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Hao-Hsiang Hsu, John-Kevin Kracht, Laura Elisabeth Harder, Kerstin Rudnik, Gerd Lindner, Katharina Schimek, Uwe Marx, Ralf Pörtner
In vitro cultivated skin models have become increasingly relevant for pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications, and are also used in drug development as well as substance testing. These models are mostly cultivated in membrane-insert systems, their permeability toward different substances being an essential factor. Typically, applied methods for determination of these parameters usually require large sample sizes (e.g., Franz diffusion cell) or laborious equipment (e.g., fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP))...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Selvi Jegatheeson, Julie Wayne, Laura K Brockley
Case summary: A 7-year-old male neutered domestic shorthair cat presented for investigation of a swelling over the right forelimb. Radiographs of the right forelimb revealed significant lysis and soft tissue swelling surrounding a previously implanted surgical plate, used to repair a fracture of the distal radius 5 years prior. The implant was removed, and a biopsy was collected. Histopathological analysis and immunohistochemistry diagnosed a non-epitheliotropic T-cell cutaneous lymphoma...
January 2018: JFMS Open Reports
Shih-Yen Lu, Hsiao-Jen Chung, Eric Yi-Hsiu Huang, Tzu-Pin Lin, Alex T L Lin
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to compare the perioperative outcomes between renal hilar tumors and non-hilar tumors after robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy (RAPN). METHODS: A retrospective review of consecutive patients who underwent RAPN from December 2009 to September 2015 at our institution was recruited. Perioperative outcomes including demographic characteristics, perioperative, pathological and renal function outcomes were compared between the hilar group (n = 30) and non-hilar group (n = 170)...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
Ruiguo Zhang, Guizhi Zhang, Renfei Wang, Qiang Jia, Jian Tan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 19, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Rebecca C Gosling, Paul D Morris, Daniel A Silva Soto, Patricia V Lawford, D Rodney Hose, Julian P Gunn
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess the ability of a novel virtual coronary intervention (VCI) tool based on invasive angiography to predict the patient's physiological response to stenting. BACKGROUND: Fractional flow reserve (FFR)-guided percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is associated with improved clinical and economic outcomes compared with angiographic guidance alone. Virtual (v)FFR can be calculated based upon a 3-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of the coronary anatomy from the angiogram, using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling...
March 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
E Sayit, A T Sayit, M Bagir, Y Terzi
BACGROUND: Ulnar variance, or the difference in height between the joint surfaces of the distal radius and ulna, may play a role in several diseases of the wrist. HYPOTHESIS: This study was to conduct a detailed analysis of ulnar variance in a wider case series by dividing the patients' radiographs into groups according to age, gender, and side. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty groups were created in order to investigate the change of ulnar variance according to age, gender, and side...
March 13, 2018: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
Yanfang Liu, Qingjiu Tang, Jingsong Zhang, Yongmei Xia, Yan Yang, Di Wu, Steve W Cui
β-D-glucan (GLP20) isolated from Ganoderma lucidum fruiting bodies was successfully fractionated into five fractions with different weight-average molecular weights (Mw ) through ultrasonic irradiation. The Mw , radius of gyration (Rg ), hydrodynamic radius (Rh ) and intrinsic viscosity ([η]) of these fractions in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) aqueous solution were determined using HPSEC-MALLS-RI-VS system. The results indicated that β-D-glucan displayed rigid chain conformations with ρ values lager than 2...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Ditte Beck Jepsen, Jesper Ryg, Niklas Rye Jørgensen, Stinus Hansen, Tahir Masud
BACKGROUND: PaVOS is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) which aims to address the use of whole-body vibration exercise (WBV) in combination with parathyroid hormone 1-34 fragment teriparatide (PTH 1-34) treatment in patients with osteoporosis. PTH 1-34 is an effective but expensive anabolic treatment for osteoporosis. WBV has been found to stimulate muscle and bone growth. Animal studies have shown a beneficial effect on bone when combining PTH 1-34 with mechanical loading. A combined treatment with PTH 1-34 and WBV may potentially have beneficial effects on bone and muscles, and reduce fracture risk...
March 16, 2018: Trials
Alvaro Domínguez
A planar colloidal monolayer exhibits anomalous collective diffusion due to the hydrodynamic interactions. We investigate how this behavior is affected by the curvature of the monolayer when it resides on the interface of a spherical droplet. It is found that the characteristic times of the dynamics still exhibit the same anomalous scaling as in the planar case. The spatial distribution, however, shows a difference due to the relevance of the radius of the droplet. Since for the droplet this is both a global magnitude, i...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
A Sozza, F Piazza, M Cencini, F De Lillo, G Boffetta
We present an efficient point-particle approach to simulate reaction-diffusion processes of spherical absorbing particles in the diffusion-limited regime, as simple models of cellular uptake. The exact solution for a single absorber is used to calibrate the method, linking the numerical parameters to the physical particle radius and uptake rate. We study the configurations of multiple absorbers of increasing complexity to examine the performance of the method by comparing our simulations with available exact analytical or numerical results...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
A Garbout, M Férid
Considering the features in changing the structure and properties of rare earth titanates pyrochlores, the substituted Dy2 Ti2 O7 may be very attractive for various applications. Effect of Sm and Y substitution on the structural properties of Dy2 Ti2 O7 ceramic was established. These ceramics were prepared by solid-state reaction and characterized by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Both analysis show that YDyTi2 O7 with the pyrochlore structure is obtained after heating at 1400°C, but SmDyTi2 O7 has already formed after sintering at 1200°C...
March 10, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Mehran Abolghasemibizaki, Robert L McMasters, Reza Mohammadi
HYPOTHESIS: Recently, it has been shown that the contact time of impacting water droplets on a superhydrophobic cylindrical surface decreases when its radius becomes comparable to that of the droplet, yet the correlation of this reduction with the impact velocity is unclear. Moreover, on a flat surface, experiments involving the addition of a single macrotexture, along with covering the surface with macroscopic cylindrical ridges (ribbed pattern), have been reported to shorten the contact time...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Qiang Zhang, Tianyuan Xin, Xiaoke Lu, Yuexia Wang
We exploited novel two-dimensional (2D) carbon selenide (CSe) with a structure analogous to phosphorene, and probed its electronics and optoelectronics. Calculating phonon spectra using the density functional perturbation theory (DFPT) method indicated that 2D CSe possesses dynamic stability, which made it possible to tune and equip CSe with outstanding properties by way of X-doping (X = O, S, Te), i.e., X substituting Se atoms. Then systematic investigation on the structural, electronic, and optical properties of pristine and X-doped monolayer CSe was carried out using the density functional theory (DFT) method...
March 16, 2018: Materials
G Satta, N Mascia, T Serra, A Salis, L Saba, S Sanna, M G Zucca, E Angelucci, A Gabbas, F Culurgioni, P Pili, E Mura, M Cappai, M G Ennas, P Cocco
We investigated the association between environmental exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) and risk of lymphoma subtypes in a case-control study comprised of 322 patients and 444 individuals serving as controls in Sardinia, Italy in 1998-2004. Questionnaire information included the self-reported distance of the three longest held residential addresses from fixed radio-television transmitters and mobile phone base stations. We georeferenced the residential addresses of all study subjects and obtained the spatial coordinates of mobile phone base stations...
March 16, 2018: Radiation Research
Diyuan Zong, Zhen Yang, Yuanyuan Duan
The wetting kinetics of droplets on lyophilic pillar-arrayed substrates is the driving mechanism of several natural phenomena (e.g., insect capturing by Nepenthes) and many industrial technologies (e.g., gas-liquid separation). For a lyophilic pillar-arrayed surface, a fringe film is formed ahead of the contact line, resulting in distinct wetting kinetics, which needs further investigation. In this study, Si(100) substrates with square micropillars were used to investigate the early spreading of droplets on lyophilic pillar-arrayed surfaces through the droplet-spreading method...
March 16, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
C Liam Dwyer, Maximillian Soong, Alice Hunter, Jesse Dashe, Eric Tolo, N George Kasparyan
PURPOSE: We investigated whether written guidelines for surgeons and educational handouts for patients regarding safe and effective opioid use after hand surgery could reduce prescription sizes while achieving high patient satisfaction and a low refill rate. METHODS: All patients undergoing isolated carpal tunnel release or distal radius volar locked plating in a hand surgery group practice during a 6-month period were prospectively enrolled. Surgeons prescribed analgesics at their own discretion based on written guidelines...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
Xiaohua Zhao, Han Ding, Zhanzhou Lin, Jianming Ma, Jian Rong
Longitudinal speed reduction markings (LSRMs) are designed to alert drivers to an upcoming change in roadway geometry (e.g. direct connectors with smaller radii). In Beijing, LSRMs are usually installed on direct connectors of urban expressways. The objective of this paper is to examine the influence of LSRMs on vehicle operation and driver behavior, and evaluate the decelerating effectiveness of LSRMs on direct connectors with different radii. Empirical data were collected in a driving simulator, and indicators representing vehicle operation status and driving behavior were proposed...
March 12, 2018: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
Mengyu Wang, Qingying Jin, Hui Wang, Neda Baniasadi, Tobias Elze
We studied the relationship between major retinal blood vessel (BV) positions and glaucoma parameters based on pairs of Cirrus optical coherence tomography scans and Humphrey visual fields of 445 eyes from 445 glaucoma patients in our cross-sectional study. A trained observer marked the major superior and inferior temporal BV (artery and vein) positions on four concentric circles around the optic disc. Analysis of variance was performed to analyze the group differences of BV positions related to the factors of radius, BV type, myopia status and glaucoma stage...
2018: PloS One
Ahmad Nazmi Bin Ahmad Fuad, Kamal Deep, Wei Yao, Philip Rowe
This article presents the construction of a flexible drill which is designed to cut a curved canal in the bone or remove bone materials, to improve the outcome of orthopedic surgery and to facilitate minimally invasive. This article reports the design of the flexible drill and uses it in an experimental rig to evaluate the drilling force generated when cutting bovine bone. The experiments facilitate the measurement of action forces between the mill bits when moving the tip toward or across a bone sample in various configurations caused by bending the flexible drill sheath to enable cutting of a curved path of variable radius in the bone...
March 1, 2018: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
M Cadeddu, C Giunti, Y F Li, Y Y Zhang
Using the coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering data of the COHERENT experiment, we determine for the first time the average neutron rms radius of ^{133}Cs and ^{127}I. We obtain the practically model-independent value R_{n}=5.5_{-1.1}^{+0.9}  fm using the symmetrized Fermi and Helm form factors. We also point out that the COHERENT data show a 2.3σ evidence of the nuclear structure suppression of the full coherence.
February 16, 2018: Physical Review Letters
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