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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790404/clinical-and-neurophysiological-changes-after-targeted-intrathecal-injections-of-bone-marrow-stem-cells-in-a-c3-tetraplegic-subject
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Andrea Jimena Santamaria, Francisco D Benavides, Darcy L DiFede, Aisha Khan, Marietsy V Pujol, W Dalton Dietrich, Antonio Marttos, Barth A Green, Joshua M Hare, James Guest
High-level quadriplegia is a devastating condition with limited treatment options. Bone marrow derived stem cells (BMSCs) are reported to have immunomodulatory and neurotrophic effects in spinal cord injury (SCI). We report a subject with complete C2 SCI who received 3 anatomically targeted intrathecal infusions of BMSCs under a single-patient expanded access IND. She underwent intensive physical therapy and was followed for over 2 years. At end-point, her AIS grade improved from A to B and she recovered focal pressure touch sensation over several body areas...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790207/the-repeated-bout-effect-can-occur-without-mechanical-and-neuromuscular-changes-after-a-bout-of-eccentric-exercise
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Patricio A Pincheira, Ben W Hoffman, Andrew G Cresswell, Timothy J Carroll, Nicholas A T Brown, Glen A Lichtwark
Changes in muscle fascicle mechanics have been postulated to underpin the repeated bout effect (RBE) observed following exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD). However, in the medial gastrocnemius (MG), mixed evidence exists on whether fascicle stretch amplitude influences the level of EIMD, thus questioning whether changes in fascicle mechanics underpin the RBE. An alternative hypothesis is that neural adaptations contribute to the RBE in this muscle. The aim of this study was to investigate neuromechanical adaptations during and after repeated bouts of a highly controlled muscle lengthening exercise that aimed to maximise EIMD in MG...
May 23, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789376/optogenetic-activation-of-colon-epithelium-of-the-mouse-produces-high-frequency-bursting-in-extrinsic-colon-afferents-and-engages-visceromotor-responses
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Payal A Makadia, Sarah A Najjar, Jami L Saloman, Peter Adelman, Bin Feng, Joseph F Margiotta, Kathryn M Albers, Brian M Davis
Epithelial cells of the colon provide a vital interface between the internal environment (lumen of the colon) and colon parenchyma. To examine epithelial-neuronal signaling at this interface, we analyzed mice in which channelrhodopsin (ChR2) was targeted to either TRPV1-positive afferents or to villin expressing colon epithelial cells. Expression of a ChR2-EYFP fusion protein was directed to either primary sensory neurons or to colon epithelial cells by crossing Ai32 mice with TRPV1-Cre or villin-Cre mice, respectively...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789084/amplified-pilot-head-vibration-and-the-effects-of-vibration-mitigation-on-neck-muscle-strain
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Heather E Wright Beatty, Andrew J Law, J Russell Thomas, Viresh Wickramasinghe
INTRODUCTION: Rotary wing pilot neck strain is increasing in prevalence due to the combined effects of head supported mass (e.g., Night Vision Goggles, head mounted displays) and whole-body vibration. This study examined the physiological responses of pilots during exposure to whole-body vibration (WBV) representative of the National Research Council's Bell 412 helicopter in forward flight. WBV levels were measured and evaluated using the ISO-2631-1-1997 WBV standards. METHODS: Twelve pilots (aged 20-59 yr, 7 of the 12 with 20+ years flight experience) underwent six 15-min vibration trials on a human rated shaker platform...
June 1, 2018: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785880/oxygen-uptake-and-muscle-activity-limitations-during-ascending-on-a-stair-machine
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Amitava Halder, Chuansi Gao, Michael Miller, Kalev Kuklane
This laboratory study examined human stair ascending capacity and constraining factors including legs' local muscle fatigue (LMF) and cardiorespiratory capacity. Twenty-five healthy volunteers, mean age 35.3 years, with maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max ) of 46.7 mL·min-1 ·kg-1 , and maximal heart rate of 190 bpm, ascended on a stair machine at 60% and 75% (3 min each), and 90% of VO2max (5 min or until exhaustion). The VO2 , HR and electromyography (EMG) of the leg muscles were measured. The average VO2highest reached 43...
May 22, 2018: Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784430/microvascular-decompression-for-hemifacial-spasm-surgical-techniques-and-intraoperative-monitoring
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M Sindou, P Mercier
Primary hemifacial spasm with few exceptions is due to the vascular compression of the facial nerve that can be evidenced with high resolution MRI. Microvascular decompression is the only curative treatment for this pathology. According to literature review detailed in chapter "conflicting vessels", the compression is located at the facial Root Exit Zone (REZ) in 95% of the cases, and in 5% distally at the cisternal or the intrameatal portion of the root as the sole conflict or in addition to one at brainstem/REZ...
May 18, 2018: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783659/feature-extraction-and-selection-for-myoelectric-control-based-on-wearable-emg-sensors
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Angkoon Phinyomark, Rami N Khushaba, Erik Scheme
Specialized myoelectric sensors have been used in prosthetics for decades, but, with recent advancements in wearable sensors, wireless communication and embedded technologies, wearable electromyographic (EMG) armbands are now commercially available for the general public. Due to physical, processing, and cost constraints, however, these armbands typically sample EMG signals at a lower frequency (e.g., 200 Hz for the Myo armband) than their clinical counterparts. It remains unclear whether existing EMG feature extraction methods, which largely evolved based on EMG signals sampled at 1000 Hz or above, are still effective for use with these emerging lower-bandwidth systems...
May 18, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780311/characteristics-of-rest-and-postural-tremors-in-parkinson-s-disease-an-analysis-of-motor-unit-firing-synchrony-and-patterns
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Orsalia M Agapaki, Constantinos N Christakos, Dimitrios Anastasopoulos
The neural mechanisms responsible for resting and postural tremor in Parkinson's disease (PD) have been the object of considerable study, much of it focusing on supraspinal sites. Here, we adopted an alternative approach that emphasizes motor unit (MU) firing synchrony and patterns of discharge. To explore if these could account for known features of PD tremor, we recorded the instantaneous acceleration of the upper limb of 23 PD patients at rest or while they tried to hold a stable posture together with surface EMG and single MU discharges of upper limb muscles...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779071/steady-state-perg-adaptation-a-conspicuous-component-of-response-variability-with-clinical-significance
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P Monsalve, S Ren, G Triolo, L Vazquez, A D Henderson, M Kostic, P Gordon, W J Feuer, V Porciatti
PURPOSE: To investigate within-test variability of the steady-state PERG (SS-PERG). METHODS: SS-PERGs were recorded in response to black-white horizontal gratings (1.6 cycles/deg, 98% contrast, 15.63 reversals/s, LED display, 25 deg square field, 800 cd/sqm mean luminance) using skin electrodes. PERG and noise (± reference) signals were averaged over 1024 epochs (~ 2.2 min) and Fourier analyzed to retrieve SS-PERG amplitude and phase. SS-PERGs were split into 16 partial averages (samples) of 64 epochs each, and corresponding amplitudes and phases combined in polar coordinates to assess their dispersion (within-test variability)...
May 19, 2018: Documenta Ophthalmologica. Advances in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778132/cervical-vestibular-evoked-myogenic-potentials-cvemps-evoked-by-air-conducted-stimuli-in-patients-with-functional-neck-dissection
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Hasan Demirhan, Bahtiyar Hamit, Özgür Yiğit
OBJECTIVE: Cervical vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (cVEMPs) are short-latency vestibulocollic reflexes. The damage on any point of the vestibulocollic reflex pathway could affect the cVEMPs. Whether neck dissection has an effect on the sacculocollic pathway, and consequently on cVEMPs, remains unexplored. The aim of this study was to evaluate the cVEMP findings in patients with functional neck dissection without vestibular symptoms. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study design, 20 patients who had undergone unilateral neck dissection with sparing of the accessory nerve, SCM and internal jugular vein, were included...
June 2018: Journal of the National Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777980/trunk-postural-adjustments-medium-term-reliability-and-correlation-with-changes-of-clinical-outcomes-following-an-8-week-lumbar-stabilization-exercise-program
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Jean-Alexandre Boucher, Richard Preuss, Sharon M Henry, Marilee Nugent, Christian Larivière
BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) has been previously associated with delayed anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs) determined by trunk muscle activation. Lumbar stabilization exercise programs (LSEP) for patients with LBP may restore the trunk neuromuscular control of the lumbar spine, and normalize APAs. This exploratory study aimed at testing the reliability of EMG and kinematics-based postural adjustment measures over an 8-week interval, assessing their sensitivity to LBP status and treatment and examining their relationship with clinical outcomes...
April 22, 2018: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776876/-efficacy-of-botulinum-toxin-a-injections-in-the-urethral-sphincter-in-patients-with-difficulties-to-perform-self-intermittent-catherization
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T Honore, F Le Breton, N Turmel, B Bignani, C Chesnel, A Charlanes, G Amarenco
PURPOSE: To evaluate safety and efficacy of botulinum toxin A injections in the urethral striated sphincter in patients with difficulties to perform self-intermittent catherization. METHODS: In this prospective study, 12 patients suffering from upper motor neuron diseases (8 multiple sclerosis, 2 myelitis, 1 brain injury, 1 multi system atrophy) and with difficulties to perform self-intermittent catherization, defined by a ICDQ score>1 (Intermittent Catheterization Difficulty Questionnaire) have had injections of 100U BOTOX® under EMG guidance in the urethral striated sphincter, for a total of 15 injections...
May 15, 2018: Progrès en Urologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775800/insertion-and-presence-of-fine-wire-intramuscular-electrodes-to-the-lumbar-paraspinal-muscles-do-not-affect-muscle-performance-and-activation-during-high-exertion-spinal-extension-activities
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Szu-Ping Lee, Jo Armour Smith, Matthew Kimber, Kelsey Houk
BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) is commonly associated with paraspinal muscle dysfunctions. A method to study deep lumbar paraspinal (i.e. multifidus) muscle function and neuromuscular activation pattern is intramuscular electromyography (EMG). Previous studies have shown that the procedure does not significantly impact muscle function during activities involving low-level muscle contractions. However, it is currently unknown how muscular function and activation are affected during high-exertion contractions...
May 15, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775218/unilateral-movement-preparation-causes-task-specific-modulation-of-tms-responses-in-the-passive-opposite-limb
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Lilian Chye, Stephan Riek, Aymar de Rugy, Richard G Carson, Timothy J Carroll
Corticospinal excitability is modulated for muscles on both sides of the body during unilateral movement preparation. For the effector, there is a progressive increase in excitability, and a shift in direction of muscle twitches evoked by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) toward the impending movement. By contrast, the directional characteristics of excitability changes in the opposite (passive) limb have not been fully characterized. Here we assessed how preparation of voluntary forces towards four spatially distinct visual targets with the left wrist alters muscle twitches and motor evoked potentials (MEPs) elicited by TMS of left motor cortex...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774882/-sleep-wake-rhythm-after-extracorporeal-circulation-in-new-zealand-rabbits
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Kaiwei Wang, Jiaqiang Zhang
To evaluate the change of sleep-wake rhythm after extracorporeal circulation (ECC) in New Zealand rabbits, and to explore the role of clock genes in sleep-wake rhythm disorder by ECC.
 Methods: A total of 54 New Zealand rabbits were randomly divided into 3 groups: a normal group (Group N), a sham group (Group S) and a model group (Group ECC). Electrocorticogram (ECOG), electroophthalmogram (EOG) and electromyogram (EMG) were respectively recorded by multipurpose EEG recorder, and the sleep-wake rhythm was also recorded...
April 28, 2018: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771606/improved-motor-unit-number-estimate-when-motor-unit-alternation-is-addressed
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Bradley A DeForest, Jeffrey Winslow, Christine K Thomas
Motor unit number estimation (MUNE) is important for determining motoneuron survival with age or in conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or spinal cord injury. The original incremental method, or approaches introduced to minimize alternation (e.g. multiple point stimulation), are most commonly used but accept the limitation that alternation of motor units may still inflate the estimate. Alternation occurs because axon thresholds are probabilistic and overlap for different axons, therefore different combination of motor units may respond at a given stimulus intensity...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770319/the-use-of-trachway-for-electromyographic-emg-tube-placement
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I-Wen Chen, Jen-Yin Chen, Kuo-Mao Lan, Kuo-Chuan Hung
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2018: Gland Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769834/continuous-knee-cooling-affects-functional-hop-performance-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
Bruno Tassignon, Ben Serrien, Kevin De Pauw, Jean-Pierre Baeyens, Romain Meeusen
Cryotherapy is widely used in sports and rehabilitation to aid recovery and injury management. The purpose was to examine if a low temperature computer controlled continuous knee cooling protocol (10°C) for one hour and a moderate continuous knee cooling protocol (18°C) for one hour affected neuromuscular activity and functional performance tests. We used a randomized controlled study design. Twenty healthy male subjects (age = 24 ± 3 years) were included and randomized into 2 groups (10°C and 18°C). On day one, participants performed a maximal voluntary contraction of the quadriceps (MVC), single leg hop for distance (SLHD), and crossover hop for time (COHT) with both legs before and after cooling of their right leg...
June 2018: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769821/validity-and-reliability-of-surface-electromyography-measurements-from-a-wearable-athlete-performance-system
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Scott K Lynn, Casey M Watkins, Megan A Wong, Katherine Balfany, Daniel F Feeney
The Athos ® wearable system integrates surface electromyography (sEMG ) electrodes into the construction of compression athletic apparel. The Athos system reduces the complexity and increases the portability of collecting EMG data and provides processed data to the end user. The objective of the study was to determine the reliability and validity of Athos as compared with a research grade sEMG system. Twelve healthy subjects performed 7 trials on separate days (1 baseline trial and 6 repeated trials). In each trial subjects wore the wearable sEMG system and had a research grade sEMG system's electrodes placed just distal on the same muscle, as close as possible to the wearable system's electrodes...
June 2018: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768521/immediate-effects-of-temporary-bite-raising-with-light-cured-orthodontic-band-cement-on-the-electromyographic-response-of-masticatory-muscles
#20
Darin Pativetpinyo, Weera Supronsinchai, Chidsanu Changsiripun
To assess the immediate effects of temporary bite-raising using light-cured orthodontic band cement on the superficial masseter and anterior temporalis electromyography (EMG) activity in healthy adults. Surface EMG signals were recorded bilaterally from the superficial masseter and anterior temporalis muscles of 30 volunteers with a normal occlusion, before and after having temporary bite-raising. The bite-raising was done by adding light-cured orthodontic band cement (3x5x2 mm WxLxH) on the lingual cusps of both upper first molars...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Applied Oral Science: Revista FOB
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