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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087178/acupuncture-for-serum-uric-acid-in-patients-with-asymptomatic-hyperuricemia-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Yingjuan Huang, Jun Meng, Baoguo Sun, Ting Xiang, Xin Zhou, Biyu Xu, Yingzi Wu, Zexiong Chen, Shijun Zhang
BACKGROUND: Hyperuricemia (HUA) is the most common disease associated with cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, and kidney disease. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the preliminary efficacy, mechanism, and safety of acupuncture on serum uric acid in patients with asymptomatic HUA. METHODS: A randomized, placebo-controlled trial among 123 patients with asymptomatic HUA was conducted. The acupoints used in the acupuncture group were bilateral Five Shu in Spleen Meridian...
January 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059700/an-extended-retinotopic-map-of-mouse-cortex
#2
Jun Zhuang, Lydia Ng, Derric Williams, Matthew Valley, Yang Li, Marina Garrett, Jack Waters
Visual perception and behavior are mediated by cortical areas that have been distinguished using architectonic and retinotopic criteria. We employed fluorescence imaging and GCaMP6 reporter mice to generate retinotopic maps, revealing additional regions of retinotopic organization that extend into barrel and retrosplenial cortices. Aligning retinotopic maps to architectonic borders, we found a mismatch in border location, indicating that architectonic borders are not aligned with the retinotopic transition at the vertical meridian...
January 6, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056652/asymmetry-in-gaze-direction-discrimination-between-the-upper-and-lower-visual-fields
#3
Adam Palanica, Roxane J Itier
Previous research has shown that gaze direction can only be accurately discriminated within parafoveal limits (∼5° eccentricity) along the horizontal visual field. Beyond this eccentricity, head orientation seems to influence gaze discrimination more than iris cues. The present study examined gaze discrimination performance in the upper visual field (UVF) and lower visual field (LVF), and whether head orientation affects gaze judgments beyond parafoveal vision. Direct and averted gaze faces, in frontal and deviated head orientations, were presented for 150 ms along the vertical meridian while participants maintained central fixation during gaze discrimination judgments...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033433/covert-spatial-attention-is-functionally-intact-in-amblyopic-human-adults
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Mariel Roberts, Rachel Cymerman, R Theodore Smith, Lynne Kiorpes, Marisa Carrasco
Certain abnormalities in behavioral performance and neural signaling have been attributed to a deficit of visual attention in amblyopia, a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a diverse array of visual deficits following abnormal binocular childhood experience. Critically, most have inferred attention's role in their task without explicitly manipulating and measuring its effects against a baseline condition. Here, we directly investigate whether human amblyopic adults benefit from covert spatial attention-the selective processing of visual information in the absence of eye movements-to the same degree as neurotypical observers...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033210/2016-visionary-leader-bob-dent
#5
Brandon Kit Bredimus
The following manuscript is the winning Richard Hader Visionary Leader 2016 entry submitted to Nursing Management in recognition of Dr. Bob Dent, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, senior vice president, chief operating officer, and CNO for Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Tex. Dr. Dent was formally recognized for his achievements before the Keynote Address at Congress2016, November 8, in Las Vegas, Nev. There, he received the award, sponsored by Hackensack Meridian Health.
January 2017: Nursing Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024410/the-effects-of-acupressure-on-meridian-energy-as-well-as-nausea-and-vomiting-in-lung-cancer-patients-receiving-chemotherapy
#6
Chi-Hsiang Shen, Li-Yu Yang
Nausea and vomiting are the most common side effects of antineoplastic chemotherapy. However, only a small number of studies have been conducted in Taiwan to determine the efficacy of acupressure in treating these side effects in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. In this quasi-experimental study, we aimed to explore the effects of acupressure on meridian energy as well as nausea and vomiting in 70 lung cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Patients were assigned to the experimental or control group based on order of hospital admission...
January 1, 2016: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010835/treatment-of-an-adult-patient-with-atopic-dermatitis-using-traditional-korean-medicine-especially-sa-am-acupuncture
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Yong-Cheol Jeon, Hyun-Bae Lee
Atopic dermatitis is known not to respond well to many clinical treatments. In this report, we present the case of an adult woman with atopic dermatitis who was effectively treated by using traditional Korean medicine (TKM). The patient was diagnosed with psoriasis based on lung dryness and heat and heart fire. The patient underwent acupuncture treatment based on the theory of Sa-Am acupuncture. Two meridians, the hand tai-yin meridian and the foot tai-yang meridian, were used to control lung dryness, lung heat, and heart fire...
December 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010831/technical-challenges-in-current-primo-vascular-system-research-and-potential-solutions
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REVIEW
Kyung A Kang, Claudio Maldonado, Vitaly Vodyanoy
Since Bonghan Kim's discovery of the Bonghan system (BHS) in the 1960s, numerous reports have suggested that the system is fundamental for maintaining mammalian life. The BHS is a circulatory system independent of the blood or the lymphatic system, forms an extensive network throughout the entire mammalian body, has been reported to be the acupuncture meridian, stores distinct types of stem cells, and appears to have some roles in cancer metastasis. Despite Kim's first report having been published as early as 1962, research progress has been rather slow mainly because the system is very small and translucent, making it optically difficult to distinguish it from the hemoglobin-rich surrounding tissues...
December 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010830/anatomical-features-of-the-interscapular-area-where-wet-cupping-therapy-is-done-and-its-possible-relation-to-acupuncture-meridians
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REVIEW
Roshanak Ghods, Nasrin Sayfouri, Mohammad Hossein Ayati
Although wet cupping has been a treatment for centuries, its mechanism of action is not well understood. Because the anatomical features of the wet-cupping area might play a role in its mechanism, we focus on the features of the interscapular area in which a common type of wet-cupping therapy (WCT), called Hijamat-e-Aam in Iranian medicine, is usually applied and discuss the possible relation of those features to the acupuncture meridians. We gathered and analyzed data from reliable textbooks on modern medicine with a focus on the anatomical features of the interscapular area, topics related to WTC in Iranian medicine, and acupuncture sources obtained by searching PubMed, Google-Scholar, and Science Direct...
December 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000096/relationship-between-tissue-distributions-of-modified-wuzi-yanzong-prescription-in-rats-and-meridian-tropism-theory
#10
Lin-Lin Wang, Wei-Wei Li, Cai-Sheng Wu, Jin-Lan Zhang, Yi-Xiang Song, Fang-Jiao Song, Hong Fu, Geng-Xin Liu, Xue-Mei Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between tissue distributions of modified Wuzi Yanzong prescription (, MWP) in rats and meridian tropism theory. METHODS: A high-performance liquid chromatography with Fourier transform-mass spectrometry (HPLC-FT) method was used to identify the metabolites of MWP in different tissues of rats after continued oral administration of MWP for 7 days. The relationship between MWP and meridian tropism theory was studied according to the tissue distributions of the metabolites of MWP in rats and the relevant literature...
December 20, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997462/customized-minimally-invasive-orbital-decompression-surgery-improves-lower-eyelid-retraction-and-contour-in-thyroid-eye-disease
#11
Allan C Pieroni Goncalves, Shivani Gupta, Mario L R Monteiro, Raymond S Douglas
PURPOSE: To investigate the outcome of a customized approach with targeted zygomatic basin bone removal orbital decompression in lower eyelid retraction and contour of patients with thyroid eye disease. METHODS: In a comparative case series, clinical charts and photos of a consecutive sample of 92 patients with thyroid eye disease submitted to different types orbital decompression were studied. Exophthalmos, midpupil to lower eyelid margin distances (MRD2) at 11 meridians, and globe position were measured and compared according to the types of decompression...
December 16, 2016: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990169/a-correlation-study-between-two-adjacent-same-meridian-acupoints-after-laser-needle-acupuncture-with-optical-coherence-tomography-and-diffuse-reflectance-spectra
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Xiuli Wu, Huajiang Wei, Zhouyi Guo, Yirong Ni, Zhiming Liu, Hongqin Yang, Shusen Xie, Lianpeng Zhou
This study is to investigate the correlations among Sanjian (LI3), Hegu (LI4), and Yangxi (LI5) acupoints and their corresponding nonacupoints on the Yangming Large Intestine Meridian of Hand before and after laser irradiation using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and diffuse reflectance spectra. The experiment was conducted on 10 healthy people. A 658 nm laser with 50 mW output power was used for irradiating LI4, LI5 acupoints and their corresponding nonacupoints. As to LI4 acupoint with laser irradiation for duration of 15 or 45 minutes, the OCT backscattered light intensities of LI4 and LI5 acupoints increased significantly, and the reflectance intensities (RIs) of the LI3, LI4, and LI5 acupoints decreased significantly...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988140/use-of-mri-in-the-diagnosis-of-fetal-brain-abnormalities-in-utero-meridian-a-multicentre-prospective-cohort-study
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Paul D Griffiths, Michael Bradburn, Michael J Campbell, Cindy L Cooper, Ruth Graham, Deborah Jarvis, Mark D Kilby, Gerald Mason, Cara Mooney, Stephen C Robson, Allan Wailoo
BACKGROUND: In-utero MRI (iuMRI) has shown promise as an adjunct to ultrasound but the comparative diagnostic performance has been poorly defined. We aimed to assess whether the diagnostic accuracy and confidence of the prenatal diagnosis of fetal brain abnormalities is improved with iuMRI and assess the clinical impact and patient acceptability of iuMRI. METHODS: We did a multicentre, prospective, cohort study in the UK, at 16 fetal medicine centres, of pregnant women aged 16 years or older whose fetus had a brain abnormality detected by ultrasound at a gestational age of 18 weeks or more, had no contraindications to iuMRI, and consented to enter the study...
December 14, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984063/off-axis-astigmatism-in-the-isolated-chicken-crystalline-lens
#14
Felix Maier, Siegfried Wahl, Frank Schaeffel
The chicken eye was previously found to have little off-axis astigmatism which is not explained by its special corneal shape but rather by the optical properties of the crystalline lens. To learn more about lens design, we studied off-axis astigmatism in the chicken lens in situ and compared it to a glass lens of similar power but with homogenous refractive index. After euthanasia, enucleated eye balls were cut in the equatorial plane right behind the scleral ossicles. The anterior segment was placed in a water-filled chamber...
October 28, 2016: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957338/comparison-of-the-optical-quality-between-small-incision-lenticule-extraction-and-femtosecond-laser-lasik
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Ying Jin, Yan Wang, Lulu Xu, Tong Zuo, Hua Li, Rui Dou, Jiamei Zhang
Purpose. To investigate the visual quality after SMILE and Femto-LASIK. Methods. About 123 eyes from 63 patients were enrolled in this study. The parameters were measured preoperatively and 1 week, 1 month, and 3 months postoperatively using Sirius System. Results. The MTF curve increase slightly from low to high frequency at 3 mm and 6 mm pupil diameter after SMILE surgery (P < 0.05) during the follow-up time comparing with the preoperative values. And the SR has a significant increase at various pupil diameters as well (P < 0...
2016: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923771/off-axis-astigmatism-in-the-isolated-chicken-crystalline-lens
#16
Felix Maier, Siegfried Wahl, Frank Schaeffel
The chicken eye was previously found to have little off-axis astigmatism which is not explained by its special corneal shape but rather by the optical properties of the crystalline lens. To learn more about lens design, we studied off-axis astigmatism in the chicken lens in situ and compared it to a glass lens of similar power but with homogenous refractive index. After euthanasia, enucleated eye balls were cut in the equatorial plane right behind the scleral ossicles. The anterior segment was placed in a water-filled chamber...
December 2016: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912948/therapeutic-efficacy-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-kuan-sin-yin-in-patients-undergoing-chemotherapy-for-advanced-colon-cancer-a-controlled-trial
#17
Tsai-Ju Chien, Chia-Yu Liu, Ruey-Hwa Lu, Chin-Wei Kuo, Yang-Chao Lin, Chung-Hua Hsu
BACKGROUND: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used increasingly as complementary medicine in cancer care. Kuan-Sin-Yin (KSY) is a TCM decoction containing seven herbs known to cause immunomodulation or anticancer activity, and which are associated with the TCM concept of Qi and energy supply. Kuan-Sin-Yin has cytostatic effects on cancer cells in animal models. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the level of improvement in meridian energy and heart-rate variability (HRV) and to assess whether these observations are compatible with TCM theory...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906811/measurement-of-radial-peripapillary-capillary-density-in-the-normal-human-retina-using-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography
#18
Tarannum Mansoori, Jayanthi Sivaswamy, Jahnavi Sai Gamalapati, Satish Gooty Agraharam, Nagalla Balakrishna
AIM: To image the radial peripapillary capillary (RPC) network with optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) and measure its capillary density (CD) in the normal human retina. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-two normal participants underwent OCTA imaging with RTVue XR 100 Avanti OCT. The angioflow enface RPCs network was extracted from OCTA and 8 peripapillary sectors with a sector angle of 45 degrees were selected for quantitative analysis: superior nasal, superior temporal, temporal upper, temporal lower, nasal upper, nasal lower, inferior nasal, and inferior temporal...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885326/review-of-clinical-studies-of-the-treatment-of-ulcerative-colitis-using-acupuncture-and-moxibustion
#19
REVIEW
Jun Ji, Yan Huang, Xia-Fei Wang, Zhe Ma, Huan-Gan Wu, Hyoyoung Im, Hui-Rong Liu, Lu-Yi Wu, Jing Li
Background. Clinical studies suggest that acupuncture and moxibustion therapy in ulcerative colitis (UC) can regulate bowel inflammation, and these treatments have the advantages of low rates of adverse reactions and recurrence as well as good long-term efficacy. We reviewed the current status of clinical studies of the treatment. Methods. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) using the therapy as the major intervention for treating UC were included from 1995 to 2015. The extracted data mainly included diagnostic standards, treatment methods, selection of acupoints, treatment times and courses, and efficacy determination criteria...
2016: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863950/evaluation-of-the-shiga-toxin-quik-chek-and-immunocard-stat-ehec-as-screening-tools-for-the-detection-of-shiga-toxin-in-fecal-specimens
#20
Megan Staples, Ning-Xia Fang, Rikki Ma Graham, Helen V Smith, Amy V Jennison
In this study we evaluated the performance of the SHIGA TOXIN QUIK CHEK (Techlab®, Blacksburg, VA) and the ImmunoCard STAT! Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) (Meridian BioScience, Cincinnati, OH, USA) assays as methods for qualitatively detecting the presence of Shiga toxin in human fecal specimens. A multiplex PCR for the detection of stx1 and stx2 was used as the standard for comparison. The SHIGA TOXIN QUIK CHEK detected all known Shiga toxin subtypes with the exception of Stx2f, while the ImmunoCard STAT! EHEC was unable to identify four of the seven Stx2 subtypes, including Stx2b and Stx2d...
February 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
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