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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814025/learning-from-demonstration-teaching-a-myoelectric-prosthesis-with-an-intact-limb-via-reinforcement-learning
#1
Gautham Vasan, Patrick M Pilarski
Prosthetic arms should restore and extend the capabilities of someone with an amputation. They should move naturally and be able to perform elegant, coordinated movements that approximate those of a biological arm. Despite these objectives, the control of modern-day prostheses is often nonintuitive and taxing. Existing devices and control approaches do not yet give users the ability to effect highly synergistic movements during their daily-life control of a prosthetic device. As a step towards improving the control of prosthetic arms and hands, we introduce an intuitive approach to training a prosthetic control system that helps a user achieve hard-to-engineer control behaviours...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813990/a-learning-based-agent-for-home-neurorehabilitation
#2
Andreas Lydakis, Yuanliang Meng, Christopher Munroe, Yi-Ning Wu, Momotaz Begum
This paper presents the iterative development of an artificially intelligent system to promote home-based neurorehabilitation. Although proper, structured practice of rehabilitation exercises at home is the key to successful recovery of motor functions, there is no home-program out there which can monitor a patient's exercise-related activities and provide corrective feedback in real time. To this end, we designed a Learning from Demonstration (LfD) based home-rehabilitation framework that combines advanced robot learning algorithms with commercially available wearable technologies...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813911/design-and-kinematic-analysis-of-a-novel-upper-limb-exoskeleton-for-rehabilitation-of-stroke-patients
#3
Amin Zeiaee, Rana Soltani-Zarrin, Reza Langari, Reza Tafreshi
This paper details the design process and features of a novel upper limb rehabilitation exoskeleton named CLEVER (Compact, Low-weight, Ergonomic, Virtual/Augmented Reality Enhanced Rehabilitation) ARM. The research effort is focused on designing a lightweight and ergonomic upper-limb rehabilitation exoskeleton capable of producing diverse and perceptually rich training scenarios. To this end, the knowledge available in the literature of rehabilitation robotics is used along with formal conceptual design techniques...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813701/uterine-cervical-length-measurement-to-reduce-length-of-stay-in-patients-admitted-for-threatened-preterm-labor-a-randomized-trial
#4
Montse Palacio, Javier Caradeux, Miriam Sánchez, Teresa Cobo, Francesc Figueras, Oriol Coll, Eduard Gratacós, Vicenç Cararach
OBJECTIVE: To study whether knowledge of cervical length (CL) is useful in reducing the length of hospital stay in women admitted because of threatened preterm labor. METHODS: We performed a single-center, parallel, randomized trial at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona. Inclusion criteria were single pregnancy, gestational age (GA) between 24+0 and 35+6 weeks, Bishop score <6, no parturition within 24-48 h after admission, and no clinical signs of chorioamnionitis, vaginal bleeding, or nonreassuring fetal status...
August 17, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813639/exploitation-of-gene-expression-and-cancer-biomarkers-in-paving-the-path-to-era-of-personalized-medicine
#5
REVIEW
Hala Fawzy Mohamed Kamel, Hiba Saeed A Bagader Al-Amodi
Cancer therapy agents have been used extensively as cytotoxic drugs against tissue or organ of a specific type of cancer. With the better understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying carcinogenesis and cellular events during cancer progression and metastasis, it is now possible to use targeted therapy for these molecular events. Targeted therapy is able to identify cancer patients with dissimilar genetic defects at cellular level for the same cancer type and consequently requires individualized approach for treatment...
August 13, 2017: Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813509/associations-of-particulate-matter-and-its-components-with-emergency-room-visits-for-cardiovascular-and-respiratory-diseases
#6
Sung-Hee Hwang, Jae Young Lee, Seung-Muk Yi, Ho Kim
Numerous studies have revealed an association between particulate matter (PM) and emergency room (ER) visits, although few studies have investigated the association between health and PM components. The present study evaluated the associations of ER visits for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases with PM2.5 components, including organic carbon (OC), elemental carbon (EC), and ion species (SO42-, NO3-, and NH4+). Statistical analyses were performed using the time-series approach, and generalized linear models with natural spline functions were used to adjust for the non-linear relationship between the confounders and ER visits...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813068/cultural-adaptation-of-the-short-self-regulation-questionnaire-suggestions-for-the-speech-area
#7
Anna Alice Almeida, Mara Behlau
Purpose: To present the translated and linguistic and culturally adapted version of the Short self-regulation Questionnaire (SSRQ) for the Brazilian Portuguese and to check its applicability to patients with dysphonia. Methods: The SSRQ is a tool used to evaluate the ability to self-regulate behavior; it has 31 items and generates three scores: total index of individual self-regulation capacity and partial scores for goal setting and impulse control. Each item should be scored by means of a Likert-type 5-point scale; the total score ranges from 29 to 145 points...
August 14, 2017: CoDAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812928/health-education-careers-in-a-post-health-reform-era
#8
M Elaine Auld
Since enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, health education specialists (HES) have made important contributions in implementing the law's provisions at the individual, family, and population levels. Using their health education competencies and subcompetencies, HES are improving public understanding of health insurance literacy and enrollment options, conducting community health needs assessments required of nonprofit hospitals, modifying policies or systems to improve access to health screenings and preventive health services, strengthening clinical and community linkages, and working with employee benefit plans...
September 2017: Health Promotion Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812833/evaluating-the-implementation-and-feasibility-of-a-web-based-tool-to-support-timely-identification-and-care-for-the-frail-population-in-primary-healthcare-settings
#9
Beverley Lawson, Tara Sampalli, Stephanie Wood, Grace Warner, Paige Moorhouse, Rick Gibson, Laurie Mallery, Fred Burge, Lisa G Bedford
BACKGROUND: Understanding and addressing the needs of frail persons is an emerging health priority for Nova Scotia and internationally. Primary healthcare (PHC) providers regularly encounter frail persons in their daily clinical work. However, routine identification and measurement of frailty is not standard practice and, in general, there is a lack of awareness about how to identify and respond to frailty. A web-based tool called the Frailty Portal was developed to aid in identifying, screening, and providing care for frail patients in PHC settings...
March 7, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812812/a-cost-analysis-of-the-jan-aushadhi-scheme-in-india
#10
Kanchan Mukherjee
Medicines constitute a substantial proportion of out-of-pocket (OOP) expenses in Indian households. In order to address this issue, the Government of India launched the Jan Aushadhi (Medicine for the Masses) Scheme (JAS) to provide cheap generic medicines to the patients (http://janaushadhi.gov.in/about_jan_aushadhi.html). These medicines are provided through the Jan Aushadhi stores established across the country. The objective of this study was to do a quick assessment for policy-makers regarding the objective of the JAS...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812537/leveraging-network-analytics-to-infer-patient-syndrome-and-identify-causal-genes-in-rare-disease-cases
#11
Andreas Krämer, Sohela Shah, Robert Anthony Rebres, Susan Tang, Daniel Rene Richards
BACKGROUND: Next-generation sequencing is widely used to identify disease-causing variants in patients with rare genetic disorders. Identifying those variants from whole-genome or exome data can be both scientifically challenging and time consuming. A significant amount of time is spent on variant annotation, and interpretation. Fully or partly automated solutions are therefore needed to streamline and scale this process. RESULTS: We describe Phenotype Driven Ranking (PDR), an algorithm integrated into Ingenuity Variant Analysis, that uses observed patient phenotypes to prioritize diseases and genes in order to expedite causal-variant discovery...
August 11, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812527/cytokine-concentrations-measured-by-multiplex-assays-in-canine-peripheral-blood-samples
#12
Kristen R Richter, Amirah N Nasr, Angela M Mexas
Cytokines are known to play important roles in a wide range of pathologic conditions spanning all organ systems in every species studied. As our knowledge of the physiology of individual cytokines expands and our ability to measure multiple cytokines in smaller biological samples increases, we gain more insight into the significance and function of each cytokine and the importance of cytokine networks. Previous studies that reported measurements of cytokine concentrations from serum or plasma in dogs with infectious, autoimmune, metabolic, endocrine, and neoplastic diseases yield an appreciation for the complexity of cytokine control and potential applications for cytokine measurements in the diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy of a variety of disease conditions...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812473/implementation-of-a-pathway-for-the-treatment-of-fever-and-neutropenia-in-pediatric-patients-with-cancer
#13
Joy Vanderway, Catherine Vincent, Susan M Walsh, Jennifer Obrecht
Fever and neutropenia is an oncologic emergency. Time-to-antibiotics (TTA) refers to the amount of time from initial provider evaluation for fever and neutropenia to intravenous antibiotic administration. Research supports that rapid time-to-antibiotics (RTTA) is associated with improved patient outcomes. This quality improvement project evaluated the success of implementing an RTTA pathway in pediatric oncology patients with fever and neutropenia. The setting was an advanced practice nurse-managed pediatric ambulatory infusion center where patients with fever and neutropenia were often evaluated and treated...
September 2017: Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing: Official Journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812428/microvascular-perfusion-in-cardiac-arrest-a-review-of-microcirculatory-imaging-studies
#14
Petra Krupičková, Zuzana Mormanová, Tomáš Bouček, Tomáš Belza, Jana Šmalcová, Jan Bělohlávek
Cardiac arrest represents a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in developed countries. Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) increases the chances for a beneficial outcome in victims of refractory cardiac arrest. However, ECPR and post-cardiac arrest care are affected by high mortality rates due to multi-organ failure syndrome, which is closely related to microcirculatory disorders. Therefore, microcirculation represents a key target for therapeutic interventions in post-cardiac arrest patients...
August 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812283/hydrodynamic-rupture-of-liver-in-combat-patient-a-case-of-successful-application-of-damage-control-tactic-in-area-of-the-hybrid-war-in-east-ukraine
#15
Igor Khomenko, Vitalii Shapovalov, Ievgen Tsema, Georgii Makarov, Roman Palytsia, Ievgen Zavodovskyi, Ivan Ishchenko, Andrii Dinets, Vladimir Mishalov
BACKGROUND: The hybrid war of Russia against Ukraine has been started in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts within the Donbas area in 2014. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a clinical case of a combat patient who was injured after the multiple launcher rocket system "Grad" shelling, diagnosed with hydrodynamic liver rupture followed by medical management with application of damage control (DC) tactic in conditions of hybrid war. The patient underwent relaparatomy, liver resection, endoscopic papillosphincterotomy, endoscopic retrograde cholecystopancreatography, stenting of the common bile duct, and VAC-therapy...
August 15, 2017: Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812159/anatomical-and-embryological-perspectives-in-laparoscopic-complete-mesocoloic-excision-of-splenic-flexure-cancers
#16
Takeru Matsuda, Yasuo Sumi, Kimihiro Yamashita, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Masashi Yamamoto, Yoshiko Matsuda, Shingo Kanaji, Taro Oshikiri, Tetsu Nakamura, Satoshi Suzuki, Yoshihiro Kakeji
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic complete mesocoloic excision (CME) with central vascular ligation for splenic flexure cancer is technically challenging because of its anatomical complexity. Although embryological and anatomical consideration should be helpful to perform CME in colorectal cancer surgery, such studies on the splenic flexure are lacking. METHODS: The splenic flexure is located embryologically between the terminal portion of the midgut and the beginning of the hindgut, and is supplied by the superior mesenteric and inferior mesenteric arteries...
August 15, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812028/expression-profile-of-genes-potentially-associated-with-adequate-glycemic-control-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#17
Sâmia Cruz Tfaile Corbi, Alliny Souza Bastos, Rafael Nepomuceno, Thamiris Cirelli, Raquel Alves Dos Santos, Catarina Satie Takahashi, Cristiane S Rocha, Silvana Regina Perez Orrico, Claudia V Maurer-Morelli, Raquel Mantuaneli Scarel-Caminaga
Despite increasing research in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D), there are few studies showing the impact of the poor glycemic control on biological processes occurring in T2D. In order to identify potential genes related to poorly/well-controlled patients with T2D, our strategy of investigation included a primary screen by microarray (Human Genome U133) in a small group of individuals followed by an independent validation in a greater group using RT-qPCR. Ninety patients were divided as follows: poorly controlled T2D (G1), well-controlled T2D (G2), and normoglycemic individuals (G3)...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811992/analysis-of-the-literature-on-cervical-spine-fractures-in-ankylosing-spinal-disorders
#18
REVIEW
Sebastian Hartmann, Anja Tschugg, Christoph Wipplinger, Claudius Thomé
STUDY DESIGN: Narrative literature review. OBJECTIVE: The numbers of low-energy cervical fractures seen in patients suffering from ankylosing spondylitis (also known as Bechterew disease) or diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (also known as Forestier disease) have greatly increased over recent decades. These fractures tend to be particularly overlooked, leading to delayed diagnosis and secondary neurological deterioration. The aim of the present evaluation was to summarize current knowledge on cervical fractures in patients with ankylosing spinal disorders (ASDs)...
August 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811942/spontaneous-complete-remission-in-a-patient-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia-and-severe-sepsis
#19
Rambod Mozafari, Mahsa Moeinian, Ali Asadollahi-Amin
Without treatment, acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is almost always fatal. Spontaneous remission of AML is a rare phenomenon and usually with a short duration. The exact mechanisms are unknown. However, its association with infection and blood transfusions has been described. We report a 53-year-old male who presented with severe sepsis and who was diagnosed with AML (M4). He has experienced complete spontaneous remission with relatively long duration. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first case of spontaneous remission described in Iran...
2017: Case Reports in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811928/hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-disseminated-skeletal-muscle-metastasis
#20
Ezamin Abdul Rahim, Mohamad Sf Noh, Nur A Ngah, Mohamad S Suraini, Mubarak M Yusof
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the commonest primary tumor of the liver and carries a poor prognosis when diagnosed late or left untreated. Treatment relies heavily on the stage of the tumor when diagnosed. Extrahepatic metastasis is known to occur; these are mainly reported via autopsy studies or isolated case reports. Knowledge of extrahepatic metastasis is crucial in order to avoid unnecessary surgery. We report a rare case of a patient at our center, diagnosed to have HCC, who underwent treatment successfully, only to come back with extrahepatic metastasis to the skeletal muscles...
July 2017: Acta Radiologica Open
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