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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231514/the-social-and-economic-impact-of-biofortification-through-genetic-modification
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Hans De Steur, Matty Demont, Xavier Gellynck, Alexander J Stein
Genetic modification (GM) has been advocated as an alternative or complement to micronutrient interventions such as supplementation, fortification or dietary diversification. While proof-of-concept of various GM biofortified crops looks promising, the decision tree of policy makers is much more complex, and requires insight on their socio-economic impacts: Will it actually work? Is it financially sound? Will people accept it? Can it be implemented in a globalized world? This review shows that GM biofortification could effectively reduce the burden of micronutrient deficiencies, in an economically viable way, and is generally well received by target beneficiaries, despite some resistance and uncertainty...
February 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231378/unbalanced-synaptic-inputs-underlying-multi-peaked-frequency-selectivity-in-rat-auditory-cortex
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Chang Zhou, Can Tao, Guangwei Zhang, Sumei Yan, Lijuan Wang, Yi Zhou, Ying Xiong
By measuring the frequency selectivity at different intensities in the primary auditory cortex of adult rats, we found that a small group of cortical neurons can exhibit relatively weak but robust selectivity at multiple frequencies that are different from the most preferred frequency. Both in vivo multi-unit recordings (26/93 recordings) and single-unit recordings (16/137 neurons) confirmed that the preferred frequencies are periodic and have an averaged bandwidth (BW) of 0.3-0.4 octaves, which leads to multi-peaked frequency selectivity...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230616/validating-the-postdischarge-surgical-recovery-scale-13-as-a-measure-of-perceived-postoperative-recovery-after-laparoscopic-sacrocolpopexy
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Janet S Carpenter, Michael Heit, Chen X Chen, Ryan Stewart, Jennifer Hamner, Kevin L Rand
OBJECTIVES: No postoperative recovery measurement tools have been validated among women undergoing laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy for pelvic organ prolapse, which impedes development and testing of strategies to improve recovery. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of the Postdischarge Surgical Recovery Scale (PSR) as a measure of perceived recovery in laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy patients. METHODS: Women (N = 120) with stage 2 or higher pelvic organ prolapse undergoing laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy completed a 15-minute postoperative survey (days 7, 14, 42, and 90 [each ± 3 days]) which included the 15-item PSR...
March 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230408/psychometric-properties-of-adolescent-time-inventory-time-attitude-ati-ta-scores-in-three-waves-of-longitudinal-data
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Frank C Worrell, Michael T McKay, James R Andretta
Within the broad area of time perspective, there are numerous narrower or more specific constructs. One of these, time attitudes, is said to refer to an individual's emotional and evaluative feelings toward the past, the present, and the future. Scores on the Adolescent Time Inventory-Time Attitudes Scale (ATI-TA) have been shown to be psychometrically sound in a range of cross-sectional studies in different cultural contexts. The present study is the first longitudinal (3 waves) examination of these scores...
February 23, 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230185/corrigendum-evidence-of-cnidarians-sensitivity-to-sound-after-exposure-to-low-frequency-underwater-sources
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Marta Solé, Marc Lenoir, José Manuel Fortuño, Mercè Durfort, Mike van der Schaar, Michel André
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229983/establishment-and-application-of-early-risk-stratification-method-for-acute-abdominal-pain-in-adults
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Yu Wang, Hong Zhao, Zhen Zhou, Ci Tian, Hong-Li Xiao, Bao-En Wang
BACKGROUND: Acute abdominal pain is a common symptom of emergency patients. The severity was always evaluated based on physicians' clinical experience. The aim of this study was to establish an early risk stratification method (ERSM) for addressing adults with acute abdominal pain, which would guide physicians to take appropriate and timely measures following the established health-care policies. METHODS: In Cohort 1, the records of 490 patients with acute abdominal pain that developed within the past 72 h were enrolled in this study...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229856/-how-to-analyze-periodontal-morphotypes-in-order-to-reduce-the-risk-of-periodontal-recession
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Mathilde Jalladaud, Mike Lahmi, Corinne Lallam
INTRODUCTION: The periodontal morphotype is a leading feature to be born in mind during surgical, implant, prosthetic, restorative as well as orthodontic treatment. A fragile morphotype will rapidly trigger severe and worrying clinical repercussions for the patient. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In order to minimize the risks involved, sound knowledge of the different morphotypes and of the techniques for clinically evaluating them is a major requirement. These factors need to be regularly reassessed since morphotypes can vary throughout the course of treatment...
March 2017: L' Orthodontie Française
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229428/low-is-large-spatial-location-and-pitch-interact-in-voice-based-body-size-estimation
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Katarzyna Pisanski, Sari G E Isenstein, Kelyn J Montano, Jillian J M O'Connor, David R Feinberg
The binding of incongruent cues poses a challenge for multimodal perception. Indeed, although taller objects emit sounds from higher elevations, low-pitched sounds are perceptually mapped both to large size and to low elevation. In the present study, we examined how these incongruent vertical spatial cues (up is more) and pitch cues (low is large) to size interact, and whether similar biases influence size perception along the horizontal axis. In Experiment 1, we measured listeners' voice-based judgments of human body size using pitch-manipulated voices projected from a high versus a low, and a right versus a left, spatial location...
February 22, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229115/data-on-the-auditory-duration-mismatch-negativity-for-different-sound-pressure-levels-and-visual-perceptual-loads
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Stefan Wiens, Malina Szychowska, Rasmus Eklund, Mats E Nilsson
The data presented in this article are related to our research article entitled "Effects of sound pressure level and visual perceptual load on the auditory mismatch negativity" (M. Szychowska, R. Eklund, M.E. Nilsson, S. Wiens, 2016) [1]. The duration MMN was recorded at three sound pressure levels (SPLs) during two levels of visual perceptual load. In an oddball paradigm (standard=75 ms, deviant=30 ms, within-subjects design), participants were presented with tones at 56, 66, or 76 dB SPL (between-subjects design)...
April 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228741/perception-and-modeling-of-affective-qualities-of-musical-instrument-sounds-across-pitch-registers
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Stephen McAdams, Chelsea Douglas, Naresh N Vempala
Composers often pick specific instruments to convey a given emotional tone in their music, partly due to their expressive possibilities, but also due to their timbres in specific registers and at given dynamic markings. Of interest to both music psychology and music informatics from a computational point of view is the relation between the acoustic properties that give rise to the timbre at a given pitch and the perceived emotional quality of the tone. Musician and nonmusician listeners were presented with 137 tones produced at a fixed dynamic marking (forte) playing tones at pitch class D# across each instrument's entire pitch range and with different playing techniques for standard orchestral instruments drawn from the brass, woodwind, string, and pitched percussion families...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227935/heart-sound-segmentation-using-fractal-decomposition
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Rijil Thomas, Ling Lieng Hsi, Soh Cheong Boon, Erry Gunawan, Rijil Thomas, Ling Lieng Hsi, Soh Cheong Boon, Erry Gunawan
In order to assist cardiac diagnosis by phonocardiography, the automated identification of fundamental heart sounds for heart beat segmentation in a cardiac cycle plays a significant role in signal processing. Recent advancements in signal processing have also shown the potential of multifractality in biomedical applications. Hence, in this paper, the multifractal property of heart sounds is utilized to identify first and second heart sounds. The root mean square (rms) fluctuation used to obtain multifractal/singularity spectrum is used to decompose the heart sound into its own fractally-important components in time domain along with simultaneous Gaussianity test to filter out fundamental components...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227933/classification-of-severity-of-mitral-regurgitation-patients-using-multifractal-analysis
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Rijil Thomas, Ling Lieng Hsi, Soh Cheong Boon, Erry Gunawan, Rijil Thomas, Ling Lieng Hsi, Soh Cheong Boon, Erry Gunawan, Soh Cheong Boon, Erry Gunawan, Ling Lieng Hsi
Owing to its efficiency and cost effectiveness, auscultation using a stethoscope is the primary diagnosis method preferred by most medical examiners for cardiovascular disease. Phonocardiography (PCG) is the next level of auscultation and an effective analysis technique in cardiology. This paper presents a method to quantify Mitral Regurgitation (MR) using PCG. MR is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases associated with a defect in mitral valve. We analyzed the multifractal nature of heart sounds with murmur followed by classification and clustering using Hurst exponents...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227872/detection-of-different-types-of-noise-in-lung-sounds
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A Leal, R Couceiro, I Chouvarda, N Maglaveras, J Henriques, R Paiva, P Carvalho, C Teixeira, A Leal, R Couceiro, I Chouvarda, N Maglaveras, J Henriques, R Paiva, P Carvalho, C Teixeira, R Couceiro, P Carvalho, C Teixeira, A Leal, R Paiva, J Henriques, N Maglaveras, I Chouvarda
Lung sound signal processing has proven to be a great improvement to the traditional acoustic interpretation of lung sounds. However, that analysis can be seriously hindered by the presence of different types of noise originated in the acquisition environment or caused by physiological processes. Consequently, the diagnostic accuracy of pulmonary diseases can be severely affected, especially if the implementation of telemonitoring systems is considered. The present study is focused on the implementation of an algorithm able to identify noisy periods, either voluntarily (vocalizations, chest movement and background voices) or involuntarily produced during acquisitions of lung sounds...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227737/development-of-bone-conduction-mobile-phones-assessment-of-hearing-mechanisms-by-measuring-psychological-characteristics-and-acoustical-properties-in-the-outer-ear-canal
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Seiji Nakagawa, Takuya Hotehama, Kazuhito Ito, Tomohiro Inagaki, Seiji Nakagawa, Takuya Hotehama, Kazuhito Ito, Tomohiro Inagaki, Seiji Nakagawa, Tomohiro Inagaki, Kazuhito Ito, Takuya Hotehama
We have been developing novel mobile phones using bone conduction, with flat-panel loudspeakers that convey speech sound by vibrating the pinna. In bone conduction via the pinna, i.e., pinna conduction, it is thought that speech sounds are conveyed via both air- and bone-conduction pathways. To obtain useful information for further development of bone-conduction mobile phones, peripheral mechanisms of the pinna conduction need to be clarified. In this study, hearing thresholds, sound field in the outer ear canals, and vibrations of the inner wall of the outer ear canals were measured while normal-hearing participants used pinna-conduction mobile phones...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227728/comparison-between-users-of-a-new-methodology-for-heart-sound-auscultation
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Ana Castro, Pedro Gomes, Sandra S Mattos, Miguel T Coimbra, Ana Castro, Pedro Gomes, Sandra S Mattos, Miguel T Coimbra, Ana Castro, Sandra S Mattos, Pedro Gomes, Miguel Y Coimbra
Auscultation is a routine exam and the first line of screening in heart pathologies. The objective of this study was to assess if using a new data collection system, the DigiScope Collector, with a guided and automatic annotation of heart auscultation, different levels of expertise/experience users could collect similar digital auscultations. Data were collected within the Heart Caravan Initiative (Paraíba, Brasil). Patients were divided into two study groups: Group 1 evaluated by a third year medical student (User 1), and an experienced nurse (User 2); Group 2 evaluated by User 2 and an Information Technology professional (User 3)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227727/the-effect-of-data-exchange-protocols-on-decision-support-systems-for-heart-sounds
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P Gomes, S Faria, M Coimbra, P Gomes, S Faria, M Coimbra, P Gomes, S Faria, M Coimbra
Heart auscultation is one of the basic exams performed during a patient physical examination, but it is also one that has a high skill ceiling. Decision support systems can provide physicians with a tool that can help to reduce the demanding skill requirements of this exam. Nevertheless, this second opinion needs to be delivered in a timely interval in order to be truly useful for a physician. To do this we need not only optimized algorithms, but also a well designed system. In this paper, we have studied how two different data exchange protocols, that define how data should be transferred from an acquisition to a process module, can impact the celerity of delivering second opinion to a physician...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227718/a-home-automation-based-environmental-sound-alert-for-people-experiencing-hearing-loss
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Matthias Mielke, Rainer Bruck, Matthias Mielke, Rainer Bruck, Rainer Bruck, Matthias Mielke
Different assistive technologies are available for deaf people (i.e. deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing). Besides the well-known hearing aid, devices for detection of sound events that occur at home or at work (e.g. doorbell, telephone) are available. Despite the technological progress in the last years and resulting new possibilities, the basic functions and concepts of such devices have not changed. The user still needs special assistive technology that is bound to the home or work environment. In this contribution a new concept for awareness of events in buildings is presented...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227717/audis-wear-a-smartwatch-based-assistive-device-for-ubiquitous-awareness-of-environmental-sounds
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Matthias Mielke, Rainer Bruck, Matthias Mielke, Rainer Bruck, Rainer Bruck, Matthias Mielke
A multitude of assistive devices is available for deaf people (i.e. deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing). Besides hearing and communication aids, devices to access environmental sounds are available commercially. But the devices have two major drawbacks: 1. they are targeted at indoor environments (e.g. home or work), and 2. only specific events are supported (e.g. the doorbell or telephone). Recent research shows that important sounds can occur in all contexts and that the interests in sounds are diverse. These drawbacks can be tackled by using modern information and communication technology that enables the development of new and improved assistive devices...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227565/a-simulation-analysis-of-the-variability-of-the-roving-level-hearing-test
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Greg D Watkins, Brett A Swanson, Gregg J Suaning, Greg D Watkins, Brett A Swanson, Gregg J Suaning, Greg D Watkins, Brett A Swanson, Gregg J Suaning
In the study of auditory prostheses, the Speech Recognition Threshold (SRT) is the Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) at which 50% of words are correctly identified. SRT is typically measured using an adaptive procedure wherein speech is presented at a fixed sound pressure level (SPL) and the noise level is varied according to the subject's responses. A roving level SRT test has been used by researchers with the goal of including the effectiveness of Automatic Gain Control (AGC) systems in SRT measurements. The roving method presents speech at three different SPLs with the level for each sentence chosen pseudo-randomly, while adaptively varying the SNR...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227495/vibrocv-a-computer-vision-based-vibroarthrography-platform-with-possible-application-to-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Andrew D Wiens, Sampath Prahalad, Omer T Inan, Andrew D Wiens, Sampath Prahalad, Omer T Inan, Andrew D Wiens, Omer T Inan, Sarnpath Prahalad
Vibroarthrography, a method for interpreting the sounds emitted by a knee during movement, has been studied for several joint disorders since 1902. However, to our knowledge, the usefulness of this method for management of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) has not been investigated. To study joint sounds as a possible new biomarker for pediatric cases of JIA we designed and built VibroCV, a platform to capture vibroarthrograms from four accelerometers; electromyograms (EMG) and inertial measurements from four wireless EMG modules; and joint angles from two Sony Eye cameras and six light-emitting diodes with commercially-available off-the-shelf parts and computer vision via OpenCV...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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