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Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Arguello E.J.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | Silva R.J.,Secretaria de Educacion Superior | Silva R.J.,University of Guayaquil | Huerta M.K.,Secretaria de Educacion Superior | And 3 more authors.
BioMedical Engineering Online | Year: 2015

This commentary is intended to find possible explanations for the low impact of computational modeling on pain research. We discuss the main strategies that have been used in building computational models for the study of pain. The analysis suggests that traditional models lack biological plausibility at some levels, they do not provide clinically relevant results, and they cannot capture the stochastic character of neural dynamics. On this basis, we provide some suggestions that may be useful in building computational models of pain with a wider range of applications. © Argüello et al.


PubMed | Secretaria de Educacion Superior, Salesian Polytechnic University and Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela
Type: | Journal: Biomedical engineering online | Year: 2015

This commentary is intended to find possible explanations for the low impact of computational modeling on pain research. We discuss the main strategies that have been used in building computational models for the study of pain. The analysis suggests that traditional models lack biological plausibility at some levels, they do not provide clinically relevant results, and they cannot capture the stochastic character of neural dynamics. On this basis, we provide some suggestions that may be useful in building computational models of pain with a wider range of applications.


Salazar-Lugo R.,Secretaria de Educacion Superior | Salazar-Lugo R.,University of the East Venezuela | Barahona A.,Technical University of the North, Ibarra | Tarupi Y.,Technical University of the North, Ibarra | And 3 more authors.
Investigacion Clinica (Venezuela) | Year: 2016

The association of blood viscosity (BV) with hypertension and diabetes mellitus type 2 indicates that it should be considered, especially in populations living in mountain chains where the hemoglobin and hematocrit values are higher. In fact, this work analyzed the association of BV with nutritional and biochemical risk factors in the development of cardio metabolic diseases in healthy adults (20-60 years old; 46.39% female and 53.61% male) living in the urban Ecuadorian sierra. The body mass index (BMI) was calculated. The body fat percentage, body water percentage, waist circumference (WC) and blood pressure were measured. Determinations of biochemical and hematological parameters were performed using established methodologies and a validated formula was used to determine the BV. Hyperviscosity (HV) was present in 14.76% of the population: 10.46% men, 4.3% women. In this group, 42.8% showed metabolic syndrome (MS) against 33% in the normoviscosity group (NV). Uric acid (UA) was observed statistically higher in HV and NV with MS groups. A simple positive linear correlation was found between glucose (GLU) and triglycerides (TRI) concentrations and BV in HV without MS group. The multiple linear regression analysis indicated that GLU, UA and systolic pressure influence to increase BV in the HV without MS group. Glucose concentration and percentage of water, independently influence the BV in the NV without MS group. The increase in GLU and UA concentrations are the most influencing factors on BV in this population. © 2016, Instituto de Investigaciones Clinicas. All rights reserved.

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