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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227764/enhanced-dual-stage-correlated-diffusion-imaging
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Farzad Khalvati, Junjie Zhang, Masoom A Haider, Alexander Wong, Farzad Khalvati, Junjie Zhang, Masoom A Haider, Alexander Wong, Farzad Khalvati, Alexander Wong, Junjie Zhang, Masoom A Haider
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer and third leading cause of cancer death in Canadian men. Multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) has become a powerful non-invasive diagnostic tool for the detection of prostate cancer. Among mpMRI imaging modalities, diffusion-weighed imaging has shown the most promising results in accurate detection of prostate cancer. Introduced recently, correlated diffusion imaging (CDI) is a new form of diffusion imaging which accounts for the joint correlation of diffusion signal attenuation across multiple gradient pulse strengths and timings to improve the separability of cancerous and healthy tissues...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227475/label-free-detection-of-sex-determining-region-y-sry-via-capacitive-biosensor
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Shilpa Sivashankar, Christos Sapsanis, Sumeyra Agambayev, Ulrich Buttner, Khaled Nabil Salama, Shilpa Sivashankar, Christos Sapsanis, Sumeyra Agambayev, Ulrich Buttner, Khaled Nabil Salama, Khaled Nabil Salama, Shilpa Sivashankar, Sumeyra Agambayev, Christos Sapsanis, Ulrich Buttner
In this work, we present for the first time, the use of a simple fractal capacitive biosensor for the quantification and detection of sex-determining region Y (SRY) genes. This section of genetic code, which is found on the Y chromosome, finds importance for study as it causes fetuses to develop characteristics of male sex-like gonads when a mutation occurs. It is also an important genetic code in men, and disorders involving the SRY gene can cause infertility and sexual malfunction that lead to a variety of gene mutational disorders...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227284/on-the-pleasantness-of-a-haptic-stimulation-how-different-textures-can-be-recognized-through-heart-rate-variability-nonlinear-analysis
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Mimma Nardelli, Alberto Greco, Matteo Bianchi, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Gaetano Valenza, Mimma Nardelli, Alberto Greco, Matteo Bianchi, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Gaetano Valenza, Gaetano Valenza, Mimma Nardelli, Alberto Greco, Matteo Bianchi
The hedonic attributes of cutaneous elicitation play a crucial role in everyday life, influencing our behavior and psychophysical state. However, the correlation between such a hedonic aspect of touch and the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)-related physiological response, which is intimately connected to emotions, still needs to be deeply investigated. This study reports on caress-like stimuli conveyed to the forearm of 32 healthy subjects through different fabrics actuated by a haptic device, which can control both the strength (i...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227200/obstructive-sleep-apnea-severity-estimation-fusion-of-speech-based-systems
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D Ben Or, E Dafna, A Tarasiuk, Y Zigel, D Ben Or, E Dafna, A Tarasiuk, Y Zigel, A Tarasiuk, Y Zigel, E Dafna
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep-related breathing disorder. Previous studies associated OSA with anatomical abnormalities of the upper respiratory tract that may be reflected in the acoustic characteristics of speech. We tested the hypothesis that the speech signal carries essential information that can assist in early assessment of OSA severity by estimating apnea-hypopnea index (AHI). 198 men referred to routine polysomnography (PSG) were recorded shortly prior to sleep onset while reading a one-minute speech protocol...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227072/short-term-assessment-of-autonomic-nervous-system-as-a-potential-tool-to-quantify-pain-experience
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Arto J Hautala, Jaro Karppinen, Tapio Seppanen, Arto J Hautala, Jaro Karppinen, Tapio Seppanen, Jaro Karppinen, Arto J Hautala, Tapio Seppanen
Various pain conditions may result in altered autonomic nervous system regulation. We evaluated whether autonomic regulation, analyzed with short-term heart rate variability (HRV), differs between low back pain (LBP) patients and healthy controls. Additionally, we tested if short-term HRV recordings are feasible and informative in planning home monitoring of LBP patients. The study population consisted of 16 volunteers (8 LBP patients and 8 healthy subjects) (age 42±10 years, body mass index 26±4 kg/m(2), 7 men and 9 women)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227043/study-of-functional-brain-homogeneity-in-female-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder
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X Zhang, Y Tang, Y Zhu, Y Li, S Tong, X Zhang, Y Tang, Y Zhu, Y Li, S Tong, Y Li, Y Zhu, S Tong, X Zhang, Y Tang
Women are at a twofold higher risk of developing major depressive disorder (MDD) than that of men. However, the investigation of female MDD patients functional brain activity is rare and the detailed mechanism remains unclear. The present work is to explore the altered spontaneous neural activity measured with regional homogeneity (ReHo) in female MDD patients using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technique. Twelve MDD females and twelve matched healthy participants were included in the study...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226520/gender-specific-automatic-valence-recognition-of-affective-olfactory-stimulation-through-the-analysis-of-the-electrodermal-activity
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Alberto Greco, Antonio Lanata, Gaetano Valenza, Fabio Di Francesco, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Alberto Greco, Antonio Lanata, Gaetano Valenza, Fabio Di Francesco, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Antonio Lanata, Fabio Di Francesco, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Alberto Greco, Gaetano Valenza
This study reports on the development of a gender-specific classification system able to discern between two valence levels of smell, through information gathered from electrodermal activity (EDA) dynamics. Specifically, two odorants were administered to 32 healthy volunteers (16 males) while monitoring EDA. CvxEDA model was used to process the EDA signal and extract features from both tonic and phasic components. The feature set was used as input to a K-NN classifier implementing a leave-one-subject-out procedure...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226006/hospitalization-due-to-road-traffic-injuries-in-brazil-2013-hospital-stay-and-costs
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Silvânia Suely Caribé de Araújo Andrade, Maria Helena Prado de Mello Jorge
Objetivo: to describe hospitalization rates and to estimate hospital costs and time spent in hospital due to road traffic accidents (RTA) in Brazil, in 2013. Methods: this is an ecological study conducted using data from the Brazilian National Hospital Information System. Results: in 2013, 170,805 hospitalizations due to RTA were funded by the Brazilian National Health System; 78.2% of the individuals were male, 48.6% were from 20 to 39 years old, and 51...
January 2017: Epidemiologia e Servicos de Saude: Revista do Sistema Unico de Saude do Brasil
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225988/estimation-of-cardiovascular-risk-and-detection-of-subclinical-carotid-atheromatosis-in-patients-with-diabetes-without-a-history-of-cardiovascular-disease
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Walter Masson, Salvador De Francesca, Micaela Molinero, Daniel Siniawski, Andrés Mulassi, Frank Espinoza Morales, Melina Huerin, Martín Lobo, Graciela Molinero
Objectives: Cardiovascular risk estimated by several scores in patients with diabetes mellitus without a cardiovascular disease history and the association with carotid atherosclerotic plaque (CAP) were the aims of this study. Materials and methods: Cardiovascular risk was calculate using United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) risk engine, Framingham risk score for cardiovascular (FSCV) and coronary disease (FSCD), and the new score (NS) proposed by the 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol...
February 13, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225954/frequency-severity-and-related-factors-of-androgenetic-alopecia-in-dermatology-outpatient-clinic-hospital-based-cross-sectional-study-in-turkey
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Kubra Esen Salman, Ilknur Kivanc Altunay, Nihal Asli Kucukunal, Asli Aksu Cerman
BACKGROUND: Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is a patterned hair loss occurring due to systemic androgen and genetic factors. It is the most common cause of hair loss in both genders. In recent years, many studies investigating the relation between systemic diseases and androgenetic alopecia presented controversial results. OBJECTIVES: In this study we aimed to investigate the frequency of androgenetic alopecia, the presence of accompanying systemic diseases, the relation between body mass index and androgenetic alopecia severity and the association of hyperandrogenemia signs with androgenetic alopecia in patients who referred to our outpatient clinic...
January 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225942/-health-inequalities-on-adolescents-risk-behavior-indicators-in-mexico-analysis-of-two-national-health-surveys
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Juan Pablo Gutiérrez, Sebastián García-Saisó, Rodrigo Espinosa-de la Peña, Dulce Alejandra Balandrán
Objective: To document socioeconomic health inequalities on adolescents' risk behaviors in Mexico using gap and gradient measures. Materials and methods: Analysis of the national health surveys 2000 and 2012 measuring absolute and relative gaps as well as the slope index of inequality for risk behavior indicators on adolescents using socioeconomic indicators and also measuring gaps for sex, urban/rural residency, and indigenous/non-indigenous population. Results: For sexual risk behaviors, inequalities are reflected in a lower probability of using protection at the first sexual intercourse among those living in households with lower income for women and men as well as higher probability of ever being pregnant for adolescents of lower income...
November 2016: Salud Pública de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225908/intimate-partner-violence-reported-by-female-and-male-users-of-healthcare-units
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Claudia Renata Dos Santos Barros, Lilia Blima Schraiber
OBJECTIVE: To analyze nonfatal violence suffered and committed by adult men and women, in an intimate relationship. METHODS: The participants in the research were women aged between 15 and 49 years and men between 18 and 60 years, interviewed by face-to-face questionnaire application. The sample selection was of consecutive type, according to the order of arrival of the users. We conducted temporarily independent investigations and covered different health services to avoid couples and relationships in which the retaliation could be overvalued...
February 16, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225822/a-reconfiguration-of-the-sex-trade-how-social-and-structural-changes-in-eastern-zimbabwe-left-women-involved-in-sex-work-and-transactional-sex-more-vulnerable
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Jocelyn Elmes, Morten Skovdal, Kundai Nhongo, Helen Ward, Catherine Campbell, Timothy B Hallett, Constance Nyamukapa, Peter J White, Simon Gregson
Understanding the dynamic nature of sex work is important for explaining the course of HIV epidemics. While health and development interventions targeting sex workers may alter the dynamics of the sex trade in particular localities, little has been done to explore how large-scale social and structural changes, such as economic recessions-outside of the bounds of organizational intervention-may reconfigure social norms and attitudes with regards to sex work. Zimbabwe's economic collapse in 2009, following a period (2000-2009) of economic decline, within a declining HIV epidemic, provides a unique opportunity to study community perceptions of the impact of socio-economic upheaval on the sex trade...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225805/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-chlamydia-infection-in-hong-kong-a-population-based-geospatial-household-survey-and-testing
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William Chi Wai Wong, Yanping Zhao, Ngai Sze Wong, William L Parish, Heidi Yin Hai Miu, Li-Gang Yang, Michael Emch, King Man Ho, Francois Yeung Fong, Joseph D Tucker
BACKGROUND: Chlamydia causes infertility and increases risk of HIV infection, and population-based studies provide essential information for effective infection control and prevention. This study examined Chlamydia trachomatis prevalence and risk factors among a representative sample of 18-49-year-old residents in Hong Kong. METHODS: Census boundary map of 412 constituency areas was used as primary sampling units to construct the sampling frame and, residential buildings and units were randomly selected using geospatial modelling...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225780/cancer-prevalence-incidence-and-mortality-in-people-who-experience-incarceration-in-ontario-canada-a-population-based-retrospective-cohort-study
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Fiona G Kouyoumdjian, Lucie Pivnick, Kathryn E McIsaac, Andrew S Wilton, Aisha Lofters, Stephen W Hwang
INTRODUCTION: Evidence suggests that many risk factors for cancer are overrepresented in people who experience incarceration, and data on cancer epidemiology are limited for this population. We aimed to describe cancer prevalence, incidence and mortality in adults admitted to provincial custody in Ontario, Canada in 2000. METHODS: We linked data on 48,166 adults admitted to provincial custody in Ontario in 2000 with Ontario Cancer Registry data to 2012. We calculated cancer prevalence in the 10 years prior to admission to custody in 2000, incidence between 2000 and 2012 and mortality between 2000 and 2011...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225718/frailty-and-circulating-markers-of-inflammation-in-hiv-and-hiv-men-in-the-multicenter-aids-cohort-study
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Joseph B Margolick, Jay H Bream, Otoniel Martínez-Maza, Joe Lopez, Xiuhong Li, John P Phair, Susan L Koletar, Lisa P Jacobson
BACKGROUND: Frailty is associated with immune activation and inflammation in the elderly general population, but whether this is true in the younger HIV-infected (HIV+) population is not known. METHODS: We analyzed 24 serologic biomarkers of monocyte, T-cell, or B-cell activation in HIV- (n = 207) and HIV+ (n = 714; 75% virologically suppressed) men who have sex with men in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) and were classified as frail or nonfrail according to expression or nonexpression of the frailty phenotype at 2 consecutive study visits...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225708/medical-male-circumcision-coverage-in-rakai-uganda
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Xiangrong Kong, Godfrey Kigozi, Joseph Ssekasanvu, Fred Nalugoda, Gertrude Nakigozi, Larry W Chang, Carl Latkin, David Serwadda, Maria J Wawer, Ronald H Gray
We assessed medical male circumcision (MMC) scale-up in Rakai, Uganda using population-based surveys during 2007-2014. MMC coverage increased from 28.5 to 52.0%. Coverage was initially lower in 15-19-year-olds but increased in 2014, was higher in married men and in trading communities, and lowest in the sexually inactive. Coverage did not vary by self-perceived risk of HIV or HIV serostatus. Increasing generalized coverage suggested that MMC became normative, but coverage falls short of WHO/Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) 80% targets, indicating the need for demand generation...
March 13, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225576/3d-multiecho-dixon-for-the-evaluation-of-hepatic-iron-and-fat-in-a-clinical-setting
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Benjamin Henninger, Heinz Zoller, Stephan Kannengiesser, Xiaodong Zhong, Werner Jaschke, Christian Kremser
PURPOSE: To prospectively evaluate a new 3D-multiecho-Dixon (3D-ME-Dixon) sequence for the quantification of hepatic iron and fat in a clinical setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In all, 120 patients underwent 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging of the liver between December 2013 and June 2015 including the following three sequences: 3D-ME-Dixon with inline calculation of R2* and proton-density fat-fraction (PDFF) maps, single-voxel-spectroscopy (SVS), 2D multigradient-echo sequence (2D-ME-GRE)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225541/perceived-barriers-to-adherence-to-tuberculosis-infection-control-measures-among-health-care-workers-in-the-dominican-republic
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Helena J Chapman, Bienvenido A Veras-Estévez, Jamie L Pomeranz, Eddy N Pérez-Then, Belkys Marcelino, Michael Lauzardo
INTRODUCTION Health care workers have an increased risk of infection due to occupational Mycobacterium tuberculosis exposure, including multidrug-resistant strains. Health care workers' risk of developing tuberculosis is greater than that of the general population, whether in low-, intermediate- or high-incidence countries. Adherence to infection control measures (administrative controls, environmental controls, and personal respiratory protection) is essential to reduce risk of disease transmission between suspected tuberculosis patients and health care workers, but for different reasons, both objective and subjective, adherence is low...
January 2017: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225524/the-effects-of-ballistic-and-non-ballistic-bench-press-on-mechanical-variables
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Gavin L Moir, Shawn N Munford, Lindsey L Moroski, Shala E Davis
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of ballistic and non-ballistic bench press performed with loads equivalent to 30 and 90% 1-repetition maximum (1-RM) on mechanical variables. METHODS: Eleven resistance-trained men (age: 23.0 ± 1.4 years; mass: 98.4 ± 14.4 kg) attended four testing sessions where they performed one of the following sessions: 1) three sets of five non-ballistic repetitions performed with a load equivalent to 30% 1-RM (30N-B), 2) three sets of five ballistic repetitions performed with a load equivalent to 30% 1-RM (30B), 3) three sets of four non-ballistic repetitions with a load equivalent to 90% 1-RM (90N-B), 4) three sets of four ballistic repetitions with a load equivalent to 90% 1-RM (90B)...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
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