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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734216/releasing-of-hexabromocyclododecanes-from-expanded-polystyrenes-in-seawater-field-and-laboratory-experiments
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Manviri Rani, Won Joon Shim, Mi Jang, Gi Myung Han, Sang Hee Hong
Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is a major component of marine debris globally. Recently, hazardous hexabromocyclododecanes (HBCDDs) were detected in EPS buoys used for aquaculture farming. Subsequently, enrichment of HBCDDs was found in nearby marine sediments and mussels growing on EPS buoys. It was suspected that EPS buoys and their debris might be sources of HBCDDs. To confirm this, the release of HBCDDs from EPS spherules detached from a buoy to seawater was investigated under field (open sea surface and closed outdoor chambers with sun exposure and in the dark) and laboratory (particle-size) conditions...
July 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732177/inguinal-hernia-in-athletes-role-of-dynamic-ultrasound
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William Kelton Vasileff, Mikhail Nekhline, Patricia A Kolowich, Gary B Talpos, Willam R Eyler, Marnix van Holsbeeck
BACKGROUND: Inguinal hernia is a commonly encountered cause of pain in athletes. Because of the anatomic complexity, lack of standard imaging, and the dynamic condition, there is no unified opinion explaining its underlying pathology. HYPOTHESIS: Athletes with persistent groin pain would have a high prevalence of inguinal hernia with dynamic ultrasound, and herniorrhaphy would successfully return athletes to activity. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study...
July 1, 2017: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731175/heat-shock-induced-hikeshi-protects-cell-viability-via-nuclear-translocation-of-heat-shock-protein-70
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Toru Yanoma, Kyoichi Ogata, Takehiko Yokobori, Munenori Ide, Erito Mochiki, Yoshitaka Toyomasu, Mitsuhiro Yanai, Norimichi Kogure, Akiharu Kimura, Masaki Suzuki, Nobuhiro Nakazawa, Tuya Bai, Tetsunari Oyama, Takayuki Asao, Ken Shirabe, Hiroyuki Kuwano
Heat shock proteins (HSPs), particularly HSP70, help restore normal cellular function following damage caused by stressors. HSP expression in tumor tissues indicates cancer progression, and while the development of HSP inhibitors is progressing, these substances are not widely used to treat cancer. HIKESHI (C11orf73) does not control the intracellular movement of HSP70 at normal temperatures; however, it does regulate the function and movements of HSP70 during heat shock. In this study, we examined the intracellular movement of HSP70 during heat shock to investigate the significance of HIKESHI expression in gastric cancer (GC) and determine if HIKESHI inhibition has cytotoxic effects...
July 21, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730871/effects-of-timing-of-signal-indicating-jump-directions-on-knee-biomechanics-in-jump-landing-jump-tasks
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Mitchell L Stephenson, Taylour J Hinshaw, Haley A Wadley, Qin Zhu, Margaret A Wilson, Mark Byra, Boyi Dai
A variety of the available time to react (ATR) has been utilised to study knee biomechanics during reactive jump-landing tasks. The purpose was to quantify knee kinematics and kinetics during a jump-land-jump task of three possible directions as the ATR was reduced. Thirty-four recreational athletes performed 45 trials of a jump-land-jump task, during which the direction of the second jump (lateral, medial or vertical) was indicated before they initiated the first jump, the instant they initiated the first jump, 300 ms before landing, 150 ms before landing or at the instant of landing...
July 21, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730641/basal-ganglia-and-autism-a-translational-perspective
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Krishna Subramanian, Cheryl Brandenburg, Fernanda Orsati, Jean-Jacques Soghomonian, John P Hussman, Gene J Blatt
The basal ganglia are a collection of nuclei below the cortical surface that are involved in both motor and non-motor functions, including higher order cognition, social interactions, speech, and repetitive behaviors. Motor development milestones that are delayed in autism such as gross motor, fine motor and walking can aid in early diagnosis of autism. Neuropathology and neuroimaging findings in autism cases revealed volumetric changes and altered cell density in select basal ganglia nuclei. Interestingly, in autism, both the basal ganglia and the cerebellum are impacted both in their motor and non-motor domains and recently, found to be connected via the pons through a short disynaptic pathway...
July 21, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730345/does-fear-beget-fear-risk-mediated-habitat-selection-triggers-predator-avoidance-at-lower-trophic-levels
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Carmen K Blubaugh, Ivy V Widick, Ian Kaplan
Non-consumptive effects (NCEs) of predators are ubiquitous in food webs with well-detailed impacts on trophic cascades over multiple levels. However, integrating NCEs with other predator-mediated interactions, like intraguild predation, as well as context-specific habitat factors that shape top-down pressure, remains a challenge. Focusing on two common seed predators, mice (Peromyscus spp.) and carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae), we quantify trophic and behavioral consequences of predation risk and availability of refuge vegetation on both intraguild predators (mice) and intraguild prey (beetles)...
July 20, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729073/reeducation-of-vergence-dynamics-improves-postural-control
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Aurélien Morize, Zoï Kapoula
INTRODUCTION: The purpose was to investigate the effect of vergence reeducation on postural control, in subjects with isolated vergence disorders. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We studied the dynamics of vergence in 19 subjects (20-44 years old) using video-oculography (Eye See Cam). On the basis of orthoptic and symptomatology assessments, ten of the subjects were diagnosed for vergence disorders then vergence eye movements were reeducated with the REMOBI method (US8851669, 5 weekly sessions lasting for 35minutes)...
July 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729058/impacts-of-sensation-perception-and-motor-abilities-of-the-ipsilesional-upper-limb-on-hand-functions-in-unilateral-stroke-quantifications-from-biomechanical-and-functional-perspectives
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Hsiu-Yun Hsu, Chia-Wen Ke, Ta-Shen Kuan, Hsiu-Ching Yang, Ching-Liang Tsai, Li-Chieh Kuo
BACKGROUND: The presence of subtle losses in hand dexterity after stroke impacts the regaining of independence with regard to activities of daily living. Therefore, awareness of ipsilesional upper extremity (UE) function may be of importance when drafting a comprehensive rehabilitation program. However, current hand function tests seem to be unable to identify asymptomatic UE impairments. OBJECTIVES: To assess the motor coordination as well as the sensory-perception of an ipsilesional UE using biomechanical analysis of performance-oriented tasks and conducting a Manual Tactile Test (MTT)...
July 17, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729022/boldness-psychopathic-traits-predict-reduced-gaze-toward-fearful-eyes-in-men-with-a-history-of-violence
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Steven M Gillespie, Pia Rotshtein, Anthony R Beech, Ian J Mitchell
Research with developmental and adult samples has shown a relationship of psychopathic traits with reduced eye gaze. However, these relationships remained to be investigated among forensic samples. Here we examined the eye movements of male violent offenders during an emotion recognition task. Violent offenders performed similar to non-offending controls, and their eye movements varied with the emotion and intensity of the facial expression. In the violent offender group Boldness psychopathic traits, but not Meanness or Disinhibition, were associated with reduced dwell time and fixation counts, and slower first fixation latencies, on the eyes compared with the mouth...
July 17, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728887/effectiveness-of-exercise-intervention-on-improving-fundamental-movement-skills-and-motor-coordination-in-overweight-obese-children-and-adolescents-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Ahreum Han, Allan Fu, Stephen Cobley, Ross H Sanders
OBJECTIVES: Childhood obesity is negatively associated with fundamental movement skill and motor coordination, which in turn constrains physical activity participation and adherence thereby forming a 'vicious cycle'. However, developing motor skill and coordination in childhood could help to break the vicious cycle to reduce childhood obesity. The objective of this systematic review was to determine the effectiveness of exercise and physical activity interventions on improving fundamental movement skill and motor coordination in overweight/obese children and adolescents...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728239/-effect-of-hydrogen-rich-saline-on-the-cd4-cd25-foxp3-treg-cells-of-allergic-rhinitis-guinea-pigs-model
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F F Xu, S Q Yu, C L Zhao, N Che, L Jin, Q L Wang, R M Ge
Objective: To explore the effect of hydrogen-rich saline on the CD4(+) CD25(+) Foxp3(+) Treg cells in a guinea pig model of allergic rhinitis (AR) and investigate the underling anti-inflammatory mechanism. Methods: Using random number table, eighteen guinea pigs were divided into three groups (control group/AR group/HRS group, n=6 of each group). AR guinea pig model was built with ovalbumin and aluminum. The guinea pigs were injected with hydrogen-rich saline (HRS group) for ten days after sensitation. And control group was injected with equal normal saline at the same time...
July 7, 2017: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727643/improving-early-adolescent-girls-motor-skill-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Natalie Lander, Philip J Morgan, Jo Salmon, Lisa M Barnett
BACKGROUND: Physical activity (PA) levels decline substantially during adolescence, and are consistently lower in girls. Competency in a range of fundamental movement skills (FMS) may serve as a protective factor for the decline in PA typically observed in adolescent girls; yet, girls' mastery in FMS is low. Whilst interventions can improve FMS, there is a lack of interventions targeting girls, and very few are conducted in high schools. Additionally, interventions are usually conducted by researchers, not teachers, and thus have little chance of being embedded into curricula...
July 19, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727641/decreased-average-power-of-the-hip-external-muscles-as-a-predictive-parameter-for-lower-extremity-injury-in-women-a-prospective-study
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Ruth Verrelst, Damien Van Tiggelen, Roel De Ridder, Erik Witvrouw
OBJECTIVE: To prospectively identify hip strength associated risk factors contributing to the development of lower extremity (LE) injury. DESIGN: Data were prospectively collected on healthy female physical education students. SETTING: This study was conducted in the institution of the University of Ghent. PARTICIPANTS: Eighty-nine female physical education students aged 19.53 ± 1.07 years. ASSESSMENT OF RISK FACTORS: Testing included isokinetic hip strength measurements of abductors, adductors, internal rotators, and external rotators (ERs)...
July 14, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727554/a-human-humanoid-interaction-through-the-use-of-bci-for-locked-in-als-patients-using-neuro-biological-feedback-fusion
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Rosario Sorbello, Salvatore Tramonte, Marcello Giardina, Vincenzo La Bella, Rossella Spataro, Brendan Allison, Christoph Guger, Antonio Chella
This paper illustrates a new architecture for a human-humanoid interaction based on EEG-Brain Computer Interface (EEG-BCI) for patients affected by locked-in syndrome caused by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The proposed architecture is able to recognise users' mental state accordingly to the biofeedback factor Bf , based on users' Attention, Intention and Focus, that is used to elicit a robot to perform customised behaviours. Experiments have been conducted with a population of 8 subjects: 4 ALS patients in a near Locked-in status with normal ocular movement and 4 healthy control subjects enrolled for age, education and computer expertise...
July 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727483/pharmacological-treatment-of-tardive-dyskinesia-recent-developments
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Stanley N Caroff, E Cabrina Campbell, Benjamin Carroll
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) occurs in patients receiving antipsychotic treatment with dopamine receptor antagonists. Despite the prevalence of TD and its negative impact on patients' lives, there has been a lack of approved treatments and limited evidence from controlled trials of pharmacological treatment. Areas covered: PubMed was searched for English-language papers published during 2007-2016 using terms "tardive dyskinesia" or "drug-induced movement disorder", and "treatment". Studies evaluating pharmacological agents for the treatment of TD were selected...
July 20, 2017: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725370/emlen-funnel-experiments-revisited-methods-update-for-studying-compass-orientation-in-songbirds
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Giuseppe Bianco, Mihaela Ilieva, Clas Veibäck, Kristoffer Öfjäll, Alicja Gadomska, Gustaf Hendeby, Michael Felsberg, Fredrik Gustafsson, Susanne Åkesson
Migratory songbirds carry an inherited capacity to migrate several thousand kilometers each year crossing continental landmasses and barriers between distant breeding sites and wintering areas. How individual songbirds manage with extreme precision to find their way is still largely unknown. The functional characteristics of biological compasses used by songbird migrants has mainly been investigated by recording the birds directed migratory activity in circular cages, so-called Emlen funnels. This method is 50 years old and has not received major updates over the past decades...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725212/neurochemical-systems-of-the-retina-involved-in-the-control-of-movement
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Gregory L Willis, Christopher B Freelance
Recent studies have revealed that the retina may exert control over deep brain function and may be importantly involved in the etiology, progression, and treatment of disorders such as Parkinson's disease (PD). While such a concept is uncharted territory and even less is known about the mechanism by which this might be achieved, this study was undertaken to determine how retinal dopamine (DA), serotonin (5-HT), and melatonin (MEL) neurotransmitter systems might be involved in the control of movement in their own right...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725191/bilateral-reflex-fluctuations-during-rhythmic-movement-of-remote-limb-pairs
#18
Rinaldo A Mezzarane, Tsuyoshi Nakajima, E Paul Zehr
The modulation of spinal cord excitability during rhythmic limb movement reflects the neuronal coordination underlying actions of the arms and legs. Integration of network activity in the spinal cord can be assessed by reflex variability between the limbs, an approach so far very little studied. The present work addresses this question by eliciting Hoffmann (H-) reflexes in both limbs to assess if common drive onto bilateral pools of motoneurons influence spinal cord excitability simultaneously or with a delay between sides...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724782/dissecting-patterns-of-preparatory-activity-in-the-frontal-eye-fields-during-pursuit-target-selection
#19
Ramanujan T Raghavan, Mati Joshua
We investigated the composition of preparatory activity of frontal eye field (FEF) neurons in monkeys performing a pursuit target selection task. In response to the orthogonal motion of a large and a small reward target, monkeys initiated pursuit biased towards the direction of large reward target motion. FEF neurons exhibited robust preparatory activity preceding movement initiation in this task. Preparatory activity consisted of two components, ramping activity that was constant across target selection conditions and a flat offset in firing rates that signaled the target selection condition...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722685/neural-control-of-finger-movement-via-intracortical-brain-machine-interface
#20
Zachary T Irwin, Karen E Schroeder, Philip P Vu, Autumn J Bullard, Derek M Tat, Chrono S Nu, Alex Vaskov, Samuel R Nason, David E Thompson, Nicole Bentley, Parag G Patil, Cynthia A Chestek
OBJECTIVE: Intracortical brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are a promising source of prosthesis control signals for individuals with severe motor disabilities. Previous BMI studies have primarily focused on predicting and controlling whole-arm movements; precise control of hand kinematics, however, has not been fully demonstrated. Here, we investigate the continuous decoding of precise finger movements in rhesus macaques. APPROACH: In order to elicit precise and repeatable finger movements, we have developed a novel behavioral task paradigm which requires the subject to acquire virtual fingertip position targets...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
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