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Susel Fernandez, Rafik Hadfi, Takayuki Ito, Ivan Marsa-Maestre, Juan R Velasco
Intelligent transportation systems are a set of technological solutions used to improve the performance and safety of road transportation. A crucial element for the success of these systems is the exchange of information, not only between vehicles, but also among other components in the road infrastructure through different applications. One of the most important information sources in this kind of systems is sensors. Sensors can be within vehicles or as part of the infrastructure, such as bridges, roads or traffic signs...
2016: Sensors
Marsa Zaroudi, Jamshid Yazdani Charati, Sharmin Mehrabi, Elham Ghorbani, Jalal Norouzkhani, Hamid Shirashiani, Bahar Nikzad, Mirhossein Seiedpour, Morteza Izadi, Mohammadreza Mirzaei, Ghasem Oveis, Nader Ahangar, Hossein Azadeh, Ozra Akha, Akbar Fazel-Tabar Malekshah
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess the relationship between major dietary patterns and risk of diabetes type 2 among Iranian adults. METHODS: In this population-based case-control study in Mazandaran province, we enrolled 332 subjects (110 newly diagnosed cases and 222 controls) aged 43 - 77 years. Dietary intakes were collected using a validated semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire (FFQ). Data on demographic, anthropometric, socioeconomic characteristics and other covariates were collected using structured lifestyle questionnaires...
March 2016: Archives of Iranian Medicine
Kazuhiro Tajima-Pozo, Camila Bayón, Marina Díaz-Marsá, Jose Luis Carrasco
OBJECTIVE: High plasma testosterone levels have been associated with aggression, sexual behaviour and social status. The aim of this paper was to study the correlation between basal plasma testosterone levels and personality variables in healthy participants. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-four participants were randomly enrolled into this study. Basal plasma testosterone levels were measured between 8:30 am and 10 am. After 24 hours of blood drawing, each subject completed personality questionnaires...
July 2015: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
Enrique de la Hoz, Jose Manuel Gimenez-Guzman, Ivan Marsa-Maestre, David Orden
Due to the low cost of CMOS IP-based cameras, wireless surveillance sensor networks have emerged as a new application of sensor networks able to monitor public or private areas or even country borders. Since these networks are bandwidth intensive and the radioelectric spectrum is limited, especially in unlicensed bands, it is mandatory to assign frequency channels in a smart manner. In this work, we propose the application of automated negotiation techniques for frequency assignment. Results show that these techniques are very suitable for the problem, being able to obtain the best solutions among the techniques with which we have compared them...
2015: Sensors
Juan C Pascual, Nerea Palomares, Ángela Ibáñez, Maria J Portella, Rocío Arza, Raquel Reyes, Albert Feliu-Soler, Marina Díaz-Marsá, Jerónimo Saiz-Ruiz, Joaquim Soler, Jose L Carrasco
BACKGROUND: Follow-up studies revealed that subjects with borderline personality disorder (BPD) present high rates of clinical remission, although psychosocial functioning often remains impaired. The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of a cognitive rehabilitation intervention versus a psychoeducational program on psychosocial functioning in subjects with BPD. METHODS: A multicenter, randomized, and positive-controlled clinical trial was conducted. Seventy outpatients with BPD were randomized to cognitive rehabilitation or psychoeducational group interventions...
2015: BMC Psychiatry
Nerea Palomares, Ana Montes, Marina Díaz-Marsá, José L Carrasco
The aim of the present study is to test the efficacy of palmitate paliperidone long-acting injection for patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD). A total of 16 patients with BPD were treated with intramuscular paliperidone palmitate (IMPP) over 12 weeks. Effectiveness measures included the CGI-BPD, HARS, MADRS, BIS-11, and STAXI-2. Functional improvement was assessed using the Global Assessment of Functioning scale. A list of adverse events was provided to clinicians and patients. Treatment with IMPP was associated with a significant average reduction of 1...
November 2015: International Clinical Psychopharmacology
Leila Saadatpour, Simin Hemati, Farzaneh Habibi, Erfan Behzadi, Marsa Sadat Hashemi-Jazi, Gholamreza Kheirabadi, Leila Mirbagher, Ali Gholamrezaei
CONTEXT: Various symptoms frequently affect cancer patients' quality of life. Appropriate assessment of these symptoms provides valuable data for cancer management. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to validate the Persian version of the M. D. Anderson Symptom Inventory (MDASI-P). METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted at four cancer treatment centers in two cities in Iran. Breast cancer and colorectal cancer patients aged 18 years and older were consecutively included in the study...
September 2015: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
J Michael Gee, Meredith B Gibbons, Marsa Taheri, Sierra Palumbos, S Craig Morris, Roy M Smeal, Katherine F Flynn, Michael N Economo, Christian G Cizek, Mario R Capecchi, Petr Tvrdik, Karen S Wilcox, John A White
Complex interactions between networks of astrocytes and neurons are beginning to be appreciated, but remain poorly understood. Transgenic mice expressing fluorescent protein reporters of cellular activity, such as the GCaMP family of genetically encoded calcium indicators (GECIs), have been used to explore network behavior. However, in some cases, it may be desirable to use long-established rat models that closely mimic particular aspects of human conditions such as Parkinson's disease and the development of epilepsy following status epilepticus...
2015: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Kaloyan Kamenov, Blanca Mellor-Marsá, Itziar Leal, Jose Luis Ayuso-Mateos, Maria Cabello
Despite all the knowledge on depression, it is still unclear whether current literature covers all the psychosocial difficulties (PSDs) important for depressed patients. The aim of the present study was to identify the gaps in the recent literature concerning PSDs and their related variables. Psychosocial difficulties were defined according to the World Health Organization International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). A comparative approach between a systematic literature review, a focus group, and individual interviews with depressed patients was used...
2014: BioMed Research International
Kaouther Dimassi, Anissa Ben Amor, Cyrine Belghith, Mohamed Amine Ben Khedija, Amel Triki, Mohamed Faouzi Gara
OBJECTIVE: To compare clinical data and transperineal ultrasound results for the diagnosis of fetal head engagement. METHODS: The present prospective longitudinal study enrolled 100 term women attending the Mongi Slim Hospital, La Marsa, Tunisia, between July and September 2012. The clinical assessment of fetal engagement was compared with ultrasound measurements. Ultrasound examination was performed in the delivery room. The probe was placed on the ano-vulvar area...
October 2014: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
Ferran Marsà, Arnau Farré, Estela Martín-Badosa, Mario Montes-Usategui
A major problem with holographic optical tweezers (HOTs) is their incompatibility with laser-based position detection methods, such as back-focal-plane interferometry (BFPI). The alternatives generally used with HOTs, like high-speed video tracking, do not offer the same spatial and temporal bandwidths. This has limited the use of this technique in precise quantitative experiments. In this paper, we present an optical trap design that combines digital holography and back-focal-plane displacement detection. We show that, with a particularly simple setup, it is possible to generate a set of multiple holographic traps and an additional static non-holographic trap with orthogonal polarizations and that they can be, therefore, easily separated for measuring positions and forces with the high positional and temporal resolutions of laser-based detection...
December 16, 2013: Optics Express
Wissem Sdiri, Dorra Mbarek, Hédi Ben Slima, Rami Tlili, Selma Longo, Youssef Ben Ameur, Mohamed Rachid Boujnah
BACKGROUND: Myocardial reperfusion is the « corner stone » in the treatment of myocardial infarction. Primary percutaneous coronary intervention has proved its superiority upon intravenous thrombolysis. aim: To evaluate in hospital mortality of acute myocardial infarction treated with primary angioplasty and to determine its predictive factors. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study including 250 patients admitted to Mongi Slim university Hospital at la Marsa between January the 1st, 2006 and June the 30th, 2011...
October 2013: La Tunisie Médicale
Susel Fernandez, Ivan Marsa-Maestre, Juan R Velasco, Bernardo Alarcos
Sensor networks are a concept that has become very popular in data acquisition and processing for multiple applications in different fields such as industrial, medicine, home automation, environmental detection, etc. Today, with the proliferation of small communication devices with sensors that collect environmental data, semantic Web technologies are becoming closely related with sensor networks. The linking of elements from Semantic Web technologies with sensor networks has been called Semantic Sensor Web and has among its main features the use of ontologies...
2013: Sensors
Wissem Sdiri, Amel Marouf, Dorra Mbarek, Hedi Ben Slima, Aida Mokaddem, Youssef Ben Ameur, Mohamed Rachid Boujnah
BACKGROUND: Indications for permanent pacing are currently well codified. This treatment may, however, present complications AIM: To report the results of cardiac pacing and to identify predictive factors of pacing's complication. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of 188 consecutive patients admitted to the cardiology department of Mongi Slim university hospital in La Marsa between January 2005 and June 2011 and implanted with a single or dual chamber pacemaker...
June 2013: La Tunisie Médicale
Karina S MacDowell, Marina Díaz-Marsá, Itziar Güemes, Alberto Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Leza, José Luis Carrasco
Dysfunctional serotoninergic regulation and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis overreactivity have been consistently reported in research studies with eating disorders (ED). In addition, the links between stress response, serotonin function, HPA axis and inflammatory mechanisms in ED have also been suggested in a number of studies. In our study, inflammatory parameters in white blood cells were investigated in 26 female patients with ED and 25 healthy control subjects matched for sex, age and ethnicity...
August 2013: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Kazuhiro Tajima-Pozo, Ana Montes-Montero, Itziar Güemes, Sara González-Vives, Marina Díaz-Marsá, José Luis Carrasco
Activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis had been studied for the past half century, when some researchers noted that some patients with Cushing's syndrome and severe mood disorders had high baseline cortisol levels, which resulted in an inhibited response in the 1mg dexamethasone suppression test. Altered dexamethasone suppression test results were subsequently found in many psychiatric diseases, including anorexia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder, degenerative dementia, bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia...
August 2013: Endocrinología y Nutrición: órgano de la Sociedad Española de Endocrinología y Nutrición
Laura J Sherwood, Andrew Hayhurst
BACKGROUND: Antigen detection assays can play an important part in environmental surveillance and diagnostics for emerging threats. We are interested in accelerating assay formulation; targeting the agents themselves to bypass requirements for a priori genome information or surrogates. Previously, using in vitro affinity reagent selection on Marburg virus we rapidly established monoclonal affinity reagent sandwich assay (MARSA) where one recombinant antibody clone was both captor and tracer for polyvalent nucleoprotein (NP)...
2013: PloS One
Sergio Laurito, Teresita Branham, Gustavo Herrero, Silvana Marsa, Fernanda Garro, María Roqué
Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) is a rare developmental disorder characterized by distinctive facial, neurobehavioral, and cardiovascular features. WBS is caused by a heterozygous contiguous gene microdeletion of the WBS crítical region on chromosome 7q11.23. Confirmation of clinical suspicion is essential for clinical monitoring of the patient and genetic counseling of the family. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is considered the gold standard technique for detecting WBS. Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) has been introduced into DNA diagnostic laboratories for the detection of copy number variations in several diseases including WBS...
2013: Medicina
Marina Díaz-Marsá, Karina S Macdowell, Itziar Guemes, Víctor Rubio, José L Carrasco, Juan C Leza
A case-control study including patients (n = 20) with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and healthy controls (n = 33) was carried out. To avoid interferences of other clinical conditions on biological findings, patients were free of current major depressive episodes or substance dependence disorders, and had no life history of schizophrenia, bipolar or neuropsychiatric disorders. Patients were free of medication for at least two weeks at the time of the study. Studies carried out in peripheral mononuclear blood cells and plasma evidence a systemic inflammatory condition in unstable-impulsive BPD patients...
December 2012: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Aida Farreny, Jaume Aguado, Susana Ochoa, Elena Huerta-Ramos, Ferran Marsà, Raquel López-Carrilero, Vanessa Carral, Josep Maria Haro, Judith Usall
BACKGROUND: Overall results from Cognitive Remediation (CR) indicate robust and long-lasting effects with medium effect size on global cognition and functioning, and a small ES on symptoms present at post-treatment but not at follow-up. However, results are not the same in all CR therapies and in some cases no efficacy results are achieved. AIMS: To develop an integrative intervention taking into account previous efficacious therapies. To evaluate the efficacy of our cognitive remediation group training: Problem Solving and Cognitive Flexibility training (REPYFLEC), with the aim of improving cognition and functioning in schizophrenia patients...
December 2012: Schizophrenia Research
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