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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342407/music-and-natural-sounds-in-an-auditory-steady-state-response-based-brain-computer-interface-to-increase-user-acceptance
#1
Jeong Heo, Hyun Jae Baek, Seunghyeok Hong, Min Hye Chang, Jeong Su Lee, Kwang Suk Park
Patients with total locked-in syndrome are conscious; however, they cannot express themselves because most of their voluntary muscles are paralyzed, and many of these patients have lost their eyesight. To improve the quality of life of these patients, there is an increasing need for communication-supporting technologies that leverage the remaining senses of the patient along with physiological signals. The auditory steady-state response (ASSR) is an electro-physiologic response to auditory stimulation that is amplitude-modulated by a specific frequency...
March 18, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342314/electrochemical-dna-sandwich-biosensor-based-on-enzyme-amplified-microrna-21-detection-and-gold-nanoparticles
#2
Jihane Mandli, Hasna Mohammadi, Aziz Amine
In this work, a novel electrochemical biosensor for miRNA-21 determination, involving a sandwich hybridization assay onto gold nanoparticles modified pencil graphite electrode (PGE) and enzyme signal amplification was reported. The thiol terminated capture probe 1 (SH-P1) was immobilized on the electrode through AuS interaction. In the presence of target miRNA-21, SH-P1 hybridized with the first part of the target, however, the second part hybridizes with a biotinylated probe P2 (B-P2). Then, a streptavidin-conjugated alkaline phosphatase was immobilized by a specific binding of avidin-B-P2...
March 14, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342307/simple-fabrication-of-pineapple-root-like-palladium-gold-catalysts-as-the-high-efficiency-cathode-in-direct-peroxide-peroxide-fuel-cells
#3
Xin Wang, Ke Ye, Ce Sun, Hongyu Zhang, Kai Zhu, Kui Cheng, Guiling Wang, Dianxue Cao
Pd-Au/TiC electrodes with various three-dimensional structures are obtained by the pulsed potential electro-deposition in PdCl2/HAuCl4 electrolytes. The morphologies of Pd-Au/TiC composite catalysts are significantly dependent on the component of deposited solutions. The surface appearance of Pd-Au catalysts changes from rime-shaped structure, to feather-like construction, then to pineapple root-like structure and finally to flower-like configuration with the increase of PdCl2 content in electrolytes. These particular three-dimensional structures may be very suitable for H2O2 electro-reduction, which assures a high utilization of Pd-Au catalysts and provides a large specific surface area...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340078/image-integration-into-3-dimensional-electro-anatomical-mapping-system-facilitates-safe-ablation-of-ventricular-arrhythmias-originating-from-the-aortic-root-and-its-vicinity
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Mario Jularic, Ruken Özge Akbulak, Benjamin Schäffer, Julia Moser, Jana Nuehrich, Christian Meyer, Christian Eickholt, Stephan Willems, Boris A Hoffmann
Aims: During ablation in the vicinity of the coronary arteries establishing a safe distance from the catheter tip to the relevant vessels is mandatory and usually assessed by fluoroscopy alone. The aim of the study was to investigate the feasibility of an image integration module (IIM) for continuous monitoring of the distance of the ablation catheter tip to the main coronary arteries during ablation of ventricular arrhythmias (VA) originating in the sinus of valsalva (SOV) and the left ventricular summit part of which can be reached via the great cardiac vein (GCV)...
March 7, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336904/optoelectronic-properties-of-van-der-waals-hybrid-structures-fullerenes-on-graphene-nanoribbons
#5
Julián David Correa, Pedro Alejandro Orellana, Mónica Pacheco
The search for new optical materials capable of absorbing light in the frequency range from visible to near infrared is of great importance for applications in optoelectronic devices. In this paper, we report a theoretical study of the electronic and optical properties of hybrid structures composed of fullerenes adsorbed on graphene and on graphene nanoribbons. The calculations are performed in the framework of the density functional theory including the van der Waals dispersive interactions. We found that the adsorption of the C 60 fullerenes on a graphene layer does not modify its low energy states, but it has strong consequences for its optical spectrum, introducing new absorption peaks in the visible energy region...
March 20, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336861/modified-continuum-mechanics-modeling-on-size-dependent-properties-of-piezoelectric-nanomaterials-a-review
#6
REVIEW
Zhi Yan, Liying Jiang
Piezoelectric nanomaterials (PNs) are attractive for applications including sensing, actuating, energy harvesting, among others in nano-electro-mechanical-systems (NEMS) because of their excellent electromechanical coupling, mechanical and physical properties. However, the properties of PNs do not coincide with their bulk counterparts and depend on the particular size. A large amount of efforts have been devoted to studying the size-dependent properties of PNs by using experimental characterization, atomistic simulation and continuum mechanics modeling with the consideration of the scale features of the nanomaterials...
January 26, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336838/on-the-use-of-the-electrospinning-coating-technique-to-produce-antimicrobial-polyhydroxyalkanoate-materials-containing-in-situ-stabilized-silver-nanoparticles
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Jinneth Lorena Castro-Mayorga, Maria Jose Fabra, Luis Cabedo, Jose Maria Lagaron
Electro-hydrodynamic processing, comprising electrospraying and electrospinning techniques, has emerged as a versatile technology to produce nanostructured fiber-based and particle-based materials. In this work, an antimicrobial active multilayer system comprising a commercial polyhydroxyalkanoate substrate (PHA) and an electrospun PHA coating containing in situ-stabilized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) was successfully developed and characterized in terms of morphology, thermal, mechanical, and barrier properties...
December 29, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335508/detrimental-effect-elimination-of-laser-frequency-instability-in-brillouin-optical-time-domain-reflectometer-by-using-self-heterodyne-detection
#8
Yongqian Li, Xiaojuan Li, Qi An, Lixin Zhang
A useful method for eliminating the detrimental effect of laser frequency instability on Brillouin signals by employing the self-heterodyne detection of Rayleigh and Brillouin scattering is presented. From the analysis of Brillouin scattering spectra from fibers with different lengths measured by heterodyne detection, the maximum usable pulse width immune to laser frequency instability is obtained to be about 4 µs in a self-heterodyne detection Brillouin optical time domain reflectometer (BOTDR) system using a broad-band laser with low frequency stability...
March 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335500/comparison-of-two-types-of-overoxidized-pedot-films-and-their-application-in-sensor-fabrication
#9
Yun Hui, Chao Bian, Jinfen Wang, Jianhua Tong, Shanhong Xia
Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) films were prepared by electro-oxidation on Au microelectrodes in an aqueous solution. Electrolyte solutions and polymerization parameters were optimized prior to overoxidation. The effect of overoxidation time has been optimized by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), which results in the film overoxidized for 45 s at 1.35 V presenting a strong adsorption. The other one-step overoxidation film prepared by direct CV ranging from -0...
March 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335361/preparation-and-characterization-of-zirconia-coated-nanodiamonds-as-a-pt-catalyst-support-for-methanol-electro-oxidation
#10
Jing Lu, Jianbing Zang, Yanhui Wang, Yongchao Xu, Xipeng Xu
Zirconia-coated nanodiamond (ZrO₂/ND) electrode material was successfully prepared by one-step isothermal hydrolyzing from ND-dispersed ZrOCl₂·8H₂O aqueous solution. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy reveals that a highly conformal and uniform ZrO₂ shell was deposited on NDs by this simple method. The coating obtained at 90 °C without further calcination was mainly composed of monoclinic nanocrystalline ZrO₂ rather than common amorphous Zr(OH)₄ clusters. The ZrO₂/NDs and pristine ND powder were decorated with platinum (Pt) nanoparticles by electrodeposition from 5 mM chloroplatinic acid solution...
December 2, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335260/a-label-free-microelectrode-array-based-on-one-step-synthesis-of-chitosan-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-thionine-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-carcinoembryonic-antigen
#11
Huiren Xu, Yang Wang, Li Wang, Yilin Song, Jinping Luo, Xinxia Cai
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) has been an extensively used tumor marker responsible for clinical early diagnosis of cervical carcinomas, and pancreatic, colorectal, gastric and lung cancer. Combined with micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) technology, it is important to develop a novel immune microelectrode array (MEA) not only for rapid analysis of serum samples, but also for cell detection in vitro and in vivo. In this work, we depict a simple approach to modify chitosan-multi-walled carbon nanotubes-thionine (CS-MWCNTs-THI) hybrid film through one-step electrochemical deposition and the CS-MWCNTs-THI hybrid films are successfully employed to immobilize anti-CEA for fabricating simple, label-free, and highly sensitive electro-chemical immune MEAs...
July 11, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334999/rewiring-the-primary-somatosensory-cortex-in-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-with-acupuncture
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Yumi Maeda, Hyungjun Kim, Norman Kettner, Jieun Kim, Stephen Cina, Cristina Malatesta, Jessica Gerber, Claire McManus, Rebecca Ong-Sutherland, Pia Mezzacappa, Alexandra Libby, Ishtiaq Mawla, Leslie R Morse, Ted J Kaptchuk, Joseph Audette, Vitaly Napadow
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common entrapment neuropathy, affecting the median nerve at the wrist. Acupuncture is a minimally-invasive and conservative therapeutic option, and while rooted in a complex practice ritual, acupuncture overlaps significantly with many conventional peripherally-focused neuromodulatory therapies. However, the neurophysiological mechanisms by which acupuncture impacts accepted subjective/psychological and objective/physiological outcomes are not well understood. Eligible patients (n = 80, 65 female, age: 49...
March 2, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332815/detecting-subtle-vibrations-using-graphene-based-cellular-elastomers
#13
M Bulut Coskun, Ling Qiu, Md Shamsul Arefin, Adrian Neild, Mehmet Yuce, Dan Li, Tuncay Alan
Ultralight graphene elastomer-based flexible sensors are developed to detect subtle vibrations within a broad bandwidth frequency. The same device can be employed as an accelerometer, tested within the experimental bandwidth of 20-300 Hz as well as a microphone, monitoring sound pressures from 300 to 20,000 Hz. The sensing element does not contain any metal parts, making them undetectable by external sources and can provide a sensitivity of 2.6 mV/g/V, which is higher than those of rigid Si-based piezoresistive micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) systems...
March 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332478/addressed-immobilization-of-biofunctionalized-diatoms-on-electrodes-by-gold-electrodeposition
#14
S Leonardo, D Garibo, M Fernández-Tejedor, C K O'Sullivan, M Campàs
Diatoms are single cell microalgae with a silica shell (frustule), which possess a micro/nanoporous pattern of unparalleled diversity far beyond the possibilities of current micro- and nanofabrication techniques. To explore diatoms as natural three-dimensional nanostructured supports in sensing and biosensing devices, a simple, rapid and stable method to immobilize diatoms via gold electrodeposition is described. In this process, gold microstructures are formed, immobilizing diatoms by entrapment or crossing their nanopores...
March 23, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330109/biomass-production-and-identification-of-suitable-harvesting-technique-for-chlorella-sp-mj-11-11-and-synechocystis-pcc-6803
#15
Amrit Lal, Debabrata Das
Microalgae that can grow fast and convert solar energy into chemical energy efficiently are being considered as a promising feedstock of renewable biofuel. Mass production of microalgal oil faces a number of technical barriers that make the current production of biodiesel economically unfeasible. Small size (≈1-20 μm) and negatively charged surface of the microalgal cells pose difficulties in the process of harvesting. This leads to significant increase in the overall cost of biomass production. The present study explored different methods and conditions for harvesting of Chlorella sp...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329932/-an-investigation-on-immunological-effect-of-hepatitis-b-vaccine-amongst-adult-population-in-high-labor-export-rural-regions-under-4-different-strategies
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X Y Zheng, Z H Ji, Z W Guo, Y W Liu, Z J Shao, Y P Yan
Objective: To grope for an ideal immune strategy in grown-ups via comparison of immunological effects under 4 different vaccination schemes. Methods: Study population was selected by stratified random cluster sampling. A total of 4 different vaccination proposals, including Strategy A (3 doses, 10 μg, administrated repeatedly into the unilateral deltoid muscle at 0-1-6 months), Strategy B (2 doses, 20 μg, administrated into the bilateral deltoid muscles simultaneously), Strategy C (3 doses, 10 μg, administrated repeatedly into the unilateral deltoid muscle at 0-1-2 months) and Strategy D (2 doses, 10 μg, administrated to the bilateral deltoid muscles at the same time), were conducted in Liangzhou, Minqin Gulang, and the Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomic county respectively, in Wuwei city, Gansu province...
March 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328288/the-role-of-mf-erg-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-electrophysiological-features-of-amd
#17
Marilita M Moschos, Eirini Nitoda
INTRODUCTION: Age-related macular cegeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of visual dysfunction worldwide, affecting 9-25% of individuals between 65 and 75 years old. METHODS: We have reviewed the published articles investigating the role of multifocal electroretinogram (mf-ERG) in the diagnosis and treatment of AMD. RESULTS: Visual evoked potentials have revealed decreased amplitudes and higher latencies in patients with AMD, while the degeneration of photoreceptors and abnormalities of retinal pigment epithelium can be identified by electro-oculogram recordings...
March 22, 2017: Seminars in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324857/homoagglomeration-and-heteroagglomeration-of-tio2-in-nanoparticle-and-bulk-form-onto-freshwater-and-marine-microalgae
#18
M Sendra, M P Yeste, J M Gatica, I Moreno-Garrido, J Blasco
TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) are employed in many products (paints, personal care products, especially sunscreens, plastics, paper, water potabilization and food products) and are then released into the environment from these products. These nanoparticles present potential risk to freshwater and marine microalgae. The primary toxicity mechanism is adsorption between NPs and microalgae (heteroagglomeration); however, studies of interactions of this kind are scarce. We investigated the heteroagglomeration process that occurs between two forms of TiO2 material, nanoparticles and bulk, and three different microalgae species, and under different environmental conditions (freshwater and marine water), in order to assess the influence of pH and ionic strength (IS)...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324720/highly-sensitive-electrochemical-detection-of-palmatine-using-a-biocompatible-multiwalled-carbon-nanotube-poly-l-lysine-composite
#19
Balamurugan Thirumalraj, Subbiramaniyan Kubendhiran, Shen-Ming Chen, Kuan-Yu Lin
To date, the natural alkaloids are mostly used in the field of pharmacological applications and the active substance of palmatine was extensively used in cancer therapy and other biomedical applications. Hence, in this study we report a simple preparation of poly-l-lysine (PLL) electro-polymerized on the surface of functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (f-MWCNT) for electrochemical detection of palmatine content in human serum and urine samples. The active amino group of PLL plays a vital role towards the oxidation palmatine and exhibits superior electrocatalytic activity...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324641/preparation-of-a-non-woven-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-fabric-with-partially-embedded-apatite-surface-for-bone-tissue-engineering-applications-by-partial-surface-melting-of-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-fibers
#20
In Ae Kim, Sang-Hoon Rhee
This paper describes a novel method for the preparation of a biodegradable non-woven poly(ε-caprolactone) fabric with a partially-embedded apatite surface designed for application as a scaffold material for bone tissue engineering. The non-woven poly(ε-caprolactone) fabric was generated by the electro-spinning technique and then apatite was coated in simulated body fluid after coating the PVA solution containing CaCl2 ·2H2 O. The apatite crystals were partially- or fully-embedded into the thermoplastic poly(ε-caprolactone) fibers by controlling the degree of poly(ε-caprolactone) fiber surface melting in a convection oven...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
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