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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227942/unified-phase-variables-of-relative-degree-two-for-human-locomotion
#1
Dario J Villarreal, Robert D Gregg, Dario J Villarreal, Robert D Gregg, Robert D Gregg, Dario J Villarreal
A starting point to achieve stable locomotion is synchronizing the leg joint kinematics during the gait cycle. Some biped robots parameterize a nonlinear controller (e.g., input-output feedback linearization) whose main objective is to track specific kinematic trajectories as a function of a single mechanical variable (i.e., a phase variable) in order to allow the robot to walk. A phase variable capable of parameterizing the entire gait cycle, the hip phase angle, has been used to control wearable robots and was recently shown to provide a robust representation of the phase of human gait...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227699/endurance-based-personalized-fitness-planner
#2
S Sahoo, V N Tiwari, R Narayanan, S Sahoo, V N Tiwari, R Narayanan, R Narayanan, V N Tiwari, S Sahoo
Endurance is an important factor of cardiovascular fitness indicating the capacity of an individual to perform exercise for a longer duration with increased intensity. Various subject specific and exercise related parameters affect endurance of an individual. In this work, we propose a statistical technique to model endurance as a function of these factors incorporating the serial dependence of observations generated by individuals over time. The proposed model provides a device to predict future endurance of a test subject following particular exercise regime...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227653/delaying-ambulation-mode-transitions-in-a-powered-knee-ankle-prosthesis
#3
Ann M Simon, John A Spanias, Kimberly A Ingraham, Levi J Hargrove, Ann M Simon, John A Spanias, Kimberly A Ingraham, Levi J Hargrove, John A Spanias, Ann M Simon, Kimberly A Ingraham, Levi J Hargrove
Powered knee and ankle prostheses have the potential to improve the mobility of individuals with a lower limb amputation. As the number of different ambulation modes the prosthesis can be configured for increases, so too does the challenge of how to best transition the prosthesis between these modes. Pattern recognition systems have been suggested as a means to provide seamless and natural transitions, although error rates need to be reduced for these systems to be clinical viable. Delaying mode transitions by a small window may be one way to reduce error rates and improve reliability...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227535/skills-based-evaluation-of-alternative-input-methods-to-command-a-semi-autonomous-electric-wheelchair
#4
Mario Rojas, Pedro Ponce, Arturo Molina, Mario Rojas, Pedro Ponce, Arturo Molina, Pedro Ponce, Mario Rojas, Arturo Molina
This paper presents the evaluation, under standardized metrics, of alternative input methods to steer and maneuver a semi-autonomous electric wheelchair. The Human-Machine Interface (HMI), which includes a virtual joystick, head movements and speech recognition controls, was designed to facilitate mobility skills for severely disabled people. Thirteen tasks, which are common to all the wheelchair users, were attempted five times by controlling it with the virtual joystick and the hands-free interfaces in different areas for disabled and non-disabled people...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227184/neuromotor-response-of-the-leg-muscles-following-a-supine-stand-retraining-with-without-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-training-intervention-for-individuals-with-sci-a-case-series
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Stephen Canton, Kamyar Momeni, Arvind Ramanujam, Erica Garbarini, Gail F Forrest, Stephen Canton, Kamyar Momeni, Arvind Ramanujam, Erica Garbarini, Gail F Forrest, Arvind Ramanujam, Gail F Forrest, Stephen Canton, Kamyar Momeni, Erica Garbarini
The goal of this paper is to study the effects of supine and stand retraining (SRT) interventions with and without multi muscle neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) on the neuromuscular EMG responses of the leg muscles for individuals with motor complete SCI during walking on a body-weight support (BWS) treadmill. The main outcome variables were EMG amplitude, integrated EMG and co-contraction indices (co-excitation and co-activation) collected during a 10-minute walking treadmill trial. Data was analyzed for the first, fifth and tenth minute of walking...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226978/improving-clinical-models-based-on-knowledge-extracted-from-current-datasets-a-new-approach
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D Mendes, S Paredes, T Rocha, P Carvalho, J Henriques, J Morais, D Mendes, S Paredes, T Rocha, P Carvalho, J Henriques, J Morais, D Mendes, T Rocha, P Carvalho, J Morais, S Paredes, J Henriques
The Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) are the leading cause of death in the world, being prevention recognized to be a key intervention able to contradict this reality. In this context, although there are several models and scores currently used in clinical practice to assess the risk of a new cardiovascular event, they present some limitations. The goal of this paper is to improve the CVD risk prediction taking into account the current models as well as information extracted from real and recent datasets. This approach is based on a decision tree scheme in order to assure the clinical interpretability of the model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226912/development-of-a-head-impact-monitoring-intelligent-mouthguard
#7
Daniel S Hedin, Paul L Gibson, Adam J Bartsch, Sergey Samorezov, Daniel S Hedin, Paul L Gibson, Adam J Bartsch, Sergey Samorezov, Adam J Bartsch, Paul L Gibson, Sergey Samorezov, Daniel S Hedin
The authors present the development and laboratory system-level testing of an impact monitoring "Intelligent Mouthguard" intended to help with identification of potentially concussive head impacts and cumulative head impact dosage. The goal of Intelligent Mouthguard is to provide an indicator of potential concussion risk, and help caregiver identify athletes needing sideline concussion protocol testing. Intelligent Mouthguard may also help identify individuals who are at higher risk based on historical dosage...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226332/responsible-safe-and-effective-prescription-of-opioids-for-chronic-non-cancer-pain-american-society-of-interventional-pain-physicians-asipp-guidelines
#8
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Adam M Kaye, Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, Heath McAnally, Konstantin Slavin, Andrea M Trescot, Susan Blank, Vidyasagar Pampati, Salahadin Abdi, Jay S Grider, Alan D Kaye, Kavita N Manchikanti, Harold Cordner, Christopher G Gharibo, Michael E Harned, Sheri L Albers, Sairam Atluri, Steve M Aydin, Sanjay Bakshi, Robert L Barkin, Ramsin M Benyamin, Mark V Boswell, Ricardo M Buenaventura, Aaron K Calodney, David L Cedeno, Sukdeb Datta, Timothy R Deer, Bert Fellows, Vincent Galan, Vahid Grami, Hans Hansen, Standiford Helm Ii, Rafael Justiz, Dhanalakshmi Koyyalagunta, Yogesh Malla, Annu Navani, Kent H Nouri, Ramarao Pasupuleti, Nalini Sehgal, Sanford M Silverman, Thomas T Simopoulos, Vijay Singh, Daneshvari R Solanki, Peter S Staats, Ricardo Vallejo, Bradley W Wargo, Arthur Watanabe, Joshua A Hirsch
BACKGROUND: Opioid use, abuse, and adverse consequences, including death, have escalated at an alarming rate since the 1990s. In an attempt to control opioid abuse, numerous regulations and guidelines for responsible opioid prescribing have been developed by various organizations. However, the US opioid epidemic is continuing and drug dose deaths tripled during 1999 to 2015. Recent data show a continuing increase in deaths due to natural and semisynthetic opioids, a decline in methadone deaths, and an explosive increase in the rates of deaths involving other opioids, specifically heroin and illicit synthetic fentanyl...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225836/analysis-of-immune-cell-populations-in-atrial-myocardium-of-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-or-sinus-rhythm
#9
Natalia Smorodinova, Martin Bláha, Vojtěch Melenovský, Karolína Rozsívalová, Jaromír Přidal, Mária Ďurišová, Jan Pirk, Josef Kautzner, Tomáš Kučera
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and despite obvious clinical importance remains its pathogenesis only partially explained. A relation between inflammation and AF has been suggested by findings of increased inflammatory markers in AF patients. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to characterize morphologically and functionally CD45-positive inflammatory cell populations in atrial myocardium of patients with AF as compared to sinus rhythm (SR)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225420/committee-opinion-no-690-summary-carrier-screening-in-the-age-of-genomic-medicine
#10
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Carrier screening, whether targeted or expanded, allows individuals to consider their range of reproductive options. Ultimately, the goal of genetic screening is to provide individuals with meaningful information that they can use to guide pregnancy planning based on their personal values. Ethnic-specific, panethnic, and expanded carrier screening are acceptable strategies for prepregnancy and prenatal carrier screening. Because all of these are acceptable strategies, each obstetrician-gynecologist or other health care provider or practice should establish a standard approach that is consistently offered to and discussed with each patient, ideally before pregnancy...
March 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224939/targeting-access-to-kidney-care-via-telehealth-the-va-experience
#11
REVIEW
Susan T Crowley, Justin Belcher, Devasmita Choudhury, Cassandra Griffin, Raymond Pichler, Brooks Robey, Rajeev Rohatgi, Bessie Mielcarek
The Veterans Affairs (VA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States and is responsible for the care of a population with a disproportionately high rate of CKD. As such, ensuring access to kidney health services is a VA imperative. One facet of the VA's strategy to reduce CKD is to leverage the use of teletechnology to expand the VA's outreach to Veterans with kidney disease. A wide array of teletechnology services have been deployed to both pull in Veterans and push out kidney health services to Veterans in their preferred health care venue...
January 2017: Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224645/clinical-decision-support-systems-differ-in-their-ability-to-identify-clinically-relevant-drug-interactions-of-immunosuppressants-in-kidney-transplant-patients
#12
J Amkreutz, A Koch, L Buendgens, C Trautwein, A Eisert
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: In kidney transplant patients, clinically relevant drug-drug interactions (DDIs) with immunosuppressants potentially lead to serious adverse drug events (ADEs). The aim of this study was (i) to show that five clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) differ in their ability to identify clinically relevant potential DDIs (pDDIs) of immunosuppressants in kidney transplant patients and (ii) to compare CDSSs in terms of their ability to identify clinically relevant pDDIs in this context...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224271/the-perfect-womb-promoting-equality-of-fetal-opportunity
#13
Evie Kendal
This paper aims to address how artificial gestation might affect equality of opportunity for the unborn and any resultant generation of "ectogenetic" babies. It will first explore the current legal obstacles preventing the development of ectogenesis, before looking at the benefits of allowing this technology to control fetal growth and development. This will open up a discussion of the treatment/enhancement divide regarding the use of reproductive technologies, a topic featured in various bioethical debates on the subject...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224254/iodine-deficiency-status-in-the-who-eastern-mediterranean-region-a-systematic-review
#14
REVIEW
Masoumeh Mohammadi, Fereidoun Azizi, Mehdi Hedayati
Iodine deficiency is a global public health issue because iodine plays a major role in the thyroid hormone synthesis and is essential for normal neurological development. This review summarizes the publications on iodine status in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) countries. All related studies available in main national and international databases were systematically searched using some specific keywords to find article published between 1909 and 2015. The prevention of iodine deficiency disorders (IDDs) in the WHO EMR countries is currently under control without significant side effects...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224046/eighth-international-chorea-acanthocytosis-symposium-summary-of-workshop-discussion-and-action-points
#15
Samuel S Pappas, Juan Bonifacino, Adrian Danek, William T Dauer, Mithu De, Lucia De Franceschi, Gilbert DiPaolo, Robert Fuller, Volker Haucke, Andreas Hermann, Benoit Kornmann, Bernhard Landwehrmeyer, Johannes Levin, Aaron M Neiman, Dobrila D Rudnicki, Ody Sibon, Antonio Velayos-Baeza, Jan J Vonk, Ruth H Walker, Lois S Weisman, Roger L Albin
Chorea-Acanthocytosis (ChAc) is a rare hereditary neurological disorder characterized by abnormal movements, red blood cell pathology, and progressive neurodegeneration. Little is understood of the pathogenesis of ChAc and related disorders (collectively Neuroacanthocytosis). The Eighth International Chorea-Acanthocytosis Symposium was held in May 2016 in Ann Arbor, MI, USA, and focused on molecular mechanisms driving ChAc pathophysiology. Accompanying the meeting, members of the neuroacanthocytosis research community and other invited scientists met in a workshop to discuss the current understanding and next steps needed to better understand ChAc pathogenesis...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224020/ingenol-mebutate-topical-gel-a-status-report-on-clinical-use-beyond-actinic-keratosis
#16
James Q Del Rosso
Ingenol mebutate is available as a topical gel formulation approved for the treatment of actinic keratosis. Two different concentrations are available for treatment of actinic keratoses at specific anatomic sites with the advantages of short durations of therapy and limited "down time" related to visible inflammation as compared to other topical agents. Due to the various modes of action of ingenol mebutate, it has also been used for treatment of disease states other than actinic keratosis. This manuscript discusses the suggested modes of action of ingenol mebutate and reviews publications on the use of ingenol mebutate gel for cutaneous disorders other than actinic keratosis, including squamous cell carcinoma in-situ, basal cell carcinoma, actinic cheilitis, anogenital warts, and others...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223906/probiotics-and-disease-a-comprehensive-summary-part-3-cardiometabolic-disease-and-fatigue-syndromes
#17
REVIEW
Christy B Williamson, Cathleen M Burns, Crystal M Gossard, Jessica M Pizano, Keren E Dolan, Heather J Finley, Margaret G Gasta, Emily C Parker, Elizabeth A Lipski
This article series provides a literature review of the disease-specific probiotic strains, associated with cardiometabolic diseases and fatigue syndromes, studied in published clinical trials in humans and animals. This is not an exhaustive review. The table design allows for quick access to supportive data and will be helpful as a guide for both researchers and clinicians. The goal of the probiotics and disease series is to provide clinically useful tools. The first article (part 1) focused on mental health and neurological conditions and the second article (part 2) explored cultured and fermented foods that are commonly available in the United States...
February 2017: Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223894/probiotics-and-disease-a-comprehensive-summary-part-2-commercially-produced-cultured-and-fermented-foods-commonly-available-in-the-united-states
#18
REVIEW
Emily C Parker, Crystal M Gossard, Keren E Dolan, Heather J Finley, Cathleen M Burns, Margaret G Gasta, Jessica M Pizano, Christy B Williamson, Elizabeth A Lipski
This article series provides a literature review of the disease-specific probiotic strains studied in published clinical trials in humans and animals. The goal of the series is to provide clinically useful tools. The table design allows for quick access to supportive data and will be helpful as a guide for both researchers and clinicians. The first article (part 1) focused on mental health and neurological conditions. This second article (part 2) explores cultured and fermented foods that are commonly available in the United States...
December 2016: Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223510/pemapper-and-pecaller-provide-a-simplified-approach-to-whole-genome-sequencing
#19
H Richard Johnston, Pankaj Chopra, Thomas S Wingo, Viren Patel, Michael P Epstein, Jennifer G Mulle, Stephen T Warren, Michael E Zwick, David J Cutler
The analysis of human whole-genome sequencing data presents significant computational challenges. The sheer size of datasets places an enormous burden on computational, disk array, and network resources. Here, we present an integrated computational package, PEMapper/PECaller, that was designed specifically to minimize the burden on networks and disk arrays, create output files that are minimal in size, and run in a highly computationally efficient way, with the single goal of enabling whole-genome sequencing at scale...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223290/nephrologists-perspectives-on-defining-and-applying-patient-centered-outcomes-in-hemodialysis
#20
Allison Tong, Wolfgang C Winkelmayer, David C Wheeler, Wim van Biesen, Peter Tugwell, Braden Manns, Brenda Hemmelgarn, Tess Harris, Sally Crowe, Angela Ju, Emma O'Lone, Nicole Evangelidis, Jonathan C Craig
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Patient centeredness is widely advocated as a cornerstone of health care, but it is yet to be fully realized, including in nephrology. Our study aims to describe nephrologists' perspectives on defining and implementing patient-centered outcomes in hemodialysis. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: Face-to-face, semistructured interviews were conducted with 58 nephrologists from 27 dialysis units across nine countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Singapore, and New Zealand...
February 21, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
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