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Bonnie L Westra, Steven G Johnson, Samira Ali, Karen M Bavuso, Christopher A Cruz, Sarah Collins, Meg Furukawa, Mary L Hook, Anne LaFlamme, Kay Lytle, Lisiane Pruinelli, Tari Rajchel, Theresa Tess Settergren, Kathryn F Westman, Luann Whittenburg
BACKGROUND:  Secondary use of electronic health record (EHR) data can reduce costs of research and quality reporting. However, EHR data must be consistent within and across organizations. Flowsheet data provide a rich source of interprofessional data and represents a high volume of documentation; however, content is not standardized. Health care organizations design and implement customized content for different care areas creating duplicative data that is noncomparable. In a prior study, 10 information models (IMs) were derived from an EHR that included 2...
January 2018: Applied Clinical Informatics
Mingfeng Ning, Shijie Zhang, Shiqiang Wang
The number of feature points on the surface of a non-cooperative target satellite used for monocular vision-based relative navigation affects the onboard computational load. A feature point selection method called the quasi-optimal method is proposed to select a subset of feature points with a good geometric distribution. This method, with the assumption that all of the feature points are in a plane and have the same variance, is based on the fact that the scattered feature points can provide higher accuracy than that of them grouped together...
March 14, 2018: Sensors
Urvish Joshi, Sheetal Vyas
Background and Objectives: Current programs in medical education technology concentrate mainly upon "how-to-teach." The focus is needed on learner's memory retention too. An innovative strategy like concept mapping might be a way forward. The study was carried out to assess its effectiveness and to know students' perceptions. Materials and Methods: During community medicine classes, a student-group was sensitized on how to make and use concept maps out of taught contents...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Community Medicine
Menuka Pallebage-Gamarallage, Sean Foxley, Ricarda A L Menke, Istvan N Huszar, Mark Jenkinson, Benjamin C Tendler, Chaoyue Wang, Saad Jbabdi, Martin R Turner, Karla L Miller, Olaf Ansorge
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a clinically and histopathologically heterogeneous neurodegenerative disorder, in which therapy is hindered by the rapid progression of disease and lack of biomarkers. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has demonstrated its potential for detecting the pathological signature and tracking disease progression in ALS. However, the microstructural and molecular pathological substrate is poorly understood and generally defined histologically...
March 13, 2018: BMC Neuroscience
Jeanie K Meckes, Patrick H Lim, Stephanie L Wert, Wendy Luo, Stephanie A Gacek, Dana Platt, Ryan Jankord, Kathrin Saar, Eva E Redei
Acute stress responsiveness is a quantitative trait that varies in severity from one individual to another; however, the genetic component underlying the individual variation is largely unknown. Fischer 344 (F344) and Wistar Kyoto (WKY) rat strains show large differences in behavioral responsiveness to acute stress, such as freezing behavior in response to footshock during the conditioning phase of contextual fear conditioning (CFC). Quantitative trait loci (QTL) have been identified for behavioral responsiveness to acute stress in the defensive burying (DB) and open field test (OFT) from a reciprocal F2 cross of F344 and WKY rat strains...
2018: PloS One
Anthony Li, Joseph Samuel Davis, Alexander Grimster, Jeremiah Wierwille, Keith Herold, Dennis Morgan, Elijah R Behr, Stephen Shorofsky, Magdi Saba
Aims: To determine if a software algorithm can use an individualized distance-morphology difference model, built from three initial pacemaps, to prospectively locate the exit site (ES) of ventricular arrhythmias (VA). Methods and results: Consecutive patients undergoing ablation of VA from a single centre were recruited. During mapping, three initial pacing points were collected in the chamber of interest and the navigation algorithm applied to predict the ES, which was corroborated by conventional mapping techniques...
March 8, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Marianne Melau, Nikolai Albert, Merete Nordentoft
AIM: Specialized early intervention (SEI) treatment in meta-analysis has proven to be effective, compared to usual treatment, in treating first-episode psychosis, and the dissemination of SEI services is increasing. A prerequisite for upholding positive effects is to ensure fidelity to the treatment concept once tested. The aim of this study was to map programme fidelity of SEI teams in Denmark by testing a newly developed fidelity scale. METHODS: The 18-item SEI fidelity scale was assessed by visiting SEI teams in person...
March 12, 2018: Early Intervention in Psychiatry
Jean-Baptiste Fassier, Marion Lamort-Bouché, Guillaume Broc, Laure Guittard, Julien Péron, Sabrina Rouat, Julien Carretier, Béatrice Fervers, Laurent Letrilliart, Philippe Sarnin
Return to work (RTW) is an important step for breast cancer survivors (BCSs). However, they face many barriers that affect particularly women with low socioeconomic status (SES). Health care, workplace, and insurance actors lack knowledge and collaborate poorly. No intervention to date has proven effective to reduce social disparities in employment after breast cancer. The intervention mapping (IM) protocol is being used in France to develop, implement, and evaluate an intervention to facilitate and sustain RTW after breast cancer [ FAciliter et Soutenir le retour au TRAvail après un Cancer du Sein (FASTRACS) project]...
2018: Frontiers in Public Health
Lea M Gerischer, Andreas Fehlner, Theresa Köbe, Kristin Prehn, Daria Antonenko, Ulrike Grittner, Jürgen Braun, Ingolf Sack, Agnes Flöel
Dementia due to Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease for which treatment strategies at an early stage are of great clinical importance. So far, there is still a lack of non-invasive diagnostic tools to sensitively detect AD in early stages and to predict individual disease progression. Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) of the brain may be a promising novel tool. In this proof-of-concept study, we investigated whether multifrequency-MRE (MMRE) can detect differences in hippocampal stiffness between patients with clinical diagnosis of dementia due to AD and healthy controls (HC)...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
C Bermúdez Tamayo, A Olry de Labry Lima, L García Mochón
OBJECTIVE: To identify good practices in order to develop and implement indicators of health outcomes for clinical and healthcare management, as well as the characteristics for an indicator to be considered adequate. METHODOLOGY: A scoping review was performed, with the following phases: 1) Search and identification of bibliography. 2) Selection of relevant documents. Including those studies that discussed issues related to good practices for the use of health indicators in the management field...
March 6, 2018: Revista de Calidad Asistencial: Organo de la Sociedad Española de Calidad Asistencial
Suryakanta Swain, Rabinarayan Padhy, Bikash Ranjan Jena, Sitty Manohar Babu
BACKGROUND: Quality by Design is associated to the modern, systematic, scientific and novel approach which is concerned with pre-distinct objectives that not only focus on product, process understanding but also leads to process control. It predominantly signifies the design and product improvement and the manufacturing process in order to fulfill the predefined manufactured goods or final products quality characteristics. It is quite essential to identify desire and required product performance report such as Target Product Profile, typical Quality Target Product Profile (QTPP) and Critical Quality attributes (CQA)...
March 8, 2018: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
Dirk W Donker, Daniel Brodie, José P S Henriques, Michael Broomé
Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO) is widely used in cardiogenic shock. It provides systemic perfusion, but left ventricular (LV) unloading is suboptimal. Using a closed-loop, real-time computer model of the human cardiovascular system, cardiogenic shock supported by peripheral VA ECMO was simulated and effects of various adjunct LV unloading interventions were quantified. After VA ECMO initiation (4 L/min) in cardiogenic shock (baseline), hemodynamics improved (mean arterial pressure (MAP) increased to 85 mmHg), while LV overload occurred (10% increase in end-diastolic volume (EDV), and 5 mmHg increase in pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP))...
March 6, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Keith J Holyoak, Dušan Stamenković
We review psychological research bearing on major theories of metaphor comprehension. A broad survey of behavioral studies is coupled with findings from recent meta-analyses of neuroimaging studies of metaphor processing. We identify three broad theoretical positions that have been the foci of research efforts: analogy, categorization, and conceptual mapping. The first two of these emphasize relatively well-specified information-processing models; the third links metaphor comprehension to embodied cognition...
March 8, 2018: Psychological Bulletin
Evan M Masutani, Francisco Contijoch, Espoir Kyubwa, Joseph Cheng, Marcus T Alley, Shreyas Vasanawala, Albert Hsiao
PURPOSE: To develop a rapid segmentation-free method to visualize and compute wall shear stress (WSS) throughout the aorta using 4D Flow MRI data. WSS is the drag force-per-area the vessel endothelium exerts on luminal blood; abnormal levels of WSS are associated with cardiovascular pathologies. Previous methods for computing WSS are bottlenecked by labor-intensive manual segmentation of vessel boundaries. A rapid automated segmentation-free method for computing WSS is presented. THEORY AND METHODS: Shear stress is the dot-product of the viscous stress tensor and the inward normal vector...
March 7, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Vanessa Scarapicchia, Erin L Mazerolle, John D Fisk, Lesley J Ritchie, Jodie R Gawryluk
Background: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that may benefit from early diagnosis and intervention. Therefore, there is a need to identify early biomarkers of AD using non-invasive techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Recently, novel approaches to the analysis of resting-state fMRI data have been developed that focus on the moment-to-moment variability in the blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) signal. The objective of the current study was to investigate BOLD variability as a novel early biomarker of AD and its associated psychophysiological correlates...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Fernando Aparicio, María Luz Morales-Botello, Margarita Rubio, Asunción Hernando, Rafael Muñoz, Hugo López-Fernández, Daniel Glez-Peña, Florentino Fdez-Riverola, Manuel de la Villa, Manuel Maña, Diego Gachet, Manuel de Buenaga
BACKGROUND: Student participation and the use of active methodologies in classroom learning are being increasingly emphasized. The use of intelligent systems can be of great help when designing and developing these types of activities. Recently, emerging disciplines such as 'educational data mining' and 'learning analytics and knowledge' have provided clear examples of the importance of the use of artificial intelligence techniques in education. OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this study was to gather expert opinions regarding the benefits of using complementary methods that are supported by intelligent systems, specifically, by intelligent information access systems, when processing texts written in natural language and the benefits of using these methods as companion tools to the learning activities that are employed by biomedical and health sciences teachers...
April 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Prasanna Jayakar
Cortical electrical stimulation mapping is often required to accurately delineate eloquent function before resective surgery for tumors or epilepsy. Although the technique is well established in adults, mapping poses special challenges in children that are addressed in this article. The concept of what constitutes a critical cortex is more difficult to assess, given the implications of plasticity and impact of deficits. Developmental factors affect the underlying neurophysiologic bases of responses to electrical stimulation, and evolving maturation requires adaptation of methodology...
March 2018: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Scott Falci, Charlotte Indeck, Dave Barnkow
OBJECTIVE Surgically created lesions of the spinal cord dorsal root entry zone (DREZ) to relieve central pain after spinal cord injury (SCI) have historically been performed at and cephalad to, but not below, the level of SCI. This study was initiated to investigate the validity of 3 proposed concepts regarding the DREZ in SCI central pain: 1) The spinal cord DREZ caudal to the level of SCI can be a primary generator of SCI below-level central pain. 2) Neuronal transmission from a DREZ that generates SCI below-level central pain to brain pain centers can be primarily through sympathetic nervous system (SNS) pathways...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Louis-Félix Nothias, Mélissa Nothias-Esposito, Ricardo da Silva, Mingxun Wang, Ivan Protsyuk, Zheng Zhang, Abi Sarvepalli, Pieter Leyssen, David Touboul, Jean Costa, Julien Paolini, Theodore Alexandrov, Marc Litaudon, Pieter C Dorrestein
It is a common problem in natural product therapeutic lead discovery programs that despite good bioassay results in the initial extract, the active compound(s) may not be isolated during subsequent bioassay-guided purification. Herein, we present the concept of bioactive molecular networking to find candidate active molecules directly from fractionated bioactive extracts. By employing tandem mass spectrometry, it is possible to accelerate the dereplication of molecules using molecular networking prior to subsequent isolation of the compounds, and it is also possible to expose potentially bioactive molecules using bioactivity score prediction...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Natural Products
Carla A Giambrone, Catherine P Cook-Cottone, Jessalyn E Klein
BACKGROUND: Concept mapping methodology was used to explore the perceived impact of practicing yoga with the Africa Yoga Project (AYP)-an organisation created to increase health and well-being by providing community-based yoga classes throughout Kenya. AYP's mission fit with theoretical models of well-being is discussed. Anecdotal evidence and initial qualitative research suggested the AYP meaningfully impacted adult students. METHODS: Of the hundreds of AYP's adult students, 56 and 82 students participated in Phases I and II, respectively...
March 2018: Applied Psychology. Health and Well-being
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