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L Li, A J Fijneman, J A Kaandorp, J Aizenberg, W L Noorduin
Controlling nucleation and growth is crucial in biological and artificial mineralization and self-assembly processes. The nucleation barrier is determined by the chemistry of the interfaces at which crystallization occurs and local supersaturation. Although chemically tailored substrates and lattice mismatches are routinely used to modify energy landscape at the substrate/nucleus interface and thereby steer heterogeneous nucleation, strategies to combine this with control over local supersaturations have remained virtually unexplored...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Richard S Mills, Heidi Sveistrup
The aims of this study were to (1) characterize anticipatory and reactive postural strategies in typically developing (TD) children and adolescents; (2) determine if TD youth shift from reactive to anticipatory mechanisms based on knowledge of platform movement; and (3) determine whether TD youth further modify postural strategies when additional information about the perturbation is provided. Sixteen typically developing youth aged 7-17 years stood with eyes open on a movable platform that progressively translated anteroposteriorly (20 cm peak-to-peak) through four speeds (0...
March 17, 2018: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
Yuhai Tu, Yuansheng Cao
The performance of a molecular motor, characterized by its power output and energy efficiency, is investigated in the motor design space spanned by the stepping rate function and the motor-track interaction potential. Analytic results and simulations show that a gating mechanism that restricts forward stepping in a narrow window in configuration space is needed for generating high power at physiologically relevant loads. By deriving general thermodynamics laws for nonequilibrium motors, we find that the maximum torque (force) at stall is less than its theoretical limit for any realistic motor-track interactions due to speed fluctuations...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Carey L Holleran, Patrick W Hennessey, Abigail L Leddy, Gordhan B Mahtani, Gabrielle Brazg, Brian D Schmit, T George Hornby
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Previous data suggest that large amounts of high-intensity stepping training in variable contexts (tasks and environments) may improve locomotor function, aerobic capacity, and treadmill gait kinematics in individuals poststroke. Whether similar training strategies are tolerated and efficacious for patients with other acute-onset neurological diagnoses, such as motor incomplete spinal cord injury (iSCI), is unknown. Individuals with iSCI potentially have greater bilateral impairments...
April 2018: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: JNPT
Jeon Hyeong Lee, Myoung Hee Lee
[Purpose] This study was performed to analyze the influence of smartphone multitasking on gait and dynamic balance. [Subjects and Methods] The subjects were 19 male and 20 female university students. There were 4 types of gait tasks: General Gait (walking without a task), Task Gait 1 (walking while writing a message), Task Gait 2 (walking while writing a message and listening to music), Task Gait 3 (walking while writing a message and having a conversation). To exclude the learning effect, the order of tasks was randomized...
February 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
DongGeon Lee, HaNa Kim, HyunJi An, JiEun Jang, SoungKyun Hong, SunHye Jung, Kyeongbong Lee, Myong-Ryol Choi, Kyung-Hee Lee, GyuChang Lee
[Purpose] The purpose of the present study was to compare the postural sway of healthy adults standing on different types of balance pads. [Subjects and Methods] Nine healthy adults participated in this study. Postural body sway was measured while participants were standing on four different types of balance pads: Balance-pad Elite (BE), Aero-Step XL (AS), Dynair Ballkissen Senso (DBS), and Dynair Ballkissen XXL Meditation and Yoga (DBMY). A Wii Balance Board interfaced with Balancia software was used to measure postural body sway...
February 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Daina L Sturnieks, Sin Lin Yak, Mayna Ratanapongleka, Stephen R Lord, Jasmine C Menant
Fatigue is a common complaint in older people. Laboratory-induced muscle fatigue has been found to affect physical functions in older populations but these protocols are rigorous and are unlikely to accurately reflect daily activities. This study used an ecological approach to determine the effects of a busy day on self-reported fatigue and fall-related measures of physical and cognitive function in older people. Fifty community-dwelling adult volunteers, aged 60-88 (mean 73) years participated in this randomised crossover trial...
March 12, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
Nadia Schott, Maike Tietjens
Mobility restriction as a consequence of a fall is a major issue in assisted living facilities. Although many factors are related to falling, little is known about the relationship between falls, social support, falls efficacy, and physical activity. We examined the relationship between falls and the Social-Support-Questionnaire, the Activities-specific Balance Confidence scale, and physical activity simultaneously in 81 older adults (66-94 years) using structural equation modeling (SEM). The SEM model revealed that being older was associated with lower falls efficacy and a higher number of falls...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
François Ancien, Fabrizio Pucci, Maxime Godfroid, Marianne Rooman
The classification of human genetic variants into deleterious and neutral is a challenging issue, whose complexity is rooted in the large variety of biophysical mechanisms that can be responsible for disease conditions. For non-synonymous mutations in structured proteins, one of these is the protein stability change, which can lead to loss of protein structure or function. We developed a stability-driven knowledge-based classifier that uses protein structure, artificial neural networks and solvent accessibility-dependent combinations of statistical potentials to predict whether destabilizing or stabilizing mutations are disease-causing...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
David J Horvath, Jamshid H Karimov, Nicole A Byram, Barry D Kuban, Gengo Sunagawa, Nader Moazami, Kiyotaka Fukamachi
Control of mechanical circulatory support pump output typically requires that pressure-regulating functions be accomplished by active control of the speed or geometry of the device, with feedback from pressure or flow sensors. This article presents a different design approach, with a pressure-regulating device as the core design feature, allowing the essential control function of regulating pressure to be directly programmed into the hydromechanical design. We show the step-by-step transformation of a pressure-regulating device into a continuous-flow total artificial heart that passively balances left and right circulations without the need for pressure and flow sensors...
March 7, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Shuping Peng, Lihua Cao, Shiwei He, Yancheng Zhong, Haotian Ma, Yanru Zhang, Cijun Shuai
Bone regeneration is very important for the recovery of some diseases including osteoporosis and bone fracture trauma. It is a multiple-step- and multiple-gene-involved complex process, including the matrix secretion and calcium mineralization by osteoblasts differentiated from mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and the absorption of calcium and phosphorus by osteoclasts differentiated from hematopoietic stem cells. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a family of transcripts longer than 200 nt without or with very low protein-coding potential...
2018: Stem Cells International
Diego Hojsgaard
Polyploid genomes evolve and follow a series of dynamic transfigurations along with adaptation and speciation. The initial formation of a new polyploid individual within a diploid population usually involves a triploid bridge, a two-step mechanism of cell fusions between ubiquitous (reduced) and rare (unreduced) gametes. The primary fusion event creates an intermediate triploid individual with unbalanced genome sets, a situation of genomic-shock characterized by gene expression dysregulation, high dosage sensitivity, disturbed cell divisions, and physiological and reproductive attributes drastically altered...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Geoffrey D Barnes, Erin Mouland
Peri-procedural management of oral anticoagulants can be complex and confusing for many providers. It involves a careful balance of a patient's thromboembolic risk and bleeding risk. For every patient chronically taking an oral anticoagulant who will be undergoing an elective procedure, a four step approach may be considered when creating a plan for the oral anticoagulant.(Writing Group M, 20161 ) Does the oral anticoagulant need to stop for the procedure?(Periprocedural Management of Anticoagulation Writing C, Doherty JU, Gluckman TJ, et al...
March 10, 2018: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Santiago Martinez, Juan Miguel Garcia-Haro, Juan G Victores, Alberto Jardon, Carlos Balaguer
The computational complexity of humanoid robot balance control is reduced through the application of simplified kinematics and dynamics models. However, these simplifications lead to the introduction of errors that add to other inherent electro-mechanic inaccuracies and affect the robotic system. Linear control systems deal with these inaccuracies if they operate around a specific working point but are less precise if they do not. This work presents a model improvement based on the Linear Inverted Pendulum Model (LIPM) to be applied in a non-linear control system...
March 11, 2018: Sensors
Michael Wilkinson, Alistair Ewen, Nicholas Caplan, David O'Leary, Neil Smith, Richard Stoneham, Lee Saxby
The effect of textured insoles on kinetics and kinematics of overground running was assessed. 16 male injury-free-recreational runners attended a single visit (age 23 ± 5 yrs; stature 1.78 ± 0.06 m; mass 72.6 ± 9.2 kg). Overground 15-m runs were completed in flat, canvas plimsolls both with and without textured insoles at self-selected velocity on an indoor track in an order that was balanced among participants. Average vertical loading rate and peak vertical force (Fpeak ) were captured by force platforms...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Sport Science
Heather C Kaplan, Eileen King, Beth E White, Susan E Ford, Sandra Fuller, Michael A Krew, Michael P Marcotte, Jay D Iams, Jennifer L Bailit, Jo M Bouchard, Kelly Friar, Carole M Lannon
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the success of a quality improvement initiative to reduce early elective deliveries at less than 39 weeks of gestation and improve birth registry data accuracy rapidly and at scale in Ohio. METHODS: Between February 2013 and March 2014, participating hospitals were involved in a quality improvement initiative to reduce early elective deliveries at less than 39 weeks of gestation and improve birth registry data. This initiative was designed as a learning collaborative model (group webinars and a single face-to-face meeting) and included individual quality improvement coaching...
March 8, 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bruce E Rittmann, Joshua P Boltz, Doris Brockmann, Glen T Daigger, Eberhard Morgenroth, Kim Helleshøj Sørensen, Imre Takács, Mark van Loosdrecht, Peter A Vanrolleghem
A researcher or practitioner can employ a biofilm model to gain insight into what controls the performance of a biofilm process and for optimizing its performance. While a wide range of biofilm-modeling platforms is available, a good strategy is to choose the simplest model that includes sufficient components and processes to address the modeling goal. In most cases, a one-dimensional biofilm model provides the best balance, and good choices can range from hand-calculation analytical solutions, simple spreadsheets, and numerical-method platforms...
March 2018: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Zhichao Yang, Anqing Yu, Chao Shan, Guandao Gao, Bingcai Pan
In this study we reported that the presence of functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (FCNT-H) would greatly enhance the degradation of atrazine (ATZ), a model contaminant, in the Fe(III)-mediated Fenton-like system. Efficient ATZ degradation (>90%) was achieved within 30 min in the presence of 20 mg.L-1 FCNT-H, 2.0 mg.L-1 Fe(III), and 170 mg.L-1 H2 O2 , whereas negligible ATZ degradation occurred in FCNT-H free system. The structure and surface chemistry of FCNT-H and other CNTs were well characterized...
March 5, 2018: Water Research
M Parra-Moreno, J J Rodríguez-Juan, J D Ruiz-Cárdenas
INTRODUCTION: Commercial video games are considered an effective tool to improve postural balance in different populations. However, the effectiveness of these video games for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) is unclear. OBJECTIVES: To analyse existing evidence on the effects of commercial video games on postural balance in patients with MS. MATERIAL AND METHOD: We conducted a systematic literature search on 11 databases (Academic-Search Complete, AMED, CENTRAL, CINAHL, WoS, IBECS, LILACS, Pubmed/Medline, Scielo, SPORTDiscus, and Science Direct) using the following terms: "multiple sclerosis", videogames, "video games", exergam*, "postural balance", posturography, "postural control", balance...
March 7, 2018: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
Lee Roosevelt, Megan Diebel, Ruth E Zielinski
Assessment of labor progress through vaginal digital examination (VE) remains one of the most challenging skills for midwifery students. As VE during labor has become a less frequent occurrence there are less opportunities for student midwives to gain mastery of the skill. Best practices for teaching and evaluating VE involve a step-wise, multi modal approach. More research is needed on how to standardize teaching for this essential skill.
February 23, 2018: Midwifery
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