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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914424/a-metric-for-predicting-binaural-speech-intelligibility-in-stationary-noise-and-competing-speech-maskers
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Yan Tang, Martin Cooke, Bruno M Fazenda, Trevor J Cox
One criterion in the design of binaural sound scenes in audio production is the extent to which the intended speech message is correctly understood. Object-based audio broadcasting systems have permitted sound editors to gain more access to the metadata (e.g., intensity and location) of each sound source, providing better control over speech intelligibility. The current study describes and evaluates a binaural distortion-weighted glimpse proportion metric-BiDWGP-which is motivated by better-ear glimpsing and binaural masking level differences...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910310/millimeter-wave-imaging-diagnostics-systems-on-the-east-tokamak-invited
#2
Y L Zhu, J L Xie, C X Yu, Z L Zhao, B X Gao, D X Chen, W D Liu, W Liao, C M Qu, C Luo, X Hu, A G Spear, N C Luhmann, C W Domier, M Chen, X Ren, B J Tobias
Millimeter-wave imaging diagnostics, with large poloidal span and wide radial range, have been developed on the EAST tokamak for visualization of 2D electron temperature and density fluctuations. A 384 channel (24 poloidal × 16 radial) Electron Cyclotron Emission Imaging (ECEI) system in F-band (90-140 GHz) was installed on the EAST tokamak in 2012 to provide 2D electron temperature fluctuation images with high spatial and temporal resolution. A co-located Microwave Imaging Reflectometry (MIR) will be installed for imaging of density fluctuations by December 2016...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910229/predictors-of-transformational-leadership-of-nurse-managers
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Ilia M Echevarria, Barbara J Patterson, Anne Krouse
AIM: The aim of this study was to examine the relationships among education, leadership experience, emotional intelligence and transformational leadership of nurse managers. BACKGROUND: Nursing leadership research provides limited evidence of predictors of transformational leadership style in nurse managers. METHODS: A predictive correlational design was used with a sample of nurse managers (n = 148) working in varied health care settings...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Nursing Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909890/does-severity-of-cerebral-mri-lesions-in-congenital-cmv-infection-correlates-with-the-outcome-of-cochlear-implantation
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Stefan Lyutenski, Friedrich Götz, Alexandros Giourgas, Omid Majdani, Eva Bültmann, Heinrich Lanfermann, Thomas Lenarz, Anja M Giesemann
The objective is to investigate whether there is a correlation between the severity of typical brain lesions in congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) infection and cochlear implant (CI) outcome. The design of the study is a retrospective single-institutional chart review (2005-2015), performed in a tertiary academic referral center. 23 children with typical signs of cCMV infection on cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and bilateral severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss were retrospectively evaluated...
December 1, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908438/effect-of-the-intelligent-health-messenger-box-on-health-care-professionals-knowledge-attitudes-and-practice-related-to-hand-hygiene-and-hand-bacteria-counts
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Mohsen Saffari, Ghader Ghanizadeh, Rasoul Fattahipour, Kazem Khalaji, Amir H Pakpour, Harold G Koenig
We assessed the effectiveness of the Intelligent Health Messenger Box in promoting hand hygiene using a quasiexperimental design. Knowledge, attitudes, and self-reported practices related to hand hygiene as well as hand bacteria counts and amount of liquid soap used were measured. The intervention involved broadcasting preventive audio messages. All outcomes showed significant change after the intervention compared with before. The Intelligent Health Messenger Box can serve as a practical way to improve hand hygiene...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907147/a-new-cross-by-pass-torus-architecture-based-on-cbp-mesh-and-torus-interconnection-for-on-chip-communication
#6
Usman Ali Gulzari, Muhammad Sajid, Sheraz Anjum, Shahrukh Agha, Frank Sill Torres
A Mesh topology is one of the most promising architecture due to its regular and simple structure for on-chip communication. Performance of mesh topology degraded greatly by increasing the network size due to small bisection width and large network diameter. In order to overcome this limitation, many researchers presented modified Mesh design by adding some extra links to improve its performance in terms of network latency and power consumption. The Cross-By-Pass-Mesh was presented by us as an improved version of Mesh topology by intelligent addition of extra links...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903825/synthetic-biology-routes-to-bio-artificial-intelligence
#7
REVIEW
Darren N Nesbeth, Alexey Zaikin, Yasushi Saka, M Carmen Romano, Claudiu V Giuraniuc, Oleg Kanakov, Tetyana Laptyeva
The design of synthetic gene networks (SGNs) has advanced to the extent that novel genetic circuits are now being tested for their ability to recapitulate archetypal learning behaviours first defined in the fields of machine and animal learning. Here, we discuss the biological implementation of a perceptron algorithm for linear classification of input data. An expansion of this biological design that encompasses cellular 'teachers' and 'students' is also examined. We also discuss implementation of Pavlovian associative learning using SGNs and present an example of such a scheme and in silico simulation of its performance...
November 30, 2016: Essays in Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896606/a-knowledge-ecologies-analysis-of-co-designing-water-and-sanitation-services-in-alaska
#8
Dena Fam, Zoë Sofoulis
Willingness to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries is necessary but not sufficient for project success. This is a case study of a transdisciplinary project whose success was constrained by contextual factors that ultimately favoured technical and scientific forms of knowledge over the cultural intelligence that might ensure technical solutions were socially feasible. In response to Alaskan Water and Sewer Challenge (AWSC), an international team with expertise in engineering, consultative design and public health formed in 2013 to collaborate on a two-year project to design remote area water and sanitation systems in consultation with two native Alaskan communities...
November 28, 2016: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890732/programmed-near-infrared-light-responsive-drug-delivery-system-for-combined-magnetic-tumor-targeting-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-chemo-phototherapy
#9
Qianhua Feng, Yuanyuan Zhang, Wanxia Zhang, Yongwei Hao, Yongchao Wang, Hongling Zhang, Lin Hou, Zhenzhong Zhang
: In this study, an intelligent drug delivery system was developed by capping doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded hollow mesoporous CuS nanoparticles (HMCuS NPs) with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs). Under near infrared (NIR) light irradiation, the versatile HMCuS NPs could exploit the merits of both photothermal therapy (PTT) and photodynamic therapy (PDT) simultaneously. Herein, the multifunctional IONPs as gatekeeper with the enhanced capping efficiency were supposed to realize "zero premature release" and minimize the adverse side effects during the drug delivery in vivo...
November 24, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889426/a-selective-review-of-dharana-and-dhyana-in-healthy-participants
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REVIEW
Shirley Telles, Nilkamal Singh, Ram Kumar Gupta, Acharya Balkrishna
Attention is an important part of the process of meditation. Traditional Yoga texts describe two stages of meditation which follow each other in sequence. These are meditative focusing (dharana in Sanskrit) and effortless meditation (dhyana in Sanskrit). This review evaluated eight experimental studies conducted on participants in normal health, who practiced dharana and dhyana. The studies included evaluation of autonomic and respiratory variables, eLORETA and sLORETA assessments of the EEG, evoked potentials, functional magnetic resonance imaging, cancellation task performance and emotional intelligence...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887610/integral-strategy-to-supportive-care-in-breast-cancer-survivors-through-occupational-therapy-and-a-m-health-system-design-of-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Mario Lozano-Lozano, Lydia Martín-Martín, Noelia Galiano-Castillo, Francisco Álvarez-Salvago, Irene Cantarero-Villanueva, Carolina Fernández-Lao, Carmen Sánchez-Salado, Manuel Arroyo-Morales
BACKGROUND: Technological support using e-health mobile applications (m-health) is a promising strategy to improve the adherence to healthy lifestyles in breast cancer survivors (excess in energy intake or low physical activity are determinants of the risk of recurrence, second cancers and cancer mortality). Moreover, cancer rehabilitation programs supervised by health professionals are needed due to the inherent characteristics of these breast cancer patients. Our main objective is to compare the clinical efficacy of a m-health lifestyle intervention system alone versus an integral strategy to improve Quality of Life in breast cancer survivors...
November 25, 2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884165/implementing-an-evidence-based-computerized-decision-support-system-linked-to-electronic-health-records-to-improve-care-for-cancer-patients-the-onco-codes-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Lorenzo Moja, Alessandro Passardi, Matteo Capobussi, Rita Banzi, Francesca Ruggiero, Koren Kwag, Elisa Giulia Liberati, Massimo Mangia, Ilkka Kunnamo, Michela Cinquini, Roberto Vespignani, Americo Colamartini, Valentina Di Iorio, Ilaria Massa, Marien González-Lorenzo, Lorenzo Bertizzolo, Peter Nyberg, Jeremy Grimshaw, Stefanos Bonovas, Oriana Nanni
BACKGROUND: Computerized decision support systems (CDSSs) are computer programs that provide doctors with person-specific, actionable recommendations, or management options that are intelligently filtered or presented at appropriate times to enhance health care. CDSSs might be integrated with patient electronic health records (EHRs) and evidence-based knowledge. METHODS/DESIGN: The Computerized DEcision Support in ONCOlogy (ONCO-CODES) trial is a pragmatic, parallel group, randomized controlled study with 1:1 allocation ratio...
November 25, 2016: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876736/-the-speech-audiometry-using-the-matrix-sentence-test
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M Yu Boboshko, E V Zhilinskaya, A Vazhybok, N V Mal'tseva, M Tsokol', B Kol'meier
The matrix sentence test in which the five-word semantically unpredictable sentences presented under the background noise conditions are used as the speech material was designed and validated for many languages. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the Russian version of the matrix sentence test (RuMatrix test) in the listeners of different ages with normal hearing. At the first stage of the study, 35 listeners at the age from 18 to 33 year were examined. The results of the estimation of the training effect dictated the necessity of conducting two training tracks before carrying out the RuMatrix test proper...
2016: Vestnik Otorinolaringologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875654/biological-risks-to-public-health-lessons-from-an-international-conference-to-inform-the-development-of-national-risk-communication-strategies
#14
Petra Dickmann, Aphaluck Bhatiasevi, Fadela Chaib, Ombretta Baggio, Christina Banluta, Lilian Hollenweger, Abderrahmane Maaroufi
Biological risk management in public health focuses on the impact of outbreaks on health, the economy, and other systems and on ensuring biosafety and biosecurity. To address this broad range of risks, the International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005) request that all member states build defined core capacities, risk communication being one of them. While there is existing guidance on the communication process and on what health authorities need to consider to design risk communication strategies that meet the requirements on a governance level, little has been done on implementation because of a number of factors, including lack of resources (human, financial, and others) and systems to support effective and consistent capacity for risk communication...
November 22, 2016: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870717/an-international-comparison-of-the-instigation-and-design-of-health-registers-in-the-epidemiological-response-to-major-environmental-health-incidents
#15
Behrooz Behbod, Giovanni Leonardi, Yvon Motreff, Charles R Beck, Joris Yzermans, Erik Lebret, Oleg I Muravov, Tesfaye Bayleyegn, Amy Funk Wolkin, Paolo Lauriola, Rebecca Close, Helen Crabbe, Philippe Pirard
CONTEXT: Epidemiological preparedness is vital in providing relevant, transparent, and timely intelligence for the management, mitigation, and prevention of public health impacts following major environmental health incidents. A register is a set of records containing systematically collected, standardized data about individual people. Planning for a register of people affected by or exposed to an incident is one of the evolving tools in the public health preparedness and response arsenal...
January 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869362/fractal-geometry-based-decrease-in-trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole-concentrations-in-overweight-and-obese-people
#16
R G Hall, J G Pasipanodya, C Meek, R D Leff, M Swancutt, T Gumbo
Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) is one of the most widely drugs on earth. The World Health Organization recommends it as an essential basic drug for all healthcare systems. Dosing is inconsistently based on weight, assuming linear relationships. Given that obesity is now a global "pandemic" it is vital that we evaluate the effect of obesity on trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole concentrations. We conducted a prospective clinical experiment based on optimized design strategies and artificial intelligence algorithms and found that weight and body mass index (BMI) had a profound effect on drug clearance and volume of distribution, and followed nonlinear fractal geometry-based relationships...
November 21, 2016: CPT: Pharmacometrics & Systems Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864051/individual-differences-in-speech-in-noise-perception-parallel-neural-speech-processing-and-attention-in-preschoolers
#17
Elaine C Thompson, Kali Woodruff Carr, Travis White-Schwoch, Sebastian Otto-Meyer, Nina Kraus
From bustling classrooms to unruly lunchrooms, school settings are noisy. To learn effectively in the unwelcome company of numerous distractions, children must clearly perceive speech in noise. In older children and adults, speech-in-noise perception is supported by sensory and cognitive processes, but the correlates underlying this critical listening skill in young children (3-5 year olds) remain undetermined. Employing a longitudinal design (two evaluations separated by ∼12 months), we followed a cohort of 59 preschoolers, ages 3...
November 15, 2016: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859006/does-reading-cause-later-intelligence-accounting-for-stability-in-models-of-change
#18
Drew H Bailey, Andrew K Littlefield
This study reanalyzes data presented by Ritchie, Bates, and Plomin (2015) who used a cross-lagged monozygotic twin differences design to test whether reading ability caused changes in intelligence. The authors used data from a sample of 1,890 monozygotic twin pairs tested on reading ability and intelligence at five occasions between the ages of 7 and 16, regressing twin differences in intelligence on twin differences in prior intelligence and twin differences in prior reading ability. Results from a state-trait model suggest that reported effects of reading ability on later intelligence may be artifacts of previously uncontrolled factors, both environmental in origin and stable during this developmental period, influencing both constructs throughout development...
November 8, 2016: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853431/developing-dynamic-field-theory-architectures-for-embodied-cognitive-systems-with-cedar
#19
Oliver Lomp, Mathis Richter, Stephan K U Zibner, Gregor Schöner
Embodied artificial cognitive systems, such as autonomous robots or intelligent observers, connect cognitive processes to sensory and effector systems in real time. Prime candidates for such embodied intelligence are neurally inspired architectures. While components such as forward neural networks are well established, designing pervasively autonomous neural architectures remains a challenge. This includes the problem of tuning the parameters of such architectures so that they deliver specified functionality under variable environmental conditions and retain these functions as the architectures are expanded...
2016: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845487/health-data-entanglement-and-artificial-intelligence-based-analysis-a-brand-new-methodology-to-improve-the-effectiveness-of-healthcare-services
#20
A Capone, A Cicchetti, F S Mennini, A Marcellusi, G Baio, G Favato
Healthcare expenses will be the most relevant policy issue for most governments in the EU and in the USA. This expenditure can be associated with two major key categories: demographic and economic drivers. Factors driving healthcare expenditure were rarely recognised, measured and comprehended. An improvement of health data generation and analysis is mandatory, and in order to tackle healthcare spending growth, it may be useful to design and implement an effective, advanced system to generate and analyse these data...
September 2016: La Clinica Terapeutica
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