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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550586/stress-echocardiography-with-smartphone-real-time-remote-reading-for-regional-wall-motion
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Maria Chiara Scali, Clarissa Carmona de Azevedo Bellagamba, Quirino Ciampi, Iana Simova, José Luis de Castro E Silva Pretto, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Claudio Dodi, Lauro Cortigiani, Angela Zagatina, Paolo Trambaiolo, Marco R Torres, Rodolfo Citro, Paolo Colonna, Marco Paterni, Eugenio Picano
The diffusion of smart-phones offers access to the best remote expertise in stress echo (SE). To evaluate the reliability of SE based on smart-phone filming and reading. A set of 20 SE video-clips were read in random sequence with a multiple choice six-answer test by ten readers from five different countries (Italy, Brazil, Serbia, Bulgaria, Russia) of the "SE2020" study network. The gold standard to assess accuracy was a core-lab expert reader in agreement with angiographic verification (0 = wrong, 1 = right)...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550117/comparative-exploration-of-multidimensional-flow-cytometry-software-a-model-approach-evaluating-t-cell-polyfunctional-behavior
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Timothy T Spear, Michael I Nishimura, Patricia E Simms
Advancement in flow cytometry reagents and instrumentation has allowed for simultaneous analysis of large numbers of lineage/functional immune cell markers. Highly complex datasets generated by polychromatic flow cytometry require proper analytical software to answer investigators' questions. A problem among many investigators and flow cytometry Shared Resource Laboratories (SRLs), including our own, is a lack of access to a flow cytometry-knowledgeable bioinformatics team, making it difficult to learn and choose appropriate analysis tool(s)...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540678/semantic-technologies-and-bio-ontologies
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Fernando Gutierrez
As information available through data repositories constantly grows, the need for automated mechanisms for linking, querying, and sharing data has become a relevant factor both in research and industry. This situation is more evident in research fields such as the life sciences, where new experiments by different research groups are constantly generating new information regarding a wide variety of related study objects. However, current methods for representing information and knowledge are not suited for machine processing...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535918/polymer-gel-dosimeters-for-pretreatment-radiotherapy-verification-using-the-three-dimensional-gamma-evaluation-and-pass-rate-maps
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Ling-Ling Hsieh, Jiunn-I Shieh, Li-Ju Wei, Yi-Chun Wang, Kai-Yuan Cheng, Cheng-Ting Shih
Polymer gel dosimeters (PGDs) have been widely studied for use in the pretreatment verification of clinical radiation therapy. However, the readability of PGDs in three-dimensional (3D) dosimetry remain unclear. In this study, the pretreatment verifications of clinical radiation therapy were performed using an N-isopropyl-acrylamide (NIPAM) PGD, and the results were used to evaluate the performance of the NIPAM PGD on 3D dose measurement. A gel phantom was used to measure the dose distribution of a clinical case of intensity-modulated radiation therapy...
May 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532860/readability-comparison-of-pro-and-anti-hpv-vaccination-online-messages-in-japan
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Tsuyoshi Okuhara, Hirono Ishikawa, Masahumi Okada, Mio Kato, Takahiro Kiuchi
OBJECTIVE: In Japan, the HPV vaccination rate has sharply fallen to nearly 0% due to a series of sensational media reports of adverse events. Online anti-HPV-vaccination activists often warn readers of the vaccine's dangers. We aimed to examine distribution and readability of pro-and anti-vaccination online messages with relation to these authors' professional expertise. METHODS: We conducted online searches via two major search engines. Identified sites were classified as "anti," "pro," or "neutral" depending on their claims, and "health professional" or "non-health professional" depending on their authors' expertise...
May 13, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508778/supporting-molecular-tumor-boards-in-molecular-guided-decision-making-the-current-status-of-five-german-university-hospitals
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Marc Hinderer, Melanie Boerries, Florian Haller, Sebastian Wagner, Stefanie Sollfrank, Till Acker, Hans-Ulrich Prokosch, Jan Christoph
BACKGROUND: German university hospitals have started to establish molecular tumor boards in order to enable physicians to make molecular-guided decisions. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to describe the organizational structure and procedures which are currently supporting the molecular tumor boards of five German university hospitals. METHODS: We conducted semi-structured interviews with experts of five university hospitals between December 2016 and February 2017...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507866/establishing-content-validity-of-the-cleft-q-a-new-patient-reported-outcome-instrument-for-cleft-lip-palate
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Elena Tsangaris, Karen W Y Wong Riff, Tim Goodacre, Christopher R Forrest, Marieke Dreise, Jonathan Sykes, Tristan de Chalain, Karen Harman, Aisling O'Mahony, Andrea L Pusic, Lehana Thabane, Achilleas Thoma, Anne F Klassen
BACKGROUND: The CLEFT-Q is a new patient-reported outcome instrument designed to measure outcomes that matter to patients. The aim of this qualitative study was to establish content validity of the CLEFT-Q in patients who differ by age and culture. METHODS: Patients aged between 6 and 29 years were recruited from plastic surgery clinics in Canada, India, Ireland, the Philippines, the Netherlands and the United States. Healthcare providers and other experts participated in a focus group or provided individual feedback...
April 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506798/evaluation-of-a-semi-automated-software-program-for-the-identification-of-vertebral-fractures-in-children
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F F Alqahtani, F Messina, E Kruger, H Gill, M Ellis, I Lang, P Broadley, A C Offiah
AIM: To assess observer reliability and diagnostic accuracy in children, of a semi-automated six-point technique developed for vertebral fracture (VF) diagnosis in adults, which records percentage loss of vertebral body height. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using a semi-automated software program, five observers independently assessed T4 to L4 from the lateral spine radiographs of 137 children and adolescents for VF. A previous consensus read by three paediatric radiologists using a simplified algorithm-based qualitative technique (i...
May 12, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504209/an-online-readability-analysis-of-pathology-related-patient-education-articles-an-opportunity-for-pathologists-to-educate-patients
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Arpan V Prabhu, Christopher Kim, Tudor Crihalmeanu, David R Hansberry, Nitin Agarwal, Marie C DeFrances, Humberto E Trejo Bittar
Information for patients regarding their clinical conditions and treatment options is widely available online. The American Medical Association and National Institutes of Health recommend that online patient-oriented materials be written at no higher than a 7th grade reading level to ensure full comprehension by the average American. This study sought to determine whether online patient-oriented materials explaining common pathology procedures are written at appropriate reading levels. Ten pathology procedures that patients would likely research were queried into Google search, and plain text from the first 10 websites containing patient education materials for each procedure were analyzed using 10 validated readability scales...
May 10, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500432/quality-and-readability-of-online-information-resources-on-insomnia
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Yan Ma, Albert C Yang, Ying Duan, Ming Dong, Albert S Yeung
The internet is a major source for health information. An increasing number of people, including patients with insomnia, search for remedies online; however, little is known about the quality of such information. This study aimed to evaluate the quality and readability of insomnia-related online information. Google was used as the search engine, and the top websites on insomnia that met the inclusion criteria were evaluated for quality and readability. The analyzed websites belonged to nonprofit, commercial, or academic organizations and institutions such as hospitals and universities...
May 13, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484918/simplified-readability-metric-drives-improvement-of-radiology-reports-an-experiment-on-ultrasound-reports-at-a-pediatric-hospital
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Wei Chen, Claire Durkin, Yungui Huang, Brent Adler, Steve Rust, Simon Lin
Highly complex medical documents, including ultrasound reports, are greatly mismatched with patient literacy levels. While improving radiology reports for readability is a longstanding concern, few articles objectively measure the effectiveness of physician training for readability improvement. We hypothesized that writing styles may be evaluated using an objective two-dimensional measure and writing training could improve the writing styles of radiologists. To test it, a simplified "grade vs. length" readability metric is developed based on results from factor analysis of ten readability metrics applied to more than 500,000 radiology reports...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482377/controlling-the-structure-of-sequence-defined-poly-phosphodiester-s-for-optimal-ms-ms-reading-of-digital-information
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Jean-Arthur Amalian, Abdelaziz Al Ouahabi, Gianni Cavallo, Niklas Felix König, Salomé Poyer, Jean-François Lutz, Laurence Charles
Following publication as an Accepted Article, this article was put on hold on 10(th) May 2017 to preserve the embargo status of a companion paper in an alternate publication.
May 8, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468160/facial-plastic-surgery-patient-resources-exceed-national-institute-recommendations
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Michael W Chu, Julia A Cook, Sunil S Tholpady, Cecelia E Schmalbach, Arash Momeni
Patient education is essential in enhancing the physician-patient therapeutic alliance, patient satisfaction, and clinical outcomes. The American Medical Association and National Institute of Health recommend that information be written at a 6th-grade reading level, but online resources often exceed patient literacy. The purpose of this study is to assess readability of online material for facial plastics procedures presented on academic plastic surgery and otolaryngology websites.An Internet search was performed of all academic institutions that had both plastic surgery and otolaryngology training programs who offered patient information on facial plastic surgery procedures...
May 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461526/treatments-for-psoriatic-arthritis-a-guide-for-patients-written-by-fellow-patients-a-report-from-the-grappa-2016-annual-meeting
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Denis O'Sullivan, Ingrid Steinkoenig, Mel Brooke
In 2016, members of the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA) published their updated Treatment Recommendations for Psoriatic Arthritis. This paper describes how a patient-oriented guide to those treatment recommendations was developed by GRAPPA's patient research partners (PRP). We describe how the PRP developed a process for creating and implementing the guide. We also describe how we evaluated the diversity of the guide's potential patient audience, i.e., where each individual was in their diagnosis and treatment needs, and how we made the patient guide attractive, readable, and available to as broad a patient audience as possible...
May 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451691/tool-supported-interactive-correction-and-semantic-annotation-of-narrative-clinical-reports
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Karel Zvára, Marie Tomečková, Jan Peleška, Vojtěch Svátek, Jana Zvárová
OBJECTIVES: Our main objective is to design a method of, and supporting software for, interactive correction and semantic annotation of narrative clinical reports, which would allow for their easier and less erroneous processing outside their original context: first, by physicians unfamiliar with the original language (and possibly also the source specialty), and second, by tools requiring structured information, such as decision-support systems. Our additional goal is to gain insights into the process of narrative report creation, including the errors and ambiguities arising therein, and also into the process of report annotation by clinical terms...
April 28, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451316/quantitative-self-powered-electrochromic-biosensors
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Miguel Aller Pellitero, Anton Guimerà, Maria Kitsara, Rosa Villa, Camille Rubio, Boris Lakard, Marie-Laure Doche, Jean-Yves Hihn, F Javier Del Campo
Self-powered sensors are analytical devices able to generate their own energy, either from the sample itself or from their surroundings. The conventional approaches rely heavily on silicon-based electronics, which results in increased complexity and cost, and prevents the broader use of these smart systems. Here we show that electrochromic materials can overcome the existing limitations by simplifying device construction and avoiding the need for silicon-based electronics entirely. Electrochromic displays can be built into compact self-powered electrochemical sensors that give quantitative information readable by the naked eye, simply controlling the current path inside them through a combination of specially arranged materials...
March 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450082/a-randomized-trial-of-a-children-s-book-versus-brochures-for-safe-sleep-knowledge-and-adherence-in-a-high-risk-population
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John S Hutton, Resmi Gupta, Rachel Gruber, Jennifer Berndsen, Thomas DeWitt, Nicholas J Ollberding, Judith B Van Ginkel, Robert T Ammerman
BACKGROUND: Sleep-related infant deaths have plateaued in the past decade, disproportionately affecting low-socio-economic-status (SES) families. Printed materials are widely used for anticipatory guidance, yet none for safe sleep have been studied. OBJECTIVES: To test the efficacy of a specially designed children's book compared to brochures for safe sleep knowledge and adherence, which we hypothesized would be greater due to superior readability and engagement...
April 24, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437511/online-information-on-the-treatment-of-burning-mouth-syndrome-quality-and-readability
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Shatha Alnafea, Stefano Fedele, Stephen Porter, Richeal Ni Riordain
AIMS: To evaluate the quality and readability of online information about the treatment of burning mouth syndrome (BMS). METHODS: An internet search using the phrase "burning mouth syndrome treatment" was carried out on the Google search engine (www.google.co.uk) on 8 June 2015, and the first 100 websites listed were examined. Data collection included DISCERN score, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) benchmarks for website analysis score, the presence of the Health on the Net (HON) Foundation seal, and the Flesch Reading Ease Score (FRES)...
April 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436845/drawing-and-recognizing-chinese-characters-with-recurrent-neural-network
#19
Xu-Yao Zhang, Fei Yin, Yan-Ming Zhang, Cheng-Lin Liu, Yoshua Bengio
Recent deep learning based approaches have achieved great success on handwriting recognition. Chinese characters are among the most widely adopted writing systems in the world. Previous research has mainly focused on recognizing handwritten Chinese characters. However, recognition is only one aspect for understanding a language, another challenging and interesting task is to teach a machine to automatically write (pictographic) Chinese characters. In this paper, we propose a framework by using the recurrent neural network (RNN) as both a discriminative model for recognizing Chinese characters and a generative model for drawing (generating) Chinese characters...
April 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435666/health-care-and-social-media-what-patients-really-understand
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Kyle Hoedebecke, Lindsey Beaman, Joy Mugambi, Sanam Shah, Marwa Mohasseb, Cheyanne Vetter, Kim Yu, Irini Gergianaki, Emily Couvillon
Background: Low health literacy is associated with decreased patient compliance and worse outcomes - with clinicians increasingly relying on printed materials to lower such risks. Yet, many of these documents exceed recommended comprehension levels. Furthermore, patients look increasingly to social media (SoMe) to answer healthcare questions. The character limits built into Twitter encourage users to publish small quantities of text, which are more accessible to patients with low health literacy. The present authors hypothesize that SoMe posts are written at lower grade levels than traditional medical sources, improving patient health literacy...
2017: F1000Research
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