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Tony Lin-Wei Chen, Duo Wai-Chi Wong, Zhi Xu, Qitao Tan, Yan Wang, Ameersing Luximon, Ming Zhang
Flip-flops may change walking gait pattern, increase muscle activity and joint loading, and predispose wearers to foot problems, despite that quantitative evidence is scarce. The purpose of this study was to examine the lower limb muscle co-contraction and joint contact force in flip-flops gait, and compare with those of barefoot and sports shoes walking. Ten healthy males were instructed to perform over-ground walking at self-selected speed under three footwear conditions: 1) barefoot, 2) sports shoes, and 3) thong-type flip-flops...
2018: PloS One
Adam Domonkos Tarnoki, Andrea Agnes Molnar, David Laszlo Tarnoki, Levente Littvay, Emanuela Medda, Corrado Fagnani, Antonio Arnolfi, Filippo Farina, Claudio Baracchini, Giorgio Meneghetti, Giacomo Pucci, Giuseppe Schillaci, Maria Antonietta Stazi, György L Nadasy
AIMS: The elasticity of the internal jugular vein (IJV) is a major determinant of cerebral venous drainage and right atrium venous return. However, the level of genetic determination of IJV dimensions, compliance and distensibility has not been studied yet. METHODS: 170 adult Caucasian twins (43 monozygotic [MZ] and 42 dizygotic [DZ] pairs) were involved from the Italian twin registry. Anteroposterior and mediolateral diameters of the IJV were measured bilaterally by ultrasonography...
2018: PloS One
Srilatha Vantipalli, Jiasong Li, Manmohan Singh, Salavat R Aglyamov, Kirill V Larin, Michael D Twa
SIGNIFICANCE: Measured corneal biomechanical properties are driven by intraocular pressure, tissue thickness, and inherent material properties. We demonstrate tissue thickness as an important factor in the measurement of corneal biomechanics that can confound short-term effects due to UV riboflavin cross-linking (CXL) treatment. PURPOSE: We isolate the effects of tissue thickness on the measured corneal biomechanical properties using optical coherence elastography by experimentally altering the tissue hydration state and stiffness...
March 21, 2018: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
Marco A Marra, Marta Strzelczak, Petra J C Heesterbeek, Sebastiaan A W van de Groes, Dennis Janssen, Bart F J M Koopman, Nico Verdonschot, Ate B Wymenga
PURPOSE: When downsizing the femoral component to prevent mediolateral overhang, notching of the anterior femoral cortex may occur, which could be solved by flexing the femoral component. In this study, we investigated the effect of flexion of the femoral component on patellar tendon moment arm, patellofemoral forces and kinematics in posterior-referencing CR-TKA. Our hypothesis was that flexion of the femoral component increases the patellar tendon moment arm, reduces the patellofemoral forces and provides stable kinematics...
March 20, 2018: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Jesse Lowe, Rohan Bansal, Stephen Badylak, Bryan Brown, William Chung, Alejandro Almarza
A subset of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are attributed to joint degeneration. The pig has been considered the preferred in-vivo model for the evaluation of potential therapies for TMJ disorders, and practical considerations such as cost and husbandry issues have favored the use of young, skeletally immature animals. However, the effect of growth on the biochemical and biomechanical properties of the TMJ disc and articulating cartilage has not been examined. The present study investigates the effect of age on the biochemical and biomechanical properties of healthy porcine TMJs at 3, 6, and 9 months of age...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Tserenchimed Purevsuren, Myagmarbayar Batbaatar, Batbayar Khuyagbaatar, Kyungsoo Kim, Yoon Hyuk Kim
Biomechanical studies have indicated that the conventional non-anatomic reconstruction techniques for lateral ankle sprain (LAS) tend to restrict subtalar joint motion compared to intact ankle joints. Excessive restriction in subtalar motion may lead to chronic pain, functional difficulties, and development of osteoarthritis. Therefore, various anatomic surgical techniques to reconstruct both the anterior talofibular and calcaneofibular ligaments have been introduced. In this study, ankle joint stability was evaluated using multibody computational ankle joint model to assess two new anatomic reconstruction and three popular non-anatomic reconstruction techniques...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Ashok Rajgopal, Inayat Panda, Vipin C Tyagi
Severe metallosis following medial unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) is relatively rare. It is usually due to long-standing wear of the polyethylene component, resulting in frictional wear between the femoral and tibial metallic components. Biomechanical and cadaveric studies have shown the effects of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) transection following medial UKA. We describe a case of a 58-year-old male who developed attritional rupture of the ACL 16 months following medial UKA leading on to early accelerated failure over the next 8 months...
March 2018: Arthroplasty Today
Matthias Gilgien, Josef Kröll, Jörg Spörri, Philip Crivelli, Erich Müller
External forces, such as ground reaction force or air drag acting on athletes' bodies in sports, determine the sport-specific demands on athletes' physical fitness. In order to establish appropriate physical conditioning regimes, which adequately prepare athletes for the loads and physical demands occurring in their sports and help reduce the risk of injury, sport-and/or discipline-specific knowledge of the external forces is needed. However, due to methodological shortcomings in biomechanical research, data comprehensively describing the external forces that occur in alpine super-G (SG) and downhill (DH) are so far lacking...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Ki-Chun Yoo, Yongjoon Suh, Yoojeong An, Hae-June Lee, Ye Ji Jeong, Nizam Uddin, Yan-Hong Cui, Tae-Hoon Roh, Jin-Kyoung Shim, Jong Hee Chang, Jong Bae Park, Min-Jung Kim, In-Gyu Kim, Seok-Gu Kang, Su-Jae Lee
Ionizing radiation is widely used for patient with glioblastoma (GBM). However, the effect of radiation on patient survival is marginal and upon recurrence tumors frequently shift toward mesenchymal subtype adopting invasiveness. Here, we show that ionizing radiation affects biomechanical tension in GBM microenvironment and provides proinvasive extracellular signaling cue, hyaluronic acid (HA)-rich condition. In response to radiation, HA production was increased in GBM cells by HA synthase-2 (HAS2) that was transcriptionally upregulated by NF-ĸB...
March 21, 2018: Oncogene
Shilpa N Raja, Xingchen Ye, Matthew R Jones, Liwei Lin, Sanjay Govindjee, Robert O Ritchie
Nanoscale stress sensing is of crucial importance to biomechanics and other fields. An ideal stress sensor would have a large dynamic range to function in a variety of materials spanning orders of magnitude of local stresses. Here we show that tetrapod quantum dots (tQDs) exhibit excellent sensing versatility with stress-correlated signatures in a multitude of polymers. We further show that tQDs exhibit pressure coefficients, which increase with decreasing polymer stiffness, and vary >3 orders of magnitude...
March 20, 2018: Nature Communications
Rebecca Wheatley, Christofer J Clemente, Amanda C Niehaus, Diana O Fisher, Robbie S Wilson
Movement speed can underpin an animal's probability of success in ecological tasks. Prey often use agility to outmanoeuvre predators, however faster speeds increase inertia and reduce agility. Agility is also constrained by grip, as the foot must have sufficient friction with the ground to apply the forces required for turning. Consequently, ground surface should affect optimum turning speed. We tested the speed-agility trade-off in buff-footed antechinus ( Antechinus mysticus ) on two different surfaces. Antechinus used slower turning speeds over smaller turning radii on both surfaces, as predicted by the speed-agility trade-off...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
Narayan Yoganandan, Jason Moore, Frank A Pintar, Anjishnu Banerjee, Nicholas DeVogel, JiangYue Zhang
While studies have been conducted using human cadaver lumbar spines to understand injury biomechanics in terms of stability/energy to fracture, and physiological responses under pure-moment/follower loads, data are sparse for inferior-to-superior impacts. Injuries occur under this mode from underbody blasts. OBJECTIVES: determine role of age, disc area, and trabecular bone density on tolerances/risk curves under vertical loading from a controlled group of specimens. T12-S1 columns were obtained, pretest X-rays and CTs taken, load cells attached to both ends, impacts applied at S1-end using custom vertical accelerator device, and posttest X-ray, CT, and dissections done...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
Vincent Mathieu, Clément de Loubens, Chloé Thomas, Maud Panouillé, Albert Magnin, Isabelle Souchon
The development of innovative experimental approaches is necessary to gain insights in the complex biomechanics of swallowing. In particular, unraveling the mechanisms of formation of the thin film of bolus coating the pharyngeal mucosa after the ingestion of liquid or semi-liquid food products is an important challenge, with implication in dysphagia treatment and sensory perceptions. The aim here is to propose an original experimental model of swallowing (i) to simulate the peristaltic motions driving the bolus from the oral cavity to the esophagus, (ii) to mimic and vary complex physiological variables of the pharyngeal mucosa (lubrication, deformability and velocity) and (iii) to measure the thickness and the composition of the coatings resulting from bolus flow...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
Erin J Sanchez, Lee F Gabler, Ann B Good, James R Funk, Jeff R Crandall, Matthew B Panzer
BACKGROUND: Head kinematics generated by laboratory reconstructions of professional football helmet impacts have been applied to computational models to study the biomechanics of concussion. Since the original publication of this data, techniques for evaluating accelerometer consistency and error correction have been developed. This study applies these techniques to the original reconstruction data and reanalyzes the results given the current state of concussion biomechanics. METHODS: Consistency checks were applied to the sensor data collected in the head of each test dummy...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Hirotaka Iijima, Kanako Shimoura, Tomoki Aoyama, Masaki Takahashi
BACKGROUND: Stair climbing was suggested to be the first affected task in individuals with knee osteoarthritis (OA). RESEARCH QUESTION: This review aimed to identify consistent kinematic, kinetic, and spatiotemporal alterations of stair climbing exhibited by individuals with knee OA. METHODS: A literature search published until September 2017 was conducted in PubMed, PEDro, CINAHL, and Cochrane CENTRAL. Reviewer extracted data in accordance with the Cochrane Handbook...
March 8, 2018: Gait & Posture
Felix G E Dyrna, Florian B Imhoff, Andreas Voss, Sepp Braun, Elifho Obopilwe, John M Apostolakos, Daichi Morikawa, Brendan Comer, Andreas B Imhoff, Augustus D Mazzocca, Knut Beitzel
BACKGROUND: The acromioclavicular (AC) capsule is an important stabilizer against horizontal translation and also contributes to the strut function of the clavicle, which guides rotation of the scapula. To best reproduce the biomechanical properties and the complex 3-dimensional (3D) guidance of the AC joint, detailed knowledge of the contribution of each of the distinctive capsular structures is needed. Purpose/Hypothesis: To perform a detailed biomechanical evaluation of the specific capsular structures of the AC joint and their contribution to translational and rotational stability...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Małgorzata Mulak, Wojciech A Czak, Małgorzata Mimier, Radosław Kaczmarek
BACKGROUND: Despite the development of various methods of intraocular pressure (IOP) measurement, Goldmann applanation tonometry (GAT) is still the most popular. The measurement using GAT depends on the biomechanical properties of the cornea, such as the thickness, the radius of curvature, as well as the amount of the fluorescein used. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to compare IOP values measured by GAT with those measured by applanation resonance tonometry (ART)...
March 19, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Olivia Samotus, Jack Lee, Mandar Jog
BACKGROUND: Botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) injections is the accepted first-line therapy for cervical dystonia (CD), however, numerous patients discontinue treatment early due to perceived sub-optimal relief. To improve BoNT-A therapy for CD, proper assessment of neck motion and selection of relevant muscles and dosing must be met. Kinematic technology may improve treatment outcomes by guiding physicians to better tailor muscle selection and BoNT-A dosing for CD therapy. METHODS: 28 CD participants were placed into either group: expert injector determined injection patterns by visual assessment ("vb") versus injection patterns based on kinematics interpreted by an expert injector ("kb")...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Shuangjian He, Xiaoyi Huang, Bin Yan, Jian Zhu, Nirong Bao, Jianning Zhao
To evaluate the biomechanical and clinical results of modified separate vertical wiring technique (SVW) for inferior pole patellar fracture repair we conducted a finite element biomechanical study using 2 fixation methods and evaluated a clinical series of eleven patients. The modified SVW technique was an effective, safe and simple method that can provide stable fixation for early exercise with excellent functional results in fixing inferior pole patella fractures.
April 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Joshua M Peterson, Carolyn Chlebek, Ashley M Clough, Alexandra K Wells, Kathleen E Batzinger, John M Houston, Katerina Kradinova, Joseph C Glennon, Darryl J DiRisio, Eric H Ledet
STUDY DESIGN: Real time in vivo measurement of forces in the cervical spine of goats following anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). OBJECTIVE: To measure interbody forces in the cervical spine during the time course of fusion following ACDF with plates of different stiffnesses. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Following ACDF, the biomechanics of the arthrodesis is largely dictated by the plate. The properties of the plate prescribe the extent of load-sharing through the disc space versus the extent of stress-shielding...
March 19, 2018: Spine
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