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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645092/examining-effectiveness-of-tailorable-computer-assisted-therapy-programmes-for-substance-misuse-programme-usage-and-clinical-outcomes-data-from-breaking-free-online
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Sarah Elison, Andrew Jones, Jonathan Ward, Glyn Davies, Stephanie Dugdale
RATIONALE: When evaluating complex, tailorable digital behavioural interventions, additional approaches may be required alongside established methodologies such as randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Research evaluating a computer-assisted therapy (CAT) programme for substance misuse, Breaking Free Online (BFO), is informed by Medical Research Council (MRC) guidance recommending examination of 'mechanisms of action' of individual intervention strategies, which is relevant when evaluating digital interventions with content that may evolve over time...
May 23, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645065/cross-validation-of-short-forms-of-the-screener-and-opioid-assessment-for-patients-with-pain-revised-soapp-r
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Matthew D Finkelman, Robert N Jamison, Ronald J Kulich, Stephen F Butler, William C Jackson, Niels Smits, Scott G Weiner
BACKGROUND: The Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain-Revised (SOAPP-R) is a 24-item assessment designed to assist in the prediction of aberrant drug-related behavior (ADB) among patients with chronic pain. Recent work has created shorter versions of the SOAPP-R, including a static 12-item short form and two computer-based methods (curtailment and stochastic curtailment) that monitor assessments in progress. The purpose of this study was to cross-validate these shorter versions in two new populations...
June 13, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645011/transient-portal-venous-gas-associated-with-reversible-non-occlusive-mesenteric-ischemia-a-case-report
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Gaël Piton, Brice Paquette, Eric Delabrousse, Gilles Capellier
OBJECTIVES: To report the utility of abdominal ultrasonography (US) to identify the presence of portal venous gas (PVG) during non-occlusive mesenteric ischemia (NOMI), and to follow the disappearance of portal venous gas after resolution of the NOMI. DATA SOURCES: This was a clinical observation of a patient, with images of abdominal computed tomography (CT), and a video of portal venous gas identified by ultrasonography. DATA SYNTHESIS: We describe the case of an adult patient admitted to our ICU for NOMI developing 48h after cardiac surgery...
June 16, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644796/design-of-an-autonomous-social-orienting-training-system-asots-for-young-children-with-autism
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Zhi Zheng, Qiang Fu, Huan Zhao, Amy R Swanson, Amy S Weitlauf, Zachary E Warren, Nilanjan Sarkar
Social communication is among the core areas of impairment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The training of social orientation is important for improving social communication of children with ASD. In recent years, technology-assisted ASD intervention had gained momentum due to its potential advantages in terms of precision, sustainability, flexibility and cost. In this paper, we propose a closed-loop autonomous computer system, named ASOTS, for training social orientation skills to young children with ASD...
June 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644419/context-relevant-prediction-model-for-copd-domain-using-bayesian-belief-network
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Hamid Mcheick, Lokman Saleh, Hicham Ajami, Hafedh Mili
In the last three decades, researchers have examined extensively how context-aware systems can assist people, specifically those suffering from incurable diseases, to help them cope with their medical illness. Over the years, a huge number of studies on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) have been published. However, how to derive relevant attributes and early detection of COPD exacerbations remains a challenge. In this research work, we will use an efficient algorithm to select relevant attributes where there is no proper approach in this domain...
June 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643335/a-review-of-hemolysis-prediction-models-for-computational-fluid-dynamics
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Hai Yu, Sebastian Engel, Gábor Janiga, Dominique Thévenin
Flow-induced hemolysis is a crucial issue for many biomedical applications; in particular, it is an essential issue for the development of blood-transporting devices such as left ventricular assist devices, and other types of blood pumps. In order to estimate red blood cell (RBC) damage in blood flows, many models have been proposed in the past. Most models have been validated by their respective authors. However, the accuracy and the validity range of these models remains unclear. In this work, the most established hemolysis models compatible with computational fluid dynamics of full-scale devices are described and assessed by comparing two selected reference experiments: a simple rheometric flow and a more complex hemodialytic flow through a needle...
June 23, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643185/keeping-disability-in-mind-a-case-study-in-implantable-brain-computer-interface-research
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Laura Specker Sullivan, Eran Klein, Tim Brown, Matthew Sample, Michelle Pham, Paul Tubig, Raney Folland, Anjali Truitt, Sara Goering
Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) research is an interdisciplinary area of study within Neural Engineering. Recent interest in end-user perspectives has led to an intersection with user-centered design (UCD). The goal of user-centered design is to reduce the translational gap between researchers and potential end users. However, while qualitative studies have been conducted with end users of BCI technology, little is known about individual BCI researchers' experience with and attitudes towards UCD. Given the scientific, financial, and ethical imperatives of UCD, we sought to gain a better understanding of practical and principled considerations for researchers who engage with end users...
June 22, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643093/the-impact-of-trained-radiographers-as-concurrent-readers-on-performance-and-reading-time-of-experienced-radiologists-in-the-uk-lung-cancer-screening-ukls-trial
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Arjun Nair, Nicholas J Screaton, John A Holemans, Diane Jones, Leigh Clements, Bruce Barton, Natalie Gartland, Stephen W Duffy, David R Baldwin, John K Field, David M Hansell, Anand Devaraj
OBJECTIVES: To compare radiologists' performance reading CTs independently with their performance using radiographers as concurrent readers in lung cancer screening. METHODS: 369 consecutive baseline CTs performed for the UK Lung Cancer Screening (UKLS) trial were double-read by radiologists reading either independently or concurrently with a radiographer. In concurrent reading, the radiologist reviewed radiographer-identified nodules and then detected any additional nodules...
June 22, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642733/a-case-of-pulmonary-carcinoid-tumor-with-a-superimposed-aspergilloma-presenting-as-a-covert-ectopic-adrenocorticotropic-hormone-syndrome
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Kyoung Jin Kim, Ji Hee Yu, Nan Hee Kim, Young Hye Kim, Young Sik Kim, Ji A Seo
Ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) syndrome is a challenging diagnosis only responsible for approximately 10% of Cushing syndrome cases. It has been associated with a variety of benign and malignant tumors including a carcinoid tumor accompanied by aspergilloma in our case that was significantly difficult to be detected. We report a patient over 70 years old with uncontrolled hypertension and hypokalemia presenting with generalized edema. Laboratory results revealed ACTH-dependent Cushing syndrome, but imaging studies did not show any discrete lesions secreting ACTH...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642192/applications-of-3d-orbital-computer-assisted-surgery-cas
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Paolo Scolozzi
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of the present report is to describe the indications for use of 3D orbital computer-assisted surgery (CAS). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed the clinical and radiological data of all patients with orbital deformities treated using intra-operative navigation and CAD/CAM techniques at the Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Switzerland, between 2009 and 2016. We recorded age and gender, orbital deformity, technical and surgical procedure and postoperative complications...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641506/regulatory-forum-opinion-piece-imaging-applications-in-toxicologic-pathology-recommendations-for-use-in-regulated-nonclinical-toxicity-studies
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Robert R Maronpot, Abraham Nyska, Sean P Troth, Kathleen Gabrielson, Polina Sysa-Shah, Vyacheslav Kalchenko, Yuri Kuznetsov, Alon Harmelin, Yael S Schiffenbauer, David Bonnel, Jonathan Stauber, Yuval Ramot
Available imaging systems for use in preclinical toxicology studies increasingly show utility as important tools in the toxicologic pathologist's armamentarium, permit longitudinal evaluation of functional and morphological changes in tissues, and provide important information such as organ and lesion volume not obtained by conventional toxicology study parameters. Representative examples of practical imaging applications in toxicology research and preclinical studies are presented for ultrasound, positron emission tomography/single-photon emission computed tomography, optical, magnetic resonance imaging, and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-imaging mass spectrometry imaging...
June 2017: Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639486/estimated-prevalence-of-the-target-population-for-brain-computer-interface-neurotechnology-in-the-netherlands
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Elmar G M Pels, Erik J Aarnoutse, Nick F Ramsey, Mariska J Vansteensel
BACKGROUND: People who suffer from paralysis have difficulties participating in society. Particularly burdensome is the locked-in syndrome (LIS). LIS patients are not able to move and speak but are cognitively healthy. They rely on assistive technology to interact with the world and may benefit from neurotechnological advances. Optimal research and design of such aids requires a well-defined target population. However, the LIS population is poorly characterized and the number of patients in this condition is unknown...
June 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639083/tumor-vascularization-and-clinicopathologic-parameters-as-prognostic-factors-in-merkel-cell-carcinoma
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A Bob, F Nielen, J Krediet, J Schmitter, D Freundt, D Terhorst, J Röwert-Huber, J Kanitakis, E Stockfleth, Ch Ulrich, M Weichenthal, F Egberts, B Lange-Asschenfeldt
PURPOSE: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare but aggressive neuroendocrine tumor of the skin with an increasing incidence. The clinical course is variable and reliable prognostic factors are scarce. Tumor angiogenesis has been shown to have prognostic impact in different types of cancer. The aim of our study was to determine potential prognostic factors, including tumor vascularization, for clinical outcome of MCC. METHODS: The medical records of 46 patients with MCC diagnosed between 1997 and 2010 were analyzed retrospectively...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639057/factors-controlling-the-reactivity-of-divalent-metal-ions-towards-pheophytin-a
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Ł Orzeł, J Waś, A Kania, A Susz, D Rutkowska-Zbik, J Staroń, M Witko, G Stochel, L Fiedor
In this study, we evaluate the factors which determine the reactivity of divalent metal ions in the spontaneous formation of metallochlorophylls, using experimental and computational approaches. Kinetic studies were carried out using pheophytin a in reactions with various divalent metal ions combined with non- or weakly-coordinative counter ions in a series of organic solvents. To obtain detailed insights into the solvent effect, the metalations with the whole set of cations were investigated in three solvents and with Zn(2+) in seven solvents...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638238/a-computational-methodology-to-overcome-the-challenges-associated-with-the-search-for-specific-enzyme-targets-to-develop-drugs-against-leishmania-major
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Larissa Catharina, Carlyle Ribeiro Lima, Alexander Franca, Ana Carolina Ramos Guimarães, Marcelo Alves-Ferreira, Pierre Tuffery, Philippe Derreumaux, Nicolas Carels
We present an approach for detecting enzymes that are specific of Leishmania major compared with Homo sapiens and provide targets that may assist research in drug development. This approach is based on traditional techniques of sequence homology comparison by similarity search and Markov modeling; it integrates the characterization of enzymatic functionality, secondary and tertiary protein structures, protein domain architecture, and metabolic environment. From 67 enzymes represented by 42 enzymatic activities classified by AnEnPi (Analogous Enzymes Pipeline) as specific for L major compared with H sapiens, only 40 (23 Enzyme Commission [EC] numbers) could actually be considered as strictly specific of L major and 27 enzymes (19 EC numbers) were disregarded for having ambiguous homologies or analogies with H sapiens...
2017: Bioinformatics and Biology Insights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637740/tablet-computers-versus-optical-aids-to-support-education-and-learning-in-children-and-young-people-with-low-vision-protocol-for-a-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial-create-children-reading-with-electronic-assistance-to-educate
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Michael D Crossland, Rachel Thomas, Hilary Unwin, Seelam Bharani, Vijaya K Gothwal, Ana Quartilho, Catey Bunce, Annegret Dahlmann-Noor
INTRODUCTION: Low vision and blindness adversely affect education and independence of children and young people. New 'assistive' technologies such as tablet computers can display text in enlarged font, read text out to the user, allow speech input and conversion into typed text, offer document and spreadsheet processing and give access to wide sources of information such as the internet. Research on these devices in low vision has been limited to case series. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We will carry out a pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT) to assess the feasibility of a full RCT of assistive technologies for children/young people with low vision...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636784/audio-computer-assisted-survey-interview-and-patient-navigation-to-increase-chronic-viral-hepatitis-diagnosis-and-linkage-to-care-in-urban-health-clinics
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A N de la Torre, I Castaneda, M Ahmad, N Ekholy, N Tham, I B Herrera, P Beaty, R J Malapero, Farhan Ayoub, J Slim, M B Johnson
Intravenous drug use and sexual practices account for 60% of hepatitis C (HCV) and B (HBV) infection. Disclosing these activities can be embarrassing, reduce risk reporting, blood testing and diagnosis. In diagnosed patients, linkage to care remains a challenge. Audio-computer assisted survey interview (Audio-CASI) was used to guide HCV and HBV infection testing in urban clinics. Risk reporting, blood-testing, and serology results were compared to historical controls. A Patient Navigator (PN) followed up blood test results and provided patients with positive serology linkage to care...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635262/enormous-hydrogen-bond-strength-enhancement-through-%C3%AF-conjugation-gain-implications-for-enzyme-catalysis
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Chia-Hua Wu, Keigo Ito, Allyson Buytendyk, Kit Hansell Bowen, Judy I Wu
Surprisingly large "resonance-assistance" effects may explain how some enzymes form extremely short, strong hydrogen bonds to stabilize reactive oxyanion intermediates and facilitate catalysis. Computational models for several enzymic residue-substrate interactions reveal that when a π-conjugated, proton donor (XH) forms a hydrogen bond to a charged substrate (Y-), XH can become significantly more π-electron delocalized, and this "extra" stabilization may boost the [XH…Y-] hydrogen bond strength by up to 15 kcal/mol...
June 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634293/intrinsic-map-dynamics-exploration-for-uncharted-effective-free-energy-landscapes
#19
Eliodoro Chiavazzo, Roberto Covino, Ronald R Coifman, C William Gear, Anastasia S Georgiou, Gerhard Hummer, Ioannis G Kevrekidis
We describe and implement a computer-assisted approach for accelerating the exploration of uncharted effective free-energy surfaces (FESs). More generally, the aim is the extraction of coarse-grained, macroscopic information from stochastic or atomistic simulations, such as molecular dynamics (MD). The approach functionally links the MD simulator with nonlinear manifold learning techniques. The added value comes from biasing the simulator toward unexplored phase-space regions by exploiting the smoothness of the gradually revealed intrinsic low-dimensional geometry of the FES...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634052/management-of-wide-based-renal-artery-aneurysms-using-noncovered-stent-assisted-coil-embolization
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Xiaolong Wei, Yudong Sun, Yani Wu, Zhenjiang Li, Jiang Zhu, Zhiqing Zhao, Rui Feng, Zaiping Jing
OBJECTIVE: This study describes the safety and midterm efficacy of a noncovered stent-assisted embolization (SAE) technique in treating patients with wide-base renal artery aneurysms (RAAs). METHODS: Between February 2011 and June 2014, 34 RAAs in 28 consecutive patients were treated with noncovered SAE in our center. RESULTS: Technical success was 100%. During an average follow-up of 19 months, the systolic and diastolic blood pressures were significantly decreased...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
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