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Dina H Griauzde, Jeffrey T Kullgren, Brad Liestenfeltz, Caroline Richardson, Michele Heisler
Background: Rates of participation in Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPPs) are low. This may be due, in part, to low levels of autonomous motivation (i.e., motivation that arises from internal sources and sustains healthy behaviors over time) to prevent type 2 diabetes (T2DM) among many individuals with prediabetes. Mobile health (mHealth) technologies that incorporate principles from the Self-Determination Theory offer an effective and scalable approach to increase autonomous motivation levels...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
Joshua T Bucher, Christopher Bryczkowski, Grant Wei, Renee L Riggs, Anoop Kotwal, Brian Sumner, Jonathan V McCoy
BACKGROUND: The purpose of our study is to investigate rates of individual procedures performed by residents in our emergency medicine (EM) residency program. Different programs expose residents to different training environments. Our hypothesis is that ultrasound examinations are the most commonly performed procedure in our residency. METHODS: The study took place in an academic level I trauma center with multiple residency and fellowship programs including surgery, surgical critical care, trauma, medicine, pulmonary/critical care, anesthesiology and others...
February 14, 2018: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
Chris M Buonocore, Rosemary A Rocchio, Alfonso Roman, Christine E King, Majid Sarrafzadeh
Pediatric asthma is a prevalent chronic disease condition that can benefit from wireless health systems through constant symptom management. In this paper, we propose a smart watch based wireless health system that incorporates wireless sensing and ecological momentary assessment (EMA) to determine an individual's asthma symptoms. Since asthma is a multifaceted disease, this approach provides individualized symptom assessments through various physiological and environmental wireless sensor based EMA triggers specific to common asthma exacerbations...
July 2017: ...IEEE...International Conference on Connected Health: Applications, Systems and Engineering Technologies
Guillermo Carpintero, Shintaro Hisatake, David de Felipe, Robinson Guzman, Tadao Nagatsuma, Norbert Keil
We report for the first time the successful wavelength stabilization of two hybrid integrated InP/Polymer DBR lasers through optical injection. The two InP/Polymer DBR lasers are integrated into a photonic integrated circuit, providing an ideal source for millimeter and Terahertz wave generation by optical heterodyne technique. These lasers offer the widest tuning range of the carrier wave demonstrated to date up into the Terahertz range, about 20 nm (2.5 THz) on a single photonic integrated circuit. We demonstrate the application of this source to generate a carrier wave at 330 GHz to establish a wireless data transmission link at a data rate up to 18 Gbit/s...
February 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Xuebing Zhang, Yu Liu, Zizheng Cao, Fan Li, Zhaohui Li, R Ismaeel, G Brambilla, Y Chen, A M J Koonen
Indoor optical wireless communication with optical beamsteering capability is currently attracting a lot of attention. One major two-dimensional (2D) optical beamsteering scheme is realized by 2D grating or its active counterpart, which is usually based on a spatial light modulator (SLM). However, there is a fundamental trade-off between the field of view (FoV) and power efficiency due to the inherent feature of gratings. In this Letter, we propose a new class of 2D beamsteering, named cyclically arranged optical beamsteering (CAO-BS), which can break that trade-off...
February 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Mohieddine Benammar, Abderrazak Abdaoui, Sabbir H M Ahmad, Farid Touati, Abdullah Kadri
The impact of air quality on health and on life comfort is well established. In many societies, vulnerable elderly and young populations spend most of their time indoors. Therefore, indoor air quality monitoring (IAQM) is of great importance to human health. Engineers and researchers are increasingly focusing their efforts on the design of real-time IAQM systems using wireless sensor networks. This paper presents an end-to-end IAQM system enabling measurement of CO₂, CO, SO₂, NO₂, O₃, Cl₂, ambient temperature, and relative humidity...
February 14, 2018: Sensors
Vikas Mishra, Nicole M Gautier, Edward Glasscock
In epilepsy, seizures can evoke cardiac rhythm disturbances such as heart rate changes, conduction blocks, asystoles, and arrhythmias, which can potentially increase risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocardiography (ECG) are widely used clinical diagnostic tools to monitor for abnormal brain and cardiac rhythms in patients. Here, a technique to simultaneously record video, EEG, and ECG in mice to measure behavior, brain, and cardiac activities, respectively, is described...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Parikshit Sahatiya, Anand Kadu, Harshit Gupta, P Thanga Gomathi, Sushmee Badhulika
Multifunctional sensors responding to different chemical stimuli fabricated using functional nanomaterials still remains a challenge due to the usage of same sensor multiple times for different sensing and unreliable frontend processing of the sensing data. This challenge is intensified by the lack of suitable techniques for fabricating disposable sensors which are integrated to smartphone with a dedicated application developed for each sensing. A novel MoS2/Cu2S hybrid grown on disposable cellulose paper by hydrothermal method is reported for its utilization in humidity, temperature and breath sensing and ethanol adulteration wherein the data can be wirelessly transmitted to smartphone with dedicated application module for each sensing...
February 14, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Christoph Rathgeb, Lukas Anschuetz, Daniel Schneider, Cilgia Dür, Marco Caversaccio, Stefan Weber, Tom Williamson
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to design, build and validate a surgical navigation system which fulfills the accuracy requirements for surgical procedures on the ear and the lateral skull base, and which integrates with the endoscopic workflow and operating room setup. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The navigation system consists of portable tablet computer (iPad Pro, Apple Computer, USA) and an optical tracking system (Cambar B1, Axios3D, Germany), both connected via a wireless Bluetooth link and attached directly to the OR table...
February 13, 2018: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Sheila Flanagan, Tudor-Cătălin Zorilă, Yannis Stylianou, Brian C J Moore
Auditory processing disorder (APD) may be diagnosed when a child has listening difficulties but has normal audiometric thresholds. For adults with normal hearing and with mild-to-moderate hearing impairment, an algorithm called spectral shaping with dynamic range compression (SSDRC) has been shown to increase the intelligibility of speech when background noise is added after the processing. Here, we assessed the effect of such processing using 8 children with APD and 10 age-matched control children. The loudness of the processed and unprocessed sentences was matched using a loudness model...
January 2018: Trends in Hearing
Giovanni Costantini, Daniele Casali, Fabio Paolizzo, Marco Alessandrini, Alessandro Micarelli, Andrea Viziano, Giovanni Saggio
Human maintain their body balance by sensorimotor controls mainly based on information gathered from vision, proprioception and vestibular systems. When there is a lack of information, caused by pathologies, diseases or aging, the subject may fall. In this context, we developed a system to augment information gathering, providing the subject with warning audio-feedback signals related to his/her equilibrium. The system comprises an inertial measurement unit (IMU), a data processing unit, a headphone audio device and a software application...
February 10, 2018: Medical Engineering & Physics
Mohammad Ammad Uddin, Ali Mansour, Denis Le Jeune, Mohammad Ayaz, El-Hadi M Aggoune
In this study, a crop health monitoring system is developed by using state of the art technologies including wireless sensors and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Conventionally data is collected from sensor nodes either by fixed base stations or mobile sinks. Mobile sinks are considered a better choice nowadays due to their improved network coverage and energy utilization. Usually, the mobile sink is used in two ways: either it goes for random walk to find the scattered nodes and collect data, or follows a pre-defined path established by the ground network/clusters...
February 11, 2018: Sensors
Chongxing Zhang, Ming Dong, Ming Ren, Wenguang Huang, Jierui Zhou, Xuze Gao, Ricardo Albarracín
Metal-enclosed switchgear, which are widely used in the distribution of electrical energy, play an important role in power distribution networks. Their safe operation is directly related to the reliability of power system as well as the power quality on the consumer side. Partial discharge detection is an effective way to identify potential faults and can be utilized for insulation diagnosis of metal-enclosed switchgear. The transient earth voltage method, an effective non-intrusive method, has substantial engineering application value for estimating the insulation condition of switchgear...
February 11, 2018: Sensors
Yuping Feng, Jordina Fornell, Huiyan Zhang, Pau Solsona, Maria Dolors Barό, Santiago Suriñach, Eva Pellicer, Jordi Sort
Open cell foams consisting of Fe and Fe-Mn oxides are prepared from metallic Fe and Mn powder precursors by the replication method using porous polyurethane (PU) templates. First, reticulated PU templates are coated by slurry impregnation. The templates are then thermally removed at 260 °C and the debinded powders are sintered at 1000 °C under N₂ atmosphere. The morphology, structure, and magnetic properties are studied by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and vibrating sample magnetometry, respectively...
February 11, 2018: Materials
Xingpo Ma, Junbin Liang, Renping Liu, Wei Ni, Yin Li, Ran Li, Wenpeng Ma, Chuanda Qi
In the post-Cloud era, the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) has pushed the horizon of Edge computing, which is a new computing paradigm with data are processed at the edge of the network. As the important systems of Edge computing, wireless sensor and actuator networks (WSANs) play an important role in collecting and processing the sensing data from the surrounding environment as well as taking actions on the events happening in the environment. In WSANs, in-network data storage and information discovery schemes with high energy efficiency, high load balance and low latency are needed because of the limited resources of the sensor nodes and the real-time requirement of some specific applications, such as putting out a big fire in a forest...
February 10, 2018: Sensors
Xiaomin Li, Di Li, Zhijie Dong, Yage Hu, Chengliang Liu
In recent years, industrial wireless networks (IWNs) have been transformed by the introduction of mobile nodes, and they now offer increased extensibility, mobility, and flexibility. Nevertheless, mobile nodes pose efficiency and reliability challenges. Efficient node deployment and management of channel interference directly affect network system performance, particularly for key node placement in clustered wireless networks. This study analyzes this system model, considering both industrial properties of wireless networks and their mobility...
February 10, 2018: Sensors
Juan Aznar-Poveda, Jose Antonio Lopez-Pastor, Antonio-Javier Garcia-Sanchez, Joan Garcia-Haro, Toribio Fernández Otero
Traditionally, electrochemical procedures aimed at determining substance concentrations have required a costly and cumbersome laboratory environment. Specialized equipment and personnel obtain precise results under complex and time-consuming settings. Innovative electrochemical-based sensors are emerging to alleviate this difficulty. However, they are generally scarce, proprietary hardware and/or software, and focused only on measuring a restricted range of substances. In this paper, we propose a portable, flexible, low-cost system, built from commercial off-the-shelf components and easily controlled, using open-source software...
February 10, 2018: Sensors
Jeong Seon Yeom, Eunmi Chu, Bang Chul Jung, Hu Jin
In this paper, we propose a novel low-complexity multi-user superposition transmission (MUST) technique for 5G downlink networks, which allows multiple cell-edge users to be multiplexed with a single cell-center user. We call the proposed technique diversity-controlled MUST technique since the cell-center user enjoys the frequency diversity effect via signal repetition over multiple orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) sub-carriers. We assume that a base station is equipped with a single antenna but users are equipped with multiple antennas...
February 10, 2018: Sensors
Ruisong Han, Wei Yang, Li Zhang
Barrier coverage has been widely used to detect intrusions in wireless sensor networks (WSNs). It can fulfill the monitoring task while extending the lifetime of the network. Though barrier coverage in WSNs has been intensively studied in recent years, previous research failed to consider the problem of intrusion in transversal directions. If an intruder knows the deployment configuration of sensor nodes, then there is a high probability that it may traverse the whole target region from particular directions, without being detected...
February 10, 2018: Sensors
Andrew Brueck, Tashfin Iftekhar, Alicja B Stannard, Kumar Yelamarthi, Tolga Kaya
There has been significant research on the physiology of sweat in the past decade, with one of the main interests being the development of a real-time hydration monitor that utilizes sweat. The contents of sweat have been known for decades; sweat provides significant information on the physiological condition of the human body. However, it is important to know the sweat rate as well, as sweat rate alters the concentration of the sweat constituents, and ultimately affects the accuracy of hydration detection...
February 10, 2018: Sensors
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