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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227889/shape-memory-alloy-smart-knee-spacer-to-enhance-knee-functionality-model-design-and-finite-element-analysis
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Arvind Gautam, A Bhargavi Rani, Miguel A Callejas, Swati Ghosh Acharyya, Amit Acharyya, Dwaipayan Biswas, Vasundhra Bhandari, Paresh Sharma, Ganesh R Naik, Arvind Gautam, A Bhargavi Rani, Miguel A Callejas, Swati Ghosh Acharyya, Amit Acharyya, Dwaipayan Biswas, Vasundhra Bhandari, Paresh Sharma, Ganesh R Naik, Swati Ghosh Acharyya, Paresh Sharma, Vasundhra Bhandari, A Bhargavi Rani, Arvind Gautam, Dwaipayan Biswas, Miguel A Callejas, Amit Acharyya
In this paper we introduce Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) for designing the tibial part of Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) by exploiting the shape-memory and pseudo-elasticity property of the SMA (e.g. NiTi). This would eliminate the drawbacks of the state-of-the art PMMA based knee-spacer including fracture, sustainability, dislocation, tilting, translation and subluxation for tackling the Osteoarthritis especially for the aged people of 45-plus or the athletes. In this paper a Computer Aided Design (CAD) model using SolidWorks for the knee-spacer is presented based on the proposed SMA adopting the state-of-the art industry-standard geometry that is used in the PMMA based spacer design...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227728/comparison-between-users-of-a-new-methodology-for-heart-sound-auscultation
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Ana Castro, Pedro Gomes, Sandra S Mattos, Miguel T Coimbra, Ana Castro, Pedro Gomes, Sandra S Mattos, Miguel T Coimbra, Ana Castro, Sandra S Mattos, Pedro Gomes, Miguel Y Coimbra
Auscultation is a routine exam and the first line of screening in heart pathologies. The objective of this study was to assess if using a new data collection system, the DigiScope Collector, with a guided and automatic annotation of heart auscultation, different levels of expertise/experience users could collect similar digital auscultations. Data were collected within the Heart Caravan Initiative (Paraíba, Brasil). Patients were divided into two study groups: Group 1 evaluated by a third year medical student (User 1), and an experienced nurse (User 2); Group 2 evaluated by User 2 and an Information Technology professional (User 3)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227704/comparing-glucose-and-insulin-data-from-the-two-hour-oral-glucose-tolerance-test-in-metabolic-syndrome-subjects-and-marathon-runners
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Miguel Altuve, Gilberto Perpinan, Erika Severeyn, Sara Wong, Miguel Altuve, Gilberto Perpinan, Erika Severeyn, Sara Wong, Sara Wong, Gilberto Perpinan, Erika Severeyn
Glucose is the main energy source of the body's cells and is essential for normal metabolism. Two pancreatic hormones, insulin and glucagon, are involved in glucose home-ostasis. Alteration in the plasma glucose and insulin concentrations could lead to distinct symptoms and diseases, ranging from mental function impairment to coma and even death. Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome are typical examples of abnormal glucose metabolism that increase the risk for cardiovascular disease and mortality...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227676/initial-experiments-of-a-128-channel-fpga-and-pc-based-ultrasound-imaging-system-for-teaching-and-research-activities
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Amauri Amorin Assef, Joaquim Miguel Maia, Eduardo Tavares Costa, Amauri Amorin Assef, Joaquim Miguel Maia, Eduardo Tavares Costa, Amauri Amorin Assef, Joaquim Miguel Maia, Eduardo Tavares Costa
Although widely employed in medical diagnostic applications, most of the available commercial ultrasound (US) scanners do not always fit the needs of research users. Access to raw US data, portability, flexibility and advanced user control are essential features to explore alternative biomedical signal and imaging processing algorithms. In this paper, we present the initial results of a reconfigurable, cost-effective and modular 128-channel FPGA and PC-based US system, specifically designed for teaching and medical imaging research...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227413/segmentation-of-the-metacarpus-and-phalange-in-musculoskeletal-ultrasound-images-using-local-active-contours
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Nelson Martins, Malik Saad Sultan, Diana Veiga, Manuel Ferreira, Miguel Coimbra, Nelson Martins, Malik Saad Sultan, Diana Veiga, Manuel Ferreira, Miguel Coimbra, Diana Veiga, Nelson Martins, Malik Saad Sultan, Miguel Coimbra, Manuel Ferreira
This work presents a method for the automatic segmentation of metacarpus and phalange bones in ultrasound images of the second metacarpophalangeal joint (MCPJ) using Active Contours. The MCPJ is known to be the one of the first structures to be affected by rheumatic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. The early detection and follow-up of this disease is important to prevent irreversible damage of the joints, which occurs continuously and faster if no treatment is used. To our knowledge, there is no automatic system to quantify the extension of the lesions resulting from rheumatic activity...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227296/fluorescence-background-removal-method-for-biological-raman-spectroscopy-based-on-empirical-mode-decomposition
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Maritza Leon-Bejarano, Guadalupe Dorantes-Mendez, Miguel Ramirez-Elias, Martin O Mendez, Alfonso Alba, Ildefonso Rodriguez-Leyva, M Jimenez, Maritza Leon-Bejarano, Guadalupe Dorantes-Mendez, Miguel Ramirez-Elias, Martin O Mendez, Alfonso Alba, Ildefonso Rodriguez-Leyva, M Jimenez, Ildefonso Rodriguez-Leyva, Alfonso Alba, M Jimenez, Martin O Mendez, Miguel Ramirez-Elias, Maritza Leon-Bejarano, Guadalupe Dorantes-Mendez
Raman spectroscopy of biological tissue presents fluorescence background, an undesirable effect that generates false Raman intensities. This paper proposes the application of the Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD) method to baseline correction. EMD is a suitable approach since it is an adaptive signal processing method for nonlinear and non-stationary signal analysis that does not require parameters selection such as polynomial methods. EMD performance was assessed through synthetic Raman spectra with different signal to noise ratio (SNR)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227257/why-should-you-model-time-when-you-use-markov-models-for-heart-sound-analysis
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Jorge Oliveira, Theofrastos Mantadelis, Miguel Coimbra, Jorge Oliveira, Theofrastos Mantadelis, Miguel Coimbra, Jorge Oliveira, Miguel Coimbra, Theofrastos Mantadelis
Auscultation is a widely used technique in clinical activity to diagnose heart diseases. However, heart sounds are difficult to interpret because a) of events with very short temporal onset between them (tens of milliseconds) and b) dominant frequencies that are out of the human audible spectrum. In this paper, we propose a model to segment heart sounds using a semi-hidden Markov model instead of a hidden Markov model. Our model in difference from the state-of-the-art hidden Markov models takes in account the temporal constraints that exist in heart cycles...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227108/analysis-of-spontaneous-eeg-activity-in-alzheimer-s-disease-using-cross-sample-entropy-and-graph-theory
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Carlos Gomez, Jesus Poza, Javier Gomez-Pilar, Alejandro Bachiller, Celia Juan-Cruz, Miguel A Tola-Arribas, Alicia Carreres, Monica Cano, Roberto Hornero, Carlos Gomez, Jesus Poza, Javier Gomez-Pilar, Alejandro Bachiller, Celia Juan-Cruz, Miguel A Tola-Arribas, Alicia Carreres, Monica Cano, Roberto Hornero, Celia Juan-Cruz, Carlos Gomez, Alicia Carreres, Jesus Poza, Monica Cano, Roberto Hornero, Javier Gomez-Pilar, Alejandro Bachiller, Miguel A Tola-Arribas
The aim of this pilot study was to analyze spontaneous electroencephalography (EEG) activity in Alzheimer's disease (AD) by means of Cross-Sample Entropy (Cross-SampEn) and two local measures derived from graph theory: clustering coefficient (CC) and characteristic path length (PL). Five minutes of EEG activity were recorded from 37 patients with dementia due to AD and 29 elderly controls. Our results showed that Cross-SampEn values were lower in the AD group than in the control one for all the interactions among EEG channels...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226989/a-novel-portable-low-cost-kinect-based-system-for-motion-analysis-in-neurological-diseases
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Joao Paulo Silva Cunha, Ana Patricia Rocha, Hugo Miguel Pereira Choupina, Jose Maria Fernandes, Maria Jose Rosas, Rui Vaz, Felix Achilles, Anna Mira Loesch, Christian Vollmar, Elisabeth Hartl, Soheyl Noachtar, Joao Paulo Silva Cunha, Ana Patricia Rocha, Hugo Miguel Pereira Choupina, Jose Maria Fernandes, Maria Jose Rosas, Rui Vaz, Felix Achilles, Anna Mira Loesch, Christian Vollmar, Elisabeth Hartl, Soheyl Noachtar, Christian Vollmar, Ana Patricia Rocha, Elisabeth Hartl, Rui Vaz, Hugo Miguel Pereira Choupina, Soheyl Noachtar, Felix Achilles, Anna Mira Loesch, Jose Maria Fernandes, Joao Paulo Silva Cunha, Maria Jose Rosas
Many neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and epilepsy, can significantly impair the motor function of the patients, often leading to a dramatic loss of their quality of life. Human motion analysis is regarded as fundamental towards an early diagnosis and enhanced follow-up in this type of diseases. In this contribution, we present NeuroKinect, a novel system designed for motion analysis in neurological diseases. This system includes an RGB-D camera (Microsoft Kinect) and two integrated software applications, KiT (KinecTracker) and KiMA (Kinect Motion Analyzer)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226948/automated-feet-detection-for-clinical-gait-assessment
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Miguel M Serrano, Yu-Ping Chen, Ayanna Howard, Patricio A Vela, Miguel M Serrano, Yu-Ping Chen, Ayanna Howard, Patricio A Vela, Miguel M Serrano, Ayanna Howard, Patricio A Vela, Yu-Ping Chen
The paper describes a computer vision method for estimating the clinical gait metrics of walking patients in unconstrained environments. The method employs background subtraction to produce a silhouette of the subject and a randomized decision forest to detect their feet. Given the feet detections, the stride and step length, cadence, and walking speed are estimated. Validation of the system is presented through an error analysis on manually annotated videos of subjects walking in different outdoor settings...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226947/lower-limb-pose-estimation-for-monitoring-the-kicking-patterns-of-infants
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Miguel M Serrano, Yu-Ping Chen, Ayanna Howard, Patricio A Vela, Miguel M Serrano, Yu-Ping Chen, Ayanna Howard, Patricio A Vela, Miguel M Serrano, Ayanna Howard, Patricio A Vela, Yu-Ping Chen
Monitoring the spontaneous kicking patterns of infants can give insight into their development. A computer vision based method for estimating the pose of an infant's leg from range images is presented in this paper. After some manual inputs for initialization, the range data associated with the infant is extracted. The method uses Robust Point Set Registration (RPSR) to fit an articulated model to the subject in every frame in the sequence, thus it provides the joint trajectories over time of the kicking kinematics...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226856/evaluation-of-the-electric-field-in-the-brain-during-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-a-sensitivity-analysis
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Laura Santos, Miguel Martinho, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Sofia R Fernandes, Oscar Ripolles, Giulio Ruffini, Pedro C Miranda, Laura Santos, Miguel Martinho, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Sofia R Fernandes, Oscar Ripolles, Giulio Ruffini, Pedro C Miranda, Laura Santos, Miguel Martinho, Cornelia Wenger, Ricardo Salvador, Oscar Ripolles, Giulio Ruffini, Sofia R Fernandes, Pedro C Miranda
The use of computational modeling studies accounts currently for the best approach to predict the electric field (E-field) distribution in transcranial direct current stimulation. As with any model, the values attributed to the physical properties, namely the electrical conductivity of the tissues, affect the predicted E-field distribution. A wide range of values for the conductivity of most tissues is reported in the literature. In this work, we used the finite element method to compute the E-field induced in a realistic human head model for two electrode montages targeting the left dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226717/how-well-can-the-fusion-of-gabor-filters-and-local-binary-patterns-help-in-identifying-gastric-lesions
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Farhan Riaz, Ali Hassan, Pedro Pimentel-Nunes, Diogo Libnio E Jorge Lage, Miguel Tavares Coimbra, Farhan Riaz, Ali Hassan, Pedro Pimentel-Nunes, Diogo Libnio E Jorge Lage, Miguel Tavares Coimbra, Farhan Riaz, Pedro Pimentel-Nunes, Miguel Tavares Coimbra, Diogo Libnio E Jorge Lage, Ali Hassan
Gastroenterology imaging is a diagnostic procedure that incorporates various computer vision challenges for the design of assisted diagnostic systems. The most typical challenge is the design of more adequate visual descriptors that can assist the classification algorithms in getting good diagnostic results. Literature shows that most of the texture descriptors for feature extraction from gastric lesions are based on Gabor filters or local binary patterns (LBP). Although good results are obtained, these techniques have their shortcomings...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226685/tracking-of-the-anterior-mitral-leaflet-in-echocardiographic-sequences-using-active-contours
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Malik Saad Sultan, Nelson Martins, Diana Veiga, Manuel Joao Ferreira, Miguel Tavares Coimbra, Malik Saad Sultan, Nelson Martins, Diana Veiga, Manuel Joao Ferreira, Miguel Tavares Coimbra, Diana Veiga, Nelson Martins, Malik Saad Sultan, Miguel Tavares Coimbra, Manuel Joao Ferreira
Echocardiography assessment of cardiac valves plays a vital role in the diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease. In the vast majority of cases, the mitral valve gets affected, leading to the thickening of its leaflets that may result in the fusion of their tips. This changes the appearance and reduces the mobility of the leaflets, which also reduce the heart efficiency. Quantifying such parameters provides diagnostic insight. To achieve that, the first step is to identify and then track fast moving leaflets. This work is focused on Anterior Mitral Leaflet (AML) tracking...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226327/measurements-of-catheter-venous-and-capillary-cyclosporine-a-blood-are-comparable-and-useful-in-pediatric-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients
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Oscar González-Llano, Consuelo Mancías-Guerra, Carmen Magdalena Gamboa-Alonso, Andrés Gómez-De León, José Carlos Jaime-Pérez, César Homero Gutiérrez-Aguirre, Olga Cantú-Rodríguez, Laura Villarreal-Martínez, Ricardo García-Sepulveda, Miguel Angel Herrera-Rojas, David Gómez-Almaguer
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February 23, 2017: Acta Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225957/relationship-of-helicobacter-pylori-seroprevalence-with-the-occurrence-and-severity-of-psoriasis
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Priscila Miranda Diogo Mesquita, Augusto Diogo, Miguel Tanus Jorge, Alceu Luiz Camargo Villela Berbert, Sônia Antunes de Oliveira Mantese, José Joaquim Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the skin and joints and has a multifactorial etiology. Recently, it has been suggested that Helicobacter pylori infection may contribute as a trigger for the development of the disease. OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of H. pylori seropositivity in patients with psoriasis and to evaluate the relation between disease severity and H. pylori infection. METHODS: H. pylori infection was assessed in psoriatic patients and controls by using H...
January 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225946/the-intellectual-developmental-disorders-mexico-study-situational-diagnosis-burden-genomics-and-intervention-proposal
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Eduardo Lazcano-Ponce, Gregorio Katz, Rocío Rodríguez-Valentín, Filipa de Castro, Betania Allen-Leigh, María Elena Márquez-Caraveo, Miguel Ángel Ramírez-García, Eduardo Arroyo-García, María Elena Medina-Mora, Gustavo Ángeles, José Edmundo Urquieta-Salomón, Luis Salvador-Carulla
Objective: This study aims to generate evidence on intellectual development disorders (IDD) in Mexico. Materials and methods: IDD disease burden will be estimated with a probabilistic model, using population-based surveys. Direct and indirect costs of catastrophic expenses of families with a member with an IDD will be evaluated. Genomic characterization of IDD will include: sequencing participant exomes and performing bioinformatics analyses to identify de novo or inherited variants through trio analysis; identifying genetic variants associated with IDD, and validating randomly selected variants by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and sequencing or real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR)...
November 2016: Salud Pública de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225557/first-insertions-of-carbene-ligands-into-ge-n-and-si-n-bonds
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Lucía Álvarez-Rodríguez, Javier A Cabeza, Pablo García-Álvarez, Mar Gómez-Gallego, Alba D Merinero, Miguel A Sierra
The insertion of carbene ligands into Ge-N (three examples) and Si-N (one example) bonds has been achieved for the first time by treating Fischer carbene complexes (M = W, Cr) with bulky amidinatotetrylenes (E = Ge, Si). These reactions, which start with a nucleophilic attack of the amidinatotetrylene heavier group-14 atom to the carbene C atom, proceed through a stereoselective insertion of the carbene fragment into an E-N bond of the amidinatotetrylene ENCN four-membered ring, leading to [M(CO)5L] derivatives in which L belongs to a novel family of tetrylene ligands comprising an ECNCN five-membered ring...
February 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225540/antituberculosis-drug-resistance-in-pulmonary-isolates-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-cuba-2012-2014
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Dihadenys Lemus, Miguel Echemendía, Raúl Díaz, María J Llanes, Lourdes Suárez, Antonio Marrero
INTRODUCTION Systematic surveillance of antituberculosis drug resistance allows identification of multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Surveillance studies of antituberculosis drug resistance systematically conducted in Cuba for over 15 years have revealed low circulation of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, under 1% in new cases. OBJECTIVE Characterize antituberculosis drug resistance in isolates of M. tuberculosis recovered from patients with pulmonary tuberculosis in Cuba in 2012-2014...
January 2017: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225490/clinical-characteristics-and-outcome-of-spanish-patients-with-anca-associated-vasculitides-impact-of-the-vasculitis-type-anca-specificity-and-treatment-on-mortality-and-morbidity
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Roser Solans-Laqué, Guadalupe Fraile, Monica Rodriguez-Carballeira, Luis Caminal, Maria J Castillo, Ferran Martínez-Valle, Luis Sáez, Juan J Rios, Xavier Solanich, Joaquim Oristrell, Francisco Pasquau, Eva Fonseca, Monica Zamora, Jose L Callejas, Begoña Frutos, Monica Abdilla, Patricia Fanlo, Isabel García-Sánchez, Miguel López-Dupla, Bernardo Sopeña, Almudena Pérez-Iglesias, Josep A Bosch
The aim of this study was to describe the clinical characteristics of ANCA-associated vasculitides (AAV) at presentation, in a wide cohort of Spanish patients, and to analyze the impact of the vasculitis type, ANCA specificity, prognostic factors, and treatments administered at diagnosis, in the outcome.A total of 450 patients diagnosed between January 1990 and January 2014 in 20 Hospitals from Spain were included. Altogether, 40.9% had granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), 37.1% microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), and 22% eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA)...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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