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Matteo Bonini
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Asthma is the most prevalent chronic respiratory disease and represents a relevant socioeconomic burden. e-Health has the potential to improve disease control and adherence to treatment in asthmatic patients. Available data are, however, scarce and inconsistent limiting the use of e-health in clinical practice. This article aims to provide a systematic review of the literature published in the last year regarding the real place and impact of e-health in the management of asthma...
October 18, 2016: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Kimberly Plevniak, Matthew Campbell, Timothy Myers, Abby Hodges, Mei He
Clinical diagnosis requiring central facilities and site visits can be burdensome for patients in resource-limited or rural areas. Therefore, development of a low-cost test that utilizes smartphone data collection and transmission would beneficially enable disease self-management and point-of-care (POC) diagnosis. In this paper, we introduce a low-cost iPOC(3D) diagnostic strategy which integrates 3D design and printing of microfluidic POC device with smartphone-based disease diagnosis in one process as a stand-alone system, offering strong adaptability for establishing diagnostic capacity in resource-limited areas and low-income countries...
September 2016: Biomicrofluidics
N H Chavannes
In a systematic review in the Dutch Journal of Medicine (NTvG), Dallinga et al. look for an answer to the societally relevant question of whether mobile apps are proven to lead to a more active and healthy lifestyle. Decision makers in healthcare have high expectations of eHealth, a field where scientific evidence sometimes seems overruled merely by the opinions of self-declared 'futurists'. Commonly, eHealth is propelled forward as the solution to the lack of manpower in healthcare, given the expected rise of chronic disease...
2016: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Zaid Sayedalamin, Abdulaziz Alshuaibi, Osama Almutairi, Mariam Baghaffar, Tahir Jameel, Mukhtiar Baig
INTRODUCTION: The present study explored the utility, attitude, and trends regarding Smartphone related Medical Applications (Apps) among medical students of King Abdulaziz University (KAU) Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (SA) and their perceptions of the impact of Medical Apps in their training activities. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This survey was conducted at the Faculty of Medicine, Jeddah, and Rabigh campuses, KAU, Jeddah, SA. All participants were medical students of 2nd to 6th year...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Infection and Public Health
Manisha Gandhi, Anitra Beasley, Emily Vinas, Haleh Sangi-Haghpeykar, Susan M Ramin, Charlie C Kilpatrick
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of mobile technology to facilitate resident learning, assess clinical knowledge, and guide curricular development in a busy clinical environment. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study conducted in a large (N=48) urban obstetrics and gynecology residency program. Question sets were created in the following areas: office gynecology, general obstetrics, gynecologic surgery and urogynecology, maternal-fetal medicine and ultrasonography, reproductive endocrinology and pediatric gynecology, and gynecologic oncology...
October 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Andrea Farnham, Ulf Blanke, Emily Stone, Milo A Puhan, Christoph Hatz
BACKGROUND: mHealth methodology such as smartphone applications offers new opportunities to capture the full range of health risks during travel in real time. Our study aims to widen the scope of travel health research in tropical and subtropical destinations by using a smartphone application to collect detailed information on health behaviours, clinical symptoms, accidents and environmental factors during travel. METHODS: We enrolled travel clinic clients in Zurich and Basel ≥18 years of age travelling to Thailand for <5 weeks...
June 2016: Journal of Travel Medicine
Altaf H Basta, Houssni El-Saied, Mervat M El-Deftar, Ahmed A El-Henawy, Hussein H El-Sheikh, Essam H Abdel-Shakour, Mohamed S Hasanin
The present study deals with synthesizing novel cellulose derivative, from modifying the carboxymethyl cellulose with amino phenylpropanoic acid (CMC-APP). The synthesized CMC-APP was evaluated as biological and anti-cancer active compound. The molecular structures of this active compound were built using the HyperChem program 7.5, together with conventional analysis (nitrogen content, FT-IR, and non-isothermal TGA analysis). Optimizing the CMC/APPA ratio was carried out as preliminary assessment step, via undetected antimicrobial activity measurement...
November 20, 2016: Carbohydrate Polymers
Sheila M Seed, Steven L Khov, Faisal S Binguad, George M Abraham, Timothy Dy Aungst
Advancements in technology have led to the development of medical applications (apps). Contents of 44 apps related to travel medicine were assessed demonstrating that many were updated infrequently and several developers had no medical background. There is an opportunity for healthcare professionals to develop apps in travel medicine.
April 2016: Journal of Travel Medicine
Angelo Cavicchi, Simona Venturini, Ferdinando Petrazzuoli, Nicola Buono, Dario Bonetti
INTRODUCTION: In Italy the course to become a general practitioner (GP) lasts 3 years and includes both theoretical and practical study. Different from the theoretical part, until recently the practical activity has not been assessed at all. The Emilia Romagna Regional Health Authority has developed a special program called INFORMEG (Management of Tutoring during the Triennial Specific Training in General Practice), aimed at assessing primary doctor trainees' practical skills. INFORMEG includes a list of pre-defined cases of specific diseases, conditions or health problem, a web application and a smartphone app, aimed at assisting trainee self-management and helping the tutor in the assessment of trainee performance...
July 2016: Rural and Remote Health
Şenay Görücü Yılmaz, Mehmet Emin Erdal, Aynur Avcı Özge, Mehmet Ali Sungur
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder and the most common form of dementia. However, biomarkers that require testing in the brain tissue pose a formidable practical barrier to AD diagnostic innovation. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are responsible for control of gene expression at the posttranscriptional level and are essential for the function of neuronal networks and neuronal survival. miRNA expression can impact the regulation of APP (amyloid beta A4 precursor protein), PSEN1 (presenilin 1), PSEN2 (presenilin 2), and BACE1 (beta-secretase 1) genes in the brain that were previously implicated in AD pathophysiology...
August 2016: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
Guillermo Molina Recio, Laura García-Hernández, Rafael Molina Luque, Lorenzo Salas-Morera
BACKGROUND: Several studies have estimated the potential economic and social impact of the mHealth development. Considering the latest study by Institute for Healthcare Informatics, more than 165.000 apps of health and medicine are offered including all the stores from different platforms. Thus, the global mHealth market was an estimated $10.5 billion in 2014 and is expected to grow 33.5 percent annually between 2015 and 2020s. In fact, apps of Health have become the third-fastest growing category, only after games and utilities...
2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
A W C Kow, B L S Ang, C S Chong, W B Tan, K R Menon
INTRODUCTION: While healthcare outcomes have improved significantly, the complex management of diseases in the hospitals has also escalated the risks in patient safety. Therefore, in the process of training medical students to be proficient in medical knowledge and skills, the importance of patient safety cannot be neglected. A new innovation using mobile apps gaming system (PAtient Safety in Surgical EDucation-PASSED) to teach medical students on patient safety was created. Students were taught concepts of patient safety followed by a gaming session using iPad games created by us...
November 2016: World Journal of Surgery
Evgenii Pustozerov, Ute von Jan, Urs-Vito Albrecht
The presented study covers the evaluation of ratings of a set of 1080 applications classified as "top apps" for the two categories "Medicine" and "Health & Fitness" as they are available on Google's Play Store. Within the evaluation, the manifest files and source code of the applications were analyzed in order to reveal whether the requested set of permissions correspond to the ones really utilized by the apps and whether they surpass what is necessary. For many apps, the declarations in the manifest file do not match what is specified in the source code, raising the question of whether this may be an indication of questionable app quality with a potentially negative impact on the safety and reliability of mHealth related apps...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Gianluca Rospo, Viola Valsecchi, Alberto G Bonomi, Inge Wj Thomassen, Saskia van Dantzig, Antonio La Torre, Francesco Sartor
BACKGROUND: Strong evidence shows that an increase in cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and physical activity (PA) reduces cardiovascular disease risk. OBJECTIVE: To test whether a scientifically endorsed program to increase CRF and PA, implemented on an easy-to-use, always-accessible mobile app would be effective in improving CRF. METHODS: Of 63 healthy volunteers participating, 18 tested the user interface of the Cardio-Fitness App (CF-App); and 45 underwent a 2-week intervention period, of whom 33 eventually concluded it...
2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Xiao-Ke Wu, Yong-Yan Wang, Jian-Ping Liu, Rui-Ning Liang, Hui-Ying Xue, Hong-Xia Ma, Xiao-Guang Shao, Ernest H Y Ng
OBJECTIVE: To study whether a combination of berberine and letrozole results in higher live births than letrozole alone in infertile women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). DESIGN: A multicenter randomized double-blinded placebo-controlled trial. SETTING: Reproductive and developmental network sites. PATIENT(S): Eligible women had PCOS as defined by the Rotterdam criteria. We enrolled 644 participants randomized 1:1:1 among letrozole, berberine, and combination groups...
September 1, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
S Kannan, S Gowri
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials are mandatory for evidence-based practice. Hardly, any data are available regarding the number of clinical trials and their methodological quality that are conducted in allied fields of medicine. OBJECTIVE: The present study was envisaged to assess methodological quality of trials in allied medical fields. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Registered clinical trials in World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (http://apps...
March 2016: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
Fengling Li, Guosheng Han, Kexiang Wu
Therapeutic approach for Alzheimer's disease (AD) is still deficient. To find active compounds from herbal medicine is of interest in the alleviation of AD symptoms. This study aimed to investigate the protective effects of Tanshinone IIA (TIIA) on memory performance and synaptic plasticity in a transgenic AD model at the early phase. 25-100 mg/kg TIIA (intraperitoneal injection, i.p.) was administered to the six-month-old APP and PS1 transgenic mice for 30 consecutive days. After treatment, spatial memory, synaptic plasticity, and related mechanisms were investigated...
2016: BioMed Research International
Wieland Schrödl, Rita Büchler, Sindy Wendler, Petra Reinhold, Petra Muckova, Johanna Reindl, Heidrun Rhode
Acute phase proteins (APPs) are highly conserved plasma proteins that are increasingly secreted by the liver in response to a variety of injuries, independently of their location and cause. APPs favor the systemic regulation of defense, coagulation, proteolysis, and tissue repair. Various APPs have been applied as general diagnostic parameters for a long time. Through proteomic techniques, more and more APPs have been discovered to be differentially altered. Since they are not consistently explainable by a stereotypic hepatic expression of sets of APPs, most of these results have unfortunately been neglected or attributed to the nonspecificity of the acute phase reaction...
June 7, 2016: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
Yuhua Tan, Ye Zhao, Tian He, Yueshen Ma, Wang Cai, Yandong Wang
BACKGROUND: Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine know that auricular point acupressure (APP) using vaccaria seeds on the large intestine point (CO7) has a significant effect on postoperative gastrointestinal dysfunction. A standardized, clinical, research design will transform this clinical experience into scientific evidence, thus providing a basis to promote the wider use of this therapy. We aim to carry out a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate the efficacy and safety of APP treatment for gastrointestinal dysfunction after laparoscopic cholecystectomy...
2016: Trials
Grzegorz Bulaj, Margaret M Ahern, Alexis Kuhn, Zachary S Judkins, Randy C Bowen, Yizhe Chen
Merging pharmaceutical and digital (mobile health, mHealth) ingredients to create new therapies for chronic diseases offers unique opportunities for natural products such as omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA), curcumin, resveratrol, theanine, or α-lipoic acid. These compounds, when combined with pharmaceutical drugs, show improved efficacy and safety in preclinical and clinical studies of epilepsy, neuropathic pain, osteoarthritis, depression, schizophrenia, diabetes and cancer. Their additional clinical benefits include reducing levels of TNFα and other inflammatory cytokines...
2016: Current Clinical Pharmacology
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