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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806754/short-term-prediction-of-solar-energy-in-saudi-arabia-using-automated-design-fuzzy-logic-systems
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Majid Almaraashi
Solar energy is considered as one of the main sources for renewable energy in the near future. However, solar energy and other renewable energy sources have a drawback related to the difficulty in predicting their availability in the near future. This problem affects optimal exploitation of solar energy, especially in connection with other resources. Therefore, reliable solar energy prediction models are essential to solar energy management and economics. This paper presents work aimed at designing reliable models to predict the global horizontal irradiance (GHI) for the next day in 8 stations in Saudi Arabia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804939/assessing-the-application-of-knowledge-in-clinical-problem-solving-the-structured-professional-reasoning-exercise
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M P Escudier, M J Woolford, J A Tricio
INTRODUCTION: Clinical reasoning is a fundamental and core clinical competence of healthcare professionals. The study aimed to investigate the utility of the Structured Professional Reasoning Exercise (SPRE), a new competence assessment method designed to measure dental students' clinical reasoning in simulated scenarios, covering the clinical areas of Oral Disease, Primary Dental Care and Restorative Dentistry, Child Dental Health and Dental Practice and Clinical Governance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 313 year-5 students sat for the assessment...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Dental Education: Official Journal of the Association for Dental Education in Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804897/keeping-in-time-issues-affecting-the-sustainability-of-obstetric-emergency-simulation-training-in-outer-metropolitan-rural-and-remote-centres-in-western-australia
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Claire Whitelaw, Katrina Calvert, Mathias Epee
BACKGROUND: Obstetric emergency simulation training is an evidence-based intervention for the reduction of perinatal and maternal morbidity. In Western Australia, obstetric emergency training has been run using the In Time course since 2006. AIMS: The study aimed to determine if the provision of In Time train the trainer courses to outer metro, rural and remote units in Western Australia had led to sustained ongoing training in those units. Ten years following the introduction of the course, we performed a survey to examine which units are continuing to run In Time, what are the perceived benefits in units still utilising In Time, and what were the barriers to training in units that had discontinued...
August 14, 2017: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804712/virtual-and-actual-humanoid-robot-control-with-four-class-motor-imagery-based-optical-brain-computer-interface
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Alyssa M Batula, Youngmoo E Kim, Hasan Ayaz
Motor-imagery tasks are a popular input method for controlling brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), partially due to their similarities to naturally produced motor signals. The use of functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) in BCIs is still emerging and has shown potential as a supplement or replacement for electroencephalography. However, studies often use only two or three motor-imagery tasks, limiting the number of available commands. In this work, we present the results of the first four-class motor-imagery-based online fNIRS-BCI for robot control...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803724/implementation-and-outcomes-of-an-evidence-based-precepting-program-for-burn-nurses
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Johnnie R Robbins, Krystal K Valdez-Delgado, Nicole W Caldwell, Linda H Yoder, Elizabeth J Hayes, Michaèl G Barba, Hope L Greeley, Colleen Mitchell, Elizabeth A Mann-Salinas
INTRODUCTION: There is significant nationwide interest in transitioning new and new-to-specialty nurses into practice, especially in burn care. Lack of a structured transition program in our Burn Center was recognized as a contributing factor for nursing dissatisfaction and increased turnover compared to other hospital units. Employee evaluations exposed a need for more didactic instruction, hands-on learning, and preceptor support. The goal of this project was to implement an evidence-based transition to practice program specific to the burn specialty...
August 10, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803457/development-of-a-proficiency-based-virtual-reality-simulation-training-curriculum-for-laparoscopic-appendicectomy
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Pramudith Sirimanna, Marc A Gladman
BACKGROUND: Proficiency-based virtual reality (VR) training curricula improve intraoperative performance, but have not been developed for laparoscopic appendicectomy (LA). This study aimed to develop an evidence-based training curriculum for LA. METHODS: A total of 10 experienced (>50 LAs), eight intermediate (10-30 LAs) and 20 inexperienced (<10 LAs) operators performed guided and unguided LA tasks on a high-fidelity VR simulator using internationally relevant techniques...
August 13, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802220/comparison-of-lower-limb-muscle-strength-between-diabetic-neuropathic-and-healthy-subjects-using-opensim
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Alessandra Scarton, Ilse Jonkers, Annamaria Guiotto, Fabiola Spolaor, Gabriella Guarneri, Angelo Avogaro, Claudio Cobelli, Zimi Sawacha
Diabetes neuropathy and vasculopathy are the two major complications of diabetes mellitus, leading to diabetic foot disease, of which the worst consequences are plantar ulcers and amputations. Motor impairments like joint stiffness and loss of balance are distinctive effects of diabetes and they have been extensively explored. However, while altered muscle function has been also assessed through experimentally measured surface electromyography, little is known about muscle forces. The objective of this study was to estimate muscle forces in subjects with diabetes and to use these data to identify differences with respect to a population of healthy subjects matched for age and BMI...
July 31, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802156/neutron-spectrum-unfolding-using-radial-basis-function-neural-networks
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Amin Asgharzadeh Alvar, Mohammad Reza Deevband, Meghdad Ashtiyani
Neutron energy spectrum unfolding has been the subject of research for several years. The Bayesian theory, Monte Carlo simulation, and iterative methods are some of the methods that have been used for neutron spectrum unfolding. In this study, the radial basis function (RBF), multilayer perceptron, and artificial neural networks (ANNs) were used for the unfolding of neutron spectrum, and a comparison was made between the networks' results. Both neural network architectures were trained and tested using the same data set for neutron spectrum unfolding from the response of LiI detectors with Eu impurity...
July 26, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801218/urology-residents-experience-and-attitude-towards-surgical-simulation-presenting-our-four-year-experience-with-a-multi-institutional-multi-modality-simulation-model
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Alexander Chow, B Sherer, E Yura, S Kielb, E Kocjancic, S Eggener, T Turk, S Park, S Psutka, M Abern, K Latchamsetty, C Coogan
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the Urological resident's attitude and experience with surgical simulation in residency education using a multi-institutional, multi-modality model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Residents from six area urology training programs rotated through simulation stations in four consecutive sessions from 2014 to 2017. Workshops included GreenLight photovaporization of the prostate(PVP), ureteroscopic stone extraction, laparoscopic peg transfer, 3-dimensional laparoscopy rope pass, transobturator sling placement, intravesical injection, high definition video system trainer (VITOM), vasectomy, and Urolift...
August 8, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800392/coarse-grained-directed-simulation
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Glen M Hocky, Thomas Dannenhoffer-Lafage, Gregory A Voth
Many free-energy sampling and quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) computations on protein complexes have been performed where, by necessity, a single component is studied isolated in solution while its overall configuration is kept in the complex-like state by either rigid restraints or harmonic constraints. A drawback in these studies is that the system's native fluctuations are lost, both due to the change of environment and the imposition of the extra potential. Yet, we know that having both accurate structure and fluctuations is likely crucial to achieving correct simulation estimates for the subsystem within its native larger protein complex context...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800219/machine-learning-using-combined-structural-and-chemical-descriptors-for-prediction-of-methane-adsorption-performance-of-metal-organic-frameworks-mofs
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Maryam Pardakhti, Ehsan Moharreri, David Wanik, Steven L Suib, Ranjan Srivastava
Using molecular simulation for adsorbent screening is computationally expensive and thus prohibitive to material discovery. Machine learning (ML) algorithms trained on fundamental material properties can potentially provide quick and accurate methods for screening purposes. Prior efforts have focused on structural descriptors for use with ML. In this work, the use of chemical descriptors, in addition to structural descriptors, was introduced for adsorption analysis. Evaluation of structural and chemical descriptors coupled with various ML algorithms, including decision trees, Poisson regression, support vector machine and random forest, were carried out to predict methane uptake on hypothetical metal organic frameworks...
August 11, 2017: ACS Combinatorial Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800209/using-local-clinical-educators-and-shared-resources-to-deliver-simulation-training-activities-across-rural-and-remote-south-australia-and-south-west-victoria-a-distributed-collaborative-model
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Stacey C Masters, Sandi Elliott, Sarah Boyd, James A Dunbar
PROBLEM: There is a lack of access to simulation-based education (SBE) for professional entry students (PES) and health professionals at rural and remote locations. DESIGN: A descriptive study. SETTING: Health and education facilities in regional South Australia and south-west Victoria. KEY MEASURES FOR IMPROVEMENT: Number of training recipients who participated in SBE; geographical distribution and locations where SBE was delivered; number of rural clinical educators providing SBE...
August 11, 2017: Australian Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800004/sport-specific-repeated-sprint-training-improves-punching-ability-and-upper-body-aerobic-power-in-experienced-amateur-boxers
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Sigitas Kamandulis, Vidas Bruzas, Pranas Mockus, Alvydas Stasiulis, Audrius Snieckus, Tomas Venckunas
High-intensity interval training improves endurance and performance, but it is unclear whether sprint-type upper-body interval training is similarly effective. This study explored the effects of 4-week sport-specific sprint interval training on punch characteristics and endurance capacity in boxers. Experienced male amateur boxers (n = 18) participated in this 4-week training study, and were divided into an experimental group (EG) and a control group (CG) (n = 9 per group). Both groups completed standard low-intensity training...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797305/improved-success-rates-using-videolaryngoscopy-in-unexperienced-users-a-randomized-crossover-study-in-airway-manikins
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Hendrik Eismann, Lion Sieg, Nicola Etti, Lars Friedrich, Christian Schröter, Philipp Mommsen, Christian Krettek, Christian Zeckey
BACKGROUND: Videolaryngoscopy has been proven to be a safe procedure managing difficult airways in the hands of airway specialists. Information about the success rates in unexperienced users of videolaryngoscopy compared to conventional laryngoscopy is sparse. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate if there might be more success in securing an airway if the unexperienced provider is using a videolaryngoscope in simulated airways in a randomized manikin study. Differences between commonly used videolaryngoscopes were elucidated...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797260/developing-physiotherapy-student-safety-skills-in-readiness-for-clinical-placement-using-standardised-patients-compared-with-peer-role-play-a-pilot-non-randomised-controlled-trial
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Anna C Phillips, Shylie F Mackintosh, Alison Bell, Kylie N Johnston
BACKGROUND: Using simulated learning environments with standardised patients (SPs) provides a way to scaffold the development of skills for patient safety in a low risk environment. There are no data regarding whether adding SP interactions in early years of physiotherapy training improves safe performance on clinical placement. We assessed the feasibility of recruiting and collecting data from junior physiotherapy students during an SP workshop with a pilot non-randomised trial, also assessing time, cost and scheduling information...
August 10, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796781/embodied-conversational-agents-for-multimodal-automated-social-skills-training-in-people-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Hiroki Tanaka, Hideki Negoro, Hidemi Iwasaka, Satoshi Nakamura
Social skills training, performed by human trainers, is a well-established method for obtaining appropriate skills in social interaction. Previous work automated the process of social skills training by developing a dialogue system that teaches social communication skills through interaction with a computer avatar. Even though previous work that simulated social skills training only considered acoustic and linguistic information, human social skills trainers take into account visual and other non-verbal features...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796716/an-intensive-simulation-based-communication-course-for-pediatric-critical-care-medicine-fellows
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Erin M Johnson, Melinda F Hamilton, R Scott Watson, Rene Claxton, Michael Barnett, Ann E Thompson, Robert Arnold
OBJECTIVE: Effective communication among providers, families, and patients is essential in critical care but is often inadequate in the PICU. To address the lack of communication education pediatric critical care medicine fellows receive, the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh PICU developed a simulation-based communication course, Pediatric Critical Care Communication course. Pediatric critical care medicine trainees have limited prior training in communication and will have increased confidence in their communication skills after participating in the Pediatric Critical Care Communication course...
August 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795112/real-time-fmri-data-for-testing-opennft-functionality
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Yury Koush, John Ashburner, Evgeny Prilepin, Ronald Sladky, Peter Zeidman, Sergei Bibikov, Frank Scharnowski, Artem Nikonorov, Dimitri Van De Ville
Here, we briefly describe the real-time fMRI data that is provided for testing the functionality of the open-source Python/Matlab framework for neurofeedback, termed Open NeuroFeedback Training (OpenNFT, Koush et al. [1]). The data set contains real-time fMRI runs from three anonymized participants (i.e., one neurofeedback run per participant), their structural scans and pre-selected ROIs/masks/weights. The data allows for simulating the neurofeedback experiment without an MR scanner, exploring the software functionality, and measuring data processing times on the local hardware...
October 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794199/firing-rate-estimation-using-infinite-mixture-models-and-its-application-to-neural-decoding
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Ryohei Shibue, Fumiyasu Komaki
Neural decoding is a framework for reconstructing external stimuli from spike trains recorded in brains. Kloosterman et al. (2014) proposed a new decoding method using marked point processes. This method does not require spike sorting and thereby improves decoding accuracy dramatically. In this method, they used kernel density estimation to estimate intensity functions of marked point processes. However, using kernel density estimation causes problems. To overcome these problems, we propose a new decoding method using infinite mixture models to estimate intensity...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794005/simulation-training-appears-to-improve-nurses-ability-to-recognise-and-manage-clinical-deterioration
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REVIEW
Wei Ling Chua
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 9, 2017: Evidence-based Nursing
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