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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325025/comparison-between-users-of-a-new-methodology-for-heart-sound-auscultation
#1
Ana Castro, Pedro Gomes, Sandra S Mattos, Miguel T Coimbra
Auscultation is a routine exam and the first line of screening in heart pathologies. The objective of this study was to assess if using a new data collection system, the DigiScope Collector, with a guided and automatic annotation of heart auscultation, different levels of expertise/experience users could collect similar digital auscultations. Data were collected within the Heart Caravan Initiative (Paraíba, Brasil). Patients were divided into two study groups: Group 1 evaluated by a third year medical student (User 1), and an experienced nurse (User 2); Group 2 evaluated by User 2 and an Information Technology professional (User 3)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324927/estimation-of-arterio-venous-access-blood-flow-in-hemodialysis-patients-using-video-image-processing-technique
#2
Fansan Zhu, Schantel Williams, Hannah Putnam, Israel Campos, Jie Ma, Camille Johnson, Franz Kappel, Peter Kotanko
Assessment of arterio-venous fistula (AVF) blood flow (ABF) is vital in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Currently, no non-invasive and contact-free technique is available to accurately measure ABF in routine clinical practice. In this study, we developed a novel approach using video image processing (VIP) to measure the change in optic flow in the skin. We the tested the hypothesis that the change in optical flow, expressed as the change in pixels between consecutive frames, is related to ABF. We recorded AVF videos in 40 HD patients using a digital camera and processed them by VIP technique...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324909/an-extrapericardial-minimally-invasive-approach-for-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator
#3
Jeko M Madjarov, Michael G Katz, Brad Poole, Svetozar Madzharov, John M Fedor, Francis Robicsek
The indications for placement of an implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have greatly expanded over the last years. However, standard transvenous approach is not suitable for a subset of patients who cannot benefit from ICD therapy. Here, we have demonstrated the feasibility and efficacy of extrapericardial ICD placement through a minimally invasive access in intact hearts as well as in postmyocardial infarction large animal models. Based on our data, we conclude that extrapericardial ICD placement is a feasible approach that may be a valuable alternative or adjunct to current defibrillator lead systems...
March 21, 2017: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324858/dual-lanthanide-doped-complexes-the-development-of-a-time-resolved-ratiometric-fluorescent-probe-for-anthrax-biomarker-and-a-paper-based-visual-sensor
#4
Qi-Xian Wang, Shi-Fan Xue, Zi-Han Chen, Shi-Hui Ma, Shengqiang Zhang, Guoyue Shi, Min Zhang
In this work, a novel time-resolved ratiometric fluorescent probe based on dual lanthanide (Tb: terbium, and Eu: europium)-doped complexes (Tb/DPA@SiO2-Eu/GMP) has been designed for detecting anthrax biomarker (dipicolinic acid, DPA), a unique and major component of anthrax spores. In such complexes-based probe, Tb/DPA@SiO2 can serve as a stable reference signal with green fluorescence and Eu/GMP act as a sensitive response signal with red fluorescence for ratiometric fluorescent sensing DPA. Additionally, the probe exhibits long fluorescence lifetime, which can significantly reduce the autofluorescence interferences from biological samples by using time-resolved fluorescence measurement...
March 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324823/nursing-students-perceptions-of-using-smartphones-in-the-community-practicum-a-qualitative-study
#5
Philippe Beauregard, Antonia Arnaert, Norma Ponzoni
BACKGROUND: Smartphones have the potential to revolutionize the way in which nurses practice by facilitating access to evidence-based resources, however their integration in nursing practice remain variable. Millennials tend to be more comfortable with technology, yet find themselves limited in their ability to use smartphones within the context of clinical practice. METHODS/DATA SOURCES: Using a qualitative descriptive design, we explored nursing students' perceptions of using smartphones in the community practicum...
March 9, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324810/the-emotional-process-from-diagnosis-to-birth-following-a-prenatal-diagnosis-of-fetal-anomaly-a-qualitative-study-of-messages-in-online-discussion-boards
#6
Tommy Carlsson, Veronica Starke, Elisabet Mattsson
OBJECTIVE: to explore written statements found in online discussion boards where parents currently expecting, or with previous experience of expecting, a child with a prenatally diagnosed congenital anomaly communicate about their emotional process from diagnosis to birth. DESIGN: cross-sectional qualitative study of messages in public online discussion boards. SETTING: Swedish public discussion boards about reproductive subjects. SAMPLE: ten pregnant women and eight parents (of children with prenatal diagnoses) who had written 852 messages in five threads in Swedish online discussion boards identified via systematic searches...
March 2, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324806/social-networking-site-sns-use-by-adolescent-mothers-can-social-support-and-social-capital-be-enhanced-by-online-social-networks-a-structured-review-of-the-literature
#7
REVIEW
Samantha Nolan, Joyce Hendricks, Sally Ferguson, Amanda Towell
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: to critically appraise the available literature and summarise the evidence relating to adolescent mothers' use of social networking sites in terms of any social support and social capital they may provide and to identify areas for future exploration. BACKGROUND: social networking sites have been demonstrated to provide social support to marginalised individuals and provide psycho-social benefits to members of such groups. Adolescent mothers are at risk of; social marginalisation; anxiety disorders and depressive symptoms; and poorer health and educational outcomes for their children...
March 7, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324722/incorporation-of-dielectric-constituents-to-construct-ternary-heterojunction-structures-for-high-efficiency-electromagnetic-response
#8
Bin Quan, Guoyue Xu, Daoran Li, Wei Liu, Guangbin Ji, Youwei Du
To satisfy the diverse requirements of low reflection and high absorption of microwave attenuation, the construction of multiple heterojunction structure is imperative. On the one hand, the impedance mismatching could be ameliorated via the addition of new component; on the other hand, the multiple interface polarizations derived from the architecture of heterojunction make for the dissipation of microwave. In this work, the ternary TiO2/RGO/Fe2O3 composites exhibit tremendous superiority compared with single TiO2 or RGO no matter the absorption coefficient or effective bandwidth...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324509/human-telomeric-g-quadruplex-structures-and-g-quadruplex-interactive-compounds
#9
Clement Lin, Danzhou Yang
G-quadruplexes are noncanonical secondary structures formed in DNA sequences containing consecutive runs of guanines. It has been shown that the 3' G-rich single-stranded overhangs of human telomeres can form G-quadruplex structures, and the human telomeric DNA G-quadruplexes are considered attractive targets for anticancer drugs. G-quadruplex-interactive compounds have been shown to inhibit telomerase access as well as telomere capping. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is a powerful method in determining the G-quadruplex structures under physiologically relevant conditions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324286/prolymphocytic-leukemia-new-insights-in-diagnosis-and-in-treatment
#10
REVIEW
Aude Collignon, Anne Wanquet, Elsa Maitre, Edouard Cornet, Xavier Troussard, Thérèse Aurran-Schleinitz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We aimed to produce a comprehensive update on clinical and biological data regarding two rare lymphoid neoplasms, B and T prolymphocytic leukemias, and assess therapeutic management in the light of new molecular insights and the advent of targeted therapies. RECENT FINDINGS: B cell prolymphocytic leukemia (B-PLL) diagnosis remains challenging in the absence of clear immunophenotypic or cytogenetic signature and overlap with mantle cell lymphoma...
April 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324245/comparison-of-dna-microarray-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-and-real-time-pcr-with-dna-sequencing-for-identification-of-fusarium-spp-obtained-from-patients-with-hematologic-malignancies
#11
Marcela de Souza, Tetsuhiro Matsuzawa, Kanae Sakai, Yasunori Muraosa, Luzia Lyra, Ariane Fidelis Busso-Lopes, Anna Sara Shafferman Levin, Angélica Zaninelli Schreiber, Yuzuru Mikami, Tohoru Gonoi, Katsuhiko Kamei, Maria Luiza Moretti, Plínio Trabasso
The performance of three molecular biology techniques, i.e., DNA microarray, loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), and real-time PCR were compared with DNA sequencing for properly identification of 20 isolates of Fusarium spp. obtained from blood stream as etiologic agent of invasive infections in patients with hematologic malignancies. DNA microarray, LAMP and real-time PCR identified 16 (80%) out of 20 samples as Fusarium solani species complex (FSSC) and four (20%) as Fusarium spp. The agreement among the techniques was 100%...
March 21, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324221/insuring-care-paperwork-insurance-rules-and-clinical-labor-at-a-u-s-transgender-clinic
#12
Marieke van Eijk
What is a clinician to do when people needing medical care do not have access to consistent or sufficient health insurance coverage and cannot pay for care privately? Analyzing ethnographically how clinicians at a university-based transgender clinic in the United States responded to this challenge, I examine the U.S. health insurance system, insurance paperwork, and administrative procedures that shape transgender care delivery. To buffer the impact of the system's failure to provide sufficient health insurance coverage for transgender care, clinicians blended administrative routines with psychological therapy, counseled people's minds and finances, and leveraged the prestige of their clinic in attempts to create space for gender nonconforming embodiments in gender conservative insurance policies...
March 21, 2017: Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324205/levels-of-intervention-how-are-they-used-in-quebec-hospitals
#13
Marjolaine Frenette, Jocelyne Saint-Arnaud, Karim Serri
In order to promote better practices and communication around end-of-life decision-making, several Canadian hospitals in the province of Quebec have developed a tool called "Levels of Intervention" (LOI). No work to date has been published demonstrating improvement since these forms were implemented. The purpose of the present study was to obtain information about the use of LOI forms across Quebec hospitals and to identify gaps in practice as well as areas for improvement. A retrospective study was undertaken of 299 charts of patients who had died in three Quebec hospitals with a LOI ordered...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324183/multimodality-management-and-outcomes-of-brain-arterio-venous-malformations-avms-in-children-personal-experience-and-review-of-the-literature-with-specific-emphasis-on-age-at-first-avm-bleed
#14
REVIEW
Anan Shtaya, John Millar, Owen Sparrow
PURPOSE: The purpose of this paper is to study the presentation and analyse the results of multimodality treatment of brain arterio-venous malformations (AVMs) in children at our centre and review age at first AVM rupture in the literature. METHODS: Of 52 patients aged <18 years, 47 with brain AVMs (27 males and 20 females) aged 4-17 years (mean 12.2) were retrospectively reviewed. PubMed search revealed five additional studies including 267 patients where the prevalence of age-related AVMs rupture was analysed...
March 21, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324050/transgender-health-in-endocrinology-current-status-of-endocrinology-fellowship-programs-and-practicing-clinicians
#15
Caroline Davidge-Pitts, Todd B Nippoldt, Ann Danoff, Lauren Radziejewski, Neena Natt
Context: The transgender population continues to face challenges in accessing appropriate health care. Adequate training of endocrinologists in this area is a priority. Objectives: 1) Assess the status of transgender healthcare education in United States (US) endocrinology fellowship training programs, and 2) assess knowledge and practice of transgender health amongst practicing US endocrinologists. Design: Mayo Clinic and Endocrine Society developed and administered a web-based anonymous survey to 104 endocrinology fellowship program directors (PDs) and 6,992 US MD members of Endocrine Society...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323953/activation-of-male-liver-chromatin-accessibility-and-stat5-dependent-gene-transcription-by-plasma-growth-hormone-pulses
#16
Jeannette Connerney, Dana Lau-Corona, Andy Rampersaud, David J Waxman
Sex-differences in pituitary growth hormone (GH) secretion (pulsatile in males vs near continuous/persistent in females) impart sex-dependent expression to hundreds of genes in adult mouse liver. STAT5, a GH-activated transcription factor that is essential for liver sexual dimorphism, is dynamically activated in direct response to each male plasma GH pulse. However, the impact of GH-induced STAT5 pulses on liver chromatin accessibility and downstream transcriptional events is unknown. Here, we investigate the impact of a single pulse of GH given to hypophysectomized mice on local liver chromatin accessibility [DNase hypersensitive site analysis], transcription rates [hnRNA analysis], and gene expression [quantitative PCR and RNA-Seq] determined 30, 90 or 240 min later...
February 17, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323885/towards-sustainable-sanitation-management-establishing-the-costs-and-willingness-to-pay-for-emptying-and-transporting-sludge-in-rural-districts-with-high-rates-of-access-to-latrines
#17
Soumya Balasubramanya, Barbara Evans, Richard Hardy, Rizwan Ahmed, Ahasan Habib, N S M Asad, Mominur Rahman, M Hasan, Digbijoy Dey, Louise Fletcher, Miller Alonso Camargo-Valero, Krishna Chaitanya Rao, Sudarshana Fernando
MOTIVATION: Proper management of fecal sludge has significant positive health and environmental externalities. Most research on managing onsite sanitation so far either simulates the costs of, or the welfare effects from, managing sludge in situ in pit latrines. Thus, designing management strategies for onsite rural sanitation is challenging, because the actual costs of transporting sludge for treatment, and sources for financing these transport costs, are not well understood. METHODS: In this paper we calculate the actual cost of sludge management from onsite latrines, and identify the contributions that latrine owners are willing to make to finance the costs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323880/randomized-controlled-trials-in-central-vascular-access-devices-a-scoping-review
#18
Mari Takashima, Gillian Ray-Barruel, Amanda Ullman, Samantha Keogh, Claire M Rickard
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for central venous access devices, however, high complication rates remain. Scoping reviews map the available evidence and demonstrate evidence deficiencies to focus ongoing research priorities. METHOD: A scoping review (January 2006-December 2015) of randomized controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to improve central venous access device outcomes; including peripherally inserted central catheters, non-tunneled, tunneled and totally implanted venous access catheters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323868/-waiting-for-daas-a-retrospective-chart-review-of-patients-with-untreated-hepatitis-c-in-rwanda
#19
Neil Gupta, Jules Kabahizi, Constance Mukabatsinda, Timothy David Walker, Emmanuel Musabeyezu, Athanase Kiromera, Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil, Kevin Steiner, Joia Mukherjee, Sabin Nsanzimana, Aimable Mbituyumuremyi
BACKGROUND: Access to treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in sub-Saharan Africa is extremely limited. With the advent of direct acting antivirals (DAAs), highly effective and easy-to-deliver oral regimens are now available on the global market. This study was conducted to understand the background and characteristics of a national cohort of patients with HCV infection enrolled in care and awaiting therapy with DAAs. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of all adult patients with confirmed HCV infection who were currently enrolled in care and treatment at the four existing hepatitis referral centers in Rwanda...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323854/the-unfinished-health-agenda-neonatal-mortality-in-cambodia
#20
Rathmony Hong, Pauline Yongeun Ahn, Frank Wieringa, Tung Rathavy, Ludovic Gauthier, Rathavuth Hong, Arnaud Laillou, Judit Van Geystelen, Jacques Berger, Etienne Poirot
BACKGROUND: Reduction of neonatal and under-five mortality rates remains a primary target in the achievement of universal health goals, as evident in renewed investments of Sustainable Development Goals. Various studies attribute declines in mortality to the combined effects of improvements in health care practices and changes in socio-economic factors. Since the early nineties, Cambodia has managed to evolve from a country devastated by war to a nation soon to enter the group of middle income countries...
2017: PloS One
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