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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222565/carbon-modular-orthosis-ca-m-o-an%C3%A2-innovative-hybrid-modular-ankle-foot-orthosis-to-tune-the-variable-rehabilitation-needs-in-hemiplegic-cerebral-palsy
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E Tavernese, M Petrarca, G Rosellini, E Di Stanislao, A Pisano, G Di Rosa, E Castelli
BACKGROUND: Hemiplegic Celebral Palsy (CP) children commonly use AFO orthoses as walking aids. It is known that AFOs may have a detrimental effect on gait. To enhance mechanical properties of AFOs we developed an innovative, custom-made, carbon, ankle-foot orthosis (Ca.M.O) which offers the opportunity to tune its response to the patient's gait characteristics and/or functional maturity. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of Ca.M.O. in improving gait in a group of hemiplegic CP children and to compare its performances with those of commonly prescribed AFO...
February 10, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222516/intelligent-assistive-technology-for-alzheimer-s-disease-and-other-dementias-a-systematic-review
#2
Marcello Ienca, Jotterand Fabrice, Bernice Elger, Maurizio Caon, Alessandro Scoccia Pappagallo, Reto W Kressig, Tenzin Wangmo
Intelligent assistive technologies (IATs) have the potential of offering innovative solutions to mitigate the global burden of dementia and provide new tools for dementia care. While technological opportunities multiply rapidly, clinical applications are rare as the technological potential of IATs remains inadequately translated into dementia care. In this article, the authors present the results of a systematic review and the resulting comprehensive technology index of IATs with application in dementia care...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222442/transvesical-suprapubic-externalization-of-ureteral-stents-introduction-of-a-surgical-innovation-at-the-development-stage
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Holger Gerullis, Klaus Schwartmann, Thorsten H Ecke, Evangelos Georgas, Philip Herberg, Alexander Winter, Friedhelm Wawroschek, Dimitri Barski, Thomas Otto
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: In this study, we describe our first experiences with the new method of transvesical suprapubic externalization of ureteral stents. This method is assessed in patients with incurable ureteral obstruction and concomitant bladder dysfunction, and is classified according to the Idea, Development, Exploration, Assessment, Long-Term Study (IDEAL) recommendations. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From 2009 to 2015, transvesical suprapubic externalization of ureteral stents was applied in 14 (8 males, 6 females) patients with incurable ureteral obstruction of malignant (n = 9, 64%) or benign (n = 5; 36%) etiology...
February 22, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222395/technetium-99m-radiolabeled-paclitaxel-as-an-imaging-probe-for-breast-cancer-in-vivo
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Liziane O F Monteiro, Renata S Fernandes, Luciano C Castro, Valbert N Cardoso, Mônica C Oliveira, Danyelle M Townsend, Alice Ferretti, Domenico Rubello, Elaine A Leite, André L B de Barros
The high incidence and mortality of breast cancer supports efforts to develop innovative imaging probes to effectively diagnose, evaluate the extent of the tumor, and predict the efficacy of tumor treatments while concurrently and selectively delivering anticancer agents to the cancer tissue. In the present study we described the preparation of technetium-99m ((99m)Tc)-labeled paclitaxel (PTX) and evaluated its feasibility as a radiotracer for breast tumors (4T1) in BALB/c mice. Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) was used to determine the radiochemical purity and in vitro stability of (99m)Tc-PTX...
February 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222363/very-short-term-reactive-forecasting-of-the-solar-ultraviolet-index-using-an-extreme-learning-machine-integrated-with-the-solar-zenith-angle
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Ravinesh C Deo, Nathan Downs, Alfio V Parisi, Jan F Adamowski, John M Quilty
Exposure to erythemally-effective solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) that contributes to malignant keratinocyte cancers and associated health-risk is best mitigated through innovative decision-support systems, with global solar UV index (UVI) forecast necessary to inform real-time sun-protection behaviour recommendations. It follows that the UVI forecasting models are useful tools for such decision-making. In this study, a model for computationally-efficient data-driven forecasting of diffuse and global very short-term reactive (VSTR) (10-min lead-time) UVI, enhanced by drawing on the solar zenith angle (θs) data, was developed using an extreme learning machine (ELM) algorithm...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222038/evidence-based-ethically-justified-counseling-for-fetal-bilateral-renal-agenesis
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Alana N Thomas, Laurence B McCullough, Frank A Chervenak, Frank X Placencia
BACKGROUND: Not much data are available on the natural history of bilateral renal agenesis, as the medical community does not typically offer aggressive obstetric or neonatal care asbilateral renal agenesis has been accepted as a lethal condition. AIM: To provide an evidence-based, ethically justified approach to counseling pregnant women about the obstetric management of bilateral renal agenesis. STUDY DESIGN: A systematic literature search was performed using multiple databases...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221872/analysis-of-food-safety-and-security-challenges-in-emerging-african-food-producing-areas-through-a-one-health-lens-the-dairy-chains-in-mali
#7
Rachel Cheng, Alberto Mantovani, Chiara Frazzoli
Challenges posed by changes in livestock production in emerging food producing areas and demographic development and climate change require new approaches and responsibilities in the management of food chains. The increasingly recognized role of primary food producers requires the support of the scientific community to instruct effective approaches based on scientific data, tools, and expertise. Mali is an emerging food producing area, and this review covers (i) the dairy farming scenario and its environment, (ii) the role of dairy production in food security, including the greatly different animal rearing systems in the Sahel and tropical regions, (iii) risk management pillars as modern infrastructures, effective farmer organizations, and institutional systems to guarantee animal health and safety of products, and (iv) feasible interventions based on good practices and risk assessment at the farm level (e...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221707/dynamic-covalent-polymer-networks-from-old-chemistry-to-modern-day-innovations
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Weike Zou, Jiante Dong, Yingwu Luo, Qian Zhao, Tao Xie
Dynamic covalent polymer networks have long been recognized. With the initial focus on the unintended impact of dynamic covalent linkages on the viscoelasticity of commercial rubbers, efforts in modern times have transitioned into designing dynamic covalent polymer networks with unique adaptive properties. Whereas self-healing and thermoset reprocessing have been the primary motivations for studying dynamic covalent polymer networks, the recent discovery of the vitrimeric rheological behavior and solid-state plasticity for this type of material have opened up new opportunities in material innovations...
February 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221370/blunted-ventral-striatal-responses-to-anticipated-rewards-foreshadow-problematic-drug-use-in-novelty-seeking-adolescents
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Christian Büchel, Jan Peters, Tobias Banaschewski, Arun L W Bokde, Uli Bromberg, Patricia J Conrod, Herta Flor, Dimitri Papadopoulos, Hugh Garavan, Penny Gowland, Andreas Heinz, Henrik Walter, Bernd Ittermann, Karl Mann, Jean-Luc Martinot, Marie-Laure Paillère-Martinot, Frauke Nees, Tomas Paus, Zdenka Pausova, Luise Poustka, Marcella Rietschel, Trevor W Robbins, Michael N Smolka, Juergen Gallinat, Gunter Schumann, Brian Knutson
Novelty-seeking tendencies in adolescents may promote innovation as well as problematic impulsive behaviour, including drug abuse. Previous research has not clarified whether neural hyper- or hypo-responsiveness to anticipated rewards promotes vulnerability in these individuals. Here we use a longitudinal design to track 144 novelty-seeking adolescents at age 14 and 16 to determine whether neural activity in response to anticipated rewards predicts problematic drug use. We find that diminished BOLD activity in mesolimbic (ventral striatal and midbrain) and prefrontal cortical (dorsolateral prefrontal cortex) regions during reward anticipation at age 14 predicts problematic drug use at age 16...
February 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221262/recent-advances-in-computed-tomographic-technology-cardiopulmonary-imaging-applications
#10
Azadeh Tabari, Roberto Lo Gullo, Venkatesh Murugan, Alexi Otrakji, Subba Digumarthy, Mannudeep Kalra
Cardiothoracic diseases result in substantial morbidity and mortality. Chest computed tomography (CT) has been an imaging modality of choice for assessing a host of chest diseases, and technologic advances have enabled the emergence of coronary CT angiography as a robust noninvasive test for cardiac imaging. Technologic developments in CT have also enabled the application of dual-energy CT scanning for assessing pulmonary vascular and neoplastic processes. Concerns over increasing radiation dose from CT scanning are being addressed with introduction of more dose-efficient wide-area detector arrays and iterative reconstruction techniques...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221231/practical-barriers-to-project-echo-innovations
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Karly Pippitt, Scott Junkins, Susan Baggaley
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March 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221173/new-developments-in-transplant-proteomics
#12
Julie Ho, Patricia Hirt-Minkowski, John A Wilkins
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Despite modern immunosuppression, renal allograft rejection remains a major contributor to graft loss. Novel biomarkers may help improve posttransplant outcomes through the early detection and treatment of rejection. Our objective is to provide an overview of proteomics, review recent discovery-based rejection studies, and explore innovative approaches in biomarker development. RECENT FINDINGS: Urine MMP7 was identified as a biomarker of subclinical and clinical rejection using two-dimensional liquid chromatography tandem-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and improved the overall diagnostic discrimination of urine CXCL10 : Cr alone for renal allograft inflammation...
February 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221091/journal-of-personality-and-social-psychology-attitudes-and-social-cognition
#13
Shinobu Kitayama
In this editorial, the new incoming editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (JPSP)addresses the upcoming challenges and the issue of replicability. Although people vary (often dramatically) in their views on the nature and extent of this issue, that we have an issue to address is something that the new editor thinks most scholars would agree on. It is her hope that engaging in these efforts will return our community to a place that young talent willingly and safely bets their futures on...
March 2017: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220928/malt-combined-motor-and-language-therapy-tool-for-brain-injury-patients-using-kinect
#14
Maitreyee Wairagkar, Rachel McCrindle, Holly Robson, Lotte Meteyard, Malcom Sperrin, Andy Smith, Moyra Pugh
BACKGROUND: The functional connectivity and structural proximity of elements of the language and motor systems result in frequent co-morbidity post brain injury. Although rehabilitation services are becoming increasingly multidisciplinary and "integrated", treatment for language and motor functions often occurs in isolation. Thus, behavioural therapies which promote neural reorganisation do not reflect the high intersystem connectivity of the neurologically intact brain. As such, there is a pressing need for rehabilitation tools which better reflect and target the impaired cognitive networks...
February 21, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220752/putting-3d-modelling-and-3d-printing-into-practice-virtual-surgery-and-preoperative-planning-to-reconstruct-complex-post-traumatic-skeletal-deformities-and-defects
#15
Kevin Tetsworth, Steve Block, Vaida Glatt
3D printing technology has revolutionized and gradually transformed manufacturing across a broad spectrum of industries, including healthcare. Nowhere is this more apparent than in orthopaedics with many surgeons already incorporating aspects of 3D modelling and virtual procedures into their routine clinical practice. As a more extreme application, patient-specific 3D printed titanium truss cages represent a novel approach for managing the challenge of segmental bone defects. This review illustrates the potential indications of this innovative technique using 3D printed titanium truss cages in conjunction with the Masquelet technique...
2017: SICOT-J
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220746/readiness-to-adopt-a-performance-measurement-system-for-substance-abuse-treatment-findings-from-the-service-quality-measures-initiative
#16
B Myers, P Petersen Williams, K Johnson, R Govender, R Manderscheid, J R Koch
BACKGROUND: A performance measurement system - the Service Quality Measures (SQM) initiative - has been developed to monitor the quality of South Africa (SA)'s substance abuse treatment services. Identifying factors associated with readiness to adopt this system may inform strategies to facilitate its robust implementation. OBJECTIVE: To examine factors associated with readiness to adopt a performance measurement system among SA substance abuse treatment providers...
January 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220731/exporting-dna-striking-a-balance-between-preventing-exploitation-and-promoting-innovation
#17
M S Pepper
DNA contains the blueprint of life. Variations in the script determine the great diversity that characterises our planet. As the analysis of large datasets derived from DNA reveals the hidden secrets of normal and abnormal structure and function as well as our ancestry, the movement of DNA between research laboratories is becoming commonplace. DNA is a resource that can be used for the benefit or to the detriment of the individuals and communities from which it is derived. But can DNA be treated as a simple commodity? How do we deal with questions such as sovereignty, discrimination and commercialisation? What underlies the current trends in attempting to regulate the movement of DNA? And how can we achieve a balance between preventing exploitation and promoting innovation? This brief overview attempts to contextualise the current landscape in South Africa with regard to the DNA that is destined to leave our shores...
January 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220604/a-mobile-health-intervention-promoting-healthy-gestational-weight-gain-for-women-entering-pregnancy-at-a-high-body-mass-index-the-txt4two-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial
#18
J C Willcox, S A Wilkinson, M Lappas, K Ball, D Crawford, E A McCarthy, B Fjeldsoe, R Whittaker, R Maddison, K J Campbell
OBJECTIVE: To determine the feasibility and effectiveness of an mHealth intervention promoting healthy diet, physical activity and gestational weight gain in pregnant women. DESIGN: Randomised controlled trial (RCT). SETTING: Australian tertiary obstetric hospital. POPULATION: One hundred pregnant women who were overweight or obese prior to pregnancy. METHODS: Women recruited at the first antenatal clinic visit were randomised to either an intervention or a control group...
February 20, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220506/network-structure-of-perinatal-depressive-symptoms-in-latinas-relationship-to-stress-and-reproductive-biomarkers
#19
Hudson Santos, Eiko I Fried, Josephine Asafu-Adjei, R Jeanne Ruiz
Based on emerging evidence, mood disorders can be plausibly conceptualized as networks of causally interacting symptoms, rather than as latent variables of which symptoms are passive indicators. In an innovative approach in nursing research, we used network analysis to estimate the network structure of 20 perinatal depressive (PND) symptoms. Then, two proof-of-principle analyses are presented: Incorporating stress and reproductive biomarkers into the network, and comparing the network structure of PND symptoms between non-depressed and depressed women...
February 21, 2017: Research in Nursing & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220503/physicochemical-and-sensory-properties-of-marmalades-made-from-mixtures-of-fruits-and-under-exploited-andean-tubers
#20
Agustina M Lotufo Haddad, María Isabel Margalef, Margarita Armada, María Cristina Goldner
BACKGROUND: This work studies the added value to the Andean tuber crops through the production of jams. OBJECTIVES: 1. to study the sensory and instrumental characteristics of dietetic marmalades made with fruits and Andean tubers, 2. to research consumer's acceptability and emotional responses, 3. to assess the relationship between sensory and instrumental variables, and 4. to determine sensory, instrumental and emotional variables that influence the acceptability...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
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