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Alessandro Marcon, Alberto Vaona, Giulio Rigon, Marco Carazzolo, Franco Del Zotti, Sandro Girotto, Claudio Marafetti
OBIETTIVI: descrivere, nella ASL 21 di Legnago (VR), l'andamento di alcuni indicatori sanitari tra il 2009, anno precedente all'avvio di un progetto triennale per la gestione integrata dell'assistenza al paziente con diabete mellito di tipo 2, e il 2012, ultimo anno del progetto. DISEGNO: studio longitudinale trasversale ripetuto. SETTING E PARTECIPANTI: tutti i pazienti diabetici di tipo 2 della ASL 21, identificati nei database aziendali (in base a esenzioni per patologia, accessi al servizio diabetologico, consumo di farmaci antidiabetici e strisce per la determinazione della glicemia) e nelle cartelle cliniche dei medici di famiglia...
September 2016: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
Sergei Kurenov, Juan Cendan, Saleh Dindar, Kristopher Attwood, James Hassett, Ruth Nawotniak, Gregory Cherr, William G Cance, Jörg Peters
OBJECTIVE: The study assesses user acceptance and effectiveness of a surgeon-authored virtual reality (VR) training module authored by surgeons using the Toolkit for Illustration of Procedures in Surgery (TIPS). METHODS: Laparoscopic adrenalectomy was selected to test the TIPS framework on an unusual and complex procedure. No commercial simulation module exists to teach this procedure. A specialist surgeon authored the module, including force-feedback interactive simulation, and designed a quiz to test knowledge of the key procedural steps...
October 6, 2016: Surgical Innovation
Timo Vesikari, Sven Arne Silfverdal, Emilia Jordanov, Emmanuel Feroldi
OBJECTIVE: To assess the immunogenicity and safety of a fully liquid, ready-to-use hexavalent DTaP-IPV-HB-PRP-T vaccine when administered in a 2+1 schedule at 3, 5, 11-12 months of age. METHODS: Phase III, randomized, active-controlled, observer-blind, multi-center study. Infants were randomized to receive DTaP-IPV-HB-PRP-T (N=275) or a licensed control hexavalent vaccine (DTaP-IPV-HB//PRP~T: N=275), both given in co-administration with Prevenar 13™ (PCV13). Serum was analyzed for immune responses to all vaccine antigens...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Kai Ren, Xiao-Ming Gong, Rong Zhang, Xiu-Hui Chen
OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of virtual reality (VR) training on the gross motor function of the lower limb and the fine motor function of the upper limb in children with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. METHODS: Thirty-five children with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy were randomly assigned to VR training group (n=19) and conventional training group (n=16). The conventional training group received conventional physical therapy and occupational therapy for three months...
October 2016: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
David J Tennent, Christina M Hylden, Anthony E Johnson, Travis C Burns, Jason M Wilken, Johnny G Owens
INTRODUCTION: Quadriceps strength after arthroscopic knee procedures is frequently diminished several years postoperation. Blood flow restriction (BFR) training uses partial venous occlusion while performing submaximal exercise to induce muscle hypertrophy and strength improvements. The purpose of this study was to evaluate BFR as a postoperative therapeutic intervention after knee arthroscopy. METHODS: A randomized controlled pilot study comparing physical therapy with and without BFR after knee arthroscopy was conducted...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
Giuseppe Riva, Rosa M Baños, Cristina Botella, Fabrizia Mantovani, Andrea Gaggioli
During life, many personal changes occur. These include changing house, school, work, and even friends and partners. However, the daily experience shows clearly that, in some situations, subjects are unable to change even if they want to. The recent advances in psychology and neuroscience are now providing a better view of personal change, the change affecting our assumptive world: (a) the focus of personal change is reducing the distance between self and reality (conflict); (b) this reduction is achieved through (1) an intense focus on the particular experience creating the conflict or (2) an internal or external reorganization of this experience; (c) personal change requires a progression through a series of different stages that however happen in discontinuous and non-linear ways; and (d) clinical psychology is often used to facilitate personal change when subjects are unable to move forward...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Youssef Shiban, Julia Dieme, Simone Brandl, Rebecca Zack, Andreas Mühlberger, Stefan Wüst
The Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) is considered a reliable paradigm for inducing psychosocial stress. Virtual reality (VR) has successfully been applied to ensure a greater degree of efficiency and standardization in the TSST. Studies using the TSST in VR (VR-TSST) have reported significant stress reactions, with subjective and peripheral physiological reactions comparable to those in response to the in vivo TSST and with lower cortisol reactions. The current study examined whether an additional virtual competitive factor triggers larger stress responses than a standard VR-TSST...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Psychophysiology
Santhosh Kumar Vr, Hans-Joachim Anders
Cathepsins are a class of proteases with diverse biological activities inside and, in part, also outside cells. Recent studies suggest that cathepsins are involved in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy and in disease activity of autoimmune immune complex glomerulonephritis. Targeting specific cathepsins with suitable antagonists may hold promises for therapeutic interventions.
November 2016: Kidney International
Xiangdong Li, Jiajun Wu, Feifei Tan, Yingying Li, Guobiao Ji, Jinshan Zhuang, Xinyan Zhai, Kegong Tian
BACKGROUND: The recent emergence of NADC30-like porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) in vaccinated pigs arose more attentions for the high incidents of mutation and recombination of PRRSVs. FINDINGS: In this study, we determined full-length genome sequences of two NADC30-like PRRSV isolates from recent PRRSV outbreaks in China. Phylogenetic analysis showed that these two isolates were clustered in an independent branch together with NADC30, an American isolate in 2008...
2016: SpringerPlus
Zhiguo Zhou, Haixi Chen, Wei Wei, Shanghui Zhou, Jingbo Xu, Xifu Wang, Qingguo Wang, Guixiang Zhang, Zhuoli Zhang, Linfeng Zheng
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the image quality and radiation dose in computed tomography urography (CTU) images acquired with a low kilovoltage peak (kVp) in combination with an adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASiR) algorithm. METHODS: A total of 45 subjects (18 women, 27 men) who underwent CTU with kV assist software for automatic selection of the optimal kVp were included and divided into two groups (A and B) based on the kVp and image reconstruction algorithm: group A consisted of patients who underwent CTU with a 80 or 100 kVp and whose images were reconstructed with the 50% ASiR algorithm (n=32); group B consisted of patients who underwent CTU with a 120 kVp and whose images were reconstructed with the filtered back projection (FBP) algorithm (n=13)...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Kathryn B Francis, Charles Howard, Ian S Howard, Michaela Gummerum, Giorgio Ganis, Grace Anderson, Sylvia Terbeck
The nature of moral action versus moral judgment has been extensively debated in numerous disciplines. We introduce Virtual Reality (VR) moral paradigms examining the action individuals take in a high emotionally arousing, direct action-focused, moral scenario. In two studies involving qualitatively different populations, we found a greater endorsement of utilitarian responses-killing one in order to save many others-when action was required in moral virtual dilemmas compared to their judgment counterparts...
2016: PloS One
W Geoffrey Wright, Jane McDevitt, Ryan Tierney, F Jay Haran, Kwadwo Osei Appiah-Kubi, Alex Dumont
PURPOSE: Balance impairment is a common sensorimotor symptom in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). We designed an affordable, portable virtual reality (VR)-based balance screening device (Virtual Environment TBI Screen [VETS]), which will be validated relative to the Neurocom Sensory Organization Test (SOT) to determine if it can replace commonly used postural assessments. METHODS: This preliminary study examines healthy adults (n = 56) and adults with mTBI (n = 11)...
October 10, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
Liang Zhao, Kai Xu, Weifeng Jiang, Li Zhou, Yuanlong Wang, Xiaodong Zhang, Shaohui Wu, Daoliang Zhang, Xu Liu
OBJECTIVE: The long-term outcomes of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) developing post-cardiac valve replacement (VR) remain undefined. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eighty-nine post-VR patients with AF (44% longstanding persistent AF, LSP-AF) were enrolled. Cumulative success rate of circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA for paroxysmal AF) and bidirectional block of lines and disappearance of complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAEs for persistent and LSP-AF) as index and repeat procedural endpoints reached 57% (mean, 1...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Danielle Levac, Stephanie M N Glegg, Heidi Sveistrup, Heather Colquhoun, Patricia A Miller, Hillel Finestone, Vincent DePaul, Jocelyn E Harris, Diana Velikonja
BACKGROUND: Despite increasing evidence for the effectiveness of virtual reality (VR)-based therapy in stroke rehabilitation, few knowledge translation (KT) resources exist to support clinical integration. KT interventions addressing known barriers and facilitators to VR use are required. When environmental barriers to VR integration are less amenable to change, KT interventions can target modifiable barriers related to therapist knowledge and skills. METHODS: A multi-faceted KT intervention was designed and implemented to support physical and occupational therapists in two stroke rehabilitation units in acquiring proficiency with use of the Interactive Exercise Rehabilitation System (IREX; GestureTek)...
October 6, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Amparo Wolf, Alexandra Coros, Joel Bierer, Sandy Goncalves, Paul Cooper, Stan Van Uum, Donald H Lee, Alain Proulx, David Nicolle, J Alexander Fraser, Brian W Rotenberg, Neil Duggal
OBJECTIVE Endoscopic resection of pituitary adenomas has been reported to improve vision function in up to 80%-90% of patients with visual impairment due to these adenomas. It is unclear how these reported rates translate into improvement in visual outcomes and general health as perceived by the patients. The authors evaluated self-assessed health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) and vision-related QOL (VR-QOL) in patients before and after endoscopic resection of pituitary adenomas. METHODS The authors prospectively collected data from 50 patients who underwent endoscopic resection of pituitary adenomas...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Anouk Keizer, Annemarie van Elburg, Rossa Helms, H Chris Dijkerman
BACKGROUND: Patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) have a persistent distorted experience of the size of their body. Previously we found that the Rubber Hand Illusion improves hand size estimation in this group. Here we investigated whether a Full Body Illusion (FBI) affects body size estimation of body parts more emotionally salient than the hand. In the FBI, analogue to the RHI, participants experience ownership over an entire virtual body in VR after synchronous visuo-tactile stimulation of the actual and virtual body...
2016: PloS One
Wentao Gao, Xinglong Dai, Cuncai Dai, Kuirong Jiang, Junli Wu, Qiang Li, Feng Guo, Jianmin Chen, Jishu Wei, Zipeng Lu, Min Tu, Yi Miao
INTRODUCTION: Few studies have compared patency rates of the different methods of venous reconstruction (VR) during a pancreatectomy. This study aimed to evaluate the patency rates and the clinical impact of various reconstruction methods. METHODS: For the meta-analysis, databases were systematically searched to identify studies reporting the outcomes of patients who underwent PVR/SMVR. For the retrospective study, clinical data were retrospectively analyzed from patients who underwent a pancreatectomy and VR between Feb...
September 20, 2016: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
Takahiro Sugiura, Rei Urushibata, Kenji Komatsu, Tsutomu Shioda, Tatsuki Ota, Megumi Sato, Yumiko Okubo, Tetsuya Fukuoka, Shigeharu Hosono, Masanori Tamura
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend avoiding excessive oxygen administration during neonatal resuscitation. Recent studies have suggested that oxygen titration can be achieved using a self-inflating bag. However, only a few data have supported the effectiveness of resuscitators used in neonatal ventilation. The aim of this study is to determine the amount of oxygen delivered using several brands of neonatal self-inflating resuscitation bags without reservoirs under several conditions, including different oxygen flow rates, ventilation rates (VR), peak inspiratory pressure (PIP) ranges, and test lung compliances...
October 5, 2016: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
Alaric Hamacher, Su Jin Kim, Sung Tae Cho, Sunil Pardeshi, Seung Hyun Lee, Sung-Jong Eun, Taeg Keun Whangbo
Recent developments in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality have introduced a considerable number of new devices into the consumer market. This momentum is also affecting the medical and health care sector. Although many of the theoretical and practical foundations of virtual reality (VR) were already researched and experienced in the 1980s, the vastly improved features of displays, sensors, interactivity, and computing power currently available in devices offer a new field of applications to the medical sector and also to urology in particular...
September 2016: International Neurourology Journal
Hatice Yagmurdur, Figen Leblebici
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: This study's main aim was to observe the effects of a fibre-enriched nutrition solution on requisite feeding volume, which is directly proportional to energy intake in mechanically ventilated patients with enteral nutrition. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Some 120 patients who required mechanical ventilation and enteral nutrition with a nasogastric tube were studied. Upon ICU admission, the patient's age, gender, weight, height, comorbidities, diagnosis and APACHE II score were recorded...
December 2016: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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