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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088660/processes-of-anticipatory-postural-adjustment-and-step-movement-of-gait-initiation
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Hiroki Mizusawa, Yasutomo Jono, Yasuyuki Iwata, Atsushi Kinoshita, Koichi Hiraoka
The purpose of this study was to elucidate whether the anticipatory postural adjustment (APA) and focal step movement of gait initiation are produced as a single process or different processes and whether the APA receives an inhibitory drive from the ongoing stop process of gait initiation. Healthy humans initiated gait in response to a first visual cue that instructed the initial swing leg. In some trials, a switch or stop cue was also provided after the first cue. When the stop cue was provided, participants withheld gait initiation...
January 12, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088064/improved-cognition-while-cycling-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients-and-healthy-adults
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Audrey A Hazamy, Lori J P Altmann, Elizabeth Stegemöller, Dawn Bowers, Hyo Keun Lee, Jonathan Wilson, Michael S Okun, Chris J Hass
Persons with Parkinson's disease (PD) are typically more susceptible than healthy adults to impaired performance when two tasks (dual task interference) are performed simultaneously. This limitation has by many experts been attributed to limitations in cognitive resources. Nearly all studies of dual task performance in PD employ walking or balance-based motor tasks, which are commonly impaired in PD. These tasks can be performed using a combination of one or two executive function tasks. The current study examined whether persons with PD would demonstrate greater dual task effects (DTEs) on cognition compared to healthy older adults (HOAs) during a concurrent cycling task...
January 11, 2017: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086836/an-internet-based-self-help-intervention-for-older-adults-after-marital-bereavement-separation-or-divorce-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jeannette Brodbeck, Thomas Berger, Hans Joerg Znoj
BACKGROUND: Marital bereavement and separation or divorce are among the most stressful critical life events in later life. These events require a dissolution of social and emotional ties, adjustments in daily routine and changes in identity and perspectives for the future. After a normative grief or distress reaction, most individuals cope well with the loss. However, some develop a prolonged grief reaction. Internet-based self-help interventions have proved beneficial for a broad range of disorders, including complicated grief...
January 13, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081050/white-paper-of-the-society-of-computed-body-tomography-and-magnetic-resonance-on-dual-energy-ct-part-3-vascular-cardiac-pulmonary-and-musculoskeletal-applications
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Carlo N De Cecco, U Joseph Schoepf, Lynne Steinbach, Daniel T Boll, W Dennis Foley, Ravi K Kaza, David N Bolus, Desiree E Morgan, Dushyant V Sahani, William P Shuman, Marilyn J Siegel, Terri J Vrtiska, Benjamin M Yeh, Lincoln L Berland
This is the third of a series of 4 white papers that represent Expert Consensus Documents developed by the Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance through its Task Force on dual-energy computed tomography. This paper, part 3, describes computed tomography angiography and thoracic, cardiac, vascular, and musculoskeletal clinical applications. At the end of the discussion of each application category (vascular, cardiac, pulmonary, and musculoskeletal), we present our consensus opinions on the current clinical utility of the application and opportunities for further research...
January 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080113/higher-order-cognitive-control-in-dual-tasks-evidence-from-task-pair-switching
#5
Patricia Hirsch, Sophie Nolden, Iring Koch
In the present study, we combined the psychological refractory period (PRP) paradigm with a novel task-pair switching logic which enabled us to isolate performance costs occurring at the global level of task-pairs. In Experiment 1, in which we used conceptually overlapping responses for Task 1 (T1) and Task 2 (T2), we generated 3 task-pairs by combining 1 of 3 visual tasks (T1) with an auditory task (T2). In addition to worse performance after a short SOA than a long SOA (i.e., PRP effect), we found impaired performance in n - 1 task-pair switches as compared to n - 1 task-pair repetitions (i...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079635/influences-of-age-obesity-and-adverse-drug-effects-on-balance-and-mobility-testing-scores-in-ambulatory-older-adults
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Eric Anson, Elizabeth Thompson, Brian L Odle, John Jeka, Zachary F Walls, Peter C Panus
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The adverse effects of drugs may influence results on tests of mobility and balance, but the drug-specific impact is not identified when using these tests. We propose that a quantitative drug index (QDI) will assist in assessing fall risk based on these tests, when combined with other fall risk variables. METHODS: Fifty-seven community-dwelling older adults who could walk independently on a treadmill and had Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores equal to or greater than 24 participated...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065849/-dual-origins-of-measured-phase-amplitude-coupling-reveal-distinct-neural-mechanisms-underlying-human-episodic-memory-in-the-human-cortex
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Alex P Vaz, Robert B Yaffe, John H Wittig, Sara K Inati, Kareem A Zaghloul
Phase-amplitude coupling (PAC) is hypothesized to coordinate neural activity, but its role in successful memory formation in the human cortex is unknown. Measures of PAC are difficult to interpret, however. Both increases and decreases in PAC have been linked to memory encoding, and PAC may arise due to different neural mechanisms. Here, we use a waveform analysis to examine PAC in the human cortex as participants with intracranial electrodes performed a paired associates memory task. We found that successful memory formation exhibited significant decreases in left temporal lobe and prefrontal cortical PAC, and these two regions exhibited changes in PAC within different frequency bands...
January 5, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061431/effect-of-subthalamic-nucleus-deep-brain-stimulation-on-balance-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-static-posturographic-analysis
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Beatriz De la Casa-Fages, Fernando Alonso-Frech, Francisco Grandas
BACKGROUND: The effect of subthalamic deep brain stimulation on balance in Parkinson's disease remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of subthalamic nucleus stimulation on balance in Parkinson's disease using posturography. METHODS: 16 patients (9 women) who underwent subthalamic deep brain stimulation [mean age 59.6 years (46-70); mean disease duration 15.6 years (7-25); mean duration of subthalamic stimulation 32.1 months (3...
December 29, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060526/effects-of-dual-monitor-computer-work-versus-laptop-work-on-cervical-muscular-and-proprioceptive-characteristics-of-males-and-females
#9
Amanda M Farias Zuniga, Julie N Côté
OBJECTIVE: The effects of performing a 90-minute computer task with a laptop versus a dual monitor desktop workstation were investigated in healthy young male and female adults. BACKGROUND: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are common among computer (especially female) users. Laptops have surpassed desktop computer sales, and working with multiple monitors has also become popular. However, few studies have provided objective evidence on how they affect the musculoskeletal system in both genders...
December 1, 2016: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056045/further-development-of-the-assessment-of-military-multitasking-performance-iterative-reliability-testing
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Margaret M Weightman, Karen L McCulloch, Mary V Radomski, Marsha Finkelstein, Amy S Cecchini, Leslie F Davidson, Kristin J Heaton, Laurel B Smith, Matthew R Scherer
The Assessment of Military Multitasking Performance (AMMP) is a battery of functional dual-tasks and multitasks based on military activities that target known sensorimotor, cognitive, and exertional vulnerabilities after concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The AMMP was developed to help address known limitations in post concussive return to duty assessment and decision making. Once validated, the AMMP is intended for use in combination with other metrics to inform duty-readiness decisions in Active Duty Service Members following concussion...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055188/assembling-enzymatic-cascade-pathways-inside-virus-based-nanocages-using-dual-tasking-nucleic-acid-tags
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Melanie Brasch, Rindia M Putri, Mark Vincent de Ruiter, Daniel Luque, Melissa S T Koay, Jose R Castón, Jeroen J L M Cornelissen
The packaging of proteins into discrete compartments is an essential feature for cellular efficiency. Inspired by Nature, we harness virus-like assemblies as artificial nanocompartments for enzyme-catalyzed cascade reactions. Using the negative charges of nucleic acid tags, we develop a versatile strategy to promote an efficient non-covalent co-encapsulation of enzymes within a single protein cage of Cowpea Chlorotic Mottle Virus (CCMV) at neutral pH. The encapsulation results in stable 21-22 nm-sized CCMV-like particles, which is characteristic of an icosahedral T=1 symmetry...
January 5, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049003/cognitive-motor-interference-on-upper-extremity-motor-performance-in-a-robot-assisted-planar-reaching-task-among-patients-with-stroke
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Joon-Ho Shin, Gyulee Park, Duk Youn Cho
OBJECTIVE: To explore motor performance on two different cognitive tasks during robotic rehabilitation in which motor performance was longitudinally assessed. DESIGN: Prospective study SETTING: Rehabilitation hospital PARTICIPANTS: Patients with chronic stroke and upper extremity impairment (N=22) INTERVENTION: A total of 640 repetitions of robot-assisted planar reaching, five times a week for 4 weeks MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Longitudinal robotic evaluations regarding motor performance included smoothness, mean velocity, path error, and reach error by the type of cognitive task...
December 31, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047894/su-f-t-270-a-technique-for-modeling-a-diode-array-into-the-tps-for-lung-sbrt-patient-specific-qa
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C Curley, Z Ouhib, T Leventouri
PURPOSE: To accurately match the treatment planning system (TPS) with the measurement environment, where quality assurance (QA) devices are used to collect data, for lung Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) patient specific QA. Incorporation of heterogeneities is also studied. METHODS: Dual energy computerized tomography (DECT) and single energy computerized tomography (SECT) were used to model phantoms incorporating a 2-D diode array into the TPS. A water-equivalent and a heterogeneous phantom (simulating the thoracic region of a patient) were studied...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046516/we-ab-207a-03-a-cbct-head-scanner-for-point-of-care-imaging-of-intracranial-hemorrhage
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J Xu, A Sisniega, W Zbijewski, H Dang, J Stayman, X Wang, D Foos, N Aygun, V Koliatsos, J Siewerdsen
PURPOSE: This work reports the design, development, and first technical assessment of a cone-beam CT (CBCT) scanner developed specifically for imaging of acute intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) at the point of care, with target applications in diagnosis and monitoring of traumatic brain injury, stroke, and postsurgical hemorrhage. METHODS: System design employed a task-based image quality model to quantify the influence of factors such as additive noise and high-gain (HG) detector readout on ICH detectability...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044312/optimization-of-contrast-enhanced-breast-imaging-analysis-using-a-cascaded-linear-system-model
#15
Yue-Houng Hu, David A Scaduto, Wei Zhao
PURPOSE: Contrast-enhanced (CE) breast imaging involves the injection contrast agents (i.e., iodine) to increase conspicuity of malignant lesions. CE imaging may be used in conjunction with digital mammography (DM) or digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) and has shown promise in improving diagnostic specificity. Both CE-DM and CE-DBT techniques require optimization as clinical diagnostic tools. Physical factors including x-ray spectra, subtraction technique, and the signal from iodine contrast, must be considered to provide the greatest object detectability and image quality...
November 21, 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043057/a-narrative-review-of-texting-as-a-visually-dependent-cognitive-motor-secondary-task-during-locomotion
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REVIEW
T Krasovsky, P L Weiss, R Kizony
Typing while walking is an example of people's ability to interact with technology while engaged in real life activities. Indeed, an increasing number of studies have investigated the typing of text messages (texting) as a dual task during locomotion. The objective of this review is to (1) describe the task requirements of texting-while-walking, (2) evaluate the measurement and psychometric properties of texting as a dual task, and (3) formulate methodological recommendations for researchers who use and report on texting-while-walking...
December 22, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041962/high-working-memory-load-impairs-the-effect-of-cognitive-reappraisal-on-emotional-response-evidence-from-an-event-related-potential-study
#17
Shuzhen Gan, Jianfeng Yang, Xuhai Chen, Xiuping Zhang, Yufang Yang
This study investigates how the working memory (WM) load influenced the efficacy of cognitive reappraisal, a frequently used strategy for emotion regulation. In a dual-task paradigm, the participants were required to perform a high-load or a low-load memory task and simultaneously reappraise aversive pictures with a negative or a neutral meaning. In the low-load condition, we found that the amplitude of emotion-enhanced late positive potential (LPP) was significantly decreased by neutral reappraisal compared to negative reappraisal...
December 30, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038440/the-effect-of-limited-cognitive-resources-on-communication-disturbances-in-serious-mental-illness
#18
P Le Thanh, Gina M Najolia, Kyle S Minor, Alex S Cohen
Semantically incoherent speech is a pernicious clinical feature of serious mental illness (SMI). The precise mechanisms underlying this deficit remain unclear. Prior studies have found that arousal of negative emotion exaggerates the severity of these communication disturbances; this has been coined "affective reactivity". Recent research suggests that "cognitive reactivity" may also occur, namely reflecting reduced "on-line" cognitive resources in SMI. We tested the hypothesis that communication disturbances manifest as a function of limited cognitive resources in SMI above and beyond that associated with state affectivity...
December 20, 2016: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038340/spatio-temporal-and-kinematic-gait-analysis-in-patients-with-frontotemporal-dementia-and-alzheimer-s-disease-through-3d-motion-capture
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Rosaria Rucco, Valeria Agosti, Francesca Jacini, Pierpaolo Sorrentino, Pasquale Varriale, Manuela De Stefano, Graziella Milan, Patrizia Montella, Giuseppe Sorrentino
Alzheimer's disease (AD) and behavioral variant of Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD) are characterized respectively by atrophy in the medial temporal lobe with memory loss and prefrontal and anterior temporal degeneration with dysexecutive syndrome. In this study, we hypothesized that specific gait patterns are induced by either frontal or temporal degeneration. To test this hypothesis, we studied the gait pattern in bvFTD (23) and AD (22) patients in single and dual task ("motor" and "cognitive") conditions...
December 21, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038330/the-effects-of-a-simultaneous-cognitive-or-motor-task-on-the-kinematics-of-walking-in-older-fallers-and-non-fallers
#20
Renato Campos Freire Júnior, Jaqueline Mello Porto, Nise Ribeiro Marques, Paola Errera Magnani, Daniela Cristina Carvalho de Abreu
Human gait has been widely investigated under dual-task conditions because it has been demonstrated to be an important way to uncover differences in gait biomechanics between older fallers and non-fallers. However, exactly how simultaneous tasks affect the kinematics of walking remains unclear. In the present study, gait kinematic properties of older fallers and non-fallers were compared under cognitive and motor dual-task conditions. The gait kinematic properties of interest were recorded under three different conditions: walking at preferred speed, walking when performing a cognitive task (naming animals), and walking when performing a motor task (transferring a coin from one pocket to the other)...
December 27, 2016: Human Movement Science
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