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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926381/a-review-on-brain-structures-segmentation-in-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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REVIEW
Sandra González-Villà, Arnau Oliver, Sergi Valverde, Liping Wang, Reyer Zwiggelaar, Xavier Lladó
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Automatic brain structures segmentation in magnetic resonance images has been widely investigated in recent years with the goal of helping diagnosis and patient follow-up in different brain diseases. Here, we present a review of the state-of-the-art of automatic methods available in the literature ranging from structure specific segmentation methods to whole brain parcellation approaches. METHODS: We divide first the algorithms according to their target structures and then we propose a general classification based on their segmentation strategy, which includes atlas-based, learning-based, deformable, region-based and hybrid methods...
October 2016: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925764/framework-for-assessment-of-children-s-social-competence-with-particular-focus-on-children-with-brain-injuries
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Rebecca Ashton
Children's social competence is important for their general wellbeing and life satisfaction. Often it is an area identified as problematic for children brought to the attention of a psychologist, particularly for children with brain injuries. However, it can be difficult to pin down exactly where social difficulties lie, and therefore how best to help. The current article draws together the literature on social competence from brain injury and from more general developmental research. A hierarchical model is presented with three layers: social adjustment, social functioning, and social cognition...
December 7, 2016: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925652/inclusion-of-a-rest-period-in-diaphragmatic-breathing-increases-high-frequency-heart-rate-variability-implications-for-behavioral-therapy
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Matthew E B Russell, April B Scott, Ian A Boggero, Charles R Carlson
Heart rate variability (HRV) is associated with positive physiological and psychological effects. HRV is affected by breathing parameters, yet debate remains regarding the best breathing interventions for strengthening HRV. The objective of the current study was to test whether the inclusion of a postexhalation rest period was effective at increasing HRV, while controlling for breathing rate. A within-subject crossover design was used with 40 participants who were assigned randomly to a breathing pattern including a postexhalation rest period or a breathing pattern that omitted the postexhalation rest period...
December 7, 2016: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925586/a-bayesian-additive-model-for-understanding-public-transport-usage-in-special-events
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Filipe Rodrigues, Stanislav Borysov, Bernardete Ribeiro, Francisco Pereira
Public special events, like sports games, concerts and festivals are well known to create disruptions in transportation systems, often catching the operators by surprise. Although these are usually planned well in advance, their impact is difficult to predict, even when organisers and transportation operators coordinate. The problem highly increases when several events happen concurrently. To solve these problems, costly processes, heavily reliant on manual search and personal experience, are usual practice in large cities like Singapore, London or Tokyo...
December 2, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925425/preventing-acute-care-associated-venous-thromboembolism-in-adult-and-pediatric-patients-across-a-large-healthcare-system
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REVIEW
Timothy I Morgenthaler, Vilmarie Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: Although effective methods for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis (VTE-P) have been known for decades, reliable implementation has been challenging. OBJECTIVE: Develop reliable VTE-P systems for adult and for pediatric patients to reduce preventable venous thromboembolism (VTE). DESIGN: We used a discovery and diffusion system to first develop an effective system in 1 hospital location, and then spread the principle best practices across the entire 22-hospital system...
December 2016: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925274/supplementation-of-a-clinical-trial-by-historical-control-data-is-the-prospect-of-dynamic-borrowing-an-illusion
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N W Galwey
There are strong arguments, ethical, logistical and financial, for supplementing the evidence from a new clinical trial using data from previous trials with similar control treatments. There is a consensus that historical information should be down-weighted or discounted relative to information from the new trial, but the determination of the appropriate degree of discounting is a major difficulty. The degree of discounting can be represented by a bias parameter with specified variance, but a comparison between the historical and new data gives only a poor estimate of this variance...
December 7, 2016: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925142/dg-connect-funded-projects-on-information-and-communication-technologies-ict-for-old-age-people-beyond-silos-carewell-and-smartcare
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W Keijser, E de Manuel-Keenoy, M d'Angelantonio, P Stafylas, P Hobson, G Apuzzo, M Hurtado, J Oates, J Bousquet, A Senn
Information and communication technologies (ICT) are promising for the long-term care of older and frequently frail people. These innovations can improve health outcomes, quality of life and efficiency of care processes, while supporting independent living. However, they may be disruptive innovations. As all European member states are facing an increasing complexity of health and social care, good practices in ICT should be identified and evaluated. Three projects funded by DG CNECT are related to Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) and frailty: (i) BeyondSilos, dealing with independent living and integrated services, (ii) CareWell, providing integrated care coordination, patient empowerment and home support and (iii) SmartCare, proposing a common set of standard functional specifications for an ICT platform enabling the delivery of integrated care to older patients...
2016: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925004/appropriate-osmotic-balance-duration-for-different-volumes-of-ovarian-tissue-in-vitrification-solution-a-study-of-ovary-tissue-vitrification-and-transplantation-in-sheep
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L Dang, X Zheng, Q Chang, Y Yang, Y Wang, Y Cai, C Hei, H Wang, C Zhao, W Zhu, Y Wang
:   BACKGROUND: Auto-transplantation of cryopreserved ovarian tissue has become a promising method for fertility preservation and standardization of the process is crucial for practical applications. OBJECTIVE: Here we used different size of large sheep ovarian cortex to study the most suitable osmotic balance durations in the vitrification solution for large piece ovary cortex. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The ovarian cortices from six-month old female sheep were divided into 40 cubic mm, 80 cubic mm and 160 cubic mm volume, A two-step osmotic balance method was used based on the results from morphological and histological study, we detected the expression of VEGF after thawing, the percentage of follicles that survived and serum E2 levels,together with apoptosis test by TUNEL...
September 2016: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924347/preprocessing-structured-clinical-data-for-predictive-modeling-and-decision-support-a-roadmap-to-tackle-the-challenges
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José Carlos Ferrão, Mónica Duarte Oliveira, Filipe Janela, Henrique M G Martins
BACKGROUND: EHR systems have high potential to improve healthcare delivery and management. Although structured EHR data generates information in machine-readable formats, their use for decision support still poses technical challenges for researchers due to the need to preprocess and convert data into a matrix format. During our research, we observed that clinical informatics literature does not provide guidance for researchers on how to build this matrix while avoiding potential pitfalls...
December 7, 2016: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924106/inpatient-care-of-small-and-sick-newborns-in-healthcare-facilities
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REVIEW
S B Neogi, R Khanna, M Chauhan, J Sharma, G Gupta, R Srivastava, P K Prabhakar, A Khera, R Kumar, S Zodpey, V K Paul
Neonatal units in teaching and non-teaching hospitals both in public and private hospitals have been increasing in number in the country since the sixties. In 1994, a District Newborn Care Programme was introduced as a part of the Child Survival and Safe Motherhood Programme (CSSM) in 26 districts. Inpatient care of small and sick newborns in the public health system got a boost under National Rural Health Mission with the launch of the national programme on facility-based newborn care (FBNC). This has led to a nationwide creation of Newborn Care Corners (NBCC) at every point of child birth, newborn stabilization units (NBSUs) at First Referral Units (FRUs) and special newborn care units (SNCUs) at district hospitals...
December 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923930/mg2-ions-do-they-bind-to-nucleobase-nitrogens
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Filip Leonarski, Luigi D'Ascenzo, Pascal Auffinger
Given the many roles proposed for Mg(2+) in nucleic acids, it is essential to accurately determine their binding modes. Here, we surveyed the PDB to classify Mg(2+) inner-sphere binding patterns to nucleobase imine N1/N3/N7 atoms. Among those, purine N7 atoms are considered to be the best nucleobase binding sites for divalent metals. Further, Mg(2+) coordination to N7 has been implied in several ribozyme catalytic mechanisms. We report that Mg(2+) assigned near imine nitrogens derive mostly from poor interpretations of electron density patterns and are most often misidentified Na(+), K(+), NH4(+) ions, water molecules or spurious density peaks...
December 6, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923860/using-a-domestic-and-sexual-violence-prevention-advocate-to-implement-a-dating-violence-prevention-program-with-athletes
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M C D Jaime, M Stocking, K Freire, L Perkinson, S Ciaravino, E Miller
'Coaching Boys into Men' is an evidence-based dating violence prevention program for coaches to implement with male athletes. A common adaptation of this program is delivery by domestic violence and sexual violence prevention advocates instead of coaches. We explored how this implementer adaptation may influence athlete uptake of program messages and outcomes. Randomly, one school received the program delivered by an advocate while another school received the program delivered by coaches. Athletes completed baseline and follow-up surveys (n = 148), and a subset who received the advocate-led program participated in focus groups (four groups; n = 26)...
December 2016: Health Education Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923525/using-clinical-information-to-make-individualized-prognostic-predictions-in-people-at-ultra-high-risk-for-psychosis
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Andrea Mechelli, Ashleigh Lin, Stephen Wood, Patrick McGorry, Paul Amminger, Stefania Tognin, Philip McGuire, Jonathan Young, Barnaby Nelson, Alison Yung
Recent studies have reported an association between psychopathology and subsequent clinical and functional outcomes in people at ultra-high risk (UHR) for psychosis. This has led to the suggestion that psychopathological information could be used to make prognostic predictions in this population. However, because the current literature is based on inferences at group level, the translational value of the findings for everyday clinical practice is unclear. Here we examined whether psychopathological information could be used to make individualized predictions about clinical and functional outcomes in people at UHR...
December 3, 2016: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923300/the-glasgow-coma-scale-in-adults-doing-it-right
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Ismalia de Sousa, Sue Woodward
After 40 years, the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is the resource of choice for assessing the level of consciousness in patients with neurological conditions. Clinicians' ability to monitor patients' conditions, identify deterioration and make clinical decisions depends on their ability to carry out GCS assessments, so it is vital that they understand it. This article explores how best to use the GCS in clinical practice and examines some of the factors that can affect the accuracy of assessments. The article also explains the difference between peripheral and central stimuli...
December 7, 2016: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923091/association-between-learning-environment-interventions-and-medical-student-well-being-a-systematic-review
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Lauren T Wasson, Amberle Cusmano, Laura Meli, Irene Louh, Louise Falzon, Meghan Hampsey, Geoffrey Young, Jonathan Shaffer, Karina W Davidson
Importance: Concerns exist about the current quality of undergraduate medical education and its effect on students' well-being. Objective: To identify best practices for undergraduate medical education learning environment interventions that are associated with improved emotional well-being of students. Data Sources: Learning environment interventions were identified by searching the biomedical electronic databases Ovid MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, and ERIC from database inception dates to October 2016...
December 6, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922995/integrating-preventive-cardiovascular-healthcare-into-home-health-a-pilot-study
#16
Janet R Lynch, Cynthia K Sun, Stacie Deslich
The viability of measuring and integrating preventive cardiovascular care into home healthcare was investigated through a pilot study fielded during 2013 and 2014. The study tested the feasibility of using a data registry to measure preventive cardiovascular care delivered in home healthcare, examined opportunities for quality improvement, and looked at the association between exposure to evidence-based tools and improvement in aspirin use and blood pressure screening and control among a convenience sample of 20 agencies...
January 2017: Home Healthcare Now
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922876/mothers-weaning-practices-when-infants-breastfeed-for-more-than-one-year
#17
Addie Cunniff, Diane Spatz
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend that infants receive human milk exclusively for the first 6 months of life and that breastfeeding continue beyond the first or second year of life for as long as a family deems appropriate. More infants in the United States and around the world are meeting this recommendation. As more infants breastfeed beyond the first year of life, best practices for weaning toddlers come into question. Little is known about concerns and practices of breastfeeding mothers weaning their children from feedings...
December 5, 2016: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922841/stress-resiliency-practices-in-neonatal-nurses
#18
Lisa M Pannell, Lynn Rowe, Salena Tully
BACKGROUND: Multiple environmental changes were experienced in a large level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) causing a perception of work-related stress leading to high nurse turnover, decreased engagement, and decreased satisfaction. PURPOSE: To identify a preintervention measure of perceived stress resiliency and ranking of interpretive styles in a population of neonatal, bedside registered nurses faced with a change in the physical practice environment...
December 5, 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922775/best-practice-doppler-assessment-in-lymphoedema
#19
Marie Todd
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2, 2016: British Journal of Community Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922657/social-aware-event-handling-within-the-fallrisk-project
#20
Femke De Backere, Jan Van den Bergh, Sven Coppers, Shirley Elprama, Jelle Nelis, Stijn Verstichel, An Jacobs, Karin Coninx, Femke Ongenae, Filip De Turck
OBJECTIVES: With the uprise of the Internet of Things, wearables and smartphones are moving to the foreground. Ambient Assisted Living solutions are, for example, created to facilitate ageing in place. One example of such systems are fall detection systems. Currently, there exists a wide variety of fall detection systems using different methodologies and technologies. However, these systems often do not take into account the fall handling process, which starts after a fall is identified or this process only consists of sending a notification...
December 6, 2016: Methods of Information in Medicine
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