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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068291/particle-swarm-optimization-for-programming-deep-brain-stimulation-arrays
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Edgar Peña, Simeng Zhang, Steve Deyo, YiZi Xiao, Matthew D Johnson
OBJECTIVE: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy relies on both precise neurosurgical targeting and systematic optimization of stimulation settings to achieve beneficial clinical outcomes. One recent advance to improve targeting is the development of DBS arrays (DBSAs) with electrodes segmented both along and around the DBS lead. However, increasing the number of independent electrodes creates the logistical challenge of optimizing stimulation parameters efficiently. APPROACH: Solving such complex problems with multiple solutions and objectives is well known to occur in biology, in which complex collective behaviors emerge out of swarms of individual organisms engaged in learning through social interactions...
February 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047544/su-f-j-176-development-of-a-patient-specific-3d-couplant-pad-for-ultrasound-igrt
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H Kim, A Chang, S Ye
PURPOSE: to overcome the several issues of ultrasound image-guided radiation therapy (US IGRT) such as probe pressure and optical tracking disability by using a patient-specific three-dimensional couplant pad (CP) fabricated by a patient's skin mold using a 3D printing technique. METHODS: A CP was then fabricated by pouring gelatin solution into a fixed-shape container accommodating the patient skin mold fabricated by a 3D printer. A breast phantom was fabricated with the compound of gelatin and agarose and a phantom study was carried out...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045280/workplace-accommodations-for-employees-with-disabilities-a-multilevel-model-of-employer-decision-making
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Apsara Telwatte, Jeromy Anglim, Sarah K A Wynton, Richard Moulding
PURPOSE: Existing research suggests that the decision to grant or deny workplace accommodations for people with disabilities is influenced by a range of legal and nonlegal factors. However, less is known about how these factors operate at the within-person level. Thus, we proposed and tested a multilevel model of the accommodation decision-making process, which we applied to better understand why people with psychological disabilities often experience greater challenges in obtaining accommodations...
January 2, 2017: Rehabilitation Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009697/an-intervention-bundle-to-facilitate-return-to-work-for-burn-injured-workers-report-from-a-burn-model-system-investigation
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Gretchen J Carrougher, Sabina B Brych, Tam N Pham, Samuel P Mandell, Nicole S Gibran
Rates of return to work (RTW) after burn injury vary. A 2012 systematic review of the burn literature reported that nearly 28% of all adult burn survivors never return to any form of employment. These authors called for interventions designed to assist survivors' ability to function in an employed capacity. In 2010, our burn center outpatient clinic instituted an intervention aimed to return injured workers to employment within 90 days of their insurance claims. The interventions include patient/family education focused on recovery rather than disability, employer contact and education by the vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselor, physician recommendations for work accommodations, provision of employee status letters, and Activity Prescription Forms (APFs)...
January 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009250/autism-art-and-accessibility-to-theater
#5
Blythe A Corbett
Art has the ability to entertain and educate about many vital aspects of the human experience. Recently, innovative endeavors are providing greater accessibility to theatrical productions for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), prompting ethical questions about how accommodations to provide access to art and culture should be made, and for whom. This article uses an attributional model of stigma to explain potential differences in knowledge, attitudes, and behavior toward people with mental illness...
December 1, 2016: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964853/seeing-the-doctor-without-fear-www-doctortea-org-for-the-desensitization-from-medical-visits-in-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Leticia Boada, Mara Parellada
INTRODUCTION: Doctor Tea is an online website designed to facilitate medical visits for those with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities. People diagnosed with autism not only have greater medical needs than the general population, but also have particular characteristics that are often not accommodated by medical services. This lack of medical accommodation often creates a very complicated, and sometimes traumatic experience, when visiting medical facilities. Individuals with autism have great difficulty understanding social situations and contexts, such as medical tests or consultations, as well as difficulty in tolerating new situations and atypical sensory thresholds...
December 7, 2016: Revista de Psiquiatrí́a y Salud Mental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936987/residents-view-of-quality-in-ordinary-housing-with-housing-support-for-people-with-psychiatric-disabilities
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Mikael Rask, Agneta Schröder, Lars-Olov Lundqvist, Ann-Britt Ivarsson, David Brunt
The aim of the present study was to investigate the quality of housing support provided in housing services for people with psychiatric disabilities living in ordinary housing with housing support from the residents' perspective, by using the QPC-H instrument. A sample of 174 residents in ordinary housing, receiving housing support from 22 housing support services in nine Swedish municipalities, participated in this study. The results show that the quality of psychiatric care in housing services was mainly rated highly as measured with the QPC-H instrument...
December 12, 2016: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936968/workplace-accommodations-for-persons-with-physical-disabilities-evidence-synthesis-of-the-peer-reviewed-literature
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Kathy Padkapayeva, Andrew Posen, Amin Yazdani, Alexis Buettgen, Quenby Mahood, Emile Tompa
PURPOSE: To identify and synthesize research evidence on workplace accommodations used by employers to recruit, hire, retain, and promote persons with physical disabilities. METHOD: A structured search of six electronic journal databases was undertaken to identify peer-reviewed literature on the topic published from January 1990 to March 2016. Articles describing or evaluating workplace disability accommodation policies and practices were given a full-text review...
December 10, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927025/-whenever-i-can-i-push-myself-to-go-to-work-a-qualitative-study-of-experiences-of-sickness-presenteeism-among-workers-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Paula Holland, Alison M Collins
PURPOSE: UK government policy emphasizes the importance of continuing to work for recovery from poor health, yet sickness presenteeism (going to work whilst ill) is commonly regarded as having negative consequences for organizations and individuals. Our study explores experiences of working after onset of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic musculoskeletal disorder characterized by high rates of work disability. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An exploratory qualitative study consisting of in-depth interviews and six-month follow-up with 11 men and women with RA employed at disease onset...
December 8, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917530/visual-complications-in-diabetes-mellitus-beyond-retinopathy
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A Khan, I N Petropoulos, G Ponirakis, R A Malik
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss in people with diabetes mellitus; however, other causes of visual impairment/loss include other retinal and non-retinal visual problems, including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy and cataracts. Additionally, when a person with diabetes complains of visual disturbance despite a visual acuity of 6/6, abnormalities in refraction, contrast sensitivity, straylight and amplitude of accommodation should be considered...
December 5, 2016: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913895/work-accommodations-and-natural-supports-for-employees-with-severe-mental-illness-in-social-businesses-an-international-comparison
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Patrizia Villotti, Marc Corbière, Ellie Fossey, Franco Fraccaroli, Tania Lecomte, Carol Harvey
Little is known about the types of work accommodations and natural supports that are useful for people experiencing severe mental illness working in social businesses. We conducted an exploratory, descriptive and cross-sectional investigation in Australia, Canada and Italy to study the nature of work accommodations and natural supports available in social businesses. Study findings are drawn from survey responses of a convenience sample of 90 employees with self-reported psychiatric disabilities. Results showed that, regardless of the country, social businesses provide many work accommodations and natural supports, especially those linked to schedule flexibility and support, while work accommodations related to training and schedule flexibility were linked to longer job tenure...
December 3, 2016: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878940/people-processes-and-systems-an-observational-study-of-the-role-of-technology-in-rural-youth-mental-health-services
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Simone Orlowski, Sharon Lawn, Ben Matthews, Anthony Venning, Gabrielle Jones, Megan Winsall, Gaston Antezana, Niranjan Bidargaddi, Peter Musiat
The merits of technology-based mental health service reform have been widely debated among academics, practitioners, and policy makers. The design of new technologies must first be predicated on a detailed appreciation of how the mental health system works before it can be improved or changed through the introduction of new products and services. Further work is required to better understand the nature of face-to-face mental health work and to translate this knowledge to computer scientists and system designers responsible for creating technology-based solutions...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868448/applying-an-ecological-framework-to-understand-transition-pathways-to-post-secondary-education-for-youth-with-physical-disabilities
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Sally Lindsay, Michelle Duncanson, Nadia Niles-Campbell, Carolyn McDougall, Sara Diederichs, Dolly Menna-Dack
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of youth with physical disabilities and clinicians who support them in their transition to post-secondary education (PSE). Most research on transition to PSE has focused on youth with intellectual disabilities while there is a lack of research on youth with physical disabilities. METHODS: This study drew on 30 interviews with 20 youth with disabilities and 10 clinicians. We used Bronfrenbrenner's ecological framework to inform our analysis...
November 20, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864511/root-nodule-symbiosis-in-lotus-japonicus-drives-the-establishment-of-distinctive-rhizosphere-root-and-nodule-bacterial-communities
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Rafal Zgadzaj, Ruben Garrido-Oter, Dorthe Bodker Jensen, Anna Koprivova, Paul Schulze-Lefert, Simona Radutoiu
Lotus japonicus has been used for decades as a model legume to study the establishment of binary symbiotic relationships with nitrogen-fixing rhizobia that trigger root nodule organogenesis for bacterial accommodation. Using community profiling of 16S rRNA gene amplicons, we reveal that in Lotus, distinctive nodule- and root-inhabiting communities are established by parallel, rather than consecutive, selection of bacteria from the rhizosphere and root compartments. Comparative analyses of wild-type (WT) and symbiotic mutants in Nod factor receptor5 (nfr5), Nodule inception (nin) and Lotus histidine kinase1 (lhk1) genes identified a previously unsuspected role of the nodulation pathway in the establishment of different bacterial assemblages in the root and rhizosphere...
December 6, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823141/transforming-lives-with-happiness
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Can prioritising what makes residents happy transform their lives? Simon Jones, writes in Learning Disability Practice about the use of positive behaviour support (PBS) in managing challenging behaviour. By focusing on one priority: bringing happiness and fun into the lives of the people they support, residents with learning disabilities in supported living accommodation are now living their lives within their community. The team developed PBS plans that prioritised enhancing quality of life with behavioural issues a secondary thought...
October 5, 2016: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803640/a-qualitative-study-of-multiple-health-behaviors-in-adults-with-multiple-sclerosis
#16
Matthew A Plow, Meghan Golding
Background: Evidence regarding inflammatory pathways, elevated cardiovascular risk, and negative effects of secondary conditions on disability progression provide a strong rationale for promoting multiple health behaviors in adults with multiple sclerosis (MS). However, many unanswered questions remain about the best ways to design multiple behavior change interventions for adults with MS. We sought to identify facilitators and barriers to engaging in multiple health behaviors (physical activity, nutrition, and sleep) and to gain further insights into how to develop multiple health behavior change interventions based on preferences of adults with MS...
September 2016: International Journal of MS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792025/disabling-accommodation-barriers-a-study-exploring-how-to-better-accommodate-government-employees-with-anxiety-disorders
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Damian Mellifont, Jennifer Smith-Merry, Justin Newton Scanlan
BACKGROUND: Accommodating mental health in the workplace is challenging. Despite policy efforts to encourage the availability of mental health accommodations in the workplace, employees experiencing mental illness are missing out on accommodations that they need. OBJECTIVE: To inform vocational rehabilitation professionals and managers in the public service of best practice accommodations for government employees with anxiety disorders. METHODS: Thematic analysis was applied to data collected from the online Accommodating Government Employees with Anxiety Disorders Survey undertaken by 71 Australian public service employees diagnosed with at least one anxiety disorder...
November 22, 2016: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27786522/psychiatric-versus-physical-disabilities-a-comparison-of-barriers-and-facilitators-to-employment
#18
Purvi Sevak, Shamima Khan
Objective: Guided by the social model of disability (Nagi, 1965), this study aims to better identify barriers to and facilitators of employment for individuals with psychiatric disabilities and how these factors may differ for individuals with physical disabilities. Method: Our analysis uses data from the Survey of Disability and Employment on 2,148 individuals with psychiatric disabilities, physical disabilities, or both who in 2014 applied for services from 1 of 3 state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies...
October 27, 2016: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780115/formative-evaluation-on-a-physical-activity-health-promotion-program-for-the-group-home-setting
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Alicia Dixon-Ibarra, Simon Driver, Haley VanVolkenburg, Kathleen Humphries
Physical inactivity and high rates of chronic conditions is a public health concern for adults with intellectual disability. Few health promotion programs target the group home setting which is the pre-dominant form of residential accommodation for persons with intellectual disability. A process evaluation of a physical activity health promotion program, Menu-Choice, was conducted with five group home sites for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Menu-Choice assists group home staff in including physical activity goals within resident schedules...
February 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780029/why-increasing-numbers-of-physicians-with-disability-could-improve-care-for-patients-with-disability
#20
Lisa I Iezzoni
Erroneous assumptions among health care professionals about the daily lives, preferences, values, and expectations of persons with disability can contribute to documented health care disparities, faulty communication, and substandard quality of care affecting this heterogeneous population. Efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities have focused on expanding diversity in the physician workforce. Would expanding the numbers of physicians with disability benefit patients with disability? Increasing the number of physicians who identify as "disabled" is one strategy for proactively confronting disability-related barriers affecting patients, but such efforts will likely face substantial challenges...
October 1, 2016: AMA Journal of Ethics
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