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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095499/treatment-with-riluzole-restores-normal-control-of-soleus-and-extensor-digitorum-longus-muscles-during-locomotion-in-adult-rats-after-sciatic-nerve-crush-at-birth
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Wojciech Zmysłowski, Anna M Cabaj, Urszula Sławińska
The effects of sciatic nerve crush (SNC) and treatment with Riluzole on muscle activity during unrestrained locomotion were identified in an animal model by analysis of the EMG activity recorded from soleus (Sol) and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles of both hindlimbs; in intact rats (IN) and in groups of rats treated for 14 days with saline (S) or Riluzole (R) after right limb nerve crush at the 1st (1S and 1R) or 2nd (2S and 2R) day after birth. Changes in the locomotor pattern of EMG activity were correlated with the numbers of survived motor units (MUs) identified in investigated muscles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092139/content-of-conventional-therapy-for-the-severely-affected-arm-during-subacute-rehabilitation-after-stroke-an-analysis-of-physiotherapy-and-occupational-therapy-practice
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Lex D de Jong, Frederike van Wijck, Roy E Stewart, Alexander C H Geurts, Pieter U Dijkstra
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Physiotherapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) are key professions providing treatment for the arm after stroke; however, knowledge about the content of these treatments is scant. Detailed data are needed to replicate interventions, evaluate their effective components, and evaluate PT and OT practice. This paper describes PT and OT treatment for the severely affected arm in terms of duration, content according to components and categories of the International Classification of Human Functioning, Disability and Health, and to analyze differences between professions...
January 16, 2017: Physiotherapy Research International: the Journal for Researchers and Clinicians in Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089663/phase-dependent-activity-of-neurons-in-the-rostral-part-of-the-thalamic-reticular-nucleus-with-saccharin-intake-in-a-cue-guided-lever-manipulation-task
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Ryuhei Aoki, Risako Kato, Satoshi Fujita, Jun Shimada, Noriaki Koshikawa, Masayuki Kobayashi
Neurons in the rostral part of the thalamic reticular nucleus (rTRN) receive somatosensory and motor information and regulate neural activities of the thalamic nuclei. Previous studies showed that when activity in visual TRN neurons is suppressed prior to the visual stimuli in a visual detection task, the performance of the task improves. However, little is known about such changes in the rTRN preceding certain events. In the present study, we performed unit recordings in the rTRN in alert rats during a cue-guided lever-manipulation task in which saccharin was provided as a reward...
January 12, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081026/the-effect-of-nebulized-glycopyrrolate-on-posterior-drooling-in-patients-with-brain-injury-two-cases-of-different-brain-lesions
#4
Zee-Ihn Lee, Kwang Jae Yu, Dae Hee Lee, Seong Kyung Hong, Seung Beom Woo, Jong Min Kim, Donghwi Park
Posterior drooling, which can lead to substantial respiratory morbidity, including unexplained lung diseases and recurrent pneumonia, is an important issue in the rehabilitation unit. There are various treatment options for posterior drooling, including pharmacologic therapy, oral motor or behavioral therapy, biofeedback, local glandular injection of botulinum toxin, irradiation, and surgery. Among them, nebulized glycopyrrolate has the following advantages: It is noninvasive and is relatively free of central adverse effects because it does not cross the blood-brain barrier unlike other anticholinergics...
January 9, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078066/use-it-or-lose-it-tonic-activity-of-slow-motoneurons-promotes-their-survival-and-preferentially-increases-slow-fiber-type-groupings-in-muscles-of-old-lifelong-recreational-sportsmen
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Simone Mosole, Ugo Carraro, Helmut Kern, Stefan Loefler, Sandra Zampieri
: Histochemistry, immuno-histochemistry, gel electrophoresis of single muscle fibers and electromyography of aging muscles and nerves suggest that: i) denervation contributes to muscle atrophy, ii) impaired mobility accelerates the process, and iii) lifelong running protects against loss of motor units. Recent corroborating results on the muscle effects of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) of aged muscles will be also mentioned, but we will in particular discuss how and why a lifelong increased physical activity sustains reinnervation of muscle fibers...
September 15, 2016: European Journal of Translational Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075495/oral-tactile-sensitivity-and-masticatory-performance-are-impaired-in-stroke-patients
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Martin Schimmel, Garance Voegeli, Elena Duvernay, Beatrice Leemann, Frauke Müller
BACKGROUND: Orofacial impairment following stroke frequently involves reduced chewing performance, i.e., oral phase dysphagia. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the sensitivity of oral tissues following stroke and its potential impact on masticatory function. METHODS: Hospitalized post-stroke patients were recruited and compared to healthy controls. Outcome measures comprised masticatory performance employing a colour-mixing ability-, i.e. bolus-kneading test, maximum lip and bite force, and the one-point and two-point tactile thresholds...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074801/delirium-after-cardiac-surgery-a-pilot-study-from-a-single-tertiary-referral-center
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Ashok K Kumar, Aveek Jayant, V K Arya, Rohan Magoon, Ridhima Sharma
BACKGROUND: Advances in cardiac surgery has shifted paradigm of management to perioperative psychological illnesses. Delirium is a state of altered consciousness with easy distraction of thoughts. The pathophysiology of this complication is not clear, but identification of risk factors is important for positive postoperative outcomes. The goal of the present study was to prospectively identify the incidence, motoric subtypes, and risk factors associated with development of delirium in cardiac surgical patients admitted to postoperative cardiac intensive care, using a validated delirium monitoring instrument...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072893/a-pediatric-application-of-the-strac-regional-hospital-trauma-registry-database-pediatric-trauma-deaths-in-south-central-texas-during-2004-2013
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Michelle Buehner, Jay Aden, Mathew Borgman, Preston Love, Brandi Wright, Mary Edwards
The purpose of this study was to define the demographics of pediatric traumatic injuries and to understand the predictive value of injury type, prehospital, and emergency department (ED) data regarding the mortality of pediatric trauma patients (<14 years of age) in South Central Texas. We report a retrospective review of pediatric trauma patients presenting to Trauma Service Area P in South Central Texas during 2004-2013. The primary outcome was mortality; secondary outcomes were ventilator days, hospital days, and intensive care unit stay...
January 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072708/life-threatening-motor-vehicle-crashes-in-bright-sunlight
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Donald A Redelmeier, Sheharyar Raza
: Bright sunlight may create visual illusions that lead to driver error, including fallible distance judgment from aerial perspective. We tested whether the risk of a life-threatening motor vehicle crash was increased when driving in bright sunlight.This longitudinal, case-only, paired-comparison analysis evaluated patients hospitalized because of a motor vehicle crash between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2014. The relative risk of a crash associated with bright sunlight was estimated by evaluating the prevailing weather at the time and place of the crash compared with the weather at the same hour and location on control days a week earlier and a week later...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069969/assessment-of-the-healthy-worker-survivor-effect-in-cancer-studies-of-the-united-autoworkers-general-motors-cohort
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Erika Garcia, Sally Picciotto, Sadie Costello, Patrick T Bradshaw, Ellen A Eisen
OBJECTIVE: The healthy worker survivor effect (HWSE) can affect the validity of occupational studies when data are analysed incorrectly. HWSE depends on three underlying conditions: (1) leaving work predicts future exposure, (2) leaving work is associated with disease outcome and (3) prior exposure increases probability of leaving work. If all these conditions are satisfied, then employment status is a time-varying confounder affected by prior exposure, and standard regression will produce bias...
January 9, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063152/dysfunction-of-central-control-of-breathing-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Bradley N Howell, Daniel S Newman
Dysfunction in central control of breathing in some amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients is not adequately detected with standard evaluation for respiratory dysfunction. Nocturnal oximetry reveals periodic desaturations despite normal respiratory muscle movements. Continuous diaphragmatic electromyography has provided in vivo data consistent with impaired central control of diaphragm motor units. Current understanding of central control of breathing identifies the pre-Botzinger complex as the inspiratory rhythm generator...
January 7, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061919/myasthenia-gravis-and-its-aeromedical-implications
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Tania Jagathesan, Michael D O'Brien
BACKGROUND: Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune condition where antibodies form against the acetylcholine receptors at the neuromuscular junction, eventually causing damage to the motor end plate. The clinical features include muscle fatigability as well as ocular, bulbar, and limb weakness, which can have implications on the role of a pilot or air traffic controller. This retrospective study reviewed the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) experience of myasthenia gravis...
January 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061379/assessment-of-the-non-gaussianity-and-non-linearity-levels-of-simulated-semg-signals-on-stationary-segments
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Noureddine Messaoudi, Raïs El'hadi Bekka, Philippe Ravier, Rachid Harba
The purpose of this paper was to evaluate the effects of the longitudinal single differential (LSD), the longitudinal double differential (LDD) and the normal double differential (NDD) spatial filters, the electrode shape, the inter-electrode distance (IED) on non-Gaussianity and non-linearity levels of simulated surface EMG (sEMG) signals when the maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) varied from 10% to 100% by a step of 10%. The effects of recruitment range thresholds (RR), the firing rate (FR) strategy and the peak firing rate (PFR) of motor units were also considered...
December 25, 2016: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053245/synaptic-control-of-the-shape-of-the-motoneuron-pool-input-output-function
#14
Randall K Powers, Charles J Heckman
Although motoneurons have often been considered to be fairly linear transducers of synaptic input, recent evidence suggests that strong persistent inward currents (PICs) in motoneurons allow neuromodulatory and inhibitory synaptic inputs to induce large nonlinearities in the relation between the level of excitatory input and motor output. To try and estimate the possible extent of this nonlinearity, we developed a pool of model motoneurons designed to replicate the characteristics of motoneuron input-output properties measured in medial gastrocnemius motoneurons in the decerebrate cat using voltage-clamp and current-clamp techniques...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048438/th-ab-bra-01-a-novel-doubly-focused-multileaf-collimator-design-for-mr-guided-radiation-therapy
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H Li, S Mutic, D Low, O Green, G Fought, I Kawrakow, A Sharma, S Shvartsman, J Dempsey
PURPOSE: To describe the physical and dosimetric properties of a novel double-stack multileaf collimator (MLC). METHODS: One of the compromises made in the MLC design has been to employ linear-motion singly-divergent shapes. Because the MLC leading edge moves linearly, it is rounded to provide a consistent, albeit compromised penumbra. The MLC employed in the new linac-based MR-IGRT unit is designed to be doubly focused in that each leaf moves in an arc centered at the source, and the sides of the leaves are machined such that they lie parallel to a line between the leaf edge and the source...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048106/su-f-i-78-design-of-diagnostic-multileaf-collimator-based-on-the-monte-carlo-simulation-for-dose-reduction-of-diagnostic-radiography
#16
S Han, Y Ji, K Kim, S Choi, H Jung, S Park
PURPOSE: A diagnostics Multileaf Collimator (MLC) was designed for diagnostic radiography dose reduction. Monte Carlo simulation was used to evaluate efficiency of shielding material for producing leaves of Multileaf collimator. MATERIAL & METHODS: The general radiography unit (Rex-650R, Listem, Korea) was modeling with Monte Carlo simulation (MCNPX, LANL, USA) and we used SRS-78 program to calculate the energy spectrum of tube voltage (80, 100, 120 kVp). The shielding materials was SKD 11 alloy tool steel that is composed of 1...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047748/su-f-t-530-characterization-of-a-60-leaf-motorized-mlc-designed-for-cobalt-60-units
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L Xu, L Smith, A Ciresianu
PURPOSE: In a continuing effort to improve conformal radiation therapy with Cobalt-60 units, a 60-leaf MLC was designed, manufactured, and released to market. This work describes the physics measurements taken to characterize the clinical performance of this MLC. METHODS: A 60 leaf MLC was custom designed with tungsten leaves of 4.5 cm height, single focused, achieving field size of 30×30 cm^2 when mounted on a 100cm SAD Cobalt-60 unit. Leakage and output factor measurements were performed using a single ion chamber in a solid water phantom...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046623/tu-fg-209-06-quantitative-evaluation-of-the-temporal-performance-of-clinical-fluoroscopic-imaging-systems-the-temporal-modulation-transfer-function-tmtf
#18
T Richards, S Mann, E Samei
PURPOSE: Measure the temporal modulation transfer function (TMTF) of clinical fluoroscopic flat panel imaging systems in order to accurately quantify their performance for temporally sensitive clinical tasks. METHODS: Copper blades (0.76 mm thick, 6 cm radius) with precision-machined edges were manufactured and mounted on a voltage regulated DC motor apparatus. Images were acquired with the blade apparatus positioned at the center of the detector matrix and set in motion at a constant rotational velocity (0...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043769/motor-unit-number-index-munix-detects-motor-neuron-loss-in-pre-symptomatic-muscles-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#19
Christoph Neuwirth, Paul E Barkhaus, Christian Burkhardt, José Castro, David Czell, Mamede de Carvalho, Sanjeev Nandedkar, Erik Stålberg, Markus Weber
OBJECTIVE: Motor Unit Number Index (MUNIX) is a quantitative neurophysiological measure that provides an index of the number of lower motor neurons supplying a muscle. It reflects the loss of motor neurons in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). However, it is unclear whether MUNIX also detects motor unit loss in strong, non-wasted muscles. METHODS: Three centres measured MUNIX in 49 ALS patients every three months in six different muscles (abductor pollicis brevis, abductor digiti minimi, biceps brachii, tibialis anterior, extensor digitorum brevis, abductor hallucis) on the less affected side...
December 18, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043065/timing-of-first-event-in-inpatient-long-term-video-eeg-monitoring-for-diagnostic-purposes
#20
Fieke M E Cox, Elise E M Reus, Gerhard H Visser
BACKGROUND: Long-term video-EEG monitoring (LTM) aims to record the habitual event and is a useful diagnostic tool for neurological paroxysmal clinical events. In our epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) setting, admissions are usually planned to last up to five days. We ascertained time taken for the recording of a first event and determined correlations between different clinical characteristics and timings. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed diagnostic and classification LTM recording performed at a tertiary epilepsy centre...
December 14, 2016: Epilepsy Research
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