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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913961/prediction-of-postoperative-clinical-recovery-of-drop-foot-attributable-to-lumbar-degenerative-diseases-via-a-bayesian-network
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Shota Takenaka, Hiroyuki Aono
BACKGROUND: Drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases can impair activities of daily living. Therefore, predictors of recovery of this symptom have been investigated using univariate or/and multivariate analyses. However, the conclusions have been somewhat controversial. Bayesian network models, which are graphic and intuitive to the clinician, may facilitate understanding of the prognosis of drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) To show a layered correlation among predictors of recovery from drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases; and (2) to develop support tools for clinical decisions to treat drop foot resulting from lumbar degenerative diseases...
December 2, 2016: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913774/gravity-flow-in-proposed-enteral-tube-small-bore-connectors
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Ryan T Hurt, Lisa M Epp, Adele K Pattinson, Wanda M Duellman, Stephen M Corner, Manpreet S Mundi
BACKGROUND: Enteral nutrition (EN) misconnections have been identified as a serious and potential deadly problem. An international effort led by EN industry leaders has developed a small-bore enteral connector (ENFit) that in theory will reduce the frequency of misconnections. Despite the potential benefit of preventing misconnections, the full impact of adoption of the ENFit connector is unknown. To assess the impact of transitioning to ENFit on our home EN (HEN) patients, the current study evaluated gravity feeding comparing 2 proposed small-bore connectors to the legacy (current connector) using various commercial formulas...
December 2, 2016: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913339/a-parametric-study-for-the-design-of-an-optimized-ultrasonic-percussive-planetary-drill-tool
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Xuan Li, Patrick Harkness, Kevin Worrall, Ryan Timoney, Margaret Lucas
Traditional rotary drilling for planetary rock sampling, in-situ analysis and sample return, is challenging because the axial force and holding torque requirements are not necessarily compatible with lightweight spacecraft architectures in low-gravity environments. This article seeks to optimize an ultrasonic-percussive drill tool to achieve rock penetration with lower reacted force requirements, with a strategic view towards building an Ultrasonic Planetary Core Drill (UPCD) device. The UPCD is a descendant of the Ultrasonic/Sonic Driller/Corer (USDC) technique...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910446/self-calibration-method-of-the-bias-of-a-space-electrostatic-accelerometer
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Shao-Bo Qu, Xiao-Mei Xia, Yan-Zheng Bai, Shu-Chao Wu, Ze-Bing Zhou
The high precision space electrostatic accelerometer is an instrument to measure the non-gravitational forces acting on a spacecraft. It is one of the key payloads for satellite gravity measurements and space fundamental physics experiments. The measurement error of the accelerometer directly affects the precision of gravity field recovery for the earth. This paper analyzes the sources of the bias according to the operating principle and structural constitution of the space electrostatic accelerometer. Models of bias due to the asymmetry of the displacement sensing system, including the mechanical sensor head and the capacitance sensing circuit, and the asymmetry of the feedback control actuator circuit are described separately...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909555/effect-of-dual-type-oligosaccharides-on-constipation-in-loperamide-treated-rats
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Sung Hee Han, Ki Bae Hong, Eun Young Kim, So Hyun Ahn, Hyung Joo Suh
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Constipation is a condition that can result from intestinal deformation. Because humans have an upright posture, the effects of gravity can cause this shape deformation. Oligosaccharides are common prebiotics and their effects on bowel health are well known. However, studies of the physiological functionality of a product that contains both lactulose and galactooligosaccharides are insufficient. We investigated the constipation reduction effect of a dual-type oligosaccharide, Dual-Oligo, in loperamide-treated rats...
December 2016: Nutrition Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908458/inter-rater-reliability-of-shoulder-measurements-in-middle-aged-women
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A De Groef, M Van Kampen, N Vervloesem, E Clabau, M-R Christiaens, P Neven, I Geraerts, F Struyf, N Devoogdt
OBJECTIVES: To investigate inter-rater reliability of a set of shoulder measurements including inclinometry [shoulder range of motion (ROM)], acromion-table distance and pectoralis minor muscle length (static scapular positioning), upward rotation with two inclinometers (scapular kinematics) and pain pressure thresholds (muscle tenderness) in middle-aged women. DESIGN: Observational study. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty symptom-free middle-aged women (first cohort) were measured by two raters...
July 20, 2016: Physiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908043/erratum-acoustic-levitation-in-the-presence-of-gravity-j-acoust-soc-am-86-2-777-787-1989
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Martin B Barmatz, Peter Collas
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907997/control-of-oscillations-in-vibration-machines-start-up-and-passage-through-resonance
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A Fradkov, D Gorlatov, O Tomchina, D Tomchin
Control of oscillations in mechanical systems in the start-up and passage through resonance modes is studied. In both cases, the control algorithm is based on the speed-gradient method with energy-based goal functions. It is shown that for Hamiltonian 1-degree of freedom (DOF) systems, it is generically possible to move the system from any initial state to any final state by means of a controlling force of arbitrarily small intensity. Controlled passage through resonance is studied for a 5-DOF vibration machine taking friction into account...
November 2016: Chaos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906805/predictors-of-positive-margins-at-time-of-loop-electrosurgical-excision-procedure
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Jill Liss, Meredith Alston, Mona B Krull, Sara E Mazzoni
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to identify factors associated with the presence of high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL) at surgical margins of loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) pathology specimens. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All women evaluated for lower genital tract disease at a single academic institution were prospectively entered into a database. The database was queried for all women who had a LEEP performed for indications within contemporary American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology guidelines between April 1, 2013, and April 30, 2015...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905976/comparative-approaches-for-assessing-access-to-alcohol-outlets-exploring-the-utility-of-a-gravity-potential-approach
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Tony H Grubesic, Ran Wei, Alan T Murray, William Alex Pridemore
BACKGROUND: A growing body of research recommends controlling alcohol availability to reduce harm. Various common approaches, however, provide dramatically different pictures of the physical availability of alcohol. This limits our understanding of the distribution of alcohol access, the causes and consequences of this distribution, and how best to reduce harm. The aim of this study is to introduce both a gravity potential measure of access to alcohol outlets, comparing its strengths and weaknesses to other popular approaches, and an empirically-derived taxonomy of neighborhoods based on the type of alcohol access they exhibit...
August 2, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905429/seismology-gravity-changes-before-quake-hits
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905411/the-rapid-formation-of-sputnik-planitia-early-in-pluto-s-history
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Douglas P Hamilton, S A Stern, J M Moore, L A Young
Pluto's Sputnik Planitia is a bright, roughly circular feature that resembles a polar ice cap. It is approximately 1,000 kilometres across and is centred on a latitude of 25 degrees north and a longitude of 175 degrees, almost directly opposite the side of Pluto that always faces Charon as a result of tidal locking. One explanation for its location includes the formation of a basin in a giant impact, with subsequent upwelling of a dense interior ocean. Once the basin was established, ice would naturally have accumulated there...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905106/effects-of-release-procedures-on-the-primary-stress-response-and-post-release-survival-and-growth-of-hatchery-reared-spotted-seatrout-cynoscion-nebulosus
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T W Guest, C F Rakocinski, A N Evans, R B Blaylock
To help explain the apparent poor post-release success of hatchery-reared (HR) spotted seatrout Cynoscion nebulosus, this study examined the effects of handling, transport and release procedures on the stress response of two age classes [48 and 80 day post-hatch (dph)] of HR C. nebulosus, as measured by cortisol concentrations and the post-release survival and growth of 48 and 80 dph HR C. nebulosus. As a proxy for stress, tissue cortisol was measured at various times during the handling, tagging (80 dph), transport, acclimation and release process...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896464/a-hypergravity-environment-increases-chloroplast-size-photosynthesis-and-plant-growth-in-the-moss-physcomitrella-patens
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Kaori Takemura, Hiroyuki Kamachi, Atsushi Kume, Tomomichi Fujita, Ichirou Karahara, Yuko T Hanba
The physiological and anatomical responses of bryophytes to altered gravity conditions will provide crucial information for estimating how plant physiological traits have evolved to adapt to significant increases in the effects of gravity in land plant history. We quantified changes in plant growth and photosynthesis in the model plant of mosses, Physcomitrella patens, grown under a hypergravity environment for 25 days or 8 weeks using a custom-built centrifuge equipped with a lighting system. This is the first study to examine the response of bryophytes to hypergravity conditions...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896274/halo-gravity-traction-is-associated-with-reduced-bone-mineral-density-of-patients-with-severe-kyphoscoliosis
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Xiao Han, Weixiang Sun, Yong Qiu, Leilei Xu, Shifu Sha, Benlong Shi, Huang Yan, Zhen Liu, Zezhang Zhu
Background. Halo gravity traction (HGT) is one of the most commonly used perioperative techniques for the treatment of severe kyphoscoliosis. This study was to explore the influence of HGT on the BMD of these patients. Methods. Patients with severe kyphoscoliosis treated by preoperative HGT for at least 2 months were included. Patients' BMD were assessed by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry at lumbar spine (LS, L2-L4) and femur neck (FN) of the nondominant side. The weight and duration of traction, as well as baseline characteristics, were recorded...
2016: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896244/adaptive-responses-of-cardiac-function-to-fetal-postural-change-as-gestational-age-increases
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Woo Jin Kim, Hye Jin Choi, Sun Young Yang, Boo Hae Koo, Ki Hoon Ahn, Geum Joon Cho, Soon Cheol Hong, Min-Jeong Oh, Hai-Joong Kim
OBJECTIVE: The cardiovascular system maintains homeostasis through a series of adaptive responses to physiological requirements. However, little is known about the adaptation of fetal cardiac function to gravity, according to gestational age. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the adaptive responses of cardiac function to postural changes, using Tei index measurements. METHODS: Fetal echocardiography and Doppler examination were performed on 114 women with vertex singleton pregnancies at 19 to 40 weeks' gestation...
November 2016: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895550/closed-loop-task-difficulty-adaptation-during-virtual-reality-reach-to-grasp-training-assisted-with-an-exoskeleton-for-stroke-rehabilitation
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Florian Grimm, Georgios Naros, Alireza Gharabaghi
Stroke patients with severe motor deficits of the upper extremity may practice rehabilitation exercises with the assistance of a multi-joint exoskeleton. Although this technology enables intensive task-oriented training, it may also lead to slacking when the assistance is too supportive. Preserving the engagement of the patients while providing "assistance-as-needed" during the exercises, therefore remains an ongoing challenge. We applied a commercially available seven degree-of-freedom arm exoskeleton to provide passive gravity compensation during task-oriented training in a virtual environment...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893476/comparison-of-muscle-involvement-and-posture-between-the-conventional-deadlift-and-a-walk-in-style-deadlift-machine
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Benjamin J Snyder, Courtney P Cauthen, Scott R Senger
The deadlift exercise is one of the most effective exercises for developing lower-body strength; however, technique errors can lead to low back injuries. The use of a 'walk-in' deadlift machine removes the weight bar by using a lever system with independent handles on either side of the body. Theoretically, this would allow alignment of the load with the center of gravity, encouraging a more upright torso and decreasing the involvement of the low back extensors. This study compared trunk angle, knee angle and electrical activity of key muscles between the conventional deadlift (CDL) and two foot positions (ball of foot or toe alignment) with pronated grip, (called BallPro and ToePro) of a walk-in deadlift machine among high-skilled and low-skilled lifters...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890544/persistent-hydrocephalus-due-to-postural-activation-of-a-ventricular-shunt-anti-gravity-device
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Claudia L Craven, Ahmed K Toma, Laurence D Watkins
The ever present need to balance over drainage with under drainage in hydrocephalus has required innovations including adjustable valves with antigravity devices. These are activated in the vertical position to prevent siphoning. We describe a group of bedridden patients who presented with unexplained under drainage caused by activation of antigravity shunt components produced by peculiar head/body position. Retrospective single centre case series of hydrocephalus patients, treated with ventriculo-peritoneal (VP) shunt insertion between April 2014 - February 2016...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890536/estimation-of-the-center-of-rotation-using-wearable-magneto-inertial-sensors
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M Crabolu, D Pani, L Raffo, A Cereatti
Determining the center of rotation (CoR) of joints is fundamental to the field of human movement analysis. CoR can be determined using a magneto-inertial measurement unit (MIMU) using a functional approach requiring a calibration exercise. We systematically investigated the influence of different experimental conditions that can affect precision and accuracy while estimating the CoR, such as (a) angular joint velocity, (b) distance between the MIMU and the CoR, (c) type of the joint motion implemented, (d) amplitude of the angular range of motion, (e) model of the MIMU used for data recording, (f) amplitude of additive noise on inertial signals, and (g) amplitude of the errors in the MIMU orientation...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
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