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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813999/upper-limb-prosthetic-control-using-wearable-multichannel-mechanomyography
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Samuel Wilson, Ravi Vaidyanathan
In this paper we introduce a robust multi-channel wearable sensor system for capturing user intent to control robotic hands. The interface is based on a fusion of inertial measurement and mechanomyography (MMG), which measures the vibrations of muscle fibres during motion. MMG is immune to issues such as sweat, skin impedance, and the need for a reference signal that is common to electromyography (EMG). The main contributions of this work are: 1) the hardware design of a fused inertial and MMG measurement system that can be worn on the arm, 2) a unified algorithm for detection, segmentation, and classification of muscle movement corresponding to hand gestures, and 3) experiments demonstrating the real-time control of a commercial prosthetic hand (Bebionic Version 2)...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809624/spinal-orthoses-the-crucial-role-of-comfort-on-compliance-of-wearing-monocentric-prospective-pilot-study-of-randomized-cross-over-design
#2
G W Herget, S Patermann, P C Strohm, J Zwingmann, P Eichelberger, N P Südkamp, A Hirschmüller
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY Various spine disorders are regularly treated by orthoses, and success of treatment depends on wearing these devices. In this study we examined the compliance, wear comfort, subjective stabilization and side effects associated with spinal orthoses using an individualized questionnaire and the Compact Short Form-12 Health Survey (SF-12). MATERIAL AND METHODS In this prospective pilot study of randomized cross-over design, twelve healthy volunteers with a mean age of 31.2 years wore three different types of orthoses, each for one week: A hyperextension brace (HB), a custom-made semirigid orthosis (SO) and a custom-made rigid orthosis (RO)...
2017: Acta Chirurgiae Orthopaedicae et Traumatologiae Cechoslovaca
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747468/sympathetic-neural-and-hemodynamic-responses-to-head-up-tilt-during-iso-osmotic-and-hyper-osmotic-hypovolemia
#3
Alexander M Posch, Adam J Luippold, Katherine M Mitchell, Karleigh E Bradbury, Robert W Kenefick, Samuel N Cheuvront, Nisha Charkoudian
We hypothesized that muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) during head-up tilt (HUT) would be augmented during exercise-induced (hyperosmotic) dehydration but not iso-osmotic dehydration via oral diuretic. We studied 26 young healthy subjects (7 F, 19 M) divided into 3 groups: euhydrated (EUH, n = 7), previously exercised in 40°C while maintaining hydration; dehydrated (DEH, n = 10), previously exercised in 40 °C who lost ~3% of body weight via sweat loss; and diuretic (DIUR, n = 9), who did not exercise and lost ~3% of bodyweight via diuresis (furosemide, 80 mg po)...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747449/loss-of-cutaneous-large-and-small-fibers-in-naive-and-l-dopa-treated-pd-patients
#4
Maria Nolano, Vincenzo Provitera, Fiore Manganelli, Rosa Iodice, Annamaria Stancanelli, Giuseppe Caporaso, Annamaria Saltalamacchia, Francesca Califano, Bernardo Lanzillo, Marina Picillo, Paolo Barone, Lucio Santoro
OBJECTIVE: To study small and large fiber pathology in drug-naive and l-dopa-treated patients affected by Parkinson disease (PD) in early phases, before the occurrence of neuropathic electrophysiologic abnormalities. METHODS: We enrolled 85 patients with idiopathic PD (male/female 49/36, age 61.3 ± 9.7 years) without electrophysiologic signs of neuropathy, including 48 participants naive to l-dopa treatment. All patients underwent clinical, functional, and morphologic assessment of sensory and autonomic nerves through dedicated questionnaires, quantitative sensory testing, sympathetic skin response, dynamic sweat test, and punch biopsies from glabrous and hairy skin...
July 26, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707431/efficacy-of-a-proprietary-trigonella-foenum-graecum-l-de-husked-seed-extract-in-reducing-menopausal-symptoms-in-otherwise-healthy-women-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-study
#5
E Steels, M L Steele, M Harold, S Coulson
Trigonella foenum-graecum seed extract has demonstrated hormone modulatory activity, providing biological plausibility for relieving menopausal symptoms. The study aimed to assess efficacy of a standardized T. foenum-graecum de-husked seed extract in reducing menopausal symptoms in healthy aging women. The study was a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial that recruited 115 women aged 40 to 65 years of which 59 were allocated to active (n = 54 completed) and 56 to placebo (n = 50 completed)...
July 14, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690083/analgesic-effects-of-preinjection-low-level-laser-light-therapy-lllt-before-third-molar-surgery-a-double-blind-randomized-controlled-trial
#6
Jacco G C Tuk, Arjen J van Wijk, Ine C Mertens, Zühal Keleş, Jérôme A H Lindeboom, Dan M J Milstein
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the analgesic effects of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on preinjection sites in patients scheduled for third molar removal. STUDY DESIGN: This double-blind randomized controlled trial included 163 healthy patients undergoing third molar extractions. The study participants were randomly divided into an LLLT and a placebo group. Objective and subjective data sets were obtained from physiologic feedback (heart rate and sweat response) and a questionnaire, respectively...
May 4, 2017: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679039/nonocclusive-sweat-collection-combined-with-chemical-isotope-labeling-lc-ms-for-human-sweat-metabolomics-and-mapping-the-sweat-metabolomes-at-different-skin-locations
#7
Kevin Hooton, Liang Li
Human sweat is an excellent biofluid candidate for metabolomics due to its noninvasive sample collection and relatively simple matrix. We report a simple and inexpensive method for sweat collection over a defined period (e.g., 24 h) based on the use of a nonocclusive style sweat patch adhered to a skin. This method was combined with differential chemical isotope labeling (CIL) LC-MS for mapping the metabolome profiles of sweat samples collected from skins of the left forearm, lower back, and neck of 20 healthy volunteers...
July 19, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664954/soft-skin-mounted-microfluidic-systems-for-measuring-secretory-fluidic-pressures-generated-at-the-surface-of-the-skin-by-eccrine-sweat-glands
#8
Jungil Choi, Yeguang Xue, Wei Xia, Tyler R Ray, Jonathan T Reeder, Amay J Bandodkar, Daeshik Kang, Shuai Xu, Yonggang Huang, John A Rogers
During periods of activity, sweat glands produce pressures associated with osmotic effects to drive liquid to the surface of the skin. The magnitudes of these pressures may provide insights into physiological health, the intensity of physical exertion, psychological stress factors and/other information of interest, yet they are currently unknown due to absence of means for non-invasive measurement. This paper introduces a thin, soft wearable microfluidic system that mounts onto the surface of the skin to enable precise and routine measurements of secretory fluidic pressures generated at the surface of the skin by eccrine sweat glands (surface SPSG, or s-SPSG) at nearly any location on the body...
July 25, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662305/degranulation-and-shrinkage-of-dark-cells-in-eccrine-glands-and-elevated-serum-carcinoembryonic-antigen-in-patients-with-acquired-idiopathic-generalized-anhidrosis
#9
K Sano, M Asahina, T Uehara, K Matsumoto, N Araki, R Okuyama
BACKGROUND: Acquired idiopathic generalized anhidrosis (AIGA) is characterized by anhidrosis/hypohidrosis without other autonomic and neurological dysfunctions. Pathologically, AIGA is considered to usually present no significant morphological alterations in eccrine glands, the secretory portion of which consists of clear cells, dark cells, and myoepithelial cells. AIGA patients recently have been reported to show high serum concentrations of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA). OBJECTIVE: Our aim is to reveal morphological abnormalities of dark cells and investigate their relationship with serum CEA...
June 29, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644156/clinical-case-of-the-month-a-57-year-old-man-with-an-axillary-mass
#10
Palak Desai, Andrew Myers, Brian Boulmay, Fred A Lopez
A 57-year-old man presented to the surgical oncology clinic with a mildly tender mass under his right arm. Four years prior, the patient had a melanoma removed from his right shoulder along with an ipsilateral right axillary sentinel lymph sampling. Computed tomography (CT) scan was negative for metastatic disease at that time. The patient did not undergo completion axillary node dissection and was lost to follow-up. The patient was originally from Australia, did not tan but reported multiple sunburns before age 18...
May 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616394/new-method-of-sudomotor-function-measurement-to-detect-microvascular-disease-and-sweat-gland-nerve-or-unmyelinated-c-fiber-dysfunction-in-adults-with-retinopathy
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John E Lewis, Steven E Atlas, Ammar Rasul, Ashar Farooqi, Laura Lantigua, Oscar L Higuera, Andrea Fiallo, Lianette Laria, Renata Picciani, Ken Wals, Zohar Yehoshua, Armando Mendez, Janet Konefal, Sharon Goldberg, Judi Woolger
BACKGROUND: Diabetes-associated microvascular complications such as retinopathy and neuropathy often lead to end-organ and tissue damage. Impaired skin microcirculation often precedes the detection of other advanced diabetic complications. The ANS-1 system contains a redesigned sympathetic skin response (ANS-1 SSR) device that measures sudomotor function, a photoplethysmography sensor, and a blood pressure device to comprehensively assess cardiac autonomic neuropathy and endothelial dysfunction...
2017: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606591/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-the-rvsv%C3%A2-g-zebov-gp-ebola-virus-vaccine-candidate-in-healthy-adults-a-phase-1b-randomised-multicentre-double-blind-placebo-controlled-dose-response-study
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
D Gray Heppner, Tracy L Kemp, Brian K Martin, William J Ramsey, Richard Nichols, Emily J Dasen, Charles J Link, Rituparna Das, Zhi Jin Xu, Eric A Sheldon, Teresa A Nowak, Thomas P Monath
BACKGROUND: The 2014 Zaire Ebola virus outbreak highlighted the need for a safe, effective vaccine with a rapid onset of protection. We report the safety and immunogenicity of the recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus-Zaire Ebola virus envelope glycoprotein vaccine (rVSV∆G-ZEBOV-GP) across a 6 log10 dose range in two sequential cohorts. METHODS: In this phase 1b double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-response study we enrolled and randomly assigned healthy adults (aged 18-61 years) at eight study sites in the USA to receive a single injection of vaccine or placebo, administered by intramuscular injection...
August 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603514/cutaneous-autonomic-pilomotor-testing-to-unveil-the-role-of-neuropathy-progression-in-early-parkinson-s-disease-capture-pd-protocol-for-a-multicenter-study
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Timo Siepmann, Alexandra Pintér, Sylvia J Buchmann, Leonie Stibal, Martin Arndt, Anne Sophie Kubasch, Marie Luise Kubasch, Ana Isabel Penzlin, Elka Frenz, Wagner Zago, Tamás Horváth, Szabolcs Szatmári, Dániel Bereczki, Annamária Takáts, Tjalf Ziemssen, Axel Lipp, Roy Freeman, Heinz Reichmann, Kristian Barlinn, Ben Min-Woo Illigens
BACKGROUND: In Parkinson's disease (PD), alpha-synuclein accumulation in cutaneous autonomic pilomotor and sudomotor nerve fibers has been linked to autonomic nervous system disturbances even in the early stages of the disease. This study aims to assess the association between alpha-synuclein-mediated structural autonomic nerve fiber damage and function in PD, elucidate the role of neuropathy progression during the early disease stages, and test reproducibility and external validity of pilomotor function assessment using quantitative pilomotor axon-reflex test and sudomotor function via quantitative direct and indirect test of sudomotor function...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598015/cutaneous-nerve-biomarkers-in-transthyretin-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy
#14
Gigi J Ebenezer, Ying Liu, Daniel P Judge, Kelly Cunningham, Shaun Truelove, Noel D Carter, Blessan Sebastian, Kelly Byrnes, Michael Polydefkis
OBJECTIVE: To determine the utility of skin biopsies as a biomarker of disease severity in subjects with amyloid neuropathy. METHODS: Five groups of patients were studied: (1) transthyretin (TTR) familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP; n = 20), (2) TTR mutation carriers without peripheral neuropathy (TTR-noPN; n = 10), (3) healthy controls (n = 20), (4) diabetic neuropathy disease controls (n = 20), and (5) patients with light-chain (AL) amyloid (n = 2)...
July 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571182/prevalence-of-autonomic-neuropathy-in-patients-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-its-correlation-with-disease-severity
#15
Devika Aggarwal, Sumeet Singla
INTRODUCTION: Autonomic Neuropathy (AN), found to be a strong predictor of sudden cardiac death, has been reported variably in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Manifesting as sweating disturbances, gastrointestinal irregularities, bladder or erectile dysfunction, AN can significantly affect a patient's quality of life and alter the course of the disease. AIM: This study was undertaken to find out the prevalence and severity of AN in RA patients attending the Rheumatology Clinic at a Tertiary Care Hospital in New Delhi, India and also to investigate its correlation with patient and disease factors such as age, gender, disease severity, duration and serological status...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566417/fascioliasis-a-rare-cause-of-hepatic-nodules
#16
Helena Temido, Manuel Oliveira-Santos, Francisco Parente, Lèlita Santos
Fascioliasis is a zoonotic disease that can sometimes affect humans. It presents with non-specific signs and symptoms which makes it difficult to establish an early definitive diagnosis. This can be particularly true in non-endemic countries where a high degree of suspicion is needed to make the diagnosis. Another confounding factor is that many of the initial complains and findings are very similar to those of malignancy. We report a case of an otherwise healthy 47 year-old male presenting with abdominal pain, night-time sweating, anorexia, weight loss and loose stools that had several hepatic nodules visible in the abdominal CT scan...
May 31, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535093/the-effects-of-crushed-ice-ingestion-prior-to-steady-state-exercise-in-the-heat
#17
Matthew Zimmermann, Grant Landers, Karen E Wallman, Jacinta Saldaris
This study examined the physiological effects of crushed ice ingestion before steady state exercise in the heat. Ten healthy males with age (23 ± 3 y), height (176.9 ± 8.7 cm), body-mass (73.5 ± 8.0 kg), VO2peak (48.5 ± 3.6 mL∙kg∙min(-1)) participated in the study. Participants completed 60 min of cycling at 55% of their VO2peak preceded by 30 min of precooling whereby 7 g∙kg(-1) of thermoneutral water (CON) or crushed ice (ICE) was ingested. The reduction in Tc at the conclusion of precooling was greater in ICE (-0...
June 2017: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474126/sex-differences-in-amino-acids-lost-via-sweating-could-lead-to-differential-susceptibilities-to-disturbances-in-nitrogen-balance-and-collagen-turnover
#18
R H Dunstan, D L Sparkes, B J Dascombe, C J Stevens, G R Murphy, M M Macdonald, J Gottfries, C-G Gottfries, T K Roberts
Fluid collected during sweating is enriched with amino acids derived from the skin's natural moisturising factors and has been termed "faux" sweat. Little is known about sex differences in sweat amino acid composition or whether faux sweat amino acid losses affect nitrogen balance. Faux sweat collected by healthy adults (n = 47) after exercise, and at rest by chronic fatigue patients, was analysed for amino acid composition. Healthy females had higher total amino acid concentrations in sweat (10.5 ± 1...
August 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468842/novel-mutations-in-dystonin-provide-clues-to-the-pathomechanisms-of-hsan-vi
#19
Fiore Manganelli, Silvia Parisi, Maria Nolano, Feifei Tao, Simona Paladino, Chiara Pisciotta, Stefano Tozza, Claudia Nesti, Adriana P Rebelo, Vincenzo Provitera, Filippo M Santorelli, Michael E Shy, Tommaso Russo, Stephan Zuchner, Lucio Santoro
OBJECTIVE: To describe a second hereditary sensory autonomic neuropathy type VI (HSAN-VI) family harboring 2 novel heterozygous mutations in the dystonin (DST) gene and to evaluate their effect on neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). METHODS: The family consisted of 3 affected siblings from nonconsanguineous healthy parents. All members underwent clinical and electrophysiologic evaluation and genetic analysis. Two patients underwent quantitative sensory testing (QST), cardiovascular reflexes, dynamic sweat test, and skin biopsy to evaluate somatic and autonomic cutaneous innervation and to get fibroblast cultures for developing iPSC-derived neurons...
May 30, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465863/low-beta-adrenergic-sweat-responses-in-cystic-fibrosis-and-cystic-fibrosis-transmembrane-conductance-regulator-related-metabolic-syndrome-children
#20
Danieli Barino Salinas, Lucia Kang, Colleen Azen, Paul Quinton
β-adrenergically stimulated sweat secretion depends on the function of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) and discriminates between cystic fibrosis (CF) patients and healthy controls. Therefore, we sought to determine the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of assaying β-adrenergic sweating in children identified by CF newborn screening to help determine prognoses for individuals with CFTR-related metabolic syndrome (CRMS). Preschool age children with a positive newborn screening test for CF participated in this cross-sectional study...
March 1, 2017: Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology
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