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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227633/beacon-based-opportunistic-scheduling-in-wireless-body-area-network
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Yang Zhou, Zhengguo Sheng, Victor C M Leung, Peyman Servati, Yang Zhou, Zhengguo Sheng, Victor C M Leung, Peyman Servati, Yang Zhou, Zhengguo Sheng, Victor C M Leung, Peyman Servati
Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs) are one of the key technologies that support the development of digital health care, which has attracted increasing attention in recent years. Compared with general Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), WBANs have more stringent requirements on reliability and energy efficiency. Though WBANs are applied within limited transmission range, the on-body channel condition can be very challenging because of blocking or absorbing of signal. In this paper, we are looking into the design of Medium Access Control (MAC) protocols and propose an opportunistic scheduling scheme by applying heuristic scheduling and dynamic superframe length adjustment to improve the system performance...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227630/an-rf-powering-system-with-adaptive-impedance-matching-for-individual-health-monitoring-applications
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Zemin Liu, Yu-Pin Hsu, Mona M Hella, Zemin Liu, Yu-Pin Hsu, Mona M Hella, Yu-Pin Hsu, Mona M Hella, Zemin Liu
This paper presents a high-efficiency RF powering system, suitable for individual health monitoring applications. The system is composed of an antenna, an impedance matching network, and a two-stage full-wave RF-DC rectifier. A novel tuning mechanism is proposed to automatically adjust the impedance of the matching network. This mechanism can effectively improve the power efficiency of the system by 47% compared to the case without tuning. For the adaptive impedance, only a 5-bits binary weighted capacitor bank is required in the matching network...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227620/routing-over-multi-hop-fading-wireless-body-area-networks-with-reliability-considerations
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Hussein Moosavi, Francis Minhthang Bui, Hussein Moosavi, Francis Minhthang Bui, Francis Minhthang Bui, Hussein Moosavi
Optimal reliable routing is studied in the context of fading wireless body area networks (WBANs). A non-cooperative game is proposed to model and analyze the strategic interactions among body-worn health-care devices when each seeks to find the most reliable path to the hub. A distributed algorithm based on the proposed game is provided and proved to converge to a multi-hop Pareto-dominant Nash topology. The game-theoretic framework is evaluated through numerical simulations in conditions approximating actual deployment of a moving ultra wideband WBAN...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227330/changes-in-inhaler-inhalation-acoustic-features-during-induced-bronchoconstriction-a-pilot-study
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Thomas A McCartan, Terence E Taylor, Imran Sulaiman, Richard W Costello, Richard B Reilly, Thomas A McCartan, Terence E Taylor, Imran Sulaiman, Richard W Costello, Richard B Reilly, Richard B Reilly, Thomas A McCartan, Terence E Taylor, Imran Sulaiman, Richard W Costello
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease affecting millions of people worldwide, and is consequently a major issue for global health. Exacerbations are acute events involving the worsening of asthma's primary respiratory symptoms and are a major cause of morbidity in asthma patients, largely due to the unpredictability of their onset. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between changes in acoustic features of inhaler inhalations and changes in forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) that occur during a simulated exacerbation, a bronchial challenge test (BCT)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227147/blood-glucose-level-prediction-based-on-support-vector-regression-using-mobile-platforms
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Maximilian P Reymann, Eva Dorschky, Benjamin H Groh, Christine Martindale, Peter Blank, Bjoern M Eskofier, Maximilian P Reymann, Eva Dorschky, Benjamin H Groh, Christine Martindale, Peter Blank, Bjoern M Eskofier
The correct treatment of diabetes is vital to a patient's health: Staying within defined blood glucose levels prevents dangerous short- and long-term effects on the body. Mobile devices informing patients about their future blood glucose levels could enable them to take counter-measures to prevent hypo or hyper periods. Previous work addressed this challenge by predicting the blood glucose levels using regression models. However, these approaches required a physiological model, representing the human body's response to insulin and glucose intake, or are not directly applicable to mobile platforms (smart phones, tablets)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226887/an-ultra-low-power-front-end-ic-for-wearable-health-monitoring-system
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Yu-Pin Hsu, Zemin Liu, Mona M Hella, Yu-Pin Hsu, Zemin Liu, Mona M Hella, Yu-Pin Hsu, Mona M Hella, Zemin Liu
This paper presents a low-power front-end IC for wearable health monitoring systems. The IC, designed in a standard 0.13μm CMOS technology, fully integrates a low-noise analog front-end (AFE) to process the weak bio-signals, followed by an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) to digitize the extracted signals. An AC-coupled driving buffer, that interfaces between the AFE and the ADC is introduced to scale down the power supply of the ADC. The power consumption decreases by 50% compared to the case without power supply scaling...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226776/an-in-silico-model-of-the-effects-of-vitamin-d3-on-mycobacterium-infected-macrophage
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Maya Gough, Elebeoba May, Maya Gough, Elebeoba May, Maya Gough, Elebeoba May
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a global health concern, causing over one million deaths a year. Alveolar macrophages, as the primary host cell of this intracellular bacterium, play an important role in the course of disease. Vitamin D3 is known to have a potent effect on macrophage behavior during infection, modulating the production of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines and immune effector molecules. In a vitamin D3 deficient host, the immune systems response to infection is greatly impaired. We used a quantitative systems biology approach to model the intracellular effects of vitamin D3 and compared our simulation output to our in vitro model of mycobacterium infection of macrophages in the presence and absence of Vitamin D3...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226468/from-good-intentions-to-healthy-habits-towards-integrated-computational-models-of-goal-striving-and-habit-formation
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Peter Pirolli, Peter Pirolli, Peter Pirolli
Computational models were developed in the ACT-R neurocognitive architecture to address some aspects of the dynamics of behavior change. The simulations aim to address the day-to-day goal achievement data available from mobile health systems. The models refine current psychological theories of self-efficacy, intended effort, and habit formation, and provide an account for the mechanisms by which goal personalization, implementation intentions, and remindings work.
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224783/a-highly-stretchable-potentiometric-ph-sensor-fabricated-via-direct-laser-writing-machining-of-carbon-polyaniline-composite
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Rahim Rahimi, Manuel Ochoa, Ali Tamayol, Shahla Khalili, Ali Khademhosseini, Babak Ziaie
Development of stretchable sensors has recently attracted considerable attention. These sensors have been used in wearable and robotics applications such as personalized health-monitoring, motion detection, and human-machine interfaces. Herein, we report on a highly stretchable electrochemical pH sensor for wearable point-of-care applications that consists of a pH sensitive working and a liquid-junction-free reference electrode, in which the stretchable conductive interconnections are fabricated by laser carbonizing and micromachining of a polyimide sheet bonded to an Ecoflex substrate...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224760/a-tree-parenchyma-coupled-model-for-lung-ventilation-simulation
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N Pozin, S Montesantos, I Katz, M Pichelin, I Vignon-Clementel, C Grandmont
In this article we develop a lung-ventilation model. The parenchyma is described as an elastic homogenized media. It is irrigated by a space-filling dyadic resistive pipe network, which represents the tracheo-bronchial tree. In this model the tree and the parenchyma are strongly coupled. The tree induces an extra viscous term in the system constitutive relation, which leads, in the finite element framework, to a full matrix. We consider an efficient algorithm that takes advantage of the tree structure to enable a fast matrix-vector product computation...
February 22, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224441/does-medicaid-insurance-confer-adequate-access-to-adult-orthopaedic-care-in-the-era-of-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act
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Joseph T Labrum, Taylor Paziuk, Theresa C Rihn, Alan S Hilibrand, Alexander R Vaccaro, Mitchell G Maltenfort, Jeffrey A Rihn
BACKGROUND: A current appraisal of access to orthopaedic care for the adult patient receiving Medicaid is important, since Medicaid expansion was written into law by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) Do orthopaedic practices provide varying access to orthopaedic care for simulated patients with Medicaid insurance versus private insurance in a blinded survey? (2) What are the surveyed state-by-state Medicaid acceptance rates for adult orthopaedic practices in the current era of Medicaid expansion set forth by the PPACA? (3) Do surveyed rates of access to orthopaedic care in the adult patient population vary across practice setting (private vs academic) or vary with different Medicaid physician reimbursement rates? (4) Are there differences in the surveyed Medicaid acceptance rates for adult orthopaedic practices in states that have expanded Medicaid coverage versus states that have foregone expansion? METHODS: Simulated Patient Survey: We performed a telephone survey study of orthopaedic offices in four states with Medicaid expansion...
February 21, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224368/generalized-fiducial-inference-for-logistic-graded-response-models
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Yang Liu, Jan Hannig
Samejima's graded response model (GRM) has gained popularity in the analyses of ordinal response data in psychological, educational, and health-related assessment. Obtaining high-quality point and interval estimates for GRM parameters attracts a great deal of attention in the literature. In the current work, we derive generalized fiducial inference (GFI) for a family of multidimensional graded response model, implement a Gibbs sampler to perform fiducial estimation, and compare its finite-sample performance with several commonly used likelihood-based and Bayesian approaches via three simulation studies...
February 21, 2017: Psychometrika
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223264/applying-computerized-adaptive-testing-to-the-four-dimensional-symptom-questionnaire-4dsq-a-simulation-study
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Tessa Magnée, Derek P de Beurs, Berend Terluin, Peter F Verhaak
BACKGROUND: Efficient screening questionnaires are useful in general practice. Computerized adaptive testing (CAT) is a method to improve the efficiency of questionnaires, as only the items that are particularly informative for a certain responder are dynamically selected. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to test whether CAT could improve the efficiency of the Four-Dimensional Symptom Questionnaire (4DSQ), a frequently used self-report questionnaire designed to assess common psychosocial problems in general practice...
February 21, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222682/a-statistical-method-utilizing-information-of-imported-cases-to-estimate-the-transmissibility-for-an-influenza-pandemic
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Ka Chun Chong, Benny Chung Ying Zee, Maggie Haitian Wang
BACKGROUND: In a new influenza pandemic, travel data such as arrival times of cases seeded by the originating country can be regarded as a combination of the epidemic size and the mobility networks of infections connecting the originating country with other regions. It can be a complete and timely source for estimating the basic reproduction number (R 0 ), a key indicator of disease transmissibility. METHOD: In this study, we developed a likelihood-based method using arrival times of infected cases in different countries to estimate R 0 for influenza pandemics...
February 21, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222485/dose-response-modeling-in-mental-health-using-stein-like-estimators-with-instrumental-variables
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Cedric E Ginestet, Richard Emsley, Sabine Landau
A mental health trial is analyzed using a dose-response model, in which the number of sessions attended by the patients is deemed indicative of the dose of psychotherapeutic treatment. Here, the parameter of interest is the difference in causal treatment effects between the subpopulations that take part in different numbers of therapy sessions. For this data set, interactions between random treatment allocation and prognostic baseline variables provide the requisite instrumental variables. While the corresponding two-stage least squares (TSLS) estimator tends to have smaller bias than the ordinary least squares (OLS) estimator; the TSLS suffers from larger variance...
February 21, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221984/postharvest-reduction-of-coliphage-ms2-from-romaine-lettuce-during-simulated-commercial-processing-with-and-without-a-chlorine-based-sanitizer
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Samantha L Wengert, Tiong Gim Aw, Elliot T Ryser, Joan B Rose
Viral foodborne outbreaks are a serious threat to public health, and fresh produce is becoming increasingly recognized as a transmission vehicle. To limit foodborne disease, ready-to-eat leafy greens are typically washed with a chlorine-based sanitizer during commercial production. This study assessed the efficacy of a chlorine-based sanitizer against coliphage MS2, as a potential surrogate for foodborne viruses, on fresh-cut romaine lettuce during simulated commercial production using a small-scale processing line...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221884/neural-network-model-for-thermal-inactivation-of-salmonella-typhimurium-to-elimination-in-ground-chicken-acquisition-of-data-by-whole-sample-enrichment-miniature-most-probable-number-method
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T P Oscar
Predictive models are valuable tools for assessing food safety. Existing thermal inactivation models for Salmonella and ground chicken do not provide predictions above 71°C, which is below the recommended final cooked temperature of 73.9°C for chicken. They also do not predict when all Salmonella are eliminated without extrapolating beyond the data used to develop them. Thus, a study was undertaken to develop a model for thermal inactivation of Salmonella to elimination in ground chicken at temperatures above those of existing models...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220078/inhibition-of-vegfr2-activation-and-its-downstream-signaling-to-erk1-2-and-calcium-by-thrombospondin-1-tsp1-in-silico-investigation
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Hojjat Bazzazi, Jeffery S Isenberg, Aleksander S Popel
VEGF signaling through VEGFR2 is a central regulator of the angiogenic response. Inhibition of VEGF signaling by the stress-induced matricellular protein TSP1 plays a role in modulating the angiogenic response to VEGF in both health and disease. TSP1 binding to CD47 inhibits VEGFR2 activation. The full implications of this inhibitory interaction are unknown. We developed a detailed rule-based computational model to inquire if TSP1-CD47 signaling through VEGF had downstream effects upon ERK1/2 and calcium. Our Simulations suggest that enhanced degradation of VEGFR2 initiated by the binding of TSP1 to CD47 is sufficient to explain the inhibition of VEGFR2 phosphorylation, calcium elevation, and ERK1/2 activation downstream of VEGF...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219461/evaluating-the-impact-of-pharmacies-on-pandemic-influenza-vaccine-administration
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Joy Schwerzmann, Samuel B Graitcer, Barbara Jester, David Krahl, Daniel Jernigan, Carolyn B Bridges, Joseph Miller
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to quantify the potential retail pharmacy vaccine administration capacity and its possible impact on pandemic influenza vaccine uptake. METHODS: We developed a discrete event simulation model by use of ExtendSim software (Imagine That Inc, San Jose, CA) to forecast the potential effect of retail pharmacy vaccine administration on total weekly vaccine administration and the time needed to reach 80% vaccination coverage with a single dose of vaccine per person...
February 21, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215111/nursing-students-reflections-after-meetings-with-patients-and-their-relatives-enacted-by-professional-actors-being-touched-and-feeling-empathy
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Anja Söderberg, Johanna Karlsson Sundbaum, Åsa Engström
When professional actors have been used in mental health simulations with nursing students, the experience has been regarded as a meaningful contribution to their education and described as a safe way of experiencing challenging situations that can occur in clinical settings. The aim was to study nursing students' reflections after meetings with nursing patients and their relatives, as enacted by professional actors, in psychiatric/elderly care. The design was a qualitative descriptive research approach. Gibbs's ( 1988 ) reflective cycle was the basis for the questions that were asked...
February 2017: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
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