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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747252/analysis-of-the-tractive-force-pattern-on-a-knot-by-force-measurement-during-laparoscopic-knot-tying
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Kenta Takayasu, Kenji Yoshida, Hidefumi Kinoshita, Syunsuke Yoshimoto, Osamu Oshiro, Tadashi Matsuda
BACKGROUND: Quantifying surgical skills assists novice surgeons when learning operative techniques. We measured the interaction force at a ligation point and clarified the features of the force pattern among surgeons with different skill levels during laparoscopic knot tying. METHODS: Forty-four surgeons were divided into three groups based on experience: 13 novice (0-5 years), 16 intermediate (6-15 years), and 15 expert (16-30 years). To assess the tractive force direction and volume during knot tying, we used a sensor that measures six force-torque values (x-axis: Fx, y-axis: Fy, z-axis: Fz, and xy-axis: Fxy) attached to a slit Penrose drain...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742840/glaucomatous-changes-in-lamina-pores-shape-within-the-lamina-cribrosa-using-wide-bandwidth-femtosecond-mode-locked-laser-oct
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Takuhei Shoji, Hiroto Kuroda, Masayuki Suzuki, Hisashi Ibuki, Makoto Araie, Shin Yoneya
PURPOSE: The lamina cribrosa (LC) is known to play a critical role in the pathogenesis of glaucoma. Although it has been reported that striae-shaped or slit-shaped lamina pores are more frequent in eyes with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), this observation is based only on fundus photography. The primary object of this study is to perform layer-by-layer comparisons of the shape of lamina pores within the LC in vivo. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: Optic nerve head B-scans were obtained using custom-made broad-wavelength optical coherence tomography with a mode-locked laser...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742618/changes-in-higher-order-aberrations-after-phototherapeutic-keratectomy-for-subepithelial-corneal-infiltrates-after-epidemic-keratoconjunctivitis
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Burcin Kepez Yildiz, Semih Urvasizoglu, Yusuf Yildirim, Alper Agca, Nilay K Besek, Korhan Fazil, Erdem Eris, Ebru Demet Aygit, Muhittin Taskapili, Ahmet Demirok
PURPOSE: To investigate how corneal aberrations change after phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) for subepithelial infiltrates after adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis. METHODS: The records of patients who underwent transepithelial PTK for subepithelial infiltrates were retrospectively reviewed. Preoperative best-corrected visual acuity (VA) and the results of slit-lamp biomicroscopy examinations were recorded. The PTK procedure was performed under topical anesthesia with an Amaris excimer laser...
July 24, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740212/phonon-conduction-in-silicon-nanobeam-labyrinths
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Woosung Park, Giuseppe Romano, Ethan C Ahn, Takashi Kodama, Joonsuk Park, Michael T Barako, Joon Sohn, Soo Jin Kim, Jungwan Cho, Amy M Marconnet, Mehdi Asheghi, Alexie M Kolpak, Kenneth E Goodson
Here we study single-crystalline silicon nanobeams having 470 nm width and 80 nm thickness cross section, where we produce tortuous thermal paths (i.e. labyrinths) by introducing slits to control the impact of the unobstructed "line-of-sight" (LOS) between the heat source and heat sink. The labyrinths range from straight nanobeams with a complete LOS along the entire length to nanobeams in which the LOS ranges from partially to entirely blocked by introducing slits, s = 95, 195, 245, 295 and 395 nm...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739646/koh-mount-as-an-aid-in-the-management-of-infectious-keratitis-at-secondary-eye-care-centre
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Varsha M Rathi, Monica Thakur, Savitri Sharma, Rohit Khanna, Prashant Garg
AIMS: To report the clinical outcome of infectious keratitis managed after doing 10% KOH mount of corneal smears and reporting done by an ophthalmologist in the secondary eye care centre in South India. METHODS: 103 consecutive cases of microbial keratitis were studied. Inclusion criteria were presence of corneal infiltrate on slit lamp biomicroscopy. An ophthalmologist carried out microbiological evaluation of 10% KOH mount of corneal scrapings. No cultures were done at secondary centres...
July 24, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738779/anion-selective-formate-nitrite-transporters-taxonomic-distribution-phylogenetic-analysis-and-subfamily-specific-conservation-pattern-in-prokaryotes
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Mishtu Mukherjee, Manu Vajpai, Ramasubbu Sankararamakrishnan
BACKGROUND: The monovalent anions formate, nitrite and hydrosulphide are main metabolites of bacterial respiration during anaerobic mixed-acid fermentation. When accumulated in the cytoplasm, these anions become cytotoxic. Membrane proteins that selectively transport these monovalent anions across the membrane have been identified and they belong to the family of Formate/Nitrite Transporters (FNTs). Individual members that selectively transport formate, nitrite and hydrosulphide have been investigated...
July 24, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736961/changes-in-cytokine-profiles-following-treatment-with-food-allergen-specific-sublingual-immunotherapy-in-dogs-with-adverse-food-reactions
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Elisa Maina, Bert Devriendt, Eric Cox
BACKGROUND: Food allergen-specific sublingual immunotherapy (FA-SLIT) is considered to be a novel, safe and effective approach in dogs with adverse food reactions (AFR). HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To investigate changes in key cytokines associated with FA-SLIT. ANIMALS: Eleven dogs with confirmed AFR. METHODS: Participants received either dose escalation of FA-SLIT or placebo over a six month period. Oral food challenge was performed at the beginning and end of the study, along with clinical examinations and collection of skin surface bacterial cytology and blood...
July 23, 2017: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736046/the-optical-imaging-of-tarantula-hair-corneal-injury-one-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Yuedong Hu, Yuanyuan Xu
INTRODUCTION: Tarantulas belonging to the Theraphosidae family are more and more popular as family pets. Ocular injuries caused by tarantulas are reported in several articles. We hereby report the first known case of ocular injury caused by a tarantula in China. CASE: A 22-year-old girl was referred to our hospital with one-week history of red and irritated left eye after she grabbed her molting Chilean Rose Tarantula. Her best-corrected visual acuity was 20/20 on both eyes...
July 20, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735200/ion-specific-hydration-in-nano-confined-electrical-double-layers
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Z Zachariah, R M Espinosa-Marzal, M P Heuberger
We probe counter-ion specific effects in nano-confined electrical-double-layers (EDLs) by means of direct force measurements across a model slit pore in the extended surface forces apparatus. By variation of solution composition, we compare four different counter-ions with dissimilar hydration properties, namely Na(+), K(+), Cs(+) as well as H3O(+), all confined between (001) mica surfaces. We discuss the results in terms of a recently proposed π-transition model, evoking hydrated ion layering as the recurrent structural element in highly confined EDLs...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733661/helical-phase-structure-of-radiation-from-an-electron-in-circular-motion
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M Katoh, M Fujimoto, N S Mirian, T Konomi, Y Taira, T Kaneyasu, M Hosaka, N Yamamoto, A Mochihashi, Y Takashima, K Kuroda, A Miyamoto, K Miyamoto, S Sasaki
We theoretically show that a single free electron in circular motion radiates an electromagnetic wave possessing helical phase structure, which is closely related to orbital angular momentum carried by it. We experimentally demonstrate it by interference and double-slit diffraction experiments on radiation from relativistic electrons in spiral motion. Our results indicate that photons carrying orbital angular momentum should be created naturally by cyclotron/synchrotron radiations or Compton scatterings in various situations in cosmic space...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731934/long-term-evaluation-of-specular-microscopic-changes-following-nd-yag-iridotomy-in-chronic-primary-angle-closure-glaucoma-eyes
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Ramanjit Sihota, Esha Agarwal, Mathew James, Meena Verma, Lalit Kumar, Tanuj Dada, Viney Gupta, Kulwant Singh Kapoor
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate specular microscopy of chronic primary angle-closure glaucoma (CPACG) eyes at least 1 year after Nd:YAG iridotomy, and compare them with CPACG eyes without an iridotomy and age-matched, normal eyes. PATIENTS AND METHOD: Consecutive patients of CPACG at the Glaucoma service were screened. All patients underwent slit-lamp biomicroscopy, +90 D examination, and applanation tonometry. A total of 100 eyes of 100 consecutive patients of CPACG with an Nd:YAG iridotomy performed ≥1 year before, who met all inclusion/exclusion criteria, 60 consecutive CPACG eyes without an iridotomy, and 60 age and refraction-matched control eyes were enrolled...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731879/peripheral-endothelial-cell-count-is-a-predictor-of-disease-severity-in-advanced-fuchs-endothelial-corneal-dystrophy
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Zeba A Syed, Jennifer A Tran, Ula V Jurkunas
PURPOSE: In advanced Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD), central endothelial changes do not correlate with disease severity. The peripheral endothelial cell count (ECC) has not been studied as a marker of FECD severity. The goal of this study was to determine the relationship between the peripheral ECC and known clinical markers of FECD in advanced cases. METHODS: Patients with FECD examined between January 1, 2013, and September 1, 2016, by 1 cornea specialist were identified...
July 19, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730110/incidence-of-cystoid-macular-edema-after-descemet-s-stripping-automated-endothelial-keratoplasty
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Eduard Pedemonte-Sarrias, Toni Salvador Playà, Irene Sassot Cladera, Oscar Gris, Joan Ribas Martínez, José García-Arumí, Núria Giménez
AIM: To determine the incidence of cystoid macular edema (CME) after Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK). METHODS: This study included all consecutive patients operated in a Spanish tertiary reference hospital over a period of four years. A total of 55 eyes from 47 patients matched the selection criteria. CME was diagnosed clinically at the slit-lamp and confirmed by optical coherence tomography. RESULTS: Six cases of CME were diagnosed postoperatively, which represented an incidence of 11%...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730087/frequency-of-diabetic-retinopathy-and-associated-risk-factors-in-khartoum-sudan-population-based-study
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Einas S Elwali, Ahmed O Almobarak, Mona A Hassan, Amir A Mahmooud, Heitham Awadalla, Mohamed H Ahmed
AIM: To assess the frequency and associated risk factors of diabetic retinopathy among Sudanese individuals with diabetes attending Makka Eye complex in Khartoum, Sudan. METHODS: The cross sectional hospital based study recruited 316 individuals with diabetes from Makkah Eye Complex Retina Clinic. Standard questionnaire was used to collect demographic data, medical history and life style characteristics. Blood samples were taken to measure HbA1c and lipid profile...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728287/-analysis-of-structure-and-function-of-meibomian-glands-in-healthy-population-at-different-ages
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J Hong, H Q Qu
Objective: To observe the structure and function of meibomian glands in normal population at different ages. Methods: From October 2011 to August 2012, meibomian gland information was collected in healthy volunteers without any symptoms of ocular discomfort, aged more than 5 years. The people were grouped by every 10 years of age. The meibomian gland opening, secretion state and characteristics and Max's line were observed by slit lamp microscopic examination, and the meibomian gland dropouts were examined by noncontact infrared meibomian gland microscopy...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728285/-prevalence-and-surgery-status-of-cataract-among-adults-aged-60-years-or-above-in-two-villages-of-nantong
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J Zhou, Y Yuan, X Zhang, M Yang, H J Guan
Objective: To assess the prevalence, surgical coverage rate and social burden rate of cataract blindness among adults aged ≥60 years in the suburban population of Nantong, Jiangsu, China. Methods: It was a population-based cross-section study. A census with individuals aged ≥60 years was conducted in two villages of the suburb area in Nantong from June to August, 2008. A total of 1 305 individuals received visual acuity and eye examinations. Lens and cataract operative status were evaluated by slit-lamp biomicroscopy...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728284/-association-of-diabetic-retinopathy-with-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy-in-type-2-diabetic-patients-the-beijing-desheng-diabetic-eye-disease-study
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W W Wei, X F Yang, H Gu, N P Liu
Objective: To determine the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy (DR) and diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) in the Beijing Desheng Diabetic Eye Disease Study cohort and to investigate the association between DR and DPN. Methods: Cross-sectional study in a type 2 diabetic cohort. Questionnaires were collected and physical examinations were performed. Ophthalmologic examinations consisted of visual acuity with pinhole, slit-lamp examination of the anterior segment and seven-field 30(o) mydriatic fundus photography...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728237/-evaluation-of-efficacy-of-1-year-after-completing-the-2-year-specific-sublingual-immunotherapy-treatment-course-in-allergic-rhinitis
#18
L Han, Q J You, Z Li, H H Yang, H Fang, Y Zhang
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of treatment at 1 year after completing the 2-year specific sublingual immunotherapy in patients with allergic rhinitis (AR). Methods: A retrospective analysis of 124 patients with AR who were allergic to dust mite and treated in the First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University since 2012 was performed. All patients achieved sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) for 2 years and had a regular follow-up over 1 year. Efficacy evaluation index such as VAS score, total nasal symptom score and total medication score were compared between the time of SLIT for 2 years, and 1 year after termination of SLIT...
July 7, 2017: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724775/n-degradomic-analysis-reveals-a-proteolytic-network-processing-the-podocyte-cytoskeleton
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Markus M Rinschen, Ann-Kathrin Hoppe, Florian Grahammer, Martin Kann, Linus A Völker, Eva-Maria Schurek, Julie Binz, Martin Höhne, Fatih Demir, Milena Malisic, Tobias B Huber, Christine Kurschat, Jayachandran N Kizhakkedathu, Bernhard Schermer, Pitter F Huesgen, Thomas Benzing
Regulated intracellular proteostasis, controlled in part by proteolysis, is essential in maintaining the integrity of podocytes and the glomerular filtration barrier of the kidney. We applied a novel proteomics technology that enables proteome-wide identification, mapping, and quantification of protein N-termini to comprehensively characterize cleaved podocyte proteins in the glomerulus in vivo We found evidence that defined proteolytic cleavage results in various proteoforms of important podocyte proteins, including those of podocin, nephrin, neph1, α-actinin-4, and vimentin...
July 19, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719912/crocin-protects-podocytes-against-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-induced-by-high-glucose-through-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
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Sutong Li, Xiaoxia Liu, Jie Lei, Junle Yang, Puxun Tian, Yi Gao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a microangiopathic disease characterized by excessive urinary albumin excretion, which occurs in 30% of patients with diabetes mellitus. It is the second leading cause of end-stage renal diseases in China. Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) is reported to be closely correlated with the inflammation underlying diabetes-associated renal damage. Crocin, a plant-derived compound, has antioxidant properties that may inhibit NF-κB. METHODS: In the present study, we used a conditionally immortalized mouse podocyte cell line to explore whether crocin could effectively block albuminuria...
July 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
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