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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917409/methods-for-assessing-forward%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-backward-light-scatter%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-patients-with%C3%A2-cataract
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Alja Crnej, Nino Hirnschall, Con Petsoglou, Oliver Findl
PURPOSE: To compare objective methods for assessing backward and forward light scatter and psychophysical tests in patients with cataracts. SETTING: Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom. DESIGN: Prospective case series. METHODS: This study included patients scheduled for cataract surgery. Lens opacities were grouped into predominantly nuclear sclerotic, cortical, posterior subcapsular, and mixed cataracts...
August 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913923/an-ipsc-patient-specific-model-of-cfh-y402h-polymorphism-displays-characteristic-features-of-amd-and-indicates-a-beneficial-role-for-uv-light-exposure
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Dean Hallam, Joseph Collin, Sanja Bojic, Valeria Chichagova, Adriana Buskin, Yaobo Xu, Lucia Lafage, Elsje G Otten, George Anyfantis, Carla Mellough, Stefan Przyborski, Sameer Alharthi, Viktor Korolchuk, Andrew Lotery, Gabriele Saretzki, Martin McKibbin, Lyle Armstrong, David Steel, David Kavanagh, Majlinda Lako
Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of blindness, accounting for 8.7% of all blindness globally. Vision loss is caused ultimately by apoptosis of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and overlying photoreceptors. Treatments are evolving for the wet form of the disease, however these do not exist for the dry form. Complement factor H (CFH) polymorphism in exon 9 (Y402H) has shown a strong association with susceptibility to AMD resulting in complement activation, recruitment of phagocytes, retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) damage and visual decline...
September 15, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913514/the-incidence-of-needle-stick-and-sharp-injuries-and-their-associations-with-visual-function-among-hospital-nurses
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Mohammad Ghasemi, Mehdi Khabazkhoob, Hassan Hashemi, Abbasali Yekta, Payam Nabovati
PURPOSE: To determine the one-year incidence of needle stick and sharp injuries (NSIs and SIs) and their associations with visual function among Iranian nurses. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 278 nurses working at one hospital were selected through stratified random sampling. After applying the exclusion criteria, the final analysis was performed on the data of 267 nurses. The data of occupational injuries were collected through a researcher-administered questionnaire...
September 2017: Journal of Current Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910309/pattern-and-severity-of-multimorbidity-among-patients-attending-primary-care-settings-in-odisha-india
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Sanghamitra Pati, Subhashisa Swain, Job Metsemakers, J André Knottnerus, Marjan van den Akker
Multimorbidity is increasingly the primary concern of healthcare systems globally with substantial implications for patient outcomes and resource cost. A critical knowledge gap exists as to the magnitude of multimorbidity in primary care practice in low and middle income countries with available information limited to prevalence. In India, primary care forms the bulk of the health care delivery being provided through both public (community health center) and private general practice setting. We undertook a study to identify multimorbidity patterns and relate these patterns to severity among primary care attendees in Odisha state of India...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905827/refractive-and-ocular-biometric-profile-of-children-with-a-history-of-laser-treatment-for-retinopathy-of-prematurity
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Savleen Kaur, Jaspreet Sukhija, Deeksha Katoch, Mansi Sharma, Ramanuj Samanta, Mangat R Dogra
PURPOSE: Indian children belong to a diverse socioeconomic strata with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) developing in mature, higher birth weight babies as well. The purpose of our study is to analyze the long-term status of refractive errors and its relationship with ocular biometry in children with ROP who were laser treated at a tertiary center in North India. METHODS: Cross sectional study. Children (<16 years) enrolled from January 2014 to December 2014 with a history of laser treatment for ROP and examined for refractive and biometric status...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904522/endoscopic-pilonidal-sinus-treatment-long-term-results-of-a-prospective-series
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Gabriella Giarratano, Claudio Toscana, Mostafa Shalaby, Oreste Buonomo, Giuseppe Petrella, Pierpaolo Sileri
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Pilonidal sinus is a common problem in the sacrococcygeal region, especially in obese, sedentary young men. The ideal surgical solution is still under debate, and there is a high rate of recurrence. In the present study, we analyzed the long-term results of a video-assisted minimally invasive technique for the treatment of sacrococcygeal pilonidal disease: endoscopic pilonidal sinus treatment (EPSiT). METHODS: From October 2013 through November 2015, a total of 77 consecutive patients (69 Males and 8 Females, median age: 23 y) were referred to our colorectal units...
July 2017: JSLS: Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904136/neural-evidence-supports-a-dual-sensory-motor-role-for-insect-wings
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Brandon Pratt, Tanvi Deora, Thomas Mohren, Thomas Daniel
Flying insects use feedback from various sensory modalities including vision and mechanosensation to navigate through their environment. The rapid speed of mechanosensory information acquisition and processing compensates for the slower processing times associated with vision, particularly under low light conditions. While halteres in dipteran species are well known to provide such information for flight control, less is understood about the mechanosensory roles of their evolutionary antecedent, wings. The features that wing mechanosensory neurons (campaniform sensilla) encode remains relatively unexplored...
September 13, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900225/the-neural-basis-of-spatial-vision-losses-in-the-dysfunctional-visual-system
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Jinfeng Huang, Yifeng Zhou, Caiyuan Liu, Zhongjian Liu, Chunmeng Luan, Tzvetomir Tzvetanov
Human vision relies on correct information processing from the eye to various visual areas. Disturbances in the visual perception of simple features are believed to come from low-level network (e.g., V1) disruptions. In the present study, we modelled monocular losses in spatial vision through plausible multiple network modifications in early visual coding. We investigated perceptual deficits in anisometropic amblyopia and used the monocular tilt illusion as a probe of primary visual cortex orientation coding and inhibitory interactions...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900214/structure-function-correlations-in-retinitis-pigmentosa-patients-with-partially-preserved-vision-a-voxel-based-morphometry-study
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Ana Rita Machado, Andreia Carvalho Pereira, Fábio Ferreira, Sónia Ferreira, Bruno Quendera, Eduardo Silva, Miguel Castelo-Branco
Retinitis Pigmentosa is a group of hereditary retinal dystrophy disorders associated with progressive peripheral visual field loss. The impact of this retinal loss in cortical gray matter volume has not been addressed before in Retinitis Pigmentosa patients with low vision. Voxel-based morphometry was applied to study whole brain gray matter volume changes in 27 Retinitis Pigmentosa patients with partially preserved vision and 38 age- and gender-matched normally sighted controls to determine whether peripheral visual loss can lead to changes in gray matter volume...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900071/a-case-of-non-islet-cell-tumor-hypoglycemia-nicth-associated-with-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumor-gist
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John M Wilson, Jessica Ginsberg, Karen Cutts, Steve Urban
BACKGROUND Non-islet cell tumor hypoglycemia (NICTH) is a newly recognized, but uncommon, paraneoplastic syndrome that is associated with tumors of mesenchymal origin. We report a case of NICTH associated with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). CASE REPORT A 60-year-old man presented to the emergency department of our hospital after being found unconscious in his home. His serum blood glucose on hospital admission was 40 mg/dL. He reported a three-month history of diffuse abdominal pain, fatigue, and blurred vision...
September 13, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895276/osteoporotic-fractures-may-impair-life-as-much-as-the-complications-of-diabetes
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Zoltán Vokó, Katalin Gáspár, András Inotai, Csaba Horváth, Katalin Bors, Gábor Speer, Zoltán Kaló
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: To compare the effect of osteoporotic fractures and complications of diabetes mellitus on quality of life (QoL). METHOD: A cross-sectional study was performed in 840 patients with osteoporosis and in 943 patients with diabetes in Hungary to estimate the effect of osteoporotic fractures and microvascular and macrovascular complications of diabetes on QoL using the EQ-5D questionnaire. Ordinary least-squares regression was performed for the analysis to control for age and gender...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894238/prevalence-and-causes-of-low-vision-and-blindness-in-a-chinese-population-with-type-2-diabetes-the-dongguan-eye-study
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Ying Cui, Liang Zhang, Min Zhang, Xiaohong Yang, Lixin Zhang, Jian Kuang, Guanrong Zhang, Qingyang Liu, Haike Guo, Qianli Meng
To assess the prevalence and causes of low vision and blindness in type 2 diabetes patients, a population-based cross-sectional study including 8952 rural-dwelling residents aged 40 years or older from Hengli Town in Southern China was conducted. Participants underwent standard interviews, physical measurements, laboratory tests, and comprehensive eye examinations. Low vision and blindness were defined based on WHO criteria. Visual acuity data were available for 1348 (89.9%) of the 1500 subjects with type 2 diabetes...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892948/microperimetry-a-new-tool-for-assessing-retinal-sensitivity-in-macular-diseases
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Memota Laishram, Krishnagopal Srikanth, A R Rajalakshmi, Swathi Nagarajan, G Ezhumalai
INTRODUCTION: Macular disease is the leading cause of low vision in the Western world. Drusen and pigmentary irregularities are common among the rural Northern Indian population. The disease process leads to loss of central vision, metamorphopsia, macropsia or micropsia and colour vision defect. AIM: To study the retinal sensitivity changes in macular diseases using microperimetry. MATERIALS AND METHODS: It was an observational study, conducted in the Department of Ophthalmology at a rural tertiary care hospital...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891782/functional-preference-for-object-sounds-but-not-for-voices-in-the-occipitotemporal-cortex-of-early-blind-individuals
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Giulia Dormal, Maxime Pelland, Mohamed Rezk, Esther Yakobov, Franco Lepore, Olivier Collignon
Sounds activate occipital regions in early blind individuals. However, how different sound categories map onto specific regions of the occipital cortex remains a matter of debate. We used fMRI to characterize brain responses of early blind and sighted individuals to familiar object sounds, human voices, and their respective low-level control sounds. In addition, sighted participants were tested while viewing pictures of faces, objects, and phase-scrambled control pictures. In both early blind and sighted, a double dissociation was evidenced in bilateral auditory cortices between responses to voices and object sounds: Voices elicited categorical responses in bilateral superior temporal sulci, whereas object sounds elicited categorical responses along the lateral fissure bilaterally, including the primary auditory cortex and planum temporale...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887785/bioplausible-multiscale-filtering-in-retino-cortical-processing-as-a-mechanism-in-perceptual-grouping
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Nasim Nematzadeh, David M W Powers, Trent W Lewis
Why does our visual system fail to reconstruct reality, when we look at certain patterns? Where do Geometrical illusions start to emerge in the visual pathway? How far should we take computational models of vision with the same visual ability to detect illusions as we do? This study addresses these questions, by focusing on a specific underlying neural mechanism involved in our visual experiences that affects our final perception. Among many types of visual illusion, 'Geometrical' and, in particular, 'Tilt Illusions' are rather important, being characterized by misperception of geometric patterns involving lines and tiles in combination with contrasting orientation, size or position...
September 8, 2017: Brain Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885571/prevalence-causes-and-social-factors-of-visual-impairment-among-chinese-adults-based-on-a-national-survey
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Chao Guo, Zhenjie Wang, Ping He, Gong Chen, Xiaoying Zheng
Visual impairment has become a global challenge, especially for developing countries. This study aims to estimate the prevalence, causes and social factors of visual impairment among Chinese adults. Data were from a nationally representative population-based cross-sectional study. The study population were 1,909,199 non-institutionalized adults aged 18 years and older in mainland China. In the survey, low vision and blindness were checked by ophthalmologists according to the WHO best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) criteria...
September 8, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885451/visual-structure-and-function-in-collision-sport-athletes
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Danielle Leong, Christina Morettin, Leonard V Messner, Robert J Steinmetz, Yi Pang, Steven L Galetta, Laura J Balcer
BACKGROUND: Vision-based measures have been shown to be useful markers in multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer and Parkinson disease. Therefore, these testing paradigms may have applications to populations explaining repetitive head trauma that has been associated with long-term neurodegenerative sequelae. We investigated retinal structure and visual function in professional collision sport athletes compared to age- and race-matched control participants. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, participants underwent spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) measurements of peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) and macular ganglion cell complex (GCC = ganglion cell + inner plexiform layers) thickness...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882908/what-are-the-key-contextual-factors-when-preparing-for-successful-implementation-of-assistive-living-technology-in-primary-elderly-care-a-case-study-from-norway
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Martha Therese Gjestsen, Siri Wiig, Ingelin Testad
OBJECTIVE: To identify contextual factors at different organisational levels to guide the implementation of an assistive living technology intervention in Norwegian primary home care. DESIGN: A single embedded case study design was carried out in an urban municipality in Western Norway to get an overview of key contextual factors from the municipality's perspective. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: The data collection was based on a triangulation of methods involving document analysis, semi-structured individual interviews and focus group interviews to get a broad insight when preparing for an intervention...
September 7, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880159/bilinear-factor-matrix-norm-minimization-for-robust-pca-algorithms-and-applications
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Fanhua Shang, James Cheng, Yuanyuan Liu, Zhi-Quan Luo, Zhouchen Lin
The heavy-tailed distributions of corrupted outliers and singular values of all channels in low-level vision have proven effective priors for many applications such as background modeling, photometric stereo and image alignment. And they can be well modeled by a hyper-Laplacian. However, the use of such distributions generally leads to challenging non-convex, non-smooth and non-Lipschitz problems, and makes existing algorithms very slow for large-scale applications. Together with the analytic solutions to Lp-norm minimization with two specific values of p, i...
September 4, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879800/acute-caffeine-ingestion-affects-surround-suppression-of-perceived-contrast
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Bao N Nguyen, Sui-Ann Hew, John Ly, Hee-Young Shin, Jessica C Wong, Emily Yeung, Allison M McKendrick
Caffeine is a widely used psychostimulant that is associated with increased acetylcholine levels in mammalian brain and acetycholinesterase antagonism. Acetylcholine, a neuromodulator, plays an important role in the processing of visual information. One key example in human vision, thought to at least partly involve cholinergic neuromodulation, is perceptual surround suppression of contrast, whereby the perceived contrast of a pattern is altered by the presence of a neighbouring pattern. Perceptual surround suppression is weaker with pharmacological administration of donepezil (a centrally-acting acetylcholine enzyme inhibitor) in healthy human observers...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
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