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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211643/postural-analysis-in-a-pediatric-cohort-of-patients-with-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-a-pilot-study
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Claudio Lisi, Serena Monteleone, Carmine Tinelli, Berardo Rinaldi, Giuseppe Di Natali, Salvatore Savasta
BACKGROUND: The Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a rare disorder affecting the connective tissue. EDS patients may suffer of proprioception and balance impairment but all the studies dealing with such symptoms have been addressed to adult subjects. The Study of such impairment in younger patients may lead to a better awareness of own motor abilities and to a focused rehabilitative intervention. Therefore, our work aims to assess the occurrence of these alterations in a pediatric cohort of EDS patients...
February 17, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209741/frequency-characteristics-of-human-muscle-and-cortical-responses-evoked-by-noisy-achilles-tendon-vibration
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Robyn Lynne Mildren, Ryan M Peters, Aimee J Hill, Jean-Sebastien Blouin, Mark Gregory Carpenter, J Timothy Inglis
Noisy stimuli, along with linear systems analysis, have proven to be effective for mapping functional neural connections. We explored the use of noisy (10-115 Hz) Achilles tendon vibration to examine proprioceptive reflexes in the triceps surae muscles in standing healthy young adults (n = 8). We also examined the association between noisy vibration and electrical activity recorded over the sensorimotor cortex using electroencephalography. We applied two-minutes of vibration and recorded ongoing muscle activity of the soleus and gastrocnemii using surface electromyography (EMG)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177166/splenius-capitis-is-a-reliable-target-for-measuring-cervical-vestibular-evoked-myogenic-potentials-in-adults
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A J Camp, C Gu, S L Cushing, K A Gordon, B D Corneil
The cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potential (cVEMP) is a common and simple test of vestibulospinal reflex patency. In the clinic, cVEMPs are measured in response to loud sounds from the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) on the ventral neck, as subjects maintain an uncomfortable head posture needed to recruit SCM. Here we characterize the cVEMP in a dorsal neck turner (Splenius Capitis; SPL), and compare it with the SCM cVEMP. cVEMPs were recorded simultaneously via surface electromyography from SCM and SPL from 17 healthy subjects in a variety of postures, including head-turned postures adopted while either seated or standing, and the clinical posture...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163868/biomechanics-of-aerial-righting-in-wingless-nymphal-stick-insects
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Yu Zeng, Kenrick Lam, Yuexiang Chen, Mengsha Gong, Zheyuan Xu, Robert Dudley
Numerous wingless arthropods as well as diverse vertebrates are capable of mid-air righting. We studied the biomechanics of the aerial righting reflex in first-instar nymphs of the stick insect Extatosoma tiaratum. After being released upside-down, insects reoriented dorsoventrally and stabilized body posture via active modulation of limb positions and associated aerodynamic torques. We identified specific reflexes for bilaterally asymmetric leg displacements which elicit body rotation and subsequently stabilize mid-air posture...
February 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149391/spatial-control-of-reflexes-posture-and-movement-in-normal-conditions-and-after-neurological-lesions
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Anatol G Feldman, Mindy F Levin
Control of reflexes is usually associated with central modulation of their sensitivity (gain) or phase-dependent inhibition and facilitation of their influences on motoneurons (reflex gating). Accumulated empirical findings show that the gain modulation and reflex gating are secondary, emergent properties of central control of spatial thresholds at which reflexes become functional. In this way, the system pre-determines, in a feedforward and task-specific way, where, in a spatial domain or a frame of reference, muscles are allowed to work without directly prescribing EMG activity and forces...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128063/tonic-and-rhythmic-spinal-activity-underlying-locomotion
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Yury P Ivanenko, Victor S Gurfinkel, Victor A Selionov, Irina A Solopova, Francesca Sylos-Labini, Pierre A Guertin, Francesco Lacquaniti
In recent years, many researches put significant efforts into understanding and assessing the functional state of the spinal locomotor circuits in humans. Various techniques have been developed to stimulate the spinal cord circuitries, which may include both diffuse and quite specific tuning effects. Overall, the findings indicate that tonic and rhythmic spinal activity control are not separate phenomena but are closely integrated to properly initiate and sustain stepping. The spinal cord does not simply transmit information to and from the brain...
January 25, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122432/functional-neuroanatomy-for-posture-and-gait-control
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Kaoru Takakusaki
Here we argue functional neuroanatomy for posture-gait control. Multi-sensory information such as somatosensory, visual and vestibular sensation act on various areas of the brain so that adaptable posture-gait control can be achieved. Automatic process of gait, which is steady-state stepping movements associating with postural reflexes including headeye coordination accompanied by appropriate alignment of body segments and optimal level of postural muscle tone, is mediated by the descending pathways from the brainstem to the spinal cord...
January 2017: Journal of Movement Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119875/effects-of-vojta-method-on-trunk-stability-in-healthy-individuals
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Sun-Young Ha, Yun-Hee Sung
Vojta reflex locomotion is important to main upright posture through stimulation of breast zone to patient with cerebral palsy. However, application in other diseases is no investigated. So, we determined the effects of stimulation of the breast zone on trunk stability in healthy individuals. Fourteen young healthy adults (7 males and 7 females) voluntarily participated in this study. The subjects were randomly divided into an experimental group (breast zone) and control group (arbitrary point). All groups were stimulated for 5 min on the left and right sides, respectively, for a total 10 times...
December 2016: Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061922/respiratory-and-pulse-changes-due-to-vestibular-stimulations-in-a-motion-based-simulator
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Savas Ilbasmis, Safak Yildiz
INTRODUCTION: One of the mechanisms leading to spatial disorientation (SD) is overstimulation of the vestibular system by various aircraft maneuvers. The objective of this study was to observe respiratory rate and pulse changes during vestibular system stimulations with the help of two selected SD training profiles. METHODS: The respiration and pulse rates of 15 subjects were recorded in response to 2 sequential SD training profiles on a motion-based simulator. The session started with a motionless instruction period (IP), continued with a Coriolis profile (CP) which stimulated the semicircular canals, and ended with a Dark Takeoff profile (DP) which stimulated the otolith organs...
January 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061380/postural-response-characterization-of-standing-humans-to-multi-directional-predictable-and-unpredictable-perturbations-to-the-arm
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Ali Forghani, Richard Preuss, Theodore Milner
When the arm of a standing human is perturbed in an unpredictable direction, postural muscles are activated at latencies as short as 50-110ms. While the motion of the body clearly progresses in hand-to-leg sequence, there is no systematic muscle activation sequence from the arm to the leg muscles, suggesting that the activation of the muscles is not likely the result of local stretch reflexes. In fact, the lower limb muscles are activated before the upright posture is significantly disturbed. The short-latency activation amplitude and the activation probability are clearly tuned to the direction of the arm perturbation for both rostral and caudal muscles...
February 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054910/examining-effects-of-physical-exertion-on-the-dynamic-visual-acuity-test-in-collegiate-athletes
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Jessie N Patterson, Anna M Murphy, Julie A Honaker
BACKGROUND: Acute symptoms of dizziness and/or imbalance commonly experienced in athletes postconcussion are speculated to arise from dysfunction at multiple levels (i.e., inner ear or central vestibular system) to appropriately integrate afferent sensory information. Disruption along any pathway of the balance system can result in symptoms of dizziness, decreased postural control function (vestibulospinal reflex), and reduced vestibulo-ocular reflex function. This may also lead to decreased gaze stability with movements of the head and may account for symptoms of blurred vision or diplopia reported in almost half of athletes sustaining a concussion...
January 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025116/perceived-timing-of-a-postural-perturbation
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Julian Lupo, Michael Barnett-Cowan
Falling down is a common event that threatens the survival of an organism. Simple, yet sophisticated neural mechanisms allow for rapid detection of a fall as well as the generation of compensatory reflexes designed to prevent a fall. Fall awareness and preventative alerting devices could potentially mitigate the likelihood of a fall, however, relatively little is known about the perceived timing of a fall. Common anecdotal reports suggest that humans often describe distortions in their perception of time with very little recollection of what occurred during the fall...
February 3, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911755/transformation-of-vestibular-signals-for-the-control-of-standing-in-humans
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Patrick A Forbes, Billy L Luu, H F Machiel Van der Loos, Elizabeth A Croft, J Timothy Inglis, Jean-Sébastien Blouin
: During standing balance, vestibular signals encode head movement and are transformed into coordinates that are relevant to maintaining upright posture of the whole body. This transformation must account for head-on-body orientation as well as the muscle actions generating the postural response. Here, we investigate whether this transformation is dependent upon a muscle's ability to stabilize the body along the direction of a vestibular disturbance. Subjects were braced on top of a robotic balance system that simulated the mechanics of standing while being exposed to an electrical vestibular stimulus that evoked a craniocentric vestibular error of head roll...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898007/limb-remote-ischemic-postconditioning-reduces-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-by-inhibiting-nadph-oxidase-activation-and-myd88-traf6-p38map-kinase-pathway-of-neutrophils
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Gangling Chen, Xinyi Ye, Jiangwei Zhang, Tingli Tang, Lin Li, Peirong Lu, Qi Wu, Boyang Yu, Junping Kou
Limb remote ischemic postconditioning (LRIP) has been confirmed to reduce the ischemia-reperfusion injury but its mechanisms are still not clear. This study clarified the mechanism of LRIP based on the nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase and Myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88)-Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF6)-P38 pathway of neutrophils. Rat middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model was used in this study. Ischemia-reperfusion injury was carried out by MCAO 1...
November 25, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895569/influence-of-lumbar-muscle-fatigue-on-trunk-adaptations-during-sudden-external-perturbations
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Jacques Abboud, François Nougarou, Arnaud Lardon, Claude Dugas, Martin Descarreaux
Introduction: When the spine is subjected to perturbations, neuromuscular responses such as reflex muscle contractions contribute to the overall balance control and spinal stabilization mechanisms. These responses are influenced by muscle fatigue, which has been shown to trigger changes in muscle recruitment patterns. Neuromuscular adaptations, e.g., attenuation of reflex activation and/or postural oscillations following repeated unexpected external perturbations, have also been described. However, the characterization of these adaptations still remains unclear...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861895/effects-of-postural-change-from-supine-to-head-up-tilt-on-the-skin-sympathetic-nerve-activity-component-synchronised-with-the-cardiac-cycle-in-warmed-men
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Yu Ogawa, Yoshi-Ichiro Kamijo, Shigeki Ikegawa, Shizue Masuki, Hiroshi Nose
KEY POINTS: Humans are unique in controlling body temperature in a hot environment by a large amount of skin blood flow; however, the decrease in total peripheral resistance due to systemic cutaneous vasodilatation and the reduction of venous return to the heart due to blood pooling in the cutaneous vein threatens blood pressure maintenance in the upright position, and occasionally causes heat syncope. Against this condition, cutaneous vasodilatation is reportedly suppressed to maintain arterial pressure; however, the nerve activity responsible for this phenomenon has not been identified...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848255/prognostic-predictors-for-ambulation-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
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Orawan Keeratisiroj, Nuanlaor Thawinchai, Wantana Siritaratiwat, Montana Buntragulpoontawee, Chayanin Pratoomsoot
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to investigate the prognostic predictors for ambulation in children with cerebral palsy using meta-analysis of observational studies. METHOD: Electronic searches were conducted in PubMed, SCOPUS, CINAHL, ProQuest, Ovid, Wiley InterScience, and ScienceDirect databases from their start dates to December 2015. RESULTS: Of the 1123 identified articles, 12 met the inclusion criteria for qualitative synthesis, eight of which were deemed appropriate for meta-analysis...
November 16, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834670/resistance-training-with-instability-is-more-effective-than-resistance-training-in-improving-spinal-inhibitory-mechanisms-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Carla Silva-Batista, Eugenia Casella Tavares Mattos, Daniel M Corcos, Jessica M Wilson, Charles J Heckman, Hélcio Kanegusuku, Maria Elisa Pimentel Piemonte, Marco Túlio de Mello, Cláudia Forjaz, Hamilton Roschel, Valmor Tricoli, Carlos Ugrinowitsch
: This study assessed 1) the effects of 12 wk of resistance training (RT) and resistance training with instability (RTI) on presynaptic inhibition (PSI) and disynaptic reciprocal inhibition (DRI) of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD); 2) the effectiveness of RT and RTI in moving PSI and DRI values of patients toward values of age-matched healthy controls (HC; Z-score analysis); and 3) associations between PSI and DRI changes and clinical outcomes changes previously published. Thirteen patients in RT group, 13 in RTI group, and 11 in a nonexercising control group completed the trial...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834583/spinal-cord-injury-and-seated-postural-control-a-test-of-the-rambling-and-trembling-hypothesis
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Sunghoon Shin, Jacob J Sosnoff
Rambling-trembling analysis separates the center of pressure (COP) into two components: the rambling component (RM: supraspinal) and trembling component (TM: muscle stiffness/reflex). We hypothesized that persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) would demonstrate decreased RM resulting from altered supraspinal processing and increased TM resulting from increased muscle stiffness. We also anticipated that the TM component would be greater in SCI patients with Harrington rods than in those without them. The seated postural control was assessed in 18 persons with spinal cord injury (SCI), comprising of 12 with and 6 without Harrington rods, and 18 age-matched controls...
November 11, 2016: Motor Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803120/cardiovascular-autonomic-neuropathy-and-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-the-diabetes-control-and-complications-trial-epidemiology-of-diabetes-interventions-and-complications-dcct-edic-study
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Rodica Pop-Busui, Barbara H Braffett, Bernie Zinman, Catherine Martin, Neil H White, William H Herman, Saul Genuth, Rose Gubitosi-Klug
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN) is an independent risk factor of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events during DCCT/EDIC. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Standardized cardiovascular autonomic reflex tests (R-R response to paced breathing, Valsalva maneuver, postural changes in blood pressure) were performed at DCCT baseline, every 2 years throughout DCCT, and at two time points in EDIC. CVD events were ascertained throughout the study and adjudicated by a review committee...
January 2017: Diabetes Care
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