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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227800/a-fresh-perspective-on-dissecting-action-into-discrete-submotions
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Justin Horowitz, Yazan Abdel Majeed, James Patton, Justin Horowitz, Yazan Abdel Majeed, James Patton, Justin Horowitz, Yazan Abdel Majeed, James Patton
The hypothesis that reaching motions are constructed from discrete components has been explored since the earliest scientific investigations of human movement, although composition specifics have been contentious. We reinspect this process by analyzing the underlying motor intent (rather than actual motion) using our recently-developed intent determination technique. First, synthetic data analysis was used to determine our accuracy in detecting submotion events. Next, we evaluated this on healthy reaching movements and overcame the problem of indistinguishably blended submotions by exposing subjects to strong, abruptly changing forces, which lead to clear corrections identifiable using direction-based clustering...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227635/identifying-the-number-and-location-of-body-worn-sensors-to-accurately-classify-walking-transferring-and-sedentary-activities
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Omar Aziz, Stephen N Robinovitch, Edward J Park, Omar Aziz, Stephen N Robinovitch, Edward J Park, Omar Aziz, Edward J Park, Stephen N Robinovitch
In order to perform fall risk assessments using wearable inertial sensors in older adults in their natural settings where falls are likely to occur, a first step is to automatically segment and classify sensor signals of human movements into the known `activities of interest'. Sensor data from such activities can later be used through quantitative and qualitative analysis for differentiating fallers from non-fallers. In this study, ten young adults participated in experimental trials involving several variations of walking, transferring and sedentary activities...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227262/pulse-transit-time-and-heart-rate-variability-in-sleep-staging
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Sobhan Salari Shahrbabaki, Beena Ahmed, Thomas Penzel, Dean Cvetkovic, Sobhan Salari Shahrbabaki, Beena Ahmed, Thomas Penzel, Dean Cvetkovic, Sobhan Salari Shahrbabaki, Beena Ahmed, Thomas Penzel, Dean Cvetkovic
This paper presents a new and robust algorithm for detection of sleep stages by using the lead I of the Electrocardiography (ECG) and a fingertip Photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor, validated using multiple overnight PSG recordings consisting of 20 human subjects (9 insomniac and 11 healthy). Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and Pulse Transit Time (PTT) biomarkers which were extracted from ECG and PPG biosignals then employed to extract features. Distance Weighted k-Nearest Neighbours (DWk-NN) was used as classifier to differentiate sleep epochs...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227194/exploring-neuro-muscular-synergies-of-reaching-movements-with-unified-independent-component-analysis
#4
Fiorenzo Artoni, Elvira Pirondini, Alessandro Panarese, Silvestre Micera, Fiorenzo Artoni, Elvira Pirondini, Alessandro Panarese, Silvestre Micera, Elvira Pirondini, Alessandro Panarese, Fiorenzo Artoni, Silvestro Micera
The coordinated recruitment of group of muscles through muscles synergies is known to simplify the control of movements. However, how and to what extent such control scheme is encoded at a cortical level is poorly understood. So far, electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG) have been used, separately, to investigate the cortical regions of the human brain which may be involved in activating muscle synergies. Here we aim at extending these results by looking for a hierarchical relationship between cortical and muscular sources of activity (neuro-muscular synergies) with a unified analysis of independent components (IC) simultaneously extracted from both EEG and EMG signals...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226989/a-novel-portable-low-cost-kinect-based-system-for-motion-analysis-in-neurological-diseases
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Joao Paulo Silva Cunha, Ana Patricia Rocha, Hugo Miguel Pereira Choupina, Jose Maria Fernandes, Maria Jose Rosas, Rui Vaz, Felix Achilles, Anna Mira Loesch, Christian Vollmar, Elisabeth Hartl, Soheyl Noachtar, Joao Paulo Silva Cunha, Ana Patricia Rocha, Hugo Miguel Pereira Choupina, Jose Maria Fernandes, Maria Jose Rosas, Rui Vaz, Felix Achilles, Anna Mira Loesch, Christian Vollmar, Elisabeth Hartl, Soheyl Noachtar, Christian Vollmar, Ana Patricia Rocha, Elisabeth Hartl, Rui Vaz, Hugo Miguel Pereira Choupina, Soheyl Noachtar, Felix Achilles, Anna Mira Loesch, Jose Maria Fernandes, Joao Paulo Silva Cunha, Maria Jose Rosas
Many neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and epilepsy, can significantly impair the motor function of the patients, often leading to a dramatic loss of their quality of life. Human motion analysis is regarded as fundamental towards an early diagnosis and enhanced follow-up in this type of diseases. In this contribution, we present NeuroKinect, a novel system designed for motion analysis in neurological diseases. This system includes an RGB-D camera (Microsoft Kinect) and two integrated software applications, KiT (KinecTracker) and KiMA (Kinect Motion Analyzer)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226950/prediction-of-posture-dependent-tremor-by-the-calculation-of-the-endpoint-compliance
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Takuya Murata, Kouhei Sakurada, Toshio Tsuji, Yuichi Kurita, Takuya Murata, Kouhei Sakurada, Toshio Tsuji, Yuichi Kurita, Kouhei Sakurada, Takuya Murata, Toshio Tsuji, Yuichi Kurita
This paper proposes to use the analysis of human mechanical impedance to predict spatial behavior of tremor. Traditional studies have revealed that the variability in force is proportional to the mean level of force generated, which is described as signal dependent noise. The variability in force sometimes generates unintentional and uncontrollable rhythmic muscle movements, called tremor. Tremor appears most commonly on arms and hands due to not only a symptom of a neurological disorder, but also when we tighten our muscles...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226810/decoding-movement-direction-using-phase-space-analysis-of-hemodynamic-responses-to-arm-movements-based-on-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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Nicoladie Tam, Luca Pollonini, George Zouridakis, Nicoladie Tam, Luca Pollonini, George Zouridakis, Luca Pollonini, Nicoladie Tam, George Zouridakis
In this study we applied phase-space analysis on the hemodynamic signals recorded from the motor cortex of human subjects using functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to decode the direction of intentional hand movements. Our goal is to develop a brain-computer-interface (BCI) based on optical imaging that can control a wheelchair. To establish the relationship between the hemodynamic response and movement direction, participants were asked to perform repetitive arm movements in two orthogonal directions (right-left and front-back) on a horizontal plane, while the time course of the oxy-hemoglobin (oxy-Hb) and deoxy-hemoglobin (deoxy-Hb) responses were recorded...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226806/multistep-model-for-predicting-upper-limb-3d-isometric-force-application-from-pre-movement-electrocorticographic-features
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Jing Wu, Benjamin R Shuman, Bingni W Brunton, Katherine M Steele, Jared D Olson, Rajesh P N Rao, Jeffrey G Ojemann, Jing Wu, Benjamin R Shuman, Bingni W Brunton, Katherine M Steele, Jared D Olson, Rajesh P N Rao, Jeffrey G Ojemann, Rajesh P N Rao, Jared D Olson, Benjamin R Shuman, Katherine M Steele, Jing Wu, Jeffrey G Ojemann, Bingni W Brunton
Neural correlates of movement planning onset and direction may be present in human electrocorticography in the signal dynamics of both motor and non-motor cortical regions. We use a three-stage model of jPCA reduced-rank hidden Markov model (jPCA-RR-HMM), regularized shrunken-centroid discriminant analysis (RDA), and LASSO regression to extract direction-sensitive planning information and movement onset in an upper-limb 3D isometric force task in a human subject. This mode achieves a relatively high true positive force-onset prediction rate of 60% within 250ms, and an above-chance 36% accuracy (17% chance) in predicting one of six planned 3D directions of isometric force using pre-movement signals...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224487/introduction-to-hidden-markov-models-and-its-applications-in-biology
#9
M S Vijayabaskar
A number of real-world systems have common underlying patterns among them and deducing these patterns is important for us in order to understand the environment around us. These patterns in some instances are apparent upon observation while in many others especially those found in nature are well hidden. Moreover, the inherent stochasticity in these systems introduces sufficient noise that we need models capable to handling it in order to decipher the underlying pattern. Hidden Markov model (HMM) is a probabilistic model that is frequently used for studying the hidden patterns in an observed sequence or sets of observed sequences...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222686/ipsiversive-ictal-eye-deviation-in-inferioposterior-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-two-seeg-cases-report
#10
Wei Zhang, Xingzhou Liu, Lijun Zuo, Qiang Guo, Qi Chen, Yongjun Wang
BACKGROUND: Versive seizure characterized by conjugate eye movement during epileptic seizure has been considered commonly as one of the most valuable semiological signs for epilepsy localization, especially for frontal lobe epilepsy. However, thelateralizing and localizing significance of ictaleye deviation has been questioned by clinical observation of a series of focal epilepsy studies, including frontal, central, temporal, parietal and occipital epilepsy. CASE PRESENTATION: Two epileptic cases characterized by ipsiversive eye deviation as initial clinical sign during the habitual epileptic seizures are presented in this paper...
February 21, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222170/biomechanical-investigation-of-two-plating-systems-for-medial-column-fusion-in-foot
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Paul Simons, Theresia Sommerer, Ivan Zderic, Dieter Wahl, Mark Lenz, Hristo Skulev, Matthias Knobe, Boyko Gueorguiev, R Geoff Richards, Kajetan Klos
BACKGROUND: Arthrodesis of the medial column (navicular, cuneiform I and metatarsal I) is performed for reasons such as Charcot arthropathy, arthritis, posttraumatic reconstruction or severe pes planus. However, the complication rate is still high and mainly resulting from inadequate fixation. Special plates, designed for medial column arthrodesis, seem to offer potential to reduce the complication rate. The aim of this study was to investigate biomechanically plantar and dorsomedial fusion of the medial column using two new plating systems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222159/the-role-of-spatial-mobility-in-malaria-transmission-in-the-brazilian-amazon-the-case-of-porto-velho-municipality-rond%C3%A3-nia-brazil-2010-2012
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Jussara Rafael Angelo, Tony Hiroshi Katsuragawa, Paulo Chagastelles Sabroza, Lino Augusto Sander de Carvalho, Luiz Hildebrando Pereira da Silva, Carlos Afonso Nobre
BACKGROUND: This study aims to describe the role of mobility in malaria transmission by discussing recent changes in population movements in the Brazilian Amazon and developing a flow map of disease transmission in this region. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: This study presents a descriptive analysis using an ecological approach on regional and local scales. The study location was the municipality of Porto Velho, which is the capital of Rondônia state, Brazil...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220361/for-and-against-methodologies-some-perspectives-on-recent-causal-and-statistical-inference-debates
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Sander Greenland
I present an overview of two methods controversies that are central to analysis and inference: That surrounding causal modeling as reflected in the "causal inference" movement, and that surrounding null bias in statistical methods as applied to causal questions. Human factors have expanded what might otherwise have been narrow technical discussions into broad philosophical debates. There seem to be misconceptions about the requirements and capabilities of formal methods, especially in notions that certain assumptions or models (such as potential-outcome models) are necessary or sufficient for valid inference...
February 20, 2017: European Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219726/diagnostic-value-of-sleep-stage-dissociation-as-visualized-on-a-2-dimensional-sleep-state-space-in-human-narcolepsy
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Anders Vinther Olsen, Jens Stephansen, Eileen Leary, Paul E Peppard, Hong Sheungshul, Poul Jenum, Helge Sorensen, Emmanuel Mignot
BACKGROUND: Type 1 narcolepsy (NT1) is characterized by symptoms believed to represent Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep stage dissociations, occurrences where features of wake and REM sleep are intermingled, resulting in a mixed state. We hypothesized that sleep stage dissociations can be objectively detected through the analysis of nocturnal Polysomnography (PSG) data, and that those affecting REM sleep can be used as a diagnostic feature for narcolepsy. NEW METHOD: A Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) model using 38 features extracted from EOG, EMG and EEG was used in control subjects to select features differentiating wake, stage N1, N2, N3 and REM sleep...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218416/physiology-of-midbrain-head-movement-neurons-in-cervical-dystonia
#15
Alexey Sedov, Valentin Popov, Vladimir Shabalov, Svetlana Raeva, H A Jinnah, Aasef G Shaikh
BACKGROUND: Early theories for cervical dystonia, as promoted by Hassler, emphasized the role of the midbrain interstitial nucleus of Cajal. Focus then shifted to the basal ganglia, and it was further supported with the success of deep brain stimulation. Contemporary theories suggested the role of the cerebellum, but even more recent hypotheses renewed interest in the midbrain. Although the pretectum was visited on several occasions, we still do not know about the physiology of midbrain neurons in cervical dystonia...
February 20, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208707/gaitkeeper-a-system-for-measuring-canine-gait
#16
Cassim Ladha, Jack O'Sullivan, Zoe Belshaw, Lucy Asher
It is understood gait has the potential to be used as a window into neurodegenerative disorders, identify markers of subclinical pathology, inform diagnostic algorithms of disease progression and measure the efficacy of interventions. Dogs' gaits are frequently assessed in a veterinary setting to detect signs of lameness. Despite this, a reliable, affordable and objective method to assess lameness in dogs is lacking. Most described canine lameness assessments are subjective, unvalidated and at high risk of bias...
February 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208588/depicting-binding-mediated-translocation-of-hiv-1-tat-peptides-in-living-cells-with-nanoscale-pens-of-tat-conjugated-quantum-dots
#17
Chien Y Lin, Jung Y Huang, Leu-Wei Lo
Cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) can translocate across cell membranes, and thus have great potential for the cellular delivery of macromolecular cargoes. However, the mechanism of this cellular uptake process is not yet fully understood. In this study, a time-lapse single-particle light-sheet microscopy technique was implemented to obtain a parallel visualization of the translocating process of individual human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) transactivator of transcription (Tat) peptide conjugated quantum dots (TatP-QDs) in complex cellular terrains...
February 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207174/species-distribution-models-may-misdirect-assisted-migration-insights-from-the-introduction-of-douglas-fir-to-europe
#18
Juliette Boiffin, Vincent Badeau, Nathalie Bréda
Species distribution models (SDMs), which statistically relate species occurrence to climatic variables, are widely used to identify areas suitable for species growth under future climates and to plan for assisted migration. When SDMs are projected across times or spaces, it is assumed that species climatic requirements remain constant. However, empirical evidence supporting this assumption is rare, and SDM predictions could be biased. Historical human-aided movements of tree species can shed light on the reliability of SDM predictions in planning for assisted migration...
October 4, 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202949/clinical-diversity-caused-by-novel-ighmbp2-variants
#19
Jun-Hui Yuan, Akihiro Hashiguchi, Akiko Yoshimura, Hiroshi Yaguchi, Koji Tsuzaki, Azusa Ikeda, Kenji Wada-Isoe, Masahiro Ando, Tomonori Nakamura, Yujiro Higuchi, Yu Hiramatsu, Yuji Okamoto, Hiroshi Takashima
Immunoglobulin helicase μ-binding protein 2 (IGHMBP2) gene is responsible for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) type 2S and spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress type 1 (SMARD1). From June 2014 to December 2015, we collected 408 cases, who referred to our genetic laboratory for genetic analysis, suspected with CMT disease or other inherited peripheral neuropathies (IPNs) on the basis of clinical manifestations and electrophysiological studies. Mutation screening was performed using Ion AmpliSeq Custom Panels, which comprise 72 disease-causing or candidate genes of IPNs...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198151/comparative-proteomic-analysis-of-the-influence-of-gender-and-acid-stimulation-on-normal-human-saliva-using-lc-ms-ms
#20
Xiaoping Xiao, Yaoran Liu, Zhengguang Guo, Xiaoyan Liu, Haidan Sun, Qian Li, Wei Sun
Human saliva is an important source for disease biomarker discovery. In this work, we investigate the influence of gender and acid stimulation on the normal human salivary proteome. Un-stimulated and acid-stimulated saliva samples from 5 males and 5 females were labeled with 4-plex iTRAQ and analyzed by 2-DLC MS/MS. A total of 1,770 proteins were identified, and 82 proteins in un-stimulated saliva were found to be gender-specific. These proteins were mainly associated with immune function, metabolism and inflammation...
February 15, 2017: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
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