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Han Sun, Xiong Zhang, Yacong Zhao, Yu Zhang, Xuefei Zhong, Zhaowen Fan
The novel human-computer interface (HCI) using bioelectrical signals as input is a valuable tool to improve the lives of people with disabilities. In this paper, surface electromyography (sEMG) signals induced by four classes of wrist movements were acquired from four sites on the lower arm with our designed system. Forty-two features were extracted from the time, frequency and time-frequency domains. Optimal channels were determined from single-channel classification performance rank. The optimal-feature selection was according to a modified entropy criteria (EC) and Fisher discrimination (FD) criteria...
March 15, 2018: Sensors
Sang Ki Lee, Gyu Sang Lee, Won Sik Choy
PURPOSE: This study aimed to retrospectively analyze the clinical results of anterior submuscular transposition of the ulnar nerve using a flexor-pronator V-Y lengthening technique in patients with severe cubital tunnel syndrome (CTS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: From January 2007 to May 2015, 36 patients with grade III CTS based on McGowan's classification were enrolled. All patients were treated with anterior submuscular transposition of the ulnar nerve using a flexor-pronator V-Y lengthening technique...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Caroline C Kingdon, Erinna W Bowman, Hayley Curran, Luis Nacul, Eliana M Lacerda
BACKGROUND: People with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) continue to struggle to have their condition recognised as disabling in the face of public and professional prejudice and discrimination. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the functional status and well-being of people with well-characterised ME/CFS with people with multiple sclerosis (PWMS), as well as healthy controls (HCs). METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, we used data collected as part of the UK ME/CFS Biobank to compare actual participant scores from the Medical Outcomes Survey Short Form-36 v2™ (SF-36v2™) between groups, as a proxy for impact of disability, and from a bespoke questionnaire seeking data on employment and income...
March 13, 2018: PharmacoEconomics Open
Elif Turgut, Volga Bayrakci Tunay
OBJECTIVE: Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic Shoulder and Elbow Score (KJOC-SES) is a subjective assessment tool to measure functional status of the upper extremities in overhead athletes. The aim was to translate and culturally adapt the KJOC-SES and to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Turkish version (KJOC-SES-Tr) in overhead athletes. METHODS: The forward and back-translation method was followed. One hundred and twenty-three overhead athletes completed the KJOC-SES-Tr, the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH), and the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Evaluation Form (ASES)...
March 9, 2018: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
Julie Lutz, Barry Edelstein, Emma Katz, Jarred V Gallegos
Background and Objectives: Older adults have elevated suicide rates, and identification of protective factors, such as reasons for living, is important in preventing suicide. The Reasons for Living-Older Adults scale (RFL-OA) is a 69-item measure of these protective factors in late life, which yields good psychometric properties. However, its length limits its utility in some clinical and research contexts where a shorter measure is ideal. The objective of this study was to create a shortened version of the RFL-OA...
February 26, 2018: Gerontologist
J Vistbakka, M-L Sumelahti, T Lehtimäki, I Elovaara, S Hagman
BACKGROUND: Biomarkers that could be used in early diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS), segregation of disease subtypes, and discrimination of the aggressive disease course from the benign one are urgently needed. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the specificity of circulating microRNAs: miR-191-5p, miR-128-3p, miR-24-3p, and miR-376c-3p in MS and evaluate their association with disease activity and disability progression. METHODS: The expressions of circulating miRNAs were studied in serum of 100 subjects (53 relapsing-remitting (RRMS), 20 primary progressive (PPMS), and 27 controls), using miScript serum miRNA RT-PCR assay techniques...
March 12, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
Caglar Yilgor, Yasemin Yavuz, Nuray Sogunmez, Sleiman Haddad, Anne F Mannion, Kadir Abul, Louis Boissiere, Ibrahim Obeid, Frank Kleinstück, Francisco Javier Sánchez Pérez-Grueso, Emre Acaroglu, Ferran Pellise, Ahmet Alanay
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Pelvic Tilt (PT) is used as an indicator of pelvic version with increased values indicating retroversion and disability. The concept of using PT solely as an absolute numerical value can be misleading, especially for the patients with Pelvic Incidence (PI) values near the upper and lower normal limits. Relative Pelvic Version (RPV) is a PI-based individualized measure of the pelvic version. RPV indicates the individualized spatial orientation of the pelvis relative to the ideal sacral slope as defined by the magnitude of PI...
March 8, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Kiran Katoch, Abha Aggarwal, Virendra Singh Yadav, Arvind Pandey
A national sample survey of leprosy was undertaken in partnership with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) institutions, National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP), Panchayati Raj members, and treated leprosy patients to detect new cases of leprosy in India. The objectives of the survey were to estimate the new leprosy case load; record both Grade 1 and Grade 2 disabilities in the new cases; and to assess the magnitude of stigma and discrimination prevalent in the society. A cluster based, cross-sectional survey involving all States was used for the door-to-door survey using inverse sampling methodology...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
David Gt Whitehurst, Lidia Engel
Whose values should count - those of patients or the general public - when adopting the quality-adjusted life year (QALY) framework for healthcare decision making is a long-standing debate. Specific disciplines, such as economics, are not wedded to a particular side of the debate, and arguments for and against the use of patient values have been discussed at length in the literature. In 2012, Sinclair proposed an approach, grounded within patient preference theory, which sought to avoid a perceived unfair discrimination against people with disabilities when using values from the general public...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Medical Ethics
Anke Langenfeld, Carolien Bastiaenen, Florian Brunner, Jaap Swanenburg
OBJECTIVES: To validate the German version of OMPSQ (OMPSQ-G) for patients with chronic neck pain. RESULTS: After translating OMPSQ to German, we assessed the discriminant validity between patients and healthy adults. Convergent validity was assessed using Pearson's correlation coefficients between domains of OMPSQ-G and the German version of neck disability index (NDI-G) and visual analogue scale (VAS) of neck pain intensity. Floor and ceiling effects, internal consistency, test-retest and relative reliability were assessed...
March 2, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Joseph Lee
Face transplantation (FT) is a landmark in reconstructive surgery involving vascularised composite allotransplantation. A recent issue of FT for patients who are blind has arisen. Some bioethicists recommend not excluding a patient who is blind, as this may amount to discrimination. From an ethical standpoint, FT for those with blindness is appropriate in selected candidates. This article seeks to add to the clinical evidence supporting FT for those with blindness by detailing a complementary psychosocial perspective...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Medical Ethics
Puga María Celeste, Vaucheret Paz Esteban, Leist Mariana, García Basalo María José, Baliarda Florencia, Ekonen Christy, Lascombes María Isabel, Agosta Guillermo
Data regarding clinical and neuropsychological features of attention deficit in children with lower cognitive ability is still scarce. The objective was to analyze the response patterns on the Continuous Performance Test II in children with Intellectual Disability and Attention Defficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This is a cross-sectional study, in which patients were divided into 2 groups: one group with ADHD and Full IQ > 80 and another group with ADHD + Full IQ score < 80. They were afterwards administered the CPT II (Continuous Performance Test)...
February 23, 2018: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
Muriel Mac-Seing, Christina Zarowsky
INTRODUCTION: Reproductive health remains a major global health issue. People with disabilities face additional discrimination and barriers to access which need to be better understood. To contribute to future interventions, we examined the intersections between gender and disability related to reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa in the qualitative literature. METHODS: We conducted a meta-synthesis, using a taxonomic analysis. An inductive and iterative approach was adopted to allow exploration of new and emergent semantic variations in themes...
January 30, 2018: Santé Publique: Revue Multidisciplinaire Pour la Recherche et L'action
Jiangbo Bai, Lingde Kong, Hongfang Zhao, Kunlun Yu, Bing Zhang, Jichun Zhang, Dehu Tian
PURPOSE: We have make use of a new method to perform carpal tunnel release (CTR) through a 1.5-2.0 cm long incision The aim of this study is to introduce this method and to compare the effectiveness and safety of this approach to the conventional one. METHODS: We included consecutive patients diagnosed with primary carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) who had CTR from January 2015 to September 2016. A total of 85 patients were included in our study. Among them, 42 patients with mini-incision approach were enrolled in group A, and the other 43 patients with conventional approach were enrolled in group B...
February 20, 2018: International Journal of Surgery
Roni Holler, Shirli Werner
Over the last decades, the disability movement has been advocating for a paradigmatic shift in how disability is perceived and managed: from a medical or individual perspective focusing on the person's body and mind to a social perspective emphasizing the context and barriers of disability. However, we still know little about the perceptions of helping professionals, particularly social workers who work closely with disabled people. Thus, the aim of the current study is to develop and validate a scale-Perceptions Toward Disability Scale (PTDS)-to measure how social workers view disability: as an individual or social category...
February 21, 2018: Health & Social Care in the Community
Theodora Oikonomidi, Michail Vikelis, Artemios Artemiadis, George P Chrousos, Christina Darviri
BACKGROUND: The Migraine Disability Assessment (MIDAS) Questionnaire is a reliable and valid instrument for migraine-related disability. Such a tool is needed to quantify migraine-related disability in the Greek population. OBJECTIVE: This validation study aims to assess the test-retest reliability, internal consistency, item discriminant and convergent validity of the Greek translation of the MIDAS. METHODS: Adults diagnosed with migraine completed the MIDAS Questionnaire on two occasions 3 weeks apart to assess reliability, and completed the RAND-36 to assess validity...
March 2018: PharmacoEconomics Open
Jafar Bakhshaie, Andrew H Rogers, Nubia A Mayorga, Joseph Ditre, Rubén Rodríguez-Cano, Ana C Ruiz, Andres G Viana, Monica Garza, Chad Lemaire, Melissa Ochoa-Perez, Daniel Bogiaizian, Michael J Zvolensky
The present study examined the role of anxiety sensitivity (AS; fear of the negative consequences of anxiety) in the relation between perceived racial discrimination and pain-related problems among Latinos seeking health services at a Federally Qualified Health Center. Participants included 145 adult Latinos (87.80% female, Mage = 38.07 years, SD = 11.98, and 96.2% reported Spanish as their first language). Results indicated that perceived racial discrimination was indirectly related to the pain intensity and pain disability through AS...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Jing Chen, Ai Xian Zhang, Qing Zhong Chen, Shuai Mu, Jun Tan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyse the long-term functional, subjective, and psychological results after single-digit replantation. METHODS: Thirty cases of digital replantation (14 thumbs, 12 index fingers, 2 middle fingers, 1 ring finger, and 1 little finger) in 30 patients (7 females and 23 males) with a mean age of 44.2 years (20-65 years) were evaluated at the end of a mean follow-up time of 36 months (19-50 months). The active range of motion of joints, grip and pinch strength, cutaneous sensibility, upper-extremity functioning, and subjective satisfaction were determined using the Disability of Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) questionnaire and the Michigan Hand Outcomes questionnaire (MHQ)...
February 14, 2018: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
Carolin Donath, Christa Geiß, Christoph Schön
BACKGROUND: The study aims to validate a previously developed and published combined success criterion for patients after multimodal pain therapy (Donath et al., BMC Health Serv Res 15:272, 2015). The criterion classifies treated patients as successful in the long term on the basis of pain severity, disability through pain, depressiveness, and health-related quality of life. METHODS: Routine longitudinal data of 135 pain patients treated with multimodal pain therapy in 2014-2015 at the Interdisciplinary Pain Center of the University Clinic Erlangen were available at baseline, therapy start, therapy end, and 12 months after treatment...
February 17, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Anjali Mago, Michael I MacEntee, Mario Brondani, James Frankish
OBJECTIVES: To reveal and describe from open-ended interviews how homeless people in Vancouver interpret, appraise and cope with dental care. METHODS: Audio-recorded interviews with 25 homeless people (18 men and 7 women; age range: 25-64 years), purposefully selected for a range of experiences, were transcribed and analysed inductively. The process of interpretive description drawing from the Behavioral Model for Vulnerable Populations and Lazarus's Theory of Emotions identified how participants appraised and coped with dental care...
February 15, 2018: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
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