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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813820/design-of-an-exoskeleton-ankle-robot-for-robot-assisted-gait-training-of-stroke-patients
#1
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
#2
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...
July 31, 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
#3
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
#4
REVIEW
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...
July 13, 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
#5
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
#6
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 plantarflexion and dorsiflexion range, respectively, under AFO-alone and AFO-Shoe combination conditions...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577470/ankle-foot-orthosis-bending-axis-influences-running-mechanics
#7
Elizabeth Russell Esposito, Ellyn C Ranz, Kelly A Schmidtbauer, Richard R Neptune, Jason M Wilken
Passive-dynamic ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) are commonly prescribed to improve locomotion for people with lower limb musculoskeletal weakness. The clinical prescription and design process are typically qualitative and based on observational assessment and experience. Prior work examining the effect of AFO design characteristics generally excludes higher impact activities such as running, providing clinicians and researchers limited information to guide the development of objective prescription guidelines. The proximal location of the bending axis may directly influence energy storage and return and resulting running mechanics...
July 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557592/ameloblastic-fibro-odontoma-of-the-maxilla-in-a-pierre-robin-sequence-patient
#8
Kenneth Kufta, Steve Kang, Faizan Alawi, Anna Moran, Neeraj Panchal
INTRODUCTION: Pierre Robin sequence (PRS) is a rare disorder classically observed as a triad of features including micrognathia, glossoptosis, and upper airway obstruction. It is associated with a syndrome in about 60% of cases. While odontogenic tumors are common findings in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis and nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndromes, PRS has not been found to be consistently associated with any tumors of the jaw. CASE REPORT: The current report aims to describe a patient with PRS who presented with an extensive ameloblastic fibro-odontoma (AFO) of the maxilla...
May 30, 2017: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511465/digging-deeper-into-the-patello-femoral-joint-patello-femoral-composite-a-new-dimension-for-overstuffing-of-patello-femoral-joint
#9
Vikram Kishor Kandhari, Mohan M Desai, Surendar S Bava, Roshan N Wade
INTRODUCTION: Patello-femoral complications are the most common complications in postoperative Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) patients especially overstuffing of Patello - Femoral Joint (PFJ). So, to study the effects of overstuffing of PFJ in postoperative TKA patients we put forth a new dimension - "PATELLO - FEMORAL COMPOSITE (PFC)". This is the maximum distance between anterior cortical line of femur shaft and the anterior cortex of patella with knee in full extension. AIM: To calculate chances of overstuffing of PFJ in postoperative TKA patients and document the effect of overstuffing of PFJ on the passive knee Range of Motion (ROM) in post- op TKA patients...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503144/rigid-ankle-foot-orthosis-deteriorates-mediolateral-balance-control-and-vertical-braking-during-gait-initiation
#10
Arnaud Delafontaine, Olivier Gagey, Silvia Colnaghi, Manh-Cuong Do, Jean-Louis Honeine
Rigid ankle-foot orthoses (AFO) are commonly used for impeding foot drop during the swing phase of gait. They also reduce pain and improve gait kinematics in patients with weakness or loss of integrity of ankle-foot complex structures due to various pathological conditions. However, this comes at the price of constraining ankle joint mobility, which might affect propulsive force generation and balance control. The present study examined the effects of wearing an AFO on biomechanical variables and electromyographic activity of tibialis anterior (TA) and soleus muscles during gait initiation (GI)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468060/-associations-between-airflow-obstruction-and-the-risks-of-morbidity-on-major-chronic-diseases-in-chinese-adults-a-prospective-cohort-study
#11
J C Li, F L Lan, C Q Yu, J Lyu, Y Guo, Z Bian, Y L Tan, P Pei, J S Chen, Z M Chen, L M Li
Objective: To examine the prospective associations between airflow obstruction (AFO) and risks of major chronic diseases morbidity in Chinese adults. Methods: Samples of this study were from the China Kadoorie Biobank. A total of 486 996 participants aged 30 to 79 years (mean 51.5 years) at the baseline study, were included after excluding those who self-reported of having heart disease, stroke and cancer at baseline. AFO was defined under the Global Initiative on Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) criteria and forced expiratory volume per one second in percentage of the expected one (FEV(1)% P)...
April 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460597/boosting-the-traditional-physiotherapist-approach-for-stroke-spasticity-using-a-sensorized-ankle-foot-orthosis-a-pilot-study
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Federica Tamburella, Juan C Moreno, Marco Iosa, Iolanda Pisotta, Febo Cincotti, Donatella Mattia, José L Pons, Marco Molinari
BACKGROUND: Spasticity is a motor disorder that is commonly treated manually by a physical therapist (PhT) stretching the muscles. Recent data on learning have demonstrated the importance of human-to-human interaction in improving rehabilitation: cooperative motor behavior engages specific areas of the motor system compared with execution of a task alone. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesize that PhT-guided therapy that involves active collaboration with the patient (Pt) through shared biomechanical visual biofeedback (vBFB) positively impacts learning and performance by the Pt during ankle spasticity treatment...
May 1, 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420442/updated-systematic-review-associations-between-proximity-to-animal-feeding-operations-and-health-of-individuals-in-nearby-communities
#13
REVIEW
Annette M O'Connor, Brent W Auvermann, Rungano S Dzikamunhenga, Julie M Glanville, Julian P T Higgins, Shelley P Kirychuk, Jan M Sargeant, Sarah C Totton, Hannah Wood, Susanna G Von Essen
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this review was to update a systematic review of associations between living near an animal feeding operation (AFO) and human health. METHODS: The MEDLINE® and MEDLINE® In-Process, Centre for Agricultural Biosciences Abstracts, and Science Citation Index databases were searched. Reference lists of included articles were hand-searched. Eligible studies reported exposure to an AFO and an individual-level human health outcome. Two reviewers performed study selection and data extraction...
April 18, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407505/a-randomized-controlled-trial-on-providing-ankle-foot-orthoses-in-patients-with-sub-acute-stroke-short-term-kinematic-and-spatiotemporal-effects-and-effects-of-timing
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Corien D M Nikamp, Marte S H Hobbelink, Job van der Palen, Hermie J Hermens, Johan S Rietman, Jaap H Buurke
Initial walking function is often limited after stroke, and regaining walking ability is an important goal in rehabilitation. Various compensatory movement strategies to ensure sufficient foot-clearance are reported. Ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) are often prescribed to improve foot-clearance and may influence these strategies. However, research studying effects of actual AFO-provision early after stroke is limited. We conducted an explorative randomized controlled trial and aimed to study the short-term effects of AFO-provision on kinematic and spatiotemporal parameters in patients early after stroke...
March 30, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378552/the-definition-of-past-tuberculosis-affects-the-magnitude-of-association-between-pulmonary-tuberculosis-and-respiratory-dysfunction-korea-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-2008-2012
#15
Chang Jin Choi, Whan Seok Choi, Sook Young Lee, Kyung Soo Kim
Tuberculosis (TB) is associated with an increased risk of chronic lung impairment. The aim of this study was to compare the clinical characteristics and lung functions according to definition of past TB. We used the population-based, Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) (2008-2012) to analyze 13,522 subjects age 40 years or older who underwent spirometry and chest X-ray (CXR). Subjects with TB lesions on CXR (with or without a history of TB) were older, more likely to be male, ever smokers, and of low socioeconomic status than subjects with only a history of TB or without evidence of TB...
May 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377710/fast-dynamical-coupling-enhances-frequency-adaptation-of-oscillators-for-robotic-locomotion-control
#16
Timo Nachstedt, Christian Tetzlaff, Poramate Manoonpong
Rhythmic neural signals serve as basis of many brain processes, in particular of locomotion control and generation of rhythmic movements. It has been found that specific neural circuits, named central pattern generators (CPGs), are able to autonomously produce such rhythmic activities. In order to tune, shape and coordinate the produced rhythmic activity, CPGs require sensory feedback, i.e., external signals. Nonlinear oscillators are a standard model of CPGs and are used in various robotic applications. A special class of nonlinear oscillators are adaptive frequency oscillators (AFOs)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324977/a-novel-method-to-assess-angle-sensor-performance-for-wearable-exoskeletal-joint-kinematics
#17
Nicholas B Bolus, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan
Full range of motion (ROM) at a joint is necessary for efficient and adaptive movement; as such, it is an essential clinical evaluation measure for assessing an individual's motor function, which can be affected by any number of musculoskeletal injuries and neuropathies. Measurement of joint ROM in the clinic has classically been accomplished statically through the use of a manual goniometer. More recent efforts in the fields of prosthetics and orthotics have demonstrated the potential utility of wearable systems (e...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284572/an-articulated-ankle-foot-orthosis-with-adjustable-plantarflexion-resistance-dorsiflexion-resistance-and-alignment-a-pilot-study-on-mechanical-properties-and-effects-on-stroke-hemiparetic-gait
#18
Toshiki Kobayashi, Michael S Orendurff, Grace Hunt, Lucas S Lincoln, Fan Gao, Nicholas LeCursi, K Bo Foreman
Mechanical properties of an articulated ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) are closely related to gait performance in individuals post-stroke. This paper presents a pilot study on the mechanical properties of a novel articulated AFO with adjustable plantarflexion resistance, dorsiflexion resistance and alignment, and its effect on ankle and knee joint kinematics and kinetics in an individual post-stroke during gait. The mechanical properties of the AFO were quantified. Gait analysis was performed using a 3D motion capture system with a split-belt instrumented treadmill under 12 different settings of the mechanical properties of the AFO [i...
June 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246134/precision-orthotics-optimising-ankle-foot-orthoses-to-improve-gait-in-patients-with-neuromuscular-diseases-protocol-of-the-proof-afo-study-a-prospective-intervention-study
#19
Niels F J Waterval, Frans Nollet, Jaap Harlaar, Merel-Anne Brehm
INTRODUCTION: In patients with neuromuscular disorders and subsequent calf muscle weakness, metabolic walking energy cost (EC) is nearly always increased, which may restrict walking activity in daily life. To reduce walking EC, a spring-like ankle-foot-orthosis (AFO) can be prescribed. However, the reduction in EC that can be obtained from these AFOs is stiffness dependent, and it is unknown which AFO stiffness would optimally support calf muscle weakness. The PROOF-AFO study aims to determine the effectiveness of stiffness-optimised AFOs on reducing walking EC, and improving gait biomechanics and walking speed in patients with calf muscle weakness, compared to standard, non-optimised AFOs...
February 28, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227176/a-novel-method-to-assess-angle-sensor-performance-for-wearable-exoskeletal-joint-kinematics
#20
Nicholas B Bolus, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan, Nicholas B Bolus, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan, Nicholas B Bolus
Full range of motion (ROM) at a joint is necessary for efficient and adaptive movement; as such, it is an essential clinical evaluation measure for assessing an individual's motor function, which can be affected by any number of musculoskeletal injuries and neuropathies. Measurement of joint ROM in the clinic has classically been accomplished statically through the use of a manual goniometer. More recent efforts in the fields of prosthetics and orthotics have demonstrated the potential utility of wearable systems (e...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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