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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777722/ca-2-signaling-and-spinocerebellar-ataxia
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REVIEW
Chihiro Hisatsune, Kozo Hamada, Katsuhiko Mikoshiba
Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) is a neural disorder, which is caused by degenerative changes in the cerebellum. SCA is primarily characterized by gait ataxia, and additional clinical features include nystagmus, dysarthria, tremors and cerebellar atrophy. Forty-four hereditary SCAs have been identified to date, along with >35 SCA-associated genes. Despite the great diversity and distinct functionalities of the SCA-related genes, accumulating evidence supports the occurrence of a common pathophysiological event among several hereditary SCAs...
May 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777461/hiv-aids-and-an-overweight-body-mass-are-associated-with-excessive-intra-individual-variability-in-response-preparation
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Lance O Bauer
Factors other than HIV/AIDS may influence the cognitive function of patients living with this disease. The present study tested the influence of a common comorbid problem-an overweight body mass. It also examined intra-task variabilities in performance and brain activation as potentially more sensitive indicators of dysfunction than their mean levels. One-hundred seventy-eight participants were recruited and categorized by HIV-1 serostatus (-/+) and body mass (BMI < 26/≥ 26 kg/m2 ). They performed a simple time estimation task during which response time accuracy and electroencephalographic readiness potentials were recorded...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777115/a-randomized-controlled-pilot-trial-of-game-based-training-in-individuals-with-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-3
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Ray-Yau Wang, Fang-Yi Huang, Bing-Wen Soong, Shih-Fong Huang, Yea-Ru Yang
Exergames are interactive video games used for exercise and may have therapeutic value in people with degenerative ataxia. The purpose of this study was to investigate potential effects of exergaming training on cerebellar ataxia in people with spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3). Nine individuals with SCA3 were recruited and randomized to either exergaming or conventional group for a 4-week training period. The severity of ataxia was measured as the primary outcome by the Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia (SARA) and by the directional control of the limit of stability test...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776601/echo-intensity-versus-muscle-function-correlations-in-older-adults-are-influenced-by-subcutaneous-fat-thickness
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Matt S Stock, Morgan Whitson, Adam M Burton, Nicole T Dawson, Eric J Sobolewski, Brennan J Thompson
Recently, an equation that allows investigators to correct echo intensity for subcutaneous fat was developed. We evaluated correlations between uncorrected and corrected echo intensity versus measures of lower-extremity function. Twenty-three older adults (11 men, 12 women; mean age = 72 y) participated. B-Mode ultrasonography was used to quantify rectus femoris echo intensity and subcutaneous fat thickness. Knee extensor isometric peak torque and rate of torque development at 200 ms (RTD200) were determined (joint angle = 90°)...
May 15, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775908/mirror-therapy-for-improving-lower-limb-motor-function-and-mobility-after-stroke-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
P Broderick, F Horgan, C Blake, M Ehrensberger, D Simpson, K Monaghan
BACKGROUND: Mirror therapy has been proposed as an effective intervention for lower limb rehabilitation post stroke. RESEARCH QUESTION: This systematic review with meta-analysis examined if lower limb mirror therapy improved the primary outcome measures of muscle tone and motor function and the secondary outcome measures balance characteristics, functional ambulation, walking velocity, passive range of motion (PROM) for ankle dorsiflexion and gait characteristics in patients with stroke compared to other interventions...
May 12, 2018: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774947/passive-engineering-mechanism-enhancement-of-a-flexor-digitorum-longus-tendon-transfer-procedure
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Connor M Pihl, Christina J Stender, Ravi Balasubramanian, Kylie M Edinger, Bruce J Sangeorzan, William R Ledoux
Standard treatments of adult acquired flatfoot deformity (AAFD) fail to correct associated dysfunction of the posterior tibial tendon (PTT). This study aimed to determine if a novel passive engineering mechanism (PEM) enhanced flexor digitorum longus (FDL) tendon transfer procedure would better restore physiologic PTT function to improve AAFD gait parameters compared to standard treatment. We evaluated the kinetic, pedobarographic, and kinematic effects of a pulley-based PEM-enhancement system utilizing a cadaveric flatfoot model and robotic gait simulator...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774765/-staying-safe-a-narrative-review-of-falls-prevention-in-people-with-parkinson-s-pdsafe
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Sophia Hulbert, Lynn Rochester, Alice Nieuwboer, Vicki Goodwin, Carolyn Fitton, Kim Chivers-Seymour, Ann Ashburn
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease demonstrates a spectrum of motor and non-motor symptoms. Falling is common and disabling. Current medical management shows minimal impact to reduce falls or fall-related risk factors, such as deficits in gait, strength, and postural instability. Despite evidence supporting rehabilitation in reducing fall risk factors, the most appropriate intervention to reduce overall fall rate remains inconclusive. This article aims to 1) synthesise current evidence and conceptual models of falls rehabilitation in Parkinson's in a narrative review; and based on this evidence, 2) introduce the treatment protocol used in the falls prevention and multi-centre clinical trial "PDSAFE"...
May 18, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774307/bethlem-myopathy-in-a-portuguese-patient-case-report
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Ana Inês Martins, Cristin Maarque, Jorge Pinto-Basto, Luis Negrão
Mutations of the encoding genes of collagen VI (COL6A1, COL6A2 and COL6A3 ), are responsible for two classical phenotypes (with a wide range of severity), the Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy (UCMD) and the Bethlem myopathy (BM). We present a male patient of 49 years old, with symptoms of muscle weakness beginning in childhood and of very slowly progression. At the age of 42, the neurological examination revealed proximal lower limb muscle weakness and contractures of fingers flexors muscles, positive Gowers manoeuvre and a waddling gait...
September 2017: Acta Myologica: Myopathies and Cardiomyopathies: Official Journal of the Mediterranean Society of Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773349/robot-assisted-training-using-hybrid-assistive-limb%C3%A2-for-cerebral-palsy
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Mayumi Matsuda, Nobuaki Iwasaki, Yuki Mataki, Hirotaka Mutsuzaki, Kenichi Yoshikawa, Kazushi Takahashi, Keiko Enomoto, Kumiko Sano, Aoi Kubota, Tomohiro Nakayama, Junko Nakayama, Haruka Ohguro, Masafumi Mizukami, Kazuhide Tomita
PURPOSE: The Hybrid Assistive Limb® (HAL®, CYBERDYNE) is a wearable robot that provides assistance to a patient while they are walking, standing, and performing leg movements based on the wearer's intended movement. The effect of robot-assisted training using HAL® for cerebral palsy (CP) is unknown. Therefore, we assessed the effect of robot-assisted training using HAL® on patients with CP, and compared walking and gross motor abilities between pre-intervention and post-intervention...
May 14, 2018: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772271/pain-management-after-bone-reconstruction-surgery-using-an-analgesic-bone-cement-a-functional-non-invasive-in-vivo-study-using-gait-analysis
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Manon Dupleichs, Martial Masson, Olivier Gauthier, Maeva Dutilleul, Jean-Michel Bouler, Elise Verron, Pascal Janvier
Postoperative pain following bone reconstruction is a serious complication that could jeopardize the global success of a surgery. This pain must be controlled and minimized during the first 3-4 postoperative days to prevent it from becoming chronic. In this study, a critical-size bone defect was created at the femoral distal end of rats and filled by an injectable calcium phosphate cement (CPC) loaded or not with local anesthetics (bupivacaine or ropivacaine). A functional evaluation of the gait was performed using the CatWalk system to compare the postoperative pain relief enhanced by the different CPCs after such a bone filling surgery...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772185/therapies-for-mobility-disability-in-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Jessica F Baird, Brian M Sandroff, Robert W Motl
Mobility disability is one of the most widespread and impactful consequences of multiple sclerosis (MS). Disease modifying drugs (DMDs) may delay the progression of disability over time; however, there is minimal evidence supporting the efficacy of DMDs for reversing mobility disability or restoring ambulatory function in persons with MS. Areas covered: This review outlines symptomatic pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapeutic approaches that target mobility disability with the goal of restoring and improving walking function...
May 17, 2018: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771624/virtual-reality-training-to-enhance-behavior-and-cognitive-function-among-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-brief-report
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Shirley Shema-Shiratzky, Marina Brozgol, Pablo Cornejo-Thumm, Karen Geva-Dayan, Michael Rotstein, Yael Leitner, Jeffrey M Hausdorff, Anat Mirelman
PURPOSE: To examine the feasibility and efficacy of a combined motor-cognitive training using virtual reality to enhance behavior, cognitive function and dual-tasking in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). METHODS: Fourteen non-medicated school-aged children with ADHD, received 18 training sessions during 6 weeks. Training included walking on a treadmill while negotiating virtual obstacles. Behavioral symptoms, cognition and gait were tested before and after the training and at 6-weeks follow-up...
May 17, 2018: Developmental Neurorehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771161/casting-protocols-following-bont-a-injections-to-treat-spastic-hypertonia-of-the-triceps-surae-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-and-equinus-gait-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Barbara Kelly, Marilyn MacKay-Lyons, Susan Berryman, Joe Hyndman, Ellen Wood
AIM: To study the effects of single versus serial casting post-Botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A) injections on hypoextensibility of triceps surae in children, 2-7 years old, with cerebral palsy and equinus gait. METHODS: A randomized, stratified, parallel, two-group trial was conducted at a pediatric health center with assessments at baseline, precast, postcast and, 1-, 2-, and 6-month follow-ups. One week following BoNT-A injections into triceps surae muscle, a single below-knee cast (n = 10) or 3 serial casts (n = 10) were applied for 3 weeks...
May 17, 2018: Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765872/effect-of-caregiver-driven-robot-assisted-in-ward-training-in-subacute-stroke-patients-a-case-series
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Sang Beom Kim, Kyeong Woo Lee, Jong Hwa Lee, Sook Joung Lee, Jin Gee Park, Joo Won Park
Objective: To evaluate the effect of caregiver driven robot-assisted in-ward training in subacute stroke patients. Methods: A retrospective evaluation was performed for patients treated with caregiver driven robot-assisted in-ward training to retain gait function from June 2014 and December 2016. All patients received more than 2 weeks of caregiver driven robot-assisted in-ward training after undergoing conventional programs. The robot was used as a sitting device, a standing frame, or a high-walker depending on functional status of the patient...
April 2018: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764690/inter-ray-variation-in-metatarsal-strength-properties-in-humans-and-african-apes-implications-for-inferring-bipedal-biomechanics-in-the-olduvai-hominid-8-foot
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Biren A Patel, Tea Jashashvili, Stephanie H Bui, Kristian J Carlson, Nicole L Griffin, Ian J Wallace, Caley M Orr, Randall L Susman
When measured as a ratio of mean midshaft diameter to bone length, the OH 8 fossil hominin foot exhibits a metatarsal (Mt) robusticity pattern of 1 > 5 > 3 > 4 > 2, which differs from the widely perceived "common" modern human pattern (1 > 5 > 4 > 3 > 2); African apes generally exhibit a third pattern (1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5). Largely because of the relative ranking of Mt2 and Mt5, OH 8 metatarsals structurally resemble the pattern exhibited by bipedal humans more than the pattern of quadrupedal and climbing African apes...
May 12, 2018: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763815/gait-pathology-subtypes-are-not-associated-with-self-reported-fall-frequency-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
#16
Elizabeth R Boyer, Aleksys Patterson
BACKGROUND: Trips and falls are common concerns reported by parents of children with cerebral palsy. Specific gait pathologies (excessive internal hip rotation, intoeing, and stiff knee gait) are anecdotally associated with higher rates of falls. RESEARCH QUESTION: Is fall frequency higher for the aforementioned gait pathologies? METHODS: Parent-reported fall frequency from 1063 children with cerebral palsy who also had a three-dimensional gait analysis was retrospectively reviewed...
May 5, 2018: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763814/inter-segment-foot-motion-in-girls-using-a-three-dimensional-multi-segment-foot-model
#17
Woo Young Jang, Dong Yeon Lee, Hae Woon Jung, Doo Jae Lee, Won Joon Yoo, In Ho Choi
BACKGROUND: Several multi-segment foot models (MFMs) have been introduced for in vivo analyses of dynamic foot kinematics. However, the normal gait patterns of healthy children and adolescents remain uncharacterized. We sought to determine normal foot kinematics according to age in clinically normal female children and adolescents using a Foot 3D model. METHODS: Fifty-eight girls (age 7-17 years) with normal function and without radiographic abnormalities were tested...
May 6, 2018: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763812/computation-of-hip-rotation-kinematics-retrospectively-using-functional-knee-calibration-during-gait
#18
Morgan Sangeux
BACKGROUND: Hip rotation kinematics during gait is a key parameter to support clinical decision making, for example in children with lower limb torsional deformities. However, hip rotation kinematics is also one of the least repeatable parameter because it is difficult to locate the position of the medio-lateral axis of the femur. Functional knee calibration provides an alternative to locate the medio-lateral axis of the femur and may be performed retrospectively, using the movement of the knee joint during gait...
May 8, 2018: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763676/effect-of-single-session-dual-tdcs-before-physical-therapy-on-lower-limb-performance-in-sub-acute-stroke-patients-a-randomized-sham-controlled-crossover-study
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Wanalee Klomjai, Benchaporn Aneksan, Anuchai Pheungphrarattanatrai, Thanwarat Chantanachai, Nattha Choowong, Soontaree Bunleukhet, Paradee Auervitchayapat, Yongchai Nilanon, Vimonwan Hiengkaew
Anodal stimulation increases cortical excitably, whereas cathodal stimulation decreases cortical excitability. Dual transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS; anodal over the lesioned hemisphere, cathodal over the non-lesioned hemisphere) was found to enhance motor learning. The corresponding tDCS-induced changes were reported to reduce the inhibition exerted by the unaffected hemisphere on the affected hemisphere and restore the normal balance of the interhemispheric inhibition. Most studies were devoted to the possible modification of upper-limb motor function after tDCS; however, almost no study has demonstrated its effects on lower-limb function and gait, which are also commonly disordered in stroke patients with motor deficits...
May 12, 2018: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762339/the-relationship-between-fear-avoidance-and-neuromuscular-measures-of-function-in-patients-with-adult-degenerative-scoliosis
#20
Ram Haddas, Isador H Lieberman, Andrew Block
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship of fear-avoidance beliefs and neuromuscular activity during gait in adult degenerative scoliosis (ADS) patients. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Among patients with chronic spine pain, fear-avoidance beliefs are predictive of poor surgical outcomes. Fear-avoidance occurs when patients perceive that movement will worsen underlying physical problems. This process leads them to restrict activity, which further heightens emotional distress...
May 14, 2018: Spine
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