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Antonietta Stango, Kamya Yekeh Yazdandoost, Francesco Negro, Dario Farina
Wireless implanted devices can be used to interface patients with disabilities with the aim of restoring impaired motor functions. Implanted devices that record and transmit electromyographic (EMG) signals have been applied for the control of active prostheses. This simulation study investigates the propagation losses and the absorption rate of a wireless radio frequency link for in-to-on body communication in the medical implant communication service (MICS) frequency band to control myoelectric upper limb prostheses...
2016: PloS One
Nienke W Willigenburg, Michael P McNally, Timothy E Hewett, Stephen J Page
The authors examined the efficacy of an 8-week regimen combining repetitive task-specific practice (RTP) with a myoelectric brace (RTP+Myomo) on paretic upper extremity (UE; use in valued activities, perceived recovery, and reaching kinematics) in 12 subjects (4 men; M age = 53.5 years; mean time poststroke = 61.7 months). Seven subjects were administered RTP+Myomo therapy, and 5 were administered RTP only. Both groups participated in individualized, 45-min therapy sessions occurring 3 days/week over an 8-week period...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Motor Behavior
Chengjun Huang, Xiang Chen, Shuai Cao, Xu Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Some skeletal muscles can be subdivided into smaller segments called muscle-tendon units (MTUs). The purpose of this paper is to propose a framework to locate the active region of the corresponding MTUs within a single skeletal muscle and to analyze the activation level varieties of different MTUs during a dynamic motion task. APPROACH: Biceps brachii and gastrocnemius were selected as targeted muscles and three dynamic motion tasks were designed and studied...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
John M Wo, Thomas V Nowak, Shamaila Waseem, Matthew P Ward
Gastroparesis is a heterogeneous clinical syndrome. Some patients have debilitating vomiting, weight loss, and dehydration, while others have effortless regurgitation of undigested foods or postprandial distress suggestive of functional dyspepsia. Gastric electrical stimulation (GES) has been proposed as an effective treatment option for patients with gastroparesis refractory to medical therapy. Evidence suggests that the clinically available device, a low-energy high-frequency GES, activates the vagal afferent pathways to influence the central control mechanisms for nausea and vomiting...
September 27, 2016: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
Nathaly Quintero-Prigent, Frédéric Clavier, Naima Brennetot, Colina Martinot-Lagarde
Upper limbs birth defects are rare. There is an international classification of these malformations. The most frequent cause is the stop in the cross development of the forearm. The announcement of the malformation is a strong psychological trauma for parents, whether it occurs before the birth or if we find out when the baby is born. Beyond the grief of the perfect child, parents are very worried about activities of daily living, about the future of the child and his relationships with others. We have to inform and to support them during to the development and growth of the child...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Gauravkumar K Patel, Strahinja Dosen, Claudio Castellini, Dario Farina
OBJECTIVE: Closing the loop in myoelectric prostheses by providing artificial somatosensory feedback to the user is an important need for prosthetic users. Previous studies investigated feedback strategies in combination with the control of one degree of freedom of simple grippers. Modern hands, however, are sophisticated multifunction systems. In this study, we assessed multichannel electrotactile feedback integrated with an advanced method for the simultaneous and proportional control of individual fingers of a dexterous hand...
October 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
Baojun Chen, Yanggang Feng, Qining Wang
In recent years, the development of myoelectric control for robotic lower-limb prostheses makes it possible for amputee users to volitionally control prosthetic joints. However, the human-centered control loop is not closed due to the lack of sufficient feedback of prosthetic joint movement, and it may result in poor control performance. In this research, we propose a vibrotactile stimulation system to provide the feedback of ankle joint position, and validate the necessity of combining it with volitional myoelectric control to achieve improved control performance...
2016: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
Alix Chadwell, Laurence Kenney, Sibylle Thies, Adam Galpin, John Head
Users of myoelectric prostheses can often find them difficult to control. This can lead to passive-use of the device or total rejection, which can have detrimental effects on the contralateral limb due to overuse. Current clinically available prostheses are "open loop" systems, and although considerable effort has been focused on developing biofeedback to "close the loop," there is evidence from laboratory-based studies that other factors, notably improving predictability of response, may be as, if not more, important...
2016: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
H A Agashe, A Y Paek, J L Contreras-Vidal
Upper limb amputation results in a severe reduction in the quality of life of affected individuals due to their inability to easily perform activities of daily living. Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) that translate grasping intent from the brain's neural activity into prosthetic control may increase the level of natural control currently available in myoelectric prostheses. Current BMI techniques demonstrate accurate arm position and single degree-of-freedom grasp control but are invasive and require daily recalibration...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
Bartosz Pawliński, Małgorzata Domino, Olga Aniołek, Adam Ziecik, Zdzislaw Gajewski
It is widely accepted that uterine contraction is initiated by spontaneous generation of electrical activity at a cellular level in the form of action potentials. Such action potential events, when they involve many myometrial cells and occur in immediate succession, are described by their amplitude and duration. In an effort to improve clinical management of uterine contractions, research has focused on determination of the properties of the reproductive tract's electrical activity under hormonal stimulation...
August 4, 2016: Theriogenology
Cosima Prahm, Korbinian Eckstein, Max Ortiz-Catalan, Georg Dorffner, Eugenijus Kaniusas, Oskar C Aszmann
BACKGROUND: Controlling a myoelectric prosthesis for upper limbs is increasingly challenging for the user as more electrodes and joints become available. Motion classification based on pattern recognition with a multi-electrode array allows multiple joints to be controlled simultaneously. Previous pattern recognition studies are difficult to compare, because individual research groups use their own data sets. To resolve this shortcoming and to facilitate comparisons, open access data sets were analysed using components of BioPatRec and Netlab pattern recognition models...
2016: BMC Research Notes
Qiufang Liu, Xiujuan Zheng, Panli Li, Lian Xu, Longwen He, Zhao Mei, Yinyan Zhu, Gang Huang, Chunlong Zhong, Shaoli Song
BACKGROUND: Rehabilitation, which is essential for amputees with myoelectric hands, can improve the quality of daily life by remodeling the neuron network. In our study, we aim to develop a cerebral blood perfusion (CBF) single-photon emission computed tomography computer-aided (SPECT-CA) detection scheme to automatically locate the brain's activated regions after rehabilitation. RESULTS: Five participants without forearms (three male, two female, mean age 51 ± 12...
2016: BMC Neuroscience
Malgorzata Domino, Bartosz Pawlinski, Zdzislaw Gajewski
Evaluation of synchronization between myoelectric signals can give new insights into the functioning of the complex system of porcine myometrium. We propose a model of uterine contractions according to the hypothesis of action potentials similarity which is possible to detect during propagation in the uterine wall. We introduce similarity measures based on the concept of synchronization as used in matching linear signals such as electromyographic (EMG) time series data. The aim was to present linear measures to assess synchronization between contractions in different topographic regions of the uterus...
November 2016: Theriogenology
Ludger van Dijk, Corry K van der Sluis, Hylke W van Dijk, Raoul M Bongers
Video games that aim to improve myoelectric control (myogames) are gaining popularity and are often part of the rehabilitation process following an upper limb amputation. However, direct evidence for their effect on prosthetic skill is limited. This study aimed to determine whether and how myogaming improves EMG control and whether performance improvements transfer to a prosthesis-simulator task. Able-bodied right-handed participants (N = 28) were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups. The intervention group was trained to control a video game (Breakout-EMG) using the myosignals of wrist flexors and extensors...
2016: PloS One
Purushothaman Geethanjali
Myoelectric signals (MES) have been used in various applications, in particular, for identification of user intention to potentially control assistive devices for amputees, orthotic devices, and exoskeleton in order to augment capability of the user. MES are also used to estimate force and, hence, torque to actuate the assistive device. The application of MES is not limited to assistive devices, and they also find potential applications in teleoperation of robots, haptic devices, virtual reality, and so on...
2016: Medical Devices: Evidence and Research
Meike A Schweisfurth, Marko Markovic, Strahinja Dosen, Florian Teich, Bernhard Graimann, Dario Farina
OBJECTIVE: A drawback of active prostheses is that they detach the subject from the produced forces, thereby preventing direct mechanical feedback. This can be compensated by providing somatosensory feedback to the user through mechanical or electrical stimulation, which in turn may improve the utility, sense of embodiment, and thereby increase the acceptance rate. APPROACH: In this study, we compared a novel approach to closing the loop, namely EMG feedback (emgFB), to classic force feedback (forceFB), using electrotactile interface in a realistic task setup...
October 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
S Salminger, J A Mayer, A Sturma, O Riedl, K D Bergmeister, O C Aszmann
During the last years, the prosthetic replacement in upper limb amputees has undergone different developments. The use of new nerve surgical concepts improved the control strategies tremendously, especially for high-level amputees. Technological innovation in the field of pattern recognition enables the control of multifunctional myoelectric hand prostheses in a natural and intuitive manner. However, the different levels of amputation pose different challenges for the therapeutic team which concern not only the prosthetic attachment; also the expected functional outcome of prosthetic limb replacement differs greatly between the individual levels of amputation...
August 2016: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Chris Wilson Antuvan, Federica Bisio, Francesca Marini, Shih-Cheng Yen, Erik Cambria, Lorenzo Masia
BACKGROUND: Myoelectric signals offer significant insights in interpreting the motion intention and extent of effort involved in performing a movement, with application in prostheses, orthosis and exoskeletons. Feature extraction plays a vital role, and follows two approaches: EMG and synergy features. More recently, muscle synergy based features are being increasingly explored, since it simplifies dimensionality of control, and are considered to be more robust to signal variations. Another important aspect in a myoelectrically controlled devices is the learning capability and speed of performance for online decoding...
2016: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
Blessen C Eapen, Douglas P Murphy, David X Cifu
The goals of rehabilitation medicine programs are to promote health, restore functional impairments and improve quality of life. The field of neuroprosthetics has evolved over the last decade given an improved understanding of neuroscience and the incorporation of advanced biotechnology and neuroengineering in the rehabilitation setting to develop adaptable applications to help facilitate recovery for individuals with amputations and brain injury. These applications may include a simple cognitive prosthetics aid for impaired memory in brain-injured individuals to myoelectric prosthetics arms with artificial proprioceptive feedback for those with upper extremity amputations...
August 9, 2016: Experimental Neurology
Kalman F Szucs, Aniko Nagy, Gyorgy Grosz, Zita Tiszai, Robert Gaspar
AIM: Gastrointestinal motility disorders are presumed to be associated with abnormalities of the generation of slow-wave electric impulses. A requirement for the development of non-invasive clinical methods for the diagnosis of motility disorders is the identification of these signals. We set out to separate and characterize the signals from the various sections of the gastrointestinal tract and to detect changes in the smooth muscle electromyography (SEMG) signals. METHODS: Partially resected (stomach-small intestine, stomach-large intestine or small and large intestine) or non-resected male SPRD rats were measured under deep anaesthesia...
July 27, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
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