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Dayana P Rosa, John D Borstad, Lívia S Pogetti, Paula R Camargo
STUDY DESIGN: Parallel-group intervention with repeated measures. INTRODUCTION: Shortening of the pectoralis minor (PM) may contribute to alterations in scapular kinematics. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To evaluate the effects of a stretching protocol on function, muscle length, and scapular kinematics in subjects with and without shoulder pain. METHODS: A sample of 25 patients with shoulder pain and 25 healthy subjects with PM tightness performed a daily stretching protocol for 6 weeks...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
Özlem Taşoğlu, Engin Koyuncu, Rabia Daylak, Derya Yumuşak Karacif, Zerrin I Nce, Didem Yenigün, Neşe Özgirgin
OBJECTIVE: To define the demographic and clinical characteristics of persons with spinal cord injury, rehabilitated in a primary referral rehabilitation center in Turkey. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Ankara Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey Methods: Medical records of all patients with spinal cord injury (acute-subacute-chronic) at a single academic referral center over the course of one year were reviewed...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Yoshiaki Suzuki, Susumu Ohya, Hisao Yamamura, Wayne R Giles, Yuji Imaizumi
Large-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (BK) channels play essential roles in both excitable and non-excitable cells. For example, in chondrocytes, agonist-induced Ca(2+) release from intracellular store activates BK channels, and this hyperpolarizes these cells, augments Ca(2+) entry, and forms a positive feed-back mechanism for Ca(2+) signaling and stimulation-secretion coupling. In the present study, functional roles of a newly identified splice variant in the BK channel α subunit (BKαΔe2) were examined in a human chondrocyte cell line, OUMS-27, and in a HEK293 expression system...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
John F Ditunno, M Elizabeth Sandel
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October 13, 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Derya Memis, Erkan Kozanoglu, Bayram Kelle, Mustafa K Goncu
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of demographic and clinical characteristics on mobility, disability, and activities of daily life of patients with stroke. METHODS: This cross-sectional clinical study was performed in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Cukurova University Faculty of Medicine in Adana, Turkey, between February 2011 and December 2011. The study included 126 patients with stroke. The Brunnstrom recovery scale (BRS), functional ambulation classification scale (FACS), modified Barthel index (MBI), modified Rankin scale (MRS), and Rivermead mobility index (RMI) were used in the evaluation of the functional status of stroke patients...
October 2016: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
Vildan Binay Safer, Sibel Ozbudak Demir, Esma Ozkan, Fulya Demircioglu Guneri
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate botulinum toxin serotype A (BoNT-A) effects on sleep problems in children with cerebral palsy (CP) and on mothers` sleep quality and depression at multiple time points. METHODS: This is a single center, cross sectional, and observational study was conducted to assess children with CP who were admitted. We recruited children with CP who were admitted to Ministry of Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey between September 2012 and April 2014 for the BoNT-A injection for lower limb spasticity...
October 2016: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
Sameer Patel, Jiayu Li, Apoorva Pandey, Shamsh Pervez, Rajan K Chakrabarty, Pratim Biswas
Many households use solid fuels for cooking and heating purposes. There is currently a knowledge gap in our understanding of the variations in indoor air quality throughout the household as most of the studies focus on the areas in the close proximity of the cookstove. A low-cost wireless particulate matter (PM) sensor network was developed and deployed in households in Raipur, India to establish the spatio-temporal variation of PM concentrations. The data from multiple sensors were acquired in real-time with a wireless system...
October 11, 2016: Environmental Research
Michael W Collins, Anthony P Kontos, David O Okonkwo, Jon Almquist, Julian Bailes, Mark Barisa, Jeffrey Bazarian, O Josh Bloom, David Brody, Robert Cantu, Javier Cardenas, Jay Clugston, Randall Cohen, Ruben Echemendia, R J Elbin, Richard Ellenbogen, Janna Fonseca, Gerard Gioia, Kevin Guskiewicz, Robert Heyer, Gillian Hotz, Grant L Iverson, Barry Jordan, Geoffrey Manley, Joseph Maroon, Thomas McAllister, Michael McCrea, Anne Mucha, Elizabeth Pieroth, Kenneth Podell, Matthew Pombo, Teena Shetty, Allen Sills, Gary Solomon, Danny G Thomas, Tamara C Valovich McLeod, Tony Yates, Ross Zafonte
BACKGROUND: Conventional management for concussion involves prescribed rest and progressive return to activity. Recent evidence challenges this notion and suggests that active approaches may be effective for some patients. Previous concussion consensus statements provide limited guidance regarding active treatment. OBJECTIVE: To describe the current landscape of treatment for concussion and to provide summary agreements related to treatment to assist clinicians in the treatment of concussion...
October 12, 2016: Neurosurgery
Min Liu, Wei Fang, Shuang Liu
In this study, we evaluated seven new 99mTc(III) complexes [99mTcCl(CDO)(CDOH)2B-R] (99mTc-2Fboroxime: R = 2-formylfuran-3-yl (2F); 99mTc-3Fboroxime: R = furan-3-yl (3F); 99mTc-5Fboroxime: R = 5-formyfuran-2-yl (5F); 99mTc-HPboroxime: R = 6-hydroxylpyridin-2-yl (HP); 99mTc-MPYboroxime: R = 5-methoxypyridin-3-yl (MPY); 99mTc-PMboroxime: R = 1,5-pyrimidin-3-yl (PM), and 99mTc-4PYboroxime: R = pyridin-4-yl (4PY)) for their potential as heart imaging agents. All new 99mTc(III) radiotracers except 99mTc-2Fboroxime were prepared with high radiochemical purity (RCP > 95%)...
October 13, 2016: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Engin Koyuncu, Güldal Funda Nakipoğlu Yüzer, Didem Yenigün, Neşe Özgirgin
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. OBJECTIVES: The purposes of this investigation were to evaluate the serum lipid profile among a broad sample of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI), examining the impact of disease duration, lesion level, lesion grade and functional activity level on serum lipid levels of patients with SCI. SETTING: Ankara Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Training and Research Hospital, Turkey. METHODS: Serum lipid profiles of 269 participants with SCI were analyzed and correlated to disease duration, lesion level, lesion grade and ambulation status...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Nathan Rabinovitch, Colby D Adams, Matthew Strand, Kirsten Koehler, John Volckens
BACKGROUND: Most particulate matter (PM) and health studies in children with asthma use exposures averaged over the course of a day and do not take into account spatial/temporal variability that presumably occurs as children move from home, into transit and then school microenvironments. The objectives of this work were to identify increases in morning PM exposure occurring within home, transit and school microenvironments and determine their associations with asthma-related inflammation and rescue medication use...
October 10, 2016: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
Emma L C J Blundell, Laura J Mayne, Michael Lickorish, Steven D R Christie, Mark Platt
We present the first comparison between assays that use resistive pulses or rectification ratios on a tunable pore platform. We compare their ability to quantify the cancer biomarker Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF). The first assay measures the electrophoretic mobility of aptamer modified nanoparticles as they traverse the pore. By controlling the aptamer loading on the particle surface, and measuring the speed of each translocation event we are able to observe a change in velocity as low as 18 pM...
September 16, 2016: Faraday Discussions
Jennifer E Pelletier, Caitlin E Caspi, Liana R N Schreiber, Darin J Erickson, Lisa Harnack, Melissa N Laska
BACKGROUND: Customer intercept interviews are increasingly used to characterize food purchases at retail food outlets and restaurants; however, methodological procedures, logistical issues and response rates using intercept methods are not well described in the food environment literature. The aims of this manuscript were to 1) describe the development and implementation of a customer intercept interview protocol in a large, NIH-funded study assessing food purchases in small and midsize food retailers in Minneapolis and St...
October 5, 2016: BMC Public Health
Olufunmilayo E Adejumo, Taiwo R Kotila, Adeyinka G Falusi, Boladale O Silva, Jacinta N Nwogu, Pius S Fasinu, Chinedum P Babalola
Polymorphic expression of metabolic enzymes have been identified as one of the key factors responsible for the interindividual/ethnic/racial variability in drug metabolism and effect. In Nigeria, there is a disproportionately high incidence of sickle-cell disease (SCD), a condition characterized by painful crisis frequently triggered by malaria. Proguanil, a substrate of the polymorphic CYP2C19, is a chemoprophylactic antimalarial drug widely used among SCD patients in Nigeria. This study aimed to conduct a comparative CYP2C19 phenotyping among SCD patients and healthy controls and to compare the results with those previously reported...
October 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
Lieke J J Klinkenberg, Karin Wildi, Noreen van der Linden, Imre W K Kouw, Marijke Niens, Raphael Twerenbold, Maria Rubini Gimenez, Christian Puelacher, Jean Daniel Neuhaus, Petra Hillinger, Thomas Nestelberger, Jasper Boeddinghaus, Karin Grimm, Zaid Sabti, Judith A P Bons, Jeroen D E van Suijlen, Frans E S Tan, Joop Ten Kate, Otto Bekers, Luc J C van Loon, Marja P van Dieijen-Visser, Christian Mueller, Steven J R Meex
BACKGROUND: Interpretation of serial high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn) measurements for the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) assumes random fluctuation of hs-cTn around an individual's homeostatic set point. The aim of this study was to challenge this diagnostic concept. METHODS: Study 1 examined the presence of a diurnal hs-cTn rhythm by hourly blood sampling, day and night, in 24 individuals without a recent history of AMI. Study 2 assessed morning vs evening diagnostic accuracy of hs-cTnT and hs-cTnI in a prospective multicenter diagnostic study of 2782 unselected patients, presenting to the emergency department with acute chest pain...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Chemistry
D D Nabinger, L E Mazzoleni, G B Sander, F Mazzoleni, M C Osório, M G Klein, T F Rech, L Basso da Silva, G S de Moraes, R A Cristovam, E F Nardelli, C F M Francesconi, D Simon
The aim of this study was to examine the effect of polymorphisms in the cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2C19 gene (CYP2C19) on the Helicobacter pylori eradication rate in Brazilian patients with functional dyspepsia. Adults diagnosed with functional dyspepsia based on the ROME III criteria and infected with H. pylori were recruited to this study. The patients were subjected to gastrointestinal endoscopy and the H. pylori status was defined when both urease test and histopathology results were negative or positive. The patients were treated with proton pump inhibitor-based triple therapy (omeprazole, amoxicillin, and clarithromycin)...
September 16, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
A T M Cunha, J O Carvalho, N R Kussano, C F Martins, G B Mourão, M A N Dode
In this study we examined quality, longevity and ability of epididymal sperm (EP) to bind to oviduct explants (OE) after cooling and cryopreservation. Ejaculated (EJ) and EP sperm from seven bulls were evaluated before, during and after cryopreservation for total (TM), progressive motility (PM), sperm morphology, plasma membrane integrity (PMI) and acrosome integrity (ACI). For longevity, cryopreserved EP, EJ and a third group of cells in which EP spermatozoa were incubated with seminal plasm (SP) for 10 min after thawing (EPP group), were compared, and the groups were analyzed at 0, 3, 6, and 24 h for all parameters...
September 28, 2016: Cryobiology
Inkyu Han, Elaine Symanski, Thomas H Stock
Implications The performance of a low-cost PM sensor was evaluated in an urban residential area. Both PM2.5 and coarse PM (PM10-2.5) mass concentrations were estimated using a DC1700 PM sensor. The calculated PM mass concentrations from the number concentrations of DC 1700 were close to those measured with the Grimm 11-R when relative humidity was less than 60% for both PM2.5 and coarse PM. Particle size distribution was more important for the association of coarse PM between the DC 1700 and Grimm 11-R than it was for PM2...
September 30, 2016: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
Hao Wu, Zhiwu Wang, Guozheng Yan, Wentian Jin, Shan Lu, Zerun Zhou
This article presents a novel puborectalis muscle artificial anal sphincter system (PM-AASS) with the module of sensory perception for treating severe faecal incontinence (FI). Due to the implantable feature of PM-AASS, this system applied low-power design and the total energy consumption could drop to 48.8 Ah/d. To reduce the injury of intestine and the pressure exerted on intestine, the actuator, including the structure of tings and the robot mechanism, of PM-AASS was presented and the middle ring was optimised...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
Adepitan A Owosho, Shih-Chiang Huang, Sonja Chen, Shruti Kashikar, Cherry L Estilo, Suzanne L Wolden, Leonard H Wexler, Joseph M Huryn, Cristina R Antonescu
BACKGROUND: Based on their distinctive histologic and genetic features, the latest WHO classification of soft tissue tumors includes four pathologic variants of rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS): embryonal (ERMS), alveolar (ARMS), spindle cell-sclerosing (SRMS-ScRMS) and pleomorphic RMS. The aim of this study focused on a detailed clinicopathologic and survival analysis of head and neck RMS (HNRMS) using the latest pathologic and molecular criteria reflecting this new subclassification in a large cohort...
October 2016: Oral Oncology
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