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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325029/noninvasive-eeg-correlates-of-overground-and-stair-walking
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Justin A Brantley, Trieu Phat Luu, Recep Ozdemir, Fangshi Zhu, Anna T Winslow, Helen Huang, Jose L Contreras-Vidal
Automated walking intention detection remains a challenge in lower-limb neuroprosthetic systems. Here, we assess the feasibility of extracting motor intent from scalp electroencephalography (EEG). First, we evaluated the corticomuscular coherence between central EEG electrodes (C1, Cz, C2) and muscles of the shank and thigh during walking on level ground and stairs. Second, we trained decoders to predict the linear envelope of the surface electromyogram (EMG). We observed significant EEG-led corticomuscular coupling between electrodes and sEMG (tibialis anterior) in the high delta (3-4 Hz) and low theta (4-5 Hz) frequency bands during level walking, indicating efferent signaling from the cortex to peripheral motor neurons...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324974/altered-viscoelastic-properties-of-stroke-affected-muscles-estimated-using-ultrasound-shear-waves-preliminary-data
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Ghulam Rasool, Allison B Wang, William Z Rymer, Sabrina S M Lee
As a result of a brain injury such as stroke, the skeletal muscles may undergo numerous structural and functional alterations. These abnormal changes are linked to muscle weakness, joint contracture, and abnormal muscle tone and eventually, result in motor impairment. A subset of these alterations affects passive muscle stiffness, i.e., viscoelastic properties. However, in vivo estimation of changes in viscoelastic properties is a challenging task. Here, we used the shear wave velocity, estimated through ultrasound SuperSonic imaging (SSI), as a surrogate for viscoelastic properties...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324967/a-data-model-to-support-the-evaluation-of-coordinating-care-eu-programmes-in-the-context-of-the-act-programme
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P Natsiavas, D Filos, I Chouvarda, C Maramis, R van der Heijden, H Schonenberg, S Pauws, C Bescos, N Maglaveras
Advancing Care Coordination and Telehealth Deployment (ACT) is a European Union (EU) project, completed last October, which has developed a framework for evaluating and improving pioneering health care programs regarding coordinating care and telehealth (CC & TH) across specific EU regions. In this paper we present the key design decisions of the project's data model and the challenges faced. We focus on the definition of the multi-dimensional indicators in order to overcome data incompleteness and heterogeneity issues...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324942/quantitative-analysis-of-histological-tissue-image-based-on-cytological-profiles-and-spatial-statistics
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Young Hwan Chang, Guillaume Thibault, Vahid Azimi, Brett Johnson, Danielle Jorgens, Jason Link, Adam Margolin, Joe W Gray
The cellular heterogeneity and complex tissue architecture of most tumor samples is a major obstacle in image analysis on standard hematoxylin and eosin-stained (H&E) tissue sections. A mixture of cancer and normal cells complicates the interpretation of their cytological profiles. Furthermore, spatial arrangement and architectural organization of cells are generally not reflected in cellular characteristics analysis. To address these challenges, first we describe an automatic nuclei segmentation of H&E tissue sections...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324938/application-of-semi-supervised-deep-learning-to-lung-sound-analysis
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Daniel Chamberlain, Rahul Kodgule, Daniela Ganelin, Vivek Miglani, Richard Ribon Fletcher
The analysis of lung sounds, collected through auscultation, is a fundamental component of pulmonary disease diagnostics for primary care and general patient monitoring for telemedicine. Despite advances in computation and algorithms, the goal of automated lung sound identification and classification has remained elusive. Over the past 40 years, published work in this field has demonstrated only limited success in identifying lung sounds, with most published studies using only a small numbers of patients (typically N<;20) and usually limited to a single type of lung sound...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324918/statistical-consequences-of-a-successful-lung-allocation-system-recovering-information-and-reducing-bias-in-models-for-urgency
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Nabihah Tayob, Susan Murray
The lung allocation system has reduced the number of waitlist deaths by ranking transplant candidates on the basis of a lung allocation score that requires estimation of the current 1-year restricted mean waitlist survival (urgency). Fewer waitlist deaths and the systematic removal of candidates from the waitlist for transplantation present statistical challenges that must be addressed when using recent waitlist data. Multiple overlapping 1-year follow-up windows are used in a restricted mean model that estimates patient urgency on the basis of updated risk factors at the start of the window...
March 21, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324915/alcohol-related-blackouts-negative-alcohol-related-consequences-and-motivations-for-drinking-reported-by-newly-matriculating-transgender-college-students
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Larry A Tupler, Daniel Zapp, William DeJong, Maryam Ali, Sarah O'Rourke, John Looney, H Scott Swartzwelder
BACKGROUND: Many transgender college students struggle with identity formation and other emotional, social, and developmental challenges associated with emerging adulthood. A potential maladaptive coping strategy employed by such students is heavy drinking. Prior literature has suggested greater consumption and negative alcohol-related consequences (ARCs) in transgender students compared with their cisgender peers, but little is known about their differing experiences with alcohol-related blackouts (ARBs)...
March 21, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324913/tests-for-informative-cluster-size-using-a-novel-balanced-bootstrap-scheme
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Jaakko Nevalainen, Hannu Oja, Somnath Datta
Clustered data are often encountered in biomedical studies, and to date, a number of approaches have been proposed to analyze such data. However, the phenomenon of informative cluster size (ICS) is a challenging problem, and its presence has an impact on the choice of a correct analysis methodology. For example, Dutta and Datta (2015, Biometrics) presented a number of marginal distributions that could be tested. Depending on the nature and degree of informativeness of the cluster size, these marginal distributions may differ, as do the choices of the appropriate test...
March 21, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324901/pediatric-feeding-disorders-and-severe-developmental-disabilities
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Jane ORegan Kleinert
Children with severe developmental disabilities face numerous challenges to function and participate in activities of daily life. One of the most significant challenges to accomplishing this goal is that of oral feeding disorders. Indeed, it is estimated that among children with developmental disabilities, up to 80 to 90% present with some level of feeding disorders. In addition, it has been shown that as the level of severity of intellectual disability increases, so does the severity of the oral feeding disorders...
April 2017: Seminars in Speech and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324897/neonatal-feeding-behavior-as-a-complex-dynamical-system
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Eugene C Goldfield, Jennifer Perez, Katherine Engstler
The requirements of evidence-based practice in 2017 are motivating new theoretical foundations and methodological tools for characterizing neonatal feeding behavior. Toward that end, this article offers a complex dynamical systems perspective. A set of critical concepts from this perspective frames challenges faced by speech-language pathologists and allied professionals: when to initiate oral feeds, how to determine the robustness of neonatal breathing during feeding and appropriate levels of respiratory support, what instrumental assessments of swallow function to use with preterm neonates, and whether or not to introduce thickened liquids...
April 2017: Seminars in Speech and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324829/interactive-effects-of-an-insecticide-and-a-fungicide-on-different-organism-groups-and-ecosystem-functioning-in-a-stream-detrital-food-web
#11
Mohab Dawoud, Mirco Bundschuh, Willem Goedkoop, Brendan G McKie
Freshwater ecosystems are often affected by cocktails of multiple pesticides targeting different organism groups. Prediction and evaluation of the ecosystem-level effects of these mixtures is complicated by the potential not only for interactions among the pesticides themselves, but also for the pesticides to alter biotic interactions across trophic levels. In a stream microcosm experiment, we investigated the effects of two pesticides targeting two organism groups (the insecticide lindane and fungicide azoxystrobin) on the functioning of a model stream detrital food web consisting of a detritivore (Ispoda: Asellus aquaticus) and microbes (an assemblage of fungal hyphomycetes) consuming leaf litter...
March 9, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324802/pelvic-exenteration-case-series-a-single-surgeon-s-experience-at-one-institution-in-trinidad-and-tobago
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Ravi Maharaj, Vandana Devika Sookdeo, Maurice Fortuné, Meenakshi Akhilesh, Chalapathi Rao Adidam Venkata, Wayne Mohammed, Dave Harnanan, Wayne A Warner
INTRODUCTION: Pelvic exenteration (PE) is an ultra-radical surgical procedure characterized by the en bloc resection of the pelvic organs. METHODS: In this case series, we report retrospectively on four patients who underwent PE in Trinidad and Tobago from 2012 to 2016. One male patient had rectal cancer while one each of three women had cervical, colon, or rectal cancer. RESULTS: Early postoperative complications (≤30days) occurred in all patients, while late complications (>30days) occurred in one patient (Grade 1 - Clavien-Dindo classification)...
March 7, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324794/the-socio-political-context-of-migration-and-reproductive-health-disparities-the-case-of-early-sexual-initiation-among-mexican-origin-immigrant-young-women
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Kate Coleman-Minahan
Prior research often explains the lower risk of early sexual initiation among foreign-born Mexican-origin young women by a patriarchal and sexually conservative "traditional Latino culture." This definition overlooks structural factors such as exploitation of migrant workers, and conflates gender inequality and sexual expectations. I use an intersectional framework and the theory of gender and power to explore how gender inequality and sexual expectations are both influenced by structural factors and affect reproductive health outcomes...
March 9, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324790/a-new-approach-to-estimating-the-evoked-hemodynamic-response-applied-to-dual-channel-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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Reza Arefi Shirvan, Seyed Kamaledin Setarehdan, Ali Motie Nasrabadi
BACKGROUND: Brain activity can be measured non-invasively by means of functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) which records hemodynamics of the brain tissue. Sensitivity of fNIRS to the brain activity is however being affected by natural physiological brain hemodynamics (systemic interferences). Functional hemodynamic signal extraction from physiological interferences still remains a challenging task. NEW METHOD: This paper presents a novel effective algorithm for real-time physiological interference reduction and recovery of the evoked brain activity using a dual channel fNIRS system...
March 18, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324779/frontocingulate-cerebral-blood-flow-and-cerebrovascular-reactivity-associated-with-antidepressant-response-in-late-life-depression
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Margarita Abi Zeid Daou, Brian D Boyd, Manus J Donahue, Kimberly Albert, Warren D Taylor
BACKGROUND: Vascular pathology is common in late-life depression (LLD) and may contribute to alterations in cerebral blood flow (CBF) and cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR). In turn, such hemodynamic deficits may adversely affect brain function and clinical course. The goal of this study was to examine whether altered cerebral hemodynamics in depressed elders predicted antidepressant response. METHODS: 21 depressed elders completed cranial 3T MRI, including a pseudo-continuous Arterial Spin Labeling (pcASL) acquisition on both room air and during a hypercapnia challenge...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324768/analysis-of-different-materials-subjected-to-open-air-explosions-in-search-of-explosive-traces-by-raman-microscopy
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Félix Zapata, Carmen García-Ruiz
Post-explosion scenes offer such chaos and destruction that evidence recovery and detection of post-blast residues from the explosive in the surrounding materials is highly challenging and difficult. The suitability of materials to retain explosives residues and their subsequent analysis has been scarcely investigated. Particularly, the use of explosive mixtures containing inorganic oxidizing salts to make improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is a current security concern due to their wide availability and lax control...
March 16, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324724/bio-inspired-one-pot-route-to-prepare-robust-and-repairable-micro-nanoscale-superhydrophobic-coatings
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Yifan Si, Fuchao Yang, Zhiguang Guo
Superhydrophobic (SHP) coatings inspired by lotus have great application prospect for our daily life. Regrettably, three formidable challenges, namely, complex fabrication, weak mechanical stability and large-scale fabrication, have already existed for a long time in this research field. Here, a robust micro-nanoscale P25 (Nano TiO2)/MgO/epoxy resin (ER) SHP coating has been fabricated via facile one-pot route, which can be applied to arbitrary substrates through multiples methods. P25/MgO/ER SHP coating not only displays excellent mechanical stability but also shows unique repairable ability to recover its superhydrophobicity under various damages by extreme environment such as low temperature, strong acid or alkali and this repairable process can be repeated for many times...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324716/postnatal-mri-for-cdh-a-pictorial-review-of-late-presenting-and-recurrent-diaphragmatic-defects
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Wendy Kim, Jesse Courtier, Cara Morin, Narendra Shet, Eric Strauch, Jane S Kim
Late-presenting or recurrent diaphragmatic defects can pose a diagnostic challenge due to varying clinical presentations. Current diagnostic approaches include plain film radiograph for initial assessment, with other imaging modalities such as fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT and MRI mainly utilized for troubleshooting. As a radiation-free modality, MRI can provide a more definitive diagnosis in particular cases due to its ability to visualize discontinuity of the diaphragm, distinguishing it from eventration. MRI can also accurately characterize hernia contents, defect location and size...
March 8, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324705/more-pain-more-gain-blocking-the-opioid-system-boosts-adaptive-cognitive-control
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Henk van Steenbergen, Daniel H Weissman, Dan J Stein, Susan Malcolm-Smith, Jack van Honk
The ability to adaptively increase cognitive control in response to cognitive challenges is crucial for goal-directed behavior. Recent findings suggest that aversive arousal triggers adaptive increases of control, but the neurochemical mechanisms underlying these effects remain unclear. Given the known contributions of the opioid system to hedonic states, we investigated whether blocking this system increases adaptive control modulations. To do so, we conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled psychopharmacological study (n=52 females) involving a Stroop-like task...
March 7, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324687/variation-of-natural-radionuclides-in-non-ferrous-fayalite-slags-during-a-one-month-production-period
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Tom Croymans, Indy Vandael Schreurs, Mikael Hult, Gerd Marissens, Guillaume Lutter, Heiko Stroh, Sonja Schreurs, Wouter Schroeyers
The European Basic Safety Standards (EU-BSS) describes a set of NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material)-processing industries which produce residues known to be possibly enriched in NORs (Naturally Occurring Radionuclides). These residues can be used as a component in building materials aimed for public usage. The industrial processes, in which the residues are produced, are often complex and total monitoring can be challenging especially when the origin of the used raw materials varies. In this study the NORs present in non-ferrous fayalite slags of a secondary smelter facility, a NORM-processing industry according to the EU-BSS, were monitored daily during a one-month production period...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
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