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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921999/lift-calculations-based-on-accepted-wake-models-for-animal-flight-are-inconsistent-and-sensitive-to-vortex-dynamics
#1
Eric Gutierrez, Daniel B Quinn, Diana D Chin, David Lentink
There are three common methods for calculating the lift generated by a flying animal based on the measured airflow in the wake. However, these methods might not be accurate according to computational and robot-based studies of flapping wings. Here we test this hypothesis for the first time for a slowly flying Pacific parrotlet in still air using stereo particle image velocimetry recorded at 1000 Hz. The bird was trained to fly between two perches through a laser sheet wearing laser safety goggles. We found that the wingtip vortices generated during mid-downstroke advected down and broke up quickly, contradicting the frozen turbulence hypothesis typically assumed in animal flight experiments...
December 6, 2016: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920175/bridging-the-gap-between-experimental-data-and-model-parameterization-for-chikungunya-virus-transmission-predictions
#2
Rebecca C Christofferson, Christopher N Mores, Helen J Wearing
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) has experienced 2 major expansion events in the last decade. The most recently emerged sublineage (ECSA-V) was shown to have increased efficiency in a historically secondary vector, Aedes albopictus, leading to speculation that this was a major factor in expansion. Subsequently, a number of experimental studies focused on the vector competence of CHIKV, as well as transmission modeling efforts. Mathematical models have used these data to inform their own investigations, but some have incorrectly parameterized the extrinsic incubation period (EIP) of the mosquitoes, using vector competence data...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919488/clinical-assessment-of-gait-in-individuals-with-multiple-sclerosis-using-wearable-inertial-sensors-comparison-with-patient-based-measure
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Massimiliano Pau, Silvia Caggiari, Alessandro Mura, Federica Corona, Bruno Leban, Giancarlo Coghe, Lorena Lorefice, Maria Giovanna Marrosu, Eleonora Cocco
BACKGROUND: This study aims to verify the feasibility of use of wearable accelerometers in an ambulatory environment to assess spatiotemporal parameters of gait in people with Multiple Sclerosis (pwMS), as well as the correlation of objective data with patient-reported outcomes. METHODS: One hundred and five pwMS (Expanded Disability Status Scale, EDSS in the range 0-6.5) classified in three sub-groups (EDSS 0-1.5, EDSS 2-4, EDSS 4.5-6.5) and 47 healthy controls (HC) participated in the study...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919170/validation-of-the-fitbit-one-garmin-vivofit-and-jawbone-up-activity-tracker-in-estimation-of-energy-expenditure-during-treadmill-walking-and-running
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Kym Price, Stephen R Bird, Noel Lythgo, Isaac S Raj, Jason Y L Wong, Chris Lynch
OBJECTIVES: To determine the validity of energy expenditure estimation made by the Fitbit One, Garmin Vivofit and Jawbone UP activity trackers during treadmill walking and running. Determining validity of such trackers will inform the interpretation of the data they generate. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHOD: Fourteen adults walked at 0.70, 1.25, 1.80 ms(-1) and ran at 2.22, 2.78, 3.33 ms(-1) on a treadmill wearing a Fitbit One, Garmin Vivofit and Jawbone UP...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918885/mutant-ccl2-protein-coating-mitigates-wear-particle-induced-bone-loss-in-a-murine-continuous-polyethylene-infusion-model
#5
Akira Nabeshima, Jukka Pajarinen, Tzu-Hua Lin, Xinyi Jiang, Emmanuel Gibon, Luis A Córdova, Florence Loi, Laura Lu, Eemeli Jämsen, Kensuke Egashira, Fan Yang, Zhenyu Yao, Stuart B Goodman
Wear particle-induced osteolysis limits the long-term survivorship of total joint replacement (TJR). Monocyte/macrophages are the key cells of this adverse reaction. Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein-1 (MCP-1/CCL2) is the most important chemokine regulating trafficking of monocyte/macrophages in particle-induced inflammation. 7ND recombinant protein is a mutant of CCL2 that inhibits CCL2 signaling. We have recently developed a layer-by-layer (LBL) coating platform on implant surfaces that can release biologically active 7ND...
November 24, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918699/validation-of-questionnaire-assessed-physical-activity-in-comparison-with-objective-measures-using-accelerometers-and-physical-performance-measures-among-community-dwelling-adults-aged-%C3%A2-85-years-in-tokyo-japan
#6
Yuko Oguma, Yusuke Osawa, Michiyo Takayama, Yukiko Abe, Shigeho Tanaka, I-Min Lee, Yasumichi Arai
BACKGROUND: To date, there is no physical activity (PA) questionnaire with convergent and construct validity for the oldest-old. The aim of the present study was to investigate the validity of questionnaire-assessed PA in comparison with objective measures determined by uniaxial and triaxial accelerometers and physical performance measures in the oldest-old. METHODS: Participants were 155 elderly (mean age 90 years) who were examined at the university and agreed to wear an accelerometer for 7 days in the 3-year-follow-up survey of the Tokyo Oldest-Old Survey of Total Health...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918679/movement-patterns-and-metabolic-responses-during-an-international-rugby-sevens-tournament
#7
Anthony Couderc, Claire Thomas, Mathieu Lacome, Julien Piscione, Julien Robineau, Rémi Delfour-Peyrethon, Rachel Borne, Christine Hanon
PURPOSE: This study investigated the running-demands and associated metabolic perturbations during an official rugby sevens tournament. METHODS: Twelve elite players participated in seven matches wearing Global Positioning System units. Maximal sprinting speed (MSS) and maximal aerobic speed (MAS) were measured. High-intensity threshold was individualized relative to MAS (>100% of MAS) and very high-intensity distance were reported relative to both MAS and MSS...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918413/a-brain-machine-interface-based-on-erd-ers-for-an-upper-limb-exoskeleton-control
#8
Zhichuan Tang, Shouqian Sun, Sanyuan Zhang, Yumiao Chen, Chao Li, Shi Chen
To recognize the user's motion intention, brain-machine interfaces (BMI) usually decode movements from cortical activity to control exoskeletons and neuroprostheses for daily activities. The aim of this paper is to investigate whether self-induced variations of the electroencephalogram (EEG) can be useful as control signals for an upper-limb exoskeleton developed by us. A BMI based on event-related desynchronization/synchronization (ERD/ERS) is proposed. In the decoder-training phase, we investigate the offline classification performance of left versus right hand and left hand versus both feet by using motor execution (ME) or motor imagery (MI)...
December 2, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918396/personalized-progressive-addition-lenses-correlation-between-performance-and-design
#9
Johanne Forkel, Jenny Lorén Reiniger, Adam Muschielok, Andrea Welk, Anne Seidemann, Peter Baumbach
PURPOSE: A continuous set of personalized designs (design space) for progressive addition lenses (PALs) is investigated. The main goals are (1) to study how the subjects' perception of a personalized design depends on its position in the design space and (2) to compare the performance of personalized PALs to a conventional PAL with a fixed design. METHODS: In a double-blind study, 51 subjects compared Rodenstock Impression FreeSign 3, which is a family of PALs with a continuously controllable personalized design, and Rodenstock Progressiv Life Free, which is a conventional PAL with a single fixed design...
December 1, 2016: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917916/influence-of-third-particle-on-the-tribological-behaviors-of-diamond-like-carbon-films
#10
Lichun Bai, Narasimalu Srikanth, Guozheng Kang, Kun Zhou
Tribological mechanisms of diamond-like carbon (DLC) films in a sand-dust environment are commonly unclear due to the complicated three-body abrasion caused by sand particles. This study investigates the three-body abrasion of the DLC film via molecular dynamics simulations. The influence factors such as the load, velocity, shape of the particle and its size are considered. It has been found that the friction and wear of the DLC film are determined by adhesion at a small load but dominated by both adhesion and plowing at a large load...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917354/results-of-a-hydroxyapatite-coated-femoral-stem-corail-in-chinese-a-minimum-10-year-follow-up
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Jianda Xu, Zikang Xie, Jianning Zhao, Yi Gao, Hong Zhao, Libo Peng, Yuxing Qu
BACKGROUND: Due to the adverse effects of cemented hip arthroplasty, uncemented stems with hydroxyapatite (HA) coating reduces these risks and enhanced integration. The concept of an extensive HA coating for the fixation of a tapered femoral stem (Corail(®)) was introduced, which can achieve durable biological fixation and preserve normal periprosthetic bone activity. Here we describe the clinical and radiological outcome in patients with the Corail(®) stem. METHODS: 92 total hip replacements in 81 patients using the Corail(®) stem were followed-up...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916948/a-robust-and-device-free-system-for-the-recognition-and-classification-of-elderly-activities
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Fangmin Li, Mohammed Abdulaziz Aide Al-Qaness, Yong Zhang, Bihai Zhao, Xidao Luan
Human activity recognition, tracking and classification is an essential trend in assisted living systems that can help support elderly people with their daily activities. Traditional activity recognition approaches depend on vision-based or sensor-based techniques. Nowadays, a novel promising technique has obtained more attention, namely device-free human activity recognition that neither requires the target object to wear or carry a device nor install cameras in a perceived area. The device-free technique for activity recognition uses only the signals of common wireless local area network (WLAN) devices available everywhere...
December 1, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916817/real-time-classification-of-patients-with-balance-disorders-vs-normal-subjects-using-a-low-cost-small-wireless-wearable-gait-sensor
#13
Bhargava Teja Nukala, Taro Nakano, Amanda Rodriguez, Jerry Tsay, Jerry Lopez, Tam Q Nguyen, Steven Zupancic, Donald Y C Lie
Gait analysis using wearable wireless sensors can be an economical, convenient and effective way to provide diagnostic and clinical information for various health-related issues. In this work, our custom designed low-cost wireless gait analysis sensor that contains a basic inertial measurement unit (IMU) was used to collect the gait data for four patients diagnosed with balance disorders and additionally three normal subjects, each performing the Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) tests while wearing the custom wireless gait analysis sensor (WGAS)...
November 29, 2016: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916338/efficacy-of-a-forearm-band-in-addition-to-exercises-compared-with-exercises-alone-for-lateral-epicondylitis-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial
#14
Takanobu Nishizuka, Katsuyuki Iwatsuki, Shigeru Kurimoto, Michiro Yamamoto, Hitoshi Hirata
BACKGROUND: A forearm band is frequently used for lateral epicondylitis worldwide. However, evidence regarding its efficacy has been insufficient. The objective of this prospective, randomized, controlled trial was to analyze the effects of a forearm band for treatment of lateral epicondylitis at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months. METHODS: Patients with lateral epicondylitis were randomly allocated into a band (n = 55) or non-band (n = 55) group. Patients in the band group were instructed to wear a forearm band for more than 6 h daily for at least 6 months...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915222/exoskeleton-plantarflexion-assistance-for-elderly
#15
S Galle, W Derave, F Bossuyt, P Calders, P Malcolm, D De Clercq
Elderly are confronted with reduced physical capabilities and increased metabolic energy cost of walking. Exoskeletons that assist walking have the potential to restore walking capacity by reducing the metabolic cost of walking. However, it is unclear if current exoskeletons can reduce energy cost in elderly. Our goal was to study the effect of an exoskeleton that assists plantarflexion during push-off on the metabolic energy cost of walking in physically active and healthy elderly. Seven elderly (age 69.3±3...
November 28, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915155/vertically-oriented-structure-and-its-fracture-behavior-of-the-indonesia-white-pearl-oyster
#16
Guowei Chen, Hongyun Luo, Shunfei Luo, Zhenying Lin, Yue Ma
Structural calcites, aragonites, and the bonding organic network decide the growth, structure and mechanical properties of the mollusk bivalvia shell. Here, it was found out that the calcite prisms together with the coated organics construct another kind of 'brick and mortar' structure similar to the aragonite tablets. The calcite layer can be divided into three sublayers and direct evidences show that the calcite prisms are produced by two methods: nucleation and growing in the first sublayer; or fusing from the aragonites, which is quite different from some previous reports...
November 3, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915112/a-wavelet-filtering-method-for-cumulative-gamma-spectroscopy-used-in-wear-measurements
#17
Davide Bianchi, Claudia Lenauer, Gerhard Betz, András Vernes
Continuous ultra-mild wear quantification using radioactive isotopes involves measuring very low amounts of activity in limited time intervals. This results in gamma spectra with poor signal-to-noise ratio and hence very scattered wear data, especially during running-in, where wear is intrinsically low. Therefore, advanced filtering methods reducing the wear data scattering and making the calculation of the main peak area more accurate are mandatory. An energy-time dependent threshold for wavelet detail coefficients based on Poisson statistics and using a combined Barwell law for the estimation of the average photon counting rate is then introduced...
November 26, 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914546/analysis-of-transferred-fragrance-and-its-forensic-implications
#18
Simona Gherghel, Ruth M Morgan, Christopher S Blackman, Kersti Karu, Ivan P Parkin
Perfumes are widely used by many people in developed countries, and a large number of both men and women wear perfumes on a daily basis. Analysis of perfume trace materials from clothing is not commonly employed within forensic casework, yet as a form of trace evidence it has the potential to provide valuable intelligence. In order to appreciate the value of trace evidence there is a fundamental need for an evidence base that can both offer insight into how a trace material behaves under different scenarios and activities, and from which inferences can be made...
December 2016: Science & Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914311/stepwatch-accuracy-during-walking-running-and-intermittent-activities
#19
Lindsay P Toth, David R Bassett, Scott E Crouter, Brittany S Overstreet, Samuel R LaMunion, Susan Park, Shahnawaz N Notta, Cary M Springer
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was two-fold: 1) to investigate effects of cadence and sensitivity settings for the StepWatch (SW3) on step count accuracy over a wide range of ambulatory speeds, and 2) to compare the preprogrammed "quick start" settings to modified settings during intermittent lifestyle activities. METHODS: Part 1: Fifteen participants (18-57 years of age) performed two trials of treadmill walking and running at ten speeds ranging from 26...
November 21, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913279/a-randomised-clinical-in-situ-study-to-evaluate-the-effects-of-novel-low-abrasivity-anti-sensitivity-dentifrices-on-dentine-wear
#20
J Seong, C Hall, S Young, C Parkinson, E Macdonald, S Bodfel Jones, N X West
OBJECTIVES: To compare the abrasive wear on human dentine in an in situ model associated with use of an experimental low abrasivity anti-sensitivity dentifrice containing 1% alumina and 5% sodium tripolyphosphate (STP) with an experimental ultra-low abrasivity non-alumina 5% STP dentifrice, a higher abrasivity daily-use whitening dentifrice, and water as controls. METHODS: This was a single-centre, single-blind, randomised, split-mouth, four-treatment, two-period, crossover in situ study in 29 healthy subjects...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Dentistry
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