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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544407/no-relevant-impact-of-ambient-temperature-on-disability-measurements-in-a-large-cohort-of-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
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J-P Stellmann, K L Young, E Vettorazzi, J Pöttgen, C Heesen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Many patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) report a worsening of symptoms due to high ambient temperatures, but objective data about this association are rare and contradictory. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of ambient temperature on standard clinical tests. METHODS: We extracted the Symbol Digit Modality Test, Nine Hole Peg Test, Timed 25 Foot Walk (T25FW), Timed Tandem Walk, Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) and quality-of-life items on cognition, fatigue and depression from our clinical database and matched them to historical temperatures...
June 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542878/foot-shape-in-arboreal-birds-two-morphological-patterns-for-the-same-pincer-like-tool
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Anick Abourachid, Anne-Claire Fabre, Raphaël Cornette, Elizabeth Höfling
The feet are the only contact between the body and the substrate in limbed animals and as such they provide a crucial interface between the animal and its environment. This is especially true for bipedal and arboreal species living in a complex three-dimensional environment that likely induces strong selection on foot morphology. In birds, foot morphology is highly variable, with different orientations of the toes, making it a good model for the study of the role of functional, developmental, and phylogenetic constraints in the evolution of phenotypic diversity...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539973/are-ultrasound-features-at-the-first-metatarsophalangeal-joint-associated-with-clinically-assessed-pain-and-function-a-study-of-people-with-gout-asymptomatic-hyperuricaemia-and-normouricaemia
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Sarah Stewart, Nicola Dalbeth, Alain C Vandal, Bruce Allen, Rhian Miranda, Keith Rome
BACKGROUND: The first metatatarsophalangeal joint (1st MTP joint) is a common location for sonographic evidence of urate deposition in people with gout and asymptomatic hyperuricaemia. However, it is unclear whether these are related to clinically-assessed pain and function. This study aimed to determine the association between ultrasound features and clinical characteristics of the 1st MTP joint in people with gout, asymptomatic hyperuricaemia and age- and sex-matched normouricaemic individuals...
2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539678/evaluation-of-foot-static-disturbances-in-patients-with-rheumatic-diseases
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Anna Kuryliszyn-Moskal, Katarzyna Kaniewska, Zofia Dzięcioł-Anikiej, Piotr Adrian Klimiuk
OBJECTIVES: Rheumatic diseases such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis constitute the most frequent pathological states leading to the development of foot deformities, which reduce quality of life and cause disability. The aim of the present study was to compare the results of plantoconturographic examinations, obtained by means of a computer podoscope, in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis patients. Special attention was paid to the differences in the values of each parameter determining the level of foot function...
2017: Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539383/glomerulosclerosis-induced-by-deficiency-of-membrane-associated-guanylate-kinase-inverted-2-in-kidney-podocytes
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Naritoshi Shirata, Kan-Ichiro Ihara, Kanae Yamamoto-Nonaka, Takuto Seki, Shin-Ichi Makino, Juan Alejandro Oliva Trejo, Takafumi Miyake, Hiroyuki Yamada, Kirk Nicholas Campbell, Takahiko Nakagawa, Kiyoshi Mori, Motoko Yanagita, Peter Mundel, Katsuhiko Nishimori, Katsuhiko Asanuma
Membrane-associated guanylate kinase inverted 2 (MAGI-2) is a component of the slit diaphragm (SD) of glomerular podocytes. Here, we investigated the podocyte-specific function of MAGI-2 using newly generated podocyte-specific MAGI-2-knockout (MAGI-2-KO) mice. Compared with podocytes from wild-type mice, podocytes from MAGI-2-KO mice exhibited SD disruption, morphologic abnormalities of foot processes, and podocyte apoptosis leading to podocyte loss. These pathologic changes manifested as massive albuminuria by 8 weeks of age and glomerulosclerosis and significantly higher plasma creatinine levels at 12 weeks of age; all MAGI-2-KO mice died by 20 weeks of age...
May 24, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538801/effects-of-hyperbaric-oxygen-and-nerve-growth-factor-on-the-long-term-neural-behavior-of-neonatal-rats-with-hypoxic-ischemic-brain-damage
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Lixia Wei, Qing Ren, Yongjun Zhang, Jiwen Wang
Purpose: To evaluate the effects of HBO (Hyperbaric oxygen) and NGF (Nerve growth factor) on the long-term neural behavior of neonatal rats with HIBD (Neonatal hypoxic ischemic brain damage). Methods: The HIBD model was produced by ligating the right common carotid artery of 7 days old SD (Sprague-Dawley) rats followed by 8% O2 + 92% N2 for 2h. Totally 40 rats were randomly divided into 5 groups including sham-operated group, HIBD control group, HBO treated group, NGF treated group and NGF + HBO treated group...
April 2017: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538308/effect-of-electrical-myostimulation-on-the-function-of-lower-leg-muscles
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Viktoras Silinskas, Albinas GrŪnovas, Jurate Stanislovaitiene, Alfonsas Buliuolis, Eugenijus Trinkunas, Jonas Poderys
Silinskas, V, Grūnovas, A, Stanislovaitiene, J, Buliuolis, A, Trinkunas, E, and Poderys, J. Effect of electrical myostimulation on the function of lower leg muscles. J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1577-1584, 2017-Electrical myostimulation (EMS) method is applied to improve skeletal muscle function. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of EMS applied to the sole and calf muscles on their strength and on maximal sprint performance. Each of 10 training sessions involved 10 seconds of stimulation and 50 seconds of rest for a total of 10 minutes...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536916/advanced-parental-age-impaired-fear-conditioning-and-hippocampal-ltd-in-adult-female-rat-offspring
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Lilu Luo, Tingting Sun, Xin Guan, Yiling Ni, Liqiang Yang, Quan Zhao, Xiangyang Kong, Yanmei Chen, Jichuan Zhang
Advanced maternal or paternal age is associated with increased risks of cognitive and emotional disorders. Chronic stress is also a common experience in human life that causes psychiatric diseases. However, the synergistic effects of these two factors on offspring are rarely studied. In the present study, the offspring of both young (3-4 months) and old (12-14 months) rat parents were given CUMS for 21 days at the age of 4 weeks. The effects of advanced parental age and chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) on emotional and cognitive behaviors and the related cellular mechanisms were investigated by using behavioral and electrophysiological techniques...
May 23, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535762/gait-initiation-and-termination-strategies-in-patients-with-prader-willi-syndrome
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Veronica Cimolin, Nicola Cau, Manuela Galli, Cristina Santovito, Graziano Grugni, Paolo Capodaglio
BACKGROUND: Gait Initiation (GI) is a functional task representing one of the first voluntary destabilizing behaviours observed in the development of a locomotor pattern as the whole body centre of mass transitions from a large to a small base of support. Conversely, Gait Termination (GT) consists in the transition from walking to standing which, in everyday life, is a very common movement. Compared to normal walking, it requires higher control of postural stability. For a safe GT, the forward movement of the body has to be slowed down to achieve a stable upright position...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534487/rules-of-engagement-between-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-6-integrin-and-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus
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Abhay Kotecha, Quan Wang, Xianchi Dong, Serban L Ilca, Marina Ondiviela, Rao Zihe, Julian Seago, Bryan Charleston, Elizabeth E Fry, Nicola G A Abrescia, Timothy A Springer, Juha T Huiskonen, David I Stuart
Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) mediates cell entry by attachment to an integrin receptor, generally αvβ6, via a conserved arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) motif in the exposed, antigenic, GH loop of capsid protein VP1. Infection can also occur in tissue culture adapted virus in the absence of integrin via acquired basic mutations interacting with heparin sulphate (HS); this virus is attenuated in natural infections. HS interaction has been visualized at a conserved site in two serotypes suggesting a propensity for sulfated-sugar binding...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531371/wing-1-of-protein-hop2-is-as-important-as-helix-3-in-dna-binding-by-md-simulation
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Hem Moktan, Donghua H Zhou
The repair of programmed DNA double-strand breaks through recombination is required for proper association and disjunction of the meiotic homologous chromosomes. Meiosis specific protein HOP2 plays essential roles in recombination by promoting recombinase activities. The N-terminal domain of HOP2 interacts with DNA through helix 3 (H3) and wing 1 (W1). Mutations in wing 1 (Y65A/K67A/Q68A) slightly weakened the binding but mutations in helices 2 and 3 (Q30A/K44A/K49A) nearly abolished the binding. To better understand such differential effects at atomic level, molecular dynamics simulations were employed...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531227/different-microrna-profiles-reveal-the-diverse-outcomes-induced-by-ev71-and-ca16-infection-in-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells-using-high-throughput-sequencing
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Jie Song, Yajie Hu, Jiaqi Li, Huiwen Zheng, Jingjing Wang, Lei Guo, Ruotong Ning, Hongzhe Li, Zening Yang, Haitao Fan, Longding Liu
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) and Coxsackievirus A16 (CA16) remain the predominant pathogens in hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD), but the factors underlying the pathogenesis of EV71 and CA16 infections have not been elucidated. Recently, the functions of microRNAs (miRNAs) in pathogen-host interactions have been highlighted. In the present study, we performed comprehensive miRNA profiling in EV71- and CA16-infected human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) at multiple time points using high-throughput sequencing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529251/image-quality-and-clinical-usefulness-of-ray-summation-image-reconstructed-from-ct-data-compared-with-digital-radiography
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Shogo Suzuki, Katsuhiro Ichikawa, Shigeru Tamaki
Ray-summation (raysum) images reconstructed from computed tomography (CT) volume data resemble digital radiography (DR) images. Therefore, they have a potential to be used instead of DR images.The aim of this study was to compare the physical image quality evaluated by signal-difference-to-noise ratio (SDNR) and clinical usefulness between raysum and DR images. We employed an oval water phantom simulating adult abdomen for image quality measurement. Raysum images were reconstructed from CT volume data using an assumed x-ray quality of 70 keV...
2017: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527386/gait-patterns-of-children-and-adolescents-with-charcot-marie-tooth-disease
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Elizabeth Wojciechowski, Amy Sman, Kayla Cornett, Jacqueline Raymond, Kathryn Refshauge, Manoj P Menezes, Joshua Burns
Gait abnormalities reported in childhood Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) include foot-drop, reduced ankle power at push-off and increased knee and hip flexion for swing clearance ('steppage-gait'). The purpose of this study was to describe the gait patterns of 60 children aged 6-17 years with CMT (CMTall) and distinguish differences based on functional weakness using the CMT Pediatric Scale (CMTPedS). Data were captured using Vicon Nexus system and compared to 50 healthy norms. Data were subdivided into three groups denoting increasing severity of dorsiflexion and plantarflexion weakness from the CMTPedS: no difficulty heel or toe walking (CMTND), difficulty heel walking (CMTDH), difficulty toe and heel walking (CMTDTH)...
May 8, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527225/clinical-feasibility-of-gait-training-with-a%C3%A2-robotic-exoskeleton-wpal-in-an-individual-with-both-incomplete-cervical-and-complete-thoracic-spinal-cord-injury-a%C3%A2-case-study
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Shigeo Tanabe, Soichiro Koyama, Eiichi Saitoh, Satoshi Hirano, Kanan Yatsuya, Tetsuya Tsunoda, Masaki Katoh, Takeshi Gotoh, Ayako Furumoto
BACKGROUND: Patients with tetraplegia can achieve independent gait with lateral-type powered exoskeletons; it is unclear whether medial-type powered exoskeletons allow for this. OBJECTIVE: To investigate gait training with a medial-type powered exoskeleton wearable power-assist locomotor (WPAL) in an individual with incomplete cervical (C5) and complete thoracic (T12) spinal cord injury (SCI). METHODS: The 60-session program was investigated retrospectively using medical records...
May 19, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525675/acellular-dermal-matrix-and-heel-reconstruction-a-new-prospective
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Alessandro Scalise, Matteo Torresetti, Federica Verdini, Marianna Capecci, Elisa Andrenelli, Alessandro Mengarelli, Maria Gabriella Ceravolo, Sandro Fioretti, Giovanni Di Benedetto
BACKGROUND: Heel reconstruction represents a challenge for all plastic surgeons due to the anatomical and functional features of this weight-bearing area. In the last decade a combined use of acellular dermal matrices and skin grafts has been proposed as a reliable and less invasive alternative for complex wound management; nevertheless only a few cases have been reported in the literature. METHODS: We describe the long-term outcome of 2 cases of severe degloving trauma of the plantar region with massive soft tissue defects of the foot, that underwent surgical reconstruction with artificial dermis and skin grafts...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525647/evaluation-of-the-effects-of-tanezumab-a-monoclonal-antibody-against-nerve-growth-factor-on-the-sympathetic-nervous-system-in-adult-cynomolgus-monkeys-macaca-fascicularis-a-stereologic-histomorphologic-and-cardiofunctional-assessment
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Patrice Belanger, Paul Butler, Mark Butt, Siddhartha Bhatt, Stephen Foote, David Shelton, Mark Evans, Rosalinda Arends, Susan Hurst, Carlin Okerberg, Thomas Cummings, David Potter, Jill Steidl-Nichols, Mark Zorbas
Tanezumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody against nerve growth factor is in development for treatment of chronic pain. Three nonclinical studies assessed effects of clinically relevant and supratherapeutic doses of tanezumab on the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) of adult nonhuman primates. Study 1 evaluated potential effects of subcutaneous (SC) tanezumab (1.2 mg/kg every 8 weeks [Q8W]) on SNS in cynomolgus monkeys for 3 or 6 months and reversibility or persistence of any effects through a non-dosing/recovery period...
May 19, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523987/six-month-effects-of-early-or-delayed-provision-of-an-ankle-foot-orthosis-in-patients-with-sub-acute-stroke-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
Corien Dm Nikamp, Jaap H Buurke, Job van der Palen, Hermie J Hermens, Johan S Rietman
OBJECTIVE: To study the six-month clinical effects of providing ankle-foot orthoses at different moments (early or delayed) in (sub)acute stroke; this is a follow-up to a published trial. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Rehabilitation centre. SUBJECTS: Unilateral hemiparetic stroke subjects maximal six weeks post-stroke with indication for ankle-foot orthosis use. INTERVENTIONS: Subjects were randomly assigned to early (at inclusion; week 1) or delayed provision (eight weeks later; week 9)...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522185/orofacial-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-pathophysiologic-mechanisms-and-functional-mri
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Yeon-Hee Lee, Kyung Mi Lee, Hyug-Gi Kim, Soo-Kyung Kang, Q-Schick Auh, Jyung-Pyo Hong, Yang-Hyun Chun
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is one of the most challenging chronic pain conditions and is characterized by burning pain, allodynia, hyperalgesia, autonomic changes, trophic changes, edema, and functional loss involving mainly the extremities. Until recently, very few reports have been published concerning CRPS involving the orofacial area. We report on a 50-year-old female patient who presented with unbearable pain in all of her teeth and hypersensitivity of the facial skin. She also reported intractable pain in both extremities accompanied by temperature changes and orofacial pain that increased when the other pains were aggravated...
March 14, 2017: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521149/long-term-outcomes-of-external-femoral-derotation-osteotomies-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Sylvia Õunpuu, Matthew Solomito, Katharine Bell, Kristan Pierz
External femoral derotation osteotomy (FDO) is an orthopaedic intervention to correct increased femoral anteversion and associated excessive internal hip rotation and internal foot progression during gait in children with cerebral palsy. The resulting functional issues may include clearance problems and hip abductor lever-arm dysfunction. The purpose of this study was to evaluate long-term gait outcomes of FDO. Twenty ambulatory patients (27 sides) with cerebral palsy who underwent pre-operative (P0) and a one year post-operative (P1) gait analysis as part of the standard of care had a second post-operative analysis (P2) approximately 11 years post-surgical intervention...
April 29, 2017: Gait & Posture
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