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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227415/ultrasound-transducer-positioning-aid-for-fetal-heart-rate-monitoring
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Paul Hamelmann, Alex Kolen, Lars Schmitt, Rik Vullings, Hans van Assen, Massimo Mischi, Libertario Demi, Judith van Laar, Jan Bergmans, Paul Hamelmann, Alex Kolen, Lars Schmitt, Rik Vullings, Hans van Assen, Massimo Mischi, Libertario Demi, Judith van Laar, Jan Bergmans, Alex Kolen, Judith Van Laar, Paul Hamelmann, Libertario Demi, Lars Schmitt, Rik Vullings, Hans Van Assen, Massimo Mischi, Jan Bergmans
Fetal heart rate (fHR) monitoring is usually performed by Doppler ultrasound (US) techniques. For reliable fHR measurements it is required that the fetal heart is located within the US beam. In clinical practice, clinicians palpate the maternal abdomen to identify the fetal presentation and then the US transducer is fixated on the maternal abdomen where the best fHR signal can be obtained. Finding the optimal transducer position is done by listening to the strength of the Doppler audio output and relying on a signal quality indicator of the cardiotocographic (CTG) measurement system...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227229/ensemble-statistical-and-subspace-clustering-model-for-analysis-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-phenotypes
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Khalid Al-Jabery, Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi, Gayla R Olbricht, T Nicole Takahashi, Stephen Kanne, Donald Wunsch, Khalid Al-Jabery, Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi, Gayla R Olbricht, T Nicole Takahashi, Stephen Kanne, Donald Wunsch, Donald Wunsch, Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi, Khalid Al-Jabery, Stephen Kanne, Gayla R Olbricht, T Nicole Takahashi
Heterogeneity in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is complex including variability in behavioral phenotype as well as clinical, physiologic, and pathologic parameters. The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) now diagnoses ASD using a 2-dimensional model based social communication deficits and fixated interests and repetitive behaviors. Sorting out heterogeneity is crucial for study of etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. In this paper, we present an ensemble model for analyzing ASD phenotypes using several machine learning techniques and a k-dimensional subspace clustering algorithm...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226753/determining-the-difference-in-eyegaze-measurements-in-individuals-with-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Huiying Liu, Damon Wong, Ai Ping Yow, Yanwu Xu, Fengshou Yin, Augustinus Laude, Tock Han Lim, Huiying Liu, Damon Wong, Ai Ping Yow, Yanwu Xu, Fengshou Yin, Augustinus Laude, Tock Han Lim, Augustinus Laude, Huiying Liu, Tock Han Lim, Fengshou Yin, Yanwu Xu, Damon Wong, Ai Ping Yow
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness in the elderly. Visual loss associated with AMD often results in a central scotoma which is an alteration in the central vision, leading to distortion or loss of vision. Current methods of detecting AMD are typically manual, require holding fixation and an external response trigger. In this paper, we propose the use of eyegaze tracking to detect for the presence of AMD, using a simple set of test patterns. Experimental results show that the derived eyegaze measurements can help to identify individuals with AMD from healthy individuals...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226348/-the-key-points-of-prevention-for-special-surgical-complications-after-radical-operation-of-gastric-cancer
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Hao Xu, Weizhi Wang, Panyuan Li, Diancai Zhang, Li Yang, Zekuan Xu
Incidence of gastric cancer is high in China and standard radical operation is currently the main treatment for gastric cancer. Postoperative complications, especially some special complications, can directly affect the prognosis of patients, even result in the increase of mortality. But the incidences of these special complications are low, so these complications are often misdiagnosed and delayed in treatment owing to insufficient recognition of medical staff. These special complications include (1) Peterson hernia: It is an abdominal hernia developed in the space between Roux loop and transverse colon mesentery after Roux-Y reconstruction of digestive tract...
February 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226027/serum-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-levels-are-associated-with-functional-capacity-but-not-with-postural-balance-in-osteoporotic-postmenopausal-women
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Guilherme Carlos Brech, Emmanuel Gomes Ciolac, Mark D Peterson, Júlia Maria D'Andréa Greve
OBJECTIVES: In post-menopausal women with osteoporosis, insufficient vitamin D levels decrease calcium fixation in the bones and calcium transport in the sarcoplasmic reticulum, which impairs muscle strength, possibly leading to detrimental consequences for the preservation of functional capacity and postural balance, fall prevention, and fracture risk. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between vitamin D levels and knee muscle strength, postural balance and functional mobility among postmenopausal women with osteoporosis...
January 1, 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225827/a-convolutional-neural-network-for-steady-state-visual-evoked-potential-classification-under-ambulatory-environment
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No-Sang Kwak, Klaus-Robert Müller, Seong-Whan Lee
The robust analysis of neural signals is a challenging problem. Here, we contribute a convolutional neural network (CNN) for the robust classification of a steady-state visual evoked potentials (SSVEPs) paradigm. We measure electroencephalogram (EEG)-based SSVEPs for a brain-controlled exoskeleton under ambulatory conditions in which numerous artifacts may deteriorate decoding. The proposed CNN is shown to achieve reliable performance under these challenging conditions. To validate the proposed method, we have acquired an SSVEP dataset under two conditions: 1) a static environment, in a standing position while fixated into a lower-limb exoskeleton and 2) an ambulatory environment, walking along a test course wearing the exoskeleton (here, artifacts are most challenging)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224272/biomechanical-evaluation-of-reconstruction-plates-with-locking-nonlocking-and-hybrid-screws-configurations-in-calcaneal-fracture-a-finite-element-model-study
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Ching-Hsuan Chen, Chinghua Hung, Yu-Chun Hsu, Chen-Sheng Chen, Chao-Ching Chiang
Calcaneal fractures are the most common fractures of the tarsal bones. The stability of fixation is an important factor for successful reconstruction of calcaneal fractures. The purpose of this study was to analyze the biomechanical influence of plate fixation with different combinations of locking and nonlocking screws during early weight-bearing phase. A three-dimensional FE foot model was established using ANSYS software, which comprised bones, cartilages, plantar fascia, and soft tissue. Calcaneal plate was fixed with whole locking (WLS), whole nonlocking (WNS), and hybrid screw configurations for FE analysis...
February 21, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224071/arthroscopic-fixation-of-os-acetabuli-technique-when-to-resect-and-when-to-fix
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Cecilia Pascual-Garrido, John B Schrock, Justin J Mitchell, Gaston Camino Willhuber, Omer Mei-Dan, Jorge Chahla
Acetabular rim fractures, or os acetabuli, are hypothesized to occur as a result of an unfused ossification center or a stress fracture from repetitive impingement of an abnormally shaped femoral neck against the acetabular rim. When treated surgically, these fragments are typically excised as part of the correction for femoroacetabular impingement. However, in some patients, removal of these fragments can create symptoms of gross instability or microinstability of the hip. In these cases, internal fixation of the fragment is necessary...
October 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224066/the-use-of-accessory-portals-in-bankart-repair-with-posterior-extension-in-the-lateral-decubitus-position
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Gregory L Cvetanovich, Jason T Hamamoto, Kevin J Campbell, Mark McCarthy, John D Higgins, Nikhil N Verma
The Bankart lesion, in which the anteroinferior labrum is detached from the glenoid, is the critical anatomic lesion in the majority of patients with anterior glenohumeral instability. Some patients with anterior glenohumeral instability will have Bankart lesions with posterior extension beyond the 6-o'clock position, and achieving anatomic labral repair in these cases can present a technical challenge. In our experience, the lateral decubitus position and use of accessory portals allow superior visualization of the inferior half of the glenohumeral joint for glenoid and labral preparation, anchor placement, and suture management...
October 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224000/co-inoculation-effect-of-rhizobia-and-plant-growth-promoting-rhizobacteria-on-common-bean-growth-in-a-low-phosphorus-soil
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Hezekiah Korir, Nancy W Mungai, Moses Thuita, Yosef Hamba, Cargele Masso
Nitrogen (N) fixation through legume-Rhizobium symbiosis is important for enhancing agricultural productivity and is therefore of great economic interest. Growing evidence indicates that other soil beneficial bacteria can positively affect symbiotic performance of rhizobia. Nodule endophytic plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) were isolated from common bean nodules from Nakuru County in Kenya and characterized 16S rDNA partial gene sequencing. The effect of co-inoculation of rhizobium and PGPR, on nodulation and growth of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223733/impact-of-humic-acids-on-the-colonic-microbiome-in-healthy-volunteers
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Alexander Swidsinski, Yvonne Dörffel, Vera Loening-Baucke, Christoph Gille, Anne Reißhauer, Onder Göktas, Monika Krüger, Jürgen Neuhaus, Wieland Schrödl
AIM: To test the effects of humic acids on innate microbial communities of the colon. METHODS: We followed the effects of oral supplementation with humic acids (Activomin(®)) on concentrations and composition of colonic microbiome in 14 healthy volunteers for 45 d. 3 × 800 mg Activomin(®) were taken orally for 10 d followed by 3 × 400 mg for 35 d. Colonic microbiota were investigated using multicolor fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) of Carnoy fixated and paraffin embedded stool cylinders...
February 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223457/the-source-and-evolutionary-history-of-a-microbial-contaminant-identified-through-soil-metagenomic-analysis
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Matthew R Olm, Cristina N Butterfield, Alex Copeland, T Christian Boles, Brian C Thomas, Jillian F Banfield
In this study, strain-resolved metagenomics was used to solve a mystery. A 6.4-Mbp complete closed genome was recovered from a soil metagenome and found to be astonishingly similar to that of Delftia acidovorans SPH-1, which was isolated in Germany a decade ago. It was suspected that this organism was not native to the soil sample because it lacked the diversity that is characteristic of other soil organisms; this suspicion was confirmed when PCR testing failed to detect the bacterium in the original soil samples...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223094/a-decade-of-the-catalonian-arthroplasty-register-racat-variability-exhaustivity-and-survival-of-prostheses-between-2005-and-2014
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J Arias-de la Torre, A Capdevila, O Martínez, L Domingo, M Marinelli, N Robles, J Nardi, L Puig-Verdié, F Pallisó, M Espallargues
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The Catalonian Arthroplasty Register (RACat) is a public health-based population register used to analyse and evaluate hip and knee replacements in Catalonia. The aim of this study is to present the outcomes after 10 years in operation (January 2005-December 2014). METHODOLOGY: Using the information from the RACat and the minimum basic data set at hospital discharge, an analysis was made of the quality and exhaustivity of the data, as well as a descriptive analysis of the patients, prostheses, and care process...
February 17, 2017: Revista Española de Cirugía Ortopédica y Traumatología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223006/complete-genome-sequence-of-the-drought-resistance-promoting-endophyte-klebsiella-sp-ltgpaf-6f
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Lei Zhang, Jun Zhong, Hao Liu, Kaiyun Xin, Chaoqiong Chen, Qiqi Li, Yahong Wei, Yao Wang, Fei Chen, Xihui Shen
Bacterial endophytes with capacity to promote plant growth and improve plant tolerance against biotic and abiotic stresses have importance in agricultural practice and phytoremediation. A plant growth-promoting endophyte named Klebsiella sp. LTGPAF-6F, which was isolated from the roots of the desert plant Alhagi sparsifolia in north-west China, exhibits the ability to enhance the growth of wheat under drought stress. The complete genome sequence of this strain consists of one circular chromosome and two circular plasmids...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222759/development-and-assessment-of-a-hand-assist-device-gripit
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Byungchul Kim, Hyunki In, Dae-Young Lee, Kyu-Jin Cho
BACKGROUND: Although various hand assist devices have been commercialized for people with paralysis, they are somewhat limited in terms of tool fixation and device attachment method. Hand exoskeleton robots allow users to grasp a wider range of tools but are heavy, complicated, and bulky owing to the presence of numerous actuators and controllers. The GRIPIT hand assist device overcomes the limitations of both conventional devices and exoskeleton robots by providing improved tool fixation and device attachment in a lightweight and compact device...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222640/dynamic-long-leg-casting-fixation-for-treating-12-to-18-month-old-infants-with-developmental-dysplasia-of-the-hip
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Zhencun Cai, Lianyong Li, Lijun Zhang, Shijun Ji, Qun Zhao
Objective To evaluate the effect of dynamic long leg casting in paediatric patients with developmental dysplasia of hip (DDH) diagnosed at 12-18 months. Methods The adductor tenotomy, closed reduction, and dynamic long leg casting method was adopted to treat paediatric patients with DDH. The hips were divided into four groups according to the Tonnis radiographic dislocation classification. Groups were also classified according to the baseline acetabular index (AI): 30°-35°, 36°-40°, and > 40°. The outcomes of the reductions were evaluated according to McKay's hip function criteria and Severin's radiological criteria...
February 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222614/identification-of-the-appropriate-fixation-site-to-avoid-peritoneal-catheter-migration-based-on-a-mechanical-analysis
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Yujuan Wang, Yao Zou, Xinghua Chen, Jili Zhu, Cuizhi Xiang, Houjun Jia, Guohua Ding, Huiming Wang
AIM: To conduct mechanical analysis on the relationship between abdominal wall fixation point and the displacement of catheter top, and establish the finite element model for the complex forces and conditions that the catheter wears in human abdominal cavity, in order to provide the scientific basis for optimizing the catheter position in abdominal wall fixation method. METHODS: Using the PIPE59 finite elements to divide units, and taking the lower part of catheter, that is, below interior polyester cuff to simulate and compute the displacement formula...
November 2017: Renal Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222402/impact-of-anchor-type-on-porcine-lumbar-biomechanics-finite-element-modelling-and-in-vitro-validation
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Martin Brummund, Vladimir Brailovski, Yvan Petit, Yann Facchinello, Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong
BACKGROUND: Rigid posterior implants used for spinal stabilization can be anchored to the vertebrae using pedicle screws or screws combined with transverse process hooks. In the present study, a finite element model of a porcine lumbar spine instrumented with screws and hooks is presented and validated. METHODS: The porcine lumbar spine model was validated using in-vitro measurements on six porcine specimens. Validation metrics included intervertebral rotations (L1 to L6) and nucleus pressure in the topmost cranial instrumented disc...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222236/differential-sharing-and-distinct-co-occurrence-networks-among-spatially-close-bacterial-microbiota-of-bark-mosses-and-lichens%C3%A2-%C3%A2
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Ines Aline Aschenbrenner, Tomislav Cernava, Armin Erlacher, Gabriele Berg, Martin Grube
Knowledge of bacterial community host-specificity has increased greatly in recent years. However, the inter-microbiome relationships of unrelated but spatially close organisms remain little understood. Trunks of trees covered by epiphytes represent complex habitats with a mosaic of ecological niches. In this context, we investigated the structure, diversity and interactions of microbiota associated with lichens, mosses and the bare tree bark. Comparative analysis revealed significant differences in the habitat-associated community structures...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222190/salient-object-changes-influence-overt-attentional-prioritization-and-object-based-targeting-in-natural-scenes
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Nicola C Anderson, Mieke Donk
A change to an object in natural scenes attracts attention when it occurs during a fixation. However, when a change occurs during a saccade, and is masked by saccadic suppression, it typically does not capture the gaze in a bottom-up manner. In the present work, we investigated how the type and direction of salient changes to objects affect the prioritization and targeting of objects in natural scenes. We asked observers to look around a scene in preparation for a later memory test. After a period of time, an object in the scene was increased or decreased in salience either during a fixation (with a transient signal) or during a saccade (without transient signal), or it was not changed at all...
2017: PloS One
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