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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092566/wake-up-exoskeleton-to-assist-children-with-cerebral-palsy-design-and-preliminary-evaluation-in-level-walking
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Fabrizio Patane, Stefano Rossi, Fausto Del Sette, Juri Taborri, Paolo Cappa
This paper presents the modular design and control of a novel compliant lower limb multi-joint exoskeleton for the rehabilitation of ankle knee mobility and locomotion of pediatric patients with neurological diseases, such as Cerebral Palsy (CP). The device consists of an untethered powered knee-ankle-foot orthosis (KAFO), addressed as WAKE-up (Wearable Ankle Knee Exoskeleton), characterized by a position control and capable of operating synchronously and synergistically with the human musculoskeletal system...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092509/a-bci-based-environmental-control-system-for-patients-with-severe-spinal-cord-injuries
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Rui Zhang, Qihong Wang, Kai Li, Shenghong He, Si Qin, Zhenghui Feng, Yang Chen, Pingxia Song, Tingyan Yang, Yuandong Zhang, Zhuliang Yu, Yaohua Hu, Ming Shao, Yuanqing Li
: This study proposes an event-related potential (ERP) BCI-based environmental control system that integrates household electrical appliances, a nursing bed, and an intelligent wheelchair to provide daily assistance to paralyzed patients with severe spinal cord injuries (SCIs). METHODS: An asynchronous mode is used to switch the environmental control system on or off or to select a device (e.g., a TV) for achieving selfpaced control. In the asynchronous mode, we introduce several pseudo-keys and a verification mechanism to effectively reduce the false operation rate...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092475/temperature-development-on-the-external-root-surface-during-laser-assisted-endodontic-treatment-applying-a-microchopped-mode-of-a-980%C3%A2-nm-diode-laser
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Franziska Beer, Eleftherios Terry R Farmakis, Josip Kopic, Christoph Kurzmann, Andreas Moritz
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article was to investigate the temperature increase of the external root surface during laser-assisted endodontic treatment using a diode laser (980 nm) in a microchopped mode. METHODS: Ten freshly extracted, human maxillary incisors with mature apices were collected, prepared to size F4 at working length (ProTaper; Dentsply Maillefer, Ballaigues, Switzerland), mounted to a holder, and irradiated (using spiral movements in coronal direction) with a diode laser (GENTLEray 980 Classic Plus; KaVo, Biberach, Germany) with a 200 μm fiber in four different treatment groups: Group 1 (control group) was irradiated in six cycles of 5-sec irradiation/20-sec pause with 2...
January 12, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092424/continuous-films-of-self-assembled-graphene-quantum-dots-for-n-type-doping-of-graphene-by-uv-triggered-charge-transfer
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Myung Jin Park, Yuna Kim, Youngsoo Kim, Byung Hee Hong
The demands to examine components serving as one of the active layers in heterostructures of 2D materials have been recently increasing. Nanomaterials synthesized from a solution process and their self-assembly can provide a promising route to build a new type of mixed dimensional heterostructures, and several methodologies have been reported previously to construct 2D assemblies from colloidal nanostructures in solution. Graphene quantum dots (GQDs), receiving much interest due to the tunable optical band gap and the capability of chemical functionalization, are considered as emerging nanomaterials for various optoelectronic and biological applications...
January 16, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092289/the-impact-of-obesity-on-heart-failure
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Alexander B Zhai, Haissam Haddad
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Obesity, a growing global health problem, contributes to the development of heart failure. However, increased BMI seems protective for those with established disease, a phenomenon known as the 'obesity paradox'. In this review, we outline the mechanism through which obesity can contribute to the development of heart failure, explore the concept of obesity paradox, and highlight the challenges that obesity presents for advanced heart failure therapy. RECENT FINDINGS: Although the mechanism underlying the obesity paradox is complex, meta-analysis shows that intentional weight loss through bariatric surgery can indeed improve cardiac structure and function...
January 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092273/in-vivo-testing-of-extracorporeal-membrane-ventilators-ila-activve%C3%A2-vs-prototype-i-lung%C3%A2
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Sabine Kischkel, Stefan Bergt, Beate Brock, Johan von Grönheim, Anne Herbst, Marc-Jonas Epping, Georg Matheis, Esther Novosel, Joerg Schneider, Philipp Warnke, Andreas Podbielski, Jan P Roesner, Peter I Lelkes, Brigitte Vollmar
A side-by-side comparison of the decarboxylation efficacy of two pump-driven veno-venous extracorporeal lung assist devices, i.e. a first prototype of the new miniaturized ambulatory extracorporeal membrane ventilator, I-lung® versus the commercial system iLA-activve® over a period of 72 hours in a large animal model.Fifteen German Landrace pigs were anesthetized and underwent mechanical hypoventilation to induce severe hypercapnia. Decarboxylation was accomplished by either the I-lung® or the iLA-activve® via a double lumen catheter in the jugular vein...
January 4, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092076/determination-of-trace-elements-in-cow-placenta-by-tungsten-coil-atomic-emission-spectrometry
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Daniel A Gonçalves, Ana C Soncin, George L Donati, Mirian C Dos Santos
Tungsten coil atomic emission spectrometry (WCAES) is used to determine trace levels of Mn (403.1 nm) and Cr (425.5 nm) in cow placenta. All samples were collected in Ilha Solteira, SP, Brazil. The instrumental setup is based on a tungsten filament extracted from 150 W, 15 V microscope light bulbs, a solid state power supply, fused silica lens, crossed Czerny-Turner spectrograph, and a thermoelectrically cooled charge-coupled device detector. The limits of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ) for Cr are 2 and 8 μg L(-1), and 20 and 60 μg L(-1) for Mn, respectively...
January 16, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090219/integrated-microfluidic-aptasensor-for-mass-spectrometric-detection-of-vasopressin-in-human-plasma-ultrafiltrate
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J Yang, J Zhu, R Pei, J A Oliver, D W Landry, M N Stojanovic, Q Lin
We present a microfluidic aptamer-based biosensor for detection of low-molecular-weight biomarkers in patient samples. Using a microfluidic device that integrates aptamer-based specific analyte extraction, isocratic elution, and detection by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry, we demonstrate rapid, sensitive and label-free detection of arginine vasopressin (AVP) in human plasma ultrafiltrate. AVP molecules in complex matrices are specifically captured by an aptamer that is immobilized on microbeads via affinity binding in a microchamber...
July 14, 2016: Analytical Methods: Advancing Methods and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089425/-a-comparison-of-various-supraglottic-airway-devices-for-fiberoptical-guided-tracheal-intubation
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Thomas Metterlein, Anna Dintenfelder, Christoph Plank, Bernhard Graf, Gabriel Roth
BACKGROUND: Fiberoptical assisted intubation via placed supraglottic airway devices has been described as safe and easy procedure to manage difficult airways. However visualization of the glottis aperture is essential for fiberoptical assisted intubation. Various different supraglottic airway devices are commercially available and might offer different conditions for fiberoptical assisted intubation. The aim of this study was to compare the best obtainable view of the glottic aperture using different supraglottic airway devices...
January 12, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089072/the-role-of-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-in-patients-bridged-to-transplantation-with-a-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device-a-propensity-score-matched-analysis
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Kevin J Clerkin, Veli K Topkara, Donna M Mancini, Melana Yuzefpolskaya, Ryan T Demmer, Jose M Dizon, Koji Takeda, Hiroo Takayama, Yoshifumi Naka, Paolo C Colombo, A Reshad Garan
BACKGROUND: Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) provide a significant mortality benefit for appropriately selected patients with advanced heart failure. ICDs are associated with a mortality benefit when used in patients with a pulsatile left ventricular assist device (LVAD). It is unclear whether patients with a continuous-flow LVAD (CF-LVAD) derive the same benefit. We sought to determine if the presence of an ICD provided a mortality benefit during CF-LVAD support as a bridge to transplantation...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088844/role-of-contrast-ct-for-the-diagnosis-and-the-prognosis-of-suspected-lvad-thrombosis
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Bill C Tran, Prabhjot S Nijjar
BACKGROUND: There is an urgent need for further studies evaluating the role of imaging modalities in the management of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) thrombosis. This study reviews the role of computed tomography (CT) in the diagnosis of suspected LVAD thrombosis. METHODS: All contrast chest CTs performed in patients with suspected LVAD thrombosis at the University of Minnesota between January 2008 and April 2014 were reviewed. Significant CT findings were identified, operative notes were reviewed, and patient outcomes were reported...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088206/comparing-accelerometer-pedometer-and-a-questionnaire-for-measuring-physical-activity-in-bronchiectasis-a-validity-and-feasibility-study
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B O'Neill, S M McDonough, J J Wilson, I Bradbury, K Hayes, A Kirk, L Kent, D Cosgrove, J M Bradley, M A Tully
BACKGROUND: There are challenges for researchers and clinicians to select the most appropriate physical activity tool, and a balance between precision and feasibility is needed. Currently it is unclear which physical activity tool should be used to assess physical activity in Bronchiectasis. The aim of this research is to compare assessment methods (pedometer and IPAQ) to our criterion method (ActiGraph) for the measurement of physical activity dimensions in Bronchiectasis (BE), and to assess their feasibility and acceptability...
January 14, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087105/left-ventricular-assist-device-outcomes-based-on-flow-configuration-and-pre-operative-left-ventricular-dimension-an-interagency-registry-for-mechanically-assisted-circulatory-support-analysis
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Palak Shah, Sarah Birk, Simon Maltais, John Stulak, Angelo Elmi, Francis D Pagani, Jennifer A Cowger
BACKGROUND: Axial configuration (AC) and centrifugal configuration (CC) left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) have different flow characteristics, and whether the interaction between device flow configuration and the pre-operative left ventricular internal diastolic diameter (LVIDD) mediates adverse events after LVAD implantation is unknown. METHODS: We queried 9,424 continuous-flow LVAD recipients who received LVADs from April 2008 to June of 2015 in the Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS)...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087104/improved-outcomes-from-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-versus-ventricular-assist-device-temporary-support-of-primary-graft-dysfunction-in-heart-transplant
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Koji Takeda, Boyangzi Li, Arthur R Garan, Veli K Topkara, Jiho Han, Paolo C Colombo, Maryjane A Farr, Yoshifumi Naka, Hiroo Takayama
BACKGROUND: Primary graft dysfunction (PGD) is one of the most common causes of early death after orthotopic heart transplantation. Mechanical circulatory support devices are required for severe forms of PGD. Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) and temporary ventricular assist device (VAD) support have both been reported to be useful for severe PGD. METHODS: Between January 2007 and December 2015, 597 patients received a heart transplant at our center...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086890/feasibility-and-preliminary-efficacy-of-the-heyman-healthy-lifestyle-program-for-young-men-a-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial
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Lee M Ashton, Philip J Morgan, Melinda J Hutchesson, Megan E Rollo, Clare E Collins
BACKGROUND: In young men, unhealthy lifestyle behaviours can be detrimental to their physical and/or mental health and set them on a negative health trajectory into adulthood. Despite this, there is a lack of evidence to guide development of effective health behaviour change interventions for young men. This study assessed the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of the 'HEYMAN' (Harnessing Ehealth to enhance Young men's Mental health, Activity and Nutrition) healthy lifestyle program for young men...
January 13, 2017: Nutrition Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080071/nanoscale-engineering-in-vo2-nanowires-via-direct-electron-writing-process
#16
Zhenhua Zhang, Hua Guo, Wenqiang Ding, Bin Zhang, Yue Lu, Xiaoxing Ke, Weiwei Liu, Fu-Rong Chen, Manling Sui
Controlling phase transition in functional materials at nano-scale is not only of broad scientific interest, but also important for practical applications in the fields of renewable energy, information storage, transducer, sensor, etc. As a model functional material, vanadium dioxide (VO2) has its metal-insulator transition (MIT) usually at a sharp temperature around 68 °C. Here we report a focused electron beam can directly lower down the transition temperature of a nano-area to room temperature without pre-patterning the VO2...
January 12, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079723/toward-automating-hiv-identification-machine-learning-for-rapid-identification-of-hiv-related-social-media-data
#17
Sean D Young, Wenchao Yu, Wei Wang
INTRODUCTION: "Social big data" from technologies such as social media, wearable devices, and online searches continue to grow and can be used as tools for HIV research. Although researchers can uncover patterns and insights associated with HIV trends and transmission, the review process is time consuming and resource intensive. Machine learning methods derived from computer science might be used to assist HIV domain experts by learning how to rapidly and accurately identify patterns associated with HIV from a large set of social data...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079360/solution-processed-organic-thin-film-transistor-arrays-with-assistance-of-laser-ablation
#18
Huihuang Yang, Cihai Chen, Guocheng Zhang, Shuqiong Lan, Huipeng Chen, Tailiang Guo
A key step toward commercialization of OTFT is to manufacture large-area OTFT arrays with desired uniform device performance. In this work, solution processed organic thin film transistor (OTFT) arrays were fabricated with assistance of laser ablation. The source-drain electrodes and the whole devices were patterned by precise control of laser intensity and process path. A careful selection of laser processing parameters is key to obtain high performance OTFT arrays. Eventually, the OTFT arrays on silicon wafer and ITO glass exhibited uniform electrical characteristics with the mean mobility of 0...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079056/endurance-and-cycle-to-cycle-uniformity-improvement-in-tri-layered-ceo2-ti-ceo2-resistive-switching-devices-by-changing-top-electrode-material
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Anwar Manzoor Rana, Tahira Akbar, Muhammad Ismail, Ejaz Ahmad, Fayyaz Hussain, Ijaz Talib, Muhammad Imran, Khalid Mehmood, Khalid Iqbal, M Younus Nadeem
Resistance switching characteristics of CeO2/Ti/CeO2 tri-layered films sandwiched between Pt bottom electrode and two different top electrodes (Ti and TaN) with different work functions have been investigated. RRAM memory cells composed of TaN/CeO2/Ti/CeO2/Pt reveal better resistive switching performance instead of Ti/CeO2/Ti/CeO2/Pt memory stacks. As compared to the Ti/CeO2 interface, much better ability of TaN/CeO2 interface to store and exchange plays a key role in the RS performance improvement, including lower forming/SET voltages, large memory window (~10(2)) and no significant data degradation during endurance test of >10(4) switching cycles...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078090/the-effect-of-ongoing-feedback-on-physical-activity-levels-following-an-exercise-intervention-in-older-adults-a-randomised-controlled-trial-protocol
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Katie-Jane Brickwood, Stuart T Smith, Greig Watson, Andrew D Williams
BACKGROUND: Physical inactivity ranks as a major contributing factor in the development and progression of chronic disease. Lifestyle interventions reduce the progression of chronic disease, however, compliance decreases over time and health effects only persist as long as the new lifestyle is maintained. Telephone counselling (TC) is an effective way to provide individuals with ongoing support to maintain lifestyle changes. Remote physical activity monitoring and feedback (RAMF) via interactive technologies such as activity trackers and smartphones may be a cost-effective alternative to TC, however, this comparison has not been made...
2017: BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation
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