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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037658/simple-artificial-training-device-for-respiratory-muscle-strength-and-lung-volumes-in-healthy-young-male-and-female-subjects-a-pilot-study
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Jirakrit Leelarungrayub, Decha Pinkaew, Araya Yankai, Busaba Chautrakoon, Rungtiwa Kuntain
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficiency of a simple artificial device for respiratory muscle strength training and lung volumes using either combined or non-combined exercise with elastic bands in healthy young participants. METHODS: Forty healthy young participants (20 male and 20 female) aged 19-24 years old were randomized into two main experiments with four sub-groups; (1) artificial device (n = 10) & standard device (n = 10) training, and (2) artificial device training combined with elastic band (EB) exercise (n = 10) & standard device training combined with EB (n = 10) exercise...
October 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033412/emergency-caesarean-section-saved-both-an-anti-musk-antibody-positive-myasthenia-gravis-mother-with-pregnancy-induced-hypertension-and-her-premature-baby
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Yoshiaki Takahashi, Toru Yamashita, Ryuta Morihara, Yumiko Nakano, Kota Sato, Mami Takemoto, Nozomi Hishikawa, Yasuyuki Ohta, Kei Hayata, Hisashi Masuyama, Tomoka Okamura, Yosuke Washio, Koji Abe
We herein report the case of a 46-year-old pregnant woman with anti-muscle specific kinase (MuSK) antibody-positive myasthenia gravis (MG) who showed pregnancy-induced hypertension and developed respiratory failure at 30 weeks and 5 days of pregnancy, and who underwent an emergency caesarean section (CS). Her MG symptoms gradually improved in the subsequent weeks. The premature baby with positive MuSK antibodies was successfully delivered, but the male baby required temporary artificial ventilation. However, his condition also gradually improved over time...
October 16, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025427/adaptive-hybrid-robotic-system-for-rehabilitation-of-reaching-movement-after-a-brain-injury-a-usability-study
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F Resquín, J Gonzalez-Vargas, J Ibáñez, F Brunetti, I Dimbwadyo, L Carrasco, S Alves, C Gonzalez-Alted, A Gomez-Blanco, J L Pons
BACKGROUND: Brain injury survivors often present upper-limb motor impairment affecting the execution of functional activities such as reaching. A currently active research line seeking to maximize upper-limb motor recovery after a brain injury, deals with the combined use of functional electrical stimulation (FES) and mechanical supporting devices, in what has been previously termed hybrid robotic systems. This study evaluates from the technical and clinical perspectives the usability of an integrated hybrid robotic system for the rehabilitation of upper-limb reaching movements after a brain lesion affecting the motor function...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024435/efect-of-longitudinally-oriented-collagen-conduit-combined-with-nerve-growth-factor-on-nerve-regeneration-after-dog-sciatic-nerve-injury
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Yao Yao, Yi Cui, Yannan Zhao, Zhifeng Xiao, Xing Li, Sufang Han, Bing Chen, Yongxiang Fang, Piao Wang, Juli Pan, Jianwu Dai
The research on artificial nerve conduits has become a focus of study in peripheral nerve reconstruction so as a possible replacement for the treatment of autologous nerve grafts in clinics. In this study, we used longitudinally oriented collagen conduit (LOCC) combined with nerve growth factor (NGF) to reconstruct long distance of sciatic nerve defects (35 mm) in adult dog model. The long term follow-up evaluation demonstrated that the LOCC/NGF conduit allowed functional and morphological nerve regeneration at the transection site of the injured sciatic nerve...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022335/a-paper-carbon-nanotube-based-wearable-pressure-sensor-for-physiological-signal-acquisition-and-soft-robotic-skin
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Zhaoyao Zhan, Rongzhou Lin, Van-Thai Tran, Jianing An, Yuefan Wei, Hejun Du, Tuan Tran, Wenqiang Lu
Wearable and flexible pressure sensor is essential to the realization of personalized medicine through continuously monitoring an individual's state of health and also the development of highly intelligent robot. A flexible, wearable pressure sensor is fabricated based on novel SWNT/tissue paper through a low-cost and scalable approach. The flexible, wearable sensor showed superior performance with concurrence of several merits, including high sensitivity for a broad pressure range and ultralow energy consumption level of (~10-6 W)...
October 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022114/implantable-systems-for-stress-urinary-incontinence
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REVIEW
Kenana M Al Adem, Sarah S Bawazir, Waleed A Hassen, Ahsan H Khandoker, Kinda Khalaf, Tim McGloughlin, Cesare Stefanini
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI), the involuntary urine leakage due to failure of the urethral closure mechanism, is a global health challenge with substantial human suffering and socioeconomic costs. Approximately 167 million male and female patients are predicted to suffer from SUI in 2018, worldwide. A wide range of surgical interventions are available for the treatment of SUI. Severe cases, however, usually require the implantation of artificial urinary sphincter devices. This review comparatively presents and analyzes the working principles, as well as the challenges, associated with the current implantable SUI systems in clinical use...
October 11, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993523/giuliano-vanghetti-and-the-innovation-of-cineplastic-operations
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REVIEW
Peppino Tropea, Alberto Mazzoni, Silvestro Micera, Massimo Corbo
OBJECTIVE: Developing functional artificial limbs for amputees has been a centuries-old challenge in medicine. We review the mechanical and neurologic principles of "cineplastic operations" and "plastic motors" used to restore movements in prostheses, with special attention to the work of Giuliano Vanghetti. METHODS: We evaluated original publications describing cineplastic operations, biographic information, writings, drawings, and unpublished letters from the Vanghetti library, preserved in Empoli, Italy, and performed a bibliographic search and comparison for similar procedures in the literature...
October 10, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966812/mild-hemophilia-a-presaged-by-recurrent-postoperative-hemorrhagic-complications-in-an-elderly-patient
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Hajime Ono, Taigen Sase, Hiroshi Takasuna, Yuichiro Tanaka
BACKGROUND: Mild hemophilia without spontaneous bleeding can remain undiagnosed for a lifetime. However, intracranial hemorrhage is one of the most serious complications for patients with hemophilia. In addition, hemorrhagic complications after emergency surgery tend to arise from coagulopathy. CASE DESCRIPTION: An 80-year-old man was admitted with left hemiparesis and disturbed consciousness. He had no history of trauma, fever, or drug and alcohol intake. Computed tomography imaging upon admission disclosed a hemispheric subdural hematoma with a midline shift...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965172/gating-pore-currents-in-sodium-channels
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J R Groome, A Moreau, L Delemotte
Voltage-gated sodium channels belong to the superfamily of voltage-gated cation channels. Their structure is based on domains comprising a voltage sensor domain (S1-S4 segments) and a pore domain (S5-S6 segments). Mutations in positively charged residues of the S4 segments may allow protons or cations to pass directly through the gating pore constriction of the voltage sensor domain; these anomalous currents are referred to as gating pore or omega (ω) currents. In the skeletal muscle disorder hypokalemic periodic paralysis, and in arrhythmic dilated cardiomyopathy, inherited mutations of S4 arginine residues promote omega currents that have been shown to be a contributing factor in the pathogenesis of these sodium channel disorders...
October 1, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956202/in-vivo-biocompatibility-of-porous-and-non-porous-polypyrrole-based-trilayered-actuators
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Bill G X Zhang, Geoffrey M Spinks, Robert Gorkin, Danial Sangian, Claudia Di Bella, Anita F Quigley, Robert M I Kapsa, Gordon G Wallace, Peter F M Choong
Trilayered polypyrrole (PPy) actuators have high stress density, low modulus and have wide potential biological applications including use in artificial muscles and in limb prosthesis after limb amputation. This article examines the in vivo biocompatibility of actuators in muscle using rabbit models. The actuators were specially designed with pores to encourage tissue in growth; this study also assessed the effect of such pores on the stability of the actuators in vivo. Trilayered PPy actuators were either laser cut with 150 µm pores or left pore-less and implanted into rabbit muscle for 3 days, 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 8 weeks and retrieved subsequently for histological analysis...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955765/identification-of-ligand-selective-peptidic-actriib-antagonists-using-phage-display-technology
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Kotaro Sakamoto, Yoko Kanematsu-Yamaki, Yusuke Kamada, Masahiro Oka, Toshiyuki Ohnishi, Masanori Miwa, Taiji Asami, Hiroshi Inooka
ActRIIB (activin receptor type-2B) is an activin receptor subtype constitutively expressed in the whole body, playing a role in cellular proliferation, differentiation, and metabolism. For its various physiological activities, ActRIIB interacts with activin and multiple other ligands including myostatin (MSTN), growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11), and bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9). Notably, the protein-protein interaction (PPI) between ActRIIB and MSTN negatively controls muscular development. Therefore, this PPI has been targeted for effective treatment of muscle degenerative diseases such as muscular dystrophy and sarcopenia...
September 2017: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934946/genome-wide-snp-data-unveils-the-globalization-of-domesticated-pigs
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Bin Yang, Leilei Cui, Miguel Perez-Enciso, Aleksei Traspov, Richard P M A Crooijmans, Natalia Zinovieva, Lawrence B Schook, Alan Archibald, Kesinee Gatphayak, Christophe Knorr, Alex Triantafyllidis, Panoraia Alexandri, Gono Semiadi, Olivier Hanotte, Deodália Dias, Peter Dovč, Pekka Uimari, Laura Iacolina, Massimo Scandura, Martien A M Groenen, Lusheng Huang, Hendrik-Jan Megens
BACKGROUND: Pigs were domesticated independently in Eastern and Western Eurasia early during the agricultural revolution, and have since been transported and traded across the globe. Here, we present a worldwide survey on 60K genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data for 2093 pigs, including 1839 domestic pigs representing 122 local and commercial breeds, 215 wild boars, and 39 out-group suids, from Asia, Europe, America, Oceania and Africa. The aim of this study was to infer global patterns in pig domestication and diversity related to demography, migration, and selection...
September 21, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918014/artificial-zinc-finger-transcription-factor-of-a20-suppresses-restenosis-in-sprague-dawley-rats-after-carotid-injury-via-the-ppar%C3%AE-pathway
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Zhaoyou Meng, Pan Gao, Lin Chen, Jing Peng, Jialu Huang, Min Wu, Kangning Chen, Zhenhua Zhou
The inhibition of inflammation and vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation is an ideal strategy to suppress intimal hyperplasia after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA). Evidence has indicated that overexpression of A20 suppresses neointima formation, but its low transfection efficiency limits its application. Hence, we upregulated A20 expression via transfection of rAd.ATF (recombinant adenovirus vector of artificial transcription factor) and rAd.A20 in rat carotid arteries after balloon dilatation (in vivo) and isolated VSMCs (in vitro)...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915407/differentiation-and-sarcomere-formation-in-skeletal-myocytes-directly-prepared-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-using-a-sphere-based-culture
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Saowanee Jiwlawat, Eileen Lynch, Jennifer Glaser, Ivy Smit-Oistad, Jeremy Jeffrey, Jonathan M Van Dyke, Masatoshi Suzuki
Human induced-pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are a promising resource for propagation of myogenic progenitors. Our group recently reported a unique protocol for the derivation of myogenic progenitors directly (without genetic modification) from human pluripotent cells using free-floating spherical culture. Here we expand our previous efforts and attempt to determine how differentiation duration, culture surface coatings, and nutrient supplements in the medium influence progenitor differentiation and formation of skeletal myotubes containing sarcomeric structures...
August 1, 2017: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901447/microrna%C3%A2-146a-promotes-the-proliferation-of-rat-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-by-downregulating-p53-signaling
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Yu Luo, Wei Xiong, Shaohong Dong, Feng Liu, Huadong Liu, Jianghua Li
The present study aimed to detect and verify gene expression profile differences for microRNA (miR)‑146a and its role in the proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Artificially synthesized miR‑146a mimics, miR‑146 inhibitor, scramble‑miRNA or PBS was transfected into cultured primary rat VSMCs in vitro. Reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction confirmed that the miR‑146a expression level was significantly decreased in VSMCs treated with miR‑146a inhibitor (P<0...
November 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894056/-emergency-mitral-valvoplasty-for-papillary-muscle-rupture
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Keishi Ueyama, Motohiro Koyama, Kenji Otaki, Kae Ito
We experienced 2 emergency surgical cases of severe mitral valve regurgitation due to papillary muscle rupture. Case 1:a 69-year-old man presented with respiratory and cardiac failure due to mitral regurgitation. He had no history of myocardial infarction. Mitral valve repair with artificial cords was performed. The papillary muscle of the anterior leaflet was ruptured. The postoperative course was uneventful. Case 2:a 80-year-old man came to our hospital with cardiac arrest. Emergency coronary intervention was performed to the right coronary and intraaortic balloon pumping was inserted...
September 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892597/adult-male-stress-and-urge-urinary-incontinence-a-review-of-pathophysiology-and-treatment-strategies-for-voiding-dysfunction-in-men
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Eric Chung, Darren J Katz, Christopher Love
BACKGROUND: Male urinary incontinence adversely affects health-related quality of life and is associated with significant psychosexual and financial burden. The two most common forms of male incontinence are stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and overactive bladder (OAB) with concomitant urge urinary incontinence (UUI). OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this article are to briefly review the current understandings of the pathophysiological mechanisms in SUI and OAB/UUI, and offer a set of practical, action-based recommendations and treatment strategies...
September 2017: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887545/human-to-human-closed-loop-control-based-on-brain-to-brain-interface-and-muscle-to-muscle-interface
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M Ebrahim M Mashat, Guangye Li, Dingguo Zhang
Novel communication techniques have always been fascinating for humankind. This pilot study presents an approach to human interaction by combining direct brain-to-brain interface (BBI) and muscle-to-muscle interface (MMI) in a closed-loop pattern. In this system, artificial paths (data flows) functionally connect natural paths (nerves). The intention from one subject (sender) is recognized using electroencephalography (EEG) based brain-computer interface (BCI), which is sent out to trigger transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) on the other subject (receiver) and induce hand motion; meanwhile TMS results in a significant change on the motor evoked potentials (MEP) recorded by electromyography (EMG) of the receiver's arm, which triggers functional electrical stimulation (FES) applied to the sender's arm and generates hand motion...
September 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885964/cervical-joint-position-sense-in-hypobaric-conditions-a-randomized-double-blind-controlled-trial
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Diana Bagaianu, Damien Van Tiggelen, N Duvigneaud, Veerle Stevens, Danny Schroyen, Dirk Vissenaeken, Gino D'Hondt, Laurent Pitance
Well-adapted motor actions require intact and well-integrated information from all of the sensory systems, specifically the visual, vestibular, and somatosensory systems, including proprioception. Proprioception is involved in the sensorimotor control by providing the central nervous system with an updated body schema of the biomechanical and spatial properties of the body parts. With regard to the cervical spine, proprioceptive information from joint and muscle mechanoreceptors is integrated with vestibular and visual feedback to control head position, head orientation, and whole body posture...
September 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883736/omentum-flap-as-a-salvage-procedure-in-deep-sternal-wound-infection
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Nick Spindler, Christian D Etz, Martin Misfeld, Christoph Josten, Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr, Stefan Langer
INTRODUCTION: Deep sternal wound infections (DSWIs) are rare but devastating complication after median sternotomy following cardiac surgery. Especially in the presence of artificial material or inadequate preliminary muscle flaps, the pedicled omentum flap is due to its immunological properties, the predetermined flap in salvage procedures. METHODS: We treated 14 patients suffering a mediastinitis and open thorax using a pedicled omentoplasty as a salvage procedure because of persisting DSWIs...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
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