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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351016/nano-enabled-paper-humidity-sensor-for-mobile-based-point-of-care-lung-function-monitoring
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Mitradip Bhattacharjee, Harshal B Nemade, Dipankar Bandyopadhyay
The frequency of breathing and peak flow rate of exhaled air are necessary parameters to detect chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPDs) such as asthma, bronchitis, or pneumonia. We developed a lung function monitoring point-of-care-testing device (LFM-POCT) consisting of mouthpiece, paper-based humidity sensor, micro-heater, and real-time monitoring unit. Fabrication of a mouthpiece of optimal length ensured that the exhaled air was focused on the humidity-sensor. The resistive relative humidity sensor was developed using a filter paper coated with nanoparticles, which could easily follow the frequency and peak flow rate of the human breathing...
March 22, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346720/videourodynamic-analysis-of-the-urethral-sphincter-overactivity-and-the-poor-relaxing-pelvic-floor-muscles-in-women-with-voiding-dysfunction
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Chung-Hsin Peng, Sheng-Fu Chen, Hann-Chorng Kuo
AIMS: Voiding dysfunction due to dysfunctional voiding (DV) and poor relaxation of the external sphincter (PRES) are commonly found among adult women with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) during videourodynamic study (VUDS). This study analyzed the VUDS characteristics of DV and PRES in female voiding dysfunction. METHODS: This retrospective study involved 1914 women aged >18 years with refractory LUTS. The medical records and the VUDS parameters were reviewed...
March 27, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346712/comparison-of-three-methods-to-analyze-detrusor-contraction-during-micturition-in-men-over-50-years-of-age
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Celine Ten Donkelaar S, Peter Rosier, Laetitia de Kort
AIMS: To grade detrusor voiding contraction three parameters are used: the Schäfer pressure-flow nomogram (LinPURR), the bladder contractility index (BCI) and the maximum Watt factor (Wmax ). Because these methods to quantify detrusor contraction and/or to diagnose detrusor underactivity (DU) have not yet been mutually compared, this study compares these three methods of grading detrusor contraction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Evaluated were 1420 urodynamic pressure-flow studies from 1222 men (aged >50 years) with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)...
March 27, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345771/effect-of-intra-cellular-trafficking-on-flow-cytometric-measurement-of-neutrophil-s-oxidative-status-in-iron-deficient-pregnant-females
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Soha R Youssef, Sherif F Hendawy, Noha H Boshnak, Mariana S Sedhom
BACKGROUND: Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia are prevalent among pregnant women particularly in developing countries. This study aimed to evaluate the iron status among Egyptian pregnant women and its impact on their neutrophil's count and antimicrobial functions. METHOD: Ninety pregnant females underwent complete blood count, iron profile, flow cytometric studies for neutrophil myeloperoxidase expression & oxidative burst using dihydrorhodamine 123 (DHR) after phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate (PMA) stimulation as well as neutrophil phagocytic and lytic indices...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345479/imaging-the-physiological-evolution-of-the-ischemic-penumbra-in-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Richard Leigh, Linda Knutsson, Jinyuan Zhou, Peter Cm van Zijl
We review the hemodynamic, metabolic and cellular parameters affected during early ischemia and their changes as a function of approximate cerebral blood flow ( CBF) thresholds. These parameters underlie the current practical definition of an ischemic penumbra, namely metabolically affected but still viable brain tissue. Such tissue is at risk of infarction under continuing conditions of reduced CBF, but can be rescued through timely intervention. This definition will be useful in clinical diagnosis only if imaging techniques exist that can rapidly, and with sufficient accuracy, visualize the existence of a mismatch between such a metabolically affected area and regions that have suffered cell depolarization...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345432/utero-placental-perfusion-doppler-indices-in-growth-restricted-fetuses-effect-of-sildenafil-citrate
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Mohamed Adel El-Sayed, Said Abdel-Aty Saleh, Mohammad Ahmed Maher, Asmaa Mohamed Khidre
OBJECTIVE: To assess efficacy and tolerability of sildenafil citrate on utero-placental blood flow and fetal growth in pregnancies complicated by fetal growth restriction (FGR). METHODS: From March 2015, a randomized controlled trial of 54 patients at 24 weeks or more complicated by FGR and abnormal Doppler indices were randomly allocated 1:1 into an intervention arm (receive sildenafil citrate, 50 mg) or a control arm (receive placebo). The primary outcomes were changes occurred in the Doppler parameters 2 h following drug administration...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345091/solutal-and-thermal-buoyancy-effects-in-self-powered-phosphatase-micropumps
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Lyanne Valdez, Henry Shum, Isamar Ortiz-Rivera, Anna C Balazs, Ayusman Sen
Immobilized enzymes generate net fluid flow when exposed to specific reagents in solution. Thus, they function as self-powered platforms that combine sensing and on-demand fluid pumping. To uncover the mechanism of pumping, we examine the effects of solutal and thermal buoyancy on the behavior of phosphatase-based micropumps, using a series of reactants with known thermodynamic and kinetic parameters. By combining modeling and experiments, we perform the first quantitative comparison of thermal and solutal effects in an enzyme micropump system...
March 27, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345085/formation-of-surface-nanodroplets-facing-a-structured-microchannel-wall
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Haitao Yu, Shantanu Maheshwari, Jiuyang Zhu, Detlef Lohse, Xuehua Zhang
Surface nanodroplets are important units for lab-on-a-chip devices, compartmentalised catalytic reactions, high-resolution near-field imaging, and many others. Solvent exchange is a simple solution-based bottom-up approach for producing surface nanodroplets by displacing a good solvent of the droplet liquid by a poor one in a narrow channel in the laminar regime. The droplet size is controlled by the solution composition and the flow conditions during the solvent exchange. In this paper, we investigated the effects of local microfluidic structures on the formation of surface nanodroplets...
March 27, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344433/a-novel-investigation-of-a-micropolar-fluid-characterized-by-nonlinear-constitutive-diffusion-model-in-boundary-layer-flow-and-heat-transfer
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Jize Sui, Peng Zhao, Zhengdong Cheng, Liancun Zheng, Xinxin Zhang
The rheological and heat-conduction constitutive models of micropolar fluids (MFs), which are important non-Newtonian fluids, have been, until now, characterized by simple linear expressions, and as a consequence, the non-Newtonian performance of such fluids could not be effectively captured. Here, we establish the novel nonlinear constitutive models of a micropolar fluid and apply them to boundary layer flow and heat transfer problems. The nonlinear power law function of angular velocity is represented in the new models by employing generalized "n-diffusion theory," which has successfully described the characteristics of non-Newtonian fluids, such as shear-thinning and shear-thickening fluids...
February 2017: Physics of Fluids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343744/new-technology-for-recovering-residual-metals-from-nonmetallic-fractions-of-waste-printed-circuit-boards
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Guangwen Zhang, Yaqun He, Haifeng Wang, Tao Zhang, Shuai Wang, Xing Yang, Wencheng Xia
Recycling of waste printed circuit boards is important for environmental protection and sustainable resource utilization. Corona electrostatic separation has been widely used to recycle metals from waste printed circuit boards, but it has poor separation efficiency for finer sized fractions. In this study, a new process of vibrated gas-solid fluidized bed was used to recycle residual metals from nonmetallic fractions, which were treated using the corona electrostatic separation technology. The effects of three main parameters, i...
March 23, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343402/probiotic-administration-improves-sperm-quality-in-asthenozoospermic-human-donors
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D G Valcarce, S Genovés, M F Riesco, P Martorell, M P Herráez, D Ramón, V Robles
The objective of this study is to analyse the effect of the ingestion of two selected antioxidant probiotics strains (Lactobacillus rhamnosus CECT8361 and Bifidobacterium longum CECT7347) on sperm quality parameters in asthenozoospermic males after three and six weeks of administration. Nine asthenozoospermic men without any medical treatment under similar diet conditions participated in the study. The quality of individual sperm samples was evaluated before (previous to ingestion), during (after 3 and 6 weeks of ingestion) and after probiotic administration (3 and 6 weeks after finishing the treatment)...
March 27, 2017: Beneficial Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342708/hemodynamic-phenotyping-based-on-exercise-catheterization-predicts-outcome-in-patients-with-heart-failure-and-reduced-ejection-fraction
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Andreas Rieth, Manuel Jonas Richter, Henning Gall, Werner Seeger, Hossein A Ghofrani, Veselin Mitrovic, Christian W Hamm
BACKGROUND: Exercise right heart catheterization (RHC) unmasks different phenotypes based on hemodynamic response to exertion in patients with heart failure. The prognostic relevance of this approach in patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) is uncertain. METHODS: We analyzed 167 patients with HFrEF from the Kerckhoff-Klinik Heart Failure Registry who underwent supine exercise RHC with constant external workload between September 2009 and August 2014...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342360/ensemble-based-release-estimation-for-accidental-river-pollution-with-known-source-position
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Xiaole Zhang, Meng Huang
Dispersion model is an important tool for decision makers to accurately assess risks and effectively plan countermeasures during river pollution accidents, but their applications suffer from significant modeling uncertainties, primarily due to the scarce information of the source. A fully sequential inverse estimation method is proposed to reconstruct the temporal release for accidental river pollution. The method is based on a one-dimensional advection-dispersion model in conjunction with the augmented ensemble Kalman filter method...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342212/high-speed-whole-brain-oximetry-by-golden-angle-radial-mri
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Wen Cao, Yulin V Chang, Erin K Englund, Hee Kwon Song, Suliman Barhoum, Zachary B Rodgers, Michael C Langham, Felix W Wehrli
PURPOSE: To determine whole-brain cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO2 ), an improved imaging approach, based on radial encoding, termed radial OxFlow (rOxFlow), was developed to simultaneously quantify draining vein venous oxygen saturation (SvO2 ) and total cerebral blood flow (tCBF). METHODS: To evaluate the efficiency and precision of the rOxFlow sequence, 10 subjects were studied during a paradigm of repeated breath-holds with both rOxFlow and Cartesian OxFlow (cOxFlow) sequences...
March 25, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341992/a-semi-automated-volumetric-software-for-segmentation-and-perfusion-parameter-quantification-of-brain-tumors-using-320-row-multidetector-computed-tomography-a-validation-study
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Soo Young Chae, Sangil Suh, Inseon Ryoo, Arim Park, Kyoung Jin Noh, Hackjoon Shim, Hae Young Seol
PURPOSE: We developed a semi-automated volumetric software, NPerfusion, to segment brain tumors and quantify perfusion parameters on whole-brain CT perfusion (WBCTP) images. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of the software and to validate its performance compared with manual segmentation. METHODS: Twenty-nine patients with pathologically proven brain tumors who underwent preoperative WBCTP between August 2012 and February 2015 were included...
March 24, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340727/a-quantitative-approach-for-cd-cu-fe-and-mn-through-laser-ablation-imaging-for-evaluating-the-translocation-and-accumulation-of-metals-in-sunflower-seeds
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Gustavo de S Pessôa, Cícero A Lopes Júnior, Katherine C Madrid, Marco A Z Arruda
The uptake and accumulation of Cd in sunflower seeds represents an important pathway for imputing potentially toxic metals into human and animal food. In this way, bioimaging of Cd and micronutrients (Cu, Fe and Mn) in the seeds of sunflower grown in soil contaminated with Cd are performed. For this task, laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) is used in quantitative approach, considering four groups: precursor, control, Cd-low (50mg) and Cd-high (700mg). For attaining our proposals, ICP-MS (nebulizer and auxiliary flow rates and radiofrequency power) and LA (laser intensity, frequency and spot size) parameters were optimized, and the analytical signal improved to 197%, 217%, 232%, and 283%, for (57)Fe, (112)Cd, (55)Mn and (63)Cu, respectively...
May 15, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340707/sequential-determination-of-multi-nutrient-elements-in-natural-water-samples-with-a-reverse-flow-injection-system
#17
Kunning Lin, Jian Ma, Dongxing Yuan, Sichao Feng, Haitao Su, Yongming Huang, Qipei Shangguan
An integrated system was developed for automatic and sequential determination of NO2(-), NO3(-), PO4(3-), Fe(2+), Fe(3+) and Mn(2+) in natural waters based on reverse flow injection analysis combined with spectrophotometric detection. The system operation was controlled by a single chip microcomputer and laboratory-programmed software written in LabVIEW. The experimental parameters for each nutrient element analysis were optimized based on a univariate experimental design, and interferences from common ions were evaluated...
May 15, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340406/a-local-adjustment-strategy-for-the-initialization-of-dynamic-causal-modelling-to-infer-effective-connectivity-in-brain-epileptic-structures
#18
Wentao Xiang, Ahmad Karfoul, Huazhong Shu, Régine Le Bouquin Jeannès
This paper addresses the question of effective connectivity in the human cerebral cortex in the context of epilepsy. Among model based approaches to infer brain connectivity, spectral Dynamic Causal Modelling is a conventional technique for which we propose an alternative to estimate cross spectral density. The proposed strategy we investigated tackles the sub-estimation of the free energy using the well-known variational Expectation-Maximization algorithm highly sensitive to the initialization of the parameters vector by a permanent local adjustment of the initialization process...
March 7, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340306/the-effects-of-positive-end-expiratory-pressure-at-different-levels-on-postoperative-respiration-parameters-in-patients-undergoing-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy
#19
Bahadır Ciftci, Mehmet Aksoy, Ilker Ince, Ali Ahıskalıoglu, Elif Yılmazel Ucar
Purpose/Aim of the study: We investigated the effects of different positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) levels on postoperative respiration parameters in patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and five consecutive patients were randomly divided to three groups (n = 35, for each group). Group I did not receive PEEP whereas group II received PEEP as 5 cmH2O and group III received PEEP as 8 cm H2O. Measurements with spirometer were taken 1 hour before the operation (T1) and, 1 (T2), 6 (T3), and 24 hours (T4) after extubation by an anesthetist...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337914/electrically-actuated-valves-for-woven-fabric-lateral-flow-devices
#20
Tanya Narahari, Dhananjaya Dendukuri, Shashi K Murthy
The integration of flow control elements into low-cost biosensors, presents a significant engineering challenge. This article describes the development and integration of active, chemical valves into lateral flow devices, using a scalable, single-step, weaving-based manufacturing approach. The valve was constructed from an electrically conductive polymer, polypyrrole. The polymer switches between wetting and non-wetting states when it is reduced and oxidized via the application of an electrochemical potential...
March 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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