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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944754/a-double-sided-microscope-to-realize-whole-ganglion-imaging-of-membrane-potential-in-the-medicinal-leech
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Yusuke Tomina, Daniel A Wagenaar
Studies of neuronal network emergence during sensory processing and motor control are greatly promoted by technologies that allow us to simultaneously record the membrane potential dynamics of a large population of neurons in single cell resolution. To achieve whole-brain recording with the ability to detect both small synaptic potentials and action potentials, we developed a voltage-sensitive dye (VSD) imaging technique based on a double-sided microscope that can image two sides of a nervous system simultaneously...
September 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944715/balance-training-enhances-motor-coordination-during-a-perturbed-side-step-cutting-task
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Anderson Souza Oliveira, Priscila de Brito Silva, Morten Enemark Lund, Dario Farina, Uwe Gustav Kersting
Study Design Controlled laboratory study. Background Balance training (BTR) may improve motor coordination, however little is known about the changes in motor coordination during unexpected perturbations to postural control following BTR. Objectives To study the effects of BTR on motor coordination and knee mechanics during perturbed side-step cutting maneuvers in healthy adults. Methods Twenty-six healthy men were randomly assigned to a training group (TG) or control (CG). Before BTR, subjects performed unperturbed, 90° side-step cutting maneuvers and one unexpected perturbed cut (10-cm translation of a moveable platform)...
September 23, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944697/influence-of-trunk-control-and-lower-extremity-impairments-on-gait-capacity-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Julia Balzer, Petra Marsico, Elena Mitteregger, Marietta L van der Linden, Thomas H Mercer, Hubertus J A van Hedel
PURPOSE: We investigated the combined impact of trunk control and lower extremities impairments on predicting gait capacity in children with cerebral palsy (CP) and evaluated relationships between trunk control and lower extremities impairments. METHODS: Data of 52 children with CP [29 boys, mean age 11 years 9 months (±4 years 6 months)] were included in this observational study. Gait capacity was measured by the "modified Time Up and Go test". Experienced therapists performed the "Modified Ashworth Scale", "Manual Muscle Test", the "Selective Control Assessment of the Lower Extremity", and the "Trunk Control Measurement Scale"...
September 24, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944256/depressive-symptoms-are-frequent-in-atypical-parkinsonian-disorders
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Leonardo Almeida, Bilal Ahmed, Roger Walz, Sol De Jesus, Addie Patterson, Daniel Martinez-Ramirez, David Vaillancourt, Dawn Bowers, Herbert Ward, Michael S Okun, Nikolaus R McFarland
OBJECTIVE: To compare the incidence and prevalence of depressive symptoms in atypical parkinsonian (APD) syndromes versus Parkinson disease (PD). METHODS: In a large retrospective patient cohort we analyzed the incidence and prevalence of depressive symptoms using the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and evaluated subjects longitudinally on subsequent visits. For individuals who followed in subsequent visits we calculated incidence rates in person-years as a measure of incidence...
March 2017: Movement Disorders Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944096/sensory-motor-and-intrinsic-mechanisms-of-thalamic-activity-related-to-organic-and-psychogenic-dystonia
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K Kobayashi, J H Chien, J H Kim, F A Lenz
The thalamus is a critical module in the circuit which has been associated with movement disorders including dystonia. This circuit extends from cortex to striatum to pallidum to the thalamic nucleus Ventral Lateral anterior (VLa) to cortex and can be studied by activity recorded during thalamic stereotactic surgery for the treatment of dystonia. Neuronal recordings in the VLa nucleus show low frequency modulation of firing that is correlated with and leads the low frequency modulation of EMG activity; this EMG activity is characteristic of dystonia...
June 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinsonism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943857/transfer-of-motor-learning-is-more-pronounced-in-proximal-compared-to-distal-effectors-in-upper-extremities
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Tore K Aune, Morten A Aune, Rolf P Ingvaldsen, Beatrix Vereijken
The current experiment investigated generalizability of motor learning in proximal versus distal effectors in upper extremities. Twenty-eight participants were divided into three groups: training proximal effectors, training distal effectors, and no training control group (CG). Performance was tested pre- and post-training for specific learning and three learning transfer conditions: (1) bilateral learning transfer between homologous effectors, (2) lateral learning transfer between non-homologous effectors, and (3) bilateral learning transfer between non-homologous effectors...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943842/when-non-dominant-is-better-than-dominant-kinesiotape-modulates-asymmetries-in-timed-performance-during-a-synchronization-continuation-task
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Riccardo Bravi, Erez J Cohen, Alessio Martinelli, Anna Gottard, Diego Minciacchi
There is a growing consensus regarding the specialization of the non-dominant limb (NDL)/hemisphere system to employ proprioceptive feedback when executing motor actions. In a wide variety of rhythmic tasks the dominant limb (DL) has advantages in speed and timing consistency over the NDL. Recently, we demonstrated that the application of Kinesio(®) Tex (KT) tape, an elastic therapeutic device used for treating athletic injuries, improves significantly the timing consistency of isochronous wrist's flexion-extensions (IWFEs) of the DL...
2017: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943744/outpatient-treatment-based-on-self-management-strategies-for-chronic-drooling-in-two-children
#8
Tessa W P de Bruijn, Jody Sohier, Jan J W van der Burg
Drooling is a distressing condition, which is often caused by reduced oral motor control associated with a neurological disorder. It has significant medical, practical and psychosocial impact on children or youth and their families. Therefore, treatment is necessary. Although behavioural therapy for drooling shows promising results, it is generally time- and cost-intensive. For this reason, alternative ways to provide behavioural treatment for chronic drooling need to be explored. In a pair of case studies, the feasibility and potential of an outpatient variant of a behavioural treatment programme for drooling based on self-management strategies was researched with two children with oral motor difficulties...
2017: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943715/methods-for-eliciting-annotating-and-analyzing-databases-for-child-speech-development
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Mary E Beckman, Andrew R Plummer, Benjamin Munson, Patrick F Reidy
Methods from automatic speech recognition (ASR), such as segmentation and forced alignment, have facilitated the rapid annotation and analysis of very large adult speech databases and databases of caregiver-infant interaction, enabling advances in speech science that were unimaginable just a few decades ago. This paper centers on two main problems that must be addressed in order to have analogous resources for developing and exploiting databases of young children's speech. The first problem is to understand and appreciate the differences between adult and child speech that cause ASR models developed for adult speech to fail when applied to child speech...
September 2017: Computer Speech & Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943314/the-chd1-chromatin-remodeler-shifts-nucleosomal-dna-bidirectionally-as-a-monomer
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Yupeng Qiu, Robert F Levendosky, Srinivas Chakravarthy, Ashok Patel, Gregory D Bowman, Sua Myong
Chromatin remodelers catalyze dynamic packaging of the genome by carrying out nucleosome assembly/disassembly, histone exchange, and nucleosome repositioning. Remodeling results in evenly spaced nucleosomes, which requires probing both sides of the nucleosome, yet the way remodelers organize sliding activity to achieve this task is not understood. Here, we show that the monomeric Chd1 remodeler shifts DNA back and forth by dynamically alternating between different segments of the nucleosome. During sliding, Chd1 generates unstable remodeling intermediates that spontaneously relax to a pre-remodeled position...
September 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943161/ultrasound-guided-versus-landmark-guided-local-corticosteroid-injection-for-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Arash Babaei-Ghazani, Peyman Roomizadeh, Bijan Forogh, Seyed-Mohammad Moeini-Taba, Amin Abedini, Mona Kadkhodaie, Fateme Jahanjoo, Bina Eftekharsadat
OBJECTIVE: To review the literature and assess the comparative effectiveness of ultrasound-guided versus landmark-guided local corticosteroid injections in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). DATA SOURCES: Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, MEDLINE (PubMed), EMBASE (Ovid), and Web of Science (from inception to 1 February 2017). STUDY SELECTION: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing ultrasound-guided injection to landmark-guided injection in patients with CTS were included...
September 21, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943156/a-continuum-theoretical-model-and-finite-elements-simulation-of-bacterial-flagellar-filament-phase-transition
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REVIEW
Xiaoling Wang, Shuo Meng, Jingshi Han
The Bacterial flagellar filament can undergo a polymorphic phase transition in response to both mechanical and chemical variations in vitro and in vivo environments. Under mechanical stimuli, such as viscous flow or forces induced by motor rotation, the filament changes its phase from left-handed normal (N) to right-handed semi-coiled (SC) via phase nucleation and growth. Our detailed mechanical analysis of existing experiments shows that both torque and bending moment contribute to the filament phase transition...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942925/deconstruction-of-corticospinal-circuits-for-goal-directed-motor-skills
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Xuhua Wang, Yuanyuan Liu, Xinjian Li, Zicong Zhang, Hengfu Yang, Yu Zhang, Philip R Williams, Noaf S A Alwahab, Kush Kapur, Bin Yu, Yiming Zhang, Mengying Chen, Haixia Ding, Charles R Gerfen, Kuan Hong Wang, Zhigang He
Corticospinal neurons (CSNs) represent the direct cortical outputs to the spinal cord and play important roles in motor control across different species. However, their organizational principle remains unclear. By using a retrograde labeling system, we defined the requirement of CSNs in the execution of a skilled forelimb food-pellet retrieval task in mice. In vivo imaging of CSN activity during performance revealed the sequential activation of topographically ordered functional ensembles with moderate local mixing...
September 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942477/cognitive-performance-in-mid-stage-parkinson-s-disease-functional-connectivity-under-chronic-antiparkinson-treatment
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Roxana Vancea, Kristina Simonyan, Maria Petracca, Miroslaw Brys, Alessandro Di Rocco, Maria Felice Ghilardi, Matilde Inglese
Cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease (PD) is related to the reorganization of brain topology. Although drug challenge studies have proven how levodopa treatment can modulate functional connectivity in brain circuits, the role of chronic dopaminergic therapy on cognitive status and functional connectivity has never been investigated. We sought to characterize brain functional topology in mid-stage PD patients under chronic antiparkinson treatment and explore the presence of correlation between reorganization of brain architecture and specific cognitive deficits...
September 23, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942369/slanted-support-window-based-stereo-matching-for-surface-reconstruction-of-microscopic-samples
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Ahmadreza Baghaie, Chi Zhang, Ali Bakhshinejad, Heather A Owen, Hongyang Chao, Roshan M D'Souza, Zeyun Yu
This work is to address the limitations of 2D Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) micrographs in providing 3D topographical information necessary for various types of analysis in biological and biomedical sciences as well as mechanical and material engineering by investigating modern stereo vision methodologies for 3D surface reconstruction of microscopic samples. To achieve this, micrograph pairs of the microscopic samples are acquired by utilizing an SEM equipped with motor controlled specimen stage capable of precise translational, rotational movements and tilting of the specimen stage...
September 8, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942018/integration-of-fmri-and-meg-functional-maps-into-a-cyberknife-planning-system-feasibility-study-for-motor-activity-localization-and-dose-planning
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Elena De Martin, Dunja Duran, Francesco Ghielmetti, Elisa Visani, Domenico Aquino, Marcello Marchetti, Davide Rossi Sebastiano, Davide Cusumano, Maria Grazia Bruzzone, Ferruccio Panzica, Laura Fariselli
OBJECTIVE: Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) provide non-invasive localization of eloquent brain areas for pre-surgical planning. The aim of this study is the integration of MEG and fMRI maps into a CyberKnife (CK) system to optimize dose planning. METHODS: Four patients with brain metastases in the motor area underwent functional imaging study of the hand motor cortex prior radiosurgery. MEG data were acquired during a visually cued hand motor-task...
September 20, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941952/demonstrative-fractional-order-pid-controller-based-dc-motor-drive-on-digital-platform
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Swapnil W Khubalkar, Anjali S Junghare, Mohan V Aware, Amit S Chopade, Shantanu Das
In industrial drives applications, fractional order controllers can exhibit phenomenal impact due to realization through digital implementation. Digital fractional order controllers have created wide scope as it possess the inherent advantages like robustness against the plant parameter variation. This paper provides brief design procedure of fractional order proportional-integral-derivative (FO-PID) controller through the indirect approach of approximation using constant phase technique. The new modified dynamic particle swarm optimization (IdPSO) technique is proposed to find controller parameters...
September 21, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941870/temporal-changes-in-motor-variability-during-prolonged-lifting-lowering-and-the-influence-of-work-experience
#18
Alireza Sedighi, Maury A Nussbaum
Existing research indicates that repetitive motions are strongly correlated with the development of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). Resulting from the redundant degrees-of-freedom in the human body, there are variations in motions that occur while performing a repetitive task. These variations are termed motor variability (MV), and may be beneficial for reducing WMSD risks. To better understand the potential role of MV in preventing injury risk, we evaluated the effects of fatigue on MV using data collected during a lab-based prolonged, repetitive lifting/lowering task...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941865/effect-of-curcumin-on-acute-spinal-cord-injury-in-mice-via-inhibition-of-inflammation-and-tak1-pathway
#19
Nanwen Zhang, Guicai Wei, Jian Ye, Lin Yang, Yunda Hong, Guisheng Liu, Huifen Zhong, Xinyi Cai
BACKGROUND: Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord that results in damaged spinal cord function. As a natural compound, curcumin has recently been shown to have anti-inflammatory and strong antioxidant activities. To investigate the effect of curcumin against acute spinal cord injury (SCI), we explored its induced effects in SCI mice. Transforming growth factor (TGF)-activated kinase 1 (TAK1) is a member of the MAPKKK family and plays an essential role in TNF, IL-1, and Toll-like receptor (TLR) signaling pathways...
February 14, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941828/fatigue-correlates-with-lrrk2-g2385r-variant-in-chinese-parkinson-s-disease-patients
#20
Rao Fu, Shi-Shuang Cui, Juan-Juan Du, Ya-Chao He, Chao Gao, Pei Huang, Yi-Wei Qian, Xiao-Guang Luo, Sheng-Di Chen
INTRODUCTION: Fatigue is common in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). The leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) G2385R variant predisposes individuals to develop PD in China. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the LRRK2 G2385R variant is associated with fatigue in patients with PD. METHODS: Fatigue was evaluated by the Parkinson Fatigue Scale (PFS) in 329 PD patients and 180 controls, a cut-off score of ≥3.3 was used to define the presence of fatigue...
September 18, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
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