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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814068/the-activation-of-nlrp3-inflammsome-by-stimulation-of-diesel-exhaust-particles-in-lung-tissues-from-emphysema-model-and-raw-264-7-cell-line
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Soo-Taek Uh, So My Koo, Yangki Kim, Kiup Kim, Sungwoo Park, An Soo Jang, Dojin Kim, Yong Hoon Kim, Choon-Sik Park
Background/Aims: Diesel exhaust particles (DEPs) lead to elevation of reactive oxygen species, which can activate the nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-like receptor (NLR) family members containing the pyrin domain 3 (NLRP3)-inf lammasome. In this study, we elucidated whether NLRP3 -inf lammasome is activated by DEPs and whether antioxidants (N-acetylcysteine [NAC]) could inhibit such activation. Methods: RAW 264.7 cells and ex vivo lung tissues explants obtained from elastase-induced emphysema animal models were stimulated with cigarette smoking extract (CSE), DEPs, and lipopolysaccharide, and levels of interleukin-1β (IL-1β), caspase-1 and nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-like receptor (NLR) family members containing the pyrin domain (NLRP3)-inflammasome were assessed by Western blotting and immunohistochemistry...
August 18, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814064/electrical-properties-assessed-by-bioelectrical-impedance-spectroscopy-as-biomarkers-of-age-related-loss-of-skeletal-muscle-quantity-and-quality
#2
Yosuke Yamada, Bjoern Buehring, Diane Krueger, Rozalyn M Anderson, Dale A Schoeller, Neil Binkley
Skeletal muscle, in addition to being comprised of a heterogeneous muscle fiber population, also includes extracellular components that do not contribute to positive tensional force production. Here we test segmental bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy (S-BIS) to assess muscle intracellular mass and composition. S-BIS can evaluate electrical properties that may be related to muscle force production. Muscle fiber membranes separate the intracellular components from the extracellular environment and consist of lipid bilayers which act as an electrical capacitor...
September 1, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814061/modular-one-to-many-clutchable-actuator-for-a-soft-elbow-exosuit
#3
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/28814054/crux-a-compliant-robotic-upper-extremity-exosuit-for-lightweight-portable-multi-joint-muscular-augmentation
#4
Steven Lessard, Pattawong Pansodtee, Ash Robbins, Leya Breanna Baltaxe-Admony, James M Trombadore, Mircea Teodorescu, Adrian Agogino, Sri Kurniawan
Wearable robots can potentially offer their users enhanced stability and strength. These augmentations are ideally designed to actuate harmoniously with the user's movements and provide extra force as needed. The creation of such robots, however, is particularly challenging due to the underlying complexity of the human body. In this paper, we present a compliant, robotic exosuit for upper extremities called CRUX. This exosuit, inspired by tensegrity models of the human arm, features a lightweight (1.3 kg), flexible multi-joint design for portable augmentation...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814047/a-simple-tool-to-measure-spasticity-in-spinal-cord-injury-subjects
#5
Arash Arami, Nevio L Tagliamonte, Federica Tamburella, Hsieng-Yung Huang, Marco Molinari, Etienne Burdet
This work presents a wearable device and the algorithms for quantitative modelling of joint spasticity and its application in a pilot group of subjects with different levels of spinal cord injury. The device comprises light-weight instrumented handles to measure the interaction force between the subject and the physical therapist performing the tests, EMG sensors and inertial measurement units to measure muscle activity and joint kinematics. Experimental tests included the passive movement of different body segments, where the spasticity was expected, at different velocities...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814046/adaptive-control-of-an-actuated-ankle-foot-orthosis
#6
Victor Arnez-Paniagua, Hala Rifai, Yacine Amirat, Samer Mohammed
This paper deals with the control of an active ankle foot orthosis (AAFO) to assist the gait of paretic patients. The AAFO system is driven by both, the residual human torque delivered by the muscles spanning the ankle joint and the AAFO's actuator's torque. A projection-based model reference adaptive control is proposed to assist dorsiflexion and plantar-flexion of the ankle joint during daily living walking activities. Unlike most classical model-based controllers, the proposed one does not require any prior estimation of the system's (foot-AAFO) parameters...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814035/decoding-of-individual-finger-movements-from-surface-emg-signals-using-vector-autoregressive-hierarchical-hidden-markov-models-varhhmm
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Nebojsa Malesevic, Dimitrije Markovic, Gunter Kanitz, Marco Controzzi, Christian Cipriani, Christian Antfolk
In this paper we present a novel method for predicting individual fingers movements from surface electromyography (EMG). The method is intended for real-time dexterous control of a multifunctional prosthetic hand device. The EMG data was recorded using 16 single-ended channels positioned on the forearm of healthy participants. Synchronously with the EMG recording, the subjects performed consecutive finger movements based on the visual cues. Our algorithm could be described in following steps: extracting mean average value (MAV) of the EMG to be used as the feature for classification, piece-wise linear modeling of EMG feature dynamics, implementation of hierarchical hidden Markov models (HHMM) to capture transitions between linear models, and implementation of Bayesian inference as the classifier...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814034/automated-assessment-of-symptom-severity-changes-during-deep-brain-stimulation-dbs-therapy-for-parkinson-s-disease
#8
Paolo Angeles, Yen Tai, Nicola Pavese, Samuel Wilson, Ravi Vaidyanathan
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is currently being used as a treatment for symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). Tracking symptom severity progression and deciding the optimal stimulation parameters for people with PD is extremely difficult. This study presents a sensor system that can quantify the three cardinal motor symptoms of PD - rigidity, bradykinesia and tremor. The first phase of this study assesses whether data recorded from the system during physical examinations can be used to correlate to clinician's severity score using supervised machine learning (ML) models...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814032/studying-the-implementation-of-iterative-impedance-control-for-assistive-hand-rehabilitation-using-an-exoskeleton
#9
T Martineau, R Vaidyanathan
A positive training synergy can be obtained when two individuals attempt to learn the same motor task while mechanically coupled to one another. In this paper, we have studied how mimicking this interaction through impedance control can be exploited to improve assistance delivered by hand exoskeleton devices during rehabilitation. In this context, the machine and user take complementary roles akin to two coupled individuals. We present the derivation of a dynamic model of the human hand for the purpose of controller development for new hand exoskeleton platforms...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814027/challenges-in-using-compliant-ligaments-for-position-estimation-within-robotic-joints
#10
Felix Russell, Lei Gao, Peter Ellison, Ravi Vaidyanathan
The mechanical advantages of bio-inspired condylar robotic knee joints for use in prosthetics or rehabilitation has been argued extensively in literature. A common limitation of these designs is the difficulty of estimating joint angle and therefore accurately controlling the joint. Furthermore, the potential role of ligament-like structures in robotic knees is not very well established. In this work, we investigate the role of compliant stretch sensing ligaments and their integration into a condylar robotic knee...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814024/feedback-control-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-for-arbitrary-upper-extremity-movements
#11
Reza Sharif Razavian, Borna Ghannadi, John McPhee
Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a type of neuroprosthesis in which muscles are stimulated by electrical pulses in order to compensate for the loss of voluntary movement control. Modulating the stimulation intensities to reliably generate movements is a challenging control problem. For the first time, this paper presents a feedback controller for FES to control arm movements in a 2D (table-top) task space. This feedback controller is based on a recent human motor control model, which uses muscle synergies to simplify the calculations and improve control performance...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814019/stiffness-control-of-a-nylon-twisted-coiled-actuator-for-use-in-mechatronic-rehabilitation-devices
#12
Brandon P R Edmonds, Ana Luisa Trejos
Mechatronic rehabilitation devices, especially wearables, have been researched extensively and proven to be promising additions to physical therapy, but most designs utilize traditional actuators providing unnatural, robot-like movements. Therefore, many researchers have focused on the development of actuators that mimic biological properties to provide patients with improved results, safety, and comfort. Recently, a twisted-coiled actuator (TCA) made from nylon thread has been found to possess many of these important properties when heated, such as variable stiffness, flexibility, and high power density...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814014/bio-inspired-control-of-joint-torque-and-knee-stiffness-in-a-robotic-lower-limb-exoskeleton-using-a-central-pattern-generator
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Stefan O Sobrade, Yannik Nager, Amy R Wu, Roger Gassert, Auke Ijspeert
Robotic lower limb exoskeletons are becoming increasingly popular in therapy and recreational use. However, most exoskeletons are still rather limited in their locomotion speed and the activities of daily live they can perform. Furthermore, they typically do not allow for a dynamic adaptation to the environment, as they are often controlled with predefined reference trajectories. Inspired by human leg stiffness modulation during walking, variable stiffness actuators increase flexibility without the need for more complex controllers...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814011/adaptive-control-of-an-exoskeleton-robot-with-uncertainties-on-kinematics-and-dynamics
#14
Brahim Brahmi, Maarouf Saad, Cristobal Ochoa-Luna, Mohammad H Rahman
In this paper, we propose a new adaptive control technique based on nonlinear sliding mode control (JSTDE) taking into account kinematics and dynamics uncertainties. This approach is applied to an exoskeleton robot with uncertain kinematics and dynamics. The adaptation design is based on Time Delay Estimation (TDE). The proposed strategy does not necessitate the well-defined dynamic and kinematic models of the system robot. The updated laws are designed using Lyapunov-function to solve the adaptation problem systematically, proving the close loop stability and ensuring the convergence asymptotically of the outputs tracking errors...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814005/distance-based-kinematics-of-the-five-oblique-axis-thumb-model-with-intersecting-axes-at-the-metacarpophalangeal-joint
#15
Nicolas Rojas, Aaron M Dollar
This paper proposes a novel and simple method to compute all possible solutions of the inverse kinematics problem of the five-oblique-axis thumb model with intersecting axes at the metacarpophalangeal joint. This thumb model is one of the suggested results by a magnetic-resonance-imaging-based study that, in contrast to those based on cadaver fingers or on the tracking of the surface of the fingers, takes into account muscle and ligament behaviors and avoids inaccuracies resulting from the movement of the skin with respect to the bones...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814001/design-of-an-energy-efficient-transfemoral-prosthesis-using-lockable-parallel-springs-and-electrical-energy-transfer
#16
Francois Heremans, Renaud Ronsse
Over the last decade, active lower-limb prostheses demonstrated their ability to restore a normal gait for transfemoral amputees by supplying the required positive energy balance [1]. However, the added-value of such devices is significantly impacted by their limited energetic autonomy preventing their full appropriation by the patients. There is thus a strong incentive to reduce the overall power consumption of active prostheses. Addressing this need requires to revisit the electromechanical design. For both the ankle and the knee, the present paper demonstrates that both the use of a lockable parallel spring and the transfer of electrical energy between joints can significantly improve the energetic performance for overground walking...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813997/dynamic-elasticity-measurement-for-prosthetic-socket-design
#17
Yujin Kim, Junghoon Kim, Hyeryon Son, Youngjin Choi
The paper proposes a novel apparatus to measure the dynamic elasticity of human limb in order to help the design and fabrication of the personalized prosthetic socket. To take measurements of the dynamic elasticity, the desired force generated as an exponential chirp signal in which the frequency increases and amplitude is maintained according to time progress is applied to human limb and then the skin deformation is recorded, ultimately, to obtain the frequency response of its elasticity. It is referred to as a Dynamic Elasticity Measurement Apparatus (DEMA) in the paper...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813995/a-novel-human-effort-estimation-method-for-knee-assistive-exoskeletons
#18
Lorenzo Saccares, Anais Brygo, Ioannis Sarakoglou, Nikos G Tsagarakis
In this work we present a novel method to estimate online the torques at the knee joints with the goal to generate reference signals for knee assistive devices. One of the main advantages of the proposed approach is its reduced sensing requirements, which leads to an ergonomic setup with minimal instrumentation, especially above the knee and of the upper body. Indeed, only the measurement of the forces and torques exchanged between the ground and the user's feet, the posture of the shanks, and the model of the user's shank itself are needed for the estimation of the knee torque...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813990/a-learning-based-agent-for-home-neurorehabilitation
#19
Andreas Lydakis, Yuanliang Meng, Christopher Munroe, Yi-Ning Wu, Momotaz Begum
This paper presents the iterative development of an artificially intelligent system to promote home-based neurorehabilitation. Although proper, structured practice of rehabilitation exercises at home is the key to successful recovery of motor functions, there is no home-program out there which can monitor a patient's exercise-related activities and provide corrective feedback in real time. To this end, we designed a Learning from Demonstration (LfD) based home-rehabilitation framework that combines advanced robot learning algorithms with commercially available wearable technologies...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813987/personalized-design-of-a-hand-prosthesis-considering-anthropometry-of-a-real-hand-extracted-from-radiography
#20
E Castillo-Castaneda, A Bemardo-Vasquez
Commercially available prostheses do not meet patients' expectations regarding dimensions, shape and aesthetic reasons. This paper presents the design of an anthropomorphic and anthropometric prosthesis based on dimensions and shape extracted from a digitized radiograph of the healthy hand of the patient. The mobility of the hand is guaranteed by making a design of phalanges, joints, ligaments and tendons, as closest as possible to a real hand. The kinematic model is presented and validated. A proposal of the actuation system is also described...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
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