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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933022/emotional-empathy-and-facial-mimicry-for-static-and-dynamic-facial-expressions-of-fear-and-disgust
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Krystyna Rymarczyk, Łukasz Żurawski, Kamila Jankowiak-Siuda, Iwona Szatkowska
Facial mimicry is the tendency to imitate the emotional facial expressions of others. Increasing evidence suggests that the perception of dynamic displays leads to enhanced facial mimicry, especially for happiness and anger. However, little is known about the impact of dynamic stimuli on facial mimicry for fear and disgust. To investigate this issue, facial EMG responses were recorded in the corrugator supercilii, levator labii, and lateral frontalis muscles, while participants viewed static (photos) and dynamic (videos) facial emotional expressions...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932966/combination-of-static-magnetic-fields-and-peripheral-nerve-stimulation-can-alter-focal-cortical-excitability
#2
Ippei Nojima, Satoko Koganemaru, Tatsuya Mima
For clinical application of transcranial static magnetic stimulation (tSMS), it is important to achieve a focal target cortical stimulation. Previous study suggested that the associative stimulation combining non-invasive stimulation of the motor cortex (M1) and the peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) may be useful to produce cortical excitability change. To test this hypothesis, we measured the M1 excitability and intracortical circuits by using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) before and after the tSMS of short duration (5 min) combined with PNS...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932681/acute-intermittent-hypoxia-in-rats-activates-muscle-proteolytic-pathways-through-a-glucocorticoid-dependent-mechanism
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Franciele Przygodda, Leandro Henrique Manfredi, Juliano Machado, Dawit A P Gonçalves, Neusa Maria Zanon, Leni G H Bonagamba, Benedito H Machado, Isis do Carmo Kettelhut, Luiz C C Navegantes
Although it is well known that chronic hypoxia induces muscle wasting, the effects of intermit-tent hypoxia on skeletal muscle protein metabolism remains unclear. We hypothesized that acute intermittent hypoxia (AIH), a challenge that activates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, would alter muscle protein homeostasis through a glucocorticoid-dependent mechanism. Three-week-old rats were submitted to adrenalectomy (ADX) and exposed to 8 h of AIH (6% O2 for 40s at 9 min intervals). Animals were sacrificed and the soleus and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles were harvested and incubated in vitro for measurements of protein turn-over...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932677/suite-of-clinically-relevant-functional-assays-to-address-therapeutic-efficacy-and-disease-mechanism-in-the-dystrophic-mdx-mouse
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Yafeng Song, Shira Tziporah Rosenblum, Leon Morales, Mihail Petrov, Christopher Greer, Samantha Globerman, Hansell H Stedman
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive primary myodegenerative disease caused by a genetic deficiency of the 427 KD cytoskeletal protein dystrophin. Despite its single-gene etiology, DMD's complex pathogenesis remains poorly understood, complicating the extrapolation from results of preclinical studies in genetic homologues to the design of informative clinical trials. Here we describe novel phenotypic assays which when applied to the mdx mouse resemble recently used primary endpoints for DMD clinical trials...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932292/graduated-compression-stockings-does-not-decrease-walking-capacity-and-muscle-oxygen-saturation-during-six-minute-walk-test-in-intermittent-claudication-patients
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Bruno Remígio Cavalcante, Raphael Mendes Ritti-Dias, Antônio Henrique Germano Soares, Wagner Jorge Ribeiro Domingues, Glauco Fernandes Saes, Flávio Henrique Duarte, Aline de Paula da Cruz, Nelson Wolosker, Pedro Puech-Leão, Gabriel Grizzo Cucato, Antonio Eduardo Zerati
BACKGROUND: We analyze the effects of graduated compression stoking (GCS) on walking capacity and oxygen saturation in intermittent claudication (IC) patients. METHODS: Eighteen patients with IC performed the six-minute walking test in two conditions in random order: GCS or placebo sock. Onset claudication distance and total walking distance were obtained. The calf muscle oxygen saturation was continuously monitored before, during and after six-minute walk test...
December 5, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932089/clinical-and-neuroimaging-findings-in-two-brothers-with-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-due-to-lama2-mutations
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Elizabeth Harris, Meriel McEntagart, Ana Topf, Hanns Lochmüller, Kate Bushby, Caroline Sewry, Volker Straub
Recessive mutations in LAMA2 commonly cause congenital muscular dystrophy (MDC1A) and, rarely, limb girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD). We report 2 brothers who presented in adulthood with LGMD due to novel mutations in LAMA2 identified by whole exome sequencing (WES). Muscle biopsy more than 30 years ago demonstrated dystrophic changes but was not available for immunoanalysis. Muscle MRI demonstrated involvement of peripheral muscle with internal sparing classically seen in collagen-VI related disorders. Extensive genetic testing, including COL6A1/2/3, was performed prior to WES...
November 3, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931981/relative-contribution-of-muscle-and-liver-insulin-resistance-to-dysglycemia-in-postmenopausal-overweight-and-obese-women-a-monet-group-study
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Belinda Elisha, Emmanuel Disse, Katherine Chabot, Nadine Taleb, Denis Prud'homme, Sophie Bernard, Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret, Jean-Philippe Bastard
OBJECTIVES: The relative contribution of muscle and liver insulin resistance (IR) in the development of dysglycemia and metabolic abnormalities is difficult to establish. The present study aimed to investigate the relative contribution of muscle IR vs. liver IR to dysglycemia in non-diabetic overweight or obese postmenopausal women and to determine differences in body composition and cardiometabolic indicators associated with hepatic or muscle IR. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Secondary analysis of 156 non-diabetic overweight or obese postmenopausal women...
December 5, 2016: Annales D'endocrinologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931580/changes-in-muscle-strength-and-six-minute-walk-distance-before-and-after-living-donor-liver-transplantation
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Y Mizuno, S Ito, K Hattori, M Nagaya, T Inoue, Y Nishida, Y Onishi, H Kamei, N Kurata, Y Hasegawa, Y Ogura
BACKGROUND: Impaired exercise capacity and muscle weakness are important characteristics of liver transplantation recipients. Perioperative rehabilitation has been introduced to promote early mobilization of patients and to prevent postoperative pulmonary complications. However, it is unknown how physical status recovers during the hospital stay after a liver transplant. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the changes in clinical indicators that represent the functional exercise capacity and muscle strength before and after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT)...
December 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931244/association-of-lower-extremity-range-of-motion-and-muscle-strength-with-physical-performance-of-community-dwelling-older-women
#9
Hungu Jung, Masahiro Yamasaki
BACKGROUND: Reduced lower extremity range of motion (ROM) and muscle strength are related to functional disability in older adults who cannot perform one or more activities of daily living (ADL) independently. The purpose of this study was to determine which factors of seven lower extremity ROMs and two muscle strengths play dominant roles in the physical performance of community-dwelling older women. METHODS: Ninety-five community-dwelling older women (mean age ± SD, 70...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Physiological Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931240/skeletal-muscle-characteristics-are-preserved-in-htert-cdk4-human-myogenic-cell-lines
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Matthew Thorley, Stéphanie Duguez, Emilia Maria Cristina Mazza, Sara Valsoni, Anne Bigot, Kamel Mamchaoui, Brennan Harmon, Thomas Voit, Vincent Mouly, William Duddy
BACKGROUND: hTERT/cdk4 immortalized myogenic human cell lines represent an important tool for skeletal muscle research, being used as therapeutically pertinent models of various neuromuscular disorders and in numerous fundamental studies of muscle cell function. However, the cell cycle is linked to other cellular processes such as integrin regulation, the PI3K/Akt pathway, and microtubule stability, raising the question as to whether genetic modification related to the cell cycle results in secondary effects that could undermine the validity of these cell models...
December 8, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930876/pioglitazone-on-improves-whole-body-aerobic-capacity-and-skeletal-muscle-energy-metabolism-in-patients-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Takashi Yokota, Shintaro Kinugawa, Kagami Hirabayashi, Tadashi Suga, Shingo Takada, Masashi Omokawa, Tomoyasu Kadoguchi, Masashige Takahashi, Arata Fukushima, Shouji Matsushima, Mayumi Yamato, Koichi Okita, Hiroyuki Tsutsui
AIMS/INTRODUCTION: Low aerobic capacity is a strong and independent predictor of all-cause mortality in patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS). Here, we investigated the effects of pioglitazone treatment on whole-body aerobic capacity and skeletal muscle energy metabolism in MetS patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fourteen male patients with MetS received oral 15 mg/day pioglitazone for 4 months. To assess whole-body aerobic capacity, exercise testing with a bicycle ergometer was performed before and after pioglitazone treatment...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930804/increased-mitochondrial-ros-generation-mediates-the-loss-of-pvat-anticontractile-effect-in-hfd-treated-obese-mice
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Rafael Menezes da Costa, Rafael S Fais, Carlos R P Dechandt, Paulo Louzada-Junior, Luciane C Alberici, Núbia S Lobato, Rita C Tostes
Obesity is associated with structural and functional changes in the perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT), favoring the release of reactive oxygen species (ROS), vasoconstrictor and proinflammatory factors. Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) induces vascular dysfunction and is produced by the PVAT. We tested the hypothesis that obesity-associated PVAT dysfunction is mediated by augmented mitochondrial ROS (mROS) generation due to increased TNF-α production in this tissue. Aortae from high fat diet (HFD)-fed obese mice displayed increased contractions to phenylephrine (PE) and loss of PVAT anticontractile effect...
December 8, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930604/an-automated-expanded-polytetrafluoroethylene-suturing-and-coaxial-fastener-system-for-mitral-chordae-replacement-strength-feasibility-and-healing
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Candice Y Lee, Joshua K Wong, Jude S Sauer, Heather R Gorea, Angelo J Martellaro, Andrew R Sifain, Peter A Knight
OBJECTIVE: Mitral valve (MV) chordae replacements can be technically challenging. Technology that remotely delivers and accurately secures artificial chordae may reduce the learning curve and improve the reliability of MV repairs. METHODS: The technology involved two devices: a remote suturing device for delivery of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) suture to the papillary muscle and a Coaxial titanium suture fastener (TF) device with integrated saline infusion for real-time determination of chordae length during fixation...
December 7, 2016: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928683/specific-autoantibodies-in-dermatomyositis-a-helpful-tool-to-classify-different-clinical-subsets
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Giulia Merlo, Andrea Clapasson, Emanuele Cozzani, Luigi Sanna, Giampaola Pesce, Marcello Bagnasco, Martina Burlando, Aurora Parodi
Autoantibodies are important in the diagnosis of dermatomyositis. They can be divided in two different groups: myositis-associated autoantibodies (MAA) prevailing in overlap syndromes, and myositis-specific autoantibodies (MSA), with diagnostic specificity exceeding 90%. Our purpose was to detect retrospectively the prevalence of the most common MSAs in a group of 19 adult DM patients (13 women, 6 men). A severe DM (SDM), with extensive cutaneous and muscular manifestations, dysphagia, and sometimes pneumopathy, was detected in ten cases...
December 7, 2016: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928634/pressurized-wideband-acoustic-stapedial-reflex-thresholds-normal-development-and-relationships-to-auditory-function-in-infants
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Lisa L Hunter, Douglas H Keefe, M Patrick Feeney, Denis F Fitzpatrick
This study analyzed effects of pressurization on wideband acoustic stapedial-muscle reflex (ASR) tests in infants cared for in normal newborn (NN) and neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Effects of hearing-screening outcomes on ASR threshold measurements were also evaluated, and a subsequent longitudinal study established normative threshold ranges over the first year after birth. An initial experiment compared thresholds in newborns measured at ambient pressure in the ear canal and at the tympanometric peak pressure...
December 7, 2016: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928254/diagnosing-myocardial-contusion-after-blunt-chest-trauma
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Zahra Alborzi, Vahid Zangouri, Shahram Paydar, Zahra Ghahramani, Masih Shafa, Bizhan Ziaeian, Mohammad Reza Radpey, Armin Amirian, Shahin Khodaei
A myocardial contusion refers to a bruise of the cardiac muscle, the severity of which can vary depending on the severity of the injury and when the injury occurs. It is a major cause of rapid death which happens after blunt chest trauma and should be suspected at triage in the emergency department. We demonstrated that suspected myocardial contusion patients who have normal electrocardiograms (ECGs) and biomarker tests can be safely discharged. However, if the test results are abnormal, the next steps should be echocardiography and more advanced measures...
April 13, 2016: Journal of Tehran Heart Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928218/differential-effects-of-heavy-versus-moderate-loads-on-measures-of-strength-and-hypertrophy-in-resistance-trained-men
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Brad J Schoenfeld, Bret Contreras, Andrew D Vigotsky, Mark Peterson
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate muscular adaptations between heavy- and moderate-load resistance training (RT) with all other variables controlled between conditions. Nineteen resistance-trained men were randomly assigned to either a strength-type RT routine (HEAVY) that trained in a loading range of 2-4 repetitions per set (n = 10) or a hypertrophy-type RT routine (MODERATE) that trained in a loading range of 8-12 repetitions per set (n = 9). Training was carried out 3 days a week for 8 weeks...
December 2016: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928208/the-interaction-of-fatigue-and-potentiation-following-an-acute-bout-of-unilateral-squats
#18
Samantha K Andrews, Jesse M Horodyski, Daniel A MacLeod, Joseph Whitten, David G Behm
A prior conditioning resistance exercise can augment subsequent performance of the affected muscles due to the effects of post-activation potentiation (PAP). The non-local muscle fatigue literature has illustrated the global neural effects of unilateral fatigue. However, no studies have examined the possibility of acute non-local performance enhancements. The objective of the study was to provide a conditioning stimulus in an attempt to potentiate the subsequent jump performance of the affected limb and determine if there were performance changes in the contralateral limb...
December 2016: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928202/effects-of-short-term-carbohydrate-restrictive-and-conventional-hypoenergetic-diets-and-resistance-training-on-strength-gains-and-muscle-thickness
#19
Claudia M Meirelles, Paulo S C Gomes
: Hypoenergetic diets and resistance training (RT) have been suggested to be important components of weight loss strategy programs; however, there is little evidence as to the chronic effects of different macronutrient compositions on strength performance and muscle mass with RT. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of carbohydrate restrictive (CRD) and conventional (CONV) diets combined with RT on strength performance and muscle thicknesses in overweight and obese participants already involved in RT programs...
December 2016: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928114/thorough-mastication-prior-to-swallowing-increases-postprandial-satiety-and-the-thermic-effect-of-a-meal-in-young-women
#20
Naho Komai, Naoko Motokubota, Maki Suzuki, Ikuyo Hayashi, Toshio Moritani, Narumi Nagai
There is evidence to support that mastication may contribute to the prevention of weight gain via reduction of appetite sensations and subsequent energy intake. However, the metabolic effect of mastication after consumption of a daily meal, composed of the staple food (rice), soup, main and side dishes, is limited. Therefore, the effect of thorough mastication on greater satiety and the thermic effect of a meal (TEM) was investigated in young women. In study 1, energy expenditure (EE) derived from masticatory muscle activity for 20 min was measured while chewing hard, tasteless, non-caloric gum in seven subjects...
2016: Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology
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