Tag: "measurement" at medical news

Traditional Chinese exercises may increase efficacy of flu vaccine

...ion assay. Titer, according to Yang, refers to a measurement of the amount of antibodies in the blood. Those in the exercise intervention group participated in three one-hour classes for 20 weeks, while the control group was directed to continue their regular activities for the same time period. Each class c...

Pot bellies linked to early signs of cardiovascular disease

...ording to the study, the relationship of the waist measurement to the hip measurement was much more closely tied to early, hidden signs of heart disease than other common measures of obe...

Waist-to-hip ratio may better predict cardiovascular risk than body mass index

...ients often were evaluated for obesity on the sole measurement of body mass index (BMI), a weight-to-height ratio commonly used in doctors offices to gauge obesity. The UT Southwestern findings, however, suggest that BMI alone might not give a clear enough picture of heart disease riskBMI was used as the primary...

Electrical implant steadies balance disorder in animals

... reality, we move in multiple directions. Every measurement in the balance device is processed in the implanted central microprocessor unit, using computer software developed by Della Santina and his team. Once processed, the information is used to tailor timing of brief, electronic pulses through the ele...

Sports concussion research using fMRI provides insight for safe return-to-play decisions

...han an anatomic level. fMRI can determine, through measurement of cerebral blood flow and metabolic changes, whic...f neuropsychological testing as a proxy for direct measurement of brain functioning after concussion, Dr. Pardini added. The research project involved 28 concuss...

RAND, Health Dialog form alliance to create tools to evaluate health-care quality and efficiency

...ty measures into its existing provider performance measurement tools and care management services. The allian...ics to pave the way for a new provider performance measurement system that will provide best-in-class capabilities for measuring quality and efficiency in the U.S....

Extreme weather monitoring boosted by space sensor

...ion in Africa because of the high costs of in-situ measurement networks. In addition, unlike satellite observations, point-based measurements are often not sufficient to provide an overall picture over large areas that may be effectively used in models. The ESA-backed SHARE (Soil Moisture for Hydrometeorologi...

Holograms make for better vision tests

...gnose the astigmatic error of the human eye, a key measurement in determining the appropriate prescriptions for e... "Holographic multivergence target for subjective measurement of the astigmatic error of the human eye," Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 13, pp. 1926-1928. Abs...

New mangosteen research establishes xanthone measurement standard

...ead researcher on the published study. "A xanthone measurement standard is in place. Now claims concerning xanth...credible research. Published study sets xanthone measurement standard In the peer-reviewed method for quantifying xanthones from the mangosteen fruit, Walker use...

Researchers develop criteria to detect bone mass deficiencies in children with chronic diseases

...rmal bone density in children: 1) the most current measurement technology with standardized data acquisition, 2) a well-characterized, healthy and ethnically diverse sample large enough to capture normal bone mass variability and, 3) statistical analysis methods that adequately characterize age-related trends an...

Exploring better ways to determine when to change the course of treatment

...d a progression free survival of 4.5 months. The measurement of CTCs consistently provided prognostic information even when tested at 6-12 weeks. Another key finding was the predictive value of a change in CTC. Among patients with unfavorable CTC at baseline, those whose numbers decreased after treatment t...

JRRD releases single-topic issue on pain and pain management

...ive measures of activation exist. We evaluated the measurement properties of the Actiwatch-Score (AW-S). We conducted separate trials to examine concordance between units when worn concurrently at the same and different body sites and to compare the AW-S with a validated optical three-dimensional motion-tracking...

Dr. Eli Peli of Schepens Eye Research Institute elected SPIE fellow

...lysis of nerve fiber layer in Glaucoma and for the measurement of drusen and their changes in age related macular degeneration or AMD. His work on electronic and optical devices for impaired vision has led to several products on the market as well as many novel approaches for testing the effects of vision enhanc...

Medical, high-energy physicists collaborate to improve PET scans

... "time-of-flight PET," which provides a positional measurement that conventional PET technology lacks. Only last December did the first commercial time-of-flight PET scanners become available. These scanners provide a time-of-flight resolution of 750 picoseconds, which corresponds to a resolution of a couple i...

Erectile dysfunction -- the canary in the mineshaft?

...esearchers from New York and Illinois suggest that measurement of waist circumference may be a useful predictor for the severity of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and prostate volume. Baseline parameters International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), prostate volume (measured by ultrasound), serum prostate-s...

Chemical maps hint at drug's effects on schizophrenia

...tudy is among the first to use metabolomics -- the measurement of thousands of chemical byproducts of the body's cellular processes -- to look at a psychiatric disease and its response to therapy, according to the researchers. "Doctors draw blood every day to look at metabolites such glucose and cholesterol an...

New accreditation program for radiation detector labs

...ics Engineers (IEEE) facilitated by NIST radiation measurement experts with input from the user, manufacturer and regulatory communities. DHS provided financial support for the standards development. Currently, five standards have been published, covering a variety of radiation detectors, and several more are un...

'Marked departure' in Medicare practice of paying physicians in Geriatric Care Improvement Act

...vement through voluntary engagement in performance measurement and improvement. Patients actively participate in decision-making and feedback is sought to ensure patients' expectations are being met Information technology is utilized appropriately to support optimal patient care, performance measure...

Alpharma presents positive pharmacokinetic study results

...ules. Most naltrexone levels were below the assay measurement limits. Adverse events, reported in five subjects, were mild to moderate in intensity and resolved without treatment. This study was conducted as part of Alpharmas medical development program for its abuse-deterrent morphine product, and its result...

Liver stiffness indicates portal hypertension

...ffness. Immediately afterward, they underwent HVPG measurement and liver biopsy. The researchers then analyzed th...itive correlation between HVPG and liver stiffness measurement was found," they report. The correlation was excellent for HVPG values less than 10 or 12 mmHg, but ...

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