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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820446/towards-scalable-strain-gauge-based-joint-torque-sensors
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Hamza Khan, Mariapaola D'Imperio, Ferdinando Cannella, Darwin G Caldwell, Alfred Cuschieri, Claudio Semini
During recent decades, strain gauge-based joint torque sensors have been commonly used to provide high-fidelity torque measurements in robotics. Although measurement of joint torque/force is often required in engineering research and development, the gluing and wiring of strain gauges used as torque sensors pose difficulties during integration within the restricted space available in small joints. The problem is compounded by the need for a scalable geometric design to measure joint torque. In this communication, we describe a novel design of a strain gauge-based mono-axial torque sensor referred to as square-cut torque sensor (SCTS), the significant features of which are high degree of linearity, symmetry, and high scalability in terms of both size and measuring range...
August 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819168/resistance-training-regulates-gene-expression-of-molecules-associated-with-intramyocellular-lipids-glucose-signaling-and-fiber-size-in-old-rats
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Manoel Benício Teixeira Ribeiro, Vinicius Guzzoni, Jeffrey M Hord, Gisele Nunes Lopes, Rita de Cássia Marqueti, Rosângela Vieira de Andrade, Heloisa Sobreiro Selistre-de-Araujo, João Luiz Q Durigan
Sarcopenia is a complex multifactorial process, some of which involves fat infiltration. Intramyocellular lipid (IMCL) accumulation is postulated to play a role on sarcopenia during aging, which is believed to be due alterations in glucose homeostasis in the skeletal muscle. Sarcopenia, along with intramuscular lipids, is associated with physical inactivity. Resistance training (RT) has been indicated to minimize the age-induced muscle skeletal adaptations. Thus, we aimed to investigate the effects of RT on mRNA levels of regulatory components related to intramyocellular lipid, glucose metabolism and fiber size in soleus and gastrocnemius muscles of aged rats...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817355/total-training-load-may-explain-similar-strength-gains-and-muscle-hypertrophy-seen-in-aged-rats-submitted-to-resistance-training-and-anabolic-steroids
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Walter Krause Neto, Wellington de Assis Silva, Adriano Polican Ciena, Danilo Bocalini, Ricardo Aparecido Baptista Nucci, Carlos Alberto Anaruma, Eliane Florencio Gama
This study aimed to quantify training parameters and analyze the morphological response of aged muscles submitted to resistance training and anabolic steroids. Aged Wistar rats were divided into groups: C - initial control; CF - final control; CAS - control with anabolic steroid, RT - resistance training, and RTA - resistance training with anabolic steroid. Maximum carried load, absolute and relative loads increased significantly in RT and RTA. RTA demonstrated greater relative load than RT. Average total volume, total climbing volume, relative total volume, relative total climbing volume, and mean climbing volume were similar between groups RT and RTA...
August 17, 2017: Aging Male: the Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816526/echocardiographic-assessment-of-right-ventricle-dimensions-and-function-after-exposure-to-extreme-altitude-is-an-expedition-to-8000%C3%A2-m-hazardous-for-right-ventricular-function
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Marta Kurdziel, Jarosław Wasilewski, Karolina Gierszewska, Anna Kazik, Gracjan Pytel, Jacek Wacławski, Adam Krajewski, Anna Kurek, Lech Poloński, Mariusz Gąsior
Kurdziel, Marta, Jarosław Wasilewski, Karolina Gierszewska, Anna Kazik, Gracjan Pytel, Jacek Wacławski, Adam Krajewski, Anna Kurek, Lech Poloński, and Mariusz Gąsior. Echocardiographic assessment of right ventricle dimensions and function after exposure to extreme altitude: Is an expedition to 8000 m hazardous for right ventricular function? High Alt Med Biol 00:000-000, 2017.-Although the right ventricle (RV) is under great hypoxic stress at altitude, still little is known what happens to the RV after descent...
August 17, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813859/an-assistive-lower-limb-exoskeleton-for-people-with-neurological-gait-disorders
#5
A Ortlieb, M Bouri, R Baud, H Bleuler
Lower limb exoskeletons have already proven the capability to give back mobility to people suffering from spinal cord injury (SCI). Other important populations such as people with multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy, frail elderly and stroke victims, suffer from severe gait impairments and could benefit from similar technology. The work presented in the current paper describes a novel design of a 6-actuated degrees of freedom (DOFs) assistive lower limb exoskeleton for people with moderate mobility impairments...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813431/skeleton-of-an-unusual-cat-sized-marsupial-relative-metatheria-marsupialiformes-from-the-middle-eocene-lutetian-44-43-million-years-ago-of-turkey
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A Murat Maga, Robin M D Beck
We describe a near-complete, three-dimensionally preserved skeleton of a metatherian (relative of modern marsupials) from the middle Eocene (Lutetian: 44-43 million years ago) Lülük member of the Uzunçarşıdere Formation, central Turkey. With an estimated body mass of 3-4 kg, about the size of a domestic cat (Felis catus) or spotted quoll (Dasyurus maculatus), it is an order of magnitude larger than the largest fossil metatherians previously known from the Cenozoic of the northern hemisphere. This new taxon is characterised by large, broad third premolars that probably represent adaptations for hard object feeding (durophagy), and its craniodental morphology suggests the capacity to generate high bite forces...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811140/divergent-effects-of-resistance-training-and-anabolic-steroid-on-the-postsynaptic-region-of-different-skeletal-muscles-of-aged-rats
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Walter Krause Neto, Wellington de Assis Silva, Adriano Polican Ciena, Carlos Alberto Anaruma, Eliane Florencio Gama
This study aimed to analyze the effects of resistance training associated with testosterone administration in the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) postsynaptic region of different skeletal muscle types of aged rats. Wistar rats were divided into: SEI - 20-months-old control, SEF - 24-months-old control, T - 20-months-old with testosterone, S - 20-months-old resistance trained and ST - 20-months-old with resistance training associated with testosterone propionate. All groups were submitted to familiarization and maximum load carrying testing (MLCT)...
August 12, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805762/-a-study-of-combination-treatment-with-nacom-levodopa-carbodope-and-citicoline-in-the-model-of-parkinson-disease-in-rats
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V A Kashkin, E V Shekunova, M N Makarova, V G Makarov
AIM: To evaluate the efficacy of the combined use of citicoline (neipilept) and levodopa/carbidopa (nakom) in the rotenone model of Parkinson's disease in rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Rotenone was administrated during 14 days in dose 2 mg/kg/day subcutaneously. The duration of treatment was 7 days, intragastrically. Alteration of locomotor behavior components, muscular rigidity in resistance to passive flexion in the ankle joint and signs of extrapyramidal disorders were assessed...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805432/strain-dependent-sex-differences-in-a-long-term-forced-swim-paradigm
#9
José Colom-Lapetina, Sabrina L Begley, Megan E Johnson, Kristina J Bean, Whitney N Kuwamoto, Rebecca M Shansky
Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from trauma- and stressor-related disorders. The development of improved therapeutic interventions is contingent upon a more complete grasp of both the neural and behavioral dynamics of the stress response in females. The rodent forced swim test (FST) is a valuable animal model for exploring the neurobiological mechanisms responsible for selection of active and passive responses to inescapable stressors, but it is often neglected in 2-day FST studies is the dissociation of innate (Day 1) versus learned (Day 2) coping responses...
August 14, 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804380/gender-difference-in-the-prevalence-and-socio-demographic-correlates-of-mobility-disability-among-older-adults-in-nigeria
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Saliu Adejumobi Balogun, Aravinda Meera Guntupalli
The aim of the current study is to examine gender differences in mobility disability among older people in Nigeria, and to explore factors associated with gender differences in mobility disability in later life. Data were used from the first (2010-2011) wave of the Nigeria General Household Survey-Panel, which included 3586 respondents aged 50 years and above. Mobility disability was assessed as self-reported difficulty in walking 100 m, walking 1 km, walking uphill, running, bending or stooping, and climbing stairs...
September 2016: European Journal of Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803979/the-first-entomophthoralean-killing-millipedes-arthrophaga-myriapodina-n-gen-n-sp-causes-climbing-before-host-death
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Kathie T Hodge, Ann E Hajek, Andrii Gryganskyi
A new species and genus of entomophthoralean fungus, Arthrophaga myriapodina kills polydesmid millipedes. This species was first seen over a century ago but never described. It is the first millipede pathogen known from the order Entomophthorales, species of which are best known as pathogens of a wide diversity of insects. The fungus induces pre-death climbing behavior in its hosts, enabling the fungus to broadcast its forcibly-discharged conidia from a high vantage, which presumably increases the fitness of the fungus...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796755/the-effect-of-lumbar-disc-herniation-on-musculoskeletal-loadings-in-the-spinal-region-during-level-walking-and-stair-climbing
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Shengzheng Kuai, Zhenhua Liao, Wenyu Zhou, Xinyu Guan, Run Ji, Rui Zhang, Daiqi Guo, Weiqiang Liu
BACKGROUND People with low back pain (LBP) alter their motion patterns during level walking and stair climbing due to pain or fear. However, the alternations of load sharing during the two activities are largely unknown. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of LBP caused by lumbar disc herniation (LDH) on the muscle activities of 17 main trunk muscle groups and the intradiscal forces acting on the five lumbar discs. MATERIAL AND METHODS Twenty-six healthy adults and seven LDH patients were recruited to perform level walking and stair climbing in the Gait Analysis Laboratory...
August 10, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795396/synaptic-excitation-by-climbing-fibre-collaterals-in-the-cerebellar-nuclei-of-juvenile-and-adult-mice
#13
Marion Najac, Indira M Raman
The inferior olive conveys instructive signals to the cerebellum that drive sensorimotor learning. Inferior olivary neurons transmit their signals via climbing fibres, which powerfully excite Purkinje cells, evoking complex spikes and depressing parallel fibre synapses. Additionally, however, these climbing fibres send collaterals to the cerebellar nuclei (CbN). In vivo and in vitro data suggest that climbing fibre collateral excitation is weak in adult mice, raising the question of whether the primary role of this pathway may be developmental...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792584/reproducibility-of-clinician-friendly-physical-performance-measures-in-individuals-with-obesity
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Nicola A Maffiuletti, Gabriela Tringali, Alessandra Patrizi, Fiorenza Agosti, Alessandro Sartorio
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the reproducibility (reliability and agreement) of different physical performance measures in individuals with obesity. METHODS: Forty subjects (20 men, 20 women), mean age 29 years, mean body mass index (BMI) 42 kg/m2 completed several clinician-friendly performance-based tests (walking, stair-climbing, sit-to-stand, static balance, flexibility and strength) on 2 different occasions (test-retest design). Intraclass correlation coefficients (reliability) and smallest detectable changes (agreement) were calculated for each outcome measure...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791498/patient-reported-dyspnea-correlates-poorly-with-aerobic-exercise-capacity-measured-during-cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing
#15
Dany Gaspard, Jonathan Kass, Stephen Akers, Krystal Hunter, Melvin Pratter
BACKGROUND: Patient-reported dyspnea plays a central role in assessing cardiopulmonary disease. There is little evidence, however, that dyspnea correlates with objective exercise capacity measurements. If the correlation is poor, dyspnea as a proxy for objective assessment may be misleading. OBJECTIVE: To compare patient's perception of dyspnea with maximum oxygen uptake (MaxVO2) during cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET). METHODS: Fifty patients undergoing CPET for dyspnea evaluation were studied prospectively...
August 8, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789949/reduced-hippocampal-il-10-expression-altered-monoaminergic-activity-and-anxiety-and-depressive-like-behavior-in-female-mice-subjected-to-chronic-social-instability-stress
#16
Ainitze Labaka, Eneritz Gómez-Lázaro, Oscar Vegas, Joana Pérez-Tejada, Amaia Arregi, Larraitz Garmendia
Evidence indicates that release of pro-inflammatory cytokines induced by social stress contributes to affective disorders. Additionally, there are known sex differences in both the stress response and the stressors that can elicit this response. In this regard, the chronic social instability (CSI) rodent model of stress appears to be the best fit for the social nature of females. This study analyzed the effects of CSI on female mouse behavior, hippocampal cytokine expression, tryptophan metabolism and monoaminergic activity...
August 5, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780926/development-of-locomotion-over-inclined-surfaces-in-laying-hens
#17
C LeBlanc, B Tobalske, S Bowley, A Harlander-Matauschek
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate locomotor strategies during development in domestic chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus); we were motivated, in part, by current efforts to improve the design of housing systems for laying hens which aim to reduce injury and over-exertion. Using four strains of laying hens (Lohmann Brown, Lohmann LSL lite, Dekalb White and Hyline Brown) throughout this longitudinal study, we investigated their locomotor style and climbing capacity in relation to the degree (0 to 70°) of incline, age (2 to 36 weeks) and the surface substrate (sandpaper or wire grid)...
August 7, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777614/quantum-harmonic-oscillator-state-control-in-a-squeezed-fock-basis
#18
D Kienzler, H-Y Lo, V Negnevitsky, C Flühmann, M Marinelli, J P Home
We demonstrate control of a trapped-ion quantum harmonic oscillator in a squeezed Fock state basis, using engineered Hamiltonians analogous to the Jaynes-Cummings and anti-Jaynes-Cummings forms. We demonstrate that for squeezed Fock states with low n the engineered Hamiltonians reproduce the sqrt[n] scaling of the matrix elements which is typical of Jaynes-Cummings physics, and also examine deviations due to the finite wavelength of our control fields. Starting from a squeezed vacuum state, we apply sequences of alternating transfer pulses which allow us to climb the squeezed Fock state ladder, creating states up to excitations of n=6 with up to 8...
July 21, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776487/physiological-and-biomechanical-responses-between-seated-and-standing-positions-during-distance%C3%A2-based-uphill-time-trials-in-elite-cyclists
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Anthony Bouillod, Frederic Grappe
Cyclists regularly change from a seated to a standing position when the gradient increases during uphill cycling. The aim of this study was to analyse the physiological and biomechanical responses between seated and standing positions during distance-based uphill time trials in elite cyclists. Thirteen elite cyclists completed two testing sessions that included an incremental-specific cycling test on a cycle ergometer to determine VO2max and three distance-based uphill time trials in the field to determine physiological and biomechanical variables...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775326/retrograde-bdnf-to-trkb-signaling-promotes-synapse-elimination-in-the-developing-cerebellum
#20
Myeongjeong Choo, Taisuke Miyazaki, Maya Yamazaki, Meiko Kawamura, Takanobu Nakazawa, Jianling Zhang, Asami Tanimura, Naofumi Uesaka, Masahiko Watanabe, Kenji Sakimura, Masanobu Kano
Elimination of early-formed redundant synapses during postnatal development is essential for functional neural circuit formation. Purkinje cells (PCs) in the neonatal cerebellum are innervated by multiple climbing fibers (CFs). A single CF is strengthened whereas the other CFs are eliminated in each PC dependent on postsynaptic activity in PC, but the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Here, we report that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) from PC facilitates CF synapse elimination. By PC-specific deletion of BDNF combined with knockdown of BDNF receptors in CF, we show that BDNF acts retrogradely on TrkB in CFs, and facilitates elimination of CF synapses from PC somata during the third postnatal week...
August 4, 2017: Nature Communications
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