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Julia Campbell, John J M Dwyer, Jason B Coe
Promoting dog walking among dog owners is consistent with One Health, which focuses on the mutual health benefits of the human-animal relationship for people and animals. In this study, we used intervention mapping (a framework to develop programs and resources for health promotion) to develop a clearer understanding of the determinants of dog walking to develop curricular and educational resources for promoting regular dog walking among dog owners. Twenty-six adult dog owners in Ontario participated in a semi-structured interview about dog walking in 2014...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
Yiwen Ouyang, Jingyi Li, Doris M Haverstick, James P Landers
We recently defined a magnetic bead-based assay that exploited an agglutination-like response for DNA and applied it to DNA-containing cell enumeration using inexpensive benchtop hardware [ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012 , 134 ( 12 ), 5689 - 96 ]. Although cost-efficient, the open-well format assay required numerous manual steps, and the magnetic field actuation scheme was not readily adaptable for integration. Here, we demonstrate a low-cost (<$2 in-lab), higher-throughput "pinwheel assay" platform that relies on a combination of a disposable rotation-driven microdisc (RDM), and a simple bidirectional rotating magnetic field (bi-RMF)...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Fengbo Zhu, Libo Cheng, Jun Yin, Ziliang Wu, Jin Qian, Jianzhong Fu, Qiang Zheng
Polyion complex (PIC) hydrogels have been proposed as promising engineered soft materials due to their high toughness and good processibility. In this work, we reported manufacturing of complex structures with tough PIC hydrogels based on three-dimensional (3D) printing technology. The strategy relies on the distinct strength of ionic bonding in PIC hydrogels at different stages of printing. In concentrated saline solution, PIC forms viscous solution, which can be directly extruded out of a nozzle into water, where dialyzing out of salt and counterions results in sol-gel transition to form tough physical PIC gel with intricate structures...
October 25, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
F R M Portrait, B van den Berg
How much are the Dutch prepared to pay for mental health care? Nearly every year the content of the basic health insurance package alters as a results of new insights and scientific and medical progress. Up till now, the government of the Netherlands has largely ignored the wishes of its people regarding which services should be included in or dropped from the basis health care package.<br/> AIM: To describe a method for measuring the Dutch population's willingness to pay (wtp) for the inclusion of mental health care in the basic health insurance package and, at the same time, to present the first empirical findings obtained by this method...
2016: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
H Sawahata, S Yamagiwa, A Moriya, T Dong, H Oi, Y Ando, R Numano, M Ishida, K Koida, T Kawano
Investigations into mechanisms in various cortical areas can be greatly improved and supported by stable recording of single neuronal activity. In this study, fine silicon wire electrodes (diameter 3 μm, length 160 μm) are fabricated by vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth with the aim of stabilizing recording and reducing the invasiveness on the measurement procedure. The electrode is fabricated on a modular 1 ×  1 mm(2) conductive silicon block that can be assembled into a number of different device packages, for example on rigid or flexible printed circuit boards (PCB)...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xin Rong, Bei-Yu Wang, Yu-Xiao Deng, Hao Liu
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2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Wei Zhu, Chi Xu, Bu-Peng Ma, Zhi-Bo Zheng, Yu-Long Li, Qi Ma, Guo-Liang Wu, Xi-Sheng Weng
BACKGROUND: Three-dimensional (3D) printing technology holds great promise for treating diseases or injuries that affect human bones with enhanced performance over traditional techniques. Different patterns of design can lead to various mechanical properties and biocompatibility to various degrees. However, there is still a long way to go before we can fully take advantage of 3D printing technologies. METHODS: This study tailored 3D printed scaffolds with gelatin and platelets to maximize bone regeneration...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Igor V Tetko, Uko Maran, Alexander Tropsha
Thousands of (Quantitative) Structure-Activity Relationships (Q)SAR models have been described in peer-reviewed publications; however, this way of sharing seldom makes models available for the use by the research community outside of the developer's laboratory. Conversely, on-line models allow broad dissemination and application representing the most effective way of sharing the scientific knowledge. Approaches for sharing and providing on-line access to models range from web services created by individual users and laboratories to integrated modeling environments and model repositories...
October 25, 2016: Molecular Informatics
Inge A E W van Loosdregt, Sylvia Dekker, Patrick W Alford, Cees W J Oomens, Sandra Loerakker, Carlijn V C Bouten
Understanding cell contractility is of fundamental importance for cardiovascular tissue engineering, due to its major impact on the tissue's mechanical properties as well as the development of permanent dimensional changes, e.g., by contraction or dilatation of the tissue. Previous attempts to quantify contractile cellular stresses mostly used strongly aligned monolayers of cells, which might not represent the actual organization in engineered cardiovascular tissues such as heart valves. In the present study, therefore, we investigated whether differences in organization affect the magnitude of intrinsic stress generated by individual myofibroblasts, a frequently used cell source for in vitro engineered heart valves...
October 24, 2016: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
Aneta M Białkowska
2,3-Butanediol (2,3-BD) is a promising bulk chemical with a potentially wide range of applications e.g., in the manufacture of printing inks, perfumes, synthetic rubber, fumigants, antifreeze agents, fuel additives, foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals. Its high heating value and ability to increase the octane number of fuels make 2,3-BD a promising drop-in fuel. It can also be converted to methyl-ethyl ketone (MEK), which is considered an effective liquid fuel additive. After combination with MEK and hydrogenation reaction, 2,3-BD can be converted to octane, which is used to produce high-quality aviation fuel...
December 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Xiaosong Du, Yajuan Li, Gregory S Herman
Amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) field effect transistors (FETs) are a promising technology for a wide range of electronic applications. Herein, we fabricated and characterized FETs with a nanostructured IGZO network as a sensing transducer. The IGZO was patterned using colloidal lithography and electrohydrodynamic printing, where an 8 μm wide nanostructured close-packed hexagonal IGZO network was obtained. Electrical characterization of the nanostructured IGZO network FET demonstrated a drain-source current on-off ratio of 6...
October 25, 2016: Nanoscale
Liqiang Ren, Di Wu, Yuhua Li, Bin Zheng, Yong Chen, Kai Yang, Hong Liu
This study presents a practical alignment method for X-ray spectral measurement in a rotating gantry based micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) system using three-dimensional (3D) printing technology. In order to facilitate the spectrometer placement inside the gantry, supporting structures including a cover and a stand were dedicatedly designed and printed using a 3D printer. According to the relative position between the spectrometer and the stand, the upright projection of the spectrometer collimator onto the stand was determined and then marked by a tungsten pinhole...
June 2016: Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express
Antonio J Salazar, Javier A Romero, Oscar A Bernal, Angela P Moreno, Sofía C Velasco, Xavier A Díaz
Objective. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the clinical performance of different alternatives to implement low-cost screening telemammography. We compared computed radiography, film printed images, and digitized films produced with a specialized film digitizer and a digital camera. Material and Methods. The ethics committee of our institution approved this study. We assessed the equivalence of the clinical performance of observers for cancer detection. The factorial design included 70 screening patients, four technological alternatives, and cases interpreted by seven radiologists, for a total of 1,960 observations...
2016: International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Rob Whitley, JiaWei Wang
OBJECTIVES: The overarching aim of this article is to assess media portrayals of mental illness in Canada. We hypothesise that portrayals have improved over time, related to the various antistigma activities of organisations such as the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). Specific objectives are to assess 1) overall tone and content of newspaper articles, 2) change over time, and 3) variables associated with positive or negative content. METHODS: We collected newspaper articles from print and online editions of over 20 best-selling Canadian newspapers from 2005 to 2015 (N = 24,570) that mentioned key search terms such as mental illness or schizophrenia...
October 24, 2016: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie
Georg D Strbac, Albrecht Schnappauf, Katharina Giannis, Michael H Bertl, Andreas Moritz, Christian Ulm
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to introduce an innovative method for autotransplantation of teeth using 3-dimensional (3D) surgical templates for guided osteotomy preparation and donor tooth placement. METHODS: This report describes autotransplantation of immature premolars as treatment of an 11-year-old boy having suffered severe trauma with avulsion of permanent maxillary incisors. This approach uses modified methods from guided implant surgery by superimposition of Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine files and 3D data sets of the jaws in order to predesign 3D printed templates with the aid of a fully digital workflow...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Endodontics
Liliya Harri
The process of making of flexographic printing plate by the digital method proceeds in the following stages: back exposure, laser irradiation, main exposure, washing, post exposure, and finishing of the photopolymer plate. Laser irradiation is one of the basic technological stages, in which a negative of the reproduced image is created on the black layer of photopolymer plate. The article presents the results of studies of the effect laser irradiation parameters on the quality of flexographic printing plate produced by digital method...
October 24, 2016: Microscopy Research and Technique
Johan U Lind, Travis A Busbee, Alexander D Valentine, Francesco S Pasqualini, Hongyan Yuan, Moran Yadid, Sung-Jin Park, Arda Kotikian, Alexander P Nesmith, Patrick H Campbell, Joost J Vlassak, Jennifer A Lewis, Kevin K Parker
Biomedical research has relied on animal studies and conventional cell cultures for decades. Recently, microphysiological systems (MPS), also known as organs-on-chips, that recapitulate the structure and function of native tissues in vitro, have emerged as a promising alternative. However, current MPS typically lack integrated sensors and their fabrication requires multi-step lithographic processes. Here, we introduce a facile route for fabricating a new class of instrumented cardiac microphysiological devices via multimaterial three-dimensional (3D) printing...
October 24, 2016: Nature Materials
Keiichiro Yamanaka, Mun'delanji C Vestergaard, Eiichi Tamiya
In this review we present electrochemical biosensor developments, focusing on screen-printed electrodes (SPEs) and their applications. In particular, we discuss how SPEs enable simple integration, and the portability needed for on-field applications. First, we briefly discuss the general concept of biosensors and quickly move on to electrochemical biosensors. Drawing from research undertaken in this area, we cover the development of electrochemical DNA biosensors in great detail. Through specific examples, we describe the fabrication and surface modification of printed electrodes for sensitive and selective detection of targeted DNA sequences, as well as integration with reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)...
October 21, 2016: Sensors
Fabiana Faleiros, Giovana Pelosi, Seth Warschausky, Denise Tate, Christoph Käppler, Elisabeth Thomas
PURPOSE: Intermittent catheterization (IC) often is essential for individuals with spina bifida/myelomeningocele (SBM) and neurogenic bladder. This study aimed to identify and analyze the factors that influence the use of IC. DESIGN AND METHODS: Descriptive study with convenience sampling. Data were collected using printed (Brazil) and online (Germany) questionnaires, and analyzed using multivariate logistical regression and analysis of variance. The study included 100 Brazilian and 100 German patients, aged 0-55 years, with SBM who utilized IC...
October 24, 2016: Rehabilitation Nursing: the Official Journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Hagop S Akiskal
What I uttered in Athens moved with apparent emotion [that seem to have not escaped Jules Angst's concern] was spontaneous, except for what is printed in the program book, which has somehow vanished from my office, unlike him with his larger than life figure whose memory will live for as long as he lives in the minds and hearts of all those who were privileged to be his family, colleagues, patients, friends, and… countless others, plus those whose email addresses I cannot locate right now sitting in the sunshine of La Jolla-far away from my loved ones-and wondering what ethnic, genetic and environmental factors-perhaps even several Greek gods combined-to produce the original mind and heart of our Athenian friend who, nonetheless, lived in Rome-and now resting not in the 'atheist' cemetery [it took me 5 minutes to spell this word]-but in our hearts for as long as they will beat-perhaps eventually in another realm, 'from whose bourn'-according to Hamlet-no one has ever returned-that's the promise of the Eternal City-where Athanasios is lying...
October 21, 2016: Current Neuropharmacology
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