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Radu Darie, Marc Powell, David Borton
Intracortical somatosensory interfaces have now entered the clinical domain. Darie et al. explore the implications of research published in Science Translational Medicine by Flesher et al. (2016), discuss how to design such a system given current technology, and question how to effectively communicate with users about their experience.
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229538/biological-control-of-appetite-a-daunting-complexity
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Paul S MacLean, John E Blundell, Julie A Mennella, Rachel L Batterham
OBJECTIVE: This review summarizes a portion of the discussions of an NIH Workshop (Bethesda, MD, 2015) titled "Self-Regulation of Appetite-It's Complicated," which focused on the biological aspects of appetite regulation. METHODS: This review summarizes the key biological inputs of appetite regulation and their implications for body weight regulation. RESULTS: These discussions offer an update of the long-held, rigid perspective of an "adipocentric" biological control, taking a broader view that also includes important inputs from the digestive tract, from lean mass, and from the chemical sensory systems underlying taste and smell...
March 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229474/residents-engagement-in-everyday-activities-and-its-association-with-thriving-in-nursing-homes-a-cross-sectional-study
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Sabine Björk, Marie Lindkvist, Anders Wimo, Christina Juthberg, Ådel Bergland, David Edvardsson
AIM: To describe the prevalence of everyday activity engagement for older people in nursing homes and the extent to which engagement in everyday activities is associated with thriving. BACKGROUND: Research into residents' engagement in everyday activities in nursing homes has focused primarily on associations with quality of life and prevention and management of neuropsychiatric symptoms. However, the mere absence of symptoms do not necessarily guarantee experiences of well-being...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229217/foxo3-estrogen-receptor-alpha-and-androgen-receptor-impact-tumor-growth-rate-and-infiltration-of-dendritic-cell-subsets-differentially-between-male-and-female-mice
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Matthew G Thompson, Daniel S Peiffer, Michelle Larson, Flor Navarro, Stephanie K Watkins
Tumors evade immune recognition and destruction in many ways including the creation of an immune-suppressive tumor microenvironment (TME). Dendritic cells (DC) that infiltrate the TME are tolerogenic, and suppress effector T cells and anti-tumor activity. Previous reports demonstrated that a key regulator of tolerance in DC is the transcription factor FOXO3. Gender disparity has been studied in cancer in relation to incidence, aggressiveness, and prognosis. Few studies have touched on the importance in relation to impact on the immune system...
February 22, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229020/an-open-source-device-for-operant-licking-in-rats
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Matthew Longley, Ethan L Willis, Cindy X Tay, Hao Chen
We created an easy-to-use device for operant licking experiments and another device that records environmental variables. Both devices use the Raspberry Pi computer to obtain data from multiple input devices (e.g., radio frequency identification tag readers, touch and motion sensors, environmental sensors) and activate output devices (e.g., LED lights, syringe pumps) as needed. Data gathered from these devices are stored locally on the computer but can be automatically transferred to a remote server via a wireless network...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228630/social-activities-of-older-men-who-require-daily-support-and-the-purpose-of-such-activities
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Michiyo Hirano, Kazuko Saeki, Izumi Ueda, Hikaru Honda, Yoshiko Mizuno
Objectives The purpose of this study was to analyze the social activities of older men who require daily support, and to clarify the purpose of such activities, in order to develop effective living support and preventive long-term care service, suitable for this population.Methods Individual, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 older men. Data were analyzed using inductive and qualitative methods.Results Four categories of social activities were identified, and four categories of purposes of these social activities were extracted...
2017: [Nihon Kōshū Eisei Zasshi] Japanese Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227952/smartstuff-a-case-study-of-a-smart-water-bottle
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Emil Jovanov, Vindhya R Nallathimmareddygari, Jonathan E Pryor, Emil Jovanov, Vindhya R Nallathimmareddygari, Jonathan E Pryor, Vindhya R Nallathimmareddygari, Emil Jovanov, Jonathan E Pryor
The rapid growth of Internet of Things (IoT) and miniature wearable biosensors have generated new opportunities for personalized eHealth and mHealth services. Smart objects equipped with physiological sensors can provide robust monitoring of activities of daily living and context for wearable physiological sensors. We present a case study of an intelligent water bottle that can precisely measure the amount of liquid in the bottle, monitor activity using inertial sensors, and physiological parameters using a touch and photoplethysmographic sensor...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227566/somatosensory-encoding-with-cuneate-nucleus-microstimulation-detection-of-artificial-stimuli
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Srihari Y Sritharan, Andrew G Richardson, Pauline K Weigand, Ivette Planell-Mendez, Xilin Liu, Hongjie Zhu, Milin Zhang, Jan Van der Spiegel, Timothy H Lucas, Srihari Y Sritharan, Andrew G Richardson, Pauline K Weigand, Ivette Planell-Mendez, Xilin Liu, Hongjie Zhu, Milin Zhang, Jan Van der Spiegel, Timothy H Lucas, Srihari Y Sritharan, Andrew G Richardson, Milin Zhang, Jan Van der Spiegel, Pauline K Weigand, Xilin Liu, Timothy H Lucas, Hongjie Zhu, Ivette Planell-Mendez
The sense of touch and proprioception are critical to movement control. After spinal cord injury, these senses may be restored with direct, electrical microstimulation of the brain as part of a complete sensorimotor neuroprosthesis. The present study was designed to test, in part, the hypothesis that the cuneate nucleus (CN) of the brainstem is a suitable site to encode somatosensory information. Two rhesus macaques were implanted with microelectrode arrays providing chronic access to the CN. The monkeys were trained on an active touch oddity task to detect vibrotactile stimuli...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227284/on-the-pleasantness-of-a-haptic-stimulation-how-different-textures-can-be-recognized-through-heart-rate-variability-nonlinear-analysis
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Mimma Nardelli, Alberto Greco, Matteo Bianchi, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Gaetano Valenza, Mimma Nardelli, Alberto Greco, Matteo Bianchi, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Gaetano Valenza, Gaetano Valenza, Mimma Nardelli, Alberto Greco, Matteo Bianchi
The hedonic attributes of cutaneous elicitation play a crucial role in everyday life, influencing our behavior and psychophysical state. However, the correlation between such a hedonic aspect of touch and the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)-related physiological response, which is intimately connected to emotions, still needs to be deeply investigated. This study reports on caress-like stimuli conveyed to the forearm of 32 healthy subjects through different fabrics actuated by a haptic device, which can control both the strength (i...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223955/stability-and-variability-in-aesthetic-experience-a-review
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Thomas Jacobsen, Susan Beudt
Based on psychophysics' pragmatic dualism, we trace the cognitive neuroscience of stability and variability in aesthetic experience. With regard to different domains of aesthetic processing, we touch upon the relevance of cognitive schemata for aesthetic preference. Attitudes and preferences are explored in detail. Evolutionary constraints on attitude formation or schema generation are elucidated, just as the often seemingly arbitrary influences of social, societal, and cultural nature are. A particular focus is put on the concept of critical periods during an individual's ontogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223685/finger-posture-modulates-structural-body-representations
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Luigi Tamè, Elanah Dransfield, Thomas Quettier, Matthew R Longo
Patients with lesions of the left posterior parietal cortex commonly fail in identifying their fingers, a condition known as finger agnosia, yet are relatively unimpaired in sensation and skilled action. Such dissociations have traditionally been interpreted as evidence that structural body representations (BSR), such as the body structural description, are distinct from sensorimotor representations, such as the body schema. We investigated whether performance on tasks commonly used to assess finger agnosia is modulated by changes in hand posture...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223159/ambient-geothermal-hydrogen-sulfide-exposure-and-peripheral-neuropathy
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Karl Pope, Yuen T So, Julian Crane, Michael N Bates
The mechanism of toxicity of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas is thought mainly to operate through effects on the nervous system. The gas has high acute toxicity, but whether chronic exposure causes effects, including peripheral neuropathy, is yet unclear. The city of Rotorua, New Zealand, sits on an active geothermal field and the population has some of the highest measured ambient H2S exposures. A previous study in Rotorua provided evidence that H2S is associated with peripheral neuropathy. Using clinical methods, the present study sought to investigate and possibly confirm this association in the Rotorua population...
February 14, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222500/conventional-us-combined-with-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-imaging-arfi-for%C3%A2-prediction-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-and-the-risk-of-lymphatic-metastasis
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Huan Pu, Li-Xia Zhao, Ming-Hua Yao, Guang Xu, Hui Liu, Huixiong Xu, Rong Wu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the combination of conventional ultrasound (US) and acoustic radiation force impulse imaging (ARFI) in predicting triple-negative breast cancer and the likelihood of lymphatic metastasis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total 178 women presenting from May 2013 to September 2015 with pathologically proven triple-negative (n = 60) or hormone receptor (HR)-positive/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative breast cancer (n = 118) were reviewed...
February 4, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221845/occurrence-and-dispersal-of-indicator-bacteria-on-cucumbers-grown-horizontally-or-vertically-on-various-mulch-types
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Shirley A Micallef, Mary Theresa Callahan, Sivaranjani Pagadala
No data exist on the impact of cultivation practices on food safety risks associated with cucumber. Cucumbers are typically grown horizontally over a mulch cover, with fruit touching the ground, but this vining plant grows well in vertical systems. To assess whether production system affects bacterial dispersal onto plants, field trials were conducted over 2 years. Cucumber cultivar 'Marketmore 76' was grown horizontally on plastic, straw, or bare ground or vertically on trellises installed on bare ground in soil previously amended with raw dairy manure...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220549/somatic-psychological-and-sexual-triggers-for-overactive-bladder-syndrome-in-women
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Ariel Zilberlicht, Nir Haya, Ido Feferkorn, Eyal Goldschmidt, Anis Kaldawy, Yoram Abramov
AIMS: Patients with overactive bladder (OAB) often describe somatic, psychological, and sexual triggers for their symptoms. The aim of this study was to characterize these triggers and assess their impact on patients' symptoms and quality of life (QoL). METHODS: Patients who visited our urogynecologic clinic between August 2015 and March 2016 and diagnosed with OAB syndrome were asked to fill a questionnaire comprising 34 statements regarding SOmatic, Psychological, and Sexual Triggers for OAB (SOPSETO)...
February 21, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220051/the-effect-of-vibration-exposure-during-haul-truck-operation-on-grip-strength-touch-sensation-and-balance
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Jonisha Pollard, William Porter, Alan Mayton, Xueyan Xu, Eric Weston
Falls from mobile equipment are reported at surface mine quarry operations each year in considerable numbers. Research shows that a preponderance of falls occur while getting on/off mobile equipment. Contributing factors to the risk of falls include the usage of ladders, exiting onto a slippery surface, and foot or hand slippage. Balance issues may also contribute to fall risks for mobile equipment operators who are exposed to whole-body vibration (WBV). For this reason, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Office of Mine Safety and Health Research conducted a study at four participating mine sites with seven haul truck operators...
January 2017: International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219804/the-immediate-cardiovascular-response-to-joint-mobilization-of-the-neck-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-in-pain-free-adults
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Emmanuel Y Yung, Cheongeun Oh, Michael S Wong, Jason K Grimes, Erica M Barton, Muhammad I Ali, David Cameron
BACKGROUND: Some normotensive patients can have a spike in resting systolic blood pressure (SBP) in response to acute neck pain. Applying the typical dosage of mobilization may potentially result in a sympatho-excitatory response, further increasing resting SBP. Therefore, there is a need to explore other dosage regimens that could result in a decrease in SBP. OBJECTIVES: To compare the blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) response of pain-free, normotensive adults when receiving unilateral posterior-to-anterior mobilization (PA) applied to the neck versus its corresponding placebo (PA-P)...
February 4, 2017: Musculoskelet Sci Pract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217423/test-retest-reliability-of-the-closed-kinetic-chain-upper-extremity-stability-test-ckcuest-in-adolescents-reliability-of-ckcuest-in-adolescents
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Valéria M A de Oliveira, Ana C R Pitangui, Vinícius Y S Nascimento, Hítalo A da Silva, Muana H P Dos Passos, Rodrigo C de Araújo
BACKGROUND: The Closed Kinetic Chain Upper Extremity Stability Test (CKCUEST) has been proposed as an option to assess upper limb function and stability; however, there are few studies that support the use of this test in adolescents. PURPOSE: The purpose of the present study was to investigate the intersession reliability and agreement of three CKCUEST scores in adolescents and establish clinimetric values for this test. STUDY DESIGN: Test-retest reliability...
February 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217264/eight-essential-foods-in-iranian-traditional-medicine-and-their-role-in-health-promotion-and-well-being
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REVIEW
Mehrdad Zeinalian, Mehdi Eshaghi, Mahdi Hadian, Homayoun Naji, Sayed Mohammad Masoud Marandi, Sedigheh Asgary
Eight essential foods (EEF) described in Iranian traditional medicine (ITM) have a determinant role to balance human temperament insuring health and well-being. EEF included oral, imaginary, auditory, visual, olfactory, touch, sexual, and familiarity food. Oral foods should be halal, compatible with individual temper, consumed up twice a day, and compatible with different seasons and geographic conditions. Imaginary food consists of the individual thought content which is directly related to mental and physical fitness...
2017: International Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216515/particular-morphology-of-inferior-pulmonary-veins-and-difficulty-of-cryoballoon-ablation-in-patients-with-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
#20
Ryobun Yasuoka, Takashi Kurita, Yasuhito Kotake, Naotaka Hashiguchi, Koichiro Motoki, Kazuhiro Kobuke, Yoshitaka Iwanaga, Shunichi Miyazaki
BACKGROUND: The CRYO-Japan PMS study indicated that cryoballoon ablation (Cryo-Abl) has a lower acute success rate of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for the right and left inferior PVs (RIPV and LIPV, respectively) than for the superior PVs. This study aimed to determine if the orientation and position of the inferior PVs are related to the difficulty of acute success of PVI.Methods and Results:We investigated 30 consecutive patients who underwent Cryo-Abl. A "difficult PV" was defined as the requirement for >2 cooling applications and/or touch-up ablation to achieve PVI...
February 17, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
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