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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324999/surface-electromyography-based-muscle-fatigue-analysis-for-stroke-patients-at-different-brunnstrom-stages
#1
Yinjun Tu, Zhe Zhang, Xudong Gu, Qiang Fang
Muscle fatigue analysis has been an important topic in sport and rehabilitation medicine due to its role in muscle performance evaluation and pathology investigation. This paper proposes a surface electromyography (sEMG) based muscle fatigue analysis approach which was specifically designed for stroke rehabilitation applications. 14 stroke patients from 5 different Brunnstrom recovery stage groups were involved in the experiment and features including median frequency and mean power frequency were extracted from the collected sEMG samples for investigation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324992/age-related-neuromuscular-changes-in-semg-of-m-tibialis-anterior-using-higher-order-statistics-gaussianity-linearity-test
#2
Ariba Siddiqi, Sridhar P Arjunan, Dinesh K Kumar
Age-associated changes in the surface electromyogram (sEMG) of Tibialis Anterior (TA) muscle can be attributable to neuromuscular alterations that precede strength loss. We have used our sEMG model of the Tibialis Anterior to interpret the age-related changes and compared with the experimental sEMG. Eighteen young (20-30 years) and 18 older (60-85 years) performed isometric dorsiflexion at 6 different percentage levels of maximum voluntary contractions (MVC), and their sEMG from the TA muscle was recorded. Six different age-related changes in the neuromuscular system were simulated using the sEMG model at the same MVCs as the experiment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324868/lactic-acid-concentrations-that-reduce-microbial-load-yet-minimally-impact-colour-and-sensory-characteristics-of-beef
#3
Cristina Rodríguez-Melcón, Carlos Alonso-Calleja, Rosa Capita
Lactic acid (LA) has recently been approved in the EU as beef decontaminant. In order to identify the most appropriate concentration, beef samples were spray-treated with LA (2%, 3%, 4% or 5%) or left untreated (control). Microbial load (aerobic plate counts, psychrotrophs and Enterobacteriaceae), pH, instrumental colour and sensory properties were investigated at 0, 24, 72 and 120h of refrigerated storage. The reductions in bacteria after spraying ranged from 0.57 to 0.95 log units. A residual antimicrobial effect was observed so that at 120h LA reduced microbial load by up to 2 log units compared with the control samples...
January 17, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324062/gene-hormone-therapy-interaction-and-fracture-risk-in-postmenopausal-women
#4
Youjin Wang, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Lara E Sucheston-Campbell, Leah Preus, Kathleen M Hovey, Jing Nie, Rebecca D Jackson, Samuel K Handelman, Rami Nassir, Carolyn J Crandall, Heather M Ochs-Balcom
Context: Evidence supports a protective effect of menopausal hormone therapy (HT) on bone. However, whether genetic susceptibility modifies the association of HT and fracture risk is not sufficiently explored. Objective: The objective was to test an interaction between genetic susceptibility and HT on fracture risk. Design: We constructed two weighted genetic risk scores (GRSs) based on 16 fracture-associated variants (Fx-GRS) and 50 bone mineral density (BMD) variants (BMD-GRS)...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323948/dose-dependent-suppression-of-gonadotropins-and-ovarian-hormones-by-elagolix-in-healthy-premenopausal-women
#5
Juki Ng, Kristof Chwalisz, David C Carter, Cheri E Klein
Context: Elagolix is a nonpeptide, oral gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist being developed for sex-hormone dependent diseases in women. Objective: To evaluate the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of elagolix. Design, Setting, and Participants: Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multiple-ascending dose study in 45 healthy premenopausal women at a research unit. Interventions: Elagolix 150 mg once daily or 100, 200, 300 or 400 mg twice daily or placebo for 21 days...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323933/research-resource-transcriptional-dynamics-of-cultured-human-villous-cytotrophoblasts
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Joshua F Robinson, Mirhan Kapidzic, Matthew Gormley, Katherine Ona, Terrence Dent, Helia Seifikar, Emily G Hamilton, Susan J Fisher
During human pregnancy, cytotrophoblasts (CTBs) play key roles in uterine invasion, vascular remodeling, and anchoring of the feto-placental unit. Due to the challenges associated with studying human placentation in utero, cultured primary villous CTBs are used as a model of the differentiation pathway that leads to invasion of the uterine wall. In vitro, CTBs emulate in vivo cell behaviors, such as migration, aggregation and substrate penetration. While some of the molecular features related to these cell behaviors have been described, the underlying mechanisms, at a global level, remain undefined at mid-gestation...
March 8, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323712/trends-in-inpatient-vertebroplasty-and-kyphoplasty-volume-in-the-united-states-2005-2011-assessing-the-impact-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Benjamin P Rosenbaum, Varun R Kshettry, Michael L Kelly, Thomas E Mroz, Robert J Weil
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2005-2011. OBJECTIVE: To identify trends in procedural volume and rates in the time period surrounding publication of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that examined the utility of vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are frequently performed for vertebral compression fractures. Several RCTs have been published with conflicting outcomes regarding pain and quality of life compared with nonsurgical management and sham procedures...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323659/stimulus-induced-rhythmic-periodic-or-ictal-discharges-in-coma-incidence-and-interrater-reliability-of-continuous-eeg-after-a-standard-stimulation-protocol-a-prospective-study
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Khalid A Alsherbini, Joao Mc-OʼNeil Plancher, David M Ficker, Brandon P Foreman, Opeolu M Adeoye, Jun Ying, Michael D Privitera
PURPOSE: Stimulus-induced rhythmic, periodic, or ictal discharges (SIRPIDs) are often seen during continuous electroencephalographic (cEEG) monitoring in coma. Given their uncertain clinical significance, our prospective study evaluated incidence of SIRPIDs in comatose patients in the neuroscience intensive care unit (NSICU) who underwent a standard stimulation protocol and defined interreader reliability for cEEG. METHODS: Of 146 patients prospectively screened who underwent cEEG during a 6-month period, 53 patients were included and 93 patients were excluded...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323631/search-for-unconventional-superconductors-among-the-y-i-te-i-sub-2-sub-si-sub-2-sub-compounds-i-te-i-cr-co-ni-rh-pd-pt
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Adam P Pikul, Malgorzata Samsel-Czekala, Grzegorz Chajewski, Tetiana Romanova, Alicja Hackemer, Roman Gorzelniak, Piotr Wiśniewski, Dariusz Kaczorowski
Motivated by the recent discovery of exotic superconductivity in YFe<sub>2</sub>Ge<sub>2</sub> we undertook reinvestigation of formation and physical properties of yttrium-based 1:2:2 silicides. Here we report on syntheses and crystal structures of the Y<i>TE</i><sub>2</sub>Si<sub>2</sub> compounds with <i>TE</i> = Cr, Co, Ni, Rh, Pd, and Pt, and their low-temperature physical properties measurements, supplemented by results of fully relativistic FPLO band structure calculations...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323545/creation-of-a-bioengineered-skin-flap-scaffold-with-a-perfusable-vascular-pedicle
#10
Bernhard J Jank, Jeremy Goverman, Jacques P Guyette, Jon M Charest, Mark A Randolph, Glenn R Gaudette, Joshua R Gershlak, Martin Purschke, Emilia Javorsky, Rosalynn M Nazarian, David A Leonard, Curtis L Cetrulo, William G Austen, Harald Christian Ott
Full thickness skin loss is a challenging problem due to limited reconstructive options, demanding 75 million surgical procedures annually in the United States. Autologous skin grafting is the gold standard treatment, but results in donor site morbidity and poor aesthetics. Numerous skin substitutes are available on the market to date, however, none truly function as full thickness skin due to their lack of a vascular network. The creation of an autologous full thickness skin analogue with a vascular pedicle would result in a paradigm shift in the management of wounds and in reconstruction of full thickness skin defects...
March 21, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323460/supply-side-disruption-in-cocaine-production-associated-with-cocaine-related-maternal-and-child-health-outcomes-in-the-united-states
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Chris Delcher, Melvin Livingston, Yanning Wang, Meredith Mowitz, Mildred Maldonado-Molina, Bruce A Goldberger
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of precursor chemical regulation aimed at reducing cocaine production on cocaine-related maternal and newborn hospital stays in the United States. METHODS: We analyzed monthly counts of maternal and neonatal stays from January 2002 through December 2013 by using a quasi-experimental interrupted time series design. We estimated the preregulation linear trend, postregulation change in linear trend, and abrupt change in level...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323417/construction-of-a-database-of-collision-cross-section-values-for-glycopeptides-glycans-and-peptides-determined-by-im-ms
#12
Rebecca S Glaskin, Kshitij Khatri, Qi Wang, Joseph Zaia, Catherine E Costello
An ion mobility quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer was used to examine the gas-phase structures of a set of glycopeptides resulting from proteolytic digestion of the well-characterized glycoproteins bovine ribonuclease B, human transferrin, bovine fetuin and human α1-acid glycoprotein, the corresponding deglycosylated peptides and the glycans released by the endoglycosidase PNGase F. When closely related glycoforms did not occur naturally, exoglycosidases were used to achieve stepwise removal of individual saccharide units from the non-reducing termini of the multi-antennary structures...
March 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323402/single-particle-observation-of-sv40-vp1-polyanion-induced-assembly-shows-that-substrate-size-and-structure-modulate-capsid-geometry
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Chenglei Li, Andrew R Kneller, Stephen C Jacobson, Adam Zlotnick
Simian virus 40 capsid protein (VP1) is a unique system for studying substrate-dependent assembly of a nanoparticle. Here, we investigate a simplest case of this system where twelve VP1 pentamers and a single polyanion, e.g. RNA, form a T=1 particle. To test the roles of polyanion substrate length and structure during assembly, we characterized the assembly products with size exclusion chromatography, transmission electron microscopy, and single-particle resistive-pulse sensing. We found that a 500 nt RNA has the optimal length and structure for assembly of uniform T=1 particles...
March 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319795/theoretical-study-of-thieno-thiophene-based-low-band-gap-copolymers-and-substituent-effect-on-the-optoelectronic-properties-of-them
#14
Mehri Javan Khoshkholgh, Mohammad Reza Abolhassani, Farah Marsusi
This paper studies donor-acceptor systems which incorporate benzodithiophene (BDT), benzodifuran (BDF) and benzodipyrrole (BDP) units as the electron-rich monomer with TT unit representing the electron-deficient monomer. This research is based on employing density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT). The highest occupied molecular orbitals (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals (LUMO), HOMO-LUMO gaps and dihedral-angles of these copolymers were calculated using oligomer extrapolation technique and periodic boundary condition (PBC) method...
March 7, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319507/recombinant-factor-viia-is-associated-with-increased-thrombotic-complications-in-pediatric-cardiac-surgery-patients
#15
Laura Downey, Morgan L Brown, David Faraoni, David Zurakowski, James A DiNardo
BACKGROUND: Recombinant factor VIIa (rFVIIa) is routinely used as an off-label hemostatic agent in children undergoing cardiac surgery. Despite evidence that rFVIIa use is associated with an increased incidence of thrombotic complications in adult cardiac surgery, the safety of rFVIIa as a rescue hemostatic agent in the pediatric cardiac surgical population is less definitively delineated. In this retrospective study, we used propensity score matching to compare the incidence of thrombotic complications between children treated with rFVIIa and their matched controls...
March 17, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319229/patient-mortality-during-unannounced-accreditation-surveys-at-us-hospitals
#16
Michael L Barnett, Andrew R Olenski, Anupam B Jena
Importance: In the United States, hospitals receive accreditation through unannounced on-site inspections (ie, surveys) by The Joint Commission (TJC), which are high-pressure periods to demonstrate compliance with best practices. No research has addressed whether the potential changes in behavior and heightened vigilance during a TJC survey are associated with changes in patient outcomes. Objective: To assess whether heightened vigilance during survey weeks is associated with improved patient outcomes compared with nonsurvey weeks, particularly in major teaching hospitals...
March 20, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319220/ni-catalyzed-regio-and-stereoselective-addition-of-arylboronic-acids-to-terminal-alkynes-with-a-directing-group-tether
#17
Madala Hari Babu, Gadi Ranjith Kumar, Ruchir Kant, Maddi Sridhar Reddy
Addition of arylboronic acids to directing group tethered acetylenes in a regio and stereoselective manner using an inexpensive catalytic system is achieved for the first time to access highly sought after allyl/homoallyl alcohol/amine units. The apparent vinylnickel intermediate was successfully trapped by the Michael electrophiles to get defined tri- and tetra-substituted olefins. An interesting selectivity switch was observed with internal alkynes.
March 20, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319197/the-hiv-care-cascade-japanese-perspectives
#18
Aikichi Iwamoto, Rikizo Taira, Yoshiyuki Yokomaku, Tomohiko Koibuchi, Mahbubur Rahman, Yoko Izumi, Kenji Tadokoro
Japan has been known as a low HIV-prevalence country with a concentrated epidemic among high-risk groups. However, it has not been determined whether Japan meets the 90-90-90 goals set by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)/World Health Organization (WHO). Moreover, to date, the HIV care cascade has not been examined. We estimated the total number of diagnosed people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) (n = 22,840) based on legal reports to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare by subtracting the number of foreigners who left Japan (n = 2,273) and deaths (n = 2,321) from the cumulative diagnosis report (n = 27,434)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319164/modeling-the-potential-impact-on-the-us-blood-supply-of-transfusing-critically-ill-patients-with-fresher-stored-red-blood-cells
#19
Arianna Simonetti, Hussein Ezzeldin, Mikhail Menis, Stephen McKean, Hector Izurieta, Steven A Anderson, Richard A Forshee
BACKGROUND: Although some studies have suggested that transfusion recipients may have better medical outcomes if transfused with red blood cell units stored for a short time, the overall body of evidence shows mixed results. It is important to understand how using fresher stored red blood cell units for certain patient groups may affect blood availability. METHODS: Based on the Stock-and-Flow simulation model of the US blood supply developed by Simonetti et al. 2014, we evaluated a newly implemented allocation method of preferentially transfusing fresher stored red blood cell units to a subset of high-risk group of critically ill patients and its potential impact on supply...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319105/link-of-dietary-patterns-with-metabolic-syndrome-analysis-of-the-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey
#20
M Mazidi, S Pennathur, F Afshinnia
BACKGROUND: Population-based interventions aimed at halting the increasing prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) require thorough understanding of dietary interplays. Objective is to identify the independent dietary nutrients associated with MetS and its components using dietary pattern identification and the single-nutrient approaches in The United States. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional observation. Participants are selected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) with available dietary intake, biochemical and anthropometrical data from 2001 to 2012...
March 20, 2017: Nutrition & Diabetes
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