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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151281/skeletal-muscle-performance-and-ageing
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REVIEW
Michael Tieland, Inez Trouwborst, Brian C Clark
The world population is ageing rapidly. As society ages, the incidence of physical limitations is dramatically increasing, which reduces the quality of life and increases healthcare expenditures. In western society, ~30% of the population over 55 years is confronted with moderate or severe physical limitations. These physical limitations increase the risk of falls, institutionalization, co-morbidity, and premature death. An important cause of physical limitations is the age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass, also referred to as sarcopenia...
November 19, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151051/subclinical-propionibacterium-acnes-infection-estimation-in-the-intervertebral-disc-spine-id-protocol-for-a-prospective-cohort
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Nelson Astur, Delio E Martins, Marcelo Wajchenberg, Mario Ferretti, Fernando G Menezes, Andre M Doi, Laercio A Rosemberg, Durval C B Santos, Alexandre S Iutaka, Luciano M R Rodrigues, Marines D V Martino, Jorge R Pagura, Eduardo N Kihara Filho, Mario Lenza
INTRODUCTION: Low back pain and vertebral endplate abnormalities are common conditions within the population. Subclinical infection caused by indolent pathogens can potentially lead to these findings, with differentiation between them notably challenging from a clinical perspective. Progressive infection of the intervertebral disc has been extensively associated with increasing low back pain, with Propionibacterium acnes specifically implicated with in relation to sciatica. The main purpose of this study is to identify if the presence of an infective pathogen within the intervertebral disc is primary or is a result of intraoperative contamination, and whether this correlates to low back pain...
November 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150988/patterns-and-correlates-of-grip-strength-in-older-americans
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Kimberly Forrest, Adelle Williams, Marcy Leeds, Joseph Robare, Thomas Bechard
BACKGROUND: Muscle strength is a sensitive indicator of morbidity and mortality in older adults. Loss of muscle strength contributes to a decline in physical functioning. Hand grip strength is a simple measurement but correlated with total body muscle strength. This study evaluated the patterns and correlates of grip strength among older adults in the United States. METHODS: The grip strength data were analyzed from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey...
November 16, 2017: Current Aging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150470/platelet-rich-plasma-in-achilles-tendon-healing-2-path-2-trial-protocol-for-a-multicentre-participant-and-assessor-blinded-parallel-group-randomised-clinical-trial-comparing-platelet-rich-plasma-prp-injection-versus-placebo-injection-for-achilles-tendon-rupture
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Joseph Alsousou, David J Keene, Philippa A Hulley, Paul Harrison, Susan Wagland, Christopher Byrne, Michael Maia Schlüssel, Susan J Dutton, Sarah E Lamb, Keith Willett
BACKGROUND: Achilles tendon injuries give rise to substantial long-lasting morbidity and pose considerable challenges for clinicians and patients during the lengthy healing period. Current treatment strategies struggle to curb the burden of this injury on health systems and society due to lengthy rehabilitation, work absence and reinjury risk. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an autologous preparation that has been shown to improve the mechanobiological properties of tendons in laboratory and animal studies...
November 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150108/economy-class-syndrome-what-is-it-and-who-are-the-individuals-at-risk
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Luci Maria SantAna Dusse, Marcos Vinícius Ferreira Silva, Letícia Gonçalves Freitas, Milena Soriano Marcolino, Maria das Graças Carvalho
The term 'economy class syndrome' refers to the occurrence of thrombotic events during long-haul flights that mainly occur in passengers in the economy class of the aircraft. This syndrome results from several factors related to the aircraft cabin (immobilization, hypobaric hypoxia and low humidity) and the passenger (body mass index, thrombophilia, oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy, cancer), acting together to predispose to excessive blood coagulation, which can result in venous thromboembolism...
October 2017: Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149346/novel-pathways-of-endocrine-disruption-through-pesticides-interference-with-human-mineralocorticoid-receptors
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Jianyun Zhang, Xin Huang, Hongling Liu, Weiping Liu, Jing Liu
Mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) is one member of the steroid receptor family. In addition to its important role in Na+/K+ homeostasis, MR is reported as a tumor-suppressor in carcinogenesis. So far, little was known about the ability of pesticides to interfere with MR. In this study, a total of 43 pesticides and/or metabolites were investigated for their potential effects on human MR. None of the tested pesticides exhibited MR agonistic potency, while 16 compounds showed antagonistic activities. Further investigations indicated that these 16 chemicals individually antagonized aldosterone-induced alkaline phosphatase expression in vascular smooth muscle cells and aldosterone-inhibited hepatocellular carcinoma cell proliferation at higher concentrations, and the mixture of these 16 pesticides at environmentally relevant concentrations significantly disrupted MR activity...
November 15, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148135/cadence-tracking-and-disturbance-rejection-in-functional-electrical-stimulation-cycling-for-paraplegic-subjects-a-case-study
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Lucas O da Fonseca, Antônio P L Bó, Juliana A Guimarães, Miguel E Gutierrez, Emerson Fachin-Martins
Functional electrical stimulation cycling has been proposed as an assistive technology with numerous health and fitness benefits for people with spinal cord injury, such as improvement in cardiovascular function, increase in muscular mass, and reduction of bone mass loss. However, some limitations, for example, lack of optimal control strategies that would delay fatigue, may still prevent this technology from achieving its full potential. In this work, we performed experiments on a person with complete spinal cord injury using a stationary tadpole trike when both cadence tracking and disturbance rejection were evaluated...
November 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148129/development-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-rowing-the-rowstim-series
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Brian Andrews, Robin Gibbons, Garry Wheeler
Potentially, functional electrical stimulation (FES)-assisted exercise may have an important therapeutic role in reducing comorbidities associated with spinal cord injury (SCI). Here, we present an overview of these secondary life-threatening conditions, discuss the rationale behind the development of a hybrid exercise called FES rowing, and describe our experience in developing FES rowing technology. FES rowing and sculling are unique forms of adaptive rowing for those with SCI. The paralyzed leg musculature is activated by multiple channels of electrical pulses delivered via self-adhesive electrodes attached to the skin...
November 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147909/the-role-of-the-antioxidant-protein-dj-1-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Daniel Eberhard, Eckhard Lammert
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a worldwide escalating health disorder resulting from insulin resistance and functional loss of insulin-producing beta cells that finally cause chronically elevated blood glucose concentrations. Here we review the role of ubiquitously expressed antioxidant protein DJ-1 in the pathogenesis of T2DM. In beta cells, DJ-1 protects against oxidative stress, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and streptozotocin- and cytokine-induced stress and preserves beta cell viability and insulin secretion...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146344/lipid-profiles-in-different-parts-of-two-species-of-scallops-chlamys-farreri-and-patinopecten-yessoensis
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Xiao-Pei Hu, Qing-Da An, Da-Yong Zhou, Ting Lu, Fa-Wen Yin, Liang Song, Qi Zhao, Jiang-Hua Zhang, Lei Qin, Bei-Wei Zhu, Fereidoon Shahidi
Different classes of lipids and phospholipids (PL) as well as fatty acid (FA) compositions, and glycerophospholipid (GP) molecular species in edible parts (adductor muscles) and by-products (gonads and mantles) of scallops Patinopecten yessoensis and Chlamys farreri were characterized. The lipids contained high levels of polyunsaturated FA (PUFA) (20.44-58.81% of total FAs) and PL (54.99-78.26% of total lipids). Among PL, phosphatidylcholine (41.39-51.86 mol%) was dominant. More than 230 GP species belonging to glycerophosphocholine, glycerophosphoethanolamine, glycerophosphoserine, glycerophosphoinositol, lysoglycerophosphocholine, lysoglycerophosphoethanolamine and lysoglycerophosphoinositol were characterized...
March 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145873/group-physiotherapy-compared-to-individual-physiotherapy-to-treat-urinary-incontinence-in-aging-women-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Chantale Dumoulin, Mélanie Morin, Marie-Hélène Mayrand, Michel Tousignant, Michal Abrahamowicz
BACKGROUND: Urinary incontinence (UI), one of the most prevalent health concerns confronting women aged over 60 years, affects up to 55% of older community-dwelling women-20-25% with severe symptoms. Clinical practice guidelines recommend individualized pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) as a first-line treatment for stress or mixed UI in women, although lack of human and financial resources limits delivery of this first-line treatment. Preliminary data suggest that group-based treatments may provide the answer...
November 16, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145736/longitudinal-study-of-the-activities-of-daily-living-and-quality-of-life-in-japanese-patients-with-fibrodysplasia-ossificans-progressiva
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Yasuo Nakahara, Hiroshi Kitoh, Yasuharu Nakashima, Junya Toguchida, Nobuhiko Haga
PURPOSE: Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva is a rare congenital disorder that causes systemic heterotopic ossification, leading to systemic ankyloses and mobility losses. This study aimed to ascertain the natural history of Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. METHODS: In addition to the medical history questionnaire, patients aged 16 years and older were asked to complete activities of daily living and quality of life surveys using the Barthel Index, MOS 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey, and Health Assessment Questionnaire...
November 16, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145094/a-mixture-of-five-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-modulates-concentrations-of-bisphenol-a-and-estradiol-in-mice
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Tyler Pollock, Rachel E Weaver, Ramtin Ghasemi, Denys deCatanzaro
Most people in developed countries are exposed to multiple endocrine-disrupting synthetic chemicals. We previously showed that a single dose of triclosan, tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), butyl paraben, propyl paraben, or di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate elevated concentrations of bisphenol A (BPA) in mice. Here we investigated whether concurrent exposure to lower doses of these five chemicals could modulate concentrations of bisphenol A (BPA) or the natural estrogen, 17β-estradiol (E2). CF1 mice were injected subcutaneously with 0...
November 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143805/mechanisms-of-acupuncture-therapy-in-ischemic-stroke-rehabilitation-a-literature-review-of-basic-studies
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REVIEW
Lina M Chavez, Shiang-Suo Huang, Iona MacDonald, Jaung-Geng Lin, Yu-Chen Lee, Yi-Hung Chen
Acupuncture is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an alternative and complementary strategy for stroke treatment and for improving stroke care. Clinical trial and meta-analysis findings have demonstrated the efficacy of acupuncture in improving balance function, reducing spasticity, and increasing muscle strength and general well-being post-stroke. The mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of acupuncture in stroke rehabilitation remain unclear. The aim of this study was to conduct a literature review, summarize the current known mechanisms in ischemic stroke rehabilitation through acupuncture and electroacupuncture (EA) therapy, and to detail the frequently used acupoints implicated in these effects...
October 28, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141628/gene-expression-analyses-of-the-small-intestine-of-pigs-in-the-ex-evacuation-zone-of-the-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-power-plant
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Motoko Morimoto, Ayaka Kato, Jin Kobayashi, Kei Okuda, Yoshikazu Kuwahara, Yasushi Kino, Yasuyuki Abe, Tsutomu Sekine, Tomokazu Fukuda, Emiko Isogai, Manabu Fukumoto
BACKGROUND: After the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, radioactive contaminants were released over a widespread area. Monitoring the biological effects of radiation exposure in animals in the ex-evacuation zone should be continued to understand the health effects of radiation exposure in humans. The present study aimed to clarify the effects of radiation by investigating whether there is any alteration in the morphology and gene expressions of immune molecules in the intestine of pigs and inobuta (wild boar and domestic pig hybrid) in the ex-evacuation zone in 2012...
November 15, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141611/are-paraspinous-intramuscular-injections-of-botulinum-toxin-a-bont-a-efficient-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-low-back-pain-a-randomised-double-blinded-crossover-trial
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Mélanie Cogné, Hervé Petit, Alexandre Creuzé, Dominique Liguoro, Mathieu de Seze
BACKGROUND: Treatment for patients with chronic low-back pain (LBP) is a public health issue. Intramuscular injections of botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A) have shown an analgesic effect on LBP in two previous randomized controlled studies. The objective of the study was to verify the efficacy of paravertebral injections of BoNT-A in patients with LBP. METHODS: Patients were included in this phase 3 randomized double-blinded trial comparing the efficacy of BoNT-A versus placebo in a crossover study on LBP...
November 15, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140269/the-prevalence-of-dietary-supplement-use-among-college-students-a-nationwide-survey-in-japan
#17
Etsuko Kobayashi, Yoko Sato, Keizo Umegaki, Tsuyoshi Chiba
To clarify the prevalence of dietary supplement use among college students, we conducted Internet-based nationwide questionnaire surveys with 157,595 Japanese college students aged between 18 to 24 years old who were registrants of Macromill Inc. (Tokyo, Japan). Among the 9066 respondents (response rate 5.8%), 16.8% were currently using dietary supplements. The prevalence of dietary supplement use did not differ significantly between males (17.1%) and females (16.7%). However, it increased according to their grade (13...
November 15, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140146/awareness-and-attitude-towards-use-of-dietary-supplements-and-the-perceived-outcomes-among-saudi-adult-male-members-of-fitness-centers-in-saudi-arabia
#18
Hanan A Alfawaz, Soundararajan Krishnaswamy, Latifah Al-Faifi, Halima Ali Bin Atta, Mohammad Al-Shayaa, Saad A Alghanim, Nasser M Al-Daghri
Dietary supplements are believed to enhance athletic performance and/or prevent/reverse pathological states. Despite the increasing use of dietary supplements in Saudi Arabia, systematic studies in this field are lacking. This study aims to assess the relation between demographic and social characteristics and dietary supplement use among adult males in Saudi Arabia. Demographic and dietary supplements data from fitness club participants were collected through a questionnaire and Pearson Chi-square test was used to determine associations...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139012/psychometric-performance-of-the-romanian-version-of-the-sarqol%C3%A2-a-health-related-quality-of-life-questionnaire-for-sarcopenia
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Gasparik Andrea Ildiko, Mihai Gabriela, Beaudart Charlotte, Bruyere Olivier, Pop Raluca-Monica, Reginster Jean-Yves, Pascanu Ionela Maria
Our study assessed the psychometric properties of the Romanian SarQoL(®) questionnaire. Normal distribution and high internal consistency were found. Sarcopenic subjects reported a reduced global quality of life compared to non-sarcopenics. The Romanian version of the SarQoL(®) questionnaire, conceptually and literally equivalent with the source instrument, is qualified in terms of psychometric properties. PURPOSE/INTRODUCTION: We have recently provided a translated and culturally tailored version of the first quality of life (QoL) questionnaire specific for sarcopenia, the SarQoL(®), in Romanian language...
November 14, 2017: Archives of Osteoporosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138598/familial-aggregation-of-myasthenia-gravis-in-affected-families-a-population-based-study
#20
Fu-Chao Liu, Chang-Fu Kuo, Lai-Chu See, Hsin-I Tsai, Huang-Ping Yu
Introduction: Myasthenia gravis (MG) is clinically heterogeneous and can be life-threatening if bulbar or respiratory muscles are involved. However, relative contributions of genetic, shared, and nonshared environmental factors to MG susceptibility remain unclear. The aim of this study was to examine the familial aggregation and heritability of MG and the relative risks (RRs) of other autoimmune diseases in the relatives of patients with MG. Methods: A population-based family study using the Taiwan National Health Insurance (NHI) Database was conducted...
2017: Clinical Epidemiology
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