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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227934/effect-of-embedding-dimension-on-complexity-measures-in-identifying-arrhythmia
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Radhagayathri K Udhayakumar, Chandan Karmakar, Peng Li, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Radhagayathri K Udhayakumar, Chandan Karmakar, Peng Li, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Radhagayathri K U Udhayakumar, Peng Li, Chandan Karmakar
Entropy measures like Approximate entropy (ApEn) and Sample entropy (SampEn) are well established tools to analyze Heart Rate Variability (HRV) data. Critical parameters involved in these computations namely embedding dimension m and tolerance r are in most cases assumed to be 2 and 0.2*signal SD (standard devaition) respectively. Such assumptions do not work fairly across data sets and thus create misleading results in many cases. Problems with r have been addressed with the advent of newer entropy measures like Permutation entropy (PE), Fuzzy entropy (FuzzyEn) and Distribution entropy (DistEn) that simply eliminate, modify or replace r from calculations...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227887/hip-joint-geometry-effects-on-cartilage-contact-stresses-during-a-gait-cycle
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Hui-Hui Wu, Dong Wang, An-Bang Ma, Dong-Yun Gu, Hui-Hui Wu, Dong Wang, An-Bang Ma, Dong-Yun Gu, An-Bang Ma, Dong-Yun Gu, Hui-Hui Wu, Dong Wang
The cartilage surface geometry of natural human hip joint is commonly regarded as sphere. It has been widely applied in computational simulation and hip joint prosthesis design. Some new geometry models have been developed and the sphere assumption has been questioned recently. The objective of this study was to analyze joint geometry effects on cartilage contact stress distribution and investigate contact patterns during a whole gait cycle. Hip surface was reconstructed from CT data of a healthy volunteer...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227218/effect-of-wearable-sensor-dynamics-on-physical-activity-estimates-a-comparison-between-sci-vs-healthy-individuals
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C Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman, C Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman, C Jayaraman
Accuracy of physical activity estimates predicted by activity monitoring technologies may be affected by device location, analysis algorithms, type of technology (i.e. wearable/stickable) and population demographics (disability) being studied. Consequently, the main purpose of this investigation was to study such sensor dynamics (i.e. effect of device location, type and population demographics on energy expenditure estimates) of two commercial activity monitors. It was hypothesized that device location, population studied (disability), choice of proprietary algorithm and type of technology used will significantly impact the accuracy of the predicted physical activity metrics...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227130/verification-of-a-research-prototype-for-hemodynamic-analysis-of-cerebral-aneurysms
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Takashi Suzuki, Cosmin Ioan Nita, Saikiran Rapaka, Hiroyuki Takao, Viorel Mihalef, Soichiro Fujimura, Chihebeddine Dahmani, Puneet Sharma, Hiroya Mamori, Toshihiro Ishibashi, Thomas Redel, Makoto Yamamoto, Yuichi Murayama, Takashi Suzuki, Cosmin Ioan Nita, Saikiran Rapaka, Hiroyuki Takao, Viorel Mihalef, Soichiro Fujimura, Chihebeddine Dahmani, Puneet Sharma, Hiroya Mamori, Toshihiro Ishibashi, Thomas Redel, Makoto Yamamoto, Yuichi Murayama, Cosmin Ioan Nita, Puneet Sharma, Hiroya Mamori, Soichiro Fujimura, Thomas Redel, Saikiran Rapaka, Chihebeddine Dahmani, Toshihiro Ishibashi, Makoto Yamamoto, Viorel Mihalef, Takashi Suzuki, Hiroyuki Takao, Yuichi Murayama
Owing to its clinical importance, there has been a growing body of research on understanding the hemodynamics of cerebral aneurysms. Traditionally, this work has been performed using general-purpose, state-of-the-art commercial solvers. This has meant requiring engineering expertise for making appropriate choices on the geometric discretization, time-step selection, choice of boundary conditions etc. Recently, a CFD research prototype has been developed (Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Prototype - not for diagnostic use) for end-to-end analysis of aneurysm hemodynamics...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226850/the-effect-of-inter-electrode-distance-on-the-electric-field-distribution-during-transcutaneous-lumbar-spinal-cord-direct-current-stimulation
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Rui Bastos, Sofia R Fernandes, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Mamede A de Carvalho, Pedro C Miranda, Rui Bastos, Sofia R Fernandes, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Mamede A de Carvalho, Pedro C Miranda, Pedro C Miranda, Rui Bastos, Cornelia Wenger, Ricardo Salvador, Mamede A de Carvalho, Sofia R Fernandes
Previous studies have indicated potential neuromodulation of the spinal circuitry by transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS), such as changes in motor unit recruitment, shortening of the peripheral silent period and interference with supraspinal input to lower motor neurons. All of these effects were dependent on the polarity of the electrodes. The present study investigates how the distance between the electrodes during tsDCS influences the electric field's (E-field) spatial distribution in the lumbar and sacral spinal cord (SC)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226219/dietary-inflammatory-index-and-odds-of-colorectal-cancer-in-a-case-control-study-from-jordan
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Nitin Shivappa, James R Hébert, Susan E Steck, Lorne J Hofseth, Ihab Shehadah, Kamal E Bani-Hani, Tareq Al-Jaberi, Majed Al-Nusairr, Dennis Heath, Reema Tayyem
BACKGROUND: Dietary components that promote inflammation of the colon have been suggested to be risk factors in the development of colorectal cancer (CRC). The possible link between inflammatory potential of diet and CRC has been investigated in several developed or Western countries. Despite the fact that dietary choices in the Middle East differ markedly from those in the West, results have not been reported from any study conducted in a Middle-Eastern population. We examined the association between dietary inflammatory index (DII)TM scores and CRC in a case-control study conducted in Jordan...
February 22, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225492/clinical-application-of-ticl-implantation-for-ametropia-following-deep-anterior-lamellar-keratoplasty-for-keratoconus-a-consort-compliant-article
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Qin Qin, Liping Yang, Zifang He, Zhenping Huang
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the clinical application of phakic toric intraocular collamer lens (TICL) implantation in treating ametropia following deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) for patients with keratoconus, especially the effectiveness and safety of high astigmatism and indications of TICL implantation after corneal transplantation. METHODS: Using the self-controlled case series observation approach, 9 patients with ametropia (9 eyes) who underwent DALK surgery for keratoconus 1...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225446/adjuvant-external-radiation-impacts-outcome-of-pelvis-limited-stage-iii-endometrial-carcinoma-a-multi-institutional-study
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Kevin Albuquerque, Michael Folkert, Jyoti Mayadev, Alana Christie, Margaret R Liotta, Christa Nagel, Parag Sevak, Matthew M Harkenrider, Jayanthi S Lea, Rabbie K Hanna, William C Small, David S Miller, Xian-Jin Xie, Ronald K Potkul, Mohamed A Elshaikh
BACKGROUND: Adjuvant therapy choice for women with FIGO stage III endometrial carcinoma (EC) is controversial. We investigate the comparative benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy (CT) alone, radiation therapy alone (RT) or in combination (chemotherapy and radiation therapy [CRT]) with respect to recurrence-free survival (RFS) and overall survival (OS) in women with pelvis-limited (PL) EC (stage IIIA, IIIB, and IIIC1). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A multi-institutional database of 270 surgically staged women with PLEC was analyzed...
February 20, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224877/-helping-people-to-give-up-smoking-efficacy-and-safety-of-smoking-cessation-interventions
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R C van de Graaf, O C P van Schayck
- This review evaluates the safety and efficacy of, smoking cessation interventions.- Behavioural counselling is the cornerstone of smoking cessation programmes.- This counselling can be supplemented with written self-help materials, telephone counselling and e-health tailored to individual patient preferences.- Behavioural counselling may be combined with pharmacotherapy for increased effectiveness. First choice is a combination of a nicotine patch and a nicotine lozenge or chewing gum, mainly because of the favourable side-effect profile...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224817/is-the-recurrence-rate-of-chronic-subdural-hematomas-dependent-on-the-duration-of-drainage
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Aydemir Kale, İbrahim İlker Öz, Eren Görkem Gün, Murat Kalaycı, Şanser Gül
OBJECTIVES: Chronic subdural hematoma (CSDH) is the most frequent type of intracranial hemorrhage which especially affects the elderly. Various surgical techniques have been reported for CSDH treatment; optimal treatment methods are still controversial. In this study, the effects of long drainage durations on results and recurrences were investigated in patients on whom closed system drainage with burr hole craniotomy was applied due to CSDH. METHODS: 90 patients with 105 CSDH were operated between 2008 and 2016...
February 22, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224481/not-all-choices-are-created-equal-task-relevant-choices-enhance-motor-learning-compared-to-task-irrelevant-choices
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Michael J Carter, Diane M Ste-Marie
Lewthwaite et al. (2015) reported that the learning benefits of exercising choice (i.e., their self-controlled condition) are not restricted to task-relevant features (e.g., feedback). They found that choosing one's golf ball color (Exp. 1) or choosing which of two tasks to perform at a later time plus which of two artworks to hang (Exp. 2) resulted in better retention than did being denied these same choices (i.e., yoked condition). The researchers concluded that the learning benefits derived from choice, whether irrelevant or relevant to the to-be-learned task, are predominantly motivational because choice is intrinsically rewarding and satisfies basic psychological needs...
February 21, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223852/injured-workers-perception-of-loss-and-gain-in-the-return-to-work-process
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Hon Sun Lai, Grace Py Szeto, Chetwyn Ch Chan
When a worker is injured at work, he has to face a tough decision-making process about when and how to return to work (RTW). This study tests how the prospect theory can be applied to influence the injured workers' perceptions about this important choice. One hundred forty-one injured workers were presented with wage- and pain-related information in four different message framing (negatively or positively) and precision (smaller or larger number) conditions. After exposure to the specific combination of this wage and pain information, the participants were asked to express intentions to RTW in terms of perceived chance, confidence, and anticipated sick leave duration...
2017: Risk Management and Healthcare Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223519/robust-sampling-of-decision-information-during-perceptual-choice
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Hildward Vandormael, Santiago Herce Castañón, Jan Balaguer, Vickie Li, Christopher Summerfield
Humans move their eyes to gather information about the visual world. However, saccadic sampling has largely been explored in paradigms that involve searching for a lone target in a cluttered array or natural scene. Here, we investigated the policy that humans use to overtly sample information in a perceptual decision task that required information from across multiple spatial locations to be combined. Participants viewed a spatial array of numbers and judged whether the average was greater or smaller than a reference value...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222953/application-of-mathematical-calibrations-in-measurements-of-gamma-emitting-radionuclides-in-honey-samples-and-borosilicate-filters
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I Tucaković, D Barišić, Ž Grahek
Mathematical efficiency calibrations for the specific matrices such as honey and borosilicate filters are performed. Their reliability is experimentally tested. The influence of the choice of the matrix composition in the mathematical calibration on the results is investigated. After the verification of the mathematical models, the results for activity concentrations in the test samples are presented.
February 14, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222871/evaluation-of-hypersensitivity-after-the-placement-of-metal-ceramic-crowns-cemented-with-two-luting-agents-long-term-results-of-a-prospective-clinical-study
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Carla Kozmacs, Katharina Schaper, Hans-Christoph Lauer, Andree Piwowarczyk
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Different luting materials are available for the cementation of fixed dental prostheses. Postcementation hypersensitivity is an occasional complication in the definitive delivery. How the choice of luting agent affects long-term postcementation sensitivity is unknown. PURPOSE: The purpose of this prospective, randomized, controlled, split-mouth clinical trial was to compare the hypersensitivity of 2 cementation methods for metal ceramic crowns...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222821/using-long-term-averted-goats-for-selective-grazing-in-olive-groves
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E Albanell, C L Manuelian, M Rovai, A A K Salama, G Caja
Conditioned taste aversion (CTA) is a useful tool to modify animal feed preferences, allowing the implementation of selective grazing to control weeds in tree orchards without damaging the trees or affecting fruit production. LiCl is commonly used for inducing CTA. However, studies investigating the long-term persistence of CTA by LiCl in small ruminants are scarce. With this aim, we evaluated the efficiency of two LiCl doses (AV1 and AV2, 175 and 200 mg/kg BW, respectively) and a control (C, 0 mg/kg BW) for averting non-lactating dairy goats (n=15) to olive tree leaves...
February 22, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222341/patient-emotions-and-perceptions-of-antiepileptic-drug-changes-and-titration-during-treatment-for-epilepsy
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Jesse Fishman, Greg Cohen, Colin Josephson, Ann Marie Collier, Srikanth Bharatham, Ying Zhang, Imane Wild
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of antiepileptic drug (AED) change and dose titration on the emotional well-being of patients with epilepsy. METHODS: Members of an online epilepsy community were invited to voluntarily participate in an online survey. The cross-sectional anonymous survey consisted of 31 multiple choice questions balanced in terms of variety and positivity/negativity of emotions concerning participants' most recent AED change. To substantiate survey results, spontaneous comments from epilepsy-related online forums and social media websites that mentioned participants' experiences with AED medication changes (termed passive listening statements) were analyzed and categorized by theme...
February 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222170/biomechanical-investigation-of-two-plating-systems-for-medial-column-fusion-in-foot
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Paul Simons, Theresia Sommerer, Ivan Zderic, Dieter Wahl, Mark Lenz, Hristo Skulev, Matthias Knobe, Boyko Gueorguiev, R Geoff Richards, Kajetan Klos
BACKGROUND: Arthrodesis of the medial column (navicular, cuneiform I and metatarsal I) is performed for reasons such as Charcot arthropathy, arthritis, posttraumatic reconstruction or severe pes planus. However, the complication rate is still high and mainly resulting from inadequate fixation. Special plates, designed for medial column arthrodesis, seem to offer potential to reduce the complication rate. The aim of this study was to investigate biomechanically plantar and dorsomedial fusion of the medial column using two new plating systems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221678/validated-capillary-electrophoretic-method-for-the-enantiomeric-quality-control-of-r-praziquantel
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Zoltán-István Szabó, Réka Gál, Levente Szőcs, Róbert Ludmerczki, Daniela-Lucia Muntean, Béla Noszál, Gergő Tóth
The enantiomers of praziquantel, the drug of choice in schistosomiasis, were separated by electrokinetic chromatography with cyclodextrins. Nine anionic cyclodextrins were screened for their ability to discriminate between the uncharged enantiomers. Seven investigated selectors presented chiral interactions with the enantiomers, these cases being interpreted in terms of stability constants and complex mobilities. The best results were delivered by sulfated-β-cyclodextrin, where quasi-equal stability constants were accompanied by extreme selectivity values and was explained on the basis of highly different mobilities of the transient diastereomeric complexes...
February 21, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221319/analysis-of-2011-physician-assistant-education-debt-load
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Miranda A Moore, Megan Coffman, James F Cawley, Diana Crowley, Anthony Miller, Kathleen Klink
This study seeks to investigate how physician assistants (PAs) finance their education and to characterize the educational debt of PA students. Data from the 2011 American Academy of PAs (AAPA)-Physician Assistant Education Association Graduating Student Survey were used to explore the educational debt of PA students. The median total educational debt of a PA student graduating in 2011 was $80,000. Little financial assistance, other than student loans, is available to PA students. Eighty-five percent of PA students report owing some PA education debt amount, with 23% owing at least $100,000...
March 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
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