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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079722/development-and-preliminary-pilot-testing-of-a-peer-support-text-messaging-intervention-for-hiv-infected-black-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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Theresa E Senn, Amy Braksmajer, Patricia Coury-Doniger, Marguerite A Urban, Adam Rossi, Michael P Carey
BACKGROUND: Black men who have sex with men (MSM) are disproportionately infected with HIV and are less well retained along the HIV continuum of care. We report on the feasibility of a peer support text messaging intervention designed to increase retention in HIV care and HIV medication adherence among HIV-infected black men who have sex with men. METHODS: Based on formative research, a cell phone app was developed to support a peer-based text messaging intervention...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070457/the-concurrent-validity-and-reliability-of-the-leg-motion-system-for-measuring-ankle-dorsiflexion-range-of-motion-in-older-adults
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Carlos Romero Morales, César Calvo Lobo, David Rodríguez Sanz, Irene Sanz Corbalán, Beatriz Ruiz Ruiz, Daniel López López
BACKGROUND: New reliable devices for range of motion (ROM) measures in older adults are necessary to improve knowledge about the functional capability in this population. Dorsiflexion ROM limitation is associated with ankle injuries, foot pain, lower limb disorders, loss of balance, gait control disorders and fall risk in older adults. The aim of the present study was to assess the validity and reliability of the Leg Motion device for measuring ankle dorsiflexion ROM in older adults. METHODS: Adescriptive repeated-measures study was designed to test the reliability of Leg Motion in thirty-three healthy elderly patients older than 65 years...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069091/proposing-a-framework-for-mobile-applications-in-disaster-health-learning
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Alexander G Liu, Brian A Altman, Kenneth Schor, Kandra Strauss-Riggs, Tracy N Thomas, Catherine Sager, Michelle Leander-Griffith, Victoria Harp
Mobile applications, or apps, have gained widespread use with the advent of modern smartphone technologies. Previous research has been conducted in the use of mobile devices for learning. However, there is decidedly less research into the use of mobile apps for health learning (eg, patient self-monitoring, medical student learning). This deficiency in research on using apps in a learning context is especially severe in the disaster health field. The objectives of this article were to provide an overview of the current state of disaster health apps being used for learning, to situate the use of apps in a health learning context, and to adapt a learning framework for the use of mobile apps in the disaster health field...
January 10, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063386/attitudes-towards-and-rationale-for-antipsychotic-polypharmacy-among-psychiatrists-in-nigeria-characteristics-associated-with-high-reported-antipsychotic-polypharmacy
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B O James, J O Omoaregba, S O Raji, O E Imishue, K M Okonoda, Y I Nyamali, P A Famuyiwa, C U Correll
Antipsychotic polypharmacy (APP) is commonplace despite lacking evidence of its effectiveness. We aimed to identify psychiatrists' rationale for and attitudes towards APP and to determine if attitudes influence antipsychotic polypharmacy prescription rates in a survey of a nationally representative sample of Nigerian psychiatrists (of which a majority were senior trainees: 74.2%). Prescriber characteristics, practices and attitudes were compared in 'high' (>30%) vs. 'low' (≤30%) antipsychotic polypharmacy prescribers and results were adjusted for multiple comparisons...
December 27, 2016: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051874/effects-of-a-passive-online-software-application-on-heart-rate-variability-and-autonomic-nervous-system-balance
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Beverly Rubik
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated whether short-term exposure to a passive online software application of purported subtle energy technology would affect heart rate variability (HRV) and associated autonomic nervous system measures. METHODS: This was a randomized, double-blinded, sham-controlled clinical trial (RCT). The study took place in a nonprofit laboratory in Emeryville, California. Twenty healthy, nonsmoking subjects (16 females), aged 40-75 years, participated...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043176/pilot-feasibility-study-of-heart2haart-a-smartphone-application-to-assist-with-adherence-among-substance-users-living-with-hiv
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Seth Himelhoch, Julie Kreyenbuhl, Jessica Palmer-Bacon, Michael Chu, Clayton Brown, Wendy Potts
BACKGROUND: Smartphones with programmable apps may offer innovative interactive interventions for improving adherence among people living with HIV with substance use problems. METHODS: This pilot randomized controlled trial sought to primarily determine the usability and feasibility of using a smartphone-based intervention called Heart2HAART as an adjunct to directly observed treatment with adherence counseling compared to directly observed treatment with adherence counseling alone among those with HIV and a history of substance use over a three-month time frame...
January 3, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042074/a-communications-bundle-to-improve-satisfaction-for-critically-ill-patients-and-their-families-a-prospective-cohort-pilot-study
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Rana L Awdish, Dana Buick, Maria Kokas, Hanan Berlin, Catherine Jackman, Cari Williamson, Michael P Mendez, Kristen Chasteen
CONTEXT: Communication skills training with simulated patients is used by many academic centers, but how to translate skills learned in simulated settings to improve communication in real encounters has not been described. OBJECTIVE: We developed a communications bundle to facilitate skill transfer from simulation to real encounters and improve patient and/or family satisfaction with physician communication. We tested the feasibility of its use in our hospital's medical intensive care unit (MICU)...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034410/a-review-of-electronic-medical-record-keeping-on-mobile-medical-service-trips-in-austere-settings
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REVIEW
Christopher Dainton, Charlene H Chu
INTRODUCTION: Electronic medical records (EMRs) may address the need for decision and language support for Western clinicians on mobile medical service trips (MSTs) in low resource settings abroad, while providing improved access to records and data management. However, there has yet to be a review of this emerging technology used by MSTs in low-resource settings. The aim of this study is to describe EMR systems designed specifically for use by mobile MSTs in remote settings, and accordingly, determine new opportunities for this technology to improve quality of healthcare provided by MSTs...
February 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018897/patient-centered-tablet-application-for-improving-medication-adherence-after-a-drug-eluting-stent
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Vicki Shah, Anandu Dileep, Carolyn Dickens, Vicki Groo, Betty Welland, Jerry Field, Matthew Baumann, Jose D Flores, Adhir Shroff, Zhongsheng Zhao, Yingwei Yao, Diana J Wilkie, Andrew D Boyd
BACKGROUND/AIMS: This study's objective was to evaluate a patient-centered educational electronic tablet application, "My Interventional Drug-Eluting Stent Educational App" (MyIDEA) to see if there was an increase in patient knowledge about dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) and medication possession ratio (MPR) compared to treatment as usual. METHODS: In a pilot project, 24 elderly (≥50 years old) research participants were recruited after a drug-eluting stent...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017704/new-media-for-educating-urology-residents-an-interview-study-in-canada-and-germany
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Johannes Salem, Hendrik Borgmann, Andrew MacNeily, Katharina Boehm, Marianne Schmid, Christer Groeben, Martin Baunacke, Johannes Huber
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the usage and perceived usefulness of new media for educating urology residents in Canada and Germany. DESIGN: We designed an 11-item online survey to assess the use and perceived usefulness of new media for education. We performed a comparative analysis. SETTING: The survey was distributed via e-mail to 143 Canadian and 721 German urology residents. PARTICIPANTS: The survey included 58 urology residents from Canada and 170 from Germany...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003435/genetic-compendium-of-1511-human-brains-available-through-the-uk-medical-research-council-brain-banks-network-resource
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Michael J Keogh, Wei Wei, Ian Wilson, Jon Coxhead, Sarah Ryan, Sara Rollinson, Helen Griffin, Marzena Kurzawa-Akanbi, Mauro Santibanez-Koref, Kevin Talbot, Martin R Turner, Chris-Anne McKenzie, Claire Troakes, Johannes Attems, Colin Smith, Safa Al Sarraj, Chris M Morris, Olaf Ansorge, Stuart Pickering-Brown, James W Ironside, Patrick F Chinnery
Given the central role of genetic factors in the pathogenesis of common neurodegenerative disorders, it is critical that mechanistic studies in human tissue are interpreted in a genetically enlightened context. To address this, we performed exome sequencing and copy number variant analysis on 1511 frozen human brains with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD, n = 289), frontotemporal dementia/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (FTD/ALS, n = 252), Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD, n = 239), Parkinson's disease (PD, n = 39), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB, n = 58), other neurodegenerative, vascular, or neurogenetic disorders (n = 266), and controls with no significant neuropathology (n = 368)...
January 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997318/mobile-applications-for-mental-health-providers
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Joshua Morganstein
Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have fundamentally changed the ways in which we interact with information. Far more than communication devices, smartphones and tablets are now indispensable tools in the pocket of healthcare providers. Mobile mental health applications (apps) provide instant access to up-to-date information on prevention, assessment and treatment. Self-help apps allow patients to take greater ownership of their own health and well-being. The past decade has seen an extraordinarily rapid proliferation of mobile medical apps...
2016: Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994474/probiotics-improve-the-efficacy-of-standard-triple-therapy-in-the-eradication-of-helicobacter-pylori-a-meta-analysis
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Christine S M Lau, Amanda Ward, Ronald S Chamberlain
INTRODUCTION: Helicobacter pylori colonization is present in half of the world's population and can lead to numerous gastrointestinal diseases if left untreated, including peptic ulcer disease and gastric cancer. Although concurrent triple therapy remains the recommended treatment regimen for H. pylori eradication, its success rate and efficacy have been declining. Recent studies have shown that the addition of probiotics can significantly increase eradication rates by up to 50%. This meta-analysis examines the impact of probiotic supplementation on the efficacy of standard triple therapy in eradicating H...
2016: Infection and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982716/apps-in-therapy-occupational-therapists-use-and-opinions
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Anna M Seifert, Nicole Stotz, Alexia E Metz
To gather information on occupational therapy practitioners' use and opinions of apps, an online survey was distributed to occupational therapy practitioners licensed in the state of Ohio. The survey sought information regarding clinical populations and skill areas for which apps are used, potential barriers to use of apps and preferred apps/app features. OTs working in medical and education-based settings and with clients of all ages responded to the survey. Over half (53%) reported not using apps in therapy, with "not having access to the technology at work" being the leading reason endorsed...
December 16, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965251/women-s-reasons-for-participation-in-a-clinical-trial-for-menstrual-pain-a-qualitative-study
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Susanne Blödt, Claudia M Witt, Christine Holmberg
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to explore women's motivations for participating in a clinical trial and to evaluate how financial compensation impacts women's explanations for participation. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Semistructured interviews were conducted face to face or by telephone with 25 of 220 women who participated in a pragmatic randomised trial for app-administered self-care acupressure for dysmenorrhoea (AKUD). Of these 25 women, 10 had entered AKUD knowing they would receive a financial compensation of €30...
December 13, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964755/xgr-software-for-enhanced-interpretation-of-genomic-summary-data-illustrated-by-application-to-immunological-traits
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Hai Fang, Bogdan Knezevic, Katie L Burnham, Julian C Knight
BACKGROUND: Biological interpretation of genomic summary data such as those resulting from genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) studies is one of the major bottlenecks in medical genomics research, calling for efficient and integrative tools to resolve this problem. RESULTS: We introduce eXploring Genomic Relations (XGR), an open source tool designed for enhanced interpretation of genomic summary data enabling downstream knowledge discovery...
December 13, 2016: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943237/patient-and-parent-initiated-oral-steroids-for-asthma-exacerbations
#17
REVIEW
Muhammad B Ganaie, M Munavvar, Morris Gordon, Hui F Lim, David Jw Evans
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways affecting an estimated 334 million people worldwide. During severe exacerbations, patients may need to attend a medical centre or hospital emergency department for treatment with systemic corticosteroids, which can be administered intravenously or orally. Some people with asthma are prescribed oral corticosteroids (OCS) for self-administration (i.e. patient-initiated) or to administer to their child with asthma (i.e. parent-initiated), in the event of an exacerbation...
December 12, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923777/parent-and-clinician-preferences-for-an-asthma-app-to-promote-adolescent-self-management-a-formative-study
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Lorie L Geryk, Courtney A Roberts, Adam J Sage, Tamera Coyne-Beasley, Betsy L Sleath, Delesha M Carpenter
BACKGROUND: Most youth asthma apps are not designed with parent and clinician use in mind, and rarely is the app development process informed by parent or clinician input. OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to generate formative data on the use, attitudes, and preferences for asthma mHealth app features among parents and clinicians, the important stakeholders who support adolescents with asthma and promote adolescent self-management skills. METHODS: We conducted a mixed-methods study from 2013 to 2014 employing a user-centered design philosophy to acquire feedback from a convenience sample of 20 parents and 6 clinicians...
December 6, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920321/many-mobile-health-apps-target-high-need-high-cost-populations-but-gaps-remain
#19
Karandeep Singh, Kaitlin Drouin, Lisa P Newmark, JaeHo Lee, Arild Faxvaag, Ronen Rozenblum, Erika A Pabo, Adam Landman, Elissa Klinger, David W Bates
With rising smartphone ownership, mobile health applications (mHealth apps) have the potential to support high-need, high-cost populations in managing their health. While the number of available mHealth apps has grown substantially, no clear strategy has emerged on how providers should evaluate and recommend such apps to patients. Key stakeholders, including medical professional societies, insurers, and policy makers, have largely avoided formally recommending apps, which forces patients to obtain recommendations from other sources...
December 1, 2016: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920270/think-like-a-hacker-insights-on-the-latest-attack-vectors-and-security-controls-for-medical-device-applications
#20
Mandeep Khera
Ready or not, the Internet of things (IoT) is here. No longer just a buzz term, it'll continue to grow at an unprecedented pace over the next few years expecting to reach over 25 billion connected devices by 2020. History shows us that most fast growth technology solutions focus on solving business problems first and security is an afterthought. Unfortunately, IoT is following the same trend. Most IoT devices, apps, and infrastructure were developed without security in mind and are likely going to become targets of hackers...
December 4, 2016: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
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