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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334401/vocal-tract-images-reveal-neural-representations-of-sensorimotor-transformation-during-speech-imitation
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Daniel Carey, Marc E Miquel, Bronwen G Evans, Patti Adank, Carolyn McGettigan
Imitating speech necessitates the transformation from sensory targets to vocal tract motor output, yet little is known about the representational basis of this process in the human brain. Here, we address this question by using real-time MR imaging (rtMRI) of the vocal tract and functional MRI (fMRI) of the brain in a speech imitation paradigm. Participants trained on imitating a native vowel and a similar nonnative vowel that required lip rounding. Later, participants imitated these vowels and an untrained vowel pair during separate fMRI and rtMRI runs...
March 18, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333997/learning-better-by-repetition-or-variation-is-transfer-at-odds-with-task-specific-training
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Emmanuel Bonney, Lemke Dorothee Jelsma, Gillian D Ferguson, Bouwien C M Smits-Engelsman
OBJECTIVE: Transfer of motor skills is the ultimate goal of motor training in rehabilitation practice. In children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), very little is known about how skills are transferred from training situations to real life contexts. In this study we examined the influence of two types of practice on transfer of motor skills acquired in a virtual reality (VR) environment. METHOD: One hundred and eleven children with DCD and their typically developing (TD) peers, aged 6-10 years (M = 8...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330449/a-cross-sectional-study-of-the-effects-of-load-carriage-on-running-characteristics-and-tibial-mechanical-stress-implications-for-stress-fracture-injuries-in-women
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Chun Xu, Amy Silder, Ju Zhang, Jaques Reifman, Ginu Unnikrishnan
BACKGROUND: Load carriage is associated with musculoskeletal injuries, such as stress fractures, during military basic combat training. By investigating the influence of load carriage during exercises on the kinematics and kinetics of the body and on the biomechanical responses of bones, such as the tibia, we can quantify the role of load carriage on bone health. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study using an integrated musculoskeletal-finite-element model to analyze how the amount of load carriage in women affected the kinematics and kinetics of the body, as well as the tibial mechanical stress during running...
March 23, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328713/the-effect-of-standard-strength-vs-contrast-strength-training-on-the-development-of-sprint-agility-repeated-change-of-direction-and-jump-in-junior-male-soccer-players
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Mehréz Hammami, Yassine Negra, Roy J Shephard, Mohamed Souhaiel Chelly
Hammami, M, Negra, Y, Shephard, RJ, and Chelly, MS. The effect of standard strength vs. contrast strength training on the development of sprint, agility, repeated change of direction, and jump in junior male soccer players. J Strength Cond Res 31(4): 901-912, 2017-The aim was to compare the impact of 2 differing strength training (ST) programs on the athletic performance of junior male soccer players at a critical phase during their competitive season. Participants aged 16.0 ± 0.5 years were randomly assigned between control (C, n = 12), standard ST (n = 16), and contrast strength training (CST, n = 16), each performed twice a week...
April 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327503/beetroot-juice-supplementation-improves-high-intensity-intermittent-type-exercise-performance-in-trained-soccer-players
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Jean Nyakayiru, Kristin L Jonvik, Jorn Trommelen, Philippe J M Pinckaers, Joan M Senden, Luc J C van Loon, Lex B Verdijk
It has been shown that nitrate supplementation can enhance endurance exercise performance. Recent work suggests that nitrate ingestion can also increase intermittent type exercise performance in recreational athletes. We hypothesized that six days of nitrate supplementation can improve high-intensity intermittent type exercise performance in trained soccer players. Thirty-two male soccer players (age: 23 ± 1 years, height: 181 ± 1 m, weight: 77 ± 1 kg, playing experience: 15.2 ± 0.5 years, playing in the first team of a 2nd or 3rd Dutch amateur league club) participated in this randomized, double-blind cross-over study...
March 22, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326490/virtual-reality-educational-tool-for-human-anatomy
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Santiago González Izard, Juan A Juanes Méndez, Pablo Ruisoto Palomera
Virtual Reality is becoming widespread in our society within very different areas, from industry to entertainment. It has many advantages in education as well, since it allows visualizing almost any object or going anywhere in a unique way. We will be focusing on medical education, and more specifically anatomy, where its use is especially interesting because it allows studying any structure of the human body by placing the user inside each one. By allowing virtual immersion in a body structure such as the interior of the cranium, stereoscopic vision goggles make these innovative teaching technologies a powerful tool for training in all areas of health sciences...
May 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323893/effect-of-supervised-exercise-training-during-pregnancy-on-neonatal-and-maternal-outcomes-among-overweight-and-obese-women-secondary-analyses-of-the-etip-trial-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Kirsti Krohn Garnæs, Siri Ann Nyrnes, Kjell Åsmund Salvesen, Øyvind Salvesen, Siv Mørkved, Trine Moholdt
BACKGROUND: Maternal obesity associates with complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Our aim was to investigate if exercise during pregnancy in overweight/obese women could influence birth weight or other neonatal and maternal outcomes at delivery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of a randomised controlled trial of exercise training in pregnancy for women with body mass index (BMI) ≥ 28 kg/m2. Ninety-one women (31.3 ± 4.3 years, BMI 34...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321639/brain-oxygenation-declines-in-elite-kenyan-runners-during-a-maximal-interval-training-session
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Jordan Santos-Concejero, F Billaut, L Grobler, J Oliván, T D Noakes, R Tucker
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to characterise the cerebral oxygenation (Cox) response during a high-intensity interval training session in Kenyan runners, and to examine any relationship with running performance. METHODS: 15 Kenyan runners completed a 5-km time trial (TT) and a Fatigue Training Test on a treadmill (repeated running bouts of 1-km at a pace 5% faster than their mean 5-km TT pace with a 30-s recovery until exhaustion). Changes in Cox were monitored via near-infrared spectroscopy through concentration changes in oxy- and deoxy-haemoglobin (Δ[O2Hb] and Δ[HHb]), tissue oxygenation index (TOI), and total hemoglobin index (nTHI)...
March 20, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320676/smartphone-based-rapid-screening-of-urinary-biomarkers
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Haakon Karlsen, Tao Dong
An ambulatory pre-screening Point-of-Care (POC) device compatible with commercially available diapers has been developed to rapidly screen urine samples for incontinent or functionally impaired elderly. This POC device consists of a set of colorimetric reaction pads with accompanying reference colors. A smartphone with camera is a convenient tool for analysis of colorimetric assays; and a software application has been developed for smartphones to photograph the colorimetric assay and classify colorimetric reactions according to the reference colors...
April 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320651/collaborative-active-visual-recognition-from-crowds-a-distributed-ensemble-approach
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Gang Hua, Chengjiang Long, Ming Yang, Yan Gao
Active learning is an effective way of engaging users to interactively train models for visual recognition more efficiently. The vast majority of previous works focused on active learning with a single human oracle. The problem of active learning with multiple oracles in a collaborative setting has not been well explored. We present a collaborative computational model for active learning with multiple human oracles, the input from whom may be subject to different levels of noise. It leads to not only an ensemble kernel machine that is robust to label noise, but also a principled label quality measure to online detect irresponsible labelers...
March 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319519/process-improvement-initiative-for-the-perioperative-management-of-patients-with-a-cardiovascular-implantable-electronic-device
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Margaret K Menzel Ellis, Miriam M Treggiari, Jamie M Robertson, Marc A Rozner, Peter F Graven, Michael F Aziz, Matthias J Merkel, Edward A Kahl, Norman A Cohen, Eric C Stecker, Peter M Schulman
BACKGROUND: Economic, personnel, and procedural challenges often complicate and interfere with efficient and safe perioperative care of patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). In the context of a process improvement initiative, we created and implemented a comprehensive anesthesiologist-run perioperative CIED service to respond to all routine requests for perioperative CIED consultations at a large academic medical center. This study was designed to determine whether this new care model was associated with improved operating room efficiency, reduced institutional cost, and adequate patient safety...
March 17, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303909/sprint-interval-training-induces-a-sexual-dimorphism-but-does-not-improve-peak-bone-mass-in-young-and-healthy-mice
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Kathrin Koenen, Isabell Knepper, Madlen Klodt, Anja Osterberg, Ioannis Stratos, Thomas Mittlmeier, Tina Histing, Michael D Menger, Brigitte Vollmar, Sven Bruhn, Brigitte Müller-Hilke
Elevated peak bone mass in early adulthood reduces the risk for osteoporotic fractures at old age. As sports participation has been correlated with elevated peak bone masses, we aimed to establish a training program that would efficiently stimulate bone accrual in healthy young mice. We combined voluntary treadmill running with sprint interval training modalities that were tailored to the individual performance limits and were of either high or intermediate intensity. Adolescent male and female STR/ort mice underwent 8 weeks of training before the hind legs were analyzed for cortical and trabecular bone parameters and biomechanical strength...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303754/effects-of-running-experience-on-coordination-and-its-variability-in-runners
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Pablo Floría, Alberto Sánchez-Sixto, Reed Ferber, Andrew J Harrison
The purpose of this study was to examine the differences in coordination variability in running gait between trained runners and non-runners using continuous relative phase (CRP) analysis. Lower extremity kinematic data were collected for 22 participants during the stance phase. The participants were assigned to either a runner or non-runner group based on running volume training. Segment coordination and coordination variability were calculated for selected hip-knee and knee-ankle couplings. Independent t-tests and magnitude-based inferences were used to compare the 2 groups...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303248/fitness-effects-of-10-month-frequent-low-volume-ball-game-training-or-interval-running-for-8-10-year-old-school-children
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Malte Nejst Larsen, Claus Malta Nielsen, Christina Ørntoft, Morten Bredsgaard Randers, Eva Wulff Helge, Mads Madsen, Vibeke Manniche, Lone Hansen, Peter Riis Hansen, Jens Bangsbo, Peter Krustrup
We investigated the exercise intensity and fitness effects of frequent school-based low-volume high-intensity training for 10 months in 8-10-year-old children. 239 Danish 3rd-grade school children from four schools were cluster-randomised into a control group (CON, n = 116) or two training groups performing either 5 × 12 min/wk small-sided football plus other ball games (SSG, n = 62) or interval running (IR, n = 61). Whole-body DXA scans, flamingo balance, standing long-jump, 20 m sprint, and Yo-Yo IR1 children's tests (YYIR1C) were performed before and after the intervention...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302153/students-as-effective-harm-reductionists-and-needle-exchange-organizers
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EDITORIAL
Kyle Barbour, Miriam McQuade, Brandon Brown
BACKGROUND: Needle exchange programs are safe, highly effective programs for promoting health among people who inject drugs. However, they remain poorly funded, and often illegal, in many places worldwide due to fear and stigma surrounding drug use. Continued advocacy, education, and implementation of new needle exchanges are thus essential to improve public health and reduce structural inequality. COMMENTARY: We argue that students, and especially professional and graduate students, have the potential to play an important role in advancing harm reduction...
March 17, 2017: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301444/hemodynamic-and-cardiorespiratory-predictors-of-sport-rock-climbing-performance
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Simon Fryer, David Giles, Inmaculada Garrido Palomino, Alejandro de la O Puerta, Vanesa España Romero
Rock climbing performance has been suggested to involve a notable contribution from the aerobic metabolism. Previously it has been shown that forearm oxygenation kinetics can be used to distinguish ability groups and predict red-point sport climbing performance. Currently it is not known if forearm oxygenation kinetics, or a sport specific assessment of cardiorespiratory fitness best predicts sport rock climbing performance. The aim of the study was to determine whether forearm oxidative capacity index, maximal de-oxygenation (Δ score) during a treadwall V[Combining Dot Above]O[SUBSCRIPT TWO]peak test, treadwall V[Combining Dot Above]O[SUBSCRIPT TWO]peak, or running V[Combining Dot Above]O[SUBSCRIPT TWO]max best predicts self-reported sport climbing performance...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301437/transient-fatigue-is-not-influenced-by-ball-in-play-time-during-elite-rugby-league-matches
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M Waldron, E Thomson, J Highton, C Twist
The capacity to sustain high-speed running is important for rugby league players. Transient fatigue, described as a reduction in high-speed running in the 5-min after a peak 5-min period, is a phenomenon observed during rugby league matches. This concept has recently been questioned based on the proposed confounding influence of ball-in-play time during these periods. Therefore, this study examined the changes in high-speed running (> 14 km[BULLET OPERATOR]h) of elite rugby league players, as well as ball-in-play time, during the peak, subsequent and mean 5-min periods of five competitive matches using 5 Hz GPS devices...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301436/the-effects-of-recovery-duration-during-high-intensity-interval-exercise-on-time-spent-at-high-rates-of-oxygen-consumption-oxygen-kinetics-and-blood-lactate
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Ilias Smilios, Aristides Myrkos, Andreas Zafeiridis, Argyris Toubekis, Apostolos Spassis, Savas P Tokmakidis
The recovery duration and the work to recovery ratio are important aspects to consider when designing a high-intensity aerobic interval exercise (HIIE). This study examined the effects of recovery duration on total exercise time performed above 80, 90 and 95% of maximum oxygen consumption (VO2max) and heart rate (HRmax) during a single-bout HIIE. We also evaluated the effects on VO2 and HR kinetics, blood lactate concentration and rating of perceived exertion (RPE). Eleven moderately trained males (22.1±1 yrs...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300878/surgical-model-pig-ex-vivo-for-venous-dissection-teaching-in-medical-schools
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Milton Ignacio Carvalho Tube, Fernando Antonio Campelo Spencer-Netto, Anderson Igor Pereira de Oliveira, Arthur Cesário de Holanda, Bruno Leão Dos Santos Barros, Caio Cezar Gomes Rezende, João Pedro Guerra Cavalcanti, Marília Apolinário Batista, Josemberg Marins Campos
PURPOSE: To investigate a method for development of surgical skills in medical students simulating venous dissection in surgical ex vivo pig model. METHODS: Prospective, analytical, experimental, controlled study with four stages: selection, theoretical teaching, training and assessment. Sample of 312 students was divided into two groups: Group A - 2nd semester students; Group B - students of 8th semester. The groups were divided into five groups of 12 students, trained two hours per week in the semester...
February 2017: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300524/predicting-pulmonary-function-from-phone-sensors
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Qian Cheng, Joshua Juen, Shashi Bellam, Nicholas Fulara, Deanna Close, Jonathan C Silverstein, Bruce Schatz
INTRODUCTION: Smartphones are ubiquitous, but it is unknown what physiological functions can be monitored at clinical quality. Pulmonary function is a standard measure of health status for cardiopulmonary patients. We have shown phone sensors can accurately measure walking patterns. Here we show that improved classification models can accurately predict pulmonary function, with sole inputs being motion sensors from carried phones. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Twenty-five cardiopulmonary patients performed 6-minute walk tests in pulmonary rehabilitation at a regional hospital...
March 16, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
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