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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344778/methodological-advances-in-imaging-intravital-axonal-transport
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James N Sleigh, Alessio Vagnoni, Alison E Twelvetrees, Giampietro Schiavo
Axonal transport is the active process whereby neurons transport cargoes such as organelles and proteins anterogradely from the cell body to the axon terminal and retrogradely in the opposite direction. Bi-directional transport in axons is absolutely essential for the functioning and survival of neurons and appears to be negatively impacted by both aging and diseases of the nervous system, such as Alzheimer's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The movement of individual cargoes along axons has been studied in vitro in live neurons and tissue explants for a number of years; however, it is currently unclear as to whether these systems faithfully and consistently replicate the in vivo situation...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343885/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-impairs-index-finger-responses-to-unpredictable-perturbations
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Emily L Grandy, Kaihua Xiu, Tamara L Marquardt, Chengliu Li, Peter J Evans, Zong-Ming Li
The fine-tuning of digit forces to object properties can be disrupted by carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS' effects on hand function have mainly been investigated using predictable manipulation tasks; however, unpredictable perturbations are commonly encountered during manual tasks, presenting situations which may be more challenging to CTS patients given their hand impairments. The purpose of this study was to investigate muscle and force responses of the index finger to unpredictable perturbations in patients with CTS...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343334/design-and-test-of-a-microsoft-kinect-based-system-for-delivering-adaptive-visual-feedback-to-stroke-patients-during-training-of-upper-limb-movement
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Daniel Simonsen, Mirjana B Popovic, Erika G Spaich, Ole Kæseler Andersen
The present paper describes the design and test of a low-cost Microsoft Kinect-based system for delivering adaptive visual feedback to stroke patients during the execution of an upper limb exercise. Eleven sub-acute stroke patients with varying degrees of upper limb function were recruited. Each subject participated in a control session (repeated twice) and a feedback session (repeated twice). In each session, the subjects were presented with a rectangular pattern displayed on a vertical mounted monitor embedded in the table in front of the patient...
March 25, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341653/locomotion-behavior-is-affected-by-the-g%C3%AE-s-pathway-and-the-two-pore-domain-k-channel-twk-7-interacting-in-gabaergic-motor-neurons-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Dieter-Christian Gottschling, Frank Döring, Kai Lüersen
Adjusting the efficiency of movement in response to environmental cues is an essential integrative characteristic of adaptive locomotion behavior across species. However, the modulatory molecules and the pathways involved are largely unknown. Recently, we demonstrated that in Caenorhabditis elegans, a loss of function of the two-pore-domain potassium (K2P) channel TWK-7 causes a fast, coordinated, persistent forward crawling behavior in which five central aspects of stimulated locomotion -- velocity, direction, wave parameters, duration and straightness -- are affected...
March 24, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340774/rapid-micromotor-based-naked-eye-immunoassay
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Berta Esteban-Fernández de Ávila, Mingjiao Zhao, Susana Campuzano, Francesco Ricci, José M Pingarrón, Marcello Mascini, Joseph Wang
A dynamic micromotor-based immunoassay, exemplified by cortisol detection, based on the use of tubular micromotors functionalized with a specific antibody is described. The use of antibody-functionalized micromotors offers huge acceleration of both direct and competitive cortisol immunoassays, along with greatly enhanced sensitivity of direct and competitive immunoassays. The dramatically improved speed and sensitivity reflect the greatly increased likelihood of antibody-cortisol contacts and fluid mixing associated with the dynamic movement of these microtube motors and corresponding bubble generation that lead to a highly efficient and rapid recognition process...
May 15, 2017: Talanta
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/28338793/sensitivity-to-perception-level-differentiates-two-subnetworks-within-the-mirror-neuron-system
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Shiri Simon, Roy Mukamel
Mirror neurons are a subset of brain cells that discharge during action execution and passive observation of similar actions. An open question concerns the functional role of their ability to match observed and executed actions. Since understanding of goals requires conscious perception of actions, we expect that mirror neurons potentially involved in action goal coding, will be modulated by changes in action perception level. Here, we manipulated perception level of action videos depicting short hand movements and measured the corresponding fMRI BOLD responses in mirror regions...
February 17, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338582/validation-of-the-clinician-graded-electronic-facial-paralysis-assessment-the-eface
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Lauren Sh Chong, Timothy J Eviston, Tsu-Hui Hubert Low, Shaheen Hasmat, Susan E Coulson, Jonathan R Clark
BACKGROUND: Facial paralysis remains a debilitating condition despite advances in medical, surgical and adjunctive interventions. Established grading systems used to assess facial paralysis and interventional outcomes have well described limitations. The Electronic Facial Paralysis Assessment (the eFACE), a clinician-graded zone-based facial function scale, has recently emerged as a grading tool that may provide greater sensitivity when assessing incomplete paralysis and post-surgical improvement...
March 3, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338441/radiosurgery-in-the-management-of-brain-metastasis-a-retrospective-single-center-study-comparing-gamma-knife-and-linac-treatment
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Constantin Tuleasca, Laura Negretti, Mohamed Faouzi, Vera Magaddino, Thierry Gevaert, Erik von Elm, Marc Levivier
OBJECTIVE The authors present a retrospective analysis of a single-center experience with treatment of brain metastases using Gamma Knife (GK) and linear accelerator (LINAC)-based radiosurgery and compare the results. METHODS From July 2010 to July 2012, 63 patients with brain metastases were treated with radiosurgery. Among them, 28 (with 83 lesions) were treated with a GK unit and 35 (with 47 lesions) with a LINAC. The primary outcome was local progression-free survival (LPFS), evaluated on a per-lesion basis...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337590/acl-reconstructed-and-acl-deficient-individuals-show-differentiated-trunk-hip-and-knee-kinematics-during-vertical-hops-more-than-20%C3%A2-years-post-injury
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Jonas L Markström, Eva Tengman, Charlotte K Häger
PURPOSE: Little is known regarding movement strategies in the long term following injury of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and even less about comparisons of reconstructed and deficient knees in relation to healthy controls. The present purpose was to compare trunk, hip, and knee kinematics during a one-leg vertical hop (VH) ~20 years post-ACL injury between persons treated with surgery and physiotherapy (ACLR), solely physiotherapy (ACLPT), and controls (CTRL). Between-leg kinematic differences within groups were also investigated...
March 23, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336357/assessment-of-vestibulo-ocular-function-without-measuring-eye-movements
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Kara H Beaton, Michael Schubert, Mark Shelhamer
BACKGROUND: The vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) maintains stable gaze during head motion. Deficiencies lead to apparent world motion due to incomplete stabilization of eyes in space. VOR measurement requires specialized apparatus, trained operators, and significant setup time. NEW METHOD: We present a system (VON: vestibulo-ocular nulling) for rapid vestibulo-ocular assessment without measuring eye movements per se. VON uses a head-mounted motion sensor, laptop computer with user input control, and laser target whose position is controlled by the computer...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333967/reconstructing-spectral-cues-for-sound-localization-from-responses-to-rippled-noise-stimuli
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A John Van Opstal, Joyce Vliegen, Thamar Van Esch
Human sound localization in the mid-saggital plane (elevation) relies on an analysis of the idiosyncratic spectral shape cues provided by the head and pinnae. However, because the actual free-field stimulus spectrum is a-priori unknown to the auditory system, the problem of extracting the elevation angle from the sensory spectrum is ill-posed. Here we test different spectral localization models by eliciting head movements toward broad-band noise stimuli with randomly shaped, rippled amplitude spectra emanating from a speaker at a fixed location, while varying the ripple bandwidth between 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332444/a-functional-electrical-stimulation-system-for-human-walking-inspired-by-reflexive-control-principles
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Lin Meng, Bernd Porr, Catherine A Macleod, Henrik Gollee
This study presents an innovative multichannel functional electrical stimulation gait-assist system which employs a well-established purely reflexive control algorithm, previously tested in a series of bipedal walking robots. In these robots, ground contact information was used to activate motors in the legs, generating a gait cycle similar to that of humans. Rather than developing a sophisticated closed-loop functional electrical stimulation control strategy for stepping, we have instead utilised our simple reflexive model where muscle activation is induced through transfer functions which translate sensory signals, predominantly ground contact information, into motor actions...
April 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327115/clinically-acceptable-agreement-between-the-vimove-wireless-motion-sensor-system-and-the-vicon-motion-capture-system-when-measuring-lumbar-region-inclination-motion-in-the-sagittal-and-coronal-planes
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Hanne Leirbekk Mjøsund, Eleanor Boyle, Per Kjaer, Rune Mygind Mieritz, Tue Skallgård, Peter Kent
BACKGROUND: Wireless, wearable, inertial motion sensor technology introduces new possibilities for monitoring spinal motion and pain in people during their daily activities of work, rest and play. There are many types of these wireless devices currently available but the precision in measurement and the magnitude of measurement error from such devices is often unknown. This study investigated the concurrent validity of one inertial motion sensor system (ViMove) for its ability to measure lumbar inclination motion, compared with the Vicon motion capture system...
March 21, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324977/a-novel-method-to-assess-angle-sensor-performance-for-wearable-exoskeletal-joint-kinematics
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Nicholas B Bolus, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan
Full range of motion (ROM) at a joint is necessary for efficient and adaptive movement; as such, it is an essential clinical evaluation measure for assessing an individual's motor function, which can be affected by any number of musculoskeletal injuries and neuropathies. Measurement of joint ROM in the clinic has classically been accomplished statically through the use of a manual goniometer. More recent efforts in the fields of prosthetics and orthotics have demonstrated the potential utility of wearable systems (e...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324971/a-small-portable-battery-powered-brain-computer-interface-system-for-motor-rehabilitation
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Colin M McCrimmon, Ming Wang, Lucas Silva Lopes, Po T Wang, Alireza Karimi-Bidhendi, Charles Y Liu, Payam Heydari, Zoran Nenadic, An H Do
Motor rehabilitation using brain-computer interface (BCI) systems may facilitate functional recovery in individuals after stroke or spinal cord injury. Nevertheless, these systems are typically ill-suited for widespread adoption due to their size, cost, and complexity. In this paper, a small, portable, and extremely cost-efficient (<;$200) BCI system has been developed using a custom electroencephalographic (EEG) amplifier array, and a commercial microcontroller and touchscreen. The system's performance was tested using a movement-related BCI task in 3 able-bodied subjects with minimal previous BCI experience...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323608/from-doctors-stories-to-doctors-stories-and-back-again
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Marcia Day Childress
Stories have always been central to medicine, but during the twentieth century bioscience all but eclipsed narrative's presence in medical practice. In Doctors' Stories, published in 1991, Kathryn Montgomery excavated medicine's narrative foundations and functions to reveal new possibilities for how to conceive and characterize medicine. Physicians' engagement with stories has since flourished, especially through the narrative medicine movement, although in the twenty-first century this has been challenged by the health care industry's business-minded and data-driven clinical systems...
March 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323018/modulation-of-auditory-percepts-by-transcutaneous-electrical-stimulation
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Margarete Anna Ueberfuhr, Amalia Braun, Lutz Wiegrebe, Benedikt Grothe, Markus Drexl
Transcutaneous, electrical stimulation with electrodes placed on the mastoid processes represents a specific way to elicit vestibular reflexes in humans without active or passive subject movements, for which the term galvanic vestibular stimulation was coined. It has been suggested that galvanic vestibular stimulation mainly affects the vestibular periphery, but whether vestibular hair cells, vestibular afferents, or a combination of both are excited, is still a matter of debate. Galvanic vestibular stimulation has been in use since the late 18(th) century, but despite the long-known and well-documented effects on the vestibular system, reports of the effect of electrical stimulation on the adjacent cochlea or the ascending auditory pathway are surprisingly sparse...
March 17, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320845/decoding-information-for-grasping-from-the-macaque-dorsomedial-visual-stream
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Matteo Filippini, Rossella Breveglieri, M Ali Akhras, Annalisa Bosco, Eris Chinellato, Patrizia Fattori
Neuro-decoders have been developed by researchers mostly to control neuro-prosthetic devices, but also to shed new light on neural functions. In this study, we show that signals representing grip configurations can be reliably decoded from neural data acquired from area V6A of the monkey medial posterior parietal cortex (PPC). Two Macaca fascicularis were trained to perform an instructed-delay reach-to-grasp task in the dark and in the light towards objects of different shapes. Population neural activity was extracted at various time intervals; on vision of the objects, the delay before movement, and grasp execution...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320423/in-vivo-estimation-of-the-shoulder-joint-center-of-rotation-using-magneto-inertial-sensors-mri-based-accuracy-and-repeatability-assessment
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M Crabolu, D Pani, L Raffo, M Conti, P Crivelli, A Cereatti
BACKGROUND: The human gleno-humeral joint is normally represented as a spherical hinge and its center of rotation is used to construct humerus anatomical axes and as reduction point for the computation of the internal joint moments. The position of the gleno-humeral joint center (GHJC) can be estimated by recording ad hoc shoulder joint movement following a functional approach. In the last years, extensive research has been conducted to improve GHJC estimate as obtained from positioning systems such as stereo-photogrammetry or electromagnetic tracking...
March 21, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
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