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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813933/robotic-learning-from-demonstration-of-therapist-s-time-varying-assistance-to-a-patient-in-trajectory-following-tasks
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Mohammad Najafi, Kim Adams, Mahdi Tavakoli
The number of people with physical disabilities and impaired motion control is increasing. Consequently, there is a growing demand for intelligent assistive robotic systems to cooperate with people with disability and help them carry out different tasks. To this end, our group has pioneered the use of robot learning from demonstration (RLfD) techniques, which eliminate the need for task-specific robot programming, in robotic rehabilitation and assistive technologies settings. First, in the demonstration phase, the therapist (or in general, a helper) provides an intervention (typically assistance) and cooperatively performs a task with a patient several times...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812050/caveats-in-the-established-understanding-of-cmt1a
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Jun Li
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type-1A (CMT1A) is one of the most common types of inherited peripheral nerve diseases. It is caused by the trisomy of chromosome 17p12 (c17p12), a large DNA segment of 1.4 Mb containing PMP22 plus eight other genes. The size of c17p12 is formidable for any cloning technique to manipulate, and thus precludes production of models in vitro and in vivo that can precisely recapitulate the genetic alterations in humans with CMT1A. This limitation and other factors have led to several assumptions, which have yet been carefully scrutinized, serving as key principles in our understanding of the disease...
August 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811104/a-double-determination-of-central-motor-conduction-time-in-the-assessment-of-hirayama-disease
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Chaojun Zheng, Dongqing Zhu, Feizhou Lu, Yu Zhu, Xiaosheng Ma, Xinlei Xia, Jianyuan Jiang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate central motor conduction time (CMCT) in patients with Hirayama disease (HD) and to analyse the role of motor nerve root lesions in the pathogenesis of HD. METHODS: CMCT measured by F-wave (CMCT-F) and by paravertebral magnetic stimulation (CMCT-M) was performed on both abductor pollicis brevis (APB) and abductor digiti minimi (ADM) in 41 HD patients and 22 controls. All patients underwent neck-flexion magnetic resonance imaging evaluation...
July 31, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810595/sudoscan-an-effective-tool-for-screening-chronic-kidney-disease-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Fei Mao, Siying Liu, Xiaona Qiao, Hangping Zheng, Qian Xiong, Jie Wen, Shuo Zhang, Zhaoyun Zhang, Hongying Ye, Hongli Shi, Bin Lu, Yiming Li
SUDOSCAN is a non-invasive method of measuring peripheral small fiber and autonomic nerve activity by detection of abnormal sweat gland function through electrochemical skin conductance. It has been reported to be an effective screening tool in early detection of microvascular type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) complications including diabetic neuropathy and nephropathy in recent studies. However, previous studies used estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) as the golden standard, which has a 90% chance of being within 30% of the measured GFR at best...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810566/correlation-analysis-between-the-ldl-c-in-serum-and-the-onset-of-transient-ischemic-attack-caused-by-csvd
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Yaqi Chen, Mei Hu, Hongying Gong
The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in serum and the onset of transient ischemic attack caused by cerebral small vascular disease (CSVD). Between September 2012 and September 2015, 249 patients who were diagnosed as CSVD were randomly enrolled in this study. According to MRI results, patients were divided into the patient and control groups. In the patient group, the patients were further subdivided into the white matter lesion (WML) group (n=86) and lacunar infarction (LI) group (n=53)...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809841/measuring-neuromuscular-junction-functionality
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Emanuele Rizzuto, Simona Pisu, Carmine Nicoletti, Zaccaria Del Prete, Antonio Musarò
Neuromuscular junction (NMJ) functionality plays a pivotal role when studying diseases in which the communication between motor neuron and muscle is impaired, such as aging and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Here we describe an experimental protocol that can be used to measure NMJ functionality by combining two types of electrical stimulation: direct muscle membrane stimulation and the stimulation through the nerve. The comparison of the muscle response to these two different stimulations can help to define, at the functional level, potential alterations in the NMJ that lead to functional decline in muscle...
August 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809704/kilohertz-electrical-stimulation-nerve-conduction-block-effects-of-electrode-material
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Yogi A Patel, Brian S Kim, Robert J Butera
Kilohertz electrical stimulation (KES) has enabled a novel new paradigm for spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation to treat a variety of neurological diseases. KES can excite or inhibit nerve activity and is used in many clinical devices today. However, the impact of different electrode materials on the efficacy of KES is unknown. We investigated the effect of different electrode materials and their respective charge injection mechanisms on KES nerve block thresholds using 20 and 40 kHz current-controlled sinusoidal KES waveforms...
August 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809377/health-related-quality-of-life-of-patients-with-zygomatic-fracture
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L Kaukola, J Snäll, R Roine, H Sintonen, H Thorén
BACKGROUND: The objective was to evaluate health-related quality of life (HRQoL) before and after surgical treatment of zygomatic complex fracture and assess patients' perceptions of the aesthetic and functional outcomes of surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective study of 79 adult patients before and after surgery for zygomatic complex fracture was conducted. HRQoL was measured using the generic 15-dimensional (15D) instrument, and patient satisfaction was assessed by an additional questionnaire...
August 15, 2017: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804976/demyelinating-neuropathy-in-a-6-year-old-girl-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Akiko Kamata, Kazuhiro Muramatsu, Noriko Sawaura, Nishiki Makioka, Tomomi Ogata, Makoto Kuwashima, Hirokazu Arakawa
Herein we report the case of a 6-year-old girl with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and weakness in the distal portion of the right upper limb. Although difficult to perform, nerve conduction studies indicated demyelinating neuropathy. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed swelling a nd high-intensity signals in the right brachial plexus and cervical spinal roots. The symptoms recovered after a single course of i.v. immunoglobulin. Electrophysiological indices and MRI findings also improved after treatment...
August 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803853/developmental-suppression-of-forebrain-trka-receptors-and-attentional-capacities-in-aging-rats-a-longitudinal-study
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Brittney Yegla, Vinay Parikh
Basal forebrain (BF) cholinergic neurons innervating the cortex regulate cognitive, specifically attentional, processes. Cholinergic atrophy and cognitive decline occur at an accelerated pace in age-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease; however, the mechanism responsible for this phenomenon remains unknown. Here we hypothesized that developmental suppression of nerve growth factor signaling, mediated via tropomyosin-related kinase A (trkA) receptors, would escalate age-related attentional vulnerability...
August 10, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802687/-oct-topographic-characteristics-of-the-optic-nerve-in-patients-clinically-suspected-to-have-large-optic-disc-cupping-in-togo
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N Maneh, K D Ayena, K Vonor, K B Nonon Saa, K M Amedome, K B Dzidzinyo, C B Ikessieba, K R Kuaovi, M Banla, K P Balo
PURPOSE: To describe topographic characteristics of optic discs clinically suspected of large cupping. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is retrospective study conducted from the January 2 to December 31 on the OCT registry and data base of a private ophthalmologic center in Lomé (Togo). We included records of patients with large cupping - CDR (cup-to-disc ratio) ≥ 0.4 -clinically observed and having undergone OCT-optic disc analysis. RESULTS: Three hundred and thirty-five patients (619 eyes) were studied, with a mean age of 41...
August 9, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802421/symptomatic-medial-humeral-epicondylar-fracture-non-union-rare-presentation-of-a-relatively-common-injury
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Vidisha S Kulkarni, Nitish Arora, Harshit Gehlot, Sagar Saxena, Sunil G Kulkarni, Supreet Bajwa
BACKGROUND: Symptomatic non-union of medial humeral epicondylar fractures is a limited entity. Some studies recommend surgical excision of the fragment, but the results are controversial. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the outcome of open reduction and internal fixation of a medial epicondyle non-union fragment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted in all the patients, who were operated in our hospital between the year 2010 and 2015 for symptomatic medial humeral epicondyle non-union...
August 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801417/optic-nerve-sheath-diameter-sonography-for-the-diagnosis-of-increased-intracranial-pressure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-protocol
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Alex Koziarz, Niv Sne, Fraser Kegel, Waleed Alhazzani, Siddharth Nath, Jetan H Badhiwala, Timothy Rice, Paul Engels, Faidi Samir, Andrew Healey, Kamyar Kahnamoui, Laura Banfield, Sunjay Sharma, Kesava Reddy, Gregory W J Hawryluk, Andrew W Kirkpatrick, Saleh A Almenawer
INTRODUCTION: Increased intracranial pressure (ICP) is a significant neurological issue that may lead to permanent neurological sequelae. When evaluating patients with traumatic brain injury, it is crucial to identify those with high ICP in order to expedite ICP lowering measures and maintain adequate cerebral perfusion. Several measures are used to recognise patients with increased ICP including CT scan, MRI, ICP monitor, and lumbar puncture (LP). However, these tests can be invasive, associated with radiation exposure, contraindicated, or not readily available...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801220/multiple-reflex-pathways-contribute-to-bladder-activation-by-intraurethral-stimulation-in-persons-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Meredith J McGee, Brandon D Swan, Zachary C Danziger, Cindy L Amundsen, Warren M Grill
OBJECTIVES: To measure the urodynamic effects of electrical co-stimulation of two individual sites in the proximal and distal urethra in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). This work was motivated by preclinical findings that selective co-stimulation of the cranial urethral sensory nerve and the dorsal genital nerve, which innervate the proximal and distal portions of the urethra, respectively, increased reflex bladder activation and voiding efficiency. METHODS: Electrical co-stimulation of urethral afferents was conducted in persons with chronic SCI during urodynamics...
August 8, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798954/acute-effect-of-pore-forming-clostridium-perfringens-%C3%AE%C2%B5-toxin-on-compound-action-potentials-of-optic-nerve-of-mouse
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Mercè Cases, Artur Llobet, Beatrice Terni, Inmaculada Gómez de Aranda, Marta Blanch, Briain Doohan, Alexander Revill, Angus M Brown, Juan Blasi, Carles Solsona
ε-Toxin is a pore forming toxin produced by Clostridium perfringens types B and D. It is synthesized as a less active prototoxin form that becomes fully active upon proteolytic activation. The toxin produces highly lethal enterotoxaemia in ruminants, has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and specifically binds to myelinated fibers. We discovered that the toxin induced a release of ATP from isolated mice optic nerves, which are composed of myelinated fibers that are extended from the central nervous system...
July 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797998/the-effect-of-dose-volume-parameters-on-central-nervous-system-relapse-in-pediatric-patients-with-acute-leukemia-receiving-prophylactic-cranial-irradiation
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Zeliha Guzeloz, Ayse Nur Demiral, Fatma Eren, Mehmet Adigul, Ahmet Ergin Capar, Handan Cakmakci, Sebnem Yilmaz, Ozlem Tufekci, Hale Oren, Riza Çetingoz
AIM OF THE STUDY: To investigate the effects of dosevolume parameters of brain parenchyma, optic nerves (ONs) and cribriform plate (CP), which were determined on central nervous system (CNS) control in pediatric leukemia patients who have undergone prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) at our department. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In the current study, the records of 14 patients were examined retrospectively. Along with the minimum and maximum doses for brain and CP, D95% (minimal dose received by the 95% volume of a structure) and V95% (percent volume of target receiving 95% of prescribed dose) could be obtained from the dose-volume histogram...
May 2017: Gulf Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797868/neuropathic-pain-and-nerve-growth-factor-in-chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-prospective-clinical-pathological-study
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R Velasco, X Navarro, M Gil-Gil, M Herrando-Grabulosa, A Calls, J Bruna
CONTEXT: Neuropathic pain can be present in patients developing chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). Nerve growth factor (NGF) is trophic to small sensory fibers and regulates nociception. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the changes in serum NGF and intraepidermal nerve fiber density (IENFD) in skin biopsies of cancer patients receiving neurotoxic chemotherapy in a single-center prospective observational study. METHODS: Patients were evaluated before and after chemotherapy administration...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797820/the-pterygoalar-bar-a-meta-analysis-of-its-prevalence-morphology-and-morphometry
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Przemysław A Pękala, Brandon Michael Henry, Jakub R Pękala, Paulina A Frączek, Dominik Taterra, Konstantinos Natsis, Maria Piagkou, Janusz Skrzat, Iwona M Tomaszewska
PURPOSE: The pterygoalar (PA) bar is a bony bridge resulting from the partial or complete ossification of a PA ligament. The aim of this meta-analysis was to systematically analyze and provide the most comprehensive data on the prevalence, morphology and topographical anatomy of the PA bar. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A comprehensive search of the major electronic databases (PubMed, Embase, ScienceDirect, SciELO, BIOSIS, and Web of Science) was conducted in order to identify relevant studies...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796579/effects-of-localized-x-ray-irradiation-on-peripheral-nerve-regeneration-in-transected-sciatic-nerve-in-rats
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Bo Jiang, Yong Zhang, Jiaju Zhao, Chang She, Xiaozhong Zhou, Qirong Dong, Peiji Wang
Low-dose radiation has been used in clinical and experimental models for the prevention of scarring and for fracture healing. There is evidence that low-dose radiation improves the hormesis of various cell types but little is known about its effects on peripheral nerve tissue. In this study, we investigated the beneficial effects of low-dose radiation on the regeneration of transectional peripheral nerve injury in an experimental rat model. Seventy-two male Sprague-Dawley rats received transection injury to the left sciatic nerves, and the nerves were subsequently sutured by epineurium end-to-end anastomosis to restore continuity...
August 10, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796344/diagnostic-value-of-the-near-nerve-needle-sensory-nerve-conduction-in-sensory-inflammatory-demyelinating-polyneuropathy
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Zeki Odabasi, Shin J Oh
INTRODUCTION: We report here the diagnostic value of the near-nerve needle sensory nerve conduction study (NNN-SNCS) in sensory inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (IDP) in which the routine nerve conduction study was normal or nondiagnostic. METHODS: The NNN-SNCS was performed to identify demyelination in the plantar nerves in 14 patients and in the median or ulnar nerve in two patients with sensory IDP . RESULTS: In 16 patients with sensory IDP, routine NCSs were either normal or non-diagnostic for demyelination...
August 10, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
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