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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526514/levodopa-has-primarily-negative-influences-on-postural-control-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Cédrick T Bonnet, Arnaud Delval, Sébastien Szaffarczyk, Luc Defebvre
Patients with Parkinson's disease have better functional status and motor performance under on-drug conditions. However, the administration of levodopa leads to greater postural sway. The present study's primary objective was to determine whether this on-drug problem may be related to a lack of adjustment in postural control mechanisms and body segment rotations. Fourteen patients with Parkinson's disease and 14 controls performed two gaze-shift tasks (40° to the left and 40° to the right, at 0.125 and 0...
May 16, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526287/functional-analyses-of-the-primate-upper-cervical-vertebral-column
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Thierra K Nalley, Neysa Grider-Potter
Recent work has highlighted functional correlations between direct measures of head and neck posture and primate cervical bony morphology. Primates with more horizontal necks exhibit middle and lower cervical vertebral features that indicate increased mechanical advantage for deep nuchal musculature and mechanisms for column curvature formation and maintenance. How features of the C1 and C2 reflect quantified measures of posture have yet to be examined. This study incorporates bony morphology from the upper cervical levels from 20 extant primate species in order to investigate further how posture correlates with cervical vertebrae morphology...
June 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525805/typical-integration-of-emotion-cues-from-bodies-and-faces-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Rebecca Brewer, Federica Biotti, Geoffrey Bird, Richard Cook
Contextual cues derived from body postures bias how typical observers categorize facial emotion; the same facial expression may be perceived as anger or disgust when aligned with angry and disgusted body postures. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are thought to have difficulties integrating information from disparate visual regions to form unitary percepts, and may be less susceptible to visual illusions induced by context. The current study investigated whether individuals with ASD exhibit diminished integration of emotion cues extracted from faces and bodies...
May 16, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525675/acellular-dermal-matrix-and-heel-reconstruction-a-new-prospective
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Alessandro Scalise, Matteo Torresetti, Federica Verdini, Marianna Capecci, Elisa Andrenelli, Alessandro Mengarelli, Maria Gabriella Ceravolo, Sandro Fioretti, Giovanni Di Benedetto
BACKGROUND: Heel reconstruction represents a challenge for all plastic surgeons due to the anatomical and functional features of this weight-bearing area. In the last decade a combined use of acellular dermal matrices and skin grafts has been proposed as a reliable and less invasive alternative for complex wound management; nevertheless only a few cases have been reported in the literature. METHODS: We describe the long-term outcome of 2 cases of severe degloving trauma of the plantar region with massive soft tissue defects of the foot, that underwent surgical reconstruction with artificial dermis and skin grafts...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523740/new-data-about-semicircular-canal-morphology-and-locomotion-in-modern-hominoids
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Anne Le Maître, Philipp Schuetz, Patrick Vignaud, Michel Brunet
The labyrinth has two functional parts: the cochlea for audition and the vestibular system for equilibrioception. In the latter, the semicircular ducts and the otolithic organs are sensitive to rotational and linear accelerations of the head, respectively. The labyrinthine morphology influences perception accuracy, hence the adaptation to a specific locomotor pattern. The aim of this study is to determine the relationship between locomotion and semicircular canal morphology using geometric morphometrics, and to explain these links with existing functional models...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522756/influence-of-sex-menstrual-cycle-and-oral-contraceptives-on-cerebrovascular-resistance-and-cardiorespiratory-function-during-valsalva-or-standing
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Syed Abidi, Misha Nili, Stephania Serna, Simon Kim, Christopher Hazlett, Heather Edgell
Women experience orthostatic intolerance more than men, and experience faintness more in the early follicular (i.e. low hormone (LH)) compared to the luteal (i.e. high hormone (HH)) phase of the menstrual cycle. Men (n=13, age: 25.8±1.8) and women in the LH (day 2-5; placebo) and HH) (day 18-24; high dose) phases of the menstrual cycle with (OC; n=14, age: 22.0±0.8) or without oral contraceptives (NOC; n=12, age: 21.8±0.5) underwent the Valsalva maneuver and a supine-sit-stand protocol. Blood pressure, normalized stroke volume (SVi), cardiac output index (Qi), heart rate (HR), end-tidal carbon dioxide (ET-CO2), and middle cerebral artery blood velocity (MCA) were measured...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516967/body-worn-triaxial-accelerometer-coherence-and-reliability-related-to-static-posturography-in-unilateral-vestibular-failure
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M Alessandrini, A Micarelli, A Viziano, I Pavone, G Costantini, D Casali, F Paolizzo, G Saggio
Since changes in vestibular function may be one cause of disequilibrium, major advances in measuring postural control and sensory integration in vestibular impairments have been achieved by using posturography. However, in order to overcome problems related to this type of technology, body-worn accelerometers (ACC) have been proposed as a portable, low-cost alternative to posturography for measurements of postural sway in a friendly and ecologic environment. Due to the fact that no study to date has shown the experimental validity of ACC-based measures of body sway with respect to posturography for subjects with vestibular deficits, the aim of the present study was: i) to develop and validate a practical tool that can allow clinicians to measure postural sway derangements in an otoneurological setting by ACC, and ii) to provide reliable, sensitive and accurate automatic analysis of sway that could help in discriminating unilateral vestibular failure (UVF) patients...
June 2017: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515977/establishing-normative-change-values-in-visual-acuity-loss-during-the-dynamic-visual-acuity-test
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Chris Marquez, Monica Lininger, Scot Raab
BACKGROUND: Baseline visual acuity (VA) loss from static to dynamic head conditions assessed using the Dynamic Visual Acuity Testing (DVAT) have not been established in NCAA football players. DVAT assesses the Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex (VOR) which is measured in Logarithm of the Minimum Angle of Resolution (logMAR). Decreased VA beyond baseline measures may detect VOR impairment and impact treatment protocols and assist in return to play decisions post-concussion. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: To establish normative VA mean scores during a static head posture as well as dynamically during the DVAT with a head speed of 150 deg/s in the pitch (vertical) and yaw (horizontal) planes rotating 20 degrees in each direction...
April 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515706/research-priorities-in-limb-and-task-specific-dystonias
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REVIEW
Sarah Pirio Richardson, Eckart Altenmüller, Katharine Alter, Ron L Alterman, Robert Chen, Steven Frucht, Shinichi Furuya, Joseph Jankovic, H A Jinnah, Teresa J Kimberley, Codrin Lungu, Joel S Perlmutter, Cecília N Prudente, Mark Hallett
Dystonia, which causes intermittent or sustained abnormal postures and movements, can present in a focal or a generalized manner. In the limbs, focal dystonia can occur in either the upper or lower limbs and may be task-specific causing abnormal motor performance for only a specific task, such as in writer's cramp, runner's dystonia, or musician's dystonia. Focal limb dystonia can be non-task-specific and may, in some circumstances, be associated with parkinsonian disorders. The true prevalence of focal limb dystonia is not known and is likely currently underestimated, leaving a knowledge gap and an opportunity for future research...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507987/pitx2-in-embryonic-and-adult-myogenesis
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REVIEW
Francisco Hernandez-Torres, Lara Rodríguez-Outeiriño, Diego Franco, Amelia E Aranega
Skeletal muscle is a heterogeneous tissue that represents between 30 and 38% of the human body mass and has important functions in the organism, such as maintaining posture, locomotor impulse, or pulmonary ventilation. The genesis of skeletal muscle during embryonic development is a process controlled by an elaborate regulatory network combining the interplay of extrinsic and intrinsic regulatory mechanisms that transform myogenic precursor cells into functional muscle fibers through a finely tuned differentiation program...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506927/connecting-minds-and-sharing-emotions-through-mimicry-a-neurocognitive-model-of-emotional-contagion
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REVIEW
Eliska Prochazkova, Mariska E Kret
During social interactions, people tend to automatically align with or mimic their interactor's facial expressions, vocalizations, postures, and other bodily states. Automatic mimicry might be implicated in empathy, affiliation, and empathy, and is impaired in several pathologies. Despite a growing body of literature on its phenomenology, the function and underlying mechanisms of mimicry remain poorly understood. The current review puts forward a new Neurocognitive Model of Emotional Contagion (NMEC) demonstrating how basic automatic mimicry can give rise to emotional contagion...
May 12, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505982/factors-contributing-to-perceived-walking-difficulties-in-people-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Manzur Kader, Susann Ullén, Susanne Iwarsson, Per Odin, Maria H Nilsson
BACKGROUND: While walking difficulties are common in people with Parkinson's disease (PD), little is known about factors that independently contribute to their perceived walking difficulties. OBJECTIVE: To identify factors that independently contribute to perceived walking difficulties in people with PD. METHODS: This study involved 243 (62% men) participants; their mean (min-max) age and PD duration were 70 (45-93) and 8 (1-43) years, respectively...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504361/alterations-of-resting-state-fmri-measurements-in-individuals-with-cervical-dystonia
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Zhihao Li, Cecília N Prudente, Randall Stilla, K Sathian, H A Jinnah, Xiaoping Hu
Cervical dystonia (CD) is a neurological disorder with typical symptoms of involuntary and abnormal movements and postures of the head. CD-associated alterations of functional brain networks have not been well characterized. Previous studies of CD using resting-state functional MRI (rfMRI) are limited in two aspects: (i) the analyses were not directly focused on the functional brain network related to head movement and (ii) rfMRI measurements other than functional connectivity (FC) were not investigated. The present study examined alterations of FC in CD by capitalizing on newly identified brain regions supporting isometric head rotation (Prudente et al...
May 15, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502656/temporal-cohorts-of-lineage-related-neurons-perform-analogous-functions-in-distinct-sensorimotor-circuits
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Christopher C Wreden, Julia L Meng, Weidong Feng, Wanhao Chi, Zarion D Marshall, Ellie S Heckscher
Neuronal stem cell lineages are the fundamental developmental units of the brain, and neuronal circuits are the fundamental functional units of the brain. Determining lineage-circuitry relationships is essential for deciphering the developmental logic of circuit assembly. While the spatial distribution of lineage-related neurons has been investigated in a few brain regions [1-9], an important, but unaddressed question is whether temporal information that diversifies neuronal progeny within a single lineage also impacts circuit assembly...
May 5, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501623/efficient-direct-conversion-of-human-fibroblasts-into-myogenic-lineage-induced-by-co-transduction-with-mycl-and-myod1
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Junko Wakao, Tsunao Kishida, Shigehisa Fumino, Koseki Kimura, Kenta Yamamoto, Shinichiro Kotani, Katsura Mizushima, Yuji Naito, Toshikazu Yoshikawa, Tatsuro Tajiri, Osam Mazda
The skeletal muscle consists of contractile myofibers and plays essential roles for maintenance of body posture, movement, and metabolic regulation. During the development and regeneration of the skeletal muscle tissue, the myoblasts fuse into multinucleated myotubes that subsequently form myofibers. Transplantation of myoblasts may make possible a novel regenerative therapy against defects or dysfunction of the skeletal muscle. It is reported that rodent fibroblasts are converted into myoblast-like cells and fuse to form syncytium after forced expression of exogenous myogenic differentiation 1 (MYOD1) that is a key transcription factor for myoblast differentiation...
May 10, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500752/which-ante-mortem-clinical-features-predict-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-pathology
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Gesine Respondek, Carolin Kurz, Thomas Arzberger, Yaroslau Compta, Elisabet Englund, Leslie W Ferguson, Ellen Gelpi, Armin Giese, David J Irwin, Wassilios G Meissner, Christer Nilsson, Alexander Pantelyat, Alex Rajput, John C van Swieten, Claire Troakes, Keith A Josephs, Anthony E Lang, Brit Mollenhauer, Ulrich Müller, Jennifer L Whitwell, Angelo Antonini, Kailash P Bhatia, Yvette Bordelon, Jean-Christophe Corvol, Carlo Colosimo, Richard Dodel, Murray Grossman, Jan Kassubek, Florian Krismer, Johannes Levin, Stefan Lorenzl, Huw Morris, Peter Nestor, Wolfgang H Oertel, Gil D Rabinovici, James B Rowe, Thilo van Eimeren, Gregor K Wenning, Adam Boxer, Lawrence I Golbe, Irene Litvan, Maria Stamelou, Günter U Höglinger
BACKGROUND: Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a neuropathologically defined disease presenting with a broad spectrum of clinical phenotypes. OBJECTIVE: To identify clinical features and investigations that predict or exclude PSP pathology during life, aiming at an optimization of the clinical diagnostic criteria for PSP. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of the literature published since 1996 to identify clinical features and investigations that may predict or exclude PSP pathology...
May 13, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500413/impaired-pulmonary-function-is-an-additional-potential-mechanism-for-the-reduction-of-functional-capacity-in-clinically-stable-fontan-patients
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Aída L R Turquetto, Luiz F Canêo, Daniela R Agostinho, Patrícia A Oliveira, Maria Isabel C S Lopes, Patrícia F Trevizan, Frederico L A Fernandes, Maria A Binotto, Gabriela Liberato, Glaucia M P Tavares, Rodolfo A Neirotti, Marcelo B Jatene
Central factors negatively affect the functional capacity of Fontan patients (FP), but "non-cardiac" factors, such as pulmonary function, may contribute to their exercise intolerance. We studied the pulmonary function in asymptomatic FP and its correlations with their functional capacity. Pulmonary function and cardiopulmonary exercise tests were performed in a prospective study of 27 FP and 27 healthy controls (HC). Cardiovascular magnetic resonance was used to evaluate the Fontan circulation. The mean age at tests, the mean age at surgery, and the median follow-up time of FP were 20(±6), 8(±3), and 11(8-17) years, respectively...
May 12, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499363/predictors-of-response-to-prefabricated-foot-orthoses-or-rocker-sole-footwear-in-individuals-with-first-metatarsophalangeal-joint-osteoarthritis
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Hylton B Menz, Maria Auhl, Jade M Tan, Pazit Levinger, Edward Roddy, Shannon E Munteanu
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (1st MTPJ OA) is a common and disabling condition commonly managed with footwear and orthotic interventions. The objective of this study was to identify factors associated with a successful treatment response in people with 1st MTPJ OA provided with prefabricated orthoses or rocker-sole footwear as part of a randomised clinical trial. METHODS: People with 1st MTPJ OA (n = 88) who participated in a randomised trial were allocated to receive prefabricated foot orthoses (n = 47) or rocker-sole footwear (n = 41) and completed a baseline questionnaire including information on demographics, anthropometrics, general health, pain characteristics (including the Foot Health Status Questionnaire [FHSQ] and Foot Function Index [FFI]) and perceptions of the interventions, and a clinical assessment of foot posture, range of motion, radiographic severity and in-shoe plantar pressures...
May 12, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497929/measurement-properties-of-the-swedish-modified-version-of-the-postural-assessment-scale-for-stroke-patients-swepass-using-rasch-analysis
#19
Carina U Persson, Annika Linder, Peter Hagell
BACKGROUND: A previous small-sample (n=150) Rasch analysis of the Swedish modified version of the Postural Assessment Scale for Stroke Patients (SwePASS) suggested problems regarding response categories and redundant items that need confirmation in larger samples with more severe strokes. AIM: To evaluate the measurement properties of the SwePASS in patients with acute stroke. DESIGN: A multicentre, cross-sectional study. SETTING: Two stroke units in Western Sweden...
May 12, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493067/visuotactile-interaction-even-in-far-sagittal-space-in-older-adults-with-decreased-gait-and-balance-functions
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Wataru Teramoto, Keito Honda, Kento Furuta, Kaoru Sekiyama
Spatial proximity of signals from different sensory modalities is known to be a crucial factor in facilitating efficient multisensory processing in young adults. However, recent studies have demonstrated that older adults exhibit strong visuotactile interactions even when the visual stimuli were presented in a spatially disparate position from a tactile stimulus. This suggests that visuotactile peripersonal space differs between older and younger adults. In the present study, we investigated to what extent peripersonal space expands in the sagittal direction and whether this expansion was linked to the decline in sensorimotor functions in older adults...
May 10, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
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