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The influence of iron on the entry of Listeria monocytogenes into Caco-2 cells was studied. Iron availability was found to modify the surface hydrophobicity and protein profile of L. monocytogenes, with the result that cell invasion strongly increased upon bacterial growth in iron-rich medium. The enhanced invasive capability of iron-overloaded L.(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical potential of an augmented-video-based-portable-system (AVPS). The AVPS included a walkway grid mat made of vinyl flooring, flat paper bull's eye markers, four photoswitches mounted on tripods, a light-indicator, a video camera, and a computer with ProTrainer System software. The AVPS output was(More)
This study investigated the feasibility of the uncontrolled manifold approach (UCM) to analyse gait data variability in relation to the control of the centre of mass (COM) in adults with and without neuropathology. The proposed method was applied to six able-bodied subjects to characterise mechanisms of normal postural control during stance phase. This(More)
BACKGROUND Many pathogens may be responsible of Non Gonococcal Urethritis (NGU) with the possible occurrence of symptomatic and asymptomatic mixed viral and bacterial infections. In particular, genital papillomaviruses (HPVs) have been searched since they are linked to both benign and malignant lesions of the penis and urethra and the presence of a(More)
The prevalence of osteoarthritis is increasing globally but current compliance with rehabilitation remains poor. This study explores whether wearable sensors can be used to provide objective measures of performance with a view to using them as motivators to aid compliance to osteoarthritis rehabilitation. More specifically, the use of a novel attachable(More)
We developed a method of identification of Listeria monocytogenes based on colony hybridization with nonradioactively labeled DNA probes, represented by the hly and inlA virulence-associated genes. The procedure described in this paper results simple, rapid, specific and reproducible. Since it can be performed in a short time, the above technique can be(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify the impact the use of wearable technology could have in patients with osteoarthritis in terms of communication with healthcare providers and patients' empowerment to manage their condition. DESIGN Qualitative study using focus groups with patients with osteoarthritis; data from patients' responses were analysed using Framework(More)
Ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) are prescribed for the management of gait-related problems. Prescription of AFOs is based on empirical techniques due to the low level of evidence-based research on their efficacy, but primarily poor understanding of their mechanical characteristics. This study aimed to establish a method that would allow the quantification of the(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify perspective of patients with osteoarthritis, in particular design requirements and mode of use, of wearable technology to support the rehabilitation pathway. This study is part of a user-centred design approach adopted to develop a rehabilitation tool for patients with osteoarthritis. DESIGN Qualitative study using a focus group(More)
OBJECTIVE This study investigates clinicians' views of health-related wearable technologies in the context of supporting osteoarthritis (OA) long-term management. Clinicians' preferences are critical in identifying realistic implementation strategies for such technologies. DESIGN Qualitative study incorporating an inductive thematic analysis applied to(More)