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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647869/muscular-viscoelastic-characteristics-of-athletes-participating-in-the-european-master-indoor-athletics-championship
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Marco Gervasi, Davide Sisti, Stefano Amatori, Marco Andreazza, Piero Benelli, Piero Sestili, Marco Bruno Luigi Rocchi, Anna Rita Calavalle
PURPOSE: To investigate how the viscoelastic characteristics of muscles (non-neural tone, elasticity and stiffness) vary as a function of age and gender in a sample of track and field master athletes. To compare these findings with data on related sedentary subjects in literature. METHODS: A total of 390 athletes (aged 35-99) were assessed during the European Master Athletics Indoor Championship 2016. A non-invasive measurement device called MyotonPro was used to measure tone, stiffness, and elasticity in the biceps brachii and rectus femoris muscles at rest...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647867/the-effects-of-4-weeks-stretching-training-to-the-point-of-pain-on-flexibility-and-muscle-tendon-unit-properties
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Pornpimol Muanjai, David A Jones, Mantas Mickevicius, Danguole Satkunskiene, Audrius Snieckus, Renata Rutkauskaite, Dalia Mickeviciene, Sigitas Kamandulis
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the benefits and possible problems of 4 weeks stretching when taken to the point of pain (POP) and to the point of discomfort (POD). METHODS: Twenty-six physically active women (20 ± 1.1 years) took part in group-based stretching classes of the hamstring muscles, 4 times per week for 4 weeks, one group one stretching to POD, the other to POP. Passive stiffness, joint range of motion (ROM), maximal isometric torque and concentric knee flexion torque, were measured before training and 2 days after the last training session...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647791/premonitory-symptoms-of-migraine-in-childhood-and-adolescence
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N Karsan, P Prabhakar, P J Goadsby
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Premonitory symptoms in migraine; symptoms occurring before the onset of migraine pain or aura, are an increasingly recognised area of interest within headache research. It has been recently documented in the literature that these symptoms also occur in children and adolescents, with a comparable phenotype to adults. This review discusses the wide presentation of premonitory symptoms in migraine in children and adolescents, and the importance of understanding how these early symptoms are mediated in order to ensure that targeted abortive therapies are developed in the future...
July 2017: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646803/effects-of-balneotherapy-on-serum-levels-of-shingosine-1-phosphate-in-patients-with-osteoarthritis
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Esra Aycan Ustyol, Fatih Karaarslan, Seldag Bekpinar, Kagan Ozkuk, Nergis Erdogan
Context • Balneotherapy is one of the most commonly used nonpharmacological interventions for osteoarthritis (OA), but its mechanism of action in relieving pain and stiffness and in improving physical function is not well understood. Studies have found that therapy provokes a series of neuroendocrinal reactions with anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), a bioactive lipid, has been implicated as an important mediator in the maintenance of physiological processes (eg, vascular barrier integrity) and in pathophysiologic processes such as inflammatory conditions...
June 23, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646754/free-energy-analysis-of-cell-spreading
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Eóin McEvoy, Vikram S Deshpande, Patrick McGarry
In this study we present a steady-state adaptation of the thermodynamically motivated stress fiber (SF) model of Vigliotti et al. (2015). We implement this steady-state formulation in a non-local finite element setting where we also consider global conservation of the total number of cytoskeletal proteins within the cell, global conservation of the number of binding integrins on the cell membrane, and adhesion limiting ligand density on the substrate surface. We present a number of simulations of cell spreading in which we consider a limited subset of the possible deformed spread-states assumed by the cell in order to examine the hypothesis that free energy minimization drives the process of cell spreading...
June 7, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646708/piezoelectric-parametric-effects-on-wave-vibration-and-contact-mechanics-of-traveling-wave-ultrasonic-motor
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Dongsheng Zhang, Shiyu Wang, Jie Xiu
Elastic wave quality determines the operating performance of traveling wave ultrasonic motor (TWUM). The time-variant circumferential force from the shrink of piezoelectric ceramic is one of the factors that distort the elastic wave. The distorted waveshape deviates from the ideal standard sinusoidal fashion and affects the contact mechanics and driving performance. An analytical dynamic model of ring ultrasonic motor is developed. Based on this model, the piezoelectric parametric effects on the wave distortion and contact mechanics are examined...
May 25, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646476/the-relationship-between-circulating-adiponectin-leptin-and-vaspin-with-bone-mineral-density-bmd-arterial-calcification-and-stiffness-a-cross-sectional-study-in-post-menopausal-women
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N Tanna, K Patel, A E Moore, D Dulnoan, S Edwards, G Hampson
OBJECTIVE: To explore the relationship between circulating adiponectin, leptin and vaspin with bone mineral density (BMD), arterial stiffness and vascular calcification in post-menopausal women. We hypothesised that adipokines produced by adipose tissue may be mediators of bone and cardiovascular disease (CVD) and explain, in part, the observed association between osteoporosis and CVD. DESIGN: We studied 386 ambulant community dwelling postmenopausal women aged (mean [SD] 61 [6...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645922/management-of-high-grade-dysplasia-of-the-cystic-duct-after-cholecystectomy
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Maitham A Moslim, Andrew Tang, Gareth Morris-Stiff
High-grade dysplasia (HGD) of the cystic duct margin without evidence of concurrent malignancy is a rare occurrence. We present a case of a 36-year-old woman who developed gallstone pancreatitis and subsequently underwent a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. On histopathology, she was found to have HGD at the cystic duct margin. Following evaluation, she underwent excision of the cystic duct remnant with no malignancy being present on final pathology. We present this case to discuss the management of cystic duct dysplasia in the absence of gallbladder malignancy...
June 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645851/nanotubes-connecting-b-lymphocytes-high-impact-of-differentiation-dependent-lipid-composition-on-their-growth-and-mechanics
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Eszter A Tóth, Ádám Oszvald, Mária Péter, Gábor Balogh, Anikó Osteikoetxea-Molnár, Tamás Bozó, Edina Szabó-Meleg, Miklós Nyitrai, Imre Derényi, Miklós Kellermayer, Toshiyuki Yamaji, Kentaro Hanada, László Vígh, János Matkó
Nanotubes (NTs) are thin, long membranous structures forming novel, yet poorly known communication pathways between various cell types. Key mechanisms controlling their growth still remained poorly understood. Since NT-forming capacity of immature and mature B cells was found largely different, we investigated how lipid composition and molecular order of the membrane affect NT-formation. Screening B cell lines with various differentiation stages revealed that NT-growth linearly correlates with membrane ganglioside levels, while it shows maximum as a function of cholesterol level...
June 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645850/biomechanical-analysis-using-fea-and-experiments-of-a-standard-plate-method-versus-three-cable-methods-for-fixing-acetabular-fractures-with-simultaneous-tha
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Mina S R Aziz, Omar Dessouki, Saeid Samiezadeh, Habiba Bougherara, Emil H Schemitsch, Radovan Zdero
Acetabular fractures potentially account for up to half of all pelvic fractures, while pelvic fractures potentially account for over one-tenth of all human bone fractures. This is the first biomechanical study to assess acetabular fracture fixation using plates versus cables in the presence of a total hip arthroplasty, as done for the elderly. In Phase 1, finite element (FE) models compared a standard plate method versus 3 cable methods for repairing an acetabular fracture (type: anterior column plus posterior hemi-transverse) subjected to a physiological-type compressive load of 2207N representing 3 x body weight for a 75kg person during walking...
June 20, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645832/the-relation-between-elbow-range-of-motion-and-patient-satisfaction-after-open-release-of-stiff-elbow
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Hakan Gundes, Özgür Selek, Umit Gok, Bora Gumuslu, Levent Buluc
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this retrospective study was to find out whether a cut off value existed for elbow flexion and extension after open surgical release of elbow contracture that would correlate with subjective patient satisfaction. METHODS: The study enrolled 77 patients (53 males and 24 females with a mean age of 35.1 (18-77) years at the time of operation) with elbow contracture who attended regular follow-up appointments for more than 12 months. The mean follow up period was 44...
June 20, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645731/aortic-backward-waves-rather-than-stiffness-account-for-independent-associations-between-pulse-pressure-amplification-and-left-ventricular-mass-in-a-young-to-middle-aged-sample
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Moekanyi J Sibiya, Gavin R Norton, Hendrik L Booysen, Grace Tade, Carlos D Libhaber, Imraan Ballim, Pinhas Sareli, Angela J Woodiwiss
A decreased aortic-to-brachial pulse pressure (PP) amplification, which is independently associated with cardiovascular outcomes, may index several aortic functional changes. However, that aortic functional change most likely to account for this effect is uncertain. In 706 randomly selected community participants of African ancestry with a mean age of 44.4 ± 18.2 years, we assessed aortic function using radial applanation tonometry and SphygmoCor software (including forward [Pf] and backward [Pb] wave separation analysis assuming a triangular flow waveform) and left ventricular mass index (LVMI) (echocardiography)...
June 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645510/the-nonlinear-flexural-response-of-a-whole-teleost-fish-contribution-of-scales-and-skin
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Lawrence Szewciw, Deju Zhu, Francois Barthelat
The scaled skin of fish is an intricate system that provides mechanical protection against hard and sharp puncture, while maintaining the high flexural compliance required for unhindered locomotion. This unusual combination of local hardness and global compliance makes fish skin an interesting model for bioinspired protective systems. In this work we investigate the flexural response of whole teleost fish, and how scales may affect global flexural stiffness. A bending moment is imposed on the entire body of a striped bass (Morone saxatilis)...
June 13, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645117/diagnosis-of-nonexophytic-nasopharyngeal-lesion-with-endoscopy-guided-core-needle-biopsy-after-narrow-band-imaging
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Min Li, Shenhong Qu, Yangda Qin, Jinlong Lu, Shuilian Yu, Guiping Lan, Jingjin Wen, Yong Yang, Yongfeng Si
BACKGROUND: Due to the obstruction of the surrounding structures or stiff mucosa, the primary and recurrent nonexophytic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NE-NPC) patients are difficult to be diagnosed histologically by traditional forceps biopsy. RESULTS: All the 15 cases had adequate biopsy for histological diagnosis. There were 5 cases of primary and 7 cases of recurrent NE-NPC, and 3 cases of inflammatory lesion. The histopathological diagnosis was consistent with the follow-up visit...
June 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644862/high-intensity-corneal-collagen-crosslinking-with-riboflavin-and-uva-in-rat-cornea
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Yirui Zhu, Peter S Reinach, Hanlei Zhu, Qiufan Tan, Qinxiang Zheng, Jia Qu, Wei Chen
Corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) halts human corneal ectasias progression by increasing stromal mechanical stiffness. Although some reports describe that this procedure is effective in dealing with some infectious and immunologic corneal thinning diseases, there is a need for more animal models whose corneal thickness more closely resemble those occurring in these patients. To meet this need, we describe here high-intensity protocols that are safe and effective for obtaining CXL in rat corneas. Initially, a range of potentially effective UVA doses were evaluated based on their effectiveness in increasing tissue enzymatic resistance to dissolution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644611/transient-fiber-mats-of-electrospun-poly-propylene-carbonate-composites-with-remarkable-mechanical-strength
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Peter Ohlendorf, Alexander Ruyack, Amanda K Leonardi, Chengjian Shi, Christine Cuppoletti, Ian Bruce, Amit Lal, Christopher K Ober
Polymers with a triggered decomposition are attractive for an array of applications ranging from patterning to transient packaging materials as well as for environmental protection. This work showed for the first time UV and thermally triggered transience in fiber mats using poly(propylene carbonate) (PPC) composites. The electrospun PPC-composite fiber mats combine excellent decomposition performance (due to the high surface to volume ratio) with high stiffness and thus represent a new class of materials enabling innovative applications such as transient filter materials, short-time plant protection materials as well as temporary lightweight materials for aerospace engineering...
June 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643813/-polymyalgia-rheumatica-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-issues-of-an-apparently-straightforward-disease
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Ciro Manzo, Dario Camellino
Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is an inflammatory disease characterized by aching and stiffness in the girdles, which affects typically people over 50 years old and could overlap with giant cell arteritis (GCA) in about 15-20% of cases. Although the diagnosis of PMR is usually considered straightforward, clinicians facing this disease should be aware of its atypical manifestations, which can hamper the correct identification of PMR and, conversely, should be aware of other diseases which may present with polymyalgic features...
May 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643530/assessment-of-local-carotid-stiffness-in-seronegative-and-seropositive-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Abdullah Nabi Aslan, Ayşe Nur Şirin Özcan, Şükran Erten, Yakup Alsancak, Tahir Durmaz
OBJECTIVES: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory disease associated with increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease. Arterial stiffness (AS) is an independent predictor of CV events. This study aimed to analyse local carotid AS parameters in seronegative and seropositive RA patients. DESIGN: Of 347 consecutive RA patients, we selected specifically those who were free of established CV diseases and risk factors. As a result, 140 patients (126 women, 52...
June 23, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643136/assessment-of-liver-fibrosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-comparison-of-shear-wave-elastography-and-transient-elastography
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Shashi B Paul, Prasenjit Das, Mousumi Mahanta, Vishnubhatla Sreenivas, Saurabh Kedia, Nancy Kalra, Harpreet Kaur, Maneesh Vijayvargiya, Shouriyo Ghosh, Shivanand R Gamanagatti, Shalimar, Siddhartha Dutta Gupta, Subrat K Acharya
PURPOSE: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of shear wave elastography (SWE) and transient elastography (TE) in the evaluation of liver fibrosis in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and C (CHC) patients taking liver biopsy as gold standard. METHODS: Ethics committee approved this prospective cross-sectional study. Between October 2012 and December 2014, consecutive CHB/CHC patients fulfilling the inclusion criteria were included-age more than 18 years, informed written consent, willing and suitable for liver biopsy...
June 22, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643040/management-of-an-unusual-recurrent-neurenteric-cyst-in-an-infant-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Darian R Esfahani, Laura Burokas, Henry G Brown, Yoon S Hahn, Dimitrios Nikas
PURPOSE: Neurenteric cysts are rare congenital remnants formed by a failure of separation between endoderm and ectoderm in utero. METHODS: We describe a case of a 7-month-old male with a large cervical neurenteric cyst presenting with intermittent neck stiffness and irritability. RESULTS: This cyst was resected, recurred, and required repeat surgery. The patient's postoperative course included aseptic meningitis and hydrocephalus requiring ventriculoperitoneal shunt and later management of tethered cord, necessitating detethering...
June 22, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
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