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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448638/a-minimal-model-of-burst-noise-induced-bistability
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Johannes Falk, Marc Mendler, Barbara Drossel
We investigate the influence of intrinsic noise on stable states of a one-dimensional dynamical system that shows in its deterministic version a saddle-node bifurcation between monostable and bistable behaviour. The system is a modified version of the Schlögl model, which is a chemical reaction system with only one type of molecule. The strength of the intrinsic noise is varied without changing the deterministic description by introducing bursts in the autocatalytic production step. We study the transitions between monostable and bistable behavior in this system by evaluating the number of maxima of the stationary probability distribution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442544/effects-of-aircraft-noise-exposure-on-saliva-cortisol-near-airports-in-france
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Marie Lefèvre, Marie-Christine Carlier, Patricia Champelovier, Jacques Lambert, Bernard Laumon, Anne-Sophie Evrard
BACKGROUND: Saliva cortisol is a possible marker of noise-induced stress and could then mediate the relation observed between exposure to aircraft or road traffic noise and cardiovascular diseases. However, the association between transportation noise and cortisol levels is still unclear. The objective of the study was to investigate the variability of saliva cortisol concentration as an indicator of disturbed hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis regulation in relation to long-term aircraft noise exposure...
April 25, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441570/neural-indices-of-phonemic-discrimination-and-sentence-level-speech-intelligibility-in-quiet-and-noise-a-p3-study
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Tess K Koerner, Yang Zhang, Peggy B Nelson, Boxiang Wang, Hui Zou
This study examined how speech babble noise differentially affected the auditory P3 responses and the associated neural oscillatory activities for consonant and vowel discrimination in relation to segmental- and sentence-level speech perception in noise. The data were collected from 16 normal-hearing participants in a double-oddball paradigm that contained a consonant (/ba/ to /da/) and vowel (/ba/ to /bu/) change in quiet and noise (speech-babble background at a -3 dB signal-to-noise ratio) conditions. Time-frequency analysis was applied to obtain inter-trial phase coherence (ITPC) and event-related spectral perturbation (ERSP) measures in delta, theta, and alpha frequency bands for the P3 response...
April 18, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441420/mapping-of-the-brain-hemodynamic-responses-to-sensorimotor-stimulation-in-a-rodent-model-a-bold-fmri-study
#4
Salem Boussida, Amidou S Traoré, Franck Durif
Blood Oxygenation Level Dependent functional MRI (BOLD fMRI) during electrical paw stimulation has been widely used in studies aimed at the understanding of the somatosensory network in rats. However, despite the well-established anatomical connections between cortical and subcortical structures of the sensorimotor system, most of these functional studies have been concentrated on the cortical effects of sensory electrical stimulation. BOLD fMRI study of the integration of a sensorimotor input across the sensorimotor network requires an appropriate methodology to elicit functional activation in cortical and subcortical areas owing to the regional differences in both neuronal and vascular architectures between these brain regions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441318/retraction-yu-et-al-low-iron-diet-increases-susceptibility-to-noise-induced-hearing-loss-in-young-rats-nutrients-2016-8-456
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Nutrients Editorial Office
The Nutrients Editorial Office has recently been made aware that the figures in the title paper [1] are taken from the same micrographs as those of other papers by the same authors [...].
April 25, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438709/characterization-of-high-resolution-gradient-echo-and-spin-echo-epi-for-fmri-in-the-human-visual-cortex-at-7t
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Catarina Rua, Mauro Costagli, Mark R Symms, Laura Biagi, Graziella Donatelli, Mirco Cosottini, Alberto Del Guerra, Michela Tosetti
The increased signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) offered by functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) at 7T allows the acquisition of functional data at sub-millimetric spatial resolutions. However, simply reducing partial volume effects is not sufficient to precisely localize task-induced activation due to the indirect mechanisms that relate brain function and the changes in the measured signal. In this work T2* and T2 weighted Echo Planar Imaging (EPI) schemes based on Gradient Recalled Echo (GRE) and Spin Echo (SE) were evaluated in terms of temporal SNR, percent signal change, contrast to noise ratio (CNR), activation volume, and sensitivity and specificity to gray matter...
April 21, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438658/antioxidants-reduce-neurodegeneration-and-accumulation-of-pathologic-tau-proteins-in-the-auditory-system-after-blast-exposure
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Xiaoping Du, Matthew B West, Qunfeng Cai, Weihua Cheng, Donald L Ewert, Wei Li, Robert A Floyd, Richard D Kopke
Cochlear neurodegeneration commonly accompanies hair cell loss resulting from aging, ototoxicity, or exposures to intense noise or blast overpressures. However, the precise pathophysiological mechanisms that drive this degenerative response have not been fully elucidated. Our laboratory previously demonstrated that non-transgenic rats exposed to blast overpressures exhibited marked somatic accumulation of neurotoxic variants of the microtubule-associated protein, Tau, in the hippocampus. In the present study, we extended these analyses to examine neurodegeneration and pathologic Tau accumulation in the auditory system in response to blast exposure and evaluated the potential therapeutic efficacy of antioxidants on short-circuiting this pathological process...
April 21, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437981/efficient-laser-noise-reduction-method-via-actively-stabilized-optical-delay-line
#8
Dawei Li, Cheng Qian, Ye Li, Jianye Zhao
We report a fiber laser noise reduction method by locking it to an actively stabilized optical delay line, specifically a fiber-based Mach-Zehnder interferometer with a 10 km optical fiber spool. The fiber spool is used to achieve large arm imbalance. The heterodyne signal of the two arms converts the laser noise from the optical domain to several megahertz, and it is used in laser noise reduction by a phase-locked loop. An additional phase-locked loop is induced in the system to compensate the phase noise due to environmentally induced length fluctuations of the optical fiber spool...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437897/investigation-of-transmission-performance-in-multi-ifof-based-mobile-fronthaul-with-dispersion-induced-intermixing-noise-mitigation
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Minkyu Sung, Seung-Hyun Cho, Hwan Seok Chung, Sun Me Kim, Jong Hyun Lee
We demonstrate the improvement of the transmission performance based on intermixing noise mitigation techniques in a multiple intermediate-frequency-over-fiber (IFoF) based mobile fronthaul. The interaction between fiber chromatic dispersion and frequency chirp of the directly modulated laser generates the second-order distortion that degrades the performance of multi-IFoF transmission system. To avoid second-order distortion, we use intermediate frequency (IF) spacing optimization and octave-confined frequency plan schemes in which intermixing noise would be generated in the out of signal band and would not affect the quality of transmitted signal...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433588/how-environmental-noise-can-contract-and-destroy-a-persistence-zone-in-population-models-with-allee-effect
#10
Irina Bashkirtseva, Lev Ryashko
A problem of the analysis of the noise-induced extinction in population models with Allee effect is considered. To clarify mechanisms of the extinction, we suggest a new technique combining an analysis of the geometry of attractors and their stochastic sensitivity. For the conceptual one-dimensional discrete Ricker-type model, on the base of the bifurcation analysis, deterministic persistence zones are constructed in the space of initial states and biological parameters. It is shown that the random environmental noise can contract, and even destroy these persistence zones...
April 19, 2017: Theoretical Population Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433012/internal-dynamics-of-semiflexible-polymers-with-active-noise
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Thomas Eisenstecken, Gerhard Gompper, Roland G Winkler
The intramolecular dynamics of flexible and semiflexible polymers in response to active noise is studied theoretically. The active noise may either originate from interactions of a passive polymer with a bath of active Brownian particles or the polymer itself is comprised of active Brownian particles. We describe the polymer by the continuous Gaussian semiflexible-polymer model, taking into account the finite polymer extensibility. Our analytical calculations predict a strong dependence of the polymer dynamics on the activity...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432353/severe-hearing-loss-and-outer-hair-cell-death-in-homozygous-foxo3-knockout-mice-after-moderate-noise-exposure
#12
Felicia Gilels, Stephen T Paquette, Holly J Beaulac, Anwen Bullen, Patricia M White
Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a disease that affects millions of Americans. Identifying genetic pathways that influence recovery from noise exposure is an important step forward in understanding NIHL. The transcription factor Foxo3 integrates the cellular response to oxidative stress and plays a role in extending lifespan in many organisms, including humans. Here we show that Foxo3 is required for auditory function after noise exposure in a mouse model system, measured by ABR. Absent Foxo3, outer hair cells are lost throughout the middle and higher frequencies...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431308/hyperexcitability-of-inferior-colliculus-and-acoustic-startle-reflex-with-age-related-hearing-loss
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Binbin Xiong, Ana'am Alkharabsheh, Senthilvelan Manohar, Guang-Di Chen, Ning Yu, Xiaoming Zhao, Richard Salvi, Wei Sun
Chronic tinnitus and hyperacusis often develop with age-related hearing loss presumably due to aberrant neural activity in the central auditory system (CAS) induced by cochlear pathologies. However, the full spectrum of physiological changes that occur in the CAS as a result age-related hearing loss are still poorly understood. To address this issue, neurophysiological measures were obtained from the cochlea and the inferior colliculus (IC) of 2, 6 and 12 month old C57BL/6J mice, a mouse model for early age-related hearing loss...
March 27, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428999/shear-induced-reversibility-of-2d-colloidal-suspensions-in-the-presence-of-minimal-thermal-noise
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Somayeh Farhadi, Paulo E Arratia
The effects of minimal thermal noise on particle rearrangements in cyclically sheared colloidal suspensions are experimentally investigated using particle tracking methods. Our experimental model system consists of polystyrene microspheres adsorbed at an oil-water interface, in which the particles exhibit small but non-negligible Brownian motion. Experiments are performed on bidisperse (1.0 and 1.2 μm in diameter) systems, which form area fractions of 0.20 and 0.32 at the interface. We first characterize the thermal (Brownian) noise using particle diffusivities at quiescent states, and show that under our experimental flow conditions both systems (0...
April 21, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425926/chemical-source-localization-fusing-concentration-information-in-the-presence-of-chemical-background-noise
#15
Víctor Pomareda, Rudys Magrans, Juan M Jiménez-Soto, Dani Martínez, Marcel Tresánchez, Javier Burgués, Jordi Palacín, Santiago Marco
We present the estimation of a likelihood map for the location of the source of a chemical plume dispersed under atmospheric turbulence under uniform wind conditions. The main contribution of this work is to extend previous proposals based on Bayesian inference with binary detections to the use of concentration information while at the same time being robust against the presence of background chemical noise. For that, the algorithm builds a background model with robust statistics measurements to assess the posterior probability that a given chemical concentration reading comes from the background or from a source emitting at a distance with a specific release rate...
April 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425471/nonspecific-synaptic-plasticity-improves-the-recognition-of-sparse-patterns-degraded-by-local-noise
#16
Karen Safaryan, Reinoud Maex, Neil Davey, Rod Adams, Volker Steuber
Many forms of synaptic plasticity require the local production of volatile or rapidly diffusing substances such as nitric oxide. The nonspecific plasticity these neuromodulators may induce at neighboring non-active synapses is thought to be detrimental for the specificity of memory storage. We show here that memory retrieval may benefit from this non-specific plasticity when the applied sparse binary input patterns are degraded by local noise. Simulations of a biophysically realistic model of a cerebellar Purkinje cell in a pattern recognition task show that, in the absence of noise, leakage of plasticity to adjacent synapses degrades the recognition of sparse static patterns...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422611/predictors-of-hearing-protection-use-among-industrial-workers
#17
Kunlayanee Tantranont, Nuntanat Codchanak
Promoting the use of hearing protection devices (HPDs) can prevent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) among workers who are exposed to excessive noise. In the present study, the authors examine factors that may explain HPD use among industrial workers from 15 manufacturing plants in Thailand. Participants consisted of 268 randomly selected workers exposed to harmful noise levels for which routine HPD use was required. Logistic regression analysis of study variables revealed the most powerful predictors of HPD use were perceived hearing status ( b = 0...
April 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420774/preventing-noise-induced-hearing-loss
#18
Julia Doswell Royster
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is second only to presbycusis, age-related hearing loss, as a cause of hearing impairment; yet, it is preventable. This commentary summarizes the effects of noise on hearing, relevant workplace regulations, and ways to minimize excessive noise's deleterious impact on individuals' quality of life on and off the job.
March 2017: North Carolina Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418325/variation-in-music-player-listening-level-as-a-function-of-campus-location
#19
Yunea Park, Diana Guercio, Victoria Ledon, Colleen G Le Prell
BACKGROUND: There has been significant discussion in the literature regarding music player use by adolescents and young adults, including whether device use is driving an increase in hearing loss in these populations. While many studies report relatively safe preferred listening levels, some studies with college student participants have reported listening habits that may put individuals at risk for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) if those listening habits continue over the long term...
April 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415364/interfacial-adsorption-in-two-dimensional-pure-and-random-bond-potts-models
#20
Nikolaos G Fytas, Panagiotis E Theodorakis, Anastasios Malakis
We use Monte Carlo simulations to study the finite-size scaling behavior of the interfacial adsorption of the two-dimensional square-lattice q-states Potts model. We consider the pure and random-bond versions of the Potts model for q=3,4,5,8, and 10, thus probing the interfacial properties at the originally continuous, weak, and strong first-order phase transitions. For the pure systems our results support the early scaling predictions for the size dependence of the interfacial adsorption at both first- and second-order phase transitions...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
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