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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346067/horseback-riding-therapy-for-a-deafblind-individual-enabled-by-a-haptic-interface
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Matjaž Ogrinc Ms, Ildar Farkhatdinov PhD, Rich Walker Ms, Etienne Burdet
We present a haptic interface to help deafblind people to practice horseback riding as a recreational and therapeutic activity. Horseback riding is a form of therapy which can improve self-esteem and sensation of independence. It has been shown to benefit people with various medical conditions-including autism. However, in the case of deafblind riders, an interpreter must stand by at all times to communicate with the rider by touch. We developed a simple interface that enables deafblind people to enjoy horseback riding while the instructor is remotely providing cues, which improves their independence...
March 27, 2017: Assistive Technology: the Official Journal of RESNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341722/sciatic-and-femoral-nerve-blockade-using-bupivacaine-alone-or-in-combination-with-dexmedetomidine-or-buprenorphine-in-cats
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M C Evangelista, G M Doodnaught, D T Fantoni, P V M Steagall
The aim of this study was to determine the onset and offset of antinociception after sciatic (ScN) and femoral (FN) nerve blocks. Six healthy adult cats (4.8±1.3years; 4.3±0.4 kg) were included in a randomised, crossover, blinded and controlled study. Following sedation with dexmedetomidine (25 µg/kg, intramuscular), each ScN and FN injection was performed using 0.1 ml/kg of saline (CONTROL), bupivacaine (0.46 per cent, 0.46 mg/kg; BUPI), bupivacaine and dexmedetomidine (1 µg/kg; BUPI-DEX) or bupivacaine and buprenorphine (2...
March 24, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339025/cerebral-hemorrhage-therapy-by-targeting-vegf-and-hgf-in-a-preclinical-trial-in-rats
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Xueqing Li, Ruiqi Cao, Huaihai Lu, Wenbin Tian, Ning Yu, Pei Zhang, Zhenming Dong
Cerebral hemorrhage is the most common type of human cerebrovascular disease and frequently causes paralysis, vegetative state and mortality. The modulatory actions of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) are vital in the human nervous system. The present study investigated the association between cerebral hemorrhage and the expression of VEGF and HGF in a rat model of cerebral hemorrhage. The therapeutic potential of cerebral hemorrhage was also evaluated using targeted drugs for VEGF and HGF in the cerebral hemorrhage rat model...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338618/real-time-gait-event-detection-based-on-kinematic-data-coupled-to-a-biomechanical-model-%C3%A2
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Stefan Lambrecht, Anna Harutyunyan, Kevin Tanghe, Maarten Afschrift, Joris De Schutter, Ilse Jonkers
Real-time detection of multiple stance events, more specifically initial contact (IC), foot flat (FF), heel off (HO), and toe off (TO), could greatly benefit neurorobotic (NR) and neuroprosthetic (NP) control. Three real-time threshold-based algorithms have been developed, detecting the aforementioned events based on kinematic data in combination with a biomechanical model. Data from seven subjects walking at three speeds on an instrumented treadmill were used to validate the presented algorithms, accumulating to a total of 558 steps...
March 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336345/dancing-for-parkinson-s-a-randomized-trial-of-irish-set-dancing-compared-to-usual-care
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Joanne Shanahan, Meg E Morris, Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain, Daniele Volpe, Tim Lynch, Amanda M Clifford
OBJECTIVE: This pilot trial examined the feasibility of a randomised controlled study design and explored the benefits of the set dancing intervention compared to usual care. DESIGN: Randomised controlled design, with participants randomised to Irish set dance classes or a usual care control group. SETTING: Community based PARTICIPANTS: Individuals with idiopathic PD INTERVENTIONS: The dance group attended a 1.5 hour dancing class each week for 10 weeks and undertook a home dance programme for 20 minutes three times per week...
March 21, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332010/an-evidence-based-walking-program-among-older-people-with-knee-osteoarthritis-the-pep-participant-exercise-preference-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Laurianne Loew, Lucie Brosseau, Glen P Kenny, Natalie Durand-Bush, Stéphane Poitras, Gino De Angelis, George A Wells
Knee osteoarthritis is a common joint problem leading to an increase of pain and a loss of function in older individuals. The main objective of this study was to evaluate if a participant who was randomly assigned to his preferred group improved his adherence to an effective walking program compared to a participant who did not receive his preferred group. This was a 9-month pilot randomized clinical trial, based on a patient treatment preferences design. The 69 eligible participants had a diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis...
March 22, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330455/exergames-versus-self-regulated-exercises-with-instruction-leaflets-to-improve-adherence-during-geriatric-rehabilitation-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Peter Oesch, Jan Kool, Luis Fernandez-Luque, Ellen Brox, Gunn Evertsen, Anton Civit, Roger Hilfiker, Stefan Bachmann
BACKGROUND: Improving mobility in elderly persons is a primary goal in geriatric rehabilitation. Self-regulated exercises with instruction leaflets are used to increase training volume but adherence is often low. Exergames may improve adherence. This study therefore compared exergames with self-regulated exercise using instruction leaflets. The primary outcome was adherence. Secondary outcomes were enjoyment, motivation and balance during walking. METHODS: Design: single center parallel group non-blinded randomized controlled trial with central stratified randomization...
March 23, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329753/benefits-of-high-intensity-exercise-training-to-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-controlled-study
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Tobias Boeselt, Christoph Nell, Lea Lütteken, Katharina Kehr, Janine Koepke, Sandra Apelt, Martina Veith, Björn Beutel, Marc Spielmanns, Timm Greulich, Claus F Vogelmeier, Klaus Kenn, Sabina Janciauskiene, Peter Alter, A Rembert Koczulla
BACKGROUND: Various exercise training programs are used for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) of different severity. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the impact of individualized high-intensity training on exercise capacity with COPD. METHODS: A total of 49 patients agreed to participate. Of these, 31 were assigned to the training group and 18 served as controls. The training group exercised twice a week for 90 min with consecutively increasing loads...
March 23, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329121/very-low-calorie-diets-for-weight-loss-in-obese-older-adults-a-randomized-trial
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Cilla J Haywood, Luke A Prendergast, Katrina Purcell, Lauren Le Fevre, Wen Kwang Lim, Mary Galea, Joseph Proietto
Background: Obesity contributes to disability in older adults, and this is offset by weight loss and exercise. Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCDs) achieve rapid weight loss; however, these have not been rigorously evaluated in older people. Methods: A randomized trial was conducted from August 2012 through December 2015. The intervention was 12 weeks of thrice weekly exercise combined with either healthy eating advice (Ex/HE), hypocaloric diet (Ex/Diet), or VLCD (Ex/VLCD)...
February 20, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322241/leisure-time-physical-activity-among-older-adults-with-long-term-spinal-cord-injury
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S Jörgensen, K A Martin Ginis, J Lexell
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional. OBJECTIVES: To describe participation in leisure time physical activity (LTPA) (amount, intensity and type) among older adults with long-term spinal cord injury (SCI), and to investigate the associations with sociodemographics, injury characteristics and secondary health conditions (SHCs). SETTING: Home settings in southern Sweden. METHODS: Data from the Swedish Aging with Spinal Cord Injury Study (SASCIS)...
March 21, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322035/multidisciplinary-rehabilitation-program-after-breast-cancer-benefits-on-physical-function-anthropometry-and-quality-of-life
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Anne-France Leclerc, Marguerite Foidart-Dessalle, Marco Tomasella, Philippe Coucke, Martine Devos, Olivier Bruyère, Thierry Bury, Dorian Deflandre, Guy Jerusalem, Eric Lifrange, Jean-François Kaux, Jean-Michel Crielaard, Didier Maquet
BACKGROUND: Different clinical trials show beneficial effects of physical training offered during and / or after breast cancer treatment. However, given the variety of side effects that may be encountered, physical training could be combined with psychological, relational and social guidance. This kind of multidisciplinary program has been little studied so far. AIM: To determine the benefits of a three-month multidisciplinary rehabilitation program among women after breast cancer treatment...
March 20, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319165/psychosocial-and-environmental-correlates-of-active-and-passive-transport-behaviors-in-college-educated-and-non-college-educated-working-young-adults
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Dorien Simons, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Peter Clarys, Katrien De Cocker, Bas de Geus, Corneel Vandelanotte, Jelle Van Cauwenberg, Benedicte Deforche
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to examine potential differences in walking, cycling, public transport and passive transport (car/moped/motorcycle) to work and to other destinations between college and non-college educated working young adults. Secondly, we aimed to investigate which psychosocial and environmental factors are associated with the four transport modes and whether these associations differ between college and non-college educated working young adults. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 224 working young adults completed an online questionnaire assessing socio-demographic variables (8 items), psychosocial variables (6 items), environmental variables (10 items) and transport mode (4 types) and duration to work/other destinations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318816/use-of-electromyography-to-optimize-lokomat-%C3%A2-settings-for-subject-specific-gait-rehabilitation-in-post-stroke-hemiparetic-patients-a-proof-of-concept-study
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Yosra Cherni, Mickael Begon, Hicham Chababe, Florent Moissenet
OBJECTIVES: While generic protocols exist for gait rehabilitation using robotic orthotics such as the Lokomat(®), several settings - guidance, body-weight support (BWS) and velocity - may be adjusted to individualize patient training. However, no systematic approach has yet emerged. Our objective was to assess the feasibility and effects of a systematic approach based on electromyography to determine subject-specific settings with application to the strengthening of the gluteus maximus muscle in post-stroke hemiparetic patients...
March 16, 2017: Neurophysiologie Clinique, Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316258/walking-football-as-sustainable-exercise-for-older-adults-a-pilot-investigation
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Peter Reddy, Irundika Dias, Carol Holland, Niyah Campbell, Iaysha Nagar, Luke Connolly, Peter Krustrup, Harry Hubball
The health benefits of playing football and the importance of exercise and social contact for healthy ageing are well established, but few older adults in the UK take enough exercise. Football is popular, flexible in format and draws players into engrossing, effortful and social exercise, but the physical demands of play at full speed may make it unsustainable for some older adults. Restricted to walking pace, will play still be engaging? Will health benefits be retained? Will physical demands remain manageable? This pilot study aims to investigate: (1) the experience of older adults playing walking football every week, is it sustainable and rewarding, (2) the intensity and locomotor pattern of walking football, (3) the scale and nature of walking football health benefits and (4) possible cognitive benefits of playing walking football through measures of processing speed, selective and divided attention and updating and inhibition components of executive function...
March 19, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315666/feasibility-and-safety-of-a-powered-exoskeleton-for-assisted-walking-for-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-single-group-preliminary-study
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Allan J Kozlowski, Michelle Fabian, Dipan Lad, Andrew Delgado
OBJECTIVE: To examine the feasibility, safety, and secondary benefit potential of exoskeleton-assisted walking with one device for persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) DESIGN: Single-group longitudinal preliminary study with 8-week baseline, 8-week intervention, and 4-week follow-up. SETTING: Outpatient MS clinic at tertiary care hospital. PARTICIPANTS: The 13 participants were mostly female who ranged in age from 38-62 years and on Expanded Disability Status Scale scores from 5...
March 15, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306684/implementation-and-outcomes-of-a-community-based-pulmonary-rehabilitation-program-in-rural-appalachia
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Daniel Doyle, Chaffee Tommarello, Mike Broce, Mary Emmett, Cecil Pollard
PURPOSE: To report on the implementation and clinical outcomes of a community-based pulmonary rehabilitation program in rural Appalachia. METHODS: Three rural health centers and a large referral hospital worked together to establish pulmonary rehabilitation services based on AACVPR guidelines. Each site hired at least 1 respiratory therapist. To measure clinical outcomes, a retrospective medical record study compared pre- and post-program values for the modified Medical Research Council dyspnea level, 6-minute walk test (6MWT), negative inspiratory force (NIF), respiratory disease knowledge, St George Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ), BODE index (body mass index, airflow obstruction, dyspnea and exercise capacity), and smoking status...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297569/administration-of-adult-human-bone-marrow-derived-cultured-pooled-allogeneic-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-in-critical-limb-ischemia-due-to-buerger-s-disease-phase-ii-study-report-suggests-clinical-efficacy
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Pawan K Gupta, Murali Krishna, Anoop Chullikana, Sanjay Desai, Rajkumar Murugesan, Santanu Dutta, Uday Sarkar, Radhakrishnan Raju, Anita Dhar, Rajiv Parakh, Lakshmanan Jeyaseelan, Pachaiyappan Viswanathan, Prasanth Kulapurathu Vellotare, Raviraja N Seetharam, Charan Thej, Mathiyazhagan Rengasamy, Sudha Balasubramanian, Anish S Majumdar
Critical limb ischemia (CLI) due to Buerger's disease is a major unmet medical need with a high incidence of morbidity. This phase II, prospective, nonrandomized, open-label, multicentric, dose-ranging study was conducted to assess the efficacy and safety of i.m. injection of adult human bone marrow-derived, cultured, pooled, allogeneic mesenchymal stromal cells (BMMSC) in CLI due to Buerger's disease. Patients were allocated to three groups: 1 and 2 million cells/kg body weight (36 patients each) and standard of care (SOC) (18 patients)...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297175/pelvic-breadth-and-locomotor-kinematics-in-human-evolution
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Laura Tobias Gruss, Richard Gruss, Daniel Schmitt
A broad pelvis is characteristic of most, if not all, pre-modern hominins. In at least some early australopithecines, most notably the female Australopithecus afarensis specimen known as "Lucy," it is very broad and coupled with very short lower limbs. In 1991, Rak suggested that Lucy's pelvic anatomy improved locomotor efficiency by increasing stride length through rotation of the wide pelvis in the axial plane. Compared to lengthening strides by increasing flexion and extension at the hips, this mechanism could avoid potentially costly excessive vertical oscillations of the body's center of mass (COM)...
April 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285898/total-hip-arthroplasty-improves-pain-and-function-but-not-physical-activity
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Artaban J Jeldi, Angela H Deakin, David J Allen, Malcolm H Granat, Margaret Grant, Ben W Stansfield
BACKGROUND: People with hip osteoarthritis are likely to limit physical activity (PA) engagement due to pain and lack of function. Total hip arthroplasty (THA) reduces pain and improves function, potentially allowing increased PA. PA of THA patients was quantified to 12 months postoperation. The hypothesis was that postoperatively levels of PA would increase. METHODS: PA of 30 THA patients (67 ± 7 years) was objectively measured preoperatively and 3 and 12 months postoperation...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284168/effects-of-postmeal-exercise-on-postprandial-glucose-excursions-in-people-with-type-2-diabetes-treated-with-add-on-hypoglycemic-agents
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Melissa L Erickson, Jonathan P Little, Jennifer L Gay, Kevin K McCully, Nathan T Jenkins
AIMS: Type 2 diabetes treatment primarily focuses on reducing hyperglycemia, including postprandial glucose excursions. Hypoglycemic agents are used clinically to lower fasting and postprandial glucose. Metformin is the first-line therapy; however, if metformin is inadequate then 'add-on' hypoglycemic agents are implemented. Postmeal exercise has been shown to lower postprandial glucose. The aim of this study was to assess if postmeal exercise provides additional glucose-lowering benefit, beyond medication alone, in those on add-on hypoglycemic agents...
March 8, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
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