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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941393/mobile-health-application-to-assist-doctors-in-antibiotic-prescription-an-approach-for-antibiotic-stewardship
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Felipe Francisco Tuon, Juliano Gasparetto, Luciana Cristina Wollmann, Thyago Proença de Moraes
BACKGROUND: Technologies applied to mobile devices can be an important strategy in antibiotic stewardship programs. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the impact of a decision-making application on antibiotic prescription. METHODS: This was an observational, analytical and longitudinal study on the implementation of an antimicrobial guide for mobile application (app). This study analyzed the period of 12 months before and 12 months after the app implementation at a university hospital based on local epidemiology, avoiding high cost drugs and reducing the potential for drug resistance including carbapenem...
September 20, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937931/design-and-development-of-a-mobile-exercise-application-for-home-care-aides-and-older-adult-medicaid-home-and-community-based-clients
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Margaret Danilovich, Laura Diaz, Gustavo Saberbein, William Healey, Gail Huber, Daniel Corcos
We describe a community-engaged approach with Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) home care aide (HCA), client, and physical therapist stakeholders to develop a mobile application (app) exercise intervention through focus groups and interviews. Participants desired a short exercise program with modification capabilities, goal setting, and mechanisms to track progress. Concerns regarding participation were training needs and feasibility within usual care services. Technological preferences were for simple, easy-to-use, and engaging content...
September 22, 2017: Home Health Care Services Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936412/test-retest-reliability-and-construct-validity-of-the-aspects-of-wheelchair-mobility-test-as-a-measure-of-the-mobility-of-wheelchair-users
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Karen L Rispin, Kara Huff, Joy Wee
BACKGROUND: The Aspects of Wheelchair Mobility Test (AWMT) was developed for use in a repeated measures format to provide comparative effectiveness data on mobility facilitated by different wheelchair types. It has been used in preliminary studies to compare the mobility of wheelchairs designed for low-resource areas and is intended to be simple and flexible enough so as to be used in low-technology settings. However, to reliably compare the impact of different types of wheelchairs on the mobility of users, a measure must first be a reliable and valid measure of mobility...
2017: Afr J Disabil
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936236/patient-oriented-health-technologies-patients-perspectives-and-use
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Amy M Bauer, Tessa Rue, Sean A Munson, Reza Hosseini Ghomi, Gina A Keppel, Allison M Cole, Laura-Mae Baldwin, Wayne Katon
BACKGROUND: For patient-oriented mobile health tools to contribute meaningfully to improving healthcare delivery, widespread acceptance and use of such tools by patients are critical. However, little is known about patients' attitudes toward using health technology and their willingness to share health data with providers. AIMS: To investigate primary care patients' comfort sharing health information through mobile devices, and patients' awareness and use of patient portals...
August 2017: Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934907/the-use-of-assistive-technologies-after-stroke-is-debunking-the-myths-about-the-elderly
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Marija Tomšič, Barbara Domajnko, Melita Zajc
Background Through the concept of ageism, we highlight and explain how the society prejudices the elderly. WHO classifies 12 most common stereotypes pertaining to old age. Elderly people are being excluded from social life due to their chronological age rather than any actual reduced physical and/or mental ability. Some of these stereotypes are directly related to the (un)willingness and the ability of the elderly to use technology in everyday life. Objectives The study presented in this article aims to explain the phenomenon of technology use among elderly people who had had a stroke...
September 22, 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934171/design-and-analysis-of-an-efficient-energy-algorithm-in-wireless-social-sensor-networks
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Naixue Xiong, Longzhen Zhang, Wei Zhang, Athanasios V Vasilakos, Muhammad Imran
Because mobile ad hoc networks have characteristics such as lack of center nodes, multi-hop routing and changeable topology, the existing checkpoint technologies for normal mobile networks cannot be applied well to mobile ad hoc networks. Considering the multi-frequency hierarchy structure of ad hoc networks, this paper proposes a hybrid checkpointing strategy which combines the techniques of synchronous checkpointing with asynchronous checkpointing, namely the checkpoints of mobile terminals in the same cluster remain synchronous, and the checkpoints in different clusters remain asynchronous...
September 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933939/a-social-network-analysis-of-the-financial-links-backing-health-and-fitness-apps
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Quinn Grundy, Fabian Held, Lisa Bero
OBJECTIVES: To identify the major stakeholders in mobile health app development and to describe their financial relationships using social network analysis. METHODS: We conducted a structured content analysis of a purposive sample of prominent health and fitness apps available in November 2015 in the United States, Canada, and Australia. We conducted a social network analysis of apps' developers, investors, other funding sources, and content advisors to describe the financial relationships underpinning health app development...
September 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932623/proteomics-technique-opens-new-frontiers-in-mobilome-research
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Andrew D Davidson, David A Matthews, Kevin Maringer
A large proportion of the genome of most eukaryotic organisms consists of highly repetitive mobile genetic elements. The sum of these elements is called the "mobilome," which in eukaryotes is made up mostly of transposons. Transposable elements contribute to disease, evolution, and normal physiology by mediating genetic rearrangement, and through the "domestication" of transposon proteins for cellular functions. Although 'omics studies of mobilome genomes and transcriptomes are common, technical challenges have hampered high-throughput global proteomics analyses of transposons...
2017: Mobile Genetic Elements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932209/the-mobilome-a-major-contributor-to-escherichia-coli-stx2-positive-o26-h11-strains-intra-serotype-diversity
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Sabine Delannoy, Patricia Mariani-Kurkdjian, Hattie E Webb, Stephane Bonacorsi, Patrick Fach
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli of serotype O26:H11/H- constitute a diverse group of strains and several clones with distinct genetic characteristics have been identified and characterized. Whole genome sequencing was performed using Illumina and PacBio technologies on eight stx2-positive O26:H11 strains circulating in France. Comparative analyses of the whole genome of the stx2-positive O26:H11 strains indicate that several clones of EHEC O26:H11 are co-circulating in France. Phylogenetic analysis of the French strains together with stx2-positive and stx-negative E...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931377/the-rehabilitation-enhancing-aging-through-connected-health-reach-study-study-protocol-for-a-quasi-experimental-clinical-trial
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Meng Ni, Lorna G Brown, Danielle Lawler, Terry D Ellis, Tamara Deangelis, Nancy K Latham, Jennifer Perloff, Steve J Atlas, Sanja Percac-Lima, Jonathan F Bean
BACKGROUND: Mobility limitations among older adults increase the risk for disability and healthcare utilization. Rehabilitative care is identified as the most efficacious treatment for maintaining physical function. However, there is insufficient evidence identifying a healthcare model that targets prevention of mobility decline among older adults. The objective of this study is to evaluate the preliminary effectiveness of a physical therapy program, augmented with mobile tele-health technology, on mobility function and healthcare utilization among older adults...
September 20, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931287/enhanced-capture-of-bacteria-and-endotoxin-by-antimicrobial-wlbu2-peptide-tethered-on-polyethylene-oxide-spacers
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Ramya Raman, Miranda A Raper, Erik Hahn, Kate F Schilke
Severe sepsis is a life threatening immune response that may be caused by endotoxins (lipopolysaccharides) in circulating bacterial cell wall fragments. Hemoperfusion through a sorbent column coated with the antimicrobial peptide polymyxin B (PMB) is a promising treatment for sepsis. However, PMB is cytotoxic and neurotoxic, and is a membrane disruptor that may fragment endotoxin vesicles. In addition, the blood is not protected from nonspecific interactions with the synthetic surface of the solid support. These effects may be responsible for the variety of undesirable clinical outcomes, including nonspecific adsorption of proteins, blood cell damage, platelet activation, and a lack of clear evidence of efficacy of the current hemoperfusion products...
September 20, 2017: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930438/supported-planar-mammalian-membranes-as-models-of-in-vivo-cell-surface-architectures
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Han-Yuan Liu, Hannah Grant, Hung-Lun Hsu, Raya Sorkin, Filip Bošković, G J L Wuite, Susan Daniel
Emerging technologies use cell plasma membrane vesicles or 'blebs' as an intermediate to form molecularly complete, planar cell surface mimetics that are compatible with a variety of characterization tools and microscopy methods. This approach enables direct incorporation of membrane proteins into supported lipid bilayers without using detergents and reconstitution and preserves native lipids and membrane species. Such a system can be advantageous as in vitro models of in vivo cell surfaces for study of the roles of membrane proteins as drug targets in drug delivery, host-pathogen interactions, tissue engineering, and many other bioanalytical and sensing applications...
September 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928765/emerging-challenges-and-opportunities-for-education-and-research-in-weed-science
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REVIEW
Bhagirath S Chauhan, Amar Matloob, Gulshan Mahajan, Farhena Aslam, Singarayer K Florentine, Prashant Jha
In modern agriculture, with more emphasis on high input systems, weed problems are likely to increase and become more complex. With heightened awareness of adverse effects of herbicide residues on human health and environment and the evolution of herbicide-resistant weed biotypes, a significant focus within weed science has now shifted to the development of eco-friendly technologies with reduced reliance on herbicides. Further, with the large-scale adoption of herbicide-resistant crops, and uncertain climatic optima under climate change, the problems for weed science have become multi-faceted...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928470/dynamics-of-water-bound-to-crystalline-cellulose
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Hugh O'Neill, Sai Venkatesh Pingali, Loukas Petridis, Junhong He, Eugene Mamontov, Liang Hong, Volker Urban, Barbara Evans, Paul Langan, Jeremy C Smith, Brian H Davison
Interactions of water with cellulose are of both fundamental and technological importance. Here, we characterize the properties of water associated with cellulose using deuterium labeling, neutron scattering and molecular dynamics simulation. Quasi-elastic neutron scattering provided quantitative details about the dynamical relaxation processes that occur and was supported by structural characterization using small-angle neutron scattering and X-ray diffraction. We can unambiguously detect two populations of water associated with cellulose...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928035/molecular-analysis-of-three-clostridium-difficile-strain-genomes-isolated-from-pig-farm-related-samples
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I Martín-Burriel, S Andrés-Lasheras, F Harders, R C Mainar-Jaime, B Ranera, P Zaragoza, V Falceto, Y Bolea, E Kuijper, R Bolea, A Bossers, M Chirino-Trejo
Clostridium difficile is an anaerobic spore-forming bacillus that usually causes gastrointestinal disorders in man and other animal species. Most of the strains isolated from animals are toxigenic being the virulent ribotype (RT) 078 predominant in several animal species. Although C. difficile is pathogenic to both humans and animals, there is no direct evidence of zoonosis. Deep genome sequencing provides sufficient resolution to analyse which strains found in animals might be related to human pathogens. So far, there are only a few fully sequenced genomes of C...
September 16, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927983/the-digital-divide-in-adoption-and-use-of-mobile-health-technology-among-caregivers-of-pediatric-surgery-patients
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Emma C Hamilton, Faiez Saiyed, Charles C Miller, Arturo Eguia, Alexandra C Fonseca, George P Baum, KuoJen Tsao, Mary T Austin
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify mobile Health (mHealth) technology utilization among caregivers of pediatric surgery patients. METHODS: We provided a modified version of the 2012 mobile health survey from the Pew Research Center to English and Spanish-speaking caregivers of children aged <18years presenting to pediatric surgical outpatient clinics from June to July of 2016. RESULTS: A total of 171 caregivers completed the survey and included 57 (34%) whites, 30 (18%) blacks, 75 (44%) Hispanics, and 6 (4%) other races...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925418/mhealth-application-areas-and-technology-combinations-a-comparison-of-literature-from-high-and-low-middle-income-countries
#17
Haitham Abaza, Michael Marschollek
BACKGROUND: With the continuous and enormous spread of mobile technologies, mHealth has evolved as a new subfield of eHealth. While eHealth is broadly focused on information and communication technologies, mHealth seeks to explore more into mobile devices and wireless communication. Since mobile phone penetration has exceeded other infrastructure in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), mHealth is seen as a promising component to provide pervasive and patient-centered care. OBJECTIVES: The aim of our research work for this paper is to examine the mHealth literature to identify application areas, target diseases, and mHealth service and technology types that are most appropriate for LMICs...
August 8, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924502/factors-influencing-healthcare-provider-respondent-fatigue-answering-a-globally-administered-in-app-survey
#18
Vikas N O'Reilly-Shah
BACKGROUND: Respondent fatigue, also known as survey fatigue, is a common problem in the collection of survey data. Factors that are known to influence respondent fatigue include survey length, survey topic, question complexity, and open-ended question type. There is a great deal of interest in understanding the drivers of physician survey responsiveness due to the value of information received from these practitioners. With the recent explosion of mobile smartphone technology, it has been possible to obtain survey data from users of mobile applications (apps) on a question-by-question basis...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923492/rationale-and-design-of-the-atrial-fibrillation-health-literacy-information-technology-trial-af-litt
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Emily N Guhl, Courtney L Schlusser, Lori E Henault, Timothy W Bickmore, Everlyne Kimani, Michael K Paasche-Orlow, Jared W Magnani
BACKGROUND: Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a common cardiac arrhythmia that is challenging for patients and adversely impacts health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Long-term management of AF requires that patients adhere to complex therapies, understand difficult terminology, navigate subspecialty care, and have continued symptom monitoring with the goal of preventing adverse outcomes. Continued interventions to ameliorate the patient experience of AF are essential. DESIGN: The Atrial Fibrillation health Literacy Information Technology Trial (AF-LITT; NCT03093558) is an investigator-initiated, 2-arm randomized clinical trial (RCT)...
September 15, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922953/high-technology-augmentative-and-alternative-communication-for-individuals-with-intellectual-and-developmental-disabilities-and-complex-communication-needs-a-meta-analysis
#20
Jennifer B Ganz, Kristi L Morin, Margaret J Foster, Kimberly J Vannest, Derya Genç Tosun, Emily V Gregori, Stephanie L Gerow
The use of mobile technology is ubiquitous in modern society and is rapidly increasing in novel use. The use of mobile devices and software applications ("apps") as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is rapidly expanding in the community, and this is also reflected in the research literature. This article reports the social-communication outcome results of a meta-analysis of single-case experimental research on the use of high-tech AAC, including mobile devices, by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder...
September 19, 2017: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
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