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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
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
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 6, 2018: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
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
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%.
February 9, 2018: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
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
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
Jeffrey A Sparks, Elizabeth W Karlson
We are grateful to Dr. Baker and colleagues for their interest in our recent work and agree with their interpretation of our study that investigated weight change in the early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) period among women diagnosed with RA and matched comparators. As they point out, any weight loss and severe weight loss in the early RA or matched index period were both more common among those with RA than matched comparators. The authors suggest that this increased frequency of weight loss may exacerbate the obesity paradox for mortality among patients with RA...
January 17, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
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
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
Maria Reinwalds, Andrea Blixter, Eva Carlsson
Standard surgical treatment for patients operated for rectal cancer is abdominoperineal excision of the tumor result- ing in a permanent colostomy or an anterior resection, often with construction of a temporary loop ileostomy. Both options impact bowel function. Living with a permanent colostomy has been studied in depth, but knowledge is limited about patients' experiences living with a resected rectum after stoma reversal and how it affects daily life. A qualitative study was conducted to describe the rst 4 to 6 weeks after reversal of a temporary loop ileostomy due to rectal cancer...
December 2017: Ostomy/wound Management
Christos Ganos, Elisa R Ferrè, Angela Marotta, Panagiotis Kassavetis, John Rothwell, Kailash P Bhatia, Patrick Haggard
OBJECTIVE: To assess the specificity of cortical inhibitory deficits in cervical dystonia patients. METHODS: A systematic test battery was developed to assess spatial and temporal aspects of cortical inhibition, in motor and somatosensory systems of the hand. We tested 17 cervical dystonia (CD) patients and 19 controls assessing somatosensory spatial inhibition (grating orientation test, interdigital feedforward subliminal inhibition), somatosensory temporal inhibition (temporal discrimination threshold, feedforward subliminal inhibition), motor spatial inhibition (surround inhibition), and motor temporal inhibition (short interval intracortical inhibition)...
December 1, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
Cory M Vela, Lisa M Grate, Ali McBride, Steven Devine, Leslie A Andritsos
Purpose The purpose of this study was to compare medications and potential risk factors between patients who experienced a fall during hospitalization compared to those who did not fall while admitted to the Blood and Marrow Transplant inpatient setting at The James Cancer Hospital. Secondary objectives included evaluation of transplant-related disease states and medications in the post-transplant setting that may lead to an increased risk of falls, post-fall variables, and number of tests ordered after a fall...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
Hassan Hashemi, Mohammad Miraftab, Soheila Asgari
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to determine 2-year changes in mesopic higher-order aberrations (HOAs) and contrast sensitivity (CS) after accelerated corneal cross-linking (CXL) in keratoconus patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this before-after interventional case series, patients with progressive keratoconus were subjected to accelerated CXL (18 mW/cm2, 5 min). Patients were examined with the OPD-Scan III and CVS-1000 grating charts under mesopic conditions at baseline and at 12 and 24 months after CXL...
July 2017: Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
Débora Vilarinho, Antreas Theodosiou, Cátia Leitão, Arnaldo G Leal-Junior, Maria de Fátima Domingues, Kyriacos Kalli, Paulo André, Paulo Antunes, Carlos Marques
We propose a novel polymer optical fiber (POF) sensing system based on fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) to measure foot plantar pressure. The plantar pressure signals are detected by five FBGs, in the same piece of cyclic transparent optical polymer (CYTOP) fiber, which are embedded in a cork insole for the dynamic monitoring of gait. The calibration and measurements performed with the suggested system are presented, and the results obtained demonstrate the accuracy and reliability of the sensing platform to monitor the foot plantar pressure distribution during gait motion and the application of pressure...
December 16, 2017: Sensors
Michael Privitera
Advances in epilepsy treatment are occurring at a rapid pace, and it is challenging for us to keep up with the latest in our field. As we struggle to keep up with the literature and concentrate on our own research and clinical work, we often fail to exercise our imagination and envision what our field will be like in future decades. This was the assignment to the speakers for the Presidential Symposium at the 2016 American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting. I challenged the experts to step outside the frame of their usual daily work to imagine what epilepsy treatment would and should look like for the next generation of epilepsy specialists and their patients...
July 2017: Epilepsy Currents
Elisa Cerri, Carlotta Fabiani, Chiara Criscuolo, Luciano Domenici
Visual responses to gratings alternating in contrast have been studied in humans and several mammalian species. Previous evidence from human patients and animal models of neurodegeneration has highlighted the importance to record simultaneously the pattern electroretinogram (P-ERG) and visual evoked cortical potentials (VEPs) to investigate retinal and post-retinal sites of neurodegeneration.In view of the increasing importance of research on experimental models of neurodegenerative diseases, we present here the parametric properties of visual evoked responses in animal models of glaucoma and Alzheimer's disease...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Marvin L Beusterien, Sven P Heinrich
PURPOSE: A frequent approach to estimating visual acuity objectively is the recording of visual evoked potentials (VEPs) to patterns of different coarseness. This, however, overestimates acuity in patients with fragmented and distorted vision such as in amblyopia. This is likely due to VEP-based techniques using checkerboard or grating stimuli. We hypothesized that no overestimation would occur when the event-related potential P300 in response to optotype stimuli is used for acuity estimation...
November 13, 2017: Documenta Ophthalmologica. Advances in Ophthalmology
William E Sponsel, Susan L Johnson, Rick Trevino, Alberto Gonzalez, Sylvia L Groth, Carolyn Majcher, Diane C Fulton, Matthew A Reilly
Purpose: Both pattern electroretinography (PERG) and visual evoked potentials (VEP) can be performed using low- (15%; Lc) and high- (85%; Hc) contrast gratings that may preferentially stimulate the magno- and parvocellular pathways. We observed that among glaucomatous patients showing only one VEP latency deficit per eye, there appeared to be a very strong tendency for an Hc delay in one eye and an Lc delay in the other. Methods: Diopsys NOVA-LX system was used to measure VEP Hc and Lc latency among a clinical glaucoma population to find all individuals with either a single Hc or Lc latency abnormality in each eye (group 1), or with greater than 0 and less than 4 Hc or Lc VEP latency abnormalities in the two eyes (group 2) to determine whether a significant inverse correlation existed for these values in either group...
2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
Marie F A Cutiongco, Bryan M X Chua, Dawn J H Neo, Muhammad Rizwan, Evelyn K F Yim
The endothelial lining of blood vessels is severely affected in type II diabetes. Yet, there is still a paucity on the use of diabetic endothelial cells for study and assessment of implantable devices targeting vascular disease. This critically impairs our ability to determine appropriate topographical cues to be included in implantable devices that can be used to maintain or improve endothelial cell function in vivo. Here, the functional responses of healthy and diabetic human coronary arterial endothelial cells were studied and observed to differ depending on topography...
October 25, 2017: Biomaterials
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