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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814057/a-study-on-the-cough-augmentation-using-a-belt-driven-assistive
#1
Sang-Yoep Lee, Kyu-Jin Cho
Coughing is one of the most important mechanisms performed in human body in that it removes mucus. The absence of enough ability to remove mucus leads to accumulation of the mucus on the airway, followed by possible complications such as pneumonia and atelectasis. Patients with diseases or disorders such as spinal cord injury have weakened ability in coughing. So far, there have been various treatments such as intubation surgery, mechanical insufflation-exsufflation or manual assistance provided by paramedic...
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
#2
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/28814029/vibrotactile-feedback-to-control-the-amount-of-weight-shift-during-walking-a-first-step-towards-better-control-of-an-exoskeleton-for-spinal-cord-injury-subjects
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Heidi J B Muijzer-Witteveen, Sara Nataletti, Martina Agnello, Maura Casadio, Edwin H F van Asseldonk
People with Spinal Cord Injury do not only lack the ability to control their muscles, but also miss the sensory information from below the level of their lesion. Therefore, it may become difficult for them to perceive the state of the body during walking, which is however often used to control wearable exoskeletons. In the present study the possibilities of providing vibrotactile feedback about the Center of Mass (CoM) during walking were investigated. The results showed that healthy subjects could successfully interpret the provided vibrotactile cues and change their walking pattern accordingly...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813968/changes-in-neuromuscular-activity-during-motor-training-with-a-body-machine-interface-after-spinal-cord-injury
#4
C Pierella, A De Luca, E Tasso, F Cervetto, S Gamba, L Losio, E Quinland, A Venegoni, S Mandraccia, I Muller, A Massone, F A Mussa-Ivaldi, M Casadio
Body machine interfaces (BMIs) are used by people with severe motor disabilities to control external devices, but they also offer the opportunity to focus on rehabilitative goals. In this study we introduced in a clinical setting a BMI that was integrated by the therapists in the rehabilitative treatments of 2 spinal cord injured (SCI) subjects for 5 weeks. The BMI mapped the user's residual upper body mobility onto the two coordinates of a cursor on a screen. By controlling the cursor, the user engaged in playing computer games...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813960/towards-free-3d-end-point-control-for-robotic-assisted-human-reaching-using-binocular-eye-tracking
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Roni O Maimon-Dror, Jorge Fernandez-Quesada, Giuseppe A Zito, Charalambos Konnaris, Sabine Dziemian, A Aldo Faisal
Eye-movements are the only directly observable behavioural signals that are highly correlated with actions at the task level, and proactive of body movements and thus reflect action intentions. Moreover, eye movements are preserved in many movement disorders leading to paralysis (or amputees) from stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy among others. Despite this benefit, eye tracking is not widely used as control interface for robotic interfaces in movement impaired patients due to poor human-robot interfaces...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813918/how-to-prepare-a-person-with-complete-spinal-cord-injury-to-use-surface-electrodes-for-fes-trike-cycling
#6
Raymond K Y Tong, Xiaojun Wang, Kenry W C Leung, Ginny T Y Lee, Cathy C Y Lau, H W Wai, Peter M K Pang, H C Leung
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) cycling could benefit people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). The FES cycling involves large muscle groups during the training, and thus improves the cardiovascular function, increases the muscle bulk and reduces the secondary complications. This study developed an outdoor FES exercise cycling system for complete SCI persons to exercise their lower limbs without putting extra load on upper extremities. The mechanical structure of the cycling system was specially redesigned to secure the SCI persons in the cycling system...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813860/design-and-evaluation-of-a-modular-lower-limb-exoskeleton-for-rehabilitation
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Wilian M Dos Santos, Samuel L Nogueira, Gustavo C de Oliveira, Guido G Pena, Adriano A G Siqueira
This paper deals with the evaluation of an exoskeleton designed for assisting individuals to rehabilitate compromised lower limb movements resulting from stroke or incomplete spinal cord injury. The exoskeleton is composed of lightweight tubular structures and six free joints that provide a modular feature to the system. This feature allows the exoskeleton to be adapted to assist the movement of one or more patient joints. The actuation of the exoskeleton is also modular, and can be performed passively, by means of springs and dampers, or actively through actuators...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813859/an-assistive-lower-limb-exoskeleton-for-people-with-neurological-gait-disorders
#8
A Ortlieb, M Bouri, R Baud, H Bleuler
Lower limb exoskeletons have already proven the capability to give back mobility to people suffering from spinal cord injury (SCI). Other important populations such as people with multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy, frail elderly and stroke victims, suffer from severe gait impairments and could benefit from similar technology. The work presented in the current paper describes a novel design of a 6-actuated degrees of freedom (DOFs) assistive lower limb exoskeleton for people with moderate mobility impairments...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813845/an-assistance-device-to-help-people-with-trunk-impairment-maintain-posture
#9
Tomoka Ogura, Taku Itami, Ken'ichi Yano, Ichidai Mori, Kazuhiro Kameda
People with trunk impairment cannot lean forward because of the dysfunction of the trunk resulting from events such as cervical cord injury (CCI). It is therefore difficult for such people to work at a table because they may easily fall from their wheelchair, and it is also hard for them to return to their original position. This limits the activities of daily living (ADLs) of people with trunk impairment. These problems can be solved to some extent with equipment such as a wheelchair belt or a spinal orthosis that can help the person to maintain his or her posture...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813843/addition-of-forelimb-training-reduces-gains-from-robotic-gait-training-in-a-rat-model-of-spinal-cord-injury
#10
Nathan D Neckel, Haining Dai, Olga C Rodriguez
To restore locomotor function following spinal cord injury the disrupted descending supraspinal drive needs to be re-connected to regions caudal to the injury. Robotic gait training aims to facilitate recovery by stimulating the proprioceptive networks of the legs in a coordinated walking pattern while the descending supraspinal connections are re-established. In incomplete injuries, it is believed that the interneuronal networks near the injury site form relay circuits to reroute the supraspinal signals through the spared tissue...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813833/an-integrated-gait-rehabilitation-training-based-on-functional-electrical-stimulation-cycling-and-overground-robotic-exoskeleton-in-complete-spinal-cord-injury-patients-preliminary-results
#11
S Mazzoleni, E Battini, A Rustici, G Stampacchia
The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of an integrated gait rehabilitation training based on Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)-cycling and overground robotic exoskeleton in a group of seven complete spinal cord injury patients on spasticity and patient-robot interaction. They underwent a robot-assisted rehabilitation training based on two phases: n=20 sessions of FES-cycling followed by n= 20 sessions of robot-assisted gait training based on an overground robotic exoskeleton. The following clinical outcome measures were used: Modified Ashworth Scale (MAS), Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) on spasticity, Penn Spasm Frequency Scale (PSFS), Spinal Cord Independence Measure Scale (SCIM), NRS on pain and International Spinal Cord Injury Pain Data Set (ISCI)...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813812/characterization-of-surface-electromyography-patterns-of-healthy-and-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury-subjects-interacting-with-an-upper-extremity-exoskeleton
#12
Craig G McDonald, Troy A Dennis, Marcia K O'Malley
Rehabilitation exoskeletons may make use of myoelectric control to restore in patients with significant motor impairment following a spinal cord injury (SCI) a sense of volitional control over their limb - a crucial component for recovery of movement. Little investigation has been done into the feasibility of using surface electromyography (sEMG) as an exoskeleton control interface for SCI patients, whose impairment manifests in a highly variable way across the patient population. We have demonstrated that by using only a small subset of features extracted from eight bipolar electrodes recording on the upper arm and forearm muscles, we can achieve high predictive accuracy for the intended direction of motion...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812446/higher-dietary-intake-of-vitamin-d-may-influence-total-cholesterol-and-carbohydrate-profile-independent-of-body-composition-in-men-with-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
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Christopher Beal, Ashraf Gorgey, Pamela Moore, Nathan Wong, Robert A Adler, David Gater
STUDY DESIGN: A case-control design. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of dietary vitamin D intake on insulin sensitivity (Si), glucose effectiveness (Sg), and lipid profile in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). METHODS: 20 male, paraplegic (T3-L1) with chronic (> one year) motor complete SCI (AIS A or B) were recruited. Three-day dietary records were analyzed for dietary vitamin D (calciferol), and participants were assigned to one of two groups, a high vitamin D intake group and a low vitamin D intake group based on the mid-point of vitamin D frequency distribution...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812012/spinal-cord-injury-due-to-tumour-or-metastasis-in-arag%C3%A3-n-northeastern-spain-1991-2008-incidence-time-trends-and-neurological-function
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Maayken Elizabeth Louise van den Berg, Juan M Castellote, Jose Ignacio Mayordomo, Ignacio Mahillo-Fernandez, Jesus de Pedro-Cuesta
PURPOSE: Understanding the presentation of spinal cord injury (SCI) due to tumours considering population distribution and temporal trends is key to managing SCI health services. This study quantified incidence rates, function scores, and trends of SCI due to tumour or metastasis over an 18-year time period in a defined region in Spain. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study included in-and outpatients with nontraumatic SCI due to tumour or metastasis admitted to a metropolitan hospital in Spain between 1991 and 2008...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811172/current-options-for-cell-therapy-in-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Irma Vismara, Simonetta Papa, Filippo Rossi, Gianluigi Forloni, Pietro Veglianese
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a complex pathology that evolves after primary acute mechanical injury, causing further damage to the spinal cord tissue that exacerbates clinical outcomes. Based on encouraging results from preclinical experiments, some cell treatments being translated into clinical practice demonstrate promising and effective improvement in sensory/motor function. Combinatorial treatments of cell and drug/biological factors have been demonstrated to be more effective than cell treatments alone...
August 12, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810847/fev1-and-fvc-and-systemic-inflammation-in-a-spinal-cord-injury-cohort
#16
Jaime E Hart, Rebekah Goldstein, Palak Walia, Merilee Teylan, Antonio Lazzari, Carlos G Tun, Eric Garshick
BACKGROUND: Systemic inflammation has been associated with reduced pulmonary function in individuals with and without chronic medical conditions. Individuals with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) have clinical characteristics that promote systemic inflammation and also have reduced pulmonary function. We sought to assess the associations between biomarkers of systemic inflammation with pulmonary function in a chronic SCI cohort, adjusting for other potential confounding factors. METHODS: Participants (n = 311) provided a blood sample, completed a respiratory health questionnaire, and underwent spirometry...
August 15, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809391/determinants-of-resilience-among-people-who-sustained-spinal-cord-injury-from-the-2015-earthquake-in-nepal
#17
M Bhattarai, K Maneewat, W Sae-Sia
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. OBJECTIVES: To assess the level of resilience, compare resilience by demographic and injury-related characteristics, and identify significant determinants of resilience in Nepalese people who sustained spinal cord injury (SCI) from the 2015 earthquake. SETTING: Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Center, Kavre and 14 communities in Nepal. METHODS: Eighty-two participants were included using a convenience sampling technique...
August 15, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809389/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-telephone-based-support-for-the-management-of-pressure-ulcers-in-people-with-spinal-cord-injury-in-india-and-bangladesh
#18
M Arora, L A Harvey, J V Glinsky, H S Chhabra, M S Hossain, N Arumugam, P K Bedi, I D Cameron, A J Hayes
OBJECTIVE: To determine from a societal perspective the cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of telephone-based support for management of pressure ulcers. STUDY DESIGN: Cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analysis of a randomised clinical trial. SETTING: Tertiary centre in India and Bangladesh. METHODS: An economic evaluation was conducted alongside a randomised clinical trial comparing 12 weeks of telephone-based support (intervention group) with usual care (control group)...
August 15, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808585/spinal-cord-injury-during-the-second-trimester-of-pregnancy
#19
Ahmad Zaheer Qureshi, Sami Ullah, Anas Jehad AlSaleh, Rubina' Ullah
INTRODUCTION: Pregnancies in women with spinal cord injury (SCI) are at greater risk of morbidity and mortality. Although pregnancy after SCI is well elaborated in the literature, SCI occurring during pregnancy is rarely reported. Abrupt changes in the body physiology because of SCI and the resulting disability add a risk to maternal and fetal well-being. Not only is the burden of care increased but there is also a higher risk of developing pressure ulcers, urinary tract infections, autonomic instability, intrauterine growth retardation and venous thromboembolism...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808584/international-spinal-cord-injury-male-sexual-function-and-female-sexual-and-reproductive-function-basic-data-sets-version-2-0
#20
Marcalee S Alexander, Peter W New, Fin Biering-Sørensen, Frederique Courtois, Giulio Del Popolo, Stacy Elliott, Carlotte Kiekens, Lawrence Vogel, Jean G Previnaire
STUDY DESIGN: Data set review and modification. OBJECTIVE: To describe modifications in the International Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Male Sexual Function Basic Data Set Version 2.0 and the International SCI Female Sexual and Reproductive Function Basic Data Set Version 2.0. SETTING: International expert work group using on line communication. METHODS: An international team of experts was compiled to review and revise the International SCI Male Sexual Function and Female Sexual and Reproductive Function Basic Data Sets Version 1...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
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