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Healthcare ◽  
2022 ◽  
Vol 10 (1) ◽  
pp. 133
Nicolae Goga ◽  
Costin-Anton Boiangiu ◽  
Andrei Vasilateanu ◽  
Alexandru-Filip Popovici ◽  
Marius-Valentin Drăgoi ◽  

In this paper, we describe an actuator-based EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) virtual assistant system that can be used for the treatment of participants with traumatic memories. EMDR is a psychological therapy designed to treat emotional distress caused by a traumatic event from the past, most frequently in post-traumatic stress disorder treatment. We implemented a system based on video, tactile, and audio actuators which includes an artificial intelligence chatbot, making the system capable of acting autonomously. We tested the system on a sample of 31 participants. Our results showed the efficiency of the EMDR virtual assistant system in reducing anxiety, distress, and negative cognitions and emotions associated with the traumatic memory. There are no such systems reported in the existing literature. Through the present research, we fill this gap by describing a system that can be used by patients with traumatic memories.

Sarah C. Dolan ◽  
Tiffany A. Brown ◽  
Christina E. Wierenga ◽  
Walter H. Kaye ◽  
Erin E. Reilly

2022 ◽  
pp. 1-9
Adiatma Yudistira Manogar Siregar ◽  
Ibnu Habibie ◽  
Rykaard Baressi Sihotang ◽  
Rika Permatasari Allo ◽  
Rangga Kusumawardana ◽  

2022 ◽  
Vol 50 (1) ◽  
pp. 25-30
Pilar LLobet Agulló ◽  
Laura Sanromà-Nogués ◽  
Isabel Maria Salguero-Pérez ◽  
Juan I Aróstegui ◽  
Sonia Corral-Arboledas ◽  

Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is the most frequent autoinflammatory disorder characterized by short, repeated, and self-limiting crises of fever and serositis. The disease was described as autosomal recessive hereditary transmission secondary to variants of the MEFV (MEditerranean FeVer) gene, even though a variable proportion of patients only present a heterozygous variant. FMF is very common in certain ethnic groups (Turkish, Armenian, Arab, and Jewish), even though it has been described throughout the Mediterranean and elsewhere in the world. The clinical manifestations are variable, with secondary amyloidosis being the most serious complication of the disorder. Treatment and prophylaxis are mainly based on the administration of colchicine, which prevents the crises and avoids complications in most cases. This study reviews the course of seven pediatric patients diagnosed with FMF during the period 2010–2018 at a district hospital. Most of the patients were of Caucasian origin, with onset at an early age in the form of fever as the main symptom, and some patients moreover presented less frequent manifestations (pericardial effusion, sensorineural hearing loss). Two cases presented plasmatic amyloid A protein elevation that subsided with the treatment. All the patients initially received colchicine, and one of them required prescription of anakinra, which was replaced by canakinumab due to a serious adverse reaction. There were no cases of consanguinity, and all the patients were of Mediterranean origin. The subjects showed a favorable course over the years, which was attributed to the early diagnosis and treatment provided.

2022 ◽  
pp. 29-34
Peter St. George ◽  
Christina Kinnevey

Context: America is in the midst of a substance use disorder (SUD) epidemic, which has only worsened in the current COVID-19 pandemic. SUD is a public health crisis that affects an everincreasing proportion of the population and is extraordinarily difficult to treat. Misused substances induce neuroplastic changes that not only predispose individuals to relapse but also persist after completing treatment recommendations.

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