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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746323/ocular-morbidity-among-children-of-government-schools-of-kathmandu-valley-a-follow-up-study
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R K Shrestha, G S Shrestha
INTRODUCTION: Ocular and vision defects are common among school going children. Vision disorders, especially refractive errors are the main disabilities of children and the leading cause of handicapping conditions of childhood. The present study was conducted to find out ocular morbidity among students of government schools of Kathmandu valley. METHODS: In the descriptive and cross-sectional study, 2412 students, comprising of 1114 (46.2%) males and 1298 (53.8%) females were enrolled in to the study from the five government schools of Kathmandu valley from 2012 to 2013...
April 2017: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736728/the-influence-of-apical-and-basal-defoliation-on-the-canopy-structure-and-biochemical-composition-of-vitis-vinifera-cv-shiraz-grapes-and-wine
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Pangzhen Zhang, Xiwen Wu, Sonja Needs, Di Liu, Sigfredo Fuentes, Kate Howell
Defoliation is a commonly used viticultural technique to balance the ratio between grapevine vegetation and fruit. Defoliation is conducted around the fruit zone to reduce the leaf photosynthetic area, and to increase sunlight exposure of grape bunches. Apical leaf removal is not commonly practiced, and therefore its influence on canopy structure and resultant wine aroma is not well-studied. This study quantified the influences of apical and basal defoliation on canopy structure parameters using canopy cover photography and computer vision algorithms...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735646/hyperhomocysteinemia-and-age-related-macular-degeneration-role-of-inflammatory-mediators-and-pyroptosis-a-proposal
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Mahavir Singh, Suresh C Tyagi
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and pyroptosis cause irreversible vascular changes in the eyes leading to central vision loss in patients. It is the most common eye disease affecting millions of people aged 50years or older, and is slowly becoming a major health problem worldwide. The disease mainly affects macula lutea, an oval-shaped pigmented area surrounding fovea near the center of retina, a region responsible for visual acuity. It is fairly a complex disease as genetics of patients, environmental triggers as well as risk factors such as age, family history of CVDs, diabetes, gender, obesity, race, hyperopia, iris color, smoking, diabetes, exposure to sun light and pyroptosis have all been clubbed together as probable causes of macular degeneration...
August 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731791/sensory-drive-color-and-color-vision
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Trevor D Price
Colors often appear to differ in arbitrary ways among related species. However, a fraction of color diversity may be explained because some signals are more easily perceived in one environment rather than another. Models show that not only signals but also the perception of signals should regularly evolve in response to different environments, whether these primarily involve detection of conspecifics or detection of predators and prey. Thus, a deeper understanding of how perception of color correlates with environmental attributes should help generate more predictive models of color divergence...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731071/-potential-impact-of-colors-of-filters-used-in-sunglasses-on-the-melatonin-suppression-process
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Grzegorz Owczarek, Grzegorz Gralewicz, Agnieszka Wolska, Natalia Skuza, Piotr Jurowski
BACKGROUND: In this article the methods for determining spectral transmittance of optical radiation in the visible waveband range through selected materials used as optical filters against solar glare were described. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Transmittance coefficients specified for the fraction of light passing through tested filters, taking into account the mechanism of eye adaptation to daylight and night vision and the melatonin suppression process were compared for 4 dyed sunglass filters...
July 26, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728185/novel-presenting-phenotype-in-a-child-with-autosomal-dominant-best-s-vitelliform-macular-dystrophy
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Yasmine F Abdalla, Gabriella De Salvo, Ahmad Elsahn, James E Self
Best's macular dystrophy (BMD) usually manifests with visual failure in the first or second decade of life; however, there is a large variability in expressivity of the disease, and some patients have no manifestation other than a pathological electro-oculogram (EOG). Autosomal dominant Best's vitelliform macular dystrophy (AD-BVMD) has a very specific phenotype that varies with the stage of the disease. In recent years, the authors have seen description of another clinical entity known as autosomal recessive BMD...
July 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727887/yag-laser-vitreolysis-vs-sham-yag-vitreolysis-for-symptomatic-vitreous-floaters-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Chirag P Shah, Jeffrey S Heier
Importance: Vitreous floaters are common and can worsen visual quality. YAG vitreolysis is an untested treatment for floaters. Objective: To evaluate YAG laser vitreolysis vs sham vitreolysis for symptomatic Weiss ring floaters from posterior vitreous detachment. Design, Setting, and Participants: This single-center, masked, sham-controlled randomized clinical trial was performed from March 25, 2015, to August 3, 2016, in 52 eyes of 52 patients (36 cases and 16 controls) treated at a private ophthalmology practice...
July 20, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726586/application-of-ureterorenoscope-and-flexible-ureterorenoscope-lithotripsy-in-removing-calculus-from-extracorporeal-living-donor-renal-graft-a-single-center-experience
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Chun-Hua Lin, Zuo-Fu Zhang, Jiahui Wang, Lu-Xin Yu, Wen-Ting Wang, Lei Shi, Xiang-Nan Lin
Here, we reported our clinical application of ureterorenoscope (URS) and flexible URS lithotripsy in stone removal on 10 cases of excised living donor kidney graft. After the extraction of donor kidney by retroperitoneal laparoscopy, the donor graft was perfused with 4 °C HCA solution. Calculus between 2-4 mm were removed intact with lithotomy forceps under direct vision of URS. Larger calculi of >4 mm were fractured with flexible URS combining holmium laser lithotripsy. Fragments of the calculus were extracted with basket extractor and lithotomy forceps...
November 2017: Renal Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723938/gender-differences-in-cerebral-metabolism-for-color-processing-in-mice-a-pet-mri-study
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Philip C Njemanze, Mathias Kranz, Mario Amend, Jens Hauser, Hans Wehrl, Peter Brust
INTRODUCTION: Color processing is a central component of mammalian vision. Gender-related differences of color processing revealed by non-invasive functional transcranial Doppler ultrasound suggested right hemisphere pattern for blue/yellow chromatic opponency by men, and a left hemisphere pattern by women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present study measured the accumulation of [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose ([18F]FDG) in mouse brain using small animal positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) with statistical parametric mapping (SPM) during light stimulation with blue and yellow filters compared to darkness condition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715846/b-cell-anomalies-in-autoimmune-retinopathy-air
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Elena Stansky, Angélique Biancotto, Pradeep K Dagur, Sapna Gangaputra, Benjamin Chaigne-Delalande, Robert B Nussenblatt, H Nida Sen, J Philip McCoy
Purpose: Autoimmune retinopathy (AIR) is a retinopathy associated with unexplained vision loss presumably linked to circulating antiretinal antibodies; currently, however, there are no standardized criteria regarding the diagnosis, treatment strategy, or pathogenesis of this disease. The importance of B-lymphocyte immunophenotyping in the classification of AIR is unknown. Methods: We utilized 15-color multiparametric flow cytometry to identify aberrations in B cell subsets that may contribute to the pathophysiology of AIR...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713324/color-vision-losses-in-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Elaine C Zachi, Thiago L Costa, Mirella T S Barboni, Marcelo F Costa, Daniela M O Bonci, Dora F Ventura
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are neurodevelopmental conditions characterized by impairments in social/communication abilities and restricted behaviors. The present study aims to examine color vision discrimination in ASD children and adolescents without intellectual disability. The participants were also subdivided in order to compare color vision thresholds of autistic participants and those who achieved diagnostic criteria for Asperger Syndrome (AS). Nine subjects with autism, 11 participants with AS and 36 typically developing children and adolescents participated in the study...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706737/the-prevalence-of-visual-acuity-impairment-among-school-children-at-arada-subcity-primary-schools-in-addis-ababa-ethiopia
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Haile Fentahun Darge, Getahun Shibru, Abiy Mulugeta, Yinebeb Mezgebu Dagnachew
BACKGROUND: Visual impairment and blindness are major public health problems in developing countries where there is no enough health-care service. OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of visual impairment among school children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A school-based cross-sectional study was conducted between 15 June 2015 and 30 November 2015 at Arada subcity primary schools, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Two schools were selected randomly, and 378 students were screened from grades 1 to 8 using systematic random sampling method...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700902/a-novel-algorithm-to-detect-glaucoma-risk-using-texton-and-local-configuration-pattern-features-extracted-from-fundus-images
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U Rajendra Acharya, Shreya Bhat, Joel E W Koh, Sulatha V Bhandary, Hojjat Adeli
Glaucoma is an optic neuropathy defined by characteristic damage to the optic nerve and accompanying visual field deficits. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to prevent irreversible vision loss and ultimate blindness. Current techniques for computer-aided analysis of the optic nerve and retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) are expensive and require keen interpretation by trained specialists. Hence, an automated system is highly desirable for a cost-effective and accurate screening for the diagnosis of glaucoma...
June 29, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700742/direct-medical-cost-associated-with-diabetic-retinopathy-severity-in-type-2-diabetes-in-singapore
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Xiao Zhang, Serena Low, Neelam Kumari, Jiexun Wang, Keven Ang, Darren Yeo, Chee Chew Yip, Subramaniam Tavintharan, Chee Fang Sum, Su Chi Lim
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a leading cause of vision-loss globally among type 2 diabetes (T2DM) patients. Information on the economic burden of DR in Singapore is limited. We aim to identify the total annual direct medical costs of DR at different stages, and to examine factors influencing the costs. Four hundreds and seventy T2DM patients who attended the Diabetes Centre in a secondary hospital in Singapore in 2011-2014 were included. Digital color fundus photographs were assessed for DR in a masked fashion...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678835/myotis-rufoniger-genome-sequence-and-analyses-m-rufoniger-s-genomic-feature-and-the-decreasing-effective-population-size-of-myotis-bats
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Youngjune Bhak, Yeonsu Jeon, Sungwon Jeon, Oksung Chung, Sungwoong Jho, JeHoon Jun, Hak-Min Kim, Yongsoo Cho, Changhan Yoon, Seungwoo Lee, Jung-Hoon Kang, Jong-Deock Lim, Junghwa An, Yun Sung Cho, Doug-Young Ryu, Jong Bhak
Myotis rufoniger is a vesper bat in the genus Myotis. Here we report the whole genome sequence and analyses of the M. rufoniger. We generated 124 Gb of short-read DNA sequences with an estimated genome size of 1.88 Gb at a sequencing depth of 66× fold. The sequences were aligned to M. brandtii bat reference genome at a mapping rate of 96.50% covering 95.71% coding sequence region at 10× coverage. The divergence time of Myotis bat family is estimated to be 11.5 million years, and the divergence time between M...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676737/gene-therapy-in-a-large-animal-model-of-pde6a-retinitis-pigmentosa
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Freya M Mowat, Laurence M Occelli, Joshua T Bartoe, Kristen J Gervais, Ashlee R Bruewer, Janice Querubin, Astra Dinculescu, Sanford L Boye, William W Hauswirth, Simon M Petersen-Jones
Despite mutations in the rod phosphodiesterase 6-alpha (PDE6A) gene being well-recognized as a cause of human retinitis pigmentosa, no definitive treatments have been developed to treat this blinding disease. We performed a trial of retinal gene augmentation in the Pde6a mutant dog using Pde6a delivery by capsid-mutant adeno-associated virus serotype 8, previously shown to have a rapid onset of transgene expression in the canine retina. Subretinal injections were performed in 10 dogs at 29-44 days of age, and electroretinography and vision testing were performed to assess functional outcome...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674017/disruption-of-a-horizontally-transferred-phytoene-desaturase-abolishes-carotenoid-accumulation-and-diapause-in-tetranychus-urticae
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Astrid Bryon, Andre H Kurlovs, Wannes Dermauw, Robert Greenhalgh, Maria Riga, Miodrag Grbić, Luc Tirry, Masahiro Osakabe, John Vontas, Richard M Clark, Thomas Van Leeuwen
Carotenoids underlie many of the vibrant yellow, orange, and red colors in animals, and are involved in processes ranging from vision to protection from stresses. Most animals acquire carotenoids from their diets because de novo synthesis of carotenoids is primarily limited to plants and some bacteria and fungi. Recently, sequencing projects in aphids and adelgids, spider mites, and gall midges identified genes with homology to fungal sequences encoding de novo carotenoid biosynthetic proteins like phytoene desaturase...
July 3, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673878/invariance-of-surface-color-representations-across-illuminant-changes-in-the-human-cortex
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Michael M Bannert, Andreas Bartels
A central problem in color vision is that the light reaching the eye from a given surface can vary dramatically depending on the illumination. Despite this, our color percept, the brain's estimate of surface reflectance, remains remarkably stable. This phenomenon is called color constancy. Here we investigated which human brain regions represent surface color in a way that is invariant with respect to illuminant changes. We used physically realistic rendering methods to display natural yet abstract 3D scenes that were displayed under three distinct illuminants...
June 30, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669275/early-retinal-atrophy-predicts-long-term-visual-impairment-after-acute-optic-neuritis
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Bernardo Sanchez-Dalmau, Elena H Martinez-Lapiscina, Ruben Torres-Torres, Santiago Ortiz-Perez, Irati Zubizarreta, Irene V Pulido-Valdeolivas, Salut Alba-Arbalat, Ana Guerrero-Zamora, David Calbet, Pablo Villoslada
BACKGROUND: Visual recovery after optic neuritis (ON) used to be defined as good, although patients frequently complain of poor vision. METHODS: We carried out a prospective study on 38 consecutive patients with acute ON followed monthly for 6 months and evaluated high- and low-contrast visual acuity (HCVA and LCVA, respectively), quality of vision (National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire-25 (NEI-VFQ-25)), visual fields, and retinal thickness by spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT)...
June 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664995/assessment-of-beer-quality-based-on-foamability-and-chemical-composition-using-computer-vision-algorithms-near-infrared-spectroscopy-and-artificial-neural-networks-modelling-techniques
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Claudia Gonzalez Viejo, Sigfredo Fuentes, Damir Torrico, Kate Howell, Frank R Dunshea
BACKGROUND: Beer quality is mainly defined by its color, foamability and foam stability, which are influenced by the chemical composition of the product such as proteins, carbohydrates, pH and alcohol. Traditional methods to assess specific chemical compounds are usually time-consuming and costly. This study used rapid methods to evaluate 15 foam and color-related parameters using a robotic pourer (RoboBEER) and chemical fingerprinting using near infrared spectrometry (NIR) from six replicates of 21 beers from three types of fermentation...
June 30, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
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