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Aodhán Hickey, Eleanor Gunn, Lisa Alcock, Silvia Del Din, Alan Godfrey, Lynn Rochester, Brook Galna
Biomarkers are required to track disease progression and measure the effectiveness of interventions for people with spinocerebellar ataxia type-6 (SCA6). Gait is a potential biomarker that is sensitive to SCA6 which can be measured using wearable technology, reducing the need for expensive specialist facilities. However, algorithms used to calculate gait using data from wearables have not been validated in SCA6. This study sought to examine the validity of a single wearable for deriving 14 spatio-temporal gait characteristics in SCA6 and control cohorts...
October 25, 2016: Physiological Measurement
Nicole E Worden, Musab Alqasrawi, Alexander Mazur
BACKGROUND: Available atrial electrograms in implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) improve arrhythmia diagnosis, allow monitoring for atrial fibrillation and may reduce the risk of inappropriate therapies. A recently introduced ICD system using a single-lead with floating atrial electrodes provides diagnostic capability of a dual-chamber system without placing an additional lead. Data on long-term clinical performance of this system are limited. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed data from 35 consecutive patients implanted with Biotronik VR-T DX devices and Linox (Smart) DX leads...
October 24, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
John D Fisher
In the words of the legendary late John Messenger, pacemakers have evolved from the equivalent of a pirate's peg leg that simply prevents you from falling down, to a fully articulated prosthesis. Each "ultimate" step has been succeeded by ever more sophisticated devices. Very early attempts at providing atrioventricular synchrony included metal wire connections between atrium and ventricle, and His bundle pacing with large screw-in electrodes. These efforts failed, largely because of poor conductivity, excessive fibrosis and loss of capture...
October 24, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
James P Daubert
Stimulation of the His bundle was reported first in canines and then in humans nearly half-century ago and was characterized by a QRS morphology identical to both the native QRS and to that produced by atrial pacing. (1 2 3,4) The isoelectric interval between the His bundle pacing stimulus and the QRS equaled the native HV interval. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
October 24, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Dominic Micklewright, Sue Kegerreis, John Raglin, Florentina Hettinga
The extent to which athletic pacing decisions are made consciously or subconsciously is a prevailing issue. In this article we discuss why the one-dimensional conscious-subconscious debate that has reigned in the pacing literature has suppressed our understanding of the multidimensional processes that occur in pacing decisions. How do we make our decisions in real-life competitive situations? What information do we use and how do we respond to opponents? These are questions that need to be explored and better understood, using smartly designed experiments...
October 25, 2016: Sports Medicine
Kusum Mehla, Jayashree Ramana
Campylobacter jejuni remains a major cause of human gastroenteritis with estimated annual incidence rate of 450 million infections worldwide. C. jejuni is a major burden to public health in both socioeconomically developing and industrialized nations. Virulence determinants involved in C. jejuni pathogenesis are multifactorial in nature and not yet fully understood. Despite the completion of the first C. jejuni genome project in 2000, there are currently no vaccines in the market against this pathogen. Traditional vaccinology approach is an arduous and time extensive task...
October 24, 2016: Functional & Integrative Genomics
Nadeen N Faza, Kainat Khalid, Mohammad Saeed, Yochai Birnbaum
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October 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
Judy W Ammerlaan, Harmieke van Os-Medendorp, Nienke de Boer-Nijhof, Bertha Maat, Lieske Scholtus, Aike A Kruize, Johannes W J Bijlsma, Rinie Geenen
OBJECTIVE: Aim of this study was to investigate preferences and needs regarding the structure and content of a person-centered online self-management support intervention for patients with a rheumatic disease. METHODS: A four step procedure, consisting of online focus group interviews, consensus meetings with patient representatives, card sorting task and hierarchical cluster analysis was used to identify the preferences and needs. RESULTS: Preferences concerning the structure involved 1) suitability to individual needs and questions, 2) fit to the life stage 3) creating the opportunity to share experiences, be in contact with others, 4) have an expert patient as trainer, 5) allow for doing the training at one's own pace and 6) offer a brief intervention...
October 13, 2016: Patient Education and Counseling
Emily Morgan, Roger Levy
We ask whether word order preferences for binomial expressions of the form A and B (e.g. bread and butter) are driven by abstract linguistic knowledge of ordering constraints referencing the semantic, phonological, and lexical properties of the constituent words, or by prior direct experience with the specific items in questions. Using forced-choice and self-paced reading tasks, we demonstrate that online processing of never-before-seen binomials is influenced by abstract knowledge of ordering constraints, which we estimate with a probabilistic model...
October 21, 2016: Cognition
Line Lisbeth Olesen, Andreas Andersen
AIMS: Due to the demographic development there is an increasing number of senior citizens with left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD), defined as ejection fraction (EF) < 40%. Unfortunately there are under-diagnosis and under-treatment in the elderly of this serious condition. Echocardiography is the gold standard to diagnose LVSD, but access is limited. Simple screening methods may ensure reduction of undetected cases, and this study investigates if electrocardiogram (ECG) can be used to screen for LVSD in the geriatric population...
March 2016: ESC Heart Failure
Masako Hirotani, J Michael Terry, Norihiro Sadato
Prosody plays an important role in online sentence processing both explicitly and implicitly. It has been shown that prosodically packaging together parts of a sentence that are interpreted together facilitates processing of the sentence. This applies not only to explicit prosody but also implicit prosody. The present work hypothesizes that a line break in a written text induces an implicit prosodic break, which, in turn, should result in a processing bias for interpreting English wh-questions. Two experiments-one self-paced reading study and one questionnaire study-are reported...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Asit Das, Suvro Banerjee, S C Mandal
BACKGROUND: Pacing in the Bachmann's bundle (BB) area (upper atrial septum) appears superior to right atrial appendage or free wall stimulation for the prevention of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in patients with atrial conduction delay. However, insertion of active fixation lead in the upper atrial septal position is difficult and time consuming with conventional stylet, inhibiting application of this pacing method in routine practice. METHODS: The technique of positioning the atrial lead in BB with hand-made stylet is presented with emphasis on electrocardiographic P-wave pattern and fluoroscopic landmarks...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Chia-Feng Liu, William E Samsa, Guang Zhou, Véronique Lefebvre
A milestone in the evolutionary emergence of vertebrates was the invention of cartilage, a tissue that has key roles in modeling, protecting and complementing the bony skeleton. Cartilage is elaborated and maintained by chondrocytes. These cells derive from multipotent skeletal progenitors and they perform highly specialized functions as they proceed through sequential lineage commitment and differentiation steps. They form cartilage primordia, the primary skeleton of the embryo. They then transform these primordia either into cartilage growth plates, temporary drivers of skeletal elongation and endochondral ossification, or into permanent tissues, namely articular cartilage...
October 19, 2016: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
L M Rueda-Delgado, E Solesio-Jofre, D Mantini, P Dupont, A Daffertshofer, S P Swinnen
The neural network and the task-dependence of (local) activity changes involved in bimanual coordination are well documented. However, much less is known about the functional connectivity within this neural network and its modulation according to manipulations of task complexity. Here, we assessed neural activity via high-density electroencephalography, focussing on changes of activity in the beta frequency band (~15-30Hz) across the motor network in 26 young adult participants (19-29 years old). We investigated how network connectivity was modulated with task difficulty and errors of performance during a bimanual visuomotor movement consisting of dial rotation according to three different ratios of speed: an isofrequency movement (1:1), a non-isofrequency movement with the right hand keeping the fast pace (1:3), and the converse ratio with the left hand keeping the fast pace (3:1)...
October 19, 2016: NeuroImage
Joshua L Fiechter, Aaron S Benjamin
In five experiments, we investigated whether expected retention intervals affect subjects' encoding strategies. In the first four experiments, our subjects studied paired associates consisting of words from the Graduate Record Exam and a synonym. They were told to expect a test on a word pair after either a short or a longer interval. Subjects were tested on most pairs after the expected retention interval. For some pairs, however, subjects were tested after the other retention interval, allowing for a comparison of performance at a given retention interval conditional upon the expected retention interval...
October 21, 2016: Memory & Cognition
Nicola Giovanelli, Paolo Taboga, Stefano Lazzer
PURPOSE: To investigate changes in running mechanics during a six hours running race. METHODS: Twelve ultra-runners (age: 41.9±5.8 years; body mass: 68.3±12.6 kg; stature: 1.72±0.09 m) were asked to run as many 874 m flat loops as possible in six hours. Running speed, contact (tc) and aerial (ta) times were measured in the first lap and every 30±2 minutes during the race. Peak vertical ground reaction force (Fmax), stride length (SL), vertical downward displacement of the centre of mass (Δz), leg length change (ΔL), vertical (kvert) and leg (kleg) stiffness were then estimated...
September 26, 2016: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Emily Meike, S M Howell, M L Hull
PURPOSE: After reconstructing a torn ACL with a soft tissue allograft, the long-term healing process of graft maturation following the short-term healing process of graft incorporation into the bone tunnels might lead to recurring instability and concomitant decreases in the activity level, function, and patient satisfaction. Relying on roentgen stereophotogrammetric analysis (RSA), the primary purpose was to determine whether anterior laxity increased and whether patient-reported outcomes declined between 1 and 7 years for a particular graft construct, surgical technique, and rehabilitation programme...
October 20, 2016: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Nicholas J Hanson, Janet Buckworth
Time perception during exercise may be affected by chosen intensity, and may also affect enjoyment of exercise and subsequent long-term adherence. However, little is known about how individuals perceive the passage of time during exercise, or if factors such as sex are influential. The purpose of this study was to determine if there are sex related differences in perception of time during a bout of exercise in experienced runners. Twenty-two recreational runners (11 men, 11 women) participated in a bout of treadmill running where they were allowed to select their intensity...
2016: International Journal of Exercise Science
Marek Sramko, Dan Wichterle, Josef Kautzner
This study evaluated hemodynamic feasibility and reproducibility of a new method for in vivo simulation of human atrial fibrillation (AF). The method was tested during sinus rhythm in 10 patients undergoing catheter ablation for AF. A simple electronic device was assembled that allowed triggering a cardiac stimulator by predefined series of RR intervals. Irregular RR interval sequences with a mean heart rate of 90/min and 130/min were obtained from ECG recordings of another patients with AF. Simultaneous atrioventricular pacing was delivered by catheters placed inside the coronary sinus and at the His bundle region...
2016: PloS One
Kenichi Sasaki, Takeru Makiyama, Yoshinori Yoshida, Yimin Wuriyanghai, Tsukasa Kamakura, Suguru Nishiuchi, Mamoru Hayano, Takeshi Harita, Yuta Yamamoto, Hirohiko Kohjitani, Sayako Hirose, Jiarong Chen, Mihoko Kawamura, Seiko Ohno, Hideki Itoh, Ayako Takeuchi, Satoshi Matsuoka, Masaru Miura, Naokata Sumitomo, Minoru Horie, Shinya Yamanaka, Takeshi Kimura
INTRODUCTION: Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) offer a unique opportunity for disease modeling. However, it is not invariably successful to recapitulate the disease phenotype because of the immaturity of hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs). The purpose of this study was to establish and analyze iPSC-based model of catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), which is characterized by adrenergically mediated lethal arrhythmias, more precisely using electrical pacing that could promote the development of new pharmacotherapies...
2016: PloS One
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