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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108641/spinal-cord-stimulation-scs-with-anatomically-guided-3d-neural-targeting-shows-superior-chronic-axial-low-back-pain-relief-compared-to-traditional-scs-lumina-study
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Elias Veizi, Salim M Hayek, James North, T Brent Chafin, Thomas L Yearwood, Louis Raso, Robert Frey, Kevin Cairns, Anthony Berg, John Brendel, Nameer Haider, Matthew McCarty, Henry Vucetic, Alden Sherman, Lilly Chen, Nitzan Mekel-Bobrov
: BACKGROUND : The aim of this study was to determine whether spinal cord stimulation (SCS) using 3D neural targeting provided sustained overall and low back pain relief in a broad routine clinical practice population. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS:  This was a multicenter, open-label observational study with an observational arm and retrospective analysis of a matched cohort. After IPG implantation, programming was done using a patient-specific, model-based algorithm to adjust for lead position (3D neural targeting) or previous generation software (traditional)...
January 20, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107960/thermal-desorption-modulation-for-comprehensive-two-dimensional-gas-chromatography-using-a-simple-and-inexpensive-segmented-loop-fluidic-interface
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Vanessa Mucédola, Luis C S Vieira, Danilo Pierone, Angelo L Gobbi, Ronei J Poppi, Leandro W Hantao
In this study, we introduce a modulation strategy for comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC) by using a simple and consumable-free modulator. This "Do-It-Yourself" interface comprised a 1.0m×0.25mm segment of MTX-5 metallic column and a low-cost DC power supply. Thermal desorption modulation (TDM) was attained using a dual-stage heater-based modulator in a novel segmented-loop configuration. TDM was achieved by alternating analyte trapping and thermal desorption. Former process relied on analyte partition to sorbent phase, while latter explored direct resistive heating...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107637/survival-predictions-of-ceramic-crowns-using-statistical-fracture-mechanics
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S Nasrin, N Katsube, R R Seghi, S I Rokhlin
This work establishes a survival probability methodology for interface-initiated fatigue failures of monolithic ceramic crowns under simulated masticatory loading. A complete 3-dimensional (3D) finite element analysis model of a minimally reduced molar crown was developed using commercially available hardware and software. Estimates of material surface flaw distributions and fatigue parameters for 3 reinforced glass-ceramics (fluormica [FM], leucite [LR], and lithium disilicate [LD]) and a dense sintered yttrium-stabilized zirconia (YZ) were obtained from the literature and incorporated into the model...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106674/open-surgical-release-of-posttraumatic-elbow-contracture-in-children-and-adolescents
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Samantha L Piper, Lisa L Lattanza, Tony S Shen, Lindley B Wall, Charles A Goldfarb
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic elbow contractures in children and adolescents are challenging to manage, and studies investigating surgical treatment are limited by the rarity of this condition. Small case series have shown variable gains in immediate and long-term elbow arc of motion after open surgical release. We reviewed our experience with open surgical release of posttraumatic elbow contracture in patients <21 years old at 2 institutions. METHODS: A retrospective chart review identified patients who underwent posttraumatic open elbow contracture release by 2 surgeons at 2 institutions between 2006 and 2013...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106129/retooling-laser-speckle-contrast-analysis-algorithm-to-enhance-non-invasive-high-resolution-laser-speckle-functional-imaging-of-cutaneous-microcirculation
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Surya C Gnyawali, Kevin Blum, Durba Pal, Subhadip Ghatak, Savita Khanna, Sashwati Roy, Chandan K Sen
Cutaneous microvasculopathy complicates wound healing. Functional assessment of gated individual dermal microvessels is therefore of outstanding interest. Functional performance of laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI) systems is compromised by motion artefacts. To address such weakness, post-processing of stacked images is reported. We report the first post-processing of binary raw data from a high-resolution LSCI camera. Sharp images of low-flowing microvessels were enabled by introducing inverse variance in conjunction with speckle contrast in Matlab-based program code...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105953/a-powered-prosthetic-ankle-joint-for-walking-and-running
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Martin Grimmer, Matthew Holgate, Robert Holgate, Alexander Boehler, Jeffrey Ward, Kevin Hollander, Thomas Sugar, André Seyfarth
BACKGROUND: Current prosthetic ankle joints are designed either for walking or for running. In order to mimic the capabilities of an able-bodied, a powered prosthetic ankle for walking and running was designed. A powered system has the potential to reduce the limitations in range of motion and positive work output of passive walking and running feet. METHODS: To perform the experiments a controller capable of transitions between standing, walking, and running with speed adaptations was developed...
December 19, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105502/transfracture-medial-transposition-of-the-radial-nerve-associated-with-plate-fixation-of-the-humerus
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Ali Hassan Chamseddine, Amer Abdallah, Hadi Zein, Assad Taha
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to illustrate safety, feasibility and advantages of transfracture medial transposition of the radial nerve during the lateral approach and lateral plating of humeral fractures located in the mid and distal shaft. METHODS: This was a retrospective review and analysis of medical records and radiographs of 19 patients who underwent a transfracture medial transposition of the radial nerve. Fifteen patients were treated for fresh fracture and four for nonunion...
January 19, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104438/safety-of-externally-stimulated-intracranial-electrodes-during-functional-mri-at-1-5t
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Pallab K Bhattacharyya, Jeffery Mullin, Bryan S Lee, Jorge A Gonzalez-Martinez, Stephen E Jones
Surgical resection of the epileptogenic zone (EZ) is a potential cure for medically refractory focal epilepsy. Proper identification of the EZ is essential for such resection. Synergistic application of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) simultaneously with stimulation of a single externalized intracranial stereotactic EEG (SEEG) electrode has the potential to improve identification of the EZ. While most EEG-fMRI studies use the electrodes passively to record electrical activity, it is possible to stimulate the brain using the electrodes by connecting them with conducting cables to the stimulation hardware...
January 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104419/pelvic-hardware-eroding-into-the-bladder-a-rare-case-presentation-of-gross-hematuria-bladder-pain-and-refractory-luts
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Kristen E Gurtner, Jonathan A Israel, Michael R Pinsky, James F Mautner, June B Miguez, Daniel J Canter
We present a 60 year-old male who presented with gross hematuria, refractory lower urinary tract symptoms, and increasing bladder pain for 3 months. The patient had a prior history of a motorcycle accident and pelvic fracture requiring an extensive pelvic open reduction and internal fixation. During evaluation, the patient was found to have an orthopedic screw from his hardware eroding through the left lateral wall of his bladder and irritating his trigone. The patient underwent pelvic exploration with open cystotomy and hardware removal with the orthopedic service...
January 16, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103545/a-multimodal-speech-capture-system-for-speech-rehabilitation-and-learning
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Nordine Sebkhi, Dhyey Desai, Mohammad Islam, Jun Lu, Kimberly Wilson, Maysam Ghovanloo
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are trained to correct articulation of people diagnosed with motor speech disorders by analyzing articulators' motion and assessing speech outcome while patients speak. To assist SLPs in this task, we are presenting the Multimodal Speech Capture System (MSCS) that records and displays kinematics of key speech articulators, the tongue and lips, along with voice, using unobtrusive methods. Collected speech modalities, tongue motion, lips gestures, and voice, are visualized not only in real-time to provide patients with instant feedback but also offline to allow SLPs to perform post-analysis of articulators' motion, particularly the tongue, with its prominent but hardly visible role in articulation...
January 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101937/methods-of-anorectal-manometry-vary-widely-in-clinical-practice-results-from-an-international-survey
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E V Carrington, H Heinrich, C H Knowles, S S Rao, M Fox, S M Scott
BACKGROUND: Ano-rectal manometry (ARM) is the most commonly performed investigation for assessment of anorectal dysfunction. Its use is supported by expert consensus documents and international guidelines. Variation in technology, data acquisition, and analysis affect results and clinical interpretation. This study examined variation in ARM between institutions to establish the status of current practice. METHODS: A 50-item web-based questionnaire assessing analysis and interpretation of ARM was distributed by the International Anorectal Physiology Working Group via societies representing practitioners that perform ARM...
January 18, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099494/a-3d-printed-toolbox-for-opto-mechanical-components
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Luis José Salazar-Serrano, Juan P Torres, Alejandra Valencia
In this article we present the development of a set of opto-mechanical components (a kinematic mount, a translation stage and an integrating sphere) that can be easily built using a 3D printer based on Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) and parts that can be found in any hardware store. Here we provide a brief description of the 3D models used and some details on the fabrication process. Moreover, with the help of three simple experimental setups, we evaluate the performance of the opto-mechanical components developed by doing a quantitative comparison with its commercial counterparts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099025/optical-line-width-broadening-mechanisms-at-the-10-khz-level-in-eu-3-y2o3-nanoparticles
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John G Bartholomew, Karmel de Oliveira Lima, Alban Ferrier, Philippe Goldner
We identify the physical mechanisms responsible for the optical homogeneous broadening in Eu(3+):Y2O3 nanoparticles to determine whether rare-earth crystals can be miniaturized to volumes less than λ(3) while preserving their appeal for quantum technology hardware. By studying how the homogeneous line width depends on temperature, applied magnetic field, and measurement time scale, the dominant broadening interactions for various temperature ranges above 3 K were characterized. Below 3 K the homogeneous line width is dominated by an interaction not observed in bulk crystal studies...
January 18, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098831/a-fast-multimodal-ectopic-beat-detection-method-applied-for-blood-pressure-estimation-based-on-pulse-wave-velocity-measurements-in-wearable-sensors
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Maik Pflugradt, Kai Geissdoerfer, Matthias Goernig, Reinhold Orglmeister
Automatic detection of ectopic beats has become a thoroughly researched topic, with literature providing manifold proposals typically incorporating morphological analysis of the electrocardiogram (ECG). Although being well understood, its utilization is often neglected, especially in practical monitoring situations like online evaluation of signals acquired in wearable sensors. Continuous blood pressure estimation based on pulse wave velocity considerations is a prominent example, which depends on careful fiducial point extraction and is therefore seriously affected during periods of increased occurring extrasystoles...
January 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097503/blended-chitosan-paste-for-infection-prevention-preliminary-and-preclinical-evaluations
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Joel M Berretta, Jessica A Jennings, Harry S Courtney, Karen E Beenken, Mark S Smeltzer, Warren O Haggard
BACKGROUND: Local drug delivery devices offer a promising method for delivering vancomycin and amikacin for musculoskeletal wounds. However, current local delivery devices such as beads and sponges do not necessarily allow for full coverage of a wound surface with eluted antibiotics and do not address the need for reducing the antibiotic diffusion distance to help prevent contamination by bacteria or other microorganisms. We blended chitosan/polyethylene glycol (PEG) pastes/sponges to increase biocompatibility and improve antibiotic coverage within the wound...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095851/analytical-method-for-calculation-of-deviations-from-intended-dosages-during-multi-infusion
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Maurits K Konings, Roland A Snijder, Joris H Radermacher, Annemoon M Timmerman
BACKGROUND: In this paper, a new method is presented that combines mechanical compliance effects with Poiseuille flow and push-out effects ("dead volume") in one single mathematical framework for calculating dosing errors in multi-infusion set-ups. In contrast to existing numerical methods, our method produces explicit expressions that illustrate the mathematical dependencies of the dosing errors on hardware parameters and pump flow rate settings. METHODS: Our new approach uses the Z-transform to model the contents of the catheter, and after implementation in Mathematica (Wolfram), explicit expressions are produced automatically...
January 17, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094261/beyond-the-margins-real-time-detection-of-cancer-using-targeted-fluorophores
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Ray R Zhang, Alexandra B Schroeder, Joseph J Grudzinski, Eben L Rosenthal, Jason M Warram, Anatoly N Pinchuk, Kevin W Eliceiri, John S Kuo, Jamey P Weichert
Over the past two decades, synergistic innovations in imaging technology have resulted in a revolution in which a range of biomedical applications are now benefiting from fluorescence imaging. Specifically, advances in fluorophore chemistry and imaging hardware, and the identification of targetable biomarkers have now positioned intraoperative fluorescence as a highly specific real-time detection modality for surgeons in oncology. In particular, the deeper tissue penetration and limited autofluorescence of near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging improves the translational potential of this modality over visible-light fluorescence imaging...
January 17, 2017: Nature Reviews. Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092583/deep-learning-and-insomnia-assisting-clinicians-with-their-diagnosis
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Mostafa Shahin, Beena Ahmed, Sana Tmar-Ben Hamida, Fathima Mulaffer, Martin Glos, Thomas Penzel
Effective sleep analysis is hampered by the lack of automated tools catering for disordered sleep patterns and cumbersome monitoring hardware. In this paper, we apply deep learning on a set of 57 EEG features extracted from a maximum of two EEG channels to accurately differentiate between patients with insomnia or controls with no sleep complaints. We investigated two different approaches to achieve this. The first approach used EEG data from the whole sleep recording irrespective of the sleep stage (stage-independent classification), while the second used only EEG data from insomnia-impacted specific sleep stages (stage-dependent classification)...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092582/automatic-prediction-of-health-status-using-smartphone-derived-behaviour-profiles
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Daniel Kelly, Kevin Curran, Brian Caulfield
OBJECTIVE: Current methods of assessing the affect a patients' health has on their daily life are extremely limited. The aim of this work is to develop a sensor based approach to health status measurement in order to objectively measure health status. METHODS: Techniques to generate human behaviour profiles, derived from smartphone accelerometer and gyroscope sensors, are proposed. Experiments, using SVM regression models, are then conducted in order to evaluate the use of the proposed behaviour profiles as a predictor of health status...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092563/effects-of-different-types-of-virtual-reality-display-on-presence-and-learning-in-a-safety-training-scenario
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Fabio Buttussi, Luca Chittaro
The increasing availability of head-mounted displays (HMDs) for home use motivates the study of the possible effects that adopting this new hardware might have on users. Moreover, while the impact of display type has bee respectively representative of: (i) desktop VR (a standard desktop monitor), (ii) many setups for immersive VR used in the literature (an HMD with narrow field of view and a 3-DOF tracker), and (iii) new setups for immersive home VR (an HMD with wide field of view and 6-DOF tracker). We assessed effects on knowledge gain, and different self-reported measures (self-efficacy, engagement, presence)...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
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