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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645543/mechanosensing-in-the-drosophila-nervous-system
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REVIEW
Katerina Karkali, Enrique Martin-Blanco
Neurons allocated to sense organs respond rapidly to mechanical signals dictating behavioral responses at the organism level. The receptors that transduce these signals, and underlie these senses, are mechanically gated channels. Research on mechanosensation over the past decade, employing in many cases Drosophila as a model, has focused in typifying these receptors and in exploring the different ways, depending on context, in which these mechanosensors are modulated. In this review, we discuss first what we have learned from Drosophila on these mechanisms and we describe the different mechanosensory organs present in the Drosophila larvae and adult...
June 20, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645319/architectural-frameworks-defining-the-structures-for-implementing-learning-health-systems
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Lysanne Lessard, Wojtek Michalowski, Michael Fung-Kee-Fung, Lori Jones, Agnes Grudniewicz
BACKGROUND: The vision of transforming health systems into learning health systems (LHSs) that rapidly and continuously transform knowledge into improved health outcomes at lower cost is generating increased interest in government agencies, health organizations, and health research communities. While existing initiatives demonstrate that different approaches can succeed in making the LHS vision a reality, they are too varied in their goals, focus, and scale to be reproduced without undue effort...
June 23, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637090/early-warning-systems-and-rapid-response-to-the-deteriorating-patient-in-hospital-a-realist-evaluation
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Jennifer Mcgaughey, Peter O'Halloran, Sam Porter, John Trinder, Bronagh Blackwood
AIM: To identify those contexts and mechanisms that enable or constrain the implementation of Rapid Response Systems on acute general hospital wards to recognise and respond to patient deterioration. BACKGROUND: Rapid Response Systems allow deteriorating patients to be recognised using Early Warning Systems, referred early via escalation protocols and managed at the bedside by competent staff. DESIGN: Realist Evaluation. METHODS: The research design was an embedded multiple case study approach of four wards in two hospitals in Northern Ireland which followed the principles of Realist Evaluation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636443/personal-protective-equipment-supply-chain-lessons-learned-from-recent-public-health-emergency-responses
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Anita Patel, Maryann M D'Alessandro, Karen J Ireland, W Greg Burel, Elaine B Wencil, Sonja A Rasmussen
Personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects healthcare workers from infection is a critical component of infection control strategies in healthcare settings. During a public health emergency response, protecting healthcare workers from infectious disease is essential, given that they provide clinical care to those who fall ill, have a high risk of exposure, and need to be assured of occupational safety. Like most goods in the United States, the PPE market supply is based on demand. The US PPE supply chain has minimal ability to rapidly surge production, resulting in challenges to meeting large unexpected increases in demand that might occur during a public health emergency...
May 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631988/evidence-of-practice-effect-in-cantab-spatial-working-memory-test-in-a-cohort-of-patients-with-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Federica Cacciamani, Nicola Salvadori, Paolo Eusebi, Viviana Lisetti, Elisa Luchetti, Paolo Calabresi, Lucilla Parnetti
The Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) is a system of neuropsychological tests frequently used to track the progression of cognitive deficits in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). We investigated test-retest reliability in seven CANTAB tests. Twenty-five MCI patients, with either AD-like or conflicting/normal cerebrospinal fluid profiles underwent three testing sessions at 6-month intervals, including the following tests: Reaction Time and Rapid Visual Information Processing (assessing attention and reaction times); Delayed Matching-to-Sample, Paired Associates Learning, Spatial Recognition Memory and Pattern Recognition Memory (assessing memory); Spatial Working Memory (assessing executive functions)...
February 22, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629387/an-updated-assessment-of-microglia-depletion-current-concepts-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Jinming Han, Robert A Harris, Xing-Mei Zhang
Microglia are the principal resident immune cells in the central nervous system and are believed to be versatile players in both inflammatory and physiological contexts. On the one hand, in order to safeguard the microenvironment microglia can be rapidly activated by contact with microbial products or cell debris, thereby exerting the functions of innate immunity via phagocytosis and secretion of cytokines and chemokines. Conversely, microglia can also assist in brain development, synaptic plasticity and neural repair through the production of neurotrophic factors and clearance of myelin debris...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628932/-european-collaboration-in-medical-device-assessment-one-step-towards-cross-border-health-care
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Julia Mayer, Sabine Ettinger, Anna Nachtnebel
Aim The aim of this paper was to present the legal framework as well as previous experience in transnational collaboration regarding the assessment of medical devices for reimbursement decisions. Furthermore, the possible benefit of transnational collaboration for various stakeholders will be discussed. Methods Experiences gathered with the compilation of overall 6 joint rapid assessments of medical devices within the completed European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) Joint Action 2 (JA2) are summarised and discussed...
June 19, 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628583/improving-hypertension-control-population-wide-in-minnesota
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Kathryn Foti, John Auerbach, Sanne Magnan
CONTEXT: Hypertension is a common and costly risk factor for cardiovascular disease, but just over half of all adults with hypertension have their blood pressure controlled nationally. In Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota, the rate of hypertension control is approximately 70% despite a rate of hypertension control similar to the national average as recently as the first half of the 1990s. OBJECTIVE: The purposes of this study were to identify factors in Minneapolis-St Paul and state-level policies and programs in Minnesota that may have contributed to the more rapid increase in blood pressure control there than that in the rest of the nation and to identify factors that can potentially be replicated in other jurisdictions...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625816/a-prospective-multicenter-study-evaluating-learning-curves-and-competence-in-endoscopic-ultrasound-and-endoscopic-retrograde-cholangiopancreatography-among-advanced-endoscopy-trainees-the-rapid-assessment-of-trainee-endoscopy-skills-rates-study
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Sachin Wani, Rajesh Keswani, Matt Hall, Samuel Han, Meer Akbar Ali, Brian Brauer, Linda Carlin, Amitabh Chak, Dan Collins, Gregory A Cote, David L Diehl, Christopher J DiMaio, Andrew Dries, Ihab El-Hajj, Swan Ellert, Kimberley Fairley, Ashley Faulx, Larissa Fujii-Lau, Srinivas Gaddam, Seng-Ian Gan, Jonathan P Gaspar, Chitiki Gautamy, Stuart Gordon, Cynthia Harris, Sarah Hyder, Ross Jones, Stephen Kim, Srinadh Komanduri, Ryan Law, Linda Lee, Rawad Mounzer, Daniel Mullady, V Raman Muthusamy, Mojtaba Olyaee, Patrick Pfau, Shreyas Saligram, Cyrus Piraka, Amit Rastogi, Laura Rosenkranz, Fadi Rzouq, Aditi Saxena, Raj J Shah, Violette C Simon, Aaron Small, Jayaprakash Sreenarasimhaiah, Andrew Walker, Andrew Y Wang, Rabindra R Watson, Robert H Wilson, Patrick Yachimski, Dennis Yang, Steven Edmundowicz, Dayna S Early
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Based on the Next Accreditation System, trainee assessment should occur on a continuous basis with individualized feedback. We aimed to validate endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) learning curves among advanced endoscopy trainees (AETs) using a large national sample of training programs and to develop a centralized database that allows assessment of performance in relation to peers. METHODS: ASGE recognized training programs were invited to participate and AETs were graded on ERCP and EUS exams using a validated competency assessment tool that assesses technical and cognitive competence in a continuous fashion...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617719/guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-and-zika-virus-outbreaks
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Osvaldo J M Nascimento, Ivan R F da Silva
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Arboviruses have been associated with central and peripheral nervous system injuries, in special the flaviviruses. Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), transverse myelitis, meningoencephalitis, ophthalmological manifestations, and other neurological complications have been recently associated to Zika virus (ZIKV) infection. In this review, we aim to analyze the epidemiological aspects, possible pathophysiology, and what we have learned about the clinical and laboratory findings, as well as treatment of patients with ZIKV-associated neurological complications...
June 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615475/infantile-amnesia-a-critical-period-of-learning-to-learn-and-remember
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Cristina M Alberini, Alessio Travaglia
Infantile amnesia, the inability of adults to recollect early episodic memories, is associated with the rapid forgetting that occurs in childhood. It has been suggested that infantile amnesia is due to the underdevelopment of the infant brain, which would preclude memory consolidation, or to deficits in memory retrieval. Although early memories are inaccessible to adults, early-life events, such as neglect or aversive experiences, can greatly impact adult behavior and may predispose individuals to various psychopathologies...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614624/new-insights-into-the-role-of-emt-in-tumor-immune-escape
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REVIEW
Stéphane Terry, Pierre Savagner, Sandra Ortiz-Cuaran, Linda Mahjoubi, Pierre Saintigny, Jean-Paul Thiery, Salem Chouaib
Novel immunotherapy approaches have provided durable remission in a significant number of cancer patients with cancers previously considered rapidly lethal. Nonetheless, the high degree of non-responders, and in some cases the emergence of resistance in patients who do initially respond, represents a significant challenge in the field of cancer immunotherapy. These issues prompt much more extensive studies to better understand how cancer cells escape immune surveillance and resist immune attacks. Here, we review the current knowledge of how cellular heterogeneity and plasticity could be involved in shaping the tumor microenvironment and in controlling anti-tumor immunity...
June 14, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612657/improving-care-for-advanced-copd-through-practice-change-experiences-of-participation-in-a-canadian-spread-collaborative
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Jennifer Y Verma, Claudia Amar, Shannon Sibbald, Graeme M Rocker
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of death, morbidity, and health-care spending. The Halifax, Nova Scotia-based INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program™ has proved highly beneficial for patients and the health-care system. With direct investment of <$1-million CAD, a pan-Canadian quality improvement collaborative (QIC) supported the spread of INSPIRED to 19 teams in the 10 Canadian provinces contingent upon participation in evaluation. The collaborative evaluation followed a mixed-methods summative approach relying on collated quantitative data, team documents, and surveys sent to core members of the 19 teams...
January 1, 2017: Chronic Respiratory Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607678/choosing-wisely-a-quality-improvement-initiative-to-decrease-unnecessary-preoperative-testing
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John Matulis, Stephen Liu, John Mecchella, Frederick North, Alison Holmes
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is a rural, academic medical center in the northeastern United States; its General Internal Medicine (GIM) division performs about 900 low and intermediate surgical risk preoperative evaluations annually. Routine preoperative testing in these evaluations is widely considered a low-value service. Our baseline data sample showed unnecessary testing rates of approximately 36%. A multi-disciplinary team used a micro-systems approach to analyze the existing process and formulate a rapid cycle improvement strategy...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604582/prediction-of-driver-s-intention-of-lane-change-by-augmenting-sensor-information-using-machine-learning-techniques
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Il-Hwan Kim, Jae-Hwan Bong, Jooyoung Park, Shinsuk Park
Driver assistance systems have become a major safety feature of modern passenger vehicles. The advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) is one of the active safety systems to improve the vehicle control performance and, thus, the safety of the driver and the passengers. To use the ADAS for lane change control, rapid and correct detection of the driver's intention is essential. This study proposes a novel preprocessing algorithm for the ADAS to improve the accuracy in classifying the driver's intention for lane change by augmenting basic measurements from conventional on-board sensors...
June 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603402/hidden-parameter-markov-decision-processes-a-semiparametric-regression-approach-for-discovering-latent-task-parametrizations
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Finale Doshi-Velez, George Konidaris
Control applications often feature tasks with similar, but not identical, dynamics. We introduce the Hidden Parameter Markov Decision Process (HiP-MDP), a framework that parametrizes a family of related dynamical systems with a low-dimensional set of latent factors, and introduce a semiparametric regression approach for learning its structure from data. We show that a learned HiP-MDP rapidly identifies the dynamics of new task instances in several settings, flexibly adapting to task variation.
July 2016: IJCAI: Proceedings of the Conference
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602884/autostereoscopic-3d-neuronavigation-to-the-sella-technical-note
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A Nimer Amr, Jens Conrad, Sven Kantelhardt, Alf Giese
BACKGROUND: A drawback of conventional neuronavigation is the necessity of focusing on 2D-images in three planes at the same time to determine one's position in the operation field. A solution would be to merge the images into a single 3D-image that mirrors the actual anatomy. This solution has hitherto been hindered by technical limitations. The introduction of holographic-glassless 3D-monitors paved the way to 3D-navigation. OBJECTIVE: We present our experience with 3D-neuronavigation as exemplified by navigation to and within the sella...
June 5, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599360/lessons-learned-from-khartoum-flash-flood-impacts-an-integrated-assessment
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Mohamad Ibrahim Mahmood, Nadir Ahmed Elagib, Finlay Horn, Suhair A G Saad
This study aims at enabling the compilation of key lessons for decision makers and urban planners in rapidly urbanizing cities regarding the identification of representative, chief causal natural and human factors for the increased level of flash flood risk. To achieve this, the impacts of flash flood events of 2013 and 2014 in the capital of Sudan, Khartoum, were assessed using seven integrated approaches, i.e. rainfall data analysis, document analysis of affected people and houses, observational fieldwork in the worst flood affected areas, people's perception of causes and mitigation measures through household interviews, reported drinking water quality, reported water-related diseases and social risk assessment...
June 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599112/deep-convolutional-neural-networks-for-image-classification-a-comprehensive-review
#19
Waseem Rawat, Zenghui Wang
Convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have been applied to visual tasks since the late 1980s. However, despite a few scattered applications, they were dormant until the mid-2000s when developments in computing power and the advent of large amounts of labeled data, supplemented by improved algorithms, contributed to their advancement and brought them to the forefront of a neural network renaissance that has seen rapid progression since 2012. In this review, which focuses on the application of CNNs to image classification tasks, we cover their development, from their predecessors up to recent state-of-the-art deep learning systems...
June 9, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598670/quantum-loop-topography-for-machine-learning
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Yi Zhang, Eun-Ah Kim
Despite rapidly growing interest in harnessing machine learning in the study of quantum many-body systems, training neural networks to identify quantum phases is a nontrivial challenge. The key challenge is in efficiently extracting essential information from the many-body Hamiltonian or wave function and turning the information into an image that can be fed into a neural network. When targeting topological phases, this task becomes particularly challenging as topological phases are defined in terms of nonlocal properties...
May 26, 2017: Physical Review Letters
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