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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227837/progressive-abduction-loading-therapy-targeting-flexion-synergy-to-regain-reaching-function-in-chronic-stroke-preliminary-results-from-an-rct
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Michael D Ellis, Carolina Carmona, Justin Drogos, Stuart Traxel, Julius P A Dewald, Michael D Ellis, Carolina Carmona, Justin Drogos, Stuart Traxel, Julius P A Dewald, Stuart Traxel, Michael D Ellis, Carolina Carmona, Julius P A Dewald, Justin Drogos
Reaching function is impaired following stroke due to abnormal coupling of shoulder abduction and elbow flexion. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as flexion synergy, loss of independent joint control, or impaired joint individuation. We have been successful in treating individuals with chronic stroke with moderate to severe motor impairments through the employment of targeted rehabilitation robotics and identified progressive abduction loading as a key element to the rehabilitation of reaching. Here we expand upon the investigation of progressive abduction loading therapy by testing two variants of the exercise in a larger sample and including a 3-month follow-up...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227794/a-numerical-and-experimental-study-of-acoustic-micromixing-in-3d-microchannels-for-lab-on-a-chip-devices
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Susana O Catarino, Vania C Pinto, Paulo J Sousa, Rui Lima, Joao M Miranda, Graca Minas, Susana O Catarino, Vania C Pinto, Paulo J Sousa, Rui Lima, Joao M Miranda, Graca Minas, Joao M Miranda, Paulo J Sousa, Susana O Catarino, Rui Lima, Vania C Pinto, Graca Minas
This paper reports a numerical and experimental study of acoustic streaming and micromixing in polydimethylsiloxane microchannels. The mixing between two fluids flowing in microchannels was evaluated through the following conditions: (1) using a 28 μm thick β-poly(vinylidene fluoride) (β-PVDF) as a piezoelectric transducer actuated with a 24 Vpp and 40 MHz sinusoidal voltage; (2) using different flow rates. The results suggest that the mixing length increases as the flow rate increases and that the acoustic streaming phenomenon leads to a reduction on the mixing length...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227677/multipoint-temperature-monitoring-in-liver-undergoing-computed-tomography-guided-radiofrequency-ablation-with-fiber-bragg-grating-probes
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P Saccomandi, E Schena, M Diana, F M Di Matteo, G Costamagna, J Marescaux, P Saccomandi, E Schena, M Diana, F M Di Matteo, G Costamagna, J Marescaux, F M Di Matteo, J Marescaux, E Schena, M Diana, G Costamagna, P Saccomandi
In this work, we investigated the temperature increment experienced by biological tissue during radiofrequency ablation (RFA). The measurements were performed by using two custom-made thermal probes based on fiber optic sensors (fiber Bragg gratings, FBGs). The two probes embed a total of 9 FBGs. Experiments were performed during RFA of an ex vivo healthy porcine liver. The RFA heating module was equipped with 5 thermocouples. Results show that the temperature increment close to the applicator (i.e., 0.6 cm-0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227594/fall-risk-factors-analysis-based-on-sample-entropy-of-plantar-kinematic-signal-during-stance-phase
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Shengyun Liang, Huiyu Jia, Zilong Li, Huiqi Li, Xing Gao, Zuchang Ma, Yingnan Ma, Guoru Zhao, Shengyun Liang, Huiyu Jia, Zilong Li, Huiqi Li, Xing Gao, Zuchang Ma, Yingnan Ma, Guoru Zhao, Shengyun Liang, Huiqi Li, Huiyu Jia, Xing Gao, Zuchang Ma, Guoru Zhao, Yingnan Ma, Zilong Li
Falls are a multi-causal phenomenon with a complex interaction. The aim of our research is to study the effect of multiple variables for potential risk of falls and construct an elderly fall risk assessment model based on demographics data and gait characteristics. A total of 101 subjects, whom belong to Malianwa Street, aged above 50 years old and participated in questionnaire survey. Participants were classified into three groups (high, medium and low risk group) according to the score of elderly fall risk assessment scale...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227525/multi-direction-hand-movement-classification-using-eeg-based-source-space-analysis
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Vikram Shenoy Handiru, A P Vinod, Cuntai Guan, Vikram Shenoy Handiru, A P Vinod, Cuntai Guan, Vikram Shenoy Handiru, Cuntai Guan, A P Vinod
Recent advances in the brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) have demonstrated the inference of movement related activity using non-invasive EEG. However, most of the sensorspace approaches that study sensorimotor rhythms using EEG do not reveal the underlying neurophysiological phenomenon while executing or imagining the movement with finer control. Therefore, there is a need to examine feature extraction techniques in the cortical source space which can provide more information about the task compared to sensor-space...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227436/a-microdosimetry-study-for-a-realistic-shaped-nucleus
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A Denzi, J A A Escobar, C Nasta, C Merla, B Benassi, C Consales, F Apollonio, M Liberti, A Denzi, J A A Escobar, C Nasta, C Merla, B Benassi, C Consales, F Apollonio, M Liberti, C Nasta, B Benassi, J A A Escobar, M Liberti, C Merla, C Consales, F Apollonio, A Denzi
In the last decades, the effects of ultrashort pulsed electric fields have been investigated demonstrating their capability to be involved in a great number of medical applications (e.g. cancer, gene electrotransfer, drug delivery, electrofusion). In particular, experiments in literature demonstrate that internal structures can be involved when pulse duration is reduced. Up to now, the mechanism that permits the electroporation phenomenon has not been completely understood and hence atomistic, microdosimetry and dosimetry models have been developed to help in this field...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227164/dynamical-information-encoding-in-neural-adaptation
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Luozheng Li, Wenhao Zhang, Yuanyuan Mi, Dahui Wang, Xiaohan Lin, Si Wu, Luozheng Li, Wenhao Zhang, Yuanyuan Mi, Dahui Wang, Xiaohan Lin, Si Wu, Si Wu, Dahui Wang, Xiaohan Lin, Yuanyuan Mi, Wenhao Zhang, Luozheng Li
Adaptation refers to the general phenomenon that a neural system dynamically adjusts its response property according to the statistics of external inputs. In response to a prolonged constant stimulation, neuronal firing rates always first increase dramatically at the onset of the stimulation; and afterwards, they decrease rapidly to a low level close to background activity. This attenuation of neural activity seems to be contradictory to our experience that we can still sense the stimulus after the neural system is adapted...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226863/synaptic-depression-depends-on-charge-delivered-to-network
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Robert D Graham, Sharon Jose, Alex Kaiser, Nathalia Peixoto, Robert D Graham, Sharon Jose, Alex Kaiser, Nathalia Peixoto, Sharon Jose, Alex Kaiser, Robert D Graham, Nathalia Peixoto
In vitro neuronal networks cultured on microelectrode arrays enable the study of network electrophysiology on a fundamental level. Neuronal response to electrical stimulation is an area of interest at the laboratory bench and in the clinic, given its wide application for remedying neurological disorders. Here we investigated the change in cortical network response over time to varied amounts of charge used for stimulation, which may lead to a phenomenon known as selective adaptation. There is a charge threshold that invokes a reverberating network response; when stimulating at 900 mV, five stimulation electrodes were required to elicit a response across the entire network...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226697/differences-in-white-matter-microstructure-between-parkinson-s-disease-patients-with-and-without-rem-sleep-behavior-disorder
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Farzaneh Rahmani, Mina Ansari, Atefeh Pooyan, Mehdi M Mirbagheri, Mohammad Hadi Aarabi, Farzaneh Rahmani, Mina Ansari, Atefeh Pooyan, Mehdi M Mirbagheri, Mohammad Hadi Aarabi, Mehdi M Mirbagheri, Farzaneh Rahmani, Atefeh Pooyan, Mina Ansari, Mohammad Hadi Aarabi
REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) is characterized by increased muscle tone and violent limb movements and usually occurs during the early stages of Parkinson disease (PD). PD patients with RBD represent faster motor progression and cognitive dysfunction. We used diffusion imaging to assess which regions are involved in this phenomenon. In the current study, we computed Quantitative Anisotropic (QA), which is based on spin distribution function (SDF) that quantifies the density of diffusing water and is more sensitive to psychological differences between groups and also diffusion MRI connectometry to conduct group analysis between age and gender matched PD patients with and without RBD...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226661/optimal-weighted-averaging-of-event-related-activity-from-acquisitions-with-artifacts
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Luca Vollero, Sara Petrichella, Giulio Innello, Luca Vollero, Sara Petrichella, Giulio Innello, Luca Vollero, Sara Petrichella, Giulio Innello
In several biomedical applications that require the signal processing of biological data, the starting procedure for noise reduction is the ensemble averaging of multiple repeated acquisitions (trials). This method is based on the assumption that each trial is composed of two additive components: (i) a time-locked activity related to some sensitive/stimulation phenomenon (ERA, Event Related Activity in the following) and (ii) a sum of several other non time-locked background activities. The averaging aims at estimating the ERA activity under very low Signal to Noise and Interference Ratio (SNIR)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226560/biomechanical-analysis-of-a-fall-velocities-at-impact
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Norbert Noury, Julien Poujaud, Pierre Cousin, Nicolas Poujaud, Norbert Noury, Julien Poujaud, Pierre Cousin, Nicolas Poujaud, Nicolas Poujaud, Norbert Noury, Julien Poujaud, Pierre Cousin
There are numerous research works focusing on falls of the elderly, proposing various technologies for its detection; however, few research works attempted to describe the mechanical phenomenon itself. In this study, we analyzed the kine(ma)tics of human falls with a simplified biomechanical model of human segments. We present some results based on data found in the literature and in our own laboratory experiments, to conclude that fall velocities at impact can reach values from 3.78 m.s(-1) (center of mass) to 6...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226435/resting-state-eeg-network-change-in-alpha-and-beta-bands-after-upper-limb-amputation
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Yuanyuan Lyu, Xiaoli Guo, Zhuo Wang, Shanbao Tong, Yuanyuan Lyu, Xiaoli Guo, Zhuo Wang, Shanbao Tong, Yuanyuan Lyu, Xiaoli Guo, Zhuo Wang, Shanbao Tong
To investigate the reorganization of functional brain network following amputation, twenty-two right-hand amputees and twenty-four age- and education-matched controls participated in a resting-state EEG study. EEG networks in alpha and beta bands were constructed using phase synchronization. Both global and local network parameters were compared between amputees and healthy controls. In the aspect of global connectivity, amputees showed increased clustering coefficient (C), decreased characteristic path length (L) and increased small worldness (S) in alpha band, and an increase of L in beta band...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226410/patient-specific-computational-modeling-of-cortical-spreading-depression-via-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Julia M Kroos, Isabella Marinelli, Ibai Diez, Jesus M Cortes, Sebastiano Stramaglia, Luca Gerardo-Giorda
Cortical Spreading Depression (CSD), a depolarization wave originating in the visual cortex and traveling towards the frontal lobe, is commonly accepted as a correlate of migraine visual aura. As of today, little is known about the mechanisms that can trigger or stop such phenomenon. However, the complex and highly individual characteristics of the brain cortex suggest that the geometry might have a significant impact in supporting or contrasting the propagation of CSD. Accurate patient-specific computational models are fundamental to cope with the high variability in cortical geometries among individuals, but also with the conduction anisotropy induced in a given cortex by the complex neuronal organisation in the grey matter...
February 22, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226288/neural-correlates-of-lexical-decisions-in-parkinson-s-disease-revealed-with-multivariate-extraction-of-cortico-subthalamic-interactions
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F U Hohlefeld, A Ewald, F Ehlen, H O Tiedt, A Horn, A A Kühn, G Curio, F Klostermann, V V Nikulin
OBJECTIVE: Neural interactions between cortex and basal ganglia are pivotal for sensorimotor processing. Specifically, coherency between cortex and subthalamic structures is a frequently studied phenomenon in patients with Parkinson's disease. However, it is unknown whether cortico-subthalamic coherency might also relate to cognitive aspects of task performance, e.g., language processing. Furthermore, standard coherency studies are challenged by how to efficiently handle multi-channel recordings...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226250/improved-performance-of-gravity-driven-membrane-filtration-for-seawater-pretreatment-implications-of-membrane-module-configuration
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Bing Wu, Tino Christen, Hwee Sin Tan, Florian Hochstrasser, Stanislaus Raditya Suwarno, Xin Liu, Tzyy Haur Chong, Michael Burkhardt, Wouter Pronk, Anthony G Fane
As a low energy and chemical free process, gravity-driven membrane (GDM) filtration has shown a potential for seawater pretreatment in our previous studies. In this study, a pilot submerged GDM reactor (effective volume of 720 L) was operated over 250 days and the permeate flux stabilized at 18.6 ± 1.4 L/m(2)h at a hydrostatic pressure of 40 mbar. This flux was higher than those in the lab-scale GDM reactor (16.3 ± 0.2 L/m(2)h; effective volume of 8.4 L) and in the filtration cell system (2.7 ± 0...
February 16, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226238/defense-priming-an-adaptive-part-of-induced-resistance
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Brigitte Mauch-Mani, Ivan Baccelli, Estrella Luna, Victor Flors
Priming is an adaptive strategy that improves the defensive capacity of plants. This phenomenon is marked by an enhanced activation of induced defense mechanisms. Stimuli from pathogens, beneficial microbes, or arthropods, as well as chemicals and abiotic cues, can trigger the establishment of priming by acting as warning signals. Upon stimulus perception, changes may occur in the plant at the physiological, transcriptional, metabolic, and epigenetic levels. This phase is called the priming phase. Upon subsequent challenge, the plant effectively mounts a faster and/or stronger defense response that defines the postchallenge primed state and results in increased resistance and/or stress tolerance...
February 2, 2017: Annual Review of Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225705/virtual-mentoring-program-within-an-online-doctoral-nursing-education-program-a-phenomenological-study
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Susan Welch
The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experiences of doctoral nursing education students who participated in a virtual mentoring program. A phenomenological design was used to enable the researchers to gain an understanding of the research phenomenon. The three patterns that emerged during the study were Confirmation of Mentoring, Building Communities, and Learning the Role of Doctoral Student. Under the pattern of Confirmation of Mentoring were the themes of Receiving Academic Support and Receiving Personal Support...
February 22, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225614/synthesis-of-quinoidal-fused-oligosiloles-by-rhodium-catalyzed-stitching-reaction-and-theoretical-investigation-of-their-properties
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Ryo Shintani, Nana Misawa, Tomohiro Tsuda, Ryo Iino, Mikiya Fujii, Koichi Yamashita, Kyoko Nozaki
New quinoidal fused oligosiloles containing even-number silole units have been synthesized by a rhodium-catalyzed stitching reaction. By employing [RhCl(tfb)]2 as the catalyst, the stitching efficiency was significantly improved, and up to six siloles could be fused in a quinoidal form. Through the systematic comparison of Si1-Si6' in their physical properties, the unique trend in their LUMO levels has been confirmed, which become higher with longer pi-conjugation. To understand the origin of this unusual trend, theoretical calculations have also been carried out using various model compounds, and the results indicated that the terminal indenylidene (cyclopentadienylidene) moieties in Si1-Si6 (Si1a-Si6a) are primarily responsible for this phenomenon through their frontier orbital correlations with the HOMO of the central polyene unit, which becomes higher with longer conjugation...
February 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225439/tachycardia-in-patients-treated-with-clozapine-versus-antipsychotic-long-acting-injections
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Björn M Nilsson, Oscar Edström, Leif Lindström, Petter Wernegren, Robert Bodén
Tachycardia is a known adverse effect during clozapine treatment. However, prevalence reported differs widely between studies and hitherto there are no studies comparing clozapine-treated patients with a similar control group. The present study was carried out to assess the prevalence of tachycardia in patients treated with clozapine and antipsychotic long-acting injections (LAI). Data on heart rate (HR), concomitant medication, and relevant anthropometric and laboratory measurements were collected for all clozapine-treated patients (n=174) in a defined catchment area and compared with data on patients treated with LAI (n=87)...
February 20, 2017: International Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225210/prophylactic-drug-management-for-febrile-seizures-in-children
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Martin Offringa, Richard Newton, Martinus A Cozijnsen, Sarah J Nevitt
BACKGROUND: Febrile seizures occurring in a child older than one month during an episode of fever affect 2% to 4% of children in Great Britain and the United States and recur in 30%. Rapid-acting antiepileptics and antipyretics given during subsequent fever episodes have been used to avoid the adverse effects of continuous antiepileptic drugs. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate primarily the effectiveness and safety of antiepileptic and antipyretic drugs used prophylactically to treat children with febrile seizures; but also to evaluate any other drug intervention where there was a sound biological rationale for its use...
February 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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