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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734263/study-of-the-influencing-factors-of-the-blood-levels-of-toxic-elements-in-africans-from-16-countries
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Luis Alberto Henríquez-Hernández, Octavio P Luzardo, Luis D Boada, Cristina Carranza, José Luis Pérez Arellano, Ana González-Antuña, Maira Almeida-González, Carlos Barry-Rodríguez, Manuel Zumbado, María Camacho
Africa's economy is growing faster than any other continent and it has been estimated that the middle class in Africa now exceeds 350 million people. This has meant a parallel increase in the importation of consumer goods and in the implementation of communication and information technologies (ICT), but also in the generation of large quantities of e-waste. However, inadequate infrastructure development remains a major constraint to the continent's economic growth and these highly toxic residues are not always adequately managed...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733965/molecular-communication-over-gas-stream-channels-using-portable-mass-spectrometry
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Stamatios Giannoukos, Alan Marshall, Stephen Taylor, Jeremy Smith
The synthetic generation/coding and transmission of olfactory information over a gas stream or an odor network is a new and unexplored field. Application areas vary from the entertainment or advertisement industry to security and telemedicine. However, current technological limitations frustrate the accurate reproduction of decoded and transmitted olfactory data. This study describes the development, testing, and characterization of a novel odor emitter (OE) that is used to investigate the generation-encoding of gaseous standards with odorous characteristics with a regulatable way, for scent transmission purposes...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733270/evaluating-a-web-based-coaching-program-using-electronic-health-records-for-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-in-china-randomized-controlled-trial
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Lan Wang, Lin He, Yanxia Tao, Li Sun, Hong Zheng, Yashu Zheng, Yuehao Shen, Suyan Liu, Yue Zhao, Yaogang Wang
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is now the fourth leading cause of death in the world, and it continues to increase in developing countries. The World Health Organization expects COPD to be the third most common cause of death in the world by 2020. Effective and continuous postdischarge care can help patients to maintain good health. The use of electronic health records (EHRs) as an element of community health care is new technology in China. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate a Web-based coaching program using EHRs for physical function and health-related quality of life for patients with COPD in China...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729319/accelerated-enhanced-recovery-following-minimally-invasive-colorectal-cancer-surgery-recovermi-a-study-protocol-for-a-novel-randomised-controlled-trial
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Brandee A Price, Brian K Bednarski, Y Nancy You, Meryna Manandhar, E Michelle Dean, Zeinab M Alawadi, B Bryce Speer, Vijaya Gottumukkala, Marla Weldon, Robert L Massey, Xuemei Wang, Wei Qiao, George J Chang
INTRODUCTION: Definitive treatment of localised colorectal cancer involves surgical resection of the primary tumour. Short-stay colectomies (eg, 23-hours) would have important implications for optimising the efficiency of inpatient care with reduced resource utilisation while improving the overall recovery experience with earlier return to normalcy. It could permit surgical treatment of colorectal cancer in a wider variety of settings, including hospital-based ambulatory surgery environments...
July 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729236/adolescents-perspectives-on-personalized-e-feedback-in-the-context-of-health-risk-behavior-screening-for-primary-care-qualitative-study
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Garret G Zieve, Laura P Richardson, Katherine Katzman, Heather Spielvogle, Sandy Whitehouse, Carolyn A McCarty
BACKGROUND: Electronic health screening tools for primary care present an opportunity to go beyond data collection to provide education and feedback to adolescents in order to motivate behavior change. However, there is limited research to guide feedback message development. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore youth perceptions of and preferences for receiving personalized feedback for multiple health risk behaviors and reinforcement for health promoting behaviors from an electronic health screening tool for primary care settings, using qualitative methodology...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728973/sewer-mining-a-water-reuse-option-supporting-circular-economy-public-service-provision-and-entrepreneurship
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C Makropoulos, E Rozos, I Tsoukalas, A Plevri, G Karakatsanis, L Karagiannidis, E Makri, C Lioumis, C Noutsopoulos, D Mamais, C Rippis, E Lytras
Water scarcity, either due to increased urbanisation or climatic variability, has motivated societies to reduce pressure on water resources mainly by reducing water demand. However, this practice alone is not sufficient to guarantee the quality of life that high quality water services underpin, especially within a context of increased urbanisation. As such, the idea of water reuse has been gaining momentum for some time and has recently found a more general context within the idea of the Circular Economy. This paper is set within the context of an ongoing discussion between centralized and decentralized water reuse techniques and the investigation of trade-offs between efficiency and economic viability of reuse at different scales...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726059/professional-ethics-for-digital-age-psychiatry-boundaries-privacy-and-communication
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James E Sabin, Jonathan Clark Harland
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Internet and social media use continue to expand rapidly. Many patients and psychiatrists are bringing digital technologies into the treatment process, but relatively little attention has been paid to the ethical challenges in doing this. This review presents ethical guidelines for psychiatry in the digital age. RECENT FINDINGS: Surveys demonstrate that patients are eager to make digital technologies part of their treatment. Substantial numbers search for professional and personal information about their therapists...
September 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725031/polarization-entangled-photon-pair-sources-based-on-spontaneous-four-wave-mixing-assisted-by-polarization-mode-dispersion
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Pisek Kultavewuti, Eric Y Zhu, Xingxing Xing, Li Qian, Vincenzo Pusino, Marc Sorel, J Stewart Aitchison
Photonic-based qubits and integrated photonic circuits have enabled demonstrations of quantum information processing (QIP) that promises to transform the way in which we compute and communicate. To that end, sources of polarization-entangled photon pair states are an important enabling technology. However, such states are difficult to prepare in an integrated photonic circuit. Scalable semiconductor sources typically rely on nonlinear optical effects where polarization mode dispersion (PMD) degrades entanglement...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724380/the-use-of-entertainment-and-communication-technologies-before-sleep-could-affect-sleep-and-weight-status-a-population-based-study-among-children
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Nomathemba Dube, Kaviul Khan, Sarah Loehr, Yen Chu, Paul Veugelers
BACKGROUND: Short sleep duration and poor sleep quality have been demonstrated to be associated with childhood obesity. It has been suggested that electronic entertainment and communication devices (EECDs) including TVs, computers, tablets, video games and cell phones interfere with sleep in children and youth. The aim of this study was to assess the impact that the use of EECDs in the hour before bedtime has on sleep and weight status to inform sleep promotion interventions and programs to prevent childhood obesity...
July 19, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723832/patient-perceived-facilitators-of-and-barriers-to-electronic-portal-use-a-systematic-review
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Kimberly R Powell
This systematic review describes characteristics of portal users and their perceptions of this emerging technology. Recent empirical evidence (2010-2016) was reviewed to answer three questions: (1) What are the characteristics of electronic patient portal users? (2) What are patient-perceived facilitators of electronic patient portal use? (3) What are patient-perceived barriers to electronic patient portal use? Characteristics of portal users are described according to three broad categories: demographic characteristics, patterns of use, and complexity and duration of disease...
July 18, 2017: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722554/improving-maternal-and-child-health-policymaking-processes-in-nigeria-an-assessment-of-policymakers-needs-barriers-and-facilitators-of-evidence-informed-policymaking
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Chigozie J Uneke, Issiaka Sombie, Namoudou Keita, Virgil Lokossou, Ermel Johnson, Pierre Ongolo-Zogo
BACKGROUND: In Nigeria, interest in the evidence-to-policy process is gaining momentum among policymakers involved in maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). However, numerous gaps exist among policymakers on use of research evidence in policymaking. The objective of this study was to assess the perception of MNCH policymakers regarding their needs and the barriers and facilitators to use of research evidence in policymaking in Nigeria. METHODS: The study design was a cross-sectional assessment of perceptions undertaken during a national MNCH stakeholders' engagement event convened in Abuja, Nigeria...
July 12, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722489/treatment-of-die-punch-fractures-with-3d-printing-technology
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Chunhui Chen, Leyi Cai, Chuanxu Zhang, Jianshun Wang, Xiaoshan Guo, Yifei Zhou
PURPOSE: We evaluated the feasibility, accuracy and effectiveness of applying three-dimensional (3D) printing technology for preoperative planning for die-punch fractures. METHODS: A total of 107 patients who underwent die-punch fracture surgery were enrolled in the study. They were randomly divided into two groups: 52 cases in the 3D model group and 55 cases in the routine group. A 3D digital model of each die-punch fracture was reconstructed in the 3D group. The 3D digital model was imported to a 3D printer to build the full solid model...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720555/readability-of-wikipedia-pages-on-autoimmune-disorders-systematic-quantitative-assessment
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Abdulla Watad, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Francesco Brigo, Kassem Sharif, Howard Amital, Dennis McGonagle, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Mohammad Adawi
BACKGROUND: In the era of new information and communication technologies, the Internet is being increasingly accessed for health-related information. Indeed, recently published patient surveys of people with autoimmune disorders confirmed that the Internet was reported as one of the most important health information sources. Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia launched in 2001, is generally one of the most visited websites worldwide and is often consulted for health-related information...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720103/an-information-and-communication-technology-based-centralized-clinical-trial-to-determine-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-insulin-dose-adjustment-education-based-on-a-smartphone-personal-health-record-application-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Gyuri Kim, Ji Cheol Bae, Byoung Kee Yi, Kyu Yeon Hur, Dong Kyung Chang, Moon-Kyu Lee, Jae Hyeon Kim, Sang-Man Jin
BACKGROUND: A Personal Health Record (PHR) is an online application that allows patients to access, manage, and share their health data. PHRs not only enhance shared decision making with healthcare providers, but also enable remote monitoring and at-home-collection of detailed data. The benefits of PHRs can be maximized in insulin dose adjustment for patients starting or intensifying insulin regimens, as frequent self-monitoring of glucose, self-adjustment of insulin dose, and precise at-home data collection during the visit-to-visit period are important for glycemic control...
July 18, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717705/adoption-of-information-and-communication-technologies-for-early-detection-of-breast-and-cervical-cancers-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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REVIEW
Jessica M DiCarlo, Sricharan Gopakumar, Preet K Dhillon, Suneeta Krishnan
PURPOSE: In response to the growing burden of breast and cervical cancers, low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are beginning to implement national cancer prevention programs. We reviewed the literature on information and communication technology (ICT) applications in the prevention of breast and cervical cancers in LMICs to examine their potential to enhance cancer prevention efforts. METHODS: Ten databases of peer-reviewed and gray literature were searched using an automated strategy for English-language articles on the use of mobile health (mHealth) and telemedicine in breast and cervical cancer prevention (screening and early detection) published between 2005 and 2015...
August 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717641/information-and-communication-technology-use-in-asthmatic-patients-a-cross-sectional-study-in-latin-america
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Juan Calderón, Annia Cherrez, Germán Darío Ramón, Orlando Lopez Jove, Alan Baptist, Edgar Matos, Blanca Morfín Maciel, Erick Calero, Mario Sanchez-Borges, Sofia Cherrez, Daniel Simancas-Racines, Ivan Cherrez Ojeda
Rapid diffusion, low cost and broad availability of information and communication technologies (ICTs) make them an attractive platform for managing care, communication and interventions in asthma. There is little information in Latin America about usage frequency of ICTs in asthmatic patients. The analysis undertaken consisted of an observational, cross-sectional study that aimed to identify the frequency and type of ICTs most often used by asthmatics. The Spanish version of the Michigan questionnaire was employed in five Latin American countries...
July 2017: ERJ Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717147/information-processing-in-patterned-magnetic-nanostructures-with-edge-spin-waves
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Antonio Lara, Javier Robledo Moreno, Konstantin Y Guslienko, Farkhad G Aliev
Low dissipation data processing with spins is one of the promising directions for future information and communication technologies. Despite a significant progress, the available magnonic devices are not broadband yet and have restricted capabilities to redirect spin waves. Here we propose a breakthrough approach to spin wave manipulation in patterned magnetic nanostructures with unmatched characteristics, which exploits a spin wave analogue to edge waves propagating along a water-wall boundary. Using theory, micromagnetic simulations and experiment we investigate spin waves propagating along the edges in magnetic structures, under an in-plane DC magnetic field inclined with respect to the edge...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714884/design-and-implementation-of-a-smart-home-system-using-multisensor-data-fusion-technology
#18
Yu-Liang Hsu, Po-Huan Chou, Hsing-Cheng Chang, Shyan-Lung Lin, Shih-Chin Yang, Heng-Yi Su, Chih-Chien Chang, Yuan-Sheng Cheng, Yu-Chen Kuo
This paper aims to develop a multisensor data fusion technology-based smart home system by integrating wearable intelligent technology, artificial intelligence, and sensor fusion technology. We have developed the following three systems to create an intelligent smart home environment: (1) a wearable motion sensing device to be placed on residents' wrists and its corresponding 3D gesture recognition algorithm to implement a convenient automated household appliance control system; (2) a wearable motion sensing device mounted on a resident's feet and its indoor positioning algorithm to realize an effective indoor pedestrian navigation system for smart energy management; (3) a multisensor circuit module and an intelligent fire detection and alarm algorithm to realize a home safety and fire detection system...
July 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714147/communication-of-information-about-genetic-risks-putting-families-at-the-center
#19
Álvaro Mendes, Alison Metcalfe, Milena Paneque, Liliana Sousa, Angus J Clarke, Jorge Sequeiros
Genetic information is a family affair. With the expansion of genomic technologies, many new causal genes and variants have been established and the potential for molecular diagnoses increased, with implications not only for patients but also their relatives. The need for genetic counseling and intrafamilial circulation of information on genetic risks grew accordingly. Also, the amount and, particularly, the complexity of the information to convey multiplied. Sharing information about genetic risks with family members, however, has never been an easy matter and often becomes a source of personal and familial conflicts and distress...
July 16, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710523/short-communication-emerging-technologies-for-biometeorology
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Hamed Mehdipoor, Jennifer K Vanos, Raul Zurita-Milla, Guofeng Cao
The first decade of the twenty-first century saw remarkable technological advancements for use in biometeorology. These emerging technologies have allowed for the collection of new data and have further emphasized the need for specific and/or changing systems for efficient data management, data processing, and advanced representations of new data through digital information management systems. This short communication provides an overview of new hardware and software technologies that support biometeorologists in representing and understanding the influence of atmospheric processes on living organisms...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
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