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  1. Radiological implications of the use of uranium in vaseline glass. (United States)

    Watson, S J; Hughes, J S


    Uranium oxides have been used as colourants in glassware since the 19th century and this type of glass is commonly referred to as vaseline glass. There are many collectors of vaseline glass in the UK who obtain pieces from the UK antiques market or from abroad. Dose rate measurements were made for a number of items of vaseline glass, and the uranium content of one item was measured. Potential doses to collectors were considered, along with implications for trade and transport due to the uranium content of the glassware. It was concluded that generally items of vaseline glass could give rise to low skin doses from beta radiation, though frequent wearing of necklaces made from vaseline glass may lead to doses in excess of the HPA (Health Protection Agency) dose criterion for consumer products that are not related to safety. Registration under the Radioactive Substances Act will not be required and almost all items of vaseline glass should be suitable for sending through the Royal Mail. For those items not accepted by Royal Mail, it is understood that the transport regulations for radioactive materials would not apply.


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    Full Text Available Contemporary therapeutic approaches offer a wide range of laxative agents, which are often used without a control, exceeding the regime recommended. Therefore, the comparative study for subchronic toxicity of both drugs from this group (Vaseline oil and Glycelax appears interesting.The aim of the study was the comparison of a toxic influence of 14-days application of the drugs under study.Methods. The drugs were studied in two doses: higher therapeutic, and toxic, which 10 times exceeds therapeutic dose. We used “Polispektr-8/B” electrocardiograph, BC 2800vet (Mindray hematologic veterinary analyzer, BS-380 (Mindray biochemical analyzer, CL-50 urine analyzer. After the animals autopsy we determined organs’ coefficient (heart, lungs, spleen, liver, stomach, kidneys, adrenals.Results. While studying the ECG of female rats, amplitude of R wave increased after they got Glycelax in both doses. Female rats who got Vaseline oil this index decreased at minimum dose and increased at maximum dose. After Glycelax application, male rats had an increased activity of alanine aminotransferase. After Vaseline oil application at maximum dose, female rats had alkaline phosphatase activity lowered. Female rats, which got a maximum dose of Vaseline oil had a total protein lowered. Glycelax at maximum dose increased the content of bilirubin and its fractions in male and female rats, while Vaseline oil application at maximum dose increased the content of bilirubin in female rats. Male rats which got Glycelax had hemoglobin and hematocrit level increased.Conclusion. At long-term application of Vaseline oil, animals of both genders had heart disorders with possible development of arrhythmia, hepatotoxic effect, lipid exchange dysfunction. After excessive use of Glycelax the above mentioned is added with possible hemoglobin and rheological blood properties level decrease.

  3. [A case of autoinjection of vaseline under penis skin]. (United States)

    Dewandre, M; Brasseur, E; Andrianne, R


    We report the case of a 24-year-old rumanian patient who came to the emergency department complaining of glans penis pain and tight phimosis; he claimed to have undergone an injection of vaseline under penis skin. We review the literature on various nonmedical practices of penile foreign body injection to enlarge and thicken the penis.

  4. Injection of Vaseline under Penis Skin for the Purpose of Penis Augmentation

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    Tolga Karakan


    Full Text Available Penile foreign body injection is an uncommon entity produced by penile paraffin, mineral oil, and vaseline injections for the purpose of penile enlargement. Generally, penile subcutaneous and glandular injections for penile augmentation are performed by a nonmedical person, under unacceptable conditions. It will be an aim to share our experiences about penile vaseline injection.

  5. Injection of Vaseline under Penis Skin for the Purpose of Penis Augmentation


    Tolga Karakan; Erim Ersoy; Metin Hasçiçek; Berat Cem Özgür; Serkan Özcan; Arif Aydın


    Penile foreign body injection is an uncommon entity produced by penile paraffin, mineral oil, and vaseline injections for the purpose of penile enlargement. Generally, penile subcutaneous and glandular injections for penile augmentation are performed by a nonmedical person, under unacceptable conditions. It will be an aim to share our experiences about penile vaseline injection.

  6. Injection of Vaseline under Penis Skin for the Purpose of Penis Augmentation. (United States)

    Karakan, Tolga; Ersoy, Erim; Hasçiçek, Metin; Ozgür, Berat Cem; Ozcan, Serkan; Aydın, Arif


    Penile foreign body injection is an uncommon entity produced by penile paraffin, mineral oil, and vaseline injections for the purpose of penile enlargement. Generally, penile subcutaneous and glandular injections for penile augmentation are performed by a nonmedical person, under unacceptable conditions. It will be an aim to share our experiences about penile vaseline injection.

  7. Hungarian "jailhouse rock": incidence and morbidity of Vaseline self-injection of the penis. (United States)

    Rosecker, Ágnes; Bordás, Noémi; Pajor, László; Bajory, Zoltán


    Vaseline self-injection into the penis is currently a popular procedure in prisons. Since such injections are illegal, severe complications of the procedure can often remain hidden. To identify the incidence, motivation, and morbidity of Vaseline self-injection into the penis among inmates. A total of 4,735 inmates at the largest Hungarian prisons were asked to complete a questionnaire relating to their sexual life, whether they had self-injected Vaseline into their penis, the motivation leading them to resort to Vaseline self-injection, any complications observed and the level of satisfaction attained. A 17-point questionnaire on the circumstances, motivations, and complications of Vaseline self-injection among prisoners. Of the 1,905 responders, 15.7% admitted Vaseline self-injection. Only around one-fifth of the Vaseline injected subjects had not been satisfied with the original size of their penis and their sexual life up to the time of the injection, a proportion similar to that among Vaseline nonusers. While the satisfaction with the sexual life became significantly worse after the Vaseline injection, the satisfaction with the penis size did not change and an erectile dysfunction developed de novo in 21.4% of cases. The most common motivation for self-injection was a recommendation by another inmate; it was rarely recommended by a sexual partner. Complications had developed among 25.4% of the Vaseline users and 50.3% of them were not satisfied with the result of the Vaseline injection. Of the Vaseline users, 22.4% regretted the self-injection, while the rate among those who had developed complications was 53%. The self-injection of Vaseline into the penile skin proved to be somewhat of a trend among these inmates. The complications depended mainly on the amount of Vaseline injected, the poor hygienic circumstances, and the personal tolerability. Increased awareness is needed for the prevention of this social, psychological, and physical problem. © 2012

  8. Investigation of antioxidant activity of hydrocarbon oxidation inhibitors in vaseline oil

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    Shmulovich, V.G.; Gol' denberg, V.I.


    The antiradical activity of 13 different inhibitors was investigated by the chemiluminescence method in vaseline oil in the presence of initiated oxidation (70/sup 0/C), as was their antioxidant activity in the process of autooxidation (170/sup 0/C) of the oil. A correlation between antiradical activity and antioxidant activity was established for some of the inhibitors. The stoichiometric inhibition factor f(InH)/sub c/ of the natural antioxidants present in vaseline oil and their corresponding antiradical activity constants k/sub 7//k/sub 6/ were determined by the chemiluminescence method. This method was also used to investigate the interaction between synthetic inhibitors and the natural inhibitors present in vaseline oil. The presence of a synergic effect upon interaction with natural inhibitors was established for ionol, 2,4,6-tri-tert.-butylphenol, and thiodiethyleneglycol ester of 4-oxyinhibitors with phenol and amine groups during the stage of a developed exidation of vaseline oil (170/sup 0/C) was found to produce critical effects due to the fact that these compounds are polyfunctional inhibitors which repress the oxidation process both through interaction with peroxide radicals and through the breakdown of hydroperoxides.

  9. Investigation of antioxidant activity of hydrocarbon oxidation inhibitors in vaseline oil

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    Shmulovich, V.G.; Gol' denberg, V.I.


    The antiradical activity of 13 different inhibitors was investigated by the chemiluminescence method in vaseline oil in the presence of initiated oxidation (70/sup 0/C), as was their antioxidant activity in the process of autooxidation (170/sup 0/C) of the oil. A correlation between antiradical activity and antioxidant activity was established for some of the inhibitors. The stoichiometric inhibition factor f(InH)/sub c/ of the natural antioxidants present in vaseline oil and their corresponding antiradical activity constants k/sub 7//..sqrt..k/sub 6/ were determined by the chemiluminescence method. This method was also used to investigate the interaction between synthetic inhibitors and the natural inhibitors present in vaseline oil. The presence of a synergic effect upon interaction with natural inhibitors was established for ionol, 2,4,6-tri-tert.-butylphenol, and thiodiethyleneglycol ester of 4-oxy-3,5-di-tert.-butylphenylpropionic acid. The addition of sulfur-containing inhibitors with phenol and amine groups during the stage of a developed oxidation of vaseline oil (170/sup 0/C) was found to produce critical effects due to the fact that these compounds are polyfunctional inhibitors which repress the oxidation process both through interaction with peroxide radicals and through the breakdown of hydroperoxides.

  10. Treatment and outcome of vaseline-induced sclerosing lipogranuloma of the penis. (United States)

    Nyirády, Péter; Kelemen, Zsolt; Kiss, András; Bánfi, Gergely; Borka, Katalin; Romics, Imre


    To study the treatment and short-term outcome of 16 consecutive cases of sclerosing lipogranuloma of penis developing after Vaseline inoculation for penile augmentation. After Vaseline inoculation, patient pain was related mainly to erection and severe phimosis. At surgical reconstruction complete and radical excision of the involved penile skin was performed, followed by skin substitution from the existing, saved coat of the penis. In most cases the stored, uninvolved inner preputial skin was used; less frequently scrotal flaps and in the least-favorable cases penis embedment in the scrotum was applied for coverage of the penis. All 16 patients were cured, no matter how long after self-injection vaselinoma developed or which kind of surgery was performed. Histopathologic evaluation revealed different findings according to the time elapsed after Vaseline injection. Early detection of patients with Vaseline penile augmentation and urgent surgery are essential because the best esthetic and functional results can be achieved in the acute period; this is when granuloma does not involve the subdermal but only the subcutaneous layer and local penile flaps can most commonly be used for reconstruction.

  11. Surgical solutions for the complications of the Vaseline self-injection of the penis. (United States)

    Bajory, Zoltán; Mohos, Gábor; Rosecker, Agnes; Bordás, Noémi; Pajor, László


    Penile girth enhancement by the injection of Vaseline is an existing practice. Many cases develop severe complications that need surgery. To report on the reconstructive surgical solutions of the complications of Vaseline self-injection and the outcomes. To develop a modification of a one-step reconstruction method involving the use of pedicled scrotal flaps. The complications and their surgical solutions were classified as regards severity and difficulty. The outcomes were observed and a newly introduced one-step surgical method was investigated. Seventy-eight consecutive patients (87.2% of them with a history of imprisonment) were divided into three groups. In group A, aesthetic penile defects or phimosis caused by the Vaseline necessitated circumcision or local excision. In group B, the whole penile skin was involved, and total skin removal and two- or (a newly modified) one-step reconstructive surgery were performed. In group C, both the whole penile skin and the scrotum were involved: complete skin removal and skin grafting or skin pedicled flap transplantation were carried out. In five cases in group B, postoperative skin necrosis made a second operation necessary. There was one intraoperative urethral injury, where a urethral fistula developed and a second urethral reconstruction was performed. There was no major complication with the newly developed one-stage pedicled flap procedure. At the end of the therapy, all the cases were healed. All of the patients reported successful sexual intercourse after the operations and 91% were satisfied with the result. The complications depend mainly on the amount of Vaseline injected, the hygienic circumstances, and the personal tolerability. In the worst cases, only radical skin removal and skin transplantation can solve the problem. The newly developed one-step arterial branch-preserving scrotal skin flap reconstruction appears to be a suitable and cost-effective solution for these patients. © 2013 International



    DEWANDRE; Brasseur, Edmond; Andrianne, Robert


    Nous rapportons le cas d’un patient de 24 ans, d’origine roumaine, se présentant aux urgences pour douleur du gland et phimosis serré et prétendant avoir subi une injection sous cutanée pénienne de vaseline. Nous proposons une revue de la littérature consacrée aux différentes pratiques non médicales d’implantation ou d’injection de matériel étranger sous la peau du pénis afin d’en augmenter la taille Peer reviewed

  13. Efficacy and tolerance of calcium alginate versus vaseline gauze dressings in the treatment of diabetic foot lesions. (United States)

    Lalau, J D; Bresson, R; Charpentier, P; Coliche, V; Erlher, S; Ha Van, G; Magalon, G; Martini, J; Moreau, Y; Pradines, S; Rigal, F; Wemeau, J L; Richard, J L


    The study aimed at comparing the efficacy and tolerance of an alginate wound dressing with a vaseline gauze dressing in the treatment of diabetic foot lesions. This open-label randomized multicenter controlled study was designed to assess the effect of an up to 6-week treatment with either calcium alginate or vaseline gauze dressings. Lesions were either acute or chronic, under cleansing, and with a surface area of 1-50 cm(2); osteomyelitis and severe hypovascularization were non-inclusion criteria. Dressings were changed every day then, once granulation had occurred, every 2 to 3 days. Primary outcome was the proportion of patients with granulation tissue over 75% of the wound area and having a 40% decrease in wound surface area; secondary outcomes were pain on dressing changes, the number of dressing changes, and adverse events. Seventy-seven patients were enrolled. Due to the premature cessation of treatment in 13 patients, it was decided to reduce the period of the efficacy analysis to 4 weeks (without revising the criteria of efficacy). The success rate was of 42.8% in the calcium alginate group and of 28.5% in the vaseline gauze group (not significant difference). A subsequent analysis of granulation tissue surfaces covering the wounds at week 4 (all surfaces taken together) showed a superiority of calcium alginate (p=0.04). Pain on dressing change was lower in the calcium alginate group (p=0.047) and the total number of dressing changes tended also to be lower (p=0.07). Adverse events, which occurred 4 times in the calcium alginate group and 6 times in the other, were judged independent of the treatments. As compared with vaseline gauze, calcium alginate appears to be more appropriate for topical treatment of diabetic foot lesions in terms of both healing and tolerance.

  14. The effects of Vaseline gauze strip, Merocel, and Nasopore on the formation of synechiae and excessive granulation tissue in the middle meatus and the incidence of major postoperative bleeding after endoscopic sinus surgery

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    Ying-Piao Wang


    Conclusion: Among patients who had undergone ESS for rhinosinusitis with or without polyps, the incidence of synechiae and excessive granulation tissue in the middle meatus and major postoperative bleeding in the patients who received Vaseline gauze packing was equivalent to the incidence of these complications in the patients who received Merocel. Nasopore was not superior to the other two nonabsorbable packing materials.

  15. Comparison of the effect of two excipients (karite nut butter and vaseline on the efficacy of Cocos nucifera, Elaeis guineensis and Carapa procera oil-based repellents formulations against mosquitoes biting in Ivory Coast

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    Konan Y.L.


    Full Text Available Repellents in the form of dermal pomades are recommended as a protection against awakening and bedtime mosquito bites. If synthesis repellents are available, they are nevertheless not common and the prices remain out of reach for the communities concerned. The people therefore have to resort more and more to traditional concoctions, some of which have been shown to be effective. After demonstrating that oil-based formulations (lotions, creams, pomades of Cocos nucifera (coconut, Elaeis guineensis (oil palm and Carapa procera (gobi were effective against mosquitoes, it became necessary to study the impact of the two excipients used in their manufacture, on the effectiveness of the repellents. Experiments were carried with Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti under lobaratory conditions and any other mosquitoes collected under field conditions in Ivory Coast. The laboratory results indicate that the average protection times obtained with formulations with karite nut butter as excipient (54.8 ± 37.0 mn and 74.6 ± 26.4 mn respectively on An. gambiae and Ae. aegypti are higher than those recorded with vaseline as excipient (respectively 42.7 ± 30.0 mn and 60.8 ± 33.9 mn. On the other hand, under field conditions, the biting rate percentage reduction obtained with the products with karite nut butter and vaseline excipient were similar (respectively 29.8 % and 35.9 % for all mosquitoes collected and 45.7 % and 47.4 % against An. gambiae. Nevertheless, the use of karite nut butter on repellent products should be encouraged because its sale price is very lower (10 time less than the vaseline's.

  16. Measurement and verification of a energy optimization project; Medicao e verificacao de um projeto de otimizacao energetica

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    Haddad, Jamil; Yamachita, Roberto Akira; Guardia, Eduardo Crestana [Universidade Federal de Itajuba (UNIFEI), MG (Brazil). Centro de Excelencia em Eficiencia Energetica; Cruz, Paulo de Tarso de Alexandria; Porto, Laura Cristina da Fonseca; Leonelli, Paulo Augusto [Ministerio de Minas e Energia (MME), Brasilia, DF (Brazil)


    This article presents the results obtained with the execution of a service of energy diagnosis, project and execution of energy modernization of the Municipal Market. During the execution of this project measurements were accomplished before and after the end of the works, this measurement process had as objective the verification of the energy earnings. This project had its beginning in January of 2007 and the end in February of 2008. With the implementation of this project it was obtained a reduction in the electric power consumption, and also, it provided larger safety to the electric operation and the public visitor of the market. This project was accomplished in partnership with the Ministry of Mines and Energy - MME, and it was the first action of practical stamp of the Center of Excellency in Energy Efficiency - EXCEN, of the Federal University of Itajuba - UNIFEI, inaugurated in December of 2006, which has as objective disseminates information on the theme energy efficiency through training, development of researches, projects and methodologies. (author)

  17. A verification methodology for in vivo dosimetry in stereotactic radiotherapy; Uma metodologia para verificacao dosimetrica in vivo em radioterapia estereotaxica

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    Amaral, Leonardo L.; Oliveira, Harley F.; Fairbanks, Leandro R., E-mail: [Universidade de Sao Paulo (HCFMRP/USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Hospital das Clinicas; Nicolucci, Patricia; Netto, Thomaz G. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (FFCLRP/USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciencias e Letras. Departamento de Fisica


    Radiotherapy of brain lesions near critical structures requires a high accuracy in the location and dose. The high precision is achieved by the location of the stereotactic apparatus. The accuracy in dose delivery should be accompanied by an accurate quality control in devices that involve the practice, however, still does not guarantee the dose at the time of therapy. The large number of fields and the small size of these conventional methods difficult dosimetry during treatment. The objective of this work was to develop a verification methodology in vivo dosimetry in stereotactic radiotherapy with the aid of the film radiochromic Linear Accelerator with multi leaf collimators Moduleaf. The technique uses film segments radiochromic Gafchromic EBT2, with dimensions of 1x1 cm{sup 2} in area outside the coupled micro-multileaf Moduleaf Siemens. These films were inserted in the region of the central axis of the beam. The films were irradiated and calibrated to obtain the factors that determine the size dependence of the dosimetric field. With these data, we designed a computer program which calculates the density of a film must acquire when subjected to an exposure in this setting. This study evaluated five non-coplanar plans, the first with 15 fields and the other with 25 fields. Before starting the procedure, the film segment is coupled to the device, and after the treatment, the relative density is evaluated and compared with the calculated. The average value of the verification at the time of radiation dosimetry compared with the calculated by the sheet was 1.5%. The data collected in this study showed a satisfactory agreement between measured and calculated by the program in the densitometer. Thus, a methodology was developed to verify in vivo dosimetry in radiotherapy and stereotactic linear accelerator collimators Moduleaf. (author)

  18. Verification of the shielding built for a Cyclotron accelerator; Verificacao da blindagem construida para um acelerador do tipo Ciclotron

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    Videira, Heber S., E-mail: [CYCLOPET Radiofarmacos LTDA., Curitiba, PR (Brazil); Passaro, Bruno M.; Gonzalez, Julia A.; Guimaraes, Maria Ines C.C.; Buchpigue, Carlos A. [Centro de Medicina Nuclear (CMN) do InRad HCFMUSP, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)


    According to the National Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN) resolution 112/2011, administrative controls must be applied during the construction of a cyclotron and documents must be created showing that the facility can operate without radiological risks, referring even to the shielding efficiency. This study aimed to perform the analysis of the construction and efficiency of the bunker built for shielding, in the cyclotron of University of Sao Paulo Medical School Health System. This was possible through the measurements of a radiometric survey in normal working conditions, and testing related to compression resistance and density. The results showed that the compression resistance of the concrete used is higher than the expected value and the average density value obtained is within the tolerated limits. The radiometric survey results showed that the levels of ionizing radiation are well below the established limits. (author)

  19. Portable system for periodical verification of area monitors for neutrons; Sistema portatil para verificacao periodica de monitores de area para neutrons

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    Souza, Luciane de R.; Leite, Sandro Passos; Lopes, Ricardo Tadeu, E-mail: [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao de Engenharia (PEN/COPPE/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Programa de Energia Nuclear; Patrao, Karla C. de Souza; Fonseca, Evaldo S. da; Pereira, Walsan W., E-mail: [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Lab. Nacional de Metrologia das Radiacoes Ionizantes (LNMRI). Lab. de Neutrons


    The Neutrons Laboratory develops a project viewing the construction of a portable test system for verification of functioning conditions of neutron area monitors. This device will allow to the users the verification of the calibration maintenance of his instruments at the use installations, avoiding the use of an inadequate equipment related to his answer to the neutron beam response

  20. Dosimetry in VMAT for prostate using ionization chambers of different volumes; Verificacao dosimetrica em VMAT para prostata com camaras de ionizacao de volumes diferentes

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    Groppo, Daniela P.; Anderson, Ernani; Pavan, Guilherme A., E-mail:, E-mail: [Clinicas Oncologicas Integradas (Grupo COI), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Caldas, Linda V.E., E-mail: [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)


    The volumetric modulated arc therapy is one of the most modern radiotherapy techniques. The advents of this modality in the dose delivery can also contribute to errors during the execution of the treatment, therefore various types of quality control are carried out. The individual assessment of dose delivered to the patient is also an important quality control test and required by the current regulations. The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of different volume ionization chambers for dosimetry of VMAT treatments for prostate cancer. Three ionization chambers were evaluated and all of them showed satisfactory results. (author)

  1. Stress analysis in a non axisymmetric loaded reactor pressure vessel; Verificacao de tensoes em um vaso de pressao nuclear com carregamentos nao-axissimetricos

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    Albuquerque, Levi Barcelos; Assis, Gracia Menezes V. de [Coordenadoria para Projetos Especiais (COPESP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Miranda, Carlos Alexandre J.; Cruz, Julio Ricardo B.; Mattar Neto, Miguel [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)


    In this work we intend to present the stress analysis of a PWR vessel under postulated concentrated loads. The vessel was modeled with Axisymmetric solid 4 nodes harmonic finite elements with the use of the ANSYS program, version 5.0. The bolts connecting the vessel flanges were modeled with beam elements. Some considerations were made to model the contact between the flanges. The perforated part of the vessel tori spherical head was modeled (with reduced properties due to its holes) to introduce its stiffness and loads but was not within the scope of this work. The loading consists of some usual ones, as pressure, dead weight, bolts preload, seismic load and some postulated ones as concentrated loads, over the vessel, modeled by Fourier Series. The results in the axisymmetric model are taken in terms of linearized stresses, obtained in some circumferential positions and for each position, in some sections along the vessel. Using the ASME Code (Section III, Division 1, Sub-section NB) the stresses are within the allowable limits. In order to draw some conclusions about stress linearization, the membrane plus bending stresses (Pl + Pb) are obtained and compared in some sections, using three different methods. (author) 4 refs., 15 figs., 7 tabs.

  2. A proposal of verifying of an inductive voltage transformers precision class; Uma proposta de verificacao da classe de exatidao de transformadores de potencial indutivos

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    The possibility of verifying the inductive voltage transformer (IVT) precision class during its operational life by means of simple excitation and short circuit tests is shown. By this way, the transportation of such equipment to laboratories or factories for new calibrations is avoided. As IVT precision is function of geometric parameters and material characteristics such as winding resistivity, core permeability and others, if they do not change, there is no reason to expect modifications in the precision of the equipment. After a critical analysis, is intended to demonstrate and experimentally verify that excitation and short-circuit test are sufficient to detect any modification in the above parameters. If such alteration are not detected, it is possible to assure that the equipment maintains its specified class of precision. The Moellinger and Gewecke method is used in order to determine the actual value of turns ratio and the separate leakage reactance of primary winding. These parameters are not easily obtainable in practice. The present Brazilian Rule for IVT does not mention any method which permits the determination os such parameters. Comparison of errors obtained by the present method with those found with Schering-Alberti Bridge, showed that this methodology is effective and useful mainly when precision test equipment (such as A C relation bridge, standard transformer, standard burdens) are not available, and it is necessary to verify a transformer condition or even decide about a non-accordance between two results founded in laboratories through conventional methods. Several discussions about transformer models are also included, in particular the decomposition method, which, being essentially different from the T equivalent model, shows interesting aspects of transformer analysis. Two other points of special interest are: the critical analysis of the Moellinger and Gewecke method described at part 3.5 and its possible insertion in the NBR 6820/1992 and the study of magnetic field lines in windings with non-negligible dimensions described at part 3.2. (author)

  3. Verification of the viability of virions detection using neutron activation analysis; Verificacao da viabilidade de deteccao de virions atraves da analise por ativacao com neutrons

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    Wacha, R.; Silva, A.X. da; Crispim, V.R [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao de Engenharia. Programa de Engenharia Nuclear; Couceiro, J.N.S.S. [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Microbiologia Professor Paulo de Goes. Dept. de Virologia


    The use of nuclear techniques, as Neutron Activation Analysis, can be an alternative way for the microbiological diagnosis, bringing a significant profit in the analysis time, for not needing pre cultivated samples in appropriate way. In this technique, the samples are collected and submitted to a thermal neutron beam. The interaction of these neutrons with the samples generates gamma rays whose energy spectre is a characteristic of the elemental composition of these samples. Of this done one, a virus presence can be detected in the sample through the distinction of its respective elemental compositions allowing, also, carrying through the analysis in real time. In this work, computational simulations had been become fulfilled using the radiation transport code based on the Monte Carlo Method, MCNP4B, to verify the viability of the application of this system for the virus particle detection in its natural collection environment. (author)

  4. System for verification in situ of current transformers in high voltage substations; Sistema para verificacao in situ de transformadores de corrente em substacoes de alta tensao

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    Mendonca, Pedro Henrique; Costa, Marcelo M. da; Dahlke, Diogo B.; Ikeda, Minoru [LACTEC - Instituto de Tecnologia para o Desenvolvimento, Curitiba, PR (Brazil)], Emails:,,,,; Carvalho, Joao Claudio D. de [ELETRONORTE, Belem, PR (Brazil)], E-mail:; Teixeira Junior, Jose Arinos [ELETROSUL, Florianopolis, SC (Brazil)], E-mail:; Melo, Celso F. [Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL), Curitiba, PR (Brazil)], E-mail:


    This work presents an alternative proposal to the execute the calibration of conventional current transformer at the field, using a verification system composed by a optical current transformer as a reference standard, able to installation in extra high voltage bars.

  5. Verification of PTV margins for IMRT prostate cancer using EPID; Verificacao das margens de PTV para IMRT de cancer de prostata utilizando EPID

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    Leidens, Matheus; Santos, Romulo R.; Estacio, Daniela R. [Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Hospital Sao Lucas. Servico de Fisica Medica; Silva, Ana Maria Marques da, E-mail: [Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Faculdade de Fisica


    The aim of this work is to present the results of a strategy to define the PTV margins for patients with prostate cancer treated with IMRT technique, due to geometrical uncertainties associated with the planned placement. 341 images of 31 patients in supine position, before applying the fractions, were obtained using an EPID attached to a linear accelerator, where only setup errors were studied. The displacements were analyzed in relation to the AP (antero-posterior), SI (superior-inferior) and LR (left-right) directions. The distribution pattern of systematic displacement deviation values were 0.12 cm, 0.06 cm, 0.02 cm and the standard deviation of the distribution of random deviations was 0.62 cm, 0.53 cm, and 0.24 cm in the AP, SI and LR directions, respectively. Data evaluation, according to Stroom and Heijmen’s method, suggests that PTV margins should be 0.66 cm in the AP direction, 0.49 cm in the SI direction and 0.20 cm in the LR direction. These data show a high reproducibility in the positioning of patients, given by a method for the correction of planned relative to the bony anatomy checked with the EPID position. (author)

  6. Dosimetric verification of IMRT treatments using ionization chamber, radiographic film and gamma function; Verificacao dosimetrica de tratamentos de IMRT utilizando camara de ionizacao, filme radiografico e funcao gama

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    Alves, Tatiana M.M.T.; Casagrande, Thais M.; Neves-Junior, Wellington F.P.; Mancini, Anselmo; Pelosi, Edilson L.; Haddad, Cecilia M.K.; Silva, Joao L.F., E-mail: [Sociedade Beneficente de Senhoras Hospital Sirio-Libanes, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Setor de Radioterapia


    This study aimed to evaluate the method adopted for patient specific intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) quality assurance through the verification of planned and measured dose distributions and analyzing the correlation of the results with the acceptance criteria previously established. In the planning system, the patients complete plan is transferred to the computed tomography images of a pelvis or head and neck (HN) phantom composed of slabs of polymethylmethacrylate with an ionization chamber and radiographic film in the coronal plane. The dose measured with the ionization chamber and the dose distribution obtained with the film were compared with the planning. The comparison between measured and planned dose distributions was performed using the gamma function (y), assessing the percentage of points that meet the criteria of 3% dose difference and 3mm distance to agreement. By the previous analysis of 111 plans an acceptance criteria was defined based on the average results and after that they were applied on 30 new cases. The acceptance criteria were: 1.8+-1.4% (prostate), 2.7+-1.9% (HN) and 2.1+-1.7% (others) for the mean absolute errors between the doses provided by the planning system and those measured with the ionization chamber. The criteria for the average percentage of agreement (y<-1) between the dose distributions was 97.2+-2.8% (prostate), 95.2+-3.3% (HN) and 92.3+-7.4% (others). The new analyzed cases showed mean absolute errors of 1.1+-1.2% (prostate), 2.2+-1.5% (HN) and 1.6+-1.2% (others) and average percentage of agreement of 98.3+-1.0% (prostate), 95.2+-2.3% (HN) and 96.7+-2.9% (others). The acceptance criteria agreed with other authors and were respected by the planning verified posteriorly. We conclude that the established acceptance criteria are appropriate for the reality of our institution, and we are able to treat the patients safely. (author)

  7. Procedures for checking the effectiveness of the Security System of Radiological Facilities Cyclotrons category II (IAEA); Procedimentos para verificacao da eficacia do sistema de Seguranca Radiologica de Instalacoes Ciclotrons ategoria II (AIEA)

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    Videira, Heber S.; Abe, Rubens; Buchpiguel, Carlos A., E-mail: Heber.videira@hcnet.usp.b [Universidade de Sao Paulo (HC/FM/USP), SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Hospital das Clinicas


    According to the recommendation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safety Series No. 107, the particle accelerator facilities category II must comply with some key requirements to ensure compliance with the goals of the Radiological Safety. The IAEA recommendation is accepted by the National Commission of Nuclear Energy (CNEN) the regulator of the use of nuclear energy in Brazil and investigated in their audits. The aim of this paper is to present procedures to ascertain the effectiveness of the Radiological Safety Facility cyclotrons category II. (author)

  8. Three-dimensional pre-treatment verification for intensity modulated radiotherapy using the 3DVH™ software; Verificacao tridimensional pre-tratamento de radioterapia de intensidade modulada utilizando o software 3DVH™

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    Martins, Lais P.; Silveira, Thiago B.; Garcia, Paulo L.; Trindade, Cassia; Santos, Maira R.; Batista, Delano V.S., E-mail: [Instituto Nacional de Cancer (INCA), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)


    The IMRT quality assurance is normally analyzed punctual or bi-dimensionally. One difficult of this procedure is to evaluate the clinical impact of the QA result on treatment. The 3DVHTM software gives a 3D measured dose distribution, providing DVH analysis for organs at risk and target volumes. The aim of this work is to validate and implement the software 3DVH™ for IMRT treatments and to verify advantages over the QA 2D. The software uses two groups of data to generate the dose distribution: one from the treatment planning system and another from the irradiation for traditional QA 2D, measured with MapCHECK (Sun Nuclear) (MC). To validate the software, a small volume ionization chamber was used to check if both calculated 3DVHTM dose and measured dose by the chamber were equivalent. For QA analysis, ten IMRT cases planned in Eclipse 8.6 (Varian) and treated in Instituto Nacional de Cancer (INCA) were selected. For all cases, verification plans were created and irradiated in MC, and the analysis were made using the gamma index. Among the cases, five DVH comparisons between planned and measured data presented a deviation lower than 4% of the prescribed dose in 95% of the PTV and GTV's coverage. Other cases showed differences larger than 4%, presented in areas where the movements of the MLC leaves were more complex, mostly in the neighborhood of organs at risk. The 3DVH™ software provides several clinical advantages to IMRT QA, generating refined analysis of the cases evaluated, in comparison to conventional QA 2D. (author)

  9. Development of sealed radioactive sources immobilized in epoxy resin for verification of detectors used in nuclear medicine; Desenvolvimento de fontes radioativas seladas imobilizadas em resina epoxi para verificacao de detectores utilizados em medicina nuclear

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    Tiezzi, Rodrigo


    The radioactive sealed sources are used in verification ionization chamber detectors, which measure the activity of radioisotopes used in several areas, such as in nuclear medicine. The measurement of the activity of radioisotopes must be made with accuracy, because it is administered to a patient. To ensure the proper functioning of the ionization chamber detectors, standardized tests are set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the National Nuclear Energy Commission using sealed radioactive sources of Barium-133, Cesium-137 and Cobalt-57. The tests assess the accuracy, precision, reproducibility and linearity of response of the equipment. The focus of this work was the study and the development of these radioactive sources with standard Barium-133 and Cesium-137,using a polymer, in case commercial epoxy resin of diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) and a curing agent based on modified polyamine diethylenetriamine (DETA), to immobilize the radioactive material. The polymeric matrix has the main function of fix and immobilize the radioactive contents not allowing them to leak within the technical limits required by the standards of radiological protection in the category of characteristics of a sealed source and additionally have the ability to retain the emanation of any gases that may be formed during the manufacture process and the useful life of this artifact. The manufacturing process of a sealed source standard consists of the potting ,into bottle standardized geometry, in fixed volume of a quantity of a polymeric matrix within which is added and dispersed homogeneously to need and exact amount in activity of the radioactive materials standards. Accordingly, a study was conducted for the choice of epoxy resin, analyzing its characteristics and properties. Studies and tests were performed, examining the maximum miscibility of the resin with the water (acidic solution, simulating the conditions of radioactive solution), loss of mechanical and thermal properties, as well as the radioactive dose control for complete curing (cobalt irradiators). For this work was produced a sources of Barium-133 and Cesium -137,tests were conducted to determination the degree of homogeneity in the dispersion of the radioactive material in the matrix and immersion tests of sealed sources produced to verify the leakage (ISO 9978) of the developed system, occurring obtaining a satisfactory result. With the purpose of creating a national technology able to meet the demand of this product in the domestic market and achieve excellence in quality through accreditation and certification of the product by the appropriate bodies. (author)

  10. Pre-treatment verification of RapidArc® using Electronic Portal Imaging Device; Verificacao pre-tratamento de RapidArc® utilizando Dispositivo Eletronico de Imagem Porta

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    Lima, Marilia B.; Ferreira, Anne Caroline M.; Bittencourt, Guilherme R.; Pirani, Luis F.; Silveira, Thiago B., E-mail: [Instituto Nacional do Cancer (INCA), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)


    The RapidArc® is a novel but widespread technique to achieve intensity modulated beams. One of the major challenges concerning this technique is the pretreatment verification process. The aim of this paper was to analyze the viability of the Electronic Portal Imaging Device (EPID) used to perform the verification of RapidArc® using the Sun Nuclear SNC Patient software enable to EPID dose conversion (EPIDose license) and compare its results with punctual dose measurements against a low volume ion chamber. There were analyze five RapidArc® planning, evaluating, separately, planar and punctual doses for each arc. For punctual measurements was used a 0,15 cm³ volume ion chamber and the planar distributions, in Calibration Units (CU), were acquired using the EPID and then converted to absolute dose in centigray through EPIDose. The predicted doses were calculated using the AAA algorithm in Eclipse treatment planning system, version 8.6. The planar comparisons, performed in SNC Patient, employed the Gamma Index tool with a 4% dose difference, 4 mm distance to agreement and 20% threshold. The evaluation of punctual dose was defined by calculating deviations between predicted and measured doses. The mean approval percentage in planar distributions was 94.8% and the average deviation in punctual dose was -1.2%. The use of EPID for RapidArc® pre-treatment verification proved to be feasible and showed good sensibility, because of its high spatial resolution. However one must consider the uncertainty of the method. (author)

  11. Measurement of absorbed radiation doses during whole body irradiation for bone marrow transplants using thermoluminescent dosimeters; Verificacao das doses de radiacao absorvidas durante a tecnica de irradiacao de corpo inteiro nos transplantes de medula ossea, por meio de dosimetros termoluminescentes

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    Giordani, Adelmo Jose; Segreto, Helena Cristina Comodo; Segreto, Roberto Araujo; Medeiros, Regina Bitelli; Oliveira, Jose Salvador R. de [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP/EPM), SP (Brazil). Setor de Radioterapia]. E-mail:


    The objective was to evaluate the precision of the absorbed radiation doses in bone marrow transplant therapy during whole body irradiation. Two-hundred CaSO{sub 4}:Dy + teflon tablets were calibrated in air and in 'phantom'. These tablets were randomly selected and divided in groups of five in the patients' body. The dosimetric readings were obtained using a Harshaw 4000A reader. Nine patients had their entire bodies irradiated in parallel and opposite laterals in a cobalt-60 Alcion II model, with a dose rate of 0.80 Gy/min at 80.5 cm, {l_brace}(10 ? 10) cm{sup 2} field. The dosimetry of this unit was performed using a Victoreen 500 dosimeter. For the determination of the mean dose at each point evaluated, the individual values of the tablets calibrated in air or 'phantom' were used, resulting in a build up of 2 mm to superficialize the dose at a distance of 300 cm. In 70% of the patients a variation of less than 5% in the dose was obtained. In 30% of the patients this variation was less than 10%, when values obtained were compared to the values calculated at each point. A mean absorption of 14% was seen in the head, and an increase of 2% of the administered dose was seen in the lungs. In patients with latero-lateral distance greater than 35 cm the variation between the calculated doses and the measured doses reached 30% of the desired dose, without the use of compensation filters. The measured values of the absorbed doses at the various anatomic points compared to the desired doses (theoretic) presented a tolerance of {+-} 10%, considering the existent anatomical differences and when using the individual calibration factors of the tablets. (author)

  12. Development and implementation of a software for assessment of calculations in radiotherapy monitor units; Elaboracao e implementacao de um programa para verificacao dos calculos das unidades monitoras em radioterapia

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    Mueller, Marcio Rogerio; Silva, Marco Antonio da; Rodrigues, Laura Natal [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Hospital das Clinicas. Servico de Radioterapia]. E-mail:


    Objective: To develop and implement a software based on the manual calculation algorithm for verification of the calculations in radiotherapy monitor units and to establish acceptance levels as a mechanism of quality assurance. Materials and methods: Data were obtained from Clinac 600C and 2100C Varian linear accelerators and the computerized treatment planning system used was CadPlan{sup TM}. Results: For the 6 MV beams the acceptance levels for deviations among the calculations of monitor units, divided by treatment area, were the following: breast (0.0%{+-}1.7%), head and neck (1.5%{+-}0.5%), hypophysis (-1.7%{+-}0.5%), pelvis (2.1%{+-}2.1%) and thorax (0.2%{+-}1.3%). For the 15 MV beams the suggested level for pelvis in all the treatment techniques was (3.2%{+-}1.3%). Conclusion: The present data are sufficient to justify the use of the software in the clinical practice as a tool for the quality assurance program. (author)

  13. Verification of the patient positioning for evaluation of PTV margins in radiotherapy of prostate cancer; Verificacao do posicionamento do paciente para a avaliacao das margens de PTV em radioterapia do cancer de prostata

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    Frohlich, B.F.; Peron, T.M.; Scheid, A.M.; Cardoso, F.; Alves, F.; Alves, M.S.; Dias, T.M. [Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)


    The work aimed to verify the relative displacements between the patient and the isocenters of the device based on the reproducibility of positioning, and estimates a PTV margins of radiotherapy treatments for prostate cancer. The results of displacements were obtained from a sample of 30 patient and showed values in vertical, longitudinal and lateral directions -0.03 ± 0.48 cm, 0.12 ± 0.47 cm and 0.02 ± 0.53 cm, respectively. PTV margins were calculated resulting in 0.97 cm for vertical direction, 0.85 cm for longitudinal, and 0.98 cm for lateral. (author)

  14. Dosimetric verification of IMRT treatments using ionization chamber, radiographic film and gamma function;Verificacao dosimetrica de tratamentos de IMRT utilizando camara de ionizacao, filme radiografico e funcao gama

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    Alves, Tatiana M.M.T.; Casagrande, Thais M.; Neves-Junior, Wellington F.P.; Mancini, Anselmo; Pelosi, Edilson L.; Haddad, Cecilia M.K.; Silva, Joao L.F. [Sociedade Beneficente de Senhoras Hospital Sirio-Libanes, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Servico de Radioterapia


    This study aims to evaluate the method adopted for patient specific intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) quality assurance through the verification of planned and measured dose distributions and analyzing the correlation of the results with the acceptance criteria previously established. In the planning system, the patient's complete plan is transferred to the computed tomography images of a pelvis or head and neck (HN) phantom composed of slabs of polymethylmethacrylate with an ionization chamber and radiographic film in the coronal plane. The dose measured with the ionization chamber and the dose distribution obtained with the film are compared with the planning. The comparison between measured and planned dose distributions was performed using the gamma function (gamma), assessing the percentage of points that meet the criteria of 3% dose difference and 3 mm distance to agreement. By the previous analysis of 111 plans an acceptance criteria was defined based on the average results and after that they were applied on 30 new cases. The acceptance criteria were: 1.8%+-1.4% (prostate), 2.7%+-1.9% (HN) and 2.1%+-1.7% (others) for the mean absolute errors between the doses provided by the planning system and those measured with the ionization chamber. The criteria for the average percentage of agreement (gamma<=1) between the dose distributions was 97.2%+-2.8% (prostate), 95.2%+-3.3% (HN) and 92.3%+-7.4% (others). The new analyzed cases showed mean absolute errors of 1.1%+-1.2% (prostate), 2.2%+-1.5% (HN) and 1.6%+-1.2% (others) and average percentage of agreement of 98.3%+-1.0% (prostate), 95.2%+-2.3% (HN) and 96.7%+-2.9% (others). The acceptance criteria agreed with other authors and were respected by the planning verified posteriorly. We conclude that the established acceptance criteria are appropriate for the reality of our institution, and we are able to treat the patients safely. (author)

  15. Verification of effectiveness of borated water shield for a cyclotron type self-shielded; Verificacao da eficacia da blindagem de agua borada construida para um acelerador ciclotron do tipo autoblindado

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    Videira, Heber S.; Burkhardt, Guilherme M.; Santos, Ronielly S., E-mail: [Cyclopet Radiofarmacos Ltda., Curitiba, PR (Brazil); Passaro, Bruno M.; Gonzalez, Julia A.; Santos, Josefina; Guimaraes, Maria I.C.C. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (HCFMRP/USP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Hospital das Clinicas; Lenzi, Marcelo K. [Universidade Federal do Parana (UFPR), Curitina (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia Quimica


    The technological advances in positron emission tomography (PET) in conventional clinic imaging have led to a steady increase in the number of cyclotrons worldwide. Most of these cyclotrons are being used to produce {sup 18}F-FDG, either for themselves as for the distribution to other centers that have PET. For there to be safety in radiological facilities, the cyclotron intended for medical purposes can be classified in category I and category II, ie, self-shielded or non-shielded (bunker). Therefore, the aim of this work is to verify the effectiveness of borated water shield built for a cyclotron accelerator-type Self-shielded PETtrace 860. Mixtures of water borated occurred in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications, as well as the results of the radiometric survey in the vicinity of the self-shielding of the cyclotron in the conditions established by the manufacturer showed that radiation levels were below the limits. (author)

  16. Verification of the influence of the pellet support cover on the TL response of BeO; Verificacao da influencia do suporte de pastilhas na resposta TL do BeO

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    Algarve, Fabio J.; Caldas, Linda V.E., E-mail:, E-mail: [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)


    The objective of this work was to verify the influence of the pellet support cover of a dosimetric device on the thermoluminescent response (TL) of BeO, considering that it could cause beam attenuation. However, the results showed the insensitivity of the system utilized to detect the attenuation of the beam predicted in theory. Therefore, the use of this support at the dosimetric device does not alter the TL response in the study of the dosimetric characteristics of BeO. (author)

  17. Characterization of an extrapolation chamber and radiochromic films for verifying the metrological coherence among beta radiation fields; Caracterizacao de uma camara de extrapolacao e filmes radiocromicos para verificacao da coerencia metrologica entre campos padroes de radiacao beta

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    Castillo, Jhonny Antonio Benavente


    The metrological coherence among standard systems is a requirement for assuring the reliability of dosimetric quantities measurements in ionizing radiation field. Scientific and technologic improvements happened in beta radiation metrology with the installment of the new beta secondary standard BSS2 in Brazil and with the adoption of the internationally recommended beta reference radiations. The Dosimeter Calibration Laboratory of the Development Center for Nuclear Technology (LCD/CDTN), in Belo Horizonte, implemented the BSS2 and methodologies are investigated for characterizing the beta radiation fields by determining the field homogeneity, the accuracy and uncertainties in the absorbed dose in air measurements. In this work, a methodology to be used for verifying the metrological coherence among beta radiation fields in standard systems was investigated; an extrapolation chamber and radiochromic films were used and measurements were done in terms of absorbed dose in air. The reliability of both the extrapolation chamber and the radiochromic film was confirmed and their calibrations were done in the LCD/CDTN in {sup 90}Sr/{sup 90}Y, {sup 85}Kr and {sup 147}Pm beta radiation fields. The angular coefficients of the extrapolation curves were determined with the chamber; the field mapping and homogeneity were obtained from dose profiles and isodose with the radiochromic films. A preliminary comparison between the LCD/CDTN and the Instrument Calibration Laboratory of the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute / Sao Paulo (LCI/IPEN) was carried out. Results with the extrapolation chamber measurements showed in terms of absorbed dose in air rates showed differences between both laboratories up to de -I % e 3%, for {sup 90}Sr/{sup 90}Y, {sup 85}Kr and {sup 147}Pm beta radiation fields, respectively. Results with the EBT radiochromic films for 0.1, 0.3 and 0.15 Gy absorbed dose in air, for the same beta radiation fields, showed differences up to 3%, -9% and -53%. The beta radiation field mappings with radiochromic films in both BSS2 showed that some of them were not geometrically aligned. (author)

  18. Experimental verification for in vitro technique confirmation of bystander effect induced by gamma radiation in CHO-K1 cell line; Verificacao experimental para confirmacao da tecnica in vitro do efeito bystander induzido por radiacao gama na linhagem celular CHO-K1

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    Viana, P.H.L.; Goes, A.M.; Gomes, D.A., E-mail: [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Departamento Bioquimica e Imunologia. Lab. de Imunologia Celular e Molecular; Grynberg, S.E., E-mail: [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)


    The bystander effect refers to biological responses detected in cells not directly irradiated but influenced, somehow, by signals transmitted from neighboring irradiated cells. These biological responses include sister chromatid exchange, mutations, micronucleus formation, chromosomal aberrations, carcinogenesis, apoptosis and necrosis. Although its existence is unquestionable, the mechanisms involved on triggering the bystander effect are not yet completely elucidated. Previous studies have shown that the bystander effect depends on a large variety of parameters including the radiation dose, the dose rate, the type of radiation and type of cells or tissue. This study aims to confirm the technique previously used in the literature in human cell lines for the bystander effect verification. The results suggest that the working conditions adopted by the group show technical efficiency and enables the reproduction of the bystander effect. (author)

  19. Principal component analysis for verifying {sup 1}H NMR spectral assignments. The case of 3-aryl (1,2,4)-oxadiazole-5-carbohydrazide benzylidene; Aplicacao de analise de componentes principais para verificacao de atribuicoes de sinais nos espetros de RMN 1H. O caso dos 3-aril (1,2,4)-oxadiazol-5-carboidrazida benzilidenos

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    Silva, Joao Bosco P. da; Malvestiti, Ivani; Hallwass, Fernando; Ramos, Mozart N. [Pernambuco Univ., Recife, PE (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica Fundamental]. E-mail:; Leite, Lucia F.C. da Costa [Universidade Catolica de Pernambuco, Recife, PE (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica; Barreiro, Eliezer J. [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Faculdade de Farmacia


    The {sup 1}H NMR data set of a series of 3-aryl (1,2,4)-oxadiazole-5-carbohydrazide benzylidene derivatives synthesized in our group was analyzed using the chemometric technique of principal component analysis (PCA). Using the original 1H NMR data PCA allowed identifying some misassignments of the proton aromatic chemical shifts. As a consequence of this multivariate analysis, nuclear Overhauser difference experiments were performed to investigate the ambiguity of other assignments of the ortho and meta aromatic hydrogens for the compound with the bromine substituent. The effect of the 1,2,4-oxadiazole group as an electron acceptor, mainly for the hydrogens 12,13, has been highlighted. (author)

  20. Verification of the correlation between the {sup 210} Pb and the chemical composition of the incrustations found on gas pipelines and the implication on radiological protection; Verificacao da correlacao entre a atividade de {sup 210}Pb e a composicao quimica de incrustacoes encontradas em linhas de gas e a implicacao em protecao radiologica

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    Gomes, Franciane Martins de Carvalho


    In the last decades, the occurrence of solid residual deposits, known as black powder, in natural-gas pipelines, gathering systems and compression equipment from gas industries has raised increasing regulatory concerns in terms of radiological protection. Concerns are also raised about the waste disposal and management of the radioactive residues eventually produced. Recent projections indicate a significant increase in the production of natural-gas and its products, due to a growing commercial demand, which leads to the production of huge amounts of residues. Thus, more information is needed in order to allow a preliminary evaluation of the radiological profile of this type of industry. In black powder residues, the most prevalent radioisotope is {sup 210}Pb. The present work aimed to investigate the correlation between the chemical composition of the residue and the concentration of {sup 210}Pb, in black powder samples collected at Bacia de Campos, in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main objective was to generate information to regulatory authorities, to the National Commission of Nuclear Energy (CNEN) and to companies that produce natural-gas, such as PETROBRAS. Based on the information, the gas producing companies could elaborate radiological protection guidelines, and also decide about the need for implementation of a waste management program at the installation. The samples of black powder analyzed at the present work have confirmed the existence of such correlation between the concentration of {sup 210}Pb and chemical parameters. In principle, the present results make the use of such correlation feasible for preliminary evaluations of the {sup 210}Pb levels in natural-gas installations. On the other hand, given the geographic limitations, a broader study is recommended, in order to evaluate the investigated correlation, which could be used as a guiding tool for the Brazilian industry of production and processing of natural-gas.(author)

  1. Mast cells behavior analysis: non mineralized wall of suprabony periodontal pockets submitted to low intensity laser radiation. (An in anima nobile study); Verificacao do comportamento de mastocitos na parede nao mineralizada da bolsa periodontal supra-ossea submetida a radiacao laser de baixa intensidade. (Estudo in anima nobile)

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    Silveira, Livio de Barros


    For this study 20 patients with periodontal disease were selected. The treatment required for all of then was the gingivectomy, a ressective periodontal surgery. This technique consists of removing the whole excess of gingival tissue with the intent of reestablishing the anatomy and the correct function. The gingival area was submitted to 2 different wavelengths and then histologically analysed to search for alterations, mainly concerning mast cells behavior, a blood cell responsible, among other things, for blood vases enlargement. During the surgical procedure each gingival area was submitted to infrared low intensity laser ({lambda} = 785 nm) or to red laser ({lambda} = 688 nm), both with 50 mW of power and fluence of 8 J/cm{sup 2}. A third area was analysed, the control area, in which no laser treatment was employed. The samples were fixated in formol, cut and stained by hematoxyline eosine and toluidine blue. Based on the result we can conclude: the 2 wavelengths used in this study led to the reduction in the number of mast cells present in the tissue as well as to the increase on the degranulation of the remaining mast cells, considered statistically significant taken the degranulation index and; there was no significant difference caused by the action of the two laser wavelengths {lambda}=785 nm and {lambda}=688 nm -50 mW of power and fluence of 8 J/cm{sup 2}-, over the degranulation of the mast cells; the length and width of the randomly chosen blood vases were not statistically different among the analysed groups. (author)

  2. Method of the Metronidazole and Clotrimazole administration in the content of the emulsion basis

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    Full Text Available Proved optimum method of administration of active pharmaceutical ingredients – metronidazole and clotrimazole – in the emulsion base of ointment as a suspension with vaseline oil.

  3. Sunburn (United States)

    ... applied to relieve discomfort. DO NOT use butter, petroleum jelly (Vaseline), or other oil-based products. These ... to relieve pain from sunburn. DO NOT give aspirin to children. Cortisone creams may help reduce the ...

  4. Prochlorperazine (United States)

    ... soluble lubricant such as K-Y Jelly, not petroleum jelly (Vaseline). If you do not have this ... dye found in some foods and medications) or aspirin.tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and ...

  5. Baby supplies you need (United States)

    ... will need: Diapers: (8 to 10 per day). Baby wipes: Unscented, alcohol free. You may want to start with a small supply because some babies are sensitive to them. Vaseline (petroleum jelly): Good ...

  6. Use of paraffin containing oil which cannot be pressed out after crude oil deparaffinization for white oils

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    Potanina, V.A.; Marcheva, Y.N.; Ponomareva, T.P.


    Low solidification temperature oils are obtained by low temperature deparaffinization which results in a by-product paraffin containing oil which cannot be pressed out, consisting of 99% naphthene-paraffin hydrocarbons with a composition similar to medical and cosmetic oils. This material was examined as a possible source for production of vaseline. It was discovered that vaselines prepared from this material satisfied the GOST standard for the use in medical, veterinary and capacitor application.

  7. Historical Survey: German Research on Hydrogen Peroxide/Alcohol Explosives

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    Parmeter, John E. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    Discussion of HP/fuel explosives in the scientific literature dates back to at least 1927. A paper was published that year in a German journal entitled On Hydrogen Peroxide Explosives [Bamberger and Nussbaum 1927]. The paper dealt with HP/cotton/Vaseline formulations, specifically HP89/cotton/Vaseline (76/15/9) and (70/8.5/12.5). The authors performed experiments with charge masses of 250-750 g and charge diameters of 35-45 mm. This short paper provides brief discussion on the observed qualitative effects of detonations but does not report detonation velocities.

  8. Summary Congenital icthyosis is a rare group of disorders of ...

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    Skincare in the management of this baby inVOlVed emphasis on prolonged baths with bath oil to remove excessive scaling and mal-odours which resulted from infected, macerated cracks on the skin. Generous and frequent application of keratolytic agents. » 2% Salicylate in Vaseline to prevent dryness and to lessen the.

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    subsequently sealed off with a mixture of paraffin and vaseline. Eight fruits were employed for each organism and an equal number similarly punctured and sealed but uninoculated were kept as controls. The fruits were wrapped in sterilised paper and kept at room temperature. All the fungi proved to be pathogens.

  10. Original Research First aid practices, beliefs, and sources of ...

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    hypothermia especially in children.5 Use of aloe vera has also been shown to be associated with significantly delayed wound healing and use of oils, vaseline, fats, flour, powdered chalk and creams which was believed to form effective air barrier was not beneficial and made secondary treatment by the doctor/surgeon ...

  11. Kaolin and commercial fcc catalysts in the cracking of loads of polypropylene under refinary conditions

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    A. M. Ribeiro


    Full Text Available The efficiency of Commercial FCC catalysts (low, medium and high activities was evaluated by the catalytic cracking process of combined feeds of polypropylene (PP and vaseline, using a microactivity test unit (M.A.T. for the production of fuel fractions (gasoline, diesel and residue. The PP/vaseline loads, at 2.0% and 4.0% wt, were processed under refinery conditions (load/catalyst ratio and temperature of process. For the PP/vaseline load (4.0% wt, the production of the gasoline fraction was favored by all catalysts, while the diesel fraction was favored by PP/vaseline load (2.0% wt, showing a preferential contact of the zeolite external surface with the end of the polymer chains for the occurrence of the catalytic cracking. All the loads produced a bigger quantity of the gaseous products in the presence of highly active commercial FCC catalyst. The improvement in the activity of the commercial FCC catalyst decreased the production of the liquid fractions and increased the quantity of the solid fractions, independent of the concentration of the loads. These results can be related to the difficulty of the polymer chains to access the catalyst acid sites, occurring preferentially end-chain scission at the external surface of the catalyst.

  12. Effects of D-600 on intramembrane charge movement of polarized and depolarized frog muscle fibers



    Intramembrane charge movement has been measured in frog cut skeletal muscle fibers using the triple vaseline gap voltage-clamp technique. Ionic currents were reduced using an external solution prepared with tetraethylammonium to block potassium currents, and O sodium + tetrodotoxin to abolish sodium currents. The internal solution contained 10 mM EGTA to prevent contractions. Both the internal and external solutions were prepared with impermeant anions. Linear capacitive currents were subtrac...

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    vaseline oil to reduce particles bouncing off. The PM10 inlet was placed at a height of two metres above the ground for the first seven months and four metres for five months. Two polycarbonate nuclepore filters in sequence were used, both of 47mm diameter. These were coarse (8μm pore) and fine (0.4μm pore) diameter to ...

  14. Soap induced urethral pain in boys | Okeke | West African Journal of ...

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    Conclusion: "Urètre la douleur idiopathique uretre chez des garcons" pourrait être attributable a l'urètrite chimique provoquée par le savon et agit très bien avec l'application de la Vaseline fade sur l'urètre meatus extern avant chaque bain avec du savon avec des antibiotiques appropries quand il y a un écoulement d'un ...

  15. The Preparation and Properties of RDX-Composition A (United States)


    known volume, and filling the container With methanol from a burot. The pollots wore lightly coated with vaseline to avoid absorption of the liquid ... stability of Composition A’s made with neutral petroleum waxas appears to be essentially as high as that of RDX itself; certain synthetic waxes...other additives which have been tried, especially with paraffin .!/ £/ Picatinny Arsenal Technical Report 1533 presents information concerning a

  16. Fatty acid extracts from Lucilia sericata larvae promote murine cutaneous wound healing by angiogenic activity

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    Zhang Jianing


    Full Text Available Abstract Background fatty acids are considered to be effective components to promote wound healing and Lucilia sericata larvae are applied clinically to treat intractable wounds. We aimed to investigat the effect of fatty acid extracts from dried Lucilia sericata larvae on murine cutaneuous wound healing as well as angiogenesis. Results On day 7 and 10 after murine acute excision wounds creation, the percent wound contraction of fatty acid extracts group was higher than that of vaseline group. On day 3, 7 and 10 after wounds creation, the wound healing quality of fatty acid extracts group was better than that of vaseline group on terms of granulation formation and collagen organization. On day 3 after wounds creation, the micro vessel density and vascular endothelial growth factor expression of fatty acid extracts group were higher than that of vaseline group. Component analysis of the fatty acid extracts by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry showed there were 10 kinds of fatty acids in total and the ratio of saturated fatty acid, monounsaturated fatty acid and polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA was: 20.57%:60.32%:19.11%. Conclusions Fatty acid extracts from dried Lucilia sericata larvae, four fifths of which are unsaturated fatty acids, can promote murine cutaneous wound healing probably resulting from the powerful angiogenic activity of the extracts.

  17. Fatty acid extracts from Lucilia sericata larvae promote murine cutaneous wound healing by angiogenic activity. (United States)

    Zhang, Zhen; Wang, Shouyu; Diao, Yunpeng; Zhang, Jianing; Lv, Decheng


    fatty acids are considered to be effective components to promote wound healing and Lucilia sericata larvae are applied clinically to treat intractable wounds. We aimed to investigate the effect of fatty acid extracts from dried Lucilia sericata larvae on murine cutaneous wound healing as well as angiogenesis. On day 7 and 10 after murine acute excision wounds creation, the percent wound contraction of fatty acid extracts group was higher than that of vaseline group. On day 3, 7 and 10 after wounds creation, the wound healing quality of fatty acid extracts group was better than that of vaseline group on terms of granulation formation and collagen organization. On day 3 after wounds creation, the micro vessel density and vascular endothelial growth factor expression of fatty acid extracts group were higher than that of vaseline group. Component analysis of the fatty acid extracts by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry showed there were 10 kinds of fatty acids in total and the ratio of saturated fatty acid, monounsaturated fatty acid and polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) was: 20.57%:60.32%:19.11%. Fatty acid extracts from dried Lucilia sericata larvae, four fifths of which are unsaturated fatty acids, can promote murine cutaneous wound healing probably resulting from the powerful angiogenic activity of the extracts.

  18. Anesthetic efficacy of Oraqix® versus Hurricaine® and placebo for pain control during non-surgical periodontal treatment (United States)

    Mayor-Subirana, Gemma; Yagüe-García, José; Arnabat-Domínguez, Josep; Berini-Aytés, Leonardo; Gay-Escoda, Cosme


    Objectives: To evaluate the efficacy of Oraqix® during scaling and root planing (SRP) in comparison with 20% benzocaine and placebo. Study Design: 15 patients requiring 4 sessions of SRP were enrolled. For each patient, Oraqix®, Hurricaine®, vaseline or no anesthetic product were randomly assigned each to a quadrant. Treatment pain was evaluated on a 100 mm Visual Analog Scale (VAS) and on a Verbal Rating Scale (VRS). The amount of product administered, the need to re-anesthetise, patient and operator satisfaction and the onset of side-effects were also recorded. Results: Oraqix® was significantly better than nothing, with a reduction of VAS score to 13.3 units, but without significant differences with Vaseline or Hurricaine®. Oraqix® was better in VRS reduction than not using any anesthetic (p=0.001) or using vaseline (p=0.024), but similar to Hurricaine® (p=0.232). Conclusions: Oraqix® effectively controls pain in SRP procedures, with few side-effects and a good acceptance on the part of patients and clinicians. Key words:Controlled clinical trial, topical anesthetic, scaling and root planing. PMID:24316699

  19. The challenges of working values of SEH (Safety, Environment and Health) in the construction of Urucu / Manaus Gas Pipeline in the Amazon rain forest; Os desafios de trabalhar os valores de SMS (Seguranca, Meio ambiente e Saude) na construcao do Gasoduto Urucu/Manaus na Floresta Amazonica

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    Mendes, Jeane Ramos; Rocha, Katia Rosilene Soares da; Paredio, Lindoneide Lima [Concremat Engenharia e Tecnologia, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Pellin, Madson Weider Elgaly [JPTE Engenharia, Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil); Barreto, Jean Luis Campos [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)


    This work, aims to sharpen the main difficulties of acting in SMS and the corrective and preventive measures in the work of the pipeline Urucu / Manaus, located in the influence of the Solimoes River, covering several municipalities in the state of Amazonas (Coari, Codajas, Caapiranga, Anama, Iranduba, Manaus). Such pipeline has three spread, namely Spread A, from Urucu to Coari, Spread B1, from Coari to Anama, and Spread B2, from Anama to Manaus. For the purpose of the present case, we have focused on the Spread B2, from the city of Anama to Manaus, from km 475 to Km 662, being 174,400 m long. Its main line ends right within the premises of the Refinaria Isaac Sabba (a local refinery), which is located at Rua Rio Quixito - Distrito Industrial. The purpose of the pipeline is to convey natural gas to the Pressure Regulating Station, which is located close by the aforementioned refinery. The gas is transported to Maua Thermoelectrical, to generate energy for certain areas of the Amazon capital city. The information has been obtained through observations made on the difficulties faced by the workers to comply with safety behaviour while carrying out their activities. Also, by using several tools, such us Auditoria Comportamental (Behaviour Auditing) - Audicomp, Aplicacao de Listas de Verificacao - LV's (Verification Lists), as well as Indice de Praticas Seguras - IPS (Safety Practices Index). The collected data is analysed, and displayed in graphics, tables and processed in PETROBRAS internal systems, such Audicomp (Behaviour Auditing), SALV (Verification Lists Application System), and Auditoria de IPS (Safety Practices Index Auditing). The main difficulties to implement SMS (Safety, Environment and Health) in a pipeline works in the Amazon require from the transportation logistics, communication problems, lack of enough local skilled labor, the adverse region's season conditions, both flood and dry seasons, as well as to commit the local population with

  20. Birch tar oil is an effective mollusc repellent: field and laboratory experiments using Arianta arbustorum (Gastropoda: Helicidae and Arion lusitanicus (Gastropoda: Arionidae

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    Full Text Available Populations of two molluscs, the land snail Arianta arbustorum and the Iberian slug Arion lusitanicus, have increased substantially in many places in the northern Fennoscandia in recent years. This has resulted in considerable aesthetic and economic damage to plants in home gardens and commercial nurseries. Birch tar oil (BTO, is a new biological plant protection product, and was tested against these molluscs. In this study we examined whether 2 types of BTO, used either alone, mixed together, or mixed with Vaseline®, could be applied as 1 a biological plant protection product for the control of land snails by direct topical spray application, 2 as a repellent against snails when painted on a Perspex® fence, and 3 as a repellent against slugs when smeared on pots containing Brassica pekinensis seedlings. Both the fences and the pots with seedlings were placed in each field with a high population of the target organism. When applied as a spray on snails, BTO did not act as a toxic pesticide but rendered the snails inactive for a period of several months. The BTO barriers were effective in repelling both snails and slugs. However, the repellent effect of BTO alone against the molluscs was short-term. Repeated treatments were required to keep the slugs away from the plants and we found that the interval between treatments should not exceed two weeks. A collar fastened around the rim of the pots, combined with the BTO treatment, did not give any additional benefit in hindering slugs from invading the plants. Most noticeably, the BTO+Vaseline® mixture prevented the land snails from passing over the treated fences for up to several months. The results of these experiments provide evidence that BTO, especially when mixed with Vaseline®, serves as an excellent long-term repellent against molluscs.;

  1. Perbandingan Pemberian Topikal Aqueous Leaf Extract of Carica Papaya (ALEC dan Madu Khaula Terhadap Percepatan Penyembuhan Luka Sayat pada Kulit Mencit (Mus musculus

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    Januarsih Iwan


    Full Text Available Topical application of papaya and honey has been hypothesized to accelerate skin wound healing. The purpose of this research was to evaluate the differences between topical application of the ALEC and Khaula Honey in accelerating skin wound healing in mice. The experiment took place in Histology Laboratory, School of Medicine, Padjadjaran University, Bandung, November 2006-April 2007.The prospective experimental method was held in 10 days. Subjects were male ddy mice divided into 3 groups (each consisted of 9 mices, which were control group solcoseryl jelly, 10% ALEC in vaseline and 1.0 g Khaula honey treated group. The comparisons in accelerating skin wound healing were investigated by using full thickness skin wound model produced on the back of the mice. Solcoseryl jelly was applied topically to wound of group 1, group 2 and group 3 mice were treated topically with 10% ALEC in vaseline and Khaula honey, respectively. The mice were sacrificed on 4th, 7th, and 10th day of post wounding for evaluating the histological changes. Data was obtained by microscopically analysis of the skin based on the epidermal regeneration, granulation tissues thickness and angiogenesis and then analyzed by using parametric independent T-test. The level for statistical significant was set p < 0.05. The result of this experiment showed that there were significant difference between control group and ALEC10% in vaseline in three mentioned above. Comparison between control and Khaula honey showed differences only in epidermal regeneration and angiogenesis. Wound treated with ALEC 10% in vaseline and Khaula honey group showed significantly difference in epidermal regeneration (mean 2.19 (0.81 for ALEC 10% and 2.67 (0.67 for honey group, p value < 0.001 and granulation tissues thickness (mean 2.99 (0.94 for ALEC 10% and 3.23 (0.99 for honey group, p value 0.038.These result documented the differences of ALEC and Khaula honey for the acceleration of wound healing process

  2. Reaction of N-sulfonyldiaryltellurimides with hydroquinone

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    Naddaka, V.I.; Avanesyan, K.V.; Nesterova, M.A.; Minkin, V.I.


    While continuing an investigation into the reactivity of tellurimides, the authors studied the previously unknown reaction of N-sulfonyltellurimides with hydroquinone. The authors established that the reaction of N-sulfonyldiaryltellurimides with hydroquinone in chloroform at room temperature leads to the formation of the products from the coupling of the diaryl tellurides with p-benzoquinone, having the structure of telluronium salts and the corresponding sulfonamides. The PMR spectra of solutions of the substances in deuterochloroform were recorded on a Tesla-BS-487 C spectrometer at 80 MHz with HMDS as internal standard. The IR spectra were obtained on a Specord 71-IR instrument in Vaseline oil.

  3. Packing element of a packer

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    Safin, V.A.


    The packing element of a packer is proposed which consists of an elastic core and outer layer made of plastic sealing material. It is distinguished by the fact that in order to facilitate removal of the packing element from the site of installation, the outer layer has a sublayer made of polymer material which is chemically inactive in relationship to the material of the core, for example polytetrafluoroethylene. The element is also distinguished by the fact that the outer layer together with the sublayer is attached to the core through a nonhardening and nondrying glue composition, for example, based on rubber, rosin, lanolin, vaseline oil and zinc oxide.

  4. Furuncular myiasis: unusual case of African Dermatobia hominis. (United States)

    Frikh, R; Hjira, N; Frikh, M; Baba, N; Ghfir, M; Lmimouni, B; Sedrati, O


    Human cutaneous myiasis is a common disease in endemic tropical zones. Increased international travel has produced increases in imported cases. We present an unusual patient with myiasis infestation of the leg caused by Dermatobia hominis, which manifested after returning from the Democratic Republic of Congo. This particular infestation has not been reported in Morocco prior to this case. Furuncular cutaneous miyasis must be considered when travellers exhibit draining nodules. Medical treatment consists of occlusion of the furuncular punctum with vaseline to stimulate extrusion of the larva or surgical debridement under local anesthesia.

  5. Craqueamento catalítico de polietileno em condições de refinaria: produção de frações combustíveis Catalytic cracking of polyethylene under refinery conditions: production of combustible fractions

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    Alessandra M. Ribeiro


    Full Text Available Este trabalho foi realizado em uma unidade de teste de microatividade para estudar o processo de craqueamento catalítico das cargas combinadas de polietileno de baixa densidade e polietileno de alta densidade com vaselina, frente a catalisadores comerciais de FCC (alta e baixa atividades, para avaliar a produção das frações combustíveis (gasolina, diesel e resíduo. As cargas combinadas de PEBD e PEAD/vaselina foram processadas em condições de refinaria. Para as cargas de PEBD/vaselina, a 2, 6 e 10% p/p, a produção da fração gasolina foi favorecida pelo catalisador de alta atividade, enquanto que a carga de PEAD/vaselina a 2% p/p, para produção da mesma fração, o catalisador de baixa atividade apresentou melhor eficiência. Todas as cargas combinadas, nas diversas concentrações, mostraram que o material inerte (caulim apresenta maior atuação, na produção da fração resíduo, indicando a ocorrência preferencial de craqueamento térmico.This work was carried out in an unit of microactivity test, to study the process of combined feeds of low density and high density polyethylenes with vaseline and commercial FCC catalysts (of low and of high activities, to evaluate the production of fuel fractions (gasoline, diesel and residue. The combined feeds of PEBD and PEAD/vaseline, at different concentrations, were processed under refinery conditions. For feeds of PEBD/vaseline at 2, 6 and 10% w/w, production of the gasoline fraction was favored with the high-activity catalyst, while for the PEAD/vaseline feed at 2%, in the production of the same fraction, the low-activity catalyst presented better performance. For all the combined feeds, in all concentrations, the inert material showed better performance for the production of residue fraction, indicating the preferential occurrence of thermal cracking.

  6. A rare manifestation of burns after lightning strike in rural Ghana: a case report. (United States)

    Apanga, Paschal Awingura; Azumah, John Atigiba; Yiranbon, Joseph Bayewala


    Lightning is a natural phenomenon that mostly affects countries in the tropical and subtropical regions of the globe, including Ghana. Lightning strikes pose a global public health issue. Although strikes to humans are uncommon, it is associated with high morbidity and mortality. We present a case of a 10-year-old Ghanaian girl who got second-degree burns after being struck by lightning. She was put on an intravenous broad-spectrum antibiotic (ceftriaxone), Ringer's lactate, and her burns were dressed with sterile gauze impregnated with Vaseline (petroleum jelly) and silver sulfadiazine ointment. There was marked improvement on the 16 th day of treatment despite the lack in capacity of the hospital to carry out some laboratory diagnostic tests. On the 21 st day of treatment, the burns were completely healed without scars and contractures. This is evidence of burns due to lightning strike, despite its rare occurrence. This report will help inform those in doubt, particularly in communities where lightning injuries are associated with widespread superstition. The case report also revealed how rural healthcare can be challenging amid a lack of basic diagnostic equipment and logistics. However, in resource-limited settings, Vaseline (petroleum jelly) and silver sulfadiazine could be used in the treatment of burns.

  7. Electrochemiluminescence of palmatine being oxidized by electrogenerated hydroxyl radical and its analytical application. (United States)

    Liang, Yao-Dong; Yu, Chun-Xia; Song, Jun-Feng


    A strong electrochemiluminescence (ECL) of palmatine in NaOH medium was observed at a vaseline-impregnated graphite anode. The ECL production could be described as follows: hydroxyl radical (OH(•)) was generated via the oxidation of hydroxyl group (OH(-)) in NaOH medium, and the formed OH(•) subsequently oxidized palmatine base converted from palmatine in NaOH medium to the excited state oxypalmatine (oxypalmatine*). As the oxypalmatine* went back to its ground state, a stronger chemiluminescence was produced. Based on the ECL of palmatine, an ECL method for the determination of palmatine was proposed. An ECL signal of palmatine in NaOH solution was obtained by applying direct current of 15 mA to the vaseline-impregnated graphite anode. The ECL intensity was rectilinear with palmatine concentration in the range of 8.0 × 10(-7) to 2.0 × 10(-5) mol l(-1) and the limit of detection (signal-to-noise = 3) was 3 × 10(-7) mol l(-1) . The proposed method was applied to the determination of palmatine in pharmaceutical preparations. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  8. [In vitro antifungal susceptibility, in vivo antifungal activity and security from a natural product obtained from sunrise oil (AMO3) against dermatophytes]. (United States)

    Thomson M, Pamela; Anticevic C, Sonia; Rodríguez B, Héctor; Silva V, Víctor


    This work studied safety and antifungal activity of ozonized sunflower oil (AMO3) against dermatophytes. AMO3 was prepared through a new original process that modifies the oil before ozonation by alcoholic catalytic esterification. Susceptibility was studied in 41 dermatophytes by agar diffusion and broth microdilution tests. The experimental model to assess the topical safety of the oil included 60 CF1 mice divided in three groups that were treated with vaseline (control), 1% AMO3 and 50% AMO3 (overdose), respectively. Then, experimental dermatophytosis was induced in CF1 mice. Seventy-five individuals were selected and divided in 5 groups that were treated once a day with placebo, cream with 1%, 2% and 3% AMO3 plus an untreated control group. This new natural product showed antifungal activity against all strains studied. The MIC ranged between was 0,125 and 1%, while minimum fungicidal concentration (MFC) was 2%. The application of vaseline and AMO3 1% and 50% did not produce clinical or histopathological lesions. The mice with dermatophytosis that were treated with 1%, 2% and 3% AMO3 showed 100% clinical cure and 94% average mycological cure, exceeding placebo and control groups (p < 0,05). This product exhibits high antifungal activity and could be a safe alternative for ringworm topical treatment.

  9. Healing effect of the ointment made of Equisetum pyramidale in the treatment of cutaneous lesions in diabetic rats

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    Andréia Cristina Lopes Corrêa


    Full Text Available This study aimed to evaluate the anti-inflammatory and repair effects of the ethanolic extract and ointment of Equisetum pyramidale on the skin lesions of rats induced to diabetes. After the induction of diabetes with alloxan, a surgical procedure was performed on the back of each rat. Then, they were separated into treatment groups: G1 ethanol extract of E. pyramidale; G2-ointment (extract of E. pyramidale 80g + 20g of vaseline:lanolin 1:1; G3 control (vehicle vaseline:lanolin 1:1; and G4-no treatment during 3, 7 and 14 days. The samples were embedded in paraffin and stained with hematoxylin-eosin for histological analysis. The findings showed that the use of ethanolic extract as well as the ointment decreased the inflammatory cells at the site of inflammation, resulting a faster healing, with less crusting and lower amount of secretion in comparison to the control group. Therapy with topical herbal was an effective method in the inflammatory process of tissue repair, contributing to a faster and more organized tissue re-epithelialization.

  10. Wound Healing Effects of Prunus yedoensis Matsumura Bark in Scalded Rats

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    Full Text Available Pruni Cortex has been used to treat asthma, measles, cough, urticaria, pruritus, and dermatitis in traditional Korean medicine. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of Prunus yedoensis Matsumura bark methanol extract (PYE on scald-induced dorsal skin wounds in rats. Scalds were produced in Sprague-Dawley rats with 100°C water and treated with 5% and 20% PYE (using Vaseline as a base, silver sulfadiazine (SSD, and Vaseline once a day for 21 days, beginning 24 hours after scald by treatment group allocation. The PYE-treated groups showed accelerated healing from 12 days after scald, demonstrated by rapid eschar exfoliation compared to the control and SSD groups. PYE-treated groups showed higher wound contraction rates and better tissue regeneration in comparison with the control group. Serum analysis showed that transforming growth factor beta 1 and vascular endothelial growth factor levels remained high or gradually increased up to day 14 in both PYE groups and then showed a sharp decline by day 21, implying successful completion of the inflammatory phase and initiation of tissue regeneration. These findings suggested that PYE is effective in promoting scald wound healing in the inflammation and tissue proliferation stages.

  11. Osteogenic potential of a chalcone in a critical-size defect in rat calvaria bone. (United States)

    Ortolan, Xana Raquel; Fenner, Bruna Proiss; Mezadri, Telmo José; Tames, David Rivero; Corrêa, Rogério; de Campos Buzzi, Fátima


    This study describes the bone formation stimulated by the application of a type of chalcone to critical-size defects in rat calvarial bone. Sixty female Wistar rats were divided into 6 groups of 10 animals per group: control (no treatment), vehicle (vaseline) and the chalcone (1-phenyl-3-(4-chlorophenyl)-2-propen-1-one) suspended in vaseline at 10%. A critical-size defect of 5 mm was prepared using a trephine in the calvarial bone, after which the treatment was applied, in a single dose, according to the experimental group. The samples were evaluated macroscopically using ImageJ software, and histologically 30 and 45 days after surgery. At 30 days after surgery, there was significant bone formation (p chalcone, compared with the other groups. Many active osteoblasts were observed adjacent to the borders of the newly formed bone tissue. 45 days after surgery in the chalcone group, the surgical defects showed complete bone closure. The results of this study suggest that chalcone has significant potential to induce the formation of new bone. Copyright © 2013 European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Effect of virgin fatty oil of Pistacia lentiscus on experimental burn wound's healing in rabbits. (United States)

    Djerrou, Zouhir; Maameri, Z; Hamdi-Pacha, Y; Serakta, M; Riachi, F; Djaalab, H; Boukeloua, A


    This study aimed to assess the efficiency of the virgin fatty oil of Pistacia lentiscus (PLVFO) for burn wounds healing. It was carried out on 6 adult male New Zealand rabbits. Four burn wounds of deep third degree were made on the back of each animal. The first was not treated and served as control (CRL group); the others were covered immediately after burning procedure by 0.5g of one of the following products: Vaseline gel (VAS group), Madecassol(®) cream 1% (MAD group) or 1ml of PLVFO (PLVFO group). The treatments were repeated once daily until complete healing. For four days post burns, the percentage of wound contraction was assessed. Also, the different healing times were noted. The results showed that both PLVFO and Madecassol(®) significantly accelerated wound healing activity compared to wounds dressed with Vaseline and the untreated wounds. However, the level of wound contraction was significantly higher and the healing time was faster in PLVFO group than those of the MAD group, VAS group and CRL group. The different epithelization periods obtained in days were respectively: 30±3.94 (PLVFO group), 33.5±3.78 (MAD group), 34.66±3.88 (VAS group) and 37.16±3.54 (CRL group). We conclude that Pistacia lentiscus virgin fatty oil promotes significantly (p< 0.05) wound contraction and reduces epithelization period in rabbit model.

  13. Original Research: Different imiquimod creams resulting in differential effects for imiquimod-induced psoriatic mouse models. (United States)

    Luo, Di-Qing; Wu, Hui-Hui; Zhao, Yu-Kun; Liu, Juan-Hua; Wang, Fang


    Imiquimod (IMQ)-induced mouse psoriatic model is one of the useful models displaying most of psoriatic features. To compare the modeling efficacy of different IMQ creams, we induced the psoriatic models by topically applying two different brands of IMQ 5% creams to the shaved Balb/c mice skin and assessed the results. Balb/c female mice (n = 24) 8-12 weeks of age were randomly divided into experimental groups A (Likejie), B (Aldara), and control group C (Vaseline); Likejie, Aldara, or Vaseline was topically applied to the back skin for mice in groups A, B, and C, respectively, for six consecutive days. The total psoriasis area and severity index scores of groups A, B, and C were 3.25 ± 1.56, 9.81 ± 0.84, and 0, respectively; the Baker's scores were 2.93 ± 1.07, 6.47 ± 1.50, and 0, respectively; and the epidermis thickness was 49.79 ± 14.16, 85.62 ± 17.55, and 20.04 ± 3.68 µm, respectively. The differences between the three groups in dual were statistically significant (P creams may result in differential efficacy when performing the IMQ-induced psoriasis mouse models. © 2016 by the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine.

  14. Mechanism of Action of Topical Garlic on Wound Healing. (United States)

    Alhashim, Minhal; Lombardo, Jamie


    Allicin, the active component of garlic, has been shown to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic has also been used historically by many cultures to heal wounds. Several animal studies have shown that garlic extracts increase the rate of wound healing and decrease the rate of infection. Fibroblasts play a key role in wound healing. Here we hypothesize that fibroblasts are being activated by allicin, leading to more organized and rapid wound repair. Six rats were each given 2 surgical wounds. One side was treated with a 30% garlic ointment while the other was treated with Vaseline for two weeks. A biopsy was taken from each scar site and histopathology with Immunohistochemistry was performed to quantify the number of fibroblasts and proliferating fibroblasts in each site. The wound biopsies had more proliferating fibroblasts in the scars treated with the 30% garlic ointment than in the scars treated with Vaseline with a p-value of 0.0175 at two weeks post op and 0.081 at 6 week post op. This data tells us that allicin is acting on fibroblasts as there were more proliferating fibroblasts in the garlic treated sites than in the other sites.

  15. The study of consistent properties of the vasopressin nasal dosage form

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    Al Nukarii Abdulkarim


    Full Text Available Evaluation of consistent properties is an important and integral part of investigations on the creation of semisolid nasal pharmacotherapeutic agents. The aim of this work is the study of consistent properties of developed nasal semisolid dosage form with synthetic analogue of vasopressin – arginine-vasopressin for the treatment of cognitive consequences of cerebral-vascular pathology. Materials and methods. The study of structural-mechanical characteristics of nasal ointment with 0.000005% arginine-vasopressin on the vaseline-lanolin-paraffin base was carried out by a rotary viscosimeter «Reotest-2» with cylindrical arrangement. It was established that consistent properties of arginine-vasopressin semisolid dosage form and «mechanical stability» (2.56 describe composition as a thixotropic system which provides with restorability after applying tension and allow to predict stability of consistent properties during a long-term storage. Calculated factors of dynamical flowing of arginine- vasopressin dosage form on the vaseline-lanolin-paraffin base (Кd1=28.7%; Kd2=53.84% quantitatively confirm satisfactory spreading degree of the system during application on the mucous membranes or in manufacturing process. Conclusions. The studies of consistent properties of nasal ointment with synthetic analogue of vasopressin – arginine-vasopressin 0.000005% on lipophilic basis for treatment of cognitive effects of cerebrovascular disease have been conducted by rotary viscometer «Reotest 2». It has been established that consistent properties of studied soft nasal dosage form of arginine-vasopressin and «mechanical stability» value of the system (2.56 characterize it as a thixotropic, that assure recovery from mechanical stress, that allows to predict the stability of consistent properties of the composition during prolonged storage. The calculated values of coefficients of dynamic flow of intranasal dosage form of arginine-vasopressin on vaseline

  16. Myorelaxant effect of bee venom topical skin application in patients with RDC/TMD Ia and RDC/TMD Ib: a randomized, double blinded study. (United States)

    Nitecka-Buchta, Aleksandra; Buchta, Piotr; Tabeńska-Bosakowska, Elżbieta; Walczyńska-Dragoń, Karolina; Baron, Stefan


    The aim of the study was the evaluation of myorelaxant action of bee venom (BV) ointment compared to placebo. Parallel group, randomized double blinded trial was performed. Experimental group patients were applying BV for 14 days, locally over masseter muscles, during 3-minute massage. Placebo group patients used vaseline for massage. Muscle tension was measured twice (TON1 and TON2) in rest muscle tonus (RMT) and maximal muscle contraction (MMC) on both sides, right and left, with Easy Train Myo EMG (Schwa-medico, Version 3.1). Reduction of muscle tonus was statistically relevant in BV group and irrelevant in placebo group. VAS scale reduction was statistically relevant in both groups: BV and placebo. Physiotherapy is an effective method for myofascial pain treatment, but 0,0005% BV ointment gets better relief in muscle tension reduction and analgesic effect. This trial is registered with NCT02101632.

  17. IgG from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis affects tubular calcium channels of skeletal muscle. (United States)

    Delbono, O; García, J; Appel, S H; Stefani, E


    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating human disease of upper and lower motoneurons. We studied the action of the immunoglobulin G (IgG) from ALS and disease control patients on dihydropyridine (DHP)-sensitive Ca2+ channels in single mammalian skeletal muscle fibers with the double Vaseline gap technique. The peak of the Ca2+ current (ICa) and the charge movement were reduced when the fibers were incubated in ALS IgG. These effects were lost when the IgG was boiled or adsorbed with skeletal tubular membranes. ALS IgG reduced skeletal muscle ICa in a similar fashion as nifedipine; the ICa blockade was voltage dependent, and the associated charge movement was reduced. These observations suggest that IgG from ALS patients reacts with the skeletal muscle DHP-sensitive Ca2+ channels or some associated regulatory moiety.

  18. Manifestation of unequal arm lengths of uranyl ions in luminescent and oscillating spectra of uranylsufates and molybdates

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    Serezhkin, V.N.; Serezhkina, L.B.; Fakeyeva, O.A.; Olikov, I.I.


    This study was undertaken to determine how the nonuniformity of uranyl ions established by x-ray studies of uranyl molybdate and sulfate is manifested in the luminescent and oscillating spectra of these compounds. IR absorption spectra were recorded from specimens prepared as tablets with KBr or suspensions in vaseline oil. Raman spectra were recorded using a helium-neon laser spectrometer. Luminescent spectra were recorded at 77 K using a mercury-quartz lamp as the excitation source. The data indicate the possibility of detecting nonuniform arm lengths in uranyl ions by analysis of the luminescent and oscillating spectra. However a final answer to this question requires comparison of the spectroscopic and structural characteristics of a broader range of compounds with asymmetrical uranium-oxygen bonds in the uranyl ions.

  19. New concepts in preoperative imaging of anorectal malformation. New concepts in imaging of ARM

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    Taccone, A.; Delliacqua, A.; Marzoli, A. (Children' s Hospital G. Gaslini, Genoa (Italy). Dept. of Radiology); Martucciello, G.; Jasonni, V. (Children' s Hospital G. Gaslini, Genoa (Italy). Dept. of Pediatric Surgery); Dodero, P. (Children' s Hospital G. Gaslini, Genoa (Italy). Dept. of Intensive Care Unit); Salomone, G. (Children' s Hospital G. Gaslini, Genoa (Italy). Surgical Emergency Unit)


    In this study of 14 patients with anorectal anomalies CT and MRI were employed for preoperative assessment. The use of a pressure enhanced water soluble enema via the colostomy proved to be an extremely efficient method for showing a fistula. MRI studies were enhanced by the use of vaseline oil and in one case this technique was used prior to surgery to provide important information by injecting through a perineal fistula. CT and axial MRI proved to be more valuable than sagittal MRI which is only useful for the length of the atretic segment. The authors consider that a combined approach using pressure enhanced water soluble enema and MRI will provide the most valuable preoperative information to plan a successful operative approach and enable an accurate prognostic evaluation of continence in these difficult and complex patients. (orig.).

  20. Reaction of N-sulfonyltellurimides with methyl iodide

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    Naddaka, V.I.; Avanesyan, K.V.; Cherkinskaya, M.L.; Minkin, V.I.


    While developing researches into the reactivity of tellurimides, the authors studied the previously unknown reaction of N-sulonyltellurimides with methyl iodide. The authors established that bis(diphenyltellurium) oxide and N-methyl-p-toluenesulfonamide are formed when the tellurimide is boiled in methyl iodide. Such a direction is evidently due to the fact that the telluronium salt produced during the reaction is readily hydrolyzed at the Te-N bond on account of the presence of traces of moisture in the methyl iodide. However, the heating of the tellurimides with an excess of anhydrous methyl iodide in a sealed tube leads to diaryltellurium diiodides and N,N-dimethylsulfonamides. The PMR spectra of solutions of the substances in deuterochloroform were recorded on a Tesla-BS-487 spectrometer at 80 MHz with HMDS as internal standard. The IR spectra were obtained on a Specord 71-IR instrument in Vaseline oil.

  1. Gastight and liquid tight seal of the metal pole sleeve of a battery. Gas- und fluessigkeitsdichte Abdichtung der metallischen Polbuchse eines Akkumulators

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    Holland, G.


    The connection between cell lid and pole sleeve can leak particularly under thermal load. The advance according to the information is that the lid is solidly connected or made in one piece with a counter-bearing box projecting on the inside. At least 1 circular groove for a silicon or neoprene rubber sealing, ring is cut out of the inside of the counter-bearing box or the outside of the pole sleeve. Additional notches etc can be milled for further sealing which accommodate either elastic washers, or elastic acid and oil resistant sealing compound (Vaseline, bitumen etc.). A sliding space is provided at the end of the pole sleeve projecting at the outside where if mechanical forces and/or increased gas pressure occur, the pole sleeve permits movement with the gastight welded pole, without leaking.

  2. Vacuum lubricants based on neutral oil

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    Artem' yeva, V.P.; Potanina, V.A.; Kucheryavaya, N.N.; Orlova, S.N.; Gorbacheva, S.G.


    Basic parameters for high-vacuum pumps such as minimal residual vapor pressure, rapid operation and vacuum collapse resistance depend on type and properties of hydraulic fluids, which include mineral oils, esters of organic alcohols and acids and organic silicon compounds. Mineral oils have been used most because of their thermal stability and low cost. This article reports studies of such oils based on domestic naphthene-paraffin hydrocarbons and medical vaseline processed from Balakhan petroleum. Neutral naphthene oil with 90% saturated hydrocarbons was found suitable for vacuum oils after purification and distillation. Its origin as a by-product of sulfonate additive production, and resultant low cost, recommend this oil for full production.

  3. Chemistry of oxalyl derivatives of methyl ketones. XLVI. Reaction of. beta. -bromoaroylpyruvic esters with urea

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    Andreichikov, Yu.S.; Plakhina, G.D.


    The substitution of the bromine atom in methyl ..beta..-bromoaroylpyruvates by urea is accompanied by cyclization of the substitution product. Depending on the reaction conditions, this leads either to 6-aroyl-5-hydroxyuracils or to 5-aryl-4-methoxycarbonyl-2,3-dihydro-2-imidazolones. The UV spectra were recorded on a Specord UV-Vis spectrometer in ethanol with the substances at concentrations of 10/sup -4/-10/sup -5/ M. The IR spectra were recorded in Vaseline oil on a UR-20 spectrometer. The PMR spectra were recorded in deuteroacetone on an RS-60 spectrometer with HMDS as internal standard. The mass spectra were recorded on a Varian Mat-311 spectrometer at 70 eV.

  4. Low-frequency vibrational spectrum of molecular nitrogen complex rhenium(1) chloro(dinitrogen) tetrakis(dimethylphenylphosphine)

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    Kachapina, L.M.; Kichigina, G.A.; Makhaev, V.D.; Borisov, A.P. (AN SSSR, Chernogolovka. Inst. Khimicheskoj Fiziki)


    The investigation results of IR and Raman spectra in the region of 600-170 cm/sup -1/ of molecular nitrogen complex-rhenium (1) chloro (dinitrogen) tetrakis (dimethyl-phenylphosphine)- Cl(PMe/sub 2/Ph)/sub 4/ReN/sub 2/ are presented. The IR spectra have been recorded using the ''Perkin-Elmer 325'' spectrophotometer. The samples have been prepared in the form of tablets with KBr (650-400 cm/sup -1/) and CsI (450-200 cm/sup -1/) and suspensions in vaseline oil. The Raman spectra have been measured using the ''Coderg-PHO'' spectrometer with the recording by FEhU-106. The samples have been taken in the form of polycrystals. The lines attributed to the valent vibration of the Re-N bond and deformation vibration of ReNN fragment have been identified in the spectra.

  5. IR spectroscopic study of Donetsk coal with varying degrees of metamorphism

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    Bondarenko, A.K.; Amarskii, E.G.; Dmitrikov, V.P.; Mel' nichuk, A.Yu.; Babenko, V.P.; Kosinskii, V.A.


    The authors attempt to determine characteristics of organic coal substance structure from IR spectroscopic investigations and from relationship between spectral data and the degree of coal metamorphism. Tests were made on Donetsk coal of varying rank, qualitative characteristics of which are given. Tests on coal samples with approximately the same ash content were made using IKS-29 spectrometer. Coal samples were in the form of finely dispersed suspensions in vaseline oil and in hexa-chlor-butadiene. Analysis of data obtained makes it possible to assess the relative contribution of the structure of various organic substances in relation to the degree of metamorphism. Absorption intensity, optical density of absorption spectra, etc. are given. 19 references.

  6. 2-6-dicyclooctenylphenols as antioxidants for hydrocarbon oils

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    Aliyev, S.M.; Akhmedov, V.M.; Gadzhiyev, A.Kh.; Gasanov, A.I.; Orudzheva, I.M.; Suleymanova, L.G.; Veliyev, S.I.


    2.6-dicyclooctenylphenols of the cited formula, where R-R' = CH3 or H, is proposed as an antioxidant for hydrocarbon oils, which have better properties than the known cycloalkyl derivatives of phenols. The proposed compounds are obtained through alkylation of phenols by cyclodienes in the presence of aluminum phenolates at 300 to 320 degrees. The 2,6-di(4-cyclooctenyl)-4-methylphenol, 2,6-di(1,5-dimethyl-4-cyclooctenyl)-phenol and the 2,6-di(1,5-dimethylcyclooctenyl)-4-methylphenol were identified through methods of proton magnetic resonance and infrared spectroscopy. The compounds are tested as antioxidation additives for vaseline oil in a comparison with the known ones. The antioxidational effectiveness of the proposed compounds, measured through an 02 absorption method, exceeds the effectiveness of phenol and an analog with the structure of 2-((1,5-dimethyl-4-cyclooctenyl)-n-cresole.

  7. Gastight and liquid tight seal of the metal pole sleeve of a battery with a plastic lid. Gas- und fluessigkeitsdichte Abdichtung der metallischen Polbuchse eines Akkumulators zum Kunststoffdeckel

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    Holland, G.


    The connection between cell lid and pole sleeve can leak particularly under thermal load. The advance according to the information is that the lid is solidly connected or made in one piece with a counter-bearing box projecting on the inside. At least 1 circular groove for a silicon or neoprene rubber sealing ring is cut out of the inside of the counter-bearing box or the outside of the pole sleeve. Additional notches etc can be milled for further sealing, which accommodate either elastic washers, or elastic acid and oil resistant sealing compound (Vaseline, bitumen etc.). A sliding space is provided at the end of the pole sleeve projecting at the outside, where if mechanical forces and/or increased gas pressure occur, the pole sleeve permits movement with the gastight welded pole, without leaking.

  8. Detergent-dispersing properties of succinamide additives with an oligomer ethylene base

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    Ostroverkhov, V.G.; Glavati, O.L.; Glavati, Ye.V.; Klimenko, P.L.; Konovich, L.G.


    Bis-succinamide additives (SA) with different branching characteristics and saturation level (with diethylenetriamine) were derived on an oligomer ethylene (OE) fraction base of C/sub 18/-C/sub 26/, C/sub 20/-C/sub 26/, C/sub 26/, C/sub 18/-C/sub 40/. With dispersing properties at 250/sup 0/C (coal tar in vaseline oil), and detergent properties (PEV method) principal part of SA on the OE base is better than SA with an oligomer isobutylene base with a mol. mass 900, which is industrial SA. With respect to corrosion aggressiveness to Pb, thermo-oxidizing stability and oil stability of the M-11 to oxidation in the DK-2 apparatus, these additives are similar. It is presumed that the detergent-dispersion properties of SA on an OE base is better than in SA derived on more narrow OE fractions that are included in the mixture.

  9. Semi-interpenetrating polymer networks composed of silk fibroin and poly(ethylene glycol) for wound dressing

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    Kweon, HaeYong; Yeo, Joo-hong; Lee, Kwang-gill [Applied Sericulture and Apiculture Division, National Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, Suwon 441100 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Hyun Chul; Na, Hee Sam [Department of Microbiology and Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Chonnam National University Medical School, Kwangju (Korea, Republic of); Won, Young Ho [Department of Dermatology, Chonnam National University Medical School, Kwangju (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Chong Su [School of Agricultural Biotechnology, Seoul National University, Seoul 151742 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail:


    Semi-interpenetrating polymer networks (SIPNs) composed of silk fibroin (SF) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) were prepared by photopolymerization of a PEG macromer in the presence of SF to improve the mechanical properties of SF sponge as wound dressing. The morphological structure of the SF/PEG SIPNs was observed to be composed of an interconnected microporous surface and a cross-sectional area. SF/PEG SIPNs showed non-cytotoxicity evaluated by a cell proliferation method using L929 fibroblasts. Wound contraction treated with SF/PEG SIPNs sponges was faster than that of Vaseline gauze as a control. Histological observation confirmed that the deposition of collagen in the dermis was organized by covering the wound area with SF/PEG SIPNs. The above results indicated that SF/PEG SIPNs could be used as wound dressing.

  10. Vaccinating the vampire bat Desmodus rotundus against rabies. (United States)

    Almeida, M F; Martorelli, L F A; Aires, C C; Barros, R F; Massad, E


    The objective of this study was to extend the previous work of indirect oral rabies immunization of vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) maintained in captivity, which demonstrated the immunogenicity of the V-RG vaccine (Vaccinia-Rabies Glycoprotein) and indicated that although the results had been encouraging, a new method for concentrating the vaccine should be tested in order to avoid vaccine loss and increase the survival proportion of bats after rabies challenge. In this study, three groups of seven bats each were tested with vaccine concentrated by ultrafiltration through a cellulose membrane. The vaccine was homogenized in Vaseline paste and applied to the back of one vector bat, which was then reintroduced into its group. A dose of 10(5.0) MICLD(50) rabies virus was used by intramuscular route to challenge the bats postvaccination. The survival proportion in the three groups after the challenge was 71.4%, 71.4% and 100%.

  11. Whole-cell voltage clamp on skeletal muscle fibers with the silicone-clamp technique. (United States)

    Lefebvre, Romain; Pouvreau, Sandrine; Collet, Claude; Allard, Bruno; Jacquemond, Vincent


    Control of membrane voltage and membrane current measurements are of critical importance for the study of numerous aspects of skeletal muscle physiology and pathophysiology. The silicone-clamp technique makes use of a conventional patch-clamp apparatus to achieve whole-cell voltage clamp of a restricted portion of a fully differentiated adult skeletal muscle fiber. The major part of an isolated muscle fiber is insulated from the extracellular medium with silicone grease and the tip of a single microelectrode connected to the amplifier is then inserted within the fiber through the silicone layer. The method is extremely easy to implement. It represents an alternative to the traditional vaseline-gap isolation and two or three microelectrodes voltage-clamp techniques. The present chapter reviews the benefits of the silicone-clamp technique and provides updated detailed insights into its practical implementation.

  12. The effect of tetrandrine and extracts of centella asiatica on acute radiation dermatitis in rats

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    Chen, Yu-Jen; Dai, Yu-Shiang; Chen, Be-Fong [Mackay Memorial Hospital, TW (China)] [and others


    Radiation injury to the skin is one of the major limiting factors in radiotherapy. We designed this study using Sprague-Dawley rats to evaluate the reduction in skin injury achieved using natural products from plant extracts as protection. The acute skin reaction in tetrandrine- and Madecassol-treated animals appeared earlier, but was significantly less severe, than in the control group. The peak skin reactions in the tetrandrine group were less serious than those of the control group at three different radiation doses. At a high dose irradiation, the healing effect of tetrandrine is better than Madecassol and vaseline. The histologic findings indicate that tetrandrine and Madecassol are able to reduce acute radiation reactions by their anti-inflammatory activity. (author)

  13. [Cutaneous myiasis caused by a double infestation with larvae of Dermatobia hominis and Cochliomyia hominivorax]. (United States)

    Zupan-Kajcovski, B; Simonian, H; Keller, J J; Faber, W R


    In a 51-year-old man who had visited Surinam, cutaneous myiasis was diagnosed, caused by simultaneous infestation with the larvae of two different species of flies: Dermatobia hominis and Cochliomyia hominivorax. On his right lower arm the man had two solitary, furuncle-like lesions with a central breathing hole. Two days after these holes had been occluded with vaseline, two white larvae of D. hominis emerged. On both ankles the man had large, undermined ulcers containing hundreds of creeping larvae about 2 cm in length with a salmon-like colour: C. hominivorax. The larvae were removed from the ulcers by hand and by rinsing with physiological saline, after which the wounds healed rapidly. Myiasis is seen in the Netherlands mostly in people returning from a holiday in myiasis-endemic areas.

  14. [Study of catalase and proteolytic activities of different variants of Bacillus mesentericus]. (United States)

    Vasilevskaya, I A; Kolchinskaya, I D; Sergeichuk, M G; Roy, A A


    Catalase and proteolytic activity of the culures and morphological variants of Bacillus mesentericus fuscus, Bac. mesentericus vulgatus were studied. The variants were obtained as a result of prolonged cultivation of the stock strains in the potato mash under the layer of vaseline oil. The level of catalase activity varies in different morphological variants of the same culture, changes with age and depends on the storage conditions. The catalase activity in the rough, smooth and papillar variants that were freshly isolated from the potato mash was 1.5=2.5 times lower than that in the variants long kept on the agar medium. The quantitative indexes of the proteolytic activity of different variants also varied.

  15. [Influence of staining and mounting methods on Cryptomeria japonica and Cupressaceae pollen counts]. (United States)

    Nakayama, T; Nakayama, H


    The staining and mounting method for measuring air-borne pollen differs at each institute resulting in discrepancies. We examined influence of staining and mounting methods on pollen counts of Cryptomeria japonica and Cupressaceae. Two Durham type pollen collection instruments, stored at the same place and holding slides coated with white vaseline, were exposed to the air for 24 hours. Pollen was counted using Calberla staining (C method) or gentiana-violet-glycerin jelly staining (G method). Results showed: 1) C method showed more variety than G method for measuring the pollen counts from the beginning to the end of the pollen season; 2) a significant coincidence was observed between counts measured by C and G methods (p pollen counts and that pollen count reports should include the collection and staining methods.

  16. Treatment of Phthiriasis Palpebrarum and Crab Louse: Petrolatum Jelly and 1% Permethrin Shampoo

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    Yunus Karabela


    Full Text Available Phthiriasis palpebrarum is an uncommon cause of blepharoconjunctivitis in which Pthirus pubis infest the eyelashes. We report a case of unilateral phthiriasis palpebrarum with crab louse. A 45-year-old man presented with conjunctival hyperaemia and moderate itching associated with irritation, and crusty excretions of the eyelashes in the left eye. Careful slit-lamp examination revealed many lice and nits in left eye and mild conjunctival hyperaemia. No abnormality was found in the right eye. On dermatologic examination, only one louse was found at the pubic area. The patient was treated effectively with petrolatum jelly (Vaseline and 1% permethrin shampoo (Kwellada 1% shampoo. At the end of the first week no louse or nit was present on eyelashes and pubic area.

  17. Treatment of Phthiriasis Palpebrarum and Crab Louse: Petrolatum Jelly and 1% Permethrin Shampoo. (United States)

    Karabela, Yunus; Yardimci, Gurkan; Yildirim, Isik; Atalay, Eray; Karabela, Semsi Nur


    Phthiriasis palpebrarum is an uncommon cause of blepharoconjunctivitis in which Pthirus pubis infest the eyelashes. We report a case of unilateral phthiriasis palpebrarum with crab louse. A 45-year-old man presented with conjunctival hyperaemia and moderate itching associated with irritation, and crusty excretions of the eyelashes in the left eye. Careful slit-lamp examination revealed many lice and nits in left eye and mild conjunctival hyperaemia. No abnormality was found in the right eye. On dermatologic examination, only one louse was found at the pubic area. The patient was treated effectively with petrolatum jelly (Vaseline) and 1% permethrin shampoo (Kwellada 1% shampoo). At the end of the first week no louse or nit was present on eyelashes and pubic area.

  18. Biophysics of directional hearing in the frog Eleutherodactylus coqui

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    Jørgensen, Morten Buhl; Schmitz, Barbara; Christensen-Dalsgaard, Jakob


    1. We used laser vibrometry and free field sound stimulation to study the frequency responses of the eardrum and the lateral body wall of awake male Eleutherodactylus coqui. 2. The eardrum snowed one of two distinct frequency responses depending on whether the glottis was open (GO response......) or closed (GC response) during the measurement. 3. The lateral body wall vibrated with a maximum amplitude close to that of the eardrum and in the same frequency range. 4. Covering the frog's body wall with vaseline reduced the vibration amplitude of the GC response by up to 15 dB. 5. When a closed sound...... delivery system was used to stimulate a local area of the body wall the eardrum also showed one of two types of responses. 6. These results suggest that sound is transmitted via the lung cavity to the internal surface of the eardrum. This lung input has a significant influence on the vibrations...

  19. Miíases Humanas Causadas por Larvas de Cochliomyia hominivorax (Coquerel (Diptera: Calliphoridae em São Gonçalo, RJ, Brasil: Uma Abordagem Sócio-Econômica

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    José Batista-da-Silva


    Human Myiasis Caused by Larvae of Cochliomyia hominivorax (Coquerel (Diptera: Calliphoridae in São Gonçalo, RJ, Brazil: Socio-Economic Approach Abstract. This study was carried out between April and September 2008 and reports on the occurrence of human myiasis caused by the New World screwworm, Cochliomyia hominivorax (Coquerel (Diptera: Calliphoridae in São Gonçalo in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Liquid or solid vaseline was used to suffocate the larvae, which were then preserved in 70% ethanol and sent to the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz for identification. There were 01 male and 02 females black patients with ages ranging from 36 to 76 and C. hominivorax were identified in all 03 cases of myiasis. Open wounds were the main cause of the parasitosis, whereas poor personal hygiene, the low educational level, alcoholism, bedridden patients were possibly secondary factors.

  20. Nail bed expansion: A new technique for correction of multiple isolated congenital micronychia

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    Gholamhossein Ghaffarpour


    Full Text Available Congenital micronychia may involve big toes or may involve other nails. The etiology of micronychia is not clear but amniotic bands, teratogens (drugs, alcohol, Nail Patella Syndrome etc. A 44-year-old woman with multiple isolated congenital micronychia over her hands and feet was selected. The major affected nails were thumbs and Index fingers. Surgical method were done step by step: Anesthesia of the area, extraction of short nail, elevation of nail bed, longitudinal nail bed incisions, suturing the lateral nail bed to the nail wall, covering the nail bed by a splint of plastic suction tube, bandage with gauze Vaseline. Finally, we hypnotized that in congenital micronychia, the main pathology is in nail bed; through this theory by nail bed expansion better outcomes are coming.

  1. Evaluation of Desensol As a Standard Patch Test Kit

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    K C Shah


    Full Text Available In a study undertaken to find out the usefulness of ′Desensol′ patch test kit to detect contact allergens, in 200 cases revealed 24 cases with negative patch test with all the antigens and 55 cases reacted to even the Vaseline control. -Excluding these 79 cases, the common contact allergens were potassium bichr6ma,te, (40.49%, TMTD(28.92%, PPD(24.79%, epoxy resin (23.14%, colophony (19.0%, nickel sulfate (19.0%, Framycetin (19.0% and nitrofurazone (19.0%. Desensol patch test kit is lacking in certain antigens while in our country due to varied environmental factors and social customs, a person is exposed to a large number of natural and man-made contact allergens. So usefulness of such a kit like. Desensol is limited.

  2. Technical Note: Radiological properties of tissue surrogates used in a multimodality deformable pelvic phantom for MR-guided radiotherapy

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    Niebuhr, Nina I., E-mail:; Johnen, Wibke; Güldaglar, Timur; Runz, Armin; Echner, Gernot; Mann, Philipp; Möhler, Christian; Pfaffenberger, Asja; Greilich, Steffen [Division of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, Heidelberg 69120, Germany and Heidelberg Institute for Radiation Oncology (HIRO), National Center for Radiation Research in Oncology, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, Heidelberg 69120 (Germany); Jäkel, Oliver [Division of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, Heidelberg 69120 (Germany); Heidelberg Institute for Radiation Oncology (HIRO), National Center for Radiation Research in Oncology, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, Heidelberg 69120 (Germany); Department of Medical Physics, Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center (HIT), Im Neuenheimer Feld 450, Heidelberg 69120 (Germany)


    Purpose: Phantom surrogates were developed to allow multimodal [computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and teletherapy] and anthropomorphic tissue simulation as well as materials and methods to construct deformable organ shapes and anthropomorphic bone models. Methods: Agarose gels of variable concentrations and loadings were investigated to simulate various soft tissue types. Oils, fats, and Vaseline were investigated as surrogates for adipose tissue and bone marrow. Anthropomorphic shapes of bone and organs were realized using 3D-printing techniques based on segmentations of patient CT-scans. All materials were characterized in dual energy CT and MRI to adapt CT numbers, electron density, effective atomic number, as well as T1- and T2-relaxation times to patient and literature values. Results: Soft tissue simulation could be achieved with agarose gels in combination with a gadolinium-based contrast agent and NaF to simulate muscle, prostate, and tumor tissues. Vegetable oils were shown to be a good representation for adipose tissue in all modalities. Inner bone was realized using a mixture of Vaseline and K{sub 2}HPO{sub 4}, resulting in both a fatty bone marrow signal in MRI and inhomogeneous areas of low and high attenuation in CT. The high attenuation of outer bone was additionally adapted by applying gypsum bandages to the 3D-printed hollow bone case with values up to 1200 HU. Deformable hollow organs were manufactured using silicone. Signal loss in the MR images based on the conductivity of the gels needs to be further investigated. Conclusions: The presented surrogates and techniques allow the customized construction of multimodality, anthropomorphic, and deformable phantoms as exemplarily shown for a pelvic phantom, which is intended to study adaptive treatment scenarios in MR-guided radiation therapy.

  3. Effects of ginseng saponins isolated from Red Ginseng roots on burn wound healing in mice. (United States)

    Kimura, Yoshiyuki; Sumiyoshi, Maho; Kawahira, Kazuhiro; Sakanaka, Masahiro


    1. We recently demonstrated that ginsenoside Rb1 (C54H92O23, molecular weight 1108) isolated from ginseng, when intravenously infused into rats with permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion, reduced cerebral infarct volume and ameliorated place navigation disability of the animals, through an anti-apoptotic action and possibly promotion of vascular regeneration. To investigate the ginsenoside Rb1-mediated vascular regeneration in vivo in a more easily accessible experimental systems, we made a burn wound on the backs of mice and topically applied either Vaseline (vehicle) alone or Vaseline containing low doses of ginsenoside Rb1 to the wound. 2. Surprisingly, we found that ginsenoside Rb1 at low concentrations (100 pg g(-1), 1 pg g(-1) and 10 fg g(-1) ointment) exhibited the strongest burn wound-healing action. Furthermore, ginsenoside Rb1 (100 fg-1 ng per wound) increased neovascularization in the surrounding tissue and production of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and interleukin (IL)-1beta from the burn wound, compared to those mice with burn wounds treated with vehicle alone. 3. In human keratinocyte cultures (HaCaT cells), ginsenoside Rb1 (100 fg ml(-1) to 1 ng ml(-1)) enhanced VEGF production induced by IL-1beta and expression of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1alpha. 4. These findings suggest that the promotion of burn wound healing by ginsenoside Rb1 might be due to the promotion of angiogenesis during skin wound repair via the stimulation of VEGF production, through the increase of HIF-1alpha expression in keratinocytes, and due to the elevation of IL-1beta resulting from the macrophage accumulation in the burn wound.

  4. Respiratory source control versus receiver protection: impact of facemask fit. (United States)

    Mansour, Mohamed Mohsen; Smaldone, Gerald C


    Placing a surgical mask on an infected patient (respiratory source control) may offer a health-care worker (HCW) more protection than donning an N95 respirator (receiver protection). This observation was made in an in vitro study that used hard, nondeformable faces, and the lack of proper N95 fit may have accounted for the observed results. In the present study, we test the effects of fit on respiratory source control protection, using a soft, deformable mannequin head. Resusci Anne CPR mannequin heads were placed in a chamber allowing 6 air exchanges/hr (14 cubic feet per minute), to simulate an infected patient (source) and an HCW (receiver). The heads were ventilated with a tidal breathing pattern. The source exhaled radioactive aerosols, and a filter was attached to the receiver to quantify inhaled exposure. N95 respirators and surgical masks were tested on both heads. The degree of protection was expressed by calculating the reduction in exposure expressed as a simulated workplace protection factor (sWPF; the ratio of exposure with mask to exposure without mask) compared statistically using confidence intervals. Use of the Resusci Anne heads resulted in improved fit, with higher sWPF than previously reported, for example, for source N95 mask combinations (7,174 vs. 317) as well as receiver (7.53 vs. 1.37). Masks placed on the receiver provided minimal exposure protection (sWPF range 0.99-7.53), except when sealed with Vaseline (sWPF 63.1). Any mask applied to the source mannequin resulted in significant reductions in exposure (sWPF range 214-17,038). Improved fit significantly enhanced the effects of source control protection. A Vaseline-sealed N95 respirator on the receiver offered less protection when compared with any mask on the source. Respiratory source control can offer more protection to HCW and potentially decrease the spread of aerosolized infections.

  5. Investigating the effects of Hydroalcoholic extract of jujube fruit (Zizyphus vulgaris L.) on second degree burn wound healing in Balb/c mice. (United States)

    Vafaei, F; Abdollahzadeh, F


    Background and Objective: Two thirds of all accidents and injuries leading to death all around the world occur in developing countries like Iran. One of these accidents is burn that can have unpleasant effects on the individual's body and soul. Skin wound healing is a process that happens as a result of coordination between tissues, cells, and different factors. The remaining inflammation and insufficient amount of vessel construction are among the most important causes of delayed wound healing. In recent years, jujube fruit (Zizyphus vulgaris L.) has been reported to have anti-inflammatory effects as a traditional therapeutic agent. Therefore, the present study was conducted in order to investigate the effects of jujube fruit extract on second-degree burn wound among Balb/c mice. Materials and Methods: The present empirical-interventional study included 48 Balb/c mice weighing approximately 30 +/- 3 gr. After burn wounds of 1.5 cm2 were created and second-degree burns was affirmed by a pathologist, the mice were divided into four control groups; one treated with Vaseline, one treated with silver sulfadiazine ointment, one treated with jujube fruit extract 1%, and a control group. Results: In treatment groups, 1 gr ointment containing hydroalcoholic extract of jujube fruit was utilized twice a day until complete recovery. Afterwards, the four groups were compared with regard to the wound area and histopathology. The collected data were analyzed through one-way ANOVA and Tukey tests by using SPSS software. Conclusion: There was a significant difference between the intervention group and the Vaseline and control groups with regard to the percentage of wound recovery (P smaller than 0.05). The results of the study indicated that the jujube fruit extract could accelerate burn wound healing among Balb/c mice. It is recommended that further research is conducted on the effects of different doses of this medicine on laboratory animals and then on humans.


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    Fitri Handayani


    Full Text Available Kersen leaves (Muntingia calabura L. is one kind of plants that have many utilities from bark, fruits to leaves. Kersen leaves contain flavonoids and tannins that have potential as a treatment for skin burn. Kersen leaves is used for a treatment such us for analgesic and anti-inflammatory. This study was an experimental research. The goal of this study was to know the potential of ethanol estracts of Kersen leaves against the healing of burn wounds on the back skin of white male mice. Twenty white male mice and were used in this experiment and were divided into 5 groups: control positive (ointment branded, control negative (vaseline flavum, ethanol extract of kersen leaves in vaseline flavum dose 2.6 mg , 5.2 mg and 10.4 mg . The backs of mice was induced using hot solder modified with stainless steel plate size 1 x 1 cm 2 for 2 seconds and the diameter of the healing skin burns was mensured. The results showed that the percentage of control positive was 100%, control negative (65%, ethanol extract of leaves of kersen dose 2.6 mg (84.3%, dose 5.2 mg (85.3% and dose 10.4 mg (93.3%. The results of data were analyzed using statistical analysis. One - Sample Kolmogorov - Smirnov Test indicated that the data were normally distributed (0.768 > 0.05, the homogenity test (Test homogeneity of Variances indicated that the data were not homogeneous (0.016 < 0.05. Kruskal Wallis test showed that five (5 treatment groups were significantly different and have the effect of healing of burn wound on the skin of male white mice (0.012 < 0.05, the Mann- Whitney test showed that the control positive and 10,4mg was significantly different (0.043 < 0.05.

  7. Decellularized scaffolds containing hyaluronic acid and EGF for promoting the recovery of skin wounds. (United States)

    Wu, Zhengzheng; Tang, Yan; Fang, Hongdou; Su, Zhongchun; Xu, Bin; Lin, Yongliang; Zhang, Peng; Wei, Xing


    There is no effective therapy for the treatment of deep and large area skin wounds. Decellularized scaffolds can be prepared from animal tissues and represent a promising biomaterial for investigation in tissue regeneration studies. In this study, MTT assay showed that epidermal growth factor (EGF) increased NIH3T3 cell proliferation in a bell-shaped dose response, and the maximum cell proliferation was achieved at a concentration of 25 ng/ml. Decellularized scaffolds were prepared from pig peritoneum by a series of physical and chemical treatments. Hyaluronic acid (HA) increased EGF adsorption to the scaffolds. Decellularized scaffolds containing HA sustained the release of EGF compared to no HA. Rabbits contain relatively large skin surface and are less expensive and easy to be taken care, so that a rabbit wound healing model was use in this study. Four full-thickness skin wounds were created in each rabbit for evaluation of the effects of the scaffolds on the skin regeneration. Wounds covered with scaffolds containing either 1 or 3 μg/ml EGF were significantly smaller than with vaseline oil gauzes or with scaffolds alone, and the wounds covered with scaffolds containing 1 μg/ml EGF recovered best among all four wounds. Hematoxylin-Eosin staining confirmed these results by demonstrating that significantly thicker dermis layers were also observed in the wounds covered by the decellularized scaffolds containing HA and either 1 or 3 μg/ml EGF than with vaseline oil gauzes or with scaffolds alone. In addition, the scaffolds containing HA and 1 μg/ml EGF gave thicker dermis layers than HA and 3 μg/ml EGF and showed the regeneration of skin appendages on day 28 post-transplantation. These results demonstrated that decellularized scaffolds containing HA and EGF could provide a promising way for the treatment of human skin injuries.

  8. Efeito de lubrificantes sobre a integridade da sonda de Foley e implicações no tamponamento nasal para epistaxe Effect of lubricants on the integrity of the Foley catheter and their implications in nasal packing for epistaxis

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    Fernando P. Gaspar-Sobrinho


    Full Text Available O tamponamento nasal para epistaxe é comumente realizado com gaze lubrificada e sonda de Foley. O balonete de Foley, de látex, pode ser dissolvido pela vaselina ou parafina; entretanto, estes são excipientes de várias pomadas e cremes. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito de potenciais lubrificantes sobre a integridade da sonda de Foley. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Experimental. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Balonetes de 80 sondas foram eqüitativamente distribuídos e mantidos sob tração em contato com um dos seguintes produtos: duas pomadas, três cremes, um gel, vaselina e gaze seca, e inspecionados a cada 24 horas por cinco dias. Os lubrificantes foram testados quanto a hidrossolubilidade. RESULTADOS: Vinte balonetes romperam-se, dos grupos vaselina e uma pomada. Os produtos não associados à degeneração da sonda mostraram-se hidrossolúveis, a despeito da presença de petrolato. DISCUSSÃO: Conjectura-se que a gaze do tampão nasal anterior com lubrificante hidrofóbico contendo petrolato, justaposto ao balonete de Foley, pode lesá-lo. CONCLUSÕES: Considerando-se apenas a inocuidade à sonda de Foley, os cremes e a pomada Furacin® poderiam ser indicados para lubrificar a gaze do tampão nasal anterior associado ao balonete de Foley. Nossos resultados sugerem que cremes, pomadas e géis hidrossolúveis preservam a integridade da sonda de Foley, ainda que contenham derivados do petróleo.Nasal packing for epistaxis is usually carried out using lubricated gauze and a Foley catheter. Lubricants such as Vaseline or paraffin can dissolve the Foley balloon of latex; however, they are excipients of various ointments and creams. AIM: To evaluate the effect of potential lubricants on the Foley catheter. STUDY DESIGN: Experimental. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Balloons from eighty Foley catheters were distributed into groups of equal size and kept under traction in contact with one of eight different products: two ointments, three creams, one gel, Vaseline and dry gauze. The

  9. Beauty in Baobab: a pilot study of the safety and efficacy of Adansonia digitata seed oil

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    Baatile M. Komane

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Recently there has been a renewed impetus in the search for novel ingredients to be used in the cosmetic industry and Baobab (Adansonia digitata L., Malvaceae seed oil has received high interest. In this study, a commercial Baobab seed oil sample was characterised (fatty acid content using GCxGC-ToF-MS and a pilot study on the safety and efficacy of the seed oil was performed. The safety and efficacy of Baobab seed oil after topical application was determined using healthy adult female caucasian participants (n = 20. A 2× magnifying lamp was used for visual analysis, while for monitoring and evaluation of the irritancy level, transepidermal water loss (TEWL and hydration level of the skin, Chromameter®, Aquaflux® and Corneometer® instruments, respectively, were used. In addition, Aquaflux® and Corneometer® instruments were used to assess occlusive effects. Thirteen methyl esters were identified using GCxGC-ToF-MS. The major fatty acids included 36.0% linoleic acid, 25.1% oleic acid and 28.8% palmitic acid with 10.1% constituting trace fatty acids. The irritancy of sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS in the patch test differed significantly compared to both de-ionised water (p < 0.001 and Baobab seed oil (p < 0.001 but the difference between the irritancy of Baobab seed oil and de-ionised water was not significant (p = 0.850. The moisture efficacy test indicated a reduced TEWL (p = 0.048 and an improved capacitance moisture retention (p < 0.001 for all the test products (Baobab oil, liquid paraffin, Vaseline® intensive care lotion and Vaseline®. The occlusivity wipe-off test indicated an increased moisture hydration (p < 0.001 and decreased TEWL particularly when Baobab oil was applied. Baobab possesses hydrating, moisturising and occlusive properties when topically applied to the skin. Baobab seed oil could be a valuable functional ingredient for cosmeceutical applications.

  10. The effect of temperature on charge movement repriming in amphibian skeletal muscle fibers. (United States)

    Gonzalez, A; Caputo, C


    Cut twitch muscle fibers, mounted in a triple Vaseline-gap chamber, were used to study the effects of temperature on intramembranous charge movement and, in particular, on the repriming of charge 1 (the intramembranous charge that normally moves in the potential range between -100 and +40 mV). Changing the holding potential from -90 to 0 mV modified the voltage distribution of charge movement but not the maximum movable charge. Temperature changes between 16 and 5 degrees C did not modify the fiber linear capacitance, the maximum nonlinear intramembranous charge, or the voltage distribution of charge 1 and charge 2 (the intramembranous charge moving in the membrane potential range between approximately -4 and -160 mV). We used a pulse protocol designed to study the repriming time course of charge 1, with little contamination from charge 2. The time course of charge movement repriming at 15 degrees C is described by a double exponential with time constants of 4.2 and 25 s. Repriming kinetics were found to be highly temperature dependent, with two rate-limiting steps having Q10 (increase in rate of a process by raising temperature 10 degrees C) values of 1.7 and 7.1 above and below 11.5 degrees C, respectively. This is characteristic of processes with a high energy of activation and could be associated with a conformational change of the voltage sensor or with the interaction between the voltage sensor and the calcium release channel.

  11. Aplasia cutis congenita: report of 22 cases. (United States)

    Mesrati, Hela; Amouri, Meriem; Chaaben, Hend; Masmoudi, Abdelrahmen; Boudaya, Sonia; Turki, Hamida


    Aplasia cutis congenita (ACC) is a rare malformation characterized by absent or scarred areas of skin at birth. Although most commonly found on the scalp, ACC can also involve other locations. Its etiology and pathogenesis remain unclear. To describe the epidemiologic, clinical, therapeutic, and evolutionary aspects of ACC through a hospital series. We conducted a retrospective study from 1995 to 2012 and reported all cases of ACC. We enrolled 22 cases (14 girls and eight boys) of ACC during 18 years. The mean age at diagnosis was 5.7 years. Sixteen ACC involved the scalp, five the trunk, and one the left buttock. ACC was oval-shaped in 20 cases, triangular in one case, and linear in one case. The mean size was 4 cm. ACC was associated with bone defects in two cases, various malformations in eight (37.1%), and with syndromic malformation in three (Adams-Olivier syndrome: two cases; Goltz syndrome: one case). Conservative treatment consisting of wound dressing with vaseline was indicated in six cases. Bone reconstruction was performed in two cases. Regular follow-up and no treatment was recommended in 14 cases. Our study emphasizes the frequent association of ACC with malformations (37.1%) and bone defects (9%). © 2015 The International Society of Dermatology.

  12. Epidemiologic aspects of recurrent herpes labialis among Jordanian University students. (United States)

    Sawair, Faleh A; Jassim, Zahra A; Malkawi, Ziad A; Jamani, Kifah D


    To study the epidemiologic aspects of recurrent herpes labialis (RHL) in a young adult population and to evaluate treatments used by affected patients. A cross-sectional survey conducted on a random sample of 1000 students of The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan between May and September 2008. Subjects with RHL were identified and asked to describe their disease and its management. Chi-square and t-test were used to compare differences between groups. The point prevalence of RHL was 2.3%, annual prevalence was 17%, and lifetime prevalence was 26.4%. The prevalence was related to the place of living, income, and college, but not to gender, marital status, medical history, smoking, or aphthous stomatitis. Eruptions occurred mostly on the left side of the lower lip and systemic upset, stress, and cold weather were the main triggering events. The mean age of onset was approximately 15 years. Of the cases, 51.2% reported at least 2 recurrences annually and 61.7% had positive family history. Nearly one-half of cases have treated the lesions and only 18.2% have used antiviral therapies. Some used lipstick, vaseline, tahini, or toothpaste to cover lesions. Treatment was recommended mostly by relatives and friends, only 26.3% sought treatment advice from medical practitioners. A high prevalence of RHL among this population was found. There is a need to educate patients with RHL on treatment options available to reduce their distress and to improve their quality of life.

  13. The effect of thermooxidational destruction of Khloref-40 antiscuff additive on its functional properties

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    Zaskalko, P.P.; Kalinin, L.L.; Sokolova, A.A.


    The influence is studied of thermooxidational destruction of an antiscuff additive, khloref-40 (Pr) on its functional properties. In order to determine the temperature limits of decomposition of the additive in the bulk of a lubricating oil, solutions of 5 percent additive in vaseline oil were subjected to heating in contact with air at temperatures of 160, 170 and 180 degrees C in reaction vessels of the DK-2-NAMI instrument for 10 hours. The lubricating properties of the oil with and without the additive were evaluated in a four ball friction machine. The mechanism of the thermooxidational destruction of the additive molecules was studied through an infrared spectroscopy method. It was discovered that the additive is broken down along the carbon to chlorine bonds at an oxidation temperature of 160 degrees C and along the (phosphorus to oxygen) to carbon and (carbon to oxygen) to phosphorus bonds above 170 degrees C. Despite the deep destructive transformations at 160 to 180 degrees, the additive maintains high antiscuff properties; the antiwear properties of the additive, subjected to decay, are also little changed.

  14. Investigation of the electrical conductivity and structurization of disperse-organic powdered titanium and silicon carbides

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    Zhigotskii, A.G.; Fomenko, E.B.; Deinega, Y.F. [Institute of Colloid Chemistry and Water Chemistry, Kiev (Ukraine)


    Disperse systems based on carbides of high melting metals are of considerable scientific and practical interest for the devising of new methods of obtaining them and extending their fields of application in various branches of engineering. Particularly important in this respect are carbide containing materials with anisotropic structure in whose formation electric fields, in addition to mechanical, thermal, chemical, and other technological factors, may play an important, if not the decisive role. Here the authors present the results of the investigation of the electrical conductivity of disperse micropowders of TiC and SiC in vaseline oil and in polyester, and also in processes of their structurization in an electric field. According to the data of sedimentographic analysis the mean particle size of powdered titanium carbide marque KTM (TU 88 USSR 147.012-71) and of silicon carbide (OST 71-1-82) was 5-7 {mu}m. To remove the iron whose content did not exceed 0.5 and 0.3 (wt.)%, respectively, the powdered carbides were treated with hydrochloric acid, and then with distilled water.

  15. Relationship of coagulation constant to time

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    Nadirov, N.K.; Anisimov, B.F.; Borodkin, L.P.


    Tests were carried out for the purpose of constructing mathematical models of electrodehydration of petroleum. Work was performed in electric fields with constant current. A 1% emulsion ''water in vaseline oil'' was placed into a cell after a 5 minute treatment in a UZDN-1 ultrasound disperser. Distance between electrodes was held at 25 mm. The cell was fed high voltage current from the source (VS-20-10), which was held constant throughout the entire test period. Current was measured with a microampermeter type M266M. Changes in the emulsion were observed using a KM-6 cathetometer. It was shown that the character of changes in function M(t), are dependent on the voltage of the electric field, viscosity of the media, initial concentration and initial distribution of particles according to size. The constant of kinetic coagulation is dependent on time: during the initial moment of electro-treatment of a reverse emulsion, thermal coagulation was observed, which gradually is replaced with electro-gravitational coagulation.

  16. A lubricating compound

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    Barchan, G.P.; Alekseyenko, V.A.; Bolotnikov, V.S.; Burlov, A.S.; Chigarenko, G.G.; Kogan, V.A.


    In a lubricating compound (SK), which contains petroleum or synthetic oil, a complex ether (SE) and an additive (Pr), in order to improve the loading, antifriction and antiwear properties, a complex ether of glycerin of the formula C/sub 3/H/sub 5/R/sub 3/, where R is C/sub 3/H/sub 7/C00, C/sub 17/H/sub 33/C00, is used and 2-(n-tololsulfamino)benzalaniline is used as the additive. The ratio of components in percent is: 2-(n-tololsulfamino)benzalanaline, 0.1 to 0.4; complex ether, 20 to 30 and petroleum or synthetic oil to 100. Oils of different chemical structure and physical and chemical properties are used for making the lubricating compound: vaseline, medicinal, industrial, instrumental MVP, vacuum VM-4 and polyethylsiloxane liquid 132-25. The oil is mixed with the complex ether and additive in the cited proportions with heating to 100 degrees C and intensive mixing. After cooling it is ready for use. The results of tests of the proposed lubricating compound in a facial friction machine for lubricating friction subasemblies of steel and a copper alloy showed significant improvements in properties.

  17. Infrared spectra and structure of lithium-neodymium double polyphosphate

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    Rodionov, M.K.; Evtushenko, N.P.; Rez, I.S.; Petrenko, V.I. (Kievskij Politekhnicheskij Inst. (Ukrainian SSR))


    Infrared absorption spectra of binary polyphosphate LiNdP/sub 4/O/sub 12/ are investigated with the aim of clarifying the local symmetry of a central atom, assignment of the spectral bands according to the vibration type and revealing impurity of water molecules in the crystal lattice. Polycrystalline samples in the form of pellets with KBr are used as well as suspensions in vaseline oil. The group-theoretical analysis of the LiNdP,L4O/sub 12/ spectra permitted to prove their multiplet nature and to assign the bands from the vibration forms. The multiplet character and contrast of lines give evidence of the presence of asymmetrical tetrahedrons (PO/sub 4/) in the lattice, their close packing and covalent nature of the cation-anion bonds. It is established that the used process of crystal synthesis (melting together lithium-, neodymium-, phosphorus oxides at the temperature of 950 deg) permits to avoid the incorporation into the lattice of OH-groups that negatively affect the duration of luminescent glow. The refraction index of monocrystals is determined, R=1.634+-0.002.

  18. White oil production from western Siberian petroleum

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    Vlasenkov, L.A.; Potanina, V.A.; Popova, L.V.; Marcheva, Y.N.; Radchenko, K.A.


    The technology of producing white oils was investigated in multistage sulfonization of the initial raw material by oleum or gaseous sulphuranhydride (SO/sub 3/) with subsequent neutralization and contact prepurification. The use of gaseous sulphuranhydride instead of oleum has the advantage of lower consumption of the sulfonating agent, lower volume of acid tar formed and an increase of the yield of sulfonic acids which are used as a raw material to produce sulfonate additives. White oils are used to produce medical vaseline, perfume bases, a solvent of the ethylene polymerization reaction initiator, lubricating oil for high-pressure compressors and as cable lubricant. The technology of producing a variety of white oils based on neutral oil from a mixture of low-sulphur Fergana and Turkemen oils from sulfonate additive production was developed to expand the raw material resources produced from other oil fields. The yield of low-soluble sulfonic acids increases as SO/sub 3/ consumption increases in sulphurization of the fourth oil fraction of Western Siberian oils; yield decreases as SO/sub 3/ consumption increases during sulphurization of neutral oil of first degree of sulphurization, while the yield of acid tar increases. (JMT)

  19. Misuse of Topical Corticosteroids for Cosmetic Purpose in Antananarivo, Madagascar

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    F. A. Sendrasoa


    Full Text Available This cross-sectional study was conducted in Antananarivo, Madagascar, from June to September 2012. We aim to evaluate the misuse of TC on the face for cosmetic purpose and the adverse effects due to its application. A questionnaire-based analysis was done among females who use topical corticosteroids on the face for cosmetic purpose. Of the 770 women questioned, 384 (49,8% used topical corticosteroids for cosmetic purpose whose mean age was 38 years (range 16–73 years. Two hundred and sixty-one females (68% used TC combined with handcrafted cosmetics, and 123 (32% used TC alone. “Pandalao,” which contains salicylic acid, peppermint oil, lanolin, powder of Juanes de Vigo (mercury powder, and Vaseline, is the most handcrafted cosmetic combined with TC in our study (used by 29,4% respondents. Only one (0,26% had obtained the TC by physician’s prescription, 234 (61% from cosmetic retailers, 92 (23% directly from local pharmacies, 49 (12% from beauticians, and 15 (4% from unspecified sources. Lightening of skin color was the main reason for using TC in 44,8% of respondents in the absence of any primary dermatosis. Pigmentation disorders (63,2% and cutaneous atrophy (52,1% were the most adverse effects noted.

  20. Polybromocyclopentadienes in the diene synthesis reaction. VI. The reactivity of hexabromo- and 5,5-dimethoxytetrabromo-1,3-cyclopentadienes in the diene synthesis reaction with bismaleimides

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    Mustafaev, A.M.; Guseinov, M.M.; Gasanova, K.M.; Gadzhieva, S.T.


    The adducts from the diene condensation of hexabromo- and 5,5-dimethoxytetrabromo-1,3-cyclopentadienes with bismaleimides were obtained and characterized. The reactivity of hexabromo- and 5,5-dimethoxytetrabromo-1,3-cyclopentadienes in the diene synthesis reactions with bismaleimides and with the monoadducts 1,4,5,6,7,7-hexabromo- and 1,4,5,6-tetrabromo-7,7-dimethoxybicyclo-(2.2.1)-hept-5-ene-2,3-dicarboximides was studied. In these reactions hexabromo-1,3-cyclopentadiene acts as diene-acceptor, while 5,5-dimethoxytetrabromo-1,3-cyclopentadiene acts as diene-donor. It is suggested that the reactivity of the addends in the investigated reaction series depends not only on their donor-acceptor characteristics but also on the localization energy. The IR spectra of the adducts were recorded in Vaseline oil on a UR-20 spectrophotometer. The PMR spectra were measured on a Tesla BS-487B instrument at 80 MHz with DMFA-d/sub 7/ as solvent and TMS as internal standard.

  1. A lubricating compound

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    Barchan, G.P.; Boltnikov, V.S.; Bulgarevich, A.F.; Chigarenko, G.G.; Ponomarenko, A.G.


    In a known lubricating compound (SK) in order to improve the loading, antifriction and antiwear properties, a dicarbonic acid of a complex ether of azelaic acid of the formula (CH/sub 2/)/sub 7/(COOC/sub 2/H/sub 2//sub n+1/)/sub 2/, where n = 4 to 8, is additionally introduced as a complex ether (SE). 1-(2-oxy-1-naphthylazo)-2-naphthol-4-sulfo acid is introduced as an additive. The ratio of components in percent is: 1-(2-oxy-1-naphthylazo)-2-naphthol-4-sulfo acid 0.1 to 0.5 and complex ether, 20 to 30 and petroleum or synthetic oil (Ms) to 100 percent. Synthetic or petroleum oil of varying chemical structure and physical and chemical properties is used to prepare the lubricating compound: industrialnoye-20, vaseline, industrialnoye-50, instrumental MPV, vacuum MV-4 and polytehylsiloxanic liquid 32 to 25. The oil is mixed with the complex ether and the additive in the cited ratios with heating to 100 degrees and intensive mixing. After cooling, an oil ready for use is produced. The lubricating properties of the lubricating compound are studied in a facial friction (Tr) machine with a movable sample of St45.

  2. A lubricating composition

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    Kuzharov, A.S.; Grechko, V.O.; Ryabova, G.A.; Semerinov, V.M.; Vlasenko, L.A.


    In order to improve the antifriction properties of a lubricating composition (SK), which contains petroleum oil and an additive, and to increase its wear resistance, 0.05 to 0.20 percent anilineazocresole of the cited formula is introduced into it as the additive. Vaseline oil and the anilineazocresole are mixed at 100 degrees until complete solution of the additive in order to make the lubricating composition. After cooling, the product is a transparent green oil, ready for use. The antifriction properties of the lubricating composition are tested in a facial friction (Tr) machine at a speed of relative slipping of 0.7 meters per second. The movable samples were made from OF-10 bronze and the fixed ones from Kh12F1Sh steel. The loading is conducted in stages as the samples are broken in. The testing results are used to determine the friction coefficient, the maximal loading and the weight wear of the bronze and steel friction pair. The tests lasted 5 hours.

  3. Lubricant use and condom use during anal sex in men who have sex with men in Tanzania. (United States)

    Romijnders, Kim Agj; Nyoni, Joyce E; Ross, Michael W; McCurdy, Sheryl A; Mbwambo, Jessie; Kok, Gerjo; Crutzen, Rik


    The lack of data on condom and lubricant use among African men who have sex with men (MSM) hinders prevention efforts. We describe use, knowledge, and access to lubricants in Dar es Salaam and Tanga, Tanzania. Data were collected in 2012 and 2013 from a cross-sectional survey of 200 MSM in Dar es Salaam and 100 MSM in Tanga, Tanzania. The most common reason for not using condoms was dislike of condoms. Two-thirds of the men reported always using a lubricant for anal sex. Results showed that: fewer men who have sex with both men and women (MSMW) know about lubricants; more MSM look for, have difficulty finding, and find lubricants to be expensive; and MSM use lubricants to facilitate penetration. MSMW commonly receive their lubricants from their sexual partner, while MSM got them from friends and pharmacies. HIV-negative MSM used lubricants to facilitate penetration and reduce pain. HIV-positive MSM are likely to get their lubricants from pharmacies or friends. MSMW use Vaseline® significantly more than MSM as a lubricant. Results suggest that HIV prevention knowledge among MSM is greater, so HIV prevention efforts should emphasise carrying water-based lubricant among MSMW. Consequently, there is an opportunity to co-market condoms and water-based lubricants. © The Author(s) 2016.

  4. Antimicrobial Silver Chloride Nanoparticles Stabilized with Chitosan Oligomer for the Healing of Burns

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    Yun Ok Kang


    Full Text Available Recently, numerous compounds have been studied in order to develop antibacterial agents, which can prevent colonized wounds from infection, and assist the wound healing. For this purpose, novel silver chloride nanoparticles stabilized with chitosan oligomer (CHI-AgCl NPs were synthesized to investigate the influence of antibacterial chitosan oligomer (CHI exerted by the silver chloride nanoparticles (AgCl NPs on burn wound healing in a rat model. The CHI-AgCl NPs had a spherical morphology with a mean diameter of 42 ± 15 nm. The burn wound healing of CHI-AgCl NPs ointment was compared with untreated group, Vaseline ointment, and chitosan ointment group. The burn wound treated with CHI-AgCl NPs ointment was completely healed by 14 treatment days, and was similar to normal skin. Particularly, the regenerated collagen density became the highest in the CHI-AgCl NPs ointment group. The CHI-AgCl NPs ointment is considered a suitable healing agent for burn wounds, due to dual antibacterial activity of the AgCl NPs and CHI.

  5. Self-Organization of Friction Surface of Fe-Mn-C-B Coating With Increased Resistance to Abrasion / Samoorganizacja Powierzchni Tarcia Powłoki Fe-Mn-C-B O Zwiększonej Odporności Na Zużycie Ścierne

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    Barszcz M.


    Full Text Available The paper concerns the research on self-organization of the surface of coating of hypoeutectic alloy Fe-Mn-C-B modified Si, Ni, Cr, Cu with friction with C45 steel. The coatings were obtained by arc welding using a flux-cored wire. Tests of resistance to wear were carried out for hypoeutectic coatings with use of the friction pair pin-on-disc in the conditions of sliding friction, in model lubricating environments. The surface-active (glycerol oil and inactive (Vaseline grease lubricant was used. Tribological tests carried out showed that cooperation of hypoeutectic alloy coating with counterbody of C45 steel with lubrication with surface-active lubricant results in a significant improvement in tribological properties than in case of the lubrication with surface-inactive lubricant. The resulting effect is related to the self-organization of friction surface. After deposition and wear resistance tests, the friction surface microstructure was analysed, as well as the surface and depth distribution of the elements.

  6. Ameliorative property of Teucrium polium on second degree burn

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    Ansari Roya


    Full Text Available Introduction: Traditionally, burn wound healing activities have been claimed for Teucrium polium. Teucrium polium possesses antioxidant and inflammatory activities and seems to ameliorate burn wound healing. This study was performed to evaluate the effects of Teucrium polium on burn healing in Balb/C mice. Materials and Methods: In this preclinical experimental study 56 mice were randomly designated into 4 equal groups. Burn wounds were made using a hot plate with a surface area of 1.5 cm2. Animals were treated with Teucrium 2%, Silver sulfadiazine or Vaseline 2 times per day for 21 days. The forth group received no treatment. Results: The percentage of burn wounds healing and total time required for complete healing were evaluated and compared in different groups. Data were analyzed using ANOVA test. Conclusion: Teucrium extract accelerated the burn wound healing more rapidly than control groups (p<0.01. Teucrium polium is effective on burn wounds healing and might be beneficial in these groups of patients.

  7. PVA-Sago starch hydrogel and the preliminary clinical animal study of the hydrogel

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    Hashim, Kamaruddin; Mohd Dahlan, Khairul Zaman [Malaysian Institute for Nuclear Technology Research, Bangi, Kajang (Malaysia); Halim, Ahmad Sukari; Md Nor, Mohd Tarmizi [Sciences University of Malaysia, School of Medical Sciences, Kerian, Kelantan (Malaysia); Yoshii, Fumio [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takasaki, Gunma (Japan). Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment


    Sago starch granule dissolves in hot water to form physically crosslink semi-gel structure. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) in aqueous solution is chemically crosslink and form hydrogel after expose to gamma or electron beam irradiation. Combination of sago starch and PVA give tremendous improvement on strength and elasticity of the gel. Adding additive such as carboxymethyl cellulose enhance the swelling or absorption property of the gel. These properties of hydrogel are important for wound dressing application. The preliminary clinical animal study on the PVA Sago hydrogel dressing shows promising results of healing process in comparison with the conventional dressing using vaseline impregnated gauze acting as control dressing. This re-confirmed by biopsy tests on the wound tissue taking during the healing process. The tests show the increasing amount of fibroblast and endothelial cells on both wounds using hydrogel and jalonet during the healing process. Also, the rate of epitheliazation is almost completed for both wounds after 10 days of dressing and the lymphocytes cell increase tremendously for the first 14 days with hydrogel dressing. (author)

  8. Effect of green tea on the second degree burn wounds in rats

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    Mohammad Javad Fatemi


    Full Text Available Background: Various studies indicate that the green tea has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties. Moreover, a few studies have been carried out that demonstrate beneficial effects of green tea on burned patients. Materials and Methods: In this study, green tea, Vaseline, and silver sulfadiazine dressings were used as first-aid treatment to deep dermal contact burns in rats, compared with a control of nothing. After creating second-degree burn on the dorsum of rats, the treatments were applied for 15 min in four groups. Wound dressing changes were daily. Macroscopic study was performed on days 1, 3, 7, and 14 by using a digital camera and software processing of photos. Microscopic examination was done by pathologic evaluation of skin specimens on day 14. Results: We observed that green tea usage significantly decreased burn size in comparison to the control group (P = 0.004. Conclusion: Green tea is effective on healing process of second degree burn wounds.

  9. Microencapsulation of maqui (Aristotelia chilensis Molina Stuntz leaf extracts to preserve and control antioxidant properties

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    Leslie Vidal J


    Full Text Available Microencapsulation technology is an alternative to stabilize stress factors and protect food ingredients or additives, which include environmentally sensitive bioactive principles in protective matrices to increase their functionality and life span. The objective of this research was to study conditions to obtain microcapsules with antioxidant capacity from a maqui (Aristotelia chilensis [Molina] Stuntz, Elaeocarpaceae leaf extract by emulsification and subsequent retention after microencapsulation. Microcapsules were produced by water-in-oil emulsion (W/O using a phase of the aqueous maqui leaf extract and gum arabic, and a liquid vaseline phase. Maqui leaf extract antioxidant capacity was 99.66% compared with the aqueous phase of the emulsion at 94.38 and 93.06% for 5% and 15% gum arabic, respectively. The mean yield of maqui leaf extract microencapsulation with 5% gum arabic varied between 38 and 48%, whereas with 15% gum arabic it was 39%. Once the antioxidant microcapsules were formed, mean extract antioxidant capacity ranged between 30 and 35%. Both yields responded similarly to changes in gum arabic concentrations (5% and 15% in the aqueous phase of the emulsion; 5% concentration produced a microcapsule size from 1.0 to 10 urn. Maqui leaf extracts with high phenolic compound levels, which can be stabilized and protected by the microencapsulation process, produce new natural preservative systems as compared with their synthetic counterparts.

  10. Nickel contact sensitivity in the guinea pig. An efficient open application test method

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    Nielsen, G D; Rohold, A E; Andersen, Klaus Ejner


    Nickel contact sensitivity was successfully induced in guinea pigs using an open epicutaneous application method. Immediately after pretreatment with 1% aqueous sodium lauryl sulfate, upper back skin was treated daily for 4 weeks with 0.3%-3% nickel sulfate in either a 1% lanolin cream (Vaseline, p...... with nickel sulfate 1% or 3% in the lanolin cream or 1% in hydroxypropyl cellulose were significantly different from the response rate in the control group. Considering both readings at both challenges, the frequency of sensitization was 57-93% (8 of 14 to 13 of 14 animals) in the group treated with 1......% in the lanolin cream, 60-100% (9/15 to 15/15 animals) in the group treated with 3% in the lanolin cream, and 67-75% (8/12 to 9/12 animals) in the group treated with 1% in hydroxypropyl cellulose. Rechallenge of initially sensitized animals 10 weeks later confirmed that a lasting contact allergy had been obtained....

  11. Contração de feridas após cobertura com substitutos temporários de pele Contraction of wound after cover with temporaly skin substitutes

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    Maria Cristina Oliveira Coelho


    Full Text Available Feridas experimentais foram recobertas com substitutos temporários de pele produzidos com poliuretano, hidrocolóide, hemicelulose e vaselina e com gaze, para avaliação do cálculo da área e percentual de contração ao 7º, 14 e 28º dias de evolução. O curativo hidrocolóide proporcionou uma redução da área inicial ao sétimo dia, não se observando diferenças significativa entre os tratamentos nos períodos seguintes.Experimentals wounds have covered with temporary skin substitutes, made of poliurethane, hidrocolloid, hemicellulose and vaseline and gauze in order to avaliate the area and contraction percentual at the 7th, 14th and 28th days. The hidrocolloidal dressing provided reduction of the initial area at the 7th day and no significant difference was observed on the other periods.

  12. Synergistic repellent activity of plant essential oils against Aedes aegypti on rabbit Skin

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    Koech Peter Kiplang'at


    Full Text Available Mosquito-borne diseases are the major causes of mortality particularly in tropics. Due to drug and insecticide resistance, personal protection by use of skin repellents has become a common approach of control. The purpose of the study is to determine if synergy exists between Ocimum basilicum, Azadirachta indica and Eucalyptus citriodora oils. Kinga Mosquito repelling Wax® and Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly® were included as positive and negative test control respectively. The results showed that Chrysanthemum cinerariefolium extract had no paralytic effect at 0.002% and 0.005% with mean repellency of 81.58 and 85.94 respectively. Similar observation was shown by 10% Azadirachta indica oil and Kinga with a mean repellency 85.79 and 80.53 respectively. Azadirachta indica oil was then reinforced by addition of Sweet basil oil and Lemon eucalyptus oil. A combination that provides complete protection and displayed mosquito paralysis was obtained. The developed formulation can replace Kinga® and alternative to Chrysanthemum cinerariefolium extract.

  13. Effect of apricot tree resin hydroethanolic extract on skin wound healing in rats

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    Karim Javadabadi


    Full Text Available Background : Impairment of wound healing in chronic diseases is a therapeutic challenge. In terms of anti-inflammatory and regenerative effects of hydro-alcoholic extract of apricot gum tree this extract used on skin wound healing in rats. Materials and Methods: 28 Wistar male rats were divided into four groups: group I, normal without surgery, group II, control group without treatment, group III, a wound treatment with Vaseline, and group I˅, wound care therapy apricot tree resin extract. In the treated and placebo groups after anesthesia applied induction circular wound area of 280 square millimeters behind rats, but treated groups continued treatment for 21 days. Daily treatment was done with hydro-alcoholic extract of apricot tree gum. Wound size is measured every day by analyzing digital images for 21 days and then rats killed and samples were fixed in formalin. Slices were stained with hematoxylin and eosin. Tissue sections were studied qualitatively and quantitatively, to check regeneration of cells, the collagen fibers, angiogenesis, and distribution of inflammatory cells. Normal data analyzed using Tukey test and data with non-normal distribution were compared between groups by Mann-Whitney test. Results: Use of apricot tree resin, reduces the blood vessels from the second week onwards, reduction of inflammatory cells and increased collagen fibers and tissue epithelialization. Conclusion: Apricot tree resin extract can promote wound healing faster made substantial improvements.

  14. Liquid Crystal Formation from Sunflower Oil: Long Term Stability Studies. (United States)

    da Rocha-Filho, Pedro Alves; Maruno, Mônica; Ferrari, Márcio; Topan, José Fernando


    The Brazilian biodiversity offers a multiplicity of raw materials with great potential in cosmetics industry applications. Some vegetable oils and fatty esters increase skin hydration by occlusivity, keeping the skin hydrated and with a shiny appearance. Sunflower (Helianthus annus L.) oil is widely employed in cosmetic emulsions in the form of soaps, creams, moisturizers and skin cleansers due to the presence of polyphenols and its high vitamin E content. Liquid crystals are systems with many applications in both pharmaceutical and cosmetic formulations and are easily detected by microscopy under polarized light due to their birefringence properties. The aim of this research was to develop emulsions from natural sunflower oil for topical uses. Sunflower oil (75.0% w/w) was combined with liquid vaseline (25.0% w/w) employing a natural self-emulsifying base (SEB) derivative. The high temperature of the emulsification process did not influence the antioxidant properties of sunflower oil. Fatty esters were added to cosmetic formulations and extended stability tests were performed to characterize the emulsions. Fatty esters like cetyl palmitate and cetyl ester increase the formation of anisotropic structures. O/W emulsions showed acidic pH values and pseudoplastic behavior. The presence of a lamellar phase was observed after a period of 90 days under different storage conditions.

  15. Dermoscopia da sarna crostosa associada à síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida Dermoscopy of Norwegian scabies in a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

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    Loan Towersey


    Full Text Available Os autores relatam o caso de uma paciente com sarna norueguesa e síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida com baixa aderência à terapia antirretroviral. O diagnóstico definitivo foi confirmado pelo exame parasitológico direto. A dermatoscopia mostrou sulcos escabióticos e estruturas acastanhadas em asa-delta já descritas, além de uma estrutura morfologicamente semelhante a um gongolo (diplopodasímile. Esta última representa um elemento patodiagnóstico da SN não previamente descrito. Houve boa reposta clínica ao uso oral da ivermectina e ao uso tópico da vaselina com enxofre a 10%, com concomitante melhora dos parâmetros dermatoscópicos.The authors report here on the case of a female patient with Norwegian (crusted scabies and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome whose compliance with antiretroviral therapy was poor. Definitive diagnosis was confirmed by direct microscopic examination, which revealed numerous Sarcoptes scabei. Dermoscopy showed pathognomonic scabetic burrows and brownish structures in the shape of a hand-glider with a millipede-like appearance. The latter constitutes a diagnostic feature in the pathology of Norwegian scabies that has not yet been described. The patient responded well to oral ivermectin and topical vaseline with sulphur at a proportion of 10%. There was a simultaneous improvement in dermoscopic parameters.

  16. Rapid liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis of 4-hydroxynonenal for the assessment of oxidative degradation and safety of vegetable oils. (United States)

    Gabbanini, Simone; Matera, Riccardo; Valvassori, Alice; Valgimigli, Luca


    A novel method for the UHPLC-MS/MS analysis of (E)-4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE) is described. The method is based on derivatization of 4-HNE with pentafluorophenylhydrazine (1) or 4-trifluoromethylphenylhydrazine (2) in acetonitrile in the presence of trifluoroacetic acid as catalyst at room temperature and allows complete analysis of one sample of vegetable oil in only 21 min, including sample preparation and chromatography. The method involving hydrazine 1, implemented in an ion trap instrument with analysis of the transition m/z 337→154 showed LOD=10.9 nM, average accuracy of 101% and precision ranging 2.5-4.0% RSD intra-day (2.7-4.1% RSD inter-day), with 4-HNE standard solutions. Average recovery from lipid matrices was 96.3% from vaseline oil, 91.3% from sweet almond oil and 105.3% from olive oil. The method was tested on the assessment of safety and oxidative degradation of seven samples of dietary oil (soybean, mixed seeds, corn, peanut, sunflower, olive) and six cosmetic-grade oils (avocado, blackcurrant, apricot kernel, echium, sesame, wheat germ) and effectively detected increased 4-HNE levels in response to chemical (Fenton reaction), photochemical, or thermal stress and aging, aimed at mimicking typical oxidation associated with storage or industrial processing. The method is a convenient, cost-effective and reliable tool to assess quality and safety of vegetable oils. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. [Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis induced by piroxicam]. (United States)

    Bissinger, Ingrid; Matute-Turizo, Gustavo; Mejía-Barreneche, María Natalia


    Between 62 and 90% of cases of acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis are caused by drugs. Its onset is rapid with generalized pustules, fever, and blood neutrophil count over 7000; pustules resolve spontaneously in less than 15 days. A case associated with piroxicam described. A 36-year-old with initial erythema of the thorax and abdomen, accompanied by burning, without fever, which later spread to his forearms, upper arms, and thighs, with face edema. A week earlier he had taken piroxicam for low back pain; at the time of hospitalization he received antihistamines, and topical and systemic steroids. Full blood count showed leukocytes at 8920, eosinophils at 600, neutrophils at 6600, total serum IgE at 188 UI, C-reactive protein at 2.9 mg/L, and no liver, kidney, or lung involvement. Treatment was initiated with intravenous antihistamines and ranitidine, saline, topical Vaseline plus topical mupirocin, and systemic steroids. On the second day of hospitalization neutrophils increased to 9000 and PCR to 3.3. The score to evaluate acute exanthematous pustulosis in the patient was 8, giving a definitive diagnosis. The differential diagnosis should be established primarily with pustular psoriasis. The prognosis is generally good, as reported.

  18. Heterologous expression of a truncated form of human recombinant vascular endothelial growth factor-A and its biological activity in wound healing

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    Mohsen Khaki


    Full Text Available Objective(s: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF is one of the most effective proteins in angiogenesis, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs differentiation and wound healing. These abilities are therapeutic potential of VEGF in diabetic retinopathy, nephropathy and other tissue damage circumstances. In this study, recombinant VEGF was produced in Escherichia coli (E. coli system and then biological activity of this protein was evaluated in animal wound healing. Materials and Methods: E. coli BL21 (DE3 competent cells were transformed with pET32a-VEGF clone and induced by isopropyl-β-D-thio-galactoside (IPTG. The recombinant protein was purified byaffinity chromatography. Recombinant VEGF-A-based ointment (VEGF/Vaseline 0.8 mg/100 w/w was used for external wound (25×15mm thickness healing in animal model. In vivo activity of ointment was evaluated by clinical evidences and cytological microscopic assessment. Results: The recombinant protein with molecular weight of 45 kilodaltons (kDa and concentration of 0.8 mg/ml was produced.Immunoblotting data showed that the antigenic region of VEGF can be expressed in E. coli and the recombinant protein has similar epitopes with close antigenic properties to the natural form. Macroscopic findings and microscopic data showed that the recombinant VEGF-A ointment was effective on excisional wound healing. Conclusion: Recombinant VEGF-A produced by pET32a in E. coli, possesses acceptable structure and has wound healing capability.

  19. Physicochemical and microbiological properties as well as stability of ointments containing aloe extract (Aloe arborescens Mill.) or aloe extract associated to neomycin sulphate. (United States)

    Kodym, A; Bujak, T


    The aim of the study was to work out methods of quality assessment of ointments containing dry extract from fresh leaves of Aloe arborescens Mill. (Lilliaceae) and also of ointments containing both of dry extract and neomycin sulphate. The stability of the ointments, stored at 20 degrees C, was studied and the following criteria were considered: chromatographic analysis (TLC), pH of the ointments, the content of the substances in the dry extract converted to aloenin, the content of aloenin and aloin, anti-microbial activity of neomycin in the ointments, the size of the particles of the dry extract and of neomycin sulphate in the ointment suspension and the sterility of the ointments. After two years of storage at 20 degrees C, the ointments prepared with the anhydrous lipophilic base, did not change their physicochemical characteristics and neomycin in those ointments retained almost 100% of starting anti-microbial activity. Water or propylene glycol significantly decreased the stability of the biologically active substances of the dry extract in the ointments. Besides, in the ointments containing the dry extract and neomycin sulphate, the presence of water or propylene glycol induced degradation of the biologically active substances of the dry extract and a decrease in the anti-microbial activity of neomycin in the ointments. Considering the physicochemical and microbiological stability, the most advisable base for the ointments with aloe and neomycin sulphate was composed of white vaseline, liquid paraffin, solid paraffin, cholesterol.

  20. [Local barrier creams for skin care in newborns, infants and toddlers with incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) – Narrative Review! (United States)

    Reick, Sibylle; Hubenthal, Natalie; Zimmermann, Marit; Hering, Thomas


    Background: The incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) is a common condition in newborns, infants and toddlers. For the therapy nurses and parents have the choice between numerous barrier creams based on zinc oxide, Dexpanthenol or Vaseline in various combinations of active agents and with additional ingredients. Research question: Which combination of active ingredients in local barrier creams reduce pain, severity of or duration of healing in IAD in neonates, infants and young children? Method: MEDLINE and CINAHL was systematically search for randomized controlled trials on the effect of barrier creams in pediatric patients with IAD. These were evaluated on validity and applicability. Results: 15 RCTs were found, of which six were included in the systematic review. The methodological quality of these trials ranges from good to poor, partially high bias risk were recognizable. Barrier creams containing the active ingredients zinc oxide / lanolin, zinc oxide / cod liver oil, zinc oxide / Dexpanthenol, paraffin / beeswax / Dexpanthenol show effects. They reduce the IAD-associated symptoms. Conclusions: The investigated barrier creams can be used in the pediatric nursing for the treatment of IAD. Because of limitations it cannot be ruled out that further studies will change the results.

  1. Surface coatings on glass ionomer restorations in Pediatric dentistry-Worthy or not?

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    Rekhalakshmi Kamatham


    Full Text Available Background: To know the effect of surface protective agents used in day-to-day practice on the fluoride release property of conventional glass ionomer cements (GIC and discuss its pros and cons. Materials and Methods: Thirty disc-shaped specimens were fabricated from conventional GIC and block randomized into three groups (Group I, II, and III of 10 each. Group I specimens were unprotected, group II coated with cavity varnish (Namuvar, Ratnagiri, India and group III with petroleum jelly (Vaseline, Hindustan lever ltd. After polymerization, the disks were immersed in three individual sealable plastic bottles containing deionized distilled water which was changed every 24 hours for 15 days to measure the fluoride release. Statistics and Results: Statistical analysis was carried using software version Systat 10.0, and the data was subjected to one way ANOVA, using Duncan Multiple Range test (Variable LSD with the level of significance set at 0.05 (P < 0.05. The greatest amount of fluoride was released from the uncoated group, followed in ranking by petroleum jelly and varnish coated and the difference among them was statistically significant (P < 0.05. Conclusion: Application of varnish over GIC can severely impede its fluoride release property. Similarly petroleum jelly also impedes the fluoride release, but to a very less extent. We suggest that in situations where the fluoride release property is more important than other properties it is better to coat the GIC with petroleum jelly or leave the restoration without any coating.

  2. Liquid Crystal Formation from Sunflower Oil: Long Term Stability Studies

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    Pedro Alves da Rocha-Filho


    Full Text Available The Brazilian biodiversity offers a multiplicity of raw materials with great potential in cosmetics industry applications. Some vegetable oils and fatty esters increase skin hydration by occlusivity, keeping the skin hydrated and with a shiny appearance. Sunflower (Helianthus annus L. oil is widely employed in cosmetic emulsions in the form of soaps, creams, moisturizers and skin cleansers due to the presence of polyphenols and its high vitamin E content. Liquid crystals are systems with many applications in both pharmaceutical and cosmetic formulations and are easily detected by microscopy under polarized light due to their birefringence properties. The aim of this research was to develop emulsions from natural sunflower oil for topical uses. Sunflower oil (75.0% w/w was combined with liquid vaseline (25.0% w/w employing a natural self-emulsifying base (SEB derivative. The high temperature of the emulsification process did not influence the antioxidant properties of sunflower oil. Fatty esters were added to cosmetic formulations and extended stability tests were performed to characterize the emulsions. Fatty esters like cetyl palmitate and cetyl ester increase the formation of anisotropic structures. O/W emulsions showed acidic pH values and pseudoplastic behavior. The presence of a lamellar phase was observed after a period of 90 days under different storage conditions.

  3. Investigation of sorbic acid volatile degradation products in pharmaceutical formulations using static headspace gas chromatography. (United States)

    Yarramraju, Sitaramaraju; Akurathi, Vamsidhar; Wolfs, Kris; Van Schepdael, Ann; Hoogmartens, Jos; Adams, Erwin


    An analytical method that allows simultaneous analysis of sorbic acid and its degradation products was developed using static headspace gas chromatography (HS-GC). AT-Aquawax-DA, the capillary column used, showed good selectivity and separation towards sorbic acid and its degradation products. Sorbic acid degradation was investigated in both acidic and aqueous media at room and elevated temperatures. In total 12 sorbic acid degradation products were found, 8 of which could be characterized. The method was investigated for its accuracy towards estimation of degradation products. Using the HS-GC method different batches of pharmaceutical preparations such as cold cream, cetomacrogol cream and vaseline were investigated for sorbic acid degradation products which were estimated by applying the standard addition method. Acetaldehyde was found to be the major degradation product. The other identified degradation products were: acetone; 2-methylfuran; crotonaldehyde; alfa-angelicalactone; 2-acetyl, 5-methylfuran; toluene and 2,5-dimethylfuran. Both mass spectrometeric (MS) and flame ionization detection (FID) were used. The qualitative investigation was done on HS-GC-MS and the quantitative work on HS-GC-FID.

  4. Temperature rise during experimental light-activated bleaching. (United States)

    Klaric, Eva; Rakic, Mario; Sever, Ivan; Tarle, Zrinka


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the surface and intrapulpal temperatures after treatments with different bleaching gels subjected to different types of light activation. A K-type thermocouple and infrared thermometer were used to measure the temperature increase during the 15- or 30-min treatment period. Light-emitting diode with a center wavelength of 405 nm (LED405), organic light-emitting diode (OLED), and femtosecond laser were tested and compared to ZOOM2. The tooth surface was treated with five bleaching agents and Vaseline which served as a control.The generalized estimating equation (GEE) model was applied for testing the differences in temperature increase. The ZOOM2 light source led to the largest increase in mean pulpal and tooth surface temperatures of 21.1 and 22.8 °C, followed by focused femtosecond laser which increased the pulpal and surface temperatures by up to 15.7 and 16.8 °C. Treatments with unfocused femtosecond laser, LED405, and OLED induced significantly lower mean temperature increases (p temperature increases in the pulp chamber and at the tooth surface. Caution is advised when using these types of light activation, while LED405, OLED, and unfocused femtosecond laser could be safely used.

  5. Dispelling some myths about condoms. (United States)


    Condoms are an effective contraceptive and disease prevention device used correctly and consistently by millions of people around the world. That condoms do not work, HIV can pass through them, and condoms frequently break are simply myths. Condom efficacy is directly related to their correct and consistent usage. Condoms are therefore very effective when properly used. While HIV is only 0.1 micron wide and the head of a human sperm cell is 3 microns wide, scanning electron microscopy has shown latex condoms to block the passage of both. Most condom breakage is due to incorrect usage rather than poor condom quality. Prolonged exposure to heat and/or sunlight and the use of oil-based lubricants such as Vaseline can weaken condoms and cause them to break during use. Opening the condom pack with teeth or sharp fingernails can also damage a condom. Finally, a condom should not be used if its expiration date has passed or if it is more than 5 years from the manufacturing date.

  6. Topical sirolimus for the treatment of angiofibromas in tuberous sclerosis

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    Salih Levent Cinar


    Full Text Available Background: The skin is one of the most affected organs in tuberous sclerosis complex and angiofibromas are seen in almost 80% of such patients. These benign tumors impose a great psycho-social burden on patients. Objective: The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness and tolerability of topical sirolimus for facial angiofibromas in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex. Methods: This was a prospective, single-blinded, cross-over study which involved twelve patients. We investigated the effect and safety of topical 0.1% sirolimus, which was obtained by crushing sirolimus tablets and mixing it with petrolatum. The patients were asked to apply the cream to one side of their face, and vaseline to the other side. The effect of topical sirolimus was evaluated using the “facial angiofibroma severity index.” Results: There was a significant improvement in the redness and extension of the tumors on the sides to which the active ingredient was applied. Some side effects such as itching and irritation occurred in three patients, which were treated with topical hydrocortisone cream. Conclusion: Topical sirolimus appears to be a promising, fairly well tolerated treatment for facial angiofibromas in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex. Although its efficacy diminishes with time, repetitive usage is effective.

  7. Effect of sodium deprivation on contraction and charge movement in frog skeletal muscle fibres. (United States)

    Garcia, M C; Diaz, A F; Godinez, R; Sanchez, J A


    Measurements of isometric tension were performed in single twitch skeletal muscle fibres and the effect of extracellular Na+ removal on contraction was investigated. Na+ withdrawal brought about an increase in the amplitude of K+ contractures and their time course became faster. The potentiation of K+ contractures depended strongly on extracellular Ca2+ and developed slowly following an exponential time course with a time constant of approximately 8 min. Removal of extracellular Na+ greatly increased the amplitude of caffeine contractures and lowered its threshold: caffeine (0.5 mM) had no effect on resting tension in Ringer's but produced contractures in Na(+)-free solutions. Intramembrane charge movement (charge 1) was monitored in contracting voltage-clamped segments of frog skeletal muscle fibres using the triple-Vaseline-gap technique. Movement of charge 1 did not depend on the presence of extracellular Na+. However, the mechanical threshold decreased by approximately 10 mV at several pulse durations and the charge which produced just detectable contractions decreased by approximately 5 nC microF-1 in the absence of extracellular Na+. Intracellular heparin (40 mg ml-1) increased the mechanical threshold by approximately 20 mV without affecting the movement of charge 1. The effect of Na(+)-free solutions on the mechanical threshold was additive to that of heparin. It is concluded that the effects of Na(+)-withdrawal on contraction take place at a location beyond the voltage sensor of excitation-contraction coupling.

  8. Origin of delayed outward ionic current in charge movement traces from frog skeletal muscle. (United States)

    Hui, C S; Chen, W


    1. Non-linear membrane ionic current was studied in highly stretched cut frog twitch fibres in a double Vaseline-gap voltage clamp chamber, with the internal solution containing 0.1 mM EGTA and the external solution containing Cl- as the major anion. After the Na+ currents was abolished by TTX in the external solution and the K+ currents were suppressed by external TEA+ and Rb+ and internal Cs+, a delayed outward ionic current with a time course similar to that of the delayed rectifier current was observed during depolarization. 2. The delayed outward ionic current was resistant to 1 mM 3,4-diaminopyridine (3,4-DAP) in the external solution and was unaltered when a fraction of the internal Cs+ was replaced by K+ or Na+, suggesting that the current was not carried by cations flowing through the delayed rectifiers. 3. The delayed outward ionic current was greatly reduced by replacing the external Cl- with CH3SO3-,SO4(2-), glutamate or gluconate, indicating strongly that the current was carried by Cl- flowing through anion channels. The current was also suppressed by 1 mM external 9-anthracenecarboxylic acid (9-ACA). 4. The delayed outward ionic current was reduced by blockers of calcium-dependent Cl- channels, such as SITS and frusemide (furosemide), in a dose- and voltage-dependent manner and by increasing intracellular [EGTA] to 20 mM, suggesting that part of the Cl- current in the muscle fibres could be calcium dependent. 5. The total Cl- current could be dissected into calcium-dependent and calcium-independent components. Each component accounted for roughly half of the total Cl- current. The maximum slope conductance of the calcium-dependent Cl- channels was 60.9 +/- 6.0 microS microF-1 (mean +/- S.E.M., n = 4).

  9. Excitation-calcium release uncoupling in aged single human skeletal muscle fibers. (United States)

    Delbono, O; O'Rourke, K S; Ettinger, W H


    The biological mechanisms underlying decline in muscle power and fatigue with age are not completely understood. The contribution of alterations in the excitation-calcium release coupling in single muscle fibers was explored in this work. Single muscle fibers were voltage-clamped using the double Vaseline gap technique. The samples were obtained by needle biopsy of the vastus lateralis (quadriceps) from 9 young (25-35 years; 25.9 +/- 9.1; 5 female and 4 male) and 11 old subjects (65-75 years; 70.5 +/- 2.3; 6 f, 5 m). Data were obtained from 36 and 39 fibers from young and old subjects, respectively. Subjects included in this study had similar physical activity. Denervated and slow-twitch muscle fibers were excluded from this study. A significant reduction of maximum charge movement (Qmax) and DHP-sensitive Ca current were recorded in muscle fibers from the 65-75 group. Qmax values were 7.6 +/- 0.9 and 3.2 +/- 0.3 nC/muF for young and old muscle fibers, respectively (P charge inactivation or interconversion (charge 1 to charge 2) were found. The peak Ca current was (-)4.7 +/- 0.08 and (-)2.15 +/- 0.11 muA/muF for young and old fibers, respectively (P muscle fibers, respectively. Caffeine (0.5 mM) induced potentiation of the peak calcium transient in both groups. The decrease in the voltage-/Ca-dependent Ca release ratio in old fibers (0.18 +/- 0.02) compared to young fibers (0.47 +/- 0.03) (P skeletal muscle and, the reduction of Ca release is due to DHPR-ryanodine receptor uncoupling in fast-twitch fibers. These alterations can account, at least partially for the skeletal muscle function impairment associated with aging.

  10. The action of ryanodine on rat fast and slow intact skeletal muscles. (United States)

    Fryer, M W; Lamb, G D; Neering, I R


    1. The action of ryanodine on force development of bundles dissected from rat extensor digitorum longus (EDL) and soleus muscles has been examined. 2. Ryanodine (100-5000 nM) irreversibly depressed twitch and tetanic tension of both muscle types in a dose-related manner. 3. At concentrations above 250 nM, ryanodine induced a slowly developing, dose-dependent contracture which could not be blocked by 5 mM-Co2+. Increasing the stimulation rate or decreasing the oxygenation of the preparation accelerated the rate of contracture development while the total removal of extracellular Ca2+ was required to prevent it. 4. Following the relaxation of the initial contracture (IC) in Ca2+-free solution, a second type of contracture (SC) could be induced by the readdition of Ca2+. This contracture differed from IC in that it was dependent on Ca2+ in the millimolar range and was prevented by 5 mM-Co2+. Both IC and SC were relaxed by perfusion with Ca2+-free, EGTA-containing solution. 5. Subcontracture doses of ryanodine (100 nM) markedly potentiated caffeine contractures of both muscle types. 6. Asymmetric charge movement in EDL fibres was recorded with the Vaseline-gap technique. The amount of charge moved near threshold was virtually unaffected by the presence of 10 microM-ryanodine over the time examined. 7. The results are consistent with the suggestion that ryanodine locks the calcium release channels of the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) in an open subconductance state with reduced conductance. It appears that lowering the external calcium concentration might still inactivate the release channels after they have been blocked open by ryanodine, possibly by an effect on the T-tubular voltage sensor.

  11. Concentration-dependent effects of tetracaine on excitation-contraction coupling in frog skeletal muscle fibres. (United States)

    Sárközi, S; Szentesi, P; Cseri, J; Kovács, L; Csernoch, L


    The effects of low (10-100 microM) concentrations of tetracaine on intermembrane charge movement and on the rate of calcium release (Rrel) from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) were studied in cut skeletal muscle fibres of the frog using the voltage clamp technique. The fibres were mounted in a single or double vaseline gap chamber to study the events near the contraction threshold or in a wide membrane potential range. Although the 'hump' component of charge movement (Q gamma) was suppressed to some extent, the voltage dependence and the parameters of the Boltzmann distribution were not modified significantly at tetracaine concentrations below 50 microM. At 50 and 100 microM of tetracaine the midpoint voltage of the Boltzmann distribution was shifted to higher membrane potentials and the steepness was decreased. The total available charge remained the same at all concentrations tested. Using fura-2 to measure calcium transients at 100 microM tetracaine the threshold for calcium release was found to be significantly shifted to more positive membrane potentials. Tetracaine reversibly suppressed both the early inactivating peak and the steady-level of Rrel but the concentration dependence of the effects was markedly different. The inactivation component of calcium release was decreased with a Hill coefficient of approximately 1 and half effective concentration of 11.8 microM while the steady-level was decreased with a Hill coefficient of greater than 2 and a half effective concentration of 47.0 microM. These results favour two sites of action where tetracaine would suppress the calcium release from the SR.

  12. Identifikasi Leptin pada Kesembuhan Luka Tikus yang Diberi Pakan Lemak Tinggi dan Aplikasi Zinc Topikal (LEPTIN IDENTIFICATION ON WOUND HEALING OF RAT GIVEN HIGH FAT DIET AND TOPICAL ZINC APPLICATION

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    Devita Anggraeni


    Full Text Available Leptin is a hormone produced by adipocytes and play an important role in wound healing. The objectiveof this research was to study the role of leptin in wound healing in mice experimentally given high fat dietsand its correlation to zinc. Thirty two male Sprague Dawley rats at three months of age were used in thisstudy. Rats were randomly allotted into four groups (A,B,C and D of 8. Rats in group A and B were fednormal diet, while rats in group C and D were fed high fat diet. After two months of treatment, skin incisionsurgery was performed at the back side of the rat. Incision wound was closed with single interruptedsuture. The wound of rats in group A and C were treated with vaseline, while in the group B and D weretreated with zinc 10%. One day after surgery, blood sample were collected frpm four rats from each groupand analysed for leptin (Rat leptin ELISA Int, Genway Biotech Inc. Wounded skin from all animals werealso taken for histopathological examination (Haematoxylin and Eosin. Three days after the surgery, thesame analysis were done for the remaining rats. Leptin level was analyzed statistically using ANOVA forfactorial experiment, while histopathologic analysis was done descriptively. The results showed that theleptin level was significantly affected by time (P<0.05, as leptin level in blood at three days after surgerywas significantly lower than the level at one day after surgery. Meanwhile, histopathological examinationshowed that the percentage of epidermal closure in animals in group A,B,C,and D were 75%, 100%, 25%and 75%, respectivelly. Therefore, it was concluded that topical application of zinc might have significanteffect on the wound healing of the rats fed normal diets as well as these that given a high fat diet.

  13. Quantitative Structure–Property Relationships for Aryldiazonia

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    Oxana I. Zhelezko


    Full Text Available Abstract: By the fact of finding 43 relationships, we have shown that the reduction potentials, dimerization potentials and potentials in half-equivalent point on titration of aryldiazonium cations XC6H4N+≡N (chemical reduction with K4[Fe(CN6] and TiCl3 in water, (C2H53N, (í-C4H94N+−OH, CH3OK and C10H8•−Na+ in acetone; polarographic reduction in nitromethane, sulfolane, and N,N-dimethylformamide are related linearly to the quantum chemically evaluated electron affinities (A and to the stabilization energies of radicals formed on diazonium cations reduction. Sixty six linear correlations of frequencies (ν characterizing a collection of bonds stretching vibrations of the C-N+≡N fragment in the XC6H4N+≡NY− salts with different anions in vaseline oil, N,N-dimethylformamide, acetone, ethylacetate, methanol, water, with the bonds orders of N≡N and C-N, with the charges on carbon atoms in para positions of the C6H5X molecules aromatic rings, with the mesomeric dipole moments (μm of X substituents have been found. Twelve quantitative relationships combining the μm and ν quantities with the A values have been established. The interrelations obtained have an explicitly expressed physical meaning, are featured by rather high correlation coefficients and have a predictive power in respect to redox properties, electron affinities, vibrational frequencies of aryldiazonia, as well as to mesomeric dipole moments of atomic groups in organic molecules.

  14. A composition for a carbon black compound

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    Mednikov, M.M.; Babyuk, V.N.; Kasatkin, G.P.; Khaykin, M.S.; Kozlov, L.A.; Stroyev, V.N.


    Paraffinylendiamine is additionally introduced into a known compound of a carbon black paste in order to increase the degree of blackness and the total stability. The ratio of components in parts is: carbon black 100; petroleum oil, 150 to 300; butadiene and 2-methyl-5-vinylpyridine copolymer, 0.1 to 10.0 and paraffinylendiamine, 0.5 to 5.0. Furnace, thermal, channel and acetylene carbon black with a specific Brunauer Emmett Teller surface of 10 to 1,000 square meters per grain, of high, medium and low structural states, modified by different compounds, for instance, 02, are used as the carbon black. Petroleum oil with a kinematic viscosity at 50 degrees of 15 to 40 centistokes (for instance, vaseline, transformer oil and so on) is used as the petroleum oil. The compound is prepared in the following manner. The petroleum oil, carbon black, copolymer and paraffinylendiamine are loaded into an apparatus with a mixer. The compound is mixed for two hours at 80 degrees, cooled to 25 degrees, unloaded and are ground in a color mill. The coloring force is determined in the following manner. The components are mixed for 30 minutes in a glue mixer, unloaded and is ground in the color mill ten times. One gram is taken off from each sample (Ob). The sample which contains no paraffinylendiamine is used as the control sample. One gram of each sample is mixed with ZnO until the color of the compound is transformed from shiny black to a gray matte (brightening). The ratio of the ZnO volume which went to brightening of the sample to the volume which went to brightening of the control sample (1.2 grams), multiplied by 100 percent is used as the coloring force. It is shown that the composition of the proposed carbon black paste has a high degree of blackness and a high aggregate stability.

  15. Effects of aroeira (Schinus terebinthifoliu Raddi oil on cutaneous wound healing in rats

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    Lígia Reis Moura Estevão


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of aroeira (Schinus terebinthifolius ointment on skin wound healing in rats. METHODS: Adult male rats (n=20 were divided into four groups of five animals each, as follows: G4, G7, G14 and G21, which corresponds to 4th, 7th, 14th and 21th days postoperatively. Each animal were made two incisions on the skin, including the subcutaneous tissue, in the right and left sides of thoracic region, separated by a distance of two inches. The right lesion was treated with base ointment (vaseline, lanolin; the left one was treated with base ointment containing 5% of aroeira oil. At the end of each experimental period the lesions were evaluated for the contraction degree. Then held the collection of fragments that were fixed in 10% formalin and processed for paraffin embedding. In the histological sections (5μm was evaluated the morphology and quantified the collagen and blood vessels. The data obtained were submitted to ANOVA test complemented by Tukey-Kramer test (p<0.05. RESULTS: The contraction of the lesions was higher in wounds treated with aroeira oil than in controls at 7th and 14th days (p<0.01, whereas in the 21st day all lesions were already completely healed. The morphology showed granulation tissue more developed, with fibroblasts more bulky and collagen fibers more arranged in the experimental group at 4th, 7th and 14th days. The morphometry showed a significant increase in the quantification of collagen fibers in the experimental group at 7th and 14th days (p<0.05. CONCLUSION: The aroeira oil accelerates the healing process of wounds as a macroscopic, morphological and morphometrical analysis.

  16. Development of the regulatory guide on the management of aging for the operating NPP

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    Shin, Tae Myung; Lee, Jae Kyung; Byeon, Chang Soo; Kim, Hyo Soo [Chungju Univ., Cheongju (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Young Ryul; Eun, Hui Kwang [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)


    this is the first final report, and it includes the analysis of PSR regulation status for the operating NPP of foreign countries and thus established scope and method of Korean PSR. The detailed requirements of aging management, as one of the most important factors, is planned to be dealt in the second final report, The result of study so far can be summarized as below, The necessity and feasibility of domestic PSR application is confirmed through the investigation, comparison and review of PSR implementation and regulation status in foreign countries, And, detailed analysis of vaseline guidelines of IAEA performed to establish a skeleton of desirable safety review guideline for Korean NPP. Our own objectives, scope and strategy of review for PWR are roughly set up form factor by factor analysis of PSR implementation experience in foreign countries and background of IAEA guidelines. The essential elements of review for each PSR safety factors are classified and proposed. For efficient review of proposed safety factors and elements, three different option of framework for PSR guidelines are proposed and compared. Through analysis of strength safety factors and elements, three different options of framework for PSR guidelines are proposed and compared. Through analysis of strength and weakness of the three optional frameworks proposed for Korean PSR guideline, the third one is recommended as the best for both owner and regulator. By maintaining the current framework of SAR at maximum and, at the same time, referring the basic concept of IAEA PSR guide, the detailed contents and its review elements are chosen. The standards on the aging was proposed preliminarily for the application of aging evaluation in PSR.

  17. A rare presentation of aplasia cutis congenita after feto-reduction in a trichorionic-triamniotic pregnancy. (United States)

    Vettori, D J; Jairath, P


    Aplasia cutis congenita (ACC) is rare skin disorder of newborns that has been linked to both assisted reproductive technology (ART) and feto-reduction procedures. ACC is characterized by well-demarcated lesions that are devoid of all skin layers. Group-V ACC presents with a distinctive and symmetrical distribution pattern. It is thought to result from an insult to the fetus after concomitant twin demise and is almost exclusively reported in monochorionic gestations.A 41-year-old female with an in vitro fertilization (IVF) assisted tri-chorionic gestation subsequently underwent selective feto-reduction of Fetus C. The patient delivered two pre-term neonates secondary to pre-eclampsia. The initial exam of Twin B showed extensive, well-demarcated, symmetrical areas devoid of any skin over the anterior and lateral trunk, extending up the lateral thoracic walls. Chest and abdominal viscera were visible through a thin fibrous membrane. The skin defects were managed conservatively with twice-daily dressings of Aquaphor, and Vaseline gauze. The areas of aplasia slowly contracted, though residual scarring was noted. After four weeks in the NICU, most of the areas were healed.ACC in multi-fetal pregnancies is a rare, but well-described complication. This is, to our knowledge, the first reported case in a tri-chorionic IVF gestation after feto-reduction. With increased incidence of ART-associated pregnancies and the use of feto-reduction for higher order gestations, this may become more common. Neonates often require specialized intensive care. Conservative management usually will suffice, although surgical grafting may be required. Physicians should be aware of this condition and counsel their feto-reduction patients of the risk.

  18. Development of an ointment for burns based in dry extract of the seaweed Fucus spiralis

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    Clélia Neves Afonso


    Full Text Available The Fucus spiralis is a brown seaweed found on the Portuguese coast used as wound healing in traditional medicine were their antioxidant, immunostimulant, anticoagulant, antibacterial properties and also remineralizing, smoothing, moisturizing capacities and anti-tumor action were studied with proved results. These seaweed are one of the several described in the European Pharmacopoeia, making F.spiralis a seaweed with great potential for the development of new drugs and/or pharmaceuticals. The objective of this project was to formulate an ointment with F. spiralis dry extracts using vaseline as a base for the treatment of burns. Fucus spiralis was collected on the coast of Peniche (west coast of Portugal, washed, sorted, lyophilized and crushed for the dry extract preparation. The ash (g/g and iodine (% content in F. spiralis were determined. The ointment was prepared and homogenized with three concentrations of dry extract (1%, 2% and 5% and were analyzed over time in parallel with the observation of the physical, chemical, organoleptic and rheological characteristics. The results showed that the F. spiralis presented a iodine content of 0,0076%, a low concentration in comparison with the Farmacopeia europea directives. The ointment prepared is a non-Newtonian fluid, and the absorption spectrum in ultraviolet light (UV detected that it behaves as UVB and UVC blocker, despite of not having the same effect on UVA radiation. With these results and the many properties of Fucus spiralis we conclude that the ointment with dry extract of F. spiralis with the three concentrations of dry extract established is likely to have a great potential in the area of pharmaceutical and medicine, especially for burns application or other skins disorders.

  19. Tannin extracts from immature fruits of Terminalia chebula Fructus Retz. promote cutaneous wound healing in rats. (United States)

    Li, Kun; Diao, Yunpeng; Zhang, Houli; Wang, Shouyu; Zhang, Zhen; Yu, Bo; Huang, Shanshan; Yang, Hong


    Tannins extracted from immature fruits of Terminalia chebula Fructus Retz. are considered as effective components promoting the process of wound healing. The objective of this study is to explore the optimal extraction and purification technology (OEPT) of tannins, while studying the use of this drug in the treatment of a cutaneous wound of rat as well as its antibacterial effects. The content of tannin extracts was measured by the casein method, and antibacterial ability was studied by the micro-dilution method in vitro. In wound healing experiment, animals in group Ⅰ, Ⅱ and Ⅲ were treated with vaseline ointment, tannin extracts (tannin content: 81%) and erythromycin ointment, respectively (5 mg of ointment were applied on each wound). To evaluate the process of wound healing, selected pharmacological and biochemical parameters were applied. After optimal extraction and purification, content of tannin extracts was increased to 81%. Tannin extracts showed the inhibition of Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella Pneumonia in vitro. After excision of wounds, on days 7 and 10, the percent of wound contraction of group Ⅱ was higher than that of group Ⅰ. After being hurt with wounds, on days 3, 7, and 10, the wound healing quality of group Ⅱ was found to be better than that of group Ⅰ in terms of granulation formation and collagen organization. After wound creation, on day 3, the vascular endothelial growth factor expression of group Ⅱ was higher than that of group Ⅰ. The results suggest that tannin extracts from dried immature fruits of Terminalia chebula Fructus Retz. can promote cutaneous wound healing in rats, probably resulting from a powerful anti-bacterial and angiogenic activity of the extracts.

  20. An unusual presentation of erythema multiforme in a paediatric patient. (United States)

    BaniHani, A; Nazzal, H; Webb, L; Toumba, K J; Fabbroni, G


    Erythema multiforme (EM) is an acute, vesiculobullous disease of skin and mucous membranes with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. A complex interaction of different factors has been implicated the condition; the majority with a preceding herpes simplex infection. This report describes an unusual presentation of erythema multiforme affecting the lips and oral mucosa of a healthy 7-year-old boy in the form of lip adherence. Two weeks following eruption of oral ulcerations, a 7-year-old healthy boy developed severe erosive ulceration of both lips, causing complete lip adherence. This was accompanied by marked bilateral submandibular and cervical lymphadenopathy, tremor and sweating. Clinical and laboratory investigations led to a diagnosis of erythema multiforme. The patient was treated initially with gentle application of Vaseline between the lips using cotton buds in an attempt to release lip adhesion, followed by surgical release of the lips under general anaesthesia. Analgesics and topical steroid mouthwash were provided. Seven months later, the patient presented with a recurrence of his EM which included lesions on the skin. The patient was treated with antivirals, topical and systematic steroids to suppress the recurrent attacks of EM. Eighteen months following the initial presentation the patient and parent reported considerable decrease in the frequency, severity and duration of the occurrence of intra-oral ulcers, with no major episode of target lesions on the skin. Erythema multiforme is rare in children, however it should be considered in the differential diagnosis of recurrent erosive oral ulcerative lesions especially when the oral lesions resemble those of primary herpetic gingivostomatitis.

  1. Topical terbinafine in the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis: triple blind randomized clinical trial. (United States)

    Farajzadeh, Saeedeh; Heshmatkhah, Amireh; Vares, Behrooz; Mohebbi, Elham; Mohebbi, Azadeh; Aflatoonian, Mahin; Eybpoosh, Sana; Sharifi, Iraj; Aflatoonian, Mohammad Reza; Shamsi Meymandi, Simin; Fekri, Ali Reza; Mostafavi, Mahshid


    Leishmaniasis is a spectrum of disease condition with considerable health impacts, caused by different species of Leishmania . This disease is currently endemic in 98 countries and territories in the world. There are many treatment modalities for cutaneous leishmaniasis. The use of topical terbinafine in the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis has recently been considered. Eighty-eight participants more than two years old with proven acute CL by a positive direct smear were randomly allocated to one of the two study arms: first group received meglumine antimoniate (Glucantime) 20 mg/kg/day intramuscular injection (IM) plus a placebo ointment (Mahan Vaseline) for 20 days. The second group received meglumine antimoniate (Glucantime) 20 mg/kg/day IM plus topical terbinafine, for 20 days and were monitored closely by dermatologist during the course of the study. Crude regression analysis showed that there was no significant difference between placebo and intervention group regarding partial or complete treatment (partial treatment: HR crude  = 1.1, CI 95 % = 0.7-1.7; complete treatment: HR crude  = 1.1, CI 95 % = 0.8-1.7). Although, there was no statistically significant different between the two treatment groups, but clinically it seems that the treatment rate in those who receive glucantime plus terbinafine was more effective than the other group. However this rate depended on the type of lesions. As data indicated ulcerated nodules, papules and plaque in experimental group have been completely improved two times faster than placebo group. Ulcerated nodules, nodules and plaque were partially improved faster in those used tebinafine than placebo ointment.

  2. Coprinus comatus (shaggy cap) is a potential source of aeroallergen that may provoke atopic dermatitis. (United States)

    Fischer, B; Yawalkar, N; Brander, K A; Pichler, W J; Helbling, A


    Basidiospores are universal components in the air and established as important causes of respiratory allergies. Recent reports indicate that aeroallergens may aggravate eczematous skin lesions in subjects with atopic dermatitis (AD). The aim of the study was to investigate whether spores of Coprinus comatus, a species of basidiomycetes, may elicit delayed-type skin reactions in subjects with an atopic predilection, especially dermatitis. Sixty-six study subjects were categorized in groups having AD or respiratory allergy with regard to the skin prick test (SPT) reactivity to C comatus extract. Twenty nonatopic individuals served as control subjects. Atopy patch tests (APTs) were performed with extract of C comatus spore containing tissue at a concentration of 1. 35 mg of protein per gram of petrolatum (Vaseline) and C comatus cap at a concentration of approximately 5 mg of protein per gram of petroleum jelly. APT reactions were evaluated after 48 and 72 hours. Of the subjects with AD completing the study, 12 (32%) of 38 showed a positive APT reaction, with 8 (57%) also having a positive SPT response to C comatus. Only 1 (9%) of 11 subjects with asthma had a positive SPT and APT response to C comatus. No positive test reaction was observed in the nonatopic control subjects or in subjects with respiratory allergy and negative SPT responses to C comatus. Our results demonstrate that C comatus can induce delayed-type reactions in atopic individuals, particularly in those with AD. Because spores of Coprinus species are ubiquitous, basidiomycetes have to be considered as possible aeroallergens when investigating causes of eczematous skin lesions in AD.

  3. The effect of margin thickness, degree of convergence and bonding interlayer on the marginal failure of glass-simulated all-ceramic crowns. (United States)

    Sornsuwan, Tanapon; Swain, Michael V


    The objectives of this study were to identify the effect of design parameters, namely marginal thickness, degree of convergence and the different interfacial conditions, on the initial failure load that induces cracking from the margin in glass-simulated dental crowns. Crown-like glass cylinders were prepared to simulate posterior all-ceramic crowns with two different marginal thicknesses (0.8 or 1.2mm) and degrees of convergence (6° or 12°). A three-step bonding system was used complementarily with a silane coupling agent to adhesively bond the specimens to resin dies. The crowns were subjected to an axial applied load to generate hoop tensile stress at the crown margin. The entire loading and fracture processes were recorded by video camera. The loading data were compared with the other two interfacial treatments (Vaseline grease and directly poured uncured resin on glass). The Weibull distribution was used to statistically analyze the characteristic failure load and the mean values. The fracture surfaces were fractographically analyzed along with the load-displacement curves, and the degrees of crack stability for each parameter were also identified. It was found that there is no difference in the initial failure load between the different marginal thicknesses in all interfacial conditions. The bonded crowns present more resistance to crack propagation. The higher convergence crown preparation can reduce the initial failure load at the crowns' margin, which can be resisted by a strongly bonded interface. Clear interactions between margin design parameters and their effects on the stress development and crack propagation are necessary to develop an appropriate design of all-ceramic crowns. Copyright © 2012 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Rosemary, Castor Oils, and Propolis Extract: Activity Against Candida Albicans and Alterations on Properties of Dental Acrylic Resins. (United States)

    Heidrich, Daiane; Fortes, Carmen Beatriz Borges; Mallmann, Aline Taís; Vargas, Clarissa Machado; Arndt, Paula Borges; Scroferneker, Maria Lúcia


    To evaluate the in vitro activity of 8% rosemary, 2% castor oils, and 12% propolis glycolic extract against Candida albicans, as well as the physical changes of properties in colorless and pink acrylic resins after immersion in these liquids. Colorimetric, roughness, and Knoop microhardness assays were evaluated in 25 specimens distributed into five groups (3 test groups and 2 control groups - distilled water and hypochlorite 1%), totaling five specimens per group for each acrylic resin (colorless and pink). The specimens were individually immersed for 30 minutes in 10 mL of these liquids, washed, and dried once a week. They were maintained in distilled water at 37°C between processes during all experiments. The analyses were performed before immersion and in the 4th and/or 12th month. In vitro, 18 acrylic resins were exposed to C. albicans and, after a process of 30 minutes in immersion in the five groups cited and oil vehicle control of vesicle (liquid Vaseline), the specimens were washed and incubated for 24 hours in 37°C. The growth was determined by colony counting. For comparisons between the groups in each trial and the disinfection test, paired Student's t-tests and ANOVA with post hoc Tukey were performed by the SPSS program, considering α = 0.05. None of the liquids altered the microhardness, but all the natural compounds and 1% sodium hypochlorite (control) altered color and roughness after the 12th month of immersion in these agents. In the colorless specimens, 8% rosemary oil caused a color change similar to water, and less color and roughness alterations when compared to 2% castor oil and 1% sodium hypochlorite, respectively. There was no growth of yeast colonies after immersion in rosemary oil, propolis glycolic extract, and 1% sodium hypochlorite. Eight percent rosemary oil has the potential to be used as an acrylic resin disinfectant. © 2018 by the American College of Prosthodontists.

  5. Effect of thymol on kinetic properties of Ca and K currents in rat skeletal muscle (United States)

    Szentandrássy, Norbert; Szentesi, Péter; Magyar, János; Nánási, Péter P; Csernoch, László


    Background Thymol is widely used as a general antiseptic and antioxidant compound in the medical practice and industry, and also as a stabilizer to several therapeutic agents, including halothane. Thus intoxication with thymol may occur in case of ingestion or improper anesthesia. In the present study, therefore, concentration-dependent effects of thymol (30–600 micro-grams) were studied on calcium and potassium currents in enzymatically isolated rat skeletal muscle fibers using the double vaseline gap voltage clamp technique. Results Thymol suppressed both Ca and K currents in a concentration-dependent manner, the EC50 values were 193 ± 26 and 93 ± 11 μM, with Hill coefficients of 2.52 ± 0.29 and 1.51 ± 0.18, respectively. Thymol had a biphasic effect on Ca current kinetics: time to peak current and the time constant for inactivation increased at lower (100–200 μM) but decreased below their control values at higher (600 μM) concentrations. Inactivation of K current was also significantly accelerated by thymol (200–300 μM). These effects of thymol developed rapidly and were partially reversible. In spite of the marked effects on the time-dependent properties, thymol caused no change in the current-voltage relationship of Ca and K peak currents. Conclusions Present results revealed marked suppression of Ca and K currents in skeletal muscle, similar to results obtained previously in cardiac cells. Furthermore, it is possible that part of the suppressive effects of halothane on Ca and K currents, observed experimentally, may be attributed to the concomitant presence of thymol in the superfusate. PMID:12864924

  6. Effect of Manuka Honey on Eyelid Wound Healing: A Randomized Controlled Trial. (United States)

    Malhotra, Raman; Ziahosseini, Kimia; Poitelea, Cornelia; Litwin, Andre; Sagili, Suresh

    To report outcomes of a randomized trial on the role of "active" Manuka honey on eyelid surgical wound healing. Prospective, randomized, single-blinded study was performed for patients undergoing bilateral upper blepharoplasty. Vaseline was applied 4 times a day to both sides for 6 weeks and in addition, one eyelid was randomized to receive Manuka honey twice daily. Postoperative wounds were graded by a masked observer at 1 week, 1 month, and 4 months using Manchester scar scale and a modified eyelid scar grading scale. Patients scored symptoms, expressed preferred side, and of any problems they experienced using honey. Standard photographs were graded by 2 independent assessors. Fifty-five patients were randomized. One week after surgery, 46 (29 women, 17 men, mean age 68 years, median 69, range 49-85) were available for analysis. There was a trend toward distortion of the surrounding skin being less (1.6 vs. 1.8, p = 0.07) and the scar being less palpable (1.8 vs. 2.0, p = 0.08) on the Manuka-treated side. Patients reported the scar on the Manuka side to have less stiffness (1.3 vs. 1.6, p = 0.058). At 1 month, all 3 grading scales showed no difference between the 2 sides. At 4 months, scar grading scales showed no differences; however, patients reported scar pain to be significantly less on the Manuka-treated side than control (0.48 vs. 1.9, p = 0.005). Thirty-one of 46 patients believed the scars were similar on both sides, 11 preferred the honey-treated side, and 4 preferred the control. Upper eyelid scars treated with or without Manuka honey heal well, without significant difference when assessed by validated scar grading scales; however, honey may provide subjective benefits early, postoperatively.

  7. Wound-Healing potential of Sebastiania hispida (Mart. Pax (Euphorbiaceae ointment compared to low power laser in rats

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    E. S. Rizzi

    Full Text Available Abstract Impaired wound healing represents a serious complication in some pathologies and the use of plant extracts has proved to improve tissue repair. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the healing potential of the ointment of Sebastiana hispida compared with Aluminum-Gallium Indium-Phosphide Laser (InGaAlP in surgically induced wounds in rats and to perform the phytochemical analysis. The phytochemical analysis was performed in the classic way and also by HPLC. A controlled study was developed with 80 rats (200-250 g in which a linear excision was performed in the dorsal region after shaving, measuring 2 cm × 1 cm (epidermis and dermis exposing the muscle fascia. The rats were randomly divided into four groups of twenty animals each. The experimental groups (n = 5 were G1 (Saline; G2 (crude methanol plant extract 2% + Carbopol Gel 98%; G3 (crude methanol plant extract 2% + lanolin/vaseline and G4 (laser. The incision healing processes were monitored during 3, 7, 14 and until 21 days after excision. The histologic parameters evaluated were Collagen fiber types, microscopic examination and neovascularization. There was a significant increase in the deposition of collagen fibers, as evidenced by a better organized epithelial tissue, keratinized and showing greater proliferation of new blood vessels in the inflammatory phase in the group treated with both the extract and laser. The results were correlated to the phenolic derivatives found after qualitative and quantitative analysis. These compounds were considered responsible for the healing process. The topical treatment with S. hispida leaves, in the two different formulations, was more effective than the application of the laser (Ingan ALP 660 nm in the model used.

  8. Local perceptions, cultural beliefs and practices that shape umbilical cord care: a qualitative study in Southern Province, Zambia.

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    Julie M Herlihy

    Full Text Available Global policy regarding optimal umbilical cord care to prevent neonatal illness is an active discussion among researchers and policy makers. In preparation for a large cluster-randomized control trial to measure the impact of 4% chlorhexidine as an umbilical wash versus dry cord care on neonatal mortality in Southern Province, Zambia, we performed a qualitative study to determine local perceptions of cord health and illness and the cultural belief system that shapes umbilical cord care knowledge, attitudes, and practices.This study consisted of 36 focus group discussions with breastfeeding mothers, grandmothers, and traditional birth attendants, and 42 in-depth interviews with key community informants. Semi-structured field guides were used to lead discussions and interviews at urban and rural sites. A wide variation in knowledge, beliefs, and practices surrounding cord care was discovered. For home deliveries, cords were cut with non-sterile razor blades or local grass. Cord applications included drying agents (e.g., charcoal, baby powder, dust, lubricating agents (e.g., Vaseline, cooking oil, used motor oil and agents intended for medicinal/protective purposes (e.g., breast milk, cow dung, chicken feces. Concerns regarding the length of time until cord detachment were universally expressed. Blood clots in the umbilical cord, bulongo-longo, were perceived to foreshadow neonatal illness. Management of bulongo-longo or infected umbilical cords included multiple traditional remedies and treatment at government health centers.Umbilical cord care practices and beliefs were diverse. Dry cord care, as recommended by the World Health Organization at the time of the study, is not widely practiced in Southern Province, Zambia. A cultural health systems model that depicts all stakeholders is proposed as an approach for policy makers and program implementers to work synergistically with existing cultural beliefs and practices in order to maximize

  9. Advanced film-forming gel formula vs spring thermal water and white petrolatum as primary dressings after full-face ablative fractional CO2laser resurfacing: a comparative split-face pilot study. (United States)

    Marini, L


    Aesthetically pleasing results and fast, uneventful recovery are highly desirable after rejuvenating ablative laser procedures. Wound dressings following ablative laser procedures should ideally improve and optimize the wound healing environment. The purpose of this comparative split-face, single-blinded, prospective observational study was to assess the efficacy and acceptability of two primary wound dressings immediately after a full-face fractional CO 2 laser resurfacing procedure. The assessments of an innovative film-forming dressing called Stratacel (SC) vs spring thermal water + Vaseline (V+) were conducted after a standardized, single-pass, full-face ablative fractional CO 2 laser skin resurfacing procedure. Clinical parameters, such as haemoglobin - HB; surface temperature - ST; micro-textural modifications - MT; superficial melanin - M; intrafollicular porphyrins - P, were assessed at different phases of the healing process using standardized, non-invasive technologies. Five female volunteers were enrolled in this inpatient, controlled pilot study. Most of the clinical parameters considered, including 3D surface texture analysis, revealed a better performance of SC vs. V+ during the early, more delicate phases of the healing process. This preliminary study, even if performed on a small number of volunteers, confirmed a definite advantage of the tested semipermeable film-forming formula (SC) over a more conventional postoperative skin care regime (V+). Clinical results could be explained by a better uniformity of distribution of SC over the micro-irregularities induced by ablative fractional CO 2 laser resurfacing. Its thin, semipermeable film might, in fact, act as an efficient, perfectly biocompatible, full contact, temporary skin barrier, able to protect extremely delicate healing surfaces from potential environmental irritations. © 2017 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

  10. Tannin extracts from immature fruits of Terminalia chebula Fructus Retz. promote cutaneous wound healing in rats

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    Yu Bo


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Tannins extracted from immature fruits of Terminalia chebula Fructus Retz. are considered as effective components promoting the process of wound healing. The objective of this study is to explore the optimal extraction and purification technology (OEPT of tannins, while studying the use of this drug in the treatment of a cutaneous wound of rat as well as its antibacterial effects. Methods The content of tannin extracts was measured by the casein method, and antibacterial ability was studied by the micro-dilution method in vitro. In wound healing experiment, animals in group Ⅰ, Ⅱ and Ⅲ were treated with vaseline ointment, tannin extracts (tannin content: 81% and erythromycin ointment, respectively (5 mg of ointment were applied on each wound. To evaluate the process of wound healing, selected pharmacological and biochemical parameters were applied. Results After optimal extraction and purification, content of tannin extracts was increased to 81%. Tannin extracts showed the inhibition of Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella Pneumonia in vitro. After excision of wounds, on days 7 and 10, the percent of wound contraction of group Ⅱ was higher than that of group Ⅰ. After being hurt with wounds, on days 3, 7, and 10, the wound healing quality of group Ⅱ was found to be better than that of group Ⅰ in terms of granulation formation and collagen organization. After wound creation, on day 3, the vascular endothelial growth factor expression of group Ⅱ was higher than that of group Ⅰ. Conclusion The results suggest that tannin extracts from dried immature fruits of Terminalia chebula Fructus Retz. can promote cutaneous wound healing in rats, probably resulting from a powerful anti-bacterial and angiogenic activity of the extracts.

  11. Rapid liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry analysis of 4-hydroxynonenal for the assessment of oxidative degradation and safety of vegetable oils

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    Gabbanini, Simone; Matera, Riccardo [BeC S.r.l., R& D Division, Via C. Monteverdi 49, 47122 Forlì (Italy); Valvassori, Alice [University of Bologna, Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician”, Via S. Giacomo 11, 40126 Bologna (Italy); Valgimigli, Luca, E-mail: [University of Bologna, Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician”, Via S. Giacomo 11, 40126 Bologna (Italy)


    Highlights: • A novel method for the UPLC–MS/MS analysis of 4-HNE is described. • The method allows complete analysis of a vegetable oil in 21 min with LOD ≤ 7 ng g{sup −1}. • Excellent recovery from lipid matrices without deuterium-labeled internal standards. • Requires straightforward sample manipulation and routine equipment. • Allows fast, reliable, cost-effective assessment of safety and quality of oils. - Abstract: A novel method for the UHPLC–MS/MS analysis of (E)-4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE) is described. The method is based on derivatization of 4-HNE with pentafluorophenylhydrazine (1) or 4-trifluoromethylphenylhydrazine (2) in acetonitrile in the presence of trifluoroacetic acid as catalyst at room temperature and allows complete analysis of one sample of vegetable oil in only 21 min, including sample preparation and chromatography. The method involving hydrazine 1, implemented in an ion trap instrument with analysis of the transition m/z 337 → 154 showed LOD = 10.9 nM, average accuracy of 101% and precision ranging 2.5–4.0% RSD intra-day (2.7–4.1% RSD inter-day), with 4-HNE standard solutions. Average recovery from lipid matrices was 96.3% from vaseline oil, 91.3% from sweet almond oil and 105.3% from olive oil. The method was tested on the assessment of safety and oxidative degradation of seven samples of dietary oil (soybean, mixed seeds, corn, peanut, sunflower, olive) and six cosmetic-grade oils (avocado, blackcurrant, apricot kernel, echium, sesame, wheat germ) and effectively detected increased 4-HNE levels in response to chemical (Fenton reaction), photochemical, or thermal stress and aging, aimed at mimicking typical oxidation associated with storage or industrial processing. The method is a convenient, cost-effective and reliable tool to assess quality and safety of vegetable oils.

  12. The Role of Diltiazem enriched with Zinc sulphate in Anal Fissure

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    Hamoudi Mosah Alsumbouly


    Full Text Available Chronic anal fissure has traditionally been treated surgically. Initial enthusiasm for chemical sphincterotomy has waned because of poor outcomes with glyceryltrinitrate ointment. In this study the use of topical 2% diltiazem enriched with 2% Zinc sulphate ointment has been investigated as an alternative method of chemical sphincterotomy. To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of combined ointment of 2% diltiazem enriched with Zinc sulphate in the treatment of anal fissure, and to analyze the relationship between healing duration of the treatment, and the number of applications. A prospective observational study of 55 patients diagnosed with anal fissure that began treatment with three groups; control group A; using Vaseline ointment (15 cases, group B; (15 cases topical diltiazem ointment 2%, and group C; (20 cases using combined ointment diltiazem 2% enriched with Zinc sulphate 2% , between August and December 2012. Diltiazem and zinc sulphate ointment was prepared in the Pharmacy Service. Effectiveness and safety were assessed by regular visits as an outpatient management and a telephone survey conducted with each patient within 8 weeks of treatment, adding it to the patient\\s clinical records. Variables were analyzed including healing, adverse effects, duration of treatment and number of applications, among others. Follow-up was carried out for up to 3 months until complete recovery of the fissure. A total of 55 patients were included in the study , 50% of anal fissure cases were healed especially group C. Recovery occurred in 15% of patients with anal fissure in group B and in 3% of patients with anal group A. 50 % of patients fissure were cured who underwent treatment for a month or more. Treatment of chronic anal fissures with 2% diltiazem ointment enriched with Zinc sulphate 2% for two months has avoided surgery in nearly 50 % of patients, with few adverse effects. [J Intercult Ethnopharmacol 2013; 2(3.000: 173-176

  13. Surfactant producing TNT-degrading microorganisms for bioremediation

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    Vorobyov, A.; Marchenko, A.; Rudneva, O.; Borovick, R. [Research Center for Toxicology and Hygienic Regulation of Biopreparations, Serpukhov, Moscow region (Russian Federation); Radosevich, M. [Univ. of Delaware, Newark (United States). Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences


    In general the biodegradation of nitroaromatic hydrocarbons is influenced by their bioavailability. 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene is very poorly soluble in water. TNT is easily adsorbed to clay or humus fractions in the soil, and pass very slowly to the aqueous phase, where microorganisms metabolize it. Biosurfactants that increase TNT solubility and improve its bioavailability can thereby accelerate degradation. Pure cultures of microorganisms-TNT degraders were isolated by the method of enrichment cultures from samples of different-type soil contaminated by TNT (soddy-podzol, black earth, and gray forest ones). From 28 soil samples 35 isolates of microorganisms degrading TNT were taken. The isolated soil samples had been tested for availability of microbial activity towards TNT. By10 g of air-dried soil, 10 ml of distilled water, and 2 mg of TNT were placed into 750 ml shaken flasks. The flasks were incubated at 150 rev/min and 24 C. Glucose, sodium succinate or sodium acetate had been used as co-substrates. The ability of the strains to produce surfactants was studied by drop collapsing test and direct measuring of surface tension of cultural liquid after cultivation with TNT. Cells of the strains were cultivated on solid and liquid nutrient media. For drop collapsing test the cells were cultivated on solid nutrient media; the separated colonies were suspended in distilled water. Drop sustainability test ws conducted on a standard 96-well plates coated with a thin layer of vaseline oil. Surface tension of cultural liquid ws measured after cultivation of strains in the presence of TNT with the use of a ring tensiometer. Before measuring of surface tension microbial cells were collected from liquid culture by centrifugation. (orig.)

  14. Efeito de diferentes soluções de enema sobre os parâmetros clínicos de eqüinos Effect of different enema solutions on clinical parameters of equines

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    U.P. Melo


    Full Text Available Avaliou-se o efeito de diferentes soluções de enema sobre os parâmetros clínicos de eqüinos hígidos. Foram utilizados 15 eqüinos adultos, distribuídos em três grupos de cinco animais cada: grupo 1 - tratados com água de torneira mais sabão neutro; grupo 2 - tratados com solução isotônica e grupo 3 - tratados com água de torneira mais vaselina. O efeito das soluções de enema sobre os parâmetros clínicos variou em função do tipo de solução infundida. A solução com menor efeito sobre os parâmetros clínicos foi a isotônica. A solução de água de torneira e sabão neutro desencadeou um aumento da temperatura retal e edema da mucosa retal. Embora as três soluções tenham se mostrado efetivas em hidratar e amolecer as fezes, a solução de água com sabão foi a que apresentou o melhor efeito.The effect of three different enema solutions on clinical parameters of equines was studied using 15 healthy adult animals. They were alloted into three groups of five animals each: group 1 - treated with tap water associated with neuter soap; group 2 -treated with isotonic solution; and group 3 - treated with tap water associated with vaseline. Effects of enema solutions on clinical parameters were observed. Isotonic solution caused less alteration on clinical parameters. Tap water and soap enema induced inflammatory reaction on colon mucosa. Even though all three solutions showed effectiveness in hydrating and softening the feces, the treatment with water plus soap showed the best results.

  15. Intramembrane charge movement in frog skeletal muscle fibres. Properties of charge 2. (United States)

    Brum, G; Rios, E


    1. Membrane currents were measured in cut skeletal muscle fibres voltage-clamped in a double Vaseline gap in solutions that had impermeant ions substituted for Na+, K+ and Cl-. The fibres were maintained at a holding potential of 0 mV. Pulses to positive voltages elicited outward currents that were proportional to voltage at all times; these were used to estimate linear capacitive currents, which in turn were used in the construction of non-linear current transients. 2. Large negative-going pulses elicited proportionally larger inward currents that decayed during the pulse with voltage-dependent kinetics. A portion of the non-linear current could be eliminated by solutions containing EGTA, as well as by large negative conditioning pulses of 200 ms or more. This portion was probably an inward Ca2+ current. 3. The non-linear current remaining in EGTA-containing solutions had characteristics of intramembrane charge movement ('charge 2'). This charge depended on voltage according to a two-state Boltzmann function of average parameters Qmax = 47.7 nC/microF, V = -115 mV, K = 21.5 mV (seven fibres). 4. The charge movement current transients were single-exponential decays (after a short rising phase) with time constants (tau) that depended on voltage (V). A single-barrier Eyring rate model described well the dependence of time constant on voltage. This fit permitted an independent estimate of a transition voltage, V, and a slope parameter K related to apparent valence of the mobile particle. The values of V and K that best fitted the kinetic data were close to the corresponding values estimated from the charge vs. voltage distribution. 5. Effective capacitance was measured by the transfer of capacitive charge by a small pulse superimposed on a variable pre-pulse. The capacitance was found to depend on pre-pulse voltage. The voltage dependence of the capacitance was as expected from the properties of charge 2 measured independently in the same fibres. 6. The presence of

  16. Separation of charge movement components in mammalian skeletal muscle fibres. (United States)

    Francini, F; Bencini, C; Piperio, C; Squecco, R


    1. Intramembrane charge movements, I(ICM), were measured in rat skeletal muscle fibres in response to voltage steps from a -90 mV holding potential to a wide test voltage range (-85 to 30 mV), using a double Vaseline-gap voltage-clamp technique. Solutions were designed to minimise ionic currents. Ca(2+) current was blocked by adding Cd(2+) (0.8 mM) to the external solution. In a subset of experiments Cd(2+) was omitted to determine which components of the charge movement best correlated with L-type Ca(2+) channel gating. 2. Detailed kinetic analysis of I(ICM) identified two major groups of charges. The first two components, designated Q(a) and Q(b), were the only charges moved by small depolarising steps. The second group of components, Q(c) and Q(d), showed a more positive voltage threshold, -35.6 +/- 2.0 mV, (n = 6) in external solution with Cd(2+), and -41.1 +/- 2.0 mV (n = 12) in external solution without Cd(2+). Notably, in external solution without Cd(2+) the voltage threshold of Ca(2+) current, I(Ca), activation had a similar value, being -38.1 +/- 2.4 mV. 3. The sum of three Boltzmann functions, Q(1), Q(2) and Q(3), showing progressively more positive transition voltages, could be fitted to charge versus voltage, Q(ICM)-V, plots. The three Boltzmann terms identified three charge components: Q(1) described the shallow voltage-dependent Q(a) and Q(b) charges, Q(2) and Q(3) described the steep voltage-dependent Q(c) and Q(d) charges. 4. In external solution without Cd(2+) the charge kinetics changed: a slow decaying phase was replaced by a pronounced delayed hump. Moreover, the transition voltages of the individual steady-state charge components were shifted towards negative potentials (from 6.3 to 8.2 mV). Nevertheless, the overall charge and steepness factors were conserved. 5. In conclusion, these experiments allowed a clear separation of four components of intramembrane charge movements in rat skeletal muscle, showing that there are no fundamental

  17. Interfering with calcium release suppresses I gamma, the "hump" component of intramembranous charge movement in skeletal muscle. (United States)

    Csernoch, L; Pizarro, G; Uribe, I; Rodríguez, M; Ríos, E


    Four manifestations of excitation-contraction (E-C) coupling were derived from measurements in cut skeletal muscle fibers of the frog, voltage clamped in a Vaseline-gap chamber: intramembranous charge movement currents, myoplasmic [Ca2+] transients, flux of calcium release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR), and the intrinsic optical transparency change that accompanies calcium release. In attempts to suppress Ca release by direct effects on the SR, three interventions were applied: (a) a conditioning pulse that causes calcium release and inhibits release in subsequent pulses by Ca-dependent inactivation; (b) a series of brief, large pulses, separated by long intervals (greater than 700 ms), which deplete Ca2+ in the SR; and (c) intracellular application of the release channel blocker ruthenium red. All these reduced calcium release flux. None was expected to affect directly the voltage sensor of the T-tubule; however, all of them reduced or eliminated a component of charge movement current with the following characteristics: (a) delayed onset, peaking 10-20 ms into the pulse; (b) current reversal during the pulse, with an inward phase after the outward peak; and (c) OFF transient of smaller magnitude than the ON, of variable polarity, and sometimes biphasic. When the total charge movement current had a visible hump, the positive phase of the current eliminated by the interventions agreed with the hump in timing and size. The component of charge movement current blocked by the interventions was greater and had a greater inward phase in slack fibers with high [EGTA] inside than in stretched fibers with no EGTA. Its amplitude at -40 mV was on average 0.26 A/F (SEM 0.03) in slack fibers. The waveform of release flux determined from the Ca transients measured simultaneously with the membrane currents had, as described previously (Melzer, W., E. Ríos, and M. F. Schneider. 1984. Biophysical Journal. 45:637-641), an early peak followed by a descent to a steady level

  18. Activation of L-type calcium channel in twitch skeletal muscle fibres of the frog. (United States)

    Francini, F; Bencini, C; Squecco, R


    1. The activation of the L-type calcium current (ICa) was studied in normally polarized (-100 mV) cut skeletal muscle fibres of the frog with the double Vaseline-gap voltage-clamp technique. Both external and internal solutions were Ca2+ buffered. Solutions were made in order to minimize all but the Ca2+ current. 2. The voltage-dependent components of the time course of activation were determined by two procedures: fast and slow components were evaluated by multiexponential fitting to current traces elicited by long voltage pulses (5 s) after removing inactivation; fast components were also determined by short voltage pulses having different duration (0.5-70 ms). 3. The components of deactivation were evaluated after removing the charge-movement current from the total tail current by the difference between two short (50 and 70 ms) voltage pulses to 10 mV, moving the same intramembrane charge. Two exponential components, fast and slow (time constants, 6 +/- 0.3 and 90 +/- 7 ms at -100 mV; n = 26), were found. 4. The time onset of ICa was evaluated either by multiexponential fitting to the ICa activation or by pulses of different duration to test the beginning of the 'on' and 'off' inequality. This was at about 2 ms, denoting that it was very early. 5. The time constant vs. voltage plots indicated the presence of four voltage-dependent components in the activation pathway. Various kinetic models are discussed. Models with independent transitions, like a Hodgkin-Huxley scheme, were excluded. Suitable models were a five-state sequential and a four-state cyclic with a branch scheme. The latter gave the best simulation of the data. 6. The steady-state activation curve saturated at high potentials. It had a half-voltage value of 1 +/- 0.2 mV and the opening probability was only 0.82 +/- 0.2 at 20 mV (n = 32). This result implies a larger number of functional calcium channels than was previously supposed and is in agreement with the number of dihydropyridine (DHP

  19. Effects of D-600 on intramembrane charge movement of polarized and depolarized frog muscle fibers. (United States)

    Caputo, C; Bolaños, P


    Intramembrane charge movement has been measured in frog cut skeletal muscle fibers using the triple vaseline gap voltage-clamp technique. Ionic currents were reduced using an external solution prepared with tetraethylammonium to block potassium currents, and O sodium + tetrodotoxin to abolish sodium currents. The internal solution contained 10 mM EGTA to prevent contractions. Both the internal and external solutions were prepared with impermeant anions. Linear capacitive currents were subtracted using the P-P/4 procedure, with the control pulses being subtracted either at very negative potentials, for the case of polarized fibers, or at positive potentials, for the case of depolarized fibers. In 63 polarized fibers dissected from Rana pipiens or Leptodactylus insularis frogs the following values were obtained for charge movement parameters: Qmax = 39 nC/microF, V = 36 mV, k = 18.5 mV. After depolarization we found that the total amount of movable charge was not appreciably reduced, while the voltage sensitivity was much changed. For 10 fibers, in which charge movement was measured at -100 and at 0 mV, Qmax changed from 46 to 41 nC/microF, while V changed from -41 to -103 mV and k changed from 20.5 to 30 mV. Thus membrane depolarization to 0 mV produces a shift of greater than 50 mV in the Q-V relationship and a decrease of the slope. Membrane depolarization to -20 and -30 mV, caused a smaller shift of the Q-V relationship. In normally polarized fibers addition of D-600 at concentrations of 50-100 microM, does not cause important changes in charge movement parameters. However, the drug appears to have a use-dependent effect after depolarization. Thus in depolarized fibers, total charge is reduced by approximately 20%. D-600 causes no further changes in the voltage sensitivity of charge movement in fibers depolarized to 0 mV, while in fibers depolarized to -20 and -30 mV it causes the same effects as that obtained with depolarization to 0 mV. These results are

  20. The effect of Coriander cream on healing of superficial second degree burn wound

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    Abolfazl Abbas Zadeh


    Full Text Available Background: Coriander with the binominal name of Corianda Sativum, is one of the oldest medicinal plants ever known to man. Anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal effects of its oil has been mentioned in numerous studies. This study examines the impact of coriander cream on wound healing of the second-degree singe burn. Methods: In this experimental study which was performed in the animal lab of the Hazrat Fatemeh Hospital in Tehran, 48 adult male rats with an approximate weight of 250-300 grams, with deep burns of 2 cm 4×2 dimensions were prepared and divided into 4 groups of 12. We used silver sulfadiazine cream, alpha ointment, coriander cream and vaseline gauze (control group dressings in burn wound of the groups 1 to 4 respectively. At the end of the study (30 days, rats were euthanized with a high dose of thiopental and the wounds were evaluated on days 10 and 17 with a punch biopsy. Samples were fixed with 10% formalin on histopathology slide using haematoxylin and eosin (H&E staining (to assess and determine the presence of inflammatory cells. The amount of fibrin and collagen at the site were evaluated using a software program ImageJ, version 1.45 (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Results: The mean of wound surface area in the first photography was no significant (P= 0. 135. The rate of wound healing in alpha ointment and coriander cream had better outcomes than either of the other two groups (P= 0.000. The healing of the wound in silver sulfadiazine group was significantly less than other groups. Pathology results showed a statistically significant difference between the four groups (coriander, alpha, SSD and control, based on the Kruskal-Wallis test. These relate to (1 polymorphonuclear in the first (P= 0.032 and the second series (P= 0.003, (2 Angiogenesis in the second series (P= 0.004. (3 Fibrosis in the first series (P= 0.024 and the second series (P= 0.000. Conclusion: The results of this study

  1. Tratamiento del rinofima con láser de CO2: Presentación de un caso Treatment of rhinophyma with CO2 laser: A case report

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    Full Text Available Introducción. El rinofima es una alteración cutánea de la región nasal que produce problemas estéticos importantes. Describimos nuestra experiencia en un caso de rinofima avanzado y su resolución por medio de una técnica sencilla. Material y métodos. Previa desinfección cutánea se realizó anestesia infiltrativa y bloqueo troncular de nervios infraorbitarios y etmoidales. A continuación se realizó la resección de casi todo el espesor cutáneo con un láser de CO2 Lumenis Sharplan conservando la dermis profunda para permitir la curación por segunda intención. Posteriormente se aplicó vaselina y se realizaron curas y lavados diarios. El paciente fue dado de alta al día siguiente de la intervención. Resultados. Los resultados estéticos fueron muy buenos. El dolor postoperatorio fue controlado con analgesia habitual. En la primera semana se objetivaba un buen grado de cicatrización. A los 2 meses la reepitelización fue completa y ya no se observaban costras ni eritema. Conclusión. La utilización del láser de CO2 en el tratamiento del rinofima avanzado logra unos excelentes resultados estéticos con una morbilidad y riesgo operatorio mínimos.Introduction. Rhinophyma is a skin alteration of the nasal region that causes considerable aesthetic problems. We describe our experience with a case of advanced rhinophyma and its resolution by means of a simple technique. Materials and methods. The skin area was disinfected beforehand, anaesthesia infiltration and the infraorbital and ethmoidal nerve trunks were blocked. Then, using a Lumenis Sharplan CO2 laser almost the complete skin thickness was resected while preserving the deep dermis layer so as to allow second intention healing. Later, Vaseline was applied and the area was treated daily. The patient was discharged the day after the intervention. Results. The aesthetic results were very good. Postoperative pain was controlled with standard analgesics. Adequate healing was

  2. P-V-T behavior of FeO(OH) and MnO(OH) (United States)

    Wiethoff, Felix; Grevel, Klaus-Dieter; Marler, Bernd; Herrmann, Julia; Majzlan, Juraj; Kirste, Jens; Lathe, Christian


    The P-V-T behavior of FeO(OH) and MnO(OH) has been determined under high pressure and high temperature up to 7.5 GPa and 500 °C using a MAX 80 cubic anvil high-pressure apparatus. The samples, synthetic goethite, α-FeO(OH), respectively, a natural groutite/manganite, α-MnO(OH)/γ-MnO(OH), specimen were mixed with Vaseline to ensure hydrostatic pressure-transmitting conditions, and NaCl served as an internal standard for pressure calibration. Energy-dispersive diffraction patterns were collected at a fixed 2θ angle ( θ ≈ 4.52°). At pressures >7.1 GPa and temperatures >310 °C, respectively, P > 6.3 GPa and T > 350 °C, the transformation goethite ↔ ɛ-FeO(OH) was observed. Between 400 and 450 °C, the sample dehydrated to magnetite due to the reducing conditions caused by the graphite-tube furnace. By fitting a Birch-Murnaghan equation of state to the data, the bulk modulus of goethite was determined as (112.26 ± 2.26) GPa, ( K' = 4), V T,0 = (138.79 ± 0.10) Å3·exp [∫(0.497 ± 0.103) × 10-4 d T], (∂ K T/∂ T)P = (-0.033 ± 0.020) GPa K-1. For ɛ-FeO(OH), the values K = (142.8 ± 15.1) GPa, V 0 = (66.18 ± 0.16) Å3, ( K' = 4), were obtained. Groutite and manganite are more compressible than their Fe analogues. K(groutite) = (84.0 ± 2.9) GPa, V 0 = (139.92 ± 0.13) Å3, ( K' = 4). K(manganite) = (82.2 ± 3.0) GPa, V 0 = (135.37 ± 0.15) Å3, ( K' = 4). Groutite disappeared at P ≈ 5.5 GPa and T = 300 °C, only manganite remained. At T > 400 °C, the sample dehydrated first to Mn3O4 [II] and then to manganosite (MnO) again pointing to reducing conditions.

  3. A prospective randomized controlled trial comparing negative pressure dressing and conventional dressing methods on split-thickness skin grafts in burned patients. (United States)

    Petkar, Kiran S; Dhanraj, Prema; Kingsly, Paul M; Sreekar, H; Lakshmanarao, Aravind; Lamba, Shashank; Shetty, Rahul; Zachariah, Jewel Raj


    Split-thickness skin grafting (SSG) is a technique used extensively in the care of burn patients and is fraught with suboptimal graft take when there is a less-than-ideal graft bed and/or grafting conditions. The technique of Negative Pressure Dressing (NPD), initially used for better wound healing has been tried on skin-grafts and has shown to increase the graft take rates. However, comparative studies between the conventional dressing and vacuum assisted closure on skin grafts in burn patients are unavailable. The present study was undertaken to find out if NPD improves graft take as compared to conventional dressing in burns patients. Consecutive burn patients undergoing split-skin grafting were randomized to receive either a conventional dressing consisting of Vaseline gauze and cotton pads or to have a NPD of 80 mm Hg for four days over the freshly laid SSG. The results in terms of amount of graft take, duration of dressings for the grafted area and the cost of treatment of wound were compared between the two groups. A total of 40 split-skin grafts were put on 30 patients. The grafted wounds included acute and chronic burns wounds and surgically created raw areas during burn reconstruction. Twenty-one of them received NPD and 19 served as controls. Patient profiles and average size of the grafts were comparable between the two groups. The vacuum closure assembly was well tolerated by all patients. Final graft take at nine days in the study group ranged from 90 to 100 per cent with an average of 96.7 per cent (SD: 3.55). The control group showed a graft take ranging between 70 and 100 percent with an average graft take of 87.5 percent (SD: 8.73). Mean duration of continued dressings on the grafted area was 8 days in cases (SD: 1.48) and 11 days in controls (SD: 2.2) after surgery. Each of these differences was found to be statistically significant (pdressing improves graft take in burns patients and can particularly be considered when wound bed and grafting

  4. Métodos de proteção de enxerto na produção de mudas de mangueira, abacateiro e nogueira-macadâmia Methods of graft protection in the production of mango, avocado and macadamia nut nursery trees

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    Full Text Available Diferentes materiais de proteção do enxerto foram avaliados na produção de mudas de mangueira (Mangifera indica L. cv. Tommy Atkins, abacateiro (Persea americana L. cv. Fortuna e nogueira-macadâmia (Macadamia integrifolia Maiden & Betche cv. Kau 344. Os materiais utilizados foram: saco de polietileno, parafina, parafina + vaselina, cera de abelha, parafilme e filme de PVC. Verificou-se que o parafilme promoveu melhor resultado de pegamento do enxerto em abacateiro (80,3% e nogueira-macadâmia (74,1%, seguido pelo filme de PVC (53,4% e 41,7%, respectivamente. Na enxertia de mangueira, o parafilme, filme de PVC e saco de polietileno não diferiram entre si estatisticamente (59,6%, 50,2% e 50,2%, respectivamente. Os porcentuais de pegamento observados nos tratamentos com parafina, parafina + vaselina e cera de abelha foram baixos, em comparação com o melhor tratamento (parafilme. Nas mudas de nogueira-macadâmia o parafilme promoveu melhor desenvolvimento das brotações, além de desprender-se naturalmente dos enxertos. Conclui-se que na enxertia de mangueira os garfos podem ser protegidos com parafilme, filme de PVC ou saco de polietileno; na enxertia de abacateiro, pode-se utilizar parafilme ou filme de PVC, e na enxertia de nogueira-macadâmia deve-se optar pelo parafilme.Different methods of graft protection were used in the production of nursery trees of mango (Mangifera indica L. cv. Tommy Atkins, avocado (Persea americana L. cv. Fortuna and macadamia nut (Macadamia integrifolia Maiden & Betche cv. Kau 344. The materials used were polyethylene bag, paraffin, paraffin + vaseline, beeswax, parafilm and PVC film. It was verified that the parafilm promoted more successful grafts in avocados (80.3% and macadamia nut (74.1%, followed by PVC film (53.4% and 41.7%, respectively. On the grafting of mango plants the parafilm, PVC film or polyethylene bags did not promote statistic difference to each other (59.6%, 50.2% and 50.2%, respectively

  5. Optimal requirements for high affinity and use-dependent block of skeletal muscle sodium channel by N-benzyl analogs of tocainide-like compounds. (United States)

    De Luca, Annamaria; Talon, Sophie; De Bellis, Michela; Desaphy, Jean-François; Lentini, Giovanni; Corbo, Filomena; Scilimati, Antonio; Franchini, Carlo; Tortorella, Vincenzo; Camerino, Diana Conte


    Newly synthesized tocainide analogs were tested for their state-dependent affinity and use-dependent behavior on sodium currents (INa) of adult skeletal muscle fibers by means of the Vaseline-gap voltage clamp method. The drugs had the pharmacophore amino group constrained in position alpha [N-(2,6-dimethylphenyl)pyrrolidine-2-carboxamide (To5)] or beta [N-(2,6-dimethylphenyl)pyrrolidine-3-carboxamide (To9)] in a proline-like cycle and/or linked to a lipophilic benzyl moiety as in N-benzyl-tocainide (Benzyl-Toc), 1-benzyl-To5 (Benzyl-To5), and 1-benzyl-To9 (Benzyl-To9). INa were elicited with pulses to -20 mV from different holding potentials (-140, -100, and -70 mV) and stimulation frequencies (2 and 10 Hz). All compounds were voltage-dependent and use-dependent channel blockers. The presence of a proline-like cycle increased the potency; i.e., To5 was 3- and 10-fold more effective than Toc in blocking INa at the holding potential of -140 and -70 mV, respectively. The benzyl group on the amine further enhanced drug effectiveness with the following scale: Benzyl-To9 >/= Benzyl-Toc > Benzyl-To5. At a holding potential of -100 mV and 10-Hz stimulation, Benzyl-To9 blocked INa with a half-maximal concentration of 0.5 microM, being 60 and 400 times more potent than To9 and Toc, respectively. The similar effectiveness of Benzyl-Toc and Benzyl-To9 was paralleled by a similar spatial arrangement by equilibrium geometry modeling. In addition, the latter had a higher pKa value that probably contributed to a slow kinetic during its high use-dependent behavior. Benzyl-To5 had its lowest energy level at a more folded conformation that justifies the less favorable profile among the N-benzylated analogs. The new compounds are the most potent tocainide-like sodium channel blockers so far described and have high therapeutic potentials.

  6. BAY 11-7082 inhibits the NF-κB and NLRP3 inflammasome pathways and protects against IMQ-induced psoriasis. (United States)

    Irrera, Natasha; Vaccaro, Mario; Bitto, Alessandra; Pallio, Giovanni; Pizzino, Gabriele; Lentini, Maria; Arcoraci, Vincenzo; Minutoli, Letteria; Scuruchi, Michele; Cutroneo, Giuseppina; Anastasi, Giuseppe Pio; Ettari, Roberta; Squadrito, Francesco; Altavilla, Domenica


    BAY 11-7082 antagonizes I-κB kinase-β preventing nuclear translocation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB); it also inhibits NOD-like receptor family, pyrin domain containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome activation. NF-κB is involved in psoriasis, whereas the role of NLRP3 is controversial. We investigated BAY 11-7082 effects in an experimental model of psoriasis-like dermatitis. Psoriasis-like lesions were induced by a topical application of imiquimod (IMQ) cream (62.5 mg/day) on the shaved back skin of C57BL/6 and NLRP3 knockout (KO) mice for 7 consecutive days. Sham psoriasis animals were challenged with Vaseline cream. Sham and IMQ animals were randomized to receive BAY 11-7082 (20 mg/kg/i.p.) or its vehicle (100 μl/i.p of 0.9% NaCl). Skin of IMQ animals developed erythema, scales, thickening and epidermal acanthosis. IMQ skin samples showed increased expression of pNF-κB and NLRP3 activation. BAY 11-7082 blunted epidermal thickness, acanthosis and inflammatory infiltrate. BAY 11-7082 reduced pNF-κB, NLRP3, tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-1β expression, blunted the phosphorylation of signal transducer and activators of transcription 3 (STAT3) and decreased IL-23 levels. In addition, BAY 11-7082 reawakened the apoptotic machinery. NLRP3 KO animals showed a reduced total histological score but persistent mild acanthosis, dermal thickness and expression of pNF-κB and pSTAT3, following IMQ application. Our data suggest that BAY 11-7082 might represent an interesting approach for the management of psoriasis-like dermatitis depending on the dual inhibition of NF-κB and NLRP3. © 2017 The Author(s). published by Portland Press Limited on behalf of the Biochemical Society.

  7. The effects of topical application of sunflower-seed oil on open wound healing in lambs Efeitos da aplicação tópica de óleo de semente de girassol em feridas cutâneas, em carneiros

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    Silvio Romero Marques


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To demonstrate the effects of the use of sunflower seed oil on the treatment of skin wounds. METHODS: Eighteen male Saint Inês lambs were divided in 3 groups according to the pos-operative (7, 14 and 21 days. After antisepsis and local anestesia, two 4cm² wounds on each side of the thoracic region, close to the scapule were surgically produced. The experimental wounds were treated with sunflower seed oil, with high concentration of linoleic acid (LA, and the control ones with sterilized Vaseline. Biopsies of the pos-operative wounds tissue were performed on the 7th, 14th, 21st days and histologically evaluated. RESULTS: Topic application of sunflower seed oil accelerated healing process at the 7th and 21st days, reducing wound area and increasing wound contraction. Granulation tissue increased faster on treated wounds. The epidermis of the treated wounds was completely recovered when compared to control wounds. CONCLUSION: The topic use of sunflower seed oil accelerated the healing process, and it can be used as an alternative therapy on second intention wound healing.OBJETIVO: Demonstrar os efeitos do uso de óleo de semente de girassol no tratamento de feridas cutâneas. MÉTODOS: Dezoito carneiros da raça Santa Inês foram divididos em 3 grupos de acordo com o pós-cirúrgico (7, 14, e 21 dias. Após antisepsia e anestesia local foram produzidas cirurgicamente duas feridas de 4 cm² em cada lado da região torácica próxima escápula. As feridas experimentais foram tratadas com óleo de semente de girassol, com alta concentração de ácido linoléico (LA e as controles com vaselina esterilizada. Biopsias dos tecidos das feridas pós-cirúrgicas foram realizadas no 7º, 14º e 21º dias e avaliadas histologicamente. RESULTADOS: A aplicação tópica do óleo de semente de girassol acelerou o processo de cicatrização no 7ºe 21º dias, reduzindo a área e aumentando a contração das feridas. O tecido de granulação se

  8. Evaluating the Efficiency of the Device in Shielding Scattered Radiation during Treatment of Carcinoma of the Penis

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    Gim, Yang Soo; Lee, Sun Young; Lim, Suk Gun; Gwak, Geun Tak; Park, Ju Gyeong; Lee, Seung Hoon; Hwang, Ho In; Cha, Sook Yong [Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Chonbuk National University Hoispital, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of)


    We evaluated the device that was created for maintaining the patient's setup and protecting the testicles from scattered radiation during treatment of carcinoma of the penis. The phantom testicles were made of vaseline cotton gauze and the device consisted of 5 mm of acryl box and 4 mm of lead shielding. 3 x 3 cm{sup 2}, 4 x 4 cm{sup 2}, 5 x 5 cm{sup 2}, 6 x 6 cm{sup 2}, 7 x 7 cm{sup 2} field sizes were used for this study and measurement was made at 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 cm from the lower edge of the field for 10 times with lead shielding and without the shielding respectively. 200 cGy was delivered using 6 MV photons. The scatted radiation without lead shielding at 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 cm from the lower edge of the field were 14.8-4.7 cGy with 3 x 3 cm{sup 2}, 15.7-5.2 cGy with 4 x 4 cm{sup 2}, 17.6-5.5 cGy with 5 x 5 cm{sup 2}, 19.9-6.6 cGy with 6 x 6 cm{sup 2}, 22.2-7.6 cGy with 7 x 7 cm{sup 2} and the measured dose without lead shielding were 7.1-2.6 cGy with 3 x 3 cm{sup 2}, 8.9-3.6 cGy with 4 x 4 cm{sup 2}, 12.3-4.8 cGy with 5 x 5 cm{sup 2}, 14.6-5.0 cGy with 6 x 6 cm{sup 2} and 21.1-6.4 cGy with 7 x 7 cm{sup 2}. As shown above, the scatted radiation decreased after using lead shielding. Depending of the range of field sizes, the resulting difference between without shielding values and with shielding values were: 7.8-1.1 cGy at 4 cm, 5.1-1.2 cGy at 5 cm, 3.8-1.1 cGy at 6 cm, 3.4-1.7 cGy at 7 cm, 2.8-1.7 cGy at 8 cm, 2.4-2.5 cGy at 9 cm and 2.1-1.8 cGy at 10 cm. In the situation as described above, the range in values depending on the distance was 7.8-1.1 cGy with 3 x 3 cm{sup 2}, 6.9-1.6 cGy with 4 x 4 cm{sup 2}, 5.3-0.8 cGy with 5 x 5 cm{sup 2}, 5.3-1.5 cGy with 6 x 6 cm{sup 2} and 1.1-1.8 cGy with 7 x 7 cm{sup 2}. Using the device we created to shield the testicles from scattered radiation during treatment of carcinoma of the penis, we have found that scattered radiation to the testicles is decreased by the phantom testicles, and by increasing the distance

  9. Treatment of Bothrops alternatus envenomation by Curcuma longa and Calendula officinalis extracts and ar-turmerone Tratamento local do envenenamento por Bothrops alternatus com extrato de Curcuma longa e Calendula officinalis e ar-turmerone

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    M.M. Melo


    Full Text Available It was investigated the efficiency of two extracts of plants and one fraction of their properties against the local effects of bothropic envenomation. Bothrops alternatus venom (1.25µg diluted in 100µl of sterile saline solution was inoculated (intradermally into the shaved dorsal back skin of 30 New Zealand rabbits. The animals were divided in six groups receiving the following treatments: group I: subcutaneous application of Curcuma longa extract (1.0ml; group II: topic treatment of Curcuma longa hydroalcoholic extract (1.0ml; group III: topic application of ar-turmerone in vaseline (1.0g; group IV: topic application of Curcuma longa methanolic extract (1.0ml; group V: topic application of Calendula officinalis ointment (1.0g; group VI: topic application of saline (1.0ml. These treatments were done at 30 minutes, and at 2, 4, 24 and 72 hours after venom inoculation. Intensity of local edema, hemorrhagic halo and necrosis were evaluated until 168h after that. Additionally, seven days after the Bothrops venom inoculation, blood was collected from heart with and without EDTA (10% for hemogram and biochemical parameters (total protein, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, and fibrinogen and all the animals were anesthetized, sacrificed by ether inhalation and submitted to necropsy. Fragments of tissues were taken for histopathological evaluation. The most efficient treatment for inhibition of edema, necrosis and local hemorrhage after Bothrops alternatus venom was the topic application of ar-turmerone.Investigou-se a eficácia do extrato de plantas no tratamento local do envenenamento botrópico. Veneno de serpentes Bothrops alternatus (1,25µg diluído em 100µl de solução salina estéril foi inoculado (via intradérmica entre as escápulas de 30 coelhos. Os animais foram divididos em seis grupos (tratamentos: grupo I: tratamento subcutâneo com extrato de Curcuma longa; grupo II: tratamento tópico com extrato hidroalcoólico de Curcuma longa

  10. The role of surgical audit in improving patient management; nasal haemorrhage: an audit study

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    Previously all patients requiring nasal packing were admitted. The type of nasal packing included Gauge impregnated Bismuth Iodoform Paraffin Paste, Nasal Tampon, and Vaseline gauge. Over the previous four year period (September to March a mean of 28 patients were admitted per month, with a mean duration of in patient stay of 2.67 days. In the prospective audit the total number of admissions was significantly reduced, by over 70%, (χ2 = 25.05, df = 6, P 2 = 4.99, df = 6, P 2 = 22.71, df = 5, P Conclusion Exclusion criteria have now been expanded to exclude traumatic nasal haemorrhage. New adjunctive therapies now include direct endoscopic bipolar diathermy of bleeding points, and the judicious use of topical pro-coagulant agents applied via the nasal tampon. Expansion of the audit protocols for use in general practice. This original audit informed clinical practice and had potential benefits for patients, clinicians, and provision of service. Systematic replication of this project, possibly on a regional and general practice basis, could result in further financial savings, which would allow development of improved patient services and delivery of care.

  11. Avaliação da espalhabilidade e do teor de flavonóides em forma farmacêutica semi-sólida contendo soluções extrativas de Calendula officinalis L.

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    O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar característica reológica (espalhabilidade e quantificar os princípios ativos (flavonóides de preparações semi-sólidas (pomadas contendo extratos de Calendula officinalis. A partir da droga vegetal desta espécie foram obtidas as soluções extrativas preparadas por maceração e posterior percolação, na proporção de 1:5, utilizando-se mistura hidroalcóolica (etanol:água 62:38 e hidroglicólica (propilenoglicol:água 9:1. As pomadas contendo estes extratos e como excipientes lanolina e vaselina foram preparadas por duas técnicas distintas: por solução (a quente e por suspensão (a frio. Os resultados demonstraram que as pomadas contendo extratos hidroalcoólicos e hidroglicólicos, preparadas por suspensão (a frio exibem as maiores relações entre área e o esforço limite (0,34 e 0,33 mm2 g-1, respectivamente, no entanto as pomadas preparadas com extratos hidroalcoólicos por suspensão resultaram nos maiores valores de flavonóides totais (0,04% m/m calculados como hiperosídeos. Palavras-chave: Calendula officinalis. Pomada. Reologia. Flavonoides. fitoterápicos. ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to assess the rheological properties (spreadability and assay the active ingredients (flavonoids in semi-solid preparations (ointments containing extracts of marigold (Calendula officinalis L. - Asteraceae. The herbal drug from this species was separated from the dried inflorescence and two types of extracts were prepared by percolation at a ratio of 1:5, one with an ethanol:water mixture (62:38 and the other with propylene glycol: water (9:1. Ointments were prepared from these extracts, lanolin and vaseline, by two different techniques: solution (hot and suspension (cold. Samples of each ointment were analyzed, to determine the spreadability, as the ratio between area of spread and limiting applied weight, and the flavonoid content. The results showed that ointments

  12. Combate ao Desmodus rotundus rotundus (E. Geoffroy,1810 na região cárstica de Cordisburgo e Curvelo, Minas Gerais Combat of Desmodus rotundus rotundus (E. Geofroy, 1810 in the Cordisburgo and Curvelo carstic region, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    , 9 Artibeus lituratus (Olfers, 1818, 3 Mimmon bennettii (Gray, 1838, 2 Myotis nigricans (Schinz, 1821, 1 Eptesicus brasiliensis (Desmarest, 1819 and 1 Pygoderma bilabiatum (Wagner, 1843. The brains of 25 blood sucking bats and 52 of other species were selected for exam by direct imunofluorescence and inoculation in mice, but no rabies virus was detected. The majority of the roosts were also used by pacas (Agouti paca Linnaeus, 1766, water-hog (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, Linnaeus, 1766, raccoons (Procyon cancrivorus, G. Cuvier, 1798 and foxes (Licalopex vetulus, Lund, 1842 all of each are also susceptible to rabies. In 546 Desmodus rotundus rotundus it was applied on interescapular area, approximately 1 gram of paste with warfarin dissolved in vaselin, being 2 grams for each 100 grams of the product. In the final evaluation, it was observed significant decrease in the incidence of bites in cattle and horses and the presence of recent traces of Desmodus rotundus rotundus, which were observed only in four out of 18 roosts. After the treatment of the blood sucking bats with warfarin, in all former roosts, no non sucking blood bat, nor mammal with clinical signs of intoxication attributed to the anticoagulant were found.

  13. Evaluation of Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, and Pb in selected cosmetic products from Jordanian, Sudanese, and Syrian markets. (United States)

    Massadeh, A M; El-Khateeb, M Y; Ibrahim, S M


    There is no sufficient data that evaluate heavy metal content in cosmetic products in Jordan as well as Sudan and Syria. This study aims to assess metal levels which include Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), Copper (Cu), Nickel (Ni), and Lead (Pb) in cosmetic products. These elements have draft limits because they are identified as potential impurities and are known to be toxic. This study aims to provide information to the population that may be beneficial to public health. Samples were collected from different brands obtained from markets in Jordan, Sudan, and Syria. Some of the selected cosmetic products were eyeliner, eye pencil, mascara, lipstick, powder, face cream, body cream, sun block, Vaseline, and the traditional eye cosmetic (kohl). The heavy metal content in these samples were determined by atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS). Based on analysis of variance analysis, a significant difference in heavy metal levels was found for samples obtained from Jordanian and Sudanese markets. The acid digestion method used in this study was based on procedures recommended by Nnorom et al. with some modifications as follows. (i) A weight of 2.0 g of cosmetic sample was dissolved in a mixture of 6 mL of high quality concentrated 69% nitric acid (HNO3; Merck, Darmstadt, Germany) and 4 mL of concentrated 37% hydrochloric acid (Scharlau, Spain) in a porcelain crucible and heated on a hotplate to near dryness. (ii) An aliquot of 15 mL HNO3 (1.00 M) was added to the digested sample and filtered through a Whatman No. 40 filter paper. (iii) The digested sample was transferred quantitatively into a 25 mL volumetric flask and then diluted with deionized water. (iv) Each digested sample was evaporated at 70 °C to about 1 mL and transferred into a polyethylene flask and diluted with 25 mL deionized water. (v) Blank was treated in the same procedure. In Jordan the concentration ranges of heavy metals in the collected samples were: Cd (0.03-0.10 μg/g), Cr (0.0-1.00

  14. Alogenosis iatrogénica: Una nueva enfermedad A new desease: Iatrogenic allogenosis

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    ático. Las resecciones quirúrgicas solo deben hacerse en zonas muy limitadas, pues producen depresiones cutáneas y cicatrices retráctiles. Las masas muy grandes no se deben resecar debido a las deformaciones consecuentes. Se debe proteger la piel con sustancias emolientes. El aspecto más importante de este estudio es lo que no debe hacerse: los corticoides locales o generales no sirven y aumentan la atrofia de la piel; las punciones y la liposucción no ayudan, pues las masas son sólidas y fibróticas; los masajes, el ultrasonido y el láser no ayudan y a veces empeoran la situación. En todos los países se deben realizar campañas oficiales de prevención contra estas sustancias.The need to replenish wrinkles and depressions has enticed the creation of multiple solid or semi-solid injectable substances. The disastrous results of some of these have led me to create the term "Iatrogenic Allogenosis": "Allogenosis", because it is produced by allogenic (foreign substances. "Iatrogenic", because we, the physicians or persons injecting these substances, have caused this disease. Over one million persons in Latin-America have become victims of these substances. Our objective is to learn how to treat these cases. We have studied 358 cases in a 10-year time span. We have grouped them and tried to reach conclusions. Mostly used substances are: liquid silicon, paraffin, liquid petrolatum, Vaseline, mineral oil, animal fat, etc. We have not included in this study some substances that have been fairly accepted by surgeons: autogenous fat, bovine collagen, hydroxyapatite, acrylic, hyaluronic acid, etc. Reactions are local and general. The latency period varies from 6 hours to 25 years. Local reactions are: pain, erhytema, edema, pigmentations, swelling, fibrosis, keloids, infection, fistulas, necrosis, gravity displacement, etc. The general ones are: fever, arthralgia, general discomfort, we have no find relations with autoimmune diseases (dermatomyositis, scleroderma, etc

  15. [Effects of arnebia root oil on wound healing of rats with full-thickness skin defect and the related mechanism]. (United States)

    Shen, J Y; Ma, Q; Yang, Z B; Gong, J J; Wu, Y S


    Objective: To observe the effects of arnebia root oil on wound healing of rats with full-thickness skin defect, and to explore the related mechanism. Methods: Eighty SD rats were divided into arnebia root oil group and control group according to the random number table, with 40 rats in each group, then full-thickness skin wounds with area of 3 cm×3 cm were inflicted on the back of each rat. Wounds of rats in arnebia root oil group and control group were treated with sterile medical gauze and bandage package infiltrated with arnebia root oil gauze or Vaseline gauze, respectively, with dressing change of once every two days. On post injury day (PID) 3, 7, 14, and 21, 10 rats in each group were sacrificed respectively for general observation and calculation of wound healing rate. The tissue samples of unhealed wound were collected for observation of histomorphological change with HE staining, observation of expressions of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) with immunohistochemical staining, and determination of mRNA expressions of VEGF and bFGF with real time fluorescent quantitive reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Data were processed with analysis of variance of factorial design, t test, and Bonferroni correction. Results: (1) On PID 3, there were a few secretions in wounds of rats in the two groups. On PID 7, there were fewer secretions and more granulation tissue in wounds of rats in arnebia root oil group, while there were more secretions and less granulation tissue in wounds of rats in control group. On PID 14, most of the wounds of rats in arnebia root oil group were healed and there was much red granulation tissue in unhealed wounds, while part of wounds of rats in control group was healed and there were a few secretions and less granulation tissue in unhealed wounds. On PID 21, wounds of rats in arnebia root oil group were basically healed, while there were still some unhealed wounds of rats in

  16. Antiseptics for burns. (United States)

    Norman, Gill; Christie, Janice; Liu, Zhenmi; Westby, Maggie J; Jefferies, Jayne M; Hudson, Thomas; Edwards, Jacky; Mohapatra, Devi Prasad; Hassan, Ibrahim A; Dumville, Jo C


    showed no clear differences and is of low or very low certainty. Antiseptics versus non-antibacterial comparatorsWe found high certainty evidence that treating burns with honey, on average, reduced mean times to healing in comparison with non-antibacterial treatments (difference in means -5.3 days, 95% CI -6.30 to -4.34; I(2) = 71%; 4 studies; 1156 participants) but this comparison included some unconventional treatments such as amniotic membrane and potato peel. There is moderate certainty evidence that honey probably also increases the likelihood of wounds healing over time compared to unconventional anti-bacterial treatments (HR 2.86, 95% C 1.60 to 5.11; I(2) = 50%; 2 studies; 154 participants).There is moderate certainty evidence that, on average, burns treated with nanocrystalline silver dressings probably have a slightly shorter mean time to healing than those treated with Vaseline gauze (difference in means -3.49 days, 95% CI -4.46 to -2.52; I(2) = 0%; 2 studies, 204 participants), but low certainty evidence that there may be little or no difference in numbers of healing events at 14 days between burns treated with silver xenograft or paraffin gauze (RR 1.13, 95% CI 0.59 to 2.16 1 study; 32 participants). Other comparisons represented low or very low certainty evidence.It is uncertain whether infection rates in burns treated with either silver-based antiseptics or honey differ compared with non-antimicrobial treatments (very low certainty evidence). There is probably no difference in infection rates between an iodine-based treatment compared with moist exposed burn ointment (moderate certainty evidence). It is also uncertain whether infection rates differ for SSD plus cerium nitrate, compared with SSD alone (low certainty evidence).Mortality was low where reported. Most comparisons provided low certainty evidence that there may be little or no difference between many treatments. There may be fewer deaths in groups treated with cerium nitrate plus SSD compared with