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Yusuke Chigira, Ikuri Miyazaki, Masataka Izumi, Takahiro Oda
[Purpose] The present study examined the effects of expiratory muscle training on elderly day care service users, who had been classified into Care Grades 1 and 2 based on Japan's long-term care insurance system. [Subjects and Methods] Intervention was provided for 29 Care Grade 1 or 2 day care service users. During intervention, expiratory muscle training was performed by slowly expiring using the abdominal muscles and a device after maximal inspiration. Each intervention session lasted for approximately 10 minutes, and 2 sessions were held weekly for 3 months to compare respiratory function test values before and after intervention...
February 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Futoshi Matsushita, Hirotaka Kida, Ken-Ichi Tabei, Chizuru Nakano, Keita Matsuura, Yuichiro Ii, Ryogen Sasaki, Akira Taniguchi, Yugo Narita, Masayuki Maeda, Masayuki Satoh, Hidekazu Tomimoto
Introduction: This study aims to investigate the association between the presence and frequency of cortical lesions (CLs), and the clinical and psychological features of multiple sclerosis (MS). Methods: A total of 19 patients with MS were examined using double inversion recovery (DIR) sequences with 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and classified into two groups: CL and non-CL. In-house software was used to quantitatively determine the atrophy of each brain region...
March 2018: Brain and Behavior
Farnaz Jahantiqh, Abdolghani Abdollahimohammad, Mohammadreza Firouzkouhi, Vahid Ebrahiminejad
Patients with intervertebral disc herniation (IVDH) seek complementary and conventional medical therapies to manage related problems. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of Reiki compared with physiotherapy to relieve the lower back pain intensity and to improve the activities of daily living (ADL) in the IDVH patients. In this clinical trial study, 60 patients with IVDH were randomly assigned to one of the Reiki, physiotherapy, and drug therapy groups. The severity of pain and the ADL were measured using visual analog scale (VAS) pain and ADL-Instrumental ADL questionnaire before and after the intervention...
January 2018: J Evid Based Integr Med
P Makovicky, E Tumova, Z Volek, J M Arnone, G Samasca, P Makovicky
The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between hepatocyte morphometry and small bowel architecture after early and short food restriction. Altogether 48 Hyplus broiler rabbits were divided into three groups. The control group was fed ad libitum (ADL) throughout the experiment (C). The first group were food-restricted between 32 and 39 days of age, when the rabbits received 50g of food per rabbit each day (R1). The second group was restricted between 32 and 39 days and the rabbits received 65g of food per rabbit each day (R2)...
2018: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
Yueh-Min Liu, Hong-Jer Chang, Ru-Hwa Wang, Li-King Yang, Kuo-Cheng Lu, Yi-Chou Hou
Background: Patients who undergo hemodialysis encounter challenges including role changes, physical degeneration, and difficulty in performing activities of daily living (ADLs) and self-care. These challenges deteriorate their physiological and psychosocial conditions, resulting in depression. High resilience (RES) and social support can alleviate stress and depression. This study evaluated the importance of RES and social support in managing depression in elderly patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis (HD)...
2018: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Savanna M Tierney, Steven Paul Woods, Michael Weinborn, Romola S Bucks
OBJECTIVES: Apathy is common in older adults and has been linked to adverse health outcomes. The current study examined whether apathy contributes to problems managing activities of daily living (ADLs) and lower quality of life (QoL) in older adults. METHOD: Participants included 83 community-dwelling older adults. Apathy was assessed using a composite of the self and family-rating scales from the Frontal Systems Behavioral Scale (FrSBe). A knowledgeable informant completed the Activities of Daily Living Questionnaire (ADLQ), and participants completed the World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHOQol) scale...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
Angela-María Benjumea, Carmen-Lucía Curcio, Gustavo Duque, Fernando Gómez
BACKGROUND: The role of sarcopenia and dynapenia in disability in older persons from falls and bone health clinics remain unknown. AIM: This study aims to compare the association of sarcopenia and dynapenia with physical and instrumental disability in a population of older persons attending a falls and fractures clinic. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study in Manizales, Andes Mountains, Colombia. A cohort of 534 subjects (mean age = 74, 75% female) Sarcopenia was measured according to the European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People (EWGSOP) including an index of skeletal mass, muscle strength, and gait speed...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Siri Høivik Storeng, Erik R Sund, Steinar Krokstad
OBJECTIVES: To investigate factors associated with the need for assistance in basic and instrumental activities of daily living in Norwegian elderly. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: The Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT), a large population-based health survey in Norway. PARTICIPANTS: 5050 individuals aged 60-69 years old at baseline in HUNT2 (1995-1997) who also participated in HUNT3 (2006-2008) were included in the study...
March 12, 2018: BMJ Open
Sharon E Culliton, Dianne M Bryant, Steven J MacDonald, Kathryn M Hibbert, Bert M Chesworth
BACKGROUND: In 2012, a new Knee Society Knee Scoring System (KSS) was developed and validated to address the needs for a scoring system that better encompasses the expectations, satisfaction, and physical involvement of a younger, more active population of patients undergoing TKA. Revalidating this tool in a separate population by individuals other than the developers of the scoring system seems important, because such replication would tend to confirm the generalizability of this tool...
January 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
B Josea Kramer, Beth Creekmur, Michael N Mitchell, Debra Saliba
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Home-based primary care (HBPC) is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program to meet the medical needs of community-dwelling populations needing long-term care (LTC). The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded its HBPC program to underserved rural communities, including American Indian reservations, providing a "natural laboratory" to study change in access to VA LTC benefits and utilization outcomes for rural populations that typically face challenges in accessing LTC medical support...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Sophie E Berends, Anne S Strik, Juliet C Van Selm, Mark Löwenberg, Cyriel Y Ponsioen, Geert R DʼHaens, Ron A Mathôt
BACKGROUND: A significant proportion of patients with Crohn's disease (CD) require dose escalation or fail adalimumab (ADL) therapy over time. ADL, a monoclonal antibody directed against tumor necrosis factor, is approved for treatment of CD. Understanding pharmacokinetics (PK) of ADL is essential to optimize individual dosing in daily practice. The aim of this study was to evaluate PK of ADL in patients with CD and to identify factors that influence PK of ADL. METHODS: In a retrospective cohort study, the authors reviewed the charts of 96 patients with CD receiving ADL induction and maintenance treatment...
April 2018: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
Hikaru Oba, Teruyuki Matsuoka, Ayu Imai, Hiroshi Fujimoto, Yuka Kato, Keisuke Shibata, Kaeko Nakamura, Jin Narumoto
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of interactions between memory impairment, depressive symptoms, and anosognosia. METHODS: Anosognosia for memory impairment was assessed in 118 patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), 47 patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and 17 non-diagnosed controls (NC) using a questionnaire and evaluation of the anosognosia score as the discrepancy between ratings of the patient and a relative. Demographic characteristics, such as the relationship of the patient with the relative and the activities of daily living (ADL) were evaluated...
March 12, 2018: Aging & Mental Health
Clemente Lauretti, Francesca Cordella, Anna Lisa Ciancio, Emilio Trigili, Jose Maria Catalan, Francisco Javier Badesa, Simona Crea, Silvio Marcello Pagliara, Silvia Sterzi, Nicola Vitiello, Nicolas Garcia Aracil, Loredana Zollo
The reference joint position of upper-limb exoskeletons is typically obtained by means of Cartesian motion planners and inverse kinematics algorithms with the inverse Jacobian; this approach allows exploiting the available Degrees of Freedom (i.e. DoFs) of the robot kinematic chain to achieve the desired end-effector pose; however, if used to operate non-redundant exoskeletons, it does not ensure that anthropomorphic criteria are satisfied in the whole human-robot workspace. This paper proposes a motion planning system, based on Learning by Demonstration, for upper-limb exoskeletons that allow successfully assisting patients during Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) in unstructured environment, while ensuring that anthropomorphic criteria are satisfied in the whole human-robot workspace...
2018: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
Christopher G Hughes, Mayur B Patel, Nathan E Brummel, Jennifer L Thompson, J Brennan McNeil, Pratik P Pandharipande, James C Jackson, Rameela Chandrasekhar, Lorraine B Ware, E Wesley Ely, Timothy D Girard
PURPOSE: Neurologic and endothelial injury biomarkers are associated with prolonged delirium during critical illness and may reflect injury pathways that lead to poor long-term outcomes. We hypothesized that blood-brain barrier (BBB), neuronal, and endothelial injury biomarkers measured during critical illness are associated with cognitive impairment and disability after discharge. METHODS: We enrolled adults with respiratory failure and/or shock and measured plasma concentrations of BBB (S100B), neuronal (UCHL1, BDNF), and endothelial (E-selectin, PAI-1) injury markers within 72 h of ICU admission...
March 9, 2018: Intensive Care Medicine
Yun Dong, Dax Steins, Shanbin Sun, Fei Li, James D Amor, Christopher J James, Zhidao Xia, Helen Dawes, Hooshang Izadi, Yi Cao, Derick T Wade
BACKGROUND: Practicing activities improves recovery after stroke, but many people in hospital do little activity. Feedback on activity using an accelerometer is a potential method to increase activity in hospital inpatients. This study's goal is to investigate the effect of feedback, enabled by a Smart watch, on daily physical activity levels during inpatient stroke rehabilitation and the short-term effects on simple functional activities, primarily mobility. METHODS/DESIGN: A randomized controlled trial will be undertaken within the stroke rehabilitation wards of the Second Affiliated hospital of Anhui University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hefei, China...
March 9, 2018: Trials
Masanobu Kusunoki, Takeshi Kohama, Yoshifumi Yamada, Eiji Fujita, Soichi Okada, Akira Maeda, Nobuo Takeshima
PURPOSE: With a growing proportion of elderly people in the population, the maintenance of activities of daily living (ADLs) in elderly people is crucial to keep medical costs down. We investigated the ADL measurement accuracy of KINECTTM and Kinect Studio. To eliminate the subjectivity of conventional methods, we numerically assessed motions with computer analysis. METHODS: Eighteen actions that repeated "move" and "stationary" phases, including movement of arms, legs, head and torso were measured using KINECTTM ...
March 9, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Janet L MacNeil Vroomen, Ling Han, Joan K Monin, Kasia J Lipska, Heather G Allore
OBJECTIVES: To estimate the associations between diabetes, heart disease, and dementia, which may increase the difficulty of self-care; model functional disability trajectories jointly with attrition (death or dropout) over 5 years. DESIGN: Population-based complex survey design. SETTING: National Health and Aging Trends Study. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older (N=7,609). MEASUREMENTS: National estimates were generated using sampling weights...
March 9, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Chunhua Ma
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The aims of the study are to estimate the prevalence of depressive symptoms in older people with hypertension in rural areas of China and to clarify the predictors influencing depressive symptoms in these patients. BACKGROUND: Although many studies have described the prevalence of depressive symptoms in older people, these studies mainly focused on those in urban areas. Few studies explicitly clarify the depressive symptoms of older patients with hypertension in rural China...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
E A Petzel, A J Smart, B St-Pierre, S L Selman, E A Bailey, E E Beck, J A Walker, C L Wright, J E Held, D W Brake
Six ruminally cannulated cows (570 ± 73 kg) fed corn residues were placed in a 6 × 6 Latin square to evaluate predictions of diet composition from ruminally collected diet samples. After complete ruminal evacuation, cows were fed 1-kg meals (DM-basis) containing different combinations of cornstalk and leaf and husk (LH) residues in ratios of 0:100, 20:80, 40:60, 60:40, 80:20, and 100:0. Diet samples from each meal were collected by removal of ruminal contents after 1-h and were either unrinsed, hand-rinsed or machine-rinsed to evaluate effects of endogenous compounds on predictions of diet composition...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
Jessica Trevena-Peters, Adam McKay, Jennie Ponsford
It is uncertain whether therapy delivered during posttraumatic amnesia (PTA) following traumatic brain injury can be effective due to risk of agitation and poor learning capacity. This study used goal attainment scaling (GAS) to assess gains in activities of daily living (ADL) retraining during PTA. Occupational therapists' perspectives on goal setting and therapy delivery were also explored qualitatively. Forty-nine rehabilitation inpatients were provided with manualised ADL retraining following errorless and procedural learning principles during PTA...
March 8, 2018: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
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