, P Saccomandi, G Frauenfelder, C Massaroni, M A Caponera, A Polimadei, F Taffoni, F M Di Matteo, G Costamagna, F Giurazza, E Schena, F Taffoni, F M Di Matteo, F Giurazza, E Schena, G Costamagna, A Polimadei, G Frauenfelder, P Saccomandi, C Massaroni
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat tumors by means of hyperthermia, mostly through percutaneous approach. The tissue temperature plays a pivotal role in the achievement of the target volume heating, while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue from thermal damage. Several techniques for thermometry during RFA are investigated, most of them based on the use of single-point measurement system (e.g., thermocouples). The measurement of temperature map is crucial for the real-time control and fine adjustment of the treatment settings, to optimize the shape and size of the ablated volume...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226286/peripheral-nerve-ultrasonography-in-patients-with-transthyretin-amyloidosis
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Simon Podnar, Stayko Sarafov, Ivailo Tournev, Gregor Omejec, Janez Zidar
OBJECTIVE: To systematically study peripheral nerve morphology in patients with transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis and TTR gene mutation carriers using high-resolution ultrasonography (US). METHODS: In this prospective cross-sectional study we took a structured history, performed neurological examination, and measured peripheral nerve cross-sectional areas (CSAs) bilaterally at 28 standard locations using US. Demographic and US findings were compared to controls. RESULTS: Peripheral nerve CSAs were significantly larger in 33 patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) compared to 50 controls, most dramatically at the common entrapment sites (median nerve at the wrist, ulnar nerve at the elbow), and in the proximal nerve segments (median nerve in the upper arm, sciatic nerve in the thigh)...
January 29, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226263/comparing-impacts-between-formal-and-informal-recreational-trails
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Catherine Marina Pickering, Patrick Norman
Globally there are hundreds of thousands of kilometres of recreational trails traversing natural areas of high conservation value: but what are their impacts and do impacts differ among trails? We compared the effects of four common types of recreational trails [(1) narrow and (2) medium width informal bare earth trails and (3) gravel and (4) tarmac/concrete formal trails] on vegetation adjacent to trails in a high conservation value plant community that is popular for mountain biking and hiking in Australia...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226232/the-epigenome-and-transcriptional-dynamics-of-fruit-ripening
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James Giovannoni, Cuong Nguyen, Betsy Ampofo, Silin Zhong, Zhangjun Fei
Fruit has evolved myriad forms that facilitate seed dispersal in varied environmental and ecological contexts. Because fleshy fruits become attractive and nutritious to seed-dispersing animals, the transition from unripe to ripe fruit represents a dramatic shift in survival strategy-from protecting unripe fruit against damaging animals to making it appealing to those same animals once ripened. For optimal fitness, ripening therefore must be tightly controlled and coordinated with seed development. Fruits, like many vegetative tissues of plants that contribute to human diets, are also subject to decay, which is enhanced as a consequence of the ripening transition...
February 22, 2017: Annual Review of Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226195/global-transcriptional-response-of-human-liver-cells-to-ethanol-stress-of-different-strength-reveals-hormetic-behavior
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Wolfgang Schmidt-Heck, Eva C Wönne, Thomas Hiller, Uwe Menzel, Dirk Koczan, Georg Damm, Daniel Seehofer, Fanny Knöspel, Nora Freyer, Reinhard Guthke, Steven Dooley, Katrin Zeilinger
BACKGROUND: The liver is the major site for alcohol metabolism in the body and therefore, the primary target organ for ethanol-induced toxicity. In this study, we investigated the in vitro response of human liver cells to different ethanol concentrations in a perfused bioartificial liver device that mimics the complex architecture of the natural organ. METHODS: Primary human liver cells were cultured in the bioartificial liver device and treated for 24 hours with medium containing 150 mM (low), 300 mM (medium) or 600 mM (high) ethanol, while a control culture was kept untreated...
February 22, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225914/the-effectiveness-of-heparin-platelet-rich-plasma-prp-and-silver-nanoparticles-on-prevention-of-postoperative-peritoneal-adhesion-formation-in-rats
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Hamid Reza Makarchian, Amir Kasraianfard, Pezhman Ghaderzadeh, Seyed Mohammad Reza Javadi, Manoochehr Ghorbanpoor
Purpose: To assess the effectiveness of heparin, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and silver nanoparticles on prevention of postoperative adhesion in animal models. Methods: Sixty males Albino Wistar rats aged 5 to 6 weeks were classified into five groups receiving none, heparin, PRP, silver nanoparticles, PRP plus silver nanoparticles intraperitoneally. After 2 weeks, the animals underwent laparotomy and the damaged site was assessed for peritoneal adhesions severity...
January 2017: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225743/damage-control-resuscitation-in-patients-with-severe-traumatic-hemorrhage-a-practice-management-guideline-from-the-eastern-association-for-the-surgery-of-trauma
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Jeremy W Cannon, Mansoor A Khan, Ali S Raja, Mitchell J Cohen, John J Como, Bryan A Cotton, Joseph J Dubose, Erin E Fox, Kenji Inaba, Carlos J Rodriguez, John B Holcomb, Juan C Duchesne
BACKGROUND: The resuscitation of severely injured bleeding patients has evolved into a multi-modal strategy termed damage control resuscitation (DCR). This guideline evaluates several aspects of DCR including the role of massive transfusion (MT) protocols, the optimal target ratio of plasma (PLAS) and platelets (PLT) to red blood cells (RBC) during DCR, and the role of recombinant activated factor VII (rVIIa) and tranexamic acid (TXA). METHODS: Using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) methodology, a subcommittee of the Practice Management Guidelines (PMG) Section of EAST conducted a systematic review using MEDLINE and EMBASE...
March 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225739/damage-control-laparotomy-utilization-rates-are-highly-variable-among-level-i-trauma-centers-pragmatic-randomized-optimal-platelet-and-plasma-ratios-findings
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Justin Jeremiah Joseph Watson, Jamison Nielsen, Kyle Hart, Priya Srikanth, John D Yonge, Christopher R Connelly, Phillip M Kemp Bohan, Hillary Sosnovske, Barbara C Tilley, Gerald van Belle, Bryan A Cotton, Terence S OʼKeeffe, Eileen M Bulger, Karen J Brasel, John B Holcomb, Martin A Schreiber
BACKGROUND: Damage control laparotomy (DCL) is intended to limit deleterious effects from trauma-induced coagulopathy. DCL has been associated with mortality reduction, but may increase complications including sepsis, abscess, respiratory failure, hernia, and gastrointestinal fistula. We hypothesized that (1) DCL incidence would vary between institutions; (2) mortality rates would vary with DCL rates; (3) standard DCL criteria of pH, international normalized ratio, temperature and major intra-abdominal vascular injury would not adequately capture all patients...
March 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225655/mnte-2-pyp-treatment-or-nox4-inhibition-protects-against-radiation-induced-damage-in-mouse-primary-prostate-fibroblasts-by-inhibiting-the-tgf-beta-1-signaling-pathway
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Arpita Chatterjee, Elizabeth A Kosmacek, Rebecca E Oberley-Deegan
Prostate cancer patients who undergo radiotherapy frequently suffer from side effects caused by radiation-induced damage to normal tissues adjacent to the tumor. Exposure of these normal cells during radiation treatment can result in tissue fibrosis and cellular senescence, which ultimately leads to postirradiation-related chronic complications including urinary urgency and frequency, erectile dysfunction, urethral stricture and incontinence. Radiation-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been reported as the most potent causative factor for radiation damage to normal tissue...
February 22, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225654/germicidal-efficacy-and-mammalian-skin-safety-of-222-nm-uv-light
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Manuela Buonanno, Brian Ponnaiya, David Welch, Milda Stanislauskas, Gerhard Randers-Pehrson, Lubomir Smilenov, Franklin D Lowy, David M Owens, David J Brenner
We have previously shown that 207-nm ultraviolet (UV) light has similar antimicrobial properties as typical germicidal UV light (254 nm), but without inducing mammalian skin damage. The biophysical rationale is based on the limited penetration distance of 207-nm light in biological samples (e.g. stratum corneum) compared with that of 254-nm light. Here we extended our previous studies to 222-nm light and tested the hypothesis that there exists a narrow wavelength window in the far-UVC region, from around 200-222 nm, which is significantly harmful to bacteria, but without damaging cells in tissues...
February 22, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225648/safety-of-autologous-human-schwann-cell-transplantation-in-subacute-thoracic-spinal-cord-injury
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Kimberly D Anderson, James Guest, W Dalton Dietrich, Mary B Bunge, Rosie Curiel, Marine Dididze, Barth A Green, Aisha Khan, Damien D Pearse, Efrat Saraf-Lavi, Eva Widerstrom-Noga, Pat Wood, Allan D Levi
The rationale for implantation of autologous human Schwann cells (SCs) in people with subacute spinal cord injury (SCI) is based on evidence that transplanted SCs are neuroprotective, support local axonal plasticity, and are capable of myelinating axons. A Phase I clinical trial was conducted to evaluate the safety of autologous human SC transplantation into the injury epicenter of six subjects with subacute SCI. The trial was an open-label, unblinded, non-randomized, non-placebo controlled study with a dose escalation design and standard medical rehabilitation...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
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