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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814068/the-activation-of-nlrp3-inflammsome-by-stimulation-of-diesel-exhaust-particles-in-lung-tissues-from-emphysema-model-and-raw-264-7-cell-line
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Soo-Taek Uh, So My Koo, Yangki Kim, Kiup Kim, Sungwoo Park, An Soo Jang, Dojin Kim, Yong Hoon Kim, Choon-Sik Park
Background/Aims: Diesel exhaust particles (DEPs) lead to elevation of reactive oxygen species, which can activate the nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-like receptor (NLR) family members containing the pyrin domain 3 (NLRP3)-inf lammasome. In this study, we elucidated whether NLRP3 -inf lammasome is activated by DEPs and whether antioxidants (N-acetylcysteine [NAC]) could inhibit such activation. Methods: RAW 264.7 cells and ex vivo lung tissues explants obtained from elastase-induced emphysema animal models were stimulated with cigarette smoking extract (CSE), DEPs, and lipopolysaccharide, and levels of interleukin-1β (IL-1β), caspase-1 and nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-like receptor (NLR) family members containing the pyrin domain (NLRP3)-inflammasome were assessed by Western blotting and immunohistochemistry...
August 18, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814067/neuro-immune-interactions-in-allergic-diseases-novel-targets-for-therapeutics
#2
Tiphaine Voisin, Amélie Bouvier, Isaac M Chiu
Recent studies have highlighted an emerging role for neuro-immune interactions in mediating allergic diseases. Allergies are caused by an overactive immune response to a foreign antigen. The peripheral sensory and autonomic nervous system densely innervates mucosal barrier tissues including the skin, respiratory tract and gastrointestinal (GI) tract that are exposed to allergens. It is increasingly clear that neurons actively communicate with and regulate the function of mast cells, dendritic cells, eosinophils, Th2 cells and type 2 innate lymphoid cells in allergic inflammation...
June 1, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814066/mice-expressing-human-erap1-variants-associated-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-have-altered-t-cell-repertoires-and-nk-cell-functions-as-well-as-increased-in-utero-and-perinatal-mortality
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David P W Rastall, Fadel S Alyaquob, Patrick O'Connell, Yuliya Pepelyayeva, Douglas Peters, Sarah Godbehere-Roosa, Cristiane Pereira-Hicks, Yasser A Aldhamen, Andrea Amalfitano
Specific variants of endoplasmic reticulum-associated aminopeptidase 1 (ERAP1) identified by genome-wide association study modify the risk for developing ankylosing spondylitis. We previously confirmed that disease-associated ERAP1 variants have altered enzymatic abilities that can impact upon the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines from cells expressing the same ERAP1 variants. To determine if these ERAP1 variants also impacted immune responses in vivo, we generated two strains of transgenic mice expressing human ERAP1 genes containing non-synonymous single-nucleotide polymorphisms associated with an increased (ERAP1-High) or decreased (ERAP1-Low) risk for developing autoimmune disease...
June 1, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814060/a-soft-wearable-robot-for-the-shoulder-design-characterization-and-preliminary-testing
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Ciaran T O'Neill, Nathan S Phipps, Leonardo Cappello, Sabrina Paganoni, Conor J Walsh
In this paper, we present a soft wearable robot for the shoulder which has the potential to assist individuals suffering from a range of neuromuscular conditions affecting the shoulder to perform activities of daily living. This wearable robot combines two types of soft textile pneumatic actuators which were custom developed for this particular application to support the upper arm through shoulder abduction and horizontal flexion/extension. The advantage of a textile-based approach is that the robot can be lightweight, low-profile, comfortable and non-restrictive to the wearer, and easy to don like an item of clothing...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814055/twiice-a-lightweight-lower-limb-exoskeleton-for-complete-paraplegics
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Tristan Vouga, Romain Baud, Jemina Fasola, Mohamed Bouri, Hannes Bleuler
This paper introduces TWIICE, a lower-limb exoskeleton that enables people suffering from complete paraplegia to stand up and walk again. TWIICE provides complete mobilization of the lower-limbs, which is a first step toward enabling the user to regain independence in activities of the daily living. The tasks it can perform include level and inclined walking (up to 20° slope), stairs ascent and descent, sitting on a seat, and standing up. Participation in the world's first Cybathlon (Zurich, 2016) demonstrated good performance at these demanding tasks...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814053/mobio-a-5-dof-trans-humeral-robotic-prosthesis
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R Achintha M Abayasiri, D G Kanishka Madusanka, N M P Arachchige, A T S Silva, R A R C Gopura
In this paper, a 5 DOF trans-humeral robotic prosthesis: MoBio is proposed. MoBio includes 2 DOF at wrist which is rare in other trans-humeral prostheses. Through anthropometric features MoBio prosthetic arm can achieve elbow flexion/extension, forearm supination/pronation, wrist radial/ulnar deviation, wrist flexion/extension and compound motion of thumb and index finger. An EMG based control method which uses EMG signals of the biceps brachii and triceps brachii, is used with a motion switching mechanism to control the prosthesis...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814052/grasp-specific-and-user-friendly-interface-design-for-myoelectric-hand-prostheses
#7
Alireza Mohammadi, Jim Lavranos, Rob Howe, Peter Choong, Denny Oetomo
This paper presents the design and characterisation of a hand prosthesis and its user interface, focusing on performing the most commonly used grasps in activities of daily living (ADLs). Since the operation of a multi-articulated powered hand prosthesis is difficult to learn and master, there is a significant rate of abandonment by amputees in preference for simpler devices. In choosing so, amputees chose to live with fewer features in their prosthesis that would more reliably perform the basic operations...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814049/wearable-sensing-for-rehabilitation-after-stroke-bimanual-jerk-asymmetry-encodes-unique-information-about-the-variability-of-upper-extremity-recovery
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Diogo S de Lucena, Oliver Stoller, Justin B Rowe, Vicky Chan, David J Reinkensmeyer
Wearable sensing is a new tool for quantifying upper extremity (UE) rehabilitation after stroke. However, it is unclear whether it provides information beyond what is available through standard clinical assessments. To investigate this question, people with a chronic stroke (n=9) wore accelerometers on both wrists for 9 hours on a single day during their daily activities. We used principal components analysis (PCA) to characterize how novel kinematic measures of jerk and acceleration asymmetry, along with conventional measures of limb use asymmetry and clinical function, explained the behavioral variance of UE recovery across participants...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814048/a-mechanism-for-elbow-exoskeleton-for-customised-training
#9
Soumya K Manna, Venketesh N Dubey
It is well proven that repetitive extensive training consisting of active and passive therapy is effective for patients suffering from neuromuscular deficits. The level of difficulty in rehabilitation should be increased with time to improve the neurological muscle functions. A portable elbow exoskeleton has been designed that will meet these requirements and potentially offers superior outcomes than human-assisted training. The proposed exoskeleton can provide both active and passive rehabilitation in a single structure without changing its configuration...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814047/a-simple-tool-to-measure-spasticity-in-spinal-cord-injury-subjects
#10
Arash Arami, Nevio L Tagliamonte, Federica Tamburella, Hsieng-Yung Huang, Marco Molinari, Etienne Burdet
This work presents a wearable device and the algorithms for quantitative modelling of joint spasticity and its application in a pilot group of subjects with different levels of spinal cord injury. The device comprises light-weight instrumented handles to measure the interaction force between the subject and the physical therapist performing the tests, EMG sensors and inertial measurement units to measure muscle activity and joint kinematics. Experimental tests included the passive movement of different body segments, where the spasticity was expected, at different velocities...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814046/adaptive-control-of-an-actuated-ankle-foot-orthosis
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Victor Arnez-Paniagua, Hala Rifai, Yacine Amirat, Samer Mohammed
This paper deals with the control of an active ankle foot orthosis (AAFO) to assist the gait of paretic patients. The AAFO system is driven by both, the residual human torque delivered by the muscles spanning the ankle joint and the AAFO's actuator's torque. A projection-based model reference adaptive control is proposed to assist dorsiflexion and plantar-flexion of the ankle joint during daily living walking activities. Unlike most classical model-based controllers, the proposed one does not require any prior estimation of the system's (foot-AAFO) parameters...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814044/a-survey-of-stakeholder-perspectives-on-a-proposed-combined-exoskeleton-wheelchair-technology
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Tim Bhatnagar, W Ben Mortensen, Johanne Mattie, Jamie Wolff, Claire Parker, Jaimie Borisoff
BACKGROUND: Exoskeleton technology has potential benefits for wheelchair users' health and mobility. However, there are practical barriers to their everyday use as a mobility device. In particular, challenges related to travelling longer distances and transitioning between using a wheelchair and exoskeleton walking may present significant deterrents to regular exoskeleton use. In an effort to remove these barriers, a combined exoskeleton-wheelchair concept ('COMBO') has been proposed, which aims to achieve the benefits of both these mobility technologies...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814043/design-of-a-wearable-interface-for-lightweight-robotic-arm-for-people-with-mobility-impairments
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Tommaso Lisini Baldi, Giovanni Spagnoletti, Mihai Dragusanu, Domenico Prattichizzo
Many common activities of daily living like open a door or fill a glass of water, which most of us take for granted, could be an insuperable problem for people who have limited mobility or impairments. For years the unique alternative to overcame this limitation was asking for human help. Nowadays thanks to recent studies and technology developments, having an assistive devices to compensate the loss of mobility is becoming a real opportunity. Off-the-shelf assistive robotic manipulators have the capability to improve the life of people with motor impairments...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814042/portable-haptic-device-for-lower-limb-amputee-gait-feedback-assessing-static-and-dynamic-perceptibility
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M A B Husman, H F Maqbool, M I Awad, A A Dehghani-Sanij
Loss of joints and severed sensory pathway cause reduced mobility capabilities in lower limb amputees. Although prosthetic devices attempt to restore normal mobility functions, lack of awareness and control of limb placement increase the risk of falling and causing amputee to have high level of visual dependency. Haptic feedback can serve as a cue for gait events during ambulation thus providing sense of awareness of the limb position. This paper presents a wireless wearable skin stretch haptic device to be fitted around the thigh region...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814040/training-wrist-extensor-function-and-detecting-unwanted-movement-strategies-in-an-emg-controlled-visuomotor-task
#15
Mingxing Lyu, Charles Lambelet, Daniel Woolley, Xue Zhang, Weihai Chen, Xilun Ding, Roger Gassert, Nicole Wenderoth
Stroke patients often suffer from severe upper limb paresis. Rehabilitation treatment typically targets motor impairments as early as possible, however, muscular contractions, particularly in the wrist and fingers, are often too weak to produce overt movements, making the initial phase of rehabilitation training difficult. Here we propose a new training tool whereby electromyographic (EMG) activity is measured in the wrist extensors and serves as a proxy of voluntary corticomotor drive. We used the Myo armband to develop a proportional EMG controller which allowed volunteers to perform a simple visuomotor task by modulating wrist extensor activity...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814038/design-and-preliminary-assessment-of-vanderbilt-hand-exoskeleton
#16
Benjamin W Gasser, Daniel A Bennett, Christina M Durrough, Michael Goldfarb
This paper presents the design of a hand exoskeleton intended to enable or facilitate bimanual activities of daily living (ADLs) for individuals with chronic upper extremity hemiparesis resulting from stroke. The paper describes design of the battery-powered, self-contained exoskeleton and presents the results of initial testing with a single subject with hemiparesis from stroke. Specifically, an experiment was conducted requiring the subject to repeatedly remove the lid from a water bottle both with and without the hand exoskeleton...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814037/design-of-a-power-asymmetric-actuator-for-a-transtibial-prosthesis
#17
Harrison L Bartlett, Brian E Lawson, Michael Goldfarb
This paper presents the design and characterization of a power-asymmetric actuator for a transtibial prosthesis. The device is designed to provide the combination of: 1) joint locking, 2) high power dissipation, and 3) low power generation. This actuator functionality allows for a prosthesis to be designed with minimal mass and power consumption relative to a fully-powered robotic prosthesis while maintaining much of the functionality necessary for activities of daily living. The actuator achieves these design characteristics while maintaining a small form factor by leveraging a combination of electromechanical and hydraulic components...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814028/quantitative-assessment-of-swallowing-activity-by-mmg-measurement-with-pvdf-film
#18
Hashimoto Takuya, Tsukagoshi Keita, Koike Takuji
Difficulty of swallowing, called dysphagia, leads to aspiration pneumonia which is particularly a big health concern in aging societies. Therefore, prevention and treatment of dysphagia would contribute to extending healthy-life and QOL of elderly people and decreasing healthcare cost. Robotics technologies are expected as one of the effective methods to solve the problem in terms of detecting malfunction in swallowing and recovering swallowing function. The aim of this study is to investigate muscle activity during normal swallowing using mechanomyography (MMG) with PolyVinylidene DiFluoride (PVDF) film which is a ferroelectrics polymer...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814026/design-and-characterization-of-low-cost-fabric-based-flat-pneumatic-actuators-for-soft-assistive-glove-application
#19
Hong Kai Yap, Frederick Sebastian, Christopher Wiedeman, Chen-Hua Yeow
We present the design of low-cost fabric-based Hat pneumatic actuators for soft assistive glove application. The soft assistive glove is designed to assist hand impaired patients in performing activities of daily living and rehabilitation. The actuators consist of flexible materials such as fabric and latex bladder. Using zero volume actuation concept, the 2D configuration of the actuators simplifies the manufacturing process and allows the actuators to be more compact. The actuators achieve bi-directional flexion and extension motions...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814016/applying-a-soft-robotic-glove-as-assistive-device-and-training-tool-with-games-to-support-hand-function-after-stroke-preliminary-results-on-feasibility-and-potential-clinical-impact
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Gerdienke B Prange-Lasonder, Bob Radder, Anke I R Kottink, Alejandro Melendez-Calderon, Jaap H Buurke, Johan S Rietman
Recent technological developments regarding wearable soft-robotic devices extend beyond the current application of rehabilitation robotics and enable unobtrusive support of the arms and hands during daily activities. In this light, the HandinMind (HiM) system was developed, comprising a soft-robotic, grip supporting glove with an added computer gaming environment. The present study aims to gain first insight into the feasibility of clinical application of the HiM system and its potential impact. In order to do so, both the direct influence of the HiM system on hand function as assistive device and its therapeutic potential, of either assistive or therapeutic use, were explored...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
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