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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821922/homeostatic-plasticity-in-human-extrastriate-cortex-following-a-simulated-peripheral-scotoma
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Matthew A Gannon, Stephanie M Long, Nathan A Parks
Neuroimaging and patient work over the past decade have indicated that, following retinal deafferentation, the human visual cortex undergoes a large-scale and enduring reorganization of its topography such that the classical retinotopic organization of deafferented visual cortex remaps to represent non-classical regions of visual space. Such long-term visual reorganization is proposed to occur through changes in the functional balance of deafferented visual circuits that engage more lasting changes through activity-dependent neuroplasticity...
August 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821444/circumferential-fusion-a-comparative-analysis-between-anterior-lumbar-interbody-fusion-with-posterior-pedicle-screw-fixation-and-transforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion-for-l5-s1-isthmic-spondylolisthesis
#2
Erik Y Tye, Joseph E Tanenbaum, Andrea S Alonso, Roy Xiao, Michael P Steinmetz, Thomas E Mroz, Jason W Savage
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) or anterior lumbar interbody fusion with percutaneous pedicle screws (ALIFPS) offer significantly higher radiographic fusion rates than other fusion techniques for L5-S1 isthmic spondylolisthesis (IS). As it stands, there is a relative paucity of comparative data of the two techniques. PURPOSE: To define the clinical, radiographic, and financial differences between TLIF and ALIFPS for L5-S1 IS. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: A retrospective cohort study conducted at a single-tertiary care center...
August 15, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821443/the-effect-of-pelvic-motion-on-spino-pelvic-parameters
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Andrew M Hayden, Ann M Hayes, Jennifer L Brechbuhler, Heidi Israel, Howard M Place
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: To date, many studies have examined how pelvic position affects the spinal curvature and spino-pelvic parameters. However, these studies focus on a static relationship, comparing pelvis and spine in a relaxed or baseline position only. Indeed, the spino-pelvic connection is dynamic, as a subject can easily be taught to rotate their pelvis anteriorly or posteriorly on the femoral head, all while maintaining an erect posture. Therefore, for a true understanding of pelvic influence on the spinal column, it is necessary to examine spino-pelvic parameters in multiple pelvic positions within the same subject...
August 15, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818998/lower-body-negative-pressure-reduces-optic-nerve-sheath-diameter-during-head-down-tilt
#4
Karina Marshall-Goebel, Robert Terlević, Darius A Gerlach, Simone Kuehn, Edwin Mulder, Jörn Rittweger
The microgravity ocular syndrome (MOS) results in significant structural and functional ophthalmic changes during 6-month spaceflight missions consistent with an increase in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure compared to the preflight upright position. A ground-based study was performed to assess two of the major hypothesized contributors to MOS, headward fluid shifting and increased ambient CO2, on intracranial and periorbital CSF. In addition, lower body negative pressure (LBNP) was assessed as a countermeasure to headward fluid shifting...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818564/validity-of-a-smartphone-protractor-to-measure-sagittal-parameters-in-adult-spinal-deformity
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William Aaron Kunkle, Michael Madden, Shannon Potts, Jeremy Fogelson, Stuart Hershman
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Smartphones have become an integral tool in the daily life of healthcare professionals (Franko 2011). Their ease of use and wide availability often make smartphones the first tool surgeons use to perform measurements. This technique has been validated for certain orthopaedic pathologies (Shaw 2012, Quek 2014, Milanese 2014, Milani 2014), but never to assess sagittal parameters in adult spinal deformity. This study was designed to assess the validity, reproducibility, precision and efficiency of using a smartphone protractor application to measure sagittal parameters commonly measured in adult spinal deformity assessment and surgical planning...
August 14, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818442/mri-based-treatment-planning-and-dose-delivery-verification-for-intraocular-melanoma-brachytherapy
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Jacqueline Esthappan Zoberi, Jose Garcia-Ramirez, Samantha Hedrick, Vivian Rodriguez, Carol G Bertelsman, Stacie Mackey, Yanle Hu, H Michael Gach, P Kumar Rao, Perry W Grigsby
PURPOSE: Episcleral plaque brachytherapy (EPB) planning is conventionally based on approximations of the implant geometry with no volumetric imaging following plaque implantation. We have developed an MRI-based technique for EPB treatment planning and dose delivery verification based on the actual patient-specific geometry. METHODS AND MATERIALS: MR images of 6 patients, prescribed 85 Gy over 96 hours from Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study-based EPB, were acquired before and after implantation...
August 14, 2017: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818141/autonomic-cardiovascular-responses-to-orthostatic-stress-after-a-short-artificial-gravity-exposure
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Qingguang Zhang, Joyce M Evans, Michael B Stenger, Fritz B Moore, Charles F Knapp
BACKGROUND: Intermittent artificial gravity (AG) training over days and weeks has been shown to improve the human orthostatic tolerance limit (OTL) and improve cardiovascular regulation in response to orthostatic stress. Effects of a single AG exposure are currently unknown. METHODS: We tested cardiovascular responses to orthostatic stress in 16 hypovolemic subjects (9 men and 7 women), once following a single, short (∼90 min) bout of AG and once following a similar period of head-down bed rest (HDBR)...
September 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818140/dynamic-cerebral-autoregulation-during-the-combination-of-mild-hypercapnia-and-cephalad-fluid-shift
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Takuya Kurazumi, Yojiro Ogawa, Ryo Yanagida, Hiroshi Morisaki, Ken-Ichi Iwasaki
BACKGROUND: Mild hypercapnia combined with a cephalad fluid shift [e.g., that occurring during spaceflight or laparoscopic surgery with head-down tilt (HDT)] might affect cerebral autoregulation. However, no reports have described the effects of the combination on dynamic cerebral autoregulation. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that the combination of mild hypercapnia and a cephalad fluid shift would attenuate dynamic cerebral autoregulation. METHODS: There were 15 healthy male volunteers who were exposed to 4 10-min protocols in which they received air in the supine position (Placebo/Supine), 3% carbon dioxide (CO2) in the supine position (CO2/Supine), air with -10° HDT (Placebo/HDT) and 3% CO2 with -10° HDT (CO2/HDT)...
September 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818139/bed-rest-and-intermittent-centrifugation-effects-on-human-balance-and-neuromotor-reflexes
#9
William H Paloski, Millard F Reschke, Alan H Feiveson
INTRODUCTION: The effects of repeated centrifugation in association with head-down tilt (HDT) bed rest (BR) on the mediation of basic reflexes associated with the major postural muscles was investigated as a potential countermeasure for maintaining balance control and neuromotor reflex function. METHODS: There were 15 male volunteers who were exposed to 21 d of 6° HDT-BR. Eight were treated with daily 1-h artificial gravity (AG) exposures aboard a short radius centrifuge that provided 1-g footward loading at heart level...
September 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816947/kinematic-analysis-of-the-relationship-between-modic-changes-and-sagittal-balance-parameters-in-the-cervical-spine
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Zikun Ma, Peng Liu, Jingpei Liu, Jianhui Mou, Zhaolin Wang, Dong Sun, Jie Cheng, Dengwei Zhang, Jianlin Xiao
The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between the Modic changes (MCs) and sagittal parameters of the cervical spine.We conducted a retrospective review of 100 outpatients with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the cervical spine (50 male and 50 female). MRI parameters were measured, including neck tilt, T1 slope (T1 ), thoracic inlet angle (TIA), and cervical lordosis (CL: Cobb C2-7). Patients were divided into 4 groups according to the presence or absence of MC and T1s, respectively: MC(+) and MC(-) groups, as well as H-T1s (T1s ≥25°) and L-T1s subgroups (T1s <25°)...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816725/effect-of-citalopram-for-the-treatment-of-neurocardiogenic-syncope
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Amer N Kadri, Leen Nusairat, Samah Kadri, Ammar Alqaid, Adrian V Hernandez, Nazih N Kadri
BACKGROUND: Neurocardiogenic syncope (NCS) is a common form of syncope. Although selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and other medications have been used to treat NCS with variable success, there is no consensus regarding a first-line therapy. STUDY QUESTION: To assess the effects of citalopram in NCS and to examine the effect of diagnostic use of the head-up tilt table (HUTT) versus empirical diagnosis on patient outcome. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective case series of 1000 consecutive patients who were diagnosed with NCS and treated with citalopram...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816291/-influence-of-the-interforaminal-arch-form-of-edentulous-mandibles-on-design-of-all-on-4-preliminary-research-based-on-conebeam-computed-tomography
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S Y Li, G Li, H L Feng, S X Pan
OBJECTIVE: To classify the interforaminal arch form of edentulous mandibles by measuring the anterior-posterior distance (A-P distance) of implants planned to be inserted in "All-on-4" protocol using conebeam computed tomography (CBCT) data, and to investigate the influence of the arch form on the "All-on-4" distally tilted implants. METHODS: Seventy-four CBCT images of edentulous mandibles were collected, including 35 males and 39 females respectively. "All-on-4"implant supported fixed prostheses were designed for these patients based on the CBCT data...
August 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815946/model-catalytic-studies-of-novel-liquid-organic-hydrogen-carriers-indole-indoline-and-octahydroindole-on-pt-111
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Matthias Schwarz, Philipp Bachmann, Thais Nascimento Silva, Susanne Mohr, Marlene Scheuermeyer, Florian Späth, Udo Bauer, Fabian Düll, Johann Steinhauer, Chantal Hohner, Tibor Döpper, Heshmat Noei, Andreas Stierle, Christian Papp, Hans-Peter Steinrück, Peter Wasserscheid, Andreas Görling, Jörg Libuda
Indole derivatives were recently proposed as potential Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers (LOHC) for storage of renewable energies. In this work, we have investigated the adsorption, dehydrogenation and degradation mechanisms in the indole/indoline/octahydroindole system on Pt(111). We have combined infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRAS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and density functional (DF) calculations. Indole multilayers show a crystallization transition at 200 K, in which the molecules adopt a strongly tilted orientation, before the multilayer desorbs at 220 K...
August 16, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814734/dipole-orientation-analysis-without-optical-simulation-application-to-thermally-activated-delayed-fluorescence-emitters-doped-in-host-matrix
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Takeshi Komino, Yuji Oki, Chihaya Adachi
The dipole orientation of guest emitters doped into host matrices is usually investigated by angular dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurements, which acquire an out-of-plane PL radiation pattern of the guest-host thin films. The PL radiation patterns generated by these methods are typically analysed by optical simulations, which require expertise to perform and interpret in the simulation. In this paper, we developed a method to calculate an orientational order parameter S without the use of full optical simulations...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814635/perception-of-the-dynamic-visual-vertical-during-sinusoidal-linear-motion
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Antonella Pomante, Luc P J Selen, W Pieter Medendorp
The vestibular system provides information for spatial orientation. However, this information is ambiguous: because the otoliths sense the gravito-inertial force, they cannot distinguish gravitational and inertial components. As a consequence, prolonged linear acceleration of the head can be interpreted as tilt, referred to as the somatogravic effect. Previous modeling work suggests that the brain disambiguates the otolith signal according to the rules of Bayesian inference, combining noisy canal cues with the a priori assumption that prolonged linear accelerations are unlikely...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
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/28813945/towards-a-situation-and-user-aware-multi-modal-motorized-toilet-system-to-assist-older-adults-with-disabilities-a-user-requirements-study
#17
T Pilissy, A Toth, G Fazekas, A Sobjak, R Rosenthal, T Luftenegger, P Panek, P Mayer
In the recent decades state of the art technologies appeared in many areas to assist older adults with disabilities. However, one very essential activity of daily life, the toileting remained without any relevant development. The iToilet project of the European Union focuses on the development of an intelligent and motorized toilet system to enable independent toilet use for older adults with disabilities. To begin the development, the user requirements of end-users were assessed by means of focus group interviews and questionnaires...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813820/design-of-an-exoskeleton-ankle-robot-for-robot-assisted-gait-training-of-stroke-patients
#18
Ling-Fung Yeung, Corinna Ockenfeld, Man-Kit Pang, Hon-Wah Wai, Oi-Yan Soo, Sheung-Wai Li, Kai-Yu Tong
Lower Limb Exoskeleton robot that can facilitate stair walking is a big challenge, most systems could only provide level ground walking. In this study, a lightweight (0.5kg at ankle, 0.5kg at waist for control box) and autonomous exoskeleton Ankle Robot was proposed to provide power assistance for gait training of chronic stroke patients and it can facilitate three walking conditions in real-time: (1) level walking, (2) stair ascending, and (3) stair descending. Chronic stroke patients (n=3) with drop foot gait deficit and moderate motor impairment were recruited to evaluate the system under different walking conditions (Functional Ambulatory Category: FAC=4...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811465/lorentz-violating-type-ii-dirac-fermions-in-transition-metal-dichalcogenide-ptte2
#19
Mingzhe Yan, Huaqing Huang, Kenan Zhang, Eryin Wang, Wei Yao, Ke Deng, Guoliang Wan, Hongyun Zhang, Masashi Arita, Haitao Yang, Zhe Sun, Hong Yao, Yang Wu, Shoushan Fan, Wenhui Duan, Shuyun Zhou
Topological semimetals have recently attracted extensive research interests as host materials to condensed matter physics counterparts of Dirac and Weyl fermions originally proposed in high energy physics. Although Lorentz invariance is required in high energy physics, it is not necessarily obeyed in condensed matter physics, and thus Lorentz-violating type-II Weyl/Dirac fermions could be realized in topological semimetals. The recent realization of type-II Weyl fermions raises the question whether their spin-degenerate counterpart-type-II Dirac fermions-can be experimentally realized too...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809787/indoor-scene-point-cloud-registration-algorithm-based-on-rgb-d-camera-calibration
#20
Chi-Yi Tsai, Chih-Hung Huang
With the increasing popularity of RGB-depth (RGB-D) sensor, research on the use of RGB-D sensors to reconstruct three-dimensional (3D) indoor scenes has gained more and more attention. In this paper, an automatic point cloud registration algorithm is proposed to efficiently handle the task of 3D indoor scene reconstruction using pan-tilt platforms on a fixed position. The proposed algorithm aims to align multiple point clouds using extrinsic parameters of the RGB-D camera obtained from every preset pan-tilt control point...
August 15, 2017: Sensors
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