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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300175/dynamic-cortical-participation-during-bilateral-cyclical-ankle-movements-effects-of-aging
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Takashi Yoshida, Kei Masani, Karl Zabjek, Robert Chen, Milos R Popovic
The precise role of the human primary motor cortex in walking is unknown. Our previous study showed that the primary motor cortex may contribute to specific requirements of walking (i.e., maintaining a constant movement frequency and bilaterally coordinating the feet). Because aging can impair (i) the ability to fulfill the aforementioned requirements and (ii) corticomuscular communication, we hypothesized that aging would impair the motoneuronal recruitment by the primary motor cortex during bilateral cyclical movements...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291488/patient-litter-system-response-in-a-full-scale-ch-46-crash-test
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Charles A Weisenbach, Tyler Rooks, Troy Bowman, Vince Fralish, B Joseph McEntire
U.S. Military aeromedical patient litter systems are currently required to meet minimal static strength performance requirements at the component level. Operationally, these components must function as a system and are subjected to the dynamics of turbulent flight and potentially crash events. The first of two full-scale CH-46 crash tests was conducted at NASA's Langley Research Center and included an experiment to assess patient and litter system response during a severe but survivable crash event. A three-tiered strap and pole litter system was mounted into the airframe and occupied by three anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs)...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278254/characterizing-the-community-use-of-an-ultralight-wheelchair-with-on-the-fly-adjustable-seating-functions-a-pilot-study
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Johanne Mattie, Jaimie Borisoff, William C Miller, Borna Noureddin
An ultralight manual wheelchair that allows users to independently adjust rear seat height and backrest angle during normal everyday usage was recently commercialized. Prior research has been performed on wheelchair tilt, recline, and seat elevation use in the community, however no such research has been done on this new class of manual ultralight wheelchair with "on the fly" adjustments. The objective of this pilot study was to investigate and characterize the use of the two adjustable seating functions available on the Elevation™ ultralight dynamic wheelchair during its use in the community...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277553/the-impact-of-dynamic-seating-on-classroom-behavior-of-students-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Nader Matin Sadr, Hojjat Allah Haghgoo, Sayyed Ali Samadi, Mehdi Rassafiani, Enayatollah Bakhshi, Hossein Hassanabadi
OBJECTIVE: Children with autism have sitting and on-task behavior problems in class. In this study, the effect of three alternative classroom-seating devices such as regular classroom chairs, therapy balls, and air cushions were examined on students' classroom behavior. MATERIALS & METHODS: 15 students with autism participated in this A1-B-A2-C multiple treatments study from Mashhad's Tabasom School, Mashhad, Iran in 2014. Students' behaviors were video recorded in three phases: sitting on their common chairs during phase A, air-sit cushioned in phase B, and ball chairs in phase C...
2017: Iranian Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267762/impaired-perception-of-surface-tilt-in-progressive-supranuclear-palsy
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Marian L Dale, Fay B Horak, W Geoffrey Wright, Bernadette M Schoneburg, John G Nutt, Martina Mancini
INTRODUCTION: Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is characterized by early postural instability and backward falls. The mechanisms underlying backward postural instability in PSP are not understood. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that postural instability in PSP is a result of dysfunction in the perception of postural verticality. METHODS: We gathered posturography data on 12 subjects with PSP to compare with 12 subjects with idiopathic Parkinson's Disease (PD) and 12 healthy subjects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264145/human-body-modeling-method-to-simulate-the-biodynamic-characteristics-of-spine-in-vivo-with-different-sitting-postures
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Rui Chun Dong, Li Xin Guo
The aim of this study is to model the computational model of seated whole human body including skeleton, muscle, viscera, ligament, intervertebral disc and skin to predict effect of the factors (sitting postures, muscle and skin, buttocks, viscera, arms, gravity, and boundary conditions) on the biodynamic characteristics of spine. Two finite element (FE) models of seated whole body and a large number of FE models of different ligamentous motion segments were developed and validated. Static, modal and transient dynamic analyses were performed...
March 6, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242827/postural-effects-on-cerebral-blood-flow-and-autoregulation
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Zachary K Garrett, James Pearson, Andrew W Subudhi
Cerebral autoregulation (CA) is thought to maintain relatively constant cerebral blood flow (CBF) across normal blood pressures. To determine if postural changes alter CA, we measured cerebral blood flow velocity (CBFv) in the middle cerebral arteries, mean arterial blood pressure (MABP), cardiac output (Q), and end-tidal carbon dioxide (PETCO2) in 18 healthy individuals (11 female and seven male; 26 ± 9 years) during repeated periods of supine and seated rest. Multiple regression was used to evaluate the influence of PETCO2, MABP, Q, and hydrostatic pressure on CBFv...
February 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214505/positional-right-ventricular-obstruction-in-pectus-excavatum
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Katherine Underwood, Matthew Vorsanger, Muhamed Saric, Adam H Skolnick
Pectus excavatum is one of the most common congenital chest wall deformities. The degree of sternal depression, which may result in compression of the right heart by the chest wall, is variable. While typically asymptomatic, there are various symptoms that can result from severe pectus excavatum. We report on a patient with severe pectus excavatum leading to dynamic obstruction of the right ventricular outflow tract in the seated position.
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157620/dynamic-head-neck-stabilization-in-cervical-dystonia
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Patrick A Forbes, Edo de Bruijn, Sebastiaan W R Nijmeijer, Johannes H T M Koelman, Frans C T van der Helm, Alfred C Schouten, Marina A J Tijssen, Riender Happee
BACKGROUND: Effective sensorimotor integration is essential to modulate (adapt) neck stabilization strategies in response to varying tasks and disturbances. This study evaluates the hypothesis that relative to healthy controls cervical dystonia patients have an impaired ability to modulate afferent feedback for neck stabilization with changes in the frequency content of mechanical perturbations. METHODS: We applied anterior-posterior displacement perturbations (110s) on the torso of seated subjects, while recording head-neck kinematics and muscular activity...
January 16, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103728/occupational-problems-and-barriers-reported-by-individuals-with-obesity
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Randi Nossum, Ann-Elin Johansen, Ingvild Kjeken
BACKGROUND: Even if occupational therapists meet many people with obesity in the course of their work, a majority of them do not seem to view weight management as within their area of professional practice. AIM: To explore the occupational problems and barriers among persons with severe obesity from an occupational therapy perspective. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study used the Canadian Model of Occupation and Engagement (CMOP-E) and Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) to identify and analyze prioritized occupational performance problems and barriers perceived by 63 individuals with obesity...
January 19, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068962/correlation-between-lumbar-dysfunction-and-fat-infiltration-in-lumbar-multifidus-muscles-in-patients-with-low-back-pain
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Markus Hildebrandt, Gabriela Fankhauser, André Meichtry, Hannu Luomajoki
BACKGROUND: Lumbar multifidus muscles (LMM) are important for spinal motion and stability. Low back pain (LBP) is often associated with fat infiltration in LMM. An increasing fat infiltration of LMM may lead to lumbar dysfunction. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether there is a correlation between the severity of lumbar dysfunction and the severity of fat infiltration of LMM. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, 42 patients with acute or chronic LBP were recruited...
January 10, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028535/kinematics-and-dynamics-of-the-east-pacific-rise-linked-to-a-stable-deep-mantle-upwelling
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David B Rowley, Alessandro M Forte, Christopher J Rowan, Petar Glišović, Robert Moucha, Stephen P Grand, Nathan A Simmons
Earth's tectonic plates are generally considered to be driven largely by negative buoyancy associated with subduction of oceanic lithosphere. In this context, mid-ocean ridges (MORs) are passive plate boundaries whose divergence accommodates flow driven by subduction of oceanic slabs at trenches. We show that over the past 80 million years (My), the East Pacific Rise (EPR), Earth's dominant MOR, has been characterized by limited ridge-perpendicular migration and persistent, asymmetric ridge accretion that are anomalous relative to other MORs...
December 2016: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978486/comparing-spatially-static-and-dynamic-vibrotactile-take-over-requests-in-the-driver-seat
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S M Petermeijer, S Cieler, J C F de Winter
Vibrotactile stimuli can be effective as warning signals, but their effectiveness as directional take-over requests in automated driving is yet unknown. This study aimed to investigate the correct response rate, reaction times, and eye and head orientation for static versus dynamic directional take-over requests presented via vibrating motors in the driver seat. In a driving simulator, eighteen participants performed three sessions: 1) a session involving no driving (Baseline), 2) driving a highly automated car without additional task (HAD), and 3) driving a highly automated car while performing a mentally demanding task (N-Back)...
February 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941232/itrack-instrumented-mobile-electrooculography-eog-eye-tracking-in-older-adults-and-parkinson-s-disease
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Samuel Stuart, Aodhán Hickey, Brook Galna, Sue Lord, Lynn Rochester, Alan Godfrey
Detection of saccades (fast eye-movements) within raw mobile electrooculography (EOG) data involves complex algorithms which typically process data acquired during seated static tasks only. Processing of data during dynamic tasks such as walking is relatively rare and complex, particularly in older adults or people with Parkinson's disease (PD). Development of algorithms that can be easily implemented to detect saccades is required. This study aimed to develop an algorithm for the detection and measurement of saccades in EOG data during static (sitting) and dynamic (walking) tasks, in older adults and PD...
January 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938365/comparing-the-effects-of-different-dynamic-sitting-strategies-in-wheelchair-seating-on-lumbar-pelvic-angle
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Chun-Ting Li, Yao-Te Peng, Yen-Ting Tseng, Yen-Nien Chen, Kuen-Horng Tsai
BACKGROUND: Prolonged static sitting in a wheelchair is associated with an increased risk of lower back pain. The wheelchair seating system is a key factor of this risk because it affects spinal loading in the sitting position. In this study, 7 dynamic sitting strategies (DSSs) are examined: lumbar prominent dynamic sitting (LPDS), back reclined dynamic sitting (BRDS), femur upward dynamic sitting (FUDS), lumbar prominent with back reclined dynamic sitting (LBDS), lumbar prominent with femur upward dynamic sitting (LFDS), back reclined with femur upward dynamic sitting (BFDS), and lumbar prominent with back reclined with femur upward dynamic sitting (LBFDS)...
December 9, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908068/perception-of-music-dynamics-in-concert-hall-acoustics
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Jukka Pätynen, Tapio Lokki
Dynamics is one of the principal means of expressivity in Western classical music. Still, preceding research on room acoustics has mostly neglected the contribution of music dynamics to the acoustic perception. This study investigates how the different concert hall acoustics influence the perception of varying music dynamics. An anechoic orchestra signal, containing a step in music dynamics, was rendered in the measured acoustics of six concert halls at three seats in each. Spatial sound was reproduced through a loudspeaker array...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900194/chair-based-fidgeting-and-energy-expenditure
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Gabriel A Koepp, Graham K Moore, James A Levine
INTRODUCTION: Sedentariness is associated with chronic health conditions, impaired cognitive function and obesity. Work contributes significantly to sedentariness because many work tasks necessitate sitting. Few sustained solutions exist to reverse workplace sedentariness. Here, we evaluated a chair and an under-table device that were designed to promote fidgeting while seated. Our hypothesis was that an under-table leg-fidget bar and/or a fidget-promoting chair significantly increased energy expenditure...
2016: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892823/changes-in-joint-range-of-motion-and-muscle-tendon-unit-stiffness-after-varying-amounts-of-dynamic-stretching
#18
Takamasa Mizuno
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of varying amounts of dynamic stretching (DS) on joint range of motion (ROM) and stiffness of the muscle-tendon unit (MTU). Fifteen healthy participants participated in four randomly ordered experimental trials, which involved one (DS1), four (DS4) and seven (DS7) sets of DS, or control conditions/seated at rest (CON). Each DS set consisted of 15 repetitions of an ankle dorsiflexion-plantarflexion movement. The displacement of the muscle-tendon junction (MTJ) was measured using ultrasonography while the ankle was passively dorsiflexed at 0...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857846/optimization-of-nonlinear-quarter-car-suspension-seat-driver-model
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Mahesh P Nagarkar, Gahininath J Vikhe Patil, Rahul N Zaware Patil
In this paper a nonlinear quarter car suspension-seat-driver model was implemented for optimum design. A nonlinear quarter car model comprising of quadratic tyre stiffness and cubic stiffness in suspension spring, frame, and seat cushion with 4 degrees of freedom (DoF) driver model was presented for optimization and analysis. Suspension system was aimed to optimize the comfort and health criterion comprising of Vibration Dose Value (VDV) at head, frequency weighted RMS head acceleration, crest factor, amplitude ratio of head RMS acceleration to seat RMS acceleration and amplitude ratio of upper torso RMS acceleration to seat RMS acceleration along with stability criterion comprising of suspension space deflection and dynamic tyre force...
November 2016: Journal of Advanced Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815577/reduced-mind-wandering-in-experienced-meditators-and-associated-eeg-correlates
#20
Tracy Brandmeyer, Arnaud Delorme
One outstanding question in the contemplative science literature relates to the direct impact of meditation experience on the monitoring of internal states and its respective correspondence with neural activity. In particular, to what extent does meditation influence the awareness, duration and frequency of the tendency of the mind to wander. To assess the relation between mind wandering and meditation, we tested 2 groups of meditators, one with a moderate level of experience (non-expert) and those who are well advanced in their practice (expert)...
November 4, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
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