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Helena Mihaljević-Brandt, Lucía Santamaría, Marco Tullney
Despite the increasing number of women graduating in mathematics, a systemic gender imbalance persists and is signified by a pronounced gender gap in the distribution of active researchers and professors. Especially at the level of university faculty, women mathematicians continue being drastically underrepresented, decades after the first affirmative action measures have been put into place. A solid publication record is of paramount importance for securing permanent positions. Thus, the question arises whether the publication patterns of men and women mathematicians differ in a significant way...
2016: PloS One
Pawel Kuklik, Benjamin Schäffer, Boris A Hoffmann, Anand N Ganesan, Doreen Schreiber, Julia M Moser, Ruken Ö Akbulak, Arian Sultan, Daniel Steven, Bart Maesen, Ulrich Schotten, Christian Meyer, Stephan Willems
BACKGROUND: Electrogram-based identification of the regions maintaining persistent Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a subject of ongoing debate. Here, we explore the concept of local electrical dyssynchrony to identify AF drivers. METHODS AND RESULTS: Local electrical dyssynchrony was calculated using mean phase coherence. High-density epicardial mapping along with mathematical model were used to explore the link between local dyssynchrony and properties of wave conduction...
2016: PloS One
Rein M G J Houben, Peter J Dodd
BACKGROUND: The existing estimate of the global burden of latent TB infection (LTBI) as "one-third" of the world population is nearly 20 y old. Given the importance of controlling LTBI as part of the End TB Strategy for eliminating TB by 2050, changes in demography and scientific understanding, and progress in TB control, it is important to re-assess the global burden of LTBI. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We constructed trends in annual risk in infection (ARI) for countries between 1934 and 2014 using a combination of direct estimates of ARI from LTBI surveys (131 surveys from 1950 to 2011) and indirect estimates of ARI calculated from World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates of smear positive TB prevalence from 1990 to 2014...
October 2016: PLoS Medicine
Max Schelker, Caroline Maria Mair, Fabian Jolmes, Robert-William Welke, Edda Klipp, Andreas Herrmann, Max Flöttmann, Christian Sieben
After endocytic uptake, influenza viruses transit early endosomal compartments and eventually reach late endosomes. There, the viral glycoprotein hemagglutinin (HA) triggers fusion between endosomal and viral membrane, a critical step that leads to release of the viral segmented genome destined to reach the cell nucleus. Endosomal maturation is a complex process involving acidification of the endosomal lumen as well as endosome motility along microtubules. While the pH drop is clearly critical for the conformational change and membrane fusion activity of HA, the effect of intracellular transport dynamics on the progress of infection remains largely unclear...
October 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Damon A Clark, Jonathan B Demb
Sensory systems use receptors to extract information from the environment and neural circuits to perform subsequent computations. These computations may be described as algorithms composed of sequential mathematical operations. Comparing these operations across taxa reveals how different neural circuits have evolved to solve the same problem, even when using different mechanisms to implement the underlying math. In this review, we compare how insect and mammalian neural circuits have solved the problem of motion estimation, focusing on the fruit fly Drosophila and the mouse retina...
October 24, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Maria Kalafateli, Fred Wickham, Maria Burniston, Evangelos Cholongitas, Eleni Theocharidou, Matteo Garcovich, James O'Beirne, Rachel Westbrook, Gioacchino Leandro, Andrew K Burroughs, Emmanuel A Tsochatzis
: Current expressions based on serum creatinine concentration overestimate kidney function in cirrhosis leading to significant differences between "true" and calculated glomerular filtration rate (GFR). We compared the performance of MDRD-4, MDRD-6 and CKD-EPI with "true" GFR and the impact of this difference on MELD calculation. We subsequently developed and validated a GFR equation specifically for cirrhosis and compared the performance of the new derived formula with existing GFR formulas...
October 25, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Ryan A Devenyi, Francis A Ortega, Willemijn Groenendaal, Trine Krogh-Madsen, David J Christini, Eric A Sobie
Imbalances of ionic currents can destabilize the cardiac action potential and potentially trigger lethal cardiac arrhythmias. Here we combined mathematical modeling with information-rich dynamic-clamp experiments to elucidate regulation of action potential morphology in guinea pig ventricular myocytes. Parameter sensitivity analysis was used to predict how changes in ionic currents alter action potential duration, and these were tested experimentally using dynamic clamp, a technique that allows for multiple perturbations to be tested in each cell...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Arne Liebau, Olivia Pogorzelski, Alec N Salt, Stefan K Plontke
OBJECTIVE: Controlled and uncontrolled studies with primary intratympanic or combined intratympanic and systemic application of glucocorticosteroids for idiopathic sudden hearing loss were analyzed by means of a meta-analysis in an attempt to establish optimal local drug delivery protocols. STUDY DESIGN: A total of 25 studies with 28 treatment groups between January 2000 and June 2014 were selected that adequately described drug delivery protocols. Cochlear drug levels were calculated by a validated computer model of drug dispersion in the inner ear fluids based on the concentration and volume of glucocorticoids applied, the time the drug remained in the middle ear, and the specific timing of injections...
October 21, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Pierre Bou-Khalil, Salah Zeineldine, Robert Chatburn, Chakib Ayyoub, Farouk Elkhatib, Imad Bou-Akl, Mohamad El-Khatib
Simple and accurate expressions describing the PaO2-FiO2 relationship in mechanically ventilated patients are lacking. The current study aims to validate a novel mathematical expression for accurate prediction of the fraction of inspired oxygen that will result in a targeted arterial oxygen tension in non-smoking and smoking patients receiving mechanical ventilation following open heart surgeries. One hundred PaO2-FiO2 data pairs were obtained from 25 non-smoking patients mechanically ventilated following open heart surgeries...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Anupam P Vedurmudi, Bruce A Young, J Leo van Hemmen
In internally coupled ears (ICE), the displacement of one eardrum creates pressure waves that propagate through air-filled passages in the skull, causing a displacement of the opposing eardrum and vice versa. In this review, a thorough mathematical analysis of the membranes, passages, and propagating pressure waves reveals how internally coupled ears generate unique amplitude and temporal cues for sound localization. The magnitudes of both of these cues are directionally dependent. On the basis of the geometry of the interaural cavity and the elastic properties of the two eardrums confining it at both ends, the present paper reviews the mathematical theory underlying hearing through ICE and derives analytical expressions for eardrum vibrations as well as the pressures inside the internal passages, which ultimately lead to the emergence of highly directional hearing cues...
October 25, 2016: Biological Cybernetics
Chih-Yuan Lin, Fu Chen, Li-Hsien Yeh, Jyh-Ping Hsu
Modern applications of nanotechnology such as salinity gradient power and ionic diodes usually involve the transport of ionic species in a system comprising a nanopore connecting two large reservoirs. The charge properties on the nanopore surface plays a key role, and they need to be estimated by fitting a mathematical model for the system to measurable quantities such as ionic current or conductance. This model can also be used to simulate the system behavior under various conditions. However, the large difference between the linear size of a nanopore and that of a reservoir makes relevant analyses difficult...
October 25, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Roberto Burro
BACKGROUND: Several scientific psychologists consider the approach for the study of perceptive problems of the Experimental Phenomenology is problematic, namely that the phenomenological demonstrations are subjectively based and they do not produce quantifiable results. AIM: The aim of this study is to show that Experimental Phenomenology can lead to conclusions objective and quantifiable and propose a procedure allowing to obtain objective measuring using the Rasch mathematical model able to describe the experimental data gathered in Experimental Phenomenology procedures...
2016: SpringerPlus
Yiliao Song, Yong Wang, Feng Liu, Yixin Zhang
Construction and demolition waste (C&DW) is currently a worldwide issue, and the situation is the worst in China due to a rapid increase in the construction industry and the short life span of China's buildings. To create an opportunity out of this problem, comprehensive prevention measures and effective management strategies are urgently needed. One major gap in the literature of waste management is a lack of estimations on future C&DW generation. Therefore, this paper presents a forecasting procedure for C&DW in China that can forecast the quantity of each component in such waste...
October 21, 2016: Waste Management
Effat Soleimani, Manijhe Mokhtari-Dizaji, Nasser Fatouraee, Hazhir Saberi
Purpose: The aim of this study was to introduce and implement a noninvasive method to derive the carotid artery pressure waveform directly by processing diagnostic sonograms of the carotid artery. Methods: Ultrasound image sequences of 20 healthy male subjects (age, 36±9 years) were recorded during three cardiac cycles. The internal diameter and blood velocity waveforms were extracted from consecutive sonograms over the cardiac cycles by using custom analysis programs written in MATLAB...
September 20, 2016: Ultrasonography
Shih-Chun Kao, Daniel R Westfall, Andrew C Parks, Matthew B Pontifex, Charles H Hillman
PURPOSE: This study investigated the relationship between aerobic and muscular fitness with working memory and academic achievement in preadolescent children. METHODS: Seventy-nine 9-11 year old children completed an aerobic fitness assessment using a graded exercise test; a muscular fitness assessment consisting of upper body, lower body, and core exercises; a serial n-back task to assess working memory; and an academic achievement test of mathematics and reading...
October 21, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Fabrizio Leo, Elena Cocchi, Luca Brayda
Vision loss has severe impacts on physical, social and emotional well-being. The education of blind children poses issues as many scholar disciplines (e.g. geometry, mathematics) are normally taught by heavily relying on vision. Touch-based assistive technologies are potential tools to provide graphical contents to blind users, improving learning possibilities and social inclusion. Raised-lines drawings are still the golden standard, but stimuli cannot be reconfigured or adapted and the blind person constantly requires assistance...
October 20, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Ji-Sun Kim, Han-Byeol Oh, A-Hee Kim, Jun-Sik Kim, Eun-Suk Lee, Jin-Young Baek, Ki Sung Lee, Soon-Cheol Chung, Jae-Hoon Jun
Glucose concentration is closely related to the metabolic activity of cells and it is the most important substance as the energy source of a living body which plays an important role in the human body. This paper proposes an optical method that can measure the concentration of glucose. The change in glucose concentration was observed by using CIE diagram, and wavelength and purity values were detected. Also, even small changes in glucose concentration can be evaluated through mathematical modeling. This system is simple, economical, and capable of quantifying optical signals with numerical values for glucose sensing...
October 24, 2016: Bioengineered
Andreas Widder, Christian Kuehn
In this paper, we focus on the influence of heterogeneity and stochasticity of the population on the dynamical structure of a basic susceptible-infected-susceptible (SIS) model. First we prove that, upon a suitable mathematical reformulation of the basic reproduction number, the homogeneous system and the heterogeneous system exhibit a completely analogous global behaviour. Then we consider noise terms to incorporate the fluctuation effects and the random import of the disease into the population and analyse the influence of heterogeneity on warning signs for critical transitions (or tipping points)...
October 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
Anthony Tongen, Maria Zubillaga, Jorge E Rabinovich
Population dynamic models often include males in the calculation of population change, but even in those cases males have rarely been introduced to represent polygyny (harem social structure), where it is particularly important to include males in the reproductive performance of the population. In this article we develop an adaptable matrix population modeling framework for species that have a harem-like social structure under an assumption that the transitions from newborn to juvenile and juvenile to adult both take one time step...
October 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
K E Starkov, Svetlana Bunimovich-Mendrazitsky
Understanding the global interaction dynamics between tumor and the immune system plays a key role in the advancement of cancer therapy. Bunimovich-Mendrazitsky et al. (2015) developed a mathematical model for the study of the immune system response to combined therapy for bladder cancer with Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) and interleukin-2 (IL-2) . We utilized a mathematical approach for bladder cancer treatment model for derivation of ultimate upper and lower bounds and proving dissipativity property in the sense of Levinson...
October 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
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