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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532988/molecular-and-serological-detection-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-in-dogs-canis-lupus-familiaris-suggests-potential-transmission-risk-in-areas-of-recent-acute-chagas-disease-outbreaks-in-colombia
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Jeiczon Jaimes-Dueñez, Omar Triana-Chávez, Omar Cantillo-Barraza, Carolina Hernández, Juan David Ramírez, Agustín Góngora-Orjuela
Chagas disease is a zoonotic infection widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of America, including more than 50% of the Colombian territory. In the last years, an increase of outbreaks of acute Chagas disease has been observed in the east of the country due to environmental changes and mammal movements toward human settlements. Given the importance of dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) as reservoir hosts and sentinels of Trypanosoma cruzi infection across different regions of America, in this study we reported a serological and molecular detection of T...
June 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526560/limb-flexion-induced-axial-compression-and-bending-in-human-femoropopliteal-artery-segments
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William Poulson, Alexey Kamenskiy, Andreas Seas, Paul Deegan, Carol Lomneth, Jason MacTaggart
BACKGROUND: High failure rates of femoropopliteal artery (FPA) interventions are often attributed in part to severe mechanical deformations that occur with limb movement. Axial compression and bending of the FPA likely play significant roles in FPA disease development and reconstruction failure, but these deformations are poorly characterized. The goal of this study was to quantify axial compression and bending of human FPAs that are placed in positions commonly assumed during the normal course of daily activities...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513607/variants-in-ttc25-affect-autistic-trait-in-patients-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-general-population
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Dina Vojinovic, Nathalie Brison, Shahzad Ahmad, Ilse Noens, Irene Pappa, Lennart C Karssen, Henning Tiemeier, Cornelia M van Duijn, Hilde Peeters, Najaf Amin
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a highly heritable neurodevelopmental disorder with a complex genetic architecture. To identify genetic variants underlying ASD, we performed single-variant and gene-based genome-wide association studies using a dense genotyping array containing over 2.3 million single-nucleotide variants in a discovery sample of 160 families with at least one child affected with non-syndromic ASD using a binary (ASD yes/no) phenotype and a quantitative autistic trait. Replication of the top findings was performed in Psychiatric Genomics Consortium and Erasmus Rucphen Family (ERF) cohort study...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512630/hand-grasping-synergies-as-biometrics
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Vrajeshri Patel, Poojita Thukral, Martin K Burns, Ionut Florescu, Rajarathnam Chandramouli, Ramana Vinjamuri
Recently, the need for more secure identity verification systems has driven researchers to explore other sources of biometrics. This includes iris patterns, palm print, hand geometry, facial recognition, and movement patterns (hand motion, gait, and eye movements). Identity verification systems may benefit from the complexity of human movement that integrates multiple levels of control (neural, muscular, and kinematic). Using principal component analysis, we extracted spatiotemporal hand synergies (movement synergies) from an object grasping dataset to explore their use as a potential biometric...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507101/human-myosin-viia-is-a-very-slow-processive-motor-protein-on-various-cellular-actin-structures
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Osamu Sato, Satoshi Komatsu, Tsuyoshi Sakai, Yoshikazu Tsukasaki, Ryosuke Tanaka, Takeomi Mizutani, Tomonobu M Watanabe, Reiko Ikebe, Mitsuo Ikebe
Human myosin VIIa (MYO7A) is an actin-linked motor protein associated with human Usher syndrome (USH) type 1B, which causes human congenital hearing and visual loss. While it has been thought that the role of human myosin VIIa is critical for USH1 protein tethering with actin and transportation along actin bundles in inner-ear hair cells, myosin VIIa's motor function remains unclear. Here, we studied the motor function of the tail-truncated human myosin VIIa dimer (HM7AΔTail/LZ) at the single-molecule level...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506007/validation-study-of-a-kinect-based-body-imaging-system
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Sara Bragança, Pedro Arezes, Miguel Carvalho, Susan P Ashdown, Bugao Xu, Ignacio Castellucci
BACKGROUND: Understanding the reliability and precision of the data obtained using three-dimensional body scanners is very important if it is intended to replace the traditional data collection methods. If the collection of anthropometric data with three-dimensional body scanners is a fast and reliable process that produces precise data at a low price, it could be used for numerous applications worldwide. Many studies have addressed data collected by white light and laser based scanners...
May 6, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505115/photosensor-based-latency-measurement-system-for-head-mounted-displays
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Min-Woo Seo, Song-Woo Choi, Sang-Lyn Lee, Eui-Yeol Oh, Jong-Sang Baek, Suk-Ju Kang
In this paper, a photosensor-based latency measurement system for head-mounted displays (HMDs) is proposed. The motion-to-photon latency is the greatest reason for motion sickness and dizziness felt by users when wearing an HMD system. Therefore, a measurement system is required to accurately measure and analyze the latency to reduce these problems. The existing measurement system does not consider the actual physical movement in humans, and its accuracy is also very low. However, the proposed system considers the physical head movement and is highly accurate...
May 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504931/robust-real-time-musculoskeletal-modeling-driven-by-electromyograms
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Guillaume Durandau, Dario Farina, Massimo Sartori
OBJECTIVE: Current clinical biomechanics involves lengthy data acquisition and time-consuming offline analyses and current biomechanical models cannot be used for real-time control in man-machine interfaces. We developed a method that enables online analysis of neuromusculoskeletal function in vivo in the intact human. METHODS: We used electromyography (EMG)-driven musculoskeletal modeling to simulate all transformations from muscle excitation onset (EMGs) to mechanical moment production around multiple lower-limb degrees of freedom (DOFs)...
May 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499921/anterior-cruciate-ligament-soft-tissue-graft-fixation-in-the-elderly-is-there-a-reason-to-use-interference-screws-a-human-cadaver-study
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Christoph Domnick, Mirco Herbort, Michael J Raschke, Sarah Habermann, Benedikt Schliemann, Wolf Petersen, André Weimann
PURPOSE: To analyze the ultimate failure load, yield load, stiffness, and cyclic resistance of different anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) soft tissue graft fixation techniques in osteopenic bone. METHODS: In this study, 24 fresh-frozen human cadaveric tibiae (mean age 82.6 years; range 56-96; 6 male and 6 female donors) were used. Quantitative computed tomography was performed to match bone density. Looped porcine flexor tendon grafts were chosen as ACL graft substitutes for tibial graft fixation techniques (n = 8 each): (1) hybrid fixation with an interference screw and extracortical button fixation; (2) extracortical button fixation; and (3) interference screw fixation...
May 9, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495908/towards-cultural-materialism-in-the-medical-humanities-the-case-of-blood-rejuvenation
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Catherine Oakley
This paper argues for an approach within the medical humanities that draws on the theoretical legacy of cultural materialism as a framework for reading cultural practices and their relationship to the social and economic order. It revisits the origins and development of cultural materialism in cultural studies and literary studies between the 1970s and 1990s and considers how, with adaptation, this methodology might facilitate ideological criticism focused on material formations of health, disease and the human body...
May 11, 2017: Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491016/a-channel-rejection-method-for-attenuating-motion-related-artifacts-in-eeg-recordings-during-walking
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Anderson S Oliveira, Bryan R Schlink, W David Hairston, Peter König, Daniel P Ferris
Recording scalp electroencephalography (EEG) during human motion can introduce motion artifacts. Repetitive head movements can generate artifact patterns across scalp EEG sensors. There are many methods for identifying and rejecting bad channels and independent components from EEG datasets, but there is a lack of methods dedicated to evaluate specific intra-channel amplitude patterns for identifying motion-related artifacts. In this study, we proposed a template correlation rejection (TCR) as a novel method for identifying and rejecting EEG channels and independent components carrying motion-related artifacts...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488350/cranial-reconstruction-using-allogeneic-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-a-phase-1-first-in-human-trial
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David Anthony Morrison, Alan Matthew Kop, Anastasia Nilasaroya, Marian Sturm, Kathryn Shaw, Stephen Honeybul
Cranioplasty is necessary for patients that have undergone craniectomy following trauma, stroke or other causes of elevated intracranial pressure. This study assessed the effectiveness of treating cranial defects with a combination of allogeneic mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) on a ceramic carrier and polymer scaffold, to produce viable bone and healing of a cranial void. Patients underwent a baseline CT scan for construct design. Two sets of interlocking moulds were 3D-printed to enable shaping of two polymer meshes which formed the boundaries of the construct corresponding to restoration of the skull interna and externa...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484857/muscle-architectural-properties-in-the-common-marmoset-callithrix-jacchus
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Naomichi Ogihara, Motoharu Oishi, Ryogo Kanai, Hikaru Shimada, Takahiro Kondo, Kimika Yoshino-Saito, Junichi Ushiba, Hideyuki Okano
The common marmoset, Callithrix jacchus, is a small New World monkey that has recently gained attention as an important experimental animal model in the field of neuroscience as well in rehabilitative and regenerative medicine. This attention reflects the closer phylogenetic relationship between humans and common marmosets compared to that between humans and other experimental animals. When studying the neuronal mechanism behind various types of neurological motor disorders using the common marmoset, possible differences in muscle parameters (e...
May 8, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483714/purposeless-oral-activity-induced-by-meta-chlorophenylpiperazine-m-cpp-undefined-tic-like-behaviors
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Deborah S Kreiss, Philippe De Deurwaerdère
BACKGROUND: The pathophysiological hypothesis underlying tic disorders in Tourette syndrome (TS) is that basal ganglia are not capable of properly filtering cortical information, leading patients with difficulties in inhibiting unwanted behaviors or impulses. One of the main challenges for furthering such a hypothesis is to find appropriate animal models summarizing some aspects of the disease. METHODS: It has been established for more than 25 years in rodents that the prototypical serotonin (5-HT) agonist meta-chlorophenylpiperazine (m-CPP) elicits purposeless oral movements including chewing behavior...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482748/robotic-and-sensor-technologies-for-mobility-in-older-people
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Lazaros Penteridis, Grazia D'Onofrio, Daniele Sancarlo, Francesco Giuliani, Francesco Ricciardi, Filippo Cavallo, Antonio Greco, Ilias Trochidis, Alexander Gkiokas
BACKGROUND: Maintaining independent mobility is fundamental to independent living and to the quality of life of older people. Robotic and sensor technologies may offer a lot of potential and can make a significant difference in the lives of older people and to their primary caregivers. AIM: To provide a presentation of the methods that are used up till now for analysis and evaluation of human mobility utilizing sensor technologies. To give the state of the art in robotic platforms for supporting the older people with mobility limitations...
May 8, 2017: Rejuvenation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481660/spx-101-is-a-novel-enac-targeted-therapeutic-for-cystic-fibrosis-that-restores-mucus-transport
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David W Scott, Matthew P Walker, Juliana Sesma, Bryant Wu, Timothy J Stuhlmiller, Juan R Sabater, William M Abraham, Timothy M Crowder, Dale J Christensen, Robert Tarran
RATIONALE: Cystic Fibrosis lung disease (CF) is caused by the loss of function of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) combined with hyperactivation of the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC). In the lung, ENaC is responsible for movement of sodium which creates an osmotic gradient that pulls fluid out of the airway. Hyperactivation of ENaC contributes to reduced airway hydration causing mucus dehydration, decreased mucociliary clearance, and chronic bacterial infections...
May 8, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479995/genetic-structure-among-greater-white-fronted-goose-populations-of-the-pacific-flyway
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Craig R Ely, Robert E Wilson, Sandra L Talbot
An understanding of the genetic structure of populations in the wild is essential for long-term conservation and stewardship in the face of environmental change. Knowledge of the present-day distribution of genetic lineages (phylogeography) of a species is especially important for organisms that are exploited or utilize habitats that may be jeopardized by human intervention, including climate change. Here, we describe mitochondrial (mtDNA) and nuclear genetic (microsatellite) diversity among three populations of a migratory bird, the greater white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons), which breeds discontinuously in western and southwestern Alaska and winters in the Pacific Flyway of North America...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474093/the-modulation-of-the-motor-resonance-triggered-by-reach-to-grasp-movements-no-role-of-human-physical-similarity-as-conveyed-by-age
#18
Barbara F M Marino, Paola Ricciardelli
The activation of the mirror-neuron circuit during the observation of motor acts is thought to be the basis of human capacity to read the intentions behind the behavior of others. Growing empirical evidence shows a different activation of the mirror-neuron resonance mechanism depending on how much the observer and the observed agent share their motor repertoires. Here, the possible modulatory effect of physical similarity between the observer and the agent was investigated in three studies. We used a visuo-motor priming task in which participants were asked to categorize manipulable and non-manipulable objects into natural or man-made kinds after having watched precision and power reach-to-grasp movements...
May 4, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473225/measurement-uncertainty-associated-with-chromatic-confocal-profilometry-for-3d-surface-texture-characterization-of-natural-human-enamel
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F Mullan, D Bartlett, R S Austin
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the measurement performance of a chromatic confocal profilometer for quantification of surface texture of natural human enamel in vitro. METHODS: Contributions to the measurement uncertainty from all potential sources of measurement error using a chromatic confocal profilometer and surface metrology software were quantified using a series of surface metrology calibration artifacts and pre-worn enamel samples. The 3D surface texture analysis protocol was optimized across 0...
May 1, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472337/eeg-datasets-for-motor-imagery-brain-computer-interface
#20
Hohyun Cho, Minkyu Ahn, Sangtae Ahn, Moonyoung Kwon, Sung Chan Jun
BACKGROUND: Most investigators of brain computer interface (BCI) research believe that BCI can be achieved through induced neuronal activity from the cortex, but not by evoked neuronal activity. Motor imagery (MI) based BCI is one of the standard concepts of BCI, in that the user can generate induced activity by imagining motor movements. However, variations in performance over sessions and subjects are too severe to overcome easily; therefore, a basic understanding and investigation of BCI performance variation is necessary to find critical evidence of performance variation...
May 4, 2017: GigaScience
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