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Jocelyn F Hafer, Katherine A Boyer
BACKGROUND: Aging is associated with a loss of mobility and altered gait mechanics. Loss of function and mobility may be due to or exacerbated by low levels of physical activity in the aged. The mechanisms linking age-related changes in physiology, altered mobility and gait may be elucidated by examining movement coordination and coordination variability. RESEARCH QUESTION: The purpose of this study was to examine the impacts of age and habitual physical activity level on segment coordination and coordination variability during gait...
February 26, 2018: Gait & Posture
Bin Peng, Wei Zheng, Jiantao Qin, Wanli Zhang
Two-dimensional transitional metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) field-effect transistors (FETs) are proposed to be promising for devices scaling beyond silicon-based devices. We explore the different effective mass and bandgap of the channel materials and figure out the possible candidates for high-performance devices with the gate length at 5 nm and below by solving the quantum transport equation self-constantly with the Poisson equation. We find that out of the 14 compounds, MoS₂, MoSe₂, and MoTe₂ may be used in the devices to achieve a good subthreshold swing and a reasonable current ON-OFF ratio and delay...
March 15, 2018: Materials
Firooz Salami, Julia Wagner, Stefan van Drongelen, Matthias C M Klotz, Thomas Dreher, Sebastian I Wolf, Mirjam Niklasch
AIM: Flexed knee gait can be treated with distal femoral extension osteotomy (DFEO) and additional patellar tendon advancement (PTA) in children with cerebral palsy (CP). This study assesses changes in hamstring muscle tendon length (MTL) and velocity after DFEO (+PTA). METHOD: Nineteen children (mean age 13y [standard deviation 3y] at surgery) with CP and flexed knee gait who were treated with DFEO (15 limbs) or DFEO+PTA (10 limbs) were retrospectively included in this study...
March 14, 2018: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Henri De Vroey, Filip Staes, Ive Weygers, Evie Vereecke, Jos Vanrenterghem, Jan Deklerck, Geert Van Damme, Hans Hallez, Kurt Claeys
BACKGROUND: The use of inertial measurement units for the evaluation of temporal parameters of gait has been studied in many populations. However, currently no studies support the use of inertial measurement units for this purpose in the knee arthroplasty population. The objective of the present study was to investigate the agreement between an inertial measurement and camera based system for the assessment of temporal gait parameters in a knee arthroplasty population. METHODS: Sixteen knee arthroplasty patients performed 3 gait trials at a self-selected speed along a 6 m walk-way...
March 7, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Peter C Raffalt, Louise R Nielsen, Stefan Madsen, Laurits Munk Højberg, Jessica Pingel, Jens Bo Nielsen, Jacob Wienecke, Tine Alkjær
The purpose of the present study was to determine the day-to-day reliability in stride characteristics in rats during treadmill walking obtained with two-dimensional (2D) motion capture. Kinematics were recorded from 26 adult rats during walking at 8 m/min, 12 m/min and 16 m/min on two separate days. Stride length, stride time, contact time, swing time and hip, knee and ankle joint range of motion were extracted from 15 strides. The relative reliability was assessed using intra-class correlation coefficients (ICC(1,1)) and (ICC(3,1))...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
Selena Tinga, Stanley E Kim, Scott A Banks, Stephen C Jones, Brian H Park, Antonio Pozzi, Daniel D Lewis
BACKGROUND: Cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) insufficiency is a degenerative condition that is a common cause of pelvic limb lameness and osteoarthritis in dogs. Surgical therapies developed to treat dogs with naturally occurring CrCL insufficiency aim to address the resultant instability, but the in-vivo alterations in stifle kinematics associated with CrCL insufficiency have not been accurately defined. The objective of this study was to quantify the 3-dimensional femorotibial joint kinematics of dogs with naturally occurring cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) insufficiency during ambulation...
March 12, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Maryam Maleki, Samaneh Badri, Hamed Shayestehepour, Mokhtar Arazpour, Farzam Farahmand, Mohamad Ebrahim Mousavi, Ehsan Abdolahi, Hasan Farkhondeh, John S Head, Navid Golchin, Mohammad Ali Mardani
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the performance of an original powered foot clearance creator (PFCC) mechanism worn in conjunction with an isocentric reciprocal gait orthosis (IRGO) and evaluate its effect on trunk compensatory movements and spatiotemporal parameters in nine healthy subjects. METHOD: A PFCC motorized mechanism was designed that incorporated twin sole plates, the movements of which enabled increased toe to floor clearance during swing phase...
March 12, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Su Jin Lee, Ricky Mehta-Desai, Kyunggeune Oh, Jon Sanford, Boris I Prilutsky
PURPOSE: Kinetic characteristics of transfers to and from a toilet performed using bilateral grab bars are not fully quantified to inform grab bar design and configuration. The purpose of this study was to (1) determine effects of bilateral swing-away grab bars on peaks of ankle, knee and hip joint moments during grab bar assisted stand-to-sit and sit-to-stand transfers; and (2) determine effects of three different heights and widths of swing-away grab bars on the same kinetic characteristics...
March 9, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Mu Qiao, Jody A Feld, Jason R Franz
BACKGROUND: Older adults are more susceptible to balance perturbations during walking than young adults. However, we lack an individual joint-level understanding of how aging affects the neuromechanical strategies used to accommodate balance perturbations. RESEARCH QUESTION: We investigated gait phase-dependence in and aging effects on leg joint kinematic variability during walking with balance perturbations. We hypothesized that leg joint variability would: 1) vary across the gait cycle and 2) increase with balance perturbations...
February 21, 2018: Gait & Posture
Fangxu Yang, Lingjie Sun, Jiangli Han, Baili Li, Xi Yu, Xiaotao Zhang, Xiaochen Ren, Wenping Hu
Anodization is a promising technique to form high- k dielectrics for low-power organic field-effect transistor (OFET) applications. However, the surface quality of the dielectric, which is mainly inherited from the metal electrode, can be improved further than other fabrication techniques, such as sol-gel. In this study, we applied the template stripping method to fabricate a low-power single-crystalline OFET based on the anodized AlOx dielectric. We found that the template stripping method largely improves the surface roughness of the deposited Al and allows for the formation of a high-quality AlOx high- k dielectric by anodization...
March 6, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ching-Ting Lee, Chia-Chi Chen, Hsin-Ying Lee
The three dimensional inverters were fabricated using novel complementary structure of stacked bottom n-type aluminum-doped zinc oxide (Al:ZnO) thin-film transistor and top p-type nickel oxide (NiO) thin-film transistor. When the inverter operated at the direct voltage (VDD ) of 10 V and the input voltage from 0 V to 10 V, the obtained high performances included the output swing of 9.9 V, the high noise margin of 2.7 V, and the low noise margin of 2.2 V. Furthermore, the high performances of unskenwed inverter were demonstrated by using the novel complementary structure of the stacked n-type Al:ZnO thin-film transistor and p-type nickel oxide (NiO) thin-film transistor...
March 5, 2018: Scientific Reports
Israel Ugalde, Manuel Bello Segura, Sabrina Oneto, Ari Ciment
An altered mental status presents a diagnostic challenge for many clinicians. Described here is a case of primary hyperparathyroidism not initially suspected until after a thorough neurological and infectious cause were excluded. A 60-year-old woman presented with altered mental status and gait instability. Her family noticed progressive gait instability and mood swings for the past 4 months. Initial imaging and laboratory values were unable to explain her symptoms. On transfer out of the intensive care unit, her corrected calcium was found to be 13...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Xinyi Chia, Nur Ayu Afira Sutrisnoh, Martin Pumera
Platinum (Pt)-based materials are inevitably among the best-performing electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). MoS2 was suggested to be a potent HER catalyst to replace Pt in this reaction by theoretical modeling; however, in practice, this dream remains elusive. Here we show a facile one-pot bottom-up synthesis of Pt-MoSx composites using electrochemical reduction in an electrolytic bath of Pt precursor and ammonium tetrathiomolybdate under ambient conditions. By modifying the millimolar concentration of Pt precursors, composites of different surface elemental composition are fabricated; specifically, Pt1...
March 5, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Dipankar Choudhury, David Rebenda, Shinya Sasaki, Pavel Hekrle, Martin Vrbka, Min Zou
This study evaluates the impact of dimple shapes on lubricant film formation in artificial hip joints. Micro-dimples with 20-50 µm lateral size and 1 ± 0.2 µm depths were fabricated on CrCoMo hip joint femoral heads using a picosecond laser. Tribological studies were performed using a pendulum hip joint simulator to apply continuous swing flexion-extension motions. The results revealed a significantly enhanced lubricant film thickness (≥ 500 nm) with micro-dimpled prosthesis heads at equilibrium position after the lubricant film has fully developed...
February 17, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Giancarlo Coghe, Giuseppina Pilloni, Erica Zucca, Micaela Porta, Federica Corona, Jessica Frau, Giuseppe Fenu, Lorena Lorefice, Maria Giovanna Marrosu, Massimiliano Pau, Eleonora Cocco
BACKGROUND: The dual task paradigm (the simultaneous performance of motor and cognitive task) is used in a laboratory setting to evaluate walking impairments that affect patients' daily lives. Although promising, it is poorly standardized and neither the cognitive task nor the motor task have been validated in a matched healthy control group (HC) for multiple sclerosis (MS). OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to set up a standardized instrument to evaluate cognitive motor interference in MS using the interference test par excellence: the stroop colour word test (SCWT)...
February 24, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Zhao Liu, Chaorong Zheng, Yue Wu
Recently, the government installed a boundary layer profiler (BLP), which is operated under the Doppler beam swinging mode, in a coastal area of China, to acquire useful wind field information in the atmospheric boundary layer for several purposes. And under strong wind conditions, the performance of the BLP is evaluated. It is found that, even though the quality controlled BLP data show good agreement with the balloon observations, a systematic bias can always be found for the BLP data. For the low wind velocities, the BLP data tend to overestimate the atmospheric wind...
February 2018: Review of Scientific Instruments
A Pullia, F Zocca, S Capra
An original technique for the measurement of charge signals from ionizing particle/radiation detectors has been implemented in an application-specific integrated circuit form. The device performs linear measurements of the charge both within and beyond its output voltage swing. The device features an unprecedented spectroscopic dynamic range of 102 dB and is suitable for high-resolution ion and X-γ ray spectroscopy. We believe that this approach may change a widespread paradigm according to which no high-resolution spectroscopy is possible when working close to or beyond the limit of the preamplifier's output voltage swing...
February 2018: Review of Scientific Instruments
Arif Reza Anwary, Hongnian Yu, Michael Vassallo
This paper aims to assess the use of Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensors to identify gait asymmetry by extracting automatic gait features. We design and develop an android app to collect real time synchronous IMU data from legs. The results from our method are validated using a Qualisys Motion Capture System. The data are collected from 10 young and 10 older subjects. Each performed a trial in a straight corridor comprising 15 strides of normal walking, a turn around and another 15 strides. We analyse the data for total distance, total time, total velocity, stride, step, cadence, step ratio, stance, and swing...
February 24, 2018: Sensors
Babak Faramarzi, An Nguyen, Fanglong Dong
Appropriate hoof preparation and symmetry are linked to the wellbeing of the horse. Previous studies have shown the efficacy of the pressure plates (PP) in delivering objective biomechanical analysis. We aimed to assess the effect of hoof trimming on hoof biomechanics using a PP. Nine clinically sound Arabian horses were walked across the PP while foot strike was recorded by a digital camera. Kinetic and kinematic parameters were recorded before and after trimming. P values ≤ 0.05 were considered significant...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Science
S Miller, A Agarwal, W B Haddon, L Johnston, G Arnold, W Wang, R J Abboud
Introduction The aim of this study was to compare kinetical data from gait analysis of patients who have undergone total and uni-condylar knee replacement. Materials and methods Thirteen patients with unilateral total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and 13 unicondylar knee arthroplasty (UKA), were included, all performed by the same surgeon more than one year prior. The Vicon gait analysis system was used. Statistical power was calculated using SPSS. Results No significant difference was found in the spatiotemporal parameters of gait and survival years of the knee prosthesis between the two groups...
February 27, 2018: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
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