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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227629/inertial-sensor-based-gait-analysis-discriminates-subjects-with-and-without-visual-impairment-caused-by-simulated-macular-degeneration
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Christoph M Kanzler, Jens Barth, Jochen Klucken, Bjoern M Eskofier, Christoph M Kanzler, Jens Barth, Jochen Klucken, Bjoern M Eskofier, Jens Barth, Jochen Klucken, Bjoern M Eskofier, Christoph M Kanzler
Macular degeneration is the third leading cause of blindness worldwide and the leading cause of blindness in the developing world. The analysis of gait parameters can be used to assess the influence of macular degeneration on gait. This study examines the effect of macular degeneration on gait using inertial sensor based 3D spatio-temporal gait parameters. We acquired gait data from 21 young and healthy subjects during a 40 m obstacle walk. All subjects had to perform the gait trial with and without macular degeneration simulation glasses...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227316/dynamic-knee-muscle-co-contraction-quantified-during-walking
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Annachiara Strazza, Alessandro Mengarelli, Valentina Agostini, Marco Knaflitz, Laura Burattini, Sandro Fioretti, Francesco Di Nardo, Annachiara Strazza, Alessandro Mengarelli, Valentina Agostini, Marco Knaflitz, Laura Burattini, Sandro Fioretti, Francesco Di Nardo, Sandro Fioretti, Francesco Di Nardo, Annachiara Strazza, Valentina Agostini, Marco Knaflitz, Laura Burattini, Alessandro Mengarelli
The purpose of the present study was the quantification of the co-activation patterns of the knee extensor and flexor muscles during walking at self-selected speed and cadence. To this aim, the Statistical Gait Analysis, a recent methodology providing a statistical characterization of gait, was performed on surface EMG signals from Vastus Lateralis (VL) and Medial Hamstrings (MH) in 14 healthy young adult subjects. Muscular co-contraction was assessed as the overlapping period between activation intervals of agonist and antagonist muscles...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226948/automated-feet-detection-for-clinical-gait-assessment
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Miguel M Serrano, Yu-Ping Chen, Ayanna Howard, Patricio A Vela, Miguel M Serrano, Yu-Ping Chen, Ayanna Howard, Patricio A Vela, Miguel M Serrano, Ayanna Howard, Patricio A Vela, Yu-Ping Chen
The paper describes a computer vision method for estimating the clinical gait metrics of walking patients in unconstrained environments. The method employs background subtraction to produce a silhouette of the subject and a randomized decision forest to detect their feet. Given the feet detections, the stride and step length, cadence, and walking speed are estimated. Validation of the system is presented through an error analysis on manually annotated videos of subjects walking in different outdoor settings...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226309/the-feasibility-of-singing-to-improve-gait-in-parkinson-disease
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Elinor C Harrison, Marie E McNeely, Gammon M Earhart
Brain regions important for controlling movement are also responsible for rhythmic processing. In Parkinson disease (PD), defective internal timing within the brain has been linked to impaired beat discrimination, and may contribute to a loss of ability to maintain a steady gait rhythm. Less rhythmic gait is inherently less efficient, and this may lead to gait impairment including reduced speed, cadence, and stride length, as well as increased variability. While external rhythmic auditory stimulation (e.g. a metronome beat) is well-established as an effective tool to stabilize gait in PD, little is known about whether self-generated cues such as singing have the same beneficial effect on gait in PD...
February 14, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223913/neuromorphic-implementation-of-attractor-dynamics-in-a-two-variable-winner-take-all-circuit-with-nmdars-a-simulation-study
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Hongzhi You, Da-Hui Wang
Neural networks configured with winner-take-all (WTA) competition and N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)-mediated synaptic dynamics are endowed with various dynamic characteristics of attractors underlying many cognitive functions. This paper presents a novel method for neuromorphic implementation of a two-variable WTA circuit with NMDARs aimed at implementing decision-making, working memory and hysteresis in visual perceptions. The method proposed is a dynamical system approach of circuit synthesis based on a biophysically plausible WTA model...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222810/does-nordic-walking-restore-the-temporal-organization-of-gait-variability-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Thibault Warlop, Christine Detrembleur, Maïté Buxes Lopez, Gaëtan Stoquart, Thierry Lejeune, Anne Jeanjean
BACKGROUND: Gait disorders of Parkinson's disease (PD) are characterized by the breakdown of the temporal organization of stride duration variability that was tightly associated to dynamic instability in PD. Activating the upper body during walking, Nordic Walking (NW) may be used as an external cueing to improve spatiotemporal parameters of gait, such as stride length or gait variability, in PD. The aim of this study was to evaluate the beneficial effects of NW on temporal organization of gait variability and spatiotemporal gait variables in PD...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222548/does-positive-pressure-body-weight-support-alter-spatiotemporal-gait-parameters-in-healthy-and-parkinsonian-individuals
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Joshua J Lander, Matthew F Moran
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests treadmill training (TT) and body-weight supported treadmill training (BWSTT) are effective strategies to improve gait in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. However, few researchers have investigated the spatiotemporal parameters during TT or BWSTT. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study is to determine gait adaptations in PD and healthy subjects during positive pressure BWSTT and post-intervention overground walking. METHODS: Ten PD and ten healthy individuals participated in this study...
February 6, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220261/does-a-foot-drop-implant-improve-kinetic-and-kinematic-parameters-in-the-foot-and-ankle
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Kiriakos Daniilidis, Eike Jakubowitz, Anna Thomann, Sarah Ettinger, Christina Stukenborg-Colsman, Daiwei Yao
INTRODUCTION: Unlike the drop foot therapy with ortheses, the therapeutic effect of an implantable peroneus nerve stimulator (iPNS) is not well described. IPNS is a dynamic therapy option which is placed directly to the motoric part of the peroneal nerve and evokes a dorsiflexion of the paralysed foot. This retrospective study evaluates the kinematics and kinetics in drop foot patients who were treated with an iPNS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 18 subjects (mean age 51...
February 20, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210041/underwater-treadmill-training-and-gait-ability-in-the-normal-adult
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Myoung-Kwon Kim, Si-A Lee
[Purpose] Our working hypothesis is that underwater treadmill training improves normal people's gait ability. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty-five healthy subjects with no orthopedic history of lower extremity were recruited. Gait training is performed using an underwater treadmill (HydroTrack(®) Underwater Treadmill System, Conray, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, USA), for twenty minutes per session, five sessions a week for four weeks. The water temperature was set at about 33 °C and the depth was fixed to reach between the subjects' xiphoid process and the navel...
January 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202584/comparison-of-human-gastrocnemius-forces-predicted-by-hill-type-muscle-models-and-estimated-from-ultrasound-images
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Taylor J M Dick, Andrew A Biewener, James M Wakeling
Hill-type models are ubiquitous in the field of biomechanics, providing estimates of a muscle's force as a function of its activation state and its assumed force-length and force-velocity properties. However, despite their routine use, the accuracy with which Hill-type models predict the forces generated by muscles during submaximal, dynamic tasks remains largely unknown. This study compared human gastrocnemii forces predicted by Hill-type models to the forces estimated from ultrasound-based measures of tendon length changes and stiffness during cycling, over a range of loads and cadences...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197810/a-wrist-sensor-and-algorithm-to-determine-instantaneous-walking-cadence-and-speed-in-daily-life-walking
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Benedikt Fasel, Cyntia Duc, Farzin Dadashi, Flavien Bardyn, Martin Savary, Pierre-André Farine, Kamiar Aminian
In daily life, a person's gait-an important marker for his/her health status-is usually assessed using inertial sensors fixed to lower limbs or trunk. Such sensor locations are not well suited for continuous and long duration measurements. A better location would be the wrist but with the drawback of the presence of perturbative movements independent of walking. The aim of this study was to devise and validate an algorithm able to accurately estimate walking cadence and speed for daily life walking in various environments based on acceleration measured at the wrist...
February 14, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195978/lack-of-influence-of-muscular-performance-parameters-on-spatio-temporal-adaptations-with-increased-running-velocity
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Luis E Roche-Seruendo, Felipe García-Pinillos, Joana Haicaguerre, Ana V Bataller-Cervero, Víctor M Soto-Hermoso, Pedro Á Latorre-Román
This study aimed to analyse the influence of muscular performance parameters on spatio-temporal gait characteristics during running when gradually increasing speed. 51 recreationally trained male endurance runners (age: 28 ± 8 years) voluntarily participated in this study. Subjects performed a battery of jumping tests (squat jump, countermovement jump, and 20 cm drop jump), and after that, the subjects performed an incremental running test (10 to 20 km/h) on a motorized treadmill. Spatio-temporal parameters were measured using the OptoGait system...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192261/the-role-of-gait-analysis-in-the-evaluation-of-patients-with-cervical-myelopathy-a-literature-review-study
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Ioannis D Siasios, Savvas L Spanos, Asimakis K Kanellopoulos, Aggeliki Fotiadou, John Pollina, Daniel Schneider, Alexander Becker, Vassilios G Dimopoulos, Kostas N Fountas
BACKGROUND: Gait analysis represents one of the newest methodologies employed in the clinical evaluation of CM patients. OBJECTIVE: To describe the role of gait analysis in the clinical evaluation of CM patients, as well as its potential role in the evaluation of the functional outcome of any surgical intervention. METHOD: ology: A literature review was performed in the PubMed, OVID and Google Scholar medical databases, from January of 1995 to August of 2016, using the terms "analysis", "anterior", "cervical myelopathy", "gait", "posterior", "surgery"...
February 9, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188956/the-neural-substrate-of-gait-and-executive-function-relationship-in-elderly-women-a-pet-study
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Ryota Sakurai, Kenji Ishii, Masashi Yasunaga, Rumi Takeuchi, Yoh Murayama, Naoko Sakuma, Muneyuki Sakata, Keiichi Oda, Kenji Ishibashi, Kiichi Ishiwata, Yoshinori Fujiwara, Manuel Montero-Odasso
AIM: Understanding the relationship between age-related gait impairment, such as slow gait, and executive functioning in seniors may help identify individuals at higher risk of mobility decline, falls, and progression to dementia at earlier stages. We aim to identify brain regions concomitantly associated with poor gait and executive functioning in a cohort of well-functioning elderly women. METHODS: In total, 149 well-functioning women aged 70.1 ± 6.2 years underwent FDG-PET to evaluate regional cerebral metabolic rates of glucose normalized in reference to cerebellar glucose metabolic value (normalized-rCMRglc) in 16 brain areas...
February 11, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181206/ginkgo-biloba-special-extract-li-1370-improves-dual-task-walking-in-patients-with-mci-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-exploratory-study
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Yves J Gschwind, Stephanie A Bridenbaugh, Sarah Reinhard, Urs Granacher, Andreas U Monsch, Reto W Kressig
BACKGROUND: In patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), gait instability, particularly in dual-task situations, has been associated with impaired executive function and an increased fall risk. Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) could be an effective mean to improve gait stability. AIMS: This study investigated the effect of GBE on spatio-temporal gait parameters of MCI patients while walking under single and dual-task conditions. METHODS: Fifty patients aged 50-85 years with MCI and associated dual-task-related gait impairment participated in this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, exploratory phase IV drug trial...
February 8, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177733/the-effects-of-block-training-on-pacing-during-20-km-cycling-time-trial
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Vitor Pereira Costa, Luiz Guilherme Antonacci Guglielmo, Carl David Paton
The aim of this study was to determine the effects of block training (BL) on pacing during a 20-km hilly cycling time trial (TT) in trained cyclists. Twenty male cyclists were separated into two groups: control and BL. The training of each cyclist was monitored during a period of 3 weeks. In the first week cyclists performed an overload period of seven consecutive days of high intensity interval training followed by two weeks of normal training. Cyclists performed one TT before intervention and two TT after seven and fourteen days at the end of training...
December 15, 2016: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176431/comparison-between-clinical-gait-and-daily-life-gait-assessments-of-fall-risk-in-older-people
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Matthew A Brodie, Milou J Coppens, Andreas Ejupi, Yves J Gschwind, Janneke Annegarn, Daniel Schoene, Rainer Wieching, Stephen R Lord, Kim Delbaere
AIM: Falls are a leading cause of disability in older people. Here we investigate if daily-life gait assessments are better than clinical gait assessments at discriminating between older people with and without a history of falls. METHODS: A total of 96 independent-living participants (age 75.5 ± 7.8) underwent sensorimotor, psychological and cognitive assessments, and the Timed Up and Go and 10-m walk tests. Participants wore a small pendant sensor device for a week in their home environment, from which the new remote assessments of daily-life gait were determined...
February 8, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174452/automated-stride-assistance-device-improved-the-gait-parameters-and-energy-cost-during-walking-of-healthy-middle-aged-females-but-not-those-of-young-controls
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Risa Otsuki, Hiromi Matsumoto, Masaru Ueki, Kazutake Uehara, Nobuko Nozawa, Mari Osaki, Hiroshi Hagino
[Purpose] The aim of this study was to clarify the effects of an automated stride assistance device on gait parameters and energy cost during walking performed by healthy middle-aged and young females. [Subjects and Methods] Ten middle-aged females and 10 young females were recruited as case and control participants, respectively. The participants walked for 3 minutes continuously under two different experimental conditions: with the device and without the device. Walking distance, mean walking speed, mean step length, cadence, walk ratio and the physiological cost index during the 3-minutes walk were measured...
December 2016: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169147/single-task-and-dual-task-tandem-gait-test-performance-after-concussion
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David R Howell, Louis R Osternig, Li-Shan Chou
OBJECTIVES: To compare single-task and dual-task tandem gait test performance between athletes after concussion with controls on observer-timed, spatio-temporal, and center-of-mass (COM) balance control measurements. DESIGN: Ten participants (19.0±5.5years) were prospectively identified and completed a tandem gait test protocol within 72h of concussion and again 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month, and 2 months post-injury. Seven uninjured controls (20.0±4.5years) completed the same protocol in similar time increments...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168099/gait-disorder-as-a-predictor-of-spatial-learning-and-memory-impairment-in-aged-mice
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Xin Wang, Qing M Wang, Zhaoxiang Meng, Zhenglu Yin, Xun Luo, Duonan Yu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether gait dysfunction is a predictor of severe spatial learning and memory impairment in aged mice. METHODS: A total of 100 12-month-old male mice that had no obvious abnormal motor ability and whose Morris water maze performances were not significantly different from those of two-month-old male mice were selected for the study. The selected aged mice were then divided into abnormal or normal gait groups according to the results from the quantitative gait assessment...
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