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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742873/orienting-towards-social-features-in-naturalistic-scenes-is-reflexive
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Lara Rösler, Albert End, Matthias Gamer
Saliency-based models of visual attention postulate that, when a scene is freely viewed, attention is predominantly allocated to those elements that stand out in terms of their physical properties. However, eye-tracking studies have shown that saliency models fail to predict gaze behavior accurately when social information is included in an image. Notably, gaze pattern analyses revealed that depictions of human beings are heavily prioritized independent of their low-level physical saliency. What remains unknown, however, is whether the prioritization of such social features is a reflexive or a voluntary process...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740784/recovery-from-bell-palsy-after-transplantation-of-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-and-platelet-rich-plasma
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Istvan Seffer, Zoltan Nemeth
Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) are multipotent, and plasma contains growth factors involving tissue regeneration. We hypothesized that transplantation of PBMC-plasma will promote the recovery of paralyzed facial muscles in Bell palsy. This case report describes the effects of PBMC-plasma transplantations in a 27-year-old female patient with right side Bell palsy. On the affected side of the face, the treatment resulted in both morphological and functional recovery including voluntary facial movements...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737732/the-role-of-heart-rate-variability-parameters-in-activity-recognition-and-energy-expenditure-estimation-using-wearable-sensors
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Heesu Park, Suh-Yeon Dong, Miran Lee, Inchan Youn
Human-activity recognition (HAR) and energy-expenditure (EE) estimation are major functions in the mobile healthcare system. Both functions have been investigated for a long time; however, several challenges remain unsolved, such as the confusion between activities and the recognition of energy-consuming activities involving little or no movement. To solve these problems, we propose a novel approach using an accelerometer and electrocardiogram (ECG). First, we collected a database of six activities (sitting, standing, walking, ascending, resting and running) of 13 voluntary participants...
July 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729946/decrease-in-short-latency-afferent-inhibition-during-corticomotor-postexercise-depression-following-repetitive-finger-movement
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Shota Miyaguchi, Sho Kojima, Ryoki Sasaki, Shinichi Kotan, Hikari Kirimoto, Hiroyuki Tamaki, Hideaki Onishi
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to clarify cortical circuit mechanisms contributing to corticomotor excitability during postexercise depression (PED) following repetitive nonfatiguing movement. We investigated changes in short-latency afferent inhibition (SAI) and short-interval intracortical inhibition (SICI) by paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) during PED. METHODS: A total of 16 healthy subjects performed repetitive abduction movements of the right index finger at 2...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726578/a-framework-for-optimizing-phytosanitary-thresholds-in-seed-systems
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Robin Alan Choudhury, Karen A Garrett, Steven J Klosterman, Krishna V Subbarao, Neil McRoberts
Seedborne pathogens and pests limit production in many agricultural systems. Quarantine programs help prevent the introduction of exotic pathogens into a country, but few regulations directly apply to reducing the re-introduction and spread of endemic pathogens. Use of phytosanitary thresholds helps limit the movement of pathogen inoculum through seed, but the costs associated with rejected seed lots can be prohibitive for voluntary implementation of phytosanitary thresholds. In this paper, we outline a framework to optimize thresholds for seedborne pathogens, balancing the cost of rejected seed lots and benefit of reduced inoculum levels...
July 20, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725191/bilateral-reflex-fluctuations-during-rhythmic-movement-of-remote-limb-pairs
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Rinaldo A Mezzarane, Tsuyoshi Nakajima, E Paul Zehr
The modulation of spinal cord excitability during rhythmic limb movement reflects the neuronal coordination underlying actions of the arms and legs. Integration of network activity in the spinal cord can be assessed by reflex variability between the limbs, an approach so far very little studied. The present work addresses this question by eliciting Hoffmann (H-) reflexes in both limbs to assess if common drive onto bilateral pools of motoneurons influence spinal cord excitability simultaneously or with a delay between sides...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717819/atrophic-degeneration-of-cerebellum-impairs-both-the-reactive-and-the-proactive-control-of-movement-in-the-stop-signal-paradigm
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Giusy Olivito, Emiliano Brunamonti, Silvia Clausi, Pierpaolo Pani, Francesca R Chiricozzi, Margherita Giamundo, Marco Molinari, Maria Leggio, Stefano Ferraina
The cognitive control of movement suppression, including performance monitoring, is one of the core properties of the executive system. A complex cortical and subcortical network involving cerebral cortex, thalamus, subthalamus, and basal ganglia has been regarded as the neural substrate of inhibition of programmed movements. Using the countermanding task, a suitable tool to explore behavioral components of movement suppression, the contribution of the cerebellum in the proactive control and monitoring of voluntary action has been recently described in patients affected by focal lesions involving in particular the cerebellar dentate nucleus...
July 17, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716932/body-ownership-determines-the-attenuation-of-self-generated-tactile-sensations
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Konstantina Kilteni, H Henrik Ehrsson
Self-perception depends on the brain's abilities to differentiate our body from the environment and to distinguish between the sensations generated as a consequence of voluntary movement and those arising from events in the external world. The first process refers to the sense of ownership of our body and relies on the dynamic integration of multisensory (afferent) signals. The second process depends on internal forward models that use (efferent) information from our motor commands to predict and attenuate the sensory consequences of our movements...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716692/the-fatigue-of-a-full-body-resistance-exercise-session-in-trained-men
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Paul W M Marshall, Rebecca Cross, Michael Haynes
OBJECTIVES: We examined the fatigue and recovery for 48h following a full-body resistance exercise session in trained men. DESIGN: Experimental cross-sectional study. METHODS: Eight resistance trained men volunteered to participate (mean±SD; age 27.0±6.0 years, height 1.79±0.05m, weight 81.8±6.8kg, training experience 7.8±5.0 years). Fatigue and pain was measured before, after, 1h post, 24h and 48h post the full-body resistance exercise session, which was based on in-season models used in contact team sports (e...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715575/saccadic-suppression-during-voluntary-versus-reactive-saccades
#10
Svenja Gremmler, Markus Lappe
Saccades are fast eye movements that reorient gaze. They can be performed voluntarily-for example, when viewing a scene-but they can also be triggered in reaction to suddenly appearing targets. The generation of these voluntary and reactive saccades have been shown to involve partially different cortical pathways. However, saccades of either type confront the visual system with a major challenge from massive image motion on the retina. Despite the fact that the whole scene is swept across the retina, a saccade usually does not elicit a percept of motion...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714826/effects-of-peroneal-muscles-fatigue-on-dynamic-stability-following-lateral-hop-landing-time-to-stabilization-vs-dynamic-postural-stability-index
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Kazem Malmir, Gholam Reza Olyaei, Saeed Talebian, Ali Ashraf Jamshidi, Majid Ashraf Ganguie
CONTEXT: Dynamic stability is a necessary requirement in many sports competitions. Muscle fatigue, which can impair stability, may be occurred in many sports competitions in which lateral movements and landing repeated frequently. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effects of peroneal muscles fatigue on dynamic stability following lateral hop landing through measuring time to stabilization (TTS) and dynamic postural stability index (DPSI). DESIGN: Quasi-experimental...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712012/development-of-an-mr-compatible-hand-exoskeleton-that-is-capable-of-providing-interactive-robotic-rehabilitation-during-fmri-imaging
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Sangjoon J Kim, Yeongjin Kim, Hyosang Lee, Pouya Ghasemlou, Jung Kim
Following advances in robotic rehabilitation, there have been many efforts to investigate the recovery process and effectiveness of robotic rehabilitation procedures through monitoring the activation status of the brain. This work presents the development of a two degree-of-freedom (DoF) magnetic resonance (MR)-compatible hand device that can perform robotic rehabilitation procedures inside an fMRI scanner. The device is capable of providing real-time monitoring of the joint angle, angular velocity, and joint force produced by the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) and proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints of four fingers...
July 15, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701996/aberrant-pyramidal-tract-in-comparison-with-pyramidal-tract-on-diffusion-tensor-tractography-a-mini-review
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Sungho Jang, Soyoung Kwak
The pyramidal tract (PT) is a major neural tract that controls voluntary movements in the human brain. The PT has several collateral pathways, including the aberrant pyramidal tract (APT), which passes through the medial lemniscus location at the midbrain and pons. Diffusion tensor tractography (DTT) allows visualization and estimation of the APT in three dimensions. In this mini-review, eight DTT studies on the APT were reviewed. Two studies for normal subjects reported the prevalence (17-18% of hemispheres) and the different characteristics (different cortical origin, less directionality, and fewer neural fibers) of the APT compared with the PT...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701540/a-novel-paraplegia-model-in-awake-behaving-macaques
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Max Ostrinsky Krucoff, Katie Zhuang, David B Macleod, Allen Yin, Yoon Woo Byun, Roberto Jose Manson, Dennis A Turner, Laura Oliveira, Mikhail A Lebedev
Lower limb paralysis from spinal cord injury (SCI) or neurological disease carries a poor prognosis for recovery and remains a large societal burden. Neurophysiological and neuroprosthetic research have the potential to improve quality of life for these patients; however, the lack of an ethical and sustainable non-human primate model for paraplegia hinders their advancement. Therefore, our multi-disciplinary team developed a way to induce temporary paralysis in awake behaving macaques by creating a fully implantable lumbar epidural catheter-subcutaneous port system that enables easy and reliable targeted drug delivery for sensorimotor blockade...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701169/comparison-between-semg-and-force-as-control-interfaces-to-support-planar-arm-movements-in-adults-with-duchenne-a-feasibility-study
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Joan Lobo-Prat, Kostas Nizamis, Mariska M H P Janssen, Arvid Q L Keemink, Peter H Veltink, Bart F J M Koopman, Arno H A Stienen
BACKGROUND: Adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) can benefit from devices that actively support their arm function. A critical component of such devices is the control interface as it is responsible for the human-machine interaction. Our previous work indicated that surface electromyography (sEMG) and force-based control with active gravity and joint-stiffness compensation were feasible solutions for the support of elbow movements (one degree of freedom). In this paper, we extend the evaluation of sEMG- and force-based control interfaces to simultaneous and proportional control of planar arm movements (two degrees of freedom)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692958/grift-a-device-for-quantifying-physiological-and-pathological-mirror-movements-in-children
#16
E Jaspers, K Klingels, C Simon-Martinez, H Feys, D G Woolley, N Wenderoth
Mirror movements (MM) typically occur during unilateral actions and manifest as involuntary muscle activity of the passive limb, which "mirror" voluntary actions executed by the contralateral homologous body part. They are a normal motor feature in young children and gradually disappear during the first decade of life. In children suffering from neurological disorders, e.g. due to an early brain lesion as in unilateral cerebral palsy, the amplitude and occurrence of MM has been proposed to yield relevant information for diagnosis and therapy...
July 5, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691197/loss-of-dcc-in-the-spinal-cord-is-sufficient-to-cause-a-deficit-in-lateralized-motor-control-and-the-switch-to-a-hopping-gait
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Jimmy Peng, Julien Ferent, Qingyu Li, Mingwei Liu, Ronan Vinicius da Silva, Hanns Ulrich Zeilhofer, Artur Kania, Ying Zhang, Frédéric Charron
BACKGROUND: Humans with heterozygous mutations in the axon guidance receptor DCC display congenital mirror movements (MMs), which are involuntary movements of body parts, such as fingers, on one side of the body that mirror voluntary movement of the opposite side. In mice, the homozygous Dcc(kanga) mutant allele causes synchronous MM-like hindlimb movements during locomotion, resulting in hopping. In both human and mice, the neuroanatomical defect responsible for the deficit in lateralized motor control remains to be elucidated...
July 10, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690920/do-bradykinesia-and-tremor-interfere-in-voluntary-movement-of-essential-tremor-patients-preliminary-findings
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Etienne Goubault, Hung P Nguyen, Fouaz S Ayachi, Sarah Bogard, Christian Duval
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine whether tremor and bradykinesia impacted a dexterous activity performed by patients with essential tremor (ET). METHODS: Core bradykinesia was assessed in 27 controls and 15 patients with ET using a rapid alternating movement (RAM) task. Then, participants performed a "counting money" counting tasks while equipped with inertial measurement units to detect and quantify tremor during movement. The time required to perform subsections of the tasks and the rate of failure (errors) were compared between groups using Mann-Whitney U tests and a chi-square test, respectively...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687938/a-scoring-system-predicting-the-clinical-course-of-clpb-defect-based-on-the-foetal-and-neonatal-presentation-of-31-patients
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Ewa Pronicka, Mariola Ropacka-Lesiak, Joanna Trubicka, Magdalena Pajdowska, Markus Linke, Elsebet Ostergaard, Carol Saunders, Sandra Horsch, Clara van Karnebeek, Joy Yaplito-Lee, Felix Distelmaier, Katrin Õunap, Shamima Rahman, Martin Castelle, John Kelleher, Safa Baris, Katarzyna Iwanicka-Pronicka, Colin G Steward, Elżbieta Ciara, Saskia B Wortmann
Recently, CLPB deficiency has been shown to cause a genetic syndrome with cataracts, neutropenia, and 3-methylglutaconic aciduria. Surprisingly, the neurological presentation ranges from completely unaffected to patients with virtual absence of development. Muscular hypo- and hypertonia, movement disorder and progressive brain atrophy are frequently reported. We present the foetal, peri- and neonatal features of 31 patients, of which five are previously unreported, using a newly developed clinical severity scoring system rating the clinical, metabolic, imaging and other findings weighted by the age of onset...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686721/systemic-pd149163-a-neurotensin-receptor-1-agonist-decreases-methamphetamine-self-administration-in-dba-2j-mice-without-causing-excessive-sedation
#20
Amanda L Sharpe, Erika Varela, Michael J Beckstead
Methamphetamine (METH) is a psychostimulant that exhibits significant abuse potential. Although METH addiction is a major health and societal concern, no drug is currently approved for its therapeutic management. METH activates the central dopaminergic "reward" circuitry, and with repeated use increases levels of the neuromodulatory peptide neurotensin in the nucleus accumbens and ventral tegmental area. Previous studies in rats suggest that neurotensin agonism decreases METH self-administration, but these studies did not examine the effect of neurotensin agonism on the pattern of self-administration or open field locomotion...
2017: PloS One
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