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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325000/mechanomyography-signals-in-spastic-muscle-and-the-correlation-with-the-modified-ashworth-scale
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E L Santos, M C Santos, E Krueger, G N Nogueira-Neto, P Nohama
The modified Ashworth scale (MAS) is the most widely used measurement technique to assess levels of spasticity. In MAS, the evaluator graduates spasticity considering his/her subjective analysis of the muscular endurance during passive stretching. Therefore, it is a subjective scale. Mechanomyography (MMG) allows registering the vibrations generated by muscle contraction and stretching events that propagate through the tissue until the surface of the skin. With this in mind, this study aimed to investigate possible correlations between MMG signal and muscle spasticity levels determined by MAS...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324975/quantification-of-peripheral-and-central-blood-pressure-variability-using-a-time-frequency-method
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Z Kouchaki, M Butlin, A Qasem, A P Avolio
Systolic blood pressure variability (BPV) is associated with cardiovascular events. As the beat-to-beat variation of blood pressure is due to interaction of several cardiovascular control systems operating with different response times, assessment of BPV by spectral analysis using the continuous measurement of arterial pressure in the finger is used to differentiate the contribution of these systems in regulating blood pressure. However, as baroreceptors are centrally located, this study considered applying a continuous aortic pressure signal estimated noninvasively from finger pressure for assessment of systolic BPV by a time-frequency method using Short Time Fourier Transform (STFT)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324974/altered-viscoelastic-properties-of-stroke-affected-muscles-estimated-using-ultrasound-shear-waves-preliminary-data
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Ghulam Rasool, Allison B Wang, William Z Rymer, Sabrina S M Lee
As a result of a brain injury such as stroke, the skeletal muscles may undergo numerous structural and functional alterations. These abnormal changes are linked to muscle weakness, joint contracture, and abnormal muscle tone and eventually, result in motor impairment. A subset of these alterations affects passive muscle stiffness, i.e., viscoelastic properties. However, in vivo estimation of changes in viscoelastic properties is a challenging task. Here, we used the shear wave velocity, estimated through ultrasound SuperSonic imaging (SSI), as a surrogate for viscoelastic properties...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324953/electrical-resistance-increases-at-the-tissue-electrode-interface-as-an-early-response-to-nucleus-accumbens-deep-brain-stimulation
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Rajas P Kale, Abbas Z Kouzani, Julian Berk, Ken Walder, Michael Berk, Susannah J Tye
The therapeutic actions of deep brain stimulation are not fully understood. The early inflammatory response of electrode implantation is associated with symptom relief without electrical stimulation, but is negated by anti-inflammatory drugs. Early excitotoxic necrosis and subsequent glial scarring modulate the conductivity of the tissue-electrode interface, which can provide some detail into the inflammatory response of individual patients. The feasibility of this was demonstrated by measuring resistance values across a bipolar electrode which was unilaterally implanted into the nucleus accumbens of a rat while receiving continuous deep brain stimulation with a portable back-mounted device using clinical parameters (130Hz, 200μA, 90μs) for 3 days...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324935/photoplethysmography-towards-a-non-invasive-pressure-measurement-technique
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H Njoum, P A Kyriacou
There is a need for non-invasive and continuous blood pressure measurements. This study explored the relationship between Photoplethysmography (PPG) and Pressure-Volume (P-V) changes in an in vitro model. We proposed and compared methods for an estimation of the pulsatile volume, termed as Normalized Pulse Volume (NPV) and Adjusted Pulse Volume (APV). To validate the methods, pressure, Red (R) and InfraRed (IR) PPG signals were recorded continuously in an arterial model utilizing a pulsatile pump. Flow rates were controlled by varying pumping frequencies at low and high stroke volumes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324862/heterogeneity-in-predictive-power-of-early-childhood-nutritional-indicators-for-mid-childhood-outcomes-evidence-from-vietnam
#6
Le Thuc Duc, Jere R Behrman
We utilize longitudinal data on nearly 1800 children in Vietnam to study the predictive power of alternative measures of early childhood undernutrition for outcomes at age eight years: weight-for-age (WAZ8), height-for-age (HAZ8), and education (reading, math and receptive vocabulary). We apply two-stage procedures to derive unpredicted weight gain and height growth in the first year of life. Our estimates show that a standard deviation (SD) increase in birth weight is associated with an increase of 0.14 (standard error [SE]: 0...
March 11, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324661/improved-risk-stratification-in-pediatric-septic-shock-using-both-protein-and-mrna-biomarkers-persevere-xp
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Hector R Wong, Natalie Z Cvijanovich, Nick Anas, Geoffrey L Allen, Neal J Thomas, Michael T Bigham, Scott L Weiss, Julie C Fitzgerald, Paul A Checchia, Keith Meyer, Michael Quasney, Mark Hall, Rainer Gedeit, Robert J Freishtat, Jeffrey Nowak, Shekhar S Raj, Shira Gertz, Jocelyn R Grunwell, Christopher J Lindsell
RATIONALE: We previously derived and validated the Pediatric Sepsis Biomarker Risk Model (PERSEVERE) to estimate baseline mortality risk in children with septic shock. The PERSEVERE biomarkers are serum proteins, selected from among the proteins directly related to 80 mortality risk assessment genes. The initial approach to selecting the PERSEVERE biomarkers left 68 genes unconsidered. OBJECTIVE: Determine if the 68 previously unconsidered genes can improve upon the performance of PERSEVERE and provide biological information regarding the pathophysiology of septic shock...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324244/animal-models-and-antifungal-agents-in-paracoccidioidomycosis-an-overview
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REVIEW
Luciano Z Goldani, Fernanda Wirth
Paracoccidioides brasiliensis is the etiologic agent of paracoccidioidomycosis, the most prevalent systemic mycosis in Latin America. The morbidity and mortality associated with paracoccidioidomycosis necessitate our understanding of fungal pathogenesis and discovering of new agents to treat this infection. Animal models have contributed much to the knowledge of fungal infections and their corresponding therapeutic treatments. This is true for animal models of the primary fungal pathogens such as P. brasiliensis...
March 21, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324166/redescription-of-chloromyxum-ellipticum-li-nie-1973-myxosporea-chloromyxidae-infecting-the-gall-bladder-of-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idellus-valenciennes-1844-supplemented-by-morphological-and-molecular-characteristics
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J Y Zhang, Y L Zhao, M D Batueva, D Luo, Z F Xing, Q Q Zhang, X H Liu
The traditional taxonomy of the genus Chloromyxum Mingazzini, 1890 has been intensively challenged to be paraphyletic by recent ribosomal DNA (rDNA)-based phylogenetic analysis. Undersampling to get rich sequence data to infer more scientific phylogenetic relationships makes scientists conservatively assign all non-marine elasmobranch-infecting species as Chloromyxum sensu lato. Although complex ridge pattern on the spore surface observed by scanning electron microscopy was thought to be critical for the identification of Chloromyxum species, insufficient data also prevent this ultrastructural data to be a valid taxonomic feature for this genus...
March 21, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324165/lipid-phenol-and-carotenoid-changes-in-bianca-grapevine-leaves-after-mechanical-wounding-a-case-study
#10
Giulia Chitarrini, Luca Zulini, Domenico Masuero, Urska Vrhovsek
Metabolic changes can occur in plants in response to abiotic stress. Extensive use of leaf discs (mechanical wounding) in studies regarding the effect on the biochemical response of the grapevine to different types of biotic stress makes it necessary to understand metabolic perturbation after injury. In this study, we investigate how mechanical wounding can affect the metabolism of grapevine leaf tissue using Bianca variety as case study. Two sizes of leaf discs (1.1 and 2.8 cm in diameter) were excised from leaves, and phenol, lipid and carotenoid perturbation were investigated 0, 6, 12, 24, 48, 96 and 120 h post cutting...
March 21, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324122/mr-imaging-differentiation-of-fe-2-and-fe-3-based-on-relaxation-and-magnetic-susceptibility-properties
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Olaf Dietrich, Johannes Levin, Seyed-Ahmad Ahmadi, Annika Plate, Maximilian F Reiser, Kai Bötzel, Armin Giese, Birgit Ertl-Wagner
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the MR imaging behavior of ferrous (Fe(2+)) and ferric (Fe(3+)) iron ions in order to develop a noninvasive technique to quantitatively differentiate between both forms of iron. METHODS: MRI was performed at 3 T in a phantom consisting of 21 samples with different concentrations of ferrous and ferric chloride solutions (between 0 and 10 mmol/L). A multi-echo spoiled gradient-echo pulse sequence with eight echoes was used for both T 2* and quantitative susceptibility measurements...
March 21, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324040/cord-blood-adipocyte-fatty-acid-binding-protein-levels-correlate-with-gestational-age-and-birth-weight-in-neonates
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Kyoung Eun Joung, Sule Umit Cataltepe, Zoe Michael, Helen Christou, Christos S Mantzoros
Context: Infants born small for gestational age (SGA) have increased risk for obesity and metabolic syndrome in future life, but the underlying mechanisms are not fully elucidated. Adipocyte fatty acid binding protein, is an adipokine that has been implicated in modulation of insulin sensitivity and lipid metabolism. Higher plasma AFABP levels are associated with increased risk of metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular morbidity in adults. Alterations in AFABP levels during fetal growth have not been characterized...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323974/phenotypic-spectrum-in-osteogenesis-imperfecta-due-to-mutations-in-tmem38b-unravelling-a-complex-cellular-defect
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Emma A Webb, Meena Balasubramanian, Nadja Fratzl-Zelman, Wayne A Cabral, Hannah Titheradge, Atif Alsaedi, Vrinda Saraff, Julie Vogt, Trevor Cole, Susan Stewart, Nicola J Crabtree, Brandi M Sargent, Sonja Gamsjaeger, Eleftherios P Paschalis, Paul Roschger, Klaus Klaushofer, Nick J Shaw, Joan C Marini, Wolfgang Högler
Context: Recessive mutations in TMEM38B cause type XIV osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) by dysregulating intracellular calcium flux. Objectives: Clinical and bone material phenotype description and osteoblast differentiation studies. Design and Setting: Natural history study in paediatric research centres. Patients: Eight patients with type XIV OI. Main Outcome Measures: Clinical examinations included: bone mineral density, radiographs, echocardiography and muscle biopsy...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323947/effects-of-mixed-carotenoids-on-adipokines-and-abdominal-adiposity-in-children-a-pilot-study
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J Atilio Canas, Amanda Lochrie, Amy Galena McGowan, Jobayer Hossain, Christopher Schettino, P Babu Balagopal
Context: Carotenoids have been implicated in the regulation of adipocyte metabolism. Objective: To compare the effects of mixed-carotenoid supplementation (MCS) vs. placebo on adipokines and the accrual of abdominal adiposity in children with obesity. Design and Setting: Randomized (1:1) double-blind, placebo-controlled intervention trial to evaluate the effects of MCS over 6 months in a subspecialty clinic. Participants: Twenty (6 male and 14 female) children with simple obesity (BMI > 90%); age: 10...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323923/genetic-variation-of-follicle-stimulating-hormone-action-is-associated-with-age-at-testicular-growth-in-boys
#15
Alexander S Busch, Casper P Hagen, Katharina M Main, Anita Pereira, Camila Corvalan, Kristian Almstrup, Veronica Mericq, Anders Juul
Context: Although genetic factors play a pivotal role in male pubertal timing, genome-wide association studies have identified only a small number of loci. Genetic variation of FSH action affects adult reproductive parameters and female pubertal timing. Objective: To investigate whether genetic variation affecting FSH action is associated with onset of puberty in boys. Design: Cross-sectional and longitudinal study of two cohorts of healthy boys...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323913/accrual-of-bone-mass-in-children-and-adolescents-with-cystic-fibrosis
#16
Sonakshi Sharma, Mirjana Jaksic, Sheryl Fenwick, Catherine Byrnes, Tim Cundy
Context: Low bone density is a recognised complication of cystic fibrosis (CF). Hypothesis: Accrual of bone mass is most impaired in the sickest children, as judged by nutritional status and pulmonary function. Design: Retrospective analysis of correlation between lumbar spine BMD, BMI and FEV1 z-score in children and adolescents with CF. Setting: Specialist CF service at a pediatric hospital. Patients: 60 participants aged 5...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323896/biological-phosphorylation-of-an-unnatural-base-pair-ubp-using-a-drosophila-melanogaster-deoxynucleoside-kinase-dmdnk-mutant
#17
Fei Chen, Yuan Zhang, Ashley B Daugherty, Zunyi Yang, Ryan Shaw, Mengxing Dong, Stefan Lutz, Steven A Benner
One research goal for unnatural base pair (UBP) is to replicate, transcribe and translate them in vivo. Accordingly, the corresponding unnatural nucleoside triphosphates must be available at sufficient concentrations within the cell. To achieve this goal, the unnatural nucleoside analogues must be phosphorylated to the corresponding nucleoside triphosphates by a cascade of three kinases. The first step is the monophosphorylation of unnatural deoxynucleoside catalyzed by deoxynucleoside kinases (dNK), which is generally considered the rate limiting step because of the high specificity of dNKs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323864/population-genetic-structure-of-eelgrass-zostera-marina-on-the-korean-coast-current-status-and-conservation-implications-for-future-management
#18
Jae Hwan Kim, Ji Hyoun Kang, Ji Eun Jang, Sun Kyeong Choi, Min Ji Kim, Sang Rul Park, Hyuk Je Lee
Seagrasses provide numerous ecosystem services for coastal and estuarine environments, such as nursery functions, erosion protection, pollution filtration, and carbon sequestration. Zostera marina (common name "eelgrass") is one of the seagrass bed-forming species distributed widely in the northern hemisphere, including the Korean Peninsula. Recently, however, there has been a drastic decline in the population size of Z. marina worldwide, including Korea. We examined the current population genetic status of this species on the southern coast of Korea by estimating the levels of genetic diversity and genetic structure of 10 geographic populations using eight nuclear microsatellite markers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323845/insulin-and-bone-health-in-young-adults-the-mediator-role-of-lean-mass
#19
Ana Torres-Costoso, Diana P Pozuelo-Carrascosa, Celia Álvarez-Bueno, Asunción Ferri-Morales, Jose Miota Ibarra, Blanca Notario-Pacheco, Vicente Martínez-Vizcaíno
BACKGROUND: The positive relationship between lean mass (LM) and bone health is well known, but a positive association between insulin and LM has also been described. Insulin has some anabolic properties on bone through the stimulation of osteoblast differentiation, yet the role of LM as a confounder or mediator in this relationship remains uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To examine whether the association between insulin levels and bone health is mediated by LM. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted at the Castilla La Mancha University (Spain) involving 466 young adults (113 young men; 19...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323635/magnetic-states-of-mnp-muon-spin-rotation-studies
#20
R Khasanov, A Amato, P Bonfà, Z Guguchia, H Luetkens, E Morenzoni, R De Renzi, N D Zhigadlo
Muon-spin rotation data collected at ambient pressure (p) and at p  =  2.42 GPa in MnP were analyzed to check their consistency with various low- and high-pressure magnetic structures reported in the literature. Our analysis confirms that in MnP the low-temperature and low-pressure helimagnetic phase is characterised by an increased value of the average magnetic moment compared to the high-temperature ferromagnetic phase. An elliptical double-helical structure with a propagation vector [Formula: see text], an a-axis moment elongated by approximately 18% and an additional tilt of the rotation plane towards c-direction by [Formula: see text]-8° leads to a good agreement between the theory and the experiment...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
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