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Fengbo Zhu, Libo Cheng, Jun Yin, Ziliang Wu, Jin Qian, Jianzhong Fu, Qiang Zheng
Polyion complex (PIC) hydrogels have been proposed as promising engineered soft materials due to their high toughness and good processibility. In this work, we reported manufacturing of complex structures with tough PIC hydrogels based on three-dimensional (3D) printing technology. The strategy relies on the distinct strength of ionic bonding in PIC hydrogels at different stages of printing. In concentrated saline solution, PIC forms viscous solution, which can be directly extruded out of a nozzle into water, where dialyzing out of salt and counterions results in sol-gel transition to form tough physical PIC gel with intricate structures...
October 25, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Qikang Wei, Tao Chen, Ruifeng Xu, Yulan He, Lin Gui
The recognition of disease and chemical named entities in scientific articles is a very important subtask in information extraction in the biomedical domain. Due to the diversity and complexity of disease names, the recognition of named entities of diseases is rather tougher than those of chemical names. Although there are some remarkable chemical named entity recognition systems available online such as ChemSpot and tmChem, the publicly available recognition systems of disease named entities are rare. This article presents a system for disease named entity recognition (DNER) and normalization...
2016: Database: the Journal of Biological Databases and Curation
Danilo T Perez-Rivera, Veronica L Torres-Torres, Abraham E Torres-Colon, Maytee Cruz-Aponte
Diabetes mellitus is a disease characterized by a range of metabolic complications involving an individual's blood glucose levels, and its main regulator, insulin. These complications can vary largely from person to person depending on their current biophysical state. Biomedical research day-by-day makes strides to impact the lives of patients of a variety of diseases, including diabetes. One large stride that is being made is the generation of techniques to assist physicians to ``personalize medicine''. From available physiological data, biological understanding of the system, and dimensional analysis, a differential equation-based mathematical model was built in a sequential matter, to be able to elucidate clearly how each parameter correlates to the patient's current physiological state...
October 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
Balázs Ligeti, Ottilia Menyhárt, Ingrid Petrič, Balázs Győrffy, Sándor Pongor
BACKGROUND: Biomedical sciences use a variety of data sources on drug molecules, genes, proteins, diseases and scientific publications etc. This system can be best pictured as a giant data-network linked together by physical, functional, logical and similarity relationships. A new hypothesis or discovery can be considered as a new link that can be deduced from the existing connections. For instance, interactions of two pharmacons - if not already known - represent a testable novel hypothesis...
October 21, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Shengnan Yin, Yiran Xia, Qi Jia, Zhao-Sheng Hou, Na Zhang
This study describes the preparation and properties of a novel aliphatic cost-effective segmented polyurethanes (SPUs) based on poly(ether ester) (poly-(ε-caprolactone-co-L-lactide)-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly-(ε-caprolactone-co-L- lactide), PECLA) and uniform-size diurethane diisocyanates (HDI-BDO-HDI). PECLA was synthesized via bulk ring-opening polymerization with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as an initiator and ε-caprolactone, L-lactide as monomers. By chain extension of PECLA diol with HDI-BDO-HDI, three SPUs with different hydrophilic segments content and hard segments content were obtained...
October 23, 2016: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
Sara Žigon-Branc, Matjaž Jeras, Andrej Blejec, Ariana Barlič
In vitro cell-based models are important tools for assessing efficacies of new leads in early phases of drug development. Human osteoarthritic chondrocytes (OACs), obtained from biomedical waste material, represent a valuable, relatively accessible cellular source that could be used for this purpose. By employing reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) we compared gene expression profiles of key anabolic, catabolic and inflammatory genes of freshly isolated vs. monolayer cultured OACs (passages P0-P2) and non-stimulated vs...
October 20, 2016: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
Kimberley M Kendall, Elliott Rees, Valentina Escott-Price, Mark Einon, Rhys Thomas, Jonathan Hewitt, Michael C O'Donovan, Michael J Owen, James T R Walters, George Kirov
BACKGROUND: The UK Biobank is a unique resource for biomedical research, with extensive phenotypic and genetic data on half a million adults from the general population. We aimed to examine the effect of neurodevelopmental copy number variants (CNVs) on the cognitive performance of participants. METHODS: We used Affymetrix Power Tools and PennCNV-Affy software to analyze Affymetrix microarrays of the first 152,728 genotyped individuals. We annotated a list of 93 CNVs and compared their frequencies with control datasets...
August 18, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
Srimanta Barui, Subhomoy Chatterjee, Sourav Mandal, Alok Kumar, Bikramjit Basu
The osseointegration of metallic implants depends on an effective balance among designed porosity to facilitate angiogenesis, tissue in-growth and bone-mimicking elastic modulus with good strength properties. While addressing such twin requirements, the present study demonstrates a low temperature additive manufacturing based processing strategy to fabricate Ti-6Al-4V scaffolds with designed porosity using inkjet-based 3D powder printing (3DPP). A novel starch-based aqueous binder was prepared and the physico-chemical parameters such as pH, viscosity, and surface tension were optimized for drop-on-demand (DOD) based thermal inkjet printing...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Nor Hasrul Akhmal Ngadiman, Noordin Mohd Yusof, Ani Idris, Effaliza Misran, Denni Kurniawan
The use of electrospinning process in fabricating tissue engineering scaffolds has received great attention in recent years due to its simplicity. The nanofibers produced via electrospinning possessed morphological characteristics similar to extracellular matrix of most tissue components. Porosity plays a vital role in developing tissue engineering scaffolds because it influences the biocompatibility performance of the scaffolds. In this study, maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) was mixed with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and subsequently electrospun to produce nanofibers...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Afghany Mostavan, Carlo Paternoster, Ranna Tolouei, Edward Ghali, Dominique Dubé, Diego Mantovani
With its proven biocompatibility and excellent mechanical properties, iron is an excellent source material for clinical cardiac and vascular applications. However, its relatively low degradation rate limits its use for the healing and remodeling of diseased blood vessels. To address these issues, a multi-purpose fabrication process to develop a bilayer alloy composed of electroformed iron (E-Fe) and iron-phosphorus (Fe-P) was employed. Bilayers of Fe/Fe-P were produced in an electrolytic bath. The effects of electrolyte chemical composition and deposition current density (idep) on layer structure and chemical composition were assessed by scanning electron microscopy, electron probe microanalysis, X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Xiangmei Liu, H C Man
For titanium alloy implants, both surface bioactivity and antibacterial infection are the two critical factors in determining the success of clinical implantation of these metallic implants. In the present work, a novel nanocomposite layer of nano-silver-containing hydroxyapatite (Ag-HA) was prepared on the surface of biomedical Ti6Al4V by laser processing. Analysis using SEM, EDS and XRD shows the formation of an Ag-HA layer of about 200μm fusion bonded to the substrate. Mineralization tests in simulated body fluid (SBF) showed that laser fabricated Ag-HA nanocomposite layer favors the deposition of apatite on the surface of the implants...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Ulrich Marcus, Martyna Gassowski, Jochen Drewes
BACKGROUND: HIV testing and serostatus awareness are essential to implement biomedical strategies (treatment as prevention; oral chemoprophylaxis), and for effective serostatus-based behaviours (HIV serosorting; strategic positioning). The analysis focuses on the associations between reported sexual risks, the perceived risk for HIV infection, and HIV testing behaviour in order to identify the most relevant barriers for HIV test uptake among MSM living in Germany. METHODS: MSM were recruited to a nationwide anonymous online-survey in 2013 on MSM social networking/dating sites...
October 22, 2016: BMC Public Health
Qiyue Xia, Hongxia Li, Ying Liu, Kai Xiao
Despite the increasing biomedical applications of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), their toxicological effects need to be thoroughly understood. In the present study, the genotoxic potential of commercially available AuNPs with varying size (5 nm, 20 nm and 50 nm) were assessed using a battery of in vitro and in vivo genotoxicity assays. In the comet assay, 20 nm and 50 nm AuNPs did not induce obvious DNA damage in HepG2 cells at the tested concentrations, whereas 5 nm NPs induced a dose-dependent increment in DNA damage after 24 h exposure...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Stephen A Gallo, Joanne H Sullivan, Scott R Glisson
Although the scientific peer review process is crucial to distributing research investments, little has been reported about the decision-making processes used by reviewers. One key attribute likely to be important for decision-making is reviewer expertise. Recent data from an experimental blinded review utilizing a direct measure of expertise has found that closer intellectual distances between applicant and reviewer lead to harsher evaluations, possibly suggesting that information is differentially sampled across subject-matter expertise levels and across information type (e...
2016: PloS One
Katherine Picho, Lauren A Maggio, Anthony R Artino
Recent crises over the credibility of research in psychology and the biomedical sciences have highlighted the need for researchers to view and treat replication research as essential to the accumulation of knowledge. In this article, the authors make the case for the utility of replication in medical education research. Specifically, the authors contend that because research in medical education often adopts theories from other disciplines, replication is necessary to gauge the applicability of those theories to the specific medical education context...
October 20, 2016: Perspectives on Medical Education
Matthew S Lebowitz, Woo-Kyoung Ahn
People with mental disorders are strongly stigmatized. Among mental-health professionals, stigmatizing attitudes often manifest as desire for social distance from people with mental disorders. Currently ascendant biomedical conceptualizations of psychopathology could exacerbate this problem by engendering dehumanization, which is linked to prejudice. Given the clinical implications of such an occurrence, the present research tested a possible mitigation strategy. In an online study of 216 U.S. mental-health clinicians, two strategies for mitigating dehumanization in healthcare were tested-personification, highlighting personal traits of people with mental disorders rather than presenting them as malfunctioning brains, and agency reorientation, underscoring people's ability to make choices and decisions...
August 2016: Stigma Health
Cynthia N Fuhrmann
PhD-trained biomedical scientists are moving into an increasingly diverse variety of careers within the sciences. However, our graduate and postdoctoral training programs have historically focused on academic career preparation, and have not sufficiently prepared trainees for transitioning into other scientific careers. Advocates for science have raised the concern that our collective disregard of the broader career development needs for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees could drive talent away from science in upcoming generations...
October 20, 2016: Human Gene Therapy
Sybil Hosek, Connie Celum, Craig M Wilson, Bill Kapogiannis, Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, Linda-Gail Bekker
INTRODUCTION: Adolescents and young adults aged <25 are a key population in the HIV epidemic, with very high HIV incidence rates in many geographic settings and a large number who have limited access to prevention services. Thus, any biomedical HIV prevention approach should prepare licensure and implementation strategies for young populations. Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is the first antiretroviral-based prevention intervention with proven efficacy across many settings and populations, and regulatory and policy approvals at global and national levels are occurring rapidly...
2016: Journal of the International AIDS Society
Rui Yang, Shuo Yang, Rong Li, Ping Liu, Jie Qiao, Yanwu Zhang
BACKGROUND: The study evaluated the effect of hyperandrogenism (HA) in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) on metabolic parameters. METHODS: We searched PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane, Web of Science, Chinese Biomedical Database (CBM), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), WanFang data and VIP for clinical observational studies. The study evaluated PCOS patients with or without HA on metabolic parameters was included. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome, indexes of insulin resistance (IR) including homeostasis model assessment IR index (HOMA-IR), incidence of IR, biomarkers of serum lipid metabolism such as total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), high density lipoprotein (HDL), and low density lipoprotein (LDL)...
October 18, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Dominique Van de Velde, Ank Eijkelkamp, Wim Peersman, Patricia De Vriendt
BACKGROUND: Over the past decades, there has been a paradigm shift from a purely biomedical towards a bio-psycho-social (BPS) conception of disability and illness, which has led to a change in contemporary healthcare. However, there seems to be a gap between the rhetoric and reality of working within a BPS model. It is not clear whether healthcare professionals show the necessary skills and competencies to act according to the BPS model. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was (1) to develop a scale to monitor the BPS competencies of healthcare professionals, (2) to define its factor-structure, (3) to check internal consistency, (4) test-retest reliability and (5) feasibility...
2016: PloS One
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