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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138660/use-of-cellular-phone-contacts-to-increase-return-rates-for-immunization-services-in-kenya
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Evans Mokaya, Isaac Mugoya, Jane Raburu, Lora Shimp
Introduction: In Kenya, failure to complete immunization schedules by children who previously accessed immunization services is an obstacle to ensuring that children are fully immunized. Home visit approaches used to track defaulting children have not been successful in reducing the drop-out rate. Methods: This study tested the use of phone contacts as an approach for tracking immunization defaulters in twelve purposively-selected facilities in three districts of western Kenya...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122738/performance-of-a-mobile-phone-app-based-participatory-syndromic-surveillance-system-for-acute-febrile-illness-and-acute-gastroenteritis-in-rural-guatemala
#2
Daniel Olson, Molly Lamb, Maria Renee Lopez, Kathryn Colborn, Alejandra Paniagua-Avila, Alma Zacarias, Ricardo Zambrano-Perilla, Sergio Ricardo Rodríguez-Castro, Celia Cordon-Rosales, Edwin Jose Asturias
BACKGROUND: With their increasing availability in resource-limited settings, mobile phones may provide an important tool for participatory syndromic surveillance, in which users provide symptom data directly into a centralized database. OBJECTIVE: We studied the performance of a mobile phone app-based participatory syndromic surveillance system for collecting syndromic data (acute febrile illness and acute gastroenteritis) to detect dengue virus and norovirus on a cohort of children living in a low-resource and rural area of Guatemala...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082425/review-of-use-and-integration-of-mobile-apps-into-psychiatric-treatments
#3
REVIEW
Steven Chan, Haley Godwin, Alvaro Gonzalez, Peter M Yellowlees, Donald M Hilty
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Mental health practitioners should understand the features of current, publicly available apps; the features of novel, research apps; and issues behind the integration of mobile apps and digital health services into clinical workflows. RECENT FINDINGS: The review is based on a research literature and the authors' clinical and healthcare administration experiences. Articles searched-on telepsychiatry, telemental health, mobile mental health, informatics, cellular phone, ambulatory monitoring, telemetry, and algorithms-were restricted to 2016 and 2017...
October 30, 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049382/reaching-the-end-of-the-line-operational-issues-with-implementing-phone-based-unannounced-pill-counts-in-resource-limited-settings
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Yael Hirsch-Moverman, Camilla Burkot, Suzue Saito, Koen Frederix, Blanche Pitt, Zenebe Melaku, Tsigereda Gadisa, Andrea A Howard
INTRODUCTION: Accurate measurement of adherence is necessary to ensure that therapeutic outcomes can be attributed to the recommended treatment. Phone-based unannounced pill counts were shown to be feasible and reliable measures of adherence in developed settings; and have been further used as part of medication adherence interventions. However, it is not clear whether this method can be implemented successfully in resource-limited settings, where cellular network and mobile phone coverage may be low...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040655/effects-of-1950-mhz-radiofrequency-electromagnetic-fields-on-a%C3%AE-processing-in-human-neuroblastoma-and-mouse-hippocampal-neuronal-cells
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Jeongyeon Park, Jong Hwa Kwon, Nam Kim, Kiwon Song
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease leading to progressive loss of memory and other cognitive functions. One of the well-known pathological markers of AD is the accumulation of amyloid-beta protein (Aβ), and its plaques, in the brain. Recent studies using Tg-5XFAD mice as a model of AD have reported that exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) from cellular phones reduced Aβ plaques in the brain and showed beneficial effects on AD. In this study, we examined whether exposure to 1950 MHz RF-EMF affects Aβ processing in neural cells...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024835/managed-access-technology-to-combat-contraband-cell-phones-in-prison-findings-from-a-process-evaluation
#6
Eric Grommon
Cell phones in correctional facilities have emerged as one of the most pervasive forms of modern contraband. This issue has been identified as a top priority for many correctional administrators in the United States. Managed access, a technology that utilizes cellular signals to capture transmissions from contraband phones, has received notable attention as a promising tool to combat this problem. However, this technology has received little evaluative attention. The present study offers a foundational process evaluation and draws upon output measures and stakeholder interviews to identify salient operational challenges and subsequent lessons learned about implementing and maintaining a managed access system...
October 5, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974482/mobile-phone-based-measures-of-activity-step-count-and-gait-speed-results-from-a-study-of-older-ambulatory-adults-in-a-naturalistic-setting
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Cassia Rye Hanton, Yong-Jun Kwon, Thawda Aung, Jackie Whittington, Robin R High, Evan H Goulding, A Katrin Schenk, Stephen J Bonasera
BACKGROUND: Cellular mobile telephone technology shows much promise for delivering and evaluating healthcare interventions in cost-effective manners with minimal barriers to access. There is little data demonstrating that these devices can accurately measure clinically important aspects of individual functional status in naturalistic environments outside of the laboratory. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to demonstrate that data derived from ubiquitous mobile phone technology, using algorithms developed and previously validated by our lab in a controlled setting, can be employed to continuously and noninvasively measure aspects of participant (subject) health status including step counts, gait speed, and activity level, in a naturalistic community setting...
October 3, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968323/-internet-of-things-real-time-free-flap-monitoring
#8
Sang Hun Kim, Ho Seong Shin, Sang Hwan Lee
BACKGROUND: Free flaps are a common treatment option for head and neck reconstruction in plastic reconstructive surgery, and monitoring of the free flap is the most important factor for flap survival. In this study, the authors performed real-time free flap monitoring based on an implanted Doppler system and "internet of things" (IoT)/wireless Wi-Fi, which is a convenient, accurate, and efficient approach for surgeons to monitor a free flap. METHODS: Implanted Doppler signals were checked continuously until the patient was discharged by the surgeon and residents using their own cellular phone or personal computer...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966882/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-cellular-sms-reminders-on-consistency-of-antiretroviral-therapy-pharmacy-pickups-in-hiv-infected-adults-in-botswana-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Michael J A Reid, Andrew P Steenhoff, James Thompson, Lesego Gabaitiri, Mark S Cary, Katherine Steele, Susan Mayisela, Diana Dickinson, Peter Ehrenkranz, Harvey M Friedman, Darren R Linkin
OBJECTIVE: Several studies have demonstrated that cellular phone short message service (SMS) improve antiretroviral adherence for people living with HIV in Africa, although less data are available to support using SMS reminders to improve timeliness of antiretroviral therapy (ART) pharmacy pick up. This study tested the efficacy of SMS reminders on timeliness of ART pharmacy pickups at an urban clinic in Gaborone, Botswana. DESIGN: A randomized-controlled trial evaluating the effect of SMS reminders on ART collection for patients with HIV on treatment...
2017: Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966712/changes-in-gait-and-texting-ability-during-progressively-difficult-gait-tasks
#10
Andrew J Strubhar, Brody Rapp, Dillon Thomas
To investigate the effects of a cell phone texting task on an individual's ability to perform three ambulation-based tasks, each with different and progressively more difficult demands. 36 participants (24 male/12 female, average age 23.4) performed: a Timed Up & Go (TUG), stair ambulation (STAIR), and tandem gait (TAN). Participants completed each gait-based task under four conditions: as a practice, while holding their cellular device (baseline), while texting a message, and while reading a message. Statistically significant differences were found within the following variables: 1) mean time to complete a gait task increased through the conditions (Baseline, Texting, Reading), 2) mean number of gait deviations increased while texting during TAN condition in comparison to baseline, 3) mean characters per second became less only in the STAIR task, 4) mean number of texting errors per second increased only in the TAN task...
2017: International Journal of Exercise Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964104/cell-phone-vs-microphone-recordings-judging-emotion-in-the-voice
#11
Joshua J Green, Inge-Marie Eigsti
Emotional states can be conveyed by vocal cues such as pitch and intensity. Despite the ubiquity of cellular telephones, there is limited information on how vocal emotional states are perceived during cell-phone transmissions. Emotional utterances (neutral, happy, angry) were elicited from two female talkers and simultaneously recorded via microphone and cell-phone. Ten-step continua (neutral to happy, neutral to angry) were generated using the straight algorithm. Analyses compared reaction time (RT) and emotion judgment as a function of recording type (microphone vs cell-phone)...
September 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931200/social-media-in-otolaryngology-head-and-neck-surgery
#12
Modupe Oyewumi, John Lee, Allan Vescan
The objective of this study was to assess the current use of social media tools within Canadian otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (OHNS) programs and to assess the interest within these programs to integrate social media for networking, social, and educational programs. A prospective study from September 2013 to February 2014 was performed involving residents and faculty in Canadian OHNS programs. A 26-item questionnaire was created and sent to staff and resident physicians who met the study inclusion criteria using an online survey tool (http://surveymonkey...
September 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855233/a-mobile-based-community-health-management-information-system-for-community-health-workers-and-their-supervisors-in-2-districts-of-zambia
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Godfrey Biemba, Boniface Chiluba, Kojo Yeboah-Antwi, Vichaels Silavwe, Karsten Lunze, Rodgers K Mwale, Scott Russpatrick, Davidson H Hamer
INTRODUCTION: Effective community health management information systems (C-HMIS) are important in low-resource countries that rely heavily on community-based health care providers. Zambia currently lacks a functioning C-HMIS to provide real-time, community-based health information from community health workers (CHWs) to health center staff and higher levels of the health system. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: We developed a C-HMIS mobile platform for use by CHWs providing integrated community case management (iCCM) services and their supervisors to address challenges of frequent stock-outs and inadequate supportive supervision of iCCM-trained CHWs...
September 27, 2017: Global Health, Science and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845676/long-term-impact-of-a-cell-phone-enhanced-parenting-intervention
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Jennifer E Burke Lefever, Kathryn M Bigelow, Judith J Carta, John G Borkowski, Elizabeth Grandfield, Luke McCune, Dwight W Irvin, Steven F Warren
Home visiting programs support positive parenting in populations at-risk of child maltreatment, but their impact is often limited by poor retention and engagement. The current study assessed whether a cellular phone-supported version (PCI-C) of the Parent-Child Interactions (PCI) intervention improved long-term parenting practices, maternal depression, and children's aggression. Low-income mothers ( n = 371) of preschool-aged children were assigned to one of the three groups: PCI-C, PCI, and a wait-list control (WLC) group...
January 1, 2017: Child Maltreatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829691/how-does-the-cellular-phone-help-in-epidemiological-surveillance-a-review-of-the-scientific-literature
#15
Boukary Ouedraogo, Jean Gaudart, Jean-Charles Dufour
BACKGROUND: In the field of epidemiological surveillance, no systematic literature review appears to exist of implemented projects using cellular phone technology. METHOD: We performed a systematic literature review using the Pubmed and Scopus databases to retrieve articles published up to December 2015. We analyzed information reported in these publications according to the mobile health (mHealth) evidence reporting and assessment (mERA) checklist, and complemented this work with specific items related to epidemiology, in order to clarify the types of results reported and summarized in this context...
August 22, 2017: Informatics for Health & Social Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819931/phenotypic-and-genotypic-characterization-of-antioxidant-enzyme-system-in-human-population-exposed-to-radiation-from-mobile-towers
#16
Sachin Gulati, Anita Yadav, Neeraj Kumar, Kanu Priya, Neeraj K Aggarwal, Ranjan Gupta
In the present era, cellular phones have changed the life style of human beings completely and have become an essential part of their lives. The number of cell phones and cell towers are increasing in spite of their disadvantages. These cell towers transmit radiation continuously without any interruption, so people living within 100s of meters from the tower receive 10,000 to 10,000,000 times stronger signal than required for mobile communication. In the present study, we have examined superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme activity, catalase (CAT) enzyme activity, lipid peroxidation assay, and effect of functional polymorphism of SOD and CAT antioxidant genes against mobile tower-induced oxidative stress in human population...
August 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726730/estimating-the-availability-of-potential-homes-for-unwanted-horses-in-the-united-states
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Emily Weiss, Emily D Dolan, Heather Mohan-Gibbons, Shannon Gramann, Margaret R Slater
There are approximately 200,000 unwanted horses annually in the United States. This study aimed to better understand the potential homes for horses that need to be re-homed. Using an independent survey company through an Omnibus telephone (land and cell) survey, we interviewed a nationally projectable sample of 3036 adults (using both landline and cellular phone numbers) to learn of their interest and capacity to adopt a horse. Potential adopters with interest in horses with medical and/or behavioral problems and self-assessed perceived capacity to adopt, constituted 0...
July 20, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699866/description-of-lysinibacillus-telephonicus-sp-nov-isolated-from-the-screen-of-a-cellular-phone
#18
Praveen Rahi, Rashmi Kurli, Mitesh Khairnar, Shubhangi Jagtap, Aabeejjeet N Pansare, Syed G Dastager, Yogesh S Shouche
A novel bacterial strain, designated S5H2222T, was isolated form the screen of a cellular phone. The cells were Gram-stain-positive, rod-shaped, aerobic and motile, and endospores are formed. S5H2222T grew as pale white colonies on trypticase soy agar and the best growth was observed at 37 °C (10-55 °C) and at pH 7.0 (5.0-9.0). S5H2222T could tolerate up to 10 % (w/v) NaCl. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences placed this strain within the genus Lysinibacillus and it exhibited high 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity to Lysinibacillus halotolerans LAM612T (97...
July 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694680/developing-a-tailored-texting-preventive-intervention-a-card-sort-methodology
#19
Jordan M Braciszewski, Tanya B Tran, Roland S Moore, Beth C Bock, Golfo K Tzilos, Patricia Chamberlain, Robert L Stout
PURPOSE: Intervention content written by adults for youth can result in miscommunication due to generational and cultural differences. Inviting at-risk youth to participate in the creation of intervention material can augment acceptability for their peers. METHODS: To improve intervention messaging, the present study examines the utility of a card sort technique when creating cellular phone text messages to be used in a preventive substance use intervention. During focus groups with 24 youth who are exiting the foster care system - a population with distinct cultural attributes - participants were asked to rate stage of change-specific health messages rooted in Motivational Interviewing and the Transtheoretical Model...
June 2017: Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668725/patterns-of-cellular-phone-use-among-young-people-in-12-countries-implications-for-rf-exposure
#20
Chelsea E Langer, Patricia de Llobet, Albert Dalmau, Joe Wiart, Geertje Goedhart, Martine Hours, Geza P Benke, Evdoxia Bouka, Revital Bruchim, Kyung-Hwa Choi, Amanda Eng, Mina Ha, Maria Karalexi, Kosuke Kiyohara, Noriko Kojimahara, Daniel Krewski, Hans Kromhout, Brigitte Lacour, Andrea 't Mannetje, Milena Maule, Enrica Migliore, Charmaine Mohipp, Franco Momoli, Eleni Petridou, Katja Radon, Thomas Remen, Siegal Sadetzki, Malcolm R Sim, Tobias Weinmann, Roel Vermeulen, Elisabeth Cardis, Martine Vrijheid
Characterizing exposure to radiofrequency (RF) fields from wireless telecommunications technologies during childhood and adolescence is a research priority in investigating the health effects of RF. The Mobi-Expo study aimed to describe characteristics and determinants of cellular phone use in 534 young people (10-24years) in 12 countries. The study used a specifically designed software application installed on smartphones to collect data on the use of wireless telecommunications devices within this age group...
June 29, 2017: Environment International
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