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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923175/errors-in-the-ankle-plantarflexor-force-production-are-related-to-the-gait-deficits-of-individuals-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Brenda L Davies, Rashelle M Hoffman, Kathleen Healey, Rana Zabad, Max J Kurz
BACKGROUND: Individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) often have limited mobility that is thought to be due to the neuromuscular impairments of the ankle. Greater isometric motor control of the ankle has been associated with better standing postural balance but its relationship to mobility is less understood. The objectives of this investigation were to quantify the motor control of the ankle plantarflexors of individuals with MS during a dynamic isometric motor task, and explore the relationship between the ankle force control and gait alterations...
December 3, 2016: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922816/the-progeroid-gene-bubr1-regulates-axon-myelination-and-motor-function
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Chan-Il Choi, Ki Hyun Yoo, Syed Mohammed Qasim Hussaini, Byeong Tak Jeon, John Welby, Haiyun Gan, Isobel A Scarisbrick, Zhiguo Zhang, Darren J Baker, Jan M van Deursen, Moses Rodriguez, Mi-Hyeon Jang
Myelination, the process by which oligodendrocytes form the myelin sheath around axons, is key to axonal signal transduction and related motor function in the central nervous system (CNS). Aging is characterized by degenerative changes in the myelin sheath, although the molecular underpinnings of normal and aberrant myelination remain incompletely understood. Here we report that axon myelination and related motor function are dependent on BubR1, a mitotic checkpoint protein that has been linked to progeroid phenotypes when expressed at low levels and healthy lifespan when overabundant...
September 12, 2016: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919792/the-role-of-posturography-in-assessing-the-process-of-rehabilitation-in-poststroke-patients-a-case-study
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Witold Rongies, Bartosz Słomka, Angelika Duczek, Włodzimierz Dolecki
Stroke is one of the most common causes of death and disability both in Poland and around the world. Each year, 250 out of 100,000 people in Europe are diagnosed with a disruption of cerebral perfusion in the form of stroke. In Poland, approximately 65,000-70,000 people are affected each year, with the incidence steadily increasing. Stroke survivors suffer from impaired cognitive and motor functions. Moreover, they exhibit severe gait pattern abnormalities, which together with balance disorders, constitute the main factors increasing the risk of falls in this patient group...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919485/the-required-coefficient-of-friction-for-evaluating-gait-alterations-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis-during-gait
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Ilaria Pacifici, Manuela Galli, Ana Francisca Rozin Kleiner, Federica Corona, Giancarlo Coghe, Elisabetta Marongiu, Andrea Loi, Antonio Crisafulli, Eleonora Cocco, Maria Giovanna Marrosu, Massimiliano Pau
BACKGROUND: Required Coefficient of Friction (RCOF) is one of the most critical gait parameters associated to the occurrence of slipping in individuals affected by neurological disorders characterized by balance impairments. This study aims to calculate RCOF in people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) on the basis of three-dimensional Gait Analysis (GA) data. METHODS: This study enrolls 22 people with MS (pwMS) who were characterized by an Expanded Disability Status Score in the range 1...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917945/improvement-in-stroke-induced-motor-dysfunction-by-music-supported-therapy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Yingshi Zhang, Jiayi Cai, Yaqiong Zhang, Tianshu Ren, Mingyi Zhao, Qingchun Zhao
To conduct a meta-analysis of clinical trials that examined the effect of music-supported therapy on stroke-induced motor dysfunction, comprehensive literature searches of PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane Library from their inception to April 2016 were performed. A total of 10 studies (13 analyses, 358 subjects) were included; all had acceptable quality according to PEDro scale score. The baseline differences between the two groups were confirmed to be comparable. Compared with the control group, the standardized mean difference of 9-Hole Peg Test was 0...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916817/real-time-classification-of-patients-with-balance-disorders-vs-normal-subjects-using-a-low-cost-small-wireless-wearable-gait-sensor
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Bhargava Teja Nukala, Taro Nakano, Amanda Rodriguez, Jerry Tsay, Jerry Lopez, Tam Q Nguyen, Steven Zupancic, Donald Y C Lie
Gait analysis using wearable wireless sensors can be an economical, convenient and effective way to provide diagnostic and clinical information for various health-related issues. In this work, our custom designed low-cost wireless gait analysis sensor that contains a basic inertial measurement unit (IMU) was used to collect the gait data for four patients diagnosed with balance disorders and additionally three normal subjects, each performing the Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) tests while wearing the custom wireless gait analysis sensor (WGAS)...
November 29, 2016: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915363/outcomes-following-a-vestibular-rehabilitation-and-aerobic-training-program-to-address-persistent-post-concussion-symptoms
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Brian M Moore, Joseph T Adams, Edward Barakatt
PURPOSE: To describe changes in adults with persistent symptoms and disability following a concussion after completing a supervised home exercise vestibular rehabilitation (VR) program combined with aerobic training. METHOD: Participants included 14 consecutive individuals referred for VR within the context of a comprehensive concussion center. Outcome measures were administered at initial evaluation, 3 mos, and 6 mos. Outcome measures included: Rivermead Post-Concussion Questionnaire symptom (RPQ-3) and function (RPQ-13) subcategories, Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI), Activities-specific Balance Confidence Scale (ABC), functional gait assessment (FGA), return to work/study (RTW), and return to activity (RTA)...
2016: Journal of Allied Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913354/a-novel-elastic-force-field-to-influence-mediolateral-foot-placement-during-walking
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Elizabeth Nyberg, Jordan Broadway, Christian Finetto, Jesse Dean
Bipedal gait can be stabilized through mechanically-appropriate mediolateral foot placement, although this strategy is disrupted in a subset of neurologically injured individuals with balance deficits. The goal of the present work was to develop a device to influence mediolateral foot placement during treadmill walking. We created a novel force-field using a combination of passive elasticity and active control; wires in series with extension springs run parallel to the treadmill belts and can be rapidly repositioned to exert mediolateral forces on the legs of users...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912155/home-based-interventions-improve-trained-but-not-novel-dual-task-balance-performance-in-older-adults-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Suleeporn Wongcharoen, Somporn Sungkarat, Peeraya Munkhetvit, Vipul Lugade, Patima Silsupadol
The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of four different home-based interventions on dual-task balance performance and to determine the generalizability of the four trainings to untrained tasks. Sixty older adults, aged 65 and older, were randomly assigned to one of four home-based interventions: single-task motor training, single-task cognitive training, dual-task motor-cognitive training, and dual-task cognitive-cognitive training. Participants received 60-min individualized training sessions, 3 times a week for 4 weeks...
November 22, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909458/the-association-between-post-stroke-depression-and-the-activities-of-daily-living-gait-balance-in-patients-with-first-onset-stroke-patients
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Geun-Young Park, Sun Im, Soo-Jung Lee, Chi-Un Pae
This study evaluated the association between post-stroke depression (PSD) and clinical outcomes, including activities of daily living (ADL) and gait balance, in patients with first-onset stroke. One hundred and eighty inpatients were recruited and followed-up for a 6-month. The depressive, cognitive, and stroke symptoms were assessed using the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), the Global Deterioration Scale (GDS), the modified Rankin Scale (MRS), and the Berg Balance Scale (BBS). All patients were assessed at baseline and at the end of the observation (6-month)...
November 2016: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909356/effects-of-three-weeks-of-whole-body-vibration-training-on-joint-position-sense-balance-and-gait-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Myung-Sook Ko, Yon Ju Sim, Do Hyun Kim, Hye-Seon Jeon
Purpose : To observe the effects of whole-body vibration (WBV) training in conjunction with conventional physical therapy (PT) on joint-position sense (JPS), balance, and gait in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Methods: In this randomized controlled study, 24 children with CP were randomly selected either to continue their conventional PT or to receive WBV in conjunction with their conventional PT programme. Exposure to the intervention was intermittent (3 min WBV, 3 min rest) for 20 minutes, twice weekly for 3 weeks...
2016: Physiotherapy Canada. Physiothérapie Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908016/bistable-gaits-and-wobbling-induced-by-pedestrian-bridge-interactions
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Igor V Belykh, Russell Jeter, Vladimir N Belykh
Several modern footbridges around the world have experienced large lateral vibrations during crowd loading events. The onset of large-amplitude bridge wobbling has generally been attributed to crowd synchrony; although, its role in the initiation of wobbling has been challenged. To study the contribution of a single pedestrian into overall, possibly unsynchronized, crowd dynamics, we use a bio-mechanically inspired inverted pendulum model of human balance and analyze its bi-directional interaction with a lively bridge...
November 2016: Chaos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904240/effectiveness-of-exercise-on-functional-mobility-in-adults-with-cerebral-palsy-a-systematic-review
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Hillary Lawrence, Sara Hills, Nicole Kline, Kyra Weems, Antonette Doty
Purpose: We identified evidence evaluating the effect of exercise on functional mobility in adults (aged 18 y or older) with cerebral palsy (CP). Method: An exhaustive search was conducted using the electronic databases PubMed, MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, SPORTDiscus, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews from the earliest available evidence (1975) to the present (January 2016) for studies whose participants were ambulatory adults with CP receiving conservative treatment to address functional mobility limitations...
2016: Physiotherapy Canada. Physiothérapie Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899680/normative-tandem-gait-in-collegiate-student-athletes-implications-for-clinical-concussion-assessment
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Jessie R Oldham, Melissa S DiFabio, Thomas W Kaminski, Ryan M DeWolf, Thomas A Buckley
BACKGROUND: Impaired balance is common after concussion. The third edition of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT-3) recommends the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) and/or tandem gait for postconcussion balance assessment. The limitations of the BESS are well documented; however, tandem gait has received little attention throughout concussion literature. The purpose of this study was to provide normative data for tandem gait in collegiate student-athletes based on sport type, concussion history, and gender...
November 29, 2016: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894732/tele-assessment-of-the-berg-balance-scale-effects-of-transmission-characteristics
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Kavita Venkataraman, Michelle Morgan, Kristopher A Amis, Lawrence R Landerman, Gerald Ch Koh, Kevin Caves, Helen Hoenig
OBJECTIVE: To compare Berg Balance Scale (BBS) rating using videos with differing transmission characteristics against direct in-person rating DESIGN: Repeated measures study for assessment of BBS in eight configurations - in person, high definition video with slow motion review, standard videos with varying bandwidths and frame rates [768 kilobytes per second (kbps) videos at 8,15 and 30 frames per second (fps), 30 fps videos at 128, 384 and 768 kbps] SETTING: Durham VA Medical Center PARTICIPANTS: 45 patients with limitations in one or more of fine motor coordination, gross motor coordination, gait and balance...
November 25, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893568/physical-function-in-older-adults-with-multiple-sclerosis-an-application-of-the-short-physical-performance-battery
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Robert W Motl, Gioella Chaparro, Manuel E Hernandez, Julia M Balto, Brian M Sandroff
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There is a growing prevalence of older persons living with multiple sclerosis (MS), and this cohort likely undergoes changes in physical function associated with MS and its progression as well as those associated with normal aging. This cross-sectional study examined physical function in a community-dwelling sample of older adults with MS compared with matched controls using the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB). METHODS: The sample (N = 40) included 20 older adults with MS and 20 older adults without MS who were matched on sex and age...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889925/deletion-of-the-vesicular-acetylcholine-transporter-from-pedunculopontine-laterodorsal-tegmental-neurons-modifies-gait
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Helena Janickova, Kaie Rosborough, Mohammed Al-Onaizi, Ornela Kljakic, Monica S Guzman, Robert Gros, Marco A M Prado, Vania F Prado
Postural instability and gait disturbances, common disabilities in the elderly and frequently present in Parkinson's disease (PD), have been suggested to be related to dysfunctional cholinergic signalling in the brainstem. We investigated how long-term loss of cholinergic signalling from mesopontine nuclei influence motor behaviours. We selectively eliminated the vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT) in pedunculopontine and laterodorsal tegmental nuclei cholinergic neurons to generate mice with selective mesopontine cholinergic deficiency (VAChT(E)(n1-Cre-flox/flox) )...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889188/dynamic-margin-of-stability-during-gait-is-altered-in-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Alexander T Peebles, Alyson Reinholdt, Adam P Bruetsch, Sharon G Lynch, Jessie M Huisinga
Persons with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) have high fall risk due to altered balance. To measure dynamic balance during walking, margin of stability (MoS) examines how the extrapolated center of mass moves relative to the base of support. This study investigates how MoS is affected in PwMS during walking at preferred, slow, and fast speeds, as well as the relationship between MoS and the Expanded Disability Severity Score (EDSS), fall history, and self-report balance confidence questionnaire. MoS was evaluated in PwMS without clinical gait impairment (MS1; n=20), PwMS with clinical gait impairment (MS2; n=20), and age-matched healthy controls (HC) (n=20), in the anterior/posterior (AP) and medial/lateral (ML) direction at heel strike and midstance...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879959/balance-versus-resistance-training-on-postural-control-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Suhaila M Santos, Rubens A Da Silva, Marcelle B Terra, Isabela A Almeida, Lucio B De Melo, Henrique B Ferraz
BACKGROUND: Evidences have shown that physiotherapy programs may improve the balance of individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD); although it is not clear which specific exercise program is better. AIM: Compare the effectiveness of balance versus resistance training on postural control measures in PD patients. DESIGN: Randomised controlled trial. SETTING: The study was conducted in a physiotherapy outpatient clinic of a university hospital...
November 23, 2016: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878585/motion-and-emotion-anxiety-axial-connections-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Rastislav Šumec, Irena Rektorová, Robert Jech, Kateřina Menšíková, Jan Roth, Evžen Růžička, Dana Sochorová, Ladislav Dušek, Petr Kaňovský, Ivan Rektor, Tomáš Pavlík, Pavel Filip, Martin Bareš
Anxiety is a serious and frequent complication in Parkinson's disease (PD) that significantly affects the quality of life of patients. Multiple neuroanatomical, experimental, and clinical studies suggest its close association with axial disturbances. However, whether this relation applies for PD patients (commonly suffering from axial difficulties, such as balance and gait disturbance) has not been properly tested yet. The purpose of this study was to determine whether PD patients suffering from axial symptoms have higher levels of anxiety than others and to identify other factors associated with anxiety-axial connections...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
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