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Israr Bin M Ibrahim, Ramana M Pidaparti, Kevin R Ward
Ventilation-induced lung injury is a common problem faced by patients with respiratory problems who require mechanical ventilation (MV). This injury may lead to a greater chance of developing or exacerbating the acute respiratory distress syndrome which further complicates the therapeutic use of MV. The chain of events begins with the MV initiating an immune response that leads to inflammation induced tissue material alteration (stiffening) and eventually the loss of lung resistance. It is clear from this sequence of events that the phenomenon of ventilation induced injury is multi-scale by nature and, hence, requires holistic analysis involving simulations and informatics...
2018: IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
Gregory A Babbitt, Jamie S Mortensen, Erin E Coppola, Lily E Adams, Justin K Liao
Traditional informatics in comparative genomics work only with static representations of biomolecules (i.e., sequence and structure), thereby ignoring the molecular dynamics (MD) of proteins that define function in the cell. A comparative approach applied to MD would connect this very short timescale process, defined in femtoseconds, to one of the longest in the universe: molecular evolution measured in millions of years. Here, we leverage advances in graphics-processing-unit-accelerated MD simulation software to develop a comparative method of MD analysis and visualization that can be applied to any two homologous Protein Data Bank structures...
March 13, 2018: Biophysical Journal
Lishuang Shen, Marcella Attimonelli, Renkui Bai, Marie T Lott, Douglas C Wallace, Marni J Falk, Xiaowu Gai
Accurate mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variant annotation is essential for the clinical diagnosis of diverse human diseases. Substantial challenges to this process include the inconsistency in mtDNA nomenclatures, the existence of multiple reference genomes, and a lack of reference population frequency data. Clinicians need a simple bioinformatics tool that is user-friendly, and bioinformaticians need a powerful informatics resource for programmatic usage. Here, we report the development and functionality of the MSeqDR mtDNA Variant Tool set (mvTool), a one-stop mtDNA variant annotation and analysis web service...
March 14, 2018: Human Mutation
Timothy E Sweeney, Tej D Azad, Michele Donato, Winston A Haynes, Thanneer M Perumal, Ricardo Henao, Jesús F Bermejo-Martin, Raquel Almansa, Eduardo Tamayo, Judith A Howrylak, Augustine Choi, Grant P Parnell, Benjamin Tang, Marshall Nichols, Christopher W Woods, Geoffrey S Ginsburg, Stephen F Kingsmore, Larsson Omberg, Lara M Mangravite, Hector R Wong, Ephraim L Tsalik, Raymond J Langley, Purvesh Khatri
OBJECTIVES: To find and validate generalizable sepsis subtypes using data-driven clustering. DESIGN: We used advanced informatics techniques to pool data from 14 bacterial sepsis transcriptomic datasets from eight different countries (n = 700). SETTING: Retrospective analysis. SUBJECTS: Persons admitted to the hospital with bacterial sepsis. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: A unified clustering analysis across 14 discovery datasets revealed three subtypes, which, based on functional analysis, we termed "Inflammopathic, Adaptive, and Coagulopathic...
March 13, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Bibb Allen, Mythreyi Chatfield, Judy Burleson, William T Thorwarth
In September of 2014, the American College of Radiology joined a number of other organizations in sponsoring the 2015 National Academy of Medicine report, Improving Diagnosis In Health Care. Our presentation to the Academy emphasized that although diagnostic errors in imaging are commonly considered to result only from failures in disease detection or misinterpretation of a perceived abnormality, most errors in diagnosis result from failures in information gathering, aggregation, dissemination and ultimately integration of that information into our patients' clinical problems...
September 26, 2017: Diagnosis
Eder Gatti Fernandes, Ana Marli Christovam Sartori, Patrícia Coelho de Soárez, Telma Regina M P Carvalhanas, Marcela Rodrigues, Hillegonda Maria Dutilh Novaes
BACKGROUND: A significant increase in pertussis incidence occurred in Brazil, from 2011 to 2014, despite high coverage of childhood immunization with whole-cell-pertussis (wP) containing vaccines. This study presents pertussis surveillance data from São Paulo state and discusses the challenges to interpret them considering pertussis cyclic epidemic behavior, the introduction of new diagnostic techniques and new vaccination strategies, and enhanced disease awareness during epidemics. METHODS: Observational study including pertussis cases reported to the Surveillance System in São Paulo state, from January 2001 to December 2015...
March 13, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
Karl A Poterack, Richard H Epstein, Franklin Dexter
All 36 physicians board-certified in both anesthesiology and clinical informatics as of January 1, 2016, were surveyed via e-mail, with 26 responding. Although most (25/26) generally expressed satisfaction with the clinical informatics boards, and view informatics expertise as important to anesthesiology, most (24/26) thought it unlikely or highly unlikely that substantial numbers of anesthesiology residents would pursue clinical informatics fellowships. Anesthesiologists wishing to qualify for the clinical informatics board examination under the practice pathway need to devote a substantive amount of worktime to informatics...
March 12, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Matthieu Ollivier, Sébastien Parratte, Ludovic Lino, Xavier Flecher, Sébastien Pesenti, Jean-Noël Argenson
BACKGROUND: Previously published studies reported benefits of computer-assisted surgery (CAS) in terms of radiographic implant position in TKA, but whether these improvements result in clinically important survival differences or functional differences that a patient might perceive at a minimum 10-year followup remains largely unknown. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: We performed a prospective randomized trial and asked whether CAS (1) improved survival free from aseptic loosening; and (2) demonstrated any clear difference in patient-reported outcomes at latest followup using validated outcome measures at minimum 10-year followup...
January 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Les R Folio, Laura B Machado, Andrew J Dwyer
Multimedia-enhanced radiology report (MERR) development is defined and described from an informatics perspective, in which the MERR is seen as a superior information-communicating entity. Recent technical advances, such as the hyperlinking of report text directly to annotated images, improve MERR information content and accessibility compared with text-only reports. The MERR is analyzed by its components, which include hypertext, tables, graphs, embedded images, and their interconnections. The authors highlight the advantages of each component for improving the radiologist's communication of report content information and the user's ability to extract information...
March 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Daniel Pella, Ján Fedačko, Rastislav Rajnoha, Beáta Gavurová, Samuel Koróny
AIM: Knowledge of the causes of deaths in Slovakia is lacking. This is significant because diet and lifestyle factors are different in central Europe compared to Western, Northern and Southern Europe. This study aims to discern trends of age-adjusted mortality rates caused by various diseases in relation to demographic factors. The aim of our study was to find certain statistical aspects including trends of age-adjusted mortality rates caused by neoplastic (Chapter II) and circulatory diseases (Chapter IX) in the Slovak population in relation to available demographic factors (sex, region and calendar year of death)...
December 2017: Central European Journal of Public Health
Sajidah Al-Hawamdih, Muayyad M Ahmad
The purpose of this study was to examine nursing informatics competency and the quality of information processing among nurses in Jordan. The study was conducted in a large hospital with 380 registered nurses. The hospital introduced the electronic health record in 2010. The measures used in this study were personal and job characteristics, self-efficacy, Self-Assessment Nursing Informatics Competencies, and Health Information System Monitoring Questionnaire. The convenience sample consisted of 99 nurses who used the electronic health record for at least 3 months...
March 2018: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
Maura Bilek
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March 2018: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
Debra L Eardley, Kelly A Krumwiede, Selda Secginli, Linda Garner, Conni DeBlieck, Gulhan Cosansu, Nursen O Nahcivan
Advancements in healthcare systems include adoption of health information technology to ensure healthcare quality. Educators are challenged to determine strategies to integrate health information technology into nursing curricula for building a nursing workforce competent with electronic health records, standardized terminology, evidence-based practice, and evaluation. Nursing informatics, a growing specialty field, comprises health information technology relative to the profession of nursing. It is essential to integrate nursing informatics across nursing curricula to effectively position competent graduates in technology-laden healthcare environments...
March 9, 2018: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
Gennaro A Paolella, Andrew D Boyd, Scott M Wirth, Sandra Cuellar, Neeta K Venepalli, Stephanie Y Crawford
Interprofessional care is exhibited in outpatient oncology practices where practitioners from a myriad of specialties (e.g., oncology, nursing, pharmacy, health informatics and others) work collectively with patients to enhance therapeutic outcomes and minimize adverse effects. Historically, most ambulatory-based anticancer medication therapies have been administrated in infusion clinics or physician offices. Oral anticancer medications (OAMs) have become increasingly prevalent and preferred by patients for use in residential or other non-clinic settings...
March 8, 2018: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
Srinivasareddy Putluri, Md Zia Ur Rahman, Shaik Yasmeen Fathima
Cloud computing offers significant research and economic benefits to healthcare organisations. Cloud services provide a safe place for storing and managing large amounts of such sensitive data. Under conventional flow of gene information, gene sequence laboratories send out raw and inferred information via Internet to several sequence libraries. DNA sequencing storage costs will be minimised by use of cloud service. In this study, the authors put forward a novel genomic informatics system using Amazon Cloud Services, where genomic sequence information is stored and accessed for processing...
February 2018: Healthcare Technology Letters
Akanksha Juneja, Bharti Rana, R K Agrawal
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder primarily diagnosed through externally observed behavioural symptoms due to the dearth of established clinical tests. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) can capture the distortions caused by schizophrenia in the brain activation. Hence, it can be useful for developing a decision model that performs computer-aided diagnosis of schizophrenia. But, fMRI data is huge in dimension. Therefore dimension reduction is indispensable...
March 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Salomeh Keyhani, Marzieh Vali, Beth Cohen, Alexandra Woodbridge, Melanie Arenson, Elnaz Eilkhani, Christina Aivadyan, Deborah Hasin
BACKGROUND: The harmful effects of marijuana on health and in particular cardiovascular health are understudied. To develop such knowledge, an efficient method of developing an informative cohort of marijuana users and non-users is needed. METHODS: We identified patients with a diagnosis of coronary artery disease using ICD-9 codes who were seen in the San Francisco VA in 2015. We imported these patients' medical record notes into an informatics platform that facilitated text searches...
2018: PloS One
Danielle Braun, Jiabei Yang, Molly Griffin, Giovanni Parmigiani, Kevin S Hughes
The rapid drop in the cost of DNA sequencing led to the availability of multi-gene panels, which test 25 or more cancer susceptibility genes for a low cost. Clinicians and genetic counselors need a tool to interpret results, understand risk of various cancers, and advise on a management strategy. This is challenging as there are multiple studies regarding each gene, and it is not possible for clinicians and genetic counselors to be aware of all publications, nor to appreciate the relative accuracy and importance of each...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Genetic Counseling
Steve Harris, Sinan Shi, David Brealey, Niall S MacCallum, Spiros Denaxas, David Perez-Suarez, Ari Ercole, Peter Watkinson, Andrew Jones, Simon Ashworth, Richard Beale, Duncan Young, Stephen Brett, Mervyn Singer
OBJECTIVE: To build and curate a linkable multi-centre database of high resolution longitudinal electronic health records (EHR) from adult Intensive Care Units (ICU). To develop a set of open-source tools to make these data 'research ready' while protecting patient's privacy with a particular focus on anonymisation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We developed a scalable EHR processing pipeline for extracting, linking, normalising and curating and anonymising EHR data. Patient and public involvement was sought from the outset, and approval to hold these data was granted by the NHS Health Research Authority's Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG)...
April 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Junjun Luan, Congcong Jiao, Weiwei Kong, Jingqi Fu, Wei Qu, Ying Chen, Xinwang Zhu, Yu Zeng, Guangying Guo, Huimeng Qi, Li Yao, Jingbo Pi, Lining Wang, Hua Zhou
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) participate in the pathogenesis of various diseases by sponging microRNAs (miRs). However, the roles of circRNAs remain unreported in glomerular diseases. We previously reported that miR-150 positively correlated with renal chronicity index in patients with lupus nephritis (LN). We aimed to investigate renal circRNA profiling and the interaction between circRNAs and miR-150 in LN patients. Six renal biopsies from untreated female patients with LN class IV and five normal kidney tissues from urology patients were used for circRNA sequencing...
March 2, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
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