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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713001/comparison-of-the-properties-of-implantable-matrices-prepared-from-degradable-and-non-degradable-polymers-for-bisphosphonate-delivery
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Tamás Sovány, Anna Csüllög, Ernő Benkő, Géza Regdon, Klára Pintye-Hódi
The aim of the present study was the development of directly compressed tablets for implantable delivery of risedronate sodium for osteoporosis treatment and the comparison of the mechanism and kinetics of drug release from biogradable (chitosan) and non-degradable (PVC) polymer matrices. The compositions and process parameters were optimized in accordance to a mixed 2 and 3 level full factorial design. Critical Quality Attributes (CQA), such as diametral breaking hardness, porosity and speed of drug dissolution were investigated...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710187/utility-of-microscope-integrated-optical-coherence-tomography-mioct-in-the-treatment-of-myopic-macular-hole-retinal-detachment
#2
Atul Kumar, Prateek Kakkar, Raghav Dinesh Ravani, Ashish Markan
Macular hole-associated retinal detachment in high myopia is described as a final stage in progression of myopic traction maculopathy (MTM).(1â€"3) Shimada et al(4) described the progressive stages of MTM from macular retinoschisis to serous retinal detachment in high myopia. Stage 4 MTM is characterised as disappearance of retinoschisis with progression to retinal detachment due to macular hole formation. It is hypothesised that vitreoschisis and abnormal vitreo-retinal interface create the premacular tangential traction...
July 14, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696102/release-and-gas-particle-partitioning-behaviors-of-short-chain-chlorinated-paraffins-sccps-during-the-thermal-treatment-of-polyvinyl-chloride-flooring
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Faqiang Zhan, Haijun Zhang, Jing Wang, Jiazhi Xu, Heping Yuan, Yuan Gao, Fan Su, Jiping Chen
Chlorinated paraffin (CP) mixture is a common additive in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) products as a plasticizer and flame retardant. During the PVC plastic life cycle, intentional or incidental thermal processes inevitably cause an abrupt release of short-chain CPs (SCCPs). In this study, the thermal processing of PVC plastics was simulated by heating PVC flooring at 100-200 °C in a chamber. The 1-h thermal treatment caused the release of 1.9%-10.7% of the embedded SCCPs. A developed emission model indicated that SCCP release was mainly controlled by material-gas partitioning at 100 °C...
July 11, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647563/in-vitro-comparison-of-holmium-lasers-evidence-for-shorter-fragmentation-time-and-decreased-retropulsion-using-a-modern-variable-pulse-laser
#4
John Roger Bell, Kristina L Penniston, Stephen Y Nakada
OBJECTIVE: To compare the performance of variable and fixed pulse lasers on stone phantoms in vitro. METHODS: Seven millimeter stone phantoms were made to simulate calcium oxalate monohydrate stones using BegoStone Plus. The in vitro setting was created with a clear PVC tube. For each trial, a stone phantom was placed at the open end of the tubing. The Cook Rhapsody H-30 variable pulse laser was tested on both long and short pulse settings and compared to the Dornier H-20 fixed pulse laser, five trials were conducted for each trial arm...
June 21, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640914/kinetic-analysis-of-an-anion-exchange-absorbent-for-co2-capture-from-ambient-air
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Xiaoyang Shi, Qibin Li, Tao Wang, Klaus S Lackner
This study reports a preparation method of a new moisture swing sorbent for CO2 capture from air. The new sorbent components include ion exchange resin (IER) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) as a binder. The IER can absorb CO2 when surrounding is dry and release CO2 when surrounding is wet. The manuscript presents the studies of membrane structure, kinetic model of absorption process, performance of desorption process and the diffusivity of water molecules in the CO2 absorbent. It has been proved that the kinetic performance of CO2 absorption/desorption can be improved by using thin binder and hot water treatment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623882/peripheral-venous-catheter-related-bloodstream-infection-is-associated-with-severe-complications-and-potential-death-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Akihiro Sato, Itaru Nakamura, Hiroaki Fujita, Ayaka Tsukimori, Takehito Kobayashi, Shinji Fukushima, Takeshi Fujii, Tetsuya Matsumoto
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to identify the clinical characteristics and outcomes of peripheral vascular catheter-related bloodstream infections (PVC-BSIs) and determine the risk of severe complications or death. METHODS: We performed a retrospective observational study from June 2010 to April 2015 at two regional university-affiliated hospitals in Tokyo. We studied the clinical manifestations, underlying diseases, laboratory results, treatment methods, recurrence rates, and complications in 62 hospitalized patients diagnosed with PVC-BSIs by positive blood cultures...
June 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614916/gestational-diabetes-affects-the-growth-and-functions-of-perivascular-stem-cells
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Borim An, Eunbi Kim, Haengseok Song, Kwon-Soo Ha, Eun-Taek Han, Won Sun Park, Tae Gyu Ahn, Se-Ran Yang, Sunghun Na, Seok-Ho Hong
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), one of the common metabolic disorders of pregnancy, leads to functional alterations in various cells including stem cells as well as some abnormalities in fetal development. Perivascular stem cells (PVCs) have gained more attention in recent years, for the treatment of various diseases. However, the effect of GDM on PVC function has not been investigated. In our study, we isolated PVCs from umbilical cord of normal pregnant women and GDM patients and compared their phenotypes and function...
June 30, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602304/an-umeclidinium-membrane-sensor-two-step-optimization-strategy-for-improved-responses
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Ali M Yehia, Hany H Monir
In the scientific context of membrane sensors and improved experimentation, we devised an experimentally designed protocol for sensor optimization. Two-step strategy was implemented for Umeclidinium bromide (UMEC) analysis which is a novel quinuclidine-based muscarinic antagonist used for maintenance treatment of symptoms accompanied with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In the first place, membrane components were screened for ideal ion exchanger, ionophore and plasticizer using three categorical factors at three levels in Taguchi design...
September 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597763/open-label-study-of-ambrisentan-in-patients-with-exercise-pulmonary-hypertension
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Sergio A Segrera, Laurie Lawler, Alexander R Opotowsky, David Systrom, Aaron B Waxman
A growing body of evidence suggests that exercise pulmonary hypertension (ePH) is an early form of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Identifying the disease at an early, potentially more responsive phase, and initiating treatment may improve functional status and prevent progression to severe forms of PAH. This was a single-center, open-label six-month treatment trial to evaluate the effect of ambrisentan on pulmonary hemodynamics and exercise capacity in ePH utilizing invasive cardiopulmonary exercise testing (iCPET)...
April 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587792/breaking-fat-how-mycobacteria-and-other-intracellular-pathogens-manipulate-host-lipid-droplets
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REVIEW
Caroline Barisch, Thierry Soldati
Tuberculosis (Tb) is a lung infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). With one third of the world population latently infected, it represents the most prevalent bacterial infectious diseases worldwide. Typically, persistence is linked to so-called "dormant" slow-growing bacteria, which have a low metabolic rate and a reduced response to antibiotic treatments. However, dormant bacteria regain growth and virulence when the immune system is weakened, leading again to the active form of the disease...
June 3, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578857/surface-treatment-with-fenton-for-separation-of-acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene-and-polyvinylchloride-waste-plastics-by-flotation
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Jian-Chao Wang, Hui Wang, Luo-Luo Huang, Chong-Qing Wang
Surface treatment with Fenton was applied to flotation separation of acrylonitrile-butadienestyrene (ABS) and polyvinylchloride (PVC). After treatment, the floatability of ABS has a dramatic decrease, while the floatability of PVC is not affected. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra were recorded to ascertain the mechanism of Fenton treatment. FT-IR and XPS analysis confirms that the introduction of oxygen-containing group occurs on the surface of ABS...
June 1, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555399/assessing-demineralization-treatments-for-pvc-effluent-reuse-in-the-resin-polymerization-step
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Laura Blanco, Daphne Hermosilla, Carlos Negro, Nathalie Swinnen, David Prieto, Ángeles Blanco
To reduce fresh water consumption in a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant, the effluent from a biological treatment must be demineralized to be re-used in the resin polymerization process. Demineralization is a critical process, since the quality and the stability of the PVC resins are highly influenced by the water quality used in the process. The main target values for water parameters are the following: conductivity <10 μScm(-1), TOC < 10 mg L(-1), and Al < 0.1 mg L(-1). To achieve this quality, several reverse osmosis membranes from different materials and suppliers were tested and compared in the demineralization treatment...
July 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542320/the-ik1-kir2-1-channel-agonist-zacopride-prevents-and-cures-acute-ischemic-arrhythmias-in-the-rat
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Xu-Wen Zhai, Li Zhang, Yun-Fei Guo, Ying Yang, Dong-Ming Wang, Yan Zhang, Pan Li, Yi-Fan Niu, Qi-Long Feng, Bo-Wei Wu, Ji-Min Cao, Qing-Hua Liu
Arrhythmogenesis in acute myocardial infarction (MI) is associated with depolarization of resting membraine potential (RMP) and decrease of inward rectifier potassium current (IK1) in cardiomyocytes. However, clinical anti-arrhythmic agents that primarily act on RMP by enhancing the IK1 channel are not currently available. We hypothesized that zacopride, a selective and moderate agonist of the IK1/Kir2.1 channels, prevents and cures acute ischemic arrhythmias. To test this viewpoint, adult Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were subjected to MI by ligating the left main coronary artery...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532077/preparation-of-robust-braid-reinforced-poly-vinyl-chloride-ultrafiltration-hollow-fiber-membrane-with-antifouling-surface-and-application-to-filtration-of-activated-sludge-solution
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Zhuang Zhou, Saeid Rajabzadeh, Lifeng Fang, Taro Miyoshi, Yuriko Kakihana, Hideto Matsuyama
Braid-reinforced hollow fiber membranes with high mechanical properties and considerable antifouling surface were prepared by blending poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) with poly(vinyl chloride-co-poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (poly(VC-co-PEGMA)) copolymer via non-solvent induced phase separation (NIPS). The tensile strength of the braid-reinforced PVC hollow fiber membranes were significantly larger than those of previously reported various types of PVC hollow fiber membranes. The high interfacial bonding strength indicated the good compatibility between the coating materials and the surface of polyethylene terephthalate (PET)-braid...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500731/alternative-plasticizer-4-cyclohexene-1-2-dicarboxylic-acid-dinonyl-ester-for-blood-containers-with-protective-effects-on-red-blood-cells-and-improved-cold-resistance
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Yuki Morishita, Yusuke Nomura, Chie Fukui, Ayano Fujisawa, Kayo Watanabe, Hideo Fujimaki, Hidefumi Kumada, Kaoru Inoue, Tomomi Morikawa, Miwa Takahashi, Tsuyoshi Kawakami, Hideyuki Sakoda, Tomokazu Mukai, Toshiyasu Yuba, Ken-Ichi Inamura, Akito Tanoue, Ken-Ichi Miyazaki, Ung-Il Chung, Kumiko Ogawa, Midori Yoshida, Yuji Haishima
Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), a typical plasticizer used for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is eluted from PVC-made blood containers and protects against red blood cell (RBC) hemolysis. However, concerns have arisen regarding the reproductive and developmental risks of DEHP in humans, and the use of alternative plasticizers for medical devices has been recommended worldwide. In this study, we propose that the use of a novel plasticizer, 4-cyclohexene-1,2-dicarboxylic acid dinonyl ester (DL9TH), could help produce more useful and safe blood containers...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494040/micro-to-macroroughness-of-additively-manufactured-titanium-implants-in-terms-of-coagulation-and-contact-activation
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Rebecca Klingvall Ek, Jaan Hong, Andreas Thor, Mikael Bäckström, Lars-Erik Rännar
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate how as-built electron beam melting (EBM) surface properties affect the onset of blood coagulation. The properties of EBM-manufactured implant surfaces for placement have, until now, remained largely unexplored in literature. Implants with conventional designs and custom-made implants have been manufactured using EBM technology and later placed into the human body. Many of the conventional implants used today, such as dental implants, display modified surfaces to optimize bone ingrowth, whereas custom-made implants, by and large, have machined surfaces...
May 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422337/in-vivo-validation-of-a-novel-algorithm-for-automatic-premature-ventricular-contractions-recognition
#17
Jedrzej Kosiuk, Guilherme Portugal, Sebastian Hilbert, Silke John, Mario Oliveira, Gerhard Hindricks, Andreas Bollmann
INTRODUCTION: Template-matching algorithms are routinely used in the catheter ablation of patients with premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). However, systematic analysis of the accuracy and spatial resolution of such systems is lacking. Therefore, the aim of this evaluation was to perform a systematic in vivo validation of performance of a novel automated template-matching algorithm. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a porcine model, paced beats simulating PVCs from different origins were investigated...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419339/effect-of-chlorine-treatment-on-inhibition-of-e-coli-serogroup-o2-incorporation-into-7-day-old-biofilm-on-polyvinylchloride-surface
#18
P Maharjan, S Dey, G Huff, W Zhang, G K Phillips, S Watkins
Poultry waterlines are constructed using polyvinylchloride (PVC) material on which bacterial biofilm can easily form. Biofilm can harbor pathogens including avian pathogenic E. coli (APEC) strains. An in vitro evaluation was performed to determine if E. coli sero group O2 (avian pathogenic) could attach on a PVC surface that had pre-formed biofilm and if this phenomenon could be affected when water was treated with chlorine. Initially, biofilm growth was induced in PVC test coupons (15.16 cm2) for a 7-day period mimicking the waterline scenario in the first wk of poultry brooding; and then this biofilm was challenged with E...
April 17, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400158/a-novel-process-for-separation-of-polycarbonate-polyvinyl-chloride-and-polymethyl-methacrylate-waste-plastics-by-froth-flotation
#19
Chong-Qing Wang, Hui Wang, Luo-Luo Huang
A novel process was proposed for separation of ternary waste plastics by froth flotation. Pretreatment of plastics with potassium permanganate (KMnO4) solution was conducted to aid flotation separation of polycarbonate (PC), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) plastics. The effect of pretreatment parameters including KMnO4 concentration, treatment time, temperature and stirring rate on flotation recovery were investigated by single factor experiments. Surface treatment with KMnO4 changes selectively the flotation behavior of PC, PVC and PMMA, enabling separation of the plastics by froth flotation...
April 8, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394198/dechlorination-of-pvc-wastes-by-hydrothermal-treatment-using-alkaline-additives
#20
Peitao Zhao, Tian Li, Weijie Yan, Longji Yuan
Some chemicals were usually utilized in the hydrothermal dechlorination (HTD) of chlorine-containing wastes without revealing their roles. This work intends to investigate the role of chemical additives in the HTD of PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Several chemicals, including Na2CO3, KOH, NaOH, NH3·H2O, CaO and NaHCO3, were added into the PVC HTD process, which was conducted in subcritical Ni(2+)-containing water at 220°C for 30 min. The results show the alkalinity of additives had notable effects on the dechlorination efficiency (DE) of PVC due to the neutralization between HCl and additives...
April 27, 2017: Environmental Technology
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