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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931196/attentional-bias-modification-in-depression-through-gaze-contingencies-and-regulatory-control-using-a-new-eye-tracking-intervention-paradigm-study-protocol-for-a-placebo-controlled-trial
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Carmelo Vazquez, Ivan Blanco, Alvaro Sanchez, Richard J McNally
BACKGROUND: Attentional biases, namely difficulties both to disengage attention from negative information and to maintain it on positive information, play an important role in the onset and maintenance of the disorder. Recently, researchers have developed specific attentional bias modification (ABM) techniques aimed to modify these maladaptive attentional patterns. However, the application of current ABM procedures has yielded, so far, scarce results in depression due, in part, to some methodological shortcomings...
December 8, 2016: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919170/validation-of-the-fitbit-one-garmin-vivofit-and-jawbone-up-activity-tracker-in-estimation-of-energy-expenditure-during-treadmill-walking-and-running
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Kym Price, Stephen R Bird, Noel Lythgo, Isaac S Raj, Jason Y L Wong, Chris Lynch
OBJECTIVES: To determine the validity of energy expenditure estimation made by the Fitbit One, Garmin Vivofit and Jawbone UP activity trackers during treadmill walking and running. Determining validity of such trackers will inform the interpretation of the data they generate. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHOD: Fourteen adults walked at 0.70, 1.25, 1.80 ms(-1) and ran at 2.22, 2.78, 3.33 ms(-1) on a treadmill wearing a Fitbit One, Garmin Vivofit and Jawbone UP...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918704/comparison-of-3d-joint-angles-measured-with-the-kinect-2-0-skeletal-tracker-versus-a-marker-based-motion-capture-system
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Trent M Guess, Swithin Razu, Amirhossein Jahandar, Marjorie Skubic, Zhiyu Huo
The Microsoft Kinect is becoming a widely used tool for inexpensive, portable measurement of human motion with the potential to support clinical assessments of performance and function. In this study, the relative osteokinematic Cardan joint angles of the hip and knee were calculated using the Kinect 2.0 skeletal tracker. The pelvis segments of the default skeletal model were reoriented and three-dimensional joint angles were compared to a marker-based system during a drop vertical jump and a hip abduction motion...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913206/mag-fluo4-in-t-cells-imaging-of-intra-organelle-free-ca-2-concentrations
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Björn-Philipp Diercks, Ralf Fliegert, Andreas H Guse
Ca(2+) signaling is a major signal transduction pathway involved in T cell activation, but also in apoptosis of T cells. Since T cells make use of several Ca(2+)-mobilizing second messengers, such as nicotinic acid adenine dinucleotide phosphate, d-myo-inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate, and cyclic ADP-ribose, we intended to analyze luminal Ca(2+) concentration upon cell activation. Mag-Fluo4/AM, a low-affinity Ca(2+) dye known to localize to the endoplasmic reticular lumen in many cell types, showed superior brightness and bleaching stability, but, surprisingly, co-localized with mito-tracker, but not with ER-tracker in Jurkat T cells...
November 29, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912681/how-valid-are-wearable-physical-activity-trackers-for-measuring-steps
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Hyun-Sung An, Gregory C Jones, Seoung-Ki Kang, Gregory J Welk, Jung-Min Lee
Wearable activity trackers have become popular for tracking individual's daily physical activity, but little information is available to substantiate the validity of these devices in step counts. Thirty-five healthy individuals completed three conditions of activity tracker measurement: walking/jogging on a treadmill, walking over-ground on an indoor track, and a 24-hour free-living condition. Participants wore 10 activity trackers at the same time for both treadmill and over-ground protocol. Of these 10 activity trackers three were randomly given for 24-hour free-living condition...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903490/can-a-free-wearable-activity-tracker-change-behavior-the-impact-of-trackers-on-adults-in-a-physician-led-wellness-group
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Lisa Gualtieri, Sandra Rosenbluth, Jeffrey Phillips
BACKGROUND: Wearable activity trackers (trackers) are increasingly popular devices used to track step count and other health indicators. Trackers have the potential to benefit those in need of increased physical activity, such as adults who are older and face significant health challenges. These populations are least likely to purchase trackers and most likely to face challenges in using them, yet may derive educational, motivational, and health benefits from their use once these barriers are removed...
November 30, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900173/how-accurate-are-the-wrist-based-heart-rate-monitors-during-walking-and-running-activities-are-they-accurate-enough
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Sarah E Stahl, Hyun-Sung An, Danae M Dinkel, John M Noble, Jung-Min Lee
BACKGROUND: Heart rate (HR) monitors are valuable devices for fitness-orientated individuals. There has been a vast influx of optical sensing blood flow monitors claiming to provide accurate HR during physical activities. These monitors are worn on the arm and wrist to detect HR with photoplethysmography (PPG) techniques. Little is known about the validity of these wearable activity trackers. AIM: Validate the Scosche Rhythm (SR), Mio Alpha (MA), Fitbit Charge HR (FH), Basis Peak (BP), Microsoft Band (MB), and TomTom Runner Cardio (TT) wireless HR monitors...
2016: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899222/camera-tracking-gaming-control-device-for-evaluation-of-active-wrist-flexion-and-extension
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Dalit Shefer Eini, Navah Z Ratzon, Albert A Rizzo, Shih-Ching Yeh, Belinda Lange, Batia Yaffe, Alexander Daich, Patrice L Weiss, Rachel Kizony
STUDY DESIGN: Cross sectional. INTRODUCTION: Measuring wrist range of motion (ROM) is an essential procedure in hand therapy clinics. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To test the reliability and validity of a dynamic ROM assessment, the Camera Wrist Tracker (CWT). METHODS: Wrist flexion and extension ROM of 15 patients with distal radius fractures and 15 matched controls were assessed with the CWT and with a universal goniometer...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881359/feasibility-and-effectiveness-of-using-wearable-activity-trackers-in-youth-a-systematic-review
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Nicola D Ridgers, Melitta A McNarry, Kelly A Mackintosh
BACKGROUND: The proliferation and popularity of wearable activity trackers (eg, Fitbit, Jawbone, Misfit) may present an opportunity to integrate such technology into physical activity interventions. While several systematic reviews have reported intervention effects of using wearable activity trackers on adults' physical activity levels, none to date have focused specifically on children and adolescents. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review was to examine the effectiveness of wearable activity trackers as a tool for increasing children's and adolescents' physical activity levels...
November 23, 2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857250/advantages-and-limitations-of-wearable-activity-trackers-considerations-for-patients-and-clinicians
#10
Rachel K Walker, Amanda M Hickey, Patty S Freedson
BACKGROUND: Exercise, light physical activity, and decreased sedentary time all have been associated with health benefits following cancer diagnoses. Commercially available wearable activity trackers may help patients monitor and self-manage their behaviors to achieve these benefits. OBJECTIVES: This article highlights some advantages and limitations clinicians should be aware of when discussing the use of activity trackers with cancer survivors. METHODS: Limited research has assessed the accuracy of commercially available activity trackers compared to research-grade devices...
December 1, 2016: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845027/clinical-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-use-of-therapeutic-monitoring-of-tumour-necrosis-factor-alpha-tnf-%C3%AE-inhibitors-lisa-tracker%C3%A2-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-elisa-kits-tnf-%C3%AE-blocker-elisa-kits-and-promonitor%C3%A2-elisa-kits-versus-standard-care
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Karoline Freeman, Martin Connock, Peter Auguste, Sian Taylor-Phillips, Hema Mistry, Deepson Shyangdan, Rachel Court, Ramesh Arasaradnam, Paul Sutcliffe, Aileen Clarke
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Systematic reviews and economic modelling of clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of therapeutic monitoring of tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) inhibitors [using LISA-TRACKER(®) enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kits (Theradiag, Marne La Vallee, France, or Alpha Laboratories, Heriot, UK), TNF-α-Blocker ELISA kits (Immundiagnostik AG, Bensheim, Germany) and Promonitor(®) ELISA kits (Proteomika, Progenika Biopharma, Bizkaia, Spain)] versus standard care for Crohn's disease (CD)...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833069/benefits-of-mobile-phone-technology-for-personal-environmental-monitoring
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David Donaire-Gonzalez, Antònia Valentín, Audrey de Nazelle, Albert Ambros, Glòria Carrasco-Turigas, Edmund Seto, Michael Jerrett, Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen
BACKGROUND: Tracking individuals in environmental epidemiological studies using novel mobile phone technologies can provide valuable information on geolocation and physical activity, which will improve our understanding of environmental exposures. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the performance of one of the least expensive mobile phones on the market to track people's travel-activity pattern. METHODS: Adults living and working in Barcelona (72/162 bicycle commuters) carried simultaneously a mobile phone and a Global Positioning System (GPS) tracker and filled in a travel-activity diary (TAD) for 1 week (N=162)...
November 10, 2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814738/evaluating-the-effectiveness-of-organisational-level-strategies-with-or-without-an-activity-tracker-to-reduce-office-workers-sitting-time-a-cluster-randomised-trial
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C L Brakenridge, B S Fjeldsoe, D C Young, E A H Winkler, D W Dunstan, L M Straker, G N Healy
BACKGROUND: Office workers engage in high levels of sitting time. Effective, context-specific, and scalable strategies are needed to support widespread sitting reduction. This study aimed to evaluate organisational-support strategies alone or in combination with an activity tracker to reduce sitting in office workers. METHODS: From one organisation, 153 desk-based office workers were cluster-randomised (by team) to organisational support only (e.g., manager support, emails; 'Group ORG', 9 teams, 87 participants), or organisational support plus LUMOback activity tracker ('Group ORG + Tracker', 9 teams, 66 participants)...
November 4, 2016: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811525/fixation-stability-and-viewing-distance-in-patients-with-amd
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Luminita Tarita-Nistor, Esther G González, Taylor Brin, Mark S Mandelcorn, Anne-Catherine Scherlen, Efrem D Mandelcorn, Martin J Steinbach
PURPOSE: People with normal vision perform activities of daily living binocularly, while changing viewing distance frequently and effortlessly. Typically, in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), fixation stability is recorded with monocular instruments at a fixed viewing distance (i.e. optical infinity) to determine the location and precision of the preferred retinal loci (PRLs)-the part of the functional retina that fulfills the role of a pseudo-fovea. Fixation stability recorded with these instruments has been related to performance on visual tasks at shorter viewing distances, although it is not known how viewing distance affects the precision of ocular motor control in these patients...
November 1, 2016: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806609/an-experimental-demonstration-of-a-new-type-of-proton-computed-tomography-using-a-novel-silicon-tracking-detector
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J T Taylor, G Poludniowski, T Price, C Waltham, P P Allport, G L Casse, M Esposito, P M Evans, S Green, S Manger, S Manolopoulos, J Nieto-Camero, D J Parker, J Symons, N M Allinson
PURPOSE: Radiography and tomography using proton beams promise benefit to image guidance and treatment planning for proton therapy. A novel proton tracking detector is described and experimental demonstrations at a therapy facility are reported. A new type of proton CT reconstructing relative "scattering power" rather than "stopping power" is also demonstrated. Notably, this new type of imaging does not require the measurement of the residual energies of the protons. METHODS: A large area, silicon microstrip tracker with high spatial and temporal resolution has been developed by the Proton Radiotherapy Verification and Dosimetry Applications consortium and commissioned using beams of protons at iThemba LABS, Medical Radiation Department, South Africa...
November 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803634/validation-of-biofeedback-wearables-for-photoplethysmographic-heart-rate-tracking
#16
Edward Jo, Kiana Lewis, Dean Directo, Michael J Kim, Brett A Dolezal
The purpose of this study was to examine the validity of HR measurements by two commercial-use activity trackers in comparison to ECG. Twenty-four healthy participants underwent the same 77-minute protocol during a single visit. Each participant completed an initial rest period of 15 minutes followed by 5 minute periods of each of the following activities: 60W and 120W cycling, walking, jogging, running, resisted arm raises, resisted lunges, and isometric plank. In between each exercise task was a 5-minute rest period...
September 2016: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793779/a-food-predictive-cue-attributed-with-incentive-salience-engages-subcortical-afferents-and-efferents-of-the-paraventricular-nucleus-of-the-thalamus
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Joshua L Haight, Zachary L Fuller, Kurt M Fraser, Shelly B Flagel
The paraventricular nucleus of the thalamus (PVT) has been implicated in behavioral responses to reward-associated cues. However, the precise role of the PVT in these behaviors has been difficult to ascertain since Pavlovian-conditioned cues can act as both predictive and incentive stimuli. The "sign-tracker/goal-tracker" rat model has allowed us to further elucidate the role of the PVT in cue-motivated behaviors, identifying this structure as a critical component of the neural circuitry underlying individual variation in the propensity to attribute incentive salience to reward cues...
October 25, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792037/pachymic-acid-inhibits-the-tumorigenicity-of-gastric-cancer-cells-by-the-mitochondrial-pathway
#18
Chunwei Lu, Jun Ma, Dingfang Cai
Pachymic acid (PA), a lanostane-type triterpenoid derived from traditional Chinese herbals, has been reported to have antitumor activity in versatile cancer cells. However, the antitumor effect of PA in gastric cancer (GC) cells remains unclear. In this study, we aimed to explore the efficacy and mechanisms of PA in GC. The antiproliferative effect of PA was assessed by a growth assay and a colony formation assay. Flow cytometry was used to detect changes in cell cycle distribution. Apoptosis was assessed by an annexin V/propidium iodide double-staining assay...
October 27, 2016: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784075/visual-contrast-sensitivity-in-early-stage-parkinson-s-disease
#19
Wendy Ming, Dimitrios J Palidis, Miriam Spering, Martin J McKeown
Purpose: Visual impairments are frequent in Parkinson's disease (PD) and impact normal functioning in daily activities. Visual contrast sensitivity is a powerful nonmotor sign for discriminating PD patients from controls. However, it is usually assessed with static visual stimuli. Here we examined the interaction between perception and eye movements in static and dynamic contrast sensitivity tasks in a cohort of mildly impaired, early-stage PD patients. Methods: Patients (n = 13) and healthy age-matched controls (n = 12) viewed stimuli of various spatial frequencies (0-8 cyc/deg) and speeds (0°/s, 10°/s, 30°/s) on a computer monitor...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760726/integrating-patient-generated-health-data-into-clinical-care-settings-or-clinical-decision-making-lessons-learned-from-project-healthdesign
#20
Deborah J Cohen, Sara R Keller, Gillian R Hayes, David A Dorr, Joan S Ash, Dean F Sittig
BACKGROUND: Patient-generated health data (PGHD) are health-related data created or recorded by patients to inform their self-care and understanding about their own health. PGHD is different from other patient-reported outcome data because the collection of data is patient-driven, not practice- or research-driven. Technical applications for assisting patients to collect PGHD supports self-management activities such as healthy eating and exercise and can be important for preventing and managing disease...
October 19, 2016: JMIR Human Factors
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