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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814067/neuro-immune-interactions-in-allergic-diseases-novel-targets-for-therapeutics
#1
Tiphaine Voisin, Amélie Bouvier, Isaac M Chiu
Recent studies have highlighted an emerging role for neuro-immune interactions in mediating allergic diseases. Allergies are caused by an overactive immune response to a foreign antigen. The peripheral sensory and autonomic nervous system densely innervates mucosal barrier tissues including the skin, respiratory tract and gastrointestinal (GI) tract that are exposed to allergens. It is increasingly clear that neurons actively communicate with and regulate the function of mast cells, dendritic cells, eosinophils, Th2 cells and type 2 innate lymphoid cells in allergic inflammation...
June 1, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814032/studying-the-implementation-of-iterative-impedance-control-for-assistive-hand-rehabilitation-using-an-exoskeleton
#2
T Martineau, R Vaidyanathan
A positive training synergy can be obtained when two individuals attempt to learn the same motor task while mechanically coupled to one another. In this paper, we have studied how mimicking this interaction through impedance control can be exploited to improve assistance delivered by hand exoskeleton devices during rehabilitation. In this context, the machine and user take complementary roles akin to two coupled individuals. We present the derivation of a dynamic model of the human hand for the purpose of controller development for new hand exoskeleton platforms...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814027/challenges-in-using-compliant-ligaments-for-position-estimation-within-robotic-joints
#3
Felix Russell, Lei Gao, Peter Ellison, Ravi Vaidyanathan
The mechanical advantages of bio-inspired condylar robotic knee joints for use in prosthetics or rehabilitation has been argued extensively in literature. A common limitation of these designs is the difficulty of estimating joint angle and therefore accurately controlling the joint. Furthermore, the potential role of ligament-like structures in robotic knees is not very well established. In this work, we investigate the role of compliant stretch sensing ligaments and their integration into a condylar robotic knee...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813912/transverse-forces-versus-modified-ashworth-scale-for-upper-limb-flexion-extension-in-para-sagittal-plane
#4
Nitin Seth, Denise Johnson, Hussein A Abdullah
Spasticity is a common impairment following an upper motor neuron lesion in conditions such as stroke and brain injury. A clinical issue is how to best quantify and measure spasticity. Recently, research has been performed to develop new methods of spasticity quantification using various systems. This paper follows up on previous work taking a closer look at the role of transversal forces obtained via rehabilitation robot for motions in the para-sagittal plane. Results from 45 healthy individuals and 40 individuals with acquired brain injury demonstrate that although the passive upper motions are vertical, horizontal forces into and away from the individual's body demonstrate a relationship with the Modified Ashworth Scale...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813901/adaptive-control-based-on-an-on-line-parameter-estimation-of-an-upper-limb-exoskeleton
#5
Akram Riani, Tarek Madani, Abdelhafid El Hadri, Abdelaziz Benallegue
This paper presents an adaptive control strategy for an upper-limb exoskeleton based on an on-line dynamic parameter estimator. The objective is to improve the control performance of this system that plays a critical role in assisting patients for shoulder, elbow and wrist joint movements. In general, the dynamic parameters of the human limb are unknown and differ from a person to another, which degrade the performances of the exoskeleton-human control system. For this reason, the proposed control scheme contains a supplementary loop based on a new efficient on-line estimator of the dynamic parameters...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813871/clinical-effectiveness-of-combined-virtual-reality-and-robot-assisted-fine-hand-motion-rehabilitation-in-subacute-stroke-patients
#6
Xianwei Huang, Fazel Naghdy, Golshah Naghdy, Haiping Du
Robot-assisted therapy is regarded as an effective and reliable method for the delivery of highly repetitive rehabilitation training in restoring motor skills after a stroke. This study focuses on the rehabilitation of fine hand motion skills due to their vital role in performing delicate activities of daily living (ADL) tasks. The proposed rehabilitation system combines an adaptive assist-as-needed (AAN) control algorithm and a Virtual Reality (VR) based rehabilitation gaming system (RGS). The developed system is described and its effectiveness is validated through clinical trials on a group of eight subacute stroke patients for a period of six weeks...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813862/on-the-stiffness-analysis-of-a-cable-driven-leg-exoskeleton
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N S S Sanjeevi, Vineet Vashista
Robotic systems are being used for gait rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorder. These devices are externally powered to apply external forces on human limbs to assist the leg motion. Patients while walking with these devices adapt their walking pattern in response to the applied forces. The efficacy of a rehabilitation paradigm thus depends on the human-robot interaction. A cable driven leg exoskeleton (CDLE) use actuated cables to apply external joint torques on human leg. Cables are lightweight and flexible but can only be pulled, thus a CDLE requires redundant cables...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813852/event-based-control-for-sit-to-stand-transition-using-a-wearable-exoskeleton
#8
Vijaykumar Rajasekaran, Manuel Vinagre, Joan Aranda
Sit-to-stand transition is an essential step in a lower limb rehabilitation therapy, mainly for assisting the patient to transit from wheel chair to the next level of therapy. A mixed stiffness-damping control adaptation is proposed for this task which will help in reaching the final position with a constant velocity. A combination of control model is proposed to ensure the initiation and the final stage of the transition, such as to ensure stability and to maintain the equilibrium. The combined control model helps in reaching the goal position with equal participation from the user...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813832/design-and-experimental-evaluation-of-a-lightweight-high-torque-and-compliant-actuator-for-an-active-ankle-foot-orthosis
#9
Marta Moltedo, Tomislav Bacek, Kevin Langlois, Karen Junius, Bram Vanderborght, Dirk Lefeber
The human ankle joint plays a crucial role during walking. At the push-off phase the ankle plantarflexors generate the highest torque among the lower limb joints during this activity. The potential of the ankle plantarflexors is affected by numerous pathologies and injuries, which cause a decrease in the ability of the subject to achieve a natural gait pattern. Active orthoses have shown to have potential in assisting these subjects. The design of such robots is very challenging due to the contrasting design requirements of wearability (light weight and compact) and high torques capacity...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813800/the-effects-of-control-signal-noise-on-simultaneous-submovements
#10
Kathleen R Wilson, Kevin B Englehart, Jon W Sensinger
Understanding the stereotypical characteristics of human movement can better inform rehabilitation practices by providing a template of healthy and expected human motor control. Multiplicative noise is inherent in goal-directed movement, such as reaching to grasp an object. Multiplicative noise plays an important role in computational motor control models to help support phenomena such as stereotypical kinematic profiles in time-constrained and unconstrained tasks. Most tasks are not carried out along an isolated degree-of-freedom (DOF), and modelling the contribution of noise can be difficult...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813797/improving-motor-skill-transfer-during-dyadic-robot-training-through-the-modulation-of-the-expert-role
#11
Elisa Galofaro, Pietro Morasso, Jacopo Zenzeri
In daily life it is necessary to learn skills that can be applied in different tasks and different contexts. Usually these skills are acquired by observation or by direct physical training with another expert person. The critical point is to know which is the best possible way to achieve this knowledge acquisition. In this work we have proposed a collaborative environment where subjects with different levels of expertise have to interact through the use of a robotic platform. A motor skill learning algorithm has been designed in order to allow the less skilled subjects-naïves-to explore the virtual environment and to exploit the advantages of working with a skilled partner...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813780/microbial-diversity-of-commercial-makgeolli-and-its-influence-on-the-organoleptic-characteristics-of-korean-rice-sourdough-jeung-pyun
#12
Jaehyung Park, Ji Sun Seo, Seul-Ah Kim, So-Yeon Shin, Jong-Hyun Park, Nam Soo Han
Sourdough is made by fermentation of dough by lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and yeast to improve bread properties like volume, flavor, and texture. A Korean traditional sourdough was made by fermenting rice flour with rice wine (makgeolli) and used to make sponge-like bread (Jeung-pyun). The aim of this study was to investigate the microbial diversity of makgeolli products and their influence on the organoleptic quality of Jeung-pyun. Three commercial makgeolli were tested for Jeung-pyun production, with each product exhibiting varied dough swelling rates and organoleptic qualities, and among them, J-product was ranked highest in texture and taste...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813765/bronchiolitis-in-infants-and-children
#13
Alexandra Schaller, Carl S Galloway
Bronchiolitis is among the most common illnesses in infants and children, and is the most common cause for hospitalization in infants in the U.S. This illness can be caused by many viruses, most commonly respiratory syncytial virus. It is diagnosed clinically by history and physical exam findings, with a narrow role for ancillary testing. Management is supportive, with medications demonstrating limited utility in multiple studies. Preventive measures include hand hygiene, breastfeeding, avoiding tobacco smoke exposure, and isolation precautions for hospitalized patients...
June 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813762/the-impact-of-a-rural-training-track-on-medical-students-specialty-choice
#14
Brooke Jensen, Susan M Anderson, Edward Simanton
BACKGROUND: Compare the expectations and outcomes of students involved in rural medical training versus those of urban trainees. METHODS: Survey items relating to primary care interest were added to program evaluation surveys already being sent at the beginning and end of the primary clinical year. Students from the graduating class of 2016 and the class of 2017 responded to the surveys (N=115). Responses from students trained in rural sites were compared with students trained in medium or large communities...
June 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813755/genetics-of-alcoholism
#15
Ena C Zhu, Timothy J Soundy, Yueshan Hu
Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol has the potential to modify an individual's brain and lead to alcohol dependence. Alcohol use leads to 88,000 deaths every year in the U.S. alone and can lead to other health issues including cancers, such as colorectal cancer, and mental health problems. While drinking behavior varies due to environmental factors, genetic factors also contribute to the risk of alcoholism. Certain genes affecting alcohol metabolism and neurotransmitters have been found to contribute to or inhibit the risk...
May 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813751/superior-ophthalmic-vein-thrombosis-the-role-of-anticoagulation
#16
Samuel Thomsen, Eric Larson, Michael Greenwood
PURPOSE: To report a case of superior ophthalmic vein thrombosis (SOVT) and review the available literature to assess if anticoagulation is warranted in all cases of SOVT. OBSERVATIONS: The patient presented to an outside hospital facility with a severe headache involving the left frontal temporal area. This progressed to left-sided ptosis and facial droop. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a left SOVT secondary to sphenoid sinusitis. Treatment was initiated with vancomycin and cefepime, and the patient was transferred to our tertiary care center for further management...
May 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813734/the-36-hour-day-revisited-implementing-a-caregiver-support-system-into-primary-care-practice
#17
Rachel Sunne, Mark K Huntington
An estimated 5.3 million Americans had Alzheimer's disease in 2015. With the aging population and rapid rise in those with dementia, it is vital to not only care for the dementia patient, but also his or her primary caregiver. Caregivers often suffer from depression and neglect their own health in order to care for their loved one. In this regard, included is a review of the role of the primary care physician including the importance of discussing the diagnosis of dementia with the patient and family, providing supportive services and resources, as well as the challenges that many physicians face in tackling the care of a dementia caregiver...
April 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813717/exploring-the-use-of-a-participative-design-in-the-early-development-of-a-predictive-test-the-importance-of-physician-involvement
#18
Sophie Veilleux, Maude Villeneuve, Nathalie Lachapelle, Rita Kohen, Luc Vachon, Brian White Guay, John D Rioux, Alain Bitton
In this study, we contribute to the personalized medicine and health care management literature by developing and testing a new participative design approach. We propose that involving gastroenterologists in the development of a predictive test to assist them in their clinical decision-making process for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases will increase the likelihood of their acceptance of the innovation. Based on data obtained from 6 focus groups across Canada from a total of 28 physicians, analyses reveal that current tools do not enable discriminating between treatment options to find the best fit for each patient...
August 17, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813715/induction-of-cyclooxygenase-2-by-streptococcus-pyogenes-is-mediated-by-cytolysins
#19
Ulrike Blaschke, Andreas Beineke, Johanna Klemens, Eva Medina, Oliver Goldmann
Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), an arachidonic acid metabolite regulating a broad range of physiological activities, is an important modulator of the severity of infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes. Here, we investigated the role of streptococcal cytolysin S (SLS) and streptococcal cytolysin O (SLO) in the induction of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), the rate-limiting enzyme in the synthesis of prostaglandins, in in vitro cultured macrophages and during in vivo infection. Macrophages were infected with S. pyogenes wild type or with the isogenic mutant strains deficient in SLS (ΔSLS), SLO (ΔSLO), or both (ΔSLS/ΔSLO), and the expression of COX-2 was determined at the transcriptional and the protein level...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813711/subjects-at-risk-for-genetic-late-onset-neurological-diseases-objective-knowledge
#20
Ângela Leite, Fernanda Leite, Maria Alzira P Dinis
BACKGROUND/AIMS: This study addresses the objective knowledge about the disease of subjects at risk for 3 genetic late-onset neurological diseases (LOND): familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) TTR V30M, Huntington disease (HD), and Machado-Joseph disease (MJD). METHODS: Subjects at risk for FAP, HD, and MJD submitted to genetic counseling to know their status (carrier or non-carrier) and subjects at risk for hereditary hemochromatosis (HH), the control group, completed a sociodemographic questionnaire and answered the open-ended question: "What do you know about this disease?...
August 17, 2017: Public Health Genomics
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