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Growth and development factors could contribute to the development of breast cancer associated with an increase in mammographic density. This study examines the influence of certain childhood-related, socio-demographic and anthropometric variables on mammographic density in adult woman. The study covered 3574 women aged 45–68 years, participating in breast(More)
This letter presents a successful system for recovering the fetal electrocardiogram using multidimensional ICA (MICA). MICA requires as many observations as sources. To increase the number of observations, MICA is often applied to data sets that include measurements taken at the mother's thoracic region. However, experiments suggest that the propagation(More)
This paper is focused on the management of virtual organizations (VO) inside healthcare environments where grid technology is used as middleware for a healthcare services-oriented architecture (HSOA). Some of the main tasks considered for the provision of an efficient VO management are management of users, assignation of roles to users, assignation of(More)
This letter describes a fast and very simple algorithm for estimating the fetal electrocardiogram (FECG). It is based on independent component analysis, but we substitute its computationally demanding calculations for a much simpler procedure. The resulting method consists of two steps: 1) a dimensionality reduction step and 2) a computationally light(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the efficacy and safety of a flexible regimen with intravitreal injections of ranibizumab in patients with naive choroidal neovascularization secondary to age-related macular degeneration and to determine whether the final outcome is related to the number of injections. METHODS Prospective, noncomparative, consecutive case series(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this paper is to provide a further step toward the decentralization of identification and demographic information about persons by solving issues related to the integration of demographic agents in a federated healthcare environment. The aim is to identify a particular person in every system of a federation and to obtain a unified(More)
BACKGROUND The term 'Patient Empowerment' (PE) is a growing concept – so in popularity as in application – covering situations where citizens are encouraged to take an active role in the management of their own health. This concept is serving as engine power for increasing the quality of health systems, but a question is still unanswered, 'how PE will be(More)
BACKGROUND Advancements in information and communication technologies have allowed the development of new approaches to the management and use of healthcare resources. Nowadays it is possible to address complex issues such as meaningful access to distributed data or communication and understanding among heterogeneous systems. As a consequence, the(More)
In this paper we introduce an ontology that covers all the terminology involved in the ODP standard. This ontology has been extended with concepts taken from the prEN12967 in order to apply it in the healthcare domain. Describing components formally and using this ontology, their semantic integration can be eased together with the benefits derived from the(More)