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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441067/anterior-segment-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-for-identification-of-iris-vasculature-and-staging-of-iris-neovascularization-a-pilot-study
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Philipp K Roberts, Debra A Goldstein, Amani A Fawzi
Purpose/Aim of the study: To assess the ability of optical coherence tomographic angiography (OCTA) to visualize the normal iris vasculature as well as neovascularization of the iris (NVI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Study participants with healthy eyes, patients at risk of NVI development and patients with active or regressed NVI were consecutively included in this cross-sectional observational study. Imaging was performed using a commercially available OCTA system (RTVue- XR Avanti, Optovue Inc...
April 25, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440025/identifying-key-genes-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-by-weighted-gene-co-expression-network-analysis
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Chunhui Ma, Qi Lv, Songsong Teng, Yinxian Yu, Kerun Niu, Chengqin Yi
PURPOSE: This study aimed to identify rheumatoid arthritis (RA) related genes based on microarray data using the WGCNA (weighted gene co-expression network analysis) method. METHODS: Two gene expression profile datasets GSE55235 (10 RA samples and 10 healthy controls) and GSE77298 (16 RA samples and seven healthy controls) were downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus database. Characteristic genes were identified using metaDE package. WGCNA was used to find disease-related networks based on gene expression correlation coefficients, and module significance was defined as the average gene significance of all genes used to assess the correlation between the module and RA status...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439942/assessment-of-motion-of-colonic-contents-in-the-human-colon-using-mri-tagging
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S E Pritchard, J Paul, G Major, L Marciani, P A Gowland, R C Spiller, C L Hoad
BACKGROUND: We have previously reported a non-invasive, semi-automated technique to assess motility of the wall of the ascending colon (AC) using Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This study investigated the feasibility of using a tagged MRI technique to visualize and assess the degree of flow within the human ascending colon in healthy subjects and those suffering from constipation. METHODS: An open-labeled study of 11 subjects with constipation and 11 subjects without bowel disorders was performed...
April 25, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439672/altered-intra-and-interregional-synchronization-in-the-absence-of-the-corpus-callosum-a-resting-state-fmri-study
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Long Zuo, Shuangkun Wang, Junliang Yuan, Hua Gu, Yang Zhou, Tao Jiang
Agenesis of the corpus callosum (AgCC) can result in subtle to severe cognitive deficits. Individuals with impaired cognition often show abnormalities on resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI). This study used rs-fMRI to investigate changes in regional homogeneity (ReHo) and functional connectivity (FC) among individuals with AgCC. AgCC individuals (n = 10) and age-, sex-, and education-matched healthy control subjects (n = 19) were included in this study. The ReHo values were calculated to represent spontaneous brain activity...
April 24, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438484/simultaneous-object-perception-deficits-are-related-to-reduced-visual-processing-speed-in-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Adriana L Ruiz-Rizzo, Peter Bublak, Petra Redel, Timo Grimmer, Hermann J Müller, Christian Sorg, Kathrin Finke
Simultanagnosia, an impairment in simultaneous object perception, has been attributed to deficits in visual attention and, specifically, to processing speed. Increasing visual attention deficits manifest over the course of Alzheimer's disease (AD), where the first changes are present already in its symptomatic predementia phase: amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI). In this study, we examined whether patients with aMCI due to AD show simultaneous object perception deficits and whether and how these deficits relate to visual attention...
April 4, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437760/the-effects-of-object-height-and-visual-information-on-the-control-of-obstacle-crossing-during-locomotion-in-healthy-older-adults
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Sho Kunimune, Shuichi Okada
In order to safely avoid obstacles, humans must rely on visual information regarding the position and shape of the object obtained in advance. The present study aimed to reveal the duration of obstacle visibility necessary for appropriate visuomotor control during obstacle avoidance in healthy older adults. Participants included 13 healthy young women (mean age: 21.5±1.4years) and 15 healthy older women (mean age: 68.5±3.5years) who were instructed to cross over an obstacle along a pressure-sensitive pathway at a self-selected pace while wearing liquid crystal shutter goggles...
April 13, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437623/selective-scene-perception-deficits-in-a-case-of-topographical-disorientation
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Jessica Robin, Matthew X Lowe, Sara Pishdadian, Josée Rivest, Jonathan S Cant, Morris Moscovitch
Topographical disorientation (TD) is a neuropsychological condition characterized by an inability to find one's way, even in familiar environments. One common contributing cause of TD is landmark agnosia, a visual recognition impairment specific to scenes and landmarks. Although many cases of TD with landmark agnosia have been documented, little is known about the perceptual mechanisms which lead to selective deficits in recognizing scenes. In the present study, we test LH, a man who exhibits TD and landmark agnosia, on measures of scene perception that require selectively attending to either the configural or surface properties of a scene...
April 2, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437438/use-of-the-matrics-consensus-cognitive-battery-mccb-to-evaluate-cognitive-deficits-in-bipolar-disorder-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Qijing Bo, Zhen Mao, Xianbin Li, Zhimin Wang, Chuanyue Wang, Xin Ma
BACKGROUND: The Measurement and Treatment Research to Improve Cognition Schizophrenia Consensus Cognitive Battery (MCCB) has also been proposed for use in clinical trials to assess cognitive deficits in patients with bipolar disorder (BD). The aim of this study was to evaluate cognitive function assessed by the MCCB in BD. METHODS: A literature search of the PubMed, Embase, PsycINFO, SCI, Cochrane Library databases and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register was conducted...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436878/biofeedback-for-gait-retraining-based-on-real-time-estimation-of-tibiofemoral-joint-contact-forces
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Claudio Pizzolato, Monica Reggiani, David J Saxby, Elena Ceseracciu, Luca Modenese, David G Lloyd
Biofeedback assisted rehabilitation and intervention technologies have the potential to modify clinically relevant biomechanics. Gait retraining has been used to reduce the knee adduction moment, a surrogate of medial tibiofemoral joint loading often used in knee osteoarthritis research. In this study we present an electromyogram-driven neuromusculoskeletal model of the lower-limb to estimate, in real-time, the tibiofemoral joint loads. The model included 34 musculotendon units spanning the hip, knee, and ankle joints...
April 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436133/population-trends-in-prenatal-detection-of-transposition-of-great-arteries-impact-of-obstetrical-screening-ultrasound-guidelines
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Ravi Prasad, Mills Lindsay, Fruitman Deborah, Savard Winnie, Colen Timothy, Khoo Nee, Serrano-Lomelin Jesus, Hornberger Lisa K
BACKGROUND: D-transposition of the great arteries (D-TGA) is one of the most common critical neonatal heart defects. Although there are clinical advantages to a prenatal diagnosis, D-TGA has had low prenatal detection internationally. Recent obstetrical ultrasound guidelines incorporating screening of cardiac outflows may improve prenatal detection of D-TGA. We sought to evaluate trends in the prenatal detection of D-TGA with/without ventricular septal defect (VSD) in Alberta over the past 13 years, examining the potential impact of enhanced ultrasound guidelines in 2009-2010 and 2013 and factors impacting detection...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435216/pain-perception-description-after-advanced-surface-ablation
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Eva M Sobas, Sebastián Videla, Amanda Vázquez, Itziar Fernández, Miguel J Maldonado, José-Carlos Pastor
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to characterize the evolution of ocular pain after advanced surface ablation (ASA) to improve strategies in postoperative pain management. METHODS: This was a multicenter, prospective, descriptive, cohort study. The inclusion criteria were healthy individuals ≥18 years old receiving bilateral alcohol-assisted surface ablation with epithelial removal. Pain intensity was evaluated with the visual analog scale (VAS) and the numeric pain rating scale before and after surgery...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434680/inhibition-of-denture-plaque-by-tio2-coating-on-denture-base-resins-in-the-mouth
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Tomokuni Obata, Takayuki Ueda, Kaoru Sakurai
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Information is lacking about antiadhesion effect of titanium dioxide (TiO2) coating on denture base resins in the mouth. PURPOSE: The purpose of this clinical study was to investigate the antiadhesion effect of TiO2 coating on denture base resins. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Ten healthy dentate participants (mean 27 ±2 years of age) participated in this study. Disks and palatal appliances were made with denture base resin...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432188/magnetic-resonance-neurography-visualizes-abnormalities-in-sciatic-and-tibial-nerves-in-patients-with-type-1-diabetes-and-neuropathy
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Michael Vaeggemose, Mirko Pham, Steffen Ringgaard, Hatice Tankisi, Niels Ejskjaer, Sabine Heiland, Per L Poulsen, Henning Andersen
This study evaluates whether diffusion-tensor-imaging MR-Neurography (DTI-MRN), T2-relaxation-time and proton-spin-density can detect and grade neuropathic abnormalities in patients with type 1 diabetes.Forty-nine patients with type 1 diabetes (11 with severe polyneuropathy (sDPN), 13 with mild polyneuropathy (mDPN) and 25 without polyneuropathy (nDPN)) and 30 healthy controls (HC) were included. Clinical examinations, nerve-conduction-studies and vibratory-perception-thresholds determined the presence and severity of DPN...
April 21, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432112/reduction-of-severe-visual-loss-and-complications-following-intra-arterial-chemotherapy-iac-for-refractory-retinoblastoma
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M Ashwin Reddy, Zishan Naeem, Catriona Duncan, Fergus Robertson, Jane Herod, Adam Rennie, Alki Liasis, Dorothy Ann Thompson, Mandeep Sagoo
BACKGROUND: Intra-arterial chemotherapy (IAC) for retinoblastoma has been documented as causing visual loss and ocular motility problems. A lack of safety data has precluded its acceptance in all centres. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of patients with retinoblastoma from 2013 to 2015 who had a healthy foveola and relapsed following systemic chemotherapy. All required IAC. The correlation of complications with doses of melphalan +/- topotecan used and putative catheterisation complications was assessed...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432110/anterior-but-not-posterior-choroid-changed-before-and-during-valsalva-manoeuvre-in-healthy-chinese-a-ubm-and-ss-oct-study
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Fei Li, Kai Gao, Xingyi Li, Shida Chen, Wenbin Huang, Xiulan Zhang
PURPOSE: To determine if the anterior choroid is involved in ocular change during the Valsalva manoeuvre (VM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-three healthy volunteers aged 18-65 years with normal visual field test results and no history of intraocular pressure (IOP) exceeding 21 mm Hg were recruited. Anterior and posterior choroidal changes before and during VM were recorded by ultrasound microscope and swept-source optical coherence tomography, respectively. Parameters of the anterior segment included ciliary body thickness (CBT0), thickness of the choroid at a distance of 4 mm from the root of the iris (CT4), anterior placement of the ciliary body (APCB) and trabecular-ciliary angle (TCA)...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431432/contrast-sensitivity-and-lateral-inhibition-are-enhanced-with-macular-carotenoid-supplementation
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James M Stringham, Kevin J O'Brien, Nicole T Stringham
Purpose: Once deposited in the retina, the so-called macular carotenoids lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), and mesozeaxanthin (MZ) have been shown to enhance visual performance. The purpose of our study was to investigate whether increasing macular pigment optical density (MPOD) could enhance lateral inhibitory processes, and thereby improve contrast sensitivity (CS). Methods: A total of 59 young (18-25 years), healthy individuals participated in this 1-year, double-masked, placebo-controlled study...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431034/effects-of-sleep-loss-on-subjective-complaints-and-objective-neurocognitive-performance-as-measured-by-the-immediate-post-concussion-assessment-and-cognitive-testing
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Ryan P J Stocker, Hassen Khan, Luke Henry, Anne Germain
Objective: This study examined the effects of total and partial sleep deprivation on subjective symptoms and objective neurocognitive performance, as measured by the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) in a sample of healthy adults. Method: One-hundred and two, right-handed, healthy participants (between ages 18 and 30 years old) completed three consecutive nights in the sleep laboratory with concurrent continuous polysomnography monitoring...
May 1, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428356/biological-variation-estimates-obtained-from-91-healthy-study-participants-for-9-enzymes-in-serum
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Anna Carobene, Thomas Røraas, Una Ørvim Sølvik, Marit Sverresdotter Sylte, Sverre Sandberg, Elena Guerra, Irene Marino, Niels Jonker, Gerhard Barla, William A Bartlett, Pilar Fernandez-Calle, Jorge Díaz-Garzón, Francesca Tosato, Mario Plebani, Abdurrahman Coŝkun, Mustafa Serteser, Ibrahim Unsal, Ferruccio Ceriotti
BACKGROUND: We sought to develop estimates of biological variation (BV) for 9 enzymes in blood serum as part of the European Biological Variation Study. METHODS: Ninety-one healthy study participants (38 male and 53 female, 21-69 years old) were phlebotomized in each of 10 consecutive weeks at 6 European laboratories. The same preanalytical sample-handling protocol was followed at each center before transport to San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy, for analysis...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427806/decreased-synovial-fluid-ghrelin-levels-are-linked-with-disease-severity-in-primary-knee-osteoarthritis-patients-and-are-increased-following-laser-therapy
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Yu-Cong Zou, Hong-Yu Deng, Zheng Mao, Chang Zhao, Ju Huang, Gang Liu
BACKGROUND: Ghrelin has been proved to inhibit inflammation and promote cartilage growth. So far, its role in patients with primary osteoarthritis has not been investigated. OBJECTIVE: The current study was performed to explore the serum and synovial ghrelin levels as well as the relationship between ghrelin levels and disease severity in primary knee OA patients. METHODS: 52 primary knee OA patients were recruited in the study. 52 sex and age-matched patients visiting our hospital for regular body check were selected as controls...
April 18, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426705/an-automated-algorithm-for-the-detection-of-cortical-interruptions-on-high-resolution-peripheral-quantitative-computed-tomography-images-of-finger-joints
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M Peters, A Scharmga, J de Jong, A van Tubergen, P Geusens, J J Arts, D Loeffen, R Weijers, B van Rietbergen, J van den Bergh
OBJECTIVES: To introduce a fully-automated algorithm for the detection of small cortical interruptions (≥0.246mm in diameter) on high resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT) images, and to investigate the additional value of manual correction of the automatically obtained contours (semi-automated procedure). METHODS: Ten metacarpophalangeal joints from seven patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and three healthy controls were imaged with HR-pQCT...
2017: PloS One
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