Jason D Harry

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Somatosensory function declines with age, and such changes have been associated with diminished motor performance. Input noise can enhance sensory and motor function. We asked young and elderly participants to stand quietly on vibrating gel-based insoles, and calculated sway parameters and random-walk variables. In our 27 participants, application of noise(More)
Noise can enhance the detection and transmission of weak signals in certain nonlinear systems, via a mechanism known as stochastic resonance. Here we show that input noise can be used to improve motor control in humans. Specifically, we show that the postural sway of both young and elderly individuals during quiet standing can be significantly reduced by(More)
Older adults often suffer from diminished somatosensation stemming from age-related neuropathy. Recently, localized low-level electrical noise stimulation was shown to enhance tactile sensitivity in healthy young subjects. Here, we hypothesized that fine-touch sensitivity in older adults can be similarly improved. Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments were used to(More)
1. A survey has been conducted amongst 459 members of the Clinical Section of the British Pharmacological Society to ascertain facts about the administration of drugs to healthy volunteers over the period October 1986 to September 1987. 2. A response rate of 87.1% was obtained with 114 individuals being involved in healthy volunteer studies. After exclusion(More)
The effects of four single oral doses of ICI 118,551 (a selective beta 2-adrenoceptor blocking agent: doses 10, 20, 50, and 100 mg) have been compared with placebo in five normal, healthy volunteers on some cardiovascular responses to intravenous infusions of dobutamine. Increasing infusions of dobutamine produced reproducible dose-dependent reductions in(More)
1. ICI 169,369 (2-(2-dimethylamino ethylthio)-3-phenyl quinoline) is a potent selective competitive antagonist of the 5-HT2 receptor in animal models. Effects of ICI 169,369 as single oral doses (80 and 120 mg) separated by 1 week, on the power spectrum of waking EEG, dark adapted pupil responses and sedation score, were studied in a double-blind, placebo(More)
1. ICI 170,809 (2-(2-dimethylamino-2-methylpropylthio)-3-phenylquinoline hydrochloride) is a potent 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) type 2 postsynaptic receptor antagonist. 2. Effects of ICI 170,809 as single oral doses (3, 7, 15 and 30 mg) or placebo were studied on the duration of antagonism for the ex vivo platelet aggregatory response to 5-HT and to the(More)
OBJECTIVE Localized low-level mechanical or electrical noise can significantly enhance tactile sensitivity in healthy young subjects and older adults. This phenomenon is termed stochastic resonance (SR). In this study, we examined the effect of SR on vibratory and tactile sensation in patients with moderate to severe diabetic peripheral neuropathy. (More)