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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817655/assessing-experience-in-the-deliberate-practice-of-running-using-a-fuzzy-decision-support-system
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Maria Isabel Roveri, Edison de Jesus Manoel, Andrea Naomi Onodera, Neli R S Ortega, Vitor Daniel Tessutti, Emerson Vilela, Nelson Evêncio, Isabel C N Sacco
The judgement of skill experience and its levels is ambiguous though it is crucial for decision-making in sport sciences studies. We developed a fuzzy decision support system to classify experience of non-elite distance runners. Two Mamdani subsystems were developed based on expert running coaches' knowledge. In the first subsystem, the linguistic variables of training frequency and volume were combined and the output defined the quality of running practice. The second subsystem yielded the level of running experience from the combination of the first subsystem output with the number of competitions and practice time...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817571/automated-segmentation-of-mouse-oct-volumes-asimov-validation-clinical-study-of-a-light-damage-model
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Bhavna Josephine Antony, Byung-Jin Kim, Andrew Lang, Aaron Carass, Jerry L Prince, Donald J Zack
The use of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) is becoming commonplace for the in vivo longitudinal study of murine models of ophthalmic disease. Longitudinal studies, however, generate large quantities of data, the manual analysis of which is very challenging due to the time-consuming nature of generating delineations. Thus, it is of importance that automated algorithms be developed to facilitate accurate and timely analysis of these large datasets. Furthermore, as the models target a variety of diseases, the associated structural changes can also be extremely disparate...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817394/drivers-of-continuing-education-learning-preferences-for-veterans-affairs-women-s-health-primary-care-providers
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Jessica L Zuchowski, Alison B Hamilton, Donna L Washington, Arthur G Gomez, Laure Veet, Kristina M Cordasco
INTRODUCTION: Documented gaps in health professionals' training in women's health are a special concern for continuing education (CE). In the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system, women veterans are a numerical minority, preferably assigned to designated women's health primary care providers (DWHPs). DWHPs need to maintain their knowledge and skills in women's health topics, in addition to general internal medicine topics. We explored drivers of VA DWHPs' learning preferences for women's health topics-ie, factors which influence greater and lesser learning interest...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817355/total-training-load-may-explain-similar-strength-gains-and-muscle-hypertrophy-seen-in-aged-rats-submitted-to-resistance-training-and-anabolic-steroids
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Walter Krause Neto, Wellington de Assis Silva, Adriano Polican Ciena, Danilo Bocalini, Ricardo Aparecido Baptista Nucci, Carlos Alberto Anaruma, Eliane Florencio Gama
This study aimed to quantify training parameters and analyze the morphological response of aged muscles submitted to resistance training and anabolic steroids. Aged Wistar rats were divided into groups: C - initial control; CF - final control; CAS - control with anabolic steroid, RT - resistance training, and RTA - resistance training with anabolic steroid. Maximum carried load, absolute and relative loads increased significantly in RT and RTA. RTA demonstrated greater relative load than RT. Average total volume, total climbing volume, relative total volume, relative total climbing volume, and mean climbing volume were similar between groups RT and RTA...
August 17, 2017: Aging Male: the Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816656/tracking-by-detection-of-3d-human-shapes-from-surfaces-to-volumes
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Chun-Hao Huang, Benjamin Allain, Edmond Boyer, Jean-Sebastien Franco, Federico Tombari, Nassir Navab, Slobodan Ilic
3D Human shape tracking consists in fitting a template model to temporal sequences of visual observations. It usually comprises an association step, that finds correspondences between the model and the input data, and a deformation step, that fits the model to the observations given correspondences. Most current approaches follow the Iterative-Closest-Point (ICP) paradigm, where the association step is carried out by searching for the nearest neighbors. It fails when large deformations occur and errors in the association tend to propagate over time...
August 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814026/design-and-characterization-of-low-cost-fabric-based-flat-pneumatic-actuators-for-soft-assistive-glove-application
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Hong Kai Yap, Frederick Sebastian, Christopher Wiedeman, Chen-Hua Yeow
We present the design of low-cost fabric-based Hat pneumatic actuators for soft assistive glove application. The soft assistive glove is designed to assist hand impaired patients in performing activities of daily living and rehabilitation. The actuators consist of flexible materials such as fabric and latex bladder. Using zero volume actuation concept, the 2D configuration of the actuators simplifies the manufacturing process and allows the actuators to be more compact. The actuators achieve bi-directional flexion and extension motions...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811140/divergent-effects-of-resistance-training-and-anabolic-steroid-on-the-postsynaptic-region-of-different-skeletal-muscles-of-aged-rats
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Walter Krause Neto, Wellington de Assis Silva, Adriano Polican Ciena, Carlos Alberto Anaruma, Eliane Florencio Gama
This study aimed to analyze the effects of resistance training associated with testosterone administration in the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) postsynaptic region of different skeletal muscle types of aged rats. Wistar rats were divided into: SEI - 20-months-old control, SEF - 24-months-old control, T - 20-months-old with testosterone, S - 20-months-old resistance trained and ST - 20-months-old with resistance training associated with testosterone propionate. All groups were submitted to familiarization and maximum load carrying testing (MLCT)...
August 12, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810996/rhabdomyolysis-after-crawling-military-training
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Danit Atias-Varon, Haggai Sherman, Ran Yanovich, Yuval Heled
INTRODUCTION: Rhabdomyolysis is a syndrome characterized by muscle necrosis followed by release of intracellular muscle contents into the circulation. Exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER) occurs in response to nonfamiliar and/or excessive, prolonged, or repetitive exercises, with eccentric characteristics. In military populations, due to the type of intense, all out physical loads, ER is a significant threat, particularly when training under heat stress. However, many other etiologies exist, and clinical presentations vary greatly...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810966/the-importance-of-medical-readiness-training-exercises-maintaining-medical-readiness-in-a-low-volume-combat-casualty-flow-era
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Kelly C Mead, David J Tennent, Daniel J Stinner
INTRODUCTION: Ringed external fixation has demonstrated promising results in the management of severe combat-related extremity injuries. The purpose of this study was to identify and compare rates of wartime-related surgical cases at times of high and low casualty time periods, and then compare these case numbers with those performed during a 2-week Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE) in Honduras. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of patients treated at a single Military Treatment Facility with definitive ringed external fixators during a 2-year period of high-volume combat casualty flow (January 2009-December 2010) and a subsequent 2-year period of low-volume combat casualty flow (January 2013-December 2014)...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810963/treating-decompression-sickness-military-flight-simulation-site-community-hospital-partnership
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Whitney C Rhodes, George Hertner, Robert Price, Lani Finck, Claudia Temmer, Tracy Cushing, Kathleen Flarity
BACKGROUND: High-altitude flight simulation familiarizes military trainees with the symptoms of hypoxia to prepare them for emergency situations. Decompression sickness (DCS) can occur as a result of these simulations. In cases when ground-level supplemental oxygen does not resolve symptoms, hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is indicated. Many military hyperbaric chambers have been closed because of cost reductions, necessitating partnerships with community hospitals to ensure access to treatment...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810345/-commentary-on-self-compiled-teaching-materialsby-singapore-chinese-physician-training-college
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S H Chen, H X Cai
The Singapore Chinese Physician Training College has been playing a role in the development of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and the training of TCM talents in modern and contemporary Singapore not to be ignored. Due to the limitations of the objective condition, the College had to creatively compile by themselves 115 volumes of teaching materials with rather complete subjects, which did pay attention to applying theory to practice, ran through the thought of Chinese integrating with western medicine, and is of literature and cultural significance...
May 28, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Shi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Medical History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807534/computed-tomography-radiomics-predicts-hpv-status-and-local-tumor-control-after-definitive-radiochemotherapy-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Marta Bogowicz, Oliver Riesterer, Kristian Ikenberg, Sonja Stieb, Holger Moch, Gabriela Studer, Matthias Guckenberger, Stephanie Tanadini-Lang
PURPOSE: This study aimed to predict local tumor control (LC) after radiochemotherapy of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) and human papillomavirus (HPV) status using computed tomography (CT) radiomics. METHODS AND MATERIALS: HNSCC patients treated with definitive radiochemotherapy were included in the retrospective study approved by the local ethical commission (93 and 56 patients in the training and validation cohorts, respectively). Three hundred seventeen CT radiomic features, including those based on shape, intensity, texture, and wavelet transform, were calculated in the primary tumor region...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807476/a-model-for-a-career-in-a-specialty-of-general-surgery-one-surgeon-s-opinion
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Bona Ko, Christopher R McHenry
BACKGROUND: The integration of general and endocrine surgery was studied as a potential career model for fellowship trained general surgeons. METHODS: Case logs collected from 1991-2016 and academic milestones were examined for a single general surgeon with a focused interest in endocrine surgery. Operations were categorized using CPT codes and the 2017 ACGME "Major Case Categories" and there frequencies were determined. RESULTS: 10,324 operations were performed on 8209 patients...
August 10, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806771/effect-of-knee-alignment-on-the-quadriceps-femoris-muscularity-cross-sectional-comparison-of-trained-versus-untrained-individuals-in-both-sexes
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Ryoichi Ema, Taku Wakahara, Kuniaki Hirayama, Yasuo Kawakami
Knee alignment is suggested to be a factor affecting each quadriceps femoris muscle size, and knee alignment such as Q-angle differs between men and women. Also, training can induce inhomogeneous hypertrophy among the quadriceps femoris, thereby leading to different component characteristics of the muscles. If Q-angle is a major determinant of the quadriceps femoris muscularity, it is hypothesized that the sex-related difference in the quadriceps femoris muscularity, if any, is further highlighted in trained individuals, being associated with Q-angle...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806613/automatic-blood-vessels-segmentation-based-on-different-retinal-maps-from-octa-scans
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Nabila Eladawi, Mohammed Elmogy, Omar Helmy, Ahmed Aboelfetouh, Alaa Riad, Harpal Sandhu, Shlomit Schaal, Ayman El-Baz
The retinal vascular network reflects the health of the retina, which is a useful diagnostic indicator of systemic vascular. Therefore, the segmentation of retinal blood vessels is a powerful method for diagnosing vascular diseases. This paper presents an automatic segmentation system for retinal blood vessels from Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCTA) images. The system segments blood vessels from the superficial and deep retinal maps for normal and diabetic cases. Initially, we reduced the noise and improved the contrast of the OCTA images by using the Generalized Gauss-Markov random field (GGMRF) model...
August 7, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805932/muscle-thickness-correlates-to-muscle-cross-sectional-area-in-the-assessment-of-strength-training-induced-hypertrophy
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Martino V Franchi, Stefano Longo, Joanne Mallinson, Jonathan I Quinlan, Tariq Taylor, Paul L Greenhaff, Marco V Narici
AIM: Muscle thickness (MT) measured by ultrasound has been used to estimate cross-sectional area (measured by CT and MRI) at a single time-point. We tested whether MT could be used as a valid marker of MRI determined muscle anatomical cross-sectional area (ACSA) and volume changes following resistance training (RT). METHODS: Nine healthy, young, male volunteers (24±2 y.o., BMI 24.1±2.8 kg/m(2) ) had vastus lateralis (VL) muscle volume (VOL) and ACSA mid (at 50% of femur length, FL) assessed by MRI, and VL MT measured by ultrasound at 50% FL...
August 14, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803380/aerobic-interval-training-reduces-vascular-resistances-during-submaximal-exercise-in-obese-metabolic-syndrome-individuals
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Ricardo Mora-Rodriguez, V E Fernandez-Elias, F Morales-Palomo, J G Pallares, M Ramirez-Jimenez, J F Ortega
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the effects of high-intensity aerobic interval training (AIT) on exercise hemodynamics in metabolic syndrome (MetS) volunteers. METHODS: Thirty-eight, MetS participants were randomly assigned to a training (TRAIN) or to a non-training control (CONT) group. TRAIN consisted of stationary interval cycling alternating bouts at 70-90% of maximal heart rate during 45 min day(-1) for 6 months. RESULTS: CONT maintained baseline physical activity and no changes in cardiovascular function or MetS factors were detected...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802811/effects-of-respiratory-training-on-heart-rate-variability-and-baroreflex-sensitivity-in-individuals-with-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
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Bonnie E Legg Ditterline, Sevda C Aslan, David C Randall, Susan J Harkema, Camilo Castillo, Alexander V Ovechkin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of pressure threshold respiratory training (RT) on heart rate variability and baroreflex sensitivity in persons with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI). DESIGN: Before-after intervention case-controlled clinical study. SETTING: SCI research center and outpatient rehabilitation unit. PARTICIPANTS: Persons with chronic SCI ranging from C2 to T11 that participated in RT (n=24) and untrained chronic SCI controls ranging from C2 to T9 (n=20)...
August 9, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802772/effectiveness-of-a-combined-exercise-training-and-home-based-walking-programme-on-physical-activity-compared-with-standard-medical-care-in-moderate-copd-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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P de Roos, C Lucas, J H Strijbos, E van Trijffel
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the effectiveness of a 10-week combined exercise training and home-based walking programme on daily physical activity (PA) compared with standard medical care in patients with moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). DESIGN: Randomised controlled trial. SETTING: Primary care physiotherapy. PARTICIPANTS: Consecutive patients with stable COPD at Gold Stage II with a score of two or more on the Medical Research Council Dyspnoea Scale...
July 14, 2017: Physiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801950/can-chronic-stretching-change-the-muscle-tendon-mechanical-properties-a-review
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Sandro R Freitas, Bruno Mendes, Guillaume Le Sant, Ricardo J Andrade, Antoine Nordez, Zoran Milanovic
PURPOSE: It is recognized that stretching is an effective method to chronically increase the joint range of motion. However, the effects of stretching training on the muscle-tendon structural properties remain unclear. This systematic review with meta-analysis aimed to determine whether chronic stretching alter the muscle-tendon structural properties. METHODS: Published papers regarding longitudinal stretching (static, dynamic and/or PNF) intervention (either randomized or not) in humans of any age and health status, with more than 2 weeks in duration and at least 2 sessions per week, were searched in PubMed, PEDro, ScienceDirect and ResearchGate databases...
August 12, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
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