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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393023/mathematical-analysis-of-corneal-remodelling-after-intracorneal-ring-surgery-in-keratoconus
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Elias F Jarade, Elise Slim, Carole Cherfan, Hala El Rami, Toufic Hassan, Elias Chelala
AIM: To represent mathematically the intersection between the ectatic corneal geometry and the plane of intracorneal ring implants (ICRS) in order to determine the corneal response to ICRS surgery in keratoconus (KC). Thereafter, to present the concept and early results of a newly derived topography-guided nomogram for ICRS surgery for the treatment of keratectasia. METHODS: The corneal rings plane intersection was modelled to a conic section. Ring effect was the result of: the ring size, position (steep vs flat), location (distance from the geometric centre of the cornea), and the discrepancy between the ring's curvature and the tunnel's curvature...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362085/wetting-transition-of-condensed-droplets-on-nanostructured-superhydrophobic-surfaces-coordination-of-surface-properties-and-condensing-conditions
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Rongfu Wen, Zhong Lan, Benli Peng, Wei Xu, Ronggui Yang, Xuehu Ma
Nanostructured superhydrophobic surfaces have been actively explored to promote favorable droplet dynamics for a wide range of technological applications. However, the tendency of condensed droplets to form as pinned states greatly limits their applicability in enhancing condensation heat transfer efficiency. Despite recent progresses, the understanding of physical mechanisms governing the wetting transition of condensed droplets is still lacking. In this work, a nanostructured superhydrophobic surface with tapered nanogaps is fabricated to demonstrate the coordination of surface wetting property, topography, and the condensing condition on the wetting state and dynamic behavior of condensed droplets...
April 6, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345373/infarct-topography-and-functional-outcomes
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Mark R Etherton, Natalia S Rost, Ona Wu
Acute ischemic stroke represents a major cause of long-term adult disability. Accurate prognostication of post-stroke functional outcomes is invaluable in guiding patient care, targeting early rehabilitation efforts, selecting patients for clinical research, and conveying realistic expectations to families. The involvement of specific brain regions by acute ischemia can alter post-stroke recovery potential. Understanding the influences of infarct topography on neurologic outcomes holds significant promise in prognosis of functional recovery...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285693/high-risk-community-and-primary-care-providers-knowledge-about-and-barriers-to-low-dose-computed-topography-lung-cancer-screening
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Vani N Simmons, Jhanelle E Gray, Matthew B Schabath, Lauren E Wilson, Gwendolyn P Quinn
INTRODUCTION: Until recently, there has not been a valid and reliable screening test for lung cancer. As compared to chest X-ray, low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening has demonstrated greater sensitivity resulting in lung cancer diagnosis at an earlier stage, thereby reducing lung cancer mortality among high-risk individuals by 20%. In the current study, we sought to examine knowledge and attitudes about LDCT screening for lung cancer among an ethnically and racially diverse sample of high risk (HR) community members and primary care providers (PCP)...
April 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269160/a-method-to-project-clinical-outcome-topographies-onto-preoperative-mri-to-guide-direct-dbs-targeting
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Mahesh B Shenai, Barton L Guthrie
The use of intraoperative MR and direct DBS targeting, relies on anatomical rather than functional data. Historical clinical outcome databases that have recorded stimulation location and magnitude of effect, can provide a useful adjunct in DBS targeting strategies. We present a method for generating clinical outcome topographies, and merging regions of effect onto a pre-operative MR, for surgical planning. The clinical outcome topographies are consistent with more intuitive strategies used by neurosurgeons...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227389/a-method-to-project-clinical-outcome-topographies-onto-preoperative-mri-to-guide-direct-dbs-targeting
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Mahesh B Shenai, Barton L Guthrie, Mahesh B Shenai, Barton L Guthrie, Barton L Guthrie, Mahesh B Shenai
The use of intraoperative MR and direct DBS targeting, relies on anatomical rather than functional data. Historical clinical outcome databases that have recorded stimulation location and magnitude of effect, can provide a useful adjunct in DBS targeting strategies. We present a method for generating clinical outcome topographies, and merging regions of effect onto a pre-operative MR, for surgical planning. The clinical outcome topographies are consistent with more intuitive strategies used by neurosurgeons...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225993/timing-of-thyroid-ultrasonography-in-the-etiological-investigation-of-congenital-hypothyroidism
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Maria de Fátima Borges, Nathalie de Almeida Sedassari, Anelise de Almeida Sedassari, Luis Ronan Marquez Ferreira de Souza, Beatriz Pires Ferreira, Beatriz Hallal Jorge Lara, Heloísa Marcelina Cunha Palhares
Objectives: To describe the findings of thyroid ultrasonography (T-US), its contribution to diagnose congenital hypothyroidism (CH) and the best time to perform it. Subjects and methods: Forty-four patients with CH were invited to undergo T-US and 41 accepted. Age ranged from 2 months to 45 years; 23 patients were females. All were treated with L-thyroxine; 16 had previously undergone scintigraphy and 30 had previous T-US, which were compared to current ones. Results: At the current T-US, the thyroid gland was not visualized in its normal topography in 10 patients (24...
February 13, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221776/the-horizon-of-materiobiology-a-perspective-on-material-guided-cell-behaviors-and-tissue-engineering
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Yulin Li, Yin Xiao, Changsheng Liu
Although the biological functions of cell and tissue can be regulated by biochemical factors (e.g., growth factors, hormones), the biophysical effects of materials on the regulation of biological activity are receiving more attention. In this Review, we systematically summarize the recent progress on how biomaterials with controllable properties (e.g., compositional/degradable dynamics, mechanical properties, 2D topography, and 3D geometry) can regulate cell behaviors (e.g., cell adhesion, spreading, proliferation, cell alignment, and the differentiation or self-maintenance of stem cells) and tissue/organ functions...
February 21, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192838/topography-guided-prk-and-crosslinking-in-eyes-with-keratoconus-and-post-lasik-ectasia
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T M Müller, A P Lange
Topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy (TG-PRK) combined with corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) has been shown to potentially improve vision and stabilize progression in patients with keratoconus (KC). We attempted to reproduce the previously published results using a different laser platform (AMARIS 500E) in patients with KC and post-LASIK ectasia (PLE). All of the 9 included eyes showed improved topography (Kmax, Kmean, RMS HOA, vertical coma, cylinder; p < 0.05) and improved visual acuity (BCVA, UCVA; p < 0...
February 13, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192592/an-algorithm-to-predict-the-biomechanical-stiffening-effect-in-corneal-cross-linking
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Sabine Kling, Farhad Hafezi
PURPOSE: To develop an algorithm to predict the stiffening effect of CXL and to verify the accuracy with results obtained from experimental measurements. METHODS: The algorithm considers different variables: the reaction kinetics of riboflavin diffusion and riboflavin photodegradation to determine the effective riboflavin concentration in different stromal layers; the oxygen diffusion and ultraviolet (UV) absorption to determine the amount of reactive oxygen species as a function of time and stromal depth...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160364/peripheral-nerve-stimulation-of-brachial-plexus-nerve-roots-and-supra-scapular-nerve-for-chronic-refractory-neuropathic-pain-of-the-upper-limb
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Bénédicte Bouche, Marie Manfiotto, Philippe Rigoard, Jean Lemarie, Véronique Dix-Neuf, Michel Lanteri-Minet, Denys Fontaine
OBJECTIVES: We report the outcome of a consecutive series of 26 patients suffering from chronic medically-refractory neuropathic pain of the upper limb (including 16 patients with complex regional pain syndrome), topographically limited, treated by brachial plexus (BP) nerve roots or supra-scapular nerve (SSN) peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The technique consisted in ultrasound-guided percutaneous implantation of a cylindrical lead (Pisces-Quad, Medtronic) close to the SSN or the cervical nerve roots within the BP, depending on the pain topography...
February 3, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158256/a-global-review-of-past-land-use-climate-and-active-vs-passive-restoration-effects-on-forest-recovery
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Paula Meli, Karen D Holl, José María Rey Benayas, Holly P Jones, Peter C Jones, Daniel Montoya, David Moreno Mateos
Global forest restoration targets have been set, yet policy makers and land managers lack guiding principles on how to invest limited resources to achieve them. We conducted a meta-analysis of 166 studies in naturally regenerating and actively restored forests worldwide to answer: (1) To what extent do floral and faunal abundance and diversity and biogeochemical functions recover? (2) Does recovery vary as a function of past land use, time since restoration, forest region, or precipitation? (3) Does active restoration result in more complete or faster recovery than passive restoration? Overall, forests showed a high level of recovery, but the time to recovery depended on the metric type measured, past land use, and region...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139904/bactericidal-effects-of-natural-nanotopography-of-dragonfly-wing-on-escherichia-coli
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Chaturanga D Bandara, Sanjleena Singh, Isaac O Afara, Annalena Wolff, Tuquabo Tesfamichael, Kostya Ostrikov, Adekunle Oloyede
Nanotextured surfaces (NTSs) are critical to organisms as self-adaptation and survival tools. These NTSs have been actively mimicked in the process of developing bactericidal surfaces for diverse biomedical and hygiene applications. To design and fabricate bactericidal topographies effectively for various applications, understanding the bactericidal mechanism of NTS in nature is essential. The current mechanistic explanations on natural bactericidal activity of nanopillars have not utilized recent advances in microscopy to study the natural interaction...
March 1, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132673/recent-advances-in-the-study-and-design-of-parahydrophobic-surfaces-from-natural-examples-to-synthetic-approaches
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REVIEW
Caroline R Szczepanski, Frédéric Guittard, Thierry Darmanin
Parahydrophobic surfaces are an interesting class of materials that combines both high contact angles and very strong adhesion with wetting fluids, most commonly water. This unique set of properties makes parahydrophobic surfaces attractive for a variety of applications, including water harvesting and collection, guided fluid transport, and membrane development, amongst many others. Taking inspiration from natural surfaces that display this same behavior such as rose petals and gecko feet, synthetic approaches aim to incorporate the nano- and micro-scale topography as well as the low surface energy chemistry found on these interfaces...
March 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126815/airborne-laser-guided-imaging-spectroscopy-to-map-forest-trait-diversity-and-guide-conservation
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G P Asner, R E Martin, D E Knapp, R Tupayachi, C B Anderson, F Sinca, N R Vaughn, W Llactayo
Functional biogeography may bridge a gap between field-based biodiversity information and satellite-based Earth system studies, thereby supporting conservation plans to protect more species and their contributions to ecosystem functioning. We used airborne laser-guided imaging spectroscopy with environmental modeling to derive large-scale, multivariate forest canopy functional trait maps of the Peruvian Andes-to-Amazon biodiversity hotspot. Seven mapped canopy traits revealed functional variation in a geospatial pattern explained by geology, topography, hydrology, and climate...
January 27, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120301/clinical-efficacy-and-safety-of-surface-imaging-guided-radiosurgery-sig-rs-in-the-treatment-of-benign-skull-base-tumors
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Steven K M Lau, Kunal Patel, Teddy Kim, Erik Knipprath, Gwe-Ya Kim, Laura I Cerviño, Joshua D Lawson, Kevin T Murphy, Parag Sanghvi, Bob S Carter, Clark C Chen
Frameless, surface imaging guided radiosurgery (SIG-RS) is a novel platform for stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) wherein patient positioning is monitored in real-time through infra-red camera tracking of facial topography. Here we describe our initial clinical experience with SIG-RS for the treatment of benign neoplasms of the skull base. We identified 48 patients with benign skull base tumors consecutively treated with SIG-RS at a single institution between 2009 and 2011. Patients were diagnosed with meningioma (n = 22), vestibular schwannoma (n = 20), or nonfunctional pituitary adenoma (n = 6)...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115827/comparison-and-analysis-of-fda-reported-visual-outcomes-of-the-three-latest-platforms-for-lasik-wavefront-guided-visx-idesign-topography-guided-wavelight-allegro-contoura-and-topography-guided-nidek-ec-5000-catz
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Majid Moshirfar, Tirth J Shah, David Franklin Skanchy, Steven H Linn, Paul Kang, Daniel S Durrie
PURPOSE: To compare and analyze the differences in visual outcomes between Visx iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio™ System, Alcon Wavelight Allegro Topolyzer and Nidek EC-5000 using Final Fit™ Custom Ablation Treatment Software from the submitted summary of safety and effectiveness of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data. METHODS: In this retrospective comparative study, 334 eyes from Visx iDesign, 212 eyes from Alcon Contour, and 135 eyes from Nidek CATz platforms were analyzed for primary and secondary visual outcomes...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078333/topography-guided-buckling-of-swollen-polymer-bilayer-films-into-three-dimensional-structures
#18
Joonwoo Jeong, Yigil Cho, Su Yeon Lee, Xingting Gong, Randall D Kamien, Shu Yang, A G Yodh
Thin films that exhibit spatially heterogeneous swelling often buckle into the third dimension to minimize stress. These effects, in turn, offer a promising strategy to fabricate complex three-dimensional structures from two-dimensional sheets. Here we employ surface topography as a new means to guide buckling of swollen polymer bilayer films and thereby control the morphology of resulting three-dimensional objects. Topographic patterns are created on poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) films selectively coated with a thin layer of non-swelling parylene on different sides of the patterned films...
February 7, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072805/anatomical-variants-of-the-pudendal-nerve-observed-during-a-transgluteal-surgical-approach-in-a-population-of-patients-with-pudendal-neuralgia
#19
Stephane Ploteau, Marie-Aimee Perrouin-Verbe, Jean-Jacques Labat, Thibault Riant, Amelie Levesque, Roger Robert
BACKGROUND: Several studies have described the course and anatomical relations of the pudendal nerve. Several surgical nerve decompression techniques have been described, but only the transgluteal approach has been validated by a prospective randomized clinical trial. The purpose of this study was to describe the course of the nerve and its variants in a population of patients with pudendal neuralgia in order to guide the surgeon in the choice of surgical approach for pudendal nerve decompression...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068440/a-prospective-study-to-compare-visual-outcomes-between-wavefront-optimized-and-topography-guided-ablation-profiles-in-contralateral-eyes-with-myopia
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Rohit Shetty, Rushad Shroff, Kalyani Deshpande, Roshan Gowda, Sumeet Lahane, Chaitra Jayadev
PURPOSE: To analyze refractive outcomes of wavefront-optimized (WFO) ablation and topography-guided custom ablation (TCAT) profiles using the Allegretto Wave excimer laser platform (Alcon Laboratories, Inc., Fort Worth, TX) in the treatment of myopia. METHODS: Sixty eyes of 30 patients who underwent LASIK were included in this prospective interventional study. WFO ablation was performed in one eye (WFO group) and TCAT in the fellow eye (TCAT group). The WaveLight FS200 femtosecond laser (Alcon Laboratories, Inc...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Refractive Surgery
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