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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105966/a-novel-approach-for-pathway-analysis-of-gwas-data-highlights-role-of-bmp-signaling-and-muscle-cell-differentiation-in-colorectal-cancer-susceptibility
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Aniket Mishra, Stuart MacGregor
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have revolutionized the field of gene mapping. As the GWAS field matures, it is becoming clear that for many complex traits, a proportion of the missing heritability is attributable to common variants of individually small effect. Detecting these small effects individually can be difficult, and statistical power would be increased if relevant variants could be grouped together for testing. Here, we propose a VEGAS2Pathway approach that aggregates association strength of individual markers into pre-specified biological pathways...
February 2017: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105945/assessment-of-transfemoral-amputees-using-a-passive-microprocessor-controlled-knee-versus-an-active-powered-microprocessor-controlled-knee-for-level-walking
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Veerle Creylman, Ingrid Knippels, Paul Janssen, Evelyne Biesbrouck, Knut Lechler, Louis Peeraer
BACKGROUND: In transfemoral (TF) amputees, the forward propulsion of the prosthetic leg in swing has to be mainly carried out by hip muscles. With hip strength being the strongest predictor to ambulation ability, an active powered knee joint could have a positive influence, lowering hip loading and contributing to ambulation mobility. To assess this, gait of four TF amputees was measured for level walking, first while using a passive microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee (P-MPK), subsequently while using an active powered microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee (A-MPK)...
December 19, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105120/effects-of-curcumin-on-the-apoptosis-of-cardiomyocytes-and-the-expression-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-ppar-%C3%AE-and-bcl-2-in-rats-with-myocardial-infarction-injury
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Feng-Hua Lv, Hong-Lei Yin, Yi-Qun He, Hui-Min Wu, Juan Kong, Xiao-Yan Chai, Su-Rong Zhang
Curcumin is a natural polyphenol with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The present study evaluated the protective effect of curcumin on myocardial injury in rats as well as the mechanisms underlying these effects, and examined the expression of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPAR-γ) and B-cell leukemia/lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) following myocardial infarction. A rat model of myocardial infarction was successfully established. Hematoxylin and eosin staining showed cellular atrophy and hyperchromatic cytoplasm in the myocardial infarction area...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103813/fat-mass-and-obesity-associated-fto-gene-influences-skeletal-muscle-phenotypes-in-non-resistance-trained-males-and-elite-rugby-playing-position
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S M Heffernan, G K Stebbings, L P Kilduff, R M Erskine, S H Day, C I Morse, J S McPhee, C J Cook, B Vance, W J Ribbans, S M Raleigh, C Roberts, M A Bennett, G Wang, M Collins, Y P Pitsiladis, A G Williams
BACKGROUND: FTO gene variants have been associated with obesity phenotypes in sedentary and obese populations, but rarely with skeletal muscle and elite athlete phenotypes. METHODS: In 1089 participants, comprising 530 elite rugby athletes and 559 non-athletes, DNA was collected and genotyped for the FTO rs9939609 variant using real-time PCR. In a subgroup of non-resistance trained individuals (NT; n = 120), we also assessed structural and functional skeletal muscle phenotypes using dual energy x-ray absorptiometry, ultrasound and isokinetic dynamometry...
January 19, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102957/rf-safety-assessment-of-a-bilateral-four-channel-transmit-receive-7-tesla-breast-coil-sar-versus-tissue-temperature-limits
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Thomas M Fiedler, Mark E Ladd, Andreas K Bitz
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to perform an RF safety evaluation for a bilateral four-channel transmit/receive breast coil and to determine the maximum permissible input power for which RF exposure of the subject stays within recommended limits. The safety evaluation was done based on SAR as well as on temperature simulations. In comparison to SAR, temperature is more directly correlated with tissue damage, which allows a more precise safety assessment. The temperature simulations were performed by applying three different blood perfusion models as well as two different ambient temperatures...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100997/a-rare-cause-of-dysphagia-to-remember-calcific-tendinitis-of-the-longus-colli-muscle
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Dominic M Colella, Fiorela Calderón Sandoval, David W Powers, Nimal Patel, Javier Sobrado
Longus colli tendinitis (LCT) is an acute inflammatory condition with symptoms typically consisting of acute neck pain and stiffness with or without dysphagia. Once more severe etiologies for these symptoms are ruled out, this self-limiting condition usually resolves spontaneously with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids. We present a case of LCT that presented as acute neck pain, dysphagia, and odynophagia that rapidly resolved once diagnosed and treated with anti-inflammatory agents. Though exceedingly rare, LCT must be considered in the differential diagnosis of acute neck pain, dysphagia, and odynophagia when more common etiologies do not correlate with the clinical presentation...
September 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100544/oscillatory-whole-body-vibration-improves-exercise-capacity-and-physical-performance-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-a-randomised-clinical-study
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Felix Gerhardt, Daniel Dumitrescu, Carina Gärtner, Ralf Beccard, Thomas Viethen, Tilmann Kramer, Stephan Baldus, Martin Hellmich, Eckhard Schönau, Stephan Rosenkranz
OBJECTIVE: In patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), supportive therapies may be beneficial in addition to targeted medical treatment. Here, we evaluated the effectiveness and safety of oscillatory whole-body vibration (WBV) in patients on stable PAH therapy. METHODS: Twenty-two patients with PAH (mean PAP≥25 mm Hg and pulmonary arterial wedge pressure (PAWP)≤15 mm Hg) who were in world health organization (WHO)-Functional Class II or III and on stable PAH therapy for≥3 months, were randomised to receive WBV (16 sessions of 1-hour duration within 4 weeks) or to a control group, that subsequently received WBV...
January 18, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099194/chronic-resistance-training-does-not-ameliorate-unloading-induced-decrements-in-neuromuscular-function
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Michael R Deschenes, Raymond W McCoy, Katherine A Mangis
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of long-term resistance training in preventing the detrimental effects of muscle unloading on neuromuscular function. DESIGN: Eleven untrained men and 11 men with extensive backgrounds in resistance training were tested for several parameters of neuromuscular function at various isokinetic contractile velocities before and after 7 days of muscle unloading. Measurements included muscle mass, strength, power, total work, electromyography, and neuromuscular transmission efficiency using superimposed electrical stimulation of maximally contracting muscles...
January 17, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098836/association-of-school-environment-and-after-school-physical-activity-with-health-related-physical-fitness-among-junior-high-school-students-in-taiwan
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Kai-Yang Lo, Min-Chen Wu, Shu-Chin Tung, City C Hsieh, Hsueh-Hua Yao, Chien-Chang Ho
The relationship between students' school environment and exercise habits is complex, and is affected by numerous factors. However, the few studies that have been conducted on this relationship have reported inconsistent results, especially regarding Taiwanese students. We conducted this cross-sectional study to investigate the association of school environment and after-school physical activity with health-related physical fitness in Taiwanese adolescents. Data were drawn from a national survey conducted by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan in 2008 of health-related physical fitness measurements among junior high school students (649,442 total) in grades seven to nine...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095964/f-wave-duration-parameters-as-a-specific-and-sensitive-tool-for-diagnosis-of-restless-legs-syndrome
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Patrizia Congiu, Maria Livia Fantini, Giulia Milioli, Paolo Tacconi, Michela Figorilli, Gioia Gioi, Bruno Pereira, Francesco Marrosu, Liborio Parrino, Monica Puligheddu
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Restless legs syndrome, also known as Willis-Ekbom disease (RLS/WED), is a frequent condition, though its pathophysiology is not completely understood. The diagnosis of RLS/WED relies on clinical criteria, and the only instrumental tool, the suggested immobilization test, may lead to equivocal results. Recently, neurophysiological parameters related to F-wave duration have been proposed as a diagnostic aid. The aim of this study is to assess and compare the diagnostic values of these parameters in diagnosis of RLS/WED...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090144/maximal-power-training-induced-different-improvement-in-throwing-velocity-and-muscle-strength-according-to-playing-positions-in-elite-male-handball-players
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M Cherif, H Chtourou, N Souissi, A Aouidet, K Chamari
This study was designed to assess the effect of strength and power training on throwing velocity and muscle strength in handball players according to their playing positions. Twenty-two male handball players were assigned to either an experimental group (n=11) or a control group (n=11) (age: 22.1 ± 3.0 years). They were asked to complete (i) the ball throwing velocity test and (ii) the one-repetition maximum (1-RM) tests for the half-back squat, the pull-over, the bench press, the developed neck, and the print exercises before and after 12 weeks of maximal power training...
December 2016: Biology of Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090140/influence-of-warm-up-duration-and-recovery-interval-prior-to-exercise-on-anaerobic-performance
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M Frikha, N Chaâri, N Mezghanni, N Souissi
The purpose of the study was to determine the impact of different active warm-up (AWU) durations and the rest interval separating it from exercise on anaerobic performance. Eleven male physical education students (22.6 ± 2.52 years; 179.2 ± 4.3 cm; 82.5 ± 9.7 kg; mean ± SD) participated in a cross-over randomized study, and they all underwent the Wingate test after three AWU durations: 5 min (AWU5), 15 min (AWU15) and 20 min (AWU20), with recovery (WREC) or without a recovery interval (NREC) separating the AWU and anaerobic exercise performance...
December 2016: Biology of Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087756/fine-mapping-of-genes-determining-extrafusal-fiber-properties-in-murine-soleus-muscle
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Andrew Carroll, Riyan Cheng, Elaina Collie-Duguid, Caroline Meharg, Michael E Scholz, Steven N Fiering, Jennifer L Fields, Abraham A Palmer, Arimantas Lionikas
INTRODUCTION: Muscle fiber cross-sectional area (CSA) and proportion of different fiber types are important determinants of muscle function and overall metabolism. Genetic variation plays a substantial role in phenotypic variation of these traits, however, the underlying genes remain poorly understood. AIMS: This study aimed to map quantitative trait loci (QTL) affecting differences in soleus muscle fiber traits between the LG/J and SM/J mouse strains. METHODS: Fiber number, CSA, and proportion of oxidative type I fibers were assessed in the soleus of 334 genotyped male and female mice of the F34 generation of advanced intercross lines (AIL) derived from the LG/J and SM/J strains...
January 13, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086894/c60-fullerene-as-promising-therapeutic-agent-for-correcting-and-preventing-skeletal-muscle-fatigue
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Yurij I Prylutskyy, Inna V Vereshchaka, Andriy V Maznychenko, Nataliya V Bulgakova, Olga O Gonchar, Olena A Kyzyma, Uwe Ritter, Peter Scharff, Tomasz Tomiak, Dmytro M Nozdrenko, Iryna V Mishchenko, Alexander I Kostyukov
BACKGROUND: Bioactive soluble carbon nanostructures, such as the C60 fullerene can bond with up to six electrons, thus serving by a powerful scavenger of reactive oxygen species similarly to many natural antioxidants, widely used to decrease the muscle fatigue effects. The aim of the study is to define action of the pristine C60 fullerene aqueous colloid solution (C60FAS), on the post-fatigue recovering of m. triceps surae in anaesthetized rats. RESULTS: During fatigue development, we observed decrease in the muscle effort level before C60FAS administration...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080323/oral-adenosine-5-triphosphate-atp-administration-increases-postexercise-atp-levels-muscle-excitability-and-athletic-performance-following-a-repeated-sprint-bout
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Martin Purpura, John A Rathmacher, Matthew H Sharp, Ryan P Lowery, Kevin A Shields, Jeremy M Partl, Jacob M Wilson, Ralf Jäger
OBJECTIVE: Oral adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) administration has failed to increase plasma ATP levels; however, chronic supplementation with ATP has shown to increase power, strength, lean body mass, and blood flow in trained athletes. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of ATP supplementation on postexercise ATP levels and on muscle activation and excitability and power following a repeated sprint bout. METHODS: In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized design, 42 healthy male individuals were given either 400 mg of ATP as disodium salt or placebo for 2 weeks prior to an exercise bout...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077887/examination-of-the-predictive-power-of-electromyography-and-urodynamic-study-in-patients-with-cauda-equina-syndrome-horse-tail-syndrome
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Mohammadreza Shahmohammadi, Reza Jalil Khoshuod, Alireza Zali, Amir Saied Seddeghi, Nima Mohseni Kabir
BACKGROUND: Cauda equina syndrome is a rare disorder that causes loss of Lumbar plexus function (nerve roots) lower than conus medullaris. No risk factor has been defined for this disease yet. Due to the high morbidity of Cauda equina syndrome and lack of sufficient information about the connection between the disease and urodynamic findings and EMG (Electromyography) findings, the need for this comprehensive study is felt. OBJECTIVE: The aim is to determine the predictive power of findings resulted from urodynamics and electromyography of perineal region and around sphincter in the clinical cure rate of urination in patients with urinary retention followed by Cauda equina syndrome...
October 2016: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074672/a-power-assisted-exercise-intervention-in-people-with-profound-intellectual-and-multiple-disabilities-living-in-a-residential-facility-a-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial
#17
Leontien Wm Bossink, Annette Aj van der Putten, Aly Waninge, Carla Vlaskamp
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of conducting a randomised controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of a twenty-week power-assisted exercise intervention in people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities and to evaluate the potential beneficial effects of this intervention. DESIGN: Pilot randomised controlled trial. SETTING: A large-scale twenty-four-hour residential facility in the Netherlands. SUBJECTS: Thirty-seven persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities...
January 1, 2017: Clinical Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072766/the-impact-of-body-composition-parameters-on-ipilimumab-toxicity-and-survival-in-patients-with-metastatic-melanoma
#18
Louise E Daly, Derek G Power, Áine O'Reilly, Paul Donnellan, Samantha J Cushen, Kathleen O'Sullivan, Maria Twomey, David P Woodlock, Henry P Redmond, Aoife M Ryan
BACKGROUND: Body composition is an important predictor of drug toxicity and outcome. Ipilimumab (Ipi), a monoclonal antibody used to treat metastatic melanoma, has specific toxicities. No validated biomarkers that predict Ipi toxicity and efficacy exist. Also, the impact of Ipi on body composition has not been established. METHODS: Patients with metastatic melanoma treated with Ipi between 2009 and 2015 were included. Body composition was assessed by computed tomography at baseline and after four cycles of Ipi...
January 10, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068727/comparison-of-muscle-recovery-following-bi-cruciate-substituting-versus-posterior-stabilized-total-knee-arthroplasty-in-the-asian-population
#19
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/28068656/mechanisms-of-improved-exercise-performance-under-hyperoxia
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Silvia Ulrich, Elisabeth D Hasler, Séverine Müller-Mottet, Stephan Keusch, Michael Furian, Tsogyal D Latshang, Simon Schneider, Stéphanie Saxer, Konrad E Bloch
BACKGROUND: The impact of hyperoxia on exercise limitation is still incompletely understood. OBJECTIVES: We investigated to which extent breathing hyperoxia enhances the exercise performance of healthy subjects and which physiologic mechanisms are involved. METHODS: A total of 32 healthy volunteers (43 ± 15 years, 12 women) performed 4 bicycle exercise tests to exhaustion with ramp and constant-load protocols (at 75% of the maximal workload [Wmax] on FiO2 0...
January 10, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
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