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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341175/enhanced-mechanical-and-thermal-properties-of-poly-vinyl-alcohol-corn-starch-blends-by-nanoclay-intercalation
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Huafeng Tian, Kai Wang, Di Liu, Jiaan Yan, Aimin Xiang, A Varada Rajulu
Poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/corn starch blend films with enhanced properties were fabricated by melt processing and montmorillonite (MMT) reinforcing. It was revealed that strong hydrogen bonding occurred between the abundant OH groups of the matrix and polar Si-O-Si and -OH groups of MMT. The highly exfoliated MMT nanolayers were randomly dispersed in the matrix containing MMT lower than 10wt%, whereas the intercalated structure was predominant with MMT content higher than 10wt%. With the increase of MMT, the glass transition temperature as well as equilibrium torque increased...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338313/ultimate-control-of-rate-dependent-adhesion-for-reversible-transfer-process-via-thin-elastomeric-layer
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Chan Kim, Min-Ah Yoon, Bongkyun Jang, Jae-Hyun Kim, Hak-Joo Lee, Kwang-Seop Kim
Adhesion between a stamp with an elastomeric layer and various devices or substrates is crucial to successfully fabricate flexible electronics using a transfer process. Although various transfer processes using stamps with different adhesion strengths have been suggested, the controllable range of adhesion is still limited to a narrow range. To precisely transfer devices onto selected substrates, however, the difference in adhesion between the picking and placing processes should be large enough to achieve a high yield...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335310/effect-of-continuous-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-on-thermal-and-mechanical-properties-of-flexible-composite-film
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Ji Eun Cha, Seong Yun Kim, Seung Hee Lee
To investigate the effect of continuous multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) on the thermal and mechanical properties of composites, we propose a fabrication method for a buckypaper-filled flexible composite film prepared by a two-step process involving buckypaper fabrication using vacuum filtration of MWCNTs, and composite film fabrication using the dipping method. The thermal conductivity and tensile strength of the composite film filled with the buckypaper exhibited improved results, respectively 76% and 275% greater than those of the individual MWCNT-filled composite film...
October 12, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335195/pmn-pt-pvdf-nanocomposite-for-high-output-nanogenerator-applications
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Chuan Li, Wenbo Luo, Xingzhao Liu, Dong Xu, Kai He
The 0.7Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O₃-0.3PbTiO₃(0.7PMN-0.3PT) nanorods were obtained via hydrothermal method with high yield (over 78%). Then, new piezoelectric nanocomposites based on (1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O₃-xPbTiO₃ (PMN-PT) nanorods were fabricated by dispersing the 0.7PMN-0.3PT nanorods into piezoelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) polymer. The mechanical behaviors of the nanocomposites were investigated. The voltage and current generation of PMN-PT/PVDF nanocomposites were also measured. The results showed that the tensile strength, yield strength, and Young's modulus of nanocomposites were enhanced as compared to that of the pure PVDF...
April 11, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334156/how-the-strengths-of-lisp-family-languages-facilitate-building-complex-and-flexible-bioinformatics-applications
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Bohdan B Khomtchouk, Edmund Weitz, Peter D Karp, Claes Wahlestedt
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330961/reference-values-for-developing-responsive-functional-outcome-measures-across-the-lifespan
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Marnee J McKay, Jennifer N Baldwin, Paulo Ferreira, Milena Simic, Natalie Vanicek, Joshua Burns
OBJECTIVE: To generate a reference dataset of commonly performed functional outcome measures in 1,000 children and adults and investigate the influence of demographic, anthropometric, strength, and flexibility characteristics. METHODS: Twelve functional outcome measures were collected from 1,000 healthy individuals aged 3-101 years: 6-minute walk test, 30-second chair stand test, timed stairs test, long jump, vertical jump, choice stepping reaction time, balance (Star Excursion Balance Test, tandem stance eyes open and closed, single-leg stance eyes closed), and dexterity (9-hole peg test, Functional Dexterity Test)...
March 22, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327054/effects-of-low-frequency-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-and-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-on-upper-extremity-motor-recovery-in-the-early-period-after-stroke-a-preliminary-study
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Aliye Tosun, Sabiha Türe, Ayhan Askin, Engin Ugur Yardimci, Secil Umit Demirdal, Tülay Kurt Incesu, Ozgur Tosun, Hikmet Kocyigit, Galip Akhan, Fazıl Mustafa Gelal
OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of inhibitory repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) on upper extremity motor function in patients with acute/subacute ischemic stroke. METHODS: Twenty-five ischemic acute/subacute stroke subjects were enrolled in this randomized controlled trial. Experimental group 1 received low frequency (LF) rTMS to the primary motor cortex of the unaffected side + physical therapy (PT) including activities to improve strength, flexibility, transfers, posture, balance, coordination, and activities of daily living, mainly focusing on upper limb movements; experimental group 2 received the same protocol combined with NMES to hand extensor muscles; and the control group received only PT...
March 22, 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320961/structure-of-a-headful-dna-packaging-bacterial-virus-at-2-9-%C3%A3-resolution-by-electron-cryo-microscopy
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Haiyan Zhao, Kunpeng Li, Anna Y Lynn, Keith E Aron, Guimei Yu, Wen Jiang, Liang Tang
The enormous prevalence of tailed DNA bacteriophages on this planet is enabled by highly efficient self-assembly of hundreds of protein subunits into highly stable capsids. These capsids can stand with an internal pressure as high as ∼50 atmospheres as a result of the phage DNA-packaging process. Here we report the complete atomic model of the headful DNA-packaging bacteriophage Sf6 at 2.9 Å resolution determined by electron cryo-microscopy. The structure reveals the DNA-inflated, tensed state of a robust protein shell assembled via noncovalent interactions...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320451/personal-medical-electronic-devices-and-walk-through-metal-detector-security-systems-assessing-electromagnetic-interference-effects
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Joshua Guag, Bisrat Addissie, Donald Witters
BACKGROUND: There have been concerns that Electromagnetic security systems such as walk-through metal detectors (WTMDs) can potentially cause electromagnetic interference (EMI) in certain active medical devices including implantable cardiac pacemakers and implantable neurostimulators. Incidents of EMI between WTMDs and active medical devices also known as personal medical electronic devices (PMED) continue to be reported. This paper reports on emission measurements of sample WTMDs and testing of 20 PMEDs in a WTMD simulation system...
March 20, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318267/magnetic-microlassos-for-reversible-cargo-capture-transport-and-release
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Tao Yang, Tonguc O Tasci, Keith B Neeves, Ning Wu, David W M Marr
Microbot propulsion has seen increasing interest in recent years as artificial methods that overcome the well-established reversible and challenging nature of microscale fluid mechanics. While controlled movement is an important feature of microbot action, many envisioned applications also involve cargo transport where microbots must be able to load and unload contents on command while tolerating complex solution chemistry. Here we introduce a physical method that uses flexible and linked superparamagnetic colloidal chains, which can form closed rings or "lassos" in the presence of a planar rotating magnetic field...
March 27, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317744/molecular-study-of-mucin-procyanidin-interaction-by-fluorescence-quenching-and-saturation-transfer-difference-std-nmr
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Elsa Brandão, Mafalda Santos Silva, Ignacio García-Estévez, Nuno Mateus, Victor de Freitas, Susana Soares
Astringency is closely related to the interaction between procyanidins and salivary proteins (SP). The aim of this work was to study the interaction between mucin, a SP responsible for saliva lubricating properties, with different procyanidins (B4 dimer, tetramer (TT) and fractions of oligomeric procyanidins), and the influence of several conditions [pH, ionic strength, procyanidins' mean degree of polymerization (mDP) and different solvents (ethanol or dimethylsulfoxide)] on this interaction by fluorescence quenching and Saturation Transfer Difference (STD)-NMR...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303944/relationships-between-strength-and-endurance-parameters-and-air-depletion-rates-in-professional-firefighters
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Stephanie Windisch, Wolfgang Seiberl, Ansgar Schwirtz, Daniel Hahn
The aim of this study was to quantify the physical demands of a simulated firefighting circuit and to establish the relationship between job performance and endurance and strength fitness measurements. On four separate days 41 professional firefighters (39 ± 9 yr, 179.6 ± 2.3 cm, 84.4 ± 9.2 kg, BMI 26.1 ± 2.8 kg/m(2)) performed treadmill testing, fitness testing (strength, balance and flexibility) and a simulated firefighting exercise. The firefighting exercise included ladder climbing (20 m), treadmill walking (200 m), pulling a wire rope hoist (15 times) and crawling an orientation section (50 m)...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303562/association-between-actn3-r577x-polymorphism-and-trunk-flexibility-in-2-different-cohorts
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Naoki Kikuchi, Hirofumi Zempo, Noriyuki Fuku, Haruka Murakami, Mikako Sakamaki-Sunaga, Takanobu Okamoto, Koichi Nakazato, Motohiko Miyachi
α-Actinin-3 (ACTN3) R577X polymorphism is associated with muscular strength and power. This study was performed to investigate the association between ACTN3 R577X polymorphisms and flexibility as another component of fitness in 2 cohorts. Cohort 1 consisted of 208 men and 568 women (ages 23-88), while Cohort 2 consisted of 529 men and 728 women (ages 23-87). All participants were recruited from the Tokyo metropolitan area and underwent a battery of tests to assess their grip strength and sit-and-reach flexibility...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299717/physical-activity-and-maximal-oxygen-uptake-in-adults-with-prader-willi-syndrome
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Itai Gross, Harry J Hirsch, Naama Constantini, Shachar Nice, Yehuda Pollak, Larry Genstil, Talia Eldar-Geva, Varda Gross Tsur
BACKGROUND: Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is the most common genetic syndrome causing life-threatening obesity. Strict adherence to a low-calorie diet and regular physical activity are needed to prevent weight gain. Direct measurement of maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max), the "gold standard" for assessing aerobic exercise capacity, has not been previously described in PWS. OBJECTIVES: Assess aerobic capacity by direct measurement of VO2 max in adults with PWS, and in age and BMI-matched controls (OC), and compare the results with values obtained by indirect prediction methods...
March 16, 2017: Eating and Weight Disorders: EWD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297929/flexible-dynamics-of-two-quorum-sensing-coupled-repressilators
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Edward H Hellen, Evgeny Volkov
Genetic oscillators play important roles in cell life regulation. The regulatory efficiency usually depends strongly on the emergence of stable collective dynamic modes, which requires designing the interactions between genetic networks. We investigate the dynamics of two identical synthetic genetic repressilators coupled by an additional plasmid which implements quorum sensing (QS) in each network thereby supporting global coupling. In a basic genetic ring oscillator network in which three genes inhibit each other in unidirectional manner, QS stimulates the transcriptional activity of chosen genes providing for competition between inhibitory and stimulatory activities localized in those genes...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297584/improvement-of-in-vitro-three-dimensional-cartilage-regeneration-by-a-novel-hydrostatic-pressure-bioreactor
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Jie Chen, Zhaoyuan Yuan, Yu Liu, Rui Zheng, Yao Dai, Ran Tao, Huitang Xia, Hairong Liu, Zhiyong Zhang, Wenjie Zhang, Wei Liu, Yilin Cao, Guangdong Zhou
In vitro three-dimensional (3D) cartilage regeneration is a promising strategy for repair of cartilage defects. However, inferior mechanical strength and tissue homogeneity greatly restricted its clinical translation. Simulation of mechanical stress through a bioreactor is an important approach for improving in vitro cartilage regeneration. The current study developed a hydrostatic pressure (HP) bioreactor based on a novel pressure-transmitting mode achieved by slight deformation of a flexible membrane in a completely sealed stainless steel device...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293619/the-fitness-of-apps-a-theory-based-examination-of-mobile-fitness-app-usage-over-5-months
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Lynn Katherine Herrmann, Jinsook Kim
BACKGROUND: There are thousands of fitness-related smartphone applications ("apps") available for free and purchase, but there is uncertainty if these apps help individuals achieve and maintain personal fitness. Technology usage attrition is also a concern among research studies on health technologies. METHODS: Usage of three fitness apps was examined over 5 months to assess adherence and effectiveness. Initially, 64 participants downloaded three free apps available on Android and iOS and 47 remained in the study until posttest...
2017: MHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288531/occupational-therapists-and-physiotherapists-perceptions-of-implementing-occupational-performance-coaching
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Fiona Graham, Pauline Boland, Jenny Ziviani, Sylvia Rodger
PURPOSE: Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC) has been proposed as an intervention for working with caregivers towards achievement of goals for themselves and their children. Preliminary studies indicate the effectiveness of OPC; however, translation into practice requires an understanding of therapists' perceptions of applying OPC in their service delivery settings. This study explored physio- and occupational-therapists' experiences of using OPC and their perceptions of the contextual factors which influence its implementation...
March 13, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288392/social-cues-modulate-the-representations-underlying-cross-situational-learning
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Kyle MacDonald, Daniel Yurovsky, Michael C Frank
Because children hear language in environments that contain many things to talk about, learning the meaning of even the simplest word requires making inferences under uncertainty. A cross-situational statistical learner can aggregate across naming events to form stable word-referent mappings, but this approach neglects an important source of information that can reduce referential uncertainty: social cues from speakers (e.g., eye gaze). In four large-scale experiments with adults, we tested the effects of varying referential uncertainty in cross-situational word learning using social cues...
March 9, 2017: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287054/effects-and-feasibility-of-an-exercise-intervention-for-individuals-living-with-dementia-in-nursing-homes-study-protocol
#20
Lindsey Brett, Victoria Traynor, Paul Stapley, Shahla Meedya
BACKGROUND: Worldwide, there are an estimated 35.6 million individuals living with dementia. It is important that non-pharmacological therapies are utilized to help manage the symptoms of dementia, such as agitation, as they are the recommended first approach in best practice guidelines. METHODS: This protocol outlines a randomized controlled trial with a qualitative component which evaluated the effects and feasibility of a physical therapist-led physical exercise intervention on agitation of individuals living with dementia in nursing homes...
March 13, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
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