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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636633/playing-with-fire-what-is-influencing-horse-owners-decisions-to-not-vaccinate-their-horses-against-deadly-hendra-virus-infection
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Kailiea Arianna Goyen, John David Wright, Alexandra Cunneen, Joerg Henning
Hendra virus is a zoonotic paramyxovirus, which causes severe respiratory and neurological disease in horses and humans. Since 2012, the Hendra virus sub-unit G vaccine has been available for horse vaccination in Australia. Uptake of the vaccine has been limited and spill-over events of Hendra virus infection in horses continue to occur. We conducted an online, questionnaire-based cross-sectional study of 376 horse owners belonging to a variety of different equestrian clubs in Queensland, Australia, to identify risk factors for non-vaccination against Hendra virus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636528/three-dimensional-reconstruction-of-energy-stores-for-jumping-in-planthoppers-and-froghoppers-from-confocal-laser-scanning-microscopy
#2
Igor Siwanowicz, Malcolm Burrows
Jumping in planthopper and froghopper insects is propelled by a catapult-like mechanism requiring mechanical storage of energy and its quick release to accelerate the hind legs rapidly. To understand the functional biomechanics involved in these challenging movements, the internal skeleton, tendons and muscles involved were reconstructed in 3-D from confocal scans in unprecedented detail. Energy to power jumping was generated by slow contractions of hind leg depressor muscles and then stored by bending specialised elements of the thoracic skeleton that are composites of the rubbery protein resilin sandwiched between layers of harder cuticle with air-filled tunnels reducing mass...
June 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636479/decrements-in-knee-extensor-and-flexor-strength-are-associated-with-performance-fatigue-during-simulated-basketball-game-play-in-adolescent-male-players
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Aaron T Scanlan, Jordan L Fox, Nattai R Borges, Anne Delextrat, Tania Spiteri, Vincent J Dalbo, Robert Stanton, Crystal O Kean
This study quantified lower-limb strength decrements and assessed the relationships between strength decrements and performance fatigue during simulated basketball. Ten adolescent, male basketball players completed a circuit-based, basketball simulation. Sprint and jump performance were assessed during each circuit, with knee flexion and extension peak concentric torques measured at baseline, half-time, and full-time. Decrement scores were calculated for all measures. Mean knee flexor strength decrement was significantly (P < 0...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636435/effects-of-a-contrast-training-programme-on-jumping-sprinting-and-agility-performance-of-prepubertal-basketball-players
#4
Pedro Ángel Latorre Román, Francisco Javier Villar Macias, Felipe García Pinillos
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a 10 week contrast training (CT) programme (isometric + plyometric) on jumping, sprinting abilities and agility performance in prepubertal basketball players. Fifty-eight children from a basketball academy (age: 8.72 ± 0.97 years; body mass index: 17.22 ± 2.48 kg/m(2)) successfully completed the study. Participants were randomly assigned to experimental groups (EG, n = 30) and control groups (CG, n = 28). The CT programme was included in the experimental group's training sessions - twice a week - as part of their usual weekly training regime...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634456/absolute-and-relative-training-load-and-its-relation-to-fatigue-in-football
#5
Unai Zurutuza, Julen Castellano, Ibon Echeazarra, David Casamichana
The aim of the study was to assess the relationship of external and internal training load (TL) indicators with the objective and subjective fatigue experienced by 15 semi-professional football players, over eight complete weeks of the competition period in the 2015-2016 season, which covered microcycles from 34th to 41st. The maximum heart rate (HRmax) and maximum speed (Vmax) of all the players were previously measured in specific tests. The TL was monitored via questionnaires on rating of perceived exertion (RPE), pulsometers and GPS devices, registering the variables: total distance (TD), player load 2D (PL2D), TD at >80% of the Vmax (TD80), TD in deceleration at < -2 m⋅sec-2 (TDD <-2), TD in acceleration >2 m⋅sec(-2) (TDA >2), Edwards (ED), time spent at between 50 and 80% (50-80% HRmax), 80-90% (80-90% HRmax), and >90% of the HRmax (>90% HRmax), and RPE both respiratory/thoracic (RPEres) and leg/muscular (RPEmus)...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634260/did-the-suicide-barrier-work-after-all-revisiting-the-bloor-viaduct-natural-experiment-and-its-impact-on-suicide-rates-in-toronto
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Mark Sinyor, Ayal Schaffer, Donald A Redelmeier, Alex Kiss, Yasunori Nishikawa, Amy H Cheung, Anthony J Levitt, Jane Pirkis
OBJECTIVE: This research aims to determine the long-term impact of the Bloor Street Viaduct suicide barrier on rates of suicide in Toronto and whether media reporting had any impact on suicide rates. DESIGN: Natural experiment. SETTING: City of Toronto, Canada; records at the chief coroner's office of Ontario 1993-2003 (11 years before the barrier) and 2004-2014 (11 years after the barrier). PARTICIPANTS: 5403 people who died by suicide in the city of Toronto...
June 19, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632776/dynamic-knee-valgus-alignment-influences-impact-attenuation-in-the-lower-extremity-during-the-deceleration-phase-of-a-single-leg-landing
#7
Akihiro Tamura, Kiyokazu Akasaka, Takahiro Otsudo, Jyunya Shiozawa, Yuka Toda, Kaori Yamada
Dynamic knee valgus during landings is associated with an increased risk of non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. In addition, the impact on the body during landings must be attenuated in the lower extremity joints. The purpose of this study was to investigate landing biomechanics during landing with dynamic knee valgus by measuring the vertical ground reaction force (vGRF) and angular impulses in the lower extremity during a single-leg landing. The study included 34 female college students, who performed the single-leg drop vertical jump...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632275/architectures-of-soft-robotic-locomotion-enabled-by-simple-mechanical-principles
#8
Liangliang Zhu, Yunteng Cao, Yilun Liu, Zhe Yang, Xi Chen
In nature, a variety of limbless locomotion patterns flourish, from the small or basic life forms (Escherichia coli, amoebae, etc.) to the large or intelligent creatures (e.g., slugs, starfishes, earthworms, octopuses, jellyfishes, and snakes). Many bioinspired soft robots based on locomotion have been developed in the past few decades. In this work, based on the kinematics and dynamics of two representative locomotion modes (i.e., worm-like crawling and snake-like slithering), we propose a broad set of innovative designs for soft mobile robots through simple mechanical principles...
June 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632062/skeleton-sled-velocity-profiles-a-novel-approach-to-understand-critical-aspects-of-the-elite-athletes-start-phases
#9
Steffi L Colyer, Keith A Stokes, James L J Bilzon, Aki I T Salo
The development of velocity across the skeleton start is critical to performance, yet poorly understood. We aimed to understand which components of the sled velocity profile determine performance and how physical abilities influence these components. Thirteen well-trained skeleton athletes (>85% of athletes in the country) performed dry-land push-starts alongside countermovement jump and sprint tests at multiple time-points. A magnet encoder attached to the sled wheel provided velocity profiles, which were characterised using novel performance descriptors...
February 28, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632053/the-effect-of-a-secondary-cognitive-task-on-landing-mechanics-and-jump-performance
#10
Boyi Dai, Ross F Cook, Elizabeth A Meyer, Yvonne Sciascia, Taylour J Hinshaw, Chaoyi Wang, Qin Zhu
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries commonly occur during jump-landing tasks when individuals' attention is simultaneously allocated to other objects and tasks. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the effect of allocation of attention imposed by a secondary cognitive task on landing mechanics and jump performance. Thirty-eight recreational athletes performed a jump-landing task in three conditions: no counting, counting backward by 1 s from a randomly given number, and counting backward by 7 s from a randomly given number...
February 28, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632047/reliability-and-magnitude-of-mechanical-variables-assessed-from-unconstrained-and-constrained-loaded-countermovement-jumps
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Amador García-Ramos, Slobodan Jaric, Alejandro Pérez-Castilla, Paulino Padial, Belén Feriche
This study aimed to (1) assess the reliability of the force, velocity, and power output variables measured by a force plate and a linear velocity transducer (LVT) for both the unconstrained and constrained loaded countermovement jump (CMJ), and (2) examine the effect of both the CMJ type and the measurement method on the magnitudes of the same variables. Twenty-three men were tested on the free CMJ and the CMJ constrained by a Smith machine. Maximum values of force, velocity, and power were recorded by a force plate and by a LVT attached to a bar loaded by 17, 30, 45, 60, and 75 kg...
February 24, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629863/the-unfolding-mechanism-of-monomeric-mutant-sod1-by-simulated-force-spectroscopy
#12
Mona Habibi, Jörg Rottler, Steven S Plotkin
Mechanical unfolding of mutated apo, disulfide-reduced, monomeric superoxide dismutase 1 protein (SOD1) has been simulated via force spectroscopy techniques, using both an all-atom (AA), explicit solvent model and a coarse-grained heavy-atom Gō (HA-Gō) model. The HA-Gō model was implemented at two different pulling speeds for comparison. The most-common sequence of unfolding in the AA model agrees well with the most-common unfolding sequence of the HA-Gō model, when the same normalized pulling rate was used...
June 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628348/relation-between-peak-knee-flexion-angle-and-knee-ankle-kinetics-in-single-leg-jump-landing-from-running-a-pilot-study-on-male-handball-players-to-prevent-acl-injury
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Mariam A Ameer, Qassim I Muaidi
OBJECTIVES: The relationship between knee kinematics and knee-ankle kinetics during the landing phase of single leg jumping has been widely studied to identify proper strategies for preventing non-contact ACL injury. However, there is a lack of study on knee-ankle kinetics at peak knee flexion angle during jumping from running. Hence, the purpose of this study is to establish the relationship between peak knee flexion angle, knee extension moment, ankle plantar flexion moment and ground reaction force in handball players in order to protect ACL from excessive stress during single leg jumping...
June 19, 2017: Physician and Sportsmedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628178/jumping-drops-on-hydrophobic-surfaces-controlling-energy-transfer-by-timed-electric-actuation
#14
Zhantao Wang, Dirk van den Ende, Arjen Pit, Rudy Lagraauw, Daniël Wijnperlé, Frieder Mugele
Aqueous sessile drops are launched from a super-hydrophobic surface by electric actuation in an electrowetting configuration with a voltage pulse of variable duration. We show that the jump height, i.e. the amount of energy that is transferred from surface energy to the translational degree of freedom, depends not only on the applied voltage but also in a periodic manner on the duration of the actuation pulse. Specifically, we find that the jump height for a pulse of optimized duration is almost twice as high as the one obtained upon turning off the voltage after equilibration of the drop under electrowetting...
June 19, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627571/the-fractal-correlation-between-relaxation-dynamics-and-atomic-level-structures-observed-in-metallic-glasses-by-computer-simulation
#15
M H Yang, J H Li, B X Liu
In the present study, atomistic simulation reveals that the microscopic mechanism of the relaxation dynamics in amorphous materials is governed by the activating atoms that jump more than half of the average nearest neighbor distance within a given time. Based on the unsupervised machine-learning algorithm, hierarchical clustering analysis shows that the activating atoms are excited in a cooperative and avalanche-like model to form activating units. Correlation analysis suggests that large free volumes facilitate the formation of activating atoms...
June 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625614/characterization-of-an-acquired-jumping-translocation-involving-3q13-31-qter-in-a-patient-with-de-novo-acute-monocytic-leukemia
#16
Eigil Kjeldsen
We studied an adult with de novo acute monocytic leukemia and a dismal outcome where her leukemic cells harbored an acquired rare jumping translocation (JT). We used oligo-based array CGH (oaCGH) analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), and 24-color karyotyping to enhance the characterization of the JT. G-banding detected a JT involving the 3q13.3-qter chromosomal segment and the recipient chromosomal regions 17p, 8q, and 15q. Each clone with JT was associated with trisomy 8. oaCGH analysis revealed an additional submicroscopic deletion in 3q13...
June 15, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623871/simple-computing-of-the-viscosity-of-water-dioxane-mixtures-according-to-a-fluctuating-spc-e-ih-interstitial-model
#17
Anis Ghazouani, Jalel M'halla
In this contribution, we propose a new simple and fast computing approach to model liquid water and water-1,4 dioxane mixture, which is intermediate between molecular dynamics calculation and lattice fluid H-bonding theory in which water molecules are arranged according to a fluctuating hexagonal Ih network. It generalizes the interstitial mixture models of Samoilov and Pauling by increasing the number of spatial configurations into the space of phases due to the addition of rotations and vibrations of the molecules around their equilibrium positions...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622721/control-of-structural-and-electrical-transitions-of-vo2-thin-films
#18
Adele Moatti, Ritesh Sachan, John Prater, Jay Narayan
Unstrained and defect-free VO2 single crystals undergo structural (from high temperature tetragonal to low temperature monoclinic phase) and electronic phase transitions simultaneously. In thin films, however, in the presence of unrelaxed strains and defects, structural (Peierls) and electronic (Mott) transitions are affected differently, and are separated. In this paper, we have studied the temperature-dependence of structural and electrical transitions in epitaxially grown vanadium dioxide films on (0001) sapphire substrates...
June 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622468/theoretical-evaluation-of-viv-%C3%AE-c3s5-3-2-as-nuclear-spin-sensitive-single-molecule-spin-transistor
#19
Salvador Cardona Serra, Alejandro Gaita-Ariño, Maria Stamenova, Stefano Sanvito
In a straightforward application of molecular nanospintronics to quantum computing, single-molecule spin transistors can be used to measure and control nuclear spin qubits. A jump in the conductance occurs when the electronic spin inverts its polarization, and this happens at a so-called anticrossing between energy levels, which in turn only takes place at a specific magnetic field determined by the nuclear spin state. So far, this procedure has only been implemented for the terbium(III) bis(phthalocyaninato) complex...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621517/simultaneous-measurements-of-mass-and-collisional-cross-section-of-single-ions-with-charge-detection-mass-spectrometry
#20
Andrew G Elliott, Conner C Harper, Haw-Wei Lin, Anna Christine Susa, Zijie Xia, Evan R Williams
The masses and mobilities of single multiply charged ions of cytochrome c, ubiquitin, myoglobin and bovine serum albumin formed by electrospray ionization are measured using charge detection mass spectrometry (CDMS). Single ions are trapped and repeatedly measured as they oscillate inside an electrostatic ion trap with cone electrodes for up to the maximum trapping time set at 500 ms. The histograms of the many single ion oscillation frequencies have resolved peaks that correspond to the different charge states of each protein...
June 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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