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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350540/construction-of-a-biomechanical-head-and-neck-motion-model-as-a-guide-to-evaluation-of-deformable-image-registration
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Hendrik Teske, Kathrin Bartelheimer, Jan Meis, Rolf Bendl, Eva Stoiber, Kristina Giske
The use of deformable image registration methods in the context of adaptive radiotherapy leads to uncertainties in the simulation of the administered dose distributions during the treatment course. Evaluation of these methods is a prerequisite to decide if a plan adaptation will improve the individual treatment. Current approaches using manual references limit the validity of evaluation, especially for low contrast regions. In particular for the head and neck region, the highly flexible anatomy and the low soft tissue contrast in control images pose a challenge to image registration and its evaluation...
March 28, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346894/the-romberg-ratio-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis
#2
Alon Kalron
Postural control relies on the integration of inputs from the visual, somatosensory and vestibular systems which are frequently impaired in people with Multiple Sclerosis (PwMS). In this situation, examining the Romberg ratio can be useful. This parameter can be interpreted as a gross indicator of a vestibular and proprioceptive contribution to postural control. Therefore, the primary objective of the current study was to examine whether the Romberg ratio differs between MS fallers, non-fallers and neurological disability levels...
March 14, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345674/skeletal-muscle-pump-drives-control-of-cardiovascular-and-postural-systems
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Ajay K Verma, Amanmeet Garg, Da Xu, Michelle Bruner, Reza Fazel-Rezai, Andrew P Blaber, Kouhyar Tavakolian
The causal interaction between cardio-postural-musculoskeletal systems is critical in maintaining postural stability under orthostatic challenge. The absence or reduction of such interactions could lead to fainting and falls often experienced by elderly individuals. The causal relationship between systolic blood pressure (SBP), calf electromyography (EMG), and resultant center of pressure (COPr) can quantify the behavior of cardio-postural control loop. Convergent cross mapping (CCM) is a non-linear approach to establish causality, thus, expected to decipher nonlinear causal cardio-postural-musculoskeletal interactions...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344549/functional-brain-activation-in-response-to-a-clinical-vestibular-test-correlates-with-balance
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Fatemeh Noohi, Catherine Kinnaird, Yiri DeDios, Igor S Kofman, Scott Wood, Jacob Bloomberg, Ajitkumar Mulavara, Rachael Seidler
The current study characterizes brain fMRI activation in response to two modes of vestibular stimulation: Skull tap and auditory tone burst. The auditory tone burst has been used in previous studies to elicit either a vestibulo-spinal reflex [saccular-mediated colic Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (cVEMP)], or an ocular muscle response [utricle-mediated ocular VEMP (oVEMP)]. Research suggests that the skull tap elicits both saccular and utricle-mediated VEMPs, while being faster and less irritating for subjects than the high decibel tones required to elicit VEMPs...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343302/force-assisted-ultrasound-imaging-system-through-dual-force-sensing-and-admittance-robot-control
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Ting-Yun Fang, Haichong K Zhang, Rodolfo Finocchi, Russell H Taylor, Emad M Boctor
PURPOSE: Ultrasound imaging has been a gold standard for clinical diagnoses due to its unique advantages compared to other imaging modalities including: low cost, noninvasiveness, and safeness to the human body. However, the ultrasound scanning process requires applying a large force over extended periods of time, often in uncomfortable postures in order to maintain the desired orientation. This physical requirement over sonographers' careers often leads to musculoskeletal pain and strain injuries...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342974/after-total-knee-replacement-younger-patients-demonstrate-superior-balance-control-compared-to-older-patients-when-recovering-from-a-forward-fall
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Brian D Street, William Gage
BACKGROUND: National joint replacement registries have reported a substantial growth in younger knee osteoarthritic patients (<55years old) undergoing total knee replacement, however this younger population is generally understudied. Importantly, studies examining experimentally controlled perturbation have shown age-related differences between younger and older healthy adults, whether similar age-related differences exist among total knee replacement patients is unknown. METHODS: A total of 59 participants, including 29 unilateral total knee replacement patients (six-months post-surgery) made up the four experimental groups: 1) younger patient (54...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342054/tube-task-hand-preference-in-captive-hylobatids
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Luca Morino, Makiko Uchikoshi, Fred Bercovitch, William D Hopkins, Tetsuro Matsuzawa
The link between laterality in humans and other primates is still hotly debated. Hylobatids have been rather neglected in this research area, yet they can provide important insights because: (1) they share with humans a complex vocal repertoire, which in humans is thought to be associated with brain hemispheric specialization and lateralized behaviors; (2) their adaptation to arboreality has produced unique postural constraints; (3) the little that is known about laterality in gibbons is contradictory (captive studies have provided conflicting results, while a field study on siamangs reported a population-level left-hand preference)...
March 24, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338768/integrative-blood-pressure-response-to-upright-tilt-post-renal-denervation
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Erin J Howden, Cara East, Justin S Lawley, Abigail S L Stickford, Myrthe Verhees, Qi Fu, Benjamin D Levine
BACKGROUND: Whether renal denervation (RDN) in patients with resistant hypertension normalizes blood pressure (BP) regulation in response to routine cardiovascular stimuli such as upright posture is unknown. We conducted an integrative study of BP regulation in patients with resistant hypertension who had received RDN to characterize autonomic circulatory control. METHODS: Twelve patients (60 ± 9 [SD] years, n = 10 males) who participated in the Symplicity HTN-3 trial were studied and compared to 2 age-matched normotensive (Norm) and hypertensive (unmedicated, HTN) control groups...
February 20, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337941/lesion-symptom-map-of-cognitive-postural-interference-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Serena Ruggieri, Fulvia Fanelli, Letizia Castelli, Nikolaos Petsas, Laura De Giglio, Luca Prosperini
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the disease-altered structure-function relationship underlying the cognitive-postural interference (CPI) phenomenon in multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS: We measured postural sway of 96 patients and 48 sex-/age-matched healthy controls by force platform in quiet standing (single-task (ST)) while performing the Stroop test (dual-task (DT)) to estimate the dual-task cost (DTC) of balance. In patient group, binary T2 and T1 lesion masks and their corresponding lesion volumes were obtained from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of brain...
March 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335461/design-and-validation-of-a-low-cost-portable-device-to-quantify-postural-stability
#10
Yong Zhu
Measurement of the displacement of the center-of-pressure (COP) is an important tool used in biomechanics to assess postural stability and human balance. The goal of this research was to design and validate a low-cost portable device that can offer a quick indication of the state of postural stability and human balance related conditions. Approximate entropy (ApEn) values reflecting the amount of irregularity hiding in COP oscillations were used to calculate the index. The prototype adopted a portable design using the measurements of the load cells located at the four corners of a low-cost force platform...
March 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334035/early-inner-retinal-thinning-and-cardiovascular-autonomic-dysfunction-in-type-2-diabetes
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Jin A Choi, Hyo Won Kim, Jin-Woo Kwon, Yun-Sub Shim, Dong Hyun Jee, Jae-Seung Yun, Yu-Bae Ahn, Chan Kee Park, Seung-Hyun Ko
BACKGROUND: To investigate changes in the neural retina according to the presence of retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) defects in type 2 diabetes, and to determine the association between inner retina thickness and the severity of diabetic complications. METHODS: We studied non-glaucomatous patients with type 2 diabetes and control subjects Circumpapillary RNFL and macula ganglion cell-inner plexiform layer (GCIPL) thicknesses were measured by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333650/validation-of-static-and-dynamic-balance-assessment-using-microsoft-kinect-for-young-and-elderly-populations
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Moataz Eltoukhy, Christopher Kuenze, Jeonghoon Oh, Joseph Signorile
Reduction in balance is an indicator of fall risk, and therefore, an accurate and cost effective balance assessment tool is essential for prescribing effective postural control strategies. This study established the validity of the Kinect v2 sensor in assessing center of mass (CoM) excursion and velocity during single leg balance and voluntary ankle sway tasks among young and elderly subjects. We compared balance outcome measures (anteroposterior (AP) and mediolateral (ML) CoM excursion and velocity and average sway length) to a traditional three-dimensional motion analysis system...
March 22, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332604/phenotype-of-postural-instability-gait-difficulty-in-parkinson-disease-relevance-to-cognitive-impairment-and-mechanism-relating-pathological-proteins-and-neurotransmitters
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Li-Jun Zuo, Ying-Shan Piao, Li-Xia Li, Shu-Yang Yu, Peng Guo, Yang Hu, Teng-Hong Lian, Rui-Dan Wang, Qiu-Jin Yu, Zhao Jin, Ya-Jie Wang, Xiao-Min Wang, Piu Chan, Sheng-Di Chen, Yong-Jun Wang, Wei Zhang
Parkinson disease (PD) is identified as tremor-dominant (TD) and postural instability and gait difficulty (PIGD) phenotypes. The relationships between motor phenotypes and cognitive impairment and the underlying mechanisms relating pathological proteins and neurotransmitters in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) are unknown. We evaluated the motor symptoms and cognitive function by scales, and detected the levels of pathological proteins and neurotransmitters in CSF. TD group and PIGD group had significantly higher levels of total tau, tau phosphorylated at the position of threonine 181(P-tau181t), threonine 231, serine 396, serine 199 and lower β amyloid (Aβ)1-42 level in CSF than those in control group; PIGD group had significantly higher P-tau181t level and lower Aβ1-42 level than those in TD group...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331800/altered-functional-brain-connectivity-in-patients-with-visually-induced-dizziness
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Angelique Van Ombergen, Lizette Heine, Steven Jillings, R Edward Roberts, Ben Jeurissen, Vincent Van Rompaey, Viviana Mucci, Stefanie Vanhecke, Jan Sijbers, Floris Vanhevel, Stefan Sunaert, Mohamed Ali Bahri, Paul M Parizel, Paul H Van de Heyning, Steven Laureys, Floris L Wuyts
BACKGROUND: Vestibular patients occasionally report aggravation or triggering of their symptoms by visual stimuli, which is called visually induced dizziness (VID). These patients therefore experience dizziness, discomfort, disorientation and postural unsteadiness. The underlying pathophysiology of VID is still poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current explorative study was to gain a first insight in the underlying neural aspects of VID. METHODS: We included 10 VID patients and 10 healthy matched controls, all of which underwent a resting state fMRI scan session...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331301/correlation-between-movement-complexity-during-static-standing-and-balance-function-in-institutionalized-older-adults
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Momoko Yamagata, Tome Ikezoe, Midori Kamiya, Mitsuhiro Masaki, Noriaki Ichihashi
PURPOSE: Sample entropy (SampEn) is an analysis to evaluate movement complexity of the center of pressure (COP). A lower value of SampEn indicates lower complexity of COP variability, that is, rigidity, and lower degrees of freedom. Previous studies reported the association of increased SampEn with improved standing balance ability in young subjects. However, no studies have examined these relationships among older adults. Thus, we aimed to investigate the relationship between SampEn and standing balance ability in older adults...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327586/cellular-preservation-of-musculoskeletal-specializations-in-the-cretaceous-bird-confuciusornis
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Baoyu Jiang, Tao Zhao, Sophie Regnault, Nicholas P Edwards, Simon C Kohn, Zhiheng Li, Roy A Wogelius, Michael J Benton, John R Hutchinson
The hindlimb of theropod dinosaurs changed appreciably in the lineage leading to extant birds, becoming more 'crouched' in association with changes to body shape and gait dynamics. This postural evolution included anatomical changes of the foot and ankle, altering the moment arms and control of the muscles that manipulated the tarsometatarsus and digits, but the timing of these changes is unknown. Here, we report cellular-level preservation of tendon- and cartilage-like tissues from the lower hindlimb of Early Cretaceous Confuciusornis...
March 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327054/effects-of-low-frequency-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-and-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-on-upper-extremity-motor-recovery-in-the-early-period-after-stroke-a-preliminary-study
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Aliye Tosun, Sabiha Türe, Ayhan Askin, Engin Ugur Yardimci, Secil Umit Demirdal, Tülay Kurt Incesu, Ozgur Tosun, Hikmet Kocyigit, Galip Akhan, Fazıl Mustafa Gelal
OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of inhibitory repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) on upper extremity motor function in patients with acute/subacute ischemic stroke. METHODS: Twenty-five ischemic acute/subacute stroke subjects were enrolled in this randomized controlled trial. Experimental group 1 received low frequency (LF) rTMS to the primary motor cortex of the unaffected side + physical therapy (PT) including activities to improve strength, flexibility, transfers, posture, balance, coordination, and activities of daily living, mainly focusing on upper limb movements; experimental group 2 received the same protocol combined with NMES to hand extensor muscles; and the control group received only PT...
March 22, 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326869/design-and-evaluation-of-vibratory-shoe-on-balance-control-for-elderly-subjects-technical-note
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Atefeh Aboutorabi, Mokhtar Arazpour, Farzam Farahmand, Mahmood Bahramizadeh, Reza Fadayevatan, Ehsan Abdollahi
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Aging often results in a decline in somatosensory function, and such changes are associated with diminished motor performance. Input noise can enhance sensory and motor function through a mechanism known as stochastic resonance (SR). This paper describes the development and testing of a new vibrating shoe to possibly assist the elderly patients in controlling their balance and decreasing their falling risks. TECHNIQUE: The new vibrating shoe was evaluated to ascertain its ability to generate appropriate random and nonlinear vibrations...
March 22, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326567/both-standing-and-postural-threat-decrease-achilles-tendon-reflex-inhibition-from-tendon-electrical-stimulation
#19
Brian C Horslen, J Timothy Inglis, Jean-Sébastien Blouin, Mark G Carpenter
Golgi tendon organ Ib reflexes are thought to contribute to standing balance control, but it is unknown if they are modulated when people are exposed to a postural threat. We used a novel application of tendon electrical stimulation (TStim) to elicit Ib inhibitory reflexes in the medial gastrocnemius, while actively engaged in upright standing balance, to examine a) how Ib reflexes to TStim are influenced by upright stance, and b) the effects of height-induced postural threat on Ib reflexes during standing...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326440/effects-of-visual-motion-consistent-or-inconsistent-with-gravity-on-postural-sway
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Priscilla Balestrucci, Elena Daprati, Francesco Lacquaniti, Vincenzo Maffei
Vision plays an important role in postural control, and visual perception of the gravity-defined vertical helps maintaining upright stance. In addition, the influence of the gravity field on objects' motion is known to provide a reference for motor and non-motor behavior. However, the role of dynamic visual cues related to gravity in the control of postural balance has been little investigated. In order to understand whether visual cues about gravitational acceleration are relevant for postural control, we assessed the relation between postural sway and visual motion congruent or incongruent with gravity acceleration...
March 22, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
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