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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779071/steady-state-perg-adaptation-a-conspicuous-component-of-response-variability-with-clinical-significance
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P Monsalve, S Ren, G Triolo, L Vazquez, A D Henderson, M Kostic, P Gordon, W J Feuer, V Porciatti
PURPOSE: To investigate within-test variability of the steady-state PERG (SS-PERG). METHODS: SS-PERGs were recorded in response to black-white horizontal gratings (1.6 cycles/deg, 98% contrast, 15.63 reversals/s, LED display, 25 deg square field, 800 cd/sqm mean luminance) using skin electrodes. PERG and noise (± reference) signals were averaged over 1024 epochs (~ 2.2 min) and Fourier analyzed to retrieve SS-PERG amplitude and phase. SS-PERGs were split into 16 partial averages (samples) of 64 epochs each, and corresponding amplitudes and phases combined in polar coordinates to assess their dispersion (within-test variability)...
May 19, 2018: Documenta Ophthalmologica. Advances in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29728430/an-extravagant-gift-from-a-grateful-patient
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Akshay Sharma, Liza-Marie Johnson, Amy Caruso Brown, Yoram Unguru, John D Lantos
Gift giving is psychologically and culturally complex. In any context, a gift can have multiple meanings. In the context of the doctor-patient relationship, the giving of gifts and decisions about whether to accept gifts raise complex ethical issues. In this essay, a number of pediatric oncologists discuss the ethical considerations that should guide physicians as they decide how to respond to an extravagant gift from a family.
May 4, 2018: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29725800/development-of-esthetic-prosthesis-for-a-patient-with-severe-stigmatizing-facial-lesions-due-to-cancer-a-pilot-study
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Douglas Jordan-Ribeiro, Laura Machado Lara Carvalho, Raquel Vilela, Dayse Danielle Rocha, Paula Lopes Ruas, Antônio Ferreira Ávila, Denis Vasconcelos Ferreira, Eduardo Mateus Motta Trindade, Paulo Henrique Pimentel Santos, Monica Assunção Costa Lima, Leonel Mendoza, Rudolf Huebner
PURPOSE: Severe physical facial deformities due to surgical interventions can have significant psychosocial consequences to patient's relationships with friends and family and thus, has a considerable impact on their quality of life. We have developed a 3D prosthesis for a 56-year-old woman diagnosed with epidermoid carcinoma at the right hemiface, to improve her quality of life. METHODS: The patient started radiotherapy with modulated intensity. To deal with the advance of the process, a maxilectomy of supra structure with modified radical cervical emptying on the right hemiface was performed...
May 3, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29715972/choosing-sensitivity-to-reduce-x-ray-dose-in-medical-phase-contrast-imaging
#4
Oliver Preusche
In medical X-ray imaging, phase contrast imaging is to measure refraction angles caused by the patient. The X-ray dose for a given image quality depends on the sensitivity of the setup, i.e. on the angular measurement range. Measurement ranges of existing phase contrast setups are either too high or too low for perfectly imaging a human finger in air: There is a gap in available measurement ranges, which prevents a reduction of X-ray dose. To fill the gap, this work proposes a novel variant of a Talbot-Lau interferometer...
April 16, 2018: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29709708/specific-occlusal-scheme-for-partially-edentulous-patients-with-tmd-signs-preliminary-report
#5
Srgan D Poitie
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to ascertain a specific occlusal scheme to reduce temporomandibular disorder signs and symptoms in the therapy of partially edentulous patients with removable partial acrylic dentures. METHODOLOGY: 34 partially edentulous patients who had unilateral free-end saddle in the mandible along with a history of TMD signs and symptoms were prosthodontically treated, fitting them with new removable acrylic partial dentures (NRAPD) for their lower jaws...
April 27, 2018: Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29693624/gait-shear-and-plantar-pressure-monitoring-a-non-invasive-ofs-based-solution-for-e-health-architectures
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Cátia Tavares, M Fátima Domingues, Anselmo Frizera-Neto, Tiago Leite, Cátia Leitão, Nélia Alberto, Carlos Marques, Ayman Radwan, Eduardo Rocon, Paulo André, Paulo Antunes
In an era of unprecedented progress in sensing technology and communication, health services are now able to closely monitor patients and elderly citizens without jeopardizing their daily routines through health applications on their mobile devices in what is known as e-Health. Within this field, we propose an optical fiber sensor (OFS) based system for the simultaneous monitoring of shear and plantar pressure during gait movement. These parameters are considered to be two key factors in gait analysis that can help in the early diagnosis of multiple anomalies, such as diabetic foot ulcerations or in physical rehabilitation scenarios...
April 25, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29625467/detection-of-amblyopia-using-sweep-vep-vernier-and-grating-acuity
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Chuan Hou, William V Good, Anthony M Norcia
Purpose: Vernier and grating acuity can be measured with swept-parameter visual evoked potentials (sVEP). However, whether sVEP Vernier and grating acuities are comparable in predicting letter acuity has not been systematically evaluated. This study evaluated the validity and reliability of sVEP Vernier and grating acuity for the detection of amblyopia in adults. Methods: Three types of acuity were measured in 36 adults with amblyopia and 36 age-matched normal-vision controls...
March 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29595448/from-volumes-to-valued-experiences-measurement-and-the-challenge-before-us
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Kerry Kuluski, Michelle L A Nelson, C Shawn Tracy, Carole Ann Alloway, Charles Shorrock, Sara Shearkhani, Ross E G Upshur
We are grateful for the thoughtful discussion and ideas put forth in this issue on the measurement of healthcare experiences. Our colleagues, who span multiple jurisdictions across Canada and internationally, agree that we need to do a better job at engaging patients and families in their care and measuring their experiences across health services and sectors. In this response paper, we reflect on three core content areas that were identified across the eight papers in this issue: the role of context and engagement-capable environments; approaches to improve the measurement of experience and acting on results; and challenges that must be attended to in our quest to make our healthcare systems work better...
October 2017: HealthcarePapers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29561506/contrast-sensitivity-in-eyes-with-central-scotoma-effect-of-stimulus-drift
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Peter Lewis, Abinaya Priya Venkataraman, Linda Lundström
SIGNIFICANCE: In the field of visual rehabilitation of patients with central visual field loss (CFL), knowledge on how peripheral visual function can be improved is essential. This study presents measurements of peripheral dynamic contrast sensitivity (with optical correction) for off-axis viewing angles in subjects with CFL. PURPOSE: Subjects with CFL rely on a peripheral preferred retinal locus (PRL) for many visual tasks. It is therefore important to ascertain that contrast sensitivity (CS) is maximized in the PRL...
April 2018: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29553480/real-time-chest-wall-motion-tracking-by-a-single-optical-fibre-grating-a-prospective-method-for-ventilator-triggering
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M D Ivanović, J Petrovic, A Savić, G Gligorić, M Miletić, M Vukčević, B Bojović, Lj Hadžievski, T Allsop, D J Webb
OBJECTIVE: The ventilators involved in non-invasive mechanical ventilation commonly provide ventilator support via a facemask. The interface of the mask with a patient promotes air leaks that cause errors in the feedback information provided by a pneumatic sensor and hence patient-ventilator asynchrony with multiple negative consequences. Our objective is to test the possibility of using chest-wall motion measured by an optical fibre-grating sensor as a more accurate non-invasive ventilator triggering mechanism...
April 26, 2018: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29526854/neural-restoration-training-improves-visual-functions-and-expands-visual-field-of-patients-with-homonymous-visual-field-defects
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Clara Casco, Michele Barollo, Giulio Contemori, Luca Battaglini
BACKGROUND: In recent years, the introduction of visual rehabilitation for patients with homonymous visual field defects has been met with both enthusiasm and caution. Despite the evidence that restitutive training results in expansion of the visual field, several concerns have been raised. OBJECTIVE: We tested the effectiveness of a new rehabilitative protocol called "Neuro Restoration Training" (NRT) in reducing visual field defects and in restituting visual functions in the restored hemianopic area...
2018: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29506498/high-incidence-of-rainbow-glare-after-femtosecond-laser-assisted-lasik-using-the-upgraded-fs200-femtosecond-laser
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Yu Zhang, Yue-Guo Chen
BACKGROUND: To compare the incidence of rainbow glare (RG) after femtosecond laser assisted-LASIK (FS-LASIK) using the upgraded FS200 femtosecond laser with different flap cut parameter settings. METHODS: A consecutive series of 129 patients (255 eyes) who underwent FS-LASIK for correcting myopia and/or astigmatism using upgraded WaveLight FS200 femtosecond laser with the original settings was included in group A. Another consecutive series of 129 patients (255 eyes) who underwent FS-LASIK using upgraded WaveLight FS200 femtosecond laser with flap cut parameter settings changed (decreased pulse energy, spot and line separation) was included in group B...
March 5, 2018: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29504737/anxiety-disorders-and-marital-satisfaction
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Petra Kasalova, Jan Prasko, Michaela Holubova, Kristyna Vrbova, Daniela Zmeskalova, Milos Slepecky, Ales Grambal
OBJECTIVES: Anxiety disorders can be a burden for the patient and his family. They affect the family everyday functioning, require greater demands on adaptation and re-evaluation of the existing habits of family members and consequently may result in family dysfunction due to anxiety disorders, especially in marital relationship or partnership. However, the knowledge about the impact of anxiety disorders on one or both partners in marital or partner life is still limited. METHOD: The relevant studies were identified through the Web of Science, PubMed, and Scopus databases, within the period 1990-2017...
February 2018: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29474525/insta-grated-plastic-surgery-residencies-the-rise-of-social-media-use-by-trainees-and-responsible-guidelines-for-use
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Akash A Chandawarkar, Daniel J Gould, W Grant Stevens
Background: Ethical guidelines for appropriate use of social media are beginning to be delineated. As social media becomes ingrained in plastic surgery culture, education of residents on appropriate use of social media is increasingly important. Recently, plastic surgery residency programs have begun to utilize social media. Objectives: This study characterizes the trends and content of plastic surgery residency-associated Instagram accounts. Methods: Active individual residency program Instagram accounts were identified for integrated plastic surgery programs...
February 21, 2018: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29421918/author%C3%A2-s-reply-cystic-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors-a-diagnostic-challenge
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COMMENT
Javier A Cienfuegos, Luis Hurtado-Pardo, Javier Antoñanzas
We are grateful for the helpful comments of Varas et al. with regard to the phenotype of cystic pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (CPNT) reported in a recent meta-analysis of 436 patients. Varas et al. highlight the lower incidence of CPNT diagnosed incidentally in 135 patients (44.6%) in comparison with a recent series of 49 patients with an incidental tumor diagnosis of 56.5%.
April 2018: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29394259/it-s-all-in-the-timing-acceptability-of-a-financial-incentive-intervention-for-linkage-to-hiv-care-in-the-hptn-065-tlc-plus-study
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Victoria Shelus, Jamilah Taylor, Elizabeth Greene, Jill Stanton, Allison Pack, Elizabeth E Tolley, Bernard M Branson, Wafaa M El-Sadr, June Pollydore, Theresa Gamble
The HPTN 065 (TLC-Plus) study tested the feasibility and effectiveness of using financial incentives (FIs) to increase linkage to care (L2C) among individuals with newly diagnosed HIV and those out of care in the Bronx, NY and Washington, DC. Qualitative data collection with a subset of participating patients and staff focused on experiences with and attitudes about the FI intervention. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 patients and 14 site investigators. Four focus group discussions were conducted with a total of 15 staff members...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29374322/diagnosis-of-breast-cancer-based-on-microcalcifications-using-grating-based-phase-contrast-ct
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Xinbin Li, Hewei Gao, Zhiqiang Chen, Li Zhang, Xiaohua Zhu, Shengping Wang, Weijun Peng
OBJECTIVES: Microcalcifications are an important feature in the diagnosis of breast cancer, especially in the early stages. In this paper, a CT-based method is proposed to potentially distinguish benign and malignant breast diseases based on the distributions of microcalcifications using grating-based phase-contrast imaging on a conventional X-ray tube. METHODS: The method presented based on the ratio of dark-field signals to attenuation signals in CT images is compared with the existing method based on the ratio in projections, and the threshold for the classification of microcalcifications in the two types of breast diseases is obtained using our approach...
January 26, 2018: European Radiology
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LETTER
Jeffrey A Sparks, Elizabeth W Karlson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 17, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333113/grating-oriented-line-wise-filtration-golf-for-dual-energy-x-ray-ct
#19
Yan Xi, Wenxiang Cong, Daniel Harrison, Ge Wang
In medical X-ray Computed Tomography (CT), the use of two distinct X-ray source spectra (energies) allows dose-reduction and material discrimination relative to that achieved with only one source spectrum. Existing dual-energy CT methods include source kVp-switching, double-layer detection, dual-source gantry, and two-pass scanning. Each method suffers either from strong spectral correlation or patient-motion artifacts. To simultaneously address these problems, we propose to improve CT data acquisition with the Grating Oriented Line-wise Filtration (GOLF) method, a novel X-ray filter that is placed between the source and patient...
December 2017: Sensing and Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325518/experiences-of-gestational-diabetes-and-gestational-diabetes-care-a-focus-group-and-interview-study
#20
Judith Parsons, Katherine Sparrow, Khalida Ismail, Katharine Hunt, Helen Rogers, Angus Forbes
BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is an increasingly common condition of pregnancy. It is associated with adverse fetal, infant and maternal outcomes, as well as an increased risk of GDM in future pregnancies and type 2 diabetes for both mother and offspring. Previous studies have shown that GDM can result in an emotionally distressing pregnancy, but there is little research on the patient experience of GDM care, especially of a demographically diverse UK population. The aim of this research was to explore the experiences of GDM and GDM care for a group of women attending a large diabetes pregnancy unit in southeast London, UK, in order to improve care...
January 11, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
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