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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630675/how-geometric-frustration-shapes-twisted-fibres-inside-and-out-competing-morphologies-of-chiral-filament-assembly
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Douglas M Hall, Gregory M Grason
Chirality frustrates and shapes the assembly of flexible filaments in rope-like, twisted bundles and fibres by introducing gradients of both filament shape (i.e. curvature) and packing throughout the structure. Previous models of chiral filament bundle formation have shown that this frustration gives rise to several distinct morphological responses, including self-limiting bundle widths, anisotropic domain (tape-like) formation and topological defects in the lateral inter-filament order. In this paper, we employ a combination of continuum elasticity theory and discrete filament bundle simulations to explore how these distinct morphological responses compete in the broader phase diagram of chiral filament assembly...
August 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615490/hunting-with-sticky-tape-functional-shift-in-silk-glands-of-araneophagous-ground-spiders-gnaphosidae
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Jonas O Wolff, Milan Řezáč, Tomáš Krejčí, Stanislav N Gorb
Foraging is one of the main evolutionary driving forces shaping the phenotype of organisms. In predators, a significant, though understudied, cost of foraging is the risk of being injured by struggling prey. Hunting spiders that feed on dangerous prey like ants or other spiders are an extreme example of dangerous feeding, risking their own life over a meal. Here, we describe an intriguing example of the use of attachment silk (piriform silk) for prey immobilization that comes with the costs of reduced silk anchorage function, increased piriform silk production and additional modifications of the extrusion structures (spigots) to prevent their clogging...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513277/effect-of-gastrocnemius-kinesio-taping-on-countermovement-jump-performance-and-vertical-stiffness-following-muscle-fatigue
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Sahar Boozari, Mohammad Ali Sanjari, Ali Amiri, Ismail Ebrahimi Takamjani
CONTEXT: Kinesio Tape (KT) is a widely used intervention in the fields of sports and rehabilitation. However, its effects on lower extremity behavior during functional activities are not entirely known. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that application of KT can change performance and vertical stiffness during the countermovement jump (CMJ) before and after a fatigue protocol. DESIGN: A pre and post design to study the effect of KT in two situations, pre- and post-fatigue...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507159/investigation-of-hindwing-folding-in-ladybird-beetles-by-artificial-elytron-transplantation-and-microcomputed-tomography
#4
Kazuya Saito, Shuhei Nomura, Shuhei Yamamoto, Ryuma Niyama, Yoji Okabe
Ladybird beetles are high-mobility insects and explore broad areas by switching between walking and flying. Their excellent wing transformation systems enabling this lifestyle are expected to provide large potential for engineering applications. However, the mechanism behind the folding of their hindwings remains unclear. The reason is that ladybird beetles close the elytra ahead of wing folding, preventing the observation of detailed processes occurring under the elytra. In the present study, artificial transparent elytra were transplanted on living ladybird beetles, thereby enabling us to observe the detailed wing-folding processes...
May 30, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492739/relationship-between-resting-heart-rate-blood-pressure-and-pulse-pressure-in-adolescents
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Diego Giulliano Destro Christofaro, Juliano Casonatto, Luiz Carlos Marques Vanderlei, Gabriel Grizzo Cucato, Raphael Mendes Ritti Dias
Background: High resting heart rate is considered an important factor for increasing mortality chance in adults. However, it remains unclear whether the observed associations would remain after adjustment for confounders in adolescents. Objectives: To analyze the relationship between resting heart rate, blood pressure and pulse pressure in adolescents of both sexes. Methods: A cross-sectional study with 1231 adolescents (716 girls and 515 boys) aged 14-17 years...
May 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447184/electromyographic-evaluation-of-high-intensity-elastic-resistance-exercises-for-lower-extremity-muscles-during-bed-rest
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Jonas Vinstrup, Sebastian Skals, Joaquin Calatayud, Markus Due Jakobsen, Emil Sundstrup, Matheus Daros Pinto, Mikel Izquierdo, Yuling Wang, Mette K Zebis, Lars Louis Andersen
PURPOSE: Prolonged hospital bed rest after severe injury or disease leads to rapid muscle atrophy and strength loss. Therefore, the main aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of lower extremity strengthening exercises using elastic resistance that can be performed while lying in a hospital bed. METHODS: Using a cross-sectional design, 22 healthy individuals performed three consecutive repetitions of 14 different lower extremity exercises using elastic resistance, with a perceived intensity corresponding to 8 on the Borg CR-10 scale...
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360455/a-feasibility-study-of-high-strength-bi-2223-conductor-for-high-field-solenoids
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A Godeke, D V Abraimov, E Arroyo, N Barret, M D Bird, A Francis, J Jaroszynski, D V Kurteva, W D Markiewicz, E L Marks, W S Marshall, D M McRae, P D Noyes, R C P Pereira, Y L Viouchkov, R P Walsh, J M White
We performed a feasibility study on a high-strength Bi2-x Pb x Sr2Ca2Cu3O10-x (Bi-2223) tape conductor for high-field solenoid applications. The investigated conductor, DI-BSCCO Type HT-XX, is a pre-production version of Type HT-NX, which has recently become available from Sumitomo Electric Industries (SEI). It is based on their DI-BSCCO Type H tape, but laminated with a high-strength Ni-alloy. We used stress-strain characterizations, single- and double-bend tests, easy- and hard-way bent coil-turns at various radii, straight and helical samples in up to 31...
March 2017: Superconductor Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352341/expression-and-significance-of-timp-3-pacap-and-vip-in-vaginal-wall-tissues-of-patients-with-stress-urinary-incontinence
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Bo Fan, Xiaohua Jin, Yi Shi, Hailiang Zhu, Wenjun Zhou, Wenjian Tu, Li Ding
The objective of the present study was to investigate whether tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-3 (TIMP-3), pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP), and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) participate in the occurrence of female stress urinary incontinence (SUI) by measuring the expression levels of TIMP-3, PACAP, and VIP in the vaginal wall and analyzing their correlation to understand the pathogenesis of female SUI. Forty female patients who were admitted to our hospital for tension-free obturator tape surgery for treatment of SUI from April, 2012 to December, 2015 were selected as the study group...
February 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325096/effects-of-elastic-therapeutic-taping-on-motor-function-in-children-with-motor-impairments-a-systematic-review
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Andréa Baraldi Cunha, Carolina Daniel de Lima-Alvarez, Ana Carolinne Portela Rocha, Eloisa Tudella
BACKGROUND: The elastic therapeutic taping has been considered a promising resource for disabled children. OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the evidence of the effects of elastic therapeutic taping on motor function in children with motor impairments. METHOD: Three independent evaluators conducted searches in electronic databases (MEDLINE/PubMed, Scopus, LILACS, BIREME/BVS, Science Direct, SciELO, and PEDro). Clinical studies design, published until 2016, involving elastic therapeutic taping and children aged 0-12 years with motor impairments were included...
March 22, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282794/kinesio-taping-does-not-alter-muscle-torque-muscle-activity-or-jumping-performance-in-professional-soccer-players-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-blind-clinical-trial
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Igor Phillip Dos Santos Glória, Tabajara de Oliveira Gonzalez, Tabajara de Oliveira Gonzalez, Ernesto Cesar Pinto Leal Junior, Cid André Fidelis de Paula Gomes, Carolina Marciela Herpich, Fernanda Colella Antonialli, Felipe Serenza, Lucas de Souza Calheira, Eric Edmur Camargo Arruda, Paulo Roberto Garcia Lucareli, Daniela Aparecida Biasotto-Gonzalez
INTRODUCTION: Kinesio taping consists of the attachment of a thin elastic tape over specific muscles, the thickness of which is similar to that of the epidermis. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to compare the effect of Kinesio taping and placebo taping on muscle torque, muscle activity and jumping performance soccer players. METHODS: Thirty athletes were randomly allocated to two groups (Group A: Kinesio taping and Group B: placebo taping)...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242554/the-effect-of-elastic-therapeutic-taping-on-lumbar-extensor-isokinetic-performance
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Harry J Knapman, Tom Fallon, Matthew O'Connor, Lee A Titmus, Sherrie T Choy, Claire Hornsby, Jon F Marsden, Gary L Shum
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of elastic therapeutic tape when applied overlaying the lumbar extensors on different measures of muscle performance, compared to a placebo taping technique and a no-tape control. DESIGN: A cross-sectional experimental study. SETTING: A biomechanics laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty one participants received three taping conditions in a randomised order: elastic therapeutic tape, a placebo tape and a no-tape control...
May 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237552/kinesio-taping-in-dysphonic-patients
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Chiara Mezzedimi, Walter Livi, Maria Carla Spinosi
OBJECTIVE: Kinesio taping (KT) is a method of elastic bandaging that produces a biomechanical effect on the organism. This study aims to evaluate its use in dysphonic patients tratment, as integrated part of speech therapy. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized controlled MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifteen dysphonic patients were given the option to complement the speech therapy treatment with KT (DG1). 15 dysphonic patients suffering from similar conditions (DG2) who underwent traditional speech therapy were the control group...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210042/the-effects-of-new-taping-methods-designed-to-increase-muscle-strength
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Tsutomu Fukui, Yuko Otake, Takashi Kondo
[Purpose] Although there are several studies on the use of elastic tape to influence muscle strength, results are contradictory and controversial. Our previous studies based on the sliding mechanism between superficial fascia and subcutaneous tissue may help the muscle strength. The purpose of this study was to confirm the effects of new taping methods on muscle strength. [Subjects and Methods] Sixteen healthy male participants took part in this study. Tape was applied on the right gluteus maximus and hip extension strength was determined by an isokinetic evaluation (30°/sec, concentric mode, four conditions)...
January 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190632/effects-of-a-paraspinal-lumbar-tape-application-during-7-days-on-the-perceived-area-of-tape-contact
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Stefan Funk, Roy Finke, Stefan Zeh, Tobias Siebert, Christian Puta
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to investigate the changes of the perceived area of tape contact during a lumbar tape application that lasted 7 days. DESIGN: Single group, repeated measures study. SETTING: University research laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-three healthy collegiate students in sports science. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Perceived area of tape contact was collected by preparing a drawing of their individual perceived tape outline into a printed body image...
May 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126423/effects-of-kinesio-taping-in-patients-with-quadriceps-inhibition-a-randomized-single-blinded-study
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Kyung-Min Kim, Brandon Davis, Jay Hertel, Joseph Hart
OBJECTIVE: To determine effects of Kinesio taping (KT) on quadriceps activation and maximal voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC) in patients with quadriceps inhibition. DESIGN: Randomized, single-blinded. SETTING: Laboratory. PATIENTS: Sixteen participants (9 males, 7 females) with quadriceps inhibition, as determined by 90% or lower in central activation ratio (CAR), participated. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Hoffmann reflex (H-reflex) of the vastus medialis and quadriceps CAR and MVIC were measured before taping, and participants were randomly allocated to either KT (KT application with tension) or sham (non-elastic tape application without tension) group...
March 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121177/effects-of-elastic-taping-non-elastic-taping-and-static-stretching-on-recovery-after-intensive-eccentric-exercise
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Disaphon Boobphachart, Nuttaset Manimmanakorn, Apiwan Manimmanakorn, Worrawut Thuwakum, Michael J Hamlin
The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of elastic tape (Kinesio tape) to placebo tape or static stretching on delayed onset muscle soreness. Fifty-one untrained female healthy volunteers were randomly assigned into three groups (n = 17/group), elastic tape, placebo tape and stretching group. Muscle soreness was induced by 4 sets of 25 maximal isokinetic (60°.s(-1)) eccentric contractions of dominant quadriceps on an isokinetic dynamometer. Compared with placebo tape, the elastic tape participants had less muscle soreness at 72 h post-exercise (p = 0...
April 2017: Research in Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111997/effect-of-elastic-bandage-on-postural-control-in-subjects-with-chronic-ankle-instability-a-randomised-clinical-trial
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Isabel M Alguacil-Diego, Carlos de-la-Torre-Domingo, Antonio López-Román, Juan Carlos Miangolarra-Page, Francisco Molina-Rueda
PURPOSE: To report the immediate and prolonged (one week) effects of elastic bandage (EB) on balance control in subjects with chronic ankle instability. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-eight individuals successfully completed the study protocol, of whom 14 were randomly assigned to the EB group (7 men, 7 women) and 14 were assigned to the non-standardised tape (NST) group (9 men, 5 women). To objectively measure postural sway we used computerised dynamic posturography (CDP) with sensory organisation test (SOT) and unilateral stance (US) test...
January 23, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111063/comparison-of-the-mechanical-properties-of-therapeutic-elastic-tapes-used-in-sports-and-clinical-practice
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Joao Paulo Chieregato Matheus, Rafael Ribeiro Zille, Liana Barbaresco Gomide Matheus, Thiago Vilela Lemos, Rodrigo Luiz Carregaro, Antônio Carlos Shimano
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional laboratory study. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to evaluate and compare the mechanical properties of different therapeutic elastic tapes used in sports and clinical practice. BACKGROUND: Therapeutic tapes have been used since around the 1800s. They are composed of cotton, elastic filaments and adhesive glue that provides an effect of tactile and mechanical stimulation. However, as taping has evolved, manufacturers have implemented new materials and claim that the tensile properties and adhesion of tapes contribute more significantly in the rehabilitation process...
March 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099472/elastic-tape-improved-shoulder-joint-position-sense-in-chronic-hemiparetic-subjects-a-randomized-sham-controlled-crossover-study
#19
Gabriela Lopes Dos Santos, Matheus Bragança Souza, Kaat Desloovere, Thiago Luiz Russo
BACKGROUND: Elastic tape has been widely used in clinical practice in order to improve upper limb (UL) sensibility. However, there is little evidence that supports this type of intervention in stroke patients. OBJECTIVE: To verify the effect of elastic tape, applied to the paretic shoulder, on joint position sense (JPS) during abduction and flexion in subjects with chronic hemiparesis compared to sham tape (non-elastic tape). Furthermore, to verify if this potential effect is correlated to shoulder subluxation measurements and sensorimotor impairment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942119/effects-of-proprioceptive-sense-based-kinesio-taping-on-walking-imbalance
#20
Young-Han Park, Jung-Ho Lee
[Purpose] The aim of this study was to determine how application of Kinesio tape to the upper and lower limbs affects walking through stimulation of the proprioceptive sense. [Subjects and Methods] Twelve patients diagnosed with hemiplegia due to stroke were selected as the subjects of the study. To ascertain the effects of Kinesio taping on walking, all subjects performed a straight line walking test three times while barefoot. In terms of the actual taping application, elastic Kinesio tape was used on the hemiplegic side in all subjects...
November 2016: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
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