Martha H. Stella

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The quantification of respiratory variability may provide insight into the integrative control of breathing. To test the hypothesis that sleep and/or increased chemical drive modifies respiratory variability, six male adult Sprague-Dawley rats were instrumented with diaphragm electromyographic (EMG) electrodes and exposed to 0, 2.5, and 5.0% CO2 with a(More)
Imperceptible levels of proportional assist ventilation applied throughout inspiration reduced inspiratory time (TI) in awake humans. More recently, the reduction in TI was associated with flow assist, but flow assist also reaches a maximum value early during inspiration. To test the separate effects of flow assist and timing of assist, we applied a(More)
Every year, thousands of Americans suffer from pathological and traumatic events that result in loss of dexterity and strength of the hand. Although many supportive devices have been designed to restore functional hand movement, most are very complex and expensive. The goal of this project was to design and implement a cost-effective, electrically powered(More)
We investigated the role of V(T) and V(T)/T(I) modulation of breathing in awake human subjects. We applied a PRBS of volume (incrementing ramp) or flow (decrementing wave) assist at levels below the perceptual threshold in order to stimulate respiratory feedback. We modeled the PRBS data with linear difference equations to obtain impulse-response profiles(More)
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