Editor’s Pick

ISSN: 1874-7647 (Online)
ISSN: 2211-3320 (Print)
Volume 7, 2 Issues, 2014

Innovations to Control the Environment for Persons with Movement Disorders: Support in Home Care

Author(s): Maria Linden and Anna Akerberg 
Pages 109-126 (18)


 This review focuses on recent innovations and patents with the aim to allow people with movement disorders to control their environment. This particularly includes different technologies for input devices to control computers and other electronic equipment used by persons with movement disorders, enabling the empowerment of this user group. The control of such devices can be the key to social inclusion and mean improved social contact with others, access of information or possibility to work. In this paper, several patents and innovations are described that enable such control, divided into the groups; Input devices in form of switches and touchscreens, Inertia and inclinometer sensors, Voice control and Gesture control. Also methods allowing monitoring and classification of physical activity, i.e. assisting to alarm in case of a fall and systems assisting in rehabilitation at home, are included, as are video games aimed to promote physical activity.

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Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) indexes Current Green Chemistry

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) indexes Current Green Chemistry

Chemical Abstracts Service, a division of the American Chemical Society accepts to index in CAS a new journal Current Green Chemistry published by Bentham Science Publishers.

Current Green Chemistry is an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research, expert reviews and thematic issues in all major areas of green chemistry. For further details and FREE first issue viewing visit the journal’s website at Current Green Chemistry

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) aims to deliver comprehensive and useful digital information environment for scientific research and discovery.

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Editor’s Choice!



Current Drug Safety

ISSN: 2212-3911 (Online)

ISSN: 1574-8863 (Print)

Volume 9, 3 Issues, 2014


The Pattern of Abbreviation Use in Prescriptions: a Way Forward in Eliminating Error-Prone Abbreviations and Standardisation of Prescriptions

Author(s): N. R Samaranayake, P. R.L Dabare, C. A. Wanigatunge and B. M.Y Cheung


Introduction and objectives: Inappropriate abbreviations used in prescriptions have led to medication errors. We investigated the use of error-prone and other unapproved abbreviations in prescriptions, and assessed the attitudes of pharmacists on this issue.

Methods: A reference list of error-prone abbreviations was developed. Prescriptions of outpatients and specialty clinic patients in a teaching hospital in Sri Lanka were reviewed during one month. An interviewer administered questionnaire was used to assess attitudes of pharmacists.


Results: 3370 drug items (989 prescriptions) were reviewed. The mean (standard deviation) number of abbreviations per prescription was 5.9 (3.5). The error-prone abbreviations used in the hospital were, µg (microgram), mcg (microgram), u (units), cc (cubic centimeter), OD (once a day), @ sign, d (days/daily), m (morning) and n (night), and among all prescriptions reviewed, they were used at a rate of 17.4%, 0.1%, 1.9%, 0.2%, 0.2%, 4.9%, 23.5%, 4.4% and 15.8% respectively. Among the 103 types of abbreviations observed, 71 were not standard acceptable abbreviations. Multiple abbreviations were used to indicate a single drug item/ instruction (N = 7). The abbreviation ‘d’ was used to denote ‘daily’ as well as ‘days’. All pharmacists believed that using error-prone abbreviations will always (5.3%) or sometimes (94.7%) lead to medication errors.


Conclusions: Error-prone abbreviations and many other unapproved abbreviations are frequently used in hospitals. There is a need to educating health care professionals on this issue and introduce an in-house error-prone abbreviation list for their guidance

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Title: The Recent Progress in RSV Vaccine Technology
Journal: Recent Patents on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery
Author: Doxa Kotzia
Vol.7, No.3, 2012


The most effective way to control RSV infection would be the development of an expedient and safe vaccine. Subunit vaccines, live attenuated RSV vaccines, plasmid DNA vaccines have been tested either in human or in mouse models without reaching the ultimate goal of efficacy and safety, at least in humans. Viruses such as adenovirus, sendai virus, measles virus were also used as vectors for the generation of RSV vaccines with promising results in animal models. Recent patents describe new techniques for the generation of candidate vaccines. These patents include virus like particles as vaccine platforms, recombinant RSVs or modified RSV F protein as component of the vaccine. Despite the number of the candidate vaccines, the new RSV vaccines should overcome many obstacles before being established as effective vaccines for the control of RSV infections especially for the young infants who are more susceptible to the virus.

For more information on the article: http://eurekaselect.com/103971/article


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Editor’s Choice, From Our Very Own “The Open Transport Phenomena Journal”

Our EIC of The Open Transport Phenomena Journal, has recommended the following article:

ISSN: 1877-7295
Volume 5, 2013
A Theoretical Investigation on Thermal Entrance Region Heat Transfer in a Conduit Filled with Nanofluids
W. Li Pp

A theoretical analysis has been made to explore thermal entrance region heat transfer in nanofluids. The numerical model used in this paper is based on the Buongiorno model for convective heat transfer in nanofluids with modifications to fully account for the effects of nanoparticles volume fraction distributions on the continuity, momentum and energy equations. Numerical investigations have been conducted for developing laminar forced convection flows in a circular tube subject to a uniform wall heat flux. From the results, it has been concluded that, for certain cases of aluminawater nanofluids and titania-water nanofluids, in most entrance region, anomalous heat transfer enhancement (that exceeding the rate expected from the increase in thermal conductivity) is possible, whereas, close to the edge of the entrance, no anomalous heat transfer enhancement is observed.

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Editor’s Pick, From Bentham Science Open Astronomy Journal

One of the highly #recommended #article by our Editor in Chief, of the Open Astronomy Journal, is:

Gravity of Rµv = 0 : A New #Paradigm in GR1
Ram Gopal Vishwakarma

#Theory of general relativity (GR) has been scrutinized by experts for almost a century and describes accurately all gravitational phenomena ranging from the solar system to the universe. However, this success is achieved provided one admits three completely independent new components in the energy-stress tensor Tµv-inflaton, dark matter and dark energy, which though do not have any non-gravitational or laboratory evidence and have remained generally speculative. Moreover, the dark energy poses a serious confrontation between fundamental physics and cosmology.

The present situation reminds us of Einstein’s `biggest blunder’ when he forced his theory to predict a static universe, perhaps guided by his religious conviction that the universe must be eternal and unchanging. It seems that we are making a similar blunder by forcing Tµv into the field equations while the observations indicate that it is not needed. We seem to have a deeprooted conviction that the spacetime will remain empty unless we fill it by the energy-stress tensor. However, we have been ignoring numerous evidences earnestly indicating otherwise.

From a critical analysis of the present situation, we develop an entirely new insight about the source of curvature in equations Rµv which, though may appear orthogonal to the usual understanding, is in striking agreement with all known phenomena in GR. Moreover, it answers some hitherto unexplained puzzles and circumvents some long-standing problems of the standard paradigm.

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