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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331907/brace-technology-thematic-series-the-3d-rigo-ch%C3%A3%C2%AAneau-type-brace
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Manuel Rigo, Mina Jelačić
BACKGROUND: Chêneau and Matthias introduced in 1979 a brace concept inspired in casting. The brace was initially named "CTM" from Chêneau-Toulouse-Münster. The name "CTM" is still popular in France but "Chêneau-type brace" is its common name in the rest of the world. Principles to construct this brace were originally based on anatomical descriptions rather than biomechanics, and its standard is poor. METHODS: This paper follows the format of the "Brace technology thematic series...
2017: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329750/optoelectronic-plethysmography-in-clinical-practice-and-research-a-review
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Carlo Massaroni, Elena Carraro, Andrea Vianello, Sandra Miccinilli, Michelangelo Morrone, Irisz K Levai, Emiliano Schena, Paola Saccomandi, Silvia Sterzi, John W Dickinson, Samantha Winter, Sergio Silvestri
BACKGROUND: Optoelectronic plethysmography (OEP) is a non-invasive motion capture method to measure chest wall movements and estimate lung volumes. OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of the clinical findings and research applications of OEP in the assessment of breathing mechanics across populations of healthy and diseased individuals. METHODS: A bibliographic research was performed with the terms "opto-electronic plethysmography," "optoelectronic plethysmography," and "optoelectronic plethysmograph" in 50 digital library and bibliographic search databases resulting in the selection of 170 studies...
March 23, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329460/model-based-comparison-of-the-normal-and-fontan-circulatory-systems-part-iii
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Raymond L Watrous, Alvin J Chin
BACKGROUND: For patients with the Fontan circulatory arrangement, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition, guanylate cyclase activation, phosphodiesterase 5 inhibition, and endothelin receptor antagonism have so far resulted in little or no improvement in [Formula: see text] or peak cardiac index (CI), suggesting that our understanding of the factors that most impact the exercise hemodynamics is incomplete. METHODS: To facilitate comparisons with clinical reports of the exercise performance of preadolescent Fontan patients, we rescaled our previously reported computational models of a two-year-old normal child and similarly aged Fontan patient, extended our Fontan model to capture the nonlinear relationship between flow and resistance quantified from previous computational fluid dynamic analyses of the total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC), and added respiration as well as skeletal muscle contraction...
March 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329240/effect-of-breathing-oxygen-enriched-air-on-exercise-performance-in-patients-with-precapillary-pulmonary-hypertension-randomized-sham-controlled-cross-over-trial
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Silvia Ulrich, Elisabeth D Hasler, Stéphanie Saxer, Michael Furian, Séverine Müller-Mottet, Stephan Keusch, Konrad E Bloch
Aims: The purpose of the current trial was to test the hypothesis that breathing oxygen-enriched air increases exercise performance of patients with pulmonary arterial or chronic thrombo-embolic pulmonary hypertension (PAH/CTEPH) and to investigate involved mechanisms. Methods and results: Twenty-two patients with PAH/CTEPH, eight women, means ± SD 61 ± 14 years, resting mPAP 35 ± 9mmHg, PaO2 ambient air >7.3 kPa, underwent four bicycle ergospirometries to exhaustion on different days, while breathing oxygen-enriched (FiO2 0...
March 11, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323585/feasibility-of-hypoxic-challenge-testing-in-children-and-adolescents-with-congenital-heart-and-lung-disease
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Mandy E Spoorenberg, Erik H J Hulzebos, Tim Takken
BACKGROUND: This is a cross-sectional observational study to investigate the safety and feasibility of integrating changing body positions and physical activity in a hypoxic challenge test (HCT). The secondary objective was to compare oxygen saturation (Spo2) in two different locations (forehead and finger). METHODS: Included were 12 pediatric to young adult patients with congenital heart (N = 7) or lung disease (N = 5). An HCT was performed using breathing room air (21% oxygen) while sitting and breathing a normobaric hypoxic gas mixture (15% oxygen) through a facemask while seated, lying supine, standing, walking 3 km/h, and walking 5 km/h in a nonrandomized order...
December 1, 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323322/adaptations-following-an-intermittent-hypoxia-hyperoxia-training-in-coronary-artery-disease-patients-a-controlled-study
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Oleg Glazachev, Phylipp Kopylov, Davide Susta, Elena Dudnik, Elena Zagaynaya
BACKGROUND: Repeated exposure to intermittent normobaric hypoxia improves exercise tolerance in cardiac patients. Little is known on the effects of intermittent normobaric hypoxia-hyperoxia exposure in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients (New York Heart Association II-III). HYPOTHESIS: IHHT improves exercise tolerance, cardiometabolic profile, and quality of life in CAD patients. METHODS: The study design was a nonrandomized, controlled, before-and-after trial...
March 21, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320488/the-effect-of-rider-weight-and-additional-weight-in-icelandic-horses-in-t%C3%A3-lt-part-i-physiological-responses
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G J Stefánsdóttir, V Gunnarsson, L Roepstorff, S Ragnarsson, A Jansson
This study examined the effect of increasing BW ratio (BWR) between rider and horse, in the BWR range common for Icelandic horses (20% to 35%), on heart rate (HR), plasma lactate concentration (Lac), BWR at Lac 4 mmol/l (W4), breathing frequency (BF), rectal temperature (RT) and hematocrit (Hct) in Icelandic horses. In total, eight experienced school-horses were used in an incremental exercise test performed outdoors on an oval riding track and one rider rode all horses. The exercise test consisted of five phases (each 642 m) in tölt, a four-beat symmetrical gait, at a speed of 5...
March 21, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317214/characterization-of-blood-flow-through-intrapulmonary-arteriovenous-anastomoses-and-patent-foramen-ovale-at-rest-and-during-exercise-in-stroke-and-transient-ischemic-attack-patients
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Rinaldo Romac, Otto Barak, Duska Glavas, Zora Susilovic Grabovac, Petar Lozo, Igor Roje, Kresimir Caljkusic, Irena Drmic-Hofman, James T Davis, Zeljko Dujic, Andrew T Lovering
OBJECTIVES: We determined whether stroke and/or TIA subjects have exercise-induced blood flow through intrapulmonary arteriovenous anastomoses (QIPAVA ) and/or patent foramen ovale (QPFO ) and a genetic predisposition for ischemic stroke. METHODS: Twenty-eight stroke and/or TIA subjects (33-63 years old) underwent transthoracic saline contrast echocardiography concomitant with transcranial Doppler to detect QIPAVA and QPFO at rest and during supine exercise with and without breathing 100% O2 ...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315565/heart-rate-variability-in-normal-weight-patients-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Celal Kilit, Türkan Paşalı Kilit
OBJECTIVE: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disease closely related to several risk factors of cardiovascular disease. Obese women with PCOS show altered autonomic modulation. The results of studies investigating cardiac autonomic functions of normal-weight women with PCOS are conflicting. The aim of the study was to assess the reactivity of cardiac sympathovagal balance in normal-weight women with PCOS by heart rate variability analysis. METHODS: We examined the heart rate variability in 60 normal-weight women with PCOS and compared them with that in 60 age-matched healthy women having a similar metabolic profile...
March 9, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315149/can-myofunctional-therapy-increase-tongue-tone-and-reduce-symptoms-in-children-with-sleep-disordered-breathing
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Maria Pia Villa, Melania Evangelisti, Susy Martella, Mario Barreto, Marco Del Pozzo
PURPOSE: Data in the literature suggest that myofunctional therapy (MT) may be able to play a role in the treatment of children with sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). Our study investigated the effectiveness of MT in reducing respiratory symptoms in children with SDB by modifying tongue tone. METHODS: Polysomnographic recordings were performed at baseline to assess obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) severity in 54 children (mean age 7.1 ± 2.5 years, 29 male) with SDB...
March 18, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303944/relationships-between-strength-and-endurance-parameters-and-air-depletion-rates-in-professional-firefighters
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Stephanie Windisch, Wolfgang Seiberl, Ansgar Schwirtz, Daniel Hahn
The aim of this study was to quantify the physical demands of a simulated firefighting circuit and to establish the relationship between job performance and endurance and strength fitness measurements. On four separate days 41 professional firefighters (39 ± 9 yr, 179.6 ± 2.3 cm, 84.4 ± 9.2 kg, BMI 26.1 ± 2.8 kg/m(2)) performed treadmill testing, fitness testing (strength, balance and flexibility) and a simulated firefighting exercise. The firefighting exercise included ladder climbing (20 m), treadmill walking (200 m), pulling a wire rope hoist (15 times) and crawling an orientation section (50 m)...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291908/does-gated-beam-delivery-impact-delivery-accuracy-on-an-elekta-linac
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Mohammed Jermoumi, Roger Xie, Daliang Cao, David J Housley, David M Shepard
In this study, we evaluated the performance of an Elekta linac in the delivery of gated radiotherapy. Delivery accuracy was examined with an emphasis on the impact of using short gating windows (low monitor unit beam-on segments) or long beam hold times. The performance was assessed using a 20cm by 20cm open field with the radiation delivered using a range of beam-on and beam-off time periods. Gated delivery measurements were also performed for two SBRT plans delivered using volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)...
January 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288302/whole-body-active-warm-up-and-inspiratory-muscle-warm-up-do-not-improve-running-performance-when-carrying-thoracic-loads
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Mark A Faghy, Peter Ian Brown
Whole body active warm ups (AWU) and inspiratory muscle warm up (IMW) prior to exercise improves performance on some endurance exercise tasks. This study investigated the effects of AWU with and without IMW upon 2.4 km running time-trial performance while carrying a 25 kg backpack, a common task and backpack load in physically demanding occupations. Participants (n = 9) performed five 2.4 km running time-trials with a 25 kg thoracic load preceded in random order by 1) IMW comprising 2 x 30 inspiratory efforts against a pressure-threshold load of 40 % maximal inspiratory pressure (PImax), 2) 10 min unloaded running (AWU) at lactate turnpoint (10...
March 13, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287506/assessment-of-pulmonary-capillary-blood-volume-membrane-diffusing-capacity-and-intrapulmonary-arteriovenous-anastomoses-during-exercise
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Vincent Tedjasaputra, Sean van Diepen, Sophie É Collins, Wade M Michaelchuk, Michael K Stickland
Exercise is a stress to the pulmonary vasculature. With incremental exercise, the pulmonary diffusing capacity (DLCO) must increase to meet the increased oxygen demand; otherwise, a diffusion limitation may occur. The increase in DLCO with exercise is due to increased capillary blood volume (Vc) and membrane diffusing capacity (Dm). Vc and Dm increase secondary to the recruitment and distension of pulmonary capillaries, increasing the surface area for gas exchange and decreasing pulmonary vascular resistance, thereby attenuating the increase in pulmonary arterial pressure...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287428/an-experimental-study-of-the-effects-of-external-physiological-parameters-on-the-photoplethysmography-signals-in-the-context-of-local-blood-pressure-hydrostatic-pressure-changes
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Hongwei Yuan, Sven Poeggel, Thomas Newe, Elfed Lewis, Charusluk Viphavakit, Gabriel Leen
A comprehensive study of the effect of a wide range of controlled human subject motion on Photoplethysmographic signals is reported. The investigation includes testing of two separate groups of 5 and 18 subjects who were asked to undertake set exercises whilst simultaneously monitoring a wide range of physiological parameters including Breathing Rate, Heart Rate and Localised Blood Pressure using commercial clinical sensing systems. The unique finger mounted PPG probe equipped with miniature three axis accelerometers for undertaking this investigation was a purpose built in-house version which is designed to facilitate reproducible application to a wide range of human subjects and the study of motion...
March 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285240/sudarshan-kriya-yoga-improves-cardiac-autonomic-control-in-patients-with-anxiety-depression-disorders
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Edgar Toschi-Dias, Eleonora Tobaldini, Monica Solbiati, Giorgio Costantino, Roberto Sanlorenzo, Stefania Doria, Floriana Irtelli, Claudio Mencacci, Nicola Montano
BACKGROUND: Several studies have demonstrated that adjuvant therapies as exercise and breathing training are effective in improving cardiac autonomic control (CAC) in patients with affective spectrum disorders. However, the effects of Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY) on autonomic function in this population is unknown. Our objective was to test the hypothesis that SKY training improves CAC and cardiorespiratory coupling in patients with anxiety and/or depression disorders. METHODS: Forty-six patients with a diagnosis of anxiety and/or depression disorders (DSM-IV) were consecutively enrolled and divided in two groups: 1) conventional therapy (Control) and 2) conventional therapy associated with SKY (Treatment) for 15 days...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283796/white-sturgeon-acipenser-transmontanus-acid-base-regulation-differs-in-response-to-different-types-of-acidoses
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Ryan B Shartau, Dan W Baker, Colin J Brauner
White sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) completely protect intracellular tissue pH (pHi) despite large reductions in extracellular (blood) pH (pHe), termed preferential pHi regulation, in response to elevated environmental PCO2 (hypercarbia) and in general appear to be relatively resilient to stressors. Preferential pHi regulation is thought to be associated with hypercarbia tolerance in general, but has also recently been observed to protect pHi against metabolic acidoses induced by exhaustive exercise and anoxia in a tropical air breathing catfish...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278451/reference-free-adjustment-of-respiratory-inductance-plethysmography-for-measurements-during-physical-exercise
#18
Heike Leutheuser, Christian Heyde, Kai Roecker, Albert Gollhofer, Bjoern Eskofier
OBJECTIVE: Respiratory inductance plethysmography (RIP) provides an unobtrusive method for measuring breathing characteristics. Accurately adjusted RIP provides reliable measurements of ventilation during rest and exercise if data are acquired via two elastic measuring bands surrounding the rib cage (RC) and abdomen (AB). Disadvantageously, the most accurate reported adjusted model for RIP in literature-least squares regression-requires simultaneous RIP and flowmeter (FM) data acquisition...
March 3, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270188/pulmonary-alveolar-proteinosis-and-first-successful-whole-lung-lavage-in-sri-lanka-a-case-report
#19
Janith Galhenage, Buddhika Weerasinghe, Wadasinghe Dilesha, Roshana Constantine, Bandu Gunasena
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis is a rare disease characterized by accumulation of lipoproteinaceous material within alveoli. There are three clinically distinct forms: congenital, acquired and secondary. Whole lung lavage is currently the gold standard therapy for severe cases of pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. In Sri Lanka this is the first reported successful whole lung lavage for a patient with pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe the case of a 15-year-old Sri Lankan girl who presented with symptoms of progressive shortness of breath and dry cough for 6 months' duration...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268758/optical-measurement-of-breathing-algorithm-volume-calibration-and-preliminary-validation-on-healthy-trained-subjects
#20
C Massaroni, E Cassetta, I K Levai, S Winter, J W Dickinson, S Silvestri
The use of optical technologies may be beneficial when measuring breathing biomechanics. The purpose of this study was twofold: i) to enhance the optoelectronic plethysmography (OEP) algorithm performance for the volume estimation by the use of a novel volume calibration procedure and ii) to compare the OEP volumes gained by a commercial optoelectronic system against actual respiratory volumes measured by a breath-by-breath gas analyzer (BbB). The OEP volume algorithm calibration was performed by the use of a novel volume calibration procedure based on both a calibrator device that delivered known volumes changes and one ad-hoc designed software for the static and dynamic calibration analysis...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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