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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150492/predictors-of-mortality-in-patients-with-severe-ischemic-cardiomyopathy-undergoing-surgical-mitral-valve-intervention
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Kenya Kusunose, Nancy A Obuchowski, Marc Gillinov, Zoran B Popovic, Scott D Flamm, Brian P Griffin, Deborah H Kwon
BACKGROUND: Ischemic mitral regurgitation is associated with substantial risk of death. Although surgical mitral valve intervention (MVi) may improve symptoms, it has not been shown to improve survival. The aim of this study was to identify predictors of mortality in patients with ischemic mitral regurgitation and MVi. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated 117 consecutive patients (age, 65±10 years) with advanced ischemic cardiomyopathy who underwent cardiac magnetic resonance and subsequent MVi between January 1, 2002 and January 1, 2012...
November 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150470/platelet-rich-plasma-in-achilles-tendon-healing-2-path-2-trial-protocol-for-a-multicentre-participant-and-assessor-blinded-parallel-group-randomised-clinical-trial-comparing-platelet-rich-plasma-prp-injection-versus-placebo-injection-for-achilles-tendon-rupture
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Joseph Alsousou, David J Keene, Philippa A Hulley, Paul Harrison, Susan Wagland, Christopher Byrne, Michael Maia Schlüssel, Susan J Dutton, Sarah E Lamb, Keith Willett
BACKGROUND: Achilles tendon injuries give rise to substantial long-lasting morbidity and pose considerable challenges for clinicians and patients during the lengthy healing period. Current treatment strategies struggle to curb the burden of this injury on health systems and society due to lengthy rehabilitation, work absence and reinjury risk. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an autologous preparation that has been shown to improve the mechanobiological properties of tendons in laboratory and animal studies...
November 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150450/aerobic-power-and-flight-capacity-in-birds-a-phylogenetic-test-of-the-heart-size-hypothesis
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Roberto F Nespolo, César González-Lagos, Jaiber J Solano-Iguaran, Magnus Elfwing, Alvaro Garitano-Zavala, Santiago Mañosa, Juan Carlos Alonso, Jordi Altimiras
Flight capacity is one of the most important innovations in animal evolution; it only evolved in insects, birds, mammals and the extinct pterodactyls. Given that powered flight represents a demanding aerobic activity, an efficient cardiovascular system is essential for the continuous delivery of oxygen to the pectoral muscles during flight. It is well known that the limiting step in the circulation is stroke volume (the volume of blood pumped from the ventricle to the body during each beat), which is determined by the size of the ventricle...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149500/ep-radiofrequency-generators-significant-offsets-between-selected-and-delivered-power
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Felix Bourier, Bernhard Schwarz, Amir Brkic, Lara Wolf, Verena Semmler, Marc Kottmaier, Elena Risse, Marta Telishevska, Stephanie Brooks, Sarah Lengauer, Marielouise Kornmayer, Katharina Koch-Büttner, Florian Berger, Gabriele Hessling, Isabel Deisenhofer, Tilko Reents
INTRODUCTION: For radiofrequency ablation, the EP Shuttle®, Ampere®, and SmartAblate® generator models are most frequently used in clinical practice. The aim of this study was to assess the correlation between selected and delivered RF power for different generators. METHODS AND RESULTS: In an experimental setup, ablation catheters were connected to the EP Shuttle®, Ampere®, and SmartAblate® generators. The power delivered by the generators was measured using a current converter and an oscilloscope...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148129/development-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-rowing-the-rowstim-series
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Brian Andrews, Robin Gibbons, Garry Wheeler
Potentially, functional electrical stimulation (FES)-assisted exercise may have an important therapeutic role in reducing comorbidities associated with spinal cord injury (SCI). Here, we present an overview of these secondary life-threatening conditions, discuss the rationale behind the development of a hybrid exercise called FES rowing, and describe our experience in developing FES rowing technology. FES rowing and sculling are unique forms of adaptive rowing for those with SCI. The paralyzed leg musculature is activated by multiple channels of electrical pulses delivered via self-adhesive electrodes attached to the skin...
November 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147730/on-the-skilled-plantar-flexor-motor-action-and-unique-electromyographic-activity-of-ballet-dancers
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Sakiko Saito, Hiroki Obata, Mayumi Kuno-Mizumura, Kimitaka Nakazawa
The study aimed to compare the ability of dance and non-dance subjects to perform fine control of a simple heel-raising/lowering movement, and to determine if there are any differences in motor unit activity in the primary plantar flexor muscles during the movement. Subjects were instructed to accurately track a sinusoidal trace with a heel-raising and lowering movement at four controlled frequencies (1, 0.5, 0.25, and 0.125 Hz). The ankle joint angle was used to characterize movement errors from the target...
November 16, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145873/group-physiotherapy-compared-to-individual-physiotherapy-to-treat-urinary-incontinence-in-aging-women-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Chantale Dumoulin, Mélanie Morin, Marie-Hélène Mayrand, Michel Tousignant, Michal Abrahamowicz
BACKGROUND: Urinary incontinence (UI), one of the most prevalent health concerns confronting women aged over 60 years, affects up to 55% of older community-dwelling women-20-25% with severe symptoms. Clinical practice guidelines recommend individualized pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) as a first-line treatment for stress or mixed UI in women, although lack of human and financial resources limits delivery of this first-line treatment. Preliminary data suggest that group-based treatments may provide the answer...
November 16, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145580/effect-of-botulinum-toxin-a-on-muscle-healing-and-its-implications-in-aesthetic-and-reconstructive-surgery
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Eldad Silberstein, Ehud Maor, Oleg Sukmanov, Alexander Bogdanov Berezovsky, Yaron Shoham, Yuval Krieger
Background: Muscle activity contributes to the enhancement of facial aging deformity, blepharospasm, cerebral palsy spasticity, trismus, torticollis, and other conditions. Myotomy of the involved muscles in order to reduce the deformity has variable success rates due to muscle healing and regeneration of activity. Objectives: The goal of this study was to investigate whether blocking striated muscle activity with Botulinum toxin (BtxA) during the healing time after myotomy alters the healing process and reduces long-term muscle activity...
November 14, 2017: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143594/the-gene-smart-study-method-study-design-and-preliminary-findings
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Xu Yan, Nir Eynon, Ioannis D Papadimitriou, Jujiao Kuang, Fiona Munson, Oren Tirosh, Lannie O'Keefe, Lyn R Griffiths, Kevin J Ashton, Nuala Byrne, Yannis P Pitsiladis, David J Bishop
The gene SMART (genes and the Skeletal Muscle Adaptive Response to Training) Study aims to identify genetic variants that predict the response to both a single session of High-Intensity Interval Exercise (HIIE) and to four weeks of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). While the training and testing centre is located at Victoria University, Melbourne, three other centres have been launched at Bond University, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, and the University of Brighton, UK. Currently 39 participants have already completed the study and the overall aim is to recruit 200 moderately-trained, healthy Caucasians participants (all males 18-45 y, BMI < 30)...
November 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143570/the-perceptual-responses-to-high-velocity-low-load-and-low-velocity-high-load-resistance-exercise-in-older-adults
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Darren L Richardson, Michael J Duncan, Alfonso Jimenez, Victoria M Jones, Paul M Juris, Neil D Clarke
The present study examined exercise affect during volume-load matched, high-velocity, low-load and low-velocity, high-load resistance exercise conditions in older adults. Ten older adults completed three sets of eight exercises on six separate occasions (three high-velocity, low-load and three low-velocity, high-load sessions) in a crossover study design. High-velocity, low-load was performed at 40% of predicted one repetition maximum, and low-velocity, high-load at 80%. The Physical Activity Affect Scale, Felt Arousal Scale, Feeling Scale, Rating of Perceived Exertion, Visual Analogue Scales, and the Physical Activity Enjoyment Scale examined exercise intensity and affect...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141879/lower-limb-biomechanical-analysis-during-an-unanticipated-step-on-a-bump-reveals-specific-adaptations-of-walking-on-uneven-terrains
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Fausto A Panizzolo, Sangjun Lee, Taira Miyatake, Denise Martineli Rossi, Christopher Siviy, Jozefien Speeckaert, Ignacio Galiana, Conor J Walsh
Although it is clear that walking over different irregular terrain is associated with altered biomechanics, there is little understanding of how we quickly adapt to unexpected variations in terrain. This study aims to investigate which adaptive strategies humans adopt when performing an unanticipated step on an irregular surface, specifically a small bump. Nine healthy male participants walked at their preferred walking speed along a straight walkway during five conditions: four involving unanticipated bumps of two different heights, and one level walking condition...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141628/gene-expression-analyses-of-the-small-intestine-of-pigs-in-the-ex-evacuation-zone-of-the-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-power-plant
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Motoko Morimoto, Ayaka Kato, Jin Kobayashi, Kei Okuda, Yoshikazu Kuwahara, Yasushi Kino, Yasuyuki Abe, Tsutomu Sekine, Tomokazu Fukuda, Emiko Isogai, Manabu Fukumoto
BACKGROUND: After the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, radioactive contaminants were released over a widespread area. Monitoring the biological effects of radiation exposure in animals in the ex-evacuation zone should be continued to understand the health effects of radiation exposure in humans. The present study aimed to clarify the effects of radiation by investigating whether there is any alteration in the morphology and gene expressions of immune molecules in the intestine of pigs and inobuta (wild boar and domestic pig hybrid) in the ex-evacuation zone in 2012...
November 15, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139381/-titin-related-muscle-disorders-an-expanding-spectrum
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Ana Ferreiro, J Andoni Urtizberea
Titin-related diseases of the skeletal and cardiac muscles open a new, fruitful chapter of myology. Confined for a long time to a limited number of clinical entities, the phenotypic spectrum of titinopthies is nowadays expanding rapidly together with the discovery of many pathogenic mutations of the TTN gene. Like for many genes of large size, the fine tuning and use of high-throughput sequencing (NGS) constitutes a little revolution in the field. This powerful tool allows, although with real technical hurdles, the establishment of the definite diagnosis of titinopathy...
November 2017: Médecine Sciences: M/S
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139012/psychometric-performance-of-the-romanian-version-of-the-sarqol%C3%A2-a-health-related-quality-of-life-questionnaire-for-sarcopenia
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Gasparik Andrea Ildiko, Mihai Gabriela, Beaudart Charlotte, Bruyere Olivier, Pop Raluca-Monica, Reginster Jean-Yves, Pascanu Ionela Maria
Our study assessed the psychometric properties of the Romanian SarQoL(®) questionnaire. Normal distribution and high internal consistency were found. Sarcopenic subjects reported a reduced global quality of life compared to non-sarcopenics. The Romanian version of the SarQoL(®) questionnaire, conceptually and literally equivalent with the source instrument, is qualified in terms of psychometric properties. PURPOSE/INTRODUCTION: We have recently provided a translated and culturally tailored version of the first quality of life (QoL) questionnaire specific for sarcopenia, the SarQoL(®), in Romanian language...
November 14, 2017: Archives of Osteoporosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136663/phylogenic-inference-using-alignment-free-methods-for-applications-in-microbial-community-surveys-using-16s-rrna-gene
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Yifei Zhang, Alexander V Alekseyenko
The diversity of microbiota is best explored by understanding the phylogenetic structure of the microbial communities. Traditionally, sequence alignment has been used for phylogenetic inference. However, alignment-based approaches come with significant challenges and limitations when massive amounts of data are analyzed. In the recent decade, alignment-free approaches have enabled genome-scale phylogenetic inference. Here we evaluate three alignment-free methods: ACS, CVTree, and Kr for phylogenetic inference with 16s rRNA gene data...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135398/the-effect-of-obesity-on-dyspnea-exercise-capacity-walk-work-and-workload-in-patients-with-copd
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Hülya Şahin, İlknur Naz, Yelda Varol, Berna Kömürcüoğlu
Introduction: COPD and obesity are major public health problems that cause mortality and morbidity all over the world. The combined of COPD and obesity is predicted to increase further in the coming years. Obesity primarily affects the pulmonary system by altering respiratory functions, exercise capacity, pulmonary gas exchange, and endurance and power of respiratory muscles. In this study, we aimed to compare the dyspnea sensation, exercise capacity, walk work and workload in obese COPD patients compared to preobese and normal overweight COPD patients...
September 2017: Tüberküloz Ve Toraks
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133965/evaluation-of-adjunctive-effect-of-low-level-laser-therapy-on-pain-swelling-and-trismus-after-surgical-removal-of-impacted-lower-third-molar-a-double-blind-randomized-clinical-trial
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Farrokh Farhadi, Hosein Eslami, Alireza Majidi, Vahid Fakhrzadeh, Milad Ghanizadeh, Sahar KhademNeghad
Background and Aim: Wisdom teeth remains impacted in the jaw due to several reasons and surgery of impacted wisdom teeth is one of the most common surgeries in dental clinics. Pain, swelling and trismus are the common complications after this surgery which affect quality of life. In articles, various methods are introduced to control immediate inflammatory-response associated with third-molar surgery. The aim of this study is to evaluate the adjunctive effect of low-level laser Therapy on pain, swelling and trismus after surgical removal of impacted lower third molar...
September 30, 2017: Laser Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133297/evaluating-the-triplet-hypothesis-during-rhythmic-mastication-in-primates
#18
Yashesvini Ram, Callum F Ross
Mammalian mastication involves precise jaw movements including transverse movement of the mandible during the power stroke. Jaw elevation and transverse movement are driven by asymmetrical jaw elevator muscle activity which is thought to include a phylogenetically primitive and conserved triplet motor pattern consisting of: triplet I-balancing side superficial masseter and medial pterygoid, working side posterior temporalis- which reaches onset, peak, and offset first; and triplet II-working side superficial masseter and medial pterygoid, balancing side posterior temporalis-which is active second...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127543/self-efficacy-pain-and-quadriceps-capacity-at-baseline-predict-changes-in-mobility-performance-over-2%C3%A2-years-in-women-with-knee-osteoarthritis
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Nicholas M Brisson, Anthony A Gatti, Paul W Stratford, Monica R Maly
This study examined the extent to which baseline measures of quadriceps strength, quadriceps power, knee pain and self-efficacy for functional tasks, and their interactions, predicted 2-year changes in mobility performance (walking, stair ascent, stair descent) in women with knee osteoarthritis. We hypothesized that lesser strength, power and self-efficacy, and higher pain at baseline would each be independently associated with reduced mobility over 2 years, and each of pain and self-efficacy would interact with strength and power in predicting 2-year change in stair-climbing performance...
November 10, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127449/determining-a-threshold-sub-acute-dose-leading-to-minimal-physiological-alterations-following-prolonged-exposure-to-the-nerve-agent-vx-in-rats
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E Bloch-Shilderman, I Rabinovitz, I Egoz, G Yacov, N Allon, U Nili
VX, a potent inhibitor of cholinesterase (ChE), is considered as one of the most toxic, persistent and least volatile nerve agents. VX is absorbed in various environmental surfaces and is gradually released long after its initial dispersal. Its toxicity is mainly caused by disrupting central and peripheral cholinergic nervous system activity, leading to potential long-term detrimental effects on health. The primary objective of the present study was to assess the threshold VX dose leading to minimal physiological alterations following prolonged VX exposure...
November 10, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
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