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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227644/evaluation-of-a-wrist-orthosis-on-lofstrand-crutch-assisted-gait
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Deen Farooq, Omid Jahanian, Brooke A Slavens, Elizabeth T Hsiao-Wecksler, Deen Farooq, Omid Jahanian, Brooke A Slavens, Elizabeth T Hsiao-Wecksler
Lofstrand, or forearm, crutches are a common assistive mobility device for those with functional impairments. However, repeated loading of the wrist and palmar region and continual hyperextension of the wrist during Lofstrand crutch usage may cause wrist strain, pain, and secondary injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. In order to reduce risk of injury, a novel wrist orthosis was developed with the intent of improving wrist posture and reducing/redirecting palmar loads from the carpal tunnel region to the adductor pollicis area...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227539/robot-assisted-assessment-of-wrist-proprioception-does-wrist-proprioceptive-acuity-follow-weber-s-law
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Sara Contu, Francesca Marini, Leonardo Cappello, Lorenzo Masia, Sara Contu, Francesca Marini, Leonardo Cappello, Lorenzo Masia, Lorenzo Masia, Sara Contu, Leonardo Cappello, Francesca Marini
Proprioception is essential for planning and controlling limb posture and movement. In our recent work, we introduced a standardized robot-aided method for measuring proprioceptive discrimination thresholds at the wrist to obtain reliable and accurate measures of proprioceptive acuity. Weber's law defines discrimination thresholds as a constant ratio between the just noticeable difference and the reference or standard stimulus. Reporting Weber's fractions thus provides the possibility of comparing results with the reports of others collected worldwide...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227334/human-static-postures-analysis-using-empirical-mode-decomposition
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Khaled Safi, Emilie Hutin, Samer Mohammed, Inke Marie Albertsen, Eric Delechelle, Yacine Amirat, Mohamad Khalil, Jean-Michel Gracies, Khaled Safi, Emilie Hutin, Samer Mohammed, Inke Marie Albertsen, Eric Delechelle, Yacine Amirat, Mohamad Khalil, Jean-Michel Gracies, Eric Delechelle, Mohamad Khalil, Inke Marie Albertsen, Jean-Michel Gracies, Emilie Hutin, Khaled Safi, Yacine Amirat, Samer Mohammed
The goal of this paper is to analyze the human stability during static postures using stabilometric signals. The effects of subject's visual input, feet position, age and gender are analyzed. Twenty eight healthy subjects have participated in this study. The center of pressure displacements were measured along the Medio-Lateral (ML) and Antero-Posterior (AP) directions. Empirical mode decomposition method is used to decompose the stabilometric signal into several elementary signals called Intrinsic Mode Functions (IMF)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227319/detecting-postural-transitions-a-robust-wavelet-based-approach
#4
Sadra Hemmati, Eric Wade, Sadra Hemmati, Eric Wade, Sadra Hemmati, Eric Wade
The ability to perform postural transitions such as sit-to-stand is an accepted metric for functional independence. The number of transitions performed in real-life situations provides clinically useful information for individuals recovering from lower extremity injury or surgery. Performance deficits during these transitions are well correlated to negative outcomes in numerous populations. Thus, continuous monitoring and detection of transitions in individuals outside of the clinical setting may provide important, clinically relevant information regarding the progression of physical impairments...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226938/a-wearable-skin-stretch-haptic-feedback-device-towards-improving-balance-control-in-lower-limb-amputees
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M A B Husman, H F Maqbool, M I Awad, A Abouhossein, A A Dehghani-Sanij, M A B Husman, H F Maqbool, M I Awad, A Abouhossein, A A Dehghani-Sanij, A Abouhossein, A A Dehghani-Sanij, M A B Husman, M I Awad, H F Maqbool
Haptic feedback to lower limb amputees is essential to maximize the functionality of a prosthetic device by providing information to the user about the interaction with the environment and the position of the prostheses in space. Severed sensory pathway and the absence of connection between the prosthesis and the Central Nervous System (CNS) after lower limb amputation reduces balance control, increases visual dependency and increases risk of falls among amputees. This work describes the design of a wearable haptic feedback device for lower limb amputees using lateral skin-stretch modality intended to serve as a feedback cue during ambulation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226551/beat-to-beat-heart-rate-detection-by-smartphone-s-accelerometers-validation-with-ecg
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F Landreani, A Martin-Yebra, C Casellato, C Frigo, E Pavan, P-F Migeotte, E G Caiani, F Landreani, A Martin-Yebra, C Casellato, C Frigo, E Pavan, P-F Migeotte, E G Caiani, A Martin-Yebra, P-F Migeotte, Eg Caiani, F Landreani, C Casellato, C Frigo, E Pavan
: Mobile phones offer the possibility to monitor and track health parameters. Our aim was to test the feasibility and accuracy of measuring beat-to-beat heart rate using smartphone accelerometers by recording the vibrations generated by the heart during its function and transmitted to the chest wall, i.e. the so-called seismocardiographic signal (SCG). METHODS: 9 healthy male volunteers were studied in supine (SUP) and in standing (ST) posture. A smartphone (iPhone6, Apple) was positioned on the thorax (POS1) to acquire SCG signal...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226434/an-exergame-system-based-on-force-platforms-and-body-key-point-detection-for-balance-training
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Marcos D Lavarda, Pedro A de Borba, Matheus R Oliveira, Gustavo B Borba, Mauren A de Souza, Humberto R Gamba, Marcos D Lavarda, Pedro A de Borba, Matheus R Oliveira, Gustavo B Borba, Mauren A de Souza, Humberto R Gamba, Gustavo B Borba, Mauren A de Souza, Marcos D Lavarda, Matheus R Oliveira, Pedro A De Borba, Humberto R Gamba
Postural instability affects a large number of people and can compromise even simple activities of the daily routine. Therapies for balance training can strongly benefit from auxiliary devices specially designed for this purpose. In this paper, we present a system for balance training that uses the metaphor of a game, what contributes to the motivation and engagement of the patients during a treatment. Such approach is usually named exergame, in which input devices for posturographic assessment and a visual output perform the interaction with the subject...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226432/reinforcement-learning-for-stabilizing-an-inverted-pendulum-naturally-leads-to-intermittent-feedback-control-as-in-human-quiet-standing
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Kenjiro Michimoto, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Ken Kiyono, Yasushi Kobayashi, Pietro Morasso, Taishin Nomura, Kenjiro Michimoto, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Ken Kiyono, Yasushi Kobayashi, Pietro Morasso, Taishin Nomura, Ken Kiyono, Pietro Morasso, Kenjiro Michimoto, Yasushi Kobayashi, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Taishin Nomura
Intermittent feedback control for stabilizing human upright stance is a promising strategy, alternative to the standard time-continuous stiffness control. Here we show that such an intermittent controller can be established naturally through reinforcement learning. To this end, we used a single inverted pendulum model of the upright posture and a very simple reward function that gives a certain amount of punishments when the inverted pendulum falls or changes its position in the state space. We found that the acquired feedback controller exhibits hallmarks of the intermittent feedback control strategy, namely the action of the feedback controller is switched-off intermittently when the state of the pendulum is located near the stable manifold of the unstable saddle-type upright equilibrium of the inverted pendulum with no active control: this action provides an opportunity to exploit transiently converging dynamics toward the unstable upright position with no help of the active feedback control...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226027/serum-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-levels-are-associated-with-functional-capacity-but-not-with-postural-balance-in-osteoporotic-postmenopausal-women
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Guilherme Carlos Brech, Emmanuel Gomes Ciolac, Mark D Peterson, Júlia Maria D'Andréa Greve
OBJECTIVES: In post-menopausal women with osteoporosis, insufficient vitamin D levels decrease calcium fixation in the bones and calcium transport in the sarcoplasmic reticulum, which impairs muscle strength, possibly leading to detrimental consequences for the preservation of functional capacity and postural balance, fall prevention, and fracture risk. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between vitamin D levels and knee muscle strength, postural balance and functional mobility among postmenopausal women with osteoporosis...
January 1, 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222562/impaired-scaling-of-preparatory-postural-responses-to-repeated-balance-perturbations-in-parkinsonian-patients-with-comorbid-white-matter-disease
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David Cioncoloni, Lodovica Martelli, Deborah Rosignoli, Riccardo Mazzocchio
BACKGROUND: Postural instability may result from altered sequencing of automatic motor programs for anticipatory postural corrections and/or impaired motor learning in Parkinson Disease (PD) patients. Comorbid white matter disease is a major determinant of axial motor impairment, leading to poorer stability than nigrostriatal dopaminergic denervation per se. OBJECTIVE: To assess differences in anticipatory control of postural stability function between subjects affected by PD with comorbid leukoaraiosis (LPD), idiopathic Parkinson disease (IPD) and elderly health subjects (EHS) as control group...
February 10, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222557/effect-of-foot-placements-during-sit-to-stand-transition-on-timed-up-and-go-test-in-stroke-subjects-a-cross-sectional-study
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Shreekanth D Karnad, Abraham M Joshua, Akshatha Nayak, B V Suresh, Prasanna Mithra, B Unnikrishnan
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE: Timed up and go (TUG) test is been used as a screening tool for the assessment of risk of falling in individuals following stroke. Though TUG test is a quick test, it has fair sensitivity compared to other tests. This study was carried out to obtain and compare test scores for different types of foot placements during sit to stand transition in stroke subjects. METHOD: A Cross-sectional study with purposive sampling included 28 post stroke subjects who were able to walk 6 meter with or without assistance...
February 8, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222191/elderly-fall-risk-prediction-using-static-posturography
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Jennifer Howcroft, Edward D Lemaire, Jonathan Kofman, William E McIlroy
Maintaining and controlling postural balance is important for activities of daily living, with poor postural balance being predictive of future falls. This study investigated eyes open and eyes closed standing posturography with elderly adults to identify differences and determine appropriate outcome measure cut-off scores for prospective faller, single-faller, multi-faller, and non-faller classifications. 100 older adults (75.5 ± 6.7 years) stood quietly with eyes open and then eyes closed while Wii Balance Board data were collected...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220064/effect-of-experimentally-induced-trunk-muscular-tensions-on-the-sit-to-stand-task-performance-and-associated-postural-adjustments
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Alain Hamaoui, Caroline Alamini-Rodrigues
It has been shown that increased muscular activity along the trunk is likely to impair body balance, but there is little knowledge about its consequences on more dynamic tasks. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of unilateral and bilateral increases of muscular tension along the trunk on the sit-to-stand task (STS) performance and associated anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs). Twelve healthy females (23 ± 3 years, 163 ± 0.06 cm, 56 ± 9 kg), free of any neurological or musculoskeletal disorders, performed six trials of the STS at maximum speed, in seven experimental conditions varying the muscular tension along each side of the trunk, using a specific bimanual compressive load paradigm...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217106/effect-of-noisy-galvanic-vestibular-stimulation-on-ocular-vestibular-evoked-myogenic-potentials-to-bone-conducted-vibration
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Shinichi Iwasaki, Shotaro Karino, Teru Kamogashira, Fumiharu Togo, Chisato Fujimoto, Yoshiharu Yamamoto, Tatsuya Yamasoba
OBJECTIVE: Galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) delivered as zero-mean current noise (noisy GVS) has been shown to improve static and dynamic postural stability probably by enhancing vestibular information. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of an imperceptible level noisy GVS on ocular vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (oVEMPs) in response to bone-conducted vibration (BCV). MATERIALS AND METHODS: oVEMPs to BCV were measured during the application of white noise GVS with an amplitude ranging from 0 to 300 µA [in root mean square (RMS)] in 20 healthy subjects...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215399/restoring-standing-capabilities-with-feedback-control-of-functional-neuromuscular-stimulation-following-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Raviraj Nataraj, Musa L Audu, Ronald J Triolo
This paper reviews the field of feedback control for neuroprosthesis systems that restore advanced standing function to individuals with spinal cord injury. Investigations into closed-loop control of standing by functional neuromuscular stimulation (FNS) have spanned three decades. The ultimate goal for FNS standing control systems is to facilitate hands free standing and enabling the user to perform manual functions at self-selected leaning positions. However, most clinical systems for home usage currently only provide basic upright standing using preprogrammed stimulation patterns...
February 15, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214998/optimal-visual-haptic-integration-with-articulated-tools
#16
Chie Takahashi, Simon J Watt
When we feel and see an object, the nervous system integrates visual and haptic information optimally, exploiting the redundancy in multiple signals to estimate properties more precisely than is possible from either signal alone. We examined whether optimal integration is similarly achieved when using articulated tools. Such tools (tongs, pliers, etc) are a defining characteristic of human hand function, but complicate the classical sensory 'correspondence problem' underlying multisensory integration. Optimal integration requires establishing the relationship between signals acquired by different sensors (hand and eye) and, therefore, in fundamentally unrelated units...
February 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214916/facial-expression-an-under-utilised-tool-for-the-assessment-of-welfare-in-mammals
#17
Kris A Descovich, Jennifer Wathan, Matthew C Leach, Hannah M Buchanan-Smith, Paul Flecknell, David Farningham, Sarah-Jane Vick
Animal welfare is a key issue for industries that use or impact upon animals. The accurate identification of welfare states is particularly relevant to the field of bioscience, where the 3Rs framework encourages refinement of experimental procedures involving animal models. The assessment and improvement of welfare states in animals is reliant on reliable and valid measurement tools. Behavioural measures (activity, attention, posture and vocalisation) are frequently used because they are immediate and non-invasive, however no single indicator can yield a complete picture of the internal state of an animal...
February 8, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211085/variable-selection-in-the-functional-linear-concurrent-model
#18
Jeff Goldsmith, Joseph E Schwartz
We propose methods for variable selection in the context of modeling the association between a functional response and concurrently observed functional predictors. This data structure, and the need for such methods, is exemplified by our motivating example: a study in which blood pressure values are observed throughout the day, together with measurements of physical activity, location, posture, affect or mood, and other quantities that may influence blood pressure. We estimate the coefficients of the concurrent functional linear model using variational Bayes and jointly model residual correlation using functional principal components analysis...
February 17, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210066/effects-of-interactive-metronome-training-on-postural-stability-and-upper-extremity-function-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-case-study
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Arim Kim, Hye-Sun Lee, Chiang-Soon Song
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of interactive metronome training on the postural stability and upper extremity function of an individual with Parkinson's disease. [Subject and Methods] The participant of this case study was a 75-year-old female with Parkinson's disease diagnosed 7 years prior. This study was a single-subject research with an A-B-A design. She received IM training during the treatment phase (B phase) for 40 minutes per session. She was assessed pretest and posttest using the Berg balance scale and Wolf motor function test, and at baseline and the treatment phase using the measured box-and-block test and a Tetrax system...
January 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209741/frequency-characteristics-of-human-muscle-and-cortical-responses-evoked-by-noisy-achilles-tendon-vibration
#20
Robyn Lynne Mildren, Ryan M Peters, Aimee J Hill, Jean-Sebastien Blouin, Mark Gregory Carpenter, J Timothy Inglis
Noisy stimuli, along with linear systems analysis, have proven to be effective for mapping functional neural connections. We explored the use of noisy (10-115 Hz) Achilles tendon vibration to examine proprioceptive reflexes in the triceps surae muscles in standing healthy young adults (n = 8). We also examined the association between noisy vibration and electrical activity recorded over the sensorimotor cortex using electroencephalography. We applied two-minutes of vibration and recorded ongoing muscle activity of the soleus and gastrocnemii using surface electromyography (EMG)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
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