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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325024/balance-quality-assessment-as-an-early-indicator-of-physical-frailty-in-older-people
#1
Aly Chkeir, Doha Safieddine, D Bera, M Collart, J L Novella, M Drame, David J Hewson, Jacques Duchene
Frailty is an increasingly common geriatric condition that results in an increased risk of adverse health outcomes such as falls. The most widely-used means of detecting frailty is the Fried phenotype, which includes several objective measures such as grip strength and gait velocity. One method of screening for falls is to measure balance, which can be done by a range of techniques including the assessment of the Centre of Pressure (CoP) during a balance assessment. The Balance Quality Tester (BQT) is a device based on a commercial bathroom scale that can evaluate balance quality...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325010/step-length-and-width-variability-while-walking-on-a-motion-simulator-mounted-treadmill
#2
Timothy Boerger, Jacob Van Dehy, Tanya Onushko, Brian Schmit, Allison Hyngstrom
While devices which allow scientists to perturb normal walking are becoming increasingly common, postural adaptations to these perturbations have not been fully quantified. One way to quantify postural responses to perturbations are through the assessment of variability of step length and width. In the present study we determined variability of both step length and width while subjects walked under perturbations of varying amplitude in roll, pitch, yaw, anteroposterior, lateral, and combined roll, pitch, yaw directions...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324982/multi-task-transfer-learning-for-in-hospital-death-prediction-of-icu-patients
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Chandan Karmakar, Budhaditya Saha, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Svetha Venkatesh
Multi-Task Transfer Learning (MTTL) is an efficient approach for learning from inter-related tasks with small sample size and imbalanced class distribution. Since the intensive care unit (ICU) data set (publicly available in Physionet) has subjects from four different ICU types, we hypothesize that there is an underlying relatedness amongst various ICU types. Therefore, this study aims to explore MTTL model for in-hospital mortality prediction of ICU patients. We used single-task learning (STL) approach on the augmented data as well as individual ICU data and compared the performance with the proposed MTTL model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324975/quantification-of-peripheral-and-central-blood-pressure-variability-using-a-time-frequency-method
#4
Z Kouchaki, M Butlin, A Qasem, A P Avolio
Systolic blood pressure variability (BPV) is associated with cardiovascular events. As the beat-to-beat variation of blood pressure is due to interaction of several cardiovascular control systems operating with different response times, assessment of BPV by spectral analysis using the continuous measurement of arterial pressure in the finger is used to differentiate the contribution of these systems in regulating blood pressure. However, as baroreceptors are centrally located, this study considered applying a continuous aortic pressure signal estimated noninvasively from finger pressure for assessment of systolic BPV by a time-frequency method using Short Time Fourier Transform (STFT)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324913/tests-for-informative-cluster-size-using-a-novel-balanced-bootstrap-scheme
#5
Jaakko Nevalainen, Hannu Oja, Somnath Datta
Clustered data are often encountered in biomedical studies, and to date, a number of approaches have been proposed to analyze such data. However, the phenomenon of informative cluster size (ICS) is a challenging problem, and its presence has an impact on the choice of a correct analysis methodology. For example, Dutta and Datta (2015, Biometrics) presented a number of marginal distributions that could be tested. Depending on the nature and degree of informativeness of the cluster size, these marginal distributions may differ, as do the choices of the appropriate test...
March 21, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324780/the-longitudinal-relationship-between-control-over-working-hours-and-depressive-symptoms-results-from-slosh-a-population-based-cohort-study
#6
Sophie C Albrecht, Göran Kecklund, Kristiina Rajaleid, Constanze Leineweber
BACKGROUND: Psychosocial work factors can affect depressive moods, but research is inconclusive if flexibility to self-determine working hours (work-time control, WTC) is associated with depressive symptoms over time. We investigated if either sub-dimension of WTC, control over daily hours and control over time off, was related to depressive symptoms over time and examined causal, reversed-causal, and reciprocal pathways. METHODS: The study was based on four waves of the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health which is a follow-up of representative samples of the Swedish working population...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324754/effects-of-sit-to-stand-training-combined-with-transcutaneous-electrical-stimulation-on-spasticity-muscle-strength-and-balance-ability-in-patients-with-stroke-a-randomized-controlled-study
#7
Kyoung-Sim Jung, Tae-Sung In, Hwi-Young Cho
Sit-to-stand is a fundamental movement of human being for performing mobility and independent activity. However, Stroke people symptoms experience difficulty in conducting the sit-to-stand due to paralysis and especially ankle spasticity. Recently, transcutaneouselectrical- stimulation (TENS) is used to reduce pain but also to manage spasticity. The purpose of this study was to determine (1) whether TENS would lead to ankle spasticity reduction and (2) whether sit-to-stand training combined with TENS would improve spasticity, muscle strength and balance ability in stroke patients...
March 10, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324753/error-augmentation-feedback-for-lateral-weight-shifting
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Kevin O'Brien, Charles R Crowell, James Schmiedeler
This study examines the effect of error augmentation of center of pressure (CoP) visual feedback on the performance of a lateral weight shifting task. Error augmentation emphasizes deviations from a standard CoP trajectory generated from existing data of over 2000 weight shifts collected with young, healthy subjects. Thirty-six subjects completed nine lateral weight shifting sessions, of which four were training sessions between each of the five testing sessions. Half of the subjects received error augmentation feedback during the training sessions, while the other half received the unaltered, control feedback...
March 6, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324741/adult-neuroplasticity-working-one-eye-gives-an-advantage-to-the-other
#9
Robert P O'Shea
A recent study has found that viewing one image with one eye and a lower-contrast image with the other eye as briefly as a few minutes alters the subsequent balance of activity between the two eyes revealing adult neuroplasticity.
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324253/the-relationship-between-mineral-contents-particle-matter-and-bottom-ash-distribution-during-pellet-combustion-molar-balance-and-chemometric-analysis
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Mejdi Jeguirim, Nesrine Kraiem, Marzouk Lajili, Chamseddine Guizani, Antonis Zorpas, Yann Leva, Laure Michelin, Ludovic Josien, Lionel Limousy
This paper aims to identify the correlation between the mineral contents in agropellets and particle matter and bottom ash characteristics during combustion in domestic boilers. Four agrifood residues with higher mineral contents, namely grape marc (GM), tomato waste (TW), exhausted olive mill solid waste (EOMSW) and olive mill wastewater (OMWW), were selected. Then, seven different pellets were produced from pure residues or their mixture and blending with sawdust. The physico-chemical properties of the produced pellets were analysed using different analytical techniques, and a particular attention was paid to their mineral contents...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324240/neurocognitive-profiles-in-msud-school-age-patients
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Juliette Bouchereau, Julie Leduc-Leballeur, Samia Pichard, Apolline Imbard, Jean-François Benoist, Marie-Thérèse Abi Warde, Jean-Baptiste Arnoux, Valérie Barbier, Anaïs Brassier, Pierre Broué, Aline Cano, Brigitte Chabrol, Gilles Damon, Claire Gay, Isabelle Guillain, Florence Habarou, Delphine Lamireau, Chris Ottolenghi, Laetitia Paermentier, Frédérique Sabourdy, Guy Touati, Hélène Ogier de Baulny, Pascale de Lonlay, Manuel Schiff
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), an inborn error of amino acids catabolism is characterized by accumulation of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) leucine, isoleucine, valine and their corresponding alpha-ketoacids. Impact on the cognitive development has been reported historically, with developmental delays of varying degree. Currently, earlier diagnosis and improved management allow a better neurodevelopment, without requirement of special education. However, specific impairments can be observed, and so far, results of detailed neurocognitive assessments are not available...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324239/mtdna-maintenance-defects-syndromes-and-genes
#12
Carlo Viscomi, Massimo Zeviani
A large group of mitochondrial disorders, ranging from early-onset pediatric encephalopathic syndromes to late-onset myopathy with chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia (CPEOs), are inherited as Mendelian disorders characterized by disturbed mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) maintenance. These errors of nuclear-mitochondrial intergenomic signaling may lead to mtDNA depletion, accumulation of mtDNA multiple deletions, or both, in critical tissues. The genes involved encode proteins belonging to at least three pathways: mtDNA replication and maintenance, nucleotide supply and balance, and mitochondrial dynamics and quality control...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324123/long-term-bone-scintigraphy-results-after-intravenous-zoledronate-in-paget-s-disease-of-bone
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Ian R Reid, Katherine Maslowski
Zoledronate produces long-term normalization of biochemical markers in Paget's disease but whether this implies the absence of active disease is unknown. We have determined whether bone scintigraphy, a more sensitive index of disease activity, is also normalized ≥5 years after treatment with zoledronate. A consecutive case series of 11 individuals with Paget's disease treated with zoledronate 5 mg ≥5 years previously is reported. Eight patients received a single zoledronate infusion and were assessed 55-120 months later...
March 21, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324120/-biological-mechanisms-of-radiation-effects
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S Gruber, W Dörr
BACKGROUND: Exposure to ionizing radiation for diagnostic purposes is inevitable in modern medicine. The therapeutic application of irradiation is highly effective against cancer; however, this implies exposure of normal tissue structures to significant doses of radiation. Diagnostic or therapeutic exposure to ionizing radiation can result in tissue changes and tumor induction in the long term. Knowledge of the biological mechanisms underlying these effects is essential for individualization of the application...
March 21, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324105/thyroid-hormone-dependent-epigenetic-regulation-of-melanocortin-4-receptor-levels-in-female-offspring-of-obese-rats
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T Tabachnik, T Kisliouk, A Marco, N Meiri, A Weller
Maternal obesity is a risk factor for offspring obesity. Melanocortin 4 receptor (Mc4r) is one of the mediators of food intake and energy balance. This study examines epigenetic mechanisms underlying altered Mc4r levels in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus in offspring of high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obese dams, and aims to elucidate the role of thyroid hormones in epigenetic regulation and tagging of their nucleosome at the Mc4r promoter. Female Wistar rats were fed HFD or chow from weaning through gestation and lactation...
January 9, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324012/deletion-of-the-thyroid-hormone-activating-type-2-deiodinase-rescues-cone-photoreceptor-degeneration-but-not-deafness-in-mice-lacking-type-3-deiodinase
#16
Lily Ng, Hong Liu, Donald L St Germain, Arturo Hernandez, Douglas Forrest
Type 2 deiodinase amplifies and type 3 deiodinase depletes levels of the active form of thyroid hormone, triiodothyronine (T3). Given the opposing activities of these enzymes, we tested the hypothesis that they counteract each other's developmental functions by investigating whether deletion of type 2 deiodinase (encoded by Dio2) modifies sensory phenotypes in type 3 deiodinase-deficient (Dio3-/-) mice. Dio3-/- mice display degeneration of retinal cones, the photoreceptors that mediate daylight and color vision...
March 7, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323987/fibroblast-growth-factor-23-mineral-metabolism-and-adiposity-in-normal-kidney-function
#17
Sarah Zaheer, Ian H de Boer, Matthew Allison, Jenifer M Brown, Bruce M Psaty, Cassianne Robinson-Cohen, Erin D Michos, Joachim H Ix, Bryan Kestenbaum, David Siscovick, Anand Vaidya
Context: Obesity is associated with poor bone mineralization and quality. Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) plays an important role in calcium, phosphate, and skeletal physiology. Objective: To test the hypothesis that greater adiposity results in higher FGF23 levels among individuals with normal estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). Design, Setting, Participants: Cross-sectional analyses among participants of the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis with eGFR ≥60 mL/min/1...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323971/n-acetylcysteine-prevents-low-t3-syndrome-and-attenuates-cardiac-dysfunction-in-a-male-rat-model-of-myocardial-infarction
#18
Tatiana Ederich Lehnen, Marcus Vinicius Santos, Adrio Lima, Ana Luiza Maia, Simone Magagnin Wajner
Nonthyroidal illness syndrome (NTIS) affects patients with myocardial infarction (MI). Oxidative stress has been implicated as a causative factor of NTIS, and reversed via N-acetylcysteine (NAC). Male Wistar rats submitted to left anterior coronary artery occlusion received NAC or placebo. Decreases in T3 levels were noted in MI-placebo at 10 and 28 days post-MI, but not in MI-NAC. Groups exhibited similar infarct areas whereas MI-NAC exhibited higher ejection fraction (EF) than MI-placebo. Left ventricular systolic (LVSd) and diastolic (LVDd) diameters were also preserved in MI-NAC, but not in MI-placebo...
February 17, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323938/loss-of-action-via-neurotensin-leptin-receptor-neurons-disrupts-leptin-and-ghrelin-mediated-control-of-energy-balance
#19
Juliette A Brown, Raluca Bugescu, Thomas Mayer, Adriana Gata-Garcia, Gizem Kurt, Hillary L Woodworth, Gina M Leinninger
The hormones ghrelin and leptin act via the lateral hypothalamic area (LHA) to modify energy balance but the underlying neural mechanisms remain unclear. We investigated how leptin and ghrelin engage LHA neurons to modify energy balance behaviors and whether there is any cross-talk between leptin and ghrelin-responsive circuits. We demonstrate that ghrelin activates LHA neurons expressing Hypocretin/Orexin (OX) to increase food intake. Leptin mediates anorectic actions via separate neurons expressing the long form of the leptin receptor (LepRb), many of which co-express the neuropeptide neurotensin (Nts); we refer to these as NtsLepRb neurons...
March 10, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323934/menopausal-hormone-therapy-and-type-2-diabetes-prevention-evidence-mechanisms-and-clinical-implications
#20
Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, JoAnn E Manson, John C Stevenson, Vivian A Fonseca
Type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the US. Large randomized controlled trials suggest that menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) delays the onset of type 2 diabetes in women. Still, the mechanisms and clinical implications of these associations are a matter of controversy. This review provides an up-to-date analysis and integration of epidemiological, clinical and basic studies, and proposes a mechanistic explanation for the effect of menopause and MHT on type 2 diabetes development and prevention...
March 8, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
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