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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325016/sleep-stage-classification-by-non-contact-vital-signs-indices-using-doppler-radar-sensors
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Masayuki Kagawa, Kazuki Suzumura, Takemi Matsui
Disturbed sleep has become more common in recent years. To improve the quality of sleep, undergoing sleep observation has gained interest as a means to resolve possible problems. In this paper, we evaluate a non-restrictive and non-contact method for classifying real-time sleep stages and report on its potential applications. The proposed system measures heart rate (HR), heart rate variability (HRV), body movements, and respiratory signals of a sleeping person using two 24-GHz microwave radars placed beneath the mattress...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320196/extended-timed-up-and-go-assessment-as-a-clinical-indicator-of-cognitive-state-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Tess Evans, Alexa Jefferson, Michelle Byrnes, Sue Walters, Soumya Ghosh, Frank L Mastaglia, Brian Power, Ryan S Anderton
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a modified extended Timed Up and Go (extended-TUG) assessment against a panel of validated clinical assessments, as an indicator of Parkinson's disease (PD) severity and cognitive impairment. METHODS: Eighty-seven participants with idiopathic PD were sequentially recruited from a Movement Disorders Clinic. An extended-TUG assessment was employed which required participants to stand from a seated position, walk in a straight line for 7m, turn 180° and then return to the start, in a seated position...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320154/advances-in-assessing-myotonia-can-sensor-engineered-glove-have-a-role
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Simona Portaro, Margherita Russo, Antonino Naro, Alessia Bramanti, Placido Bramanti, Carmelo Rodolico, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò
Non-dystrophic (NDMs) and Dystrophic Myotonias (DMs) are diseases characterized by the presence of myotonia with or without muscle weakness. A standardized myotonia assessment is important to more objectively quantify the handgrip myotonia. We screened 10 patients affected by NDM and 10 patients with DM, using the sensor-engineered glove (SEG). The time required to perform a complete finger extension (grip myotonia time, GMT) at maximum velocity (MV) after maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) was evaluated through an ad hoc protocol including rest, exercise, and ice effects on handgrip myotonia...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314940/diagnostic-accuracy-of-rem-sleep-behaviour-disorder-screening-questionnaire-a-meta-analysis
#4
Kai Li, Shu-Hua Li, Wen Su, Hai-Bo Chen
A screening tool can greatly facilitate the identification of individuals with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behaviour disorder (RBD). Currently, the REM sleep behaviour disorder screening questionnaire (RBDSQ) is widely used, but its diagnostic accuracy has varied across previous studies. The aim of the present study was to systematically assess the diagnostic performance of the RBDSQ. We comprehensively searched for studies that evaluated the diagnostic performance of the RBDSQ. A bivariate mixed-effects model was used to summarize the diagnostic accuracy of the RBDSQ...
March 17, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303395/movement-of-steel-jacketed-projectiles-in-biological-tissue-in-the-magnetic-field-of-a-3-t-magnetic-resonance-unit
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Stephan A Bolliger, Michael J Thali, Dominic Gascho, Sebastian A Poschmann, Sebastian Eggert
PURPOSE: The fact that ferromagnetic bullets can move in air or gelatine when subjected to magnetic resonance (MR) units is well known. A previous study showed that the movement of 7.5-mm GP 11 Suisse bullets also depends on their orientation toward the gantry. In order to compare the movement in gelatine to that in real tissue, we decided to measure the movement of these bullets, as well as 9-mm Luger bullets, in the brain and liver. METHODS: The GP 11 and 9-mm Luger bullets were inserted into the fresh calf brain or pig liver either vertically or horizontally in the x- or z-axis to the gantry...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303165/modeling-framework-for-isotopic-labeling-of-heteronuclear-moieties
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Mark I Borkum, Patrick N Reardon, Ronald C Taylor, Nancy G Isern
BACKGROUND: Isotopic labeling is an analytic technique that is used to track the movement of isotopes through reaction networks. In general, the applicability of isotopic labeling techniques is limited to the investigation of reaction networks that consider homonuclear moieties, whose atoms are of one tracer element with two isotopes, distinguished by the presence of one additional neutron. RESULTS: This article presents a reformulation of the modeling framework for isotopic labeling, generalized to arbitrarily large, heteronuclear moieties, arbitrary numbers of isotopic tracer elements, and arbitrary numbers of isotopes per element, distinguished by arbitrary numbers of additional neutrons...
2017: Journal of Cheminformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302064/a-sibship-with-duplication-of-xq28-inherited-from-the-mother-genomic-characterization-and-clinical-outcomes
#7
Dong Keon Yon, Ji Eun Park, Seung Jun Kim, Sung Han Shim, Kyu Young Chae
BACKGROUND: Loss-of-function mutations in methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2; MIM *300005) results in the Rett syndrome, whereas gain-of-function mutations are associated with the MECP2 duplication syndrome. METHODS: We did research on a family with two brothers showing Xq28 duplication syndrome using various molecular cytogenetic techniques such as multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification and array-based genomic hybridization. RESULTS: The duplicated region had several genes including MECP2 and interleukin-1 receptor associated kinase 1 (IRAK1; MIM *300283)...
March 17, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298792/comparison-of-king-vision-and-truview-laryngoscope-for-postextubation-visualization-of-vocal-cord-mobility-in-patients-undergoing-thyroid-and-major-neck-surgeries-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Anto Sahaya Priyanka, Kusha Nag, V R Hemanth Kumar, Dewan Roshan Singh, Senthil Kumar, T Sivashanmugam
BACKGROUND: Visualization of vocal cords following extubation after thyroid and major neck surgeries is highly desirable for the surgeon as well as the anaesthesiologist to rule out vocal cord palsy or oedema. As the patient is emerging from general anaesthesia, it may be challenging for the anaesthesiologist to optimally visualise and grade vocal cord movement following extubation. SETTING: Randomized clinical trial at a tertiary care centre. METHODOLOGY: After obtaining institutional ethics committee approval, 60 patients posted for thyroid and major neck surgeries under American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) grade I and II were recruited for the study...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298308/the-neural-control-of-interlimb-coordination-during-mammalian-locomotion
#9
Alain Frigon
Neuronal networks within the spinal cord directly control rhythmic movements of the arms/forelimbs and legs/hindlimbs during locomotion in mammals. For an effective locomotion, these networks must be flexibly coordinated to allow for various gait patterns and independent use of the arms/forelimbs. This coordination can be accomplished by mechanisms intrinsic to the spinal cord, somatosensory feedback from the limbs and various supraspinal pathways. Incomplete spinal cord injury disrupts some of the pathways and structures involved in interlimb coordination, often leading to a disruption in the coordination between the arms/forelimbs and legs/hindlimbs in animal models and in humans...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297094/clear-aligners-in-orthodontic-treatment
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T Weir
Since the introduction of the Tooth Positioner (TP Orthodontics) in 1944, removable appliances analogous to clear aligners have been employed for mild to moderate orthodontic tooth movements. Clear aligner therapy has been a part of orthodontic practice for decades, but has, particularly since the introduction of Invisalign appliances (Align Technology) in 1998, become an increasingly common addition to the orthodontic armamentarium. An internet search reveals at least 27 different clear aligner products currently on offer for orthodontic treatment...
March 2017: Australian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296782/the-safety-and-efficacy-of-dexmedetomidine-remifentanil-in-children-undergoing-flexible-bronchoscopy-a-retrospective-dose-finding-trial
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Xia Li, Xue Wang, Shuguang Jin, Dongsheng Zhang, Yanuo Li
Flexible bronchoscopy is more and more used for diagnosis and management of various pulmonary diseases in pediatrics. As poor coordination of children, the procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia with spontaneous or controlled ventilation to increase children and bronchoscopists' safety and comfort. Previous studies have reported that dexmedetomidine (DEX) could be safely and effectively used for flexible bronchoscopy in both adulate and children. However, there is no trial to evaluate the dose-finding of safety and efficacy of dexmedetomidine-remifentanil (DEX-RF) in children undergoing flexible bronchoscopy...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295924/flagellin-phase-dependent-swimming-on-epithelial-cell-surfaces-contributes-to-productive-salmonella-gut-colonization
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Julia A Horstmann, Erik Zschieschang, Theresa Truschel, Juana de Diego, Michele Lunelli, Manfred Rohde, Tobias May, Till Strowig, Theresia Stradal, Michael Kolbe, Marc Erhardt
The flagellum is a sophisticated nanomachine and an important virulence factor of many pathogenic bacteria. Flagellar motility enables directed movements towards host cells in a chemotactic process and near surface swimming on cell surfaces is crucial for selection of permissive entry sites. The long external flagellar filament is made of tens of thousands subunits of a single protein, flagellin, and many Salmonella serovars alternate expression of antigenically distinct flagellin proteins, FliC and FljB. However, the role of the different flagellin variants during gut colonization and host cell invasion remains elusive...
March 13, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294672/-the-history-of-outpatients-surgery-in-transylvania
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Árpád Péterffy, Pál Péterffy Jun, Pál Péterffy
The authors reported 291 outpatient general surgical interventions performed during a 10-year period (1948-1957). All surgeries were scheduled and performed in local anaesthesia with bend of 0.5% novocain and 0.5‰ percain solutions. The type of surgery was abdominal wall surgery in 68 cases, intraabdominal (mainly appendectomy, gastric resection and cholecystectomy) in 144 cases, anorectal in 50 cases, urogenital in 10 cases, thyroid in 12 cases and other interventions in seven cases. There was neither surgical mortality nor complications which needed hospitalisation...
March 2017: Magyar Sebészet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294517/osteogenic-differentiation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-using-hybrid-nanofibers-with-different-configurations-and-dimensionality
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D Gugutkov, F Awaja, K Belemezova, M Keremidarska, N Krasteva, S Kuyrkchiev, G GallegoFerrer, S Seker, A E Elcin, Y M Elcin, G Altankov
Novel hybrid, fibrinogen/polylactic acid (FBG/PLA) nanofibers with different configuration (random vs. aligned) and dimensionality (2D vs.3D environment) were used to control the overall behaviour and the osteogenic differentiation of human Adipose Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells (ADMSCs). Aligned nanofibers in both the 2D and 3D configurations are proved to be favoured for osteo-differentiation. Morphologically we found that on randomly configured nanofibers, the cells developed a stellate-like morphology with multiple projections, however, time-lapse analysis showed significantly diminished cell movements...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293798/old-adults-preserve-motor-flexibility-during-rapid-reaching
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Christian Greve, Tibor Hortobágyi, Raoul M Bongers
PURPOSE: Our ability to flexibly coordinate the available degrees of freedom allows us to perform activities of daily living under various task constraints. Healthy old adults exhibit subclinical peripheral and central nervous system dysfunctions, possibly compromising the flexibility in inter-joint coordination during voluntary movements and the ability to adapt to varying task constraints. METHOD: We examined how healthy old (75.4 ± 5.2 years, n = 14) compared with young adults (24...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293201/accessibility-of-referent-information-influences-sentence-planning-an-eye-tracking-study
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Lesya Y Ganushchak, Agnieszka E Konopka, Yiya Chen
This study investigated the time-course of online sentence formulation (i.e., incrementality in sentence planning) as a function of the preceding discourse context. In two eye-tracking experiments, participants described pictures of transitive events (e.g., a frog catching a fly). The accessibility of the agent (Experiment 1) and patient (Experiment 2) was manipulated in the discourse preceding each picture. In the Literal condition, participants heard a story where the agent or patient was mentioned explicitly (fly, frog)...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293191/an-exploration-of-charge-compensating-ion-channels-across-the-phagocytic-vacuole-of-neutrophils
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Juliet R Foote, Philippe Behe, Mathew Frampton, Adam P Levine, Anthony W Segal
Neutrophils phagocytosing bacteria and fungi exhibit a burst of non-mitochondrial respiration that is required to kill and digest the engulfed microbes. This respiration is accomplished by the movement of electrons across the wall of the phagocytic vacuole by the neutrophil NADPH oxidase, NOX2. In this study, we have attempted to identify the non-proton ion channels or transporters involved in charge compensation by examining the effect of inhibitors on vacuolar pH and cross-sectional area, and on oxygen consumption...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293184/evaluation-of-a-dry-eeg-system-for-application-of-passive-brain-computer-interfaces-in-autonomous-driving
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Thorsten O Zander, Lena M Andreessen, Angela Berg, Maurice Bleuel, Juliane Pawlitzki, Lars Zawallich, Laurens R Krol, Klaus Gramann
We tested the applicability and signal quality of a 16 channel dry electroencephalography (EEG) system in a laboratory environment and in a car under controlled, realistic conditions. The aim of our investigation was an estimation how well a passive Brain-Computer Interface (pBCI) can work in an autonomous driving scenario. The evaluation considered speed and accuracy of self-applicability by an untrained person, quality of recorded EEG data, shifts of electrode positions on the head after driving-related movements, usability, and complexity of the system as such and wearing comfort over time...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291808/foraging-and-metabolic-consequences-of-semi-anadromy-for-an-endangered-estuarine-fish
#19
Bruce G Hammock, Steven B Slater, Randall D Baxter, Nann A Fangue, Dennis Cocherell, April Hennessy, Tomofumi Kurobe, Christopher Y Tai, Swee J Teh
Diadromy affords fish access to productive ecosystems, increasing growth and ultimately fitness, but it is unclear whether these advantages persist for species migrating within highly altered habitat. Here, we compared the foraging success of wild Delta Smelt-an endangered, zooplanktivorous, annual, semi-anadromous fish that is endemic to the highly altered San Francisco Estuary (SFE)-collected from freshwater (<0.55 psu) and brackish habitat (≥0.55 psu). Stomach fullness, averaged across three generations of wild Delta Smelt sampled from juvenile through adult life stages (n = 1,318), was 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291508/parecoxib-sodium-pretreatment-reduces-myoclonus-after-etomidate-a-prospective-double-blind-randomized-clinical-trial%C3%A2
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Xiuze Li, Jun Liu, Mengjun Zhou, Chaojing Zhou
OBJECTIVE: Myoclonus induced by etomidate during induction of general anesthesia is a common phenomenon. This prospective, randomized, saline-controlled clinical study was performed to evaluate the effect of parecoxib sodium pretreatment on the incidence and severity of etomidate-induced myoclonus. METHODS: 60 patients, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status I or II, aged 20 to 60 years, who were scheduled to undergo elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy under general anesthesia, were allocated randomly into one of two groups to receive parecoxib sodium 40 mg intravenous (group P, n = 30) or the same volume of saline (group S, n = 30) 30 minutes before administration of etomidate (0...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
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