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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325025/comparison-between-users-of-a-new-methodology-for-heart-sound-auscultation
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Ana Castro, Pedro Gomes, Sandra S Mattos, Miguel T Coimbra
Auscultation is a routine exam and the first line of screening in heart pathologies. The objective of this study was to assess if using a new data collection system, the DigiScope Collector, with a guided and automatic annotation of heart auscultation, different levels of expertise/experience users could collect similar digital auscultations. Data were collected within the Heart Caravan Initiative (Paraíba, Brasil). Patients were divided into two study groups: Group 1 evaluated by a third year medical student (User 1), and an experienced nurse (User 2); Group 2 evaluated by User 2 and an Information Technology professional (User 3)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325020/socioeconomic-status-age-and-heart-rate-variability-in-a-bangladeshi-community
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Nishat E-Sharmin Trisha, Herbert F Jelinek, Mika P Tarvainen, David J Cornforth, Dewan S Alam, Megan Smith
Socioeconomic status (SES) is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and either low or high heart rate variability (HRV) at rest has been shown to predict cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The study investigated the extent HRV features can predict SES. Four hundred and twenty eight people were randomly selected from the commercial districts (high SES) and slum areas (low SES) within Dhaka city. Demographic, clinical, and HRV features were recorded. Of the clinical variables age, waist circumference and diastolic blood pressure (p<;0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325013/mirror-therapy-combined-with-functional-electrical-stimulation-for-rehabilitation-of-stroke-survivors-ankle-dorsiflexion
#3
Ghadir Salhab, Ahmad Rifaii Sarraj, Soha Saleh
This study investigates the effect of combining both mirror therapy with Electrical Stimulation (ES) on improvement of the function of lower extremity compared to conventional therapy. 18 stroke survivors (sub acute stage) were recruited, 9 of them were randomly assigned to receive conventional treatment and another 9 started the mirror therapy combined with ES treatment. Duration of each session in both interventions was 50 minutes, done 4 times per week over two weeks. After 2 weeks, subjects took one week rest before switching they type of treatment; those started with conventional therapy continued with mirror therapy combined with ES, and vice versa...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324966/random-forests-to-predict-tumor-recurrence-following-cervical-cancer-therapy-using-pre-and-per-treatment-18-f-fdg-pet-parameters
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Geoffrey Roman-Jimenez, Oscar Acosta, Julie Leseur, Anne Devillers, Henri Der Sarkissian, Lina Guzman, Eloi'se Grossiord, Juan-David Ospina, Renaud De Crevoisier
The ability to predict tumor recurrence after chemoradiotherapy of locally advanced cervical cancer is a crucial clinical issue to intensify the treatment of the most high-risk patients. The objective of this study was to investigate tumor metabolism characteristics extracted from pre- and per-treatment (18)F-FDG PET images to predict 3-year overall recurrence (OR). A total of 53 locally advanced cervical cancer patients underwent pre- and per-treatment (18)F-FDG PET (respectively PET1 and PET2). Tumor metabolism was characterized through several delineations using different thresholds, based on a percentage of the maximum uptake, and applied by region-growing...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324964/gastric-mucosa-injury-quantification-in-an-ischemia-reperfusion-experimental-model
#5
E Pena-Mercado, M Garcia-Lorenzana, E Arechaga, C H Gonzalez-de la Rosa, N E Beltran
Gastric ischemia - reperfusion (I/R) injury is an important clinical problem, which is developed in more than 80% of critically ill patients. I/R is caused by interruption of blood supply to an organ or tissue followed by blood reflow into the exposed area, leading to multiple organ failure and death. Gastric reactance has been proposed to measure tissue injury caused by ischemia. The present study evaluates a new method to quantify gastric tissue damage due to I/R, and assess its relation to gastric reactance changes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324961/an-elementary-model-for-exploring-the-pathogenesis-of-depression
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D A Irosh P Fernando
A preliminary model for exploring the pathogenesis of depression that involves genetic and environmental factors is described using a system of linear differential equation. The influence of environmental factors essentially involves random life events, which are modelled using a stochastic differential equation. Different scenarios, including the trajectory of the pathogenesis of depression and immunity, are described by model simulation.
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324945/a-comparative-study-of-pseudorandom-sequences-used-in-a-c-vep-based-bci-for-online-wheelchair-control
#7
Jonas Isaksen, Ali Mohebbi, Sadasivan Puthusserypady
In this study, a c-VEP based BCI system was developed to run on three distinctive pseudorandom sequences, namely the m-code, the Gold-code, and the Barker-code. The Visual Evoked Potentials (VEPs) were provoked using these codes. In the online session, subjects controlled a LEGO(®) Mindstorms(®) robot around a fixed track. Choosing the optimal code proved a significant increase in accuracy (p<;0.00001) over the average performance. No single code proved significantly more accurate than the others (p=0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324923/topotecan-vincristine-doxorubicin-in-stage-4-high-risk-neuroblastoma-patients-failing-to-achieve-a-complete-metastatic-response-to-rapid-cojec-a-siopen-study
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Loredana Amoroso, Giovanni Erminio, Guy Makin, Andrew Dj Pearson, Penelope Brock, Dominique Valteau-Couanet, Victoria Castel, Marlène Pasquet, Genevieve Laureys, Caroline Thomas, Roberto Luksch, Ruth Ladenstein, Riccardo Haupt, Alberto Garaventa
Purpose: Metastatic response to induction therapy for high-risk neuroblastoma is a prognostic factor. In the International Society of Paediatric Oncology Europe Neuroblastoma (SIOPEN) HR-NBL-1 protocol, only patients with metastatic complete response (CR) or partial response (PR) with ≤3 abnormal skeletal areas on 123iodine-metaiodobenzylguanidine ([123I]mIBG) scintigraphy and no bone marrow disease proceed to high dose therapy (HDT). In this study, topotecan-vincristine-doxorubicin (TVD) was evaluated in patients failing to achieve these criteria, with the aim of improving the metastatic response rate...
March 21, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324920/an-open-label-randomized-parallel-phase-ii-trial-to-evaluate-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-a-cremophor-free-polymeric-micelle-formulation-of-paclitaxel-as-first-line-treatment-for-ovarian-cancer-a-korean-gynecologic-oncology-group-study-kgog-3021
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Shin-Wha Lee, Yong-Man Kim, Chi Heum Cho, Young Tae Kim, Seok Mo Kim, Soo Young Hur, Jae-Hoon Kim, Byoung-Gie Kim, Seung-Cheol Kim, Hee-Sug Ryu, Soon Beom Kang
Purpose: Genexol-PM is a biodegradable cremophor EL-free polymeric micelle formulation of paclitaxel. Here we compared efficacy and safety of Genexol-PM plus carboplatin vs. Genexol plus carboplatin for ovarian cancer treatment. Materials and Methods: In this multicenter, randomized, phase II study, patients with FIGO IC-IV epithelial ovarian cancer were randomly assigned (1:1) to receive Genexol-PM 260 mg/m2 or Genexol 175 mg/m2 with 5 AUC carboplatin every three weeks (6 cycles)...
March 21, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324886/the-effect-of-ovarian-cancer-screening-on-sexual-activity-and-functioning-results-from-the-uk-collaborative-trial-of-ovarian-cancer-screening-rct
#10
Lesley Fallowfield, Ivonne Solis-Trapala, Usha Menon, Carolyn Langridge, Shirley May, Ian Jacobs, Valerie Jenkins
BACKGROUND: To examine the impact of multimodal (MMS) and ultrasound (USS) screening on the sexual activity and functioning of 22 966 women in the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS) RCT. METHODS: Fallowfield's Sexual Activity Questionnaire (FSAQ) was completed prior to randomisation, then annually in a random sample (RS) of women from MMS, USS and control groups. Any women in the study who required repeat screening due to unsatisfactory results formed an Events Sample (ES); they completed questionnaires following an event and annually thereafter...
March 21, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324871/herd-specific-random-regression-carcass-profiles-for-beef-cattle-after-adjustment-for-animal-genetic-merit
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Tanya M Englishby, Kirsty L Moore, Donagh P Berry, Mike P Coffey, Georgios Banos
Abattoir data are an important source of information for the genetic evaluation of carcass traits, but also for on-farm management purposes. The present study aimed to quantify the contribution of herd environment to beef carcass characteristics (weight, conformation score and fat score) with particular emphasis on generating finishing herd-specific profiles for these traits across different ages at slaughter. Abattoir records from 46,115 heifers and 78,790 steers aged between 360 and 900days, and from 22,971 young bulls aged between 360 and 720days, were analysed...
March 7, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324759/stability-and-instability-of-a-neuron-network-with-excitatory-and-inhibitory-small-world-connections
#12
Dongyuan Yu, Xu Xu, Jing Zhou, Eric Li
This study considers a delayed neural network with excitatory and inhibitory shortcuts. The global stability of the trivial equilibrium is investigated based on Lyapunov's direct method and the delay-dependent criteria are obtained. It is shown that both the excitatory and inhibitory shortcuts decrease the stability interval, but a time delay can be employed as a global stabilizer. In addition, we analyze the bounds of the eigenvalues of the adjacent matrix using matrix perturbation theory and then obtain the generalized sufficient conditions for local stability...
March 2, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324754/effects-of-sit-to-stand-training-combined-with-transcutaneous-electrical-stimulation-on-spasticity-muscle-strength-and-balance-ability-in-patients-with-stroke-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Kyoung-Sim Jung, Tae-Sung In, Hwi-Young Cho
Sit-to-stand is a fundamental movement of human being for performing mobility and independent activity. However, Stroke people symptoms experience difficulty in conducting the sit-to-stand due to paralysis and especially ankle spasticity. Recently, transcutaneouselectrical- stimulation (TENS) is used to reduce pain but also to manage spasticity. The purpose of this study was to determine (1) whether TENS would lead to ankle spasticity reduction and (2) whether sit-to-stand training combined with TENS would improve spasticity, muscle strength and balance ability in stroke patients...
March 10, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324706/combining-oxytocin-administration-and-positive-emotion-inductions-examining-social-perception-and-analytical-performance
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Lauren J Human, Katherine R Thorson, Joshua D Woolley, Wendy Berry Mendes
Intranasal administration of the hypothalamic neuropeptide oxytocin (OT) has, in some studies, been associated with positive effects on social perception and cognition. Similarly, positive emotion inductions can improve a range of perceptual and performance-based behaviors. In this exploratory study, we examined how OT administration and positive emotion inductions interact in their associations with social and analytical performance. Participants (N=124) were randomly assigned to receive an intranasal spray of OT (40IU) or placebo and then viewed one of three videos designed to engender one of the following emotion states: social warmth, pride, or an affectively neutral state...
March 17, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324697/adverse-events-in-a-chiropractic-spinal-manipulative-therapy-single-blinded-placebo-randomized-controlled-trial-for-migraineurs
#15
Aleksander Chaibi, Jūratė Šaltytė Benth, Peter J Tuchin, Michael Bjørn Russell
BACKGROUND: Unlike pharmacological randomized controlled trials (RCTs), manual-therapy RCTs do not always report adverse events (AEs). The few manual-therapy RCTs that provide information on AEs are frequently without details, such as the type and-, severity of the AE and reason for withdrawal. OBJECTIVE: To prospectively report all AEs in a chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (CSMT) RCT. DESIGN: A prospective 3-armed, single-blinded, placebo, RCT...
March 14, 2017: Musculoskelet Sci Pract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324696/online-neural-monitoring-of-statistical-learning
#16
Laura J Batterink, Ken A Paller
The extraction of patterns in the environment plays a critical role in many types of human learning, from motor skills to language acquisition. This process is known as statistical learning. Here we propose that statistical learning has two dissociable components: (1) perceptual binding of individual stimulus units into integrated composites and (2) storing those integrated representations for later use. Statistical learning is typically assessed using post-learning tasks, such that the two components are conflated...
February 24, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324671/dose-de-escalation-of-intrapleural-tissue-plasminogen-activator-therapy-for-pleural-infection-the-adapt-project
#17
Natalia Popowicz, Oliver Bintcliffe, Duneesha De Fonseka, Kevin G Blyth, Nicola A Smith, Francesco Piccolo, Geoffrey Martin, Donny Wong, Anthony Edey, Nick Maskell, Y C Gary Lee
RATIONALE: Intrapleural therapy with a combination of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) 10mg and deoxyribonuclease (DNase) 5mg administered twice daily has been shown in randomized and open-label studies to enable adequate drainage of over 90% of infected pleural effusions without surgery. Potential bleeding risks associated with intrapleural tPA and the drug costs remain important concerns. The ongoing ADAPT (Alteplase Dose Assessment for Pleural infection Therapy) project aims to investigate the efficacy and safety of dose de-escalation for intrapleural tPA...
March 21, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324627/hospitalized-opioid-dependent-patients-exploring-predictors-of-buprenorphine-treatment-entry-and-retention-after-discharge
#18
Christina S Lee, Jane M Liebschutz, Bradley J Anderson, Michael D Stein
OBJECTIVES: Few studies have explored predictors of entry into and retention in buprenorphine treatment following linkage from an acute medical hospitalization. METHODS: This secondary analysis of a completed clinical trial focuses on medically hospitalized, opioid-dependent patients (n = 72) who were randomized to an intervention including buprenorphine induction and dose stabilization during hospitalization followed by post-discharge transition to office-based buprenorphine treatment (OBOT)...
March 21, 2017: American Journal on Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324618/thermogelling-chitosan-lactate-hydrogel-improves-functional-recovery-after-a-c2-spinal-cord-hemisection-in-rat
#19
Katarzyna Nawrotek, Tanguy Marqueste, Zofia Modrzejewska, Roman Zarzycki, Agnieszka Rusak, Patrick Decherchi
The present study was designed to provide an appropriate micro-environment for regenerating axotomized neurons and proliferating/migrating cells. Because of its intrinsic permissive properties, biocompatibility and biodegradability, we chose to evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of a chitosan-based biopolymer. The biomaterial toxicity was measured through in vitro test based on fibroblast cell survival on thermogelling chitosan lactate hydrogel substrate and then polymer was implanted into a C2 hemisection of the rat spinal cord...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324318/botulinum-neurotoxin-type-a-for-the-treatment-of-pain-not-just-in-migraine-and-trigeminal-neuralgia
#20
Giorgio Sandrini, Roberto De Icco, Cristina Tassorelli, Nicola Smania, Stefano Tamburin
BACKGROUND: Despite their huge epidemiological impact, primary headaches, trigeminal neuralgia and other chronic pain conditions still receive suboptimal medical approach, even in developed countries. The limited efficacy of current pain-killers and prophylactic treatments stands among the main reasons for this phenomenon. Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) represents a well-established and licensed treatment for chronic migraine, but also an emerging treatment for other types of primary headache, trigeminal neuralgia, neuropathic pain, and an increasing number of pain conditions...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
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