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#1
Colin M McCrimmon, Ming Wang, Lucas Silva Lopes, Po T Wang, Alireza Karimi-Bidhendi, Charles Y Liu, Payam Heydari, Zoran Nenadic, An H Do
Motor rehabilitation using brain-computer interface (BCI) systems may facilitate functional recovery in individuals after stroke or spinal cord injury. Nevertheless, these systems are typically ill-suited for widespread adoption due to their size, cost, and complexity. In this paper, a small, portable, and extremely cost-efficient (<;$200) BCI system has been developed using a custom electroencephalographic (EEG) amplifier array, and a commercial microcontroller and touchscreen. The system's performance was tested using a movement-related BCI task in 3 able-bodied subjects with minimal previous BCI experience...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316108/cry1a-b-16-toxin-from-bacillus-thuringiensis-theoretical-refinement-of-three-dimensional-structure-and-prediction-of-peptides-as-molecular-markers-for-detection-of-genetically-modified-organisms
#2
Alexandra Plácido, Andreia Coelho, Lucas Abreu do Nascimento, Andreanne Gomes Vasconcelos, Maria Fátima Barroso, Joilson Ramos-Jesus, Vladimir Costa, Francisco das Chagas Alves Lima, Cristina Delerue-Matos, Ricardo Martins Ramos, Mariela M Marani, José Roberto de Souza de Almeida Leite
Transgenic maize produced by the insertion of the Cry transgene into its genome became the second most cultivated crop worldwide. Cry gene from Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki expresses protein derivatives of crystalline endotoxins which confer insect resistance onto the maize crop. Mandatory labeling of processed food containing or made by genetically modified organisms is in force in many countries, so, it is very urgent to develop fast and practical methods for GMO identification, e.g., biosensors. In the absence of an available empirical structure of Cry1A(b)16 protein, a theoretical model was effectively generated, in this work, by homology modeling and molecular dynamics simulations based on two available homologous protein structures...
March 18, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293114/novel-stroke-risk-reduction-in-atrial-fibrillation-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-with-a-focus-on-the-watchman-closure-device
#3
REVIEW
Arash Alipour, Lisette I S Wintgens, Martin J Swaans, Jippe C Balt, Benno J W M Rensing, Lucas V A Boersma
Atrial fibrillation (AF) remains an important clinical problem with severe complications such as stroke, which especially harms those with risk factors as calculated by the CHADS2 or CHA2DS2-VASc. Until now, no therapy has proven 100% effective against AF. Since the left atrial appendage (LAA) is the most prominent nonvalvular AF-related thromboembolic source and (novel) oral anticoagulant [(N)OAC] carries the hazard of bleeding, LAA occlusion may be an alternative, especially in patients who are ineligible for (N)OAC therapy...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290164/risk-factors-for-permanent-pacemaker-after-implantation-of-surgical-or-percutaneous-self-expanding-aortic-prostheses
#4
Emmanuel Villa, Alberto Clerici, Antonio Messina, Luca Testa, Francesco Bedogni, Andrea Moneta, Francesco Donatelli, Giovanni Troise
BACKGROUND: The use of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) following the introduction of Nitinol autoexpandable devices has spread rapidly during recent years. In addition, cardiac surgery has been revolutionized due to the use of Nitinol-based sutureless prostheses for aortic valve replacement (AVR). During the same period, however, permanent pacemaker (PPM) implantation has emerged as a frequent complication. The study aim was to identify the risk factors of PPM following the implantation of a Nitinol self-expanding prosthesis (for AVR or TAVI)...
November 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287212/-the-pacemaker-and-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-registry-of-the-italian-association-of-arrhythmology-and-cardiac-pacing-annual-report-2015
#5
Alessandro Proclemer, Massimo Zecchin, Antonio D'Onofrio, Giuseppe Boriani, Giovanni Luca Botto, Domenico Facchin, Luca Rebellato, Marco Ghidina, Giulia Bianco, Emanuela Bernardelli, Elsa Pucher, Dario Gregori
BACKGROUND: The pacemaker (PM) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) Registry of the Italian Association of Arrhythmology and Cardiac Pacing (AIAC) monitors the main epidemiological data in real-world practice. The survey for the 2015 activity collects information about demographics, clinical characteristics, main indications for PM/ICD therapy and device types from the Italian collaborating centers. METHODS: The Registry collects prospectively national PM and ICD implantation activity on the basis of European cards...
January 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274121/dynamics-of-capillary-driven-flow-in-3d-printed-open-microchannels
#6
Robert K Lade, Erik J Hippchen, Christopher W Macosko, Lorraine F Francis
Microchannels have applications in microfluidic devices, patterns for micromolding, and even flexible electronic devices. Three-dimensional (3D) printing presents a promising alternative manufacturing route for these microchannels due to the technology's relative speed and the design freedom it affords its users. However, the roughness of 3D printed surfaces can significantly influence flow dynamics inside of a microchannel. In this work, open microchannels are fabricated using four different 3D printing techniques: fused deposition modeling (FDM), stereolithography (SLA), selective laser sintering, and multi jet modeling...
March 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261112/the-ergogenic-effects-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-on-exercise-performance
#7
REVIEW
Luca Angius, James Hopker, Alexis R Mauger
The physical limits of the human performance have been the object of study for a considerable time. Most of the research has focused on the locomotor muscles, lungs, and heart. As a consequence, much of the contemporary literature has ignored the importance of the brain in the regulation of exercise performance. With the introduction and development of new non-invasive devices, the knowledge regarding the behavior of the central nervous system during exercise has advanced. A first step has been provided from studies involving neuroimaging techniques where the role of specific brain areas have been identified during isolated muscle or whole-body exercise...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258484/corpuls-cpr-resuscitation-device-generates-superior-emulated-flows-and-pressures-than-lucas-ii-in-a-mechanical-thorax-model
#8
S Eichhorn, A Mendoza Garcia, M Polski, J Spindler, A Stroh, M Heller, R Lange, M Krane
The provision of sufficient chest compression is among the most important factors influencing patient survival during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). One approach to optimize the quality of chest compressions is to use mechanical-resuscitation devices. The aim of this study was to compare a new device for chest compression (corpuls cpr) with an established device (LUCAS II). We used a mechanical thorax model consisting of a chest with variable stiffness and an integrated heart chamber which generated blood flow dependent on the compression depth and waveform...
March 3, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249470/cryogenic-photoluminescence-imaging-system-for-nanoscale-positioning-of-single-quantum-emitters
#9
Jin Liu, Marcelo I Davanço, Luca Sapienza, Kumarasiri Konthasinghe, José Vinícius De Miranda Cardoso, Jin Dong Song, Antonio Badolato, Kartik Srinivasan
We report a photoluminescence imaging system for locating single quantum emitters with respect to alignment features. Samples are interrogated in a 4 K closed-cycle cryostat by a high numerical aperture (NA = 0.9, 100× magnification) objective that sits within the cryostat, enabling high efficiency collection of emitted photons without image distortions due to the cryostat windows. The locations of single InAs/GaAs quantum dots within a >50 μm × 50 μm field of view are determined with ≈4.5 nm uncertainty (one standard deviation) in a 1 s long acquisition...
February 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245206/cerebrovascular-and-cardiovascular-variability-interactions-investigated-through-conditional-joint-transfer-entropy-in-subjects-prone-to-postural-syncope
#10
Vlasta Bari, Beatrice De Maria, Claudio Enrico Mazzucco, Gianluca Rossato, Davide Tonon, Giandomenico Nollo, Luca Faes, Alberto Porta
A model-based conditional transfer entropy approach was exploited to quantify the information transfer in cerebrovascular (CBV) and cardiovascular (CV) systems in subjects prone to develop postural syncope. Spontaneous beat-to-beat variations of mean cerebral blood flow velocity (MCBFV) derived from a transcranial Doppler device, heart period (HP) derived from surface electrocardiogram, mean arterial pressure (MAP) and systolic arterial pressure (SAP) derived from finger plethysmographic arterial pressure device were monitored at rest in supine position (REST) and during 60° head-up tilt (TILT) in 13 individuals (age mean±standard deviation: 28±9 years, min-max range: 18-44 years, 5 males) with a history of recurrent episodes of syncope (SYNC) and in 13 age- and gender-matched controls (NonSYNC)...
February 28, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242180/development-and-validation-of-an-improved-mechanical-thorax-for-simulating-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-with-adjustable-chest-stiffness-and-simulated-blood-flow
#11
Stefan Eichhorn, Johannes Spindler, Marcin Polski, Alejandro Mendoza, Ulrich Schreiber, Michael Heller, Marcus Andre Deutsch, Christian Braun, Rüdiger Lange, Markus Krane
Investigations of compressive frequency, duty cycle, or waveform during CPR are typically rooted in animal research or computer simulations. Our goal was to generate a mechanical model incorporating alternate stiffness settings and an integrated blood flow system, enabling defined, reproducible comparisons of CPR efficacy. Based on thoracic stiffness data measured in human cadavers, such a model was constructed using valve-controlled pneumatic pistons and an artificial heart. This model offers two realistic levels of chest elasticity, with a blood flow apparatus that reflects compressive depth and waveform changes...
February 24, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227095/a-small-portable-battery-powered-brain-computer-interface-system-for-motor-rehabilitation
#12
Colin M McCrimmon, Ming Wang, Lucas Silva Lopes, Po T Wang, Alireza Karimi-Bidhendi, Charles Y Liu, Payam Heydari, Zoran Nenadic, An H Do, Colin M McCrimmon, Ming Wang, Lucas Silva Lopes, Po T Wang, Alireza Karimi-Bidhendi, Charles Y Liu, Payam Heydari, Zoran Nenadic, An H Do, Ming Wang, An H Do, Zoran Nenadic, Colin M McCrimmon, Alireza Karimi-Bidhendi, Lucas Silva Lopes, Po T Wang, Charles Y Liu, Payam Heydari
Motor rehabilitation using brain-computer interface (BCI) systems may facilitate functional recovery in individuals after stroke or spinal cord injury. Nevertheless, these systems are typically ill-suited for widespread adoption due to their size, cost, and complexity. In this paper, a small, portable, and extremely cost-efficient (<;$200) BCI system has been developed using a custom electroencephalographic (EEG) amplifier array, and a commercial microcontroller and touchscreen. The system's performance was tested using a movement-related BCI task in 3 able-bodied subjects with minimal previous BCI experience...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225104/coplanar-electrode-microfluidic-chip-enabling-accurate-sheathless-impedance-cytometry
#13
Adele De Ninno, Vito Errico, Francesca Romana Bertani, Luca Businaro, Paolo Bisegna, Federica Caselli
Microfluidic impedance cytometry offers a simple non-invasive method for single-cell analysis. Coplanar electrode chips are especially attractive due to ease of fabrication, yielding miniaturized, reproducible, and ultimately low-cost devices. However, their accuracy is challenged by the dependence of the measured signal on particle trajectory within the interrogation volume, that manifests itself as an error in the estimated particle size, unless any kind of focusing system is used. In this paper, we present an original five-electrode coplanar chip enabling accurate particle sizing without the need for focusing...
March 14, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223056/transcatheter-aortic-valve-in-valve-implantation-using-lotus-valve-for-failed%C3%A2-surgical-bioprostheses
#14
Fausto Castriota, Roberto Nerla, Antonio Micari, Caterina Cavazza, Francesco Bedogni, Luca Testa, Matteo Montorfano, Mauro Del Giglio, Alberto Cremonesi
BACKGROUND: Patients with failed bioprostheses are an increasing population at high risk for redo surgery. Valve-in-valve transcatheter aortic valve implantation is a promising alternative but a limited number of first-generation devices have proven efficacy in all cases. METHODS: Patients with degenerated bioprostheses at high risk for redo surgery were included in the registry after being assigned to valve-in-valve intervention by a local heart team. Main basal and follow-up data (at 1 month and 6 months) of patients undergoing valve-in-valve transcatheter aortic valve implantation with the Lotus valve system (Boston Scientific, Natick, MA) in three high-volume Italian centers were entered in the registry...
February 18, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221157/minimally-invasive-pcnl-mip
#15
Stefano Paolo Zanetti, Luca Boeri, Andrea Gallioli, Michele Talso, Emanuele Montanari
Miniaturized percutaneous nephrolithotomy (mini-PCNL) has increased in popularity in recent years and is now widely used to overcome the therapeutic gap between conventional PCNL and less-invasive procedures such as shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) or flexible ureterorenoscopy (URS) for the treatment of renal stones. However, despite its minimally invasive nature, the superiority in terms of safety, as well as the similar efficacy of mini-PCNL compared to conventional procedures, is still under debate. The aim of this chapter is to present one of the most recent advancements in terms of mini-PCNL: the Karl Storz "minimally invasive PCNL" (MIP)...
January 2017: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218360/evaluating-safety-efficacy-and-cost-effectiveness-of-picc-securement-by-subcutaneously-anchored-stabilization-device
#16
Pietro Antonio Zerla, Antonio Canelli, Lidia Cerne, Giuseppe Caravella, Alessandra Gilardini, Giuseppe De Luca, Ana Maria Aricisteanu, Raffaele Venezia
PURPOSE: In recent years, a large variety of medical devices has become available. Every device must be efficient, safe and cost effective, but it is not enough to use it properly without considering the environment in which it will be employed. We applied this kind of analysis to subcutaneously anchored sutureless devices (SAS). METHODS: This is a one-center prospective observational study on safety, effectiveness and cost effectiveness of an SAS device (SecurAcath, Interrad) for securement of peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) in 30 adult cancer patients with treatment expected to be >60 days...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215591/the-effect-of-resuscitation-position-on-cerebral-and-coronary-perfusion-pressure-during-mechanical-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-porcine-cardiac-arrest-model
#17
Taeyun Kim, Sang Do Shin, Kyoung Jun Song, Yong Joo Park, Hyun Ho Ryu, Guillaume Debaty, Keith Lurie, Ki Jeong Hong
OBJECTIVE: It is unknown whether patient position is associated with the optimal cerebral (CePP) and coronary (CoPP) perfusion pressure. METHODS: This study utilized a randomized experimental design and anesthetized, intubated and paralyzed female pigs (n=12) (mean 42, SD 3kg). After 6min of untreated ventricular fibrillation, mechanical CPR with was performed for 3min in 0° supine position. The CPR was then performed for 5min in a position randomly assigned to either 1) head-up tilt (HUT) by three angles (30°, 45°, or 60°) or 2) head-down tilt (HDT) by three angles (30°, 45°, or 60°) and at 3) supine position between HUT and HDT positions...
February 16, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198093/extracorporeal-total-artificial-heart-as-bailout-surgery
#18
REVIEW
Stéphanie F Perrodin, Olivier Muller, Fabrizio Gronchi, Lucas Liaudet, Roger Hullin, Matthias Kirsch
We report the use of a total extracorporeal heart for uncontrolled bleeding following a proximal left anterior descending artery perforation, using two centrifugal ventricular assist devices after heart explantation. The literature describing similar techniques and patient outcomes for this "bailout" technique are reviewed.
March 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178883/radiofrequency-based-identification-medical-device
#19
Alessandra Lazzaro, Arianna Corona, Luca Iezzi, Silvia Quaresima, Luca Armisi, Ilaria Piccolo, Carlo Maria Medaglia, Sergio Sbrenni, Pierpaolo Sileri, Nicola Rosato, Achille Lucio Gaspari, Nicola Di Lorenzo
BACKGROUND: A retained surgical item in patients (gossypiboma) is a persisting problem, despite consistent improvements and existing guidelines in counting instruments and sponges. Previous experiences with radiofrequency identification technology (RFID) tracking sponges show that it could represent an innovation, in order to reduce the criticism and increase the effectiveness during surgical procedures. We present an automated system that allows reduction of errors and improves safety in the operating room...
January 1, 2017: Surgical Innovation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166165/automated-variable-aortic-control-versus-complete-aortic-occlusion-in-a-swine-model-of-hemorrhage
#20
Timothy K Williams, Lucas P Neff, Michael Austin Johnson, Rachel M Russo, Sarah-Ashley Ferencz, Anders J Davidson, Nathan F Clement, John Kevin Grayson, Todd E Rasmussen
BACKGROUND: Future endovascular hemorrhage control devices will require features that mitigate the adverse effects of vessel occlusion. Permissive regional hypoperfusion (PRH) with variable aortic control (VAC) is a novel strategy to minimize hemorrhage and reduce the ischemic burden of complete aortic occlusion (AO). The objective of this study was to compare PRH with VAC to AO in a lethal model of hemorrhage. METHODS: Twenty-five swine underwent cannulation of the supraceliac aorta, with diversion of aortic flow through an automated extracorporeal circuit...
April 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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