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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215571/application-of-the-superelastic-niti-spring-in-ankle-foot-orthosis-afo-to-create-normal-ankle-joint-behavior
#1
Amirhesam Amerinatanzi, Hashem Zamanian, Narges Shayesteh Moghaddam, Ahmadreza Jahadakbar, Mohammad Elahinia
Hinge-based Ankle Foot Orthosis (HAFO) is one of the most common non-surgical solutions for the foot drop. In conventional HAFOs, the ankle joint is almost locked, and plantar flexion is restricted due to the high stiffness of the hinge mechanism. This often leads to a rigid walking gate cycle, poor muscle activity, and muscle atrophy. Since the ankle torque-angle loop has a non-linear profile, the use of a superelastic NiTi spring within the hinge, due to its nonlinear behavior, could recreate a close-to-normal stiffness of the normal ankle joint, which, in turn, could create a more natural walk...
December 7, 2017: Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161626/the-effect-of-augmented-somatosensory-feedback-on-standing-postural-sway
#2
Angela Smalley, Scott C White, Robert Burkard
Impaired balance resulting from reduced postural control occurs with aging and various medical conditions. Sensory input for balance control is provided by the visual, vestibular and somatosensory systems. Previous research suggests that increased proprioceptive feedback from various lower extremity devices improves balance. Mixed results have been reported with the use of orthoses such as ankle foot orthoses (AFOs). In this study, 20 healthy subjects wore footplates in their shoes or straps around their lower legs in order to imitate the somatosensory feedback produced by wearing AFOs, but without providing ankle restriction...
November 14, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099370/metachronous-ameloblastic-fibro-odontoma-and-dentigerous-cyst-in-the-posterior-mandible
#3
Mário Rodrigues de Melo Filho, Sabina Pena Borges Pêgo, Claudio Marcelo Cardoso, Breno Amaral Rocha, Hercílio Martelli-Júnior, Isadora Luana Flores, Luis Antônio Nogueira Dos Santos, Livia Máris Ribeiro Paranaiba
An ameloblastic fibro-odontoma (AFO) is a rare mixed odontogenic tumor with histologic features of an ameloblastic fibroma in conjunction with the presence of dentin and enamel. It usually appears as a well-circumscribed radiolucency with radiopaque foci and slow growth and is commonly seen in children and young adults. A 13-year-old boy presented with an asymptomatic swelling in the posterior right region of the mandible and the right ascending ramus. The clinical, imaging, and histopathologic findings confirmed the diagnosis of an AFO...
November 2017: General Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050944/crystal-structures-of-aflatoxin-oxidase-from-armillariella-tabescens-reveal-a-dual-activity-enzyme
#4
Tingting Xu, Chunfang Xie, Dongsheng Yao, Cong-Zhao Zhou, Jinsong Liu
Aflatoxin-oxidase (AFO), a newly discovered oxidase isolated from Armillariella tabescens, was reported to perform aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) detoxification through breaking the bisfuran ring of AFB1. However, based on sequence alignment, we found that AFO shares high sequence identities with dipeptidyl peptidase III (DPP III) family members. To understand the functions of AFO, we determined its crystal structures in the absence and presence of zinc, copper ion, and employed HPLC to test if AFO could cleave the substrates of DPP III...
October 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037441/impact-of-ankle-foot-orthosis-stiffness-on-achilles-tendon-and-gastrocnemius-function-during-unimpaired-gait
#5
Hwan Choi, Keshia M Peters, Michael B MacConnell, Katie K Ly, Eric S Eckert, Katherine M Steele
Ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) are designed to improve gait for individuals with neuromuscular conditions and have also been used to reduce energy costs of walking for unimpaired individuals. AFOs influence joint motion and metabolic cost, but how they impact muscle function remains unclear. This study investigated the impact of different stiffness AFOs on medial gastrocnemius muscle (MG) and Achilles tendon (AT) function during two walking speeds. We performed gait analyses for eight unimpaired individuals. Each individual walked at slow and very slow speeds with a 3D printed AFO with no resistance (free hinge condition) and four levels of ankle dorsiflexion stiffness: 0...
September 23, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984769/conservative-treatment-for-equinus-deformity-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-using-an-adjustable-splint-assisted-ankle-foot-orthosis
#6
Wei Chen, Xiaoyu Liu, Fang Pu, Yang Yang, Lizhen Wang, Hong Liu, Yubo Fan
BACKGROUND: A novel splint, the assisting ankle-foot orthoses (AFO), was developed to provide adjustable sustained stretching to improve conservative treatment for equinus deformities in children with cerebral palsy (CP). The treatment effect was validated by follow-up visits. METHODS: This study involved subjects between 2 and 12 years old, including 28 CP children treated with splint-assisted AFO correction, 30 CP children treated with static AFO correction, and 30 normal children with typical development (TD)...
October 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945975/effect-of-muscle-tone-on-ankle-kinetics-during-gait-with-ankle-foot-orthoses-in-persons-with-stroke
#7
Shiho Mizuno, Shigeru Sonoda, Kotaro Takeda, Shinichiro Maeshima
Background Individuals exhibiting hemiplegia and increased ankle plantar flexors muscle tone following stroke are frequently prescribed an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) to regain functional ambulation. The effect of muscle tone on ankle kinetics when walking with an AFO remains unknown. Objectives To investigate the effect of plantar flexion (PF) muscle tone on ankle plantar flexion torque during walking with an ankle-foot orthosis Methods The study included 80 participants with first-ever stroke whose manual muscle testing (MMT) of ankle DF 0-4, and 10 healthy subjects...
September 25, 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923286/abnormally-fertilized-oocytes-can-result-in-healthy-live-births-improved-genetic-technologies-for-preimplantation-genetic-testing-can-be-used-to-rescue-viable-embryos-in-in-vitro-fertilization-cycles
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Antonio Capalbo, Nathan Treff, Danilo Cimadomo, Xin Tao, Susanna Ferrero, Alberto Vaiarelli, Silvia Colamaria, Roberta Maggiulli, Giovanna Orlando, Catello Scarica, Richard Scott, Filippo Maria Ubaldi, Laura Rienzi
OBJECTIVE: To test whether abnormally fertilized oocyte (AFO)-derived blastocysts are diploid and can be rescued for clinical use. DESIGN: Longitudinal-cohort study from January 2015 to September 2016 involving IVF cycles with preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A). Ploidy assessment was incorporated whenever a blastocyst from a monopronuclear (1PN) or tripronuclear zygote (2PN + 1 smaller PN; 2.1 PN) was obtained. SETTING: Private IVF clinics and genetics laboratories...
September 15, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918357/long-term-follow-up-after-tibialis-anterior-tendon-shortening-in-combination-with-achilles-tendon-lengthening-in-spastic-equinus-in-cerebral-palsy
#9
Michèle Kläusler, Bernhard Maria Speth, Reinald Brunner, Oren Tirosh, Carlo Camathias, Erich Rutz
Using Tibialis Anterior Shortening (TATS) in combination with Achilles Tendon Lengthening (TAL) to treat spastic equinus in children with cerebral palsy (CP) was described in 2011. Short-term results have indicated a good outcome, especially an improvement of the drop foot in swing phase and the correction of equinus in stance phase. The aim of this study was to analyse the results of the long-term follow-up and to determine the relapse rate of TATS and TAL. The kinematics of the sagittal, frontal and transversal planes were measured by using instrumented 3D gait analysis at three defined time points and then described using the Gait Profile Score (GPS) and Movement Analysis Profile (MAP)...
October 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915105/variations-of-ankle-foot-orthosis-constrained-movements-increase-ankle-range-of-movement-while-maintaining-power-output-of-recumbent-cycling
#10
Puteri N F Hamdan, Nur Azah Hamzaid, Juliana Usman, Md Anamul Islam, Victor S P Kean, Ahmad K Abdul Wahab, Nazirah Hasnan, Glen M Davis
Previous research investigated recumbent cycle power output (PO) from the perspective of knee and hip joint biomechanics. However, ankle-foot biomechanics and, in particular, the effect of ankle-foot orthosis (AFO)-constrained movements on cycle PO has not been widely explored. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine whether AFOs of a fixed position (FP) and in dorsi-plantarflexion (DPF)-, dorsiflexion (DF)- and plantarflexion (PF)-constrained movements might influence PO during voluntary recumbent cycling exercises...
September 15, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904631/do-research-papers-provide-enough-information-on-design-and-material-used-in-ankle-foot-orthoses-for-children-with-cerebral-palsy-a-systematic-review
#11
N Eddison, M Mulholland, N Chockalingam
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this article is to determine how many of the current peer-reviewed studies of ankle foot or-thoses (AFOs) on children with cerebral palsy (CP) have included adequate details of the design and material of the AFO, to enable the study to be reproduced and outcomes clearly understood. METHODS: A thorough search of studies published in English was conducted in March 2015, with no restriction on dates, within all major databases using relevant phrases...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867667/long-term-effects-of-orthoses-use-on-the-changes-of-foot-and-ankle-joint-motions-of-children-with-spastic-cerebral-palsy
#12
Xue-Cheng Liu, David Embrey, Channing Tassone, Kim Zvara, Brenna Brandsma, Roger Lyon, Karin Goodfriend, Sergey Tarima, John Thometz
BACKGROUND: Orthoses commonly are prescribed to children with cerebral palsy (CP) to provide foot correction and to improve ambulatory function. Immediate effects of ankle foot orthosis (AFOs) have been investigated, but long-term kinematic effects are lacking clinical evidence. OBJECTIVE: To determine changes in 3-dimensional ankle and foot segment motion in pediatric patients with CP between initial and follow-up visits (18-month average time differences) in both barefoot gait and gait with their AFO...
September 1, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854391/monitoring-tylosin-and-sulfamethazine-in-a-tile-drained-agricultural-watershed-using-polar-organic-chemical-integrative-sampler-pocis
#13
Maurice T Washington, Thomas B Moorman, Michelle L Soupir, Mack Shelley, Amy J Morrow
This study evaluated the influence of temporal variation on the occurrence, fate, and transport of tylosin (TYL) and sulfamethazine (SMZ); antibiotics commonly used in swine production. Atrazine (ATZ) was used as a reference analyte to indicate the agricultural origin of the antibiotics. We also assessed the impact of season and hydrology on antibiotic concentrations. A reconnaissance study of the South Fork watershed of the Iowa River (SFIR), was conducted from 2013 to 2015. Tile drain effluent and surface water were monitored using polar organic integrative sampler (POCIS) technology...
January 15, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827977/ankle-foot-orthosis-made-by-3d-printing-technique-and-automated-design-software
#14
Yong Ho Cha, Keun Ho Lee, Hong Jong Ryu, Il Won Joo, Anna Seo, Dong-Hyeon Kim, Sang Jun Kim
We described 3D printing technique and automated design software and clinical results after the application of this AFO to a patient with a foot drop. After acquiring a 3D modelling file of a patient's lower leg with peroneal neuropathy by a 3D scanner, we loaded this file on the automated orthosis software and created the "STL" file. The designed AFO was printed using a fused filament fabrication type 3D printer, and a mechanical stress test was performed. The patient alternated between the 3D-printed and conventional AFOs for 2 months...
2017: Applied Bionics and Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813820/design-of-an-exoskeleton-ankle-robot-for-robot-assisted-gait-training-of-stroke-patients
#15
Ling-Fung Yeung, Corinna Ockenfeld, Man-Kit Pang, Hon-Wah Wai, Oi-Yan Soo, Sheung-Wai Li, Kai-Yu Tong
Lower Limb Exoskeleton robot that can facilitate stair walking is a big challenge, most systems could only provide level ground walking. In this study, a lightweight (0.5kg at ankle, 0.5kg at waist for control box) and autonomous exoskeleton Ankle Robot was proposed to provide power assistance for gait training of chronic stroke patients and it can facilitate three walking conditions in real-time: (1) level walking, (2) stair ascending, and (3) stair descending. Chronic stroke patients (n=3) with drop foot gait deficit and moderate motor impairment were recruited to evaluate the system under different walking conditions (Functional Ambulatory Category: FAC=4...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780358/formation-reactivity-and-aging-of-amorphous-ferric-oxides-in-the-presence-of-model-and-membrane-bioreactor-derived-organics
#16
Mark W Bligh, Pradeep Maheshwari, T David Waite
Iron salts are routinely dosed in wastewater treatment as a means of achieving effluent phosphorous concentration goals. The iron oxides that result from addition of iron salts partake in various reactions, including reductive dissolution and phosphate adsorption. The reactivity of these oxides is controlled by the conditions of formation and the processes, such as aggregation, that lead to a reduction in accessible surface sites following formation. The presence of organic compounds is expected to significantly impact these processes in a number of ways...
November 1, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736080/the-effect-of-ankle-foot-orthosis-alignment-on-walking-in-individuals-treated-for-traumatic-lower-extremity-injuries
#17
Starr E Brown, Elizabeth Russell Esposito, Jason M Wilken
Limb salvage surgeries are performed to treat a variety of lower limb pathologies and traumatic injuries. Individuals who have undergone limb salvage surgeries may require an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) to compensate for limb impairments and restore walking ability. Understanding the effects of AFO design parameters on gait biomechanics is important to refine AFO prescription criteria. In this study sagittal plane kinematic and kinetic data, muscle activity and alignment preference were examined as individuals treated for traumatic lower extremity injuries (N=12) walked over level ground with Plantarflexed (PF), Neutral, and Dorsiflexed (DF) aligned AFOs...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713039/efficacy-of-ankle-foot-orthoses-types-on-walking-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-a-systematic-review
#18
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Atefeh Aboutorabi, Mokhtar Arazpour, Monireh Ahmadi Bani, Hassan Saeedi, John S Head
BACKGROUND: Ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) are orthotic devices that can be used to normalize the walking pattern of children with cerebral palsy (CP). One of the aims of orthotic management is to produce a more normal gait pattern by positioning joints in the proper position to reduce pathological reflex or spasticity. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a systematic review of the literature and establish the effect of treatment with various types of AFOs on gait patterns of children with CP...
November 2017: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704464/simulated-impacts-of-ankle-foot-orthoses-on-muscle-demand-and-recruitment-in-typically-developing-children-and-children-with-cerebral-palsy-and-crouch-gait
#19
Michael Rosenberg, Katherine M Steele
Passive ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) are often prescribed for children with cerebral palsy (CP) to assist locomotion, but predicting how specific device designs will impact energetic demand during gait remains challenging. Powered AFOs have been shown to reduce energy costs of walking in unimpaired adults more than passive AFOs, but have not been tested in children with CP. The goal of this study was to investigate the potential impact of powered and passive AFOs on muscle demand and recruitment in children with CP and crouch gait...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605225/effect-of-shoes-on-stiffness-and-energy-efficiency-of-ankle-foot-orthosis-bench-testing-analysis
#20
Toshiki Kobayashi, Fan Gao, Nicholas LeCursi, K Bo Foreman, Michael S Orendurff
Understanding the mechanical properties of ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) is important to maximize their benefit for those with movement disorders during gait. Though mechanical properties such as stiffness and/or energy efficiency of AFOs have been extensively studied, it remains unknown how and to what extent shoes influence their properties. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of shoes on stiffness and energy efficiency of an AFO using a custom mechanical testing device. Stiffness and energy efficiency of the AFO were measured in the plantar flexion and dorsiflexion range, respectively, under AFO-alone and AFO-Shoe combination conditions...
October 30, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
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