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Julie L Huffmyer, Lucas G Fernandez, Cyrus Haghighian, Abdullah S Terkawi, Danja S Groves
BACKGROUND: The Quantra Hemostasis Analyzer is a novel diagnostic device that uses an ultrasound-based technology, sonic estimation of elasticity via resonance (SEER) sonorheometry, to characterize the dynamic changes in viscoelastic properties of a blood sample during coagulation. Cardiac surgery utilizing cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) is associated with a significant impact on the coagulation system and can result in perioperative coagulopathy. The aim of this study was to correlate SEER sonorheometry results to corresponding rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM) and laboratory parameters obtained before, during, and after CPB...
October 4, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Luca Lombardo, Enrico Sacchi, Maria Larosa, Francesco Mollica, Valentina Mazzanti, Giorgio Alfredo Spedicato, Giuseppe Siciliani
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to evaluate the mechanical properties of the screws used for rapid expansion of the upper jaw. METHODS: Ten types of expansion screw were assessed, seven with four arms: Lancer Philosophy 1, Dentaurum Hyrax Click Medium, Forestadent Anatomic Expander type "S", Forestadent Anatomic Expander type "S" for narrow palates, Forestadent Memory, Leone A 2620-10 with telescopic guide, and Leone A 0630-10 with orthogonal arms; and three with two arms: Dentaurum Variety S...
December 2016: Progress in Orthodontics
Luca Ferrantino, Dieter Bosshardt, Myron Nevins, Giacomo Santoro, Massimo Simion, David Kim
Reducing the need for a connective tissue graft by using an efficacious biomaterial is an important task for dental professionals and patients. This experimental study aimed to test the soft tissue response to a volume-stable new collagen matrix. The device demonstrated good stability during six different time points ranging from 0 to 90 days of healing with no alteration of the wound-healing processes. The 90-day histologic specimen demonstrates eventual replacement of most of the matrix with new connective tissue fibers...
November 2016: International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
Lucas C Flatten, Sotirios Christodoulou, Robin K Patel, Alexander Buccheri, David Martin Coles, Benjamin P L Reid, Robert Anthony Taylor, Iwan Moreels, Jason M Smith
Colloidal semiconductor nanoplatelets exhibit quantum size effects due to their thickness of only few monolayers, together with strong optical band-edge transitions facilitated by large lateral extensions. In this article we demonstrate room temperature strong coupling of the light and heavy hole exciton transitions of CdSe nanoplatelets with the photonic modes of an open planar microcavity. Vacuum Rabi splittings of 66 ± 1 meV and 58 ± 1 meV are observed for the heavy and light hole excitons re- spectively, together with a polariton-mediated hybridisation of both transitions...
October 14, 2016: Nano Letters
Giuseppe Tarantini, Francesco Saia, Piera Capranzano, Bernardo Cortese, Marco Mojoli, Giacomo Boccuzzi, Andrea Cuculo, Salvatore Geraci, Alessio Mattesini, Jacopo Oreglia, Francesco Summaria, Luca Testa, Sergio Berti, Giovanni Esposito, Alessio La Manna, Ugo Limbruno, Alfredo Marchese, Ciro Mauro, Fabio Tarantino, Alessandro Salvi, Gennaro Santoro, Ferdinando Varbella, Roberto Violini, Giuseppe Musumeci
Drug-eluting stents (DES) are the current gold standard for percutaneous treatment of coronary artery disease. However, DES are associated with a non-negligible risk of long-term adverse events related to persistence of foreign material in the coronary artery wall. In addition, DES implantation causes permanent caging of the native vessel, thus impairing normal vasomotricity and the possibility of using non-invasive coronary imaging or preforming subsequent bypass surgery. On the contrary, coronary bioresorbable stents (BRS) may provide temporary mechanical support to coronary wall without compromising the subsequent recovery of normal vascular physiology, and have the potential to prevent late adverse events related to permanent elements...
October 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Tom T A Lummen, Raymond J Lamb, Gabriele Berruto, Thomas LaGrange, Luca Dal Negro, F Javier García de Abajo, Damien McGrouther, B Barwick, F Carbone
Capturing and controlling plasmons at buried interfaces with nanometre and femtosecond resolution has yet to be achieved and is critical for next generation plasmonic devices. Here we use light to excite plasmonic interference patterns at a buried metal-dielectric interface in a nanostructured thin film. Plasmons are launched from a photoexcited array of nanocavities and their propagation is followed via photon-induced near-field electron microscopy (PINEM). The resulting movie directly captures the plasmon dynamics, allowing quantification of their group velocity at ∼0...
October 11, 2016: Nature Communications
Donatella Farina, Manuel Zinellu, Mauro Fanari, Maria Cristina Porcu, Sergio Scognamillo, Giulia Maria Grazia Puggioni, Gaia Rocchitta, Pier Andrea Serra, Luca Pretti
The development and applications of biosensors in the food industry has had a rapid grown due to their sensitivity, specificity and simplicity of use with respect to classical analytical methods. In this study, glucose and ethanol amperometric biosensors integrated with a wireless telemetry system were developed and used for the monitoring of top and bottom fermentations in beer wort samples. The collected data were in good agreement with those obtained by reference methods. The simplicity of construction, the low cost and the short time of analysis, combined with easy interpretation of the results, suggest that these devices could be a valuable alternative to conventional methods for monitoring fermentation processes in the food industry...
March 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Luca Castrati, Vincent Mazel, Virginie Busignies, Harona Diarra, Alessandra Rossi, Paolo Colombo, Pierre Tchoreloff
The bilayer tableting technology is gaining more acceptance in the drug industry, due to its ability to improve the drug delivery strategies. It is currently assessed by the European Pharmacopoeia, that the mechanical strength of tablets can be evaluated using a diametral breaking tester. This device applies a force diametrically, and records the tablet breaking point. This approach has been used to measure the structural integrity of single layer tablets as well as bilayer (and multi-layer) tablets. The latter ones, however, have a much complex structure...
October 4, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Maurizio Landolina, Giovanni Morani, Antonio Curnis, Antonello Vado, Antonio D'Onofrio, Valter Bianchi, Giuseppe Stabile, Martino Crosato, Barbara Petracci, Carlo Ceriotti, Luca Bontempi, Martina Morosato, Gian Paolo Ballari, Maurizio Gasparini
AIMS: Patients receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds) are likely to undergo one or more device replacements, mainly for battery depletion. We assessed the economic impact of battery depletion on the overall cost of CRT-D treatment from the perspectives of the healthcare system and the hospital. We also compared devices of different generations and from different manufacturers in terms of therapy cost. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analysed data on 1792 CRT-Ds implanted in 1399 patients in 9 Italian centres...
October 4, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Claudia Fiorina, Giuseppe Bruschi, Luca Testa, Marco De Carlo, Federico De Marco, Giuseppe Coletti, Stefano Bonardelli, Marianna Adamo, Salvatore Curello, Giovanni Scioti, Paolo Panisi, Francesco Bedogni, Anna S Petronio, Federica Ettori
BACKGROUND: About one-third of candidates for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) suffer from severe peripheral artery disease, making the routine femoral approach difficult or impossible. Aim was to compare the trans-axillary (TAx) and the trans-aortic (TAo) route for TAVI with Medtronic CoreValve Revalving System (CRS). METHODS: 242 (23%) out of 1049 consecutive TAVI with 18F CRS were treated in 4 high-volume Italian Centre through TAx (61%) and TAo (39%)...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Jay Vachhani, Christopher Nickele, Lucas Elijovich, Paul Klimo, Adam S Arthur
Intracranial flow diversion has gained increasing popularity since the approval of the Pipeline Embolization Device (PED). Although it is only approved for use in adult patients, the PED has been used to treat aneurysms in pediatric patients. We present the first reported case of the use of a PED in a pediatric patient to treat an unusual fusiform distal anterior cerebral artery aneurysm. A 12-year-old female presented with new onset seizures and was found to have an incidental distal left anterior cerebral artery aneurysm...
September 29, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Giovanni Luca, Iva Arato, Francesca Mancuso, Mario Calvitti, Giulia Falabella, Giuseppe Murdolo, Giuseppe Basta, Don F Cameron, Barbara C Hansen, Francesca Fallarino, Tiziano Baroni, Maria Chiara Aglietti, Cristina Tortoioli, Maria Bodo, Riccardo Calafiore
BACKGROUND: Increased abdominal fat and chronic inflammation in the expanded adipose tissue of obesity contribute to the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). The emerging immunoregulatory and anti-inflammatory properties of Sertoli cells have prompted their application to experimental models of autoimmune/inflammatory disorders, including diabetes. The main goal of this work was to verify whether transplantation of microencapsulated prepubertal porcine Sertoli cells (MC-SC) in the subcutaneous abdominal fat depot of spontaneously diabetic and obese db/db mice (homozygous for the diabetes spontaneous mutation [Lepr(db) ]) would: (i) improve glucose homeostasis and (ii) modulate local and systemic immune response and adipokines profiles...
September 27, 2016: Xenotransplantation
Mauro Sassi, Nunzio Buccheri, Myles Rooney, Chiara Botta, Francesco Bruni, Umberto Giovanella, Sergio Brovelli, Luca Beverina
Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) operating in the near-infrared spectral region are gaining growing relevance for emerging photonic technologies, such as lab-on-chip platforms for medical diagnostics, flexible self-medicated pads for photodynamic therapy, night vision and plastic-based telecommunications. The achievement of efficient near-infrared electroluminescence from solution-processed OLEDs is, however, an open challenge due to the low photoluminescence efficiency of most narrow-energy-gap organic emitters...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Isabel G Trindade, José Machado da Silva, Rui Miguel, Madalena Pereira, José Lucas, Luís Oliveira, Bruno Valentim, Jorge Barreto, Manuel Santos Silva
This article addresses the design, development, and evaluation of T-shirt prototypes that embed novel textile sensors for the capture of cardio and respiratory signals. The sensors are connected through textile interconnects to either an embedded custom-designed data acquisition and transmission unit or to snap fastener terminals for connection to external monitoring devices. The performance of the T-shirt prototype is evaluated in terms of signal-to-noise ratio amplitude and signal interference caused by baseline wander and motion artefacts, through laboratory tests with subjects in standing and walking conditions...
2016: Sensors
Marina Freitag, Wenxing Yang, Lisa A Fredin, Luca D'Amario, K Martin Karlsson, Anders Hagfeldt, Gerrit Boschloo
A new class of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) using the hemicage cobalt-based mediator [Co(ttb)](2+/3+) with the highly preorganized hexadentate ligand 5,5'',5''''-((2,4,6-triethyl benzene-1,3,5-triyl)tris(ethane-2,1-diyl))tri-2,2'-bipyridine (ttb) has been fully investigated. The performances of DSSCs sensitized with organic D-π-A dyes utilizing either [Co(ttb)](2+/3+) or the conventional [Co(bpy)3 ](2+/3+) (bpy=2,2'-bipyridine) redox mediator are comparable under 1000 W m(-2) AM 1.5 G illumination...
September 23, 2016: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Mario Milazzo, Serena Danti, Francesco Inglese, Godfried Jansen van Vuuren, Vera Gramigna, Gabriella Bonsignori, Andrea De Vito, Luca Bruschini, Cesare Stefanini, Stefano Berrettini
This study shows the fabrication of innovative ossicular replacement prostheses (ORPs) based on banked cortical bone using computer numerically controlled ultraprecision micromilling, as a substantial improvement of "second generation" ORPs. Our aim is to combine optimal middle ear compatibility and surgical manageability in a single device, by releasing off-the-shelf homograft ORPs provided with the appealing features of synthetic ORPs, such as lightness, safety, measurement accuracy, surface decoration, and geometric plasticity...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
Francesca Soavi, Luca Giacomo Bettini, Paolo Piseri, Paolo Milani, Carlo Santoro, Plamen Atanassov, Catia Arbizzani
Supercapacitors (SCs) are playing a key role for the development of self-powered and self-sustaining integrated systems for different fields ranging from remote sensing, robotics and medical devices. SC miniaturization and integration into more complex systems that include energy harvesters and functional devices are valuable strategies that address system autonomy. Here, we discuss about novel SC fabrication and integration approaches. Specifically, we report about the results of interdisciplinary activities on the development of thin, flexible SCs by an additive technology based on Supersonic Cluster Beam Deposition (SCBD) to be implemented into supercapacitive electrolyte gated transistors and supercapacitive microbial fuel cells...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Power Sources
Robert Trevor Marshall, Hemang Kotecha, Takuyo Chiba, Joseph Tennyson
This is a report of a thoracic vertebral fracture in a 79-year-old male survivor of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with chest compressions provided by a LUCAS 2 (Physio-Control Inc.; Lund Sweden) device. This is the first such report in the literature of a vertebral fracture being noted in a survivor of cardiac arrest where an automated compression device was used. Marshall RT , Kotecha H , Chiba T , Tennyson J . Thoracic spine fracture in a survivor of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with mechanical CPR. Prehosp Disaster Med...
September 19, 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Katie J Schenning, Henry Casson, Sarah V Click, Lucas Brambrink, Thomas T Chatkupt, Nabil J Alkayed, Michael P Hutchens
At room temperature, the vapor pressures of desflurane, isoflurane, and sevoflurane are well above the clinically useful range. We hypothesized that therapeutic concentrations of these agents could be achieved at temperatures below 0°C, but the vapor pressure-temperature relationship is unknown below 0. Second, we hypothesized that this relationship could be exploited to deliver therapeutic-range concentrations of anesthetic vapor. We therefore set out to determine the low temperature-vapor pressure relationships of each anesthetic agent, thereby identifying the saturated vapor concentration of each agent at any temperature below 0°C...
September 13, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Wenwen Liu, Jingde Li, Kun Feng, Abel Sy, Yangshuai Liu, Lucas Lim, Gregory Lui, Ricky Tjandra, Lathankan Rasenthiram, Gordon Chiu, Aiping Yu
Li-ion hybrid supercapacitors (LIHSs) have recently attracted increasing attention as a new and promising energy storage device. However, it is still a great challenge to construct novel LIHSs with high-performance due to the majority of battery-type anodes retaining the sluggish kinetics of Li-ion storage and most capacitor-type cathodes with low specific capacitance. To solve this problem, 3D graphene-wrapped MoO3 nanobelt foam with the unique porous network structure has been designed and prepared as anode material, which delivers high capacity, improved rate performance, and enhanced cycle stability...
October 5, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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