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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227786/a-tunable-digital-ishihara-plate-for-pre-school-aged-children
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Orazio Gambino, Ester Minafo, Roberto Pirrone, Edoardo Ardizzone, Orazio Gambino, Ester Minafo, Roberto Pirrone, Edoardo Ardizzone, Ester Minafo, Edoardo Ardizzone, Roberto Pirrone, Orazio Gambino
Colors play a fundamental role for children, both in the everyday life and in education. They recognize the surrounding world, and play games making a large use of colors. They learn letters and numbers by means of colors. As a consequence, early diagnosis of color blindness is an crucial to support an individual affected by this visual perception alteration at the initial phase of his/her life. The diagnosis of red-green color deficiencies (protanopia or deuteranopia) is commonly accomplished by means of the Ishihara test, which consists of plates showing dots with different sizes where some of them compose numbers within a gamut of colors while the ones composing the background have different colors...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221849/restaurant-policies-and-practices-for-serving-raw-fish-in-minnesota
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Nicole Hedeen
The number of restaurants serving sushi within Minnesota is continuously increasing. The practices and protocols of serving raw fish are complex and require detailed planning to ensure that food served to patrons will not cause illness. Although the popularity of sushi is increasing, there is a lack of research on food safety issues pertaining to preparation of raw fish and sushi rice. To address this gap, the Minnesota Department of Health Environmental Health Specialists Network Food program collected descriptive data on restaurant practices and policies concerning the service of raw fish and sushi rice in 40 Minnesota restaurants...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221165/response-to-letter-comment-on-insurance-status-not-race-is-associated-with-use-of-minimally-invasive-surgical-approach-for-rectal-cancer
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Megan C Turner, Mohamed Abdelgadir Adam, Zhifei Sun, Jina Kim, Brian Ezekian, Babatunde A Yerokun, Christopher R Mantyh, John Migaly
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217913/what-are-the-key-elements-of-cognitive-analytic-therapy-for-psychosis-a-delphi-study
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Peter J Taylor, Sarah Jones, Christopher D Huntley, Claire Seddon
OBJECTIVE: There has been growing interest in the use of cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) with those facing experiences of psychosis. However, there is little research on how CAT is best applied to working with psychosis. This study aimed to identify what the key aspects of CAT for psychosis are or whether this approach requires adaptation when applied to those with experiences of psychosis, drawing on expert opinion. METHOD: An adapted Delphi methodology was used...
February 20, 2017: Psychology and Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207608/effects-of-internal-limiting-membrane-peeling-combined-with-removal-of-idiopathic-epiretinal-membrane-a-systematic-review-of-literature-and-meta-analysis
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Kunihiro Azuma, Takashi Ueta, Shuichiro Eguchi, Makoto Aihara
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects on postoperative prognosis of internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling in conjunction with removal of idiopathic epiretinal membranes (ERMs). METHODS: MEDLINE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), and EMBASE were systematically searched for studies that compared ILM peeling with no ILM peeling in surgery to remove idiopathic ERM. Outcome measures were best-corrected visual acuity, central macular thickness, and ERM recurrence...
February 15, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207350/shifting-attention-between-visual-dimensions-as-a-source-of-switch-costs
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Heike Elchlepp, Maisy Best, Aureliu Lavric, Stephen Monsell
Task-switching experiments have documented a puzzling phenomenon: Advance warning of the switch reduces but does not eliminate the switch cost. Theoretical accounts have posited that the residual switch cost arises when one selects the relevant stimulus-response mapping, leaving earlier perceptual processes unaffected. We put this assumption to the test by seeking electrophysiological markers of encoding a perceptual dimension. Participants categorized a colored letter as a vowel or consonant or its color as "warm" or "cold...
February 1, 2017: Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206829/validity-of-low-contrast-letter-acuity-as-a-visual-performance-outcome-measure-for-multiple-sclerosis
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Laura J Balcer, Jenelle Raynowska, Rachel Nolan, Steven L Galetta, Raju Kapoor, Ralph Benedict, Glenn Phillips, Nicholas LaRocca, Lynn Hudson, Richard Rudick
Low-contrast letter acuity (LCLA) has emerged as the leading outcome measure to assess visual disability in multiple sclerosis (MS) research. As visual dysfunction is one of the most common manifestations of MS, sensitive visual outcome measures are important in examining the effect of treatment. Low-contrast acuity captures visual loss not seen in high-contrast visual acuity (HCVA) measurements. These issues are addressed by the MS Outcome Assessments Consortium (MSOAC), including representatives from advocacy organizations, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), academic institutions, and industry partners along with persons living with MS...
February 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199994/association-between-montreal-cognitive-assessment-sub-item-scores-and-corresponding-cognitive-test-performance-in-patients-with-frontotemporal-dementia-and-related-disorders
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Kristy K L Coleman, Brenda L Coleman, Julia D MacKinley, Stephen H Pasternak, Elizabeth C Finger
The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a brief screening test developed to detect patients with mild cognitive impairment, is used in clinical settings across North America [Nasreddine et al.: J Am Geriatr Soc 2005;53:695-699]. The MoCA has been demonstrated to be sensitive to cognitive deficits in frontotemporal dementias (FTD) and related disorders [Coleman et al.: Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord 2016;30:258-263]. Given attentional impairments in patients with FTD, whether and to what extent the abbreviated items on the MoCA may predict performance on corresponding assessments is not known...
February 16, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197680/effect-of-a-condolence-letter-on-grief-symptoms-among-relatives-of-patients-who-died-in-the-icu-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Nancy Kentish-Barnes, Sylvie Chevret, Benoît Champigneulle, Marina Thirion, Virginie Souppart, Marion Gilbert, Olivier Lesieur, Anne Renault, Maïté Garrouste-Orgeas, Laurent Argaud, Marion Venot, Alexandre Demoule, Olivier Guisset, Isabelle Vinatier, Gilles Troché, Julien Massot, Samir Jaber, Caroline Bornstain, Véronique Gaday, René Robert, Jean-Philippe Rigaud, Raphaël Cinotti, Mélanie Adda, François Thomas, Laure Calvet, Marion Galon, Zoé Cohen-Solal, Alain Cariou, Elie Azoulay
PURPOSE: Family members of patients who die in the intensive care unit (ICU) may experience symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and/or prolonged grief. We evaluated whether grief symptoms were alleviated if the physician and the nurse in charge at the time of death sent the closest relative a handwritten condolence letter. METHODS: Multicenter randomized trial conducted among 242 relatives of patients who died at 22 ICUs in France between December 2014 and October 2015...
February 14, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197097/when-elderly-outperform-young-adults-integration-in-vision-revealed-by-the-visual-mismatch-negativity
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Zsófia Anna Gaál, Flóra Bodnár, István Czigler
We studied the possibility of age-related differences of visual integration at an automatic and at a task-related level. Data of 15 young (21.9 ± 1.8 years) and 15 older (66.6 ± 3.5 years) women were analyzed in our experiment. Automatic processing was investigated in a passive oddball paradigm, and the visual mismatch negativity (vMMN) of event-related brain potentials was measured. Letters and pseudo-letters were presented either as single characters, or the characters were presented successively in two fragments...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196467/cost-effectiveness-of-strategies-to-increase-screening-coverage-for-cervical-cancer-in-spain-the-criverva-study
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Marta Trapero-Bertran, Amelia Acera Pérez, Silvia de Sanjosé, Josep Maria Manresa Domínguez, Diego Rodríguez Capriles, Ana Rodriguez Martinez, Josep Maria Bonet Simó, Norman Sanchez Sanchez, Pablo Hidalgo Valls, Mireia Díaz Sanchis
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study is to carry out a cost-effectiveness analysis of three different interventions to promote the uptake of screening for cervical cancer in general practice in the county of Valles Occidental, Barcelona, Spain. METHODS: Women aged from 30 to 70 years (n = 15,965) were asked to attend a general practice to be screened. They were randomly allocated to one of four groups: no intervention group (NIG); one group where women received an invitation letter to participate in the screening (IG1); one group where women received an invitation letter and informative leaflet (IG2); and one group where women received an invitation letter, an informative leaflet and a phone call reminder (IG3)...
February 14, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195520/creating-colored-letters-familial-markers-of-grapheme-color-synesthesia-in-parietal-lobe-activation-and-structure
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Olympia Colizoli, Jaap M J Murre, H Steven Scholte, Romke Rouw
Perception is inherently subjective, and individual differences in phenomenology are well illustrated by the phenomenon of synesthesia (highly specific, consistent, and automatic cross-modal experiences, in which the external stimulus corresponding to the additional sensation is absent). It is unknown why some people develop synesthesia and others do not. In the current study, we tested whether neural markers related to having synesthesia in the family were evident in brain function and structure. Relatives of synesthetes (who did not have any type of synesthesia themselves) and matched controls read specially prepared books with colored letters for several weeks and were scanned before and after reading using magnetic resonance imaging...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195317/human-papillomavirus-self-sampling-for-screening-non-attenders-opt-in-pilot-implementation-with-electronic-communication-platforms
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Janni Uyen Hoa Lam, Matejka Rebolj, Ditte Møller Ejegod, Helle Pedersen, Carsten Rygaard, Elsebeth Lynge, Louise Thirstrup Thomsen, Susanne Krüger Kjaer, Jesper Bonde
In organized cervical screening programs, typically 25% of the invited women do not attend. The Copenhagen Self-sampling Initiative (CSi) aimed to gain experiences on participation among screening non-attenders in the Capital Region of Denmark. Here, we report on the effectiveness of different communication platforms used in the pilot with suggestions for strategies prior to a full-implementation. Moreover, an innovative approach using self-sampling brushes with unique radio frequency identification chips allowed for unprecedented levels patient identification safety...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188433/the-clinical-effectiveness-of-ranibizumab-treat-and-extend-regimen-in-namd-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
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Andriy Danyliv, Julie Glanville, Rachael McCool, Alberto Ferreira, Adrian Skelly, Ruth Pulikottil Jacob
INTRODUCTION: Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) is a chronic eye condition that causes severe deterioration of vision and ultimately blindness. Two vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors are approved for nAMD treatment in Europe: ranibizumab and aflibercept. The European license for ranibizumab was updated with an individualized "treat and extend" (T&E) regimen, which involves more proactive treatment based on changes in best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and/or anatomical outcomes...
February 10, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186949/impact-of-scheduled-appointments-on-cervical-screening-participation-in-norway-a-randomised-intervention
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Stefan Lönnberg, Trude Andreassen, Birgit Engesæter, Rune Lilleng, Cecilia Kleven, Annelie Skare, Karin Johansson, Christina Stangeland Fredheim, Ameli Tropé
BACKGROUND: The main barrier to optimal effect in many established population-based screening programmes against cervical cancer is low participation. In Norway, a routine health service integrated population-based screening programme has been running since 1995, using open invitations and reminders. The aim of this randomised health service study was to pilot scheduled appointments and assess their potential for increased participation. METHODS: Within the national screening programme, we randomised 1087 women overdue for screening to receive invitations with scheduled appointments (intervention) or the standard open reminders (control)...
November 14, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186507/one-year-real-world-outcomes-in-patients-receiving-fixed-dosing-aflibercept-for-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
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H Almuhtaseb, S Kanavati, S R Rufai, A J Lotery
PurposeTo investigate 1-year visual and anatomic outcomes of intravitreal aflibercept for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) given at a fixed 8-weekly interval.MethodsRetrospective, single-practice data analysis from an electronic medical record system of 255 eyes (223 patients) with treatment-naïve nAMD receiving 8-weekly aflibercept.ResultsMean logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) improved from 0.66 at baseline to 0.50 at month 11 (P<0.0001)...
February 10, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182479/the-first-letter-position-effect-in-visual-word-recognition-the-role-of-spatial-attention
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Andrew J Aschenbrenner, David A Balota, Alexandra J Weigand, Michele Scaltritti, Derek Besner
A prominent question in visual word recognition is whether letters within a word are processed in parallel or in a left to right sequence. Although most contemporary models posit parallel processing, this notion seems at odds with well-established serial position effects in word identification that indicate preferential processing for the initial letter. The present study reports 4 experiments designed to further probe the locus of the first position processing advantage. The paradigm involved masked target words presented for short durations and required participants to subsequently select from 2 alternatives, 1 which was identical to the target and 1 that differed by a single letter...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182327/microangiopathic-hemolytic-anemia-due-to-adamts-13-loss-in-idiopathic-systemic-capillary-leak-syndrome-reply
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Daniel C Moreira, Jorge Di Paola
We sincerely appreciate Dr Thachil's letter, which provides further insight into the case we recently published, in which ADAMTS-13 was likely lost in third-space fluid in a patient with idiopathic systemic capillary leak syndrome (SCLS) and that this loss was proposed as a novel mechanism for microangiopathic hemolytic anemia (MAHA) [1]. As mentioned in the original publication, identifying high levels of ADAMTS-13 in the transudate fluid would have proven the proposed mechanism, but unfortunately a sample of the transudate fluid was not available...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182301/factor-analyzing-the-norwegian-matrics-consensus-cognitive-battery
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Christine Mohn, June Ullevoldsaeter Lystad, Torill Ueland, Erik Falkum, Bjørn Rishovd Rund
AIM: The MATRICS Consensus Cognitive Battery (MCCB) assesses seven cognitive domains with ten subtests. This domain structure has not been demonstrated. Three factors have been produced in US samples. We examined the dimensional structure of the Norwegian MCCB. In addition, we studied the contribution of each subtest to the battery sum score. METHODS: The participants were 131 patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders and 300 healthy controls. Their Norwegian MCCB test scores were subject to exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis and regression analysis...
February 9, 2017: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181521/determining-the-nature-of-the-gap-in-semiconducting-graphene
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J C Prestigiacomo, A Nath, M S Osofsky, S C Hernández, V D Wheeler, S G Walton, D K Gaskill
Since its discovery, graphene has held great promise as a two-dimensional (2D) metal with massless carriers and, thus, extremely high-mobility that is due to the character of the band structure that results in the so-called Dirac cone for the ideal, perfectly ordered crystal structure. This promise has led to only limited electronic device applications due to the lack of an energy gap which prevents the formation of conventional device geometries. Thus, several schemes for inducing a semiconductor band gap in graphene have been explored...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
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