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A Abellán-Llobregat, C González-Gaitán, L Vidal, A Canals, E Morallón
A new portable electrochemical sensor based on 4-aminobenzoic acid-modified herringbone carbon nanotubes (hCNTs-4ABA/Au-IDA) has been developed for the simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA) in physiological fluids. AA and UA were quantified by chronoamperometry at 0.1 and 0.32 V, respectively, in phosphate buffer solution (PBS 0.25 M, pH 7.0). Significant results were obtained for the separate quantification of AA and UA, with a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.65 μM for both analytes, and sensitivities of (9...
February 23, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Rei Shiwaku, Hiroyuki Matsui, Kuniaki Nagamine, Mayu Uematsu, Taisei Mano, Yuki Maruyama, Ayako Nomura, Kazuhiko Tsuchiya, Kazuma Hayasaka, Yasunori Takeda, Takashi Fukuda, Daisuke Kumaki, Shizuo Tokito
Electrochemical sensor systems with integrated amplifier circuits play an important role in measuring physiological signals via in situ human perspiration analysis. Signal processing circuitry based on organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) have significant potential in realizing wearable sensor devices due to their superior mechanical flexibility and biocompatibility. Here, we demonstrate a novel potentiometric electrochemical sensing system comprised of a potassium ion (K+ ) sensor and amplifier circuits employing OTFT-based pseudo-CMOS inverters, which have a highly controllable switching voltage and closed-loop gain...
March 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
Hiroko Maruki-Uchida, Minoru Morita, Yoshikazu Yonei, Masahiko Sai
Piceatannol has been reported to have a wide variety of effects on the skin, including promoting collagen production, inhibiting melanin synthesis, inducing the antioxidant glutathione, and eliminating reactive oxygen species. In this study, a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial was conducted to clinically evaluate the effects of piceatannol-rich passion fruit seed extract on the skin of healthy Japanese women (age, 35-54 y). Thirty-two women with dry skin received either passion fruit seed extract (5 mg piceatannol) or a placebo (dextrin) for 8 wk...
2018: Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology
Rod J Rohrich
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March 2018: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Noa Betzalel, Paul Ben Ishai, Yuri Feldman
In the interaction of microwave radiation and human beings, the skin is traditionally considered as just an absorbing sponge stratum filled with water. In previous works, we showed that this view is flawed when we demonstrated that the coiled portion of the sweat duct in upper skin layer is regarded as a helical antenna in the sub-THz band. Experimentally we showed that the reflectance of the human skin in the sub-THz region depends on the intensity of perspiration, i.e. sweat duct's conductivity, and correlates with levels of human stress (physical, mental and emotional)...
February 16, 2018: Environmental Research
Devangsingh Sankhala, Sriram Muthukumar, Shalini Prasad
A four-channel electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analyzer module has been demonstrated on flexible chemi-impedance sensors fabricated with gold electrodes for wearable applications. The module can perform time division multiplexed (TDM) impedance measurements on four sensors at 1 kHz. In this work, we characterize the system for the detection of cortisol in an ultralow volume (1-3 µL) of perspired human sweat, sensor performance, and effects during continuous cortisol dosing and with pH and temperature variations expected on the surface of the skin that would be representative of use conditions as seen by a wearable device...
February 1, 2018: SLAS Technology
Sujing Sun, Jun Xiao, Jiahui Huo, Zhijun Geng, Kui Ma, Xiaoyan Sun, Xiaobing Fu
BACKGROUND: Patients with a deep burn injury are characterized by losing the function of perspiration and being unable to regenerate the sweat glands. Because of their easy accession, multipotency, and lower immunogenicity, bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) represent as an ideal biological source for cell therapy. The aim of this study was to identify whether targeting the promotor of ectodysplasin (EDA) by CRISPR/dCas9-effector (dCas9-E) could induce the BM-MSCs to differentiate into sweat gland-like cells (SGCs)...
January 12, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Siddharth Mehta, D B Nandeeshwar
Context: Surveys have reported color fading as the most frequent reasons patients given for disliking their prostheses. Aim: The aim of the study is to compare the color variation between two maxillofacial silicone elastomers after subjecting them to extraoral aging conditions. Subjects and Methods: A total of 80 samples were made from M511 Maxillofacial Rubber (Part A: Part B = 10:1) and Z004 Platinum Silicone Rubber (Part A: Part B = 1:1) and divided into two main Groups A and B (40 each)...
October 2017: Journal of Indian Prosthodontic Society
Zhengyun Wang, Shuang Dong, Mengxi Gui, Muhammad Asif, Wei Wang, Feng Wang, Hongfang Liu
Flexible sweat biosensors are of considerable current interest for the development of wearable smart miniature devices. In this work, we report a novel type of flexible and electrochemical sweat platform fabricated by depositing Cu submicron buds on freestanding graphene paper (GP) carrying MoS2 nanocrystals monolayer for bio-functional detection of glucose and lactate. Quantitative analysis of glucose and lactate was carried out by using amperometric i-t method. Linear ranges were obtained between 5 and 1775 μM for glucose and 0...
February 15, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
S M Hermelijn, I H Boersma, M H Dekker, S van Duin, J M Schnater
BACKGROUND: Palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis are defined as perspiration exceeding the body's 'normal' physiological need for thermal regulation. This condition affects about 1% of adolescents and children and may lead to psychosocial problems and poor school performance. CASE DESCRIPTION: We carried out an endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) with clips in a 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl who suffered from debilitating palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Satoshi Takeuchi, Junna Oba, Hitokazu Esaki, Masutaka Furue
Topical corticosteroid phobia is an important problem in the treatment of atopic dermatitis as it can affect the ability to control disease severity and itch by reducing treatment adherence. Topical corticosteroid phobia often ends up even non-corticosteroid adherence. As such, non-corticosteroid adherence, disease severity and itch are likely to be associated with each other, but their relationship has yet to be thoroughly investigated. Thus, the purpose of this study is to investigate it in atopic dermatitis...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
Phillip Simmers, S Kevin Li, Gerald Kasting, Jason Heikenfeld
BACKGROUND: Continuous non-invasive sampling and sensing of multiple classes of analytes could revolutionize medical diagnostics and wearable technologies, but also remains highly elusive because of the many confounding factors for candidate biofluids such as interstitial fluid, tears, saliva, and sweat. Eccrine sweat biosensing has seen a recent surge in demonstrations of wearable sampling and sensing devices. However, for subjects at rest, access to eccrine sweat is highly limited and unpredictable compared to saliva and tears...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
Susanne Fischer, Ulrike Ehlert
Depression has repeatedly been linked to subclinical hypothyroidism, and thyroid hormones have successfully been used to augment antidepressant treatment. By contrast, the extent of thyroid dysfunction in anxiety disorders remains less clear. This is surprising, given that anxiety-related symptoms (e.g., nervousness, palpitations, increased perspiration) are highly prevalent in hyperthyroidism. The present study was undertaken to synthesize the literature on hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis functioning in anxiety disorders...
January 2018: Depression and Anxiety
M Czaplik, N Hochhausen, H Dohmeier, C Barbosa Pereira, R Rossaint
Without any doubt, research in biomedical engineering and anesthesiology achieved diverse ground-breaking successes for the sake of patient safety and for optimization of medical treatment in the last decades. Particularly anesthesia has become increasingly comfortable and safer due to new monitoring devices and further techniques. However, assessment of pain still relies on self-reporting of the patient using a Numeric Rating Scale ranging from 0 to 10. Obviously, this method suffers from severe restraints when unconscious, anesthetized or uncooperative subjects or children are involved as patients...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
David Kinnamon, Ramesh Ghanta, Kai-Chun Lin, Sriram Muthukumar, Shalini Prasad
A non-faradaic label-free cortisol biosensor was demonstrated using MoS2 nanosheets integrated into a nanoporous flexible electrode system. Low volume (1-5 μL) sensing was achieved through use of a novel sensor stack design comprised of vertically aligned metal electrodes confining semi-conductive MoS2 nanosheets. The MoS2 nanosheets were surface functionalized with cortisol antibodies towards developing an affinity biosensor specific to the physiological relevant range of cortisol (8.16 to 141.7 ng/mL) in perspired human sweat...
October 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
Xianjin Qin, Hongmiao Wu, Jun Chen, Linkun Wu, Sheng Lin, Muhammad Umar Khan, Mohammad Reza Boorboori, Wenxiong Lin
BACKGROUND: Pseudostellaria heterophylla (P. heterophylla), a herbaceous perennial, belongs to Caryophyllaceae family and is one of the Chinese herbal medicine with high pharmacodynamic value. It can be used to treat the spleen deficiency, anorexia, weakness after illness and spontaneous perspiration symptoms. Our previous study found that consecutive monoculture of Pseudostellaria heterophylla could lead to the deterioration of the rhizosphere microenvironment. The specialized forms of pathogenic fungus Fusarium oxysporum f...
September 18, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
Matthew Douthwaite, Ermis Koutsos, David C Yates, Paul D Mitcheson, Pantelis Georgiou
Recent advances in electronics and electrochemical sensors have led to an emerging class of next generation wearables, detecting analytes in biofluids such as perspiration. Most of these devices utilize ion-selective electrodes (ISEs) as a detection method; however, ion-sensitive field-effect transistors (ISFETs) offer a solution with improved integration and a low power consumption. This work presents a wearable, thermoelectrically powered system composed of an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC), two commercial power management integrated circuits and a network of commercial thermoelectric generators (TEGs)...
August 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
Jason A Chou, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Volume management in hemodialysis patients is often challenging. Assessing volume status and deciding how much fluid to remove during hemodialysis, the so-called ultrafiltration rate (UFR), has remained a conundrum. RECENT FINDINGS: To date there is no objective assessment tool to determine the needed UFR during each hemodialysis session. Higher volume overload or higher UFR is associated with poor outcomes including worse mortality and unfavorable clinical outcomes...
October 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
You Yu, Junfeng Zhai, Yong Xia, Shaojun Dong
Wearable electronics are essential for the construction of epidermal energy supply and portable healthcare devices. Herein, a self-powered wearable electronic device based on a photoelectric biofuel cell has been introduced for the first time to simultaneously detect the perspiration lactate and monitor the ambient illuminance depending on independent parameters. The functions of harvesting energy, detection of body function and monitoring of ambient have been merged into a single wireless sensor. This novel design may provide a wide range of smart and exciting wearable electronics...
August 24, 2017: Nanoscale
Juanita Garces, Mansour Mathkour, Tyler Scullen, Lora Kahn, Erin Biro, Alex Pham, Olawale A R Sulaiman, Roger Smith, Cuong J Bui
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord transection is a radical but effective treatment for highly selective cases of symptomatic spinal retethering in paraplegic spina bifida patients. Autonomic dysreflexia (AD) is a potentially life-threatening syndrome involving a dysregulated sympathetic discharge reflex commonly seen following cervical and high thoracic spinal cord injury, leading to a disconnect between autonomic pathways above and below the lesion that can lead to severe complications including uncontrolled hypertension, bradycardia, stroke, and potentially death...
December 2017: World Neurosurgery
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