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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926815/cognitive-function-and-walking-velocity-in-people-with-dementia-a-comparison-of-backward-and-forward-walking
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Hanna Johansson, Lillemor Lundin-Olsson, Håkan Littbrand, Yngve Gustafson, Erik Rosendahl, Annika Toots
How forward and backward walking, both central to everyday life, relate to cognition are relatively unexplored in people with dementia. This study aimed to investigate if forward and backward walking velocity respectively, associated with global cognition and executive function in people with dementia, and whether the association differed according to walking aid use or dementia type. Using a cross-sectional design, 161 participants (77% women), a mean Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) score of 15, and mean age of 85...
September 9, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922312/maximum-step-length-test-performance-in-people-with-parkinson-disease-a-cross-sectional-study
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Ryan P Duncan, Marie E McNeely, Gammon M Earhart
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Maximum Step Length Test (MSLT), a measure of one's capacity to produce a large step, has been studied in older adults, but not in people with Parkinson disease (PD). We characterized performance and construct validity of the MSLT in PD. METHODS: Forty participants (mean age: 65.12 ± 8.20 years; 45% female) with idiopathic PD completed the MSLT while "OFF" and "ON" anti-PD medication. Construct validity was investigated by examining relationships between MSLT and measures of motor performance...
October 2017: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: JNPT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901834/association-between-gait-and-dual-task-with-cognitive-domains-in-older-people-with-cognitive-impairment
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Juliana Hotta Ansai, Larissa Pires de Andrade, Paulo Giusti Rossi, Mariana Luciano Almeida, Francisco Assis Carvalho Vale, José Rubens Rebelatto
The authors investigated whether impaired gait and dual-task performances are associated with specific cognitive domains among older people with preserved cognition (PC), mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and mild Alzheimer's disease (AD). The sample comprised 40 older adults with PC, 40 with MCI, and 38 with mild AD. The assessment consisted of gait (measured by 10-m walk test and Timed Up and Go Test [TUGT]), dual task (measured by TUGT associated with a cognitive-motor task of calling a phone number), and cognition (domains of the Addenbrooke Cognitive Examination-Revised and Frontal Assessment Battery [FAB])...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Motor Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888908/quick-foot-placement-adjustments-during-gait-are-less-accurate-in-individuals-with-focal-cerebellar-lesions
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Wouter Hoogkamer, Zrinka Potocanac, Frank Van Calenbergh, Jacques Duysens
Online gait corrections are frequently used to restore gait stability and prevent falling. They require shorter response times than voluntary movements which suggests that subcortical pathways contribute to the execution of online gait corrections. To evaluate the potential role of the cerebellum in these pathways we tested the hypotheses that online gait corrections would be less accurate in individuals with focal cerebellar damage than in neurologically intact controls and that this difference would be more pronounced for shorter available response times and for short step gait corrections...
September 1, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888906/the-comparison-of-ground-reaction-forces-and-lower-limb-muscles-correlation-and-activation-time-delay-between-forward-and-backward-walking
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Mohammadreza Mahaki, Gustavo Souto De Sá E Souza, Raghad Mimar, Marcus Fraga Vieira
This study aimed to compare the ground reaction forces (GRF) and lower limb muscles correlation and activation time delay between Forward (FW) and Backward (BW) walking. Twenty-four male students participated in this research. Electromyogram activities of gluteus medius, biceps femoris, medial gastrocnemius, soleus and anterior tibialis muscles along with GRFs were measured. Each participant performed two FW and two BW trials bare foot. Statistical parametric mapping (SPM) analysis was performed over anterior-posterior and vertical GRFs time series...
September 6, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885115/a-9-week-jaques-dalcroze-eurhythmics-intervention-improves-single-and-dual-task-gait-speed-in-community-dwelling-older-people
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Lisa Ferguson-Stegall, Mandy Vang, Anthony S Wolfe, Kathy M Thomsen
BACKGROUND: Falls are a major public health concern among older adults, and most occur while walking, especially under dualtask conditions. Jaques-Dalcroze eurhythmics (JDE) is a music-based movement training program that emphasizes multitask coordinated movement. A previous 6-mo JDE study in older people demonstrated improved gait and balance; however, the effects of short-term JDE interventions on fall risk-related outcomes are largely unknown. We conducted a preliminary investigation on whether a 9-week JDE intervention improved gait and stability in a community-dwelling older cohort, hypothesizing that improvements would occur in all outcome measures...
September 2017: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843186/backward-compared-to-forward-over-ground-gait-retraining-have-additional-benefits-for-gait-in-individuals-with-mild-to-moderate-parkinson-s-disease-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Roné Grobbelaar, Ranel Venter, Karen Estelle Welman
Over ground gait retraining in the reverse direction has shown to be beneficial for neurological rehabilitation, but has not yet been investigated in Parkinson's disease (PD). Backwards walking (BW) might be a useful training alternative to improve PD gait and possibly reduce fall risk during complex multi-directional daily activities. The primary aim was to compare the effect of an eight-week forward (FWG) and backwards (BWG) gait retraining program on gait parameters in PD individuals. Twenty-nine participants (aged 71...
August 18, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838226/intradialytic-exercise-improves-physical-function-and-reduces-intradialytic-hypotension-and-depression-in-hemodialysis-patients
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So Yon Rhee, Jin Kyung Song, Suk Chul Hong, Jae Won Choi, Hee Jung Jeon, Dong Ho Shin, Eun Hee Ji, Eun-Hee Choi, Jiyeon Lee, Aram Kim, Seung Wook Choi, Jieun Oh
Background/Aims: As numbers of maintenance hemodialysis patients are growing, debilitating conditions of muscle wasting and atrophy are becoming some of the greatest concerns in end-stage renal disease patients. Exercise training has various potential benefits in terms of prevention of a sustained decline in functional status. This study aimed to evaluate the physical, psychological, laboratory, and dialysis-related effects of intradialytic exercise. Methods: We enrolled 22 patients from a hemodialysis center for a 6-month non-randomized prospective trial...
August 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821427/effects-of-different-strength-training-frequencies-on-maximum-strength-body-composition-and-functional-capacity-in-healthy-older-individuals
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Mari Turpela, Keijo Häkkinen, Guy Gregory Haff, Simon Walker
There is controversy in the literature regarding the dose-response relationship of strength training in healthy older participants. The present study determined training frequency effects on maximum strength, muscle mass and functional capacity over 6months following an initial 3-month preparatory strength training period. One-hundred and six 64-75year old volunteers were randomly assigned to one of four groups; performing strength training one (EX1), two (EX2), or three (EX3) times per week and a non-training control (CON) group...
August 15, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
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/28813856/quantifying-the-benefit-of-the-kinetic-crutch-tip
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Fatemeh Rasouli, David Huizenga, Tim Hess, Ismet Handzic, Kyle B Reed
This research focuses on the difference between the Kinetic Crutch Tip (KCT) and a Standard Rubber Tip. Additionally, the effect of KCT stiffness on the crutch gait cycle and the reaction forces were investigated. This study also examined the maximum backward angle that a crutch is able to move forward without any external forces as well as the ratio of positive to negative horizontal forces were considered. The results were obtained in two ways: one by having subjects walk on the crutches and another to reduce the variability of human walking by measuring the resulting motion only using weights attached to the crutch tip...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813842/using-wearable-physiological-sensors-to-predict-energy-expenditure
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Kimberly A Ingraham, Daniel P Ferris, C David Remy
Lower-limb assistive robotic devices are often evaluated by measuring a reduction in the user's energy cost. Using indirect calorimetry to estimate energy cost is poorly suited for real-time estimation and long-term collection. The goal of this study was to use data from wearable sensors to predict energy cost with better temporal resolution and less variability than breath measurements. We collected physiological data (heart rate, electrodermal activity, skin temperature) and mechanical data (EMG, accelerometry) from three healthy subjects walking on a treadmill at various speeds on level ground, inclined, and backwards...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759977/effects-of-progressive-backward-body-weight-suppoted-treadmill-training-on-gait-ability-in-chronic-stroke-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Kyung Hun Kim, Kyoung Bo Lee, Young-Hyeon Bae, Shirley S M Fong, Suk Min Lee
BACKGROUND AND OBJETIVE: A stroke patient with hemiplegic gait is generally described as being slow and asymmetric. Body weight-supported treadmill training and backward gait training are recent additions to therapeutic gait trainings that may help improve gait in stroke patient with hemiplegic gait. Therefore, we examined the effect of progressive backward body weight-supported treadmill training on gait in chronic stroke patients with hemiplegic gait. METHODS: Thirty subjects were divided to the experimental and control groups...
July 25, 2017: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754624/dynamics-of-dimeric-kinesins-limping-effect-of-longitudinal-force-effects-of-neck-linker-extension-and-mutation-and-comparison-between-kinesin-1-and-kinesin-2
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Si-Kao Guo, Peng-Ye Wang, Ping Xie
Conventional kinesin (kinesin-1) can walk on microtubule filaments in an asymmetric hand-over-hand manner, exhibiting a marked alternation in the mean dwell time in successive steps. Here, we study computationally the asymmetric stepping dynamics of the kinesin-1 homodimer, revealing its origin and providing quantitative explanations of the available experimental data. The alternation in the mean dwell time in successive steps arises from the alternation in the mechanochemical coupling ratio, which is in turn caused by the alternation in the slight variation of the stretched neck linker length...
July 25, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750748/flash-lag-effects-in-biological-motion-interact-with-body-orientation-and-action-familiarity
#15
Junzhu Su, Hongjing Lu
The ability to localize moving joints of a person in action is crucial for interacting with other people in the environment. However, it remains unclear how the visual system encodes the position of joints in a moving body. We used a paradigm based on a well-known phenomenon, the flash-lag effect, to investigate the mechanisms underlying joint localization in bodily movements. We first found that observers perceived a strong flash-lag effect in biological motion: when a briefly-flashed dot was presented physically in perfect alignment with a continuously moving limb, the flash dot was perceived to lag behind the position of the moving joint...
August 14, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746485/an-interview-with-steven-j-lindauer
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Steven J Lindauer
There are so many compliments to Dr. Steven Lindauer that is hard for one to figure where to start from… Well, travelling backwards in time, all the way to the year 2000, I went to Virginia to study English at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), in Richmond, Virginia, USA. During my daily walks to the English school, I used to pass by the School of Dentistry, where the Department of Orthodontics was. That was the place where my very first "contact" with the VCU happened. In 2015, 15 years later, I had the pleasure to go back to the VCU and spend two days with Dr...
May 2017: Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727159/children-with-heavy-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-exhibit-atypical-gait-characteristics
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Tenille C Taggart, Roger W Simmons, Jennifer D Thomas, Edward P Riley
BACKGROUND: Impaired motor function in children with histories of prenatal exposure to alcohol has been previously reported but, to date, no studies using quantitatively based analyses have been performed to assess gait in these children. METHODS: Gait of children with (n = 18) or without (n = 26) prenatal alcohol exposure was assessed using an electronically instrumented walkway. Children completed blocks of trials traversing the walkway with different combinations of walking condition (increased, self-paced, and decreased cadence) and direction (forward and backward)...
September 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714798/foot-rollover-temporal-parameters-during-walking-straight-ahead-and-stepping-over-obstacles-obese-and-non-obese-postmenopausal-women
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David Silva, Ronaldo Gabriel, Helena Moreira, João Abrantes, Aurélio Faria
The aim of this study was to compare the temporal foot rollover data between walking straight ahead and stepping over obstacles for obese and non-obese postmenopausal women. Plantar pressure data were collected from 67 women. The initial, final, and duration of contact of 10 foot areas were measured. Both limbs of both groups showed a longer foot contact duration on the obstacle task. Significant temporal differences were found for both groups between straight ahead and crossing obstacles on the initial, final, and duration of contact for several foot areas...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694171/repeated-dose-28-day-oral-toxicity-study-of-deae-dextran-in-mice-an-advancement-in-safety-chemotherapeutics
#19
Anita K Bakrania, Bhavesh C Variya, Prem Madan, Snehal S Patel
Cancer has emerged as a global threat with challenges for safe chemotherapeutics. Most of the currently available anti-cancer drugs exhibit significant toxicity. Amongst novel agents, interferons have exhibited anti-proliferative and cytoprotective roles. However, due to stability drawbacks of interferons, we have identified an interferon inducer DEAE-Dextran, which resolves the stability issues. Based on the previous history of toxicity pertaining to the current chemotherapeutic agents, it is equally essential to determine the safety of DEAE-Dextran...
July 8, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692837/influence-of-gait-mode-and-body-orientation-on-following-a-walking-avatar
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L Rens A Meerhoff, Harjo J de Poel, Tim W D Jowett, Chris Button
Regulating distance with a moving object or person is a key component of human movement and of skillful interpersonal coordination. The current set of experiments aimed to assess the role of gait mode and body orientation on distance regulation using a cyclical locomotor tracking task in which participants followed a virtual leader. In the first experiment, participants moved in the backward-forward direction while the body orientation of the virtual leader was manipulated (i.e., facing towards, or away from the follower), hence imposing an incongruence in gait mode between leader and follower...
July 7, 2017: Human Movement Science
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