Month: July 2020

Can a systematic usability evaluation help us develop better wearable robots?

© Jan T. Meyer, Olivier Lambercy & Roger Gassert, 2020 Wearable robotics has gained increasing attention over the past years. The human-centered design paradigms for these wearable robotics aim to promote technology acceptance by better considering the needs of the end-user. Through workshops, focus groups, and participatory design sessions, developers strive to meet user needs and develop the next-generation wearable robotics technology that can improve the quality of life of millions. However, low technology acceptance and adoption of wearable robots for sensorimotor therapy, assistance in daily life, work-related injury prevention, or human augmentation indicates that state-of-the-art devices still underperform...

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“Sister I Love You!” Facebook users engage more with social posts than health misinformation

To answer these questions, we examined 6.5 million interactions generated by 500 posts from the Facebook page Santé + Mag. According to some French media, there are concerns about the accuracy of health information disseminated by this outlet. With 11 million interactions per months and more than 8 million Facebook followers and, Santé + Mag generates five times more interactions than the combination of the five best-established French media outlets. We found that while health misinformation represented 28% of the post published by Santé + Mag, it was responsible for only 14% of the total of interactions it generated...

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Improvements to the ISRCTN registry in its 20th anniversary year

Where are we now? As of July 2020, over 19,600 studies have been registered on ISRCTN from organizations in 128 locations. For studies that completed more than a year ago, approximately 58% have results posted to the record. Over 5900 updates were made in 2019. Top 20 sponsor countries July 2020 For users Users are now able to download search results as a CSV file and can select the fields they want to export. The sponsor names have been matched to Global Research Identifier Database (GRID) IDs and suggested matches are displayed at submission so that trialists can select...

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BMC Series highlights: June 2020

Colorectal cysts: A simple model system for testing the efficacy of CAR-T cells against malignancies Optimal CAR T therapy validation requires a 3-D cellular system that mimics the complex tumour cellular architecture. In a study published in BMC Biotechnology Dillard et al. report the development of colorectal cysts from a single colorectal cell line Caco-2 as simple and reliable tools to validate CAR T-mediated therapy. Method principle, taken from the original publication. CAR T cells are T lymphocytes, genetically engineered to express a Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) on their surface that recognizes CD19 marker on the surface of B...

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One Health at the Dog Park: canine intestinal parasites common across USA

Dog parks provide wonderful opportunities for positive social interaction for dogs and owners alike, but they often have no requirement for prior veterinary wellness care. (Courtesy of Dr Mike Breer, Elanco Animal Health) In the USA, dog parks — fenced areas where dogs and their owners can enjoy off-leash exercise and play — are incredibly popular, constituting the fastest growing segment of the urban park landscape. Although dog parks provide wonderful opportunities for positive social interaction for dogs and owners alike, they also encourage dogs of many different backgrounds to congregate, often without any requirement for prior veterinary wellness...

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