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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934966/effectiveness-of-an-interactive-telerehabilitation-system-with-home-based-exercise-training-in-patients-after-total-hip-or-knee-replacement-study-protocol-for-a-multicenter-superiority-no-blinded-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sarah Eichler, Sophie Rabe, Annett Salzwedel, Steffen Müller, Josefine Stoll, Nina Tilgner, Michael John, Karl Wegscheider, Frank Mayer, Heinz Völler
BACKGROUND: Total hip or knee replacement is one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures. Physical rehabilitation following total hip or knee replacement is an essential part of the therapy to improve functional outcomes and quality of life. After discharge from inpatient rehabilitation, a subsequent postoperative exercise therapy is needed to maintain functional mobility. Telerehabilitation may be a potential innovative treatment approach. We aim to investigate the superiority of an interactive telerehabilitation intervention for patients after total hip or knee replacement, in comparison to usual care, regarding physical performance, functional mobility, quality of life and pain...
September 21, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934308/devices-and-tasks-involved-in-the-objective-assessment-of-standing-dynamic-balancing-a-systematic-literature-review
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Bálint Petró, Alexandra Papachatzopoulou, Rita M Kiss
BACKGROUND: Static balancing assessment is often complemented with dynamic balancing tasks. Numerous dynamic balancing assessment methods have been developed in recent decades with their corresponding balancing devices and tasks. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic literature review is to identify and categorize existing objective methods of standing dynamic balancing ability assessment with an emphasis on the balancing devices and tasks being used. DATA SOURCES: Three major scientific literature databases (Science Direct, Web of Science, PLoS ONE) and additional sources were used...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931988/the-relationship-between-ground-reaction-force-in-sit-to-stand-movement-and-lower-extremity-function-in-community-dwelling-japanese-older-adults-using-long-term-care-insurance-services
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Shaoshuai Shen, Takumi Abe, Taishi Tsuji, Keisuke Fujii, Jingyu Ma, Tomohiro Okura
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to investigate which of the four chair-rising methods has low-load and the highest success rate, and whether the GRF parameters in that method are useful for measuring lower extremity function among physically frail Japanese older adults. [Subjects and Methods] Fifty-two individuals participated in this study. The participants voluntarily attempted four types of Sit-to-stand test (one variation without and three variations with the use of their arms). The following parameters were measured: peak reaction force (F/w), two force development rate parameters (RFD1...
September 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931974/gaze-stabilization-exercises-derive-sensory-reweighting-of-vestibular-for-postural-control
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Yusuke Ueta, Akiyoshi Matsugi, Kosuke Oku, Kojiro Okuno, Yoshiki Tamaru, Shohei Nomura, Hiroaki Tanaka, Shinya Douchi, Nobuhiko Mori
[Purpose] The aim of this study was to investigate whether gaze stabilization exercise derives sensory reweighting of vestibular for upright postural control. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty-three healthy volunteers participated in this study. The center of pressure of the total trajectory length was measured before (pre), immediately after (post), and 10 min after (post10) gaze stabilization exercise, in the static standing position, with the eyes open or closed, on the floor or on foam rubber. The sensory contribution values of the visual, somatosensory, and vestibular systems were calculated using center of pressure of the total trajectory length value in these measuring conditions...
September 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929728/-undocumented-immigrants-what-do-we-know-about-their-health
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Giovanni Baglio, Raffaele Di Palma, Erica Eugeni, Antonio Fortino
In Italy, immigrants represent a "fuzzy" set, to which it is difficult to apply dichotomous categories as a classification (i.e., regular/irregular, economic/forced, etcetera). These categories lose its meaning when used to study health phenomena. Rather, the epidemiological profile of such a heterogeneous population depends on the varying influence of health determinants in the life-course of migration. This article builds on those assumptions, and analyses the health of irregularly- staying immigrants by adopting a global approach to the migration phenomenon...
May 2017: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926856/positive-effects-of-promoting-physical-activity-and-balanced-diets-in-a-primary-school-setting-with-a-high-proportion-of-migrant-school-children
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Katharina S Weber, Olaf Spörkel, Melina Mertens, Alem Freese, Klaus Strassburger, Boris Kemper, Clemens Bachmann, Knut Diehlmann, Theodor Stemper, Anette E Buyken, Kerstin Ketelhut, Karsten Müssig
Background Children with migration background are at particular risk for overweight. We assessed the effects of a primary school-based initiative targeted at enhancing physical activity and dietary education among children with a high proportion of migration background. Methods Four 3(rd) and 4(th) grade classes (n=70 children, 77% with migration background) participated in a 10-months intervention comprising 2 additional exercise lessons weekly and 10 nutrition lessons per school year. 6 school classes (n=125 children, 65% with migration background) served as control...
September 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923375/the-feldenkrais-method-improves-functioning-and-body-balance-in-people-with-intellectual-disability-in-supported-employment-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Jon Torres-Unda, Vanesa Polo, Iratxe Dunabeitia, Iraia Bidaurrazaga-Letona, María García-Gil, Ana Rodriguez-Larrad, Jon Irazusta
Loss of functioning and age-related health problems tend to appear earlier in individuals with intellectual disability (ID) than in their non-disabled peers. The Feldenkrais method (FM) is a movement-based form of learning that enhances body balance and physical functioning. We carried out an intervention based on Awareness Through Movement, a form of the FM. Thirty-two middle-aged (48.94±6.01years old) adults with ID who were in supported employment were recruited and randomly assigned to the experimental group (EG) or control group (CG)...
September 15, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921765/assessing-fire-impacts-on-the-carbon-stability-of-fire-tolerant-forests
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Lauren T Bennett, Matthew J Bruce, Josephine Machunter, Michele Kohout, Saravanan Jangammanaidu Krishnaraj, Cristina Aponte
The carbon stability of fire-tolerant forests is often assumed but less frequently assessed, limiting potential to anticipate threats to forest carbon posed by predicted increases in forest fire activity. Assessing the carbon stability of fire-tolerant forests requires multi-indicator approaches that recognise the myriad of ways that fires influence the carbon balance including combustion, deposition of pyrogenic material, and tree death, post-fire decomposition, recruitment, and growth. Five years after a large-scale wildfire in south-eastern Australia, we assessed the impacts of low- and high-severity wildfire, with and without prescribed fire (≤ 10 years before), on carbon stocks in multiple pools, and on carbon stability indicators (carbon stock percentages in live trees and in small trees, and carbon stocks in char and fuels) in fire-tolerant eucalypt forests...
September 16, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918790/-bandages-for-knee-problems
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Marius Henriksen, Søren Thorgaard Skou
The use of knee braces is common, and there is an abundance of different brace types available both "over the counter" and as "prescription devices". The braces are used for a range of knee problems ranging from minor knee discomfort to post-surgical rehabilitation. The available evidence is generally in favour of brace applications although the amount and quality of evidence is moderate to low with a positive benefit-harm balance. However, braces should generally not be used as a stand-alone or primary treatment strategy, but can be used as a potentially beneficial supplement to patients with knee disorders if needed...
September 18, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918002/effect-of-natural-sagittal-trunk-lean-on-standing-balance-in-untreated-scoliotic-girls
#10
Sébastien Leteneur, Émilie Simoneau-Buessinger, Franck Barbier, Charles-Hilaire Rivard, Paul Allard
BACKGROUND: Generally, scoliotic girls have a tendency to lean further back than a comparable group of non-scoliotic girls. To date, no study has addressed how standing balance in untreated scoliotic girls is affected by a natural backwardly or forwardly inclined trunk. METHODS: 27 able-bodied young girls and 27 young girls with a right thoracic curve were classified as leaning forward or backward according to the median of their trunk sagittal inclination. Participants stood upright barefoot...
September 6, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915821/assessment-of-the-underlying-systems-involved-in-standing-balance-the-additional-value-of-electromyography-in-system-identification-and-parameter-estimation
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J H Pasma, J van Kordelaar, D de Kam, V Weerdesteyn, A C Schouten, H van der Kooij
BACKGROUND: Closed loop system identification (CLSIT) is a method to disentangle the contribution of underlying systems in standing balance. We investigated whether taking into account lower leg muscle activation in CLSIT could improve the reliability and accuracy of estimated parameters identifying the underlying systems. METHODS: Standing balance behaviour of 20 healthy young participants was measured using continuous rotations of the support surface (SS). The dynamic balance behaviour obtained with CLSIT was expressed by sensitivity functions of the ankle torque, body sway and muscle activation of the lower legs to the SS rotation...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910656/test-retest-reliability-of-a-balance-testing-protocol-with-external-perturbations-in-young-healthy-adults
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Shawn M Robbins, Ryan M Caplan, Daniel I Aponte, Nancy St-Onge
External perturbations are utilized to challenge balance and mimic realistic balance threats in patient populations. The reliability of such protocols has not been established. The purpose was to examine test-retest reliability of balance testing with external perturbations. Healthy adults (n=34; mean age 23 years) underwent balance testing over two visits. Participants completed ten balance conditions in which the following parameters were combined: perturbation or non-perturbation, single or double leg, and eyes open or closed...
September 7, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910280/the-ebiokit-a-stand-alone-educational-platform-for-bioinformatics
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Rafael Hernández-de-Diego, Etienne P de Villiers, Tomas Klingström, Hadrien Gourlé, Ana Conesa, Erik Bongcam-Rudloff
Bioinformatics skills have become essential for many research areas; however, the availability of qualified researchers is usually lower than the demand and training to increase the number of able bioinformaticians is an important task for the bioinformatics community. When conducting training or hands-on tutorials, the lack of control over the analysis tools and repositories often results in undesirable situations during training, as unavailable online tools or version conflicts may delay, complicate, or even prevent the successful completion of a training event...
September 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899731/combined-physical-cognitive-training-enhances-postural-performances-during-daily-life-tasks-in-older-adults
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Rabeb Laatar, Hiba Kachouri, Rihab Borji, Haithem Rebai, Sonia Sahli
Physical-cognitive interventions seem promising to improve balance and gait performances and prevent falls in the elderly. Although these beneficial effects, it is still not clear whether these physical-cognitive training modalities leads to more general non-specific adaptations that can be transferred to some measures reflecting every day abilities. This randomized controlled trial examined postural (center of pressure oscillations), physical (lower body strength, gait speed, functional mobility, dynamic balance) and cognitive performances (reaction time) and postural performance during daily life tasks (walking while conversing on a phone and maintaining an upright standing posture while buttoning a shirt) in older adults (66...
September 9, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898168/practice-evaluation-strategies-among-social-workers-why-an-evidence-informed-dual-process-theory-still-matters
#15
Thomas D Davis
Practice evaluation strategies range in style from the formal-analytic tools of single-subject designs, rapid assessment instruments, algorithmic steps in evidence-informed practice, and computer software applications, to the informal-interactive tools of clinical supervision, consultation with colleagues, use of client feedback, and clinical experience. The purpose of this article is to provide practice researchers in social work with an evidence-informed theory that is capable of explaining both how and why social workers use practice evaluation strategies to self-monitor the effectiveness of their interventions in terms of client change...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893312/the-validity-and-reliability-of-the-four-square-step-test-in-different-adult-populations-a-systematic-review
#16
Martha Moore, Karen Barker
BACKGROUND: The four square step test (FSST) was first validated in healthy older adults to provide a measure of dynamic standing balance and mobility. The FSST has since been used in a variety of patient populations. The purpose of this systematic review is to determine the validity and reliability of the FSST in these different adult patient populations. METHODS: The literature search was conducted to highlight all the studies that measured validity and reliability of the FSST...
September 11, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892489/funneled-potential-and-flux-landscapes-dictate-the-stabilities-of-both-the-states-and-the-flow-fission-yeast-cell-cycle
#17
Xiaosheng Luo, Liufang Xu, Bo Han, Jin Wang
Using fission yeast cell cycle as an example, we uncovered that the non-equilibrium network dynamics and global properties are determined by two essential features: the potential landscape and the flux landscape. These two landscapes can be quantified through the decomposition of the dynamics into the detailed balance preserving part and detailed balance breaking non-equilibrium part. While the funneled potential landscape is often crucial for the stability of the single attractor networks, we have uncovered that the funneled flux landscape is crucial for the emergence and maintenance of the stable limit cycle oscillation flow...
September 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885111/effects-of-different-montages-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-on-the-risk-of-falls-and-lower-limb-function-after-stroke
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Suellen Marinho Andrade, José Jamacy de Almeida Ferreira, Thatiana Silva Rufino, Germana Medeiros, Jader Duarte Brito, Michele Alexandre da Silva, Raquel de Negreiros Moreira
BACKGROUND: Stroke is associated with high rates of falling and severe impairment of lower limb in patients who survive. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze the effectiveness of different montages of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on reducing falls and on lower limb function after acute stroke. METHODS: Sixty participants with acute stroke were randomly allocated into four groups with different electrode's setups: anodal, cathodal, bilateral and sham tDCS...
September 8, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883721/determinants-of-each-domain-of-the-short-physical-performance-battery-in-copd
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Roberto Bernabeu-Mora, Luz M Giménez-Giménez, Joaquina Montilla-Herrador, Gloria García-Guillamón, José Antonio García-Vidal, Francesc Medina-Mirapeix
BACKGROUND: The Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) is an assessment tool with good prognostic value in COPD. It includes the following: standing balance, 4 m gait speed test (4MGS), and the timed five-repetition sit-to-stand test (5STS). The specific differences in determinants between these three tasks have not been adequately characterized in COPD patients. We aimed to identify health-related, functional, and psychological determinants of each SPPB test. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of 137 patients with stable COPD...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883555/associations-between-trunk-muscle-morphology-strength-and-function-in-older-adults
#20
Behnaz Shahtahmassebi, Jeffrey J Hebert, Mark D Hecimovich, Timothy J Fairchild
Skeletal muscle plays an important role in performing activities of daily living. While the importance of limb musculature in performing these tasks is well established, less research has focused on the muscles of the trunk. The purpose of the current study therefore, was to examine the associations between functional ability and trunk musculature in sixty-four community living males and females aged 60 years and older. Univariate and multivariate analyses of the a priori hypotheses were performed and reported with correlation coefficients and unstandardized beta coefficients (β) respectively...
September 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
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