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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230793/dynamic-fluid-in-a-porous-transducer-based-angular-accelerometer
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Siyuan Cheng, Mengyin Fu, Meiling Wang, Li Ming, Huijin Fu, Tonglei Wang
This paper presents a theoretical model of the dynamics of liquid flow in an angular accelerometer comprising a porous transducer in a circular tube of liquid. Wave speed and dynamic permeability of the transducer are considered to describe the relation between angular acceleration and the differential pressure on the transducer. The permeability and streaming potential coupling coefficient of the transducer are determined in the experiments, and special prototypes are utilized to validate the theoretical model in both the frequency and time domains...
February 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230608/specialized-imaging-and-procedures-in-pediatric-pancreatology-a-north-american-society-for-pediatric-gastroenterology-hepatology-and-nutrition-clinical-report
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Tom K Lin, David M Troendle, Daniel B Wallihan, Bradley Barth, Victor L Fox, Douglas S Fishman, Veronique D Morinville
OBJECTIVES: An increasing number of children are being diagnosed with pancreatitis and other pancreatic abnormalities. Dissemination of the information regarding existing imaging techniques and endoscopic modalities to diagnose and manage pancreatic disorders in children is sorely needed. METHODS: We conducted a review of the medical literature on the use of the following imaging and procedural modalities in pediatric pancreatology: transabdominal ultrasonography (TUS), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS), and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)...
March 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226856/evaluation-of-the-electric-field-in-the-brain-during-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-a-sensitivity-analysis
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Laura Santos, Miguel Martinho, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Sofia R Fernandes, Oscar Ripolles, Giulio Ruffini, Pedro C Miranda, Laura Santos, Miguel Martinho, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Sofia R Fernandes, Oscar Ripolles, Giulio Ruffini, Pedro C Miranda, Laura Santos, Miguel Martinho, Cornelia Wenger, Ricardo Salvador, Oscar Ripolles, Giulio Ruffini, Sofia R Fernandes, Pedro C Miranda
The use of computational modeling studies accounts currently for the best approach to predict the electric field (E-field) distribution in transcranial direct current stimulation. As with any model, the values attributed to the physical properties, namely the electrical conductivity of the tissues, affect the predicted E-field distribution. A wide range of values for the conductivity of most tissues is reported in the literature. In this work, we used the finite element method to compute the E-field induced in a realistic human head model for two electrode montages targeting the left dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226778/simulation-of-motor-current-waveforms-in-monitoring-aortic-valve-state-during-ventricular-assist-device-support
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Khalid A Alonazi, Nigel H Lovell, Socrates Dokos, Khalid A Alonazi, Nigel H Lovell, Socrates Dokos, Khalid A Alonazi, Socrates Dokos, Nigel H Lovell
Monitoring of aortic valve (AV) opening and closure during left ventricular assist device (LVAD) heart pump support is crucial in preventing AV abnormalities and remodeling caused by anomalous resirculation. In this study, simulations of LVAD motor current waveforms were undertaken to investigate AV response to rotary blood pump assistance, as well as to detect AV open and close status under heart failure conditions. A two-dimensional fluid-structure interaction finite-element model is presented to predict AV state during LVAD outflow...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226605/semi-automated-image-analysis-of-gel-electrophoresis-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-for-oligoclonal-band-detection
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S Boudet, L Peyrodie, Z Wang, G Forzy, S Boudet, L Peyrodie, Z Wang, G Forzy, Z Wang, L Peyrodie, S Boudet, G Forzy
Detection of oligoclonal electrophoretic bands in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is an important diagnostic tool for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Electrophoretic profiles are difficult to interpret due to low contrast and artefacts. A semi-automated method to ease analysis and to reduce subjectivity is presented. The method sequentially converts color images to grayscale, realigns bands, removes artifacts, then converts 2D images to a signal, before detecting, thresholding and editing peaks to optimize profiles. Such treated profiles (21 positive and 15 negative) are compared to ground truth analysis of an expert biologist...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225092/controlled-propulsion-and-separation-of-helical-particles-at-the-nanoscale
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Maria Michiko T Alcanzare, Vaibhav Thakore, Santtu T T Ollila, Mikko Karttunen, Tapio Ala-Nissila
Controlling the motion of nano and microscale objects in a fluid environment is a key factor in designing optimized tiny machines that perform mechanical tasks such as transport of drugs or genetic material in cells, fluid mixing to accelerate chemical reactions, and cargo transport in microfluidic chips. Directed motion is made possible by the coupled translational and rotational motion of asymmetric particles. A current challenge in achieving directed and controlled motion at the nanoscale lies in overcoming random Brownian motion due to thermal fluctuations in the fluid...
February 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223860/polymeric-films-as-a-promising-carrier-for-bioadhesive-drug-delivery-development-characterization-and-optimization
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Pallavi Bassi, Gurpreet Kaur
Bioadhesive films using tamarind seed polysaccharide were prepared for the treatment of candida vaginitis using nystatin as the model drug. Films were prepared by solvent casting method. A 3(2) factorial design was employed to study the effect of independent variables (polymer and plasticizer concentration) on a range of dependent variables namely mechanical, swelling, interfacial, and bioadhesive properties through response surface methodological approach, using Design Expert® software. Formulation composition that provided the most desired and optimized results was selected using desirability approach...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223371/socioeconomic-attainment-of-extremely-low-birth-weight-survivors-the-role-of-early-cognition
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Kathleen G Dobson, Mark A Ferro, Michael H Boyle, Louis A Schmidt, Saroj Saigal, Ryan J Van Lieshout
OBJECTIVES: To determine: (1) if childhood cognitive and academic abilities mediate the association between being born at extremely low birth weight (ELBW) and socioeconomic attainment at age 29 to 36 years; (2) which cognitive abilities (IQ, verbal abilities, fluid intelligence, mathematical abilities, or academic achievement) most strongly mediate this association; and (3) if the mediating role of cognition is different in ELBW survivors with significant neurosensory impairment (NSI)...
February 21, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222260/the-k-channel-a-multi-functional-architecture-for-dynamically-re-configurable-sample-processing-in-droplet-microfluidics
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Steven R Doonan, Ryan C Bailey
By rapidly creating libraries of thousands of unique, miniaturized reactors, droplet microfluidics provides a powerful method for automating high-throughput chemical analysis. In order to engineer in-droplet assays, microfluidic devices must add reagents into droplets, remove fluid from droplets, and perform other necessary operations, each typically provided by a unique, specialized geometry. Unfortunately, modifying device performance or changing operations usually requires re-engineering the device among these specialized geometries, a time-consuming and costly process when optimizing in-droplet assays...
February 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222197/generalized-min-max-bound-based-mri-pulse-sequence-design-framework-for-wide-range-t1-relaxometry-a-case-study-on-the-tissue-specific-imaging-sequence
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Yang Liu, John R Buck, Vasiliki N Ikonomidou
This paper proposes a new design strategy for optimizing MRI pulse sequences for T1 relaxometry. The design strategy optimizes the pulse sequence parameters to minimize the maximum variance of unbiased T1 estimates over a range of T1 values using the Cramér-Rao bound. In contrast to prior sequences optimized for a single nominal T1 value, the optimized sequence using our bound-based strategy achieves improved precision and accuracy for a broad range of T1 estimates within a clinically feasible scan time. The optimization combines the downhill simplex method with a simulated annealing process...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220238/application-of-calcium-phosphate-flocculation-in-high-density-cell-culture-fluid-with-high-product-titer-of-monoclonal-antibody
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Guoqiang Chen, Zhiguo Su, Feng Li, Hui Fang Liu
The calcium phosphate [Ca3(PO4)2] precipitation was used for improving the clarification efficiency in harvest process of the monoclonal antibody (mAb) containing cell culture fluid (CCF) with high turbidity and product titer. The flocculation conditions (concentration, addition order of flocculants, pH, and operation time), and the effect of flocculants on the mAb physical chemical properties (such as distribution of charge variants and aggregates) and process-related impurities removal (such as DNA and CHOP) were evaluated in this study...
February 20, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219078/mechanical-metamaterials-at-the-theoretical-limit-of-isotropic-elastic-stiffness
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J B Berger, H N G Wadley, R M McMeeking
A wide variety of high-performance applications require materials for which shape control is maintained under substantial stress, and that have minimal density. Bio-inspired hexagonal and square honeycomb structures and lattice materials based on repeating unit cells composed of webs or trusses, when made from materials of high elastic stiffness and low density, represent some of the lightest, stiffest and strongest materials available today. Recent advances in 3D printing and automated assembly have enabled such complicated material geometries to be fabricated at low (and declining) cost...
February 20, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213842/determination-of-the-porosity-of-plga-microparticles-by-tracking-their-sedimentation-velocity-using-a-flow-imaging-microscope-flowcam
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A S Sediq, S K D Waasdorp, M R Nejadnik, M M C van Beers, J Meulenaar, R Verrijk, W Jiskoot
PURPOSE: To investigate whether particle sedimentation velocity tracking using a flow imaging microscope (FlowCAM) can be used to determine microparticle porosity. METHODS: Two different methods were explored. In the first method the sedimentation rate of microparticles was tracked in suspending media with different densities. The porosity was calculated from the average apparent density of the particles derived by inter- or extrapolation to the density of a suspending medium in which the sedimentation velocity was zero...
February 17, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213186/enantioseparation-of-methamphetamine-by-supercritical-fluid-chromatography-with-cellulose-based-packed-column
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Hiroki Segawa, Yuko T Iwata, Tadashi Yamamuro, Kenji Kuwayama, Kenji Tsujikawa, Tatsuyuki Kanamori, Hiroyuki Inoue
The enantiomers of methamphetamine were differentiated by supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) with an enantioselective cellulose-based packed column. The optimization of the chromatographic conditions was achieved by changing column temperature, co-solvent proportion, additive concentration, flow rate and back pressure. In particular, the additive concentration crucially changed the resolution between the enantiomers. After determining the optimized conditions, the enantiomers of methamphetamine were successfully separated...
February 4, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213127/quantitation-of-lead-210-210-pb-using-lead-203-203-pb-as-a-massless-yield-tracer
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D May, A N Nelson, M K Schultz
Determination of Pb-210 ((210)Pb) in aqueous solution is a common radioanalytical challenge in environmental science. Widely used methods for undertaking these analyses (e.g., ASTM D7535) rely on the use of stable lead (Pb) as a yield tracer that takes into account losses of (210)Pb that inevitably occur during elemental/radiochemical separations of the procedures. Although effective, these methods introduce technical challenges that can be difficult to track and potentially introduce uncertainty that can be difficult to quantify...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213086/comparison-of-protocols-for-the-analysis-of-type-1-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-by-rt-pcr-using-oral-fluids
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Elisa Gibert, Gerard Martín-Valls, Enric Mateu
The detection of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) in oral fluids (OF) by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) is gaining increasing popularity. However, the different steps leading to a result have not been extensively evaluated. The aim of the present study was to examine the effect on the performance of qRT-PCR with different sampling materials, conditions of storage of the OF, the need for centrifuging OF, as well as to compare RNA extraction methods and PCR mixes...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211929/calcium-phosphate-nanoparticles-prepared-from-infusion-fluids-for-stem-cell-transfection-process-optimization-and-cytotoxicity-analysis
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Quazi T H Shubhra, Ayako Oyane, Hiroko Araki, Maki Nakamura, Hideo Tsurushima
This is the first study to report the use of infusion fluids for particle-mediated gene delivery with DNA-immobilized calcium phosphate (CaP) nanoparticles (NPs). In conventional CaP systems, CaP NPs are fabricated in labile supersaturated CaP solutions which are prepared from chemical reagents. In the present study, we fabricated CaP NPs via coprecipitation in labile supersaturated CaP solutions that were prepared from infusion fluids (even the water used was of injectable quality) instead of chemical reagents and demonstrated their gene delivery capabilities for the hard to transfect pluripotent stem cell (C3H10T1/2) along with the easy to transfect CHO-K1 cell...
February 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211518/limited-options-for-low-global-warming-potential-refrigerants
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Mark O McLinden, J Steven Brown, Riccardo Brignoli, Andrei F Kazakov, Piotr A Domanski
Hydrofluorocarbons, currently used as refrigerants in air-conditioning systems, are potent greenhouse gases, and their contribution to climate change is projected to increase. Future use of the hydrofluorocarbons will be phased down and, thus replacement fluids must be found. Here we show that only a few pure fluids possess the combination of chemical, environmental, thermodynamic, and safety properties necessary for a refrigerant and that these fluids are at least slightly flammable. We search for replacements by applying screening criteria to a comprehensive chemical database...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210185/neoplastic-leptomeningeal-disease-masquerading-as-central-serous-retinopathy-a-case-report
#19
Ibrahim Elaraoud, Hanif J Suleman, Peter Cikatricis, Helen Palmer
A 69-year-old man became aware of people's speech being out of synch with their lip movements alongside persistent headaches, both of which progressively worsened. A few weeks later, he developed progressive and painless visual loss in one eye. Initial neurological evaluation, inflammatory markers and head computed tomography scan were normal. Ophthalmological examination and OCT scan revealed right macular subretinal fluid with choroidal indentation, which prompted urgent further investigations including head MRI revealing extensive leptomeningeal disease...
July 2016: Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology: Official Journal of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209192/learning-from-2523-trauma-deaths-in-india-opportunities-to-prevent-in-hospital-deaths
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Nobhojit Roy, Deepa Kizhakke Veetil, Monty Uttam Khajanchi, Vineet Kumar, Harris Solomon, Jyoti Kamble, Debojit Basak, Göran Tomson, Johan von Schreeb
BACKGROUND: A systematic analysis of trauma deaths is a step towards trauma quality improvement in Indian hospitals. This study estimates the magnitude of preventable trauma deaths in five Indian hospitals, and uses a peer-review process to identify opportunities for improvement (OFI) in trauma care delivery. METHODS: All trauma deaths that occurred within 30 days of hospitalization in five urban university hospitals in India were retrospectively abstracted for demography, mechanism of injury, transfer status, injury description by clinical, investigation and operative findings...
February 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
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