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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227891/design-and-preliminary-assessment-of-a-smart-textile-for-respiratory-monitoring-based-on-an-array-of-fiber-bragg-gratings
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C Massaroni, M Ciocchetti, G Di Tomaso, P Saccomandi, M A Caponero, A Polimadei, D Formica, E Schena, C Massaroni, M Ciocchetti, G Di Tomaso, P Saccomandi, M A Caponero, A Polimadei, D Formica, E Schena, G Di Tomaso, M A Caponero, E Schena, M Ciocchetti, C Massaroni, A Polimadei, P Saccomandi, D Formica
Comfortable and easy to wear smart textiles have gained popularity for continuous respiratory monitoring. Among different emerging technologies, smart textiles based on fiber optic sensors (FOSs) have several advantages, like Magnetic Resonance (MR)-compatibility and good metrological properties. In this paper we report on the development and assessment of an MR-compatible smart textiles based on FOSs for respiratory monitoring. The system consists of six fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors glued on the textile to monitor six compartments of the chest wall (i...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225544/in-defense-of-clinical-autopsy-and-its-practice-in-cuba
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Alfredo D Espinosa-Brito, José Hurtado de Mendoza-Amat
There has been a notable decrease in the global practice of clinical autopsy; the rate has fallen to below 10%, even in high-income countries. This is attributed to several causes, including increased costs, overreliance on modern diagnostic techniques, cultural and religious factors, the emergence of new infectious diseases and negative attitudes on the part of doctors, even pathologists. Alternative methods to autopsy in postmortem studies have been developed based on imaging, endoscopy and biopsy (all quite expensive)...
January 2017: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225448/predicting-hcahps-scores-from-hospitals-social-media-pages-a-sentiment-analysis
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John W Huppertz, Peter Otto
BACKGROUND: Social media is an important communication channel that can help hospitals and consumers obtain feedback about quality of care. However, despite the potential value of insight from consumers who post comments about hospital care on social media, there has been little empirical research on the relationship between patients' anecdotal feedback and formal measures of patient experience. PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to test the association between informal feedback posted in the Reviews section of hospitals' Facebook pages and scores on two global items from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, Overall Hospital Rating and Willingness to Recommend the Hospital...
February 22, 2017: Health Care Management Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223133/bio-based-materials-with-novel-characteristics-for-tissue-engineering-applications-a-review
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REVIEW
Luis Bedian, Angel M Villalba Rodríguez, Gustavo Hernández Vargas, Roberto Parra-Saldivar, Hafiz M N Iqbal
Recently, a wider spectrum of bio-based materials and materials-based novel constructs and systems has been engineered with high interests. The key objective is to help for an enhanced/better quality of life in a secure way by avoiding/limiting various adverse effects of some in practice traditional therapies. In this context, different methodological approaches including in-vitro, in-vivo, and ex-vivo techniques have been exploited, so far. Among them, bio-based therapeutic constructs are of supreme interests for an enhanced and efficient delivery in the current biomedical sector of the modern world...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222324/graph-based-segmentation-of-abnormal-nuclei-in-cervical-cytology
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Ling Zhang, Hui Kong, Shaoxiong Liu, Tianfu Wang, Siping Chen, Milan Sonka
A general method is reported for improving the segmentation of abnormal cell nuclei in cervical cytology images. In automation-assisted reading of cervical cytology, one of the essential steps is the segmentation of nuclei. Despite some progress, there is a need to improve the sensitivity, particularly the segmentation of abnormal nuclei. Our method starts with pre-segmenting the nucleus to define the coarse center and size of nucleus, which is used to construct a graph by image unfolding that maps ellipse-like border in the Cartesian coordinate system to lines in the polar coordinate system...
January 31, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222058/classifiers-for-accelerometer-measured-behaviors-in-older-women
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Dori Rosenberg, Suneeta Godbole, Katherine Ellis, Chongzhi DI, Andrea Lacroix, Loki Natarajan, Jacqueline Kerr
PURPOSE: Machine learning methods could better improve the detection of specific types of physical activities and sedentary behaviors from accelerometer data. No studies in older populations have developed and tested algorithms for walking and sedentary time in free-living daily life. Our goal was to rectify this gap by leveraging access to data from two studies in older women. METHODS: In study 1, algorithms were developed and tested in a sample of older women (N = 39, age range = 55-96 yr) in the field...
March 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221092/social-and-economic-ideologies-differentially-predict-prejudice-across-the-political-spectrum-but-social-issues-are-most-divisive
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Jarret T Crawford, Mark J Brandt, Yoel Inbar, John R Chambers, Matt Motyl
Liberals and conservatives both express prejudice toward ideologically dissimilar others (Brandt et al., 2014). Previous work on ideological prejudice did not take advantage of evidence showing that ideology is multidimensional, with social and economic ideologies representing related but separable belief systems. In 5 studies (total N = 4912), we test 3 competing hypotheses of a multidimensional account of ideological prejudice. The dimension-specific symmetry hypothesis predicts that social and economic ideologies differentially predict prejudice against targets who are perceived to vary on the social and economic political dimensions, respectively...
March 2017: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220144/results-of-late-gadolinium-enhancement-in-children-affected-by-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Paolo Ciliberti, Domenico Mastrodicasa, Marcello Chinali, Gabriele Rinelli, Teresa Pia Santangelo, Carmela Napolitano, Benedetta Leonardi, Aurelio Secinaro
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the clinical value of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE), in children affected by dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 15 patients (8 ± 6 years, 6 males) with diagnosis of DCM who underwent cardiac magnetic resonance since 2014. All scans were performed with a 1.5 T system (Aera, Siemens). Study protocol included cine steady-state free precession sequences, followed by administration of 0...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219826/hot-topics-in-reactive-oxygen-therapy-antimicrobial-and-immunological-mechanisms-safety-and-clinical-applications
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REVIEW
Matthew Dryden, Jonathan Cooke, Rami Salib, Rebecca Holding, Sylvia Pender, Jill Brooks
Reactive oxygen species (ROS), when combined with various delivery mechanisms, has the potential to become a powerful novel therapeutic agent against difficult-to-treat infections, especially those involving biofilm. It is important in the context of the global antibiotic resistance crisis. ROS is rapidly active in vitro against all Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria tested. ROS also has antifungal and antiviral properties. ROS prevents the formation of biofilms caused by a range of bacterial species in wounds and respiratory epithelium...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219376/cooperate-a-paradigm-shift-for-health-equity
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REVIEW
Wei-Ching Chang, Joy H Fraser
The role of competition and cooperation in relation to the goal of health equity is examined in this paper. The authors explain why the win-lose mentality associated with avoidable competition is ethically questionable and less effective than cooperation in achieving positive outcomes, particularly as it relates to health and health equity. Competition, which differentiates winners from losers, often with the winner-takes-all reward system, inevitably leads to a few winners and many losers, resulting in social inequality, which, in turn, engenders and perpetuates health inequity...
February 21, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219187/-clinical-application-of-acutegastrointestinal-injury-grading-system-assocaited-with-clinical-severity-outcome-in-critically-ill-patients-a-multi-center-prospective-observational-study
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B C Hu, R H Sun, A P Wu, Y Ni, J Q Liu, L J Ying, Q P Xu, G P Ge, Y C Shi, C W Liu, L Xu, R H Lin, R L Jiang, J Lu, Y N Zhu, W D Wu, X J Ding, B Xie
Objective: To investigate the feasibility of utilizing the current acute gastrointestinal injury(AGI) grading system, and explore the association of severity of AGI grade with clinical outcome in critically ill patients. Methods: The adult patients from 14 general ICUs in Zhejiang Province with an expected admission to ICU for at least 24 h were recruited, and all clinical, laboratory, and survival data were prospectively collected. The AGI grade was daily assessed based on GIsymptoms, feeding details and organ dysfunctionon the first week of admission to ICU...
February 7, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216600/csac-characterization-and-its-impact-on-gnss-clock-augmentation-performance
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Enric Fernández, David Calero, M Eulàlia Parés
Chip Scale Atomic Clocks (CSAC) are recently-developed electronic instruments that, when used together with a Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) receiver, help improve the performance of GNSS navigation solutions in certain conditions (i.e., low satellite visibility). Current GNSS receivers include a Temperature Compensated Cristal Oscillator (TCXO) clock characterized by a short-term stability (τ = 1 s) of 10(-9) s that leads to an error of 0.3 m in pseudorange measurements. The CSAC can achieve a short-term stability of 2...
February 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216496/-clinical-value-of-the-evolution-of-left-ventricular-global-strain-in-anterior-myocardial-infarction-patients-treated-with-emergency-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Zurong Yang, Qichang Zhou, Zhenfei Fang, Danming Cao, Jiawei Zhou, Xiankui Tan
To investigate the evolution of left ventricular global strain in anterior myocardial infarction patients treated with emergency percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).
 Methods: A total of 54 patients with PCI were enrolled as a PCI group. Forty healthy subjects were enrolled as a control group. Dynamic cardiac images were collected. All of these images were analyzed off-line by velocity vector imaging (VVI) software. N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) was measured with an electrochemiluminescence immunoassay through the Elecsys 1010/2010 system...
January 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216369/role-of-socio-cultural-and-economic-factors-in-cyprinid-fish-distribution-networks-and-consumption-in-lawa-lake-region-northeast-thailand-novel-perspectives-on-opisthorchis-viverrini-transmission-dynamics
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Christina Sunyoung Kim, John F Smith, Apiporn Suwannatrai, Pierre Echaubard, Bruce Wilcox, Sasithorn Kaewkes, Paiboon Sithithaworn, Banchob Sripa
Opisthorchis viverrini (Ov) is a fish-borne parasite endemic in parts of Lao PDR, Cambodia, southern Vietnam and Northeast Thailand (Isaan) where an estimated 10 million people are infected. Human Ov infection, associated with hepatobiliary complications, including cholangiocarcinoma (CCA), occurs when infected fish are consumed raw or undercooked, a longstanding cultural tradition in the region. This mixed- methods descriptive study was carried out in Isaan villages around Lawa Lake, Khon Kaen Province, known for their Ov endemicity...
February 16, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214710/a-preliminary-investigation-of-the-relationships-between-historical-crash-and-naturalistic-driving
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Anurag Pande, Sai Chand, Neeraj Saxena, Vinayak Dixit, James Loy, Brian Wolshon, Joshua D Kent
This paper describes a project that was undertaken using naturalistic driving data collected via Global Positioning System (GPS) devices to demonstrate a proof-of-concept for proactive safety assessments of crash-prone locations. The main hypothesis for the study is that the segments where drivers have to apply hard braking (higher jerks) more frequently might be the "unsafe" segments with more crashes over a long-term. The linear referencing methodology in ArcMap was used to link the GPS data with roadway characteristic data of US Highway 101 northbound (NB) and southbound (SB) in San Luis Obispo, California...
February 16, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214124/increasing-agricultural-land-use-is-associated-with-the-spread-of-an-invasive-fish-gambusia-affinis
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Finnbar Lee, Kevin S Simon, George L W Perry
Land-use change and invasive species pose major threats to ecosystems globally. These stressors can act together, with disturbance due to changes in land-use facilitating invasion. We examined the potential for agricultural land use to facilitate the establishment and population growth (abundance) of a globally invasive fish (Gambusia affinis). To achieve this we examined Gambusia presence, abundance, and life history traits in 31 streams spanning an agricultural land use gradient in the North Island of New Zealand...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212840/a-density-dependent-model-of-competition-for-one-resource-in-the-chemostat
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Radhouane Fekih-Salem, Claude Lobry, Tewfik Sari
This paper deals with a two-microbial species model in competition for a single-resource in the chemostat including general intra- and interspecific density-dependent growth rates with distinct removal rates for each species. In order to understand the effects of intra- and interspecific interference, this general model is first studied by determining the conditions of existence and local stability of steady states. With the same removal rate, the model can be reduced to a planar system and then the global stability results for each steady state are derived...
February 14, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212384/global-economic-impacts-of-climate-variability-and-change-during-the-20th-century
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Francisco Estrada, Richard S J Tol, Wouter J W Botzen
Estimates of the global economic impacts of observed climate change during the 20th century obtained by applying five impact functions of different integrated assessment models (IAMs) are separated into their main natural and anthropogenic components. The estimates of the costs that can be attributed to natural variability factors and to the anthropogenic intervention with the climate system in general tend to show that: 1) during the first half of the century, the amplitude of the impacts associated with natural variability is considerably larger than that produced by anthropogenic factors and the effects of natural variability fluctuated between being negative and positive...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208832/mitigating-multipath-bias-using-a-dual-polarization-antenna-theoretical-performance-algorithm-design-and-simulation
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Lin Xie, Xiaowei Cui, Sihao Zhao, Mingquan Lu
It is well known that multipath effect remains a dominant error source that affects the positioning accuracy of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers. Significant efforts have been made by researchers and receiver manufacturers to mitigate multipath error in the past decades. Recently, a multipath mitigation technique using dual-polarization antennas has become a research hotspot for it provides another degree of freedom to distinguish the line-of-sight (LOS) signal from the LOS and multipath composite signal without extensively increasing the complexity of the receiver...
February 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208776/beidou-signal-acquisition-with-neumann-hoffman-code-modulation-in-a-degraded-channel
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Lin Zhao, Aimeng Liu, Jicheng Ding, Jing Wang
With the modernization of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), secondary codes, also known as the Neumann-Hoffman (NH) codes, are modulated on the satellite signal to obtain a better positioning performance. However, this leads to an attenuation of the acquisition sensitivity of classic integration algorithms because of the frequent bit transitions that refer to the NH codes. Taking weak BeiDou navigation satellite system (BDS) signals as objects, the present study analyzes the side effect of NH codes on acquisition in detail and derives a straightforward formula, which indicates that bit transitions decrease the frequency accuracy...
February 9, 2017: Sensors
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