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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092582/automatic-prediction-of-health-status-using-smartphone-derived-behaviour-profiles
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Daniel Kelly, Kevin Curran, Brian Caulfield
OBJECTIVE: Current methods of assessing the affect a patients' health has on their daily life are extremely limited. The aim of this work is to develop a sensor based approach to health status measurement in order to objectively measure health status. METHODS: Techniques to generate human behaviour profiles, derived from smartphone accelerometer and gyroscope sensors, are proposed. Experiments, using SVM regression models, are then conducted in order to evaluate the use of the proposed behaviour profiles as a predictor of health status...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091714/comparison-of-potential-higher-order-reference-methods-for-total-haemoglobin-quantification-an-interlaboratory-study
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Claudia Frank, Christine Brauckmann, Marie Palos, Cristian G Arsene, Joerg Neukammer, Maria Estela Del Castillo Busto, Sabine Zakel, Claudia Swart, Bernd Güttler, Rainer Stosch
The total haemoglobin (Hb) concentration in blood is one of the most frequently measured analytes in clinical medicine because of its significance for evaluating the health state of a human. The spectrophotometric cyanmethaemoglobin (HiCN) method is the internationally accepted conventional reference method to determine this biomarker. It is frequently used in clinical routine diagnostics but is not traceable to the International System of Units and thus does not meet highest metrological demands. A further critical issue is the toxicity of the necessary potassium cyanide...
January 14, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088911/microbubbles-a-novel-strategy-for-chemotherapy
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Mu-Hua Luo, Chih-Kuang Yeh, Bing Situ, Jin-Sui Yu, Bing-Cheng Li, Zhi-Yi Chen
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound microbubbles have conventionally been used for diagnostic purposes. In recent years, however, new types of microbubbles have emerged as important carriers for drug delivery. Moreover, studies have shown that ultrasound microbubbles can serve as valuable and noninvasive tools in cancer therapy; thus the use of ultrasound microbubbles to deliver chemotherapeutic drugs to malignant tissues is a promising possibility. METHODS: In this review, we briefly describe the status of ultrasound microbubbles in clinical practice and then discuss the development of targeted microbubbles...
January 12, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088645/towards-solving-the-hard-problem-of-consciousness-the-varieties-of-brain-resonances-and-the-conscious-experiences-that-they-support
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Stephen Grossberg
The hard problem of consciousness is the problem of explaining how we experience qualia or phenomenal experiences, such as seeing, hearing, and feeling, and knowing what they are. To solve this problem, a theory of consciousness needs to link brain to mind by modeling how emergent properties of several brain mechanisms interacting together embody detailed properties of individual conscious psychological experiences. This article summarizes evidence that Adaptive Resonance Theory, or ART, accomplishes this goal...
December 6, 2016: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086788/comprehensive-circrna-expression-profile-and-selection-of-key-circrnas-during-priming-phase-of-rat-liver-regeneration
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Lifei Li, Jianlin Guo, Yanhui Chen, Cuifang Chang, Cunshuan Xu
BACKGROUND: Rat liver regeneration (LR) proceeds along a process of highly organized and ordered tissue growth in response to the loss or injury of liver tissue, during which many physiological processes may play important roles. The molecular mechanism of hepatocyte proliferation, energy metabolism and substance metabolism during rat LR had been elucidated. Further, the correlation of circular RNA (circRNA) abundance with proliferation has recently been clarified. However, the regulatory capacity of circRNA in rat LR remains a fascinating topic...
January 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078204/treatment-adherence-in-bipolar-disorder-a-patient-centred-approach
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Subho Chakrabarti
About half of the patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder (BD) become non-adherent during long-term treatment, a rate largely similar to other chronic illnesses and one that has remained unchanged over the years. Non-adherence in BD is a complex phenomenon determined by a multitude of influences. However, there is considerable uncertainty about the key determinants of non-adherence in BD. Initial research on non-adherence in BD mostly limited itself to examining demographic, clinical and medication-related factors impacting adherence...
December 22, 2016: World Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077139/assessment-of-coping-a-new-french-four-factor-structure-of-the-brief-cope-inventory
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Karine Baumstarck, Marine Alessandrini, Zeinab Hamidou, Pascal Auquier, Tanguy Leroy, Laurent Boyer
BACKGROUND: The Brief Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced (Brief COPE) inventory is the most usual measure to identify the nature of coping strategies implemented by individuals and explore 14 coping strategies. The availability of a structure with fewer factors rather than the initial 14-factor structure may be of interest for both healthcare professionals and researchers. We report the validation process of a 4-factor structure of the French version of the Brief COPE in a French sample of individuals facing a singular life event, such as cancer, including patients and their caregivers...
January 11, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068291/particle-swarm-optimization-for-programming-deep-brain-stimulation-arrays
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Edgar Peña, Simeng Zhang, Steve Deyo, YiZi Xiao, Matthew D Johnson
OBJECTIVE: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy relies on both precise neurosurgical targeting and systematic optimization of stimulation settings to achieve beneficial clinical outcomes. One recent advance to improve targeting is the development of DBS arrays (DBSAs) with electrodes segmented both along and around the DBS lead. However, increasing the number of independent electrodes creates the logistical challenge of optimizing stimulation parameters efficiently. APPROACH: Solving such complex problems with multiple solutions and objectives is well known to occur in biology, in which complex collective behaviors emerge out of swarms of individual organisms engaged in learning through social interactions...
February 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064028/resilient-empowered-active-living-with-diabetes-real-diabetes-study-methodology-and-baseline-characteristics-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial-evaluating-an-occupation-based-diabetes-management-intervention-for-young-adults
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Elizabeth A Pyatak, Kristine Carandang, Cheryl Vigen, Jeanine Blanchard, Paola A Sequeira, Jamie R Wood, Donna Spruijt-Metz, Robin Whittemore, Anne L Peters
OVERVIEW: This paper describes the study protocol used to evaluate the Resilient, Empowered, Active Living with Diabetes (REAL Diabetes) intervention and reports on baseline characteristics of recruited participants. REAL Diabetes is an activity-based intervention designed to address the needs of young adults diagnosed with type 1 (T1D) or type 2 diabetes (T2D) from low socioeconomic status or racial/ethnic minority backgrounds. The REAL intervention incorporates tailored delivery of seven content modules addressing various dimensions of health and well-being as they relate to diabetes, delivered by a licensed occupational therapist...
January 5, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063394/efficacy-of-psychological-pain-theory-based-cognitive-therapy-in-suicidal-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder-a-pilot-study
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Yingmin Zou, Huanhuan Li, Chuan Shi, Yixuan Lin, Hanyu Zhou, Jiaqi Zhang
The present study aimed to explore the effects of psychological pain theory-based cognitive therapy (PPTBCT) on suicide among depressed patients, compared with a control group who received usual psychological care (UPC). The sample consisted of 32 depressed patients and 32 healthy control subjects. All participants completed the Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation (BSI), Beck Depression Inventory, Three-Dimensional Psychological Pain Scale (TDPPS), and Problem Solving Inventory(PSI), and Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire (ATQ)...
December 31, 2016: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063075/feasibility-and-acceptability-of-a-task-shifted-intervention-to-enhance-adherence-to-hiv-medication-and-improve-depression-in-people-living-with-hiv-in-zimbabwe-a-low-income-country-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Melanie Abas, Primrose Nyamayaro, Tarisai Bere, Emily Saruchera, Nomvuyo Mothobi, Victoria Simms, Walter Mangezi, Kirsty Macpherson, Natasha Croome, Jessica Magidson, Azure Makadzange, Steven Safren, Dixon Chibanda, Conall O'Cleirigh
Using a pilot trial design in an HIV care clinic in Zimbabwe, we randomised 32 adults with poor adherence to antiretroviral therapy and at least mild depression to either six sessions of Problem-Solving Therapy for adherence and depression (PST-AD) delivered by an adherence counsellor, or to Enhanced Usual Care (Control). Acceptability of PST-AD was high, as indicated by frequency of session attendance and through qualitative analyses of exit interviews. Fidelity was >80% for the first two sessions of PST-AD but fidelity to the adherence component of PST-AD dropped by session 4...
January 6, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061779/a-motion-classification-strategy-based-on-semg-eeg-signal-combination-for-upper-limb-amputees
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Xiangxin Li, Oluwarotimi Williams Samuel, Xu Zhang, Hui Wang, Peng Fang, Guanglin Li
BACKGROUND: Most of the modern motorized prostheses are controlled with the surface electromyography (sEMG) recorded on the residual muscles of amputated limbs. However, the residual muscles are usually limited, especially after above-elbow amputations, which would not provide enough sEMG for the control of prostheses with multiple degrees of freedom. Signal fusion is a possible approach to solve the problem of insufficient control commands, where some non-EMG signals are combined with sEMG signals to provide sufficient information for motion intension decoding...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061002/closed-form-expressions-for-flip-angle-variation-that-maximize-total-signal-in-t1-weighted-rapid-gradient-echo-mri
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Matthias Drobnitzky, Uwe Klose
PURPOSE: Magnetization-prepared rapid gradient-echo (MPRAGE) sequences are commonly employed for T1-weighted structural brain imaging. Following a contrast preparation radiofrequency (RF) pulse the data acquisition proceeds under non-equilibrium conditions of the relaxing longitudinal magnetization. Variation of the flip angle can be used to maximize total available signal. Simulated annealing or greedy algorithms have so far been published to numerically solve this problem, with signal to noise ratios optimized for clinical imaging scenarios by adhering to a predefined shape of the signal evolution...
January 6, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060999/statistical-image-domain-multi-material-decomposition-for-dual-energy-ct
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Yi Xue, Ruoshui Ruan, Xiuhua Hu, Yu Kuang, Jing Wang, Yong Long, Tianye Niu
PURPOSE: Dual-energy CT (DECT) enhances tissue characterization because of its basis material decomposition capability. In addition to conventional two-material decomposition from DECT measurements, multi-material decomposition (MMD) is required in many clinical applications. To solve the ill-posed problem of reconstructing multiple-material images from dual-energy measurements, additional constraints are incorporated into the formulation, including volume and mass conservation and the assumptions that at most three materials in each pixel and various material types among pixels...
January 6, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060325/interictal-high-frequency-oscillations-detected-with-simultaneous-magnetoencephalography-and-electroencephalography-as-biomarker-of-pediatric-epilepsy
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Christos Papadelis, Eleonora Tamilia, Steven Stufflebeam, Patricia E Grant, Joseph R Madsen, Phillip L Pearl, Naoaki Tanaka
Crucial to the success of epilepsy surgery is the availability of a robust biomarker that identifies the Epileptogenic Zone (EZ). High Frequency Oscillations (HFOs) have emerged as potential presurgical biomarkers for the identification of the EZ in addition to Interictal Epileptiform Discharges (IEDs) and ictal activity. Although they are promising to localize the EZ, they are not yet suited for the diagnosis or monitoring of epilepsy in clinical practice. Primary barriers remain: the lack of a formal and global definition for HFOs; the consequent heterogeneity of methodological approaches used for their study; and the practical difficulties to detect and localize them noninvasively from scalp recordings...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057651/efficacy-of-interventions-to-improve-physical-activity-levels-in-individuals-with-stroke-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Larissa Tavares Aguiar, Júlia Caetano Martins, Sylvie Nadeau, Raquel Rodrigues Britto, Luci F Teixeira-Salmela, Christina D C M Faria
INTRODUCTION: Stroke is a leading health problem worldwide and an important cause of disability. Stroke survivors show low levels of physical activity, and increases in physical activity levels may improve function and health status. Therefore, the aims are to identify which interventions that have been employed to increase physical activity levels with stroke survivors, to verify their efficacy and to identify the gaps in the literature. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials that investigated the efficacy of interventions aiming at increasing physical activity levels of stroke survivors will be conducted...
January 5, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056294/-the-understanding-of-epstein-barr-virus-associated-lymphoproliferative-disorder
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X G Zhou, Y L Zhang, J L Xie, Y H Huang, Y Y Zheng, W S Li, H Chen, F Liu, H X Pan, P Wei, Z Wang, Y C Hu, K Y Yang, H L Xiao, M J Wu, W H Yin, K Y Mei, G Chen, X C Yan, G Meng, G Xu, J Li, S F Tian, J Zhu, Y Q Song, W J Zhang
In recent years, there are increasing articles concerning Epstein-Barr virus associated lymphoproliferative disorder (EBV+ LPD), and the name of EBV+ LPD is used widely. However, the meaning of EBV+ LPD used is not the same, which triggered confusion of the understanding and obstacles of the communication. In order to solve this problem. Literature was reviewed with combination of our cases to clarify the concept of EBV+ LPD and to expound our understanding about it. In general, it is currently accepted that EBV+ LPD refers to a spectrum of lymphoid tissue diseases with EBV infection, including hyperplasia, borderline lesions, and neoplastic diseases...
December 8, 2016: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053072/the-promise-of-new-technologies-to-reduce-refine-or-replace-animal-use-while-reducing-risks-of-drug-induced-liver-injury-in-pharmaceutical-development
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Frank D Sistare, William B Mattes, Edward L LeCluyse
Drug induced liver injury (DILI) has contributed more to marketed pharmaceutical withdrawals and clinical development failures than any other human organ toxicity. DILI seen in animal studies also frequently leads to the discontinuation of promising drug candidates very early in the pipeline. This manuscript reviews and critically assesses the current regulatory expectations; the current drug development approaches, strategies, and gaps; and the numerous exciting opportunities becoming available to address these gaps through technological advances...
December 2016: ILAR Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052841/preventing-depression-in-adults-with-subthreshold-depression-health-economic-evaluation-alongside-a-pragmatic-randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-web-based-intervention
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Claudia Buntrock, Matthias Berking, Filip Smit, Dirk Lehr, Stephanie Nobis, Heleen Riper, Pim Cuijpers, David Ebert
BACKGROUND: Psychological interventions for the prevention of depression might be a cost-effective way to reduce the burden associated with depressive disorders. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a Web-based guided self-help intervention to prevent major depressive disorder (MDD) in people with subthreshold depression (sD). METHODS: A pragmatic randomized controlled trial was conducted with follow-up at 12 months. Participants were recruited from the general population via a large statutory health insurance company and an open access website...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052046/fast-approximate-delivery-of-fluence-maps-for-imrt-and-vmat
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Marleen Balvert, David L Craft
In this article we provide a method to generate the trade-off between delivery time and fluence map matching quality for dynamically delivered fluence maps. At the heart of our method lies a mathematical programming model that, for a given duration of delivery, optimizes leaf trajectories and dose rates such that the desired fluence map is reproduced as well as possible. We begin with the single fluence map case and then generalize the model and the solution technique to the delivery of sequential fluence maps...
January 4, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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