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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730695/concurrent-electrical-cervicomedullary-stimulation-and-cervical-transcutaneous-spinal-direct-current-stimulation-results-in-a-stimulus-interaction
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Siobhan C Dongés, Siwei Bai, Janet L Taylor
Transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) can modulate neuronal excitability within the human spinal cord; however few studies have used tsDCS at a cervical level. This study aimed to further characterise cervical tsDCS by observing its acute effects on motor responses to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and cervicomedullary stimulation. In both Study 1 and 2, participants (Study 1: n = 8, 4F; Study 2: n = 8, 3F) received two periods of 10 min, 3 mA cervical tsDCS on the same day through electrodes placed in an anterior-posterior configuration over the neck; one period with the cathode posterior (c-tsDCS) and the other with the anode posterior (a-tsDCS)...
July 20, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728441/ability-of-pulmonary-function-decline-to-predict-death-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-patients
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Irina Enache, Cristina Pistea, Marie Fleury, Mickael Schaeffer, Monique Oswald-Mammosser, Andoni Echaniz-Laguna, Christine Tranchant, Nicolas Meyer, Anne Charloux
OBJECTIVES: Objectives were to evaluate the relative risk of death associated with lung function decline in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and to examine the ability of ALS patients to perform volitional pulmonary function tests (PFTs). METHODS: The PFTs of 256 consecutive patients referred to the Strasbourg University Hospital ALS Centre over an eight-year period were reviewed. Slow vital capacity (VC), maximal inspiratory and expiratory pressures (MIP, MEP), sniff nasal inspiratory pressure (SNIP), and peak cough flow (PCF) were performed at diagnosis and then every four months...
July 20, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723977/effect-of-inter-train-interval-on-the-induction-of-repetition-suppression-of-motor-evoked-potentials-using-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation
#3
Minna Pitkänen, Elisa Kallioniemi, Petro Julkunen
Repetition suppression (RS) is evident as a weakened response to repeated stimuli after the initial response. RS has been demonstrated in motor-evoked potentials (MEPs) induced with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Here, we investigated the effect of inter-train interval (ITI) on the induction of RS of MEPs with the attempt to optimize the investigative protocols. Trains of TMS pulses, targeted to the primary motor cortex by neuronavigation, were applied at a stimulation intensity of 120% of the resting motor threshold...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723759/determining-the-relationship-of-kinesiophobia-with-respiratory-functions-and-functional-capacity-in-ankylosing-spondylitis
#4
Göktuğ Er, Ender AngIn
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a common inflammatory rheumatic disease that affects the axial skeleton, causes inflammatory lower back pain, and structural and functional disorders, which affect quality of life negatively.The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of kinesiophobia in AS on pulmonary function tests (PFTs) and functional performance.Thirty-one individuals with AS (n = 19 male, n = 12 female) who were suitable on the basis of the Modified New York (MNY) criteria were included in the study...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720525/motor-resonance-during-action-observation-is-gaze-contingent-a-tms-study
#5
Giorgia D'Innocenzo, Claudia C Gonzalez, Alexander V Nowicky, A Mark Williams, Daniel T Bishop
When we observe others performing an action, visual input to our mirror neuron system is reflected in the facilitation of primary motor cortex (M1), a phenomenon known as 'motor resonance'. However, it is unclear whether this motor resonance is contingent upon our point-of-gaze. In order to address this issue, we collected gaze data from participants as they viewed an intransitive action - thumb abduction/adduction - under four conditions: with natural gaze behaviour (free viewing) and with their gaze fixated on each of three predetermined loci at various distances from the prime mover...
July 15, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720222/molecular-insight-into-protein-binding-orientations-and-interaction-modes-on-hydrophobic-charge-induction-resin
#6
Hong-Fei Tong, Carlo Cavallotti, Shan-Jing Yao, Dong-Qiang Lin
Hydrophobic charge-induction chromatography (HCIC) with 4-mercaptoethyl-pyridine (MEP) as the functional ligand has been developed as a new technology for antibody purification. In the present work, molecular simulation methods were developed to investigate the interactions between the Fc fragment of IgG and a MEP ligand net. The MM/PBSA method was used to evaluate the binding energy for the MEP ligand net at different densities. It was found that ligand density had significant influence on the binding of Fc...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719456/warning-criteria-for-intraoperative-neurophysiologic-monitoring
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Quanmeng Liu, Qinzhou Wang, Hongen Liu, William K K Wu, Matthew T V Chan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Intraoperative changes in somatosensory (SEP) and motor evoked potentials (MEPs) may indicate potential injury to the spinal cord and will require timely intervention to prevent permanent damage. This review focuses on the validity of currently recommended warning criteria for intraoperative evoked potential monitoring. RECENT FINDINGS: Current guideline recommends a decrease in SEP amplitude by 50% and MEP amplitude by 50-100% as warning signals for injury to the ascending sensory and descending motor pathway, respectively...
July 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717173/liquid-phase-sequence-capture-and-targeted-re-sequencing-revealed-novel-polymorphisms-in-tomato-genes-belonging-to-the-mep-carotenoid-pathway
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Irma Terracciano, Concita Cantarella, Carlo Fasano, Teodoro Cardi, Giuseppe Mennella, Nunzio D'Agostino
Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) plants are characterized by having a variety of fruit colours that reflect the composition and accumulation of diverse carotenoids in the berries. Carotenoids are extensively studied for their health-promoting effects and this explains the great attention these pigments received by breeders and researchers worldwide. In this work we applied Agilent's SureSelect liquid-phase sequence capture and Illumina targeted re-sequencing of 34 tomato genes belonging to the methylerythritol phosphate (MEP) carotenoid pathway on a panel of 48 genotypes which differ for carotenoid content calculated as the sum of β-carotene, cis- and trans-lycopene...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715712/propriospinal-cutaneous-induced-emg-suppression-is-unaltered-by-anodal-tdcs-of-healthy-motor-cortex
#9
Alana B McCambridge, James W Stinear, Sarah Peek, Winston D Byblow
OBJECTIVE: Cervical propriospinal premotoneurons (PN) relay descending motor commands and integrate peripheral afferent feedback. Effects of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (a-tDCS) on propriospinal excitability in the upper limbs are unknown. METHODS: Healthy right-handed adults received a-tDCS or sham tDCS over primary motor cortex (M1) at 1mA (Experiment 1, n=18) or 2mA current intensity (Experiment 2, n=15). Propriospinal excitability was assessed by suppression of background electromyography (EMG) in extensor carpi radialis (ECR) from electrical stimulation of the superficial radial nerve during bilateral (Experiment 1 and 2) or unilateral (Experiment 2 only) activation of the left and/or right ECR...
June 28, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715240/the-effect-of-inspiratory-muscle-training-on-respiratory-variables-in-a-patient-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-a-case-report
#10
Marlon L Wong, Rachael G Anderson, Kelsey Garcia, Elissa M Housmann, Erin McHale, Gregory S Goldberger, Lawrence P Cahalin
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) presents with both musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory pathophysiological manifestations. Inspiratory muscle training (IMT) may be a useful intervention to address deficits in respiratory and functional status. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 25-year-old male with AS initially sought treatment for low back and right hip pain, but 7 weeks of IMT was also provided due to abnormal respiratory performance. OUTCOMES: At baseline, the patient presented with a resting respiratory rate (RR) of 14...
July 17, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711850/urinary-phthalate-metabolites-over-the-first-15months-of-life-and-risk-assessment-check-cohort-study
#11
Sunmi Kim, Jangwoo Lee, Jeongim Park, Hai-Joong Kim, Geum Joon Cho, Gun-Ha Kim, So-Hee Eun, Jeong Jae Lee, Gyuyeon Choi, Eunsook Suh, Sooran Choi, Sungjoo Kim, Sung Koo Kim, Young Don Kim, Su Young Kim, Seunghyo Kim, Soyong Eom, Hyo-Bang Moon, Sungkyoon Kim, Kyungho Choi
Phthalates are important group of endocrine disruptors. Infants and young children are susceptible to phthalate exposure. However, information on the phthalate exposure during the early stages of life is very limited. This study was conducted to understand the temporal trend of exposure to major phthalates among infants of Korea during the first 15months after birth, and to estimate associated risks. A total of 286 urine samples were collected from 171 children at 3, 9, 12, or 15months of age, with 77 children sampled for two or more times...
July 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711600/double-plating-as-treatment-for-supracondylar-humeral-fractures
#12
J Salvador, P Castillón, I Fuentes, M Bernaus, F Anglès
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Supracondylar humeral fractures represent only about 0.5-1% of all fractures in adults. The objective of this study is to evaluate functional outcome and quality of life in patients treated with open reduction and internal fixation using double plates. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We designed a retrospective descriptive study including 27 supracondylar humeral fractures treated with open reduction and internal fixation using two anatomic plates from January 2005 to September 2012...
July 12, 2017: Revista Española de Cirugía Ortopédica y Traumatología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711376/motor-evoked-potentials-in-patients-with-chronic-whiplash-associated-disorder-grade-ii
#13
Jacques De Reuck
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: It is common belief that psychological problems influence the persistence of complains in patients with so-called mild whiplash-associated disorders (WADs). The usefulness of motor evoked potentials (MEPs) is investigated in patients with grade II WAD and remaining complains for more than 6 months. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twenty consecutive patients, aged between 24 and 58 years, with persistent neck pain for months after a car accident were included...
July 8, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710969/determination-of-urinary-trans-trans-muconic-acid-using-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-in-microextraction-by-packed-sorbent-followed-by-liquid-chromatography-with-ultraviolet-detection
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Esmaeel Soleimani, Abdulrahman Bahrami, Abbas Afkhami, Farshid Ghorbani Shahna
trans,trans-Muconic acid (tt-MA) has been introduced as biological exposure index for workers exposed to benzene. In the present study, for the first time, a novel and easy-to-use analytical method based on molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) in microextraction by packed sorbent (MEPS), followed by high-performance liquid chromatography with ultra-violet detection (MIMEPS-HPLC-UV) was developed to determine tt-MA in urine samples. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used for MIP characterization. The imprinting effect on the MIP was also evaluated...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710663/a-multi-train-electrical-stimulation-protocol-facilitates-transcranial-electrical-motor-evoked-potentials-and-increases-induction-rate-and-reproducibility-even-in-patients-with-preoperative-neurological-deficits
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Shuta Ushio, Shigenori Kawabata, Satoshi Sumiya, Tsuyoshi Kato, Toshitaka Yoshii, Tsuyoshi Yamada, Mitsuhiro Enomoto, Atsushi Okawa
This study sought to evaluate the facilitation effect of repetitive multi-train transcranial electrical stimulation (mt-TES) at 2 repetition rates on transcranial electrical motor evoked potential (Tc-MEP) monitoring during spinal surgery, and to assess the induction rate in patients with impaired motor function from a compromised spinal cord or spinal nerve. We studied 32 consecutive patients with impaired motor function undergoing cervical or thoracic spinal surgery (470 muscles). A series of 10 TESs with 5 pulse trains were preoperatively delivered at 2 repetition rates (1 and 5 Hz)...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709092/exposure-to-benzophenones-parabens-and-triclosan-among-pregnant-women-in-different-trimesters
#16
Hongzhi Zhao, Wenqian Huo, Jiufeng Li, Xinli Ma, Wei Xia, Zhengji Pang, Mingyi Xie, Shunqing Xu, Zongwei Cai
Humans are potentially exposed to many environmental pollutants, many of which may cause adverse health effects, especially to pregnant women and their fetuses. In this study, 11 environmental pollutants from three different chemical classes, including benzophenones, parabens and triclosan were measured in 627 urine samples collected from 209 pregnant women to evaluate exposure and trends as a function of pregnancy stage. Methylparaben (MeP), ethylparaben, propylparaben (PrP), butylparaben, 2,4-dihydroxybenzophenone (BP-1), 2-hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone (BP-3) and 4-hydroxybenzophenone were detected in >50% samples...
July 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703352/atpds-over-expression-in-tomato-exposing-unique-patterns-of-carotenoid-self-regulation-and-an-alternative-strategy-for-the-enhancement-of-fruit-carotenoid-content
#17
Ryan P McQuinn, Breanna Wong, James J Giovannoni
The regulation of plant carotenogenesis is an active research area for both biological discovery and practical implementation. In tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) we demonstrate additional bottlenecks exist in the poly-cis-transformation of phytoene to lycopene in the context of ripening-induced PSY1 expression and activity, and reveal phytoene desaturase (PDS), as a target for manipulation toward elevated lycopene content in maturing tomato fruit. Over-expression of Arabidopsis PDS, AtPDS, elevated PDS transcript abundance in all aerial tissues resulting in both altered carotenoid accumulation and associated pathway gene expression in a tissue-specific manner...
July 13, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702865/public-health-insurance-and-health-care-utilization-for-children-in-immigrant-families
#18
Christine Percheski, Sharon Bzostek
Objectives To estimate the impacts of public health insurance coverage on health care utilization and unmet health care needs for children in immigrant families. Methods We use survey data from National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) (2001-2005) linked to data from Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (MEPS) (2003-2007) for children with siblings in families headed by at least one immigrant parent. We use logit models with family fixed effects. Results Compared to their siblings with public insurance, uninsured children in immigrant families have higher odds of having no usual source of care, having no health care visits in a 2 year period, having high Emergency Department reliance, and having unmet health care needs...
July 12, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701544/modulation-of-corticospinal-input-to-the-legs-by-arm-and-leg-cycling-in-people-with-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury
#19
Rui Zhou, Laura Alvarado, Seoyoung Kim, Su Ling Chong, Vivian K Mushahwar
The spinal cervico-lumbar interaction during rhythmic movements in humans has recently been studied; however, the role of arm movements in modulating the corticospinal drive to the legs is not well understood. The goals of this study were to investigate the effect of active rhythmic arm movements on the corticospinal drive to the legs (study 1); and assess the effect of simultaneous arm and leg training on the corticospinal pathway after incomplete spinal cord injury (iSCI) (study 2). In study 1, neurologically intact (NI) participants or participants with iSCI performed combinations of stationary and rhythmic cycling of the arms and legs, while motor evoked potentials (MEPs) were recorded from the vastus lateralis (VL) muscle...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697389/interaction-patterns-and-toxicities-of-binary-and-ternary-pesticide-mixtures-to-daphnia-magna-estimated-by-an-accelerated-failure-time-model
#20
Xuchun Qiu, Wataru Tanoue, Atsushi Kawaguchi, Takashi Yanagawa, Masanori Seki, Yohei Shimasaki, Tsuneo Honjo, Yuji Oshima
Organisms in natural environments are often exposed to a broad variety of chemicals, and the multi-chemical mixtures exposure may produce significant toxic effects, even though the individual chemicals are present at concentrations below their no-observed-effect concentrations. This study represents the first attempt that uses the accelerated failure time (AFT) model to quantify the interaction and toxicity of multi-chemical mixtures in environmental toxicology. We firstly conducted the acute immobilization tests with Daphnia magna exposed to mixtures of diazinon (DZN), fenitrothion (MEP); and thiobencarb (TB) in single, binary, and ternary formulations, and then fitted the results to the AFT model...
July 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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