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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820898/perceived-effort-for-motor-control-and-decision-making
#1
Ignasi Cos
How effort is internally quantified and how it influences both movement generation and decisions between potential movements are 2 difficult questions to answer. Physical costs are known to influence motor control and decision-making, yet we lack a general, principled characterization of how the perception of effort operates across tasks and conditions. Morel and colleagues introduce an insightful approach to that end, assessing effort indifference points and presenting a quadratic law between perceived effort and force production...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820864/diffusion-kurtosis-imaging-and-pathology-in-spinal-cord-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rabbits-a-case-control-study
#2
Daowei Li, Xiaoming Wang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the application of diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) in spinal cord ischemia/reperfusion (SCI/R) injury and to explore its association with pathology. MATERIAL AND METHODS Japanese male long-eared rabbits were chosen and divided into 7 groups (8 rabbits in each group): control group (C group), sham-operation control group (S group), and 5 experimental groups (E-2 h group, E-24 h group, E-48 h group, E-7 d group, and E-14 d group). Tarlov scoring and immunohistochemical staining were used to assess hindlimb motor function and observe the expression of glial fiber acidic protein (GFAP), respectively...
August 18, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820439/efficacy-and-safety-of-letibotulinum-toxin-a-for-the-treatment-of-dynamic-equinus-foot-deformity-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#3
Hyun Jung Chang, Bo Young Hong, Sang-Jee Lee, Soyoung Lee, Joo Hyun Park, Jeong-Yi Kwon
The objective of this clinical trial was to compare the efficacy and safety of letibotulinum toxin A and onabotulinum toxin A for improving dynamic equinus foot deformity in children with cerebral palsy (CP). In total, 144 children with spastic CP who had dynamic equinus foot deformity were assigned randomly to the Botulax group (injection of letibotulinum toxin A) or the Botox group (injection of onabotulinum toxin A). The Physician's Rating Scale (PRS), ankle plantar flexor spasticity using the Modified Tardieu Scale, the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM)-88, and the GMFM-66 were completed before injection and at 6, 12, and 24 weeks after injection...
August 18, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819981/highly-efficient-guiding-of-motile-microtubules-on-non-topographical-motor-patterns
#4
Cordula Reuther, Matthäus Mittasch, Sundar Naganathan, Stephan Grill, Stefan Diez
Molecular motors, highly-efficient biological nano-machines, hold the potential to be employed for a wide range of nanotechnological applications. Towards this end, kinesin, dynein or myosin motor proteins are commonly surface-immobilized within engineered environments in order to transport cargo attached to cytoskeletal filaments. Being able to flexibly control the direction of filament motion - in particular on planar, non-topographical surfaces - has, however, remained challenging. Here, we demonstrate the applicability of a UV-laser-based ablation technique to programmably generate highly-localized patterns of functional kinesin-1 motors with different shapes and sizes on PLL-g-PEG-coated polystyrene surfaces...
August 18, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818560/rotigotine-for-nocturnal-hypokinesia-in-parkinson-s-disease-quantitative-analysis-of-efficacy-from-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-using-an-axial-inertial-sensor
#5
Roongroj Bhidayasiri, Jirada Sringean, Suchapit Chaiwong, Chanawat Anan, Nuntiwat Penkeaw, Amarinee Leaknok, Kamolwan Boonpang, Karn Saksornchai, Watchara Rattanachaisit, Chusak Thanawattano, Priya Jagota
BACKGROUND: Nocturnal hypokinesia is a common symptom in Parkinson's disease (PD), negatively affecting quality of life of both patients and caregivers. However, evidence-based treatment strategies are limited. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of rotigotine transdermal patch, using a wearable sensor, in the management of nocturnal immobility. METHODS: 34 PD subjects with nocturnal immobility were randomized to receive rotigotine transdermal patch (mean ± SD of 10...
August 9, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818116/distinct-white-matter-microstructural-abnormalities-and-extracellular-water-increases-relate-to-cognitive-impairment-in-alzheimer-s-disease-with-and-without-cerebrovascular-disease
#6
Fang Ji, Ofer Pasternak, Siwei Liu, Yng Miin Loke, Boon Linn Choo, Saima Hilal, Xin Xu, Mohammad Kamran Ikram, Narayanaswamy Venketasubramanian, Christopher Li-Hsian Chen, Juan Zhou
BACKGROUND: Mixed vascular and neurodegenerative dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) with concomitant cerebrovascular disease, has emerged as the leading cause of age-related cognitive impairment. The brain white matter (WM) microstructural changes in neurodegeneration well-documented by diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) can originate from brain tissue or extracellular free water changes. The differential microstructural and free water changes in AD with and without cerebrovascular disease, especially in normal-appearing WM, remain largely unknown...
August 17, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817828/fall-prone-older-people-s-attitudes-towards-the-use-of-virtual-reality-technology-for-fall-prevention
#7
Kim Dockx, Lisa Alcock, Esther Bekkers, Pieter Ginis, Miriam Reelick, Elisa Pelosin, Giovanna Lagravinese, Jeffrey M Hausdorff, Anat Mirelman, Lynn Rochester, Alice Nieuwboer
BACKGROUND: Virtual reality (VR) technology is a relatively new rehabilitation tool that can deliver a combination of cognitive and motor training for fall prevention. The attitudes of older people to such training are currently unclear. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate: (1) the attitudes of fall-prone older people towards fall prevention exercise with and without VR; (2) attitudinal changes after intervention with and without VR; and (3) user satisfaction following fall prevention exercise with and without VR...
August 18, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817801/a-sensitized-igf1-treatment-restores-corticospinal-axon-dependent-functions
#8
Yuanyuan Liu, Xuhua Wang, Wenlei Li, Qian Zhang, Yi Li, Zicong Zhang, Junjie Zhu, Bo Chen, Philip R Williams, Yiming Zhang, Bin Yu, Xiaosong Gu, Zhigang He
A major hurdle for functional recovery after both spinal cord injury and cortical stroke is the limited regrowth of the axons in the corticospinal tract (CST) that originate in the motor cortex and innervate the spinal cord. Despite recent advances in engaging the intrinsic mechanisms that control CST regrowth, it remains to be tested whether such methods can promote functional recovery in translatable settings. Here we show that post-lesional AAV-assisted co-expression of two soluble proteins, namely insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) and osteopontin (OPN), in cortical neurons leads to robust CST regrowth and the recovery of CST-dependent behavioral performance after both T10 lateral spinal hemisection and a unilateral cortical stroke...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817417/brain-processing-of-the-temporal-dimension-of-acute-pain-in-short-term-memory
#9
Mina Khoshnejad, Mathieu Roy, Kristina Martinu, Jen-I Chen, Julien Cohen-Adad, Simon Grondin, Pierre Rainville
The dynamics of noxious sensation shapes pain perception, yet the memory of the temporal dimension of pain remains almost completely unexplored. Here, brain activity during the memory of pain duration was contrasted with that associated with the memory of pain intensity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a delayed-reproduction task. Participants encoded, maintained during a short delay, and reproduced (1) the 'duration' of pain (i.e. onset-to-offset), (2) the 'dynamics' of pain (i.e. evolution of pain over time), or (3) the intensity of pain (i...
July 3, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816645/a-systems-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-using-biochemical-systems-theory
#10
Hemalatha Sasidharakurup, Nidheesh Melethadathil, Bipin Nair, Shyam Diwakar
Parkinson's disease (PD), a neurodegenerative disorder, affects millions of people and has gained attention because of its clinical roles affecting behaviors related to motor and nonmotor symptoms. Although studies on PD from various aspects are becoming popular, few rely on predictive systems modeling approaches. Using Biochemical Systems Theory (BST), this article attempts to model and characterize dopaminergic cell death and understand pathophysiology of progression of PD. PD pathways were modeled using stochastic differential equations incorporating law of mass action, and initial concentrations for the modeled proteins were obtained from literature...
August 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816582/effects-of-a-conductive-education-course-in-young-children-with-cerebral-palsy-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#11
Hilde Tinderholt Myrhaug, Jan Odgaard-Jensen, Sigrid Østensjø, Nina Køpke Vøllestad, Reidun Jahnsen
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of a conductive education (CE) course followed by conventional practice, on gross motor function, other functional skills, quality of life, and parents' experiences of family-centered services in young children with cerebral palsy (CP). METHODS: Twenty-one children with CP, 3-6 years old, were randomized to one 3-week CE course followed by conventional practice or conventional practice on a waiting list. Outcomes were measured 4 months after baseline...
August 17, 2017: Developmental Neurorehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816464/influence-of-father-infant-relationship-on-infant-development-a-father-involvement-intervention-in-vietnam
#12
Lynn A Rempel, John K Rempel, Toan Nang Khuc, Le Thi Vui
We examined the extent to which fathers can be taught and encouraged to develop positive relationships with their children, especially in infancy, and the effects of this fathering intervention on infant development. A multifaceted relationally focused intervention was used to assist fathers in Vietnam to engage in responsive direct and indirect involvement with their infants and work together with the mother as part of a parenting team. Fathers and mothers from 13 communes in a rural and semiurban district were recruited to the intervention group...
August 17, 2017: Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816118/paroxysmal-sympathetic-hyperactivity-the-storm-after-acute-brain-injury
#13
REVIEW
Geert Meyfroidt, Ian J Baguley, David K Menon
A substantial minority of patients who survive an acquired brain injury develop a state of sympathetic hyperactivity that can persist for weeks or months, consisting of periodic episodes of increased heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, hyperthermia, and motor posturing, often in response to external stimuli. The unifying term for the syndrome-paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity (PSH)-and clear diagnostic criteria defined by expert consensus were only recently established. PSH has predominantly been described after traumatic brain injury (TBI), in which it is associated with worse outcomes...
September 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815625/association-of-transcallosal-motor-fibres-with-function-of-both-hands-after-unilateral-neonatal-arterial-ischemic-stroke
#14
Samuel Groeschel, Lucie Hertz-Pannier, Matthieu Delion, Sébastien Loustau, Béatrice Husson, Manoelle Kossorotoff, Cyrille Renaud, Sylvie Nguyen The Tich, Stéphane Chabrier, Mickael Dinomais
AIM: The objective of this study was to investigate the involvement of the motor fibres of the corpus callosum after unilateral neonatal arterial ischemic stroke (NAIS) of the middle cerebral artery territory and the relationship to both ipsilesional and contralesional hand function. METHOD: Using high-resolution structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI, and magnetic resonance diffusion-tractography, we compared the midsagittal area of the motor part of the corpus callosum (defined by the fibres connecting the precentral gyri) between 33 7-year-old children after unilateral NAIS and 31 typically developing 7-year-old children...
August 17, 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815571/functional-electrical-stimulation-of-the-ankle-dorsiflexors-during-walking-in-spastic-cerebral-palsy-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Irene Moll, Johannes S H Vles, Dan L H M Soudant, Adhiambo M A Witlox, Heleen M Staal, Lucianne A W M Speth, Yvonne J M Janssen-Potten, Marcel Coenen, Suzanne M Koudijs, R Jeroen Vermeulen
AIM: To assess the effect of functional electrical stimulation (FES) of ankle dorsiflexors in children and adolescents with spastic cerebral palsy (CP) during walking. METHOD: A systematic review was performed using the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine methodology and the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. Six databases were searched for studies applying interventions to patients aged younger than 20 years...
August 17, 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815374/the-roles-of-physical-activity-and-sedentary-behavior-on-hispanic-children-s-mental-health-a-motor-skill-perspective
#16
Xiangli Gu, M Jean Keller, Karen H Weiller-Abels, Tao Zhang
PURPOSE: Motor competence (MC) has been recognized as the foundation for life-time moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) as well as an influential factor in reducing sedentary behavior during childhood. Guided by Blair et al.'s health model, the purpose of this study was to examine the behavioral mechanism of mental health including physical, psychosocial, and cognitive health among Hispanic children related to MC and MVPA. METHODS: A prospective research design was used with two-wave assessments across one academic year...
August 16, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814870/abnormal-intrinsic-functional-hubs-in-alcohol-dependence-evidence-from-a-voxelwise-degree-centrality-analysis
#17
Xiaoping Luo, Linghong Guo, Xi-Jian Dai, Qinglai Wang, Wenzhong Zhu, Xinjun Miao, Honghan Gong
OBJECTIVE: To explore the abnormal intrinsic functional hubs in alcohol dependence using voxelwise degree centrality analysis approach, and their relationships with clinical features. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-four male alcohol dependence subjects free of medicine (mean age, 50.21±9.62 years) and 24 age- and education-matched male healthy controls (mean age, 50.29±8.92 years) were recruited. The alcohol use disorders identification test and the severity of alcohol dependence questionnaire (SADQ) were administered to assess the severity of alcohol craving...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814634/state-dependent-sensorimotor-gating-in-a-rhythmic-motor-system
#18
Rachel S White, Robert M Spencer, Michael P Nusbaum, Dawn M Blitz
Sensory feedback influences motor circuits and/or their projection neuron inputs to adjust ongoing motor activity, but its efficacy varies. Currently, less is known about regulation of sensory feedback onto projection neurons that control downstream motor circuits than about sensory regulation of the motor circuit neurons themselves. Here, we tested whether sensory feedback onto projection neurons is sensitive only to activation of a motor system, or also to the modulatory state underlying that activation, using the crab Cancer borealis stomatogastric nervous system...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814633/variance-in-exposed-perturbations-impairs-retention-of-visuomotor-adaptation
#19
Cesar Augusto Canaveral, Frederic Danion, Félix Berrigan, Pierre-Michel Bernier
Sensorimotor control requires an accurate estimate of the state of the body. The brain optimizes state estimation by combining sensory signals with predictions of the sensory consequences of motor commands using a forward model. Given that both sensory signals and predictions are uncertain (i.e. noisy), the brain optimally weights the relative reliance on each source of information during adaptation. In support, it is known that uncertainty in the sensory predictions influences the rate and generalization of visuomotor adaptation...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814632/intermittent-apnea-elicits-inactivity-induced-phrenic-motor-facilitation-via-a-retinoic-acid-and-protein-synthesis-dependent-pathway
#20
Nathan A Baertsch, Tracy L Baker
Respiratory motoneuron pools must provide rhythmic inspiratory drive that is robust and reliable, yet dynamic enough to respond to respiratory challenges. One form of plasticity that is hypothesized to contribute to motor output stability by sensing and responding to inadequate respiratory neural activity is inactivity-induced phrenic motor facilitation (iPMF), an increase in inspiratory output triggered by a reduction in phrenic synaptic inputs. Evidence suggests that mechanisms giving rise to iPMF differ depending on the pattern of reduced respiratory neural activity (i...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
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