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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813908/form-and-function-exemplary-analysis-of-the-significance-for-the-design-of-rehabilitation-devices
#1
Johanna Baier, Lisa-Marie Kuchinke, Marc Neumann, Beate Bender
Stroke often leads to motor impairment that could be recovered by extensive training. Multiple devices exist to support the rehabilitation process. Most systems interact directly with the patient and therefore, depend strongly on the ergonomic design which is determined by its form and function. In this work the interdependence of form and function and their particular significance for the development of rehabilitation devices are outlined. As a case study the development of a hand rehabilitation device is presented, where two approaches answering different key questions to focus either on function or form were realized at the same time to generate different concepts...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813828/active-lower-limb-orthosis-with-one-degree-of-freedom-for-people-with-paraplegia
#2
Michal Gloger, Goro Obinata, Eiichi Genda, Jan Babjak, Yanling Pei
The main challenges of designing devices for paraplegic walking can be summarized into three groups, stability and comfort, high efficiency or low energy consumption, dimensions and weight. A new economical device for people with paraplegia which tackles all problems of the three groups is introduced in this paper. The main idea of this device is based on HALO mechanism. HALO is compact passive medial hip joint orthosis with contralateral hip and ankle linkage, which keeps the feet always parallel to the ground and assists swinging the leg...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813798/a-novel-method-for-muscle-fatigue-assessment-during-robot-based-tracking-tasks
#3
Maddalena Mugnosso, Francesca Marini, Matteo Gillardo, Pietro Morasso, Jacopo Zenzeri
In this work we propose a novel method based on sEMG signals, easy and fast to perform, administered with a robotic device to maximize repeatability and objectivity. Muscle fatigue, which is frequently experienced by healthy subjects, can be a highly debilitating symptom in case of neuromuscular disorders. Its assessment provides crucial information on the progression of the disability itself, on patient's muscular function and on the efficacy of the eventual clinical intervention. Hence, a robust and objective protocol for fatigue assessment is fundamental in rehabilitation practice...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813745/laparoscopic-treatment-of-a-pyogenic-hepatic-abscess-caused-by-transmural-duodenal-perforation-of-a-toothpick
#4
Hassan Turaihi, Jed Assam, Justin Zanfes, Thavam Thambi-Pillai
The development of pyogenic hepatic abscess resulting from perforation of the gastrointestinal tract is a rare pathologic finding. It is a condition that can be fatal making early detection and subsequent removal of the inciting foreign body critical to avoid more deleterious sequela. Yet, its initial presentation tends to be nonspecific and typically is only discovered once surgical investigation into the cause of persisting abscess formation is performed. In this study, laparoscopic treatment of a 52-year-old male with a non-resolving hepatic abscess due to transmural gastrointestinal perforation of a toothpick is presented...
August 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813649/a-case-for-a-human-immuno-peptidome-project-consortium
#5
Etienne Caron, Ruedi Aebersold, Amir Banaei-Esfahani, Chloe Chong, Michal Bassani-Sternberg
A multidisciplinary group of researchers gathered at the Hönggerberg Campus at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, for the first meeting on the Human Immuno-Peptidome Project (https://hupo.org/human-immuno-peptidome-project/). The long-term goal of this project is to map the entire repertoire of peptides presented by human leukocyte antigen molecules using mass spectrometry technologies, and make its robust analysis accessible to any immunologist. Here we outline the specific challenges identified toward this goal, and within this framework, describe the structure of a multipronged program aimed at addressing these challenges and implementing solutions at a community-wide level...
August 15, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813576/joint-analysis-of-nuclear-and-mitochondrial-variants-in-age-related-macular-degeneration-identifies-novel-loci-trpm1-and-abhd2-rlbp1
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Patrice J Persad, Iris M Heid, Daniel E Weeks, Paul N Baird, Eiko K de Jong, Jonathan L Haines, Margaret A Pericak-Vance, William K Scott
Purpose: Presently, 52 independent nuclear single nucleotide polymorphisms (nSNPs) have been associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) but their effects do not explain all its variance. Genetic interactions between the nuclear and mitochondrial (mt) genome may unearth additional genetic loci previously unassociated with AMD risk. Methods: Joint effects of nSNPs and selected mtSNPs were analyzed by two degree of freedom (2df) joint tests of association in the International AMD Genomics Consortium (IAMDGC) dataset (17,832 controls and 16,144 advanced AMD cases of European ancestry)...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813568/visual-short-term-memory-for-oriented-colored-objects
#7
Hongsup Shin, Wei Ji Ma
A central question in the study of visual short-term memory (VSTM) has been whether its basic units are objects or features. Most studies addressing this question have used change detection tasks in which the feature value before the change is highly discriminable from the feature value after the change. This approach assumes that memory noise is negligible, which recent work has shown not to be the case. Here, we investigate VSTM for orientation and color within a noisy-memory framework, using change localization with a variable magnitude of change...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813472/an-intronic-line-1-insertion-in-mertk-is-strongly-associated-with-retinopathy-in-swedish-vallhund-dogs
#8
Richard Everson, Louise Pettitt, Oliver P Forman, Olivia Dower-Tylee, Bryan McLaughlin, Saija Ahonen, Maria Kaukonen, András M Komáromy, Hannes Lohi, Cathryn S Mellersh, Jane Sansom, Sally L Ricketts
The domestic dog segregates a significant number of inherited progressive retinal diseases, several of which mirror human retinal diseases and which are collectively termed progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). In 2014, a novel form of PRA was reported in the Swedish Vallhund breed, and the disease was mapped to canine chromosome 17. The causal mutation was not identified, but expression analyses of the retinas of affected Vallhunds demonstrated a 6-fold increased expression of the MERTK gene compared to unaffected dogs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813442/a-parallel-metaheuristic-for-large-mixed-integer-dynamic-optimization-problems-with-applications-in-computational-biology
#9
David R Penas, David Henriques, Patricia González, Ramón Doallo, Julio Saez-Rodriguez, Julio R Banga
BACKGROUND: We consider a general class of global optimization problems dealing with nonlinear dynamic models. Although this class is relevant to many areas of science and engineering, here we are interested in applying this framework to the reverse engineering problem in computational systems biology, which yields very large mixed-integer dynamic optimization (MIDO) problems. In particular, we consider the framework of logic-based ordinary differential equations (ODEs). METHODS: We present saCeSS2, a parallel method for the solution of this class of problems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813082/middle-cerebral-artery-aneurysms-aneurysm-angiographic-morphology-and-its-relation-to-pre-operative-and-intra-operative-rupture
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Iracema Araújo Estevão, Bruno Camporeze, Antonio Santos de Araujo, Breno Nery, Ápio Claudio Martins Antunes, Timothy R Smith, Paulo Henrique Pires de Aguiar
Objective: Correlate the middle cerebral artery bifurcation aneurysm morphology with the pre-operative and intra-operative risk of rupture. Methods: Forty patients with 46 middle cerebral artery bifurcation aneurysms were treated microsurgically by the same surgeon. Aneurysms were classified according to shape and the Fisher test was applied to analyze the effect of morphology on the pre-operative and intra-operative rupture. Results: Pre-operative and intra-operative ruptures were observed in 8/46 patients (17...
August 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813014/antibacterial-properties-of-nonwoven-wound-dressings-coated-with-manuka-honey-or-methylglyoxal
#11
Sophie E L Bulman, Giuseppe Tronci, Parikshit Goswami, Chris Carr, Stephen J Russell
Manuka honey (MH) is used as an antibacterial agent in bioactive wound dressings via direct impregnation onto a suitable substrate. MH provides unique antibacterial activity when compared with conventional honeys, owing partly to one of its constituents, methylglyoxal (MGO). Aiming to investigate an antibiotic-free antimicrobial strategy, we studied the antibacterial activity of both MH and MGO (at equivalent MGO concentrations) when applied as a physical coating to a nonwoven fabric wound dressing. When physically coated on to a cellulosic hydroentangled nonwoven fabric, it was found that concentrations of 0...
August 16, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812995/optimizing-waveform-maximum-determination-for-specular-point-tracking-in-airborne-gnss-r
#12
Erwan Motte, Mehrez Zribi
Airborne GNSS-R campaigns are crucial to the understanding of signal interactions with the Earth's surface. As a consequence of the specific geometric configurations arising during measurements from aircraft, the reflected signals can be difficult to interpret under certain conditions like over strongly attenuating media such as forests, or when the reflected signal is contaminated by the direct signal. For these reasons, there are many cases where the reflectivity is overestimated, or a portion of the dataset has to be flagged as unusable...
August 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812991/the-retinoblastoma-rb-tumor-suppressor-pushing-back-against-genome-instability-on-multiple-fronts
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REVIEW
Renier Vélez-Cruz, David G Johnson
The retinoblastoma (RB) tumor suppressor is known as a master regulator of the cell cycle. RB is mutated or functionally inactivated in the majority of human cancers. This transcriptional regulator exerts its function in cell cycle control through its interaction with the E2F family of transcription factors and with chromatin remodelers and modifiers that contribute to the repression of genes important for cell cycle progression. Over the years, studies have shown that RB participates in multiple processes in addition to cell cycle control...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812933/use-of-bilayer-matrix-wound-dressing-in-the-exenterated-socket
#14
Leon Rafailov, Roger E Turbin, Paul D Langer
To describe the novel use of a bilayer dermal substitute to reconstruct exenterated orbits. A retrospective chart review was performed in the practices of two surgeons (RET and PDL) of all patients who had undergone orbital exenteration between April 2014 and June 2016 and whose subsequent reconstruction included lining the socket with Integra bilayer. Patient demographics, pathologic diagnoses, surgical and post-operative complications, graft integrity, and patient acceptance were recorded. The charts of 7 patients (4 men and 3 women, ages 60-87 years) were reviewed...
August 16, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812921/a-case-of-concurrent-silent-sinus-syndrome-thyroid-eye-disease-idiopathic-orbital-inflammatory-syndrome-and-dacryoadenitis
#15
Wen-Shi Shieh, Alison B Huggins, Mindy R Rabinowitz, Marc R Rosen, Michael P Rabinowitz
This is a retrospective case description of a single female patient found to have concomitant bilateral silent sinus syndrome, bilateral thyroid eye disease, unilateral dacryoadenitis, and idiopathic orbital inflammation that presented as progressive unilateral right-sided proptosis. The spectrum of inflammatory orbital diseases can make discerning between different entities challenging, but more unique in this case was the simultaneous presentation with bilateral silent sinus syndrome, a rare entity in its own right...
August 16, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812889/influence-of-small-fluorophilic-and-lipophilic-organic-molecules-on-dppc-bilayers
#16
Martin Brehm, Ghulam Saddiq, Tobias Watermann, Daniel Sebastiani
In this study, we investigate the effect of a series of additive molecules with different types of philicities on the structure and dynamics of DPPC bilayers. To this aim, we performed extensive force field molecular dynamics simulations of the systems, using our recently developed perfluoroalkane force field. We found that addition of perfluoro-n-decane and fluorotelomer alcohol at 323 K leads to a phase transition of the membrane from liquid crystalline to gel phase, whereas the addition of n-decane and partially fluorinated n-decane leaves the liquid crystalline phase intact...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812815/stakeholders-perspectives-on-the-success-drivers-in-ghana-s-national-health-insurance-scheme-identifying-policy-translation-issues
#17
Adam Fusheini, Gordon Marnoch, Ann Marie Gray
BACKGROUND: Ghana's National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), established by an Act of Parliament (Act 650), in 2003 and since replaced by Act 852 of 2012 remains, in African terms, unprecedented in terms of growth and coverage. As a result, the scheme has received praise for its associated legal reforms, clinical audit mechanisms and for serving as a hub for knowledge sharing and learning within the context of South-South cooperation. The scheme continues to shape national health insurance thinking in Africa...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812802/diplomacy-and-health-the-end-of-the-utilitarian-era
#18
Sebastian Kevany, Marcus Matthews
Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA), as a system of allocative efficiency for global health programs, is an influential criterion for resource allocation in the context of diplomacy and inherent foreign policy decisions therein. This is because such programs have diplomatic benefits and costs that can be uploaded from the recipient and affect the broader foreign policy interests of the donor and the diplomacy landscape between both parties. These diplomatic implications are vital to the long-term success of both the immediate program and any subsequent programs; hence it is important to articulate them alongside program performance, in terms of how well their interrelated interventions were perceived by the communities served...
January 8, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812605/experimental-test-and-refutation-of-a-classic-case-of-molecular-adaptation-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#19
Mohammad A Siddiq, David W Loehlin, Kristi L Montooth, Joseph W Thornton
Identifying the genetic basis for adaptive differences between species requires explicit tests of historical hypotheses concerning the effects of past changes in gene sequence on molecular function, organismal phenotype and fitness. We address this challenge by combining ancestral protein reconstruction with biochemical experiments and physiological analysis of transgenic animals that carry ancestral genes. We tested a widely held hypothesis of molecular adaptation-that changes in the alcohol dehydrogenase protein (ADH) along the lineage leading to Drosophila melanogaster increased the catalytic activity of the enzyme and thereby contributed to the ethanol tolerance and adaptation of the species to its ethanol-rich ecological niche...
January 13, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812465/melanotic-neuroectodermal-tumor-of-infancy-presenting-with-fast-growing-scrotal-swelling-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#20
Corinthia Fabien-Dupuis, Benjamin Niver, Nick Shillingford, Larry Wang, Paul J Kokorowski, Shengmei Zhou
Testicular melanotic neuroectodermal tumor of infancy (MNTI) is extremely rare, with 2 cases reported in the literature. Its rarity and rapid and infiltrative growth pattern pose a diagnostic challenge. A previously healthy 3-month-old male, presented with a history of worsening left hemiscrotal swelling for 1 week. An outside ultrasound was suggestive of testicular torsion. Left orchiectomy demonstrated a mass occupying almost entire testicle with a variegated cut surface, with areas of pigmentation, necrosis, and hemorrhage...
September 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
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