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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814050/segmental-contributions-to-sagittal-plane-whole-body-angular-momentum-when-using-powered-compared-to-passive-ankle-foot-prostheses-on-ramps
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Nathaniel T Pickle, Anne K Silverman, Jason M Wilken, Nicholas P Fey
Understanding the effects of an assistive device on dynamic balance is crucial, particularly for robotic leg prostheses. Analyses of dynamic balance commonly evaluate the range of whole-body angular momentum (H). However, the contributions of individual body segments to overall H throughout gait may yield futher insights, specifically for people with transtibial amputation using powered prostheses. We evaluated segment contributions to H using Statistical Parametric Mapping to assess the effects of prosthesis type (powered vs passive) and ramp angle on segmental coordination...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813961/identifying-the-effects-of-using-integrated-haptic-feedback-for-gait-rehabilitation-of-stroke-patients
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Muhammad Raheel Afzal, Sanghun Pyo, Min-Kyun Oh, Young Sook Park, Jungwon Yoon
This paper evaluates the prospects of using a novel Integrated Haptic Feedback (IHF) system. IHF can provide over-ground gait training regimens for post-stroke ambulatory subjects. IHF system combines the use of a portable cane for kinesthetic feedback and a wearable vibrotactor array for tactile feedback. Continuous somatosensory input is aiforded to the users at the handle of cane; it serves the purpose of balance assurance at higher gait speeds. Besides, restricted use of upper limb for weight-bearing inspires the users to involve the paretic lower limbs more actively...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813825/research-of-the-bws-system-for-lower-extremity-rehabilitation-robot
#3
Xiao Zhang, Weida Li, Juan Li, Xiaowei Cai
Body weight support (BWS) system is increasingly used in conjunction with treadmills to assist the patients with neurological impairments. Owing to lower limbs of the patients unable to bear the whole weight during the rehabilitation training, some weight can be removed to help the patients recover the basic walking ability gradually. Therefore, considering the man-machine relationship and the effects of the rehabilitation, a wire-driven BWS system is designed. The main unit of the system is an active closed-loop controlled drive to generate the exact desired force...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813824/the-effect-of-haptic-interaction-between-balance-assessment-robot-and-pelvis-on-muscle-activation-of-leg-muscles
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Andrej Olensek, Matjaz Zadravec, Zlatko Matjacic
Admittance control is considered as a promising paradigm in rehabilitation that provides us with means to establish well controlled and adjustable interaction and cooperation between rehabilitation devices and patients. Recently we developed balance assessment robot (BAR) for studying postural responses during walking as well as for pelvis manipulation during walking that implements admittance control as a mean of interaction with user. In this study we evaluated the characteristics of transparent haptic interaction and investigated whether transparent haptic interaction induces adaptations in muscle activation patterns with respect to free walking...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812230/simulation-of-left-ventricular-dynamics-using-a-low-order-mathematical-model
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Michael J Moulton, Brian D Hong, Timothy W Secomb
The eventual goal of this study is to develop methods for estimating dynamic stresses in the left ventricle (LV) that could be used on-line in clinical settings, based on routinely available measurements. Toward this goal, a low-order theoretical model is presented, in which LV shape is represented using a small number of parameters, allowing rapid computational simulations of LV dynamics. The LV is represented as a thick-walled prolate spheroid containing helical muscle fibers with nonlinear passive and time-dependent active contractile properties...
August 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807333/update-on-maximal-anabolic-response-to-dietary-protein
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REVIEW
Il-Young Kim, Nicolaas E P Deutz, Robert R Wolfe
The anabolic response to dietary protein can be defined as the difference between protein synthesis and breakdown, or the net protein balance, in response to ingestion of protein alone or a mixed meal containing protein. Others have concluded that a maximal anabolic response can be achieved with ingestion of 20-35 g of a high quality protein, leading to the formulation of a popular concept that the maximal anabolic response can be achieved by distributing the total protein intake evenly throughout the day, rather than eating a majority of dietary protein with dinner...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807025/changes-in-tibialis-anterior-architecture-affect-the-amplitude-of-surface-electromyograms
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Taian M Vieira, Maria Cristina Bisi, Rita Stagni, Alberto Botter
BACKGROUND: Variations in the amplitude of surface electromyograms (EMGs) are typically considered to advance inferences on the timing and degree of muscle activation in different circumstances. Surface EMGs are however affected by factors other than the muscle neural drive. In this study, we use electrical stimulation to investigate whether architectural changes in tibialis anterior (TA), a key muscle for balance and gait, affect the amplitude of surface EMGs. METHODS: Current pulses (500 μs; 2 pps) were applied to the fibular nerve of ten participants, with the ankle at neutral, full dorsi and full plantar flexion positions...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806627/a-novel-clinical-evaluation-method-using-maximum-angular-velocity-during-knee-extension-to-assess-lower-extremity-muscle-function-of-older-adults
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Takeshi Arai, Shuichi Obuchi, Yoshitaka Shiba
The purpose of this study is to examine the utilities of maximum angular velocity (AV) assessment during knee extension (KE) using a gyroscope for clinical evaluation of exercise program for older adults. Two hundred and 4 community-dwelling older adults underwent a 3-month exercise intervention program. Outcome measures included AV during KE and other physical functions (isometric strength (IS), walking abilities, and balance functions). A correlation coefficient was used to evaluate the relationships between AV and other physical functions at baseline...
August 3, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803369/volume-balance-and-intradialytic-ultrafiltration-rate-in-the-hemodialysis-patient
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REVIEW
Jason A Chou, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Volume management in hemodialysis patients is often challenging. Assessing volume status and deciding how much fluid to remove during hemodialysis, the so-called ultrafiltration rate (UFR), has remained a conundrum. RECENT FINDINGS: To date there is no objective assessment tool to determine the needed UFR during each hemodialysis session. Higher volume overload or higher UFR is associated with poor outcomes including worse mortality and unfavorable clinical outcomes...
August 12, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802220/comparison-of-lower-limb-muscle-strength-between-diabetic-neuropathic-and-healthy-subjects-using-opensim
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Alessandra Scarton, Ilse Jonkers, Annamaria Guiotto, Fabiola Spolaor, Gabriella Guarneri, Angelo Avogaro, Claudio Cobelli, Zimi Sawacha
Diabetes neuropathy and vasculopathy are the two major complications of diabetes mellitus, leading to diabetic foot disease, of which the worst consequences are plantar ulcers and amputations. Motor impairments like joint stiffness and loss of balance are distinctive effects of diabetes and they have been extensively explored. However, while altered muscle function has been also assessed through experimentally measured surface electromyography, little is known about muscle forces. The objective of this study was to estimate muscle forces in subjects with diabetes and to use these data to identify differences with respect to a population of healthy subjects matched for age and BMI...
July 31, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798916/risk-benefit-assessment-of-monomethylmercury-and-omega-3-fatty-acid-intake-for-ringed-seal-consumption-with-particular-emphasis-on-vulnerable-populations-in-the-western-canadian-arctic
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Lena Gmelch, Holger Hintelmann, Brendan Hickie, Hermine Kienberger, Gary Stern, Michael Rychlik
Many northern Inuit communities rely on traditional food as major source of nourishment. An essential part of the traditional Arctic diet is marine mammals such as ringed seals or beluga. Being top predators, these animals are often highly contaminated with various toxins. In contrast, some tissues of marine mammals are also characterized by high amounts of n3-PUFAs (omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids). Here, we try to balance the risks associated with the consumption of different tissue types of ringed seals in terms of the neurotoxin monomethylmercury (MMHg) with the benefits of consumption due to high n3-PUFA concentrations...
2017: Frontiers in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797479/paralysis-and-heart-failure-precede-ion-balance-disruption-in-heat-stressed-european-green-crabs
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Lisa B Jørgensen, Johannes Overgaard, Heath A MacMillan
Acute exposure of ectotherms to critically high temperatures causes injury and death, and this mortality has been associated with a number of physiological perturbations including impaired oxygen transport, loss of ion and water homeostasis, and neuronal failure. It is difficult to discern which of these factors, if any, is the proximate cause of heat injury because, for example, loss of ion homeostasis can impair neuromuscular function (including cardiac function), and conversely impaired oxygen transport reduces ATP supply and can thus reduce ion transport capacity...
August 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797478/heat-stress-is-associated-with-disruption-of-ion-balance-in-the-migratory-locust-locusta-migratoria
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James D B O'Sullivan, Heath A MacMillan, Johannes Overgaard
Thermal tolerance is important in determining the spatial and temporal distributions of insects but the mechanisms which determine upper thermal limits remain poorly understood. In terrestrial insects heat tolerance is unlikely to be limited by oxygen supply but in some arthropods, heat stress has been shown to cause haemolymph hyperkalaemia which is known to have detrimental effects on neuromuscular excitability. It is however unresolved if heat-induced hyperkalemia is the cause or the result of cellular heat injury...
August 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795657/body-system-effects-of-a-multi-modal-training-program-targeting-chronic-motor-complete-thoracic-spinal-cord-injury
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Katie Gant, Kathleen Nagle, Rachel Cowan, Edelle Field-Fote, Mark Nash, Jochen Kressler, Christine K Thomas, Mabelin Castellanos, Eva Widerstrom-Noga, Kimberly D Anderson
The safety and efficacy of pharmacologic and cellular transplantation strategies are currently being evaluated in people with spinal cord injury. In studies of people with chronic spinal cord injuries, it is thought that functional recovery will be best achieved when drug or cell therapies are combined with rehabilitation protocols. However, any functional recovery due to the therapy may be confounded by the conditioned state of the body and by training-induced effects on neuroplasticity. For this reason, we sought to investigate the effects of a multi-modal training program on several body systems...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792534/primary-bovine-skeletal-muscle-cells-enters-apoptosis-rapidly-via-the-intrinsic-pathway-when-available-oxygen-is-removed
#15
Sissel Beate Rønning, Petter Vejle Andersen, Mona Elisabeth Pedersen, Kristin Hollung
Muscle cells undergo changes post-mortem during the process of converting muscle into meat, and this complex process is far from revealed. Recent reports have suggested programmed cell death (apoptosis) to be important in the very early period of converting muscle into meat. The dynamic balance that occurs between anti-apoptotic members, such as Bcl-2, and pro-apoptotic members (Bid, Bim) helps determine whether the cell initiates apoptosis. In this study, we used primary bovine skeletal muscle cells, cultured in monolayers in vitro, to investigate if apoptosis is induced when oxygen is removed from the growth medium...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790924/effects-of-ionizing-irradiation-on-mouse-diaphragmatic-skeletal-muscle
#16
Tingyang Zhou, Lanchun Lu, Shiyong Wu, Li Zuo
Undesirable exposure of diaphragm to radiation during thoracic radiation therapy has not been fully considered over the past decades. Our study aims to examine the potential biological effects on diaphragm induced by radiation. One-time ionizing irradiation of 10 Gy was applied either to the diaphragmatic region of mice or to the cultured C2C12 myocytes. Each sample was then assayed for muscle function, oxidative stress, or cell viability on days 1, 3, 5, and 7 after irradiation. Our mouse model shows that radiation significantly reduced muscle function on the 5th and 7th days and increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation in the diaphragm tissue from days 3 to 7...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783608/the-effect-of-applying-a-rinse-and-chill-procedure-to-lamb-carcases-immediately-post-death-on-meat-quality
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S M Fowler, J M Claus, D L Hopkins
The current study examined the effect of vascular rinsing lamb carcases (Rinse & Chill®) with a commercially available isotonic substrate solution (98.5% water; balance: glucose, polyphosphates, and maltose) at 14°C. Thirty, lamb carcases were randomly allocated to receive either the solution (n=15) 25 min post slaughter on a slaughter line or no solution (n=15). There was no apparent effect on the rate of pH decline due to infusion or muscle shortening of the M. longissimus thoracis et lumborum (LL), but there was a more than 50% reduction in toughness (lower shear force) of the LL due to infusion...
July 22, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783492/shoulder-muscle-atrophy-and-its-relation-to-strength-loss-in-obstetrical-brachial-plexus-palsy
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Christelle Pons, Frances T Sheehan, Hyun Soo Im, Sylvain Brochard, Katharine E Alter
BACKGROUND: Treatment/prevention of shoulder muscle strength imbalances are major therapeutic goals for children with obstetrical brachial plexus palsy. The study aims were to characterize muscle atrophy in children/adolescents with unilateral obstetrical brachial plexus palsy, to quantify the agonist-antagonist muscle volume balance and the association between muscle volume and strength. METHODS: Eight boys and four girls (age=12.1, standard deviation=3.3) participated in this case-control study...
July 27, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782600/mir-18a-induces-myotubes-atrophy-by-down-regulating-igfi
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Chuncheng Liu, Meng Wang, Min Chen, Kuo Zhang, Lijie Gu, Qiuyan Li, Zhengquan Yu, Ning Li, Qingyong Meng
Muscle atrophy occurs when there is a net loss of muscle mass, leading to a change in the balance between protein synthesis and protein degradation. Igf1 is important for protein synthesis in muscle cells and can induce local skeletal muscle hypertrophy and attenuate age-related skeletal muscle atrophy via the PI3K/Akt pathway in mice, consequently restoring and improving muscle mass and strength. In this study, we show that miR-18a expression is down-regulated during C2C12 myoblast differentiation and mouse tibialis anterior muscle postnatal development...
August 4, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782598/physiological-and-performance-effects-of-nitrate-supplementation-during-roller-skiing-in-normoxia-and-normobaric-hypoxia
#20
Linn Nybäck, Caroline Glännerud, Gustav Larsson, Eddie Weitzberg, Oliver Michael Shannon, Kerry McGawley
The present study examined the effects of acute nitrate (NO3(-)) supplementation ingested in the form of concentrated beetroot juice on cross-country roller-ski performance in normoxia (N) and normobaric hypoxia (H). Eight competitive cross-country skiers (five males: age 22 ± 3 years, V·O2max 71.5 ± 4.7 mL kg(-1)·min(-1); three females: age 21 ± 1 years, V·O2max 58.4 ± 2.5 mL kg(-1)·min(-1)) were supplemented with a single dose of NO3(-)-rich beetroot juice (BRJ, ∼13 mmol NO3(-)) or a NO3(-)-depleted placebo (PL, ∼0 mmol NO3(-)) and performed 2 x 6-min submaximal exercise bouts and a 1000-m time-trial (TT) on a treadmill in N (20...
August 4, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
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