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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434158/physical-performance-in-newly-diagnosed-hypothyroidism-a-pilot-study
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D Gallo, E Piantanida, G Veronesi, A Lai, L Sassi, V Lombardi, E Masiello, P Premoli, E Bianconi, C Cusini, S Rosetti, M L Tanda, A Toniolo, M Ferrario, L Bartalena
OBJECTIVE: Hypothyroidism is complicated by neuromuscular symptoms (myalgias, slowness of movements, and tiredness) and signs (easy fatigability and cramps), which may have a negative impact on general well-being and quality of life. In a pilot, prospective, controlled study, we investigated the features of muscle dysfunction in hypothyroidism by disease questionnaire, biochemical measures, and physical performance tests. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-seven consecutive patients with newly diagnosed hypothyroidism were enrolled, 27 subclinical (S-Hypo) and 30 overt (O-Hypo)...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434057/predictive-control-of-intersegmental-tarsal-movements-in-an-insect
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Alicia Costalago-Meruelo, David M Simpson, Sandor M Veres, Philip L Newland
In many animals intersegmental reflexes are important for postural and movement control but are still poorly undesrtood. Mathematical methods can be used to model the responses to stimulation, and thus go beyond a simple description of responses to specific inputs. Here we analyse an intersegmental reflex of the foot (tarsus) of the locust hind leg, which raises the tarsus when the tibia is flexed and depresses it when the tibia is extended. A novel method is described to measure and quantify the intersegmental responses of the tarsus to a stimulus to the femoro-tibial chordotonal organ...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434011/management-of-coxa-vara-septica-and-pseudoarthrosis-of-the-femoral-neck-a-case-report
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Hasime Qorraj Bytyqi, Cen Bytyqi
BACKGROUND Coxa vara and pseudoarthrosis of the femoral neck after septic hip arthritis is a very rare disease. The aim of this study was to present a case with pseudoarthrosis of the femoral neck, with coxa vara after neonatal septic arthritis of the right hip, and treatment of the pseudarthrosis with proximal femoral valgus osteotomy. CASE REPORT A 12-month-old female, who had suffered neonatal septic arthritis with a five-day history of fever and painful right hip now demonstrated painless limping to the right hip, pelvic obliquity, Trendelenburg-Duchenne gait, limitation of hip abduction, lower-extremity length discrepancy with 3...
April 23, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433922/effects-of-aging-on-prefrontal-brain-activation-during-challenging-walking-conditions
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Anat Mirelman, Inbal Maidan, Hagar Bernad-Elazari, Shiran Shustack, Nir Giladi, Jeffrey M Hausdorff
BACKGROUND: Deficits in cognitive domains, in particular, those related to the prefrontal cortex, contribute to diminished walking performance in complex conditions in older age. Studies using functional near infra-red spectroscopy (fNIRS) reported inconsistent findings of brain activation age-related changes in response to increased task demands. We aimed to study the effects of aging on gait and prefrontal activation in complex walking tasks with internal and external task demands. METHODS: Twenty-three healthy young adults (30...
April 20, 2017: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433868/effects-of-attentional-focus-on-walking-stability-in-elderly
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Jonathan L A de Melker Worms, John F Stins, Erwin E H van Wegen, Sabine M P Verschueren, Peter J Beek, Ian D Loram
INTRODUCTION: Balance performance in the elderly is related to psychological factors such as attentional focus. We investigated the effects of internal vs. external focus of attention and fall history on walking stability in healthy older adults. METHOD: Walking stability of twenty-eight healthy older adults was assessed by applying random unilateral decelerations on a split-belt treadmill and analysing the resulting balance recovery movements. The internal focus instruction was: concentrate on the movement of your legs, whereas the external focus instruction was: concentrate on the movement of the treadmill...
April 4, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433867/validity-and-repeatability-of-inertial-measurement-units-for-measuring-gait-parameters
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Edward P Washabaugh, Tarun Kalyanaraman, Peter G Adamczyk, Edward S Claflin, Chandramouli Krishnan
Inertial measurement units (IMUs) are small wearable sensors that have tremendous potential to be applied to clinical gait analysis. They allow objective evaluation of gait and movement disorders outside the clinic and research laboratory, and permit evaluation on large numbers of steps. However, repeatability and validity data of these systems are sparse for gait metrics. The purpose of this study was to determine the validity and between-day repeatability of spatiotemporal metrics (gait speed, stance percent, swing percent, gait cycle time, stride length, cadence, and step duration) as measured with the APDM Opal IMUs and Mobility Lab system...
April 12, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433478/investigation-on-acute-effects-of-enzyme-replacement-therapy-and-influence-of-clinical-severity-on-physiological-variables-related-to-exercise-tolerance-in-patients-with-late-onset-pompe-disease
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Annalisa Sechi, Desy Salvadego, Alessandro Da Ponte, Nicole Bertin, Andrea Dardis, Silvia Cattarossi, Grazia Devigili, Federico Reccardini, Bruno Bembi, Bruno Grassi
Exercise intolerance is one of the clinical hallmarks of late-onset Pompe disease (LOPD). We studied the acute effects of ERT on the physiological variables associated with exercise tolerance in patients chronically ERT treated. Moreover, we assessed the influence of clinical severity on the investigated variables. The day before (B) and the day after (A) ERT injection, 11 LOPD patients performed on a cycle-ergometer an exercise tolerance test to voluntary exhaustion; VO2, HR, RPE, and GAA activity were determined in B and A...
March 10, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433473/sex-difference-in-the-heat-shock-response-to-high-external-load-resistance-training-in-older-humans
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Rose Njemini, Louis Nuvagah Forti, Tony Mets, Evelien Van Roie, Walter Coudyzer, Ingo Beyer, Christophe Delecluse, Ivan Bautmans
BACKGROUND: Literature reports on the effects of resistance training on heat shock protein70 (Hsp70) adaptation in older subjects are scarce. Moreover, the optimum training load required to obtain a beneficial adaptation profile is lacking. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the effects of resistance training at various external loads on extracellular Hsp70 (eHsp70) resting levels in older humans. METHODS: Fifty-six community-dwelling older (68±5years) volunteers were randomized to 12weeks of resistance training (3×/week) at either high-resistance (HIGH, 8 males, 10 females, 2×10-15 repetitions at 80%1RM), low resistance (LOW, 9 Males, 10 Females, 1×80-100 repetitions at 20%1RM), or mixed low resistance (LOW+, 9 Males, 10 Females, 1×60 repetitions at 20%1RM followed by 1×10-20 repetitions at 40%1RM)...
April 19, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433451/prospective-randomized-study-comparing-two-cephalomedullary-nails-for-elderly-intertrochanteric-fractures-zimmer-natural-nail-versus-proximal-femoral-nail-antirotation-ii
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Young-Soo Shin, Jin-Eon Chae, Tae-Wook Kang, Seung-Beom Han
OBJECTIVES: Although both clinical and biomechanical studies suggest that cephalomedullary implants have a mechanical advantage over extramedullary implants, a high rate of complications or implant failure remains in elderly patients with osteoporosis. In an attempt to address some of these challenges, new implants with improved designs named proximal femoral nail antirotation II (PFNA II) and Zimmer natural nail (ZNN) were developed for elderly patients. Although the PFNA II reportedly has good clinical outcomes, it is unclear which implant achieves better safety and efficacy for treating intertrochanteric hip fractures...
April 13, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433389/comparison-of-methodologies-to-assess-muscle-co-contraction-during-gait
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H Souissi, R Zory, J Bredin, P Gerus
The aim of this study was to compare co-contraction index (CCI) computed from muscle moments to different co-activation indexes (Co-Act) derived from EMG data at the ankle and the knee joint during gait. An EMG-driven model was used to estimate muscle moments during over-ground walking gait at a self-selected velocity from twelve healthy subjects. The CCI calculated from muscle moments was compared with three Co-Acts estimated from the normalized EMG data. The co-activation methods produced lower values than the CCI during the first double-support and the swing phase at the ankle joint and during the stance phase at the knee joint...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433237/inspiratory-muscle-training-improves-respiratory-muscle-strength-functional-capacity-and-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-systematic-review
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Ana Irene Carlos de Medeiros, Helen Kerlen Bastos Fuzari, Catarina Rattesa, Daniella Cunha Brandão, Patrícia Érika de Melo Marinho
QUESTION: Does inspiratory muscle training improve respiratory muscle strength, functional capacity, lung function and quality of life of patients with chronic kidney disease? Does inspiratory muscle training improve these outcomes more than breathing exercises? DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised trials. PARTICIPANTS: People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis treatment. OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcomes were: maximal inspiratory pressure, maximal expiratory pressure, and distance covered on the 6-minute walk test...
April 2017: Journal of Physiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432935/accelerometry-based-assessment-and-detection-of-early-signs-of-balance-deficits
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Heidi Similä, Milla Immonen, Miikka Ermes
Falls are the cause for more than half of the injury-related hospitalizations among older people. Accurate assessment of individuals' fall risk could enable targeted interventions to reduce the risk. This paper presents a novel method for using wearable accelerometers to detect early signs of deficits in balance from gait. Gait acceleration data were analyzed from 35 healthy female participants (73.86±5.40 years). The data were collected with waist-mounted accelerometer and the participants performed three supervised balance tests: Berg Balance Scale (BBS), Timed-Up-and-Go (TUG) and 4m walk...
April 13, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432883/sagittal-plane-joint-kinetics-during-stair-ascent-in-patients-with-peripheral-arterial-disease-and-intermittent-claudication
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Stephanie L King, Natalie Vanicek, Thomas D O'Brien
Stair negotiation poses a substantial physical demand on the musculoskeletal system and this challenging task can place individuals at risk of falls. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can cause intermittent claudication (IC) pain in the calf and results in altered gait mechanics during level walking. However, whether those with PAD-IC adopt alternate strategies to climb stairs is unknown. Twelve participants with PAD-IC (six bilateral and six unilateral) and 10 healthy controls were recruited and instructed to ascend a five-step staircase whilst 3D kinematic data of the lower-limbs were recorded synchronously with kinetic data from force plates embedded into the staircase on steps two and three...
March 28, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432560/executive-function-and-life-space-mobility-in-old-age
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Taina Poranen-Clark, Mikaela B von Bonsdorff, Merja Rantakokko, Erja Portegijs, Johanna Eronen, Markku Kauppinen, Johan G Eriksson, Taina Rantanen, Anne Viljanen
BACKGROUND: Life-space assessment incorporates all movements in terms of the distance from home, the frequency of movement and the need of assistance for movement. Executive function (EF) is an important higher order cognitive ability that controls and guides people's goal-directed actions. We examined the cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between EF and life-space mobility, and investigated if perceived walking difficulties, lower extremity performance, and transportation difficulties explain the association...
April 21, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432500/walking-over-4-gya-chemical-evolution-from-photochemistry-to-mineral-and-organic-chemistries-leading-to-an-rna-world
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Kunio Kawamura, Marie-Christine Maurel
Here we overview the chemical evolution of RNA molecules from inorganic material through mineral-mediated RNA formation compatible with the plausible early Earth environments. Pathways from the gas-phase reaction to the formation of nucleotides, activation and oligomerization of nucleotides, seem to be compatible with specific environments. However, how these steps interacted is not clear since the chemical conditions are frequently different and can be incompatible between them; thus the products would have migrated from one place to another, suitable for further chemical evolution...
April 21, 2017: Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432423/note-on-the-coefficient-of-variations-of-neuronal-spike-trains
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Johannes Lengler, Angelika Steger
It is known that many neurons in the brain show spike trains with a coefficient of variation (CV) of the interspike times of approximately 1, thus resembling the properties of Poisson spike trains. Computational studies have been able to reproduce this phenomenon. However, the underlying models were too complex to be examined analytically. In this paper, we offer a simple model that shows the same effect but is accessible to an analytic treatment. The model is a random walk model with a reflecting barrier; we give explicit formulas for the CV in the regime of excess inhibition...
April 21, 2017: Biological Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432322/histological-chemical-and-behavioural-evidence-of-pedal-communication-in-brown-bears
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Agnieszka Sergiel, Javier Naves, Piotr Kujawski, Robert Maślak, Ewa Serwa, Damián Ramos, Alberto Fernández-Gil, Eloy Revilla, Tomasz Zwijacz-Kozica, Filip Zięba, Johanna Painer, Nuria Selva
Most mammals rely upon scent for intraspecific communication. As most bear species have large home ranges and are non-territorial, scent deposit while walking could be an effective way to communicate with conspecifics. Here, we investigate the existence of pedal glands in brown bears and their role in chemical communication from a histological, biochemical and behavioural perspective. We found eccrine glands in footpads, and prominent apocrine and sebaceous glands in the interdigital, metacarpal and metatarsal skin sections...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432213/tobacco-retail-availability-and-risk-of-relapse-among-smokers-who-make-a-quit-attempt-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Michael O Chaiton, Graham Mecredy, Joanna Cohen
INTRODUCTION: The availability of tobacco is thought to influence smoking behaviour, but there are few longitudinal studies examining if the location and number of tobacco outlets has a prospective impact on smoking cessation. METHODS: The Ontario Tobacco Survey, a population-representative sample of Ontario adult smokers who were followed every 6 months for up to 3 years, was linked with tobacco outlet location data from the Ontario Ministry of Health. Proximity (distance), threshold (at least one outlet within 500 m) and density (number of outlets within 500 m) with respect to a smokers' home were calculated among urban and suburban current smokers (n=2414)...
April 21, 2017: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431974/unique-mitochondrial-localization-of-arginase-1-and-2-in-hepatocytes-of-air-breathing-walking-catfish-clarias-batrachus-and-their-differential-expression-patterns-under-hyper-ammonia-stress
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Bodhisattwa Banerjee, Debaprasad Koner, Priyanka Lal, Nirmalendu Saha
Arginase (ARG) catalyzes the final step of ornithine-urea cycle (OUC) leading to a conversion of L-arginine to L-ornithine and urea. Several isoforms of ARG have been reported in vertebrates, out of which the two predominant isoforms are the cytosolic ARG1 and the mitochondrial ARG2. The air-breathing walking catfish (Clarias batrachus) is frequently being challenged by different environmental insults such as hyper-ammonia, dehydration and osmotic stresses in their natural habitats throughout the year. The present study investigated the active presence of ARG1 and ARG2 isoforms in hepatocytes along with unique localization of both the isoforms inside the mitochondria, and also their specific expression patterns under hyper-ammonia stress (5mM NH4Cl) in isolated hepatocytes of walking catfish...
April 18, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431622/quantitative-biomechanical-assessment-of-trunk-control-in-huntington-s-disease-reveals-more-impairment-in-static-than-dynamic-tasks
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Deb A Kegelmeyer, Sandra K Kostyk, Nora E Fritz, Marianne M Fiumedora, Ajit Chaudhari, Marilly Palettas, Gregory Young, Anne D Kloos
Postural instability is common in individuals with Huntington's disease (HD), yet little is known about control of the trunk during static and dynamic activities. We compared the trunk motion of 41 individuals with HD and 36 controls at thoracic and pelvic levels during sitting, standing, and walking using wearable iPod sensors. We also examined the ability of individuals with HD to respond to an auditory cue to modify trunk position when the pelvis moved >8° in sagittal or frontal planes during sitting using custom software...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
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