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Takafumi Monma, Akira Ando, Tohru Asanuma, Yutaka Yoshitake, Goichiro Yoshida, Taiki Miyazawa, Naoyuki Ebine, Satoko Takeda, Naomi Omi, Makoto Satoh, Kumpei Tokuyama, Fumi Takeda
OBJECTIVE: To clarify sleep disorder risk factors among student athletes, this study examined the relationship between lifestyle habits, competition activities, psychological distress, and sleep disorders. METHODS: Student athletes (N = 906; male: 70.1%; average age: 19.1 ± 0.8 years) in five university sports departments from four Japanese regions were targeted for analysis. Survey items were attributes (age, gender, and body mass index), sleep disorders (recorded through the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index), lifestyle habits (bedtime, wake-up time, smoking, drinking alcohol, meals, part-time jobs, and use of electronics after lights out), competition activities (activity contents and competition stressors), and psychological distress (recorded through the K6 scale)...
April 2018: Sleep Medicine
Michael G Mauk, Jinzhao Song, Changchun Liu, Haim H Bau
Designs and applications of microfluidics-based devices for molecular diagnostics (Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests, NAATs) in infectious disease testing are reviewed, with emphasis on minimally instrumented, point-of-care (POC) tests for resource-limited settings. Microfluidic cartridges ('chips') that combine solid-phase nucleic acid extraction; isothermal enzymatic nucleic acid amplification; pre-stored, paraffin-encapsulated lyophilized reagents; and real-time or endpoint optical detection are described...
February 26, 2018: Biosensors
Benedict Diederich, Rolf Wartmann, Harald Schadwinkel, Rainer Heintzmann
Cellphones equipped with high-quality cameras and powerful CPUs as well as GPUs are widespread. This opens new prospects to use such existing computational and imaging resources to perform medical diagnosis in developing countries at a very low cost. Many relevant samples, like biological cells or waterborn parasites, are almost fully transparent. As they do not exhibit absorption, but alter the light's phase only, they are almost invisible in brightfield microscopy. Expensive equipment and procedures for microscopic contrasting or sample staining often are not available...
2018: PloS One
Toni M Rudisill, Gordon Smith, Haitao Chu, Motao Zhu
PURPOSE: The relationship between cellphone use while driving legislation and self-reported adolescent driver behavior is poorly understood, especially across demographic subgroups. This study investigated the relationship between statewide cellphone legislation and cellphone use behaviors across adolescent driver subgroups, including age (16/17 vs. 18), sex, race/ethnicity (white non-Hispanic and others), and rurality (urban or rural). METHODS: Data from the 2011-2014 Traffic Safety Culture Index Surveys were combined with state legislation...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
Qiheng Tang, Lu Fang, YunFei Wang, Miao Zou, Wenjing Guo
Flexible transparent conductive films or substrates prepared from plastics or cellulose are widely used in optoelectronic devices. However, all of these films or substrates are fabricated by complex and expensive methods, which consume much energy and time. In this work, we report for the first time a remarkably facile and effective approach for fabricating flexible transparent films directly from wood. The resulting films exhibit an array of exceptional optical and mechanical properties. The well-aligned cell structures in natural wood are maintained during delignification, leading to anisotropic films with high transparency (≈90% transmittance)...
February 15, 2018: Nanoscale
Michael Peleg, Or Nativ, Elihu D Richter
BACKGROUND AND AIM: We reexamine whether radio frequency radiation (RFR) in the occupational and military settings is a human carcinogen. METHODS: We extended an analysis of an already-reported case series of patients with cancer previously exposed to whole-body prolonged RFR, mainly from communication equipment and radar. We focused on hematolymphatic (HL) cancers. We used analysis by percentage frequency (PF) of a cancer type, which is the proportion of a specific cancer type relative to the total number of cancer cases...
February 9, 2018: Environmental Research
Danny Guo, Nam Phan, Kendall Ho, John Pawlovich, Neil Kitson
We believe cellphone text messages are commonly used in medical practice whether in rural or urban settings and that clinical photos are often attached to them. Our interest is the use of this technology to provide dermatology service to rural and remote British Columbia. Concern has been expressed about the security of confidential information and adequacy of privacy protection in such an application. We have found little published information about the extent of texting in rural and remote settings (and none in our jurisdiction) or the number and nature of privacy breaches that have actually occurred as a result...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Weiwei Cui, Meihang He, Luye Mu, Zuzeng Lin, Yanyan Wang, Wei Pang, Mark A Reed, Xuexin Duan
Quantitative biomarker detection methods featured with rapidity, high accuracy, and label-free are demonstrated for the development of point-of-care (POC) technologies or "beside" diagnostics. Microbead aggregation via protein-specific linkage provides an effective approach for selective capture of biomarkers from the samples, and can directly readout the presence and amount of the targets. However, sensors or microfluidic analyzers that can accurately quantify the microbead aggrega-tion are scared. In this work, we demonstrate a microwell-based microbeads analyzing system, by which online manipula-tions of microbeads including trapping, arraying, and rotations can be realized, providing a series of microfluidic approaches to layout the aggregated microbeads for further convenient characterizations...
January 19, 2018: ACS Sensors
Richard M White, Duy-Son Nguyen, Zhiwei Wu, Paul K Wright
We demonstrate the feasibility of using novel, small energy harvesters to power atmospheric sensors and radios simply attached to a single conductor of existing overhead power distribution lines. We demonstrate the ability to harvest the required power for operating multiple atmospheric and power-system sensors, together with short-range radios that could broadcast atmospheric sensor data to the cellphones of people nearby. Occasional long-range broadcasts of the data could also be made of both atmospheric and power-line conditions...
January 3, 2018: Sensors
Umadevi Kiritsinh Gohil, Vaishali V Parekh, Niraj Kinariwala, Kaushal M Oza, Mona C Somani
Objective: To evaluate the interference of active cellphones during electronic working length (EWL) determination of a root canal. Materials and Methods: Thirty patients requiring root canal treatment in the anterior teeth or premolars having single canal and mature apices were selected for this study. Working length determination was done using no. 15 K-file. Electronic apex locators ProPex Pixi and Root ZX mini were used for working length determination. Cellphones iPhone 6s and Xolo Q3000 were evaluated for their interference...
May 2017: Journal of Conservative Dentistry: JCD
Victoria Bolanle Brown, O Abimbola Oluwatosin
BACKGROUND: Reminder/recall systems are effective ways to improve immunization rates, but their feasibility in primary health care (PHC) settings in Nigeria has not been adequately evaluated. In this study we describe the acceptability and adaptability of immunization reminder/recall system in an urban setting in southwest Nigeria. METHODS: This is a descriptive report of a cluster randomized controlled trial. Four local government areas (LGAs) were randomly assigned into a cellphone reminder/recall intervention group or a usual care control group...
December 4, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
F Gevrek, D Aydin, S Ozsoy, H Aygun, C Bicer
OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of Egb761 on testicular tissues and semen parameters in rats exposed to cellphone waves. BACKGROUND: EGb761 has antioxidant properties as a free-radical scavenger. Cellphone electromagnetic radiation (EMR) induces oxidative stress in cells. METHODS: Twenty-one Wistar albino male adult rats were divided into three groups (control, experimental, treatment), including seven rats in each. The experimental and treatment groups were exposed to cellphone EMR (0...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
Yingbo Li, Cheng Zhong, Jie Liu, Xiaoqiao Zeng, Shengxiang Qu, Xiaopeng Han, Yida Deng, Wenbin Hu, Jun Lu
Under development for next-generation wearable electronics are flexible, knittable, and wearable energy-storage devices with high energy density that can be integrated into textiles. Herein, knittable fiber-shaped zinc-air batteries with high volumetric energy density (36.1 mWh cm-3 ) are fabricated via a facile and continuous method with low-cost materials. Furthermore, a high-yield method is developed to prepare the key component of the fiber-shaped zinc-air battery, i.e., a bifunctional catalyst composed of atomically thin layer-by-layer mesoporous Co3 O4 /nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide (N-rGO) nanosheets...
January 2018: Advanced Materials
Chishinga Callender, Deborah Thompson
African American girls are at a greater risk of obesity than their nonminority peers. Parents have the primary control over the home environment and play an important role in the child obesity prevention. Obesity prevention programs to help parents develop an obesity-preventive home environment are needed. The purpose of this study was to collect formative research from parents of 8-10-year old African American girls about perceptions, expectations, and content for a text messaging based program. Mothers ( n = 30) participated in surveys and interviews to inform message development and content...
December 4, 2017: Children
Allan F Williams
This is the sixth in a series of reviews of research on graduated driver licensing (GDL) published in the Journal of Safety Research, the present review covering the period mid-2012 through 2016. In the two decades since GDL programs began to be introduced on a widespread basis in the United States, a vast amount of research has been published. The current review discusses recent research and the present state of knowledge on the following topics: characteristics of the novice driver population; effects of GDL on crashes for ages 16-19; the learner and intermediate periods; night and passenger restrictions; cellphone laws; GDL for older novices; enforcement of GDL rules; and programs attempting to influence GDL compliance and safe driving practices in general...
December 2017: Journal of Safety Research
Samir M Fakhry, Pamela L Ferguson, Jama L Olsen, Jennifer J Haughney, Heidi S Resnick, Kenneth J Ruggiero
Trauma care has traditionally focused on prehospital and hospital settings, yet many injured patients report emotional distress in the postacute care setting, which is known to impair recovery. The objective of this study was to assess postdischarge emotional recovery and communication preferences. An observational cohort of 100 adult patients from our Level 1 Trauma Center was surveyed one to two months postdischarge. Among those employed preinjury, 44 per cent had not returned to work. Nearly half screened positive for emotional issues (posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and/or psychological distress); of these, only 35 per cent considered getting professional help and only 10 per cent received help...
November 1, 2017: American Surgeon
Batoul Sedaghati Shokri, Seyed Rasoul Davoodi, Majid Azimmohseni, Gholamreza Khoshfar
Objective: To presents a survey investigating differences between drivers' beliefs regarding utilizing cellphone when driving. Methods: In this population-based survey, the participants who were studied in the North of Iran, Gorgan, were categorized as main urban and rural areas. A sample of 400 drivers, 92 women and 308 men, filled out the four sections questionnaire which was based on the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) used for measuring the differences between the drivers' opinions (attitudinal beliefs, normative beliefs, and perceived control behavioral beliefs) about utilizing a cell phone when driving along with their age and driving purpose...
October 2017: Bulletin of Emergency and Trauma
Yuan Jia, Hui Dong, Jianping Zheng, Hao Sun
Particulate matter (PM), a key indicator of air pollution by natural and anthropogenic activities, contributes to a wide spectrum of diseases that lead to a shortening of life expectancy. It has been recognized that trace metals in airborne PM are highly toxic and can be correlated with lesion in respiratory, gastrointestinal, immunological, and hematological systems. Traditional methods for trace metal assay require sophisticated instrumentations and highly trained operators in centralized laboratories. In this work, by integrating the technologies of microfluidic paper-based analytical devices, additive manufacturing, smartphone, and colorimetric sensing, we developed the first smartphone based paper microfluidic platform for portable, disposable, and quantitative measurements of cobalt (Co), copper (Cu), and iron (Fe) in ambient air and street sediments...
November 2017: Biomicrofluidics
Donghyuk Kim, Qingshan Wei, Dong Hyeok Kim, Derek Tseng, Jingzi Zhang, Eric Pan, Omai Brandt Garner, Aydogan Ozcan, Dino Di Carlo
Nucleic acids, DNA and RNA, provide important fingerprint information for various pathogens and have significant diag-nostic value; however, improved approaches are urgently needed to enable rapid detection of nucleic acids in simple point-of-care formats with high sensitivity and specificity. Here, we present a system that utilizes a series of toehold-triggered hy-bridization/displacement reactions that are designed to convert a given amount of RNA molecules (i.e., the analyte) into an amplified amount of signaling molecules without any washing steps or thermocycling...
November 14, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
Fikret Gevrek
Cellular phones are major sources of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) that can penetrate the human body and pose serious health hazards. The increasingly widespread use of mobile communication systems has raised concerns about the effects of cellphone radiofrequency (RF) on the hippocampus because of its close proximity to radiation during cellphone use. The effects of cellphone EMR exposure on the hippocampus of rats and the possible counteractive effects of ginkgo biloba (Egb761) were aimed to investigate...
November 9, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
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