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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227834/development-of-semi-chronic-microdrive-system-for-large-scale-circuit-mapping-in-macaque-mesolimbic-and-basal-ganglia-systems
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Shaoyu Qiao, Kevin A Brown, Amy L Orsborn, Breonna Ferrentino, Bijan Pesaran, Shaoyu Qiao, Kevin A Brown, Amy L Orsborn, Breonna Ferrentino, Bijan Pesaran, Shaoyu Qiao, Amy L Orsborn, Breonna Ferrentino, Kevin A Brown, Bijan Pesaran
The development of novel neurotechnologies for treating refractory neuropsychiatry disorders depends on understanding and manipulating the dynamics of neural circuits across large-scale brain networks. The mesolimbic pathway plays an essential role in reward processing and mood regulation and disorders of this pathway underlie many neuropsychiatric disorders. Here, we present the design of a customized semi-chronic microdrive array that precisely targets the anatomical structures of non-human primate (NHP) mesolimbic and basal ganglia systems...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227797/human-robot-collaborated-path-planning-for-bevel-tip-needle-steering-in-simulated-human-environment
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Jing Xiong, Zeyang Xia, Yangzhou Gan, Jing Xiong, Zeyang Xia, Yangzhou Gan, Yangzhou Gan, Jing Xiong, Zeyang Xia
Clinical Application of linear percutaneous needle insertion is restricted due to issues such as limited path and deflection. Thus steering of flexible needle is critical demanded in the clinic. Previous studies tended to use autonomous methods to conduct path planning for needle steering. However, these methods had very limited adaptabilities, and they also decreased the human operator's domination of the operation, as clinically required. In this case, teleoperation has been an option, while in complicated environments sole teleoperation is not sufficient for a human operator to generate multi-curved insertion path...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227652/does-the-impedance-of-above-knee-powered-prostheses-need-to-be-adjusted-for-load-carrying-conditions
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Andrea Brandt, Ming Liu, He Helen Huang, Andrea Brandt, Ming Liu, He Helen Huang, He Helen Huang, Ming Liu, Andrea Brandt
Powered knee prostheses provide substantial advantages for amputees compared to traditional passive devices during basic walking tasks (i.e. level-ground, stairs, ramps), but the impedance control parameters are fixed. For environments that differ from the well-controlled setting of the clinic, amputees must compensate their gait patterns because fixed control parameters ideal for walking on level ground in the clinic do not meet real-life task demands. Load carriage is one instance where fixed control parameters may lead to undesired gait patterns and potentially result in injury...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227488/statistical-evaluation-of-manual-segmentation-of-a-diffuse-low-grade-glioma-mri-dataset
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Meriem Ben Abdallah, Marie Blonski, Sophie Wantz-Mezieres, Yann Gaudeau, Luc Taillandier, Jean-Marie Moureaux, Meriem Ben Abdallah, Marie Blonski, Sophie Wantz-Mezieres, Yann Gaudeau, Luc Taillandier, Jean-Marie Moureaux, Luc Taillandier, Jean-Marie Moureaux, Marie Blonski, Yann Gaudeau, Sophie Wantz-Mezieres, Meriem Ben Abdallah
Software-based manual segmentation is critical to the supervision of diffuse low-grade glioma patients and to the optimal treatment's choice. However, manual segmentation being time-consuming, it is difficult to include it in the clinical routine. An alternative to circumvent the time cost of manual segmentation could be to share the task among different practitioners, providing it can be reproduced. The goal of our work is to assess diffuse low-grade gliomas' manual segmentation's reproducibility on MRI scans, with regard to practitioners, their experience and field of expertise...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227176/a-novel-method-to-assess-angle-sensor-performance-for-wearable-exoskeletal-joint-kinematics
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Nicholas B Bolus, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan, Nicholas B Bolus, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan, Nicholas B Bolus
Full range of motion (ROM) at a joint is necessary for efficient and adaptive movement; as such, it is an essential clinical evaluation measure for assessing an individual's motor function, which can be affected by any number of musculoskeletal injuries and neuropathies. Measurement of joint ROM in the clinic has classically been accomplished statically through the use of a manual goniometer. More recent efforts in the fields of prosthetics and orthotics have demonstrated the potential utility of wearable systems (e...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227053/the-effects-of-deep-network-topology-on-mortality-prediction
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Hao Du, Mohammad M Ghassemi, Mengling Feng, Hao Du, Mohammad M Ghassemi, Mengling Feng, Mengling Feng, Hao Du, Mohammad M Ghassemi
Deep learning has achieved remarkable results in the areas of computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing and most recently, even playing Go. The application of deep-learning to problems in healthcare, however, has gained attention only in recent years, and it's ultimate place at the bedside remains a topic of skeptical discussion. While there is a growing academic interest in the application of Machine Learning (ML) techniques to clinical problems, many in the clinical community see little incentive to upgrade from simpler methods, such as logistic regression, to deep learning...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226993/first-steps-to-creating-a-platform-for-high-throughput-simulation-of-ttfields
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Hadas Sara Hershkovich, Zeev Bomzon, Cornelia Wenger, Noa Urman, Aafia Chaudhry, Dario Garcia-Carracedo, Eilon D Kirson, Uri Weinberg, Yoram Wassermann, Yoram Palti, Hadas Sara Hershkovich, Zeev Bomzon, Cornelia Wenger, Noa Urman, Aafia Chaudhry, Dario Garcia-Carracedo, Eilon D Kirson, Uri Weinberg, Yoram Wassermann, Yoram Palti, Yoram Wassermann, Cornelia Wenger, Uri Weinberg, Hadas Sara Hershkovich, Zeev Bomzon, Eilon D Kirson, Dario Garcia-Carracedo, Yoram Palti, Noa Urman, Aafia Chaudhry
Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) are low intensity alternating electric fields in the 100-500 KHz frequency range that are known to have an anti-mitotic effect on cancerous cells. In the USA, TTFields are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of glioblastoma (GBM) in both the newly diagnosed and recurrent settings. Optimizing treatment with TTFields requires a deep understanding of how TTFields distribute within the brain. To address this issue, simulations using realistic head models have been performed...
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/28226863/synaptic-depression-depends-on-charge-delivered-to-network
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Robert D Graham, Sharon Jose, Alex Kaiser, Nathalia Peixoto, Robert D Graham, Sharon Jose, Alex Kaiser, Nathalia Peixoto, Sharon Jose, Alex Kaiser, Robert D Graham, Nathalia Peixoto
In vitro neuronal networks cultured on microelectrode arrays enable the study of network electrophysiology on a fundamental level. Neuronal response to electrical stimulation is an area of interest at the laboratory bench and in the clinic, given its wide application for remedying neurological disorders. Here we investigated the change in cortical network response over time to varied amounts of charge used for stimulation, which may lead to a phenomenon known as selective adaptation. There is a charge threshold that invokes a reverberating network response; when stimulating at 900 mV, five stimulation electrodes were required to elicit a response across the entire network...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226451/non-invasive-imaging-of-ventricular-activation-during-pacing-and-arrhythmia-methods-and-validation
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Long Yu, Steven Pogwizd, Bin He, Long Yu, Steven Pogwizd, Bin He, Bin He, Steven Pogwizd, Long Yu
Cardiovascular disease continued to be a leading killer world widely. Each year, about 400,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest are reported in the U.S. alone. Clinically, radio-frequency ablative procedure has become widely applied in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmia. Non-invasive approaches have been demonstrated to be able to provide important information on the arrhythmogenesis and potentially assist in the clinical practice. In this work, we develop and validate a novel temporal sparse based imaging method, Cardiac Electrical Sparse Imaging (CESI)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226439/optical-imaging-of-functional-connectivity-at-the-bedside
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Joseph P Culver, Karla M Bergonzi, Adam E Eggebrecht, Andrew K Fishell, Jin-Moo Lee, Joseph P Culver, Karla M Bergonzi, Adam E Eggebrecht, Andrew K Fishell, Jin-Moo Lee, Andrew K Fishell, Joseph P Culver, Jin-Moo Lee, Karla M Bergonzi, Adam E Eggebrecht
High-density imaging arrays have improved the image quality of diffuse optical tomography (HD-DOT) methods for mapping brain functions. Development of resting state measures of functional connectivity provides a brain assay logistically compatible with bedside imaging in the clinic. In this paper we review these advances and demonstrate the sensitivity of HD-DOT to acute ischemic stroke.
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225204/improving-student-documentation-using-a-feedback-tool
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Stephanie DeLeon, Brent Mothner, Amy Middleman
BACKGROUND: Medical students are often given non-standardised midpoint feedback and final evaluation on their history and physical examination documentation, despite this written communication being one of the most important aspects of patient care. This study aims to assess the effect of using a standardised feedback tool on overall student documentation performance. METHODS: A standardised written evaluation form, called the history and physical examination write-up assessment (HAPA) form, was previously developed and published in The Clinical Teacher in 2011...
February 22, 2017: Clinical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225145/significant-variations-in-the-seroprevalence-of-c6-elisa-antibodies-in-a-highly-endemic-area-for-lyme-borreliosis-evaluation-of-age-sex-and-seasonal-differences
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Marcus Johansson, Lena Manfredsson, Annika Wistedt, Lena Serrander, Ivar Tjernberg
The purpose of this study was to assess the seroprevalence of C6 ELISA antibodies in healthy blood donors in Kalmar County, Sweden, in relation to age, sex and time of year (peak season vs off season). In addition, we wanted to assess serological status over time in a group of C6 ELISA seropositive blood donors. Sera were collected from 273 (131 women, 142 men) blood donors in autumn 2011 and 300 (144 women, 156 men) in winter 2014. All sera were analysed in the C6 ELISA and the results were interpreted according to the manufacturer's instructions...
February 22, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223855/perception-of-educational-value-in-clinical-rotations-by-medical-students
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David A Kandiah
AIM: Clinical teaching in Australian medical schools has changed to meet the needs of substantially increased medical student cohorts. As such, formal feedback from these student cohorts is needed about the value they place on the educational input from each clinical rotation. This study aims to determine which aspects of clinical placements are most educationally useful to medical students. METHODS: In this study, final year medical students from the University of Western Australia (UWA) were surveyed via an anonymous online questionnaire, identifying which clinical placements were found to be the most and the least useful to their learning and the positive aspects of these placements...
2017: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223509/high-throughput-screening-of-rare-metabolically-active-tumor-cells-in-pleural-effusion-and-peripheral-blood-of-lung-cancer-patients
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Yin Tang, Zhuo Wang, Ziming Li, Jungwoo Kim, Yuliang Deng, Yan Li, James R Heath, Wei Wei, Shun Lu, Qihui Shi
Malignant pleural effusion (MPE), the presence of malignant cells in pleural fluid, is often the first sign of many cancers and occurs in patients with metastatic malignancies. Accurate detection of tumor cells in pleural fluid is crucial because the presence of MPE denotes an advanced stage of disease and directs a switch in clinical managements. Cytology, as a traditional diagnostic tool, has limited sensitivity especially when tumor cells are not abundant, and may be confounded by reactive mesothelial cells in the pleural fluid...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223352/cross-talk-between-the-glucocorticoid-receptor-and-myod-family-inhibitor-domain-containing-protein-provides-a-new-mechanism-for-generating-tissue-specific-responses-to-glucocorticoids
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Robert H Oakley, John M Busillo, John A Cidlowski
Glucocorticoids are primary stress hormones that regulate many physiological processes, and synthetic derivatives of these molecules are widely used in the clinic. The molecular factors that govern tissue specificity of glucocorticoids, however, are poorly understood. The actions of glucocorticoids are mediated by the glucocorticoid receptor (GR). To discover new proteins that interact with GR and modulate its function, we performed a yeast 2-hybrid assay. The MyoD family inhibitor domain containing (MDFIC) protein was identified as a binding partner for GR...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223176/prodromal-fever-indicates-high-risk-of-liver-failure-in-acute-hepatitis-b
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Wen-Jun Du, Li Liu, Chao Sun, Jin-Hong Yu, Di Xiao, Qiang Li
OBJECTIVES: The role of prodromal fever in the clinical course of acute hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is still largely unclear. This study was conducted to investigate the factors associated with prodromal fever and its role on the developing of acute liver failure (ALF) in patients with acute hepatitis B (AHB). METHODS: AHB inpatients diagnosed between January 2006 and December 2010 were evaluated and followed. Clinical manifestations, results of laboratory tests, and outcomes were compared between patients with and without prodromal fever...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223166/efficacy-of-photochemical-internalisation-using-disulfonated-chlorin-and-porphyrin-photosensitisers-an-in-vitro-study-in-2d-and-3d-prostate-cancer-models
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Alejandra Martinez de Pinillos Bayona, Josephine H Woodhams, Hayley Pye, Rifat A Hamoudi, Caroline M Moore, Alexander J MacRobert
This study shows the therapeutic outcome of Photochemical Internalisation (PCI) in prostate cancer in vitro surpasses that of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and could improve prostate PDT in the clinic, whilst avoiding chemotherapeutics side effects. In addition, the study assesses the potential of PCI with two different photosensitisers (TPCS2a and TPPS2a) in prostate cancer cells (human PC3 and rat MatLyLu) using standard 2D monolayer culture and 3D biomimetic model. Photosensitisers were used alone for photodynamic therapy (PDT) or with the cytotoxin saporin (PCI)...
February 18, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223162/the-roles-of-histamine-and-its-receptor-ligands-in-central-nervous-system-disorders-an-update
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REVIEW
Weiwei Hu, Zhong Chen
The neurotransmitter histamine receives less attention compared with other biogenic amines, because of its moderate action in the central nervous system (CNS). However, recent evidence suggests that histamine plays an important role in multiple CNS disorders including insomnia, narcolepsy, Parkinson's diseases, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, and cerebral ischemia. New insights are emerging into the potential roles of histamine receptors as targets for the treatment of these diseases. Although some histamine related agents have failed in clinical trials, current preclinical studies suggest that this neurotransmitter may still have extensive applications in treating CNS disorders, however, advanced studies are warranted...
February 18, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223073/immunotherapy-comes-of-age-immune-aging-checkpoint-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Rawad Elias, Theodoros Karantanos, Elizabeth Sira, Kevan L Hartshorn
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) are based on the understanding that there are multilayered checks and balances which can be manipulated to unleash already existing, but paralyzed, immune responses to cancer. These agents are safer and more efficacious than classic cytotoxic drugs making them a very attractive therapeutic option, especially in older adults. Current available data do not suggest significant age-associated differences in the clinical profile of ICIs. It must be noted, however, that there is still relatively little information on the use of ICIs in adults over 75years of age and aging is associated with a decline in the immune system or "immunosenescence" which theoretically can reduce the efficacy of these immune based therapies...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
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