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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214562/leveraging-health-informatics-to-a-foster-smart-systems-response-to-health-disparities-and-health-equity-challenges
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Timothy Jay Carney, Amanda Y Kong
Informaticians are challenged to design health IT solutions for complex problems like health disparities but are only achieving mixed results in demonstrating a direct impact on health outcomes. This presentation of collective intelligence and the corresponding terms of smart health, knowledge ecosystem, enhanced health disparities informatics capacities, knowledge exchange, big-data, and situational awareness are means of demonstrating the complex challenges informatics professional face in trying to model, measure, and manage an intelligence and a smart systems response to health disparities...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214194/orthogeriatric-activity-in-a-general-hospital-of-castilla-la-mancha-spain
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J M Fernández-Ibáñez, M C Morales-Ballesteros, E Crespo-Romero, S Gómez-Gómez, M D Fraga-Fuentes, J Cruz-Tejado, P A Hernández-Zegarra, Á Arias-Arias, M M García-Baltasar
AIM: To describe the orthogeriatric activity in the elderly with hip fractures in the Hospital Mancha Centro, based on the recommendations of the main guidelines. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Observational prospective study, comprising all patients over 65 years of age admitted to the Traumatology Unit with a hip fracture between April 2015 and December 2015. Patients were admitted under the care of the Traumatology Unit with cross-consultation carried out with the Geriatrics Department, which then carried out a pre-operative geriatric assessment and the post-operative follow-ups...
February 14, 2017: Revista Española de Cirugía Ortopédica y Traumatología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212076/selecting-power-efficient-signal-features-for-a-low-power-fall-detector
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Changhong Wang, Stephen Redmond, Wei Lu, Michael Stevens, Stephen Lord, Nigel Lovell
Falls are a serious threat to the health of older people. A wearable fall detector can automatically detect the occurrence of a fall and alert a caregiver or an emergency response service so they may deliver immediate assistance, improving the chances of recovering from fall-related injuries. One constraint of such a wearable technology is its limited battery life. Thus, minimization of power consumption is an important design concern, all the while maintaining satisfactory accuracy of the fall detection algorithms implemented on the wearable device...
February 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211188/health-status-health-behaviours-and-anxiety-symptoms-of-older-male-caregivers-findings-from-the-concord-health-and-ageing-in-men-project
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Chen-Chun Shu, Robert G Cumming, Hal L Kendig, Fiona M Blyth, Louise M Waite, David G Le Couteur, David J Handelsman, Vasi Naganathan
OBJECTIVE: To explore differences between older male caregivers and non-caregivers on health status, health behaviours and well-being, including symptoms of anxiety. METHODS: Data were collected through self-completed questionnaires and face-to-face interviews with 1705 community living men aged ≥70 in the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project. RESULTS: Eleven per cent of older men were caregivers, of whom 81.7% were looking after their wives or partners...
February 16, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210964/exploring-partners-experiences-in-living-with-patients-who-undergo-bariatric-surgery
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Anna Wallwork, Lynn Tremblay, Monica Chi, Sanjeev Sockalingam
BACKGROUND: Bariatric surgery is effective in assisting persons with severe obesity in achieving significant weight loss and improved health; however, success depends on one's lifelong commitment to lifestyle modifications post-operatively. Life partners can be essential to the success of bariatric patients as they can serve as a primary resource to patients and healthcare teams. This study aimed to explore bariatric patients' partner's experiences in order to help inform clinical practice in bariatric care to better address patient and partner needs...
February 16, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210521/the-right-to-die-in-chronic-disorders-of-consciousness-can-we-avoid-the-slippery-slope-argument
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Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Antonino Naro, Rosaria De Luca, Margherita Russo, Lory Caccamo, Alfredo Manuli, Alessia Bramanti, Placido Bramanti
Managing individuals with chronic disorders of consciousness raises ethical questions about the appropriateness of maintaining life-sustaining treatments and end-of-life decisions for those who are unable to make decisions for themselves. For many years, the positions fostering the "sanctity" of human life (i.e., life is inviolable in any case) have led to maintaining life-sustaining treatments (including artificial nutrition and hydration) in patients with disorders of consciousness, allowing them to live for as long as possible...
November 2016: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209558/readiness-for-delivering-digital-health-at-scale-lessons-from-a-longitudinal-qualitative-evaluation-of-a-national-digital-health-innovation-program-in-the-united-kingdom
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Marilyn R Lennon, Matt-Mouley Bouamrane, Alison M Devlin, Siobhan O'Connor, Catherine O'Donnell, Ula Chetty, Ruth Agbakoba, Annemieke Bikker, Eleanor Grieve, Tracy Finch, Nicholas Watson, Sally Wyke, Frances S Mair
BACKGROUND: Digital health has the potential to support care delivery for chronic illness. Despite positive evidence from localized implementations, new technologies have proven slow to become accepted, integrated, and routinized at scale. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to examine barriers and facilitators to implementation of digital health at scale through the evaluation of a £37m national digital health program: ‟Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles at Scale" (dallas) from 2012-2015...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209209/perceived-quality-of-life-among-visceral-leishmaniasis-and-hiv-coinfected-migrant-male-workers-in-northwest-ethiopia-a-qualitative-study
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Mekuriaw Alemayehu, Mamo Wubshet, Nebiyu Mesfin, Abebaw Gebayehu
BACKGROUND: There is paucity of data on quality of life as a dimension of treatment outcome among Visceral Leishmaniasis and HIV coinfected patients. This study sought to explore perceived quality of life among Visceral Leishmaniasis and HIV coinfected male migrant workers in Northwest Ethiopia. METHODS: Twenty Visceral Leishmaniasis and HIV coinfected study participants took part in the in-depth interviews at Visceral Leishmaniasis and HIV treatment centers. Ten participants were on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and the remaining 10 have not yet started ART...
February 16, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207315/diagnosis-of-lumbosacral-diskospondylosis-in-a-bucking-bull-assisted-by-high-definition-thermal-and-nuclear-scintigraphic-imaging
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Marc Caldwell, Thomas Passler, Ram C Purohit, David Pascoe, Dwight F Wolfe
CASE DESCRIPTION An 8-year-old Brahman-cross bull was evaluated for left hind limb lameness of 2 months' duration. The lameness was first noticed during a rodeo bucking performance, immediately after the bull appeared to land inappropriately on the affected limb. CLINICAL FINDINGS Physical examination findings revealed left hind limb lameness, ataxia, and left-sided epaxial muscle atrophy. Palpation per rectum along the lumbar portion of the vertebral column revealed evidence of exostosis of the ventral aspect...
March 1, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205395/pregnancy-outcomes-and-contraceptive-use-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-women-without-a-chronic-illness-a-comparative-study
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Priyadarshani Galappatthy, Jayan D D Jayasinghe, Sampath C Paththinige, Rezvi M H Sheriff, Lalith S Wijayaratne
OBJECTIVES: To compare the pregnancy outcomes and contraceptive practices in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and women with no chronic illness (WNCI) in a tertiary care referral center in Colombo, Sri Lanka. METHODS: Patients with SLE satisfying American College of Rheumatology criteria for diagnosis and history of pregnancies were recruited from university lupus clinic, National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL). Age-matched women with history of pregnancy and RA were recruited from the rheumatology clinic, NHSL and WNCI from a surgical clinic...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205119/use-of-three-dimensional-computed-tomography-overlay-for-real-time-cryoballoon-ablation-in-atrial-fibrillation-reduces-radiation-dose-and-contrast-dye
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B Oude Velthuis, M Molenaar, H G Reinhart Dorman, J Y Stevenhagen, M F Scholten, J van der Palen, J M van Opstal
AIMS: Cryoballoon pulmonary vein (PV) isolation in patients with atrial fibrillation has proven to be effective in short-term and long-term follow-up. To visualise the PV anatomy, pre-ablation contrast pulmonary venography is commonly performed. Three-dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) overlay is a new technique creating a live 3D image of the left atrium by integrating a previously obtained CT scan during fluoroscopy. To evaluate the benefits of 3D CT overlay during cryoballoon ablation, we studied the use of 3D CT overlay versus contrast pulmonary venography in a randomised fashion in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation undergoing cryoballoon PV isolation...
February 15, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203305/perceptions-of-physical-activity-among-elderly-residents-and-professionals-in-assisted-living-facilities
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Annsofie Mahrs Träff, Elisabet Cedersund, Catharina Nord
BACKGROUND: Physical activity is often described as being important for people of all ages, but what different people mean when they talk about physical activity is unclear. METHOD: A phenomenographic method was used to analyze how 13 older people and 17 professionals answer the question, "If I say physical activity, what does the concept mean to you?" as part of semi-structured interviews conducted in four assisted living facilities in two different municipalities...
2017: European Review of Aging and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203062/what-are-the-highly-important-and-desirable-patient-engagement-actions-for-self-care-as-perceived-by-individuals-living-in-the-southern-united-states
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Huey-Ming Tzeng, James Marcus Pierson
AIM: This exploratory survey study aimed to identify patient engagement actions that are the most frequently named as being highly important (top 30 by importance) or ones that they want to do (top 30 by desire) for community-dwelling adult patients living in the southern United States. Items not making the list of the top 30 by ability were also identified. BACKGROUND: Patient engagement is still an ambiguous term among population health and health care professionals in the United States as we lack a clear understanding of what it entails...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202287/cultural-adaptation-to-spanish-spain-of-the-overactive-bladder-family-impact-measure-oab-fim-questionnaire
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S Arlandis Guzmán, E Martínez Cuenca, R Martínez García, M A Bonillo García, J Rejas, E Broseta-Rico
OBJECTIVE: The OAB-FIM was developed as a measure of the impact of an overactive bladder (OAB) on relatives who live with the patient. The objective of this study was conduct a cultural adaptation to Spanish (Spain) of the OAB-FIM questionnaire. METHODS: The adaptation included a conceptual and linguistic validation phase, as well as a phase for measuring the psychometric properties in 25 relatives [mean age, 63.0 years (SD, 14.3); 44% women] who regularly live with patients with OAB, who are of either sex and 18 years of age or older...
February 12, 2017: Actas Urologicas Españolas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202100/low-income-adults-perceptions-of-farmers-markets-and-community-supported-agriculture-programmes
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Elizabeth W Cotter, Carla Teixeira, Annessa Bontrager, Kasharena Horton, Deyanira Soriano
OBJECTIVE: To better understand low-income adults' attitudes towards participating in farmers' markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) and nutrition education programming. DESIGN: Focus groups were held with a diverse sample of adults. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis. SETTING: Three affordable housing communities in Washington, DC, USA. SUBJECTS: Participants included twenty-eight residents of the three affordable housing communities...
February 16, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196791/use-of-information-and-communication-technologies-among-older-people-with-and-without-frailty-a-population-based-survey
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Niina Susanna Keränen, Maarit Kangas, Milla Immonen, Heidi Similä, Heidi Enwald, Raija Korpelainen, Timo Jämsä
BACKGROUND: Use of information and communication technologies (ICT) among seniors is increasing; however, studies on the use of ICT by seniors at the highest risk of health impairment are lacking. Frail and prefrail seniors are a group that would likely benefit from preventive nutrition and exercise interventions, both of which can take advantage of ICT. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to quantify the differences in ICT use, attitudes, and reasons for nonuse among physically frail, prefrail, and nonfrail home-dwelling seniors...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196475/nutrition-and-dementia-care-developing-an-evidence-based-model-for-nutritional-care-in-nursing-homes
#17
Jane L Murphy, Joanne Holmes, Cindy Brooks
BACKGROUND: There is a growing volume of research to offer improvements in nutritional care for people with dementia living in nursing homes. Whilst a number of interventions have been identified to support food and drink intake, there has been no systematic research to understand the factors for improving nutritional care from the perspectives of all those delivering care in nursing homes. The aim of this study was to develop a research informed model for understanding the complex nutritional problems associated with eating and drinking for people with dementia...
February 14, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196105/adaptive-geostatistical-sampling-enables-efficient-identification-of-malaria-hotspots-in-repeated-cross-sectional-surveys-in-rural-malawi
#18
Alinune N Kabaghe, Michael G Chipeta, Robert S McCann, Kamija S Phiri, Michèle van Vugt, Willem Takken, Peter Diggle, Anja D Terlouw
INTRODUCTION: In the context of malaria elimination, interventions will need to target high burden areas to further reduce transmission. Current tools to monitor and report disease burden lack the capacity to continuously detect fine-scale spatial and temporal variations of disease distribution exhibited by malaria. These tools use random sampling techniques that are inefficient for capturing underlying heterogeneity while health facility data in resource-limited settings are inaccurate...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195641/clinical-pathology-of-amphibians-a-review
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REVIEW
María J Forzán, Jill Heatley, Karen E Russell, Barbara Horney
Amphibian declines and extinctions have worsened in the last 2 decades. Partly because one of the main causes of the declines is infectious disease, veterinary professionals have increasingly become involved in amphibian research, captive husbandry, and management. Health evaluation of amphibians, free-living or captive, can benefit from employing the tools of clinical pathology, something that is commonly used in veterinary medicine of other vertebrates. The present review compiles what is known of amphibian clinical pathology emphasizing knowledge that may assist with the interpretation of laboratory results, provides diagnostic recommendations for common amphibian diseases, and includes RIs for a few amphibian species estimated based on peer-reviewed studies...
February 13, 2017: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191352/hybrid-assistive-neuromuscular-dynamic-stimulation-therapy-a-new-strategy-for-improving-upper-extremity-function-in-patients-with-hemiparesis-following-stroke
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REVIEW
Toshiyuki Fujiwara, Michiyuki Kawakami, Kaoru Honaga, Michi Tochikura, Kaoru Abe
Hybrid Assistive Neuromuscular Dynamic Stimulation (HANDS) therapy is one of the neurorehabilitation therapeutic approaches that facilitates the use of the paretic upper extremity (UE) in daily life by combining closed-loop electromyography- (EMG-) controlled neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) with a wrist-hand splint. This closed-loop EMG-controlled NMES can change its stimulation intensity in direct proportion to the changes in voluntary generated EMG amplitudes recorded with surface electrodes placed on the target muscle...
2017: Neural Plasticity
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