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Joshua L Haworth, Adam J Strang, Mathias Hieronymus, Mark S Walsh
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Many people use balance training as a rehabilitation or habilitation modality. Although the time course of changes to temporal and spatial aspects of postural sway over the initial weeks of such training is as yet unclear. Particularly, we sought to explore the effects of training on sway during a dynamic task of stance on an ultra-compliant surface. Such a task provides different mechanical, and thus sensorimotor, constraints compared to stance on a solid surface...
March 15, 2018: Somatosensory & Motor Research
John Connolly, Maria-Teresa Sebastià, Laura Kirwan, John Anthony Finn, Rosa Llurba, Matthias Suter, Rosemary P Collins, Claudio Porqueddu, Áslaug Helgadóttir, Ole H Baadshaug, Gilles Bélanger, Alistair Black, Caroline Brophy, Jure Čop, Sigridur Dalmannsdóttir, Ignacio Delgado, Anjo Elgersma, Michael Fothergill, Bodil E Frankow-Lindberg, An Ghesquiere, Piotr Golinski, Philippe Grieu, Anne-Maj Gustavsson, Mats Höglind, Olivier Huguenin-Elie, Marit Jørgensen, Zydre Kadziuliene, Tor Lunnan, Paivi Nykanen-Kurki, Angela Ribas, Friedhelm Taube, Ulrich Thumm, Alex De Vliegher, Andreas Lüscher
Grassland diversity can support sustainable intensification of grassland production through increased yields, reduced inputs and limited weed invasion. We report the effects of diversity on weed suppression from 3 years of a 31-site continental-scale field experiment.At each site, 15 grassland communities comprising four monocultures and 11 four-species mixtures based on a wide range of species' proportions were sown at two densities and managed by cutting. Forage species were selected according to two crossed functional traits, "method of nitrogen acquisition" and "pattern of temporal development"...
March 2018: Journal of Applied Ecology
Rogerio Ferreira Liporaci, Marcelo Camargo Saad, Julio César Crescêncio, Fabiana Marques, Debora Bevilaqua-Grossi, Lourenço Gallo-Júnior
BACKGROUND: Maintenance of orthostatism requires the interaction of autonomic and muscle responses for an efficient postural control, to minimize body motion and facilitate venous return in a common type of syncope called neurocardiogenic syncope (NCS). Muscle activity in standing position may be registered by surface electromyography, and body sway confirmed by displacement of the center of pressure (COP) on a force platform. These peripheral variables reflect the role of muscles in the maintenance of orthostatism during the active tilt test, which, compared with muscle activity during the passive test (head-up tilt test), enables the analyses of electromyographic activity of these muscles that may anticipate the clinical effects of CNS during these tests...
January 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Jaime McDonald, Emmanuelle Pourcher, Alexandra Nadeau, Philippe Corbeil
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of oral and transdermal rivastigmine for postural instability in patients with Parkinson disease dementia (PDD) who were candidates for a cholinesterase inhibitor. The primary outcome was the change in mean velocity of the center of pressure (CoP) after 6 months. Secondary outcomes included structural parameters of dynamic posturography, clinical rating scales, and adverse events requiring dose reduction. METHODS: Patients with PDD were randomized in a 1:1 ratio to oral or transdermal rivastigmine with target doses of 6 mg twice daily and 9...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Neuropharmacology
Philip D Hopkins, Tara Mastren, Justyna Florek, Roy Copping, Mark Brugh, Kevin D John, Meiring F Nortier, Eva R Birnbaum, Freddy Kleitz, Michael E Fassbender
The separation of Th, Pa, and U is of high importance in many applications including nuclear power, nuclear waste, environmental and geochemistry, nuclear forensics and nuclear medicine. Diglycolamide (DGA)-based resins have shown the ability to separate many elements, however, these resins consist of non-covalent impregnation of the DGA molecules on the resin backbone resulting in co-elution of the extraction molecule during separation cycles, therefore limiting their long-term and repeated use. Covalently binding the DGA molecules onto silica is one way to overcome this issue...
March 12, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
J K Dierijck, A D Wright, J D Smirl, K Bryk, P van Donkelaar
Although balance control has been studied extensively following acute concussion, little is known regarding repetitive sub-concussive head impacts or chronic exposure to multiple concussive events. Quiet stance postural control was characterized in contact sport athletes at pre-season (n = 135) and post-season (n = 48) to evaluate the effects of subconcussive trauma to the head. To determine the impact of acute concussion on postural control, athletes diagnosed with a concussion during the season (n = 12) were tested at 72-h, 2-weeks, and 1-month post-injury...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Psychophysiology
Che-Wei Chiu, Tsai Hua Kao, Bing Huei Chen
Cholesterol, widely present in animal fats and meat products, can undergo oxidation to form cholesterol oxidation products (COPs) during heating. The objectives of this study were to develop a QuEChERS method for reduction of solvent volume and extraction time for determination of COPs in edible animal fats and meat products by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. By employing a DB-5MS capillary column (30 m x 0.25 mm I.D., film thickness 0.25 mm) and a temperature programming method, 7 COPs, cholesterol and internal standard 5α-cholestane could be separated within 19 min...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Hansol X Ryu, Sukyung Park
To enhance the wearability of portable motion-monitoring devices, the size and number of sensors are minimized, but at the expense of quality and quantity of data collected. For example, owing to the size and weight of low-frequency force transducers, most currently available wearable gait measurement systems provide only limited, if any, elements of ground reaction force (GRF) data. To obtain the most GRF information possible with a minimal use of sensors, we propose a GRF estimation method based on biomechanical knowledge of human walking...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
Mozhgan Faraji Aylar, Amir Ali Jafarnezhadgero, Fatemeh Salari Esker
BACKGROUND: The association between visual sensory and sit-to-stand ground reaction force characteristics is not clear. Impulse is the amount of force applied over a period of time. Also, free moment represents the vertical moment applied in the center of pressure (COP). RESEARCH QUESTION: How the ground reaction force components, vertical loading rate, impulses and free moment respond to long and short term restricted visual information? METHODS: Fifteen female children with congenital blindness and 45 healthy girls with no visual impairments participated in this study...
March 5, 2018: Gait & Posture
Teresa Pop, Daniel Szymczyk, Joanna Majewska, Agnieszka Bejer, Joanna Baran, Arkadiusz Bielecki, Wojciech Rusek
Introduction: The aim of this study was to assess static balance of patients after Total Hip Replacement (THR) compared with the age-matched, asymptomatic control group, considering the subject's gender and the time since the surgery. Materials and Methods: The Total Hip Replacement (THR) group consisted of 55 subjects (mean age: 56.3 ± 8.7 years) and the control group consisted of 48 subjects (mean age: 58 ± 6.2 years). For the assessment of static balance, a stabilometric force platform was used...
2018: BioMed Research International
M Sauvan, N Chabbert-Buffet, M Canis, P Collinet, X Fritel, S Geoffron, G Legendre, J-M Wattier, H Fernandez
OBJECTIVE: To provide clinical practice guidelines for the management of painful endometriosis in women without infertility. METHODS: Systematic review of the literature literature since 2006, level of evidence rating, external proofreading and grading of the recommendation grade by an expert group according to HAS methodology. RESULTS: Combined hormonal contraceptives (COP) and the levonorgestrel-releasing intra-uterin system (LNG-IUS) are recommended as first-line hormonal therapies for the treatment of painful endometriosis (grade B)...
March 3, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Lindsay T Kleeman, Abiram Bala, Colin T Penrose, Thorsten M Seyler, Samuel S Wellman, Michael P Bolognesi
BACKGROUND: The use of metal-on-metal (MoM) hip bearings has declined in the recent years due to strong evidence of their high complication rates and early failure. Hip implants with highly cross-linked polyethylene liners and ceramic bearings have become the modern implants of choice. We sought to determine if MoM implants are associated with higher complication and revision rates when compared to other hip bearings in the Medicare population. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed a Medicare database (2005-2011) for patients who underwent a primary total hip arthroplasty with a MoM, metal-on-polyethylene (MoP), ceramic-on-polyethylene (CoP), or ceramic-on-ceramic (CoC) implant (minimum 2 years of follow-up)...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Masahiro Yamashita, Ryoko Saito, Shinji Yasuhira, Yuh Fukuda, Hironobu Sasamo, Tamotsu Sugai, Kohei Yamauchi, Makoto Maemondo
Background: The types of cells most significantly linked to individual subtypes of idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs) remain unclear. Few studies have examined CD163+ macrophages in IIPs. Objective: We retrospectively aimed to immunohistochemically characterize the CD163+ macrophages in IIPs. Methods: Paraffin-embedded lung tissue samples were obtained from 47 patients with IIPs, including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), idiopathic nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP), and cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP), and 12 normal controls were immunohistochemically analyzed, using primary antibodies against CD68 and CD163 as indicators of pan and M2 macrophages, respectively...
2018: Journal of Immunology Research
M Fung-Kee-Fung, D E Maziak, J R Pantarotto, J Smylie, L Taylor, T Timlin, T Cacciotti, P J Villeneuve, C Dennie, C Bornais, S Madore, J Aquino, P Wheatley-Price, R S Ozer, D J Stewart
Background: The Ottawa Hospital (toh) defined delay to timely lung cancer care as a system design problem. Recognizing the patient need for an integrated journey and the need for dynamic alignment of providers, toh used a learning health system (lhs) vision to redesign regional diagnostic processes. A lhs is driven by feedback utilizing operational and clinical information to drive system optimization and innovation. An essential component of a lhs is a collaborative platform that provides connectivity across silos, organizations, and professions...
February 2018: Current Oncology
Alejandro Ruiz-Patiño, Samuel Rey, German Molina, Luis Carlos Dominguez, Saul Rugeles
BACKGROUND: Colombia is a developing nation in need for efficient resource administration in fields such as health care, where innovation is constant. Since the introduction of laparoscopic appendectomy (LA), direct costs have been increasing without definitive results in terms of clinical outcomes. The objective of this study is to determine the cost-effectiveness of open appendectomy (OA) versus LA and thereby help surgeons in clinical decision-making in a limited resource setting. METHODS: A retrospective cost-effectiveness analysis comparing OA versus multiport LA during 2013 in a third-level university hospital (Hospital Universitario San Ignacio) in Bogota, Colombia was performed...
April 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
Jaewook Shin, Hyunok Lee, Wonsik Bae, Jwajun Kim
BACKGROUND: Identifying the functional status of patients after total knee arthroplasty is important. This study aimed to examine the differences in sit-to-stand and static standing ability balance between patients who underwent total knee arthroplasty and healthy participants. METHODS: Twenty patients (mean age 70.05 years) who underwent total knee arthroplasty and 20 healthy participants (mean age 69.20 years) participated in this study. To assess the participants' sit-to-stand, the Good Balance System (Metitur Ltd, Finland) was used to measure each participant's mediolateral center of pressure (COP) displacement and time required to complete the sit-to-stand movement...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Tian-Jin Wu, Jun Lu, Hui Ni, Ping Li, Yan Jiang, Hui-Jun Li
Coptidis Rhizoma (CR), the dried rhizome of three perennial Coptis specices, was widely used as a famous herbal medicine in China. Although the quantification of main alkaloids in CR has been extensively conducted, the existing analytical methods suffer from some flaws that restrict the general applicability in the routine quality assessment. In this work, we constructed an optimized method for quality evaluation and species discrimination of CR by ion-pairing high performance liquid chromatography (IP-HPLC) combined with response surface methodology (RSM)...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Rossana Nieto-Vera, Nicolas Kahuam-López, Alfredo Meneses, Yolanda Cruz-Martínez, Rosa María Anaya-Jiménez, Gustavo Liy-Salmerón, Horacio Guillermo Carvajal, Maria Teresa Ponce-López, Antonio Ibarra
Cognitive impairment is a dysfunction observed as a sequel of various neurodegenerative diseases, as well as a concomitant element in the elderly stages of life. In clinical settings, this malfunction is identified as mild cognitive impairment. Previous studies have suggested that cognitive impairment could be the result of a reduction in the expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and/or immune dysfunction. Copolymer-1 (Cop-1) is an FDA-approved synthetic peptide capable of inducing the activation of Th2/3 cells, which are able to release BDNF, as well as to migrate and accumulate in the brain...
2018: PloS One
Hin Fong Leong, Wing Kai Lam, Wei Xuan Ng, Pui Wah Kong
This study aimed to investigate the effects of varying midsole hardness on center of pressure (COP) and perceived stability during basketball-specific tasks, as well as the correlation between COP and perception measurements. Twenty male basketball players performed 45° cutting and lay-up while wearing basketball shoes with soft and hard midsoles. COP trajectories were obtained from the Pedar insole system. Stability perceptions at the forefoot and rearfoot were assessed using 150-mm visual analogue scales (VAS)...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
Rogerio P Hirata, Steffan W Christensen, Simone Agger, Mikkel Svindt, Nicklas Røssner, Jesper Abildgaard, Nicolas Vuillerme, Thomas Graven-Nielsen
Objective: To investigate if attention to additional sensory information from the fingertip can improve postural stability during pain, which is known to impair balance. Methods: In 16 healthy volunteers, experimental pain was induced by intramuscular injection of hypertonic saline in the right vastus medialis muscle (isotonic saline used as nonpainful control, intramuscular injection in the same location). Pain intensity was assessed on an 11-point numeric rating scale (NRS; 0 representing "no pain" and 10 "maximum pain")...
February 22, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
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