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Robert Xiao, Julia Schwarz, Nick Throm, Andrew D Wilson, Hrvoje Benko
We present MRTouch, a novel multitouch input solution for head-mounted mixed reality systems. Our system enables users to reach out and directly manipulate virtual interfaces affixed to surfaces in their environment, as though they were touchscreens. Touch input offers precise, tactile and comfortable user input, and naturally complements existing popular modalities, such as voice and hand gesture. Our research prototype combines both depth and infrared camera streams together with real-time detection and tracking of surface planes to enable robust finger-tracking even when both the hand and head are in motion...
April 2018: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Michele J Upvall, Jeanne M Leffers
OBJECTIVES: Models to guide global health partnerships are rare in the nursing literature. The Conceptual Model for Partnership and Sustainability in Global Health while significant was based on Western perspectives. The purpose of this study was to revise the model to include the voice of nurses from low- and middle-resource countries. DESIGN AND SAMPLE: Grounded theory was used to maintain fidelity with the design in the original model. A purposive sample of 15 participants from a variety of countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia and having extensive experience in global health partnerships were interviewed...
March 15, 2018: Public Health Nursing
Wei-En J Tseng, Siew-Na Lim, Lu-An Chen, Shuo-Bin Jou, Hsiang-Yao Hsieh, Mei-Yun Cheng, Chun-Wei Chang, Han-Tao Li, Hsing-I Chiang, Tony Wu
Whether the cognitive processing of music and speech relies on shared or distinct neuronal mechanisms remains unclear. Music and language processing in the brain are right and left temporal functions, respectively. We studied patients with musicogenic epilepsy (ME) that was specifically triggered by popular songs to analyze brain hyperexcitability triggered by specific stimuli. The study included two men and one woman (all right-handed, aged 35-55 years). The patients had sound-triggered left temporal ME in response to popular songs with vocals, but not to instrumental, classical, or nonvocal piano solo versions of the same song...
March 15, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Laura M Scorr, Michael R Silver, John Hanfelt, Elaine Sperin, Alan Freeman, H A Jinnah, Stewart A Factor
Oromandibular dystonia (OMD) causes involuntary movements of masticatory and lingual muscles impairing eating, speaking, and swallowing. Treatment options are limited. The objective of this study was to determine the safety and efficacy of abobotulinumtoxinA (aboBoNTA) in OMD. A dose-finding study (phase 1) followed by a single session, prospective, single-blind trial (phase 2) was carried out. OMD subjects were evaluated at baseline, 6 and 12 weeks. Muscles injected were tailored to individual symptoms using EMG guidance, but the aboBoNTA dose for each muscle was pre-specified based on phase 1 results...
March 14, 2018: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
Katia Nemr, Ariane Cota, Domingos Tsuji, Marcia Simões-Zenari
OBJECTIVES: To characterize the voice quality of individuals with dysphonia and to investigate possible correlations between the degree of voice deviation (D) and scores on the Dysphonia Risk Screening Protocol-General (DRSP), the Voice-Related Quality of Life (V-RQOL) measure and the Voice Handicap Index, short version (VHI-10). METHODS: The sample included 200 individuals with dysphonia. Following laryngoscopy, the participants completed the DRSP, the V-RQOL measure, and the VHI-10; subsequently, voice samples were recorded for auditory-perceptual and acoustic analyses...
March 12, 2018: Clinics
Cheng-Chieh Hsu, Wing-Yin Li, Pen-Yuan Chu
RATIONALE: Salivary duct carcinoma (SDC) is a rare and aggressive subtype of salivary gland carcinoma that histologically resembles in situ and invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast. We present the first case of advanced SDC of the minor salivary gland arising from the supraglottis and review the literature on the clinicopathologic characteristics and prognosis of SDC. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 59-year-old male patient with progressive difficulty in swallowing and a muffled voice for 2 months...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Maram A Alwadi, Sarah R Baker, Janine Owens
OBJECTIVE: This systematic review aimed to describe the extent to which oral health research since the advent of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the current movement on the inclusion of voices of children, has been done on or with children with disabilities. METHODS: A systematic review of the dental literature for children with disabilities from 2001 to 2017 was conducted...
March 14, 2018: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
Rima Salah
Today millions of children are trapped in situations of war, conflict, violence and displacement. Science shows that violence has a detrimental effect on the development of young children. It, also, heralds in a new era, with opportunities to contribute to sustaining peace and prevention of violence, through investment in early childhood development. The commentary argues that we have every opportunity to make a transformative shift and raise the voice of science to join the voice of "we the peoples.....
March 2018: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development
Pamela Jacobsen, Emmanuelle Peters, Thomas Ward, Philippa A Garety, Mike Jackson, Paul Chadwick
BACKGROUND: Hearing voices can be a distressing and disabling experience for some, whilst it is a valued experience for others, so-called 'healthy voice-hearers'. Cognitive models of psychosis highlight the role of memory, appraisal and cognitive biases in determining emotional and behavioural responses to voices. A memory bias potentially associated with distressing voices is the overgeneral memory bias (OGM), namely the tendency to recall a summary of events rather than specific occasions...
March 14, 2018: Psychological Medicine
Ying Liu, Hao Fan, Jingting Li, Jeffery A Jones, Peng Liu, Baofeng Zhang, Hanjun Liu
When people hear unexpected perturbations in auditory feedback, they produce rapid compensatory adjustments of their vocal behavior. Recent evidence has shown enhanced vocal compensations and cortical event-related potentials (ERPs) in response to attended pitch feedback perturbations, suggesting that this reflex-like behavior is influenced by selective attention. Less is known, however, about auditory-motor integration for voice control during divided attention. The present cross-modal study investigated the behavioral and ERP correlates of auditory feedback control of vocal pitch production during divided attention...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Riyas Peringattuthodiyil, Tristan Holdsworth, Philip C Johnston
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Ulster Medical Journal
Livio Provenzi, Sara Broso, Rosario Montirosso
Preterm infants are hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and are precociously separated from their mothers. Although developmental care interventions are meant to facilitate mother-infant bonding, physical contact is not always possible. Maternal voice exposure has been proposed as a way to foster maternal closeness and support postnatal bonding. Here we present a systematic review on maternal voice effects on preterm infants' development. Literature search occurred on 4 databases (PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science and CINAHL)...
March 10, 2018: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Zhizhou Deng, Bharath Chandrasekaran, Suiping Wang, Patrick C M Wong
In second language acquisition studies, the high talker variability training approach has been frequently used to train participants to learn new speech patterns. However, the neuroplasticity induced by training is poorly understood. In the present study, native English speakers were trained on non-native pitch patterns (linguistic tones from Mandarin Chinese) in multi-talker (N = 16) or single-talker (N = 16) training conditions. We focused on two aspects of multi-talker training, voice processing and lexical phonology accessing, and used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure brain activation and functional connectivity (FC) of two regions of interest in a tone identification task conducted before and after training, namely the anterior part of the right superior temporal gyrus (aRSTG) and the posterior left superior temporal gyrus (pLSTG)...
March 10, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Ellen McCreedy, Lacey Loomer, Jennifer A Palmer, Susan L Mitchell, Angelo Volandes, Vincent Mor
OBJECTIVES: Federally mandated assessments of nursing home (NH) residents drive individualized care planning. Residents with cognitive impairment may not be able to meaningfully communicate their care needs and preferences during this process-a gap that may be partially addressed by involving surrogates. We describe the prevalence of family participation in the care planning process for long-stay NH residents with varying degrees of cognitive impairment. DESIGN: Retrospective study using administrative data made available as part of an ongoing pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Di Zhang, Salvatore Sessa, Ritaro Kasai, Sarah Cosentino, Cimarelli Giacomo, Yasuaki Mochida, Hiroya Yamada, Michele Guarnieri, Atsuo Takanishi
Rapid localization of injured survivors by rescue teams to prevent death is a major issue. In this paper, a sensor system for human rescue including three different types of sensors, a CO₂ sensor, a thermal camera, and a microphone, is proposed. The performance of this system in detecting living victims under the rubble has been tested in a high-fidelity simulated disaster area. Results show that the CO₂ sensor is useful to effectively reduce the possible concerned area, while the thermal camera can confirm the correct position of the victim...
March 13, 2018: Sensors
Juliana Bonilla-Velez, Mariah Small, Francisco J Bonilla-Escobar, Matthew Sharum, Ozlem E Tulunay-Ugur
Objective To compare voice and swallowing outcomes after treatment in younger adult (<65 years) and geriatric (≥65 years) patients with unilateral vocal fold paralysis (UVFP). Study Design Case series with chart review. Setting Tertiary care center. Subjects and Methods The cases of patients presenting to a tertiary voice clinic with UVFP between June 2005 and February 2015 were reviewed. Clinical characteristics and outcomes in a geriatric subset were compared with those in younger adult group. Results A total of 206 patients met our inclusion criteria (n = 110, <65 years; n = 96, ≥65 years)...
March 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Oliva Ortiz-Alvarez
Croup is one of the most common causes of upper airway obstruction in young children. It is characterized by sudden onset of barky cough, hoarse voice, inspiratory stridor and respiratory distress caused by upper airway inflammation secondary to a viral infection. Published guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of croup advise using steroids as the mainstay treatment for all children who present to emergency department (ED) with croup symptoms. Dexamethasone, given orally as a single dose at 0.6 mg/kg, is highly efficacious in treating croup symptoms...
June 2017: Paediatrics & Child Health
Úna C Mc Menamin, Andrew T Kunzmann, Michael B Cook, Brian T Johnston, Liam J Murray, Andrew D Spence, Marie M Cantwell, Chris R Cardwell
Incidence of upper gastrointestinal cancers of the oesophagus and stomach show a strong unexplained male predominance. Hormonal and reproductive factors have been associated with upper gastrointestinal cancers in women but there is little available data on men. To investigate this, we included 219,425 men enrolled in the UK Biobank in 2006-2010. Baseline assessments provided information on hormonal and reproductive factors (specifically hair baldness, number of children fathered, relative age at first facial hair and relative age voice broke) and incident oesophageal or gastric cancers were identified through linkage to UK cancer registries...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Chao-Xiu Melanie He
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: Translational Lung Cancer Research
John Haldon, Lee Mordechai, Timothy P Newfield, Arlen F Chase, Adam Izdebski, Piotr Guzowski, Inga Labuhn, Neil Roberts
History and archaeology have a well-established engagement with issues of premodern societal development and the interaction between physical and cultural environments; together, they offer a holistic view that can generate insights into the nature of cultural resilience and adaptation, as well as responses to catastrophe. Grasping the challenges that climate change presents and evolving appropriate policies that promote and support mitigation and adaptation requires not only an understanding of the science and the contemporary politics, but also an understanding of the history of the societies affected and in particular of their cultural logic...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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