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Émilie Petitclerc, Luc J Hébert, Jean Mathieu, Johanne Desrosiers, Cynthia Gagnon
INTRODUCTION: Lower limb strength has never been characterized separately for late-onset and adult Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 (DM1) phenotypes. METHODS: The purpose was to: 1) describe and compare lower limb strength between the 2 DM1 phenotypes, and 2) compare the impairment profiles obtained from 2 assessment methods [manual (MMT) and quantitative (QMT) muscle testing], among 107 patients. RESULTS: Both MMT and QMT showed more pronounced weakness in the adult phenotype...
October 26, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Everton Falcão de Oliveira, Aline Etelvina Casaril, Wagner Souza Fernandes, Michelle de Saboya Ravanelli, Márcio José de Medeiros, Roberto Macedo Gamarra, Antônio Conceição Paranhos Filho, Elisa Teruya Oshiro, Alessandra Gutierrez de Oliveira, Eunice Aparecida Bianchi Galati
The monthly distribution and abundance of sand flies are influenced by both biotic and abiotic factors. The present study aimed to evaluate the seasonal distribution of sand flies and the relation between their abundance and environmental parameters, including vegetation and climate. This study was conducted over a 2-year period (April 2012 to March 2014). Monthly distribution was evaluated through the weekly deployment of CDC light traps in the peridomicile area of 5 residences in an urban area of the municipality of Corumbá in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil...
2016: PloS One
Tania Gallart-Aragón, Carolina Fernández-Lao, Eduardo Castro-Martín, Irene Cantarero-Villanueva, Antonio Cózar-Ibáñez, Manuel Arroyo-Morales
OBJECTIVE: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) has demonstrated high long-term effectiveness and major advantages over other techniques. The objective of this study was to analyze changes in physical fitness parameters in morbidly obese patients during 6 months after LSG. METHODOLOGY: We conducted a descriptive observational study with 6-month follow-up in 72 LSG patients, evaluating changes in body mass index (BMI), functional capacity (6-min walking test), hand grip strength (manual dynamometry), flexibility (fingertip-to-floor test), balance (Flamingo test), physical activity level (International Physical Activity Questionnaire, IPAQ), and perception of general physical fitness (International Fitness Scale [IFIS] questionnaire)...
October 25, 2016: Obesity Surgery
Gianluca Pontone, Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Daniele Andreini, Andrea I Guaricci, Marco Guglielmo, Saima Mushtaq, Andrea Baggiano, Edoardo Conte, Virginia Beltrama, Andrea Annoni, Alberto Formenti, Elisabetta Mancini, Mark G Rabbat, Mauro Pepi
The increased number of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) in developed countries is of great clinical relevance and involves a large burden of the healthcare system. The management of these patients is focused on relieving symptoms and improving clinical outcomes. Therefore the ideal test would provide the correct diagnosis and actionable information. To this aim, several non-invasive functional imaging modalities are usually used as gatekeeper to invasive coronary angiography (ICA), but their diagnostic yield remains low with limited accuracy when compared to obstructive CAD at the time of ICA or invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR)...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Wyman Chen, Rose Caston, Bijina Balakrishnan, Anwer Siddiqi, Kamalpreet Parmar, Manshu Tang, Merry Feng, Kent Lai
Despite adequate dietary management, patients with classic galactosemia continue to have increased risks of cognitive deficits, speech dyspraxia, primary ovarian insufficiency, and abnormal motor development. A recent evaluation of a new galactose-1 phosphate uridylyltransferase (GALT)-deficient mouse model revealed reduced fertility and growth restriction. These phenotypes resemble those seen in human patients. In this study, we further assess the fidelity of this new mouse model by examining the animals for the manifestation of a common neurological sequela in human patients: cerebellar ataxia...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
K Szajna, M Kratzer, D Wrana, C Mennucci, B R Jany, F Buatier de Mongeot, C Teichert, F Krok
We have investigated the growth and stability of molecular ultra-thin films, consisting of rod-like semiconducting para-hexaphenyl (6P) molecules vapor deposited on ion beam modified TiO2(110) surfaces. The ion bombarded TiO2(110) surfaces served as growth templates exhibiting nm-scale anisotropic ripple patterns with controllable parameters, like ripple depth and length. In turn, by varying the ripple depth one can tailor the average local slope angle and the local step density/terrace width of the stepped surface...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Sunil Babu Kotha, Ravikumar Ramakrishnaiah, Darshan Devang Divakar, Sree Lalita Celur, Saad Qasim, Jukka P Matinlinna
AIM: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of chemical disinfection, autoclave, and microwave sterilization on some of the key properties of elastomers. METHODS: Five polyvinylsiloxane elastomeric impression materials were evaluated. Forty samples were fabricated from each material. The samples were randomly selected and assigned to four experimental groups with 50 samples each: group I, control; group II,chemical disinfection; group III, autoclave sterilization; and group IV, microwave sterilization...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry
Fengcang Ma, Ping Liu, Wei Li, Xinkuan Liu, Xiaohong Chen, Ke Zhang, Deng Pan, Weijie Lu
Low-cost TiB whiskers reinforced titanium matrix composite (TMCs) was fabricated with enhanced mechanical performances using in situ technologies and hot working. Morphologies observation indicates that needle-like TiB whiskers with a hexagonal transverse section grow along the [010] direction due to B27 crystal structure and its growth mechanism. Mechanical properties tests show that the mechanical behavior of the TiB whiskers reinforced TMCs is dependent on the deformation amplitudes applied in hot-working...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
L Lopes, S Póvoas, J Mota, A D Okely, M J Coelho-E-Silva, D P Cliff, V P Lopes, R Santos
Available data on the associations between motor competence (MC) and flexibility are limited and result inconclusive. This study aims to examine the relationship between flexibility and MC in children. The sample comprised 596 Portuguese children (47.1% girls) aged 9.7 ± 0.6 years. Motor competence was evaluated with the body coordination test, Körperkoordination Test für Kinder. Cardiorespiratory fitness (20-m shuttle run), muscular strength (curl-up and push-up tests), and flexibility (back-saver sit and reach and trunk-lift tests) were evaluated using the Fitnessgram Test Battery...
October 26, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
Karin Törne, Andreas Örnberg, Jonas Weissenrieder
: During implantation load-bearing devices experience stress that may influence its mechanical and corrosion profile and potentially lead to premature rupture. The susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of the Mg-Al alloy AZ61 and Zn was studied in simulated body fluid (m-SBF) and whole blood by slow strain rate (SSR) testing in combination with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and further ex-situ analysis including scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy...
October 22, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Evelise Bach, Gabriela de Carvalho Fernandes, Luciane Maria Pereira Passaglia
Paenibacillus riograndensis SBR5(T) is a plant growth-promoting bacterium isolated from the wheat rhizosphere. Its recalcitrance to genetic manipulation is a major bottleneck for molecular studies, as has been reported for other Paenibacillus environmental isolates. An efficient electroporation protocol was established by evaluating diverse parameters and optimizing the culture medium, culture growth phase, electroporation solution, recovery medium, DNA input, and electric field strength. Efficiencies of approximately 2...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Joel T Cramer, Alfonso J Cruz-Jentoft, Francesco Landi, Mary Hickson, Mauro Zamboni, Suzette L Pereira, Deborah S Hustead, Vikkie A Mustad
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence suggests that nutritional interventions may improve muscle outcomes in malnutrition and sarcopenia. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the effects of 2 high-quality oral nutritional supplements (ONS) differing in amount and type of key nutrients in older adult men and women. DESIGN: A multicenter, randomized, double-blinded, controlled clinical trial. PARTICIPANTS: Malnourished and sarcopenic men and women, 65 years and older (n = 330)...
November 1, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Kerem Karaman, Ali Bal, Mehmet Aziret, Metin Ercan, Erdal Birol Bostanci, Musa Akoglu
BACKGROUND: Which suture material is optimal for pancreaticojejunostomy (PJ) anastomosis is a matter of debate with contradictory results. The aim of the present in vitro study was to determine the effects of pancreatic juice, bile, and their mixture on different suture materials in terms of breaking strength and disintegration. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Four suture materials, silk, polyglactin 910, polydioxanone, and polypropylene, were tested in pancreatic juice, bile, and their mixture...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
Kyle S Beyer, David H Fukuda, Michael J Redd, Jeffrey R Stout, Jay R Hoffman
Beyer, KS, Fukuda, DH, Redd, MJ, Stout, JR, and Hoffman, JR. Player selection bias in National Football League draftees. J Strength Cond Res 30(11): 2965-2971, 2016-Relative age effects (RAEs) have been studied as a potential factor associated with player selection bias in numerous sports. However, little research has examined the role of RAEs among National Football League (NFL) draftees. The purpose of the current study was to determine the existence of RAEs in NFL draftees from the last 10 NFL drafts. Draftee birth dates were collected and divided into calendar and scholastic quarters (SQ1-SQ4)...
November 2016: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Karen J Mickle, Peter Caputi, Jan M Potter, Julie R Steele
BACKGROUND: Reduced toe flexor strength is an independent predictor of falls in older people. However it is unknown whether strengthening programs can restore toe flexor strength in older individuals. The aim of this study was to investigate whether a progressive resistance training program, focused specifically on the foot muscles, could improve toe flexor strength in community-dwelling older people. METHODS: After baseline testing, 85 men and women (age range 60-90years) were randomized to either a supervised, progressive resistance training (n=43) or a home-based exercise (n=42) group for 12weeks...
October 7, 2016: Clinical Biomechanics
Boris Shenkman, Ivan Budnik, Yulia Einav, Hagit Hauschner, Mykhaylo Andrejchin, Uriel Martinowitz
BACKGROUND: Trauma-induced coagulopathy (TIC) is commonly seen among patients with severe injury. The dynamic process of TIC is characterized by variability of the features of the disease. METHODS: A model of TIC was created. Hemodilution was produced by mixing the blood with 40% TRIS/saline solution, fibrinolysis by treating the blood with 160 ng/mL tPA, acidosis by adding 1.2 mg/mL lactic acid achieving pH 7.0-7.1, and hypothermia by running the assay at 31 °C...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Cristina Jácome, Alda Marques
PURPOSE: Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is effective in patients with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, the effects of PR in patients with mild COPD have not yet been established. Thus, this study investigated the short- and long-term effects of PR in patients with mild COPD in comparison with patients with moderate to severe disease. METHODS: A total of 32 patients with mild (group 1) and 29 with moderate to severe (group 2) COPD completed the study...
November 2016: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
Fengbo Zhu, Libo Cheng, Jun Yin, Ziliang Wu, Jin Qian, Jianzhong Fu, Qiang Zheng
Polyion complex (PIC) hydrogels have been proposed as promising engineered soft materials due to their high toughness and good processibility. In this work, we reported manufacturing of complex structures with tough PIC hydrogels based on three-dimensional (3D) printing technology. The strategy relies on the distinct strength of ionic bonding in PIC hydrogels at different stages of printing. In concentrated saline solution, PIC forms viscous solution, which can be directly extruded out of a nozzle into water, where dialyzing out of salt and counterions results in sol-gel transition to form tough physical PIC gel with intricate structures...
October 25, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
S H Chen, T M Yue, C P Tsui, K C Chan
Inheriting amorphous atomic structures without crystalline lattices, bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) are known to have superior mechanical properties, such as high strength approaching the ideal value, but are susceptible to catastrophic failures. Understanding the plastic-flow dynamics of BMGs is important for achieving stable plastic flow in order to avoid catastrophic failures, especially under tension, where almost all BMGs demonstrate limited plastic flow with catastrophic failure. Previous findings have shown that the plastic flow of BMGs displays critical dynamics under compression tests, however, the plastic-flow dynamics under tension are still unknown...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jade Taffs, C Patrick Royall
Although long assumed to have an important role in the suppression of crystallization and the development of glassformers, the effect of local fivefold symmetry has never been directly tested. Here we consider whether such suppression of crystallization has a kinetic or thermodynamic nature and investigate its mechanism. We introduce a model in which the degree of fivefold symmetry can be tuned by favouring arrangements of particles in pentagonal bipyramids. We thus show that fivefold symmetry has both kinetic and thermodynamic effects on the mechanism of crystallization to a face-centred cubic crystal...
October 25, 2016: Nature Communications
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