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Resistance exercise has been widely reported to have positive rehabilitation effects for patients with neuromuscular and orthopaedic conditions. This paper presents an optimal design of magneto-rheological fluid dampers for variable resistance exercise device in the form of a knee brace. An intelligent supervisory control for regulating the resistive force(More)
During chronic methamphetamine (M) administration and after drug withdrawal, total daily food intake, water consumption and body weight increase was measured. Additionally, food intake in the early light phase provided an index of normal circadian rhythmicity. A parallel development of tolerance to the anorexic effect of M and increased feeding in the early(More)
In this paper, we propose a device to assist persons with hemiparesis to walk by reducing or eliminating the effects of gravity. The design of the device includes the following features: 1) it is passive, i.e., it does not include motors or actuators, but is only composed of links and springs; 2) it is safe and has a simple patient-machine interface to(More)
Rats were tested in an open field after previous exposure to a weak, 50-Hz electromagnetic field of the same order of magnitude as the earth's magnetic field. Animals exposed to the artificial field at the beginning of the light phase showed 40% more rearing activity than controls, together with a slight increase in ambulation and a tendency towards less(More)
Magnetosensitivity of the rat's pineal cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) system was investigated. During their dark phase, rats were exposed for one hour to a static magnetic field (MF) inverting the horizontal component of the natural MF. MF-exposed animals showed a 38% decrease in pineal cAMP content (1.21 pmol/pineal gland) compared to a non-exposed(More)
A number of methods can be found in the literature to gravity balance a machine. In this paper we use hybrid method to achieve gravity balancing. Hybrid method employs a mechanism to locate center of mass of the robot in conjunction with springs. This method is used to develop a rehabilitation device, which compensates the effect of gravity on a human leg.(More)
In rehabilitation from neuromuscular trauma or injury, strengthening exercises are often prescribed by physical therapists to recover as much function as possible. Strengthening equipment used in clinical settings range from low-cost devices, such as sandbag weights or elastic bands to large and expensive isotonic and isokinetic devices. The low-cost(More)
PURPOSE Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo in older adults. The effectiveness of the repositioning maneuver as an intervention has been established in the literature; however, the efficacy of the posttreatment instructions has not been established. The purpose of this retrospective study was compare treatment(More)
This article presents a study of adaptive motion control of smart versatile rehabilitation devices using MR fluids. The device provides both isometric and isokinetic strength training and is reconfigurable for several human joints. Adaptive controls are developed to regulate resistance force based on the prescription of the therapist. Special consideration(More)