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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533889/effects-of-low-dose-acetazolamide-on-exercise-performance-in-simulated-altitude
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Ernst Elisabeth, Gatterer Hannes, Burtscher Johannes, Faulhaber Martin, Pocecco Elena, Burtscher Martin
Preventive effects of acetazolamide (ACZ) on acute mountain sickness (AMS) are well established but effects on exercise performance at high altitude or in hypoxia have been less considered and are still inconsistent. We hypothesized that low-dose ACZ would not impair exercise performance at simulated high altitude. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the interaction between low-dose ACZ and exercise performance in normobaric hypoxia. Sixteen subjects (8 males and 8 females) were randomly assigned either to receive low-dose ACZ (3×125 mg in 36 hours) or placebo...
2017: International Journal of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533143/drugs-in-space-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-in-astronauts
#2
Johannes Kast, Yichao Yu, Christoph N Seubert, Virginia E Wotring, Hartmut Derendorf
Space agencies are working intensely to push the current boundaries of human spaceflight by sending astronauts deeper into space than ever before, including missions to Mars and asteroids. Spaceflight alters human physiology due to fluid shifts, muscle and bone loss, immune system dysregulation, and changes in the gastrointestinal tract and metabolic enzymes. These alterations may change the pharmacokinetics and/or pharmacodynamics of medications used by astronauts and subsequently might impact drug efficacy and safety...
May 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518001/propranolol-effects-on-decompression-sickness-in-a-simulated-dissub-rescue-in-swine
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Angela S Forbes, David P Regis, Aaron A Hall, Richard T Mahon, William A Cronin
INTRODUCTION: Disabled submarine (DISSUB) survivors may face elevated CO2 levels and inert gas saturation, putting them at risk for CO2 toxicity and decompression sickness (DCS). Propranolol was shown to reduce CO2 production in an experimental DISSUB model in humans but its effects on DCS in a DISSUB rescue scenario are unknown. A 100% oxygen prebreathe (OPB) reduces DCS incidence and severity and is incorporated into some DISSUB rescue protocols. We used a swine model of DISSUB rescue to study the effect of propranolol on DCS incidence and mortality with and without an OPB...
April 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513545/a-study-on-immersion-and-presence-of-a-portable-hand-haptic-system-for-immersive-virtual-reality
#4
Mingyu Kim, Changyu Jeon, Jinmo Kim
This paper proposes a portable hand haptic system using Leap Motion as a haptic interface that can be used in various virtual reality (VR) applications. The proposed hand haptic system was designed as an Arduino-based sensor architecture to enable a variety of tactile senses at low cost, and is also equipped with a portable wristband. As a haptic system designed for tactile feedback, the proposed system first identifies the left and right hands and then sends tactile senses (vibration and heat) to each fingertip (thumb and index finger)...
May 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400370/the-role-of-specific-visual-subfields-in-collisions-with-oncoming-cars-during-simulated-driving-in-patients-with-advanced-glaucoma
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Shiho Kunimatsu-Sanuki, Aiko Iwase, Makoto Araie, Yuki Aoki, Takeshi Hara, Takeo Fukuchi, Sachiko Udagawa, Shinji Ohkubo, Kazuhisa Sugiyama, Chota Matsumoto, Toru Nakazawa, Takuhiro Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Ono
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To assess the role of specific visual subfields in collisions with oncoming cars during simulated driving in patients with advanced glaucoma. METHODS: Normal subjects and patients with glaucoma with mean deviation <-12 dB in both eyes (Humphrey Field Analyzer 24-2 SITA-S program) used a driving simulator (DS; Honda Motor, Tokyo). Two scenarios in which oncoming cars turned right crossing the driver's path were chosen. We compared the binocular integrated visual field (IVF) in the patients who were involved in collisions and those who were not...
October 17, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396299/plasma-cytokine-profiling-to-predict-susceptibility-to-acute-mountain-sickness
#6
Hui Lu, Rong Wang, Wenbin Li, Hua Xie, Chang Wang, Ying Hao, Yuhuan Sun, Zhengping Jia
Extensive studies have been performed on acute mountain sickness (AMS), but biomarkers predicting AMS are lacking. Presently, the mainstay methods to identify AMS biomarkers include proteomic and genetic methods at high altitudes or in hypoxic simulated chambers. In the present study, we compared plasma cytokine profiles between AMS-susceptible individuals and AMS-resistant individuals at low altitude by cytokine array analysis. In total, 75 differentially expressed cytokines were identified between AMS-susceptible individuals and AMS-resistant individuals, most involved in inflammation...
November 1, 2016: European Cytokine Network
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394182/medex2015-greater-sea-level-fitness-is-associated-with-lower-sense-of-effort-during-himalayan-trekking-without-worse-acute-mountain-sickness
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Gabriella M K Rossetti, Jamie H Macdonald, Matthew Smith, Anna R Jackson, Nigel Callender, Hannah K Newcombe, Heather M Storey, Sebastian Willis, Jojanneke van den Beukel, Jonathan Woodward, James Pollard, Benjamin Wood, Victoria Newton, Jana Virian, Owen Haswell, Samuel J Oliver
Rossetti, Gabriella M.K., Jamie H. Macdonald, Matthew Smith, Anna R. Jackson, Nigel Callender, Hannah K. Newcombe, Heather M. Storey, Sebastian Willis, Jojanneke van den Beukel, Jonathan Woodward, James Pollard, Benjamin Wood, Victoria Newton, Jana Virian, Owen Haswell, and Samuel J. Oliver. MEDEX2015: Greater sea-level fitness is associated with lower sense of effort during Himalayan trekking without worse acute mountain sickness. High Alt Med Biol 00:000-000, 2017.-This study examined the complex relationships of fitness and hypoxic sensitivity with submaximal exercise responses and acute mountain sickness (AMS) at altitude...
April 10, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390649/abbreviated-closure-for-remote-damage-control-laparotomy-in-extreme-environments-a-randomized-trial-of-sutures-versus-wound-clamps-comparing-terrestrial-and-weightless-conditions
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Andrew W Kirkpatrick, Jessica Lynn McKee, Colonel Homer Tien, Anthony J LaPorta, Kit Lavell, Tim Leslie, Paul B McBeth, Derek J Roberts, Chad G Ball
INTRODUCTION: Far-Forward Damage Control Laparotomies (DCLs) might provide direct-compression of visceral hemorrhage, however, suturing is a limiting factor, especially for non-physicians. We thus compared abbreviated skin closures comparing skin-suture (SS) versus wound-clamp (WC), on-board a research aircraft in weightlessness (0g) and normal gravity (1g). METHODS: Surgeons conducted DCLs on a surgical-simulator; onboard the hangered-aircraft (1g), or during parabolic flight (0g), randomized to either WC or SS...
March 30, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387168/numerical-simulation-of-motion-and-deformation-of-healthy-and-sick-red-blood-cell-through-a-constricted-vessel-using-hybrid-lattice-boltzmann-immersed-boundary-method
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Amir Hassanzadeh, Nader Pourmahmoud, Abdolrahman Dadvand
In the present article, hybrid lattice Boltzmann-immersed boundary method is utilized to simulate two-dimensional incompressible viscous flow involving flexible immersed red blood cell (RBC) in a microchannel. The main focus of the present research is to study motion and deformation of both healthy and sick RBCs in a vessel with different sizes of stenosis. The presented computational results consent reasonably well with the available data in the literature. Two different channels i.e. a simple and a constricted channel are investigated in the present manuscript...
May 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383854/-high-fidelity-simulation-a-new-tool-for-learning-and-research-in-pediatrics
#10
REVIEW
I Bragard, N Farhat, M-C Seghaye, K Schumacher
Caring for a sick child represents a high risk activity that requires technical and non-technical skills related to several factors such as the rarity of certain events or the stress of caring for a child. As regard these conditions, medi¬cal simulation provides a learning environment without risk, the control of variables, the reproducibility of situations, and the confrontation with rare events. In this article, we des¬cribe the steps of a simulation session and outline the current knowledge of the use of simulation in paediatrics...
October 2016: Revue Médicale de Liège
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378077/new-dimensions-in-surgical-training-immersive-virtual-reality-laparoscopic-simulation-exhilarates-surgical-staff
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Tobias Huber, Markus Paschold, Christian Hansen, Tom Wunderling, Hauke Lang, Werner Kneist
INTRODUCTION: Virtual reality (VR) and head mount displays (HMDs) have been advanced for multimedia and information technologies but have scarcely been used in surgical training. Motion sickness and individual psychological changes have been associated with VR. The goal was to observe first experiences and performance scores using a new combined highly immersive virtual reality (IVR) laparoscopy setup. METHODS: During the study, 10 members of the surgical department performed three tasks (fine dissection, peg transfer, and cholecystectomy) on a VR simulator...
April 4, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352318/establishment-and-evaluation-of-an-experimental-rat-model-for-high-altitude-intestinal-barrier-injury
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Han Luo, Dai-Jun Zhou, Zhang Chen, Qi-Quan Zhou, Kui Wu, Kun Tian, Zhi-Wei Li, Zhen-Liang Xiao
In the present study an experimental high-altitude intestinal barrier injury rat model was established by simulating an acute hypoxia environment, to provide an experimental basis to assess the pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of altitude sickness. A total of 70 healthy male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into two groups: Control group (group C) and a high-altitude hypoxia group (group H). Following 2 days adaptation, the rats in group H were exposed to a simulated 4,000-m, high-altitude hypoxia environment for 3 days to establish the experimental model...
February 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336003/efficacy-of-a-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticles-based-indoor-anti-odor-product-as-assessed-by-electronic-nose-and-gaschromatography-mass-spectrometry
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Mara Mirasoli, Roberto Gotti, Massimo Di Fusco, Giulia Basaglia, Jessica Fiori, Aldo Roda
Indoor air pollutants and odorants may have psychological and physical impact on exposed individuals and the unpleasant room air is considered as one of the factors associated with sick building syndrome comprising general symptoms such as headache and lethargy. Approaches for improving the quality of indoor air are thus important as support for human health and well-being. Photo-oxidation catalyzed by titanium dioxide (TiO2), is one of the methods used for elimination of volatile organic compounds, which are the cause of odor nuisance in indoor and outdoor air...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318502/efficacy-of-virtual-reality-in-pedestrian-safety-research
#14
Shuchisnigdha Deb, Daniel W Carruth, Richard Sween, Lesley Strawderman, Teena M Garrison
Advances in virtual reality technology present new opportunities for human factors research in areas that are dangerous, difficult, or expensive to study in the real world. The authors developed a new pedestrian simulator using the HTC Vive head mounted display and Unity software. Pedestrian head position and orientation were tracked as participants attempted to safely cross a virtual signalized intersection (5.5 m). In 10% of 60 trials, a vehicle violated the traffic signal and in 10.84% of these trials, a collision between the vehicle and the pedestrian was observed...
March 16, 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269162/a-frequency-based-spatial-filter-to-mitigate-volume-conduction-in-electroencephalogram-signals
#15
Srinivas Kota, Adre du Plessis, An N Massaro, Taeun Chang, Tareq Al-Shargabi, Rathinaswamy B Govindan
Volume conduction is a major problem in spatial-temporal electroencephalogram (EEG) signals. We propose a frequency dependent subtraction approach to address the volume conduction problem in EEG signals. We validate the proposed approach using simulated data and discuss the application of the approach to the EEG data recorded from three sick infants. The frequency dependent subtraction mitigated the common signal better than the traditionally used re-referencing the EEG signals to the global average of EEG from all electrodes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243206/spo2-and-heart-rate-during-a-real-hike-at-altitude-are-significantly-different-than-at-its-simulation-in-normobaric-hypoxia
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Nikolaus C Netzer, Linda Rausch, Arn H Eliasson, Hannes Gatterer, Matthias Friess, Martin Burtscher, Stephan Pramsohler
Rationale: Exposures to simulated altitude (normobaric hypoxia, NH) are frequently used in preparation for mountaineering activities at real altitude (hypobaric hypoxia, HH). However, physiological responses to exercise in NH and HH may differ. Unfortunately clinically useful information on such differences is largely lacking. This study therefore compared exercise responses between a simulated hike on a treadmill in NH and a similar field hike in HH. Methods: Six subjects (four men) participated in two trials, one in a NH chamber and a second in HH at an altitude of 4,205 m on the mountain Mauna Kea...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231398/living-with-melanoma-%C3%A2-for-a-day-a-phenomenological-analysis-of-medical-students-simulated-experiences
#17
M Corr, G Roulston, N King, T Dornan, C Blease, G J Gormley
BACKGROUND: Despite the rising incidence of melanoma, medical students have progressively fewer opportunities to encounter patients with this important condition. Curricula tend to attach the greatest value to intellectual forms of learning. Compared to intellectual learning, however, experiential learning affords students deep insights about a condition. Doctors who experience ill health are more empathic towards patients. However opportunities to learn about cancer experientially are limited...
February 23, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227391/a-frequency-based-spatial-filter-to-mitigate-volume-conduction-in-electroencephalogram-signals
#18
Srinivas Kota, Adre du Plessis, An N Massaro, Taeun Chang, Tareq Al-Shargabi, Rathinaswamy B Govindan, Srinivas Kota, Adre du Plessis, An N Massaro, Taeun Chang, Tareq Al-Shargabi, Rathinaswamy B Govindan, Taeun Chang, Srinivas Kota, Rathinaswamy B Govindan, Tareq Al-Shargabi, Adre Du Plessis, An N Massaro
Volume conduction is a major problem in spatial-temporal electroencephalogram (EEG) signals. We propose a frequency dependent subtraction approach to address the volume conduction problem in EEG signals. We validate the proposed approach using simulated data and discuss the application of the approach to the EEG data recorded from three sick infants. The frequency dependent subtraction mitigated the common signal better than the traditionally used re-referencing the EEG signals to the global average of EEG from all electrodes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222783/walking-in-fully-immersive-virtual-environments-an-evaluation-of-potential-adverse-effects-in-older-adults-and-individuals-with-parkinson-s-disease
#19
Aram Kim, Nora Darakjian, James M Finley
BACKGROUND: Virtual reality (VR) has recently been explored as a tool for neurorehabilitation to enable individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) to practice challenging skills in a safe environment. Current technological advances have enabled the use of affordable, fully immersive head-mounted displays (HMDs) for potential therapeutic applications. However, while previous studies have used HMDs in individuals with PD, these were only used for short bouts of walking. Clinical applications of VR for gait training would likely involve an extended exposure to the virtual environment, which has the potential to cause individuals with PD to experience simulator-related adverse effects due to their age or pathology...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211829/virtual-and-augmented-reality-in%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-treatment-of-phantom-limb-pain-a%C3%A2-literature-review
#20
Justin Dunn, Elizabeth Yeo, Parisah Moghaddampour, Brian Chau, Sarah Humbert
BACKGROUND: Phantom limb pain (PLP), the perception of discomfort in a limb no longer present, commonly occurs following amputation. A variety of interventions have been employed for PLP, including mirror therapy. Virtual Reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) mirror therapy treatments have also been utilized, and have the potential to provide an even greater immersive experience for the amputee. However, there is not currently a consensus on the efficacy of VR and AR therapy. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review is to evaluate and summarize the current research on the effect of immersive VR and AR in the treatment of PLP...
February 13, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
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