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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346370/structure-function-and-control-of-the-human-musculoskeletal-network
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Andrew C Murphy, Sarah F Muldoon, David Baker, Adam Lastowka, Brittany Bennett, Muzhi Yang, Danielle S Bassett
The human body is a complex organism, the gross mechanical properties of which are enabled by an interconnected musculoskeletal network controlled by the nervous system. The nature of musculoskeletal interconnection facilitates stability, voluntary movement, and robustness to injury. However, a fundamental understanding of this network and its control by neural systems has remained elusive. Here we address this gap in knowledge by utilizing medical databases and mathematical modeling to reveal the organizational structure, predicted function, and neural control of the musculoskeletal system...
January 2018: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345251/cancer-associated-cachexia
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REVIEW
Vickie E Baracos, Lisa Martin, Murray Korc, Denis C Guttridge, Kenneth C H Fearon
Cancer-associated cachexia is a disorder characterized by loss of body weight with specific losses of skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. Cachexia is driven by a variable combination of reduced food intake and metabolic changes, including elevated energy expenditure, excess catabolism and inflammation. Cachexia is highly associated with cancers of the pancreas, oesophagus, stomach, lung, liver and bowel; this group of malignancies is responsible for half of all cancer deaths worldwide. Cachexia involves diverse mediators derived from the cancer cells and cells within the tumour microenvironment, including inflammatory and immune cells...
January 18, 2018: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345167/dietary-supplements-for-health-adaptation-and-recovery-in-athletes
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Eric S Rawson, Mary P Miles, D Enette Larson-Meyer
Some dietary supplements are recommended to athletes based on data that supports improved exercise performance. Other dietary supplements are not ergogenic per se, but may improve health, adaptation to exercise, or recovery from injury, and so could help athletes to train and/or compete more effectively. In this review, we describe several dietary supplements that may improve health, exercise adaptation, or recovery. Creatine monohydrate may improve: recovery from and adaptation to intense training, recovery from periods of injury with extreme inactivity, cognitive processing, and reduce severity of or enhance recovery from mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344793/the-role-of-bone-secreted-factors-in-burn-induced-muscle-cachexia
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REVIEW
Gordon L Klein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Burn injury results in resorptive bone loss, failure to make new bone, and muscle protein breakdown resulting in cachexia. The purpose of this review is to examine the relationship between bone loss and muscle atrophy in burn injury with a view to understanding the process at work and how it may apply to other conditions that have similar features. RECENT FINDINGS: We present data suggesting that the use of bisphosphonates in the first 10 days following the burn prevents not only the resorptive bone loss but also the muscle wasting...
January 17, 2018: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344670/pgc-1%C3%AE-ameliorates-kidney-fibrosis-in-mice-with-diabetic-kidney-disease-through-an-antioxidative-mechanism
#5
Liwen Zhang, Jian Liu, Fangfang Zhou, Weiming Wang, Nan Chen
The production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is a common phenomenon in podocyte impairment, which leads to the irreversible progression of chronic kidney diseases, such as diabetic kidney disease (DKD). Previous research has indicated that peroxisome proliferator‑activated receptor γ (PPARγ) coactivator‑1α (PGC‑1α) participates in mitochondrial biogenesis and energy metabolism in certain mitochondria‑enriched cells, including myocardial and skeletal muscle cells. Therefore, we hypothesized that PGC‑1α may be a protective nuclear factor against energy and oxidative stress in DKD...
January 16, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344510/ablation-of-fgfr2-in-fibroblasts-ameliorates-kidney-fibrosis-after-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-mice
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Zhuo Xu, Chunsun Dai
Background: Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) are heparin-binding proteins involved in a variety of biological processes. However, the role and mechanisms of FGF/FGFR2 signaling in fibroblast activation and kidney fibrosis need further investigation. Methods: In this study, a mouse model with fibroblast-specific FGFR2 gene disruption was generated. The knockouts were born normal and no kidney dysfunction or histological abnormality was found within 2 months after birth...
December 2017: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343900/direct-electrical-injury-to-brachial-plexus
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Maksud Mubarak Devale, Gaurav Jatin Kadakia, Vicky Ghewarchand Jain, Rohit Prakash Munot
Electrical current can cause neurological damage directly or by conversion to thermal energy. However, electrical injury causing isolated brachial plexus injury without cutaneous burns is extremely rare. We present a case of a 17-year-old boy who sustained accidental electrical injury to left upper extremity with no associated entry or exit wounds. Complete motor and sensory loss in upper limb were noted immediately after injury. Subsequently, the patient showed partial recovery in muscles around the shoulder and in ulnar nerve distribution at 6 months...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery: Official Publication of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343633/hydrogel-biomaterials-and-their-therapeutic-potential-for-muscle-injuries-and-muscular-dystrophies
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REVIEW
Rachel Lev, Dror Seliktar
Muscular diseases such as muscular dystrophies and muscle injuries constitute a large group of ailments that manifest as muscle weakness, atrophy or fibrosis. Although cell therapy is a promising treatment option, the delivery and retention of cells in the muscle is difficult and prevents sustained regeneration needed for adequate functional improvements. Various types of biomaterials with different physical and chemical properties have been developed to improve the delivery of cells and/or growth factors for treating muscle injuries...
January 2018: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343130/a-community-based-exercise-program-to-increase-participation-in-physical-activities-among-youth-with-disability-a-feasibility-study
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Nora Shields, Roos van den Bos, Kirsty Buhlert-Smith, Luke Prendergast, Nicholas Taylor
PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility of a student-mentored community-based exercise program for youth with disability. METHOD: Nineteen youth (nine female; mean age 18 years) with disability (seven cerebral palsy, six Down syndrome, three spina bifida, two autism spectrum disorder, one spinal cord injury) were recruited. Each participant was matched with a student mentor and exercised twice a week for 12 weeks at their local gymnasium. Five domains of feasibility were assessed: demand, implementation, practicality, limited efficacy testing, and acceptability...
January 17, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343028/-pathogenesis-of-piriformis-syndrome-a-magnetic-resonance-imaging-based-comparison-study
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Z F Huang, D S Yang, Z J Shi, J Xiao
Objective: To assess the morphological parameters of the piriformis muscle through magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) so as to further elucidate the pathogenesis of piriformis syndrome (PS). Methods: From September 2015 to October 2016, 30 suspected PS patients and 30 normal controls were enrolled in this study from the Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University. The possible causative factors of the PS in the patients were obtained, and the PS patients were divided into subgroups according to the anatomic site of the tender regions...
January 2, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341830/pregnancy-related-hormones-progesterone-and-human-chorionic-gonadotrophin-upregulate-expression-of-maternal-plasma-gelsolin
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Renu Garg, Nagesh Peddada, Kunzes Dolma, Neeraj Khatri, Ashish Ashish
Plasma gelsolin (pGSN), a protein primarily involved in clearance of circulating actin filaments, is an upcoming novel biomarker. Its level changes in multiple disease and injury conditions, attributable mainly to its consumption during actin clearance, the endogenous regulation of its expression, however, remains elusive as well as unexplored. Here, we are reporting first isolation of the promoter region of pGSN gene and investigation of its transcriptional regulation during pregnancy (a natural process associated with a well programmed injury course of parturition)...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341794/preseason-strength-assessment-of-the-rotator-muscles-and-shoulder-injury-in-handball-players
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Bénédicte Forthomme, Jean-Louis Croisier, François Delvaux, Jean-François Kaux, Jean-Michel Crielaard, Sophie Gleizes-Cervera
CONTEXT:   Few researchers have identified intrinsic risk factors for shoulder injury in team handball players by analyzing measurements of maximal isokinetic rotator muscle strength. OBJECTIVE:   To identify possible intrinsic risk factors for shoulder injury by analyzing measurements of maximal isokinetic rotator muscle strength. DESIGN:   Cross-sectional study. SETTING:   Male team handball senior divisions (the highest level) in France and Belgium...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340811/a-word-of-caution-never-use-tacks-for-mesh-fixation-to-the-diaphragm
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F Köckerling, C Schug-Pass, R Bittner
BACKGROUND: The mesh fixation technique used in repair of hiatal hernias and subxiphoid ventral and incisional hernias must meet strenuous requirements. In the literature, there are reports of life-threatening complications with cardiac tamponade and a high mortality rate on using tacks. The continuing practice of tack deployment for mesh fixation to the diaphragm and esophageal hiatus should be critically reviewed. METHODS: In a systematic search of the available literature in May 2017, 23 cases of severe penetrating cardiac complications were identified...
January 16, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339983/analysis-of-the-hamstring-muscle-activation-during-two-injury-prevention-exercises
#14
Alireza Monajati, Eneko Larumbe-Zabala, Mark Goss-Sampson, Fernando Naclerio
The aim of this study was to perform an electromyographic and kinetic comparison of two commonly used hamstring eccentric strengthening exercises: Nordic Curl and Ball Leg Curl. After determining the maximum isometric voluntary contraction of the knee flexors, ten female athletes performed 3 repetitions of both the Nordic Curl and Ball Leg Curl, while knee angular displacement and electromyografic activity of the biceps femoris and semitendinosus were monitored. No significant differences were found between biceps femoris and semitendinosus activation in both the Nordic Curl and Ball Leg Curl...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339776/the-experience-of-spasticity-after-spinal-cord-injury-perceived-characteristics-and-impact-on-daily-life
#15
William Barry McKay, William Mark Sweatman, Edelle C Field-Fote
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. OBJECTIVES: Determine the impact of motor control characteristics attributed to spasticity, such as spasms, stiffness, and clonus on the daily life of people with spinal cord injury (SCI). SETTING: Nationwide, United States. METHODS: Internet-administered questionnaire, the Patient Reported Impact of Spasticity Measure (PRISM) and items describing characteristics of spasticity including stiffness, spasms, clonus, and pain...
January 16, 2018: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337720/update-on-the-role-of-actovegin-in-musculoskeletal-medicine-a-review-of-the-past-10-years
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James Brock, David Golding, Paul M Smith, Len Nokes, Alvin Kwan, Paul Y F Lee
BACKGROUND: Actovegin is a biological drug with a controversial history of use in the treatment of sports injuries during the past 60 years. Particular concerns have been raised about its ergogenic potential to enhance performance, but some of these have been based on little more than anecdote. OBJECTIVES: In this article, we review the most recent scientific evidence to determine the clinical efficacy, safety profile, and legal status of Actovegin. METHODS: We considered all studies directly commenting on experience with Actovegin use as the primary intervention within the past 10 years...
January 15, 2018: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337592/concentrations-of-blood-components-in-commercial-platelet-rich-plasma-separation-systems-a-review-of-the-literature
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Bart W Oudelaar, Joost C Peerbooms, Rianne Huis In 't Veld, Anne J H Vochteloo
BACKGROUND: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has proven to be a very safe therapeutic option in the treatment of tendon, muscle, bone, and cartilage injuries. Currently, several commercial separation systems are available for the preparation of PRP. The concentrations of blood components in PRP among these separation systems vary substantially. PURPOSE: To systematically review and evaluate the differences between the concentrations of blood components in PRP produced by various PRP separation systems...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337194/fasudil-ameliorates-the-ischemia-reperfusion-oxidative-injury-in-rat-hearts-through-suppression-of-myosin-regulatory-light-chain-nadph-oxidase-2-pathway
#18
Yi-Shuai Zhang, Li-Jing Tang, Hua Tu, Shi-Jing Wang, Bin Liu, Xiao-Jie Zhang, Nian-Sheng Li, Xiu-Ju Luo, Jun Peng
Fasudil is a potent Rho-kinase (ROCK) inhibitor and can relax smooth muscle or cardiac muscle contraction through decreasing the phosphorylation level of myosin regulatory light chain (p-MLC20 or p-MLC2v), while p-MLC2v can function as a transcription factor to promote the NADPH oxidase 2 (NOX2) expression in rat hearts subjected to ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). This study aims to explore whether fasudil can protect the rat hearts against I/R oxidative injury through suppressing NOX2 expression via reduction of p-MLC2v level...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336645/physical-exercise-prior-to-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-a-feasibility-study
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Inge E P M van Haren, J Bart Staal, Carin M Potting, Femke Atsma, Thomas J Hoogeboom, Nicole M A Blijlevens, Maria W G Nijhuis-van der Sanden
PURPOSE: This study explores the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of an exercise program in people scheduled for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). METHODS: In this controlled clinical trial, we compare pre-transplantation exercise to no exercise in the waiting period for an allogeneic of autologous HSCT. The supervised individually tailored exercise program (4-6 weeks) consisted of aerobic endurance, muscle strength, and relaxation exercises, administered twice a week in the period prior to HSCT...
January 16, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336387/dexmedetomidine-for-prevention-of-skeletal-muscle-ischaemia-reperfusion-injury-in-patients-with-chronic-limb-ischaemia-undergoing-aortobifemoral-bypass-surgery-a-prospective-double-blind-randomized-controlled-study
#20
Tanveer Singh Kundra, Ashwini Thimmarayappa, Manasa Dhananjaya, N Manjunatha
BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine is a selective α-2 agonist used for sedation. It has also been shown to have myocardial protective effect and prevent ischemia-reperfusion injury in off-pump coronary artery bypass patients. The aim of our study was to assess the effect of dexmedetomidine for prevention of skeletal muscle ischemia-reperfusion injury in patients undergoing aortobifemoral bypass surgery. METHODOLOGY: Sixty adult patients (Group dexmedetomidine n = 30, Group normal saline n = 30) undergoing aortobifemoral bypass surgery were recruited over 3 months...
January 2018: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
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