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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777047/in-vivo-confocal-microscopy-indicates-an-inverse-relationship-between-the-sub-basal-corneal-plexus-and-the-conjunctivalisation-in-patients-with-limbal-stem-cell-deficiency
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Manuel Caro-Magdaleno, Asunción Alfaro-Juárez, Jesús Montero-Iruzubieta, Ana Fernández-Palacín, Ana Muñoz-Morales, Manuel Alberto Castilla-Martino, Consuelo Spínola-Muñoz, Enrique Rodríguez-de-la-Rúa
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) is characterised by a marked decrease in limbal stem cells. It is classified primarily using subjective slit-lamp observations. In vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) can non-invasively provide objective information on the condition of the limbal niche, the corneal epithelial basal cell density and the corneal sub-basal nerve plexus density (SND). We here used IVCM to evaluate changes in SND to improve LSCD classification. METHODS: We evaluated and classified 38 patients (76 eyes, 44 with LSC and 32 control eyes) using the Rama, López-García and Deng (clinical and confocal) classifications and evaluated the concordance of the confocal and clinical classifications...
May 18, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776765/effects-of-artificial-tear-treatment-on-corneal-epithelial-thickness-and-corneal-topography-findings-in-dry-eye-patients
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B Çakır, E Doğan, E Çelik, T Babashli, T Uçak, G Alagöz
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of artificial tear treatment on central corneal epithelial thickness, and central, mid-peripheral and peripheral corneal thicknesses in patients with dry eye disease (DED). MATERIAL-METHODS: Patients with DED underwent ocular examinations, including Schirmer-2 test, slit lamp examination for tear break-up time (BUT), corneal topography (CT) for measuring mean central, mid-peripheral and peripheral corneal thickness values and anterior segment optic coherence tomography (AS-OCT) for obtaining central corneal epithelial thickness...
May 15, 2018: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776538/rapid-detection-of-calr-type-1-and-type-2-mutations-using-pna-lna-clamping-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-on-a-cd-like-microfluidic-chip
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Guojun Cao, Jilie Kong, Zhifang Xing, Yigui Tang, Xinju Zhang, Xiao Xu, Zhihua Kang, Xueen Fang, Ming Guan
Bleeding and thrombosis represent common complications in myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) and significantly contribute to morbidity and mortality. Molecular markers, including CALR mutations, were considered not only as diagnostic markers, but also as risk factors for bleeding and thrombosis associated with MPN, especially for patients in remote primary hospitals. We sought to develop an easy-to-use assay for the rapid detection of CALR type 1 (CALR-1) and type 2 (CALR-2) mutations in Philadelphia chromosome-negative MPN patients...
September 18, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774584/-i-can-see-fine-patient-knowledge-of-eye-care
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Elizabeth L Irving, Alisa M Sivak, Marlee M Spafford
PURPOSE: To learn more about the perceptions and attitudes toward eye care of members of the public - in particular, their knowledge of the purpose, components and providers of eye examinations, their ability to self-monitor ocular status and their awareness of major sight threatening eye conditions. METHODS: This study used the qualitative research strategy, grounded theory. Participants were recruited via poster and social media. Two researchers, one with optometric knowledge and one without, moderated seven 60- to 90-min, semi-structured focus group discussions, which were audiotaped and transcribed...
May 17, 2018: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773758/absorbable-sutures-in-general-surgery-review-available-materials-and-optimum-choices
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Marcin Gierek, Katarzyna Kuśnierz, Paweł Lampe, Gabriela Ochała, Józef Kurek, Bartłomiej Hekner, Katarzyna Merkel, Jakub Majewski
Sutures are the most versatile materials used in surgery. Despite recent technological advances and availability of novel materials such as tissue cements, it appears that surgical sutures will continue to be used for many years to come. The objective of this study was to provide an overview of the most common absorbable sutures used in general surgery. The appropriate suture choice for a particular procedure is of key importance for the success of that procedure.
April 30, 2018: Polski Przeglad Chirurgiczny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772044/a-phase-1-open-label-dose-escalation-trial-to-investigate-safety-and-tolerability-of-single-intravitreous-injections-of-icon-1-targeting-tissue-factor-in-wet-amd
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John A Wells, Christine R Gonzales, Brian B Berger, Victor H Gonzalez, Brian D Sippy, Gabriela Burian
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: This phase 1 study evaluated the safety and tolerability of single intravitreous injections (IVIs) of ICON-1 (Iconic Therapeutics, South San Francisco, CA) in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD). ICON-1 is a modified factor VIIa protein linked with the Fc portion of a human immunoglobulin G1. The molecule binds tissue factor overexpressed on choroidal neovascularization (CNV) in AMD. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Open-label, interventional, dose-escalation trial in 18 patients with CNV due to AMD, with six patients per dose cohort...
May 1, 2018: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768865/preparation-of-porous-zno-sheet-in-aniline-water-mixed-solvents-and-its-application
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Zhenzhao Pei, Xianlong Zheng, Zhiguo Li, Meixia Li, Pei Wang, Zihao Chen
In this paper, porous ZnO sheet with an average pore size of 14.7 nm had been successfully prepared via mixed solvent thermal method without any surfactants. The mixed solvents were made up of water and aniline. The effect of calcination temperature on the structure was investigated. The results showed that when the calcination temperature was 350 °C, the porous structure formed and the borders of the as-formed porous structure sheets were heavily regular and straight. The photocatalytic properties of products were studied through detecting the degradation efficiency of RhB under the 500 W mercury lamp irradiation...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768826/cdse-pvp-qds-for-degradation-of-methylene-blue-via-photocatalytic-oxidative-cleavage-under-mild-visible-light
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Pawan K Khanna, Abhishek Kumar, Anuraj Kshirsagar, Chaitanya Hiragond
Present article describes, synthesis of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) capped CdSe quantum dots (QDs) at pH 5, 7 and 9 under controlled atmosphere. Spherical CdSe QDs in the size domain of 2 nm to 10 nm revealed cubic crystal structure from XRD analysis. The CdSe QDs synthesized at pH 7 showed highest specific surface area as compared to those synthesized at pH 5 and 9. The photocatalytic activity of CdSe QDs was investigated against methylene blue (MB) in aqueous solution of different concentrations (5, 10 and 20 ppm) under irradiation of mild visible light (8 W lamp)...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768722/genoprotective-effect-of-phyllanthus-orbicularis-extract-against-uva-uvb-and-solar-radiation
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Marioly Vernhes Tamayo, André Passaglia Schuch, Teiti Yagura, Luis Baly Gil, Carlos Frederico Martins Menck, Angel Sánchez-Lamar
One approach to protect the human skin against harmful effects of solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation is to use natural products as photoprotectors. In this work, the extract from specie Phyllanthus orbicularis K was evaluated as a protective agent against the photodamage by UVB, UVA artificial lamps and environmental sunlight exposure. The plasmid DNA solutions were exposed to radiations using the DNA-dosimeter system in presence of plant extract. The DNA repair enzymes, E. coli Formamidopyrimidine-DNA glycosylase (Fpg) and T4 bacteriophage endonuclease V (T4-endo V), were employed to discriminate oxidized DNA damage and cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPD) respectively...
May 16, 2018: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768691/detection-of-hepatitis-b-virus-dna-among-chronic-and-potential-occult-hbv-patients-in-resource-limited-settings-by-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-assay
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Arifa Akram, S M Rashedul Islam, Saif Ullah Munshi, Shahina Tabassum
Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) usually occurs due to the transfusion of blood or blood products from chronic HBV (CHB) or occult HBV infected (OBI) patients. Besides serological tests e.g. HBsAg and anti-HBc (total), detection of HBV-DNA is necessary for the diagnosis of OBI patients. Different nucleic acid tests (NATs) including real-time-Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) are used for the detect HBV-DNA. The NATs are expensive and require technical expertise which are barriers to introducing them in resource-limited settings...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766688/assessing-effects-of-pressure-on-tumor-and-normal-tissue-physiology-using-an-automated-self-calibrated-pressure-sensing-probe-for-diffuse-reflectance-spectroscopy
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Gregory M Palmer, Hengtao Zhang, Chen-Ting Lee, Husam Mikati, Joseph A Herbert, Marlee Krieger, Jesko von Windheim, Dave Koester, Daniel Stevenson, Daniel J Rocke, Ramon Esclamado, Alaatin Erkanli, Nirmala Ramanujam, Mark W Dewhirst, Walter T Lee
Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) represents a quantitative, noninvasive, nondestructive means of assessing vascular oxygenation, vascularity, and structural properties. However, it is known that such measurements can be influenced by the effects of pressure, which is a major concern for reproducible and operator-independent assessment of tissues. Second, regular calibration is a necessary component of quantitative DRS to account for factors such as lamp decay and fiber bending. Without a means of reliably controlling for these factors, the accuracy of any such assessments will be reduced, and potentially biased...
May 2018: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765982/time-course-of-detection-of-human-male-dna-from-stained-blood-sample-on-various-surfaces-by-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-and-polymerase-chain-reaction
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Panan Kanchanaphum
This study explores determining the sex of humans from blood stains taken from different surfaces and compares the time course of detection with the conventional PCR, Conventional Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP), and LAMP-Lateral Flow Dipstick (LFD). For the DNA templates, 7 male and 7 female blood stained samples were extracted and added to LAMP and PCR reaction solution to amplify the SRY gene. The DNA samples were extracted from the following blood stained materials: cloth, wood, clay, and tile...
2018: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765174/treatment-of-retinal-capillary-hemangioma-using-810-nm-infrared-laser
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Pavel Pochop, Martina Kodetova, Dagmar Dotrelova
AIM: Presentation of the efficacy of infrared laser for the treatment of retinal capillary hemangioma (RCH). METHODS: The treatment and follow-up of nine eyes (fourteen tumors of different sizes and localizations) in seven patients (five children) with RCH. Infrared diode laser (810 nm) was used for modified transpupillary thermotherapy (TTT) in long exposition mode and power between 200 and 1200 mW with a beam diameter of 2 mm (indirect ophthalmoscope, +28 D or +40 D lens) or 0...
May 16, 2018: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764096/validating-the-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-technique-to-detect-tuberculosis-in-a-sri-lankan-laboratory-setting
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S U Perera, V Navaratne, A Nagahawatte, J Perera, C D Wijayarathna, J Alvitigala, C L Goonasekara
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 31, 2018: Ceylon Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763668/evaluation-of-automated-loop-mediated-amplification-lamp-for-routine-malaria-detection-in-blood-samples-of-german-travelers-a-cross-sectional-study
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Hagen Frickmann, Rebecca Hinz, Sandra Rojak, Insa Bonow, Stefanie Ruben, Christine Wegner, Iris Zielke, Ralf Matthias Hagen, Egbert Tannich
BACKGROUND: We assessed a commercial loop-mediated amplification (LAMP) platform for its reliability as a screening tool for malaria parasite detection. METHODS: A total of 1000 blood samples from patients with suspected or confirmed malaria submitted to the German National Reference Center for Tropical Pathogens were subjected to LAMP using the Meridian illumigene Malaria platform. Results were compared with microscopy from thick and thin blood films in all cases...
May 12, 2018: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763640/development-of-fluorescent-reverse-transcription-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-rt-lamp-using-quenching-probes-for-the-detection-of-the-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus
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Kazuya Shirato, Shohei Semba, Sherif A El-Kafrawy, Ahmed M Hassan, Ahmed M Tolah, Ikuyo Takayama, Tsutomu Kageyama, Tsugunori Notomi, Wataru Kamitani, Shutoku Matsuyama, Esam Ibraheem Azhar
Clinical detection of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in patients is achieved using genetic diagnostic methods, such as real-time RT-PCR assay. Previously, we developed a reverse transcription-loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) assay for the detection of MERS-CoV [Virol J. 2014. 11:139]. Generally, amplification of RT-LAMP is monitored by the turbidity induced by precipitation of magnesium pyrophosphate with newly synthesized DNA. However, this mechanism cannot completely exclude the possibility of unexpected reactions...
May 12, 2018: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761825/zinc-mitigates-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats-by-modulating-oxidative-stress-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-autophagy
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Najet Hadj Abdallah, Anna Baulies, Ahlem Bouhlel, Mohamed Bejaoui, Mohamed A Zaouali, Safa Ben Mimouna, Imed Messaoudi, José C Fernandez-Checa, Carmen García Ruiz, Hassen Ben Abdennebi
Oxidative stress is a major factor involved in the pathogenesis of renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). Exogenous zinc (Zn) was suggested as a potent antioxidant; however, the mechanism by which it strengthens the organ resistance against the effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is not yet investigated. The present study aims to determine whether acute zinc chloride (ZnCl2 ) administration could attenuate endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, autophagy, and inflammation after renal I/R. Rats were subjected to either sham operation (Sham group, n = 6), or 1 hr of bilateral ischemia followed by 2 hr of reperfusion (I/R groups, n = 6), or they received ZnCl2 orally 24 hr and 30 min before ischemia (ZnCl2 group, n = 6)...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759200/rapid-colorimetric-lactoferrin-based-sandwich-immunoassay-on-cotton-swabs-for-the-detection-of-foodborne-pathogenic-bacteria
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Saleh Alamer, Shimaa Eissa, Raja Chinnappan, Paul Herron, Mohammed Zourob
Cotton swab is the conventional swabbing tool that is usually applied for collecting pathogens from contaminated surfaces, followed by cells lysis and DNA extraction before subjecting to genetic analysis. However, such an approach is time consuming as it involves several steps and requires highly trained personnel to perform the experiment. In this study, we developed a new cotton swab-based detection system that involved integrating bacterial collection, preconcentration and detection on Q-tips. The platform is based on a sandwich assay that can detect different pathogens visually by color changes...
August 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759196/label-free-sensitive-luminescence-biosensor-for-immunoglobulin-g-based-on-ag-6-au-6-ethisterone-cluster-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-aggregation-and-graphene
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Nannan Chen, Wenjing Guo, Zhixiang Lin, Qiaohua Wei, Guonan Chen
A specific and label-free "on-off-on" luminescence biosensor based on a novel heterometallic cluster [Ag6 Au6 (ethisterone)12 ]-estrogen receptor α (Ag6 Au6 Eth-ERα) aggregation utilizing graphene oxide (GO) as a quencher to lead a small background signal was firstly constructed to detect immunoglobulin G (IgG) with a simple process and high selectivity. The efficient photoluminescent (PL) Ag6 Au6 Eth-ERα aggregation is strongly quenched by GO. In the presence of IgG, the PL of this system will be restored, and perceivable by human eyes under UV lamp excitation (365 nm)...
August 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756791/individual-and-group-cognitive-processing-therapy-effectiveness-across-two-veterans-affairs-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-treatment-clinics
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Kristen E Lamp, Kimberly M Avallone, Kelly P Maieritsch, Katherine R Buchholz, Sheila A M Rauch
OBJECTIVE: In accordance with Veterans Affairs (VA) policy, VA posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) clinics offer evidence-based treatments including cognitive processing therapy (CPT). To facilitate access to care, CPT is offered in both group and individual formats in many VA PTSD clinics. Group and individual delivery of CPT have been directly compared in active duty samples, but these findings have not been extended to VA populations. The present article directly compares the effectiveness of group and individual CPT with a written trauma account (CPT+A) across two VA PTSD clinics...
May 14, 2018: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy
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