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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325025/comparison-between-users-of-a-new-methodology-for-heart-sound-auscultation
#1
Ana Castro, Pedro Gomes, Sandra S Mattos, Miguel T Coimbra
Auscultation is a routine exam and the first line of screening in heart pathologies. The objective of this study was to assess if using a new data collection system, the DigiScope Collector, with a guided and automatic annotation of heart auscultation, different levels of expertise/experience users could collect similar digital auscultations. Data were collected within the Heart Caravan Initiative (Paraíba, Brasil). Patients were divided into two study groups: Group 1 evaluated by a third year medical student (User 1), and an experienced nurse (User 2); Group 2 evaluated by User 2 and an Information Technology professional (User 3)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325023/an-affordable-cuff-less-blood-pressure-estimation-solution
#2
Monika Jain, Niranjan Kumar, Sujay Deb
This paper presents a cuff-less hypertension pre-screening device that non-invasively monitors the Blood Pressure (BP) and Heart Rate (HR) continuously. The proposed device simultaneously records two clinically significant and highly correlated biomedical signals, viz., Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Photoplethysmogram (PPG). The device provides a common data acquisition platform that can interface with PC/laptop, Smart phone/tablet and Raspberry-pi etc. The hardware stores and processes the recorded ECG and PPG in order to extract the real-time BP and HR using kernel regression approach...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325017/diffuse-reflectance-spectroscopy-can-differentiate-high-grade-and-low-grade-prostatic-carcinoma
#3
Priya N Werahera, Edward A Jasion, E David Crawford, M Scott Lucia, Adrie van Bokhoven, Holly T Sullivan, Fernando J Kim, Paul D Maroni, J David Port, John W Daily, Francisco G La Rosa
Prostate tumors are graded by the revised Gleason Score (GS) which is the sum of the two predominant Gleason grades present ranging from 6-10. GS 6 cancer exclusively with Gleason grade 3 is designated as low grade (LG) and correlates with better clinical prognosis for patients. GS >7 cancer with at least one of the Gleason grades 4 and 5 is designated as HG indicate worse prognosis for patients. Current transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsies often fail to correctly diagnose HG prostate cancer due to sampling errors...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325013/mirror-therapy-combined-with-functional-electrical-stimulation-for-rehabilitation-of-stroke-survivors-ankle-dorsiflexion
#4
Ghadir Salhab, Ahmad Rifaii Sarraj, Soha Saleh
This study investigates the effect of combining both mirror therapy with Electrical Stimulation (ES) on improvement of the function of lower extremity compared to conventional therapy. 18 stroke survivors (sub acute stage) were recruited, 9 of them were randomly assigned to receive conventional treatment and another 9 started the mirror therapy combined with ES treatment. Duration of each session in both interventions was 50 minutes, done 4 times per week over two weeks. After 2 weeks, subjects took one week rest before switching they type of treatment; those started with conventional therapy continued with mirror therapy combined with ES, and vice versa...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325008/feasibility-of-an-ultra-low-power-digital-signal-processor-platform-as-a-basis-for-a-fully-implantable-brain-computer-interface-system
#5
Po T Wang, Keulanna Gandasetiawan, Colin M McCrimmon, Alireza Karimi-Bidhendi, Charles Y Liu, Payam Heydari, Zoran Nenadic, An H Do
A fully implantable brain-computer interface (BCI) can be a practical tool to restore independence to those affected by spinal cord injury. We envision that such a BCI system will invasively acquire brain signals (e.g. electrocorticogram) and translate them into control commands for external prostheses. The feasibility of such a system was tested by implementing its benchtop analogue, centered around a commercial, ultra-low power (ULP) digital signal processor (DSP, TMS320C5517, Texas Instruments). A suite of signal processing and BCI algorithms, including (de)multiplexing, Fast Fourier Transform, power spectral density, principal component analysis, linear discriminant analysis, Bayes rule, and finite state machine was implemented and tested in the DSP...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324977/a-novel-method-to-assess-angle-sensor-performance-for-wearable-exoskeletal-joint-kinematics
#6
Nicholas B Bolus, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan
Full range of motion (ROM) at a joint is necessary for efficient and adaptive movement; as such, it is an essential clinical evaluation measure for assessing an individual's motor function, which can be affected by any number of musculoskeletal injuries and neuropathies. Measurement of joint ROM in the clinic has classically been accomplished statically through the use of a manual goniometer. More recent efforts in the fields of prosthetics and orthotics have demonstrated the potential utility of wearable systems (e...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324971/a-small-portable-battery-powered-brain-computer-interface-system-for-motor-rehabilitation
#7
Colin M McCrimmon, Ming Wang, Lucas Silva Lopes, Po T Wang, Alireza Karimi-Bidhendi, Charles Y Liu, Payam Heydari, Zoran Nenadic, An H Do
Motor rehabilitation using brain-computer interface (BCI) systems may facilitate functional recovery in individuals after stroke or spinal cord injury. Nevertheless, these systems are typically ill-suited for widespread adoption due to their size, cost, and complexity. In this paper, a small, portable, and extremely cost-efficient (<;$200) BCI system has been developed using a custom electroencephalographic (EEG) amplifier array, and a commercial microcontroller and touchscreen. The system's performance was tested using a movement-related BCI task in 3 able-bodied subjects with minimal previous BCI experience...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324816/sex-differences-and-hormonal-modulation-of-ethanol-enhanced-risk-taking-in-rats
#8
Kathryn G Wallin-Miller, Jordyn Chesley, Juliana Castrillon, Ruth I Wood
BACKGROUND: Ethanol (EtOH) intake correlates with increased risk-taking, and sex differences exist in both EtOH use and risk-taking in humans and rats. However, the interaction of sex and gonadal hormones to affect risk-taking under the influence of EtOH has not been determined. This was the focus of the current study. METHODS: Adult Long-Evans rats (n=18 males and females) were gonadectomized and received hormone replacement at physiologic levels or blank implants (n=7-9/group)...
March 7, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324789/evaluation-of-the-abbott-realtime-hcv-genotype-ii-plus-ruo-plus-assay-with-reference-to-core-and-ns5b-sequencing
#9
Melanie A Mallory, Danijela Lucic, Mark T W Ebbert, Gavin A Cloherty, Dan Toolsie, David R Hillyard
BACKGROUND: HCV genotyping remains a critical tool for guiding initiation of therapy and selecting the most appropriate treatment regimen. Current commercial genotyping assays may have difficulty identifying 1a, 1b and genotype 6. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the concordance for identifying 1a, 1b, and genotype 6 between two methods: the PLUS assay and core/NS5B sequencing. STUDY DESIGN: This study included 236 plasma and serum samples previously genotyped by core/NS5B sequencing...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324661/improved-risk-stratification-in-pediatric-septic-shock-using-both-protein-and-mrna-biomarkers-persevere-xp
#10
Hector R Wong, Natalie Z Cvijanovich, Nick Anas, Geoffrey L Allen, Neal J Thomas, Michael T Bigham, Scott L Weiss, Julie C Fitzgerald, Paul A Checchia, Keith Meyer, Michael Quasney, Mark Hall, Rainer Gedeit, Robert J Freishtat, Jeffrey Nowak, Shekhar S Raj, Shira Gertz, Jocelyn R Grunwell, Christopher J Lindsell
RATIONALE: We previously derived and validated the Pediatric Sepsis Biomarker Risk Model (PERSEVERE) to estimate baseline mortality risk in children with septic shock. The PERSEVERE biomarkers are serum proteins, selected from among the proteins directly related to 80 mortality risk assessment genes. The initial approach to selecting the PERSEVERE biomarkers left 68 genes unconsidered. OBJECTIVE: Determine if the 68 previously unconsidered genes can improve upon the performance of PERSEVERE and provide biological information regarding the pathophysiology of septic shock...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324649/sulfonamides-as-selective-nav1-7-inhibitors-optimizing-potency-pharmacokinetics-and-metabolic-properties-to-obtain-atropisomeric-quinolinone-am-0466-that-affords-robust-in-vivo-activity
#11
Russell F Graceffa, Alessandro A Boezio, Jessica Able, Steven Altmann, Loren M Berry, Christiane M Boezio, John R Butler, Margaret Y Chu-Moyer, Melanie Cooke, Erin F DiMauro, Thomas A Dineen, Elma Feric Bojic, Robert S Foti, Robert T Fremeau, Angel Guzman-Perez, Hua Gao, Hakan Gunaydin, Hongbing Huang, Liyue Huang, Christopher Ilch, Michael Jarosh, Thomas Kornecook, Charles R Kreiman, Daniel S La, Joseph Ligutti, Benjamin Charles Milgram, Min-Hwa Jasmine Lin, Isaac E Marx, Hanh Nho Nguyen, Emily A Peterson, Gwen Rescourio, John Roberts, Laurie B Schenkel, Roman Shimanovich, Brian Andrew Sparling, John Stellwagen, Kristin Taborn, Karina R Vaida, Jean Wang, John T S Yeoman, Violeta L Yu, Dawn Zhu, Bryan D Moyer, Matthew M Weiss
Due to its strong genetic validation, NaV1.7 has attracted significant interest as a target for the treatment of pain. We have previously reported on a number of structurally distinct bicyclic heteroarylsulfonamides as NaV1.7 inhibitors that demonstrate high levels of selectivity over other NaV isoforms. Herein, we report the discovery and optimization of a novel series of atropisomeric quinolinone sulfonamide inhibitors of NaV1.7, which demonstrate nanomolar inhibition of NaV1.7 and exhibit high levels of selectivity over other sodium channel isoforms...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324321/structured-data-entry-in-the-electronic-medical-record-perspectives-of-pediatric-specialty-physicians-and-surgeons
#12
Ruth A Bush, Cynthia Kuelbs, Julie Ryu, Wen Jiang, George Chiang
The Epic electronic health record (EHR) platform supports structured data entry systems (SDES), which allow developers, with input from users, to create highly customized patient-record templates in order to maximize data completeness and to standardize structure. There are many potential advantages of using discrete data fields in the EHR to capture data for secondary analysis and epidemiological research, but direct data acquisition from clinicians remains one of the largest obstacles to leveraging the EHR for secondary use...
May 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324192/the-presence-of-human-papillomavirus-hpv-in-placenta-and-or-cord-blood-might-result-in-th2-polarization
#13
H-M Koskimaa, A Paaso, M J P Welters, S Grénman, K Syrjänen, S H van der Burg, S Syrjänen
The purpose of this study was to evaluate if an early exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV) during the prenatal period or infancy could result in HPV16-specific T helper (Th) responses resembling those of adults with HPV-induced lesions. We tested HPV16-specific cell-mediated immunity (CMI) in children born with HPV-positive umbilical cord blood and/or placenta or having persistent oral HPV infection and in constantly oral HPV-negative controls. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells from 33 children from the Finnish HPV Family Study cohort (mean age 14...
March 21, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324159/hibernation-based-blood-loss-therapy-increases-survivability-of-lethal-hemorrhagic-shock-in-rats
#14
Cecilia E Perez de Lara Rodriguez, Lester R Drewes, Matthew T Andrews
A small-volume (1 ml/kg) resuscitation fluid based on metabolic adaptations in hibernating mammals was optimized using a rat model of hemorrhagic shock. A previous study of this therapy tested only one concentration of three specific components: 4 M D-stereoisomer of beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), 43 mM melatonin, and 20% DMSO. In this study, we considered the range of concentrations of BHB and melatonin seen during the physiological extremes of rapid arousal from hypothermic torpor in natural hibernators and applied these to the non-hibernating Sprague-Dawley rat model...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324151/higher-hamstring-to-quadriceps-isokinetic-strength-ratio-during-the-first-post-operative-months-in-patients-with-quadriceps-tendon-compared-to-hamstring-tendon-graft-following-acl-reconstruction
#15
Felix Fischer, Christian Fink, Elmar Herbst, Christian Hoser, Caroline Hepperger, Cornelia Blank, Peter Gföller
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare isokinetic quadriceps and hamstring muscle strength in patients following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction who received either hamstring (HT) or quadriceps (QT) tendon autografts at two time intervals within the first year after surgery. METHODS: One hundred twenty-four patients, 81 males (age 22.0 ± 6.2 years) and 43 females (age 20.9 ± 8.7 years), participated in this study. ACL reconstruction was performed with either quadriceps tendon autografts (QT; n = 61) or hamstring tendon autografts (HT; n = 63)...
March 21, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324122/mr-imaging-differentiation-of-fe-2-and-fe-3-based-on-relaxation-and-magnetic-susceptibility-properties
#16
Olaf Dietrich, Johannes Levin, Seyed-Ahmad Ahmadi, Annika Plate, Maximilian F Reiser, Kai Bötzel, Armin Giese, Birgit Ertl-Wagner
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the MR imaging behavior of ferrous (Fe(2+)) and ferric (Fe(3+)) iron ions in order to develop a noninvasive technique to quantitatively differentiate between both forms of iron. METHODS: MRI was performed at 3 T in a phantom consisting of 21 samples with different concentrations of ferrous and ferric chloride solutions (between 0 and 10 mmol/L). A multi-echo spoiled gradient-echo pulse sequence with eight echoes was used for both T 2* and quantitative susceptibility measurements...
March 21, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324119/the-impact-of-cognitive-training-in-substance-use-disorder-the-effect-of-working-memory-training-on-impulse-control-in-methamphetamine-users
#17
Samantha J Brooks, L Wiemerslage, K H Burch, S A Maiorana, E Cocolas, H B Schiöth, K Kamaloodien, D J Stein
OBJECTIVES: Impulsivity is a vulnerability trait for poor self-regulation in substance use disorder (SUD). Working memory (WM) training improves impulsivity and self-regulation in psychiatric disorders. Here we test WM training in methamphetamine use disorder (MUD). METHODS: There are 15 MUD patients receiving inpatient treatment as usual (TAU) and 20 who additionally completed WM cognitive training (CT) and 25 healthy controls (HC). MANCOVA repeated measures analyses examined changes in impulsivity and self-regulation at baseline and after 4 weeks...
March 21, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324066/hippocampal-aromatization-modulates-spatial-memory-and-characteristics-of-the-synaptic-membrane-in-the-male-zebra-finch
#18
David J Bailey, Yekaterina V Makeyeva, Elizabeth R Paitel, Alyssa L Pedersen, Angel T Hon, Jordan A Gunderson, Colin J Saldanha
The estrogen-synthesizing enzyme aromatase is abundant at the synapse in the zebra finch hippocampus (HP) and its inhibition impairs spatial memory function. To more fully test the role of local estradiol (E2) synthesis in memory, the HP of adult male zebra finches was exposed to either control pellets or those containing the aromatase inhibitor ATD, ATD and E2, ATD and the G protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) agonist G1, or the antagonist G15 alone. Birds were tested for spatial memory acquisition and performance, and HP levels of the postsynaptic protein PSD95 were measured...
January 27, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323961/normalized-early-post-operative-cortisol-and-acth-values-predict-nonremission-after-surgery-for-cushing-s-disease
#19
David Asuzu, Grégoire P Chatain, Christina Hayes, Sarah Benzo, Raven McGlotten, Meg Keil, Andrea Beri, Susmeeta T Sharma, Lynnette Nieman, Maya Lodish, Constantine Stratakis, Russell R Lonser, Edward H Oldfield, Prashant Chittiboina
Context: Perioperative increases in adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and cortisol mimic corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) stimulation testing. This phenomenon may help identify patients with residual adenoma after transsphenoidal surgery (TSS) for Cushing's disease (CD). Objective: To predict non-remission after TSS for CD. Design: Retrospective case control study of patients treated at a single center from December 2003 till July 2016...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323897/hcv-coinfection-contributes-to-hiv-pathogenesis-by-increasing-immune-exhaustion-in-cd8-t-cells
#20
Norma Rallón, Marcial García, Javier García-Samaniego, Noelia Rodríguez, Alfonso Cabello, Clara Restrepo, Beatriz Álvarez, Rosa García, Miguel Górgolas, José M Benito
BACKGROUND: There are several contributors to HIV-pathogenesis or insufficient control of the infection. However, whether HIV/HCV-coinfected population exhibits worst evolution of HIV-pathogenesis remains unclear. Recently, some markers of immune exhaustion have been proposed as preferentially upregulated on T-cells during HIV-infection. Herein, we have analyzed T-cell exhaustion together with several other contributors to HIV-pathogenesis that could be affected by HCV-coinfection. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Ninety-six patients with chronic HIV-infection (60 HIV-monoinfected and 36 HIV/HCV-coinfected), and 20 healthy controls were included in the study...
2017: PloS One
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