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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102429/training-and-orthotic-effects-related-to-functional-electrical-stimulation-of-the-peroneal-nerve-in-stroke
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Tamsyn Street, Ian Swain, Paul Taylor
OBJECTIVE: To examine the evidence for a training effect on the lower limb of functional electrical stimulation. DESIGN: Cohort study. PATIENTS: A total of 133 patients >6 months post-stroke. METHODS: Training and orthotic effects were determined from walking speed over 10 m, associated minimal and substantial clinically important differences (i.e. >0.05 and >0.10 m/s), and Functional Ambulation Category (FAC), ranging from household walking to independent walking in the community...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100802/hydrodynamic-detection-and-localization-of-artificial-flatfish-breathing-currents-by-harbour-seals-phoca-vitulina
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Benedikt Niesterok, Yvonne Krüger, Sven Wieskotten, Guido Dehnhardt, Wolf Hanke
Harbour seals are known to be opportunistic feeders, whose diet consists mainly of pelagic and benthic fish, such as flatfish. As flatfish are often cryptic and do not produce noise, we hypothesized that harbour seals are able to detect and localize flatfish using their hydrodynamic sensory system (vibrissae), as fish emit water currents through their gill openings (breathing currents). To test this hypothesis, we created an experimental platform where an artificial breathing current was emitted through one of eight different openings...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100095/shoulder-kinetics-during-start-up-and-propulsion-with-a-manual-wheelchair-within-the-initial-phase-of-uninstructed-training
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Samuel Hybois, Alice Siegel, Joseph Bascou, Nicolas Eydieux, Philippe Vaslin, Hélène Pillet, Pascale Fodé, Christophe Sauret
PURPOSE: Wheelchair locomotion is constraining for the upper limbs and involves a set of motor tasks that need to be learnt by a novice user. To understand this integration process, we investigated the evolution of shoulder kinetics during start-up and propulsion within the initial phase of low-intensity uninstructed training. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventeen novice able-bodied subjects performed a 120-min uninstructed practice distributed over 4 weeks. During the initial and final sessions, upper limbs kinematics and hand-rim kinetics were continuously collected...
January 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095441/moving-model-test-of-high-speed-train-aerodynamic-drag-based-on-stagnation-pressure-measurements
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Mingzhi Yang, Juntao Du, Zhiwei Li, Sha Huang, Dan Zhou
A moving model test method based on stagnation pressure measurements is proposed to measure the train aerodynamic drag coefficient. Because the front tip of a high-speed train has a high pressure area and because a stagnation point occurs in the center of this region, the pressure of the stagnation point is equal to the dynamic pressure of the sensor tube based on the obtained train velocity. The first derivation of the train velocity is taken to calculate the acceleration of the train model ejected by the moving model system without additional power...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095083/physiological-capacity-and-training-routines-of-elite-cross-country-skiers-approaching-the-upper-limits-of-human-endurance
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Øyvind Sandbakk, Hans-Christer Holmberg
Cross-country skiing is one of the most demanding of endurance sports, involving protracted competitions on varying terrain employing a variety of skiing techniques that require upper- and/or lower-body work to different extents. Through more effective training and extensive improvements in equipment and track preparation, the speed of cross-country ski races has increased more than that of any other winter Olympic sport and, in addition, new types of racing events have been introduced. To a certain extent this has altered the optimal physiological capacity required to win and the training routines of successful skiers have evolved accordingly...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095069/the-evolution-of-champion-cross-country-skier-training-from-lumberjacks-to-professional-athletes
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Øyvind Sandbakk
Competitive cross-country (XC) skiing has traditions extending back to the mid-19th century, and was included as a men's event in the first Winter Games in 1924. Since then, tremendous improvements in equipment, track preparation, and knowledge about training have prompted greater increases in XC skiing speeds than in any other Olympic sport. In response, this commentary focuses on how the training of successful XC skiers has evolved, with interviews and training data from surviving Norwegian world and Olympic XC champions as primary sources...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090643/the-use-of-instructional-design-guidelines-to-increase-effectiveness-of-postpartum-hemorrhage-simulation-training
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Brena C P de Melo, Ana R Falbo, Arno M M Muijtjens, Cees P M van der Vleuten, Jeroen J G van Merriënboer
OBJECTIVE: To compare learning outcomes of postpartum hemorrhage simulation training based on either instructional design guidelines or best practice. METHODS: A pretest-post-test non-equivalent groups study was conducted among obstetrics and gynecology residents in Recife, Brazil, from June 8 to August 30, 2013. The instructional design group included 13 teams, whereas the best practice group included seven teams. A standardized task checklist was used for scenario analysis and the proportion of correctly executed tasks compared (post-test minus pretest)...
December 16, 2016: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090141/do-maximal-aerobic-power-and-blood-lactate-concentration-affect-specific-judo-fitness-test-performance-in-female-judo-athletes
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H Garbouj, M A Selmi, R Haj Sassi, M Haj Yahmed, K Chamari, A Chaouachi
The Special Judo Fitness Test (SJFT) has become the test most widely used by coaches and physical trainers for assessment of competitors' judo-specific physical aptitude and training programme prescription. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the SJFT performance indices and both maximal aerobic power and the level of blood lactate concentrations in female judo athletes. Seventeen female judokas (age: 21.9±1.6 years, body mass: 74.6±27.4 kg, height: 164.5±8.6 cm; BMI: 27.1±8...
December 2016: Biology of Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087497/developing-nutrition-label-reading-skills-a-web-based-practice-approach
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Lisa M Soederberg Miller, Laurel A Beckett, Jacqueline J Bergman, Machelle D Wilson, Elizabeth A Applegate, Tanja N Gibson
BACKGROUND: Nutrition labels offer the information needed to follow Dietary Guidelines for Americans, yet many individuals use labels infrequently or ineffectively due to limited comprehension and the effort required to use them. OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to develop and test a Web-based label-reading training tool to improve individuals' ability to use labels to select more healthful foods. We were particularly interested in determining whether practice can lead to increased accuracy using labels as well as decreased effort, together reflecting greater efficiency...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081017/lattice-parameters-guide-superconductivity-in-iron-arsenides
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Lance M N Konzen, Athena S Sefat
The discovery of superconducting materials has led to their use in technological marvels such as magnetic-field sensors in MRI machines, powerful research magnets, short transmission cables, and high-speed trains. Despite such applications, the uses of superconductors are not widespread because they function much below room-temperature, hence the costly cooling. Since the discovery of Cu- and Fe-based high-temperature superconductors (HTS), much intense effort has tried to explain and understand the superconducting phenomenon...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076851/pse-analysis-a-python-package-for-dna-rna-and-protein-peptide-sequence-analysis-based-on-pseudo-components-and-kernel-methods
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Bin Liu, Hao Wu, Deyuan Zhang, Xiaolong Wang, Kuo-Chen Chou
To expedite the pace in conducting genome/proteome analysis, we have developed a Python package called Pse-Analysis. The powerful package can automatically complete the following five procedures: (1) sample feature extraction, (2) optimal parameter selection, (3) model training, (4) cross validation, and (5) evaluating prediction quality. All the work a user needs to do is to input a benchmark dataset along with the query biological sequences concerned. Based on the benchmark dataset, Pse-Analysis will automatically construct an ideal predictor, followed by yielding the predicted results for the submitted query samples...
January 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074609/rapid-chemical-shift-encoding-with-single-acquisition-single-slab-3d-grase
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Hahnsung Kim, Dong-Hyun Kim, Chul-Ho Sohn, Jaeseok Park
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of chemical shift encoded, single-slab 3D GRASE for rapid fat-water separation within a single acquisition. METHODS: The proposed method incorporates signal-to-noise-ratio-optimal chemical shift encoding into single-slab 3D GRASE with variable flip angles. Chemical shift induced phase information was encoded in succession to different positions in k-space by inserting phase encoding blips between adjacent lobes of the oscillating readout gradients...
January 11, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074268/cognitive-deficits-in-patients-with-a-chronic-vestibular-failure
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Pauline Popp, Melanie Wulff, Kathrin Finke, Maxine Rühl, Thomas Brandt, Marianne Dieterich
Behavioral studies in rodents and humans have demonstrated deficits of spatial memory and orientation in bilateral vestibular failure (BVF). Our aim was to explore the functional consequences of chronic vestibular failure on different cognitive domains including spatial as well as non-spatial cognitive abilities. Sixteen patients with a unilateral vestibular failure (UVF), 18 patients with a BVF, and 17 healthy controls (HC) participated in the study. To assess the cognitive domains of short-term memory, executive function, processing speed and visuospatial abilities the following tests were used: Theory of Visual Attention (TVA), TAP Alertness and Visual Scanning, the Stroop Color-Word, and the Corsi Block Tapping Test...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073451/implications-of-turbulent-flow-in-connecting-capillaries-used-in-high-performance-liquid-chromatography
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John Halvorson, Abraham M Lenhoff, Monika Dittmann, Dwight R Stoll
The ongoing movement in HPLC toward the use of small columns packed with small particles for high speed separations results in eluted peaks with very small volumetric variances. Avoiding degradation of separation performance under these conditions requires careful consideration of all sources of extra-column peak dispersion. Recent trends towards decreased diameters of connecting capillaries and increased flow rates for analytical-scale separations can result in Reynolds numbers that exceed 2000. This raises the possibility of a transition from laminar to turbulent flow, thereby resulting in a higher than expected pressure drop across the capillary at a given flow rate...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068193/the-improvement-in-walking-speed-induced-by-resistance-training-is-associated-with-increased-muscular-strength-but-not-skeletal-muscle-mass-in-older-women
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Leandro Santos, Alex S Ribeiro, Brad J Schoenfeld, Matheus A Nascimento, Crisieli M Tomeleri, Mariana F Souza, Fábio L C Pina, Edilson S Cyrino
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study was to analyze whether improvements in fast walking speed induced by resistance training (RT) are associated with changes in body composition, muscle quality, and muscular strength in older women. METHODS: Twenty-three healthy older women (69.6 ± 6.4 years, 64.95 ± 12.9 kg, 1.55 ± 0.07 m, 27.06 ± 4.6 kg/m²) performed a RT program for 8 weeks consisting of 8 exercises for the whole body, 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions maximum, 3 times a week...
January 9, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067123/the-effect-of-a-supervised-community-based-exercise-program-on-balance-balance-confidence-and-gait-in-individuals-with-lower-limb-amputation
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Carol A Miller, Jennifer E Williams, Katey L Durham, Selena C Hom, Julie L Smith
BACKGROUND: Many individuals with lower limb loss report concern with walking ability after completing structured traditional rehabilitation. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of a supervised community-based exercise program on balance, balance confidence, and gait in individuals with lower limb amputation. STUDY DESIGN: Repeated measures. METHODS: The supervised exercise program was offered biweekly for 6 weeks...
January 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066524/bioenergetic-differences-during-walking-and-running-in-transfemoral-amputee-runners-using-articulating-and-non-articulating-knee-prostheses
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M Jason Highsmith, Jason T Kahle, Rebecca M Miro, Larry J Mengelkoch
Transfemoral amputation (TFA) patients require considerably more energy to walk and run than non-amputees. The purpose of this study was to examine potential bioenergetic differences (oxygen uptake (VO2), heart rate (HR), and ratings of perceived exertion (RPE)) for TFA patients utilizing a conventional running prosthesis with an articulating knee mechanism versus a running prosthesis with a non-articulating knee joint. Four trained TFA runners (n = 4) were accommodated to and tested with both conditions. VO2 and HR were significantly lower (p ≤ 0...
September 2016: Technology and Innovation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063376/a-comprehensive-non-invasive-framework-for-diagnosing-prostate-cancer
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Islam Reda, Ahmed Shalaby, Mohammed Elmogy, Ahmed Abou Elfotouh, Fahmi Khalifa, Mohamed Abou El-Ghar, Ehsan Hosseini-Asl, Georgy Gimel'farb, Naoufel Werghi, Ayman El-Baz
Early detection of prostate cancer increases chances of patients' survival. Our automated non-invasive system for computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) of prostate cancer segments the prostate on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance images (DW-MRI) acquired at different b-values, estimates its apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC), and classifies their descriptors - empirical cumulative distribution functions (CDF) - with a trained deep learning network. To segment the prostate, an evolving geometric (level-set-based) deformable model is guided by a speed function depending on intensity attributes extracted from the DW-MRI with nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF)...
December 23, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060442/effects-of-6%C3%A2-months-of-aerobic-and-resistance-exercise-training-on-carotid-artery-intima-media-thickness-in-overweight-and-obese-older-women
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Jinkee Park, Hyuntea Park
AIM: We studied the effects of exercise on carotid intima-media thickness, luminal diameter, and flow velocity in overweight and obese older women, and the associations between carotid parameters changes and other variables. METHODS: A total of 41 overweight and obese older women (aged 65-77 years, fat mass percent ≥ 32%), who were divided into a control group (n = 20) and a supervised combined exercise group (n = 21). The 24-week combined exercise program (aerobic and resistance exercise) consisted of sessions 40-80 min in length 5 days per week under the supervision of an exercise specialist...
January 6, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060276/the-rodent-psychomotor-vigilance-test-rpvt-a-method-for-assessing-neurobehavioral-performance-in-rats-and-mice
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Catherine M Davis, Peter G Roma, Robert D Hienz
The human Psychomotor Vigilance Test (PVT) is a widely used procedure for measuring changes in fatigue and sustained attention. The present article describes a rodent version of the PVT-termed the "rPVT"-that measures similar aspects of attention (i.e., performance accuracy, motor speed, premature responding, and lapses in attention). Data are presented that demonstrate both the short- and long-term usefulness of the rPVT when employed with laboratory rats. Rats easily learn the rPVT, and learning to perform the basic procedure takes less than two weeks of training...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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