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Juan Jose Saldaña Barrios, Luis Mendoza, Edgardo Pitti, Miguel Vargas
In this work, the authors present two eHealth platforms that are examples of how health systems are migrating from client-server architecture to the web-based and ubiquitous paradigm. These two platforms were modeled, designed, developed and implemented with positive results. First, using ambient-assisted living and ubiquitous computing, the authors enhance how palliative care is being provided to the elderly patients and patients with terminal illness, making the work of doctors, nurses and other health actors easier...
October 21, 2016: Health Informatics Journal
Roman Shrestha, Pramila Karki, Tania B Huedo-Medina, Michael Copenhaver
Neurocognitive impairment (NCI) and treatment engagement (TE) have been shown to significantly predict antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence, but no studies have explored the ways and the extent to which similar outcomes might occur when these factors operate together, particularly for people who use drugs (PWUDs). We sought to discover whether TE moderated the effect of NCI on adherence to ART in HIV-infected individuals. One hundred sixteen HIV-infected, methadone-maintained people who reported HIV risk behaviors were enrolled in the study...
September 22, 2016: Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: JANAC
Cremildo João Baptista, Ines Dourado, Sandra Brignol, Tarcísio de Matos Andrade, Francisco Inácio Bastos
BACKGROUND: The burden of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as syphilis, is higher in low-income countries, with serious consequences and profound impact on sexual and reproductive health and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) spread. Syphilis prevalence tend to be higher among people who misuse drugs than in the general population. OBJECTIVE: To assess syphilis and associated factors among polydrug users (PDU) in the city of Salvador, Northeast Brazil...
October 18, 2016: International Journal on Drug Policy
Łukasz Jeleń, Adam Krzyżak, Thomas Fevens, Michał Jeleń
Grading of breast cancer malignancy is a key step in its diagnosis, which in turn helps to determine its prognosis and a course of treatment. In this paper, we consider the application of pattern recognition and image processing techniques to perform computer-assisted automatic breast cancer malignancy grading from cytological slides of fine needle aspiration biopsies. To determine a classification of the malignancy of the slide, a feature set is first determined from imagery of the slides. In this paper we investigated the nature of a wide set of features extracted from biopsy images to determine their discriminatory power and cross-correlation...
October 13, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Wen Yea Hwong, Michiel L Bots, Sharmini Selvarajah, L Jaap Kappelle, Zariah Abdul Aziz, Norsima Nazifah Sidek, Ilonca Vaartjes
BACKGROUND: A shortage of computed tomographic (CT) machines in low and middle income countries often results in delayed CT imaging for patients suspected of a stroke. Yet, time constraint is one of the most important aspects for patients with an ischemic stroke to benefit from thrombolytic therapy. We set out to assess whether application of the Siriraj Stroke Score is able to assist physicians in prioritizing patients with a high probability of having an ischemic stroke for urgent CT imaging...
2016: PloS One
Ryan J Milcarek, Michael J Garrett, Amrish Baskaran, Jeongmin Ahn
Combustion based power generation has been accomplished for many years through a number of heat engine systems. Recently, a move towards small scale power generation and micro combustion as well as development in fuel cell research has created new means of power generation that combine solid oxide fuel cells with open flames and combustion exhaust. Instead of relying upon the heat of combustion, these solid oxide fuel cell systems rely on reforming of the fuel via combustion to generate syngas for electrochemical power generation...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Kouhei Tajima, Nobuyuki Uchida, Hajime Sasamoto, Toshiyuki Okada, Takayuki Kohri, Akira Mogi, Hiroyuki Kuwano
A 69-year-old woman visited our hospital complaining of right chest pain. Chest computed tomography showed a 55 × 45 mm tumor in the right upper lobe. Bronchoscopy revealed displaced anomalous B (1) and B (2)(+3) arising from the right main bronchus, and the patient was diagnosed with lung adenocarcinoma by transbronchial lung biopsy from the displaced B (2)(+3) . Three-dimensional computed tomography with multiplanar reconstruction revealed a displaced anomalous B (1) and B (2)(+3) branching directly from the right main bronchus, respectively, and abnormal distribution of the aberrant pulmonary vein (V (2) ) descended dorsally to the right main bronchus and emptied into the left atrium...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Alexandros Stamatopoulos, Davide Patrini, Efstratios Koletsis, Elaine Borg, Reena Khiroja, Martin Hayward, David Lawrence, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos
IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is a fibroinflammatory condition that can affect practically every organ. Although it was first identified in pancreas and salivary glands, major organs like liver, biliary tree, kidney, thyroid glands and lungs are commonly involved, sometimes resulting in organ failure. We describe a case of an 41-year-old man presented with back pain after a rotator cuff injury. A Computed Tomography (CT) revealed incidentally a right lower lobe paravertebral lesion extending across the T5 and T6 vertebral levels and invading into the adjacent pleural surface...
2016: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
Eric C Honert, Karl E Zelik
INTRODUCTION: Inverse dynamics joint kinetics are often used to infer contributions from underlying groups of muscle-tendon units (MTUs). However, such interpretations are confounded by multiarticular (multi-joint) musculature, which can cause inverse dynamics to over- or under-estimate net MTU power. Misestimation of MTU power could lead to incorrect scientific conclusions, or to empirical estimates that misguide musculoskeletal simulations, assistive device designs, or clinical interventions...
2016: PloS One
Leonardo Pacheco Roquero, Sandra Camelo-Piragua, Carl Schmidt
Cerebral air embolism is a recognized life-threatening complication, sometimes iatrogenic. Its timely diagnosis is essential because it can result in neurologic deficits or death. We report a case of a 58-year-old man who died from cerebral air embolism diagnosed by nonenhanced computed tomography scan of the head after a cardiac bypass surgery with Biventricular Assist Device and multiple vascular line placements. Autopsy revealed extensive subcutaneous emphysema, intravascular and perivascular air bubbles in the central nervous system and associated cerebral and cerebellar hemorrhagic infarction...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Radu Danescu, Razvan Itu, Andra Petrovai
The driving environment is complex and dynamic, and the attention of the driver is continuously challenged, therefore computer based assistance achieved by processing image and sensor data may increase traffic safety. While active sensors and stereovision have the advantage of obtaining 3D data directly, monocular vision is easy to set up, and can benefit from the increasing computational power of smart mobile devices, and from the fact that almost all of them come with an embedded camera. Several driving assistance application are available for mobile devices, but they are mostly targeted for simple scenarios and a limited range of obstacle shapes and poses...
October 17, 2016: Sensors
Johannes W G Jacobs
The history, issues and result of the development of the computer decision software tool used for the two tight control and treat-to-target CAMERA (Computer Assisted Management in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis) studies are described. The software tool is simple and can be used with various protocolled strategies and visit intervals both in clinical trials and daily practice, because it does not dictate strategy steps and is independent of visit intervals. The tool gives information on whether enough improvement since the last visit is present and whether there is remission or not...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Yinghe Huo, Renske D Veldhuizen, Desiree M van der Heijde, Nick J Besselink, Johannes W G Jacobs, Jacob M van Laar, Max A Viergever, Koen L Vincken, Floris P Lafeber, Maria J H de Hair
OBJECTIVES: To compare as proof of concept the sensitivity to change of automated quantification of radiographic wrist and hand joint space width (JSW) with scoring JSW according to the Sharp/van der Heijde scoring method (SHS) in two strategy groups of a treat-to-target and tight-control early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) study. METHODS: Digital radiographs were assessed for JSW changes of 134 patients of the 236 patients participating in the second Computer Assisted Management in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis trial, of whom both baseline and year 2 radiographs were available (year 1 radiographs n=125)...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Christopher J Rizzi, Timothy Ortlip, Jewel D Greywoode, Kavita T Vakharia, Kalpesh T Vakharia
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To describe a novel computer algorithm that can model mandibular fracture repair. To evaluate the algorithm as a tool to model mandibular fracture reduction and hardware selection. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective pilot study combined with cross-sectional survey. METHODS: A computer algorithm utilizing Aquarius Net (TeraRecon, Inc, Foster City, CA) and Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Adobe Systems, Inc, San Jose, CA) was developed to model mandibular fracture repair...
October 20, 2016: Laryngoscope
Byung Hoon Lee, Dong Ho Kum, Im Joo Rhyu, Youngjun Kim, Hyunchul Cho, Joon Ho Wang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the clinical advantages of a navigation system developed with an emphasis on attaining an appropriate femoral tunnel length and posterior wall margin with no posterior wall blowout, as well as having accurate tunnel positioning, in anatomical anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). METHODS: Ten freshly frozen human knees were transected at mid-femur and mid-tibia. Each knee specimen underwent arthroscopic single-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using the outside-in technique, with two knees by manual ACLR (control group) and another eight knees by only the navigational ACLR without arthroscopic assistance (experimental group)...
October 19, 2016: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Deepa Rao, Yamile Molina, Nina Lambert, Susan E Cohn
PURPOSE: In the present study, we validated a culturally adapted stigma scale designed to assess stigma among African Americans living with HIV. METHODS: We collected data on the scale using an audio computer assisted self-interview (ACASI) format. We validated the scale with a sample of 62 African American participants living with HIV. RESULTS: Findings demonstrated that stigma can be measured succinctly and effectively in a 14-item scale with two subscales measuring enacted and internalized stigma...
August 2016: Stigma Health
Ulysses S Torres, Daniel Nicoletti Cesar, Giuseppe DʼIppolito
Intramural hematomas can occur along any part of the gastrointestinal tract, being more common in the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum. Intramural colonic hematomas are very rare, and their main causes include abdominal trauma, anticoagulation, and coagulopathies. We report on a 27-year-old man with right lower quadrant pain for 1 day after a mild blunt trauma sustained during a soccer match. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging evaluation revealed an intramural hematoma of the right colon, subsequently confirmed and drained through laparoscopic surgery...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Meng Li, Shichao Feng, Ning Wu, Li Zhang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to assess radiation dose reduction and image quality for enhanced chest CT examinations with a scout-based automated tube potential selection technique (kV Assist) compared with a standard 120-kV protocol. METHODS: Prospective study of enhanced chest CT examinations was performed in 100 consecutive patients with kV Assist and in 100 consecutive patients with conventional 120-kV protocol on a multislice CT (Discovery CT750 HD)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
A K Sivadasan, Chirantan Singha, A Bhattacharyya, Sandip Dhara
The observation of interface (IF) phonon modes in the recorded Raman spectra of c-plane oriented [AlN/GaN]20 and [Al0.35Ga0.65N/Al0.55Ga0.45N]20 multi-quantum well (MQW) structures grown via plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy is reported. The nominal shift in the IF phonon mode of E1 symmetry for [Al0.35Ga0.65N/Al0.55Ga0.45N]20 compared to that of the [AlN/GaN]20 MQW structure is understood on the basis of change in dielectric constants (εm) of the surrounding medium. The presence of buffer layers in [Al0...
October 19, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Vishal Dey, Audrey Jones, Elaine M Spalding
INTRODUCTION: Telehealth technologies are being widely adopted across the globe for management of long-term conditions. There are limited data on its use, effectiveness and patient experience in end-stage renal disease. The aim of this pilot project was to explore patient acceptability of technology and evaluate its effect on clinical interventions and quality of life in patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis. METHODS: Peritoneal dialysis patients were provided with computer tablets (PODs)...
2016: SAGE Open Medicine
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