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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447624/wireless-power-transfer-to-millimeter-sized-gastrointestinal-electronics-validated-in-a-swine-model
#1
Abubakar Abid, Jonathan M O'Brien, Taylor Bensel, Cody Cleveland, Lucas Booth, Brian R Smith, Robert Langer, Giovanni Traverso
Electronic devices placed in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract for prolonged periods have the potential to transform clinical evaluation and treatment. One challenge to the deployment of such gastroresident electronics is the difficulty in powering millimeter-sized electronics devices without using batteries, which compromise biocompatibility and long-term residence. We examined the feasibility of leveraging mid-field wireless powering to transfer power from outside of the body to electronics at various locations along the GI tract...
April 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446056/high-technology-augmentative-communication-for-adults-with-post-stroke-aphasia-a-systematic-review
#2
Maria Julieta Russo, Valeria Prodan, Natalia Meda, Lucila Carcavallo, Anibal Muracioli, Liliana Sabe, Lucas Bonamico, Ricardo Allegri, Lisandro Olmos
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems were introduced into clinical practice by therapists to help compensate for persistent language deficits in people with aphasia. Although, there is currently a push towards an increased focus on compensatory approaches in an attempt to maximize communication function for social interaction, available studies including AAC systems, especially technologically advanced communication tools and systems, known as "high-technology AAC", show key issues and obstacles for these tools to become utilized in mainstream clinical practice...
April 26, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440788/multi-layered-hierarchical-nanostructures-for-transparent-monolithic-dye-sensitized-solar-cell-architectures
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Luca Passoni, Francesco Fumagalli, Andrea Perego, Sebastiano Bellani, Piero Mazzolini, Fabio di Fonzo
Monolithic dye sensitized solar cell architectures hold great potential for building integrated photovoltaics applications. They indeed benefit from lower weight and manufacturing costs as they avoid the use of a transparent conductive oxide coated glass counter electrode. In this work a transparent monolithic dye-sensitized solar cell comprising hierarchical 1D nanostructures stack is fabricated by physical vapour deposition techniques. The proof of concept device comprises hyperbranched TiO<sub>2 </sub> nanostructures, sensitized by the prototypical N719, as photoanode, a hierarchical nanoporous Al<sub>2 </sub>O<sub>3 </sub> spacer and a microporous ITO top electrode...
April 25, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440225/observation-of-nonanoic-acid-and-aldehydes-in-exhaled-breath-of-patients-with-lung-cancer
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L Callol-Sanchez, M A Munoz-Lucas, O Gomez-Martin, J A Maldonado-Sanz, C Civera-Tejuca, C Gutierrez-Ortega, G Rodriguez-Trigo, J Jareno-Esteban
Lung cancer (LC) is the leading cause of cancer death in men and the second leading cause in women worldwide. The use of low-dose computed tomography in early diagnosis was shown to reduce mortality by 20% with a median follow-up time of 6.5 years. In order to increase profitability and reduce radiation risks and costs, exhaled biomarkers could serve to help establish narrower inclusion criteria. The aim of this study was to identify new, well-founded volatile organic compounds in exhaled breath which distinguish LC patients from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients and healthy subjects...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438773/mechanical-cpr-in-a-child-can-one-size-fit-all
#5
Leah Sugarman, David Hedley, Steve Crowe
This case report describes the successful resuscitation of an 11-year-old boy who suffered out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) using mechanical cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by adapting the Lund University Cardiopulmonary Assist System (LUCAS)(2) Device by rolling a blanket under the patient's back to increase his chest height, thus allowing the LUCAS device to administer compliant CPR.
April 24, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437232/epidemiological-physiological-and-molecular-characteristics-of-a-brazilian-collection-of-carbapenem-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Vanessa Cordeiro Dias, Juliana Alves Resende, André Netto Bastos, Lucas Quinet De Andrade Bastos, Victor Quinet De Andrade Bastos, Ricardo Villela Bastos, Cláudio Galuppo Diniz, Vânia Lúcia Da Silva
Nonfermenting Gram-negative bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii are widespread in the environment and are increasingly associated with nosocomial infections, often associated with multidrug-resistance phenotypes. This study aimed to evaluate epidemiological, physiological, and molecular characteristics of carbapenem resistance in P. aeruginosa and A. baumannii. In total, 63 nonreplicated strains (44 A. baumannii and 19 P. aeruginosa) were isolated from hospitalized patients. Antimicrobial resistance patterns, biocide tolerance, oxidative stress, hemolytic activity, and biofilm formation were assessed...
February 24, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435494/the-efficacy-of-lucas-in-prehospital-cardiac-arrest-scenarios-a-crossover-mannequin-study
#7
Robert A Gyory, Scott E Buchle, David Rodgers, Jeffrey S Lubin
INTRODUCTION: High-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is critical for successful cardiac arrest outcomes. Mechanical devices may improve CPR quality. We simulated a prehospital cardiac arrest, including patient transport, and compared the performance of the LUCAS™ device, a mechanical chest compression-decompression system, to manual CPR. We hypothesized that because of the movement involved in transporting the patient, LUCAS would provide chest compressions more consistent with high-quality CPR guidelines...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432805/pitfalls-in-electrogram-interpretation-subcutaneous-cardioverter-defibrillator-malfunction-in-brugada-syndrome
#8
Giovanni Morani, Bruna Bolzan, Luca Tomasi, Ruggero Tomei, Corrado Vassanelli
A patient with Brugada Syndrome implanted with subcutaneous cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD) had oversensing episodes treated with S-ICD shocks. Comparable artefacts weren't evocable with S-ICD pocket manipulation. The fluoroscopy excluded S-ICD macroscopic damage. The device extraction revealed undamaged pulse generator and connector, but the lead was inappropriately tunnelled under the sixth rib. Then the S-ICD malfunction was due to lead microscopic damage caused by lead rubbing the rib surface. This article is protected by copyright...
April 22, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431758/review-of-measurement-techniques-and-methods-for-assessing-personal-exposure-to-airborne-nanomaterials-in-workplaces
#9
Christof Asbach, Carla Alexander, Simon Clavaguera, Dirk Dahmann, Hélène Dozol, Bertrand Faure, Martin Fierz, Luca Fontana, Ivo Iavicoli, Heinz Kaminski, Laura MacCalman, Asmus Meyer-Plath, Barbara Simonow, Martie van Tongeren, Ana Maria Todea
Exposure to airborne agents needs to be assessed in the personal breathing zone by the use of personal measurement equipment. Specific measurement devices for assessing personal exposure to airborne nanomaterials have only become available in the recent years. They can be differentiated into direct-reading personal monitors and personal samplers that collect the airborne nanomaterials for subsequent analyses. This article presents a review of the available personal monitors and samplers and summarizes the available literature regarding their accuracy, comparability and field applicability...
April 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420135/a-prosthetic-hand-body-area-controller-based-on-efficient-pattern-recognition-control-strategies
#10
Simone Benatti, Bojan Milosevic, Elisabetta Farella, Emanuele Gruppioni, Luca Benini
Poliarticulated prosthetic hands represent a powerful tool to restore functionality and improve quality of life for upper limb amputees. Such devices offer, on the same wearable node, sensing and actuation capabilities, which are not equally supported by natural interaction and control strategies. The control in state-of-the-art solutions is still performed mainly through complex encoding of gestures in bursts of contractions of the residual forearm muscles, resulting in a non-intuitive Human-Machine Interface (HMI)...
April 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418063/ab-initio-modelling-of-oxygen-vacancy-arrangement-in-highly-defective-hfo2-resistive-layers
#11
Luca Sementa, Luca Larcher, Giovanni Barcaro, Monia Montorsi
We report ab initio results for sub-stoichiometric HfOx with different oxygen vacancy densities, useful in exploring microscopic mechanisms that govern the operation of RRAM devices. We demonstrate that oxygen vacancy filaments are energetically more stable than randomly distributed defects. Furthermore, the stability of the filaments increases with the number of confined oxygen vacancies. Energetic and structural analyses show that bonds between neighboring coordinative unsaturated Hf atoms promote filament stability, and electron trapping, due to electron injection, increases the cohesive energy until the injection is moderate...
April 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409967/quantum-simulation-of-single-qubit-thermometry-using-linear-optics
#12
Luca Mancino, Marco Sbroscia, Ilaria Gianani, Emanuele Roccia, Marco Barbieri
Standard thermometry employs the thermalization of a probe with the system of interest. This approach can be extended by incorporating the possibility of using the nonequilibrium states of the probe and the presence of coherence. Here, we illustrate how these concepts apply to the single-qubit thermometer introduced by Jevtic et al. [Phys. Rev. A 91, 012331 (2015)PLRAAN1050-294710.1103/PhysRevA.91.012331] by performing a simulation of the qubit-environment interaction in a linear-optical device. We discuss the role of the coherence and how this affects the usefulness of nonequilibrium conditions...
March 31, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400461/matched-comparison-of-self-expanding-transcatheter-heart-valves-for-the-treatment-of-failed-aortic-surgical-bioprosthesis-insights-from-the-valve-in-valve-international-data-registry-vivid
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Sami Alnasser, Asim N Cheema, Matheus Simonato, Marco Barbanti, Jeremy Edwards, Ran Kornowski, Eric Horlick, Harindra C Wijeysundera, Luca Testa, Francesco Bedogni, Hafid Amrane, Thomas Walther, Marc Pelletier, Azeem Latib, Jean-Claude Laborde, David Hildick-Smith, Won-Keun Kim, Didier Tchetche, Marco Agrifoglio, Jan-Malte Sinning, Ad J van Boven, Joëlle Kefer, Christian Frerker, Nicolas M van Mieghem, Axel Linke, Stephen Worthley, Anita Asgar, Carmelo Sgroi, Mina Aziz, Haim D Danenberg, Marino Labinaz, Ganesh Manoharan, Anson Cheung, John G Webb, Danny Dvir
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation is an established therapy for high-risk patients with failed surgical aortic bioprosthesis. There are limited data comparing outcomes of valve-in-valve implantation using different transcatheter heart valves (THV). METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients included in the Valve-in-Valve International Data registry (VIVID) and treated with self-expanding THV devices were analyzed using centralized core laboratory blinded to clinical events...
April 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397488/towards-lateral-length-standards-at-the-nanoscale-based-on-diblock-copolymers
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Giulia Aprile, Federico Ferrarese Lupi, Matteo Fretto, Emanuele Enrico, Natascia De Leo, Luca Boarino, Flavio Giovanni Volpe, Gabriele Seguini, Katia Sparnacci, Valentina Gianotti, Michele Laus, Jørgen Garnaes, Michele Perego
The self-assembly (SA) of DiBlock Copolymers (DBCs) based on the phase separation into different morphologies of small size and high-density features is widely investigated as patterning and nanofabrication technique. The integration of the conventional top-down approaches with the bottom-up SA of DBCs discloses the possibility to address the gap in nano-structured lateral length standards for nano-metrology, consequently supporting the miniaturization processes in device fabrication. In this frame, we studied the pattern characteristic dimensions (i...
April 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396294/chronic-ambulatory-electrocorticography-from-human-speech-cortex
#15
Vikram R Rao, Matthew K Leonard, Jonathan K Kleen, Ben A Lucas, Emily A Mirro, Edward F Chang
Direct intracranial recording of human brain activity is an important approach for deciphering neural mechanisms of cognition. Such recordings, usually made in patients with epilepsy undergoing inpatient monitoring for seizure localization, are limited in duration and depend on patients' tolerance for the challenges associated with recovering from brain surgery. Thus, typical intracranial recordings, similar to most non-invasive approaches in humans, provide snapshots of brain activity in acute, highly constrained settings, limiting opportunities to understand long timescale and natural, real-world phenomena...
April 7, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393757/prehospital-randomised-assessment-of-a-mechanical-compression-device-in-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-paramedic-a-pragmatic-cluster-randomised-trial-and-economic-evaluation
#16
Simon Gates, Ranjit Lall, Tom Quinn, Charles D Deakin, Matthew W Cooke, Jessica Horton, Sarah E Lamb, Anne-Marie Slowther, Malcolm Woollard, Andy Carson, Mike Smyth, Kate Wilson, Garry Parcell, Andrew Rosser, Richard Whitfield, Amanda Williams, Rebecca Jones, Helen Pocock, Nicola Brock, John Jm Black, John Wright, Kyee Han, Gary Shaw, Laura Blair, Joachim Marti, Claire Hulme, Christopher McCabe, Silviya Nikolova, Zenia Ferreira, Gavin D Perkins
BACKGROUND: Mechanical chest compression devices may help to maintain high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but little evidence exists for their effectiveness. We evaluated whether or not the introduction of Lund University Cardiopulmonary Assistance System-2 (LUCAS-2; Jolife AB, Lund, Sweden) mechanical CPR into front-line emergency response vehicles would improve survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). OBJECTIVE: Evaluation of the LUCAS-2 device as a routine ambulance service treatment for OHCA...
March 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391817/motorbrain-a-mobile-app-for-the-assessment-of-users-motor-performance-in-neurology
#17
Andrea Vianello, Luca Chittaro, Stefano Burigat, Riccardo Budai
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Human motor skills or impairments have been traditionally assessed by neurologists by means of paper-and-pencil tests or special hardware. More recently, technologies such as digitizing tablets and touchscreens have offered neurologists new assessment possibilities, but their use has been restricted to a specific medical condition, or to stylus-operated mobile devices. The objective of this paper is twofold. First, we propose a mobile app (MotorBrain) that offers six computerized versions of traditional motor tests, can be used directly by patients (with and without the supervision of a clinician), and aims at turning millions of smartphones and tablets available to the general public into data collection and assessment tools...
May 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391207/evaluation-of-wearable-haptic-systems-for-the-fingers-in-augmented-reality-applications
#18
Maurizio Maisto, Claudio Pacchierotti, Francesco Chinello, Gionata Salvietti, Alessandro De Luca, Domenico Prattichizzo
Although Augmented Reality (AR) has been around for almost five decades, only recently we have witnessed AR systems and applications entering in our everyday life. Representative examples of this technological revolution are the smartphone games "Pok´emon GO" and "Ingress" or the Google Translate real-time sign interpretation app. Even if AR applications are already quite compelling and widespread, users are still not able to physically interact with the computer-generated reality. In this respect, wearable haptics can provide the compelling illusion of touching the superimposed virtual objects without constraining the motion or the workspace of the user...
April 5, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Haptics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387623/flow-diverter-devices-in-ruptured-intracranial-aneurysms-a-single-center-experience
#19
Emilio Lozupone, Mariangela Piano, Luca Valvassori, Luca Quilici, Guglielmo Pero, Emiliano Visconti, Edoardo Boccardi
OBJECTIVE In this single-center series, the authors retrospectively evaluated the effectiveness, safety, and midterm follow-up results of ruptured aneurysms treated by implantation of a flow diverter device (FDD). METHODS The records of 17 patients (12 females, 5 males, average World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies score = 2.9) who presented with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) due to the rupture of an intracranial aneurysm treated with an FDD were retrospectively reviewed. Of 17 ruptured aneurysms, 8 were blood blister-like aneurysms and the remaining 9 were dissecting aneurysms...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387033/non-invasive-measurement-of-right-atrial-pressure-by-near-infrared-spectroscopy-preliminary-experience-a-report-from-the-sica-hf-study
#20
Pierpaolo Pellicori, Andrew L Clark, Anna Kallvikbacka-Bennett, Jufen Zhang, Alessia Urbinati, Luca Monzo, Riet Dierckx, Stefan D Anker, John G F Cleland
AIMS: To assess the clinical value of measuring right atrial pressure (RAP) using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). METHODS AND RESULTS: RAP was measured non-invasively using NIRS over the external jugular vein (Venus 1000, Mespere LifeSciences, Canada) in ambulatory patients with CHF enrolled in the Studies Investigating Co-morbidities Aggravating Heart Failure (SICA-HF) programme. Comparing 243 patients with CHF (mean age 71 years; mean left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) 45%, median NT-proBNP 788 ng/L) to 49 controls (NT-proBNP ≤125 ng/L), RAP was 7 [interquartile range (IQR) 4-11] mmHg vs...
April 6, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
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