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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809618/corneal-donations-in-south-africa-a-15-year-review
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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/28802687/-oct-topographic-characteristics-of-the-optic-nerve-in-patients-clinically-suspected-to-have-large-optic-disc-cupping-in-togo
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N Maneh, K D Ayena, K Vonor, K B Nonon Saa, K M Amedome, K B Dzidzinyo, C B Ikessieba, K R Kuaovi, M Banla, K P Balo
PURPOSE: To describe topographic characteristics of optic discs clinically suspected of large cupping. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is retrospective study conducted from the January 2 to December 31 on the OCT registry and data base of a private ophthalmologic center in Lomé (Togo). We included records of patients with large cupping - CDR (cup-to-disc ratio) ≥ 0.4 -clinically observed and having undergone OCT-optic disc analysis. RESULTS: Three hundred and thirty-five patients (619 eyes) were studied, with a mean age of 41...
August 9, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800588/non-lethal-genotyping-of-tribolium-castaneum-adults-using-genomic-dna-extracted-from-wing-tissue
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Frederic Strobl, J Alexander Ross, Ernst H K Stelzer
The red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum has become the second most important insect model organism and is frequently used in developmental biology, genetics and pest-associated research. Consequently, the methodological arsenal increases continuously, but many routinely applied techniques for Drosophila melanogaster and other insect species are still unavailable. For example, a protocol for non-lethal genotyping has not yet been adapted but is particularly useful when individuals with known genotypes are required for downstream experiments...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799958/learning-curve-of-small-incision-lenticule-extraction-challenges-and-complications
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Jeewan S Titiyal, Manpreet Kaur, Anubha Rathi, Ruchita Falera, Manthan Chaniyara, Namrata Sharma
PURPOSE: To describe the intraoperative complications observed during the initial learning curve of small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) and their management. METHODS: Prospective evaluation of 100 consecutive eyes (50 patients) undergoing SMILE was performed at an apex tertiary care ophthalmic center. Patients older than 18 years with a stable refractive error ranging from -1.0 to -10.0 D myopia and up to 3.0 D astigmatism were included. Any intraoperative complications and their management were noted...
August 9, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790941/facial-contrast-is-a-cross-cultural-cue-for-perceiving-age
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Aurélie Porcheron, Emmanuelle Mauger, Frédérique Soppelsa, Yuli Liu, Liezhong Ge, Olivier Pascalis, Richard Russell, Frédérique Morizot
Age is a fundamental social dimension and a youthful appearance is of importance for many individuals, perhaps because it is a relevant predictor of aspects of health, facial attractiveness and general well-being. We recently showed that facial contrast-the color and luminance difference between facial features and the surrounding skin-is age-related and a cue to age perception of Caucasian women. Specifically, aspects of facial contrast decrease with age in Caucasian women, and Caucasian female faces with higher contrast look younger (Porcheron et al...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790375/asymmetry-of-eye-color-in-the-common-cuckoo
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Ha-Na Yoo, Jin-Won Lee, Jeong-Chil Yoo
Bilateral symmetry is assumed to contribute to the evolution of eye color, with the left and right eye being the same color in most vertebrates; yet, few studies tested this assumption. Here, we compared the amount of iris flecking (black spots presented on the iris) between the left and right eye of 76 adult common cuckoos Cuculus canorus. We found considerable variation in the total amount of iris flecking among individuals, with variation being associated with body size and sex. We also found that the amount of iris flecking differed between the left and right eye and that this left-right asymmetry was not random, with the left eye almost always being darker than the right eye...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732614/incidence-and-management-of-intraoperative-complications-during-small-incision-lenticule-extraction-in-3004-cases
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Yan Wang, Jiaonan Ma, Jiamei Zhang, Rui Dou, Hui Zhang, Liuyang Li, Wei Zhao, Pinghui Wei
PURPOSE: To assess the intraoperative complications during small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) for myopia and myopic astigmatism correction and evaluate visual outcomes 6 months postoperatively. SETTING: Tianjin Eye Hospital, Tianjin, China. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Patients who had small-incision lenticule extraction surgery were examined 1 day, 7 days, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months postoperatively...
June 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731877/simple-preoperative-ink-test-as-a-novel-adjunct-to-intrastromal-keratopigmentation-for-post-laser-peripheral-iridotomy-dysphotopsias
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Stephan Ong Tone, Daniel Q Li, Zach Ashkenazy, Armand Borovik, Allan R Slomovic, David S Rootman, Clara C Chan
PURPOSE: To describe a simple preoperative ink test as a novel adjunct to intrastromal keratopigmentation for post-laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI) dysphotopsias. METHODS: A surgical marking pen is applied to the area over a peripheral iridotomy before intrastromal keratopigmentation. The patient can then assess whether there is any improvement in their symptoms of dysphotopsias. Manual intrastromal keratopigmentation can then be performed using a crescent blade into the clear cornea at 50% depth and tunneled centrally to create a pocket ensuring that the peripheral iridotomy is fully occluded...
July 19, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720270/cancer-through-black-eyes-the-views-of-uk-based-black-men-towards-cancer-a-constructivist-grounded-theory-study
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Betselot Mulugeta, Susan Williamson, Rob Monks, Thomas Hack, Kinta Beaver
PURPOSE: Little is known about black African (BA) and black African-Caribbean (BAC) men's views towards cancer; yet culture and acculturation can contribute to the way in which people understand, explain and develop their attitudes towards cancer. Hence, cancer prevention and early detection strategies may not be sensitive to United Kingdom (UK)-based black men's views, affecting their awareness of risk factors and early detection services. This study explored the views of UK-based BA and BAC men towards cancer...
August 2017: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710811/insights-from-zebrafish-on-human-pigment-cell-disease-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Cynthia D Cooper
Black pigment cells, melanocytes, arise early during development from multipotent neural crest cells. Melanocytes protect human skin from DNA damaging sunrays and provide color for hair, eyes and skin. Several disorders and diseases originate from these cells, including the deadliest skin cell cancer, melanoma. Thus, melanocytes are critical for a healthy life and for protecting humans from disease. Due to the ease of visualizing pigment cells through transparent larvae skin and conserved roles for zebrafish melanophore genes to mammalian melanocyte genes, zebrafish larvae offer a biologically relevant model for understanding pigment cell development and disease in humans...
July 14, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698082/mechanisms-of-facial-emotion-recognition-in-autism-spectrum-disorders-insights-from-eye-tracking-and-electroencephalography
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REVIEW
Melissa H Black, Nigel T M Chen, Kartik K Iyer, Ottmar V Lipp, Sven Bölte, Marita Falkmer, Tele Tan, Sonya Girdler
While behavioural difficulties in facial emotion recognition (FER) have been observed in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), behavioural studies alone are not suited to elucidate the specific nature of FER challenges in ASD. Eye tracking (ET) and electroencephalography (EEG) provide insights in to the attentional and neurological correlates of performance, and may therefore provide insight in to the mechanisms underpinning FER in ASD. Given that these processes develop over the course of the developmental trajectory, there is a need to synthesise findings in regard to the developmental stages to determine how the maturation of these systems may impact FER in ASD...
July 8, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687555/visual-compatibility-of-colistin-injection-with-other-antibiotics-during-simulated-y-site-administration
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Wasan Katip
PURPOSE: The compatibility of colistin with other antibiotics at concentrations commonly used in intensive care units was studied. METHODS: A vial of colistin was dissolved in sterile water for injection. The reconstituted solution (colistin base 75 mg/mL) was then diluted in 0.9% sodium chloride injection in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) infusion bag to give a total volume of 100 mL (colistin 1.5 mg/mL). Secondary drugs, including cefoperazone-sulbactam, ceftazidime, ertapenem, fosfomycin, imipenem-cilastatin, linezolid, meropenem, piperacillin-tazobactam, and vancomycin, were reconstituted if necessary and then diluted in 0...
July 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685998/iridociliary-cysts-masquerading-as-neoplasia-in-cats-a-morphologic-review-of-14-cases
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Jessica A Fragola, Richard R Dubielzig, Ellison Bentley, Leandro B C Teixeira
OBJECTIVE: To report 14 neoplasia-free feline eyes enucleated for suspected intraocular neoplasia containing only iridociliary cysts. To analyze clinical findings that may have led veterinarians to suspect neoplasia in these globes. PROCEDURES: The archives at the Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin (COPLOW) were searched to identify neoplasia-free feline globes enucleated for suspected neoplasia. Clinical data were obtained from medical records, veterinarian surveys, and COPLOW submission forms...
July 6, 2017: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672371/saccadic-eye-movements-do-not-disrupt-the-deployment-of-feature-based-attention
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Zampeta Kalogeropoulou, Martin Rolfs
The tight link of saccades to covert spatial attention has been firmly established, yet their relation to other forms of visual selection remains poorly understood. Here we studied the temporal dynamics of feature-based attention (FBA) during fixation and across saccades. Participants reported the orientation (on a continuous scale) of one of two sets of spatially interspersed Gabors (black or white). We tested performance at different intervals between the onset of a colored cue (black or white, indicating which stimulus was the most probable target; red: neutral condition) and the stimulus...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668330/molecular-and-functional-characterisation-of-two-elovl4-elongases-involved-in-the-biosynthesis-of-very-long-chain-c24-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-in-black-seabream-acanthopagrus-schlegelii
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Min Jin, Óscar Monroig, Juan Carlos Navarro, Douglas R Tocher, Qi-Cun Zhou
Elongation of very long-chain fatty acid (Elovl) 4 proteins are important fatty acyl elongases that participate in the biosynthesis of long-chain (C20-24) and very long-chain (˃C24) polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA and VLC-PUFA, respectively) in teleost fish, especially in marine species. Moreover, knowledge of Elovl4 and other elongases such as Elovl2 has contributed to an advanced understanding of the LC-PUFA biosynthetic pathway in marine fish. In the present study, elovl4a and elovl4b were cloned from black seabream Acanthopagrus schlegelii and functionally characterised using recombinant expression in yeast...
June 28, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660555/the-impact-of-visual-symptoms-on-the-quality-of-life-of-patients-with-early-to-moderate-glaucoma
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Young Shin Kim, Myeong Yeon Yi, Young Jae Hong, Ka Hee Park
PURPOSE: To investigate the visual symptoms and to determine the impact of visual symptoms on vision-related quality of life (QoL) in patients with early to moderate glaucoma. METHODS: A retrospective, hospital-based, cross-sectional study was conducted from July 1 to August 31, 2014, at a university referral center. A total of 176 patients with early to moderate glaucoma underwent a comprehensive ocular examination, including Humphrey visual field testing. The patients were divided into six groups based on visual symptoms that could be verified by forced-choice questions...
June 28, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643796/benchmarking-cataract-surgery-outcomes-in-an-ethnically-diverse-and-diabetic-population-final-post-operative-visual-acuity-and-rates-of-post-operative-cystoid-macular-oedema
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K Oyewole, F Tsogkas, M Westcott, S Patra
PurposeTo determine visual acuity and rates of post-operative cystoid macular oedema (CMO) in an ethnically diverse and predominantly diabetic population.MethodsThe study was undertaken over a one year period. Snellen visual acuity (VA) was measured pre and 4-8 weeks post-operatively and optical coherence topography (OCT) was performed at baseline and post-operatively. No eyes received prophylactic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) prior to or after surgery.ResultsOut of 262 eyes, 59% were in the Black, Asian and minority ethnic group (BAME), 57% had a history of diabetes mellitus and 34% had pre-existing diabetic retinopathy...
June 23, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633633/utilization-and-farmers-knowledge-on-pigeonpea-diversity-in-benin-west-africa
#18
Mathieu Anatole Tele Ayenan, Agyemang Danquah, Léonard Essehou Ahoton, Kwadwo Ofori
BACKGROUND: Understanding factors driving farmers' uses of crop genetic resources is a key component not only to design appropriate conservation strategies but also to promote sustainable production. However, in Benin, limited information is available on farmers' knowledge related to pigeonpea uses and conservation. This study aimed at i) identifying and investigating the different uses of pigeonpea in relation with socio-cultural factors, namely age, gender, ethnic group and respondents' residence, ii) assessing pigeonpea varieties richness at household level and iii) evaluating the extent and distribution of pigeonpea varieties...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632079/-no-there-is-nothing-wrong-with-your-eyes-my-letterhead-is-indeed-crooked-an-introduction-to-the-study-of-black-and-brown-lesbian-educators
#19
Bettina L Love
To date, there is a noticeable lack of studies that focus exclusively on the pedagogical practices, teaching experiences, identity, and gender performances of Black and Brown lesbian educators (BBLE). This special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies aims to make the hyperinvisibility of BBLE visible and proposes to fill this scholarly gap by exploring this topic from a variety of cultural and disciplinary perspectives.
September 22, 2016: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628821/pollutants-and-diet-influence-carotenoid-levels-and-integument-coloration-in-nestlings-of-an-endangered-raptor
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Marie-Sophie García-Heras, Beatriz Arroyo, Robert E Simmons, Pablo R Camarero, Rafael Mateo, Jesús T García, Francois Mougeot
Carotenoid-based traits or ornaments, such as yellow-red integuments (feathers, beaks, legs or eye-rings) displayed by birds, play key roles in social communication by reliably advertising an individual's quality or health. In some species, these traits are displayed not only by adults but also by nestlings, and function in parent-offspring communication or sibling competition by advertising an individual's physical or physiological condition. Pollutants such as organochlorine compounds (OCs) could have disruptive effects on the coloration of these traits, thereby interfering with communication processes...
June 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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