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  1. A method for mouse oocyte enucleation assisted with zona pellucida dilating

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    Bai Zhao-dai; Liu Kai; Bing Lu-jun

    2004-01-01

    Objective: To study the reliability of a new enucleation method, zona pellucida Dilating (ZPD) assisted enucleation method, for mouse oocyte enucleation.Methods: In ZPD enucleation method, the zona pellucida was dilating with the help of outside pression in enucleation needle after breakthrough by needle tip and the nucleus was aspirated by the needle entering the perivitelline space for enucleation. This method was employed and was compared with three other methods in this experiment. The efficiency of enucleation of mouse oocyte was examed.Result: ZPD assisted enucleation method is better than three others at the survival rate after enucleation and the simplicity of micromanipulation. The rate of forming pronucleus of reconstructed embryo from enucleated oocyte by ZPD methods is as high as 62.8 % and the reconstructed embryo at 4-cell stage was obtained.Conclusion: ZPD assisted method is a highly efficient and simple enucleation method with the advantage of saving manipulating time and it does less damage to the oocyte.

  2. Highly efficient and reliable chemically assisted enucleation method for handmade cloning in cattle

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    Vajta, Gábor; Maddox-Hyttel, Poul; Skou, Christina T.;

    2005-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to find an efficient and reliable assisted procedure for enucleation related to the handmade cloning (HMC) technique. After in vitro maturation oocytes were incubated in 0.5 µgmL-¹ demecolcine for 2 h. Subsequently, zonae pellucidae were digested with pronase......, and one-third of the cytoplasm connected to an extrusion cone was removed by hand using a microblade. The remaining two-thirds were used as recipients for HMC, and reconstructed and activated embryos were cultured for 7 days. The time-dependent manner of the development of extrusion cones, the efficiency...... ultrastructure of the oocyte organelles, however, appeared to be unaltered by the treatments. Considering that no oocyte selection based on polar body presence was performed, this system seems to be more efficient and reliable than any other enucleation method. Moreover, expensive equipment (inverted...

  3. Endoscopic-assisted Enucleation of Radicular Cysts — A Case Report

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    Kahairi, Abdullah; Ahmed Khan, Shamim; Amirozi, Ahmad

    2010-01-01

    The standard management for the majority of benign jaw cysts is enucleation, marsupialisation, curettage and decompression. Enucleation has the advantage that the whole specimen is sent for microscopic evaluation so that more sinister pathological processes (i.e. squamous cell carcinoma) may not be missed. In a large cystic lesion, enucleation is still possible, but technical difficulties might be encountered. In such instances, inevitable damage can occur to the surrounding structures. We report a case of a large radicular cyst of the maxilla that was enucleated via endoscopic assistance through the Caldwell Luc approach. PMID:22135528

  4. Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgical Enucleation of a Giant Esophageal Leiomyoma Presenting with Persistent Cough

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    Parvez Mujawar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Esophageal leiomyoma is a relatively rare tumor of esophagus but it is the most common benign neoplasm of the esophagus. Small esophageal leiomyoma can be observed but larger ones and those producing symptoms should be excised. As observed for other esophageal tumors, dysphagia is its main symptom. Traditionally, open thoracotomy and enucleation are its main treatment but in the last few years video assisted thoracoscopic surgical (VATS enucleation is gaining recognition with proven advantages of minimally invasive surgery. Herein we present our experience with patient presenting with cough rather than dysphagia as a main symptom, who was diagnosed to be having giant esophageal leiomyoma. VATS guided enucleation was accomplished successfully. Size of lesion was 16×4×3 cm. Postoperative recovery was uneventful and patient is not having any signs of recurrence, after three years during follow-up period.

  5. Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgical Enucleation of a Giant Esophageal Leiomyoma Presenting with Persistent Cough

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    Mujawar, Parvez; Pawar, Tushar; Chavan, Rahulkumar Narayan

    2016-01-01

    Esophageal leiomyoma is a relatively rare tumor of esophagus but it is the most common benign neoplasm of the esophagus. Small esophageal leiomyoma can be observed but larger ones and those producing symptoms should be excised. As observed for other esophageal tumors, dysphagia is its main symptom. Traditionally, open thoracotomy and enucleation are its main treatment but in the last few years video assisted thoracoscopic surgical (VATS) enucleation is gaining recognition with proven advantages of minimally invasive surgery. Herein we present our experience with patient presenting with cough rather than dysphagia as a main symptom, who was diagnosed to be having giant esophageal leiomyoma. VATS guided enucleation was accomplished successfully. Size of lesion was 16 × 4 × 3 cm. Postoperative recovery was uneventful and patient is not having any signs of recurrence, after three years during follow-up period. PMID:26977331

  6. On-Chip Enucleation of Bovine Oocytes using Microrobot-Assisted Flow-Speed Control

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    Akihiko Ichikawa

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we developed a microfluidic chip with a magnetically driven microrobot for oocyte enucleation. A microfluidic system was specially designed for enucleation, and the microrobot actively controls the local flow-speed distribution in the microfluidic chip. The microrobot can adjust fluid resistances in a channel and can open or close the channel to control the flow distribution. Analytical modeling was conducted to control the fluid speed distribution using the microrobot, and the model was experimentally validated. The novelties of the developed microfluidic system are as follows: (1 the cutting speed improved significantly owing to the local fluid flow control; (2 the cutting volume of the oocyte can be adjusted so that the oocyte undergoes less damage; and (3 the nucleus can be removed properly using the combination of a microrobot and hydrodynamic forces. Using this device, we achieved a minimally invasive enucleation process. The average enucleation time was 2.5 s and the average removal volume ratio was 20%. The proposed new system has the advantages of better operation speed, greater cutting precision, and potential for repeatable enucleation.

  7. Erythroblast Enucleation

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    Ganesan Keerthivasan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Even though the production of orthochromatic erythroblasts can be scaled up to fulfill clinical requirements, enucleation remains one of the critical rate-limiting steps in the production of transfusable red blood cells. Mammalian erythrocytes extrude their nucleus prior to entering circulation, likely to impart flexibility and improve the ability to traverse through capillaries that are half the size of erythrocytes. Recently, there have been many advances in our understanding of the mechanisms underlying mammalian erythrocyte enucleation. This review summarizes these advances, discusses the possible future directions in the field, and evaluates the prospects for improved ex vivo production of red blood cells.

  8. Efficiency of two enucleation methods connected to handmade cloning to produce transgenic porcine embryos

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    Li, J; Villemoes, K; Zhang, Y;

    2009-01-01

    enucleation (CAHE) group vs polar body (PB) oriented handmade enucleation (OHE) group respectively]. After removal of the cumulus cells and partial digestion of the zona pellucida, oocytes with visible extrusion cones and/or polar bodies attached to the surface were subjected to oriented bisection. Putative...

  9. Enucleation ratio efficacy might be a better predictor to assess learning curve of holmium laser enucleation of the prostate

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    Chang Wook Jeong

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To appraise the evaluation methods for learning curve and to analyze the non-mentor-aided learning curve and early complications following the holmium laser enucleation of the prostate. MATERIALS AND METHODS:One-hundred and forty (n=140 consecutive patients who underwent HoLEP from July 2008 to July 2010 by a single surgeon (SJO were enrolled. Perioperative clinical variables, including enucleation time, morcellation time, enucleation ratio (enucleation weight/transitional zone volume, enucleation efficacy (enucleated weight/enucleation time, enucleation ratio efficacy (enucleation ratio/enucleation time, and early complication rate were analyzed. RESULTS: Mean prostate volume was 62.7 mL (range 21-162 and preoperative International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS was 19.0 (4-35. Mean enucleation time and morcellation time were 49.9±23.8 (S.D. min and 11.0±9.7 min, respectively. Median duration of postoperative indwelling catheter was 1 (1-7 day and median hospital stay was 1 (1-6 day. There were a total of 31 surgery-related complications in 27 patients (19.3%, and all were manageable. There was an increasing trend of enucleation efficacy in the first 50 cases. However, enucleation efficacy was linearly correlated with the prostate size (correlation coefficients, R=0.701, p<0.001. But, enucleation ratio efficacy could eliminate the confounding effect of the prostate size (R=-0.101, p=0.233. The plateau of enucleation ratio efficacy was reached around the twenty-fifth case. CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrated that the operative learning curve plateau is reached after about 25 cases. We propose that a more appropriate parameter for estimating the operative learning curve is enucleation ratio efficacy, rather than enucleation efficacy.

  10. Outflow facility efficacy of five drugs in enucleated porcine eyes by a method of constant-pressure perfusion.

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    Li, Ning; Shi, Hui-Min; Cong, Lin; Lu, Zhao-Zeng; Ye, Wen; Zhang, Yu-Yan

    2015-01-01

    This study aimed to characterize a technique that assesses the outflow facility (C) efficacy of five kinds of IOP-lowering drugs commonly used clinically in enucleated porcine Eyes. Eyes were perfused at 15 mmHg with GPBS first to establish the baseline outflow facility (C0). Then the anterior chamber contents were exchanged for GPBS with corresponding concentration eye drops (4.9×10(3) nM Brimonidine, 41.1 nM Latanoprost, 3.4×10(3) nM Levobunolol, 3.0×10(3) nM Brinzolamide, 8.3×10(3) nM Pilocarpine) in five groups (n = 6 each), while 6 eyes received GPBS alone as control. The mean stable facility obtained after drug administration (C1) was continuously recorded. The changes between C0 and C1 (ΔC = C1-C0) were analyzed. Finally, for drugs among the five experiment groups with statistical significance, the concentration was reduced 3 times, otherwise the drugs' concentration was increased to 10 times to confirm its effectiveness further using the same methods (n = 6 each). We found that the average baseline outflow facility was 0.24±0.01 μl·min(-1)·mmHg(-1). C increased significantly in Brimonidine and Latanoprost groups, even the concentration of Brimonidine and Latanoprost was decreased 3 times (P Brinzolamide, Pilocarpine and control group (P > 0.05), but when drugs' concentration was increased to 10 times, the C value of Pilocarpine decreased significantly (P = 0.04). No significant washout effects in porcine eyes were observed. To conclude, outflow facility efficacy of five drugs in enucleated porcine eyes may provide a reference for clinical medicine. A constant-pressure perfusion technique should be useful to evaluate effect of pharmacologic agents or surgical manipulations on aqueous humor dynamics. PMID:26221257

  11. Effects of Chemically Assisted Enucleation on the Enucleation Rate of Yanbian Cattle Oocytes and the Development of their Reconstructed Embryos%化学辅助去核法对延边黄牛卵母细胞去核率及其重构胚发育率的影响

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    王玉涵; 朱玉霞; 尹多; 李钟淑; 方南洙

    2011-01-01

    为提高延边黄牛体细胞克隆的效率,采用化学辅助去核法--化学诱导剂脱羰秋水仙碱(Demeeoleine,简称Deme)处理体外成熟的MⅡ期延边黄牛卵母细胞,经显微操作构建重构胚后观察发育情况.试验研究了,Deme的处理浓度、作用时间对延边黄牛卵母细胞去核效果及其重构胚发育的影响.结果显示:体外成熟的卵母细胞在0.2μg/mL、0.3 μg/mL、0.4 μg/mL的Deme溶液中处理45 min,显核率与去核率无显著差异,去核率达100%,但是0.2 μg/mL处理组的囊胚发育率显著高于其他处理组;45 min处理组的显核率显著高于30 min、60 min处理组,45 min处理组的囊胚率高于其他处理组;化学辅助去核法的囊胚率显著高于盲吸法.化学辅助去核能够准确定位去除细胞核,并提高了延边黄牛体细胞克隆的去核率及重构胚的体外发育率.%In order to enhance the efficiency of somatic cell nuclear transfer, MⅡ oocytes of Yanbian cattle were treated by demecolcine. Nucleus of oocytes were deleted by micromanipulation. These oocytes were prepared for the nuclear transfer receptor. The effects of the concentration of demecolcine, the incubation time of oocytes in demecolcine on the enucleation rates and the development of reconstructed embryos were studied.The results showed that:There were no significant differences in the rates of cytoplast protrusion and enucleation in vitro mature oocytes incubated in demecolcine of 0.2 μg/mL, 0.3 μg/mL, 0.4 μg/mL for 45 min,the rate of cytoplast enucleation was 100%, the 0.2 μg/mL group blastocyst rate was significantly higher than those of other concentrations. The group treated for 45 min had significantly higher cytoplast protrusion rate than the groups treated for 30 min and 60 min. The group treated for 45 min had higher blastocyst rate than other groups. The blastocyst rate of chemically assisted enucleation was significantly higher than that of blind enucleation. These

  12. Oocytes Polar Body Detection for Automatic Enucleation

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    Di Chen

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Enucleation is a crucial step in cloning. In order to achieve automatic blind enucleation, we should detect the polar body of the oocyte automatically. The conventional polar body detection approaches have low success rate or low efficiency. We propose a polar body detection method based on machine learning in this paper. On one hand, the improved Histogram of Oriented Gradient (HOG algorithm is employed to extract features of polar body images, which will increase success rate. On the other hand, a position prediction method is put forward to narrow the search range of polar body, which will improve efficiency. Experiment results show that the success rate is 96% for various types of polar bodies. Furthermore, the method is applied to an enucleation experiment and improves the degree of automatic enucleation.

  13. Outflow facility efficacy of five drugs in enucleated porcine eyes by a method of constant-pressure perfusion

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    Li, Ning; Shi, Hui-Min; Cong, Lin; Lu, Zhao-Zeng; Ye, Wen; Zhang, Yu-yan

    2015-01-01

    This study aimed to characterize a technique that assesses the outflow facility (C) efficacy of five kinds of IOP-lowering drugs commonly used clinically in enucleated porcine Eyes. Eyes were perfused at 15 mmHg with GPBS first to establish the baseline outflow facility (C0). Then the anterior chamber contents were exchanged for GPBS with corresponding concentration eye drops (4.9×103 nM Brimonidine, 41.1 nM Latanoprost, 3.4×103 nM Levobunolol, 3.0×103 nM Brinzolamide, 8.3×103 nM Pilocarpine)...

  14. Evaluación de la enucleación asistida por demecolcina como método para evitar la exposición a luz UV en la producción de embriones bovinos por técnica de clonación Evaluation of demecolcine assisted enucleation as a method to avoid the UV exposure in the bovine embryos production by cloning

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    L.N. Moro

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available La clonación es una técnica con gran potencial científico y económico, aunque aún ineficiente. La luz ultravioleta (UV utilizada durante la enucleación del ovocito genera cambios estructurales y funcionales, afectando la viabilidad de los embriones reconstituidos. El inhibidor de microtúbulos demecolcina (DMC permite generar una protrusión visible conteniendo al núcleo del ovocito, evitando la utilización de luz UV para su ubicación y extracción. Inicialmente los ovocitos fueron tratados con 0,4μg/ml DMC durante toda la maduración in vitro (24h o desde las 21h, obteniendo un 61,4% y 87% de núcleos ubicados en protrusión, respectivamente. En un segundo experimento los ovocitos fueron tratados con 0,4 μg/ml DMC luego de exposición a ionomicina, logrando un 52,7% de eficiencia. Finalmente, se extrajeron los núcleos de ovocitos con protrusión generados con el mejor tratamiento (DMC21h, sin exponerlos a radiación UV. Cada ovocito enucleado sin zona pelúcida fue electro-fusionado con una blastómera de un embrión FIV de 8 células. El grupo control no se expuso a DMC y se utilizó luz UV en la enucleación. No hubo diferencias estadísticas en las tasas de clivaje (67% vs 76% ni de blastocistos (7,4% vs 3,8% entre ambos grupos, aunque con el nuevo tratamiento la enucleación resultó técnicamente más sencillo.Cloning is a powerful scientific and economical tool, though inefficient. The ultraviolet irradiation (UV used for oocytes enucleation generates structural and functional changes, affecting the viability of reconstructed embryos. The microtubule inhibitor demecolcina (DMC permits the production of a cytoplasmic protrusion containing the oocyte nucleus, avoiding the UV irradiation for its identification and removal. Initially, oocytes were exposed to 0,4μg/ml DMC during whole in vitro maturation (24h or after 21h, obtaining 61,4% and 87% of the nuclei inside a visible protrusion, respectively. In a second experiment

  15. On-chip enucleation of an oocyte by untethered microrobots

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    Ichikawa, Akihiko; Sakuma, Shinya; Sugita, Masakuni; Shoda, Tatsuro; Tamakoshi, Takahiro; Akagi, Satoshi; Arai, Fumihito

    2014-09-01

    We propose a novel on-chip enucleation of an oocyte with zona pellucida by using a combination of untethered microrobots. To achieve enucleation within the closed space of a microfluidic chip, two microrobots, a microknife and a microgripper were integrated into the microfluidic chip. These microrobots were actuated by an external magnetic force produced by permanent magnets placed on the robotic stage. The tip of the microknife was designed by considering the biological geometric feature of an oocyte, i.e. the oocyte has a polar body in maturation stage II. Moreover, the microknife was fabricated by using grayscale lithography, which allows fabrication of three-dimensional microstructures. The microgripper has a gripping function that is independent of the driving mechanism. On-chip enucleation was demonstrated, and the enucleated oocytes are spherical, indicating that the cell membrane of the oocytes remained intact. To confirm successful enucleation using this method, we investigated the viability of oocytes after enucleation. The results show that the production rate, i.e. the ratio between the number of oocytes that reach the blastocyst stage and the number of bovine oocytes after nucleus transfer, is 100%. The technique will contribute to complex cell manipulation such as cell surgery in lab-on-a-chip devices.

  16. LAPAROSCOPIC PANCREATIC RESECTION. FROM ENUCLEATION TO PANCREATODUODENECTOMY. 11-YEAR EXPERIENCE

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    Marcel Autran Cesar MACHADO

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Context Our experience with laparoscopic pancreatic resection began in 2001. During initial experience, laparoscopy was reserved for selected cases. With increasing experience more complex laparoscopic procedures such as central pancreatectomy and pancreatoduodenectomies were performed. Objectives The aim of this paper is to review our personal experience with laparoscopic pancreatic resection over 11-year period. Methods All patients who underwent laparoscopic pancreatic resection from 2001 through 2012 were reviewed. Preoperative data included age, gender, and indication for surgery. Intraoperative variables included operative time, bleeding, blood transfusion. Diagnosis, tumor size, margin status were determined from final pathology reports. Results Since 2001, 96 patients underwent laparoscopic pancreatectomy. Median age was 55 years old. 60 patients were female and 36 male. Of these, 88 (91.6% were performed totally laparoscopic; 4 (4.2% needed hand-assistance, 1 robotic assistance. Three patients were converted. Four patients needed blood transfusion. Operative time varied according type of operation. Mortality was nil but morbidity was high, mainly due to pancreatic fistula (28.1%. Sixty-one patients underwent distal pancreatectomy, 18 underwent pancreatic enucleation, 7 pylorus-preserving pancreatoduodenectomies, 5 uncinate process resection, 3 central and 2 total pancreatectomies. Conclusions Laparoscopic resection of the pancreas is a reality. Pancreas sparing techniques, such as enucleation, resection of uncinate process and central pancreatectomy, should be used to avoid exocrine and/or endocrine insufficiency that could be detrimental to the patient's quality of life. Laparoscopic pancreatoduodenectomy is a safe operation but should be performed in specialized centers by highly skilled laparoscopic surgeons.

  17. Enucleation and evisceration: indications, complications and clinicopathological correlations

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    Ali; Kord; Valeshabad; Masood; Naseripour; Rajab; Asghari; Seyed; Hamid; Parhizgar; Seyed; Ehsan; Parhizgar; Mohammad; Taghvaei; Shahin; Miri

    2014-01-01

    ·AIM: To assess main indications, postoperative complications and clinicopathological correlation of ocular enucleation-evisceration.·METHODS: A total of 107 subjects who underwent enucleation and/or evisceration and received hydroxyapatite implants(Scleral wrap or mesh) were assessed. For each patient clinicopathological data was collected which included demographic information,clinical history, primary clinical diagnosis, main cause of ophthalmic surgery(traumatic, non-traumatic), type of surgical procedure(enucleation, evisceration) and pathological report. Patients’ postoperative clinical visits were checked for procedure-related complications during first year after surgery.·RESULTS: One hundred and seven patients(male:65.4%; mean age: 26y) underwent enucleation(n=100) or evisceration(n =7) due to traumatic(n =41) and non-traumatic(n =66) causes. Disfiguring painful blind eye was the most common indication of surgery(66.4%),followed by leukocoria(19.6%) and endophthalmitis(4.7%). The main types of injury included firecracker,traffic and work accidents, and sharp object perforating injury. In 53(80.3%) subjects in non-traumatic group the initial clinical diagnosis matched the histopathologicalresults. Malignant tumors(retinoblastoma: 47.5%,malignant melanoma: 27.3%) were the most common pathological diagnoses followed by phthisis bulbi(25.8%).The most common procedure-related complications were major eye discharge(39.6%), and implant exposure and discharge(20.8%).·CONCLUSION: Trauma and malignant tumors are the leading causes of enucleation-evisceration. Despite developing new techniques and materials, enucleation is still associated with considerable postoperative complications.

  18. Successful enucleation of retroperitoneal cyst.

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    Singal, Rikki; Gupta, Samita; Singh, Bir

    2012-01-01

    Retroperitoneal mesenteric cyst is a rare entity among the other mesenteric cysts and intra-abdominal tumours. A 42-year-old woman reported with pain abdomen off and on since one month. There were no other complaints. On ultrasonography a mesenteric cyst was diagnosed. Surgery was planned which revealed a retroperitoneal mesenteric cyst. Enucleation of the cyst was done. In follow-up of 6 months patient is asymptomatic. We are reporting a rarely reported retroperitoneal mesenteric cyst in the mesentery of the descending colon or sigmoid.

  19. Psychological Reactions and Persistent Facial Pain following Enucleation

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    Dominic Hegarty

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Enucleation is a psychologically and physically traumatic event associated with chronic pain. It would be desirable to better predict which patients will have pain after surgery. Methods. A cross-sectional postal questionnaire study of adults undergoing enucleation captured the demographic details, Pain Quality Assessment Scale (PQAS, Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS, and the Facial Pain Assessment questionnaire. Patients were classified as suffering from chronic pain if they reported a pain score of >1 out of 10 on the numerical pain score (NRS. Results. Seventeen of 60 adults participated in the study. 47% of patients reported chronic pain (mean pain score = 1.4 ± 0.7, n=17; 25% experienced pain daily. No difference in age, surgical side, reason for surgery, or the duration of time since the surgery was noted. All patients had low PQAS scores and 50% of individuals with persistent pain were concerned about their facial appearance. There was no significant difference in the level of catastrophization noted in patients with or without pain or between the subgroups (rumination, magnification, or helplessness. Conclusions. Although persistent pain following enucleation affected a significant number of patients, the pain intensity was mild. Enucleation influenced the physical perception some individuals had of themselves.

  20. Calcium Signaling Is Required for Erythroid Enucleation.

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    Wölwer, Christina B; Pase, Luke B; Russell, Sarah M; Humbert, Patrick O

    2016-01-01

    Although erythroid enucleation, the property of erythroblasts to expel their nucleus, has been known for 7ore than a century, surprisingly little is known regarding the molecular mechanisms governing this unique developmental process. Here we show that similar to cytokinesis, nuclear extrusion requires intracellular calcium signaling and signal transduction through the calmodulin (CaM) pathway. However, in contrast to cytokinesis we found that orthochromatic erythroblasts require uptake of extracellular calcium to enucleate. Together these functional studies highlight a critical role for calcium signaling in the regulation of erythroid enucleation.

  1. Calcium Signaling Is Required for Erythroid Enucleation.

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    Christina B Wölwer

    Full Text Available Although erythroid enucleation, the property of erythroblasts to expel their nucleus, has been known for 7ore than a century, surprisingly little is known regarding the molecular mechanisms governing this unique developmental process. Here we show that similar to cytokinesis, nuclear extrusion requires intracellular calcium signaling and signal transduction through the calmodulin (CaM pathway. However, in contrast to cytokinesis we found that orthochromatic erythroblasts require uptake of extracellular calcium to enucleate. Together these functional studies highlight a critical role for calcium signaling in the regulation of erythroid enucleation.

  2. Calcium Signaling Is Required for Erythroid Enucleation

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    Russell, Sarah M.; Humbert, Patrick O.

    2016-01-01

    Although erythroid enucleation, the property of erythroblasts to expel their nucleus, has been known for 7ore than a century, surprisingly little is known regarding the molecular mechanisms governing this unique developmental process. Here we show that similar to cytokinesis, nuclear extrusion requires intracellular calcium signaling and signal transduction through the calmodulin (CaM) pathway. However, in contrast to cytokinesis we found that orthochromatic erythroblasts require uptake of extracellular calcium to enucleate. Together these functional studies highlight a critical role for calcium signaling in the regulation of erythroid enucleation. PMID:26731108

  3. Uveal Melanoma Recurrence After Fractionated Proton Beam Therapy: Comparison of Survival in Patients Treated With Reirradiation or With Enucleation

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    Purpose: To retrospectively compare survival in recurrent uveal melanoma, between patients treated by enucleation or by a second course of fractionated proton beam therapy (PBT). Methods and Materials: Tumor recurrence was documented in 73 patients treated with PBT for uveal melanoma. Of the patients, 31 received a second course of PBT and 42 underwent enucleation. The mean patient age was 56 and 61 years for those undergoing enucleation and those undergoing reirradiation, respectively. Both primary and recurrent tumors were larger in patients undergoing enucleation. Tumor location and the presence or absence of ciliary body involvement did not differ significantly between the groups. The median follow-up after enucleation and after re-treatment was 79 and 59 months, respectively. Cumulative rates of outcomes and differences in rates between the reirradiated and enucleation groups were calculated by the Cox proportional hazards model and the log-rank test, respectively. Results: The median survival duration in the enucleated and reirradiated groups was 42 and 90 months, respectively. The median time free of metastases was 38 months in enucleated patients and 97 months in reirradiated patients. At 5 years after enucleation and after reirradiation, the probability of overall survival was 36% and 63%, respectively (p = 0.040, log-rank test); the probability of freedom from metastases was 31% and 66%, respectively (p = 0.028, log-rank test). These differences persisted after adjustment for recurrent tumor largest diameter and volume at the time of reirradiation or enucleation. Conclusions: This retrospective analysis suggests that survival in reirradiated patients is not compromised by administration of a second course of PBT for recurrent uveal melanoma.

  4. Office Hysteroscopic Laser Enucleation of Submucous Myomas without Mass Extraction: A Case Series Study

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    Sergio Haimovich

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives. A new two-step hysteroscopic myomectomy carried out in the office setting and without anesthesia was feasible for the excision of submucous myomas. The objective of this study was to assess whether removal of submucous myomas from the uterine cavity after hysteroscopic laser enucleation is necessary. Methods. Between June 2009 and April 2013, all outpatients with symptomatic myomatosis (bleeding, pelvic pain, and infertility assessed ultrasonographically were eligible to participate in a prospective study. All patients underwent office hysteroscopic enucleation of submucous myomas. Enucleated myomas were left in the uterine cavity. Neither anesthesia nor antibiotic prophylaxis was used. Results. Sixty-one women (mean age: 47.3 years were included. Regardless of hysteroscopic localization and grading, all myomas were enucleated. The mean (standard deviation, SD diameter of the myoma as measured by the ultrasound scan was 22.6 (8.5 mm. In 29 cases (47.5%, the diameter of the resected myoma was >20 mm and in 10 cases (16.4% >30 mm. After a mean follow-up of 68.2 (16.5 days, none of the patients showed a residual myoma inside the uterine cavity. Conclusions. The present results indicate that leaving laser-enucleated submucous myoma in the uterine cavity is a feasible and safe therapeutic option.

  5. Replication of somatic micronuclei in bovine enucleated oocytes

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    Canel Natalia

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Microcell-mediated chromosome transfer (MMCT was developed to introduce a low number of chromosomes into a host cell. We have designed a novel technique combining part of MMCT with somatic cell nuclear transfer, which consists of injecting a somatic micronucleus into an enucleated oocyte, and inducing its cellular machinery to replicate such micronucleus. It would allow the isolation and manipulation of a single or a low number of somatic chromosomes. Methods Micronuclei from adult bovine fibroblasts were produced by incubation in 0.05 μg/ml demecolcine for 46 h followed by 2 mg/ml mitomycin for 2 h. Cells were finally treated with 10 μg/ml cytochalasin B for 1 h. In vitro matured bovine oocytes were mechanically enucleated and intracytoplasmatically injected with one somatic micronucleus, which had been previously exposed [Micronucleus- injected (+] or not [Micronucleus- injected (−] to a transgene (50 ng/μl pCX-EGFP during 5 min. Enucleated oocytes [Enucleated (+] and parthenogenetic [Parthenogenetic (+] controls were injected into the cytoplasm with less than 10 pl of PVP containing 50 ng/μl pCX-EGFP. A non-injected parthenogenetic control [Parthenogenetic (−] was also included. Two hours after injection, oocytes and reconstituted embryos were activated by incubation in 5 μM ionomycin for 4 min + 1.9 mM 6-DMAP for 3 h. Cleavage stage and egfp expression were evaluated. DNA replication was confirmed by DAPI staining. On day 2, Micronucleus- injected (−, Parthenogenetic (− and in vitro fertilized (IVF embryos were karyotyped. Differences among treatments were determined by Fisher′s exact test (p≤0.05. Results All the experimental groups underwent the first cell divisions. Interestingly, a low number of Micronucleus-injected embryos showed egfp expression. DAPI staining confirmed replication of micronuclei in most of the evaluated embryos. Karyotype analysis revealed that all Micronucleus-injected embryos had

  6. Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate: patient selection and perspectives

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    Marien, Tracy; Kadihasanoglu, Mustafa; Miller, Nicole L

    2016-01-01

    Background Multiple endoscopic surgical options exist to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), including holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP). HoLEP alleviates obstructive prostatic tissue via enucleation, both bluntly with a resectoscope and by cutting tissue with the holmium laser, and removal of adenoma via morcellation. This article reviews patient selection for HoLEP in order to optimize outcomes, costs, and patient satisfaction. Methods A literature review of all studies on HoLEP was conducted. Studies that focused on outcomes in regard to patient and procedural factors were closely reviewed and discussed. Results Various studies found that men with large or small prostates, on antithrombotic therapy, in urinary retention, with bladder hypocontractility, with prostate cancer, undergoing retreatment for BPH, or in need of concomitant surgery for bladder stones and other pathologies do well with HoLEP, as demonstrated by excellent functional and symptomatic outcomes as well as low complication rates. There is a 74–78% rate of retrograde ejaculation following HoLEP. Techniques to preserve ejaculatory function following enucleative techniques have not been able to demonstrate a significant improvement. Conclusion Patient selection for HoLEP can include most men with bothersome BPH who have evidence of bladder outlet obstruction and are healthy enough to undergo surgery. The ability to safely perform concomitant surgery with HoLEP benefits the patient by sparing them an additional anesthetic and also decreases costs. Patients should be made aware of the risk of retrograde ejaculation following HoLEP and counseled on treatment alternatives if maintaining ejaculatory function is desired. PMID:27800470

  7. Preservation of enucleated porcine eyes for use in a wet laboratory

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    Nibourg, Lisanne M.; Koopmans, Steven A.

    2014-01-01

    PURPOSE: To design a method to preserve enucleated porcine eyes for use in a wet laboratory. SETTING: Laboratory of Experimental Ophthalmology, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. DESIGN: Experimental study. METHODS: Porcine eyes were preserved using 15 methods including salt solut

  8. Standard Enucleation with Aluminium Oxide Implant (Bioceramic Covered with Patient's Sclera

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    Gian Luigi Zigiotti

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. We describe in our study a modified standard enucleation, using sclera harvested from the enucleated eye to cover the prosthesis in order to insert a large porous implant and to reduce postoperative complication rates in a phthisis globe. Methods. We perform initially a standard enucleation. The porous implant (Bioceramic is then covered only partially by the patient's sclera. The implant is inserted in the posterior Tenon's space with the scleral covering looking at front. All patients were followed at least for twelve months (average followup 16 months. Results. We performed nineteen primary procedures (19 patients, 19 eyes, M; F and secondary, to fill the orbital cavity in patients already operated by standard evisceration (7 patients, 7 eyes. There were no cases of implant extrusion. The orbital volume was well reintegrated. Conclusion. Our procedure was safe and effective. All patients had a good cosmetic result after final prosthetic fitting and we also achieved good prothesis mobility.

  9. Communication Assistive Method Using Sympathetic Skin Response

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    Masuda, Fumihiko; Wada, Chikamune

    2010-01-01

    In this study, we indicated the possibility of using SSR as the switching of the communication aid in ALS. Additionally, we investigated the influence of the visual scanning speed on the kana selection accuracy and latency of SSR. The following results were obtained: 1. In ALS patients, we believe that it is possible to using SSR as a switching of communication assistive method.

  10. Ocular histopathological changes after eyeball enucleation induced by corneal trauma

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    2001-01-01

    Objective: To observe the ocular histopathological changes aftereyeball enucleation induced by corneal trauma.Methods: Light microscopic examination was done on 117 eyeball specimens enucleated after corneal trauma (18 with corneal fissure and 99 with corneal perforating trauma).Results: Acute, subacute or chronic inflammatory changes, and fibrous membrane formation were observed in well-closed corneal wounds, whereas inflammation, atrophy and scar were observed in the focal tissues. But at the late period, secondary glaucoma, retinal detachment, endophthalmitis and eyeball atrophy resulted in blindness. Corneal fistula was observed in those with inadequate cure of wounds caused by ingrowth of corneal epithelium, embedment of iris and vitreous body, and large area of centrally located tissue deficiency of the corneal. A high incidence of endophthalmitis was noted due to the presence of corneal fistula. Severe inflammation was observed in the anterior segmental tissues with fibrous infiltration in the anterior chamber, which might result in rapid destruction of the eyeballs.Conclusions: Ocular pathology varies with the difference of the position, form, size and closing conditions of the corneal laceration after trauma.

  11. Irreversible electroporation of human primary uveal melanoma in enucleated eyes.

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    Yossi Mandel

    Full Text Available Uveal melanoma (UM is the most common primary intraocular tumor in adults and is characterized by high rates of metastatic disease. Although brachytherapy is the most common globe-sparing treatment option for small- and medium-sized tumors, the treatment is associated with severe adverse reactions and does not lead to increased survival rates as compared to enucleation. The use of irreversible electroporation (IRE for tumor ablation has potential advantages in the treatment of tumors in complex organs such as the eye. Following previous theoretical work, herein we evaluate the use of IRE for uveal tumor ablation in human ex vivo eye model. Enucleated eyes of patients with uveal melanoma were treated with short electric pulses (50-100 µs, 1000-2000 V/cm using a customized electrode design. Tumor bioimpedance was measured before and after treatment and was followed by histopathological evaluation. We found that IRE caused tumor ablation characterized by cell membrane disruption while sparing the non-cellular sclera. Membrane disruption and loss of cellular capacitance were also associated with significant reduction in total tumor impedance and loss of impedance frequency dependence. The effect was more pronounced near the pulsing electrodes and was dependent on time from treatment to fixation. Future studies should further evaluate the potential of IRE as an alternative method of uveal melanoma treatment.

  12. Formation of mammalian erythrocytes: chromatin condensation and enucleation.

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    Ji, Peng; Murata-Hori, Maki; Lodish, Harvey F

    2011-07-01

    In all vertebrates, the cell nucleus becomes highly condensed and transcriptionally inactive during the final stages of red cell biogenesis. Enucleation, the process by which the nucleus is extruded by budding off from the erythroblast, is unique to mammals. Enucleation has critical physiological and evolutionary significance in that it allows an elevation of hemoglobin levels in the blood and also gives red cells their flexible biconcave shape. Recent experiments reveal that enucleation involves multiple molecular and cellular pathways that include histone deacetylation, actin polymerization, cytokinesis, cell-matrix interactions, specific microRNAs and vesicle trafficking; many evolutionarily conserved proteins and genes have been recruited to participate in this uniquely mammalian process. In this review, we discuss recent advances in mammalian erythroblast chromatin condensation and enucleation, and conclude with our perspectives on future studies.

  13. Unsuccessful Self-Enucleation in a Schizophrenic Patient

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    Noam Bar-Yaakov

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Self-enucleation is a very unusual form of self-mutilation directly linked to mental illness. In this case we present a 26-year-old schizophrenic patient who attempted to enucleate his eye with a rollerball pen. Antipsychotic therapy and emergency surgery saved the patient eye and emphasize the importance of quick response and good collaboration between psychiatric and ophthalmic teams.

  14. Vision-Related Quality of Life and Appearance Concerns Are Associated with Anxiety and Depression after Eye Enucleation: A Cross-Sectional Study

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    Juan Ye; Lixia Lou; Kai Jin; Yufeng Xu; Xin Ye; Timothy Moss; Hayley McBain

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    Aims To investigate the association of demographic, clinical and psychosocial variables with levels of anxiety and depression in participants wearing an ocular prosthesis after eye enucleation. Methods This cross-sectional study included 195 participants with an enucleated eye who were attending an ophthalmic clinic for prosthetic rehabilitation between July and November 2014. Demographic and clinical data, and self-reported feelings of shame, sadness and anger were collected. Participants al...

  15. Nuclear Transfer of Embryonic Cell Nuclei to Non-enucleated Eggs in Zebrafish, Danio rerio

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    Manabu Hattori, Hisashi Hashimoto, Ekaterina Bubenshchikova, Yuko Wakamatsu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We previously established a novel method for nuclear transfer in medaka (Oryzias latipes using non-enucleated, diploidized eggs as recipients for adult somatic cell nuclei. Here we report the first attempt to apply this method to another fish species. To examine suitability of using non-enucleated eggs as recipients for nuclear transfer in the zebrafish (Danio rerio, we transferred blastula cell nuclei from a wild-type donor strain to non-enucleated, unfertilized eggs from a golden recipient strain. As a result, 31 of 184 (16.8% operated eggs developed normally and reached the adult stage. Twenty-eight (15.2% of these transplants showed wild-type phenotype and the remaining three (1.6% were golden. Except for one individual that exhibited diploid/tetraploid mosaicism, all of the wild-type nuclear transplants were either triploid or diploid. While all of 19 triploid transplants were infertile, a total of six transplants (21.4% were fertile (five of the eight diploid transplants and one transplant exhibiting ploidy mosaicism. Except for one diploid individual, all of the fertile transplants transferred both the wild-type golden gene allele (slc24a5 as well as the phenotype, the wild-type body color, to their F1 and F2 progeny in a typical Mendelian fashion. PCR analysis of slc24a5 suggested that triploidy originated from a fused nucleus in the diploid donor and haploid recipient nuclei, and that the sole origin of diploidy was the diploid donor nucleus. The results of the present study demonstrated the suitability of using non-enucleated eggs as recipients for nuclear transfer experiments in zebrafish.

  16. Shifts in developmental timing, and not increased levels of experience-dependent neuronal activity, promote barrel expansion in the primary somatosensory cortex of rats enucleated at birth.

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    Ingrid Fetter-Pruneda

    Full Text Available Birth-enucleated rodents display enlarged representations of whiskers (i.e., barrels of the posteromedial subfield in the primary somatosensory cortex. Although the historical view maintains that barrel expansion is due to incremental increases in neuronal activity along the trigeminal pathway during postnatal development, recent evidence obtained in experimental models of intramodal plasticity challenges this view. Here, we re-evaluate the role of experience-dependent neuronal activity on barrel expansion in birth-enucleated rats by combining various anatomical methods and sensory deprivation paradigms. We show that barrels in birth-enucleated rats were already enlarged by the end of the first week of life and had levels of metabolic activity comparable to those in control rats at different ages. Dewhiskering after the postnatal period of barrel formation did not prevent barrel expansion in adult, birth-enucleated rats. Further, dark rearing and enucleation after barrel formation did not lead to expanded barrels in adult brains. Because incremental increases of somatosensory experience did not promote barrel expansion in birth-enucleated rats, we explored whether shifts of the developmental timing could better explain barrel expansion during the first week of life. Accordingly, birth-enucleated rats show earlier formation of barrels, accelerated growth of somatosensory thalamocortical afferents, and an earlier H4 deacetylation. Interestingly, when H4 deacetylation was prevented with a histone deacetylases inhibitor (valproic acid, barrel specification timing returned to normal and barrel expansion did not occur. Thus, we provide evidence supporting that shifts in developmental timing modulated through epigenetic mechanisms, and not increased levels of experience dependent neuronal activity, promote barrel expansion in the primary somatosensory cortex of rats enucleated at birth.

  17. Measurement of orbital volume after enucleation and orbital implantation.

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    Olga Lukats

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: This article reports experience relating to the measurement of orbital volume by means of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT and Cranioviewer program software in patients who have undergone enucleation and orbital implantation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: CBCT scans were made in 30 cases, 10 of which were later excluded because of various technical problems. The study group therefore consisted of 20 patients (8 men and 12 women. The longest follow-up time was 7 years, and the shortest was 1 year. In all 20 cases, the orbital volume was measured with Cranioviewer orbital program software. Slices were made in the ventrodorsal direction at 4.8 mm intervals in the frontal plane, in both bony orbits (both that containing the orbital implant and the healthy one. Similar measurements were made in 20 patients with various dental problems. CBCT scans were recorded for the facial region of the skull, containing the orbital region. The Cranioviewer program can colour the area of the slices red, and it automatically measures the area in mm. RESULTS: In 5 of the 20 cases, the first 4 or all 5 slices revealed that the volume of the operated orbit was significantly smaller than that of the healthy orbit, in 12 cases only from 1 to 3 of the slices indicated such a significant difference, and in 3 cases no differences were observed between the orbits. In the control group of patients with various dental problems, there was no significant difference between the two healthy orbits. The accuracy of the volume measurements was assessed statistically by means of the paired samples t-test. SUMMARY: To date, no appropriate method is avaliable for exact measurement of the bony orbital volume, which would be of particular importance in orbital injury reconstruction. However, the use of CBCT scans and Cranioviewer orbital program software appears to offer a reliable method for the measurement of changes in orbital volume.

  18. Research advances in control methods of wearable walking assist robots

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    Xia ZHANG

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available As the proportion of the elderly in China increases, the need for robotic assist walking is growing. The assisted-as-needed (AAN property of a wearable walking assist robot matches a user’s biological need and improves the flexibility, appetency and friendliness of a mechanical system. To realize AAN walking and aiming at realizing master/slave flexible assist, a new hybrid control method consisting of hip joint control based on central pattern generators and knee joint impedance structured control is proposed. The adaptation of a robot's master/slave motion mode to a user's physical function, the continuous switching method for knee joint impedance structured control and its stability, and the AAN effect of the Hybrid control theory are studied, which provides a new thought for the development of wearable walking assist robots.

  19. Enucleation of a Giant Hemangioma of Liver: Old School Revisited

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    Karpagavel ChandraBose

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Hemangiomas are the most frequent benign hepatic tumours and are usually found in patients aged between 40 and 60 years, more frequently in women. In 30–35% of patients, the lesions are multiple. If the lesions are larger than 4–10 cm, they are coined as “giant” hemangioma. Here, we present a case of giant hemangioma treated with enucleation of the lesion and the advantages of the procedure.

  20. A Simplified Approach for Oocyte Enucleation in Mammalian Cloning

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    Iuso, Domenico; Czernik, Marta; Zacchini, Federica; Ptak, Grazyna; Loi, Pasqualino

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    Despite its success in almost all farm and laboratory animals, somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) is still a low-efficiency technique. In this investigation, we determined the impact of each enucleation step on oocyte viability (assessed by parthenogenetic activation): Hoechst (HO) staining, cytochalasin B, ultraviolet (UV) exposure, and demecolcine. Our data showed that of all the factors analyzed, UV exposure impaired oocyte development (cleavage, 59% for untreated oocytes vs. 8% UV expos...

  1. Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate hyperplasia: technical aspects

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    P. V. Glybochko

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP was first described by doctor P.J. Gilling et al. from New Zealand in 1996. The operation involves anatomical dissection of the prostatic tissue off the surgical capsule using a high-powered holmium laser followed by intravesical morsellation. The objective of this article is to explain the techniques for HoLEP.

  2. Altered anterior visual system development following early monocular enucleation

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    Krista R. Kelly

    2014-01-01

    Conclusions: The novel finding of an asymmetry in morphology of the anterior visual system following long-term survival from early monocular enucleation indicates altered postnatal visual development. Possible mechanisms behind this altered development include recruitment of deafferented cells by crossing nasal fibres and/or geniculate cell retention via feedback from primary visual cortex. These data highlight the importance of balanced binocular input during postnatal maturation for typical anterior visual system morphology.

  3. Transurethral enucleation of large benign prostatic hyperplasia in sodium chloride solution

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    I. N. Shvarev

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Transurethral resection is a generally recognized treatment for small to medium-sized benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH. Numerous original tools are proposed for surgery of large BPH. These include laser (holmium laser enucleation of the prostate and transurethral (transurethral enucleation with bipolar (TUEB enucleation in 0.9 % NaCl solution, which are accompanied by removal of the maximum adenoma tissue volume, short-term recovery, and a substantially fewer early and late complications.Objective: to evaluate the safety and efficiency of TUEB in patients with large BPH.Subjects and methods. TUEB was carried out in 58 patients with large BPH. Their mean age was 64 years. The gland size was ≥ 102 сm3. The residual urine volume in all the patients was more than 100 ml. One year later, the results of treatment were analyzed using the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS, Quality of Life (QoL Questionnaire, as well as from residual urine volume and remaining prostate tissue.Results. The mean time of surgery and enucleation was 90 and 55 min, respectively. The mean volume of removed adenoma tissue was 99 ml. By the end of month 2 following TUEB, there was a progressive reduction in the total IPSS and QoL scores from 35 to 7 and from 5 to 1, respectively, which preserved this trend by the end of a 1-year follow-up. study. The residual urine amount was less than 30 ml. The mean volume of the prostate tissue left was 8.5 сm3 and less than 11.0 сm3. The ultrasound anatomy of the prostatic urethra (transformation of thin-walled spherical TUR defect that is characteristic slit-like one resembles the inverted letter Y eventually formed by the end of the 1-year follow-up. Stricture of the urethra and contracture of the bladder neck were noted in none of the cases. Conclusion. TUEB is an alternative to open surgery in patients with the enlarged prostate. The use of isotonic NaCl solution as washing fluid allows one to plan

  4. A novel assistance data processing method for AGPS location system

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    LEI Jian-jun; XIA Ying; Haeyoung Bae

    2007-01-01

    A method for efficiently transmitting location assistance information to an MS (mobile station) over a control channel with minimal impact on the capacity of the control channel. A location server provides a difference between satellite positions that have been computed using Almanac data and Ephemeris data. Sending only the difference between the positions and satellite clock corrections computed using the two different data types. The total amount of information to be transmitted to a MS is significantly reduced. Furthermore, by providing rate of change information, the method allows the location assistance information to remain valid for a relatively long time after it has been received by the MS.

  5. A Chemical Screening Approach to Identify Novel Key Mediators of Erythroid Enucleation

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    Wölwer, Christina B.; Pase, Luke B.; Pearson, Helen B.; Gödde, Nathan J.; Lackovic, Kurt; Huang, David C. S.; Russell, Sarah M.; Humbert, Patrick O.

    2015-01-01

    Erythroid enucleation is critical for terminal differentiation of red blood cells, and involves extrusion of the nucleus by orthochromatic erythroblasts to produce reticulocytes. Due to the difficulty of synchronizing erythroblasts, the molecular mechanisms underlying the enucleation process remain poorly understood. To elucidate the cellular program governing enucleation, we utilized a novel chemical screening approach whereby orthochromatic cells primed for enucleation were enriched ex vivo and subjected to a functional drug screen using a 324 compound library consisting of structurally diverse, medicinally active and cell permeable drugs. Using this approach, we have confirmed the role of HDACs, proteasomal regulators and MAPK in erythroid enucleation and introduce a new role for Cyclin-dependent kinases, in particular CDK9, in this process. Importantly, we demonstrate that when coupled with imaging analysis, this approach provides a powerful means to identify and characterize rate limiting steps involved in the erythroid enucleation process. PMID:26569102

  6. Transurethral enucleation of large benign prostatic hyperplasia in sodium chloride solution

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    I. N. Shvarev; Andreev, S. S.; V. V. Savich

    2016-01-01

    Background. Transurethral resection is a generally recognized treatment for small to medium-sized benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Numerous original tools are proposed for surgery of large BPH. These include laser (holmium laser enucleation of the prostate) and transurethral (transurethral enucleation with bipolar (TUEB)) enucleation in 0.9 % NaCl solution, which are accompanied by removal of the maximum adenoma tissue volume, short-term recovery, and a substantially fewer early and late c...

  7. Comparison of trauma extent between transurethral plasmakinetic resection of the prostate and holmium laser enucleation treatment of BPH

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    Ying-Shu Zhen

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To study the trauma extent of transurethral plasmakinetic resection of the prostate and holmium laser enucleation treatment of BPH. Methods:A total of 134 cases of patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia were selected for study and randomly divided into PKRP group who received transurethral plasmakinetic resection of the prostate and HoLEP group who received transurethral holmium laser enucleation of the prostate, and serum prostate-specific antigen, cortin and medulla hormone as well as thyroid hormone content were detected. Results:1 d after operation, serum t-PSA and f-PSA content of both groups were higher than those before operation and serum t-PSA and f-PSA content of HoLEP group were lower than those of PKRP group, serum ACTH, COR, FC, CBG, NE, E and rT3 content of HoLEP group were significantly lower than those of PKRP group, FT3, TT3, FT4 and TT4 content were significantly higher than those of PKRP group, and TSH content was without significant difference;6 months after operation, serum t-PSA and f-PSA content of both groups were lower than those before operation and serum t-PSA and f-PSA content of HoLEP group were not different from those of PKRP group. Conclusion:Both transurethral plasmakinetic resection of the prostate and holmium laser enucleation can effectively remove hyperplastic prostate tissue, and the surgical trauma of HoLEP is less.

  8. p38α controls erythroblast enucleation and Rb signaling in stress erythropoiesis

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    Simon M Schultze; Andreas Mairhofer; Dan Li; Jin Cen; Hartmut Beug; Erwin F Wagner; Lijian Hui

    2012-01-01

    Enucleation of erythroblasts during terminal differentiation is unique to mammals.Although erythroid enucleation has been extensively studied,only a few genes,including retinoblastoma protein(Rb),have been identified to regulate nuclear extrusion.It remains largely undefined by which signaling molecules,the extrinsic stimuli,such as erythropoietin(Epo),are transduced to induce enucleation.Here,we show that p38α,a mitogen-activated protein kinase(MAPK),is required for erythroid enucleation.In an ex vivo differentiation system that contains high Epo levels and mimics stress erythropoiesis,p38α is activated during erythroid differentiation.Loss of p38α completely blocks enucleation of primary erythroblasts.Moreover,p38α regulates erythroblast enucleation in a cell-autonomous manner in vivo during fetal and anemic stress erythropoiesis.Markedly,loss of p38α leads to downregulation of p21,and decreased activation of the p21 target Rb,both of which are important regulators of erythroblast enucleation.This study demonstrates that p38α is a key signaling molecule for erythroblast enucleation during stress erythropoiesis.

  9. Enucleation of cultured mouse fetal erythroblasts requires Rac GTPases and mDia2.

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    Ji, Peng; Jayapal, Senthil Raja; Lodish, Harvey F

    2008-03-01

    Mammalian erythroid cells undergo enucleation, an asymmetric cell division involving extrusion of a pycnotic nucleus enveloped by the plasma membrane. The mechanisms that power and regulate the enucleation process have remained obscure. Here, we show that deregulation of Rac GTPase during a late stage of erythropoiesis completely blocks enucleation of cultured mouse fetal erythroblasts without affecting their proliferation or differentiation. Formation of the contractile actin ring (CAR) on the plasma membrane of enucleating erythroblasts was disrupted by inhibition of Rac GTPases. Furthermore, we demonstrate that mDia2, a downstream effector of Rho GTPases and a formin protein required for nucleation of unbranched actin filaments, is also required for enucleation of mouse fetal erythroblasts. We show that Rac1 and Rac2 bind to mDia2 in a GTP-dependent manner and that downregulation of mDia2, but not mDia1, by small interfering RNA (siRNA) during the late stages of erythropoiesis blocked both CAR formation and erythroblast enucleation. Additionally, overexpression of a constitutively active mutant of mDia2 rescued the enucleation defects induced by the inhibition of Rac GTPases. These results reveal important roles for Rac GTPases and their effector mDia2 in enucleation of mammalian erythroblasts.

  10. The Role of Minimally Invasive Enucleation in the Treatment of Pancreatic Tumors

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    Lea Matsuoka

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Pancreatic enucleation has been performed for small, benign or premalignant lesions of the pancreas. The goal of this parenchymapreserving strategy is to reduce the risk of exocrine and endocrine insufficiency and potentially the risks associated with pancreatic and biliary anastomoses. Studies have shown open pancreatic enucleation to be a viable option for patients, with a debatable increased risk of pancreatic fistula. With the advent of minimally invasive techniques and increasing experience, centers have started to perform laparoscopic pancreatic enucleation. Small studies have been performed demonstrating the safety and feasibility of laparoscopic pancreatic enucleation, with patient positioning and port placement dependent upon the location of the lesion. Laparoscopic intraoperative ultrasound plays an important role in the localization of these tumors and their proximity to the pancreatic duct and vascular structures, which helps to determine appropriateness for enucleation.

  11. A method for measuring passive elastance during proportional assist ventilation.

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    Younes, M; Webster, K; Kun, J; Roberts, D; Masiowski, B

    2001-07-01

    There are currently no reliable, noninvasive ways to monitor respiratory elastance (E) during assisted ventilation. We describe a method that is suited for proportional assist ventilation (PAV). In this mode, the end of the ventilator's inflation phase occurs during the declining phase of inspiratory effort (Pmus). If the opening of the exhalation valve is delayed, airway pressure (Paw) should initially rise as Pmus continues its decline. When Pmus declines to zero, a Paw plateau should appear. Paw at this point should reflect passive recoil at the prevailing volume. A cohort of 74 ventilator-dependent patients, ventilated in the PAV mode, were studied. Brief end-inspiratory occlusions were applied at random intervals. The magnitude of early change in Paw during the occlusion was inversely related to level of assist (r = 0.7, p 75%), Paw was nearly flat or declined slightly, indicating minimal residual Pmus at the onset of occlusion. At lower assist levels, Paw increased exponentially in most patients with an average time constant of 0.21 +/- 0.06 s. Extraneous events that may corrupt the measurement (e.g., behavioral responses) were extremely rare (passive E measured during controlled ventilation (ECMV); the average difference (EPAV - ECMV) was (+/- SD) -0.3 +/- 4.9 cm H2O x L(-1), corresponding to 0.9 +/- 16.4% of average E. We conclude that Paw measured at 0.25 s from the onset of end-inspiratory occlusion in the PAV mode provides a reliable estimate of passive elastic recoil.

  12. The eyeball killer: serial killings with postmortem globe enucleation.

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    Coyle, Julie; Ross, Karen F; Barnard, Jeffrey J; Peacock, Elizabeth; Linch, Charles A; Prahlow, Joseph A

    2015-05-01

    Although serial killings are relatively rare, they can be the cause of a great deal of anxiety while the killer remains at-large. Despite the fact that the motivations for serial killings are typically quite complex, the psychological analysis of a serial killer can provide valuable insight into how and why certain individuals become serial killers. Such knowledge may be instrumental in preventing future serial killings or in solving ongoing cases. In certain serial killings, the various incidents have a variety of similar features. Identification of similarities between separate homicidal incidents is necessary to recognize that a serial killer may be actively killing. In this report, the authors present a group of serial killings involving three prostitutes who were shot to death over a 3-month period. Scene and autopsy findings, including the unusual finding of postmortem enucleation of the eyes, led investigators to recognize the serial nature of the homicides.

  13. The eyeball killer: serial killings with postmortem globe enucleation.

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    Coyle, Julie; Ross, Karen F; Barnard, Jeffrey J; Peacock, Elizabeth; Linch, Charles A; Prahlow, Joseph A

    2015-05-01

    Although serial killings are relatively rare, they can be the cause of a great deal of anxiety while the killer remains at-large. Despite the fact that the motivations for serial killings are typically quite complex, the psychological analysis of a serial killer can provide valuable insight into how and why certain individuals become serial killers. Such knowledge may be instrumental in preventing future serial killings or in solving ongoing cases. In certain serial killings, the various incidents have a variety of similar features. Identification of similarities between separate homicidal incidents is necessary to recognize that a serial killer may be actively killing. In this report, the authors present a group of serial killings involving three prostitutes who were shot to death over a 3-month period. Scene and autopsy findings, including the unusual finding of postmortem enucleation of the eyes, led investigators to recognize the serial nature of the homicides. PMID:25682709

  14. Symptomatic subserosal gastric lipoma successfully treated with enucleation

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    Krasniqi, Avdyl Selmon; Hoxha, Faton Tatil; Bicaj, Besnik Xhafer; Hashani, Shemsedin Isuf; Hasimja, Shpresa Mehmet; Kelmendi, Sadik Mal; Gashi-Luci, Lumturije Hasan

    2008-01-01

    Gastric lipomas are rare tumors, accounting for 2%-3% of all benign gastric tumors. They are of submucosal or extremely rare subserosal origin. Although most gastric lipomas are usually detected incidentally, they can cause abdominal pain, dyspeptic disorders, obstruction, invagination, and hemorrhages. Subserosal gastric lipomas are rarely symptomatic. There is no report on treatment of subserosal gastric lipomas in the English literature. We present a case of a 50-year-old male with symptomatic subserosal gastric lipoma which was successfully managed with removal, enucleation of lipoma, explorative gastrotomy and edge resection for histology check of gastric wall. The incidence of gastric lipoma, advanced diagnostic possibilities and their role in treatment modalities are discussed. PMID:18855998

  15. Symptomatic subserosal gastric lipoma successfully treated with enucleation

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    Avdyl Selmon Krasniqi; Faton Tatil Hoxha; Besnik Xhafer Bicaj; Shemsedin Isuf Hashani; Shpresa Mehmet Hasimja; Sadik Mal Kelmendi; Lumturije Hasan Gashi-Luci

    2008-01-01

    Gastric lipomas are rare tumors, accounting for 2%-3% of all benign gastric tumors. They are of submucosal or extremely rare subserosal origin. Although most gastric lipomas are usually detected incidentally, they can cause abdominal pain, dyspeptic disorders, obstruction, invagination, and hemorrhages. Subserosal gastric lipomas are rarely symptomatic. There is no report on treatment of subserosal gastric lipomas in the English literature. We present a case of a 50-year-old male with symptomatic subserosal gastric lipoma which was successfully managed with removal, enucleation of lipoma, explorative gastrotomy and edge resection for histology check of gastric wall. The incidence of gastric lipoma, advanced diagnostic possibilities and their role in treatment modalities are discussed.

  16. Development and preliminary study on the ultrasonic assisted GMAW method

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    Fan Yangyang; Fan Chenglei; Yang Chunli; Liu Wenge; Lin Sanbao

    2010-01-01

    The ultrasonic assisted GMAW (U-GMAW)method is proposed to achieve a more stable welding process and better weld quality. The U-GMA W system is developed, which consists of power supplies, ultrasonic vibration system and specially de-signed welding torch. The U-GMAW process and conventional GMA W process are compared through bend-on-plate welding.The weld beads are continuous and well protected, while the weld surface appearances by GMA W and U-GMA W are apparently different. The metal transfer mode changes from globular transfer to short-circuiting transfer after ultrasonic wave is applied onto the arc.

  17. Monodisperse Silver Nanoparticles Synthesized by a Microwave-Assisted Method

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    ZHU Shao-Peng; TANG Shao-Chun; MENG Xiang-Kang

    2009-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles with an average size of about 2Onto are synthesized in a colloidal solution with the aid of microwave irradiation. Neither additional reductant nor stabilizer is required in this microwave-assisted method.The color of the colloidal solution is found to be dark green, different from the characteristic yellow of silver colloidal solutions. The silver nanoparticles in the colloidal solution have a narrow size distribution and large yield quantity. UV-visible absorption spectroscopy analysis reveals that the as-synthesized monodisperse silver nanoparticles have exceptional optical properties. Raman spectroscopy measurements demonstrate that these silver nanoparticles exhibit a notable surface-enhanced Raman scattering ability.

  18. Aqueous Angiography–Mediated Guidance of Trabecular Bypass Improves Angiographic Outflow in Human Enucleated Eyes

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    Huang, Alex S.; Saraswathy, Sindhu; Dastiridou, Anna; Begian, Alan; Mohindroo, Chirayu; Tan, James C. H.; Francis, Brian A.; Hinton, David R.; Weinreb, Robert N.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To assess the ability of trabecular micro-bypass stents to improve aqueous humor outflow (AHO) in regions initially devoid of AHO as assessed by aqueous angiography. Methods Enucleated human eyes (14 total from 7 males and 3 females [ages 52–84]) were obtained from an eye bank within 48 hours of death. Eyes were oriented by inferior oblique insertion, and aqueous angiography was performed with indocyanine green (ICG; 0.4%) or fluorescein (2.5%) at 10 mm Hg. With an angiographer, infrared and fluorescent images were acquired. Concurrent anterior segment optical coherence tomography (OCT) was performed, and fixable fluorescent dextrans were introduced into the eye for histologic analysis of angiographically positive and negative areas. Experimentally, some eyes (n = 11) first received ICG aqueous angiography to determine angiographic patterns. These eyes then underwent trabecular micro-bypass sham or stent placement in regions initially devoid of angiographic signal. This was followed by fluorescein aqueous angiography to query the effects. Results Aqueous angiography in human eyes yielded high-quality images with segmental patterns. Distally, angiographically positive but not negative areas demonstrated intrascleral lumens on OCT images. Aqueous angiography with fluorescent dextrans led to their trapping in AHO pathways. Trabecular bypass but not sham in regions initially devoid of ICG aqueous angiography led to increased aqueous angiography as assessed by fluorescein (P = 0.043). Conclusions Using sequential aqueous angiography in an enucleated human eye model system, regions initially without angiographic flow or signal could be recruited for AHO using a trabecular bypass stent. PMID:27588614

  19. Prosthetic rehabilitation of an ocular defect with post-enucleation socket syndrome: A case report.

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    Amornvit, Pokpong; Rokaya, Dinesh; Shrestha, Binit; Srithavaj, Theerathavaj

    2014-01-01

    Ocular trauma can be caused by road traffic accidents, falls, assaults, or work-related accidents. Enucleation is often indicated after ocular injury or for the treatment of intraocular tumors, severe ocular infections, and painful blind eyes. Rehabilitation of an enucleated socket without an intraocular implant or with an inappropriately sized implant can result in superior sulcus deepening, enophthalmos, ptosis, ectropion, and lower lid laxity, which are collectively known as post-enucleation socket syndrome. This clinical report describes the rehabilitation of post-enucleation socket syndrome with a modified ocular prosthesis. Modifications to the ocular prosthesis were performed to correct the ptosis, superior sulcus deepening, and enophthalmos. The rehabilitation procedure produced satisfactory results.

  20. ENUCLEATION IN A PATIENT WITH NEUROFIBROMATOSIS TYPE 1 WITH BUPHTHALMOS AND OCULAR DEFORMITY

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    F. Asadi-Amoli

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available To report a case of buphthalmos with neurofibromatosis (NF-1 who suffered with blindness suffered enucleation. Physical examination & histopathology were performed. Physical examination revealed Buphthalmos & vascularized cornea with lower lid ectropion and orbital deformity. Histopathologic findings shows plexiform neurofibroma in orbital tissue with scleral wall involvement. And hamartomatous proliferation in choroid & cilliary bodies with melanocytic elements. Few NF-1 cases with buphthalmos have been reported. But cases with complicationg buphthalmos (retinal Detachment & optic nerve Atrophy suffering enucleation are very rare.

  1. Translational control mediated by hnRNP K links NMHC IIA to erythroid enucleation.

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    Naarmann-de Vries, Isabel S; Brendle, Annika; Bähr-Ivacevic, Tomi; Benes, Vladimir; Ostareck, Dirk H; Ostareck-Lederer, Antje

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    Post-transcriptional regulation is crucial for structural and functional alterations in erythropoiesis. Enucleation of erythroid progenitors precedes reticulocyte release into circulation. In enucleated cells, reticulocyte 15-lipoxygenase (r15-LOX, also known as ALOX15) initiates mitochondria degradation. Regulation of r15-LOX mRNA translation by hnRNP K determines timely r15-LOX synthesis in terminal maturation. K562 cells induced for erythroid maturation recapitulate enucleation and mitochondria degradation. HnRNP K depletion from maturing K562 cells results in enhanced enucleation, which even occurs independently of maturation. We performed RIP-Chip analysis to identify hnRNP K-interacting RNAs comprehensively. Non-muscle myosin heavy chain (NMHC) IIA (also known as MYH9) mRNA co-purified with hnRNP K from non-induced K562 cells, but not from mature cells. NMHC IIA protein increase in erythroid maturation at constant NMHC IIA mRNA levels indicates post-transcriptional regulation. We demonstrate that binding of hnRNP K KH domain 3 to a specific sequence element in the NMHC IIA mRNA 3'UTR mediates translation regulation in vitro Importantly, elevated NMHC IIA expression results in erythroid-maturation-independent enucleation as shown for hnRNP K depletion. Our data provide evidence that hnRNP-K-mediated regulation of NMHC IIA mRNA translation contributes to the control of enucleation in erythropoiesis. PMID:26823606

  2. Enhancing Student Learning of Research Methods through the Use of Undergraduate Teaching Assistants

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    Crowe, Jessica; Ceresola, Ryan; Silva, Tony

    2014-01-01

    By using a quasi-experimental design, in this study, we test the effect of undergraduate teaching assistants on student learning. Data were collected from 170 students enrolled in four sections of a quantitative research methods course, two sections without undergraduate teaching assistants and two sections with undergraduate teaching assistants,…

  3. Holmium laser enucleation versus simple prostatectomy for treating large prostates: Results of a systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Jones, Patrick; Alzweri, Laith; Rai, Bhavan Prasad; Somani, Bhaskar K.; Bates, Chris; Aboumarzouk, Omar M.

    2015-01-01

    Objective To compare and evaluate the safety and efficacy of holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) and simple prostatectomy for large prostate burdens, as discussion and debate continue about the optimal surgical intervention for this common pathology. Materials and methods A systematic search was conducted for studies comparing HoLEP with simple prostatectomy [open (OP), robot-assisted, laparoscopic] using a sensitive strategy and in accordance with Cochrane collaboration guidelines. Primary parameters of interest were objective measurements including maximum urinary flow rate (Qmax) and post-void residual urine volume (PVR), and subjective outcomes including International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) and quality of life (QoL). Secondary outcomes of interest included volume of tissue retrieved, catheterisation time, hospital stay, blood loss and serum sodium decrease. Data on baseline characteristics and complications were also collected. Where possible, comparable data were combined and meta-analysis was conducted. Results In all, 310 articles were identified and after screening abstracts (114) and full manuscripts (14), three randomised studies (263 patients) were included, which met our pre-defined inclusion criteria. All these compared HoLEP with OP. The mean transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS) volume was 113.9 mL in the HoLEP group and 119.4 mL in the OP group. There was no statistically significant difference in Qmax, PVR, IPSS and QoL at 12 and 24 months between the two interventions. OP was associated with a significantly shorter operative time (P = 0.01) and greater tissue retrieved (P < 0.001). However, with HoLEP there was significantly less blood loss (P < 0.001), patients had a shorter hospital stay (P = 0.03), and were catheterised for significantly fewer hours (P = 0.01). There were no significant differences in the total number of complications recorded amongst HoLEP and OP (P = 0.80). Conclusion The results of the meta

  4. Bipolar, Monopolar, Photovaporization of the Prostate, or Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate: How to Choose What's Best?

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    Cornu, Jean-Nicolas

    2016-08-01

    Endoscopic management of benign prostatic obstruction is based on resection, vaporization, or enucleation. Enucleation provides the best efficacy and long-term outcome. Lasers have advantages in patients at high risk of bleeding. Holmium enucleation is the best evaluated technique, but has a steep learning curve. Greenlight photovaporization is a safe alternative to transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) in prostates of less than 100 mL, especially in patients at high risk of bleeding. Bipolar devices can be used for resection, vaporization, and enucleation and provides efficacy results similar to TURP in the short term with better safety. PMID:27476130

  5. THE METHOD OF DESIGNING ASSISTED ON COMPUTER OF THE

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    LUCA Cornelia

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available To the base of the footwear soles designing, is the shoe last. The shoe lasts have irregular shapes, with various curves witch can’t be represented by a simple mathematic function. In order to design the footwear’s soles it’s necessary to take from the shoe last some base contours. These contours are obtained with high precision in a 3D CAD system. In the paper, it will be presented a method of designing of the soles for footwear, computer assisted. The copying process of the shoe last is done using the 3D digitizer. For digitizing, the shoe last spatial shape is positioned on the peripheral of data gathering, witch follows automatically the shoe last’s surface. The wire network obtained through digitizing is numerically interpolated with the interpolator functions in order to obtain the spatial numerical shape of the shoe last. The 3D designing of the sole will be realized on the numerical shape of the shoe last following the next steps: the manufacture of the sole’s surface, the lateral surface realization of the sole’s shape, obtaining the link surface between the lateral side and the planner one of the sole, of the sole’s margin, the sole’s designing contains the skid proof area. The main advantage of the designing method is the design precision, visualization in 3D space of the sole and the possibility to take the best decision viewing the acceptance of new sole’s pattern.

  6. Efficacy of four-step method transurethral plasmakinetic enucleation of prostate with preservation of the bladder neck in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia%“四步法”保留膀胱颈等离子前列腺剜除术治疗良性前列腺增生的疗效研究

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    李功成; 潘铁军; 文瀚东; 沈国球; 涂忠; 杨家荣

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To explore the safety and efficiency of four-step method transurethral plasmakinetic enu-cleation of prostate with preservation of the bladder neck (FSMPKEP)for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH ). Methods:200 patients with BPH were divided into FSMPKEP group (n =80)and transurethral plasmakinetie resec-tion of prostate (PKRP)group (n =120).The clinical indicators of perioperative and 3-month postoperative period were analyzed.Results:There was no significant difference in preoperative factors between the two groups (P >0.05).The mean operative time,bladder irrigating time,catheterization time and hospital stay were shortened in the FSMPKEP group as compared with those in the PKRP group (P 0.05 ).Maximum urinary flow (Qmax )in FSMPKEP group (1 9.50 ± 2.32 mL/s)was increased as compared with PKRP group (18.60 ± 2.58 mL/s)(P <0.05).The incidence rate of retrograde ejaculation in FSMPKEP group (22.50%,18/80)was signifi-cantly lower than in PKRP group (68.33%,82/120)(P <0.05).Conclusions:FSMPKEP is as effective as PKRP for the treatment of BPH,which has the characteristic of short postoperative recovery time,more removal of the prostate tissue and low incidence rate of retrograde ejaculation at the same time.FSMPKEP is safe,effective and ide-al minimally invasive treatment procedure for BPH.%目的::探讨“四步法”保留膀胱颈等离子前列腺剜除术(FSMPKEP)治疗前列腺增生症(BPH)的安全性和有效性.方法:200例BPH 患者根据手术方法分为2组,行 FSMPKEP 术80例与经尿道双极等离子前列腺切除术(PKRP)120例,记录患者围手术期和术后6个月有关指标并进行统计学分析.结果:术前两组一般情况比较差异无统计学意义(P >0.05).手术时间、术后平均冲洗时间、留置尿管时间和住院时间, FSMPKEP 组少于 PKRP 组,前者切除腺体率多于 PKRP 组(P <0.05).术后6个月两组在国际前列腺症状评分(IPSS)、生活质量(QOL)评分、剩余

  7. Holmium Laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP versus Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP

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    Luís Eduardo Durães Barboza

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE:to evaluate the effectiveness and applicability of Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP - in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH - in comparison to transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP.METHODS:patients with symptomatic prostatic hyperplasia and candidates for surgical treatment were selected. Both procedures were explained and they had choosen HoLEP or TURP. At the hospital were collected: age, date of birth, international prostate symptom score, urinary peak flow rate, prostate volume, post-voiding residual urine, globular volume and serum PSA. At the procedure operating time, morcellating time (HoLEP, bladder mucosal injury and intercurrences were collected. At the first postoperative day, globular volume and sodium. Besides that were observed the catheter indwelling time and hospital stay and after 90 days, urinary peak flow rate and international prostate symptom score. Statistical analisys have been done partially by Sinpe(r and also by a professional team.RESULTS:twenty patients in HoLEP group and 21 at TURP were operated. Baseline urinary peak flow rate was 8 ml/s in both groups and preoperative international prostate symptom score was 22 in HoLEP and 20 in TURP, very similar. Operative time was 85 minutes in HoLEP and 60 in TURP, pCONCLUSION:HoLEP is a feasible technique and is as effective as TURP on symptomatic prostatic hyperplasia surgical treatment.

  8. Enlargement of the bony orbit by orbital recurrence of choroidal melanoma 21 years after enucleation

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    Simonsz, Huib; Löffler, Karin

    1992-01-01

    textabstractA case is presented of a 58-year-old retarded male with a 6 cm, painless, hard, pigmented tumor filling the left orbit completely, after enucleation 21 years previously for retinal detachment, glaucoma and no light perception. CT scan and MRI revealed, besides the tumor, an outspoken enlargement of the bony orbit with thinning of the orbital walls. A biopsy showed a spindle B cell melanoma. In one of the paraffin histology sections of the globe enucleated 21 years previously a ver...

  9. CONSIDERING PEER ASSISTED LEARNING METHODS IN NEW ZEALAND’S SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION SECTOR

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    Donna IYER

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available With the cuts to the public spending in the education sector extending to even students with special needs, the early childhood education sector and the public school system in New Zealand are under significant financial pressure. Elsewhere in the world, peer assisted learning methods have been identified as cost effective instruments with proven efficacy in improving the educational and social outcomes of children with disabilities. In New Zealand, peer assisted learning methods have been relatively slow on the uptake. The aim of this paper is to suggest peer assisted learning methods that can be potentially considered and utilised by the New Zealand’s early childhood education sector to support students with special needs. Based on a review of the international literature, peer tutoring and cross-age tutoring methods appear viable options. It is observed that peer assisted learning methods can complement conventional teaching methods.

  10. What We Learned about Mentoring Research Assistants Employed in a Complex, Mixed-Methods Health Study

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    Weeks, Lori E.; Villeneuve, Michelle A.; Hutchinson, Susan; Roger, Kerstin; Versnel, Joan; Packer, Tanya

    2015-01-01

    We investigated the experiences of research assistants in their dual role as both employees and trainees, when they were employed in a complex, mixed-methods, Canadian study on the everyday experience of living with and managing a chronic condition. A total of 13 research assistants participated in one or more components of this study: a survey (n…

  11. Two stage enucleation and deflation of a large unicystic ameloblastoma with mural invasion in mandible.

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    Sasaki, Ryo; Watanabe, Yorikatsu; Ando, Tomohiro; Akizuki, Tanetaka

    2014-06-01

    A treatment for strategy of unicystic ameloblastoma (UA) should be decided by its pathology type including luminal or mural type. Luminal type of UA can be treated only by enucleation alone, but UA with mural invasion should be treated aggressively like conventional ameloblastomas. However, it is difficult to diagnose the subtype of UA by an initial biopsy. There is a possibility that the lesion is an ordinary cyst or keratocystic odontogenic tumor, leading to a possible overtreatment. Therefore, this study performed the enucleation of the cyst wall and deflation at first, and the pathological finding confirmed mural invasion into the cystic wall, leading to the second surgery. The second surgery enucleated scar tissue, bone curettage, and deflation, and was able to contribute to the reduction of the recurrence rate by removing tumor nest in scar tissue or new bone, enhancing new bone formation, and shrinking the mandibular expanding by fenestration. In this study, a large UA with mural invasion including condyle was treated by "two-stage enucleation and deflation" in a 20-year-old patient.

  12. The combined effects of unilateral enucleation and rearing in a 'dim' red light on synapse-to-neuron ratios in the rat visual cortex.

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    Bedi, K S

    1989-01-01

    One day old rats had their right eyes removed and together with non-enucleated controls were raised in either 'light' or 'dark' (red light) conditions from birth until 39 days of age. This resulted in four groups of animals: light-reared enucleated, light-reared non-enucleated, dark-reared enucleated and dark-reared non-enucleated. All animals were killed by intracardiac perfusion with 2.5% sodium cacodylate-buffered glutaraldehyde at 39 days of age. Pieces of visual cortex (Area 17) from bot...

  13. The Place of Enucleation and Enucleo-Resection in the Treatment of Pancreatic Metastasis of Renal Cell Carcinoma

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    Thierry Yazbek

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Context Renal cell carcinoma has shown less response to systemic therapies including chemotherapy, radiotherapy andimmunotherapy than other cancers. Metastasis of renal cell carcinoma to the pancreas occurs, even after long term radicalnephrectomy, surgical resection remains the only potentially curative intervention. We performed surgery for pancreatic metastatic renal cell carcinoma and analyzed the results. Methods We retrospectively analyzed 11 patients who had undergone pancreatic resection or metastasectomy at our hospital from January 1994 to January 2010. Patient’s demographics, clinical variables, types of pancreatic resections (standard or atypical resection, primary histopathology, surgical outcomes, survival and disease free interval were examined. We compared the standard pancreatic resection to atypical resection (enucleation or enucleo-resection. Results Eleven patients underwent 14 pancreatic resections or metastasectomy (3 pancreaticoduodenectomy, 4 distal pancreatectomy, 1 completion of pancreatectomy, 4 enucleations and two enucleo-resections for pancreatic renal cell carcinoma metastasis. The median age was 73 years, the median time period between nephrectomy and finding of pancreatic metastasis was 11.4 years. One patient showed synchronous pancreatic metastatic lesions on radiology. One patient died from a splenic artery pseudoaneurysm rupture 35 days after the surgery. Major complications occurred in 4 patients with standard resection (one hemoperitoneum, three pancreatic fistulas, and in one patient with atypical resection (duodenal fistula; six patients with standard resection presented postoperative diabetes mellitus. Median survival age was 6.5 years (range 1-9 years. Two patients died of metastatic disease 5 to 6years, while 7 patients are alive and well 1 to 9 years after surgery. Conclusions According to these results and regardless of the small number of cases, atypical resection of metastatic renal cell

  14. Factors affecting de novo urinary retention after Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate.

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    Sung Han Kim

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Patients can experience urinary retention (UR after Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP that requires bladder distension during the procedure. The aim of this retrospective study is to identify factors affecting the UR after HoLEP. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 336 patients, which underwent HoLEP for a symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia between July 2008 and March 2012, were included in this study. Urethral catheters were routinely removed one or two days after surgery. UR was defined as the need for an indwelling catheter placement following a failure to void after catheter removal. Demographic and clinical parameters were compared between the UR (n = 37 and the non-urinary retention (non-UR; n = 299 groups. RESULTS: The mean age of patients was 68.3 (±6.5 years and the mean operative time was 75.3 (±37.4 min. Thirty seven patients (11.0% experienced a postoperative UR. UR patients voided catheter free an average of 1.9 (±1.7 days after UR. With regard to the causes of UR, 24 (7.1% and 13 (3.9% patients experienced a blood clot-related UR and a non-clot related UR respectively. Using multivariate analysis (p0.05. CONCLUSIONS: De novo UR after HoLEP was found to be self-limited and it was not related to learning curve, patient age, diabetes, or operative time. Efficient morcellation and careful control of bleeding, which reduces clot formation, decrease the risk of UR after HoLEP.

  15. CONSIDERING PEER ASSISTED LEARNING METHODS IN NEW ZEALAND’S SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION SECTOR

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    2015-01-01

    With the cuts to the public spending in the education sector extending to even students with special needs, the early childhood education sector and the public school system in New Zealand are under significant financial pressure. Elsewhere in the world, peer assisted learning methods have been identified as cost effective instruments with proven efficacy in improving the educational and social outcomes of children with disabilities. In New Zealand, peer assisted learning methods have been re...

  16. Translation Method and Computer Programme for Assisting the Same

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    The present invention relates to a translation method comprising the steps of: a translator speaking a translation of a written source text in a target language, an automatic speech recognition system converting the spoken translation into a set of phone and word hypotheses in the target language......, a machine translation system translating the written source text into a set of translations hypotheses in the target language, and an integration module combining the set of spoken word hypotheses and the set of machine translation hypotheses obtaining a text in the target language. Thereby obtaining...... a significantly improved and faster translation compared to what is achieved by known translation methods....

  17. Mathematical methods to assist with hospital operation and planning.

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    Gallivan, Steve

    2005-12-01

    Within health Operational Research, the use of 'computer package' methods such as simulation and system dynamics is becoming so prevalent that it feels somewhat old hat to use analytical methods to develop explicit mathematical formulae or even to explore the mathematical structure of problems. This paper will discuss the use of such 'back of the envelope' analysis illustrating its usefulness. It will be shown that not only does this approach yield considerable insight, but also that it can give rise to powerful and practical solution methods. Examples of this will be discussed in relation to issues such as bed needs estimation, admissions and facilities planning. The author is Director of the Clinical Operational Research Unit (CORU) which was established in 1983, receiving core funding from the UK Department of Health. The concept of a full time university-based research unit dedicated to applying expertise in Operational Research (OR) to problems in health care provides a relatively rare research resource. Yet, the scope for such research, applied to an increasing range of health care activity, is enormous. Issues such as treatment evaluation, performance measures, clinical governance, evidence based medicine and health service delivery are all amenable to OR. Further, OR often provides an immensely cost effective alternative to traditional methods of clinical research based on randomised controlled trials or large scale epidemiological studies. The nature of OR, and one of its main strengths, is that it encompasses a wide range of analytical and scientific methods. Mathematical modeling, statistics, computer-based methods, trial design and analysis all contribute to health OR and, under both of its Directors since 1983, a conscious effort has been made within CORU to foster a diversity of research methodologies. Particular emphasis is put on developing new mathematical methods and computer software. This is somewhat at odds with what seems to be a growing trend

  18. Robot assisted thoracoscopic resection of giant esophageal leiomyoma

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    Compean, Steven D.; Puja Gaur; Kim, Min P.

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    INTRODUCTION: Esophageal leiomyoma represents the most common benign esophageal tumor. Robot-assisted thoracoscopic surgery has provided ability to remove it successfully using a minimally invasive approach. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 63-year old female with history of chronic chest pain presented with an esophageal mass on chest CT and endoscopic ultrasound. Robot-assisted surgery was performed using three robot arms, a camera and an assistant port. A 10 cm leiomyoma was enucleated and remov...

  19. Peer-Assisted Learning in Research Methods and Statistics

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    Stone, Anna; Meade, Claire; Watling, Rosamond

    2012-01-01

    Feedback from students on a Level 1 Research Methods and Statistics module, studied as a core part of a BSc Psychology programme, highlighted demand for additional tutorials to help them to understand basic concepts. Students in their final year of study commonly request work experience to enhance their employability. All students on the Level 1…

  20. Ocular rehabilitation following socket reconstruction with amniotic membrane transplantation with failed primary hydroxyapatite implant post enucleation.

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    Aggarwal, Himanshi; Kumar, Pradeep; Singh, Raghuwar Dayal; Chand, Pooran; Alvi, Habib A

    2015-02-01

    There are several clinical situations that require enucleation in children, with retinoblastoma being the most common. Intra-orbital implants are routinely placed in children at the time of initial surgery to provide motility and cosmesis in addition to adequate orbital volume. Current practice employs intra-orbital implants made of nonporous silicone, hydroxyapatite, or porous polyethylene. Complications are usually minimal with these implants but they do occur. The purpose of this clinical report is to describe the rehabilitation of a pediatric patient with failed primary intra-orbital coralline hydroxyapatite implant post enucleation, who was successfully fitted with custom ocular prosthesis following secondary socket reconstruction with amniotic membrane transplantation after removal of infected implant.

  1. Eye enucleation and regeneration of neural retina in axolotl larvae (Ambystoma mexicanum).

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    Yew, D T

    1985-01-01

    The eyes of Axolotl larvae were enucleated at stages 30 and 37. Animals with single dorsomedian eyes resulted in the first case (i.e. stage 30). When a piece of pigment epithelium was re-implanted into stage 37 animals at the site of the lesion, limited regeneration was observed when the implant formed a vesicle, but, when the pigment epithelium remained "open" regeneration of the neural retina was extensive. The possible resons for this difference was discussed.

  2. Periumbilical fat auto-graft associated to a porous orbital implant for socket reconstruction after enucleation.

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    Medel, Ramon; Alonso, Tirso; Pelaez, Francisco; Vasquez, LuzMaria

    2016-08-01

    Having to remove the sclera, fat and the optic nerve in patients undergoing an enucleation, translates in a larger volume that needs to be replaced to achieve good motility and aesthetic results. Using a 20 or 22 mm implant can only partially replace the removed volume. We report the results of our enucleation technique, which includes the use of a porous orbital implant combined with a primary fat graft to replace a higher percentage of the removed volume to achieve a better cosmetic outcome and to avoid implant related complications in high risk patients. Prospective, non-randomized study of enucleated patients for whom porous orbital implantation was performed with anterior placement of a fat auto-graft. The development of implant extrusion or exposure was recorded as well as the presence of conjunctival wound dehiscence and infection. Orbital volume was clinically and radiologically evaluated as well. Twenty-eight patients were included, with a postop follow-up of at least 6 months (6-79 months). No cases of migration or extrusion were found. One case of a large exposure resolved completely. All MRI demonstrated proper implant-graft integration and vascularisation. The aesthetic result and the symmetry were very adequate, with Hertel differences of less than 2 mm in all cases and good motility range. The fat graft is well tolerated, showing low incidence of implant-related complications whilst maintaining good volume and motility. PMID:27322024

  3. Efficacy and Safety of 120-W Thulium:Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet Vapoenucleation of Prostates Compared with Holmium Laser Enucleation of Prostates for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

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    Kai Hong; Yu-Qing Liu; Jian Lu; Chun-Lei Xiao; Yi Huang; Lu-Lin Ma

    2015-01-01

    Background:This study compared the efficacy and safety between 120-W thulium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Tm:YAG) vapoenucleation of prostates (ThuVEP) and holmium laser enucleation of prostates (HoLEP) for patients with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).Methods:A retrospective analysis of 88 consecutive patients with symptomatic BPH was carried out,who underwent either 120-W ThuVEP or HoLEP nonrandomly.Patient demographics and peri-operative and 12-month follow-up data were analyzed with the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS),quality of life (QoL) score,maximum flow rate (Qmax),postvoid residual urine volume (PVR),and rates of peri-operative and late complications.Results:The patients in each group showed no significant difference in preoperative parameters.Compared with the HoLEP group,patients in the 120-W ThuVEP group required significantly shorter time for laser enucleation (58.3 ± 12.8 min vs.70.5 ± 22.3 min,P =0.003),and resulted in a significant superiority in laser efficiency (resected prostate weight/laser enucleation time) for 120-W Tm:YAG lasercompared to holmium:YAG laser (0.69 ± 0.18 vs.0.61 ± 0.19,P =0.048).During 1,6,and 12 months of follow-ups,the procedures did not demonstrate a significant difference in IPSS,QoL score,Qmax,or PVR (P > 0.05).Mean peri-operative decrease of hemoglobin in the HoLEP group was similar to the ThuVEP group (17.1 ± 12.0 g/L vs.15.2 ± 10.1 g/L,P =0.415).Early and late incidences of complications were low and did not differ significantly between the two groups of 120-W ThuVEP and HoLEP patients (P > 0.05).Conclusions:120-W ThuVEP and HoLEP are potent,safe and efficient modalities of minimally invasive surgeries for patients with LUTS due to BPH.Compared with HoLEP,120-W ThuVEP offers advantages of reduction of laser enucleation time and improvement of laser efficiency.

  4. Provision of assistive technology services method (ATSM) according to evidence-based information and knowledge management.

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    Elsaesser, Linda-Jeanne; Bauer, Stephen M

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE. This article develops a standardised method for assistive technology service (ATS) provision and a logical basis for research to improve health care quality. The method is 'interoperable' across disabilities, disciplines, assistive technology devices and ATSs. BACKGROUND. Absence of a standardised and interoperable method for ATS provision results in ineffective communication between providers, manufacturers, researchers, policy-makers and individuals with disabilities (IWD), a fragmented service delivery system, inefficient resource allocation and sub-optimal outcomes. OBJECTIVES. Synthesise a standardised, interoperable AT service method (ATSM) fully consistent with key guidelines, systems, models and Federal legislation. Express the ATSM using common and unambiguous language. RESULTS. Guidelines, systems, models and Federal legislation relevant to ATS provision are reviewed. These include the RESNA Guidelines for Knowledge and Skills for Provision of Assistive Technology Products and Services (RESNA Guidelines), IMPACT2 model, international classification of functioning, disability and health (ICF) and AT device classification (ATDC). Federal legislation includes the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, Americans with Disabilities Act of 2008 and Social Security Act. Based on these findings, the ATSM is synthesised and translated into common and accessible language. CONCLUSION. ATSM usage will improve communication between stakeholders, service delivery coherence, resource allocation and intervention outcomes. PMID:21345000

  5. Provision of assistive technology services method (ATSM) according to evidence-based information and knowledge management.

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    Elsaesser, Linda-Jeanne; Bauer, Stephen M

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE. This article develops a standardised method for assistive technology service (ATS) provision and a logical basis for research to improve health care quality. The method is 'interoperable' across disabilities, disciplines, assistive technology devices and ATSs. BACKGROUND. Absence of a standardised and interoperable method for ATS provision results in ineffective communication between providers, manufacturers, researchers, policy-makers and individuals with disabilities (IWD), a fragmented service delivery system, inefficient resource allocation and sub-optimal outcomes. OBJECTIVES. Synthesise a standardised, interoperable AT service method (ATSM) fully consistent with key guidelines, systems, models and Federal legislation. Express the ATSM using common and unambiguous language. RESULTS. Guidelines, systems, models and Federal legislation relevant to ATS provision are reviewed. These include the RESNA Guidelines for Knowledge and Skills for Provision of Assistive Technology Products and Services (RESNA Guidelines), IMPACT2 model, international classification of functioning, disability and health (ICF) and AT device classification (ATDC). Federal legislation includes the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, Americans with Disabilities Act of 2008 and Social Security Act. Based on these findings, the ATSM is synthesised and translated into common and accessible language. CONCLUSION. ATSM usage will improve communication between stakeholders, service delivery coherence, resource allocation and intervention outcomes.

  6. Examining Stress in Graduate Assistants: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Survey Methods

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    Mazzola, Joseph J.; Walker, Erin J.; Shockley, Kristen M.; Spector, Paul E.

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to employ qualitative and quantitative survey methods in a concurrent mixed model design to assess stressors and strains in graduate assistants. The stressors most frequently reported qualitatively were work overload, interpersonal conflict, and organizational constraints; the most frequently reported psychological…

  7. Photocatalytic properties of hierarchical ZnO flowers synthesized by a sucrose-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Lv, Wei; Wei, Bo; Xu, Lingling; Zhao, Yan; Gao, Hong; Liu, Jia

    2012-10-01

    In this work, hierarchical ZnO flowers were synthesized via a sucrose-assisted urea hydrothermal method. The thermogravimetric analysis/differential thermal analysis (TGA-DTA) and Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR) showed that sucrose acted as a complexing agent in the synthesis process and assisted combustion during annealing. Photocatalytic activity was evaluated using the degradation of organic dye methyl orange. The sucrose added ZnO flowers showed improved activity, which was mainly attributed to the better crystallinity as confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. The effect of sucrose amount on photocatalytic activity was also studied.

  8. Matrix Assisted Ionization in Vacuum, a Sensitive and Widely Applicable Ionization Method for Mass Spectrometry

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    Trimpin, Sarah; Inutan, Ellen D.

    2013-05-01

    An astonishingly simple new method to produce gas-phase ions of small molecules as well as proteins from the solid state under cold vacuum conditions is described. This matrix assisted ionization vacuum (MAIV) mass spectrometry (MS) method produces multiply charged ions similar to those that typify electrospray ionization (ESI) and uses sample preparation methods that are nearly identical to matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI). Unlike these established methods, MAIV does not require a laser or voltage for ionization, and unlike the recently introduced matrix assisted ionization inlet method, does not require added heat. MAIV-MS requires only introduction of a crystalline mixture of the analyte incorporated with a suitable small molecule matrix compound such as 3-nitrobenzonitrile directly to the vacuum of the mass spectrometer. Vacuum intermediate pressure MALDI sources and modified ESI sources successfully produce ions for analysis by MS with this method. As in ESI-MS, ion formation is continuous and, without a laser, little chemical background is observed. MAIV, operating from a surface offers the possibility of significantly improved sensitivity relative to atmospheric pressure ionization because ions are produced in the vacuum region of the mass spectrometer eliminating losses associated with ion transfer from atmospheric pressure to vacuum. Mechanistic aspects and potential applications for this new ionization method are discussed.

  9. Enucleation following treatment with intravenous pentamidine for Acanthamoeba sclerokeratitis

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    Rebecca A Kuennen

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Rebecca A Kuennen, Reynell Harder Smith, Thomas F Mauger, Elson CraigDepartment of Ophthalmology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USAPurpose: To describe the course and outcome of treatment of advanced Acanthamoeba sclerokeratitis with intravenous pentamidine.Methods: A case of advanced Acanthamoeba sclerokeratitis was resistant to conventional therapy and was treated with intravenous pentamidine. The eye was later removed due to incapacitating pain.Results: The eye showed Acanthamoeba organisms within the cornea and evidence of acute and chronic inflammation throughout the remainder of the eye. The patient has survived without orbital recurrence for 2 years.Conclusions: This case demonstrates late inflammation with active Acanthameoba keratitis following systemic pentamidine therapy.Keywords: keratitis, scleritis

  10. Recent decreasing frequency of enucleation for intraocular retinoblastoma in Upper Egypt

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    To evaluate the efficacy of combined systematic chemotherapy (chemoreduction) and local ophthalmic therapy (LT) is preventing or delaying external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and enucleation in patients with intraocular retinoblastoma. This was a prospective, nonrandomized, single-institution, clinical study. Twenty-eight patients (37 eyes) with newly diagnosed intraocular retinoblastoma were included in this study. Primary enucleation was performed for 7 eyes with advanced intraocular retinoblastoma at presentation before starting chemoreduction. Using Reese-Ellsworth (RE) staging for RB, the remaining 30 eyes were as follows: Two in group I, 3 in group II, 8 in group III, 7 in group IV, and 9 in group V. All the 30 eyes were initially treated with 6 cycles of chemoredution using vincristine, etoposide and carboplatin, repeated every three weeks. After total of 6 cycles, each tumor was re-evaluated decide on the next mode of therapy. In cases where the tumor was reduced enough, LT (Thermotherapy, or cryotherapy, but plaque radiotherapy was unavailable) was applied. In cases where the tumor was reduced but insufficient for LT, we added another 3 cycles of same regimen in some patients; or we performed chemotherapy (CTT) for others, according to size of the residual tumor. Eyes failed to respond to tochemorduction and LT, received EBRT or were enucleated. Following 6 cycles of chemoreduction, all tumors showed an initial regression, and all vitreous and subretinal seeds showed calcification or disappearance of most of them. Among the 30 eyes, 12 eyes achieved complete response (CR), and 18 eyes achieved partial response (PR). Only 7 eyes (stage I to III) showed sufficient reduction of tumor size for the LT to be applied for, for which, TTT (4 eyes), and cryotherapy (3 eyes) were performed. Chemotherapy (CTT) was performed for 9 patients (13 eyes, 15 tumors). At the end of follow-up period, 14 of the total 30 eyes (46.7%) could not be salvaged with chemoreduction and LT

  11. A Simple DNA Preparation Method for PCR Amplifications in Marker-Assisted Selection of Wheat

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    WANG Shu; R E Knox; R M DePauw; J M Clarke; WANG Bo-lun

    2005-01-01

    An important, but often limiting step in marker-assisted breeding is the efficient isolation of plant DNA for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification. A simple method using an alkali treatment to extract wheat DNA for marker-assisted selection (MAS) in wheat breeding programs was compared to a commercial kit and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) extraction. DNA concentration from the alkali extraction was higher than the other two methods but purity was lower than CTAB extraction. The alkali extraction method was used on breeding lines to determine its usefulness. The alkali-extracted DNA samples were suitable for several PCR-based procedures, including random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD), microsatellite (simple sequence repeat, i.e., SSR) and sequence characterized amplified region (SCAR)analyses.

  12. miR-191 regulates mouse erythroblast enucleation by down-regulating Riok3 and Mxi1.

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    Zhang, Lingbo; Flygare, Johan; Wong, Piu; Lim, Bing; Lodish, Harvey F

    2011-01-15

    Using RNA-seq technology, we found that the majority of microRNAs (miRNAs) present in CFU-E erythroid progenitors are down-regulated during terminal erythroid differentiation. Of the developmentally down-regulated miRNAs, ectopic overexpression of miR-191 blocks erythroid enucleation but has minor effects on proliferation and differentiation. We identified two erythroid-enriched and developmentally up-regulated genes, Riok3 and Mxi1, as direct targets of miR-191. Knockdown of either Riok3 or Mxi1 blocks enucleation, and either physiological overexpression of miR-191 or knockdown of Riok3 or Mxi1 blocks chromatin condensation. Thus, down-regulation of miR-191 is essential for erythroid chromatin condensation and enucleation by allowing up-regulation of Riok3 and Mxi1.

  13. Membrane contactor assisted water extraction system for separating hydrogen peroxide from a working solution, and method thereof

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    Snyder, Seth W.; Lin, Yupo J.; Hestekin' Jamie A.; Henry, Michael P.; Pujado, Peter; Oroskar, Anil; Kulprathipanja, Santi; Randhava, Sarabjit

    2010-09-21

    The present invention relates to a membrane contactor assisted extraction system and method for extracting a single phase species from multi-phase working solutions. More specifically one preferred embodiment of the invention relates to a method and system for membrane contactor assisted water (MCAWE) extraction of hydrogen peroxide (H.sub.2O.sub.2) from a working solution.

  14. Hereditary Spherocytosis and Hereditary Elliptocytosis: Aberrant Protein Sorting during Erythroblast Enucleation

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    Salomao, Marcela; Chen, Ke; Villalobos, Jonathan; Mohandas, Narla; An, Xiuli; Chasis, Joel Anne

    2010-02-08

    During erythroblast enucleation, membrane proteins distribute between extruded nuclei and reticulocytes. In hereditary spherocytosis (HS) and hereditary elliptocytosis (HE), deficiencies of membrane proteins, in addition to those encoded by the mutant gene, occur. Elliptocytes, resulting from protein 4.1R gene mutations, lack not only 4.1R but also glycophorin C, which links the cytoskeleton and bilayer. In HS resulting from ankyrin-1 mutations, band 3, Rh-associated antigen, and glycophorin A are deficient. The current study was undertaken to explore whether aberrant protein sorting, during enucleation, creates these membrane-spanning protein deficiencies. We found that although glycophorin C sorts to reticulocytes normally, it distributes to nuclei in 4.1R-deficient HE cells. Further, glycophorin A and Rh-associated antigen, which normally partition predominantly to reticulocytes, distribute to both nuclei and reticulocytes in an ankyrin-1-deficient murine model of HS. We conclude that aberrant protein sorting is one mechanistic basis for protein deficiencies in HE and HS.

  15. A technique for evisceration as an alternative to enucleation in birds of prey: 19 cases.

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    Murray, Maureen; Pizzirani, Stefano; Tseng, Florina

    2013-06-01

    Ocular trauma is common in birds of prey presented to wildlife clinics and rehabilitation centers. Enucleation is the procedure most commonly described for treatment of end-stage ocular disease or chronically painful eyes in birds; however, there are several disadvantages and risks to this procedure. While evisceration has been suggested as an alternative, it has not been described for multiple cases or with long-term follow-up data in birds of prey. This report details an evisceration technique performed in 5 captive birds of prey of 4 different species (1 eastern screech owl [Megascops asio], 1 great horned owl [Bubo virginianus], 2 red-tailed hawks [Buteo jamaicensis], and 1 bald eagle [Haliaeetus leucocephalus]) with long-term follow-up information. In addition, this report describes 14 cases of free-living owls of 3 different species (1 great horned owl, 4 barred owls [Strix varia], and 9 eastern screech owls) on which this technique was performed from 2004 to 2011 and which were subsequently released to the wild. Because of the limited risk of complications and the less-severe disruption of facial symmetry, which may be particularly important in owls that are candidates for release to the wild, evisceration should be considered over enucleation in birds of prey that require surgical intervention for the management of severe sequelae to ocular trauma. PMID:23971220

  16. [A new monitoring method of spacial balance during paraplegic FES-assisted walking].

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    Ming, Dong; Wan, Baikun; Hu, Yong; Wang, Yan; Wang, Weijie; Lu, Dieji

    2007-02-01

    This paper suggested a new method of spacial risk-trend trace (SRTT) to assess and monitor the spacial balance condition during paraplegic walking assisted by functional electrical stimulation (FES), which main component was a measurement system of upper limb support based on a standard walker. With the support data, the spacial positions of moving center of gravity could be located through the upper body mechanical model and, combining with the definition of walker rolling index, transmitted into SRTT to describe the balance conditions at different axial space. The experimental and clinical results demonstrated the new SRTT method was reliable and real-time. Its potential clinical usefulness in evaluating and monitoring FES-assisted paraplegic walking ability may provide the foundation to enact the relevant national rehabilitation criterions for effective FES usage. PMID:17333921

  17. Water-assisted and surfactant-free synthesis of cobalt ferrite nanospheres via solvothermal method

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    Bi, Yiqing [CAS Laboratory of Nanosystem and Hierarchical Fabrication, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Ren, Yanan [CAS Laboratory of Nanosystem and Hierarchical Fabrication, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); Bi, Feng [CAS Laboratory of Nanosystem and Hierarchical Fabrication, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); He, Tao, E-mail: het@nanoctr.cn [CAS Laboratory of Nanosystem and Hierarchical Fabrication, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China)

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    With ethylene glycol as the solvent, monodispersed cobalt ferrite nanospheres were prepared via a solvothermal method assisted by water. The samples were mainly characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, and transmission electron microscope. The size of as-prepared products ranges from 10 nm to 200 nm. Size distribution and chemical composition were controlled by the amount of water and pH value in the reaction system. More important, suitable amount of water can avoid the use of surfactant. - Highlights: • Cobalt ferrite nanospheres were synthesized via solvothermal method assisted by water. • An introduction of suitable amount of water can avoid the use of surfactant. • The pH value of the precursor can be used to adjust the product composition.

  18. Aqueous enzyme assisted oil extraction from oilseeds and emulsion de-emulsifying methods: a review

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    Mat Yusoff, Masni; Gordon, Mike; Niranjan, Keshavan

    2014-01-01

    Regulatory, safety, and environmental issues have prompted the development of aqueousenzymatic extraction (AEE) for extracting components from oil-bearing materials. The emulsion resulting from AEE requires de-emulsification to separate the oil; when enzymes are used for this purpose, the method is known as aqueous enzymatic emulsion de-emulsification (AEED). In general, enzyme assisted oil extraction is known to yield oil having highly favourable characteristics. This review covers techno...

  19. A Robot-Assisted Cell Manipulation System with an Adaptive Visual Servoing Method

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    Yu Xie; Feng Zeng; Wenming Xi; Yunlei Zhou; Houde Liu; Mingliang Chen

    2016-01-01

    Robot-assisted cell manipulation is gaining attention for its ability in providing high throughput and high precision cell manipulation for the biological industry. This paper presents a visual servo microrobotic system for cell microinjection. We investigated the automatic cell autofocus method that reduced the complexity of the system. Then, we produced an adaptive visual processing algorithm to detect the location of the cell and micropipette toward the uneven illumination problem. Fourtee...

  20. Surfactant-assisted synthesis of BaTiO3 nanoparticles by micro-emulsion method

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    Gao, J. L.; Zhi, Y; Ren, X. F.; Liu, Y. H.

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    Barium titanate (BaTiO3) nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by using a surfactant-assisted method. The various processing parameters, namely, th e species of surfactant, reaction temperature and micro-emusion concentration had been varied, and the effects on the micrographs and crystal structure of BaTiO3 particles had been analyzed by scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). XRD analyses confirming the tetragonal structu...

  1. A study of thermal properties of sodium titanate nanotubes synthesized by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Preda, Silviu, E-mail: predas01@yahoo.co.uk [Institute of Physical Chemistry “Ilie Murgulescu”, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Rutar, Melita [Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova cesta 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School, Jamova cesta 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Umek, Polona [Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova cesta 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Zaharescu, Maria [Institute of Physical Chemistry “Ilie Murgulescu”, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania)

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    Highlights: • The microwave-assisted hydrothermal route was used for titanate nanotubes synthesis. • Conversion to single-phase nanotube morphology completes after 8 h reaction time. • The nanotube morphology is stable up to 600 °C, as determined by in-situ XRD and SEM. • Sodium ions migrate to the surface due to thermal motion and structure condensation. - Abstract: Sodium titanate nanotubes (NaTiNTs) were synthesized by microwave-assisted hydrothermal treatment of commercial TiO{sub 2}, at constant temperature (135 °C) and different irradiation times (15 min, 1, 4, 8 and 16 h). The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and specific surface area measurements. The irradiation time turned out to be the key parameter for morphological control of the material. Nanotubes were observed already after 15 min of microwave irradiation. The analyses of the products irradiated for 8 and 16 h confirm the complete transformation of the starting TiO{sub 2} powder to NaTiNTs. The nanotubes are open ended with multi-wall structures, with the average outer diameter of 8 nm and specific surface area up to 210 m{sup 2}/g. The morphology, surface area and crystal structure of the sodium titanate nanotubes synthesized by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method were similar to those obtained by conventional hydrothermal method.

  2. A case of a benign cementoblastoma treated by enucleation and apicoectomy.

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    Gulses, Aydin; Bayar, Gurkan Rasit; Aydin, Cumhur; Sencimen, Metin

    2012-01-01

    Cementoblastoma is a rare, benign, odontogenic neoplasm of ectomesenchymal origin, representing less than 6% of all odontogenic tumors. Despite its well-known typical features, there are still controversies regarding the management of the condition. This article presents the case of a benign cementoblastoma in a 17-year-old girl. The lesion was typical and associated with the mandibular right first molar. Endodontic treatment of the involved tooth, enucleation of the cementoblastoma, and apicoectomy of the affected roots were performed. Removal of the tumor while preserving the associated tooth resulted in normal osseous healing and no evidence of recurrence after one year. Based on the findings of the current report, it can be suggested that, in properly selected cases, it is possible to remove cementoblastomas that affect molars without extracting the involved teeth. PMID:23220315

  3. Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate in a 400 cc Prostate: Case Report.

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    Gopee, Esha L; Hong, Matthew K H; Pham, Trung

    2016-01-01

    The modality of choice in the surgical management of benign prostatic hyperplasia for large prostates has traditionally been open prostatectomy. Advances in minimally invasive techniques have begun to challenge this notion with advantages such as lower bleeding and transfusion rates and shorter hospital stay. In this case report, we illustrate the use of holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) in a gland measuring more than 400 cc. We describe the case of a 71-year-old man with persistent voiding urinary symptoms despite two previous transurethral resections of his prostate. With greater experience in HoLEP and declining experience in open prostatectomy, there may be a shift toward HoLEP as the preferred treatment choice for large prostate glands. PMID:27579406

  4. Ball mill assisted rapid mechanochemical extraction method for natural products from plants.

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    Wang, Man; Bi, Wentao; Huang, Xiaohua; Chen, David Da Yong

    2016-06-01

    A ball mill assisted mechanochemical extraction method was developed to extract compounds of natural product (NP) from plant using ionic liquid (IL). A small volume ball mill, also known as PastPrep(®) Homogenizer, which is often used for high-speed lysis of biological samples and for other applications, was used to dramatically increase the speed, completeness and reproducibility of the extraction process at room temperature to preserve the chemical integrity of the extracted compounds. In this study, tanshinones were selected as target compounds to evaluate the performance of this extraction method. Factors affecting the extraction efficiency, such as the duration, IL concentration and solid/liquid ratio were systematically optimized using the response surface methodology. Under the optimized conditions, the described method was more efficient and much faster than the conventional extraction methods such as methanol based ultrasound assisted extraction (UAE) and heat reflux extraction (HRE) that consumes a lot more organic solvent. In addition, the natural products of interest were enriched by anion metathesis of ionic liquids, combining extraction and preconcentration in the same process. The extractant was analyzed by HPLC and LC-MS. The reproducibility (RSD, n=5), correlation coefficient (r(2)) of the calibration curve, and the limit of detection, were determined to be in the range of 4.7-5.2%, 0.9992-0.9995, and 20-51ng/mL, respectively. PMID:27157426

  5. A Robot-Assisted Cell Manipulation System with an Adaptive Visual Servoing Method

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    Yu Xie

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Robot-assisted cell manipulation is gaining attention for its ability in providing high throughput and high precision cell manipulation for the biological industry. This paper presents a visual servo microrobotic system for cell microinjection. We investigated the automatic cell autofocus method that reduced the complexity of the system. Then, we produced an adaptive visual processing algorithm to detect the location of the cell and micropipette toward the uneven illumination problem. Fourteen microinjection experiments were conducted with zebrafish embryos. A 100% success rate was achieved either in autofocus or embryo detection, which verified the robustness of the proposed automatic cell manipulation system.

  6. TiO2 synthesized by microwave assisted solvothermal method: Experimental and theoretical evaluation

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    Moura, K. F.; Maul, J.; Albuquerque, A. R.; Casali, G. P.; Longo, E.; Keyson, D.; Souza, A. G.; Sambrano, J. R.; Santos, I. M. G.

    2014-02-01

    In this study, a microwave assisted solvothermal method was used to synthesize TiO2 with anatase structure. The synthesis was done using Ti (IV) isopropoxide and ethanol without templates or alkalinizing agents. Changes in structural features were observed with increasing time of synthesis and evaluated using periodic quantum chemical calculations. The anatase phase was obtained after only 1 min of reaction besides a small amount of brookite phase. Experimental Raman spectra are in accordance with the theoretical one. Micrometric spheres constituted by nanometric particles were obtained for synthesis from 1 to 30 min, while spheres and sticks were observed after 60 min.

  7. Diffusion tensor imaging detects early cerebral cortex abnormalities in neuronal architecture induced by bilateral neonatal enucleation: An experimental model in the ferret

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    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI is a technique that non-invasively provides quantitative measures of water translational diffusion, including fractional anisotropy (FA, that are sensitive to the shape and orientation of cellular elements, such as axons, dendrites and cell somas. For several neurodevelopmental disorders, histopathological investigations have identified abnormalities in the architecture of pyramidal neurons at early stages of cerebral cortex development. To assess the potential capability of DTI to detect neuromorphological abnormalities within the developing cerebral cortex, we compare changes in cortical FA with changes in neuronal architecture and connectivity induced by bilateral enucleation at postnatal day 7 (BEP7 in ferrets. We show here that the visual callosal pattern in BEP7 ferrets is more irregular and occupies a significantly greater cortical area compared to controls at adulthood. To determine whether development of the cerebral cortex is altered in BEP7 ferrets in a manner detectable by DTI, cortical FA was compared in control and BEP7 animals on postnatal day 31. Visual cortex, but not rostrally-adjacent non-visual cortex, exhibits higher FA than control animals, consistent with BEP7 animals possessing axonal and dendritic arbors of reduced complexity than age-matched controls. Subsequent to DTI, Golgi staining and analysis methods were used to identify regions, restricted to visual areas, in which the orientation distribution of neuronal processes is significantly more concentrated than in control ferrets. Together, these findings suggest that DTI can be of utility for detecting abnormalities associated with neurodevelopmental disorders at early stages of cerebral cortical development, and that the neonatally-enucleated ferret is a useful animal model system for systematically assessing the potential of this new diagnostic strategy.

  8. Microwave assisted rapid and improved radiochemical method for the estimation of uranium in leaf samples

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    In this paper, we report the development of a rapid and improved radiochemical method assisted by microwave technique for the determination of uranium in leafy samples for use in radiological emergency situations, where quick assessment of radioactivity is required. About 200 g of fresh leaf sample was ashed in a microwave muffle furnace, followed by digestion in a microwave digester and radiochemically separated using UTEVA resin. Counting was performed in a passivated ion implanted planar silicon alpha spectrometer after electroplating the separated sample for uranium. By this method, the time of sample processing and analysis was reduced to few hours from about 2 days and also the radiochemical recovery of uranium has considerably enhanced as compared to conventional methods. (author)

  9. Use of an enzyme-assisted method to improve protein extraction from olive leaves.

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    Vergara-Barberán, M; Lerma-García, M J; Herrero-Martínez, J M; Simó-Alfonso, E F

    2015-02-15

    The improvement of protein extraction from olive leaves using an enzyme-assisted protocol has been investigated. Using a cellulase enzyme (Celluclast® 1.5L), different parameters that affect the extraction process, such as the influence and amount of organic solvent, enzyme amount, pH and extraction temperature and time, were optimised. The influence of these factors was examined using the standard Bradford assay and the extracted proteins were characterised by sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). The optimum extraction parameters were: 30% acetonitrile, 5% (v/v) Celluclast® 1.5L at pH 5.0 and 55°C for 15min. Under these conditions, several protein extracts from olive leaves of different genetic variety (with a total protein amount comprised between 1.87 and 6.64mgg(-1)) were analysed and compared by SDS-PAGE, showing differences in their electrophoretic protein profiles. The developed enzyme-assisted extraction method has shown a faster extraction, higher recovery and reduced solvent usage with respect to the use of the non-enzymatic methods described in literature.

  10. TiO{sub 2} synthesized by microwave assisted solvothermal method: Experimental and theoretical evaluation

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    Moura, K.F.; Maul, J.; Albuquerque, A.R.; Casali, G.P. [INCTMN/LACOM, Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Campus 1, CEP 58059-900 João Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Longo, E. [INCTMN/LIEC, Instituto de Química, Universidade Estadual Paulita, Rua Prof. Francisco Degni, 55, Quitandinha, CEP 14800-900 Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Keyson, D.; Souza, A.G. [INCTMN/LACOM, Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Campus 1, CEP 58059-900 João Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Sambrano, J.R. [INCTMN/LSM, Departamento de Matemática, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube, 14-01, CEP 17033-360 Bauru, SP (Brazil); Santos, I.M.G., E-mail: ieda@quimica.ufpb.br [INCTMN/LACOM, Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Campus 1, CEP 58059-900 João Pessoa, PB (Brazil)

    2014-02-15

    In this study, a microwave assisted solvothermal method was used to synthesize TiO{sub 2} with anatase structure. The synthesis was done using Ti (IV) isopropoxide and ethanol without templates or alkalinizing agents. Changes in structural features were observed with increasing time of synthesis and evaluated using periodic quantum chemical calculations. The anatase phase was obtained after only 1 min of reaction besides a small amount of brookite phase. Experimental Raman spectra are in accordance with the theoretical one. Micrometric spheres constituted by nanometric particles were obtained for synthesis from 1 to 30 min, while spheres and sticks were observed after 60 min. - Graphical abstract: FE-SEM images of anatase obtained with different periods of synthesis associated with the order–disorder degree. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Anatase microspheres were obtained by the microwave assisted hydrothermal method. • Only ethanol and titanium isopropoxide were used as precursors during the synthesis. • Raman spectra and XRD patterns were compared with quantum chemical calculations. • Time of synthesis increased the short-range disorder in one direction and decreased in another.

  11. Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate followed by high-intensity focused ultrasound treatment for patients with huge prostate adenoma and localized prostate cancer: 5-Year follow-up

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    Horiuchi, Akira; Muto, Satoru; Horie, Shigeo

    2016-01-01

    Background To evaluate the efficacy of holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) followed by high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for patients with huge prostate adenoma and localized prostate cancer (CaP) and compare the morbidity and efficacy results with those observed in a similar population treated only with HIFU for a follow-up period of up to 5 years. Methods The present retrospective study included 30 CaP patients who underwent HIFU alone and 10 patients who underwent HoLE...

  12. Development of microwave assisted spectrophotometric method for the determination of glucose

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    Ali, Asif; Hussain, Zahid; Arain, Muhammad Balal; Shah, Nasrullah; Khan, Khalid Mohammad; Gulab, Hussain; Zada, Amir

    2016-01-01

    A spectrophotometric method was developed based on the microwave assisted synthesis of Maillard product. Various conditions of the reaction were optimized by varying the relative concentration of the reagents, operating temperature and volume of solutions used in the reaction in the microwave synthesizer. The absorbance of the microwave synthesized Maillard product was measured in the range of 360-740 nm using UV-Visible spectrophotometer. Based on the maximum absorbance, 370 nm was selected as the optimum wave length for further studies. The LOD and LOQ of glucose was found 3.08 μg mL- 1 and 9.33 μg mL- 1 with standard deviation of ± 0.05. The developed method was also applicable to urine sample.

  13. Characterization methods of nano-patterned surfaces generated by induction heating assisted injection molding

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    Tang, Peter Torben; Ravn, Christian; Menotti, Stefano;

    2015-01-01

    An induction heating-assisted injection molding (IHAIM) process developed by the authors is used to replicate surfaces containing random nano-patterns. The injection molding setup is developed so that an induction heating system rapidly heats the cavity wall at rates of up to 10◦C/s. In order...... to enable the optimization of the IHAIM process for nano-pattern replication, it is necessary to develop robust methods for quantitative characterization of the replicated nano-patterns. For this purpose, three different approaches for quantitative characterization of random nano-patterns are applied...... and compared. Results show that the use of IHAIM is an efficient way to improve replication quality. All three measurement methods are capable of detecting the trend of the replication quality of the surface changing the process condition....

  14. Comparison of structure and yield of multiwall carbon nanotubes produced by the CVD technique and a water assisted method

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    Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) were synthesized using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technique and a water assisted method. Both methods produced MWNTs, which were characterized by SEM, TEM and Raman studies. It was observed that as far as quality is concerned, MWNTs produced by water assisted method are superior as the method does not employ any metal catalyst. However, as far as yield is concerned, CVD is a better method. Multiwall carbon nanotubes produced by water assisted method suffer from the drawback of low yield but have an advantage of production of multiwall carbon nanotubes without using any metal catalyst, at ambient pressure, in an environment friendly manner and using a simple and cost-effective apparatus.

  15. Fatty Acid Characteristics of Isochrysis galbana Lipids Extracted Using a Microwave-Assisted Method

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    Cherng-Yuan Lin

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Lipids were extracted from Isochrysis galbana using a microwave-assisted method accompanied by various types of organic solvents. The effects of organic solvent type and microwave input energy on the fatty acid characteristics of the extracted lipids and their biodiesel product were investigated. Variations in the characteristics of the lipids extracted using a combination of n-hexane and iso-propanol solvents in both emulsion and direct mixtures were also compared. The experimental results showed that greater quantities of Isochrysis galbana lipids, and fatty acid methyl esters transesterified from those lipids, were extracted when using microwave irradiation with an organic solvent mixture of n-hexane and isopropanol in a 2:1 volumetric ratio than when using either n-hexane or isopropanol as the sole solvent. A greater quantity of Isochrysis galbana lipids was extracted when an emulsion of isopropanol solvent evenly dispersed in the continuous phase of n-hexane solvent was used than when a direct mixture of the two solvents was used. In addition, the quantity of lipids extracted from the dried Isochrysis galbana powder with the assistance of microwave irradiation was 9.08 wt% greater than when using traditional Soxhlet extraction without microwave irradiation.

  16. Plasma-assisted electroepitaxy as a novel method for the growth of GaN layers

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    Novikov, S.V.; Staddon, C.R.; Powell, R.E.L.; Akimov, A.V.; Kent, A.J.; Foxon, C.T. [School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD (United Kingdom)

    2012-03-15

    In the current study we have demonstrated the feasibility of a novel approach for the growth of GaN layers, namely plasma-assisted electroepitaxy (PAEE). In this method, we have combined the advantages of the plasma process for producing high concentrations of active N species in the Ga melt with the advantages of electroepitaxy in transferring the N species from the Ga surface to the growth interface, without spontaneous crystallisation on the surface or within the solution. We have designed and built a new growth chamber which allows us to combine the plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy process with a liquid phase electroepitaxy system. We have demonstrated that it is possible to grow GaN layers by PAEE at growth temperatures as low as {proportional_to}650 {sup o}C and with low nitrogen overpressures of {proportional_to}3 x 10{sup -5} Torr. (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  17. A New and Simple Method for Crosstalk Estimation in Homogeneous Trench-Assisted Multi-Core Fibers

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    Ye, Feihong; Tu, Jiajing; Saitoh, Kunimasa;

    2014-01-01

    A new and simple method for inter-core crosstalk estimation in homogeneous trench-assisted multi-core fibers is presented. The crosstalk calculated by this method agrees well with experimental measurement data for two kinds of fabricated 12-core fibers.......A new and simple method for inter-core crosstalk estimation in homogeneous trench-assisted multi-core fibers is presented. The crosstalk calculated by this method agrees well with experimental measurement data for two kinds of fabricated 12-core fibers....

  18. Thulium laser enucleation of the prostate is a safe and a highly effective modality for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia - Our experience of 236 patients

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    Ketan P Vartak; Prashant H Salvi

    2016-01-01

    Context: Thulium LASER is fast emerging as a safe and effective modality for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Still, compared to holmium laser transurethral enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) the number of institutes all over the world using Thulium LASER are limited. This is our effort to bring the statistical facts about the safety and effectivity of Thulium LASER. Aims: To study the efficacy of thulium laser enucleation of the prostate (ThuLEP). Settings and Design: All patients ...

  19. Ankyrin and band 3 differentially affect expression of membrane glycoproteins but are not required for erythroblast enucleation.

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    Ji, Peng; Lodish, Harvey F

    2012-01-27

    During late stages of mammalian erythropoiesis the nucleus undergoes chromatin condensation, migration to the plasma membrane, and extrusion from the cytoplasm surrounded by a segment of plasma membrane. Since nuclear condensation occurs in all vertebrates, mammalian erythroid membrane and cytoskeleton proteins were implicated as playing important roles in mediating the movement and extrusion of the nucleus. Here we use erythroid ankyrin deficient and band 3 knockout mouse models to show that band 3, but not ankyrin, plays an important role in regulating the level of erythroid cell membrane proteins, as evidenced by decreased cell surface expression of glycophorin A in band 3 knockout mice. However, neither band 3 nor ankyrin are required for enucleation. These results demonstrate that mammalian erythroblast enucleation does not depend on the membrane integrity generated by the ankyrin-band 3 complex.

  20. “EYE BALL HANGER”–AN INDIGENOUSLY DESIGNED DEVICE F OR DONOR CORNEAL EVALUATION IN ENUCLEATED EYES

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    Sudhir Babu

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available NTRODUCTION: Outcome of a corneal transplant surgery mainly depend s on the functional reserve of the cornea being transplanted. Thus Donor corneal tissue evaluation forms a vital step in assessing the viability of the graft. Cornea retrieval can be done as an in situ corneal button excision or whole globe enucleation. Studies have shown that enucleation causes less corneal damage and striae as compared to in situ Cor neo scleral button excision. 1 As soon as the eye is received at the eye bank corneal evaluation is done by corneal surgeon using slit lamp and specular microscope, and the cornea is graded, labele d and sent for storage. Before evaluation, cornea should be allowed to come to room temperature. Whole globe or corneo sclera button should not be left at room temperature for more than one hour.

  1. An evaluation of microwave-assisted fusion and microwave-assisted acid digestion methods for determining elemental impurities in carbon nanostructures using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry

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    Patole, Shashikant P

    2015-10-21

    It is common for as-prepared carbon nanotube (CNT) and graphene samples to contain remnants of the transition metals used to catalyze their growth; contamination may also leave other trace elemental impurities in the samples. Although a full quantification of impurities in as-prepared samples of carbon nanostructures is difficult, particularly when trace elements are intercalated or encapsulated within a protective layer of graphitic carbon, reliable information is essential for reasons such as quantifying the adulteration of physico-chemical properties of the materials and for evaluating environmental issues. Here, we introduce a microwave-based fusion method to degrade single- and double-walled CNTs and graphene nanoplatelets into a fusion flux thereby thoroughly leaching all metallic impurities. Subsequent dissolution of the fusion product in diluted hydrochloric and nitric acid allowed us to identify their trace elemental impurities using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry. Comparisons of the results from the proposed microwave-assisted fusion method against those of a more classical microwave-assisted acid digestion approach suggest complementarity between the two that ultimately could lead to a more reliable and less costly determination of trace elemental impurities in carbon nanostructured materials. Graphical abstract A method for the complete digestion of carbon nanostructures has been demonstrated. Photographs (on the left side) show zirconium crucibles containing SWCNTs with flux of Na2CO3 and K2CO3, before and after microwave fusion; (on the right side) the appearance of the final solutions containing dissolved samples, from microwave-assisted fusion and microwave-assisted acid digestion. These solutions were used for determining the trace elemental impurities by ICP‒OES.

  2. A new method for obtaining ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel via ultrasound assisted oxidative desulfurization

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    Hai Mei; B.W. Mei; Teh Fu Yen [University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (United States). Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2003-03-01

    Due to the requirement of stringent rules for ultra-low sulfur content of diesel fuels, it is necessary to develop alternative methods for desulfurization of fossil fuel derived oil. Using appropriate oxidants and catalysts with the assistance of ultrasound irradiation, model compounds such as dibenzothiophene can be quantitatively oxidized in minutes. For diesel fuels containing various levels of sulfur content, and through the use of catalytic oxidation and ultrasonication followed by solvent extraction, removal efficiency of sulfur-bearing compounds can reach or exceed 99% in a short contact time at ambient temperature and atmospheric pressure. This simple approach can be the basis for obtaining ultra-low sulfur-containing diesel oil. GC-PFPD, GC MS, and GC-SIMDIS were used to monitor the change of organic sulfur compounds and hydrocarbons in diesels during the process. 35 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  3. Surfactant-assisted synthesis of BaTiO3 nanoparticles by micro-emulsion method

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    J. L. Gao

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Barium titanate (BaTiO3 nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by using a surfactant-assisted method. The various processing parameters, namely, th e species of surfactant, reaction temperature and micro-emusion concentration had been varied, and the effects on the micrographs and crystal structure of BaTiO3 particles had been analyzed by scanning electron microscope (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM and X-ray diffraction (XRD. XRD analyses confirming the tetragonal structure of the BaTiO3 nanoparticles using hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium Bromide (CTAB or nonylphenol polyoxyethylene ether (NP-10 as surfactant. The SEM analysis showed that by changing the species of surfactant, grains with different dimensions could be synthesized. TEM analyses indicate that BaTiO3 nanoparticles with 15–20 nm in diameter were successfully synthesized.

  4. Highly uniform platinum icosahedra made by hot injection-assisted GRAILS method.

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    Zhou, Wei; Wu, Jianbo; Yang, Hong

    2013-06-12

    Highly uniform Pt icosahedral nanocrystals with an edge length of 8.8 nm were synthesized in nonhydrolytic systems using the hot injection-assisted GRAILS (gas reducing agent in liquid solution) method. The results show the key factors for the shape control include fast nucleation, kinetically controlled growth, and protection from oxidation by air. The effect of oxygen molecules on the Pt morphology was experimentally confirmed based on the study of shape evolution of icosahedral crystals upon exposure to oxygen gas. The Pt icosahedral catalysts obtained had an area-specific activity of 0.83 mA/cm(2) Pt, four times that of 0.20 mA/cm(2) Pt for typical Pt/C catalysts, in an oxygen reduction reaction (ORR).

  5. Evolution of platinum hierarchical microstructure amine - Assisted growth via solvothermal method

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    Ooi, Mahayatun Dayana Johan; Aziz, Azlan Abdul

    2015-04-01

    Here we studied the formation of Platinum hierarchical microstructure by varying the synthesis time using amine assisted growth via solvothermal method. A small cluster of particles was produced at a shorter synthesis time (5h) while fully grown flower-like microstructure were formed at 9h of reaction. The synthesized Pt particles exhibit high absorption peak at 230 nm corresponding to Pt absorption peak. The catalytic property of the synthesized Pt is greatly influenced by its geometrical shape. The fully grown flower-like particles exhibit large electrochemical surface area (4.88 cm-2 g-1) and catalytic stability at a longer period, which can serve as a potential catalyst for electro-oxidation of formic acid.

  6. Rough Set Assisted Meta-Learning Method to Select Learning Algorithms

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    Lisa Fan; Min-xiao Lei

    2006-01-01

    In this paper,we propose a Rough Set assisted Meta-Learning method on how to select the most-suited machine-learning algorithms with minimal effort for a new given dataset. A k-Nearest Neighbor (k-NN) algorithm is used to recognize the most similar datasets that have been performed by all of the candidate algorithms. By matching the most similar datasets we found,the corresponding performance of the candidate algorithms is used to generate recommendation to the user. The performance derives from a multi-criteria evaluation measure-ARR, which contains both accuracy and time. Furthermore, after applying Rough Set theory, we can find the redundant properties of the dataset. Thus,we can speed up the ranking process and increase the accuracy by using the reduct of the meta attributes.

  7. Flower-like CuO synthesized by CTAB-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Yunling Zou; Yan Li; Nan Zhang; Xiulin Liu

    2011-07-01

    Flower-like CuO nanostructures have been synthesized by cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)-assisted hydrothermal method. Here, CuCl2.2H2O was used as copper raw material, and sodium hydroxide was used as precipitate. The resulting CuO powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern exhibited the nanocrystalline nature with monoclinic structure for the as-synthesized nanostructures. FESEM images indicated that the flower-like CuO nanostructures are composed of many interconnected nanosheets in size of several micrometres in length and width and 60–80 nm in thickness. The possible formation mechanism of flower-like CuO nanostructures was discussed.

  8. Ultrasound-assisted extraction method for the simultaneous determination of emerging contaminants in freshwater sediments.

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    de Sousa, Diana Nara Ribeiro; Grosseli, Guilherme Martins; Mozeto, Antonio Aparecido; Carneiro, Renato Lajarim; Fadini, Pedro Sergio

    2015-10-01

    Sediments are the fate of several emerging organic contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products and hormones, and therefore an important subject in environmental monitoring studies. In the present work, a simple and sensitive method was developed, validated and applied for the simultaneous extraction of atenolol, caffeine, carbamazepine, diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen, propranolol, triclosan, estrone, 17-β-estradiol and 17-α-ethinylestradiol using ultrasound-assisted extraction from freshwater sediment samples followed by solid-phase extraction clean-up and liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry detection. The solvent type and extraction pH were evaluated to obtain the highest recoveries of the compounds. The best method shows absolute recoveries between 54.0 and 94.4% at 50 ng/g concentration. The method exhibits good precision with relative standard deviation ranging from 1.0-16%. The detection and quantification limits ranged from 0.006-0.067 and 0.016-0.336 ng/g, respectively. The developed method was successfully applied to freshwater sediment samples collected from different sites in Jundiaí River basin of São Paulo State, Brazil. The compounds atenolol, caffeine, propranolol and triclosan were detected in all the sampling sites with concentrations of 13.8, 41.0, 28.5 and 176 ng/g, respectively. PMID:26257164

  9. Reliability of estimating active drag in swimming using the assisted towing method with fluctuating speed.

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    Hazrati, Pendar; Sinclair, Peter James; Ferdinands, René Edouard; Mason, Bruce Robert

    2016-09-01

    The reliability of active drag values was examined using a method that compared free swim speed with measurements taken by towing swimmers slightly faster than their maximum swim speed, while allowing their intra-stroke speed fluctuations. Twelve national age and open level swimmers were tested on two alternate days (Day 1 and Day 2). All participants completed four maximum swim speed, three passive drag and five active drag trials on each of the days. The reliability was determined using within-participant intra-class correlation coefficients (ICC) within each day and between the days. The ICCs for Day 1 and Day 2 were 0.82 and 0.85, respectively, while the comparison of the mean active drag values between days was 0.93. The data showed that the assisted towing method (ATM) with fluctuating speed was only moderately reliable within a single test. However, this method was more reliable when using the average value of active drag from both days (ICC = 0.93). This study identified that the ATM method with fluctuating speed had moderate reliability within-participant trials on values in a single day but high reliability for the average active drag values across different days. PMID:27126742

  10. A novel preparation method for drug nanocrystals and characterization by ultrasonic spray-assisted electrostatic adsorption

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    Gao, Bing; Wang, Jun; Wang, Dunju; Zhu, Ziqiang; Qiao, Zhiqiang; Yang, Guangcheng; Nie, Fude

    2013-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to develop a novel and continuous method for preparing a nanosized particle of drug crystals and to characterize its properties. Materials and methods A new apparatus was introduced to crystallize nanosized drug crystals of amitriptyline hydrochloride as a model drug. The samples were prepared in the pure state by ultrasonic spray, and elaborated deposition was completed via electrostatic adsorption. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, and atomic force microscopy were used to characterize the size of the particles; this was subsequently followed by differential scanning calorimetry. Results and discussion Nanoparticles of drug crystals were successfully prepared. The size of the drug crystals ranged from 20 nm to 400 nm; the particle size of amitriptyline hydrochloride was approximately 71 nm. The particles were spherical and rectangular in shape. Moreover, the melting point of the nanoparticles decreased from 198.2°C to 196.3°C when compared to raw particle crystals. Furthermore, the agglomeration effect was also attenuated as a result of electrostatic repulsion among each particle when absorbed, and depositing on the inner wall of the gathering unit occurred under the electrostatic effect. Conclusion Ultrasonic spray-assisted electrostatic adsorption is a very effective and continuous method to produce drug nanocrystals. This method can be applied to poorly water-soluble drugs, and it can also be a very effective alternative for industrial production. Once the working parameters are given, drug nanocrystals will be produced continuously. PMID:24143097

  11. Melanocortins contribute to sequential differentiation and enucleation of human erythroblasts via melanocortin receptors 1, 2 and 5.

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    Eriko Simamura

    Full Text Available In this study, we showed that adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH promoted erythroblast differentiation and increased the enucleation ratio of erythroblasts. Because ACTH was contained in hematopoietic medium as contamination, the ratio decreased by the addition of anti-ACTH antibody (Ab. Addition of neutralizing Abs (nAbs for melanocortin receptors (MCRs caused erythroblast accumulation at specific stages, i.e., the addition of anti-MC2R nAb led to erythroblast accumulation at the basophilic stage (baso-E, the addition of anti-MC1R nAb caused accumulation at the polychromatic stage (poly-E, and the addition of anti-MC5R nAb caused accumulation at the orthochromatic stage (ortho-E. During erythroblast differentiation, ERK, STAT5, and AKT were consecutively phosphorylated by erythropoietin (EPO. ERK, STAT5, and AKT phosphorylation was inhibited by blocking MC2R, MC1R, and MC5R, respectively. Finally, the phosphorylation of myosin light chain 2, which is essential for the formation of contractile actomyosin rings, was inhibited by anti-MC5R nAb. Taken together, our study suggests that MC2R and MC1R signals are consecutively required for the regulation of EPO signal transduction in erythroblast differentiation, and that MC5R signal transduction is required to induce enucleation. Thus, melanocortin induces proliferation and differentiation at baso-E, and polarization and formation of an actomyosin contractile ring at ortho-E are required for enucleation.

  12. Ankyrin and band 3 differentially affect expression of membrane glycoproteins but are not required for erythroblast enucleation

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    Ji, Peng, E-mail: peng-ji@fsm.northwestern.edu [Department of Pathology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL 60611 (United States); Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, MA 02142 (United States); Lodish, Harvey F. [Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, MA 02142 (United States); Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139 (United States)

    2012-01-27

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ankyrin and band 3 are not required for erythroblasts enucleation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Loss of ankyrin does not affect erythroid membrane glycoprotein expression. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Loss of band 3 influences erythroid membrane glycoprotein expression. -- Abstract: During late stages of mammalian erythropoiesis the nucleus undergoes chromatin condensation, migration to the plasma membrane, and extrusion from the cytoplasm surrounded by a segment of plasma membrane. Since nuclear condensation occurs in all vertebrates, mammalian erythroid membrane and cytoskeleton proteins were implicated as playing important roles in mediating the movement and extrusion of the nucleus. Here we use erythroid ankyrin deficient and band 3 knockout mouse models to show that band 3, but not ankyrin, plays an important role in regulating the level of erythroid cell membrane proteins, as evidenced by decreased cell surface expression of glycophorin A in band 3 knockout mice. However, neither band 3 nor ankyrin are required for enucleation. These results demonstrate that mammalian erythroblast enucleation does not depend on the membrane integrity generated by the ankyrin-band 3 complex.

  13. A Practical Method for UHF RFID Interrogation Area Measurement Using Battery Assisted Passive Tag

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    Mitsugi, Jin; Tokumasu, Osamu

    For the success of a large deployment of UHF RFID, easyto-use and low-cost engineering tools to facilitate the performance evaluation are demanded particularly in installations and for trouble shooting. The measurement of interrogation area is one of the most typical industrial demands to establish the stable readability of UHF RFID. Exhaustive repetition of tag position change with a read operation and a usage of expensive measurement equipment or special interrogators are common practices to measure the interrogation area. In this paper, a practical method to measure the interrogation area of a UHF RFID by using a battery assisted passive tag (BAP) is presented. After introducing the fundamental design and performances of the BAP that we have developed, we introduce the measurement method. In the method, the target tag in the target installation is continuously traversed either manually or automatically while it is subjected to a repetitive read of a commercial interrogator. During the target tag traversal, the interrogator's commands are continuously monitored by a BAP. With an extensive analysis on interrogator commands, the BAP can differentiate between its own read timings and those of the target tag. The read timings of the target tag collected by the BAP are recorded synchronously with the target tag position, yielding a map of the interrogation area. The present method does not entail a measurement burden. It is also independent of the choice of interrogator and tag. The method is demonstrated in a practical UHF RFID installation to show that the method can measure a 40mm resolution interrogation area measurement just by traversing the target tag at a slow walking speed, 300mm/sec.

  14. Comprehensive Review of Foam Application during Foam Assisted Water Alternating Gas (FAWAG Method

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    A. Shabib-asl

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available In the last few decades, much focus has been placed on enhancing oil recovery from existing fields. This is accomplished by the study and application of various methods. As for recent cases, the Study of fluid mobility control and sweep efficiency in gas injection process as well as Water Alternating Gas (WAG method have demonstrated positive results on oil recovery and thus gained wide interest in petroleum industry. WAG injection application results in an increased oil recovery. Its mechanism consists in reduction of Gas Oil Ratio (GOR. However, there are some problems associated with this which includes poor volumetric sweep efficiency due to its low density and high mobility when compared with oil. This has led to the introduction of Foam Assisted Water Alternating Gas (FAWAG technique, which in contrast with WAG injection, acts in improving the sweep efficiency and reducing the gas oil ration therefore maximizing the production rate from the producer wells. This study presents a comprehensive review of FAWAG process from perspective of Snorre field experience. In addition some comparative results between FAWAG and the other EOR methods are presented including their setbacks. The main aim is to provide a solid background for future laboratory research and successful field application-extend.

  15. A novel sample preparation method of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry for polystyrene

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    Shu Zhang; Zhen Wen Zhao; Lei Xiong; Bin Xin; Wei Hua Hu; Shao Xiang Xiong

    2007-01-01

    A novel sample preparation method of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry for polystyrene was reported.Compared to the conventional dried-droplet method, the efficiency of ionization and signal intensity of mass spectra were improved.The mechanism was also analyzed.

  16. Optimization of Microwave Assisted Extraction of Andrographolide from Andrographis paniculata and its Comparison with Refluxation Extraction Method

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    Manvitha Mohan

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available A new method using Microwave assisted extraction technique has been developed for extraction of Andrographolide from Andrographis paniculata. Andrographis paniculata is a well-known plant of Ayurveda which is also known as king of bitters because of different bitter principles present in different parts of the plant and exhibits a wide spectrum of biological activities. The MAE conditions such as irradiation time, temperature and coarseness of powder were optimitized by means of orthogonal array design. The results suggested that the selected parameters were statistically significant. A comparative study was carried out to know the yield of andrographolide from the extracts prepared by microwave assisted extraction and refluxation using methanol and water as solvents. The amount of Andrographolide was estimated using HPTLC method. The results indicate that the extracts prepared by Microwave assisted extraction contained more amount of andrographolide when compared with refluxation extraction method.

  17. Efficient extraction of olive pulp and stone proteins by using an enzyme-assisted method.

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    Vergara-Barberán, María; Lerma-García, María Jesús; Herrero-Martínez, José Manuel; Simó-Alfonso, Ernesto Francisco

    2014-07-01

    An efficient protein extraction protocol for proteins from olive pulp and stone by using enzymes was developed. For this purpose, different parameters that affect the extraction process, such as enzyme type and content, pH, and extraction temperature and time, were tested. The influence of these factors on protein recovery was examined using the standard Bradford assay, while the extracted proteins were characterized by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). The best extraction conditions were achieved at pH 7.0 and 5% (v/v) Palatase® 20000 L (lipase) for pulp and Lecitase® Ultra (phospholipase) for stone proteins. The optimal extraction temperature and time were 30 and 40 °C for 15 min for pulp and stone tissues, respectively. Under these conditions, several protein extracts coming from olive fruits of different genetic variety were analyzed, their profiles being compared by SDS-PAGE. The developed enzyme-assisted extraction method showed faster extraction, higher recovery, and reduced solvent usage than the nonenzymatic methods previously described in the literature. In the case of stone proteins, different electrophoretic profiles and band intensities were obtained that could be helpful to distinguish samples according to their genetic variety.

  18. Synthesis and Raman analysis of SnS nanoparticles synthesized by PVP assisted polyol method

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    SnS film was prepared by a simple drop casting method after synthesizing SnS nanoparticles by using PVP assisted polyol method. Confocal Raman study was carried out for the as deposited and annealed (150, 300 and 400 °C) films at two different excitation wavelengths 514 and 785 nm. At the excitation wavelength of 514 nm, the Raman modes showed for a mixed phase of SnS and SnS2 up to 150 °C and then only a pure SnS phase was observed up to 400 °C due to the dissociation of SnS2 in to SnS by releasing S. The increase in intensity of Raman (Ag and B3g) as well as IR (B3u) active modes of SnS are observed with increasing annealing temperature at excitation wavelength 785 nm due to the increased crystallinity and inactiveness of SnS2 modes. X-ray diffraction confirming the formation of a single phase of SnS while the greater homogeneity in both size and shape of SnS nanoparticles were confirmed through surface morphology from SEM

  19. Design method of a foldable ventricular assist device for minimally invasive implantation.

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    Hsu, Po-Lin; Wang, Yaxin; Amaral, Felipe; Parker, Jack; Schmitz-Rode, Thomas; Autschbach, Rüdiger; Steinseifer, Ulrich

    2014-04-01

    To date, ventricular assist devices (VADs) have become accepted as a therapeutic solution for end-stage heart failure patients when a donor heart is not available. Newer generation VADs allow for a significant reduction in size and an improvement in reliability. However, the invasive implantation still limits this technology to critically ill patients. Recently, expandable/deployable devices have been investigated as a potential solution for minimally invasive insertion. Such a device can be inserted percutaneously via peripheral vessels in a collapsed form and operated in an expanded form at the desired location. A common structure of such foldable pumps comprises a memory alloy skeleton covered by flexible polyurethane material. The material properties allow elastic deformation to achieve the folded position and withstand the hydrodynamic forces during operation; however, determining the optimal geometry for such a structure is a complex challenge. The numerical finite element method (FEM) is widely used and provides accurate structural analysis, but computation time is considerably high during the initial design stage where various geometries need to be examined. This article details a simplified two-dimensional analytical method to estimate the mechanical stress and deformation of memory alloy skeletons. The method was applied in design examples including two popular types of blade skeletons of a foldable VAD. Furthermore, three force distributions were simulated to evaluate the strength of the structures under different loading conditions experienced during pump operation. The results were verified with FEM simulations. The proposed two-dimensional method gives a close stress and deformation estimation compared with three-dimensional FEM simulations. The results confirm the feasibility of such a simplified analytical approach to reveal priorities for structural optimization before time-consuming FEM simulations, providing an effective tool in the initial

  20. Sexual outcome of patients undergoing thulium laser enucleation of the prostate for benign prostatic hyperplasia

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    Luca Carmignani

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Treatment of patients with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH may affect the quality of sexual function and ejaculation. The effect of new surgical procedures, which are currently available to treat BPH, on erection and ejaculation, has been poorly studied. This study aimed to assess the effect of thulium laser enucleation of the prostate (ThuLEP on sexual function and retrograde ejaculation in patients with LUTS secondary to BPH. We performed a prospective study in 110 consecutive patients who had undergone ThuLEP to analyze changes in sexual function and urinary symptoms. To evaluate changes in erection and ejaculation, and the effect of urinary symptoms on the quality of life (QoL, five validated questionnaires were used: the ICIQ-MLUTSsex, MSHQ-EjD, International Index of Erectile Function 5, International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS questionnaire, and QoL index of the intraclass correlation coefficients. Patients also underwent IPSS and flowmetry to assess the outcome of flow. Patients were evaluated before surgery and 3-6 months after ThuLEP, whereas those with previous abdominal surgery were excluded. The patients′ mean age was 67.83 years. Postoperative urinary symptoms improved after surgery. No significant differences in erectile function before and after surgery were observed. As compared with other techniques described in the literature, the percentage of patients with conserved ejaculation increased by 52.7% after ThuLEP. ThuLEP positively affects urinary symptoms and their effect on the QoL of patients as assessed by questionnaire scores. While endoscopic management of BPH (e.g. transurethral resection of the prostate causes retrograde ejaculation in most patients, those who undergo ThuLEP have conserved ejaculation and erectile function.

  1. Is a computer-assisted design and computer-assisted manufacturing method for mandibular reconstruction economically viable?

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    Tarsitano, Achille; Battaglia, Salvatore; Crimi, Salvatore; Ciocca, Leonardo; Scotti, Roberto; Marchetti, Claudio

    2016-07-01

    The design and manufacture of patient-specific mandibular reconstruction plates, particularly in combination with cutting guides, has created many new opportunities for the planning and implementation of mandibular reconstruction. Although this surgical method is being used more widely and the outcomes appear to be improved, the question of the additional cost has to be discussed. To evaluate the cost generated by the management of this technology, we studied a cohort of patients treated for mandibular neoplasms. The population was divided into two groups of 20 patients each who were undergoing a 'traditional' freehand mandibular reconstruction or a computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) mandibular reconstruction. Data concerning operation time, complications, and days of hospitalisation were used to evaluate costs related to the management of these patients. The mean operating time for the CAD-CAM group was 435 min, whereas that for the freehand group was 550.5 min. The total difference in terms of average time gain was 115.5 min. No microvascular complication occurred in the CAD-CAM group; two complications (10%) were observed in patients undergoing freehand reconstructions. The mean overall lengths of hospital stay were 13.8 days for the CAD-CAM group and 17 days for the freehand group. Finally, considering that the institutional cost per minute of theatre time is €30, the money saved as a result of the time gained was €3,450. This cost corresponds approximately to the total price of the CAD-CAM surgery. In conclusion, we believe that CAD-CAM technology for mandibular reconstruction will become a widely used reconstructive method and that its cost will be covered by gains in terms of surgical time, quality of reconstruction, and reduced complications.

  2. A comparative study between xerographic, computer-assisted overlay generation and animated-superimposition methods in bite mark analyses.

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    Tai, Meng Wei; Chong, Zhen Feng; Asif, Muhammad Khan; Rahmat, Rabiah A; Nambiar, Phrabhakaran

    2016-09-01

    This study was to compare the suitability and precision of xerographic and computer-assisted methods for bite mark investigations. Eleven subjects were asked to bite on their forearm and the bite marks were photographically recorded. Alginate impressions of the subjects' dentition were taken and their casts were made using dental stone. The overlays generated by xerographic method were obtained by photocopying the subjects' casts and the incisal edge outlines were then transferred on a transparent sheet. The bite mark images were imported into Adobe Photoshop® software and printed to life-size. The bite mark analyses using xerographically generated overlays were done by comparing an overlay to the corresponding printed bite mark images manually. In computer-assisted method, the subjects' casts were scanned into Adobe Photoshop®. The bite mark analyses using computer-assisted overlay generation were done by matching an overlay and the corresponding bite mark images digitally using Adobe Photoshop®. Another comparison method was superimposing the cast images with corresponding bite mark images employing the Adobe Photoshop® CS6 and GIF-Animator©. A score with a range of 0-3 was given during analysis to each precision-determining criterion and the score was increased with better matching. The Kruskal Wallis H test showed significant difference between the three sets of data (H=18.761, p<0.05). In conclusion, bite mark analysis using the computer-assisted animated-superimposition method was the most accurate, followed by the computer-assisted overlay generation and lastly the xerographic method. The superior precision contributed by digital method is discernible despite the human skin being a poor recording medium of bite marks.

  3. A comparative study between xerographic, computer-assisted overlay generation and animated-superimposition methods in bite mark analyses.

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    Tai, Meng Wei; Chong, Zhen Feng; Asif, Muhammad Khan; Rahmat, Rabiah A; Nambiar, Phrabhakaran

    2016-09-01

    This study was to compare the suitability and precision of xerographic and computer-assisted methods for bite mark investigations. Eleven subjects were asked to bite on their forearm and the bite marks were photographically recorded. Alginate impressions of the subjects' dentition were taken and their casts were made using dental stone. The overlays generated by xerographic method were obtained by photocopying the subjects' casts and the incisal edge outlines were then transferred on a transparent sheet. The bite mark images were imported into Adobe Photoshop® software and printed to life-size. The bite mark analyses using xerographically generated overlays were done by comparing an overlay to the corresponding printed bite mark images manually. In computer-assisted method, the subjects' casts were scanned into Adobe Photoshop®. The bite mark analyses using computer-assisted overlay generation were done by matching an overlay and the corresponding bite mark images digitally using Adobe Photoshop®. Another comparison method was superimposing the cast images with corresponding bite mark images employing the Adobe Photoshop® CS6 and GIF-Animator©. A score with a range of 0-3 was given during analysis to each precision-determining criterion and the score was increased with better matching. The Kruskal Wallis H test showed significant difference between the three sets of data (H=18.761, p<0.05). In conclusion, bite mark analysis using the computer-assisted animated-superimposition method was the most accurate, followed by the computer-assisted overlay generation and lastly the xerographic method. The superior precision contributed by digital method is discernible despite the human skin being a poor recording medium of bite marks. PMID:27591538

  4. A novel finite element method based biomechanical model for HIT-robot assisted orthopedic surgery system.

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    Jia, Zhiheng; Du, Zhijiang; Wang, Monan

    2006-01-01

    To build a biomechanical human model can make much sense for surgical training and surgical rehearse. Especially, it will be more meaningful to develop a biomechanical model to guide the control strategy for the medical robots in HIT-Robot Assisted Orthopedic Surgery System (HIT-RAOS). In this paper, based the successful work of others, a novel reliable finite element method based biomechanical model for HIT-RAOS was developed to simulate the force needed in reposition procedure. Geometrical model was obtained from 3D reconstruction from CT images of a just died man. Using this boundary information, the finite element model of the leg including part of femur, broken upper tibia, broken lower tibia, talus, calcaneus, Kirschner nail, muscles and other soft tissues was created in ANSYS. Furthermore, as it was too difficult to reconstruct the accurate geometry model from CT images, a new simplified muscle model was presented. The bony structures and tendons were defined as linearly elastic, while soft tissues and muscle fibers were assumed to be hyper elastic. To validate this model, the same dead man was involved to simulate the patient, and a set of data of the force needed to separate the two broken bones and the distance between them in reposition procedure was recorded. Then, another set of data was acquired from the finite element analysis. After comparison, the two sets of data matched well. The Finite Element model was proved to be acceptable. PMID:17959437

  5. Method and apparatus for performing in-situ vacuum-assisted metal to glass sealing

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    Kramer, D.P.; Massey, R.T.

    1985-07-18

    A method and apparatus for assembling and fusing glass to metal in a glass-metal electrical component is disclosed. The component includes a metallic shell formed with upper and lower cylindrical recesses connected together by longitudinal passages, a pair of metal rings and plural metal pins assembled to define electrical feed-throughs. The component parts are assembled on a fixture having a sleeve-like projection and a central mounting projection establishing concentric nesting surfaces to which the metal rings are slip-fitted in concentric alignment with each other spaced from sidewalls of the lower recess. The pins are in electrical contact with the metal rings. A glass pre-form is seated within the upper recess. The assembled structure is heated to a temperature sufficient to melt the glass pre-form which flows under gravity through the passages into the lower recess to provide an insulative seal between the metal parts. The gravity flow of glass is assisted by applying vacuum to the lower recess, ensuring that all spaces between the metal parts are filled with sealing glass without formation of bubbles.

  6. Strong Antibacterial Polydopamine Coatings Prepared by a Shaking-assisted Method

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    Su, Lei; Yu, Yang; Zhao, Yanshuang; Liang, Feng; Zhang, Xueji

    2016-04-01

    Strong antibacterial polydopamine (PDA) coatings prepared by a facile shaking-assisted method is reported for the first time. It was found that a minor modification made to the conventional synthesis procedure of PDA coatings, viz. replacing the static solution condition with a shaking solution condition by using a mechanical shaker, can produce the roughened polydopamine (rPDA) coatings at different substrates, e.g., glass, stainless steel, plastic, and gauze. The resulting rPDA coatings were characterized with Raman spectrum, zeta-potential analysis and contact angle measurement. The antibacterial activity of the rPDA coatings was evaluated by a shake flask test with gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus, and gram-negative Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa as bacteria models. Testing results revealed that, in the absence of any other antibacterial agents, the rPDA coatings exhibited remarkably enhanced antibacterial activities. In addition, such enhanced antibacterial activities of the rPDA coatings were found to be unimpaired by steam sterilization treatments.

  7. Comparative evaluation of two reconstructive methods following laparoscopic assisted subtotal gastrectomy in dogs

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    Bakhtiari Jalal

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Laparoscopic gastrectomy is a new and technically challenging surgical procedure with potential benefit. The objective of this study was to investigate clinical and para-clinical consequences following Roux-en-Y and Jejunal Loop interposition reconstructive techniques for subtotal gastrectomy using laparoscopic assisted surgery. Results Following resection of the stomach attachments through a laparoscopic approach, stomach was removed and reconstruction was performed with either standard Roux-en-Y (n = 5 or Jejunal Loop interposition (n = 5 methods. Weight changes were monitored on a daily basis and blood samples were collected on Days 0, 7 and 21 post surgery. A fecal sample was collected on Day 28 after surgery to evaluate fat content. One month post surgery, positive contrast radiography was conducted at 5, 10, 20, 40, 60 and 90 minutes after oral administration of barium sulfate, to evaluate the postoperative complications. There was a gradual decline in body weight in both experimental groups after surgery (P  0.05. Fecal fat content increased in the Roux-en-Y compared to the Jejunal loop interposition technique (P  0.05. Conclusion Roux-en-Y and Jejunal loop interposition techniques might be considered as suitable approaches for reconstructing gastro-intestinal tract following gastrectomy in dogs. The results of this study warrant further investigation with a larger number of animals.

  8. A novel method for furfural recovery via gas stripping assisted vapor permeation by a polydimethylsiloxane membrane

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    Hu, Song; Guan, Yu; Cai, Di; Li, Shufeng; Qin, Peiyong; Karim, M. Nazmul; Tan, Tianwei

    2015-03-01

    Furfural is an important platform chemical with a wide range of applications. However, due to the low concentration of furfural in the hydrolysate, the conventional methods for furfural recovery are energy-intensive and environmentally unfriendly. Considering the disadvantages of pervaporation (PV) and distillation in furfural separation, a novel energy-efficient `green technique', gas stripping assisted vapor permeation (GSVP), was introduced in this work. In this process, the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membrane was prepared by employing water as solvent. Coking in pipe and membrane fouling was virtually non-existent in this new process. In addition, GSVP was found to achieve the highest pervaporation separation index of 216200 (permeate concentration of 71.1 wt% and furfural flux of 4.09 kgm-2h-1) so far, which was approximately 2.5 times higher than that found in pervaporation at 95°C for recovering 6.0 wt% furfural from water. Moreover, the evaporation energy required for GSVP decreased by 35% to 44% relative to that of PV process. Finally, GSVP also displayed more promising potential in industrial application than PV, especially when coupled with the hydrolysis process or fermentation in biorefinery industry.

  9. Development of a flow rate monitoring method for the wearable ventricular assist device driver.

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    Ohnuma, Kentaro; Homma, Akihiko; Sumikura, Hirohito; Tsukiya, Tomonori; Takewa, Yoshiaki; Mizuno, Toshihide; Mukaibayashi, Hiroshi; Kojima, Koichi; Katano, Kazuo; Taenaka, Yoshiyuki; Tatsumi, Eisuke

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    Our research institute has been working on the development of a compact wearable drive unit for an extracorporeal ventricular assist device (VAD) with a pneumatically driven pump. A method for checking the pump blood flow on the side of the drive unit without modifying the existing blood pump and impairing the portability of it will be useful. In this study, to calculate the pump flow rate indirectly from measuring the flow rate of the driving air of the VAD air chamber, we conducted experiments using a mock circuit to investigate the correlation between the air flow rate and the pump flow rate as well as its accuracy and error factors. The pump flow rate was measured using an ultrasonic flow meter at the inflow and outflow tube, and the air flow was measured using a thermal mass flow meter at the driveline. Similarity in the instantaneous waveform was confirmed between the air flow rate in the driveline and the pump flow rate. Some limitations of this technique were indicated by consideration of the error factors. A significant correlation was found between the average pump flow rate in the ejecting direction and the average air flow rate in the ejecting direction (R2 = 0.704-0.856), and the air flow rate in the filling direction (R2 = 0.947-0.971). It was demonstrated that the average pump flow rate was estimated exactly in a wide range of drive conditions using the air flow of the filling phase. PMID:25500948

  10. An evaluation of microwave-assisted fusion and microwave-assisted acid digestion methods for determining elemental impurities in carbon nanostructures using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry.

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    Patole, Shashikant P; Simões, Filipa; Yapici, Tahir F; Warsama, Bashir H; Anjum, Dalaver H; Costa, Pedro M F J

    2016-02-01

    It is common for as-prepared carbon nanotube (CNT) and graphene samples to contain remnants of the transition metals used to catalyze their growth; contamination may also leave other trace elemental impurities in the samples. Although a full quantification of impurities in as-prepared samples of carbon nanostructures is difficult, particularly when trace elements are intercalated or encapsulated within a protective layer of graphitic carbon, reliable information is essential for reasons such as quantifying the adulteration of physico-chemical properties of the materials and for evaluating environmental issues. Here, we introduce a microwave-based fusion method to degrade single- and double-walled CNTs and graphene nanoplatelets into a fusion flux thereby thoroughly leaching all metallic impurities. Subsequent dissolution of the fusion product in diluted hydrochloric and nitric acid allowed us to identify their trace elemental impurities using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry. Comparisons of the results from the proposed microwave-assisted fusion method against those of a more classical microwave-assisted acid digestion approach suggest complementarity between the two that ultimately could lead to a more reliable and less costly determination of trace elemental impurities in carbon nanostructured materials. PMID:26653428

  11. Analyzing Sub-Threshold Bitcell Topologies and the Effects of Assist Methods on SRAM VMIN

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The need for ultra low power circuits has forced circuit designers to scale voltage supplies into the sub-threshold region where energy per operation is minimized [1]. The problem with this is that the traditional 6T SRAM bitcell, used for data storage, becomes unreliable at voltages below about 700 mV due to process variations and decreased device drive strength [2]. In order to achieve reliable operation, new bitcell topologies and assist methods have been proposed. This paper provides a comparison of four different bitcell topologies using read and write VMIN as the metrics for evaluation. In addition, read and write assist methods were tested using the periphery voltage scaling techniques discussed in [4–13]. Measurements taken from a 180 nm test chip show read functionality (without assist methods down to 500 mV and write functionality down to 600 mV. Using assist methods can reduce both read and write VMIN by 100 mV over the unassisted test case.

  12. Congenital Anophthalmia and Binocular Neonatal Enucleation Differently Affect the Proteome of Primary and Secondary Visual Cortices in Mice

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    Smolders, Katrien; Hu, Tjing-Tjing; Bronchti, Gilles; Boire, Denis; Arckens, Lutgarde

    2016-01-01

    In blind individuals, visually deprived occipital areas are activated by non-visual stimuli. The extent of this cross-modal activation depends on the age at onset of blindness. Cross-modal inputs have access to several anatomical pathways to reactivate deprived visual areas. Ectopic cross-modal subcortical connections have been shown in anophthalmic animals but not in animals deprived of sight at a later age. Direct and indirect cross-modal cortical connections toward visual areas could also be involved, yet the number of neurons implicated is similar between blind mice and sighted controls. Changes at the axon terminal, dendritic spine or synaptic level are therefore expected upon loss of visual inputs. Here, the proteome of V1, V2M and V2L from P0-enucleated, anophthalmic and sighted mice, sharing a common genetic background (C57BL/6J x ZRDCT/An), was investigated by 2-D DIGE and Western analyses to identify molecular adaptations to enucleation and/or anophthalmia. Few proteins were differentially expressed in enucleated or anophthalmic mice in comparison to sighted mice. The loss of sight affected three pathways: metabolism, synaptic transmission and morphogenesis. Most changes were detected in V1, followed by V2M. Overall, cross-modal adaptations could be promoted in both models of early blindness but not through the exact same molecular strategy. A lower metabolic activity observed in visual areas of blind mice suggests that even if cross-modal inputs reactivate visual areas, they could remain suboptimally processed. PMID:27410964

  13. Congenital Anophthalmia and Binocular Neonatal Enucleation Differently Affect the Proteome of Primary and Secondary Visual Cortices in Mice.

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    Marie-Eve Laramée

    Full Text Available In blind individuals, visually deprived occipital areas are activated by non-visual stimuli. The extent of this cross-modal activation depends on the age at onset of blindness. Cross-modal inputs have access to several anatomical pathways to reactivate deprived visual areas. Ectopic cross-modal subcortical connections have been shown in anophthalmic animals but not in animals deprived of sight at a later age. Direct and indirect cross-modal cortical connections toward visual areas could also be involved, yet the number of neurons implicated is similar between blind mice and sighted controls. Changes at the axon terminal, dendritic spine or synaptic level are therefore expected upon loss of visual inputs. Here, the proteome of V1, V2M and V2L from P0-enucleated, anophthalmic and sighted mice, sharing a common genetic background (C57BL/6J x ZRDCT/An, was investigated by 2-D DIGE and Western analyses to identify molecular adaptations to enucleation and/or anophthalmia. Few proteins were differentially expressed in enucleated or anophthalmic mice in comparison to sighted mice. The loss of sight affected three pathways: metabolism, synaptic transmission and morphogenesis. Most changes were detected in V1, followed by V2M. Overall, cross-modal adaptations could be promoted in both models of early blindness but not through the exact same molecular strategy. A lower metabolic activity observed in visual areas of blind mice suggests that even if cross-modal inputs reactivate visual areas, they could remain suboptimally processed.

  14. Closed vessel microwave assisted extraction - An innovative method for determination of trace metals in plant materials

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    Oeztan, S.; Duering, R.-A.

    2012-04-01

    Determination of metal concentrations in plant samples is important for better understanding of effects of toxic metals that are biologically magnified through the food chain and compose a great danger to all living beings. In recent years the use of microwave assisted extraction for plant samples has shown tremendous research interest which will probably substitute conventional procedures in the future. Generally conventional procedures have disadvantages including consuming of time and solvents. The objective of this study is to investigate and compare a new closed vessel microwave extraction (MAE) method with the combination of EDTA (MAE-EDTA) for the determination of metal contents (Cd, Mn, Pb, Zn) in plant samples (Lolio-Cynosuretum) by ICP-OES. Validation of the method was done by comparison of the results with another MAE procedure (MAE-H) which is applied with the mixture of 69% nitric acid (HNO3) and 30% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Moreover, conventional plant extraction (CE) method, for which the dissolution of plant samples were handled in HNO3 after dry ashing at 420° C, was used as a reference method. Approximately 0.5 g of sample was digested in 5 ml HNO3, 3 ml H2O2, and 5 ml deionized H2O for MAE-H and in 8 ml EDTA solution for MAE-EDTA. Certified plant reference materials (CRMs) were used for comparison of recovery rates from different extraction protocols. Thereby, the applicability of both MAE-H and MAE-EDTA procedures could be demonstrated. For 58 plant samples MAE-H showed the same extraction yields as CE in the determination of trace metal contents of the investigated elements in plant samples. MAE-EDTA gave similar values when compared to MAE-H and highly linear relationships were found for determination of Cd, Mn, Pb and Zn amounts. The recoveries for the CRMs were within the range 89.6-115%. Finally, strategic characteristics of MAE-EDTA for determination metal contents (Cd, Mn, Pb, Zn) in plant samples are: (i) applicability to a large set

  15. Ultrasound-Assist Extrusion Methods for the Fabrication of Polymer Nanocomposites Based on Polypropylene/Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotubes

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    Carlos A. Ávila-Orta

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Isotactic polypropylenes (iPP with different melt flow indexes (MFI were used to fabricate nanocomposites (NCs with 10 wt % loadings of multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs using ultrasound-assisted extrusion methods to determine their effect on the morphology, melt flow, and electrical properties of the NCs. Three different types of iPPs were used with MFIs of 2.5, 34 and 1200 g/10 min. Four different NC fabrication methods based on melt extrusion were used. In the first method melt extrusion fabrication without ultrasound assistance was used. In the second and third methods, an ultrasound probe attached to a hot chamber located at the exit of the die was used to subject the sample to fixed frequency and variable frequency, respectively. The fourth method is similar to the first method, with the difference being that the carbon nanotubes were treated in a fluidized air-bed with an ultrasound probe before being used in the fabrication of the NCs with no ultrasound assistance during extrusion. The samples were characterized by MFI, Optical microscopy (OM, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM, electrical surface resistivity, and electric charge. MFI decreases in all cases with addition of MWCNTs with the largest decrease observed for samples with the highest MFI. The surface resistivity, which ranged from 1013 to 105 Ω/sq, and electric charge, were observed to depend on the ultrasound-assisted fabrication method as well as on the melt flow index of the iPP. A relationship between agglomerate size and area ratio with electric charge was found. Several trends in the overall data were identified and are discussed in terms of MFI and the different fabrication methods.

  16. Prosthetic Rehabilitation Following Socket Reconstruction with Blair-Brown Graft and Conformer Therapy for Management of Severe Post-Enucleation Socket Syndrome--A Clinical Report.

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    Aggarwal, Himanshi; Singh, Saumyendra V; Kumar, Pradeep; Kumar Singh, Arun

    2015-06-01

    One of the most common tumors of the eye diagnosed in childhood is retinoblastoma, which mandates enucleation with adjunctive chemotherapy and radiotherapy to save the patient's life. The most common late enucleation complication is post-enucleation socket syndrome (PESS), which poses a management dilemma for the prosthodontist and surgeon, along with being a major esthetic concern for the patient. The reconstruction of such sockets is complex. The purpose of this clinical report is to describe the rehabilitation of such a pediatric patient with severe PESS. The patient was successfully rehabilitated by presurgical conformer therapy, socket reconstruction surgery with non-meshed intermediate split thickness skin graft (STSG)/Blair-Brown graft, and postsurgical conformer stent. This was followed by fabrication of a custom ocular prosthesis, to achieve favorable functional, physical, and psychological effects.

  17. Development of inter-family nuclear transplant embryos by transplanting the nuclei from the loach blastulae into the non-enucleated zebrafish eggs

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    Li, Li; Zhang, Shicui; Yuan, Jinduo; Li, Hongyan

    2003-03-01

    The developmental fate of the pronuclei in recombined embryos obtained by transplanting the donor nuclei into the non-enucleated eggs remains controversial in the case of fish. In the present study, the nuclei from the loach blastulae were transplanted into non-enucleated zebrafish eggs, the resulting 9 inter-family nuclear transplant embryos developed to larval stages. Although the development timing of the nuclear transplants resembled that of zebrafish, chromosome examination revealed that most of the recombined embryos were diploids with karyotype characteristic of loach, which was also proved by RAPD analysis. Moreover, 3 out of the 9 larval fish formed barb rudiments specific to loach. It was therefore concluded that the nuclear transplant larval fish were inter-family nucleo-cytoplasmic hybrids; and that only the donor nuclei were involved in the development of the nuclear transplant embryos, while the pronuclei in the non-enucleated eggs were likely automatically eliminated during the development.

  18. Observations and recommendations for further research regarding environmentally assisted fatigue evaluation methods

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    Stevens, G.L.; Tregoning, R.L. [U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (U.S. NRC), Rockville, MD (United States); Chopra, O.K. [Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL (United States)

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    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have completed research activities on environmentally assisted fatigue (EAF) methods. This work has led to a revision of NUREG/CR-6909 in its entirety, a draft of which is forthcoming for public review and comment. These activities addressed the following areas: - Air and water fatigue curves were re-developed using a much larger fatigue (ε-N) database. The additional data include an expansion in the ε-N data previously used by the NRC and ANL by as much as 50%. - The environmental fatigue multiplier (F{sub en}) expressions for carbon, low-alloy, stainless, and nickel-alloy steels were revised. - The revised F{sub en} expressions address comments from interested stakeholders related to: (a) the constants in previous F{sub en} expressions that results in F{sub en} values of approximately 2.0 even when the strain rate is very high or the temperature is very low, (b) the temperature dependence of the F{sub en} expression for carbon and low-alloy steels, and (c) the dependence of F{sub en} on water chemistry for austenitic stainless steels. - In addition, the appropriateness of a strain threshold and the possible effects of hold periods were evaluated. - The potential effects of dynamic strain aging (DSA) on cyclic deformation and environmental effects were discussed. - The revised F{sub en} expressions proposed were validated to the extent possible by comparing the results of five different experimental data sets obtained from fatigue tests that simulate actual plant conditions to estimates of fatigue usage adjusted for environmental effects using the updated F{sub en} expressions. In the course of performing the foregoing EAF research activities, the NRC and ANL observed several areas where further research could yield reduced conservatism in EAF evaluation. These include more refined, material-specific fatigue (S-N) curves, S-N curves for ferritic materials based on material tensile

  19. The Impact of Increased Bladder Blood Flow on Storage Symptoms after Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate.

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    Keisuke Saito

    Full Text Available In order to investigate how holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP improves urinary storage symptoms, we assessed blood flow in the urinary bladder mucosa of patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH before and after laser surgery. Seventy-four consecutive patients with BPH (median age 69 years, range; 53-88 underwent HoLEP at our institution and are included in this study. We prospectively assessed the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS, IPSS-QOL Score, the Overactive Bladder Symptom Score (OABSS, uroflowmetry, and blood flow in the urinary bladder, before and after surgery. Blood flow in the bladder mucosa was measured using the OMEGA FLOW (OMEGAWAVE, Tokyo, Japan laser Doppler flowmeter. The median volume of the enucleated adenomas was 45.0 g (range: 25.0 to 83.2. The median IPSS improved significantly from 20 (range: 6-35 to 3 (0-22 (p < 0.001; Wilcoxon signed-rank test, as did the storage symptoms score, which decreased from 13 (2-20 to 3 (1-8 (p < 0.001. Median bladder blood flow increased at the trigone from 9.57 ± 0.83 ml/sec to 17.60 ± 1.08 ml/sec. Multiple regression analysis for the improved storage symptom score eliminated all explanatory variables except increased bladder perfusion. The data suggest that HoLEP improves blood flow in the bladder mucosa, which independently leads to the improvement of storage symptoms.

  20. Rat Blastocysts from Nuclear Injection and Time-Lagged Enucleation and Their Commitment to Embryonic Stem Cells.

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    Hara, Hiromasa; Goto, Teppei; Takizawa, Akiko; Sanbo, Makoto; Jacob, Howard J; Kobayashi, Toshihiro; Nakauchi, Hiromitsu; Hochi, Shinichi; Hirabayashi, Masumi

    2016-04-01

    Pronucleus-like vesicle formation following premature chromosome condensation (PCC) of the donor cell nucleus is the key event for successful generation of cloned rodents by nuclear transplantation (NT). However in rat cloning, this change is difficult to induce in enucleated recipient oocytes because of their inability to maintain maturation-promoting factor levels. In this study, intact oocytes retrieved from nuclear-visualized H2B-tdTomato knock-in rats were injected with Venus-labeled cell nuclei. Because the incidence of PCC under MG-132 treatment significantly increased with the culture period (0%, 10.8%, 36.8%, and 87.5% at 0, 0.5, 1, and 2 h postinjection, respectively), the metaphase plate of the oocyte was removed 1-2 h after the nuclear injection. The NT-derived rat zygotes (n = 748) were activated with ionomycin/cycloheximide and transferred into temporal host mothers, resulting in the harvest of three blastocysts (0.4%) with Venus fluorescence. Two blastocysts were examined for their potential to commit to NT-derived embryonic stem cells (ntESCs). One ntESC line was established successfully and found to be competent in terms of karyotype, stem cell marker expression, and pluripotency. In conclusion, time-lagged enucleation of visualized oocyte nuclei allows the PCC incidence of donor nuclei and generation of NT blastocysts, and the blastocysts can commit to germline-competent ntESCs. PMID:26990947

  1. Electrospray-assisted synthesis methods of nanostructured materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Valvo, M.

    2010-01-01

    This PhD thesis focuses on the synthesis of nanostructured materials via an aerosol-assisted route based on electrospraying of liquid precursors. Electrospraying is a powerful technique for the production of nearly-monodispersed, highly-charged droplets. The possibility of tailoring the droplet size

  2. Methods for assisting recovery of damaged brain and spinal cord using arrays of X-ray microplanar beams

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    Dilmanian, F. Avraham; McDonald, III, John W.

    2007-01-02

    A method of assisting recovery of an injury site of brain or spinal cord injury includes providing a therapeutic dose of X-ray radiation to the injury site through an array of parallel microplanar beams. The dose at least temporarily removes regeneration inhibitors from the irradiated regions. Substantially unirradiated cells surviving between the microplanar beams migrate to the in-beam irradiated portion and assist in recovery. The dose may be administered in dose fractions over several sessions, separated in time, using angle-variable intersecting microbeam arrays (AVIMA). Additional doses may be administered by varying the orientation of the microplanar beams. The method may be enhanced by injecting stem cells into the injury site.

  3. Methods for assisting recovery of damaged brain and spinal cord using arrays of X-Ray microplanar beams

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    Dilmanian, F. Avraham; McDonald, III, John W.

    2007-12-04

    A method of assisting recovery of an injury site of brain or spinal cord injury includes providing a therapeutic dose of X-ray radiation to the injury site through an array of parallel microplanar beams. The dose at least temporarily removes regeneration inhibitors from the irradiated regions. Substantially unirradiated cells surviving between the microplanar beams migrate to the in-beam irradiated portion and assist in recovery. The dose may be administered in dose fractions over several sessions, separated in time, using angle-variable intersecting microbeam arrays (AVIMA). Additional doses may be administered by varying the orientation of the microplanar beams. The method may be enhanced by injecting stem cells into the injury site.

  4. Response Surface Optimization of a Rapid Ultrasound-Assisted Extraction Method for Simultaneous Determination of Tetracycline Antibiotics in Manure

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    2015-01-01

    A rapid and cleanup-free ultrasound-assisted extraction method is proposed for the simultaneous extraction of oxytetracycline, tetracycline, chlortetracycline, and doxycycline in manure. The analytes were determined using high-performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet detector. The influence of several variables on the efficiency of the extraction procedure was investigated by single-factor experiments. The temperature, pH, and amount of extraction solution were selected for optimiza...

  5. Optimization of Microwave Assisted Extraction of Andrographolide from Andrographis paniculata and its Comparison with Refluxation Extraction Method

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    Manvitha Mohan; Salma Khanam; B G Shivananda

    2013-01-01

    A new method using Microwave assisted extraction technique has been developed for extraction of Andrographolide from Andrographis paniculata. Andrographis paniculata is a well-known plant of Ayurveda which is also known as king of bitters because of different bitter principles present in different parts of the plant and exhibits a wide spectrum of biological activities. The MAE conditions such as irradiation time, temperature and coarseness of powder were optimitized by means of orthogonal ar...

  6. 压电超声骨刀在颌骨囊肿摘除术中的临床应用%The application of piezosurgery in enucleation of jaw cysts.

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    蒋瑷; 高永波; 李伯友; 杨立明

    2011-01-01

    目的:总结压电超声骨刀在颌骨囊肿摘除术中的临床应用特点,并评价其临床效果.方法:对 41 例颌骨囊肿病例,应用压电超声骨刀进行骨开窗,其中 8 例配合使用电钻,摘除囊肿,6 例囊腔用钛板将游离的自体骨块复位固定,关闭骨腔.观察超声骨刀的临床使用特点及临床效果.结果:41 例均完整摘除颌骨囊肿,其中 1 例因术中操作不当致鼻底黏膜损伤,其余病例无软组织损伤.伤口一期愈合.8 例配合使用电钻者,骨切割效率明显提高.结论:颌骨囊肿摘除术中应用压电超声骨刀,手术精确度高,安全,方便.%Objective:The aim of this work has been to test piezosurgery as a new and alternative method in the enucleation of jaw cysts. Method:41 patients with jaw cysts were recruited and had the operation to remove the cysts. In the operation, piezosurgery was used in bone fenestration and the enucleation of jaw cysts. 6 patients out of them were given the therapy of fixing the piezoelectric cutting bone blocks with microplate to close the bone cavity. The postsurgical changes of surgical area were observed and recorded. Result: The piezoelectric ostectomy was performed on the 41 patients,and the jaw cysts were completely removed. There was no soft tissure damage in those patients except for one case with nose mucous membrane injured due to misoperation. With the combined use of the electric drill in the 8 patients,the cutting efficiency was improved obviously. Conclusion: Piezosurgery is optimal for enucleation of jaw cysts due to precise cutting in mineral tissure without soft tissure damage.

  7. Synthesis of hexagonal wurtzite Cu2ZnSnS4 prisms by an ultrasound-assisted microwave solvothermal method

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    Wurtzite Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) hexagonal prisms were synthesized by a simple ultrasound-microwave solvothermal method. The product was characterized by XRD, FESEM, EDS, TEM, Raman and UV–vis spectrometer. The hexagonal prisms were 0.5–2 μm wide and 5–12 μm long. The PVP played an important role in the formation of the CZTS hexagonal prisms. In addition, the ultrasound-assisted microwave process was helpful for synthesis of wurtzite rather than kesterite phase CZTS. A nucleation–dissolution–recrystallization mechanism was also proposed to explain the growth of the CZTS hexagonal prisms. - Graphical abstract: Wurtzite Cu2ZnSnS4 hexagonal prisms were synthesized by ultrasound-microwave solvothermal method. The ultrasound-assisted microwave process and PVP were useful to the growth of CZTS. A nucleation–dissolution–recrystallization growth mechanism was also proposed. - Highlights: • Wurtzite Cu2ZnSnS4 was prepared by ultrasound-assisted microwave solvothermal method. • The wurtzite CZTS hexagonal prisms are demonstrated a band gap of 1.49 eV. • Synergistic effect of ultrasound and microwave is helpful to prepare Wurtzite CZTS. • PVP plays an important role in the formation of the CZTS hexagonal prisms. • Nucleation–dissolution–recrystallization growth mechanism of the CZTS was proposed

  8. Matrix Assisted Ionization Vacuum (MAIV), a New Ionization Method for Biological Materials Analysis Using Mass Spectrometry*

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    Inutan, Ellen D.; Trimpin, Sarah

    2012-01-01

    The introduction of electrospray ionization (ESI) and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) for the mass spectrometric analysis of peptides and proteins had a dramatic impact on biological science. We now report that a wide variety of compounds, including peptides, proteins, and protein complexes, are transported directly from a solid-state small molecule matrix to gas-phase ions when placed into the vacuum of a mass spectrometer without the use of high voltage, a laser, or adde...

  9. A numerical method to enhance the performance of a cam-type electric motor-driven left ventricular assist device.

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    Huang, Huan; Yang, Ming; Lu, Cunyue; Xu, Liang; Zhuang, Xiaoqi; Meng, Fan

    2013-10-01

    Pulsatile left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) driven by electric motors have been widely accepted as a treatment of heart failure. Performance enhancement with computer assistance for this kind of LVAD has seldom been reported. In this article, a numerical method is proposed to assist the design of a cam-type pump. The method requires an integrated model of an LVAD system, consisting of a motor, a transmission mechanism, and a cardiovascular circulation. Performance indices, that is, outlet pressure, outlet flow, and pump efficiency, were used to select the best cam profile from six candidates. A prototype pump connected to a mock circulatory loop (MCL) was used to calibrate the friction coefficient of the cam groove and preliminarily evaluate modeling accuracy. In vitro experiments show that the mean outlet pressure and flow can be predicted with high accuracy by the model, and gross geometries of the measurements can also be reproduced. Simulation results demonstrate that as the total peripheral resistance (TPR) is fixed at 1.1 mm Hg.s/mL, the two-cycle 2/3-rise profile is the best. Compared with other profiles, the maximum increases of pressure and flow indices are 75 and 76%, respectively, and the maximum efficiency increase is over 51%. For different TPRs (0.5∼1.5 mm Hg.s/mL) and operation intervals (0.1∼0.4 s) in counterpulsation, the conclusion is also acceptable.

  10. An Effective Vacuum Assisted Extraction Method for the Optimization of Labdane Diterpenoids from Andrographis paniculata by Response Surface Methodology

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    Ya-Qi Wang

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available An effective vacuum assisted extraction (VAE technique was proposed for the first time and applied to extract bioactive components from Andrographis paniculata. The process was carefully optimized by response surface methodology (RSM. Under the optimized experimental conditions, the best results were obtained using a boiling temperature of 65 °C, 50% ethanol concentration, 16 min of extraction time, one extraction cycles and a 12:1 liquid-solid ratio. Compared with conventional ultrasonic assisted extraction and heat reflux extraction, the VAE technique gave shorter extraction times and remarkable higher extraction efficiency, which indicated that a certain degree of vacuum gave the solvent a better penetration of the solvent into the pores and between the matrix particles, and enhanced the process of mass transfer. The present results demonstrated that VAE is an efficient, simple and fast method for extracting bioactive components from A. paniculata, which shows great potential for becoming an alternative technique for industrial scale-up applications.

  11. Using GC to determinate polychlorinated biphenyls in soil after pretreated with microwave-assisted alkaline degradation method

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    HE Xiao-qing; LI Gong-ke; LUO Mei-zhong; ZHANG Zhan-xia

    2006-01-01

    A new and simple microwave-assisted alkaline degradation (MAAD) method for the elimination of organochlorine-pesticide interference on the determination of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in soil by GC is presented. Under the optimal conditions, the interference of α-HCH, β-HCH, γ-HCH, δ-HCH, o. p'-DDT, p. p'-DDD and p. p'-DDT could be eliminated completely, and p. p'-DDE, Aldrin and Dieldrin could be partially eliminated; however, Dieldrin could be completely eliminated by using concentrated sulphuric acid. The method was evaluated by analyzing the spiked-soil sample. The mean recovery obtained was 84. 1%and the Relative Standard Deviation (RSD) was 2.7%. Experimental results also indicate that the degradation of the interference and the extraction of the target analytes, PCBs, could be carried out simultaneously. Compared with the traditional methods, the MAAD method is a rapid, efficient and solvent-saving method.

  12. Portfolio : Theory and Practice of the Pedagogical Methods Course for Assistant Professors at Aalborg University

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    Hansen, Søren

    2002-01-01

    At Aalborg University staff development is organized as a pedagogical course that all Assistant Professors must attend. The pedagogical principles are that learning takes place in action and by keeping a reflective dialog up with supervisors, students and colleagues. Relevant theory is learned from...... workshops and self-studies. Finally, a portfolio is used as a tool for self-reflection. Further the portfolio is used as documentation for experience with teaching, the reflections on action and progression in teaching practice. In this discussion paper, I will reflect on the effect of the course...... and question whether it is appropriate to use a written portfolio for self-reflection and documentation of competences?...

  13. Uniform biodegradable hydrogel microspheres fabricated by a surfactant-free electric-field-assisted method.

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    Choy, Young Bin; Choi, Hyungsoo; Kim, Kyekyoon Kevin

    2007-04-10

    Uniform biodegradable hydrogel microspheres (HMS) with precisely controlled size have been fabricated using an electric-field-assisted precision particle fabrication technique. Particle agglomeration was prevented by charging the hydrogel drops and allowing Coulomb repulsion to separate them. As a result, surfactant-free and non-toxic particle fabrication was possible and the resulting microspheres were most suitable for biomedical and food-related applications. Due to the size uniformity, the present HMS may serve as a convenient yet most accurate vehicle for controlled delivery of therapeutic agents and other active ingredients.

  14. Electrical properties of DLC- (n, p)-Si heterojunctions fabricated by ion-assisted plasma-enhanced deposition and pulsed laser deposition methods

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    Panosyan, Zhosef R.; Voskanyan, Serjik S.; Yengibaryan, Yerem V.; Avjyan, Karapet E.; Khachatryan, Ashot M.; Matevosyan, Lenrik A.

    2010-10-01

    Electrical characteristics of DLC- (n, p)-Si heterojunctions fabricated by ion-assisted plasma-enhanced deposition and pulsed laser deposition methods were investigated. The mechanisms of carrier flow across the fabricated junctions were analyzed. Keywords: ion-assisted plasma-enhanced deposition, pulsed laser deposition, DLC- (n, p)-Si heterojunctions, currentvoltage & capacitance- voltage characteristics.

  15. The laparoscopic enucleation for branch duct type intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms located at the body of pancreas: A case report

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    Stevanović Dejan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMN are among the most common cystic neoplasms of the pancreas, but they represent only 1-3% of all exocrine pancreas tumors. With the development of diagnostic possibilities the number of patients with IPMN is constantly increasing and represents approximately 20% of all surgically treated pancreatic tumors. The development of laparoscopic surgery has led to advances in the treatment of cystic tumors of the pancreas with the emergence of new surgical dilemma in the choice of surgical techniques in patients with IPMN. Case Outline. A 23-year-old patient was admitted to the hospital with non-specific symptoms of upper abdomen. Performed diagnostics indicated the existence of a tumor formation at the periphery of the pancreas, in the region of the proximal corpus, 8Ч5 cm in diameter. The cystic formation, wall thickness 3 mm, was filled with dense contents and injected into the tissue of the pancreas, but did not lead to an extension of the pancreatic duct. After adequate preoperative preparation the patient was operated on, when a laparoscopic enucleation of cystic tumor with coagulation and cutting off communication between the peripheral pancreatic duct and pancreatic tumors was performed by using ultrasound scissors. Histopathological analysis of the specimen indicated an IPMN of the branch duct type (BD-IPMN with a low grade dysplasia. The line of resection was without cellular atypia. Immunohistochemical analysis showed positivity on tumor mucins (MUC-5 and MUC-2, which is typical for gastric type of BD-IPMN. Six months postoperatively the patient showed no signs of recurrence of the disease. Conclusion. Surgical treatment is the dominant choice for the treatment for IPMN. Although minimally invasive, laparoscopic enucleation of BD-IPMN is able to achieve an adequate level of radicality without the accompanying complications and with short postoperative recovery period.

  16. Deep Eutectic Solvent-Based Microwave-Assisted Method for Extraction of Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Components from Radix Salviae miltiorrhizae

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    Jue Chen

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Deep eutectic solvents (DESs have attracted significant attention as a promising green media. In this work, twenty-five kinds of benign choline chloride-based DESs with microwave-assisted methods were applied to quickly extract active components from Radix Salviae miltiorrhizae. The extraction factors, including temperature, time, power of microwave, and solid/liquid ratio, were investigated systematically by response surface methodology. The hydrophilic and hydrophobic ingredients were extracted simultaneously under the optimized conditions: 20 vol% of water in choline chloride/1,2-propanediol (1:1, molar ratio as solvent, microwave power of 800 W, temperature at 70 °C, time at 11.11 min, and solid/liquid ratio of 0.007 g·mL−1. The extraction yield was comparable to, or even better than, conventional methods with organic solvents. The microstructure alteration of samples before and after extraction was also investigated. The method validation was tested as the linearity of analytes (r2 > 0.9997 over two orders of magnitude, precision (intra-day relative standard deviation (RSD < 2.49 and inter-day RSD < 2.96, and accuracy (recoveries ranging from 95.04% to 99.93%. The proposed DESs combined with the microwave-assisted method provided a prominent advantage for fast and efficient extraction of active components, and DESs could be extended as solvents to extract and analyze complex environmental and pharmaceutical samples.

  17. A new simple and fast thermally-solvent assisted method to bond PMMA–PMMA in micro-fluidics devices

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    Bamshad, Arshya; Nikfarjam, Alireza; Khaleghi, Hossein

    2016-06-01

    A rapid and simple thermally-solvent assisted method of bonding was introduced for poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) based microfluidic substrates. The technique is a low-temperature (68 {}^\\circ \\text{C} ), and rapid (15 \\min ) bonding technique; in addition, only a fan-assisted oven with some paper clamps are used. Two different solvents (ethanol and isopropyl alcohol) with two different methods of cooling (one-step and three steps) were employed to determine the best solvent and method of cooling (residual stresses may be released in different cooling methods) by considering bonding strength and quality. In this bonding technique, a thin film of solvent between two PMMA sheets disperses tends to dissolve a thin film of PMMA sheet surface, then evaporate, and finally reconnect monomers of the PMMA sheets at the specific operating temperature. The operating temperature of this method comes from the coincidence of the solubility parameter graph of PMMA with the solubility parameter graph of the solvents. Different tests such as tensile strength test, deformation test, leakage tests, and surface characteristics tests were performed to find the optimum conditions for this bonding strategy. The best bonding quality and the highest bonding strength (28.47 \\text{MPa} ) occurred when 70% isopropyl alcohol solution was employed with the one-step cooling method. Furthermore, the bonding reversibility was taken into account and critical percentages for irreversible bonding were obtained for both of the solvents and methods. This method provides a perfect bonding quality for PMMA substrates, and can be used in laboratories without needing any expensive and special instruments, because of its merits such as lower bonding time, lower-cost, and higher strength etc in comparison with the majority of other common bonding techniques.

  18. The effect of missing marker genotypes on the accuracy of gene-assisted breeding value estimation: a comparison of methods.

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    Mulder, H A; Meuwissen, T H E; Calus, M P L; Veerkamp, R F

    2010-01-01

    In livestock populations, missing genotypes on a large proportion of the animals is a major problem when implementing gene-assisted breeding value estimation for genes with known effect. The objective of this study was to compare different methods to deal with missing genotypes on accuracy of gene-assisted breeding value estimation for identified bi-allelic genes using Monte Carlo simulation. A nested full-sib half-sib structure was simulated with a mixed inheritance model with one bi-allelic quantitative trait loci (QTL) and a polygenic effect due to infinite number of polygenes. The effect of the QTL was included in gene-assisted BLUP either by random regression on predicted gene content, i.e. the number of positive alleles, or including haplotype effects in the model with an inverse IBD matrix to account for identity-by-descent relationships between haplotypes using linkage analysis information (IBD-LA). The inverse IBD matrix was constructed using segregation indicator probabilities obtained from multiple marker iterative peeling. Gene contents for unknown genotypes were predicted using either multiple marker iterative peeling or mixed model methodology. For both methods, gene-assisted breeding value estimation increased accuracies of total estimated breeding value (EBV) with 0% to 22% for genotyped animals in comparison to conventional breeding value estimation. For animals that were not genotyped, the increase in accuracy was much lower (0% to 5%), but still substantial when the heritability was 0.1 and when the QTL explained at least 15% of the genetic variance. Regression on predicted gene content yielded higher accuracies than IBD-LA. Allele substitution effects were, however, overestimated, especially when only sires and males in the last generation were genotyped. For juveniles without phenotypic records and traits measured only on females, the superiority of regression on gene content over IBD-LA was larger than when all animals had phenotypes. Missing

  19. Guidestar-assisted wavefront-shaping methods for focusing light into biological tissue

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    Horstmeyer, Roarke; Ruan, Haowen; Yang, Changhuei

    2015-09-01

    In the field of biomedical optics, optical scattering has traditionally limited the range of imaging within tissue to a depth of one millimetre. A recently developed class of wavefront-shaping techniques now aims to overcome this limit and achieve diffraction-limited control of light beyond one centimetre. By manipulating the spatial profile of an optical field before it enters a scattering medium, it is possible to create a micrometre-scale focal spot deep within tissue. To successfully operate in vivo, these wavefront-shaping techniques typically require feedback from within the biological sample. This Review summarizes recently developed 'guidestar' mechanisms that provide feedback for intra-tissue focusing. Potential applications of guidestar-assisted focusing include optogenetic control over neurons, targeted photodynamic therapy and deep tissue imaging.

  20. SPM studies of ferroelectric nanostructures prepared by a microemulsion-assisted method onto substrates

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    Maria Torres

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Ferroelectric PbTiO3 nanostructures have been fabricated using two different procedures that involve microemulsions and Chemical Solution Deposition onto Pt/TiO2/SiO2/(100Si substrates. The first procedure enables the fabrication of structures with controlled size and shape, as observed by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM topography and computer assisted quantitative analysis, while the second procedure, in addition, yields very small (≈ 20 nm isolated, ferroelectric nanoislands. The ferroelectric character of the nanostructures is demonstrated using Piezoelectric Force Microscopy (PFM. The ferroelectric properties depend on the height of the nanostructures, showing a strong pinning layer effect for the smaller ones, revealed by the asymmetry of the piezoelectric hysteresis loops.

  1. “U”字形法经尿道双极等离子前列腺剜除术体会%Experience of bipolar plasmakinetic transurethral enucleation of prostate with "U" technique

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    张小安; 艾克拜尔; 姜有涛; 汪清

    2016-01-01

    Objectives To investigate experience of bipolar plasmakinetic transurethral enucleation of prostate with "U" technique.Methods 100 patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) were treated by bipolar plasmakinetic transurethral enucleation of prostate with "U" technique from May 2013 to September 2015.The urinary tract index,operative time,blood loss,indwelling catheter time before and after surgery were analysed.The safety and effectiveness of bipolar plasmakinetic transurethral enucleation of prostate with "U" technique were evaluated.Results All patients were treated successfully,there was no death,blood transfusion and transurethral resection syndrome happened.Postoperative maximum flow rate was significantly higher than before surgery (t =15.912,P =0.000),postoperative residual urine was significantly less than before surgery (t =44.069,P =0.000),and there was no retrograde ejaculation,sexual dysfunction and dysuria occurred in the postoperative follow-up.Conclusions Bipolar plasmakinetic transurethral enucleation of prostate with "U"technique has advantages in safety,efficacy and low equipment condition and so on.%目的 探讨采用经尿道双极等离子“U”字形前列腺腔内剜除术方法体会.方法 本院自2013年5月至2015年9月,使用双极等离子电切系统采用“U”字形前列腺腔内剜除术治疗100例前列腺增生患者,通过分析患者术前、术后尿路指标、手术时间、术中出血、导尿管留置时间等相关指标,评估经尿道双极等离子“U”字形前列腺剜除术的安全性、有效性.结果 100例患者均成功采用经尿道双极等离子“U”字形法完成前列腺腔内剜除手术.无死亡、输血和电切综合征发生.术后最大尿流率明显大于术前(t =15.912;P=0.000);术后残余尿明显少于术前(t =44.069,P=0.000),术后随访无逆行射精、性功能障碍和排尿困难等并发症发生.结论 “U”字法经尿道双极等离子前列腺剜除术治疗

  2. Synthesis of hexagonal wurtzite Cu2ZnSnS4 prisms by an ultrasound-assisted microwave solvothermal method

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    Long, Fei; Chi, Shangsen; He, Jinyun; Wang, Jilin; Wu, Xiaoli; Mo, Shuyi; Zou, Zhengguang

    2015-09-01

    Wurtzite Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) hexagonal prisms were synthesized by a simple ultrasound-microwave solvothermal method. The product was characterized by XRD, FESEM, EDS, TEM, Raman and UV-vis spectrometer. The hexagonal prisms were 0.5-2 μm wide and 5-12 μm long. The PVP played an important role in the formation of the CZTS hexagonal prisms. In addition, the ultrasound-assisted microwave process was helpful for synthesis of wurtzite rather than kesterite phase CZTS. A nucleation-dissolution-recrystallization mechanism was also proposed to explain the growth of the CZTS hexagonal prisms.

  3. CO and C3H8 Sensitivity Behavior of Zinc Antimonate Prepared by a Microwave-Assisted Solution Method

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    Héctor Guillen-Bonilla; Verónica-M. Rodríguez-Betancourtt; José-Trinidad Guillén-Bonilla; Juan Reyes-Gómez; Lorenzo Gildo-Ortiz; Martín Flores-Martínez; Olvera-Amador, M. de la L.; Jaime Santoyo-Salazar

    2015-01-01

    ZnSb2O6 has been synthesized by a microwave-assisted solution method in order to test its possible application as a gas sensor. Zinc nitrate, antimony trichloride, and ethylenediamine were used as precursors and deionized water as solvent. Microwave radiation, with a power of ~350 W, was applied for solvent evaporation. The thermal decomposition of the precursors leads to the formation of ZnSb2O6 at 600°C. This oxide crystallized in a tetragonal structure with cell parameters a=4.66 Å, c=9.26...

  4. Fluoride-assisted activation of calcium carbide: a simple method for the ethynylation of aldehydes and ketones.

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    Hosseini, Abolfazl; Seidel, Daniel; Miska, Andreas; Schreiner, Peter R

    2015-06-01

    The fluoride-assisted ethynylation of ketones and aldehydes is described using commercially available calcium carbide with typically 5 mol % of TBAF·3H2O as the catalyst in DMSO. Activation of calcium carbide by fluoride is thought to generate an acetylide "ate"-complex that readily adds to carbonyl groups. Aliphatic aldehydes and ketones generally provide high yields, whereas aromatic carbonyls afford propargylic alcohols with moderate to good yields. The use of calcium carbide as a safe acetylide ion source along with economic amounts of TBAF·3H2O make this procedure a cheap and operationally simple method for the preparation of propargylic alcohols.

  5. Clinical Application of Piezosurgery in the Enucleation of Jaws Cysts%超声骨刀在颌骨囊肿手术中的临床应用

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    王玉凤; 薛昌敖

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To discuss the clinical effect and value of piezosurgery in the enucleation of cysts of jaws. Methods: 58 patients of jaw cysts were divided into two groups, 29 patients in group A were extracted by piezosurgery and 29 patients in group B were extracted by traditional instruments. The operation time, the amount of bleeding, the degree of postoperative pain, wound healing and complications were compared. Results: The amount of bleeding, the degree of postoperative pain and soft tissue damage in group A were significantly less than those in group B. No significant difference of operation time was found between the two groups. All the wounds in two groups were healed by first intention. Conclusions:Piezosurgery can effectively reduce the operative complications.%目的:探讨超声骨刀在颌骨囊肿手术中的临床效果。方法:选取58例颌骨囊肿患者,随机分为A和B两组。A组采用超声骨刀手术,B组采用传统骨器械手术。观察2组手术时间、术中出血量、术后疼痛、伤口愈合及重要解剖结构(上颌窦黏膜、鼻腔黏膜、下颌神经管等)损伤情况。结果:A组术中出血量、术后疼痛程度及重要解剖结构损伤均显著小于B组;A组与B组手术时间无显著差异;创口均一期愈合。结论:超声骨刀安全、高效,降低了手术并发症。

  6. Source Allocation of Long-Range Asian Dusts Transportation across the Taiwan Strait by Innovative Chemical-Assisted Identification Methods

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    Yi-Hsiu Jen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study used the backward trajectory calculation to obtain the transportation routes of Asian dusts and further combined the chemical composition with the enrichment factor (EF and the grey relational analysis (GR to identify the potential sources of eighteen Asian dust storm (ADS events. The results showed that the chemical compositions of atmospheric particles sampled at the Pescadores Islands were very similar to source soils fugitively emitted from Inner Mongolia, which could assist in identifying the source regions of Asian dusts. This study further compared the source allocation of Asian dusts obtained from EF, GR, and backward trajectory, which showed that the source regions of Asian dusts obtained from these three methods were quite similar. The similarity of backward trajectory and GR reached as high as 83.3%. Moreover, the similarity of backward trajectory calculation and EF or GR was up to 77.8% while that of the GR and EF was up to 83.3%. Overall, these three methods can successfully allocate the source regions of Asian dusts by 66.7%. Moreover, these innovative chemical-assisted methods can be successfully applied to identify the source regions of Asian dusts for 18 ADS events.

  7. Sequential method for the assessment of innovations in computer assisted industrial processes

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    A sequential method for the assessment of innovations in industrial processes is proposed, using suitable combinations of mathematical modelling and numerical simulation of dynamics. Some advantages and limitations of the proposed method are discussed. tabs

  8. Probing the effect of human normal sperm morphology rate on cycle outcomes and assisted reproductive methods selection.

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    Bo Li

    Full Text Available Sperm morphology is the best predictor of fertilization potential, and the critical predictive information for supporting assisted reproductive methods selection. Given its important predictive value and the declining reality of semen quality in recent years, the threshold of normal sperm morphology rate (NSMR is being constantly corrected and controversial, from the 4th edition (14% to the 5th version (4%. We retrospectively analyzed 4756 cases of infertility patients treated with conventional-IVF(c-IVF or ICSI, which were divided into three groups according to NSMR: ≥14%, 4%-14% and <4%. Here, we demonstrate that, with decrease in NSMR(≥14%, 4%-14%, <4%, in the c-IVF group, the rate of fertilization, normal fertilization, high-quality embryo, multi-pregnancy and birth weight of twins gradually decreased significantly (P<0.05, while the miscarriage rate was significantly increased (p<0.01 and implantation rate, clinical pregnancy rate, ectopic pregnancy rate, preterm birth rate, live birth rate, sex ratio, and birth weight(Singleton showed no significant change. In the ICSI group, with decrease in NSMR (≥14%, 4%-14%, <4%, high-quality embryo rate, multi-pregnancy rate and birth weight of twins were gradually decreased significantly (p<0.05, while other parameters had no significant difference. Considering the clinical assisted methods selection, in the NFMR ≥14% group, normal fertilization rate of c-IVF was significantly higher than the ICSI group (P<0.05, in the 4%-14% group, birth weight (twins of c-IVF were significantly higher than the ICSI group, in the <4% group, miscarriage of IVF was significantly higher than the ICSI group. Therefore, we conclude that NSMR is positively related to embryo reproductive potential, and when NSMR<4% (5th edition, ICSI should be considered first, while the NSMR≥4%, c-IVF assisted reproduction might be preferred.

  9. Comparison of Microwave Assisted Acid Digestion Methods for ICP-MS Determination of Total Arsenic in Fish Tissue

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    Fish is one of the most important sources of arsenic exposure in human diet and the Food Safety and Quality Division, Ministry of Health since 2007 has required routine monitoring of total arsenic in sea foods such as fish. This study describes an improved extraction method of total arsenic in fish using microwave assisted acid digestion procedure before being analysed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The parameters studied were pre-treatment of sample, digestion temperature, time programme and the chemicals (HNO3/ H2O2) used. Arsenic contents in fish samples under these conditions were compared using the standards additions technique. Microwave assisted acid digestion method with a combination of ultrapure concentrated nitric acid (HNO3) to concentrated hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) at a ratio of 7 mL: 1 mL, run time of 25 min and digestion temperature of 200 degree Celsius with no pre-treatment was found to have recovery of 100.7 % as compared to other digestion procedure where the recovery were 115.5, 111.6 and 101.8 %. Validation using certified reference material (CRM) of fish tissue (DORM-3) showed a recovery of 101.4 ± 2.5 % for total arsenic from the CRM. (author)

  10. Robotic Assistance Enables Inexperienced Surgeons to Perform Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasties on Dry Bone Models with Accuracy Superior to Conventional Methods

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    Monil Karia

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Robotic systems have been shown to improve unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA component placement accuracy compared to conventional methods when used by experienced surgeons. We aimed to determine whether inexperienced UKA surgeons can position components accurately using robotic assistance when compared to conventional methods and to demonstrate the effect repetition has on accuracy. Sixteen surgeons were randomised to an active constraint robot or conventional group performing three UKAs over three weeks. Implanted component positions and orientations were compared to planned component positions in six degrees of freedom for both femoral and tibial components. Mean procedure time decreased for both robot (37.5 mins to 25.7 mins (P=0.002 and conventional (33.8 mins to 21.0 mins (P=0.002 groups by attempt three indicating the presence of a learning curve; however, neither group demonstrated changes in accuracy. Mean compound rotational and translational errors were lower in the robot group compared to the conventional group for both components at all attempts for which rotational error differences were significant at every attempt. The conventional group’s positioning remained inaccurate even with repeated attempts although procedure time improved. In comparison, by limiting inaccuracies inherent in conventional equipment, robotic assistance enabled surgeons to achieve precision and accuracy when positioning UKA components irrespective of their experience.

  11. Cord Blood Karyotyping: A Safe and Non-Invasive Method for Postnatal Testing of Assisted Reproductive Technology Children

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    Shabnam Zarei Moradi

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: To verify the hypothesis that the incidence of chromosomal abnormalities increases in babies conceived by different assisted reproduction procedures. The availability of the umbilical cord blood encouraged us to study this hypothesis via this method. Materials and Methods: This is a descriptive study, umbilical cord blood samples of assisted reproductive technology (ART children were analyzed with standard cytogenetic techniques (G banding. Karyotyping was possible in 109 cases. Results: The number of abnormal cases was four (3.7%, among which, three cases (2.8% were inherited and only 1 case (0.9% was a de novo translocation. In total, the incidence of de novo chromosomal abnormalities was in the range observed in all live births in the general population (0.7-1%. Conclusion: No significant difference in the incidence of chromosomal abnormality was found between ART and naturally conceived babies. To date, several studies have examined the medical and developmental outcome of ART children and still have not reached a definite conclusion. Genetic counseling is recommended as an integral part of planning of treatment strategies for couples wishing to undergo ART.

  12. Antibacterial properties of Au doped polycarbonate synthesized by gamma radiation assisted diffusion method

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    Hareesh, K.; Deore, Avinash V.; Dahiwale, S. S.; Sanjeev, Ganesh; Kanjilal, D.; Ojha, Sunil; Dhole, N. A.; Kodam, K. M.; Bhoraskar, V. N.; Dhole, S. D.

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    Gold (Au)-Polycarbonate (PC) matrix was prepared by gamma radiation assisted diffusion of Au nanoparticles in PC matrix. UV-Visible spectroscopy showed the surface plasmon resonance around 550 nm which corresponds to Au and this peak shift towards lower wavelength i.e. blue shift indicating the decrease in particle size of Au. Rutherford Backscattering (RBS) experiment confirmed the diffusion of Au in PC and depth of diffusion is found to be around 0.85 μm. X-ray Diffractogram (XRD) results also revealed the diffusion of Au in PC where the peak observed at 2θ∼38.29° which correspond to the FCC structure. Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) images showed the hexagonal shaped Au nanoparticles and average particle size is found to be around 110 nm. These samples also showed anti-bacterial properties with both gram positive and gram negative bacteria's and revealed the inhibition of the overall growth of the bacteria with gamma dose.

  13. Rapid synthesis of transition metal dichalcogenide few-layer thin crystals by the microwave-induced-plasma assisted method

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    Chaturvedi, Apoorva; Slabon, Adam; Hu, Peng; Feng, Shuanglong; Zhang, Ke-ke; Prabhakar, Rajiv Ramanujam; Kloc, Christian

    2016-09-01

    Few-layer thin crystals of WS2, MoS2, WSe2, MoSe2 and ReS2 were synthesized via the microwave-induced-plasma-assisted method. The synthesis was accomplished in plasma that was formed inside sealed quartz ampoules heated by plasma surrounding the sealed ampoule. Powder X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy indicate thin crystals of high-quality. The proposed method is rapid, reproducible and environmentally friendly. It is applicable to practically every direct reaction between metals and nonmetals if the nonmetal vapor pressure can reach a pressure of a few torr, which is required for plasma formation inside a sealed ampoule.

  14. An optical method for measuring the thickness of a falling condensate in gravity assisted heat pipe

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    Kasanický, Martin; Lenhard, Richard; Kaduchová, Katarína; Malcho, Milan

    2015-05-01

    A large number of variables is the main problem of designing systems which uses heat pipes, whether it is a traditional - gravity, or advanced - capillary, pulsating, advanced heat pipes. This article is a methodology for measuring the thickness of the falling condensate in gravitational heat pipes, with using the optical triangulation method, and the evaluation of risks associated with this method.

  15. An optical method for measuring the thickness of a falling condensate in gravity assisted heat pipe

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A large number of variables is the main problem of designing systems which uses heat pipes, whether it is a traditional - gravity, or advanced - capillary, pulsating, advanced heat pipes. This article is a methodology for measuring the thickness of the falling condensate in gravitational heat pipes, with using the optical triangulation method, and the evaluation of risks associated with this method.

  16. An optical method for measuring the thickness of a falling condensate in gravity assisted heat pipe

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    Kasanický Martin; Lenhard Richard; Kaduchová Katarína; Malcho Milan

    2015-01-01

    A large number of variables is the main problem of designing systems which uses heat pipes, whether it is a traditional - gravity, or advanced - capillary, pulsating, advanced heat pipes. This article is a methodology for measuring the thickness of the falling condensate in gravitational heat pipes, with using the optical triangulation method, and the evaluation of risks associated with this method.

  17. Is Development Assistance for Health fungible? Findings from a mixed methods case study in Tanzania.

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    Martínez Álvarez, Melisa; Borghi, Josephine; Acharya, Arnab; Vassall, Anna

    2016-06-01

    The amount of Development Assistance for Health (DAH) available to low- and middle-income countries has increased exponentially over the past decade. However, there are concerns that DAH increases have not resulted in increased spending on health at the country level. This is because DAH may be fungible, resulting from the recipient government decreasing its contribution to the health sector as a result of external funding. The aim of this research is to assess whether DAH funds in Tanzania are fungible, by exploring government substitution of its own resources across sectors and within the health sector. A database containing 28140 projects of DAH expenditure between 2000 and 2010 was compiled from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Creditor Reporting System (OECD-CRS) and AidData databases. Government health expenditure data for the same period were obtained from the Government of Tanzania, World Bank, public expenditure reviews and budget speeches and analysed to assess the degree of government substitution. 22 semi-structured interviews were conducted with Development Partners (DPs), government and non-government stakeholders between April and June 2012 to explore stakeholder perceptions of fungibility. We found some evidence of substitution of government funds at the health sector and sub-sector levels and two mechanisms through which it takes place: the resource allocation process and macro-economic factors. We found fungibility of external funds may not necessarily be detrimental to Tanzania's development (as evidence suggests the funds displaced may be reallocated to education) and the mechanisms used by DPs to prevent substitution were largely ineffective. We recommend DPs engage more effectively in the priority-setting process, not just with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW), but also with the Ministry of Finance, to agree on priorities and mutual funding responsibilities at a macroeconomic level. We also call for

  18. Is Development Assistance for Health fungible? Findings from a mixed methods case study in Tanzania.

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    Martínez Álvarez, Melisa; Borghi, Josephine; Acharya, Arnab; Vassall, Anna

    2016-06-01

    The amount of Development Assistance for Health (DAH) available to low- and middle-income countries has increased exponentially over the past decade. However, there are concerns that DAH increases have not resulted in increased spending on health at the country level. This is because DAH may be fungible, resulting from the recipient government decreasing its contribution to the health sector as a result of external funding. The aim of this research is to assess whether DAH funds in Tanzania are fungible, by exploring government substitution of its own resources across sectors and within the health sector. A database containing 28140 projects of DAH expenditure between 2000 and 2010 was compiled from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Creditor Reporting System (OECD-CRS) and AidData databases. Government health expenditure data for the same period were obtained from the Government of Tanzania, World Bank, public expenditure reviews and budget speeches and analysed to assess the degree of government substitution. 22 semi-structured interviews were conducted with Development Partners (DPs), government and non-government stakeholders between April and June 2012 to explore stakeholder perceptions of fungibility. We found some evidence of substitution of government funds at the health sector and sub-sector levels and two mechanisms through which it takes place: the resource allocation process and macro-economic factors. We found fungibility of external funds may not necessarily be detrimental to Tanzania's development (as evidence suggests the funds displaced may be reallocated to education) and the mechanisms used by DPs to prevent substitution were largely ineffective. We recommend DPs engage more effectively in the priority-setting process, not just with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW), but also with the Ministry of Finance, to agree on priorities and mutual funding responsibilities at a macroeconomic level. We also call for

  19. extrap: Software to assist the selection of extrapolation methods for moving-boat ADCP streamflow measurements

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    Mueller, David S.

    2013-04-01

    Selection of the appropriate extrapolation methods for computing the discharge in the unmeasured top and bottom parts of a moving-boat acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) streamflow measurement is critical to the total discharge computation. The software tool, extrap, combines normalized velocity profiles from the entire cross section and multiple transects to determine a mean profile for the measurement. The use of an exponent derived from normalized data from the entire cross section is shown to be valid for application of the power velocity distribution law in the computation of the unmeasured discharge in a cross section. Selected statistics are combined with empirically derived criteria to automatically select the appropriate extrapolation methods. A graphical user interface (GUI) provides the user tools to visually evaluate the automatically selected extrapolation methods and manually change them, as necessary. The sensitivity of the total discharge to available extrapolation methods is presented in the GUI. Use of extrap by field hydrographers has demonstrated that extrap is a more accurate and efficient method of determining the appropriate extrapolation methods compared with tools currently (2012) provided in the ADCP manufacturers' software.

  20. Participant Assisted Data Collection Methods in the California Healthy Homes Indoor Air Quality Study of 2011-13

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    Mullen, Nasim A. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Li, Jina [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Singer, Brett C. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

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    From November 2011 to March 2013, air quality was measured over 6-day periods in 324 residences across California using a mail-out strategy. All interactions with study participants, from recruitment, to data collection, to communication of results, were conducted with remote communication methods including conventional mail, electronic mail, telephone and text messaging. Potential participants were reached primarily by sharing study information with community groups and organizations that directed interested individuals to complete an online screening survey. Pollutant concentrations were measured with sampling equipment that was mailed to participants' homes with deployment instructions. Residence and household characteristics and activity data were collected via two phone surveys and an activity log. A comparison of responses to survey questions completed online versus over the phone indicated that a substantial fraction of participants (roughly 20%) required a researcher's assistance to respond to basic questions about appliance characteristics. Using the printed instructions and telephone assistance from researchers, roughly 90% of participants successfully deployed and returned sampling materials accurately and on schedule. The mail-out strategy employed in this study was found to be a cost-effective means for collecting residential air quality data.

  1. Molecular beam epitaxy of GaAs nanowires and their sustainability for optoelectronic applications. Comparing Au- and self-assisted growth methods

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    Breuer, Steffen

    2011-09-28

    In this work the synthesis of GaAs nanowires by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) using the vapour-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism is investigated. A comparison between Au- and self-assisted VLS growth is at the centre of this thesis. While the Au-assisted method is established as a versatile tool for nanowire growth, the recently developed self-assisted variation results from the exchange of Au by Ga droplets and thus eliminates any possibility of Au incorporation. By both methods, we achieve nanowires with epitaxial alignment to the Si(111) substrates. Caused by differences during nanowire nucleation, a parasitic planar layer grows between the nanowires by the Au-assisted method, but can be avoided by the self-assisted method. Au-assisted nanowires grow predominantly in the metastable wurtzite crystal structure, while their self-assisted counterparts have the zincblende structure. All GaAs nanowires are fully relaxed and the strain arising from the lattice mismatch between GaAs and Si of 4.1 % is accommodated by misfit dislocations at the interface. Self-assisted GaAs nanowires are generally found to have vertical and non-polar side facets, while tilted and polar nanofacets were described for Au-assisted GaAs nanowires. We employ VLS nucleation theory to understand the effect of the droplet material on the lateral facets. Optoelectronic applications require long minority carrier lifetimes at room temperature. We fabricate GaAs/(Al,Ga)As core-shell nanowires and analyse them by transient photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The results are 2.5 ns for the self-assisted nanowires as well as 9 ps for the Au-assisted nanowires. By temperature-dependent PL measurements we find a characteristic activation energy of 77 meV that is present only in the Au-assisted nanowires. We conclude that most likely Au is incorporated from the droplets into the GaAs nanowires and acts as a deep, non-radiative recombination centre.

  2. Soft X-ray-assisted detection method for airborne molecular contaminations (AMCs)

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    Kim, Changhyuk; Zuo, Zhili [University of Minnesota, Department of Mechanical Engineering (United States); Finger, Hartmut; Haep, Stefan; Asbach, Christof; Fissan, Heinz [Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology (IUTA e. V.) (Germany); Pui, David Y. H., E-mail: dyhpui@umn.edu [University of Minnesota, Department of Mechanical Engineering (United States)

    2015-03-15

    Airborne molecular contaminations (AMCs) represent a wide range of gaseous contaminants in cleanrooms. Due to the unintentional nanoparticle or haze formation as well as doping caused by AMCs, improved monitoring and controlling methods for AMCs are urgent in the semiconductor industry. However, measuring ultra-low concentrations of AMCs in cleanrooms is difficult, especially, behind a gas filter. In this study, a novel detection method for AMCs, which is on-line, economical, and applicable for diverse AMCs, was developed by employing gas-to-particle conversion with soft X-ray, and then measuring the generated nanoparticles. Feasibility study of this method was conducted through the evaluations of granular-activated carbons (GACs), which are widely used AMC filter media. Sulfur dioxide (SO{sub 2}) was used as an AMC for the feasibility study. Using this method, the ultra-low concentrations of SO{sub 2} behind GACs were determined in terms of concentrations of generated sulfuric acid (H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) nanoparticles. By calculating SO{sub 2} concentrations from the nanoparticle concentrations using empirical correlation equations between them, remarkable sensitivity of this method to SO{sub 2} was shown, down to parts-per-trillions, which are too low to detect using commercial gas sensors. Also, the calculated SO{sub 2} concentrations showed good agreement with those measured simultaneously by a commercial SO{sub 2} monitor at parts-per-billions.

  3. The reason of self sclera deliquescent after eyeball enucleation with orbital implant in second stage operation for ocular trauma%眼外伤后二期眼球摘除义眼台植入后自体巩膜溶解原因

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    乔玉春; 王智霞

    2011-01-01

    Objective To investigate the reason of self sclera deliquesce after enucleation of eyeball with orbital implant in second stage operation for ocular trauma.Methods According whether primary suture with seond enucleation of eyeball with orbital implant,The pateints were divided into two groups:Group 1:second enucleation of eyeball with orbital implant after ocular trauma ( 164 eyes in 164 cases)and Group 2:enucleation of eyeball with orbital implant after other reasons(352 eyes in 352 cases).The analysis matters including eyeball rupture,inflammatory reaction,the reasons of eyeball enucleation,postoperative complications and effects,and by that to compare the differences and possible cause of self sclera deliquescent in two groups.Results The incidence of self-sclera deliquesce was 8.54% in Grroup 1,higher than the 1.99% in Group 2 significantly.Conclusion We supposed that many reasons explain the self sclera deliquescent after second enucleation of eyeball with orbital implant in oculatr trauma:the time of orbital implantation,the exclusion of orbital implantation,hypersensitivity and antigen-antibody reaction,Tenon's scar and adherence and so on,so we consider it is help to prevent self-sclera deliquesce by choose proper timepoint to remove eyeball with orbital implant.%目的 探讨眼外伤后二期眼球摘除义眼台植入后发生自体巩膜溶解的原因.方法 对行眼球摘除患者病历资料进行回顾性总结和分析,根据是否因眼外伤后一期缝合并在不同时间二期行眼球摘除义眼台植入分成两组,组1为眼外伤后二期眼球摘除义眼台植入164例(164眼);组2为其余原因眼球摘除义眼台植入352例(352眼).从一期眼球破裂情况、术后眼球炎症反应、二期眼球摘除原因、术后并发症、术后效果等方面进行分析,比较两组之间发生自体巩膜溶解的差异及可能的原因.结果 外伤后二期眼球摘除义眼台植入术后自体巩膜溶解的发生率(8.54

  4. Common trend: move to enucleation—Is there a case for GreenLight enucleation? Development and description of the technique

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    Gomez Sancha, Fernando; Rivera, Vanesa Cuadros; Georgiev, Georgi; Botsevski, Alexander; Kotsev, Julian; Herrmann, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    Background Transurethral laser prostatectomy has evolved as a viable alternative for the management of benign prostate enlargement. Since the renaissance of laser prostatectomy with the advent of the holmium:yttrium–aluminum–garnet laser in the 1990s, various lasers and subsequent procedures have been introduced. These techniques can be categorized as vaporizing, resecting, and enucleating approaches. Photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP) is dominated by high-power lithium tribora...

  5. Student's perception and experience of computer assisted learning as a teaching method in experimental pharmacology

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    Deepika Tikoo

    2015-12-01

    Conclusion: The study demonstrates the effectiveness of CAL in teaching experimental pharmacology concepts and the students felt that this method helped them in a better understanding of the topic as the effects were clearly visualized on the screen and that such simulations need to be a part of the standard curriculum. [Int J Basic Clin Pharmacol 2015; 4(6.000: 1168-1174

  6. Two dimensional PMMA nanofluidic device fabricated by hot embossing and oxygen plasma assisted thermal bonding methods.

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    Yin, Zhifu; Sun, Lei; Zou, Helin; Cheng, E

    2015-05-29

    A method for obtaining a low-cost and high-replication precision two-dimensional (2D) nanofluidic device with a polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) sheet is proposed. To improve the replication precision of the 2D PMMA nanochannels during the hot embossing process, the deformation of the PMMA sheet was analyzed by a numerical simulation method. The constants of the generalized Maxwell model used in the numerical simulation were calculated by experimental compressive creep curves based on previously established fitting formula. With optimized process parameters, 176 nm-wide and 180 nm-deep nanochannels were successfully replicated into the PMMA sheet with a replication precision of 98.2%. To thermal bond the 2D PMMA nanochannels with high bonding strength and low dimensional loss, the parameters of the oxygen plasma treatment and thermal bonding process were optimized. In order to measure the dimensional loss of 2D nanochannels after thermal bonding, a dimension loss evaluating method based on the nanoindentation experiments was proposed. According to the dimension loss evaluating method, the total dimensional loss of 2D nanochannels was 6 nm and 21 nm in width and depth, respectively. The tensile bonding strength of the 2D PMMA nanofluidic device was 0.57 MPa. The fluorescence images demonstrate that there was no blocking or leakage over the entire microchannels and nanochannels. PMID:25946991

  7. An abnormal situation modeling method to assist operators in safety-critical systems

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    One of the main causes of accidents in safety-critical systems is human error. In order to reduce human errors in the process of handling abnormal situations that are highly complex and mentally taxing activities, operators need to be supported, from a cognitive perspective, in order to reduce their workload, stress, and the consequent error rate. Of the various cognitive activities, a correct understanding of the situation, i.e. situation awareness (SA), is a crucial factor in improving performance and reducing errors. Despite the importance of SA in decision-making in time- and safety-critical situations, the difficulty of SA modeling and assessment means that very few methods have as yet been developed. This study confronts this challenge, and develops an innovative abnormal situation modeling (ASM) method that exploits the capabilities of risk indicators, Bayesian networks and fuzzy logic systems. The risk indicators are used to identify abnormal situations, Bayesian networks are utilized to model them and a fuzzy logic system is developed to assess them. The ASM method can be used in the development of situation assessment decision support systems that underlie the achievement of SA. The performance of the ASM method is tested through a real case study at a chemical plant. - Highlights: • Bayesian networks are applied to represent operators’ mental models when confront with abnormal situations. • A fuzzy logic system is used to resemble operators’ generating assessment results for every abnormal situation. • A virtual plant user interface and a prototype based on proposed method are developed to simulate a real case

  8. Development of Inter-Family Nuclear Transplant Embryos by Transplanting the Nuclei from the Loach Blastulae into the Non-Enucleated Zebrafish Eggs

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    李荔; 张士璀; 袁金铎; 李红岩

    2003-01-01

    The developmental fate of the pronuclei in recombined embryos obtained by transpla-nting the donor nuclei into the non-enucleated eggs remains controversial in the case of fish. In thepresent study, the nuclei from the loach blastulae were transplanted into non-enucleated zebrafisheggs, the resulting 9 inter-family nuclear transplant embryos developed to larval stages. Althoughthe development timing of the nuclear transplants resembled that of zebrafish, chromosome examina-tion revealed that most of the recombined embryos were diploids with karyotype characteristic of loa-ch, which was also proved by RAPD analysis. Moreover, 3 out of the 9 larval fish formed barb ru-diments specific to loach. It was therefore concluded that the nuclear transplant larval fish were in-ter-family nucleo-cytoplasmic hybrids; and that only the donor nuclei were involved in the develop-ment of the nuclear transplant embryos, while the pronuclei in the non-enucleated eggs were likelyautomatically eliminated during the development.

  9. Vision-Related Quality of Life and Appearance Concerns Are Associated with Anxiety and Depression after Eye Enucleation: A Cross-Sectional Study.

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    Juan Ye

    Full Text Available To investigate the association of demographic, clinical and psychosocial variables with levels of anxiety and depression in participants wearing an ocular prosthesis after eye enucleation.This cross-sectional study included 195 participants with an enucleated eye who were attending an ophthalmic clinic for prosthetic rehabilitation between July and November 2014. Demographic and clinical data, and self-reported feelings of shame, sadness and anger were collected. Participants also completed the National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire, the Facial Appearance subscale of the Negative Physical Self Scale, and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Regression models were used to identify the factors associated with anxiety and depression.The proportion of participants with clinical anxiety was 11.8% and clinical depression 13.8%. More anxiety and depression were associated with poorer vision-related quality of life and greater levels of appearance concerns. Younger age was related to greater levels of anxiety. Less educated participants and those feeling more angry about losing an eye are more prone to experience depression. Clinical variables were unrelated to anxiety or depression.Anxiety and depression are more prevalent in eye-enucleated patients than the general population, which brings up the issues of psychiatric support in these patients. Psychosocial rather than clinical characteristics were associated with anxiety and depression. Longitudinal studies need to be conducted to further elucidate the direction of causality before interventions to improve mood states are developed.

  10. Chemically Compatible Sacrificial Layer-Assisted Lift-Off Patterning Method for Fabrication of Organic Light-Emitting Displays

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    Choi, Wonsuk; Kim, Min-Hoi; Lee, Sin-Doo

    2011-08-01

    We developed a generic platform to pattern combinatorial functional layers composed of different classes of organic materials using a repetitive lift-off method based on a chemically compatible sacrificial layer (SL) for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The essential features come from the chemically compatible SL of a fluorous-polymer that can be generated by laser-inscription or transfer-printing. The precise registration of lateral patterns of different materials was achieved on a single substrate through a series of SL-assisted lift-off processes. The chemical compatibility of the SL and the stability of the light-emitting characteristics were shown in a fluorous-solvent treated monochrome OLEDs.

  11. Facile Synthesis of N-Doped BiOCl Photocatalyst by an Ethylenediamine-Assisted Hydrothermal Method

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    Guihua Chen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A nitrogen doped BiOCl (N-BiOCl photocatalyst was synthesized and characterized using an ethylenediamine-assisted hydrothermal method. The N-BiOCl sample demonstrated the same tetragonal crystal structure as the as-prepared pure BiOCl sample. SEM results indicated that N-BiOCl sample was self-assembled by nanoplates to provide an aggregated flower-like microstructure. Doped nitrogen was substituted for oxygen in the crystal lattice of BiOCl, causing a red shift for N-BiOCl sample compared to BiOCl sample. The N-BiOCl sample exhibited higher photocatalytic activity in the degradation of Rhodamine B under visible light than observed in BiOCl sample, and the stability of the sample was verified. Meanwhile, speculative causes for the enhancement in the photocatalytic activity of N-BiOCl sample were also proposed.

  12. Investigation of Embedded Si/C System Exposed to a Hybrid Reaction of Centrifugal-Assisted Thermite Method.

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    Reza Mahmoodian

    Full Text Available A novel method is proposed to study the behavior and phase formation of a Si+C compacted pellet under centrifugal acceleration in a hybrid reaction. Si+C as elemental mixture in the form of a pellet is embedded in a centrifugal tube. The pellet assembly and tube are exposed to the sudden thermal energy of a thermite reaction resulted in a hybrid reaction. The hybrid reaction of thermite and Si+C produced unique phases. X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD as well as microstructural and elemental analyses are then investigated. XRD pattern showed formation of materials with possible electronic and magnetic properties. The cooling rate and the molten particle viscosity mathematical model of the process are meant to assist in understanding the physical and chemical phenomena took place during and after reaction. The results analysis revealed that up to 85% of materials converted into secondary products as ceramics-matrix composite.

  13. Investigation of Embedded Si/C System Exposed to a Hybrid Reaction of Centrifugal-Assisted Thermite Method.

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    Mahmoodian, Reza; Yahya, Rosiyah; Dabbagh, Ali; Hamdi, Mohd; Hassan, Mohsen A

    2015-01-01

    A novel method is proposed to study the behavior and phase formation of a Si+C compacted pellet under centrifugal acceleration in a hybrid reaction. Si+C as elemental mixture in the form of a pellet is embedded in a centrifugal tube. The pellet assembly and tube are exposed to the sudden thermal energy of a thermite reaction resulted in a hybrid reaction. The hybrid reaction of thermite and Si+C produced unique phases. X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD) as well as microstructural and elemental analyses are then investigated. XRD pattern showed formation of materials with possible electronic and magnetic properties. The cooling rate and the molten particle viscosity mathematical model of the process are meant to assist in understanding the physical and chemical phenomena took place during and after reaction. The results analysis revealed that up to 85% of materials converted into secondary products as ceramics-matrix composite. PMID:26641651

  14. Adaptive Finite Element Method Assisted by Stochastic Simulation of Chemical Systems

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    Cotter, Simon L.

    2013-01-01

    Stochastic models of chemical systems are often analyzed by solving the corresponding Fokker-Planck equation, which is a drift-diffusion partial differential equation for the probability distribution function. Efficient numerical solution of the Fokker-Planck equation requires adaptive mesh refinements. In this paper, we present a mesh refinement approach which makes use of a stochastic simulation of the underlying chemical system. By observing the stochastic trajectory for a relatively short amount of time, the areas of the state space with nonnegligible probability density are identified. By refining the finite element mesh in these areas, and coarsening elsewhere, a suitable mesh is constructed and used for the computation of the stationary probability density. Numerical examples demonstrate that the presented method is competitive with existing a posteriori methods. © 2013 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

  15. Control Method of a Rotary Blood Pump for a Left Ventricular Assist Device

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    Petukhov, D. S.; D.V. Telyshev; S.V. Selishchev

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the investigation is to develop a control method of a rotary blood pump (RBP) to solve the following problems: estimation of the pump flow rate, achievement and maintaining of the desired flow level through the continuous adjustment of pump speed and prevention of adverse effects on the cardiovascular system. Results. Functional chart of RBP control consists of several units: a unit for evaluation of instantaneous pump flow rate, unit for estimation of approximate and a...

  16. A Content Assist based Approach for Providing Rationale of Method Change for Object Oriented Programming

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    Amit S. Ami

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Software engineering requires modification of code during development and maintenance phase. During modification, a difficult task is to understand rationale of changed code. Present Integrated Development Environments (IDEs attempt to help this by providing features integrated with different types of repositories. However, these features still consume developer's time as he has to switch from editor to another window for this purpose. Moreover, these features focus on elements available in present version of code, thus increasing the difficulty of finding rationale of an element removed or modified earlier. Leveraging different sources for providing information through code completion menus has been shown to be valuable, even when compared to standalone counterparts offering similar functionalities in literature. Literature also shows that it is one of the most used features for consuming information within IDE. Based on that, we prepare an Eclipse plug-in and a framework that allows providing reason of code change, at method granularity, across versions through a new code completion menu in IDE. These allow a software engineer to gain insight about rationale of removed or modified methods which are otherwise not available in present version of code. Professional software engineers participated in our empirical evaluation process and we observed that more than 80% participants considered this to be a useful approach for saving time and effort to understand rationale of method change. Later, based on their feedback, the plug-in and framework is modified to incorporate chronological factors. We perform quasi experimental evaluation with professional software engineers. It is found that time required to find rationale of method change is reduced to at least half compared to usual amount of time required for all the software engineers who participated in the quantitative evaluation.

  17. Computer-assisted methods for the construction, compilation and display of geoscientific maps

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    Gabert, Gottfried

    The paper reviews modern methods for map construction, compilation and display on the basis of current applications at the Geological Surveys of the Federal Republic of Germany and Lower Saxony. The graphical representation of geoscientific data, for example mapping and exploration results, is generally done in the traditional way of analog maps. Different possibilities to produce digital maps exist: map construction directly from geological field data, digitization of existing maps, especially manuscript maps, conversion of remotely sensed data into raster or vector maps.

  18. Air flow-assisted ionization imaging mass spectrometry method for easy whole-body molecular imaging under ambient conditions.

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    Luo, Zhigang; He, Jiuming; Chen, Yi; He, Jingjing; Gong, Tao; Tang, Fei; Wang, Xiaohao; Zhang, Ruiping; Huang, Lan; Zhang, Lianfeng; Lv, Haining; Ma, Shuanggang; Fu, Zhaodi; Chen, Xiaoguang; Yu, Shishan; Abliz, Zeper

    2013-03-01

    Whole-body molecular imaging is able to directly map spatial distribution of molecules and monitor its biotransformation in intact biological tissue sections. Imaging mass spectrometry (IMS), a label-free molecular imaging method, can be used to image multiple molecules in a single measurement with high specificity. Herein, a novel easy-to-implement, whole-body IMS method was developed with air flow-assisted ionization in a desorption electrospray ionization mode. The developed IMS method can effectively image molecules in a large whole-body section in open air without sample pretreatment, such as chemical labeling, section division, or matrix deposition. Moreover, the signal levels were improved, and the spatial assignment errors were eliminated; thus, high-quality whole-body images were obtained. With this novel IMS method, in situ mapping analysis of molecules was performed in adult rat sections with picomolar sensitivity under ambient conditions, and the dynamic information of molecule distribution and its biotransformation was provided to uncover molecular events at the whole-animal level. A global view of the differential distribution of an anticancer agent and its metabolites was simultaneously acquired in whole-body rat and model mouse bearing neuroglioma along the administration time. The obtained drug distribution provided rich information for identifying the targeted organs and predicting possible tumor spectrum, pharmacological activity, and potential toxicity of drug candidates.

  19. Development of new UV-vis spectroscopic microwave-assisted method for determination of glucose in pharmaceutical samples.

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    Mabood, Fazal; Hussain, Z; Haq, H; Arian, M B; Boqué, R; Khan, K M; Hussain, K; Jabeen, F; Hussain, J; Ahmed, M; Alharasi, A; Naureen, Z; Hussain, H; Khan, A; Perveen, S

    2016-01-15

    A new UV-Visible spectroscopic method assisted with microwave for the determination of glucose in pharmaceutical formulations was developed. In this study glucose solutions were oxidized by ammonium molybdate in the presence of microwave energy and reacted with aniline to produce a colored solution. Optimum conditions of the reaction including wavelength, temperature, and pH of the medium and relative concentration ratio of the reactants were investigated. It was found that the optimal wavelength for the reaction is 610 nm, the optimal reaction time is 80s, the optimal reaction temperature is 160°C, the optimal reaction pH is 4, and the optimal concentration ratio aniline/ammonium molybdate solution was found to be 1:1. The limits of detection and quantification of the method are 0.82 and 2.75 ppm for glucose solution, respectively. The use of microwaves improved the speed of the method while the use of aniline improved the sensitivity of the method by shifting the wavelength.

  20. Apparatus and method for investigation of energy consumption of microwave assisted drying systems

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    Göllei, Attila; Vass, András; Magyar, Attila; Pallai, Elisabeth

    2009-10-01

    Convective, hot air drying by itself is relatively efficient for removing water from the surface environment of agricultural seed products. However, moving internal moisture to the surface needs rather a long time, as a rule. The major research aim of the authors was to decrease the processing time and processing costs, to improve the quality of the dried product, and to increase drying efficiency. For this reason their research activities focused on the development of a special drying apparatus and a method suitable for measuring of energy conditions in a hybrid (microwave and convective) dryer. Experimental investigations were made with moistened wheat as model material. Experiments were carried out in microwave, convective and hybrid drying systems. The microwave drying alone was more efficient than the convective method. The lowest energy consumption and shortest drying time were obtained by the use of a hybrid method in which the waste energy of magnetron was utilized and the temperature was controlled. In this way, it was possible to keep the temperature of the dried product at a constant and safe value and to considerably decrease the energy consumption.

  1. A three-dimensional measurement method based on mesh candidates assisted with structured light

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    Xu, Gang; Zhang, Wenming; Li, Haibin; Liu, Bin

    2009-07-01

    Rendering three-dimensional information of a scene from optical measurement is very important for a wide variety of applications such as robot navigation, rapid prototyping, medical imaging, industrial inspection, etc. In this paper, a new 3D measurement method based on mesh candidate with structured light illuminating is proposed. The vision sensor consists of two CCD cameras and a DLP projector. The measurement system combines the technology of binocular stereo vision and structured light, so as to simplify the process of acquiring depth information using mesh candidates. The measurement method is based on mesh candidates which represent the potential depth in the three dimensional scene. First the mesh grid was created along the direction of axes in world coordinate system, and the nodes were considered as depth candidates on the surface of object. Then each group of the mesh nodes varying along z axis were mapped to the captured image planes of both cameras. At last, according to the similarity measure of the corresponding pixel pairs, the depth of the object surface can be obtained. The matching process is between the pixels in both camera planes corresponding to the spatial mesh candidates. Aided by the structured light pattern, the accuracy of measurement system improved. Appending the periodic sawtooth pattern on the scene by structured light made measurement easier, while the computational cost did not increased since the projector had no need to be calibrated. The 3DS MAX and Matlab software were used to simulate measurement system and reconstruct the surface of the object. After the positioned cameras have been calibrated using Matlab calibration toolbox, the projector is used to project structured light pattern on the scene. Indicated by experimental results, the mesh-candidate-based method is obviously superior in computation and accuracy. Compared with traditional methods based on image matching, our method has several advantages: (1) the complex

  2. Accurate quantification of tio2 nanoparticles collected on air filters using a microwave-assisted acid digestion method.

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    Mudunkotuwa, Imali A; Anthony, T Renée; Grassian, Vicki H; Peters, Thomas M

    2016-01-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) particles, including nanoparticles with diameters smaller than 100 nm, are used extensively in consumer products. In a 2011 current intelligence bulletin, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommended methods to assess worker exposures to fine and ultrafine TiO(2) particles and associated occupational exposure limits for these particles. However, there are several challenges and problems encountered with these recommended exposure assessment methods involving the accurate quantitation of titanium dioxide collected on air filters using acid digestion followed by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). Specifically, recommended digestion methods include the use of chemicals, such as perchloric acid, which are typically unavailable in most accredited industrial hygiene laboratories due to highly corrosive and oxidizing properties. Other alternative methods that are used typically involve the use of nitric acid or combination of nitric acid and sulfuric acid, which yield very poor recoveries for titanium dioxide. Therefore, given the current state of the science, it is clear that a new method is needed for exposure assessment. In this current study, a microwave-assisted acid digestion method has been specifically designed to improve the recovery of titanium in TiO(2) nanoparticles for quantitative analysis using ICP-OES. The optimum digestion conditions were determined by changing several variables including the acids used, digestion time, and temperature. Consequently, the optimized digestion temperature of 210°C with concentrated sulfuric and nitric acid (2:1 v/v) resulted in a recovery of >90% for TiO(2). The method is expected to provide for a more accurate quantification of airborne TiO(2) particles in the workplace environment. PMID:26181824

  3. Friction assisted solid state lap seam welding and additive manufacturing method

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    Prasad Rao KALVALA; Javed AKRAM; Mano MISRA

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes results of seam welding of relatively high temperature melting materials, AISI 304, C-Mn steels, Ni-based alloys, CP Cu, CP Ni, Ti6Al4V and relatively low temperature melting material, AA6061. It describes the seam welding of multi-layered similar and dissimilar metallic sheets. The method described and involved advancing a rotating non-consumable rod (CP Mo or AISI 304) toward the upper sheet of a metallic stack clamped under pressure. As soon as the distal end of the rod touched the top portion of the upper metallic sheet, an axial force was applied. After an initial dwell time, the metallic stack moved horizontally relative to the stationery non-consumable rod by a desired length, thereby forming a metallurgical bond between the metallic sheets. Multi-track and multi-metal seam welds of high temperature metallic sheets, AISI 304, C-Mn steel, Nickel-based alloys, Cp Cu, Ti6Al4V and low temperature metallic sheets, AA6061 were obtained. Optical and scanning electron microscopy examination and 180 degree U-bend test indicated that defect free seam welds could be obtained with this method. Tensile-shear testing showed that the seam welds of AISI 304, C-Mn steel, Nickel-based alloy were stronger than the starting base metal counterparts while AA6061 was weaker due to softening. The metallurgical bonding at the interface between the metallic sheets was attributed to localized stick and slip at the interface, dynamic recrystallization and diffusion. The method developed can be used as a means of welding, cladding and additive manufacturing.

  4. Synthesis of Cu2O nanobelts via surfactant-assisted polyol method

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    Xin Wen Huang; Zong Jian Liu; Yi Fan Zheng

    2011-01-01

    The synthesis of nanostructured Cu2O was conducted in a non-aqueous solution via polyol method at a temperature of 130 ℃. It was found that the formation of Cu2O nanobelts was heavily dependent on the presence of surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). Cu2O nanobelts with 100-400 nm in width and several micrometers in length were only observed when CTAB was used, whereas in other cases where CTAB was absent or CTAB was replaced with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP K-30), only spherical or cube-like particles were formed. The formation mechanism of Cu2O nanobelts was discussed.

  5. High aspect ratio lead zirconate titanate tube structures: I. Template assisted fabrication - vacuum infiltration method

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    Vladimír Kovaľ

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Polycrystalline Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PZT microtubes are fabricated by a vacuum infiltration method. The method is based on repeated infiltration of precursor solution into macroporous silicon (Si templates at a sub-atmospheric pressure. The pyrolyzed PZT tubes of a 2-µm outer diameter, extending to over 30 µm in length were released from the template using a selective isotropic-pulsed XeF2 reactive ion etching of silicon. Free-standing microtubes, partially anchored at the bottom of the Si template, were then crystallized in pure oxygen atmosphere at 750 °C for 2 min using a rapid thermal annealer. The perovskite phase of the final PZT tubes was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD analysis. The XRD spectrum also revealed a small amount of the pyrochlore phase in the structure and signs of possible fluoride contamination caused most likely by the XeF2 etching process. The surface morphology was examined using scanning electron microscopy. It was demonstrated that the whole surface of the pore walls was conformally coated during the repeated infiltration of templates, resulting in straight tubes with closed tips formed on the opposite ends as replicas of the pore bottoms. These high aspect ratio ferroelectric structures are suggested as building units for developing miniaturized electronic devices, such as memory storage (DRAM trenched capacitors, piezoelectric scanners and actuators, and are of fundamental value for the theory of ferroelectricity in systems with low dimensionality.

  6. Application of Assistive Computer Vision Methods to Oyama Karate Techniques Recognition

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    Tomasz Hachaj

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we propose a novel algorithm that enables online actions segmentation and classification. The algorithm enables segmentation from an incoming motion capture (MoCap data stream, sport (or karate movement sequences that are later processed by classification algorithm. The segmentation is based on Gesture Description Language classifier that is trained with an unsupervised learning algorithm. The classification is performed by continuous density forward-only hidden Markov models (HMM classifier. Our methodology was evaluated on a unique dataset consisting of MoCap recordings of six Oyama karate martial artists including multiple champion of Kumite Knockdown Oyama karate. The dataset consists of 10 classes of actions and included dynamic actions of stands, kicks and blocking techniques. Total number of samples was 1236. We have examined several HMM classifiers with various number of hidden states and also Gaussian mixture model (GMM classifier to empirically find the best setup of the proposed method in our dataset. We have used leave-one-out cross validation. The recognition rate of our methodology differs between karate techniques and is in the range of 81% ± 15% even to 100%. Our method is not limited for this class of actions but can be easily adapted to any other MoCap-based actions. The description of our approach and its evaluation are the main contributions of this paper. The results presented in this paper are effects of pioneering research on online karate action classification.

  7. Novel method of room temperature ionic liquid assisted Fe3O4 nanocubes and nanoflakes synthesis

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • First time [Bmim][TfO] IL is used for the Fe3O4 nanoparticle synthesis. • Novel method tunes Fe3O4 nanocubes and nanoflakes forms influenced by the base and IL. • Fe3O4 oxidized topotactically into γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles by annealing and base. • Uniform morphology with average size of 33 nm negligible superstructure are formed. • Ms values are characterized by thin layer of γ-Fe2O3 on the nanoparticle surface. - Abstract: For the first time, the nanomagnetite superparamagnetic particles are successfully synthesized by precipitation method using 1-n-butyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethane sulfonate [Bmim][TfO] ionic liquid medium/surfactant. The obtained Fe3O4 particles are nanocubes and nanoflakes and this formation is influenced by the base concentration and anisotropic circumstances produced by the ionic liquid and their size varies from 20 nm to 150 × 300 nm (width × length). The synthesized magnetite nanoparticles are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Raman spectroscopy, Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) studies. The results show that the core of the Fe3O4 nanoparticles is surrounded by a thin layer of γ-Fe2O3 by topotactical partial oxidation, which is remarkably proceed with the subsequent calcination. The magnetite nanocubes have high saturation magnetization value and exhibit superparamagnetic hysteresis loop

  8. System and method for liquid extraction electrospray-assisted sample transfer to solution for chemical analysis

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    Kertesz, Vilmos; Van Berkel, Gary J.

    2016-07-12

    A system for sampling a surface includes a surface sampling probe comprising a solvent liquid supply conduit and a distal end, and a sample collector for suspending a sample collection liquid adjacent to the distal end of the probe. A first electrode provides a first voltage to solvent liquid at the distal end of the probe. The first voltage produces a field sufficient to generate electrospray plume at the distal end of the probe. A second electrode provides a second voltage and is positioned to produce a plume-directing field sufficient to direct the electrospray droplets and ions to the suspended sample collection liquid. The second voltage is less than the first voltage in absolute value. A voltage supply system supplies the voltages to the first electrode and the second electrode. The first electrode can apply the first voltage directly to the solvent liquid. A method for sampling for a surface is also disclosed.

  9. Enhancing the formation of tetragonal phase in perovskite nanocrystals using an ultrasound assisted wet chemical method.

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    Moghtada, Abdolmajid; Ashiri, Rouholah

    2016-11-01

    Synthesis of highly-pure tetragonal perovskite nanocrystals is the key challenge facing the development of new electronic devices. Our results have indicated that ultrasonication is able in enhancing the formation of tetragonal phase in perovskite nanocrystals. In the current research, multicationic oxide perovskite (ATiO3; A: Ba, Sr, Ba0.6Sr0.4) nanopowders are synthesized successfully by a general methodology without a calcination step. The method is able to synthesize high-purity nanoscale ATiO3 (BaTiO3, SrTiO3, Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3) with tetragonal symmetry at a lower temperature and in a shorter time span in contrast to the literature. To reach an in-depth understanding of the scientific basis of the proposed methodology, in-detail analysis was carried out via XRD, FTIR, FT-Raman, FE-SEM and HR-TEM. The effects of the sonication time and sonication (bath) temperature on the tetragonality of nanoscale products were examined. Furthermore, Raman spectroscopy provides clear evidence for local tetragonal symmetries, in particular when a band is observed at 310cm(-1). PMID:27245965

  10. Development of Deal - and Journal- level Metrics and Methods Assists Librarians to Evaluate Big Deals

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    Kathleen Reed

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Objective – To assess the value of aggregated journal packages (Big Deals and to select individual journal titles for continued subscription should a deal be cancelled. Design – Case study. Setting – Doctoral research university library in the United States of America. Subjects – Three anonymous Big Deals. Methods – The authors define metrics at two levels (deal and journal to evaluate Big Deal packages. The metrics rely heavily on the COUNTER JR1 metric Successful Full-Text Article Request (SFTAR. Main Results – The authors found that while 30% of journals provide 80% of SFTARs, the cost of subscribing to these journals individually would not save significant sums of money. Additionally, they speculate that library users would increase the number of interlibrary loan requests to access the 20% of SFTARs that would be inaccessible if a Big Deal was cut, amounting to increased costs. Main Results – The authors found that while 30% of journals provide 80% of SFTARs, the cost of subscribing to these journals individually would not save significant sums of money. Additionally, they speculate that library users would increase the number of interlibrary loan requests to access the 20% of SFTARs that would be inaccessible if a Big Deal was cut, amounting to increased costs.

  11. Amino acid-assisted synthesis of strontium hydroxyapatite bone cement by a soft solution freezing method

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    D Gopi; S Nithiya; L Kavitha; J M F Ferreira

    2012-12-01

    Among many cations that can substitute for calcium in the structure of hydroxyapatite, strontium provokes an increasing interest because of its beneficial effect on bone formation and prevention of bone resorption. Strontium-incorporated calcium phosphates show potential in biomedical application, particularly the doped strontium may help in new bone formation. We have synthesized strontium hydroxyapatite powders at 2 °C by a soft solution freezing method using glycine as the template. The structural and morphological characterizations were carried out on the as obtained powders using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscopy techniques. Strontium was quantitatively incorporated into hydroxyapatite where its substitution for calcium provoked a linear shift of the infrared absorption bands of the hydroxyl and phosphate groups. The strontium substituted bone cement has potential for use in orthopaedic surgeries. The present study shows that the addition of glycine plays an important role in reducing the particle size of strontium hydroxyapatite which could be used for biomedical applications.

  12. Development and validation of a modified ultrasound-assisted extraction method and a HPLC method for the quantitative determination of two triterpenic acids in Hedyotis diffusa.

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    Yang, Yu-Chiao; Wei, Ming-Chi; Chiu, Hui-Fen; Huang, Ting-Chia

    2013-12-01

    In the present study, the oleanolic acid (OA) and ursolic acid (UA) contents ofHedyotis diffusa and H. corymbosa were determined by a rapid, selective and accurate method combining modified ultrasound-assisted extraction (MUAE) and HPLC. Compared with traditional extraction methods, MUAE reduced the extraction time, the extraction temperature and the solvent consumption and maximized the extraction yields of OA and UA. Furthermore, the combined MUAE-HPLC method was applied to quantitate OA and UA in plant samples and exhibited good repeatability, reproducibility and stability. The mean recovery studies (one extraction cycle) for OA and UA were between 91.3 and 91.7% with RSD values less than 4.5%. The pioneer method was further applied to quantitate OA and UA in six samples of H. diffusa and five samples of H. corymbosa. The results showed that the OA and UA content in the samples from different sources were significantly different. This report is valuable for the application of H. diffusa and H. corymbosa obtained from different regions in clinical research and pharmacology. PMID:24555272

  13. Hematocrit as a simple method to predict and manage ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome in assisted reproduction

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    Taswin Kaur

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The aim was to analyze the hematocrit levels in cases of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS, syndrome occurring during in-vitro fertilization (IVF, and study its role as a prognostic indicator. Subjects and Methods: Two years data of 66 women at high risk for developing OHSS was analyzed. Twenty-seven women who developed OHSS were further analyzed based on their hematocrit levels on the day of oocyte pick-up (OPU and the day of embryo transfer (ET to see if there was a prognostic trend. Results: Of the total 225 IVF cases, 66 were deemed high risk for developing OHSS. Twenty-seven of these developed OHSS (40.9%. Of these 27, 21 (77.8% had a hematocrit >35% on the day of OPU. The mean hematocrit in women developing OHSS on the day of OPU was 37.39% (standard deviation [SD] 2.66 as against 35.97% (2.80 in those not developing OHSS. This difference was statistically significant (P = 0.043. On the day of ET, 23/27 (85.8% who developed OHSS had a hematocrit of >35%. The mean hematocrit was 39.29% (SD 3.85 in those who developed OHSS as against 34.7% (2.88 in those who did not. This difference (4.85 was statistically significant (P 35%. Those who required cancellation of ET had a hematocrit of >35% on the day of ET or showed a significant increase of 3% from OPU to ET.

  14. Development of a matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometric method for rapid process-monitoring of phthalocyanine compounds

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    Chen, Yi-Ting, E-mail: ytchen@mail.cgu.edu.tw [Department of Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China); Molecular Medicine Research Center, College of Medicine, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan 33302, Taiwan (China); Wang, Fu-Shing [Department of Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China); Li, Zhendong [Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, Alberta T6G 2G2 (Canada); Li Liang, E-mail: liang.li@ualberta.ca [Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, Alberta T6G 2G2 (Canada); Ling, Yong-Chien, E-mail: ycling@mx.nthu.edu.tw [Department of Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China)

    2012-07-29

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer MALDI TOFMS is developed as a rapid means of monitoring the process of phthalocyanine derivatives. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer All-trans retinoic acid is used as matrix to reduce ion fragmentation and background formation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Samples from the reaction process are taken for direct analysis by MALDI TOFMS without any cleanup. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The method is demonstrated for monitoring the synthesis of brominated Ni- and Cu-phthalocyanine. - Abstract: Phthalocyanines (PCs), an important class of chemicals widely used in many industrial sectors, are macrocyclic compounds possessing a heteroaromatic {pi}-electron system with optical properties influenced by chemical structures and impurities or by-products introduced during the synthesis process. Analytical tools allowing for rapid monitoring of the synthesis processes are of significance for the development of new PCs with improved performance in many application areas. In this work, we report a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOFMS) method for rapid and convenient monitoring of PC synthesis reactions. For this class of compounds, intact molecular ions could be detected by MALDI using retinoic acid as matrix. It was shown that relative quantification results of two PC compounds could be generated by MALDI MS. This method was applied to monitor the bromination reactions of nickel- and copper-containing PCs. It was demonstrated that, compared to the traditional UV-visible method, the MALDI MS method offers the advantage of higher sensitivity while providing chemical species and relative quantification information on the reactants and products, which are crucial to process monitoring.

  15. Resolution of Ternary Mixture of Aspirin, Atorvastatin, and Clopidogrel by Chemometric-Assisted UV Spectroscopic and Liquid Chromatography Methods

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    Mahmoud Mohamed Issa

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    Full Text Available Two chemometrics-assisted UV spectrophotometric methods were proposed for the resolution of ternary mixtures without any chemical pretreatment. The first method is based on modification of H-point standard addition method which permits simultaneous analysis of three species from a unique calibration set by making the simultaneous addition of the three analytes. Quotient between the spectra of aspirin, atorvastatin, and clopidogrel was obtained and the results showed that simultaneous determination of aspirin, atorvastatin, and clopidogrel can be obeyed in the linear range 2.5–20 μg mL−1 of aspirin, 2.5–17.5 μg mL−1 of atorvastatin, and 2.5–20 μg mL−1 of clopidogrel in ternary mixture. The second method is based on the combination of the first derivative spectra and Cramer's matrix rule. In the matrix calculation, clopidogrel has zero crossing point at 316.8 and 212 nm, while for atorvastatin the zero crossing point at 250 nm where the matrix is greatly simplified and easily solved. The linear concentration ranges were 2.5–20 μg mL−1 aspirin, 2.5–17.5 μg mL−1 atorvastatin and 2.5–20 μg mL−1 clopidogrel in ternary mixtures. The results proved that the simultaneous determination of aspirin, atorvastatin, and clopidogrel could be obeyed. Both methods were applied for capsules containing the three ingredients and results were in good concordance with alternative liquid chromatography.

  16. 扁桃腺摘除术患者术前心理护理的探讨%Tonsil Enucleation of Psychological Nursing for Patients with Preoperative

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    李凤姣

    2014-01-01

    目的探究对扁桃腺摘除术患者术前应用心理护理的临床效果。方法选自我院2010年~2012年收治经手术治疗的扁桃腺摘除术患者共100例,随机分为对照组与观察组各50例。对照组患者应用常规护理,观察组患者则接受针对性的心理护理干预措施。结果相对于对照组患者,观察组患者焦虑情绪状况更具有优越性,两者对比具有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论对扁桃腺摘除术患者应用针对性的心理护理干预措施,能够有效降低患者术前焦虑程度,有助于手术顺利完成,提高临床治疗有效率,值得推广。%Objective To explore the clinical ef ect of psychological nursing with application of preoperative patients of tonsil. Methods From our hospital in the years 2010-2012 treated by operation treatment tonsil enucleation in 100 cases, were randomly divided into control group and observation group of 50 cases. The control group were treated with routine nursing care, the patients in observation group received the psychological nursing intervention measures. Results Compared with the control group, the observation group patients anxiety condition is superior, both with statistical significance ( <0.05) contrast. Conclusion The application of tonsils removed the patients according to the psychological nursing intervention measures, can ef ectively reduce the anxiety of patients before operation, can be completed in operation, improve clinical ef iciency, worthy of promotion.

  17. Holmium laser enucleation versus transurethral resection in patients with benign prostate hyperplasia: an updated systematic review with meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis.

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    Sheng Li

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Holmium laser enucleation (HoLEP in surgical treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH potentially offers advantages over transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP. METHODS: Published randomized controlled trials (RCTs were identified from PubMed, EMBASE, Science Citation Index, and the Cochrane Library up to October 10, 2013 (updated on February 5, 2014. After methodological quality assessment and data extraction, meta-analysis was performed using STATA 12.0 and Trial Sequential Analysis (TSA 0.9 software. RESULTS: Fifteen studies including 8 RCTs involving 855 patients met the criteria. The results of meta-analysis showed that: a efficacy indicators: there was no significant difference in quality of life between the two groups (P>0.05, but compared with the TURP group, Qmax was better at 3 months and 12 months, PVR was less at 6, 12 months, and IPSS was lower at 12 months in the HoLEP, b safety indicators: compared with the TURP, HoLEP had less blood transfusion (RR 0.17, 95% CI 0.06 to 0.47, but there was no significant difference in early and late postoperative complications (P>0.05, and c perioperative indicators: HoLEP was associated with longer operation time (WMD 14.19 min, 95% CI 6.30 to 22.08 min, shorter catheterization time (WMD -19.97 h, 95% CI -24.24 to -15.70 h and hospital stay (WMD -25.25 h, 95% CI -29.81 to -20.68 h. CONCLUSIONS: In conventional meta-analyses, there is no clinically relevant difference in early and late postoperative complications between the two techniques, but HoLEP is preferable due to advantage in the curative effect, less blood transfusion rate, shorter catheterization duration time and hospital stay. However, trial sequential analysis does not allow us to draw any solid conclusion in overall clinical benefit comparison between the two approaches. Further large, well-designed, multicentre/international RCTs with long-term data and the comparison between the two approaches remain open.

  18. Response Surface Optimization of a Rapid Ultrasound-Assisted Extraction Method for Simultaneous Determination of Tetracycline Antibiotics in Manure

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    Lanqing Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A rapid and cleanup-free ultrasound-assisted extraction method is proposed for the simultaneous extraction of oxytetracycline, tetracycline, chlortetracycline, and doxycycline in manure. The analytes were determined using high-performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet detector. The influence of several variables on the efficiency of the extraction procedure was investigated by single-factor experiments. The temperature, pH, and amount of extraction solution were selected for optimization experiment using response surface methodology. The calibration curves showed good linearity (R2>0.99 for all analytes in the range of 0.1–20 μg/mL. The four antibiotics were successfully extracted from manure with recoveries ranging from 81.89 to 92.42% and good reproducibility (RSD, <4.06% under optimal conditions, which include 50 mL of McIlvaine buffer extraction solution (pH 7.15 mixed with 1 g of manure sample, extraction temperature of 40°C, extraction time of 10 min, and three extraction cycles. Method quantification limits of 1.75–2.32 mg/kg were obtained for the studied compounds. The proposed procedure demonstrated clear reductions in extraction time and elimination of cleanup steps. Finally, the applicability to tetracyclines antibiotics determination in real samples was evaluated through the successful determination of four target analytes in swine, cow manure, and mixture of animal manure with inorganic fertilizer.

  19. Intracellular delivery method based on a combination of electrokinetic forces and vibration-assisted cell membrane perforation

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    Shibata, Takayuki; Ito, Yasuharu; Ozawa, Tatsuya; Nagai, Moeto; Kawashima, Takahiro

    2014-02-01

    The introduction of biological macromolecules such as DNA, RNA, and proteins into living cells plays a crucial role in the fundamental analysis of cellular functions and mechanisms in living systems. Therefore, we have been developing an effective platform for the in vitro manipulation and analysis of biological cells at the single-cells. In this paper, we successfully demonstrated a novel intracellular delivery method of DNA into living HeLa cells via a glass micropipette based on DC-biased AC electrokinetically driven forces. We also proposed a vibration-assisted insertion method for penetrating a cell membrane to reduce cell damage. Preliminary insertion tests on homemade SICM system and FEM simulations revealed that the application of the mechanical oscillation can reduce the deformation of cells probably due to an increase in their viscous resistance. Moreover, we also found that a change in the ion current during the insertion process allows us to detect the instant when the micropipette tip penetrates the cell membrane.

  20. Non-stereotactic method involving combination of ultrasound-guided wire localization and vacuum-assisted breast biopsy for microcalcification

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    Lee, Jeeyeon; Park, Ho Yong; Jung, Jin Hyang; Kim, Wan Wook; Hwang, Seung Ook; Kwon, Taek Ju; Chung, Jin Ho

    2016-01-01

    Background Stereotactic breast biopsy is a standard intervention for evaluation of “microcalcification-only” lesions. However, an expensive stereotactic device and radiologic expertise are necessary for this procedure. We herein report a non-stereotactic technique involving the combination of wire localization and vacuum-assisted breast biopsy (VABB) under ultrasound (US) guidance. Methods Twenty-two consecutive patients with category 3 or 4a microcalcification only as shown by mammography underwent the above-mentioned non-stereotactic combination method involving US-guided wire localization and VABB. The location of the microcalcification was measured by manual stereotaxis, and the microcalcification was confirmed by specimen mammography after the procedure. Results The mean number ± standard deviation of removed cores and calcified cores was 28.4±13.4 and 2.2±0.9, respectively. In one case, the procedure was repeated 3 times. The histologic diagnoses were fibrocystic change (n=14), fibroadenoma (n=4), sclerosing adenosis (n=1), usual ductal hyperplasia (n=2), and atypical ductal hyperplasia (n=1). Conclusions “Microcalcification-only” breast lesions can be easily evaluated with the combination of non-stereotactic US-guided wire localization and VABB. This would be an effective diagnostic technique for breast lesion which reveals only microcalcification. PMID:27294037

  1. Optimization of Ultrasonic-Assisted Extraction of Flavonoid Compounds and Antioxidants from Alfalfa Using Response Surface Method

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    Chang-Liang Jing

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Ultrasonic-assisted extraction (UAE was used to extract flavonoid-enriched antioxidants from alfalfa aerial part. Response surface methodology (RSM, based on a four-factor, five-level central composite design (CCD, was employed to obtain the optimal extraction parameters, in which the flavonoid content was maximum and the antioxidant activity of the extracts was strongest. Radical scavenging capacity of the extracts, which represents the amounts of antioxidants in alfalfa, was determined by using 2,2′-azino-bis (3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonicacid (ABTS and 2,2′-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH methods. The results showed good fit with the proposed models for the total flavonoid extraction (R2 = 0.9849, for the antioxidant extraction assayed by ABTS method (R2 = 0.9764, and by DPPH method (R2 = 0.9806. Optimized extraction conditions for total flavonoids was a ratio of liquid to solid of 57.16 mL/g, 62.33 °C, 57.08 min, and 52.14% ethanol. The optimal extraction parameters of extracts for the highest antioxidant activity by DPPH method was a ratio of liquid to solid 60.3 mL/g, 54.56 °C, 45.59 min, and 46.67% ethanol, and by ABTS assay was a ratio of liquid to solid 47.29 mL/g, 63.73 °C, 51.62 min, and 60% ethanol concentration. Our work offers optimal extraction conditions for total flavonoids and antioxidants from alfalfa.

  2. Photocatalytic hydrogen generation over porous ZnIn2S4 microspheres synthesized via a CPBr-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Graphical abstract: ZnIn2S4 porous microspheres were synthesized via a cetylpyridinium bromide (CPBr)-assisted hydrothermal method. It could be seen from the SEM image that the flowerlike microspheres were composed of numerous nanosheets. Many slit-like pores were formed among the curved nanosheets. The porous structure benefited the adsorption of reactants, the diffuseness of products, the charge separation on surface, the transfer of the interfacial charge carriers and the charge carrier trapping. And porous ZnIn2S4 photocatalyst exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than nonporous ZnIn2S4 material. Highlights: → A series of unique flower-like porous ZnIn2S4 microspheres of hexagonal crystal phase as efficient visible-light photocatalysts have been synthesized through CPBr-assisted hydrothermal method. → The CPBr addition would visibly influence the self-assemble growing and the crystal structure including the position and intensity of some peaks. → We also found that the pH value plays a crucial role in the formation of ZnIn2S4 porous microspheres and the influence of the pH on the structure of product has been first reported in our paper. → The results showed that our as-synthesized porous ZnIn2S4 microspheres possessed a specific surface area of 165.4 m2 g-1 and performed higher visible-light photocatalytic activity than bulk ZnIn2S4 for hydrogen evolution. The maximum H2 evolution rate of ZnIn2S4 reaches 1544.8 μmol/(h g). -- Abstract: Hexagonal ZnIn2S4 porous microspheres were synthesized via a cetylpyridinium bromide (CPBr)-assisted hydrothermal method. The structure, morphology and optical property of these prepared products were characterized by wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXRD), small angle X-ray diffraction (SAXRD), UV-Vis diffusive reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray analyzer (EDX) and nitrogen sorption analysis. The effects of CPBr and pH on the crystal structure

  3. The Computer-Assisted Web Interview Method as Used in the National Study of ICT Use in Primary Healthcare in Poland – Reflections on a Case Study

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    Sowa Paweł; Pędziński Bartosz; Krzyżak Michalina; Maślach Dominik; Wójcik Sylwia; Szpak Andrzej

    2015-01-01

    The development and widespread use of ICT in society are reflected by the way research is designed and conducted. The Computer Assisted Web Interview method is becoming more attractive and is a frequently used method in health sciences. The National Study of ICT Use in Primary Healthcare in Poland was conducted using this method. The aim of this paper is to present the major advantages and disadvantages of web surveys. Technical aspects of methodology and important stages of the aforementione...

  4. Inflation-Fixation Method for Lipidomic Mapping of Lung Biopsies by Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-Mass Spectrometry Imaging.

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    Carter, Claire L; Jones, Jace W; Farese, Ann M; MacVittie, Thomas J; Kane, Maureen A

    2016-05-01

    Chronic respiratory diseases are among the leading causes of deaths worldwide and major contributors of morbidity and global disease burden. To appropriately investigate lung disease, the respiratory airways must be fixed in their physiological orientation and should be inflated prior to investigations. We present an inflation-fixation method that enables lipidomic investigations of whole lung samples and resected biopsy specimens by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-mass spectrometry imaging (MALDI-MSI). Formalin-inflation enables sample preparation to parallel standard clinical and surgical procedures, in addition to greatly reducing the complexity of analysis, by decreasing the number of analytes in the MALDI plume and reducing adduct formation in the resulting mass spectra. The reduced complexity increased sensitivity and enabled high-resolution imaging acquisitions without any loss in analyte detection at 10 and 20 μm scans. We present a detailed study of over 100 lipid ions detected in positive and negative ion modes covering the conducting and respiratory airways and parts of the peripheral nervous tissue running through the lungs. By defining the resolution required for clear definition of the alveolar space and thus the respiratory airways we have provided a guideline for MSI investigations of respiratory diseases involving the airways, including the interstitium. This study has provided a detailed map of lipid species and their localization within larger mammalian lung samples, for the first time, thus categorizing the lipidome for future MALDI-MSI studies of pulmonary diseases. PMID:27028398

  5. Freeze drying reduces the extractability of organochlorine pesticides in fish muscle tissue by microwave-assisted method

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    Samples of animal origin are usually dried before solvent extraction for analysis of organic contaminants. The freeze drying technique is preferred for hydrophobic organic compounds in practice. In this study, it was shown that the concentration of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) extracted from fish muscle tissue significantly decreased after the samples were freeze dried. And the reason for this reduced extractability seemed to be the resistance of OCPs associated with freeze-dried muscle protein to solvent extraction. The extractability can be recovered by adding water prior to extraction. It suggests that the dietary exposure risk of OCPs from fish might be underestimated if freeze-dried samples are used. - Highlights: • Freeze drying significantly reduces extractability of OCPs in fish muscle sample. • It is the protein that causes the reduction in extractability of OCPs. • The extractability can be recovered by adding water before extraction. - Freeze drying significantly decreases the concentrations of OCPs extracted from fish muscle samples by microwave-assisted method

  6. Controlled synthesis of BiVO{sub 4} with multiple morphologies via an ethylenediamine-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Qi, Xuemei, E-mail: qixuemei@shiep.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai Key Lab of Electrical Insulation and Thermal Aging, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai University of Electric Power, Shanghai 200090 (China); Zhu, Xinyuan [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai Key Lab of Electrical Insulation and Thermal Aging, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Wu, Jiang, E-mail: wujiang@shiep.edu.cn [School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai University of Electric Power, Shanghai 200090 (China); School of Energy and Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai University of Electric Power, Shanghai 200090 (China); Wu, Qiang [School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai University of Electric Power, Shanghai 200090 (China); Li, Xian [School of Energy and Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai University of Electric Power, Shanghai 200090 (China); Gu, Miaoli [School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai University of Electric Power, Shanghai 200090 (China)

    2014-11-15

    Graphical abstract: BiVO{sub 4} samples with various morphologies were synthesized via a simple ethylenediamine (EN) assisted hydrothermal route. One of the mixed crystal phase with spherical and porous morphology showed excellent photocatalytic activity and about 90% Rhodamine B was degraded after 140 min visible light irradiation. - Highlights: • BiVO{sub 4} samples with various morphologies were synthesized by hydrothermal method. • Ethylenediamine mainly acts as alkaline source to adjust pH values of precursor. • BiVO{sub 4} with spherical morphology has excellent photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: In this work, BiVO{sub 4} particles with different crystal structures and morphologies including hexahedral, spherical porous and hyperbranched ones were fabricated in the presence of ethylenediamine by hydrothermal process. The as-fabricated samples were well characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and ultraviolet–visible absorption spectroscopy. The results showed that the morphology and crystal structure of BiVO{sub 4} particles could be well controlled by only changing the ethylenediamine content in the deionized water solution. Photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated by the degradation of Rhodamine B under visible-light irradiation. It was shown that BiVO{sub 4} sample with spherical porous morphology and mixed crystal phase exhibited the best photocatalytic performance after optimizing the ethylenediamine content. The best degradation ratio of Rhodamine B could reach about 87% after 140 min visible-light irradiation.

  7. Particle morphology of various SiC-based nanocomposite powders made by the aerosol-assisted synthesis method.

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    Czosnek, Cezary; Janik, Jerzy F

    2008-02-01

    Herein, we present a part of a study on the preparation of SiC-based composite nanopowders by the two-stage Aerosol-Assisted Vapor Phase Synthesis (AAVS) method from organosilicon precursors (neat hexamethyldisiloxane, neat tetramethoxysilane, ethanol solutions of polydimethylsiloxane). Upon generation, liquid aerosol droplets were transported in a stream of argon through a ceramic reactor tube maintained at 1200 degrees C. The resulting solid by-products were collected on a nylon filter as bulk powders. Each raw powder was, subsequently, pyrolyzed in a furnace reactor heated to 1650 degrees C under a flow of argon. After the final pyrolysis at 1650 degrees C, mostly nanocrystalline silicon carbide powder with small quantities of free excess carbon was obtained from the neat hexamethyldisiloxane system, composite powder of not fully converted silica and SiC was prepared from the neat tetramethoxysilane system, and C-rich/SiC composite was made from the ethanol/polydimethylsiloxane solution system. The prevailing phase of the SiC component was the regular beta-SiC polytype. Most of the powders were composed of spheroidal particles--morphology imprinted during aerosol generation at 1200 degrees C and not much affected by the second-stage bulk pyrolysis at 1650 degrees C. The specifics of spheroidal morphology were characteristic of the applied precursor system. PMID:18464426

  8. CO and C3H8 Sensitivity Behavior of Zinc Antimonate Prepared by a Microwave-Assisted Solution Method

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    Héctor Guillen-Bonilla

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnSb2O6 has been synthesized by a microwave-assisted solution method in order to test its possible application as a gas sensor. Zinc nitrate, antimony trichloride, and ethylenediamine were used as precursors and deionized water as solvent. Microwave radiation, with a power of ~350 W, was applied for solvent evaporation. The thermal decomposition of the precursors leads to the formation of ZnSb2O6 at 600°C. This oxide crystallized in a tetragonal structure with cell parameters a=4.66 Å, c=9.26 Å and space group P42/mnm. Microwires and microrods formed by nanocrystals were observed by means of scanning and transmission electron microscopies (SEM and TEM, resp.. Pellets of the oxide were tested as gas sensors in flowing atmospheres of carbon monoxide (CO and propane (C3H8. Sensitivity increased with the gas concentration (0–300 ppm and working temperatures (ambient, 150 and 250°C increase. The results indicate high sensitivity of ZnSb2O6 in both gases at different concentrations and operating temperatures.

  9. Structural and optical study of CaF2 nanoparticles produced by a microwave-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Bezerra, Claudiane dos S.; Valerio, Mário E. G.

    2016-11-01

    CaF2 nanoparticles were synthesized by the microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. With the addition of the ethylenediamine (EDA) as chelating agent, the size of the particles was reduced. The CaF2 exhibit single phase identified for X-ray diffraction (XRD) and confirmed by Rietveld refinement. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed nanoparticles with non-uniform morphology and statistical analysis of collections of particles reviewed that the EDA decreases both the average particle size and average aspect ratio of the particles. The chemical composition of the surface of the particles was investigated by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and the results indicated the presence of reasonable amounts of hydroxyl groups and oxygen ions in the samples produced with EDA. Radioluminescence (RL) measurements showed that both types of nanoparticles presented intrinsic scintillation emission formed by two main bands and that the CaF2 samples produced without EDA presented higher emission intensity. The broad RL band centered at approximately 293 nm is related to self-trapped exciton (STE) emission of calcium fluoride, while the band at 428 nm can be due to the presence of F centers. The STE excitation and optical band gap were measured through photoluminescent excitation spectra in the VUV range.

  10. Automutilação ocular: relato de seis casos de enucleação ocular Self-mutilation: report of six cases of enucleation

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    Marcelo G Nucci

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available No presente trabalho são relatados seis casos de pacientes que cometeram auto-enucleação (cinco unilaterais e uma bilateral, acompanhados no serviço de psiquiatria do Hospital das Clínicas da Unicamp nos últimos dez anos. Além disso, é feita uma revisão da literatura relacionada a esse tipo de comportamento, considerado a forma mais grave e dramática de automutilação ocular. A partir da discussão crítica comparativa entre os aspectos clínicos de cada caso relatado e os dados encontrados na literatura, concluímos que se mostram associados à auto-enucleação: pacientes esquizofrênicos que cometeram a autolesão durante episódios psicóticos agudos, fortes elementos religiosos como parte da psicopatologia, evidências de comportamento automutilatório menos grave antes da auto-enucleação e explicação do ato como relacionado a uma suposta salvação do próprio paciente ou do mundo. Algumas outras características mais específicas de nossos casos também são destacadas: longo tempo de evolução da doença no momento da auto-enucleação; crenças religiosas variando entre três diferentes igrejas cristãs (Católica, Evangélica e Testemunhas de Jeová; presença de uma forma não usual de auto-enucleação com uso de arma de fogo e presença de um caso de auto-enucleação bilateral.Six cases of self-inflicted ocular mutilation (five unilateral and one bilateral were seen and treated at a university hospital in the last ten years. The literature on ocular self-mutilations was also reviewed. Self-enucleation is considered one of the most severe and dramatic forms of self-mutilation. After comparing these patients' clinical and psychopathological data with the literature on ocular self-enucleation, it was concluded that: 1. It is more frequent in schizophrenic patients during acute episodes; 2. Symptoms with a strong religious content are very important; 3. Less severe forms of self-mutilation before self-enucleation are

  11. The Effectiveness of a Facebook-Assisted Teaching Method on Knowledge and Attitudes about Cervical Cancer Prevention and HPV Vaccination Intention among Female Adolescent Students in Taiwan

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    Lai, Ching-Yi; Wu, Wei-Wen; Tsai, Shao-Yu; Cheng, Su-Fen; Lin, Kuan-Chia; Liang, Shu-Yuan

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    Background: Lack of education is a known barrier to vaccination, but data on the design and effectiveness of interventions remain limited. Objective: This study aims to identify the effectiveness of a Facebook-assisted teaching method on female adolescents' knowledge and attitudes about cervical cancer prevention and on their human papillomavirus…

  12. The Effects of Computer-Assisted Instruction Based on Top-Level Structure Method in English Reading and Writing Abilities of Thai EFL Students

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    Jinajai, Nattapong; Rattanavich, Saowalak

    2015-01-01

    This research aims to study the development of ninth grade students' reading and writing abilities and interests in learning English taught through computer-assisted instruction (CAI) based on the top-level structure (TLS) method. An experimental group time series design was used, and the data was analyzed by multivariate analysis of variance…

  13. A SIMPLE AND RAPID MATRIX-ASSISTED LASER DESORPTION/IONIZATION TIME OF FLIGHT MASS SPECTROMETRY METHOD TO SCREEN FISH PLASMA SAMPLES FOR ESTROGEN-RESPONSIVE BIOMARKERS

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    In this study, we describe and evaluate the performance of a simple and rapid mass spectral method for screening fish plasma for estrogen-responsive biomarkers using matrix assisted laster desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) couopled with a short...

  14. A case of glandular odontogenic cyst in the mandible treated with the dredging method.

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    Motooka, Naomi; Ohba, Seigo; Uehara, Masataka; Fujita, Syuichi; Asahina, Izumi

    2015-01-01

    Glandular odontogenic cyst (GOC) is a rare odontogenic cyst derived from the odontogenic epithelium. GOC shows unpredictable and potentially aggressive behavior. Although enucleation and curettage are applied in most cases, the recurrence rate remains relatively high. Because a standard care procedure for GOC has not been established, we propose a new treatment procedure for GOC. In this case report, we describe a 62-year-old Japanese woman who suffered from GOC arising at the anterior region of her mandible and who was treated using the dredging method. She underwent enucleation and curettage twice using the dredging method with preservation of the teeth, which were involved with the lesion, but the lesion recurred 2 years later. In addition to enucleation and curettage, apicoectomy of the teeth was performed with a third dredging method procedure, and prognosis has been good with no recurrence for 18 months since the last treatment. PMID:24374982

  15. Virtual Assisted Self Interviewing (VASI): An Expansion of Survey Data Collection Methods to the Virtual Worlds by Means of VDCI

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    Mark W. Bell; Castronova, Edward; Wagner, Gert G.

    2009-01-01

    Changes in communication technology have allowed for the expansion of data collection modes in survey research. The proliferation of the computer has allowed the creation of web and computer assisted auto-interview data collection modes. Virtual worlds are a new application of computer technology that once again expands the data collection modes by VASI (Virtual Assisted Self Interviewing). The Virtual Data Collection Interface (VDCI) developed at Indiana University in collaboration with the ...

  16. Fabrication and gas sensing properties of pure and au-functionalised W03 nanoneedle-like structures, synthesised via aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition method

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    Stoycheva, Toni

    2011-01-01

    In this doctoral thesis, it has been investigated and developed the Aerosol Assisted Chemical Vapour Deposition (AACVD) method for direct in-situ growth of intrinsic and Au-functionalised nanostructured WO3, as well as SnO2-based devices for gas sensing applications. The nanostructured material synthesis, device fabrication and their gas sensing properties have been studied. AACVD method was used for synthesis and direct deposition of sensing films onto classical alumina and microhotplat...

  17. The Successful Diagnosis and Typing of Systemic Amyloidosis Using A Microwave-Assisted Filter-Aided Fast Sample Preparation Method and LC/MS/MS Analysis

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    Weiyi Sun; Jian Sun; Lili Zou; Kaini Shen; Dingrong Zhong; Daobin Zhou; Wei Sun; Jian Li

    2015-01-01

    Laser microdissection followed by mass spectrometry has been successfully used for amyloid typing. However, sample contamination can interfere with proteomic analysis, and overnight digestion limits the analytical throughput. Moreover, current quantitative analysis methods are based on the spectrum count, which ignores differences in protein length and may lead to misdiagnoses. Here, we developed a microwave-assisted filter-aided sample preparation (maFASP) method that can efficiently remove ...

  18. Nuclear transfer of synchronized African wild cat somatic cells into enucleated domestic cat oocytes

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    Gomez, M.C.; Jenkins, J.A.; Giraldo, A.; Harris, R.F.; King, A.; Dresser, B.L.; Pope, C.E.

    2003-01-01

    The African wild cat is one of the smallest wild cats and its future is threatened by hybridization with domestic cats. Nuclear transfer, a valuable tool for retaining genetic variability, offers the possibility of species continuation rather than extinction. The aim of this study was to investigate the ability of somatic cell nuclei of the African wild cat (AWC) to dedifferentiate within domestic cat (DSH) cytoplasts and to support early development after nuclear transplantation. In experiment 1, distributions of AWC and DSH fibroblasts in each cell-cycle phase were assessed by flow cytometry using cells cultured to confluency and disaggregated with pronase, trypsin, or mechanical separation. Trypsin (89.0%) and pronase (93.0%) yielded higher proportions of AWC nuclei in the G0/G1 phase than mechanical separation (82.0%). In contrast, mechanical separation yielded higher percentages of DSH nuclei in the G0/G1 phase (86.6%) than pronase (79.7%) or trypsin (74.2%) treatments. In both species, pronase induced less DNA damage than trypsin. In experiment 2, the effects of serum starvation, culture to confluency, and exposure to roscovitine on the distribution of AWC and DSH fibroblasts in various phases of the cell cycle were determined. Flow cytometry analyses revealed that the dynamics of the cell cycle varied as culture conditions were modified. Specifically, a higher percentage of AWC and DSH nuclei were in the G0/G1 phase after cells were serum starved (83% vs. 96%) than were present in cycling cells (50% vs. 64%), after contact inhibition (61% vs. 88%), or after roscovitine (56% vs. 84%) treatment, respectively. In experiment 3, we evaluated the effects of cell synchronization and oocyte maturation (in vivo vs. in vitro) on the reconstruction and development of AWC-DSH- and DSH-DSH-cloned embryos. The method of cell synchronization did not affect the fusion and cleavage rate because only a slightly higher percentage of fused couplets cleaved when donor nuclei

  19. Synthesis and magnetic properties of (Eu–Ni) substituted Y-type hexaferrite by surfactant assisted co-precipitation method

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    Ali, Irshad, E-mail: irshadalibzu@gmail.com [Department of Physics, BahauddinZakariya University, Multan, P.O# 60800 (Pakistan); Islam, M.U. [Department of Physics, BahauddinZakariya University, Multan, P.O# 60800 (Pakistan); Sadiq, Imran [Department of Physics, BahauddinZakariya University, Multan, P.O# 60800 (Pakistan); Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics, University of The Punjab, Lahore (Pakistan); Karamat, Nazia [Institute of Chemical Science, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan 60800 (Pakistan); Iftikhar, Aisha [Department of Physics, BahauddinZakariya University, Multan, P.O# 60800 (Pakistan); Khan, M. Azhar [Department of Physics, Islamia University of Bahawalpur, 63100 Pakistan (Pakistan); Shah, Afzal [Department of Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan); Athar, Muhammad [Institute of Chemical Science, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan 60800 (Pakistan); Shakir, Imran [Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET) Center, College of Engineering, King Saud University (Saudi Arabia); Ashiq, Muhammad Naeem, E-mail: naeemashiqqau@yahoo.com [Institute of Chemical Science, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan 60800 (Pakistan)

    2015-07-01

    A series of (Eu–Ni) substituted Y-type hexaferrite with composition Sr{sub 2}Co{sub (2−x)}Ni{sub x}Eu{sub y}Fe{sub (12−y)}O{sub 22} (x=0.0–1, Y=0.0–0.1) were prepared by the surfactant assisted co-precipitation method. The present samples were sintered at 1050 °C for 8 h. The shape of the particles is plate-like which is very advantageous for various applications and the grain size varies from 73 to 269 nm. The values of saturation magnetization (M{sub s}), remanent magnetization (M{sub r}) and magnetic moment (n{sub B}) were found to decrease which are attributed to the weakening of super exchange interactions. The values of in-plane Squareness ratios (M{sub r}/M{sub s}) ranging from 0.41 to 0.65 whereas in case of out of plane measurement it varies from 0.30 to 0.62.The investigated samples can be used in perpendicular recording media (PRM) due to high value of coercivity 2300 Oe which is analogous to the those of M-type and W-type hard magnetic. - Highlights: • The present samples sintered at 1050 °C for 8 h. • The grain size varies from 73 to 269 nm. • The magnetic moment varies from 15.27 to 6.07. • The shape of grains is plate like for microwave devices. • The present samples can be used in PRM due to high value of coercivity i.e. 2300 Oe.

  20. Rapid synthesis of Ti-MCM-41 by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method towards photocatalytic degradation of oxytetracycline.

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    Chen, Hanlin; Peng, Yen-Ping; Chen, Ku-Fan; Lai, Chia-Hsiang; Lin, Yung-Chang

    2016-06-01

    This study employed microwave-assisted hydrothermal method to synthesize Ti-MCM-41, which are mesoporous materials with a high surface area and excellent photocatalytic ability. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) were employed. The XRD findings showed that Ti-MCM-41 exhibited a peak at 2θ of 2.2°, which was attributed to the hexagonal MCM-41 structure. The BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller) results agreed with the TEM findings that Ti-MCM-41 has a pore size of about 3-5nm and a high surface area of 883m(2)/g. FTIR results illustrated the existence of Si-O-Si and Si-O-Ti bonds in Ti-MCM-41. The appearance of Ti 2p peaks in the XPS results confirmed the FTIR findings that the Ti was successfully doped into the MCM-41 structure. Zeta (ζ)-potential results indicated that the iso-electric point (IEP) of Ti-MCM-41 was at about pH3.02. In this study, the photocatalytic degradation of oxytetracycline (OTC) at different pH was investigated under Hg lamp irradiation (wavelength 365nm). The rate constant (K'obs) for OTC degradation was 0.012min(-1) at pH3. Furthermore, TOC (total organic carbon) and high resolution LC-MS (liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry) analyses were conducted to elucidate the possible intermediate products and degradation pathway for OTC. The TOC removal efficiency of OTC degradation was 87.0%, 74.4% and 50.9% at pH3, 7 and 10, respectively. LC-MS analysis results showed that the degradation products from OTC resulted from the removal of functional groups from the OTC ring. PMID:27266304

  1. Effects of alcohol solvents on anatase TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals prepared by microwave-assisted solvothermal method

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    Wu, Yu-Chun, E-mail: yuchunwu@mail.ncku.edu.tw; Tai, Yu-Chuen [National Cheng-Kung University, Department of Resources Engineering, Taiwan (China)

    2013-06-15

    The effects of solvents on the anatase crystallite size prepared by sol-gel microwave-assisted solvothermal method were investigated in this study. Eight different alcohol solvents classified into two groups, i.e. primary and secondary/ternary alcohols, were used as reaction media and the effects of solvent properties, such as dielectric constant, boiling point, and internal pressure during the solvothermal process, on the crystallite size and shape were analyzed. According to the experimental results, selecting the solvent type allowed not only the alteration of the crystallite size but also the crystallite shape without the need of any additives. The boiling point of solvent was determined as the major factor influencing the crystallite size. Among the solvents with similar boiling points, the solvent with a higher carbon number produced the smaller crystallite size because of steric hindrance effect. In addition, the carboxyl groups dissociated from the alcohol solvent can play a role as a structural capping agent to retard the anatase crystal growth along the [001] direction and led to a rectangular crystallite shape with preferred development in {l_brace}001{r_brace} facets. On the other hand, the alcoholysis reaction was found easily occurred between the primary alcohol and isopropoxide that effectively limited the hydrolysis and condensation processes but also suppressed the structural capping effect. Therefore, the anatase crystals prepared in the primary alcohols became exceptionally small and showed spherical shape. Finally, the anatase crystals prepared using isopropanol demonstrated the highest photocatalytic activity due to its evident preferred crystallization in the {l_brace}001{r_brace} facets.

  2. Shape-control by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method for the synthesis of magnetite nanoparticles using organic additives

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    Rizzuti, Antonino [Politecnico di Bari, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale, del Territorio, Edile e di Chimica (Italy); Dassisti, Michele [Politecnico di Bari, Dipartimento di Meccanica, Management e Matematica (Italy); Mastrorilli, Piero, E-mail: p.mastrorilli@poliba.it [Politecnico di Bari, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale, del Territorio, Edile e di Chimica (Italy); Sportelli, Maria C.; Cioffi, Nicola; Picca, Rosaria A. [Università di Bari, Dipartimento di Chimica (Italy); Agostinelli, Elisabetta; Varvaro, Gaspare [Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Struttura della Materia (Italy); Caliandro, Rocco [Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Cristallografia (Italy)

    2015-10-15

    A simple and fast microwave-assisted hydrothermal method is proposed for the synthesis of magnetite nanoparticles. The addition of different surfactants (polyvinylpyrrolidone, oleic acid, or trisodium citrate) was studied to investigate the effect on size distribution, morphology, and functionalization of the magnetite nanoparticles. Microwave irradiation at 150 °C for 2 h of aqueous ferrous chloride and hydrazine without additives resulted in hexagonal magnetite nanoplatelets with a facet-to-facet distance of 116 nm and a thickness of 40 nm having a saturation magnetization of ∼65 Am{sup 2} kg{sup −1}. The use of polyvinylpyrrolidone led to hexagonal nanoparticles with a facet-to-facet distance of 120 nm and a thickness of 53 nm with a saturation magnetization of ∼54 Am{sup 2} kg{sup −1}. Additives such as oleic acid and trisodium citrate yielded quasi-spherical nanoparticles of 25 nm in size with a saturation magnetization of ∼70 Am{sup 2} kg{sup −1} and spheroidal nanoparticles of 60 nm in size with a saturation magnetization up to ∼82 Am{sup 2} kg{sup −1}, respectively. A kinetic control of the crystal growth is believed to be responsible for the hexagonal habit of the nanoparticles obtained without additive. Conversely, a thermodynamic control of the crystal growth, leading to spheroidal nanoparticles, seems to occur when additives which strongly interact with the nanoparticle surface are used. A thorough characterization of the materials was performed. Magnetic properties were investigated by Superconducting Quantum Interference Device and Vibrating Sample magnetometers. Based on the observed magnetic properties, the magnetite obtained using citrate appears to be a promising support for magnetically transportable catalysts.

  3. A powerful method for transcriptional profiling of specific cell types in eukaryotes: laser-assisted microdissection and RNA sequencing.

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    Marc W Schmid

    Full Text Available The acquisition of distinct cell fates is central to the development of multicellular organisms and is largely mediated by gene expression patterns specific to individual cells and tissues. A spatially and temporally resolved analysis of gene expression facilitates the elucidation of transcriptional networks linked to cellular identity and function. We present an approach that allows cell type-specific transcriptional profiling of distinct target cells, which are rare and difficult to access, with unprecedented sensitivity and resolution. We combined laser-assisted microdissection (LAM, linear amplification starting from <1 ng of total RNA, and RNA-sequencing (RNA-Seq. As a model we used the central cell of the Arabidopsis thaliana female gametophyte, one of the female gametes harbored in the reproductive organs of the flower. We estimated the number of expressed genes to be more than twice the number reported previously in a study using LAM and ATH1 microarrays, and identified several classes of genes that were systematically underrepresented in the transcriptome measured with the ATH1 microarray. Among them are many genes that are likely to be important for developmental processes and specific cellular functions. In addition, we identified several intergenic regions, which are likely to be transcribed, and describe a considerable fraction of reads mapping to introns and regions flanking annotated loci, which may represent alternative transcript isoforms. Finally, we performed a de novo assembly of the transcriptome and show that the method is suitable for studying individual cell types of organisms lacking reference sequence information, demonstrating that this approach can be applied to most eukaryotic organisms.

  4. A novel method of bladder neck imbrication to improve early urinary continence following robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy.

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    Beattie, K; Symons, J; Chopra, S; Yuen, C; Savdie, R; Thanigasalam, R; Haynes, A M; Matthews, J; Brenner, P C; Rasiah, K; Sutherland, R L; Stricker, P D

    2013-06-01

    Early return of continence forms an important component of quality of life for patients after robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RALP). Here we describe the steps of bladder neck imbrication and vesico-urethral anastomosis improving early continence after RALP. Between April 2008 and July 2009, 202 consecutive patients underwent RALP for clinically localised prostate cancer in a tertiary referral centre by a single surgeon. One hundred and thirty-two (65 %) of these patients agreed to participate in the study. Prior to November 2008, 51 patients underwent standard RALP as described by Patel et al. From November 2008, 81 patients underwent a novel method of bladder neck imbrication. The robotic urethro-vesical anastomosis commences on the posterior wall of the urethra and proceeds anteriorly. In our technique the anastomosis is halted with the suture arms fixed to the anterior abdominal wall. A new suture is used to perform a two-layer repair, anchoring proximally then continuing anteriorly to the level of the urethral stump, where it returns upon itself. The aim is to narrow the urethra to 16 Fr and tighten the second layer to create an imbrication effect. Posterior reconstruction was performed in all patients. Outcome measures were recorded prospectively using the Expanded Prostate Cancer Index Composite tool. Our technique shows significant improvement at all stages of follow-up in urinary summary and incontinence scores. Absolute continence rates increased from 8.2 to 20.5 %, 26.7 to 44.3 %, and 47.7 to 62.3 % at 1.5, 3 and 6 months, respectively. These results support the use of our technique in patients undergoing RALP. PMID:27000912

  5. ARPH: Comparison of a classical method and a method using man - machine collaboration to exploit the redundancy of the robotized assistant

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    Delarue, Sébastien; Nait-Chabane, Khiar; Hoppenot, Philippe; Colle, Etienne

    2006-01-01

    International audience Solutions kept in robotics of assistance are often very different from those used in industrial robotics. From the point of view of conception, it is appropriate to consider the person and the robotics of assistance as two elements belonging to a same complex system. The collaboration between these two entities becomes necessary and allows to set up innovative solutions. This paper tries to show on the example of the control of a mobile arm that it is possible to off...

  6. Methods for assisting recovery of damaged brain and spinal cord and treating various diseases using arrays of x-ray microplanar beams

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    Dilmanian, F. Avraham; Anchel, David J.; Gaudette, Glenn; Romanelli, Pantaleo; Hainfeld, James

    2010-06-29

    A method of assisting recovery of an injury site of the central nervous system (CNS) or treating a disease includes providing a therapeutic dose of X-ray radiation to a target volume through an array of parallel microplanar beams. The dose to treat CNS injury temporarily removes regeneration inhibitors from the irradiated site. Substantially unirradiated cells surviving between beams migrate to the in-beam portion and assist recovery. The dose may be staggered in fractions over sessions using angle-variable intersecting microbeam arrays (AVIMA). Additional doses are administered by varying the orientation of the beams. The method is enhanced by injecting stem cells into the injury site. One array or the AVIMA method is applied to ablate selected cells in a target volume associated with disease for palliative or curative effect. Atrial fibrillation is treated by irradiating the atrial wall to destroy myocardial cells while continuously rotating the subject.

  7. Simplified sample preparation method for protein identification by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry: in-gel digestion on the probe surface

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    Stensballe, A; Jensen, Ole Nørregaard

    2001-01-01

    Identification and detailed characterization of complex mixtures of proteins separated by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) require optimized and robust methods for interfacing electrophoretic techniques to mass spectrometry. Peptide mapping by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-......Identification and detailed characterization of complex mixtures of proteins separated by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) require optimized and robust methods for interfacing electrophoretic techniques to mass spectrometry. Peptide mapping by matrix-assisted laser desorption...... for protein identification similar to that obtained by the traditional protocols for in-gel digestion and MALDI peptide mass mapping of human proteins, i.e. approximately 60%. The overall performance of the novel on-probe digestion method is comparable with that of the standard in-gel sample preparation...

  8. Discrepancy between fluorescence in situ hybridization and multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification in orbital recurrence of uveal melanoma 26 years after enucleation.

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    Russo, Andrea; Rene, Cornelius; Coupland, Sarah E; Sagili, Suresh; Damato, Bertil

    2012-01-01

    Cytogenetic analysis has transformed the management of uveal melanoma in recent years and allows categorization of such tumors into low-grade tumors with a favorable prognosis and high-grade tumors that metastasize with a fatal outcome. The authors report the case of a 73-year-old man who presented with recurrent melanoma in his left socket, 26 years after enucleation for uveal melanoma. Chromosomal analysis by multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification revealed partial loss of chromosome 3 and gains in chromosomes 6 and 8, which were missed with fluorescence in situ hybridization. The patient developed multiple liver metastases 14 months after orbital exenteration and died 8 months later. To the best of authors' knowledge, this is the first report of late recurrence of uveal melanoma after enucleation, in which multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification chromosomal analysis has been used. The case also highlights the limitations of fluorescence in situ hybridization and the benefits of multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification, which is more reliable at predicting survival.

  9. Comparing the predictive abilities of phenotypic and marker-assisted selection methods in a biparental lettuce population

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    Breeding and selection for the traits with polygenic inheritance is a challenging task that can be done by phenotypic selection, by marker-assisted selection or by genome wide selection. We tested predictive ability of four selection models in a biparental population genotyped with 95 SNP markers an...

  10. Controlling the size and morphology of griseofulvin nanoparticles using polymeric stabilizers by evaporation-assisted solvent–antisolvent interaction method

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    Kumar, Raj, E-mail: rk7410@gmail.com; Siril, Prem Felix, E-mail: prem@iitmandi.ac.in [Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, School of Basic Sciences and Advanced Material Research Centre (India)

    2015-06-15

    Griseofulvin (GF) is a potential drug for cancer therapy. However, its application is limited by its poor water solubility. Ultrafine GF nanoparticles were prepared through evaporation-assisted solvent–antisolvent interaction method for improving its solubility. Acetone was used as the solvent and water was used as the antisolvent. It was observed that particle size could be controlled by varying the concentration of GF in acetone. Average particle size was very low, 16 ± 4 and 28 ± 8 nm, when the concentration of GF was 5 and 25 mM, respectively, in acetone. However, the particle size increased drastically to more than 3 µm, when the concentration was increased to 50 mM. Interestingly, the presence of optimized concentration of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) as stabilizers in the antisolvent resulted in significant reduction of particle size. Particle size decreased to less than 40 nm in the presence of the polymeric stabilizers, even when the concentration was 50 mM. Field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy imaging revealed that the polymeric stabilizers encapsulated very small GF particles and thus stabilized them. The solubility of GF-HPMC, GF-PVP, and the bare GF particles that were prepared from 50 mM solution (micro-GF) was nearly 24, 19, and 11 times, respectively, higher than that of raw-GF. In vitro dissolution studies revealed that almost 100 % of the drug was released in 60 min from GF-PVP and GF-HPMC. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy did not detect any strong interaction between GF and the stabilizers. X-ray diffraction showed that the prepared GF nanoparticles and the micro-GF were in polymorphic form I. Differential scanning calorimetric studies showed that the crystallinity of the nanoformulated GF was only slightly lower than that of raw-GF. Thus, particle size reduction and the presence of stabilizers led to significant

  11. Controlling the size and morphology of griseofulvin nanoparticles using polymeric stabilizers by evaporation-assisted solvent–antisolvent interaction method

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    Griseofulvin (GF) is a potential drug for cancer therapy. However, its application is limited by its poor water solubility. Ultrafine GF nanoparticles were prepared through evaporation-assisted solvent–antisolvent interaction method for improving its solubility. Acetone was used as the solvent and water was used as the antisolvent. It was observed that particle size could be controlled by varying the concentration of GF in acetone. Average particle size was very low, 16 ± 4 and 28 ± 8 nm, when the concentration of GF was 5 and 25 mM, respectively, in acetone. However, the particle size increased drastically to more than 3 µm, when the concentration was increased to 50 mM. Interestingly, the presence of optimized concentration of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) as stabilizers in the antisolvent resulted in significant reduction of particle size. Particle size decreased to less than 40 nm in the presence of the polymeric stabilizers, even when the concentration was 50 mM. Field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy imaging revealed that the polymeric stabilizers encapsulated very small GF particles and thus stabilized them. The solubility of GF-HPMC, GF-PVP, and the bare GF particles that were prepared from 50 mM solution (micro-GF) was nearly 24, 19, and 11 times, respectively, higher than that of raw-GF. In vitro dissolution studies revealed that almost 100 % of the drug was released in 60 min from GF-PVP and GF-HPMC. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy did not detect any strong interaction between GF and the stabilizers. X-ray diffraction showed that the prepared GF nanoparticles and the micro-GF were in polymorphic form I. Differential scanning calorimetric studies showed that the crystallinity of the nanoformulated GF was only slightly lower than that of raw-GF. Thus, particle size reduction and the presence of stabilizers led to significant

  12. The Computer-Assisted Web Interview Method as Used in the National Study of ICT Use in Primary Healthcare in Poland – Reflections on a Case Study

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    Sowa Paweł

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The development and widespread use of ICT in society are reflected by the way research is designed and conducted. The Computer Assisted Web Interview method is becoming more attractive and is a frequently used method in health sciences. The National Study of ICT Use in Primary Healthcare in Poland was conducted using this method. The aim of this paper is to present the major advantages and disadvantages of web surveys. Technical aspects of methodology and important stages of the aforementioned study, as well as key elements for its procedure, are mentioned. The authors also provide reflections based on their analysis of this national study, conducted between January and April 2014.

  13. RAPID METHOD OF ULTRASOUND-ASSISTED EXTRACTION OF GINSENOSIDES FROM PLANT MATERIALS AND GINSENG PRODUCTS APPLICABLE FOR HPLC-MS/MS ANALYSIS

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    Stavrianidi, A. N.; Rodin, I. A.; Braun, A. V.; Shpigun, O. A.

    2014-01-01

    PURPOSE OF THE ARTICLE. In the past decades a number of extraction methods for biologically active compounds of ginseng coupled with different detection techniques were created. For HPLC-MS profiling of these compounds in plant material and related products a fast non-destructive way to extract ginsenosides from plant materials and ginseng products based on ultrasound-assisted extraction was developed.FINDINGS. Calculated by means of "Added-Found" approach recoveries of ginsenosides Rg1, Rb1,...

  14. Fabrication and characterization of kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films deposited by electrostatic spray assisted vapour deposition method

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    J.P. Liu; Choy, Kwang-Leong; Placidi, M.; J. López-García; Saucedo, Edgardo; Colombara, Diego; Robert, Erika

    2014-01-01

    Most of the high efficiency kesterite solar cells are fabricated by vacuum or hydrazine-based solution methods which have drawbacks, such as high cost, high toxicity or explosivity. In our contribution, an alternative non-vacuum and environmental friendly deposition technology called electrostatic spray assisted vapour deposition (ESAVD) has been used for the cost-effective growth of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films with well controlled structure and composition. CZTS films have been characterized...

  15. A fast and accurate microwave-assisted digestion method for arsenic determination in complex mining residues by flame atomic absorption spectrometry

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    A fast and accurate microwave-assisted digestion method for arsenic determination by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) in typical, complex residues from gold mining is presented. Three digestion methods were evaluated: an open vessel digestion using a mixture of HCl:HNO3:HF acids (Method A) and two microwave digestion methods using a mixture of HCl:H2O2:HNO3 in high (Method B) and medium-pressure (Method C) vessels. The matrix effect was also investigated. Arsenic concentration from external and standard addition calibration curves (at a 95% confidence level) were statistically equal (p-value = 0.122) using microwave digestion in high-pressure vessel. The results from the open vessel digestion were statistically different (p-value = 0.007) whereas in the microwave digestion in medium-pressure vessel (Method C) the dissolution of the samples was incomplete.

  16. A fast and accurate microwave-assisted digestion method for arsenic determination in complex mining residues by flame atomic absorption spectrometry.

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    Pantuzzo, Fernando L; Silva, Julio César J; Ciminelli, Virginia S T

    2009-09-15

    A fast and accurate microwave-assisted digestion method for arsenic determination by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) in typical, complex residues from gold mining is presented. Three digestion methods were evaluated: an open vessel digestion using a mixture of HCl:HNO(3):HF acids (Method A) and two microwave digestion methods using a mixture of HCl:H(2)O(2):HNO(3) in high (Method B) and medium-pressure (Method C) vessels. The matrix effect was also investigated. Arsenic concentration from external and standard addition calibration curves (at a 95% confidence level) were statistically equal (p-value=0.122) using microwave digestion in high-pressure vessel. The results from the open vessel digestion were statistically different (p-value=0.007) whereas in the microwave digestion in medium-pressure vessel (Method C) the dissolution of the samples was incomplete. PMID:19345010

  17. A fast and accurate microwave-assisted digestion method for arsenic determination in complex mining residues by flame atomic absorption spectrometry

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    Pantuzzo, Fernando L.; Silva, Julio Cesar J. [Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Rua Espirito Santo, 35/206, 30160-030 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Ciminelli, Virginia S.T., E-mail: ciminelli@demet.ufmg.br [Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Rua Espirito Santo, 35/206, 30160-030 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

    2009-09-15

    A fast and accurate microwave-assisted digestion method for arsenic determination by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) in typical, complex residues from gold mining is presented. Three digestion methods were evaluated: an open vessel digestion using a mixture of HCl:HNO{sub 3}:HF acids (Method A) and two microwave digestion methods using a mixture of HCl:H{sub 2}O{sub 2}:HNO{sub 3} in high (Method B) and medium-pressure (Method C) vessels. The matrix effect was also investigated. Arsenic concentration from external and standard addition calibration curves (at a 95% confidence level) were statistically equal (p-value = 0.122) using microwave digestion in high-pressure vessel. The results from the open vessel digestion were statistically different (p-value = 0.007) whereas in the microwave digestion in medium-pressure vessel (Method C) the dissolution of the samples was incomplete.

  18. Preparation of silicon carbide SiC-based nanopowders by the aerosol-assisted synthesis and the DC thermal plasma synthesis methods

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    Czosnek, Cezary, E-mail: czosnek@agh.edu.pl [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Energy and Fuels, al. A. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Bućko, Mirosław M. [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics, al. A. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Janik, Jerzy F. [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Energy and Fuels, al. A. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Olejniczak, Zbigniew [Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, ul. Radzikowskiego 152, 31-342 Krakow (Poland); Bystrzejewski, Michał; Łabędź, Olga [University of Warsaw, Department of Chemistry, 1 Pasteura St., 02-093 Warsaw (Poland); Huczko, Andrzej, E-mail: ahuczko@chem.uw.edu.pl [University of Warsaw, Department of Chemistry, 1 Pasteura St., 02-093 Warsaw (Poland)

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • Make-up of the SiC-based nanopowders is a function of the C:Si:O ratio in precursor. • Two-stage aerosol-assisted synthesis offers conditions close to equilibrium. • DC thermal plasma synthesis yields kinetically controlled SiC products. - Abstract: Nanosized SiC-based powders were prepared from selected liquid-phase organosilicon precursors by the aerosol-assisted synthesis, the DC thermal plasma synthesis, and a combination of the two methods. The two-stage aerosol-assisted synthesis method provides at the end conditions close to thermodynamic equilibrium. The single-stage thermal plasma method is characterized by short particle residence times in the reaction zone, which can lead to kinetically controlled products. The by-products and final nanopowders were characterized by powder XRD, infrared spectroscopy FT-IR, scanning electron microscopy SEM, and {sup 29}Si MAS NMR spectroscopy. BET specific surface areas of the products were determined by standard physical adsorption of nitrogen at 77 K. The major component in all synthesis routes was found to be cubic silicon carbide β-SiC with average crystallite sizes ranging from a few to tens of nanometers. In some cases, it was accompanied by free carbon, elemental silicon or silica nanoparticles. The final mesoporous β-SiC-based nanopowders have a potential as affordable catalyst supports.

  19. Preparation of silicon carbide SiC-based nanopowders by the aerosol-assisted synthesis and the DC thermal plasma synthesis methods

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    Highlights: • Make-up of the SiC-based nanopowders is a function of the C:Si:O ratio in precursor. • Two-stage aerosol-assisted synthesis offers conditions close to equilibrium. • DC thermal plasma synthesis yields kinetically controlled SiC products. - Abstract: Nanosized SiC-based powders were prepared from selected liquid-phase organosilicon precursors by the aerosol-assisted synthesis, the DC thermal plasma synthesis, and a combination of the two methods. The two-stage aerosol-assisted synthesis method provides at the end conditions close to thermodynamic equilibrium. The single-stage thermal plasma method is characterized by short particle residence times in the reaction zone, which can lead to kinetically controlled products. The by-products and final nanopowders were characterized by powder XRD, infrared spectroscopy FT-IR, scanning electron microscopy SEM, and 29Si MAS NMR spectroscopy. BET specific surface areas of the products were determined by standard physical adsorption of nitrogen at 77 K. The major component in all synthesis routes was found to be cubic silicon carbide β-SiC with average crystallite sizes ranging from a few to tens of nanometers. In some cases, it was accompanied by free carbon, elemental silicon or silica nanoparticles. The final mesoporous β-SiC-based nanopowders have a potential as affordable catalyst supports

  20. Synthesis of hexagonal wurtzite Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} prisms by an ultrasound-assisted microwave solvothermal method

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    Long, Fei, E-mail: long.drf@gmail.com [Key Laboratory of New Processing Technology for Nonferrous Metals and Materials of Ministry of Education, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin 541004 (China); Chi, Shangsen [Key Laboratory of New Processing Technology for Nonferrous Metals and Materials of Ministry of Education, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin 541004 (China); Institute of Advanced Materials and Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); He, Jinyun; Wang, Jilin; Wu, Xiaoli; Mo, Shuyi; Zou, Zhengguang [Key Laboratory of New Processing Technology for Nonferrous Metals and Materials of Ministry of Education, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin 541004 (China)

    2015-09-15

    Wurtzite Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS) hexagonal prisms were synthesized by a simple ultrasound-microwave solvothermal method. The product was characterized by XRD, FESEM, EDS, TEM, Raman and UV–vis spectrometer. The hexagonal prisms were 0.5–2 μm wide and 5–12 μm long. The PVP played an important role in the formation of the CZTS hexagonal prisms. In addition, the ultrasound-assisted microwave process was helpful for synthesis of wurtzite rather than kesterite phase CZTS. A nucleation–dissolution–recrystallization mechanism was also proposed to explain the growth of the CZTS hexagonal prisms. - Graphical abstract: Wurtzite Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} hexagonal prisms were synthesized by ultrasound-microwave solvothermal method. The ultrasound-assisted microwave process and PVP were useful to the growth of CZTS. A nucleation–dissolution–recrystallization growth mechanism was also proposed. - Highlights: • Wurtzite Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} was prepared by ultrasound-assisted microwave solvothermal method. • The wurtzite CZTS hexagonal prisms are demonstrated a band gap of 1.49 eV. • Synergistic effect of ultrasound and microwave is helpful to prepare Wurtzite CZTS. • PVP plays an important role in the formation of the CZTS hexagonal prisms. • Nucleation–dissolution–recrystallization growth mechanism of the CZTS was proposed.

  1. Study of photocatalytic activities of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles synthesized by fast microwave-assisted method

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    Phu, Nguyen Dang [Faculty of Physics, Hanoi National University of Education, 136 Xuanthuy, Cau Giay, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Hoang, Luc Huy, E-mail: hoanglhsp@hnue.edu.vn [Faculty of Physics, Hanoi National University of Education, 136 Xuanthuy, Cau Giay, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Chen, Xiang-Bai, E-mail: xchen@wit.edu.cn [School of Science and Laboratory of Optical Information Technology, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan 430205 (China); Kong, Meng-Hong [School of Science and Laboratory of Optical Information Technology, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan 430205 (China); Wen, Hua-Chiang; Chou, Wu Ching [Department of Electrophysics, National Chiao Tung University, Hsin-Chu 30010, Taiwan (China)

    2015-10-25

    We present a study of photocatalytic activities of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles synthesized by fast microwave-assisted method. The photocatalytic activities of the nanoparticles were evaluated by the decolorization of methylene-blue under visible-light-irradiation. Our results show that the surface area of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles plays a major role for improving photocatalytic activity, while visible-light absorption has only a weak effect on photocatalytic activity. This suggests efficient transportation of photo-generated electrons and holes to the oxidation active sites on the surface of nanoparticles, indicating Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles synthesized by fast microwave-assisted method are promising for achieving high photocatalytic activity under visible-light-irradiation. - Highlights: • The Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles were synthesized via fast microwave-assisted method. • The obtained Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles exhibited visible-light absorbance. • The surface area of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles plays major role for improving photocatalytic activity. • The Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles are promising for achieving high photocatalytic activity under visible-light-irradiation.

  2. Assisted Living

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    ... overwhelming majority of residents are female. Assisted Living Philosophy The philosophy of assisted living is to provide personalized, resident ... loved ones to learn about the care provider philosophy . Freedom of Choice The most progressive state regulations ...

  3. Assistive Technology

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    ... Page Resize Text Printer Friendly Online Chat Assistive Technology Assistive technology (AT) is any service or tool that helps ... be difficult or impossible. For older adults, such technology may be a walker to improve mobility or ...

  4. Surgical Assisting

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    ... specific training over and above a degree in science, nursing, physician assisting, or another health profession. Prerequisites . Recommended eligibility requirements for admission into a surgical assisting program are: Bachelor of Science degree (or higher) Associate degree in an allied ...

  5. Radical nephrectomy performed by open, laparoscopy with or without hand-assistance or robotic methods by the same surgeon produces comparable perioperative results

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    Tanya Nazemi

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Radical nephrectomy can be performed using open or laparoscopic (with or without hand assistance methods, and most recently using the da Vinci Surgical Robotic System. We evaluated the perioperative outcomes using a contemporary cohort of patients undergoing radical nephrectomy by one of the above 4 methods performed by the same surgeon. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The relevant clinical information on 57 consecutive patients undergoing radical nephrectomy from September 2000 until July 2004 by a single surgeon was entered in a Microsoft Access DatabaseTM and queried. Following appropriate statistical analysis, p values < 0.05 were considered significant. RESULTS: Of 57 patients, the open, robotic, laparoscopy with or without hand assistance radical nephrectomy were performed in 18, 6, 21, and 12 patients, respectively. The age, sex, body mass index (BMI, incidence of malignancy, specimen and tumor size, tumor stage, Fuhrman grade, hospital stay, change in postoperative creatinine, drop in hemoglobin, and perioperative complications were not significantly different between the methods. While the estimated median blood loss, postoperative narcotic use for pain control, and hospital stay were significantly higher in the open surgery method (p < 0.05, the median operative time was significantly shorter compared to the robotic method (p = 0.02. Operating room costs were significantly higher in the robotic and laparoscopic groups; however, there was no significant difference in total hospital costs between the 4 groups. CONCLUSIONS: The study demonstrates that radical nephrectomy can be safely performed either by open, robotic, or laparoscopic with or without hand assistance methods without significant difference in perioperative complication rates. A larger cohort and longer follow up are needed to validate our findings and establish oncological outcomes.

  6. Treatment of intraosseous cystic lesions of the mandible by conservative enucleation and cavity filling with allogenic freeze-dried bone mixed with autologous bone marrow%脱钙冻干骨混合自体骨髓治疗下颌骨囊肿摘除术后骨缺损

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    廖隽琨; 叶剑涛; 陈伟良

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the outcome of defect filling with allogenic freeze-dried bone mixed with bone marrow following conservative enucleation of large intraosseous cystic lesions of the mandible.Methods Forty-two patients with large intraosseous cystic lesions of the mandible were treated by defect filling with allogenic freeze-dried bone combined with bone marrow following conservative cyst enucleation.All patients were evaluated postoperatively by repeated clinical examination done by the operating surgeon.Radiograph-ic examination was performed using panoramic radiographs taken before operation,immediately after operation,6 months and 1 2 months after operation.Results Postoperative hemorrhage occurred in one patient.Wound dehiscence occurred in two patients,and the wound-healing was delayed.All patients showed satisfactory healing.The patients were followed-up for 1 3-48 months using panoramic radio-graphic examination.Recurrence was seen in 2 patients with KCOTs.Clinical and panoramic radiographic examination showed no resid-ual or recurrent cyst in the remaining patients.Conclusions We demonstrate successful clinical application of allogenic freeze-dried bone mixed with autologous bone marrow as an alternative filling material for intraosseous cystic lesions of the mandible after conserva-tive enucleation.%目的:探讨脱钙冻干骨混合自体骨髓治疗下颌骨囊肿摘除术后骨缺损的疗效。方法42例下颌骨囊肿摘除术后采取脱钙冻干骨混合自体骨髓填充缺损,观察手术临床效果,并行术前术后放射线检查。结果1例术后出血,2例创口延期愈合,随访13~48个月2例牙源性角化囊性瘤复发,其余术后愈合良好。结论脱钙冻干骨混合自体骨髓可用来治疗下颌骨囊肿摘除术后骨缺损。

  7. An Effective Vacuum Assisted Extraction Method for the Optimization of Labdane Diterpenoids from Andrographis paniculata by Response Surface Methodology

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    Ya-Qi Wang; Zhen-Feng Wu; Gang Ke; Ming Yang

    2014-01-01

    An effective vacuum assisted extraction (VAE) technique was proposed for the first time and applied to extract bioactive components from Andrographis paniculata. The process was carefully optimized by response surface methodology (RSM). Under the optimized experimental conditions, the best results were obtained using a boiling temperature of 65 °C, 50% ethanol concentration, 16 min of extraction time, one extraction cycles and a 12:1 liquid-solid ratio. Compared with conventional ultrasonic a...

  8. Optimization of Ultrasonic-Assisted Extraction of Flavonoid Compounds and Antioxidants from Alfalfa Using Response Surface Method

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    Chang-Liang Jing; Xiao-Fang Dong; Jian-Ming Tong

    2015-01-01

    Ultrasonic-assisted extraction (UAE) was used to extract flavonoid-enriched antioxidants from alfalfa aerial part. Response surface methodology (RSM), based on a four-factor, five-level central composite design (CCD), was employed to obtain the optimal extraction parameters, in which the flavonoid content was maximum and the antioxidant activity of the extracts was strongest. Radical scavenging capacity of the extracts, which represents the amounts of antioxidants in alfalfa, was determined b...

  9. Comparison of the efficacy and safety of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery with the open method for the treatment of primary pneumothorax in adults

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    Al-Tarshihi Mohammad

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective : To determine whether video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery is as effective as the traditional open method through axillary thoracotomy for the management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax in adults. Materials and Methods : This retrospective study was conducted at King Hussein Medical Center in the period between March 2002 and March 2007. Eighty-two patients were included in this study. The patients were divided in two groups: group A, which included patients who underwent video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery; and group B, which included patients who underwent open technique through axillary thoracotomy. Efficiency of the procedure, operative time, postoperative complications, length of hospital stay, time to return to work and recurrence were compared between the two groups. Results : There were 79 males (96.3% and 3 females (3.7% with a mean age of 23.7 ± 4.2 years for group A patients and 24.2 ± 4.6 years for group B patients (range 16-37 years. Forty-one patients (50% underwent video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (group A, and 41 patients (50% underwent open surgical technique through axillary thoracotomy (group B. Postoperative complication occurred in 8 patients (19.3% from among those who underwent open technique and 6 patients (14.6% from among those who underwent thoracoscopic technique. There was no perioperative mortality in both groups. Postoperative pain, volume of blood loss, period of air leak and hospital stay were less in group A, although the operative time was less in group B. Conclusion : Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery is an efficient and safe method for the treatment of patients with primary pneumothorax in the adults.

  10. Novel methods and self-reinforced composite materials for assessment and prevention of mechanically assisted corrosion in modular implants

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    Ouellette, Eric S.

    Novel methods for assessing the electrochemical and micromechanical performance of modular tapers were evaluated, and self-reinforced composite materials were developed for their potential to prevent the onset of mechanically assisted corrosion in modular taper devices. A study of the seating and taper locking mechanics of modular taper samples was conducted, and the effect on taper engagement strength of seating load, loading rate, taper moisture, and taper design/material combination was studied. The load-displacement behavior was captured during seating, and the subsequent pull off load was correlated to seating displacement, seating energy, and seating load. The primary factor affecting taper engagement strength was seating load, and loading rate and design/material factors did not have a significant impact on the quality of the taper engagement. Next, the effect of variation of 7 different design, material, and surgical factors on the fretting corrosion and micromechanical behavior during incremental cyclic fretting corrosion testing was examined using a design of experiments matrix. Seating load and head offset length were the most influential factors affecting fretting corrosion, with low seating loads and high head offsets giving rise to increased currents during sequentially incremented cyclic loads. Poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK) fibers were produced, and the effects of varying draw down ratio, molecular weight, and post-spinning treatment on the structural and mechanical properties of the fibers were studied. Highly drawn fibers showed the highest increase in molecular orientation and mechanical properties. PEEK fibers were then utilized in the design and fabrication of self-reinforced composite PEEK (SRC-PEEK) thin film composites, and self-reinforced composite ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (SRC-PE) produced from Spectra fiber was also introduced. Pin on disk studies were employed to understand the potential of both of these SRC materials to

  11. Acceptance of an assistive robot in older adults: a mixed-method study of human–robot interaction over a 1-month period in the Living Lab setting

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    Wu YH

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Ya-Huei Wu,1,2 Jérémy Wrobel,1,2 Mélanie Cornuet,1,2 Hélène Kerhervé,1,2 Souad Damnée,1,2 Anne-Sophie Rigaud1,21Hôpital Broca, Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, 2Research Team 4468, Faculté de Médecine, Université Paris Descartes, Paris, FranceBackground: There is growing interest in investigating acceptance of robots, which are increasingly being proposed as one form of assistive technology to support older adults, maintain their independence, and enhance their well-being. In the present study, we aimed to observe robot-acceptance in older adults, particularly subsequent to a 1-month direct experience with a robot.Subjects and methods: Six older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI and five cognitively intact healthy (CIH older adults were recruited. Participants interacted with an assistive robot in the Living Lab once a week for 4 weeks. After being shown how to use the robot, participants performed tasks to simulate robot use in everyday life. Mixed methods, comprising a robot-acceptance questionnaire, semistructured interviews, usability-performance measures, and a focus group, were used.Results: Both CIH and MCI subjects were able to learn how to use the robot. However, MCI subjects needed more time to perform tasks after a 1-week period of not using the robot. Both groups rated similarly on the robot-acceptance questionnaire. They showed low intention to use the robot, as well as negative attitudes toward and negative images of this device. They did not perceive it as useful in their daily life. However, they found it easy to use, amusing, and not threatening. In addition, social influence was perceived as powerful on robot adoption. Direct experience with the robot did not change the way the participants rated robots in their acceptance questionnaire. We identified several barriers to robot-acceptance, including older adults’ uneasiness with technology, feeling of stigmatization, and ethical

  12. Optical and Morphological Properties of ZnO- and TiO2-Derived Nanostructures Synthesized via a Microwave-Assisted Hydrothermal Method

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    Nosipho Moloto

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A microwave-assisted hydrothermal method was used to synthesize ZnO and TiO2 nanostructures. The experimental results show that the method resulted in crystalline monodispersed ZnO nanorods that have pointed tips with hexagonal crystal phase. TiO2 nanotubes were also formed with minimum bundles. The mechanism for the formation of the tubes was validated by HRTEM results. The optical properties of both ZnO and TiO2 nanostructures showed characteristics of strong quantum confinement regime. The photoluminescence spectrum of TiO2 nanotubes shows good improvement from previously reported data.

  13. Synthesis of rod-like ultrafine K4Ce2Nb10O30 via a salt-assistant stearic acid method

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    ZHU Junwu; MA Junxing; WU Jike; YANG Xujie; LU Lude; WANG Xin

    2011-01-01

    A salt-assistant stearic acid method (SAM) capable of forming ultrafme K4Ce2Nb10O3o products was described.XRD pattern revealed that tetragonal K4Ce2Nb10O30 products could be obtained by heat treatment at 900 ℃ for 2 h.Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)observations indicated the introduction of KCl could lead to the formation of rod-like K4Ce2Nb1oO30 products.The species of salts played a crucial role in fine tuning the shapes and sizes of K4Ce2Nb20O30 products.Furthermore,the K4Ce2Nb10O30 prepared by salt-assistant SAM had considerable activity under visible light irradiation.

  14. Ventricular assist device

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    VAD; RVAD; LVAD; BVAD; Right ventricular assist device; Left ventricular assist device; Biventricular assist device; Heart pump; Left ventricular assist system; LVAS; Implantable ventricular assist device

  15. Development of porcine embryos reconstituted with somatic cells and enucleated metaphase I and II oocytes matured in a protein-free medium

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    Gibbons John R

    2001-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Many cloned animals have been created by transfer of differentiated cells at G0/G1 or M phase of the cell cycle into enucleated M II oocytes having high maturation/meiosis/mitosis-promoting factor activity. Because maturation/meiosis/mitosis-promoting factor activity during oocyte maturation is maximal at both M I and M II, M I oocytes may reprogram differentiated cell nuclei as well. The present study was conducted to examine the developmental ability in vitro of porcine embryos reconstructed by transferring somatic cells (ear fibroblasts into enucleated M I or M II oocytes. Results Analysis of the cell cycle stages revealed that 91.2 ± 0.2% of confluent cells were at the G0/G1 phase and 54.1 ± 4.4% of nocodazole-treated cells were at the G2/M phase, respectively. At 6 h after activation, nuclear swelling was observed in 50.0-88.9% and 34.4-39.5% of embryos reconstituted with confluent cells and nocodazole-treated cells regardless of the recipient oocytes, respectively. The incidence of both a swollen nucleus and polar body was low (6.3-10.5% for all nocodazole-treated donor cell regardless of the recipient oocyte. When embryos reconstituted with confluent cells and M I oocytes were cultured, 2 (1.5% blastocysts were obtained and this was significantly (P Conclusions Porcine M I oocytes have a potential to develop into blastocysts after nuclear transfer of somatic cells.

  16. Development of a microprocessing-assisted cell-systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment method for human umbilical vein endothelial cells

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    Terazono, Hideyuki; Kim, Hyonchol; Nomura, Fumimasa; Yasuda, Kenji

    2016-06-01

    We developed a microprocessing-assisted technique to select single-strand DNA aptamers that bind to unknown targets on the cell surface by modifying the conventional systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment (cell-SELEX). Our technique involves 1) the specific selection of target-cell-surface-bound aptamers without leakage of intracellular components by trypsinization and 2) cloning of aptamers by microprocessing-assisted picking of single cells using magnetic beads. After cell-SELEX, the enriched aptamers were conjugated with magnetic beads. The aptamer-magnetic beads conjugates attached to target cells were collected individually by microassisted procedures using microneedles under a microscope. After that, the sequences of the collected magnetic-bead-bound aptamers were identified. As a result, a specific aptamer for the surface of target cells, e.g., human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs), was chosen and its specificity was examined using other cell types, e.g., HeLa cells. The results indicate that this microprocessing-assisted cell-SELEX method for identifying aptamers is applicable in biological research and clinical diagnostics.

  17. Clinical effects of simple tumor enucleation and modified partial nephrectomy in the treatment of early renal cell carcinoma (report of 21 cases)%肾肿瘤剜除和改良肾部分切除术21例临床效果观察

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    张越; 杨志尚; 宋文斌; 龙清志

    2011-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical effects of tumor enucleation and modified partial nephrectomy in the treatment of early renal cell cancer (RCC). Methods The clinical and pathological data of 14 patients who underwent simple enucleation and 7 patients who underwent modified partial nephrectomy between February 2006 and April 2008 for pTl RCC were retrospectively analyzed. The mean tumor size was 3.1(2. 2~ 5. 5) cm. Three patients suffered from bilateral RCC. Results All 24 tumors were surrounded by a continuous fibrous pseudocapsule. The mean ischemic time was (21±2)(17~ 28) min. Signs of infiltration within pseudocapsule were detected in 2 patients whose tumor was larger than 4 cm. None of the patients had positive surgical margins. During the follow-up of 2. 7 years, all patients survived without regional or remote metastasis. One patient recurred locally in the kidney and underwent tumor enucleation. Conclusions Simple tumor enucleation and modified partial nephrectomy are safe and effective nephron-sparing treatments that can provide excellent long-term local control and preservation of normal parenchyma.%目的 评估单纯肿瘤剜除术和改良肾部分切除术治疗早期肾癌的临床效果.方法 回顾性分析2006年2月至2009年4月间21例早期肾癌患者的临床资料,其中14例接受单纯肿瘤剜除术,7例改良肾部分切除术.结果 所有手术顺利完成,无1例出现严重并发症.平均热缺血时间(21±2)(17~28)min.所有切除标本都有完整的包膜,2例肿瘤>4 cm者包膜有灶状浸润,但未穿透包膜,切除的肿瘤周围肾实质内未见癌细胞.平均随访2.7年,所有患者存活,无局部复发和远处转移.1例出现肿瘤复发,但非原来手术部位,其余均无肿瘤复发.结论 单纯肿瘤剜除术和改良肾部分切除术是治疗早期肾癌的安全、有效方法,能够有效保留肾单位和功能,防止肾功不全.

  18. Improved Tour-Map graphical method for gravity-assist%改进的Tour-Map借力飞行图形设计方法

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    李小玉; 郑建华; 吴霞

    2012-01-01

    针对借力飞行轨道初始设计阶段的任务需求,提出一种改进的Tour-Map借力飞行图形设计方法,用于分析借力效果,确定借力方案和设计参数初值.在圆锥曲线拼接假设基础上,建立了借力飞行超越速度矢量和借力天体位置、速度的几何模型,推导了借力后日心轨道要素的解析表达式,并将分析结果绘制成经纬度坐标的Tour—Map轨道要素等高线图,图中综合了借力飞行后大量可行的日心转移轨道信息,为分析借力飞行的作用提供了形象的参考.将其应用在木星借力太阳高纬度探测轨道设计中,证明了方法的有效性和实用性.%The analysis of gravity-assist effects is of great importance on the design stage to specify both the swingby sequence and the initial parameters. An improved Tour-Map graphical method for this purpose was introduced, which permits a quick identification of key parameters in ballistic gravity-assist. By the patched conic assumption, the graphical method was developed according to the geometric relationship of excess veloci ty and the position and velocity of the gravity-assist planet, followed by analytical developments of key helio centric orbit elements after swingby, such as period, inclination and eccentricity. Then the complicated re quirements of gravity-assist was described as contours on two dimensional Tour-Map conveniently. A design example of high-inclination solar orbit with Jupiter assist was included to illustrate the usage.

  19. Adapting the distress thermometer for cross-cultural research: a method enhanced by Mexican American undergraduate research assistants.

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    Wells, Jo Nell; Dietz, Tracy J

    2013-01-01

    Spanish-speaking Mexican Americans (MAs) need representation in cancer research studies to provide an empirical base for developing culturally relevant health care interventions. One factor that limits research with MAs is the lack of Spanish language measurement tools. Bilingual, bicultural student research assistants (RAs), working with faculty researchers and translation consultants, adapted the English version Distress Thermometer and Problem List (DT-PL) tool into the Spanish language. Additionally, RAs assessed tool feasibility with five MA women to determine its usefulness for a later study. The translation process resulted in a distress assessment instrument suitable for use in a low-literacy, Spanish-speaking population. RAs can enhance a process of adapting a measurement tool for use in research. Health care researchers should now pilot the Spanish DT-PL tool to assess its reliability and validity.

  20. A Microwave-Assisted Simultaneous Distillation and Extraction Method for the Separation of Polysaccharides and Essential Oil from the Leaves of Taxus chinensis Var. mairei

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    Chunjian Zhao; Xin He; Chunying Li; Lei Yang; Yujie Fu; Kaiting Wang; Yukun Zhang; Yujiao Ni

    2016-01-01

    An efficient microwave-assisted simultaneous distillation and extraction (MA-SDE) method has been developed for the separation of polysaccharides and essential oil from Taxus chinensis var. mairei. The key operating parameters for MA-SDE were optimized by single factor and central composite design experiments, and the optimal conditions were found to include a particle size of 60–80 mesh, liquid/solid ratio of 22.5 mL/g, extraction time of 17.5 min, microwave power of 547 W, and dichlorometha...

  1. Treatment of anastomotic leakage after rectal resection with transrectal vacuum-assisted drainage (VAC). A method for rapid control of pelvic sepsis and healing

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    Nagell, Carl Frederik Otto; Holte, Kathrine

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Anastomotic leakage after rectal resection is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Patients without peritonitis can be treated conservatively by transrectal rinsing and drainage. However, healing is often very slow, and formation of abundant scar tissue resulting in a poor...... functional result is not uncommon. Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) has been shown to accelerate wound healing by increasing local blood flow, reducing bacterial load and stimulating growth of granulation tissue. In this paper, we describe VAC as a method for treating anastomotic leakage after rectal resection...

  2. 腹腔镜卵巢囊肿剔除术中双极电凝止血对卵巢功能的影响%Effects of bipolar electrocoagulation on the ovary function after laparoscopic enucleation of ovarian cysts

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    陈京亭

    2012-01-01

    目的:探讨腹腔镜卵巢囊肿剔除术中双极电凝止血对卵巢功能的影响.方法:分析我院2008年1月~2011年2月行卵巢囊肿剔除术143例患者的月经和性激素的变化.其中单侧卵巢囊肿腹腔镜剔除术61例,开腹剔除术42例;双侧卵巢囊肿腹腔镜剔除术17例,开腹剔除术23例.腹腔镜手术采用双极电凝止血,开腹手术采用卵巢创面缝合止血.结果:单、双侧卵巢囊肿剔除术后6月,腹腔镜组与开腹组患者月经异常的发生率差异均不显著.单、双侧卵巢囊肿剔除术后1月、3月,患者血清E2水平均显著下降,FSH水平和LH水平均显著上升,但腹腔镜组与开腹组差异均不显著;术后6月,患者血清E2、FSH、LH均恢复至术前水平.结论:腹腔镜卵巢囊肿剔除术中双极电凝止血不加重对卵巢功能的影响.%Objective: To observe the effects of bipolar electrocoagulation on the ovary function after excision of the ovarian cysts under laparo-scope. Methods: The variations of menstrual cycles and sex hormone levels were examined in 143 patients undergone enucleation ovarian cysts between Jan. 2008 and Feb. 2011. Of the 143 cases, 103 were unilateral o-varian cysts in which 61 were treated laparoscopically and 42 were managed with open surgery, and another 40 were bilateral cysts in which 17 were undergone laparoscopic excision and 23, laparotomy. Hemostasis was performed by bipolar electrocoagulation for laparoscopic cases and wound suturing for cases of open surgery. Results: By the sixth month after unilateral or bilateral ovarian cyst excision, the occurrence of abnormal menstrual cycle was not so significant in the patients by laparoscopy or laparotomy. The levels of serum E2 were reduced at the 1st and 3rd month after surgery, whereas the levels of FSH and LH were elevated in either unilateral or bilateral cases, yet there was no significant difference between the groups treated with two different procedures. After 6 month of

  3. Small-scale, high-throughput method for plant N-glycan preparation for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry analysis.

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    Matsuo, Kouki

    2011-06-15

    A simple, small-scale, and high-throughput method for preparation of plant N-glycans for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) is described. This method entailed the extraction of soluble proteins, pepsin digestion, release of N-glycans by glycopeptidase A, and a three-step chromatographic purification process using cation exchange, anion exchange, and graphitized carbon. Homemade minicolumns using commercially available filter unit devices were used for N-glycan purification steps. All purification steps were designed to be easy. Using this method, N-glycans from 10-mg leaf samples of different plant species and only 2 μg of pure horseradish peroxidase were successfully purified. PMID:21320463

  4. Fe(II)–Al(III) layered double hydroxides prepared by ultrasound-assisted co-precipitation method for the reduction of bromate

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    Zhong, Yu [College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Key Laboratory of Environmental Biology and Pollution Control, Hunan University, Ministry of Education, Changsha 410082 (China); Yang, Qi, E-mail: yangqi@hnu.edu.cn [College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Key Laboratory of Environmental Biology and Pollution Control, Hunan University, Ministry of Education, Changsha 410082 (China); Luo, Kun; Wu, Xiuqiong [College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Key Laboratory of Environmental Biology and Pollution Control, Hunan University, Ministry of Education, Changsha 410082 (China); Li, Xiaoming, E-mail: xmli@hnu.edu.cn [College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Key Laboratory of Environmental Biology and Pollution Control, Hunan University, Ministry of Education, Changsha 410082 (China); Liu, Yang [College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Urban and Rural Garbage Disposal Technology Research Center, Hunan Province, Changsha 410082 (China); Tang, Wangwang; Zeng, Guangming; Peng, Bo [College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Key Laboratory of Environmental Biology and Pollution Control, Hunan University, Ministry of Education, Changsha 410082 (China)

    2013-04-15

    Highlights: ► Fe(II)–Al(III) LDHs were synthesized by ultrasound-assisted co-precipitation method. ► The Fe–Al (30 min) exhibited highly reduction reactivity on bromate. ► Pseudo-first-order model described the experimental data well. ► The mechanisms of bromate removal were proposed. -- Abstract: Bromate is recognized as an oxyhalide disinfection byproduct in drinking water. In this paper, Fe(II)–Al(III) layered double hydroxides (Fe–Al LDHs) prepared by the ultrasound-assisted co-precipitation method were used for the reduction of bromate in solution. The Fe–Al LDHs particles were characterized by X-ray diffractometer, scanning electron microscopy and thermogravimetry–differential scanning calorimetry. It was found that ultrasound irradiation assistance promoted the formation of the hydrotalcite-like phase and then improved the removal efficiency of bromate. In addition, the effects of solid-to-solution ratio, contact time, initial bromate concentration, initial pH, coexisting anions on the bromate removal were investigated. The results showed the bromate with an initial concentration of 1.56 μmol/L could be completely removed from solution by Fe–Al LDHs within 120 min. When the initial bromate concentration was 7.81 μmol/L, the Fe–Al LDHs with irradiation time of 30 min exhibited the optimum removal efficiency and the bromate removal capacity (q{sub e}) was 6.80 μmol/g. In addition, the appearance of sulfate and production of bromide were observed simultaneously in this process, which suggested that ion-exchange between sulfate and bromate, and the reduction of bromate to bromide by Fe{sup 2+} were the main mechanisms responsible for the bromate removal by Fe–Al LDHs.

  5. Computer-assisted delineation of lung tumor regions in treatment planning CT images with PET/CT image sets based on an optimum contour selection method

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    To assist radiation oncologists in the delineation of tumor regions during treatment planning for lung cancer, we have proposed an automated contouring algorithm based on an optimum contour selection (OCS) method for treatment planning computed tomography (CT) images with positron emission tomography (PET)/CT images. The basic concept of the OCS is to select a global optimum object contour based on multiple active delineations with a level set method around tumors. First, the PET images were registered to the planning CT images by using affine transformation matrices. The initial gross tumor volume (GTV) of each lung tumor was identified by thresholding the PET image at a certain standardized uptake value, and then each initial GTV location was corrected in the region of interest of the planning CT image. Finally, the contours of final GTV regions were determined in the planning CT images by using the OCS. The proposed method was evaluated by testing six cases with a Dice similarity coefficient (DSC), which denoted the degree of region similarity between the GTVs contoured by radiation oncologists and the proposed method. The average three-dimensional DSC for the six cases was 0.78 by the proposed method, but only 0.34 by a conventional method based on a simple level set method. The proposed method may be helpful for treatment planners in contouring the GTV regions. (author)

  6. Response surface methodology (RSM) modeling of microwave-assisted extraction of natural dye from Swietenia mahagony: A comparation between Box-Behnken and central composite design method

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    Kusuma, Heri Septya; Sudrajat, Robby Ginanjar Margo; Susanto, David Febrilliant; Gala, Selfina; Mahfud, Mahfud

    2015-12-01

    The increasing demand of non-toxic and environmentally friendly dyes, colorants that come from natural source have risen as an alternative of sintetic poisonous dyes. In this research natural dye from S. mahagony was extracted using microwave-assisted extraction method under different operating condition such as extraction time (10-30min), plant material to solvent ratio (0.03-0.05g/mL) and microwave power level (100-380 watt). Box-Behnken method and central composite design (CCD) method is widely used for modeling response surface methodology (RSM), both methods show good prediction performance. In this study response surface methodology was performed to optimize the process, both methods were performed by the help Statgraphics Centurion 16 to evaluate the effects of different operating parameters. Finally, both methods were statistically compared by root mean square error (RMSE) and absolute average deviation (AAD) based on validation data set. Further, result suggests that CCD has better performance as compared to Box-Behnken method. The maximum yield obtained for Box-Behnken is 3.7647% (380 watt, 0.0339g/mL, 28.8899min) and 3.7506% (379.986 watt, 0.0378g/mL, 30min) for central composite design method.

  7. Assisted closure of fasciotomy wounds

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    Fowler, J. R.; Kleiner, M. T.; Das, R.; Gaughan, J.P.; Rehman, S.

    2012-01-01

    Introduction Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) and vessel loop assisted closure are two common methods used to assist with the closure of fasciotomy wounds. This retrospective review compares these two methods using a primary outcome measurement of skin graft requirement. Methods A retrospective search was performed to identify patients who underwent fasciotomy at our institution. Patient demographics, location of the fasciotomy, type of assisted closure, injury characteristics, need for...

  8. 马来西亚西部眼球摘除术和眼内容摘除术的手术适应证及其变化趋势%A study of the indications and changing trends of enucleation and evisceration in West Malaysia

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    I Tajunisah; S C Reddy; S Mas-Ayu

    2007-01-01

    AIM: To study the demographic pattern and indications for enucleation and evisceration in West Malaysia, and to evaluate the changing trends of the same over the past three decades.METHODS: In a retrospective hospital based study, case records of all patients who underwent enucleation and evisceration at University of Malaya Medical Centre over a period of 20 years (1985/2004) were reviewed. Age, gender, ethnicity of patients, indications for enucleation and evisceration were evaluated.RESULTS: Out of 160 patients, enucleation was done in one eye in 85 and evisceration was done in one eye in 75 during the study period. The mean age of patients was 36.4 years with a range of 6 months to 90 years. In our study, panophthalmitis (26.9%) and retinoblastoma (18.8%) were the most common causes of evisceration and enucleation respectively.Infections of the eye contributed to 72.0% of eviscerations while tumors contributed to 51.8% of enucleations. There was a significant decrease in the removal of eyes over the past three decades in our hospital. The number of removal of eyes for glaucoma and trauma-elated causes significantly reduced while removal for infection-related causes and painful blind eyes significantly increased when compared to the figures reported three decades ago from our hospital.CONCLUSION: Panophthalmitis and intraocular tumors are the major indications for the removal of eyes. Although the frequency of removal of eye has significantly decreased over time in our country, the indications for the same suggest that there is a need of further improvement of eye care services in Malaysia.%目的:通过研究近30a马来西亚西部地区眼球摘除术和眼内容物摘除术的数据统计和手术适应证,观察其近30a的动态变化趋势.方法:通过回顾研究20a(1985/2004)在马来亚大学医学中心接受眼球摘除术和眼球内容摘除术病例资料,对患者的年龄、性别、种族及其手术适应

  9. The Successful Diagnosis and Typing of Systemic Amyloidosis Using A Microwave-Assisted Filter-Aided Fast Sample Preparation Method and LC/MS/MS Analysis.

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    Sun, Weiyi; Sun, Jian; Zou, Lili; Shen, Kaini; Zhong, Dingrong; Zhou, Daobin; Sun, Wei; Li, Jian

    2015-01-01

    Laser microdissection followed by mass spectrometry has been successfully used for amyloid typing. However, sample contamination can interfere with proteomic analysis, and overnight digestion limits the analytical throughput. Moreover, current quantitative analysis methods are based on the spectrum count, which ignores differences in protein length and may lead to misdiagnoses. Here, we developed a microwave-assisted filter-aided sample preparation (maFASP) method that can efficiently remove contaminants with a 10-kDa cutoff ultrafiltration unit and can accelerate the digestion process with the assistance of a microwave. Additionally, two parameters (P- and D-scores) based on the exponentially modified protein abundance index were developed to define the existence of amyloid deposits and those causative proteins with the greatest abundance. Using our protocol, twenty cases of systemic amyloidosis that were well-typed according to clinical diagnostic standards (training group) and another twenty-four cases without subtype diagnoses (validation group) were analyzed. Using this approach, sample preparation could be completed within four hours. We successfully subtyped 100% of the cases in the training group, and the diagnostic success rate in the validation group was 91.7%. This maFASP-aided proteomic protocol represents an efficient approach for amyloid diagnosis and subtyping, particularly for serum-contaminated samples. PMID:25984759

  10. Fe2O3-reduced graphene oxide composites synthesized via microwave-assisted method for sodium ion batteries

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    Fe2O3-reduced graphene oxide (RGO) composites were successfully fabricated via a facile microwave-assisted reduction of graphite oxide in Fe2O3 precursor solution using a microwave system, and investigated as anode material for sodium ion batteries (SIBs). Their morphologies, structures and electrochemical performance were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, respectively. The results show that the RGO addition can enhance the electrochemical performance of Fe2O3-RGO composites. Fe2O3-RGO composite with 30 wt.% RGO exhibits a maximum reversible capacity of 289 mA h g−1 at a current density of 50 mA g−1 after 50 cycles and excellent rate performance due to the synergistic effect between Fe2O3 and RGO. The high capacity, good rate capability and excellent cycle performance of Fe2O3-RGO composites enable them a potential electrode material for SIBs

  11. Highly selective NH3 gas sensor based on Au loaded ZnO nanostructures prepared using microwave-assisted method.

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    Shingange, K; Tshabalala, Z P; Ntwaeaborwa, O M; Motaung, D E; Mhlongo, G H

    2016-10-01

    ZnO nanorods synthesized using microwave-assisted approach were functionalized with gold (Au) nanoparticles. The Au coverage on the surface of the functionalized ZnO was controlled by adjusting the concentration of the Au precursor. According to X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results, it was confirmed that Au form nanoparticles loaded on the surface of ZnO. The small Au loading level of 0.5wt% showed the highest response of 1600-100ppm of NH3 gas at room temperature (RT) whereas further increase of Au loading level resulted in poor detection of NH3. All Au loaded ZnO (Au/ZnO) based sensors exhibited very short recovery and response times compared to unloaded ZnO sensing materials. The responses of ZnO and Au/ZnO based sensors (0.5-2.5wt%) to other flammable gases, including H2, CO and CH4, were considerably less, demonstrating that Au/ZnO based sensors were highly selective to NH3 gas at room temperature. Spill over mechanism which is the main reason for the observed enhanced NH3 response with 0.5 Au loading level is explained in detail. PMID:27388126

  12. Characterization of nanosized Tb-MCM-41 synthesized by the sol-gel-assisted self-assembly method

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    The nanosized luminescent Tb-MCM-41 (1:10) is synthesized by means of sol-gel-assisted self-assembly under basic conditions at room temperature. The results of 29Si-MAS NMR and XRD prove that Tb3+ doped Si-O framework. The HRTEM image shows that the regular uniform particles with a diameter of 10 nm possess ultralarge pore with diameter 2.0 nm, which is consistent with the result of N2 adsorption. The BET surface area and porosity of Tb-MCM-41 (1:10) are 1127 m2/g and 0.84 cm3/g, respectively. The patterns of selected-area electron diffraction and XRD of Tb-MCM-41 (1:10) show an Fm3m space group in the cubic. FT-IR results show that the peaks near 970 cm-1 are assigned to the deformation vibration of silanol group. The as-products are calcined at 800 deg. C and the mesoporous materials possess enormous specific areas and large porosity, it shows that the mesoporous materials are ultrastable

  13. Ultrasound-assisted heating extraction of pectin from grapefruit peel: optimization and comparison with the conventional method.

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    Wang, Wenjun; Ma, Xiaobin; Xu, Yuting; Cao, Yongqiang; Jiang, Zhumao; Ding, Tian; Ye, Xingqian; Liu, Donghong

    2015-07-01

    The extraction of pectin from grapefruit peel by ultrasound-assisted heating extraction (UAHE) was investigated using response surface methodology and compared with the conventional heating extraction (CHE). The optimized conditions were power intensity of 12.56 W/cm(2), extraction temperature of 66.71°C, and sonication time of 27.95 min. The experimental optimized yield was 27.34%, which was well matched with the predicted value (27.46%). Compared with CHE, UAHE provided higher yield increased by 16.34% at the temperature lowered by 13.3°C and the time shortened by 37.78%. Image studies showed that pectin extracted by UAHE showed better color and more loosen microstructure compared to that extracted by CHE, although Fourier Transform Infrared Analysis indicated insignificant difference in their chemical structures. Furthermore, UAHE pectin possessed lower viscosity, molecular weight and degree of esterification, but higher degree of branching and purity than CHE pectin, indicating that the former was preliminarily modified during the extraction process.

  14. New method based on combining ultrasonic assisted miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion and homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction for the determination of some organochlorinated pesticides in fish

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    Highlights: → Ultrasonic assisted miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion combined with HLLE was developed as a new method for the extraction of OCPs in fish. → The goal of this combination was to enhance the selectivity of HLLE procedure and to extend its application in biological samples. → This method proposed the advantages of good detection limits, lower consumption of reagents, and does not need any special instrumentation. - Abstract: In this study, ultrasonic assisted miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion (US-MMSPD) combined with homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction (HLLE) has been developed as a new method for the extraction of organochlorinated pesticides (OCPs) in fish prior to gas chromatography with electron capture detector (GC-ECD). In the proposed method, OCPs (heptachlor, aldrin, DDE, DDD, lindane and endrin) were first extracted from fish sample into acetonitrile by US-MMSPD procedure, and the extract was then used as consolute solvent in HLLE process. Optimal condition for US-MMSPD step was as follows: volume of acetonitrile, 1.5 mL; temperature of ultrasound, 40 deg. C; time of ultrasound, 10 min. For HLLE step, optimal results were obtained at the following conditions: volume of chloroform, 35 μL; volume of aqueous phase, 1.5 mL; volume of double distilled water, 0.5 mL; time of centrifuge, 10 min. Under the optimum conditions, the enrichment factors for the studied compounds were obtained in the range of 185-240, and the overall recoveries were ranged from 39.1% to 81.5%. The limits of detection were 0.4-1.2 ng g-1 and the relative standard deviations for 20 ng g-1 of the OCPs, varied from 3.2% to 8% (n = 4). Finally, the proposed method has been successfully applied to the analysis of the OCPs in real fish sample, and satisfactory results were obtained.

  15. New method based on combining ultrasonic assisted miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion and homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction for the determination of some organochlorinated pesticides in fish

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    Rezaei, Farahnaz [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran 16846 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hosseini, Mohammad-Reza Milani, E-mail: drmilani@iust.ac.ir [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran 16846 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Electroanalytical Chemistry Research Center, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran 16846 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-09-30

    Highlights: {yields} Ultrasonic assisted miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion combined with HLLE was developed as a new method for the extraction of OCPs in fish. {yields} The goal of this combination was to enhance the selectivity of HLLE procedure and to extend its application in biological samples. {yields} This method proposed the advantages of good detection limits, lower consumption of reagents, and does not need any special instrumentation. - Abstract: In this study, ultrasonic assisted miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion (US-MMSPD) combined with homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction (HLLE) has been developed as a new method for the extraction of organochlorinated pesticides (OCPs) in fish prior to gas chromatography with electron capture detector (GC-ECD). In the proposed method, OCPs (heptachlor, aldrin, DDE, DDD, lindane and endrin) were first extracted from fish sample into acetonitrile by US-MMSPD procedure, and the extract was then used as consolute solvent in HLLE process. Optimal condition for US-MMSPD step was as follows: volume of acetonitrile, 1.5 mL; temperature of ultrasound, 40 deg. C; time of ultrasound, 10 min. For HLLE step, optimal results were obtained at the following conditions: volume of chloroform, 35 {mu}L; volume of aqueous phase, 1.5 mL; volume of double distilled water, 0.5 mL; time of centrifuge, 10 min. Under the optimum conditions, the enrichment factors for the studied compounds were obtained in the range of 185-240, and the overall recoveries were ranged from 39.1% to 81.5%. The limits of detection were 0.4-1.2 ng g{sup -1} and the relative standard deviations for 20 ng g{sup -1} of the OCPs, varied from 3.2% to 8% (n = 4). Finally, the proposed method has been successfully applied to the analysis of the OCPs in real fish sample, and satisfactory results were obtained.

  16. Determination of carbohydrates in tobacco by pressurized liquid extraction combined with a novel ultrasound-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction method.

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    Cai, Kai; Hu, Deyu; Lei, Bo; Zhao, Huina; Pan, Wenjie; Song, Baoan

    2015-07-01

    A novel derivatization-ultrasonic assisted-dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (UA-DLLME) method for the simultaneous determination of 11 main carbohydrates in tobacco has been developed. The combined method involves pressurized liquid extraction (PLE), derivatization, and UA-DLLME, followed by the analysis of the main carbohydrates with a gas chromatography-flame ionization detector (GC-FID). First, the PLE conditions were optimized using a univariate approach. Then, the derivatization methods were properly compared and optimized. The aldononitrile acetate method combined with the O-methoxyoxime-trimethylsilyl method was used for derivatization. Finally, the critical variables affecting the UA-DLLME extraction efficiency were searched using fractional factorial design (FFD) and further optimized using Doehlert design (DD) of the response surface methodology. The optimum conditions were found to be 44 μL for CHCl3, 2.3 mL for H2O, 11% w/v for NaCl, 5 min for the extraction time and 5 min for the centrifugation time. Under the optimized experimental conditions, the detection limit of the method (LODs) and linear correlation coefficient were found to be in the range of 0.06-0.90 μg mL(-1) and 0.9987-0.9999. The proposed method was successfully employed to analyze three flue-cured tobacco cultivars, among which the main carbohydrate concentrations were found to be very different. PMID:26043096

  17. Determination of carbohydrates in tobacco by pressurized liquid extraction combined with a novel ultrasound-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction method.

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    Cai, Kai; Hu, Deyu; Lei, Bo; Zhao, Huina; Pan, Wenjie; Song, Baoan

    2015-07-01

    A novel derivatization-ultrasonic assisted-dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (UA-DLLME) method for the simultaneous determination of 11 main carbohydrates in tobacco has been developed. The combined method involves pressurized liquid extraction (PLE), derivatization, and UA-DLLME, followed by the analysis of the main carbohydrates with a gas chromatography-flame ionization detector (GC-FID). First, the PLE conditions were optimized using a univariate approach. Then, the derivatization methods were properly compared and optimized. The aldononitrile acetate method combined with the O-methoxyoxime-trimethylsilyl method was used for derivatization. Finally, the critical variables affecting the UA-DLLME extraction efficiency were searched using fractional factorial design (FFD) and further optimized using Doehlert design (DD) of the response surface methodology. The optimum conditions were found to be 44 μL for CHCl3, 2.3 mL for H2O, 11% w/v for NaCl, 5 min for the extraction time and 5 min for the centrifugation time. Under the optimized experimental conditions, the detection limit of the method (LODs) and linear correlation coefficient were found to be in the range of 0.06-0.90 μg mL(-1) and 0.9987-0.9999. The proposed method was successfully employed to analyze three flue-cured tobacco cultivars, among which the main carbohydrate concentrations were found to be very different.

  18. Development of an ultrasound-assisted emulsification microextraction method for the determination of chlorpyrifos and organochlorine pesticide residues in honey samples using gas chromatography with mass spectrometry.

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    Mousavi, Mir-Michael; Arefhosseini, Seyedrafie; Alizadeh Nabili, Ali Akbar; Mahmoudpour, Mansour; Nemati, Mahboob

    2016-07-01

    A simple, rapid, and efficient ultrasound-assisted emulsification microextraction method followed by gas chromatography mass spectrometry in selected ion monitoring mode was developed for the determination of organochlorine pesticides in honey samples. The type and volume of organic extraction solvent, pH, effect of added salt content, and centrifuging time and speed were investigated. Under the optimum extraction conditions, 30 μL of 1, 2-dibromoethane (extraction solvent) was immersed into an ultrasonic bath for 1 min at 40°C. The limits of detection and quantification for all target pesticides were 0.003-0.06 and 0.01-0.2 ng/g, respectively. The extraction recovery was 91-100% and the enrichment factors were 168-192. The relative standard deviation for the method was organochlorine pesticides in honey samples. PMID:27214344

  19. BCT phase formation in synthesis via microwave assisted hydrothermal method; Limite da concentracao de Ca na formacao da fase BCT em sintese via metodo hidrotermico assistido por microondas

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    Barra, B.C.; Souza, A.E.; Teixeira, S.R.; Santos, G.T.A.; Lanzi, C.A.C. [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (FCT/DFQB/UNESP), Presidente Prudente, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Ciencia e Tecnologia. Dept. de Fisica, Quimica e Biologia; Longo, E. [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (IQ/UNESP/), Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Instituto Nacional de Ciencias e Tecnologia de Materiais em Nanotecnologia (INCTMN), Araraquara, SP (Brazil)

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    In previous work, samples of barium and calcium titanate (Ba1-xCaxTiO3 (BCT x = 0- 1) were prepared using the microwave assisted hydrothermal method in conditions of relatively short time and temperature. To the sample with 75wt% of Ca no BCT phase was formed but the photoluminescent emission was improved. In the present study, these titanates were synthesized by the same method with other concentrations of Ca, Ba1-xCaxTiO3 (x = 0, 0.20, 0.40, 0. 60, 0.80 and 1) to evaluate the limit of BCT phase formation. Results of X-ray diffraction showed that the phase BCT is formed between zero and 50wt%-Ca, in Ba substitution. Above this concentration, was observed only the formation of carbonates, and to x = 1 there was carbonate formation together with CaTiO3. These results were confirmed by micro Raman spectroscopy. (author)

  20. Characterization of diamond thin films deposited by a CO2 laser-assisted combustion-flame method

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    Diamond thin films were deposited by a CO2 laser-assisted O2/C2H2/C2H4 combustion-flame process. The effect of the deposition parameters, in particular the laser wavelength and power, on the film surface morphology, microstructure and phases present was the primary focus of the work. The laser power was set at 100, 400 and 800 W while the wavelength was varied and set at 10.591 μm in the untuned condition and set at 10.532 μm to resonantly match the CH2-wagging vibrational mode of the C2H4 molecule when in the tuned condition. When the laser was coupled to the combustion flame during deposition the diamond film growth was enhanced as the lateral grain size increased from 1 μm to greater than 5 μm. The greatest increase in grain size occurred when the wavelength was in the tuned condition. Scanning transmission electron microscopy images from focused-ion beam cross-sectioned samples revealed a sub-layer of smaller grains less than 1 μm in size near the substrate surface at the lower laser powers and untuned wavelength. X-ray diffraction results showed a more intense Diamond (111) peak as the laser power increased from 100 to 800 W for the films deposited with the tuned laser wavelength. Micro-Raman spectra showed a diamond peak nearly twice as intense from the films with the tuned laser wavelength.

  1. Conserving analyst attention units: use of multi-agent software and CEP methods to assist information analysis

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    Rimland, Jeffrey; McNeese, Michael; Hall, David

    2013-05-01

    Although the capability of computer-based artificial intelligence techniques for decision-making and situational awareness has seen notable improvement over the last several decades, the current state-of-the-art still falls short of creating computer systems capable of autonomously making complex decisions and judgments in many domains where data is nuanced and accountability is high. However, there is a great deal of potential for hybrid systems in which software applications augment human capabilities by focusing the analyst's attention to relevant information elements based on both a priori knowledge of the analyst's goals and the processing/correlation of a series of data streams too numerous and heterogeneous for the analyst to digest without assistance. Researchers at Penn State University are exploring ways in which an information framework influenced by Klein's (Recognition Primed Decision) RPD model, Endsley's model of situational awareness, and the Joint Directors of Laboratories (JDL) data fusion process model can be implemented through a novel combination of Complex Event Processing (CEP) and Multi-Agent Software (MAS). Though originally designed for stock market and financial applications, the high performance data-driven nature of CEP techniques provide a natural compliment to the proven capabilities of MAS systems for modeling naturalistic decision-making, performing process adjudication, and optimizing networked processing and cognition via the use of "mobile agents." This paper addresses the challenges and opportunities of such a framework for augmenting human observational capability as well as enabling the ability to perform collaborative context-aware reasoning in both human teams and hybrid human / software agent teams.

  2. Low-temperature synthesis and characterization of anatase TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles by an acid assisted sol–gel method

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    Leyva-Porras, C. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales DIP-CUCEI, Universidad de Guadalajara, Av. Revolución # 1500, Col. Olímpica, C.P. 44430, Guadalajara (Mexico); Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, S.C. (CIMAV), Alianza Norte No. 202, Parque de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica (PIIT), Carretera Aeropuerto km. 10, C.P. 66600, Apodaca, N.L. (Mexico); Toxqui-Teran, A.; Vega-Becerra, O. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, S.C. (CIMAV), Alianza Norte No. 202, Parque de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica (PIIT), Carretera Aeropuerto km. 10, C.P. 66600, Apodaca, N.L. (Mexico); Miki-Yoshida, M. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, S.C. (CIMAV), Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, Parque Industrial Chihuahua, C.P. 31109, Chihuahua (Mexico); Rojas-Villalobos, M.; García-Guaderrama, M. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales DIP-CUCEI, Universidad de Guadalajara, Av. Revolución # 1500, Col. Olímpica, C.P. 44430, Guadalajara (Mexico); and others

    2015-10-25

    The synthesis of anatase TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles by an acid-assisted sol–gel method at 25 and 80 °C is described. Specifically, acetic acid (AA) was used and the evolution of the anatase phase with the amount of AA was observed. The results of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) both showed that a pure anatase phase was obtained with particle size smaller than 5 nm. Structural refinements and quantitative determination of phase composition was achieved by using the Rietveld method. The particle size distribution became slightly narrower as the amount of AA was increased. Raman spectroscopy showed that when the amount of AA was increased a small amount of brookite was present at the contamination level. The anatase phase was studied by differential thermal analysis (DTA), providing phase stability up to 600 °C. These and other results were discussed in terms of particle size and structure. Likewise, the formation of the anatase phase under these synthesis conditions was explained. - Highlights: • Synthesis of anatase TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles by an acid assisted sol–gel method at mild conditions. • Microstructure characterization by XRD, TEM and Raman spectroscopy. • Observation of the formation and evolution of the anatase phase as acetic acid was increased. • Anatase thermal stability up to 600 °C and band gap range between 3.2 and 3.5 eV. • A simplified method which can be considered as a green chemistry process.

  3. Sample-first preparation: a method for surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry analysis of cyclic oligosaccharides.

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    Wu, Hsin-Pin; Su, Chih-Lin; Chang, Hui-Chiu; Tseng, Wei-Lung

    2007-08-15

    A new sample preparation method for the analysis of cyclic oligosaccharides in surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (SALDI-MS) is presented. We call this new technique "sample first method", in which a sample is deposited first and then bare gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), which serve as the SALDI matrixes, are added to the top of the sample layer. The use of the sample first method offers significant advantages for improving shot-to-shot reproducibility, enhancing the ionization efficiency of the analyte, and reducing sample preparation time as compared to the dried-droplet method, wherein samples and bare AuNPs are mixed and dried together. The relative standard deviation (RSD) values of the signal intensity as calculated from 65 sample spots was 25% when the sample first methods were applied to the analysis of beta-cyclodextrin. The results were more homogeneous as compared to the outcome using dried-droplet preparation of AuNPs (RSD=66%) and 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid (RSD=209%). We also found out that the optimal concentration of AuNP for ionization efficiency is 7.4 nM (4.52x10(12) particles/mL) while the lowest detectable concentration of cyclic oligosaccharides through this approach is 0.25 microM. Except for the cyclic oligosaccharide, the proposed method was also applied to the analyses of other biological samples, including neutral carbohydrate and steroid, aminothiols, and peptides as well as proteins.

  4. HPLC and chemometrics-assisted UV-spectroscopy methods for the simultaneous determination of ambroxol and doxycycline in capsule

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    Hadad, Ghada M.; El-Gindy, Alaa; Mahmoud, Waleed M. M.

    2008-08-01

    High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and multivariate spectrophotometric methods are described for the simultaneous determination of ambroxol hydrochloride (AM) and doxycycline (DX) in combined pharmaceutical capsules. The chromatographic separation was achieved on reversed-phase C 18 analytical column with a mobile phase consisting of a mixture of 20 mM potassium dihydrogen phosphate, pH 6-acetonitrile in ratio of (1:1, v/v) and UV detection at 245 nm. Also, the resolution has been accomplished by using numerical spectrophotometric methods as classical least squares (CLS), principal component regression (PCR) and partial least squares (PLS-1) applied to the UV spectra of the mixture and graphical spectrophotometric method as first derivative of the ratio spectra ( 1DD) method. Analytical figures of merit (FOM), such as sensitivity, selectivity, analytical sensitivity, limit of quantitation and limit of detection were determined for CLS, PLS-1 and PCR methods. The proposed methods were validated and successfully applied for the analysis of pharmaceutical formulation and laboratory-prepared mixtures containing the two component combination.

  5. Efficacy and safety profile of a novel technique, ThuLEP (Thulium laser enucleation of the prostate) for the treatment of benign prostate hypertrophy. Our experience on 148 patients

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    Iacono, Fabrizio; Prezioso, Domenico; Di Lauro, Giovanni; Romeo, Giuseppe; Ruffo, Antonio; Illiano, Ester; Amato, Bruno

    2012-01-01

    Background Over the past years laser technology has played a predominant role in prostate surgery, for the treatment of benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH). Various laser devices have been introduced in clinical practice, showing good results in terms of complications and urodynamic outcomes efficacy compared with TURP and Open Prostatectomy. In this study we describe the efficacy and the safety profile of a novel laser technique, ThuLEP (Thulium Laser Enucleation of Prostate) that permits a co...

  6. Impact of enzyme- and ultrasound-assisted extraction methods on biological properties of red, brown, and green seaweeds from the central west coast of Portugal.

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    Rodrigues, Dina; Sousa, Sérgio; Silva, Aline; Amorim, Manuela; Pereira, Leonel; Rocha-Santos, Teresa A P; Gomes, Ana M P; Duarte, Armando C; Freitas, Ana Cristina

    2015-04-01

    Seaweeds are an excellent source of bioactive compounds, and therefore the use of sustainable and food compatible extraction methods such as enzyme-assisted (EAE) and ultrasound-assisted extraction were applied on Sargassum muticum, Osmundea pinnatifida, and Codium tomentosum. Extracts were evaluated for proximate characterization and biological properties. Higher extraction yields were observed for C. tomentosum EAE (48-62%; p extracts presented the highest nitrogen (25 ± 2 mg/glyoph extract) and total phenolics (261 ± 37 μgcatechol equiv/glyoph extract) contents, whereas higher sugars (78 ± 14 mgglucose equiv/glyoph extract) including sulfated polysaccharide (44 ± 8 mgNa2SO4 acid/glyoph extract) contents characterized O. pinnatifida extracts. A higher effect on hydroxyl-radical scavenging activity (35-50%) was observed for all extracts, whereas S. muticum Alcalase and C. tomentosum Cellulase extracts exhibited higher prebiotic activity than fructooligosaccharides. O. pinnatifida and C. tomentosum EAE showed inhibitory potential against α-glucosidase (38-49%).

  7. Ionic liquid ultrasound assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction method for preconcentration of trace amounts of rhodium prior to flame atomic absorption spectrometry determination

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    In this article, we consider ionic liquid based ultrasound-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction of trace amounts of rhodium from aqueous samples and show that this is a fast and reliable sample pre-treatment for the determination of rhodium ions by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The Rh(III) was transferred into its complex with 2-(5-bromo-2-pyridylazo)-5-diethylamino phenol as a chelating agent, and an ultrasonic bath with the ionic liquid, 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium bis (trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide at room temperature was used to extract the analyte. The centrifuged rhodium complex was then enriched in the form of ionic liquid droplets and prior to its analysis by flame atomic absorption spectrometry, 300 μL ethanol was added to the ionic liquid-rich phase. Finally, the influence of various parameters on the recovery of Rh(III) was optimized. Under optimum conditions, the calibration graph was linear in the range of 4.0-500.0 ng mL-1, the detection limit was 0.37 ng mL-1 (3Sb/m, n = 7) and the relative standard deviation was ±1.63% (n = 7, C = 200 ng mL-1). The results show that ionic liquid based ultrasound assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction, combined with flame atomic absorption spectrometry, is a rapid, simple, sensitive and efficient analytical method for the separation and determination of trace amounts of Rh(III) ions with minimum organic solvent consumption.

  8. Synthesis and electrical field-assisted sintering behaviour of yttria-stabilized tetragonal ZrO$_2$ nanopowders by polyacrylamide gel method

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    XINGHUA SU; BENPAN WANG; JIE ZHOU; HAOYU SUN

    2016-06-01

    The tetragonal ZrO$_2$ nanopowders stabilized with 3 mol% Y$_2$O$_3$ (3YSZ) were synthesized using a polyacrylamide gel method. The mean particle size of the 3YSZ nanopowders was found to decrease with increasing molecular ratio of monomer to the precursor salt. The 3YSZ nanopowders with mean particle size of 12 nm can be densified in 1 h at 800$^{\\circ}$C, by the application of a d.c. electrical field. Under a constant d.c. electrical field, the current density through the specimen of 3YSZ rose rapidly when the temperature increased to a certain value. In the sintering process, the current density was restricted when the sharp increase occurred. By limiting current density to different values for one hour, it was found that current density was the most important factor in electrical field assisted sintering process. The grain size of 3YSZ bulk increased with the enhanced current density. The stable stageof electrical field-assisted sintering process can be explained by Joule heating. Corresponding real temperature of specimens is estimated by applying black body radiation theory.

  9. Synthesis of BiFeO3 thin films on single-terminated Nb : SrTiO3 (111 substrates by intermittent microwave assisted hydrothermal method

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    Ivan Velasco-Davalos

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available We report on a simple and fast procedure to create arrays of atomically flat terraces on single crystal SrTiO3 (111 substrates and the deposition of ferroelectric BiFeO3 thin films on such single-terminated surfaces. A microwave-assisted hydrothermal method in deionized water and ammonia solution selectively removes either (SrO34− or Ti4+ layers to ensure the same chemical termination on all terraces. Measured step heights of 0.225 nm (d111 and uniform contrast in the phase image of the terraces confirm the single termination in pure and Nb doped SrTiO3 single crystal substrates. Multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films were then deposited by the same microwave assisted hydrothermal process on Nb : SrTiO3 (111 substrates. Bi(NO33 and Fe(NO33 along with KOH served as the precursors solution. Ferroelectric behavior of the BiFeO3 films on Nb : SrTiO3 (100 substrates was verified by piezoresponse force microscopy.

  10. Synthesis of BiFeO3 thin films on single-terminated Nb : SrTiO3 (111) substrates by intermittent microwave assisted hydrothermal method

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    Velasco-Davalos, Ivan; Ambriz-Vargas, Fabian; Kolhatkar, Gitanjali; Thomas, Reji; Ruediger, Andreas

    2016-06-01

    We report on a simple and fast procedure to create arrays of atomically flat terraces on single crystal SrTiO3 (111) substrates and the deposition of ferroelectric BiFeO3 thin films on such single-terminated surfaces. A microwave-assisted hydrothermal method in deionized water and ammonia solution selectively removes either (SrO3)4- or Ti4+ layers to ensure the same chemical termination on all terraces. Measured step heights of 0.225 nm (d111) and uniform contrast in the phase image of the terraces confirm the single termination in pure and Nb doped SrTiO3 single crystal substrates. Multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films were then deposited by the same microwave assisted hydrothermal process on Nb : SrTiO3 (111) substrates. Bi(NO3)3 and Fe(NO3)3 along with KOH served as the precursors solution. Ferroelectric behavior of the BiFeO3 films on Nb : SrTiO3 (100) substrates was verified by piezoresponse force microscopy.

  11. A novel magnetic field-assisted polishing method using magnetic compound slurry and its performance in mirror surface finishing of miniature V-grooves

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    Wang, Youliang; Wu, Yongbo; Mitsuyoshi, Nomura

    2016-05-01

    A novel magnetic field-assisted polishing technique was proposed for finishing 3D structured surface using a magnetic compound (MC) slurry. The MC slurry was prepared by blending carbonyl-iron-particles, abrasive grains and α-cellulose into a magnetic fluid which contains nano-scale magnetite particles. An experimental setup was constructed firstly by installing an oscillation worktable and a unit onto a polishing machine. Then, experimental investigations were conducted on oxygen-free copper workpiece with parallel distributed linear V-grooves to clarify the influence of the polishing time and abrasive impact angle on the grooves surface qualities. It was found that (1) the groove form accuracy, i.e. the form retention rate η varied with the polishing locations. Although the form retention rate η deteriorated during the polishing process, the final η was greater than 99.4%; (2) the effective impact angle θm affected the material removal and form accuracy seriously. An increase of the absolute value θm resulted with an increase of material removal rate and a decrease of the form accuracy; (3) the work-surface roughness decreased more than 6 times compared with the original surface after MC slurry polishing. These results confirmed the performance of the proposed new magnetic field-assisted polishing method in the finishing of 3D-structured surface.

  12. Preparation of silver-modified TiO{sub 2} via microwave-assisted method and its photocatalytic activity for toluene degradation

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    Li Xiaobin; Wang Linling [Environmental Science Research Institution, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China); Lu Xiaohua, E-mail: hust-esri2009@hotmail.com [Environmental Science Research Institution, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2010-05-15

    Silver-modified TiO{sub 2} (Ag-TiO{sub 2}) with various Ag/Ti molar ratios were prepared by the microwave-assisted method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis-DRS). Compared with the hydrothermal method, Ag-TiO{sub 2} of small crystallite size and high crystallinity can be obtained by the microwave-assisted preparation method. When the Ag/Ti molar ratio increased from 0 to 2%, the doping of Ag promoted the phase transformation and inhibited the growth of anatase crystallite. The absorption edge of Ag-TiO{sub 2} shifted to longer wavelength, and the band gap energy of Ag-TiO{sub 2} decreased. However, after increasing the molar ratio Ag/Ti further from 2 to 4%, the anatase content, the crystallite size and the band gap energy of Ag-TiO{sub 2} only increased slightly. In photodegradation gaseous toluene, the photocatalytic activity of Ag-TiO{sub 2} increased with the increase of Ag/Ti molar ratio from 0 to 1%, but declined with the further increase to 2%. The optimal Ag/Ti molar ratio for photocatalytic activity of Ag-TiO{sub 2} was found as 1%, with the content of anatase, rutile and brookite of 71.1, 14.5 and 14.4%, respectively. Compared with TiO{sub 2}, Ag-TiO{sub 2} exhibited a better photostability in toluene degradation.

  13. Assisted Ventilation.

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    Dries, David J

    2016-01-01

    Controlled Mechanical Ventilation may be essential in the setting of severe respiratory failure but consequences to the patient including increased use of sedation and neuromuscular blockade may contribute to delirium, atelectasis, and diaphragm dysfunction. Assisted ventilation allows spontaneous breathing activity to restore physiological displacement of the diaphragm and recruit better perfused lung regions. Pressure Support Ventilation is the most frequently used mode of assisted mechanical ventilation. However, this mode continues to provide a monotonous pattern of support for respiration which is normally a dynamic process. Noisy Pressure Support Ventilation where tidal volume is varied randomly by the ventilator may improve ventilation and perfusion matching but the degree of support is still determined by the ventilator. Two more recent modes of ventilation, Proportional Assist Ventilation and Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA), allow patient determination of the pattern and depth of ventilation. Proposed advantages of Proportional Assist Ventilation and NAVA include decrease in patient ventilator asynchrony and improved adaptation of ventilator support to changing patient demand. Work of breathing can be normalized with these modes as well. To date, however, a clear pattern of clinical benefit has not been demonstrated. Existing challenges for both of the newer assist modes include monitoring patients with dynamic hyperinflation (auto-positive end expiratory pressure), obstructive lung disease, and air leaks in the ventilator system. NAVA is dependent on consistent transduction of diaphragm activity by an electrode system placed in the esophagus. Longevity of effective support with this technique is unclear. PMID:25501776

  14. Liquid chromatography and chemometric-assisted spectrophotometric methods for the analysis of two multicomponent mixtures containing cough suppressant drugs.

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    El-Gindy, Alaa; Emara, Samy; Mesbah, Mostafa K; Hadad, Ghada M

    2005-01-01

    Three methods were applied for the analysis of 2 multicomponent mixtures containing dextromethorphan hydrobromide, phenylephrine hydrochloride, chlorpheniramine maleate, methylparaben, and propylparaben, together with either sodium benzoate (Mix 1) or ephedrine hydrochloride and benzoic acid (Mix 2). In the first method, liquid chromatography was used for their simultaneous determination using an ODS column with a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile-phosphate buffer, pH 2.7 (40 + 60, v/v), containing 5mM heptanesulfonic acid sodium salt and ultraviolet (UV) detection at 214 nm. Also, 2 chemometric methods, principal component regression, and partial least squares were used. For both chemometric calibrations, a concentration set of the mixture consisting of each compound in each mixture was prepared in distilled water. The absorbance data in the UV spectra were measured for the 76 or 71 wavelength points in the spectral region 210-240 or 210-224 nm considering the intervals of deltagamma = 0.4 or 0.2 nm for Mix 1 and Mix 2, respectively. The 2 chemometric methods did not require any separation step. These methods were successfully applied for the analysis of the 2 multicomponent combinations in synthetic mixtures and in commercial syrups, and the results were compared with each other. PMID:16152922

  15. Recovery of indium from used LCD panel by a time efficient and environmentally sound method assisted HEBM.

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    Lee, Cheol-Hee; Jeong, Mi-Kyung; Kilicaslan, M Fatih; Lee, Jong-Hyeon; Hong, Hyun-Seon; Hong, Soon-Jik

    2013-03-01

    In this study, a method which is environmentally sound, time and energy efficient has been used for recovery of indium from used liquid crystal display (LCD) panels. In this method, indium tin oxide (ITO) glass was crushed to micron size particles in seconds via high energy ball milling (HEBM). The parameters affecting the amount of dissolved indium such as milling time, particle size, effect time of acid solution, amount of HCl in the acid solution were tried to be optimized. The results show that by crushing ITO glass to micron size particles by HEBM, it is possible to extract higher amount of indium at room temperature than that by conventional methods using only conventional shredding machines. In this study, 86% of indium which exists in raw materials was recovered about in a very short time.

  16. Computer-assisted reactor NAA of geological and other reference materials, using the ksub(o)-standardization method

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    USGS BCR-1 and G-2, NBS 1633a Coal Fly-Ash and a 7-element synthetic standard for biological materials were analyzed by reactor NAA, using the ksub(o)-standardization method. The analyses were performed independently in the analytical laboratories of the Institute for Nuclear Sciences (INW), Gent, and the Central Research Institute for Physics (KFKI), Budapest. This procedure allowed not only a comparison with the specified data or with other published values, but enabled a check of the consistency of our own results obtained in largely different experimental conditions. As concluded, the ksub(o)-standardization method combines general versatility (with respect to irradiation and counting conditions) with good accuracy, while the experimental work remains as simple as possible. Since the ksub(o) method is a computer-oriented technique, a FORTRAN IV program was designed and applied on a VAX 11/780 machine. (author)

  17. An FTIR method for the analysis of crude and heavy fuel oil asphaltenes to assist in oil fingerprinting.

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    Riley, Brenden J; Lennard, Chris; Fuller, Stephen; Spikmans, Val

    2016-09-01

    A proof-of-concept spectroscopic method for crude and heavy fuel oil asphaltenes was developed to complement existing methods for source determination of oil spills. Current methods rely on the analysis of the volatile fraction of oils by Gas Chromatography (GC), whilst the non-volatile fraction, including asphaltenes, is discarded. By discarding the non-volatile fraction, important oil fingerprinting information is potentially lost. Ten oil samples representing various geographical regions were used in this study. The asphaltene fraction was precipitated from the oils using excess n-pentane, and analysed by Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). Based on visual interpretation of FTIR spectra along with peak height ratio comparisons, all ten oil samples could be differentiated from one another. Furthermore, ATR-FTIR was not able to differentiate a weathered crude oil sample from its source sample, demonstrating significant potential for the application of asphaltenes in oil fingerprinting.

  18. [The ultrasound-assisted method for the extraction of cellular elements from saliva traces left on cigarette butts].

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    Starovoĭtova, R A; Druchinina, I N

    2010-01-01

    Specimens for cytological studies prepared from the traces of saliva left on cigarette butts using an ultrasound bath contained 5-7 times more epithelial cells than samples obtained by the traditional method. The new technique requires much less material for the analysis. It was validated during forensic medical examination of saliva traces left on cigarette.

  19. The effect of missing marker genotypes on the accuracy of gene-assisted breeding value estimation: a comparison of methods

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    Mulder, H.A.; Meuwissen, T.H.E.; Calus, M.P.L.; Veerkamp, R.F.

    2010-01-01

    In livestock populations, missing genotypes on a large proportion of the animals is a major problem when implementing geneassisted breeding value estimation for genes with known effect. The objective of this study was to compare different methods to deal with missing genotypes on accuracy of gene-as

  20. extrap: Software to assist the selection of extrapolation methods for moving-boat ADCP streamflow measurements

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    Mueller, David S.

    2013-01-01

    Selection of the appropriate extrapolation methods for computing the discharge in the unmeasured top and bottom parts of a moving-boat acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) streamflow measurement is critical to the total discharge computation. The software tool, extrap, combines normalized velocity

  1. Antioxidant activity and total phenolic compounds of Dezful sesame cake extracts obtained by classical and ultrasound-assisted extraction methods.

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    Esmaeilzadeh Kenari, Reza; Mohsenzadeh, Fatereh; Amiri, Zeinab Raftani

    2014-07-01

    Sesame cake is a by-product of sesame oil industry. In this study, the effect of extraction methods (maceration and sonication) and solvents (ethanol, methanol, ethanol/water (50:50), methanol/water (50:50), and water) on the antioxidant properties of sesame cake extracts are evaluated to determine the most suitable extraction method for optimal use of this product. Total phenolic content is measured according to the Folin-Ciocalteu method and antioxidant activities of each extract are evaluated with the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH), β-carotene bleaching, and ferric reducing/antioxidant power (FRAP) methods. The highest amount of total phenolic compounds is observed in ethanol-ultrasonic extract with the amount of 88.89 mg/g gallic acid equivalent. Methanol-ultrasonic extract with the amount of 88.475% indicates the highest activity in scavenging DPPH free radicals. In β-carotene-linoleic acid system, ethanol-ultrasonic extract indicates the highest inhibition percent of 45.64. In FRAP assay, ethanol/water (50:50)-maceration and ethanol/water (50:50)-ultrasonic extracts with the absorption of 1.132 and 1.0745 nm indicate the highest antioxidant activity. PMID:25473500

  2. A method for addressing research gaps in HTA, developed whilst evaluating robotic-assisted surgery: a proposal

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    Ballini Luciana

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background When evaluating health technologies with insufficient scientific evidence, only innovative potentials can be assessed. A Regional policy initiative linking the governance of health innovations to the development of clinical research has been launched by the Region of Emilia Romagna Healthcare Authority. This program, aimed at enhancing the research capacity of health organizations, encourages the development of adoption plans that combine use in clinical practice along with experimental use producing better knowledge. Following the launch of this program we developed and propose a method that, by evaluating and ranking scientific uncertainty, identifies the moment (during the stages of the technology's development where it would be sensible to invest in research resources and capacity to further its evaluation. The method was developed and tested during a research project evaluating robotic surgery. Methods A multidisciplinary panel carried out a 5-step evaluation process: 1 definition of the technology's evidence profile and of all relevant clinical outcomes; 2 systematic review of scientific literature and outline of the uncertainty profile differentiating research results into steady, plausible, uncertain and unknown results; 3 definition of the acceptable level of uncertainty for investing research resources; 4 analysis of local context; 5 identification of clinical indications with promising clinical return. Results Outputs for each step of the evaluation process are: 1 evidence profile of the technology and systematic review; 2 uncertainty profile for each clinical indication; 3 exclusion of clinical indications not fulfilling the criteria of maximum acceptable risk; 4 mapping of local context; 5 recommendations for research. Outputs of the evaluation process for robotic surgery are described in the paper. Conclusions This method attempts to rank levels of uncertainty in order to distinguish promising from hazardous

  3. Computer assisted radiology

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    The proceedings of the CAR'93 symposium present the 126 oral papers and the 58 posters contributed to the four Technical Sessions entitled: (1) Image Management, (2) Medical Workstations, (3) Digital Image Generation - DIG, and (4) Application Systems - AS. Topics discussed in Session (1) are: picture archiving and communication systems, teleradiology, hospital information systems and radiological information systems, technology assessment and implications, standards, and data bases. Session (2) deals with computer vision, computer graphics, design and application, man computer interaction. Session (3) goes into the details of the diagnostic examination methods such as digital radiography, MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, digital angiography, and multimodality imaging. Session (4) is devoted to computer-assisted techniques, as there are: computer assisted radiological diagnosis, knowledge based systems, computer assisted radiation therapy and computer assisted surgical planning. (UWA). 266 figs

  4. Accessibility and assistive products

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    Rodríguez-Porrero, Cristina

    2009-01-01

    Introduction Accessibility and assistive products and technologies are needed to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities and older persons. Many developments have been implemented in laws, standards, markets and from the consumers perspective, at international, European and national levels. The real issue is that not all the potential users benefit from the use of assistive products or accessible measures. Discussion Innovative methods are needed to allow all potential users to have real advantage of assistive technologies and accessible and design for all facilities. Best practices will be presented and existing gaps and recommendations will be discussed. Cost-benefits aspects will also be presented. Conclusion In order to get advantages from opportunities of globalization, hard work and responsibilities of all stakeholders are needed, so that assistive products and accessibility reach a whole range of situations and environments and contribute to ensure quality of life in a society for all.

  5. Five years follow-up of a keratocyst odontogenic tumor treated by marsupialization and enucleation: A case report and literature review

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    Rafael Scaf de Molon

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Odontogenic cysts are considered as nonneoplasic benign lesions. Among the cysts, keratocyst odontogenic tumor (KCOT is an intra-osseous tumor characterized by parakeratinized stratified squamous epithelium and a potential for aggressive, infiltrative behavior, and for the possibility to develop carcinomas in the lesion wall. Thus, the aim of this study was to describe a clinical case of KCOT in a young patient and discuss the treatment alternatives to solve this case. A 15-year-old male was referred for treatment of a giant lesion in his left side of the mandible. After the biopsy, a diagnostic of KCOT was made, and the following procedures were planned for KCOT treatment. Marsupialization was performed for lesion decompression and consequent lesion size reduction. Afterward, enucleation for complete KCOT removal was performed followed by third mandibular molar extraction. After 5 years, no signs of recurrence were observed. The treatment proposed was efficient in removing the KCOT with minimal surgical morbidity and optimal healing process, and the first and second mandibular molars were preserved with pulp vitality. In conclusion, this treatment protocol was an effective and conservative approach for the management of the KCOT, enabling the reduction of the initial lesion, the preservation of anatomical structures and teeth, allowing quicker return to function. No signs of recurrence after 5 years were observed.

  6. Sm-Doped Tio2 Nanoparticles with High Photocatalytic Activity for ARS Dye Under Visible Light Synthesized by Ultrasonic Assisted Sol-Gel Method

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    V. Aware Dinkar

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available In this article series of nano crystalline Sm-doped TiO2 nano particles with various molar concentration of samarium were synthesized by modified ultrasonic assisted sol-gel method and calcined at 500°C for 2 h. The synthesized nanomaterials were characterized in details using XRD, TEM, XPS UV–vis DRS and BET analysis. The detailed photocatalytic activity results revealed that doped samples shows excellent photodegradation efficiency towards model pollutant Alizarin red-S (ARS and almost 93% dye degrades within 120 minutes. The highest photodegradation efficiency was noticed for 1mole % samarium doped sample at 50 mgL-1 of catalyst dose. The photocatalytic activity of synthesized nano particles were also compared with commercially available ZnO and TiO2 (Degussa, P-25 photocatalyst. It was found that synthesized nano materials showed enhanced photocatalytic efficiency than commercially available semiconducting photocatalyst.

  7. "Fit and fabulous": mixed-methods research on processes, perceptions, and outcomes of a yearlong gym program with assisted-living residents.

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    Kluge, Mary Ann; LeCompte, Michelle; Ramel, Lisa

    2014-04-01

    This study's mixed-methods design sought to understand how to encourage assisted-living (AL) residents to initiate and continue exercise in a gym setting. Ten residents participated in this yearlong program. Processes developed and perceived benefits were understood through interviews and observations. Changes in active time, lower body strength, and workload were evaluated using direct measures. Findings indicated that AL residents regularly used exercise machines (mean participation = 53.8%) and increased active time and lower body strength (p = .02) when adequately prepared and supported. Participants prioritized gym time and developed pride and ownership in the program. They described themselves as exercisers and developed a sense of belonging to their new home. Friendships with one another, staff, and university partners were nurtured in the gym setting. When provided space, equipment, trained staff, and additional resource support, AL residents' quality of life and life satisfaction were enhanced in several domains.

  8. Effects of calcium phosphate coating to SLA surface implants by the ion-beam-assisted deposition method on self-contained coronal defect healing in dogs

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    Yoon, Heun-Joo; Song, Ji-Eun; Um, Yoo-Jung; Chae, Gyung Joon; Jung, Ui-Won; Kim, Chang-Sung; Choi, Seong-Ho [Department of Periodontology, Research Institute for Periodontal Regeneration, College of Dentistry, Yonsei University, 134 Shinchon-Dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-752 (Korea, Republic of); Chung, Sung-Min [Dentium Co., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, In-Seop, E-mail: shchoi726@yuhs.a [Institute of Physics and Applied Physics, Atomic-scale Surface Science Research Center, Yonsei University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-08-15

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the healing of self-contained coronal defects on a sand-blasted, large-grit, acid-etched (SLA) surface implant, which had a calcium phosphate (CaP) coating applied by ion-beam-assisted deposition (IBAD). We also evaluated the effect of heating the coating to different temperatures. The CaP-coated SLA implants exhibited a slightly larger bone healing capacity in the self-contained coronal defect than SLA implants, indicating that combining SLA surface implants and a CaP coating by the IBAD method had synergistic effects on bone healing. There was no difference in the healing capacity between 350 deg. C and 450 deg. C heat treatment of the coating layer.

  9. Effects of calcium phosphate coating to SLA surface implants by the ion-beam-assisted deposition method on self-contained coronal defect healing in dogs.

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    Yoon, Heun-Joo; Song, Ji-Eun; Um, Yoo-Jung; Chae, Gyung Joon; Chung, Sung-Min; Lee, In-Seop; Jung, Ui-Won; Kim, Chang-Sung; Choi, Seong-Ho

    2009-08-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the healing of self-contained coronal defects on a sand-blasted, large-grit, acid-etched (SLA) surface implant, which had a calcium phosphate (CaP) coating applied by ion-beam-assisted deposition (IBAD). We also evaluated the effect of heating the coating to different temperatures. The CaP-coated SLA implants exhibited a slightly larger bone healing capacity in the self-contained coronal defect than SLA implants, indicating that combining SLA surface implants and a CaP coating by the IBAD method had synergistic effects on bone healing. There was no difference in the healing capacity between 350 degrees C and 450 degrees C heat treatment of the coating layer.

  10. Layered nickel sulfide-reduced graphene oxide composites synthesized via microwave-assisted method as high performance anode materials of sodium-ion batteries

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    Qin, Wei; Chen, Taiqiang; Lu, Ting; Chua, Daniel H. C.; Pan, Likun

    2016-01-01

    Layered nickel sulfide (NS)-reduced graphene oxide (RGO) composites are prepared via a simple microwave-assisted method and subsequent annealing in N2/H2 atmosphere. A detailed array of characterization tools are used to study their morphology, structure and electrochemical performance. It was found that these composites exhibit significantly improved sodium-ion storage ability as compared with pure NS under galvanostatic cycling at a specific current of 100 mA g-1 in a potential limitation of 0.005-3.0 V. Furthermore, the composite with the RGO content of 35 wt.% achieves a high maximum reversible specific capacity of about 391.6 mAh g-1 at a specific current of 100 mA g-1 after 50 cycles. These results prove that NS-RGO composites are highly promising when applied directly as anode materials in sodium-ion batteries.

  11. Effects of calcium phosphate coating to SLA surface implants by the ion-beam-assisted deposition method on self-contained coronal defect healing in dogs

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate the healing of self-contained coronal defects on a sand-blasted, large-grit, acid-etched (SLA) surface implant, which had a calcium phosphate (CaP) coating applied by ion-beam-assisted deposition (IBAD). We also evaluated the effect of heating the coating to different temperatures. The CaP-coated SLA implants exhibited a slightly larger bone healing capacity in the self-contained coronal defect than SLA implants, indicating that combining SLA surface implants and a CaP coating by the IBAD method had synergistic effects on bone healing. There was no difference in the healing capacity between 350 deg. C and 450 deg. C heat treatment of the coating layer.

  12. Metal-assisted exfoliation (MAE): green, roll-to-roll compatible method for transferring graphene to flexible substrates

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    Zaretski, Aliaksandr V.; Moetazedi, Herad; Kong, Casey; Sawyer, Eric J.; Savagatrup, Suchol; Valle, Eduardo; O'Connor, Timothy F.; Printz, Adam D.; Lipomi, Darren J.

    2015-01-01

    Graphene is expected to play a significant role in future technologies that span a range from consumer electronics, to devices for the conversion and storage of energy, to conformable biomedical devices for healthcare. To realize these applications, however, a low-cost method of synthesizing large areas of high-quality graphene is required. Currently, the only method to generate large-area single-layer graphene that is compatible with roll-to-roll manufacturing destroys approximately 300 kg of copper foil (thickness = 25 μm) for every 1 g of graphene produced. This paper describes a new environmentally benign and scalable process of transferring graphene to flexible substrates. The process is based on the preferential adhesion of certain thin metallic films to graphene; separation of the graphene from the catalytic copper foil is followed by lamination to a flexible target substrate in a process that is compatible with roll-to-roll manufacturing. The copper substrate is indefinitely reusable and the method is substantially greener than the current process that uses relatively large amounts of corrosive etchants to remove the copper. The sheet resistance of the graphene produced by this new process is unoptimized but should be comparable in principle to that produced by the standard method, given the defects observable by Raman spectroscopy and the presence of process-induced cracks. With further improvements, this green, inexpensive synthesis of single-layer graphene could enable applications in flexible, stretchable, and disposable electronics, low-profile and lightweight barrier materials, and in large-area displays and photovoltaic modules.

  13. Metal-assisted exfoliation (MAE): green, roll-to-roll compatible method for transferring graphene to flexible substrates

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    Graphene is expected to play a significant role in future technologies that span a range from consumer electronics, to devices for the conversion and storage of energy, to conformable biomedical devices for healthcare. To realize these applications, however, a low-cost method of synthesizing large areas of high-quality graphene is required. Currently, the only method to generate large-area single-layer graphene that is compatible with roll-to-roll manufacturing destroys approximately 300 kg of copper foil (thickness = 25 μm) for every 1 g of graphene produced. This paper describes a new environmentally benign and scalable process of transferring graphene to flexible substrates. The process is based on the preferential adhesion of certain thin metallic films to graphene; separation of the graphene from the catalytic copper foil is followed by lamination to a flexible target substrate in a process that is compatible with roll-to-roll manufacturing. The copper substrate is indefinitely reusable and the method is substantially greener than the current process that uses relatively large amounts of corrosive etchants to remove the copper. The sheet resistance of the graphene produced by this new process is unoptimized but should be comparable in principle to that produced by the standard method, given the defects observable by Raman spectroscopy and the presence of process-induced cracks. With further improvements, this green, inexpensive synthesis of single-layer graphene could enable applications in flexible, stretchable, and disposable electronics, low-profile and lightweight barrier materials, and in large-area displays and photovoltaic modules. (paper)

  14. Synthesis and characterization of [BMIM]bromide using microwave-assisted organic synthesis method and its application for dissolution of palm empty fruit bunch

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    The decrease of cellulose crystallinity index of palm empty fruit bunch is crucial for the next application of cellulose as raw material for various biofuel and its derivatives. The aim of this research is to decrease the cellulose crystallinity index of palm empty fruit bunch using 1-butyl-3-methylimidazoliumbromide or [BMIM] bromide which has been synthesized using Microwave-Assisted Organic Synthesis (MAOS) method. Conventional reaction method has also been carried out to synthesize [BMIM]bromide for comparison as well. The characterization of synthesized product using FTIR, 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR and LC-MS showed that these reactions have been carried out successfully. The results showed that MAOS method is up to 90% faster in producing [BMIM]bromide compare to the conventional method. The application of [BMIM]bromide for dissolution of palm empty fruit bunch showed that cellulose and lignin could be extracted using stirring process for 20 hours. The decrease of cellulose crystallinity index and its morphology changes were identified using FTIR and Scanning Electron Microscope

  15. Synthesis and characterization of [BMIM]bromide using microwave-assisted organic synthesis method and its application for dissolution of palm empty fruit bunch

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    Arianie, Lucy, E-mail: lucy205@yahoo.com [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, Universitas Tanjungpura, Jl. A.Yani, 73 Pontianak 78124 (Indonesia); Wahyuningrum, Deana, E-mail: deana@chem.itb.ac.id; Nurrachman, Zeily, E-mail: deana@chem.itb.ac.id; Natalia, Dessy, E-mail: deana@chem.itb.ac.id [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jl. Ganesha 10 Bandung 40132 (Indonesia)

    2014-03-24

    The decrease of cellulose crystallinity index of palm empty fruit bunch is crucial for the next application of cellulose as raw material for various biofuel and its derivatives. The aim of this research is to decrease the cellulose crystallinity index of palm empty fruit bunch using 1-butyl-3-methylimidazoliumbromide or [BMIM] bromide which has been synthesized using Microwave-Assisted Organic Synthesis (MAOS) method. Conventional reaction method has also been carried out to synthesize [BMIM]bromide for comparison as well. The characterization of synthesized product using FTIR, {sup 1}H-NMR, {sup 13}C-NMR and LC-MS showed that these reactions have been carried out successfully. The results showed that MAOS method is up to 90% faster in producing [BMIM]bromide compare to the conventional method. The application of [BMIM]bromide for dissolution of palm empty fruit bunch showed that cellulose and lignin could be extracted using stirring process for 20 hours. The decrease of cellulose crystallinity index and its morphology changes were identified using FTIR and Scanning Electron Microscope.

  16. Recovery of indium from used LCD panel by a time efficient and environmentally sound method assisted HEBM

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    Highlights: ► In this study, we recovered indium from a waste LCD panel. ► The ITO glass was milled to obtain micron size particles in a HEBM machine. ► Effect of particle size of ITO glass on the amount of dissolved In was investigated. ► In a very short time, a considerable amount of In was recovered. ► Amount of HCl in acid solution was decreased to 40 vol.%. - Abstract: In this study, a method which is environmentally sound, time and energy efficient has been used for recovery of indium from used liquid crystal display (LCD) panels. In this method, indium tin oxide (ITO) glass was crushed to micron size particles in seconds via high energy ball milling (HEBM). The parameters affecting the amount of dissolved indium such as milling time, particle size, effect time of acid solution, amount of HCl in the acid solution were tried to be optimized. The results show that by crushing ITO glass to micron size particles by HEBM, it is possible to extract higher amount of indium at room temperature than that by conventional methods using only conventional shredding machines. In this study, 86% of indium which exists in raw materials was recovered about in a very short time

  17. Smart Magnetically Responsive Hydrogel Nanoparticles Prepared by a Novel Aerosol-Assisted Method for Biomedical and Drug Delivery Applications

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    Ibrahim M. El-Sherbiny

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We have developed a novel spray gelation-based method to synthesize a new series of magnetically responsive hydrogel nanoparticles for biomedical and drug delivery applications. The method is based on the production of hydrogel nanoparticles from sprayed polymeric microdroplets obtained by an air-jet nebulization process that is immediately followed by gelation in a crosslinking fluid. Oligoguluronate (G-blocks was prepared through the partial acid hydrolysis of sodium alginate. PEG-grafted chitosan was also synthesized and characterized (FTIR, EA, and DSC. Then, magnetically responsive hydrogel nanoparticles based on alginate and alginate/G-blocks were synthesized via aerosolization followed by either ionotropic gelation or both ionotropic and polyelectrolyte complexation using CaCl2 or PEG-g-chitosan/CaCl2 as crosslinking agents, respectively. Particle size and dynamic swelling were determined using dynamic light scattering (DLS and microscopy. Surface morphology of the nanoparticles was examined using SEM. The distribution of magnetic cores within the hydrogels nanoparticles was also examined using TEM. In addition, the iron and calcium contents of the particles were estimated using EDS. Spherical magnetic hydrogel nanoparticles with average particle size of 811 ± 162 to 941 ± 2 nm were obtained. This study showed that the developed method is promising for the manufacture of hydrogel nanoparticles, and it represents a relatively simple and potential low-cost system.

  18. System and method of infrared matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry in polyacrylamide gels

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    Haglund, Jr., Richard F.; Ermer, David R.; Baltz-Knorr, Michelle Lee

    2004-11-30

    A system and method for desorption and ionization of analytes in an ablation medium. In one embodiment, the method includes the steps of preparing a sample having analytes in a medium including at least one component, freezing the sample at a sufficiently low temperature so that at least part of the sample has a phase transition, and irradiating the frozen sample with short-pulse radiation to cause medium ablation and desorption and ionization of the analytes. The method further includes the steps of selecting a resonant vibrational mode of at least one component of the medium and selecting an energy source tuned to emit radiation substantially at the wavelength of the selected resonant vibrational mode. The medium is an electrophoresis medium having polyacrylamide. In one embodiment, the energy source is a laser, where the laser can be a free electron laser tunable to generate short-pulse radiation. Alternatively, the laser can be a solid state laser tunable to generate short-pulse radiation. The laser can emit light at various ranges of wavelength.

  19. A rapid ultrasound-assisted thiourea extraction method for the determination of inorganic and methyl mercury in biological and environmental samples by CVAAS.

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    Krishna, M V Balarama; Ranjit, Manjusha; Karunasagar, D; Arunachalam, J

    2005-07-15

    A rapid ultrasound-assisted extraction procedure for the determination of total mercury, inorganic and methyl mercury (MM) in various environmental matrices (animal tissues, samples of plant origin and coal fly ash) has been developed. The mercury contents were estimated by cold vapour atomic absorption spectrometry (CVAAS). Inorganic mercury (IM) was determined using SnCl(2) as reducing agent whereas total mercury was determined after oxidation of methyl mercury through UV irradiation. Operational parameters such as extractant composition (HNO(3) and thiourea), sonication time and sonication amplitude found to be different for different matrices and were optimized using IAEA-350 (Fish homogenate), IM and MM loaded moss and NIST-1633b (Coal fly ash) to get quantitative extraction of total mercury. The method was further validated through the analysis of additional certified reference materials (RM): NRCC-DORM2 (Dogfish muscle), NRCC-DOLT1 (Dogfish liver) and IAEA-336 (Lichen). Quantitative recovery of total Hg was achieved using mixtures of 5% HNO(3) and 0.02% thiourea, 10% HNO(3) and 0.02% thiourea, 20% HNO(3) and 0.2% thiourea for fish tissues, plant matrices and coal fly ash samples, respectively. The results obtained were in close agreement with certified values with an overall precision in the range of 5-15%. The proposed ultrasound-assisted extraction procedure significantly reduces the time required for sample treatment for the extraction of Hg species. The extracted mercury species are very stable even after 24h of sonication. Closed microwave digestion was also used for comparison purposes. The proposed method was applied for the determination of Hg in field samples of lichens, mosses, coal fly ash and coal samples.

  20. Comparison of Vitek Matrix-assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry Versus Conventional Methods in Candida Identification.

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    Keçeli, Sema Aşkın; Dündar, Devrim; Tamer, Gülden Sönmez

    2016-02-01

    Candida species are generally identified by conventional methods such as germ tube or morphological appearance on corn meal agar, biochemical methods using API kits and molecular biological methods. Alternative to these methods, rapid and accurate identification methods of microorganisms called matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDİ-TOF MS) has recently been described. In this study, Candida identification results by API Candida kit, API 20C AUX kit and identifications on corn meal agar (CMA) are compared with the results obtained on Vitek-MS. All results were confirmed by sequencing internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions of rDNA. Totally, 97 Candida strains were identified by germ tube test, CMA, API and Vitek-MS. Vitek-MS results were compatible with 74.2 % of API 20C AUX and 81.4 % of CMA results. The difference between the results of API Candida and API 20C AUX was detected. The ratio of discrepancy between Vitek-MS and API 20C AUX was 25.8 %. Candida species mostly identified as C. famata or C. tropicalis by and not compatible with API kits were identified as C. albicans by Vitek-MS. Sixteen Candida species having discrepant results with Vitek-MS, API or CMA were randomly chosen, and ITS sequence analysis was performed. The results of sequencing were compatible 56.2 % with API 20C AUX, 50 % with CMA and 93.7 % with Vitek-MS. When compared with conventional identification methods, MS results are more reliable and rapid for Candida identification. MS system may be used as routine identification method in clinical microbiology laboratories. PMID:26400863

  1. Application of Transurethral Enucleation Plus Gland Extraction from Small Incision in the Hypogastrium for Large benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Surgery%经尿道腔内剜除加下腹小切口腺体取出术在大体积前列腺增生症手术中的应用

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    谢小平; 关刚强; 王鹏; 何燊; 谢玥

    2011-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the feasibility, effectiveness and practicality of transurethral enucleation plus gland extraction from small incision in the hypogastrium for large benign prostatic hyperplasia surgery. Methods:45 patients received transurethral enucleation plus gland extraction from small incision in the hypogastrium. In the operation, we divided the gland into 2- 3 pieces with transurethral plasma electrocautery at first, then stripped them from the prostate capsule and pushed them into the bladder, coagulated the wound surface, later we had a 2-3 em incision in the middle of hypogastrium to remove the pieces of the gland. After surgery, we had observed the operation time, intraoperative blood loss and the Occurrence of various complications. Results: All 45 patients successfully received transurethral enucleation plus gland extraction from small incision in the hypogastrium,and the operative time ranged from 48 to 72 minutes(an average of 57 minutes), blood loss ranged from 50-160 ml(an average of 89ml), transurethral resection syndrome(TURS) has occurred in none of them. Among the 45 patients, 8 had mild urinary incontinence, which had been cured within 2-5 days through pelvic floor muscle exercise; 5 cases had mild signs of bladder stimulation, which had been relieved by spasmolysis and odynolysis therapy; infection of incision had occurred in none of them. Followed up had been taken in 37 cases from 2 to 18 months, no urethral stenosis and other complications observed. Conclusions:We have concluded that the superiority of transurethral enucleation plus gland extraction from small incision in the hypogastrium is that the hyperplastic gland has been stripped intra-cavity by minimally invasive method which leads to less trauma, bleeding and residual gland, as well as the stripped gland has been removed rapidly by combination of open surgery. Thus the gland can be removed more thoroughly, safely, rapidly and effectively. In a word, transurethral

  2. A polyethylene glycol-assisted carbothermal reduction method to synthesize LiFePO4 using industrial raw materials

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    Fey, George Ting-Kuo; Huang, Kai-Pin; Kao, Hsien-Ming; Li, Wen-Hsien

    2011-03-01

    Olivine LiFePO4 is synthesized by a carbothermal reduction method (CTR) using industrial raw materials with polyethylene glycol (PEG) as a reductive agent and carbon source. A required amount of acetone is added to the starting materials for the ball milling process and the precursor is sintered at 973 K for 8 h to form crystalline phase LiFePO4. The structure and morphology of the LiFePO4/C composite samples have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and magnetic susceptibility. Electrochemical measurements show that the LiFePO4/C composite cathode delivers an initial discharge capacity of 150 mAh g-1 at a 0.2C-rate between 4.0 and 2.8 V, and almost no capacity loss is observed for up to 50 cycles. Remarkably, the cell can sustain a 30C-rate between 4.6 and 2.0 V, and this rate capability is equivalent to charge or discharge in 2 min. The simple technique, low-cost starting materials, and excellent electrochemical performance make this process easier to commercialize than other synthesized methods.

  3. Hearing Assistive Technology

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    ... for the Public / Hearing and Balance Hearing Assistive Technology Hearing Assistive Technology: FM Systems | Infrared Systems | Induction ... Assistive Technology Systems Solutions What are hearing assistive technology systems (HATS)? Hearing assistive technology systems (HATS) are ...

  4. Surface-roughness-assisted formation of large-scale vertically aligned CdS nanorod arrays via solvothermal method

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    Zhou, Minmin; Yan, Shancheng; Shi, Yi; Yang, Meng; Sun, Huabin; Wang, Jianyu; Yin, Yao; Gao, Fan

    2013-05-01

    Large-scale cadmium sulfide (CdS) nanorod arrays were successfully synthesized on several different substrates through solvothermal reaction. During the growth experiments, we observed that the adhesion strength of the CdS nanorod arrays to different substrates differed dramatically, causing some of the CdS coating being easily flushed away by deionized water (DI water). With doubts and suspicions, we seriously investigate the original morphology of all the substrates by using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The phase, morphology, crystal structure and photoelectric property of all the products were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy and current-voltage (I-V) probe station. The growth mechanism of solvothermal reaction was proposed on the basis of all the characterizations. Our approach presents a universal method of liquid phase epitaxy of 1D material on a wide range of substrates of any shape.

  5. Water-contained surfactant-based vortex-assisted microextraction method combined with liquid chromatography for determination of synthetic antioxidants from edible oil.

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    Amlashi, Nadiya Ekbatani; Hadjmohammadi, Mohammad Reza; Nazari, Seyed Saman Seyed Jafar

    2014-09-26

    For the first time, a novel water-contained surfactant-based vortex-assisted microextraction method (WSVAME) was developed for the extraction of two synthetic antioxidants (t-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ) and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)) from edible oil samples. The novel microextraction method is based on the injection of an aqueous solution of non-ionic surfactant, Brij-35, into the oil sample in a conical bottom glass tube to form a cloudy solution. Vortex mixing was applied to accelerate the dispersion process. After extraction and phase separation by centrifugation, the lower sediment phase was directly analyzed by HPLC. The effects of the four experimental parameters including volume and concentration of extraction solvent (aqueous solution of Brij-35), percentage of acetic acid added to the oil sample and vortex time on the extraction efficiency were studied with a full factorial design. The central composite design and multiple linear regression method were applied for the construction of the best polynomial model based on experimental recoveries. The proposed method showed good linearity within the range of 0.200-200 μg mL(-1), the square of correlation coefficient higher than 0.999 and appropriate limit of detection (0.026 and 0.020 μg mL(-1) for TBHQ and BHA, respectively), while the precision for inner-day was ≤ 3.0 (n=5) and it was ≤ 3.80 (n=5) for inter-day assay. Under the optimal condition (30 μL of 0.10 mol L(-1) Brij-35 solution as extraction solvent and vortex time 1 min), the method was successfully applied for determination of TBHQ and BHA in different commercial edible oil samples. The recoveries in all cases were above 95%, with relative standard deviations below 5%. This approach is considered as a simple, sensitive and environmentally friendly method because of biodegradability of the extraction phase and no use of organic solvent in the extraction procedure.

  6. Highly selective hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol over CuO-ZnO-ZrO2 catalysts prepared by a surfactant-assisted co-precipitation method

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    Li, Li; Mao, Dongsen; Yu, Jun; Guo, Xiaoming

    2015-04-01

    A series of CuO-ZnO-ZrO2 catalysts are synthesized by a surfactant-assisted co-precipitation method and tested for the synthesis of methanol from CO2 hydrogenation. The effects of calcination temperature on the physicochemical properties of as-prepared catalysts are investigated extensively by TG-DSC, N2 adsorption/desorption, XRD, N2O chemisorption, SEM/TEM, EDX, XPS, TPR, H2-TPD and CO2-TPD techniques. The results show that the size of copper particles increases with the increase in calcination temperature, leading to the decrease in turnover frequency (TOF) for methanol formation. Moreover, compared with the counterparts prepared by the conventional co-precipitation method, the CuO-ZnO-ZrO2 catalysts prepared by this novel method show significantly high methanol selectivity. The superior property of the prepared CuO-ZnO-ZrO2 catalyst can be attributed to the formation of more amounts of Cu-ZnOx and/or Cu-ZrOx species resulted from the homogeneous element distribution, intimate interface contact of Cu species with ZnO and/or ZrO2, and to porous structure with larger pore size.

  7. Speciation of heavy metals in sediment by conventional, ultrasound and microwave assisted single extraction methods: A comparison with modified sequential extraction procedure

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    Sequential extraction procedure proposed by the European Standards, Measurements and Testing (SM and T) Program, formerly the Community Bureau of Reference (BCR), has been applied for the heavy metals (HMs) partitioning in fresh water lake sediment samples. The results obtained by conventional sequential extraction BCR method (SEB) for Cd, Cu, Cr, Ni, Pb and Zn were compared with those estimated from three alternative single extractions, conventional (CSE), ultrasonic (USE) and microwave assisted (MSE), using identical operating conditions applied in each individual BCR fraction and validated by the CRM BCR 701. Extractable HMs contents obtained by all compared methodologies were measured by atomic absorption spectrometery. With the use of compromised sonication and microwave conditions, steps 1-3 of the sequential extraction (excluding the hydrogen peroxide digestion in step 3) could be completed between 15-30 min using ultrasonic bath, while 60-120 s were required for MSE. The total extractable metal contents obtained by three single extractions ranged from 75.1% to 114.0% except Cr in first step, which was extracted (125.3%) by MSE method as compared to those obtained by SEB procedure. The precision of the proposed BCR single extraction methods (expressed as RSD%) was found in the range of (3.99-9.6%) for all metals

  8. Microwave-assisted extraction at atmospheric pressure coupled to different clean-up methods for the determination of organophosphorus pesticides in olive and avocado oil.

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    Fuentes, Edwar; Báez, María E; Díaz, Juan

    2009-12-18

    An effective extraction method was devised for the determination of organophosphorus pesticides (OPPs) in olive and avocado oil samples, using atmospheric pressure microwave-assisted liquid-liquid extraction (APMAE) and solid-phase extraction or low-temperature precipitation as clean-up step. A simple glass system equipped with an air-cooled condenser was designed as an extraction vessel. The pesticides were partitioned between acetonitrile and oil solution in hexane. Analytical determinations were carried out by gas chromatography-flame photometric detection and gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, using a triple quadrupole mass analyzer, for confirmation purposes. Several factors influencing the extraction efficiency were investigated and optimized through fractional factorial design and Doehlert design. Under optimal conditions the recovery of pesticides from oil at 0.025 microg g(-1) ranged from 71% to 103%, except for fenthion in avocado oil, with RSDs < or = 13% (n=5). The LOQ for the entire method ranged from 0.004 to 0.015 microg g(-1). Finally, the proposed method was successfully applied to the extraction and determination of the selected pesticides in 20 commercially packed extra virgin olive oils and four commercially packed avocado oils produced in Chile. Detectable residues of different OPPs were observed in 85% of samples. PMID:19926091

  9. Solvent-assisted dispersive solid-phase extraction: A sample preparation method for trace detection of diazinon in urine and environmental water samples.

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    Aladaghlo, Zolfaghar; Fakhari, Alireza; Behbahani, Mohammad

    2016-09-01

    In this research, a sample preparation method termed solvent-assisted dispersive solid-phase extraction (SA-DSPE) was applied. The used sample preparation method was based on the dispersion of the sorbent into the aqueous sample to maximize the interaction surface. In this approach, the dispersion of the sorbent at a very low milligram level was received by inserting a solution of the sorbent and disperser solvent into the aqueous sample. The cloudy solution created from the dispersion of the sorbent in the bulk aqueous sample. After pre-concentration of the diazinon, the cloudy solution was centrifuged and diazinon in the sediment phase dissolved in ethanol and determined by gas chromatography-flame ionization detector. Under the optimized conditions (pH of solution=7.0, Sorbent: benzophenone, 2%, Disperser solvent: ethanol, 500μL, Centrifuge: centrifuged at 4000rpm for 3min), the method detection limit for diazinon was 0.2, 0.3, 0.3 and 0.3μgL(-1) for distilled water, lake water, waste water and urine sample, respectively. Furthermore, the pre-concentration factor was 363.8, 356.1, 360.7 and 353.38 in distilled water, waste water, lake water and urine sample, respectively. SA-DSPE was successfully used for trace monitoring of diazinon in urine, lake and waste water samples. PMID:27495366

  10. A Novel and Alternative Treatment Method for Diabetic Heel Ulceration Exposing the Calcaneus Which Is Not Suitable for Flap Surgery: Vacuum Assisted Sandwich Dermal Matrix

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    Ugur A. Bingol

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Currently, free flaps and pedicled flaps are the first treatment choices for large heel ulcer reconstruction. However, flap reconstruction of heel ulcerations cannot be performed in all diabetics especially with concurrent severe peripheral vascular disease because of higher flap failure rate. In recent years, the use of acellular dermal matrix (ADM has emerged as an alternative treatment option for extremity ulcers. Methods. We present 13 diabetic patients with a large heel ulceration exposing the calcaneus, who were not eligible for flap surgery due to the presence of only one patent artery of trifurcation. These cases were treated with the vacuum assisted sandwich dermal matrix (VASDEM method. Results. None of the patients required amputation. Skin grafting was successful in ten patients. Although partial losses were observed in three patients, they were healed spontaneously without surgical interventions. During the follow-up period none of the patients developed ulceration on the treatment area. All patients maintained their preoperative ambulatory ability. Conclusion. VASDEM is a novel method offering opportunity for treatment before proceeding to amputation in diabetic heel ulceration exposing the calcaneus which is not suitable for flap surgery. It also has the potential to close wounds of all sizes independent of the vessel status and wound size in selected diabetic patients.

  11. A novel method of microwave heating mixed liquid-assisted regeneration of V₂O₅-WO₃/TiO₂ commercial SCR catalysts.

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    Qiu, Kunzan; Song, Jin; Song, Hao; Gao, Xiang; Luo, Zhongyang; Cen, Kefa

    2015-10-01

    An experimental study on the regeneration of deactivated SCR catalysts was carried out using a microwave-assisted method containing three steps of washing with mixed liquid of ethanol and water, impregnating, and drying. After the regeneration treatment, NO conversion at 320 °C increased from 39 to 90% and vanadium content increased by 62.2%, which were much higher than those regenerated by the traditional method. The more impregnated vanadium was due to the fact that the rapid evaporation of mixed liquid inside the catalyst channels led to the enlargement of surface areas by creating more pores on the catalysts. Meanwhile, with the increasing concentrations of ethanol, the heating rate of the mixed liquid increased, and the volume after complete evaporation of the mixed liquid was gradually reduced. Since higher heating rate and lager volume after the liquid evaporation could help to create more pores, therefore, when the volume ratio of ethanol/mixed solution was 20%, the catalyst obtained the maximum specific surface area, which significantly increased to ca. 123% compared with the deactivated catalyst. In addition, the catalyst dried by microwave exhibited better catalytic activity than that dried in conventional oven. Therefore, this method showed great potential in industrial applications.

  12. Selective synthesis of large diameter, highly conductive and high density single-walled carbon nanotubes by a thiophene-assisted chemical vapor deposition method on transparent substrates

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    Li, Jinghua; Otsuka, Keigo; Zhang, Xiao; Maruyama, Shigeo; Liu, Jie

    2016-07-01

    Selective synthesis of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with controlled properties is an important research topic for SWNT studies. Here we report a thiophene-assisted chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method to directly grow highly conductive SWNT thin films on substrates, including transparent ones. By adding low concentration thiophene into the carbon feedstock (ethanol), the as-prepared carbon nanotubes demonstrate an obvious up-shift in the diameter distribution while the single-walled structure is still retained. In the proposed mechanism, the change in the diameter is sourced from the increase in the carbon yield induced by the sulfur-containing compound. Such SWNTs are found to possess high conductivity with 95% SWNTs demonstrating on/off ratios lower than 100 in transistors. More importantly, it is further demonstrated that this method can be used to directly synthesize dense SWNT networks on transparent substrates which can be utilized as transparent conductive films (TCFs) with very high transparency. Such TCFs can be applied to fabricate a light modulating window as a proof-of-concept. The present work provides important insights into the growth mechanism of SWNTs and great potential for the preparation of TCFs with high scalability, easy operation and low cost.Selective synthesis of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with controlled properties is an important research topic for SWNT studies. Here we report a thiophene-assisted chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method to directly grow highly conductive SWNT thin films on substrates, including transparent ones. By adding low concentration thiophene into the carbon feedstock (ethanol), the as-prepared carbon nanotubes demonstrate an obvious up-shift in the diameter distribution while the single-walled structure is still retained. In the proposed mechanism, the change in the diameter is sourced from the increase in the carbon yield induced by the sulfur-containing compound. Such SWNTs are found to

  13. Ionic liquid ultrasound assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction method for preconcentration of trace amounts of rhodium prior to flame atomic absorption spectrometry determination

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    Molaakbari, Elaheh [Chemistry Department, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Young Research Society, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mostafavi, Ali, E-mail: mostafavi.ali@gmail.com [Chemistry Department, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Afzali, Daryoush [Environment and Nanochemistry Department, Research Institute of Environmental Science, International Center for Science, High Technology and Environmental Science, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mineral Industries Research Center, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-01-30

    In this article, we consider ionic liquid based ultrasound-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction of trace amounts of rhodium from aqueous samples and show that this is a fast and reliable sample pre-treatment for the determination of rhodium ions by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The Rh(III) was transferred into its complex with 2-(5-bromo-2-pyridylazo)-5-diethylamino phenol as a chelating agent, and an ultrasonic bath with the ionic liquid, 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium bis (trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide at room temperature was used to extract the analyte. The centrifuged rhodium complex was then enriched in the form of ionic liquid droplets and prior to its analysis by flame atomic absorption spectrometry, 300 {mu}L ethanol was added to the ionic liquid-rich phase. Finally, the influence of various parameters on the recovery of Rh(III) was optimized. Under optimum conditions, the calibration graph was linear in the range of 4.0-500.0 ng mL{sup -1}, the detection limit was 0.37 ng mL{sup -1} (3S{sub b}/m, n = 7) and the relative standard deviation was {+-}1.63% (n = 7, C = 200 ng mL{sup -1}). The results show that ionic liquid based ultrasound assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction, combined with flame atomic absorption spectrometry, is a rapid, simple, sensitive and efficient analytical method for the separation and determination of trace amounts of Rh(III) ions with minimum organic solvent consumption.

  14. A Generic, Computer-assisted Method for Rapid Vegetation Classification and Survey: Tropical and Temperate Case Studies

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    Andrew N. Gillison

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Standard methods of vegetation classification and survey tend to be either too broad for management purposes or too reliant on local species to support inter-regional comparisons. A new approach to this problem uses species-independent plant functional types with a wide spectrum of environmental sensitivity. By means of a rule set, plant functional types can be constructed according to specific combinations from within a generic set of 35 adaptive, morphological plant functional attributes. Each combination assumes that a vascular plant individual can be described as a "coherent" functional unit. When used together with vegetation structure, plant functional types facilitate rapid vegetation assessment that complements species-based data and makes possible uniform comparisons of vegetation response to environmental change within and between countries. Recently developed user-friendly software (VegClass facilitates data entry and the analysis of biophysical field records from a standardized, rapid, survey pro forma. Case studies are presented at a variety of spatial scales and for vegetation types ranging from species-poor arctic tundra to intensive, multitaxa, baseline biodiversity assessments in complex, humid tropical forests. These demonstrate how such data can be rapidly acquired, analyzed, and communicated to conservation managers. Sample databases are linked to downloadable software and a training manual.

  15. Preparation of High-Surface Area Nano-CeO2 by Template-Assisted Precipitation Method

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    2007-01-01

    The high-surface area nano-CeO2 was prepared by Ce(NO3)3 by precipitation method, with surfactant cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as templating agent. The effects of the precipitating agents, reaction temperature, ageing time, and calcination temperature on the surface area, as well as the pore structure and the mean crystallite size of nano-CeO2 were studied. It was found that the reaction of Ce(NO3)3 with NaOH in the presence of CTAB at 90 ℃ for 12 h yieldsed a cerium oxide/surfactant mixture, which after calcination at 400 ℃ resulted in high-surface area nano-CeO2. The mean crystallite size of CeO2 was approximately 6 nm, surface area was in excess of 200 m2·g-1, pore size was approximately 9 nm, and the pore distribution was concentrative. Moreover, the surface area can still reach 147 m2·g-1 after calcination at 700 ℃, which showed the good thermal stability of the CeO2. The number of oxygen vacancies in the structure of CeO2 corresponded with the surface area of CeO2, and the high surface area was propitious to the formation of oxygen vacancies.

  16. Hair Mercury Levels Detection in Fishermen from Sicily (Italy by ICP-MS Method after Microwave-Assisted Digestion

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    Giuseppe Giangrosso

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A number of ninety-six hair samples from Sicilian fishermen were examined for total mercury detection by an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS method. The mercury levels obtained were compared with mercury levels of 96 hair samples from a control group, in order to assess potential exposure to heavy metals of Sicilian fishermen due to fish consumption and closeness to industrial activities. Furthermore, the mercury levels obtained from hair samples were sorted by sampling area in order to verify the possible risks linked to the different locations. The overall mean concentration in the hair of the population of fishermen was 6.45±7.03 μg g−1, with a highest value in a fisherman of Sciacca (16.48 μg g−1. Hair mercury concentration in fishermen group was significantly higher than in control group (p0.05. The results of this study indicate a greater risk of exposure to mercury in Sicilian fishermen, in comparison to the control population, due to the high consumption of fish and the close relationship with sources of exposure (ports, dumps, etc..

  17. Surgical treatment about hollow eye socket after enucleation of eyeball and having orbital fracture under endoscope%眼眶骨折眼球摘除术后眼窝凹陷的鼻内镜下手术

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    李谊; 朱豫

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨在鼻内镜下,高密度多聚乙烯(Medpor)植入板联合羟基磷灰石(HA)义眼座植入治疗眼眶骨折眼球摘除后眼窝凹陷的临床效果.方法 对眼眶骨折眼球缺失后眼窝凹陷的156例先行HA义眼座Ⅰ期或Ⅱ期植入,后根据眶骨缺损情况在鼻内镜引导下以Medpor植入板填充修补.结果 156例均获良好效果,可见双眼外观基本对称,上眶区饱满无凹陷,患侧眶缘连续,外形良好.Medpor植入板植入后对义眼座活动度有显著性影响.结论 Medpor植入板眼眶填充联合HA义眼座眶内植入治疗合并眼眶骨折的眼窝凹陷效果良好;尤其是在鼻内镜引导下手术,更能使骨折断端达到完美的结合,并能避免损伤周围正常组织.%Objective To evaluate the clinical effect of the reconstruction of orbital socket with Medpor implant plate for the treatment of hollow eye socket after enucleation of eyeball and orbital fracture under endoscope.Methods 156 cases with hollow eye socket and orbital fracture had been implanted primarily or secondarily with Hydroxyapatite (HA) prosthesis under endoscope.Medpor implant plate reconstruction had been done according to the defection of the orbital bone.Results The results of 156 cases were satisfied,Both sides of the orbit were symmetric on appearance.Superior orbit was full and no depression.The hollow degree of the implants was also symmetric with the other eye.The orbital rims of the affected eye were continuous and in good shape,During the implantation of Medpor implant plate,it would owing significant effect to the motility of HA prosthesis.Conclusion Medpor implant plate should be good material for substitution of the bone,which has good tissue compatability,easy for shape and vascularization and much more better than other materials.Orbital socket reconstration by prosthesis implantation with hydroxyapatite prosthesis combine with Medpor implant plate for the treatment of hollow eye socket and

  18. Salting-out assisted extraction method coupled with hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography for determination of selected β-blockers and their metabolites in human urine.

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    Magiera, Sylwia; Kolanowska, Anna; Baranowski, Jacek

    2016-06-01

    In this study, a new analytical method was developed and validated for the simultaneous analysis of β-blockers (metoprolol, propranolol, carvedilol) and their metabolites (5'-hydroxycarvedilol, O-desmethylcarvedilol, α-hydroxymetoprolol, O-desmethylmetoprolol, 5-hydroxypropranolol) in human urine. A salting-out assisted liquid-liquid extraction (SALLE) procedure was used for sample preparation. Several parameters affecting the extraction efficiency and method sensitivity including the type and volume of the extraction solvent, the type and quantity of the inorganic salt, extraction time and sample pH were investigated. Hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography-ultraviolet detection (HILIC-UV) was used for the determination of all analytes. During method development, the effects of mobile phase components (type, pH, concentration of salt, organic modifier type and content, flow rate, column temperature) on the retention and separation of β-blockers and metabolites on the five different HILIC columns were examined. The method was linear for concentrations ranging from 0.1 to 8.0μg/mL, with determination coefficients higher than 0.993 for all analytes. The limits of quantification were in the range from 0.1 to 0.2μg/mL. Intra- and inter-day precision ranged from 0.1 to 8.9%, and accuracy was within±13% interval for all analytes. Under the optimized conditions, extraction efficiency was greater than 83.4% for determined compounds. The validated method was then applied to the measurement of β-blockers and their metabolites in human urine samples. PMID:27085018

  19. 经尿道2μm激光前列腺剜除术治疗良性前列腺增生的疗效分析%Transurethral prostate enucleation with 2 μm laser in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia

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    郭和清; 洪泉; 周高标; 刘红明; 孙斌; 潘广新; 穆大为; 严景民; 邢继章; 李迪

    2011-01-01

    Objective To investigate the feasibility and efficacy of transurethral prostate enucleation with 2 μm laser in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Methods One hundred and seven patients with BPH were treated by transurethral prostate enucleation with 2 μm laser under continuous epidural anesthesia or laryngeal mask anesthesia. The patient′s, average age was 67±9 yrs (52 to 85 yrs). Of whom, 10 patients had a history of urinary retention. The mean prostate volume was 72.5±17.6 ml (45 to 158 ml). Two deep trenches were cut at the 5 and 7 o, clock position from the bladder neck to the verumontanum. The incision continued to the urethral mucosa and submucosa along with the verumontanum bilaterally in an arc-shape and ended at the internal arc of urethral sphincter. Then the urethral mucosa at the level of the verumontanum was cut and the surgical capsule plane was identified. A retrograde blunt dissection was made along the surgical capsule plane with the resectoscope sheath front-end, and the sheath was swung from side to side to extend the capsule plane. The significantly enlarged middle lobe was treated with laser vaporization resection. In the same way, a trench was made at the 12 o, clock position, and the lateral lobe were removed by the sheath from the verumontanum level, finally only two cord-like pedicles were kept at the 1 and 11 o, clock position at the bladder neck, so that the removed gland tissue was fixed and hung in the gland fossa. For prostate volume less than 60 ml, the laser vaporization resection was carried out directly. If the prostate volume was greater than 60ml, transurethral resection would be performed instead of laser vaporization resection. With 4% mannitol irrigation, the enucleated prostate tissue was then cut into small pieces and washed out by a Braun plastic bottle through the resectoscope sheath. Intraoperative bleeding, operative time, catheterization time, postoperative voiding status, maximum urinary flow

  20. A Comparison of Fully Automated Methods of Data Analysis and Computer Assisted Heuristic Methods in an Electrode Kinetic Study of the Pathologically Variable [Fe(CN) 6 ] 3–/4– Process by AC Voltammetry

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    Morris, Graham P.

    2013-12-17

    Fully automated and computer assisted heuristic data analysis approaches have been applied to a series of AC voltammetric experiments undertaken on the [Fe(CN)6]3-/4- process at a glassy carbon electrode in 3 M KCl aqueous electrolyte. The recovered parameters in all forms of data analysis encompass E0 (reversible potential), k0 (heterogeneous charge transfer rate constant at E0), α (charge transfer coefficient), Ru (uncompensated resistance), and Cdl (double layer capacitance). The automated method of analysis employed time domain optimization and Bayesian statistics. This and all other methods assumed the Butler-Volmer model applies for electron transfer kinetics, planar diffusion for mass transport, Ohm\\'s Law for Ru, and a potential-independent Cdl model. Heuristic approaches utilize combinations of Fourier Transform filtering, sensitivity analysis, and simplex-based forms of optimization applied to resolved AC harmonics and rely on experimenter experience to assist in experiment-theory comparisons. Remarkable consistency of parameter evaluation was achieved, although the fully automated time domain method provided consistently higher α values than those based on frequency domain data analysis. The origin of this difference is that the implemented fully automated method requires a perfect model for the double layer capacitance. In contrast, the importance of imperfections in the double layer model is minimized when analysis is performed in the frequency domain. Substantial variation in k0 values was found by analysis of the 10 data sets for this highly surface-sensitive pathologically variable [Fe(CN) 6]3-/4- process, but remarkably, all fit the quasi-reversible model satisfactorily. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  1. 纵向超声波辅助微注塑方法%Longitudinal Ultrasound-Assisted Micro-Injection Moulding Method

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    仇中军; 郑辉; 房丰洲; 王寰宇

    2012-01-01

    Polymer melt flowing in micro/nano structures in micro-injection moulding is relatively insuffi-cient in mould filling, compared with that in a conventional injection moulding, since the flow resistance of polymer melt flowing in micro-channel is larger, and product quality is affected by uncertainty and non-uniformity of heat loss. In this paper, a longitudinal ultrasound-assisted micro-injection moulding method was proposed, the mechanism of ultrasonic vibration affecting polymer melt was presented, and the effects of ultrasonic amplitude transformer on stress condition, amplitude and resonance frequency were ana-lyzed. An ultrasound-assisted micro-injection moulding system was developed based on the simulation re-sult of micro-injection moulding process. The system decreased the viscosity of polymer melt and im-proved fluidity and mould filling capability due to the energy exchange between longitudinal ultrasound and polymer melt. In order to verify the effect of ultrasound-assisted micro-injection moulding, an ultra-sound-assisted micro-injection moulding experiment on Fresnel lens was conducted. Experimental results show that the mould filling capability of polymer melt in micro-injection moulding process is improved by 6. 91% with the same injection parameters.%微注塑过程中,聚合物熔体在微小腔体中流动时充模阻力比常规注塑大,这影响了熔体填充效果,同时热量损失的不均衡性和不确定性容易导致注塑精度不高.提出了纵向超声波辅助微注塑方法,并对超声波振动对聚合物熔体的作用机理进行了探讨,分析了超声换能器结构对应力、振幅和响应频率的影响.基于对微注塑过程的模拟结果,开发了纵向超声波辅助微注塑装置.通过在微注塑过程中纵向超声波对熔体的能量作用降低熔体黏度,改善了熔体流动和充填性能.为了验证超声波辅助微注塑的效果,进行了菲涅尔透镜实际注塑实验.实验结果表明,相

  2. Method development aspects for the quantitation of pharmaceutical compounds in human plasma with a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization source in the multiple reaction monitoring mode.

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    Kovarik, Peter; Grivet, Chantal; Bourgogne, Emmanuel; Hopfgartner, Gérard

    2007-01-01

    The present work investigates various method development aspects for the quantitative analysis of pharmaceutical compounds in human plasma using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization and multiple reaction monitoring (MALDI-MRM). Talinolol was selected as a model analyte. Liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) and protein precipitation were evaluated regarding sensitivity and throughput for the MALDI-MRM technique and its applicability without and with chromatographic separation. Compared to classical electrospray liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/ESI-MS) method development, with MALDI-MRM the tuning of the analyte in single MS mode is more challenging due to interfering matrix background ions. An approach is proposed using background subtraction. With LLE and using a 200 microL human plasma aliquot acceptable precision and accuracy could be obtained in the range of 1 to 1000 ng/mL without any LC separation. Approximately 3 s were required for one analysis. A full calibration curve and its quality control samples (20 samples) can be analyzed within 1 min. Combining LC with the MALDI analysis allowed improving the linearity down to 50 pg/mL, while reducing the throughput potential only by two-fold. Matrix effects are still a significant issue with MALDI but can be monitored in a similar way to that used for LC/ESI-MS analysis. PMID:17295425

  3. A phase separation method for analyses of fluoroquinones in meats based on ultrasound-assisted salt-induced liquid-liquid microextraction and a new integrated device.

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    Wang, Huili; Gao, Ming; Xu, Youqu; Wang, Wenwei; Zheng, Lian; Dahlgren, Randy A; Wang, Xuedong

    2015-08-01

    Herein, we developed a novel integrated device to perform phase separation based on ultrasound-assisted, salt-induced, liquid-liquid microextraction for determination of five fluoroquinones in meats by HPLC analysis. The novel integrated device consisted of three simple HDPE (high density polyethylene) parts that were used to separate the solvent from the aqueous solution prior to retrieving the extractant. The extraction parameters were optimized using the response surface method based on central composite design: 589μL of acetone solvent, pH2.1, 4.1min extraction time and 3.5g of Na2SO4. The limits of detection were 0.056-0.64 μgkg(-1) and recoveries were 87.2-110.6% for the five fluoroquinones in muscle tissue from fish, chicken, pork and beef. This method is easily constructed from inexpensive materials, extraction efficiency is high, and the approach is compatible with HPLC analysis. Thus, it has excellent prospects for sample pre-treatment and analysis of fluoroquinones in meat samples. PMID:25885797

  4. Preconcentration and determination of chlordiazepoxide and diazepam drugs using dispersive nanomaterial-ultrasound assisted microextraction method followed by high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Pebdani, A Amiri; Khodadoust, S; Talebianpoor, M S; Zargar, H R; Zarezade, V

    2016-01-01

    Benzodiazepines (BDs) are used widely in clinical practice, due to their multiple pharmacological functions. In this study a dispersive nanomaterial-ultrasound assisted- microextraction (DNUM) method followed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used for the preconcentration and determination of chlordiazepoxide and diazepam drugs from urine and plasma samples. Various parameters such as amount of adsorbent (mg: ZnS-AC), pH and ionic strength of sample solution, vortex and ultrasonic time (min), and desorption volume (mL) were investigated by fractional factorial design (FFD) and central composite design (CCD). Regression models and desirability functions (DF) were applied to find the best experimental conditions for providing the maximum extraction recovery (ER). Under the optimal conditions a linear calibration curve were obtained in the range of 0.005-10μgmL(-1) and 0.006-10μgmL(-1) for chlordiazepoxide and diazepam, respectively. To demonstrate the analytical performance, figures of merits of the proposed method in urine and plasma spiked with chlordiazepoxide and diazepam were investigated. The limits of detection of chlordiazepoxide and diazepam in urine and plasma were ranged from 0.0012 to 0.0015μgmL(-1), respectively.

  5. Preconcentration and determination of chlordiazepoxide and diazepam drugs using dispersive nanomaterial-ultrasound assisted microextraction method followed by high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Pebdani, A Amiri; Khodadoust, S; Talebianpoor, M S; Zargar, H R; Zarezade, V

    2016-01-01

    Benzodiazepines (BDs) are used widely in clinical practice, due to their multiple pharmacological functions. In this study a dispersive nanomaterial-ultrasound assisted- microextraction (DNUM) method followed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used for the preconcentration and determination of chlordiazepoxide and diazepam drugs from urine and plasma samples. Various parameters such as amount of adsorbent (mg: ZnS-AC), pH and ionic strength of sample solution, vortex and ultrasonic time (min), and desorption volume (mL) were investigated by fractional factorial design (FFD) and central composite design (CCD). Regression models and desirability functions (DF) were applied to find the best experimental conditions for providing the maximum extraction recovery (ER). Under the optimal conditions a linear calibration curve were obtained in the range of 0.005-10μgmL(-1) and 0.006-10μgmL(-1) for chlordiazepoxide and diazepam, respectively. To demonstrate the analytical performance, figures of merits of the proposed method in urine and plasma spiked with chlordiazepoxide and diazepam were investigated. The limits of detection of chlordiazepoxide and diazepam in urine and plasma were ranged from 0.0012 to 0.0015μgmL(-1), respectively. PMID:26655106

  6. Effect of hydrofluoric acid concentration on the evolution of photoluminescence characteristics in porous silicon nanowires prepared by Ag-assisted electroless etching method

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    Najar, Adel

    2012-01-01

    We report on the structural and optical properties of porous silicon nanowires (PSiNWs) fabricated using silver (Ag) ions assisted electroless etching method. Silicon nanocrystallites with sizes <5 nm embedded in amorphous silica have been observed from PSiNW samples etched using the optimum hydrofluoric acid (HF) concentration. The strongest photoluminescence (PL) signal has been measured from samples etched with 4.8 M of HF, beyond which a significant decreasing in PL emission intensity has been observed. A qualitative model is proposed for the formation of PSiNWs in the presence of Ag catalyst. This model affirms our observations in PL enhancement for samples etched using HF <4.8 M and the eventual PL reduction for samples etched beyond 4.8 M of HF concentration. The enhancement in PL signals has been associated to the formation of PSiNWs and the quantum confinement effect in the Si nanocrystallites. Compared to PSiNWs without Si-O x, the HF treated samples exhibited significant blue PL peak shift of 100 nm. This effect has been correlated to the formation of defect states in the surface oxide. PSiNWs fabricated using the electroless etching method can find useful applications in optical sensors and as anti-reflection layer in silicon-based solar cells. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.

  7. Investigating Urinary Conditions Prior to Robot-assisted Radical Prostatectomy in Search of a Desirable Method for Evaluating Post-prostatectomy Incontinence.

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    Kadono, Yoshifumi; Nohara, Takahiro; Kadomoto, Suguru; Nakashima, Kazufumi; Iijima, Masashi; Shigehara, Kazuyoshi; Narimoto, Kazutaka; Izumi, Kouji; Mizokami, Atsushi

    2016-08-01

    The aims of the study were to investigate desirable evaluation methods for post-prostatectomy incontinence (PPI) by analyzing the urinary status before robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP).Questionnaires were evaluated from 155 patients prior to operation. The 24-h pad test before RARP revealed a weight of 1.1 g. The mean scores were as follows: total International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire-Short Form (ICIQ-SF) score, 1.2; total International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), 10.0; IPSS quality of life, 2.7; Overactive Bladder Symptom Score (OABSS), 2.9; and Expanded Prostate Cancer Index Composite urinary summary, 92.8. The abdominal leak point pressure test in 111 patients before RARP was negative in all cases. Desirable evaluation methods for PPI should be based on a combination of subjective and objective evaluations and comparisons between pre- and post-RP. ICIQ-SF is considerably convenient for evaluating incontinence, and the 24-h pad test enables evaluation of the incontinence volume in a highly objective manner. PMID:27466547

  8. A Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry Method for the Identification of Anthraquinones: the Case of Historical Lakes

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    Sabatini, Francesca; Lluveras-Tenorio, Anna; Degano, Ilaria; Kuckova, Stepanka; Krizova, Iva; Colombini, Maria Perla

    2016-08-01

    This study deals with the identification of anthraquinoid molecular markers in standard dyes, reference lakes, and paint model systems using a micro-invasive and nondestructive technique such as matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight-mass spectrometry (MALDI-ToF-MS). Red anthraquinoid lakes, such as madder lake, carmine lake, and Indian lac, have been the most widely used for painting purposes since ancient times. From an analytical point of view, identifying lakes in paint samples is challenging and developing methods that maximize the information achievable minimizing the amount of sample needed is of paramount importance. The employed method was tested on less than 0.5 mg of reference samples and required a minimal sample preparation, entailing a hydrofluoric acid extraction. The method is fast and versatile because of the possibility to re-analyze the same sample (once it has been spotted on the steel plate), testing both positive and negative modes in a few minutes. The MALDI mass spectra collected in the two analysis modes were studied and compared with LDI and simulated mass spectra in order to highlight the peculiar behavior of the anthraquinones in the MALDI process. Both ionization modes were assessed for each species. The effect of the different paint binders on dye identification was also evaluated through the analyses of paint model systems. In the end, the method was successful in detecting madder lake in archeological samples from Greek wall paintings and on an Italian funerary clay vessel, demonstrating its capabilities to identify dyes in small amount of highly degraded samples.

  9. A Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry Method for the Identification of Anthraquinones: the Case of Historical Lakes

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    Sabatini, Francesca; Lluveras-Tenorio, Anna; Degano, Ilaria; Kuckova, Stepanka; Krizova, Iva; Colombini, Maria Perla

    2016-11-01

    This study deals with the identification of anthraquinoid molecular markers in standard dyes, reference lakes, and paint model systems using a micro-invasive and nondestructive technique such as matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight-mass spectrometry (MALDI-ToF-MS). Red anthraquinoid lakes, such as madder lake, carmine lake, and Indian lac, have been the most widely used for painting purposes since ancient times. From an analytical point of view, identifying lakes in paint samples is challenging and developing methods that maximize the information achievable minimizing the amount of sample needed is of paramount importance. The employed method was tested on less than 0.5 mg of reference samples and required a minimal sample preparation, entailing a hydrofluoric acid extraction. The method is fast and versatile because of the possibility to re-analyze the same sample (once it has been spotted on the steel plate), testing both positive and negative modes in a few minutes. The MALDI mass spectra collected in the two analysis modes were studied and compared with LDI and simulated mass spectra in order to highlight the peculiar behavior of the anthraquinones in the MALDI process. Both ionization modes were assessed for each species. The effect of the different paint binders on dye identification was also evaluated through the analyses of paint model systems. In the end, the method was successful in detecting madder lake in archeological samples from Greek wall paintings and on an Italian funerary clay vessel, demonstrating its capabilities to identify dyes in small amount of highly degraded samples.

  10. Development of sample preparation method for auxin analysis in plants by vacuum microwave-assisted extraction combined with molecularly imprinted clean-up procedure.

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    Hu, Yuling; Li, Yuanwen; Zhang, Yi; Li, Gongke; Chen, Yueqin

    2011-04-01

    A novel sample preparation method for auxin analysis in plant samples was developed by vacuum microwave-assisted extraction (VMAE) followed by molecularly imprinted clean-up procedure. The method was based on two steps. In the first one, conventional solvent extraction was replaced by VMAE for extraction of auxins from plant tissues. This step provided efficient extraction of 3-indole acetic acid (IAA) from plant with dramatically decreased extraction time, furthermore prevented auxins from degradation by creating a reduced oxygen environment under vacuum condition. In the second step, the raw extract of VMAE was further subjected to a clean-up procedure by magnetic molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) beads. Owing to the high molecular recognition ability of the magnetic MIP beads for IAA and 3-indole-butyric acid (IBA), the two target auxins in plants can be selectively enriched and the interfering substance can be eliminated by dealing with a magnetic separation procedure. Both the VMAE and the molecularly imprinted clean-up conditions were investigated. The proposed sample preparation method was coupled with high-performance liquid chromatogram and fluorescence detection for determination of IAA and IBA in peas and rice. The detection limits obtained for IAA and IBA were 0.47 and 1.6 ng/mL and the relative standard deviation were 2.3% and 2.1%, respectively. The IAA contents in pea seeds, pea embryo, pea roots and rice seeds were determined. The recoveries were ranged from 70.0% to 85.6%. The proposed method was also applied to investigate the developmental profiles of IAA concentration in pea seeds and rice seeds during seed germination. PMID:20953778

  11. RecceMan: an interactive recognition assistance for image-based reconnaissance: synergistic effects of human perception and computational methods for object recognition, identification, and infrastructure analysis

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    El Bekri, Nadia; Angele, Susanne; Ruckhäberle, Martin; Peinsipp-Byma, Elisabeth; Haelke, Bruno

    2015-10-01

    This paper introduces an interactive recognition assistance system for imaging reconnaissance. This system supports aerial image analysts on missions during two main tasks: Object recognition and infrastructure analysis. Object recognition concentrates on the classification of one single object. Infrastructure analysis deals with the description of the components of an infrastructure and the recognition of the infrastructure type (e.g. military airfield). Based on satellite or aerial images, aerial image analysts are able to extract single object features and thereby recognize different object types. It is one of the most challenging tasks in the imaging reconnaissance. Currently, there are no high potential ATR (automatic target recognition) applications available, as consequence the human observer cannot be replaced entirely. State-of-the-art ATR applications cannot assume in equal measure human perception and interpretation. Why is this still such a critical issue? First, cluttered and noisy images make it difficult to automatically extract, classify and identify object types. Second, due to the changed warfare and the rise of asymmetric threats it is nearly impossible to create an underlying data set containing all features, objects or infrastructure types. Many other reasons like environmental parameters or aspect angles compound the application of ATR supplementary. Due to the lack of suitable ATR procedures, the human factor is still important and so far irreplaceable. In order to use the potential benefits of the human perception and computational methods in a synergistic way, both are unified in an interactive assistance system. RecceMan® (Reconnaissance Manual) offers two different modes for aerial image analysts on missions: the object recognition mode and the infrastructure analysis mode. The aim of the object recognition mode is to recognize a certain object type based on the object features that originated from the image signatures. The

  12. Photocatalytic hydrogen generation over porous ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} microspheres synthesized via a CPBr-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Bai, Xuefeng, E-mail: bxuefeng@163.net [Institute of Petrochemistry, Heilongjiang Academy of Sciences, Harbin 150040 (China); School of Chemistry and Materials, Heilongjiang University, Harbin 150070 (China); Li, Jinshu [School of Chemistry and Materials, Heilongjiang University, Harbin 150070 (China)

    2011-07-15

    Graphical abstract: ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} porous microspheres were synthesized via a cetylpyridinium bromide (CPBr)-assisted hydrothermal method. It could be seen from the SEM image that the flowerlike microspheres were composed of numerous nanosheets. Many slit-like pores were formed among the curved nanosheets. The porous structure benefited the adsorption of reactants, the diffuseness of products, the charge separation on surface, the transfer of the interfacial charge carriers and the charge carrier trapping. And porous ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} photocatalyst exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than nonporous ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} material. Highlights: {yields} A series of unique flower-like porous ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} microspheres of hexagonal crystal phase as efficient visible-light photocatalysts have been synthesized through CPBr-assisted hydrothermal method. {yields} The CPBr addition would visibly influence the self-assemble growing and the crystal structure including the position and intensity of some peaks. {yields} We also found that the pH value plays a crucial role in the formation of ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} porous microspheres and the influence of the pH on the structure of product has been first reported in our paper. {yields} The results showed that our as-synthesized porous ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} microspheres possessed a specific surface area of 165.4 m{sup 2} g{sup -1} and performed higher visible-light photocatalytic activity than bulk ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} for hydrogen evolution. The maximum H{sub 2} evolution rate of ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} reaches 1544.8 {mu}mol/(h g). -- Abstract: Hexagonal ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} porous microspheres were synthesized via a cetylpyridinium bromide (CPBr)-assisted hydrothermal method. The structure, morphology and optical property of these prepared products were characterized by wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXRD), small angle X-ray diffraction (SAXRD), UV-Vis diffusive reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), field emission scanning

  13. Artificial eye amplitudes and characteristics in enucleated socket with porous polyethylene spherical and quad-motility implant Amplitude de movimento e características das próteses oculares em cavidades enucleadas com implante de polietileno poroso esférico e "quad-motility"

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    Lucia Miriam Dumont Lucci

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To compare artificial eye amplitudes in enucleated socket with porous polyethylene either spherical or quad-motility implant and study the characteristics of artificial eyes fit with the two orbital implants. METHODS: A total of 21 patients were prospectively studied who underwent enucleation because of an intraocular melanoma and the randomization defined a porous polyethylene either spherical or quad-motility orbital implant. Measurements of the amplitude of the artificial eye were obtained with prism and digital photos. The software Scion Image analyzed the digital photos (www.scioncorp.com and the quantitative data were allocated to groups. The measurements (height, length, thickness and weight of the 21 artificial eyes were analyzed. Student's t-test was performed to determine the significance of difference between groups (p0.05 for all directions. On analyzing the digital photos, the artificial eye with spherical implant showed higher artificial eye amplitude downward (p=0.009 among patients older than 55 years old, rightward (p=0.036 and downward (p=0.008 among the 9 patients with enucleated right eye. Height and length were similar in the 21 artificial eyes but those artificial eyes fit with quad-motility orbital implants were statistically significant thicker (pOBJETIVOS: Comparar a amplitude de movimento da prótese ocular em cavidade enucleada e com implante orbitário esférico e "quad-motility" e estudar as características das próteses oculares adaptadas com os dois modelos de implantes orbitários. MÉTODOS: Vinte e um pacientes foram prospectivamente estudados após a enucleação devido a melanoma intra-ocular e cuja randomização definiu o implante orbitário de polietileno poroso nos modelos esférico e "quad-motility". Medidas da amplitude da prótese ocular foram obtidas com prisma e fotografia digital. O programa Scion Image analisou as fotos digitais (www.scioncorp.com e os resultados foram distribuídos por

  14. Limited Evidence for Robot-assisted Surgery

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    Broholm, Malene; Onsberg Hansen, Iben; Rosenberg, Jacob

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE: To evaluate available evidence on robot-assisted surgery compared with open and laparoscopic surgery. METHOD: The databases Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Library were systematically searched for randomized controlled trials comparing robot-assisted surgery with open and laparoscopic...

  15. Ultrasound-assisted extraction of azadirachtin from dried entire fruits of Azadirachta indica A. Juss. (Meliaceae) and its determination by a validated HPLC-PDA method.

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    de Paula, Joelma Abadia Marciano; Brito, Lucas Ferreira; Caetano, Karen Lorena Ferreira Neves; de Morais Rodrigues, Mariana Cristina; Borges, Leonardo Luiz; da Conceição, Edemilson Cardoso

    2016-03-01

    Azadirachta indica A. Juss., also known as neem, is a Meliaceae family tree from India. It is globally known for the insecticidal properties of its limonoid tetranortriterpenoid derivatives, such as azadirachtin. This work aimed to optimize the azadirachtin ultrasound-assisted extraction (UAE) and validate the HPLC-PDA analytical method for the measurement of this marker in neem dried fruit extracts. Box-Behnken design and response surface methodology (RSM) were used to investigate the effect of process variables on the UAE. Three independent variables, including ethanol concentration (%, w/w), temperature (°C), and material-to-solvent ratio (gmL(-1)), were studied. The azadirachtin content (µgmL(-1)), i.e., dependent variable, was quantified by the HPLC-PDA analytical method. Isocratic reversed-phase chromatography was performed using acetonitrile/water (40:60), a flow of 1.0mLmin(-1), detection at 214nm, and C18 column (250×4.6mm(2), 5µm). The primary validation parameters were determined according to ICH guidelines and Brazilian legislation. The results demonstrated that the optimal UAE condition was obtained with ethanol concentration range of 75-80% (w/w), temperature of 30°C, and material-to-solvent ratio of 0.55gmL(-1). The HPLC-PDA analytical method proved to be simple, selective, linear, precise, accurate and robust. The experimental values of azadirachtin content under optimal UAE conditions were in good agreement with the RSM predicted values and were superior to the azadirachtin content of percolated extract. Such findings suggest that UAE is a more efficient extractive process in addition to being simple, fast, and inexpensive. PMID:26717816

  16. The Comparison of Learning Radiographic Extraoral Anatomic Landmarks through Lecture and blended method(Computer-Assisted teaching and Lecture:An interventional Study

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    T ahmine Razi

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: One of the main problems in learning extraoral radiographic anatomic indexes is the long interval between presentation of radiology and human anatomy courses, resulting in forgetting anatomic regions. Therefore, radiographic indexes are formed as complete abstract and transient images in students’ minds; as a result, their learning and retention decrease. The aim of this study was to compare lecture with combination of computer-assisted learning and lecture of extra-oral radiographic landmarks among dental students. Methods: This interventional study was carried out in 2009 on 51 dental students of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences. Students were randomly allocated into two groups. The first group was taught through a teaching method which involved lectures in the classroom. In the second group, a CD was given to the students. The teaching was accomplished through presentation using skull. Six months after finishing the teaching, both groups took a similar test for evaluation of long term learning. The data was analyzed by SPSS 16 using U Mann-Whitney test. Results: There was no significant differences in the mean scores between the two groups in the first exam after teaching (P=0.13, yet it was significant in the second exam (regarding retention (P=0.006, and average of non-traditional teaching method group (20.89±10.23 was higher than that of lecture group (13.48±6.39. Conclusion: Based on the results, non-traditional technique of teaching was not more effective than the lecture in short-term learning but in longterm learning, non-traditional technique was more effective than the lecture.

  17. Simultaneous screening and determination eight phthalates in plastic products for food use by sonication-assisted extraction/GC-MS methods.

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    Shen, Hao-Yu

    2005-04-30

    Studies on determination of eight kinds of phthalates, e.g. di-ethyl phthalate (DEP), di-propyl phthalate (DPP), di-isobutyl phthalate (DIBP), di-butyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), di-cyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP), di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), di-octyl phthalate (DOP), in 25 kinds of plastic products for food use, including packaging bags, packaging film, containers, boxes for microwave oven use, sucking tubes, spoons, cups, plates, etc. by gas chromatography in combination with mass spectrometry detector (GC-MS) in electronic ionisation mode (EI) with selected-ion monitoring (SIM) acquisition method (GC-MS (EI-SIM)) have been carried out. Methods have been developed for both qualitative and quantitative analysis of phthalates. Extraction, clean-up and analysis procedure have been optimized. Determination of samples were performed after frozen in liquid nitrogen and sonication-assisted extraction with hexane, clean-up with LC-C18 SPE and analyzed by GC-MS methods. The base peak (m/z=149) of all the phthalates was selected for the screening studies. The characteristic ions, 121, 177, 222 for DEP; 191, 209 for DPP; 57, 223 for DIBP; 104 for DBP; 91, 132, 206 for BBP; 55, 167 for DCHP; 113, 167, 279 for DEHP; 279 for DOP were chosen for quantitative studies. These techniques are possible to detect phthalates at the level of 10.0mug/kg. Overall recoveries were 82-106% with R.S.D. values at 3.8-10.2%. Only one of the 25 examined samples was free from phthalates. The rest 24 samples were found to contain at least three or more of these phthalates. The predominant phthalate detected in the studied samples was DEHP.

  18. Determination of total lead in lipstick: development and validation of a microwave-assisted digestion, inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometric method.

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    Hepp, Nancy M; Mindak, William R; Cheng, John

    2009-01-01

    Recent reports describing the presence of lead (Pb) in lipsticks have suggested that, under ordinary use, the potential amount of Pb exposure is harmful. To permit independent assessment of the Pb contamination, a method for determining total Pb in lipstick using microwave-assisted digestion and analysis employing inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was developed and validated. Since lipsticks may contain fats, oils, pigments, dyes, and minerals, several reference materials (RM) were analyzed, including coal, wear metals in oil, organic Pb in oil, milk powder, and estuarine sediment. With the exception of the RM with mineral content (estuarine sediment), complete recovery of Pb from the RMs was obtained by simple nitric acid (HNO(3)) digestion. Complete recovery of Pb from estuarine sediment was achieved only when hydrofluoric acid (HF) was added to the digestion mix, followed by treatment with excess boric acid (H(3)BO(3)) to neutralize the HF and to dissolve insoluble fluorides. Commercial lipsticks were tested for total Pb by the validated method. The detection limit was estimated to be 0.04 microg Pb/g. The average value obtained for the lipsticks was 1.07 microg/g. Undigested material was present in some lipstick digests when only HNO(3) was used, and generally lower Pb values were obtained. All of the Pb levels found by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were within the range the agency would expect to find in lipsticks formulated with permitted color additives and other ingredients prepared under good manufacturing practice (GMP) conditions. This method will be useful for the FDA and industry in helping to ensure the safety of cosmetic products. PMID:19691936

  19. Effects of activated carbon characteristics on the electrosorption capacity of titanium dioxide/activated carbon composite electrode materials prepared by a microwave-assisted ionothermal synthesis method.

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    Liu, Po-I; Chung, Li-Ching; Ho, Chia-Hua; Shao, Hsin; Liang, Teh-Ming; Horng, Ren-Yang; Chang, Min-Chao; Ma, Chen-Chi M

    2015-05-15

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2)/ activated carbon (AC) composite materials, as capacitive deionization electrodes, were prepared by a two-step microwave-assisted ionothermal synthesis method. The electrosorption capacity of the composite electrodes was studied and the effects of AC characteristics were explored. These effects were investigated by multiple analytical techniques, including X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermogravimetry analysis and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, etc. The experimental results indicated that the electrosorption capacity of the TiO2/AC composite electrode is dependent on the characteristics of AC including the pore structure and the surface property. An enhancement in electrosorption capacity was observed for the TiO2/AC composite electrode prepared from the AC with higher mesopore content and less hydrophilic surface. This enhancement is due to the deposition of anatase TiO2 with suitable amount of Ti-OH. On the other hand, a decline in electrosorption capacity was observed for the TiO2/AC composite electrode prepared from the AC with higher micropore content and highly hydrophilic surface. High content of hydrogen bond complex formed between the functional group on hydrophilic surface with H2O, which will slow down the TiO2 precursor-H2O reaction. In such situation, the effect of TiO2 becomes unfavorable as the loading amount of TiO2 is less and the micropore can also be blocked. PMID:25576198

  20. Effect of microwave power on the morphology and optical property of zinc oxide nano-structures prepared via a microwave-assisted aqueous solution method

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    The effect of the microwave power on the morphology and optical properties of zinc oxide nanostructures prepared using a microwave-assisted aqueous solution method has been investigated. The ZnO nanostructures were synthesized from zinc chloride and sodium hydroxide mixed aqueous solutions exposed for 5 min to microwave radiation at four different powers, namely 150, 450, 700 and 1000 W. The morphologies of the samples have been characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results showed that the power of microwave radiation influenced the shape and size of the synthesized nanostructures. It is also found that the average particle size of nanostructures decreased with decreasing microwave power. The results of X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed that all the as-prepared ZnO nanostructures are in crystalline form with high purity. The infrared (IR) spectra indicated that the as-prepared nano ZnO product can be used as infrared gas sensors such as an infrared carbon dioxide (CO2) and/or CO sensor. Optical properties of the as-prepared ZnO nanostructures were investigated by UV-vis spectroscopy and showed that the optical properties of as-synthesized ZnO samples are sensitive to the variation of the power of microwave radiation.

  1. Structural and electrochemical properties of V2O5 and AgxV2O5 nanowries prepared by template assisted method

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    Sahana, M. B.; Sudakar, C.; Naik, R.; Naik, V. M.

    2009-03-01

    Vanadium pentaoxide and silver vanadium oxides are promising cathode materials for lithium ion battery as it allows easy intercalation/deintercalation of Li+ due its open layered structure. During Li+ intercalation energy is stored as chemical potential and during deintercalation the energy is released as electricity. Because of the large surface area nanostructured materials have enhanced energy storage capacity. We have prepared V2O5 and AgxV2O5 (x= 0.1, 0.5) nanowires by template assisted method using radiation track etched hydrophilic PC membrane. The nanowires were grown on ITO coated glass substrates for optical analysis and on stainless steel substrate for XRD, SEM, Raman and electrochemical measurements. The effects of Ag doping on the electrochemical properties of V2O5 nanowires were investigated using a three electrode cell with nanowries as working electrode and Li as counter and reference electrode and lithium perchlorate in propylene carbonate as the electrolyte. The electrochemical characteristics of V2O5 and AgxV2O5 nanowries such as lithium intercalation capacity, cyclic stability and diffusion coefficient will be presented.

  2. Structural and optical characterization of CuInS{sub 2} quantum dots synthesized by microwave-assisted continuous flow methods

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    Fitzmorris, Robert C.; Oleksak, Richard P.; Zhou, Zheng [Oregon State University, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering (United States); Mangum, Benjamin D.; Kurtin, Juanita N. [Pacific Light Technologies (United States); Herman, Gregory S., E-mail: greg.herman@oregonstate.edu [Oregon State University, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering (United States)

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    Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) have recently been incorporated into consumer displays and lighting technologies. Now that these materials are being produced on industrial scales, it is important to investigate scalable synthetic methods and less toxic materials and chemistries. To achieve these goals, we have synthesized cadmium-free, visible light-emitting QDs using a microwave-assisted continuous flow reactor. After synthesis, the CuInS{sub 2} QD cores underwent a near-complete Zn cation exchange reaction in a batch reactor, followed by the growth of a ZnS shell. Analysis of X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy data indicate that the crystal structure changes from CuInS{sub 2} (chalcopyrite) to ZnS (zincblende) during the cation exchange reaction. Compositional analysis indicated that the core/shell QDs were ∼98 % ZnS, with Cu and In present at much lower concentrations. The photoluminescence (PL) peak position was blue shifted for longer cation exchange reactions, and it was found that the ZnS shell was necessary for improved PL stability. The synthesized QDs have a PL down conversion efficiency of ∼65 % when using a blue LED source.

  3. Enhanced photoluminescence of SrWO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} red phosphor synthesized by mechanochemically assisted solid state metathesis reaction method at room temperature

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    Peter, Anthuvan John, E-mail: quantajohn@gmail.com; Banu, I. B. Shameem [Department of Physics, B. S. Abdur Rahman University, Vandalur, Chennai, Tamilnadu (India)

    2015-06-24

    Optically efficient europium activated alkaline earth metal tungstate nano phosphor (SrWO{sub 4}) with different doping concentrations have been synthesized by mechanochemically assisted solid state metathesis reaction at room temperature for the first time. The XRD and Raman spectra results indicated that the prepared powders exhibit a scheelite-type tetragonal structure. FTIR spectra exhibited a high absorption band situated at around 854 cm{sup −1}, which was ascribed to the W–O antisymmetric stretching vibrations into the [WO{sub 4}]{sup 2−} tetrahedron groups. Analysis of the emission spectra with different Eu{sup 3+} concentrations revealed that the optimum dopant concentration for SrWO{sub 4}: x Eu{sup 3+} phosphor is about 8 mol% of Eu{sup 3+}.The red emission intensity of the SSM prepared SrWO{sub 4}: 0.08Eu{sup 3+} phosphors are 2 times greater than that of the commercial Y{sub 2}O{sub 2}S: Eu{sup 3+} red phosphor prepared by the conventional solid state reaction method. All the results indicate that the phosphor is a promising red phosphor pumped by NUV InGaN chip for fabricating WLED.

  4. Photoluminescence properties of NaY(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} phosphor synthesized by microwave assisted hydrothermal method

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    Li, Yuntong; Liu, Xiaohua, E-mail: xhliuxhliu@tom.com

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • We synthesize novel NaY(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} phosphors by the microwave hydrothermal method. • We observe and explain the subtle effect of reacting temperature on crystallinity. • NaY(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} has a potential application as a red emitting phosphor. - Abstract: The Eu{sup 3+}-doped NaY(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors with a scheelite structure were synthesized using the microwave assisted hydrothermal process without further sintering treatment. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) analysis indicates that the as-prepared products keep the tetragonal structure of NaY(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images show that with prolonging the reaction time the morphologies of NaY{sub 0.9}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}:0.1Eu{sup 3+} phosphors evolve from rice-like to cubic micro-structure. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra demonstrate that the phosphors emit strong red light centered at 615 nm corresponding to {sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub 2} transition of Eu{sup 3+} ion under 465 nm excitation, which is in good agreement with the emission wavelength from blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs)

  5. A method to detect metal-drug complexes and their interactions with pathogenic bacteria via graphene nanosheet assist laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry and biosensors

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    Abdelhamid, Hani Nasser [Department of Chemistry, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, 804, Taiwan (China); Wu, Hui-Fen, E-mail: hwu@faculty.nsysu.edu.tw [Department of Chemistry, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, 804, Taiwan (China); School of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, 800, Taiwan (China); Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, 804, Taiwan (China); Doctoral Degree Program in Marine Biotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, 804, Taiwan (China)

    2012-11-02

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Probe transition metals-complexes based on noncovalent functionalized graphene for MALDI-MS. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Study interaction of transition metals complexes with pathogenic bacteria. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Propose a new biosensor for two pathogenic bacteria. - Abstract: A new method was proposed to probe the interactions between transition metals of Fe(II), Fe(III), Cu(II) with a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), flufenamic acid (FF) using graphene as a matrix for Graphene assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (GALDI-MS). Metal-drug complexation was confirmed via UV absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, pH meter, and change in solution conductivity. The optimal molar ratios for these complexation interactions are stoichiometry 1:2 in both Cu(II) and Fe(II) complexes, and 1:3 in Fe(III) complexes at physiological pH (7.4). Metal complexation of the drug could enhance fluorescence for 20 fold which is due to the charge transfer reaction or increase rigidity of the drug. The main interaction between graphene and flufenamic acid is the {Pi}-{Pi} interaction which allows us to probe the metal-drug complexation. The GALDI-MS could sensitively detect the drug at m/z 281.0 Da (protonated molecule) with detection limit 2.5 pmol (1.0 {mu}M) and complexation at m/z 661.0, 654.0 and 933.0 Da corresponding to [Cu(II)(FF){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2} + H]{sup +}, [Fe(II)(FF){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2} + H]{sup +} and [Fe(III) (FF){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2} + H]{sup +}, respectively (with limit of detection (LOD) 2.0 pmol (10.0 {mu}M). Matrix assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) spectra show change in the protein profile of intact pathogenic bacteria (Pseudomonas aeroginosa, Staphylococcus aureus). The change in the ionization ability (mainly proton affinity) of pathogenic bacteria may be due to the interactions between the bacteria with the drug (or its

  6. 气动-引力辅助轨道机动轨迹优化方法%Trajectory Optimization Method of Aero-Gravity Assist Orbital Maneuver

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    张万里; 王常虹; 夏红伟; 解伟男

    2011-01-01

    In order to achieve the orbit maneuver and save the fuel consumption in the space travel mission of spacecrafts, the dynamic equations and performance index functions of aero-gravity assist ( AGA) maneuver were established under the terminal constraints and path constraints. The continuous two-point boundary value problem was converted to the equivalent nonlinear programming problem using the pseudospectral method, and the optimal trajectories corresponding to the maximum and minimum heliocentric velocities of the spacecraft were obtained with SNOPT software. Finally, a simulation was made for the trajectory optimization algorithm, and the variation of optimal trajectories under the peak constraint of heat flow rate was obtained. The results show that the maximum velocity deviation is 0.009 m/s when the number of nodes is 40, which satisfy the convergence precision demand. In the AGA maneuver, the maximum heliocentric velocity increases by 8.02% , the minimum heliocentric velocity reduces by 32.26% , and the corresponding deflection angles increase by 42.74° and 68.40°, respectively, when compared with those in the gravity-assist orbit maneuver. When the peak heat flow rate is 500 W/( cm2 · s) , the depth of spacecraft into the atmosphere, the heliocentric velocity, and the deflection angle reduce 6.35 km, 93 m/s, and 6°, respectively, compared with those without heat flow rate constraint.%为使航天器在星际航行中实现轨道机动且有效节省燃料,建立了ACA( aero-gravity assist)机动的动力学方程和性能指标函数,给出终端约束和路径约束条件,用拟谱法将连续两点边值问题转换为等价的非线性规划问题,应用SNOPT软件求出飞行器最大化日心速度和最小化日心速度对应的最优轨迹,最后对轨迹优化算法进行了仿真,得出在热流速率峰值约束下的最优轨迹变化规律.结果表明,节点数为40时,最大速度偏差为0.009 m/s,满足收敛精度要求;与引力辅

  7. Effect of antimicrobials applied on the surface of beef subprimals via an air-assisted electrostatic spraying system(ESS)or the Sprayed Lethality in Container(SLIC)method to control Shiga toxin-producing cells of Escherichia

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    We evaluated the efficacy of an air-assisted electrostatic spraying system (ESS) and/or the Sprayed Lethality in Container (SLIC®) method to deliver antimicrobials onto the surface of beef subprimals to reduce levels of Shiga toxin-producing cells of Escherichia coli (STEC). In brief, beef subprimal...

  8. Application of ZnO nanorods loaded on activated carbon for ultrasonic assisted dyes removal: Experimental design and derivative spectrophotometry method.

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    Ansari, Fatemeh; Ghaedi, Mehrorang; Taghdiri, Mehdi; Asfaram, Arash

    2016-11-01

    A method based on application of ZnO nanorods loaded on activated carbon (ZnO-NRs-AC) for adsorption of Bromocresol Green (BCG) and Eosin Y (EY) accelerated by ultrasound was described. The present material was synthesized under ultrasound assisted wet-chemical method and subsequently was characterized by FE-SEM, TEM, BET and XRD analysis. The extent of contribution of conventional variables like pH (2.0-10.0), BCG concentration (4-20mgL(-1)), EY concentration (3-23mgL(-1)), adsorbent dosage (0.01-0.03g), sonication time (1-5min) and centrifuge time (2-6min) as main and interaction part were investigated by central composite design under response surface methodology. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was adapted to experimental data and guide the best operational conditions mass by set at 6.0, 9mgL(-1), 10mgL(-1), 0.02g, 4 and 4min for pH, BCG concentration, EY concentration, adsorbent dosage, sonication and centrifuge time, respectively. At these specified conditions dye adsorption efficiency was higher than 99.5%. The suitability and well prediction of optimum point was tested by conducting five experiments and respective results revel that RSD% was lower than 3% and high quality of fitting was confirmed by t-test. The experimental data were best fitted in Langmuir isotherm equation and the removal followed pseudo second order kinetics. The experimentally obtained maximum adsorption capacities were estimated as 57.80 and 61.73mgg(-1) of ZnO-NRs-AC for BCG and EY respectively from binary dye solutions. The mechanism of removal was explained by boundary layer diffusion via intraparticle diffusion. PMID:27245971

  9. Evaluation, prediction and optimization the ultrasound-assisted extraction method using response surface methodology: antioxidant and biological properties of Stachys parviflora L.

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    Bashi, Davoud Salar; Dowom, Samaneh Attaran; Bazzaz, Bibi Sedigheh Fazly; Khanzadeh, Farhad; Soheili, Vahid; Mohammadpour, Ali

    2016-01-01

    Objective(s): To optimize the extraction method using response surface methodology, extract the phenolic compounds, and identify the antioxidant and biological properties of Stachys parviflora L. extracts. Materials and Methods: Maceration and ultrasound-assisted extraction (UAE) (4, 7, 10 min treatment time, 40, 70, 100 % high-intensity and 60, 80, 100 % (v v-1) methanol purity) were applied to obtain the extracts. SEM was conducted to provide the microstructure of the extracted plant. MICs (colorimetric assay), MFCs (colony diameter), total phenolic content, total flavonoid content, radical scavenging capacity and extraction efficiency were determined. HPLC analysis was applied to measure the existent phenolic compounds. Results: A quadratic model (4 min treatment time, 74.5 % high-intensity and 74.2 % solvent purity) was suggested as the best (TPC: 20.89 mg GAE g-1 d.m., TFC: 6.22 mg QEs g-1 d.m., DPPH IC50: 21.86 µg ml-1 and EE: 113.65 mg g-1 d.m.) UAE extraction model. The optimized UAE extract was generally more effective against Gram-positive microorganisms (MIC: 10-20; MBC: 10-40 (mg ml-1)) than Gram-negative ones (MIC: 40; MBC: >40 (mg ml-1)). Moreover, it (MGI: 2.32-100 %) revealed more anti-mold activity than maceration (MGI: <28.77 %). Explosive disruption of the cell walls, therefore, enhanced extraction yield by acoustic cavitation, was elucidated using SEM. Caffeic acid, tannic acid, quercetin, trans ferulic acid and rosmarinic acid were determined as the phenolic compounds in the optimized extract. Conclusion: RSM optimization was successfully applied for UAE from S. parviflora. The considerable antioxidant and biological properties were attributed to the phenolic compounds. PMID:27403260

  10. Synthesis, characterization, temperature dependent electrical and magnetic properties of Ca3Co4O9 by a starch assisted sol-gel combustion method

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    Agilandeswari, K.; Ruban Kumar, A.

    2014-09-01

    In this present work we discussed the synthesis of pure Ca3Co4O9 ceramic powder by a starch assisted sol-gel combustion method. The products were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses (TGA-DTA), Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). X-ray diffraction pattern confirmed the formation of single phase Ca3Co4O9 at a sintering temperature of 1073 K, and it is also confirmed in the thermal analysis. SEM images indicate the presence of diffused microporous sphere like morphology and the grain sizes are in the range of 150-300 nm. Optical properties of Ca3Co4O9 ceramic show a band gap at an energy level of 2.10 eV. A maximum electrical resistivity of 0.002 mΩ cm was exhibited by Ca3Co4O9 that was decreased to 0.0012 mΩ cm, when the temperature increased from 300 K to 473 K. Dielectric studies were conducted at various temperatures from room temperature to 673 K and the results indicate that the space charge polarization contributes to the conduction mechanism. It also shows that the dielectric relaxation with activation energy is 0.96 eV. The magnetic properties as a function of temperature represent the ferri-paramagnetic phase transition at above 50 K. M-H curve shows the hysteresis loop with saturation magnetization (Ms) and confirms the presence of soft magnetic materials.

  11. The effects of heat treatment on the synthesis of nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) nanoparticles using the microwave assisted combustion method

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    NiFe2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized using the microwave assisted combustion method based on metal nitrate salts and urea. To remain of organic matters and to stabilize the particles, samples were thermally treated at various temperatures from 300–800 °C. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). The heat treated samples show the reflection planes of (111), (220), (222), (311), (400), (422), (511), and (440) which perfectly confirm to a cubic spinel phase of NiFe2O4 and no secondary phases were detected in the XRD patterns of the samples. The crystallite sizes calculated using the Debye–Scherrer formula were found to increase with the heat treatment temperature, from about 4 nm at 300 °C–85 nm at 800 °C. EDX results verify that the compositional mass rations were relevant, as expected from the synthesis. The micrographs of SEM and TEM showed that all of the samples have nano-crystalline behavior and particles indication cubic shape. Magnetization measurements were obtained at room temperature by using a VSM, which demonstrated that the all of the samples synthesized with heat treatment exhibited ferromagnetic behaviors. - Highlights: • The only microwave effect is not enough in synthesis of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles. • Nanoparticles were treated thermally for stabilization at various temperatures. • Crystallinity of the nanoparticles has become a more regular with heat treatment. • Average particle size of the nanoparticles increased with increasing temperature. • Magnetic properties of the nanoparticles improved with increasing temperature

  12. Microstructure, Optical and Photocatalytic Properties of TiO₂ Thin Films Prepared by Chelating-Agent Assisted Sol-Gel Method.

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    Matĕjová, Lenka; Cieslarová, Monika; Matĕj, Zdenĕk; Danis, Stanislav; Peikertová, Pavlína; Sihor, Marcel; Lang, Jaroslav; Matĕjka, Vlastimil

    2016-01-01

    Single and multilayer TiO₂ thin films coated on two types of soda-lime glass substrates (microscope slides and cylinders) were prepared by a chelating agent-assisted sol-gel method, using ethyl acetoacetate as a chelating agent, dip-coating and calcination at 500 °C for 2 h in air. Phase composition, microstructural, morphological and optical properties of thin films were comprehensively investigated by using XRF, advanced XRD analysis, Raman and UV-vis spectroscopy and AFM. It was found out that the thickness of thin films increases linearly with increasing number of deposited layers, indicating a good adhesion of the titania solution to a glass substrate as well as to a previously calcined layer. 1 layer film crystallized to anatase-TiO₂(B) mixture with minor/negligible amount of nanosized brookite, 2-4 layers films crystallized to anatase-brookite-TiO₂(B) mixture. In contrast to other multilayers films, 4 layers film was highly inhomogeneous. The different phase composition of thin films was clarified based on the crystallization via titanate/s and metastable monoclinic TiO₂(B) as a consequence of several phenomena; the diffusion of Na⁺ ions from a soda-lime glass substrate, acidic conditions and repeated thermal treatment. The multilayer films were in average highly transparent (80-95%) in the visible light region with the sharp absorption edge in the UV light region. Additionally, the photocatalytic properties of selected multilayer films were compared in AO7 photodegradation. Photocatalytic experiments showed that thicker 4 layers film of tricrystalline anatase-brookite-TiO₂(B) phase mixture was similarly active as thinner 3 layers film of similar phase composition, which may be a consequence of the inhomogeneity of the thicker film. PMID:27398480

  13. 超声波辅助碱法制备玉米芯木聚糖%Production of xylan from corncobs by ultrasound -assisted alkali method

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    孙军涛

    2015-01-01

    Xylan from corncobs was obtained by the method of high temperature pretreatment and ultra-sound -assisted alkaline hydrolysis.The extraction process of xylan was optimized by orthogonal experi-ment on the basis of single factor.The result indicated that the optimal parameters were as follows:the concentration of sodium hydroxide 7%,ratio of solid to liquid 1∶25,ultrasonic power 250 W,ultrasonic time 40 min,ultrasonic temperature 60 ℃.Under the optimized conditions,the yield of reducing sugar and total sugar in hydrolysate was 64.10 mg/g and 100.14 mg/g of raw corncobs,respectively.The yield of xylan was 9.01%.%以玉米芯为原料,经高温预处理后,采用超声波辅助碱法提取玉米芯木聚糖,在单因素实验的基础上,通过正交试验对玉米芯木聚糖提取工艺进行优化。结果表明:木聚糖的最佳制备工艺为氢氧化钠浓度7%,料液比1∶25,超声功率250 W,超声时间40 min,超声温度60℃。在此条件下,提取液中以玉米芯计还原糖的含量为64.10 mg/g,可溶性总糖含量为100.14 mg/g,木聚糖得率为9.01%。

  14. The effects of heat treatment on the synthesis of nickel ferrite (NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles using the microwave assisted combustion method

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    Karcıoğlu Karakaş, Zeynep, E-mail: kzeynep@atauni.edu.tr [Atatürk University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering, Erzurum (Turkey); Boncukcuoğlu, Recep [Atatürk University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering, Erzurum (Turkey); Karakaş, İbrahim Hakkı [Bayburt University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Bayburt (Turkey); Ertuğrul, Mehmet [Atatürk University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electric - Electronic Engineering, Erzurum (Turkey)

    2015-01-15

    NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were synthesized using the microwave assisted combustion method based on metal nitrate salts and urea. To remain of organic matters and to stabilize the particles, samples were thermally treated at various temperatures from 300–800 °C. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). The heat treated samples show the reflection planes of (111), (220), (222), (311), (400), (422), (511), and (440) which perfectly confirm to a cubic spinel phase of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and no secondary phases were detected in the XRD patterns of the samples. The crystallite sizes calculated using the Debye–Scherrer formula were found to increase with the heat treatment temperature, from about 4 nm at 300 °C–85 nm at 800 °C. EDX results verify that the compositional mass rations were relevant, as expected from the synthesis. The micrographs of SEM and TEM showed that all of the samples have nano-crystalline behavior and particles indication cubic shape. Magnetization measurements were obtained at room temperature by using a VSM, which demonstrated that the all of the samples synthesized with heat treatment exhibited ferromagnetic behaviors. - Highlights: • The only microwave effect is not enough in synthesis of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. • Nanoparticles were treated thermally for stabilization at various temperatures. • Crystallinity of the nanoparticles has become a more regular with heat treatment. • Average particle size of the nanoparticles increased with increasing temperature. • Magnetic properties of the nanoparticles improved with increasing temperature.

  15. Remarks on entanglement assisted classical capacity

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    Fan, Heng

    2003-01-01

    The property of the optimal signal ensembles of entanglement assisted channel capacity is studied. A relationship between entanglement assisted channel capacity and one-shot capacity of unassisted channel is obtained. The data processing inequalities, convexity and additivity of the entanglement assisted channel capacity are reformulated by simple methods.

  16. Remarks on entanglement assisted classical capacity

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    The property of the optimal signal ensembles of entanglement assisted channel capacity is studied. A relationship between entanglement assisted channel capacity and one-shot capacity of unassisted channel is obtained. The data processing inequalities, convexity and additivity of the entanglement assisted channel capacity are reformulated by simple methods

  17. Remarks on entanglement assisted classical capacity

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    Fan, Heng

    2003-06-01

    The property of the optimal signal ensembles of entanglement assisted channel capacity is studied. A relationship between entanglement assisted channel capacity and one-shot capacity of unassisted channel is obtained. The data processing inequalities, convexity and additivity of the entanglement assisted channel capacity are reformulated by simple methods.

  18. Remarks on entanglement assisted classical capacity

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    Fan, H

    2003-01-01

    The property of the optimal signal ensembles of entanglement assisted channel capacity is studied. A relationship between entanglement assisted channel capacity and capacities of unassisted and enviornment channels is obtained. The data processing inequalities, convexity and additivity of the entanglement assisted channel capacity are reformulated by simple methods.

  19. Temperature-assisted on-column solute focusing: a general method to reduce pre-column dispersion in capillary high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Groskreutz, Stephen R; Weber, Stephen G

    2014-08-01

    Solvent-based on-column focusing is a powerful and well known approach for reducing the impact of pre-column dispersion in liquid chromatography. Here we describe an orthogonal temperature-based approach to focusing called temperature-assisted on-column solute focusing (TASF). TASF is founded on the same principles as the more commonly used solvent-based method wherein transient conditions are created that lead to high solute retention at the column inlet. Combining the low thermal mass of capillary columns and the temperature dependence of solute retention TASF is used effectively to compress injection bands at the head of the column through the transient reduction in column temperature to 5°C for a defined 7mm segment of a 6cm long 150μm I.D. column. Following the 30s focusing time, the column temperature is increased rapidly to the separation temperature of 60°C releasing the focused band of analytes. We developed a model to simulate TASF separations based on solute retention enthalpies, focusing temperature, focusing time, and column parameters. This model guides the systematic study of the influence of sample injection volume on column performance. All samples have solvent compositions matching the mobile phase. Over the 45-1050nL injection volume range evaluated, TASF reduces the peak width for all solutes with k' greater than or equal to 2.5, relative to controls. Peak widths resulting from injection volumes up to 1.3 times the column fluid volume with TASF are less than 5% larger than peak widths from a 45nL injection without TASF (0.07 times the column liquid volume). The TASF approach reduced concentration detection limits by a factor of 12.5 relative to a small volume injection for low concentration samples. TASF is orthogonal to the solvent focusing method. Thus, it can be used where on-column focusing is required, but where implementation of solvent-based focusing is difficult.

  20. Influence of microwave-assisted pechini method on La{sub 0.80}Sr{sub 0.20}Ga{sub 0.83}Mg{sub 0.17}O{sub 3-{delta}} ionic conductivity

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    Boldrini, S.; Mortalo, C.; Fasolin, S.; Agresti, F.; Doubova, L.; Fabrizio, M.; Barison, S. [CNR-IENI, Corso Stati Uniti 4, 35127 Padova (Italy)

    2012-02-15

    With the aim of investigating the microwave influence on the electrolyte material properties, La{sub 0.80}Sr{sub 0.20}Ga{sub 0.83}Mg{sub 0.17}O{sub 2.815} was prepared by both a conventional and a microwave-assisted sol-gel Pechini method. With respect to the conventional Pechini method (hereafter SGP), the microwave assisted process (hereafter MWA-SGP) guaranteed a faster procedure, reducing the time needed to remove the excess solvents to complete the polyesterification reaction from some days to a few hours. In fact, when a MWA-SGP method was used, powders having higher phase purity were obtained. The sintering process at 1,450 C of the powders prepared by both methods yielded pellets with similar density values ({>=}92% of theoretical). Nevertheless, only by microwave-assisted process single-phase products were obtained and no secondary phases such as tetragonal LaSrGaO{sub 4} and LaSrGa{sub 3}O{sub 7} were detected. These by-products have been demonstrated to be detrimental for conductivity. Indeed, pellets obtained by MWA-SGP method showed oxygen ionic conductivity values higher (about 30-40%) than those checked for SGP samples, thus demonstrating the important role of the microwave process on reducing time and costs and on improving the electrolyte properties. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  1. Laparoscopic assisted cholecystostomy.

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    Grecu, F

    1999-01-01

    Laparoscopic assisted cholecystostomy (LAC) is a safe method for external biliary drainage in jaundiced patients with distal common bile duct obstruction. It consists of the retrieval of the fundus of the gallbladder through the trocar, thus through abdominal wall followed by suture to the skin. This technique could be an option for surgeons who manage a patients with jaundice by distal common bile duct obstruction.

  2. Evaluation of HEXORR Tone Assistance Mode Against Spring Assistance.

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    Godfrey, Sasha Blue; Holley, Rahsaan J; Lum, Peter S

    2015-07-01

    Robots are a promising tool for rehabilitation, and research suggests combining assistance with subject participation to maintain motivation and engagement. In this study, we compare two different types of robotic assistance for hand rehabilitation: Tone, a novel method designed to directly compensate for the user's hypertonia, and Spring, a commonly used method simulating a spring-like force attracting the subject to the target position. Eight chronic stroke subjects played a Gate Game, where they guide a ball through a sweeping, on-screen gate. Each subject was exposed to 5 modes: unassisted, assisted by the Spring and Tone modes, and "delay" modes where the assistance was provided after a period without assistance. Compared to unassisted trials, subjects produced less positive work and more negative work with all types of assistance but also reached a larger ROM and scored higher on the game. Notably, subjects produced more positive work overall with Tone compared to Spring. Further, subjects produced positive work over a significantly shorter range with Spring compared to Unassisted, while there was no difference between Tone and Unassisted. While both modes were effective at enabling the training of a larger workspace, these results suggest Tone assistance maintains a greater level of subject engagement and participation, likely making it a useful tool for hand rehabilitation. PMID:25667355

  3. In situ liquid-liquid extraction as a sample preparation method for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization MS analysis of polypeptide mixtures

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    Kjellström, Sven; Jensen, Ole Nørregaard

    2003-01-01

    A novel liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) procedure was investigated for preparation of peptide and protein samples for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI MS). LLE using ethyl acetate as the water-immiscible organic solvent enabled segregation of hydrophobic...

  4. Physician-Assisted Death

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    Senn, John S.

    1994-01-01

    Physician-assisted death includes both euthanasia and assistance in suicide. The CMA urges its members to adhere to the principles of palliative care. It does not support euthanasia and assisted suicide. The following policy summary includes definitions of euthanasia and assisted suicide, background information, basic ethical principles and physician concerns about legalization of physician-assisted death.

  5. A semi-quantitative risk assessment method for analyzing the level of risk associated with parameters in design of thermal heavy oil Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) pipelines

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    Farrokhzad, M.A. [IMV Projects Inc., Alberta (Canada)

    2009-07-01

    During the design stage of a thermal heavy oil pipeline, the design engineer should include the consideration of more factors than what is normally used for the design of a conventional pipeline. In the Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) production, for the extraction of bitumen from oily soil, it is required that a stream of hot and pressurized steam (over 300 deg C) to be injected into the oil reservoir. The steam reaches the oily soil reservoir from a steam sour such as boilers by traveling through above-ground pipeline arrangements. As a result of the steam injection into the well site, bitumen oil is released from the oily soil. The produced bitumen also consists of high pressure and temperature (over 200 deg C) and requires a gathering pipeline arrangement for traveling to the processing plant. During the layout design, both steam injection and hot production lines are usually designed parallel with each other by using a series of anchor-loop-anchor supported by steel structures and pilings. The coexistence of two extremely hot pipelines (Injecting Steam and Production pipelines) on the aboveground pipe rack should be designed with extreme care. The higher than normal design temperature of these lines creates considerable lateral and longitudinal movements and heavy loads on the supporting structure and piling. In addition, since both lines contain high pressure mediums, the design engineer shall include a few more parameters than what is normally considered for conventional pipelines. These parameters include; sustain loads, slug forces, natural frequency, mechanical interactions, frictional forces on anchors and guides, and mechanical engagement of supporting components, as well as the effects of these loads on the steel structure-piling and their reaction with the surrounding soil. In addition the design engineer shall be aware of any potential failures associated with these physical and mechanical parameters, the impact and probability rationales and

  6. 质谱图筛选红曲红色素纯化方法%MS Methods Assist Separation and Purification of A New Kind of Monasucs

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    刘立增; 孟宪昉; 白正晨; 王莉

    2015-01-01

    以商品化的红曲米为原料,利用质谱图定性分析,考察在红曲红色素提取过程中冷冻,索氏提取,溶剂,柱色谱,薄层色谱等因素对分离效果的影响,筛选并分离得到一种分子离子峰为332.6红曲红色素分子。研究结果表明该红曲红色素分子的纯化条件依次为:以甲醇为淋洗剂对红曲米进行柱色谱分离,以正己烷、乙酸乙酯和甲醇为萃取剂进行一次索氏提取,以CH2Cl2∶CH3OH=1∶1为展开剂进行薄层色谱分离,收集Rf=0.8的色带,以CH3CH2OH∶CCl4=9∶1为展开剂进行第二次薄层色谱分离,收集Rf=0.8的色带为目标分子,收率为0.0126%。%Commercial monascus red pigments were used as the raw material , the influence of the freezing temperature, Soxhlet extraction, solvents, column chromatography and thin layer chromatography separation process assisted by the use of mass methods were studied in details. A new kind of monasucs was screened out from the raw materials, the molecular ion peak located at 332.5. The experimental conditions for the purification of the monascus was:Before the Soxhlet extraction which hexane , ethyl acetate and methanol as the separated solvents, the red yeast rice subjected to column chromatography by the methanol used as the eluent. Then CH2Cl2∶CH3OH=1∶1 were used as the eluent for the thin layer chromatography ( Rf=0.8). Finally, a second thin layer chromatography were carried out to collect the the target molecule bond (Rf= 0.8) in which the CH3CH2OH∶CCl4=9∶1 were used as the corresponding eluents, yield 0.0126%.

  7. Medical Assistants

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  9. Dental Assistants

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  10. A phase separation method for analyses of fluoroquinones in meats based on ultrasound-assisted salt-induced liquid-liquid microextraction and a new integrated device

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    Wang, H; Gao, M.; Xu, Y; W. Wang; Zheng, L; Dahlgren, RA; Wang, X.

    2015-01-01

    © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Herein, we developed a novel integrated device to perform phase separation based on ultrasound-assisted, salt-induced, liquid-liquid microextraction for determination of five fluoroquinones in meats by HPLC analysis. The novel integrated device consisted of three simple HDPE (high density polyethylene) parts that were used to separate the solvent from the aqueous solution prior to retrieving the extractant. The extraction parameters were optimized using the response surfa...

  11. Enhanced Sonocatalytic Degradation of Rhodamine B by Graphene-TiO2 Composites Synthesized by an Ultrasonic-Assisted Method%Enhanced Sonocatalytic Degradation of Rhodamine B by Graphene-TiO2 Composites Synthesized by an Ultrasonic-Assisted Method

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    ZHU Lei; Trisha GHOSH; Chong-Yeon PARK; MENG Ze-Da; OH Won-Chun

    2012-01-01

    A series of graphene-TiO2 composites was fabricated from graphene oxide and titanium n-butoxide (TNB) by an ultrasonic-assisted method.The structure and composition of the nanocomposites were characterized by Raman spectroscopy,BET surface area measurements,X-ray diffraction,transmission electron microscopy,and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy.The average size of the TiO2 nanoparticles on the graphene nanosheets was controlled at around 10-15 nm without using surfactant,which is attributed to the pyrolysis and condensation of dissolved TNB into TiO2 by ultrasonic irradiation.The catalytic activity of the composites under ultrasonic irradiation was determined using a rhodamine B (RhB) solution.The graphene-TiO2 composites possessed a high specific surface area,which increased the decolorization rate for RhB solution.This is because the graphene and TiO2 nanoparticles in the composites interact strongly,which enhances the photoelectric conversion of TiO2 by reducing the recombination ofphotogenerated electron-hole pairs.

  12. Structural and ambient/sub-ambient temperature magnetic properties of Er-substituted cobalt-ferrites synthesized by sol-gel assisted auto-combustion method

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    Er-substituted cobalt-ferrites CoFe2−xErxO4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.04) were synthesized by sol-gel assisted auto-combustion method. The precursor powders were calcined at 673–873 K for 4 h, subsequently pressed into pellets and sintered at 1273 K for 4 h. X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirmed the presence of the spinel phase for all the compositions and, additional orthoferrite phase for higher compositions (x = 0.03 and 0.04). The XRD spectra and the Transmission Electron Microscopy micrographs indicate that the nanocrystalline particulates of the Er-substituted cobalt ferrites have crystallite size of ∼120–200 nm. The magnetization curves show an increase in saturation magnetization (MS) and coercivity (HC) for Er-substituted cobalt-ferrites at sub-ambient temperatures. MS for CoFe2O4, CoFe0.99Er0.01O4, CoFe0.98Er0.02O4, and CoFe0.97Er0.03O4 peak at 89.7 Am2/kg, 89.3 Am2/kg, 88.8 Am2/kg, and 87.1 Am2/kg, respectively, at a sub-ambient temperature of ∼150 K. HC substantially increases with decrease in temperature for all the compositions, while it peaks at x = 0.01−0.02 at all temperatures. The combination of Er content—x ∼ 0.02 and the temperature—∼5 K provides the maximum HC ∼ 984 kA/m. Er-substituted cobalt-ferrites have higher cubic anisotropy constant, K1, compared to pure cobalt-ferrite at ambient/sub-ambient temperatures. K1 gradually increases for all compositions in the temperature decreasing from 300 to 100 K. While K1 peaks at ∼150 K for pure cobalt-ferrite, it peaks at ∼50 K for CoFe0.99Er0.01O4, CoFe0.98Er0.02O4, and CoFe0.96Er0.04O4. The MS (∼88.7 Am2/kg), at 5 K, for Er substituted cobalt-ferrite is close to the highest values reported for Sm and Gd substituted cobalt-ferrites. The MS (∼83.5 Am2/kg) at 300 K for Er-substituted cobalt-ferrite is the highest among the lanthanide series element substituted cobalt-ferrites. The HC (at 5 K) for Er substituted cobalt

  13. Vacuum-assisted closure: Materials and methods%负压封闭辅助伤口闭合技术的研究进展

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    朱礼霞

    2010-01-01

    负压封闭辅助伤口闭合(vacuum-assisted closure,VAC)技术是近十多年来提出负压伤口治疗( negative pressure wound therapy. NPWT)的关键技术之一,其临床应用和实验研究取得了显著进展,文中对技术的材料和治疗方法的研究进展作一综述.

  14. Animal magnetocardiography using superconducting quantum interference device gradiometers assisted with magnetic nanoparticle injection: A sensitive method for early detecting electromagnetic changes induced by hypercholesterolemia

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    Wu, C. C.; Hong, B. F.; Wu, B. H.; Yang, S. Y.; Horng, H. E.; Yang, H. C.; Tseng, W. Y. Isaac; Tseng, W. K.; Liu, Y. B.; Lin, L. C.; Lu, L. S.; Lee, Y. H.

    2007-01-01

    In this work, the authors used a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetocardiography (MCG) system consisted of 64-channel low-transition-temperature SQUID gradiometers to detect the MCG signals of hepercholesterolemic rabbits. In addition, the MCG signals were recorded before and after the injection of magnetic nanoparticles into the rabbits' ear veins to investigate the effects of magnetic nanoparticles on the MCG signals. These MCG data were compared to those of normal rabbits to reveal the feasibility for early detection of the electromagnetic changes induced by hypercholesterolemia using MCG with the assistance of magnetic nanoparticle injection.

  15. Application of Computer-Assisted Methods in Language Teaching%浅谈计算机辅助手段在语言教学中的应用

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    任宁宁; 张望

    2013-01-01

      计算机辅助语言教学已经成为高校外语教学的一种常态教学方式。但是由于对其特点的认识及使用存在一些不足之处,导致计算机辅助外语教学的开展效果不尽人意。本文就如何有效利用多媒体课件和网络教学这两种常用的计算机辅助外语教学手段进行外语教学做了分析探讨。%Computer-assisted Language Learning has become a normal teaching mode of college foreign language teaching.But because the shortcomings in the understanding and the use of its characteristics,the effect of computer-assisted language teaching is unsatisfactory.In this paper,the use of multimedia courseware and network teaching in the teaching of foreign languages are discussed.

  16. A simplified version of the total Kjeldahl nitrogen method using an ammonia extraction ultrasound-assisted purge-and-trap system and ion chromatography for analyses of geological samples.

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    Pontes, Fernanda V M; Carneiro, Manuel C; Vaitsman, Delmo S; da Rocha, Genilda P; da Silva, Lílian I D; Neto, Arnaldo A; Monteiro, Maria Inês C

    2009-01-26

    The total Kjeldahl nitrogen (TKN) method was simplified by using a manifold connected to a purge-and-trap system immersed into an ultrasonic (US) bath for simultaneous ammonia (NH(3)) extraction from many previously digested samples. Then, ammonia was collected in an acidic solution, converted to ammonium (NH(4)(+)), and finally determined by ion chromatography method. Some variables were optimized, such as ultrasonic irradiation power and frequency, ultrasound-assisted NH(3) extraction time, NH(4)(+) mass and sulfuric acid concentration added to the NH(3) collector flask. Recovery tests revealed no changes in the pH values and no conversion of NH(4)(+) into other nitrogen species during the irradiation of NH(4)Cl solutions with 25 or 40 kHz ultrasonic waves for up to 20 min. Sediment and oil free sandstone samples and soil certified reference materials (NCS DC 73319, NCS DC 73321 and NCS DC 73326) with different total nitrogen concentrations were analysed. The proposed method is faster, simpler and more sensitive than the classical Kjeldahl steam distillation method. The time for NH(3) extraction by the US-assisted purge-and-trap system (20 min) was half of that by the Kjeldahl steam distillation (40 min) for 10 previously digested samples. The detection limit was 9 microg g(-1)N, while for the Kjeldahl classical/indophenol method was 58 microg g(-1)N. Precision was always better than 13%. In the proposed method, carcinogenic reagents are not used, contrarily to the indophenol method. Furthermore, the proposed method can be adapted for fixed-NH(4)(+) determination.

  17. Equine Assisted Couples Therapy: An Exploratory Study

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    Ham, Taylor Marie

    2013-01-01

    Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is an emerging experiential methodologythat has recently gained recognition as a method for addressing a range of presentingproblems for a wide variety of client populations. Couples therapy is one area that thepractice of equine assisted psychotherapy has recently gained traction. This studydescribes the practice of equine assisted couples therapy in terms of practitionercharacteristics, approach to treatment, therapeutic goals and outcomes. Mental healthp...

  18. A sensitive and efficient method for trace analysis of some phenolic compounds using simultaneous derivatization and air-assisted liquid-liquid microextraction from human urine and plasma samples followed by gas chromatography-nitrogen phosphorous detection.

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    Farajzadeh, Mir Ali; Afshar Mogaddam, Mohammad Reza; Alizadeh Nabil, Ali Akbar

    2015-12-01

    In present study, a simultaneous derivatization and air-assisted liquid-liquid microextraction method combined with gas chromatography-nitrogen phosphorous detection has been developed for the determination of some phenolic compounds in biological samples. The analytes are derivatized and extracted simultaneously by a fast reaction with 1-flouro-2,4-dinitrobenzene under mild conditions. Under optimal conditions low limits of detection in the range of 0.05-0.34 ng mL(-1) are achievable. The obtained extraction recoveries are between 84 and 97% and the relative standard deviations are less than 7.2% for intraday (n = 6) and interday (n = 4) precisions. The proposed method was demonstrated to be a simple and efficient method for the analysis of phenols in biological samples.

  19. A teaching method of mathematical modeling based on intellective games as assistant instrument tools%以益智题为辅助教学工具的数学建模教学方法

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    王福来

    2011-01-01

    A teaching method of mathematical modeling based on intellective games as assistant instrument tools is proposed to give full play of practice of mathematical modeling.By examples we demonstrated effect of teaching method of "practice-theory-practice" and thus did some initiative attempts for mathematical modeling methods.%为发挥数学建模的实践功效,提出了以一些益智题作为辅助教学工具的数学建模教学方法。以实例论证了"实践-理论-实践"的思维方法的有效性,从而为数学建模教学做了有益的开创性尝试。

  20. Development of a Rapid and Accurate Identification Method for Citrobacter Species Isolated from Pork Products Using a Matrix-Assisted Laser-Desorption Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS).

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    Kwak, Hye-Lim; Han, Sun-Kyung; Park, Sunghoon; Park, Si Hong; Shim, Jae-Yong; Oh, Mihwa; Ricke, Steven C; Kim, Hae-Yeong

    2015-09-01

    Previous detection methods for Citrobacter are considered time consuming and laborious. In this study, we have developed a rapid and accurate detection method for Citrobacter species in pork products, using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry (MS). A total of 35 Citrobacter strains were isolated from 30 pork products and identified by both MALDI-TOF MS and 16S rRNA gene sequencing approaches. All isolates were identified to the species level by the MALDI-TOF MS, while 16S rRNA gene sequencing results could not discriminate them clearly. These results confirmed that MALDI-TOF MS is a more accurate and rapid detection method for the identification of Citrobacter species.

  1. A Simple Weighing Method for Spherical Cells.

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    Zhao, Qili; Shirinzadeh, Bijan; Cui, Maosheng; Sun, Mingzhu; Zhao, Xin

    2015-08-01

    This article presents a simple weighing method for spherical cells to avoid the high cost of correlated devices in traditional cell-weighing methods. In this method, the constant falling speeds of the spherical objects in liquid are derived to estimate their masses online. Using this method, the detected density of one type of microbead is highly in accordance with the known value. This method is proved to be capable of detecting tiny variations of the cell mass (at least within 1% of the cell mass). Finally, the proposed method is applied in nuclear transplantation operations, and, for the first time, the proper amount of the removed cytoplasm in porcine enucleation is estimated. The proposed method is able to weigh cells with a success rate of 92% at an average speed of 22 s/cell, and it can be performed on traditional microoperation systems, which makes it easily applicable in biological applications. PMID:25911396

  2. Application of integrated medical care model of health care in transurethral 2μm laser enucleation of the prostate patient%医护一体化模式在经尿道2μm 激光前列腺剜除术患者中的应用

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    杨永红; 吴君贤; 刘兰兰; 张蕾

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the application of integrated medical care model in transurethral 2μm laser enucleation of the prostate patients .Methods Integrated medical care model was applied from June 2013 in transurethral 2 μm laser enucleation of the prostate patients .Health care work ability , incidence of complications , satisfaction of the health care work were compared before and after the implementation of integrated medical care model .Results Before the implementation of integrated care clinic capacity , the scores of health communication skills, teamwork skills, ability to work nursing, nurse-patient relationship were (16.5 ± 2.2),(13.2 ±3.6),(10.5 ±2.1),(16.5 ±3.6),(15.4 ±2.8), respectively; after implementation of integration the scores were (17.0 ±2.1),(17.8 ±4.2),(16.9 ±3.7), (17.0 ±3.4), (18.4 ±3.3), and medical care communication skills , teamwork, nurse-patient relationship scores were higher than that before the application of health care integration , the differences were statistically significant (t=6.592 9,3.718 9,6.727 5, 3.100 0, respectively;P<0.05).The total incidence of complications of observation group was lower than the control group, the difference was statistically significant (8.1% vs 24.2%,χ2 =5.961 5,P<0.05).Health care job satisfaction score of observation group was (87.1 ±6.8), significantly higher than the control group (t=10.48,P<0.05).Conclusions Application of integrated medical care model in transurethral 2μm laser enucleation of the prostate patients can help improve coordination and work capacity , reduce patient morbidity and improve patient satisfaction with health care work , which is worthy of clinical application .%目的:探讨医护一体化模式在经尿道2μm 激光前列腺剜除术患者中的应用效果。方法2013年6月开始在经尿道2μm激光前列腺剜除术患者中应用医护一体化模式,比较实施医护一体化前与实施后医护工作能力、前列腺

  3. Synthesis of cobalt-containing mesoporous catalysts using the ultrasonic-assisted “pH-adjusting” method: Importance of cobalt species in styrene oxidation

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    Li, Baitao, E-mail: btli@scut.edu.cn; Zhu, Yanrun; Jin, Xiaojing

    2015-01-15

    Cobalt-containing SBA-15 and MCM-41 (Co-SBA-15 and Co-MCM-41) mesoporous catalysts were prepared via ultrasonic-assisted “pH-adjusting” technique in this study. Their physiochemical structures were comprehensively characterized and correlated with catalytic activity in oxidation of styrene. The nature of cobalt species depended on the type of mesoporous silica as well as pH values. The different catalytic performance between Co-SBA-15 and Co-MCM-41 catalysts originated from cobalt species. Cobalt species were homogenously incorporated into the siliceous framework of Co-SBA-15 in single-site Co(II) state, while Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles were loaded on Co-MCM-41 catalysts. The styrene oxidation tests showed that the single-site Co(II) state was more beneficial to the catalytic oxidation of styrene. The higher styrene conversion and benzaldehyde selectivity over Co-SBA-15 catalysts were mainly attributed to single-site Co(II) state incorporated into the framework of SBA-15. The highest conversion of styrene (34.7%) with benzaldehyde selectivity of 88.2% was obtained over Co-SBA-15 catalyst prepared at pH of 7.5, at the mole ratio of 1:1 (styrene to H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) at 70 °C. - Graphical abstract: Cobalt-containing mesoporous silica catalysts were developed via ultrasonic-assisted “pH-adjusting” technique. Compared with Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} in Co-MCM-41, the single-site Co(II) state in Co-SBA-15 was more efficient for the styrene oxidation. - Highlights: • Fast and cost-effective ultrasonic technique for preparing mesoporous materials. • Incorporation of Co via ultrasonic irradiation and “pH-adjusting”. • Physicochemical comparison between Co-SBA-15 and Co-MCM-41. • Correlation of styrene oxidation activity and catalyst structural property.

  4. ForeignAssistance.gov

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    US Agency for International Development — ForeignAssistance.gov provides a view of U.S. Government foreign assistance funds across agencies and enables users to explore, analyze, and review aid investments...

  5. Assisted Living Community Profile

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    ... for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry, reflects NCAL's philosophy of assisted living. 2 Data also from the ... Assisted Living Studies Clinical Practice Guidelines Health Information Technology In-Service Training Tools Periodicals State Regulatory Review ...

  6. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

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    ... Information Clinical Trials Resources and Publications Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Skip sharing on social media links Share ... American Society for Reproductive Medicine. (2012). Assisted reproductive technologies: A guide for patients . Retrieved June 11, 2012, ...

  7. Laser assisted graffiti paints removing

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    Novikov, B. Y.; Chikalev, Y. V.; Shakhno, E. A.

    2011-02-01

    It's hard to imagine a modern city view without some drawings and inscriptions, usually called "graffiti". Traditional cleaning methods do not suit modern requirements. Investigation of possibilities of laser assisted paints removing is described in this article. The conditions for removing different paints from different surfaces were defined.

  8. Microstructural and optical properties of transparent conductive ZnO : Al : Mo films deposited by template-assisted sol–gel method

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    H-Y He; J-F Huang; Z He; J Lu; Q Shen

    2014-05-01

    Transparent conductive ZnO : Al : Mo films with a molar ratio of Zn : Al : Mo = 99 : 0.99 : 0.01 were deposited on quartz glass substrate by a template-assisted sol-gel process and characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and UV–Vis and luminescent spectrophotometries. The four types of organic template have induced nanowire morphology with varying aspect ratio. Dip coating in one constant positive and reverse direction causes the parallel array of ZnO : Al : Mo nanowires on the quartz glass substrate. Long and parallel arrayed nanowire films show obviously blue shifts and enhanced transmittances in the UV-Vis light range. The PEG-1000 and PEG-2000 have optimal effects among four templates as constant weight content is used. The films show strong ultraviolet, violet and bluish violet emissions. The templates also lead to overall thicker film and more native defect and thereby remarkably enhancing photoluminescence of the films. Long chain organic template can be used to optimize the optical properties of the doped ZnO film.

  9. Fast removal of tetracycline from wastewater by reduced graphene oxide prepared via microwave-assisted ethylenediamine-N,N'-disuccinic acid induction method.

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    Yuan, Xingzhong; Wu, Zhibin; Zhong, Hua; Wang, Hou; Chen, Xiaohong; Leng, Lijian; Jiang, Longbo; Xiao, Zhihua; Zeng, Guangming

    2016-09-01

    A green reagent of ethylenediamine-N,N'-disuccinic acid (EDDS) was reported herein for reduction of graphene oxide (GO) with microwave assistance. The characteristics of EDDS reduced graphene oxide (ERG), and the tetracycline (TC) adsorption behavior of ERG was investigated. The results showed that the deoxygenation efficiency of GO strongly depended on the EDDS amount and the ERG can be successively obtained by recycled EDDS. The ERG obtained at EDDS/GO ratio of 5 (ERG5) exhibited a maximum capacity of 558.66 mg/g for TC adsorption, which is superior to GO and ERGs obtained at other EDDS/GO ratio. The adsorption reached equilibrium within 10 min, and the driving forces are likely the van der Waals forces, π-π electron-donor-acceptor (EDA) interaction and cation-π bonding between TC and the ERG surface. The adsorbent dose, pH, temperature, initial TC concentration, and ionic strength significantly affect the TC adsorption. The pseudo-second-order kinetics describes TC adsorption process very well, with correlation coefficients (R (2) ) greater than 0.99. The adsorption isotherm was best fitted by Freundlich equation, followed by Langmuir, Temkin, and Hill model equations. Analysis on adsorption thermodynamics shows that the adsorption is a spontaneous endothermic process. The ERG could be a cost-effective and promising sorbent for TC wastewater treatment due to its high-efficiency performance in real river water, medical wastewater, and municipal wastewater. PMID:27306211

  10. Development of a microwave-assisted-extraction-based method for the determination of aflatoxins B1, G1, B2, and G2 in grains and grain products.

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    Chen, Si; Zhang, Hong

    2013-02-01

    This article describes the use of microwave-assisted extraction (MAE) as a pretreatment technique for the determination of aflatoxins B(1), G(1), B(2), and G(2) in grains and grain products. The optimal operation parameters, including extraction solvent, temperature, and time, were identified to be acetonitrile as the extraction solvent at 80 °C with 15 min of MAE. The extracts were cleaned up using solid-phase extraction followed by derivatization with trifluoroacetic acid and were determined by liquid chromatography-fluorescence detection. A Sep-Pak cartridge was chosen over Oasis HLB and Bond Elut cartridges. By the use of aflatoxin M(1) as an internal standard, relative recoveries of the aflatoxins ranged from 90.7 to 105.7 % for corn and from 88.1 to 103.4 % for wheat, with relative standard deviations between 2.5 and 8.7 %. A total of 36 samples from local markets were analyzed, and aflatoxin B(1) was found to be the predominant toxin, with concentrations ranging from 0.42 to 3.41 μg/kg. PMID:23314480

  11. Development of a novel two-stage liquid desiccant dehumidification system assisted by CaCl2 solution using exergy analysis method

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    Air conditioning system based on liquid desiccant has been recognized as an efficient independent air humidity control HVAC system. To improve thermal coefficient of performance, a novel two-stage liquid desiccant dehumidification system assisted by calcium chloride (CaCl2) solution is developed through exergy analysis based on the second thermodynamic law. Compared with the basic liquid desiccant dehumidification system, the proposed system is improved by two ways, i.e. increasing the concentration variance and the pre-dehumidification of CaCl2. The exergy loss in the desiccant-desiccant heat recovery process can be significantly reduced by increasing desiccant concentration variance between strong desiccant solution after regeneration and weak desiccant solution after dehumidification. Meanwhile, the pre-dehumidification of CaCl2 solution can reduce the irreversibility in the regeneration/dehumidification process. Compared to the basic system, the thermal coefficient performance and exergy efficiency of the proposed system are increased from 0.24 to 0.73 and from 6.8% to 23.0%, respectively, under the given conditions. Useful energy storage capacity of CaCl2 solution and LiCl solution at concentration of 40% reach 237.8 and 395.1 MJ/m3, respectively. The effects of desiccant regeneration temperature, air mass flux, desiccant mass flux, etc., on the performance of the proposed system are also analyzed.

  12. Sm-doped CeO{sub 2} single buffer layer for YBCO coated conductors by polymer assisted chemical solution deposition (PACSD) method

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    Li, G.; Pu, M.H.; Sun, R.P.; Wang, W.T.; Wu, W.; Zhang, X.; Yang, Y. [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Mail Stop 165, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Cheng, C.H. [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Mail Stop 165, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2052 NSW (Australia); Zhao, Y. [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Mail Stop 165, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2052 NSW (Australia)], E-mail: yzhao@home.swjtu.edu.cn

    2008-10-20

    An over 150 nm thick Sm{sub 0.2}Ce{sub 0.8}O{sub 1.9-x} (SCO) single buffer layer has been deposited on bi-axially textured NiW (2 0 0) alloy substrate. Highly in-plane and out-of-plane oriented, dense, smooth and crack free SCO single layer has been obtained via a polymer-assisted chemical solution deposition (PACSD) approach. YBCO thin film has been deposited equally via a PACSD route on the SCO-buffered NiW, the as grown YBCO yielding a sharp transition at T{sub c0} = 87 K as well as J{sub c}(0 T, 77 K) {approx} 1 MA/cm{sup 2}. These results indicates that RE (lanthanides other than Ce) doping may be an effective approach to improve the critical thickness of solution derived CeO{sub 2} film, which renders it a promising candidate as single buffer layer for YBCO coated conductors.

  13. On advantages and limitations of computer-assisted language learning

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    刘玲

    2008-01-01

    Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) is used increasingly in foreign language teaching. Compared with the traditional teaching method, computer-assisted language learning has unparallel advantages, but in fact it does have some limitations in some aspects.

  14. Assistant Principals and Reform: A Socialization Paradox?

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    Best, Marguerita L.

    2013-01-01

    Framed in the critical race theory of structuration (CRTS), this sequential explanatory mixed methods study seeks to identify the socialization practices by examining the realities of practices of assistant principals and the ways in which they impact the disciplinary actions of assistant principals at middle and high schools. The mixed methods…

  15. Accounting for veteran's educational assistance benefits

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    Broyles, Ned A.

    1984-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate accrual basis accounting as an alternative for accounting for the cost of GI Bill and VEAP veterans' educational assistance benefits. The history of veterans' educational assistance and current accounting methods are reviewed. The study suggests pension accounting techniques and inputs to a cost model as a basis to allocate the entitlements' cost.

  16. 超高压辅助酶法制备低酯果胶%Preparation of low-methoxyl pectin by high hydrostatic pressure-assisted with enzyme methods

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    赵文婷; 郭兴峰; 高林; 胡小松; 吴继红

    2015-01-01

    Low methoxyl pectin is widely applied as thickener, stabilizer and emulsifier in low calorie or dietetic foods. The main methods reported for the preparation of low methoxyl pectin from high methoxyl pectin have used four types of agents:acids, ammonia in alcohol or concentrated aqueous ammonia, alkali and pectin methyl esterase. The main disadvantage of the first two methods is the slowness of reaction. Alkaline de-esterification is rapid but the removal of methyl ester groups is accompanied by depolymerization of pectin chains. Enzymatic de-esterification represents an attractive alternative to chemical de-esterification, for it is without pollution, but it is time-consuming. Therefore, there is a need to explore new methods to produce pectin with high quality and efficiency. In this study, a novel method of high hydrostatic pressure combined with enzymatic treatment (pectin methyl esterase) was applied in pectin de-esterification. In order to find out the effect of enzymatic treatment assisted with high hydrostatic pressure on the properties of pectin and promote the industrial development of this technology, the physicochemical properties, molecular weight distribution and rheological characteristics of pectins de-esterified by this treatment were investigated and compared with conventional alkaline method. During the de-esterification process of enzymatic treatment assisted with high hydrostatic pressure of 200 and 300 MPa, the degree of de-esterification was reduced from 61.83%to 34.09%and 32.62%in 10 min, respectively. With further de-esterification, the reaction slowed down, while the de-esterification degree of pectin by alkaline method was reduced to 35.54%and decreased continuously when the period was prolonged to 20 min. Based on this experiment, two pairs of pectins with similar degree of de-esterification were prepared by the enzymatic treatment assisted with high hydrostatic pressure and conventional alkaline method, i.e. HHP-1 (200 MPa, 10 min; 34

  17. Cell-Assisted Lipotransfer

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    Toyserkani, Navid Mohamadpour; Quaade, Marlene Louise; Sørensen, Jens Ahm

    2016-01-01

    -derived stromal cells (ASCs) to enrich the fat graft, a procedure termed cell-assisted lipotransfer (CAL). The aim of this review was to systematically review the current preclinical and clinical evidence for the efficacy of CAL compared with conventional lipotransfer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic search...... was performed on PubMed and other databases to identify all preclinical and clinical studies where CAL with ASCs was compared with conventional lipotransfer. A total of 20 preclinical studies and seven clinical studies were included in the review. RESULTS: The preclinical studies consisted of 15 studies using...... immunodeficient animal models and five studies using immunocompetent studies. Seventeen studies examined weight/volume retention of which 15 studies favored CAL over conventional lipotransfer. One clinical study did not find any efficacy of CAL and the remaining six studies favored CAL. CONCLUSIONS: The present...

  18. Employee Assistance Program Issues

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    Gettleman, Alan G.; McGuire, William

    1999-01-01

    Employee Assistance Program (EAP) officers, as well as personnel in other disciplines from eight NASA Centers, attended this breakout session. Ms. Brenda Blair, MA, CEAP, a guest speaker at the conference, also attended as a consultant. Representatives from the NASA Centers introduced themselves and spoke briefly about their programs. In a discussion related to the conference theme on benchmarking, quality control issues within the EAP community and adequate documentation of cases were addressed. Disposition and provision for quality assurance checks for EAP providers in single person offices were also discussed. Ms. Blair presented methods for consulting with other NASA personnel in single person EAP offices as a quality control measure. EAP intervention in critical incidents was discussed. The question of whether EAP assistance is an asset or a potential liability in those situations was addressed. Suggestions were made of topics for future EAP video-teleconference topics. A program on EAP ethics was planned for a September video teleconference. Each person was asked to provide intake forms they use to Mr. Gettleman or Ms. Blair. Ms. Blair said she would review the forms to ensure that adequate notification is provided to the client for confidentiality. She would also review them to ensure they have adequate limits of confidentiality--a topic for future video teleconferencing. Mr. Gettleman described the NASA initiative to reduce stresses in the workplace, and the activities of an ad-hoc EAP group that will make recommendations to NASA senior management. Alternative training methods were discussed for reaching target audiences such as employees at risk, supervisors, and others. Pfc. David A. Pendleton, Victim Assistance Coordinator, U.S. Capitol Police. U.S. House of Representatives made a special presentation. Pfc. Pendleton was on duty during the tragic shooting of two Federal guards at the U.S. Capitol. He related the events immediately after the incident. He

  19. Effect of Different Methods of Assisted Ventilation during Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation%不同辅助通气方法对心肺复苏的影响

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    欧阳后华; 梁大胜; 蓝海霞; 曾宇; 杨新疆

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨不同辅助通气方法对心肺复苏的影响。方法选择钦州市第二人民医院2011年1月至2013年7月院内出现心跳呼吸骤停的患者60例进行心肺复苏,按照随机数字表法分为球囊面罩通气组、球囊气管插管通气组和机械通气组,各20例,分析三组患者的自主循环恢复率、平均心跳恢复时间、平均动脉压、指脉氧饱和度。结果三组复苏成功率、平均动脉压比较差异无统计学意义( P>0.05);球囊面罩通气组、球囊气管插管通气组平均心跳恢复时间均短于机械通气组[(11.2±1.2) min,(13.8±1.3) min比(19.5±1.7) min,P0. 05). The average heart recovery time of balloon mask ventilation group and balloon intubation ventilation group was shorter than the mechanical ventilation group[(11. 2 ± 1.2)min,(13.8±1.3)minvs(19.5±1.7)min,P<0.05].Thefingerpulseoximetryofballoonmask ventilation group and balloon intubation ventilation group was higher than mechanical ventilation group (0.721±0.012,0.720±0.012 vs0.628±0.012,P<0.05).Conclusion Balloon mask ventilation and balloon endotracheal intubation assisted ventilation allows patients to restore the heartbeat earlier, ensuring oxygen supply and helping the brain recovery.

  20. Port-site implantation of Type A Masaoka Stage I thymoma after video-assisted thoracic surgery: a case report.

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    Nose, Naohiro; Higuchi, Kazuhiro; Chosa, Eiichi; Ayabe, Takanori; Tomita, Masaki; Nakamura, Kunihide

    2016-01-01

    A 60-year-old woman was referred to our hospital with an anterior mediastinal tumor measuring 3.5 cm in diameter on computed tomography (CT). We performed tumor resection by video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) with three ports. The final diagnosis was Type A Masaoka Stage I thymoma. On follow-up CT performed 36 months after the operation, two pleural tumors were detected at the port sites through which the forceps and ultrasonic scalpel had passed repeatedly during the operation. We therefore performed a second operation and enucleated the tumors while preserving the ribs. However, other tumor tissue was detected along the surgical marginal line during the pathological diagnosis after the operation. Surgeons should thus be aware that port-site recurrence can occur after VATS resection of Type A thymoma, despite its mild biological behavior. Wide resection of the chest wall is therefore recommended for operations of port-site recurrence after VATS thymectomy.

  1. Ultrasound-assisted temperature-controlled ionic-liquid dispersive liquid-phase microextraction method for simultaneous determination of anethole, estragole, and para-anisaldehyde in different plant extracts and human urine: a comparative study.

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    Rajabi, Maryam; Haji-Esfandiari, Sudabeh; Barfi, Behruz; Ghanbari, Hanieh

    2014-07-01

    In this study, the performances of four ionic-liquid-based microextraction methods, ionic-liquid-based dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (IL-DLLME), ionic-liquid-based ultrasound-assisted emulsification microextraction (IL-USA-ME), temperature-controlled ionic-liquid dispersive liquid-phase microextraction (TC-IL-DLME), and ultrasound-assisted temperature-controlled ionic-liquid dispersive liquid-phase microextraction (USA-TC-IL-DLME), were investigated for extraction of three bioactive compounds (anethole, estragole, and anisaldehyde) from different plant extracts and human urine. Anethole and estragole were chosen because they can alter cellular processes positively or negatively, and an efficient method is needed for their extraction and sensitive determination in the samples mentioned. Because there is no previous report on the separation of anethole and estragole (structural isomers), first, simultaneous gradient elution and flow programming were used. The microextraction methods were then applied and compared for analysis of these compounds in plant extracts and human urine by use of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The effect of conditions on extraction efficiency was studied and under the optimum conditions, the best enrichment factors (58-64), limits of detection (14-18 ng mL(-1)), limits of quantification (47-60 ng mL(-1)), and recovery (94.4-101.7 %) were obtained by use of USA-TC-IL-DLME. The optimized conditions were used to determine anethole, estragole, and para-anisaldehyde in fennel, anise, and tarragon extracts and in human urine. PMID:24817361

  2. Optimization on Extraction Technology of Pectin from Pomelo Peel by Ultrasonic Assistant Method%超声波辅助法提取柚皮果胶的工艺研究

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    王凤舞; 朴美子

    2012-01-01

    本文以柚皮为原料,采用超声波辅助法提取其中的果胶,通过单因素和正交试验研究料液比、酸解温度、pH和时间等对果胶得率的影响,并确定最佳提取工艺.试验结果表明:从柚皮中提取果胶的最佳工艺条件为料液比1:30,酸解温度80℃,酸解液pH值1.0,超声时间10min,果胶得率可达17.13%.与其它提取方法相比,超声波辅助法提取柚皮果胶能在很大程度上缩短提取时间,提高果胶的得率.%In this paper, the pectin was extracted from pomelo peel by ultrasonic assistant method. The effects of different extracting factors on the extracting rate of pectin and the optimum extracting conditions were studied through single factor and orthogonal experiment. The result showed the optimum extracting conditions were solid -liquid ratio 1 : 30, extraction temperature 80℃ , pH -value 1.0, ultrasonic extraction time 10min. Under the a-bove optimum conditions, the extracting rate of pectin could reach 17. 13%. Compared with other extraction methods, this ultrasonic assisted extraction method could largely shorten the extraction time and improve the pectin yield.

  3. Study on Characteristic of Electric Power Assist Steering System

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    许镇琳; 王豪; 尚喆; 张海华; 王家军

    2003-01-01

    A pinion-type electric power steering (EPS) equipped on a sedan is reached in this paper. A three-freedom dynamic model of this system is created. The variables affecting assist character is analyzed. The formulas of simpled steering resistance force and the relationship between assist gain and vehicle speed are presented for the first time. Assist character is found based on the parameters of a sedan at last. This assist character is fit for the control rule of the EPS system through analyzing this character. The assist character figure offers reference for system design and control. Furthermore, this research method has generality for assist character of different kinds of vehicles.

  4. Wormlike micelle assisted rod coating: a general method for facile fabrication of large-area conductive nanomaterial thin layer onto flexible plastics.

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    Xie, Jingyi; Wang, Huan; Bai, Huadong; Yang, Peng; Shi, Mengxue; Guo, Peng; Wang, Chen; Yang, Wantai; Song, Huaihe

    2012-06-27

    Through combined application of wormlike-micelle and rod-coating technique, a general method was demonstrated for the facile reparation of thin transparent conductive films (TCF) of various nanomaterials and their hybrids on flexible plastics. The cetyltrimethylammonium hydroxide (CTAOH)/p-toluenesulfonic acid (CTAT) wormlike micelle system was selected for both the dispersion of different nanomaterials and the enhancement of viscosities of the coating fluids. With the single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs)/wormlike micelle aqueous dispersions as coating fluid, TCFs of SWNTs on flexible poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) substrates made by rod-coating method were demonstrated. After doping by immersion into thionyl chloride solution, the sheet resistance of SWNTs thin films, which had a transmittance of about 78%, was as low as 480Ω/sq. This coating method was extended to the preparation of thin films or networks of other materials such as reduced graphene oxide and Ag nanowires. The obtained TCF from Ag nanowire networks has a low sheet resistance of 17Ω/sq, which is comparable to the value of best indium tin oxide (ITO) coating on plastic substrates. Finally, hybrid thin films of different nanomaterials were demonstrated by this method. PMID:22551382

  5. Development of a focused ultrasound-assisted extraction method for the determination of trace concentrations of Cr and Mn in pharmaceutical formulations by ETAAS.

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    de Paula, Carlos Eduardo R; Caldas, Luiz Fernando S; Brum, Daniel M; Cassella, Ricardo J

    2013-02-23

    This paper reports the development of a new method for the focused ultrasound extraction of Cr and Mn from pharmaceutical formulations and their determination by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry (ETAAS). The method was optimized by evaluating the influence of several variables such as the sonication power and time, concentration of HCl in the extractant solution and mass of sample employed in the extraction procedure. The curves of pyrolysis and atomization were constructed for both analytes in order to evaluate the effect of the matrix on the measurement of Cr and Mn. Quantitative extraction of both Cr and Mn was achieved when 25-150 mg of the sample were sonicated for 30 min at 50% power with 5 ml of a 1 moll(-1) HCl solution. The developed method was successfully applied in the determination of Cr and Mn in samples of pharmaceutical formulations containing different active principles such as ciprofloxacin, cephalexin, azithromycin, amlodipine and methionine. There was no statistical (95% confidence level, paired t-test) difference between the results obtained by the proposed method and the results obtained after total digestion of the samples. PMID:23245262

  6. Shadow mask assisted direct growth of ZnO nanowires as a sensing medium for surface acoustic wave devices using a thermal evaporation method

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    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires were directly synthesized on high temperature stable one-port surface acoustic wave (SAW) resonators made of LiNbO3 substrate and Pt/Ti electrodes using a self-seeding catalyst-free thermal evaporation method. To enhance post-growth device functionality, one half of an SAW resonator was masked along the interdigital transducer aperture length during the nanowire growth process using a stainless steel shadow mask, while the other half was used as the ZnO nanowire growth site. This was achieved by employing a precisely machined stainless steel sleeve to house the chip and mask in the reaction chamber during the nanowire growth process. The ZnO nanowire integrated SAW resonator exhibited ultraviolet radiation sensing abilities which indicated that the ZnO nanowires grown on the SAW device were able to interact with SAW propagation on the substrate even after the device was exposed to extremely harsh conditions during the nanowire growth process. The use of a thermal evaporation method, instead of the conventionally used solution-grown method for direct growth of ZnO nanowires on SAW devices, paves the way for future methods aimed at the fabrication of highly sensitive ZnO nanowire-LiNbO3 based SAW sensors utilizing coupled resonance phenomenon at the nanoscale. (paper)

  7. Microwave assisted template synthesis of silver nanoparticles

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    K J Sreeram; M Nidhin; B U Nair

    2008-12-01

    Easier, less time consuming, green processes, which yield silver nanoparticles of uniform size, shape and morphology are of interest. Various methods for synthesis, such as conventional temperature assisted process, controlled reaction at elevated temperatures, and microwave assisted process have been evaluated for the kind of silver nanoparticles synthesized. Starch has been employed as a template and reducing agent. Electron microscopy, photon correlation spectroscopy and surface plasmon resonance have been employed to characterize the silver nanoparticles synthesized. Compared to conventional methods, microwave assisted synthesis was faster and provided particles with an average particle size of 12 nm. Further, the starch functions as template, preventing the aggregation of silver nanoparticles.

  8. Evaluation of Four Fingerprint Development Methods for Touch Chemistry Using Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization/Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry(.).

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    Kaplan-Sandquist, Kimberly A; LeBeau, Marc A; Miller, Mark L

    2015-05-01

    Four preparation techniques for MALDI/TOF mass spectrometry were compared to determine the ability to gather intelligence for investigations through the chemical analysis of latent fingerprints, defined as "touch chemistry." Compatible fingerprint development processes used for identification along with new techniques are necessary to evaluate touch chemistry. Ten volunteers deposited fingerprints from solvent residues containing drugs and explosives onto microscope slides. The developers included (A) fingerprint powder, (B) MALDI matrix, (C) fingerprint powder and lifting, and (D) cyanoacrylate fuming with fingerprint powder. Qualitative identification was based on ion images and spectra. The highest average detection rates (88%) were found using methods A and B. Methods C (52%) or D (18%) had limited success. Results demonstrate the importance of imaging coupled to extracted mass spectral data in detecting analytes in deposited fingerprints. Overall, the results suggest continued development of touch chemistry applications could prove useful for gathering intelligence and forensically relevant information.

  9. Assistance Focus: Africa (Brochure)

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    2014-12-01

    The Clean Energy Solutions Center Ask an Expert service connects governments seeking policy information and advice with one of more than 30 global policy experts who can provide reliable and unbiased quick-response advice and information. The service is available at no cost to government agency representatives from any country and the technical institutes assisting them. This publication presents summaries of assistance provided to African governments, including the benefits of that assistance.

  10. HPLC method development and validation of cytotoxic agent phenyl-heptatriyne in Bidens pilosa with ultrasonic-assisted cloud point extraction and preconcentration.

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    Trivedi, Priyanka; Kumar, Jonnala Kotesh; Negi, Arvind Singh; Shanker, Karuna

    2011-06-01

    Extraction and pre-concentration of a bioactive marker compound, phenyl-1,3,5-heptatriyne from Bidens pilosa, prior to HPLC has been demonstrated using both organic and ecofriendly solvents. Non-ionic surfactants, viz. Triton X-100, Triton X-114 and Genapol X-80, were used for extraction. No back-extraction or liquid chromatographic steps were required to remove the target phytochemical from the surfactant-rich extractant phase. The optimized cloud point extraction procedure has been shown to be a potentially useful methodology for the preconcentration of the target analyte, with a preconcentration factor of 4-99. Moreover, the method is simple, sensitive, rapid and consumes lesser solvent than traditional methods. An isocratic chromatographic separation and quantitation was accomplished on a C(18) column with acetonitrile-acidified aqueous as mobile phase at a flow rate of 1.0 mL/min, UV detection at 254 nm and specificity with photo diode-array detector (PDA) and MS. Under the optimum experimental conditions recovery was satisfactory (99.18-100.33%) without interference from the surfactant. The method seems to be reliable with intraday precision and interday precision below 2.0%. Good linearity was obtained in the working range from 7.5 to 30 µg/mL with correlation coefficient >0.99. The limits of detection and quantitation were 1.84 and 6.13 µg/mL, respectively. The method was validated following international guidelines and successfully applied for quantitative assays of cytotoxic compound phenyl-1,3,5-heptatriyne in Bidens pilosa.

  11. Application of an optimized dispersive nanomaterial ultrasound-assisted microextraction method for preconcentration of carbofuran and propoxur and their determination by high-performance liquid chromatography with UV detection.

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    Khodadoust, Saeid; Talebianpoor, Mohammad Sharif; Ghaedi, Mehrorang

    2014-11-01

    An extraction method based on dispersive nanomaterial ultrasound-assisted microextraction was used for the preconcentration of carbofuran and propoxur insecticides in water samples prior to high-performance liquid chromatography with UV detection. ZnS:Ni nanoparticles were synthesized based on the reaction of the mixture of zinc acetate and nickel acetate with thioacetamide in aqueous media and then loaded on activated carbon (ZnS:Ni-AC). Different methods were used for recognizing the properties of ZnS:Ni-AC and then this nanomaterial was used for extraction of carbamate insecticide as new adsorbent. The influence of variables on the extraction method (such as amount of adsorbent (mg: NiZnS-AC), pH and ionic strength of sample solution, vortex and ultrasonic time (min), ultrasound temperature and desorption volume (mL) was investigated by a screening 2(7-4) Plackett-Burman design. Then the significant variables were optimized by using a central composite design combined with a desirability function. At optimum conditions, this method had linear response >0.0060-10 μg/mL with detection limit 0.0015 μg/mL and relative standard deviations <5.0% (n = 3).

  12. Chemometric-assisted QuEChERS extraction method for the residual analysis of thiacloprid, spirotetramat and spirotetramat's four metabolites in pepper: Application of their dissipation patterns.

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    Li, Shasha; Liu, Xingang; Dong, Fengshou; Xu, Jun; Xu, Hanqing; Hu, Mingfeng; Zheng, Yongquan

    2016-02-01

    Chemometric tools equipped with a Plackett-Burman (P-B) design, a central composite design (CCD) and a desirability profile were employed to optimise the QuEChERS (quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged and safe) method for the quantification of thiacloprid, spirotetramat and spirotetramat's four metabolites in pepper. The average recoveries were in the range of 71.6-119.5%, with relative standard deviations ⩽ 12.1%. The limit of quantification for the method was less than 0.01 mg/kg. The method was applied to field samples to evaluate the residual characteristics of thiacloprid and spirotetramat. The data showed that the first+first-order model is a better fit than the first order model for the dissipation of thiacloprid and spirotetramat in pepper. The half-lives of thiacloprid and spirotetramat in pepper are 0.81 and 1.21 days, respectively. The final residues were between 0.016 mg/kg and 0.13 mg/kg for thiacloprid and 0.08 mg/kg and 0.12 mg/kg for spirotetramat.

  13. New validated liquid chromatographic and chemometrics-assisted UV spectroscopic methods for the determination of two multicomponent cough mixtures in syrup.

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    Hadad, Ghada M; El-Gindy, Alaa; Mahmoud, Waleed M M

    2008-01-01

    Multivariate spectrophotometric calibration and liquid chromatographic (LC) methods were applied to the determination of 2 multicomponent mixtures containing diprophylline, guaiphenesin, methylparaben, and propylparaben (Mixture 1), or clobutinol, orciprenaline, saccharin sodium, and sodium benzoate (Mixture 2). For the multivariate spectrophotometric calibration methods, principal component regression (PCR) and partial least-squares regression (PLS-1), a calibration set of the mixtures consisting of the components of each mixture was prepared in 0.1 M HCl. Analytical figures of merit such as sensitivity, selectivity, limit of quantitation, and limit of detection were determined for both PLS-1 and PCR. The LC separation was achieved on a reversed-phase C18 analytical column by using isocratic elution with 20 mM potassium dihydrogen phosphate, pH 3.3-acetonitrile (55 + 45, v/v) as the mobile phase and UV detection at 260 and 220 nm for Mixture 1 and Mixture 2, respectively. The proposed methods were validated and successfully applied to the analysis of pharmaceutical formulations and laboratory-prepared mixtures containing the 2 multicomponent combinations. PMID:18376584

  14. Investigation of the optical properties of Mg(OH){sub 2} and MgO nanostructures obtained by microwave-assisted methods

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    Al-Gaashani, R., E-mail: Rashad_jashani@yahoo.com [School of Applied Physics, Faculty Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Department of Physics, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Thamar University, Dhamar, Republic of Yemen (Yemen); Radiman, S. [School of Applied Physics, Faculty Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Al-Douri, Y., E-mail: yaldouri@yahoo.com [Institute of Nano Electronic Engineering, University Malaysia Perlis, 01000 Kangar, Perlis (Malaysia); Tabet, N. [Physics Department, Center of Excellence in Renewable Energy, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals,Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia); Daud, A.R. [School of Applied Physics, Faculty Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2012-04-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Two new methods for the synthesis of nano Mg(OH){sub 2} and MgO are described. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mg(OH){sub 2} was prepared by a simple reaction of Mg powder with H{sub 2}O under microwave. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mg(OH){sub 2} transformed into MgO nanoflakes by rapid microwave hybrid heating. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SiC-based composite was used as a microwave heater. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Optical properties of nano Mg(OH){sub 2} and MgO were investigated. - Abstract: Two simple methods for the synthesis of Mg(OH){sub 2} nanostructures, MgO nanoflakes and MgO/Mg(OH){sub 2} nanocomposite using a conventional microwave oven are reported. The first method includes the preparation of Mg(OH){sub 2} by a simple reaction of magnesium powder with deionized water under microwave radiation. The second approach relates to the transformation of Mg(OH){sub 2} to MgO nanoflakes and grass-like nanostructures by rapid microwave hybrid heating using a SiC-based composite susceptor. The as-synthesized samples have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) The optical properties of the samples are investigated using UV-visible spectroscopy to study the reflective index and optical dielectric constant.

  15. Magnetic properties of Co{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by starch-assisted sol–gel autocombustion method and its ball milling

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    Yadav, Raghvendra Singh, E-mail: yadav@fch.vutbr.cz [Materials Research Centre, Brno University of Technology, Purkyňova 464/118, 61200 Brno (Czech Republic); Havlica, Jaromir [Materials Research Centre, Brno University of Technology, Purkyňova 464/118, 61200 Brno (Czech Republic); Hnatko, Miroslav; Šajgalík, Pavol [Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, SK-845 36 Bratislava (Slovakia); Alexander, Cigáň [Institute of Measurement Science, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, SK-841 04 Bratislava (Slovakia); Palou, Martin; Bartoníčková, Eva; Boháč, Martin; Frajkorová, Františka; Masilko, Jiri; Zmrzlý, Martin; Kalina, Lukas; Hajdúchová, Miroslava; Enev, Vojtěch [Materials Research Centre, Brno University of Technology, Purkyňova 464/118, 61200 Brno (Czech Republic)

    2015-03-15

    In this article, Co{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x=0.0 and 0.5) spinel ferrite nanoparticles were achieved at 800 °C by starch-assisted sol–gel autocombustion method. To further reduce the particle size, these synthesized ferrite nanoparticles were ball-milled for 2 h. X-ray diffraction patterns demonstrated single phase formation of Co{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x=0.0 and 0.5) spinel ferrite nanoparticles. FE-SEM analysis indicated the nanosized spherical particles formation with spherical morphology. The change in Raman modes and relative intensity were observed due to ball milling and consequently decrease of particle size and cationic redistribution. An X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) result indicated that Co{sup 2+}, Zn{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} exist in octahedral and tetrahedral sites. The cationic redistribution of Zn{sup 2+} and consequently Fe{sup 3+} occurred between octahedral and tetrahedral sites after ball-milling. The change in saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) and coercivity (H{sub c}) with decrease of nanocrystalline size and distribution of cations in spinel ferrite were observed. - Highlights: • Co{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel ferrite nanoparticles. • Starch-assisted sol–gel auto-combustion method. • Effect of ball-milling on particle size and cation distribution. • Magnetic property dependent on cations and particle size.

  16. Improved electrochemical performance of LiNi0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2 cathode material synthesized by citric acid assisted sol-gel method for lithium ion batteries

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    Lee, Suk-Woo; Kim, Hyungsub; Kim, Myeong-Seong; Youn, Hee-Chang; Kang, Kisuk; Cho, Byung-Won; Roh, Kwang Chul; Kim, Kwang-Bum

    2016-05-01

    A citric acid assisted sol-gel method is employed for synthesizing LiNi0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2 for use as a cathode material in lithium-ion batteries. The effects of heat-treatment temperature and oxygen atmosphere on the structural and electrochemical properties of LiNi0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2 are investigated, in order to determine optimal conditions for the synthesis of LiNi0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2 via the citric acid assisted sol-gel method. In particular, the presence of oxygen in the atmosphere effectively leads to a decrease in the degree of cation mixing and the formation of LiOH and Li2CO3 on the surface of LiNi0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2. Furthermore, heat-treatment in an oxygen atmosphere improves the uniformity of oxidation state of Ni ions between the surface and bulk. LiNi0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2 synthesized by heat-treatment at 850 °C under an oxygen atmosphere shows a discharge capacity of 174 mA h g-1 and 89% capacity retention after 100 cycles. In addition, it shows high rate capability (i.e., 41% capacity retention at 10 C), which is an improved rate performance over a previous report. The results of this study should provide useful information for the synthesis of Ni-rich layered oxides for lithium ion batteries.

  17. Nursing Home Work Practices and Nursing Assistants' Job Satisfaction

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    Bishop, Christine E.; Squillace, Marie R.; Meagher, Jennifer; Anderson, Wayne L.; Wiener, Joshua M.

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: To estimate the impact of nursing home work practices, specifically compensation and working conditions, on job satisfaction of nursing assistants employed in nursing homes. Design and Methods: Data are from the 2004 National Nursing Assistant Survey, responses by the nursing assistants' employers to the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey,…

  18. A vortex-assisted MSPD method for the extraction of pesticide residues from fish liver and crab hepatopancreas with determination by GC-MS.

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    Souza Caldas, Sergiane; Marian Bolzan, Cátia; Jaime de Menezes, Eliana; Laura Venquiaruti Escarrone, Ana; de Martinez Gaspar Martins, Camila; Bianchini, Adalto; Gilberto Primel, Ednei

    2013-08-15

    A method based on matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to determine pesticides in fish liver and crab hepatopancreas was optimized. Ethyl acetate and acetonitrile were evaluated as elution solvents and their volumes were also checked. The best results were obtained with 1.0 g reused C18 as sorbent, using 5 mL acetonitrile as the elution solvent. Analytical recoveries ranged between 57 and 107% with RSD lower than 26% in fish liver and between 56 and 122% with RSD lower than 21% in crab hepatopancreas. The LOQ values for these compounds ranged from 0.05 to 0.5 mg kg(-1) for crab hepatopancreas and from 0.125 to 1.25 mg kg(-1) for fish liver. MPSD was shown to be easy and fast to use, with a clear advantage regarding costs because it does not need any expensive instrument. The proposed method was successfully applied to determine dimethoate, atrazine, clomazone, fenitrothion, malathion, fipronil and tebuconazole in fish liver and crab hepatopancreas samples.

  19. Optical and morpho-structural properties of ZnO nanostructured particles synthesized at low temperature via air-assisted USP method

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    Flores-Carrasco, G.; Carrillo-López, J.; Martínez-Martínez, R.; Espinosa-Torres, N. D.; Muñoz, L.; Milosevic, O.; Rabanal, M. E.

    2016-03-01

    Here, we report on the ZnO nanoparticles processing employing low-temperature (500 °C) ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP) method, using different Zn nitrate precursor solution concentrations (0.01, 0.1 and 1.0 M). Particle structural, morphological and luminescence characteristics were studied based on X-ray powder diffractometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM/HRTEM), thermal analysis, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra and photoluminescence measurements (PL). The generated so-called secondary particles have a hexagonal ZnO wurtzite-type crystalline structure with preferred orientation of (101) plane and quasi-spherical in shape. It was shown that such particle structural and morphological features are independent on the precursor solution concentrations used. All the PL spectra illustrate a strong green-yellow typical emission band exhibiting the corresponding redshift and variation of direct band gap from 3.22 to 3.12 eV with the increase in precursor concentration. The thermal analysis confirmed high thermal nanoparticles stability. The results proved that USP method successfully produces ZnO nanoparticles using neither dispersing agents nor post-heating treatments at high temperature, which allows rapid, continuous, single-step preparation, demonstrating a high potential for industrial applications.

  20. Assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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    van der Heide, Agnes

    2013-01-01

    Several countries have adopted laws that regulate physician assistance in dying. Such assistance may consist of providing a patient with a prescription of lethal medication that is self-administered by the patient, which is usually referred to as (physician) assistance in suicide, or of administering lethal medication to a patient, which is referred to as euthanasia. The main aim of regulating physician assistance in dying is to bring these practices into the open and to provide physicians with legal certainty. A key condition in all jurisdictions that have regulated either assistance in suicide or euthanasia is that physicians are only allowed to engage in these acts upon the explicit and voluntary request of the patient. All systems that allow physician assistance in dying have also in some way included the notion that physician assistance in dying is only accepted when it is the only means to address severe suffering from an incurable medical condition. Arguments against the legal regulation of physician assistance in dying include principled arguments, such as the wrongness of hastening death, and arguments that emphasize the negative consequences of allowing physician assistance in dying, such as a devaluation of the lives of older people, or people with chronic disease or disabilities. Opinion polls show that some form of accepting and regulating euthanasia and physician assistance in suicide is increasingly supported by the general population in most western countries. Studies in countries where physician assistance in dying is regulated suggest that practices have remained rather stable in most jurisdictions and that physicians adhere to the legal criteria in the vast majority of cases.

  1. Corticotomy-assisted orthodontic treatment

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    Hassan, Ali H; Al-Saeed, Samar H; Al-Maghlouth, Basma A.; Bahammam, Maha A.; Linjawi, Amal I; El-Bialy, Tarek H

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: To systematically review the literature to assess the quality of evidence related to corticotomy-assisted orthodontic treatment (CAOT) as adjunctive treatment in orthodontics. Methods: The study was conducted in the Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia between 2013 and 2014. Various electronic databases were searched and abstracts were retrieved. Defined inclusion criteria were then applied to the obtained original articles for further evaluation b...

  2. Parthenogenesis and Human Assisted Reproduction

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    Adriana Bos-Mikich; Fabiana F. Bressan; Ruggeri, Rafael R.; Yeda Watanabe; Flávio V. Meirelles

    2016-01-01

    Parthenogenetic activation of human oocytes obtained from infertility treatments has gained new interest in recent years as an alternative approach to create embryos with no reproductive purpose for research in areas such as assisted reproduction technologies itself, somatic cell, and nuclear transfer experiments and for derivation of clinical grade pluripotent embryonic stem cells for regenerative medicine. Different activating methods have been tested on human and nonhuman oocytes, with var...

  3. Quality assessment of the saffron samples using second-order spectrophotometric data assisted by three-way chemometric methods via quantitative analysis of synthetic colorants in adulterated saffron

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    Masoum, Saeed; Gholami, Ali; Hemmesi, Marjan; Abbasi, Saleheh

    2015-09-01

    Saffron is a valuable culinary spice that can be used not only for dyes and cooking, but also for many medical purposes. Due to its high price and restriction of its production, various fraud manners in its production have been growing. Addition of synthetic colorants to saffron is the most common way for adulteration. In this work, chemometric methods are proposed to resolve the three-dimensional absorbance spectra-pH data for simultaneous determination of the two colorants Tartrazin and Sunset yellow, in adulterated saffron. The rank deficiency in the concentration mode impaired the system. Therefore, to extirpate the ambiguity, which results from rank deficiency, three-way variation array V was generated by subtracting the first pH spectrum from each spectrum at each pH. This allows the extraction of extent reaction profile and mixture reaction spectral profiles, as well as the relative concentrations of the analytes.

  4. Glycolic acid assisted one-step synthesis of Cu-Ni-Fe metal oxide nanocomposites by sol-gel-combustion method: Structural, spectroscopic and magnetic studies

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    Srivastava, Manish [Department of Physics, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, Allahabad 211004 (India); Ojha, Animesh K., E-mail: animesh_r1776@rediffmail.com [Department of Physics, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, Allahabad 211004 (India); Chaubey, S. [Department of Physics, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, Allahabad 211004 (India); Sharma, Prashant K.; Pandey, Avinash C. [Nanophosphor Application Centre, University of Allahabad, Allahabad 211002 (India)

    2010-04-15

    The present article reports the synthesis of copper, nickel and iron-based metal oxide nanocomposites by sol-gel method using disproportion of Cu(II) and Fe(III) in basic media. The synthesized nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), Raman spectroscopy (RS), differential scanning calorimetery (DSC)/thermogravemetric analysis (TGA), field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The XRD patterns of nanocomposites confirm the presence of spinel, CuO and FeO phases. The particle size of the nanocomposite has been calculated using HR-TEM micrographs and found to be in the range of 10-120 nm. The magnetic properties of nanocomposites were measured at room temperature. The values of saturation magnetization (Ms) and remanent magnetization (Mr) were increasing with increase of iron concentration.

  5. Determination of total lead in 400 lipsticks on the U.S. market using a validated microwave-assisted digestion, inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometric method.

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    Hepp, Nancy M

    2012-01-01

    In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published lead (Pb) content results from a small survey of 20 tube lipsticks with red shades using a validated inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometric (ICP-MS) method developed by FDA chemists. The study was prompted by a media report suggesting that potential exposure to lead from lipsticks under conditions of ordinary use might be harmful. The FDA has since investigated the lead content of tube lipsticks by conducting an expanded survey that included a variety of shades and manufacturers, at varying prices. The purposes of the expanded survey were to ascertain the levels of lead in lipsticks sold on the U.S. market, to identify any categories of lipstick with elevated levels of lead, and to compare the results to those from the initial small survey. Four hundred lipsticks available on the U.S. market in the spring of 2010 were tested for total lead content using the FDA's validated method. The analyses were performed by a private laboratory contracted by the FDA. The maximum lead level found was 7.19 mg Pb/kg. Thirteen of the 400 lipsticks were found to contain levels greater than 3.06 mg Pb/kg, the highest amount found in the initial survey. The average lead concentration found in the expanded survey was 1.11 mg Pb/kg, which was very close to the average of 1.07 mg Pb/kg found in the initial survey. Some statistically significant associations between lead level and parent company were found. The contract requirements, testing procedures, and findings from the expanded survey are described here. PMID:23193690

  6. Laboratory detection and assistant diagnosis method of hand foot mouth disease%手足口病的实验室检测及辅助诊断方法

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    郭根柱

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To explore the laboratory detection and related assistant diagnosis method of hand foot mouth disease. Methods:32 patients with hand foot mouth disease were selected.Using real-time fluorescence PCR method detected the pathogeny of hand foot mouth disease.The results were compared with the detection results of conventional RT-PCR method. Results:The intestinal virus,enteric virus type 71,coxsackie virus A16 type are the common pathogens of hand foot mouth disease. There was no significant difference between the two detection results(P>0.05).Conclusion:The real-time fluorescence PCR detection method and conventional RT-PCR method have higher detection fitness.The intestinal virus could be used as an indicator for early diagnosis of hand foot mouth disease.%目的:探讨手足口病的实验室检测以及相关辅助诊断方法.方法:收治手足口病患者32例,采用实时荧光PCR方法检测手足口病的病原菌,并与常规RT-PCR方法检测结果进行比较.结果:肠道病毒、肠道病毒71型、柯萨奇病毒A16型为手足口病常见的病原体,两种检测结果比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论:实时荧光PCR检测方法与常规RT-PCR方法检测吻合度较高,肠病毒71型可作为早期诊断手足口病的指标之一.

  7. 手足口病的实验室检测及辅助诊断方法%Laboratory detection and assistant diagnosis method of hand foot mouth disease

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    郭根柱

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨手足口病的实验室检测以及相关辅助诊断方法.方法:收治手足口病患者32例,采用实时荧光PCR方法检测手足口病的病原菌,并与常规RT-PCR方法检测结果进行比较.结果:肠道病毒、肠道病毒71型、柯萨奇病毒A16型为手足口病常见的病原体,两种检测结果比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论:实时荧光PCR检测方法与常规RT-PCR方法检测吻合度较高,肠病毒71型可作为早期诊断手足口病的指标之一.%Objective:To explore the laboratory detection and related assistant diagnosis method of hand foot mouth disease. Methods:32 patients with hand foot mouth disease were selected.Using real-time fluorescence PCR method detected the pathogeny of hand foot mouth disease.The results were compared with the detection results of conventional RT-PCR method. Results:The intestinal virus,enteric virus type 71,coxsackie virus A16 type are the common pathogens of hand foot mouth disease. There was no significant difference between the two detection results(P>0.05).Conclusion:The real-time fluorescence PCR detection method and conventional RT-PCR method have higher detection fitness.The intestinal virus could be used as an indicator for early diagnosis of hand foot mouth disease.

  8. Enzyme-assisted extraction and ionic liquid-based dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction followed by high-performance liquid chromatography for determination of patulin in apple juice and method optimization using central composite design.

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    Mohammadi, Abdorreza; Tavakoli, Rouya; Kamankesh, Marzieh; Rashedi, Hamid; Attaran, Abdolmohammad; Delavar, Mostafa

    2013-12-01

    A simple and highly sensitive analytical methodology for isolation and determination of patulin in apple-juice samples, based on enzyme-assisted extraction (EAE) and ionic liquid-based dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (IL-DLLME) was developed and optimized. Enzymes play essential roles in eliminating interference and increasing the extraction efficiency of patulin. Apple-juice samples were treated with pectinase and amylase. A mixture of 80 μL ionic liquid and 600 μL methanol (disperser solvent) was used for the IL-DLLME process. The sedimented phase was analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Experimental parameters controlling the performance of DLLME, were optimized using response surface methodology (RSM) based on central composite design (CCD). Under optimum conditions, the calibration curves showed high levels of linearity (R(2)>0.99) for patulin in the range of 1-200 ng g(-1). The relative standard deviation (RSD) for the seven analyses was 7.5%. The limits of detection (LOD) and limits of quantification (LOQ) were 0.15 ng g(-1) and 0.5 ng g(-1), respectively. The merit figures, compared with other methods, showed that new proposed method is an accurate, precise and reliable sample-pretreatment method that substantially reduces sample matrix interference and gives very good enrichment factors and detection limits for investigation trace amount of patulin in apple-juice samples.

  9. Eu2+-doped M2SiO4 (M = Ca, Ba) phosphors prepared by a rapid microwave-assisted sol-gel method: Phase formation and optical properties

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    Birkel, Alexander; DeCino, Nicholas A.; George, Nathan C.; Hazelton, Katherine A.; Hong, Byung-Chul; Seshadri, Ram

    2013-05-01

    We present a rapid microwave-assisted approach for the preparation of Eu2+-doped orthosilicate phosphors. The preparation method relies on a citrate based sol-gel reaction with subsequent combustion in a domestic microwave oven, in contrast to more conventional solid-state methods. This sol-gel pathway yields phase pure, high quality orthosilicates, in less than 25 min of final heating time. In addition, superior morphology control is achieved employing the sol-gel method compared to solid-state preparations. In order to understand the formation process of the final products, thermogravimetric analyses and temperature-dependent X-ray diffraction data were acquired and compared to the conventional solid-state preparation. The morphology and elemental composition of the obtained luminescent materials were investigated using scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The optical properties were elucidated by measuring room-temperature emission and excitation spectra, and the application and efficiency of the obtained phosphors in LED devices was studied.

  10. A lower-limb power-assist robot with perception-assist.

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    Hayashi, Yoshiaki; Kiguchi, Kazuo

    2011-01-01

    In order to assist the motion in the daily lives of physically weak persons such as elderly persons, many kinds of power-assist robots have been developed. In the case of some physically weak persons, the ability to perceive the environment is sometimes deteriorated also. A method of perception-assist has been proposed to assist not only the user's motion but also the user's interaction with an environment, by applying the modification force to the user's motion if it is necessary. In this paper, the perception-assist for a lower-limb power-assist exoskeleton robot is proposed. In the daily life, the walking is very important for persons to achieve desired tasks. Basically, the robot assists the user's muscle force according to the user's motion intention which is estimated based on EMG signals. If the robot has found problems which might lead the user to dangerous situation such as the falling down, the robot tries to modify the user's motion in addition to the ordinal power-assists to make the user walk properly. Since the user might fall down by the effect of the additional modification force of the perception-assist, the robot automatically prevents the user from falling down by considering ZMP (Zero Moment Point). The effectiveness of the proposed method has been evaluated by performing experiments.

  11. Study on total flavonoids extraction from Mangifera indica L.leaves through the microwave-assisted extraction method%微波辅助提取芒果叶总黄酮的工艺研究

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    许晓鑫; 黄咸洲; 王芳

    2012-01-01

    [目的]优化芒果叶黄酮类物质的提取工艺,为深入开展芒果叶黄酮研究、拓宽芒果叶综合利用途径提供依据.[方法]采用微波辅助法提取芒果叶总黄酮,并通过单因素试验和正交试验对其提取工艺进行优化.[结果]影响微波辅助提取芒果叶总黄酮的因素次序为:乙醇体积分数>微波功率>提取时间>料液比;而最佳工艺条件为:在料液比1∶40的条件下用40%乙醇于微波功率320 W中浸提2 min,其芒果叶总黄酮提取率达4.02%.[结论]以微波辅助提取芒果叶总黄酮具有工艺简单易行、快速、高效、经济的特点,是芒果叶资源化利用的有效途径.%[ Objective ]The mango leaf flavonoids extraction process was optimized in order to to provide references for the research development of Mangifera indica L. (mango) leaf flavonoid and to broaden the mango leaves comprehensive utilization methods. [Method]The microwave extraction technology was used for mango flavonoids extraction, and the effects of process conditions on flavonoid concentration were observed and analyzed through the single factor experiment and L9 (34) orthogonal test. [Result]The factors affecting the total flavonoids extracted from mango leaves through the microwave-assisted extraction method were arranged in the following order: volume fraction of ethanol> microwave power> extraction time> liquid ratio. Under the optimum conditions of 1:40 liquid ratio, 40% ethanol extraction, and 320 W of microwave power, the total flavonoids were extracted for 2 min. As a result, the total flavonoids mango leaves extraction rate was 4.02%. [Conclusion]Using the microwave-assisted extraction method to extract the mango total flavonoids has the following advantageous characteristics of being simple, easy, fast, efficient, and economic, which could be effectively utilized as mango leaf resources.

  12. Egress door opening assister

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    Allison, Thomas L.

    2015-10-06

    A door opening spring assistance apparatus is set forth that will automatically apply a door opening assistance force using a combination of rods and coil springs. The release of the rods by the coil springs reduces the force required to set the door in motion.

  13. Medical Assisting Program Guide.

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    Georgia Univ., Athens. Dept. of Vocational Education.

    This guide presents the standard curriculum for technical institutes in Georgia. The curriculum addresses the minimum competencies for a medical assisting program. The program guide is designed to relate primarily to the development of those skills needed by individuals in the medical assisting field, such as medical law and ethics, typing,…

  14. One-pot synthesis and photoluminescence properties of core/porous-shell olive-like BaWO4 microstructure by a template-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Zhang, Suyue; Wang, Yunlong; Wang, Cuiping; Zhang, Hui; Shen, Yuhua; Xie, Anjian

    2016-02-01

    Core/porous-shell olive-like crystalline BaWO4 is synthesized by a combined simple hydrothermal method and soft template approach. The prepared product shows an olive-like shape with diameter of ˜2 μm, length of ˜4 μm, and the thickness of the shell of about 65 nm, which are orderly assembled by many nanoparticles. A possible formation mechanism of olive-like BaWO4 microstructure involving interfacial recognization of ions, nucleation, aggregation, in situ growth and Ostwald ripening process is proposed. Polyacrylic acid sodium (PAAS) as a template plays an important role in inducing the nucleation and growth of olive-like BaWO4 microcrystalline. Other shapes of BaWO4 microcrystalline are also fabricated by varying the concentration of PAAS and Ba2+. The olive-like product with a core-shell structure which exists a large number of pores on crystal surface shows excellent photoluminescence property, which have potentially applied prospects in fields such as light display systems etc.

  15. Hydrogen production via CO2 reforming of methane over ZrO2-Doped Ni/ZSM-5 nanostructured catalyst prepared by ultrasound assisted sequential impregnation method

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    Rahmani, Farhad; Haghighi, Mohammad; Vafaeian, Yaser; Estifaee, Pooya

    2014-12-01

    In our continuing effort to find the proper catalyst for CO2 reforming of methane, Ni(8%)/ZSM-5-ZrO2 with various zirconium loadings (0-15%) are synthesized via sonochemical method. All samples are characterized by XRD, FESEM, TEM, EDX, BET, FTIR and TPR-H2 techniques. The XRD results confirm existence of NiO, ZrO2 and ZSM-5 as crystalline phase in catalyst structure. FESEM images reveal small particle size of active metals and low numbers of agglomerations for Ni(8%)/ZrO2(5%)-ZSM-5. BET analysis shows that addition of ZrO2 to Ni/ZSM-5 decreases the surface area but Ni/ZrO2(5%)-ZSM-5 has the highest surface area. TEM analysis demonstrates high dispersion of Ni nano particles over the support. EDX depicts the best active metal dispersion for the catalyst with 5% zirconia loading. The TPR results prove that the metal-support interaction is enhanced by zirconia addition, indicating the better Ni dispersion. Apart from characterization, activity tests are performed and parameters such as effect of temperature, CO and H2 yields and H2/CO ratio are investigated. The results show that Ni(8%)/ZrO2(5%)-ZSM-5 has the best structural properties and the highest activity and stability in comparison with the other catalysts.

  16. A green method for the quantification of plastics-derived endocrine disruptors in beverages by chemometrics-assisted liquid chromatography with simultaneous diode array and fluorescent detection.

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    Vidal, Rocío B Pellegrino; Ibañez, Gabriela A; Escandar, Graciela M

    2016-10-01

    The aim of this study was to develop a novel analytical method for the determination of bisphenol A, nonylphenol, octylphenol, diethyl phthalate, dibutyl phthalate and diethylhexyl phthalate, compounds known for their endocrine-disruptor properties, based on liquid chromatography with simultaneous diode array and fluorescent detection. Following the principles of green analytical chemistry, solvent consumption and chromatographic run time were minimized. To deal with the resulting incomplete resolution in the chromatograms, a second-order calibration was proposed. Second-order data (elution time-absorbance wavelength and elution time-fluorescence emission wavelength matrices) were obtained and processed by multivariate curve resolution-alternating least-squares (MCR-ALS). Applying MCR-ALS allowed quantification of the analytes even in the presence of partially overlapped chromatographic and spectral bands among these compounds and the potential interferents. The obtained results from the analysis of beer, wine, soda, juice, water and distilled beverage samples were compared with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Limits of detection (LODs) in the range 0.04-0.38ngmL(-1) were estimated in real samples after a very simple solid-phase extraction. All the samples were found to contain at least three EDs, in concentrations as high as 334ngmL(-1). PMID:27474316

  17. A Novel Seeding Method of Interfacial Polymerization-Assisted Dip Coating for the Preparation of Zeolite NaA Membranes on Ceramic Hollow Fiber Supports.

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    Cao, Yue; Wang, Ming; Xu, Zhen-Liang; Ma, Xiao-Hua; Xue, Shuang-Mei

    2016-09-28

    A novel seeding method combining interfacial polymerization (IP) technique with dip-coating operation was designed for directly coating nanosized NaA seed crystals (150 nm) onto the micrometer-sized α-Al2O3 hollow fiber support, in which the polyamide (PA) produced by IP acted as an effective medium to freeze and fix seed crystals at the proper position so that the controlled seed layer could be accomplished. While a coating suspension with only 0.5 wt % seed content was used, a very thin seed layer with high quality and good adhesion was achieved through dip coating twice without drying between, and the whole seeding process was operated at ambient conditions. The resulting zeolite NaA membranes not only exhibited high pervaporation (PV) performance with an average separation factor above 10000 and flux nearly 9.0 kg/m(2)·h in dehydration of 90 wt % ethanol aqueous solution at 348 K but also demonstrated great reproducibility by testing more than eight batches of zeolite membranes. In addition, this seeding strategy could be readily extended to the preparation of other supported zeolite membranes for a wide range of separation applications.

  18. 全彩色LED显示屏的计算机辅助调校方法%Method to Adjust Full Color LED Display Screen with Computer Assistant

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    李天华

    2011-01-01

    阐述了全彩色LED显示屏的结构与基本工作原理,并根据人的视觉特点和LED的显示特性,给出了用笔记本式计算机和SpyderTV套件调校全彩色LED显示屏的方法,包括调校前的基本设定以及精确地检测全彩色LED显示屏画面的色温、亮度、对比度、色饱和度、色调等光度特性.应用表明,该方案具有很高的可靠性与易用性,经过调校的金彩色LED显示屏图像显示效果好、色彩还原性好,提高了亮度和色度的均匀性.%The basic principle and structure of LED display screen are introduced in this paper. According to the vision characteristic of people’ts eye and display feature of LED, the method for adjusting the full color LED display screen by portable computer and Spyder TV is studied, including the basic setting for adjusting and test on the characteristic of full color LED display screen, such as color temperature, brightness, contrast, saturation of color, hue and so on. This scheme has perfect reliability and availability. The picture of full LED display screen adjusted by this scheme has good display effect and color reproduction, the uniformity of bright and saturation of color are also enhanced.

  19. Evaluation methods and assistance in the interpreting complex toxicity data using an ecotoxicological battery of tests; Toxizitaetsdaten aus einer oekotoxikologischen Testbatterie. Auswertemethode und Interpretationshilfe

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    Neumann-Hensel, H. [Dr. Fintelmann und Dr. Meyer Handels- und Umweltschutzlaboratorien, Hamburg (Germany); Pudenz, S. [Criterion - Bewertung und Informationsmanagement, Berlin (Germany)

    2003-07-01

    The influence of industrial chemicals in the environment is strongly determined by the condition of the soil. Considering the complex interrelationships of soil condition and the specific parameters of the material as influential to bioavailability and decompositional reactions, it is necessary to reproduce various situations via a selected battery of ecotoxicological tests. The use of such batteries has already proved to be suitable for the examination of sediments. In order to make statements about the dangerous potential of chemicals in the soil, samples of natural soil were exposed to industrial chemicals (surfactants, mineral oil hydrocarbons, an antibiotic and a pesticide), and examined regularly in test batteries over a period of four weeks. This microcosm works as a degradation test of environmental relevance, monitoring the effects and reactions of industrial chemicals in natural soil. All test results collected over this period of time come to a very complex and multi-dimensional compilation of data which needs to be considered in full before an assessment is possible. The main goal in analysing the data is to extract the maximum possible information from the matrix. Aside from the graphic presentation, mathematic graphs of the data will be introduced. This method aims to provide a structural and logical relationship to the data, in order to build up a classification system and an order of precedence, which should make it possible to estimate potential risk. (orig.) [German] Das Verhalten von Industriechemikalien in der Umwelt wird durch das Kompartiment Boden stark beeinflusst. Vor dem Hintergrund der komplexen Verflechtung der Bodeneigenschaften und der stoffspezifischen Parameter als Einflussgroesse der Bioverfuegbarkeit und des Abbauverhaltens ist es erforderlich, verschiedene Expostionssituationen mit Hilfe von ausgewaehlten oekotoxikologischen Tests abzubilden. Dazu wurde eine Testkombination eingesetzt, die sich bereits zur Untersuchung von

  20. Application of Ultrasonic Devices in Management of Periodontal Lesions - Bone Response in a Case of a Tooth with Poor Treatment Prognosis

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    Blagova Bistra Y.

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Surgical treatment of odontogenic jaw cysts may include one of the following four basic methods: enucleation, marsupialization, staged combination of marsupialization and enucleation, or enucleation with curettage. Enucleation/cystectomy, alone or combined with other procedures, is the preferred choice of treatment. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the case report was to present the outcome of an ultrasound-assistant periapical cystectomy in a frontal upper tooth with indications for extraction. RESULTS: Postoperative recovery was uneventful. The functional result was satisfactory. On the follow-up X-rays a reduction of the intraosseous defect by a new bone formation could be observed. CONCLUSION: We found ultrasonic surgery to be a promising approach for safe and effective odontogenic jaw cyst removal reducing the risk of its recurrence.