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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814635/perception-of-the-dynamic-visual-vertical-during-sinusoidal-linear-motion
#1
Antonella Pomante, Luc P J Selen, W Pieter Medendorp
The vestibular system provides information for spatial orientation. However, this information is ambiguous: because the otoliths sense the gravito-inertial force, they cannot distinguish gravitational and inertial components. As a consequence, prolonged linear acceleration of the head can be interpreted as tilt, referred to as the somatogravic effect. Previous modeling work suggests that the brain disambiguates the otolith signal according to the rules of Bayesian inference, combining noisy canal cues with the a priori assumption that prolonged linear accelerations are unlikely...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814339/social-disparities-in-body-mass-index-bmi-trajectories-among-chinese-adults-in-1991-2011
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Changchun Fang, Ying Liang
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a serious public health problem in China. The relationship between obesity and socio-economic status (SES) is changing and affected by uncertainty, particularly, in developing countries. The sex-related differences in body mass index (BMI) trajectories are controversial and require substantial empirical data for updating and enriching. METHODS: This study examined the relationship between SES and BMI in Chinese adults from a dynamic perspective using longitudinal data (1991-2011) from the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS)...
August 16, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814035/decoding-of-individual-finger-movements-from-surface-emg-signals-using-vector-autoregressive-hierarchical-hidden-markov-models-varhhmm
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Nebojsa Malesevic, Dimitrije Markovic, Gunter Kanitz, Marco Controzzi, Christian Cipriani, Christian Antfolk
In this paper we present a novel method for predicting individual fingers movements from surface electromyography (EMG). The method is intended for real-time dexterous control of a multifunctional prosthetic hand device. The EMG data was recorded using 16 single-ended channels positioned on the forearm of healthy participants. Synchronously with the EMG recording, the subjects performed consecutive finger movements based on the visual cues. Our algorithm could be described in following steps: extracting mean average value (MAV) of the EMG to be used as the feature for classification, piece-wise linear modeling of EMG feature dynamics, implementation of hierarchical hidden Markov models (HHMM) to capture transitions between linear models, and implementation of Bayesian inference as the classifier...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813997/dynamic-elasticity-measurement-for-prosthetic-socket-design
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Yujin Kim, Junghoon Kim, Hyeryon Son, Youngjin Choi
The paper proposes a novel apparatus to measure the dynamic elasticity of human limb in order to help the design and fabrication of the personalized prosthetic socket. To take measurements of the dynamic elasticity, the desired force generated as an exponential chirp signal in which the frequency increases and amplitude is maintained according to time progress is applied to human limb and then the skin deformation is recorded, ultimately, to obtain the frequency response of its elasticity. It is referred to as a Dynamic Elasticity Measurement Apparatus (DEMA) in the paper...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813803/application-of-support-vector-machines-in-detecting-hand-grasp-gestures-using-a-commercially-off-the-shelf-wireless-myoelectric-armband
#5
Farshid Amirabdollahian, Michael L Walters
The propose of this study was to assess the feasibility of using support vector machines in analysing myoelectric signals acquired using an off the shelf device, the Myo armband from Thalmic Lab, when performing hand grasp gestures. Participants (n = 26) took part in the study wearing the armband and producing a series of required gestures. Support vector machines were used to train a model using participant training values, and to classify gestures produced by the same participants. Different Kernel functions and electrode combinations were studied...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811741/consistency-and-variability-of-dna-methylation-in-women-during-puberty-young-adulthood-and-pregnancy
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Su Chen, Nandini Mukherjee, Vimala Devi Janjanam, S Hasan Arshad, Ramesh J Kurukulaaratchy, John W Holloway, Hongmei Zhang, Wilfried Karmaus
Prior DNA methylation (DNA-m) analyses have identified cytosine-phosphate-guanine (CpG) sites, which show either a significant change or consistency during lifetime. However, the proportion of CpGs that are neither significantly different nor consistent over time (indifferent CpGs) is unknown. We investigated the methylation dynamics, both longitudinal changes and consistency, in women from preadolescence to late pregnancy using DNA-m of peripheral blood cells. Consistency of cell type-adjusted DNA-m between paired individuals was assessed by regressing CpGs of subsequent age on the prior, stability by intraclass correlation coefficients (>0...
2017: Genetics & Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810780/a-surprisingly-simple-correlation-between-the-classical-and-quantum-structural-networks-in-liquid-water
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Peter Hamm, George S Fanourgakis, Sotiris S Xantheas
Nuclear quantum effects in liquid water have profound implications for several of its macroscopic properties related to the structure, dynamics, spectroscopy, and transport. Although several of water's macroscopic properties can be reproduced by classical descriptions of the nuclei using interaction potentials effectively parameterized for a narrow range of its phase diagram, a proper account of the nuclear quantum effects is required to ensure that the underlying molecular interactions are transferable across a wide temperature range covering different regions of that diagram...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810773/geometric-phase-effects-in-excited-state-dynamics-through-a-conical-intersection-in-large-molecules-n-dimensional-linear-vibronic-coupling-model-study
#8
Jiaru Li, Loïc Joubert-Doriol, Artur F Izmaylov
We investigate geometric phase (GP) effects in nonadiabatic transitions through a conical intersection (CI) in an N-dimensional linear vibronic coupling (ND-LVC) model. This model allows for the coordinate transformation encompassing all nonadiabatic effects within a two-dimensional (2D) subsystem, while the other N - 2 dimensions form a system of uncoupled harmonic oscillators identical for both electronic states and coupled bi-linearly with the subsystem coordinates. The 2D subsystem governs ultra-fast nonadiabatic dynamics through the CI and provides a convenient model for studying GP effects...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809543/infrared-spectroscopy-coupled-with-a-dispersion-model-for-quantifying-the-real-time-dynamics-of-kanamycin-resistance-in-artificial-microbiota
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Naifu Jin, Maria Paraskevaidi, Kirk T Semple, Francis Luke Martin, Dayi Zhang
Over-usage of antibiotics leads to the widespread induction of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). Developing an approach to allow real-time monitoring and fast prediction of ARGs dynamics in clinical or environmental samples has become an urgent matter. Vibrational spectroscopy is potentially an ideal technique towards the characterization of the microbial composition of microbiota as it is non-destructive, high-throughput and label-free. Herein, we employed attenuated total reflection Fourier-transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy and developed a spectrochemical tool to quantify the static and dynamic composition of kanamycin resistance in artificial microbiota to evaluate microbial antibiotic resistance...
August 15, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808227/exactly-solvable-model-for-a-velocity-jump-observed-in-crack-propagation-in-viscoelastic-solids
#10
Naoyuki Sakumichi, Ko Okumura
Needs to impart appropriate elasticity and high toughness to viscoelastic polymer materials are ubiquitous in industries such as concerning automobiles and medical devices. One of the major problems to overcome for toughening is catastrophic failure linked to a velocity jump, i.e., a sharp transition in the velocity of crack propagation occurred in a narrow range of the applied load. However, its physical origin has remained an enigma despite previous studies over 60 years. Here, we propose an exactly solvable model that exhibits the velocity jump incorporating linear viscoelasticity with a cutoff length for a continuum description...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807285/sarcoptes-scabiei-alters-follicular-dynamics-in-female-iberian-ibex-through-a-reduction-in-body-weight
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José Espinosa, José E Granados, Francisco J Cano-Manuel, Jorge R López-Olvera, Arián Ráez-Bravo, Diego Romero, Ramón C Soriguer, Jesús M Pérez, Paulino Fandos
Normal development of the ovarian cycle is a key factor in ensuring female reproductive success. Sarcoptes scabiei has been shown to induce changes in host physiology, although the effects of this mite on the female reproductive cycle are still unknown. In an attempt to clarify this issue, the number of ovarian structures (primary follicles, secondary follicles, Graaf follicles, corpus luteum and corpus albicans) in female Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica) affected by sarcoptic mange was explored by histological analysis of samples taken from 102 females selectively harvested in the Sierra Nevada Natural Space, southern Spain...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806716/efficient-hardware-implementation-of-the-subthalamic-nucleus-external-globus-pallidus-oscillation-system-and-its-dynamics-investigation
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Shuangming Yang, Xile Wei, Jiang Wang, Bin Deng, Chen Liu, Haitao Yu, Huiyan Li
Modeling and implementation of the nonlinear neural system with physiologically plausible dynamic behaviors are considerably meaningful in the field of computational neuroscience. This study introduces a novel hardware platform to investigate the dynamical behaviors within the nonlinear subthalamic nucleus-external globus pallidus system. In order to reduce the implementation complexities, a hardware-oriented conductance-based subthalamic nucleus (STN) model is presented, which can reproduce accurately the dynamical characteristics of biological conductance-based STN cells...
July 26, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806196/the-costs-of-hiv-treatment-and-care-in-ghana-a-longitudinal-multi-site-analysis
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Evelinn Mikkelsen, Jan Hontelez, Justice Nonvignon, Sam Amon, Felix A Asante, Moses K Aikins, Julie van de Haterd, Rob Baltussen
OBJECTIVE: To determine cost-functions that describe the dynamics of costs of HIV treatment and care in Ghana by CD4 cell count at treatment initiation and over time on antiretroviral therapy (ART). DESIGN: We used detailed longitudinal healthcare utilization data from clinical health records of HIV-infected patients at seven Ghanaian ART clinics to estimate cost-functions of treatment and care by CD4 cell count at treatment initiation and time on ART. METHODS: We developed two linear regression models; one with individual random effects to determine the relationship between CD4 cell count at ART initiation and costs of treatment and care, and one with individual fixed effects to determine the causal effect of time in care on costs of treatment and care...
August 12, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802027/performance-evaluation-of-the-bioneer-accupower%C3%A2-hiv-1-quantitative-rt-pcr-kit-comparison-with-the-roche-cobas%C3%A2-ampliprep-cobas-taqman%C3%A2-hiv-1-test-ver-2-0-for-quantification-of-hiv-1-viral-load-in-indonesia
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Agus Susanto Kosasih, Christine Sugiarto, Hubertus Hosti Hayuanta, Runingsih Juhaendi, Lyana Setiawan
BACKGROUND: Measurement of viral load in human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infected patients is essential for the establishment of a therapeutic strategy. Several assays based on qPCR are available for the measurement of viral load; they differ in sample volume, technology applied, target gene, sensitivity and dynamic range. The Bioneer AccuPower® HIV-1 Quantitative RT-PCR is a novel commercial kit that has not been evaluated for its performance. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the performance of the Bioneer AccuPower® HIV-1 Quantitative RT-PCR kit...
August 8, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796800/the-temporal-dynamics-of-the-tracheal-microbiome-in-tracheostomised-patients-with-and-without-lower-respiratory-infections
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Marcos Pérez-Losada, Robert J Graham, Madeline Coquillette, Amenah Jafarey, Eduardo Castro-Nallar, Manuel Aira, Robert J Freishtat, Jonathan M Mansbach
BACKGROUND: Airway microbiota dynamics during lower respiratory infection (LRI) are still poorly understood due, in part, to insufficient longitudinal studies and lack of uncontaminated lower airways samples. Furthermore, the similarity between upper and lower airway microbiomes is still under debate. Here we compare the diversity and temporal dynamics of microbiotas directly sampled from the trachea via tracheostomy in patients with (YLRI) and without (NLRI) lower respiratory infections...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796797/chaotic-itinerancy-within-the-coupled-dynamics-between-a-physical-body-and-neural-oscillator-networks
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Jihoon Park, Hiroki Mori, Yuji Okuyama, Minoru Asada
Chaotic itinerancy is a phenomenon in which the state of a nonlinear dynamical system spontaneously explores and attracts certain states in a state space. From this perspective, the diverse behavior of animals and its spontaneous transitions lead to a complex coupled dynamical system, including a physical body and a brain. Herein, a series of simulations using different types of non-linear oscillator networks (i.e., regular, small-world, scale-free, random) with a musculoskeletal model (i.e., a snake-like robot) as a physical body are conducted to understand how the chaotic itinerancy of bodily behavior emerges from the coupled dynamics between the body and the brain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795698/a-structural-signature-of-the-breakdown-of-the-stokes-einstein-relation-in-metallic-liquids
#17
Shao-Peng Pan, Shi-Dong Feng, Jun-Wei Qiao, Xiao-Feng Niu, Wei-Min Wang, Jing-Yu Qin
The breakdown of the Stokes-Einstein relation (SER) in three model metallic liquids is investigated via molecular dynamics simulations. It is found that the breakdown of SER is closely correlated with the clustering behavior of well-packed atoms. When the SER breaks down, many cluster properties have almost the same value in these metallic liquids. At the breakdown temperature of SER, the temperature dependence of the number of clusters begins to deviate from a linear increase and the average number of well-packed atoms in the clusters reaches about 2, which indicates an increase in structure heterogeneity...
August 10, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790400/prediction-of-infarction-volume-and-infarction-growth-rate-in-acute-ischemic-stroke
#18
Saadat Kamran, Naveed Akhtar, Ayman Alboudi, Kainat Kamran, Arsalan Ahmad, Jihad Inshasi, Abdul Salam, Ashfaq Shuaib, Uvais Qidwai
The prediction of infarction volume after stroke onset depends on the shape of the growth dynamics of the infarction. To understand growth patterns that predict lesion volume changes, we studied currently available models described in literature and compared the models with Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System [ANFIS], a method previously unused in the prediction of infarction growth and infarction volume (IV). We included 67 patients with malignant middle cerebral artery [MMCA] stroke who underwent decompressive hemicraniectomy...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790376/global-and-local-excitation-and-inhibition-shape-the-dynamics-of-the-cortico-striatal-thalamo-cortical-pathway
#19
Anca Rădulescu, Joanna Herron, Caitlin Kennedy, Annalisa Scimemi
The cortico-striatal-thalamo-cortical (CSTC) pathway is a brain circuit that controls movement execution, habit formation and reward. Hyperactivity in the CSTC pathway is involved in obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), a neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by the execution of repetitive involuntary movements. The striatum shapes the activity of the CSTC pathway through the coordinated activation of two classes of medium spiny neurons (MSNs) expressing D1 or D2 dopamine receptors. The exact mechanisms by which balanced excitation/inhibition (E/I) of these cells controls the network dynamics of the CSTC pathway remain unclear...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790346/gaussian-network-model-can-be-enhanced-by-combining-solvent-accessibility-in-proteins
#20
Hua Zhang, Tao Jiang, Guogen Shan, Shiqi Xu, Yujie Song
Gaussian network model (GNM), regarded as the simplest and most representative coarse-grained model, has been widely adopted to analyze and reveal protein dynamics and functions. Designing a variation of the classical GNM, by defining a new Kirchhoff matrix, is the way to improve the residue flexibility modeling. We combined information arising from local relative solvent accessibility (RSA) between two residues into the Kirchhoff matrix of the parameter-free GNM. The undetermined parameters in the new Kirchhoff matrix were estimated by using particle swarm optimization...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
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