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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227840/virtual-reality-for-pediatric-neuro-rehabilitation-adaptive-visual-feedback-of-movement-to-engage-the-mirror-neuron-system
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Roopeswar Kommalapati, Konstantinos P Michmizos, Roopeswar Kommalapati, Konstantinos P Michmizos, Roopeswar Kommalapati, Konstantinos P Michmizos
Sensorimotor therapy gives optimal results when patients are cognitively engaged into highly repetitive tasks, a goal that most children find hard to pursue. This paper presents the key developments of our ongoing effort to design an interactive rehabilitation environment that motivates physically impaired children throughout their therapy. The continuous motivation is achieved by the system adapting fundamental therapeutic components to the performance of each child. The relevant movement is mirrored to an animated character projected in front of the child...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227621/non-contact-automatic-respiration-monitoring-in-restrained-rodents
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Behnaz Rezaei, Jared Lowe, Jason R Yee, Stephen Porges, Sarah Ostadabbas, Behnaz Rezaei, Jared Lowe, Jason R Yee, Stephen Porges, Sarah Ostadabbas, Sarah Ostadabbas, Jason R Yee, Stephen Porges, Jared Lowe, Behnaz Rezaei
Prairie voles are socially monogamous rodents that form social bonds similar to those seen in primates. Social behavior investigation in these species, that include studying their breathing regulation, can provide us with an invaluable psychological model to understand social and emotional functions in both animals and humans. There have been several studies associated with the respiratory pattern of these species in the state of fear-induced defense. However, non-invasive measurement methods employed so far suffer from the lack of a natural experiment environment for the rodents...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227465/reaction-mechanism-of-blood-coagulation-factors-in-shear-flow-field
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Koki Kawakami, Daisuke Sakota, Ryo Kosaka, Masahiro Nishida, Yasuo Kawaguchi, Osamu Maruyama, Koki Kawakami, Daisuke Sakota, Ryo Kosaka, Masahiro Nishida, Yasuo Kawaguchi, Osamu Maruyama, Masahiro Nishida, Koki Kawakami, Ryo Kosaka, Yasuo Kawaguchi, Osamu Maruyama, Daisuke Sakota
Thrombus formation in blood pumps is a major problem. It has been reported that the shear rate is closely related to thrombus formation in blood pumps; however, the mechanism of blood coagulation in a shear flow field is not yet fully understood. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of shear loading on the reaction of blood coagulation factors quantitatively. Human blood and porcine blood were used as test blood and sheared at 2,880 s(-1) for 3 h using a rheometer. After shear loading to the test blood, the activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) and prothrombin time (PT) of sample plasma were measured using an automated coagulation analyzer...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227181/co-activation-of-saphenous-nerve-fibers-a-potential-therapeutic-mechanism-of-percutaneous-tibial-nerve-stimulation
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Christopher W Elder, Paul B Yoo, Christopher W Elder, Paul B Yoo, Paul B Yoo, Christopher W Elder
Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) is a minimally invasive and effective treatment for overactive bladder (OAB). However, clinical trials show that positive therapeutic outcomes among patients are difficult to predict (failure rate = 35% to 50%). Inconsistencies in the stimulation amplitudes used clinically and those used in preclinical animal studies led us to hypothesize that OAB therapy involves a secondary bladder-inhibitory pathway. In this paper, we implemented and tested a computer model of the human lower leg that investigated the differential activation of the saphenous nerve (SAFN) and tibial nerve (TN) during percutaneous electrical stimulation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227097/effects-of-geometry-and-material-on-the-insertion-of-very-small-neural-electrode
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Shaun P Marshall, Wei-Chen Lin, Paras R Patel, Albert J Shih, Cynthia A Chestek, Shaun P Marshall, Wei-Chen Lin, Paras R Patel, Albert J Shih, Cynthia A Chestek, Wei-Chen Lin, Shaun P Marshall, Cynthia A Chestek, Albert J Shih, Paras R Patel
For neural probes to be used chronically for years in the human body, they must provoke minimal scarring. Recently, a number of groups have reported substantially reduced scar tissue using cellular scale electrodes below 15 μm in size. This size scale is accessible to manufacturing techniques, but can be very difficult to insert in the brain for most common electrode materials. In this study, we explore the design space available to cellular scale electrodes that will self-insert into the brain. First a mathematical model is developed using beam buckling equations for different materials and geometries...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227075/quantitative-heartbeat-coupling-measures-in-human-horse-interaction
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Antonio Lanata, Andrea Guidi, Gaetano Valenza, Paolo Baragli, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Antonio Lanata, Andrea Guidi, Gaetano Valenza, Paolo Baragli, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Gaetano Valenza, Andrea Guidi, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Antonio Lanata, Paolo Baragli
We present a study focused on a quantitative estimation of a human-horse dynamic interaction. A set of measures based on magnitude and phase coupling between heartbeat dynamics of both humans and horses in three different conditions is reported: no interaction, visual/olfactory interaction and grooming. Specifically, Magnitude Squared Coherence (MSC), Mean Phase Coherence (MPC) and Dynamic Time Warping (DTW) have been used as estimators of the amount of coupling between human and horse through the analysis of their heart rate variability (HRV) time series in a group of eleven human subjects, and one horse...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226990/validity-of-the-small-swine-model-for-human-electrical-safety-risks
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Michael A Brave, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Mark W Kroll, Dorin Panescu, Michael A Brave, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Mark W Kroll, Dorin Panescu, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Mark W Kroll, Dorin Panescu, Michael A Brave
Small swine are the most common model now used for electrical safety studies. Because of the significant anatomical and electrophysiological differences and the effect of animal size on the ventricular fibrillation (VF) threshold, there are concerns that these differences may exaggerate the risks of electrical devices to humans. We chose, as an illustrative and relevant example, swine studies of the TASER(®) conducted electrical weapon (CEW) as it has numerous published VF studies. We reviewed the published electrical swine safety studies for CEWs and compared them to finite element modeling studies, electrical safety standards, and epidemiological experience from field usage...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226955/an-investigation-of-animal-and-human-bones-for-predicting-probable-location-of-fractures
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Irfan Manarvi, Irfan Manarvi, Irfan Manarvi
Predicting location of fracture in animal and human bones has been a keen area of research for the past few decades. It has been established that it is various types of stress that results into bone failure. Past studies were mostly based on experimental testing of variety of bones with limited accuracy equipment leading to experimental errors. An effort has been made in present research to use latest experimental testing equipment in parallel with some modern techniques and tools such as 3D scanners for creating computer models and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to conduct structural analysis that could allow unlimited changes in boundary conditions expected to be faced by a bone...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226703/cerebra-a-3-d-visualization-tool-for-brain-network-extracted-from-fmri-data
#9
Baris Nasir, Fatos T Yarman Vural, Baris Nasir, Fatos T Yarman Vural, Baris Nasir, Fatos T Yarman Vural
In this paper, we introduce a new tool, CEREBRA, to visualize the 3D network of human brain, extracted from the fMRI data. The tool aims to analyze the brain connectivity by representing the selected voxels as the nodes of the network. The edge weights among the voxels are estimated by considering the relationships among the voxel time series. The tool enables the researchers to observe the active brain regions and the interactions among them by using graph theoretic measures, such as, the edge weight and node degree distributions...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226462/effects-and-underlying-mechanisms-of-refractory-period-pacing-on-repolarization-dynamics-in-the-human-heart
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Diogo Santos, Michele Orini, Xin Zhou, Alfonso Bueno-Orovio, Ben Hanson, Peter Taggart, Martin Hayward, Blanca Rodriguez, Pier Lambiase, Diogo Santos, Michele Orini, Xin Zhou, Alfonso Bueno-Orovio, Ben Hanson, Peter Taggart, Martin Hayward, Blanca Rodriguez, Pier Lambiase, Ben Hanson, Diogo Santos, Martin Hayward, Pier Lambiase, Alfonso Bueno-Orovio, Blanca Rodriguez, Michele Orini, Xin Zhou, Peter Taggart
Repolarization alternans is related to the initiation of life threatening cardiac arrhythmias. Experimental and computational studies suggest that the abolishment of alternans using dynamic pacing protocols may prevent abnormal heart rhythms. In a recent animal study, refractory period pacing (RPP) on every other beat has shown promising results in alternans reduction. However, the cellular mechanisms underlying this therapy and its efficiency in human patients remain unclear. In this study, in vivo unipolar electrograms acquired during RPP from 240 epicardial sites from one patient were analysed...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226451/non-invasive-imaging-of-ventricular-activation-during-pacing-and-arrhythmia-methods-and-validation
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Long Yu, Steven Pogwizd, Bin He, Long Yu, Steven Pogwizd, Bin He, Bin He, Steven Pogwizd, Long Yu
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/28226300/from-periodontal-mechanoreceptors-to-chewing-motor-control-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Maria Grazia Piancino, Gaetano Isola, Rosangela Cannavale, Giuseppina Cutroneo, Giovanna Vermiglio, Pietro Bracco, Giuseppe Pio Anastasi
PURPOSE: This critical review summarizes the current knowledge of the structural and functional characteristics of periodontal mechanoreceptors, and understands their role in the signal pathways and functional motor control. METHOD: A systematic review of the literature was conducted. Original articles were searched through Pubmed, Cochrane Central database and Embase until january 2016. RESULT: 1466 articles were identified through database searching and screened by reviewing the abstracts...
February 13, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226265/alterations-of-ubiquitin-related-proteins-in-the-pathology-and-development-of-schizophrenia-evidence-from-human-and-animal-studies
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Jessica L Andrews, Frederic J Goodfellow, Natalie Matosin, Mollie K Snelling, Kelly A Newell, Xu-Feng Huang, Francesca Fernandez-Enright
Gene expression analyses in post-mortem schizophrenia brains suggest that a number of ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS) genes are associated with schizophrenia; however the status of UPS proteins in the schizophrenia brain is largely unknown. Ubiquitin related proteins are inherently involved in memory, neuronal survival and morphology, which are processes implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia. We examined levels of five UPS proteins (Protein Inhibitor of Activated STAT2 [PIAS2], F-Box and Leucine rich repeat protein 21 [FBXL21], Mouse Double Minute 2 homolog [MDM2], Ubiquitin Carboxyl-Terminal Hydrolase-L1 [UCHL1] and Ubiquitin Conjugating Enzyme E2D1 [UBE2D1]) involved in these neuronal processes, within the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex of post-mortem schizophrenia subjects and matched controls (n = 30/group), in addition to across neurodevelopmental time-points (juvenile, adolescent and adult stages of life), utilizing a well-established neurodevelopmental phencyclidine (PCP) animal model of schizophrenia...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226229/a-perspective-on-the-role-of-computational-models-in-immunology
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Arup K Chakraborty
This is an exciting time for immunology because the future promises to be replete with exciting new discoveries that can be translated to improve health and treat disease in novel ways. Immunologists are attempting to answer increasingly complex questions concerning phenomena that range from the genetic, molecular, and cellular scales to that of organs, whole animals or humans, and populations of humans and pathogens. An important goal is to understand how the many different components involved interact with each other within and across these scales for immune responses to emerge, and how aberrant regulation of these processes causes disease...
February 6, 2017: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225784/a-novel-intraperitoneal-metastatic-xenograft-mouse-model-for-survival-outcome-assessment-of-esophageal-adenocarcinoma
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Md Sazzad Hassan, Niranjan Awasthi, Jun Li, Margaret A Schwarz, Roderich E Schwarz, Urs von Holzen
Esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) has become the dominant type of esophageal cancer in United States. The 5-year survival rate of EAC is below 20% and most patients present with locally advanced or widespread metastatic disease, where current treatment is largely ineffective. Therefore, new therapeutic approaches are urgently needed. Improvement of EAC patient outcome requires well-characterized animal models in which to evaluate novel therapeutics. In this study we aimed to establish a peritoneal dissemination xenograft mouse model of EAC that would support survival outcome analyses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225569/hepatic-alanine-differentiates-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-from-simple-steatosis-in-humans-and-mice-a-proton-mr-spectroscopy-study-with-long-echo-time
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Tae-Hoon Kim, Hong Young Jun, Ki-Jong Kim, Young Hwan Lee, Myeung Su Lee, Keum Ha Choi, Ki Jung Yun, Yong Yeon Jeong, Chung Hwan Jun, Eun Young Cho, Kwon-Ha Yoon
PURPOSE: To evaluate the hepatic metabolic alterations in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) by using (1) H-MRS (proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy) with long echo time and to test the reproducibility of human study in an animal model. Liver biopsy is the gold standard for diagnosing NAFLD but with practical constraints. (1) H-MRS allows in vivo assessment of hepatocellular metabolism and has shown potential for biochemical differentiation in diffuse liver disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In all, 32 subjects (11 patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis [NASH], 15 with simple steatosis [SS], and six healthy controls) were studied...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225201/edible-insects-in-china-utilization-and-prospects
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REVIEW
Ying Feng, Xiao-Ming Chen, Min Zhao, Zhao He, Long Sun, Cheng-Ye Wang, Wei-Feng Ding
The use of edible insects has a long history in China, where they have been consumed for more than two thousand years. In general, the level of acceptance is high for the consumption of insects in China. Many studies on edible insects have been conducted in the last twenty years, and the scope of the research includes the culture of entomophagy and the identification, nutritional value, farming and breeding of edible insects, in addition to food production and safety. Currently, 324 species of insects from 11 orders are documented that are either edible or associated with entomophagy in China, which include the common edible species, some less commonly consumed species, and some medicinal insects...
February 22, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225154/human-butyrylcholinesterase-efficacy-against-nerve-agent-exposure
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Beth A Reed, Carol L Sabourin, David E Lenz
Acetylcholinesterase is vital for normal operation of many processes in the body. Following exposure to organophosphorus (OP) nerve agents, death can ensue without immediate medical intervention. Current therapies mitigate the cholinergic crisis caused by nerve agents but do not fully prevent long-term health concerns, for example, brain damage following seizures. Human butyrylcholinesterase (HuBChE) is a stoichiometric bioscavenger being investigated as an antidote for OP nerve agent poisoning. HuBChE sequesters OP nerve agent in the bloodstream preventing the nerve agent from reaching critical target organ systems...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225059/decreased-levels-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-21-are-correlated-with-improved-hypoglycemia-in-patients-with-insulinoma
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Xu Li, Haoyong Yu, Jun Yin, Lianxi Li, Jian Zhou, Ming Li, Qing Li, Haibing Chen, Fang Liu, Yuqian Bao, Junfeng Han, Weiping Jia
Fibroblast growth factor-21 (FGF-21) improves insulin sensitivity and lipid metabolism in obese or diabetic animal models and has been proposed as a potential therapeutic agent for treating T2DM, obesity, and their related complications. However, little is known about the changes of FGF21 levels in response to endogenous hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia. To explore its relationship with parameters of glucose metabolism in patients with insulinoma, eleven subjects with pathological insulinoma and twenty-two healthy subjects were recruited for this study...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225034/simulating-future-value-in-intertemporal-choice
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Alec Solway, Terry Lohrenz, P Read Montague
The laboratory study of how humans and other animals trade-off value and time has a long and storied history, and is the subject of a vast literature. However, despite a long history of study, there is no agreed upon mechanistic explanation of how intertemporal choice preferences arise. Several theorists have recently proposed model-based reinforcement learning as a candidate framework. This framework describes a suite of algorithms by which a model of the environment, in the form of a state transition function and reward function, can be converted on-line into a decision...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
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