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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222568/severe-disorders-of-consciousness-after-acquired-brain-injury-a-single-centre-long-term-follow-up-study
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Alex Lopez-Rolon
OBJECTIVES: To assess long-term clinical outcome, functional independence and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in acquired brain injury (ABI) patients with a disorder of consciousness at admission to inpatient rehabilitation. METHODS: We selected patients from a cohort of ABI patients from a single centre. In addition to mortality, we measured level of consciousness with the Coma Remission Scale, functional independence with the Barthel Index, as well as generic and condition-specific HRQOL with the EQ5D and the "Quality of Life after Brain Injury" (QOLIBRI) respectively...
February 10, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222564/neurological-and-functional-recovery-in%C3%A2-tuberculosis-patients-with-spinal-cord%C3%A2-injury-in-the-netherlands
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Eva M N Wouda, Ymkje Stienstra, Tjip S van der Werf, Huib Kerstjens, Wiel C M de Lange, Maarten Coppes, Jos Kuijlen, Marga Tepper, Onno W Akkerman
BACKGROUND: Spinal tuberculosis (TB) accounts for approximately 1% to 3% of all TB cases and it can cause a wide range of neurological symptoms, from none to a complete spinal cord injury (SCI), resulting in complete paraplegia or tetraplegia. OBJECTIVES: To describe the functional and neurological outcome of SCI caused by TB. METHODS: Retrospective data on the admission period was combined with prospectively collected data on long-term follow-up...
February 10, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222558/effects-of-gait-training-using-the-hybrid-assistive-limb%C3%A2-%C3%A2-in-recovery-phase-stroke-patients-a-2-month-follow-up-randomized-controlled-study
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Hiroki Watanabe, Ryohei Goto, Naoki Tanaka, Akira Matsumura, Hisako Yanagi
BACKGROUND: Gait training using the Hybrid Assistive Limb ® (HAL ®) may have beneficial effects on post-stroke gait function and independent walking. However, the long-term and medium-term efficacies of gait training using HAL ® in stroke patients remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: To compare the medium-term efficacy of gait training using a single-leg version of the Hybrid Assistive Limb ® (HAL ®) on the paretic side with conventional gait training (CGT) in recovery-phase stroke patients...
January 8, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222546/recovering-functional-independence-after-a-stroke-through-modified-constraint-induced-therapy
#4
A Doussoulin, M Arancibia, J Saiz, A Silva, M Luengo
BACKGROUND: Population ageing and changes in the epidemiological profile of neurological pathologies has resulted in an increase in patients with disabilities. Rehabilitation strategies such as Modified Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMTm) play a key role in treating patients with neurologic deficiencies and motor impairments. This intervention is intended to mitigate disability, promote maximum functional independence, and optimize social and economic participation of patients with upper extremity weakness...
January 31, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222544/inter-rater-reliability-of-the-chedoke-arm-and-hand-activity-inventory
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Denise Johnson, Jocelyn Harris, Paul Stratford, Julie Richardson
BACKGROUND: The Chedoke Arm and Hand Activity Inventory (CAHAI) is an assessment of upper limb function designed for use in the stroke population. The CAHAI has strong reliability and validity in this population; however, it is unknown whether this measure can be used with other clinical populations such as acquired brain injury (ABI). PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to estimate the inter-rater reliability of the CAHAI when used with persons with ABI. METHODS: The research design was an observational parameter estimation study...
January 30, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222542/ecologically-relevant-outcome-measure-for-post-inpatient-rehabilitation
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Carlos Marquez de la Plata, Devin Qualls, Patrick Plenger, James F Malec, Mary Ellen Hayden
BACKGROUND: Transfer of skills learned within the clinic environment to patients' home or community is important in post-inpatient brain injury rehabilitation (PBIR). Outcome measures used in PBIR assess level of independence during functional tasks; however, available functional instruments do not quantitate the environment in which the behaviors occur. OBJECTIVE: To examine the reliability and validity of an instrument used to assess patients' functional abilities while quantifying the amount of structure and distractions in the environment...
January 31, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222531/physical-exercise-with-music-maintains-activities-of-daily-living-in-patients-with-dementia-mihama-kiho-project-part-21
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Masayuki Satoh, Jun-Ichi Ogawa, Tomoko Tokita, Noriko Nakaguchi, Koji Nakao, Hirotaka Kida, Hidekazu Tomimoto
BACKGROUND: Recent studies suggest that combined non-pharmacological interventions are more beneficial than single interventions for primary and secondary prevention of dementia. We previously reported enhanced effects of physical exercise with music (ExM) on cognitive function in normal elderly people compared to exercise alone. OBJECTIVE: To identify if ExM improves cognitive function and activities of daily living (ADLs) in dementia patients over cognitive stimulation (CS)...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222386/heterogeneous-fractionation-profiles-of-meta-analytic-coactivation-networks
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Angela R Laird, Michael C Riedel, Mershack Okoe, Radu Jianu, Kimberly L Ray, Simon B Eickhoff, Stephen M Smith, Peter T Fox, Matthew T Sutherland
Computational cognitive neuroimaging approaches can be leveraged to characterize the hierarchical organization of distributed, functionally specialized networks in the human brain. To this end, we performed large-scale mining across the BrainMap database of coordinate-based activation locations from over 10,000 task-based experiments. Meta-analytic coactivation networks were identified by jointly applying independent component analysis (ICA) and meta-analytic connectivity modeling (MACM) across a wide range of model orders (i...
February 18, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222381/domain-specific-and-domain-general-processes-underlying-metacognitive-judgments
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Lisa M Fitzgerald, Mahnaz Arvaneh, Paul M Dockree
Metacognition and self-awareness are commonly assumed to operate as global capacities. However, there have been few attempts to test this assumption across multiple cognitive domains and metacognitive evaluations. Here, we assessed the covariance between "online" metacognitive processes, as measured by decision confidence judgments in the domains of perception and memory, and error awareness in the domain of attention to action. Previous research investigating metacognition across task domains have not matched stimulus characteristics across tasks raising the possibility that any differences in metacognitive accuracy may be influenced by local task properties...
February 17, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222269/restoring-cftr-function-reduces-airway-bacteria-and-inflammation-in-people-with-cystic-fibrosis-and-chronic-lung-infections
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Katherine B Hisert, Sonya L Heltshe, Christopher Pope, Peter Jorth, Xia Wu, Rachael M Edwards, Matthew Radey, Frank J Accurso, Daniel J Wolter, Gordon Cooke, Ryan J Adam, Suzanne Carter, Brenda Grogan, Jan L Launspach, Seamas C Donnelly, Charles Gallagher, James E Bruce, David Stoltz, Michael J Welsh, Lucas R Hoffman, Edward F McKone, Pradeep K Singh
RATIONALE: Previous work indicates that ivacaftor improves CFTR activity and lung function in people with cystic fibrosis (CF) and G551D-CFTR mutations, but does not reduce density of bacteria or markers of inflammation in the airway. These findings raise the possibility that infection and inflammation may progress independently of CFTR activity once CF lung disease is established. OBJECTIVES: To better understand the relationship between CFTR activity, airway microbiology and inflammation, and lung function in subjects with CF and chronic airway infections...
February 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222221/elastase-2-an-angiotensin-ii-generating-enzyme-contributes-to-increased-ang-ii-in-resistance-arteries-of-mice-with-myocardial-infarction
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Christiane Becari, Marcondes A B Silva, Marina T Durand, Cibele M Prado, Eduardo B Oliveira, Mauricio S Ribeiro, Helio C Salgado, Maria Cristina O Salgado, Rita C Tostes
Angiotensin II (Ang II), whose generation largely depends on angiotensin-converting enzyme activity, mediates most of the renin-angiotensin-system effects. Elastase-2 (ELA-2), a chymotrypsin-serine protease elastase family member 2A, alternatively generates Ang II in rat arteries. Myocardial infarction (MI) leads to intense RAS activation, but mechanisms involved on Ang II-generation in resistance arteries are unknown. We hypothesized that ELA-2 contributes to vascular Ang II generation and to cardiac damage in mice submitted to MI...
February 21, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222093/active-zone-proteins-are-transported-via-distinct-mechanisms-regulated-by-par-1-kinase
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Kara R Barber, Julia Tanquary, Keegan Bush, Amanda Shaw, Michael Woodson, Michael Sherman, Yogesh P Wairkar
Disruption of synapses underlies a plethora of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disease. Presynaptic specialization called the active zone plays a critical role in the communication with postsynaptic neuron. While the role of many proteins at the active zones in synaptic communication is relatively well studied, very little is known about how these proteins are transported to the synapses. For example, are there distinct mechanisms for the transport of active zone components or are they all transported in the same transport vesicle? Is active zone protein transport regulated? In this report we show that overexpression of Par-1/MARK kinase, a protein whose misregulation has been implicated in Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and neurodegenerative disorders, lead to a specific block in the transport of an active zone protein component- Bruchpilot at Drosophila neuromuscular junctions...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222002/friction-reduction-through-ultrasonic-vibration-part-1-modelling-intermittent-contact
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Eric Vezzoli, Zlatko Virdih, Vincenzo Giamundo, Betty Lemaire-Semail, Frederic Giraud, Tomaz Rodic, Djordje Peric, Michael Adams
Ultrasonic vibration is employed to modify the friction of a finger pad in way that induces haptic sensations. A combination of intermittent contact and squeeze film levitation has been previously proposed as the most probable mechanism. In this paper, in order to understand the underlying principles that govern friction modulation by intermittent contact, numerical models based on finite element (FE) analysis and also a spring-Coulombic slider are developed. The physical input parameters for the FE model are optimised by measuring the contact phase shift between a finger pad and a vibrating plate...
February 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Haptics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222001/friction-reduction-through-ultrasonic-vibration-part-2-experimental-evaluation-of-intermittent-contact-and-squeeze-film-levitation
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Thomas Sednaoui, Eric Vezzoli, Brygida Maria Dzidek, Betty Lemaire-Semail, Cedrick Chappaz, Michael Adams
In part 1 of the current study of haptic displays, a finite element (FE) model of a finger exploring a plate vibrating out-of-plane at ultrasonic frequencies was developed as well as a spring-frictional slider model. It was concluded that the reduction in friction induced by the vibrations could be ascribed to ratchet mechanism as a result of intermittent contact. The relative reduction in friction calculated using the FE model could be superimposed onto an exponential function of a dimensionless group defined from relevant parameters...
February 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Haptics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221668/effect-of-physical-activity-versus-health-education-on-physical-function-grip-strength-and-mobility
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Adam J Santanasto, Nancy W Glynn, Laura C Lovato, Steven N Blair, Roger A Fielding, Thomas M Gill, Jack M Guralnik, Fang-Chi Hsu, Abby C King, Elsa S Strotmeyer, Todd M Manini, Anthony P Marsh, Mary M McDermott, Bret H Goodpaster, Marco Pahor, Anne B Newman
BACKGROUND: Physical activity (PA) reduces the rate of mobility disability, compared with health education (HE), in at risk older adults. It is important to understand aspects of performance contributing to this benefit. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate intervention effects on tertiary physical performance outcomes. DESIGN: The Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) was a multi-centered, single-blind randomized trial of older adults...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221285/genome-wide-methylation-analysis-of-a-large-population-sample-shows-neurological-pathways-involvement-in-chronic-widespread-musculoskeletal-pain-cwp
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Gregory Livshits, Ida Malkin, Maxim B Freidin, Yudong Xia, Fei Gao, Jun Wang, Timothy D Spector, Alex MacGregor, Jordana T Bell, Frances Mk Williams
Chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain (CWP), has a considerable heritable component, which remains to be explained. Epigenetic factors may contribute to and account for some of the heritability estimate. We analysed epigenome-wide methylation using MeDIPseq in whole blood DNA from 1708 monozygotic (MZ) and dizygotic (DZ) Caucasian twins having CWP prevalence of 19.9%. Longitudinally stable methylation bins (lsBINs), were established by testing repeated measurements conducted ≥3 years apart, n=292. DNA methylation variation at lsBINs was tested for association with CWP in a discovery set of 50 MZ twin pairs discordant for CWP, and in an independent dataset (n=1608 twins), and the results from the two samples were combined using Fisher's method...
February 15, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221256/evaluation-of-macular-ischemia-in-eyes-with-branch-retinal-vein-occlusion-an-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-study
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Shin Kadomoto, Yuki Muraoka, Sotaro Ooto, Yuko Miwa, Yuto Iida, Kiyoshi Suzuma, Tomoaki Murakami, Rima Ghashut, Akitaka Tsujikawa, Nagahisa Yoshimura
PURPOSE: To quantitatively assess macular morphology and perfusion status using optical coherence tomography, and optical coherence tomography angiography in eyes with branch retinal vein occlusion when macular edema has completely resolved, and to investigate the impact on visual function. METHODS: Thirty consecutive eyes with branch retinal vein occlusion-macular edema that resolved after treatment with intravitreal ranibizumab injections were included. Macular sensitivity was measured by microperimetry; defect length of foveal ellipsoid zone band was measured using optical coherence tomography; foveal avascular zone and parafoveal nonperfusion areas (NPA) were measured by optical coherence tomography angiography...
February 17, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221173/new-developments-in-transplant-proteomics
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Julie Ho, Patricia Hirt-Minkowski, John A Wilkins
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Despite modern immunosuppression, renal allograft rejection remains a major contributor to graft loss. Novel biomarkers may help improve posttransplant outcomes through the early detection and treatment of rejection. Our objective is to provide an overview of proteomics, review recent discovery-based rejection studies, and explore innovative approaches in biomarker development. RECENT FINDINGS: Urine MMP7 was identified as a biomarker of subclinical and clinical rejection using two-dimensional liquid chromatography tandem-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and improved the overall diagnostic discrimination of urine CXCL10 : Cr alone for renal allograft inflammation...
February 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220822/pulmonary-outcomes-following-specialized-respiratory-management-for-acute-cervical-spinal-cord-injury-a-retrospective-analysis
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E C Zakrasek, J L Nielson, J J Kosarchuk, J D Crew, A R Ferguson, S L McKenna
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. OBJECTIVES: To identify multivariate interactions of respiratory function that are sensitive to spinal cord injury level and pharmacological treatment to promote strategies that increase successful liberation from mechanical ventilation. SETTING: United States regional spinal cord injury (SCI) treatment center. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of patients consecutively admitted to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center between May 2013 and December 2014 for ventilator weaning with C1-C5 American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale (AIS) A or B SCI, <3 months from injury and who had a tracheostomy in place...
February 21, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220803/tcf7-is-suppressed-by-the-androgen-receptor-via-microrna-1-mediated-downregulation-and-is-involved-in-the-development-of-resistance-to-androgen-deprivation-in-prostate-cancer
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M K Siu, W-Y Chen, H-Y Tsai, H-Y Chen, J J Yin, C-L Chen, Y-C Tsai, Y-N Liu
BACKGROUND: Resistance to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) represents a key step in the malignant progression of prostate cancer, and mutation to androgen receptor (AR) is one major driver to an androgen-independent phenotype. However, alternative oncogenic pathways that bypass AR signaling have emerged as an important mechanism promoting resistance to ADT. It is known that AR activation can prevent the interaction between β-catenin and T cell factor/lymphoid enhancer-binding factor (TCF/LEF) family, inhibiting the Wnt signaling pathway...
February 21, 2017: Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases
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