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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339347/hospital-owned-apps-in-taiwan-nationwide-survey
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Hao-Yen Liu, Wui-Chiang Lee, Ying-Chou Sun, Jun-Jeng Fen, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Li-Fang Chou, Shinn-Jang Hwang
BACKGROUND: Over the last decade, the use of mobile phone apps in the health care industry has grown rapidly. Owing to the high penetration rate of Internet use in Taiwan, hospitals are eager to provide their own apps to improve the accessibility of medical care for patients. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to provide an overview of the currently available hospital-owned apps in Taiwan and to conduct a cross-hospital comparison of app features. METHODS: In May 2017, the availability of apps from all 414 hospitals in Taiwan was surveyed from the hospital home pages and the Google Play app store...
January 16, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338722/development-and-pilot-evaluation-of-a-clinic-based-mhealth-app-referral-service-to-support-adult-cancer-survivors-increase-their-participation-in-physical-activity-using-publicly-available-mobile-apps
#2
Camille E Short, Amy Finlay, Ilea Sanders, Carol Maher
BACKGROUND: Participation in regular physical activity holds key benefits for cancer survivors, yet few cancer survivors meet physical activity recommendations. This study aimed to develop and pilot test a mHealth app referral service aimed at assisting cancer survivors to increase their physical activity. In particular, the study sought to examine feasibility and acceptability of the service and determine preliminary efficacy for physical activity behaviour change. METHODS: A systematic search identified potentially appropriate Apple (iOS) and Android mHealth apps...
January 16, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338691/morca-ubiquitous-access-to-life-science-web-services
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Sergio Diaz-Del-Pino, Oswaldo Trelles, Juan Falgueras
BACKGROUND: Technical advances in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have produced an extraordinary increase in their use around the world and have become part of our daily lives. The possibility of carrying these devices in a pocket, particularly mobile phones, has enabled ubiquitous access to Internet resources. Furthermore, in the life sciences world there has been a vast proliferation of data types and services that finish as Web Services. This suggests the need for research into mobile clients to deal with life sciences applications for effective usage and exploitation...
January 16, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332061/design-and-implementation-of-an-advanced-telemedicine-model-for-the-rural-people-of-bangladesh
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Uzzal Kumar Prodhan, Mohammad Zahidur Rahman, Israt Jahan
OBJECTIVES: Telemedicine based healthcare service faces different difficulties especially in the remote people of Bangladesh. The objective of this study was to implement an advanced telemedicine model in order to provide the healthcare services for the rural people of Bangladesh. METHODS: We developed the telemedicine model using an ardunio based low cost portable telemedicine tool kit by interfacing android application. Then we collected ECG, blood pressure, temperature, concentration of glucose in blood, SPO2, body position, airflow, height and weight through our developed model...
January 5, 2018: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331247/a-biopsy-of-breast-cancer-mobile-applications-state-of-the-practice-review
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G Giunti, D H Giunta, E Guisado-Fernandez, J L Bender, L Fernandez-Luque
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. The use of mobile software applications for health and wellbeing promotion has grown exponentially in recent years. We systematically reviewed the breast cancer apps available in today's leading smartphone application stores and characterized them based on their features, evidence base and target audiences. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed to characterize breast cancer apps from the two major smartphone app stores (iOS and Android)...
February 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329530/design-and-evaluation-of-a-mobile-application-to-assist-the-self-monitoring-of-the-chronic-kidney-disease-in-developing-countries
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Alvaro Sobrinho, Leandro Dias da Silva, Angelo Perkusich, Maria Eliete Pinheiro, Paulo Cunha
BACKGROUND: The chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a worldwide critical problem, especially in developing countries. CKD patients usually begin their treatment in advanced stages, which requires dialysis and kidney transplantation, and consequently, affects mortality rates. This issue is faced by a mobile health (mHealth) application (app) that aims to assist the early diagnosis and self-monitoring of the disease progression. METHODS: A user-centered design (UCD) approach involving health professionals (nurse and nephrologists) and target users guided the development process of the app between 2012 and 2016...
January 12, 2018: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328027/the-impact-of-12-month-growth-hormone-replacement-therapy-on-lipid-metabolism-and-adipose-tissue-distribution-in-georgian-patients-with-adult-growth-hormone-deficiency
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N Bostoganashvili, T Zerekidze, Sh Janjgava, M Lomidze
Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) is one of the reasons of significant metabolic morbidities inchildren and adults. The aim of our study was to evaluate the impact of growth hormone (GH) replacement therapy on lipid profile and adipose tissue distribution in adults with GHD. Twenty hypopituitary adults, aged 40.75±2.2 years (mean ± SE, range 20.5-60), with adult onset GHD (aGHD) were enrolled in a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study. 10 patients received recombinant growth hormone injection once weekly for 12 months, and the rest 10 patients (as control group) received placebo...
December 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321685/physical-activity-and-diet-on-atherogenic-index-of-plasma-among-adults-in-the-united-states-mediation-considerations-by-central-adiposity
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Meghan K Edwards, Paul D Loprinzi
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The potential interactive or combined association of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and dietary behavior with atherogenic index of plasma (AIP) has yet to be explored in a representative sample of US adults. Thus, the study aim was to examine the association of MVPA and dietary behavior on AIP, with potential mediation considerations by central adiposity. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were used (N = 2701 adults aged 20-85 years)...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321124/hearing-tests-based-on-biologically-calibrated-mobile-devices-comparison-with-pure-tone-audiometry
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Marcin Masalski, Tomasz Grysiński, Tomasz Kręcicki
BACKGROUND: Hearing screening tests based on pure-tone audiometry may be conducted on mobile devices, provided that the devices are specially calibrated for the purpose. Calibration consists of determining the reference sound level and can be performed in relation to the hearing threshold of normal-hearing persons. In the case of devices provided by the manufacturer, together with bundled headphones, the reference sound level can be calculated once for all devices of the same model. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to compare the hearing threshold measured by a mobile device that was calibrated using a model-specific, biologically determined reference sound level with the hearing threshold obtained in pure-tone audiometry...
January 10, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320406/a-police-and-insurance-joint-management-system-based-on-high-precision-bds-gps-positioning
#10
Wenwei Zuo, Chi Guo, Jingnan Liu, Xuan Peng, Min Yang
Car ownership in China reached 194 million vehicles at the end of 2016. The traffic congestion index (TCI) exceeds 2.0 during rush hour in some cities. Inefficient processing for minor traffic accidents is considered to be one of the leading causes for road traffic jams. Meanwhile, the process after an accident is quite troublesome. The main reason is that it is almost always impossible to get the complete chain of evidence when the accident happens. Accordingly, a police and insurance joint management system is developed which is based on high precision BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS)/Global Positioning System (GPS) positioning to process traffic accidents...
January 10, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307978/socioeconomic-and-reproductive-determinants-of-waist-hip-ratio-index-in-menopausal-women
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Zahra Rastegari, Mahnaz Noroozi, Zamzam Paknahad
Background: Health evaluation is carried out using various anthropometric methods including waist-hip ratio (WHR) index. This method is applied for estimating body fat distribution. This study was aimed to investigate the socioeconomic and reproductive determinants of WHR index in menopausal women. Materials and Methods: For this cross-sectional study, samples were 278 menopausal women in Isfahan, Iran, who were selected by stratified sampling and invited to ten health centers...
October 2017: Journal of Mid-life Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303799/open-access-electronic-diary-for-motor-fluctuation-and-dyskinesia-evaluation-in-parkinson-disease-comparison-with-paper-diary
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Cinthia Terroba-Chambi, Veronica Bruno, Alex Medina-Escobar, Federico Nanni, Daniel Cerquetti, Malco Rossi, Marcelo Merello
OBJECTIVE: To determine the utility of an electronic diary for registering motor fluctuations and dyskinesia in Parkinson disease (PD). METHODS: Free, open-access touch screen software suitable for Android 4.4 or higher, with medication alarms, adjustable intervals, and medication dose settings was developed to evaluate ON-OFF periods and dyskinesia. Prospective evaluation included a first phase conducted to make adjustments concerning motor limitations when using the tablet, as well as for proper motor complication identification, and a second phase of 3 days of use at home with a prior diary training session comparing a modified paper version of Core Assessment Program for Surgical Interventional Therapies in PD and the electronic diary...
January 5, 2018: Clinical Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300736/evaluating-authentication-options-for-mobile-health-applications-in-younger-and-older-adults
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Kelly Grindrod, Hassan Khan, Urs Hengartner, Stephanie Ong, Alexander G Logan, Daniel Vogel, Robert Gebotys, Jilan Yang
OBJECTIVE: Apps promoting patient self-management may improve health outcomes. However, methods to secure stored information on mobile devices may adversely affect usability. We tested the reliability and usability of common user authentication techniques in younger and older adults. METHODOLOGY: Usability testing was conducted in two age groups, 18 to 30 years and 50 years and older. After completing a demographic questionnaire, each participant tested four authentication options in random order: four-digit personal identification number (PIN), graphical password (GRAPHICAL), Android pattern-lock (PATTERN), and a swipe-style Android fingerprint scanner (FINGERPRINT)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298314/improving-mapping-for-ebola-response-through-mobilising-a-local-community-with-self-owned-smartphones-tonkolili-district-sierra-leone-january-2015
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Laura M Nic Lochlainn, Ivan Gayton, Georgios Theocharopoulos, Robin Edwards, Kostas Danis, Ronald Kremer, Karline Kleijer, Sumaila M Tejan, Mohamed Sankoh, Augustin Jimissa, Jane Greig, Grazia Caleo
BACKGROUND: During the 2014-16 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak, the Magburaka Ebola Management Centre (EMC) operated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Tonkolili District, Sierra Leone, identified that available district maps lacked up-to-date village information to facilitate timely implementation of EVD control strategies. In January 2015, we undertook a survey in chiefdoms within the MSF EMC catchment area to collect mapping and village data. We explore the feasibility and cost to mobilise a local community for this survey, describe validation against existing mapping sources and use of the data to prioritise areas for interventions, and lessons learned...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290349/dxa-assessed-changes-in-body-composition-in-obese-women-following-two-different-weight-loss-programs
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Federico Ponti, Valentina Soverini, Andrea Plazzi, Maria Pilar Aparisi Gómez, Daniele Mercatelli, Giuseppe Guglielmi, Giuseppe Battista, Giulio Marchesini, Alberto Bazzocchi
OBJECTIVE: Changes in body composition during weight loss programs might have a significant effect on long-term results. The aim of this study was to test these changes by dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) in obese women enrolled into two different weight loss medical programs. METHODS: We prospectively studied 71 women assigned to either an intensive 3-mo cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or a 1-mo nutritional counseling plan (NCP). All patients underwent DXA whole-body scan before treatment and after 3, 6, and 12 mo...
February 2018: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261782/validation-of-a-smartphone-app-to-map-social-networks-of-proximity
#16
Tjeerd W Boonstra, Mark E Larsen, Samuel Townsend, Helen Christensen
Social network analysis is a prominent approach to investigate interpersonal relationships. Most studies use self-report data to quantify the connections between participants and construct social networks. In recent years smartphones have been used as an alternative to map networks by assessing the proximity between participants based on Bluetooth and GPS data. While most studies have handed out specially programmed smartphones to study participants, we developed an application for iOS and Android to collect Bluetooth data from participants' own smartphones...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261727/pars-risk-charts-a-10-year-study-of-risk-assessment-for-cardiovascular-diseases-in-eastern-mediterranean-region
#17
Nizal Sarrafzadegan, Razieh Hassannejad, Hamid Reza Marateb, Mohammad Talaei, Masoumeh Sadeghi, Hamid Reza Roohafza, Farzad Masoudkabir, Shahram OveisGharan, Marjan Mansourian, Mohammad Reza Mohebian, Miquel Angel Mañanas
This study was designed to develop a risk assessment chart for the clinical management and prevention of the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Iranian population, which is vital for developing national prevention programs. The Isfahan Cohort Study (ICS) is a population-based prospective study of 6504 Iranian adults ≥35 years old, followed-up for ten years, from 2001 to 2010. Behavioral and cardiometabolic risk factors were examined every five years, while biennial follow-ups for the occurrence of the events was performed by phone calls or by verbal autopsy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259217/subthalamic-nucleus-detects-unnatural-android-movement
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Takashi Ikeda, Masayuki Hirata, Masashi Kasaki, Maryam Alimardani, Kojiro Matsushita, Tomoyuki Yamamoto, Shuichi Nishio, Hiroshi Ishiguro
An android, i.e., a realistic humanoid robot with human-like capabilities, may induce an uncanny feeling in human observers. The uncanny feeling about an android has two main causes: its appearance and movement. The uncanny feeling about an android increases when its appearance is almost human-like but its movement is not fully natural or comparable to human movement. Even if an android has human-like flexible joints, its slightly jerky movements cause a human observer to detect subtle unnaturalness in them...
December 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258977/estimation-of-symptom-severity-during-chemotherapy-from-passively-sensed-data-exploratory-study
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Carissa A Low, Anind K Dey, Denzil Ferreira, Thomas Kamarck, Weijing Sun, Sangwon Bae, Afsaneh Doryab
BACKGROUND: Physical and psychological symptoms are common during chemotherapy in cancer patients, and real-time monitoring of these symptoms can improve patient outcomes. Sensors embedded in mobile phones and wearable activity trackers could be potentially useful in monitoring symptoms passively, with minimal patient burden. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore whether passively sensed mobile phone and Fitbit data could be used to estimate daily symptom burden during chemotherapy...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248628/systematic-review-of-smartphone-based-passive-sensing-for-health-and-wellbeing
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Victor P Cornet, Richard J Holden
OBJECTIVE: To review published empirical literature on the use of smartphone-based passive sensing for health and wellbeing. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A systematic review of the English language literature was performed following PRISMA guidelines. Papers indexed in computing, technology, and medical databases were included if they were empirical, focused on health and/or wellbeing, involved the collection of data via smartphones, and described the utilized technology as passive or requiring minimal user interaction...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
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