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Changlong Liu, Lin Wang, Xiaoshuang Chen, Jing Zhou, Weiwei Tang, Wanlong Guo, Jin Wang, Wei Lu
The present work reports on a graphene-like material that is promising for photodetection applications due to its high optical absorption and layer-dependent properties. To date, only narrowband photodetectors have been realized; therefore, extending the working wavelength is becoming more imperative for applications such as high-contrast imaging and remote sensing. In this work, we developed a novel detection technique that provides enhanced performance across the infrared and terahertz bands by using an antenna-assisted top-gated black phosphorus phototransistor...
March 16, 2018: Nanoscale
Seiji Obata, Minoru Sato, Keishi Akada, Koichiro Saiki
A high throughput synthesis method of graphene has been required for a long time to apply graphene to industrial applications. Of the various synthesis methods, the chemical exfoliation of graphite via graphene oxide (GO) is advantageous as far as productivity is concerned; however, the quality of the graphene produced by this method is far inferior to that synthesized by other methods, such as chemical vapor deposition on metals. Developing an effective reduction and restoration method for GO on dielectric substrates has been therefore a key issue...
March 16, 2018: Nanotechnology
P Alex Smith, Yaxin Wang, Ralph W Metcalfe, Luiz C Sampaio, Daniel L Timms, William E Cohn, O H Frazier
PURPOSE: A minimally invasive, partial-assist, intra-atrial blood pump has been proposed, which would unload the left ventricle with a flow path from the left atrium to the arterial system. Flow modulation is a common strategy for ensuring washout in the pump, but it can increase power consumption because it is typically achieved through motor-speed variation. However, if a pump's performance curve had the proper gradient, flow modulation could be realized passively. To achieve this goal, we propose a pump performance operating curve as an alternative to the more standard operating point...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Panagiotis M Kitrou, Konstantinos Katsanos, Panagiotis Papadimatos, Stavros Spiliopoulos, Dimitris Karnabatidis
Thrombosis is the most important access-related complication. Several declotting procedures have been suggested falling mainly into two categories; thrombolysis-dependent and thrombectomy dependent. Areas Covered: Seventeen studies after 2001 have been published on percutaneous treatment of thrombosed vascular access. Authors performed a systematic review of these studies together with a parametric meta-analysis of data available investigating clinical success, postintervention assisted primary patency (PAPP) and independent factors that could influence outcome measures...
March 16, 2018: Expert Review of Medical Devices
Philip Gc Chan, Gerard S Goh
PURPOSE: The AngioJet Hemolytic Thrombectomy Device "AngioJet" (Boston Scientific, Malborough, MA, USA) is a rheolytic thrombectomy device that can be used in the treatment of hemodialysis arteriovenous fistula and graft thrombosis. We aim to appraise the current evidence on AngioJet thrombectomy in hemodialysis vascular access thrombosis, and to determine its safety, including complications and efficacy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An electronic literature search was performed on the MEDLINE and Embase databases...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Eloisa Basile, Giulio Russo, Antonio M Leone
It is essential to understand the pathophysiology of cardiogenic shock and the possible deterioration of contractile function during high-risk PCI in order to select those patients who could benefit from mechanical support thus choosing the most suitable device in every situation. Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Devices (pVAD) provide hemodynamic support by improving cardiac output and mean arterial pressure, but their specific features result in different hemodynamic effects and degrees of myocardial ischemic protection and LV unloading...
March 15, 2018: Minerva Cardioangiologica
Napatt Kanjanahattakij, Benjamin Horn, Basma Abdulhadi, Nicha Wongjarupong, Kenechukwu Mezue, Pattara Rattanawong
Cerebrovascular accident (CVA) is one of the major complications and a leading cause of death in patients with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Multiple studies of have shown that patients with blood stream infection (BSI) are more likely to develop CVA compared to patients without BSI. However, there is no meta-analysis to confirm this association. Studies were systematically acquired from MEDLINE and EMBASE electronic databases. Included studies assessed patients with heart failure requiring LVAD and reported the number of patients who had BSI post LVAD, incidence of ischemic CVA, hemorrhagic CVA, or any CVA...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
Sven Persoon, Michael Paulus, Stephan Hirt, Carsten Jungbauer, Alexander Dietl, Andreas Luchner, Christof Schmid, Lars S Maier, Christoph Birner
Implantation of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) as bridge to transplant in end-stage heart failure allows for analyzing reverse remodeling processes of the supported heart. Whether this therapy influences the cGMP-PKG signaling pathway, which is currently under thorough investigation for developing new heart failure therapeutics, is unknown. In fourteen end-stage heart failure patients (8 with dilated cardiomyopathy, DCM; 6 with ischemic cardiomyopathy, ICM) tissue specimens of left ventricles were collected at LVAD implantation and afterwards at receiver heart explantation, respectively...
March 15, 2018: Heart and Vessels
Ji-Eun Cho, Jun Sang Yoo, Kyoung Eun Kim, Sung Tae Cho, Woo Seok Jang, Ki Hun Cho, Wan-Hee Lee
The purpose of this study was to critically evaluate the effects of robot-assisted gait training (RAGT) on gait-related function in patients with acute/subacute stroke. We conducted a systematic review of randomized controlled trials published between May 2012 and April 2016. This search included 334 articles (Cochrane, 51 articles; Embase, 175 articles; PubMed, 108 articles). Based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria, 7 studies were selected for this review. We performed a quality evaluation using the PEDro scale...
2018: BioMed Research International
Ji-Hye Do, Won-Gyu Yoo
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of using a visual feedback-equipped reacher when performing reach-to-grasp tasks. [Subjects and Methods] Seventeen healthy participants with no illnesses or physical disabilities were selected for this study. Activation of the flexor digitorum superficialis and extensor digitorum muscles was assessed using electromyography. Wrist and shoulder momentums were calculated using a three-axis acceleration sensor. Participants were instructed to move 10 ears of plastic corn from right to left using a reacher with and without visual feedback...
February 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Nadeem A Mughal, Eleanor R Atkins, Darren Morrow, Wissam Al-Jundi
BACKGROUND: M-learning is education using personal mobile electronic devices. Given the prevalence of these in society and amongst healthcare professionals, we aimed to assess their use and feasibility in improving the educational programme of a single vascular institution. METHODS: A weekly vascular departmental teaching programme was initiated with registrars giving 30-min presentations on a defined book chapter. Two multiple-choice questions (MCQ) per session were devised by a supervising consultant utilising the smartphone response system application, Polltogo...
March 15, 2018: BMC Medical Education
Martin Dübbers, Elena Nikolaou, Hans Fuchs, Janina Fischer, Hakan Alakus, Jessica Leers, Christiane Bruns, Grigore Cernaianu
BACKGROUND: Transumbilical laparoscopic-assisted appendectomy (TULAA) is fast and cost-effective since no endoloops, staplers or wound protection devices are used. We analyzed the effects of TULAA as first approach for perforated (PA) and non-perforated (NPA) appendicitis in children. PATIENTS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 181 children for whom TULAA was the first approach for appendicitis between October 2010 and March 2016. METHODS: Morbidity, additional laparoscopic instrument insertion (AI), conversions to open extraumbilical appendectomy (OC), and complications were evaluated...
March 15, 2018: Klinische Pädiatrie
Han Sun, Xiong Zhang, Yacong Zhao, Yu Zhang, Xuefei Zhong, Zhaowen Fan
The novel human-computer interface (HCI) using bioelectrical signals as input is a valuable tool to improve the lives of people with disabilities. In this paper, surface electromyography (sEMG) signals induced by four classes of wrist movements were acquired from four sites on the lower arm with our designed system. Forty-two features were extracted from the time, frequency and time-frequency domains. Optimal channels were determined from single-channel classification performance rank. The optimal-feature selection was according to a modified entropy criteria (EC) and Fisher discrimination (FD) criteria...
March 15, 2018: Sensors
Nebile Isik, Elisabetta Maria Fiordaliso, Ray R LaPierre
Semiconductor nanowires (NWs) are a candidate technology for future optoelectronic devices. One of the critical issues in NWs is the control of impurity doping for the formation of p-n junctions. In this study, beryllium (p-type dopant) and tellurium (n-type dopant) in self-assisted GaAs NWs was studied. The GaAs NWs were grown on (111) Si by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) using the self-assisted method. The dopant incorporation in the self-assisted GaAs NWs was investigated using Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence, secondary ion mass spectrometry and electron holography...
March 15, 2018: Nanotechnology
Xiaolong Liu, Yuan Yu, Haitao Tang, Lu Xu, Jianji Dong, Xinliang Zhang
We propose and demonstrate a silicon-on-insulator (SOI)-based widely tunable microwave photonic filter (MPF), which is implemented by using an under-coupled microring resonator (MRR) assisted by two cascaded tunable Mach-Zehnder interferometers. In the experiment, the MPF achieves an ultrahigh peak rejection exceeding 60 dB, a full width at half-maximum bandwidth of 780 MHz, and a frequency tuning range of 0-40 GHz, even when the propagation loss of the MRR is 1.65 dB/cm. To the best of our knowledge, this MPF demonstrates ultrahigh peak rejection and narrow bandwidth simultaneously in SOI for the first time with MRR of such propagation loss and avoids using external electrical devices to improve the rejection...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
A V Kalinovskiy, D A Rzaev, K Yoshimitsu
INTRODUCTION: Modern neurosurgical practice is impossible without access to various information sources. The use of MRI and MSCT data during surgery is an integral part of the neurosurgeon's daily practice. Devices capable of managing an image viewer system without direct contact with equipment simplify working in the operating room. AIM AND OBJECTIVES: To test operation of a non-contact MRI and MSCT image viewer system in the operating room and to evaluate the system effectiveness...
2018: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
Erika Virmani, Julian M Rotter, Andre Mähringer, Tobias von Zons, Adelheid Godt, Thomas Bein, Stefan Wuttke, Dana D Medina
Controlled on-surface film growth of porous and crystalline frameworks is a central requisite for incorporating these materials into functional platforms and operational devices. Here, we present the synthesis of thin zirconium-based metal-organic framework (MOF) films by vapor-assisted conversion (VAC). We established protocols adequate for the growth of UiO-66, UiO-66(NH2 ), UiO-67, and UiO-68(NH2 ) as well as the porous interpenetrated Zr-organic framework (PPPP-PIZOF-1) as highly oriented thin films. Through the VAC approach, precursors in a cast solution layer on a bare gold substrate are reacting to form a porous continuous MOF film, oriented along the [111] crystal axis by an exposure to a solvent vapor under elevated temperatures of 100 °C and 3 h reaction times...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Abdul Malik Sheikh, Abdul Karim Duke, Hina Sattar
Patent ductus arteriosus is a common congenital cardiac defect comprising 5-10% of all these defects in term neonates. Although open chest and video-assisted interruption are still in use, transcatheter occlusion has rapidly become the first choice for patent ductus arteriosus closure in the appropriate patient. Percutaneous closure of patent ductus arteriosus is widely done by transvenous approach guided by aortic access. We present the case of a 2 year old girl who underwent patent ductus arteriosus device occlusion with transvenous access only...
March 2018: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Sameer Shaikh, Mohammad Aljanakh, Ibrahim Khalil Al Ibrahim, Mohammad Sohail Memon
Numerous substances may have an adverse influence on the oral region by virtue of their potentially harmful effects. Dental practitioners are often the first to see these effects in the head and neck region. Knowledge of the damaging consequences of agents such as alcohol, tobacco, areca nut, medications, alcohol-containing mouthwashes, dental devices and materials can assist the practitioners in clinical decision-making and accurate diagnosis of associated lesions. More importantly, timely diagnosis and prompt reporting of such harmful effects improve the quality of care...
March 2018: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Tanchen Ren, Anne Faust, Yolandi van der Merwe, Bo Xiao, Scott Johnson, Apoorva Kandakatla, Vijay S Gorantla, Stephen F Badylak, Kia M Washington, Michael B Steketee
In peripheral nerve (PN) injuries requiring surgical repair, as in PN transection, cellular and ECM remodeling at PN epineurial repair sites is hypothesized to reduce PN functional outcomes by slowing, misdirecting, or preventing axons from regrowing appropriately across the repair site. Herein this study reports on deriving and analyzing fetal porcine urinary bladder extracellular matrix (fUB-ECM) by vacuum assisted decellularization, fabricating fUBM-ECM nerve wraps, and testing fUB-ECM nerve wrap biocompatibility and bioactivity in a trigeminal, infraorbital nerve (ION) branch transection and direct end-to-end repair model in rat...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
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