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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107658/validation-of-a-personalized-curved-muscle-model-of-the-lumbar-spine-during-complex-dynamic-exertions
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Jaejin Hwang, Gregory G Knapik, Jonathan S Dufour, Thomas M Best, Safdar N Khan, Ehud Mendel, William S Marras
Previous curved muscle models have typically examined their robustness only under simple, single-plane static exertions. In addition, the empirical validation of curved muscle models through an entire lumbar spine has not been fully realized. The objective of this study was to empirically validate a personalized biologically-assisted curved muscle model during complex dynamic exertions. Twelve subjects performed a variety of complex lifting tasks as a function of load weight, load origin, and load height. Both a personalized curved muscle model as well as a straight-line muscle model were used to evaluate the model's fidelity and prediction of three-dimensional spine tissue loads under different lifting conditions...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107362/population-muscle-strength-predicts-olympic-medal-tallies-evidence-from-20-countries-in-the-pure-prospective-cohort-study
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Darryl P Leong, Martin McKee, Salim Yusuf
BACKGROUND: National sporting achievement at the Olympic Games is important for national pride and prestige, and to promote participation in sport. Summer Olympic Games medal tallies have been associated with national wealth, and also social development and healthcare expenditure. It is uncertain however, how these socioeconomic factors translate into Olympic success. The objective of this study was therefore to examine the relationship between population muscle strength and Olympic medal tallies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107314/effect-of-treatment-with-twin-block-appliances-on-body-posture-in-class-ii-malocclusion-subjects-a-prospective-clinical-study
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Dalia Smailienė, Aistė Intienė, Irma Dobradziejutė, Gintaras Kušleika
BACKGROUND There is strong evidence that malocclusion and body posture are interdependent. The relationship between improvement of nasopharyngeal airway, correction of malocclusion by orthodontic treatment or orthognathic surgery, and changes in body posture were evaluated in several studies. The purpose of the present study was to analyze the effect of the orthodontic treatment with Twin-block appliance on body posture. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study group consisted of 23 children (mean age 12.45 (1.06) years)...
January 20, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107240/an-in-vitro-evaluation-of-fracture-reduction-achieved-by-inflatable-bone-tamps-under-simulated-physiological-load
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Michael Gordon, Walter C Peppelman, William Beutler, Damien OʼHalloran, Suresh R Chinthakunta, Brandon Bucklen
STUDY DESIGN: An in vitro biomechanical study. OBJECTIVE: To determine the fracture reduction achieved by a novel inflatable bone tamp under simulated physiological load. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Previous biomechanical studies have showed that kyphoplasty allows near-total restoration of lost vertebral height in unloaded conditions and partial height restoration under simulated physiological loads. Clinically, loss of reduction has been observed after bone tamp deflation, before cement injection...
February 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107234/comparison-between-acrylic-cage-and-polyetheretherketone-peek-cage-in-single-level-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Majid R Farrokhi, Zahra Nikoo, Mehrnaz Gholami, Khadijeh Hosseini
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, single-blind randomized-controlled clinical study. OBJECTIVE: To compare polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cage with a novel Acrylic cage to find out which fusion cage yielded better clinical outcomes following single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: ACDF is considered a standard neurosurgical treatment for degenerative diseases of cervical intervertebral disks. There are many options, including bone grafts, bone cement, and spacers made of titanium, carbon fiber, and synthetic materials, used to restore physiological disk height and enhance spinal fusion, but the ideal device, which would provide immediate structural support and subsequent osteointegration and stability, has not been identified yet...
February 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106968/robotic-mitral-repair-with-sliding-leaflet-valvuloplasty-and-remodelling-partial-annuloplasty
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Lawrence Wei, Vinay Badhwar, Takashi Murashita, Giuseppe Raffa
Complex pathoanatomy that requires posterior leaflet height reduction can be accomplished robotically with excellent surgical outcomes. We report the technique of robotic sliding leaflet valvuloplasty in cases of severe myxomatous degenerative disease with elevated predictive risk of systolic anterior motion.
September 28, 2016: Multimedia Manual of Cardiothoracic Surgery: MMCTS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106819/modeling-aboveground-biomass-in-hulunber-grassland-ecosystem-by-using-unmanned-aerial-vehicle-discrete-lidar
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Dongliang Wang, Xiaoping Xin, Quanqin Shao, Matthew Brolly, Zhiliang Zhu, Jin Chen
Accurate canopy structure datasets, including canopy height and fractional cover, are required to monitor aboveground biomass as well as to provide validation data for satellite remote sensing products. In this study, the ability of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) discrete light detection and ranging (lidar) was investigated for modeling both the canopy height and fractional cover in Hulunber grassland ecosystem. The extracted mean canopy height, maximum canopy height, and fractional cover were used to estimate the aboveground biomass...
January 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106781/family-food-providers-perceptions-of-the-causes-of-obesity-and-effectiveness-of-weight-control-strategies-in-five-countries-in-the-asia-pacific-region-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Anthony Worsley, Wei Wang, Rani Sarmugam, Quynh Pham, Judhiastuty Februhartanty, Stacey Ridley
The rise of the middle classes in developing countries and the associated epidemiological transition raises the importance of assessing this population group's awareness of the causes of obesity and effective weight control strategies in order to develop effective health promotion strategies. The study aimed to examine the perceptions of the causes of obesity and weight control strategies held by middle class household food providers in Melbourne, Singapore, Shanghai, Indonesia and Vietnam. An online survey was conducted in late 2013, early 2014 among 3945 respondents...
January 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106773/determinants-of-serum-glycerophospholipid-fatty-acids-in-cystic-fibrosis
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Sławomira Drzymała-Czyż, Patrycja Krzyżanowska, Berthold Koletzko, Jan Nowak, Anna Miśkiewicz-Chotnicka, Jerzy A Moczko, Aleksandra Lisowska, Jarosław Walkowiak
The etiology of altered blood fatty acid (FA) composition in cystic fibrosis (CF) is understood only partially. We aimed to investigate the determinants of serum glycerophospholipids' FAs in CF with regard to the highest number of FAs and in the largest cohort to date. The study comprised 172 CF patients and 30 healthy subjects (HS). We assessed Fas' profile (gas chromatography/mass spectrometry), CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) genotype, spirometry, fecal elastase-1, body height and weight Z-scores, liver disease, diabetes and colonization by Pseudomonas aeruginosa...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106763/development-of-a-gnss-buoy-for-monitoring-water-surface-elevations-in-estuaries-and-coastal-areas
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Yen-Pin Lin, Ching-Jer Huang, Sheng-Hsueh Chen, Dong-Jiing Doong, Chia Chuen Kao
In this work, a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) buoy that utilizes a Virtual Base Station (VBS) combined with the Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) positioning technology was developed to monitor water surface elevations in estuaries and coastal areas. The GNSS buoy includes a buoy hull, a RTK GNSS receiver, data-transmission devices, a data logger, and General Purpose Radio Service (GPRS) modems for transmitting data to the desired land locations. Laboratory and field tests were conducted to test the capability of the buoy and verify the accuracy of the monitored water surface elevations...
January 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106719/body-adiposity-index-performance-in-estimating-body-fat-percentage-in-colombian-college-students-findings-from-the-fuprecol-adults-study
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Robinson Ramírez-Vélez, Jorge Enrique Correa-Bautista, Katherine González-Ruíz, Andrés Vivas, Héctor Reynaldo Triana-Reina, Javier Martínez-Torres, Daniel Humberto Prieto-Benavides, Hugo Alejandro Carrillo, Jeison Alexander Ramos-Sepúlveda, Emilio Villa-González, Antonio García-Hermoso
Recently, a body adiposity index (BAI = (hip circumference)/((height)(1.5))(-18)) was developed and validated in adult populations. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of BAI in estimating percentage body fat (BF%) in a sample of Colombian collegiate young adults. The participants were comprised of 903 volunteers (52% females, mean age = 21.4 years ± 3.3). We used the Lin's concordance correlation coefficient, linear regression, Bland-Altman's agreement analysis, concordance correlation coefficient (ρc) and the coefficient of determination (R²) between BAI, and BF%; by bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA))...
January 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106704/rapid-spontaneously-resolving-acute-subdural-hematoma
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Qi Gan, Hexiang Zhao, Hanmei Zhang, Chao You
INTRODUCTION: This study reports a rare patient of a rapid spontaneously resolving acute subdural hematoma. In addition, an analysis of potential clues for the phenomenon is presented with a review of the literature. PATIENT PRESENTATION: A 1-year-and-2-month-old boy fell from a height of approximately 2 m. The patient was in a superficial coma with a Glasgow Coma Scale of 8 when he was transferred to the authors' hospital. Computed tomography revealed the presence of an acute subdural hematoma with a midline shift beyond 1 cm...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106472/sample-preparation-for-repeated-measurements-on-a-single-liquid-droplet-using-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy
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Violeta Lazic, Roberta Fantoni, Antonio Palucci, Massimiliano Ciaffi
We studied changes in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) signal intensity with the thickness of a liquid layer placed on a solid substrate, where an easily evaporating methanol sample was used. For a certain optimal liquid film thickness we obtained a manifold increase of the LIBS signal from methanol. Progressive liquid film thinning leads to a reduction and a successive disappearance of laser-induced splashes; the latter condition drastically reduces the sample consumption and allows measurements to be repeated many times on a single liquid droplet...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106318/reduced-laser-evoked-potential-habituation-detects-abnormal-central-pain-processing-in-painful-radiculopathy-patients
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P Hüllemann, C von der Brelie, G Manthey, J Düsterhöft, A K Helmers, M Synowitz, R Baron
BACKGROUND: Repetitive painful laser stimuli lead to physiological laser-evoked potential (LEP) habituation, measurable by a decrement of the N2/P2 amplitude. The time course of LEP-habituation is reduced in the capsaicin model for peripheral and central sensitization and in patients with migraine and fibromyalgia. In the present investigation, we aimed to assess the time course of LEP-habituation in a neuropathic pain syndrome, i.e. painful radiculopathy. METHODS: At the side of radiating pain, four blocks of 25 painful laser stimuli each were applied to the ventral thigh at the L3 dermatome in 27 patients with painful radiculopathy...
January 20, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106248/bacterial-impregnation-of-mineral-fertilizers-improves-yield-and-nutrient-use-efficiency-of-wheat
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Shakeel Ahmad, Muhammad Imran, Sabir Hussain, Sajid Mahmood, Azhar Hussain, Muhammad Hasnain
BACKGROUND: The fertilizer use efficiency (FUE) of agricultural crops is generally low which results in poor crop yields and low economic benefits to the farmers. Among the various approaches used to enhance FUE, impregnation of mineral fertilizers with plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB) is attracting a worldwide attention. The present study was aimed to improve growth, yield and nutrient use efficiency of wheat by bacterially impregnated mineral fertilizers. RESULTS: Results of the pot study revealed that impregnation of diammonium phosphate (DAP) and urea with PGPB was helpful in enhancing the growth, yield, photosynthetic rate, nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) and phosphorus use efficiency (PUE) of wheat...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105961/associations-between-obesity-indicators-and-blood-pressure-in-chinese-adult-twins
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Chunxiao Liao, Wenjing Gao, Weihua Cao, Jun Lv, Canqing Yu, Shengfeng Wang, Qian Zhao, Zengchang Pang, Liming Cong, Hua Wang, Xianping Wu, Liming Li
Obesity is associated with blood pressure (BP), but the associations between different obesity indicators and BP have not reached agreement. Besides, both obesity and BP are influenced by genetic and environmental factors. Whether they share the same genetic or environmental etiology has not been fully understood. We therefore analyzed the relationship between different obesity indicators and BP components as well as the genetic and environmental contributions to these relationships in a Chinese adult twin sample...
February 2017: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105865/lower-extremity-variability-changes-with-drop-landing-height-manipulations
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Andrew D Nordin, Janet S Dufek
Landing is a common lower extremity injury mechanism in sport, with potential connections to movement control accessed through variability measures. We investigated intra-subject lower extremity variability changes following drop-landing height manipulations using standard deviation (SD) and coefficient of variation (CV) among lower extremity peak sagittal joint angles and moments. Fourteen healthy participants completed five drop-landing trials from five heights 20%, 60%, 100%, 140% and 180% maximum vertical jump height (MVJH)...
January 20, 2017: Research in Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105755/morphometric-changes-in-polish-konik-mares-after-nearly-a-hundred-years-of-the-breed-s-existence
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E Pasicka, K Tarnawski, A Chrószcz, H Geringer de Oedenberg
The study was carried out on 126 mares of the Polish Konik horse breed. Mares were bred under a stable system housing and they came from five leading conservation breeding centres. The mares were divided into three age groups: 3-5 years old, 6-9 years old and over 10 years old. Each animal was characterized using 40 morphometric measurements. Discriminant analysis proved the exterior differences of mares in terms of the analysed metric values. It was concluded that the morphotype of modern Polish Konik mares is statistically significantly influenced by the following traits: neck ventral length, forearm circumference, distance between the vascular notch (incisura vasorum facialium) and the oral angle (angulus oris), distance between the margo coronalis ungulae and the margo solearis ungulae of the thoracic limb, thorax circumference and pelvis width...
January 20, 2017: Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105589/maxillary-segmental-osteoperiosteal-flap-with-simultaneous-placement-of-dental-implants-case-report-of-a-novel-technique
#19
Tibebu Tsegga, Thomas Wright
Dental restorative space from the opposing dentition requires adequate distance for restorative material for an acceptable restoration. Typically, long-standing edentulous alveolar ridges will have vertical and or horizontal defects that require alveolar ridge augmentation for ideal dental implant restorations. Along with these defects, one will see the opposing dentition supra erupt which can obliterate the restorative space. Multiple surgical techniques have been described to address these dilemmas. The use of osteoperiosteal flaps has been described to address vertical height deficiencies...
December 2017: International Journal of Implant Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105496/cirse-guidelines-on-percutaneous-vertebral-augmentation
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Georgia Tsoumakidou, Chow Wei Too, Guillaume Koch, Jean Caudrelier, Roberto Luigi Cazzato, Julien Garnon, Afshin Gangi
Vertebral compression fracture (VCF) is an important cause of severe debilitating back pain, adversely affecting quality of life, physical function, psychosocial performance, mental health and survival. Different vertebral augmentation procedures (VAPs) are used in order to consolidate the VCFs, relief pain,and whenever posible achieve vertebral body height restoration. In the present review we give the indications, contraindications, safety profile and outcomes of the existing percutaneous VAPs.
January 19, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
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