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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446056/high-technology-augmentative-communication-for-adults-with-post-stroke-aphasia-a-systematic-review
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Maria Julieta Russo, Valeria Prodan, Natalia Meda, Lucila Carcavallo, Anibal Muracioli, Liliana Sabe, Lucas Bonamico, Ricardo Allegri, Lisandro Olmos
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems were introduced into clinical practice by therapists to help compensate for persistent language deficits in people with aphasia. Although, there is currently a push towards an increased focus on compensatory approaches in an attempt to maximize communication function for social interaction, available studies including AAC systems, especially technologically advanced communication tools and systems, known as "high-technology AAC", show key issues and obstacles for these tools to become utilized in mainstream clinical practice...
April 26, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445170/using-an-ipad-for-basic-communication-between-spanish-speaking-families-and-nurses-in-pediatric-acute-care-a-feasibility-pilot-study
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Kylie H Jackson, Sandra J Mixer
The growing number of Spanish speakers in the United States poses communication challenges for healthcare providers. Language barriers in pediatric acute care have been associated with an increased risk for adverse events, longer hospital stays, and decreased quality of care. In addition, clinicians' usage of interpreter services is inconsistent. In fact, nurses often lack interpreter support during daily bedside care. Nursing staff at a pediatric children's hospital in the southeastern United States identified bedside communication with Spanish-speaking patients and families as a clinical challenge...
April 25, 2017: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444316/oxytocin-facilitates-reciprocity-in-social-communication
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Franny B Spengler, Dirk Scheele, Nina Marsh, Charlotte Kofferath, Aileen Flach, Sarah Schwarz, Birgit Stoffel-Wagner, Wolfgang Maier, René Hurlemann
Synchrony in social groups may confer significant evolutionary advantages by improving group cohesion and social interaction. However, the neurobiological mechanisms translating social synchrony into refined social information transmission between interacting individuals are still elusive. In two successively conducted experiments involving a total of 199 healthy volunteers, we explored the involvement of the neuropeptide oxytocin (OXT) in reciprocal social interaction. First, we show that synchronous social interactions evoke heightened endogenous OXT release in dyadic partners...
April 21, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430027/a-comparison-of-the-performance-of-2-5-to-3-5-year-old-children-without-disabilities-using-animated-and-cursor-based-scanning-in-a-contextual-scene
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John W McCarthy, Jamie B Boster
Although recent evidence suggests learning demands for children can be reduced by organizing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) displays in contextual scenes, there is little evidence on how such scenes could be made accessible for children who cannot use direct selection. Using a line drawn scene of a living room, a traditional traveling cursor (a green outline of objects within the scene) was compared with sequential animation-logically matching the function of items in the scene (e.g., hands of a clock moving, a lamp turning on and off, etc...
April 21, 2017: Assistive Technology: the Official Journal of RESNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425762/the-evaluation-of-bulbar-dysfunction-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-survey-of-clinical-practice-patterns-in-the-united-states
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Emily K Plowman, Lauren C Tabor, James Wymer, Gary Pattee
OBJECTIVE: Speech and swallowing impairments are highly prevalent in individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and contribute to reduced quality of life, malnutrition, aspiration, pneumonia and death. Established practice parameters for bulbar dysfunction in ALS do not currently exist. The aim of this study was to identify current practice patterns for the evaluation of speech and swallowing function within participating Northeast ALS clinics in the United States. METHODS AND RESULTS: A 15-item survey was emailed to all registered NEALS centres...
April 20, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422701/aperiodic-optimal-linear-estimation-for-networked-systems-with-communication-uncertainties
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Wen-An Zhang, Michael Z Q Chen, Andong Liu, Steven Liu
The aperiodic optimal linear estimator design problem is investigated in this paper for networked systems with communication uncertainties, including delays and data losses, where the sampling and estimation are nonuniform and asynchronous. Based on the idea of measurement fusion, two approaches are proposed to design the aperiodic estimators, and it is shown that the estimator is equivalent to that designed by the measurement augmentation method in performance. Moreover, the estimation performance is improved by using a newly proposed measurement retransmission scheme as compared with the commonly used hold-input and zero-input schemes, by which the lost measurements are never used once they are lost...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413148/incorporating-site-less-clinical-trials-into-drug-development-a-framework-for-action
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Irl B Hirsch, Joe Martinez, E Ray Dorsey, Gerald Finken, Alexander Fleming, Chris Gropp, Philip Home, Daniel I Kaufer, Spyros Papapetropoulos
PURPOSE: Options for leveraging available telemedicine technologies, ranging from simple webcams and telephones to smartphone apps and medical-grade wearable sensors, are evolving faster than the culture of clinical research. Until recently, most clinical trials relied on paper-based processes and technology. This cost- and labor-intensive system, while slowly changing, remains an obstacle to new drug development. Alternatives that use existing tools and processes for collecting real-world data in home settings warrant closer examination...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408169/prescriber-acceptance-rate-of-pharmacists-recommendations
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Jonathan F Doellner, Rick W Dettloff, Susan DeVuyst-Miller, Katie L Wenstrom
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prescriber acceptance rates of pharmacists' recommendations, specifically related to 2 Medicare Part D Star ratings: appropriate use of high-risk medications (HRMs) in elderly patients and use of statins for primary prevention in patients with diabetes. The secondary objective was to assess factors associated with prescriber acceptance. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Medicare Part D beneficiaries at a regional grocery store chain pharmacy in Michigan from January 2014 to October 2015...
April 10, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401613/implementing-augmentative-and-alternative-communication-in-critical-care-settings-perspectives-of-healthcare-professionals
#9
Charlotte Handberg, Anna Katarina Voss
AIM: The aim of the current study was to describe the perspectives of healthcare professionals caring for intubated patients on implementing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in critical care settings. BACKGROUND: Patients in critical care settings subjected to endotracheal intubation suffer from a temporary functional speech disorder and can also experience anxiety, stress and delirium, leading to longer and more complicated hospitalization and rehabilitation...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399442/spatio-temporal-dynamics-of-working-memory-maintenance-and-scanning-of-verbal-information
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Toshimune Kambara, Erik C Brown, Jeong-Won Jeong, Noa Ofen, Yasuo Nakai, Eishi Asano
OBJECTIVE: During verbal communication, humans briefly maintain mental representations of speech sounds conveying verbal information, and constantly scan these representations for comparison to incoming information. We determined the spatio-temporal dynamics of such short-term maintenance and subsequent scanning of verbal information, by intracranially measuring high-gamma activity at 70-110Hz during a working memory task. METHODS: Patients listened to a stimulus set of two or four spoken letters and were instructed to remember those letters over a two-second interval, following which they were asked to determine if a subsequent target letter had been presented earlier in that trial's stimulus set...
March 14, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394641/exploring-validation-of-a-graphic-symbol-questionnaire-to-measure-participation-experiences-of-youth-in-activity-settings
#11
Beata Batorowicz, Gillian King, Freda Vane, Madhu Pinto, Parimala Raghavendra
Participation has a subjective and private dimension, and so it is important to hear directly from youth about their experiences in various activity settings, the places where they "do things" and interact with others. To meet this need, our team developed the Self-Reported Experiences of Activity Settings (SEAS) measure, which demonstrated good-to-excellent measurement properties. To address the needs of youth who could benefit from graphic symbol support, the SEAS-PCS(TM), (1) was created. The purpose of this paper is to describe the development of SEAS-PCS and the preliminary study that explores the equivalency of the SEAS and SEAS-PCS...
April 10, 2017: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375818/chondrocyte-attachment-proliferation-and-differentiation-on-three-dimensional-polycaprolactone-fumarate-scaffolds
#12
Eric R Wagner, Joshua Parry, Mahrokh Dadsetan, Dalibel Bravo, Scott M Riester, Andre J van Wijnen, Michael J Yaszemski, Sanjeev Kakar
Current treatment options for cartilage injuries are limited. The goals of this study are to create a biodegradable polymer scaffold with the capabilities of sustaining chondrocyte growth and proliferation, enable cell-to-cell communication and tissue regeneration through large pores, and assess the biological augmentation of the scaffold capabilities using platelet lysate (PL). We synthesized biodegradable polycaprolactone fumarate (PCLF) scaffolds to allow cell-cell communication through large interconnected pores...
March 31, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374726/-the-association-between-physical-inactivity-and-other-behavioural-risk-factors-of-the-development-of-chronic-non-communicative-diseases-among-the-students
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A P Anishchenko, A N Arkhangel'skaya, D A Pustovalov, E V Rogoznaya, A L Urakov, K G Gurevich
AIM: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the possible association between the physical inactivity and other behavioural risk factors of the development of chronic non- communicable diseases among the young persons. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 216 1-2 grade students at the mean age of 18.8±1.3 years including 136 women and 80 men educated at A.I. Evdokimov Moscow State Medical Stomatological University, Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, were recruited for the examination...
2017: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372961/big-data-and-machine-learning-strategies-for-driving-this-bus-a-summary-of-the-2016-intersociety-summer-conference
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Jonathan B Kruskal, Seth Berkowitz, J Raymond Geis, Woojin Kim, Paul Nagy, Keith Dreyer
The 38th radiology Intersociety Committee reviewed the current state and future direction of clinical data science and its application to radiology practice. The assembled participants discussed the need to use current technology to better generate and demonstrate radiologists' value for our patients and referring providers. The attendants grappled with the potentially disruptive applications of machine learning to image analysis. Although the prospect of algorithms' interpreting images automatically initially shakes the core of the radiology profession, the group emerged with tremendous optimism about the future of radiology...
March 29, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365174/which-alternative-communication-methods-are-effective-for-voiceless-patients-in-intensive-care-units-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Helen Carruthers, Felicity Astin, Wendy Munro
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies to enable people who are temporarily voiceless due to medical intervention, to communicate. METHODS: A systematic review informed by a protocol published on an international register. Ten databases were searched from January 2004 to January 2017. Included studies assessed the effect of using AAC strategies on patient related outcomes and barriers to their use. All included studies were quality appraised...
March 29, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352965/dual-energy-ct-to-diagnose-pseudoedema-in-contrast-induced-encephalopathy-following-cerebral-angiography
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Gabriel L Pagani-Estévez, Deena M Nasr, Waleed Brinjikji, Avital Perry, Jennifer E Fugate
BACKGROUND: Contrast-induced encephalopathy (CIE) is a syndrome that may be clinically unrecognized and misdiagnosed as cerebral edema. METHODS: Case report and review. RESULTS: A 72-year-old woman was admitted for elective endovascular embolization of a 10-mm left anterior communicating artery aneurysm. One hour post-procedure, she acutely developed global aphasia. Emergent head computed tomography (CT) and computed tomography-angiography (CTA) showed high attenuation of the left hemispheric subarachnoid spaces interpreted as hemispheric edema; emergent magnetic resonance imaging revealed left hemispheric punctate infarcts...
March 28, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325711/investigating-the-perceptions-of-care-coordinators-on-using-behavior-theory-based-mobile-health-technology-with-medicaid-populations-a-grounded-theory-study
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Brittany Erika Sigler
BACKGROUND: Medicaid populations are less engaged in their health care than the rest of the population, translating to worse health outcomes and increased health care costs. Since theory-based mobile health (mHealth) interventions have been shown to increase patient engagement, mobile phones may be an optimal strategy to reach this population. With increased development of theory-based mHealth technology, these interventions must now be evaluated with these medically underserved populations in a real-world setting...
March 21, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325063/beliefs-and-habits-staff-experiences-with-key-word-signing-in-special-schools-and-group-residential-homes
#18
Ellen Rombouts, Bea Maes, Inge Zink
Even though use of aided augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) by staff has been extensively researched, few studies relate to unaided AAC strategies such as key word signing (KWS). We explored the KWS views of two groups: direct support staff in group residential homes and teachers from special education secondary schools. We examined transcripts from individual semi-structured interviews with five direct support staff and five teachers using thematic analysis. Participants discussed consistency of KWS use and reasons for implementing KWS...
March 21, 2017: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314088/engaging-with-comparative-risk-appraisals-public-views-on-policy-priorities-for-environmental-risk-governance
#19
Sophie A Rocks, Iljana Schubert, Emma Soane, Edgar Black, Rachel Muckle, Judith Petts, George Prpich, Simon J Pollard
Communicating the rationale for allocating resources to manage policy priorities and their risks is challenging. Here, we demonstrate that environmental risks have diverse attributes and locales in their effects that may drive disproportionate responses among citizens. When 2,065 survey participants deployed summary information and their own understanding to assess 12 policy-level environmental risks singularly, their assessment differed from a prior expert assessment. However, participants provided rankings similar to those of experts when these same 12 risks were considered as a group, allowing comparison between the different risks...
March 17, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298888/reaching-and-grasping-a-glass-of-water-by-locked-in-als-patients-through-a-bci-controlled-humanoid-robot
#20
Rossella Spataro, Antonio Chella, Brendan Allison, Marcello Giardina, Rosario Sorbello, Salvatore Tramonte, Christoph Guger, Vincenzo La Bella
Locked-in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients are fully dependent on caregivers for any daily need. At this stage, basic communication and environmental control may not be possible even with commonly used augmentative and alternative communication devices. Brain Computer Interface (BCI) technology allows users to modulate brain activity for communication and control of machines and devices, without requiring a motor control. In the last several years, numerous articles have described how persons with ALS could effectively use BCIs for different goals, usually spelling...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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