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    On Thu, 24 Aug 2000, I asked whether biomechanical functional analysis
    (especially measurement of foot pressures) had been used as an early
    indicator of impending diseases which affects the neuromuscular system.
    [The full question is detailed below]


    Unfortunately, I only received ONE response. I am not sure if this
    indicates that biomechanical analysis (especially measurement of foot
    pressures) has NOT or CAN NOT be used as an early indicator of impending
    diseases, or whether I simply failed to make contact with people working
    in the area. Any further contributions would be most appreciated.


    -------------------------- response 1 of 1 --------------------------
    We have been co-operating with neurologists to stage Parkinsonians based
    on movement analysis. This includes the (very) early detection of the
    disease, even screening tests seem to be possible. You can find more
    information on

    http://www.mit.bme.hu/~jobbagy/parkinson/parkinson.htm

    With best regards,
    Akos
    ------------------------------------------------
    Akos Jobbagy PhD
    associate professor
    Dept. Measurement and Information Systems
    Budapest University of Technology and Economics


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    ------------- Original message ----------------------
    > A colleague, working in the area of biosensors, contacted me regarding
    > the use of biomechanics as an early indicator of an impending stroke
    > episode. He had heard that gait analysis (either 3D or foot-pressure
    > readings) had been used for this purpose. Since I had not heard of this
    > I did a search in PubMed and ScienceDirect but found no obvious articles
    > suggesting this.
    >
    > Have any biomechanists working in the area come across the use of
    > functional analysis of any kind (such as Gait, emg, grip strength etc)
    > as an early warning of an impending stoke episode?
    >
    > Similarly, have assessments of functionality of whole body movements
    > been used as an EARLY INDICATOR of impending diseases which affects the
    > neuromuscular system?
    >
    > ....For example, foot pressure measures have been used with individuals
    > with diabetes mellitus as an indicator of the severity of peripheral
    > neuropathy (diseased nerves) and peripheral vascular disease (results in
    > poor blood circulation).[e.g. A study of biomechanical parameters in
    > gait analysis and sensitive cronaxie of diabetic neuropathic patients,
    > Clinical Biomechanics, Volume 15, Issue 3, March 2000, Pages 196-202 I.
    > C. N. Sacco and A. C. Amadio].....
    >
    > Any comments on this topic will be forwarded to the list in a summary
    >
    > Many Thanks
    >
    > Kieran
    >


    Dr Kieran Moran
    Director
    Biomechanics Research Group
    Centre for Sport Science and Health
    Dublin City University
    Dublin 9
    Ireland

    tel: 00353 - 1 - 7008011
    fax: 00353 - 1 - 7008888

    e-mail: kieran.moran@dcu.ie

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