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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107625/gold-nanoshell-mediated-remote-myotube-activation
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Attilio Marino, Satoshi Arai, Yanyan Hou, Andrea Degl'Innocenti, Valentina Cappello, Barbara Mazzolai, Young-Tae Chang, Virgilio Mattoli, Madoka Suzuki, Gianni Ciofani
Mild heat stimulation of muscle cells within the physiological range represents an intriguing approach for the modulation of their functions. In this work, photothermal conversion was exploited to remotely stimulate striated muscle cells by using gold nanoshells (NS) in combination with near-infrared (NIR) radiation. Temperature increments of approximately 5°C were recorded by using an intracellular fluorescent molecular thermometer and were demonstrated to efficiently induce myotube contraction. The mechanism at the base of this phenomenon was thoroughly investigated and was observed to be a Ca2+-independent event directly involving actin-myosin interactions...
January 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106843/underwater-electromagnetic-sensor-networks-part-i-link-characterization
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Gara Quintana-Díaz, Pablo Mena-Rodríguez, Iván Pérez-Álvarez, Eugenio Jiménez, Blas-Pablo Dorta-Naranjo, Santiago Zazo, Marina Pérez, Eduardo Quevedo, Laura Cardona, J Joaquín Hernández
Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks (UWSNs) using electromagnetic (EM) technology in marine shallow waters are examined, not just for environmental monitoring but for further interesting applications. Particularly, the use of EM waves is reconsidered in shallow waters due to the benefits offered in this context, where acoustic and optical technologies have serious disadvantages. Sea water scenario is a harsh environment for radiocommunications, and there is no standard model for the underwater EM channel. The high conductivity of sea water, the effect of seabed and the surface make the behaviour of the channel hard to predict...
January 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106817/value-based-caching-in-information-centric-wireless-body-area-networks
#3
Fadi M Al-Turjman, Muhammad Imran, Athanasios V Vasilakos
We propose a resilient cache replacement approach based on a Value of sensed Information (VoI) policy. To resolve and fetch content when the origin is not available due to isolated in-network nodes (fragmentation) and harsh operational conditions, we exploit a content caching approach. Our approach depends on four functional parameters in sensory Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs). These four parameters are: age of data based on periodic request, popularity of on-demand requests, communication interference cost, and the duration for which the sensor node is required to operate in active mode to capture the sensed readings...
January 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106747/design-of-wearable-breathing-sound-monitoring-system-for-real-time-wheeze-detection
#4
Shih-Hong Li, Bor-Shing Lin, Chen-Han Tsai, Cheng-Ta Yang, Bor-Shyh Lin
In the clinic, the wheezing sound is usually considered as an indicator symptom to reflect the degree of airway obstruction. The auscultation approach is the most common way to diagnose wheezing sounds, but it subjectively depends on the experience of the physician. Several previous studies attempted to extract the features of breathing sounds to detect wheezing sounds automatically. However, there is still a lack of suitable monitoring systems for real-time wheeze detection in daily life. In this study, a wearable and wireless breathing sound monitoring system for real-time wheeze detection was proposed...
January 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105520/type-1-diabetic-patients-with-peripheral-neuropathy-have-pan-enteric-prolongation-of-gastrointestinal-transit-times-and-an-altered-caecal-ph-profile
#5
Adam D Farmer, Anne Grave Pedersen, Birgitte Brock, Poul Erik Jakobsen, Jesper Karmisholt, Sahar D Mohammed, S Mark Scott, Asbjørn Mohr Drewes, Christina Brock
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: We hypothesised that type 1 diabetic patients with established diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DSPN) would have segmental and/or pan-enteric dysmotility in comparison to healthy age-matched controls. We aimed to investigate the co-relationships between gastrointestinal function, degree of DSPN and clinical symptoms. METHODS: An observational comparison was made between 48 patients with DSPN (39 men, mean age 50 years, range 29-71 years), representing the baseline data of an ongoing clinical trial (representing a secondary analysis of baseline data collected from an ongoing double-blind randomised controlled trial investigating the neuroprotective effects of liraglutide) and 41 healthy participants (16 men, mean age 49 years, range 30-78) who underwent a standardised wireless motility capsule test to assess gastrointestinal transit...
January 20, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104293/debriefing-decreases-mental-workload-in-surgical-crisis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#6
Sylvain Boet, Bharat Sharma, Ashlee-Ann Pigford, Emily Hladkowicz, Neil Rittenhouse, Teodor Grantcharov
BACKGROUND: Mental workload is the amount of mental effort involved in performing a particular task. Crisis situations may increase mental workload, which can subsequently negatively impact operative performance and patient safety. This study aims to measure the impact of learning through debriefing and a systematic approach to crisis on trainees' mental workload in a simulated surgical crisis. METHODS: Twenty junior surgical residents participated in a high-fidelity, simulated, postoperative crisis in a surgical ward environment (pretest)...
January 16, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098846/localization-free-detection-of-replica-node-attacks-in-wireless-sensor-networks-using-similarity-estimation-with-group-deployment-knowledge
#7
Chao Ding, Lijun Yang, Meng Wu
Due to the unattended nature and poor security guarantee of the wireless sensor networks (WSNs), adversaries can easily make replicas of compromised nodes, and place them throughout the network to launch various types of attacks. Such an attack is dangerous because it enables the adversaries to control large numbers of nodes and extend the damage of attacks to most of the network with quite limited cost. To stop the node replica attack, we propose a location similarity-based detection scheme using deployment knowledge...
January 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098830/bulk-data-dissemination-in-low-power-sensor-networks-present-and-future-directions
#8
Zhirong Xu, Tianlei Hu, Qianshu Song
Wireless sensor network-based (WSN-based) applications need an efficient and reliable data dissemination service to facilitate maintenance, management and data distribution tasks. As WSNs nowadays are becoming pervasive and data intensive, bulk data dissemination protocols have been extensively studied recently. This paper provides a comprehensive survey of the state-of-the-art bulk data dissemination protocols. The large number of papers available in the literature propose various techniques to optimize the dissemination protocols...
January 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098818/a-study-on-coexistence-capability-evaluations-of-the-enhanced-channel-hopping-mechanism-in-wbans
#9
Zhongcheng Wei, Yongmei Sun, Yuefeng Ji
As an important coexistence technology, channel hopping can reduce the interference among Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs). However, it simultaneously brings some issues, such as energy waste, long latency and communication interruptions, etc. In this paper, we propose an enhanced channel hopping mechanism that allows multiple WBANs coexisted in the same channel. In order to evaluate the coexistence performance, some critical metrics are designed to reflect the possibility of channel conflict. Furthermore, by taking the queuing and non-queuing behaviors into consideration, we present a set of analysis approaches to evaluate the coexistence capability...
January 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098772/a-non-intrusive-cyber-physical-social-sensing-solution-to-people-behavior-tracking-mechanism-prototype-and-field-experiments
#10
Yunjian Jia, Zhenyu Zhou, Fei Chen, Peng Duan, Zhen Guo, Shahid Mumtaz
Tracking people's behaviors is a main category of cyber physical social sensing (CPSS)-related people-centric applications. Most tracking methods utilize camera networks or sensors built into mobile devices such as global positioning system (GPS) and Bluetooth. In this article, we propose a non-intrusive wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi)-based tracking method. To show the feasibility, we target tracking people's access behaviors in Wi-Fi networks, which has drawn a lot of interest from the academy and industry recently...
January 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098750/cluster-based-maximum-consensus-time-synchronization-for-industrial-wireless-sensor-networks
#11
Zhaowei Wang, Peng Zeng, Mingtuo Zhou, Dong Li, Jintao Wang
Time synchronization is one of the key technologies in Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks (IWSNs), and clustering is widely used in WSNs for data fusion and information collection to reduce redundant data and communication overhead. Considering IWSNs' demand for low energy consumption, fast convergence, and robustness, this paper presents a novel Cluster-based Maximum consensus Time Synchronization (CMTS) method. It consists of two parts: intra-cluster time synchronization and inter-cluster time synchronization...
January 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098748/propagation-modeling-and-defending-of-a-mobile-sensor-worm-in-wireless-sensor-and-actuator-networks
#12
Tian Wang, Qun Wu, Sheng Wen, Yiqiao Cai, Hui Tian, Yonghong Chen, Baowei Wang
WSANs (Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks) are derived from traditional wireless sensor networks by introducing mobile actuator elements. Previous studies indicated that mobile actuators can improve network performance in terms of data collection, energy supplementation, etc. However, according to our experimental simulations, the actuator's mobility also causes the sensor worm to spread faster if an attacker launches worm attacks on an actuator and compromises it successfully. Traditional worm propagation models and defense strategies did not consider the diffusion with a mobile worm carrier...
January 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097627/adherence-with-physical-activity-monitoring-wearable-devices-in-a-community-based-population-observations-from-the-washington-d-c-cardiovascular-health-and-needs-assessment
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Leah R Yingling, Valerie Mitchell, Colby R Ayers, Marlene Peters-Lawrence, Gwenyth R Wallen, Alyssa T Brooks, James F Troendle, Joel Adu-Brimpong, Samantha Thomas, JaWanna Henry, Johnetta N Saygbe, Dana M Sampson, Allan A Johnson, Avis P Graham, Lennox A Graham, Kenneth L Wiley, Tiffany Powell-Wiley
Wearable mobile health (mHealth) technologies offer approaches for targeting physical activity (PA) in resource-limited, community-based interventions. We sought to explore user characteristics of PA tracking, wearable technology among a community-based population within a health and needs assessment. In 2014-2015, we conducted the Washington, D.C., Cardiovascular Health and Needs Assessment in predominantly African-American churches among communities with higher obesity rates and lower household incomes. Participants received a mHealth PA monitor and wirelessly uploaded PA data weekly to church data collection hubs...
January 17, 2017: Translational Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096315/experimental-optimization-of-exposure-index-and-quality-of-service-in-wlan-networks
#14
David Plets, Günter Vermeeren, Eli De Poorter, Ingrid Moerman, Sotirios K Goudos, Martens Luc, Joseph Wout
This paper presents the first real-life optimization of the Exposure Index (EI). A genetic optimization algorithm is developed and applied to three real-life Wireless Local Area Network scenarios in an experimental testbed. The optimization accounts for downlink, uplink and uplink of other users, for realistic duty cycles, and ensures a sufficient Quality of Service to all users. EI reductions up to 97.5% compared to a reference configuration can be achieved in a downlink-only scenario, in combination with an improved Quality of Service...
January 17, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095075/a-pilot-study-using-entropy-as-a-non-invasive-assessment-of-running
#15
Andrew M Murray, Joong Hyun Ryu, John Sproule, Anthony P Turner, Phil Graham-Smith, Marco Cardinale
PURPOSE: Running performance is influenced by the interaction of biomechanical and physiological factors. Miniaturised accelerometers worn by the athlete can be used to quantify mechanical aspects of running and be used as a non-invasive tool to assess training status and progression. The aim of this study was to define and validate a method to assess running regularity and allow the estimation of an individual's V̇O2 and/or blood lactate [La]b based on data collected with accelerometers and heart rate (HR)...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094958/magnetic-nanoparticle-based-mechanical-stimulation-for-restoration-of-mechano-sensitive-ion-channel-equilibrium-in-neural-networks
#16
Andy Tay, Dino Di Carlo
Techniques offering remote control of neural activity with high spatiotemporal resolution and specificity are invaluable for deciphering the physiological roles of different classes of neurons in brain development and disease. Here, we first confirm that micro-fabricated substrates with enhanced magnetic field gradients allow for wireless stimulation of neural circuits dosed with magnetic nanoparticles using calcium indicator dyes. We also investigate the mechanism of mechano-transduction in this system and identify that N-type mechano-sensitive calcium ion channels play a key role in signal generation in response to magnetic force...
January 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094309/blue-laser-diode-enables-underwater-communication-at-12-4%C3%A2-gbps
#17
Tsai-Chen Wu, Yu-Chieh Chi, Huai-Yung Wang, Cheng-Ting Tsai, Gong-Ru Lin
To enable high-speed underwater wireless optical communication (UWOC) in tap-water and seawater environments over long distances, a 450-nm blue GaN laser diode (LD) directly modulated by pre-leveled 16-quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) data was employed to implement its maximal transmission capacity of up to 10 Gbps. The proposed UWOC in tap water provided a maximal allowable communication bit rate increase from 5.2 to 12.4 Gbps with the corresponding underwater transmission distance significantly reduced from 10...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092568/equivalent-discrete-time-channel-modeling-for-molecular-communication-with-emphasize-on-an-absorbing-receiver
#18
Martin Damrath, Sebastian Korte, Peter Hoeher
This paper introduces the equivalent discrete-time channel model (EDTCM) to the area of diffusion-based molecular communication (DBMC). Emphasize is on an absorbing receiver, which is based on the so-called first passage time concept. In the wireless communications community the EDTCM is well known. Therefore, it is anticipated that the EDTCM improves the accessibility of DBMC and supports the adaptation of classical wireless communication algorithms to the area of DBMC. Furthermore, the EDTCM has the capability to provide a remarkable reduction of computational complexity compared to random walk based DBMC simulators...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092407/study-of-potential-health-effects-of-electromagnetic-fields-of-telephony-and-wi-fi-using-chicken-embryo-development-as-animal-model
#19
Henri Woelders, Agnes de Wit, Alexander Lourens, Norbert Stockhofe, Bas Engel, Ina Hulsegge, Dirkjan Schokker, Paula van Heijningen, Stefan Vossen, Dave Bekers, Peter Zwamborn
The objective of this study is to investigate possible biological effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) as used in modern wireless telecommunication in a well-controlled experimental environment using chicken embryo development as animal model. Chicken eggs were incubated under continuous experimental exposure to GSM (1.8 GHz), DECT (1.88 GHz), UMTS (2.1 GHz), and WLAN (5.6 GHz) radiation, with the appropriate modulation protocol, using a homogeneous field distribution at a field strength of approximately 3 V/m, representing the maximum field level in a normal living environment...
January 16, 2017: Bioelectromagnetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086889/hybrid-brain-computer-interface-for-biomedical-cyber-physical-system-application-using-wireless-embedded-eeg-systems
#20
Rifai Chai, Ganesh R Naik, Sai Ho Ling, Hung T Nguyen
BACKGROUND: One of the key challenges of the biomedical cyber-physical system is to combine cognitive neuroscience with the integration of physical systems to assist people with disabilities. Electroencephalography (EEG) has been explored as a non-invasive method of providing assistive technology by using brain electrical signals. METHODS: This paper presents a unique prototype of a hybrid brain computer interface (BCI) which senses a combination classification of mental task, steady state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) and eyes closed detection using only two EEG channels...
January 7, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
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