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Christopher C Berger, Mar Gonzalez-Franco, Ana Tajadura-Jiménez, Dinei Florencio, Zhengyou Zhang
Auditory spatial localization in humans is performed using a combination of interaural time differences, interaural level differences, as well as spectral cues provided by the geometry of the ear. To render spatialized sounds within a virtual reality (VR) headset, either individualized or generic Head Related Transfer Functions (HRTFs) are usually employed. The former require arduous calibrations, but enable accurate auditory source localization, which may lead to a heightened sense of presence within VR. The latter obviate the need for individualized calibrations, but result in less accurate auditory source localization...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
L Barracliffe, Y Yang, J Cameron, C Bedi, G Humphris
Fears of cancer recurrence (FCR) in patients with breast cancer are hypothesised to develop over the period from diagnosis, through treatment and thereafter. A crucial point may be the contact that patients have with their therapeutic radiographer in review appointments. The study aimed to (1) describe and categorise the content of the identified emotional talk, and (2) consider the evidence for an association of content with FCR trajectory. METHODS: A concurrent mixed methods approach was applied as part of a larger investigation (FORECAST) of breast cancer patients (n=87)...
March 2018: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Can Liu, Wennan Wu, Hongyan Shang, Sheng Lin, Zhen Xun, Er Huang, Jinpiao Lin, Bin Yang, Qishui Ou
BACKGROUND: Serum HBV large surface protein (HBV-LP) is an envelope protein that has a close relationship with HBV DNA level. This study is to explore the prediction value of HBV-LP in different phase of HBV infection and during antiviral therapy in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted in 2033 individuals, which included 1677 HBV infected patients in different phases and 356 healthy controls. HBV-LP, HBV serum markers and HBV DNA were detected by ELISA, CMIA and qRT-PCR, respectively...
February 14, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Oliver Nickolaas Schipper, Robert Bentley Anderson, Bruce E Cohen
BACKGROUND: Achilles tendon insertional sleeve avulsions occur when the Achilles distal tendon sleeve ruptures off of its insertion into the calcaneal tuberosity, sometimes with a small bony fragment from calcific tendinosis. Little evidence exists describing the outcomes and rerupture rate after operative management of Achilles tendon sleeve avulsions. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed to identify patients who sustained an Achilles sleeve avulsion injury treated with operative repair between October 2005 and July 2014...
February 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
Byong-Min Choi, Seok-Hwan Son, Min-Sub Noh, Kwang-Seok Lee, Chul-Wee Lee, Sun-Yeong Park, Min-Chul Chung
In this study, Molybdenum precursors were synthesized with butanoic acid, hexanoic acid, nonanoic acid, decanoic acid, and undecanoic acid. In order to determine chemical structure of Synthesized molybdenum precursors, 1H(13C)-NMR, EA and ICP were used pyrolysis properties were measured TGA. The molybdenum precursors was used for Hydrocracking of Vacuum R1esidue (VR). It was shown that molybdenum nonanoate(3) was shown the lowerst Toluene Insoluble and Gas Product about 2.1 and 5.0 percent.
February 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Cuan M Harrington, Vishwa Chaitanya, Patrick Dicker, Oscar Traynor, Dara O Kavanagh
BACKGROUND: Video gaming demands elements of visual attention, hand-eye coordination and depth perception which may be contiguous with laparoscopic skill development. General video gaming has demonstrated altered cortical plasticity and improved baseline/acquisition of minimally invasive skills. The present study aimed to evaluate for skill acquisition associated with a commercially available dedicated laparoscopic video game (Underground) and its unique (laparoscopic-like) controller for the Nintendo®Wii U™ console...
February 14, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
Cahit Kaya, Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell, Fong Chan, Timothy Tansey
BACKGROUND: It is important to investigate receipt of vocational rehabilitation (VR) services, service patterns and outcomes for youth with autism, so that limited public resources can be used more efficiently. METHOD: This study used chi-squared automatic interaction detector, and multivariate logistic regression analysis to investigate relationships between demographic variables, receipt of VR services and employment outcomes for transition-age youth (TAY) with Autism...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities: JARID
Yu Bin Kim, Chih Lung Tang, Ja Wook Koo
Purpose: To determine the relationship between vaginal reflux (VR) and urinary tract infection (UTI) in female children aged <36 months. Methods: A single center retrospective study was performed for 191 girls aged <36 months, with a diagnosis of febrile UTI, who underwent a voiding cystourethrography (VCUG) for assessment of vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) at Sanggye Paik Hospital. Fifty-one girls, who underwent VCUG for assessment of congenital hydronephrosis or renal pelvis dilatation, without a UTI, formed the control group...
January 2018: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
K F Kowalewski, C R Garrow, T Proctor, A A Preukschas, M Friedrich, P C Müller, H G Kenngott, L Fischer, B P Müller-Stich, F Nickel
BACKGROUND: Multiple training modalities for laparoscopy have different advantages, but little research has been conducted on the benefit of a training program that includes multiple different training methods compared to one method only. This study aimed to evaluate benefits of a combined multi-modality training program for surgical residents. METHODS: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) was performed on a porcine liver as the pre-test. Randomization was stratified for experience to the multi-modality Training group (12 h of training on Virtual Reality (VR) and box trainer) or Control group (no training)...
February 12, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
Feng Sha, Qingsong Chang, Yik Wa Law, Qi Hong, Paul S F Yip
BACKGROUND: The decreasing suicide rate in China has been regarded as a major contributor to the decline of global suicide rate in the past decade. However, previous estimations on China's suicide rates might not be accurate, since often they were based on the data from the Ministry of Health's Vital Registration ("MOH-VR") System, which is biased towards the better-off population. This study aims to compare suicide data extracted from the MOH-VR System with a more representative mortality surveillance system, namely the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Disease Surveillance Points ("CDC-DSP") System, and update China's national and subnational suicide rates in the period of 2004-2014...
February 13, 2018: BMC Public Health
Roos M C A Pot-Kolder, Chris N W Geraets, Wim Veling, Marije van Beilen, Anton B P Staring, Harm J Gijsman, Philippe A E G Delespaul, Mark van der Gaag
BACKGROUND: Many patients with psychotic disorders have persistent paranoid ideation and avoid social situations because of suspiciousness and anxiety. We investigated the effects of virtual-reality-based cognitive behavioural therapy (VR-CBT) on paranoid thoughts and social participation. METHODS: In this randomised controlled trial at seven Dutch mental health centres, outpatients aged 18-65 years with a DSM-IV-diagnosed psychotic disorder and paranoid ideation in the past month were randomly assigned (1:1) via block randomisation to VR-CBT (in addition to treatment as usual) or the waiting list control group (treatment as usual)...
February 8, 2018: Lancet Psychiatry
Masahiro Komori, Shinya Miuchi, Jun Hyodo, Taisuke Kobayashi, Masamitsu Hyodo
OBJECTIVE: When the thresholds for VR reconstruction from multi-slice CT images are changed, problems develop when assessing pathologies in the absence of standardized thresholds. The advantages of CBCT include lower radiation exposure compared with other techniques and better visualization of small ear structures. However, a disadvantage is that the scanner provides unstandardized gray scale values, thus not CT numbers (Hounsfield units, HU). METHODS: We analyzed 88 sets of volume data obtained from temporal bones...
February 7, 2018: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
Uttam Saha, Rachel A Vann, S Chris Reberg-Horton, Miguel S Castillo, Steven B Mirsky, Rebecca J McGee, Leticia Sonon
BACKGROUND: Winter pea (Pisum sativum L.) grows well in a wide geographic region both as a forage and cover crop. Understanding the quality constituents of this crop is important for both end uses; however, analysis of quality constituents by conventional wet chemistry methods is laborious, slow, and costly. Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy (NIRS) is a precise, accurate, rapid, and cheap alternative to using wet chemistry to estimate quality constituents. We developed and validated NIRS calibration models for constituent analysis of this crop...
February 9, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Alexandra Ghiţă, José Gutiérrez-Maldonado
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use and misuse have been intensively studied, due to their negative consequences in the general population. Evidence-based literature emphasizes that alcohol craving plays a crucial role in the development and maintenance of alcohol-drinking patterns. Many individuals develop Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD); significantly, after treatment many also experience relapses, in which alcohol craving has been repeatedly implicated. Cue-exposure therapy (CET) has been widely used in the treatment of alcohol misuse, but the results are inconsistent...
February 1, 2018: Addictive Behaviors
J Chris Coetzee, J Kent Ellington, James A Ronan, Rebecca M Stone
BACKGROUND: The Broström procedure is the most commonly used lateral ligament repair for chronic instability, but there is concern about the strength of the repair and the risk of reinjury. Currently, the InternalBraceTM ligament augmentation repair is an accepted augmentation method for management of a Broström procedure. Our hypothesis was that augmentation of the Broström repair with an InternalBraceTM would allow accelerated rehabilitation and return to activity and would aid in stability of the repair without a tendency to stretch...
February 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
Ruifang Yan, Bo Zhang, Long Wang, Qiang Li, Fengmei Zhou, Jipeng Ren, Zhansheng Zhai, Zheng Li, Hongkai Cui
PURPOSE: To determine the diagnostic accuracy of contrast-free MRA at 3.0T for detection of intracranial aneurysms in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage. METHODS: 411 patients (183 with SAH and 228 with non-SAH) underwent MRA. Accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive values (PPV), and negative predictive values (NPV) were measured and compared with DSA. RESULTS: Except for a slight difference in sensitivity in patient-based and aneurysm-based evaluations (P=0...
October 25, 2017: Clinical Imaging
Wagner Souza Silva, Aravind Gayatri, Sangani Samir, Lamontagne Anouk
This study examines how three types of obstacles (cylinder, virtual human and virtual human with footstep sounds) affect circumvention strategies of healthy young adults. Sixteen participants aged 25.2 ± 2.5 years (mean ± 1SD) were tested while walking overground and viewing a virtual room through a helmet mounted display. As participants walked towards a stationary target in the far space, they avoided an obstacle (cylinder or virtual human) approaching either from the right (+40°), left (-40°) or head-on (0°)...
January 31, 2018: Gait & Posture
Melek Rousian, Maria P H Koster, Annemarie G M G J Mulders, Anton H J Koning, Régine P M Steegers-Theunissen, Eric A P Steegers
Embryonic and placental growth and development in the first trimester of pregnancy have impact on the health of the fetus, newborn, child and even the adult. This emphasizes the importance of this often neglected period in life. The development of three-dimensional transvaginal ultrasonography in combination with virtual reality (VR) opens the possibility of accurate and reliable visualization of embryonic and placental structures with real depth perception. These techniques enable new biometry and volumetry measurements that contribute to the knowledge of the (patho)physiology of embryonic and early placental health...
January 5, 2018: Placenta
Kyo-In Koo, Dae Kwon Park, Yoon Seok Youm, Sung Do Cho, Chang Ho Hwang
To overcome the limitation of short-term efficacy of virtual reality (VR), an enhanced reality (ER) analgesia, (combination of the VR, real-time motion capture, mirror therapy [MT]) involving a high degree of patients' presence or embodiment was explored. Patients, who underwent unilateral total knee arthroplasty (TKA), received ER analgesia. The duration was 5 times a week, for 2 weeks for one group and 5 times a week, for 1 week in the other. Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) at rest and during movement, active knee range of motion (ROM) for flexion and extension were measured repeatedly...
February 5, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ning Liu, Yue Wu, Lin Ma
The goal of this work was to experimentally quantify the uncertainty of three-dimensional (3D) and three-component (3C) velocity measurements using tomographic particle image velocimetry (tomo-PIV). Controlled measurements were designed using tracer particles embedded in a solid sample, and tomo-PIV measurements were performed on the sample while it was moved both translationally and rotationally to simulate various known displacement fields, so the 3D3C displacements measured by tomo-PIV can be directly compared to the known displacements created by the sample...
January 20, 2018: Applied Optics
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