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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145437/assessment-of-the-suitability-of-biodegradable-rods-for-use-in-posterior-lumbar-fusion-an-in-vitro-biomechanical-evaluation-and-finite-element-analysis
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Fon-Yih Tsuang, Yueh-Ying Hsieh, Yi-Jie Kuo, Chia-Hsien Chen, Feng-Huei Lin, Chen-Sheng Chen, Chang-Jung Chiang
Interbody fusion with posterior instrumentation is a common method for treating lumbar degenerative disc diseases. However, the high rigidity of the fusion construct may produce abnormal stresses at the adjacent segment and lead to adjacent segment degeneration (ASD). As such, biodegradable implants are becoming more popular for use in orthopaedic surgery. These implants offer sufficient stability for fusion but at a reduced stiffness. Tailored to degrade over a specific timeframe, biodegradable implants could potentially mitigate the drawbacks of conventional stiff constructs and reduce the loading on adjacent segments...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143300/effect-of-restraining-the-base-of-support-on-the-other-biomechanical-features-in-patients-with-cerebellar-ataxia
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C Conte, Mariano Serrao, L Cuius, A Ranavolo, S Conforto, F Pierelli, L Padua
This study aimed to analyze the biomechanical consequences of reducing the base of support in patients with ataxia. Specifically, we evaluated the spatio-temporal parameters, upper- and lower-body kinematics, muscle co-activation, and energy recovery and expenditure. The gaits of 13 patients were recorded using a motion analysis system in unperturbed and perturbed walking conditions. In the latter condition, patients had to walk using the same step width and speed of healthy controls. The perturbed walking condition featured reduced gait speed, step length, hip and knee range of motion, and energy recovery and increased double support duration, gait variability, trunk oscillation, and ankle joint muscle co-activation...
November 15, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143138/-pseudarthroses-of-the-long-bones
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J Everding, S Roßlenbroich, M J Raschke
Pseudarthrosis development is dependent on the presence of individual risk factors in approximately 10% as a result of fractures and are more frequently located in the region of the long bones. The development of non-union regularly results in prolonged pain and reduced functionality of the affected limb. The resulting clearly increased socioeconomic costs are caused by the complex operative treatment strategies and increased indirect costs, which include lost wages, social benefits and compensation. Altogether, non-unions require a differentiated therapeutic treatment strategy...
November 15, 2017: Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift Für Alle Gebiete der Operativen Medizen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142645/effect-of-implant-and-occlusal-load-location-on-stress-distribution-in-locator-attachments-of-mandibular-overdenture-a-finite-element-study
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Angel Alvarez-Arenal, Ignacio Gonzalez-Gonzalez, Hector deLlanos-Lanchares, Elena Martin-Fernandez, Aritza Brizuela-Velasco, Joseba Ellacuria-Echebarria
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to evaluate and compare the stress distribution in Locator attachments in mandibular two-implant overdentures according to implant locations and different loading conditions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four three-dimensional finite element models were created, simulating two osseointegrated implants in the mandible to support two Locator attachments and an overdenture. The models simulated an overdenture with implants located in the position of the level of lateral incisors, canines, second premolars, and crossed implant...
October 2017: Journal of Advanced Prosthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142585/trade-offs-in-the-production-of-animal-vocal-sequences-insights-from-the-structure-of-wild-chimpanzee-pant-hoots
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Pawel Fedurek, Klaus Zuberbühler, Stuart Semple
Background: Vocal sequences - utterances consisting of calls produced in close succession - are common phenomena in animal communication. While many studies have explored the adaptive benefits of producing such sequences, very little is known about how the costs and constraints involved in their production affect their form. Here, we investigated this issue in the chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) pant hoot, a long and structurally complex vocal sequence comprising four acoustically distinct phases - introduction, build-up, climax and let-down...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142272/individuals-of-the-common-namib-day-gecko-vary-in-how-adaptive-simplification-alters-sprint-biomechanics
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Clint E Collins, Timothy E Higham
Locomotion inextricably links biomechanics to ecology as animals maneuver through mechanically challenging environments. Faster individuals are more likely to escape predators, surviving to produce more offspring. Fast sprint speed evolved several times in lizards, including geckos. However, the underlying mechanisms determining performance await discovery in many clades. Novel morphological structures influence these mechanisms by adding complexity to the government of locomotion. Gecko adhesion coevolves with modified muscles, tendons, and reflexes...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141879/lower-limb-biomechanical-analysis-during-an-unanticipated-step-on-a-bump-reveals-specific-adaptations-of-walking-on-uneven-terrains
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Fausto A Panizzolo, Sangjun Lee, Taira Miyatake, Denise Martineli Rossi, Christopher Siviy, Jozefien Speeckaert, Ignacio Galiana, Conor J Walsh
Although it is clear that walking over different irregular terrain is associated with altered biomechanics, there is little understanding of how we quickly adapt to unexpected variations in terrain. This study aims to investigate which adaptive strategies humans adopt when performing an unanticipated step on an irregular surface, specifically a small bump. Nine healthy male participants walked at their preferred walking speed along a straight walkway during five conditions: four involving unanticipated bumps of two different heights, and one level walking condition...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141786/intraluminal-thrombus-is-associated-with-early-rupture-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm
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Stephen J Haller, Jeffrey D Crawford, Katherine M Courchaine, Colin J Bohannan, Gregory J Landry, Gregory L Moneta, Amir F Azarbal, Sandra Rugonyi
BACKGROUND: The implications of intraluminal thrombus (ILT) in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) are currently unclear. Previous studies have demonstrated that ILT provides a biomechanical advantage by decreasing wall stress, whereas other studies have associated ILT with aortic wall weakening. It is further unclear why some aneurysms rupture at much smaller diameters than others. In this study, we sought to explore the association between ILT and risk of AAA rupture, particularly in small aneurysms...
November 12, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141673/a-customized-fixation-plate-with-novel-structure-designed-by-topological-optimization-for-mandibular-angle-fracture-based-on-finite-element-analysis
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Yun-Feng Liu, Ying-Ying Fan, Xian-Feng Jiang, Dale A Baur
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to design a customized fixation plate for mandibular angle fracture using topological optimization based on the biomechanical properties of the two conventional fixation systems, and compare the results of stress, strain and displacement distributions calculated by finite element analysis (FEA). METHODS: A three-dimensional (3D) virtual mandible was reconstructed from CT images with a mimic angle fracture and a 1 mm gap between two bone segments, and then a FEA model, including volume mesh with inhomogeneous bone material properties, three loading conditions and constraints (muscles and condyles), was created to design a customized plate using topological optimization method, then the shape of the plate was referenced from the stress concentrated area on an initial part created from thickened bone surface for optimal calculation, and then the plate was formulated as "V" pattern according to dimensions of standard mini-plate finally...
November 15, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141500/considerations-for-the-use-of-functional-principal-components-analysis-in-sports-biomechanics-examples-from-on-water-rowing
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John Warmenhoven, Stephen Cobley, Conny Draper, Andrew Harrison, Norma Bargary, Richard Smith
The proliferation of new biomechanical technology in laboratory and field settings facilitates the capture of data-sets consisting of complex time-series. An understanding of the appropriate statistical approaches for analysing and interpreting these data-sets is required and the functional data analysis (FDA) family of statistical techniques has emerged in the biomechanical literature. Given the use of FDA is currently in its infancy with biomechanical data, this paper will form the first of a two part series aiming to address practical issues surrounding the application of FDA techniques in biomechanics...
November 15, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140252/generation-of-genipin-cross-linked-fibrin-agarose-hydrogels-tissue-like-models-for-tissue-engineering-applications
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Fernando Campos, Ana Belen Bonhame-Espinosa, Gerson Vizcaino, Ismael Angel Rodriguez, Daniel Durand-Herrera, Modesto T Lopez-Lopez, Indalecio Sánchez-Montesinos, Miguel Alaminos, María Del Carmen Sánchez-Quevedo, Víctor Carriel
Generation of biomimetic and biocompatible artificial tissues is the basic research objective for tissue engineering (TE). In this sense, the biofabrication of scaffolds that resemble the tissues' extracellular matrix (ECM) is an essential aim in this field. Uncompressed and nanostructured fibrin-agarose hydrogels (FAH and NFAH respectively) emerged as promising scaffold in TE, but its structure and biomechanical properties must be improved in order to broad their TE applications. Here we generated and characterized novel membrane-like models with increased structural and biomechanical properties based on the chemical cross-linking of FAH and NFAH with genipin (GP at 0...
November 15, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140183/full-title-examining-the-presence-of-back-pain-in-competitive-athletes-a-focus-on-stress-and-recovery
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Jahan Heidari, Johanna Belz, Monika Hasenbring, Jens Kleinert, Claudia Levenig, Michael Kellmann
Context - Explanatory approaches for back pain (BP) in athletes focus on biomechanical factors while neglecting psychological perspectives. Psychological factors have gained importance in the prediction of injuries in athletes and BP in the general population, with stress and recovery emerging as central risk factors. However, scarce evidence exists regarding the role of these aspects for the prevalent burden of back pain (BP). Objective - To investigate the association between stress and recovery parameters and the presence of BP...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140159/athletes-rated-as-poor-single-leg-squat-performers-display-measureable-differences-in-single-leg-squat-biomechanics-compared-to-good-performers
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Lachlan E Garrick, Bryce C Alexander, Anthony G Schache, Marcus G Pandy, Kay M Crossley, Natalie J Collins
CONTEXT: It is important to validate single-leg squat visual rating criteria used in clinical practice and research. Foot orthoses may improve single-leg squat performance in those who demonstrate biomechanics associated with increased risk of lower-limb injury. OBJECTIVE: Validate visual rating criteria proposed by Crossley et al, by determining whether athletes rated as poor single-leg squat performers display different single-leg squat biomechanics than good performers; and evaluate immediate effects of foot orthoses on single-leg squat biomechanics in poor performers...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139573/gait-patterns-symptoms-and-function-in-patients-with-isolated-tibiofemoral-osteoarthritis-and-combined-tibiofemoral-and-patellofemoral-osteoarthritis
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Harvi F Hart, Kay M Crossley, Michael A Hunt
The purpose of this study was to compare hip and knee biomechanics during walking in individuals with isolated TFOA, combined TFOA and PFOA, and those without knee OA, and to compare patient-reported symptoms and function in individuals with isolated TFOA and those with combined TFOA and PFOA. Participants with and without knee OA were assessed and categorized into (i) no OA, (ii) isolated TFOA, and (iii) combined TFOA and PFOA, based on Kellgren and Lawrence diagnostic criteria. Quantitative motion analyses were conducted during walking, and hip and knee kinematics and external moments were calculated...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139536/planar-polarity-of-the-extraembryonic-epithelia-in-the-preimplantation-porcine-conceptus
#15
Jacques-Edmond Flechon
The present review deals with the trophoblast structure during the free intrauterine life of the pig blastocyst. The term trophoblast is used here to describe the association of the first extraembryonic cell layers, the trophectoderm and the primitive endoderm that are polarized epithelia, a fact established by ultrastructural and immunocytochemical data. The aim of this synthesis is to gather the relative works dispersed in the litterature and to explain the implication of the planar polarity of these cell layers on their developmental fate and roles...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139053/incorporating-tissue-anisotropy-and-heterogeneity-in-finite-element-models-of-trabecular-bone-altered-predicted-local-stress-distributions
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Max A Hammond, Joseph M Wallace, Matthew R Allen, Thomas Siegmund
Trabecular bone is composed of organized mineralized collagen fibrils, which results in heterogeneous and anisotropic mechanical properties at the tissue level. Recently, biomechanical models computing stresses and strains in trabecular bone have indicated a significant effect of tissue heterogeneity on predicted stresses and strains. However, the effect of the tissue-level mechanical anisotropy on the trabecular bone biomechanical response is unknown. Here, a computational method was established to automatically impose physiologically relevant orientation inherent in trabecular bone tissue on a trabecular bone microscale finite element model...
November 14, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138823/mechanical-strain-promotes-osteogenic-differentiation-of-bone-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-ovariectomized-rats-via-the-phosphoinositide-3%C3%A2-kinase-akt-signaling-pathway
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Ningjuan Ouyang, Peng Zhang, Runqing Fu, Guofang Shen, Lingyong Jiang, Bing Fang
Osteoporosis has become an overwhelming public health problem worldwide. As an elementary physiological factor to regulate bone formation and regeneration, mechanical strain may be used as a non‑invasive intervention in osteoporosis prevention and treatment. However, little is known regarding the underlying mechanism. The aim of the current study was to investigate the effect of continuous mechanical strain (CMS) on osteogenic differentiation of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) from ovariectomized rats (OVX BMSCs)...
November 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138449/haemodynamic-recovery-properties-of-the-torsioned-testicular-artery-lumen
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Selda Goktas, Ozlem Yalcin, Erhan Ermek, Senol Piskin, Can T Capraz, Yusuf O Cakmak, Kerem Pekkan
Testicular artery torsion (twisting) is one such severe vascular condition that leads spermatic cord injury. In this study, we investigate the recovery response of a torsioned ram testicular artery in an isolated organ-culture flow loop with clinically relevant twisting modes (90°, 180°, 270° and 360° angles). Quantitative optical coherence tomography technique was employed to track changes in the lumen diameter, wall thickness and the three-dimensional shape of the vessel in the physiological pressure range (10-50 mmHg)...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137893/advances-in-the-evaluation-of-bone-health-in-kidney-transplant-patients
#19
María José Pérez-Sáez, Daniel Prieto-Alhambra, Adolfo Díez-Pérez, Julio Pascual
Bone disease related to chronic kidney disease and, particularly, to kidney transplant patients is a common cause or morbidity and mortality, especially due to a higher risk of osteoporotic fractures. Despite the fact that this has been known for decades, to date, an appropriate diagnostic strategy has yet to be established. Apart from bone biopsy, which is invasive and scarcely used, no other technique is available to accurately establish the risk of fracture in kidney patients. Techniques applied to the general population, such as bone densitometry, have not been subjected to sufficient external validation and their use is not systematic...
November 11, 2017: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137658/comparison-of-three-different-fixation-constructs-for-radial-neck-fractures-a-biomechanical-study
#20
Hongwei Chen, Dengying Wu, Tianlong Pan, Jun Pan, Rui Zhang, Xuchao Shi
BACKGROUND: Fixation of radial neck fractures can be achieved with a plate and screw construct or with two screws. This study evaluated the biomechanical properties of three different fixation methods following radial neck fractures. METHODS: Twenty-four fourth-generation composite radii were sawed to simulate an unstable radial neck fracture. They were then instrumented with a plate and screw construct or two different orientations (crossed and parallel) of screw fixation...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
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