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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814064/electrical-properties-assessed-by-bioelectrical-impedance-spectroscopy-as-biomarkers-of-age-related-loss-of-skeletal-muscle-quantity-and-quality
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Yosuke Yamada, Bjoern Buehring, Diane Krueger, Rozalyn M Anderson, Dale A Schoeller, Neil Binkley
Skeletal muscle, in addition to being comprised of a heterogeneous muscle fiber population, also includes extracellular components that do not contribute to positive tensional force production. Here we test segmental bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy (S-BIS) to assess muscle intracellular mass and composition. S-BIS can evaluate electrical properties that may be related to muscle force production. Muscle fiber membranes separate the intracellular components from the extracellular environment and consist of lipid bilayers which act as an electrical capacitor...
September 1, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814044/a-survey-of-stakeholder-perspectives-on-a-proposed-combined-exoskeleton-wheelchair-technology
#2
Tim Bhatnagar, W Ben Mortensen, Johanne Mattie, Jamie Wolff, Claire Parker, Jaimie Borisoff
BACKGROUND: Exoskeleton technology has potential benefits for wheelchair users' health and mobility. However, there are practical barriers to their everyday use as a mobility device. In particular, challenges related to travelling longer distances and transitioning between using a wheelchair and exoskeleton walking may present significant deterrents to regular exoskeleton use. In an effort to remove these barriers, a combined exoskeleton-wheelchair concept ('COMBO') has been proposed, which aims to achieve the benefits of both these mobility technologies...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814041/assessing-bradykinesia-in-parkinson-s-disease-using-gyroscope-signals
#3
S Summa, J Tosi, F Taffoni, L Di Biase, M Marano, A Cascio Rizzo, M Tombini, G Di Pino, D Formica
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that slowly brings on the dopaminergic neurons death. The depletion of the dopaminergic signal causes the onset of motor symptoms such as tremor, bradykinesia and rigidity. Usually, neurologists regularly monitor motor symptoms and motor fluctuations using the MDS-UPDRS part III clinical scale. Nevertheless, to have a more objective and quantitative evaluation, it is possible to assess the cardinal motor symptoms of PD using wearable sensors and portable robotic devices...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814040/training-wrist-extensor-function-and-detecting-unwanted-movement-strategies-in-an-emg-controlled-visuomotor-task
#4
Mingxing Lyu, Charles Lambelet, Daniel Woolley, Xue Zhang, Weihai Chen, Xilun Ding, Roger Gassert, Nicole Wenderoth
Stroke patients often suffer from severe upper limb paresis. Rehabilitation treatment typically targets motor impairments as early as possible, however, muscular contractions, particularly in the wrist and fingers, are often too weak to produce overt movements, making the initial phase of rehabilitation training difficult. Here we propose a new training tool whereby electromyographic (EMG) activity is measured in the wrist extensors and serves as a proxy of voluntary corticomotor drive. We used the Myo armband to develop a proportional EMG controller which allowed volunteers to perform a simple visuomotor task by modulating wrist extensor activity...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814037/design-of-a-power-asymmetric-actuator-for-a-transtibial-prosthesis
#5
Harrison L Bartlett, Brian E Lawson, Michael Goldfarb
This paper presents the design and characterization of a power-asymmetric actuator for a transtibial prosthesis. The device is designed to provide the combination of: 1) joint locking, 2) high power dissipation, and 3) low power generation. This actuator functionality allows for a prosthesis to be designed with minimal mass and power consumption relative to a fully-powered robotic prosthesis while maintaining much of the functionality necessary for activities of daily living. The actuator achieves these design characteristics while maintaining a small form factor by leveraging a combination of electromechanical and hydraulic components...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814025/learning-from-demonstration-teaching-a-myoelectric-prosthesis-with-an-intact-limb-via-reinforcement-learning
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Gautham Vasan, Patrick M Pilarski
Prosthetic arms should restore and extend the capabilities of someone with an amputation. They should move naturally and be able to perform elegant, coordinated movements that approximate those of a biological arm. Despite these objectives, the control of modern-day prostheses is often nonintuitive and taxing. Existing devices and control approaches do not yet give users the ability to effect highly synergistic movements during their daily-life control of a prosthetic device. As a step towards improving the control of prosthetic arms and hands, we introduce an intuitive approach to training a prosthetic control system that helps a user achieve hard-to-engineer control behaviours...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814021/simultaneous-estimation-of-human-and-exoskeleton-motion-a-simplified-protocol
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M T Alvarez, D Torricelli, A J Del-Ama, D Pinto, J Gonzalez-Vargas, J C Moreno, A Gil-Agudo, J L Pons
Adequate benchmarking procedures in the area of wearable robots is gaining importance in order to compare different devices on a quantitative basis, improve them and support the standardization and regulation procedures. Performance assessment usually focuses on the execution of locomotion tasks, and is mostly based on kinematic-related measures. Typical drawbacks of marker-based motion capture systems, gold standard for measure of human limb motion, become challenging when measuring limb kinematics, due to the concomitant presence of the robot...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814010/multi-modal-myocontrol-testing-combined-force-and-electromyography
#8
Markus Nowak, Thomas Eiband, Claudio Castellini
Myocontrol, that is control of prostheses using bodily signals, has proved in the decades to be a surprisingly hard problem for the scientific community of assistive and rehabilitation robotics. In particular, traditional surface electromyography (sEMG) seems to be no longer enough to guarantee dexterity (i.e., control over several degrees of freedom) and, most importantly, reliability. Multi-modal myocontrol is concerned with the idea of using novel signal gathering techniques as a replacement of, or alongside, sEMG, to provide high-density and diverse signals to improve dexterity and make the control more reliable...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814006/development-and-evaluation-of-a-method-to-measure-wrist-range-of-motion-on-paretic-hand-rehabilitation-device
#9
Jung-Yeon Kim, Hyun-Seok Sung, Youn-Kyung Kang, Igor Gaponov, Bong-Keun Jung
This paper presents the development of wrist ROM measurement system that was implemented on a rehabilitation glove for paretic hand, Easy-Flex, using a rotary potentiometer. This approach enables the device to measure the angles of up to 80° with the approximate resolution of 0.1°. The method along with a universal goniometer and a smartphone clinometer application were tested on 17 healthy participants in terms of reliability. The three instruments were able to accurately measure three different angles (flexion: -10°, neutral: 0°, and extension: 20°) with measurement errors less than 2(°)...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813993/the-influence-of-a-user-adaptive-prosthetic-knee-on-planned-gait-termination
#10
Erik C Prinsen, Marc J Nederhand, Bart F Koopman, Johan S Rietman
The added value of user-adaptive prosthetic knees has been predominantly evaluated in level walking or ramp/stair negotiation. Previous studies indicate that the activity pattern of individuals with an amputation mainly consists of short periods of continuous walking, indicating that a high percentage of ambulatory activity involves gait termination. The potential added value of user-adaptive prosthetic knees in gait termination has not been studied yet. Ten individuals with an amputation were measured with their own non-microprocessor controlled prosthetic knee and with the Rheo Knee II (a user-adaptive prosthetic knee)...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813982/validation-of-a-constrained-time-movement-task-for-use-in-rehabilitation-outcome-measures
#11
Daniel H Blustein, Jonathon W Sensinger
Current motor assessment tools can provide numerical indicators of performance but do not provide actionable information to target further improvement in rehabilitation interventions. Psychophysics-based outcome measures show promise to provide more useful information in the laboratory environment but have been limited in clinical implementation. Here we present a constrained-time task to assess paced and non-rhythmic movements. The task's output metrics include trial-by-trial adaptation rate and the just noticeable difference of a perturbation...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813964/brain-computer-interface-combining-eye-saccade-two-electrode-eeg-signals-and-voice-cues-to-improve-the-maneuverability-of-wheelchair
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Ker-Jiun Wang, Lan Zhang, Bo Luan, Hsiao-Wei Tung, Quanfeng Liu, Jiacheng Wei, Mingui Sun, Zhi-Hong Mao
Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) largely augment human capabilities by translating brain wave signals into feasible commands to operate external devices. However, many issues face the development of BCIs such as the low classification accuracy of brain signals and the tedious human-learning procedures. To solve these problems, we propose to use signals associated with eye saccades and blinks to control a BCI interface. By extracting existing physiological eye signals, the user does not need to adapt his/her brain waves to the device...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813962/a-fundamental-study-on-how-holding-a-helium-filled-balloon-affects-stability-in-human-standing
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Keisuke Shima, Koji Shimatani, Gen Sato, Mami Sakata, Psiche Giannoni, Pietro Morasso
Various studies have been conducted in the field of the development/deterioration of standing and walking ability. In standing and walking control strategy, the relationship linking visual/somatosensory/vestibular-system information and physical movement is important. Researchers have previously sought to evaluate attitude control based on human sensory information. The authors have also reported that the body sway of a walking infant is mitigated when the subject holds a helium-filled balloon, with results suggesting that this approach can be applied to extend walking distance...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813961/identifying-the-effects-of-using-integrated-haptic-feedback-for-gait-rehabilitation-of-stroke-patients
#14
Muhammad Raheel Afzal, Sanghun Pyo, Min-Kyun Oh, Young Sook Park, Jungwon Yoon
This paper evaluates the prospects of using a novel Integrated Haptic Feedback (IHF) system. IHF can provide over-ground gait training regimens for post-stroke ambulatory subjects. IHF system combines the use of a portable cane for kinesthetic feedback and a wearable vibrotactor array for tactile feedback. Continuous somatosensory input is aiforded to the users at the handle of cane; it serves the purpose of balance assurance at higher gait speeds. Besides, restricted use of upper limb for weight-bearing inspires the users to involve the paretic lower limbs more actively...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813952/comparative-performance-analysis-of-m-imu-emg-and-voice-user-interfaces-for-assistive-robots
#15
Clemente Laureiti, Francesca Cordella, Francesco Scotto di Luzio, Stefano Saccucci, Angelo Davalli, Rinaldo Sacchetti, Loredana Zollo
People with a high level of disability experience great difficulties to perform activities of daily living and resort to their residual motor functions in order to operate assistive devices. The commercially available interfaces used to control assistive manipulators are typically based on joysticks and can be used only by subjects with upper-limb residual mobilities. Many other solutions can be found in the literature, based on the use of multiple sensory systems for detecting the human motion intention and state...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813942/robotic-assessment-of-the-contribution-of-motor-commands-to-wrist-position-sense
#16
Sara Contu, Francesca Marini, Lorenzo Masia
Assessing joint position sense for rehabilitation after neurological injury provides a prognostic factor in recovery and long-term functional outcomes. A common method for testing joint position sense involves the active replication of a joint configuration presented via a passive movement. However, recent evidence showed how this sense is mediated by the centrally generated signals of motor command, such that movements produced volitionally may be coded differently from passive movements and accuracy may be different when matching targets presented actively...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813907/position-and-stiffness-modulation-of-a-wrist-haptic-device-using-myoelectric-interface
#17
Chris Wilson Antuvan, Lorenzo Masia
Modulation of stiffness provides a great deal of advantage in the way humans interact with the environment, and is very important in successfully performing activities of daily living. In the context of human-machine interactions, stiffness control could provide a safer interaction, especially when dealing with unpredictable environment. In this paper we propose a user-modulated stiffness and position control for the wrist flexion/extension degree of freedom while physically coupled to a haptic device. A virtual position tracking experiment in a varying external force field is designed in order to test the performance of the control strategy with and without co-contraction techniques...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813898/robots-testing-robots-alan-arm-a-humanoid-arm-for-the-testing-of-robotic-rehabilitation-systems
#18
Jack Brookes, Maksims Kuznecovs, Menelaos Kanakis, Arturs Grigals, Mazvydas Narvidas, Justin Gallagher, Martin Levesley
Robotics is increasing in popularity as a method of providing rich, personalized and cost-effective physiotherapy to individuals with some degree of upper limb paralysis, such as those who have suffered a stroke. These robotic rehabilitation systems are often high powered, and exoskeletal systems can attach to the person in a restrictive manner. Therefore, ensuring the mechanical safety of these devices before they come in contact with individuals is a priority. Additionally, rehabilitation systems may use novel sensor systems to measure current arm position...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813894/validity-of-a-sensor-based-table-top-platform-to-measure-upper-limb-function
#19
Michael Mace, Sarah Guy, Asif Hussain, Edith Diane Playford, Nick Ward, Sivakumar Balasubramanian, Etienne Burdet
Objective measurement is an essential part of the assessment process in neurological dysfunction such as stroke. However, current clinical scores are insensitive and based on subjective observation from experts. Technology provides an opportunity for enhanced accuracy and specificity of objective measurement. This study describes the use of an interactive force-sensitive table-top platform for the assessment of reach in post-stroke patients, admitted as part of a three week intensive upper limb training programme...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813891/quantitative-assessment-of-paretic-limb-dexterity-and-interlimb-coordination-during-bilateral-arm-rehabilitation-training
#20
Chang Xu, Siyi Li, Kui Wang, Zengguang Hou, Ningbo Yu
In neuro-rehabilitation after stroke, the conventional constrained induced movement therapy (CIMT) has been well-accepted. Existing bilateral trainings are mostly on mirrored symmetrical motion. However, complementary bilateral movements are dominantly involved in activities of daily living (ADLs), and functional bilateral therapies may bring better skill transfer from trainings to daily life. Neurophysiological evidence is also growing. In this work, we firstly introduce our bilateral arm training system realized with a haptic interface and a motion sensor, as well as the tasks that have been designed to train both the manipulation function of the paretic arm and coordination of bilateral upper limbs...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
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