Bio-Medical Materials and Engineering - Volume 24, issue 6
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Bio-Medical Materials and Engineering is to promote the welfare of humans and to help them keep healthy. This international journal is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes original research papers, review articles and brief notes on materials and engineering for biological and medical systems.
Articles in this peer-reviewed journal cover a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to: Engineering as applied to improving diagnosis, therapy, and prevention of disease and injury, and better substitutes for damaged or disabled human organs; Studies of biomaterial interactions with the human body, bio-compatibility, interfacial and interaction problems; Biomechanical behavior under biological and/or medical conditions; Mechanical and biological properties of membrane biomaterials; Cellular and tissue engineering, physiological, biophysical, biochemical bioengineering aspects; Implant failure fields and degradation of implants. Biomimetics engineering and materials including system analysis as supporter for aged people and as rehabilitation; Bioengineering and materials technology as applied to the decontamination against environmental problems; Biosensors, bioreactors, bioprocess instrumentation and control system; Application to food engineering; Standardization problems on biomaterials and related products; Assessment of reliability and safety of biomedical materials and man-machine systems; and Product liability of biomaterials and related products.
Abstract: Estimation of the boundary condition is a critical problem in simulating hemodynamics in microvascular networks. This paper proposed a boundary estimation strategy based on a particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithm, which aims to minimize the number of vessels with inverted flow direction in comparison to the experimental observation. The algorithm took boundary values as the particle swarm and updated the position of the particles iteratively to approach the optimization target. The method was tested in a real rat mesenteric network. With random initial boundary values, the method achieved a minimized 9 segments with an inverted flow direction in the network…with 546 vessels. Compared with reported literature, the current work has the advantage of a better fit with experimental observations and is more suitable for the boundary estimation problem in pulsatile hemodynamic models due to the experiment-based optimization target selection.
Abstract: The aim of this study was to examine shape the changes of the lamina cribrosa (LC) under different intraocular pressures (IOPs) with different periods. Images of the optic nerve head were obtained using enhanced depth imaging spectral domain optical coherence tomography (EDI SD-OCT). After an initial scan of the IOP at native pressure, subsequent scanning was taken when the IOP values reached 40, 60, 80 and 100 mm Hg. Then scans continued with the IOP maintained at 100 mm Hg for 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours and 4 hours. The thicknesses of the LC and prelaminar tissue were measured…and the curvature of the LC was calculated. Our study found that as IOP increased, the thicknesses of both LC and prelaminar tissue decreased and the thickness variation of the LC correlated significantly with the increases of IOP when IOP was higher than 60 mm Hg. An exponential function was proposed to express the relationship between IOP and the thickness variations of LC and prelaminar tissue. Creep curves of the LC and prelaminar tissue was also obtained using the Prony model. In conclusion, both the thickness of the prelaminar tissue and LC thinned as the IOP elevated. The thickness of the LC also decreased after 4 hours of constant 100 mm Hg pressure.
Keywords: Laminar cribrosa, prelaminar tissue, curvature, high intraocular pressure, EDI-OCT
Abstract: In order to study how the geometric parameters and shape of the micro-structure surface of a bionic heart valve affects hemocompatibility, mastoid micro-structures with different periodic space were fabricated using a femtosecond laser on a polyurethane (PU) surface. The apparent contact angles of droplets on the micro-structure surfaces were measured to characterize their wettability. Then a series of blood compatibility experiments, including platelet adhesion, dynamic coagulation and hemolysis were completed. The experimental results showed that the micro-structure on the biomaterial surface helped improve its hydrophobicity and hemocompatibility. Also, the periodic space affected not only the hydrophobicity but also the hemocompatibility…of the biomaterial. With the increasing of the periodic space, the apparent contact angle increased, the number of platelet adhesion decreased, the dynamic clotting time became longer and the hemolysis ratio reduced. In addition, the shape of the micro-structure also affected the hemocompatibility of the biomaterial.
Abstract: The anatomic variation of Circle of Willis (CoW) has great impact on its compensatory capacity during stroke and cerebral ischemia. In the present study, a series of lumped parameter models were developed and used to simulate the effect of postural changes on the cerebral blood flow in ICA stenosis patients with different anatomic variants of the CoW. The results showed that the asymmetric distribution of cerebral blood flow caused by stenosis was attenuated in standing position in complete and half-complete CoW. However, in incomplete CoW, the decrease in blood flow in the ipsilateral cerebral arteries caused by unilateral ICA stenosis…was dramatic in both supine and standing positions, a likely result of inadequate collateral circulation within the CoW. In conclusion, the anatomic variation of CoW plays a significant role in maintaining the balance of cerebral blood supply in patients with ICA stenosis, especially during postural change.
Keywords: Circle of Willis, internal carotid artery stenosis, anatomic variation, lumped parameter model, posture change
Abstract: This paper studies the effect of Uyghur sand therapy on dynamics of arterial flow of knee joints via experiments and numerical simulations. Experiments have been carried out on 30 volunteers, with their diameter and flow rate of arteries of knee joints measured before and after Uyghur sand therapy. It has been found that Uyghur sand therapy will increase the inner diameter of knee arteries and speed up the blood flow. Experimental results show that Uyghur sand therapy can help relieve obstacles in local blood flow. By choosing one volunteer for CT scanning, three-dimensional reconstruction of knee-joint arteries via MIMICS software…is achieved. Calculation model is the established with numerical calculations performed by ANSYS software. According to the calculations, the blood flow of the knee arteries speeds up and the uniform distribution of velocity enlarges after Uyghur sand therapy, which further confirms the experimental results. Besides, the research also suggests that Uyghur sand therapy has stronger effect on blood flow of knee-joint arteries than the inner diameter.
Keywords: Uyghur sand therapy, hemodynamics, finite element analysis, velocity of blood flow
Abstract: An instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) technique has recently been used specifically to inhibit hypertonic muscles and to lengthen muscle fiber shortness. However, it is unknown whether IASTM will show such promising inhibition effects on excessive ankle plantarflexion following stroke. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to use electromyographic (EMG) analysis to determine the ability of IASTM to reduce gastrocnemius (GCM) hypertonicity and concurrently facilitate tibialis anterior (TA) lengthening in a stroke patient. EMG activity on the patient's TA and GCM was measured before and after applying IASTM. After the intervention, the GCM was deactivated by 43%, and TA…activity increased by 150%, indicating IASTM-induced inhibition of the overactive GCM. The neuromobilization technique using IASTM showed a promising improvement of neuromuscular imbalance between TA and GCM activations, which can increase gait performance in a stroke case.
Abstract: The aim of this study is to verify the effect of indoor horse riding exercise on basal physical exercise and lumbar muscular function. The subjects included were 20 healthy females, who participated in the horse riding exercise using SRider (Rider Co. & ChonbuK National Univ, Korea) for 30 minutes per day, 3 days per week, over a period of 8 weeks. The subjects were divided into 4 groups as follows, with 10 subjects in each group: Postural Balance Exercise mode (PBE), Abdomen Exercise mode (ADE), Whole body Exercise mode (WBE), and Multiple Exercise (MTE). Isokinetic muscular function test was performed…before and after the horse riding exercise, to assess the effect of horse riding on basal physical exercise and lumbar muscular function. The test result on basal physical exercise and isokinetic muscular function showed improvements with variable degree in the back muscle strength, maximum joint torque, total work, and muscular acceleration time. The result signifies that the horse riding is an antagonistic exercise mainly performed on waist and abdomen area, and the machine induces persistent muscle contraction and causes myotonic induction enhancing the muscle strength. Indoor horse riding exercise proved its effectiveness for senior or the disabled people who need muscle exercises but have difficulties performing outdoor activities.
Keywords: Horse riding, exercise effect, exercise instrument for indoor
Abstract: In this study, we assessed indoor horse riding exercise's effects on basal physical exercise and activities of daily living (ADL) function using horse riding equipment, involving elderly test subjects (in their sixties). The participants were 20 people with no impediment to activity. They participated in experiments that lasted 60 min per day, 3 days per week, over 8 weeks, using the “SRider” (Rider Co. and Chonbuk National University Korea).We measured trunk flexion, sit-up, whole-body reaction, leg strength, and maximal oxygen uptake as basal physical fitness parameters. Also, 3-m gait, single stance with eyes open, and single stance with eyes closed,…as ADL functions, were estimated once per month. The leg strength and whole body reaction result were significantly higher than before the exercise program. Moreover, the results of the 3-m walking ability alone increased significantly among the ADL functions. These findings indicate that the horse riding exercise may activate continuous muscular contraction, maintaining the tonus of the muscles. The continuous movement of horse riding could be lead to isometric muscle contraction in the lower limbs. These results suggest that the horse riding exercise develops muscle power and muscle reactions with exercise.
Keywords: Horse riding, exercise effect, exercise instrument for indoor, the aged
Abstract: The effect of stent design parameters such as porosity, pore density, number of strands, and strut angle to the artery were studied in vitro using particle image velocimetry (PIV). Five mesh stents were implanted into a sidewall aneurysm model. The flow features in a sidewall aneurysm silicone phantom model were investigated at a Reynolds number of 300. It was found that the lowest porosity stent had the best value for velocity and vorticity reduction in an aneurysm pocket. The stent with higher pore density had a tendency to decrease the mean and maximum velocities, but it was not superior to…the effects of porosity. In addition, investigation of the evaluation system confirmed that higher stent strut angles to the parent artery had a tendency to lower mean velocity, as shown by PIV and CFD. However, this effect was relatively smaller compared to porosity and pore density. Our evaluation system suggested the best combinations of parameters for the development of an ideal stent would be lower porosity, higher pore density, and higher strut angle. The results obtained in this study indicated that our evaluation system could be useful for various purposes related to evaluation of endovascular interventional devices.
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to evaluate muscle function and basal physical fitness in relation to muscle balance pattern using rowing machines. Twenty four subjects participated in this study, using three different rowing machines. Rowing exercises were performed for twenty-five times a set, four sets a day, 3 days a week, for 8 weeks. Biodex system 3(Biodex Medical Systems Co., New York, USA) was used to measure joint torques in the elbow, shoulder, lumbar and knee of subjects, for analyzing muscle function. The evaluation of basal physical fitness included body composition, muscle strength, muscle endurance, muscle reaction, agility, flexibility…and explosive power. Before the experiment, significant differences of joint torques in the elbow, shoulder, lumbar and knee were present between subjects in the group. After the rowing exercise, significant improvement in every joint was witnessed. All aspects of basic fitness increased significantly, and the most improvement was observed in muscle strength from the joint torque results. As shown in the following results, every joint it was evident to have improved by more than 30% with the use of dependent load deviation type over the previously used water load method. This means that it is more effective for enhancing muscle strength and endurance to keep the muscle balance using dependent load deviation. The human body maintains motor coordination of muscle contraction during exercise. The muscle balances in the upper-lower and left-right arms could assist with effective activation of motor coordination. In this paper, an exercise method using dependent load deviation was demonstrated to be more efficient for improving muscle imbalance and strengthening muscles.