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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100652/correlation-between-discharge-timings-of-pairs-of-motor-units-reveals-the-presence-but-not-the-proportion-of-common-synaptic-input-to-motor-neurons
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Javier Rodriguez-Falces, Francesco Negro, Dario Farina
We investigated whether correlation measures derived from pairs of motor unit (MU) spike trains are reliable indicators of the degree of common synaptic input to motor neurons. Several 50-s isometric contractions of the biceps brachii muscle were performed at different target forces ranging from 10 to 30% of the maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) relying on force feedback. 48 pairs of MUs were examined at various force levels. Motor unit synchrony was assessed by cross-correlation analysis using three indices: the output correlation as the peak of the cross-histogram (ρ), the number of synchronous spikes per second (CIS), and per trigger (E)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095377/associations-of-maternal-leptin-with-neonatal-adiposity-differ-according-to-pregravid-weight
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Julie Patenaude, Guillaume Lacerte, Marilyn Lacroix, Laetitia Guillemette, Catherine Allard, Myriam Doyon, Marie-Claude Battista, Julie Moreau, Julie Ménard, Jean-Luc Ardilouze, Patrice Perron, Marie-France Hivert
BACKGROUND: During pregnancy, maternal circulating leptin is released by maternal adipose tissue and the placenta, and may have a role in fetal development. OBJECTIVES: We investigated maternal leptinemia and glycemia associations with neonatal adiposity, taking into account pregravid weight status. METHODS: We included 235 pregnant women from the Genetics of Glucose Regulation in Gestation and Growth prospective cohort with data: blood samples collected during the 2nd trimester, an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), and the measured leptin and glucose levels...
January 18, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095094/female-age-related-differences-in-biomechanics-and-muscle-activity-during-descents-on-the-outstretched-arms
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Lauren Jane Lattimer, Joel Lanovaz, Jon Farthing, Stéphanie Madill, Soo Kim, Stephen Robinovitch, Cathy Arnold
The purposes of this study were to examine female age differences in: 1) upper extremity (UE) and trunk muscle activity, elbow joint moment, loading force and UE energy absorption during a controlled forward body descent and 2) UE muscle strength. Twenty young (mean 24.8±3.4 yrs.) and 20 older (68.4±5.7 yrs.) women were assessed via dynamometry for isometric, concentric and eccentric UE strength and performed forward descents on force plates at three body lean angles (60, 45, and 30° from horizontal). Significant differences (p < ...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091588/high-molecular-weight-hyaluronic-acid-attenuated-matrix-metalloproteinase-1-and-3-expression-via-cd44-in-tendinopathy
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Po-Ting Wu, Li-Chieh Kuo, Fong-Chin Su, Shih-Yao Chen, Tai-I Hsu, Chung-Yi Li, Kuen-Jer Tsai, I-Ming Jou
Evidence indicates that hyaluronic acid (HA) mitigates tendinopathy, but the effect of molecular weight is unclear. We investigated the effects of different concentrations and different molecular weights of HA (350 kDa, 1500 kDa, and 3000 kDa) on matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1 and -3 expression in IL-1β-stimulated rat tenocytes, and on their dynamic expression in peritendinous effusion from patients with long head of biceps (LHB) tendinopathy after high-molecular-weight (HMW)-HA treatments. Reverse transcription PCR, real-time PCR, and ELISA were used to determine MMP-1 and -3expression...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079648/acute-response-of-the-infraspinatus-and-biceps-tendons-to-pitching-in-youth-baseball
#5
Adam Popchak, Nathan Hogaboom, Dharmesh Vyas, John Abt, Anthony Delitto, James J Irrgang, Michael Boninger
PURPOSE: Youth baseball frequently results in repetitive strain injuries. Quantitative ultrasound allows real-time imaging with the ability to identify acute markers of tendon change. The study objective was to determine acute quantitative ultrasound changes in the long head of the biceps and infraspinatus tendons of the throwing and non-throwing shoulders during a pitching performance. We hypothesized the tendons of the pitching arm would exhibit an increased width and decreased echogenicity after pitching and that tendons of the non-pitching arm would not demonstrate such changes...
January 11, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078451/slower-but-not-faster-unilateral-fatiguing-knee-extensions-alter-contralateral-limb-performance-without-impairment-of-maximal-torque-output
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Olaf Prieske, Saied J Aboodarda, José A Benitez Sierra, David G Behm, Urs Granacher
PURPOSE: The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of unilateral fatigue of the knee extensors at different movement velocities on neuromuscular performance in the fatigued and non-fatigued leg. METHODS: Unilateral fatigue of the knee extensors was induced in 11 healthy young men (23.7 ± 3.8 years) at slower (60°/s; FAT60) and faster movement velocities (240°/s; FAT240) using an isokinetic dynamometer. A resting control (CON) condition was included...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071868/development-and-validation-of-two-equations-based-on-anthropometry-estimating-body-fat-for-the-greek-adult-population
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Spyridon Kanellakis, Efstathios Skoufas, Vladlena Khudokonenko, Eftychia Apostolidou, Loukia Gerakiti, Maria-Chrysi Andrioti, Evangelia Bountouvi, Yannis Manios
OBJECTIVE: To validate anthropometric equations in the current literature predicting body fat percentage (%BF) in the Greek population, to develop and validate two anthropometric equations estimating %BF, and to compare them with the retrieved equations. METHODS: Anthropometric data from 642 Greek adults were incorporated. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry was used as reference method. The comparison with other equations was made using Bland-Altman analysis, intraclass correlation coefficient, and Lin's concordance correlation coefficient...
January 10, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071729/rules-of-tissue-packing-involving-different-cell-types-human-muscle-organization
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Daniel Sánchez-Gutiérrez, Aurora Sáez, Pedro Gómez-Gálvez, Carmen Paradas, Luis M Escudero
Natural packed tissues are assembled as tessellations of polygonal cells. These include skeletal muscles and epithelial sheets. Skeletal muscles appear as a mosaic composed of two different types of cells: the "slow" and "fast" fibres. Their relative distribution is important for the muscle function but little is known about how the fibre arrangement is established and maintained. In this work we capture the organizational pattern in two different healthy muscles: biceps brachii and quadriceps. Here we show that the biceps brachii muscle presents a particular arrangement, based on the different sizes of slow and fast fibres...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070148/comparison-of-the-epidemiology-and-outcomes-of-traumatic-and-nontraumatic-rotator-cuff-tears
#9
Takeshi Teratani
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the differences in the epidemiology and outcomes of traumatic and nontraumatic rotator cuff tears. METHODS: Thirty-three patients with traumatic and 46 with nontraumatic rotator cuff tears were included. RESULTS: The rate of injury to the long head of the biceps was significantly higher in the traumatic group. Preoperative active forward elevation was significantly lower in the traumatic group...
March 2017: Journal of Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056872/a-limb-girdle-myopathy-phenotype-of-runx2-mutation-in-a-patient-with-cleidocranial-dysplasia-a-case-study-and-literature-review
#10
Sung-Ju Hsueh, Ni-Chung Lee, Shu-Hua Yang, Han-I Lin, Chin-Hsien Lin
BACKGROUND: Cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD) is a rare hereditary disorder that arises from heterozygous loss of function mutations in the runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2) gene. As RUNX2 is mainly expressed in osteoblasts, CCD typically affects the skeletal and dental systems. Few studies have investigated RUNX2 mutation effects on non-skeletal systems. Here, we describe limb-girdle myopathy, an uncommon phenotype of CCD, in a patient with a heterozygous missense mutation (p.R225Q) in the RUNX2 gene...
January 6, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056670/electromyographic-comparison-of-conventional-machine-strength-training-versus-bodyweight-exercises-in-patients-with-chronic-stroke
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Jonas Vinstrup, Joaquin Calatayud, Markus D Jakobsen, Emil Sundstrup, Kenneth Jay, Mikkel Brandt, Peter Zeeman, Jørgen R Jørgensen, Lars L Andersen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether bodyweight exercises can induce comparable levels of muscle activity as conventional machine exercises in chronic stroke patients. METHODS: Eighteen patients performed three repetitions of bilateral- and unilateral machine leg press and the bodyweight exercises chair rise and hip thrust. Surface electromyography (EMG) was recorded from 10 lower extremity muscles and normalized to maximal EMG (nEMG) of the non-paretic leg. RESULTS: For the paretic leg, the bodyweight exercises showed comparable levels of nEMG in 6 out of 10 muscles compared with the bilateral leg press...
January 6, 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053000/myoblast-replication-is-reduced-in-the-iugr-fetus-despite-maintained-proliferative-capacity-in-vitro
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Susan M Soto, Amy C Blake, Stephanie R Wesolowski, Paul J Rozance, Kristen B Barthel, Bifeng Gao, Byron Hetrick, Carrie McCurdy, Natalia G Garza, William Hay, Leslie A Leinwand, Jacob E Friedman, Laura D Brown
Adults who were affected by intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) suffer from reductions in muscle mass and insulin resistance, suggesting muscle growth may be restricted by molecular events that occur during fetal development. To explore the basis of restricted fetal muscle growth, we used a sheep model of progressive placental insufficiency-induced IUGR to assess myoblast proliferation within intact skeletal muscle in vivo and isolated myoblasts stimulated with insulin in vitro. Gastrocnemius and soleus muscle weights were reduced by 25% in IUGR fetuses compared to controls (CON)...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052833/cadaveric-study-of-insertional-anatomy-of-distal-biceps-tendon-and-its-relationship-to-the-dynamic-proximal-radioulnar-space
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Deepak N Bhatia, Vikram Kandhari, Bibhas DasGupta
PURPOSE: To quantify and assess the relationship between the insertional dimensions of the distal biceps tendon (DBT) and radioulnar space (RUS) in 3 rotational positions. We hypothesized that in all positions RUS would be adequate for the DBT and would remain adequate even after an incremental increase (1 to 3 mm) in tendon thickness. METHODS: Eleven fresh-frozen cadaveric elbows were dissected; DBT dimensions and bicipital tuberosity measurements were performed and insertional footprints were quantified using a distal biceps footprint index...
January 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050422/yoga-practice-for-reducing-the-male-obesity-and-weight-related-psychological-difficulties-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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P B Rshikesan, Pailoor Subramanya, Ram Nidhi
INTRODUCTION: Obesity is a health disorder and increasing all over the world. It is also a cause for many non-communicable diseases. Yoga practice reduces the stress level which may improve the eating habits and help in weight reduction. AIM: To assess the final outcome of the effects after 3 months of the 14 weeks yoga training on obesity of adult male in an urban setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a randomized controlled trial with parallel groups (Yoga and Control groups) on male obese...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043769/motor-unit-number-index-munix-detects-motor-neuron-loss-in-pre-symptomatic-muscles-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Christoph Neuwirth, Paul E Barkhaus, Christian Burkhardt, José Castro, David Czell, Mamede de Carvalho, Sanjeev Nandedkar, Erik Stålberg, Markus Weber
OBJECTIVE: Motor Unit Number Index (MUNIX) is a quantitative neurophysiological measure that provides an index of the number of lower motor neurons supplying a muscle. It reflects the loss of motor neurons in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). However, it is unclear whether MUNIX also detects motor unit loss in strong, non-wasted muscles. METHODS: Three centres measured MUNIX in 49 ALS patients every three months in six different muscles (abductor pollicis brevis, abductor digiti minimi, biceps brachii, tibialis anterior, extensor digitorum brevis, abductor hallucis) on the less affected side...
December 18, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043748/subpectoral-biceps-tenodesis-for-tenosynovitis-of-the-long-head-of-the-biceps-in-active-patients-younger-than-45%C3%A2-years-old
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Dimitri S Tahal, J Christoph Katthagen, Alexander R Vap, Marilee P Horan, Peter J Millett
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to assess the outcomes after subpectoral biceps tenodesis (BT) for long head of the biceps (LHB) tenosynovitis in active patients <45 years old. METHODS: This was an Institutional Review Board-approved, retrospective outcomes study with prospectively collected data. Patients treated with subpectoral BT were included if they met the following criteria: age <45 years, anterior shoulder pain with arthroscopically confirmed LHB tenosynovitis, no concomitant procedures other than debridement and decompression procedures, and minimum 2 years out from surgery...
December 30, 2016: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039506/microsurgical-anatomy-of-branches-of-musculocutaneous-nerve-clinical-relevance-for-spastic-elbow-surgery
#17
C Thieffry, L Chenin, P Foulon, E Havet, J Peltier
PURPOSE: The neurotomy of musculocutaneous nerve is a treatment for patients who suffer from spastic elbow flexion when medical and reeducative treatments have failed. It consists in sectioning motor branches of musculocutaneous nerve which are destined to the biceps brachii and brachialis muscles, both being the main elbow flexor muscles. The aim of this study was to analyse the distance, where each motor branch arises from the musculocutaneous nerve to both biceps brachii and brachialis muscles, to establish precisely the localisation and length of the necessary incision to reach its branches for surgery...
December 30, 2016: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035165/characterization-of-volatile-compounds-physico-chemical-and-sensory-characteristics-of-smoked-dry-cured-ham
#18
Nives Marušić Radovčić, Sanja Vidaček, Tibor Janči, Helga Medić
Volatile compounds from smoked dry-cured ham were isolated by using headspace-solid phase microextraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Samples of biceps femoris were also evaluated for sensory physical and chemical characteristics. Eighty seven volatile aroma compounds of smoked dry-cured ham were identified. Chemical groups identified were aldehydes (35.6%), phenols (34.3%), alcohols (13.8%), terpenes (6.4%), aromatic hydrocarbons (2.6%), alkanes (2.2%), ketones (2.2%), esters (1.7%) and acids (0...
November 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032379/changes-in-cardiovascular-performance-biochemistry-gastric-motility-and-muscle-temperature-induced-by-acute-exercise-on-a-treadmill-in-healthy-military-dogs
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R W Queiroz, V L Silva, D R Rocha, D S Costa, S H N Turco, M T B Silva, A A Santos, M B L Oliveira, A S R Pereira, R C Palheta-Junior
Changes in physiological parameters that are induced by acute exercise on a treadmill in healthy military dogs have not been thoroughly investigated, especially with regard to age. This study investigated the effects of acute exercise on a treadmill on cardiovascular function, biochemical parameters and gastric antral motility in military dogs. Thermography was used to assess variations in superficial hindlimb muscle temperature. Nine healthy dogs were distributed into three groups according to their age (Group I: 25 ± 7 months; Group II: 51 ± 12 months; Group III: 95 ± 10 months) and sequentially subjected to running exercise on a treadmill for 12 min (3...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027238/free-functioning-gracilis-muscle-transfer-for-elbow-flexion-reconstruction-after-traumatic-adult-brachial-pan-plexus-injury-where-is-the-optimal-distal-tendon-attachment-for-elbow-flexion
#20
Andrés A Maldonado, Santiago Romero-Brufau, Michelle F Kircher, Robert J Spinner, Allen T Bishop, Alexander Y Shin
BACKGROUND: Reconstruction after pan-plexus root avulsions often includes gracilis free functioning muscle transfer. For elbow flexion reconstruction, the free functioning muscle transfer distal tendon is inserted into the biceps tendon or more distally (i.e., flexor digitorum profundus/flexor pollicis longus tendons) for combined elbow and finger flexion; the theoretical drawback of the latter approach is weaker elbow flexion. The authors compared elbow flexion strength with a biceps tendon versus a flexor digitorum profundus/flexor pollicis longus tendon attachment to determine which insertion point resulted in better elbow flexion...
January 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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