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Stefano Bonetti
Understanding how spins move in time and space is the aim of both fundamental and applied research in modern magnetism. Over the past three decades, research in this field has led to technological advances that have had a major impact on our society, while improving the understanding of the fundamentals of spin physics. However, important questions still remain unanswered, because it is experimentally challenging to directly observe spins and their motion with a combined high spatial and temporal resolution...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Steven C Schallhorn, Stephen J Hannan, David Teenan, Julie M Schallhorn
PURPOSE: To compare patient's perception of consent quality, clinical and quality-of-life outcomes after laser vision correction (LVC) and refractive lens exchange (RLE) between patients who met their treating surgeon prior to the day of surgery (PDOS) or on the day of surgery (DOS). DESIGN: Retrospective, comparative case series. SETTING: Optical Express, Glasgow, UK. METHODS: Patients treated between October 2015 and June 2016 (3972 LVC and 979 RLE patients) who attended 1-day and 1-month postoperative aftercare and answered a questionnaire were included in this study...
2016: Clinical Ophthalmology
Andrey N Andreev, Alexey V Bushuev, Sergey N Svetozarskiy
Purpose. To report a rare case of secondary epiretinal membrane (ERM) spontaneous separation with subsequent visual restoration. Case Summary. We are reporting a case with the history of branch retinal vein occlusion, peripheral retinal neovascularization, and retinal photocoagulation. Our examination revealed secondary ERM associated with relatively high visual acuity (0.6), and a watchful waiting strategy was chosen. During the follow-up, slight visual deterioration, progressive deformation of the retinal profile, and an increase in diffuse retinal edema were observed...
2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
Hanne M van der Kooij, Remco Fokkink, Jasper van der Gucht, Joris Sprakel
Drying and aging paint dispersions display a wealth of complex phenomena that make their study fascinating yet challenging. To meet the growing demand for sustainable, high-quality paints, it is essential to unravel the microscopic mechanisms underlying these phenomena. Visualising the governing dynamics is, however, intrinsically difficult because the dynamics are typically heterogeneous and span a wide range of time scales. Moreover, the high turbidity of paints precludes conventional imaging techniques from reaching deep inside the paint...
September 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
Kevin C Dietrich
BACKGROUND: Central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC) is usually a self-limiting condition; however, there is potential for recurrence and permanent visual defects. Aviation demands perfect vision to minimize risk to pilots and aircraft. Consequently, this ailment disqualifies pilots and pilots to be. CASE REPORT: A fully trained fighter pilot with 1260 h in fighter airframes has been contending with central serous chorioretinopathy in the right eye over the course of 3 yr...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Mark Lane, Daniela Ferrara, Ricardo Noguera Louzada, James G Fujimoto, Johanna M Seddon
Nonexudative choroidal neovascularization (CNV) is a new phenomenon that has only recently been described in the literature with the advent of optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) imaging. The authors present a 1-year longitudinal follow-up of a nonexudative CNV lesion secondary to age-related macular degeneration. This report describes the appearance of the lesion on two commercially available spectral-domain OCTA devices and one prototype swept-source OCTA device. Management of these cases is still debatable...
August 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Mudit Tyagi, Vikas Ambiya, Padmaja Kumari Rani
We report the case of a 58-year-old man with proliferative diabetic retinopathy in both eyes, and a history of recurrent anterior uveitis in the right eye, who underwent panretinal laser photocoagulation (PRP) for the retinopathy in both eyes, following which he developed hypopyon uveitis in the right eye. The condition was managed with topical steroids and cycloplegics, to which he readily responded. The case highlights that there is a breakdown of the blood aqueous barrier consequent to PRP. Patients with a history of uveitis are predisposed to develop recurrent uveitis after the said procedure and should be closely watched for such complications...
July 5, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
Aldert J C Hazenberg, Bouke P C Hazenberg, Frederik G Dikkers
To study effectiveness of surgery and watchful waiting in localized laryngeal amyloidosis, retrospective case series. This retrospective study comprises all consecutive patients with localized laryngeal amyloidosis surgically treated in a tertiary hospital between 1994 and February 2016. Recurrence rate, revision surgery, progression to systemic amyloidosis, and changes in voice were monitored yearly. Eighteen patients were included. Seven women and eleven men had a median age 50 years (range 21-77 years) and median follow-up 6...
September 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Kesia Esther da Silva, Wirlaine Glauce Maciel, Flávia Patussi Correia Sacchi, Cecilia Godoy Carvalhaes, Fernanda Rodrigues-Costa, Ana Carolina Ramos da Silva, Mariana Garcia Croda, Fábio Juliano Negrão, Julio Croda, Ana Cristina Gales, Simone Simionatto
This study describes the molecular characteristics and risk factors associated with carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae strains. Risk factors associated with KPC-producing K. pneumoniae strains were investigated in this case-control study from May 2011 to May 2013. Bacterial identification was performed by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). Antimicrobial susceptibility was determined by broth microdilution. Carbapenemase production was assessed by both modified Hodge test (MHT) and ertapenem hydrolysis using MALDI-TOF MS...
June 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
Milovan Matovic, Marija Jeremic, Vlade Urosevic, Miroslav Ravlic, Marina Vlajkovic
OBJECTIVE: Following radionuclide therapy, patients usually must remain hospitalised in special "restricted access area" 2-5 days, until radiation in their body drops below a certain level. During this period medical personnel can be faced with some challenges. Based on our previous experience, we used telemedicine approach as solution for it. We have developed comprehensive telemedicine system, which consists of three own developed hardware & software modules which are accessible remotely...
September 2015: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Juliana Houghton, Marla M Holt, Deborah A Giles, M Bradley Hanson, Candice K Emmons, Jeffrey T Hogan, Trevor A Branch, Glenn R VanBlaricom
Whale watching has become increasingly popular as an ecotourism activity around the globe and is beneficial for environmental education and local economies. Southern Resident killer whales (Orcinus orca) comprise an endangered population that is frequently observed by a large whale watching fleet in the inland waters of Washington state and British Columbia. One of the factors identified as a risk to recovery for the population is the effect of vessels and associated noise. An examination of the effects of vessels and associated noise on whale behavior utilized novel equipment to address limitations of previous studies...
2015: PloS One
Jerome Lapointe, Francois Parent, Elton Soares de Lima Filho, Sébastien Loranger, Raman Kashyap
We demonstrate a new type of sensor incorporated directly into Corning Gorilla glass, an ultraresistant glass widely used in the screen of popular devices such as smartphones, tablets, and smart watches. Although physical space is limited in portable devices, the screens have been so far neglected in regard to functionalization. Our proof-of-concept shows a new niche for photonics device development, in which the screen becomes an active component integrated into the device. The sensor itself is a near-surface waveguide, sensitive to refractive index changes, enabling the analysis of liquids directly on the screen of a smartphone, without the need for any add-ons, thus opening this part of the device to advanced functionalization...
December 1, 2015: Optics Letters
James C Wilson, Mitch Kesler, Sara-Lynn E Pelegrin, LeAnna Kalvi, Aaron Gruber, Hendrik W Steenland
BACKGROUND: The physical distance between predator and prey is a primary determinant of behavior, yet few paradigms exist to study this reliably in rodents. NEW METHOD: The utility of a robotically controlled laser for use in a predator-prey-like (PPL) paradigm was explored for use in rats. This involved the construction of a robotic two-dimensional gimbal to dynamically position a laser beam in a behavioral test chamber. Custom software was used to control the trajectory and final laser position in response to user input on a console...
September 30, 2015: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Jay D Carlson, Mateusz Mittek, Steven A Parkison, Pedro Sathler, David Bayne, Eric T Psota, Lance C Perez, Stephen J Bonasera
As a first step toward building a smart home behavioral monitoring system capable of classifying a wide variety of human behavior, a wireless sensor network (WSN) system is presented for RSSI localization. The low-cost, non-intrusive system uses a smart watch worn by the user to broadcast data to the WSN, where the strength of the radio signal is evaluated at each WSN node to localize the user. A method is presented that uses simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) for system calibration, providing automated fingerprinting associating the radio signal strength patterns to the user's location within the living space...
2014: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Jennifer R Evans, Manuele Michelessi, Gianni Virgili
BACKGROUND: Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes in which high blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels in the retina. Sometimes new blood vessels grow in the retina, and these can have harmful effects; this is known as proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Laser photocoagulation is an intervention that is commonly used to treat diabetic retinopathy, in which light energy is applied to the retina with the aim of stopping the growth and development of new blood vessels, and thereby preserving vision...
2014: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Anthony B Daniels, Scott E Brodie, David H Abramson
PURPOSE: To present a case of a child with total retinal detachment secondary to Coats disease who failed different treatment modalities and then had spontaneous resolution of the retinal detachment years later. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: After progressing to total retinal detachment despite multimodality therapy with intravitreal bevacizumab and laser photocoagulation for advanced Coats disease, the patient was watched routinely for almost 2 years...
2010: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Yang Li, Jürgen Maurer, Andreas Roth, Vitali Vogel, Ernst Winter, Werner Mäntele
A setup for the simultaneous measurement of mid-infrared spectra and static light scattering is described that can be used for the analysis of the formation of nanoscale and microscopic aggregates from smaller molecules to biopolymers. It can be easily integrated into sample chambers of infrared spectrometers or combined with laser beams from tunable infrared lasers. Here, its use for the analysis of the formation of amyloid fibrils from intact proteins is demonstrated. The formation of amyloid fibrils or plaques from proteins is a widespread and pathogenetic relevant process, and a number of diseases are caused and correlated with the deposition of amyloid fibrils in cells and tissues...
August 2014: Review of Scientific Instruments
Sanjay Sharma
Prostate cancer is the commonest malignancy in men that causes significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. Screening by digital rectal examination (DRE) and serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is used despite its limitations. Gray-scale transrectal ultrasound (TRUS), used to guide multiple random prostatic biopsies, misses up to 20% cancers and frequently underestimates the grade of malignancy. Increasing the number of biopsy cores marginally increases the yield. Evolving techniques of real-time ultrasound elastography (RTE) and contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) are being investigated to better detect and improve the yield by allowing "targeted" biopsies...
April 2014: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
Juan P Brito, Ian D Hay, John C Morris
Thyroid cancer is one of the fastest growing diagnoses; more cases of thyroid cancer are found every year than all leukemias and cancers of the liver, pancreas, and stomach. Most of these incident cases are papillary in origin and are both small and localized. Patients with these small localized papillary thyroid cancers have a 99% survival rate at 20 years. In view of the excellent prognosis of these tumors, they have been denoted as low risk. The incidence of these low risk thyroid cancers is growing, probably because of the use of imaging technologies capable of exposing a large reservoir of subclinical disease...
2014: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Supriya S Dabir, Debashish Das, Jeyabalan Nallathambi, Shwetha Mangalesh, Naresh Kumar Yadav, Jan S A G Schouten
INTRODUCTION: Diabetic macular edema (DME) is a vision-threatening complication of diabetic retinopathy. The current practice of management is a" trial and error "method of using intravitreal antivascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)'' or steroids to treat the patient and watch the response. However, if the patient's genetic profile helps us choose appropriate medicine, it would help customize treatment option for each patient. This forms the basis of our study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A case-control, prospective, observational series, where DME patients were treated with bevacizumab and subclassified as treatment naοve, treatment responders, and treatment nonresponders...
January 2014: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
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