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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/28325031/magnetic-resonance-imaging-receiver-coil-decoupling-using-circumferential-shielding-structures
#2
Jhy-Neng Tasso Yeh, Fa-Hsuan Lin
We propose a flexible phased-array design using circular coils with circumferential shielding structure to achieve robust decoupling between coil elements when the array is either bended or on a flat plane. Two types of circumferential shielding were tested through numerical simulation and imaging experiment. The results demonstrated that our arrays have good decoupling between coils when they are on a curved surface with S21 <; -16.72 dB. Both types perform higher SNR images than a commercially available 32-channel adult head coil array...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325006/a-simplified-state-space-model-of-biventricular-assist-device-cardiovascular-system-interaction
#3
Vivian C A Koh, Einly Lim, Boon Chiang Ng, Yong Kuen Ho, Nigel H Lovell
A simplified state-space model of biventricular assist device (BiVAD)-cardiovascular system (CVS) interaction is presented. The state-space equations includes a six-compartments CVS model incorporating the ventricles, the pulmonary and systemic circulations as well as the non-linear behavior of the valve flow, together with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and a right ventricular assist device (RVAD) component. The left and right pump speeds serve as the input variables for the state-space model. The model is simulated with three operational modes, i...
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
#4
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/28324925/non-invasive-imaging-of-ventricular-activation-during-pacing-and-arrhythmia-methods-and-validation
#5
Long Yu, Steven Pogwizd, Bin He
Cardiovascular disease continued to be a leading killer world widely. Each year, about 400,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest are reported in the U.S. alone. Clinically, radio-frequency ablative procedure has become widely applied in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmia. Non-invasive approaches have been demonstrated to be able to provide important information on the arrhythmogenesis and potentially assist in the clinical practice. In this work, we develop and validate a novel temporal sparse based imaging method, Cardiac Electrical Sparse Imaging (CESI)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324897/neonatal-feeding-behavior-as-a-complex-dynamical-system
#6
Eugene C Goldfield, Jennifer Perez, Katherine Engstler
The requirements of evidence-based practice in 2017 are motivating new theoretical foundations and methodological tools for characterizing neonatal feeding behavior. Toward that end, this article offers a complex dynamical systems perspective. A set of critical concepts from this perspective frames challenges faced by speech-language pathologists and allied professionals: when to initiate oral feeds, how to determine the robustness of neonatal breathing during feeding and appropriate levels of respiratory support, what instrumental assessments of swallow function to use with preterm neonates, and whether or not to introduce thickened liquids...
April 2017: Seminars in Speech and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324763/interaction-of-apoe-e4-and-poor-glycemic-control-predicts-white-matter-hyperintensity-growth-from-73-to-76
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Simon R Cox, Stuart J Ritchie, David Alexander Dickie, Alison Pattie, Natalie A Royle, Janie Corley, Benjamin S Aribisala, Sarah E Harris, Maria Valdés Hernández, Alan J Gow, Susana Muñoz Maniega, John M Starr, Mark E Bastin, Joanna M Wardlaw, Ian J Deary
We examined whether apolipoprotein E (APOE) status interacts with vascular risk factors (VRFs) to predict the progression of white matter hyperintensities (WMHs) on brain MRI scans over a specific period of life in older age when the risk of dementia increases. At age 73 years, baseline VRFs were assessed via self-reported history of diabetes, hypertension, smoking, and hypercholesterolemia, and via objective measures of blood HbA1c, body mass index, diastolic and systolic blood pressure, and blood high-density lipoprotein to total cholesterol (HDL) ratio...
February 27, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324724/bio-inspired-one-pot-route-to-prepare-robust-and-repairable-micro-nanoscale-superhydrophobic-coatings
#8
Yifan Si, Fuchao Yang, Zhiguang Guo
Superhydrophobic (SHP) coatings inspired by lotus have great application prospect for our daily life. Regrettably, three formidable challenges, namely, complex fabrication, weak mechanical stability and large-scale fabrication, have already existed for a long time in this research field. Here, a robust micro-nanoscale P25 (Nano TiO2)/MgO/epoxy resin (ER) SHP coating has been fabricated via facile one-pot route, which can be applied to arbitrary substrates through multiples methods. P25/MgO/ER SHP coating not only displays excellent mechanical stability but also shows unique repairable ability to recover its superhydrophobicity under various damages by extreme environment such as low temperature, strong acid or alkali and this repairable process can be repeated for many times...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324721/ultradispersed-nanoarchitecture-of-sns-nanoparticles-reduced-graphene-oxide-for-enhanced-sodium-storage-performance
#9
Junming Li, Xingxing Zhao, Zhian Zhang
SnSanodes for Na-ions (NIBs) batteries are known for theirs significantly high theoretical capacities involving conversion reactions and alloying/dealloying mechanisms. However, the large volume expansion of the SnS materials during electrode reactions and the lowelectrical conductivity could cause severe structural degradation and electrodes pulverization, consequently resulting in capacity fading. In this study, Ultradispersed nanoarchitecture of SnS nanoparticles/reduced graphene oxide (SnS/rGO) is prepared by the in situ growing SnS nanoparticles on the graphene followed by the thermal treatment...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324707/chemical-structure-based-predictive-model-for-the-oxidation-of-trace-organic-contaminants-by-sulfate-radical
#10
Tiantian Ye, Zongsu Wei, Richard Spinney, Chong-Jian Tang, Shuang Luo, Ruiyang Xiao, Dionysios D Dionysiou
Second-order rate constants [Formula: see text] for the reaction of sulfate radical anion (SO4(•-)) with trace organic contaminants (TrOCs) are of scientific and practical importance for assessing their environmental fate and removal efficiency in water treatment systems. Here, we developed a chemical structure-based model for predicting [Formula: see text] using 32 molecular fragment descriptors, as this type of model provides a quick estimate at low computational cost. The model was constructed using the multiple linear regression (MLR) and artificial neural network (ANN) methods...
March 6, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324649/sulfonamides-as-selective-nav1-7-inhibitors-optimizing-potency-pharmacokinetics-and-metabolic-properties-to-obtain-atropisomeric-quinolinone-am-0466-that-affords-robust-in-vivo-activity
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Russell F Graceffa, Alessandro A Boezio, Jessica Able, Steven Altmann, Loren M Berry, Christiane M Boezio, John R Butler, Margaret Y Chu-Moyer, Melanie Cooke, Erin F DiMauro, Thomas A Dineen, Elma Feric Bojic, Robert S Foti, Robert T Fremeau, Angel Guzman-Perez, Hua Gao, Hakan Gunaydin, Hongbing Huang, Liyue Huang, Christopher Ilch, Michael Jarosh, Thomas Kornecook, Charles R Kreiman, Daniel S La, Joseph Ligutti, Benjamin Charles Milgram, Min-Hwa Jasmine Lin, Isaac E Marx, Hanh Nho Nguyen, Emily A Peterson, Gwen Rescourio, John Roberts, Laurie B Schenkel, Roman Shimanovich, Brian Andrew Sparling, John Stellwagen, Kristin Taborn, Karina R Vaida, Jean Wang, John T S Yeoman, Violeta L Yu, Dawn Zhu, Bryan D Moyer, Matthew M Weiss
Due to its strong genetic validation, NaV1.7 has attracted significant interest as a target for the treatment of pain. We have previously reported on a number of structurally distinct bicyclic heteroarylsulfonamides as NaV1.7 inhibitors that demonstrate high levels of selectivity over other NaV isoforms. Herein, we report the discovery and optimization of a novel series of atropisomeric quinolinone sulfonamide inhibitors of NaV1.7, which demonstrate nanomolar inhibition of NaV1.7 and exhibit high levels of selectivity over other sodium channel isoforms...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324613/analysis-of-protein-kinetics-using-fluorescence-recovery-after-photobleaching-frap
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Nickolaos Nikiforos Giakoumakis, Maria Anna Rapsomaniki, Zoi Lygerou
Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) is a cutting-edge live-cell functional imaging technique that enables the exploration of protein dynamics in individual cells and thus permits the elucidation of protein mobility, function, and interactions at a single-cell level. During a typical FRAP experiment, fluorescent molecules in a defined region of interest within the cell are bleached by a short and powerful laser pulse, while the recovery of the fluorescence in the region is monitored over time by time-lapse microscopy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324594/polymers-in-the-delivery-of-sirna-for-the-treatment-of-virus-infections
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REVIEW
Nicholas Reynolds, Megan Dearnley, Tracey M Hinton
Viral diseases remain a major cause of death worldwide. Despite advances in vaccine and antiviral drug technology, each year over three million people die from a range of viral infections. Predominant viruses include human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis viruses, and gastrointestinal and respiratory viruses. Now more than ever, robust, easily mobilised and cost-effective antiviral strategies are needed to combat both known and emerging disease threats. RNA interference and small interfering (si)RNAs were initially hailed as a "magic bullet", due to their ability to inhibit the synthesis of any protein via the degradation of its complementary messenger RNA sequence...
April 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324505/probing-the-telomere-damage-response
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Rekha Rai, Sandy Chang
Telomere dysfunctions, rendered through replicative attrition of telomeric DNA or due to the removal of shelterin components, are recognized as DNA double-stranded breaks (DSBs) by the DNA damage repair (DDR) pathway. This leads to the activation of DNA damage checkpoint sensors, including the Mre11-Rad50-Nbs1 (MRN) complex, γ-H2AX and 53BP1, the ATM and ATR signal-transducing kinases, and downstream effectors, including Chk1, Chk2, and p53. Robust DNA damage response signals at dysfunctional telomeres, achieved by the complete deletion of TRF2 or by expressing dominant-negative mutant TPP1ΔRD, can be detected by their association with γ-H2AX and 53BP1 forming "telomere dysfunction induced foci (TIFs)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324499/telomere-terminal-g-c-strand-synthesis-measuring-telomerase-action-and-c-rich-fill-in
#15
Yong Zhao, Jerry W Shay, Woodring E Wright
Telomerase is present in most human cancers, and proliferative stem cells including germline cells. Telomerase plays an essential role in tumorigenesis by maintaining/elongating telomeric DNA, and thus preventing the telomere shortening that results in replicative senescence. Understanding telomerase action in vivo has important implication for both cancer and aging, but there are not robust methods for monitoring telomerase action. By combining a series of cell biological and biochemical approaches, and taking advantage of the enzyme DSN that specifically cuts double-stranded DNA and releases the telomeric overhangs, we have developed a method to monitor telomerase action during one cell cycle...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324317/anxiety-and-depression-symptoms-and-migraine-a-symptom-based-approach-research
#16
Mario Fernando Prieto Peres, Juliane P P Mercante, Patricia R Tobo, Helder Kamei, Marcelo Eduardo Bigal
BACKGROUND: Anxiety and mood disorders have been shown to be the most relevant psychiatric comorbidities associated with migraine, influencing its clinical course, treatment response, and clinical outcomes. Limited information is available on how specific anxiety and depression symptoms are related to migraine. Symptoms-based approach, a current trend in mental health research, may improve our understanding in migraine comorbidity. The purpose of this study was to analyze how anxiety and depression aspects are related to migraine through a symptom-based approach...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324269/metformin-sensitizes-triple-negative-breast-cancer-to-proapoptotic-trail-receptor-agonists-by-suppressing-xiap-expression
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Elena Strekalova, Dmitry Malin, Harisha Rajanala, Vincent L Cryns
PURPOSE: Despite robust antitumor activity in diverse preclinical models, TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) receptor agonists have not demonstrated efficacy in clinical trials, underscoring the need to identify agents that enhance their activity. We postulated that the metabolic stress induced by the diabetes drug metformin would sensitize breast cancer cells to TRAIL receptor agonists. METHODS: Human triple (estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, and HER2)-negative breast cancer (TNBC) cell lines were treated with TRAIL receptor agonists (monoclonal antibodies or TRAIL peptide), metformin, or the combination...
March 21, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324166/redescription-of-chloromyxum-ellipticum-li-nie-1973-myxosporea-chloromyxidae-infecting-the-gall-bladder-of-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idellus-valenciennes-1844-supplemented-by-morphological-and-molecular-characteristics
#18
J Y Zhang, Y L Zhao, M D Batueva, D Luo, Z F Xing, Q Q Zhang, X H Liu
The traditional taxonomy of the genus Chloromyxum Mingazzini, 1890 has been intensively challenged to be paraphyletic by recent ribosomal DNA (rDNA)-based phylogenetic analysis. Undersampling to get rich sequence data to infer more scientific phylogenetic relationships makes scientists conservatively assign all non-marine elasmobranch-infecting species as Chloromyxum sensu lato. Although complex ridge pattern on the spore surface observed by scanning electron microscopy was thought to be critical for the identification of Chloromyxum species, insufficient data also prevent this ultrastructural data to be a valid taxonomic feature for this genus...
March 21, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324038/efficacy-of-exenatide-plus-pioglitazone-versus-basal-bolus-insulin-in-t2dm-patients-with-very-high-hba1c
#19
Muhammad Abdul-Ghani, Osama Mujahid, Ayman Mujahid, Ralph A DeFronzo, Mahmoud Zirie, Amin Jayyousi
Aim: To examine the efficacy and safety of combination therapy with exenatide plus pioglitazone versus basal-bolus insulin in poorly controlled type 2 diabetic patients with very high HbA1c (HbA1c>10%) on metformin plus sulfonylurea and long duration of disease. Research Design and Methods: 101 participants in Qatar Study with very poor glycemic control (HbA1c > 10%) and long duration of diabetes (10.9 years) on maximum/near-maximum doses of sulfonylurea plus metformin were randomized to receive: (i) pioglitazone plus weekly exenatide (Combination Therapy), or (ii) basal plus prandial insulin (Insulin Therapy) to maintain HbA1c <7...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323972/neurosecretory-protein-gl-a-hypothalamic-small-secretory-protein-participates-in-energy-homeostasis-in-male-mice
#20
Daichi Matsuura, Kenshiro Shikano, Takaya Saito, Eiko Iwakoshi-Ukena, Megumi Furumitsu, Yuta Ochi, Manami Sato, George E Bentley, Lance J Kriegsfeld, Kazuyoshi Ukena
We have recently identified a novel cDNA encoding a small secretory protein termed neurosecretory protein GL (NPGL) from the avian hypothalamus. In chicks, NPGL increases body weight gain without affecting food intake. A database search reveals that NPGL is conserved throughout vertebrates. However, the central distribution and functional role of NPGL remains to be elucidated in mammals. In this study, we identified the precursor cDNA encoding NPGL from the mouse hypothalamus. Quantitative RT-PCR and morphological analyses revealed that NPGL precursor mRNA is robustly expressed in the mediobasal hypothalamus with NPGL neurons specifically localized to the lateroposterior part of the arcuate nucleus in the hypothalamus...
March 17, 2017: Endocrinology
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