Volume 77, Number 6, March 2007
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology|
|Published online||06 March 2007|
Noise and poise: Enhancement of postural complexity in the elderly with a stochastic-resonancebased therapy
Division of Interdisciplinary Medicine and Biotechnology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School - 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA
2 Hebrew SeniorLife, Institute for Aging Research, Division of Gerontology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - 1200 Center Street, Boston, MA 02215, USA
3 Center for BioDynamics and Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University - 111 Cummington Street, Boston, MA 02215, USA
4 Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies - 4041 Powder Mill Road, Suite 302, Calverton, MD 20705, USA
5 Research Center for Adaptive Data Analysis, National Central University - Chungli, Taiwan, ROC
Accepted: 2 February 2007
Pathologic states are associated with a loss of dynamical complexity. Therefore, therapeutic interventions that increase physiologic complexity may enhance health status. Using multiscale entropy analysis, we show that the postural sway dynamics of healthy young and healthy elderly subjects are more complex than that of elderly subjects with a history of falls. Application of subsensory noise to the feet has been demonstrated to improve postural stability in the elderly. We next show that this therapy significantly increases the multiscale complexity of sway fluctuations in healthy elderly subjects. Quantification of changes in dynamical complexity of biologic variability may be the basis of a new approach to assessing risk and to predicting the efficacy of clinical interventions, including noise-based therapies.
PACS: 89.75.-k – Complex systems / 87.19.La – Neuroscience / 05.45.Tp – Time series analysis
© Europhysics Letters Association, 2007
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