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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738372/advances-in-oral-appliances-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea
#1
Ofer Jacobowitz
Oral appliances that advance the mandible are widely used as alternatives to positive airway pressure (PAP) devices or as primary therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in adults. Although PAP is more efficacious at lowering the polysomnographic indices of OSA, the clinical effectiveness of PAP and oral appliances is similar, and patients are more likely to adhere to oral appliance therapy than to PAP treatment. Clinical examination is used to determine the candidacy of oral appliances and to select a particular appliance for a given patient...
2017: Advances in Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737375/matrix-assisted-3d-printing-of-cellulose-nanofibers-for-paper-microfluidics
#2
Sungchul Shin, Jinho Hyun
Cellulose nanofiber (CNF), one of the most attractive green bioresources, was adopted for construction of microfluidic devices using matrix-assisted 3D printing. CNF hydrogels can support structures printed using CAD design in a 3D hydrogel environment with the appropriate combination of rheological properties between the CNF hydrogel and ink materials. Amazingly, the structure printed freely in bulky CNF hydrogels was able to retain its highly resolved 3D features in an ultrathin 2D paper using a simple drying process...
July 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736923/applications-of-additive-manufacturing-in-dentistry-a-review
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REVIEW
Aishwarya Bhargav, Vijayavenkatraman Sanjairaj, Vinicius Rosa, Lu Wen Feng, Jerry Fuh Yh
Additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing has been hailed as the third industrial revolution as it has caused a paradigm shift in the way objects have been manufactured. Conventionally, converting a raw material to a fully finished and assembled, usable product comprises several steps which can be eliminated by using this process as functional products can be created directly from the raw material at a fraction of the time originally consumed. Thus, AM has found applications in several sectors including automotive, aerospace, printed electronics, and healthcare...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736514/design-and-validation-of-exoskeleton-actuated-by-soft-modules-toward-neurorehabilitation-vision-based-control-for-precise-reaching-motion-of-upper-limb
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Victoria W Oguntosin, Yoshiki Mori, Hyejong Kim, Slawomir J Nasuto, Sadao Kawamura, Yoshikatsu Hayashi
We demonstrated the design, production, and functional properties of the Exoskeleton Actuated by the Soft Modules (EAsoftM). Integrating the 3D printed exoskeleton with passive joints to compensate gravity and with active joints to rotate the shoulder and elbow joints resulted in ultra-light system that could assist planar reaching motion by using the vision-based control law. The EAsoftM can support the reaching motion with compliance realized by the soft materials and pneumatic actuation. In addition, the vision-based control law has been proposed for the precise control over the target reaching motion within the millimeter scale...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734609/reinforcements-in-avian-wing-bones-experiments-analysis-and-modeling
#5
E Novitskaya, C J Ruestes, M M Porter, V A Lubarda, M A Meyers, J McKittrick
Almost all species of modern birds are capable of flight; the mechanical competency of their wings and the rigidity of their skeletal system evolved to enable this outstanding feat. One of the most interesting examples of structural adaptation in birds is the internal structure of their wing bones. In flying birds, bones need to be sufficiently strong and stiff to withstand forces during takeoff, flight, and landing, with a minimum of weight. The cross-sectional morphology and presence of reinforcing structures (struts and ridges) found within bird wing bones vary from species to species, depending on how the wings are utilized...
July 14, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734022/3d-printed-vascularized-device-for-subcutaneous-transplantation-of-human-islets
#6
Marco Farina, Andrea Ballerini, Daniel Fraga, Eugenia Nicolov Matthew Hogan, Danilo Demarchi, Francesco Scaglione, Omaima Sabek, Philip Horner, Usha Thekkedath, Osama Gaber, Alessandro Grattoni
Transplantation of pancreatic islets or stem cell derived insulin secreting cells is an attractive treatment strategy for diabetes. However, islet transplantation is associated with several challenges including function-loss associated with dispersion and limited vascularization as well as the need for continuous immunosuppression. To overcome these limitations, here we present a novel 3D printed and functionalized encapsulation system for subcutaneous engraftment of islets or islet like cells. The devices were 3D printed with polylactic acid and the surfaces treated and patterned to increase the hydrophilicity, cell attachment and proliferation...
July 22, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732777/how-useful-is-3d-printing-in-maxillo-facial-surgery
#7
A Louvrier, P Marty, E Weber, E Euvrard, B Chatelain, A Barrabé, C Meyer
INTRODUCTION: 3D-printing seems to have more and more applications in maxillofacial surgery (MFS), particularly since the release on the market of general use 3D-printers several years ago. The aim of our study was to answer 4 questions: 1. Who uses 3D printing in MFS and is it routine or not? 2. What are the main clinical indications for 3D-printing in MFS and what are the kinds of objects that are used? 3. Are these objects printed by an official medical device (MD) manufacturer or made directly within the department or the lab? 4...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731812/3d-printed-visceral-aneurysm-models-based-on-ct-data-for-simulations-of-endovascular-embolization-evaluation-of-size-and-shape-accuracy
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Eisuke Shibata, Hidemasa Takao, Shiori Amemiya, Kuni Ohtomo
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to verify the accuracy of 3D-printed hollow models of visceral aneurysms created from CT angiography (CTA) data, by evaluating the sizes and shapes of aneurysms and related arteries. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: From March 2006 to August 2015, 19 true visceral aneurysms were embolized via interventional radiologic treatment provided by the radiology department at our institution; aneurysms with bleeding (n = 3) or without thin-slice (< 1 mm) preembolization CT data (n = 1) were excluded...
August 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729190/systematic-review-of-the-use-of-3-dimensional-printing-in-surgical-teaching-and-assessment
#9
Benjamin Langridge, Sheikh Momin, Ben Coumbe, Evelina Woin, Michelle Griffin, Peter Butler
OBJECTIVE: The use of 3-dimensional (3D) printing in medicine has rapidly expanded in recent years as the technology has developed. The potential uses of 3D printing are manifold. This article provides a systematic review of the uses of 3D printing within surgical training and assessment. METHODS: A structured literature search of the major literature databases was performed in adherence to PRISMA guidelines. Articles that met predefined inclusion and exclusion criteria were appraised with respect to the key objectives of the review and sources of bias were analysed...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728010/advances-in-point-of-care-technologies-for-molecular-diagnostics
#10
REVIEW
Mohammad Zarei
Advances in miniaturization, nanotechnology, and microfluidics, along with developments in cloud-connected point-of-care (POC) diagnostics technologies are pushing the frontiers of POC devices toward low-cost, user-friendly, and enhanced sensitivity molecular-level diagnostics. The combination of various bio-sensing platforms within smartphone-integrated electronic readers provides accurate on-site and on-time diagnostics based on various types of chemical and biological targets. Further, 3D printing technology shows a huge potential toward fabrication and improving the performance of POC devices...
July 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727917/a-3d-printed-portable-optical-sensing-platform-for-smartphones-capable-of-detecting-the-herbicide-2-4-dichlorophenoxyacetic-acid
#11
Yijia Wang, Mohamed Maarouf Ali Zeinhom, Mingming Yang, Rongrong Sun, Shengfu Wang, Jordan N Smith, Charles Timchalk, Lei Li, Yuehe Lin, Dan Du
Onsite rapid detection of herbicide and herbicide residuals in environmental and biological specimens is important for agriculture, environment, food safety, and health care. Traditional method for herbicide detection requires expensive laboratory equipment and a long turn-round time. In this work, we developed a single-stripe microliter plate smartphone colorimetric device for rapid and low-cost in-field test. This portable smartphone platform is capable of screening 8 samples in a microplate single-stripe...
July 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727787/feasibility-of-a-3d-printed-anthropomorphic-patient-specific-head-phantom-for-patient-specific-quality-assurance-of-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy
#12
Ji Woon Yea, Jae Won Park, Sung Kyu Kim, Dong Youn Kim, Jae Gu Kim, Chan Young Seo, Won Hyo Jeong, Man Youl Jeong, Se An Oh
This study evaluated the feasibility of utilizing a 3D-printed anthropomorphic patient-specific head phantom for patient-specific quality assurance (QA) in intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). Contoured left and right head phantoms were converted from DICOM to STL format. Fused deposition modeling (FDM) was used to construct an anthropomorphic patient-specific head phantom with a 3D printer. An established QA technique and the patient-specific head phantom were used to compare the calculated and measured doses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727291/proteomic-analysis-and-bioluminescent-reporter-gene-assays-to-investigate-effects-of-simulated-microgravity-on-caco-2-cells
#13
Giorgia La Barbera, Anna Laura Capriotti, Elisa Michelini, Susy Piovesana, Maria Maddalena Calabretta, Riccardo Zenezini Chiozzi, Aldo Roda, Aldo Laganà
Microgravity is one of the most important features in spaceflight. Previous evidence from in-vitro studies has shown that significant changes occur under simulated microgravity. For this reason, human colon adenocarcinoma Caco-2 cells were selected as cell model of intestinal epithelial barrier and their response to altered gravity conditions was investigated, especially on the protein level. In this study, we combined label-free shotgun proteomics and bioluminescent reporter gene assays to identify key proteins and pathways involved in the response of Caco-2 cells under reference and microgravity conditions...
July 20, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726951/facile-one-pot-exfoliation-and-integration-of-2d-layered-materials-by-dispersion-in-a-photocurable-polymer-precursor
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Alberto Gallardo, Yanina Pereyra, Enrique Martínez-Campos, Carolina García, David Acitores, Isabel Casado-Losada, Marián A Gómez-Fatou, Helmut Reinecke, Gary Ellis, Diego Acevedo, Juan Rodríguez-Hernández, Horacio J Salavagione
Efficient exfoliation of graphene and related materials (GRM) and fast and inexpensive integration/assembly are crucial to fulfil their full potential. A high degree of exfoliation in organic media can be achieved with high boiling point liquids that usually leave residues after drying, which is a handicap for many applications. Here, the effective exfoliation and dispersion of GRM in a vinyl monomer, which is subsequently converted to a functional polymer by photopolymerization, is reported. Nanocomposite membranes and three-dimensional objects are produced by the photo-curing process and stereolithography 3D printing, respectively...
July 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726927/custom-3d-printer-and-resin-for-18-%C3%AE-m-%C3%A3-20-%C3%AE-m-microfluidic-flow-channels
#15
Hua Gong, Bryce P Bickham, Adam T Woolley, Gregory P Nordin
While there is great interest in 3D printing for microfluidic device fabrication, to-date the achieved feature sizes have not been in the truly microfluidic regime (<100 μm). In this paper we demonstrate that a custom digital light processor stereolithographic (DLP-SLA) 3D printer and a specifically-designed, low cost, custom resin can readily achieve flow channel cross sections as small as 18 μm × 20 μm. Our 3D printer has a projected image plane resolution of 7.6 μm and uses a 385 nm LED, which dramatically increases the available selection of UV absorbers for resin formulation compared to 3D printers with 405 nm LEDs...
July 20, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726914/3d-printed-smartphone-based-point-of-care-tool-for-fluorescence-and-magnetophoresis-based-cytometry
#16
Stephanie Knowlton, Ashwini Joshi, Philip Syrrist, Ahmet F Coskun, Savas Tasoglu
In developing countries, there are often limited resources available to provide important medical diagnostics, which severely limits our ability to diagnose conditions and administer proper treatment, leading to high mortality rates for treatable conditions. Here, we propose a multiplex tool capable of density-based cell sorting via magnetic focusing in parallel with fluorescence imaging to provide highly specific clinical assays. While many cell sorting techniques and fluorescence microscopes generally are costly and require extensive user training, limiting accessibility and usability in developing countries, this device is compact, low-cost, and portable...
July 20, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726680/towards-4d-printed-scaffolds-for-tissue-engineering-exploiting-3d-shape-memory-polymers-to-deliver-time-controlled-stimulus-on-cultured-cells
#17
Wim Hendrikson, Jeroen Rouwkema, Federico Clementi, Clemens A van Blitterswijk, Silvia Fare, Lorenzo Moroni
Tissue engineering needs innovative solutions to better fit the requirements of a minimally-invasive approach, providing at the same time instructive cues to cells. The use of shape memory polyurethane has been investigated by producing 4D scaffolds via 3D printing technology. Scaffolds with two different pore network configurations (0/90° and 0/45°) were characterized by dynamic-mechanical analysis (DMA). The thermo-mechanical analysis showed a Tg at about 32 °C (Tg = Ttrans), indicating no influence of the fabrication process on the transition temperature...
July 20, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726575/bioprinting-pattern-dependent-electrical-mechanical-behavior-of-cardiac-alginate-implants-characterization-and-ex-vivo-phase-contrast-microtomography-assessment
#18
Mohammad Izadifar, Paul Babyn, Michael E Kelly, Dean Chapman, Xiongbiao Chen
Three-dimensional (3D)-bioprinting techniques may be used to modulate electrical/mechanical properties and porosity of hydrogel constructs for fabrication of suitable cardiac implants. Notably, characterization of these properties after implantation remains a challenge, raising the need for the development of novel quantitative imaging techniques for monitoring hydrogel implant behavior in-situ. This study aims to (i) assess the influence of hydrogel bioprinting patterns on electrical/mechanical behavior of cardiac implants based on a 3D-printing technique and (ii) investigate the potential of synchrotron X-ray phase contrast computed tomography (PCI-CT) for estimating elastic modulus/impedance/porosity and microstructural features of 3D-printed cardiac implants in-situ via an ex-vivo study...
July 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725252/individualized-3d-scanning-and-printing-for-non-melanoma-skin-cancer-brachytherapy-a-financial-study-for-its-integration-into-clinical-workflow
#19
Meritxell Arenas, Sebastià Sabater, Andreu Sintas, Monica Arguís, Víctor Hernández, Miguel Árquez, Iolanda López, Àngeles Rovirosa, Doménec Puig
PURPOSE: Skin cancer is the most common tumor in the population. There are different therapeutic modalities. Brachytherapy is one of the techniques used, in which it is necessary to build customized moulds for some patients. Currently, these moulds are made by hand using rudimentary techniques. We present a new procedure based on 3D printing and the analysis of the clinical workflow. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Moulds can be made either by hand or by automated 3D printing...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724860/new-approach-to-3d-printing-of-facial-prostheses-using-combination-of-open-source-software-and-conventional-techniques-a-case-report
#20
Nafij B Jamayet, Yap J Abdullah, Zainul A Rajion, Adam Husein, Mohammad K Alam
The wax sculpting of a maxillofacial prosthesis is challenging, time-consuming, and requires great skill. Rapid prototyping (RP) systems allow these hurdles to be overcome by enabling the creation of a customized 3D model of the desired prosthesis. Geomagic and Mimics are the most suitable software programs with which to design such prostheses. However, due to the high cost of these applications and the special training required to operate them, they are not widely used. Additionally, ill-fitting margins and other discrepancies in the final finished products of RP systems are also inevitable...
2017: Bulletin of Tokyo Dental College
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