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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325035/calculation-of-energy-diagram-of-asymmetric-graded-band-gap-semiconductor-superlattices
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Liubomyr S Monastyrskii, Bogdan S Sokolovskii, Mariya P Alekseichyk
The paper theoretically investigates the peculiarities of energy diagram of asymmetric graded-band-gap superlattices with linear coordinate dependences of band gap and electron affinity. For calculating the energy diagram of asymmetric graded-band-gap superlattices, linearized Poisson's equation has been solved for the two layers forming a period of the superlattice. The obtained coordinate dependences of edges of the conduction and valence bands demonstrate substantial transformation of the shape of the energy diagram at changing the period of the lattice and the ratio of width of the adjacent layers...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325032/limb-position-robust-classification-of-myoelectric-signals-for-prosthesis-control-using-sparse-representations
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Joseph L Betthauser, Christopher L Hunt, Luke E Osborn, Rahul R Kaliki, Nitish V Thakor
The fundamental objective in non-invasive myoelectric prosthesis control is to determine the user's intended movements from corresponding skin-surface recorded electromyographic (sEMG) activation signals as quickly and accurately as possible. Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) has emerged as the de facto standard for real-time movement classification due to its ease of use, calculation speed, and remarkable classification accuracy under controlled training conditions. However, performance of cluster-based methods like LDA for sEMG pattern recognition degrades significantly when real-world testing conditions do not resemble the trained conditions, limiting the utility of myoelectrically controlled prosthesis devices...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325026/application-of-dti-connectivity-in-lateralization-of-mtle
#3
Mohammad R Nazem-Zadeh, Susan M Bowyer, John E Moran, Esmaeil Davoodi-Bojd, Andrew Zillgitt, Hassan Bagher-Ebadian, Fariborz Mahmoudi, Kost V Elisevich, Hamid Soltanian-Zadeh
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a noninvasive imaging method for measuring the diffusion properties of the underlying white matter tracts through which epileptiform activity is propagated. This study investigates the structural abnormalities quantified by DTI in mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE). Fiber tracts passing through 54 anatomical sites in 12 adult mTLE patients and 12 age- and gender-matched controls were identified using DTI tractography. DTI nodal degree (ND) and laterality index were then calculated...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325021/evaluation-of-lung-ventilation-distribution-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-patients-using-the-global-inhomogeneity-index
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F Trenk, L Mendes, P Carvalho, R P Paiva, J Henriques, N Maglaveras, I Chouvarda, V Tsara, C A Teixeira
The global inhomogeneity (GI) index is a electrical impedance tomography (EIT) parameter that quantifies the tidal volume distribution within the lung. In this work the global inhomogeneity index was computed for twenty subjects in order to evaluate his potential use in the detection and follow up of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. EIT data of 17 subjects were acquired: 14 patients with the main diagnoses of COPD and 3 healthy subjects which served as a control group. Two or three datasets of around 30 seconds were acquired at 33 scans/s and analysed for each subject...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325001/reliability-of-a-cortical-surface-based-analysis-with-subcortical-regression-in-the-identification-of-resting-state-functional-networks
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R Lopes, P Besson, R Viard, C Bournonville, C Delmaire, X Leclerc
Many methods exist for identifying brain networks in resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging. During the last decade, there was a growing interest in functional connectivity using surface-based analysis. However, the advantages of this approach against volume-based analysis in a data-driven model are unclear. In this study, we propose an independent component analysis based method to extract the resting-state networks directly on the cortical surface. The components associated with the subcortical regions are identified by multiple linear regressions between the signals in subcortical voxels and independent components time courses...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324998/prediction-of-the-outcome-in-cardiac-arrest-patients-undergoing-hypothermia-using-eeg-wavelet-entropy
#6
Hana Moshirvaziri, Nima Ramezan-Arab, Shadnaz Asgari
Cardiac arrest (CA) is the leading cause of death in the United States. Induction of hypothermia has been found to improve the functional recovery of CA patients after resuscitation. However, there is no clear guideline for the clinicians yet to determine the prognosis of the CA when patients are treated with hypothermia. The present work aimed at the development of a prognostic marker for the CA patients undergoing hypothermia. A quantitative measure of the complexity of Electroencephalogram (EEG) signals, called wavelet sub-band entropy, was employed to predict the patients' outcomes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324997/assessing-the-development-of-fetal-myocardial-function-by-a-novel-doppler-myocardial-performance-index
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Ahsan H Khandoker, F Marzbanrad, Y Kimura, Saeed Al Nuaimi, M Palaniswami
Doppler-derived myocardial performance index are used to assess aspects of systolic and diastolic function in adult as well as fetal heart. The Tei Index (TI) is a useful and non-invasive tool. The aim of this study was to determine normal values of fetal left ventricular (LV) TI in early (16-32 weeks) and late trimester (35-41 weeks) fetuses and to develop a new myocardial performance index (K-index; KI) which focuses on fetal diastolic interval when oxygenated blood from the placenta filled in the LV. Simultaneous recordings of Doppler Ultrasound Signal (DUS) of the LV outflow tracts and fetal electrocardiogram signals were obtained in 55 early- and late-trimester fetuses...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324996/analysis-of-the-non-stationarity-of-neural-activity-during-an-auditory-oddball-task-in-schizophrenia
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P Nunez, J Poza, J Gomez-Pilar, A Bachiller, C Gomez, A Lubeiro, V Molina, R Hornero
The aim of this study was to characterize brain dynamics during an auditory oddball task. For this purpose, a measure of the non-stationarity of a given time-frequency representation (TFR) was applied to electroencephalographic (EEG) signals. EEG activity was acquired from 20 schizophrenic (SCH) patients and 20 healthy controls while they underwent a three-stimulus auditory oddball task. The Degree of Stationarity (DS), a measure of the non-stationarity of the TFR, was computed using the continuous wavelet transform...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324981/hemodynamic-determinants-and-ventriculo-arterial-coupling-are-sex-associated-in-heart-failure-patients
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Peter L Kerkhof, Guy R Heyndrickx, John K-J Li
End-systolic volume (ESV) and end-diastolic volume (EDV) are key parameters in the analysis of left ventricular (LV) function, and the study of cardiac remodeling. The volume regulation graph (VRG) relates these fundamental determinants, and permits convenient stratification for clinically relevant covariates. This contribution analyzes sex-associated differences in hemodynamic parameters for 197 heart failure (HF) patients, evaluated by biplane ventriculography, in combination with arterial pressure. We calculated LV parameters such as stroke volume (SV), cardiac output (CO), ESV, EDV, ejection fraction (EF), end-systolic elastance (Emax), besides arterial parameters: effective arterial elastance (Ea), elastance ratio (the coupling index k), peripheral resistance (Rs), pulse pressure (PP), and arterial compliance (C), all normalized for body surface area when appropriate...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324980/effect-of-wearable-sensor-dynamics-on-physical-activity-estimates-a-comparison-between-sci-vs-healthy-individuals
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C Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman
Accuracy of physical activity estimates predicted by activity monitoring technologies may be affected by device location, analysis algorithms, type of technology (i.e. wearable/stickable) and population demographics (disability) being studied. Consequently, the main purpose of this investigation was to study such sensor dynamics (i.e. effect of device location, type and population demographics on energy expenditure estimates) of two commercial activity monitors. It was hypothesized that device location, population studied (disability), choice of proprietary algorithm and type of technology used will significantly impact the accuracy of the predicted physical activity metrics...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324973/force-controlled-ultrasound-to-measure-passive-mechanical-properties-of-muscle-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Anne J Pigula, Jim S Wu, Matthew W Gilbertson, Basil T Darras, Seward B Rutkove, Brian W Anthony
The purpose of this study is to assess differences in skeletal muscle compressibility between patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and normal subjects. The transverse passive mechanical properties of muscle, particularly those related to stiffness and elasticity, can be measured using force-controlled ultrasound. We acquired ultrasound videos of muscle compression under known pressures in the biceps and quadriceps in 23 boys with DMD and 20 age-matched healthy controls. We calculated the bulk linear spring constant, nonlinear stress-strain response, and average Young's modulus for each...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324962/design-of-a-dual-hormone-model-predictive-control-for-artificial-pancreas-with-exercise-model
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Navid Resalat, Joseph El Youssef, Ravi Reddy, Peter G Jacobs
The Artificial Pancreas (AP) is a new technology for helping people with type 1 diabetes to better control their glucose levels through automated delivery of insulin and optionally glucagon in response to sensed glucose levels. In a dual hormone AP, insulin and glucagon are delivered automatically to the body based on glucose sensor measurements using a control algorithm that calculates the amount of hormones to be infused. A dual-hormone MPC may deliver insulin continuously; however, it must avoid continuous delivery of glucagon because nausea can occur from too much glucagon...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324949/muscle-synergy-analysis-in-transtibial-amputee-during-ramp-ascending-activity
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P Mehryar, M S Shourijeh, H F Maqbool, M Torabi, A A Dehghani-Sanij
In developed countries, the highest number of amputees are elderly with transtibial amputation. Walking on inclined surfaces is difficult for amputees due to loss of muscle volume and strength thereby transtibial amputees (TA) rely on the intact limb to maintain stability. The aim of this study was to use the concatenated non-negative matrix factorization (CNMF) technique to calculate muscle synergy components and compare the difference in muscle synergies and their associated activation profiles in the healthy and amputee groups during ramp ascending (RA) activity...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324930/rtms-enhanced-gamma-oscillation-through-strengthened-network-connection
#14
Mengmeng Dou, Xin Tian
Gamma oscillations emerge generally in working memory to aspect of higher cognitive functions, and typically with the interaction of brain network. How is gamma oscillatory activity influenced by the functional connection in the brain'a network? How can gamma oscillations be increased by neural modulation to result in potential benefits for working memory? The present study aims to investigate the intensity of gamma oscillations modulated by low frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), and the possible brain network mechanism of increased gamma oscillations during working memory task in rats...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324891/multicenter-prospective-evaluation-of-the-reliability-of-the-combined-use-of-two-models-to-predict-non-sentinel-lymph-node-status-in-breast-cancer-patients-with-metastatic-sentinel-lymph-nodes-the-mskcc-nomogram-and-the-tenon-score-results-of-the-notegs-study
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Roman Rouzier, Catherine Uzan, Alexandra Rousseau, Eugénie Guillot, Sonia Zilberman, Charles Meyer, Pablo Estevez, Pierre-Francois Dupre, David Kere, Virginie Doridot, Gauthier D'halluin, Xavier Fritel, Nicolas Pouget, Clémentine Jankowski, Chafika Mazouni, Tabassome Simon, Charles Coutant
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to prospectively evaluate the combined use of The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center nomogram and Tenon score to select, in patients with metastatic sentinel lymph node (SN), those at low risk of metastatic non-SN for whom additional axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) could be avoided. METHODS: From January 2011 to July 2012, a prospective non-interventional nationwide study was conducted (NCT01509963). We sought to identify the false reassurance rate (FRR, a negative test result is false) in patients with both a ⩽10% probability of metastatic non-SN with the MSKCC nomogram and a Tenon score ⩽3...
March 21, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324889/evaluation-of-clinicopathological-factors-in-pd-1-response-derivation-and-validation-of-a-prediction-scale-for-response-to-pd-1-monotherapy
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Adi Nosrati, Katy K Tsai, Simone M Goldinger, Paul Tumeh, Barbara Grimes, Kimberly Loo, Alain P Algazi, Thi Dan Linh Nguyen-Kim, Mitchell Levesque, Reinhard Dummer, Omid Hamid, Adil Daud
BACKGROUND: Anti-PD-1 therapy has shown significant clinical activity in advanced melanoma. We developed and validated a clinical prediction scale for response to anti- PD-1 monotherapy. METHODS: A total of 315 patients with advanced melanoma treated with pembrolizumab (2 or 10 mg kg(-1) Q2W or Q3W) or nivolumab (3 mg kg(-1) Q2W) at four cancer centres between 2011 to 2013 served as the setting for the present cohort study. Variables with significant association to response on a univariate analysis were entered into a forward stepwise logistic regression model and were given a score based on ORs to calculate a clinical prediction scale...
March 21, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324867/blood-glucose-levels-and-glycaemic-burden-in-76-341-patients-attending-primary-care-bittersweet-findings-from-a-9-year-cohort-study
#17
Melinda J Carrington, Neale Cohen, Joshua F Wiley
AIMS: Diabetes care is principally applied in the primary care setting whereby we examined trends in glycaemic levels and goals and estimated avoidable glycaemic burden. METHODS: We retrieved glycated haemoglobin (HbA1C) results and glucose-lowering prescription records from a patient-based medical database during 2005-2013. There were 275,480 available HbA1C measurements from 76,341 individuals managed by 960 general practitioners from 321 clinics across Australia...
February 27, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324856/quantification-of-groundwater-recharge-in-urban-environments
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Isabel Tubau, Enric Vázquez-Suñé, Jesús Carrera, Cristina Valhondo, Rotman Criollo
Groundwater management in urban areas requires a detailed knowledge of the hydrogeological system as well as the adequate tools for predicting the amount of groundwater and water quality evolution. In that context, a key difference between urban and natural areas lies in recharge evaluation. A large number of studies have been published since the 1990s that evaluate recharge in urban areas, with no specific methodology. Most of these methods show that there are generally higher rates of recharge in urban settings than in natural settings...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324852/a-novel-water-quality-data-analysis-framework-based-on-time-series-data-mining
#19
Weihui Deng, Guoyin Wang
The rapid development of time-series data mining provides an emerging method for water resource management research. In this paper, based on the time-series data mining methodology, we propose a novel and general analysis framework for water quality time-series data. It consists of two parts: implementation components and common tasks of time-series data mining in water quality data. In the first part, we propose to granulate the time series into several two-dimensional normal clouds and calculate the similarities in the granulated level...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324849/oil-loving-hydrophobic-gels-made-from-glycerol-propoxylate-efficient-and-reusable-sorbents-for-oil-spill-clean-up
#20
Soner Kizil, Hayal Bulbul Sonmez
Glycerol propoxylate based oil loving sorbents were prepared through bulk polymerization, without using of an activator, initiator, or catalyst. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), (13)C and (29)Si CPMAS nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), as well as elemental analysis and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) were operated in order to identify the structural and thermal features of sorbents. The synthesized gels were employed as absorbents for various organic solvents and oils. The swelling capacity, absorption-desorption kinetics, reusability, and selective removal from an oil/water mixture were also examined...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
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