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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644796/design-of-an-autonomous-social-orienting-training-system-asots-for-young-children-with-autism
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Zhi Zheng, Qiang Fu, Huan Zhao, Amy R Swanson, Amy S Weitlauf, Zachary E Warren, Nilanjan Sarkar
Social communication is among the core areas of impairment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The training of social orientation is important for improving social communication of children with ASD. In recent years, technology-assisted ASD intervention had gained momentum due to its potential advantages in terms of precision, sustainability, flexibility and cost. In this paper, we propose a closed-loop autonomous computer system, named ASOTS, for training social orientation skills to young children with ASD...
June 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641817/-preventing-violence-in-schizophrenia-with-cognitive-remediation
#2
C Darmedru, C Demily, N Franck
OBJECTIVES: The association between schizophrenia and violence represents an important issue in psychiatry. Often highly publicized, violent acts raise the question of their detection, prevention, management and treatment. There is no single, direct and exclusive link between aggressiveness and the underlying psychiatric disorder. On the contrary, the processes underlying this violence are multiple and interlinked. In addition to static and dynamic risk factors, cognitive deficits play an important role in the genesis and maintenance of violent and aggressive behavior...
June 19, 2017: L'Encéphale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639045/passing-the-fundamentals-of-endoscopic-surgery-fes-exam-linking-specialty-choice-and-attitudes-about-endoscopic-surgery-to-success
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Aimee K Gardner, Michael B Ujiki, Brian J Dunkin
INTRODUCTION: Previous work has shown that up to 30% of graduating surgery residents fail the fundamentals of endoscopic surgery (FES) exam. This study investigated the extent to which FES pass rates differ in a specific sample of individuals who have chosen a career in GI surgery and to examine the relationships between FES performance and confidence in performing flexible endoscopy. METHODS: Fellows attending the 2016 SAGES Flexible Endoscopy Course were invited to complete the FES manual skills examination...
June 21, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638171/3d-printed-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-phantom-for-image-guided-surgical-planning-with-a-patient-specific-fenestrated-endovascular-graft-system
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Karen M Meess, Richard L Izzo, Maciej L Dryjski, Richard E Curl, Linda M Harris, Michael Springer, Adnan H Siddiqui, Stephen Rudin, Ciprian N Ionita
Following new trends in precision medicine, Juxatarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (JAAA) treatment has been enabled by using patient-specific fenestrated endovascular grafts. The X-ray guided procedure requires precise orientation of multiple modular endografts within the arteries confirmed via radiopaque markers. Patient-specific 3D printed phantoms could familiarize physicians with complex procedures and new devices in a risk-free simulation environment to avoid periprocedural complications and improve training...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637136/virtual-environment-navigation-with-look-around-mode-to-explore-new-real-spaces-by-people-who-are-blind
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Orly Lahav, Hadas Gedalevitz, Steven Battersby, David Brown, Lindsay Evett, Patrick Merritt
BACKGROUND: This paper examines the ability of people who are blind to construct a mental map and perform orientation tasks in real space by using Nintendo Wii technologies to explore virtual environments. The participant explores new spaces through haptic and auditory feedback triggered by pointing or walking in the virtual environments and later constructs a mental map, which can be used to navigate in real space. METHODS: The study included 10 participants who were congenitally or adventitiously blind, divided into experimental and control groups...
February 10, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637090/early-warning-systems-and-rapid-response-to-the-deteriorating-patient-in-hospital-a-realist-evaluation
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Jennifer Mcgaughey, Peter O'Halloran, Sam Porter, John Trinder, Bronagh Blackwood
AIM: To identify those contexts and mechanisms that enable or constrain the implementation of Rapid Response Systems on acute general hospital wards to recognise and respond to patient deterioration. BACKGROUND: Rapid Response Systems allow deteriorating patients to be recognised using Early Warning Systems, referred early via escalation protocols and managed at the bedside by competent staff. DESIGN: Realist Evaluation. METHODS: The research design was an embedded multiple case study approach of four wards in two hospitals in Northern Ireland which followed the principles of Realist Evaluation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636204/aerobic-exercise-training-for-adults-with-fibromyalgia
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Julia Bidonde, Angela J Busch, Candice L Schachter, Tom J Overend, Soo Y Kim, Suelen M Góes, Catherine Boden, Heather Ja Foulds
BACKGROUND: Exercise training is commonly recommended for individuals with fibromyalgia. This review is one of a series of reviews about exercise training for people with fibromyalgia that will replace the "Exercise for treating fibromyalgia syndrome" review first published in 2002. OBJECTIVES: • To evaluate the benefits and harms of aerobic exercise training for adults with fibromyalgia• To assess the following specific comparisons ० Aerobic versus control conditions (eg, treatment as usual, wait list control, physical activity as usual) ० Aerobic versus aerobic interventions (eg, running vs brisk walking) ० Aerobic versus non-exercise interventions (eg, medications, education) We did not assess specific comparisons involving aerobic exercise versus other exercise interventions (eg, resistance exercise, aquatic exercise, flexibility exercise, mixed exercise)...
June 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627811/energy-based-neural-networks-as-a-tool-for-harmony-based-virtual-screening
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Nelly I Zhokhova, Igor I Baskin
In Energy-Based Neural Networks (EBNNs), relationships between variables are captured by means of a scalar function conventionally called "energy". In this article, we introduce a procedure of "harmony search", which looks for compounds providing the lowest energies for the EBNNs trained on active compounds. It can be considered as a special kind of similarity search that takes into account regularities in the structures of active compounds. In this paper, we show that harmony search can be used for performing virtual screening...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627411/impact-of-procedural-training-on-pregnancy-outcomes-and-career-satisfaction-in-female-post-graduate-medical-trainees-in-the-united-states
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Jennifer S Davids, Rebecca E Scully, Nelya Melnitchouk
BACKGROUND: Compared to non-procedural fields, procedural specialization requires longer training, less flexible schedules, and greater physical demands. The impact of these factors on pregnancy, maternity outcomes, and career satisfaction has not been well described. STUDY DESIGN: Data were gathered from 738 United States postgraduate medical trainee mothers via an anonymous, IRB-approved online survey. Univariate analysis was performed using Chi-squared tests...
June 13, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625409/expectations-of-the-ideal-worker-and-its-influence-on-professional-identity-in-academic-medicine-perspectives-from-a-career-flexibility-educational-intervention
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Lydia Pleotis Howell, Laurel A Beckett, Amparo C Villablanca
• Career flexibility policies to support faculty work-life balance are under-utilized due to many perceived barriers. • Reported barriers to policy use increased after an educational intervention, reflecting conflicts with personal and professional identity and team/peer pressure. • Creating a culture that increases work-life flexibility and satisfaction requires addressing expectations for extreme work devotion, perhaps best accomplished by faculty roles models who can re-shape the "hidden curriculum" of medical education and training...
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618008/needs-and-challenges-of-home-visitors-conducting-perinatal-depression-screening
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Jennifer J Doering, Kristyn Maletta, Audrey Laszewski, Christina L Wichman, Jennifer Hammel
This article describes the needs and challenges faced by home visitors, supervisors, and clients when conducting perinatal depression screening. Home visitors (n = 11), supervisors (n = 5), and clients (n = 9) representing rural and urban practice settings in Wisconsin were recruited into three separate focus groups. Themes were identified from the transcribed audio-recorded interviews using content analysis. Results indicate that a trusting relationship was leveraged to facilitate depression screening and referral...
June 15, 2017: Infant Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615964/development-and-performance-of-a-diagnostic-prognostic-scoring-system-for-breakthrough-pain
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Boaz Gedaliahu Samolsky Dekel, Marco Palma, Maria Cristina Sorella, Alberto Gori, Alessio Vasarri, Rita Maria Melotti
OBJECTIVES: Variable prevalence and treatment of breakthrough pain (BTP) in different clinical contexts are partially due to the lack of reliable/validated diagnostic tools with prognostic capability. We report the statistical basis and performance analysis of a novel BTP scoring system based on the naïve Bayes classifier (NBC) approach and an 11-item IQ-BTP validated questionnaire. This system aims at classifying potential BTP presence in three likelihood classes: "High," "Intermediate," and "Low...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615794/deepinfer-open-source-deep-learning-deployment-toolkit-for-image-guided-therapy
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Alireza Mehrtash, Mehran Pesteie, Jorden Hetherington, Peter A Behringer, Tina Kapur, William M Wells, Robert Rohling, Andriy Fedorov, Purang Abolmaesumi
Deep learning models have outperformed some of the previous state-of-the-art approaches in medical image analysis. Instead of using hand-engineered features, deep models attempt to automatically extract hierarchical representations at multiple levels of abstraction from the data. Therefore, deep models are usually considered to be more flexible and robust solutions for image analysis problems compared to conventional computer vision models. They have demonstrated significant improvements in computer-aided diagnosis and automatic medical image analysis applied to such tasks as image segmentation, classification and registration...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615392/family-medicine-around-the-world-overview-by-region-the-besrour-papers-a-series-on-the-state-of-family-medicine-in-the-world
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REVIEW
Neil Arya, Christine Gibson, David Ponka, Cynthia Haq, Stephanie Hansel, Bruce Dahlman, Katherine Rouleau
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate how family medicine has been recognized and integrated into primary health care systems in contrasting contexts around the world and to provide an overview of how family physicians are trained and certified. COMPOSITION OF THE COMMITTEE: Since 2012, the College of Family Physicians of Canada has hosted the Besrour Conferences to reflect on its role in advancing the discipline of family medicine globally. The Besrour Papers Working Group, which was struck at the 2013 conference, was tasked with developing a series of papers to highlight the key issues, lessons learned, and outcomes emerging from the various activities of the Besrour collaboration...
June 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614506/health-work-portrait-of-community-workers-in-the-northeast-region-of-brazil
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Paloma Ribeiro Pires Simas, Isabela Cardoso de Matos Pinto
The aim of this study was to characterize the profile of community health workers in northeastern Brazil and aspects related to the management of their work. This is a cross-sectional study, which included 535 community agents who were distributed in 107 primary health units in northeastern Brazil. The data were extracted from eight blocks of questions related to the community agents' perceptions about social-demographic, economic and political factors; their contracts and remuneration; their evaluation as workers; their working conditions and their training...
June 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612643/survey-of-irish-general-practitioners-preferences-for-continuing-professional-development
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B Maher, R O'Neill, A Faruqui, C Bergin, M Horgan, D Bennett, C M P O'Tuathaigh
BACKGROUND: Doctors' continuing professional development (CPD) training needs are known to be strongly influenced by national and local contextual characteristics. Given the changing national demographic profile and government-mandated changes to primary care health care provision, this study aimed to investigate Irish General Practitioners' (GPs) perceptions of, and preferences for, current and future CPD programmes. METHODS: A cross-sectional questionnaire, using closed- and open-ended questions, was administered to Irish GPs, focusing on training needs analysis; CPD course content; preferred format and the learning environment...
June 14, 2017: Education for Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611880/optimizing-the-use-of-a-precious-resource-the-role-of-emergency-physicians-in-a-humanitarian-crisis
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REVIEW
Parveen K Parmar, P Gregg Greenough
Emergency physicians (EP) are uniquely suited to provide care in crises as a result of their broad training, ability to work quickly and effectively in high-pressure, austere settings, and their inherent flexibility. While emergency medicine training is helpful to support the needs of crisis-affected and displaced populations, it is not in itself sufficient. In this article we review what an EP should carefully consider prior to deployment.
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609641/flexibility-training-and-the-repeated-bout-effect-priming-interventions-prior-to-eccentric-training-of-the-knee-flexors
#18
Andrew W Leslie, Joel L Lanovaz, Justin W Andrushko, Jonathan P Farthing
Both the repeated bout effect and increased flexibility have been linked to reduced muscle damage, fatigue and strength loss after intense eccentric exercise. Our purpose was to compare the eccentric training (ECC) response after first priming the muscles with either static flexibility training or a single intense bout of eccentric exercise. Twenty-five participants were randomly assigned to flexibility training (F;n=8; 3x/week; 30 min/day), a single-bout of intense eccentric exercise (SB;n=9), or no intervention (control [C];n=8) during a 4-week priming phase, prior to completing a subsequent 4-week period of eccentric training of the knee flexors...
June 13, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607462/maturep-prediction-of-secreted-proteins-with-exclusive-information-from-their-mature-regions
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Georgia Orfanoudaki, Maria Markaki, Katerina Chatzi, Ioannis Tsamardinos, Anastassios Economou
More than a third of the cellular proteome is non-cytoplasmic. Most secretory proteins use the Sec system for export and are targeted to membranes using signal peptides and mature domains. To specifically analyze bacterial mature domain features, we developed MatureP, a classifier that predicts secretory sequences through features exclusively computed from their mature domains. MatureP was trained using Just Add Data Bio, an automated machine learning tool. Mature domains are predicted efficiently with ~92% success, as measured by the Area Under the Receiver Operating Characteristic Curve (AUC)...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599185/qsar-models-for-predicting-acute-toxicity-of-pesticides-in-rainbow-trout-using-the-coral-software-and-efsa-s-openfoodtox-database
#20
Andrey A Toropov, Alla P Toropova, Marco Marzo, Jean Lou Dorne, Nikolaos Georgiadis, Emilio Benfenati
Optimal (flexible) descriptors were used to establish quantitative structure - activity relationships (QSAR) for toxicity of pesticides (n=116) towards rainbow trout. A heterogeneous set of hundreds of pesticides has been used, taken from the EFSA's chemical Hazards Database: OpenFoodTox. Optimal descriptors are preparing from simplified molecular input-line entry system (SMILES). So-called, correlation weights of different fragments of SMILES are calculating by the Monte Carlo optimization procedure where correlation coefficient between endpoint and optimal descriptor plays role of the target function...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
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