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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934458/risk-of-human-infections-with-highly-pathogenic-h5n2-and-low-pathogenic-h7n1-avian-influenza-strains-during-outbreaks-in-ostriches-in-south-africa
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Marietjie Venter, Florette K Treurnicht, Amelia Buys, Stefano Tempia, Rudo Samudzi, Johanna McAnerney, Charlene A Jacobs, Juno Thomas, Lucille Blumberg
Background: Risk factors for human infection with highly pathogenic (HP) and low-pathogenic (LP) avian influenza (AI) H5N2 and H7N1 were investigated during outbreaks in ostriches in the Western Cape province, South Africa. Methods: Serum surveys were conducted for veterinarians, farmworkers, and laboratory and abattoir workers involved in 2 AI outbreaks in the Western Cape province: (1) controlling and culling of 42000 ostriches during (HPAI)H5N2 outbreaks in ostriches (2011) (n = 207); (2) movement control during (LPAI)H7N1 outbreaks in 2012 (n = 66)...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933990/influence-of-salinomycin-treatment-on-division-and-movement-of-individual-cancer-cells-cultured-in-normoxia-or-hypoxia-evaluated-with-time-lapse-digital-holographic-microscopy
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Sofia Kamlund, Daniel Strand, Birgit Janicke, Kersti Alm, Stina Oredsson
Most studies on new cancer drugs are based on population-derived data, where the absence of response of a small population may pass unnoticed. Thus, individual longitudinal tracking of cells is important for the future development of efficient cancer treatments. We have used digital holographic microscopy to track individual JIMT-1 human breast cancer cells and L929 mouse fibroblast cultivated in normoxia or hypoxia. In addition, JIMT-1 cells were treated with salinomycin, a cancer stem cell targeting compound...
September 21, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933101/-discussion-on-relevant-theories-of-qi-blood-shen-and-formula-implication-of-guan-xin-jing-capsule
#3
Rui-Ping Li, Guo-Hua Yu, Jun-Fang Li, Shi-Huan Tang
In the field of traditional Chinese medicine(TCM),the definition of "Shen" contains a broad concept and a narrow concept. Broad "Shen" is the dominator and administrator of human vital movement,while narrow "Shen" means spirit, consciousness, thinking and emotions of human. "Shen" originates from innate essence of parents, and survives on acquired essence of water and food as well as the nutrition of its metaplastic Qi-Blood-Body fluid. Qi-Blood,the most precious asset of human body, is a quite important section of one person and the central material basis of "Shen-Zhi"...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932190/empirical-evaluation-of-voluntarily-activatable-muscle-synergies
#4
Shunta Togo, Hiroshi Imamizu
The muscle synergy hypothesis assumes that individual muscle synergies are independent of each other and voluntarily controllable. However, this assumption has not been empirically tested. This study tested if human subjects can voluntarily activate individual muscle synergies extracted by non-negative matrix factorization (NMF), the standard mathematical method for synergy extraction. We defined the activation of a single muscle synergy as the generation of a muscle activity pattern vector parallel to the single muscle synergy vector...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931614/phase-dependent-deficits-during-reach-to-grasp-after-human-spinal-cord-injury
#5
Yuming Lei, Monica A Perez
Most cervical spinal cord injuries result in asymmetrical functional impairments in hand and arm function. However, the extent to which reach-to-grasp movements are affected in humans with incomplete cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) remains poorly understood. Using kinematics and electromyographic (EMG) recordings in hand and arm muscles we studied the different phases of unilateral self-paced reach-to-grasp movements (arm acceleration, hand opening and closing) to a small cylinder in the more and less affected arms of individuals with cervical SCI and age-matched controls...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931054/reconstruction-of-reaching-movement-trajectories-using-electrocorticographic-signals-in-humans
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Omid Talakoub, Cesar Marquez-Chin, Milos R Popovic, Jessie Navarro, Erich T Fonoff, Clement Hamani, Willy Wong
In this study, we used electrocorticographic (ECoG) signals to extract the onset of arm movement as well as the velocity of the hand as a function of time. ECoG recordings were obtained from three individuals while they performed reaching tasks in the left, right and forward directions. The ECoG electrodes were placed over the motor cortex contralateral to the moving arm. Movement onset was detected from gamma activity with near perfect accuracy (> 98%), and a multiple linear regression model was used to predict the trajectory of the reaching task in three-dimensional space with an accuracy exceeding 85%...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929630/muscle-length-matters-new-insights-into-the-neural-control-of-lengthening-muscle-actions-of-the-knee-extensors
#7
Martin Behrens
Every movement of the human organism requires an interaction of the central nervous system and skeletal muscles to generate muscle actions and thereby joint torques. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
September 20, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928647/individual-differences-in-frequency-and-topography-of-slow-and-fast-sleep-spindles
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Roy Cox, Anna C Schapiro, Dara S Manoach, Robert Stickgold
Sleep spindles are transient oscillatory waveforms that occur during non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep across widespread cortical areas. In humans, spindles can be classified as either slow or fast, but large individual differences in spindle frequency as well as methodological difficulties have hindered progress towards understanding their function. Using two nights of high-density electroencephalography recordings from 28 healthy individuals, we first characterize the individual variability of NREM spectra and demonstrate the difficulty of determining subject-specific spindle frequencies...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928238/talk-1-channels-control-%C3%AE-cell-endoplasmic-reticulum-ca-2-homeostasis
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Nicholas C Vierra, Prasanna K Dadi, Sarah C Milian, Matthew T Dickerson, Kelli L Jordan, Patrick Gilon, David A Jacobson
Ca(2+) handling by the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) serves critical roles in controlling pancreatic β cell function and becomes perturbed during the pathogenesis of diabetes. ER Ca(2+) homeostasis is determined by ion movements across the ER membrane, including K(+) flux through K(+) channels. We demonstrated that K(+) flux through ER-localized TALK-1 channels facilitated Ca(2+) release from the ER in mouse and human β cells. We found that β cells from mice lacking TALK-1 exhibited reduced basal cytosolic Ca(2+) and increased ER Ca(2+) concentrations, suggesting reduced ER Ca(2+) leak...
September 19, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928221/upregulation-of-autophagy-related-gene-5-protects-dopaminergic-neurons-in-a-zebrafish-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Zhan-Ying Hu, Bo Chen, Jing-Pu Zhang, Yuan-Yuan Ma
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most epidemic neurodegenerative diseases, and is characterized by movement disorders arising from loss of midbrain dopaminergic (DA) neurons. Recently, the relationship between PD and autophagy has received considerable attention, but information about the mechanisms involved is lacking. Here, we report that autophagy-related gene 5 (ATG5) is potentially important in protecting dopaminergic neurons in a 1-methyl-4phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced PD model in zebrafish...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926814/one-year-persistence-of-individual-gait-patterns-identified-in-a-follow-up-study-a-call-for-individualised-diagnose-and-therapy
#11
F Horst, M Mildner, W I Schöllhorn
Although a hunch about the individuality of human movements generally exists, differences in gait patterns between individuals are often neglected. To date, only a few studies distinguished individual gait patterns in terms of uniqueness and emphasised the relevance of individualised diagnoses and therapy. However, small sample sizes have been a limitation on identifying subjects based on gait patterns, and little is known about the permanence of subject-specific characteristics over time. The purpose of this study was (1) to prove the uniqueness of individual gait patterns within a larger sample and (2) to prove the long-term permanence of individual gait patterns...
September 6, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926696/exposure-to-animal-feces-and-human-health-a-systematic-review-and-proposed-research-priorities
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Gauthami Penakalapati, Jenna Swarthout, Miranda J Delahoy, Lydia McAliley, Breanna Wodnik, Karen Levy, Matthew C Freeman
Humans can be exposed to pathogens from poorly managed animal feces, particularly in communities where animals live in proximity to humans. This systematic review of peer-reviewed and grey literature examines the human health impacts of exposure to poorly managed animal feces transmitted via water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)-related pathways in low- and middle-income countries where household livestock, small-scale animal operations, and free-roaming animals are common. We identify routes of contamination by animal feces, control measures to reduce human exposure, and propose research priorities for further inquiry...
September 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925812/watch-where-you-re-going-interferer-velocity-and-visual-behavior-predicts-avoidance-strategy-during-pedestrian-encounters
#13
James L Croft, Derek Panchuk
Pedestrians can avoid collisions with other pedestrians by modifying some combination of their velocity and their path. The authors investigated how path constraints (constrained or unconstrained), interferer velocity (slow or fast), and vision (looking or not looking; time spent looking at the interferer) influenced collision avoidance to an oblivious interferer walking on a perpendicular path. Ten participants walked 6 m to either a point or line target on either a constrained or unconstrained path while wearing an eye-tracking device and avoiding an oblivious interferer that walked at 2 speeds...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Motor Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924748/a-multi-joint-model-of-quiet-upright-stance-accounts-for-the-uncontrolled-manifold-structure-of-joint-variance
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Hendrik Reimann, Gregor Schöner
The upright body in quiet stance is usually modeled as a single-link inverted pendulum. This agrees with most of the relevant sensory organs being at the far end of the pendulum, i.e., the eyes and the vestibular system in the head. Movement of the body in quiet stance has often been explained in terms of the "ankle strategy," where most movement is generated by the ankle musculature, while more proximal muscle groups are only rarely activated for faster movements or in response to perturbations, for instance, by flexing at the hips in what has been called the "hip strategy...
September 18, 2017: Biological Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924563/functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy-in-movement-science-a-systematic-review-on-cortical-activity-in-postural-and-walking-tasks
#15
REVIEW
Fabian Herold, Patrick Wiegel, Felix Scholkmann, Angelina Thiers, Dennis Hamacher, Lutz Schega
Safe locomotion is a crucial aspect of human daily living that requires well-functioning motor control processes. The human neuromotor control of daily activities such as walking relies on the complex interaction of subcortical and cortical areas. Technical developments in neuroimaging systems allow the quantification of cortical activation during the execution of motor tasks. Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) seems to be a promising tool to monitor motor control processes in cortical areas in freely moving subjects...
October 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923393/human-movement-analysis-the-soft-tissue-artefact-issue
#16
EDITORIAL
Valentina Camomilla, Raphaël Dumas, Aurelio Cappozzo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 8, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922165/the-gastrointestinal-brain-axis-in-humans-as-an-evolutionary-advance-of-the-root-leaf-axis-in-plants-a-hypothesis-linking-quantum-effects-of-light-on-serotonin-and-auxin
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Lucio Tonello, Bekim Gashi, Alessandro Scuotto, Glenda Capello, Massimo Cocchi, Fabio Gabrielli, Jack A Tuszynski
Living organisms tend to find viable strategies under ambient conditions that optimize their search for, and utilization of, life-sustaining resources. For plants, a leading role in this process is performed by auxin, a plant hormone that drives morphological development, dynamics, and movement to optimize the absorption of light (through branches and leaves) and chemical "food" (through roots). Similarly to auxin in plants, serotonin seems to play an important role in higher animals, especially humans. Here, it is proposed that morphological and functional similarities between (i) plant leaves and the animal/human brain and (ii) plant roots and the animal/human gastro-intestinal tract have general features in common...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921724/-discrete-peaks-of-excitability-and-map-overlap-reveal-task-specific-organization-of-primary-motor-cortex-for-control-of-human-forearm-muscles
#18
Hugo Massé-Alarie, Michael J G Bergin, Cyril Schneider, Siobhan Schabrun, Paul W Hodges
The primary motor cortex (M1) presents a somatotopic organization of body parts, but with overlap between muscle/movement representations. This distinct but overlapping M1 organization is believed to be important for individuated control and movement coordination, respectively. Discrete peaks of greater excitability observed within M1 might underpin organization of cortical motor control. This study aimed to examine interactions between M1 representations of synergist and antagonist forearm muscles, compare regions of greater excitability during different functional tasks, and compare characteristics of M1 representation recorded using surface and fine-wire (fw ) electrodes...
September 17, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921678/ipsilateral-corticotectal-projections-from-the-primary-premotor-and-supplementary-motor-cortical-areas-in-adult-macaque-monkeys-a-quantitative-anterograde-tracing-study
#19
Michela Fregosi, Eric M Rouiller
The corticotectal projection from cortical motor areas is one of several descending pathways involved in the indirect control of spinal motoneurons. In non-human primates, previous studies reported that cortical projections to the superior colliculus originated from the premotor cortex and the primary motor cortex, whereas no projection originated from the supplementary motor area. The aim of the present study was to investigate and compare the properties of corticotectal projections originating from these three cortical motor areas in intact adult macaques (n=9)...
September 18, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919862/changes-in-dimensionality-and-fractal-scaling-suggest-soft-assembled-dynamics-in-human-eeg
#20
Travis J Wiltshire, Matthew J Euler, Ty L McKinney, Jonathan E Butner
Humans are high-dimensional, complex systems consisting of many components that must coordinate in order to perform even the simplest of activities. Many behavioral studies, especially in the movement sciences, have advanced the notion of soft-assembly to describe how systems with many components coordinate to perform specific functions while also exhibiting the potential to re-structure and then perform other functions as task demands change. Consistent with this notion, within cognitive neuroscience it is increasingly accepted that the brain flexibly coordinates the networks needed to cope with changing task demands...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
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