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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907890/association-of-muscle-endurance-fatigability-and-strength-with-functional-limitation-and-mortality-in-the-health-aging-and-body-composition-study
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Baback Roshanravan, Kushang V Patel, Linda F Fried, Cassianne Robinson-Cohen, Ian H de Boer, Tamara Harris, Rachel A Murphy, Suzanne Satterfield, Bret H Goodpaster, Michael Shlipak, Anne B Newman, Bryan Kestenbaum
BACKGROUND: Mobility limitation is highly prevalent among older adults and is central to the loss of functional independence. Dynamic isokinetic muscle fatigue testing may reveal increased vulnerability to disability and mortality beyond strength testing. METHODS: We studied community-dwelling older adults enrolled in the Health Aging and Body Composition study (age range: 71-82) free of mobility disability and who underwent isokinetic muscle fatigue testing in 1999-2000 (n = 1,963)...
October 21, 2016: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904794/pain-function-and-strength-outcomes-for-males-and-females-with-patellofemoral-pain-who-participate-in-either-a-hip-core-or-knee-based-rehabilitation-program
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Lori A Bolgla, Jennifer Earl-Boehm, Carolyn Emery, Karrie Hamstra-Wright, Reed Ferber
BACKGROUND: Hip exercise has been recommended for females with patellofemoral pain (PFP). It is unknown if males with PFP will benefit from a similar treatment strategy. HYPOTHESES/PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare improvements in pain, function, and strength between males and females with PFP who participated in either a hip/core or knee rehabilitation program. The directional hypothesis was that females would respond more favorably to the hip/core rehabilitation program and males to the knee program...
December 2016: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899787/mcardle-disease-misdiagnosed-as-meningitis
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Renata Siciliani Scalco, Sherryl Chatfield, Muhammad Hyder Junejo, Suzanne Booth, Jatin Pattni, Richard Godfrey, Ros Quinlivan
BACKGROUND McArdle disease is a glycogen storage disorder mainly characterized by exercise intolerance. Prolonged muscle contracture is also a feature of this condition and may lead to rhabdomyolysis (RM), which is a serious event characterized by acute skeletal muscle damage.  CASE REPORT A 44-year-old female patient presented with an acute contracture of the posterior neck muscles, causing severe nuchal rigidity. The contracture was induced during a dental extraction as she held her mouth open for a prolonged period, with her neck in a rigid position...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898743/the-effects-of-either-a-mirror-internal-or-external-focus-instructions-on-single-and-multi-joint-tasks
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Israel Halperin, Steven Hughes, Derek Panchuk, Chris Abbiss, Dale W Chapman
Training in front of mirrors is common, yet little is known about how the use of mirrors effects muscle force production. Accordingly, we investigated how performing in front of a mirror influences performance in single and multi-joint tasks, and compared the mirror condition to the established performance effects of internal focus (IF) and external focus (EF) instructions in a two part experiment. In the single-joint experiment 28 resistance-trained participants (14 males and 14 females) completed two elbow flexion maximal voluntary isometric contractions under four conditions: mirror, IF, EF and neutral instructions...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897258/lack-of-fibronectin-extra-domain-a-alternative-splicing-exacerbates-endothelial-dysfunction-in-diabetes
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Gianluca Gortan Cappellari, Rocco Barazzoni, Luigi Cattin, Andrés F Muro, Michela Zanetti
Glucose-induced changes of artery anatomy and function account for diabetic vascular complications, which heavily impact disease morbidity and mortality. Since fibronectin containing extra domain A (EDA + FN) is increased in diabetic vessels and participates to vascular remodeling, we wanted to elucidate whether and how EDA + FN is implicated in diabetes-induced endothelial dysfunction using isometric-tension recording in a murine model of diabetes. In thoracic aortas of EDA(-/-), EDA(+/+) (constitutively lacking and expressing EDA + FN respectively), and of wild-type mice (EDA(wt/wt)), streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetes impaired endothelial vasodilation to acetylcholine, irrespective of genotype...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896952/muscle-strength-in-breast-cancer-patients-receiving-different-treatment-regimes
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Oliver Klassen, Martina E Schmidt, Cornelia M Ulrich, Andreas Schneeweiss, Karin Potthoff, Karen Steindorf, Joachim Wiskemann
BACKGROUND: Muscle dysfunction and sarcopenia have been associated with poor performance status, an increased mortality risk, and greater side effects in oncologic patients. However, little is known about how performance is affected by cancer therapy. We investigated muscle strength in breast cancer patients in different adjuvant treatment settings and also compared it with data from healthy individuals. METHODS: Breast cancer patients (N = 255) from two randomized controlled exercise trials, staged 0-III and aged 54...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895619/a-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study-of-head-movements-in-cervical-dystonia
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Cecília N Prudente, Randall Stilla, Shivangi Singh, Cathrin Buetefisch, Marian Evatt, Stewart A Factor, Alan Freeman, Xiaoping Philip Hu, Ellen J Hess, K Sathian, H A Jinnah
Cervical dystonia (CD) is a neurological disorder characterized by abnormal movements and postures of the head. The brain regions responsible for these abnormal movements are not well understood, because most imaging techniques for assessing regional brain activity cannot be used when the head is moving. Recently, we mapped brain activation in healthy individuals using functional magnetic resonance imaging during isometric head rotation, when muscle contractions occur without actual head movements. In the current study, we used the same methods to explore the neural substrates for head movements in subjects with CD who had predominantly rotational abnormalities (torticollis)...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895473/calf-raise-senior-a-new-test-for-assessment-of-plantar-flexor-muscle-strength-in-older-adults-protocol-validity-and-reliability
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Helô-Isa André, Filomena Carnide, Edgar Borja, Fátima Ramalho, Rita Santos-Rocha, António P Veloso
PURPOSE: This study aimed to develop a new field test protocol with a standardized measurement of strength and power in plantar flexor muscles targeted to functionally independent older adults, the calf-raise senior (CRS) test, and also evaluate its reliability and validity. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Forty-one subjects aged 65 years and older of both sexes participated in five different cross-sectional studies: 1) pilot (n=12); 2) inter- and intrarater agreement (n=12); 3) construct (n=41); 4) criterion validity (n=33); and 5) test-retest reliability (n=41)...
2016: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893484/effects-of-pelvic-and-core-strength-training-on-high-school-cross-country-race-times
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Anne W Clark, Maggie K Goedeke, Rina Namvong, Derek E Rockwell, Bryan Jason Lehecka, Robert C Manske, Barbara S Smith
Effects of pelvic and core strength training on high school cross-country race times: A randomized control trial.There is only limited research examining the effect of pelvic and core strength training on running performance. Pelvic and core muscle fatigue is believed to contribute to excess motion along frontal and transverse planes which decreases efficiency in normal sagittal plane running motions. The purpose of this study was to determine if adding a six week pelvic and core strengthening program resulted in decreased race times in high school cross-country runners...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893477/an-evaluation-of-agonist-antagonist-strength-ratios-and-posture-among-powerlifters
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Paul T Cutrufello, Stephen J Gadomski, Nicholas A Ratamess
Powerlifters routinely focus on three exercises: bench press, squat, and deadlift. This focus may predispose them to the development of muscle imbalances in either the upper or lower extremity which might also influence posture. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to examine the agonist:antagonist strength ratios and their relationship to postural measures among powerlifters. An expost facto study design compared fifteen male powerlifters (35.3±13.7 years old) and fifteen age-matched controls (34...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893476/comparison-of-muscle-involvement-and-posture-between-the-conventional-deadlift-and-a-walk-in-style-deadlift-machine
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Benjamin J Snyder, Courtney P Cauthen, Scott R Senger
The deadlift exercise is one of the most effective exercises for developing lower-body strength; however, technique errors can lead to low back injuries. The use of a 'walk-in' deadlift machine removes the weight bar by using a lever system with independent handles on either side of the body. Theoretically, this would allow alignment of the load with the center of gravity, encouraging a more upright torso and decreasing the involvement of the low back extensors. This study compared trunk angle, knee angle and electrical activity of key muscles between the conventional deadlift (CDL) and two foot positions (ball of foot or toe alignment) with pronated grip, (called BallPro and ToePro) of a walk-in deadlift machine among high-skilled and low-skilled lifters...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891608/compensatory-axon-sprouting-for-very-slow-axonal-die-back-in-a-transgenic-model-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy-type-iii
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Esther Udina, Charles Putman, Luke Harris, N Tyreman, Victoria Cook, Tessa Gordon
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a common autosomal recessive disorder in humans and is the leading genetic cause of infantile death. Patients lack the SMN1 gene with the severity of the disease depending on the number of copies of the highly homologous SMN2 gene. Although motoneuron death in the Smn+/- transgenic mouse model of mildest form of SMA, SMA type III, has been reported, we have used retrograde tracing of sciatic and femoral motoneurons in the hindlimb with recording of muscle and motor unit isometric forces to count the number of motoneurons with intact neuromuscular connections...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890480/chemerin-induced-arterial-contraction-is-gi-and-calcium-dependent
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David J Ferland, Emma S Darios, Richard R Neubig, Benita Sjögren, Nguyen Truong, Rosa Torres, Thomas S Dexheimer, Janice M Thompson, Stephanie W Watts
Chemerin is an adipokine associated with increased blood pressure, and may link obesity with hypertension. We tested the hypothesis that chemerin-induced contraction of the vasculature occurs via calcium flux in smooth muscle cells. Isometric contraction of rat aortic rings was performed in parallel with calcium kinetics of rat aortic smooth muscle cells to assess the possible signaling pathway. Chemerin-9 (nonapeptide of the chemerin S(157) isoform) caused a concentration-dependent contraction of isolated aorta (EC50 100nM) and elicited a concentration-dependent intracellular calcium response (EC50 10nM)...
November 23, 2016: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889273/is-subscapularis-recruited-in-a-similar-manner-during-shoulder-internal-rotation-exercises-and-belly-press-and-lift-off-tests
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Karen A Ginn, Darren Reed, Chelsea Jones, Anthony Downes, Ian Cathers, Mark Halaki
OBJECTIVES: Although the belly press and lift off tests are recommended to assess subscapularis function, shoulder internal rotation (IR) exercises performed in other shoulder positions are more commonly used to restore subscapularis function. It is not known if shoulder IR exercises specifically activate subscapularis to the same degree as the lift off and belly press tests, and thus have the potential to effect subscapularis strength gains. Therefore, the aim was to compare subscapularis activation levels with those of other shoulder internal rotator muscles during the belly press and lift off tests and shoulder IR exercise positions...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886226/functional-improvement-and-regression-of-medial-hypertrophy-in-the-remodeled-pulmonary-artery-after-correction-of-systemic-left-to-right-shunt
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Chih-Hsin Hsu, Jun-Neng Roan, Jyh-Hong Chen, Chen-Fuh Lam
The presence of systemic left-to-right shunt and increased pulmonary blood flow can result in right heart failure and pulmonary arteriopathy. Correction of left-to-right shunt has been shown to improve cardiac function and physical performance. However, the cardiopulmonary remodeling processes following cessation of left-to-right shunt have yet to be reported. In this experimental study, excessive pulmonary flow was restored through ligation of the aortocaval fistula in rats with flow-induced pulmonary hypertension...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885329/physical-performance-outcomes-and-biomechanical-correlates-from-the-32-week-yoga-empowers-seniors-study
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Man-Ying Wang, Gail A Greendale, Sean S-Y Yu, George J Salem
Background. Yoga Empowers Seniors Study (YESS) quantified physical demands associated with yoga performance using biomechanical methods. This study evaluated the efficacy of the program on physical function outcomes. Methods. Twenty community-dwelling older adults aged 70.7 ± 3.8 years attended biweekly 60-minute Hatha yoga classes for 32 weeks. Four domains of the physical measurements including (1) functional performance, (2) flexibility, (3) muscle strength, and (4) balance were taken at the baseline, 16-week and 32-week time points...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883344/analysis-of-non-eeg-evidence-for-preparatory-activity-in-the-human-brain-pre-contraction-impedance-changes-in-skeletal-muscles
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Carl Shiffman
Precontraction impedance changes (PICs) are known to occur during isometric contractions of the human forearm finger flexors. Without reliance on electroencephalogical data these are construed as evidence for the construction of a 'template of instructions' in the brain for muscle contractions to be performed once a 'go' instruction is received, as widely expected from EEG measurements A model is proposed to explain earlier impedance results, based on a PIC-associated time-dependent inhibitory constraint and a modified role for the 'go' command...
November 24, 2016: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882825/validity-and-reliability-of-a-low-cost-digital-dynamometer-for-measuring-isometric-strength-of-lower-limb
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Natalia Romero-Franco, Pedro Jiménez-Reyes, Juan A Montaño-Munuera
Lower limb isometric strength is a key parameter to monitor the training process or recognise muscle weakness and injury risk. However, valid and reliable methods to evaluate it often require high-cost tools. The aim of this study was to analyse the concurrent validity and reliability of a low-cost digital dynamometer for measuring isometric strength in lower limb. Eleven physically active and healthy participants performed maximal isometric strength for: flexion and extension of ankle, flexion and extension of knee, flexion, extension, adduction, abduction, internal and external rotation of hip...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882617/heritability-estimates-of-muscle-strength-related-phenotypes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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H Zempo, E Miyamoto-Mikami, N Kikuchi, N Fuku, M Miyachi, H Murakami
The purpose of this study was to clarify the heritability estimates of human muscle strength-related phenotypes (H(2) -msp). A systematic literature search was conducted using PubMed (through August 22, 2016). Studies reporting the H(2) -msp for healthy subjects in a sedentary state were included. Random-effects models were used to calculate the weighted mean heritability estimates. Moreover, subgroup analyses were performed based on phenotypic categories (eg, grip strength, isotonic strength, jumping ability)...
November 23, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881802/elongated-magnetite-nanoparticle-formation-from-a-solid-ferrous-precursor-in-a-magnetotactic-bacterium
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Jens Baumgartner, Nicolas Menguy, Teresa Perez Gonzalez, Guillaume Morin, Marc Widdrat, Damien Faivre
Magnetotactic bacteria are aquatic microorganisms that intracellularly mineralize ferrimagnetic nanoparticles enabling the cells to align with the geomagnetic field. The bacteria produce a magnetic mineral of species-specific phase (magnetite Fe(II)Fe(III)2O4 or greigite Fe(II)Fe(III)2S4), size, morphology and particle assembly. Several species produce crystals of unusual elongated particle shapes, which break the symmetry of the thermodynamically favoured isometric morphology. Such morphologies are thought to affect domain size and orientation of the internal magnetization...
November 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
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