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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813925/stereo-3d-tracking-of-infants-in-natural-play-conditions
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Shreyas S Shivakumar, Helen Loeb, Daniel K Bogen, Frances Shofer, Phillip Bryant, Laura Prosser, Michelle J Johnson
This paper describes the design and implementation of a multiple view stereoscopic 3D vision system and a supporting infant tracker pipeline to track limb movement in natural play environments and identify potential metrics to quantify movement behavior. So far, human pose estimation and tracking with 3D cameras has been focused primarily on adults and cannot be directly extended to infants because of differences in visual features such as shapes, sizes and appearance. With rehabilitation in mind, we propose a portable, compact, markerless, low cost and high resolution 3D vision system and a tracking algorithm that exploits infant appearance attributes and depth information...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813819/mit-skywalker-on-the-use-of-a-markerless-system
#2
Rogerio S Goncalves, Taya Hamilton, Hermano I Krebs
This paper describes our efforts to employ the Microsoft Kinect as a low cost vision control system for the MIT-Skywalker, a robotic gait rehabilitation device. The Kinect enables an alternative markerless solution to control the MIT-Skywalker and allows a more user-friendly set-up. A study involving eight healthy subjects and two stroke survivors using the MIT-Skywalker device demonstrates the advantages and challenges of this new proposed approach.
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812413/unusual-retinopathy-in-a-child-with-severe-combined-immune-deficiency
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Christina Gerth-Kahlert, Amit Tiwari, Mathias M Hauri-Hohl, James V M Hanson, Angela Bahr, Anja Palmowski-Wolfe, Tayfun Güngör, Wolfgang Berger
We describe a case of an infant diagnosed with severe combined immune deficiency (Adenosine Deaminase (ADA), SCID) with severe retinopathy and associated low vision in both eyes at first examination. An extensive infectious work up revealed an enterovirus infection, which suggested an early infectious and severe retinopathy. Genetic causes of congenital retinitis pigmentosa/ Leber's congenital amaurosis could be excluded by whole exome sequencing.
August 16, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809618/corneal-donations-in-south-africa-a-15-year-review
#4
Nicholas J York, Christopher Tinley
BACKGROUND: Corneal pathology is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in South Africa (SA). A corneal transplant can restore or significantly improve vision in most cases. However, in SA there is a gross shortage of corneal tissue available to ophthalmologists. Little has been published describing the magnitude of the problem. OBJECTIVES: To describe trends in the number of corneal donors per year in SA, the number of corneal transplants performed each year, the origin of donors, the allocation of corneas to the public or private sector, and the demographics of donors...
July 28, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807648/not-all-visual-symmetry-is-equal-partially-distinct-neural-bases-for-vertical-and-horizontal-symmetry
#5
Zaira Cattaneo, Silvia Bona, Juha Silvanto
Visual mirror symmetry plays an important role in visual perception in both human and animal vision; its importance is reflected in the fact that it can be extracted automatically during early stages of visual processing. However, how this extraction is implemented at the cortical level remains an open question. Given the importance of symmetry in visual perception, one possibility is that there is a network which extracts all types of symmetry irrespective of axis of orientation; alternatively, symmetry along different axes might be encoded by different brain regions, implying that that there is no single neural mechanism for symmetry processing...
August 11, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805816/selective-attention-within-the-foveola
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Martina Poletti, Michele Rucci, Marisa Carrasco
Efficient control of attentional resources and high-acuity vision are both fundamental for survival. Shifts in visual attention are known to covertly enhance processing at locations away from the center of gaze, where visual resolution is low. It is unknown, however, whether selective spatial attention operates where the observer is already looking-that is, within the high-acuity foveola, the small yet disproportionally important rod-free region of the retina. Using new methods for precisely controlling retinal stimulation, here we show that covert attention flexibly improves and speeds up both detection and discrimination at loci only a fraction of a degree apart within the foveola...
August 14, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803418/clinical-results-after-microincision-biaxial-cataract-surgery-and-implantation-of-an-incise-intraocular-lens
#7
Wojciech Lubiński, Marta Kirkiewicz, Karolina Podborączyńska-Jodko
PURPOSE: To evaluate clinical outcomes after uncomplicated microincision biaxial cataract surgery and implantation of Incise intraocular lens (IOL). METHODS: This study included 47 eyes of 29 patients (mean age 62.2 ± 8.6 years), who underwent 1.4-mm biaxial cataract surgery with implantation of the Incise IOL (Bausch and Lomb). At third month, surgically induced astigmatism (SIA) was calculated. Three, 6 and 12 months postoperatively, uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), corrected near visual acuity (CNVA) LogMAR ETDRS, spherical equivalent refraction (SER), photopic distance corrected contrast sensitivity (CS) with and without glare (85 cd/m(2)) (CSV-1000) were assessed...
August 12, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803374/let-me-be-your-guide-physical-guidance-improves-spatial-learning-for-older-adults-with-simulated-low-vision
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Erica M Barhorst-Cates, Kristina M Rand, Sarah H Creem-Regehr
Monitoring one's safety during low vision navigation demands limited attentional resources which may impair spatial learning of the environment. In studies of younger adults, we have shown that these mobility monitoring demands can be alleviated, and spatial learning subsequently improved, via the presence of a physical guide during navigation. The present study extends work with younger adults to an older adult sample with simulated low vision. We test the effect of physical guidance on improving spatial learning as well as general age-related changes in navigation ability...
August 12, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801117/incidence-and-outcomes-of-infectious-and-noninfectious-endophthalmitis-after-intravitreal-injections-for-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Vincent Daien, Vuong Nguyen, Rohan W Essex, Nigel Morlet, Daniel Barthelmes, Mark C Gillies
PURPOSE: To assess the incidence, cumulative rate, and long-term outcomes of infectious and noninfectious endophthalmitis after intravitreal injections (IVTs) of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents. DESIGN: Database study, prospectively designed. PARTICIPANTS: Treatment-naïve eyes with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) tracked by the Fight Retinal Blindness! (FRB!) registry that commenced anti-VEGF therapy between January 1, 2006, and November 30, 2016...
August 8, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800339/perceptual-learning-improves-contrast-sensitivity-visual-acuity-and-foveal-crowding-in-amblyopia
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Michele Barollo, Giulio Contemori, Luca Battaglini, Andrea Pavan, Clara Casco
BACKGROUND: Amblyopic observers present abnormal spatial interactions between a low-contrast sinusoidal target and high-contrast collinear flankers. It has been demonstrated that perceptual learning (PL) can modulate these low-level lateral interactions, resulting in improved visual acuity and contrast sensitivity. OBJECTIVE: We measured the extent and duration of generalization effects to various spatial tasks (i.e., visual acuity, Vernier acuity, and foveal crowding) through PL on the target's contrast detection...
August 11, 2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796774/an-in-country-model-of-workforce-support-for-trained-mid-level-eye-care-workers-in-papua-new-guinea-and-pacific-islands
#11
Julie Brûlé, Benoit Tousignant, Graeme Nicholls, Matthew G Pearce
To alleviate the significant burden of vision impairment and blindness in low-resource settings, addressing the shortage in human resources in eye care is one of the fundamental strategies. With its postgraduate training programmes, The Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand (FHFNZ) aims to increase workforce capacity in the Pacific Island countries and territories and Papua New Guinea. This paper presents an in-country model to offer support to graduates, an essential element to retain them in the workforce and ensure they are able to perform the tasks they were trained to do...
August 11, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796143/treatment-patterns-and-2-year-vision-outcomes-with-bevacizumab-in-diabetic-macular-edema-an-analysis-from-a-large-u-s-integrated-health-care-system
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Donald S Fong, Tiffany Q Luong, Richard Contreras, Jennifer J Jimenez, Peter H Custis, Vaishali Patel, Joanna H Campbell
PURPOSE: To assess health care utilization and vision outcomes over 2 years in patients receiving bevacizumab treatment in clinical practice for diabetic macular edema. METHODS: Patients with newly diagnosed diabetic macular edema who received an intravitreal bevacizumab injection within 12 months of initial diagnosis were identified from Kaiser Permanente's 350,000 patients with diabetes mellitus treated between 2008 and 2013. Snellen best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), number of intravitreal injections, and patient characteristics were abstracted from the electronic record...
August 8, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793152/identification-of-characters-and-localization-of-images-using-direct-multiple-electrode-stimulation-with-a-suprachoroidal-retinal-prosthesis
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Mohit N Shivdasani, Nicholas C Sinclair, Lisa N Gillespie, Matthew A Petoe, Samuel A Titchener, James B Fallon, Thushara Perera, Darien Pardinas-Diaz, Nick M Barnes, Peter J Blamey
Purpose: Retinal prostheses provide vision to blind patients by eliciting phosphenes through electrical stimulation. This study explored whether character identification and image localization could be achieved through direct multiple-electrode stimulation with a suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis. Methods: Two of three retinitis pigmentosa patients implanted with a suprachoroidal electrode array were tested on three psychophysical tasks. Electrode patterns were stimulated to elicit perception of simple characters, following which percept localization was tested using either static or dynamic images...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780563/implementing-a-multi-modal-support-service-model-for-the-family-caregivers-of-persons-with-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Bamini Gopinath, Ashley Craig, Annette Kifley, Gerald Liew, Jaye Bloffwitch, Kim Van Vu, Nichole Joachim, Rob Cummins, Julie Heraghty, Timothy Broady, Alison Hayes, Paul Mitchell
INTRODUCTION: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness and low vision among older adults. Previous research shows a high prevalence of distress and disruption to the lifestyle of family caregivers of persons with late AMD. This supports existing evidence that caregivers are 'hidden patients' at risk of poor health outcomes. There is ample scope for improving the support available to caregivers, and further research should be undertaken into developing services that are tailored to the requirements of family caregivers of persons with AMD...
August 4, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776240/diabetes-mellitus-and-chronic-kidney-disease-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-region-findings-from-the-global-burden-of-disease-2015-study
#15
Ali H Mokdad
OBJECTIVES: We used findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study to update our previous publication on the burden of diabetes and chronic kidney disease due to diabetes (CKD-DM) during 1990-2015. METHODS: We extracted GBD 2015 estimates for prevalence, mortality, and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) of diabetes (including burden of low vision due to diabetes, neuropathy, and amputations and CKD-DM for 22 countries of the EMR from the GBD visualization tools...
August 3, 2017: International Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775181/exploring-the-patient-perspective-of-fatigue-in-adults-with-visual-impairment-a-qualitative-study
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Wouter Schakel, Christina Bode, Hilde P A van der Aa, Carel T J Hulshof, Judith E Bosmans, Gerardus H M B van Rens, Ruth M A van Nispen
OBJECTIVES: Fatigue is an often mentioned symptom by patients with irreversible visual impairment. This study explored the patient perspective of fatigue in visually impaired adults with a focus on symptoms of fatigue, causes, consequences and coping strategies. SETTING: Two large Dutch low vision multidisciplinary rehabilitation organisations. PARTICIPANTS: 16 visually impaired adults with severe symptoms of fatigue selected by purposive sampling...
August 3, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772103/architecture-function-and-assembly-of-the-mouse-visual-system
#17
Tania A Seabrook, Timothy J Burbridge, Michael C Crair, Andrew D Huberman
Vision is the sense humans rely on most to navigate the world, make decisions, and perform complex tasks. Understanding how humans see thus represents one of the most fundamental and important goals of neuroscience. The use of the mouse as a model for parsing how vision works at a fundamental level started approximately a decade ago, ushered in by the mouse's convenient size, relatively low cost, and, above all, amenability to genetic perturbations. In the course of that effort, a large cadre of new and powerful tools for in vivo labeling, monitoring, and manipulation of neurons were applied to this species...
July 25, 2017: Annual Review of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770673/physiological-characteristics-of-photoreceptors-in-the-lamprey-lethenteron-japonicum
#18
Keisuke Sakurai
Lampreys are among the most basal vertebrates, and similar to jawed vertebrates, they have two types of photoreceptors: long photoreceptors (LP; putative cones) and short photoreceptors (SP; putative rods). It is intriguing to examine the physiological properties of vision in these animals. Although there is an accumulating body of histological and biochemical studies of photoreceptors of the lamprey Lethenteron japonicum, many physiological characteristics of this species have not been described. In the present study, single-cell recordings of photoreceptors in the upstream migrant lamprey were performed to investigate the physiological properties of SP and LP of the lamprey Lethenteron japonicum...
August 2017: Zoological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770097/objective-evaluation-of-chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-using-quantitative-pain-measurement-system-pain-vision-%C3%A2-a-pilot-study
#19
Junya Sato, Megumi Mori, Satoru Nihei, Satoshi Takeuchi, Masahiro Kashiwaba, Kenzo Kudo
BACKGROUND: In an evaluation of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), objectivity may be poor because the evaluation is determined by the patient's subjective assessment. In such cases, management of neuropathy may be delayed and CIPN symptoms may become severe. In this pilot study, we attempted an objective evaluation of CIPN using a quantitative pain measurement system (Pain Vision(®)). METHODS: The subjects were patients with gynecologic cancer who underwent chemotherapy using taxane and platinum drugs...
2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769844/avoidance-of-bereavement-related-stimuli-in-chinese-individuals-experiencing-prolonged-grief-evidence-from-a-dot-probe-task
#20
Meng Yu, Suqin Tang, Chenyi Wang, Zhendong Xiang, Wei Yu, Wei Xu, Jianping Wang, Holly G Prigerson
Background: Attentional bias refers to a preference for (e.g., vigilance) or a shifting away (e.g., avoidance) of one's focus with respect to specific stimuli. Accumulating evidence suggests that an attentional bias toward death/threat-related stimuli exists in bereaved individuals experiencing prolonged grief (PG). Measuring for different processing may reflect different cognitive characteristics. Therefore, this study sought to compare information-processing biases in Chinese individuals with high versus low levels of PG symptomatology at supraliminal and subliminal levels, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
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