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Doris Franke, Rena Steffens, Lena Thomas, Leo Pavičić, Thurid Ahlenstiel, Lars Pape, Jutta Gellermann, Dominik Müller, Uwe Querfeld, Dieter Haffner, Miroslav Živičnjak
BACKGROUND: Children with chronic kidney disease are frequently born small for gestational age (SGA) and prone to disproportionately short stature. It is unclear how SGA affects growth after kidney transplantation (KTx). METHODS: Linear growth (height, sitting height, and leg length) was prospectively investigated in a cohort of 322 pediatric KTx recipients, with a mean follow-up of 4.9 years. Sitting height index (ratio of sitting height to total body height) was used to assess body proportions...
October 21, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Roberto De Sanctis, Giorgia Coratti, Amy Pasternak, Jacqueline Montes, Marika Pane, Elena S Mazzone, Sally Dunaway Young, Rachel Salazar, Janet Quigley, Maria C Pera, Laura Antonaci, Leonardo Lapenta, Allan M Glanzman, Danilo Tiziano, Francesco Muntoni, Basil T Darras, Darryl C De Vivo, Richard Finkel, Eugenio Mercuri
The aim of this retrospective multicentric study was to assess developmental milestones longitudinally in type I SMA infants using the Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination. Thirty-three type I SMA infants, who classically do not achieve the ability to sit unsupported, were included in the study. Our results confirmed that all patients had a score of 0 out of a scale of 4 on items assessing sitting, rolling, crawling, standing or walking. A score of more than 0 was only achieved in three items: head control (n = 13), kicking (n = 15) and hand grasp (n = 18)...
October 5, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
Daniel Leightley, Moi Hoon Yap, Jessica Coulson, Mathew Piasecki, James Cameron, Yoann Barnouin, Jon Tobias, Jamie S McPhee
The aim of this study was to compare postural sway during a series of static balancing tasks and during five chair rises between healthy young (mean (SEM) age 26(1) yrs), healthy old (age 67(1) yrs) and master athlete runners (age 67(1) yrs; competing and training for the previous 51(5) yrs) using the Microsoft Kinect One. The healthy old had more sway than young in all balance tasks. The master athletes had similar sway to young during two-leg balancing and one leg standing with eyes open. When balancing on one-leg with eyes closed, both the healthy old and the master athletes had around 17-fold more sway than young...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
Jordan M Glenn, Michelle Gray, Jennifer Vincenzo, Sally Paulson, Melissa Powers
This investigation examined differences in functional sit-to-stand power/velocity between cohorts of adults aged 18-97 years. This study included 264 healthy adults classified into 4 cohorts (18-40, C1; 60-69, C2; 70-79, C2; ≥80, C4). Participants completed the sit-to-stand task 5 times. Power and velocity were measured via the TENDO power analyzer. Absolute average power was maintained from C1-C3, but decreased (p<.01) in C4. Absolute peak power decreased between C1-C2 (p<.01), was similar between C2-C3, and decreased in C4 (p<...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
Hugo Larocque, Frédéric Bouchard, Vincenzo Grillo, Alicia Sit, Stefano Frabboni, Rafal E Dunin-Borkowski, Miles J Padgett, Robert W Boyd, Ebrahim Karimi
Free electrons with a helical phase front, referred to as "twisted" electrons, possess an orbital angular momentum (OAM) and, hence, a quantized magnetic dipole moment along their propagation direction. This intrinsic magnetic moment can be used to probe material properties. Twisted electrons thus have numerous potential applications in materials science. Measuring this quantity often relies on a series of projective measurements that subsequently change the OAM carried by the electrons. In this Letter, we propose a nondestructive way of measuring an electron beam's OAM through the interaction of this associated magnetic dipole with a conductive loop...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Paolo Gabrieli, Francesca Scolari
The Mediterranean fruit fly (medfly) Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann) (Diptera: Tephritidae) is a pest species with extremely high agricultural relevance. This is due to its reproductive behavior: females damage the external surface of fruits and vegetables when they lay eggs and the hatched larvae feed on their pulp. Wild C. capitata populations are traditionally controlled through insecticide spraying and/or eco-friendly approaches, the most successful being the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT). The SIT relies on mass-rearing, radiation-based sterilization and field release of males that retain their capacity to mate but are not able to generate fertile progeny...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Katherine Bubric, Alan Hedge
BACKGROUND: Laptop computers have surpassed desktop computers in popularity, especially among college student users. The portability of these devices raises concerns regarding healthy usage patterns in different settings and there is a need to investigate the postures with which these devices are being used and associated reports of musculoskeletal discomfort. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the configurations in which laptops are used and the prevalence of musculoskeletal discomfort associated with laptop use in a survey of college students...
October 17, 2016: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
Hiedar Alyami, Ali M Albarrati
OBJECTIVE: This study's objective was to discover whether a difference exists in four postural angles while performing a typing task on a laptop and a desktop computer. METHOD: Twenty healthy participants performed a 5-min typing task on each computer. RESULTS: Statistically significant differences for all angles were found when comparing sitting at the desktop computer with sitting at the laptop. Neck angle (p < .0005), head tilt (p < ...
November 2016: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
Yong-Cheng Dong, Zhi-Jian Wang, Zhen-Zhong Chen, Anthony R Clarke, Chang-Ying Niu
RNA interference (RNAi) is a genetic technique which has novel application for sustainable pest control. The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) uses releases of mass-produced, sterile male insects to out-compete wild males for mates to reduce pest populations. RNAi sterilization of SIT males would have several advantages over radiation sterilization, but to achieve this appropriate target genes must first be identified and then targeted with interference technology. With this goal, eight spermatogenesis related candidate genes were cloned and tested for potential activity in Bactrocera dorsalis...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Dennis Hey, Eugene Tze Chun Lau, Joel-Louis Lim, Denise Choong, Chuen-Seng Tan, Gabriel Ka-Po Liu, Hee-Kit Wong
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Flexion radiographs have been used to identify cases of spinal instability. However, current methods are not standardized and are not sufficiently sensitive/specific to identify instability. PURPOSE: Introduction of a new slump sitting method for performing lumbar spine flexion radiographs and comparison of the angular range of motions and displacements between the conventional method and this new method. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective study on radiologic evaluation of the lumbar spine flexion range of motions and displacements using dynamic radiographs PATIENT SAMPLE: 60 patients were recruited from a single spine tertiary centre...
October 17, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Gi-Young Park, Jin Hoon Lee, Dae Gil Kwon
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to measure the axillary recess (AR) thickness in an asymptomatic shoulder by using ultrasonography (US) and to analyze the factors affecting it. Methods: We recruited 141 patients (52 males; 89 females; age, 57.7±9.9 years) with unilateral shoulder pain and performed US on the unaffected shoulder. Two physiatrists measured the AR thickness of the unaffected shoulder independently. All patients were examined in an upright sitting position with 90° shoulder abduction...
September 19, 2016: Ultrasonography
Louis R Pasquale, Hugues Aschard, Jae H Kang, Jessica N Cooke Bailey, Sara Lindström, Daniel I Chasman, William G Christen, R Rand Allingham, Allison Ashley-Koch, Richard K Lee, Sayoko E Moroi, Murray H Brilliant, Gadi Wollstein, Joel S Schuman, John Fingert, Donald L Budenz, Tony Realini, Terry Gaasterland, Douglas Gaasterland, William K Scott, Kuldev Singh, Arthur J Sit, Robert P Igo, Yeunjoo E Song, Lisa Hark, Robert Ritch, Douglas J Rhee, Vikas Gulati, Shane Havens, Douglas Vollrath, Donald J Zack, Felipe Medeiros, Robert N Weinreb, Margaret A Pericak-Vance, Yutao Liu, Peter Kraft, Julia E Richards, Bernard A Rosner, Michael A Hauser, Jonathan L Haines, Janey L Wiggs
OBJECTIVE: Several attributes of female reproductive history, including age at natural menopause (ANM), have been related to primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). We assembled 18 previously reported common genetic variants that predict ANM to determine their association with ANM or POAG. METHODS: Using data from the Nurses' Health Study (7,143 women), we validated the ANM weighted genetic risk score in relation to self-reported ANM. Subsequently, to assess the relation with POAG, we used data from 2,160 female POAG cases and 29,110 controls in the National Eye Institute Glaucoma Human Genetics Collaboration Heritable Overall Operational Database (NEIGHBORHOOD), which consists of 8 datasets with imputed genotypes to 5...
October 10, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Wendy Yajun Huang, Stephen Heung-Sang Wong, Gang He, J O Salmon
PURPOSE: This study examined the prospective associations of reallocating time spent in different types of sedentary behavior, physical activity, and sleep with body mass index (BMI) in children using isotemporal substitution analysis. METHODS: Chinese children in grades 1-3 were recruited to a cohort study in 2009 and were followed up over a 2-yr period. Reports were gathered from the parents on children's sedentary behavior, sleep duration, and sociodemographic variables...
November 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Victor E Ezeugwu, Neera Garga, Patricia J Manns
PURPOSE: Understanding the determinants of sedentary behaviour (sitting or lying with low energy expenditure) in stroke survivors can enhance the development of successful behaviour change strategies. This qualitative study explored the perceptions of stroke survivors about sedentary behaviour and ways in which it can be changed. METHODS: An interpretative qualitative inquiry was used with thematic analysis of interview data. Interviews were conducted using a semi-structured guide with 13 stroke survivors...
October 19, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
Ben Horsburgh, Mike Higgins
Purpose - To quantify through environmental audit the radiation dose urologists receive during surgery in the lithotomy position, and quantify the dose reduction achieved by altering techniques. Materials and Methods - Simulated surgery in the lithotomy position using an anthropomorphic phantom as a patient and a SimMan mannequin as the surgeon. Pulsed fluoroscopy, focus to skin distance, collimation and lead shielding at the table end were individually and collectively introduced following a control study...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Endourology
Sonam Sharma, Rahul Mannan, Tejinder Bhasin
Intraparotid hemangioma of the children is a rare neoplasm, posing diagnostic dilemma to the diagnosticians as well as treating clinicians. A 2-month-old male infant presented with a diffuse swelling in the parotid region since birth that was gradually increasing in size. The ultrasonography (USG) report was suggestive of a right intraparotid mass of uncertain etiology; whereas magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) report inclined toward a mass associated with chronic inflammatory pathology. Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) suggested two differentials - a vascular neoplasm of the parotid gland and a spindle cell neoplasm with increased vascularity...
July 2016: Journal of Cytology
Arnaldina Sampaio, Elisa A Marques, Jorge Mota, Joana Carvalho
This study examined the effect of a Multicomponent Training (MT) intervention on cognitive function, functional fitness and anthropometric variables in institutionalized patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Thirty-seven institutionalized elders (84.05 ± 5.58 years) clinically diagnosed with AD (mild and moderate stages) were divided into two groups: Experimental Group (EG, n = 19) and Control Group (CG, n = 18). The EG participated in a six-month supervised MT program (aerobic, muscular resistance, flexibility and postural exercises) of 45-55 minutes/session, twice/week...
October 18, 2016: Dementia
T Thomsen, M Aadahl, N Beyer, M L Hetland, K Løppenthin, J Midtgaard, R Christensen, B A Esbensen
BACKGROUND: Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) spend a high proportion of their waking time in sedentary behaviour (SB) and have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Reduction of SB and increase in light intensity physical activity has been suggested as a means of improvement of health in patients with mobility problems. Short-term intervention studies have demonstrated that SB can be reduced by behavioural interventions in sedentary populations. To evaluate descriptively the feasibility of recruitment, randomisation, outcome assessments, retention and the acceptability of an individually tailored, theory-based behavioural intervention targeting reduction in daily sitting time in patients with RA...
October 18, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Simon Noble
Simon Noble speaks to Sebastian Dennis-Beron, Commissioning Editor: Simon Noble is Clinical Professor in Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University and honorary consultant at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport. His main research interests are in the management of venous thromboembolism in advanced cancer, quality of life effects of venous thromboembolism and their therapies, clinical decision-making in venous thromboembolism management and the patient journey. He is involved at a national level in the delivery of evidence-based thromboprophylaxis for hospitalized patients through the All Party Thrombosis Group and sits on the NICE Guideline development group for thromboprophylaxis...
October 19, 2016: Future Oncology
Cindy T Y Lam, Graham E Trope, Yvonne M Buys
PURPOSE: To measure the influence of body weight on postural intraocular pressure (IOP) changes and to determine if significant weight loss effects IOP. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this prospective case-control study 25 morbidly obese subjects scheduled for bariatric surgery and 25 age-matched and sex-matched normal weight controls were recruited. Subjects had tonometry performed in 7 positions with the order randomized: sitting with the neck in neutral position, neck flexion at 30 degrees, extension at 30 degrees, supine, right, and left lateral decubitus, and with the head and upper body elevated at 30 degrees...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Glaucoma
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