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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227686/novel-modular-2-dof-microsurgical-forceps-for-transoral-laser-microsurgeries-ergonomic-design-and-preliminary-evaluation
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Manish Chauhan, Giacinto Barresi, Nikhil Deshpande, Darwin G Caldwell, Leonardo S Mattos, Manish Chauhan, Giacinto Barresi, Nikhil Deshpande, Darwin G Caldwell, Leonardo S Mattos, Darwin G Caldwell, Giacinto Barresi, Leonardo S Mattos, Nikhil Deshpande, Manish Chauhan
Transoral Laser Microsurgeries (TLM) demand a great level of control and precision in intraoperative tissue manipulation. The optimal eradication of the diseased tissue is possible only with coordinated control of the laser aiming for incision and the microsurgical tools for orienting and stretching the tissue. However, the traditional microsurgical tools are long, single purpose, one degree-of-freedom (DOF), rigid tools with small range of motion and a normal grasping handle inducing non-ergonomic usage. This paper presents a novel, modular microsurgical tool to overcome the challenges of the traditional tools and improve the surgeon-tool usage experience...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227608/a-triboelectric-motion-sensor-in-wearable-body-sensor-network-for-human-activity-recognition
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Hui Huang, Xian Li, Ye Sun, Hui Huang, Xian Li, Ye Sun, Ye Sun, Hui Huang, Xian Li
The goal of this study is to design a novel triboelectric motion sensor in wearable body sensor network for human activity recognition. Physical activity recognition is widely used in well-being management, medical diagnosis and rehabilitation. Other than traditional accelerometers, we design a novel wearable sensor system based on triboelectrification. The triboelectric motion sensor can be easily attached to human body and collect motion signals caused by physical activities. The experiments are conducted to collect five common activity data: sitting and standing, walking, climbing upstairs, downstairs, and running...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227368/pulsecam-high-resolution-blood-perfusion-imaging-using-a-camera-and-a-pulse-oximeter
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Mayank Kumar, James Suliburk, Ashok Veeraraghavan, Ashutosh Sabharwal, Mayank Kumar, James Suliburk, Ashok Veeraraghavan, Ashutosh Sabharwal, Mayank Kumar, James Suliburk, Ashok Veeraraghavan, Ashutosh Sabharwal
Measuring blood perfusion is important in medical care as an indicator of injury and disease. However, currently available devices to measure blood perfusion like laser Doppler flowmetry are bulky, expensive, and cumbersome to use. An alternative low-cost and portable camera-based blood perfusion measurement system has recently been proposed, but such camera-only system produces noisy low-resolution blood perfusion maps. In this paper, we propose a new multi-sensor modality, named PulseCam, for measuring blood perfusion by combining a traditional pulse oximeter with a video camera in a unique way to provide low noise and high-resolution blood perfusion maps...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226921/hardware-image-assessment-for-wireless-endoscopy-capsules
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M A Khorsandi, N Karimi, S Samavi, M Hajabdollahi, S M R Soroushmehr, K Ward, K Najarian, M A Khorsandi, N Karimi, S Samavi, M Hajabdollahi, S M R Soroushmehr, K Ward, K Najarian, K Ward, S M R Soroushmehr, M Hajabdollahi, S Samavi, K Najarian, M A Khorsandi, N Karimi
Wireless capsule endoscopy is a new technology in the realm of telemedicine that has many advantages over the traditional endoscopy systems. Transmitted images should help diagnosis of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Two important technical challenges for the manufacturers of these capsules are power consumption and size of the circuitry. Also, the system must be fast enough for real-time processing of image or video data. To solve this problem, many hardware designs have been proposed for implementation of the image processing unit...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226419/evaluation-of-risk-factors-for-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients
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Tonya L Scardina, Elena Kang Martinez, Neelam Balasubramanian, Mary Fox-Geiman, Scott E Smith, Jorge P Parada
STUDY OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to determine the impact of hematologic malignancies and/or conditioning regimens on the risk of developing Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Secondary objectives were to determine if traditional CDI risk factors applied to patients undergoing HSCT and to determine the presence of CDI markers of severity of illness among this patient population. DESIGN: Single-center, retrospective, case-control study...
February 22, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226337/immunoassay-based-drug-tests-are-inadequately-sensitive-for-medication-compliance-monitoring-in-patients-treated-for-chronic-pain
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Marion L Snyder, Corrine R Fantz, Stacy Melanson
BACKGROUND: Enzyme immunoassays (EIA) have notable limitations for monitoring therapeutic compliance in pain management. Chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry provides definitive results and superior sensitivity and specificity over traditional EIA testing. OBJECTIVE: To analyze and compare the sensitivity of EIA results together with known prescriptions to liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) for monitoring drug use (and abuse) in patients treated for chronic pain...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225450/behavioral-economic-incentives-to-improve-adherence-to-antiretroviral-medication
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Sebastian Linnemayr, Chad Stecher, Barbara Mukasa
OBJECTIVE: Fixed incentives have been largely unsuccessful in improving adherence to antiretroviral medication. Therefore, we evaluate whether small incentives based on behavioral economic theory can increase adherence to antiretroviral medication among treatment-mature adults in Kampala, Uganda. DESIGN: A randomized control trial design tests whether providing small incentives based on either attending timely clinic visits (intervention group 1) or achieving high medication adherence (intervention group 2) can increase antiretroviral adherence...
March 13, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225103/beneficial-effects-of-lycium-barbarum-polysaccharide-on-spermatogenesis-by-improving-antioxidant-activity-and-inhibiting-apoptosis-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-male-mice
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Guang-Jiang Shi, Jie Zheng, Jing Wu, Hai-Qi Qiao, Qing Chang, Yang Niu, Tao Sun, Yu-Xiang Li, Jian-Qiang Yu
Spermatogenic dysfunction is one of the major secondary complications of diabetes. L. barbarum polysaccharide (LBP) has long been considered to possess anti-apoptotic activities and antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and fertility-enhancing properties in traditional medical practices in China. The aim of the current study was to seek out scientific evidence to determine if LBP also contributes to the recovery from spermatogenic dysfunction in diabetic individuals. We investigated whether the oral administration of LBP in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced type-1 diabetic male mice would reverse spermatogenic dysfunction and improve histological damage in testes...
February 22, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224102/practical-strategies-for-increasing-efficiency-and-effectiveness-in-critical-care-education
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REVIEW
Maurice F Joyce, Sheri Berg, Edward A Bittner
Technological advances and evolving demands in medical care have led to challenges in ensuring adequate training for providers of critical care. Reliance on the traditional experience-based training model alone is insufficient for ensuring quality and safety in patient care. This article provides a brief overview of the existing educational practice within the critical care environment. Challenges to education within common daily activities of critical care practice are reviewed. Some practical evidence-based educational approaches are then described which can be incorporated into the daily practice of critical care without disrupting workflow or compromising the quality of patient care...
February 4, 2017: World Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223446/management-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-a-call-to-action
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REVIEW
Fernando Bril, Kenneth Cusi
Traditionally a disease of hepatologists, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has recently become a major concern for a broad spectrum of health care providers. Endocrinologists and those caring for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are at center stage, as T2DM appears to worsen the course of NAFLD and the liver disease makes diabetes management more challenging. However, the nature of this relationship remains incompletely understood. Although the increasing prevalence of NAFLD is frequently attributed to the epidemic of obesity and is often oversimplified as the "hepatic manifestation of the metabolic syndrome," it is a much more complex disease process that may also be observed in nonobese individuals and in patients without clinical manifestations of the metabolic syndrome...
March 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223004/sudden-cardiac-death-among-hemodialysis-patients
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Melissa S Makar, Patrick H Pun
Hemodialysis patients carry a large burden of cardiovascular disease; most onerous is the high risk for sudden cardiac death. Defining sudden cardiac death among hemodialysis patients and understanding its pathogenesis are challenging, but inferences from the existing literature reveal differences between sudden cardiac death among hemodialysis patients and the general population. Vascular calcifications and left ventricular hypertrophy may play a role in the pathophysiology of sudden cardiac death, whereas traditional cardiovascular risk factors seem to have a more muted effect...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222940/social-media-tips-to-enhance-medical-education
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REVIEW
Vikas Shah, Amy L Kotsenas
In this article, we describe how social media can supplement traditional education, articulate the advantages and disadvantages of various social media platforms for both teachers and learners, discuss best practices to maintain confidentiality of protected health information, and provide tips for implementing social media-based teaching into the training curriculum.
February 17, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221991/detecting-clinically-meaningful-shape-clusters-in-medical-image-data-metrics-analysis-for-hierarchical-clustering-applied-to-healthy-and-pathological-aortic-arches
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Jan L Bruse, Maria A Zuluaga, Abbas Khushnood, Kristin McLeod, Hopewell N Ntsinjana, Tain-Yen Hsia, Maxime Sermesant, Xavier Pennec, Andrew M Taylor, Silvia Schievano
OBJECTIVE: Today's growing medical image databases call for novel processing tools to structure the bulk of data and extract clinically relevant information. Unsupervised hierarchical clustering may reveal clusters within anatomical shape data of patient populations as required for modern Precision Medicine strategies. Few studies have applied hierarchical clustering techniques to three-dimensional patient shape data and results depend heavily on the chosen clustering distance metrics and linkage functions...
February 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221281/first-attempt-success-longevity-and-complication-rates-of-ultrasound-guided-peripheral-intravenous-catheters-in-children
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Alexandra M Vinograd, Joseph J Zorc, Anthony J Dean, Mary Kate F Abbadessa, Aaron E Chen
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the success rates, longevity, and complications of ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous lines (USgPIVs) placed in a pediatric emergency department. METHODS: The study analyzed 300 USgPIV attempts in an urban tertiary-care pediatric emergency department. Data regarding USgPIV placement were collected from a 1-page form completed by the clinician placing the USgPIV. The time and reason for USgPIV removal were extracted from the medical record for patients with USgPIVs admitted to the hospital...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220499/three-year-follow-up-of-implementation-of-evidence-based-transfusion-practice-in-a-tertiary-hospital
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A Norgaard, J Stensballe, T H de Lichtenberg, J O White, A Perner, M Wanscher, J Hillingsø, M L Holm, M Mau-Sørensen, H Sillesen, L Kjeldsen, C Bäck, J Nielsen, J Seeberg, M B Hansen, P I Johansson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Traditionally, Denmark has had a high rate of allogeneic red blood cell transfusion caused by a liberal transfusion practice despite the existence of restrictive guidelines. We established a Patient Blood Management programme in a tertiary hospital and report the results of the implementation of evidence-based transfusion practice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Red blood cell transfusion quality indicators were compared with the evidence-based guideline at hospital and department level...
February 20, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220334/future-directions-in-personality-occupational-and-medical-selection-myths-misunderstandings-measurement-and-suggestions
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Eamonn Ferguson, Filip Lievens
This paper has two objectives: (1) presenting recent advances in personality theory whereby personality traits are conceptualized within a framework that focuses on the dynamic interactions of behaviour, biology, context, and states, and (2) discussing the implications of these developments for measurement and medical selection. We start by presenting evidence that traits are no longer regarded as stable deterministic predictors of behaviour. Instead, traits are found to change across generations, the life span, and in response to environmental contingencies...
February 20, 2017: Advances in Health Sciences Education: Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220306/long-term-results-using-ligasure%C3%A2-5%C3%A2-mm-instrument-for-treatment-of-zenker-s-diverticulum
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Michelle Fog Andersen, Waldemar Trolle, Kristian Anthonsen, Hans Ulrik Nielsen, Preben Homøe
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the long-term results and patient's satisfaction of a new approach using the LigaSure™ 5 mm instrument for treatment of Zenker's diverticulum (ZD) and to compare with other long-term results using traditional treatment modalities. Between December 2011 and August 2013, a total of 23 patients with ZD underwent endoscopic surgery using the LigaSure™ technique in our department. A retrospective evaluation of the surgery was based on medical records and additionally a long-term follow-up was performed using a standardized questionnaire that was send to all patients...
February 20, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219735/complete-genome-sequence-of-leuconostoc-garlicum-kccm-43211-producing-exopolysaccharide
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Sang Pil Hong, Seung Chul Shin, Woo-Kyung Kang, Young-Wook Chin, Timothy L Turner, Hyun Wook Choi, Kyung Mo Song, Hyo Jin Kim
Leuconostoc garlicum KCCM 43211 isolated from traditional Korean fermented food is an intensive producer of exopolysaccharide (EPS). Here we report the first complete genome sequence of L. garlicum KCCM 43211. The genome sequence displayed that this strain contains genes involved in production of EPS possibly composed of glucose monomers. An uncharacterized EPS from the L. garlicum KCCM 43211 strains was also produced during fermentation in the sucrose medium. The MALDI-TOF results displayed the typical mass spectrometry pattern of dextran...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219677/nsqip-based-quality-improvement-curriculum-for-surgical-residents
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Mary M Mrdutt, Claire L Isbell, Justin L Regner, Bonnie R Hodges, Yolanda Munoz Maldonado, J Scott Thomas, Harry T Papaconstantinou
BACKGROUND: General surgery training has historically lacked a standardized approach to resident Quality Improvement (QI) education aside from traditional Morbidity and Mortality conference. In 2013, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) formalized QI as a component of residency training. Our residency chose the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) Quality In-Training Initiative (QITI) as the foundation for our QI training. We hypothesized that a focused curriculum based on outcomes would produce change in culture and improve quality of patient care...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219267/an-unholy-mess-why-the-sanctity-of-life-principle-should-be-jettisoned
#20
David Albert Jones
The aim of this article is to present an account of an important element of medical ethics and law which is widely cited but is often confused. This element is most frequently referred to as 'the principle of the sanctity of life', and it is often assumed that this language has a religious provenance. However, the phrase is neither rooted in the traditions it purports to represent nor is it used consistently in contemporary discourse. Understood as the name of an established 'principle' the 'sanctity of life' is virtually an invention of the late twentieth century...
November 2016: New Bioethics: a Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body
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