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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088661/reduced-cortical-voluntary-activation-during-bilateral-knee-extension
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Luc Girompaire, Baptiste Morel, Thomas Lapole
INTRODUCTION: Reduced neural drive is mainly thought to explain the bilateral deficit phenomenon, i.e. the difference in maximal isometric voluntary contraction (MVC) between unilateral and bilateral contractions. The aim of the present study was to further document if bilateral knee extension is associated with changes in voluntary activation level assessed by both peripheral nerve electrical stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation. METHODS: Fourteen subjects performed unilateral and bilateral knee extensions with both superimposed femoral electrical nerve stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation in order to assess voluntary activation (VAFNES) and cortical voluntary activation (VATMS), respectively...
January 12, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088014/reduced-complexity-of-force-and-muscle-activity-during-low-level-isometric-contractions-of-the-ankle-in-diabetic-individuals
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E Y Suda, P Madeleine, R P Hirata, A Samani, T T Kawamura, I C N Sacco
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the structure and amount of variability of surface electromyography (sEMG) patterns and ankle force data during low-level isometric contractions in diabetic subjects with different degrees of neuropathy. METHODS: We assessed 10 control subjects and 38 diabetic patients, classified as absent, mild, moderate, or severe neuropathy, by a fuzzy system based on clinical variables. Multichannel sEMG (64-electrode matrix) of tibialis anterior and gastrocnemius medialis muscles were acquired during isometric contractions at 10%, 20%, and 30% of the maximum voluntary contraction, and force levels during dorsi- and plantarflexion were recorded...
January 4, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079176/adductor-canal-block-versus-femoral-nerve-block-for-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Duan Wang, Yang Yang, Qi Li, Shen-Li Tang, Wei-Nan Zeng, Jin Xu, Tian-Hang Xie, Fu-Xing Pei, Liu Yang, Ling-Li Li, Zong-Ke Zhou
Femoral nerve blocks (FNB) can provide effective pain relief but result in quadriceps weakness with increased risk of falls following total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Adductor canal block (ACB) is a relatively new alternative providing pure sensory blockade with minimal effect on quadriceps strength. The meta-analysis was designed to evaluate whether ACB exhibited better outcomes with respect to quadriceps strength, pain control, ambulation ability, and complications. PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Wan Fang, China National Knowledge Internet (CNKI) and the Cochrane Database were searched for RCTs comparing ACB with FNB after TKAs...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068846/impact-of-tamsulosin-and-nifedipine-on-contractility-of-pregnant-rat-ureters-in-vitro
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Lisette Haddad, Stéphanie Corriveau, Eric Rousseau, Simon Blouin, Jean-Charles Pasquier, Yves Ponsot, Marie-Ève Roy-Lacroix
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the in vitro effect of tamsulosin and nifedipine on the contractility of pregnant rat ureters and to perform quantitative analysis of the pharmacological effects. Medical expulsive therapy (MET) is commonly used to treat urolithiasis. However, this treatment is seldom used in pregnant women since no studies support this practice. METHODS: This was an in vitro study on animal tissue derived from pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats. A total of 124 ureteral segments were mounted in an organ bath system and contractile response to methacholine (MCh) was assessed...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068727/comparison-of-muscle-recovery-following-bi-cruciate-substituting-versus-posterior-stabilized-total-knee-arthroplasty-in-the-asian-population
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Akihito Takubo, Keinosuke Ryu, Takanori Iriuchishima, Yasuaki Tokuhashi
The purpose of this study was to compare muscle recovery in the lower extremities following the newly developed bi-cruciate substituting (BCS) to posterior stabilized (PS) total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in the Asian population. Forty-one knees in 41 patients undergoing BCS-TKA (41 female, average age: 71 ± 8.8) and 34 knees in 34 patients undergoing PS-TKA (33 female, average age: 73 ± 7.2) were included in this study. The maximum isometric power of the quadriceps and hamstring muscles was measured preoperatively, and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after surgery using a handheld dynamometer...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Knee Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068520/impact-loading-following-quadriceps-strength-training-in-individuals-with-medial-knee-osteoarthritis-and-varus-alignment
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Crystal O Kean, Rana S Hinman, Tim V Wrigley, Boon-Whatt Lim, Kim L Bennell
BACKGROUND: Greater impact loading at initial contact is postulated to play a role in the progression of osteoarthritis. Quadriceps weakness is common in individuals with knee osteoarthritis and may contribute to high impact loading. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of quadriceps strengthening on impact loading parameters. METHODS: Data from 97 individuals with knee osteoarthritis who participated in a randomized clinical trial examining effects of a 12-week quadriceps strengthening program was used to conduct this secondary exploratory analysis...
January 4, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067943/gamma-aminobutyric-acid-gaba-modulators-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-motor-neuron-disease
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REVIEW
Andrea Diana, Rita Pillai, Paolo Bongioanni, Aidan G O'Keeffe, Robert G Miller, Dan H Moore
BACKGROUND: Imbalance of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) and related modulators has been implicated as an important factor in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is also known as motor neuron disease (MND). In this context, the role and mechanism of action of gabapentin and baclofen have been extensively investigated, although with conflicting results. This is the first systematic review to assess clinical trials of GABA modulators for the treatment of ALS. OBJECTIVES: To examine the efficacy of gabapentin, baclofen, or other GABA modulators in delaying the progression of ALS, and to evaluate adverse effects of these interventions...
January 9, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066619/clinical-management-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-patients-with-muscle-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Joaquim Gea, Carme Casadevall, Sergi Pascual, Mauricio Orozco-Levi, Esther Barreiro
Muscle dysfunction is frequently observed in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, contributing to their exercise limitation and a worsening prognosis. The main factor leading to limb muscle dysfunction is deconditioning, whereas respiratory muscle dysfunction is mostly the result of pulmonary hyperinflation. However, both limb and respiratory muscles are also influenced by other negative factors, including smoking, systemic inflammation, nutritional abnormalities, exacerbations and some drugs...
November 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065980/the-semigroup-of-metric-measure-spaces-and-its-infinitely-divisible-probability-measures
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Steven N Evans, Ilya Molchanov
A metric measure space is a complete, separable metric space equipped with a probability measure that has full support. Two such spaces are equivalent if they are isometric as metric spaces via an isometry that maps the probability measure on the first space to the probability measure on the second. The resulting set of equivalence classes can be metrized with the Gromov-Prohorov metric of Greven, Pfaffelhuber and Winter. We consider the natural binary operation ⊞ on this space that takes two metric measure spaces and forms their Cartesian product equipped with the sum of the two metrics and the product of the two probability measures...
2017: Transactions of the American Mathematical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064025/plantar-flexor-muscle-weakness-and-fatigue-in-spastic-cerebral-palsy-patients
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Daria Neyroud, Stéphane Armand, Geraldo De Coulon, Sarah R Dias Da Silva, Nicola A Maffiuletti, Bengt Kayser, Nicolas Place
BACKGROUND: Patients with cerebral palsy develop an important muscle weakness which might affect the aetiology and extent of exercise-induced neuromuscular fatigue. AIM: This study evaluated the aetiology and extent of plantar flexor neuromuscular fatigue in patients with cerebral palsy. METHODS: Ten patients with cerebral palsy and 10 age- and sex-matched healthy individuals (∼20 years old, 6 females) performed four 30-s maximal isometric plantar flexions interspaced by a resting period of 2-3s to elicit a resting twitch...
January 5, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063610/ultrasound-measurements-of-skeletal-muscle-architecture-are-associated-with-strength-and-functional-capacity-in-older-adults
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Isaac Selva Raj, Stephen R Bird, Anthony J Shield
The goal of this study was to determine whether ultrasound measures of muscle architecture can be used to infer strength and functional capacity in older adults. Thirty-six healthy older adults (aged 68.2 ± 5.3 y) undertook isokinetic dynamometry for isometric and isokinetic concentric knee extensor strength, the 6-m fast walk, timed up and go, stair climb and descent and vertical jump tests. Longitudinal brightness-mode ultrasound scans (probe frequency, 10 MHz) of the vastus lateralis, vastus intermedius, rectus femoris and gastrocnemius medialis were obtained, and muscle architecture measures (thickness, fascicle pennation angle and fascicle length) were correlated with the aforementioned strength and functional measures...
January 4, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060273/induction-and-assessment-of-exertional-skeletal-muscle-damage-in-humans
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Michael R Deyhle, Jacob R Sorensen, Robert D Hyldahl
Contraction-induced muscle damage via voluntary eccentric (lengthening) contractions offers an excellent model for studying muscle adaptation and recovery in humans. Herein we discuss the design of an eccentric exercise protocol to induce damage in the quadriceps muscles, marked by changes in strength, soreness, and plasma creatine kinase levels. This method is simple, ethical, and widely applicable since it is performed in human participants and eliminates the interspecies translation of the results. Subjects perform 300 maximal eccentric contractions of the knee extensor muscles at a speed of 120°/sec on an isokinetic dynamometer...
December 11, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060035/etiology-and-recovery-of-neuromuscular-fatigue-following-simulated-soccer-match-play
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Kevin Thomas, Jack Dent, Glyn Howatson, Stuart Goodall
PURPOSE: We profiled the etiology and recovery of neuromuscular fatigue post-simulated-soccer-match-play. METHODS: Fifteen semi-professional players completed a 90 min simulated soccer match. Pre-, immediately-post and at 24, 48 and 72 h participants completed a battery of neuromuscular, physical and perceptual tests. Perceived fatigue and muscle soreness were assessed via visual analogue scales. Maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) and twitch responses to electrical (femoral nerve) and magnetic (motor cortex) stimulation during isometric knee-extensor contractions and at rest were measured to assess central (voluntary activation, VA) and peripheral (quadriceps potentiated twitch force, Qtw,pot) fatigue, and responses to single and paired-magnetic stimuli were assessed to quantify corticospinal excitability and short-intracortical inhibition (SICI), respectively...
January 3, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055121/the-scaling-of-the-hydraulic-architecture-in-poplar-leaves
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Mónica R Carvalho, Robert Turgeon, Thomas Owens, Karl J Niklas
Although much is known about the hydraulics of xylem, the hydraulic interconnectivity and dimensional scaling of phloem with respect to xylem in leaves has not been adequately studied to test alternative hydraulic architectural rules such as da Vinci's rule or Murray's rule, or physiological models such as Münch's Pressure Flow hypothesis. Using confocal and electron microscopy as well as mathematical analyses, we examined the hydraulic architecture of the mature leaves of the model species Populus tremula × alba across all seven hierarchical orders of the vascular branching...
January 5, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055084/forward-head-posture-and-activation-of-rectus-capitis-posterior-muscles
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Richard C Hallgren, Steven J Pierce, Dhruv B Sharma, Jacob J Rowan
CONTEXT: Rectus capitis posterior (RCP) muscles have physical attachments to the pain-sensitive spinal dura. Atrophy of these muscles is associated with chronic headache in some patients. The authors suspect that the significance of atrophy in the RCP muscles has been undervalued because the functional role of these muscles is not well defined. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a statistically significant change in normalized levels of electromyographic activity in RCP muscles occurs when the head is voluntarily moved from a self-selected neutral head position to a protruded head position...
January 1, 2017: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054262/does-photobiomodulation-therapy-is-better-than-cryotherapy-in-muscle-recovery-after-a-high-intensity-exercise-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Thiago De Marchi, Vinicius Mazzochi Schmitt, Guilherme Pinheiro Machado, Juliane Souza de Sene, Camila Dallavechia de Col, Olga Tairova, Mirian Salvador, Ernesto Cesar Pinto Leal-Junior
This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) and cryotherapy, in isolated and combined forms, as muscle recovery techniques after muscle fatigue-inducing protocol. Forty volunteers were randomly divided into five groups: a placebo group (PG); a PBMT group (PBMT); a cryotherapy group (CG); a cryotherapy-PBMT group (CPG); and a PBMT-cryotherapy group (PCG). All subjects performed four sessions at 24-h intervals, during which they submitted to isometric assessment (MVC) and blood collection in the pre-exercise period, and 5 and 60 min post-exercise, while the muscle fatigue induction protocol occurred after the pre-exercise collections...
January 5, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049907/study-of-o-allylation-using-triazine-based-reagents
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Kohei Yamada, Naoko Hayakawa, Hikaru Fujita, Masanori Kitamura, Munetaka Kunishima
Acid-catalyzed allylating reagent 2,4,6-tris(allyloxy)-1,3,5-triazine (TriAT-allyl) and its substituted derivatives have been developed. The reaction of acid-, and alkali-labile alcohols with these reagents in the presence of a catalytic amount of trifluoromethanesulfonic acid (TfOH) afforded the corresponding allyl ethers in good yields. Reactions using these reagents with an unsymmetrically-substituted regioisometric allyl group suggested that a single isometric allylic cation species would be involved.
2017: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049446/a-cross-sectional-study-of-the-association-between-dynapenia-and-higher-level-functional-capacity-in-daily-living-in-community-dwelling-older-adults-in-japan
#18
Masaki Iwamura, Masao Kanauchi
BACKGROUND: There are many reports that dynapenia, sarcopenia and frailty each have associations with bodily function or with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL). However, studies that compare all three conditions and their effects on IADL are lacking. The purpose of this study is to examine associations of sarcopenia, frailty, and dynapenia with IADL. METHODS: Participants included 123 community-dwelling older adults (31 men, 92 women,) aged 65 years or older (75...
January 3, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046678/su-f-t-147-an-alternative-parameterization-of-scatter-behavior-allows-significant-reduction-of-beam-characterization-for-pencil-beam-proton-therapy
#19
F Van den Heuvel, F Fiorini, B George
PURPOSE: 1) To describe the characteristics of pencil beam proton dose deposition kernels in a homogenous medium using a novel parameterization. 2) To propose a method utilizing this novel parametrization to reduce the measurements and pre-computation required in commissioning a pencil beam proton therapy system. METHODS: Using beam data from a clinical, pencil beam proton therapy center, Monte Carlo simulations were performed to characterize the dose depositions at a range of energies from 100...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045571/gait-rehabilitation-for-a-patient-with-an-osseointegrated-prosthesis-following-transfemoral-amputation
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Ruud A Leijendekkers, Gerben van Hinte, Maria Wg Nijhuis-van der Sanden, J Bart Staal
BACKGROUND: In patients with a transfemoral amputation socket-related problems are associated with reduced prosthetic use, activity, and quality of life. Furthermore, gait asymmetries are present that may explain secondary complaints. Bone-anchored prostheses (BAPs) may help these patients. Two types of BAP are available, screw and press-fit implants. Rehabilitation following surgery for a press-fit BAP is poorly described. PURPOSE: To describe a rehabilitation program designed to minimize compensation strategies and increase activity using a case-report of an active, 70-year-old man with a traumatic transfemoral amputation who had used a socket prosthesis for 52 years and received a press-fit BAP [Endo-Exo Femoral Prosthesis - EEFP]...
January 3, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
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