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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928649/changes-in-electroencephalography-complexity-using-a-brain-computer-interface-motor-observation-training-in-chronic-stroke-patients-a-fuzzy-approximate-entropy-analysis
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Rui Sun, Wan-Wa Wong, Jing Wang, Raymond Kai-Yu Tong
Entropy-based algorithms have been suggested as robust estimators of electroencephalography (EEG) predictability or regularity. This study aimed to examine possible disturbances in EEG complexity as a means to elucidate the pathophysiological mechanisms in chronic stroke, before and after a brain computer interface (BCI)-motor observation intervention. Eleven chronic stroke subjects and nine unimpaired subjects were recruited to examine the differences in their EEG complexity. The BCI-motor observation intervention was designed to promote functional recovery of the hand in stroke subjects...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922585/climatic-and-anthropogenic-drivers-of-northern-amazon-fires-during-the-2015-2016-el-ni%C3%A3-o-event
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Marisa G Fonseca, Liana O Anderson, Egidio Arai, Yosio E Shimabukuro, Haron A M Xaud, Maristela R Xaud, Nima Madani, Fabien H Wagner, Luiz E O C Aragão
The strong El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event that occurred in 2015/2016 caused extreme drought in the northern Brazilian Amazon, especially in the state of Roraima, increasing fire occurrence. Here we map the extent of precipitation and fire anomalies and quantify the effects of climatic and anthropogenic drivers on fire occurrence during the 2015/2016 dry season (from December 2015 to March 2016) in the state of Roraima. To achieve these objectives we first estimated the spatial pattern of precipitation anomalies, based on long-term data from the TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission), and the fire anomaly, based on MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) active fire detections during the referred period...
September 18, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915020/rotating-magnetocaloric-effect-in-an-anisotropic-two-dimensional-cu-ii-w-v-cn-8-3-molecular-magnet-with-topological-phase-transition-experiment-and-theory
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Piotr Konieczny, Robert Pełka, Dominik Czernia, Robert Podgajny
Conventional (MCE) and rotating (RMCE) magnetocaloric effects have been explored in the two-dimensional (2D) coordination polymer {(tetren)H5)0.8Cu(II)4[W(V)(CN)8]4·7.2H2O}n (WCu-t; tetren = tetraethylenepentamine). The unusual magnetostructural properties were exploited, including the bilayered Prussian Blue like coordination skeleton and the XY easy-plane magnetic anisotropy based on the in-plane correlation between W(V) and Cu(II) spins of (1)/2, underlying the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless (BKT) topological phase transition to the long-range-ordered state at TC = 33 K...
September 15, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894351/prediction-of-epileptic-seizure-by-analysing-time-series-eeg-signal-using-k-nn-classifier
#4
Md Kamrul Hasan, Md Asif Ahamed, Mohiuddin Ahmad, M A Rashid
Electroencephalographic signal is a representative signal that contains information about brain activity, which is used for the detection of epilepsy since epileptic seizures are caused by a disturbance in the electrophysiological activity of the brain. The prediction of epileptic seizure usually requires a detailed and experienced analysis of EEG. In this paper, we have introduced a statistical analysis of EEG signal that is capable of recognizing epileptic seizure with a high degree of accuracy and helps to provide automatic detection of epileptic seizure for different ages of epilepsy...
2017: Applied Bionics and Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884207/kinematic-outcome-measures-using-target-reaching-arm-movement-in-stroke
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Qianqian Yang, Yuan Yang, Jie Luo, Le Li, Tiebin Yan, Rong Song
This study aimed to quantitatively investigate upper extremity motor performance and disclose the abnormality of motor control induced by stroke. Ten patients and ten healthy subjects were instructed to perform target-reaching tasks at nine difficulty levels, and coordinates of the shoulder, elbow and tip of the index finger were recorded. Age-matched control performed significantly better than patients, as indicated by lower movement time (MT) and normalized jerk score (NJS) and higher peak velocity (V peak), percentage time to peak velocity (PTPV), fuzzy approximate entropy (fApEn) and relative joint angles correlation (RJAC); also, significant effects of difficulty on all parameters except RJAC and fApEn, were observed in two groups...
September 7, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862457/reaction-paths-and-chemical-activation-reactions-of-2-methyl-5-furanyl-radical-with-3-o2
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Jason Hudzik, Joseph William Bozzelli
Interest in high-energy substituted furans has been increasing due to their occurrence in biofuel production and their versatility in conversion to other useful products. Methylfurans are the simplest substituted furans and understand their reaction pathways, thermochemical properties, including intermediate species stability, and chemical kinetics would aid in the study of larger furans. Furan ring C-H bonds have been shown to be extremely strong, approximately 120 kcal mol-1, due in part to the placement of the oxygen atom, and aromatic like resonance, both within the ring...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844906/selection-originating-from-protein-stability-foldability-relationships-between-protein-folding-free-energy-sequence-ensemble-and-fitness
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Sanzo Miyazawa
Assuming that mutation and fixation processes are reversible Markov processes, we prove that the equilibrium ensemble of sequences obeys a Boltzmann distribution with exp(4Nem(1-1/(2N))), where m is Malthusian fitness and Ne and N are effective and actual population sizes. On the other hand, the probability distribution of sequences with maximum entropy that satisfies a given amino acid composition at each site and a given pairwise amino acid frequency at each site pair is a Boltzmann distribution with exp(-ψN), where the evolutionary statistical energy ψN is represented as the sum of one body (h) (compositional) and pairwise (J) (covariational) interactions over all sites and site pairs...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817596/potential-effects-of-climate-change-on-members-of-the-palaeotropical-pitcher-plant-family-nepenthaceae
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Laura K Gray, Charles Clarke, G R William Wint, Jonathan A Moran
Anthropogenic climate change is predicted to have profound effects on species distributions over the coming decades. In this paper, we used maximum entropy modelling (Maxent) to estimate the effects of projected changes in climate on extent of climatically-suitable habitat for two Nepenthes pitcher plant species in Borneo. The model results predicted an increase in area of climatically-suitable habitat for the lowland species Nepenthes rafflesiana by 2100; in contrast, the highland species Nepenthes tentaculata was predicted to undergo significant loss of climatically-suitable habitat over the same period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814850/increased-parasympathetic-cardiac-modulation-in-patients-with-acute-exacerbation-of-copd-how-should-we-interpret-it
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Erika Zavaglia Kabbach, Adriana Mazzuco, Audrey Borghi-Silva, Ramona Cabiddu, Aline Galvão Agnoleto, Jessica Fernanda Barbosa, Luiz Carlos Soares de Carvalho Junior, Renata Gonçalves Mendes
BACKGROUND: Cardiac autonomic modulation (CAM) is impaired in patients with stable COPD. Exacerbation aggravates the patients' health status and functional capacity. While the clinical and functional effects of exacerbation are known, no studies investigated CAM during exacerbation and whether there is a relationship between CAM and functional capacity and dyspnea. METHODS: Thirty-two patients with moderate to severe COPD were enrolled into two groups: stable COPD (GSta, n=16) and acute exacerbation of COPD (GAE, n=16)...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813925/stereo-3d-tracking-of-infants-in-natural-play-conditions
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Shreyas S Shivakumar, Helen Loeb, Daniel K Bogen, Frances Shofer, Phillip Bryant, Laura Prosser, Michelle J Johnson
This paper describes the design and implementation of a multiple view stereoscopic 3D vision system and a supporting infant tracker pipeline to track limb movement in natural play environments and identify potential metrics to quantify movement behavior. So far, human pose estimation and tracking with 3D cameras has been focused primarily on adults and cannot be directly extended to infants because of differences in visual features such as shapes, sizes and appearance. With rehabilitation in mind, we propose a portable, compact, markerless, low cost and high resolution 3D vision system and a tracking algorithm that exploits infant appearance attributes and depth information...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806685/ecofriendly-gold-nanoparticles-lysozyme-interaction-thermodynamical-perspectives
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Swarup Roy, Shailendra K Saxena, Suryakant Mishra, Priyanka Yogi, P R Sagdeo, Rajesh Kumar
In the featured work interaction between biosynthesized gold nanoparticles (GNP) and lysozyme (Lys) has been studied using multi-spectroscopic approach. A moderate association constant (Kapp) of 2.66×10(4)L/mol has been observed indicative of interactive nature. The binding constant (Kb) was 1.99, 6.30 and 31.6×10(4)L/mol at 291, 298 and 305K respectively and the number of binding sites (n) was found to be approximately one. Estimated values of thermodynamic parameters (Enthalpy change, ΔH=141.99kJ/mol, entropy change, ΔS=570J/mol/K, Gibbs free energy change, ΔG=-27...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799379/the-energetics-of-prenucleation-clusters-in-lattice-solutions
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Benjamin A Legg, James J De Yoreo
According to classical nucleation theory, nucleation from solution involves the formation of small atomic clusters. Most formulations of classical nucleation use continuum "droplet" approximations to describe the properties of these clusters. However, the discrete atomic nature of very small clusters may cause deviations from these approximations. Here, we present a self-consistent framework for describing the nature of these deviations. We use our framework to investigate the formation of "polycube" atomic clusters on a cubic lattice, for which we have used combinatoric data to calculate the thermodynamic properties of clusters with 17 atoms or less...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799367/effect-of-entropy-on-the-nucleation-of-cavitation-bubbles-in-water-under-tension
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Georg Menzl, Christoph Dellago
Water can exist in a metastable liquid state under tension for long times before the system relaxes into the vapor via cavitation, i.e., bubble nucleation. Microscopic information on the cavitation process can be extracted from experimental data by the use of the nucleation theorem, which relates measured cavitation rates to the size of the critical bubble. To apply the nucleation theorem to experiments performed along an isochoric path, for instance, in cavitation experiments in mineral inclusions, knowledge of the bubble entropy is required...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760748/impact-of-age-sex-and-body-mass-index-on-cortisol-secretion-in-143-healthy-adults
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Ferdinand Roelfsema, Diana van Heemst, Ali Iranmanesh, Paul Takahashi, Rebecca Yang, Johannes D Veldhuis
CONTEXT: Studies on 24-h cortisol secretion are rare. The impact of sex, age and adiposity on cortisol levels, often restricted to one or a few samples, are well recognized, but conflicting. OBJECTIVE: To investigate cortisol dynamics in 143 healthy men and women, spanning 7 decades and with a 2-fold body mass index (BMI) range with different analytic tools. SETTING: Clinical Research Unit. DESIGN: Cortisol concentrations in 10-min samples collected for 24 h...
October 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749674/reaction-ensemble-monte-carlo-simulation-of-xylene-isomerization-in-bulk-phases-and-under-confinement
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Ryan Gotchy Mullen, Edward J Maginn
The original reaction move for the reaction ensemble Monte Carlo (RxMC) method is adapted to align both the position and orientation of inserted product molecules and deleted reactant molecules. The accuracy and efficiency of this move is demonstrated for xylene isomerization in vapor, liquid, and supercritical phases. Classical RxMC requires the ideal gas free energy of reaction ΔGrxn(ideal) as an input. We compare three methods for computing ΔGrxn(ideal): using tabulated enthalpies and entropies of formation, using the harmonic oscillator and rigid rotor approximations and using QM/MM alchemical transformation combined with multistate Bennett acceptance ratio...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743590/sequence-specificity-in-the-entropy-driven-binding-of-a-small-molecule-and-a-disordered-peptide
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Gabriella T Heller, Francesco A Aprile, Massimiliano Bonomi, Carlo Camilloni, Alfonso De Simone, Michele Vendruscolo
Approximately one-third of the human proteome is made up of proteins that are entirely disordered or that contain extended disordered regions. Although these disordered proteins are closely linked with many major diseases, their binding mechanisms with small molecules remain poorly understood, and a major concern is whether their specificity can be sufficient for drug development. Here, by studying the interaction of a small molecule and a disordered peptide from the oncogene protein c-Myc, we describe a "specific-diffuse" binding mechanism that exhibits sequence specificity despite being of entropic nature...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732441/determination-of-the-residual-entropy-of-simple-mixtures-by-monte-carlo-simulation
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Eric Detmar, Simin Yazdi Nezhad, Ulrich K Deiters
Extensive Monte Carlo simulations were performed for (neon + krypton) mixtures for temperatures between 200 K and 600 K and pressures up to 1 GPa, using Lennard-Jones potentials to describe the intermolecular interactions. The residual entropies were obtained via Widom's insertion method, as well as via an integration technique. At high pressures, the residual entropy is, to a very good approximation, a linear function of λa(-1), which is the reciprocal value of the average Monte Carlo displacement parameter that gives the acceptance ratio a for translational moves...
August 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731702/drude-polarizable-force-field-for-molecular-dynamics-simulations-of-saturated-and-unsaturated-zwitterionic-lipids
#18
Hui Li, Janamejaya Chowdhary, Lei Huang, Xibing He, Alexander D MacKerell, Benoît Roux
Additive force fields are designed to account for induced electronic polarization in a mean-field average way, using effective empirical fixed charges. The limitation of this approximation is cause for serious concerns, particularly in the case of lipid membranes, where the molecular environment undergoes dramatic variations over microscopic length scales. A polarizable force field based on the classical Drude oscillator offers a practical and computationally efficient framework for an improved representation of electrostatic interactions in molecular simulations...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708870/assessment-of-resampling-methods-for-causality-testing-a-note-on-the-us-inflation-behavior
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Angeliki Papana, Catherine Kyrtsou, Dimitris Kugiumtzis, Cees Diks
Different resampling methods for the null hypothesis of no Granger causality are assessed in the setting of multivariate time series, taking into account that the driving-response coupling is conditioned on the other observed variables. As appropriate test statistic for this setting, the partial transfer entropy (PTE), an information and model-free measure, is used. Two resampling techniques, time-shifted surrogates and the stationary bootstrap, are combined with three independence settings (giving a total of six resampling methods), all approximating the null hypothesis of no Granger causality...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699041/pulse-rate-and-transit-time-analysis-to-predict-hypotension-events-after-spinal-anesthesia-during-programmed-cesarean-labor
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Juan Bolea, Jesús Lázaro, Eduardo Gil, Eva Rovira, José M Remartínez, Pablo Laguna, Esther Pueyo, Augusto Navarro, Raquel Bailón
Prophylactic treatment has been proved to reduce hypotension incidence after spinal anesthesia during cesarean labor. However, the use of pharmacological prophylaxis could carry out undesirable side-effects on mother and fetus. Thus, the prediction of hypotension becomes an important challenge. Hypotension events are hypothesized to be related to a malfunctioning of autonomic nervous system (ANS) regulation of blood pressure. In this work, ANS responses to positional changes of 51 pregnant women programmed for a cesarean labor were explored for hypotension prediction...
July 11, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
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