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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821658/opposite-synaptic-alterations-at-the-neuromuscular-junction-in-an-als-mouse-model-when-motor-units-matter
#1
Tremblay Elsa, Martineau Éric, Robitaille Richard
Denervation of the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) precedes the loss of motor neurons (MNs) in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is characterized by a motor unit (MU) dependent vulnerability where MNs with fast-fatigable (FF) characteristics are lost first, followed by fast-fatigue resistant (FR) and slow (S) ones. However, changes of NMJ properties as a function of MU types remain debated. We hypothesized that NMJ synaptic functions would be altered precociously in a MU specific manner, prior to structural alterations of the NMJ...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821650/feedback-signal-from-motoneurons-influences-a-rhythmic-pattern-generator
#2
Horacio G Rotstein, Elisa Schneider, Lidia Szczupak
Motoneurons are not mere output units of neuronal circuits that control motor behavior, but participate in pattern generation. Research on the circuit that controls the crawling motor behavior in leeches indicated that motoneurons participate as modulators of this rhythmic motor pattern. Crawling results from successive bouts of elongation and contraction of the whole leech body. In the isolated segmental ganglia dopamine can induce a rhythmic antiphasic activity of the motoneurons that control contraction (DE-3 motoneurons) and elongation (CV motoneurons)...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819579/dual-task-performance-in-gba-parkinson-s-disease
#3
Karin Srulijes, Kathrin Brockmann, Senait Ogbamicael, Markus A Hobert, Ann-Kathrin Hauser, Claudia Schulte, Jasmin Fritzen, Michael Schwenk, Thomas Gasser, Daniela Berg, Walter Maetzler
INTRODUCTION: Parkinson's disease patients carrying a heterozygous mutation in the gene glucocerebrosidase (GBA-PD) show faster motor and cognitive decline than idiopathic Parkinson's disease (iPD) patients, but the mechanisms behind this observation are not well understood. Successful dual tasking (DT) requires a smooth integration of motor and nonmotor operations. This study compared the DT performances between GBA-PD and iPD patients. METHODS: Eleven GBA-PD patients (p...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814096/ankle-block-vs-single-shot-popliteal-fossa-block-as-primary-anesthesia-for-forefoot-operative-procedures-prospective-randomized-comparison
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Oliver N Schipper, Kenneth J Hunt, Robert B Anderson, W Hodges Davis, Carroll P Jones, Bruce E Cohen
BACKGROUND: Postoperative pain is often difficult to control with oral medications, requiring large doses of opioid analgesia. Regional anesthesia may be used for primary anesthesia, reducing the need for general anesthetic and postoperative pain medication requirements in the immediate postoperative period. The purpose of this study was to compare the analgesic effects of an ankle block (AB) to a single-shot popliteal fossa block (PFB) for patients undergoing orthopedic forefoot procedures...
August 1, 2017: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814061/modular-one-to-many-clutchable-actuator-for-a-soft-elbow-exosuit
#5
M Canesi, M Xiloyannis, A Ajoudani, A Biechi, L Masia
Exoskeletons have been developed for a wide range of applications, from the military to the medical field, with the aim of augmenting human performance or compensating for neuromuscular deficiencies. However, to empower the high number of degrees of freedom of the human body, they often employ a high number of motors, increasing the size, weight and power consumption of the system. We hereby present an actuation strategy to empower our elbow exosuit that adopts a single motor to drive multiple, independently actuated, degrees of freedom...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813932/quantifying-infant-physical-interactions-using-sensorized-toys-in-a-natural-play-environment
#6
Vatsala Goyal, Wilson Torres, Roshan Rai, Frances Shofer, Daniel Bogen, Phillip Bryant, Laura Prosser, Michelle J Johnson
Infants with developmental delays must be detected early in their development to minimize the progression of motor and neurological impairments. Our objective is to quantify how sensorized toys in a natural play environment can promote infant-toy physical interactions. We created a hanging elephant toy, equipped with an inertial measurement unit (IMU), a pressure transducer, and multiple feedback sensors, to be a hand-grasping toy. We used a 3 DoF robotic model with inputs from the IMU to calculate multiple kinematic metrics and an equation to calculate haptic metrics from the pressure transducer...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813929/soft-brain-machine-interfaces-for-assistive-robotics-a-novel-control-approach
#7
Lucia Schiatti, Jacopo Tessadori, Giacinto Barresi, Leonardo S Mattos, Arash Ajoudani
Robotic systems offer the possibility of improving the life quality of people with severe motor disabilities, enhancing the individual's degree of independence and interaction with the external environment. In this direction, the operator's residual functions must be exploited for the control of the robot movements and the underlying dynamic interaction through intuitive and effective human-robot interfaces. Towards this end, this work aims at exploring the potential of a novel Soft Brain-Machine Interface (BMI), suitable for dynamic execution of remote manipulation tasks for a wide range of patients...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813795/electromechanical-delay-in-the-tibialis-anterior-muscle-during-time-varying-ankle-dorsiflexion
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A Ubeda, A Del Vecchio, M Sartori, S T Puente, F Torres, J M Azorin, D Farina
We evaluated the electromechanical delay (EMD) for the tibialis anterior (TA) muscle during the performance of time-varying ankle dorsiflexions. Subjects were asked to track a sinusoidal trajectory, for a range of amplitudes and frequencies. Motor unit (MU) action potential trains were identified from surface electromyography (EMG) decomposition and summed to generate the cumulative spike train (CST). CST and the exerted force were cross-correlated to identify the delay between the CST and force, which was considered as an estimate of the EMD...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812094/force-percolation-of-contractile-active-gels
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José Alvarado, Michael Sheinman, Abhinav Sharma, Fred C MacKintosh, Gijsje H Koenderink
Living systems provide a paradigmatic example of active soft matter. Cells and tissues comprise viscoelastic materials that exert forces and can actively change shape. This strikingly autonomous behavior is powered by the cytoskeleton, an active gel of semiflexible filaments, crosslinks, and molecular motors inside cells. Although individual motors are only a few nm in size and exert minute forces of a few pN, cells spatially integrate the activity of an ensemble of motors to produce larger contractile forces (∼nN and greater) on cellular, tissue, and organismal length scales...
August 16, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805571/palliative-care-and-nonmotor-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-parkinsonism
#10
Nataliya Titova, K Ray Chaudhuri
The term palliative care (PC) is defined as a collection of interventions and strategies that helps to improve and sustain the quality of life of patients and caregivers in situations and scenarios associated with life-threatening illness. This is usually implemented by means of early identification and treatment of relevant motor and nonmotor issues such as pain, sleep, and autonomic dysfunction, dementia, and depression. In addition, a holistic PC program also includes delivery of physical, psychosocial, and spiritual support...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803851/manganese-and-neurobehavioral-impairment-a-preliminary-risk-assessment
#11
Robert M Park, Shannon L Berg
Similar patterns of cognitive and motor deficits have been widely reported from manganese exposures in welding, metallurgical and chemical industry workers. A risk assessment was performed based on studies reported in the literature, extending some earlier work, and deriving new estimates of exposure response and excess risk. Many investigations of manganese neurological effects in humans have insufficient information to derive an exposure response; however, findings from a chemical manufacturer, two smelter and two welder populations permitted application of the benchmark dose procedure for continuous end-points...
August 10, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801176/caffeine-use-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
#12
REVIEW
Jalal M Abu-Shaweesh, Richard J Martin
Caffeine is the most frequently used medication in the neonatal intensive care unit. It is used for the prevention and treatment of apnea, although this has been associated with lower incidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and patent ductus arteriosus as well as intact survival at 18-21 months of life. Although neurodevelopmental advantage was no longer statistically significant at age 5 years, caffeine was associated with sustained improvement in co-ordination and less gross motor impairment than placebo...
August 8, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799883/operating-a-motor-vehicle-after-marijuana-use-perspectives-from-people-who-use-high-potency-marijuana
#13
Patricia A Cavazos-Rehg, Melissa J Krauss, Shaina J Sowles, Kidist Zewdie, Laura Bierut
BACKGROUND: With advancing marijuana legalization in the United States, a primary concern is the possible increase in consequences relating to marijuana driving impairment, especially among people who use high potency marijuana (i.e., extracts). In this study we assessed the risk perception and experiences of driving under the influence of marijuana by investigating people who use extracts. METHODS: Participants from two studies were queried about driving after using marijuana...
August 11, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799562/ophthalmic-features-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-7
#14
A Campos-Romo, E O Graue-Hernandez, L Pedro-Aguilar, J C Hernandez-Camarena, D Rivera-De la Parra, V Galvez, R Diaz, A Jimenez-Corona, J Fernandez-Ruiz
PurposeTo analyze the relation between ophthalmologic and motor changes in spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 (SCA7).Patients and methodsThis was a case series study. Sixteen SCA7 patients underwent a comprehensive ophthalmic examination, including ocular extrinsic motility testing, color vision test, and optical coherence tomography of the optic nerve and macula. Changes in the corneal endothelium, electroretinographic patterns, and a complete neurologic evaluation using the Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia (SARA) were evaluated...
August 11, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798922/practical-approach-to-the-patient-with-acute-neuromuscular-weakness
#15
REVIEW
Rajeev Nayak
Acute neuromuscular paralysis (ANMP) is a clinical syndrome characterized by rapid onset muscle weakness progressing to maximum severity within several days to weeks (less than 4 wk). Bulbar and respiratory muscle weakness may or may not be present. It is a common neurological emergency which requires immediate and careful investigations to determine the etiology because accurate diagnosis has significant impact on therapy and prognosis. Respiratory failure caused by neuromuscular weakness is considered as more critical than lung disease because its development may be insidious or subtle until sudden decompensation leads to life threatening hypoxia...
July 16, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796170/slippage-detection-with-piezoresistive-tactile-sensors
#16
Rocco A Romeo, Calogero M Oddo, Maria Chiara Carrozza, Eugenio Guglielmelli, Loredana Zollo
One of the crucial actions to be performed during a grasping task is to avoid slippage. The human hand can rapidly correct applied forces and prevent a grasped object from falling, thanks to its advanced tactile sensing. The same capability is hard to reproduce in artificial systems, such as robotic or prosthetic hands, where sensory motor coordination for force and slippage control is very limited. In this paper, a novel algorithm for slippage detection is presented. Based on fast, easy-to-perform processing, the proposed algorithm generates an ON/OFF signal relating to the presence/absence of slippage...
August 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791130/evolutionary-online-behaviour-learning-and-adaptation-in-real-robots
#17
Fernando Silva, Luís Correia, Anders Lyhne Christensen
Online evolution of behavioural control on real robots is an open-ended approach to autonomous learning and adaptation: robots have the potential to automatically learn new tasks and to adapt to changes in environmental conditions, or to failures in sensors and/or actuators. However, studies have so far almost exclusively been carried out in simulation because evolution in real hardware has required several days or weeks to produce capable robots. In this article, we successfully evolve neural network-based controllers in real robotic hardware to solve two single-robot tasks and one collective robotics task...
July 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783537/investigation-of-the-hd-semg-probability-density-function-shapes-with-varying-muscle-force-using-data-fusion-and-shape-descriptors
#18
Mariam Al Harrach, Sofiane Boudaoud, Vincent Carriou, Jeremy Laforet, Adrien J Letocart, Jean-François Grosset, Frédéric Marin
This work presents an evaluation of the High Density surface Electromyogram (HD-sEMG) Probability Density Function (PDF) shape variation according to contraction level. On that account, using PDF shape descriptors: High Order Statistics (HOS) and Shape Distances (SD), we try to address the absence of a consensus for the sEMG non-Gaussianity evolution with force variation. This is motivated by the fact that PDF shape information are relevant in physiological assessment of the muscle architecture and function, such as contraction level classification, in complement to classical amplitude parameters...
August 1, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780488/development-of-a-risk-score-to-predict-extubation-failure-in-patients-with-traumatic-brain-injury
#19
Helena França Correia Dos Reis, Mansueto Gomes-Neto, Mônica Lajana Oliveira Almeida, Mário Ferreira da Silva, Lorena Barreto Arruda Guedes, Bruno Prata Martinez, Mário de Seixas Rocha
PURPOSE: To identify predictors and develop a risk score for the prediction of extubation failure in TBI patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We prospectively evaluated 311 TBI adults receiving mechanical ventilation for >48h in the intensive care unit. Epidemiological, ventilatory, airway protective, laboratory, and hemodynamic predictors were evaluated. A multiple logistic regression model was developed to predict the extubation failure risk. A score was developed using the arithmetic sum of the points for each independent predictor, whose scores were proportional to the regression coefficient...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777743/origami-based-earthworm-like-locomotion-robots
#20
Hongbin Fang, Yetong Zhang, Kon-Well Wang
Inspired by the morphology characteristics of the earthworms and the excellent deformability of origami structures, this research creates a novel earthworm-like locomotion robot through exploiting the origami techniques. In this innovation, appropriate actuation mechanisms are incorporated with origami ball structures into the earthworm-like robot 'body', and the earthworm's locomotion mechanism is mim-icked to develop a gait generator as the robot 'centralized controller'. The origami ball, which is a peri-odic repetition of waterbomb units, could output significant bidirectional (axial and radial) deformations in an antagonistic way similar as the earthworm's body segment...
August 4, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
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