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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932571/esmolol-before-cardioplegia-and-as-cardioplegia-adjuvant-reduces-cardiac-troponin-release-after-cardiac-surgery-a-randomized-trial
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Elena Bignami, Marcello Guarnieri, Annalisa Franco, Chiara Gerli, Monica De Luca, Fabrizio Monaco, Giovanni Landoni, Alberto Zangrillo
BACKGROUND: Cardioplegic solutions are the standard in myocardial protection during cardiac surgery, since they interrupt the electro-mechanical activity of the heart and protect it from ischemia during aortic cross-clamping. Nevertheless, myocardial damage has a strong clinical impact. We tested the hypothesis that the short-acting beta-blocker esmolol, given immediately before cardiopulmonary bypass and as a cardioplegia additive, would provide an extra protection to myocardial tissue during cardiopulmonary bypass by virtually reducing myocardial activity and, therefore, oxygen consumption to zero...
December 8, 2016: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930657/the-effects-of-auricular-electro-acupuncture-on-ameliorating-the-dysfunction-of-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-networks-and-nnosmrna-expression-in-antrum-of-stz-induced-diabetic-rats
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Huan Chen, Weijian Zhu, Jing Lu, Jinqing Fan, Luning Sun, Xiaoke Feng, Hao Liu, Zhaohui Zhang, Yongqing Wang
BACKGROUD: Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) and nNOS play a crucial role in diabetic gastrointestinal dysmotility(DGD). Our previous study found that electro-acupuncture(EA) on ear point 'stomach' could repair the gastric dysrhythmias in rats induced by rectal distention(RD) after meal. However, little were known about the possible effect of auricular electro-acupuncture (AEA) on diabetic rats. Thus, we designed this study to investigate the effect of AEA on streptozotocin(STZ)-induced diabetic rats...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925320/three-dimensional-fibrous-network-of-na0-21mno2-for-aqueous-sodium-ion-hybrid-supercapacitor
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Natarajan Karikalan, Chelladurai Karuppiah, Shen-Ming Chen, Murugan Velmurugan, Periyasami Gnanaprakasam
Sodium ion hybrid supercapacitors are the potential energy storage devices and recently received an enormous interest. However, the development of desired cathode material and the use of non-aqueous electrolyte remains a great challenge. Hence, we developed the aqueous Na-ion hybrid supercapacitor based on three dimensional fibrous network of NaMnO2. The described cathode material was synthesized by the electro-oxidation of potassium manganese hexacyanoferrate (KMnHCF) nanocubes. The oxidized compound was confirmed as Na0...
December 7, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924853/piezoelectric-polymer-gated-ofet-cutting-edge-electro-mechanical-transducer-for-organic-mems-based-sensors
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Damien Thuau, Mamatimin Abbas, Guillaume Wantz, Lionel Hirsch, Isabelle Dufour, Cédric Ayela
The growth of micro electro-mechanical system (MEMS) based sensors on the electronic market is forecast to be invigorated soon by the development of a new branch of MEMS-based sensors made of organic materials. Organic MEMS have the potential to revolutionize sensor products due to their light weight, low-cost and mechanical flexibility. However, their sensitivity and stability in comparison to inorganic MEMS-based sensors have been the major concerns. In the present work, an organic MEMS sensor with a cutting-edge electro-mechanical transducer based on an active organic field effect transistor (OFET) has been demonstrated...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924683/electro-fenton-oxidation-of-coking-wastewater-optimization-using-the-combination-of-central-composite-design-and-convex-optimization-method
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Bo Zhang, Jiwei Sun, Qin Wang, Niansi Fan, Jialing Ni, Weicheng Li, Yingxin Gao, Yu-You Li, Changyou Xu
The Electro-Fenton treatment of coking wastewater was evaluated experimentally in a batch electrochemical reactor. Based on central composite design (CCD) coupled with response surface methodology, a regression quadratic equation was developed to model the TOC removal efficiency. This model was further proved to accurately predict the optimization of process variables by means of analysis of variance (ANOVA). With the aid of the convex optimization method, which is a global optimization method, the optimal parameters were determined as current density of 30...
December 7, 2016: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924607/fabrication-and-characterization-of-decellularized-periodontal-ligament-cell-sheet-constructs
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Amro Farag, Cédryck Vaquette, Dietmar W Hutmacher, P Mark Bartold, Saso Ivanovski
Decellularized tissue-engineered constructs have the potential to promote regeneration by providing a biomimetic extracellular matrix that directs tissue-specific regeneration when implanted in situ. Recently, the use of cell sheets has shown promising results in promoting periodontal regeneration. Here, we describe the fabrication of decellularized periodontal cell sheets with intact extracellular matrix structural and biological properties. Melt electro spun polycaprolactone (PCL) scaffolds are used as a carrier for the inherently fragile cell sheets, to provide support during the processes of decellularization...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923473/real-time-tracking-control-of-electro-hydraulic-force-servo-systems-using-offline-feedback-control-and-adaptive-control
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Gang Shen, Zhencai Zhu, Jinsong Zhao, Weidong Zhu, Yu Tang, Xiang Li
This paper focuses on an application of an electro-hydraulic force tracking controller combined with an offline designed feedback controller (ODFC) and an online adaptive compensator in order to improve force tracking performance of an electro-hydraulic force servo system (EHFS). A proportional-integral controller has been employed and a parameter-based force closed-loop transfer function of the EHFS is identified by a continuous system identification algorithm. By taking the identified system model as a nominal plant model, an H∞ offline design method is employed to establish an optimized feedback controller with consideration of the performance, control efforts, and robustness of the EHFS...
December 3, 2016: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922742/the-diaphragm-acts-as-a-brake-during-expiration-to-prevent-lung-collapse
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Mariangela Pellegrini, Göran Hedenstierna, Agneta Roneus, Monica Segelsjö, Anders Larsson, Gaetano Perchiazzi
RATIONALE: The diaphragm is the major inspiratory muscle and is assumed to relax during expiration. However, electrical post-inspiratory activity has been observed. Whether or not there is an expiratory diaphragmatic contraction that preserves lung patency has yet to be explored. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized the occurrence of an expiratory diaphragmatic contraction directed at stabilizing peripheral airways and preventing or reducing cyclic expiratory lung collapse...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922114/quantum-hall-effect-in-epitaxial-graphene-with-permanent-magnets
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F D Parmentier, T Cazimajou, Y Sekine, H Hibino, H Irie, D C Glattli, N Kumada, P Roulleau
We have observed the well-kown quantum Hall effect (QHE) in epitaxial graphene grown on silicon carbide (SiC) by using, for the first time, only commercial NdFeB permanent magnets at low temperature. The relatively large and homogeneous magnetic field generated by the magnets, together with the high quality of the epitaxial graphene films, enables the formation of well-developed quantum Hall states at Landau level filling factors v = ±2, commonly observed with superconducting electro-magnets. Furthermore, the chirality of the QHE edge channels can be changed by a top gate...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921361/lithium-ion-transfer-kinetics-of-single-limn2-o4-particles
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Giorgia Zampardi, Christopher Batchelor-McAuley, Enno Kätelhön, Richard G Compton
A stochastic investigation of lithium deinsertion from individual 200-nm-sized particles of LiMn2 O4 reveals the rate-determining step at high overpotentials to be the transfer of the cation across the particle-electrolyte interface. Measurement of the (electro)chemical behavior of the spinel is undertaken without forming a conductive composite electrode. The kinetics of the interfacial ion transfer defines a theoretical upper limit for the discharge rates of batteries using LiMn2 O4 in an aqueous environment...
December 6, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921289/slip-driven-electroosmotic-transport-through-porous-media
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Harshad Gaikwad, Pranab Kumar Mondal
We investigate the slip driven transport of a Newtonian fluid through porous media under electrical double layer effect. We employ a semi-analytical framework to obtain the underlying electro-hydrodynamics for different configurations of porous media. We bring out an alteration in flow dynamics, stemming from interplay among the geometrical feature of the models and the interfacial slip as modulated by the electrical forcing. Further, we show the consequent effects of the underlying flow dynamics on the volumetric transport rate through different models...
December 6, 2016: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919760/proton-therapy-present-and-future
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Radhe Mohan, David Grosshans
In principle, proton therapy offers a substantial clinical advantage over the conventional photon therapy. This is because of the unique depth-dose characteristics of protons, which can be exploited to achieve significant reductions in normal tissue doses proximal and distal to the target volume. These may, in turn, allow escalation of tumor doses, greater sparing of normal tissues, thus potentially improving local control and survival while at the same time reducing toxicity and improving quality of life. Protons, accelerated to therapeutic energies ranging from 70 to 250MeV, typically with a cyclotron or a synchrotron, are transported to the treatment room where they enter the treatment head mounted on a rotating gantry...
December 2, 2016: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919211/development-of-mlr-and-svm-aided-qsar-models-to-identify-common-sar-of-gaba-uptake-herbal-inhibitors-used-in-the-treatment-of-schizophrenia
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Sahila Mohammed Marunnan, Babitha Pallikkara Pulikka, V K Gopalakrishnan, Srinivas Bandaru, Mukesh Yadav, Anuraj Nayarisseri, Victor Arokia Doss
Deficits in GABAnergic system is implicated in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Available antipsychotics that target GABA receptor form a desirable therapeutic strategy in the treatment regimen of schizophrenia but, unfortunately, suffers serious setback due to their prolonged side effects. The present investigation focuses on developing QSAR models from the biological activity of herbal compounds and their derivatives that promise to be alternative candidates to GABA uptake inhibitors. Three sets of compounds were undertaken in the study to develop the QSAR models...
December 5, 2016: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918419/a-theoretical-study-of-love-wave-sensors-based-on-zno-glass-layered-structures-for-application-to-liquid-environments
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Cinzia Caliendo, Muhammad Hamidullah
The propagation of surface acoustic Love modes along ZnO/glass-based structures was modeled and analysed with the goal of designing a sensor able to detect changes in the environmental parameters, such as liquid viscosity changes and minute amounts of mass supported in the viscous liquid medium. Love mode propagation was modeled by numerically solving the system of coupled electro-mechanical field equations and Navier-Stokes equations. The phase and group velocities and the attenuation of the acoustic wave propagating along the 30° tilted c-axis ZnO/glass structure contacting a viscous non-conductive liquid were calculated for different ZnO guiding layer thicknesses, added mass thicknesses, and liquid viscosity and density...
December 2, 2016: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918346/electrical-stimulation-for-seizure-induction-and-functional-mapping-in-stereoelectroencephalography
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Agnès Trébuchon, Patrick Chauvel
The challenge in epilepsy surgery is to remove the epileptogenic zone without compromising postoperative function. Electrical stimulation (ES) was developed to identify with greater anatomical and physiological precision cortical structures essential to language and motor function. Because the language network is widely distributed in the left (dominant) hemisphere, and often varies among patients, brain mapping should delineate eloquent areas at the individual level. Although ES for language is commonly performed during a presurgical investigation, the procedure remains nonstandardized among centers, and differences between grids and intracerebral depth electrodes (stereoelectroencephalography) should be taken into account when comparing results from different series...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918289/a-bioreactor-with-an-electro-responsive-elastomeric-membrane-for-mimicking-intestinal-peristalsis
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Daniele Cei, Joana Costa, Giulia Gori, Gabriele Frediani, Claudio Domenici, Federico Carpi, Arti Ahluwalia
This study describes an actuated bioreactor which mimics the pulsatile contractile motion of the intestinal barrier using electro-responsive elastomers as smart materials that undergo deformation upon electrical stimulation. The device consists of an annular dielectric elastomer actuator working as a radial artificial muscle able to rhythmically contract and relax a central cell culture well. The bioreactor maintained up to 4 h of actuation at a frequency of 0.15 Hz and a strain of 8%-10%, to those of the cyclic contraction and relaxation of the small intestine...
December 5, 2016: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916913/uniformly-porous-nanocrystalline-camgfe1-33ti%C3%A2-o12-ceramic-derived-electro-ceramic-nanocomposite-for-impedance-type-humidity-sensor
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Ashis Tripathy, Sumit Pramanik, Ayan Manna, Hanie Nadia Shasmin, Zamri Radzi, Noor Azuan Abu Osman
Since humidity sensors have been widely used in many sectors, a suitable humidity sensing material with improved sensitivity, faster response and recovery times, better stability and low hysteresis is necessary to be developed. Here, we fabricate a uniformly porous humidity sensor using Ca, Ti substituted Mg ferrites with chemical formula of CaMgFe1.33Ti₃O12 as humidity sensing materials by solid-sate step-sintering technique. This synthesis technique is useful to control the grain size with increased porosity to enhance the hydrophilic characteristics of the CaMgFe1...
November 30, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916852/mems-imu-error-mitigation-using-rotation-modulation-technique
#18
Shuang Du, Wei Sun, Yang Gao
Micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) inertial measurement unit (IMU) outputs are corrupted by significant sensor errors. The navigation errors of a MEMS-based inertial navigation system will therefore accumulate very quickly over time. This requires aiding from other sensors such as Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). However, it will still remain a significant challenge in the presence of GNSS outages, which are typically in urban canopies. This paper proposed a rotary inertial navigation system (INS) to mitigate navigation errors caused by MEMS inertial sensor errors when external aiding information is not available...
November 29, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915262/procedural-outcomes-of-fluoroless-catheter-ablation-outside-the-traditional-catheterization-lab
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Amee M Bigelow, Philip C Smith, Dylan T Timberlake, Neil L McNinch, Grace L Smith, John R Lane, John M Clark
AIMS: Non-fluoroscopic catheter ablation is becoming routine. In experienced centres, fluoroscopy is rarely required. The use of a traditional catheterization lab (cath lab) may no longer be necessary. We began performing catheter ablations at a paediatric centre outside the traditional cardiac cath lab in 2013. The purpose of this study was to compare procedural features of paediatric catheter ablation performed outside the cath lab to those performed within a cath lab. METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively looked at patients presenting to the paediatric centre with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) undergoing catheter ablation outside the cath lab in a standard operating room (OR group)...
December 2, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913147/electro-kinetically-driven-peristaltic-transport-of-viscoelastic-physiological-fluids-through-a-finite-length-capillary-mathematical-modelling
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Dharmendra Tripathi, Ashu Yadav, O Anwar Bég
Analytical solutions are developed for the electro-kinetic flow of a viscoelastic biological liquid in a finite length cylindrical capillary geometry under peristaltic waves. The Jefferys' non-Newtonian constitutive model is employed to characterize rheological properties of the fluid. The unsteady conservation equations for mass and momentum with electro-kinetic and Darcian porous medium drag force terms are reduced to a system of steady linearized conservation equations in an axisymmetric coordinate system...
November 29, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences
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