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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098841/compressed-sensing-techniques-applied-to-ultrasonic-imaging-of-cargo-containers
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Yuri Álvarez López, José Ángel Martínez Lorenzo
One of the key issues in the fight against the smuggling of goods has been the development of scanners for cargo inspection. X-ray-based radiographic system scanners are the most developed sensing modality. However, they are costly and use bulky sources that emit hazardous, ionizing radiation. Aiming to improve the probability of threat detection, an ultrasonic-based technique, capable of detecting the footprint of metallic containers or compartments concealed within the metallic structure of the inspected cargo, has been proposed...
January 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098817/spatial-analysis-of-human-health-risk-due-to-arsenic-exposure-through-drinking-groundwater-in-taiwan-s-pingtung-plain
#2
Ching-Ping Liang, Yi-Chi Chien, Cheng-Shin Jang, Ching-Fang Chen, Jui-Sheng Chen
Chronic arsenic (As) exposure continues to be a public health problem of major concern worldwide, affecting hundreds of millions of people. A long-term groundwater quality survey has revealed that 20% of the groundwater in southern Taiwan's Pingtung Plain is clearly contaminated with a measured As concentration in excess of the maximum level of 10 µg/L recommended by the World Health Organization. The situation is further complicated by the fact that more than half of the inhabitants in this area continue to use groundwater for drinking...
January 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098797/nonlinear-fusion-of-multispectral-citrus-fruit-image-data-with-information-contents
#3
Peilin Li, Sang-Heon Lee, Hung-Yao Hsu, Jae-Sam Park
The main issue of vison-based automatic harvesting manipulators is the difficulty in the correct fruit identification in the images under natural lighting conditions. Mostly, the solution has been based on a linear combination of color components in the multispectral images. However, the results have not reached a satisfactory level. To overcome this issue, this paper proposes a robust nonlinear fusion method to augment the original color image with the synchronized near infrared image. The two images are fused with Daubechies wavelet transform (DWT) in a multiscale decomposition approach...
January 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098740/adult-scoliosis-deformity-surgery-comparison-of-outcomes-between-1-vs-2-attending-surgeons
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Jaime A Gomez, Virginie Lafage, Daniel M Scuibba, Shay Bess, Gregory M Mundis, Barthelemy Liabaud, Regina Hanstein, Christopher Shaffrey, Michael Kelly, Christopher Ames, Justin S Smith, Peter G Passias, Thomas Errico, Frank Schwab
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review of prospectively collected data. OBJECTIVE: Assess outcomes of adult spinal deformity (ASD) surgery performed by 1 vs. 2 attending surgeons. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: ASD centers have developed 2-attending teams in order to improve efficiency; their effects on complications and outcomes have not been reported. METHODS: ASD patients with ≥5 levels fused and > 2-year follow-up were included...
January 16, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098640/sepsis-quality-improvement-initiatives-prepare-for-the-marathon-not-the-sprint
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Abhishek Bhardwaj, Mark E Mikkelsen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098628/the-abcdef-bundle-science-and-philosophy-of-how-icu-liberation-serves-patients-and-families
#6
E Wesley Ely
Over the past 20 years, critical care has matured in a myriad of ways resulting in dramatically higher survival rates for our sickest patients. For millions of new survivors comes de novo suffering and disability called "the postintensive care syndrome." Patients with postintensive care syndrome are robbed of their normal cognitive, emotional, and physical capacity and cannot resume their previous life. The ICU Liberation Collaborative is a real-world quality improvement initiative being implemented across 76 ICUs designed to engage strategically the ABCDEF bundle through team- and evidence-based care...
February 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098591/surviving-sepsis-campaign-international-guidelines-for-management-of-sepsis-and-septic-shock-2016
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Andrew Rhodes, Laura E Evans, Waleed Alhazzani, Mitchell M Levy, Massimo Antonelli, Ricard Ferrer, Anand Kumar, Jonathan E Sevransky, Charles L Sprung, Mark E Nunnally, Bram Rochwerg, Gordon D Rubenfeld, Derek C Angus, Djillali Annane, Richard J Beale, Geoffrey J Bellinghan, Gordon R Bernard, Jean-Daniel Chiche, Craig Coopersmith, Daniel P De Backer, Craig J French, Seitaro Fujishima, Herwig Gerlach, Jorge Luis Hidalgo, Steven M Hollenberg, Alan E Jones, Dilip R Karnad, Ruth M Kleinpell, Younsuk Koh, Thiago Costa Lisboa, Flavia R Machado, John J Marini, John C Marshall, John E Mazuski, Lauralyn A McIntyre, Anthony S McLean, Sangeeta Mehta, Rui P Moreno, John Myburgh, Paolo Navalesi, Osamu Nishida, Tiffany M Osborn, Anders Perner, Colleen M Plunkett, Marco Ranieri, Christa A Schorr, Maureen A Seckel, Christopher W Seymour, Lisa Shieh, Khalid A Shukri, Steven Q Simpson, Mervyn Singer, B Taylor Thompson, Sean R Townsend, Thomas Van der Poll, Jean-Louis Vincent, W Joost Wiersinga, Janice L Zimmerman, R Phillip Dellinger
OBJECTIVE: To provide an update to "Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines for Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2012." DESIGN: A consensus committee of 55 international experts representing 25 international organizations was convened. Nominal groups were assembled at key international meetings (for those committee members attending the conference). A formal conflict-of-interest (COI) policy was developed at the onset of the process and enforced throughout. A stand-alone meeting was held for all panel members in December 2015...
January 17, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098571/operating-room-anesthesia-subspecialization-is-not-associated-with-significantly-greater-quality-of-supervision-of-anesthesia-residents-and-nurse-anesthetists
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Franklin Dexter, Johannes Ledolter, Richard H Epstein, Bradley J Hindman
BACKGROUND: Supervision of anesthesia residents and nurse anesthetists is a major responsibility of faculty anesthesiologists. The quality of their supervision can be assessed quantitatively by the anesthesia residents and nurse anesthetists. Supervision scores are an independent measure of the contribution of the anesthesiologist to patient care. We evaluated the association between quality of supervision and level of specialization of anesthesiologists. METHODS: We used two 6-month periods, one with no feedback to anesthesiologists of the residents' and nurse anesthetists' evaluations, and the other with feedback...
November 2, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098518/a-4-nitroquinoleneoxide-induced-pleurotus-eryngii-mutant-variety-increases-pin1-expression-in-rat-brain
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Yoonhwa Jeong, Mina Jung, Myeung Ju Kim, Cheol Ho Hwang
To develop Pleurotus eryngii varieties with improved medicinal qualities, protoplasts of P. eryngii were mutagenized using 4-nitroquinoleneoxide. The effects of the resulting variant mushrooms on a human cell were evaluated by applying their aqueous extracts to the human hepatoma cell line, HepG2, in vitro and examining any alteration in the proteomes of the treated HepG2. The P. eryngii mutant, NQ2A-12, was selected for its effects on increasing the expression level of Pin1 in HepG2. Pin1 is one of the peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerases known to play an important role in repressing Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis...
January 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098441/ultrasmooth-perovskite-film-via-mixed-anti-solvent-strategy-with-improved-efficiency
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Yu Yu, Songwang Yang, Lei Lei, Qipeng Cao, Jun Shao, Sheng Zhang, Yan Liu
Most antisolvents employed in previous research were miscible with perovskite precursor solution. They always led to fast formation of perovskite even if the intermediate stage existed, which was not beneficial to obtain high quality perovskite films and made the formation process less controllable. In this work, a novel ethyl ether/n-hexane mixed antisolvent (MAS) was used to achieve high nucleation density and slow down the formation process of perovskite, producing films with improved orientation of grains and ultrasmooth surfaces...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098436/bringing-3d-tumor-models-to-the-clinic-predictive-value-for-personalized-medicine
#11
REVIEW
Kathrin Halfter, Barbara Mayer
Current decision-guiding algorithms in cancer drug treatment are based on decades of research and numerous clinical trials. For the majority of patients, this data is successfully applied for a systemic disease management. For a number of patients however, treatment stratification according to clinically based risk criteria will not be sufficient. The most effective treatment options are ideally identified prior to the start of clinical drug therapy. This review will discuss the implementation of three-dimensional (3D) cell culture models as a preclinical testing paradigm for the efficacy of clinical cancer treatment...
January 18, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098080/access-to-healthcare-among-the-empowered-action-group-eag-states-of-india-current-status-and-impeding-factors
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Virendra Kumar, Pushpendra Singh
BACKGROUND: Access to healthcare is crucial for meeting the health needs of Indians. We explored factors impeding access to public sources of healthcare among the Empowered Action Group (EAG) states of India. We also examined the extent to which Indians depend on public and private sources of healthcare in the EAG states. METHODS: Our study is based on the unit-level records of 9988 ailing persons, who were surveyed among the EAG states in the 71st round of the National Sample Survey (NSS), conducted during January-June 2014 on the theme 'Social consumption: Health'...
September 2016: National Medical Journal of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098042/-joining-forces-for-quality-improvement-in-tuberculosis-control
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L Gil, M J T van de Ven, C Richter
The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in the Netherlands is declining every year. We fear there may be a loss of knowledge and awareness of detecting TB in the new generation of medical specialists. As medical specialists a great challenge lies before us in maintaining the quality of TB control in the Netherlands. Collaboration between pulmonologist, infectious disease specialist, microbiologist and the public health services is a necessity. Here we describe how, in the region of Arnhem, we work closely with these medical specialists based on structural multidisciplinary meetings...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097941/telemedicine-support-shortens-length-of-stay-after-fast-track-hip-replacement
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Martin Svoldgaard Vesterby, Preben Ulrich Pedersen, Malene Laursen, Søren Mikkelsen, Jens Larsen, Kjeld Søballe, Lene Bastrup Jørgensen
Background and purpose - Telemedicine could allow patients to be discharged more quickly after surgery and contribute to improve fast-track procedures without compromising quality, patient safety, functionality, anxiety, or other patient-perceived parameters. We investigated whether using telemedicine support (TMS) would permit hospital discharge after 1 day without loss of self-assessed quality of life, loss of functionality, increased anxiety, increased rates of re-admission, or increased rates of complications after hip replacement...
February 2017: Acta Orthopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097842/in-hospital-capacity-building-in-research-and-management-for-pediatric-professionals
#15
Graciela Demirdjian, Susana Rodríguez, Juan C Vassallo, Vilma Irazola, Josefa Rodríguez
We describe an educational strategy aimed at capacity-building of hospital health care professionals in research and management initiated at a pediatric hospital in 2006, and the results obtained eight years after its implementation. Research and Management in Pediatrics (GIP) is an annual 250-hour course combining meetings and off-site assignments delivered through the Hospital's on-line campus. It provides students with practical tools for research (epidemiology, methodology, bibliographic search, evidencebased medicine, biostatistics) and management (strategic planning, management programs, health services research, quality improvement, health economics)...
February 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097634/schizophrenia-impact-on-family-dynamics
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REVIEW
Alejandra Caqueo-Urízar, Mar Rus-Calafell, Thomas K J Craig, Matias Irarrazaval, Alfonso Urzúa, Laurent Boyer, David R Williams
In many societies, family members are now the primary caregivers of mental health patients, taking on responsibilities traditionally under the purview of hospitals and medical professionals. The impact of this shift on the family is high, having both an emotional and economic toll. The aim of this paper is to review the main changes that occur in family dynamics for patients with schizophrenia. The article addresses three central themes: (i) changes in the family at the onset of the disorder, (ii) consequences for family members because of their caregiver role, and (iii) family interventions aimed at improving the complex dynamics within the family...
January 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097433/early-integration-of-palliative-supportive-cancer-care-healthcare-professionals-perspectives-on-the-support-needs-of-cancer-patients-and-their-caregivers-across-the-cancer-treatment-trajectory
#17
Amy Rohrmoser, Martina Preisler, Konrad Bär, Anne Letsch, Ute Goerling
PURPOSE: Delivering palliative/supportive cancer care (PSCC) early in the course of cancer care can enhance patients' and caregivers' quality of life, reduce anxiety and depression, and prolong patients' lives. However, their support needs are analyzed insufficiently from viewpoints other than their own. The goal of this study was to explore the perspectives of healthcare professionals on desirable standards of support for tumor patients and caregivers across the cancer treatment trajectory...
January 17, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097296/long-term-postprocedural-outcomes-of-palliative-emergency-stenting-vs-stoma-in-malignant-large-bowel-obstruction
#18
Jonathan S Abelson, Heather L Yeo, Jialin Mao, Jeffrey W Milsom, Art Sedrakyan
Importance: Colonic stenting was introduced for palliation of malignant large-bowel obstruction (MLBO) more than 20 years ago but remains controversial. Objective: To compare outcomes after palliative stenting vs stoma creation in patients with MLBO requiring emergency management. Design, Setting, and Participants: This observational cohort study assessed 345 patients from New York State with an urgent or emergency admission to the hospital for obstruction secondary to colorectal cancer and who underwent stenting or stoma creation from October 1, 2009, through December 31, 2013...
January 11, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097247/the-management-of-scoliosis-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-a-review
#19
REVIEW
Thomas Cloake, Adrian Gardner
Children who suffer with cerebral palsy (CP) have a significant chance of developing scoliosis during their early years and adolescence. The behavior of this scoliosis is closely associated with the severity of the CP disability and unlike idiopathic scoliosis, it continues to progress beyond skeletal maturity. Conservative measures may slow the progression of the curve, however, surgery remains the only definitive management option. Advances in surgical technique over the last 50 years have provided methods to effectively treat the deformity while also reducing complication rates...
December 2016: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097178/antecedents-of-coping-with-the-disease-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-qualitative-content-analysis
#20
Ali Dehghani, Nahid Dehghan Nayeri, Abbas Ebadi
BACKGROUND: Due to many physical and mental disorders that occur in multiple sclerosis patients, identifying the factors affecting coping based on the experiences of patients using qualitative study is essential to improve their quality of life. This study was conducted to explore the antecedents of coping with the disease in patients with multiple sclerosis. METHODS: This is a qualitative study conducted on 11 patients with multiple sclerosis in 2015 in Tehran, Iran...
January 2017: International Journal of Community Based Nursing and Midwifery
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