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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818160/determination-of-mean-glycated-haemoglobin-in-healthy-adults-of-a-local-population
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Sumbal Nida, Dilshad Ahmed Khan, Aamir Ijaz, Muhammad Qaiser Alam Khan, Hira Aleef, Maria Abbasi
OBJECTIVE: To determine the mean hemoglobin HbA1C levels of disease-free adults in a local population and its optimum cutoff for the diagnosis of diabetes. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Department of Chemical Pathology and Endocrinology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Rawalpindi, from January to September 2015. METHODOLOGY: Healthy subjects aged 18 years and above of either gender were recruited from local population...
July 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816618/ground-reaction-forces-produced-by-two-different-hockey-skating-arm-swing-techniques
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Julie Hayward-Ellis, Marion J L Alexander, Cheryl M Glazebrook, Jeff Leiter
The arm swing in hockey skating can have a positive effect on the forces produced by each skate, and the resulting velocity from each push off. The main purpose of this study was to measure the differences in ground reaction forces (GRFs) produced from an anteroposterior versus a mediolateral style hockey skating arm swing. Twenty-four elite-level female hockey players performed each technique while standing on a ground-mounted force platform, and all trials were filmed using two video cameras. Force data was assessed for peak scaled GRFs in the frontal and sagittal planes, and resultant GRF magnitude and direction...
August 17, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814054/crux-a-compliant-robotic-upper-extremity-exosuit-for-lightweight-portable-multi-joint-muscular-augmentation
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Steven Lessard, Pattawong Pansodtee, Ash Robbins, Leya Breanna Baltaxe-Admony, James M Trombadore, Mircea Teodorescu, Adrian Agogino, Sri Kurniawan
Wearable robots can potentially offer their users enhanced stability and strength. These augmentations are ideally designed to actuate harmoniously with the user's movements and provide extra force as needed. The creation of such robots, however, is particularly challenging due to the underlying complexity of the human body. In this paper, we present a compliant, robotic exosuit for upper extremities called CRUX. This exosuit, inspired by tensegrity models of the human arm, features a lightweight (1.3 kg), flexible multi-joint design for portable augmentation...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814013/a-third-arm-design-of-a-bypass-prosthesis-enabling-incorporation
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Adam W Wilson, Daniel H Blustein, Jon W Sensinger
A variety of factors affect the performance of a person using a myoelectric prosthesis, including increased control noise, reduced sensory feedback, and muscle fatigue. Many studies use able-bodied subjects to control a myoelectric prosthesis using a bypass socket in order to make comparisons to movements made with intact limbs. Depending on the goals of the study, this approach can also allow for greater subject numbers and more statistical power in the analysis of the results. As we develop assessment tools and techniques to evaluate how peripheral nerve interfaces impact prosthesis incorporation, involving normally limbed subjects in the studies becomes challenging...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813995/a-novel-human-effort-estimation-method-for-knee-assistive-exoskeletons
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Lorenzo Saccares, Anais Brygo, Ioannis Sarakoglou, Nikos G Tsagarakis
In this work we present a novel method to estimate online the torques at the knee joints with the goal to generate reference signals for knee assistive devices. One of the main advantages of the proposed approach is its reduced sensing requirements, which leads to an ergonomic setup with minimal instrumentation, especially above the knee and of the upper body. Indeed, only the measurement of the forces and torques exchanged between the ground and the user's feet, the posture of the shanks, and the model of the user's shank itself are needed for the estimation of the knee torque...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813984/a-passive-wrist-with-switchable-stiffness-for-a-body-powered-hydraulically-actuated-hand-prosthesis
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Federico Montagnani, Gerwin Smit, Marco Controzzi, Christian Cipriani, Dick H Plettenburg
State of art upper limb prostheses lack several degrees of freedom (DoF) and force the individuals to compensate for them by changing the motions of their arms and body. Such movements often yield to articulation injuries, nonetheless these could be prevented by adding DoFs, for instance, an articulated passive wrist. Available stiff or compliant wrists with passive flexion/extension and/or radial/ulnar deviation are sub-optimal solutions. Indeed, stiff wrists induce the individuals wearing them to perform exaggerated compensatory movements during the reaching phase while compliant wrists proved to be unpractical while manipulating heavy objects...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813929/soft-brain-machine-interfaces-for-assistive-robotics-a-novel-control-approach
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Lucia Schiatti, Jacopo Tessadori, Giacinto Barresi, Leonardo S Mattos, Arash Ajoudani
Robotic systems offer the possibility of improving the life quality of people with severe motor disabilities, enhancing the individual's degree of independence and interaction with the external environment. In this direction, the operator's residual functions must be exploited for the control of the robot movements and the underlying dynamic interaction through intuitive and effective human-robot interfaces. Towards this end, this work aims at exploring the potential of a novel Soft Brain-Machine Interface (BMI), suitable for dynamic execution of remote manipulation tasks for a wide range of patients...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813900/mechanical-design-of-efw-exo-ii-a-hybrid-exoskeleton-for-elbow-forearm-wrist-rehabilitation
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Hui Bian, Ziye Chen, Hao Wang, Tieshi Zhao
The use of rehabilitation exoskeleton has become an important means for the treatment of stroke patients. A hybrid exoskeleton named EFW Exo II is developed for the motor function rehabilitation of elbow, forearm and wrist. The EFW Exo II is based on a parallel 2-URR/RRS mechanism and a serial R mechanism. It could fit both left and right arms for the symmetrical and open structure, and the distance between the elbow and wrist could automatically adjust for different forearm length. Details of the mechanical design are introduced...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813884/design-parameters-and-torque-profile-modification-of-a-spring-assisted-hand-opening-exoskeleton-module
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Nik R Butler, Stephen A Goodwin, Joel C Perry
There is a growing demand for functional rehabilitation orthotics that can effectively assist in patient recovery from motor impairments after stroke. The hand in particular is a complex system that has proven difficult to mimic with current exoskeleton technologies. This paper presents data-driven design parameters to increase the functionality and improve the assistance profile of the ArmAssist-2.0 hand module. Improvements from the previous model include adjustable linkages to fulfill the largest population of users, new joint locations to more accurately represent biomechanics of the hand, and a more impairment-appropriate torque profile to assist in hand opening, adjustable through interchangeable springs...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813880/series-elastic-actuation-of-an-elbow-rehabilitation-exoskeleton-with-axis-misalignment-adaptation
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Kuan-Yi Wu, Yin-Yu Su, Ying-Lung Yu, Kuei-You Lin, Chao-Chieh Lan
Powered exoskeletons can facilitate rehabilitation of patients with upper limb disabilities. Designs using rotary motors usually result in bulky exoskeletons to reduce the problem of moving inertia. This paper presents a new linearly actuated elbow exoskeleton that consists of a slider crank mechanism and a linear motor. The linear motor is placed beside the upper arm and closer to shoulder joint. Thus better inertia properties can be achieved while lightweight and compactness are maintained. A passive joint is introduced to compensate for the exoskeleton-elbow misalignment and intersubject size variation...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813799/toward-emg-controlled-force-field-generation-for-training-and-rehabilitation-from-movement-data-to-muscle-geometry
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Nicola Lotti, Vittorio Sanguinati
EMG signals are often used to control prostheses or assistive devices, but have been rarely used in rehabilitation. We propose a novel approach to personalised rehabilitation, based on EMG-driven force field adaptation. As a step toward this direction, here we show how EMG activity and movement data during a robot-assisted motor task can be used to estimate muscle geometry. We compare three different models of muscle geometry, characterised by (i) constant moment arms (CM); (ii) a normative model, based on polynomial functions of joint angles with fixed coefficients (normative polynomial, NP); and (iii) a person-adaptive model, in which the same polynomial model is fitted to individual subjects data (fitted polynomial, FP)...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813796/feedforward-model-based-arm-weight-compensation-with-the-rehabilitation-robot-armin
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Fabian Just, Ozhan Ozen, Stefano Tortora, Robert Riener, Georg Rauter
Highly impaired stroke patients at early stages of recovery are unable to generate enough muscle force to lift the weight of their own arm. Accordingly, task-related training is strongly limited or even impossible. However, as soon as partial or full arm weight support is provided, patients are enabled to perform arm rehabilitation training again throughout an increased workspace. In the literature, the current solutions for providing arm weight support are mostly mechanical. These systems have components that restrict the freedom of movement or entail additional disturbances...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811773/transepithelial-corneal-crosslinking-in-treatment-of-progressive-keratoconus-12-months-clinical-results
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Bushra Akbar, Rana Intisar-Ul-Haq, Mazhar Ishaq, Sabahat Arzoo, Kashif Siddique
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of transepithelial corneal collagen cross linking (TE-CXL) with modified riboflavin and accelerated UVA irradiance in thin corneas with pachymetry less than 400 microns at thinnest point, untreatable by epithelium off corneal collagen cross linking (CXL) in adult Pakistani population with progressive keratoconus. METHODS: This quasi experimental study included twenty six eyes of 26 patients with progressive keratoconus who underwent accelerated transepithelial CXL in Armed forced institute of ophthalmology with 12 months follow up...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810988/association-between-personal-protective-equipment-use-and-injury-occurrence-among-the-republic-of-korea-armed-forces
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Tae Kyung Kim, Byung-Chan Jeon, Eunkyoung Bae, Kyoung Ki Bae, Kyu-Tae Han, Eun-Cheol Park
INTRODUCTION: Soldiers are at a higher risk of injury than people of other occupations. To date, no studies have examined the association between injury and personal protective equipment (PPE) use in the Republic of Korea (ROK) military. Thus, this study aimed to investigate possible associations between injury and PPE use in military personnel. In addition, we aimed to identify the possible interactions between injury and PPE use according to military personnel characteristics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used secondary data from the 2014-2015 Military Health Survey...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810961/resuscitation-of-hypotensive-traumatic-brain-injured-animals-with-spray-dried-plasma-does-not-adversely-alter-physiology-and-improves-blood-brain-barrier-function
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Steven McDaniel, Stephanie Golla, Anthony N Moore, Joe DaCorta, Arthur Bode, Shibani Pati, Pramod K Dash, Jing Zhao
INTRODUCTION: According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center and the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, the number of soldiers who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) has risen dramatically over the past decade. Studies have shown that brain damage can be exacerbated if blood loss occurs (often occurring in polytrauma). As blood supply is critical for brain function and survival, TBI patients must be properly resuscitated to maintain blood volume, blood pressure, and cerebral perfusion...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807935/function-of-the-hypobranchial-muscles-and-hyoidiomandibular-ligament-during-suction-capture-and-bite-processing-in-white-spotted-bamboo-sharks-chiloscyllium-plagiosum
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Jason B Ramsay, Cheryl D Wilga
Suction feeding in teleost fish is a power dependant behavior, requiring rapid and forceful expansion of the orobranchial cavity by the hypobranchial and trunk muscles. To increase power production for expansion, many species employ in-series tendons and catch mechanisms to store and release elastic strain energy. Suction feeding sharks such as Chiloscyllium plagiosum lack large in-series tendons on the hypobranchials, yet two of the hypobranchials, the coracohyoideus and coracoarcualis (CH, CA; hyoid depressors), are arranged in-series, and run deep and parallel to a third muscle, the coracomandibularis (CM, jaw depressor)...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805128/the-reception-of-broadcast-terrorism-recruitment-and-radicalisation
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Edgar Jones
The declaration of a caliphate by Islamic State in June 2014 witnessed the recruitment of increasing numbers of foreign terrorist fighters drawn from a diverse range of nations across the globe. This paper seeks to explore the appeal of extreme groups and how recruiters persuade young people to risk either their lives or lengthy terms of imprisonment. The processes of radicalization and recruitment are differentiated and compared with conventional means of encouraging individuals to enlist in state-sanctioned armed forces...
August 2017: International Review of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803815/patient-specific-contact-stress-does-not-predict-polyethylene-wear-rate-in-a-specific-pressfit-cup
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Georg Matziolis, Linda Krakow, Frank Layher, Klaus Sander, Joerg Bossert, Steffen Brodt
BACKGROUND: The most common reason for revision total hip arthroplasty remains polyethylene wear. Development dysplasia of the hip and revision situations requires a conscious compromise of implant position. The surgeon should know about the consequence on wear via a possible change in hip contact force. The objective of this study is to investigate whether annual wear is dependent on hip contact force. METHODS: Forty-five inserts (DuraLoc, DePuy) that were explanted in our department were included...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803112/in-vivo-documentation-of-shape-and-position-changes-of-mri-visible-mesh-placed-in-rectovaginal-septum
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Urbankova Iva, Sindhwani Nikhil, Callewaert Geertje, Turri Alice, Rinkijevic Rita, Hympanova Lucie, Feola Andrew, Deprest Jan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Large deformations in synthetic meshes used in pelvic organ prolapse surgery may lead to suboptimal support for the underlying tissue, graft-related complications as well as recurrence. Our aim was to quantify in vivo longitudinal changes in mesh shape and geometry in a large animal model. We compare two commonly used mesh shapes, armed and flat, that are differently affixed. The secondary outcomes were active and passive biomechanical properties. METHODS: A total of 18 animals were used...
August 5, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800278/the-antidepressant-like-effect-of-ocimum-basilicum-in-an-animal-model-of-depression
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S S Ali, M G Abd El Wahab, N N Ayuob, M Suliaman
We investigated the efficacy of Ocimum basilicum (OB) essential oils for treating depression related behavioral, biochemical and histopathological changes caused by exposure to chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) in mice and to explore the mechanism underlying the pathology. Male albino mice were divided into four groups: controls; CUMS; CUMS plus fluoxetine, the antidepressant administered for pharmacological validation of OB; and CUMS plus OB. Behavioral tests included the forced swim test (FST), elevated plus-maze (EPM) and the open field test (OFT); these tests were performed at the end of the experiment...
August 11, 2017: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
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