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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335491/health-and-wellbeing-of-occupants-in-highly-energy-efficient-buildings-a-field-study
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Peter Wallner, Peter Tappler, Ute Munoz, Bernhard Damberger, Anna Wanka, Michael Kundi, Hans-Peter Hutter
Passive houses and other highly energy-efficient buildings need mechanical ventilation. However, ventilation systems in such houses are regarded with a certain degree of skepticism by parts of the public due to alleged negative health effects. Within a quasi-experimental field study, we investigated if occupants of two types of buildings (mechanical vs. natural ventilation) experience different health, wellbeing and housing satisfaction outcomes and if associations with indoor air quality exist. We investigated 123 modern homes (test group: with mechanical ventilation; control group: naturally ventilated) built in the years 2010 to 2012 in the same geographic area and price range...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332214/serum-eye-drops-a-survey-of-international-production-methods
#2
D C Marks, P F van der Meer
BACKGROUND: Serum eye drops (SEDs) are used to treat dry eye syndrome and non-healing corneal lesions when other treatments fail. Despite many clinical studies demonstrating the efficacy of both autologous and allogeneic SEDs, there is no internationally harmonized method for producing SEDs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 40-question survey requesting information regarding donor selection, blood collection and processing, infectious disease screening, shelf life and regulatory requirements for the production of autologous and allogeneic SEDs was developed by the Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion Collaborative...
March 23, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332063/decreased-interaction-between-zo-1-and-occludin-is-involved-in-alteration-of-tight-junctions-in-transplanted-epiphora-submandibular-glands
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Chong Ding, Xin Cong, Xue-Ming Zhang, Sheng-Lin Li, Li-Ling Wu, Guang-Yan Yu
Tight junctions (TJs) in salivary epithelium play an important role in regulating saliva secretion. Autologous transplantation of submandibular glands (SMGs) is an effective method to treat severe dry eye syndrome. However, epiphora occurs in some patients 6 months after transplantation. We previously found that the acinar TJs are enlarged in rabbit SMGs after long-term transplantation, but the exact TJ components involved in the epiphora are still unknown. Here, we found that the mRNA and protein expression of ZO-1 and occludin were increased in the transplanted SMGs obtained from epiphora patients, while other TJs were unchanged...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328296/the-relationship-between-metabolic-syndrome-its-components-and-dry-eye-a-cross-sectional-study
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Sevil Karaman Erdur, Rukiye Aydin, Mustafa Ozsutcu, Oktay Olmuscelik, Mustafa Eliacik, Goktug Demirci, Mehmet Selim Kocabora
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate tear osmolarity and tear film function and ocular surface changes in patients with metabolic syndrome. METHODS: 108 eyes of 64 patients with metabolic syndrome (group 1) and 110 eyes of 55 healthy individuals (group 2) were included in this cross-sectional study. All participants were evaluated using the Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) questionnaire, Schirmer I test, tear film break-up time (TBUT), and tear osmolarity...
March 22, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324113/microrna-expression-patterns-involved-in-amyloid-beta-induced-retinal-degeneration
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Peirong Huang, Junran Sun, Fenghua Wang, Xueting Luo, Jingyang Feng, Qing Gu, Te Liu, Xiaodong Sun
Purpose: Dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is characterized by the accumulation of drusen under Bruch's membrane, and amyloid beta (Aβ) is speculated to be one of the key pathologic factors. While the detrimental effects of Aβ on retinas have been widely explored, Aβ-induced epigenetic regulatory changes have yet to be fully investigated. We therefore aimed to identify the microRNA (miRNA) expression profiles in an Aβ-induced mouse model of retinal degeneration. Methods: C57BL/6 mice were intravitreally injected with Aβ1-40 or PBS and the eye tissues were collected for hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining, apoptosis immunofluorescence staining, and miRNA profiling...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321333/correlation-analysis-of-ocular-symptoms-and-signs-in-patients-with-dry-eye
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Hang Song, Mingzhou Zhang, Xiaodan Hu, Kaixiu Li, Xiaodan Jiang, Yan Liu, Huibin Lv, Xuemin Li
Purpose. To analyze the correlations between the ocular surface signs and symptoms in patients with dry eye. Methods. In this observational study, 176 dry eye patients, including 60 males and 116 females, were enrolled and their dry eye symptoms and ocular signs were observed. Partial correlation analysis was conducted between OSDI score and each ocular surface sign, and the correlations were further discussed in different age groups. Then multiple linear regression analysis was used to further explore the influence of these signs on OSDI score...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319642/therapeutic-efficacy-of-nanocomplex-of-poly-ethylene-glycol-and-catechin-for-dry-eye-disease-in-a-mouse-model
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Hyesook Lee, Whuisu Shim, Chae Eun Kim, So Yeon Choi, Haeshin Lee, Jaewook Yang
Purpose: We investigated the possibility of the nanocomplex of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and catechin as a new biomedical material to treat dry eye disease. Methods: NOD.B10.H2b mice were exposed to an air draft and injected with scopolamine for 10 days. Ten days later, the mice were treated with normal saline (n = 11), 1% catechin (n = 11), 1% PEG (n = 11), and 1% catechin/PEG nanocomplex solution mixture containing catechin and PEG at weight ratios of 1:1 (CP1, n = 11), 1:5 (CP5, n = 11), and 1:10 (CP10, n = 11)...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318723/pan-european-survey-of-the-topical-ocular-use-of-cyclosporine-a
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A Labbé, C Baudouin, D Ismail, M Amrane, J-S Garrigue, A Leonardi, F C Figueiredo, G Van Setten, M Labetoulle
OBJECTIVE: To assess medical practices surrounding the use of topical ocular cyclosporine A across European Union nations. METHODS: Key stakeholders (ophthalmologists, hospital pharmacists, regulatory health authorities) from European Union member states were interviewed by telephone using a semi-structured, open-ended questionnaire. Ophthalmologists responded to questions about practice patterns of cyclosporine A use (prescription frequency, indication, dosage), pharmacists about cyclosporine A formulations (composition, manufacturing process, quality control, distribution), and the regulatory authorities about market authorization and pharmacovigilance for various cyclosporine A products...
March 16, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316837/combination-of-navigated-macular-laser-photocoagulation-and-anti-vegf-therapy-precise-treatment-for-macular-edema-under-dry-retinal-conditions
#9
Ernest V Boiko, Dmitrii S Maltsev
Purpose. To compare the controllability of navigated macular laser photocoagulation (MLP) in dry versus edematous retina and validate that pretreatment diagnostic images can be used as basis for navigated MLP after the macular edema (ME) has been resolved. Materials and Methods. Group 1 was divided into subgroup 1 (dry retina MLP) and subgroup 2 (MLP in ME) for comparisons of laser-burn diameters. In group 2, the areas and locations of ME before an intravitreal injection of anti-VEGF (IVAV) were compared with those of recurrent ME...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316198/-research-update-of-effectiveness-and-mechanism-of-essential-fatty-acids-in-treating-dry-eye
#10
Y Liu, Q F Liang
Topical anti-inflammatory therapy has become the significant way of treating dry eye so far. However, as the long-term use of routine anti-inflammatory medications are restricted from their side effects, it is inevitable to explore safer and more effective alternatives. Essential fatty acids have proven to be anti-inflammatory systemically, which makes it possible to treat dry eye. Clinical trials have demonstrated that supplementation with either ω-3 or ω-6 essential fatty acids or both has multifactorial efficacies including improvement of subjective symptoms, alleviation of inflammation of ocular surface and eyelid margin, prolongation of tear break-up time and increase of tear flow secretion...
March 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316191/-in-vivo-confocal-microscopic-observation-of-corneal-changes-in-patients-with-chronic-stevens-johnson-syndrome-or-toxic-epidermal-necrolysis
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T T Gao, Y Li, J Liu, Q Long
Objective: To describe corneal alterations visible on in vivo confocal microscopy in patients with debilitating ocular sequelae caused by Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) or toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). Methods: Twenty-two eyes of 11 consecutive patients suffering from chronic SJS or TEN were studied using slit lamp and in vivo confocal microscopy in the Ophthalmology Outpatient Department of Peking Union Medical College Hospital from March 2014 to April 2015. Results: Dry eye with meibomian gland dysfunction (19 eyes of 10 patients, 86...
March 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315833/predictive-factors-for-the-placebo-effect-in-clinical-trials-for-dry-eye-a-pooled-analysis-of-three-clinical-trials
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Takahiro Imanaka, Izumi Sato, Shiro Tanaka, Koji Kawakami
BACKGROUND: Placebo effect is one of the methodological difficulties in dry eye clinical trials. If we could elucidate the tendencies of the placebo response and find predictors, we could reduce the placebo response in clinical trials for dry eye. In this study, we investigated the predictive factors for the placebo effect in dry eye clinical trials. METHODS: A total of 205 patients with dry eye assigned to the placebo arms of three placebo-controlled randomised clinical trials were analysed by simple and multivariable regression analysis...
March 18, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315447/cyclosporine-a-delivery-to-the-eye-a-comprehensive-review-of-academic-and-industrial-efforts
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REVIEW
Frédéric Lallemand, Mathieu Schmitt, Jean-Louis Bourges, Robert Gurny, Simon Benita, Jean-Sébastien Garrigue
Local ocular delivery of cyclosporine A (CsA) is the preferred method for CsA delivery as a treatment for ocular inflammatory diseases such as uveitis, corneal healing, vernal keratoconjunctivitis and dry eye disease. However, due to the large molecular weight and hydrophobic nature of CsA and the natural protective mechanisms of the eye, achieving therapeutic levels of CsA in ocular tissues can be difficult. This review gives a comprehensive overview of the current products available to clinicians as well as emerging drug delivery solutions that have been developed at both the academic and industry levels...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306598/comparing-the-effects-of-particulate-matter-on-the-ocular-surfaces-of-normal-eyes-and-a-dry-eye-rat-model
#14
Ji Yun Han, Boram Kang, Youngsub Eom, Hyo Myung Kim, Jong Suk Song
PURPOSE: To compare the effect of exposure to particulate matter on the ocular surface of normal and experimental dry eye (EDE) rat models. METHODS: Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles were used as the particulate matter. Rats were divided into 4 groups: normal control group, TiO2 challenge group of the normal model, EDE control group, and TiO2 challenge group of the EDE model. After 24 hours, corneal clarity was compared and tear samples were collected for quantification of lactate dehydrogenase, MUC5AC, and tumor necrosis factor-α concentrations...
March 16, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303720/primary-newcastle-disease-vaccination-of-broilers-comparison-of-the-antibody-seroresponse-and-adverse-vaccinal-reaction-after-eye-nose-drop-or-coarse-spray-application-and-implication-of-the-results-for-a-previously-developed-coarse-dry-powder-vaccine
#15
W J M Landman, C Vervaet, J P Remon, K Huyge, J H H van Eck
To compare antibody seroresponse and adverse vaccinal reaction induced by Newcastle disease (ND) vaccination after eye-nose drop or coarse spray, groups of SPF broiler hens were vaccinated at day 4 (day of hatch is day 0) and intratracheally inoculated with Escherichia coli at day 11. Body weight gain (BWG) was assessed between day 4 and day 18; colibacillosis lesions and serum antibodies were determined at day 18. Meaningful comparison requires similar vaccine uptake. Vaccine virus loss during spray relative to eye-nose drop, which was assessed by comparing the results of endpoint titrations, was 3 log10...
March 17, 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302532/randomized-controlled-crossover-trial-comparing-the-impact-of-sham-or-intranasal-neurostimulation-on-conjunctival-goblet-cell-degranulation
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Koray Gumus, Karri L Schuetzle, Stephen C Pflugfelder
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of the Oculeve Intranasal Lacrimal Neurostimulator (ILN) on conjunctival goblet cell degranulation. DESIGN: A randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled crossover trial METHODS: A total of 15 subjects (5 normal and 10 dry eye) were enrolled in a three-visit study consisting of one screening and two separate randomized-masked ILN treatments (sham extranasal or intranasal). Tear meniscus height (TMH) was measured by AS-OCT before and after applications...
March 13, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299439/vitamin-b12-deficiency-evaluation-and-treatment-in-severe-dry-eye-disease-with-neuropathic-ocular-pain
#17
Serkan Ozen, Murat Atabey Ozer, Mehmet Orçun Akdemir
PURPOSE: This study aims to understand the effect of vitamin B12 deficiency on neuropathic ocular pain (NOP) and symptoms in patients with dry eye disease (DED). METHODS: Patients with severe DED (without receiving topical artificial tears treatment) and ocular pain were enrolled (n = 90). Patients with severe DED and vitamin B12 deficiency (group 1, n = 45) received parenteral vitamin B12 supplement + topical treatment (artificial tears treatment + cyclosporine), and patients with severe DED and normal serum vitamin B12 level (group 2, n = 45) received only topical treatment (artificial tears treatment + cyclosporine)...
March 15, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295859/adverse-effects-of-isotretinoin-a-large-retrospective-review
#18
Piotr Brzezinski, Katarzyna Borowska, Anca Chiriac, Janusz Smigielski
Acne is a very common and disfiguring disease that affects mostly adolescents and, to some extent, adults. The objective of our study was to estimate the adverse effects after isotretinoin by treatment of 3,525 patients due to acne vulgaris in a 5-year observation. Retrospective, comparative study was carried out in Poland and Romania from January 2012 to August 2016. Inclusion criteria into this study were moderate, severe, and nodulocystic inflammatory acne vulgaris. Exclusion criteria were mild acne, pregnant, and lactating women...
March 14, 2017: Dermatologic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295626/mechanical-meibomian-gland-squeezing-combined-with-eyelid-scrubs-and-warm-compresses-for-the-treatment-of-meibomian-gland-dysfunction
#19
Hun Lee, Minseo Kim, Si Yoon Park, Eung Kweon Kim, Kyoung Yul Seo, Tae-Im Kim
BACKGROUND: The aim was to investigate the efficacy of mechanical meibomian gland squeezing combined with eyelid scrubs and warm compresses in participants with moderate and severe meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). METHODS: In this prospective, uncontrolled, open label, intervention study, 32 eyes of 32 participants with moderate and severe MGD were treated with mechanical squeezing of meibomian glands in combination with eyelid scrubs and warm compresses. We evaluated tear film break-up time (TBUT), corneal and conjunctival fluorescein staining scores, biomicroscopic examination of lid margins and meibomian glands, Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) questionnaire and tear film lipid layer thickness determined via an interferometer before initiating treatment and after one month of treatment...
March 12, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295595/optometry-australia-scope-of-practice-survey-2015
#20
Patricia M Kiely, Skye Cappuccio, Ellen McIntyre
BACKGROUND: This paper presents results from the inaugural Scope of Practice Survey of Optometry Australia members conducted in October 2015. The survey gathered information related to confidence in detecting and diagnosing key ocular conditions, grading diabetic retinopathy, prescribing scheduled medicines, access to equipment, confidence using equipment, incidence of patients requiring therapeutic management, referral practices and services provided. METHODS: The survey was developed, piloted, modified and administered to members of Optometry Australia (excluding student and retired members), who had a current email address...
March 13, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
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