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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231570/analysis-of-a-surgical-treatment-for-persistent-urorectal-fistulas-after-radical-cancer-surgery-a-comparison-of-prostate-cancer-and-rectal-cancer
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Yasuyuki Sakai, Yoshinobu Komai, Norio Saito, Masaaki Ito, Minoru Sakuraba
INTRODUCTION: The study aimed to present our experience of surgical treatment for urorectal fistulas (URF) that develop after cancer surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fourteen patients with URF who were treated at our institution from 2005 through 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. Among these, 7 patients had previous surgical treatment of prostate cancer (PC) and the other 7 had been treated for rectal cancer (RC). The fistula was resected through a perineal incision, and the urinary and fecal defects were separately closed with the hinge flap method followed by interposition of a muscle flap transfer...
February 24, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230924/self-reported-health-enhancing-physical-activity-recommendation-adherence-among-64-380-finnish-adults
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Jason A Bennie, Zeljko Pedisic, Jaana H Suni, Kari Tokola, Pauliina Husu, Stuart J H Biddle, Tommi Vasankari
The Finnish recommendations for health-enhancing physical activity (PA) for adults (≥18 years) recommend: (i) ≥150 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA); and (ii) activities that develop muscle strength and balance ≥2 days per week. However, adherence to these recommendations among the Finnish adults is currently unknown. This paper reports on the self-reported adherence to the PA recommendations and associations with sociodemographic factors among Finnish adults. Data were used from the Finnish 'Regional Health and Well-being Study'...
February 23, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229309/nusinersen-first-global-approval
#3
Sheridan M Hoy
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by muscle atrophy and weakness resulting from motor neuron degeneration in the spinal cord and brainstem. It is most commonly caused by insufficient levels of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein (which is critical for motor neuron maintenance) secondary to deletions or mutations in the SMN1 gene. Nusinersen (SPINRAZA™) is a modified antisense oligonucleotide that binds to a specific sequence in the intron, downstream of exon 7 on the pre-messenger ribonucleic acid (pre-mRNA) of the SMN2 gene...
February 22, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228878/pancreatic-cancer-seeding-of-percutaneous-needle-tract
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Qiao Zhou, Shashi Murthy, Harlan Vingan
A 65-year old African-American female presents with biliary ductal dilatation due to an obstructive pancreatic head mass. Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiogram performed and biliary drainage catheter placement for decompression of the biliary system. The patient had a Whipple procedure performed several months later. On follow up CT imaging, there was interval development and enlargement of a subcutaneous lesion by the right oblique muscles. Biopsy of this lesion revealed pancreatic adenocarcinoma from percutaneous seeding of the transhepatic needle tract...
March 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228795/bone-scintigraphy-of-severe-hypercalcemia-following-simvastatin-induced-rhabdomyolysis
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Zubair B Mirza, Sophia Hu, Louis F Amorosa
Simvastatin induced rhabdomyolysis with renal failure is a well reported clinical entity with hyperkalemia recognized as a life threatening risk. The risk of delayed hypercalcemia during the recovery of renal function is not well appreciated as this varies in severity and can be caused by multiple mechanisms. We present a patient with high dose simvastatin induced rhabdomyolysis leading to late onset of severe hypercalcemia due to calcium phosphate deposition in muscles diagnosed by distinctive bone scintigraphy...
September 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228723/presynaptic-muscarinic-acetylcholine-receptors-and-trkb-receptor-cooperate-in-the-elimination-of-redundant-motor-nerve-terminals-during-development
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Laura Nadal, Neus Garcia, Erica Hurtado, Anna Simó, Marta Tomàs, Maria A Lanuza, Victor Cilleros, Josep Tomàs
The development of the nervous system involves the overproduction of synapses but connectivity is refined by Hebbian activity-dependent axonal competition. The newborn skeletal muscle fibers are polyinnervated but, at the end of the competition process, some days later, become innervated by a single axon. We used quantitative confocal imaging of the autofluorescent axons from transgenic B6.Cg-Tg (Thy1-YFP)16 Jrs/J mice to investigate the possible cooperation of the muscarinic autoreceptors (mAChR, M1-, M2- and M4-subtypes) and the tyrosine kinase B (TrkB) receptor in the control of axonal elimination after the mice Levator auris longus (LAL) muscle had been exposed to several selective antagonist of the corresponding receptor pathways in vivo...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228365/isoquinoline-alkaloids-from-coptis-japonica-stimulate-the-myoblast-differentiation-via-p38-map-kinase-and-akt-signaling-pathway
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Heyjin Lee, Le Thi Tuong, Ji Hye Jeong, Sang-Jin Lee, Gyu-Un Bae, Jae-Ha Ryu
To overcome the muscle atrophy, such as cachexia and sarcopenia, we tried to find myogenic agents from medicinal plants. From myogenic extract of Coptis japonica, we purified six isoquinoline alkaloids and evaluated their effects on transactivation of myoD and MHC expression in C2C12 cells during differentiation process. Among obtained compounds, magnoflorine most efficiently enhanced the myoblast differentiation by activating the p38 MAP kinase and Akt pathway, and also increased the number of multinucleated and cylinder-shaped myotubes...
February 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227948/stayfit-a-wearable-application-for-gym-based-power-training
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Maram Maheedhar, Aman Gaurav, Vivek Jilla, Vijay N Tiwari, Rangavittal Narayanan, Maram Maheedhar, Aman Gaurav, Vivek Jilla, Vijay N Tiwari, Rangavittal Narayanan, Rangavittal Narayanan, Vijay N Tiwari, Vivek Jilla, Aman Gaurav, Maram Maheedhar
Comprehensive fitness training involves both cardiorespiratory and power components. Often power/muscle strength training is confused with cardiorespiratory endurance training. However, each of them target different physiological aspects of fitness. Although, wearable based fitness trackers designed towards cardiorespiratory endurance training are available in the market, a dedicated wearable based fitness application designed for power training/tracking is still not readily available to fitness enthusiasts...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227888/simulating-the-activation-contraction-and-movement-of-skeletal-muscles-using-the-bidomain-model
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A Lopez Rincon, C Cantu, R Soto, S Shimoda, A Lopez Rincon, C Cantu, R Soto, S Shimoda, A Lopez Rincon, R Soto, C Cantu, S Shimoda
A simulation of the muscle activation, contraction and movement is here presented. This system was developed based on the Bidomain mathematical model of the electrical propagation in muscles. This study shows an electrical stimuli input to a muscle and how this behave. The comparison between healthy subject and patient with muscle activation impairment is depicted, depending on whether the signal reaches a threshold. A 3D model of a bicep muscle and a forearm bone connected was constructed using OpenGL. This platform could be used for development of controllers for biomechatronic systems in future works...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227886/development-of-an-open-source-cosimulation-method-of-the-knee
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Anne Schmitz, Davide Piovesan, Anne Schmitz, Davide Piovesan, Anne Schmitz, Davide Piovesan
Rigid body dynamics and soft tissue loads are solved simultaneously in a cosimulation framework to couple musculoskeletal dynamics and tissue mechanics. The goal of this work was to implement a validated, open-source cosimulation framework of the knee to determine how this coupling affects computed cartilage loads. The kinematic knee joint of a generic whole body model in the open-source software OpenSim was replaced by a previously developed discrete element knee model that consisted of a six degree of freedom (dof) tibiofemoral joint and one dof patellofemoral joint...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227883/development-and-validation-of-thums-version-5-with-1d-muscle-models-for-active-and-passive-automotive-safety-research
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Hideyuki Kimpara, Yuko Nakahira, Masami Iwamoto, Hideyuki Kimpara, Yuko Nakahira, Masami Iwamoto, Hideyuki Kimpara, Masami Iwamoto, Yuko Nakahira
Accurately predicting the occupant kinematics is critical to better understand the injury mechanisms during an automotive crash event. The objectives of this study were to develop and validate a finite element (FE) model of the human body integrated with an active muscle model called Total HUman Model for Safety (THUMS) version 5, which has the body size of the 50th percentile American adult male (AM50). This model is characterized by being able to generate a force owing to muscle tone and to predict the occupant response during an automotive crash event...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227799/classification-of-forearm-and-finger-motions-using-electromyogram-and-arm-shape-changes
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Yuhei Kamei, Shima Okada, Yuhei Kamei, Shima Okada, Yuhei Kamei, Shima Okada
Robot arms for humanoid are widely developed for medical, welfare and education use. Surface electromyogram (sEMG) signals which are the electrical signals obtained from surface of human skin using electrodes have been mainly used for classification of hand motions. However, it is difficult to classify detailed motions such as finger motions and wrist pronation or supination. Moreover, Kinect is an integration sensor device which can capture human joints movement. It also has been widely used for recognition of body motions in many fields...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227773/whole-heart-modeling-spatiotemporal-dynamics-of-electrical-wave-conduction-and-propagation
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Hui Yang, Yun Chen, Fabio M Leonelli, Hui Yang, Yun Chen, Fabio M Leonelli, Hui Yang, Fabio M Leonelli, Yun Chen
Cardiac electrical activities are varying in both space and time. Human heart consists of a fractal network of muscle cells, Purkinje fibers, arteries and veins. Whole-heart modeling of electrical wave conduction and propagation involves a greater level of complexity. Our previous work developed a computer model of the anatomically realistic heart and simulated the electrical conduction with the use of cellular automata. However, simplistic assumptions and rules limit its ability to provide an accurate approximation of real-world dynamics on the complex heart surface, due to sensitive dependence of nonlinear dynamical systems on initial conditions...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227690/muscle-fiber-excitation-system
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Bertram N Ezenwa, Thomas Kernozek, Bertram N Ezenwa, Thomas Kernozek, Thomas Kernozek, Bertram N Ezenwa
Persons unable to exercise due to old age, immobility or medical condition may develop low bone density, decline in muscle contraction, blood pooling or clot. Due to musculoskeletal fragility caution is required in bone and muscle strengthening. Similarly, caution is required to use anticoagulant drug to prevent blood clot due to side effect, and compression devices are not as effective as drug. This paper presents a transcutaneous muscle fiber excitation system adaptable for use in seated, walking or lying position...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227316/dynamic-knee-muscle-co-contraction-quantified-during-walking
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Annachiara Strazza, Alessandro Mengarelli, Valentina Agostini, Marco Knaflitz, Laura Burattini, Sandro Fioretti, Francesco Di Nardo, Annachiara Strazza, Alessandro Mengarelli, Valentina Agostini, Marco Knaflitz, Laura Burattini, Sandro Fioretti, Francesco Di Nardo, Sandro Fioretti, Francesco Di Nardo, Annachiara Strazza, Valentina Agostini, Marco Knaflitz, Laura Burattini, Alessandro Mengarelli
The purpose of the present study was the quantification of the co-activation patterns of the knee extensor and flexor muscles during walking at self-selected speed and cadence. To this aim, the Statistical Gait Analysis, a recent methodology providing a statistical characterization of gait, was performed on surface EMG signals from Vastus Lateralis (VL) and Medial Hamstrings (MH) in 14 healthy young adult subjects. Muscular co-contraction was assessed as the overlapping period between activation intervals of agonist and antagonist muscles...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227305/a-matlab-based-graphical-user-interface-for-the-identification-of-muscular-activations-from-surface-electromyography-signals
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Alessandro Mengarelli, Stefano Cardarelli, Federica Verdini, Laura Burattini, Sandro Fioretti, Francesco Di Nardo, Alessandro Mengarelli, Stefano Cardarelli, Federica Verdini, Laura Burattini, Sandro Fioretti, Francesco Di Nardo, Stefano Cardarelli, Federica Verdini, Alessandro Mengarelli, Sandro Fioretti, Laura Burattini, Francesco Di Nardo
In this paper a graphical user interface (GUI) built in MATLAB® environment is presented. This interactive tool has been developed for the analysis of superficial electromyography (sEMG) signals and in particular for the assessment of the muscle activation time intervals. After the signal import, the tool performs a first analysis in a totally user independent way, providing a reliable computation of the muscular activation sequences. Furthermore, the user has the opportunity to modify each parameter of the on/off identification algorithm implemented in the presented tool...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227301/an-adapted-double-threshold-protocol-for-spastic-muscles
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Pedro M Vieira, Joao F Ferreira, Pedro R Gomes, Carlos S Lima, Pedro M Vieira, Joao F Ferreira, Pedro R Gomes, Carlos S Lima, Pedro M Vieira, Joao F Ferreira, Pedro R Gomes, Carlos S Lima
The onset of muscle contraction has been an important element in the understanding of human motor control system as well as in the development of medical devices. This task is problematic in the study of spasticity using surface Electromyography (sEMG). In fact, spasticity is characterized by involuntary muscle contractions that can be seen as both, a non-stationary background if they are weak or a severe non-stationary EMG signal if they are strong. In other hand, these sEMG signals present a very low signal to noise ratio, beyond the added noise that contaminates this signal...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227235/split-belt-controllable-treadmill-with-differential-velocity-based-fall-stimulation-and-motion-analysis
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Yasutaka Nakashima, Hiroki Noutsuka, Takanori Fukui, Motoji Yamamoto, Yasutaka Nakashima, Hiroki Noutsuka, Takanori Fukui, Motoji Yamamoto, Takanori Fukui, Hiroki Noutsuka, Yasutaka Nakashima, Motoji Yamamoto
Amid trends toward aging populations in developed nations, the number of people requiring nursing care has increased markedly. Slips and falls during ordinary daily activities are a common cause of fractured bones and muscle injury. Several studies have analyzed the movements produced by artificially generated slip and fall stimuli, but few have investigated these stimuli. We analyzed lower-limb motion following a slip and fall stimulus produced using a pulled free-walking system consisting of a controllable split-belt treadmill, where a speed difference between the belts could be applied to produce a slipping motion...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227203/real-time-ultrasound-based-control-of-a-virtual-hand-by-a-trans-radial-amputee
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Clayton A Baker, Nima Akhlaghi, Huzefa Rangwala, Jana Kosecka, Siddhartha Sikdar, Clayton A Baker, Nima Akhlaghi, Huzefa Rangwala, Jana Kosecka, Siddhartha Sikdar, Nima Akhlaghi, Siddhartha Sikdar, Clayton A Baker, Jana Kosecka, Huzefa Rangwala
Advancements in multiarticulate upper-limb prosthetics have outpaced the development of intuitive, non-invasive control mechanisms for implementing them. Surface electromyography is currently the most popular non-invasive control method, but presents a number of drawbacks including poor deep-muscle specificity. Previous research established the viability of ultrasound imaging as an alternative means of decoding movement intent, and demonstrated the ability to distinguish between complex grasps in able-bodied subjects via imaging of the anterior forearm musculature...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227194/exploring-neuro-muscular-synergies-of-reaching-movements-with-unified-independent-component-analysis
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Fiorenzo Artoni, Elvira Pirondini, Alessandro Panarese, Silvestre Micera, Fiorenzo Artoni, Elvira Pirondini, Alessandro Panarese, Silvestre Micera, Elvira Pirondini, Alessandro Panarese, Fiorenzo Artoni, Silvestro Micera
The coordinated recruitment of group of muscles through muscles synergies is known to simplify the control of movements. However, how and to what extent such control scheme is encoded at a cortical level is poorly understood. So far, electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG) have been used, separately, to investigate the cortical regions of the human brain which may be involved in activating muscle synergies. Here we aim at extending these results by looking for a hierarchical relationship between cortical and muscular sources of activity (neuro-muscular synergies) with a unified analysis of independent components (IC) simultaneously extracted from both EEG and EMG signals...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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