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Min Gyu Kyung, Seung Hoo Lee, Min Bom Kim
Patellar fractures are characterized by injuries to the extensor and typically require surgical fixation. Among the methods used for fixation, the most common is the modified AO tension-band wiring technique. However, using this technique, implant migration occurs due to the lack of connections between the K-wires and the tension-band wire, which causes irritation and reduces fracture stability. Recently, new methods for tension-band wiring have been developed in which tension bands lock the K-wires through an attached "ring" to prevent migration...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Knee Surgery
Ulrike Herberg, Katharina Linden, Oliver Dewald, Eva Gatzweiler, Matthias Seehase, Georg Daniel Duerr, Jonas Dörner, Stephanie Kleppe, Dennis Ladage, Johannes Breuer
BACKGROUND: Pressure-volume loops (PVL) provide vital information regarding ventricular performance and pathophysiology in cardiac disease. Unfortunately, acquisition of PVL by conductance technology is not feasible in neonates and small children due to the available human catheter size and resulting invasiveness. The aim of the study was to validate the accuracy of PVL in small hearts using volume data obtained by real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) and simultaneously acquired pressure data...
2016: PloS One
Shavini Wijesuriya, Krishna Burugapalli, Ruth Mackay, Godwin Chukwuebuka Ajaezi, Wamadeva Balachandran
Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrates manufactured using complex nano-patterning techniques have become the norm. However, their cost of manufacture makes them unaffordable to incorporate into most biosensors. The technique shown in this paper is low-cost, reliable and highly sensitive. Chemical etching of solid Ag metal was used to produce simple, yet robust SERS substrates with broadband characteristics. Etching with ammonium hydroxide (NH₄OH) and nitric acid (HNO₃) helped obtain roughened Ag SERS substrates...
October 19, 2016: Sensors
L Rodríguez Caraballo, J Gómez-Chacón Villalban, P Rodríguez Iglesias, L Mangas Álvarez, A Marco Macián
OBJECTIVE: To describe our experience in the use of the guided hook wire placement to undergo thoracoscopic resection of pulmonary metastases in children. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review, between January 2008 and December 2014 of the patients that were diagnosed with pulmonary metastases by image and who underwent a thoracoscopic metastasectomy. Patients in whom a CT- guided hook was done before the surgery were included. RESULTS: Eleven procedures were done in ten patients with a median age of 10 years (range 2-16 years)...
October 10, 2016: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
Liping Zhang, Ping Cui, Hongbin Yang, Jiazang Chen, Fangxing Xiao, Yuanyuan Guo, Ye Liu, Weina Zhang, Fengwei Huo, Bin Liu
Ti-based metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are demonstrated as promising photosensitizers for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. Photocurrents of TiO2 nano wire photoelectrodes can be improved under visible light through sensitization with aminated Ti-based MOFs. As a host, other sensitizers or catalysts such as Au nanoparticles can be incorporated into the MOF layer thus further improving the PEC water splitting efficiency.
January 2016: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Yutaka Mifune, Atsuyuki Inui, Fumiaki Takase, Yasuhiro Ueda, Issei Shinohara, Ryosuke Kuroda, Takeshi Kokubu
Mallet fingers with an avulsion fracture of the distal phalanx or rupture of the terminal tendon of the extensor mechanism is known as a common injury, while mallet thumb is very rare. In this paper, the case of a 19-year-old woman with a sprained left thumb sustained while playing basketball is presented. Plain radiographs and computed tomography revealed an avulsion fracture involving more than half of the articular surface at the base of the distal phalanx. Closed reduction and percutaneous fixation were performed using the two extension block Kirschner wires' technique under digital block anesthesia...
2016: Case Reports in Orthopedics
Ganna Gryn'ova, Michelle L Coote, Clemence Corminboeuf
The electronic configuration of the molecule is the foundation of its structure and reactivity. The spin state is one of the key characteristics arising from the ordering of electrons within the molecule's set of orbitals. Organic molecules that have open-shell ground states and interesting physicochemical properties, particularly those influencing their spin alignment, are of immense interest within the up-and-coming field of molecular electronics. In this advanced review, we scrutinize various qualitative rules of orbital occupation and spin alignment, viz...
November 2015: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Computational Molecular Science
Tom Esparon, Callum M Thomson, Paul M Rea, Bilal Jamal
AIM: There is a risk of iatrogenic injury to the soft tissues of the calcaneus and this study assesses the risk of injury to these structures in circular frame calcaneal fracture fixation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After olive tip wires were inserted, an L-shaped incision on the lateral and medial aspects of 5 formalin fixed cadaveric feet was performed to expose the underlying soft tissues. The calcaneus was divided into zones corresponding to high, medium and low risk using a grading system...
October 14, 2016: Injury
Sabina Besic, Shelley D Minteer
Although enzymes are highly efficient and selective catalysts, there have been problems incorporating them into fuel cells. Early enzyme-based fuel cells contained enzymes in solution rather than immobilized on the electrode surface. One problem utilizing an enzyme in solution is an issue of transport associated with long diffusion lengths between the site of bioelectrocatalysis and the electrode. This issue drastically decreases the theoretical overall power output due to the poor electron conductivity. On the other hand, enzymes immobilized at the electrode surface have eliminated the issue of poor electron conduction due to close proximity of electron transfer between electrode and the biocatalyst...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Joan Manuel Burdeus González-Solís, Iván Díez-Santacoloma, Albert Isidro Llorens
Anterior tibial tubercle (ATT) osteotomy facilitates exposure in knee arthroplasty. However, it is not without complications. We have introduced some technical modifications that reduce the surgical aggression by designing a short osteotomy that does not invade the intramedullary canal, and synthesizing it with three cerclage wires with a particular layout that increases the solidity of the system. A retrospective review was performed on the surgical revision of total knee replacement cases intervened in our center that required an ATT osteotomy from February 2014 to February 2015, and who had a minimum clinical follow-up of 12 months...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
D Saul, J C Ammon, F August
We report the case of a 15-year-old boy with combined fractures of the scaphoid, capitate, and hamate that represents a rare variation of the well-known Fenton's syndrome. Fixation was performed for the unstable fractures of the scaphoid and capitate with the use of cannulated Herbert screws and K‑wires respectively. K‑wires were removed after 6 months, with subsequent physiotherapy. After 6 months, CT confirmed complete consolidation of the two surgically treated carpal fractures and the conservatively treated fracture of the hamate...
October 21, 2016: Der Unfallchirurg
Fraser Henderson, Istvan Takacs
BACKGROUND: Troubleshooting of deep brain stimulators (Activa SC/PC/RC Medtronic PLC) sometimes results in a decision to replace a tunneled stretch-coil extension cable. We present a simple technique to accomplish this atraumatically without a tunneling tool. OBJECTIVES: In the treatment of patients with deep brain stimulators, complication avoidance and efficiency of operative time are paramount. We sought to find the most safe, effective, and rapid method for performing the conceptually-simple yet technically-nuanced act of replacing lead extension cables...
October 18, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Wenchang Wang, Juntao Wang, Shuaihua Zhang, Penglei Cui, Chun Wang, Zhi Wang
A novel covalent organic framework, Schiff base network-1 (SNW-1), was synthesized and used as a solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber coating material. The SNW-1 coated SPME fiber was fabricated by a covalent chemical cross-linking between the SNW-1 nanocomposite and a silanol-functionalized stainless steel wire substrate. Scanning electron microscopy and nitrogen isothermal adsorption results indicate that the new fiber coating exhibited a porous, homogenous surface with the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface of 668m(2)g(-1)...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Piotr Stefański
We consider a model of a Josephson junction mediated by a quantum dot. An additional normal electrode coupled to the dot allows its density of states to be probed. The junction is made out of two topological superconducting wires with Majorana end states. The two of them, on each side and in the proximity of the junction, convert into a Dirac fermion inside the dot. It is shown that both the density of states of the dot and the phase-biased current through the junction can exhibit [Formula: see text] periodicity in the superconducting phase difference, when the particle-hole symmetry of the junction is broken...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Marijn Bart Martens, Monica Frega, Jessica Classen, Lisa Epping, Elske Bijvank, Marco Benevento, Hans van Bokhoven, Paul Tiesinga, Dirk Schubert, Nael Nadif Kasri
Heterozygous mutations or deletions in the human Euchromatin histone methyltransferase 1 (EHMT1) gene cause Kleefstra syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by autistic-like features and severe intellectual disability (ID). Neurodevelopmental disorders including ID and autism may be related to deficits in activity-dependent wiring of brain circuits during development. Although Kleefstra syndrome has been associated with dendritic and synaptic defects in mice and Drosophila, little is known about the role of EHMT1 in the development of cortical neuronal networks...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Abed Khorasani, Nargess Heydari Beni, Vahid Shalchyan, Mohammad Reza Daliri
Local field potential (LFP) signals recorded by intracortical microelectrodes implanted in primary motor cortex can be used as a high informative input for decoding of motor functions. Recent studies show that different kinematic parameters such as position and velocity can be inferred from multiple LFP signals as precisely as spiking activities, however, continuous decoding of the force magnitude from the LFP signals in freely moving animals has remained an open problem. Here, we trained three rats to press a force sensor for getting a drop of water as a reward...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
L D'Ortenzi, R Monsù, E Cara, M Fretto, S Kara, S J Rezvani, L Boarino
Silicon nanowires fabricated by metal-assisted chemical etching can present low porosity and a rough surface depending on the doping level of the original silicon wafer. In this case, wiring of silicon nanowires may represent a challenging task. We investigated two different approaches to realize the electrical contacts in order to enable electrical measurement on a rough silicon nanowire device: we compared FIB-assisted platinum deposition for the fabrication of electrical contact with EBL technique.
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
Marko Bumbaširević, Tomislav Palibrk, Henry Dushan E Atkinson, Aleksandar Lešić
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Ilizarov fine-wire compression/distraction technique in the treatment of scaphoid nonunion (SNU), without the use of bone graft. DESIGN: This is a prospective study of 20 consecutive patients in one center. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study included 20 patients (19 males) with a mean SNU duration of 14.5 months. Four patients had proximal pole, 15 had waist, and 1 had a distal SNU. Patients with carpal instability, humpback deformities, carpal collapse, avascular necrosis, and marked degenerative change were excluded...
October 20, 2016: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
Rafael Vilhena de Carvalho Fürst, Afonso César Polimanti, Sidnei José Galego, Maria Claudia Bicudo, Erik Montagna, João Antônio Corrêa
OBJECTIVE: To present a simple and affordable model able to properly simulate an ultrasound-guided venous access. DESIGN: The simulation was made using a latex balloon tube filled with water and dye solution implanted in a thawed chicken breast with bones. RESULTS: The presented model allows the simulation of all implant stages of a central catheter. The obtained echogenicity is similar to that observed in human tissue, and the ultrasound identification of the tissues, balloon, needle, wire guide and catheter is feasible and reproducible...
October 20, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
Vera Dinkelacker, Sophie Dupont, Séverine Samson
The new classification of epilepsy stratifies the disease into an acute level, based on seizures, and an overarching chronic level of epileptic syndromes (Berg et al., 2010). In this new approach, seizures are considered either to originate and evolve in unilateral networks or to rapidly encompass both hemispheres. This concept extends the former vision of focal and generalized epilepsies to a genuine pathology of underlying networks. These key aspects of the new classification can be linked to the concept of cognitive curtailing in focal epilepsy...
October 17, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
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