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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214432/degree-of-target-utilization-influences-the-location-of-movement-endpoint-distributions
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Andrew B Slifkin, Jeffrey R Eder
According to dominant theories of motor control, speed and accuracy are optimized when, on the average, movement endpoints are located at the target center and when the variability of the movement endpoint distributions is matched to the width of the target (viz., Meyer, Abrams, Kornblum, Wright & Smith, 1988). The current study tested those predictions. According to the speed-accuracy trade-off, expanding the range of variability to the amount permitted by the limits of the target boundaries allows for maximization of movement speed while centering the distribution on the target center prevents movement errors that would have occurred had the distribution been off center...
February 15, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214372/canonical-and-cellular-pathways-timing-gamete-release-in-acropora-digitifera-okinawa-japan
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Y Rosenberg, T Doniger, S Harii, F Sinniger, O Levy
Natural light cycles are important for synchronizing behavioral and physiological rhythms over varying time-periods in both plants and animals. An endogenous clock, regulated by positive and negative elements, interacting in feedback loops, control these rhythms. Many corals exhibit diel cycles of polyp expansion and contraction entrained by solar light patterns and monthly cycles of spawning or planulation that correspond to nocturnal lunar light cycles. However, despite considerable interest in studies of coral reproduction, there is currently not enough molecular information about the cellular pathways involved with synchronizing spawning/planulation in broadcast spawners and brooders...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214286/-partial-delegation-to-radiation-therapists-of-the-control-by-cone-beam-ct-of-prostate-positioning
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C Benhaïm, G Loos, J L Achard, L Berger, C Caillé, T Frédéric-Moreau, J Biau, M Lapeyre
PURPOSE: Intensity modulated radiotherapy for prostate cancer involves daily monitoring of the positioning of the prostate, possible with cone beam CT (CBCT). It allows increased accuracy compared to readjustments but induces an increase in the time dedicated to these medical checks. The aim of the study was to evaluate the possibility of delegation of this task to the radiation therapists by comparing their readjustments to the doctors. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Five consecutive patients treated with radiation for prostate cancer (76Gy) were analysed...
February 14, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214248/fruit-promoting-smarter-lunchrooms-interventions-results-from-a-cluster-rct
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Katherine N Greene, Gnel Gabrielyan, David R Just, Brian Wansink
INTRODUCTION: The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement was developed to provide schools with simple, low-cost solutions to encourage students to make healthier food choices at school. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of fruit-promoting Smarter Lunchroom interventions on middle school students' selection and consumption of fruits. DESIGN: A 9-week cluster RCT was conducted using a pre-test/post-test control group design in upstate New York in February-April 2014...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213930/antibiotic-administration-alleviates-the-aggravating-effect-of-orthodontic-force-on-ligature-induced-experimental-periodontitis-bone-loss-in-mice
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J Shi, Z Liu, T Kawai, Y Zhou, X Han
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: It is recognized that orthodontic force (OF) has an aggravating effect on the progression of destructive periodontitis if periodontitis have not been well controlled. However, the underlying mechanism is not completely clear. This study was to investigate the effect of antibiotic administration on OF-aggravated, ligature-induced experimental periodontitis in mice. MATERIAL AND METHODS: C57BL/6 mice (male, 8 wk old) were divided into three groups (n = 8)...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213755/pedagogical-approaches-to-and-effects-of-fundamental-movement-skill-interventions-on-health-outcomes-a-systematic-review
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Claire Tompsett, Ross Sanders, Caitlin Taylor, Stephen Cobley
BACKGROUND: Fundamental movement skills (FMS) are assumed to be the basic prerequisite motor movements underpinning coordination of more integrated and advanced movement capabilities. FMS development and interventions have been associated with several beneficial health outcomes in individual studies. OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of this review was to identify FMS intervention characteristics that could be optimised to attain beneficial outcomes in children and adolescents, while the secondary aim was to update the evidence as to the efficacy of FMS interventions on physiological, psychological and behavioural health outcomes...
February 18, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213690/anticipatory-postural-adjustments-associated-with-reaching-movements-are-programmed-according-to-the-availability-of-visual-information
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Roberto Esposti, Carlo Bruttini, Francesco Bolzoni, Paolo Cavallari
During goal-directed arm movements, the eyes, head, and arm are coordinated to look at and reach the target. We examined whether the expectancy of visual information about the target modifies Anticipatory Postural Adjustments (APAs). Ten standing subjects had to (1) move the eyes, head and arm, so as to reach, with both gaze and index-finger, a target of known position placed outside their visual field (Gaze-Reach); (2) look at the target while reaching it (Reach in Full Vision); (3) keep the gaze away until having touched it (Reach then Gaze) and (4) just Gaze without Reach the target...
February 17, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213202/determinants-of-cough-effectiveness-in-patients-with-respiratory-muscle-weakness
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Franco Laghi, Veeranna Maddipati, Timothy Schnell, W Edwin Langbein, Martin J Tobin
Experiments were undertaken to mechanistically define expiratory-muscle contribution to effectiveness of cough while controlling glottic movement. We hypothesized that electrical abdominal-muscle stimulation in patients with respiratory-muscle weakness produces effective coughs only when glottic closure accompanies coughs. In ten spinal-cord-injury patients, esophago-gastric pressure and airflow were recorded during solicited-coughs, coughs augmented by abdominal-muscle stimulation, and passive open-glottis exhalations...
February 14, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213152/central-neuronal-motor-behaviour-in-skilled-and-less-skilled-novices-approaching-sports-specific-movement-techniques
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Tobias Vogt, Kouki Kato, Stefan Schneider, Stefan Türk, Kazuyuki Kanosue
Research on motor behavioural processes preceding voluntary movements often refers to analysing the readiness potential (RP). For this, decades of studies used laboratory setups with controlled sports-related actions. Further, recent applied approaches focus on athlete-non-athlete comparisons, omitting possible effects of training history on RP. However, RP preceding real sport-specific movements in accordance to skill acquisition remains to be elucidated. Therefore, after familiarization 16 right-handed males with no experience in archery volunteered to perform repeated sports-specific movements, i...
February 14, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211850/subthalamic-neurons-encode-both-single-and-multi-limb-movements-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients
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Ariel Tankus, Ido Strauss, Tanya Gurevich, Anat Mirelman, Nir Giladi, Itzhak Fried, Jeffrey M Hausdorff
The subthalamic nucleus (STN) is the main target for neurosurgical treatment of motor signs of Parkinson's disease (PD). Despite the therapeutic effect on both upper and lower extremities, its role in motor control and coordination and its changes in Parkinson's disease are not fully clear. We intraoperatively recorded single unit activity in ten patients with PD who performed repetitive feet or hand movements while undergoing implantation of a deep brain stimulator. We found both distinct and overlapping representations of upper and lower extremity movement kinematics in subthalamic units and observed evidence for re-routing to a multi-limb representation that participates in limb coordination...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211818/comparison-of-the-effects-of-bilateral-and-unilateral-training-after-stroke-a-meta-analysis
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Yejin Lee, Moon Young Kim, Ji-Hyuk Park, Hae Yean Park
BACKGROUND: The differential effects of bilateral and unilateral training on upper extremity (UE) function remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of bilateral and unilateral training on UE function and activities of daily living (ADL) after stroke. METHODS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were selected for inclusion by two reviewers after searching the following databases: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), and KoreaMed...
February 15, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211791/motor-control-of-drosophila-feeding-behavior
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Olivia Schwarz, Ali Asgar Bohra, Xinyu Liu, Heinrich Reichert, Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan, Jan Pielage
The precise coordination of body parts is essential for survival and behavior of higher organisms. While progress has been made towards the identification of central mechanisms coordinating limb movement, only limited knowledge exists regarding the generation and execution of sequential motor action patterns at the level of individual motoneurons. Here we use Drosophila proboscis extension as a model system for a reaching-like behavior. We first provide a neuroanatomical description of the motoneurons and muscles contributing to proboscis motion...
February 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211198/safety-of-antifibrinolytics-in-cranial-vault-reconstructive-surgery-a-report-from-the-pediatric-craniofacial-collaborative-group
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Susan M Goobie, Franklyn P Cladis, Chris D Glover, Henry Huang, Srijaya K Reddy, Allison M Fernandez, David Zurakowski, Paul A Stricker
BACKGROUND: Antifibrinolytic therapy significantly decreases blood loss and transfusion in pediatric cranial vault reconstructive surgery; however, concern regarding the side effects profile limits clinical use. AIMS: The aim was to utilize the Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery Perioperative Registry database to identify the safety profile of antifibrinolytic therapy for cranial vault reconstructive surgery by reporting the incidence of adverse events as they relate to exposure to tranexamic acid and aminocaproic acid compared to no exposure to antifibrinolytics...
February 17, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209898/treadmilling-by-ftsz-filaments-drives-peptidoglycan-synthesis-and-bacterial-cell-division
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Alexandre W Bisson-Filho, Yen-Pang Hsu, Georgia R Squyres, Erkin Kuru, Fabai Wu, Calum Jukes, Yingjie Sun, Cees Dekker, Seamus Holden, Michael S VanNieuwenhze, Yves V Brun, Ethan C Garner
The mechanism by which bacteria divide is not well understood. Cell division is mediated by filaments of FtsZ and FtsA (FtsAZ) that recruit septal peptidoglycan-synthesizing enzymes to the division site. To understand how these components coordinate to divide cells, we visualized their movements relative to the dynamics of cell wall synthesis during cytokinesis. We found that the division septum was built at discrete sites that moved around the division plane. FtsAZ filaments treadmilled circumferentially around the division ring and drove the motions of the peptidoglycan-synthesizing enzymes...
February 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209516/movement-of-the-%C3%AE-hairpin-in-the-third-zinc-binding-module-of-uvra-is-required-for-dna-damage-recognition
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Thanyalak Kraithong, Ketsaraphorn Channgam, Ornchuma Itsathitphaisarn, Montip Tiensuwan, David Jeruzalmi, Danaya Pakotiprapha
Nucleotide excision repair (NER) is distinguished from other DNA repair pathways by its ability to process various DNA lesions. In bacterial NER, UvrA is the key protein that detects damage and initiates the downstream NER cascade. Although it is known that UvrA preferentially binds to damaged DNA, the mechanism for damage recognition is unclear. A β-hairpin in the third Zn-binding module (Zn3hp) of UvrA has been suggested to undergo a conformational change upon DNA binding, and proposed to be important for damage sensing...
February 7, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208742/aav-vector-mediated-gene-delivery-to-substantia-nigra-dopamine-neurons-implications-for-gene-therapy-and-disease-models
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REVIEW
Katrina Albert, Merja H Voutilainen, Andrii Domanskyi, Mikko Airavaara
Gene delivery using adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors is a widely used method to transduce neurons in the brain, especially due to its safety, efficacy, and long-lasting expression. In addition, by varying AAV serotype, promotor, and titer, it is possible to affect the cell specificity of expression or the expression levels of the protein of interest. Dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra projecting to the striatum, comprising the nigrostriatal pathway, are involved in movement control and degenerate in Parkinson's disease...
February 8, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208682/new-approaches-to-exciting-exergame-experiences-for-people-with-motor-function-impairments
#17
Martina Eckert, Ignacio Gómez-Martinho, Juan Meneses, José-Fernán Martínez
The work presented here suggests new ways to tackle exergames for physical rehabilitation and to improve the players' immersion and involvement. The primary (but not exclusive) purpose is to increase the motivation of children and adolescents with severe physical impairments, for doing their required exercises while playing. The proposed gaming environment is based on the Kinect sensor and the Blender Game Engine. A middleware has been implemented that efficiently transmits the data from the sensor to the game...
February 12, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208370/emergent-pattern-formation-in-an-interstitial-biofilm
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Cameron Zachreson, Christian Wolff, Cynthia B Whitchurch, Milos Toth
Collective behavior of bacterial colonies plays critical roles in adaptability, survivability, biofilm expansion and infection. We employ an individual-based model of an interstitial biofilm to study emergent pattern formation based on the assumptions that rod-shaped bacteria furrow through a viscous environment and excrete extracellular polymeric substances which bias their rate of motion. Because the bacteria furrow through their environment, the substratum stiffness is a key control parameter behind the formation of distinct morphological patterns...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205639/biological-motion-distorts-size-perception
#19
Peter Veto, Wolfgang Einhäuser, Nikolaus F Troje
Visual illusions explore the limits of sensory processing and provide an ideal testbed to study perception. Size illusions - stimuli whose size is consistently misperceived - do not only result from sensory cues, but can also be induced by cognitive factors, such as social status. Here we investigate, whether the ecological relevance of biological motion can also distort perceived size. We asked observers to judge the size of point-light walkers (PLWs), configurations of dots whose movements induce the perception of human movement, and visually matched control stimuli (inverted PLWs)...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205498/cognitive-control-learning-and-clinical-motor-ratings-are-most-highly-associated-with-basal-ganglia-brain-volumes-in-the-premanifest-huntington-s-disease-phenotype
#20
Maria B Misiura, Spencer Lourens, Vince D Calhoun, Jeffrey Long, Jeremy Bockholt, Hans Johnson, Ying Zhang, Jane S Paulsen, Jessica A Turner, Jingyu Liu, Betul Kara, Elizabeth Fall
OBJECTIVES: Huntington's disease (HD) is a debilitating genetic disorder characterized by motor, cognitive and psychiatric abnormalities associated with neuropathological decline. HD pathology is the result of an extended chain of CAG (cytosine, adenine, guanine) trinucleotide repetitions in the HTT gene. Clinical diagnosis of HD requires the presence of an otherwise unexplained extrapyramidal movement disorder in a participant at risk for HD. Over the past 15 years, evidence has shown that cognitive, psychiatric, and subtle motor dysfunction is evident decades before traditional motor diagnosis...
February 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
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