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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432889/reducing-domestic-heating-demand-managing-the-impact-of-behavior-changing-feedback-devices-via-marketing
#1
Thorben Jensen, Émile J L Chappin
Feedback devices can be used to inform households about their energy-consumption behavior. This may persuade them to practice energy conservation. The use of feedback devices can also-via word of mouth-spread among households and thereby support the spread of the incentivized behavior, e.g. energy-efficient heating behavior. This study investigates how to manage the impact of these environmental innovations via marketing. Marketing activities can support the diffusion of devices. This study aims to identify the most effective strategies of marketing feedback devices...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432806/rapid-acceptance-testing-of-modern-linac-using-on-board-mv-and-kv-imaging-systems
#2
Sridhar Yaddanapudi, Bin Cai, Taylor Harry, Steven Dolly, Baozhou Sun, Hua Li, Keith Stinson, Camille Noel, Lakshmi Santanam, Todd Pawlicki, Sasa Mutic, S Murty Goddu
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to develop a novel process for using on-board MV and kV Electronic Portal Imaging Devices (EPIDs) to perform linac acceptance testing (AT) for two reasons: 1) to standardize the assessment of new equipment performance, and 2) to reduce the time to clinical use while reducing physicist workload. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In this study, Varian TrueBeam linacs equipped with amorphous silicon based EPID (aS1000) were used. The conventional set of AT tests and tolerances were used as a baseline guide...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432775/application-for-lower-facial-fat-reduction-and-tightening-by-static-type-monopolar-1-mhz-radio-frequency%C3%A2-for-body-contouring
#3
Jun Sugawara, Seiko Kou, Kenichi Kokubo, Aimi Kuroda, Yoshie Hashizume, Shinji Kobayashi, Jirou Maegawa, Toshihiko Satake
INTRODUCTION: Liposuction and mesotherapy are popular treatments for fat reduction of lower face, but because these treatments are invasive, a novel non-invasive treatment with similar or better efficacy has been sought. There are various devices such as CoolSculpt, laser, RF, and HIFU that are used as non-invasive treatments for fat reduction and body contouring, but these applications have not been applied to facial fat reduction. In this study, we selected Monopolar 1-MHz RF for body contouring to be applied for fat reduction and tightening of the lower face...
April 22, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432532/a-portable-battery-powered-microfluidic-impedance-cytometer-with-smartphone-readout-towards-personal-health-monitoring
#4
Niloy Talukder, Abbas Furniturewalla, Tuan Le, Matthew Chan, Shreyas Hirday, Xinnan Cao, Pengfei Xie, Zhongtian Lin, Azam Gholizadeh, Steve Orbine, Mehdi Javanmard
We present a portable system for personalized blood cell counting consisting of a microfluidic impedance cytometer and portable analog readout electronics, feeding into an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), and being transmitted via Bluetooth to a user-accessible mobile application. We fabricated a microfluidic impedance cytometer with a novel portable analog readout. The novel design of the analog readout, which consists of a lock-in-amplifier followed by a high-pass filter stage for subtraction of drift and DC offset, and a post-subtraction high gain stage, enables detection of particles and cells as small as 1 μm in diameter, despite using a low-end 8-bit ADC...
June 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432530/an-integrated-microsystem-with-dielectrophoresis-enrichment-and-impedance-detection-for-detection-of-escherichia-coli
#5
Renjie Wang, Yi Xu, Haitao Liu, Jinlan Peng, Joseph Irudayaraj, Feiyun Cui
An integrated microsystem device with matched interdigitated microelectrode chip was fabricated for enrichment and detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7. The microsystem has integrated with positive dielectrophoresis (pDEP) enrichment and in situ impedance detection, whose total volume is only 3.0 × 10(-3) m(3), and could provide impedance testing voltages of 0 ~ 10 V, detection frequencies of 1 KHz ~ 1 MHz, DEP excitation signals with amplitude of 0 ~ 10 Vpp and frequencies of 1KHz ~ 1 MHz, which fully meets the demands of pDEP enrichment and impedance detection for bacteria...
June 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432341/detection-of-red-blood-cell-surface-antigens-by-probe-triggered-cell-collision-and-flow-retardation-in-an-autonomous-microfluidic-system
#6
Éva Sautner, Krisztián Papp, Eszter Holczer, Eszter L Tóth, Rita Ungai-Salánki, Bálint Szabó, Péter Fürjes, József Prechl
Microfluidic devices exploit combined physical, chemical and biological phenomena that could be unique in the sub-millimeter dimensions. The current goal of development of Point-of-Care (POC) medical devices is to extract the biomedical information from the blood. We examined the characteristics of blood flow in autonomous microfluidic devices with the aim to realize sensitive detection of interactions between particulate elements of the blood and the appropriately modified surfaces of the system. As a model experiment we demonstrated the fast analysis of the AB0 blood group system...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432331/nontrivial-nonradiating-all-dielectric-anapole
#7
Nikita A Nemkov, Ivan V Stenishchev, Alexey A Basharin
Dynamic anapole is a promising element for future nonradiating devices, such as cloaked sources and sensors, quantum emitters, and especially the sources for observing dynamic Aharonov-Bohm effect. However, the anapole response can be damped by the Joule losses. In this paper we theoretically propose and experimentally demonstrate a novel type of active all-dielectric source, which is in some sense, realizes the elementary anapole of Afanasiev, and study its radiative/nonradiative regimes in the microwave range...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431748/a-benchtop-biorobotic-platform-for-in-vitro-observation-of-muscle-tendon-dynamics-with-parallel-mechanical-assistance-from-an-elastic-exoskeleton
#8
Benjamin D Robertson, Siddarth Vadakkeveedu, Gregory S Sawicki
We present a novel biorobotic framework comprised of a biological muscle-tendon unit (MTU) mechanically coupled to a feedback controlled robotic environment simulation that mimics in vivo inertial/gravitational loading and mechanical assistance from a parallel elastic exoskeleton. Using this system, we applied select combinations of biological muscle activation (modulated with rate-coded direct neural stimulation) and parallel elastic assistance (applied via closed-loop mechanical environment simulation) hypothesized to mimic human behavior based on previously published modeling studies...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431419/creation-and-validation-of-an-automated-algorithm-to-determine-postoperative-ventilator-requirements-after-cardiac-surgery
#9
Eilon Gabel, Ira S Hofer, Nancy Satou, Tristan Grogan, Richard Shemin, Aman Mahajan, Maxime Cannesson
BACKGROUND: In medical practice today, clinical data registries have become a powerful tool for measuring and driving quality improvement, especially among multicenter projects. Registries face the known problem of trying to create dependable and clear metrics from electronic medical records data, which are typically scattered and often based on unreliable data sources. The Society for Thoracic Surgery (STS) is one such example, and it supports manually collected data by trained clinical staff in an effort to obtain the highest-fidelity data possible...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430303/echocardiographic-outflow-pump-ramp-test-in-centrifugal-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device
#10
Attilio Iacovoni, Claudia Vittori, Alessandra Fontana, Alessandra Carobbio, Carlo Fino, Emilia D'Elia, Amedeo Terzi, Michele Senni
This study sought to develop a novel echocardiogram outflow ramp test to detect device malfunctions in centrifugal-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). This new ramp pump test is based on the direct analyses of systolic and diastolic ratio (S/D) Doppler velocity in the outflow cannula in the HeartWare LVAD during progressive increases in speed. The results showed that in patients with normal pump function, the Doppler velocity S/D ratio gradually decreased during LVAD speed increases. This test is easily performed and seems promising to detect normal pump function in patients assisted by a centrifugal flow LVAD...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430301/towards-a-bioengineered-kidney-recellularization-strategies-for-decellularized-native-kidney-scaffolds
#11
Michele Fedecostante, Oana G Onciu, Koen G C Westphal, Rosalinde Masereeuw
Patients with end-stage renal disease often undergo dialysis as a partial substitute for kidney function while waiting for their only treatment option: a kidney transplant. Several research directions emerged for alternatives in support of the ever-growing numbers of patients. Recent years brought big steps forward in the field, with researchers questioning and improving the current dialysis devices as well as moving towards the design of a bioengineered kidney. Whole-organ engineering is also being explored as a possibility, making use of animal or human kidney scaffolds for engineering a transplantable organ...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430230/compact-multichannel-high-resolution-micro-electro-mechanical-systems-based-interrogator-for-fiber-bragg-grating-sensing
#12
D Ganziy, B Rose, O Bang
We propose a novel type of compact high-resolution multichannel micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)-based interrogator, where we replace the linear detector with a digital micromirror device (DMD). The DMD is typically cheaper and has better pixel sampling than an InGaAs detector used in the 1550 nm range, which leads to cost reduction and better performance. Moreover, the DMD is a 2D array, which means that multichannel systems can be implemented without any additional optical components in the interrogator...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429773/evaluation-of-the-precision-of-contrast-sensitivity-function-assessment-on-a-tablet-device
#13
Michael Dorr, Luis A Lesmes, Tobias Elze, Hui Wang, Zhong-Lin Lu, Peter J Bex
The contrast sensitivity function (CSF) relates the visibility of a spatial pattern to both its size and contrast, and is therefore a more comprehensive assessment of visual function than acuity, which only determines the smallest resolvable pattern size. Because of the additional dimension of contrast, estimating the CSF can be more time-consuming. Here, we compare two methods for rapid assessment of the CSF that were implemented on a tablet device. For a single-trial assessment, we asked 63 myopes and 38 emmetropes to tap the peak of a "sweep grating" on the tablet's touch screen...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429596/perpendicular-magnetic-anisotropy-preserved-by-orbital-oscillation-in-strained-tetragonal-fe4n-bifeo3-bilayers
#14
Li Yin, Xiaocha Wang, Wenbo Mi
Orbital performances are important for inducing and manipulating the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in spintronic devices. Herewith, the orbital-mediated PMA in highly spin-polarized Fe4N are investigated in strained tetragonal Fe4N/BiFeO3(001) heterostructures with the FeAFeB/Fe-O2 termination using the first-principles calculations. Different from the favored PMA in previously reported Fe film, for the entire Fe4N atomic layers at the biaxial strain of S, all d orbitals (i.e., and ) make contributions to the PMA at S=0% and in-plane magnetic anisotropy (IMA) at S=-2% and 2%...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429586/bubble-mediated-ultrasensitive-multiplex-detection-of-metal-ions-in-three-dimensional-dna-nanostructure-encoded-microchannels
#15
Xiangmeng Qu, Fan Yang, Hong Chen, Jiang Li, Hongbo Zhang, Guo-Jun Zhang, Li Li, Lihua Wang, Shiping Song, Yang Tian, Hao Pei
The development of rapid and sensitive point-of-test devices for the on-site monitoring of heavy-metal contamination has great scientific and technological importance. However, developing fast, inexpensive, and sensitive microarray sensors to achieve such goal remains challenging. In this work, we present a DNA nanostructured microarray (DNM) with tubular three-dimensional (3D) sensing surface and ordered nanotopography. This microarray enables enhanced molecular interaction toward the rapid and sensitive multiplex detection of heavy-metal ions...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428283/regulatory-aspects-of-optical-methods-and-exogenous-targets-for-cancer-detection
#16
Willemieke S Tummers, Jason M Warram, Kiranya E Tipirneni, John Fengler, Paula Jacobs, Lalitha Shankar, Lori Henderson, Betsy Ballard, Brian W Pogue, Jamey P Weichert, Michael Bouvet, Jonathan Sorger, Christopher H Contag, John V Frangioni, Michael F Tweedle, James P Basilion, Sanjiv S Gambhir, Eben L Rosenthal
Considerable advances in cancer-specific optical imaging have improved the precision of tumor resection. In comparison to traditional imaging modalities, this technology is unique in its ability to provide real-time feedback to the operating surgeon. Given the significant clinical implications of optical imaging, there is an urgent need to standardize surgical navigation tools and contrast agents to facilitate swift regulatory approval. Because fluorescence-enhanced surgery requires a combination of both device and drug, each may be developed in conjunction, or separately, which are important considerations in the approval process...
April 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426088/nanoscale-imaging-and-spectroscopy-of-band-gap-and-defects-in-polycrystalline-photovoltaic-devices
#17
Yohan Yoon, Jungseok Chae, Aaron M Katzenmeyer, Heayoung P Yoon, Joshua Schumacher, Sangmin An, Andrea Centrone, Nikolai Zhitenev
Improving the power conversion efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) devices is challenging because the generation, separation and collection of electron-hole pairs are strongly dependent on details of the nanoscale chemical composition and defects which are often poorly known. In this work, two novel scanning probe nano-spectroscopy techniques, direct-transmission near-field scanning optical microscopy (dt-NSOM) and photothermal induced resonance (PTIR), are implemented to probe the distribution of defects and the bandgap variation in thin lamellae extracted from polycrystalline CdTe PV devices...
April 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425287/vertical-charge-transfer-and-lateral-transport-in-graphene-germanium-heterostructures
#18
Alireza Kazemi, Sam Vaziri, Jorge Daniel Aguirre Morales, Sebastien Fregonese, Francesca Cavallo, Marziyeh Zamiri, Noel Mayur Dawson, Kateryna Artyushkova, Ying Bing Jiang, Steven R J Brueck, Sanjay Krishna
Heterostructures consisting of two-dimensional (2D) materials and conventional semiconductors have attracted a lot of attention due to their application in novel device concepts. In this work, we investigated the lateral transport characteristics of graphene/germanium heterostructures and compared it with the transport properties of graphene on SiO2. The heterostructures were fabricated by transferring a single layer graphene (Gr) onto lightly doped germanium (Ge) (100) substrate. The field effect measurements revealed a shift in the Dirac voltage of Gr on Ge substrates compared to the Gr on SiO2...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424226/objective-measurement-of-adherence-to-out-patient-airway-clearance-therapy-by-high-frequency-chest-wall-compression-in-cystic-fibrosis
#19
Christina L Mikesell, Robert R Kempainen, Theresa A Laguna, Jeremiah S Menk, Andrew R Wey, Philippe R Gaillard, Warren E Regelmann
BACKGROUND: Objective measures of adherence to high-frequency chest wall compression (HFCWC, also known as high frequency chest wall oscillation, HFCWO), a form of airway clearance therapy for patients with cystic fibrosis, are lacking. We used a novel electronic monitoring device integrated into an HFCWC vest to measure adherence compared with self-reported adherence. We determined factors that influenced adherence and how adherence correlated with baseline pulmonary function and pulmonary exacerbations...
April 19, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424126/the-novel-use-of-resuscitative-endovascular-balloon-occlusion-of-the-aorta-to-explore-a-retroperitoneal-hematoma-in-a-hemodynamically-unstable-patient
#20
Martin D Rosenthal, Ahsan Raza, Stephanie Markle, Chasen A Croft, Alicia M Mohr, R Stephen Smith
Balloon occlusion of the aorta was first described by C.W. Hughes in 1954, when it was used as a tamponade device for three wounded soldiers during the Korean War suffering from intra-abdominal hemorrhage. Currently, the device is indicated in trauma patients as a surrogate for resuscitative thoracotomy. Brenner et al. reported a case series describing the use of resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) in advanced hemorrhagic shock. Their conclusion was that "it is a feasible method for proximal aortic control...
April 1, 2017: American Surgeon
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