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Riccardo Toninato, Silvia Scuri, Vincenzo Tarzia, Gino Gerosa, Francesca M Susin
PURPOSE: The gold standard therapy for patients with advanced heart failure is heart transplant. The gap between donors and patients in waiting lists promoted the development of circulatory support devices, such as the total artificial heart (TAH). Focusing on in vitro tests performed with CardioWest™ TAH (CW) driven by the SynCardia Freedom® portable driver (FD) the present study goals are: i) prove the reliability of a hydraulic circuit used as patient simulator to replicate a quasi-physiological scenario for various hydrodynamic conditions, ii) investigate the hydrodynamic performance of the CW FD, iii) help clinicians in possible interpretation of clinical cases outcomes...
October 15, 2016: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Antonietta Stango, Kamya Yekeh Yazdandoost, Francesco Negro, Dario Farina
Wireless implanted devices can be used to interface patients with disabilities with the aim of restoring impaired motor functions. Implanted devices that record and transmit electromyographic (EMG) signals have been applied for the control of active prostheses. This simulation study investigates the propagation losses and the absorption rate of a wireless radio frequency link for in-to-on body communication in the medical implant communication service (MICS) frequency band to control myoelectric upper limb prostheses...
2016: PloS One
V R Knight-Schrijver, V Chelliah, L Cucurull-Sanchez, N Le Novère
Recent growth in annual new therapeutic entity (NTE) approvals by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests a positive trend in current research and development (R&D) output. Prior to this, the cost of each NTE was considered to be rising exponentially, with compound failure occurring mainly in clinical phases. Quantitative systems pharmacology (QSP) modelling, as an additional tool in the drug discovery arsenal, aims to further reduce NTE costs and improve drug development success. Through in silico mathematical modelling, QSP can simulate drug activity as perturbations in biological systems and thus understand the fundamental interactions which drive disease pathology, compound pharmacology and patient response...
2016: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
Wolfgang G Kunz, M G Myriam Hunink, Wieland H Sommer, Sebastian E Beyer, Felix G Meinel, Franziska Dorn, Stefan Wirth, Maximilian F Reiser, Birgit Ertl-Wagner, Kolja M Thierfelder
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Endovascular therapy in addition to standard care (EVT+SC) has been demonstrated to be more effective than SC in acute ischemic large vessel occlusion stroke. Our aim was to determine the cost-effectiveness of EVT+SC depending on patients' initial National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score, time from symptom onset, Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (ASPECTS), and occlusion location. METHODS: A decision model based on Markov simulations estimated lifetime costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) associated with both strategies applied in a US setting...
October 6, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Christopher M Runyan, Vishal Sharma, David A Staffenberg, Jamie P Levine, Lawrence E Brecht, Leonard H Wexler, David L Hirsch
BACKGROUND: Reconstruction of maxillary defects following tumor extirpation is challenging because of combined aesthetic and functional roles of the maxilla. One-stage reconstruction combining osseous free flaps with immediate osseointegrated implants are becoming the standard for mandibular defects, and have similar potential for maxillary reconstruction. METHODS: A woman with maxillary Ewing sarcoma successfully treated at age 9 with neoadjuvant chemotherapy, right hemimaxillectomy, and obturator prosthetic reconstruction presented for definitive reconstruction, complaining of poor obturator fit, and hypernasality...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Xue Rui, Yannan Jin, Paul F FitzGerald, Mingye Wu, Adam M Alessio, Paul E Kinahan, Bruno De Man
Computed tomography (CT) has been used for a variety of applications, two of which include diagnostic imaging and attenuation correction for PET or SPECT imaging. Ideally, the x-ray tube spectrum should be optimized for the specific application to minimize the patient radiation dose while still providing the necessary information. In this study, we proposed a projection-based analytic approach for the analysis of contrast, noise, and bias. Dose normalized contrast to noise ratio (CNRD), inverse noise normalized by dose (IND) and bias are used as evaluation metrics to determine the optimal x-ray spectrum...
November 7, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Fanny Orlhac, Christophe Nioche, Michael Soussan, Irene Buvat
INTRODUCTION: The use of texture indices (TI) to characterize tumor heterogeneity from Positron Emission Tomography (PET) images is increasingly investigated in retrospective studies. Yet, the interpretation of PET-derived TI values has not been thoroughly reported. Furthermore, the calculation of TI lacks a standardized methodology, making it difficult to compare published results. To allow for TI value interpretation, we investigated the changes in value of six TI computed from simulated and real patient data...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Kusum Mehla, Jayashree Ramana
Travelers' diarrhea (TD) is one of the most important global health issues among international travelers, especially those traveling to developing countries. Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is the most frequently isolated pathogen causing TD. Although TD is self-limiting, it is also severely incapacitating. Ciprofloxacin is one of the standard quinolone antibiotics used in patients with TD. However, the alarming levels of antibiotic resistance have necessitated the urgent need to identify new drugs...
October 18, 2016: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
Iris K Minichmayr, André Schaeftlein, Joseph L Kuti, Markus Zeitlinger, Charlotte Kloft
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess linezolid pharmacokinetics in the plasma and interstitial space fluid (ISF) of patients with sepsis, diabetic foot infections or cystic fibrosis and healthy volunteers. The impacts of joint characteristics and disease on plasma and target-site exposure were to be identified together with the benefit of dose intensification in critically ill patients. METHODS: Rich plasma (n = 1598) and ISF concentrations in subcutaneous adipose (n = 1430) and muscle tissue (n = 1089) measured by microdialysis were pooled from three clinical trials with 51 individuals receiving 600 mg of intravenous and oral linezolid...
October 17, 2016: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
Katelyn A Grayson-Sneed, Sandi W Smith, Robert C Smith
OBJECTIVE: To develop a more reliable coding method of medical interviewing focused on data-gathering and emotion-handling. METHODS: Two trained (30h) undergraduates rated videotaped interviews from 127 resident-simulated patient (SP) interactions. Trained on 45 videotapes, raters coded 25 of 127 study set tapes for patient-centeredness. Guetzkow's U, Cohen's Kappa, and percent of agreement were used to measure raters' reliability in unitizing and coding residents' skills for eliciting: agenda (3 yes/no items), physical story (2), personal story (6), emotional story (15), using indirect skills (4), and general patient-centeredness (3)...
October 11, 2016: Patient Education and Counseling
Jorge Aramburu, Raúl Antón, Alejandro Rivas, Juan Carlos Ramos, Bruno Sangro, José Ignacio Bilbao
Radioembolization, which consist of the implantation of radioactive microspheres via intra-arterially placed microcatheter, is a safe and effective treatment for liver cancer. Nevertheless, radioembolization-related complications and side effects may arise, which are an active area of ongoing research. The catheter design has been claimed as an option in reducing these complications. In this paper, the influence of catheter type and location are investigated. The study was undertaken by numerically simulating the particle-hemodynamics in a patient-specific hepatic artery during liver radioembolization...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
Lindsay Johnston, Gary Oldenburg
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a highly technical and complex method of life support. Patient and circuit emergencies on ECMO are rare, but in these cases, prompt and correct actions to address the crisis are needed to prevent morbidity and mortality. ECMO simulation programs have gained popularity in recent years, as they provide a standardized educational experience for all members of the inter-professional care team. In addition to providing a context in which to solidify knowledge of ECMO support, participants are also able to focus on vital technical and behavioral skills that are not highlighted in other training methodologies...
October 13, 2016: Seminars in Perinatology
Vikneswary Batumalai, Penny Phan, Callie Choong, Lois Holloway, Geoff P Delaney
INTRODUCTION: To compare the differences in setup errors measured with electronic portal image (EPI) and cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) in patients undergoing tangential breast radiotherapy (RT). Relationship between setup errors, body mass index (BMI) and breast size was assessed. METHODS: Twenty-five patients undergoing postoperative RT to the breast were consented for this study. Weekly CBCT scans were acquired and retrospectively registered to the planning CT in three dimensions, first using bony anatomy for bony registration (CBCT-B) and again using breast tissue outline for soft tissue registration (CBCT-S)...
May 31, 2016: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Samuel Smith
Shoulder dystocia is an obstetrical emergency that may result in significant neonatal complications. It requires rapid recognition and a coordinated response. Standardization of care, teamwork and communication, and clinical simulation are the key components of patient safety programs in obstetrics. Simulation-based team training and institutional protocols for the management of shoulder dystocia are emerging as integral components of many labor and delivery safety initiatives because of their impact on technical skills and team performance...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Vicent Giménez-Alventosa, Javier Vijande, Facundo Ballester, Jose Perez-Calatayud
The goal of this study is to evaluate the ambient dose due to the transit of high dose rate (HDR) (60)Co sources along a transfer tube as compared to (192)Ir ones in a realistic clinical scenario. This goal is accomplished by evaluating air-kerma differences with Monte Carlo calculations using PENELOPE2011. Scatter from both the afterloader and the patient was not taken into account. Two sources, mHDR-v2 and Flexisource Co-60, (Elekta Brachytherapy, Veenendaal, the Netherlands) have been considered. These sources were simulated within a standard transfer tube located in an infinite air phantom...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
Tiziana Frusca, Maria-Teresa Gervasi, Davide Paolini, Matteo Dionisi, Francesca Ferre, Irene Cetin
INTRODUCTION: Preeclampsia (PE) is a pregnancy disease which represents a leading cause of maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity. Accurate prediction of PE risk could provide an increase in health benefits and better patient management. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the economic impact of introducing Elecsys sFlt-1/PlGF ratio test, in addition to standard practice, for the prediction of PE in women with suspected preeclampsia in the Italian NHS. METHODS: A decision tree model has been developed to simulate the progression of a cohort of pregnant women from the first presentation of clinical suspicion of PE in the 2nd and 3rd trimester until delivery...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Anuraag R Kansal, Stanimira Krotneva, Ali Tafazzoli, Harshali K Patel, Jeffrey S Borer, Michael Böhm, Michel Komajda, Juan Maya, Luigi Tavazzi, Ian Ford, Adrian Kielhorn
OBJECTIVE: The introduction of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) has led to renewed interest in developing strategies to reduce 30-day readmissions among patients with heart failure (HF). In this study, a model was developed to investigate whether the addition of ivabradine to a standard-of-care (SoC) treatment regimen for patients with HF would reduce HRRP penalties incurred by a hypothetical hospital with excess 30-day readmissions. RESEARCH DESIGN: A model using a Monte Carlo simulation framework was developed...
October 13, 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Aidan G O'Keeffe, Daniel M Farewell, Brian D M Tom, Vernon T Farewell
In longitudinal randomised trials and observational studies within a medical context, a composite outcome-which is a function of several individual patient-specific outcomes-may be felt to best represent the outcome of interest. As in other contexts, missing data on patient outcome, due to patient drop-out or for other reasons, may pose a problem. Multiple imputation is a widely used method for handling missing data, but its use for composite outcomes has been seldom discussed. Whilst standard multiple imputation methodology can be used directly for the composite outcome, the distribution of a composite outcome may be of a complicated form and perhaps not amenable to statistical modelling...
2016: Statistics in Biosciences
Tsair-Wei Chien, Weir-Sen Lin
BACKGROUND: Computer adaptive testing (CAT) of the activities of daily living (ADL) functions is required (i) to reveal the advantages of using an efficient and accurate estimation method, (ii) to determine the cutpoint for classifying ADL strata in patients with stroke, and (iii) to evaluate the feasibility of online CAT used in clinical settings for smartphones. METHODS: Normally standardized distributions of ADL measurements were simulated using item parameters from published papers...
October 10, 2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Catarina Guise, Margarida M Fernandes, Sudhir Pathak, Walter Schneider, Raul Fangueiro
Current brain imaging methods largely fail to provide detailed information about the location and severity of axonal injuries, and do not anticipate recovery of the patients with traumatic brain injury. High-Definition Fiber Tractography appears as a novel imaging modality based on water motion in the brain that allows for direct visualization and quantification of the degree of axons damage, thus predicting the functional deficits due to traumatic axonal injury and loss of cortical projections. This neuroimaging modality still faces major challenges because it lacks a "gold standard" for the technique validation and respective quality control...
October 10, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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