Mar 252017
 

Independent Advocacy and Spiritual Care: Insights from Service Users, Advocates, Health Care Professionals and Chaplains


By (author): Geoff Morgan

This book explores the profession of independent advocacy through a history of the practice, and provides an empirical study of its emergence in London. While advocacy has long been associated with professions such as social work and mental health nursing, this book delivers a unique perspective of advocacy through the lens of faith and culture. Using real life examples and insights from service users, advocates and spiritual care practitioners in the advocacy and chaplaincy sectors, the fascinating results offer proposals for enhanced theory, training and practice in independent advocacy. It will be of great interest for students and professionals engaged in advocacy or spiritual care.
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Mar 252017
 

Peripheral Ulcerative Keratitis: A Comprehensive Guide (Essentials in Ophthalmology)


A handy manual for cornea specialists, this book provides detailed practical information about a complex, sight-threatening disease that can be challenging to diagnose and manage. This text features chapters dedicated to outlining all facets of diagnosis and management while covering both medical and surgical treatment options. Peripheral Ulcerative Keratitis, supplemented with useful references and appendices to provide simple step by step algorithms, is written by internationally renowned authors who are experts in the field.Including practical tips and guidelines for diagnosis and therapy of these disorders, Peripheral Ulcerative Keratitis is designed to serve as a guide for comprehensive ophthalmologists and should find itself on the bookshelves of ophthalmology clinics, corneal practices and training programs across the country. 

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Mar 252017
 

Applied Mathematics for the Analysis of Biomedical Data: Models, Methods, and MATLAB


By (author): Peter J. Costa

Features a practical approach to the analysis of biomedical data via mathematical methods and provides a MATLAB® toolbox for the collection, visualization, and evaluation of experimental and real-life data

Applied Mathematics for the Analysis of Biomedical Data: Models, Methods, and MATLAB® presents a practical approach to the task that biological scientists face when analyzing data.The primary focus is on the application of mathematical models and scientific computingmethods to provide insight into the behavior of biological systems. The author draws upon hisexperience in academia, industry, and government–sponsored research as well as his expertisein MATLAB to produce a suite of computer programs with applications in epidemiology,machine learning, and biostatistics. These models are derived from real–world data andconcerns. Among the topics included are the spread of infectious disease (HIV/AIDS) througha population, statistical pattern recognition methods to determine the presence of disease in adiagnostic sample, and the fundamentals of hypothesis testing.

In addition, the author uses his professional experiences to present unique case studies whose analyses provide detailed insights into biological systems and the problems inherent in their examination. The book contains a well-developed and tested set of MATLAB functions that act as a general toolbox for practitioners of quantitative biology and biostatistics. This combination of MATLAB functions and practical tips amplifies the book’s technical merit and value to industry professionals.

Through numerous examples and sample code blocks, the book provides readers with illustrations of MATLAB programming. Moreover, the associated toolbox permits readers to engage in the process of data analysis without needing to delve deeply into the mathematical theory. This gives an accessible view of the material for readers with varied backgrounds. As a result, the book provides a streamlined framework for the development of mathematical models, algorithms, and the corresponding computer code.

In addition, the book features:

• Real–world computational procedures that can be readily applied to similar problems without the need for keen mathematical acumen

• Clear delineation of topics to accelerate access to data analysis

• Access to a book companion website containing the MATLAB toolbox created for this book, as well as a Solutions Manual with solutions to selected exercises

Applied Mathematics for the Analysis of Biomedical Data: Models, Methods, and MATLAB® is an excellent textbook for students in mathematics, biostatistics, the life and social sciences,and quantitative, computational, and mathematical biology. This book is also an ideal referencefor industrial scientists, biostatisticians, product development scientists, and practitionerswho use mathematical models of biological systems in biomedical research, medical devicedevelopment, and pharmaceutical submissions.

PETER J. COSTA, PhD, is Senior Applied Mathematician at Hologic Incorporated in Marlborough, MA. Dr. Costa is the co-creator of MATLAB’s Symbolic Math Toolbox. He has developed mathematical models for the spread of HIV, the outbreak of AIDS, the transmission of an infectious respiratory disease throughout a population, and the diagnosis of cervical cancer. His research interests include scientific computing and mathematical biology. He received a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Mar 252017
 

Computational Methods for Processing and Analysis of Biological Pathways (SpringerBriefs in Computer Science)


By (author): Anastasios Bezerianos, Andrei Dragomir, Panos Balomenos

This work offers a guided walkthrough of one of the most promising research areas in modern life sciences, enabling a deeper understanding of involved concepts and methodologies via an interdisciplinary view, focusing on both well-established approaches and cutting-edge research. Highlighting what pathway analysis can offer to both the experimentalist and the modeler, the text opens with an introduction to a general methodology that outlines common workflows shared by several methods. This is followed by a review of pathway and sub-pathway based approaches for systems pharmacology. The work then presents an overview of pathway analysis methods developed to model the temporal aspects of drug- or disease-induced perturbations and extract relevant dynamic themes. The text concludes by discussing several state-of-the-art methods in pathway analysis, which address the important problem of identifying differentially expressed pathways and sub-pathways.

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Mar 252017
 

Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder in Childhood


By (author): Walter Matthys, John E Lochman

Newly updated, this is a comprehensive guide to ODD and conduct disorder (CD) in children aged 3-14 for professionals, students, and researchers.

  • Summarizes the most important empirical knowledge across a broad array of topics, with a focus on the latest research and meta-analyses, as well as high-quality older studies
  • Includes revised diagnostic conceptualizations for ODD and CD from DSM-V and the upcoming ICD-11 classification systems, with particular attention to similarities, differences, and information about an angry-irritable subtype for ODD
  • Provides updated reviews of biological and social-cognitive risk and protective factors and the evidence base for relevant treatment and prevention procedures
  • Describes best practices for assessment, treatment, and prevention for children and their families, based on the clinical and research work of the well-respected author team
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Mar 252017
 

Osteonecrosis


Osteonecrosis is a disease caused by reduced blood flow to bones in the joints, including the hip, knee, shoulder, and ankle. The disease, which is usually progressive and leads to joint failure, occurs in young adults aged from their twenties to their fifties. The pathogenesis of osteonecrosis is still unclear, and treatment remains controversial. This textbook provides up-to-date and comprehensive information on the pathophysiology, etiology, diagnosis, classification, and treatment of osteonecrosis. The role of various imaging modalities is considered, and both non-surgical and surgical treatment approaches are clearly explained. The contributions, all from experts in the field, are based on presentations at leading international meetings during the past 10 years and on peer-reviewed papers. The book will be of interest not only to clinical practitioners but also to those engaged in basic research.
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Mar 252017
 

Applied Mathematics for the Analysis of Biomedical Data: Models, Methods, and MATLAB


By (author): Peter J. Costa

Features a practical approach to the analysis of biomedical data via mathematical methods and provides a MATLAB® toolbox for the collection, visualization, and evaluation of experimental and real-life data

Applied Mathematics for the Analysis of Biomedical Data: Models, Methods, and MATLAB® presents a practical approach to the task that biological scientists face when analyzing data.The primary focus is on the application of mathematical models and scientific computingmethods to provide insight into the behavior of biological systems. The author draws upon hisexperience in academia, industry, and government–sponsored research as well as his expertisein MATLAB to produce a suite of computer programs with applications in epidemiology,machine learning, and biostatistics. These models are derived from real–world data andconcerns. Among the topics included are the spread of infectious disease (HIV/AIDS) througha population, statistical pattern recognition methods to determine the presence of disease in adiagnostic sample, and the fundamentals of hypothesis testing.

In addition, the author uses his professional experiences to present unique case studies whose analyses provide detailed insights into biological systems and the problems inherent in their examination. The book contains a well-developed and tested set of MATLAB functions that act as a general toolbox for practitioners of quantitative biology and biostatistics. This combination of MATLAB functions and practical tips amplifies the book’s technical merit and value to industry professionals.

Through numerous examples and sample code blocks, the book provides readers with illustrations of MATLAB programming. Moreover, the associated toolbox permits readers to engage in the process of data analysis without needing to delve deeply into the mathematical theory. This gives an accessible view of the material for readers with varied backgrounds. As a result, the book provides a streamlined framework for the development of mathematical models, algorithms, and the corresponding computer code.

In addition, the book features:

• Real–world computational procedures that can be readily applied to similar problems without the need for keen mathematical acumen

• Clear delineation of topics to accelerate access to data analysis

• Access to a book companion website containing the MATLAB toolbox created for this book, as well as a Solutions Manual with solutions to selected exercises

Applied Mathematics for the Analysis of Biomedical Data: Models, Methods, and MATLAB® is an excellent textbook for students in mathematics, biostatistics, the life and social sciences,and quantitative, computational, and mathematical biology. This book is also an ideal referencefor industrial scientists, biostatisticians, product development scientists, and practitionerswho use mathematical models of biological systems in biomedical research, medical devicedevelopment, and pharmaceutical submissions.

PETER J. COSTA, PhD, is Senior Applied Mathematician at Hologic Incorporated in Marlborough, MA. Dr. Costa is the co-creator of MATLAB’s Symbolic Math Toolbox. He has developed mathematical models for the spread of HIV, the outbreak of AIDS, the transmission of an infectious respiratory disease throughout a population, and the diagnosis of cervical cancer. His research interests include scientific computing and mathematical biology. He received a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Mar 242017
 

Controversies in the Technical Aspects of ACL Reconstruction: An Evidence-Based Medicine Approach


This book provides the reader with the best available evidence on the most pressing issues relating to reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) with the goal of supporting surgical reconstruction of the ACL and improving outcomes for patients. Key topics for which evidence-based information is presented include selection of graft material and source, the use of different surgical techniques, graft rupture in relation to surgical technique, and progression to osteoarthritis. The book will aid the surgeon in making decisions with respect to fixation devices and tensioning, the bundles to be reconstructed, and whether to preserve remnants or partial bundle ruptures. An evidence-based stance is taken on evolving topics such as the anatomy of the tibial insertion site of the ACL and the role of the anterolateral capsule and posteromedial corner in high-grade rotatory instability. Furthermore, novel technical developments for measurement of knee laxity and soft tissue navigation are discussed. The reader will also find useful information on general issues concerning physical examination, arthroscopic setup, timing of reconstruction, anesthesia, and anticoagulation.

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Mar 232017
 

Endovascular Aortic Repair: Current Techniques with Fenestrated, Branched and Parallel Stent-Grafts


This text provides a comprehensive, state-of-the art review of complex endovascular aortic techniques. It will serve as a valuable resource for vascular and cardiovascular surgeons, interventionalists, cardiologists, clinicians, bioengineers and researchers with an interest in complex aortic diseases. The book reviews imaging modalities, diagnostic work up and novel endovascular approaches. Technical aspects are provided by experts in the field, with over 600 illustrations and photographs of key steps for each type of procedure. Results of epidemiologic studies and national databases are summarized, as well as large institutional experiences. An evidence-based approach is used for recommendations regarding best therapies. Other highlights of this unique text include: A new, state-of-the-art review on fenestrated, branched and parallel stent-graft techniques from procedure planning to stent design and implantation. A text dedicated to a topic that has been increasingly recognized by vascular specialists as a priority area in aortic management. An updated overview of current designs and future developments. Special attention to technical details of the procedures with use of illustrations. Technical tips on how to get out of problems during these challenging procedures. 

Endovascular Aortic Repair: Current Techniques with Fenestrated, Branched and Parallel Stent-Grafts will serve as a very useful resource for physicians and researchers dealing with and interested in complex aortic diseases. It will provide a concise yet comprehensive summary of the current status of the field that will help guide patient management and stimulate investigative efforts. All chapters are written by experts in their fields and include the most up to date scientific and clinical information.  
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Mar 232017
 

Adult Lumbar Scoliosis: A Clinical Guide to Diagnosis and Management


Providing a sound definition and review of the pertinent treatment goals for the management of adult lumbar scoliosis, this practical and comprehensive guide covers everything from pre-operative evaluation and radiography to post-operative management and complications. Both non-operative and operative strategies are presented, including minimally invasive techniques, decompression, anterior release, spinal osteotomy, and proximal and distal fixation, with an emphasis on clinical guidelines and management outcomes. The impact and prevention of complications following treatment are also discussed, including the prevention of proximal junctional kyphosis. Concluding with an examination of future directions for research and clinical treatment strategies, the comprehensive approach of this book provides the orthopedic surgeon, neurosurgeon and spinal practitioner with the most current evidence and expert thought about the evaluation and management of adult lumbar scoliosis.
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