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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930973/intracortical-inhibition-within-the-primary-motor-cortex-can-be-modulated-by-changing-the-focus-of-attention
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Yves-Alain Kuhn, Martin Keller, Jan Ruffieux, Wolfgang Taube
It is well recognized that an external focus (EF) compared with an internal focus (IF) of attention improves motor learning and performance. Studies have indicated benefits in accuracy, balance, force production, jumping performance, movement speed, oxygen consumption, and fatiguing task. Although behavioral outcomes of using an EF strategy are well explored, the underlying neural mechanisms remain unknown. A recent TMS study compared the activity of the primary motor cortex (M1) between an EF and an IF. More precisely, this study showed that, when adopting an EF, the activity of intracortical inhibitory circuits is enhanced...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929936/time-course-of-the-acute-effects-of-core-stabilisation-exercise-on-seated-postural-control
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Jordan B Lee, Stephen H M Brown
Core stabilisation exercises are often promoted for purposes ranging from general fitness to high-performance athletics, and the prevention and rehabilitation of back troubles. These exercises, when performed properly, may have the potential to enhance torso postural awareness and control, yet the potential for achieving immediate gains has not been completely studied. Fourteen healthy young participants performed a single bout of non-fatiguing core stabilisation exercise that consisted of repeated sets of 2 isometric exercises, the side bridge and the four-point contralateral arm-and-leg extension...
September 20, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929728/-undocumented-immigrants-what-do-we-know-about-their-health
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Giovanni Baglio, Raffaele Di Palma, Erica Eugeni, Antonio Fortino
In Italy, immigrants represent a "fuzzy" set, to which it is difficult to apply dichotomous categories as a classification (i.e., regular/irregular, economic/forced, etcetera). These categories lose its meaning when used to study health phenomena. Rather, the epidemiological profile of such a heterogeneous population depends on the varying influence of health determinants in the life-course of migration. This article builds on those assumptions, and analyses the health of irregularly- staying immigrants by adopting a global approach to the migration phenomenon...
May 2017: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928650/locomotor-sub-functions-for-control-of-assistive-wearable-robots
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Maziar A Sharbafi, Andre Seyfarth, Guoping Zhao
A primary goal of comparative biomechanics is to understand the fundamental physics of locomotion within an evolutionary context. Such an understanding of legged locomotion results in a transition from copying nature to borrowing strategies for interacting with the physical world regarding design and control of bio-inspired legged robots or robotic assistive devices. Inspired from nature, legged locomotion can be composed of three locomotor sub-functions, which are intrinsically interrelated: Stance: redirecting the center of mass by exerting forces on the ground...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926635/a-comparison-of-running-kinetics-in-children-with-and-without-genu-varus-a-cross-sectional-study
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Amir Ali Jafarnezhadgero, Morteza Madadi Shad, Mahdi Majlesi, Urs Granacher
INTRODUCTION: Varus knee alignment has been identified as a risk factor for the progression of medial knee osteoarthritis. However, the underlying mechanisms have not been elucidated yet in children. Thus, the aims of the present study were to examine differences in ground reaction forces, loading rate, impulses, and free moment values during running in children with and without genu varus. METHODS: Thirty-six boys aged 9-14 volunteered to participate in this study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925664/preventing-falls-in-older-persons
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Lainie Van Voast Moncada, L Glen Mire
The American Geriatrics Society and British Geriatrics Society recommend that all adults older than 65 years be screened annually for a history of falls or balance impairment. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and American Academy of Family Physicians recommend exercise or physical therapy and vitamin D supplementation to prevent falls in community-dwelling older adults who are at increased risk of falls. Although the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and American Academy of Family Physicians do not recommend routine multifactorial intervention to prevent falls in all community-dwelling older adults, they state that it may be appropriate in individual cases...
August 15, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924017/in-silico-analysis-of-the-regulation-of-the-photosynthetic-electron-transport-chain-in-c3-plants
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Alejandro Morales, Xinyou Yin, Jeremy Harbinson, Steven Michiel Driever, Jaap Molenaar, David M Kramer, Paul Struik
We present a new simulation model of the reactions in the photosynthetic electron transport chain of C3 species. We show that including recent insights about the regulation of the thylakoid proton motive force, ATP/NADPH balancing mechanisms (cyclic and non-cyclic alternative electron transport), and regulation of Rubisco activity, leads to emergent behaviors that may affect the operation and regulation of photosynthesis under different dynamic environmental conditions. The model was parameterized with experimental results in the literature, with a focus on Arabidopsis thaliana...
September 18, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917361/immediate-effects-of-pilates-based-therapeutic-exercise-on-postural-control-of-young-individuals-with-non-specific-low-back-pain-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Susana Lopes, Christophe Correia, Gonçalo Félix, Mário Lopes, Ana Cruz, Fernando Ribeiro
OBJECTIVES: Low back pain affects the person's ability to keep balance, especially in challenging conditions. The purpose of this study was to determine the immediate effects of Pilates exercises on postural sway and dynamic balance of young individuals with non-specific low back pain. DESIGN: Controlled laboratory design. SETTINGS AND MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Forty-six participants with non-specific low back pain were randomized to a Pilates (n=23, 10 males; age: 21...
October 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916583/a-balance-and-proprioception-intervention-programme-to-enhance-combat-performance-in-military-personnel
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Shany Funk, T Jacob, D Ben-Dov, E Yanovich, O Tirosh, N Steinberg
BACKGROUND: Optimal functioning of the lower extremities under repeated movements on unstable surfaces is essential for military effectiveness. Intervention training to promote proprioceptive ability should be considered in order to limit the risk for musculoskeletal injuries. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of a proprioceptive intervention programme on static and dynamic postural balance among Israel Defense Forces combat soldiers. METHODS: Twenty-seven male soldiers, aged 18-20 years, from a physical fitness instructor's course, were randomly divided into two groups matched by age and army unit...
September 14, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916208/intra-and-inter-session-reliability-of-traditional-and-entropy-based-variables-describing-stance-on-a-wobble-board
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Lucia Bizovska, Miroslav Janura, Zdenek Svoboda, Martin Cerny, Jana Krohova, Maros Smondrk
A wobble board (WB) is a balance rehabilitation tool that is used in physiotherapy to improve strength and stability. The WB tested in this study includes a sensory module for measuring patients' tilt and rotation during stance. The aim of this study was to assess the reliability and validity of a balance measurement using a WB. Thirty healthy young adults participated in this study. The participants stood on the WB to simultaneously record the tilt of the WB and the center of pressure data using a force plate...
September 12, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914718/balance-evaluation-of-prefrail-and-frail-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Larissa Tomasauskas Marques, Natalia Camargo Rodrigues, Emanuella Oliveira Angeluni, Fernanda Pinheiro Amador Dos Santos Pessanha, Natália Maira da Cruz Alves, Renato Campos Freire Júnior, Eduardo Ferriolli, Daniela Cristina Carvalho de Abreu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: With the increase in the percentage of the population in older adulthood, issues such as frailty syndrome need to be considered. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the ability of the Balance Evaluation Systems Test (BESTest) and center of pressure (COP) in their ability to discriminate between nonfrail, prefrail, and frail older adults. The proposed hypothesis is that frail older adults would show poorer performance in BESTest tasks and higher oscillation of COP on a force platform...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912534/multisegmented-nanowires-a-step-towards-the-control-of-the-domain-wall-configuration
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E Berganza, M Jaafar, C Bran, J A Fernández-Roldán, O Chubykalo-Fesenko, M Vázquez, A Asenjo
Cylindrical nanowires synthesized by controlled electrodeposition constitute excellent strategic candidates to engineer magnetic domain configurations. In this work, multisegmented CoNi/Ni nanowires are synthesized for tailoring a periodic magnetic structure determined by the balance between magnetocrystalline and magnetostatic energies. High-resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy confirms the segmented growth and the sharp transition between layers. Although both CoNi and Ni segments have similar fcc cubic crystal symmetry, their magnetic configuration is quite different as experimentally revealed by Magnetic Force Microscopy (MFM) imaging...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910656/test-retest-reliability-of-a-balance-testing-protocol-with-external-perturbations-in-young-healthy-adults
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Shawn M Robbins, Ryan M Caplan, Daniel I Aponte, Nancy St-Onge
External perturbations are utilized to challenge balance and mimic realistic balance threats in patient populations. The reliability of such protocols has not been established. The purpose was to examine test-retest reliability of balance testing with external perturbations. Healthy adults (n=34; mean age 23 years) underwent balance testing over two visits. Participants completed ten balance conditions in which the following parameters were combined: perturbation or non-perturbation, single or double leg, and eyes open or closed...
September 7, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904986/sex-matters-repetitive-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-in-adolescent-rats
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David K Wright, Terence J O'Brien, Sandy R Shultz, Richelle Mychasiuk
OBJECTIVE: Whether sex differences contribute to the heterogeneity of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and repeated mTBI (RmTBI) outcomes in adolescents is unknown. Therefore, this study examined changes in, and differences between, male and female rats following single mTBI and RmTBI. METHODS: Rats were given a single mTBI, RmTBI (i.e., 3x), or sham injuries. Injuries were administered using a lateral impact model that mimics forces common in human mTBI. After the final injury, rats underwent extensive behavioral testing to examine cognition, motor function, and anxiety- and depressive-like behavior...
September 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902150/an-electrochemical-low-frequency-seismic-micro-sensor-based-on-mems-with-a-force-balanced-feedback-system
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Guanglei Li, Junbo Wang, Deyong Chen, Jian Chen, Lianhong Chen, Chao Xu
Electrochemical seismic sensors are key components in monitoring ground vibration, which are featured with high performances in the low-frequency domain. However, conventional electrochemical seismic sensors suffer from low repeatability due to limitations in fabrication and limited bandwidth. This paper presents a micro-fabricated electrochemical seismic sensor with a force-balanced negative feedback system, mainly composed of a sensing unit including porous sensing micro electrodes immersed in an electrolyte solution and a feedback unit including a feedback circuit and a feedback magnet...
September 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900605/histopathological-analysis-of-infiltrating-t-cell-subsets-in-acute-t-cell-mediated-rejection-in-the-kidney-transplant
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Francisco Salcido-Ochoa, Susan Swee-Shan Hue, Siyu Peng, Zhaoxiang Fan, Reiko Lixiang Li, Jabed Iqbal, John Carson Allen, Alwin Hwai Liang Loh
AIM: To compare the differential immune T cell subset composition in patients with acute T cell-mediated rejection in the kidney transplant with subset composition in the absence of rejection, and to explore the association of their respective immune profiles with kidney transplant outcomes. METHODS: A pilot cross-sectional histopathological analysis of the immune infiltrate was performed using immunohistochemistry in a cohort of 14 patients with acute T cell-mediated rejection in the kidney transplant and 7 kidney transplant patients with no rejection subjected to biopsy to investigate acute kidney transplant dysfunction...
August 24, 2017: World Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893391/the-effects-of-early-stages-of-aging-on-postural-sway-a-multiple-domain-balance-assessment-using-a-force-platform
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Adriana M Degani, Charles T Leonard, Alessander Danna-Dos-Santos
Technical advancements in instrumentation and analytical methods have improved the ability of assessing balance control. This study investigated the effects of early stages of aging on postural sway using traditional and contemporary postural indices from different domains. Eleven healthy young adults and fourteen healthy non-faller older adults performed two postural tasks: (a) functional limits of stability and (b) unperturbed bipedal stance for 120s. Postural indices from spatial, temporal, frequency, and structural domains were extracted from the body's center of pressure (COP) signals and its Rambling and Trembling components...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889106/prevention-of-copd-exacerbations-a-european-respiratory-society-american-thoracic-society-guideline
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Jadwiga A Wedzicha, Peter M A Calverley, Richard K Albert, Antonio Anzueto, Gerard J Criner, John R Hurst, Marc Miravitlles, Alberto Papi, Klaus F Rabe, David Rigau, Pawel Sliwinski, Thomy Tonia, Jørgen Vestbo, Kevin C Wilson, Jerry A Krishnan
This document provides clinical recommendations for the prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations. It represents a collaborative effort between the European Respiratory Society and the American Thoracic Society.Comprehensive evidence syntheses were performed to summarise all available evidence relevant to the Task Force's questions. The evidence was appraised using the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation approach and the results were summarised in evidence profiles...
September 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886645/a-multi-state-coarse-grained-modeling-approach-for-an-intrinsically-disordered-peptide
#19
Farhad Ramezanghorbani, Cahit Dalgicdir, Mehmet Sayar
Many proteins display a marginally stable tertiary structure, which can be altered via external stimuli. Since a majority of coarse grained (CG) models are aimed at structure prediction, their success for an intrinsically disordered peptide's conformational space with marginal stability and sensitivity to external stimuli cannot be taken for granted. In this study, by using the LKα14 peptide as a test system, we demonstrate a bottom-up approach for constructing a multi-state CG model, which can capture the conformational behavior of this peptide in three distinct environments with a unique set of interaction parameters...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885066/nanoparticle-size-specific-actin-rearrangement-and-barrier-dysfunction-of-endothelial-cells
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Yizhong Liu, Noga Rogel, Kei Harada, Leigha Jarett, Christopher H Maiorana, Guy K German, Gretchen J Mahler, Amber L Doiron
In this work, we evaluated the impact of gold nanoparticles on endothelial cell behavior and function beyond the influence on cell viability. Five types of gold nanoparticles were studied: 5 nm and 20 nm bare gold nanoparticles, 5 nm and 20 nm gold nanoparticles with biocompatible polyethylene glycol (PEG) coating and 60 nm bare gold nanoparticles. We found that all tested gold nanoparticles did not affect cell viability significantly and reduced the reactive oxygen species (ROS) level in endothelial cells...
September 8, 2017: Nanotoxicology
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