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Highly cross-linked polyethylenes (HXLPEs) have been incorporated into the hip replacement armamentarium based on their improved wear resistance. However, two different methods of thermal treatment separate the orthopedic community as strategies to control potential long-term oxidation, and controversy remains with problems in the long-term use of(More)
UNLABELLED Titanium implants are the gold standard in dentistry; however, problems such as gingival tarnishing and peri-implantitis have been reported. For zirconia to become a competitive alternative dental implant material, surface modification techniques that induce guided tissue growth must be developed. OBJECTIVES To develop alternative surface(More)
Pseudowollastonite ceramics (beta-CaSiO3) from synthetic and natural sources were assessed with regard to their properties relevant to biomedical applications. Synthetic and natural CaSiO3 powders, with average particle size of 1.6 and 13.2 microm, respectively, were first employed. Powders were pressed and sintered at 1400 degrees C for 2 h.(More)
Clinical research suggests a role for viral load measurement in predicting and monitoring Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated diseases. The aim of this study was to assess the performance of the recently commercially available quantitative assays for EBV based on real-time PCR: the RealArt EBV LC PCR kit and the LightCycler EBV quantification kit. A total(More)
Several film/screen combinations were studied to evaluate their effect on thin-section tomograms of the inner ear. Hypocycloidal images of a head phantom were subjectively ranked for image quality, and contrast, spatial frequency spectra, and Wiener noise spectra were measured. Resolution appears to be significantly improved when medium-speed screens are(More)
A new type of bioactive ceramic has been designed and obtained from high-temperature phase information from the wollastonite (CaSiO(3))-diopside (CaMg(SiO(3))(2)) phase equilibrium diagram. The selected composition was that corresponding to the eutectic point of the pseudobinary CaSiO(3)-CaMg(SiO(3))(2) system. The sintering behaviour, phase evolution,(More)
137Cs and 40K specific activity together with major and trace elements were determined in soil samples and in different edible wild mushroom species collected from a seminatural temperate forest ecosystem located in the central part of the Mexican Volcanic Belt. The activity measurements were made using a gamma-ray spectrometer system with a high purity(More)
a r t i c l e i n f o The present study refers to the preparation and characterization of porous hydroxyapatite scaffolds to be used as matrices for bone regeneration or as specific release vehicles. Ceramics are widely used for bone tissue engineering purposes and in this study, hydroxyapatite porous scaffolds were produced using the polymer replication(More)
Use of spinel-containing high alumina refractory concretes has increased significantly over the last few years. Currently the high cost of sintered or electrofused spinels limits their applications. This paper describes new and inexpensive new spinel-containing refractory cements obtained by a reaction-sintering process between dolomite and alumina. The(More)
The hypothalamic supraoptic (SON) and paraventricular nuclei (PVN), median eminences (ME) and neural lobes (NL) of normally hydrated control rats (group 1), and of rats drinking 2% NaCl for 7 (group 2), 30 (group 3) or 90 days (group 4) were investigated using immunohistochemistry for neurophysins (NP), arginine vasopressin (AVP) or oxytocin (OXY). Animals(More)