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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036853/smooth-leader-or-sharp-follower-playing-the-mirror-game-with-a-robot
#1
Shir Kashi, Shelly Levy-Tzedek
BACKGROUND: The increasing number of opportunities for human-robot interactions in various settings, from industry through home use to rehabilitation, creates a need to understand how to best personalize human-robot interactions to fit both the user and the task at hand. In the current experiment, we explored a human-robot collaborative task of joint movement, in the context of an interactive game. OBJECTIVE: We set out to test people's preferences when interacting with a robotic arm, playing a leader-follower imitation game (the mirror game)...
October 9, 2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036844/multiple-sclerosis-and-sexual-dysfunction-a%C3%A2-need-for-further-education-and%C3%A2-interdisciplinary-care
#2
Kate E Delaney, Jayne Donovan
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune condition affecting young women and men, resulting in varied disabilities, including sexual dysfunction. OBJECTIVE: This narrative review aims to describe the prevalence, pathophysiology, and impact of sexual dysfunction in people with MS (PwMS); provide a review of current assessment and treatment strategies; and offer considerations for future care. METHODS: Literature review was performed to identify primary and secondary sources discussing sexual dysfunction in PwMS...
October 8, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036782/practice-based-research-networks
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Marie Pirotta, Meredith Temple-Smith
BACKGROUND: Practice-based research networks (PBRNs) are collaborations between clinical practitioners and academics. PBRNs aim to foster research in general practice through opportunities to learn more about how to undertake and participate in research, and assist in translating new knowledge into practice. Critically, PBRNs also offer clinicians the chance to contribute to research by posing questions of importance to quality clinical care. OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this article are to describe why PRBNs are needed, the current situation regarding PBRNs in Australia, and why Australian general practice and patient outcomes could benefit from further investment in PBRNs...
October 2017: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036777/growing-and-retaining-general-practice-research-leaders-in-australia-how-can-we-do-better
#4
Mieke van Driel, Laura Deckx, Georga Cooke, Marie Pirotta, Gerard F Gill, Tania Winzenberg
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of Australian general practitioners (GPs) with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) about their choice to abandon or pursue an academic career. METHODS: A qualitative study of 18 GPs (PhD obtained between 2006 and 2016) was conducted. Semi-structured telephone interviews were transcribed and analysed using concurrent thematic analysis. RESULTS: General practice researchers faced insecure career pathways...
October 2017: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036655/mfib-a-repository-of-protein-complexes-with-mutual-folding-induced-by-binding
#5
Erzsébet Fichó, István Reményi, István Simon, Bálint Mészáros
Motivation: It is commonplace that intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) are involved in crucial interactions in the living cell. However, the study of protein complexes formed exclusively by IDPs is hindered by the lack of data and such analyses remain sporadic. Systematic studies benefited other types of protein-protein interactions paving a way from basic science to therapeutics; yet these efforts require reliable datasets that are currently lacking for synergistically folding complexes of IDPs...
August 3, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036629/nanotechnology-a-promising-new-paradigm-for-the-control-of-pain
#6
Krishnan V Chakravarthy, Frank J Boehm, Paul J Christo
Objective: The objective of this article is to critically review both preclinical and clinical studies that focus on the use of nanotechnology for both acute and chronic pain management, surveying both diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The article also provides information on nanotechnology for pain practitioners, so that they may better understand how this technology works and how it may be applied to their day-to-day clinical practice. Study Design: Narrative review...
June 27, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036604/accomplishing-reform-successful-case-studies-drawn-from-the-health-systems-of-60-countries
#7
Jeffrey Braithwaite, Russell Mannion, Yukihiro Matsuyama, Paul Shekelle, Stuart Whittaker, Samir Al-Adawi, Kristiana Ludlow, Wendy James, Hsuen P Ting, Jessica Herkes, Louise A Ellis, Kate Churruca, Wendy Nicklin, Clifford Hughes
Healthcare reform typically involves orchestrating a policy change, mediated through some form of operational, systems, financial, process or practice intervention. The aim is to improve the ways in which care is delivered to patients. In our book 'Health Systems Improvement Across the Globe: Success Stories from 60 Countries', we gathered case-study accomplishments from 60 countries. A unique feature of the collection is the diversity of included countries, from the wealthiest and most politically stable such as Japan, Qatar and Canada, to some of the poorest, most densely populated or politically challenged, including Afghanistan, Guinea and Nigeria...
September 20, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036572/dose-effect-of-the-33s-n-%C3%AE-30si-reaction-in-bnct-using-the-new-n_tof-cern-data
#8
M Sabaté-Gilarte, J Praena, I Porras, J M Quesada
33S is a stable isotope of sulphur which is being studied as a potential cooperative target for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) in accelerator-based neutron sources because of its large (n,α) cross section in the epithermal neutron energy range. Previous measurements resolved the resonances with a discrepant description of the lowest-lying and strongest one (at 13.5 keV). However, the evaluations of the major databases do not include resonances, except EAF-2010 which shows smaller values in this range than the experimental data...
September 23, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036536/wft4galaxy-a-workflow-testing-tool-for-galaxy
#9
Marco Enrico Piras, Luca Pireddu, Gianluigi Zanetti
Motivation: Workflow managers for scientific analysis provide a high-level programming platform facilitating standardization, automation, collaboration and access to sophisticated computing resources. The Galaxy workflow manager provides a prime example of this type of platform. As compositions of simpler tools, workflows effectively comprise specialized computer programs implementing often very complex analysis procedures. To date, no simple way to automatically test Galaxy workflows and ensure their correctness has appeared in the literature...
July 24, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036464/the-mimic-code-repository-enabling-reproducibility-in-critical-care-research
#10
Alistair E W Johnson, David J Stone, Leo A Celi, Tom J Pollard
Objective: Lack of reproducibility in medical studies is a barrier to the generation of a robust knowledge base to support clinical decision-making. In this paper we outline the Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care (MIMIC) Code Repository, a centralized code base for generating reproducible studies on an openly available critical care dataset. Materials and Methods: Code is provided to load the data into a relational structure, create extractions of the data, and reproduce entire analysis plans including research studies...
September 27, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036444/the-elephant-in-the-room-toward-a-more-ethical-approach-with-accountability-toward-intended-beneficiaries-in-humanitarian-aid
#11
Ramin Asgary, Ronald J Waldman
There is considerable tension between the concept of accountability to beneficiaries and its practice in humanitarian aid. The beneficiaries live in a relationship that is asymmetric; upward or horizontal accountability within the aid system alone-even with the best of intentions-might be short-sighted. Could beneficiaries be effectively involved in programing, priority setting or allocation of resources? Is there space for a rights-based approach in aid delivery and operations? The mind-set, governance and structure of operations in aid agencies may need significant institutional reform to share the process of decision-making, and to transform the current dynamic from connecting resources to brokering better governance, true collaboration and co-operation among all stakeholders...
September 28, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036174/equity-in-international-health-research-collaborations-in-africa-perceptions-and-expectations-of-african-researchers
#12
Nchangwi Syntia Munung, Bongani M Mayosi, Jantina de Vries
INTRODUCTION AND METHOD: Africa is currently host to a number of international genomics research and biobanking consortia, each with a mandate to advance genomics research and biobanking in Africa. Whilst most of these consortia promise to transform the way international health research is done in Africa, few have articulated exactly how they propose to go about this. In this paper, we report on a qualitative interviewing study in which we involved 17 genomics researchers in Africa. We describe their perceptions and expectations of international genomics research and biobanking initiatives in Africa...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035643/role-of-bone-modifying-agents-in-metastatic-breast-cancer-an-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-cancer-care-ontario-focused-guideline-update
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Catherine Van Poznak, Mark R Somerfield, William E Barlow, J Sybil Biermann, Linda D Bosserman, Mark J Clemons, Sukhbinder K Dhesy-Thind, Melissa S Dillmon, Andrea Eisen, Elizabeth S Frank, Reshma Jagsi, Rachel Jimenez, Richard L Theriault, Theodore A Vandenberg, Gary C Yee, Beverly Moy
Purpose To update, in collaboration with Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), key recommendations of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) guideline on the role of bone-modifying agents (BMAs) in metastatic breast cancer. This focused update addressed the new data on intervals between dosing and the role of BMAs in control of bone pain. Methods A joint ASCO-CCO Update Committee conducted targeted systematic literature reviews to identify relevant studies. Results The Update Committee reviewed three phase III noninferiority trials of dosing intervals, one systematic review and meta-analysis of studies of de-escalation of BMAs, and two randomized trials of BMAs in control of pain secondary to bone metastases...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035425/inhaled-versus-systemic-corticosteroids-for-the-treatment-of-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-in-ventilated-very-low-birth-weight-preterm-infants
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REVIEW
Sachin S Shah, Arne Ohlsson, Henry L Halliday, Vibhuti S Shah
BACKGROUND: This is an update of a review published in 2012. A related review "Inhaled versus systemic corticosteroids for preventing bronchopulmonary dysplasia in ventilated very low birth weight preterm neonates" has been updated as well. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is a serious and common problem among very low birth weight infants, despite the use of antenatal steroids and postnatal surfactant therapy to decrease the incidence and severity of respiratory distress syndrome. Due to their anti-inflammatory properties, corticosteroids have been widely used to treat or prevent BPD...
October 16, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035422/the-use-of-telemedicine-and-mobile-technology-to-promote-population-health-and-population-management-for-psychiatric-disorders
#15
REVIEW
Carolyn Turvey, John Fortney
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article discusses recent applications in telemedicine to promote the goals of population health and population management for people suffering psychiatric disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: The use of telemedicine to promote collaborative care, self-monitoring and chronic disease management, and population screening has demonstrated broad applicability and effectiveness. Collaborative care using videoconferencing to facilitate mental health specialty consults has demonstrated effectiveness in the treatment of depression, PTSD, and also ADHD in pediatric populations...
October 16, 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035338/integrating-medication-therapy-management-mtm-services-provided-by-community-pharmacists-into-a-community-based-accountable-care-organization-aco
#16
Brian Isetts
(1) Background: As the U.S. healthcare system evolves from fee-for-service financing to global population-based payments designed to be accountable for both quality and total cost of care, the effective and safe use of medications is gaining increased importance. The purpose of this project was to determine the feasibility of integrating medication therapy management (MTM) services provided by community pharmacists into the clinical care teams and the health information technology (HIT) infrastructure for Minnesota Medicaid recipients of a 12-county community-based accountable care organization (ACO)...
October 16, 2017: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035218/interacting-with-robots-to-investigate-the-bases-of-social-interaction
#17
Alessandra Sciutti, Giulio Sandini
Humans show a great natural ability at interacting with each other. Such efficiency in joint actions depends on a synergy between planned collaboration and emergent coordination, a subconscious mechanism based on a tight link between action execution and perception. This link supports phenomena as mutual adaptation, synchronization and anticipation, which cut drastically the delays in the interaction and the need of complex verbal instructions and result in the establishment of joint intentions, the backbone of social interaction...
October 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035190/brain-tumor-epidemiology-in-the-era-of-precision-medicine-the-2017-brain-tumor-epidemiology-consortium-meeting-report
#18
Kimberly J Johnson, Judith Schwartzbaum, Carol Kruchko, Michael E Scheurer, Ching C Lau, Adelheid Woehrer, Johannes A Hainfellner, Joseph Wiemels
The Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium (BTEC) is an international consortium that aims to advance the development of multicenter and interdisciplinary collaborations that focus on research related to the etiology, outcomes, and prevention of brain tumors. The 18th annual BTEC meeting was held in Banff, AB, Canada, on June 27 - 29, 2017. The meeting focused on the intersection between epidemiology and precision medicine, that is, the use of molecular indicators of risk, early disease and prognosis or precision epidemiology...
October 16, 2017: Clinical Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035178/patient-perspectives-on-communication-with-primary-care-physicians-about-chronic-low-back-pain
#19
Sarah Evers, Clarissa Hsu, Karen J Sherman, Ben Balderson, Rene Hawkes, Georgie Brewer, Anne-Marie La Porte, John Yeoman, Dan Cherkin
OBJECTIVES: Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is a common health problem with challenges for providing satisfactory care. This study was undertaken to identify opportunities to improve key aspects of physicians' communications with CLBP-affected patients. METHODS: A series of 3 focus groups, each with 7 to 11 patients with CLBP, were recruited from primary care settings and grouped by risk level of reduced function resulting from back pain, to elicit perspectives about interactions with their primary care physicians...
2017: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035160/towards-malaria-control-and-elimination-in-ghana-challenges-and-decision-making-tools-to-guide-planning
#20
Timothy Awine, Keziah Malm, Constance Bart-Plange, Sheetal P Silal
Ghana is classified as being in the malaria control phase, according to the global malaria elimination program. With many years of policy development and control interventions, malaria specific mortality among children less than 5 years old has declined from 14.4% in 2000 to 0.6% in 2012. However, the same level of success has not been achieved with malaria morbidity. The recently adopted 2015-2020 Ghana strategic action plan aims to reduce the burden of malaria by 75.0%. Planning and policy development has always been guided by evidence from field studies, and mathematical models that are able to investigate malaria transmission dynamics have not played a significant role in supporting policy development...
2017: Global Health Action
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