Medical Technologies and Healthcare Blog The Medical Technologies and Healthcare blog feed http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies.aspx http://backend.userland.com/rss Upcoming Med-e-Tel Event! <div style="text-align: right;"> <div style="font-size: 12px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; color: #333333;"> <div><img alt="" src="/Images/Med-e-Tel12_banner_728x90.png" /><br /> </div> <div><br /> </div> <div>Med-e-Tel is the annual event of the International Society for Telemedicine &amp; eHealth (ISfTeH), THE international federation of national associations who represent their country's Telemedicine and eHealth stakeholders.</div> <div><br /> </div> <div>The ISfTeH exists to facilitate the international dissemination of knowledge and experience in Telemedicine and eHealth, to provide access to recognized experts in the field worldwide, and to offer unprecedented networking opportunities. Med-e-Tel is one of the instruments that help the ISfTeH to realize this mission.</div> <div><br /> </div> <div>eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT are a tool at the service of medical and nurse practitioners, patients, citizens, healthcare institutions and governments. It involves many different stakeholders who need to be brought face-to-face to share aspirations, learn from research and real life experiences, show the possibilities, understand the market, discover new applications. Med-e-Tel is the meeting place with a proven potential for Education, Networking and Business among a global audience with diverse professional backgrounds.</div> <div><br /> </div> <div><strong>EDUCATION</strong></div> <div>Attend the vast Med-e-Tel conference program featuring over <a href="http://www.medetel.lu/index.php?rub=educational_program&amp;page=info">150 presentations and workshops</a>, and learn from experience built up by experts from around the world. Hear about current applications and best practice examples, see a glimpse of future trends in Telemedicine and eHealth, and their effect on the healthcare system as a whole. Get an update on new developments that will allow you to stay ahead and make more effective and efficient use of technologies to improve quality of health, medical and social care. Medical specialists can benefit from up to 16 hours of CME credits.</div> <div><br /> </div> <div><strong>NETWORKING</strong></div> <div>Med-e-Tel promotes and enhances cooperation opportunities, and is the place to establish partnerships and contacts, both globally and locally. Meet and network with healthcare and industry stakeholders, use the dedicated meeting areas and events at Med-e-Tel to exchange ideas. Attend meetings from a number of international and regional associations, and expand your network.</div> <div><br /> </div> <div><strong>BUSINESS</strong></div> <div>Meet with industry representatives and see the solutions and technology at work in the expo and networking area. Participate in demonstrations that will give you a better view on the potential behind Telemedicine and eHealth tools.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> </div> <div>For a decade, Med-e-Tel is bringing together Telemedicine and eHealth stakeholders from around the world to share results, experiences and good practices. The Med-e-Tel 2012 conference topics will include Telehealth for Chronic Disease Management, Telehealth Service Standards, Telenursing, eLearning, Open Source in Healthcare, eHealth in Low Resource Settings, 2nd edition of the Global eHealth Strategies Symposium, and more. The Med-e-Tel 2012 exhibition will feature Telemedicine and eHealth products and solutions from leading companies and providers.</div> <div><br /> </div> <div>Ten years ago, we were on the verge of new technological developments opening the field for more and improved Telemedicine and eHealth applications. This time around, we are on the verge of mainstreaming Telemedicine and eHealth into regular health and care services. Join us on 18-20 April 2012 in Luxembourg for the 10th edition of Med-e-Tel and be part of the progress.</div> <div><br /> </div> <div>To register for the expo,<a href="http://www.medetel.lu/index.php?rub=visitor&amp;page=registration_step1">&nbsp;click here</a>.</div> <div><br /> </div> <div><br /> </div> <div>Med-e-Tel 2012</div> <div>The International eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT Forum</div> <div>18-20 April 2012</div> <div>Luxembourg</div> <div></div> <a href="http://www.medetel.eu ">http://www.medetel.eu&nbsp;</a> <div><br /> </div> <div><br /> </div> <div>IGI Global publishes a series of medical volumes, visit <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/EmbeddedContent.aspx?PageCode=vfW6a t">http://www.igi-global.com/EmbeddedContent.aspx?PageCode=vfW6a t</a>o view our Medical Technologies Catalog.</div> <div><br /> </div> </span></div> </div> <p style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; margin-bottom: 5px; color: #333333; font-size: 12px; background-color: #ffffff;">&nbsp;</p> <span style="background-color: #ffffff; font-size: 12px; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; color: #333333;">If you’d like more information about our medical titles, you can contact Brandon Thompson at, bthompson@igi-global.com&nbsp; <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/Images/Med-e-Tel12_banner_728x90.png" /></p> </span> http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/12-02-03/Upcoming_Med-e-Tel_Event.aspx IGI Global http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/12-02-03/Upcoming_Med-e-Tel_Event.aspx f2dd1f21-e958-416c-8568-f742ef1dfcb8 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 11:29:29 GMT I See Therefore Eye Communicate Eye tracking technologies are used in our society for a range of activities, including usability studies. Google+ recently made headlines after an eyetracking study showed that Google+ advertisements were as effective as Facebook advertisements at attracting consumers. “The eye tracking study showed that the typical pattern of response to a Google+ page is almost identical to the way the eye moves around a Facebook home page,” David F. Carr recently wrote for <em><a href="http://www.informationweek.com/thebrainyard/news/social_networking_consumer/231500493/google-eye-tracking-study-shows-potential">Information Week</a></em>. “The study was conducted by <a href="http://www.eyetrackshop.com/">EyeTrackShop</a>, a firm that measures response to media and advertising using panels of consumers who agree to let a webcam app track their response to visual stimuli,” he writes. “The idea is to objectively measure how viewers react to a layout or application, rather than merely surveying them about their reactions.” <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> Similarly, the United Kingdom’s Royal Mail recently indicated that it would be partnering with an advertising firm to offer companies who send direct mail to have their marketing materials analyzed by the customers, according to the <a href="http://postandparcel.info/41447/news/uk-eye-tracking-service-to-measure-response-to-direct-mail/">Post &amp; Parcel </a>website.&nbsp; But, instead of focusing on consumer surveys, the advertising firm, Eyetracker, will analyze the eye movements of customers in order to measure whether these direct mailings are effective.<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> As eye tracking<img alt="" src="http://www.igi-global.com/Libraries/Blog_Post_Images/Majaranta_3d.sflb.ashx" style="float: left; margin: 5px 7px 5px 5px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 140px; height: 232px;" /> technologies become more mainstream, some scientists are analyzing how it could be used to raise the quality of life for persons with disabilities. The authors of one of IGI Global’s recently releases, <em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=51941">Gaze Interaction and Applications of Eye Tracking: Advances in Assistive Technologies</a></em>, explore how these eye-tracking technologies can be used to assist persons’ whose medical conditions hinder their effective communication. For example, a person suffering from motor neuron diseases (MND), such as <a href="http://www.alsa.org/">Lou Gehrig's Disease</a> or locked-in syndrome, face significant barriers to communicating orally. However, if these persons are still able to effectively move their eyes, using the eye tracking technologies discussed in this book, they may just have a new way to connect with others. “The use of an eye tracking device can open the door to a whole new world for users who have been unable to find an acceptable means of communication,” writes author Kari-Jouko Räihä of University of Tampere, Finland in the <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=51941&amp;detailstype=preface">Preface</a> to <em>Gaze Interaction and Applications of Eye Tracking</em>.<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> “Section 2 of the book presents many such examples, including that of Jayne, a young person in her early twenties with athetoid cerebral palsy,” he writes. He continues, <blockquote> “Jayne embraced gaze control technology with the support and encouragement of family, college staff, and friends. Previously, she had rejected other computer control methods. However, after she was given access to an eye tracking system, her prolific e-mail correspondence caused the college server to become ‘jammed’ on one occasion. ‘I get emails now…’ her mum says, pausing to reflect. ‘…endless emails, but I am sure this will calm down’. Secondly she continues, ‘I think it’s the technology itself. She so hated switches and, I think, felt they were unreliable’. Jayne’s notion that switch control was inaccurate was just too hard to shake. ‘The more excited she got the more it made presses, whereas it’s the other way around for her when she is using gaze control technology. The more excited she gets the less it activates’, her mother is quoted as saying. With the exception of gaze control technology, other forms of high-tech communication hadn’t just stymied Jayne up to that point; she had rejected them out of hand.” </blockquote> IGI Global offers many excellent titles covering the application and development of Assistive Technologies. Readers interested in new technologies to increase the quality of life for persons with disabilities may wish to learn more about some of our more recent titles cover this area: <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=50528">Communication Technology for Students in Special Education and Gifted Programs</a></em></li> <li><em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=47433">Assistive and Augmentive Communication for the Disabled: Intelligent Technologies for Communication, Learning and Teaching</a></em></li> <li><em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?TitleId=45952">E-Health, Assistive Technologies and Applications for Assisted Living: Challenges and Solutions</a></em></li> <li><em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=37333">Handbook of Research on Human Cognition and Assistive Technology: Design, Accessibility and Transdisciplinary Perspectives</a></em></li> <li><em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=45894">Early Detection and Rehabilitation Technologies for Dementia: Neuroscience and Biomedical Applications</a></em></li> </ul> <em> <p>&nbsp;</p> Gaze Interaction and Applications of Eye Tracking</em> would make an excellent addition to any university library. You can recommend this book to your university librarian by visiting <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/forms/refertolibrarian.aspx?titleid=51941">http://www.igi-global.com/forms/refertolibrarian.aspx?titleid=51941</a>. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> To learn more about this title, please visit: <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=51941">http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=51941</a>. <p>&nbsp;</p> &nbsp; <br /> http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-08-25/I_See_Therefore_Eye_Communicate.aspx IGI Global http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-08-25/I_See_Therefore_Eye_Communicate.aspx 8962df37-d24b-422e-bdb3-406e22d1e65f Thu, 25 Aug 2011 13:22:05 GMT Copyright or Right to Copy? Should information be free to the public, or do publishers have the right to charge for their content? What about charging for content that is in the public domain? These questions and more are at the forefront of an intellectual property debate recently sparked by the activities of Aaron Swartz, an open-access advocate who, according to <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/us/20compute.html">The New York Times</a></em>, “made his name as a member of the Internet elite as a teenager when he helped create RSS, a bit of computer code that allows people to receive automatic feeds of online notices and news.” <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> “Since then, he has emerged as a civil liberties activist who crusades for open access to data,” John Schwartz recently reported for <em>The New York Times</em>. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> Swartz has been charged with a series of felonies after downloading approximately 4.8 million documents from JSTOR, “a not-for-profit service that enables discovery, access, and preservation of scholarly content,” <a href="http://about.jstor.org/about-us">according to their Web site</a>. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> He allegedly went to great lengths to download these large swathes of content, according to the recently <a href="http://ia600504.us.archive.org/29/items/gov.uscourts.mad.137971/gov.uscourts.mad.137971.2.0.pdf">unsealed indictment</a> (pdf). These activities allegedly include traveling from Harvard, where he is employed as a researcher, to the nearby <a href="http://web.mit.edu/">Massachusetts Institute of Technology</a> campus to create fake guest user accounts, changing his IP address to overcome security measures, spoofing his MAC address several times, and, ultimately, surreptitiously gaining physical access to servers in MIT Building 16. “Though he had access to JSTOR at his Harvard office, Mr. Swartz carried on this activity two miles away at MIT, where he had no affiliation,” David Glenn recently reported for <em><a href="http://chronicle.com/article/Rogue-Downloaders-Arrest/128439/">The Chronicle of Higher Education</a></em>. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> The indictment alleges that Swartz crashed some of JSTOR’s servers due to the excessive downloading. “The next day, October 9, 2010, Swartz used both the ‘ghost laptop’ [account] and the ‘ghost macbook’ [account] to systematically and rapidly access and download an extraordinary volume of articles from JSTOR. The pace was so fast that it brought down some of JSTOR's computer servers," the indictment asserts. JSTOR, in response, temporarily denied the entire MIT campus access to its archive services. The indictment also alleges, “During November and December, 2010, Swartz used the ‘ghost laptop’ (i.e., the Acer laptop) at MIT to make over two million downloads from JSTOR. This is more than one hundred times the number of downloads during the same period by all the legitimate MIT JSTOR users combined.” <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> Swartz has been charged with several felonies, particularly with regards to allegedly accessing the “restricted network interface closet” in “MIT’s Building 16,” states the indictment. “Swartz simply hard-wired into the [MIT] network and assigned himself two IP addresses. He hid the Acer laptop and a succession of external storage drives under a box in the closet, so that they would not be obvious to anyone who might enter the closet,” it asserts.&nbsp; Once authorities discovered the laptop, they installed a Web cam to see who would remove it. Swartz became a suspect, fled authorities, and was apprehended, according to <em><a href="http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/07/mit-webcam-swartz/">Wired Magazine</a></em>’s analysis of the police report.<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> According to Glenn with <em>The Chronicle</em>, Swartz could face “up to 35 years in prison” if convicted on all charges. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> But is it fair to charge Swartz with a felony for accessing what he had the right to view anyway? “Ultimately Mr. Swartz returned the hard drives containing the articles to JSTOR and promised that the material would not be disseminated,” reported Schwartz with <em>The New York Times</em>.<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> Glenn reports that “Mr. [John H. Summers, a former Harvard lecturer], who has spoken extensively with Mr. Swartz since the arrest, says he believes his intention was to analyze the structure of academic research, not to commit wholesale copyright violations.” <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> “In any case, Mr. Summers says, it is absurd for the U.S. attorney to treat Mr. Swartz's actions as analogous to stealing cars,” reports Glenn. “‘The idea that we should pay no attention to context and motive—that's just a dereliction of intellectual duty,” Mr. Summers says. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> “Two of [Mr. Summers’] scholarly papers are available at JSTOR; if you're logging in from outside an affiliated university, it will cost you $38 to buy them,” he reports. &nbsp;<br /> As an internationally-recognized publisher of resources on aspects of information science, business science, medical information science, and engineering science, IGI Global charges for its most recent content. However, academics, students, and other interested persons can view and download over 2,000 full-text research papers by visiting the recently-launched Information Resources Management Associate (IRMA) website at <a href="http://www.irma-international.org/">www.irma-international.org</a>. <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /> http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-08-04/Copyright_or_Right_to_Copy.aspx IGI Global http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-08-04/Copyright_or_Right_to_Copy.aspx 035eab47-edbd-42f2-85fe-9b907a5a2660 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 13:39:01 GMT IGI Global Announces Release of Technology in Healthcare Collection IGI Global is pleased to announce the release of our Technology in Healthcare Collection. The Technology in Healthcare Collection is a compilation of 19 scholarly titles covering topics on healthcare information systems, smart healthcare applications, electronic medical records, telehealth, and much more.<br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: left;">Available for purchase as a print, e-book, or print/e-book combination package, the Technology in Healthcare Collection is a valuable resource for students, scholars, patients, healthcare providers, and policymakers with a desire to better understand the ways healthcare is affected by advancing technologies. Priced at a fraction of the cost to purchase each title individually, the Technology in Healthcare Collection offers your library a unique and affordable reference collection.<br /> </div> <br /> Titles in the Technology in Healthcare Collection include:<br /> <br /> <ul> <li><strong>Human-Centered Design of E-Health Technologies: Concepts, Methods and Applications</strong>, edited by Martina Ziefle (RWTH Aachen University, Germany); Carsten Röcker (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)</li> <li><strong>Smart Healthcare Applications and Services: Developments and Practices, </strong>edited by Carsten Röcker (RWTH Aachen University, Germany); Martina Ziefle (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)</li> <li><strong>Healthcare Delivery Reform and New Technologies: Organizational Initiatives</strong>, edited by Matthew Guah (Claflin University, USA)</li> <li><strong>Wireless Technologies for Ambient Assisted Living and Healthcare: Systems and Applications</strong>, edited by Athina Lazakidou (University of Peloponnese, Greece); Konstantinos Siassiakos (University of Piraeus, Greece); Konstantinos Ioannou (University of Patras, Greece)</li> <li><strong>E-Health Systems Quality and Reliability: Models and Standards</strong>, edited by Anastasius Moumtzoglou (European Society for Quality in Healthcare, Greece); Anastasia Kastania (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece)</li> <li><strong>Developments in Healthcare Information Systems and Technologies: Models and Methods</strong>, edited by Joseph Tan (McMaster University, Canada)</li> <li><strong>Handbook of Research on Human Cognition and Assistive Technology: Design, Accessibility and Transdisciplinary Perspectives</strong>, edited by Soonhwa Seok (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA); Edward L. Meyen (University of Kansas, USA); Boaventura DaCosta (Solers Research Group, USA)</li> <li><strong>Healthcare and the Effect of Technology: Developments, Challenges and Advancements</strong>, edited by Stefane M. Kabene (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique, France)</li> <li><strong>Pervasive and Smart Technologies for Healthcare:&nbsp; Ubiquitous Methodologies and Tools</strong>, edited by Antonio Coronato (CNR, Italy); Giuseppe De Pietro (CNR, Italy)</li> <li><strong>Handbook of Research on Developments in E-Health and Telemedicine: Technological and Social Perspectives</strong>, edited by Maria Manuela Cunha (Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal); Antonio Jose Tavares (Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal); Ricardo J. Simoes (Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave and University of Minho, Portugal)</li> <li><strong>Text Mining Techniques for Healthcare Provider Quality Determination: Methods for Rank Comparisons</strong>, edited by Patricia Cerrito (University of Louisville, USA)</li> <li><strong>Handbook of Research on Advances in Health Informatics and Electronic Healthcare Applications: Global Adoption and Impact of Information Communication Technologies</strong>, edited by Khalil Khoumbati (University of Sindh, Pakistan); Yogesh Kumar Dwivedi (Swansea University, UK); Aradhana Srivastava (Participatory Research in Asia, India); Banita Lal (Nottingham Trent University, UK)</li> <li><strong>Redesigning Innovative Healthcare Operation and the Role of Knowledge Management</strong>, edited by M. Saito (Waseda University, Japan); N. Wickramasinghe (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA); M. Fujii (Nonprofit Organization TBI Rehabilitation Center, Japan); E. Geisler (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA)</li> <li><strong>Patient-Centered E-Health</strong>, edited by E. Vance Wilson (Arizona State University, USA)</li> <li><strong>Human, Social, and Organizational Aspects of Health Information Systems</strong>, edited by A.W. Kushniruk (University of Victoria, Canada); E.M. Borycki (University of Victoria, Canada)</li> <li><strong>Information Systems and Healthcare Enterprises</strong>, edited by Roy Rada (University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA)</li> <li><strong>Web Mobile-Based Applications for Healthcare Management</strong>, edited by Latif Al-Hakim (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)</li> <li><strong>E-Health Systems Diffusion and Use: The Innovation, the User and the UseIT Model</strong>, edited by Ton A. M. Spil (University of Twente, The Netherlands); Roel W. Schuring (University of Twente, The Netherlands)</li> <li><strong>Creating Knowledge-Based Healthcare Organizations</strong>, edited by Nilmini Wickramasinghe (Cleveland State University, USA); Jatinder N.D. Gupta (University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA); Sushil K. Sharma (Ball state University, USA)</li> </ul> <br /> For more information on IGI Global’s Topic Collections, please visit <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/collections.aspx">http://www.igi-global.com/collections.aspx</a>. For purchasing information, please contact <a href="mailto:cust@igi-global.com">cust@igi-global.com</a>, 717-533-8845 x100 or 866-342-6657.<br /> <br /> http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-06-28/IGI_Global_Announces_Release_of_Technology_in_Healthcare_Collection.aspx IGI Global http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-06-28/IGI_Global_Announces_Release_of_Technology_in_Healthcare_Collection.aspx 82cf2ad5-153a-4ea7-b2ec-b67899a64074 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:58:32 GMT Bioinformatics and Ontology Research for the Classroom and Beyond Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. According to the <a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs297/en/index.html">World Health Organization</a>, approximately 7.6 million people died of cancer worldwide in 2008.<br /> <br /> One of the complexities of cancer, however, is the difficulty in differentiating between sick and healthy patients, asserts Dr. Oleg Okun of Malmo, Sweden. He explains in his recently released book, published by IGI Global, “As genes undergo changes during progression of cancer, so do gene expressions.”<br /> <br /> “… [I]t is assumed that [in] comparing microarray gene expression levels of healthy and cancerous cells, it is possible to distinguish between these two states and to diagnose cancer,” <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/viewtitle.aspx?titleid=53892&amp;sender=7aa3d132-6499-4efc-94ac-5b425b3b0484">writes</a> Dr. Okun in the first chapter of <em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=45973">Feature Selection and Ensemble Methods for Bioinformatics: Algorithmic Classification and Implementations</a></em>. “However,” he writes, “in some cancers and for some tumor progression states, this difference is more profound than for the others.” For example, Dr. Okun explains, mutated cells may share “many genes for which expression levels are almost identical” and in a process called metaplastia, “some cancers change their phenotype to resemble cells from a different tissue. […] This is where machine learning is typically called for help.”<br /> <br /> A former teacher himself, Dr. Okun explains bioinformatics as it relates to cancer cells in a structured manner ideal for the classroom. … [E]ach chapter begins with the main idea and theory, which a given method is based on, followed by algorithm description in pseudo code, demonstrating how to implement the method step-by-step,” he writes.<br /> <br /> Dr. Okun’s intention, he explains, “was to write a book that could be used either as a textbook or a reference book by researchers and students from both [the machine learning and bioinformatics] fields. Also, my purpose was to write a book that could be suitable both for novices and seasoned practitioners, for people from both academia and industry.”<br /> <br /> IGI Global highly recommends <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=45973"><em>Feature Selection and Ensemble Methods for Bioinformatics</em></a> for use in the university classroom. <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/courseadoption.aspx">IGI Global’s course adoption program</a> allows educators within the United States to examine publications in e-book formats for up to 60 days. This gives academics time to determine whether this material is best suited for classroom instruction. Through this endeavor, books such as Feature Selection and Ensemble Methods for Bioinformatics have reached the hands of educators across the United States.<br /> <br /> If you are interested in IGI Global’s course adoption program and would like to examine a copy of the above mentioned publication or any other IGI Global books, please visit <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/courseadoption.aspx">http://www.igi-global.com/courseadoption.aspx</a>. <br /> <br /> Teaching cases can help professors flesh out any university course, whether in medicine or any other field. If you are interested in adopting this book for use in your classroom, you may also wish to complement this resource with several of our Medical Technologies and Healthcare teaching case studies, such as<br /> <br /> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/cases/casedetails.aspx?titleid=41565">Analysis of Breast Cancer and Surgery as Treatment Options</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/cases/casedetails.aspx?titleid=41566">Data Mining and Analysis of Lung Cancer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/cases/casedetails.aspx?titleid=38043">Pillars of Ontology Treatment in the Medical Domain</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/cases/casedetails.aspx?titleid=41569">An Example of Defining Patient Compliance</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/cases/casedetails.aspx?titleid=41563">Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Procedures</a></li> </ul> <br /> All teaching cases are now being offered for classroom use at a special student rate of $3.00 per case, per student! To search IGI Global’s complete list of teaching cases, please visit <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/Cases/CaseInformation/SearchForCases.aspx">http://www.igi-global.com/Cases/CaseInformation/SearchForCases.aspx</a>.<br /> <br /> To read more about <em>Feature Selection and Ensemble Methods for Bioinformatics: Algorithmic Classification and Implementations</em>, please visit <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=45973">http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=45973</a>. Here you can read the first chapter of this excellent resource online by visiting the link above and clicking on “Free Sample Chapter” in addition to reading the preface, table of contents, and more! <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /> http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-06-08/Bioinformatics_and_Ontology_Research_for_the_Classroom_and_Beyond.aspx IGI Global http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-06-08/Bioinformatics_and_Ontology_Research_for_the_Classroom_and_Beyond.aspx 13bc0c5b-fae0-42d6-9b9c-0fd155bf3a0f Wed, 08 Jun 2011 16:07:09 GMT New Discoveries and the Human Mind The function of the human brain remains inscrutable to modern scientists: a fascinating, complex subject which still yields surprises. As <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/29/magazine/could-conjoined-twins-share-a-mind.html?pagewanted=3"><em>The New York Times</em> </a>recently reported, two young girls may actually have a linked brain, one which may allow them to process sensory input from each other’s bodies. “Twins joined at the head — the medical term is craniopagus — are one in 2.5 million, of which only a fraction survive,” reported Susan Dominus on May 25 for the <em>NY Times</em>. “The way the girls’ brains formed beneath the surface of their fused skulls, however, makes them beyond rare: their neural anatomy is unique, at least in the annals of recorded scientific literature brain images reveal what looks like an attenuated line stretching between the two organs, a piece of anatomy their neurosurgeon, Douglas Cochrane of British Columbia Children’s Hospital, has called a thalamic bridge, because he believes it links the thalamus of one girl to the thalamus of her sister.” <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> “Because the thalamus functions as a relay station, the girls’ doctors believe it is entirely possible that the sensory input that one girl receives could somehow cross that bridge into the brain of the other. One girl drinks, another girl feels it,” writes Dominus. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> Researchers at the University of Western Ontario’s Centre for Brain and Mind, in Canada, also recently found that blind persons use the <em>visual</em> parts of their minds to conduct echolocation, a process by which these persons emit sounds and then listen to echoes bouncing back, like sonar, providing them with clues as to where objects are located. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> Senior author <a href="http://www.uwo.ca/its/brain/people/goodale_mel.html">Mel Goodale</a>, Director of the Center and his “team of researchers first made recordings of the clicks and their very faint echoes using tiny microphones in the ears of the blind echolocators as they stood outside and tried to identify different objects such as a car, a flag pole, and a tree,” reported <em><a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110525181420.htm">Science Daily</a></em> on May 25. “The researchers then played the recorded sounds back to the echolocators while their brain activity was being measured in Western's state-of-the-art 3T functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scanner.” <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> “Remarkably,” reports <em>Science Daily</em>, “when the echolocation recordings were played back to the blind [echolocation] experts, not only did they perceive the objects based on the echoes, but they also showed activity in those areas of their brain that normally process visual information in sighted people.” <p>&nbsp;</p> Clearly, science has much left to reveal about the human body—particularly the brain—and biology in general. IGI Global publishes books featuring the latest research regarding neuroscience, biology, <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/results.aspx?type=1&amp;cid=193">clinical technologies</a> and <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/results.aspx?type=1&amp;cid=190">biomedical technologies</a>. Professionals, academics and researchers interested in some of the latest research regarding neuroscience, biology and medical technologies may want to check out some of our more recent titles: <br /> <br /> <blockquote>•&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=51941">Gaze Interaction and Applications of Eye Tracking: Advances in Assistive Technologies</a></em></span><br /> <blockquote>Recent advances in eye tracking technology will allow for a proliferation of new applications. Improvements in interactive methods using eye movement and gaze control could result in faster and more efficient human computer interfaces, benefitting users with and without disabilities.</blockquote></blockquote> <blockquote>•&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?TitleId=45894">Early Detection and Rehabilitation Technologies for Dementia: Neuroscience and Biomedical Applications</a></em><br /> <blockquote>This book provides a comprehensive collection for experts in the Neuroscience and Biomedical technology fields. Outlining various concepts from cognitive neuroscience and dementia to neural technology and rehabilitation; this book proves to bring together researchers and practitioners from diverse fields, in order to promote scientific research and industrial development in the field of early detection and rehabilitation technology of dementia. </blockquote></blockquote> <blockquote>•&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=41912">Biological and Quantum Computing for Human Vision: Holonomic Models and Applications</a></em><br /> <blockquote>This volume presents an integrated model of human image processing up to conscious visual experience, based mainly on the Holonomic Brain Theory by Karl Pribram. This work researches possibilities for complementing neural models of early vision with the new preliminary quantum models of consciousness in order to construct a model of human image processing.</blockquote></blockquote> <blockquote>•&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=45943">Theoretical and Technological Advancements in</a></em><em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=45943"> Nanotechnology and Molecular Computation: Interdisciplinary Gains</a></em><br /> <blockquote>This book compiles research in areas where nanoscience and computer science meet. This book explores current and future trends that discus areas such as, cellular nanocomputers, DNA self-assembly, and the architectural design of a “nano-brain.”</blockquote></blockquote>To read the first chapter or preface from any of these titles, please click on the links above. <br /> http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-05-27/New_Discoveries_and_the_Human_Mind.aspx IGI Global http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-05-27/New_Discoveries_and_the_Human_Mind.aspx b776c96f-aaa9-494d-b1eb-0fc846b9e45c Fri, 27 May 2011 08:26:58 GMT Analyzing Cancer With Bioinformatics <img alt="" src="http://www.igi-global.com/Libraries/Blog_Post_Images/9781609605575.sflb.ashx" style="float: right; margin: 5px;" />Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths internationally in 2008, according to the <a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs297/en/index.html">World Health Organization</a>. However, while the U.S. National Institutes of Health <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001289.htm">indicate</a> that “the cause of many cancers remains unknown,” persons with relatives who have battled cancer face a heightened risk of contracting this disease. &nbsp;Some Americans even opt for <a href="http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/genetics/risk-assessment-and-counseling/HealthProfessional">genetic counseling</a> to determine their risk level for contracting this disease. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> In one of IGI Global’s forthcoming titles, <em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=45973">Feature Selection and Ensemble Methods for Bioinformatics: Algorithmic Classification and Implementations</a></em>, author Dr. Oleg Okun of Malmo, Sweden discusses how machine learning can help research scientists explore genetic expression and its role in cancer. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> “The uniqueness of this book stems from the combination of three topics: machine learning, bioinformatics, [and] MATLAB®,” writes Dr. Okun in this title’s <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=45973&amp;detailstype=preface">Preface</a>. “There are a plenty of books on machine learning ... [t]here are a few books covering both machine learning and bioinformatics. However, to my best knowledge this is one of very few books that cover all three topics above in one volume,” he writes.<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> Dr. Okun refreshes readers’ knowledge of genetic reproduction.&nbsp; He explains that DNA is a nucleic acid that stores information necessary to the development and function of all living creatures. Cancer can be seen as a “disease of DNA due to gene alterations and mutations, which results in uncontrolled growth of cells (cell proliferation),” Dr. Okun notes. “That is, tumor does not appear from nowhere (it is not a foreign body): it arises from mutated normal cells [ … ]. ” And once these mutated cells reproduce, copies of the mutated cell proliferate throughout the body, and sometimes continue to mutate in the process.<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> Dr. Okun’s intention “was to write a book that could be used either as a textbook or a reference book by researchers and students from both [the machine learning and bioinformatics] fields,” he explains. “Also my purpose was to write a book that could be suitable both for novices and seasoned practitioners, for people from both academia and industry. So, it was a very challenging and ambitious undertaking, and you, the readers of this book, will decide whether it was successfully accomplished or not.” <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> A former teacher himself, Dr. Okun explains this material in a structured manner ideal for the classroom. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> Each “chapter begins with the main idea and theory, which a given method is based on, followed by algorithm description in pseudo code, demonstrating how to implement the method step-by-step,” he writes.&nbsp; “After that, MATLAB® code is given together with detailed comments on it.” <a href="http://www.mathworks.com/products/matlab/">MATLAB®</a> software is widely used by the research community, Dr. Okun notes. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <em>Feature Selection and Ensemble Methods for Bioinformatics</em>, would make an excellent addition to any university library. You can recommend this book to your university librarian at: <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/forms/refertolibrarian.aspx?titleid=45973">http://www.igi-global.com/forms/refertolibrarian.aspx?titleid=45973</a>.<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> To read more about <em>Feature Selection and Ensemble Methods for Bioinformatics: Algorithmic Classification and Implementations</em>, please visit: <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=45973">http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=45973</a>.<br /> <br /> http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-05-02/Analyzing_Cancer_With_Bioinformatics.aspx IGI Global http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-05-02/Analyzing_Cancer_With_Bioinformatics.aspx b6823004-bacf-47fc-b85c-c7668ade54b8 Mon, 02 May 2011 10:12:24 GMT Scientists Investigate Diabetic Ulcer Treatment Scientists believe that <a href="http://stemcells.nih.gov/research/scilit/highlights/">stem cell research</a> has the potential to reveal treatments for a variety of human illnesses. <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1743248/stem-cells-from-placentas-able-to-fight-heart-disease-diabetes-strokes">According to</a> FastCompany.com, researchers at New York University Medical Center, in partnership with the Israeli company <a href="http://www.pluristem.com/">Pluristem Therapeutics, Inc.</a> hope to test whether stem cells from human placentas can help relieve Diabetic ulcers, a common complication of diabetes which can necessitate amputation.&nbsp; FastCompany.com describes itself as “the world's leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design” that is “written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders…” <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> “[Pluristem’s] latest project is a preclinical trial at New York University to test whether placenta-derived stem cells can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers,” <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1743248/stem-cells-from-placentas-able-to-fight-heart-disease-diabetes-strokes">writes</a> Neal Ungerleider for FastCompany.com on March 29. “… Doctors at NYU are hoping that the stem cells can help successfully grow new blood vessels from pre-existing blood vessels in patients' feet and to help aid in tissue regeneration.” According to the <a href="http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000630312&amp;fid=1725">Israeli <em>Globes</em></a>, a business daily publication, the U.S. National Institutes of Health plan to support this study. Dr. Weiliam Chen, Director of NYU’s Tissue Engineering Research Laboratory, told <em>Globes</em> that Pluristem’s PLX cells “can stimulate angiogenesis, which is highly advantageous in treating diabetic chronic wounds” and are able to “directly address cellular impairment in diabetic wounds.” <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> “No new therapy for diabetic chronic wounds has been introduced into clinical use since 1998 and there is a critical unmet need for innovative therapies able to accelerate diabetic foot ulcer healing, prevent amputation and reduce associated morbidity and mortality,” argues Dr. Chen, who will be the principal investigator on this study. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> “It is important to note that Pluristem's method of extracting stem cells from the placenta does not involve embryos in any way,” writes Ungerleider at FastCompany.com. Experimentation using tissues from placenta cells is significantly less controversial than research on <a href="http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/basics3.asp">embryonic stem cells</a>. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> For more research on stem cells, you can visit the National Institutes of Health <a href="http://stemcells.nih.gov/research/nihresearch/scunit/">Stem Cell Unit </a>Web page.<br /> <br /> IGI Global publishes a number of books on <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/results.aspx?type=1&amp;cid=190">Biomedical Technologies </a>as well as the ethical issues surrounding health care decisions. Those interested in biomedical advancements and other health care topics might be interested several of our forthcoming titles: <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=51936">Intravascular Imaging: Current Applications and Research Developments</a></em></li> <li><em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?TitleId=45949">Human-Centered Design of E-Health Technologies: Concepts, Methods and Applications</a></em></li> <li><em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=49577">New Technologies for Advancing Healthcare and Clinical Practices</a></em></li> </ul> For additional research, check out our <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/collections/collectiondetails.aspx?titleid=47553">Nursing and Clinical Technologies </a>topic collection.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-03-31/Scientists_Investigate_Diabetic_Ulcer_Treatment.aspx IGI Global http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-03-31/Scientists_Investigate_Diabetic_Ulcer_Treatment.aspx 79d7cb9f-b2cb-4a13-a2ec-848800400fa1 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 10:16:21 GMT Alternative Medicine Strikes Chord with Practitioners Alternative medicine is a growing and thriving component of American society. “The 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which included a comprehensive survey of [complementary and alternative medicine] CAM use by Americans, showed that approximately 38 percent of adults use CAM,” according to the National Institutes of Health National <a href="http://nccam.nih.gov/health/whatiscam/">Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine</a>. <p>&nbsp;</p> However, some persons feel that their doctors are hostile to their use of CAM, whether in addition to, or as an alternative to, traditional medical practices. The founder of the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA), Joan W. Young, shares her personal story in the inaugural issue of IGI Global’s <em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/ijudh">International Journal of User-Driven Healthcare </a></em>(IJUDH). Young’s article includes responses from a Mayo Clinic practitioner and an Ohio University graduate student currently working at a primary care office.<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> “Growing up in a small US town in the 1950s, my view of healthcare was simple: the doctor was the person you went to when you were ill,” writes Young, author of <em>Wish by Spirit </em>and a contributing author to IGI Global’s reference volume <em>User-Driven Healthcare and Narrative Medicine: Utilizing Collaborative Social Networks and Technologies</em>, edited by IJUDH Editor in Chief, Dr. Rakesh Biswas. “You got better or didn’t, but certainly you didn’t second guess the decision or the place to go for medical information,” she writes.<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> According to Young, she would later have most of her thyroid removed, start taking Synthroid, was later diagnosed with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), an autoimmune disease, with an extremely low platelet count. “A splenectomy, colchicine, and danocrine all failed to raise my platelet count for more than a few weeks,” writes Young. “For months, my mouth was full of blood blisters, my legs were covered in petechiae, and my platelet count rarely went over 10,000.” Young credits a series of alternative treatments with finally placing her ITP in remission, although she does discuss the specifics of these treatments in this article. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> Dr. Santosh&nbsp; Sapkota, whose mother is a licensed Nepali <a href="http://www.reiki.org/">Reiki</a> practitioner, criticizes Young for a dearth of scientific evidence. “[Young] missed an opportunity to back her claim with facts where people in fact went to seek CAM after failing treatment of ITP,” writes Dr. Sapkota.&nbsp; “[A] [f]ew case studies or personal interview[s] should have helped her here,” he writes. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> “[My mother] always acknowledges the importance of conventional medicine as it is evidence based and thinks Reiki is just an alternative form,” Dr. Sapkota notes. “Young presented convincing article based on personal experience, positioned limited articles as facts, pictured alternative medicine as the ultimate choice, and failed to persuade the reader to believe her arguments,” he asserts.<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> “It is not apparent to me after reading the article what actually helped her ITP,” notes Dr. Prakash Thapaliya, who works for the Mayo Clinic. “I personally think that the CAM should be subjected to [the] same rigor of evidence and regulation as conventional treatments [are].”<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> “They carry the same potential for harm without the evidence for proof of efficacy,” asserts Dr. Thapaliya.<br /> <br /> You <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/viewtitle.aspx?titleid=52621&amp;sender=3526c8f2-40ef-4004-b328-b844b28aebe9">can read the entire exchange</a> (pdf) online and decide for yourself. A <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=41022&amp;detailstype=freesamplecopy">free sample copy</a> of this inaugural issue is also available on our website.<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> To recommend this journal to you university librarian, click on the following link: <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/forms/refertolibrarian.aspx?titleid=41022">http://www.igi-global.com/forms/refertolibrarian.aspx?titleid=41022.</a><br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-03-18/Alternative_Medicine_Strikes_Chord_with_Practitioners.aspx IGI Global http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-03-18/Alternative_Medicine_Strikes_Chord_with_Practitioners.aspx 4f7c4d71-31d6-4d12-ac3a-7a25ac99a584 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:05:22 GMT E-Health in Practice Many developed countries are experiencing an aging population, and as the number of elderly in society grows, so too do the medical costs. Some scientists are trying to develop new technologies which can reduce the resulting cost burdens and human resource shortages. For example, several years ago Japanese researchers developed <a href="http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;sl=ja&amp;u=http://twendyone.com/&amp;ei=aDp6TZ7UHofcrAH-4pjiBQ&amp;sa=X&amp;oi=translate&amp;ct=result&amp;resnum=2&amp;sqi=2&amp;ved=0CC8Q7gEwAQ&amp;prev=/search?q=twendy one&amp;hl=en&amp;prmd=ivnsl">Twendy-One</a>, a robot designed to perform caretaker duties.<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> Other innovations designed to decrease health care costs include the development and implementation of E-Health technologies. In IGI Global’s recently released book, <em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?TitleId=45949">Human-Centered Design of E-Health Technologies: Concepts, Methods and Applications</a></em>, editors Martina Ziefle and Carsten Röcker discuss how aging populations create “an increased need for intelligent medical technologies, which enable people to live independently at home.”<br /> <br /> “While current research,” they write, “focuses mainly on technological and medical aspects, thereby taking also legal and economic constraints into account, there is a major need to understand in which way physical, emotional and cognitive abilities, caused by individual learning histories and health states, may impact the usage and acceptance of these systems.” <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> The <a href="http://www.humtec.rwth-aachen.de/index.php?article_id=1&amp;clang=1">Human Technology Centre</a> (HumTec) researchers continue, <br /> &nbsp; <blockquote> “Hence, not only aspects of technical feasibility, but also acceptance and usability issues of pervasive healthcare applications have to be carefully considered in order to fully exploit the potential of future healthcare applications. Research in the area of e‐health technologies has reached a point where significant improvements are only possible if academics and practitioners from various disciplines collaborate in order to develop new strategies for conceptualizing, designing, and implementing new applications.” </blockquote><br /> <br /> In <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/chapter.aspx?titleid=50791">Chapter 14</a> of this title, two <a href="http://www.en.aau.dk/">Aalborg University</a> professors, Anders Bruun and Jan Stage, stress how usability testing plays a key role in ensuring that consumers of these new technologies understand and can properly interact with Health ICT. They tested the usability of a software system which facilitates home-bound persons’ ability to check their blood pressure, blood sugar, and answer health questions remotely before transferring the results to a health care center for analysis.<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> For their study Professors Bruun and Stage conducted a Video-Based Analysis (VBA) and Instant Data Analysis (IDA) of how five elderly persons aged 61 to 78 with varying degrees of computer knowledge interacted with this software in order to identify whether the IDA process saved time while using fewer resources. They found that “that there is no significant difference between IDA and VBA except for [the identification of] cosmetic problems, and [these problems] are the least important to identify. Thus for identification of important usability problems, IDA’s performance is comparable to the conventional approach.”&nbsp; A VBA analysis took approximately five times as much as the IDA analysis, they write. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> However, both processes identified critical problems with the software. “Even though the application seems simple, it failed to support the user, and that could have fatal consequences in real life use, for example if data about an ill patient were lost because of a user error,” they write. “This illustrates a key challenge in developing smart healthcare applications for use by ordinary people.” <br /> <br /> “The best way to achieve a higher level of usability in such applications,” Professors Bruun and Stage assert, “is to conduct formative usability evaluations during development and to use the results in improving the application.” <br /> <br /> To purchase a copy of <em>Human-Centered Design of E-Health Technologies: Concepts, Methods and Applications</em>, click here: <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?TitleId=45949">http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?TitleId=45949</a>.<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> To recommend this title to your university librarian, click here:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/forms/refertolibrarian.aspx?titleid=45949">http://www.igi-global.com/forms/refertolibrarian.aspx?titleid=45949</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-03-11/E-Health_in_Practice.aspx IGI Global http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-03-11/E-Health_in_Practice.aspx 43512158-4e09-474a-8f06-26dfac92ea30 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 14:41:35 GMT Hearing Loss and Dementia in the Elderly Hearing loss has long been a feared side effect of aging, but physicians in Maryland, USA have recently discovered a possible link that could make hearing loss an even larger concern. New findings from the <a href="http://www.grc.nia.nih.gov/branches/blsa/blsa.htm">Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging</a> suggest that there may be a correlation between hearing loss in the elderly and an increased risk of dementia. This study was led by Frank R. Lin, MD, PhD, of the <a href="http://www.jhsph.edu/agingandhealth/about/">Center on Aging and Health at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, USA</a>.<br /><br />The study presents only initial findings, and as such, the team intends to continue their research to determine whether hearing loss is an indication of early dementia or a controllable risk factor. The team notes that a number of mechanisms "may be theoretically implicated in the observed association between hearing loss and incident dementia." They also point out that hearing loss is extremely common in older adults and often not treated. Taking all of these things into consideration, Dr. Lin concludes says that it will be essential to see if these findings can be replicated in similar independent studies (<a href="http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/737507">http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/737507</a>).<br /><br /><div><table border="2" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="3" align="center" style="width: 100%; ;" bordercolor="#366092"> <thead> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td>Dementia continues to be a somewhat mysterious disease for both patients and doctors. New research is needed to improve the detection of dementia and the rehabilitation of patients. IGI Global, an information science and technology publisher, is committed to providing this quality research and is proud to announce the release of one of its newest titles, <em><a href="http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=45894">Early Detection and Rehabilitation Technologies for Dementia: Neuroscience and Biomedical Applications</a></em>, edited by <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=45894&amp;detailstype=affiliatebio">Jinglong Wu, PhD</a>, <a href="http://www.okayama-u.ac.jp/index_e.html">Okayama University, Japan</a>.</td> <td><img src="http://www.igi-global.com/Libraries/Blog_Post_Images/Wu_cover.sflb.ashx" alt="Early Detection and Rehabilitation Technologies for Dementia: Neuroscience and Biomedical Applications" /></td> </tr> </tbody></table><div><br /></div><div>“Dementia is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, of which Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most frequent cause. AD is characterized by the progressive formation of insoluble amyloid plaques and vascular deposits of amyloid beta peptide in the brain,” notes Wu. He describes current dementia detection procedures, saying that “until recently, there were no medical tests capable of conclusively diagnosing AD pre-mortem. The mini-mental state examination (MMSE), a brief, 30-point questionnaire, as well as the clinical dementia rating (CDR), a five-point numeric scale, are the standard tests used to help the physician determine whether a person suffering from memory impairments has AD.”</div><div><br /></div><div>This new reference also addresses the rehabilitation of dementia patients. Wu introduces these topics by saying that, “while there is no cure for dementia, advances have been made toward developing medications that can slow down the process. […] Neurological rehabilitation is often used to reduce physical and cognitive impairments and related disabilities. […] The rehabilitation of sensory and cognitive functions typically involves retraining neural pathways or training new neural pathways to regain or improve the neurocognitive functioning that has been diminished by disease or traumatic injury. Speech therapy, occupational therapy, and other methods that "exercise" specific brain functions are used.”</div><div><br /></div><div>As techniques are continually developing for the detection and rehabilitation of this still largely mysterious disease, Wu and the global network of contributors to this book will continue their research and work to improve the quality of life for sufferers of dementia. For more information on this title, please visit <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=45894">http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=45894</a>.</div><div><br /></div></div> http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-02-21/Hearing_Loss_and_Dementia_in_the_Elderly.aspx IGI Global http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-02-21/Hearing_Loss_and_Dementia_in_the_Elderly.aspx b1ca991a-864a-416d-b763-07541fe4d611 Mon, 21 Feb 2011 15:25:22 GMT Upcoming Telemedicine and E-Health Expo <br /> If you’re interested in advances in medical technologies you may want attend some of the information sessions at this year’s upcoming Med-E-Tel expo in Luxembourg. Organized by the International Society for Telemedicine &amp; eHealth (ISfTeH), the expo brings together participants from as many as 50 countries and runs from April 6 through April 8. <p>&nbsp;</p> Medical specialists in Europe can claim up to 18 hours of continuing medical education (CME) credits for attending the workshops.<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> According to the ISfTeH website, workshops scheduled for this year will <a href="http://www.medetel.lu/index.php?rub=educational_program&amp;page=info">cover topics</a> such as <br /> <ul> <li>“biomedical technologies </li> <li>chronic disease management </li> <li>cybertherapy/telerehabilitation </li> <li>ehealth integration into routine medical practice </li> <li>elearning </li> <li>environmental conditions and telehealth </li> <li>health records </li> <li>how to implement ehealth solutions </li> <li>independent living, ambient intelligence </li> <li>mobile solutions</li> <li>open source solutions in healthcare </li> <li>regional activities in telemedicine/ehealth </li> <li>space technologies for healthcare</li> <li>telecardiology </li> <li>telenursing </li> <li>telepsychology, mental health </li> <li>venture capital/investment opportunities </li> <li>... </li> <li>and also various project and association meetings” </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> To register for the expo, click <a href="http://www.medetel.lu/index.php?rub=visitor&amp;page=fees_conditions">here</a>. <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> IGI Global publishes a series of medical volumes in subjects such as <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/Results.aspx?type=1&amp;cid=191">Biometrics</a>, <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/Results.aspx?type=1&amp;cid=193">Clinical Technologies</a>, and <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/Results.aspx?type=1&amp;cid=189">Biologically Inspired Computing</a>. Click on the links above to view samples of our latest research publications, or visit <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/EmbeddedContent.aspx?PageCode=vfW6a ">http://www.igi-global.com/EmbeddedContent.aspx?PageCode=vfW6a</a> to view our Medical Technologies Catalog.<br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> We will have materials on our medical technologies publications available in the media corner of the Med-E-Tel expo. If you’d like more information about our medical titles, you can contact Bethany Hendershot at <a href="mailto:bhendershot@igi-global.com">bhendershot@igi-global.com</a>.<br /> http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-02-07/Upcoming_Telemedicine_and_E-Health_Expo.aspx IGI Global http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-02-07/Upcoming_Telemedicine_and_E-Health_Expo.aspx 1c1ee121-07b9-4509-8faf-8e735811a48e Mon, 07 Feb 2011 10:32:53 GMT Are you Smiling? <div>Are you smiling? The M.I.T Media Lab has developed a facial-recognition system that identified 25 points on a person’s face and tracks their movements to determine what expression the face is making. The program tracks the movement of the corners of the lips and the angle of that movement to calculate the probability that the person is smiling. Go to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/01/02/science/20110102-vision-graphic.html?ref=science">http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/01/02/science/20110102-vision-graphic.html?ref=science</a> to see the program actively calculate one woman’s expression.</div><div><br /></div><div>Facial-recognition software and face image analysis are growing fields of study with current applications in security systems, visa processing, crime analysis, and more. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facial_recognition_system">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facial_recognition_system</a>) The number of applications is continually growing and expanding. In order to provide the necessary research in this important field, IGI Global is proud to recommend several of its most recent titles:</div><div><br /></div><div><ul> <li><em>Advances in Face Image Analysis: Techniques and Technologies</em> (<a href="http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=41742">http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=41742</a>)</li> <li><em>Automated Face Analysis: Emerging Technologies and Research</em> (<a href="http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=96">http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=96</a>)</li> <li><em>Visual Speech Recognition: Lip Segmentation and Mapping</em> (<a href="http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=1040">http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=1040</a>)<br /> </li></ul></div> http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-01-25/Are_you_Smiling.aspx IGI Global http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-01-25/Are_you_Smiling.aspx e0b6eea1-cf9e-4f69-9a3b-42cf0040b5ea Tue, 25 Jan 2011 10:16:36 GMT Interactive RNA Research Needs You! <div>RNA research needs your help, and you can provide your assistance by visiting EteRNA, a new online website and game. RNA was “originally thought to be an unstable cousin of DNA, [but] recent discoveries have shown that RNA can do amazing things. They play key roles in the fundamental processes of life and disease, from protein synthesis and HIV replication, to cellular control. However, the full biological and medical implications of these discoveries is still being worked out.”</div><div><br /></div><div>EteRNA players are currently solving RNA puzzles and in the process creating a massive database of synthetic RNA designs. By learning the basic principles of RNA interaction, which a simple tutorial on the website will take you through, you can solve puzzles and add to the database. This project was developed by Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University, and was funded by the National Science Foundation.</div><div><br /></div><div>While the researchers admit on their website that computers could solve these puzzles, their hope is that real people working in mass can solve RNA puzzles better and faster than computers. The researchers also note that “EteRNA is a radical experiment in citizen involvement in cutting-edge laboratory science. By playing the game and giving us feedback, you are helping us understand how to marshal large groups of people to solve complex problems on the Internet.” (<a href="http://eterna.cmu.edu/htmls/abouteterna.html">http://eterna.cmu.edu/htmls/abouteterna.html</a>)</div><div><br /></div><div>Do you want to play the game and be part of the experiment? Visit <a href="http://eterna.cmu.edu/htmls/welcome.html?AAAA">http://eterna.cmu.edu/htmls/welcome.html?AAAA</a>.</div> http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-01-20/Interactive_RNA_Research_Needs_You.aspx IGI Global http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-01-20/Interactive_RNA_Research_Needs_You.aspx 5c1723bb-1d95-4e26-93f3-de76213bb52a Thu, 20 Jan 2011 13:15:24 GMT Smart Healthcare Applications Rise in Popularity and Necessity <div>As the number of uses for smartphones continually increases, a rising trend in healthcare-related apps is becoming apparent. An estimated 65.7 million people in the United States are helping to care for older or disabled relatives, and many smartphone apps have been created to help these people monitor their family members. More than 8,700 such apps are available for the iPhone, the Android, and the BlackBerry. The apps can be used in a variety of capacities including medical dictionaries, symptom checkers, and tools for weight management and smoking cessation. (<a href="http://www.medecision.com/rise-in-health-related-smartphone-apps-designed-to-help-caregivers-of-elderly-or-disabled-relatives?category-name=healthcare-management&amp;category-id=1475&amp;news-desk=1766">http://www.medecision.com/rise-in-health-related-smartphone-apps-designed-to-help-caregivers-of-elderly-or-disabled-relatives?category-name=healthcare-management&amp;category-id=1475&amp;news-desk=1766</a>)</div><div><br /></div><div>One related device called the Sonamba can even help a caregiver by monitoring their elderly relative, sending reminders about when to take medications, and alerting family and medical staff of any emergencies. The Sonamba has a panic button for the user to press in case of an emergency and a motion detector designed to notice any changes or irregularities in movement. It also doubles as a platform for text messaging, email, games, and puzzles, and it can be synced to an iPhone. (<a href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/ces-2011-networking-device-keeps-seniors-and-family-in-touch--1923/">http://www.technewsdaily.com/ces-2011-networking-device-keeps-seniors-and-family-in-touch--1923/</a>)</div><div><br /></div><div>Healthcare is an important issue for the elderly as they age and encounter more health problems. Modern technologies can prove to be great aids, but more research is needed to help doctors, patients, and software engineers learn how to best implement technology to a generation that is not widely familiar with all modern technologies. IGI Global, an information science and technology publisher, is proud to announce the release of three of its newest books that will fill this gap in research and other related gaps in e-health research. H<em>uman-Centered Design of E-Health Technologies: Concepts, Methods and Applications; Smart Healthcare Applications and Services: Developments and Practices</em>; and <em>E-Health, Assistive Technologies and Applications for Assisted Living: Challenges and Solutions</em> were all edited by Martina Ziefle and Carsten Röcker, both of RWTH Aachen University, Germany.</div><div><br /></div><table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="3" width="100%" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td>These three titles cover a variety of timely material related to modern medical technologies. The first reference, <em>Human-Centered Design of E-Health Technologies: Concepts, Methods and Applications</em>, unites researchers and industry practitioners from different disciplines to share their domain-specific knowledge and thereby contribute to a holistic introduction into the area of human-centered design for e-health applications. The knowledge and insights provided in this book will help students, as well as systems designers, to understand the fundamental social and technical requirements future e-health systems have to meet. By providing a well-rounded introduction within one single volume, this book is equally suited as a library reference and upper-level course supplement, but also represents a first-class resource for independent study.</td> <td><img src="http://www.igi-global.com/Libraries/Blog_Post_Images/Human.sflb.ashx" alt="Human-Centered Design of E-Health Technologies: Concepts, Methods and Applications" style="width: 150px; height: 208px; border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; ;" /></td> </tr> </tbody></table><div><br /></div><table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="3" width="100%" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.igi-global.com/Libraries/Blog_Post_Images/Smart.sflb.ashx" alt="Smart Healthcare Applications and Services: Developments and Practices" style="width: 150px; height: 201px; border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; ;" /></td> <td>The second volume, <em>Smart Healthcare Applications and Services: Developments and Practices</em>, provides an in-depth introduction into medical, social, psychological, and technical aspects of smart healthcare applications as well as their consequences for the design, use and acceptance of future systems. The knowledge and insights provided in this book will help students as well as systems designers understand the fundamental social and technical requirements smart healthcare technologies have to meet.</td> </tr> </tbody></table><div><br /></div><table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="3" width="100%" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td>The third publication, <em>E-Health, Assistive Technologies and Applications for Assisted Living: Challenges and Solutions</em>, reviews existing literature in assistive technologies and provides suggestions and solutions for improving the quality of assisted living facilities and residences through the use of e-health systems and services.</td> <td><img src="http://www.igi-global.com/Libraries/Blog_Post_Images/9781609604691.sflb.ashx" alt="E-Health, Assistive Technologies and Applications for Assisted Living" style="border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; ;" /><br /> </td> </tr> </tbody></table><div><br /></div><div>For more information on each of these titles, please visit IGI Global’s website at <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=45949">http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=45949</a> for more information on <em>Human-Centered Design of E-Health Technologies: Concepts, Methods and Applications;</em> <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=45950">http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=45950</a> for more information on <em>Smart Healthcare Applications and Services: Developments and Practices;</em> and <a href="http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=45952">http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=45952</a> for more information on <em>E-Health, Assistive Technologies and Applications for Assisted Living: Challenges and Solutions</em>.</div><div><br /></div><div><strong>Among Related Titles Are:</strong></div><div><br /></div><div><ul> <li><em>User-Driven Healthcare and Narrative Medicine: Utilizing Collaborative Social Networks and Technologies</em> (<a href="http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=41908">http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=41908</a>)</li> <li><em>E-Health Systems Quality and Reliability: Models and Standards</em> (<a href="http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=41768">http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=41768</a>)</li> <li><em>Developments in Healthcare Information Systems and Technologies: Models and Methods</em> (<a href="http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=40268">http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=40268</a>)</li></ul></div> http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-01-17/Smart_Healthcare_Applications_Rise_in_Popularity_and_Necessity.aspx IGI Global http://www.igi-global.com/Blogs/MedicalTechnologies/11-01-17/Smart_Healthcare_Applications_Rise_in_Popularity_and_Necessity.aspx e9b5c2b4-22bf-4d60-90d1-fb8af4708109 Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:11:00 GMT