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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936432/the-role-of-the-water-tankers-market-in-water-stressed-semi-arid-urban-areas-implications-on-water-quality-and-economic-burden
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Kinda Constantine, May Massoud, Ibrahim Alameddine, Mutasem El-Fadel
Population growth and development are associated with increased water demand that often exceeds the capacity of existing resources, resulting in water shortages, particularly in urban areas, where more than 60% of the world's population resides. In many developing communities, shortages often force households to depend on water tankers amongst other potential sources for the delivery of water for domestic and/or potable use. While water tankers have become an integral part of the water supply system in many countries, the sector is often unregulated and operates with little governmental supervision...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936125/automatic-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-on-radiotherapy-planning-ct-scans-of-breast-cancer-patients-reproducibility-and-association-with-traditional-cardiovascular-risk-factors
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Sofie A M Gernaat, Ivana Išgum, Bob D de Vos, Richard A P Takx, Danny A Young-Afat, Noor Rijnberg, Diederick E Grobbee, Yolanda van der Graaf, Pim A de Jong, Tim Leiner, Desiree H J van den Bongard, Jean-Philippe Pignol, Helena M Verkooijen
OBJECTIVES: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) is a strong and independent predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. This study assesses reproducibility of automatic CAC scoring on radiotherapy planning computed tomography (CT) scans of breast cancer patients, and examines its association with traditional cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS: This study included 561 breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy between 2013 and 2015. CAC was automatically scored with an algorithm using supervised pattern recognition, expressed as Agatston scores and categorized into five categories (0, 1-10, 11-100, 101-400, >400)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936077/routine-vaccination-coverage-in-northern-nigeria-results-from-40-district-level-cluster-surveys-2014-2015
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Rajni Gunnala, Ikechukwu U Ogbuanu, Oluwasegun J Adegoke, Heather M Scobie, Belinda V Uba, Kathleen A Wannemuehler, Alicia Ruiz, Hashim Elmousaad, Chima J Ohuabunwo, Mahmud Mustafa, Patrick Nguku, Ndadilnasiya Endie Waziri, John F Vertefeuille
BACKGROUND: Despite recent success towards controlling poliovirus transmission, Nigeria has struggled to achieve uniformly high routine vaccination coverage. A lack of reliable vaccination coverage data at the operational level makes it challenging to target program improvement. To reliably estimate vaccination coverage, we conducted district-level vaccine coverage surveys using a pre-existing infrastructure of polio technical staff in northern Nigeria. METHODS: Household-level cluster surveys were conducted in 40 polio high risk districts of Nigeria during 2014-2015...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935933/comprehensive-diabetes-and-non-communicable-disease-educator-in-the-low-resource-settings
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M D Bhattarai
The role of self-management education in diabetes and other major non-communicable diseases is clearly evident. To take care of and educate people with diabetes and other major NCD under the supervision of medical professionals and for education of other health care professionals, Comprehensive Diabetes and NCD Educators are needed in the routine service in peripheral health clinics and hospitals. The areas of training of CDNCD educator should match with the cost-effective interventions for diabetes and other major NCD that are feasible and planned for implementation in primary care in the low resource settings...
April 2016: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935072/physical-exercise-in-myasthenia-gravis-is-safe-and-improves-neuromuscular-parameters-and-physical-performance-based-measures-a-pilot-study
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Elisabet Westerberg, Carl Johan Molin, Ida Lindblad, Margareta Emtner, Anna Rostedt Punga
INTRODUCTION: Due to the shortage of exercise-related research in Myasthenia Gravis (MG), there are no consensus guidelines on physical exercise for MG patients. METHODS: In this prospective pilot study, 10 MG patients with mild disease performed supervised aerobic and resistance training twice weekly for 12 weeks. The Myasthenia Gravis Composite (MGC) score, compound motor action potential (CMAP), repetitive nerve stimulation, muscle force, physical performance-based measures, serum levels of interleukin-6, muscle enzymes as well as immuno-microRNAs miR-150-5p and miR-21-5p were assessed before and after the training period...
December 9, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933006/system-to-detect-racial-based-bullying-through-gamification
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José A Álvarez-Bermejo, Luis J Belmonte-Ureña, Africa Martos-Martínez, Ana B Barragán-Martín, María Del Mar Simón-Marquez
Prevention and detection of bullying due to racial stigma was studied in school contexts using a system designed following "gamification" principles and integrating less usual elements, such as social interaction, augmented reality and cell phones in educational scenarios. "Grounded Theory" and "User Centered Design" were employed to explore coexistence inside and outside the classroom in terms of preferences and distrust in several areas of action and social frameworks of activity, and to direct the development of a cell phone app for early detection of school bullying scenarios...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932029/implementing-a-resident-acute-care-surgery-service-improving-resident-education-and-patient-care
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Olga Kantor, Andrew B Schneider, Marko Rojnica, Andrew J Benjamin, Nancy Schindler, Mitchell C Posner, Jeffrey B Matthews, Kevin K Roggin
BACKGROUND: To simulate the duties and responsibilities of an attending surgeon and allow senior residents more intraoperative and perioperative autonomy, our program created a new resident acute care surgery consult service. METHODS: We structured resident acute care surgery as a new admitting and inpatient consult service managed by chief and senior residents with attending supervision. When appropriate, the chief resident served as a teaching assistant in the operation...
December 5, 2016: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931831/lifestyle-interventions-to-improve-the-quality-of-life-of-men-with-prostate-cancer-a-systematic-review-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
Julia Menichetti, Silvia Villa, Tiziana Magnani, Barbara Avuzzi, Davide Bosetti, Cristina Marenghi, Sara Morlino, Tiziana Rancati, Hein Van Poppel, Roberto Salvioni, Riccardo Valdagni, Lara Bellardita
Improving quality of life is a key issue for patients with prostate cancer (PCa). Lifestyle interventions could positively impact the quality of life of patients. However, there is no clear-cut understanding of the role of diet, exercise and risky behaviour reduction in improving the quality of life of men with PCa. The aim of this review was to systematically summarize randomized controlled trials on lifestyle in PCa patients with quality of life as main outcome. 17 trials were included. Most of them referred to exercise interventions (71%) and involved men undergoing androgen deprivation therapy (47%)...
December 2016: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931463/guideline-for-monitoring-and-management-of-pediatric-patients-before-during-and-after-sedation-for-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-procedures-update-2016
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The safe sedation of children for procedures requires a systematic approach that includes the following: no administration of sedating medication without the safety net of medical/dental supervision, careful presedation evaluation for underlying medical or surgical conditions that would place the child at increased risk from sedating medications, appropriate fasting for elective procedures and a balance between the depth of sedation and risk for those who are unable to fast because of the urgent nature of the procedure, a focused airway examination for large (kissing) tonsils or anatomic airway abnormalities that might increase thepotential for airway obstruction, a clear understanding of the medication's pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic effects and drug interactions, appropriate training and skills in airway management to allow rescue of the patient, age- and size-appropriate equipment for airway management and venous access, appropriate medications and reversal agents, sufficient numbers of staff to both carry out the procedure and monitor the patient, appropriate physiologic monitoring during and after the procedure, a properly equipped and staffed recovery area, recovery to the presedation level of consciousness before discharge from medical/dental supervision, and appropriate discharge instructions...
October 2016: Pediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931268/an-epidemiological-analysis-of-equine-welfare-data-from-regulatory-inspections-by-the-official-competent-authorities
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P L Hitchens, J Hultgren, J Frössling, U Emanuelson, L J Keeling
Determining welfare status in a population is the first step in efforts to improve welfare. The primary objective of this study was to explore a new epidemiological approach for analysis of data from official competent authorities that pertain to compliance with animal welfare legislation. We reviewed data already routinely collected as part of Swedish official animal welfare inspections for 2010-13, using a checklist containing 45 checkpoints (CPs). These covered animal-, resource- and management-based measures of equine welfare...
December 9, 2016: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931207/a-comparative-study-classification-vs-user-based-collaborative-filtering-for-clinical-prediction
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Fang Hao, Rachael Hageman Blair
BACKGROUND: Recommender systems have shown tremendous value for the prediction of personalized item recommendations for individuals in a variety of settings (e.g., marketing, e-commerce, etc.). User-based collaborative filtering is a popular recommender system, which leverages an individuals' prior satisfaction with items, as well as the satisfaction of individuals that are "similar". Recently, there have been applications of collaborative filtering based recommender systems for clinical risk prediction...
December 8, 2016: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930963/-teaching-on-the-run-with-australian-midwives-in-a-tertiary-maternity-hospital
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Yvonne Hauck, Lucy Lewis, Alissa Pemberton, Caroline Crichton, Janice Butt
Teaching On The Run (TOTR) is an Australian program for health professionals involved in clinical supervision. An amended TOTR program was evaluated with midwives acting as preceptors assisting learners integrate theory with clinical practice. A mixed method study was employed to compare midwives' perceived skills and confidence before and after completion of TOTR workshops. A secondary aim explored midwifery learners' (students and new graduates) perceptions of support from preceptors during the implementation of TOTR...
November 25, 2016: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930803/pulmonary-rehabilitation-following-exacerbations-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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REVIEW
Milo A Puhan, Elena Gimeno-Santos, Christopher J Cates, Thierry Troosters
BACKGROUND: Guidelines have provided positive recommendations for pulmonary rehabilitation after exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but recent studies indicate that postexacerbation rehabilitation may not always be effective in patients with unstable COPD. OBJECTIVES: To assess effects of pulmonary rehabilitation after COPD exacerbations on hospital admissions (primary outcome) and other patient-important outcomes (mortality, health-related quality of life (HRQL) and exercise capacity)...
December 8, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927607/effect-of-performance-feedback-on-community-health-workers-motivation-and-performance-in-madhya-pradesh-india-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sangya Kaphle, Michael Matheke-Fischer, Neal Lesh
BACKGROUND: Small-scale community health worker (CHW) programs provide basic health services and strengthen health systems in resource-poor settings. This paper focuses on improving CHW performance by providing individual feedback to CHWs working with an mHealth program to address malnutrition in children younger than 5 years. OBJECTIVE: The paper aims to evaluate the immediate and retention effects of providing performance feedback and supportive supervision on CHW motivation and performance for CHWs working with an mHealth platform to reduce malnutrition in five districts of Madhya Pradesh, India...
December 7, 2016: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926381/a-review-on-brain-structures-segmentation-in-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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REVIEW
Sandra González-Villà, Arnau Oliver, Sergi Valverde, Liping Wang, Reyer Zwiggelaar, Xavier Lladó
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Automatic brain structures segmentation in magnetic resonance images has been widely investigated in recent years with the goal of helping diagnosis and patient follow-up in different brain diseases. Here, we present a review of the state-of-the-art of automatic methods available in the literature ranging from structure specific segmentation methods to whole brain parcellation approaches. METHODS: We divide first the algorithms according to their target structures and then we propose a general classification based on their segmentation strategy, which includes atlas-based, learning-based, deformable, region-based and hybrid methods...
October 2016: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926378/automated-segmentation-of-white-matter-fiber-bundles-using-diffusion-tensor-imaging-data-and-a-new-density-based-clustering-algorithm
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Tahereh Kamali, Daniel Stashuk
OBJECTIVE: Robust and accurate segmentation of brain white matter (WM) fiber bundles assists in diagnosing and assessing progression or remission of neuropsychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia, autism and depression. Supervised segmentation methods are infeasible in most applications since generating gold standards is too costly. Hence, there is a growing interest in designing unsupervised methods. However, most conventional unsupervised methods require the number of clusters be known in advance which is not possible in most applications...
October 2016: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925834/overdose-prevention-in-the-united-states-a-call-for-supervised-injection-sites
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Mary Clare Kennedy, Thomas Kerr
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925605/large-scale-sparse-learning-from-noisy-tags-for-semantic-segmentation
#18
Aoxue Li, Zhiwu Lu, Liwei Wang, Peng Han, Ji-Rong Wen
In this paper, we present a large-scale sparse learning (LSSL) approach to solve the challenging task of semantic segmentation of images with noisy tags. Different from the traditional strongly supervised methods that exploit pixel-level labels for semantic segmentation, we make use of much weaker supervision (i.e., noisy tags of images) and then formulate the task of semantic segmentation as a weakly supervised learning (WSL) problem from the view point of noise reduction of superpixel labels. By learning the data manifolds, we transform the WSL problem into an LSSL problem...
December 2, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925084/normative-grounds-of-health-care-practice-in-brazilian-nursing
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Selma Regina de Andrade, Talita Piccoli, Andriela Backes Ruoff, Janara Caroline Ribeiro, Fernando Miguel de Sousa
Objective: to understand the normative grounds of health care practice in Brazilian nursing. Method: qualitative study with the use of document research, carried out based on resolutions of the Federal Nursing Council. From a total of 263 resolutions, in the period from 1975 to 2015, 38 which were in accordance with the objective of the study were selected. Results: three analytical categories were systematized: Normative grounds of health care practice by the nursing team, under coordination/supervision of the nurse; Normative grounds of the care performed privately by the nurse; and Management and administrative aspects which affect and permeate the practice of health care in nursing...
November 2016: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924981/hts-ftir-spectroscopy-allows-the-classification-of-polyphenols-according-to-their-differential-effects-on-the-mda-mb-231-breast-cancer-cell-line
#20
A Mignolet, V Mathieu, E Goormaghtigh
Breast cancer is a major public health issue among women in the world. Meanwhile new anticancer treatments struggle more and more to be accepted in the pharmaceutical market and research costs still increase. There is therefore a need to find new treatments and new screening methods to test them more quickly and efficiently. Among natural compounds, an increasing interest has been given to polyphenols as they can take action at the different stages of carcinogenesis, from tumour initiation to metastasis formation, by disturbing multiple cellular signalling pathways...
December 7, 2016: Analyst
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