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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661095/the-effect-of-early-relearning-on-sensory-recovery-4-to-9-years-after-nerve-repair-a-report-of-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Pernilla Vikström, Birgitta Rosén, Ingela K Carlsson, Anders Björkman
Twenty patients randomized to early sensory relearning (nine patients) or traditional relearning (11 patients) were assessed regarding sensory recovery 4 to 9 years after median or ulnar nerve repair. Outcomes were assessed with the Rosen score, questionnaires, and self-reported single-item questions regarding function and activity. The patients with early sensory relearning had significantly better sensory recovery in the sensory domain of the Rosen score, specifically, discriminative touch or tactile gnosis and dexterity...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29610157/clinical-benefit-of-nmda-receptor-antagonists-in-a-patient-with-atp1a2-gene-mutation
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Keisuke Ueda, Fatema Serajee, Ahm M Huq
Mutations in the ATP1A2 gene cause familial hemiplegic migraine type 2, alternating hemiplegia of childhood, and cerebellar function deficits, epilepsy, and mental retardation. These symptoms are likely related to glutamatergic hyperexcitability. Our patient is a 12-year-old boy with a history of complex partial seizures, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and fine motor difficulty. During early childhood, he had episodes of a self-resolving right-sided hemiparesis and focal epilepsy. His seizures did not respond to several antiepileptic medications but stopped after he received valproate...
April 2018: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29559417/wrist-position-sense-acuity-and-its-relation-to-motor-dysfunction-in-children-with-developmental-coordination-disorder
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Yu-Ting Tseng, Chia-Liang Tsai, Fu-Chen Chen, Jürgen Konczak
This study obtained objective measures of wrist position sense to verify that children with DCD have proprioceptive deficits. In addition, it examined the relationship of wrist proprioceptive impairment with fine motor and balance function. Twenty children with DCD and thirty typically developing children (TD) aged 10-11 years old were recruited and screened using the Movement Assessment Battery for Children (MABC-2). The DCD group had total MABC-2 score below 5th percentile, and TD group was above 25th percentile...
March 17, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29545705/the-effect-of-fine-motor-skills-on-handwriting-legibility-in-preschool-age-children
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Sang-Min Seo
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to examine the effect that fine motor skills have on handwriting legibility in children of preschool age. [Subjects and Methods] The subjects of this study were 52 children of normal growth and development. In order to ascertain handwriting legibility, a Korean alphabet writing assessment was used; to measure fine motor skills, fine motor precision and manual dexterity, sub-items of BOT-2 were measured. Furthermore, in order to measure in-hand manipulation skills, a Functional Dexterity Test was conducted...
February 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29540748/structural-changes-in-hand-related-cortical-areas-after-median-nerve-injury-and-repair
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Per F Nordmark, Christina Ljungberg, Roland S Johansson
Transection of the median nerve typically causes lifelong restriction of fine sensory and motor skills of the affected hand despite the best available surgical treatment. Inspired by recent findings on activity-dependent structural plasticity of the adult brain, we used voxel-based morphometry to analyze the brains of 16 right-handed adults who more than two years earlier had suffered injury to the left or right median nerve followed by microsurgical repair. Healthy individuals served as matched controls. Irrespective of side of injury, we observed gray matter reductions in left ventral and right dorsal premotor cortex, and white matter reductions in commissural pathways interconnecting those motor areas...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29518127/predicting-the-clinical-performance-of-dental-students-with-a-manual-dexterity-test
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Diva Lugassy, Yafi Levanon, Raphael Pilo, Asaf Shelly, Gal Rosen, Avi Meirowitz, Tamar Brosh
Dentists must be skilled when using dental mirrors. Working with mirrors requires spatial perception, bimanual coordination, perceptual learning and fine motor skills. Many studies have attempted to determine the predictors of manual skills among pre-clinical students, but consensus has yet to be reached. We hypothesized that valid and reliable occupational therapy test performance regarding indirect vision would differ between dental students and junior dentists and would explain the variance in manual skill performance in pre-clinical courses...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29484726/soft-somatosensitive-actuators-via-embedded-3d-printing
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Ryan L Truby, Michael Wehner, Abigail K Grosskopf, Daniel M Vogt, Sebastien G M Uzel, Robert J Wood, Jennifer A Lewis
Humans possess manual dexterity, motor skills, and other physical abilities that rely on feedback provided by the somatosensory system. Herein, a method is reported for creating soft somatosensitive actuators (SSAs) via embedded 3D printing, which are innervated with multiple conductive features that simultaneously enable haptic, proprioceptive, and thermoceptive sensing. This novel manufacturing approach enables the seamless integration of multiple ionically conductive and fluidic features within elastomeric matrices to produce SSAs with the desired bioinspired sensing and actuation capabilities...
February 27, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455171/visual-motor-integration-and-fine-motor-skills-at-6%C3%A2-years-of-age-and-associations-with-neonatal-brain-volumes-in-children-born-extremely-preterm-in-sweden-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Jenny Bolk, Nelly Padilla, Lea Forsman, Lina Broström, Kerstin Hellgren, Ulrika Åden
OBJECTIVES: This exploratory study aimed to investigate associations between neonatal brain volumes and visual-motor integration (VMI) and fine motor skills in children born extremely preterm (EPT) when they reached 6½ years of age. SETTING: Prospective population-based cohort study in Stockholm, Sweden, during 3 years. PARTICIPANTS: All children born before gestational age, 27 weeks, during 2004-2007 in Stockholm, without major morbidities and impairments, and who underwent MRI at term-equivalent age...
February 17, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327599/motor-skills-cognition-and-work-performance-of-people-with-severe-mental-illness
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Lena Lipskaya-Velikovsky, Dikla Elgerisi, Adam Easterbrook, Navah Z Ratzon
PURPOSE: Employment offers many benefits to people with mental illness, yet their employment rate is much lower than that of the general population. We investigated the effect of work-related motor skills, neurocognition, and job attitudes on the work performance of people with mental illness, comparing those working in sheltered workshops, with controls working in similar jobs. METHODS: Twenty-nine adults with severe mental illness and 27 controls matched by gender and age were enrolled into the study using convenience sampling...
January 12, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322488/difficulties-with-fine-motor-skills-and-cognitive-impairment-in-an-elderly-population-the-progetto-veneto-anziani
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Chiara Curreri, Caterina Trevisan, Pamela Carrer, Silvia Facchini, Valter Giantin, Stefania Maggi, Marianna Noale, Marina De Rui, Egle Perissinotto, Sabina Zambon, Gaetano Crepaldi, Enzo Manzato, Giuseppe Sergi
OBJECTIVES: To investigate dysfunction in fine motor skills in a cohort of older Italian adults, identifying their prevalence and usefulness as indicators and predictors of cognitive impairment. DESIGN: Population-based longitudinal study with mean follow-up of 4.4 years. SETTING: Community. PARTICIPANTS: Older men and women enrolled in the Progetto Veneto Anziani (Pro.V.A.) (N = 2,361); 1,243 subjects who were cognitively intact at baseline were selected for longitudinal analyses...
February 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278998/neurocognitive-and-fine-motor-deficits-in-asymptomatic-adolescents-during-the-subacute-period-after-concussion
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Richard J Servatius, Kevin M Spiegler, Justin D Handy, Kevin C H Pang, Jack W Tsao, Catherine A Mazzola
Adolescents are at high risk for sustaining concussions. There is considerable controversy regarding the sensitivity of neurocognitive tests to detect and track dysfunction in the aftermath of concussion. Two neurocognitive test batteries were compared during the subacute phase of recovery from concussion to determine sensitivity to concussion. Adolescents (ages 11-17 years) with a concussion diagnosis (eight males, seven females, 9-69 days after injury) were recruited through a concussion clinic and compared with community nonconcussed volunteers (11 males, three females)...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276499/usability-of-videogame-based-dexterity-training-in-the-early-rehabilitation-phase-of-stroke-patients-a-pilot-study
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Tim Vanbellingen, Suzanne J Filius, Thomas Nyffeler, Erwin E H van Wegen
Background: Approximately 70-80% of stroke survivors have limited activities of daily living, mainly due to dexterous problems. Videogame-based training (VBT) along with virtual reality seems to be beneficial to train upper limb function. Objective: To evaluate the usability of VBT using the Leap Motion Controller (LMC) to train fine manual dexterity in the early rehabilitation phase of stroke patients as an add-on to conventional therapy. Additionally, this study aimed to estimate the feasibility and potential efficacy of the VBT...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223621/does-observation-of-a-disabled-child-s-action-moderate-action-execution-implication-for-the-use-of-action-observation-therapy-for-patient-rehabilitation
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Marie Alsamour, Maxime Gilliaux, Anne Renders, Thierry Lejeune, Gaëtan Stoquart, Martin Gareth Edwards
BACKGROUND: Research investigating action observation-execution priming has mainly manipulated congruent versus incongruent action, and aspects of action expertise/capability. More specifically, the literature suggests enhanced performance priming following action observation by actors closely matched to participant expertise. The aim of the present study was to extend the understanding of action expertise effects by investigating action priming in healthy participants after observing a mild hemiparetic child actor versus a neurologically healthy child actor...
November 15, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204383/hand-arm-vibration-effects-on-performance-tactile-acuity-and-temperature-of-hand
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Farhad Forouharmajd, Mehrdad Yadegari, Masoumeh Ahmadvand, Farshad Forouharmajd, Siamak Pourabdian
Effects of vibration appear as mechanical and psychological disorders, including stress reactions, cognitive and movement disorders, problem in concentration and paying attention to the assigned duties. The common signs and symptoms of hand-arm vibration (HAV) in the fingers and hands may appear as pins and needles feeling, tingling, numbness, and also the loss of finger sensation and dexterity. Laboratory Virtual Instrument Engineering Workbench programming software designed for occupational vibrations measurement was used to calculate HAV acceleration...
October 2017: Journal of Medical Signals and Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163089/the-bachd-rat-model-of-huntington-disease-shows-specific-deficits-in-a-test-battery-of-motor-function
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Giuseppe Manfré, Erik K H Clemensson, Elisavet I Kyriakou, Laura E Clemensson, Johanneke E van der Harst, Judith R Homberg, Huu Phuc Nguyen
Rationale : Huntington disease (HD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by motor, cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms. HD is usually diagnosed by the appearance of motor deficits, resulting in skilled hand use disruption, gait abnormality, muscle wasting and choreatic movements. The BACHD transgenic rat model for HD represents a well-established transgenic rodent model of HD, offering the prospect of an in-depth characterization of the motor phenotype. Objective : The present study aims to characterize different aspects of motor function in BACHD rats, combining classical paradigms with novel high-throughput behavioral phenotyping...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157212/fine-motor-skills-in-a-population-of-children-in-remote-australia-with-high-levels-of-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-and-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder
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Robyn Doney, Barbara R Lucas, Rochelle E Watkins, Tracey W Tsang, Kay Sauer, Peter Howat, Jane Latimer, James P Fitzpatrick, June Oscar, Maureen Carter, Elizabeth J Elliott
BACKGROUND: Many children in the remote Fitzroy Valley region of Western Australia have prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). Individuals with PAE can have neurodevelopmental impairments and be diagnosed with one of several types of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Fine motor skills can be impaired by PAE, but no studies have developed a comprehensive profile of fine motor skills in a population-based cohort of children with FASD. We aimed to develop a comprehensive profile of fine motor skills in a cohort of Western Australian children; determine whether these differed in children with PAE or FASD; and establish the prevalence of impairment...
November 21, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141158/the-combined-effect-of-cold-and-moisture-on-manual-performance
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Matthew Ray, Elizabeth Sanli, Robert Brown, Kerri Ann Ennis, Heather Carnahan
Objective The aim of this study was to investigate the combined effect of cold and moisture on manual performance and tactile sensitivity. Background People working in the ocean environment often perform manual work in cold and wet conditions. Although the independent effects of cold and moisture on hand function are known, their combined effect has not been investigated. Method Participants completed sensory (Touch-Test, two-point discrimination) and motor (Purdue Pegboard, Grooved Pegboard, reef knot untying) tests in the following conditions: dry hand, wet hand, cold hand, and cold and wet hand...
February 2018: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136419/occupational-exposure-to-manganese-and-fine-motor-skills-in-elderly-men-results-from-the-heinz-nixdorf-recall-study
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Beate Pesch, Swaantje Casjens, Tobias Weiss, Benjamin Kendzia, Marina Arendt, Lewin Eisele, Thomas Behrens, Nadin Ulrich, Noreen Pundt, Anja Marr, Sibylle Robens, Christoph Van Thriel, Rainer Van Gelder, Michael Aschner, Susanne Moebus, Nico Dragano, Thomas Brüning, Karl-Heinz Jöckel
Objectives: Exposure to manganese (Mn) may cause movement disorders, but less is known whether the effects persist after the termination of exposure. This study investigated the association between former exposure to Mn and fine motor deficits in elderly men from an industrial area with steel production. Methods: Data on the occupational history and fine motor tests were obtained from the second follow-up of the prospective Heinz Nixdorf Recall Study (2011-2014)...
November 10, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096181/improvement-in-children-s-fine-motor-skills-following-a-computerized-typing-intervention
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Hannah L McGlashan, Caroline C V Blanchard, Nicole J Sycamore, Rachel Lee, Blandine French, Nicholas P Holmes
Children spend a large proportion of their school day engaged in tasks that require manual dexterity. If children experience difficulties with their manual dexterity skills it can have a consequential effect on their academic achievement. The first aim of this paper was to explore whether an online interactive typing intervention could improve children's scores on a standardised measure of manual dexterity. The second aim was to implement a serial reaction time tapping task as an index of children's finger movement learning, and to see whether performance on this task would improve after the intervention...
December 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071796/counting-on-fine-motor-skills-links-between-preschool-finger-dexterity-and-numerical-skills
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Ursula Fischer, Sebastian P Suggate, Judith Schmirl, Heidrun Stoeger
Finger counting is widely considered an important step in children's early mathematical development. Presumably, children's ability to move their fingers during early counting experiences to aid number representation depends in part on their early fine motor skills (FMS). Specifically, FMS should link to children's procedural counting skills through consistent repetition of finger-counting procedures. Accordingly, we hypothesized that (a) FMS are linked to early counting skills, and (b) greater FMS relate to conceptual counting knowledge (e...
October 26, 2017: Developmental Science
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