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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324989/non-contact-real-time-estimation-of-intrapulmonary-pressure-and-tidal-volume-for-chronic-heart-failure-patients
#1
Vinh Phuc Tran, Adel Ali Al-Jumaily
Long-term continuous patient monitoring is required in many health systems for monitoring and analytical diagnosing purposes. It has been recognized that these types of monitoring systems have shortcomings related to patient comfort and/or functionality. Non-contact monitoring systems have been developed to address some of these shortcomings. One of such systems is non-contact physiological vital signs assessments for Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) patients. This paper presents a novel pulmonary ventilation model that defines the relationship between the intrapulmonary pressure and the chest displacement...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324980/effect-of-wearable-sensor-dynamics-on-physical-activity-estimates-a-comparison-between-sci-vs-healthy-individuals
#2
C Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman
Accuracy of physical activity estimates predicted by activity monitoring technologies may be affected by device location, analysis algorithms, type of technology (i.e. wearable/stickable) and population demographics (disability) being studied. Consequently, the main purpose of this investigation was to study such sensor dynamics (i.e. effect of device location, type and population demographics on energy expenditure estimates) of two commercial activity monitors. It was hypothesized that device location, population studied (disability), choice of proprietary algorithm and type of technology used will significantly impact the accuracy of the predicted physical activity metrics...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324856/quantification-of-groundwater-recharge-in-urban-environments
#3
Isabel Tubau, Enric Vázquez-Suñé, Jesús Carrera, Cristina Valhondo, Rotman Criollo
Groundwater management in urban areas requires a detailed knowledge of the hydrogeological system as well as the adequate tools for predicting the amount of groundwater and water quality evolution. In that context, a key difference between urban and natural areas lies in recharge evaluation. A large number of studies have been published since the 1990s that evaluate recharge in urban areas, with no specific methodology. Most of these methods show that there are generally higher rates of recharge in urban settings than in natural settings...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324853/discursive-junctions-in-flood-risk-governance-a-comparative-understanding-in-six-european-countries
#4
Maria Kaufmann, Mark Wiering
Flood risks are managed differently across Europe. While a number of research studies aim to understand these differences, they tend to pay little attention to the social constructionist aspects of flood risk governance, i.e. the meaning that societies give to flood risk and governance. This paper aims to address this gap by understanding differences in flood risk management approaches (FRMA) from a discursive-institutional perspective. Based on this perspective, an analytical framework was developed to systematically analyse and compare discourses pertaining to flood risk and its governance in six European member states (England (the United Kingdom), Flanders (Belgium), France, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden)...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324850/sludge-management-modeling-to-enhance-p-recovery-as-struvite-in-wastewater-treatment-plants
#5
N Martí, R Barat, A Seco, L Pastor, A Bouzas
Interest in phosphorus (P) recovery and reuse has increased in recent years as supplies of P are declining. After use, most of the P remains in wastewater, making Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs) a vital part of P recycling. In this work, a new sludge management operation was studied by modeling in order to recover P in the form of struvite and minimize operating problems due to uncontrolled P precipitation in WWTPs. During the study, intensive analytical campaigns were carried out on the water and sludge lines...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324706/combining-oxytocin-administration-and-positive-emotion-inductions-examining-social-perception-and-analytical-performance
#6
Lauren J Human, Katherine R Thorson, Joshua D Woolley, Wendy Berry Mendes
Intranasal administration of the hypothalamic neuropeptide oxytocin (OT) has, in some studies, been associated with positive effects on social perception and cognition. Similarly, positive emotion inductions can improve a range of perceptual and performance-based behaviors. In this exploratory study, we examined how OT administration and positive emotion inductions interact in their associations with social and analytical performance. Participants (N=124) were randomly assigned to receive an intranasal spray of OT (40IU) or placebo and then viewed one of three videos designed to engender one of the following emotion states: social warmth, pride, or an affectively neutral state...
March 17, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324253/the-relationship-between-mineral-contents-particle-matter-and-bottom-ash-distribution-during-pellet-combustion-molar-balance-and-chemometric-analysis
#7
Mejdi Jeguirim, Nesrine Kraiem, Marzouk Lajili, Chamseddine Guizani, Antonis Zorpas, Yann Leva, Laure Michelin, Ludovic Josien, Lionel Limousy
This paper aims to identify the correlation between the mineral contents in agropellets and particle matter and bottom ash characteristics during combustion in domestic boilers. Four agrifood residues with higher mineral contents, namely grape marc (GM), tomato waste (TW), exhausted olive mill solid waste (EOMSW) and olive mill wastewater (OMWW), were selected. Then, seven different pellets were produced from pure residues or their mixture and blending with sawdust. The physico-chemical properties of the produced pellets were analysed using different analytical techniques, and a particular attention was paid to their mineral contents...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324129/detection-of-tetrabromobisphenol-a-and-its-mono-and-dimethyl%C3%A2-derivatives-in-fish-sediment-and-suspended-particulate-matter-from-european-freshwaters-and-estuaries
#8
Matthias Kotthoff, Heinz Rüdel, Heinrich Jürling
An analytical method was developed for the determination of tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), 3,3',5,5'-tetrabromobisphenol-A-monomethyl ether (MM-TBBPA) and 3,3',5,5'-tetrabromobisphenol-A-dimethyl ether (DM-TBBPA), and its valid application on fish muscle matrix (bream and sole), suspended particulate matter (SPM) and surface sediment layer samples, using only 0.5 g sample material, is demonstrated. Here, for the first time, DM-TBBPA could be determined by an LC-MS/MS-based method applying atmospheric pressure photoionization (APPI), using the same sample extracts for all three analytes...
March 21, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324127/development-of-certified-reference-materials-for-electrolytes-in-human-serum-gbw09124-09126
#9
Liuxing Feng, Jun Wang, Yanjie Cui, Naijie Shi, Haifeng Li, Hongmei Li
Three reference materials, at relatively low, middle, and high concentrations, were developed for analysis of the mass fractions of electrolytes (K, Ca, Na, Mg, Cl, and Li) in human serum. The reference materials were prepared by adding high purity chloride salts to normal human serum. The concentration range of the three levels is within ±20% of normal human serum. It was shown that 14 units with duplicate analysis is enough to demonstrate the homogeneity of these candidate reference materials. The statistical results also showed no significant trends in both short-term stability test for 1 week at 40 °C and long-term stability test for 14 months...
March 21, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324016/cardiorespiratory-fitness-and-adiposity-as-determinants-of-metabolic-health-pooled-analysis-of-two-twin-cohorts
#10
Sakari Jukarainen, René Holst, Christine Dalgård, Päivi Piirilä, Jesper Lundbom, Antti Hakkarainen, Nina Lundbom, Aila Rissanen, Jaakko Kaprio, Kirsten Ohm Kyvik, Thorkild I A Sørensen, Kirsi H Pietiläinen
Context: The joint effects of cardiorespiratory fitness and body composition on metabolic health are not well known. Objective: To examine the associations of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), fat free mass index (FFMI) and fat mass index (FMI) with metabolic health in individual twins and controlling for genetic and shared environmental effects by studying monozygotic intrapair differences. Design, setting & participants: Two cross-sectional samples of healthy adult monozygotic and dizygotic twins were drawn from population-based Danish and Finnish national twin registries (n=996 and n=309)...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323944/from-pregnancy-to-preeclampsia-a-key-role-for-estrogens
#11
Nadia Berkane, Philippe Liere, Jean-Paul Oudinet, Alexandre Hertig, Guillaume Lefèvre, Nicola Pluchino, Michael Schumacher, Nathalie Chabbert-Buffet
Preeclampsia (PE) results of placental dysfunction and is one of the primary causes of maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity. During pregnancy, estrogen is produced primarily in the placenta by conversion of androgen precursors originating from maternal and fetal adrenal glands. These processes lead to increased plasma estrogen concentrations compared to non-pregnant women. Aberrant production of estrogens could play a key role in PE symptoms, since they are exclusively produced by the placenta and they promote angiogenesis and vasodilation...
March 3, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323894/a-generalized-phase-resetting-method-for-phase-locked-modes-prediction
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Sorinel A Oprisan, Dave I Austin
We derived analytically and checked numerically a set of novel conditions for the existence and the stability of phase-locked modes in a biologically relevant master-slave neural network with a dynamic feedback loop. Since neural oscillators even in the three-neuron network investigated here receive multiple inputs per cycle, we generalized the concept of phase resetting to accommodate multiple inputs per cycle. We proved that the phase resetting produced by two or more stimuli per cycle can be recursively computed from the traditional, single stimulus, phase resetting...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323860/disrespect-and-abuse-of-women-during-childbirth-in-nigeria-a-systematic-review
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Foluso Ishola, Onikepe Owolabi, Veronique Filippi
BACKGROUND: Promoting respectful care at childbirth is important to improve quality of care and encourage women to utilize skilled delivery services. However, there has been a relative lack of public health research on this topic in Nigeria. A systematic review was conducted to synthesize current evidence on disrespect and abuse of women during childbirth in Nigeria in order to understand its nature and extent, contributing factors and consequences, and propose solutions. METHODS: Five electronic databases were searched for relevant published studies, and five data sources for additional grey literature...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323832/age-related-cognitive-decline-and-associations-with-sex-education-and-apolipoprotein-e-genotype-across-ethnocultural-groups-and-geographic-regions-a-collaborative-cohort-study
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Darren M Lipnicki, John D Crawford, Rajib Dutta, Anbupalam Thalamuthu, Nicole A Kochan, Gavin Andrews, M Fernanda Lima-Costa, Erico Castro-Costa, Carol Brayne, Fiona E Matthews, Blossom C M Stephan, Richard B Lipton, Mindy J Katz, Karen Ritchie, Jacqueline Scali, Marie-Laure Ancelin, Nikolaos Scarmeas, Mary Yannakoulia, Efthimios Dardiotis, Linda C W Lam, Candy H Y Wong, Ada W T Fung, Antonio Guaita, Roberta Vaccaro, Annalisa Davin, Ki Woong Kim, Ji Won Han, Tae Hui Kim, Kaarin J Anstey, Nicolas Cherbuin, Peter Butterworth, Marcia Scazufca, Shuzo Kumagai, Sanmei Chen, Kenji Narazaki, Tze Pin Ng, Qi Gao, Simone Reppermund, Henry Brodaty, Antonio Lobo, Raúl Lopez-Anton, Javier Santabárbara, Perminder S Sachdev
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of dementia varies around the world, potentially contributed to by international differences in rates of age-related cognitive decline. Our primary goal was to investigate how rates of age-related decline in cognitive test performance varied among international cohort studies of cognitive aging. We also determined the extent to which sex, educational attainment, and apolipoprotein E ε4 allele (APOE*4) carrier status were associated with decline. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We harmonized longitudinal data for 14 cohorts from 12 countries (Australia, Brazil, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States), for a total of 42,170 individuals aged 54-105 y (42% male), including 3...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323830/on-the-evolutionary-origins-of-equity
#15
Stéphane Debove, Nicolas Baumard, Jean-Baptiste André
Equity, defined as reward according to contribution, is considered a central aspect of human fairness in both philosophical debates and scientific research. Despite large amounts of research on the evolutionary origins of fairness, the evolutionary rationale behind equity is still unknown. Here, we investigate how equity can be understood in the context of the cooperative environment in which humans evolved. We model a population of individuals who cooperate to produce and divide a resource, and choose their cooperative partners based on how they are willing to divide the resource...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323697/generation-and-development-of-paravertebral-ossification-in-cervical-artificial-disk-replacement-a-detailed-analytic-report-using-coronal-reconstruction-ct
#16
Wei Tian, Xiao Han, Bo Liu, Da He, Yanwei Lv, James Yue
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective follow-up study and review of images in published papers. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether true heterotopic ossification (HO) occurs in artificial disk replacement (ADR); to evaluate the incidence of paravertebral ossification (PO) and its influence on ADR. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: HO is typically defined as the abnormal formation of true bone within extraskeletal soft tissues. However, HO in ADR does not fit this definition precisely, as it originates from vertebral body, making it hard to distinguish radiologically from preexisting osteophytes...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323693/assessment-of-vertebral-curves-using-the-manual-post-it-technique
#17
Brian P Gladnick, Joseph J Schreiber, Chad R Ishmael, Benjamin T Bjerke-Kroll, Matthew E Cunningham
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective study of a new technique. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to report a manual technique for measuring vertebral curves on digital spine radiographs, and to assess the agreement of this technique with that of digital software for measuring vertebral curves. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Modern picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) typically include software for evaluating radiographic measurements...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323634/effect-of-laser-pulse-propagation-on-ultrafast-magnetization-dynamics-in-a-birefringent-medium
#18
J A de Jong, A M Kalashnikova, R V Pisarev, A M Balbashov, A V Kimel, A Kirilyuk, Th Rasing
Light propagation effects can strongly influence the excitation and the detection of laser-induced magnetization dynamics. We investigated experimentally and analytically the effects of crystallographic linear birefringence on the excitation and detection of ultrafast magnetization dynamics in the rare-earth orthoferrites (Sm0.5Pr0.5)FeO3 and (Sm0.55Tb0.45)FeO3, which possess weak and strong linear birefringence, respectively. Our finding is that the effect of linear birefringence on the result of a magneto-optical pump-probe experiment strongly depends on the mechanism of excitation...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323556/psychometric-properties-of-the-alcohol-use-disorders-identification-test-consumption-audit-c-in-public-first-responders
#19
Hyeonseok S Jeong, Shinwon Park, Soo Mee Lim, Jiyoung Ma, Ilhyang Kang, Jungyoon Kim, Eui-Jung Kim, Yejee J Choi, Jae-Ho Lim, Yong-An Chung, In Kyoon Lyoo, Sujung Yoon, Jieun E Kim
Problematic alcohol consumption is prevalent among first responders because alcohol is commonly used to cope with occupational stress and frequent exposure to traumatic incidents, making them an at-risk population for alcohol use disorders (AUD). This study investigated the psychometric properties of the Korean version of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption (AUDIT-C) among public first responders. The Structured Clinical Interview for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV-Text Revision (SCID), AUDIT-C, AUDIT, and CAGE were administered to 222 public first responders, who were recruited by convenience sampling...
March 21, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320159/prevalence-of-peripheral-neuropathy-and-associated-factors-in-hiv-infected-patients
#20
Maria Luiza Areal Corrêa de Sá E Benevides, Sérgio Beduschi Filho, Rodrigo Debona, Eduardo Novaes Costa Bergamaschi, Jean Costa Nunes
The progress on HIV infection treatment has allowed a longer survival for HIV-infected patients. However, chronic comorbidities are emerging. Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) represents one of the most prevalent neurologic disorders among these patients, and comprehensive studies may contribute to a reduction in the morbidity of this condition. This is a cross-sectional analytic study conducted in a tertiary referral hospital in southern Brazil. This study investigates the prevalence of PN among HIV-infected patients and associated demographic, clinical and laboratory variables...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
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