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A coupled non-Fickian model of a cardiovascular drug delivery system using a biodegradable drug-eluting stent is proposed. The numerical results are obtained using an implicit-explicit finite-element method. The influence of vessel stiffness on the transport of drug eluted from the stent is analysed. The results presented in this paper suggest new(More)
A two dimensional coupled model of drug delivery in the cardiovascular tissue using biodegradable drug eluting stents is developed. Qualitative behavior, stability analysis as well as simulations of the model have been presented. Numerical results computed with an Implicit Explicit Finite Element Method show a complete agreement with the expected physical(More)
In this paper diffusion through a viscoelastic biodegradable material is studied. The phenomenon is described by a set of three coupled partial differential equations that take into account passive diffusion, stress driven diffusion and the degradation of the material. The stability properties of the model are studied. Erodible viscoelastic materials, as(More)
Urban increase of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in Brazil is associated with the adaptation of its vector, Lutzomyia longipalpis, to environments modified by humans. The present study reports the results of an entomological monitoring of L. longipalpis and the effect of environmental variables on its population density. Sandflies were captured in the(More)
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a major public health challenge in Brazil, especially in states where it is endemic. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship of sand fly population density with environmental variables (temperature, rainfall and relative humidity) in urban areas of the city of Mossoró, Rio Grande do Norte, Northeastern(More)
Simulations show that the kinetics of permeant fluids in viscoelastic matrices depends on the rheological and chemical properties of the material. Fick's law fails to describe transport through viscoelastic materials because of the stress exerted on the incoming fluid which causes a delay. Reversible binding to immobilizing sites also retard permeation of(More)