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Zheng Cui, Yiwei Han, Qijin Huang, Jingyan Dong, Yong Zhu
A silver nanowire (AgNW) based conductor is a promising component for flexible and stretchable electronics. A wide range of flexible/stretchable devices using AgNW conductors has been demonstrated recently. High-resolution, high-throughput printing of AgNWs remains a critical challenge. Electrohydrodynamic (EHD) printing has been developed as a promising technique to print different materials on a variety of substrates with high resolution. Here, AgNW ink was developed for EHD printing. The printed features can be controlled by several parameters including AgNW concentration, ink viscosity, printing speed, stand-off distance, etc...
March 14, 2018: Nanoscale
Ali Abdollahi Gharbali, Shirin Najdi, José Manuel Fonseca
OBJECTIVE: In this paper, the contribution of distance-based features to automatic sleep stage classification is investigated. The potency of these features is analyzed individually and in combination with 48 conventionally used features. METHODS: The distance-based set consists of 32 features extracted by calculating Itakura, Itakura-Saito and COSH distances of autoregressive and spectral coefficients of Electrocardiography (EEG) (C3 -A2 ), Left EOG, Chin EMG and ECG signals...
March 7, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Udaya Ralapanawa, Thilak Jayalath, Dhanusha Senadhira
BACKGROUND: Acute pancreatitis is an inflammatory condition with varying severity and a range of local and systemic complications. Here we report a patient with acute necrotizing pancreatitis complicated with a true non ST elevation myocardial infarction. CASE PRESENTATION: A 58 year old lady was admitted to our unit with acute onset epigastric pain and vomiting for 4 h duration. Following admission she complained of retrosternal tightening type of a chest pain...
March 9, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Ivan Tomasic, Nikica Tomasic, Roman Trobec, Miroslav Krpan, Tomislav Kelava
Remote patient monitoring should reduce mortality rates, improve care, and reduce costs. We present an overview of the available technologies for the remote monitoring of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, together with the most important medical information regarding COPD in a language that is adapted for engineers. Our aim is to bridge the gap between the technical and medical worlds and to facilitate and motivate future research in the field. We also present a justification, motivation, and explanation of how to monitor the most important parameters for COPD patients, together with pointers for the challenges that remain...
March 5, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Gianmarco Lombardi, Anna Rita Sorbo, Gianluigi Guida, Lara La Brocca, Riccardo Fenici, Donatella Brisinda
Ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) with left bundle-branch-block and inferior axis morphology (LBBB-IA), suggestive of outflow tract (OT) origin, are a challenge in sports medicine because they can be benign or expression of a silent cardiomyopathy. Non-invasive classification is essential to plan ablation strategy if required. We aimed to evaluating magnetocardiographic (MCG) discrimination of OT-VAs site of origin (SoO). MCG and ECG data of 26 sports activity practitioners, with OT-VAs were analyzed. OT-VAs-SoO was classified with discriminant analysis (DA) of 8 MCG parameters and with invasively-validated ECG algorithms...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Electrocardiology
Wei Zhong, Lijuan Liao, Xuemei Guo, Guoli Wang
OBJECTIVE: Non-Invasive foetal electrocardiography (NI-FECG) has the
 potential to provide more additional clinical information for detecting and diagnosing
 fetal diseases. We propose and demonstrate a deep learning approach for fetal QRS
 complex detection from raw NI-FECG signals by using Convolutional Neural Network
 (CNN) model. The main objective is to investigate whether reliable fetal QRS complex
 detection performance can still be obtained from features of single-channel NI-FECG
 signals, without canceling maternal ECG (MECG) signals...
February 27, 2018: Physiological Measurement
D Panigrahy, P K Sahu
Generally, P and T waves in an electrocardiogram (ECG) signal are lower in amplitude compared to amplitude of QRS complex and contaminated with noises from various sources. Due to these problems and lack of universal delineation rule, the automated detection and delineation of T and P waves (on, off, and peak position of T and P wave) in the ECG signal are challenging task. The effectiveness for detection of on, off, and peak position of T and P wave by using differential evolution (DE) algorithm with the denoising technique has been verified in this manuscript...
February 26, 2018: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Mandreker Bahall
BACKGROUND: Throughput might be partially responsible for sub-optimum organisational and medical outcomes. The present study examined throughput and the challenges to ensuring optimum throughput in hospitals, and determined the effectiveness of a throughput intervention in reducing overcrowding in a public healthcare institution in Trinidad and Tobago. METHODS: First, a literature review of throughput and its processes in relation to improving hospital care was conducted...
February 20, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Jay S Shavadia, William French, Anne S Hellkamp, Laine Thomas, Eric R Bates, Steven V Manoukian, Michael C Kontos, Robert Suter, Timothy D Henry, Harold L Dauerman, Matthew T Roe
BACKGROUND: Assessing hospital-related network-level primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) performance for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is challenging due to differential time-to-treatment metrics based on location of diagnostic electrocardiogram (ECG) for STEMI. METHODS: STEMI patients undergoing primary PCI at 588 PCI-capable hospitals in AHA Mission: Lifeline (2008-2013) were categorized by initial STEMI identification location: PCI-capable hospitals (Group 1); pre-hospital setting (Group 2); and non-PCI-capable hospitals (Group 3)...
March 2018: American Heart Journal
Gaetano Valenza, Luca Citi, J Phillip Saul, Riccardo Barbieri
Reliable and effective non-invasive measures of sympathetic and parasympathetic peripheral outflow are of crucial importance in cardiovascular physiology. Although many techniques have been proposed to take up this long-lasting challenge, none has proposed a satisfying discrimination of the dynamics of the two separate branches. Spectral analysis of heart rate variability is the most currently used technique for such assessment. Despite its widespread use, it has been demonstrated that the subdivision in the low frequency (LF) and high frequency (HF) bands does not fully reflect separate influences of the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches, respectively, mainly due to their simultaneous action in the LF...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
Tapan Bhattacharyya, Louisa A Messenger, Caryn Bern, Pascal Mertens, Quentin Gilleman, Nicolas Zeippen, Bruno C Bremer Hinckel, Niamh Murphy, Robert H Gilman, Michael A Miles
Background: Trypanosoma cruzi causes Chagas disease in the Americas. Outcome of infection ranges from lifelong asymptomatic status to severe disease. Understanding how history of T. cruzi lineage (TcI-TcVI) infection relates to clinical prognosis is challenging. We previously described peptide-based lineage-specific ELISA with Trypomastigote Small Surface Antigen (TSSA). Methods: A novel rapid diagnostic test (Chagas Sero K-SeT) incorporating a peptide corresponding to the TSSA-II/V/VI common epitope was developed, and validated by comparison with ELISA...
February 9, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Marco Marino, Quanying Liu, Mariangela Del Castello, Cristiana Corsi, Nicole Wenderoth, Dante Mantini
The ballistocardiographic (BCG) artifact is linked to cardiac activity and occurs in electroencephalographic (EEG) recordings acquired inside the magnetic resonance (MR) environment. Its variability in terms of amplitude, waveform shape and spatial distribution over subject's scalp makes its attenuation a challenging task. In this study, we aimed to provide a detailed characterization of the BCG properties, including its temporal dependency on cardiac events and its spatio-temporal dynamics. To this end, we used high-density EEG data acquired during simultaneous functional MR imaging in six healthy volunteers...
February 9, 2018: Brain Topography
Anne Perisse, Guillaume Velut, Emilie Javelle, Gwion Loarer, Remy Michel, F Simon
Background: Malaria prevention and treatment are big challenges for the French forces deployed in sub-Saharan Africa. Since December 2013, 1,800 French soldiers have been deployed at any one time in the Central African Republic in the framework of "Operation Sangaris" and European Union Force (EUFOR). Over the 2014-2015 period, about 500 cases of malaria were notified in these troops during the operation or after their return (annual incidence: 13.4 p.100 person-year). The recommendation to use dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DHA-PQ) as the first-line treatment for French soldiers suffering from uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in endemic areas is not always followed in practice in the field by French military general practitioners (GPs)...
February 7, 2018: Military Medicine
Anita MacDonald, Rachel Webster, Matthew Whitlock, Adam Gerrard, Anne Daly, Mary Anne Preece, Sharon Evans, Catherine Ashmore, Anupam Chakrapani, Suresh Vijay, Saikat Santra
BACKGROUND: Children with long-chain fatty acid β-oxidation disorders (LCFAOD) presenting with clinical symptoms are treated with a specialist infant formula, with medium chain triglyceride (MCT) mainly replacing long chain triglyceride (LCT). It is essential that the safety and efficacy of any new specialist formula designed for LCFAOD be tested in infants and children. METHODS: In an open-label, 21-day, phase I trial, we studied the safety of a new MCT-based formula (feed 1) in six well-controlled children (three male), aged 7-13 years (median 9 years) with LCFAOD (very long chain acyl CoA dehydrogenase deficiency [VLCADD], n=2; long chain 3-hydroxyacyl CoA dehydrogenase deficiency [LCHADD], n=2; carnitine acyl carnitine translocase deficiency [CACTD], n=2)...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
Stephan Knöchner, K Kronberg, U Schumann
ANAMNESIS:  A 47-year-old recreational sportsman showed in a routine ergometry polymorphic ventricular extrasystoles with good physical performance. INVESTIGATIONS:  In resting ECG impressed ventricular extrasystoles (VES) predominantly right-hand-block-like with superior axis, a long-term ECG yielded up to 100 VES per hour. Echocardiographically imposing 4 - 5 trabeculae, feathered, reticular structures apically in the left and lower in the right ventricle...
February 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Michael Bernhard, Stephanie Döll, Thomas Hartwig, Alexandra Ramshorn-Zimmer, Maryam Yahiaoui-Doktor, Lorenz Weidhase, Sirak Petros, André Gries
BACKGROUND: Management of critically ill nontrauma (CINT) patients in the resuscitation room (RR) of the emergency department (ED) is very challenging. Detailed data describing the characteristics and management of this population are lacking. This observational study describes the epidemiology, management and outcome in CINT ED patients in the RR. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From September 2014 to August 2015, data were collected prospectively on adult CINT patients admitted to the RR of a single German University ED...
February 5, 2018: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
Srishti Sareen, Mannu Nayyar, Brian Wheeler, Michelle Skelton, Rami N Khouzam
Atrial flutter (AF) is the second most common supraventricular tachyarrhythmia following atrial fibrillation. We present an interesting case of a diagnostic challenge manifested as an electrocardiogram (ECG) recording mimicking AF in a patient with Parkinson's disease (PD). A 72-year-old African-American female with history of PD presented to our Emergency Department with a one day history of chest pain. Her vital signs were within normal limits. Physical exam was remarkable for bilateral resting hand tremors at a frequency of 6-8 hertz and mild cogwheel rigidity in both upper extremities...
January 2018: Annals of Translational Medicine
Scott Sakaguchi, Jeremy Sandberg, David G Benditt
An ECG with an "odd" appearance may raise the suspicion that ECG recording electrodes may have been reversed. Odd appearances include unexpected Q-waves or R-waves, markedly isoelectric leads, and abrupt changes from previous ECGs. A few examples of ECG electrode reversal provide the opportunity to review some fundamental principles of ECG recording. Some ECG electrode reversals will invert the QRS complex recorded in a lead. Other ECG leads may be affected in a manner that initially may seem unexpected...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Philippe Le Conte, David Trewick, Philippe Pes, Eric Frampas, Eric Batard
BACKGROUND: Epigastric pain is frequent in Emergency Medicine and remains a challenging situation. Besides benign etiologies such as gastritis or uncomplicated cholelithiasis, it could reveal myocardial infarction or vascular disease. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) could be performed in such situation. CASE PRESENTATION: A healthy 66-year-old man with no previous medical history was admitted to the Emergency Department for a rapid onset epigastric pain. He reported taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatories for 1 week prior to admission...
February 1, 2018: Critical Ultrasound Journal
Kaveh Hosseini, Mansour Jahangiri, Ali Vasheghani Farahani
Background: Brugada syndrome (BrS) is an inherited channelopathy, which is associated with sudden cardiac death due to rapid polymorphic VT or VF. There is no definite consensus regarding the management of asymptomatic patients. Some experts advocate close follow-up; others propose the programmed stimulation for risk stratification. We aimed to evaluate the benefit of complete atrial and ventricular stimulation in patients with BrS and palpitation. Case Presentation: A 30-year-old man was admitted to our hospital because of a family history of sudden cardiac death (SCD) at age less than 45 years...
2018: Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine
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