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Aquatic therapy

Natalija Topić Popović, Snježana P Kazazić, Ivančica Strunjak-Perović, Rozelindra Čož-Rakovac
Identification of bacteria in aquatic and environmental applications, for monitoring purposes and research, for health assessments and therapy considerations of farmed and free-living aquatic organisms, still relies on conventional phenotypic and biochemical protocols. Although molecular techniques based on DNA amplification and sequencing are finding ways into diagnostic laboratories, they are time-consuming, costly and difficult in the case of multiplex assays. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) is a rapid and accurate proteomic method reliable for identification of unknown bacteria to the genus and species level...
October 11, 2016: Environmental Research
Andresa R Marinho-Buzelli, Hossein Rouhani, Kei Masani, Mary C Verrier, Milos R Popovic
Balance training in the aquatic environment is often used in rehabilitation practice to improve static and dynamic balance. Although aquatic therapy is widely used in clinical practice, we still lack evidence on how immersion in water actually impacts postural control. We examined how postural sway measured using centre of pressure and trunk acceleration parameters are influenced by the aquatic environment along with the effects of visual information. Our results suggest that the aquatic environment increases postural instability, measured by the centre of pressure parameters in the time-domain...
September 28, 2016: Gait & Posture
Elizabeth H Skinner, Tammy Dinh, Melissa Hewitt, Ross Piper, Claire Thwaites
BACKGROUND: Falls are associated with morbidity, loss of independence, and mortality. While land-based group exercise and Tai Chi programs reduce the risk of falls, aquatic therapy may allow patients to complete balance exercises with less pain and fear of falling; however, limited data exist. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to pilot the implementation of an aquatic group based on Ai Chi principles (Aquabalance) and to evaluate the safety, intervention acceptability, and intervention effect sizes...
October 6, 2016: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Nattan Stalin, Pappu Srinivasan
Phage therapy is an alternative and eco-friendly biocontrol agent to prevent and control multidrug resistant bacteria in the aquatic system. The aim of this study is to isolate and characterize the Vibrio parahaemolyticus and its potential lytic phage from Penaeus monodon growing-out by rearing in shrimp ponds in Palk Strait, South East coast of India. The conventional phenotypic characteristics and molecular identification was confirmed using 16S rRNA sequence and to determine the antibiotic resistant profiles...
September 30, 2016: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
Elisabetta Catalani, Francesca Proietti Serafini, Silvia Zecchini, Simona Picchietti, Anna Maria Fausto, Enrico Marcantoni, Federico Buonanno, Claudio Ortenzi, Cristiana Perrotta, Davide Cervia
Several modern drugs, including those for cancer therapy, have been isolated from natural sources, are based on natural products and its derivatives, or mime natural products. Some of them are in clinical use, others in clinical trials. The success of natural products in drug discovery is related to their biochemical characteristics and to the technologic methods used to study their feature. Natural compounds may acts as chemo-preventive agents and as factors that increase therapeutic efficacy of existing drugs, thus overcoming cancer cell drug resistance that is the main factor determining the failure in conventional chemotherapy...
September 17, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Heidi Kempert, Ethan Benore, Rachel Heines
OBJECTIVE: To discuss whether patient reported measures would be clinically sensitive and useful for identifying functional change within an intensive chronic pain program setting. Children and adolescents' perception of their abilities is a natural target of rehabilitation therapies. Perceived functioning is often impaired when experiencing chronic pain and is a meaningful goal of rehabilitation therapy. This study examines two patient reported measures administered as part of physical therapy for chronic pain...
September 14, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Júlia de Souza Silveira Valente, Anelise de Oliveira da Silva Fonseca, Carolina Litchina Brasil, Lauren Sagave, Fernanda Cramer Flores, Cristiane de Bona da Silva, Luís Antônio Sangioni, Luciana Pötter, Janio Morais Santurio, Sônia de Avila Botton, Daniela Isabel Brayer Pereira
Pythium insidiosum is an important aquatic oomycete which can cause pythiosis in both animals and humans. This microorganism shows low susceptibility to antifungal drugs available. This study analyzed the in vitro antimicrobial activity of Melaleuca alternifolia in its free oil (FO) and nanoemulsion (NE) formulations against Brazilian P. insidiosum isolates. The antimicrobial activity evaluation was performed by the broth microdilution method according to CSLI M38-A2 document adapted to phytopharmaceuticals...
August 20, 2016: Mycopathologia
Laura G Covill, Cynthia Utley, Cheryl Hochstein
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Older adults with balance deficits often fear falling and limit their mobility. Poor balance is multifactorial, influenced by medication interactions, musculoskeletal and sensory system changes, and poor neuromuscular response to changes in body positions. Aquatic physical therapy (APT) is an intervention used to improve balance and decrease falls. Ai Chi is a water-based exercise program. It incorporates slow movements of progressive difficulty utilizing the upper and lower extremities and trunk coordinated with deep breathing...
August 3, 2016: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
Raj Kumar Thapa, Ju Yeon Choi, Biki Gupta, Thiruganesh Ramasamy, Bijay Kumar Poudel, Sae Kwang Ku, Yu Seok Youn, Han Gon Choi, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim
Cancer remains a leading cause of death. A combination of anticancer agents can effectively kill cancer through multiple pathways; however, improvements to their delivery are needed. Hence, docetaxel and cisplatin-loaded liquid crystalline nanoparticles with folic acid were prepared for effective and targeted anticancer therapy. Notably, hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin/cisplatin complexes in 0.9% NaCl solution were used for the prevention of possible aquation of cisplatin, which would otherwise lead to severe adverse effects...
August 16, 2016: Biomaterials Science
Byoung-Sun Park, Ji-Woong Noh, Mee-Young Kim, Lim-Kyu Lee, Seung-Min Yang, Won-Deok Lee, Yong-Sub Shin, Ju-Hyun Kim, Jeong-Uk Lee, Taek-Yong Kwak, Tae-Hyun Lee, Jaehong Park, Junghwan Kim
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of aquatic and land-based trunk exercise program on gait in stroke patients. [Subjects and Methods] The subjects were 28 hemiplegic stroke patients (20 males, 8 females). The subjects performed a trunk exercise program for a total of four weeks. [Results] Walking speed and cycle, stance phase and stride length of the affected side, and the symmetry index of the stance phase significantly improved after the aquatic and land-based trunk exercise program...
June 2016: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Silvia Giatti, Roberto Cosimo Melcangi, Marzia Pesaresi
Progestins are a broad class of progestational agents widely differing in their chemical structures and pharmacological properties. Despite emerging data suggest that progestins, besides their action as endometrial protection, can also have multiple nonreproductive functions, much remains to be discovered regarding the actions exerted by these molecules in the nervous system. Here, we report the role exerted by different progestins, currently used for contraception or in postmenopausal hormone replacement therapies, in regulating cognitive functions as well as social behavior and mood...
August 2016: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
Joel Barratt, Douglas Chan, Indy Sandaradura, Richard Malik, Derek Spielman, Rogan Lee, Deborah Marriott, John Harkness, John Ellis, Damien Stark
Angiostrongylus cantonensis is a metastrongyloid nematode found widely in the Asia-Pacific region, and the aetiological agent of angiostrongyliasis; a disease characterized by eosinophilic meningitis. Rattus rats are definitive hosts of A. cantonensis, while intermediate hosts include terrestrial and aquatic molluscs. Humans are dead-end hosts that usually become infected upon ingestion of infected molluscs. A presumptive diagnosis is often made based on clinical features, a history of mollusc consumption, eosinophilic pleocytosis in cerebral spinal fluid, and advanced imaging such as computed tomography...
August 2016: Parasitology
Luiz Paulo Milares, Lívia Assis, Amanda Siqueira, Vitoria Claudino, Heloisa Domingos, Thais Almeida, Carla Tim, Ana Claudia Renno
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of an aquatic exercise program and low-level laser therapy (LLLT) (associated or not) on degenerative modifications and inflammatory mediators on the articular cartilage using an experimental model of knee OA. METHOD: Forty male Wistar rats were divided into 4 groups: knee OA - without treatment (OA); OA plus exercise program group (OAE); OA plus LLLT (OAL); OA plus exercise program associated with LLLT (OAEL)...
September 2016: Connective Tissue Research
Andresa R Marinho-Buzelli, Ana Maria Barela, José Angelo Barela, Melissa Leandro Celestino, Milos R Popovic, Mary Verrie
Aquatic therapies are used to restore step initiation in people with locomotor disabilities. However, there is lack of evidence of underlining mechanisms of gait initiation in water. We investigated center of pressure (CoP), vertical and anterior-posterior impulse forces, and kinematics of the first step performed in water in comparison to overground walking. The peaks of anticipatory postural adjustment (APA) and the sections of CoP trajectories were longer in water than on land. Impulse forces were increased in water compared to land...
May 24, 2016: Motor Control
Steven Wheeler, Amanda Acord-Vira, Diana Davis
OBJECTIVE: This systematic review evaluates the effectiveness of interventions to improve occupational performance for people with psychosocial, behavioral, or emotional impairments after traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHOD: Medline, PsycINFO, CINAHL, OTseeker, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews were searched. Of the 1,512 articles initially identified, 35 met the inclusion criteria. RESULTS: Six types of interventions were identified: (1) education, (2) peer mentoring, (3) goal-directed therapy, (4) physical activity, (5) skills training, and (6) cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)...
May 2016: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
Yue Zhang, Yi-Zhao Wang, Li-Ping Huang, Bei Bai, Shi Zhou, Miao-Miao Yin, Hua Zhao, Xiao-Na Zhou, Hong-Tu Wang
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of an aquatic exercise program designed to enhance muscular strength in paretic lower limbs in subacute stroke patients. METHOD: Thirty-six subacute stroke patients were randomly divided to a conventional or an aquatic group (n = 18 each). Outcome measures were assessed at baseline and after 8 wks of training. For the paretic lower limbs, maximum isometric voluntary contraction strength of the rectus femoris and biceps femoris caput longus and the tibialis anterior and lateral gastrocnemius was measured...
November 2016: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Gian Luigi Mariottini, Irwin Darren Grice
The ability of microbes to counter the scientific and therapeutic advancements achieved during the second half of the twentieth century to provide effective disease treatments is currently a significant challenge for researchers in biology and medicine. The discovery of antibiotics, and the subsequent development of synthetic antimicrobial compounds, altered our therapeutic approach towards infectious diseases, and improved the quality and length of life for humans and other organisms. The current alarming rise in cases of antibiotic-resistance has forced biomedical researchers to explore new ways to recognize and/or produce new antimicrobials or to find other approaches for existing therapeutics...
March 2016: Marine Drugs
Sandip Kanti Basu, Jayanta Bain, Kuntal Maity, Debarati Chattopadhyay, Debasis Baitalik, Bijay Kumar Majumdar, Vivek Gupta, Ashwini Kumar, Bibhas Saha Dalal, Anu Malik
Rhinosporidiosis is a chronic localized granulomatous disease caused by Rhinosporidium seeberi, an aquatic protistan parasite belonging to a clade, Mesomycetozoea. Infestation of Rhinosporidiosis to the eye and adnexa is termed oculosporidiosis, in such cases, conjunctival mucosa is mostly involved; however in our case, it involved only the lacrimal sac and deeper periorbital tissue and presented as a case of orbital swelling. Surgical excision of the lesion was done, postoperatively dapsone therapy was given for 6 months, and the patient responded very well with no recurrence till date...
January 2016: Journal of Natural Science, Biology, and Medicine
Jaydev B Mistry, Randa D K Elmallah, Anil Bhave, Morad Chughtai, Jeffrey Jai Cherian, Tanner McGinn, Steven F Harwin, Michael A Mont
Rehabilitation following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) continues to pose a challenge for both patients and providers. In addition, guidelines vary considerably between institutions, which often leave therapy regimens to the discretion of the provider. The lack of clear guidelines for rehabilitation may contribute to inadequate recovery of strength and range-of-motion, resulting in less optimal functional outcomes. Therefore, the aim of this review was to highlight and discuss a variety of post-TKA rehabilitative modalities currently available and to provide evidence regarding efficacy and practicality...
April 2016: Journal of Knee Surgery
Charles M Gieseker, Tina C Crosby, Tamara D Mayer, Sonya M Bodeis, Cynthia B Stine
Flavobacterium columnare and F. psychrophilum are major fish pathogens that cause diseases that may require antimicrobial therapy. Choice of appropriate treatment is dependent upon determining the antimicrobial susceptibility of isolates. Therefore we optimized methods for broth microdilution testing of F. columnare and F. psychrophilum to facilitate standardizing an antimicrobial susceptibility test. We developed adaptations to make reproducible broth inoculums and confirmed the proper incubation time and media composition...
March 2016: Journal of Aquatic Animal Health
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