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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527540/whispering-by-individuals-using-tracheoesophageal-speech
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Jeff Searl
OBJECTIVES: This study compared whispering attempts by adults using tracheoesophageal (TE) speech with those by adults with a larynx. Comparisons were based on listener judgments, visual-perceptual assessment of spectrograms, and measures of the acoustic signal. STUDY DESIGN: This was a prospective, cross-sectional study. METHODS: Seventeen TE and 10 laryngeal speakers produced sentences in a whisper and in their spoken voice. Listeners judged sentences as whispered or spoken...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527066/community-pharmacies-as-epidemiological-sentinels-of-headache-first-experience-in-italy
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Paola Brusa, Marco Parente, Gianni Allais, Sara Rolando, Giuseppe Costa, Roberto Gnavi, Teresa Spadea, Mario Giaccone, Andrea Mandelli, Massimo Mana, Francesca Baratta, Chiara Benedetto, Gennaro Bussone
Migraine is a disabling neurovascular syndrome which affects 12-15% of the global population and it represents the third cause in years lived with disability in both males and females aged 15-49 years. Among migraineurs, the symptomatic drug abuse may be a risk factor in the development of medication overuse headache (MOH). Detecting cases of MOH is not straightforward; community pharmacists may, therefore, be in a strategic position to identify individuals who self-medicate, particularly with respect to prevent the development of MOH...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526731/validated-bayesian-differentiation-of-causative-and-passenger-mutations
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Frederick R Cross, Michal Breker, Kristi Lieberman
In many contexts, the problem arises of determining which of many candidate mutations is the most likely to be causative for some phenotype. It is desirable to have a way to evaluate this probability that relies as little as possible on previous knowledge, to avoid bias against discovering new genes or functions. We are isolating mutants with blocked cell cycle progression in Chlamydomonas, and determining mutant genome sequences. Due to the intensity of UV mutagenesis required for efficient mutant collection, the mutants contain multiple mutations altering coding sequence...
May 19, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526083/improving-local-health-workers-knowledge-of-malaria-in-the-elimination-phase-determinants-and-strategies-a-cross-sectional-study-in-rural-china
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Ruoxi Wang, Shangfeng Tang, Jun Yang, Tian Shao, Piaopiao Shao, Chunyan Liu, Da Feng, Hang Fu, Xiaoyu Chen, Tao Hu, Zhanchun Feng
BACKGROUND: The current stage of malaria elimination in China requires experienced local health workers with sufficient knowledge of malaria who help to keep the public health system vigilant about a possible resurgence. However, the influencing factors of local health workers' knowledge level are not fully comprehended. This study aims to explore the factors with heavy impact on local health worker's knowledge of malaria and propose corresponding suggestions. METHODS: Underpinned by stratified sampling method, a cross-sectional survey was carried out between November 2014 and April 2016...
May 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526022/a-descriptive-cross-sectional-study-of-medical-student-preferences-for-vodcast-design-format-and-pedagogical-approach
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Robin K Pettit, Marjorie Kinney, Lise McCoy
BACKGROUND: Vodcasts (video podcasts) are becoming increasingly popular in medical education. At A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU SOMA), vodcasts are an essential component of our blended learning environment, where year 2-4 students train in a contextual setting at community health centers across the U.S. Vodcasts are used far less frequently in our year 1 residential learning environment at the main campus in Arizona, but we are considering moving to significantly more interactive educational experiences with on-demand videos followed by in-class activities...
May 19, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524370/do-nurses-and-other-health-professionals-in-elderly-care-have-education-in-family-nursing
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Olivia Sissil Sunde, Karianne Røssummoen Øyen, Siri Ytrehus
BACKGROUND: Family caregivers are an important resource for providing care to elderly living at home. How nurses and other health professionals interact with family caregivers can have both a positive and a negative impact on the family caregivers' situation. We lack knowledge of Norwegian nurses' and other health professionals' participation in educational programmes about family caregivers' needs and situations. AIM: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether nurses and other health professionals working in home-care nursing had participated in educational programmes about family caregivers...
May 19, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523084/survey-of-current-practice-patterns-in-the-management-of-frontal-sinus-fractures
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Kevin J Choi, Bora Chang, Charles R Woodard, David B Powers, Jeffrey R Marcus, Liana Puscas
The management of frontal sinus fractures has evolved in the endoscopic era. The development of functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) has been incorporated into management algorithms proposed by otolaryngologists, but the extent of its influence on plastic surgeons and oral and maxillofacial surgeons is heretofore unknown. A cross-sectional survey was performed to assess the practice pattern variations in frontal sinus fracture management across multiple surgical disciplines. A total of 298 surveys were reviewed...
June 2017: Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522227/promoting-motor-skills-in-low-income-ethnic-children-the-physical-activity-in-linguistically-diverse-communities-paldc-nonrandomized-trial
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Anthony D Okely, Louise L Hardy, Marijka Batterham, Phillip Pearson, Kim McKeen, Lauren Puglisi
OBJECTIVES: This study reports the long-term effects of a professional learning program for classroom teachers on fundamental motor skill (FMS) proficiency of primary school students from ethnically diverse backgrounds. DESIGN: A cluster non-randomized trial using a nested cross-sectional design. METHODS: The study was conducted in 8 primary schools located in disadvantaged and culturally diverse areas in Sydney, Australia. The intervention used an action learning framework, with each school developing and implementing an action plan for enhancing the teaching of FMS in their school...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521837/prevalence-and-predictors-of-implanon-utilization-among-women-of-reproductive-age-group-in-tigray-region-northern-ethiopia
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Desta Gebre-Egziabher, Araya Abrha Medhanyie, Mussie Alemayehu, Fisaha Haile Tesfay
BACKGROUND: The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health introduced provision of the contraceptive Implanon at community level by trained health extension workers in 2009. However, little is known regarding the utilization and factors associated with Implanon use among rural women since the introduction of the community based intervention. Thus, this study assessed the utilization of Implanon and associated factors among reproductive aged women in rural areas of Saesie-Tsaeda Emba and Ofla districts in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia...
May 18, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521821/intratumoral-and-peritumoral-radiomics-for-the-pretreatment-prediction-of-pathological-complete-response-to-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-based-on-breast-dce-mri
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Nathaniel M Braman, Maryam Etesami, Prateek Prasanna, Christina Dubchuk, Hannah Gilmore, Pallavi Tiwari, Donna Pletcha, Anant Madabhushi
BACKGROUND: In this study, we evaluated the ability of radiomic textural analysis of intratumoral and peritumoral regions on pretreatment breast cancer dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) to predict pathological complete response (pCR) to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC). METHODS: A total of 117 patients who had received NAC were retrospectively analyzed. Within the intratumoral and peritumoral regions of T1-weighted contrast-enhanced MRI scans, a total of 99 radiomic textural features were computed at multiple phases...
May 18, 2017: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521616/a-10-gene-classifier-for-indeterminate-thyroid-nodules-development-and-multicenter-accuracy-study
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Hernan E Gonzalez, Jose R Martínez, Sergio Vargas, Antonieta Solar, Loreto Pamela Véliz, Francisco Cruz, Tatiana Arias, Soledad Loyola, Eleonora Horvath, Hernán Tala, Eufrosina Traipe, Manuel Meneses, Luis Marin, Nelson Wohllk, Rene Eduardo Diaz, Jesús Véliz, Pedro Pineda, Patricia Arroyo, Natalia Mena, Milagros Bracamonte, Giovanna Miranda, Elsa Bruce, Soledad Urra
BACKGROUND: In most of the world, diagnostic surgery remains as the most frequent approach for indeterminate thyroid cytology. Although several molecular tests are available for central-lab testing in the US, there are no available kits for local laboratory testing. The aim of this study was to develop a prototype in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) gene classifier for diagnosis of indeterminate thyroid cytology. METHODS: In a first stage, the expression of 18 genes was determined by qPCR in a broad histopathological spectrum of fresh tissue biopsies (114)...
May 18, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518002/cognitive-evaluation-of-israeli-air-force-pilot-cadets
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Shirley Gordon, Chen Goren, Erez Carmon, Leah Shelef
OBJECTIVE: In aviation psychology, there is a constant need for the cognitive evaluation of pilots as part of operational fitness and safety criteria. METHODS: A cross-sectional study with comparison between the performance of Israeli Air Force pilot cadets (N = 318) and U.S. Air Force pilot training candidates (N = 512) as assessed by a cognitive battery was undertaken. The data of the comparison group was collected from Callister, King, and Retzlaff, as published in 1996...
April 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516353/physical-hazard-safety-awareness-among-healthcare-workers-in-tanta-university-hospitals-egypt
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Rania M El-Sallamy, Ibrahim Ali Kabbash, Sanaa Abd El-Fatah, Asmaa El-Feky
Hospital workers are exposed to many occupational hazards that may threaten their health and safety. Physical hazards encountered in hospital working environment include temperature, illumination, noise, electrical injuries, and radiation. To assess the awareness of healthcare workers (HCWs) about physical hazards in Tanta university hospitals, this cross-sectional study included 401 HCWs (physicians, nurses, technicians, and workers) from seven departments (general surgery, orthopedics, radiology, ophthalmology, kitchen, incinerator, and laundry)...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516302/the-minimally-acceptable-classification-criterion-for-surgical-skill-intent-vectors-and-separability-of-raw-motion-data
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Rodney L Dockter, Thomas S Lendvay, Robert M Sweet, Timothy M Kowalewski
PURPOSE: Minimally invasive surgery requires objective methods for skill evaluation and training. This work presents the minimally acceptable classification (MAC) criterion for computational surgery: Given an obvious novice and an obvious expert, a surgical skill evaluation classifier must yield 100% accuracy. We propose that a rigorous motion analysis algorithm must meet this minimal benchmark in order to justify its cost and use. METHODS: We use this benchmark to investigate two concepts: First, how separable is raw, multidimensional dry laboratory laparoscopic motion data between obvious novices and obvious experts? We utilized information theoretic techniques to analytically address this...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516300/predicting-surgical-skill-from-the-first-n-seconds-of-a-task-value-over-task-time-using-the-isogony-principle
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Anna French, Thomas S Lendvay, Robert M Sweet, Timothy M Kowalewski
PURPOSE: Most evaluations of surgical workflow or surgeon skill use simple, descriptive statistics (e.g., time) across whole procedures, thereby deemphasizing critical steps and potentially obscuring critical inefficiencies or skill deficiencies. In this work, we examine off-line, temporal clustering methods that chunk training procedures into clinically relevant surgical tasks or steps during robot-assisted surgery. METHODS: Features calculated from the isogony principle are used to train four common machine learning algorithms from dry-lab laparoscopic data gathered from three common training exercises...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515993/triage-amalgamated-dermoscopic-algorithm-tada-for-skin-cancer-screening
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Tova Rogers, Maria Marino, Stephen W Dusza, Shirin Bajaj, Michael A Marchetti, Ashfaq Marghoob
IMPORTANCE: Dermoscopic triage algorithms have been shown to improve beginners' abilities for identifying pigmented skin lesions requiring biopsy. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the diagnostic accuracy of the Triage Amalgamated Dermoscopic Algorithm (TADA) for pigmented and nonpigmented skin cancers. Secondarily, to compare TADAs performance to those of existing triage algorithms for the identification of pigmented skin cancers. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, observational, reader study that took place at a beginner and intermediate level dermoscopy course...
April 2017: Dermatology Practical & Conceptual
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515972/determination-of-clinically-relevant-differences-in-frontal-plane-hop-tests-in-women-s-collegiate-basketball-and-soccer-players
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Kelly Hardesty, Eric J Hegedus, Kevin R Ford, Anh-Dung Nguyen, Jeffrey B Taylor
BACKGROUND: ACL injury prevention programs are less successful in female basketball players than in soccer players. Previous authors have identified anthropometric and biomechanical differences between the athletes and different sport-specific demands, including a higher frequency of frontal plane activities in basketball. Current injury risk screening and preventive training practices do not place a strong emphasis on frontal plane activities. The medial and lateral triple hop for distance tests may be beneficial for use in the basketball population...
April 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515199/are-healthcare-aides-underused-in-long-term-care-a-cross-sectional-study-on-continuing-care-facilities-in-canada
#18
Mubashir A Arain, Siegrid Deutschlander, Paola Charland
OBJECTIVES: Over the last 10 years, appropriate workforce utilisation has been an important discussion among healthcare practitioners and policy-makers. The role of healthcare aides (HCAs) has also expanded to improve their utilisation. This evolving role of HCAs in Canada has prompted calls for standardised training, education and scope of practice for HCAs. The purpose of this research was to examine the differences in HCAs training and utilisation in continuing care facilities. DESIGN: From June 2014 to July 2015, we conducted a mixed-method study on HCA utilisation in continuing care...
May 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515114/cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-training-disparities-in-the-united-states
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Audrey L Blewer, Said A Ibrahim, Marion Leary, David Dutwin, Bryan McNally, Monique L Anderson, Laurie J Morrison, Tom P Aufderheide, Mohamud Daya, Ahamed H Idris, Clifton W Callaway, Peter J Kudenchuk, Gary M Vilke, Benjamin S Abella
BACKGROUND: Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is associated with increased survival from cardiac arrest, yet bystander CPR rates are low in many communities. The overall prevalence of CPR training in the United States and associated individual-level disparities are unknown. We sought to measure the national prevalence of CPR training and hypothesized that older age and lower socioeconomic status would be independently associated with a lower likelihood of CPR training. METHODS AND RESULTS: We administered a cross-sectional telephone survey to a nationally representative adult sample...
May 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515009/transfer-learning-on-fused-multiparametric-mr-images-for-classifying-histopathological-subtypes-of-rhabdomyosarcoma
#20
Imon Banerjee, Alexis Crawley, Mythili Bhethanabotla, Heike E Daldrup-Link, Daniel L Rubin
This paper presents a deep-learning-based CADx for the differential diagnosis of embryonal (ERMS) and alveolar (ARMS) subtypes of rhabdomysarcoma (RMS) solely by analyzing multiparametric MR images. We formulated an automated pipeline that creates a comprehensive representation of tumor by performing a fusion of diffusion-weighted MR scans (DWI) and gadolinium chelate-enhanced T1-weighted MR scans (MRI). Finally, we adapted transfer learning approach where a pre-trained deep convolutional neural network has been fine-tuned based on the fused images for performing classification of the two RMS subtypes...
May 5, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
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