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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814028/quantitative-assessment-of-swallowing-activity-by-mmg-measurement-with-pvdf-film
#1
Hashimoto Takuya, Tsukagoshi Keita, Koike Takuji
Difficulty of swallowing, called dysphagia, leads to aspiration pneumonia which is particularly a big health concern in aging societies. Therefore, prevention and treatment of dysphagia would contribute to extending healthy-life and QOL of elderly people and decreasing healthcare cost. Robotics technologies are expected as one of the effective methods to solve the problem in terms of detecting malfunction in swallowing and recovering swallowing function. The aim of this study is to investigate muscle activity during normal swallowing using mechanomyography (MMG) with PolyVinylidene DiFluoride (PVDF) film which is a ferroelectrics polymer...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813613/methacholine-challenge-comparison-of-airway-responsiveness-produced-by-a-vibrating-mesh-nebulizer-versus-a-jet-nebulizer
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Christianne M Blais, Donald W Cockcroft, Justine Veilleux, Marie-Ève Boulay, Louis-Philippe Boulet, Gail M Gauvreau, Tara X Scime, Richard M Watson, Paul M O'Byrne, Beth E Davis
BACKGROUND: The latest methacholine challenge testing (MCT) guidelines published by the European Respiratory Society recommend the characterization of nebulizers before their use in clinics and research. Such investigations are necessary for accurately determining the provocative dose of methacholine causing a 20% fall in FEV1 (PD20) delivered by a given device. The standard English Wright (Wright) jet nebulizer recommended in the 1999 guidelines by the American Thoracic Society has become difficult to obtain and possesses some characteristics that complicate the calculation of dose delivery from this device (e...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813244/framing-confusion-dementia-society-and-history
#3
Jesse F Ballenger
This essay will briefly sketch historical changes in the framing of dementia since the late nineteenth century. In broad terms, this period has seen a shift from viewing dementia as a pathological variant of normal aging to viewing it as a distinct disease. Although this broad reframing of dementia was clearly positive in raising awareness and funding for research, it had some negative aspects that should be considered. Caregiving came to seem less important than research aimed at a cure, and the stigma surrounding dementia has, if anything, increased...
July 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813237/should-dementia-be-accepted-as-a-disability-to-help-restore-hope-during-cognitive-decline
#4
Nathaniel M Robbins, James L Bernat
Dementia is a common condition that impacts the patient, the family, and society. Currently, a diagnosis of dementia evokes hopelessness in the afflicted, and society provides few resources or systematic support for caregivers or for demented patients. In this commentary, we discuss the origins of hopelessness in dementia, the World Health Organization's six-stage framework of dementia care, and barriers to "normalizing" the experience of dementia in order to provide beneficent and humane care for patients with dementia...
July 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813107/climatic-characteristics-of-the-2010-2016-drought-in-the-semiarid-northeast-brazil-region
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José A Marengo, Lincoln M Alves, Regina C S Alvala, Ana Paula Cunha, Sheila Brito, Osvaldo L L Moraes
This study discusses the climatological aspects of the most severe drought ever recorded in the semiarid region Northeast Brazil. Droughts are recurrent in the region and while El Nino has driven some of these events others are more dependent on the tropical North Atlantic sea surface temperature fields. The drought affecting this region during the last 5 years shows an intensity and impact not seen in several decades in the regional economy and society. The analysis of this event using drought indicators as well as meteorological fields shows that since the middle 1990s to 2016, 16 out of 25 years experienced rainfall below normal...
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812966/a-snapshot-of-intellectual-disabilities-in-lao-pdr-challenges-for-the-development-of-services
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Stian H Thoresen, Angela Fielding, Sue Gillieatt, Barbara Blundell, Liem Nguyen
Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) has experienced significant economic growth in the last two decades. While access to education, health, and employment for people with disabilities has also improved markedly, people with intellectual disabilities are still among the most vulnerable in society. This article presents findings from a screening survey of 2469 participants, a focus group discussion with key stakeholders in intellectual disabilities, and a case study of the Association for Autism. The screening survey suggests 1...
September 2017: Journal of Intellectual Disabilities: JOID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812927/a-community-health-advisor-program-to-reduce-cancer-screening-disparities-in-the-deep-south-and-appalachia-the-american-cancer-society-s-cha-collaborative
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Kara S Riehman, Marcie Fisher-Borne, Jeremy M Martinez, Morgan Daven, Letitia Thompson, Mona N Fouad, Edward E Partridge
INTRODUCTION: Cancer disparities continue to exist in the United States. Community health advisors (CHAs) can play a critical role in addressing cancer disparities. The American Cancer Society (ACS) implemented a 3-year pilot CHA program in the South based on an evidence-based program to increase breast cancer screening. STUDY DESIGN: Evaluation assessed the extent to which ACS successfully implemented the program. Quantitative data were tracked and reported by ACS staff, and qualitative data were collected through focus groups and interviews with volunteer participants...
September 2017: Health Promotion Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812828/how-the-spectre-of-societal-homogeneity-undermines-equitable-healthcare-for-refugees-comment-on-defining-and-acting-on-global-health-the-case-of-japan-and-the-refugee-crisis
#8
Oliver Razum, Judith Wenner, Kayvan Bozorgmehr
Recourse to a purported ideal of societal homogeneity has become common in the context of the refugee reception crisis - not only in Japan, as Leppold et al report, but also throughout Europe. Calls for societal homogeneity in Europe originate from populist movements as well as from some governments. Often, they go along with reduced social support for refugees and asylum seekers, for example in healthcare provision. The fundamental right to health is then reduced to a citizens' right, granted fully only to nationals...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812731/cooperation-facilitates-the-colonization-of-harsh-environments
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Charlie K Cornwallis, Carlos A Botero, Dustin R Rubenstein, Philip A Downing, Stuart A West, Ashleigh S Griffin
Animals living in harsh environments, where temperatures are hot and rainfall is unpredictable, are more likely to breed in cooperative groups. As a result, harsh environmental conditions have been accepted as a key factor explaining the evolution of cooperation. However, this is based on evidence that has not investigated the order of evolutionary events, so the inferred causality could be incorrect. We resolved this problem using phylogenetic analyses of 4,707 bird species and found that causation was in the opposite direction to that previously assumed...
February 17, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812693/direct-benefits-and-evolutionary-transitions-to-complex-societies
#10
Cody J Dey, Constance M O'Connor, Holly Wilkinson, Susanne Shultz, Sigal Balshine, John L Fitzpatrick
The selective forces that drive the evolution of cooperation have been intensely debated. Evolutionary transitions to cooperative breeding, a complex form of cooperation, have been hypothesized to be linked to low degrees of promiscuity, which increases intragroup relatedness and the indirect (that is, kin selected) benefits of helping. However, ecological factors also promote cooperative breeding, and may be more important than relatedness in some contexts. Identifying the key evolutionary drivers of cooperative breeding therefore requires an integrated assessment of these hypotheses...
April 18, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812686/interactions-of-microplastic-debris-throughout-the-marine-ecosystem
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REVIEW
Tamara S Galloway, Matthew Cole, Ceri Lewis
Marine microscopic plastic (microplastic) debris is a modern societal issue, illustrating the challenge of balancing the convenience of plastic in daily life with the prospect of causing ecological harm by careless disposal. Here we develop the concept of microplastic as a complex, dynamic mixture of polymers and additives, to which organic material and contaminants can successively bind to form an 'ecocorona', increasing the density and surface charge of particles and changing their bioavailability and toxicity...
April 20, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812668/evolutionary-transitions-towards-eusociality-in-snapping-shrimps
#12
Solomon Tin Chi Chak, J Emmett Duffy, Kristin M Hultgren, Dustin R Rubenstein
Animal social organization varies from complex societies where reproduction is dominated by a single individual (eusociality) to those where reproduction is more evenly distributed among group members (communal breeding). Yet, how simple groups transition evolutionarily to more complex societies remains unclear. Competing hypotheses suggest that eusociality and communal breeding are alternative evolutionary endpoints, or that communal breeding is an intermediate stage in the transition towards eusociality. We tested these alternative hypotheses in sponge-dwelling shrimps, Synalpheus spp...
March 20, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812315/metabolite-cycled-steam-and-semi-laser-localization-for-mr-spectroscopy-of-the-human-brain-at-9-4t
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Ioannis-Angelos Giapitzakis, Tingting Shao, Nikolai Avdievich, Ralf Mekle, Roland Kreis, Anke Henning
PURPOSE: Metabolite cycling (MC) is an MRS technique for the simultaneous acquisition of water and metabolite spectra that avoids chemical exchange saturation transfer effects and for which water may serve as a reference signal or contain additional information in functional or diffusion studies. Here, MC was developed for human investigations at ultrahigh field. METHODS: MC-STEAM and MC-semi-LASER are introduced at 9.4T with an optimized inversion pulse and elaborate coil setup...
August 15, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812314/self-assembled-chiral-nanostructures-of-amphiphilic-peptide-from-single-molecule-to-aggregate
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Ting Zhou, Zhiqing Zhang, Xuemei Zhang, Chen Wang, Guiying Xu, Yanlian Yang
We report interesting hierarchical self-assembled architectures from a designed amphiphilic peptide. The bisignate cotton effects in circular dichroism spectra show typical peptide aggregation-induced. The observation of peptide assembly structures from initial particles and fibrils to ribbon structures is supported by microscopy (atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy). The visualization of individual peptide at the single molecular level offered insights of the intermolecular interactions responsible for the formation of aggregates, which is investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812309/murine-pulmonary-imaging-at-7t-t2-and-t1-with-anisotropic-ute
#15
Jinbang Guo, Xuefeng Cao, Zackary I Cleveland, Jason C Woods
PURPOSE: To measure the T2* and T1 of mouse lung at 7T via anisotropic-resolution radial ultrashort echo-time imaging with ellipsoidal k-space coverage. METHODS: Ellipsoidal field-of-view was created by expanding uniform spherical k-space coverage. The effects of T2* and ellipsoidal sampling on image resolution were investigated by using point-spread-function analysis and resolution phantoms. Finally, this ellipsoidal sampling approach was used to measure the lung T2* and T1 of healthy C57BL/6 mice at the increasingly common preclinical field strength of 7T...
August 15, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812302/management-of-sleep-wake-disturbances-comorbid-with-cancer
#16
Ann M Berger, Ellyn E Matthews, Ashley M Kenkel
It is critical that clinicians and healthcare systems adopt routine screening and affordable interventions to reduce chronic insomnia and improve the quality of life in cancer patients and survivors. We provide expert clinical advice on how to manage sleep-wake disturbances that occur comorbidly with cancer. Our discussion focuses on the etiology, screening, and assessment of sleep-wake disturbances, and on both nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions to manage sleep disturbances, insomnia, and sleep-related breathing disorders...
August 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812235/patent-ethics-the-misalignment-of-views-between-the-patent-system-and-the-wider-society
#17
Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Anders Braarud Hanssen, Hanne Marie Nielsen, Ingrid Olesen
Concerns have been voiced about the ethical implications of patenting practices in the field of biotechnology. Some of these have also been incorporated into regulation, such as the European Commission Directive 98/44 on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions. However, the incorporation of ethically based restrictions into patent legislation has not had the effect of satisfying all concerns. In this article, we will systematically compare the richness of ethical concerns surrounding biotech patenting, with the limited scope of ethical concerns actually addressed in the patent system...
August 15, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812186/the-european-board-of-interventional-radiology-examination-a-cross-sectional-web-based-survey
#18
Emma Tong, Muirne Spooner, Otto Van Delden, Raman Uberoi, Mark Sheehan, Damien C O'Neill, Michael Lee
INTRODUCTION: The Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe established the European Board of Interventional Radiology (EBIR) as an international examination in Interventional Radiology (IR), in 2010. The main objective of this study was to examine candidates' variables which could influence examination success. The secondary objective was to evaluate candidate feedback. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was a cross-sectional web-based survey incorporating 30 questions which reviewed candidates' demographics; use of English language; education; and radiology training...
August 15, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812174/-magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri-diagnostics-in-axial-spondyloarthritis
#19
T Witte, X Baraliakos
BACKGROUND: Axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is a frequent disorder, which is difficult to diagnose in the early phase. Currently, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the sacroiliac joints and the spine is frequently applied in this phase, when conventional X rays still provide inconclusive results. OBJECTIVE: To explain the typical pathological results and the role of MRI in diagnosing axSpA. RESULTS: The use of MRI of the sacroiliac joints plays a central role in the assessment of the Spondyloarthritis International Association Society (ASAS) classification criteria of axSpA...
August 15, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812106/-costs-associated-with-multiresistant-bacteria-in-neurorehabilitation
#20
REVIEW
Robin Roukens, Frank Lauster, Maria Bara, Bernd Eifert, Dietrich Willemsen, Thomas Randall, Jürgen Herzog, Constanze Wendt, Tobias Schmidt-Wilcke, Stefan Knecht
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The number of patients with multiresistant bacteria (MRB) in rehabilitation facilities is increasing. The increasing costs of hygienic isolation measures reduce resources available for core rehabilitation services. In addition to the existing lack of care, patients with MRB are at further risk of being given lower priority for admission to rehabilitation facilities. Therefore, the Hygiene Commission of the German Society for Neurorehabilitation (DGNR) attempted to quantify the overall risk for deterioration of rehabilitation care due to the financial burden of MRB...
August 15, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
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