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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721951/recording-characteristics-of-electrical-impedance-myography-needle-electrodes
#1
Hyeuknam Kwon, Seward B Rutkove, Benjamin Sanchez
OBJECTIVE: The neurology and physiatry community need improved tools for the evaluation of skeletal muscle condition. Here, we evaluate needle electrical impedance myography (EIM), a new minimally invasive approach to determine muscle status that could ultimately become a bedside tool for the assessment of neuromuscular disorders. APPROACH: We design and study the recording characteristics of tetrapolar EIM needle electrodes combining theory and finite element model simulations...
July 19, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700630/simulating-ideal-assistive-devices-to-reduce-the-metabolic-cost-of-walking-with-heavy-loads
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Christopher L Dembia, Amy Silder, Thomas K Uchida, Jennifer L Hicks, Scott L Delp
Wearable robotic devices can restore and enhance mobility. There is growing interest in designing devices that reduce the metabolic cost of walking; however, designers lack guidelines for which joints to assist and when to provide the assistance. To help address this problem, we used musculoskeletal simulation to predict how hypothetical devices affect muscle activity and metabolic cost when walking with heavy loads. We explored 7 massless devices, each providing unrestricted torque at one degree of freedom in one direction (hip abduction, hip flexion, hip extension, knee flexion, knee extension, ankle plantarflexion, or ankle dorsiflexion)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696593/-sarcopenia-in-elderly-benefice-of-physical-exercices
#3
André Laszlo
From the age of fifty onwards a progressive loss of muscle mass may be observed, it often leads to real sarcopenia. Sedentary life style and unbalanced feeding habits represent major risk factors. The decrease in muscle tone leads to a loss of function and an altered quality of life, not to mention socioeconomic factors. The molecular mechanisms of sarcopenia are complex but our understanding of them is increasing. There is no pharmaceutical treatment of sarcopenia of use in current practice. Regular, several times a week, practice of a combination of adapted muscle building physical and endurance exercises, associated with protein intake have shown there use...
November 9, 2016: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692691/extracting-time-frequency-feature-of-single-channel-vastus-medialis-emg-signals-for-knee-exercise-pattern-recognition
#4
Yi Zhang, Peiyang Li, Xuyang Zhu, Steven W Su, Qing Guo, Peng Xu, Dezhong Yao
The EMG signal indicates the electrophysiological response to daily living of activities, particularly to lower-limb knee exercises. Literature reports have shown numerous benefits of the Wavelet analysis in EMG feature extraction for pattern recognition. However, its application to typical knee exercises when using only a single EMG channel is limited. In this study, three types of knee exercises, i.e., flexion of the leg up (standing), hip extension from a sitting position (sitting) and gait (walking) are investigated from 14 healthy untrained subjects, while EMG signals from the muscle group of vastus medialis and the goniometer on the knee joint of the detected leg are synchronously monitored and recorded...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659756/proprioceptive-feedback-through-a-neuromorphic-muscle-spindle-model
#5
Lorenzo Vannucci, Egidio Falotico, Cecilia Laschi
Connecting biologically inspired neural simulations to physical or simulated embodiments can be useful both in robotics, for the development of a new kind of bio-inspired controllers, and in neuroscience, to test detailed brain models in complete action-perception loops. The aim of this work is to develop a fully spike-based, biologically inspired mechanism for the translation of proprioceptive feedback. The translation is achieved by implementing a computational model of neural activity of type Ia and type II afferent fibers of muscle spindles, the primary source of proprioceptive information, which, in mammals is regulated through fusimotor activation and provides necessary adjustments during voluntary muscle contractions...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659748/anti-fatigue-effects-of-dietary-nucleotides-in-mice
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Meihong Xu, Rui Liang, Yong Li, Junbo Wang
As the building blocks of nucleic acids, nucleotides are conditionally essential nutrients that exhibit multifaceted activities. The present study aimed to evaluate the anti-fatigue effects of dietary nucleotides (NTs) on mice and explore the possible underlying mechanism. Mice were randomly divided into four experimental sets to detect different indicators. Each set of mice was then divided into four groups: (i) one control group and (ii) three NTs groups, which were fed diets supplemented with NTs at concentrations of 0%, 0...
2017: Food & Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648117/alteration-of-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-ca-2-atpase-expression-in-lower-limb-ischemia-caused-by-atherosclerosis-obliterans
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J Fodor, A Gomba-Tóth, T Oláh, E Zádor, Zs Cs Tóth, I Ioannis, B Molnár, I Kovács, L Csernoch
Atherosclerosis is a disease caused by a build-up of fatty plaques and cholesterol in the arteries. The lumen of the vessels is obliterated resulting in restricted blood supply to tissues. In ischemic conditions, the cytosolic Ca(2+) level of skeletal muscle may increase, indicating the alteration of Ca(2+) removal mechanisms. Ca(2+) is transported from cytosol into the sarcoplasmic reticulum by Ca(2+) ATPase (SERCA), with its 1a isoform expressed in adult, while its 1b isoform in neonatal and regenerating fast-twitch skeletal muscle...
June 26, 2017: Physiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642676/international-society-of-sports-nutrition-position-stand-protein-and-exercise
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Ralf Jäger, Chad M Kerksick, Bill I Campbell, Paul J Cribb, Shawn D Wells, Tim M Skwiat, Martin Purpura, Tim N Ziegenfuss, Arny A Ferrando, Shawn M Arent, Abbie E Smith-Ryan, Jeffrey R Stout, Paul J Arciero, Michael J Ormsbee, Lem W Taylor, Colin D Wilborn, Doug S Kalman, Richard B Kreider, Darryn S Willoughby, Jay R Hoffman, Jamie L Krzykowski, Jose Antonio
The International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) provides an objective and critical review related to the intake of protein for healthy, exercising individuals. Based on the current available literature, the position of the Society is as follows:An acute exercise stimulus, particularly resistance exercise, and protein ingestion both stimulate muscle protein synthesis (MPS) and are synergistic when protein consumption occurs before or after resistance exercise.For building muscle mass and for maintaining muscle mass through a positive muscle protein balance, an overall daily protein intake in the range of 1...
2017: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640774/the-difference-between-countermovement-and-squat-jump-performances-a-review-of-underlying-mechanisms-with-practical-applications
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Bas Van Hooren, Julia Zolotarjova
Van Hooren, B and Zolotarjova, J. The difference between countermovement and squat jump performances: a review of underlying mechanisms with practical applications. J Strength Cond Res 31(7): 2011-2020, 2017-Two movements that are widely used to monitor athletic performance are the countermovement jump (CMJ) and squat jump (SJ). Countermovement jump performance is almost always better than SJ performance, and the difference in performance is thought to reflect an effective utilization of the stretch-shortening cycle...
July 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631809/anabolic-steroids-for-treating-pressure-ulcers
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Cho Naing, Maxine A Whittaker
BACKGROUND: Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers develop as a result of a localised injury to the skin or underlying tissue, or both. The ulcers usually arise over a bony prominence, and are recognised as a common medical problem affecting people confined to a bed or wheelchair for long periods of time. Anabolic steroids are used as off-label drugs (drugs which are used without regulatory approval) and have been used as adjuvants to usual treatment with dressings, debridement, nutritional supplements, systemic antibiotics and antiseptics, which are considered to be supportive in healing of pressure ulcers...
June 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623037/muscle-recruitment-and-coordination-with-an-ankle-exoskeleton
#11
Katherine M Steele, Rachel W Jackson, Benjamin R Shuman, Steven H Collins
Exoskeletons have the potential to assist and augment human performance. Understanding how users adapt their movement and neuromuscular control in response to external assistance is important to inform the design of these devices. The aim of this research was to evaluate changes in muscle recruitment and coordination for ten unimpaired individuals walking with an ankle exoskeleton. We evaluated changes in the activity of individual muscles, cocontraction levels, and synergistic patterns of muscle coordination with increasing exoskeleton work and torque...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621415/building-functional-units-of-movement-generation-and-movement-sensation-in-the-embryo
#12
Peleg Hasson, Talila Volk, Adi Salzberg
The musculoskeletal and proprioceptive sensory systems exhibit intricate crosstalk between force generation, force sensation and force transmission, all of which are critical for coordinated animal locomotion. Recent developmental studies of the musculoskeletal and proprioceptive units of the invertebrate Drosophila embryo, have revealed several common molecular and structural principles mediating the formation of each of these systems. These common principles, as well as the differences between the developmental programs of the two systems, are discussed...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617826/cf2-transcription-factor-is-involved-in-the-regulation-of-mef2-rna-levels-nuclei-number-and-muscle-fiber-size
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Juan J Arredondo, Jorge Vivar, Sara Laine-Menéndez, Leticia Martínez-Morentin, Margarita Cervera
CF2 and Mef2 influence a variety of developmental muscle processes at distinct stages of development. Nevertheless, the exact nature of the CF2-Mef2 relationship and its effects on muscle building remain yet to be resolved. Here, we explored the regulatory role of CF2 in the Drosophila embryo muscle formation. To address this question and not having proper null CF2 mutants we exploited loss or gain of function strategies to study the contribution of CF2 to Mef2 transcription regulation and to muscle formation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611938/anatomic-study-of-the-vascular-perfusion-of-the-sternum-and-its-clinical-relevance-in-deep-sternal-wound-infection
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Nick Spindler, Florian Kaatz, Christine Feja, Christian Etz, Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr, Ingo Bechmann, Christoph Josten, Stefan Langer, Sabine Loeffler
Introduction: Deep sternal wound infections (DSWI) are a rare but devastating complication after median sternotomy. Minor perfusion in bone and soft tissue, especially after recruiting the internal mammary artery for bypass supports the development of wound infection and nonunion of the sternal bone. The aim of the study was the macroscopic and radiological presentation of the vascular system supplying the sternum, in particular the compensating blood supply routes in the event that the internal mammary artery is no longer available after use as a bypass vessel...
2017: GMS Interdisciplinary Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery DGPW
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605701/an-application-based-on-the-decision-tree-to-classify-the-marbling-of-beef-by-hyperspectral-imaging
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Lía Velásquez, J P Cruz-Tirado, Raúl Siche, Roberto Quevedo
The aim of this study was to develop a system to classify the marbling of beef using the hyperspectral imaging technology. The Japanese standard classification of the degree of marbling of beef was used as reference and twelve standards were digitized to obtain the parameters of shape and spatial distribution of marbling of each class. A total of 35 samples M. longissmus dorsi muscle were scanned by the hyperspectral imaging system of 400-1000 nm in reflectance mode. The wavelength of 528nm was selected to segment the sample and the background, and 440nm was used for classified the samples...
June 6, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595527/creatine-supplementation-and-skeletal-muscle-metabolism-for-building-muscle-mass-review-of-the-potential-mechanisms-of-action
#16
Farnaz Farshidfar, Mark A Pinder, Semone B Myrie
Creatine, a very popular supplement among athletic populations, is of growing interest for clinical applications. Since over 90% of creatine is stored in skeletal muscle, the effect of creatine supplementation on muscle metabolism is a widely studied area. While numerous studies over the past few decades have shown that creatine supplementation has many favorable effects on skeletal muscle physiology and metabolism, including enhancing muscle mass (growth/hypertrophy); the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood...
June 5, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586096/spinal-cord-multi-parametric-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-survival-prediction-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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G Querin, M M El Mendili, T Lenglet, S Delphine, V Marchand-Pauvert, H Benali, P-F Pradat
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Assessing survival is a critical issue in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Neuroimaging seems to be promising in the assessment of disease severity and several studies also suggest a strong relationship between spinal cord (SC) atrophy described by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and disease progression. The aim of the study was to determine the predictive added value of multimodal SC MRI on survival. METHODS: Forty-nine ALS patients were recruited and clinical data were collected...
August 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583067/pfasum-a-substitution-matrix-from-pfam-structural-alignments
#18
Frank Keul, Martin Hess, Michael Goesele, Kay Hamacher
BACKGROUND: Detecting homologous protein sequences and computing multiple sequence alignments (MSA) are fundamental tasks in molecular bioinformatics. These tasks usually require a substitution matrix for modeling evolutionary substitution events derived from a set of aligned sequences. Over the last years, the known sequence space increased drastically and several publications demonstrated that this can lead to significantly better performing matrices. Interestingly, matrices based on dated sequence datasets are still the de facto standard for both tasks even though their data basis may limit their capabilities...
June 5, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576271/physical-rehabilitation-for-the-management-of-canine-hip-dysplasia
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David L Dycus, David Levine, Denis J Marcellin-Little
Hip dysplasia is among the most common orthopedic conditions affecting dogs. Joint laxity is responsible for abnormal development of the femoral head and acetabulum, leading to excessive wear of the articular cartilage. Wear leads to secondary osteoarthritis. Rehabilitation is either conservative or after surgical management. Conservative rehabilitation therapies are directed at decreasing pain, improving hip range of motion (ROM), and building or maintaining muscle mass. Postoperatively, rehabilitation focuses on decreasing postoperative pain and inflammation, improving comfort and limb use, and protecting the surgical site...
July 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567127/path-loss-measurement-and-channel-modeling-with-muscular-tissue-characteristics
#20
Yu-Ping Qin, Shuang Zhang, Hai-Yan Liu, Yi-He Liu, You-Zhi Li, Xue Peng, Xiu Ma, Qi-Li Li, Xuan Huang
BACKGROUND: The galvanic coupling intra-body communication has low radiation and strong anti-interference ability, so it has many advantages in the wireless communication. METHOD: In order to analyze the effect of muscle tissue's characteristics upon the communication channel, we selected the muscle of pig buttock as the experimental sample, and used it to study the attenuation property with the galvanic coupling intra-body communication channel along the parallel direction and the transverse direction relative to the muscular fibre line as well as on the surface of destroyed muscular fibre; the study frequency ranges from 1kHz to 10MHz...
2017: Open Biomedical Engineering Journal
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