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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346219/semiconductor-devices-for-entangled-photon-pair-generation-a-review
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Adeline Orieux, Marijn A M Versteegh, Klaus Jöns, Sara Ducci
Entanglement is one of the most fascinating properties of quantum mechanical systems; when two particles are entangled the measurement of the properties of one of the two allows to instantaneously know the properties of the other, whatever the distance separating them. In parallel with fundamental research on the foundations of quantum mechanics performed on complex experimental set-ups, we assist today to a bourgeoning of quantum information technologies bound to exploit entanglement for a large variety of applications such as secure communications, metrology and computation...
March 27, 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343276/an-updated-review-of-cardiac-devices-in-heart-failure
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C Murphy, H Zafar, F Sharif
BACKGROUND: Heart failure has the highest rates of adult hospitalisations, the highest mortality rates and significant costs associated with its care. The cost of heart failure is expected continue to grow on a global scale, with $108 billion spent on heart failure in 2012. Mortality rates are high, with incident cases of heart failure resulting in 30% 1-year mortality, and in hospital mortality of acute heart failure, 28%. METHODS AND RESULTS: This article reviews the devices currently in use for the treatment of heart failure, as well as those that are under investigation...
March 25, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341663/muscle-tendon-mechanics-explain-unexpected-effects-of-exoskeleton-assistance-on-metabolic-rate-during-walking
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Rachel W Jackson, Christopher L Dembia, Scott L Delp, Steven H Collins
The goal of this study was to gain insight into how ankle exoskeletons affect the behavior of the plantarflexor muscles during walking. Using data from previous experiments, we performed electromyography-driven simulations of musculoskeletal dynamics to explore how changes in exoskeleton assistance affected plantarflexor muscle-tendon mechanics, particularly for the soleus. We used a model of muscle energy consumption to estimate individual muscle metabolic rate. As average exoskeleton torque was increased, while no net exoskeleton work was provided, a reduction in tendon recoil led to an increase in positive mechanical work performed by the soleus muscle fibers...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341100/the-ubiquitin-proteasome-system-a-potential-therapeutic-target-for-heart-failure
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Yaron D Barac, Fabian Emrich, Efrat Krutzwakd-Josefson, Sonja Schrepfer, Luiz C Sampaio, James T Willerson, Robert C Robbins, Aaron Ciechanover, Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr, Dan Aravot, Doris A Taylor
The rising incidence of heart failure (HF) is one of the biggest challenges in cardiovascular medicine. The persistent shortage of donor organs for transplantation has led to an expanding application of left ventricular assist devices as a bridge to recovery. Accumulating evidence suggests that the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS), which is responsible for protein degradation, plays a direct role in cardiac hypertrophy and HF and is impacted by mechanical unloading. The UPS system also plays a role in the cardiac regulation of apoptosis, cell mass, and sarcomere quality control...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340840/short-term-results-of-heartmate-3-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-for-end-stage-heart-failure
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P Ozturk, S Ertugay, C Sahutoglu, C Engin, S Nalbantgil, T Yagdi, M Ozbaran
OBJECTIVE: To report our initial experience with Heartmate 3 ventricular assist device (HM3) in cases with end-stage heart failure (ESHF). METHODS: Charts of 8 ESHF patients who underwent HM3 implantation in our clinic from January to June 2016 (group 1) and 16 patients who underwent HM2 implantation during 2015 (group 2) were reviewed retrospectively. Demographics as well as pre- and early postoperative medical data were noted and statistically analyzed between the 2 groups...
April 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340838/anesthetic-management-for-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-through-left-thoracotomy-evaluation-of-on-pump-versus-off-pump
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C Sahutoglu, E Turksal, U Bilic, S Kocabas, F Zekiye Askar, P Ozturk, S Ertugay, C Engin, T Yagdi, M Ozbaran
BACKGROUND: Ventricular assist devices (VADs) are alternative approaches to medical treatment in patients with acute or chronic heart failure. The goal of this study was to compare an anesthetic approach in patients undergoing implantation of a VAD with (on-pump) or without (off-pump) cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) through left thoracotomy. METHODS: A total of 32 patients were divided into 2 groups: on-pump (group 1) and off-pump (group 2). A standard anesthesia protocol was used in all patients...
April 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337558/improving-on-the-diagnostic-characteristics-of-echocardiography-for-pulmonary-hypertension
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Kathleen Broderick-Forsgren, Clemontina A Davenport, Joseph A Sivak, Charles William Hargett, Michael C Foster, Andrew Monteagudo, Alicia Armour, Sudarshan Rajagopal, Kristine Arges, Eric J Velazquez, Zainab Samad
This retrospective study evaluated the diagnostic characteristics of a combination of echocardiographic parameters for pulmonary hypertension (PH). Right ventricular systolic pressure (RVSP) estimation by echocardiography (echo) is used to screen for PH. However, the sensitivity of this method is suboptimal. We hypothesized that RVSP estimation in conjunction with other echo parameters would improve the value of echo for PH. The Duke Echo database was queried for adult patients with known or suspected PH who had undergone both echo and right heart catheterization (RHC) within a 24 h period between 1/1/2008 and 12/31/2013...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333441/direct-chemical-vapor-deposition-growth-and-band-gap-characterization-of-mos2-h-bn-van-der-waals-heterostructures-on-au-foils
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Zhepeng Zhang, Xujing Ji, Jianping Shi, Xiebo Zhou, Shuai Zhang, Yue Hou, Yue Qi, Qiyi Fang, Qingqing Ji, Yu Zhang, Min Hong, Pengfei Yang, Xinfeng Liu, Qing Zhang, Lei Liao, Chuanhong Jin, Zhongfan Liu, Yanfeng Zhang
Stacked transition-metal dichalcogenides on hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) are platforms for high-performance electronic devices. However, such vertical stacks are usually constructed by the layer-by-layer polymer-assisted transfer of mechanically exfoliated layers. This inevitably causes interfacial contamination and device performance degradation. Herein, we develop a two-step, low-pressure chemical vapor deposition synthetic strategy incorporating the direct growth of monolayer h-BN on Au foil with the subsequent growth of MoS2...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333037/cerebral-hemodynamic-with-intra-aortic-balloon-pump-business-as-usual
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Juliana Caldas, Ronney B Panerai, Edson Bor-Seng-Shu, Juliano Almeida, Graziela Ferreira, Ligia Cunha, Ricardo Nogueira, Marcelo Oliveira, Fabio Jatene, Thompson Robinson, Ludhmila Hajjar
Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) is commonly used as mechanical support after cardiac surgery or cardiac shock. Although its benefits for cardiac function have been well documented, its effects on cerebral circulation are still controversial. We hypothesized that transfer function analysis (TFA) and continuous estimates of dynamic cerebral autoregulation (CA) provide consistent results in the assessment of cerebral autoregulation in patients with IABP. Continuous recordings of blood pressure (BP, intra-arterial line), end-tidal CO2, heart rate and cerebral blood flow velocity (CBFV, transcranial Doppler) were obtained i) 5 minutes with IABP ratio 1:3, ii) 5 minutes, starting 1 minute with the IABP-ON, and continuing for another 4 minutes without pump assistance (IABP-OFF)...
March 23, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330991/limb-flexion-induced-twist-and-associated-intramural-stresses-in-the-human-femoropopliteal-artery
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Anastasia Desyatova, William Poulson, Paul Deegan, Carol Lomneth, Andreas Seas, Kaspars Maleckis, Jason MacTaggart, Alexey Kamenskiy
High failure rates of femoropopliteal artery (FPA) interventions are often attributed to severe mechanical deformations that occur with limb movement. Torsion of the FPA likely plays a significant role, but is poorly characterized and the associated intramural stresses are currently unknown. FPA torsion in the walking, sitting and gardening postures was characterized in n = 28 in situ FPAs using intra-arterial markers. Principal mechanical stresses and strains were quantified in the superficial femoral artery (SFA), adductor hiatus segment (AH) and the popliteal artery (PA) using analytical modelling...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329269/proteomics-highlights-decrease-of-matricellular-proteins-in-left-ventricular-assist-device-therapy%C3%A2
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Jasmin Hasmik Shahinian, Bettina Mayer, Stefan Tholen, Kerstin Brehm, Martin L Biniossek, Hannah Füllgraf, Selina Kiefer, Ulrike Heizmann, Claudia Heilmann, Florian Rüter, Martin Grapow, Oliver Thomas Reuthebuch, Friedrich Eckstein, Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Oliver Schilling, Matthias Siepe
OBJECTIVES: We investigated the impact of mechanical unloading with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) on the myocardial proteome. METHODS: We collected 11 patient-matched samples of myocardial left ventricular tissue of patients with non-ischaemic dilate cardiomyopathy, harvested at time of LVAD implant ('pre-LVAD') and heart transplant ('post-LVAD'). Samples were studied by quantitative proteomics. Further we performed histological assessment of deposited collagens and immune infiltration in both pre- and post-LVAD samples...
February 20, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329164/large-animal-model-of-functional-tricuspid-regurgitation-in-pacing-induced-end-stage-heart-failure
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Marcin Malinowski, Alistair G Proudfoot, David Langholz, Lenora Eberhart, Michael Brown, Hans Schubert, Jeremy Wodarek, Tomasz A Timek
OBJECTIVES: Functional tricuspid regurgitation (FTR) is common in patients with advanced heart failure and frequently complicates left ventricular assist device implantation yet remains poorly understood. We set out to establish large animal model of FTR that could serve as a research platform to investigate the pathogenesis of FTR associated with end-stage heart failure. METHODS: : Through right thoracotomy, ten adult sheep underwent implantation of pacemaker with epicardial LV lead, five sonomicrometry crystals on the right ventricle, and left and right ventricular telemetry pressure sensors during a beating heart off-pump procedure...
February 21, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329112/comparison-of-paracorporeal-and-continuous-flow-ventricular-assist-devices-in-children-preliminary-results%C3%A2
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Mohamed S Nassar, Asif Hasan, Teresa Chila, Stephan Schueler, Carola Pergolizzi, Zdenka Reinhardt, Stephen Lord, Fabrizio De Rita, Lee Ferguson, Jon Smith, Simon Haynes, John O'Sullivan, Bari Murtuza
OBJECTIVES: With the scarcity of organs, a durable, reliable ventricular assist device (VAD) is required. The Berlin Heart EXCOR ® (BH) remains the most established VAD in the paediatric population. Implantable continuous flow (CF) VADs have been introduced to the paediatric field with encouraging early results. In this study, we compared the results of a newly introduced CF VAD (HeartWare VAD [HVAD] ® ) to results in a matched group of BH recipients. METHODS: The study included patients aged <16 years who received mechanical left VAD (LVAD) support between December 2005 and January 2016...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329060/first-series-of-left-ventricular-assist-device-exchanges-to-heartmate-3
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Jasmin S Hanke, Sebastian V Rojas, Günes Dogan, Christina Feldmann, Erik Beckmann, Ezin Deniz, Bettina Wiegmann, Jana-Elena Michaelis, L Christian Napp, Dominik Berliner, Malakh Shrestha, Johann Bauersachs, Axel Haverich, Jan D Schmitto
OBJECTIVES: Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) exchange is becoming a standard surgical procedure. The exchange procedure is an opportunity to upgrade patients to a new generation pump that offers advanced reduction of adverse events or longer battery hours. METHODS: We performed an analysis of 6 consecutive patients who underwent LVAD exchange to HeartMate 3 either from a HeartWare or HeartMate (HM) II device. Minimally invasive operations were performed through a lateral thoracotomy...
March 13, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328585/mechanical-support-with-impella-during-malignant-arrhythmia-ablation-a-case-report-on-the-growing-trend-in-the-electrophysiology-laboratory
#15
Adam C Adler, Ramesh Kodavatiganti
Congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries is a rare form of congenital heart disease in which the persistence of the right ventricle as the systemic ventricle leads to heart failure, tricuspid valve insufficiency, and arrhythmia. Supraventricular arrhythmias are especially common in these patients. We discuss the anesthetic management of a 33-year-old patient with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries who required a ventricular assist device to maintain cardiac output during ablation of supraventricular tachyarrythmia...
March 17, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325895/simulation-assisted-design-of-microfluidic-sample-traps-for-optimal-trapping-and-culture-of-non-adherent-single-cells-tissues-and-spheroids
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Nassim Rousset, Frédéric Monet, Thomas Gervais
This work focuses on modelling design and operation of "microfluidic sample traps" (MSTs). MSTs regroup a widely used class of microdevices that incorporate wells, recesses or chambers adjacent to a channel to individually trap, culture and/or release submicroliter 3D tissue samples ranging from simple cell aggregates and spheroids, to ex vivo tissue samples and other submillimetre-scale tissue models. Numerous MST designs employing various trapping mechanisms have been proposed in the literature, spurring the development of 3D tissue models for drug discovery and personalized medicine...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324934/hand-rehabilitation-after-stroke-using-a-wearable-high-dof-spring-powered-exoskeleton
#17
Tianyao Chen, Peter S Lum
Stroke patients often have inappropriate finger flexor activation and finger extensor weakness, which makes it difficult to open their affected hand for functional grasp. The goal was to develop a passive, lightweight, wearable device to enable improved hand function during performance of activities of daily living. The device, HandSOME II, assists with opening the patient's hand using 11 elastic actuators that apply extension torques to finger and thumb joints. Device design and initial testing are described...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321882/optical-dynamic-analysis-of-thrombus-inside-a-centrifugal-blood-pump-during-extracorporeal-mechanical-circulatory-support-in-a-porcine-model
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Tatsuki Fujiwara, Daisuke Sakota, Katsuhiro Ohuchi, Shu Endo, Tomoki Tahara, Tomotaka Murashige, Ryo Kosaka, Keiji Oi, Tomohiro Mizuno, Osamu Maruyama, Hirokuni Arai
Complications due to pump thrombus remain the weak point of mechanical circulatory support (MCS), such as the use of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, leading to poor outcomes. Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) is an effective imaging method using a hyperspectral (HS) camera, which comprises a spectrophotometer and a charge-coupled device camera to discriminate thrombus from whole blood. Animal experiments were conducted to analyze dynamic imaging of thrombus inside a prototype of a hydrodynamically levitated centrifugal blood pump using an HSI system...
March 20, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319034/sc-co-sub-2-sub-assisted-process-for-high-energy-density-aerogel-supercapacitor-the-effect-of-go-loading
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Maria Sarno, Lucia Baldino, Carmela Scudieri, Stefano Cardea, Paolo Ciambelli, Ernesto Reverchon
Energy density, safety, simple and environmentally friendly preparation methods are very significant aspects in the realization of a compact supercapacitor. Herein we report the use of a supercritical CO2 assisted gel drying process (SC-CO2) for the preparation of porous electrodes containing dispersed graphene in a Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) binder membrane to sandwich in a new portable supercapacitor based on graphene oxide (GO). A GO loading of 60 wt.% has been found to give the better combination of factors (porosity, wettability, mechanical and electrochemical properties,...
March 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316276/levosimendan-in-patients-with-left-ventricular-dysfunction-undergoing-cardiac-surgery
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Rajendra H Mehta, Jeffrey D Leimberger, Sean van Diepen, James Meza, Alice Wang, Rachael Jankowich, Robert W Harrison, Douglas Hay, Stephen Fremes, Andra Duncan, Edward G Soltesz, John Luber, Soon Park, Michael Argenziano, Edward Murphy, Randy Marcel, Dimitri Kalavrouziotis, Dave Nagpal, John Bozinovski, Wolfgang Toller, Matthias Heringlake, Shaun G Goodman, Jerrold H Levy, Robert A Harrington, Kevin J Anstrom, John H Alexander
Background Levosimendan is an inotropic agent that has been shown in small studies to prevent or treat the low cardiac output syndrome after cardiac surgery. Methods In a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of levosimendan in patients with a left ventricular ejection fraction of 35% or less who were undergoing cardiac surgery with the use of cardiopulmonary bypass. Patients were randomly assigned to receive either intravenous levosimendan (at a dose of 0...
March 19, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
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