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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433578/a-novel-device-for-continuous-long-term-electroencephalogram-recording-and-drug-administration-in-mice-with-a-nice-powerful-and-sophisticated-wired-system
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Shigeru Watanabe, Masanori Saito, Masaki Soma, Hitoshi Miyaoka, Masami Takahashi
BACKGROUND: To elucidate mechanisms of epileptogenesis and epileptic maturation, and to develop new AEDs, it is indispensable to administer various drugs and to examine their effects on EEG over a long period of observation. NEW METHOD: We constructed a device for the continuous measurement of electroencephalography (EEG) and the infusion of anti-epileptic drugs over a prolonged period of time in moving mice. The system includes a slip ring and a swivel to prevent twisting of the recording cable and infusion tube, respectively...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433389/comparison-of-methodologies-to-assess-muscle-co-contraction-during-gait
#2
H Souissi, R Zory, J Bredin, P Gerus
The aim of this study was to compare co-contraction index (CCI) computed from muscle moments to different co-activation indexes (Co-Act) derived from EMG data at the ankle and the knee joint during gait. An EMG-driven model was used to estimate muscle moments during over-ground walking gait at a self-selected velocity from twelve healthy subjects. The CCI calculated from muscle moments was compared with three Co-Acts estimated from the normalized EMG data. The co-activation methods produced lower values than the CCI during the first double-support and the swing phase at the ankle joint and during the stance phase at the knee joint...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433387/how-do-rocker-soled-shoes-influence-the-knee-adduction-moment-in-people-with-knee-osteoarthritis-an-analysis-of-biomechanical-mechanisms
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Elizabeth G Madden, Crystal O Kean, Tim V Wrigley, Kim L Bennell, Rana S Hinman
The primary objective was to examine mechanisms behind previously observed changes in the knee adduction moment (KAM) with rocker-soled shoes, in participants sub-grouped according to whether they experienced an immediate decrease, or increase, in peak KAM. In subgroups where frontal plane knee ground reaction force (GRF) lever-arm emerged as a significant predictor, a secondary aim was to examine biomechanical factors that contributed to change in this parameter. Thirty individuals with symptomatic, radiographic knee osteoarthritis (OA) underwent 3D gait analysis in unstable rocker-soled shoes and non-rocker-soled shoes...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427997/distinct-sequences-and-post-translational-modifications-in-cardiac-atrial-and-ventricular-myosin-light-chains-revealed-by-top-down-mass-spectrometry
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Zachery R Gregorich, Wenxuan Cai, Ziqing Lin, Albert J Chen, Ying Peng, Takushi Kohmoto, Ying Ge
Myosin is the principal component of the thick filaments that, through interactions with the actin thin filaments, mediates force production during muscle contraction. Myosin is a hexamer, consisting of two heavy chains, each associated with an essential (ELC) and a regulatory (RLC) light chain, which bind the lever-arm of the heavy chain and play important modulatory roles in striated muscle contraction. Nevertheless, a comprehensive assessment of the sequences of the ELC and RLC isoforms, as well as their post-translational modifications, in the heart remains lacking...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423435/-pathogen-spectrum-of-complex-wounds-in-germany-from-war-zones
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Hans Joachim Riesner, Benedikt Friemert, Patricia Lang, Hans Georg Palm, Arnold J Suda
Background Treatment of the injured from war zones with wounds with multi-resistant pathogens is becoming more common in Germany, especially in German Armed Forces Hospitals. In most cases, the pre-treatment of these patients has been inadequate and they have a high load of rare pathogens. In Germany, hospitals have to evaluate these pathogens by law. The aim of this study was to review current German guidelines and data on the array of pathogens of complex trauma wounds in Germany and to compare patients with wounds and multi-resistant pathogens from war zones treated in Germany...
April 19, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423273/conformational-dynamics-of-mechanically-compliant-dna-nanostructures-from-coarse-grained-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Ze Shi, Carlos E Castro, Gaurav Arya
Structural DNA nanotechnology, the assembly of rigid 3D structures of complex yet precise geometries, has recently been used to design dynamic, mechanically compliant nanostructures with tunable equilibrium conformations and conformational distributions. Here we use coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations to provide insights into the conformational dynamics of a set of mechanically compliant DNA nanostructures-DNA hinges that use single-stranded DNA "springs" to tune the equilibrium conformation of a layered double-stranded DNA "joint" connecting two stiff "arms" constructed from DNA helix bundles...
April 24, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423017/auxotonic-to-isometric-contraction-transitioning-in-a-beating-heart-causes-myosin-step-size-to-down-shift
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Thomas P Burghardt, Xiaojing Sun, Yihua Wang, Katalin Ajtai
Myosin motors in cardiac ventriculum convert ATP free energy to the work of moving blood volume under pressure. The actin bound motor cyclically rotates its lever-arm/light-chain complex linking motor generated torque to the myosin filament backbone and translating actin against resisting force. Previous research showed that the unloaded in vitro motor is described with high precision by single molecule mechanical characteristics including unitary step-sizes of approximately 3, 5, and 8 nm and their relative step-frequencies of approximately 13, 50, and 37%...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422346/does-limb-partitioning-and-positioning-affect-acute-cardiorespiratory-responses-during-strength-exercises-in-patients-with-copd
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Priscila Robles, Tamara Araujo, Dina Brooks, Karl Zabjek, Tania Janaudis-Ferreira, Susan Marzolini, Roger Goldstein, Sunita Mathur
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Cardiorespiratory responses and symptoms in response to endurance exercise in patients with COPD vary with the number and position of involved limbs. Responses to such variations have never been quantified for strength exercises. We therefore assessed acute cardiorespiratory responses during brief bouts of weight lifting exercises. METHODS: We compared double- versus single-limb leg extensions and arm elevations, as well as arm elevation done above or below shoulder level in patients with moderate to severe COPD (n = 10, 6 males, 66 (8...
April 19, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421179/synergy-based-bilateral-port-a-universal-control-module-for-tele-manipulation-frameworks-using-asymmetric-master-slave-systems
#9
Anais Brygo, Ioannis Sarakoglou, Giorgio Grioli, Nikos Tsagarakis
Endowing tele-manipulation frameworks with the capability to accommodate a variety of robotic hands is key to achieving high performances through permitting to flexibly interchange the end-effector according to the task considered. This requires the development of control policies that not only cope with asymmetric master-slave systems but also whose high-level components are designed in a unified space in abstraction from the devices specifics. To address this dual challenge, a novel synergy port is developed that resolves the kinematic, sensing, and actuation asymmetries of the considered system through generating motion and force feedback references in the hardware-independent hand postural synergy space...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416900/measurement-errors-when-estimating-the-vertical-jump-height-with-flight-time-using-photocell-devices-the-example-of-optojump
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A Attia, W Dhahbi, A Chaouachi, J Padulo, D P Wong, K Chamari
Common methods to estimate vertical jump height (VJH) are based on the measurements of flight time (FT) or vertical reaction force. This study aimed to assess the measurement errors when estimating the VJH with flight time using photocell devices in comparison with the gold standard jump height measured by a force plate (FP). The second purpose was to determine the intrinsic reliability of the Optojump photoelectric cells in estimating VJH. For this aim, 20 subjects (age: 22.50±1.24 years) performed maximal vertical jumps in three modalities in randomized order: the squat jump (SJ), counter-movement jump (CMJ), and CMJ with arm swing (CMJarm)...
March 2017: Biology of Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415377/delay-induced-depinning-of-localized-structures-in-a-spatially-inhomogeneous-swift-hohenberg-model
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Felix Tabbert, Christian Schelte, Mustapha Tlidi, Svetlana V Gurevich
We report on the dynamics of localized structures in an inhomogeneous Swift-Hohenberg model describing pattern formation in the transverse plane of an optical cavity. This real order parameter equation is valid close to the second-order critical point associated with bistability. The optical cavity is illuminated by an inhomogeneous spatial Gaussian pumping beam and subjected to time-delayed feedback. The Gaussian injection beam breaks the translational symmetry of the system by exerting an attracting force on the localized structure...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414364/experimental-analysis-of-stress-fields-of-rotating-structural-elements-by-means-of-reflection-photoelasticity
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Peter Frankovský, Oskar Ostertag, Eva Ostertagová, František Trebuňa, Ján Kostka, Marek Výrostek
The subject of this paper is an experimental stress analysis of a rotor with a symmetrical arm end and a rotor with an asymmetrical arm end. The main aim of this paper is to test the application of the Harmonic Star Method software developed by the authors. This software analyzes stress states in rotating structural elements. The stress state of the analyzed rotors is caused by centrifugal forces. The experiment was carried out by means of reflection photoelasticity, and the experimental solution was focused on periodical dynamic effects, which required the use of stroboscopic white light...
April 10, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411444/continuous-and-difficult-discrete-cognitive-tasks-promote-improved-stability-in-older-adults
#13
Yves Lajoie, Deborah A Jehu, Natalie Richer, Alan Chan
Directing attention away from postural control and onto a cognitive task affords the emergence of automatic control processes. Perhaps the continuous withdrawal of attention from the postural task facilitates an automatization of posture as opposed to only intermittent withdrawal; however this is unknown in the aging population. Twenty older adults (69.9±3.5years) stood with feet together on a force platform for 60s while performing randomly assigned discrete and continuous cognitive tasks. Participants were instructed to stand comfortably with their arms by their sides while verbally responding to the auditory stimuli as fast as possible during the discrete tasks, or mentally performing the continuous cognitive tasks...
April 3, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408655/military-small-arms-fire-in-association-with-acute-decrements-in-lung-function
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Anne Katrine Borander, Øyvind Albert Voie, Kjetil Longva, Tor Erik Danielsen, Svein Grahnstedt, Leiv Sandvik, Johny Kongerud, Liv Ingunn Bjoner Sikkeland
OBJECTIVE: After introduction of unleaded ammunition, Norwegian Armed Forces received reports of acute respiratory symptoms in soldiers after exposure to fumes from firing the standard weapon, HK416. The aim of the present study was to examine lung function before and after exposure to fumes from HK416 in a double-blinded standardised study design using three different types of ammunition. METHODS: Fifty-four healthy, non-smoking male volunteers (19-62 years) fired the weapons for 60 min with either leaded, unleaded or 'modified' unleaded ammunition...
April 13, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406404/risk-of-daytime-transmission-of-malaria-in-the-french-guiana-rain-forest
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V Pommier de Santi, I Dusfour, E de Parseval, B Lespinet, C Nguyen, P Gaborit, R Carinci, G Hyvert, R Girod, S Briolant
Between 2008 and 2014, there were 1070 malaria cases reported in French Guiana among members of the armed forces. Most of the malaria outbreaks investigated were multifactorial and followed missions conducted at illegal gold mining sites. For example, a malaria outbreak occurred in September 2013, three weeks after the deployment of 15 soldiers at Dagobert, which is such a site. The attack rate was 53%, with seven Plasmodium vivax infections and one coinfection with both Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum...
February 1, 2017: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405732/determination-of-forces-on-a-split-palatal-screw-after-rapid-maxillary-expansion
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Valentin Javier García, Rubén López-Cancelos, Antonio Riveiro, Rafael Comesaña, Josep Maria Ustrell I Torrent, Khaled Kasem, Aida Badaoui, Mª Cristina Manzanares-Céspedes, Patricia Carvalho-Lobato
OBJECTIVES: Aim of this study was to develop a finite element model of the forces that patients with rapid maxillary expansion bear and to validate it by a mechanical test. METHODS: Computer-aided design models of the metallic screw and polymeric splint were modelled and discretized. Two forces were generated and considered independently: F1 at the temporary molar (2.5 N) and F2 at the permanent molar (2.5 N). The results of the finite element analysis were used to define the strain values which the anterior and posterior arms of the rapid maxillary expansion appliance bore as a linear function of F1-F2 by calculating the strain-force coefficient δ ij ...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics, Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402197/minimal-residual-disease-or-cure-in-mpns-rationales-and-perspectives-on-combination-therapy-with-interferon-alpha2-and-ruxolitinib
#17
Mads Emil Bjørn, Hans Carl Hasselbalch
The therapeutic landscape of the Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) is markedly changing consequent to the development of JAK-inhibitors and the use of ruxolitinib (RUX) in patients with myelofibrosis (MF) and patients with polycythemia vera (PV) who develop refractoriness or intolerance to hydroxyurea. The use of Interferon-alpha2 (IFN) is rapidly expanding in several countries, based upon favourable safety and efficacy profiles in several single-arm studies during the last 30 years, displaying complete hematological remissions in a large proportion of patients, a reduction in the JAK2V617 F and CALR mutational burden and in a subset of patients with PV with normalisation of the bone marrow after long-term treatment - even being sustained for several years after discontinuation of IFN...
April 12, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400246/the-effects-of-captivity-survival-training-on-mood-dissociation-ptsd-symptoms-cognitive-performance-and-stress-hormones
#18
Cindy Suurd Ralph, Oshin Vartanian, Harris R Lieberman, Charles A Morgan, Bob Cheung
In the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Conduct After Capture (CAC) training is a 4-day captivity survival course during which soldiers are exposed to increasing stress, and evaluated on their ability to accomplish military objectives. We hypothesized that: (a) compared to baseline, CAC training would cause significant, reversible perturbations in measures of psychological functioning and serum and salivary stress hormone levels relevant to models of stress hardiness and vulnerability; and (b) deviations from baseline would be maximal at the time point of most intense stress during training...
April 8, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399791/highly-palatable-food-access-during-adolescence-increased-anxiety-depression-like-behaviors-in-male-but-not-in-female-rats
#19
Jin Young Kim, Doyun Kim, Kyungpyo Park, Jong-Ho Lee, Jeong Won Jahng
OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted to examine the sexual dimorphic effects of highly palatable food (HPF) access during adolescence on the neurochemistry and depression-/anxiety-like behaviors of rats. METHODS: Male and female Sprague-Dawley pups had free access to chocolate cookie rich in fat (HPF) from postnatal day 28 in addition to ad libitum chow, and the control groups received only chow. The food conditions were continued throughout the entire experimental period, and the neurochemical and behavioral measurements were performed during young adulthood...
April 11, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399629/total-mercury-and-methylmercury-response-in-water-sediment-and-biota-to-destratification-of-the-great-salt-lake-utah-united-states
#20
Carla Valdes, Frank J Black, Blair Stringham, Jeffrey N Collins, James R Goodman, Heidi J Saxton, Christopher R Mansfield, Joshua N Schmidt, Shu Yang, William P Johnson
Measurements of chemical and physical parameters made before and after sealing of culverts in the railroad causeway spanning the Great Salt Lake in late 2013 documented dramatic alterations in the system in response to the elimination of flow between the Great Salt Lake's north and south arms. The flow of denser, more-saline water through the culverts from the north arm (Gunnison Bay) to the south arm (Gilbert Bay) previously drove the perennial stratification of the south arm and the existence of oxic shallow brine and anoxic deep brine layers...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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