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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646568/blink-r1-latency-utility-in-diagnosis-and-treatment-assessment-of-poems-and-cidp
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Wei Wang, William J Litchy, Michelle L Mauermann, P James B Dyck, Angela Dispenzieri, Jay Mandrekar, Peter J Dyck, Christopher J Klein
INTRODUCTION: In POEMS and CIDP, limb nerve conduction studies (NCS) are limited in identifying demyelination and detecting treatment effects in severely affected patients. Blink R1-latency may improve these assessments. METHODS: POEMS and CIDP patients having undergone NCS and blink reflex were identified. Correlations between R1-latency, limb NCS and neuropathy impairment scores (NIS) were compared. RESULTS: With182 patients (124 POEMS, 58 CIDP) identified, R1-prolongation (>13ms) occurred in 64...
June 23, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645036/influence-of-surface-states-on-blinking-characteristics-of-single-colloidal-cdse-cds-zns-core-multishell-quantum-dot
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Hao Xu, Hjalmar Brismar, Ying Fu
We carefully characterized the fluorescence blinking of single colloidal CdSe-CdS/ZnS core-multishell quantum dots (QDs) with different surface modifications, including octadecylamine (ODA) coated QDs dispersed in chloroform, aqueous 3-mercaptopropionic acids (3MPA) coated QDs in HEPES solution treated by Ca(2+) ions and ethylene glycol tetraacetic acid (EGTA, Ca(2+) chelator), and aqueous 3MPA-QDs treated by glycerol. It was found that the on- and off-state probability density distributions displayed different rules...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643206/right-visual-field-advantage-in-the-attentional-blink-asymmetry-in-attentional-gating-across-time-and-space
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Dafna Bergerbest, Orit Shilkrot, Michal Joseph, Moti Salti
When two targets are presented in a rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP), recognition of the second target (T2) is usually reduced when presented 150-500 ms after the first target, demonstrating an attentional blink (AB). Previous studies have shown a left visual-field (LVF) advantage in T2 recognition, when T2 was embedded in one of two streams, demanding top-down attention for its recognition. Here, we explored the impact of bottom-up saliency on spatial asymmetry in the AB. When T2 was spatially shifted outside from the RSVP, creating an abrupt onset of T2, right T2s showed a right visual-field (RVF) advantage...
June 22, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641813/sensors-and-bioassays-powered-by-upconverting-materials
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Diego Mendez-Gonzalez, Enrique Lopez-Cabarcos, Jorge Rubio-Retama, Marco Laurenti
In recent years, considerable efforts have been done to better understand the peculiar emission properties of upconverting materials due to their widespread applications in different and important technological fields such as upconversion-based photoactivated cancer therapies, photoactivated drug-delivery, magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents, bioimaging. However, one of the most promising applications of upconverting materials concerns the field of sensing, due to their unique emission properties. In fact, the minimal autofluorescence, blinking, photo-bleaching, and high photostability makes them an excellent alternative to organic dyes or quantum dots...
June 10, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641264/a-single-channel-eog-based-speller
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Shenghong He, Yuanqing Li
Electrooculography (EOG) signals, which can be used to infer the intentions of a user based on eye movements, are widely used in human-computer interface (HCI) systems. Most existing EOG-based HCI systems incorporate a limited number of commands because they generally associate different commands with a few different types of eye movements, such as looking up, down, left, or right. This paper presents a novel single-channel EOG-based HCI that allows users to spell asynchronously by only blinking. Forty buttons corresponding to 40 characters displayed to the user via a graphical user interface (GUI) are intensified in a random order...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639652/probing-single-molecule-electron-hole-transfer-dynamics-at-a-molecule-nio-semiconductor-nanocrystalline-interface
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Bharat Dhital, Vishal Govind Rao, H Peter Lu
Interfacial charge transfer dynamics in dye-sensitized NiO nanoparticles are being investigated for photocathodes in p-type dye-sensitized solar cells. In the photoreaction, after fast electron transfer from NiO to a molecule, the recombination of the hole in the nanoparticles with the electron in a reduced molecule plays an important role in the charge separation process and solar energy harvesting. Nevertheless, knowledge of the interfacial charge recombination (CR) rate and its mechanism is still limited due to the complex photoinduced electron and hole dynamics and lack of characterization of the inhomogeneity of the dynamics...
June 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638094/microsaccades-are-sensitive-to-word-structure-a-novel-approach-to-study-language-processing
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Maya Yablonski, Uri Polat, Yoram S Bonneh, Michal Ben-Shachar
Microsaccades are miniature eye movements that occur involuntarily during fixation. They are typically inhibited following stimulus onset and are released from inhibition about 300 ms post-stimulus. Microsaccade-inhibition is modulated by low level features of visual stimuli, but it is currently unknown whether they are sensitive to higher level, abstract linguistic properties. To address this question, we measured the timing of microsaccades while subjects were presented with written Hebrew words and pronounceable nonwords (pseudowords)...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628504/morphology-and-function-of-meibomian-glands-and-other-tear-film-parameters-in-junior-high-school-students
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Takanori Mizoguchi, Reiko Arita, Shima Fukuoka, Naoyuki Morishige
PURPOSE: We measured tear film parameters, including the morphology and function of meibomian glands, in junior high school students at 15 years of age. METHODS: A total of 111 eyes of 111 students (56 males and 55 females) were enrolled in the study. The ocular symptom score (0-14), after-school study time, lipid layer thickness (LLT) of the tear film, partial blink rate, lid margin abnormalities (0-4), tear film breakup time, corneal and conjunctival epithelial damage (fluorescein staining score, 0-9), meiboscore as determined by noncontact meibography (0-6), Schirmer test value, and meibum grade (0-3) were determined...
June 14, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623400/a-novel-eyelid-motion-monitor
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Adi Hanuka, Maor Itzhak, Alon Berger, Mony Orbach, Eli Shoshan, Levi Schächter, Daniel Briscoe
BACKGROUND: Eyelid motion analysis can provide important information about ophthalmic, neurologic, and systemic diseases. Routine assessment of eyelid function is currently based mainly on clinical examination estimating Levator Function and static palpebral fissure measurements. Most clinical tools developed to date are cumbersome expensive and difficult to operate. Currently there is no widely available, affordable device providing user friendly precision based evaluation of eyelid kinematics...
June 16, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618223/covalent-protein-labeling-and-improved-single-molecule-optical-properties-of-aqueous-cdse-cds-quantum-dots
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Sara M Wichner, Victor R Mann, Alexander S Powers, Maya A Segal, Mustafa Mir, Jigar N Bandaria, Mark A DeWitt, Xavier Darzacq, Ahmet Yildiz, Bruce E Cohen
Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) have proven to be superior probes for single-molecule imaging compared to organic or genetically encoded fluorophores, but they are limited by difficulties in protein targeting, their larger size, and on-off blinking. Here, we report compact aqueous CdSe/CdS QDs with significantly improved bioconjugation efficiency and superior single-molecule optical properties. We have synthesized covalent protein labeling ligands (i.e., SNAP tags) that are optimized for nanoparticle use, and QDs functionalized with these ligands label SNAP-tagged proteins ∼10-fold more efficiently than existing SNAP ligands...
June 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615945/ictal-blinking-an-under-recognized-phenomenon-our-experience-and-literature-review
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Marco Andrea Nicola Saporito, Giovanna Vitaliti, Piero Pavone, Giuseppa Di Stefano, Pasquale Striano, Roberto Horacio Caraballo, Raffaele Falsaperla
Ictal blinking (IB) is a very rare disease manifesting as an epileptic motor event in children and adults. Until now it has not been included in any classification of focal seizures of the International League Against Epilepsy Commission. It could be unilateral or bilateral, isolated or in association with other motor manifestations such as limbs' clonus and spasms. Its pathogenesis has not been clearly established: paroxysmal discharges from different areas of the brain could cause IB by activation of trigeminal fibers...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614318/robust-real-time-3d-single-particle-tracking-using-a-dynamically-moving-laser-spot
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Shangguo Hou, Xiaoqi Lang, Kevin Welsher
Real-time three-dimensional (3D) single-particle tracking uses optical feedback to lock on to freely diffusing nanoscale fluorescent particles, permitting precise 3D localization and continuous spectroscopic interrogation. Here we describe a new method of real-time 3D single-particle tracking wherein a diffraction-limited laser spot is dynamically swept through the detection volume in three dimensions using a two-dimensional (2D) electro-optic deflector and a tunable acoustic gradient lens. This optimized method, called 3D dynamic photon localization tracking (3D-DyPLoT), enables high-speed real-time tracking of single silica-coated non-blinking quantum dots (∼30  nm diameter) with diffusive speeds exceeding 10  μm<sup>2</sup>/s at count rates as low as 10 kHz, as well as YFP-labeled virus-like particles...
June 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611360/learning-and-timing-of-voluntary-blink-responses-match-eyeblink-conditioning
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Anders Rasmussen, Dan-Anders Jirenhed
Can humans produce well-timed blink responses to a neutral stimulus voluntarily, without receiving any blink-eliciting, unconditional, stimulus? And if they can, to what degree does classical eyeblink conditioning depend on volition? Here we show that voluntary blink responses learned in two paradigms that did not involve any unconditional blink-eliciting stimuli, display timing that is as good, or better than, the timing of blink responses learned in a standard eyeblink conditioning paradigm. The exceptional timing accuracy likely stems from the fact that, in contrast to previous studies, we challenged our participants to blink in a timed manner, and not merely to blink so as to avoid the corneal air puff...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604795/individual-differences-in-dual-target-rsvp-task-performance-relate-to-entrainment-but-not-to-individual-alpha-frequency
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Cornelia Kranczioch
The attentional blink (AB) paradigm is widely used to study visual temporal attention. An important feature of the standard AB paradigm is repetitive visual stimulation, more precisely the rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) of numerous distracters interspersed with two targets. The RSVP stream is likely to result in entrainment of visual cortex, which has been suggested to negatively affect target identification in the AB paradigm. The present EEG study tested this idea with an inter-individual differences approach...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602816/neurobiological-correlates-of-impulsivity-in-healthy-adults-lower-prefrontal-gray-matter-volume-and-spontaneous-eye-blink-rate-but-greater-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-basal-ganglia-thalamo-cortical-circuitry
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Cole Korponay, Daniela Dentico, Tammi Kral, Martina Ly, Ayla Kruis, Robin Goldman, Antoine Lutz, Richard J Davidson
Studies consistently implicate aberrance of the brain's reward-processing and decision-making networks in disorders featuring high levels of impulsivity, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, substance use disorder, and psychopathy. However, less is known about the neurobiological determinants of individual differences in impulsivity in the general population. In this study of 105 healthy adults, we examined relationships between impulsivity and three neurobiological metrics - gray matter volume, resting-state functional connectivity, and spontaneous eye-blink rate, a physiological indicator of central dopaminergic activity...
June 8, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600968/neural-mechanisms-underlying-sound-induced-visual-motion-perception-an-fmri-study
#16
Souta Hidaka, Satomi Higuchi, Wataru Teramoto, Yoichi Sugita
Studies of crossmodal interactions in motion perception have reported activation in several brain areas, including those related to motion processing and/or sensory association, in response to multimodal (e.g., visual and auditory) stimuli that were both in motion. Recent studies have demonstrated that sounds can trigger illusory visual apparent motion to static visual stimuli (sound-induced visual motion: SIVM): A visual stimulus blinking at a fixed location is perceived to be moving laterally when an alternating left-right sound is also present...
June 7, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600245/ocular-recognition-for-blinking-eyes
#17
Peizhong Liu, Jing-Ming Guo, Szu-Han Tseng, KokSheik Wong, Jiann-Der Lee, Chen-Chieh Yao, Daxin Zhu
Ocular recognition is expected to provide a higher flexibility in handling practical applications as oppose to the iris recognition, which only works for the ideal open-eye case. However, the accuracy of the recent efforts is still far from satisfactory at uncontrollable conditions, such as eye blinking which implies any poses of eyes. To address these issues, the skin texture, eyelids, and additional geometrical features are employed. In addition, to achieve higher accuracy, sequential forward floating selection (SFFS) is utilized to select the best feature combinations...
June 7, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593936/yolk-shell-type-nanoprobe-with-excellent-fluorescence-blinking-behavior-for-optical-super-resolution-imaging
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Ju Lu, Shenfei Zong, Zhuyuan Wang, Chen Chen, Yizhi Zhang, Yiping Cui
A new yolk-shell type nanoprobe for super-resolution imaging is demonstrated. Using the proposed nanoprobe and single molecule localization based super resolution imaging strategy, intracellular nanoparticle tracking and super-resolution imaging are realized. The localization precision is about 50 nm and single-molecule localization microscopy using the proposed nanoprobe requires only one single excitation laser and no specific imaging buffer.
June 8, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587997/long-term-follow-up-of-two-siblings-with-adult-onset-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis-kufs-type-a
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Çiğdem Özkara, Ayşegül Gündüz, Tülin Coşkun, Bengi Gül Alpaslan, Burcu Zeydan, Şakir Delil, Mikko Muona, Anna-Elina Lehesjoki, Meral E Kızıltan
Reports on the clinical presentation of adult-onset neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCL) are scarce compared to infantile- and childhood-onset forms. Here, we aimed to present detailed temporal evolution of clinical and electrophysiological features of two siblings with adult-onset NCL and homozygous mutation in the CLN6 gene. We retrospectively analysed medical records and electrophysiological data in order to delineate evolution of clinical and electrophysiological findings. Electrophysiological studies included routine EEG and video-EEG, as well as polymyographic analysis of myoclonus and brainstem reflex studies...
June 6, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584422/an-innovative-and-simple-approach-to-fabricate-a-hollow-ocular-prosthesis-with-functional-lubricant-reservoir-a-solution-to-artificial-eye-comfort
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Aditya Anil Kavlekar, Meena Ajay Aras, Vidya Chitre
The loss of an eye is an emotional and psychological setback to the patient. An ocular prosthesis is created to restore the lost anatomical structure and to correct the cosmetic defect. The tear reflexes do not function at optimal levels in anophthalmic sockets which make prosthesis wear uncomfortable. This case report presents an innovative hollow ocular prosthesis with functional lubricant reservoir which upon normal blinking would draw the lubricant from the reservoir through an exit hole which spreads over the prosthesis allowing a comfortable and long duration of prosthesis wear...
April 2017: Journal of Indian Prosthodontic Society
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