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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814034/automated-assessment-of-symptom-severity-changes-during-deep-brain-stimulation-dbs-therapy-for-parkinson-s-disease
#1
Paolo Angeles, Yen Tai, Nicola Pavese, Samuel Wilson, Ravi Vaidyanathan
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is currently being used as a treatment for symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). Tracking symptom severity progression and deciding the optimal stimulation parameters for people with PD is extremely difficult. This study presents a sensor system that can quantify the three cardinal motor symptoms of PD - rigidity, bradykinesia and tremor. The first phase of this study assesses whether data recorded from the system during physical examinations can be used to correlate to clinician's severity score using supervised machine learning (ML) models...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814025/learning-from-demonstration-teaching-a-myoelectric-prosthesis-with-an-intact-limb-via-reinforcement-learning
#2
Gautham Vasan, Patrick M Pilarski
Prosthetic arms should restore and extend the capabilities of someone with an amputation. They should move naturally and be able to perform elegant, coordinated movements that approximate those of a biological arm. Despite these objectives, the control of modern-day prostheses is often nonintuitive and taxing. Existing devices and control approaches do not yet give users the ability to effect highly synergistic movements during their daily-life control of a prosthetic device. As a step towards improving the control of prosthetic arms and hands, we introduce an intuitive approach to training a prosthetic control system that helps a user achieve hard-to-engineer control behaviours...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813991/voluntary-phantom-hand-and-finger-movements-in-transhumerai-amputees-could-be-used-to-naturally-control-polydigital-prostheses
#3
Nathanael Jarrasse, Caroline Nicol, Florian Richer, Amelie Touillet, Noel Martinet, Jean Paysant, Jozina B De Graaf
An arm amputation is extremely invalidating since many of our daily tasks require bi-manual and precise control of hand movements. Perfect hand prostheses should therefore offer a natural, intuitive and cognitively simple control over their numerous biomimetic active degrees of freedom. While efficient polydigital prostheses are commercially available, their control remains complex to master and offers limited possibilities, especially for high amputation levels. In this pilot study, we demonstrate the possibility for upper-arm amputees to intuitively control a polydigital hand prosthesis by using surface myoelectric activities of residual limb muscles (sEMG) associated with phantom limb movements, even if these residual arm muscles on which the phantom activity is measured were not naturally associated with hand movements before amputation...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813954/human-robot-sensor-interface-for-cardiac-rehabilitation
#4
Juan S Lara, Jonathan Casas, Andres Aguirre, Marcela Munera, Monica Rincon-Roncancio, Bahar Irfan, Emmanuel Senft, Tony Belpaeme, Carlos A Cifuentes
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world. A program of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is related to physical activities or exercises to regain the optimal quality of life. CR relies on the necessity to evaluate, control and supervise a patient's status and progress. This work has two objectives: on the one hand, provide a tool for clinicians to assess the patient's status during CR. On the other hand, there is evidence that robots can motivate patients during therapeutic procedures. Our sensor interface explores the possibility to integrate a robotic agent into cardiac therapy...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813951/design-of-an-immersive-simulator-for-assisted-power-wheelchair-driving
#5
Louise Devigne, Marie Babel, Florian Nouviale, Vishnu K Narayanan, Francois Pasteau, Philippe Gallien
Driving a power wheelchair is a difficult and complex visual-cognitive task. As a result, some people with visual and/or cognitive disabilities cannot access the benefits of a power wheelchair because their impairments prevent them from driving safely. In order to improve their access to mobility, we have previously designed a semi-autonomous assistive wheelchair system which progressively corrects the trajectory as the user manually drives the wheelchair and smoothly avoids obstacles. Developing and testing such systems for wheelchair driving assistance requires a significant amount of material resources and clinician time...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813919/adding-navigation-artificial-audition-and-vital-sign-monitoring-capabilities-to-a-telepresence-mobile-robot-for-remote-home-care-applications
#6
Sebastien Laniel, Dominic Letourneau, Mathieu Labbe, Francois Grondin, Janice Polgar, Francois Michaud
A telepresence mobile robot is a remote-controlled, wheeled device with wireless internet connectivity for bidirectional audio, video and data transmission. In health care, a telepresence robot could be used to have a clinician or a caregiver assist seniors in their homes without having to travel to these locations. Many mobile telepresence robotic platforms have recently been introduced on the market, bringing mobility to telecommunication and vital sign monitoring at reasonable costs. What is missing for making them effective remote telepresence systems for home care assistance are capabilities specifically needed to assist the remote operator in controlling the robot and perceiving the environment through the robot's sensors or, in other words, minimizing cognitive load and maximizing situation awareness...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813905/design-and-characterization-of-the-openwrist-a-robotic-wrist-exoskeleton-for-coordinated-hand-wrist-rehabilitation
#7
Evan Pezent, Chad G Rose, Ashish D Deshpande, Marcia K O'Malley
Robotic devices have been clinically verified for use in long duration and high intensity rehabilitation needed for motor recovery after neurological injury. Targeted and coordinated hand and wrist therapy, often overlooked in rehabilitation robotics, is required to regain the ability to perform activities of daily living. To this end, a new coupled hand-wrist exoskeleton has been designed. This paper details the design of the wrist module and several human-related considerations made to maximize its potential as a coordinated hand-wrist device...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813887/the-effects-of-age-and-amplitude-on-wrist-proprioceptive-acuity
#8
Francesca Marini, Charmayne M L Hughes, Pietro Morasso, Lorenzo Masia
This study examined wrist proprioception in a cross-sectional sample of 44 children aged between 8-to 14-years and a control group of 10 neurologically and physically healthy adults. Using a 3-degrees of freedom robotic device, participants performed an ipsilateral joint position matching task in which target amplitude (40% or 80% functional range of motion [fRoM]) and degrees-of-freedom (Flexion/Extension [FE], Radial/Ulnar deviation [RUD], Pronation/Supination [PS]) were manipulated. Results indicated that proprioceptive function became more accurate and consistent over the developmental spectrum, but that the ability to utilize proprioceptive feedback did not reach adult levels till the age of 10-11 years...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813864/gait-assessment-system-based-on-novel-gait-variability-measures
#9
Xingchen Wang, Danijela Ristic-Durrant, Matthias Spranger, Axel Graser
In this paper, a novel gait assessment system based on measures of gait variability reflected through the variability of shapes of gait cycles trajectories is proposed. The presented gait assessment system is based on SVM (support vector machine) classifier and on gait variability-based features calculated from the hip and knee joint angle trajectories recorded using wearable IMUs during walking trials. A system classifier was trained to distinguish healthy gait patterns from the pathological ones. The features were extracted by calculating the distances between the joint trajectories of the individual gait cycles using 4 different distance functions...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813809/development-of-elbow-spasticity-model-for-objective-training-of-spasticity-assessment-of-patients-post-stroke
#10
Jeong-Ho Park, Kwang-Jae Lee, Yong-Soon Yoon, Eun-Ji Son, Ji-Sun Oh, Si Hyun Kang, Heesang Kim, Hyung-Soon Park
Reliable assessment is essential for the management of spasticity, one of the most frequent complication of various neurological diseases. For the spasticity assessment, several clinical tools have been developed and widely used in clinics. The most popular one is modified Ashworth scale (MAS). It has a simple protocol, but is subjective and qualitative. To improve its reliability, quantitative measurement and consistent training would be needed. This study presents an elbow spasticity simulator which mimics spastic response of adult post stroke survivors...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813771/hepatic-adenoma-a-case-report
#11
Hasan H Turaihi, Thavam C Thambi-Pillai
Although liver lesions in the young population are relatively rare, clinicians can benefit from being familiar with a subset of common benign liver lesions which include hepatic adenoma, hepatic hemangioma, and focal nodular hyperplasia. This a case report of a 25-year-old Jehovah's Witness female on chronic oral contraception for polycystic ovarian syndrome who presented with progressive right upper quadrant abdominal pain. Ultrasound and MRI findings were consistent with hepatic adenoma. A description of her clinical work up followed by a brief description of the surgical intervention is discussed...
March 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813752/atypical-presentations-of-tularemia
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Karah Odegaard, Beth Boersma, James Keegan
Francisella tularensis is a gram-negative coccobacillus that causes a condition commonly referred to as tularemia. There has been a dramatic increase in tularemia cases reported in South Dakota, many of which were challenging to diagnose due to atypical clinical manifestations. We describe an interesting case of pneumonic tularemia and summarize six similar cases, several of which presented with lung nodules suggestive of malignancy. According to the literature, this is only the third outbreak of pneumonic tularemia reported in the U...
May 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813751/superior-ophthalmic-vein-thrombosis-the-role-of-anticoagulation
#13
Samuel Thomsen, Eric Larson, Michael Greenwood
PURPOSE: To report a case of superior ophthalmic vein thrombosis (SOVT) and review the available literature to assess if anticoagulation is warranted in all cases of SOVT. OBSERVATIONS: The patient presented to an outside hospital facility with a severe headache involving the left frontal temporal area. This progressed to left-sided ptosis and facial droop. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a left SOVT secondary to sphenoid sinusitis. Treatment was initiated with vancomycin and cefepime, and the patient was transferred to our tertiary care center for further management...
May 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813732/gastric-zygomycosis-in-a-previously-healthy-56-year-old-male
#14
Ashwyna Sunassee, Desirae M Muirhead
Zygomycosis refers to invasive fungal infections caused by fungi belonging to the phylum zygomycota. Infections generally occur in immunocompromised individuals. The following case is of a previously healthy 56 year-oldmale admitted to the hospital following a motor vehicle accident. During his hospitalization, there was a significant drop in hemoglobin with no obvious source of bleeding. This prompted the clinician to insert a nasogastric tube which returned at least 2 liters of black fluid and led to an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy...
April 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813699/t1-and-t2-mapping-in-cardiology-mapping-the-obscure-object-of-desire
#15
Sophie Mavrogeni, Dimitris Apostolou, Panayiotis Argyriou, Stella Velitsista, Lilika Papa, Stelios Efentakis, Evangelos Vernardos, Mikela Kanoupaki, George Kanoupakis, Athanassios Manginas
The increasing use of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is based on its capability to perform biventricular function assessment and tissue characterization without radiation and with high reproducibility. The use of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) gave the potential of non-invasive biopsy for fibrosis quantification. However, LGE is unable to detect diffuse myocardial disease. Native T1 mapping and extracellular volume fraction (ECV) provide knowledge about pathologies affecting both the myocardium and interstitium that is otherwise difficult to identify...
August 17, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813619/age-related-changes-in-the-chorioretinal-junction-an-immunohistochemical-study
#16
Tulika Gupta, Narbada Saini, Jasbir Arora, Daisy Sahni
The chorioretinal junction comprises the retinal pigment epithelium, Bruch's membrane (BM), and adjacent choroidal capillaries. Its significance lies in its ability to support the retina mechanically and metabolically. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to record the senescent changes affecting all the constituents of the chorioretinal junction in 40 histological specimens across the whole spectrum of the adult age range. This study included light microscopy, with hematoxylin and eosin and PAS stains, and fluorescent microscopy...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813437/a-systematic-review-of-the-relationship-between-internet-use-self-harm-and-suicidal-behaviour-in-young-people-the-good-the-bad-and-the-unknown
#17
Amanda Marchant, Keith Hawton, Ann Stewart, Paul Montgomery, Vinod Singaravelu, Keith Lloyd, Nicola Purdy, Kate Daine, Ann John
BACKGROUND: Research exploring internet use and self-harm is rapidly expanding amidst concerns regarding influences of on-line activities on self-harm and suicide, especially in young people. We aimed to systematically review evidence regarding the potential influence of the internet on self-harm/suicidal behaviour in young people. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review based on an electronic search for articles published between 01/01/2011 and 26/01/2015 across databases including Medline, Cochrane and PsychInfo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813308/pharmacological-management-of-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
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Nancy C Bernardy, Matthew J Friedman
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been conceptualized as an inability to cope with overwhelming stress that is followed by a distinctive pattern of symptoms. This concept has made it possible to develop therapeutic approaches for PTSD that include medication and psychotherapy options. In this article we summarize research studies on pharmacotherapies for PTSD and review new findings in the neurobiology of PTSD that are promoting the development of targeted treatment options. Research findings that have improved our understanding of psychobiological abnormalities associated with PTSD offer clinicians improved treatment strategies...
April 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813239/how-should-clinicians-counsel-a-woman-with-a-strong-family-history-of-early-onset-alzheimer-s-disease-about-her-pregnancy
#19
Marianna V Mapes, Barbara M O'Brien, Louise P King
Counseling patients regarding the benefits, harms, and dilemmas of genetic testing is one of the greatest ethical challenges facing reproductive medicine today. With or without test results, clinicians grapple with how to communicate potential genetic risks as patients weigh their reproductive options. Here, we consider a case of a woman with a strong family history of early-onset Alzheimer's disease (EOAD). She is early in her pregnancy and unsure about learning her own genetic status. We address the ethical ramifications of each of her options, which include genetic testing, genetic counseling, and termination versus continuation of the pregnancy...
July 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813237/should-dementia-be-accepted-as-a-disability-to-help-restore-hope-during-cognitive-decline
#20
Nathaniel M Robbins, James L Bernat
Dementia is a common condition that impacts the patient, the family, and society. Currently, a diagnosis of dementia evokes hopelessness in the afflicted, and society provides few resources or systematic support for caregivers or for demented patients. In this commentary, we discuss the origins of hopelessness in dementia, the World Health Organization's six-stage framework of dementia care, and barriers to "normalizing" the experience of dementia in order to provide beneficent and humane care for patients with dementia...
July 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
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