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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913783/three-dimensional-printed-prosthesis-demonstrates-functional-improvement-in-a-patient-with-an-amputated-thumb-a-technical-note
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Keun Ho Lee, Sung Jae Kim, Yong Ho Cha, Jae Lim Kim, Dong Kyu Kim, Sang Jun Kim
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Three-dimensional printer is widely used in industry, biology, and medical fields. We report a finger prosthesis produced by a three-dimensional scanner and printer for a 67-year-old man with a right thumb amputation above the metacarpophalangeal joint. TECHNIQUE: His right amputated and left intact hands were scanned with a three-dimensional scanner, and the left-hand image was rotated to the right side to design the right thumb prosthesis. The designed prosthesis was printed with a three-dimensional printer using the fused filament fabrication output system...
December 1, 2016: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913320/the-concept-of-effective-inflow-application-to-interictal-localization-of-the-epileptogenic-focus-from-ieeg
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Ioannis Vlachos, Balu Krishnan, David Treiman, Konstantinos Tsakalis, Dimitris Kugiumtzis, Leon Iassemidis
GOAL: Accurate determination of the epileptogenic focus is of paramount diagnostic and therapeutic importance in epilepsy. The current gold standard for focus localization is from ictal (seizure) onset and thus requires the occurrence and recording of multiple typical seizures of a patient. Localization of the focus from seizure-free (interictal) periods remains a challenging problem, especially in the absence of interictal epileptiform activity. METHODS: By exploring the concept of effective inflow, we developed a focus localization algorithm (FLA) based on directed connectivity between brain sites...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911939/a-new-model-for-solving-time-cost-quality-trade-off-problems-in-construction
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Fang Fu, Tao Zhang
A poor quality affects project makespan and its total costs negatively, but it can be recovered by repair works during construction. We construct a new non-linear programming model based on the classic multi-mode resource constrained project scheduling problem considering repair works. In order to obtain satisfactory quality without a high increase of project cost, the objective is to minimize total quality cost which consists of the prevention cost and failure cost according to Quality-Cost Analysis. A binary dependent normal distribution function is adopted to describe the activity quality; Cumulative quality is defined to determine whether to initiate repair works, according to the different relationships among activity qualities, namely, the coordinative and precedence relationship...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906696/medical-therapy-refractory-chronic-rhinosinusitis-and-productivity-costs
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Kristine A Smith, Luke Rudmik
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to address the most recent advances in the medical therapy for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), define recalcitrant and refractory CRS, and discuss the productivity costs associated with CRS. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies evaluating anti-IL-4 receptor α antibodies and calcium channel blockers have demonstrated promising early results during management of CRS. Recent appropriateness criteria have been developed to assist clinicians with defining which patients have 'refractory' CRS and may be considered candidates for endoscopic sinus surgery...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906537/medicaid-and-children-s-health-insurance-programs-eligibility-notices-fair-hearing-and-appeal-processes-for-medicaid-and-other-provisions-related-to-eligibility-and-enrollment-for-medicaid-and-chip-final-rule
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This final rule implements provisions of the Affordable Care Act that expand access to health coverage through improvements in Medicaid and coordination between Medicaid, CHIP, and Exchanges. This rule finalizes most of the remaining provisions from the "Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Programs, and Exchanges: Essential Health Benefits in Alternative Benefit Plans, Eligibility Notices, Fair Hearing and Appeal Processes for Medicaid and Exchange Eligibility Appeals and Other Provisions Related to Eligibility and Enrollment for Exchanges, Medicaid and CHIP, and Medicaid Premiums and Cost Sharing; Proposed Rule" that we published in the January 22, 2013, Federal Register...
November 30, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905544/high-critical-current-density-of-yba2cu3o7-x-superconducting-films-prepared-through-a-duv-assisted-solution-deposition-process
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Yuanqing Chen, Weibai Bian, Wenhuan Huang, Xinni Tang, Gaoyang Zhao, Lingwei Li, Na Li, Wen Huo, Jiqiang Jia, Caiyin You
Although the solution deposition of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) superconducting films is cost effective and capable of large-scale production, further improvements in their superconductivity are necessary. In this study, a deep UV (DUV) irradiation technique combined with a low-fluorine solution process was developed to prepare YBCO films. An acrylic acidic group as the chelating agent was used in the precursor solution. The acrylic acidic group was highly sensitive to DUV light at 254 nm and significantly absorbed UV light...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905087/robot-assisted-surgery-in-elderly-and-very-elderly-population-our-experience-in-oncologic-and-general-surgery-with-literature-review
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Graziano Ceccarelli, Enrico Andolfi, Alessia Biancafarina, Aldo Rocca, Maurizio Amato, Marco Milone, Marta Scricciolo, Barbara Frezza, Egidio Miranda, Marco De Prizio, Andrea Fontani
BACKGROUND: Although there is no agreement on a definition of elderly, commonly an age cutoff of ≥65 or 75 years is used. Nowadays most of malignancies requiring surgical treatment are diagnosed in old population. Comorbidities and frailty represent well-known problems during and after surgery in elderly patients. Minimally invasive surgery offers earlier postoperative mobilization, less blood loss, lower morbidity as well as reduction in hospital stay and as such represents an interesting and validated option for elderly population...
November 30, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904842/the-challenges-of-cardiothoracic-surgery-practice-in-nigeria-a-12-years-institutional-experience
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Bode Falase, Michael Sanusi, Adeola Animasahun, Ogadinma Mgbajah, Adetinuwe Majekodunmi, Onyekwelu Nzewi, Jonathan Nwiloh, David Oke
BACKGROUND: Although the specialty of cardiothoracic surgery has been practiced in Nigeria for many years, open heart surgery (OHS) has only in the last decade become relatively more frequent, mainly through visiting foreign cardiac surgical teams. At this early phase of development it is faced with multiple challenges, especially financing and local skilled manpower for which solutions have to be identified in order to ensure sustainability and future growth. This study is aimed at highlighting these obstacles to growth of cardiothoracic surgery based on our own institutional experience at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and the current status of OHS activity in other cardiothoracic centers in Nigeria...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902655/organizational-perspectives-on-rapid-response-team-structure-function-and-cost-a-qualitative-study
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Patricia L Smith, Jean McSweeney
BACKGROUND: Understanding how an organization determines structure and function of a rapid response team (RRT), as well as cost evaluation and implications, can provide foundational knowledge to guide decisions about RRTs. OBJECTIVES: The objectives were to (1) identify influencing factors in organizational development of RRT structure and function and (2) describe evaluation of RRT costs. METHODS: Using a qualitative, ethnographic design, nurse executives and experts in 15 moderate-size hospitals were interviewed to explore their decision-making processes in determining RRT structure and function...
January 2017: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901452/perioperative-characteristics-of-dogs-undergoing-open-versus-laparoscopic-assisted-cystotomy-for-treatment-of-cystic-calculi-89-cases-2011-2015
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Ameet Singh, Katie Hoddinott, Shauna Morrison, Michelle L Oblak, Brigitte A Brisson, Adam T Ogilvie, Gabrielle Monteith, John D Denstedt
OBJECTIVE To compare perioperative characteristics of dogs with cystic calculi treated via open versus laparoscopic-assisted cystotomy (LAC). DESIGN Retrospective case series. ANIMALS 89 client-owned dogs that underwent open cystotomy (n = 39) or LAC (50). PROCEDURES Medical records of dogs that underwent cystotomy between 2011 and 2015 were reviewed. History, signalment, surgery date, results of physical examination, results of preoperative diagnostic testing, details of surgical treatment, duration of surgery, perioperative complications, treatment costs, and duration of hospitalization were recorded...
December 15, 2016: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900315/effectiveness-and-efficiency-of-improving-hiv-service-provision-for-key-populations-in-nicaragua
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Edward Ivor Broughton, Oscar Nunez, Rafael Arana, Alexey Oviedo
OBJECTIVE: HIV in Nicaragua is concentrated among key populations (KPs) - men who have sex with men, female sex workers, and female transgender - in whom prevalence is 600-4,000 times higher than the general population. The United States Agency for International Development PrevenSida project is aimed at increasing healthy behavior among KPs and people with HIV and improving testing, counseling, and continuity of prevention and treatment by building capacity and improving performance of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) providing services to KPs...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897303/-pharmacoeconomic-study-of-the-treatment-of-advanced-parkinson-s-disease
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F Vivancos-Matellano, A J Garcia-Ruiz, N Garcia-Agua Soler
INTRODUCTION: When oral or transdermal drug therapy in Parkinson's disease becomes less effective, there are three therapies using assisted devices that can reduce motor and non-motor complications: subcutaneous apomorphine infusion pump (SAIP), continuous levodopa/carbidopa duodenal infusion (LDI) and deep brain stimulation (DBS). AIM: Conduct a comparative pharmacoeconomic analysis of the use of SAIP, with LDI and DBS. As a secondary objective arises discuss the profile of the ideal candidate for each of the technicals...
December 16, 2016: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896461/transversus-abdominis-plane-block-for-postoperative-pain-relief-after-hand-assisted-laparoscopic-colon-surgery-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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R Tikuisis, P Miliauskas, V Lukoseviciene, N Samalavicius, A Dulskas, L Zabuliene, V Zabulis, J Urboniene
BACKGROUND: Although hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery (HALS) offers patients smaller surgical incisions, they still experience pain. Currently, there is no consensus on the optimal analgesic package for patients undergoing HALS. The aim of this prospective, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial was to evaluate the effect of transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block on postoperative pain control (pain score and analgesic use) and other outcomes in colon cancer patients undergoing hand-assisted laparoscopic left hemicolectomy...
November 28, 2016: Techniques in Coloproctology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894347/estimation-of-utility-weights-for-human-papilloma-virus-related-health-states-according-to-disease-severity
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Minsu Ock, Jeong-Yeol Park, Woo-Seung Son, Hyeon-Jeong Lee, Seon-Ha Kim, Min-Woo Jo
BACKGROUND: A cost-utility study of a human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine requires that the utility weights for HPV-related health states (i.e., cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), cervical cancer, and condyloma) be evaluated. The aim of the present study was to determine the utility weights for HPV-related health states. METHODS: Hypothetical standardised health states related to HPV were developed based on patient education material and previous publications...
November 28, 2016: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893391/robust-transfer-metric-learning-for-image-classification
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Zhengming Ding, Yun Fu
Metric learning has attracted increasing attention due to its critical role in image analysis and classification. Conventional metric learning always assumes the training and test data are sampled from the same or similar distribution. However, to build an effective distance metric, we need abundant supervised knowledge (i.e., side/label information), which is generally inaccessible in practice because of the expensive labeling cost. In this paper, we develop a Robust Transfer Metric Learning (RTML) framework to effectively assist the unlabeled target learning by transferring the knowledge from the well-labeled source domain...
November 22, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893300/the-use-of-robotic-and-laparoscopic-surgical-stapling-devices-during-minimally-invasive-colon-and-rectal-surgery-a-comparison
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Jeremy L Holzmacher, Samuel Luka, Madiha Aziz, Richard L Amdur, Samir Agarwal, Vincent Obias
PURPOSE: To date there exists no published study examining the safety and efficacy of the EndoWrist 45 (Intuitive Surgical, Inc.) robotic stapler. We compared outcomes between the robotic and comparable laparoscopic stapler in robotic-assisted colorectal procedures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of 93 patients who underwent robotic-assisted colorectal surgery at our institution from 2012 to 2014. Surgeries included left, sigmoid, subtotal and total colectomies, and low anterior rectal resections...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893135/screening-for-colorectal-cancer-and-evolving-issues-for-physicians-and-patients-a-review
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REVIEW
David Lieberman, Uri Ladabaum, Marcia Cruz-Correa, Carla Ginsburg, John M Inadomi, Lawrence S Kim, Francis M Giardiello, Richard C Wender
Importance: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Screening can reduce CRC mortality and incidence, and numerous screening options, although available, complicate informed decision making. This review provides evidence-based tools for primary care physicians to identify patients with higher-than-average-risk and engage patients in informed decision making about CRC screening options. Observations: Recently, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended any of 8 CRC screening approaches for average-risk individuals, beginning at age 50 years...
November 22, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891293/high-kvp-assisted-metal-artifact-reduction-for-x-ray-computed-tomography
#18
Yan Xi, Yannan Jin, Bruno De Man, Ge Wang
In X-ray computed tomography (CT), the presence of metallic parts in patients causes serious artifacts and degrades image quality. Many algorithms were published for metal artifact reduction (MAR) over the past decades with various degrees of success but without a perfect solution. Some MAR algorithms are based on the assumption that metal artifacts are due only to strong beam hardening and may fail in the case of serious photon starvation. Iterative methods handle photon starvation by discarding or underweighting corrupted data, but the results are not always stable and they come with high computational cost...
2016: IEEE Access: Practical Innovations, Open Solutions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890142/the-effects-of-a-simple-intervention-on-exposures-to-low-back-pain-risk-factors-during-traditional-posterior-load-carriage
#19
Khoirul Muslim, Maury A Nussbaum
Traditional posterior load carriage (PLC), typically performed without the use of an assistive device, is associated with a high prevalence of low back pain (LBP). However, there are few studies that have evaluated potential interventions to reduce exposures to LBP risk factors. This work examined the effects of a simple, potentially low-cost intervention using an assistive device (i.e., carrying aid) on exposures to factors related to LBP risk during PLC. Torso kinematics and kinetics, slip risk, and ratings of perceived discomfort (RPD) were obtained during simulated PLC on a walkway...
March 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889122/genome-wide-association-study-for-cheese-yield-and-curd-nutrient-recovery-in-dairy-cows
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C Dadousis, S Biffani, C Cipolat-Gotet, E L Nicolazzi, G J M Rosa, D Gianola, A Rossoni, E Santus, G Bittante, A Cecchinato
Cheese production and consumption are increasing in many countries worldwide. As a result, interest has increased in strategies for genetic selection of individuals for technological traits of milk related to cheese yield (CY) in dairy cattle breeding. However, little is known about the genetic background of a cow's ability to produce cheese. Recently, a relatively large panel (1,264 cows) of different measures of individual cow CY and milk nutrient and energy recoveries in the cheese (REC) became available...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
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