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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430027/a-comparison-of-the-performance-of-2-5-to-3-5-year-old-children-without-disabilities-using-animated-and-cursor-based-scanning-in-a-contextual-scene
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John W McCarthy, Jamie B Boster
Although recent evidence suggests learning demands for children can be reduced by organizing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) displays in contextual scenes, there is little evidence on how such scenes could be made accessible for children who cannot use direct selection. Using a line drawn scene of a living room, a traditional traveling cursor (a green outline of objects within the scene) was compared with sequential animation-logically matching the function of items in the scene (e.g., hands of a clock moving, a lamp turning on and off, etc...
April 21, 2017: Assistive Technology: the Official Journal of RESNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424230/a-quiet-revolution-in-organ-transplant-ethics
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Arthur Caplan, Duncan Purves
A quiet revolution is occurring in the field of transplantation. Traditionally, transplants have involved solid organs such as the kidney, heart and liver which are transplanted to prevent recipients from dying. Now transplants are being done of the face, hand, uterus, penis and larynx that aim at improving a recipient's quality of life. The shift away from saving lives to seeking to make them better requires a shift in the ethical thinking that has long formed the foundation of organ transplantation. The addition of new forms of transplants requires doctors, patients, regulators and the public to rethink the risk and benefit ratio represented by trade-offs between saving life, extending life and risking the loss of life to achieve improvements in the quality of life...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421296/metabolite-signatures-of-doxorubicin-induced-toxicity-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Umesh Chaudhari, James K Ellis, Vilas Wagh, Harshal Nemade, Jürgen Hescheler, Hector C Keun, Agapios Sachinidis
Drug-induced off-target cardiotoxicity, particularly following anti-cancer therapy, is a major concern in new drug discovery and development. To ensure patient safety and efficient pharmaceutical drug development, there is an urgent need to develop more predictive cell model systems and distinct toxicity signatures. In this study, we applied our previously proposed repeated exposure toxicity methodology and performed (1)H NMR spectroscopy-based extracellular metabolic profiling in culture medium of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) exposed to doxorubicin (DOX), an anti-cancer agent...
April 18, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416733/factors-associated-with-multi-disciplinary-case-conference-outcomes-in-children-admitted-to-a-regional-hospital-in-hong-kong-with-suspected-child-abuse-a-retrospective-case-series-with-internal-comparison
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W C Lo, G Pg Fung, P Ch Cheung
INTRODUCTION: In all cases of suspected child abuse, accurate risk assessment is vital to guide further management. This study examined the relationship between risk factors in a risk assessment matrix and child abuse case conference outcomes. METHODS: Records of all children hospitalised at United Christian Hospital in Hong Kong for suspected child abuse from January 2012 to December 2014 were reviewed. Outcomes of the hospital abuse work-up as concluded in the Multi-Disciplinary Case Conference were categorised as 'established', 'high risk', or 'not established'...
April 18, 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415268/delayed-collapses-of-bose-einstein-condensates-in-relation-to-anti-de-sitter-gravity
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Anxo F Biasi, Javier Mas, Angel Paredes
We numerically investigate spherically symmetric collapses in the Gross-Pitaevskii equation with attractive nonlinearity in a harmonic potential. Even below threshold for direct collapse, the wave function bounces off from the origin and may eventually become singular after a number of oscillations in the trapping potential. This is reminiscent of the evolution of Einstein gravity sourced by a scalar field in anti de Sitter space where collapse corresponds to black-hole formation. We carefully examine the long time evolution of the wave function for continuous families of initial states in order to sharpen out this qualitative coincidence which may bring new insights in both directions...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412150/epidemiological-features-of-and-changes-in-incidence-of-infectious-diseases-in-china-in-the-first-decade-after-the-sars-outbreak-an-observational-trend-study
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Shigui Yang, Jie Wu, Cheng Ding, Yuanxia Cui, Yuqing Zhou, Yiping Li, Min Deng, Chencheng Wang, Kaijin Xu, Jingjing Ren, Bing Ruan, Lanjuan Li
BACKGROUND: The model of infectious disease prevention and control changed significantly in China after the outbreak in 2003 of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), but trends and epidemiological features of infectious diseases are rarely studied. In this study, we aimed to assess specific incidence and mortality trends of 45 notifiable infectious diseases from 2004 to 2013 in China and to investigate the overall effectiveness of current prevention and control strategies. METHODS: Incidence and mortality data for 45 notifiable infectious diseases were extracted from a WChinese public health science data centre from 2004 to 2013, which covers 31 provinces in mainland China...
April 12, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409519/off-line-analysis-of-electro-anatomical-mapping-in-ventricular-arrhythmias
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Daniele Muser, Jackson J Liang, Pasquale Santangeli
Sudden cardiac death due to ventricular tachycardia (VT) is a major health issue in patients with structural heart disease and depressed ejection fraction. If from one side, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy has significantly improved survival of these patients, on the other hand, it has led to frequent ICD shocks as an emerging problem, being associated with poor quality of life, frequent hospitalizations and increased mortality. Scar-related reentry due to the coexistence of surviving myocardial fibers within fibrotic tissue is the most common mechanism subtending VT both in ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathies...
April 12, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396634/morphological-properties-of-mass-spring-networks-for-optimal-locomotion-learning
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Gabriel Urbain, Jonas Degrave, Benonie Carette, Joni Dambre, Francis Wyffels
Robots have proven very useful in automating industrial processes. Their rigid components and powerful actuators, however, render them unsafe or unfit to work in normal human environments such as schools or hospitals. Robots made of compliant, softer materials may offer a valid alternative. Yet, the dynamics of these compliant robots are much more complicated compared to normal rigid robots of which all components can be accurately controlled. It is often claimed that, by using the concept of morphological computation, the dynamical complexity can become a strength...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392324/the-reliability-and-validity-of-the-timed-up-and-go-motor-test-for-people-with-chronic-stroke
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Peggy P K Chan, Joyce I F Si Tou, Mimi M Y Tse, Shamay S M Ng
OBJECTIVES: To examine: (1) the intra-rater, inter-rater and test-retest reliabilities of the timed up and go (motor) test (TUGmotor) in terms of the number of steps taken and completion time with a chronic stroke population; (2) the relationship between stroke-specific impairments and the number of steps taken in the test and the completion time; (3) the minimal detectable change in TUGmotor times; and (4) the cut-off time which best discriminates the performance of people with stroke from that of healthy older adults...
April 6, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392154/sunitinib-4-2-versus-2-1-schedule-for-patients-with-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-tertiary-care-hospital-experience
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Mai Ezz El Din
BACKGROUND: Sunitinib first-line treatment is one of the standards of care in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). However, the adverse events associated with its use can hinder adequate dosing and hence have detrimental effects on treatment outcome. Alternative schedules, such as 2-weeks-on treatment and 1-week-off treatment (2/1 schedule), might solve this dilemma. Therefore, an analysis was performed to compare both schedules in terms of toxicity and efficacy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data regarding first-line sunitinib treatment of mRCC patients using the 4/2 and 2/1 schedules were collected...
January 4, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391197/virtual-character-animation-based-on-affordable-motion-capture-and-reconfigurable-tangible-interfaces
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Fabrizio Lamberti, Gianluca Paravati, Valentina Gatteschi, Alberto Cannavo, Paolo Montuschi
Software for computer animation is generally characterized by a steep learning curve, due to the entanglement of both sophisticated techniques and interaction methods required to control 3D geometries. This paper proposes a tool designed to support computer animation production processes by leveraging the affordances offered by articulated tangible user interfaces and motion capture retargeting solutions. To this aim, orientations of an instrumented prop are recorded together with animator's motion in the 3D space and used to quickly pose characters in the virtual environment...
April 3, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389132/the-reliability-and-measurement-error-of-protractor-based-goniometry-of-the-fingers-a-systematic-review
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Yara E van Kooij, Alexandra Fink, Maria W Nijhuis-van der Sanden, Caroline M Speksnijder
STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The purpose was to review the available literature for evidence on the reliability and measurement error of protractor-based goniometry assessment of the finger joints. METHODS: Databases were searched for articles with key words "hand," "goniometry," "reliability," and derivatives of these terms. Assessment of the methodological quality was carried out using the Consensus-Based Standards for the Selection of Health Measurement Instruments checklist...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388956/diagnostic-value-of-a-3-day-course-of-prednisolone-in-patients-with-possible-rheumatoid-arthritis-the-trycort-study
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Uta Kiltz, Christine von Zabern, Xenofon Baraliakos, Frank Heldmann, Bernd Mintrop, Michael Sarholz, Dietmar Krause, Friedrich Dybowski, Ludwig Kalthoff, Jürgen Braun
BACKGROUND: In patients with tender and swollen finger joints, the differential diagnosis between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) of the hands can be initially difficult. This prospective study (the TryCort study) was performed to study the diagnostic value of prednisolone in differentiating between RA and hand OA. We present the results of this potentially diagnostic test in patients with possible RA in daily clinical practice by demonstrating the results of a pilot and a validation part of this 'prednisolone test' (pred-test)...
April 7, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384926/trus-biopsy-yield-in-indian-population-a-retrospective-analysis
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Sunil Raghunath Patil, Prakash Wamanrao Pawar, Ajit Somaji Sawant, Akshay Vijay Patil, Sayalee Suryabhan Narwade, Shankar Tanaji Mundhe, Abhishek Jaysukhbhai Savalia, Ashwin Sunil Tamhankar
INTRODUCTION: The reported cancer detection rate of Trans-Rectal Ultrasonography (TRUS) biopsies (TRUS biopsy yield) has been around 30 percent in western countries. However it is much lower in Asian countries, including India. Hence a larger proportion of patients in India undergo unnecessary biopsies. AIMS: To find out the cancer detection rate of TRUS biopsy (TRUS biopsy yield) in contemporary Indian population. Also, to study the positive predictive values at different serum Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA)/PSA Density (PSAD) cut off levels and suspicious Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) findings...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381086/automated-quantitative-enzyme-biosensing-in-24-well-microplates
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Somjai Teanphonkrang, Albert Schulte
We report a novel system for glucose estimation in model and real samples, utilizing enzyme-modified pencil leads (PL) as effective electrochemical biosensors for robotic substrate quantification in 24-well microplates. Electrochemically formed carboxyl groups on the surface of the graphite were cross-linked to amino groups in the enzyme so as to attach glucose oxidase to the PL surface. Automated amperometric sensing of glucose solutions in microtiter-plate wells used computer-controlled stepper motors to move the biosensor/counter/reference electrode assemblies sequentially between the samples...
April 6, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378563/mean-hand-grip-strength-and-cut-off-value-for-sarcopenia-in-korean-adults-using-knhanes-vi
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Jun Il Yoo, Hana Choi, Yong Chan Ha
The purpose of this study was to report age- and gender-specific distribution of the hand grip strength (HGS) using data from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) VI-3 (2015) survey and determine cut-off values for low muscle strength of HGS of Koreans. Of a total of 7,380 participants, 4,553 were subjected to measurements of HGS, including 1,997 men and 2,556 women with a mean age of 49.3 years (range, 19-80 years). The mean ages of men and women were 49.0 and 49.5 years, respectively...
May 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376986/transition-hand-off-from-inpatient-to-outpatient-treatment-of-acute-pyelonephritis-in-an-elderly-male
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Patricia L Orlando, Laura Shane-McWhorter
Pyelonephritis is the progression of a urinary tract infection (UTI) to the kidney. In younger patients the infection may not be as severe and may even be treated with oral antibiotics. However, in elderly males pyelonephritis can be more complex and may require hospitalization and treatment with intravenous antibiotics. In the United States UTIs are responsible for frequent visits to emergency departments by elderly individuals. Current literature suggests that pyelonephritis in elderly males is a serious infection that may result in significant morbidity and mortality...
April 1, 2017: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376849/effect-of-an-interactive-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-assist-device-with-an-automated-external-defibrillator-synchronised-with-a-ventilator-on-the-cpr-performance-of-emergency-medical-service-staff-a-randomised-simulation-study
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Rainer Nitzschke, Christoph Doehn, Jan F Kersten, Julian Blanz, Tobias J Kalwa, Norman A Scotti, Jens C Kubitz
BACKGROUND: The present study evaluates whether the quality of advanced cardiac life support (ALS) is improved with an interactive prototype assist device. This device consists of an automated external defibrillator linked to a ventilator and provides synchronised visual and acoustic instructions for guidance through the ALS algorithm and assistance for face-mask ventilations. METHODS: We compared the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) quality of emergency medical system (EMS) staff members using the study device or standard equipment in a mannequin simulation study with a prospective, controlled, randomised cross-over study design...
April 4, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364655/real-life-experience-with-brivaracetam-in-101-patients-with-difficult-to-treat-epilepsy-a-monocenter-survey
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Bernhard J Steinhoff, Matthias Bacher, Iancu Bucurenciu, Barbara Hillenbrand, Tassanai Intravooth, Reinhold Kornmeier, Christoph Kurth, Jakob Stockinger, Anke M Staack
PURPOSE: To assess the efficiency of brivaracetam under real-world conditions in a tertiary referral epilepsy center. METHODS: We consecutively collected patients treated at our center with brivaracetam (BRV). After a minimum observation period of six months we retrospectively analyzed the efficiency of BRV. RESULTS: Data of 101 patients (mean age 42 years, range 18-81 years, 54 females,) were analyzed. The median number of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) used prior to BRV was 10 (range 2-18)...
March 18, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352162/determinants-of-initiation-implementation-and-discontinuation-of-amoxicillin-by-adults-with-acute-cough-in-primary-care
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David Gillespie, Daniel Farewell, Lucy Brookes-Howell, Christopher C Butler, Samuel Coenen, Nick A Francis, Paul Little, Beth Stuart, Theo Verheij, Kerenza Hood
AIM: To investigate the determinants of adherence to amoxicillin in patients with acute lower respiratory tract infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three European data sets were used. Adherence data were collected using self-reported diaries. Candidate determinants included factors relating to patient, condition, therapy, health care system/provider, and the study in which the patient participated. Logistic and Cox regression models were used to investigate the determinants of initiation, implementation, and discontinuation of amoxicillin...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
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