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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222582/anthropometric-and-performance-measures-to-study-talent-detection-in-youth-volleyball
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Giovanni Melchiorri, Valerio Viero, Tamara Triossi, Giuseppe Annino, Elvira Padua, Virginia Tancredi
BACKGROUND: The aim of this work was to study anthropometric and performance measurements in 60 young male volleyball players (YV) and 60 youth not active in the sport (YNA) to assess which of these would be more useful to study the characteristics of potential performers. METHODS: Eight measures to assess anthropometric characteristics, six performance measures and two tests for joint mobility were used. Also relative age and level of maturation were assessed. RESULTS: The anthropometric variables, relative age and level of maturation measured did not show statistically significant differences between groups...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222553/dual-afferent-sensory-input-training-for-voluntary-movement-after-stroke-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-study
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Seahyun Bae, Kyung-Yoon Kim
BACKGROUND: Stimulation through afferent sensory input is necessary to improve voluntary functional movement in stroke patients. OBJECTIVES: Dual-afferent sensory input, which combines electromyography-triggered functional electric stimulation (ETFES) and action observation, was investigated to determine its effects on voluntary movements in stroke patients. METHODS: This study was conducted on 18 patients with left hemiplegia diagnosed between 6 and 24 months prior...
February 8, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222551/the-top-100-cited-neurorehabilitation-papers
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Jeffrey S Kreutzer, Amma A Agyemang, David Weedon, Nathan Zasler, Melissa Oliver, Aaron A Sorensen, Saskia van Wijngaarden, Eileen Leahy
BACKGROUND: Neurorehabilitation covers a large range of disorders, treatment approaches and methods. There have been previous citation analyses of rehabilitation and of its subfields. However, there has never been a comprehensive citation analysis in neurorehabilitation. OBJECTIVE: The present study reports findings from a citation analysis of the top 100 most cited neurorehabilitation papers to describe the research trends in the field. METHODS: A de-novo keyword search of papers indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection database yielded 52,581 papers...
January 7, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222546/recovering-functional-independence-after-a-stroke-through-modified-constraint-induced-therapy
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A Doussoulin, M Arancibia, J Saiz, A Silva, M Luengo
BACKGROUND: Population ageing and changes in the epidemiological profile of neurological pathologies has resulted in an increase in patients with disabilities. Rehabilitation strategies such as Modified Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMTm) play a key role in treating patients with neurologic deficiencies and motor impairments. This intervention is intended to mitigate disability, promote maximum functional independence, and optimize social and economic participation of patients with upper extremity weakness...
January 31, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222541/augmented-effects-of-emg-biofeedback-interfaced-with-virtual-reality-on-neuromuscular-control-and-movement-coordination-during-reaching-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Ji Won Yoo, Dong Ryul Lee, Young Joo Cha, Sung Hyun You
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the present study was to compare therapeutic effects of an electromyography (EMG) biofeedback augmented by virtual reality (VR) and EMG biofeedback alone on the triceps and biceps (T:B) muscle activity imbalance and elbow joint movement coordination during a reaching motor taskOBJECTIVE: To compare therapeutic effects of an electromyography (EMG) biofeedback augmented by virtual reality (VR) and EMG biofeedback alone on the triceps and biceps muscle activity imbalance and elbow joint movement coordination during a reaching motor task in normal children and children with spastic cerebral palsy (CP)...
January 30, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222539/technologies-assessing-limb-bradykinesia-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Hasan Hasan, Dilan S Athauda, Thomas Foltynie, Alastair J Noyce
BACKGROUND: The MDS-UPDRS (Movement Disorders Society - Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale) is the most widely used scale for rating impairment in PD. Subscores measuring bradykinesia have low reliability that can be subject to rater variability. Novel technological tools can be used to overcome such issues. OBJECTIVE: To systematically explore and describe the available technologies for measuring limb bradykinesia in PD that were published between 2006 and 2016...
2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222504/bimanual-gesture-imitation-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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G Nter Sanin, Thomas Benke
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Unimanual gesture production or imitation has often been studied in Alzheimer's disease (AD) during apraxia testing. In the present study, it was hypothesized that bimanual motor tasks may be a sensitive method to detect impairments of motor cognition in AD due to increased demands on the cognitive system. METHODS: We investigated bimanual, meaningless gesture imitation in 45 AD outpatients, 38 subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and 50 normal controls (NC) attending a memory clinic...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222380/libet-s-experiment-questioning-the-validity-of-measuring-the-urge-to-move
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Tomáš Dominik, Daniel Dostál, Martin Zielina, Jan Šmahaj, Zuzana Sedláčková, Roman Procházka
The time of subjectively registered urge to move (W) constituted the central point of most Libet-style experiments. It is therefore crucial to verify the W validity. Our experiment was based on the assumption that the W time is inferred, rather than introspectively perceived. We used the rotating spot method to gather the W reports together with the reports of the subjective timing of actual movement (M). The subjects were assigned the tasks in two different orders. When measured as first in the respective session, no significant difference between W and M values was found, which suggests that uninformed subjects tend to confuse W for M reports...
February 17, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222332/acquisition-of-vowel-articulation-in-childhood-investigated-by-acoustic-to-articulatory-inversion
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Hiroki Oohashi, Hama Watanabe, Gentaro Taga
While the acoustical features of speech sounds in children have been extensively studied, limited information is available as to their articulation during speech production. Instead of directly measuring articulatory movements, this study used an acoustic-to-articulatory inversion model with scalable vocal tract size to estimate developmental changes in articulatory state during vowel production. Using a pseudo-inverse Jacobian matrix of a model mapping seven articulatory parameters to acoustic ones, the formant frequencies of each vowel produced by three Japanese children over time at ages between 6 and 60 months were transformed into articulatory parameters...
February 18, 2017: Infant Behavior & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222331/the-moro-reaction-more-than-a-reflex-a-ritualized-behavior-of-nonverbal-communication
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Pierre V Rousseau, Florence Matton, Renaud Lecuyer, Willy Lahaye
OBJECTIVE: To propose a phylogenetic significance to the Moro reflex which remains unexplained since its publication in 1918 because both hands are free at the end of the gesture. METHOD: Among the 75 videos of healthy term newborns we have filmed in a research project on antenatal education to parenthood, we describe a sequence that clearly showed the successive movements of the Moro reflex and we report the occurrence of this reflex in the videos that were recorded from Time 0 of birth defined as the moment that lies between the birth of the thorax and the pelvis of the infant...
February 18, 2017: Infant Behavior & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222302/how-to-handle-adsorption-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-amyloid-%C3%AE-1-42-in-laboratory-practice-identifying-problematic-handlings-and-resolving-the-issue-by-use-of-the-a%C3%AE-42-a%C3%AE-40-ratio
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Eline Willemse, Kees van Uffelen, Britta Brix, Sebastiaan Engelborghs, Hugo Vanderstichele, Charlotte Teunissen
INTRODUCTION: We aimed to investigate factors defining amyloid-β (1-42) (Aβ1-42) adsorption during preanalytical workup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). METHODS: CSF was transferred to new tubes ≤4 times. Variables tested were different polypropylene tube brands, volumes, CSF Aβ1-42 concentrations, incubation times, pipettes, vortex intensities, and other CSF proteins, including hyperphosphorylated tau and IL-1RAcP. An enquiry assessed the number of transfers in current practice...
February 18, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222290/insect-navigation-what-backward-walking-reveals-about-the-control-of-movement
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Matthew Collett, Paul Graham, Thomas S Collett
Ants often walk backwards to drag large prey to their nest. New experiments show how they can use information from retinotopically encoded views to follow visual routes even while moving backwards. The mechanisms enabling ants to decouple body orientation and the control of travel direction are likely to be shared with other, flying, insects.
February 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222256/dynamic-melting-of-freezing-droplets-on-ultra-slippery-superhydrophobic-surfaces
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Fuqiang Chu, Xiaomin Wu, Lingli Wang
Condensed droplet freezing and freezing droplet melting phenomena on the prepared ultra-slippery superhydrophobic surface were observed and discussed in this study. Although the freezing delay performance of the surface is common, the melting of the freezing droplets on the surface is quite interesting. Three self-propelled movements of the melting droplets (ice water mixture) were found including the droplet rotating, the droplet jumping and the droplet sliding. The melting droplet rotating, which means that the melting droplet rotates spontaneously on the superhydrophobic surface like a spinning-top, is first reported in this study, and may have some potential applications in various engineering fields...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222237/extreme-genetic-structure-in-a-social-bird-species-despite-high-dispersal-capacity
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Francisco Morinha, José A Dávila, Estela Bastos, João A Cabral, Óscar Frías, José L González, Paulo Travassos, Diogo Carvalho, Borja Milá, Guillermo Blanco
Social barriers have been shown to reduce gene flow and contribute to genetic structure among populations in species with high cognitive capacity and complex societies, such as cetaceans, apes and humans. In birds, high dispersal capacity is thought to prevent population divergence unless major geographic or habitat barriers induce isolation patterns by dispersal, colonization or adaptation limitation. We report that Iberian populations of the red-billed chough, a social, gregarious corvid with high dispersal capacity, show a striking degree of genetic structure composed of at least 15 distinct genetic units...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222170/biomechanical-investigation-of-two-plating-systems-for-medial-column-fusion-in-foot
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Paul Simons, Theresia Sommerer, Ivan Zderic, Dieter Wahl, Mark Lenz, Hristo Skulev, Matthias Knobe, Boyko Gueorguiev, R Geoff Richards, Kajetan Klos
BACKGROUND: Arthrodesis of the medial column (navicular, cuneiform I and metatarsal I) is performed for reasons such as Charcot arthropathy, arthritis, posttraumatic reconstruction or severe pes planus. However, the complication rate is still high and mainly resulting from inadequate fixation. Special plates, designed for medial column arthrodesis, seem to offer potential to reduce the complication rate. The aim of this study was to investigate biomechanically plantar and dorsomedial fusion of the medial column using two new plating systems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222159/the-role-of-spatial-mobility-in-malaria-transmission-in-the-brazilian-amazon-the-case-of-porto-velho-municipality-rond%C3%A3-nia-brazil-2010-2012
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Jussara Rafael Angelo, Tony Hiroshi Katsuragawa, Paulo Chagastelles Sabroza, Lino Augusto Sander de Carvalho, Luiz Hildebrando Pereira da Silva, Carlos Afonso Nobre
BACKGROUND: This study aims to describe the role of mobility in malaria transmission by discussing recent changes in population movements in the Brazilian Amazon and developing a flow map of disease transmission in this region. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: This study presents a descriptive analysis using an ecological approach on regional and local scales. The study location was the municipality of Porto Velho, which is the capital of Rondônia state, Brazil...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222145/cataract-surgery-causes-biomechanical-alterations-to-the-eye-detectable-by-corvis-st-tonometry
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Yoshitake Kato, Shunsuke Nakakura, Ryo Asaoka, Kanae Matsuya, Yuki Fujio, Yoshiaki Kiuchi
PURPOSE: Modern cataract surgery is generally considered to bring about modest and sustained intraocular pressure (IOP) reduction. However, the pathophysiological mechanism for this remains unclear. Moreover, a change in ocular biomechanical properties after surgery can affect the measurement of IOP. The aim of the study is to investigate ocular biomechanics, before and following cataract surgery, using Corvis ST tonometry (CST). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty-nine eyes of 59 patients with cataract were analyzed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222105/stat3-cdc25a-dependent-cell-proliferation-promotes-embryonic-axis-extension-during-zebrafish-gastrulation
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Yinzi Liu, Diane S Sepich, Lilianna Solnica-Krezel
Cell proliferation has generally been considered dispensable for anteroposterior extension of embryonic axis during vertebrate gastrulation. Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (Stat3), a conserved controller of cell proliferation, survival and regeneration, is associated with human scoliosis, cancer and Hyper IgE Syndrome. Zebrafish Stat3 was proposed to govern convergence and extension gastrulation movements in part by promoting Wnt/Planar Cell Polarity (PCP) signaling, a conserved regulator of mediolaterally polarized cell behaviors...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222049/optimal-load-and-power-spectrum-during-jerk-and-back-jerk-in-competitive-weightlifters
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Francisco Javier Flores, Silvia Sedano, Juan C Redondo
Flores, FJ, Sedano, S, and Redondo, JC. Optimal load and power spectrum during jerk and back jerk in competitive weightlifters. J Strength Cond Res 31(3): 809-816, 2017-Although the ability to develop high levels of power is considered as a key component of success in many sporting activities, the optimal load (Pmax load) that maximizes power output (Pmax) remains controversial mainly during weightlifting movements. The aim of the present study was to determine Pmax load and optimal power spectrum (OPS) required to elicit Pmax by comparing jerk and back jerk exercises in competitive weightlifters...
March 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221972/control-points-to-reduce-movement-of-central-nervous-system-tissue-during-beef-slaughter
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J L Aalhus, R D Thacker, I L Larsen, J C Roberts, M A Price, M Juárez
Consumption of central nervous system tissue (CNST) from cattle with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is thought to cause the human neurological disease, variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. To identify points of cross-contamination of beef carcasses with CNST, 55 young beef cattle were slaughtered and processed through a federally inspected multispecies abattoir. The objectives of this study were to evaluate CNST spread following the placement of a plug in the penetration site of the skull after captive bolt stunning, to evaluate cross-contamination of carcasses before and after splitting, to compare the effects of hot water pasteurization (84°C for 10 s) versus cold water wash (10°C for 30 s) for reducing CNST on the carcass, and to examine other possible sources of cross-contamination in the abattoir...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
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