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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814054/crux-a-compliant-robotic-upper-extremity-exosuit-for-lightweight-portable-multi-joint-muscular-augmentation
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Steven Lessard, Pattawong Pansodtee, Ash Robbins, Leya Breanna Baltaxe-Admony, James M Trombadore, Mircea Teodorescu, Adrian Agogino, Sri Kurniawan
Wearable robots can potentially offer their users enhanced stability and strength. These augmentations are ideally designed to actuate harmoniously with the user's movements and provide extra force as needed. The creation of such robots, however, is particularly challenging due to the underlying complexity of the human body. In this paper, we present a compliant, robotic exosuit for upper extremities called CRUX. This exosuit, inspired by tensegrity models of the human arm, features a lightweight (1.3 kg), flexible multi-joint design for portable augmentation...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812262/systolic-dysfunction-in-infarcted-mice-does-not-necessarily-lead-to-heart-failure-need-to-refine-preclinical-models
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María Villalba-Orero, Marina López-Olañeta, Pablo García-Pavía, Enrique Lara-Pezzi
Heart failure (HF) is a major cause of death and hospitalization worldwide. Despite advances in reducing mortality, prognosis remains poor and prevalence has reached epidemic proportions. The limitations of available preclinical models represent a major hurdle in the development of new therapies. Myocardial infarction (MI) is a main cause of HF in humans, and mouse models of MI are often used to study HF mechanisms and experimental treatments. We investigated whether MI in mice constitutes an appropriate model of HF...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811748/salivary-diagnostic-markers-in-males-and-females-during-rest-and-exercise
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Kay Rutherfurd-Markwick, Carlene Starck, Deborah K Dulson, Ajmol Ali
BACKGROUND: Saliva is a useful diagnostic tool for analysis in sports, exercise and nutrition research, as collection is easy and non-invasive and it contains a large number of analytes affected by a range of physiological and pathological stressors and conditions. This study examined key salivary electrolytes and stress and immune markers in males and females at rest and during exercise. METHODS: Unstimulated whole saliva from 20 healthy, recreationally active participants (8 males and 12 females) was analysed for flow rate, osmolality, sodium (Na(+)), potassium (K(+)), chloride (Cl(-)), secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA), α-amylase activity and cortisol during both rest and moderate intensity (70% peak power) cycling exercise in a randomised crossover design...
2017: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810981/thermoregulatory-response-to-exercise-after-exertional-heat-stroke
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Emmanuel Sagui, Sophie Beighau, Arnaud Jouvion, Julie Trichereau, Delphine Cornet, René Charles Berthelot, Frédéric Canini, Laurent Grélot
BACKGROUND: After one episode of exertional heat stroke (EHS), risk factors must be identified to determine the potential for subsequent episodes. One of these risk factors, core body temperature (Tco) kinetics during strenuous exercise, may be a surrogate marker suggestive of impaired thermoregulation. This study aimed to determine the kinetics of increases in Tco among military subjects who had a history of EHS. METHODS: Forty subjects (38 males, mean age 28.4 ± 4...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810972/when-military-fitness-standards-no-longer-apply-the-high-prevalence-of-metabolic-syndrome-in-recent-air-force-retirees
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Marcus M Cranston, Mark W True, Jana L Wardian, Rishawn M Carriere, Tom J Sauerwein
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is strongly associated with cardiovascular disease. With MetS prevalence rates increasing in the U.S. population, prevention efforts have largely focused on diet and exercise interventions. Before retirement, military service members have met fitness requirements for at least 20 years, and have lower MetS rates compared to age-matched U.S. population controls (23.4% vs. 39.0%), which suggests a protective effect of the lifestyle associated with military service...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810683/evaluating-the-physiological-and-perceptual-responses-of-wearing-a-newly-designed-cooling-vest-for-construction-workers
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Yijie Zhao, Wen Yi, Albert P C Chan, Francis K W Wong, Michael C H Yam
Construction workers are subjected to heat stress because of the hot environment, physically demanding tasks, and/or personal protective equipment. A tailor-made cooling vest that protects construction workers from heat-related injuries was developed. The purpose of the study is to examine a newly designed cooling vest's effectiveness in alleviating physiological and perceptual strain in a hot and humid environment. Twelve male participants performed two trials, i.e., cooling vest (VEST) and control (CON) in a climatic chamber controlled at 37°C temperature, 60% relative humidity, 0...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810362/effect-of-exercise-training-in-heart-rate-variability-anxiety-depression-and-sleep-quality-in-kidney-recipients-a-preliminary-study
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Rodrigo Barroso, Antonio C Silva-Filho, Carlos José Dias, Nivaldo Soares, Alessandra Mostarda, Luana Anaisse Azoubel, Leandro Melo, Alessandra de Mc Garcia, Bruno Rodrigues, Cristiano Texeira Mostarda
The aim of this study was to compare the sleep quality, depression, anxiety, and autonomic function of a group of kidney-transplanted recipients who joined a combined exercise program (KTRt) or remained sedentary (KTRs). A total of 20 kidney-transplanted recipients, split into two groups (10 KTRt and 10 KTRs), joined the study. Heart rate variability, cardiorespiratory capacity, depression, and sleep questionnaires were evaluated. KTRt presented lower Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and greater entropy, and increased parasympathetic and decreased sympathetic modulation than KTRs...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810170/the-role-of-speed-and-incline-in-the-spontaneous-choice-of-technique-in-classical-roller-skiing
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Gertjan Ettema, Espen Kveli, Magne Øksnes, Øyvind Sandbakk
Cross-country skiers change technique depending on terrain (incline) and effort (work rate; speed at a particular incline or resistance). The literature is not unequivocal about the influence of incline or speed on the choice of technique, i.e., which of these act as a 'control parameter'. Identifying task related control parameters for spontaneous technique shifts assists elucidating which mechanisms are active for triggering technique transitions. The aim of this study was to investigate whether speed or incline acted as such control parameter for technique shifts during classic style roller skiing...
August 12, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808933/cardiovascular-disease-in-clozapine-treated-patients-evidence-mechanisms-and-management
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Kathlyn J Ronaldson
Myocarditis occurs in about 3% of those initiated on clozapine but monitoring reduces the risk of serious outcome. Cardiomyopathy may develop after myocarditis, or from prolonged tachycardia. Monitoring using echocardiography is not deemed cost effective. Tachycardia, orthostatic hypotension and reduced heart rate variability are a group of clozapine-related adverse effects associated with autonomic dysfunction and may have serious consequences in the long term. Elevated heart rate and poor heart rate variability can be treated with a β-blocker or a non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, while orthostatic hypotension can be alleviated by increased fluid intake and abdominal binding, but may require pharmacological intervention...
August 14, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808334/cardiorespiratory-optimization-during-improvised-singing-and-toning
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N F Bernardi, S Snow, I Peretz, H D Orozco Perez, N Sabet-Kassouf, A Lehmann
We evaluated the effect of different forms of singing on cardiorespiratory physiology, and we aimed at disentangling the role of breathing from that of vocal production. Cardiorespiratory recordings were obtained from 20 healthy adults at rest and during: a) singing of familiar slow songs as in the standard form of Western culture; b) improvised vocalization of free vowel sounds, known as toning. To disentangle the role of breathing from that of vocal production, we compared the vocal conditions with matched breathing-only conditions...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807718/autonomic-regulation-of-systemic-inflammation-in-humans-a-multi-center-blinded-observational-cohort-study
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Gareth L Ackland, Gary Minto, Martin Clark, John Whittle, Robert Cm Stephens, Thomas Owen, Pradeep Prabhu, Ana Gutierrez Del Arroyo
OBJECTIVE: Experimental animal models demonstrate that autonomic activity regulates systemic inflammation. By contrast, human studies are limited in number and exclusively use heart rate variability (HRV) as an index of cardiac autonomic regulation. HRV measures are primarily dependent on, and need to be corrected for, heart rate. Thus, independent autonomic measures are required to confirm HRV-based findings. Here, the authors sought to replicate the findings of preceding HRV-based studies by using HRV-independent, exercise-evoked sympathetic and parasympathetic measures of cardiac autonomic regulation to examine the relationship between autonomic function and systemic inflammation...
August 11, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806046/electrolytes-sodium-disorders
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Michael M Braun, Megan Mahowald
Sodium disorders (ie, hyponatremia, hypernatremia) are common electrolyte disturbances in clinical medicine and are associated with increased rates of morbidity and mortality. Etiologies of hyponatremia are classified into four categories. The first is pseudohyponatremia, in which the sodium level is low due to hyperproteinemia, hyperlipidemia, or hyperglycemia. The other three categories are based on overall patient fluid status and include hypovolemic (commonly due to fluid loss), hypervolemic (commonly due to fluid retention from heart failure, cirrhosis, or renal failure), and euvolemic (most often because of syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone)...
August 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805967/prognostic-value-of-exercise-capacity-among-men-undergoing-pharmacologic-treatment-for-erectile-dysfunction-the-fit-project
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Robert V Same, Mahmoud Al Rifai, David I Feldman, Kevin L Billups, Clinton A Brawner, Zeina A Dardari, Jonathan K Ehrman, Steven J Keteyian, Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Michael J Blaha
BACKGROUND: Vascular erectile dysfunction (ED) has been identified as a potentially useful risk factor for predicting future cardiovascular events, particularly in younger men. Because these men typically score more favorably on traditional cardiovascular disease risk assessment tools, there exists a gap in knowledge for how to most appropriately identify those men who would benefit from more aggressive treatments. To date, no studies have examined the impact of fitness on cardiovascular outcomes in men with ED...
August 14, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805343/rest-and-exercise-hemodynamic-and-metabolic-findings-in-active-duty-soldiers-referred-for-cardiac-catheterization-to-exclude-heart-disease-insights-from-past-invasive-cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-using-multisensor-high-fidelity-catheters
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James A Watts, Faith R Kelly, Terry D Bauch, Joseph P Murgo, Bernard J Rubal
OBJECTIVE: This study describes results of iCPET from the past, which used submaximal stress and multisensor high-fidelity catheters to exclude heart disease in a unique population of young adults. BACKGROUND: There has been resurgence in comprehensive hemodynamic evaluation of complex cardiovascular patients. Although dynamic assessments during cardiac catheterization have become commonplace, there remains limited information regarding left and right heart hemodynamic changes during supine exercise in young adults...
May 8, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805258/impact-of-beta-blockers-on-cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-in-patients-with-advanced-liver-disease
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M P Wallen, A Hall, K A Dias, J S Ramos, S E Keating, A J Woodward, T L Skinner, G A Macdonald, R Arena, J S Coombes
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced liver disease may develop portal hypertension that can result in variceal haemorrhage. Beta-blockers reduce portal pressure and minimise haemorrhage risk. These medications may attenuate measures of cardiopulmonary performance, such as the ventilatory threshold and peak oxygen uptake measured via cardiopulmonary exercise testing. AIM: To determine the effect of beta-blockers on cardiopulmonary exercise testing variables in patients with advanced liver disease...
August 14, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803675/the-yale-fitness-intervention-trial-in-female-cancer-survivors-cardiovascular-and-physiological-outcomes
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M Tish Knobf, Sangchoon Jeon, Barbara Smith, Lyndsay Harris, Siobhan Thompson, Mitchel R Stacy, Karl Insogna, Albert J Sinusas
BACKGROUND: Induced premature menopause and cardio-toxic therapy increase cardiovascular disease risk in female cancer survivors. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of a 12 month aerobic-resistance fitness center intervention to home based physical activity on cardiovascular function and metabolic risk factors. METHODS: Subjects (N = 154) who had completed primary and/or adjuvant chemotherapy (past 3 years) were randomized to a fitness center intervention or a home based group...
August 10, 2017: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803380/aerobic-interval-training-reduces-vascular-resistances-during-submaximal-exercise-in-obese-metabolic-syndrome-individuals
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Ricardo Mora-Rodriguez, V E Fernandez-Elias, F Morales-Palomo, J G Pallares, M Ramirez-Jimenez, J F Ortega
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the effects of high-intensity aerobic interval training (AIT) on exercise hemodynamics in metabolic syndrome (MetS) volunteers. METHODS: Thirty-eight, MetS participants were randomly assigned to a training (TRAIN) or to a non-training control (CONT) group. TRAIN consisted of stationary interval cycling alternating bouts at 70-90% of maximal heart rate during 45 min day(-1) for 6 months. RESULTS: CONT maintained baseline physical activity and no changes in cardiovascular function or MetS factors were detected...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802909/variable-prognostic-value-of-blood-pressure-response-to-exercise
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Yuko Kato, Shinya Suzuki, Tokuhisa Uejima, Hiroaki Semba, Takeshi Yamashita
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of patient background including exercise capacity on the relationship between the blood pressure (BP) response to exercise and prognosis in patients visiting a cardiovascular hospital. METHODS: A total of 2134 patients who were referred to our hospital underwent symptom-limited maximal cardiopulmonary exercise testing, and were followed through medical records and mail. The BP response to exercise was defined as the difference between peak and rest systolic BP...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802509/value-of-strain-imaging-and-maximal-oxygen-consumption-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Kegan J Moneghetti, Davide Stolfo, Jeffrey W Christle, Yukari Kobayashi, Gherardo Finocchiaro, Gianfranco Sinagra, Jonathan Myers, Euan A Ashley, Francois Haddad, Matthew T Wheeler
Longitudinal strain (LS) has been shown to be predictive of outcome in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC). Percent predicted peak oxygen uptake (ppVO2), among other cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPX) metrics, is a strong predictor of prognosis in HC. However, there has been limited investigation into the combination of LS and CPX metrics. This study sought to determine how LS and parameters of exercise performance contribute to prognosis in HC. One hundred and thirty-one consecutive patients with HC who underwent CPX and stress echocardiography were included...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801668/exercise-leads-to-unfavourable-cardiac-remodelling-and-enhanced-metabolic-homeostasis-in-obese-mice-with-cardiac-and-skeletal-muscle-autophagy-deficiency
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Zhen Yan, Ana Kronemberger, Jay Blomme, Jarrod A Call, Hannah M Caster, Renata O Pereira, Henan Zhao, Vitor U de Melo, Rhianna C Laker, Mei Zhang, Vitor A Lira
Autophagy is stimulated by exercise in several tissues; yet the role of skeletal and cardiac muscle-specific autophagy on the benefits of exercise training remains incompletely understood. Here, we determined the metabolic impact of exercise training in obese mice with cardiac and skeletal muscle disruption of the Autophagy related 7 gene (Atg7(h&mKO)). Muscle autophagy deficiency did not affect glucose clearance and exercise capacity in lean adult mice. High-fat diet in sedentary mice led to endoplasmic reticulum stress and aberrant mitochondrial protein expression in autophagy-deficient skeletal and cardiac muscles...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
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