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Ramón Mazzucchelli, Natalia Crespí-Villarías, Elia Pérez-Fernández, María Luz Durbán Reguera, Olalla Guzón Illescas, Javier Quirós, Alberto García-Vadillo, Loreto Carmona, Gil Rodriguez-Caravaca, Angel Gil de Miguel
Our aim was to analyze the seasonality and the effect of weather conditions on the incidence of osteoporotic hip fracture in a Southern European region. INTRODUCTION: The objective of this work is to evaluate seasonality and the effect of weather conditions on the incidence of osteoporotic hip fracture in a Southern European region. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included all patients admitted to Alcorcón Foundation University Hospital with a diagnosis of osteoporotic hip fracture between the years 1999 and 2015...
March 15, 2018: Archives of Osteoporosis
Zhao Pan, Floriane Weyer, William G Pitt, Nicolas Vandewalle, Tadd T Truscott
Inspired by the huge droplets attached on cypress tree leaf tips after rain, we find that a bent fibre can hold significantly more water in the corner than a horizontally placed fibre (typically up to three times or more). The maximum volume of the liquid that can be trapped is remarkably affected by the bending angle of the fibre and surface tension of the liquid. We experimentally find the optimal included angle (∼36°) that holds the most water. Analytical and semi-empirical models are developed to explain these counter-intuitive experimental observations and predict the optimal angle...
March 15, 2018: Soft Matter
Ruwei Ou, Qianqian Wei, Bei Cao, Wei Song, Yanbing Hou, Hui Liu, Xiaoqin Yuan, Bi Zhao, Ying Wu, Huifang Shang
Objective: To explore the clinical predictors of freezing of gait (FOG) in Chinese patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Methods: This study included 225 patients with PD who completed a three-year follow-up visit. The end-point was the presence of FOG (freezers), which was assessed during the follow-up visit. Group comparisons were conducted, followed by a further forward binary logistic regression analysis. Results: Eighty-five patients with PD (38%) had developed FOG at the end of study...
March 2018: Brain and Behavior
Jiayue Cai, Soojin Lee, Fang Ba, Saurabh Garg, Laura J Kim, Aiping Liu, Diana Kim, Z Jane Wang, Martin J McKeown
Falls and balance difficulties remain a major source of morbidity in Parkinson's Disease (PD) and are stubbornly resistant to therapeutic interventions. The mechanisms of gait impairment in PD are incompletely understood but may involve changes in the Pedunculopontine Nucleus (PPN) and its associated connections. We utilized fMRI to explore the modulation of PPN connectivity by Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation (GVS) in healthy controls ( n = 12) and PD subjects even without overt evidence of Freezing of Gait (FOG) while on medication ( n = 23)...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Jingbo Sun, Salih Z Silahli, Wiktor Walasik, Qi Li, Eric Johnson, Natalia M Litchinitser
Colloidal media with well-defined optical properties have been widely used as model systems in many fundamental and applied studies of light-matter interactions in complex media. Recent progress in the field of engineered nanoscale optical materials with fundamentally new physical properties opens new opportunities for tailoring the properties of colloids. In this work, we experimentally demonstrate the evolution of the optical vortex beams of different topological charges propagating in engineered nano-colloidal suspension of negative polarizability with saturable nonlinearities...
March 5, 2018: Optics Express
Thomas P Sartwelle, James C Johnston
A half century after continuous electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) became the omnipresent standard of care for the vast majority of labors in the developed countries, and the cornerstone for cerebral palsy litigation, EFM advocates still do not have any scientific evidence justifying EFM use in most labors or courtrooms. Yet, these EFM proponents continue rationalizing the procedure with a rhetorical fog of meaningless words, misleading statistics, archaic concepts, and a complete disregard for medical ethics...
January 2018: Surgery Journal
Saskia Den Boon, Constanza Vallenas, Mauricio Ferri, Susan L Norris
Background: Ebola virus disease (EVD) health facility transmission can result in infection and death of health workers. The World Health Organization (WHO) supports countries in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies, which often require developing new guidance in short timelines with scarce evidence. The objective of this study was to understand frontline physicians' and nurses' perspectives about personal protective equipment (PPE) use during the 2014-2016 EVD outbreak in West Africa and to incorporate these findings into the development process of a WHO rapid advice guideline...
2018: F1000Research
Ryul Kim, Joongyub Lee, Yoon Kim, Aryun Kim, Mihee Jang, Han-Joon Kim, Beomseok Jeon, Un Jung Kang, Stanley Fahn
INTRODUCTION: The current study was designed to determine whether the degree of presynaptic striatal dopamine depletion can predict the later development of freezing of gait (FOG) in Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included 390 de novo patients with PD without FOG at baseline. The participants were divided into tertiles according to the baseline dopamine transporter (DAT) uptake of each striatal subregion, and the cumulative risk of FOG was compared using the Kaplan-Meier method...
February 28, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Farshid Mashayekhy Rad, Caroline Leck, Leopold L Ilag, Ulrika Nilsson
RATIONALE: Fatty acids are enriched in the ocean surface microlayer (SML) and have as a consequence been detected worldwide in sea spray aerosols. In searching for a relationship between the properties of the atmospheric aerosol and its ability to form cloud condensation nuclei and to promote cloud droplet formation over remote marine areas, the role of surface active fatty acids sourced from the SML is of interest to be investigated. Here is presented a fast method for profiling of major fatty acids in SML samples collected in the high Arctic (89 °N, 1 °W) in the summer of 2001...
March 9, 2018: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
Jian-Xing Wu, Ping-Tzan Huang, Chia-Hung Lin, Chien-Ming Li
Blood leakage and blood loss are serious life-threatening complications occurring during dialysis therapy. These events have been of concerns to both healthcare givers and patients. More than 40% of adult blood volume can be lost in just a few minutes, resulting in morbidities and mortality. The authors intend to propose the design of a warning tool for the detection of blood leakage/blood loss during dialysis therapy based on fog computing with an array of photocell sensors and heteroassociative memory (HAM) model...
February 2018: Healthcare Technology Letters
A M Ardi Handojoseno, Ganesh R Naik, Moran Gilat, James M Shine, Tuan N Nguyen, Quynh T Ly, Simon J G Lewis, Hung T Nguyen
Freezing of gait (FOG) is an episodic gait disturbance affecting initiation and continuation of locomotion in many Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, causing falls and a poor quality of life. FOG can be experienced on turning and start hesitation, passing through doorways or crowded areas dual tasking, and in stressful situations. Electroencephalography (EEG) offers an innovative technique that may be able to effectively foresee an impending FOG. From data of 16 PD patients, using directed transfer function (DTF) and independent component analysis (ICA) as data pre-processing, and an optimal Bayesian neural network as a predictor of a transition of 5 seconds before the impending FOG occurs in 11 in-group PD patients, we achieved sensitivity and specificity of 85...
2018: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Berthold Hocher, Shufei Zeng
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March 5, 2018: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
Chuyi Huang, Heling Chu, Yan Zhang, Xiaoping Wang
Freezing of gait (FOG) is a gait disorder featured by recurrent episodes of temporary gait halting and mainly found in advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). FOG has a severe impact on the quality of life of patients with PD. The pathogenesis of FOG is unclear and considered to be related to several brain areas and neural circuits. Its close connection with cognitive disorder has been proposed and some researchers explain the pathogenesis using the cognitive model theory. FOG occurs concurrently with cognitive disorder in some PD patients, who are poorly responsive to medication therapy...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Rosy Chhabra, Deena J Chisolm, Barbara Bayldon, Maheen Quadri, Iman Sharif, Jessica J Velazquez, Karen Encalada, Angelic Rivera, Millie Harris, Elana Levites-Agababa, H Shonna Yin
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Despite recommendations supporting human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, pediatric vaccination rates remain suboptimal in the United States; lack of tools to support provider counseling is one barrier. We sought to evaluate HPV-related counseling materials for readability, suitability, and content, and assess parent perceptions of materials, using a health literacy perspective. METHODS: A systematic search was conducted for written materials developed for HPV vaccination counseling by examining state Department of Health Web sites and associated links to local and national organizations...
March 2018: Academic Pediatrics
Lasse Reimer, Louise Buur Vesterager, Cristine Betzer, Jin Zheng, Lærke Dalsgaard Nielsen, Rikke Hahn Kofoed, Louise Berkhoudt Lassen, Ulrik Bølcho, Søren Riis Paludan, Karina Fog, Poul Henning Jensen
Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and multiple system atrophy comprise a group of neurodegenerative diseases termed synucleinopathies. Synucleinopathie are, characterized by presence of inclusion bodies in degenerating brain cells which contain aggregated α-synuclein phosphorylated on Ser129. Although the inflammation-associated serine-threonine kinase, PKR (EIF2AK2), promotes cellular protection against infection, we demonstrate a pro-degenerative role of activated PKR in an α-synuclein-dependent cell model of multiple system atrophy, where inhibition and silencing of PKR decrease cellular degeneration...
March 1, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
Christian Schlenstedt, Martina Mancini, Jay Nutt, Amie P Hiller, Walter Maetzler, Günther Deuschl, Fay Horak
Introduction: This study aims at investigating whether impaired anticipatory postural adjustments (APA) during gait initiation contribute to the occurrence of freezing of gait (FOG) or whether altered APAs compensate for FOG in Parkinson's disease (PD). Methods: Gait initiation after 30 s quiet stance was analyzed without and with a cognitive dual task (DT) in 33 PD subjects with FOG (PD+FOG), 30 PD subjects without FOG (PD-FOG), and 32 healthy controls (HC). APAs were characterized with inertial sensors and muscle activity of the tensor fasciae latae (TFL), gastrocnemius, and tibialis anterior was captured with electromyography recordings...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Daddi Fadel
PURPOSE: To summarize the research findings on the ocular surface profile, to provide a definition and a classification of the corneoscleral shape, and to offer guidelines in selecting scleral lens design. METHODS: The definition of rotational symmetry and rotational asymmetry was inquired and PubMed searches were conducted. RESULTS: The better understanding of the scleral contact lens comportment on the eye and the introduction of new diagnostic instruments to measure the anterior ocular surface have led to improve comprehension of corneoscleral contour formulating new scleral lens designs...
February 26, 2018: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
Yan Sun, Fuhong Lin, Nan Zhang
Fog computing is a distributed computing paradigm at the edge of the network and requires cooperation of users and sharing of resources. When users in fog computing open their resources, their devices are easily intercepted and attacked because they are accessed through wireless network and present an extensive geographical distribution. In this study, a credible third party was introduced to supervise the behavior of users and protect the security of user cooperation. A fog computing security mechanism based on human nervous system is proposed, and the strategy for a stable system evolution is calculated...
February 2018: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Amalie Ribel-Madsen, Rasmus Ribel-Madsen, Kristian Fog Nielsen, Susanne Brix, Allan A Vaag, Charlotte Brøns
Low birth weight (LBW) individuals have an increased risk of developing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes compared with normal birth weight (NBW) individuals. We hypothesised that LBW individuals exhibit an increased fatty acid flux into lipogenesis in non-adipose tissue with a resulting accumulation of lipotoxic lipids, including ceramides, in the blood. Therefore, we measured fasting plasma levels of 27 ceramides in 18 young, healthy, LBW men and 25 NBW controls after an isocaloric control diet and a 5-day high-fat, high-calorie diet by HPLC-HRMS...
February 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
Hiroshi Kataoka, Noriyuki Tanaka, Takao Kiriyama, Nobuyuki Eura, Masanori Ikeda, Tesseki Izumi, Yoshiko Furiya, Kazuma Sugie, Satoshi Ueno
BACKGROUND: Freezing of gait (FOG) has been linked to increased numbers of steps taken while walking. We tested the hypothesis that an increased number of steps associated with FOG might predict the exacerbation of the severity of Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS: We prospectively studied 26 patients. Clinical assessments were performed and balance was evaluated in 30 patients with Hoehn-Yahr stage III PD 6 years previously. Gait parameters were analyzed with the use of an originally designed, suddenly narrowed path...
February 22, 2018: European Neurology
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