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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338068/a-portable-immunosensor-with-differential-pressure-gauges-readout-for-alpha-fetoprotein-detection
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Qingping Wang, Rongjie Li, Kang Shao, Yue Lin, Weiqiang Yang, Longhua Guo, Bin Qiu, Zhenyu Lin, Guonan Chen
A portable, affordable and simple detector is requested in a "Point-of-Care-Testing" (POCT) system. In this study, we exploited the potentialities of Differential Pressure Gauge (DPG) to the orientation of POCT technology. Alpha fetoprotein (AFP) was chosen as a model analyte that could specifically recognized by its antigen, and a tiny outfits equipped with a DPG was employed as the signal readout. Pt/SiO2 nanospheres were synthesized and modified with the detection antibody. In the presence of target, a sandwich of immunocomplex specifically formed and the Pt/SiO2 had been modified on the capture antibody...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325705/biochemical-hydrological-and-mechanical-behaviors-of-high-food-waste-content-msw-landfill-preliminary-findings-from-a-large-scale-experiment
#2
Liang-Tong Zhan, Hui Xu, Yun-Min Chen, Fan Lü, Ji-Wu Lan, Li-Min Shao, Wei-An Lin, Pin-Jing He
A large-scale bioreactor experiment lasting for 2years was presented in this paper to investigate the biochemical, hydrological and mechanical behaviors of high food waste content (HFWC) MSW. The experimental cell was 5m in length, 5m in width and 7.5m in depth, filled with unprocessed HFWC-MSWs of 91.3 tons. In the experiment, a surcharge loading of 33.4kPa was applied on waste surface, mature leachate refilling and warm leachate recirculation were performed to improve the degradation process. In this paper, the measurements of leachate quantity, leachate level, leachate biochemistry, gas composition, waste temperature, earth pressure and waste settlement were presented, and the following observations were made: (1) 26...
March 18, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321901/a-pneumatic-phantom-for-mimicking-respiration-induced-artifacts-in-spinal-mri
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Philippe De Tillieux, Ryan Topfer, Alexandru Foias, Iris Leroux, Imanne El Maâchi, Hugues Leblond, Nikola Stikov, Julien Cohen-Adad
PURPOSE: To design a phantom capable of mimicking human respiration to serve as a testing platform for correction of the static and time-evolving magnetic field distortions typically encountered in MRI of the spinal cord. METHODS: An inflation system to mimic the air variation of the human lungs was constructed. The inflation system was linked to a phantom containing synthetic lungs and an ex vivo human spine. The relationship between air pressure and phantom lung volume was evaluated via imaging experiment...
March 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291960/trabeculectomy-with-ologen-versus-mitomycin-c-in-juvenile-open-angle-glaucoma-a-1-year-study
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Fathi El-Sayyad, Heba Magdy Ahmed El-Saied, Mohamad Amr Salah Eddin Abdelhakim
BACKGROUND: We assessed bleb morphology and the intraocular pressure (IOP)-lowering effect of trabeculectomy with ologen compared to mitomycin C (MMC) in juvenile open-angle glaucoma (JOAG). METHODS: This is a prospective interventional comparative study conducted on 40 eyes (20 patients) with medically uncontrolled JOAG, randomly operating one eye for trabeculectomy with ologen (group A: 20 eyes) and the other with MMC (group B: 20 eyes). IOP measurement, SITA standard perimetry, and spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) for retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness were all done pre- and postoperatively...
March 15, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284944/citizen-sensor-networks-to-confront-government-decision-makers-two-lessons-from-the-netherlands
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Linda Carton, Peter Ache
This paper presents one emerging social-technical innovation: The evolution of citizen-sensor-networks where citizens organize themselves from the 'bottom up', for the sake of confronting governance officials with measured information about environmental qualities. We have observed how citizen-sensor-networks have been initiated in the Netherlands in cases where official government monitoring and business organizations leave gaps. The formed citizen-sensor-networks collect information about issues that affect the local community in their quality-of-living...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273951/vein-networks-in-hydrothermal-systems-provide-constraints-for-the-monitoring-of-active-volcanoes
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Luigi Cucci, Francesca Di Luccio, Alessandra Esposito, Guido Ventura
Vein networks affect the hydrothermal systems of many volcanoes, and variations in their arrangement may precede hydrothermal and volcanic eruptions. However, the long-term evolution of vein networks is often unknown because data are lacking. We analyze two gypsum-filled vein networks affecting the hydrothermal field of the active Lipari volcanic Island (Italy) to reconstruct the dynamics of the hydrothermal processes. The older network (E1) consists of sub-vertical, N-S striking veins; the younger network (E2) consists of veins without a preferred strike and dip...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260362/-the-questionnaire-survey-on-glaucoma-diagnosis-and-treatment-in-china-2016
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Q Zhang, K Cao, M T Kang, Y X Sun, J H Gan, J X Tian, A R Ran, X Zhang, Y D Su, S N Li
Objective: To investigate the present situation of diagnosis and treatment for primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG) and primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and awareness of the relevant progress among Chinese ophthalmologists. Methods: This study was a cross-sectional, non-randomized sampling survey. Participants were ophthalmologists who attended the 11st Chinese Glaucoma Society Congress during November 11 to 12, 2016. They were invited to fill out a questionnaire. The questionnaire included participants' basic information and their knowledge about glaucoma diagnosis and treatment...
February 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240344/a-novel-model-based-control-strategy-for-aerobic-filamentous-fungal-fed-batch-fermentation-processes
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Lisa Mears, Stuart M Stocks, Mads O Albaek, Benny Cassells, Gürkan Sin, Krist V Gernaey
A novel model-based control strategy is developed for filamentous fungal fed-batch fermentation processes. The system of interest is a pilot scale (550L) filamentous fungus process operating at Novozymes A/S. In such processes, it is desirable to maximize the total product achieved in a batch in a defined process time. In order to achieve this goal, it is important to maximize both the product concentration, and also the total final mass in the fed-batch system. To this end, we describe the development of a control strategy which aims to achieve maximum tank fill, whilst avoiding oxygen limited conditions...
February 27, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238431/assessing-seawater-intrusion-in-an-arid-coastal-aquifer-under-high-anthropogenic-influence-using-major-constituents-sr-and-b-isotopes-in-groundwater
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J Mahlknecht, D Merchán, M Rosner, A Meixner, R Ledesma-Ruiz
The La Paz aquifer system (Baja California Sur, Mexico) is under severe anthropogenic pressure because of high groundwater abstraction for urban supply (city of La Paz, around 222,000 inhabitants) and irrigated agriculture (1900ha). In consequence, seawater has infiltrated the aquifer, forcing the abandonment of wells with increased salinity. The objective of this study was to assess seawater intrusion, understand the hydrogeochemical processes involved and estimate the contribution of seawater in the wells tested...
February 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236601/non-invasive-aortic-systolic-pressure-and-pulse-wave-velocity-estimation-in-a-primary-care-setting-an-in-silico-study
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Andrea Guala, Carlo Camporeale, Luca Ridolfi, Luca Mesin
Everyday clinical cardiovascular evaluation is still largely based on brachial systolic and diastolic pressures. However, several clinical studies have demonstrated the higher diagnostic capacities of the aortic pressure, as well as the need to assess the aortic mechanical properties (e.g., by measuring the aortic pulse wave velocity). In order to fill this gap, we propose to exploit a set of easy-to-obtain physical characteristics to estimate the aortic pressure and pulse wave velocity. To this aim, a large population of virtual subjects is created by a validated mathematical model of the cardiovascular system...
February 21, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210935/the-effect-of-fluid-resuscitation-on-the-effective-circulating-volume-in-patients-undergoing-liver-surgery-a-post-hoc-analysis-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jaap Jan Vos, A F Kalmar, H G D Hendriks, J Bakker, T W L Scheeren
To assess the significance of an analogue of the mean systemic filling pressure (Pmsa) and its derived variables, in providing a physiology based discrimination between responders and non-responders to fluid resuscitation during liver surgery. A post-hoc analysis of data from 30 patients undergoing major hepatic surgery was performed. Patients received 15 ml kg(-1) fluid in 30 min. Fluid responsiveness (FR) was defined as an increase of 20% or greater in cardiac index, measured by FloTrac-Vigileo(®). Dynamic preload variables (pulse pressure variation and stroke volume variation: PPV, SVV) were recorded additionally...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208779/proof-of-concept-of-integrated-load-measurement-in-3d-printed-structures
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Michaël Hinderdael, Zoé Jardon, Margot Lison, Dieter De Baere, Wim Devesse, Maria Strantza, Patrick Guillaume
Currently, research on structural health monitoring systems is focused on direct integration of the system into a component or structure. The latter results in a so-called smart structure. One example of a smart structure is a component with integrated strain sensing for continuous load monitoring. Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, now also enables such integration of functions inside components. As a proof-of-concept, the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technique was used to integrate a strain sensing element inside polymer (ABS) tensile test samples...
February 9, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179257/interplay-between-renal-endothelin-and-purinergic-signaling-systems
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Eman Y Gohar, Malgorzata Kasztan, David M Pollock
Alterations in extracellular fluid volume regulation and sodium balance may result in the development and maintenance of salt-dependent hypertension, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Numerous pathways contribute to the regulation of sodium excretion and blood pressure, including endothelin and purinergic signaling. Increasing evidence suggests a link between purinergic receptor activation and endothelin production within the renal collecting duct as a means of promoting natriuresis. A better understanding of the relationship between these two systems, especially in regard to sodium homeostasis, will fill a significant knowledge gap and may provide novel antihypertensive treatment options...
February 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176628/diabetes-type-4-a-paradigm-shift-in-the-understanding-of-glaucoma-the-brain-specific-diabetes-and-the-candidature-of-insulin-as-a-therapeutic-agent
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M A Faiq, T Dada
The present analytical anecdote aims at construing the probable mechanism and ensuing applications of the "Brain Diabetes Hypothesis of Glaucoma" proposed by our research group in early 2014. Here we go a step further to look into many important mechanisms that serve to bridge conceptual gaps to fill up the mosaic of a picture revealing that glaucoma indeed is brain specific diabetes and more appropriately "Diabetes Type 4". Based on this conceptual substance, we weave a novel idea of insulin being a potential remedy for glaucoma...
February 6, 2017: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151871/antihypertensive-medications-and-risk-of-death-and-hospitalizations-in-us-hemodialysis-patients-evidence-from-a-cohort-study-to-inform-hypertension-treatment-practices
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Tariq Shafi, Stephen M Sozio, Jason Luly, Karen J Bandeen-Roche, Wendy L St Peter, Patti L Ephraim, Aidan McDermott, Charles A Herzog, Deidra C Crews, Julia J Scialla, Navdeep Tangri, Dana C Miskulin, Wieneke M Michels, Bernard G Jaar, Philip G Zager, Klemens B Meyer, Albert W Wu, L Ebony Boulware
Antihypertensive medications are commonly prescribed to hemodialysis patients but the optimal regimens to prevent morbidity and mortality are unknown. The goal of our study was to compare the association of routinely prescribed antihypertensive regimens with outcomes in US hemodialysis patients.We used 2 datasets for our analysis. Our primary cohort (US Renal Data System [USRDS]) included adult patients initiating in-center hemodialysis from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2008 (n = 33,005) with follow-up through December 31, 2009...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134997/mass-transport-circulatory-system-with-emphasis-on-nonendothermic-species
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Dane A Crossley, Warren W Burggren, Carl L Reiber, Jordi Altimiras, Kenneth J Rodnick
Mass transport can be generally defined as movement of material matter. The circulatory system then is a biological example given its role in the movement in transporting gases, nutrients, wastes, and chemical signals. Comparative physiology has a long history of providing new insights and advancing our understanding of circulatory mass transport across a wide array of circulatory systems. Here we focus on circulatory function of nonmodel species. Invertebrates possess diverse convection systems; that at the most complex generate pressures and perform at a level comparable to vertebrates...
December 6, 2016: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120447/effects-of-sildenafil-a-phosphodiesterase-type-5-inhibitor-on-the-primary-single-afferent-activity-of-the-rat-bladder
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Naoki Aizawa, Hiroki Ito, Rino Sugiyama, Tetsuya Fujimura, Hiroshi Fukuhara, Haruki Kume, Yukio Homma, Yasuhiko Igawa
OBJECTIVES: We investigated the direct effects of sildenafil, a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor, on the single-unit mechanosensitive afferent activities (SAAs) primarily originated from the bladder in the rat. METHODS: Female Sprague-Dawley rats were anesthetized with urethane. SAAs were recorded from the left L6 dorsal roots and classified by conduction velocity as Aδ- or C-fibers. A catheter was inserted into the bladder dome, and a separate catheter was placed in the carotid artery and external iliac vein for monitoring of blood pressure and sildenafil-administration, respectively...
January 2017: Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104899/amino-acid-based-material-for-the-complementary-therapy-of-decubitus-ulcers
#18
Frederico Nogueira, Isabel C Gouveia
Chronic wounds, pressure sores, lesions and infections of microbial origin in bedridden, paralyzed or malnutrition patients remain the object of study of many researchers. There are several intrinsic and extrinsic factors involved in the development of these disorders, which are related to the patient's immune system, making it unable to respond effectively to the treatment of the wound. These factors can be properly controlled, giving particular importance to the ethiology and stage of the wound, as well as the time periods corresponding to the replacement of the dressings...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092926/effect-of-gravity-and-microgravity-on-intracranial-pressure
#19
Justin S Lawley, Lonnie G Petersen, Erin J Howden, Satyam Sarma, William K Cornwell, Rong Zhang, Louis A Whitworth, Michael A Williams, Benjamin D Levine
KEY POINTS: Astronauts have recently been discovered to have impaired vision, with a presentation that resembles syndromes of elevated intracranial pressure on Earth. Gravity has a profound effect on fluid distribution and pressure within the human circulation. In contrast to prevailing theory, we observed that microgravity reduces central venous and intracranial pressure. This being said, intracranial pressure is not reduced to the levels observed in the 90 deg seated upright posture on Earth...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092417/dense-semi-clathrates-at-high-pressure-a-study-of-the-water-tert-butylamine-system
#20
Rubén Granero-García, Andrzej Falenty, Francesca P A Fabbiani
In situ high-pressure crystallization and diffraction techniques have been applied to obtain two very structurally distinct semi-clathrates of the tert-butylamine-water system with hydration numbers 5.65 and 5.8, respectively, thereby considerably reducing a notable hydration gap between the monohydrate and the 71/4 -hydrate that results when crystallization space is explored by temperature alone. Both structures can be considered as an intriguing solid-state example of hydrophobic hydration, in which the water network creates wide tert-butylamine-filled channels stabilized by cross-linking hydrogen bonds...
March 13, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
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