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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207382/a-portable-brain-computer-interface-platform-for-eeg-acquisition-and-decoding
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Colin McCrimmon, Jonathan Fu, Ming Wang, Lucas Silva Lopes, Po Wang, Alireza Karimi-Bidhendi, Charles Liu, Payam Heydari, Zoran Nenadic, An Do
OBJECTIVE: Conventional brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are often expensive, complex to operate, and lack portability, which confines their use to laboratory settings. Portable, inexpensive BCIs can mitigate these problems, but it remains unclear whether their low-cost design compromises their performance. Therefore, we developed a portable, low-cost BCI and compared its performance to that of a conventional BCI. METHODS: The BCI was assembled by integrating a custom electroencephalogram (EEG) amplifier with an open-source microcontroller and a touchscreen...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205646/connexin30-3-is-expressed-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-and-is-responsive-to-leukemia-inhibitory-factor
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Mikako Saito, Yuma Asai, Keiichi Imai, Shoya Hiratoko, Kento Tanaka
The expression of 19 connexin (Cx) isoforms was observed in the mouse embryonic stem (ES) cell line, EB3. Their expression patterns could be classified into either pluripotent state-specific, differentiating stage-specific, or non-specific Cxs. We focused on Cx30.3 as typical of the first category. Cx30.3 was pluripotent state-specific and upregulated by leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), a specific cytokine that maintains the pluripotent state of ES cell, via a Jak signaling pathway. Cx30.3 protein was localized to both the cell membrane and cytosol...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203464/unilateral-laryngeal-pacing-system-and-its-functional-evaluation
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Taiping Zeng, Zhiping Zhang, Weiwei Peng, Fei Zhang, Baker Y Shi, Fangyi Chen
Goal. To establish a reliable instrumental system for synchronized reactivation of a unilaterally paralyzed vocal fold and evaluate its functional feasibility. Methods. Unilateral vocal fold paralysis model was induced by destruction of the left recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) in anesthetized dogs. With a micro controller-based electronic system, electromyography (EMG) signals from cricothyroid (CT) muscle on the ipsilateral side were recorded and used to trigger pacing of paralyzed vocalis muscles. The dynamic movement of vocal folds was continuously monitored using an endoscope, and the opening and closing of the glottis were quantified with customized imaging processing software...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203220/proof-of-concept-of-an-online-emg-based-decoding-of-hand-postures-and-individual-digit-forces-for-prosthetic-hand-control
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Alycia Gailey, Panagiotis Artemiadis, Marco Santello
INTRODUCTION: Options currently available to individuals with upper limb loss range from prosthetic hands that can perform many movements, but require more cognitive effort to control, to simpler terminal devices with limited functional abilities. We attempted to address this issue by designing a myoelectric control system to modulate prosthetic hand posture and digit force distribution. METHODS: We recorded surface electromyographic (EMG) signals from five forearm muscles in eight able-bodied subjects while they modulated hand posture and the flexion force distribution of individual fingers...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203142/development-and-feasibility-assessment-of-a-rotational-orthosis-for-walking-with-arm-swing
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Juan Fang, Qing Xie, Guo-Yuan Yang, Le Xie
Interlimb neural coupling might underlie human bipedal locomotion, which is reflected in the fact that people swing their arms synchronously with leg movement in normal gait. Therefore, arm swing should be included in gait training to provide coordinated interlimb performance. The present study aimed to develop a Rotational Orthosis for Walking with Arm Swing (ROWAS), and evaluate its feasibility from the perspectives of implementation, acceptability and responsiveness. We developed the mechanical structures of the ROWAS system in SolidWorks, and implemented the concept in a prototype...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196890/dync1h1-mutations-associated-with-neurological-diseases-compromise-processivity-of-dynein-dynactin-cargo-adaptor-complexes
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Ha Thi Hoang, Max A Schlager, Andrew P Carter, Simon L Bullock
Mutations in the human DYNC1H1 gene are associated with neurological diseases. DYNC1H1 encodes the heavy chain of cytoplasmic dynein-1, a 1.4-MDa motor complex that traffics organelles, vesicles, and macromolecules toward microtubule minus ends. The effects of the DYNC1H1 mutations on dynein motility, and consequently their links to neuropathology, are not understood. Here, we address this issue using a recombinant expression system for human dynein coupled to single-molecule resolution in vitro motility assays...
February 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195893/functional-outcomes-and-complications-of-robot-assisted-free-flap-oropharyngeal-reconstruction
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Yueh-Chi Tsai, Shih-An Liu, Chih-Sheng Lai, Yen-Wei Chen, Chen-Te Lu, Jung-Hsing Yen, I-Chen Chen
BACKGROUND: Robotic surgical systems provide a clear, magnified 3-dimensional visualization as well as precise, stable instrumental movement, thereby minimizing technical difficulties that may be encountered in the surgical treatment of oropharyngeal tumors. This study assessed the outcomes of robotic-assisted free flap oropharyngeal reconstruction compared with those of conventional free flap reconstruction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of 47 patients who underwent reconstructive operations using a free radial forearm fasciocutaneous flap for oropharyngeal defects was conducted over a 20-month period (May 2013-December 2014)...
February 14, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193269/how-flies-are-flirting-on-the-fly
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Courtney Eichorn, Michael Hrabar, Emma C Van Ryn, Bekka S Brodie, Adam J Blake, Gerhard Gries
BACKGROUND: Flies have some of the most elaborate visual systems in the Insecta, often featuring large, sexually dimorphic eyes with specialized "bright zones" that may have a functional role during mate-seeking behavior. The fast visual system of flies is considered to be an adaptation in support of their advanced flight abilities. Here, we show that the immense processing speed of the flies' photoreceptors plays a crucial role in mate recognition. RESULTS: Video-recording wing movements of abdomen-mounted common green bottle flies, Lucilia sericata, under direct light at 15,000 frames per second revealed that wing movements produce a single, reflected light flash per wing beat...
February 14, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192091/the-influence-of-age-onadaptation-of-disparity-vergence-and-phoria
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Tara L Alvarez, Eun H Kim, Chang Yaramothu, Bérangère Granger-Donetti
A paucity of research exists to investigate whether the normal aging process influences the ability to adapt disparity vergence and phoria. Vergence eye movements and dissociated phoria were recorded from 49 healthy subjects (ages 20-70 years) using an objective eye movement tracking system. Four-degree vergence responses were modified using a double-step protocol. Dynamics of vergence were quantified via peak velocity. The phoria adaptation experiment measured the magnitude (net change in phoria level) and rate (magnitude divided by the time constant) of phoria adaption during 5 minutes of sustained fixation on a binocular target (40cm/8...
February 9, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188914/connectivity-based-parcellation-reveals-distinct-cortico-striatal-connectivity-fingerprints-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Joshua H Balsters, Dante Mantini, Nicole Wenderoth
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been associated with abnormal synaptic development causing a breakdown in functional connectivity. However, when measured at the macro scale using resting state fMRI, these alterations are subtle and often difficult to detect due to the large heterogeneity of the pathology. Recently, we outlined a novel approach for generating robust biomarkers of resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (RS-fMRI) using connectivity based parcellation of gross morphological structures to improve single-subject reproducibility and generate more robust connectivity fingerprints...
February 7, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188024/robotic-assisted-gait-training-improves-walking-abilities-in-diplegic-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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L Wallard, G Dietrich, Y Kerlirzin, J Bredin
The robotic-assisted gait training therapy (RAGT), based on intensity and repetition of movement, presents beneficial effects on recovery and improvement of postural and locomotor functions of the patient. This study sought to highlight the effect of this RAGT on the dynamic equilibrium control during walking in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) by analyzing the different postural strategies of the fullbody (upper/lower body) before and after this RAGT in order to generate forward motion while maintaining balance...
February 2, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185320/orientation-of-the-lateral-semicircular-canal-in-xenarthra-and-its-links-with-head-posture-and-phylogeny
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Florence Coutier, Lionel Hautier, Raphaël Cornette, Eli Amson, Guillaume Billet
The orientation of the semicircular canals of the inner ear in the skull of vertebrates is one of the determinants of the capacity of this system to detect a given rotational movement of the head. Past functional studies on the spatial orientation of the semicircular canals essentially focused on the lateral semicircular canal (LSC), which is supposedly held close to horizontal during rest and/or alert behaviors. However, they generally investigated this feature in only a few and distantly related taxa. Based on 3D-models reconstructed from µCT-scans of skulls, we examined the diversity of orientations of the LSC within one of the four major clades of placental mammals, that is, the superorder Xenarthra, with a data set that includes almost all extant genera and two extinct taxa...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184211/disrupted-saccade-control-in-chronic-cerebral-injury-upper-motor-neuron-like-disinhibition-in-the-ocular-motor-system
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John-Ross Rizzo, Todd E Hudson, Andrew Abdou, Yvonne W Lui, Janet C Rucker, Preeti Raghavan, Michael S Landy
Saccades rapidly direct the line of sight to targets of interest to make use of the high acuity foveal region of the retina. These fast eye movements are instrumental for scanning visual scenes, foveating targets, and, ultimately, serve to guide manual motor control, including eye-hand coordination. Cerebral injury has long been known to impair ocular motor control. Recently, it has been suggested that alterations in control may be useful as a marker for recovery. We measured eye movement control in a saccade task in subjects with chronic middle cerebral artery stroke with both cortical and substantial basal ganglia involvement and in healthy controls...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181679/mechanism-of-motor-coordination-of-masseter-and-temporalis-muscles-for-increased-masticatory-efficiency-in-mice
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Tomoko Yoshimi, Yoshiyuki Koga, Aya Nakamura, Ayumi Fujishita, Haruka Kohara, Emi Moriuchi, Keiko Yoshimi, Chi-Yang Tsai, Noriaki Yoshida
The demand for the use of mice as animal models for elucidating the pathophysiologies and pathogeneses of oral motor disorders has been increasing in recent years, as more and more kinds of genetically modified mice that express functional disorders of the stomatognathic system become available. However, the fundamental characteristics of mouse jaw movements during mastication have yet to be fully elucidated. The purpose of this study was to investigate the roles of the masseter and temporalis muscles, and the mechanisms of motor coordination of these muscles for increasing masticatory efficiency in the closing phase in mice...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179233/identification-of-a-mammalian-silicon-transporter
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Sarah Ratcliffe, Ravin Jugdaohsingh, Julien Vivancos, Alan Marron, Rupesh Deshmukh, Jian Feng Ma, Namiki Mitani-Ueno, Jack Robertson, John Wills, Mark V Boekschoten, Michael Müller, Robert C Mawhinney, Stephen D Kinrade, Paul Isenring, Richard R Bélanger, Jonathan J Powell
Silicon (Si) has long been known to play a major physiological and structural role in certain organisms, including diatoms, sponges, and many higher plants, leading to the recent identification of multiple proteins responsible for Si transport in a range of algal and plant species. In mammals, despite several convincing studies suggesting that silicon is an important factor in bone development and connective tissue health, there is a critical lack of understanding about the biochemical pathways that enable Si homeostasis...
February 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176009/dopamine-and-serotonin-modulation-of-motor-and-non-motor-functions-of-the-non-human-primate-striato-pallidal-circuits-in-normal-and-pathological-states
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Véronique Sgambato-Faure, Léon Tremblay
Thanks to the non-human primate (NHP), we have shown that the pharmacological disturbance of the anterior striatum or of external globus pallidus triggers a set of motivation and movement disorders, depending on the functional subterritory involved. One can, therefore, assume that the aberrant activity of the different subterritories of basal ganglia (BG) could lead to different behavioral disorders in neuropsychiatric disorders as Tourette's syndrome and Parkinson's disease. We are now addressing in the NHP the impact of modulating dopamine or serotonin within the BG on behavioral disorders...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171844/reliability-of-functional-and-predictive-methods-to-estimate-the-hip-joint-centre-in-human-motion-analysis-in-healthy-adults
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Hans Kainz, Martin Hajek, Luca Modenese, David J Saxby, David G Lloyd, Christopher P Carty
In human motion analysis predictive or functional methods are used to estimate the location of the hip joint centre (HJC). It has been shown that the Harrington regression equations (HRE) and geometric sphere fit (GSF) method are the most accurate predictive and functional methods, respectively. To date, the comparative reliability of both approaches has not been assessed. The aims of this study were to (1) compare the reliability of the HRE and the GSF methods, (2) analyse the impact of the number of thigh markers used in the GSF method on the reliability, (3) evaluate how alterations to the movements that comprise the functional trials impact HJC estimations using the GSF method, and (4) assess the influence of the initial guess in the GSF method on the HJC estimation...
January 31, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168028/sex-specific-responses-to-territorial-intrusions-in-a-communication-network-evidence-from-radio-tagged-great-tits
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Lysanne Snijders, Kees van Oers, Marc Naguib
Signals play a key role in the ecology and evolution of animal populations, influencing processes such as sexual selection and conflict resolution. In many species, sexually selected signals have a dual function: attracting mates and repelling rivals. Yet, to what extent males and females under natural conditions differentially respond to such signals remains poorly understood, due to a lack of field studies that simultaneously track both sexes. Using a novel spatial tracking system, we tested whether or not the spatial behavior of male and female great tits (Parus major) changes in relation to the vocal response of a territorial male neighbor to an intruder...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167179/effect-of-myofascial-induction-therapy-on-post-c-section-scars-more-than-one-and-a-half-years-old-pilot-study
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Antonio Chamorro Comesaña, Ma Del Pilar Suárez Vicente, Tirso Docampo Ferreira, Ma Del Mar Pérez-La Fuente Varela, Ma Magdalena Porto Quintáns, Andrzej Pilat
Myofascial Induction Therapy (MIT) is a manually-applied method used in physiotherapy and focused on restoring altered fascial tissue. In a healthy body, the fascial system maintains elasticity and coordination of movements. However, injuries and their after-effects, such as scars, may reduce this tissue role, causing a dysfunction. The aim of this study is to ascertain the effect of MIT on scars which have completed the repair process in healthy individuals without any associated pathology that might affect the healing process...
January 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166879/innovation-evaluation-of-tangible-direct-manipulation-digital-drawing-pens-for-children
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Tai-Hua Lee, Fong-Gong Wu, Huei-Tsz Chen
Focusing on the theme of direct manipulation, in this study, we proposed a new and innovative tangible user interface (TUI) design concept for a manipulative digital drawing pen. Based on interviews with focus groups brainstorming and experts and the results of a field survey, we selected the most suitable tangible user interface for children between 4 and 7 years of age. Using the new tangible user interface, children could choose between the brush tools after touching and feeling the various patterns. The thickness of the brush could be adjusted by changing the tilt angle...
April 2017: Applied Ergonomics
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