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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926884/-a-study-on-the-diagnostic-value-of-tear-film-objective-scatter-index-in-dry-eye
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Y D Su, Q F Liang, N L Wang, Labbè Antoine
Objective: To study the sensitivity and specificity of tear film objective scatter index to the diagnosis dry eye disease (DED). Methods: A prospective case-controlled study. Fifty-three patients with DED and 32 healthy age- and sex-matched control subjects were included from July to October 2016. All subjects underwent the examinations sequentially as follows: evaluation of ocular surface disease symptoms using the Ocular Surface Disease Index, optical quality detection, lipid layer thickness, tear film breakup time and SchirmerⅠtest...
September 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921910/100-days-with-scans-of-the-same-catphan-phantom-on-the-same-ct-scanner
#2
Ellen Husby, Elisabeth D Svendsen, Hilde K Andersen, Anne Catrine T Martinsen
Quality control (QC) of CT scanners is important to evaluate image quality and radiation dose. Different QC phantoms for testing image quality parameters on CT are commercially available, and Catphan phantoms are widely used for this purpose. More data from measured image quality parameters on CT are necessary to assess test methods, tolerance levels, and test frequencies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the stability of essential image quality parameters for axial and helical scans on one CT scanner over time...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899360/biological-networks-in-parkinson-s-disease-an-insight-into-the-epigenetic-mechanisms-associated-with-this-disease
#3
Paulami Chatterjee, Debjani Roy, Malay Bhattacharyya, Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disorders in the world. Studying PD from systems biology perspective involving genes and their regulators might provide deeper insights into the complex molecular interactions associated with this disease. RESULT: We have studied gene co-expression network obtained from a PD-specific microarray data. The co-expression network identified 11 hub genes, of which eight genes are not previously known to be associated with PD...
September 12, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887836/a-novel-method-for-quantification-of-beam-s-eye-view-tumor-tracking-performance
#4
Yue-Houng Hu, Marios Myronakis, Joerg Rottmann, Adam Wang, Daniel Morf, Daniel Shedlock, Paul Baturin, Josh Star-Lack, Ross Berbeco
PURPOSE: In-treatment imaging using an electronic portal imaging device (EPID) can be used to confirm patient and tumor positioning. Real-time tumor tracking performance using current digital megavolt (MV) imagers is hindered by poor image quality. Novel EPID designs may help to improve quantum noise response, while also preserving the high spatial resolution of the current clinical detector. Recently investigated EPID design improvements include but are not limited to multi-layer imager (MLI) architecture, thick crystalline and amorphous scintillators, and phosphor pixilation and focusing...
September 9, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882265/trends-in-teen-driver-licensure-driving-patterns-and-crash-involvement-in-the-united-states-2006-2015
#5
Ruth A Shults, Allan F Williams
INTRODUCTION: The Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey provides nationally-representative annual estimates of licensure and driving patterns among U.S. teens. A previous study using MTF data reported substantial declines in the proportion of high school seniors that were licensed to drive and increases in the proportion of nondrivers following the recent U.S. economic recession. METHOD: To explore whether licensure and driving patterns among U.S. high school seniors have rebounded in the post-recession years, we analyzed MTF licensure and driving data for the decade of 2006-2015...
September 2017: Journal of Safety Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865170/a-method-for-characterizing-and-matching-ct-image-quality-across-ct-scanners-from-different-manufacturers
#6
James Winslow, Yakun Zhang, Ehsan Samei
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to quantitatively characterize the fundamental aspects of image quality (IQ) associated with different computed tomography (CT) reconstruction algorithms, the resolution, noise texture, noise magnitude per dose, and use those data to devise a methodology to match IQ between different CT systems. METHODS AND MATERIALS: This study entailed a three step methodology involving (1) characterizing the noise magnitude, texture, and resolution for a CT system-reconstruction using the relationship between noise magnitude and Computed Tomography Dose Index (CTDI), noise power spectrum (NPS), and modulation transfer function (MTF), (2) developing clinically relevant strategies of weighting the differences among system-reconstructions as a means to determine the best match (3) identifying for each target system-reconstruction, system-reconstructions with matched in terms of that minimum IQ differences...
September 2, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861548/varied-reports-of-adult-transgender-suicidality-synthesizing-and-describing-the-peer-reviewed-and-gray-literature
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Noah Adams, Maaya Hitomi, Cherie Moody
Purpose: This article reports on the findings of a meta-synthesis undertaken on published gray transgender suicidality literature, to determine the average rate of suicidal ideation and attempts in this population. Methods: Studies included in this synthesis were restricted to the 42 that reported on 5 or more Canadian or U.S. adult participants, as published between 1997 and February 2016 in either gray or peer-reviewed health literature. Results: Across these 42 studies an average of 55% of respondents ideated about and 29% attempted suicide in their lifetimes...
2017: Transgender Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857896/viral-hepatitis-screening-in-transgender-patients-undergoing-gender-identity-hormonal-therapy
#8
Neeraj Mangla, Rifat Mamun, Ilan S Weisberg
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Viral hepatitis is a global health issue and can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Guidelines for viral hepatitis screening in the transgender population do not exist. Transgender patients may be at higher risk for contracting viral hepatitis due to socioeconomic and behavioral factors. The aim of this study was to measure the quality of screening, prevalence, and susceptibility of viral hepatitis, and to identify barriers to screening in transgender patients undergoing gender identity hormonal therapy...
August 29, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845346/enhancing-military-civilian-medical-synergies-the-role-of-army-medical-practice-in-civilian-facilities
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Melinda Moore, Michael A Wermuth, Gary Cecchine, Paul Colthirst
Army medical professionals must maintain the high level of proficiency required to fulfill the Army's medical missions of supporting military operations and providing beneficiary care. Because beneficiary care demands in a U.S. medical treatment facility (MTF) do not mirror those in a combat setting and sometimes can exceed the MTF's capacity, some MTFs enter into agreements with local civilian facilities to meet shortfalls in beneficiary care or training. The study's objective was to assess Army medical practice in U...
January 2017: Rand Health Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828563/breast-cancer-screening-in-transgender-patients-findings-from-the-2014-brfss-survey
#10
Anand Narayan, Lizza Lebron-Zapata, Elizabeth Morris
PURPOSE: Transgender patients undergoing transitions often receive cross-sex hormonal therapies, placing them at uncertain risk for developing breast cancer. There is limited population-based information about the extent to which transgender patients undergo mammography screening. Our purpose was to determine the extent to which transgender patients undergo mammography screening using nationally representative survey data. METHODS: Transgender participants between ages 40-74 in the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey were included...
August 21, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808586/quality-of-vision-after-deep-anterior-lamellar-keratoplasty-fluid-dissection-compared-to-penetrating-keratoplasty-for-the-treatment-of-keratoconus
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Islam Mahmoud Hamdi, Momen Mahmoud Hamdi
PURPOSE: To compare the visual quality of patients with keratoconus who underwent penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) or deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) with fluid dissection. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, observational study. METHODS: Twelve eyes that underwent PKP (PKP group) were compared to 24 eyes that underwent DALK (DALK group) after complete removal of sutures and stability of refraction. Visual, refractive, corneal topographic, corneal aberrometry, and ocular aberrometry parameters were compared for both groups...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802856/different-mathematical-processing-of-absorption-ratio-and-derivative-spectra-for-quantification-of-mixtures-containing-minor-component-an-application-to-the-analysis-of-the-recently-co-formulated-antidiabetic-drugs-canagliflozin-and-metformin
#12
Hayam M Lotfy, Dalia Mohamed, Mona S Elshahed
In the presented work several spectrophotometric methods were performed for the quantification of canagliflozin (CGZ) and metformin hydrochloride (MTF) simultaneously in their binary mixture. Two of these methods; response correlation (RC) and advanced balance point-spectrum subtraction (ABP-SS) were developed and introduced for the first time in this work, where the latter method (ABP-SS) was performed on both the zero order and the first derivative spectra of the drugs. Besides, two recently established methods; advanced amplitude modulation (AAM) and advanced absorbance subtraction (AAS) were also accomplished...
August 5, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799106/chemical-sterilization-of-allograft-dermal-tissues
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Abigail Phipps, Edward Vaynshteyn, John B Kowalski, Manh-Dan Ngo, Karen Merritt, Joel Osborne, Evangelia Chnari
Common terminal sterilization methods are known to alter the natural structure and properties of soft tissues. One approach to providing safe grafts with preserved biological properties is the combination of a validated chemical sterilization process followed by an aseptic packaging process. This combination of processes is an accepted method for production of sterile healthcare products as described in ANSI/AAMI ST67:2011. This article describes the validation of the peracetic acid and ethanol-based (PAAE) chemical sterilization process for allograft dermal tissues at the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF, Edison, NJ)...
August 10, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789661/reference-free-determination-of-tissue-absorption-coefficient-by-modulation-transfer-function-characterization-in-spatial-frequency-domain
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Weiting Chen, Huijuan Zhao, Tongxin Li, Panpan Yan, Kuanxin Zhao, Caixia Qi, Feng Gao
BACKGROUND: Spatial frequency domain (SFD) measurement allows rapid and non-contact wide-field imaging of the tissue optical properties, thus has become a potential tool for assessing physiological parameters and therapeutic responses during photodynamic therapy of skin diseases. The conventional SFD measurement requires a reference measurement within the same experimental scenario as that for a test one to calibrate mismatch between the real measurements and the model predictions. Due to the individual physical and geometrical differences among different tissues, organs and patients, an ideal reference measurement might be unavailable in clinical trials...
August 8, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771544/comparison-of-postoperative-visual-quality-after-smile-and-lasek-for-high-myopia-a-1-year-outcome
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Xiaoyu Zhu, Leilei Zou, Manrong Yu, Chen Qiu, Minjie Chen, Jinhui Dai
PURPOSE: To compare the 1-year outcome of visual quality after laser-assisted subepithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) and femtosecond laser-assisted small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) for high myopia correction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective, comparative study included 24 eyes of 24 patients in the LASEK group, with a mean spherical equivalent (SE) of -7.59 ± 1.32 diopters, and 26 eyes of 26 patients in the SMILE group, with a mean SE of -7.91 ± 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764971/development-and-validation-of-two-phantoms-for-quality-control-in-cone-beam-ct
#16
Wilson Otto Gomes Batista
This study aimed at the development and validation of the models of phantom: CQ-02-IFBA and CQ-01-IFBA, the first filled with water and the second fully with a solid structure in polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). Both models allow its use in various models of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), independent of the size of the field of view. The two phantoms are used to evaluate seven parameters of quality control: intensity or average value of pixels of five different plastics, signal to noise ratio, resolution, low contrast, spatial resolution, the accuracy of distances on the z axis, the geometric distortion and image uniformity...
July 27, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763775/heat-indicators-of-oxidative-stress-inflammation-and-metal-transport-show-dependence-of-cadmium-pollution-history-in-the-liver-of-female-zebrafish
#17
Qing-Ling Zhu, Sai-Nan Guo, Shuang-Shuang Yuan, Zhen-Ming Lv, Jia-Lang Zheng, Hu Xia
Environmental stressors such as high temperature and metal exposure may occur sequentially, simultaneously, previously in aquatic ecosystems. However, information about whether responses to high temperature depend on Cd exposure history is still unknown in fish. Zebrafish were exposed to 0 (group 1), 2.5 (group 2) and 5μg/L (group 3) cadmium (Cd) for 10 weeks, and then each group was subjected to Cd-free water maintained at 26°C and 32°C for 7days respectively. 26 indicators were used to compare differences between 26°C and 32°C in the liver of female zebrafish, including 5 biochemical indicators (activity of Cu/Zn-SOD, CAT and iNOS; LPO; MT protein), 8 molecular indicators of oxidative stress (mRNA levels of Nrf2, Cu/Zn-SOD, CAT, HSF1, HSF2, HSP70, MTF-1 and MT), 5 molecular indicators of inflammation (mRNA levels of IL-6, IL-1β, TNF-α, iNOS and NF-κB), 8 molecular indicators of metal transport (mRNA levels of, ZnT1, ZnT5, ZIP8, ZIP10, ATP7A, ATP7B and CTR1)...
July 20, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748781/a-versatile-liquid-chromatographic-method-for-the-simultaneous-determination-of-metformin-sitagliptin-simvastatin-and-ezetimibe-in-different-dosage-forms
#18
Asmaa A El-Zaher, Ehab F Elkady, Hanan M Elwy, Mahmoud Abo El Makarim Saleh
A new LC method is introduced with the concept of its versatile application to widely used drugs from different pharmacological classes. Metformin hydrochloride (MTF), sitagliptin phosphate (SIT), simvastatin (SIM) and ezetimibe (EZB) were simultaneously determined with a simple reversed-phase LC method in which a SIT-SIM binary mixture, present in a dosage form brand, was considered central for its development. Chromatographic separation was achieved with a mobile phase of acetonitrile and 0.02 M potassium dihydrogen phosphate (pH 5...
July 27, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746183/visual-outcomes-after-balanced-salt-solution-infiltration-during-lenticule-separation-in-small-incision-lenticule-extraction-for-myopic-astigmatism
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Ting Liu, Xiaomin Zhu, Kaijian Chen, Ji Bai
To evaluate the refractive outcomes of balanced salt solution infiltration during small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE).This randomized prospective study enrolled 52 patients (104 eyes) with myopic astigmatism. Patients underwent SMILE to correct the myopic astigmatism in Daping Hospital of the Third Military Medical University between January and July 2013. One eye of each patient received traditional SMILE (control group) and the other received a modified SMILE procedure (liquid infiltration group)...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733419/myc2-orchestrates-a-hierarchical-transcriptional-cascade-that-regulates-jasmonate-mediated-plant-immunity-in-tomato
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Minmin Du, Jiuhai Zhao, David T W Tzeng, Yuanyuan Liu, Lei Deng, Tianxia Yang, Qingzhe Zhai, Fangming Wu, Zhuo Huang, Ming Zhou, Qiaomei Wang, Qian Chen, Silin Zhong, Chang-Bao Li, Chuanyou Li
The hormone jasmonate (JA), which functions in plant immunity, regulates resistance to pathogen infection and insect attack through triggering genome-wide transcriptional reprogramming in plants. We show that the basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor (TF) MYC2 in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) acts downstream of the JA receptor to orchestrate JA-mediated activation of both the wounding and pathogen responses. Using chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-seq) coupled with RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) assays, we identified 655 MYC2-targeted JA-responsive genes...
July 21, 2017: Plant Cell
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