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  1. Biometry, the safe key

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    María Fraile-Hurtado; Miguel Herrero-Langreo; Pilar Menéndez-Miguel; Valerio Delgado-Villanueva

    2010-01-01

    Biometry is the next step in authentication, why do not we take this stepforward in our communication security systems? Keys are the main disadvantage in the cryptography, what if we were our own key?

  2. Biometry | Division of Cancer Prevention

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    The Biometry Research Group provides key consultations to NCI program managers and scientific decision-makers based on independent and cooperative studies usin | Consults, conducts and supports independent and collaborative research and data analysis.

  3. Partially coherent interferometric biometry in cataract surgery

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    Drexler, Wolfgang; Findl, Oliver; Menapace, Rupert; Hitzenberger, Christoph K.; Fercher, Adolf F.

    1999-02-01

    In an earlier study we showed that precise axial eye length measurement on cataract eyes is possible with the dual beam partial coherence interferometry technique (PCI). A high correlation with the standard ultrasound technique has been obtained. Recently, in a prospective study, partially coherent interferometry and ultrasound biometry were compared in cataract surgery using the SRK II formula based on US applanation biometry. Three months after surgery PCI was repeated and refractive outcome was determined. The use of PCI would have improved refractive outcome by about 30%.

  4. How to avoid mistakes in biometry

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    Nick Astbury; Balasubramanya Ramamurthy

    2006-01-01

    The refractive power of the human eye depends on three factors: the power of the cornea, the power of the lens, and the length of the eye. Following cataract surgery, only the power of the cornea and the length of the eye are relevant. If both of these variables are known, it is possible to calculate what lens power will give the best refraction. Biometry is the process of measuring the power of the cornea (keratometry) and the length of the eye, and using this data to determine the ideal int...

  5. GESTATIONAL ECHO BIOMETRY IN BRACHYCEPHALIC PREGNANT BITCHES

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    Marcus Antônio Rossi Feliciano; Giovanna Serpa Maciel; Leandro Nassar Coutinho; Vívian Tavares Almeida; Ricardo Ramirez Uscategui; Wilter Ricardo Russiano Vicente

    2015-01-01

    Ultrasonography is an accurate pregnancy diagnostic method, besides being completely innocuous for female and fetuses evaluation. The objective of this paper was to determine the reference values for gestational echo biometry of different breeds of bitches. A total of 25 multiparous females were included in the experiment, five English Bulldog bitches, five Pugs and 15 Shih Tzu, weighing 4-25 kg and aged 4-6 years. The echo biometric assessments were performed during the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th an...

  6. Smoothing methods in biometry: a historic review

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    Schimek, Michael G.

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available In Germany around 25 years ago nonparametric smoothing methods have found their way into statistics and with some delay also into biometry. In the early 1980's there has been what one might call a boom in theoretical and soon after also in computational statistics. The focus was on univariate nonparametric methods for density and curve estimation. For biometry however smoothing methods became really interesting in their multivariate version. This 'change of dimensionality' is still raising open methodological questions. No wonder that the simplifying paradigm of additive regression, realized in the generalized additive models (GAM, has initiated the success story of smoothing techniques starting in the early 1990's. In parallel there have been new algorithms and important software developments, primarily in the statistical programming languages S and R. Recent developments of smoothing techniques can be found in survival analysis, longitudinal analysis, mixed models and functional data analysis, partly integrating Bayesian concepts. All new are smoothing related statistical methods in bioinformatics. In this article we aim not only at a general historical overview but also try to sketch activities in the German-speaking world. Moreover, the current situation is critically examined. Finally a large number of relevant references is given.

  7. IOLMaster biometry: refractive results of 100 consecutive cases

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    Eleftheriadis, H

    2003-01-01

    Aims: To study the refractive outcome of cataract surgery employing IOLMaster biometry data and to compare it with that of applanation ultrasonography in a prospective study of 100 eyes that underwent phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation.

  8. GESTATIONAL ECHO BIOMETRY IN BRACHYCEPHALIC PREGNANT BITCHES

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    Marcus Antônio Rossi Feliciano

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Ultrasonography is an accurate pregnancy diagnostic method, besides being completely innocuous for female and fetuses evaluation. The objective of this paper was to determine the reference values for gestational echo biometry of different breeds of bitches. A total of 25 multiparous females were included in the experiment, five English Bulldog bitches, five Pugs and 15 Shih Tzu, weighing 4-25 kg and aged 4-6 years. The echo biometric assessments were performed during the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th weeks of pregnancy, including gestational vesicle diameter, femur length, placenta thickness, parietal diameter, liver, heart and abdominal diameter and area. Early echo biometric study started at the second week of gestation. Measurements like fetal heart and liver diameter and area are still poorly studied, but can provide useful information for early detection of congenital anomalies that may reduce the viability of pregnancy. The significant results (P < 0.001 obtained for biometrics (P < 0.001 of the parietal (r2 = 81% and abdominal diameter (r2 = 86%, abdominal area (r2 = 80%, femur length (r2 = 84%, cardiac length (r2 = 79%, width (r2 = 79%, area (r2 = 82% and volume (r2 = 72% and liver area (r2 = 71% in brachycephalic conceptus may help to assess the development of fetuses, complementing the conventional gestational ultrasound of bitches and become a model for the study in other breeds of dogs and alternative animal species.

  9. Fetal cerebral biometry: normal parenchymal findings and ventricular size

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    Assessing fetal cerebral biometry is one means of ascertaining that the development of the fetal central nervous system is normal. Norms have been established on large cohorts of fetuses by sonographic and neurofetopathological studies. Biometric standards have been established in MR in much smaller cohorts. The purpose of this paper is to analyse methods of measuring a few parameters in MR [biparietal diameter (BPD), fronto-occipital diameter (FOD), length of the corpus callosum (LCC), atrial diameter, transverse cerebellar diameter, height, anteroposterior diameter and surface of the vermis] and to compare US and MR in the assessment of fetal cerebral biometry. (orig.)

  10. Wavefront Derived Refraction and Full Eye Biometry in Pseudophakic Eyes

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    Mao, Xinjie; Banta, James T.; Ke, Bilian; Jiang, Hong; He, Jichang; Liu, Che; Wang, Jianhua

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To assess wavefront derived refraction and full eye biometry including ciliary muscle dimension and full eye axial geometry in pseudophakic eyes using spectral domain OCT equipped with a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor. Methods Twenty-eight adult subjects (32 pseudophakic eyes) having recently undergone cataract surgery were enrolled in this study. A custom system combining two optical coherence tomography systems with a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor was constructed to image and monitor changes in whole eye biometry, the ciliary muscle and ocular aberration in the pseudophakic eye. A Badal optical channel and a visual target aligning with the wavefront sensor were incorporated into the system for measuring the wavefront-derived refraction. The imaging acquisition was performed twice. The coefficients of repeatability (CoR) and intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) were calculated. Results Images were acquired and processed successfully in all patients. No significant difference was detected between repeated measurements of ciliary muscle dimension, full-eye biometry or defocus aberration. The CoR of full-eye biometry ranged from 0.36% to 3.04% and the ICC ranged from 0.981 to 0.999. The CoR for ciliary muscle dimensions ranged from 12.2% to 41.6% and the ICC ranged from 0.767 to 0.919. The defocus aberrations of the two measurements were 0.443 ± 0.534 D and 0.447 ± 0.586 D and the ICC was 0.951. Conclusions The combined system is capable of measuring full eye biometry and refraction with good repeatability. The system is suitable for future investigation of pseudoaccommodation in the pseudophakic eye. PMID:27010674

  11. Comparison of ultrasound and optic biometry with respect to eye refractive errors after phacoemulsification

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    Mohamadreza Akhlaghi; Akram Rismanchian; Fateme Eslami; Heidarali Moeini; Ali Najafianjaz

    2008-01-01

    • BACKGROUND: Phacoemulsification is one of the best surgical treatments for the cataract. Secondary to the technicaladvances in estimating the intraocular lens (IOL) power, the refractive errors, one of the most important surgical complications after surgery, is now reduced. Currently, two methods of biometry are used to calculate the IOL power, ultrasound biometry and optical biometry. Both methods have their own advantages and it is controvers...

    • Spreadsheet tools for biometry classes in crop science programmes

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      Andrea Onofri

      2014-10-01

      Full Text Available Teaching biometry to undergraduate students in crop science or similar programmes may be a challenging task, as these students show a small background in mathematics and computer programming and are mainly interested in practical applications. It is therefore fundamental to use ‘realistic’ case-studies and provide the students with statistical software that does not overload them with a steep learning curve. This paper wishes to bring to the attention of readers two new EXCEL macro add-ins (DSAASTAT and BIOASSAY97, which have been extensively tested, validated and used as teaching aids in biometry courses. They only require a basic knowledge of spreadsheet environments and may also be useful for technicians and practitioners for general data analyses of ‘routine’ field experiments

    • Spreadsheet tools for biometry classes in crop science programmes

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      Andrea Onofri; Euro Pannacci

      2014-01-01

      Teaching biometry to undergraduate students in crop science or similar programmes may be a challenging task, as these students show a small background in mathematics and computer programming and are mainly interested in practical applications. It is therefore fundamental to use ‘realistic’ case-studies and provide the students with statistical software that does not overload them with a steep learning curve. This paper wishes to bring to the attention of readers two new EXCEL macro add-ins (D...

    • Korrelation von Biometrie und Genom von Mäuseeizellen

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      Petersen, Katrin

      2010-01-01

      Die vorliegende Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit der Farge, ob eine Korrelation von Biometrie und Genom bei Mäuseeizellen besteht. Dadurch soll versucht werden, die Schwangerschaftsrate im Rahmen assistierter Fertilisation durch optische Beurteilung der Eizellen und Vorauswahl anhand morphologischer und biometrischer Kriterien, also nicht invasiver Maßmahmen, zu erhöhen. Die Untersuchungen erfolgten an Mäuseeizellen und sollen eine mögliche Übertragbarkeit auf menschliche Eizellen herstellen mit W...

    • Self-Paced Instruction in Biometry at the University of Texas School of Public Health.

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      Harrist, Ronald B.; And Others

      Among students of public health, there is a wide variation of aptitude, preparation, and motivation for the study of biometry. Self-paced instruction offers a way to deal with problems arising from such diversity. The Proctorial System of Instruction (PSI) as described by Keller was used to present two elementary biometry courses. Although there…

    • Challenges and approaches in modern biometry and IOL calculation.

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      Haigis, Wolfgang

      2012-01-01

      The introduction of new intraocular lenses (IOLs), industry marketing to the public and patient expectations has warranted increased accuracy of IOL power calculations. Toric IOLs, multifocal IOLs, aspheric IOLs, phakic lenses, accommodative lenses, cases of refractive lens exchange and eyes that have undergone previous refractive surgery all require improved clinical measurements and IOL prediction formulas. Hence, measurement techniques and IOL calculation formulas are essential factors that affect the refractive outcome. Measurement with ultrasound has been the historic standard for measurement of ocular parameters for IOL calculation. However the introduction of optical biometry using partial coherence interferometry (PCI) has steadily established itself as the new standard. Additionally, modern optical instruments such as Scheimpflug cameras and optical coherence tomographers are being used to determine corneal power that was normally the purview of manual keratometry and topography. A number of methods are available to determine the IOL power including the empirical, analytical, numerical or combined methods. Ray tracing techniques or paraxial approximation by matrix methods or classical analytical 'IOL formulas' are actively used in for the prediction of IOL power. There is no universal formula for all cases - phakic and pseudophakic cases require different approaches, as do short eyes, long eyes, astigmatic eyes or post-refractive surgery eyes. Invariably, IOLs are characterized by different methods and lens constants, which require individual optimization. This review describes the current methods for biometry and IOL calculation. PMID:23960962

    • Biometry based ageing of nestling Indian Spotted Owlets (Athene brama brama)

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      Satish Pande; Amit Pawashe; Mahajan, Mahadeo N.; Anil Mahabal; Reuven Yosef; Neelesh Dahanukar

      2011-01-01

      Abstract Biometric analysis helps in sex differentiation, understanding development and for studies of avian biology such as foraging ecology, evolutionary ecology, and survivorship. We suggest that biometry can also be a reliable, practical and inexpensive tool to determine the age of nestlings in the field by non-invasive methods. As an example we studied the biometry of wing, culmen, talon, tarsus and body mass of nestling southern Indian Spotted Owlets ( Athene brama brama ). Based on the...

    • On the change of information technology in the field of Medical Biometry and Statistics

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      Roßner, Reinhard

      2005-01-01

      An overview on the applications of information technology (IT) in Medical Biometry and Statistics is given using the developments at the Department of Medical Biometry and Statistics in Freiburg for illustration. A description of the fields of applications and of the technical equipment shall provide the basis for pointing out structural changes in the use of IT and in the discipline itself over the last forty years.

    • Biometry traits and geometric morphometrics in sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) from different farming systems

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      Emilio Tibaldi; Maria Messina; Ivana Balenovic; Francesca Tulli

      2010-01-01

      The effect of the farming system on biometry traits and dressing out yield were inves- tigated in market-size European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) cultured extensively or intensively in sea cages or land-based basins. Fish external appearences and shapes were studies with geometric morphometrics in order to assess the potential of combined methodologies in the assessment of finfish quality. Both standard biometry and geometric morphometrics were able to discriminate between sea bass farme...

    • Biometry of the crystalline lens in late onset diabetes: the importance of diabetic type.

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      Sparrow, J M; Bron, A J; Phelps Brown, N A; Neil, H A

      1992-01-01

      Lenticular and anterior chamber biometry were studied in non-cataractous eyes by means of Scheimpflug photography and digital image analysis. The study population consisted of 91 late onset diabetic subjects and 115 non-diabetic controls. Anteroposterior axial lens thickness, cortical thickness, nuclear thickness, anterior clear zone thickness, anterior chamber depth, and anterior and posterior lenticular curvatures were assessed. Age played an important role in determining lens biometry in a...

  1. E-learning approaches in biometry and epidemiology

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    Ziegler, Andreas

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Education is an integral component of increasing our profession’s profile. While master and PhD level education in biostatistics and epidemiology is provided at high levels in several regions, there are parts of the world deserving proper specialized education. E-learning may be one option because traveling costs can be avoided, and the capacity of teachers can be multiplied by making appropriate use of e-learning tools. The aim of this work was to explore the availability of e-learning approaches in the areas of statistics, biometry, biostatistics, epidemiology, and genetic epidemiology by a systematic literature search and a search in databases. We identified a total of 25 courses. They differ with respect to target audience, content, amount and quality. Many of them had been developed at a time when technical aspects were the main hurdle at the stage of course development. Important hygiene and motivation factors were generally unknown at that time, and, subsequently, ignored. As a result, none of the courses provides exercises that generate individual feedback to motivate the student, and no varying degree of complexity is observed. Many courses do not fulfill modern needs for e-learning. In conclusion, the development of modern e-learning following recent didactical concepts is urgently required. Sustainability of these courses is crucial and can be best guaranteed by using available technological platforms. These allow the use of common didactical principles, robust and reliable technology.

  2. Biometry of the ciliary muscle during dynamic accommodation assessed with OCT

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    Ruggeri, Marco; Hernandez, Victor; de Freitas, Carolina; Manns, Fabrice; Parel, Jean-Marie

    2014-02-01

    Little is known about the structural changes of the ciliary muscle with age and how it may contribute to presbyopia. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has been used to perform ciliary muscle biometry at different age and accommodative states with low resolution and speed. Dynamic imaging and accurate biometry of the ciliary muscle requires high-speed, high-resolution and correction of the OCT image distortions. We integrate an existing custom-made Spectral Domain OCT (SD-OCT) platform working at 840nm for biometry of the human eye with a SD-OCT system working at 1325nm that enables high-speed and high-resolution transscleral imaging of the ciliary muscle dynamically during accommodation and we developed an algorithm to provide corrected thickness measurements of the ciliary muscle.

  3. Study of altitude and selection on fiber biometry properties of Fagus orientalis Lipsky

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    ZOHREH ZOGHI; DAVOUD AZADFAR; ALI KHAZAEIAN

    2013-01-01

    Zoghi Z, Azadfar D, Khazaeian A. 2013. Study of altitude and selection on fiber biometry properties of Fagus orientalis Lipsky. Nusantara Bioscience 5: 29-33. This research reports to the influence of altitude above sea level and selection on fiber biometry of beech wood (Fagus orientalis Lipsky). In this research, six trees in 550 MASL (three plus trees and three non-plus trees) and six trees in 850 MASL (three plus trees and three non-plus trees) were selected. One sample from each tree was...

  4. A- and B-mode ultrasound biometry in the proton beam irradiation of uveal melanomas

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    Ultrasound biometry data were used for a treatment planning computer program that allows three-dimensional viewing of the eye containing a uveal melanoma. This program enables one to select an orientation of the eye relative to the path of the proton beam which best covers the tumor while avoiding important ocular structures. (Auth.)

  5. K výročí úmrtí zakladatele biometrie

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    Kalina, Jan

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 20, č. 3 (2011), s. 123-127. ISSN 1210-3349 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 1M06014 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : biometrie * dějiny matematiky * testování hypotéz * kontingenční tabulky Subject RIV: AB - History

  6. Biometry based ageing of nestling Indian Spotted Owlets ( Athene brama brama).

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    Pande, Satish; Pawashe, Amit; Mahajan, Mahadeo N; Mahabal, Anil; Yosef, Reuven; Dahanukar, Neelesh

    2011-01-01

    Biometric analysis helps in sex differentiation, understanding development and for studies of avian biology such as foraging ecology, evolutionary ecology, and survivorship. We suggest that biometry can also be a reliable, practical and inexpensive tool to determine the age of nestlings in the field by non-invasive methods. As an example we studied the biometry of wing, culmen, talon, tarsus and body mass of nestling southern Indian Spotted Owlets (Athene brama brama). Based on the growth pattern analysis using logistic growth model, discriminant analysis and CHAID (Chi-squared Automatic Interaction Detection) based decision tree, we show that biometry of nestling Spotted Owlets is an easy, reliable and inexpensive method to determine nestling age and to assess growth rate and relative nutritional status. These biometric parameters also allow us to predict their ability to initiate first flight from the nest site. This method is described here for the first time and we postulate that such charts can be devised for other avian species as well, so as to assist conservation biologists and bird rescuers. PMID:22140335

  7. Biometry based ageing of nestling Indian Spotted Owlets (Athene brama brama

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    Satish Pande

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Biometric analysis helps in sex differentiation, understanding development and for studies of avian biology such as foraging ecology, evolutionary ecology, and survivorship. We suggest that biometry can also be a reliable, practical and inexpensive tool to determine the age of nestlings in the field by non-invasive methods. As an example we studied the biometry of wing, culmen, talon, tarsus and body mass of nestling southern Indian Spotted Owlets (Athene brama brama. Based on the growth pattern analysis using logistic growth model, discriminant analysis and CHAID (Chi-squared Automatic Interaction Detection based decision tree, we show that biometry of nestling Spotted Owlets is an easy, reliable and inexpensive method to determine nestling age and to assess growth rate and relative nutritional status. These biometric parameters also allow us to predict their ability to initiate first flight from the nest site. This method is described here for the first time and we postulate that such charts can be devised for other avian species as well, so as to assist conservation biologists and bird rescuers.

  8. Morfologi dan Biometri Spermatozoa Anoa (Bubalus Sp. yang Diwarnai dengan Pewarna William’s dan Eosin-Nigrosin

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    Yudi

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Anoa is Indonesia endemic fauna that included into Appendix I by CITES. Anoa breeding efforts have not succeed, due to their agressivity, soliter, wildness and monogamous. The aim of this experiment was to observe morphology and biometry of anoa’s sperm stained using William’s (W and eosin-nigrosin (EN. Semen was collected from two male anoas by electroejaculator. Slides was made for morphology and biometry observation of ejaculate. The results showed that abnormal sperm morphology of the mature anoa (10 years was 32.27%-35.00%, meanwhile the young one (3 years was 24.03%–31.89%. In mature anoa, measurement for head width, and midpiece and tail length of sperm were not signficantly different between W and EN staining, but significantly different (P<0.05 for head and total length. In the young anoa, sperm biometry for head width was not significanly different between W and EN staining. In both W and EN staining, biometry for head width and total length were not significantly different between mature and young anoas, but significantly different for head, midpiece and tail length. According to sperm morphology, semen from the young anoa was slightly better than those of the mature anoa. Staining method and age could affect to biometry of the anoa’s sperm.

  9. Assessment of femur length for fetal biometry in Malaysian pregnant women

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    Ramli, Ramzun Maizan; Adam, Noraina; Jaafar, Mohamad Suhaimi; Rahman, Azhar Abdul; Mustafa, Iskandar Shahrim; Radzi, Yasmin; Nordin, Suriani; Kamarudin, Izyani

    2013-05-01

    The fetal biometry assessment of femur length (FL) was developed in most countries to evaluate the foetus growth. In this study, the FL values for Malaysia population were determined. A prospective study was conducted and a number of 6501 pregnant women were involved with 12372 FL data were collected, performed at antenatal care clinic of Hospital Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. The SPSS software version 17 (regression analysis and paired sample t-test) were used for analysis. The FL values of this study were constructed and rapid FL growth rate in second trimester (2.59 mm/week) than third trimester (1.43 mm/week) was observed. By ethnicity, no significant difference (p ≥ 0.05) was found between the FL values for fetuses of Malay and Indian ethnic's mother (t = -2.042), however these two groups shows significantly (p < 0.05) higher values than those of Chinese ethnic's mother (t = 4.019, 4.083; accordingly). The FL values of Malaysian resulted as significant difference with the common reference FL values from USA and UK, and also with selected Asian populations (India, China, Korea and Japan). As conclusion, it is strong suggested that medical practitioner in Malaysia should avoid in using biometry references based on other population to avoid under- or over-estimation and for accurate assessment of the fetus growth. As this study involved local Malaysian fetuses, therefore the medical practitioner can use the FL values of this study as reference value for fetus biometry assessment in Malaysia.

  10. Simple mathematical formulae for estimation of median values of fetal biometry at each gestational age

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    Choi, Hwa Young; Kim, Jeong Ha; Park, Jee Yoon; Jung, Eun Young; No, Jae Hong; Oh, Kyung Joon

    2016-01-01

    Objective The aim of this study was to propose simple mathematical formulae to estimate median values of fetal biometry including biparietal diameter (BPD), abdominal circumference (AC) and femur length (FL) at each gestational age (GA) easily without looking up the previously established reference values. Methods Simple mathematical formulae to estimate median values of fetal biometric values at each gestational week were inferred. To validate these formulae, three different linear equations were derived from previously reported reference values of median BPD, AC and FL using regression analysis at each gestational week. Finally, calculated data through the inferred formula were compared to retrospectively collected data (observed data). Results The equation revealing the relationship between BPD and GA was: median BPD (cm)=GA (wk)/4. Using this simple mathematical formula, the absolute percentage error between observed data and calculated data ranged from 0.12% to 7.50%. The equation between AC and GA was: median AC (cm)=GA (wk)-5. Through this formula, the absolute percentage error was analyzed same as above and it ranged from 0.30% to 4.76%. Lastly the derived formula between FL and GA was: median FL (cm)=GA (wk)/5 and the absolute percentage error ranged from 4.52% to 16.75%. Conclusion The three simple formulae suggested in our study showed a significantly easy way to estimate the median values of fetal biometry at each gestational week with good reliability. PMID:27004198

  11. The role of MRI in the evaluation of the fetal brain with an emphasis on biometry, gyration and parenchyma

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    The aim of this review is to emphasize the role of fetal MR in the evaluation of the supratentorial space. The advantages of MRI compared to US are stressed in three fields of application: cerebral biometry, sulcation and cerebral parenchyma. In each field, normal data are displayed and MR applications with patterns of the main pathologies are briefly described. (orig.)

  12. Refractive outcomes comparison between the Lenstar LS 900® optical biometry and immersion A-scan ultrasound.

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    Naicker, Palanyraj; Sundralingam, Siva; Peyman, Mohammadreza; Juana, Azida; Mohamad, Nor Fadhilah; Win, Maung Maung; Loo, Angela; Subrayan, Visvaraja

    2015-08-01

    To determine the accuracy of intraocular lens (IOL) calculations in eyes undergoing phacoemulsification cataract surgery with IOL implantation using immersion A-scan ultrasound (US) and Lenstar LS 900(®) biometry. In this prospective study, 200 eyes of 200 patients were randomized to undergo either Lenstar LS 900(®) or immersion A-scan US biometry to determine the IOL dioptric power prior to phacoemulsification cataract surgery. Post-operative refractive outcomes of these two groups of patients were compared. The result showed no significant difference between the target spherical equivalent (SE) and the post-operative SE value by the Lenstar LS 900(®) (p value = 0.632) or immersion A-scan US biometry (p value = 0.438) devices. The magnitude of difference between the two biometric devices were not significantly different (p value = 0.868). There was no significant difference in the predicted post-operative refractive outcome between immersion A-scan US biometry and Lenstar LS 900(®). Based on the results, the immersion A-scan US technique is as accurate as Lenstar LS 900(®) in the hands of an experienced operator. PMID:25024102

  13. Selection and application of a standard E-learning system in a teaching project for biometry at the University of Ulm

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    Muche, Rainer

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Based on the major revision of the regulation for the licence to practice medicine (ÄAppO we adapted teaching in medical biometry. The so-called “teaching project Biometry” is intended to give basics of biometry to the students by using computer methods. For this purpose an E-Learning system is established and a statistical software is introduced. Methods of statistics are inducted using a real medical patient data set. First of all the new project is intended to increase the students’ motivation for the subsidiary subject of medical biometry, secondly to improve the sustainability for future medical research and for dissertation writing. This field report mainly describes the selection process and the applicability of an E-Learning system for medical biometry. Additionally first experiences and the evaluation of a first course conducted last year (summer term 2005 will be presented.

  14. Value of dual biometry in the detection and investigation of error in the preoperative prediction of refractive status following cataract surgery.

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    Charalampidou, Sofia

    2012-02-01

    PURPOSE: To report the value of dual biometry in the detection of biometry errors. METHODS: Study 1: retrospective study of 224 consecutive cataract operations. The intraocular lens power calculation was based on immersion biometry. Study 2: immersion biometry was compared with optical coherence biometry (OCB) in terms of axial length, anterior chamber depth, keratometry readings and the recommended lens power to achieve emmetropia. Study 3: prospective study of 61 consecutive cataract operations. Both immersion and OCB were performed, but lens power calculation was based on the latter. RESULTS: Study 1: 115 (86%), 101 (75.4%), 90 (67.2%) and 50 (37.3%) of postoperative spherical equivalents were within +\\/-1.5 dioptres (D), +\\/-1.25 D, +\\/-1 D and +\\/-0.5 D of the target, respectively. Study 2: excellent agreement between axial length readings, anterior chamber depth readings and keratometry readings by immersion biometry and OCB was observed (reflected in a mean bias of -0.065 mm, -0.048 mm and +0.1803 D, respectively, in association with OCB). Agreement between the lens power recommended by each technique to achieve emmetropia was poor (mean bias of +1.16 D in association with OCB), but improved following appropriate modification of lens constants in the Accutome A-scan software (mean bias with OCB = -0.4 D). Study 3: 37 (92.5%) and 23 (57.5%) of operated eyes achieved a postoperative refraction within +\\/-1 D and +\\/-0.5 D of target, respectively. CONCLUSION: Systematic errors in biometry can exist, in the presence of acceptable postoperative refractive results. Dual biometry allows each biometric parameter to be scrutinized in isolation, and identify sources of error that may otherwise go undetected.

  15. Testicular biometry and semen characteristics in captive and wild squirrel monkey species (Saimiri sp.).

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    Oliveira, K G; Santos, R R; Leão, D L; Queiroz, H L; Paim, F P; Vianez-Júnior, J L S G; Domingues, S F S

    2016-08-01

    Differential phenotypic characteristics for taxonomic diagnosis purposes are well determined in the genus Saimiri (squirrel monkey). However, data on its reproductive characteristics are lacking. Our aim was to determine testicular biometry and correlate with seminal analysis in captive (Saimiri collinsi) and free living (Saimiri vanzolinii, Saimiri cassiquiarensis, and Saimiri macrodon) squirrel monkeys. Testicular length, width, height, circumference, and volume were measured. Testicular biometry showed no differences between right and left testicles within the same species, as well as among species. Semen collected by electroejaculation was constituted of a liquid and coagulated fraction, or only one of them. No significant difference was observed between mean volumes of liquid (49.2 ± 68.9 μL: S. collinsi; 28.3 ± 59.8 μL: S. vanzolinii; 5 ± 7.1 μL: S. cassiquiarensis; and 0 μL: S. macrodon) and coagulated (65.4 ± 142.1 μL: S. collinsi; 125.8 ± 142.5 μL: S. vanzolinii; 175 ± 176.8 μL: S. cassiquiarensis; and 500 μL: S. macrodon) fractions within species or when each fraction was compared among the studied species. No correlation between testicular volume and seminal volume was observed when liquid (R = 0.31, S. collinsi; R = -0.69, S. vanzolinii) and coagulated (R = 0.32, S. collinsi; R = -0.37, S. vanzolinii) fractions were evaluated. No sufficient data were obtained for the other two species. Seminal quality was similar among species, and the most common defect was coiled tail. The method of electroejaculation yielded satisfactory results on these species, under field conditions. PMID:27063055

  16. Fingerprint biometry

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    Kubica, Roman

    2011-01-01

    Úvodní část práce je zaměřena na seznámení s principy biometrických metod zpracování otisku prstu. Obsahuje klasifikaci a popis jednotlivých typů analýz otisku prstu rozdělených dle algoritmu porovnávání identifikovaného vzoru s obrazy z databáze. V navazující části se práce věnuje jejich zhodnocení na základě úspěšnosti experimentálních výsledků a popisu dostupných databází. Hlavním cílem této práce je vytvoření programu porovnávajícího snímaný otisk prstu s odpovídajícím vzorem získaným z d...

  17. Proučevanje razvojnih stadijev in biometričnih parametrov različnih medvrstnih hibridov vinske trte

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    Neuvirt, Tadej

    2013-01-01

    V letu 2011 smo na Univerzitetnem centru za vinogradništvo in vinarstvo Meranovo Fakultete za kmetijstvo in biosistemske vede Univerze v Mariboru proučevali razvojne stadije in biometrične parametre pri nekaterih sortah (medvrstnih hibridih) 'Johanniter', 'Regent', 'Cabernet Carol', 'Prior' in standardni sorti vinske trte 'Modri pinot'. Pri spremljanju razvojnih stadijev smo ugotovili, da sta sorti 'Regent' in 'Prior' prej cveteli (p ≤ 0,05). Sorta 'Regent' je prva dosegla tehnološko zrelost,...

  18. Effect of aguamiel (agave sap on hematic biometry in rabbits and its antioxidant activity determination

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    Héctor Silos-Espino

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we analysed the effect of aguamiel (sap from Agave salmiana on haematic biometry in rabbits as well as its antioxidant activity with the objective of determining its nutritional value. Nine male Landrace 55-day-old rabbits were sorted into three groups of three rabbits each, which had access to fresh aguamiel, boiled aguamiel and water instead of aguamiel. Commercial rabbit food was supplied ad libitum to each experimental unit. Fresh aguamiel promoted weight increases of about 13% by the seventh week. Haemoglobin counts increased by 4.5% and 9% when rabbits were fed with fresh and boiled aguamiel, respectively. Haematocrit counts increased from 2.6% to 5.3%. Mean corpuscular volume did not show a change. Mean corpuscular haemoglobin significantly increased up to 12% above that previously reported on rabbits. Observed Fe (fixed to transferrin, transferrin and ferritin content increased slightly when fresh aguamiel was included in the diet, as compared to the control. In bone, Fe increased 79.3% (boiled aguamiel while P increased 23.6% (fresh aguamiel. In antioxidant activity determination, the aguamiel showed 20% with respect to that found in coffee and/or grape juice (commercial beverages with a high antioxidant capability, 226.2 µmol gallic acid equivalent and 35.1 mg ascorbic acid in 250 mL, respectively. These results showed that aguamiel is an innocuous beverage to feed animals, conferring some beneficial properties, and it could be considered as a nutraceutical product.

  19. Biometry by ultrasonography of the epaxial and pelvic musculature in equines trained with Pessoa's rein

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    Kátia de Oliveira

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to evaluate the use of Pessoa's rein in training equine, as a support in exercise training, on biometry by ultrasonography of the epaxial (Longíssimus Dorsi, Gluteus Medius e Musculus Multifidus and pelvic musculature (Biceps Femoris e Semitendinosus. Thereby, eight Quarter Horse mares was used, with eight years on average age, 400kg of body weight, trained with the Pessoa's rein twice a week, for two months. Variables were measured before and after training, consisting of assessment thickness (cm of the Longíssimus Dorsi and cross-sectional area (cm2 of muscles, Gluteus Medius, Biceps Femoris, Semitendinosus and Musculus Multifidus. It observed a significant effect of training with Pessoa's rein, on the Biceps Femoris (P<0.01 and Musculus Multifidus (P<0.01, which the average cross-sectional area at the final evaluation were of 28.66cm2 and 14.29cm2, respectively. Thus it can be conclude that training with Pessoa's rein modifies muscular function, promoting hypertrophy Musculus Multifidus and Biceps Femoris of horses

  20. Corporal and testicular biometry in wild boar from birth to 12 months of age

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    Danillo Velloso Ferreira Murta

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this tudy was to evaluate corporal and testicular development in wild boars (Sus scrofa scrofa from birth to 12 months of age, evaluating body weight, biometric testicular parameters, and gonadosomatic index. Thirty-nine male wild boars from a commercial farm licensed by IBAMA were used in the study. The animals were weighed and assigned to 13 experimental groups. The testes were recovered through unilateral orchiectomy, weighed on an analytical balance and measured for length, width and thickness. Body weight and testicular measures increased with the age, up to 12 months, and were more accelerated in the first and ninth months. Initially the testicular growth pattern, between zero and nine months, followed the body growth, and the gonadosomatic index varied from 0.07 to 0.09%. Between 9 and 11 months, the testicular growth was superior to the body growth, and the gonadosomatic index varied from 0.09 to 0.16%. Finally, after 11 months of age, testicular and body growth had a similar behavior. In conclusion, body weight, testicular biometry, and gonadosomatic index development accelerated in the ninth month.

  1. Selection and application of a standard E-learning system in a teaching project for biometry at the University of Ulm

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    Muche, Rainer

    2006-01-01

    Based on the major revision of the regulation for the licence to practice medicine (ÄAppO) we adapted teaching in medical biometry. The so-called “teaching project Biometry” is intended to give basics of biometry to the students by using computer methods. For this purpose an E-Learning system is established and a statistical software is introduced. Methods of statistics are inducted using a real medical patient data set. First of all the new project is intended to increase the students’ motiv...

  2. Effect of pupillary dilation on Haigis formula-calculated intraocular lens power measurement by using optical biometry

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    Khambhiphant B

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Bharkbhum Khambhiphant,1 Suganlaya Sasiwilasagorn,2 Nattida Chatbunchachai,3 Krit Pongpirul2,4 1Department of Ophthalmology, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Thai Red Cross Society, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 3Department of Ophthalmology, Samut Prakan Hospital, Samut Prakan, Thailand; 4Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of pupillary dilation on the Haigis formula-calculated intraocular lens (IOL power and ocular biometry measurements by using IOLMaster®. Methods: A prospective study was performed for biometry measurements of 373 eyes of 192 healthy subjects using the IOLMaster at the outpatient department of King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital from February 2013 to July 2013. The axial length (AL, anterior chamber depth (ACD, keratometry (K, and IOL power were measured before and after 1% tropicamide eye drop instillation. The Haigis formula was used in the IOL power calculation with the predicted target to emmetropia. Each parameter was compared by a paired t-test prior to and after pupillary dilation. Bland–Altman plots were also used to determine the agreement between each parameter. Results: The mean age of the subjects was 53.74±14.41 years (range 18–93 years. No differences in AL (P=0.03, steepest K (P=0.42, and flattest K (P=0.41 were obtained from the IOLMaster after pupillary dilation. However, ACD and IOL power were significantly different postdilation (P<0.01 and P<0.01, respectively. In ACD and IOL power measurements, the concordance rates were 93.03% and 97.05% within 95% limits of agreement (-0.48 to 0.26 mm and -1.09 to 0.88 D, respectively in the Bland–Altman plots. Conclusion: Biometry measurements in the cycloplegic stage should be considered in the IOL formulas that use parameters other than AL and K. Keywords: Haigis

  3. Sonographic biometry of liver size among Igbo school age children of South east, Nigeria

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    Background: The endemic diseases in the locality which are associated with changes in liver size necessitate sonographic biometry of this organ. Objectives: To establish by ultrasonography the normal limits and variations of the liver size according to age, sex, height, weight, body surface area and body mass index among school age children. Methods: This was a cross-sectional, hospital based study done at university of Nigeria medical center, Nsukka between January 2011 and June 2011. Participants included 947 apparently healthy subjects comprising 496 boys and 451 girls aged 6–17 years. The intra- and inter rater reliability of sonographic measurement of the liver size was determined. The sonographic examination was performed on Shenzhen DP-1100 machine with 3.5 MHz convex transducer. The longitudinal dimension of the liver was obtained in the midclavicular plane with the subject in deep inspiration. The weight and height of the subjects were obtained with the participants wearing light weight street clothes without shoes. Results: Measurement of liver length was reliable within and between sonographers. The mean of the liver length was 116.3 ± 10.6 mm. Dimension of the liver was not statistically different in boys and girls (p > 0.05). Height correlated best with the liver dimension followed by age, body surface area, weight, body mass index, and sex. The percentile curves, normal limits and prediction model of the liver dimension were defined according to height of the subjects. Conclusion: Determination of pathologic changes in the size of the liver necessitates knowing the normal ranges of dimension for the liver especially with respect to height in this population

  4. Effect of pupillary dilation on Haigis formula-calculated intraocular lens power measurement by using optical biometry

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    Khambhiphant, Bharkbhum; Sasiwilasagorn, Suganlaya; Chatbunchachai, Nattida; Pongpirul, Krit

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of pupillary dilation on the Haigis formula-calculated intraocular lens (IOL) power and ocular biometry measurements by using IOLMaster®. Methods A prospective study was performed for biometry measurements of 373 eyes of 192 healthy subjects using the IOLMaster at the outpatient department of King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital from February 2013 to July 2013. The axial length (AL), anterior chamber depth (ACD), keratometry (K), and IOL power were measured before and after 1% tropicamide eye drop instillation. The Haigis formula was used in the IOL power calculation with the predicted target to emmetropia. Each parameter was compared by a paired t-test prior to and after pupillary dilation. Bland–Altman plots were also used to determine the agreement between each parameter. Results The mean age of the subjects was 53.74±14.41 years (range 18–93 years). No differences in AL (P=0.03), steepest K (P=0.42), and flattest K (P=0.41) were obtained from the IOLMaster after pupillary dilation. However, ACD and IOL power were significantly different postdilation (Pformulas that use parameters other than AL and K.

  5. “Further Development“ of Mendel´s Legacy? Erich von tschermak-Seysenegg in the context of mendelian-biometry controversy, 1901-1906

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    Šimůnek, Michal V.; Hossfeld, U.; Breidbach, O.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 131, č. 4 (2012), s. 243-252. ISSN 1431-7613 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z80630520 Keywords : origins of genetics * E. V. Tschermak-Seysenegg * biometry controversy Subject RIV: AB - History Impact factor: 0.925, year: 2012

  6. Gambling kick or content motivation - what is really initialized by the introduction of software into medical biometry lessons???

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    Krummenauer, Frank

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Bachground: Teaching statistics to members of non-mathematical disciplines becomes increasingly based on the involvement of interactive learning software. The latter is expected to both increase understanding and motivation and thereby as well studential acceptance. The teaching model implemented at the Medical Biometry Department in Mainz will be used to consider the value of introducing an interactive software like SPSS® into biometry lessons by means of studential evaluations.Methods: After an introductory lecture series, the participants of the Medical Biometry (formerly "Biomathematics" practical courses are requested to solve real data exercises by means of the software SPSS®, where each lessons aims to the derivation of a result synopsis summarizing the results of the performed statistical analyses. In summer 2002 the students of this course were asked to fill out a standardized teaching quality assessment questionnaire on the acceptance of the previous lecture series, the practical course lessons and the involvement of the software.Results: Between the 7 parallel courses the fraction of students reporting "good management with SPSS" varies between 43% and 88% (pooled estimate 58%, but among these students only 30% report a good / very good understanding of the lessons' context and only 15% a good / very good learning effect. Among students with "problems in SPSS management" these fractions both turned out 13%. Among the students with "good management with SPSS", however, 70% considered the understanding during the lecture series as good / very good, 73% reported a good / very good learning effect for the lectures; among the other students both fractions were 13%. These subgrupus only differed significantly for the questionnaire dimension "content motivation" (Likelihood Ratio p<0.001 after correction for teacher effects. Neither the lessons' structure (p=0.362, their relation to the introductory lecture series (p=0.165 nor the teachers

  7. MORPHOLOGY AND BIOMETRY OF ARCELLA INTERMEDIA (DEFLANDRE, 1928) COMB. NOV. FROM RUSSIA AND A REVIEW OF HEMISPHERIC SPECIES OF THE GENUS ARCELLA (TESTCEALOBOSEA, ARCELLINIDA)

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    Tsyganov, Andrey; Mazei, Yuri

    2006-01-01

    Morphology and biometry of the testate amoeba Arcella intermedia (Deflandre, 1928) comb. nov. (formerly Arcella hemisphaerica intermedia undulata Deflandre, 1928) isolated from different microbiotopes in Russia were investigated. Size frequency distribution analysis showed that A. intermedia is a size monomorphic species characterised by a main size and a small size range. Comparison of A. intermedia and two testate amoebae with a similar hemispheric shell, A. gibbosa and A. hemisphaerica, de...

  8. Highly reproducible swept-source, dispersion-encoded full-range biometry and imaging of the mouse eye

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    Wang, Ling; Hofer, Bernd; Chen, Yen-Po; Guggenheim, Jeremy A.; Drexler, Wolfgang; Považay, Boris

    2010-07-01

    We report a high-speed, dispersion-encoded, full-range (DEFR) swept-source optical coherence tomography system for in vivo ocular imaging and biometry of small animals. The fast DEFR algorithm removes the depth ambiguity, gives access to objects located at the zero delay position, and doubles the sampling depth to 2×5.0 mm (at -101 to -71 dB sensitivity) in a single scan using 2048 samples/depth scan 0.43 nm line width of a light source operating at 1056 nm with 70 nm tuning range. The acquisition speed (frames of 512 depth scans in 18.3 ms) permits precise on-line monitoring during positioning and provides cross-sectional views of the mouse eye. Preliminary studies demonstrate high-throughput, reproducible assessment of multiple biometric features (e.g., day-to-day reproducibility of axial length measurement +/-5.3 μm) that is insensitive to eye motion sufficient for long-term monitoring.

  9. BIOMETRY AND EMERGENCE Amburana cearensis (Allemão A.C.Smith ACCORDING TO THE FRUIT COLOR

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    Giovana Lopes da Silva

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5902/1980509812347This paper evaluated the biometry of fruits, seeds and seedling emergence of Amburana cearensis (AllemãoAC Smith derived from fruits with different stages of coloring and drying. Fruits of red color, dark andclosed and the ground seeds were collected after dehiscence of the fruit. At each stage of maturation, length,width and thickness of fruits and seeds were measured. Then, we proceeded to the descriptive analysis.To test the emergency four replicates of 25 seeds were seeded and distributed in a completely randomizeddesign with factorial [(2 x 2 + 1] and two fruit colors (red and dark and two drying conditions (with andwithout and an additional (seeds collected on the ground after dehiscence. The evaluation was done bydetermining: the percentage, index of speed and average time of emergency, and measuring the height andshoot dry matter of the seedling. Considering the results, it was found that red and black fruits and theirseeds of Amburana cearensis have different biometric characteristics and the drying process favors theemergence percentage, but had no positive effect on height and shoot dry matter.

  10. Recommendations for the implemantation of the new German medical curriculum (27.6.2002) in the subjects Epidemiology, Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics

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    Hilgers, Ralf-Dieter; Feldmann, Uwe; Jöckel, Karl-Heinz; Klar, Rüdiger; Rienhoff, Otto; Schäfer, Helmut; Selbmann, Hans-Konrad; Wichmann, H.-Erich

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    In the Approbationsordnung für Ärzte (German regulation for the Curriculum in Medicine) of 27th June, 2002 the disciplines Epidemiology, Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics are combined in one obligatory cross-sectional subject of the second part of the medical exam. In addition, it is possible to study topics from these disciplines in more detail on a voluntary basis. The aim of teaching this cross-sectional subject is to qualify the students to assess their own actions critically, to a...

  11. DXA, bioelectrical impedance, ultrasonography and biometry for the estimation of fat and lean mass in cats during weight loss

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    Borges Naida C

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Few equations have been developed in veterinary medicine compared to human medicine to predict body composition. The present study was done to evaluate the influence of weight loss on biometry (BIO, bioimpedance analysis (BIA and ultrasonography (US in cats, proposing equations to estimate fat (FM and lean (LM body mass, as compared to dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA as the referenced method. For this were used 16 gonadectomized obese cats (8 males and 8 females in a weight loss program. DXA, BIO, BIA and US were performed in the obese state (T0; obese animals, after 10% of weight loss (T1 and after 20% of weight loss (T2. Stepwise regression was used to analyze the relationship between the dependent variables (FM, LM determined by DXA and the independent variables obtained by BIO, BIA and US. The better models chosen were evaluated by a simple regression analysis and means predicted vs. determined by DXA were compared to verify the accuracy of the equations. Results The independent variables determined by BIO, BIA and US that best correlated (p r2, 19 equations were selected (12 for FM, 7 for LM; however, only 7 equations accurately predicted FM and one LM of cats. Conclusions The equations with two variables are better to use because they are effective and will be an alternative method to estimate body composition in the clinical routine. For estimated lean mass the equations using body weight associated with biometrics measures can be proposed. For estimated fat mass the equations using body weight associated with bioimpedance analysis can be proposed.

  12. Biometri Organ Reproduksi Bagian Luar dan Karakteristik Ejakulat Anoa (Bubalus sp. yang Dikoleksi Menggunakan Elektroejakulator Setelah Diinjeksi hCG

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    Yudi

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available This experiment aimed to investigate characteristics of reproductive organ (external parts of the anoa (Bubalus sp. and semen characteristics that collected by using electroejaculator after hCG injection, as an initial step on implementation of assisted reproductive techniques. Anoa is Indonesian endemic fauna that included into Appendix I by CITES. Anoa breeding efforts have not succeeded, due to their agressivity, soliter, wildness and monogamous. This experiment was carried out in Ragunan Zoo (Jakarta, Taman Safari Indonesia (Bogor, and Divison of Reproduction, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB. Biometry of reproductive organ were measured by microcaliper and nylon tape. Semen was collected by electroejaculator, under anesthetized condition. Ejaculate was evaluated macro- and microscopically. The results showed that the reproductive organ was larger as it is getting older. But, it was generally smaller compared to the buffalo’s. The characteristics of fresh semen were: volume 1.02±0.28 ml, pH 6.93±0.19, mass movement 0, progressive motility 52.50±18.91%, live-death ratio 67.48±8.24%, concentration 263.33±105.06 billion/mL and total abnormality 31.86±3.72% (primary abnormality 9.52±3.85%, secondary abnormality 22.33±1.46%. The semen qualities were fairly good, even though some parameters showed lower number compared to buffalo’s. It is important to improve the collection technique, animal handling and appropriate extender development for semen cryopreservation.

  13. The relationship of birth weight, gestational age, and postmenstrual age with ocular biometry parameters in premature infants

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    Ozdemir Ozdemir

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Purpose: To analyze ocular biometry parameters and evaluate their relationship with gestational age, birth weight, and postmenstrual age in prematurely born infants. Methods: The right eyes of 361 premature infants born before the 36th gestational week were evaluated. Birth weight, gestational week, and gender were recorded. An A-scan Biometer was used for obtaining axial measurements, including anterior chamber depth, lens thickness, vitreous length, and total axial length. Results: Gestational age and birth weight values ranged from 23 to 36 weeks and from 560 to 2,670 g, respectively. The mean gestational age and birth weight were 30.8 ± 2.8 weeks and 1,497.9 ± 483.6 g, respectively. During the first examination (4-5 weeks of postnatal age, birth weight and gestational age of the infants correlated significantly and positively with lens thickness, vitreous length, and axial length (r>0.5, p<0.001, but not with anterior chamber depth (r<0.5. Increased vitreous and axial lengths correlated significantly with increasing postmenstrual age of the infants (r=0.669, p<0.001; r=0.845, p<0.001, respectively. Conclusions: Lens thickness, vitreous length, and axial length, but not anterior chamber depth, were significantly correlated with birth weight and gestational age. All four parameters increased with increasing postmenstrual age, with higher correlations for vitreous and axial lengths than for anterior chamber depth and lens thickness. It was concluded that axial elongation resulted primarily from increasing posterior chamber length.

  14. Biometry by physiological signals

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    Chantaf, Samer

    2011-01-01

    In general, biometrics aims to identify individuals from their biological characteristics. This practice tends to replace the traditional methods of identity verification of individuals, among others, passwords and security codes. Nowadays, biometrics found wide application and research of new biometric methods is topical. The objective of this thesis is to develop and evaluate new biometric methods based on tamper-proof characteristics that can not be changed voluntarily. In this context, th...

  15. Nonhuman Primate Ocular Biometry

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    Augusteyn, Robert C.; Maceo Heilman, Bianca; Ho, Arthur; Parel, Jean-Marie

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    Purpose To examine ocular growth in nonhuman primates (NHPs) from measurements on ex vivo eyes. Methods We obtained NHP eyes from animals that had been killed as part of other studies or because of health-related issues. Digital calipers were used to measure the horizontal, vertical, and anteroposterior globe diameters as well as corneal horizontal and vertical diameters of excised globes from 98 hamadryas baboons, 551 cynomolgus monkeys, and 112 rhesus monkeys, at ages ranging from 23 to 360 months. Isolated lens sagittal thickness and equatorial diameter were measured by shadowphotogrammetry. Wet and fixed dry weights were obtained for lenses. Results Nonhuman primate globe growth continues throughout life, slowing toward an asymptotic maximum. The final globe size scales with negative allometry to adult body size. Corneal growth ceases at around 20 months. Lens diameter increases but thickness decreases with increasing age. Nonhuman primate lens wet and dry weight accumulation is monophasic, continuing throughout life toward asymptotic maxima. The dry/wet weight ratio reaches a maximum of 0.33. Conclusions Nonhuman primate ocular globe and lens growth differ in several respects from those in humans. Although age-related losses of lens power and accommodative amplitude are similar, lens growth and properties are different indicating care should be taken in extrapolating NHP observations to the study of human accommodation. PMID:26780314

  16. Assessment of visual function based on IOL-Master comparing with traditional ultrasonic biometry for intraocular lens calculation in high myopia patients

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To evaluate the clinical feasibility of using a new optical coherence interferometry(IOL-Master, comparing with traditional ultrasonic biometry and manual keratometry in the accuracy and characteristics for intraocular lens calculation of high myopia.METHODS: The measurement of axial length was performed in 60 eyes(30 eyes for each groupwith senile cataract of high myopia(≥-6.00Dusing IOL-Master and ultrasonic biometry. The measurement of corneal power(Kwas also performed in the patient using IOL-Master and manual keratometry preoperatively. Phacoemulsification and foldable lens implantation were done on the patients. IOL power calculation was carried out according to the SRK/T formula on the basis of the group-related data. Best corrected visual acuity, refraction, contrast sensitivity and wave front aberration root mean square(RMSwere re-tested after 3 months postoperatively.RESULTS: Significant difference between the two methods in axial length measurement which was 29.81±1.53mm by ultrasound and 29.63±1.81mm by IOL-Master(P=0.001. And in corneal power measurement which was 43.22±1.67K by manual keratometry and 44.27±1.39K by IOL-Master(P=0.006. There was a significant difference between the two groups(P=0.001. 63.0% vs 31.2% had a mean absolute refractive error(MAREwithin ±0.50 diopter for the IOL-Master and A-scan groups, respectively(χ2=3.1, Pth order aberration, 4th order spherical aberration and total high order aberration in the IOL-Master group were lower than those in the A-scan group at 6mm pupil diameter 3 months later. CONCLUSION: IOL-Master is a non-contact, accurate, safe and reliable tool for calculating IOL power and it is more accurate on the design of the IOL in the cataract surgery on the high myopia patients.

  17. 'Further Development' of Mendel's legacy? Erich von Tschermak-Seysenegg in the context of Mendelian-biometry controversy, 1901-1906.

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    Simunek, Michal; Hoßfeld, Uwe; Breidbach, Olaf

    2012-12-01

    The contribution of Erich von Tschermak-Seysenegg (1871-1962) to the beginning of classical genetics is a matter of dispute. The aim of this study is to analyse, based on newly accessible archive materials, the relevance of his positions and theoretical views in a debate between advocates of early Mendelian explanation of heredity and proponents of biometry, which took place in England around 1901-1906. We challenge not only his role of an 'external consultant', which at the time de facto confirmed his status of 'rediscoverer' of Mendel's work but also analyse his ambivalent positions which are to be seen as a part of 'further development' (Weiterführung), a development of Mendel's legacy as he understood it. Second, there is an interesting aspect of establishing connections within an 'experimental culture' along the Mendel's lines of thought that was parallel to the first step of institutionalizing the new discipline of Genetics after 1905/06. Part of the study is also the analysis of contribution of his older brother Armin von Tschermak-Seysenegg (1870-1952) who--much like in the case of 'rediscovery' of 1900-1901--was for his younger brother an important source of theoretical knowledge. In this particular case, it regarded Bateson's 'Defence' of Mendel from 1902. PMID:22855371

  18. BIOMETRY OF PACA NEWBORNS BRED IN CAPTIVITY(AGOUTI PACA, LINNAEUS, 1766 NOTA CIENTÍFICA: BIOMETRIA DOS NEONATOS DE PACA CRIADOS EM CATIVEIRO (AGOUTI PACA, LINNAEUS, 1766

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    Biometry provides important data on weight and length of wild animal newborns. After ultrasound pregnancy detection, 22 female pacas were separated in individual bails and kept until weaning of newborns. Newborns were measured with a metric tape (between the tips of the muzzle rostrally and the tail distally and weighted in a digital weight scale. Considering males and females, the average newborn length (average length ± standard deviation was 33.37 ± 0.57cm. Among males, the average weight was 33.30 ± 0.52 cm and among females 33.45 ± 0.62cm. Considering males and females, newborns weighted (average weight ± standard deviation 741.14 ± 51.23g. Among males, average weight was 717.75 ± 49.06g and among females 764.53 ± 53.40g. Female newborns are higher and heavier than males, but averages of weight and length of males and females did not differ themselves by the Tukey test (P<0.05.

    Key-words: Agouti paca, biometry, newborns.

    A biometria proporciona dados importantes no peso e comprimento de neonatos de animais selvagens. Após detecção ultra-sonográfica da prenhez, 22 pacas fêmeas foram separadas em baias individuais e mantidas até o desmame dos filhotes. Os neonatos eram medidos com uma fita métrica flexível (entre as extremidades do focinho e da caudal e então pesados em balança digital de precisão. Considerando-se machos e fêmeas, o comprimento dos neonatos (comprimento ± desvio padrão foi 33,37 ± 0,57 cm. Entre os machos, o comprimento médio foi 33,30 ± 0,52 cm e entre as fêmeas foi de 33,45 ± 0,62 cm. Em relação ao peso e considerando-se machos e fêmeas, os neonatos pesavam (peso ± desvio padrão 741,14 ± 51,23g. Entre os machos, o peso médio foi 717,75 ± 49,06g e entre as fêmeas 764,53 ± 53,40g. Os neonatos fêmeas são maiores e mais pesados que os neonatos machos de paca, mas as médias de peso e de comprimento de machos e fêmeas n

  19. Fruit and seed biometry of cambuí (Myrciaria tenella O. Berg = Biometria de fruto e semente de cambuí (Myrciaria tenella O. Berg

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    Ana Veruska Cruz da Silva

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The cambuí tree (Myrciaria tenella O. Berg is native to Brazil and its fruits are harvested by extraction for fresh consumption in the state of Sergipe (Brazil. Because of the regional importance of the species, this work aims to characterize the cambuí fruits and seeds. The fruits were harvested mature from native trees in the Reserva do Caju Experimental Field, on Itaporanga d’Ajuda (Sergipe, Brazil, belonging to Embrapa Tabuleiros Costeiros. Two hundred fruits and seeds were biometrically analyzed. In addition, we evaluated the fruit, pulp, and seed color based on RHS Color Chart. Two different skin colors were found: 1. yellow [orange - red (group 32A] with yellow pulp [yellow - orange (group 17A]; and 2. purple [violet -blue (group 93A] with red pulp [red - purple (group 60A]. The seeds have only one color, green [yellow-green (group 152A] with dark stripes [Brown (group 200C]. The fruits mean diameter was 9.23 mm.fruit-1, and average width 8.50 mm.fruit-1. The seeds mean diameter was 5.34 mm.seed-1, mean width 6.52 mm.seed-1 and thickness 5.08 mm.seed-1. The cambuí is a little red fruit. The biometry had a high variability as expected, because it is a native species without any type of management.=Resumo - O cambuí (Myrciaria tenella O. Berg é nativo do Brasil e os frutos são colhidos por extrativismo para consumo in natura no estado de Sergipe (Brasil. Por causa da importância regional da espécie, objetivou-se com este trabalho caracterizar os frutos e sementes de cambuí. Os frutos foram colhidos maduros provenientes de plantas nativas do Campo Experimental Reserva do Caju, no município de Itaporanga d’Ajuda (Sergipe, Brasil pertencente a Embrapa Tabuleiros Costeiros. Foram analisados 200 frutos e sementes biometricamente. Além disso, caracterizou-se a cor da fruta, da polpa, e da semente com base na cartela de cores RHS. Foram identificados duas cores diferentes para a fruta: 1. de cor amarela [laranja - vermelho (grupo32A

  20. Corporal and testicular biometry in wild boar from birth to 12 months of age Biometria corporal e testicular de javalis do nascimento aos 12 meses de idade

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    Danillo Velloso Ferreira Murta

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    Full Text Available The aim of this tudy was to evaluate corporal and testicular development in wild boars (Sus scrofa scrofa from birth to 12 months of age, evaluating body weight, biometric testicular parameters, and gonadosomatic index. Thirty-nine male wild boars from a commercial farm licensed by IBAMA were used in the study. The animals were weighed and assigned to 13 experimental groups. The testes were recovered through unilateral orchiectomy, weighed on an analytical balance and measured for length, width and thickness. Body weight and testicular measures increased with the age, up to 12 months, and were more accelerated in the first and ninth months. Initially the testicular growth pattern, between zero and nine months, followed the body growth, and the gonadosomatic index varied from 0.07 to 0.09%. Between 9 and 11 months, the testicular growth was superior to the body growth, and the gonadosomatic index varied from 0.09 to 0.16%. Finally, after 11 months of age, testicular and body growth had a similar behavior. In conclusion, body weight, testicular biometry, and gonadosomatic index development accelerated in the ninth month.Objetivou-se, com esta pesquisa, investigar o desenvolvimento testicular e corporal de javalis (Sus scrofa scrofa, do nascimento aos 12 meses de idade, avaliando-se, em cada faixa etária, o peso corporal, o desenvolvimento biométrico dos testículos e o índice gonadossomático (IGS. Utilizaram-se 52 javalis machos, provenientes de um criatório comercial, devidamente regulamentado pelo IBAMA. Os animais foram pesados e divididos em 13 grupos experimentais; os testículos foram coletados por orquiectomia unilateral e, em seguida, pesados em balança analítica e mensurados comprimento, largura e espessura. Os valores de peso corporal e as medidas testiculares foram crescentes, após o nascimento, sendo sua variação mais acelerada no primeiro mês e aos nove meses. Inicialmente, o padrão de crescimento testicular, do nascimento

  1. Ocular Biometry in Angle Closure

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    Mohammad Reza Razeghinejad

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To compare ocular biometric parameters in primary angle closure suspects (PACS, primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG and acute primary angle closure (APAC. Methods: This cross-sectional study was performed on 113 patients including 33 cases of PACS, 45 patients with PACG and 35 subjects with APAC. Central corneal thickness (CCT, axial length (AL, anterior chamber depth (ACD and lens thickness (LT were measured with an ultrasonic biometer. Lens-axial length factor (LAF, relative lens position, corrected ACD (CACD and corrected lens position were calculated. The parameters were measured bilaterally but only data from the right eyes were compared. In the APAC group, biometric parameters were also compared between affected and unaffected fellow eyes. Logistic regression analysis was performed to identify risk factors. Results: No statistically significant difference was observed in biometric parameters between PACS and PACG eyes, or between affected and fellow eyes in the APAC group (P>0.05 for all comparisons. However, eyes with APAC had thicker cornea (P=0.001, thicker lens (P<0.0001, shallower ACD (P=0.009, shallower CACD (P=0.003 and larger LAF (P<0.0001. Based on ROC curve analysis, lower ACD, and larger LT, LAF and CCT values were associated with APAC. In the APAC group, LAF (P<0.0001 and CCT (P=0.001 were significant risk factors. Conclusion: This study revealed no significant difference in biometric characteristics in eyes with PACS and PACG. However, larger LAF and CCT were predictive of APAC.

  2. Biometria ultra-sonográfica bidimensional em tempo real do globo ocular de cães Two-dimensional real-time ultrasonic biometry of ocular globe of dogs

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    Gentil Ferreira Gonçalves

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available Para realizar a biometria ultra-sonográfica em tempo real, foram utilizados 60 globos oculares de 30 cães oftalmologicamente sadios, com o objetivo de se obter medidas das distâncias no interior do globo ocular. Essas foram tomadas de imagens de cortes sagitais obtidas com os animais posicionados em decúbito esternal, contidos manualmente, e com a aplicação de colírio anestésico. Empregou-se transdutor setorial mecânico de 7,5 MHz sem almofada de recuo. As médias das medidas obtidas foram; para D1- distância entre a córnea e a cápsula anterior da lente 3,9 ± 0,7mm, D2- espessura da lente 6,1 ± 1,2mm, D3 diâmetro da lente 10.5 ± 1,0mm, D4- profundidade da câmara vítrea 9,1 ± 0,4mm e D5 distância córnea/retina 18,8 ± 0,9mm. Foi observada diferença significativa entre os olhos direito e esquerdo somente em D1.Sixty ocular globes of 30 health dogs were utilized to perform a real-time ultrasonic biometry, with the objective of getting distance measurement of intra-ocular structures. The measurements were taken from cross-sectional sagital image with the dogs in esternal recumbence, and manual containment, with the use of topical ocular anesthetic vehicle applied in the cornea. A 7.5 MHz transducer of a mechanical sector scanner without flotation pad was used. The measure averages were 3.9 ± 0.7mm (D1 distance between the midcornea to anterior capsule; 6.1 ± 1.2mm (D2 lens thickness; 10.5 ± 1.0mm (D3 lens diameter; 9.1 ± 0.4mm (D4 vitreous chamber depth; and 18.8 ± 0.9mm (D5 midcornea to retinal distance. Significant difference was observed among the right and left eyes only in D1.

  3. Produção e biometria do milho verde irrigado com água salina sob frações de lixiviação Production and biometry of green corn irrigated with saline water under leaching fractions

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    José F. de Carvalho

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available O trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar o desempenho da cultura do milho em relação a produção e biometria, irrigado por gotejamento com água salina e sob diferentes frações de lixiviação em estação lisímetrica de drenagem. Os tratamentos consistiram de dois níveis de salinidade da água (CEa- 1,2 e 3,3 dS m-1 e cinco frações de lixiviação (FL- 0, 5, 10, 15 e 20% em delineamento inteiramente casualizado em esquema fatorial 2 x 5. O experimento foi conduzido na área experimental do Departamento de Tecnologia Rural da Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Recife, PE. Foram avaliados a produtividade de polpa hidratada e desidratada e de espiga com e sem palha, matéria fresca e seca da parte aérea, diâmetro de caule e altura de planta. As variáveis produção de grãos verdes, matéria seca e fresca da parte aérea apresentaram resultados semelhantes, obtendo elevados valores quando se utilizou água de 3,3 dS m-1 com a fração de lixiviação de 10%, obtendo efeito deletério com o aumento da fração de lixiviação.The objective of present study was to evaluate the corn crop in respect to the production and biometry under drip irrigation system with saline waters at lysimeter station of drainage. The treatments consisted of two levels of water salinity (CEa - 1.2 and 3.3 dS m-1 and five leaching fractions (LF - 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20%, in a completely randomized experimental design (2 x 5 factorial. The experiment was conducted at the Department of Rural Technology of the UFRPE, Recife/PE. The productivity of hydrated and dried pulp and of weight of cob with and without husks, fresh and dry matter of the aerial parts, stem diameter and height of plant were evaluated. The productivity of hydrated pulp and the fresh and dry matter of the aerial parts presented high values when water of 3.3 dS m-1 was used with leaching fraction of 10%, obtaining decreasing effect with the increase of the leaching fraction.

  4. Biometria ultrassônica no cálculo do poder dióptrico de lentes intraoculares: estudo comparativo dos métodos de contato e de imersão Ultrasound biometry and intraocular lens power calculation: comparative study of the contact and immersion techniques

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    Felipe Cortizas Ré Martins

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Comparar as medidas ecobiométricas pelos métodos de imersão e de contato. Métodos: A biometria ultrassônica foi realizada em 60 olhos, pelo mesmo examinador e com o mesmo aparelho, usando os métodos de contato e de imersão em cada olho. Resultados: A menor média do comprimento axial (23,16 mm foi obtida através do método de contato, e a maior (23,29 mm sob imersão, usando a mesma sonda ultrassônica. A média do desvio padrão entre as repetidas medidas no mesmo olho foi menor (0,02 com a técnica de imersão, e a maior (0,07 com o método de contato, diferença estatisticamente significante (pPurpose: To compare the ultrasound biometry measurements between immersion and contact techniques. Methods: The biometry was made in 60 eyes by the same examiner, using the contact and immersion techniques in each eye. Results: The lower mean axial length (23,16 mm was found in the contact technique, and the greater (23,29 was found in the immersion technique, using the same probe. The lower mean standard deviation between recurrent measures in the same eye was found in the immersion technique, and the greater in the contact procedure, and was found statistically significant (p<0,001. The Pearson's coefficients demonstrated high correlation between the two techniques, in measuring the axial length and anterior chamber depth. Conclusion: The immersion technique have shown more accuracy and reproducibility, avoiding errors in intraocular lens power calculation, and encountering the visual expectations of the patient.

  5. Biometry Staff | Division of Cancer Prevention

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  6. Facial biometry by stimulating salient singularity masks

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    Lefebvre, Grégoire; Garcia, Christophe

    2007-01-01

    We present a novel approach for face recognition based on salient singularity descriptors. The automatic feature extraction is performed thanks to a salient point detector, and the singularity information selection is performed by a SOM region-based structuring. The spatial singularity distribution is preserved in order to activate specific neuron maps and the local salient signature stimuli reveals the individual identity. This proposed method appears to be particularly robust to facial expr...

  7. Biometric Authorization System using Gait Biometry

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    Sudha, L R

    2011-01-01

    Human gait, which is a new biometric aimed to recognize individuals by the way they walk have come to play an increasingly important role in visual surveillance applications. In this paper a novel hybrid holistic approach is proposed to show how behavioural walking characteristics can be used to recognize unauthorized and suspicious persons when they enter a surveillance area. Initially background is modelled from the input video captured from cameras deployed for security and the foreground moving object in the individual frames are segmented using the background subtraction algorithm. Then gait representing spatial, temporal and wavelet components are extracted and fused for training and testing multi class support vector machine models (SVM). The proposed system is evaluated using side view videos of NLPR database. The experimental results demonstrate that the proposed system achieves a pleasing recognition rate and also the results indicate that the classification ability of SVM with Radial Basis Function...

  8. Comparison and observation of ocular biometry measurements before and after retinal detachment surgery%视网膜脱离手术前后眼球生物测定值对比观察

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    谢海南; 陈穗桦; 曹茜; 余婷

    2014-01-01

    目的 通过对视网膜脱离患者行玻璃体切割硅油填充术前后、硅油取出术后传统A超眼球生物测定值的动态对比观察,统计学分析其临床意义.方法 对2009年6月至2013年3月在南京军区总医院临床学院眼科动态观察行视网膜脱离手术患者59例61只眼,对患者术前、硅油填充状态、硅油取出后30天3个时间点采用A超屈光模式动态测定眼球生物值,包括:眼轴长度、前房深度、晶状体厚度、玻璃体腔深度,对所测值进行统计学分析.结果 (1)A超测量患者术前与硅油填充状态的眼轴长度、前房深度、玻璃体腔深度差异均有统计学意义.(2)硅油填充状态与硅油取出后的眼轴长度、前房深度、玻璃体腔深度差异均有统计学意义.(3)术前与硅油取出后玻璃体腔深度差异有统计学意义.(4)术前与硅油取出后的眼轴长度、前房深度差异均无统计学意义.(5)术前与硅油填充状态、硅油填充状态与硅油取出后的晶状体厚度差异无统计学意义.结论 本研究患者术前与硅油取出后的眼轴长度、前房深度差异均无统计学意义,这对硅油取出联合白内障摘除及人工晶状体植入术的患者选择精确人工晶状体度数提供一定的帮助,证明术前A超眼球生物测定值的资料是十分有效的参考.%Objective To compare the biometry measurements of A-scan ultrasound in patients with vitrectomy and silicon oil tamponade,silicon oil removal,and analyze its clinical significance.Methods Dynamic observation was conducted in 61 eyes of 59 patients with retinal detachment by same operator.Measurements were made before operation,silicon oil-filled and silicon oil removal by Ultra scan Digital 2000 contact ultrasound A-scan (Alcon),which included axial length (AL),anterior chamber depth (ACD),Lens thickness and crystal thickness.Results There was significant difference in measurement of ALs,ACDs and crystal thickness

  9. Análise da condição corpórea, biometria externa e das vísceras do trato gastrointestinal de canários-da-terra, Sicalis flaveola braziliensis Analysis of body condition and external and gastrointestinal biometry of saffron finch, Sicalis flaveola braziliensis

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    Raul A.S. Siqueira

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Analisaram-se em canários-da-terra, Sicalis flaveola brasiliensis, apreendidos pelo Cetas-IBAMA/PB e que morreram logo após sua chegada, as medidas biométricas externas, condições corpóreas e de plumagem, medidas biométricas das vísceras do trato gastrointestinal (TGI, assim como a topografia visceral, a fim de fornecer dados morfológicos e caracterizar as condições em esses pássaros chegaram a esse centro de triagem. A topografia visceral estava em consonância com a de periquitos e avestruz, a exceção que essa última espécie apresenta um ceco. Verificou-se que há relação entre as condições corpóreas desfavoráveis e a perda de plumagem. Conclui-se, que S. flaveola braziliensis possui medidas biométricas em consonância á de outros Passeriformes, contudo possui divergências para aves do mesmo gênero e poucas diferenças biométricas entre machos e fêmeas. Através do estudo, verifica-se que as condições corpóreas de animais traficados devem ser consideradas nos centros de triagem, a fim de se fazer um melhor manejo nutricional e/ou clínico, diminuindo a mortalidade.Forty-one saffron finch, Sicalis flaveola brasiliensis, were studied regarding the external biometry, corporeal and plumage conditions, gastrointestinal tract (GIT biometry, and the visceral topography, in order to provide morphological data and to characterize the condition in which these birds came to the wild animal screening Center. The visceral topography was similar to the found in parakeets and ostriches; however the last have a cecum. There was also relationship between the unfavorable body conditions and the loss of feathers. It was concluded that S. flaveola braziliensis has biometric measurements similar to other Passeriformes, however with differences to birds of the same gender, and few biometric differences among males and females. The results demonstrate that the corporal conditions of trafficked animals should be considered in wild

  10. Eficácia do eugenol extraído da planta Eugenia aromatica como anestésico para realização de biometrias em adultos de tilápia do Nilo (Oreochromis niloticus = Efficacy of eugenol extracted from the plant Eugenia aromatica as an anesthetic for the biometry procedures in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus adults

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    Antonio Glaydson Lima Moreira

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Os anestésicos figuram como poderosa ferramenta na aquicultura, atuando na redução do estresse e mortalidade usualmente causados pelo manejo. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito de diferentes concentrações de eugenol em adultos de tilápia e determinar a concentração ideal para realização de uma biometria. Foram avaliadas seis concentrações (30, 60, 120, 180, 240 e 300 mg L-1. Para cada tratamento, 12 peixes (comprimento médio: 32,7 ± 3,0; peso médio: 557,0 ± 160 g, foram imersos individualmente na solução anestésica durante 10 min. Durante a indução anestésica, foram monitorados todos os estágios de anestesia e ao atingir o estágio de anestesia profunda, foi monitorado o número de batimentos operculares durante o minuto seguinte. Após a indução anestésica, os peixes foram transferidos para aquário contendo água sem anestésico e aferido o tempo de recuperação. A concentração de 60 mg L-1 necessitou de maior tempo para atingir o estágio desejado de anestesia profunda (206,3 segundos, enquanto a concentração de 300 g L-1 atingiu este estágio mais rapidamente (77,8 segundos. Os resultados obtidos sugerem que a concentração ideal de eugenol para realização de uma biometria é de 120 mg L-1, e, que o aumento da dosagem do anestésico, implica na diminuição dos batimentos operculares.Anesthetics represent a powerful tool in aquaculture, working to reduce stress and mortality commonly caused by handling. The objective this work was evaluate the effect of various concentrations of eugenol in adults of Nile tilapia and determine its optimal concentration for biometry procedures. Six concentrations (30, 60, 120, 180, 240 e 300 mg L-1 were tested. For each treatment, 12 fishes (average length: 32.7 ± 3.0; average weight: 557.0 ± 160 g were individually immersed in anesthetic solution for 10 min. All stages of anesthesia were monitored during anesthetic induction, and upon profound anesthesia the

  11. Biometria testicular, eletroejaculação e características seminais de caititus, Tayassu tajacu Linnaeus, 1758 (Mammalia, Artiodactyla, Tayassuidae mantidos em cativeiro na Amazônia Oriental Testicular biometry, electroejaculation and seminal features of captive collared peccaries (Tayassu tajacu Linnaeus, 1758, Artiodactyla, Tayassuidae raised in the Eastern Amazon

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    Priscila Reis Kahwage

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Estudos relacionados à obtenção e avaliação de sêmen de Tayassu tajacu são escassos, sendo necessárias pesquisas a respeito. Os objetivos do estudo foram avaliar a biometria testicular de caititus adultos cativos, testar a eficiência da eletroejaculação para obtenção de sêmen e avaliar suas características seminais ao longo do ano. Procedeu-se à eletroejaculação em oito animais adultos e as amostras de sêmen colhidas foram avaliadas quanto às características físicas e morfológicas. Os animais tinham testículo esquerdo com 3,8 ± 0,4 cm X 2,6 ± 0,3 cm e 2,3 ± 0,2 de consistência, e testículo direito com 3,8 ± 0,5 cm X 2,7 ± 0,3 cm e 2,3 ± 0,2 de consistência. A taxa de sucesso nas colheitas foi de 75,21%. O sêmen possuiu: volume 0,81 ± 0,86 mL, concentração 137,44 ± 153 x 106 sptz mL-1, pH 7,92 ± 0,73, motilidade 52,66 ± 28,79%, vigor 2,2 ± 0,8, integridade de membrana plasmática 55,84 ± 28,55%, defeitos maiores 22,87 ± 12,93%, defeitos menores 9,11 ± 5,88% e defeitos totais 31,52 ± 13,81%. Os animais apresentaram simetria testicular, a eletroejaculação se mostrou eficiente para a obtenção de ejaculados em caititus e as flutuações observadas na produção seminal não foram suficientes para caracterizá-los como animais de reprodução sazonal.Research development in semen collection and sperm evaluation of Tayassu tajacu are necessary. The aims of this research were to evaluate testicular biometry of captive collared peccaries, test electroejaculation for semen collection and evaluate seminal characteristics during the year. Eight animals were submitted to electroejaculation and semen samples were evaluated according their physical and morphological characteristics. Left testicles measured 3.8 ± 0.4 cm X 2.6 ± 0.3 cm and presented 2.3 ± 0.2 of consistence, while right testicles were 3.8 ± 0.5 cm X 2.7 ± 0.3 cm and presented 2.3 ± 0.2 of consistence. Success rate on semen collections

  12. Dorsal Hand Vein Biometry by Independent Component Analysis

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Biometric authentication provides a high security and reliable approach to be used in security access system. Personal identification based on hand vein patterns is a newly developed recent year. The pattern of blood veins in the hand is unique to every individual, even among identical twins, and it do notchange over time. These properties of uniqueness, stability and strong immunity to forgery of the vein patterns make it a potentially good biometric trait which offers greater security and reliable features for personal identification. In this study, we have used the BOSPHORUS hand vein database which has been taken under a source of NIR infrared radiation. For feature extraction we applied appearance based method ICA which produces independent components. To control over the number of independent component we preprocessed data by PCA before applying ICA, and gives good experimental results.

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  14. An appraisal of ultrasound fetal biometry in the first trimester

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    Lily K Pemberton; Irina Burd; Eileen Wang

    2010-01-01

    Lily K Pemberton, Irina Burd, Eileen WangDivision of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USAAbstract: We evaluate the current available literature on first trimester measurement references, how critically these data have been evaluated in subsequent studies, and the generalizability of the standards across different populations. We will then discuss the significance of first trimester dating for genetic screening test...

  15. Využití biometrie v IT

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    Bílý, Petr

    2009-01-01

    Biometrics is increasingly applied in IT (biometric methods today generally use computer technology), mostly used to authenticate users. The aim of this thesis is to describe and compare two selected biometric methods. These methods are fingerprints and scanning of human face. The contribution of this work is to provide information on biometric identification methods, their advantages and disadvantages, and deployment options. If an organization decides to strengthen their security systems wi...

  16. Refractive errors and ocular biometry components in thalassemia major patients.

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    Heydarian, Samira; Jafari, Reza; Karami, Hosein

    2016-04-01

    The aim of this study is to determine and compare biometric and refractive characteristics of thalassemia major patients and normal individuals. In this cross-sectional study, 54 thalassemia major patients were selected randomly as case group, and 54 age- and sex-matched healthy subjects were regarded as control group. Refractive errors, corneal curvature and ocular components were measured by autokeratorefractometery and A-scan ultrasonography, respectively. Mean spherical equivalent was -0.0093 ± 0.86 D in thalassemia patients and -0.22 ± 1.33 D in the normal group. The prevalence of myopia, Hyperopia, and emmetropia among thalassemia patients was 16.7, 19.4, and 63.9 %, respectively. While in the control group, 26.9 % were myopic, 25 % were hyperopic, and 48.1 % were emmetropic. The prevalence of astigmatism in case group was 22.2 %, which was not significantly different from that in control group, (27.8 %, p = 0.346). Mean axial length in thalassemia patients was 22.89 ± 0.70 which was significantly lower than that in normal group (23.37 ± 0.91, p = 0.000). The flattest meridian of the cornea (R1) was significantly steeper in thalassemia patients (7.77 ± 0.24) in comparison to normal individuals (7.85 ± 0.28). Although thalassemic patients had significantly smaller axial length and vitreous chamber depth in comparison to normal group, which could be due to their abnormal physical growth, there was no significant difference between the mean of spherical equivalent among two groups. This can be due to their steeper corneal curvature that overcomes the refractive disadvantage of their shorter axial length. PMID:26646775

  17. Foetal biometry in polyhydramnios: Does femur length fall behind?

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    Ipek, Ali; Idilman, Ilkay S; Kurt, Aydın; Cay, Nurdan; Unal, Ozlem; Erdogan, Beyza Doganay; Keskin, Huseyin Levent; Arslan, Halil

    2016-01-01

    We aimed to identify the growth patterns in polyhydramnios, and therefore evaluated 108 singleton pregnancies complicated with polyhydramnios according to the changes in biparietal diameter (BPD), abdominal circumference (AC) and femur length (FL) percentiles. The pregnancy outcomes according to the growth features were analysed. In the study population, BPD and AC percentiles exhibited a significant increase (p = 0.023 and 0.05, respectively), although FL percentiles showed a significant decrease (p = 0.006) according to the changes in third trimester relative to second trimester. In the overgrown group (n = 52), the FL/BPD ratio was lower (p polyhydramnios. However, we observed a shorter FL and a lower FL/BPD ratio without associated skeletal dysplasia in overgrown foetuses. PMID:26467094

  18. E-learning approaches in biometry and epidemiology

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    Ziegler, Andreas; Pahlke, Friedrich

    2010-01-01

    Education is an integral component of increasing our profession’s profile. While master and PhD level education in biostatistics and epidemiology is provided at high levels in several regions, there are parts of the world deserving proper specialized education. E-learning may be one option because traveling costs can be avoided, and the capacity of teachers can be multiplied by making appropriate use of e-learning tools. The aim of this work was to explore the availability of e-learning appro...

  19. Biometry of myopia in college students: IOL-Master study

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    Yuan-Yuan Du

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To measure axial length(AL, horizontal and vertical corneal refractive power(K1, K2, anterior chamber depth(ACDand corneal diameter(white to whiteof myopia in college students by IOL-Master(Zeiss Humphrey Systemsand detect the correlation between diopter and all above refractive components. METHODS: The IOL-Master was used in the measurement of the AL, K1, K2, ACD and corneal diameter(white to whitein 1 059 college students(2 118 eyeswith myopia, and AL/CR was calculated. Their diopter was measured by computer refractor. They were divided into three groups according to different mean spherical equivalent diopters: group A of low myopia: -6.00D(391 eyes. The SPSS 18.0 was used for the statistical analysis. RESULTS: With the increase of diopter, the AL in myopia eyes was increased and the AL increased significantly in each myopia group(P0.05and there were significant differences among three groups in K2(P0.05, but there was only significant correlation between ACD and refractive error in low myopia(P0.05and also there was no significant correlation between corneal diameter and refractive error in three groups(P>0.05. AL/CR was 3.183±0.132, the AL/CR ratio was negatively correlated with diopter of myopia(r=-0.761,P=0.000. CONCLUSION: The development of axial length is the main reason in myopia of college students. Middle myopia is induced by both axial length and refractive power. ACD has little effects on diopter of myopia, but corneal diameter has no effects on diopter of myopia.

  20. 8-Valent Fuzzy Logic for Iris Recognition and Biometry

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    Popescu-Bodorin, N; Motoc, I M; 10.1109/ISCIII.2011.6069761

    2011-01-01

    This paper shows that maintaining logical consistency of an iris recognition system is a matter of finding a suitable partitioning of the input space in enrollable and unenrollable pairs by negotiating the user comfort and the safety of the biometric system. In other words, consistent enrollment is mandatory in order to preserve system consistency. A fuzzy 3-valued disambiguated model of iris recognition is proposed and analyzed in terms of completeness, consistency, user comfort and biometric safety. It is also shown here that the fuzzy 3-valued model of iris recognition is hosted by an 8-valued Boolean algebra of modulo 8 integers that represents the computational formalization in which a biometric system (a software agent) can achieve the artificial understanding of iris recognition in a logically consistent manner.

  1. Association between refractive errors and ocular biometry in Iranian adults

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    Hassan Hashemi

    2015-01-01

    Conclusion: In individuals aged 40-64 years, corneal power and axial length make the greatest contribution to spherical equivalent in high hyperopia and high myopia. Anterior segment biometric components have a more important role in hyperopia than myopia.

  2. TWO-DIMENSIONAL REAL-TIME ULTRASONIC BIOMETRY OF OCULAR GLOBE OF DOMESTIC CATS. BIOMETRÍA ULTRASÓNICA BIDIMENSIONAL EN TIEMPO REAL DEL BULBO OCULAR DE GATOS. BIOMETRIA ULTRA-SONOGRÁFICA BIDIMENSIONAL EM TEMPO REAL DE BULBO OCULAR DE GATOS DOMÉSTICOS.

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    Ney Luis Pippi

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available The eye is an ideal organ for the ultrassonographic examination, because it is of easy access and will count to some reflexives surfaces or interfaces. For the ultrassonographic examination of the ocular bulb high frequencies are necessary to delineate the tissues adequately. For the attainment of the measures 60 eyes of 30 cats had been used, where if it got sagittal cuts and transversal with microconvex transducer of 7.5MHz. They had been affected measured from the cornea in direction the retina. They had been registered measured of the distance between the cornea and the anterior capsule of the lens (D1, thickness of the lens (D2, diameter of the lens (D3, distance between the posterior capsule of the lens until the retina (D4, and distance between the cornea and the retina (D5. The measures had been grouped and gotten average, from the averages were applied a statistical test of variance analysis, with level of significance of 5%, to verify the homogeneity of the measures. The extreme one of healthful ocular bulbs of domestic cats produces images with average measures of 0.39cm for D1, 0.68cm for D2, 1.25cm for D3, 0.78cm for D4 and 1.86cm for D5. It was not observed significant difference between the sex, applied ages, weights or cuts.

    KEY WORDS: Biometry, cats, ophtalmology, ultra-sonography. El ojo es un órgano ideal para la examinación sonográfica, porque está de acceso fácil y contará a algunas superficies reflexivas o interfaces. Para la examinación sonográfica del bulbo del ojo los de alta frecuencia son necesarios delinear los tejidos finos adecuadamente. Para el logro de las medidas 60 ojos de 30 gatos habían sido utilizados, donde si consiguió cortes sagitales y transversales con el transductor microconvexo de 7,5MHz. Habían sido afectados midieron de la córnea en la dirección la retina. Habían sido colocados midieron de la distancia entre la córnea y la cápsula anterior de la lente (D1, el grueso de la

  3. Biometrias óptica e ultra-sônica: comparação dos métodos usados para o cálculo da lente intra-ocular acomodativa Optical and ultrasound biometry: comparision between the two methods used for the calculation of accommodative intraocular lens

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    2004-12-01

    reproducibility, level of agreement and correlation of two ultrasonic biometers and one optical biometer for the calculation of accommodative intraocular lens. METHODS: Cataract patients were submitted to the examination with 3 different biometers (IOLMaster, Axis II and Humphrey Mod. 820 before the implant of the C&C Vision AT-45 accommodative silicone intraocular lens. The Axis II biometer was used for both contact and immersion biometry. Axial length, anterior chamber depth and keratometry were the analyzed biometric parameters. RESULTS: Thirty-four patients from 53 to 90 years old (mean 70.6 y were submitted to the examination with the three different biometers. The lowest mean axial length (23.12 mm was obtained with the Axis II/contact and the highest (23.21 mm with the Humphrey biometer. The lowest mean anterior chamber depth (2.97mm was obtained with the Humphrey and the highest (3.10mm with the IOLMaster. Reproducibility for axial length was high for all the biometers tested (coefficient of variation: 3.02% for Humphrey and Axis II / immersion; 3.07 % for Axis II/contact and 3.19% for IOLMaster. All biometers presented nearly equal results of the analyzed parameters (99.01% for axial length and 94.77% for anterior chamber depth. Pearson's coefficient showed a high correlation between the biometers, regarding the axial length and anterior chamber depth measurements. CONCLUSION: The devices used in this study showed excellent reproducibility and high level of agreement and of the axial length, anterior chamber depth and keratometry measurements, making it possible to reduce errors of intraocular lens calculation and visual insatisfaction after cataract surgery.

  4. On the Results of the First Mobile Biometry (MOBIO) Face and Speaker Verification Evaluation

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    Marcel S.; McCool C.; Matejka P.; Ahonen T.; Cernocky J.; Chakraborty S.; Balasubramanian V; Panchanathan S.; Chan C.H.; Kittler J.

    2010-01-01

    This paper evaluates the performance of face and speaker verification techniques in the context of a mobile environment. The mobile environment was chosen as it provides a realistic and challenging test-bed for biometric person verification techniques to operate. For instance the audio environment is quite noisy and there is limited control over the illumination conditions and the pose of the subject for the video. To conduct this evaluation, a part of a database captured during the “Mobile B...

  5. Eopolydiexodina (Middle Permian giant fusulinids) from Afghanistan: Biometry, morphometry, paleobiogeography, and end-Guadalupian events

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    Colpaert, Clémentine; Monnet, Claude; Vachard, Daniel

    2015-04-01

    The most spectacular macroevolutionary trend presented by the genera of schwagerinoid fusulinids, during the Pennsylvanian -Permian, is an enormous increase in size, which culminated in the Middle Permian with Eopolydiexodina. However, this potential major biogeographic marker, during the Kubergandian-early Midian time interval, is as yet hampered by its poor taxonomic characterization. Hence, Eopolydiexodina is revised here using biometric and morphometric methods applied to large collections from Afghanistan and selected taxa in the literature. These multivariate analyses consist of classical linear test parameters, as well as new area parameters acquired by computer image analysis. The Afghan species are re-defined, and some other species, occasionally described as Cimmerian, are re-discussed. These methods, combined with classical morphological analyses, also permit to conclude that the largest Eopolydiexodina of Afghanistan are microspheric specimens (probably agamonts) of E. afghanensis and E. bithynica. Two megalospheric groups of individuals (probably gamonts and schizonts) are represented in both species, as well as in E. persica and E. darvasica. Due to this presence of gamonts, agamonts and schizonts in several species, Eopolydiexodina is probably the oldest identified trimorphic genus among the large benthic foraminifers. Biostratigraphically, Eopolydiexodina appears restricted to the late Kubergandian to early Midian. The associated Afghan fusulinids (Dunbarula, Kahlerina, Afghanella, Yangchienia, Sumatrina, and Codonofusiella) allow proposing an accurate biostratigraphy of the Eopolydiexodina species in the Murgabian-Midian boundary interval. Paleobiogeographically, Eopolydiexodina was essentially located in the Laurentian and Perigondwanan borders of the Tethys. The possible presence of Eopolydiexodina in the Cimmerian Continent and in some regions of China has never been irrefutably demonstrated. This paleobiological revision of Eopolydiexodina and the biostratigraphic revision of other large Capitanian fusulinids, permit to suggest that the end-Guadalupian event is most probably a protracted succession of last appearance data of giant genera rather than an instantaneous Lilliput effect at the Capitanian/Wuchiapingian boundary.

  6. On the morphology, biometry and biogeography of Lamtopyxis callistoma (Amoebozoa: Arcellinida

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    Milcho Todorov

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The ultra-structure of the shell and the morphometric variability of soil inhabiting testate amoeba Lamtopyxis callistoma from Madagascar were studied by using light- and scanning electron microscopy. The biometrical characteristic of the species was made on the basis of 75 specimens measured. In addition to the diameter of the shell, six other shell characters were described biometrically for the first time. The analysis of the variation coefficients shows that the studied population of L. callistoma is comparatively homogeneous and almost all measured characters are weakly to moderate variable (CV less than 10%. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM studies on the shell ultra-morphology show that it has a smooth apertural surface with a thick layer of porous and fibrous organic cement and a rough dorsal surface composed of bigger and angular pieces of quartz. The shell wall has a thickness of about 5-6 µm and is composed of three layers. Unlike the previously accepted opinion that species is characterized by the presence of four teeth, this study shows that population of L. callistoma from Madagascar is comprised of both, specimens with four teeth and specimens with three teeth, in ratio of about 60% to 40%. Taking into account the restricted geographical distribution, large sizes and characteristic apertural morphology of L. callistoma it is assumed that this species, like some bryophilic ‘Nebelas’ with circumaustral distribution (e.g. Apodera vas, Alocodera cockayni, Certesella certesi, Certesella martiali, etc., can be used as an example that in free-living microbial eukaryotes ‘not everything is everywhere’.

  7. Physico-chemical characterization and biometry of fruits of ‘pequi’ in Western Bahia

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    Roxana S. M. Nascimento

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACTIn Cerrado, there are numerous native fruit species with potential for use in traditional systems of agricultural production. In this context, the ‘pequi’ stands out in this biome by its great economic value in Central Brazil. Therefore, this work aimed to study the physical and physico-chemical characterization of Pequi fruits in the Western Region of Bahia. Three hundred fruits were sampled from ten matrices which were collected in an area of the municipality of Angical, BA and conducted to the Seed Laboratory of the State University of Bahia - UNEB. For physical evaluations, the fruit weight; longitudinal and transversal diameters of the fruit; total weight of seeds per fruit; pulp weight, peel weight and pulp yield were considered. As for the physico-chemical evaluations, the fruit pulp was subjected to the determinations of pH, the soluble solids (SS, titratable acidity (TA and the relation between soluble solids and titratable acidity. For the variables, longitudinal and transversal diameters, the pulp weight, peel weight, seed weight, fruit weight and pulp yield, the mean were, respectively, 63.49 and 61.29 mm, 12.51, 101.91, 27.48, 114.41 g and 11.17%. However, with regard to pH, SS, AT and SS/AT, means were 5.32, 11.95 °Brix, 1.76 and 11.53. The results indicated that there are statistically significant differences between all the physical and physico-chemical variables evaluated.

  8. Intraocular lens power calculation by measuring axial length with partial optical coherence and ultrasonic biometry

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    Beatriz Machado Fontes; Bruno Machado Fontes; Elaine Castro

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE: To compare the achieved refractive outcomes of patients undergoing cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) power calculation performed by conventional immersion ultrasound (US) or partial coherence interferometry (PCI). METHODS: Prospective, comparative case series. Patients undergoing cataract surgery were randomly divided in two groups with regard to the IOL power calculation method. Group 1 had calculations performed by PCI (IOL Master; Carl Zeiss Meditec), while US was used ...

  9. Biometry and phenology of two sibling Phylloscopus warblers on their circum-Mediterranean migrations

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    Zduniak, Piotr; Yosef, Reuven; Bensusan, Keith J.; Perez, Charles E.; Tryjanowski, Piotr

    2015-01-01

    Abstract The Mediterranean Sea is known as an ecological barrier for numerous migratory birds flying from European breeding grounds to African wintering sites. Birds generally avoid migration over open sea and fly over land. In the Mediterranean Basin, few land bridges or bottlenecks for migratory birds exist. The narrowest are at the western and eastern extremes: the Strait of Gibraltar and Israel. Comparative studies between these locations are extremely rare to date. Therefore, in order to elucidate the differences between the two flyways, we compared data collected simultaneously for two sister leaf warbler species, the Bonelli’s Warbler complex, Phylloscopus bonelli and Phylloscopus orientalis, at ringing stations in the western Mediterranean Basin Gibraltar, and the eastern Eilat, Israel. Data on biometrics and passage dates of individuals trapped at Gibraltar and Eilat were used, and it was found that mean arrival date of Western Bonelli’s Warblers at Gibraltar was 15 days later than Eastern Bonelli’s Warblers at Eilat. Furthermore, Western Bonelli’s Warblers had shorter wings than Eastern Bonelli’s Warblers. On the other hand, birds in Eilat were in poorer body condition than individuals in Gibraltar. The comparison between geographically distant stop-over sites contributes to furthering our understanding of the development of migration strategies across ecological barriers in sibling species. Our study showed that populations that breed in southwestern Europe migrate through Gibraltar and winter in West Africa are able to accomplish migration in comparatively good body condition. This is in contrast to those that winter in East Africa, migrate through Israel and have to endure the combined challenge of crossing the Sahel, Sahara and Sinai deserts before reaching their breeding grounds across southeast Europe and southwest Asia. Hence, the discrepancies described between the western and the eastern flyway suggest that individuals in the west, in general, migrate shorter distances, have a physiologically less demanding crossing of the North African deserts and appear to stage before their crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, a privilege unavailable to the migrants of the eastern flyway. PMID:26692801

  10. Individual variation related to testicular biometry and semen characteristics in collared peccaries (Tayassu Tajacu Linnaeus, 1758).

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    Peixoto, G C X; Silva, M A; Castelo, T S; Silva, A M; Bezerra, J A B; Souza, A L P; Oliveira, M F; Silva, A R

    2012-10-01

    The aim of this research was to study the individual variation with regard to the morphometry of the testes evaluated by ultrasonography and semen characteristics and to verify the existence of relationship between these variables in collared peccaries. In addition, the testes of the animals were evaluated by histology in order to determine the proportion occupied by the seminiferous tubules. A total of 52 ejaculates were obtained from ten adult specimens that had been restrained by anesthesia. The testicular measurements (length, height, and width) were performed by ultrasonography, and the testicular volume was calculated according to Lambert's formula. The scrotal circumference was measured by encircling the thickest portion of the testicle with a graduated nylon tape. The semen was collected by electroejaculation. Testicular fragments were analyzed through classic histology for the determination of the area occupied by the seminiferous tubules. The results show a great amount of individual variation with regard to testicular morphometry and semen characteristics. No significant correlations were obtained between testicular measurements and semen characteristics. The histometric analysis revealed that 67.8% of the testes are occupied by seminiferous tubules. Results show that the measurement of testicular dimensions does not serve as an indicator of the quality of semen obtained by electroejaculation in collared peccaries, as there is no correlation between testicular morphometry and semen characteristics in this species that presents large variations among individuals. PMID:22964034

  11. Biometry, histology, and morphometry of the digestive system of wild crab-eating fox (Cerdocyon thous)

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    Andreíza Ramos Heleno; Luiz Michel Santos; Maria Angélica Miglino; Jayme Augusto Peres; Ricardo Romão Guerra

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    The crab-eating fox (Cerdocyon thous) is found throughout Brazil. It has a nocturnal habit and can be seen on roadsides, where it looks for remains of run over animals and, therefore, it is also a victim of roadkill. This study aimed to characterize the macro and microscopic anatomy of the digestive system of the crab-eating fox. It helps to carry out medical and surgical procedures, besides important information on the feeding strategies, especially for wild individuals needing veterinary ca...

  12. Biometry, histology, and morphometry of the digestive system of wild crab-eating fox (Cerdocyon thous

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The crab-eating fox (Cerdocyon thous is found throughout Brazil. It has a nocturnal habit and can be seen on roadsides, where it looks for remains of run over animals and, therefore, it is also a victim of roadkill. This study aimed to characterize the macro and microscopic anatomy of the digestive system of the crab-eating fox. It helps to carry out medical and surgical procedures, besides important information on the feeding strategies, especially for wild individuals needing veterinary care after rescue in cases of running over, burnings, and floods caused by the filling of hydroelectric reservoir lakes or even in projects on captive breeding and restocking. Samples were collected from the digestive system of three wild animals in the region of Guarapuava-PR region. The crab-eating foxes under study were longer than the average reported for the species, had a shorter intestine, and a lower small intestine/body length ratio than other carnivores, besides other anatomical and histological characteristics different from those found in the literature on carnivores.

  13. BIOMETRY AND COMPOSITION OF FISH SPECIES IN OWENA RESERVOIR, ONDO STATE, NIGERIA

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    FAPOHUNDA Olawumi Oluwafunmilola

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available A survey of fish species present in Owena reservoir was conducted between October 2004 and March 2005. Fish samples were taken from the catch of the fishermen operating in the reservoir. The results of the survey showed that 14 fish species belonging to seven families were recorded. Two families namely Characidae and Clariidae constituted the dominant fish families in the reservoir. Among the Characidae, Brycinus nurse (23.1% and among the Clariidae family, Clarias gariepinus (22.8% were dominant. Other fish species with significant abundance were Sarotherodon galilaeus (9.3%, Parachanna obscura (8.0%, Clarias anguillaris (7.7% and Oreochromis niloticus (6.4%. The meristic features of the two most abundant fish species caught are as follows: Brycinus nurse had two dorsal spines with eight dorsal fins, two anal spines with eleven anal fins, 25 caudal fins, one pectoral spine and 13 pectoral fins and two ventral spines with seven ventral fins. Clarias gariepinus had 75 dorsal fins, 31 anal fins, 10 caudal fins, six pectoral fins and five ventral fins. The morphometric features of the two most abundant fish species are: Brycinus nurse: total length: 312mm, standard length: 255mm, head length: 60mm, body length: 90mm and body girth: 190mm. Clarias gariepinus: total length: 265mm, standard length: 240mm, head length: 62mm, body length: 62mm and body girth: 130mm.

  14. BIOMETRY AND COMPOSITION OF FISH SPECIES IN OWENA RESERVOIR, ONDO STATE, NIGERIA

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    FAPOHUNDA Olawumi Oluwafunmilola; GODSTATES Ryghtway

    2007-01-01

    A survey of fish species present in Owena reservoir was conducted between October 2004 and March 2005. Fish samples were taken from the catch of the fishermen operating in the reservoir. The results of the survey showed that 14 fish species belonging to seven families were recorded. Two families namely Characidae and Clariidae constituted the dominant fish families in the reservoir. Among the Characidae, Brycinus nurse (23.1%) and among the Clariidae family, Clarias gariepinus (22.8%) were do...

  15. Ocular biometry and central corneal thickness in children: a hospital-based study

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Investigar a distribuição do comprimento axial, profundidade da câmara anterior, espessura do cristalino, profundidade da câmara vítrea e espessura corneal central em crianças em diferentes faixas etárias. Métodos: Foram estudados 364 olhos de 182 crianças entre 1 e 12 anos de idade. O comprimento axial, a profundidade da câmara anterior , a espessura do cristalino e a profundidade da câmara vítrea foram medidos por biometria ultrassônica. A espessura corneal central foi medida por paquimetria ultrassônica em todas as crianças. Resultados: A idade média foi de 6,54 ± 3,42 anos. O comprimento axial foi 20,95 mm no grupo de 1-2 anos de idade e 22,95 mm no grupo de 11-12 anos de idade. A espessura corneal central foi 556 µm no grupo de 1-2 anos de idade e 555 µm no grupo de 11-12 anos de idade. A profundidade da câmara anterior média e profundidade da câmara vítrea aumentou com a idade (3,06 mm a 3,44 mm de profundidade da câmara anterior, 13,75 mm a 15,99 mm de profundidade da câmara vítrea e da espessura do cristalino diminuiu com o aumento da idade (3,67 mm a 3,51 mm. Conclusões: Em nosso estudo, os valores do comprimento axial aumentou com a idade e atingiu os níveis adultos aos 9-10 anos de idade. A espessura do cristalino diminuiu gradualmente até os 12 anos de idade. As medições de espessura corneal central não seguiu um algoritmo linear.

  16. Relationships between fetal biometry, maternal factors and birth weight of purebred domestic cat kittens.

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    Gatel, L; Rosset, E; Chalvet-Monfray, K; Buff, S; Rault, D N

    2011-12-01

    The goal of this study was to evaluate the relation between kittens' birth weights and biometrical factors from the kittens and the mother during pregnancy. Knowing fetal birth weight could help in detecting abnormalities before parturition. A Caesarean-section or a postnatal management plan could be scheduled. Consequently, the neonatal mortality rate should be decreased. We used ultrasonographic measurements of femur length (FL) or fetal biparietal diameter (BPD), pregnancies, and maternal factors to obtain a model of prediction. For this purpose, linear mixed-effects models were used because of random effects (several fetuses for one queen and a few paired measurements) and fixed effects (litter size, pregnancy rank, weight, wither height, and age of the queen). This study was performed in 24 purebred queens with normal pregnancies and normal body conditions. Queens were scanned in the second half of pregnancy, using a micro-convex probe. They gave birth to 140 healthy kittens whose mean birth weight was 104 g (ranged 65 to 165 g). No correlation between the birth weight and the age of the queen, as a maternal factor alone, was observed. But the birth weight was found to be inversely proportional to the pregnancy rank and the litter size. Moreover, birth weight increased when the weight and wither height of queen increased. BPD and FL increased linearly during pregnancy so a model was used to estimate mean birth weight. Using this model, we found a correlation between mean birth weights and an association of parameters: maternal factors (wither height and age), and litter size. PMID:21820718

  17. [Biometry and assessment of the levator hiatus by three-dimensional pelvic floor ultrasound].

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    Dimitrov, R

    2013-01-01

    Images of the levator hiatus in 40 nulliparous, 40 asymptomatic parous women and 40 women with pelvic organ prolapse were obtained by transperineal/translabial three-dimentional ultrasonography of the pelvic floor. Volumes were taken at rest and during squeezing. Recontructed images of the levator hiatus at the plane of minimal dimentions were obtained by off-line processing of the stored volumes. The transverse, the longitudinal diameter and the area of the levator hiatus were measured at rest and during squeezing in the three groups. Qualitative assessment of the shape and the symmetry of the levator hiatus at rest was made, too. The average hiatal dimentions (transverse, longitudinal diameter and hiatal area) measured at rest in the three groups were: 35.8 mm, 43.1 mm and 11.84 cm2 in the nulliparous; 43.6 mm, 47.1 mm and 15.1 cm2 in the asymptomatic parous women and 50.5 mm, 57.2 mm and 25.8 cm2 in women with pelvic organ prolapse. Nulliparous women achieved the greatest reduction of hiatal area during squeezing (by 21% average). In asymptomatic parous women the hiatal area reduction averaged 12% while in women with pelvic organ prolapse the average reduction was by 4% only. Levator injury was detected in 7.5% of the asymptomatic parous women and in 22.5% of the women with pelvic organ prolapse. Left-sided injuries predominated. Three-dimentional ultrasound provides easy and high-quality imaging of the pubovisceral miscles for the objective assessment of the levator hiatus in static and dynamic conditions. PMID:23807973

  18. Biometry and diversity of Arabica coffee genotypes cultivated in a high density plant system.

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    Rodrigues, W N; Tomaz, M A; Ferrão, M A G; Martins, L D; Colodetti, T V; Brinate, S V B; Amaral, J F T; Sobreira, F M; Apostólico, M A

    2016-01-01

    The present study was developed to respond to the need for an increase in crop yield in the mountain region of Caparaó (southern Espírito Santo State, Brazil), an area of traditional coffee production. This study aimed to analyze the diversity and characterize the crop yield of genotypes of Coffea arabica L. with potential for cultivation in high plant density systems. In addition, it also aimed to quantify the expression of agronomic traits in this cultivation system and provide information on the genotypes with the highest cultivation potential in the studied region. The experiment followed a randomized block design with 16 genotypes, four repetitions, and six plants per experimental plot. Plant spacing was 2.00 x 0.60 m, with a total of 8333 plants per hectare, representing a high-density cultivation system. Coffee plants were cultivated until the start of their reproductive phenological cycles and were evaluated along four complete reproductive cycles. Genotypes with high crop yield and beverage quality, short canopy, and rust resistance were selected. C. arabica genotypes showed variability in almost all characteristics. It was possible to identify different responses among genotypes grown in a high plant density cultivation system. Although the chlorophyll a content was similar among genotypes, the genotypes Acauã, Araponga MG1, Sacramento MG1, Tupi, and Catuaí IAC 44 showed a higher chlorophyll b content than the other genotypes. Among these, Sacramento MG1 also showed high leafiness and growth of vegetative structures, whereas Araponga MG1, Pau-Brasil MG1, and Tupi showed high fruit production. In addition, Araponga MG1 had also a higher and more stable crop yield over the years. PMID:26909972

  19. Full anterior segment biometry with extended imaging range spectral domain optical coherence tomography at 1340 nm

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    Li, Peng; Johnstone, Murray; Ruikang K Wang

    2014-01-01

    Abstract. We demonstrate an extended-imaging-range anterior-segment optical coherence tomography (eAS-OCT) system for the biometric assessment of full AS in human eye. This newly developed eAS-OCT operating at 1340-nm wavelength band is simultaneously capable of an imaging speed of 120 kHz A-line scan rate, an axial resolution of 7.2 μm, and an extended imaging range of up to 16 mm in air. Imaging results from three healthy subjects and one subject with a narrow-angle demonstrate the instrume...

  20. Uptake of propranolol, a cardiovascular pharmaceutical, from water into fish plasma and its effects on growth and organ biometry

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    Pharmaceuticals in the environment (PIE) are of importance since these compounds are designed to affect biological receptors/enzymes that are often conserved across vertebrate families. Across-species extrapolation of these therapeutic targets suggests potential for impacting amphibia and fish in the aquatic environment. Due to the scarcity of relevant ecotoxicological data, the long-tem impact of PIE remains a research question. Efficient use of mammalian data has been proposed to better understand and predict the potential for a given pharmaceutical to impact the environment. Using a model cardiovascular pharmaceutical (propranolol, a non-specific β1/β2-adrenergic antagonist), the hypothesis that mammalian data can be used to predict toxicity in fish was tested. Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss (Walbaum)) have β-adrenergic signalling mechanisms analogous to human cardiovascular receptors that respond to pharmacological doses of agonists and antagonists. Trout absorbed propranolol from water such that after 40 days of exposure, the linear relationship was [plasma] = 0.59[water] (n = 31, r = 0.96). Growth rate was affected only at very high aqueous concentrations (10-day growthNOEC = 1.0 and growthLOEC = 10 mg/l). Growth recovered with time (40-day growthNOEC = 10 mg/l), suggesting possible adaptation to the pharmaceutical, although the internal plasma concentration in trout exposed to 10 mg propranolol/l of water was higher than the mammalian therapeutic plasma concentration. Additional endpoints suggested subtle changes of liver and heart size at much lower concentrations may have occurred, although these were not concentration-related. There was, however, a dose-dependent effect upon overall body condition. The trout plasma concentrations at these effective aqueous concentrations fell within the range of mammalian effective plasma concentrations, supporting the potential for developing 'read-across' from mammalian pharmacology safety data to fish ecotoxicology. Despite these effects at relatively high concentrations, propranolol is not expected to pose a risk to fish at the concentrations considered to be present in the aquatic environment.

  1. Biometrie sexual and ontogenetic dimorphism on the marine catfish Genidens genidens (Siluriformes, Ariidae in a tropical estuary

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    Larissa G Paiva

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to study the ontogenetic sexual dimorphism of Genidens genidens in Guanabara Bay, southeastern coast of Brazil. Altogether 378 specimens were anayzed (233 females and 145 males with total length ranging from 13.3 to 43.5 cm. Specimens were measured for 12 body measurements, sex was identified and maturity stages were recorded and classified. Pearson's linear correlation reveled a significant positive correlation between total length and all other body measures, except for base adipose fin, mouth depth and eye depth for immature females. Analyses nested PERMANOVA desing showed significant differences between maturity stages for each sex, between sexes considering or not maturity stages, indicating a variation in morphometric characteristics driven by sexual dimorphism. Differences among all maturity stages were also found, indicating an ontogenetic morphological difference. But immature individuals didn't differ between sexes indicating that differentiation patterns starts with sexual development. The most important measures differing males and females were related to head characteristics, which appears to be key parameters to evaluate sexual differences. Due to male incubation of fertilized eggs and juvenile individuals <59 mm in their oral cavity, head measures are proposed to be sex dimorphism not related to reproduction, but with post reproductive fase due to ecological and biological needs.

  2. Možnosti využití biometrie při platbách

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    Kašparová, Žaneta

    2014-01-01

    Presented bachelor thesis deals with the use of biometrics, particularly in payment transactions. The aim of this thesis is to analyse possibilities of using biometrics in payment transactions. Characteristics of biometric methods as well as identification of contemporary trends connected with biometric payment are included in this paper. The benefit of this thesis is a realization of research in order to analyse attitude of young generation to biometric payment in the Czech Republic.

  3. I point my heart with the tip of my fingers - Biometry for the diagnosis of congenital heart defects

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    Abdulla, Tariq; Dillenseger, Jean-Louis; Summers, Ron; Paul, Jean-François; Houyel, Lucile; Schleich, Jean-Marc

    2013-01-01

    International audience Congenital heart defects are characterized by abnormal positioning of some anatomical structures relative to a normal heart. Classically the classification of the disease or the stage of the disease is based on the measurement of the relative position of these structures by the cardiac morphologist. We propose a method in which the heart volume is acquired by a CT scanner. In this paper we present a tool which allows us to define landmarks interactively in this heart...

  4. Uptake of propranolol, a cardiovascular pharmaceutical, from water into fish plasma and its effects on growth and organ biometry

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    Owen, Stewart F. [Institute for the Environment, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH (United Kingdom); Global Safety Health and Environment, AstraZeneca, Brixham Environmental Laboratory, Freshwater Quarry, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8BA (United Kingdom); Huggett, Duane B. [Pfizer Global Research and Development, Groton Laboratories, Eastern Point Road, Groton, CT 06340 (United States); Hutchinson, Thomas H.; Hetheridge, Malcolm J. [Global Safety Health and Environment, AstraZeneca, Brixham Environmental Laboratory, Freshwater Quarry, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8BA (United Kingdom); Kinter, Lewis B. [AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals US, 1800 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19850 (United States); Ericson, Jon. F. [Pfizer Global Research and Development, Groton Laboratories, Eastern Point Road, Groton, CT 06340 (United States); Sumpter, John P., E-mail: john.sumpter@brunel.ac.uk [Institute for the Environment, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH (United Kingdom)

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    Pharmaceuticals in the environment (PIE) are of importance since these compounds are designed to affect biological receptors/enzymes that are often conserved across vertebrate families. Across-species extrapolation of these therapeutic targets suggests potential for impacting amphibia and fish in the aquatic environment. Due to the scarcity of relevant ecotoxicological data, the long-tem impact of PIE remains a research question. Efficient use of mammalian data has been proposed to better understand and predict the potential for a given pharmaceutical to impact the environment. Using a model cardiovascular pharmaceutical (propranolol, a non-specific {beta}{sub 1}/{beta}{sub 2}-adrenergic antagonist), the hypothesis that mammalian data can be used to predict toxicity in fish was tested. Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss (Walbaum)) have {beta}-adrenergic signalling mechanisms analogous to human cardiovascular receptors that respond to pharmacological doses of agonists and antagonists. Trout absorbed propranolol from water such that after 40 days of exposure, the linear relationship was [plasma] = 0.59[water] (n = 31, r = 0.96). Growth rate was affected only at very high aqueous concentrations (10-day {sup growth}NOEC = 1.0 and {sup growth}LOEC = 10 mg/l). Growth recovered with time (40-day {sup growth}NOEC = 10 mg/l), suggesting possible adaptation to the pharmaceutical, although the internal plasma concentration in trout exposed to 10 mg propranolol/l of water was higher than the mammalian therapeutic plasma concentration. Additional endpoints suggested subtle changes of liver and heart size at much lower concentrations may have occurred, although these were not concentration-related. There was, however, a dose-dependent effect upon overall body condition. The trout plasma concentrations at these effective aqueous concentrations fell within the range of mammalian effective plasma concentrations, supporting the potential for developing 'read-across' from mammalian pharmacology safety data to fish ecotoxicology. Despite these effects at relatively high concentrations, propranolol is not expected to pose a risk to fish at the concentrations considered to be present in the aquatic environment.

  5. Effects of field contamination by metals (Cd, Cu, Pb, Zn) on biometry and mechanics of echinoderm ossicles

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    C. Moureaux; Simon, J.; Mannaerts, G; Catarino, A.I.; Pernet, P.; Dubois, P.

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    Echinoderms are known to readily incorporate metals in their calcified endoskeleton. It is currently unclear if this has an impact on the skeleton function or if this can be considered as a detoxification mechanism. In the present work, populations of the sea urchin Echinus acutus and the starfish Asterias rubens were studied in stations distributed along a metal contamination gradient in a Norwegian fjord (Sørfjord). Ossicles involved in major mechanical functions – sea urchin spine and star...

  6. Ocular biometry in the adult population in rural central China: a population-based, cross-sectional study

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    Ting; Fu; Yin-Wei; Song; Zhi-Qi; Chen; Jun-Wen; He; Kun; Qiao; Xu-Fang; Sun; Hong; Zhang; Jun-Ming; Wang

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    ·AIM: To describe the distribution and determinants of ocular biometric parameters and to ascertain the relative importance of these determinants in a large population of adults in rural central China.·METHODS: A population-based, cross-sectional study performed in rural central China included 1721 participants aged 40 or more years. Ocular biometrical parameters including axial length(AL), anterior chamber depth(ACD), radius of corneal curvature(K) and horizontal corneal diameter [white-to-white(WTW)distance] were measured using non-contact partial coherence interferometry [intraocular lens(IOL)-Master].·RESULTS: Ocular biometric data on 1721 participants with a average age of 57.0 ±8.7y were analyzed at last.The general mean AL, ACD, mean corneal curvature radius(MCR), WTW were 22.80±1.12, 2.96±0.36, 7.56±0.26 and 11.75 ±0.40 mm, respectively. The mean values of each parameter in 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69, and 70 to91 years age groups were as follows: AL, 22.77 ±0.87,22.76 ±1.06, 22.89 ±1.41, 22.92 ±0.80 mm; ACD, 3.10 ±0.32,2.98 ±0.34, 2.86 ±0.36, 2.77 ±0.35 mm; MCR, 7.58 ±0.25,7.54 ±0.26, 7.55 ±0.26, 7.49 ±0.28 mm; WTW, 11.79 ±0.38,11.75 ±0.40, 11.72 ±0.41, 11.67 ±0.41 mm. The AL, ACD,MCR and WTW were correlated with age and the AL was correlated with height and weight.·CONCLUSION: Our findings can serve as an important normative reference for multiple purposes and may help to improve the quality of rural eye care.

  7. Correlations of third-trimester hiatal biometry obtained using four-dimensional translabial ultrasonography with the delivery route in nulliparous pregnant women

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    Teerayut Temtanakitpaisan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The goal of this study was to evaluate normal hiatal dimensions in the third trimester in nulliparous Thai pregnant women and to establish which biometric factors were associated with various pregnancy outcomes. Methods: Fifty-seven consecutive nulliparous pregnant Thai women in their third trimester were recruited on a voluntary basis from April to October 2014. All subjects underwent four-dimensional (4D translabial ultrasonography. Hiatal biometric parameters were measured at rest, while performing a Valsalva maneuver, and during contraction. Information about the patients’ eventual deliveries was obtained from their medical records. Results: The mean values of the patients’ age, body mass index, and gestational age at the time of examination were 27.4±5.47 years, 26.7±3.48 kg/m2, and 36.6±1.49 weeks, respectively. No subjects had vaginal lumps or experienced prolapse greater than stage 1 of the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification system. Ultrasonography showed that the mean values of the hiatal area at rest, while performing a Valsalva maneuver, and during contraction were 13.10±2.92 cm2, 17.50±4.81 cm2, and 9.69±2.09 cm2, respectively. The hiatal area at rest, the axial measurement at rest, and the axial measurement while performing a Valsalva maneuver were significantly associated with the route of delivery (P=0.02, P=0.04, and P=0.03, respectively. Conclusion: The route of delivery was associated with hiatal biometric values measured using 4D translabial ultrasonography, based on the results of nulliparous Thai women in the third trimester.

  8. Larval biometry of Simulium rubrithorax (Diptera: Simuliidae and size comparison between populations in the states of Minas Gerais and Roraima, Brazil

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    Alvan-Aguilar Miriam Adriana

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    Full Text Available The number of larval instars of Simulium (Hemicnetha rubrithorax Lutz (Diptera: Nematocera was determined using the lateral length of the head capsule. In this study 1,035 larvae, of different sizes, were measured (639 from the state of Roraima and 396 from the state of Minas Gerais. A frequency distribution analysis was carried out on the measurements of the lateral length of the head capsule to determine the number of larval instars. The limits of each instar were defined by the lower frequency of the measurements falling in a range of values, by the presence of the "egg burster" that characterizes the first larval instar, and by the developmental stage of the gill histoblast. The determination of the instar number was tested using a Student's t-test (p 0.05 were observed between them.

  9. Spontaneous regression of intralobar pulmonary sequestration during the pregnancy: report of two cases through relationships between mass and fetal biometry and review of the literature.

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    Pinto, Ricardo Martins; Araujo Júnior, Edward; Augusto, Lucas Costa; Costa, Jesus Irajacy Fernandes; Dias, Daniel Aguiar; Aguiar, Lindemberg Barbosa; Carvalho, Francisco Herlânio

    2016-06-01

    Intralobar pulmonary sequestration is a rare bronchopulmonary malformation consisting of a non-functioning lung mass that receives its arterial blood supply from systemic circulation and that does not adequately communicate with the tracheobronchial tree through a normal bronchus. These sequestrations account for 1.1-1.8% of all lung resections. Herein we present two clinical cases with a prenatal diagnosis of pulmonary sequestration using ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging. Pulmonary images indicated a progressive decrease in the size and echogenicity of the lung mass with fetal growth, resulting in asymptomatic neonates with normal chest radiographs. We emphasize the importance of combining imaging examinations with follow-up by a multidisciplinary team working in a center specialized in maternal-fetal medicine. For the successive monitoring of the size of the lung tissue mass, we propose the calculation of the following two biometric ratios that are not yet described in the literature: mass area/head circumference and mass volume/estimated fetal weight. The second ratio was similar in both cases, a result which suggests its potential for use in estimating the probability of the spontaneous regression of intralobar pulmonary sequestration. PMID:26135786

  10. Proceedings of the 1. Scientific meeting of the Brazilian Society of Nuclear Biosciences; 2. Scientific meeting of biophysics and biometry. Book of abstracts

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    Several aspects of nuclear energy are presented such a : nuclear medicine and the use of radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosis and therapeutical purposes; medical physics, monitoring and radioprotection; radiobiology, photobiology and toxicology; in vivo and in vitro methodology for diagnosis, therapy and research; quality assurance and training in nuclear sciences

  11. Oogonal biometry and phylogenetic analysis of the Pythium vexans species group from woody agricultural hosts in South Africa reveal distinct groups within this taxon

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    Pythium vexans fits into the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) clade K. In South Africa, as well as in other regions of the world, P. vexans isolates are known to be heterogeneous in their ITS sequences and may consist of more than one species. Therefore, this study examined the diversity of South...

  12. Comparison between a New Optical Biometry Device and an Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomographer for Measuring Central Corneal Thickness and Anterior Chamber Depth

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    Jinhai Huang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To compare between a new optical biometer (AL-Scan, Nidek Co., Aichi, Japan and an anterior segment optical coherence tomographer (Visante AS-OCT, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, USA for measuring central corneal thickness (CCT, anterior chamber depth (ACD, and aqueous depth (AD. Methods. Sixty-three eyes of 63 normal subjects were examined with AL-Scan and Visante AS-OCT in this prospective study. One eye per subject was measured three times with both devices to record their CCT, ACD, and AD. All procedures were performed by the same operator. Agreement between the two devices was assessed using paired t-tests, Bland-Altman plots, and 95% limits of agreement (LoA. Results. The mean CCT, ACD, and AD measured by AL-Scan were 538.59±27.37 μm, 3.70±0.30 mm, and 3.16±0.30 mm, respectively. The mean values obtained by the Visante OCT were 536.14±26.61 μm for CCT, 3.71±0.29 mm for ACD, and 3.17±0.29 mm for AD. The mean CCT by the AL-Scan was higher than that obtained by the Visante AS-OCT (difference = 2.45±6.07 μm, P<0.05. The differences in ACD and AD measurements were not statistically significant. The 95% LoA of CCT, ACD, and AD were between −9.44 and 14.35 μm, −0.15 and 0.12 mm, and −0.15 and 0.12 mm, respectively. Conclusions. Since these two devices were comparable for measuring CCT, ACD, and AD, their results can be interchangeably used in the clinic.

  13. Comparison between a New Optical Biometry Device and an Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomographer for Measuring Central Corneal Thickness and Anterior Chamber Depth.

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    Huang, Jinhai; Lu, Weicong; Savini, Giacomo; Chen, Hao; Wang, Chengfang; Yu, Xinxin; Bao, Fangjun; Wang, Qinmei

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    Purpose. To compare between a new optical biometer (AL-Scan, Nidek Co., Aichi, Japan) and an anterior segment optical coherence tomographer (Visante AS-OCT, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, USA) for measuring central corneal thickness (CCT), anterior chamber depth (ACD), and aqueous depth (AD). Methods. Sixty-three eyes of 63 normal subjects were examined with AL-Scan and Visante AS-OCT in this prospective study. One eye per subject was measured three times with both devices to record their CCT, ACD, and AD. All procedures were performed by the same operator. Agreement between the two devices was assessed using paired t-tests, Bland-Altman plots, and 95% limits of agreement (LoA). Results. The mean CCT, ACD, and AD measured by AL-Scan were 538.59 ± 27.37 μm, 3.70 ± 0.30 mm, and 3.16 ± 0.30 mm, respectively. The mean values obtained by the Visante OCT were 536.14 ± 26.61 μm for CCT, 3.71 ± 0.29 mm for ACD, and 3.17 ± 0.29 mm for AD. The mean CCT by the AL-Scan was higher than that obtained by the Visante AS-OCT (difference = 2.45 ± 6.07 μm, P LoA of CCT, ACD, and AD were between -9.44 and 14.35 μm, -0.15 and 0.12 mm, and -0.15 and 0.12 mm, respectively. Conclusions. Since these two devices were comparable for measuring CCT, ACD, and AD, their results can be interchangeably used in the clinic. PMID:27403339

  14. Ultrasound assessment of placental function: the effectiveness of placental biometry in a low-risk population as a predictor of a small for gestational age neonate.

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    2012-07-01

    The aims of the study were to establish reference ranges for placental length and thickness in a low-risk obstetric population and to assess the likelihood of a small for gestational age (SGA) neonate on the basis of placental length at 18-24 weeks\\' gestation.

  15. Correlations of third-trimester hiatal biometry obtained using four-dimensional translabial ultrasonography with the delivery route in nulliparous pregnant women

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    Teerayut Temtanakitpaisan; Varisara Chantarasorn; Suvit Bunyavejchevin

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    Purpose: The goal of this study was to evaluate normal hiatal dimensions in the third trimester in nulliparous Thai pregnant women and to establish which biometric factors were associated with various pregnancy outcomes. Methods: Fifty-seven consecutive nulliparous pregnant Thai women in their third trimester were recruited on a voluntary basis from April to October 2014. All subjects underwent four-dimensional (4D) translabial ultrasonography. Hiatal biometric parameters were measured at res...

  16. Morfologia e biometria do timo em araras dos gêneros Ara e Anodorhynchus Morphology and biometry of the thymus gland in macaw of Ara and Anodorhynchus genera

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    Full Text Available Foram utilizados 12 exemplares de Ara ararauna - seis fêmeas e seis machos -, cinco exemplares de Ara chloropterus (uma fêmea e quatro machos e dois exemplares de Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus - uma fêmea e um macho -, todos adultos, doados por criadouro particular, após óbito natural. Os lobos foram dissecados e medidos com paquímetro - comprimento x largura x espessura - e analisados quanto ao peso, à topografia e à morfologia individual. Independentemente do gênero, foram identificados, em 17 casos (89,5%, lobos tímicos nos antímeros cervicais esquerdo e direito, e em oito casos (42,1%, lobos na cavidade celomática. Os lobos apresentaram formatos alongados - 52,6% -, arredondados - 21,1% - ou ovalados - 15,8% -, posicionados preferencialmente ventromedialmente ao longo do plexo vasculoneural do pescoço, com número médio de cinco lobos por antímero, tamanho médio de 0,49cm de comprimento, 0,12cm de largura e 0,05cm de espessura e peso médio de 0,076g.Twelve samples of Ara ararauna - six females and six males -, five samples of Ara chloropterus (one female and four males and two samples of Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus (one female and one male, all adults from a Breeding Park, were used after natural death. The lobes were dissected and measured with electronic calliper (length x width x thickness and analyzed taking their weight, topography and individual morphology into account. Regardless of gender, 89.5% of the cases presented timic lobes in the left and right cervical antimere, and 42.1% of the cases presented lobes in the celomatic cavity. The lobes were shown in shapes - long (52.6%, round (21.1% or oval (15.8%, positioned mostly ventromedially, along the neurovascular plexus of the neck, with an average of five lobes per antimere, and an average size of 0.49cm length, 0.12cm width, and 0.05cm thick and average weight of 0.076g.

  17. La relance des activités de biométrie au sein de la recherche agronomique zaïroise

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    Full Text Available The Revival of Biometrie Activities in the Zairean Agricultural Research. This paper gives an overview of biometrie activities in the Zairean agricultural research. Biometrie methods were introduced by INEAC in 1953. The activities were discontinued in 1960 and then started again in 1990. The paper also provides new perspectives.

  18. Efeito da vagotomia troncular em ratos injetados na fase neonatal com glutamato monossódico: estudo biométrico Effect of vagotomy in rats neonatally injected with monosodium glutamate: biometry study

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    Fernando de Souza

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    Full Text Available Obesidade hipotalâmica pode ocorrer em humanos e pode ser reproduzida, experimentalmente, por lesão do VMH em ratos. Esta obesidade pode ser revertida por vagotomia troncular (VT, devido à redução da ingestão alimentar e da insulinemia mediada pelo nervo vago. Experimentalmente, a injeção de MSG causa lesão em nível de ARC. O objetivo deste trabalho é avaliar os efeitos do MSG em ratos e se VT os altera. Estudou-se 52 ratos Wistar machos, divididos em dois grupos de 26 animais, um submetido à injeção de MSG na fase neonatal e outro à de solução salina. Aos 30 dias de vida, após nova divisão, obteve-se: grupo MSG, submetido à VT (VTMSG, e outro à laparotomia (LAPMSG; grupo SALINA, submetido à VT (VTSAL, e outro à laparotomia (LAPSAL. Obteve-se peso, CNA e índice de Lee. O consumo alimentar foi obtido dos 30 aos 90 dias de vida. Aos 90 dias, após eutanásia, mensurou-se peso, CNA, índice de Lee e gordura perigonadal. Análise estatística foi realizada pelo "t de Student". Constatou-se que o MSG provoca redução do CNA e aumento do índice de Lee aos 30 dias de vida, e provoca redução do peso e do CNA, aumento do índice de Lee e da gordura perigonadal aos 90 dias e aumento do consumo alimentar dos 30 aos 90 dias de vida. A VT provoca redução do peso, do índice de Lee e da gordura perigonadal, e tendência à redução do CNA no rato injetado com MSG. A VT provoca redução de consumo alimentar nos primeiros 30 dias de pós-operatório, mas com tendência a maior consumo nos 30 dias subseqüentes. Conclui-se que o MSG injetado na fase neonatal provoca aumento do consumo alimentar e da adiposidade e causa redução da estatura e do peso do animal dos 30 aos 90 dias de vida. E que a VT, realizada aos 30 dias de vida, provoca redução do consumo alimentar nos primeiros 30 dias de pós-operatório, da adiposidade e do peso.The hypothalamus and autonomic nervous system exert strong influence in food intake. Hypothalamic lesion could cause neuroendocrine obesity. Hypothalamic obesity could be reproduced through ventromedial hypothalamic lesion in animals and attenuated that by subdiafragmatic vagotomy (VT. VT decreased food intake and insulinemia. Injection of monosodium glutamate (MSG neonatally in rats produces adiposity, hyperphagia, without weight gain because it injures arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus, site of growth hormone releasing hormone production. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the MSG effect on weight, stature, Lee index (3 square root body weight/nasoanal length, gonadal fat (GF and food intake in rats and the VT effect on these parameters. Fifty-two male Wistar rats were used, divided into two groups of twenty-six animals each. SALINA group was subcutaneously injected with saline solution 12.5% (1.25 mg/g body weight/dayly/5days and MSG group was injected with MSG solution 24% (4 mg/g body weight/dayly/5 days, after the rats were born, in the posterior cervical region without adverse reaction. On the 30th day of life, the animals were divided into four groups and submitted to operation, sham operated groups (LAPSAL and LAPMSG and vagotomized groups (VTSAL and VTMSG. On operation day, weight, nasoanal length (NAL and Lee index were obtained. Food intake were obtained from the 30th day until 90th day. On 90th day, the animals were sacrificed and weight, NAL, Lee index and GF were obtained. Statistic analysis was performed by the Student’s t test. NAL was smaller and Lee index was greater in MSG group than in SALINA group on the 30th day. Weight gain and NAL were smaller and Lee index and GF were greater on the 90th day, and food intake from the 30th to 90th day period was greater in LAPMSG group than in LAPSAL group. Weight gain, Lee index and GF were smaller and NAL trended smaller in VTMSG group than in LAPMSG group on the 90th day. Food intake from the 30th to 60th day period was smaller and trended greater from the 60th to 90th day period in VTMSG group than in LAPMSG. Vagal regeneration could explain that food intake inversion. These results suggest that MSG injected neonatally increases food intake and adiposity, and decreases stature and weight gain from the 30th to 90th day period. VT performed on the 30th day decreases food intake in first 30 days and decreases weight gain, Lee index and GF in MSG injected rats.

  19. Produção e biometria do milho verde irrigado com água salina sob frações de lixiviação Production and biometry of green corn irrigated with saline water under leaching fractions

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    José F. de Carvalho; Celestino J. Tsimpho; Ênio F. de F. e Silva; Pedro R. F. de Medeiros; Max H. Vieira dos Santos; Alexandre N. dos Santos

    2012-01-01

    O trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar o desempenho da cultura do milho em relação a produção e biometria, irrigado por gotejamento com água salina e sob diferentes frações de lixiviação em estação lisímetrica de drenagem. Os tratamentos consistiram de dois níveis de salinidade da água (CEa- 1,2 e 3,3 dS m-1) e cinco frações de lixiviação (FL- 0, 5, 10, 15 e 20%) em delineamento inteiramente casualizado em esquema fatorial 2 x 5. O experimento foi conduzido na área experimental do Departamento...

  20. Three mutually informative ways to understand the genetic relationships among behavioral disinhibition, alcohol use, drug use, nicotine use/dependence, and their co-occurrence: twin biometry, GCTA, and genome-wide scoring.

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    Vrieze, Scott I; McGue, Matt; Miller, Michael B; Hicks, Brian M; Iacono, William G

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    Behavioral disinhibition is a trait hypothesized to represent a general vulnerability to the development of substance use disorders. We used a large community-representative sample (N = 7,188) to investigate the genetic and environmental relationships among measures of behavioral disinhibition, Nicotine Use/Dependence, Alcohol Consumption, Alcohol Dependence, and Drug Use. First, using a subsample of twins (N = 2,877), we used standard twin models to estimate the additive genetic, shared environmental, and non-shared environmental contributions to these five traits. Heritabilities ranged from .42 to .58 and shared environmental effects ranged from .12 to .24. Phenotypic correlations among the five traits were largely attributable to shared genetic effects. Second, we used Genome-wide Complex Trait Analysis (GCTA) to estimate as a random effect the aggregate genetic effect attributable to 515,384 common SNPs. The aggregated SNPs explained 10-30 % of the variance in the traits. Third, a genome-wide scoring approach summed the actual SNPs, creating a SNP-based genetic risk score for each individual. After tenfold internal cross-validation, the SNP sumscore correlated with the traits at .03 to .07 (p trait correlated at approximately the same magnitude with other traits, indicating detectable pleiotropic effects among these traits. Behavioral disinhibition thus shares genetic etiology with measures of substance use, and this relationship is detectable at the level of measured genomic variation. PMID:23362009

  1. Three Mutually Informative Ways to Understand the Genetic Relationships Among Behavioral Disinhibition, Alcohol Use, Drug Use, Nicotine Use/Dependence, and Their Co-occurrence: Twin Biometry, GCTA, and Genome-wide Scoring

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    VRIEZE, SCOTT I.; McGue, Matt; Miller, Michael B.; Hicks, Brian M.; Iacono, William G.

    2013-01-01

    Behavioral Disinhibition is a trait hypothesized to represent a general vulnerability to the development of substance use disorders. We used a large community-representative sample (N = 7188) to investigate the genetic and environmental relationships among measures of Behavioral Disinhibition, Nicotine Use/Dependence, Alcohol Consumption, Alcohol Dependence, and Drug Use. First, using a subsample of twins (N = 2877), we used standard twin models to estimate the additive genetic, shared enviro...

  2. Biometria ocular, erro refrativo e sua relação com a estatura, idade, sexo e escolaridade em adultos brasileiros Ocular biometry, refractive error and correlation with height, age, gender and years of formal education

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    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar os parâmetros biométricos oculares e o erro refrativo em adultos brasileiros e a sua relação com a estatura, idade, sexo e escolaridade. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal que avaliou 173 indivíduos pela ceratometria, ecobiometria, refração e aferição da estatura. A análise estatística foi realizada pelo coeficiente de Pearson e pela elaboração de um modelo de regressão. RESULTADOS: Encontrou-se que: a cada aumento de 10 cm na estatura, esperar-se-ia encontrar um comprimento axial 0,32 mm mais longo, profundidade da câmara anterior 0,07 mm mais profunda, profundidade da cavidade vítrea 0,26 mm mais profunda e ceratometria 0,50 D mais plana; a cada aumento de 10 anos na idade esperar-se-ia encontrar profundidade da câmara anterior 0,15 mm mais rasa, cristalino 0,25 mm mais espesso, profundidade da cavidade vítrea 0,21 mm mais rasa e equivalente esférico 0,23 D mais positivo; a cada 10 anos de escolaridade esperar-se-ia equivalente esférico 0,74 D mais negativo. O sexo não apresentou influência. Equações referentes aos parâmetros biométricos e ao equivalente esférico foram formuladas. CONCLUSÕES: Correlações positivas foram encontradas entre: comprimento axial e estatura; profundidade da câmara anterior e da cavidade vítrea e estatura; espessura do cristalino e idade; ceratometria e estatura; equivalente esférico e idade. Correlações negativas foram encontradas entre: profundidade de câmara anterior e da cavidade vítrea e idade; equivalente esférico e escolaridade.PURPOSE: To assess ocular biometric parameters and refractive error in Brazilian adults and their relationship with height, age, gender and years of formal education. METHODS: Cross-sectional study that assessed 173 subjects by keratometry, echobiometry, refraction and measurement of body height. The statistical analysis was performed using Pearson's coefficient and a regression model was constructed. RESULTS: The correlations found were: each 10 cm - increase in height was related to a 0.32 mm longer axial length, 0.07 mm deeper anterior chamber, 0.26 mm deeper vitreous chamber and 0.50 D flatter keratometry. Each 10-year increase in age, related to a 0.15 mm smaller axial length, 0.25 mm thicker lens, 0.21 mm shallower vitreous chamber and 0.23 D more positive spherical equivalent. Each 10-year increase in education related to a 0.74 D more negative spherical equivalent. Gender did not influence the analyzed biometric parameters. Equations referring to biometric parameters and spherical equivalent were formulated. CONCLUSIONS: Positive correlations were found between: axial length and height; anterior chamber and vitreous cavity depth with height; lens thickness with age; keratometry with height; and spherical equivalent with age. Negative correlations were found between: anterior chamber and vitreous cavity depth with age; spherical equivalent and years of formal education.

  3. AMMONIZATION IN THE PRODUCTION RESIDUE OF FODDER SEEDS IN THE PERFORMANCE AND BIOMETRY OF LAMBS AMONIZAÇÃO DO RESÍDUO DA PRODUÇÃO DE SEMENTES DE FORRAGEM NO DESEMPENHO E BIOMETRIA DE CORDEIROS

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    Gustavo Rezende Siqueira

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available In order to evaluate the effect of ammonization in the production residue of Brachiaria brizantha seeds in the performance and in vivo biometric measurements of sheep, 19 Santa Inês lambs (females and non-castrated males were used, with initial weight of 15kg, confined in individual cages until reaching 28kg. Animals were arranged into two groups, receiving isoenergetic and isoproteic diets with 40:60 volumous:concentrate ratio, being diet 1 (D1 made up with non-treated volumous with urea + addiction of urea in concentrate and diet 2 (D2 with treated volumous with addiction of 2% urea in MS + concentrate without urea. Dry matter consumption was similar between diets and sexes (0.85 kg/day, 3.28%/BW e 73.15 g/kg0,75/day; however, the remaining performance parameters were affected by the different sexes of animals. There was not interaction between diet and sex in biometric measurements; however, body length was higher for females (66.50 cm compared to males (61.12 cm. We conclude that the effect of ammonization in diet volumous did not affect performance and biometric measurements of sheep terminated in confinement, being that some changes occurred due to the different sexes of the animals.

    KEY WORDS: Chemical treatment, nutritional value, sheep, urea, volumous.
    Para avaliar o efeito da amonização no resíduo da produção de sementes de Brachiaria brizantha no desempenho e nas medidas biométricas in vivo de ovinos, foram utilizados dezenove cordeiros (machos não castrados e fêmeas da raça Santa Inês, com peso inicial de quinze kg, confinados em gaiolas individuais até atingirem 28 kg. Distribuíram-se os animais em dois grupos, recebendo dietas isoenergéticas e isoproteicas com relação volumoso:concentrado 40:60, sendo a dieta 1 (D1 constituída de volumoso não amonizado + inclusão de ureia no concentrado e D2 com volumoso tratado com inclusão de 2% de ureia na MS + concentrado sem ureia. O consumo de matéria seca mostrou-se similar entre as dietas e sexos (0,85 kg/dia, 3,28%/PV e 73,15g/kg0,75/dia, porém os demais parâmetros de desempenho foram afetados pelos diferentes sexos dos animais. Não houve interação entre dieta e sexo nas medidas biométricas. No entanto, o comprimento corporal foi superior para fêmeas (66,50 cm em comparação aos machos (61,12 cm. Conclui-se que o efeito da amonização no volumoso da dieta não afeta o desempenho, nem as medidas biométricas de ovinos terminados em confinamento. Algumas alterações que ocorrem relacionaram-se ao diferente sexo dos animais.

    PALAVRAS-CHAVES: Ovinos, tratamento químico, ureia, valor nutritivo, volumoso.

  4. 21 CFR 5.1100 - Headquarters.

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    ... Laboratory. Division of Personalized Nutrition and Medicine. Biometry Branch. Pharmacogenomics Branch... Management Staff. Division of Social Sciences. Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements. Food... Dietary Supplement Programs. CENTER FOR TOBACCO PRODUCTS.15 15 Mailing address: 9200 Corporate...

  5. Refractive Predictability of Partial Coherence Interferometry and Factors that can Affect It

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    Kim, Seung Mo; Choi, Joohyun; Choi, Sangkyung

    2009-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate the refractive predictability of a partial coherence interferometry (PCI) biometry device (IOL Master®) for cataract surgery and to investigate factors that may affect it. Methods Retrospective review of 209 eyes from 151 patients that had undergone preoperative PCI biometry and an uneventful phacoemulsification cataract surgery with posterior chamber intraocular lens (IOL) implantation was conducted. Prediction error defined as the intended refraction minus the postoperat...

  6. Accuracy of routine intraocular lens power calculation in a district general hospital.

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    Gregory, P T; Esbester, R M; Boase, D L

    1989-01-01

    To assess the accuracy of routine preoperative biometry we reviewed all cases of extracapsular cataract extraction with posterior chamber implant performed at Queen Alexandra Hospital in 1985. Of 471 eyes included in the survey 67.9% were within 1.0 D of the expected refraction and 90.7% within 2.0 D. Factors influencing accuracy are discussed. The necessity of routine preoperative biometry is emphasised.

  7. ESTIMATIVA DA DATA DO PARTO EM CADELAS ROTTWEILER ATRAVÉS DA BIOMETRIA FETAL REALIZADA POR ULTRASSONOGRAFIA ESTIMATION OF PARTURITION DATE THROUGH ULTRASONOGRAPHIC FOETAL BIOMETRY IN ROTTWEILER BITCHES ESTIMACIÓN DE LA FECHA DEL PARTO EN PERRAS ROTTWEILER A TRAVÉS DE LA BIOMETRÍA FETAL REALIZADA POR EL ULTRASONIDO

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    Karina Costa Moreira de Melo

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Utilizou-se a ultrassonografia neste experimento para avaliar o desenvolvimento fetal e determinar a idade gestacional em cadelas Rottweiler. Tomaram-se e avaliaram-se as medidas da vesícula embrionária/fetal (VE e do corpo fetal mediante análise de regressão, estabelecendo-se as equações de regressão linear e seus coeficientes. Os diâmetros biparietal (DBP e do abdome (DA dos fetos foram os que apresentaram os melhores resultados, considerando-se os coeficientes de correlação (0,89 e 0,90, respectivamente com a idade fetal e a facilidade de mensuração ao longo da gestação. Com base nos dados obtidos, conclui-se que é possível estimar o momento do parto em cadelas Rottweiler a partir das mensurações e equações obtidas para essa raça.

    PALAVRAS-CHAVES: Cão, feto, gestação, ultrassom.

    Ultrasonography was used in this study with the aim to evaluate fetal development, and to determine the gestational age of Rottweiler bitches. Measurements of embryonic vesicle (VE and fetal body were taken and evaluated by regression analysis. The linear regression equations and coefficients between gestational age and measures were established. The measures of abdominal (DA and biparietal (DBP diameters presented the best results, concerning to correlation coefficients (0.89 and 0.90, respectively and facilities on mensuration takes. It was concluded that it is feasible to predict gestational age of Rottweiler bitches taken into consideration fetal measurements and equations obtained for this breed.

    KEY WORDS: Dog, fetus, gestation, ultra-sound.

    El ultrasonido fue utilizado en esta investigación con el objetivo de evaluar el desarrollo fetal y determinar la edad gestacional en perras Rottweiler. Las medidas de la vesícula embrionária (VE y del cuerpo fetal fueran tomadas y evaluadas por análisis de regresión, establecendo los cálculos de regresión linear y sus coeficientes. Los diámetros biparietal (DBP y del abdome (DA de los fetos fueron los que presentaran los mejores coeficientes de correlación (0,96 y 0,95, respectivamente con la edad fetal. Basado en los datos obtenidos, se concluye que es posible estimar el momento del parto en perras Rotweiller a partir de las mensuraciones y cálculos obtenidos para esta raza.

  8. Biometria testicular, eletroejaculação e características seminais de caititus, Tayassu tajacu Linnaeus, 1758 (Mammalia, Artiodactyla, Tayassuidae) mantidos em cativeiro na Amazônia Oriental Testicular biometry, electroejaculation and seminal features of captive collared peccaries (Tayassu tajacu Linnaeus, 1758, Artiodactyla, Tayassuidae) raised in the Eastern Amazon

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    Priscila Reis Kahwage; Alexandre Rossetto Garcia; Diva Anelie de Araújo Guimarães; Otávio Mitio Ohashi; Rosemar Silva Luz-Ramos; Hilma Lúcia Tavares Dias; Natália Inagaki de Albuquerque; Mário Mansour Pinheiro Bartha

    2010-01-01

    Estudos relacionados à obtenção e avaliação de sêmen de Tayassu tajacu são escassos, sendo necessárias pesquisas a respeito. Os objetivos do estudo foram avaliar a biometria testicular de caititus adultos cativos, testar a eficiência da eletroejaculação para obtenção de sêmen e avaliar suas características seminais ao longo do ano. Procedeu-se à eletroejaculação em oito animais adultos e as amostras de sêmen colhidas foram avaliadas quanto às características físicas e morfológicas. Os animais...

  9. Selection of a statistical software in the

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    Babik, Tillmann

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Based on the major revision of the regulation for the licence to practice medicine (ÄAppO we adapted teaching in medical biometry. The so-called “teaching project Biometry” is intended to give basics of biometry to the students by using computer methods. For this purpose an E-Learning system is established and a statistical software is introduced. Methods of statistics are inducted using a real medical patient data set. First of all the new project is intended to increase the students’ motivation for the subsidiary subject of medical biometry, secondly to improve the sustainability for future medical research and for dissertation writing. This field report mainly describes the selection process and the applicability of a statistical software. Additionally the implementation of the course will be presented.

  10. Measuring Carbon Balance in the Amazon Basin: Woody Vegetation Dynamics in an Old-Growth Tropical Rainforest

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    Hutyra, L.; Hutyra, L.; Pyle, E. H.; Rice, A.; Saleska, S. R.; de Camargo, P. B.; Wofsy, S. C.

    2001-12-01

    To address the question of Amazonian carbon balance we are using ground-based biometry measurements combined with whole-system CO2 fluxes via eddy covariance at an old-growth tropical forest (Tapajos National Forest, Santarem, Para, Brazil). Here, we focus on the biometry measurements (see Saleska, et al. abstract for discussion of eddy covariance), which include woody growth increment, tree recruitment and mortality, litterfall, and stocks of biomass as coarse woody debris and forest floor litter. Biometry measurements provide an independent check on carbon balance via eddy covariance, and also elucidate the ecological and climatic controls on the interannual carbon balance. Here, we characterize woody vegetation structure, present results of the first 2 years of above ground woody increment growth, and discuss the initial year of litter collection. Initial results indicate an approximate carbon balance between high growth rates and high damage and mortality rates.

  11. Practical approach to prenatal posterior fossa abnormalities using MRI

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    This review focuses on the optimum use of fetal MRI as an additional imaging tool to sonographic data in posterior fossa (PF) abnormalities in the second and third trimesters of gestation. We have chosen three particular situations to demonstrate the value of MRI as a complementary investigation to US: (1) the pattern of increased fluid-filled space of the PF, (2) decreased cerebellar sonographic biometry and (3) the diagnosis of focal echogenic lesions of the cerebellum. For increased fluid-filled space of the PF and decreased cerebellar sonographic biometry, a practical approach is proposed, largely based on prenatal imaging, especially MRI. (orig.)

  12. Selection of a statistical software in the

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    Babik, Tillmann; Muche, Rainer

    2008-01-01

    Based on the major revision of the regulation for the licence to practice medicine (ÄAppO) we adapted teaching in medical biometry. The so-called “teaching project Biometry” is intended to give basics of biometry to the students by using computer methods. For this purpose an E-Learning system is established and a statistical software is introduced. Methods of statistics are inducted using a real medical patient data set. First of all the new project is intended to increase the students’ motiv...

  13. Ophthalmic ultrasonography

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    Today, diagnostic ultrasound is an important and indispensable part of modern ophthalmology. These proceedings present an up-to-date platform of SIDUO research, and bring to light many interesting and useful contributions to ophthalmic ultrasound, both in the fields of educational work and of new scientific results and technical developments. This volume covers topics such as intraocular tumours, vitreo-retinal pathology, other types of intraocular pathology, biometry for lens implantation, clinical biometry, orbital tumours, plus the optic nerve and muscles, among other subjects. There is also an important section on the physics and techniques of ophthalmic ultrasonography. (orig.)

  14. Abstract Invited Braumann 3rd WSMC 2008

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    Invited conference of the joint scientific meeting Third Workshop on Statistics, Mathematics + First Portuguese-Polish Workshop on Biometry (Lisboa, Portugal, July 2008). The conference involved several applications of stochastic differential equations in population growth and animal individual growth, including the issues of extinction, existence of stationary densities and the use of Itô or Stratonovich calculus.

  15. Biometrical analysis in radiobiological works of N.V. Luchnik

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    The contribution of the famous Russian geneticist and biophysics N.V. Luchnik into biometrical analysis of radiobiological data is discussed. His works on radiation mortality of mice (2) and the process of post-radiation repair of chromosome aberrations (10) are thoroughly observed. The conclusion of necessity to develop biometrical analysis as separate part of biometry is made

  16. Production of Doctorates in the Biosciences, 1975-1980: An Experimental Forecast. Higher Education Panel Reports, No. 34.

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    Atelsek, Frank J.; Gomberg, Irene L.

    A survey was undertaken in 1976 to obtain short-term estimates of doctorate production directly from the heads of the science departments involved. These biosciences departments were surveyed in the 235 member institutions of the Higher Education Panel that grant doctorates: anatomy, biochemistry, biology, biometry/biostatistics/biomathematics,…

  17. Scientific Research in British Universities and Colleges 1969-70, Volume I, Physical Sciences.

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    This annual publication (1969-1970) contains brief statements about current research in the physical sciences being conducted at British universities and colleges. Areas included are chemistry, physics, engineering, biochemistry, biometry, biophysics, physical geography, mathematics, computing science, and history and philosophy of science. (CP)

  18. A New Species Of Testate Amoebae Of The Genus Difflugia From The Freshwaters Of Azerbaijan (Rhizopoda, Testacea, Difflugiidae

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    Full Text Available A new testate amoebae species Difflugia alekperovi sp. n. was found during a faunistic study of inland waters of Lenkoran Region, South-Eastern Azerbaijan. The morphology and biometry of this species was described by LM and SEM investigations.

  19. Clustering of Symbolic Data based on Affinity Coefficient: Application to real data sets

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    Sousa, Áurea; Bacelar-Nicolau, Helena; Nicolau, Fernando C.; Silva, Osvaldo

    2012-01-01

    6th Workshop on Statistics, Mathematics and Computation-3rd Portuguese-Polish Workshop on Biometry (6thWSMC and 3rdPPWB), July 3-4, 2012, Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal (Comunicação).

  20. A novel method of complex evaluation of meibomian glands morphological and functional state

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    Full Text Available A novel method that provides complex assessment of meibomian glands morphological and functional state — biometry of meibomian glands — was developed. The results of complex examination (including meibomian glands biometry, correlation analysis data and clinical findings demonstrate direct association between the objective (i.e., meibomian glands dysfunction by biomicroscopy, tear film break-up time / TBUT, symptomatic TBUT, compression testing and subjective signs of meibomian glands dysfunction (patient’s complaints and the parameters of meibomian glands biometry. High direct correlation between biometrical index and compression test result was revealed (p = 0.002, Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient = 0.6644. Meibomian glands dysfunction is characterized by biometric parameters abnormalities, i.e., dilatation of meibomian glands orifices, decrease of distance between meibomian glands orifices, partial or total atrophy of meibomian glands (even up to gland collapse with its visual reduction and increase of distance between the glands. The suppression of inflammatory process and the recovery of meibomian glands secretion improve biometric parameters and result in the opening of meibomian glands orifices, liquefaction of clogs, evacuation of meibomian glands secretion, narrowing of meibomian glands orifices and increase of distance between them. The proposed method expands the armamentarium of meibomian glands dysfunction and lipid-deficient dry eye diagnosing. Meibomian glands biometry can be applied in specialized ophthalmological hospitals and outpatient departments. It is a simple procedure of short duration that does not require any special equipment or professional skills. Meibomian glands biometry enables to prescribe pathogenically targeted therapy and to improve quality of life. 

  1. Data Integration for Integrated Research and Care.

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    Winter, Alfred; Hilgers, Ralf-Dieter; Hofestädt, Ralf; Knaup-Gregori, Petra; Ose, Claudia; Timmer, Antje

    2016-08-01

    A national German funding initiative for Medical Informatics focusing at data integration for medicine gives an opportunity to reopen a window to Germany. In the open window appears a best paper selection of the 2015 annual conference of the German Society of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology and papers of the German journal GMS Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (MIBE). The publications in focus deal with data integration by transferring clinical routine data into an electronic data capture (EDC) system, using natural language processing to make unstructured date processable, measuring quality of record linkage, and by using a unified metadata scheme for integrated documentation in laboratories. Two additional papers present methods for data analysis especially for change point detection in binary sequences and for analyzing categorial data. PMID:27406981

  2. Silog: Speech Input Logon

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    Grau, Sergio; Allen, Tony; Sherkat, Nasser

    Silog is a biometrie authentication system that extends the conventional PC logon process using voice verification. Users enter their ID and password using a conventional Windows logon procedure but then the biometrie authentication stage makes a Voice over IP (VoIP) call to a VoiceXML (VXML) server. User interaction with this speech-enabled component then allows the user's voice characteristics to be extracted as part of a simple user/system spoken dialogue. If the captured voice characteristics match those of a previously registered voice profile, then network access is granted. If no match is possible, then a potential unauthorised system access has been detected and the logon process is aborted.

  3. Statistical methods in longitudinal research principles and structuring change

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    These edited volumes present new statistical methods in a way that bridges the gap between theoretical and applied statistics. The volumes cover general problems and issues and more specific topics concerning the structuring of change, the analysis of time series, and the analysis of categorical longitudinal data. The book targets students of development and change in a variety of fields - psychology, sociology, anthropology, education, medicine, psychiatry, economics, behavioural sciences, developmental psychology, ecology, plant physiology, and biometry - with basic training in statistics an

  4. Management of fetal growth restriction

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    Alberry, M; Soothill, P

    2007-01-01

    Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is challenging because of the difficulties in reaching a definitive diagnosis of the cause and planning management. FGR is associated not only with a marked increased risk in perinatal mortality and morbidity but also with long‐term outcome risks. Combinations of fetal biometry, amniotic fluid volume, heart rate patterns, arterial and venous Doppler, and biophysical variables allow a comprehensive fetal evaluation of FGR. However, no evidence supports that the u...

  5. Invalidity of three Palaearctic species of Triaenophorus tapeworms (Cestoda: Pseudophyllidea): evidence from morphometric analysis of scolex hooks

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    Kuchta, Roman; Vlčková, R.; Poddubnaya, L. G.; Gustinelli, A.; Dzika, E.; Scholz, Tomáš

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    Roč. 54, č. 1 (2007), s. 34-42. ISSN 0015-5683 R&D Projects: GA ČR GD524/03/H133; GA ČR GA524/04/0342; GA MŠk LC522 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60220518 Keywords : Cestoda * Triaenophorus * scolex hooks * biometry * descriptive statistics * discriminant analysis * taxonomy Subject RIV: GJ - Animal Vermins ; Diseases, Veterinary Medicine Impact factor: 1.000, year: 2007

  6. Optimal Iris Fuzzy Sketches

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    Bringer, J; Cohen, G; Kindarji, B; Zémor, G

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    Fuzzy sketches, introduced as a link between biometry and cryptography, are a way of handling biometric data matching as an error correction issue. We focus here on iris biometrics and look for the best error-correcting code in that respect. We show that two-dimensional iterative min-sum decoding leads to results near the theoretical limits. In particular, we experiment our techniques on the Iris Challenge Evaluation (ICE) database and validate our findings.

  7. Fetal sonographic characteristics associated with shoulder dystocia in pregnancies of women with type 1 diabetes

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    Secher, Anna L; Bytoft, Birgitte; Tabor, Ann; Damm, Peter; Mathiesen, Elisabeth R

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    pregnancy, HbA1c in the two groups of women was comparable [6.1% (range 5.5-6.9) vs. 6.0% (range 4.7-8.4, P = 0.30)]. Fetal biometry at 36 weeks showed a higher estimated fetal weight of 3597 g (range 3051-4069) vs. 2989 g (range 2165-4025), P < 0.001, corresponding to 20% (4-41%) vs. 5% (-20 to 44%) above...

  8. PIN-based cancelable biometrics

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    Lacharme, Patrick; Plateaux, Aude

    2011-01-01

    Biometric authentication systems are more and more deployed in replacement of traditional authentication systems. Security of such systems is required in real- world applications and constitutes a major challenge in biometric field. An ef- ficient approach of this issue is realized by cancelable biometrics. However, the security of such biometric systems is often overestimated or based on restrictive as- sumptions. This paper presents and investigates a PIN-based variant for cancelable biometri...

  9. Biometrical applications in tropical pasture and agro-pastoral research

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    Amézquita, M.C.

    2001-01-01

    "Biometrical Applications in Tropical Pasture and Agro-pastoral Research" illustrates, through selected Case Studies, the contribution of Biometry to pasture and agro-pastoral research in Tropical Latin America ( TLA ) in the last two decades. Its contribution is represented in research concepts, methodology, and practical research results that help increase land and animal productivity, human welfare, and efficient conservation and management of natural resources.The selected Case Studies we...

  10. Fingerprint Quality Evaluation in a Novel Embedded Authentication System for Mobile Users

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    Giuseppe Vitello; Vincenzo Conti; Salvatore Vitabile; Filippo Sorbello

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    The way people access resources, data and services, is radically changing using modern mobile technologies. In this scenario, biometry is a good solution for security issues even if its performance is influenced by the acquired data quality. In this paper, a novel embedded automatic fingerprint authentication system (AFAS) for mobile users is described. The goal of the proposed system is to improve the performance of a standard embedded AFAS in order to enable its employment in mobile devices...

  11. Study of Some Morphological Characters of Three Trout Breed Farmed in Salmonid Exploitations from Moldova

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    Cătălin Emilian Nistor; Ionuţ Bogdan Pagu; Emanuel Magdici; Benone Pasarin

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    Study of morphological characters at fish by means of biometry is a frequently utilized method and consists in determining the variability of characters in groups of individuals, by direct measurement, weighting and statistical processing of obtained data.Effectuation of body measurements and weighting is used to determine the increase in length of fish and to evaluate the general physiological condition. Brook trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout were the object of the current study by anal...

  12. Induced astigmatism after cataract surgery - a retrospective analysis of cases from the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

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    A. O. Adio; N. Aruoto

    2011-01-01

    Visual rehabilitation after cataract surgery may often be disappointing due to induction of corneal astigmatism following issues in realigning, point to point, the corneal wound margin in the process of surgery despite biometry and use of the appropriateintraocular lens. The purpose of this study is to determine the amount of surgically induced astigmatism after sutured cataract extraction-extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) and intracapsular cataract extraction (ICCE) and intraocular le...

  13. Biometrické zabezpečení dat v biomedicíne

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    Horňáková, Anna; Šárek, Milan

    Praha: Creative Connections, 2011, s. 31-40. ISSN 1803-8115. [MEDSOFT 2011. Roztoky u Prahy (CZ), 29.03.2011-30.03.2011] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 1M06014 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : biometrie * bezpečnost dat * DLP (Data loss Prevention) * ERPI (Electronic Personal Identifcation) * EHR (Electronic Health Record) Subject RIV: IN - Informatics, Computer Science

  14. Proximate and microbiological characterization of nuggets of mandi-pintado (Pimelodus britskii)
    Caracterização centesimal e microbiológica de nuggets de mandi-pintado (Pimelodus britskii)

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    Aldi Feiden; Marcia Luzia Ferrarezi Maluf; Elenice Souza dos Reis; Jakeline Marcela Azambuja de Freitas; Juliana Cristina Veit; Wilson Rogério Boscolo

    2011-01-01

    This study aimed to evaluate centesimal and microbiological parameters of mandi-pintado nuggets. With the results from the biometry of the fish, it was possible to observe that the species shows high main trunk yield and low content of visceral fat. After the utilization of the body proportions, the steaks were grounded and breaded, and the samples (in natura and nuggets) were separated to carry out centesimal and microbiological composition. The patties show 14,67% protein, 10,12% lipids, 16...

  15. Factors Influencing Efficacy of Peripheral Corneal Relaxing Incisions during Cataract Surgery

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    Nino Hirnschall; Jörg Wiesinger; Petra Draschl; Oliver Findl

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To evaluate influencing factors on the residual astigmatism after performing peripheral corneal relaxing incisions (PCRIs) during cataract surgery. Methods. This prospective study included patients who were scheduled for cataract surgery with PCRIs. Optical biometry (IOLMaster 500, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Germany) was taken preoperatively, 1 week, 4 months, and 1 year postoperatively. Additionally, corneal topography (Atlas model 9000, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Germany), ORA (Ocular Resp...

  16. The Mantel-Haenszel procedure. 50 years of the statistical method for confounders control

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    Alice Mannocci

    2009-01-01

    The Mantel Haenszel procedure represents a simple and useful tool to obtain estimates of association, adjusted for the effect of one or more confounders. Nathan Mantel (1919-2002) was a biostatistician. In 1947 he was hired as a member of a new biometry group at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the National Institute of Health (NIH), Maryland, and in this time he collaborated with William M Haenszel (1910-1998). Haenszel, who was a sociologist, mathematician and statistician, had been w...

  17. Environmental epidemiology: risk assessment

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    Prentice, R.L.; Whittemore, A.S. (eds.)

    1982-01-01

    Papers presented at the symposium are in the disciplines of biometry, environmental medicine, epidemiology, mathematics, and statistics. Attention is given to assessing risk due to environmental agents, particularly those known to be carcinogenic; both the complex medical issues involved and the mathematical and statistical methodologies used in analysis are presented. Separate abstracts have been prepared for 15 papers for inclusion in the Energy Data Base. (RJC)

  18. Ultrafast High-Resolution Mass Spectrometric Finger Pore Imaging in Latent Finger Prints

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    Christian Elsner; Bernd Abel

    2014-01-01

    Latent finger prints (LFPs) are deposits of sweat components in ridge and groove patterns, left after human fingers contact with a surface. Being important targets in biometry and forensic investigations they contain more information than topological patterns. With laser desorption mass spectrometry imaging (LD-MSI) we record ‘three-dimensional' finger prints with additional chemical information as the third dimension. Here we show the potential of fast finger pore imaging (FPI) in latent fin...

  19. Can progressive resistance training twice a week improve mobility, muscle strength, and quality of life in very elderly nursing-home residents with impaired mobility? A pilot study

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    Krist L; Dimeo F; Keil T

    2013-01-01

    Lilian Krist,1 Fernando Dimeo,2 Thomas Keil1,3 1Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Economics, Charité University Medical Center, 2Department of Sports Medicine, Charité University Medical Center, Berlin, 3Institute of Clinical Epidemiology and Biometry, University of Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany Purpose: To determine the effects of progressive resistance training on mobility, muscle strength, and quality of life in nursing-home residents with impaired mobility...

  20. Can progressive resistance training twice a week improve mobility, muscle strength, and quality of life in very elderly nursing-home residents with impaired mobility? A pilot study

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    Krist, Lilian

    2013-01-01

    Lilian Krist,1 Fernando Dimeo,2 Thomas Keil1,3 1Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Economics, Charité University Medical Center, 2Department of Sports Medicine, Charité University Medical Center, Berlin, 3Institute of Clinical Epidemiology and Biometry, University of Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany Purpose: To determine the effects of progressive resistance training on mobility, muscle strength, and quality of life in nursing-home residents with impaired...

  1. New ways in the biometrical education within the scope of the medicine study – individual qualification profiles

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    Heussen, Nicole; Hilgers, Ralf-Dieter

    2008-01-01

    By the revision of the 'Approbationsordnung für Ärzte' from June 27, 2002 the Medical faculties must offer compulsory elective courses. In addition, the science council has demanded the support of the scientific education of students and young researcher in medicine. Here we present our approach to consolidate both aspects and provide some ideas how to intensify and extend teaching within epidemiology, medical biometry and medical informatics (called Q1 course).

  2. Mid-term outcomes of patients with PCI prior to CABG in comparison to patients with primary CABG

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    Sandra Eifert; Helmut Mair; Anne-Laure Boulesteix; et al

    2010-01-01

    Sandra Eifert1, Helmut Mair1, Anne-Laure Boulesteix2, Eckehard Kilian1, Martin Adamczak1, Bruno Reichart1, Peter Lamm11Department of Cardiac Surgery, 2Department of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (IBE), Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, GermanyAbstract: The number of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) prior to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) increased drastically during the last decade. Patients are referred for CABG with more severe coronary pathology, whic...

  3. Coding training for medical students: How good is diagnoses coding with ICD-10 by novices?

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    Stausberg, Jürgen; Lehmann, Nils

    2005-01-01

    Teaching of knowledge and competence in documentation and coding is an essential part of medical education. Therefore, coding training had been placed within the course of epidemiology, medical biometry, and medical informatics. From this, we can draw conclusions about the quality of coding by novices. One hundred and eighteen students coded diagnoses from 15 nephrological cases in homework. In addition to interrater reliability, validity was calculated by comparison with a reference coding. ...

  4. Central corneal thickness and anterior chamber depth measurement by Sirius® Scheimpflug tomography and ultrasound

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    Jorge, J; Rosado, JL; Díaz-Rey, JA; González-Méijome, JM

    2013-01-01

    Background The purpose of this study was to compare the accuracy of the new Sirius® Scheimpflug anterior segment examination device for measurement of central corneal thickness (CCT) and anterior chamber depth (ACD) with that of CCT measurements obtained by ultrasound pachymetry and ACD measurements obtained by ultrasound biometry, respectively. Methods CCT and ACD was measured in 50 right eyes from 50 healthy subjects using a Sirius Scheimpflug camera, SP100 ultrasound pachymetry, and US800 ultrasound biometry. Results CCT measured with the Sirius was 546 ± 39 μm and 541 ± 35 μm with SP100 ultrasound pachymetry (P = 0.003). The difference was statistically significant (mean difference 4.68 ± 10.5 μm; limits of agreement −15.8 to 25.20 μm). ACD measured with the Sirius was 2.96 ± 0.3 mm compared with 3.36 ± 0.29 mm using US800 ultrasound biometry (P < 0.001). The difference was statistically significant (mean difference −0.40 ± 0.16 mm; limits of agreement −0.72 to 0.07 mm). When the ACD values obtained using ultrasound biometry were corrected according to the values for CCT measured by ultrasound, the agreement increased significantly between both technologies for ACD measurements (mean difference 0.15 ± 0.16 mm; limits of agreement −0.16 to 0.45 mm). Conclusion CCT and ACD measured by Sirius and ultrasound methods showing good agreement between repeated measurements obtained in the same subjects (repeatability) with either instrument. However, CCT and ACD values, even after correcting ultrasound ACD by subtracting the CCT value obtained with either technology should not be used interchangeably. PMID:23467857

  5. Ear detection with convolutional neural networks

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    Gabriel, Luka Lan

    2016-01-01

    Object detection is still considered a difficult task in the field of computer vision. Specifically, earlobe detection has become a popular application as the interest in human identification using earlobe biometry has increased. So far earlobe detection problem has been solved using a combination of skin detection, edge detection, segmentation by fusion of histogram-based k-means, and template matching algorithms. In this work we present a method of earlobe detection without template matchin...

  6. Red-billed Leiothrix sexing is a matter of colour

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    Pagani-Núñez, E.; Senar, Juan Carlos; Tella, José Luis

    2013-01-01

    Capsule The Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea) is a superficially sexually monochromatic colourful bird native to the Indian subcontinent, which has colonized many locations across the world as an introduced species. We investigated the best method to accurately sex the species, capturing and measuring the colour and external morphometry of a sample of 57 individuals, which were later sexed molecularly from blood samples. We found that sexes showed no dimorphism in biometry or size of win...

  7. Central corneal thickness and anterior chamber depth measurement by Sirius® Scheimpflug tomography and ultrasound

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    Jorge J

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available J Jorge,1 JL Rosado,2 JA Díaz-Rey,1 JM González-Méijome11Clinical and Experimental Optometry Research Laboratory, Center of Physics (Optometry, School of Sciences, University of Minho, Braga, 2Opticlinic, Lisboa, PortugalBackground: The purpose of this study was to compare the accuracy of the new Sirius® Scheimpflug anterior segment examination device for measurement of central corneal thickness (CCT and anterior chamber depth (ACD with that of CCT measurements obtained by ultrasound pachymetry and ACD measurements obtained by ultrasound biometry, respectively.Methods: CCT and ACD was measured in 50 right eyes from 50 healthy subjects using a Sirius Scheimpflug camera, SP100 ultrasound pachymetry, and US800 ultrasound biometry.Results: CCT measured with the Sirius was 546 ± 39 µm and 541 ± 35 µm with SP100 ultrasound pachymetry (P = 0.003. The difference was statistically significant (mean difference 4.68 ± 10.5 µm; limits of agreement −15.8 to 25.20 µm. ACD measured with the Sirius was 2.96 ± 0.3 mm compared with 3.36 ± 0.29 mm using US800 ultrasound biometry (P < 0.001. The difference was statistically significant (mean difference −0.40 ± 0.16 mm; limits of agreement −0.72 to 0.07 mm. When the ACD values obtained using ultrasound biometry were corrected according to the values for CCT measured by ultrasound, the agreement increased significantly between both technologies for ACD measurements (mean difference 0.15 ± 0.16 mm; limits of agreement −0.16 to 0.45 mm.Conclusion: CCT and ACD measured by Sirius and ultrasound methods showing good agreement between repeated measurements obtained in the same subjects (repeatability with either instrument. However, CCT and ACD values, even after correcting ultrasound ACD by subtracting the CCT value obtained with either technology should not be used interchangeably.Keywords: Scheimpflug corneal tomography, ultrasound biometry, ultrasound pachymetry, limits of agreement

  8. Response of Sunflower to Nitrogen Application and Water in Northern Brazil Alfisol

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    João Tadeu de Lima Oliveira

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Decline in crop yield has been a problem in Northern Brazil region due to inherent low fertility status of the soils and water deficit of different crops. In order to study the effects of nitrogen and available soil water levels on growth and yield components of sunflower, an experiment was carried out from March to June 2010 in a semi-controlled greenhouse condition of the Federal University of Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil using Alfisol soil. The treatments were arranged as a completely randomized design, in a 4×4 factorial experiment (four nitrogen levels and four available soil water levels, in triplicates, total of 48 experimental units. The nitrogen levels in kg/ha were 0; 60; 80 and 100 which was added as urea; the available soil water levels were 55; 70; 85 and 100%. The results of this research indicate that nitrogen had a significant effect only on leaf area at 40 DAS and % achenes viable. The effect of available soil water on sunflower cv. Embrapa 122/V-2000 biometry and the yield showed that there were significant differences, on average, in all growth traits (stem height and diameter at 40 and 60 DAS, in leaf number at 40 DAS, in leaf area at 40 and 60 DAS and in all production traits. The biometry and yield response to available soil water of different crops is of major importance in production planning. In this study, the maximum biometry and yield response factor of sunflower was determined at 100 % of available soil water.

  9. BIOMETRIA, DORMÊNCIA E VIABILIDADE DE SEMENTES DE SENNA MACRANTHERA

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    Marilda Torres Capucho; Luciana Gomes Barbosa; José Carlos Lopes

    2012-01-01

    With the aim of study biometry, dormancy and viability of Sena macranthera seeds. The studies were accomplished out at the Seed Laboratory from the Center of Agrarian Sciences of Federal University of Espírito Santo (CCA-UFES), and on the farm Tecnotruta, in the Serra do Caparaó. Were carried two experiments in statistical completely randomized, with four replications of 25 seeds. At first, the treatments used were: immersion in water at 70 ºC for 1, 2 and 3 minutes; immersion in water at 90 ...

  10. Anesthesia of silver catfish with eugenol: time of induction, cortisol response and sensory analysis of fillet Anestesia de jundiás com eugenol: tempo de indução, resposta ao cortisol e análise sensorial do filé

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    Mauro Alves da Cunha; Carla Cristina Zeppenfeld; Luciano de Oliveira Garcia; Vania Lucia Loro; Milene Braga da Fonseca; Tatiana Emanuelli; Ana Paula Lima Veeck; Carlos Eduardo Copatti; Bernardo Baldisserotto

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    The aim of this study was to identify the time of anesthetic induction and recovery of silver catfish (Rhamdia quelen) exposed to eugenol. It was also determined the efficacy of the anesthetic as a stress reducing agent and performed a sensory analysis of the fillets from fish exposed to this substance. The silver catfish were exposed to air for 1min to carry out biometry, and blood was collected at 0, 1 and 4 hours later. Eugenol can be used in the range of 20-50mg L-1 for anesthetic inducti...

  11. Neišnešiotų vaikų trumparegių akių ultragarsinė biometrija

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    Kriaučiūnienė, Loresa; Paunksnis, Alvydas; Aukštikalnienė, Rimtautė

    2006-01-01

    Background. The aim of our work was to determine changes in opticalanatomical elements of myopic eyes of full-term and premature children during accommodation by means of precise ultrasonic biometry. Materials and methods. The study was made on healthy full-term children’s eyes with emmetropic refraction (group, n = 20); full-term 1st degree myopic children’s eyes with refraction from -1.0 D to -3.0 D (group 2, n = 16), and premature children’s myopic eyes with refraction -1.0 D to -3.0 D...

  12. Evidence Based Medicine in Space Flight: Evaluation of Inflight Vision Data for Operational Decision-Making

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    Van Baalen, Mary; Mason, Sara; Foy, Millennia; Wear, Mary; Taiym, Wafa; Moynihan, Shannan; Alexander, David; Hart, Steve; Tarver, William

    2015-01-01

    Due to recently identified vision changes associated with space flight, JSC Space and Clinical Operations (SCO) implemented broad mission-related vision testing starting in 2009. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), 3 Tesla Brain and Orbit MRIs, Optical Biometry were implemented terrestrially for clinical monitoring. While no inflight vision testing was in place, already available onorbit technology was leveraged to facilitate in-flight clinical monitoring, including visual acuity, Amsler grid, tonometry, and ultrasonography. In 2013, on-orbit testing capabilities were expanded to include contrast sensitivity testing and OCT. As these additional testing capabilities have been added, resource prioritization, particularly crew time, is under evaluation.

  13. Towards an Open Framework Leveraging a Trusted Execution Environment

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    Gonzalez, Javier; Bonnet, Philippe

    2013-01-01

    Sensor data is a core component of big data. The abundance of sensor data combined with advances in data integration and data mining entails a great opportunity to develop innovative applications. However, data about our movements, our energy consumption or our biometry are personal data that we...... control? The solutions pro- posed in the literature to this trade-off all involve some form of trusted execution environment, where data and processing is trusted and safe from corruption by users or attackers. The hardware that could support such trusted execution environments is however closed...... as a trusted execution environment to investigate future big data platforms....

  14. Dosagem hormonal e avaliação testicular em cachorro-do-mato (Cerdocyun thous) utilizando diferentes protocolos anestésicos

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    N.P. Souza; L.D'A Guimarães; R.C.R. Paz

    2011-01-01

    Tree Cerdocyon thous males received different anesthesia protocols: tiletamine-zolazepan (7mg/kg); ketamine-xylazine (12 and 1mg/kg); ketamine-xylazine-atropin (12, 1.0 and 0.04mg/kg), ketamine-midazolam (12 and 0.5mg/kg) and ketamine-acepromazine (12 and 0.1mg/kg) for semen collection by electroejaculation, testosterone hormonal dosages, fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC), testicular manual evaluation, biometry by caliper and ultrassonography (US). The ejaculates collected by electroejac...

  15. Doppler study of middle cerebral artery and umbilical artery in biometrically suspected intra uterine growth restricted pregnancies

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    Rajesh Kuber

    2016-02-01

    Conclusions: Doppler imaging is of value for monitoring pregnancies complicated with IUGR because it can provide indirect evidence of foetal compromise and is known to improve outcome of high risk pregnancies. Doppler evaluation is complementary to all other surveillance modalities. Because the changes in umbilical, uterine and MCA strongly correlate with pregnancy outcome in growth restricted foetuses the use of foetal biometry and Doppler examination is recommended in all cases of suspected IUGR cases. [Int J Res Med Sci 2016; 4(2.000: 403-414

  16. The Effect of Gestational Age on Axial Length of the Eyes of Premature Infants

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    Mehmet Ali Sekeroglu

    2016-01-01

    Aim: The aim of the present study is to evaluate the axial length of the eyes of premature infants without retinopathy of prematurity and to document the relationship with gestational age and changes as infants grew-up. Material and Method: The axial length of the eyes were measured by using a mobile A-scan ultrasonographic biometry device just before the first retinopathy of prematurity screening examination and 4-weeks thereafter. Results: One-hundred and thirty-six infants with a mean gest...

  17. Conference on Bootstrapping and Related Techniques

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    Rothe, Günter; Sendler, Wolfgang

    1992-01-01

    This book contains 30 selected, refereed papers from an in- ternational conference on bootstrapping and related techni- ques held in Trier 1990. Thepurpose of the book is to in- form about recent research in the area of bootstrap, jack- knife and Monte Carlo Tests. Addressing the novice and the expert it covers as well theoretical as practical aspects of these statistical techniques. Potential users in different disciplines as biometry, epidemiology, computer science, economics and sociology but also theoretical researchers s- hould consult the book to be informed on the state of the art in this area.

  18. Biometric and statistical investigations on the cnidoma of the genus Hydra (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa

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    Maria I. Deserti

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals about the nematocysts like a source of biometric information for comparison between the species Hydra vulgaris Pallas, 1766, Hydra vulgaris pedunculata Deserti et al., 2011 and Hydra pseudoligactis (Hyman, 1931. This biometric tool lets us carry out statistical comparisons and adding these results to the identification of specimens from different classificatory groups. In this particular study, we obtained significant differences between species, individuals of each species and nematocysts type when compared the biometry of its nematocysts. Another result was the variation in of particular nematocysts, like atrichous isorhiza and holotrichous isorhiza for the species H. vulgaris in relation to the column size.

  19. Ultrasonic Evaluation of the Lens Thickness to Axial Length Factor in Primary Closure Angle Glaucoma

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    Ultrasonic biometry was done in 232 normal eyes and 138 eyes with primary angle closure glaucoma (ACG), using Ultrascan Digital B System IV (10 MHz). The ratio between the lens thickness and the axial length (lens thickness to axial length factor, LAF) was evaluated as a biometric index for assessing the eye with primary ACG in Chinese. LAF of 2.00 was found to be ideal point of demarcation between ACG and normal eyes (i.e., lens thickness equals to 1/5 of axial length). It appears that LAF is helpful i...

  20. Congenital mesoblastic nephroma: case report

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    POLAT, Mesut; Arisoy, Resul; Erdoğdu, Emre; ANGIN, A.Doğukan; TUĞRUL, Ahmet Semih

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    Aim: Aim of the report is discuss the case who was prenatally diagnosed as congenital mesoblastic nephroma and  postnatal managenent. Case: We reported a case of 27 year old gravida 3, parity 1, abortion 1 referred to our clinic with the diagnosis of preterm labour and polihydramniosis at 34. gestational week. The ultrasonografic examination of the patient, with no antenatal follow up before, revealed a fetal biometry of 33 weeks and polyhydramniosis. A 63x66 mm solid mass with reguler border...

  1. Direct comparison of the FibroScan XL and M probes for assessment of liver fibrosis in obese and nonobese patients

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    Durango E; Dietrich C; Seitz HK; Kunz CU; Pomier-Layrargues GT; Duarte-Rojo A; Beaton M; Elkhashab M; Myers RP; Mueller S.

    2013-01-01

    Esteban Durango,1,* Christian Dietrich,1,* Helmut Karl Seitz,1 Cornelia Ursula Kunz,2 Gilles T Pomier-Layrargues,3 Andres Duarte-Rojo,4 Melanie Beaton,5 Magdy Elkhashab,6 Robert P Myers,7 Sebastian Mueller1,3 1Department of Medicine and Center for Alcohol Research, Liver Disease and Nutrition, Salem Medical Center, 2Institute of Medical Biometry and Informatics, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany; 3Liver Unit, Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, H&ocir...

  2. ROAD DETECTION USING MORPHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS IN A COMPLEX SCENARIO

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Image classification is an important research area in computer vision. Organizing images into semantic categories can be extremely useful for searching and browsing through large collections of images. It is a challenging task in various application domains, including satellite image classification, syntactic pattern recognition, medical diagnosis, biometry, video surveillance, vehicle navigation, industrial visual inspection, robot navigation etc. There are different approaches for image classification and imbalanced data classification. This paper provides a review of different methods for classifying images and imbalanced data classification. This paper proposes a method for road detection and highlights the importance of the imbalanced data classification in detecting the road in a complex scenario.

  3. Short communication. Radial variations of wood different properties in Diospyros lotus

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    Kiaei, M.; Bakhshi, R.

    2014-06-01

    Aim of study: The aim of this study was to determine some of the physical, biometry and mechanical strength properties of Diospyros lotus L. wood along radial direction from the pith to the bark and the relationship between wood various properties. Area of study: The study area is located in north Iran in the province of Mazandarn. Material and methods: Testing samples were taken at breast height of tree stem and three radial position of stem radius to determine physical (basic density), fiber biometry (fiber length, fiber diameter, cell-wall thickness) and mechanical properties (modulus of rupture and modulus of elasticity). Main results: The results of ANOVA indicated that there are significant differences along radial direction in above mentioned properties for persimmon wood. Basic density, fiber length, fiber diameter, cell-wall thickness, modulus of elasticity and modulus of rupture increased along radial direction from pith toward the bark. Research highlights: The persimmon wood isnt suitable for pulp and paper production due to the unfavorable flexibility and Runkel coefficients. (Author)

  4. [Case of intrauterine retardation and fetal death during labor].

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    Frundeva, B; Dimitrova, V; Museva, A; Dimitrov, A; Zlatkov, V

    2014-01-01

    The case concerns to a 37 years old pregnant woman with a history of three miscarriages. Ultrasound biometry in early pregnancy corresponds to the term calculated according the last menstrual period (LMP). At 37 week of gestation was determined retardation of 5 weeks. Doppler velocimetry and quantity of amniotic fluid were in normal ranges and the pregnant refused hospitalization. She was admitted to the hospital three days after the appointed term without uterine contractions. The fetal ultrasound biometry meets 33 weeks and the Doppler examination of a. umbilicalis found resistance index (RI) of the upper limit of normal. The cardiotocography record shows: baseline fetal heart rate--143 beats/min, good variability and reactivity. There was one deceleration for 3 minutes, and then the recording returns to normal. Re-monitoring after 30 minutes establishes of a periodic decelerations and a tendency to bradycardia with reserved variability. At the start of the emergency Cesarean Section fetal heart beats are single. The delivered babe was with Apgar O. The reanimation was not successful and the fetus died. From the autopsy signs of severe asphyxia. In conclusion, it can be assumed that in strongly retarded fetuses, cardiotocography recording and Doppler velosimetry are not sufficiently reliable methods for continued monitoring. In late-onset and severe intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) desirable delivery time is after reaching biological maturity at 36-37 week. PMID:25558672

  5. Replacement of soybean meal with babassu meal in rations for broilers from 22 to 42 days old

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    Mônica Calixto da Silva

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The objective this work was to evaluate the technical and economic viability of the substitution level of soybean meal by babassu meal in rations to broiler from 22 to 42 days old. It was used 80 male broiler chicks at one day of age, distributed into complete random designs with four treatments (0, 10, 20 e 30% substituition of soybean meal by babassu meal and five repetitions of four broilers each. Were evaluated the performance (weight dain, feed intake and feed conversion, carcass and cuts, organ biometry, feed cost per kilogram body weight and gross margin. To verify the relationship of cost of replacing soybean meal with pie babassu, inequalities were established. The substitution level of soybean meal by babassu meal had no influence (P>0,05 any of the performance characteristics, wich showed the technical viability of substituting up to 30%. Similarly, there was no affect on carcass yield, cuts weight and organ biometry. The cust less with feed per kg for chicken produced and the higher gross margin were obtained from chickens fed diets with 0% babassu meal. The increased of substitution level soybean meal by babassu meal in ration for broilers from 22 to 42 days old proved unviable economically, however, the inequalities produced can be useful in practical situations.

  6. Ultrasonic fetal size measurements in Brisbane, Australia

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    The purpose of this paper was to construct population-specific charts of fetal biometry for 11-41 weeks gestation in relation to known gestational age from a large population of normal Australian pregnancies when examination is performed to a standard protocol by experienced operators. All consenting eligible women attending a large Brisbane clinic between January 1993 and April 2003 were recruited. Menstrual history was taken prior to examination. Measurements were performed to a standard protocol. Prospective assessment was made about the association between gestational age from the last menstrual period and biometry. Exclusion principles were applied. Statistical analyses were performed using polynomial regression models and thorough diagnostic checks were undertaken. Included within the study were separate scans for 20 555 pregnancies from 17 660 women. Equations, means and 95th reference intervals were derived and reported for the following sonographic measurements: biparietal diameter (BPD), head circumference (HC), abdominal circumference (AC) and femur length (FL). Population-specific regression equations for BPD, HC, AC and FL have been proposed for Australian pregnancies. Once validated by others, we believe they will warrant consideration for adoption by the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine. Copyright (2004) Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd

  7. Evaluation of the Repeatability and the Reproducibility of AL-Scan Measurements Obtained by Residents

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    Mehmet Kola

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To assess the repeatability and reproducibility of ocular biometry and intraocular lens (IOL power measurements obtained by ophthalmology residents using an AL-Scan device, a novel optical biometer. Methods. Two ophthalmology residents were instructed regarding the AL-Scan device. Both performed ocular biometry and IOL power measurements using AL-Scan, three times on each of 128 eyes, independently of one another. Corneal keratometry readings, horizontal iris width, central corneal thickness, anterior chamber depth, pupil size, and axial length values measured by both residents were recorded together with IOL power values calculated on the basis of four different IOL calculation formulas (SRK/T, Holladay, and HofferQ. Repeatability and reproducibility of the measurements obtained were analyzed using the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC. Results. Repeatability (ICC, 0.872-0.999 for resident 1 versus 0.905-0.999 for resident 2 and reproducibility (ICC, 0.916-0.999 were high for all biometric measurements. Repeatability (ICC, 0.981-0.983 for resident 1 versus 0.995-0.996 for resident 2 and reproducibility were also high for all IOL power measurements (ICC, 0.996 for all. Conclusions. The AL-Scan device exhibits good repeatability and reproducibility in all biometric measurements and IOL power calculations, independent of the operator concerned.

  8. Dosagem hormonal e avaliação testicular em cachorro-do-mato (Cerdocyun thous utilizando diferentes protocolos anestésicos

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    N.P Souza

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Tree Cerdocyon thous males received different anesthesia protocols: tiletamine-zolazepan (7mg/kg; ketamine-xylazine (12 and 1mg/kg; ketamine-xylazine-atropin (12, 1.0 and 0.04mg/kg, ketamine-midazolam (12 and 0.5mg/kg and ketamine-acepromazine (12 and 0.1mg/kg for semen collection by electroejaculation, testosterone hormonal dosages, fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC, testicular manual evaluation, biometry by caliper and ultrassonography (US. The ejaculates collected by electroejaculation showed urine contamination making impossible the semen evaluation. The M±PD of serum testosterone was 0.74±0.2ng/mL. The cell types found in FNAC were: spermatogonia 13.3±11.5%, primary spermatocytes 5.5±1.1%, secondary spermatocytes 5.5±3.9%, early spermatids 12.8±6.2%, late spermatids 26.2±11.2%, sperm 14.5±4.7% and Sertoli cells 21.8±2.7%. Manual testicular evaluation showed normal consistency of testicles. The M±PD of testicular biometry by caliper was 3.8±1.5cm³ and by US was 1.1±0.3cm³. The animals showed normal spermatogenesis with normal spermatozoa observed in FNAC and normal testicular US.

  9. [Ophthalmologic ultrasound diagnosis--current training programs in Germany, Austria, Switzerland].

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    Trier, H G

    1982-06-01

    In these three countries the application of diagnostic ultrasound in ophthalmology is restricted, with few exceptions, only to institutions having access to in-patients. This situation is based on the organization of medical care and does not depend on the technical evolution of the equipment. Consequently the annual rate of trainees in ophthalmic ultrasound is relatively low, but a comprehensive training programme is needed in this field. The requisite training subjects are described. They include a technical and a clinical programme for both pulse-echo (A, B, M, D mode) and Doppler techniques as applied for biometry as well as for tissue and vascular examination. Some data are given regarding training facilities, aids and courses in the three countries. The concept and organization of a 5-day course (Bonn/Würzburg Course, Directors: W. Buschmann/H.G. Trier) is described in greater detail. For ophthalmic ultrasonography, testing and calibration of system parameters both for equipment and transducers is necessary for obtaining reliable and reproducible results. Examples are given for the organization of technical training in the practical course. The 1981 guidelines of the "Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung", Cologne, are discussed. These regulations define minimum requirements for both ultrasonic training and equipment in the FRG. Finally, a few controversial aspects of the teaching (quality assurance, role of biometry) are mentioned. PMID:9417602

  10. OPHTHALMIC REFERENCE VALUES AND LESIONS IN TWO CAPTIVE POPULATIONS OF NORTHERN OWLS: GREAT GREY OWLS (STRIX NEBULOSA) AND SNOWY OWLS (BUBO SCANDIACUS).

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    Wills, Sarah; Pinard, Chantale; Nykamp, Stephanie; Beaufrère, Hugues

    2016-03-01

    This study established ophthalmic reference values and characterized ocular lesions in two captive populations of boreal owls, including 46 eyes of 23 great grey owls (Strix nebulosa) and 38 eyes from 19 snowy owls (Bubo scandiacus). A complete ophthalmologic exam was conducted, including neuro-ophthalmic reflexes, Schirmer tear test I (STT-I), intraocular pressure (IOP) using rebound tonometry, fluorescein staining, horizontal corneal measurements using Jameson calipers, direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy, and ocular ultrasound biometry. Eyes with an STT of owls and snowy owls (IOP: 9.6 ± 2.6 mm Hg and 9.1 ± 1.9 mm Hg, respectively, and STT-I: 9.8 ± 2.8 mm/min and 9.8 ± 2.4 mm/min, respectively). However, snowy owls overall had a significantly larger eye than did great grey owls, reflected in corneal diameters (23.4 ± 1 vs. 20.0 ± 0.8 mm, respectively) and sonographic biometry. In both species, the most common ocular lesions included keratitis, cataracts, chorioretinal lesions, and abnormal pecten. Establishment of reference ocular parameters will help wildlife veterinarians and rehabilitators determine an appropriate treatment plan and will aid in correctly identifying the presence of ocular disease. PMID:27010284

  11. [IOL calculation for high ametropia].

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    Haigis, W

    2008-11-01

    Long and short eyes are connected with high ametropia and constitute special problems for biometry and IOL calculations. Ultrasound measurements on these eyes, which often have altered geometries, are frequently more difficult than in normal eyes. This holds especially for long eyes, which significantly benefit from optical biometry. Measurement errors, IOL manufacturing tolerances and uncertainties regarding the effective lens position affect short eyes much more than normal eyes. The selection of a suitable IOL formula is of special importance for the refractive outcome. For short eyes, Holladay-2, HofferQ and Haigis are recommended, for long eyes Holladay-1, Holladay-2 and Haigis. In each case, optimized IOL constants must be used. If minus lenses for extremely long eyes are calculated with the same constants as plus lenses, a hyperopic refractive error is created, which can be avoided by a separate set of constants for minus lenses. For extremely short eyes the commonly used approximation of thinner lenses fails necessitating a thick lens calculation or raytracing. PMID:18998145

  12. Clinical significance of radioimmunological HPL findings in long-term management of premature delivery risk

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    Ruckhaeberle, K.E.; Bilek, K.; Viehweg, B.; Kuehndel, K.; Colditz, U.; Baer, G.

    1981-01-01

    Premature birth is not only characterized by premature delivery action but it is ever more frequently interpreted as the disturbed fetoplacental unit syndrome. In an attempt to therapeutically prevent premature delivery the placental function should be monitored. Possible intrauterine survival should be assessed as accurately as possible against extrauterine survival in order that the necessary tocolysis time could be determined. In our observations, clinical significance was studied of radioimmunologically determined HPL values in the serum under tocolysis conditions at premature birth risk on the basis of postnatal classification of the postnatal condition and of the particularity of the adaptation phase of the neonates. The significance of HPL determination in checking the fetoplacental unit during tocolysis should be arrived at while also using other diagnostic techniques, such as oxytocinase or estriol, ultrasound biometry, cardiotocography.

  13. Clinical significance of radioimmunological HPL findings in long-term management of premature delivery risk

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    Premature birth is not only characterized by premature delivery action but it is ever more frequently interpreted as the disturbed fetoplacental unit syndrome. In an attempt to therapeutically prevent premature delivery the placental function should be monitored. Possible intrauterine survival should be assessed as accurately as possible against extrauterine survival in order that the necessary tocolysis time could be determined. In our observations, clinical significance was studied of radioimmunologically determined HPL values in the serum under tocolysis conditions at premature birth risk on the basis of postnatal classification of the postnatal condition and of the particularity of the adaptation phase of the neonates. The significance of HPL determination in checking the fetoplacental unit during tocolysis should be arrived at while also using other diagnostic techniques, such as oxytocinase or estriol, ultrasound biometry, cardiotocography. (author)

  14. The effect of water availability on stand-level productivity, transpiration, water use efficiency and radiation use efficiency of field-grown willow clones

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    Linderson, Maj-Lena; Iritz, Z.; Lindroth, A.

    2007-01-01

    The effect of water availability on stand-level productivity, transpiration, water use efficiency (WUE) and radiation use efficiency (RUE) is evaluated for different willow clones at stand level. The measurements were made during the growing season 2000 in a 3-year-old plantation in Scania......, southernmost Sweden. Six willow clones were included in the study: L78183, SW Rapp, SW Jorunn, SW Jorr, SW Tora and SW Loden. All clones were exposed to two water treatments: rain-fed, non-irrigated treatment and reduced water availability by reduced soil water recharge. Field measurements of stem sap-flow and...... biometry are up-scaled to stand transpiration and stand dry substance production and used to assess WUE. RUE is estimated from the ratio between the stand dry substance production and the accumulated absorbed photosynthetic active radiation over the growing season. The total stand transpiration rate for...

  15. BOREAS TE-6 Allometry Data

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    Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Papagno, Andrea (Editor); Gower, Stith T.; Vogel, Jason G.

    2000-01-01

    The BOREAS TE-6 team collected several data sets in support of its efforts to characterize and interpret information on the plant biomass, allometry, biometry, sapwood, leaf area index, net primary production, soil temperature, leaf water potential, soil CO2 flux, and multivegetation imagery of boreal vegetation. This data set includes tree measurements conducted on the above-ground biomass of trees in the BOREAS NSA and SSA during the growing seasons of 1994 and 1995 and the derived allometric relationships/equations. The data are stored in ASCII files. The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884), or from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distrobuted Activity Archive Center (DAAC).

  16. Banknote security using a biometric-like technique: a hylemetric approach

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    Banknote security is an issue that has led in the last decades to insert, inside the banknote itself, a very high number of controlling methods with the aim of verifying possible tampering attempts. In order to distinguish the false banknotes, sophisticated means (i.e. watermark, feel of the paper, raised print, metallic threads, quality of the printing, holograms, ultraviolet features, micro-lettering, etc) are often used. The purpose of this paper is to show a new approach and related method to protect banknotes and to verify their originality, based on the idea of hylemetry (methodology conceptually similar to biometry) applied to banknotes. Specifically, the hylemetric feature used in this paper is the random distribution pattern of the metallic security fibers set into the paper pulp. The outcome of the proposed solution is to identify an original banknote using a binary sequence derived from the banknote itself

  17. Doppler ultrasound for assessment of pulsatility index variation of middle cerebral artery in intrauterine growth retardation

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    To assess variation of pulsatility index of middle cerebral artery (MCA-PI) in intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR). Study Design: Descriptive study. Place and Duration of Study: The study was conducted in department of Radiology, Combined Military Hospital Lahore, from March 2006 to September 2006. Patients and Method: A total 100 patients with IUGR in third trimester were selected. Ultrasound estimation of fetal weight (using fetal biometry) below 10th percentile for that gestational age was labeled as IUGR. MCA-PI value of less than 0.751 was labeled as abnormal. Result: Abnormal values of PI-MCA were found in 79% of IUGR cases while 21% had normal values. Conclusion: PI-MCA is a sensitive modality of assessing IUGR. (author)

  18. Fetal growth restriction is associated with malaria in pregnancy

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    Briand, Valérie; Saal, Jessica; Ghafari, Caline;

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Few studies have evaluated the effect of malaria on intrauterine growth restriction on the basis of the fetal growth rate, rather than just the small-for-gestational age z score. Here, we assessed the impact of malaria on IUGR, using data from a longitudinal, ultrasonography......-based follow-up study of Beninese women. METHODS: A total of 1016 women were followed up from gestational week 17 to delivery. Malaria was detected every month. Women underwent ultrasonography 4 times for gestational age determination and fetal biometry. We assessed the effect of malaria on birth weight......-for-gestational age z score (n = 735 women) and fetal growth velocity (n = 664), defined as a change in fetal weight z score over time. RESULTS: Malaria was detected in 43% of women. Fetal growth velocity was negative overall, decreasing further at the end of the third trimester. Women with ≥2 malarial parasite...

  19. Evaluation of the Normal Fetal Kidney Length and Its Correlation with Gestational Age

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    Farrokh Seilanian Toosi

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available A true estimation of gestational age (GA plays an important role in quality maternity care and scheduling the labor date. This study aimed to evaluate the normal fetal kidney length (KL and its correlation with GA. A cross-sectional study on 92 pregnant women between 8th and 10th week of gestation with normal singleton pregnancy underwent standard ultrasound fetal biometry and kidney length measurement. univariate and multivariate linear regression analysis was used to create a predictive equation to estimate GA on the KL and fetobiometry parameters. A significant correlation was found between GA and KL (r=0.83, P<0.002. The best GA predictor was obtained by combining head circumference, fetal biparietal diameter, femur length and KL with a standard error (SE about 14.2 days. Our findings showed that KL measurements combination with other fetal biometric parameters could predict age of pregnancy with a better precision.

  20. Robust image authentication in the presence of noise

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    This book addresses the problems that hinder image authentication in the presence of noise. It considers the advantages and disadvantages of existing algorithms for image authentication and shows new approaches and solutions for robust image authentication. The state of the art algorithms are compared and, furthermore, innovative approaches and algorithms are introduced. The introduced algorithms are applied to improve image authentication, watermarking and biometry.    Aside from presenting new directions and algorithms for robust image authentication in the presence of noise, as well as image correction, this book also:   Provides an overview of the state of the art algorithms for image authentication in the presence of noise and modifications, as well as a comparison of these algorithms, Presents novel algorithms for robust image authentication, whereby the image is tried to be corrected and authenticated, Examines different views for the solution of problems connected to image authentication in the pre...

  1. Description of the process used to create 1992 Hanford Morality Study database

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    Gilbert, E. S.; Buchanan, J. A.; Holter, N. A.

    1992-12-01

    An updated and expanded database for the Hanford Mortality Study has been developed by PNL's Epidemiology and Biometry Department. The purpose of this report is to document this process. The primary sources of data were the Occupational Health History (OHH) files maintained by the Hanford Environmental Health Foundation (HEHF) and including demographic data and job histories; the Hanford Mortality (HMO) files also maintained by HEHF and including information of deaths of Hanford workers; the Occupational Radiation Exposure (ORE) files maintained by PNL's Health Physics Department and containing data on external dosimetry; and a file of workers with confirmed internal depositions of radionuclides also maintained by PNL's Health Physics Department. This report describes each of these files in detail, and also describes the many edits that were performed to address the consistency and accuracy of data within and between these files.

  2. Description of the process used to create 1992 Hanford Morality Study database

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    Gilbert, E.S.; Buchanan, J.A.; Holter, N.A.

    1992-12-01

    An updated and expanded database for the Hanford Mortality Study has been developed by PNL`s Epidemiology and Biometry Department. The purpose of this report is to document this process. The primary sources of data were the Occupational Health History (OHH) files maintained by the Hanford Environmental Health Foundation (HEHF) and including demographic data and job histories; the Hanford Mortality (HMO) files also maintained by HEHF and including information of deaths of Hanford workers; the Occupational Radiation Exposure (ORE) files maintained by PNL`s Health Physics Department and containing data on external dosimetry; and a file of workers with confirmed internal depositions of radionuclides also maintained by PNL`s Health Physics Department. This report describes each of these files in detail, and also describes the many edits that were performed to address the consistency and accuracy of data within and between these files.

  3. An Observed Voting System Based On Biometric Technique

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    B. Devikiruba

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT This article describes a computational framework which can run almost on every computer connected to an IP based network to study biometric techniques. This paper discusses with a system protecting confidential information puts strong security demands on the identification. Biometry provides us with a user-friendly method for this identification and is becoming a competitor for current identification mechanisms. The experimentation section focuses on biometric verification specifically based on fingerprints. This article should be read as a warning to those thinking of using methods of identification without first examine the technical opportunities for compromising mechanisms and the associated legal consequences. The development is based on the java language that easily improves software packages that is useful to test new control techniques.

  4. Présentation de la Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques de l'Université du Burundi

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    Cordier, Y.

    1991-01-01

    Full Text Available The project "Faculty of Agricultural Sciences" in Burundi. The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Burundi, was created in 1976 and organizes the education for the last three years of the course, the first two ones being covered by the Faculty of Sciences. The cooperation with Belgium started same year under the coordination of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Catholic University of Louvain. New buildings are available since 1988, in Bujumbura. Six Belgians are permanently posted for the educational and research programme, together with some volonteers. There are 8 departments (Fertilisation and Agricultural techniques, Animal production, Forestry and Biometries, Plant improvement and Ecology, Plant protection, Rural socio-economics, Technology and Rural engineering, Soil Sciences. Following scientific activities can be mentioned i. a. : rice improvement in altitude swamps, use of local products like fosfates and manure, swamp reclamation, farming Systems, extractible plant products, small ruminants selection, ...

  5. The Mantel-Haenszel procedure. 50 years of the statistical method for confounders control

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    Alice Mannocci

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The Mantel Haenszel procedure represents a simple and useful tool to obtain estimates of association, adjusted for the effect of one or more confounders. Nathan Mantel (1919-2002 was a biostatistician. In 1947 he was hired as a member of a new biometry group at the National Cancer Institute (NCI in the National Institute of Health (NIH, Maryland, and in this time he collaborated with William M Haenszel (1910-1998. Haenszel, who was a sociologist, mathematician and statistician, had been working on interpreting the case-control studies of the connection between smoking and lung cancer, requested Mantel’s assistance on how to analyze the retrospective data. In the 1959 they published the “Statistical aspects of the analysis of data from retrospective studies of disease” on the Journal of the National Cancer Institute [1].

  6. [Developments in modern cataract surgery – a critical overview].

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    Menapace, Rupert

    2016-01-01

    Cataract surgery has tremendously evolved in recent years. Innovations include micro-incision cataract surgery through incisions smaller than 2mm, high-fluidics phacoaspiration and laser phacoemulsification to minimize or replace the use of ultrasound, the advent of femtolasers for high-precision incisions in the cornea, the lens capsule and the cataractous lens, aspheric intraocular lenses (IOLs) to enhance the quality and contrast of the image, multifocal and enhanced-depth-of-focus IOLs to correct presbyopia, advancements in biometry and IOL power calculation, prevention of secondary capsule opacification by improvements in the design and material of the IOLs and surgical techniques like capsule polishing and posterior capsulorhexis, and pharmacological prophylaxis and possible future treatment of the cataract itself. Finally, cost-effectiveness and future potential of same-session bilateral cataract surgery are discussed. PMID:26982642

  7. Real-Time Detection and Measurement of Eye Features from Color Images.

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    Borza, Diana; Darabant, Adrian Sergiu; Danescu, Radu

    2016-01-01

    The accurate extraction and measurement of eye features is crucial to a variety of domains, including human-computer interaction, biometry, and medical research. This paper presents a fast and accurate method for extracting multiple features around the eyes: the center of the pupil, the iris radius, and the external shape of the eye. These features are extracted using a multistage algorithm. On the first stage the pupil center is localized using a fast circular symmetry detector and the iris radius is computed using radial gradient projections, and on the second stage the external shape of the eye (of the eyelids) is determined through a Monte Carlo sampling framework based on both color and shape information. Extensive experiments performed on a different dataset demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach. In addition, this work provides eye annotation data for a publicly-available database. PMID:27438838

  8. Consumer Health Informatics in the Context of Engaged Citizens and eHealth Services - A New CHI Meta Model.

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    Wiesner, Martin; Griebel, Lena; Becker, Kurt; Pobiruchin, Monika

    2016-01-01

    Consumer Health Informatics (CHI) is a relatively new and interdisciplinary field in Medical Informatics. It focuses on consumer- rather than professional-centered services. However, the definitions and understanding of a) what is a "consumer"? or b) what is health technology in the context of CHI? and c) what factors and actors influence the usage of eHealth services? vary widely. The CHI special interest group (SIG) - associated with the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology - conducted two workshops in 2015 to improve the common understanding on these topics. The workshop outcomes, the derived CHI-specific meta model and examples how to apply this model are presented in this paper. The model supports the definition of multi-actor contexts, as it not solely reflects the conventional patient-physician relationship but also allows for the description of second health market providers. PMID:27332268

  9. Heavy metal accumulation in blue crabs (Callinectes bocourti) from Maceio, AL, Brazil

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    In this work the elements Cd, Cu, Cr, Pb, Zn and Ni were analyzed in hepatopancreas samples of crabs (Callinectes bocourti) from the city of Marechal Deodoro and from the city of Coqueiro Seco, both in the state of Alagoas, Brazil. The biometry of this crabs was performed, their hepatopancreas were extracted, and then lyophilized. Heavy metal analysis were performed by Grafite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (GFAAS) Thirty seven crabs individuals, were collected. The crabs were adults with average mass of∼ 78g. The average values of the metals were measured, and for Pb and Cd, that the ANVISA establishes limits, these values are lower than the limits, even some individual concentration are higher than the recommended limits. The concentrations of Cu and Zn are higher than the other metals, suggesting that there is an influence of the industrial activities in surroundings of the sampled sites. (author)

  10. TECHNICAL DESIGN NOTE: Currency verification by a 2D infrared barcode

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    Schirripa Spagnolo, Giuseppe; Cozzella, Lorenzo; Simonetti, Carla

    2010-10-01

    Nowadays all the National Central Banks are continuously studying innovative anti-counterfeiting systems for banknotes. In this note, an innovative solution is proposed, which combines the potentiality of a hylemetric approach (methodology conceptually similar to biometry), based on notes' intrinsic characteristics, with a well-known and consolidated 2D barcode identification system. In particular, in this note we propose to extract from the banknotes a univocal binary control sequence (template) and insert an encrypted version of it in a barcode printed on the same banknote. For a more acceptable look and feel of a banknote, the superposed barcode can be stamped using IR ink that is visible to near-IR image sensors. This makes the banknote verification simpler.

  11. Currency verification by a 2D infrared barcode

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    Nowadays all the National Central Banks are continuously studying innovative anti-counterfeiting systems for banknotes. In this note, an innovative solution is proposed, which combines the potentiality of a hylemetric approach (methodology conceptually similar to biometry), based on notes' intrinsic characteristics, with a well-known and consolidated 2D barcode identification system. In particular, in this note we propose to extract from the banknotes a univocal binary control sequence (template) and insert an encrypted version of it in a barcode printed on the same banknote. For a more acceptable look and feel of a banknote, the superposed barcode can be stamped using IR ink that is visible to near-IR image sensors. This makes the banknote verification simpler. (technical design note)

  12. Biometric fingerprint identification

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    Diplomová práce v první části rozebírá obecně téma biometrie a hodnocení spolehlivosti biometrických systémů. Následně je popsán otisk prstu a jeho anatomické vlastnosti potřebné pro identifikaci osob. Jsou zmíněny druhy snímačů otisku prstu. Pro následnou praktickou realizaci je vysvětleno předzpracování obrazu, metody a postupy identifikace osob využívajících otisk prstu. V praktické části práce je realizován algoritmus pro identifikaci v programovém prostředí Matlab. This master's thesi...

  13. Software pro biometrické rozpoznávání duhovky lidského oka

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    2015-01-01

    V mojej práci sa zaoberám úlohou rozpoznania ľudskej dúhovky zo snímku za pomoci použitia evolučných algoritmov. Práca sa v úvode zaoberá otázkou biometrie, jej významom a základnými pojmami, s ktorými sa v texte neskor stretávam. Následne popisujem proces rozpoznania dúhovky ako aj teóriu evolučných algoritmov. V implementačnej časti popisujem návrh a implementáciu riešenia detekcie dúhovky za pomoci evolučných algoritmov, pričom kladiem doraz na detekciu okrajov zreničky a dúhovky....

  14. Evaluating the evaluation

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Vance W Berger National Cancer Institute, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Biometry Research Group, Rockville, MD, USAZhang et al1 sought to determine which adjustment method is the best. That is a laudable objective, but their approach leaves quite a bit to be desired. When we cut to the chase, we find that they pre-supposed that the analysis of covariance (ANCOVA was ideal, and, presumably, confirmed this empirically by noting that the ANCOVA results were most aligned with the ANCOVA gold standard. This is fairly perplexing logic. Had any of the other methods been chosen instead as the gold standard, then that method would have been found to be the best by virtue of agreeing with its own results. This is hardly a compelling endorsement. Beyond that, even if the authors did use a more reasoned approach, how can one trial be used to validate an analysis?View original paper by Zhang and colleagues.

  15. Teaching prenatal ultrasound to family medicine residents.

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    Dresang, Lee T; Rodney, William MacMillan; Dees, Jason

    2004-02-01

    Prenatal ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool, but there has been little research on how to teach ultrasound to family physicians. The available evidence supports teaching through didactics followed by supervised scanning. Didactic topics include physics and machine usage, indications, fetal biometry, anatomic survey, practice management, ethical issues, and resources. Supervised scanning reinforces the didactic components of training. A "hand-on-hand" supervised scanning technique is recommended for the transmission of psychomotor skills in these sessions. Curricula for teaching ultrasound should include information on which residents will be taught prenatal ultrasound, who will teach them, how to create time for learning ultrasound skills, and how to test for competency. The literature suggests that competency can be achieved within 25-50 supervised scans. Measures of competency include examination and qualitative analysis of scanning. Competency-based testing needs further development because no uniform standards have been established. PMID:14872356

  16. Using complex networks towards information retrieval and diagnostics in multidimensional imaging

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    Banerjee, Soumya Jyoti; Sen, Debanjan; Savale, Smruti; Datta, Himadri; Dasgupta, Anjan Kr; Roy, Soumen

    2015-01-01

    We present a fresh and general yet simple approach towards information retrieval in general and diagnostics in particular by applying the theory of complex networks on multidimensional images. We demonstrate a successful use of our method with the time series generated from high content thermal imaging videos of patients suffering from aqueous deficient dry eye (ADDE) disease. The approach is scalable to a device where fluctuation derived network parameters serve as diagnostic markers. Remarkably, network analysis of thermal imaging time series of contact lens users and patients upon whom Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis (Lasik) surgery has been conducted, exhibits pronounced similarities with results obtained from ADDE patients. We also propose a general framework for transformation of multidimensional images to networks for futuristic biometry.

  17. Robust Digital Speech Watermarking For Online Speaker Recognition

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A robust and blind digital speech watermarking technique has been proposed for online speaker recognition systems based on Discrete Wavelet Packet Transform (DWPT and multiplication to embed the watermark in the amplitudes of the wavelet’s subbands. In order to minimize the degradation effect of the watermark, these subbands are selected where less speaker-specific information was available (500 Hz–3500 Hz and 6000 Hz–7000 Hz. Experimental results on Texas Instruments Massachusetts Institute of Technology (TIMIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, and Mobile Biometry (MOBIO show that the degradation for speaker verification and identification is 1.16% and 2.52%, respectively. Furthermore, the proposed watermark technique can provide enough robustness against different signal processing attacks.

  18. Using complex networks towards information retrieval and diagnostics in multidimensional imaging

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    Banerjee, Soumya Jyoti; Azharuddin, Mohammad; Sen, Debanjan; Savale, Smruti; Datta, Himadri; Dasgupta, Anjan Kr; Roy, Soumen

    2015-12-01

    We present a fresh and broad yet simple approach towards information retrieval in general and diagnostics in particular by applying the theory of complex networks on multidimensional, dynamic images. We demonstrate a successful use of our method with the time series generated from high content thermal imaging videos of patients suffering from the aqueous deficient dry eye (ADDE) disease. Remarkably, network analyses of thermal imaging time series of contact lens users and patients upon whom Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis (Lasik) surgery has been conducted, exhibit pronounced similarity with results obtained from ADDE patients. We also propose a general framework for the transformation of multidimensional images to networks for futuristic biometry. Our approach is general and scalable to other fluctuation-based devices where network parameters derived from fluctuations, act as effective discriminators and diagnostic markers.

  19. Posterior fossa malformations: main features and limits in prenatal diagnosis

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    Garel, Catherine [Hopital d' Enfants Armand-Trousseau, Department of Radiology, Paris (France)

    2010-06-15

    Posterior fossa (PF) malformations are commonly observed during prenatal screening. Their understanding requires knowledge of the main steps of PF development and knowledge of normal patterns in US and MR imaging. The vast majority of PF malformations can be strongly suspected by acquiring a midline sagittal slice and a transverse slice and by systematically scrutinizing the elements of the PF: cerebellar vermis, hemispheres, brainstem, fourth ventricle, PF fluid spaces and tentorium. Analysis of cerebellar echogenicity and biometry is also useful. This review explains how to approach the diagnosis of the main PF malformations by performing these two slices and answering six key questions about the elements of the PF. The main imaging characteristics of PF malformations are also reviewed. (orig.)

  20. Movement of a posterior chamber lens in phakic eyes assessed with partial coherence interferometry

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    Koeppl, C M

    2001-01-01

    Purpose: the implantable contact lens (ICL sup T sup M , STAAR Surgical), a posterior chamber phakic IOL, provides an effective refraction correction among high myopic and hypermetropic patients. However, the cause of cataract formation in some of these patients is still unclear. Mechanical contact between the ICL and the crystalline lens and inadequate aqueous circulation in the prelenticular space may cause subcapsular opacification. To get a better understanding of the pathogenesis of cataract formation after ICL implantation the distance changes between the ICL and the crystalline lens under different conditions were investigated. Methods: in an open pilot study, 13 eyes of 11 myopic and 2 hyperopic patients with a mean age of 38 years (range: 19 to 53 years) were examined at least 6 months after ICL implantation. Using a non-invasive, high resolution biometry technique, partial coherence interferometry (PCI), which has unprecedented precision in the micrometer region, distance changes between the ICL and...

  1. WHO multicentre study for the development of growth standards from fetal life to childhood

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    Merialdi, Mario; Widmer, Mariana; Gülmezoglu, Ahmet Metin;

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: In 2006 WHO presented the infant and child growth charts suggested for universal application. However, major determinants for perinatal outcomes and postnatal growth are laid down during antenatal development. Accordingly, monitoring fetal growth in utero by ultrasonography is important......, therefore, made it a high priority to establish charts of optimal fetal growth that can be recommended worldwide. METHODS: This is a multi-national study for the development of fetal growth standards for international application by assessing fetal growth in populations of different ethnic and geographic...... ten developing and industrialized countries: Argentina, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Norway, and Thailand. At each centre, 140 pregnant women will be recruited between 8 + 0 and 12 + 6 weeks of gestation. Subsequently, visits for fetal biometry will be...

  2. Dinâmica populacional da matrinxã Brycon amazonicus (Characidae na Amazônia Central Population dynamics of matrinxã Brycon amazonicus (Characidae in Central Amazon

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    Leocy C. dos Santos Filho

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available The matrinxã, Brycon amazonicus (Spix & Agassiz, 1829 is one of the most important fishery resources of the Amazonas state. Its population dynamics in Central Amazon was analyzed based on total landing and biometry data registered in the main landing port of Manaus, between 1994 and 2002. Growth and mortality rates were estimated separately for the rivers Purus, Madeira and Solimões. Differences in size structure and growth curves suggest that different population units exist among these rivers, requiring individualized evaluation and fisheries management strategies. The analysis of the yield per recruit does not indicate overexploitation. However, the highest relative exploitation rate was observed in the Madeira river. The suggested management strategies are related to restrictions to the fishery in the main fishing grounds during the migratory dispersal period, instead of restrictions during reproductive periods.

  3. A case of successful pregnancy in a ewe with uterus didelphys.

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    Carr, D J; Aitken, R P; Milne, J S; David, A L; Wallace, J M

    2013-10-01

    Uterus didelphys is a rare congenital abnormality of the reproductive tract. Although it occurs in various species, there are no published reports describing pregnancy outcome in association with this abnormality. Herein we describe a case of successful unilateral singleton pregnancy in a ewe incidentally found to have uterus didelphys during the course of a biomedical research study. The pregnancy was established using assisted reproductive techniques and interrupted in late gestation, at which point the abnormality was identified. Serial ultrasound assessment of foetal biometry revealed a normal foetal growth trajectory. Despite a 45% reduction in placentome number, total placentome weight was near normal secondary to compensatory placentome growth and development. To our knowledge, this is the first detailed report of normal foetal growth in an animal with uterus didelphys and illustrates the ability of the ovine placenta to adapt to a reduced number of placentomes and maintain foetal nutrient supply. PMID:23772768

  4. Antioxidant activity in plasma and rumen papillae development in lambs fed fermented apple pomace.

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    Rodríguez-Muela, C; Rodríguez, H E; Arzola, C; Díaz-Plascencia, D; Ramírez-Godínez, J A; Flores-Mariñelarena, A; Mancillas-Flores, P F; Corral, G

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    The effect of fermented apple pomace (FAP) on animal health, antioxidant activity (AA), hematic biometry (HBm) and the development of ruminal epithelium were investigated in a study with 24 finishing lambs (BW = 25.4 ± 3.3 Kg). Lambs were grouped by sex (12 male and 12 female) and fed (n = 6 per group of treatment) a basal fattening diet (Control diet, T1) or the basal diet supplemented to include 10.91% of fermented apple pomace (FAP diet, T2). The animals were kept 56 d in individual metabolic cages, with ad libitum access to water and feed. Two blood samples were collected from each animal on d 0, 28, and 56 to determine AA in plasma and hematic biometry (HBm). Four samples of ruminal tissue were taken postmortem to evaluate the development of ruminal epithelium based on the length (LP) and width (WP) of papillae. AA and HBm data were analyzed with a mixed model (fixed effects: diet, sampling, sex, and their interaction; using the experimental unit nested in the effect of the diet as the random effect). LP and WP were analyzed with a hierarchical model, as simple and nested effects in the sampling site, where the fixed effects were the diet and the sex of the animal and their interaction. There was an effect of diet on AA, which was higher (P animals in the experiment, with a marked increased (P 0.05) for the other indicators of HBm. Males' LP was higher in T2 than in T1 (P benefits on animal health and the development of rumen epithelium by improving antioxidant activity in plasma and stimulating the growth of papillae. PMID:26020331

  5. Influence of anatomy and basic density on specific cutting force for wood from Corymbia citriodora Hill & Johnson

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    Luiz-E. de L. Melo

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Aim of the study: The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of xylem tissue cell structure, determined through biometry and basic density of the wood from Corymbia citriodora Hill & Johnson on consumption of specific 90º-0º longitudinal cutting force.Area of study: The study area was in the region of the Vale do Rio Doce - Minas Gerais, Brazil.Material and methods: A diametrical board with dimensions of 60 x 18 x 5 cm (length x width x thickness, respectively, with more than 1.3 m from the ground, was removed. In machining trials, a 400 mm diameter circular saw was used, with 24 “WZ” teeth, feed rate of 10 m.min-1, cutting speed of 61 m.s-1, and maximum instantaneous torque of 92.5 N.m. During cutting, test specimens were removed with alternated and parallel 1.5 cm edges in 6 radial positions, which were used for biometric determination of cell structure and basic density.Main results: It was observed that wood basic density, vessel diameter, fiber wall thickness, fiber wall fraction and fiber wall portion were directly proportional to the specific cutting force. In contrast, vessel frequency and fiber lumen diameter proved to be inversely proportional to cutting force.Research highlights: This work provides important values of quantification of influence of xylem tissue cell structure, determined through biometry and physical properties of the wood that may be used to prediction of consumption of specific cutting force.Keywords: wood machining; wood properties; optimization of the process.

  6. Wrong intraocular lens events-what lessons have we learned? A review of incidents reported to the National Reporting and Learning System: 2010-2014 versus 2003-2010.

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    Steeples, L R; Hingorani, M; Flanagan, D; Kelly, S P

    2016-08-01

    PurposeTo identify the causal factors in wrong intraocular lens (IOL) events from a national data set and to compare with similar historical data (2003-2010) prior to mandatory checklist use, for the purpose of developing strategies to prevent never events.MethodsData from wrong IOL patient safety incidents (PSIs) submitted to the National Reporting and Learning System (2010-2014) were reviewed by thematic analysis and compared with the data previously collected by the group using the same methodology.ResultsOne hundred and seventy eight wrong IOL PSIs were identified. The contributory factors included: transcription errors (n=26); wrong patient biometry (n=21); wrong IOL selection (n=16); changes in planned procedure (n=16); incorrect IOL brought into theatre (n=11); left/right eye selection errors (n=9); communication errors (n=9); and positive/negative IOL power errors (n=9). In 44 PSIs, no causal factor was reported, limiting the learning value of such reports. Compared with the data from previous years, biometry errors were much reduced but IOL transcription and documentation errors were greater, particularly if further checks did not refer to the original source documentation. IOL exchange surgery was reported in 45 cases.ConclusionsThe selection and implantation of the correct IOL is a complex process which is not adequately addressed by existing checking procedures. Despite the introduction of surgical checklists, wrong IOL incidents continue to occur and are probably under-reported. Human or behavioural factors are heavily implicated in these errors and need to be addressed by novel approaches, including simulation training. There is also scope to further improve the quality and detail of incident reporting and analysis to enhance patient safety. PMID:27174380

  7. Influence of the prediction error of the first eye undergoing cataract surgery on the refractive outcome of the fellow eye

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    Gorodezky L

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Ludmilla Gorodezky,1,2 Babac AE Mazinani,2 Niklas Plange,2 Peter Walter,2 Martin Wenzel,1 Gernot Roessler2 1Petrisberg Eye Clinic, Trier, Germany; 2Department of Ophthalmology, RWTH Technical University of Aachen, Aachen, Germany Introduction: In addition to measurement errors, individual anatomical conditions could be made responsible for unexpected prediction errors in the determination of the correct intraocular lens power for cataract surgery. Obviously, such anatomical conditions might be relevant for both eyes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the postoperative refractive error of the first eye has to be taken in account for the biometry of the second. Methods: In this retrospective study, we included 670 eyes of 335 patients who underwent phacoemulsification and implantation of a foldable intraocular lens in both eyes. According to the SRK/T formula, the postoperative refractive error of each eye was determined and compared with its fellow eye. Results: Of 670 eyes, 622 showed a postoperative refractive error within ±1.0 D (93%, whereas the prediction error was 0.5 D or less in 491 eyes (73%. The postoperative difference between both eyes was within 0.5 D in 71% and within 1.0 D in 93% of the eyes. Comparing the prediction error of an eye and its fellow eye, the error of the fellow eye was about half the value of the other. Conclusion: Our results imply that substitution of half of the prediction error of the first eye into the calculation of the second eye may be useful to reduce the prediction error in the second eye. However, prospective studies should be initiated to demonstrate an improved accuracy for the second eye’s intraocular lens power calculation by partial adjustment. Keywords: cataract surgery, biometry, IOL power calculation, refractive error, fellow eye

  8. Movement of a posterior chamber lens in phakic eyes assessed with partial coherence interferometry

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    Purpose: the implantable contact lens (ICLTM, STAAR Surgical), a posterior chamber phakic IOL, provides an effective refraction correction among high myopic and hypermetropic patients. However, the cause of cataract formation in some of these patients is still unclear. Mechanical contact between the ICL and the crystalline lens and inadequate aqueous circulation in the prelenticular space may cause subcapsular opacification. To get a better understanding of the pathogenesis of cataract formation after ICL implantation the distance changes between the ICL and the crystalline lens under different conditions were investigated. Methods: in an open pilot study, 13 eyes of 11 myopic and 2 hyperopic patients with a mean age of 38 years (range: 19 to 53 years) were examined at least 6 months after ICL implantation. Using a non-invasive, high resolution biometry technique, partial coherence interferometry (PCI), which has unprecedented precision in the micrometer region, distance changes between the ICL and the crystalline lens were measured during subjective accommodation, after topical application of pilocarpine and under photopic conditions. Results: without accommodation the mean distance between the ICL and the crystalline lens was 457 μm (range: 123-924 μm). During subjective accommodation a significant and after topical application of pilocarpine a non-significant decrease of anterior chamber depth (ACD) was accompanied with a non-significant reduction of the ICL-crystalline lens distance. Under photopic conditions a significant mean reduction of the ICL-crystalline lens distance of -28 μm (range: -16 to -188 μm) was observed. Conclusion: with PCI biometry, no significant changes between the ICL and the crystalline lens were detected during subjective accommodation and after application of pilocarpine. However, under photopic conditions, with miosis of the pupil, the distance ICL-crystalline lens was significantly reduced. This mechanism may eventually cause

  9. Preterm or not--an evaluation of estimates of gestational age in a cohort of women from Rural Papua New Guinea.

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    Stephan Karl

    Full Text Available Knowledge of accurate gestational age is required for comprehensive pregnancy care and is an essential component of research evaluating causes of preterm birth. In industrialised countries gestational age is determined with the help of fetal biometry in early pregnancy. Lack of ultrasound and late presentation to antenatal clinic limits this practice in low-resource settings. Instead, clinical estimators of gestational age are used, but their accuracy remains a matter of debate.In a cohort of 688 singleton pregnancies from rural Papua New Guinea, delivery gestational age was calculated from Ballard score, last menstrual period, symphysis-pubis fundal height at first visit and quickening as well as mid- and late pregnancy fetal biometry. Published models using sequential fundal height measurements and corrected last menstrual period to estimate gestational age were also tested. Novel linear models that combined clinical measurements for gestational age estimation were developed. Predictions were compared with the reference early pregnancy ultrasound (<25 gestational weeks using correlation, regression and Bland-Altman analyses and ranked for their capability to predict preterm birth using the harmonic mean of recall and precision (F-measure.Average bias between reference ultrasound and clinical methods ranged from 0-11 days (95% confidence levels: 14-42 days. Preterm birth was best predicted by mid-pregnancy ultrasound (F-measure: 0.72, and neuromuscular Ballard score provided the least reliable preterm birth prediction (F-measure: 0.17. The best clinical methods to predict gestational age and preterm birth were last menstrual period and fundal height (F-measures 0.35. A linear model combining both measures improved prediction of preterm birth (F-measure: 0.58.Estimation of gestational age without ultrasound is prone to significant error. In the absence of ultrasound facilities, last menstrual period and fundal height are among the more reliable

  10. Greater maternal weight gain during pregnancy predicts a large but lean fetal phenotype: a prospective cohort study.

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    Hure, Alexis Jayne; Collins, Clare Elizabeth; Giles, Warwick Bruce; Paul, Jonathan Winter; Smith, Roger

    2012-10-01

    The objective of this study is to describe the fetal phenotype in utero and its associations with maternal pre-pregnancy weight and gestational weight gain. This prospective longitudinal cohort included 179 Australian women with singleton pregnancies. Serial ultrasound measurements were performed at 19, 25, 30 and 36 (±1) weeks gestation and maternal anthropometry were collected concurrently. The ultrasound scans included the standard fetal biometry of head circumference, biparietal diameter, abdominal circumference, and femur length, and body composition at the abdomen and mid-thigh, including fat and lean mass cross-sectional areas. Maternal gestational weight gain was compared to current clinical guidelines. The participants had an average of 3.7 ± 0.8 scans and birth data were available for 165 neonates. Fifty four per cent of the cohort gained weight in excess of current recommendations, according to pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI). Maternal gestational weight positively predicted fetal abdominal circumference (P 0.029) and lean abdominal mass area (P 0.046) in linear mixed model regression analysis, adjusted for known and potential confounders. At any pre-pregnancy BMI gaining weight above the current recommendations resulted in a larger fetus according to standard biometry, because of significantly larger lean muscle mass at the abdomen (P 0.024) and not due to an increase in fat mass (P 0.463). We have demonstrated the importance of maternal weight gain, independent of pre-pregnancy BMI, to support the growth of a large but lean fetus. Prenatal counselling should focus on achieving a healthy BMI prior to conception so that gestational weight gain restrictions can be minimised. PMID:22052171

  11. B-mode and Doppler sonography of the mammary glands in dairy goats for mastitis diagnosis.

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    Santos, V J C; Simplício, K; Sanchez, D; Coutinho, L; Teixeira, P; Barros, F; Almeida, V; Rodrigues, L; Bartlewski, P; Oliveira, M; Feliciano, M; Vicente, W

    2015-04-01

    This study aimed to evaluate the sonographic characteristics of the udder and teats and to determine the Doppler indexes of mammary artery in healthy and undergoing subclinical and clinical mastitis goats. Thirty animals among Saanen and Alpine Brown goats were arranged in three groups, healthy goats (HG), goats with subclinical mastitis (SMG) and goats with clinical mastitis (CMG). Using the B-mode, the sonographic characteristics (echotexture and echogenicity) and biometry (diameter and area of the udder cistern, diameter and area of the teat cistern and thickness of the teat wall) were evaluated. Using Doppler ultrasonography, the vascular indexes of the mammary artery were obtained. It was observed hyperechogenicity with solid component in the gland cistern when comparing animals with clinical mastitis and healthy mammary tissue. Regarding the echotexture of the breast tissue, there was heterogeneity in the mammary parenchyma on the three groups, for the milk, it was observed homogeneity for animals on HG and SMG and heterogeneity for animals on CMG. Grey-scale quantitative assessment revealed increase in echogenicity (mean value) for all the structures when comparing the three groups. Biometry did not reveal statistical difference between groups, for none of the evaluated structures. Doppler examination of the mammary artery showed the decrease of end diastolic velocity and raise of pulsatility index between groups. The association of B-mode and Doppler ultrasonography is useful for the evaluation of the udder of dairy goats with mastitis. It is a sensitive and specific method for the study of this disease. Doppler mode was unable to establish reliable criteria for diagnosis of subclinical mastitis. Moreover, the quantification of echogenicity is a useful technique for the evaluation of the milk in animals with mastitis; therefore, it is suggested that it can be used as complementary technique for the diagnosis of mastitis in goats. PMID:25601226

  12. Heterostegina depressa growth model: what does cell volume tell us about biogeography and ecology?

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    Eder, Wolfgang; Kinoshita, Shunichi; Woeger, Julia; Hohenegger, Johann; Briguglio, Antonino; Ferrandez-Canadell, Carles

    2015-04-01

    The foraminiferal subfamily Heterostegininae has been the centre of interest of many interdisciplinary studies in the last decades. Some of them reviewing only taxonomic criteria used to identify the different lineages by application of classical two dimensional biometry, while others focussing on more biological interests. This study tries to integrate new means of three-dimensional quantification on biometry used in micropalaeontology. By applying Micro-computed tomography (µCT) each chamber's volume of the foraminiferal test can be extracted and used to quantify and model the cell growth of larger benthic Foraminifera. This work concentrated on the single but abundant extant representative of the Heterostegina lineage (sensu d'Orbigny), H. depressa, studying the growth in specimens from two natural populations, Okinawa (Japan) and Maui (Hawaii), and from laboratory cultures (offspring of the Hawaiian population). Data obtained from measurements of the volume of the 25 initial chambers were fitted to a theoretical growth model using an exponential function. Two parameters of this function, a (= initial size) and b (= growth rate) were observed to reflect distinct information related to the either provenance or the ecology of the populations. The parameter a represents the proloculus size, which is frequently used in its two dimensional form (equatorial diameter) as a biometrical significant parameter. When comparing the proloculus volume in specimens of the three samples, a distinctive trend becomes visible: All specimens from a single locality group together, while laboratory cultured individuals are more similar to their relatives from Hawaii (with which they share the gene pool) than those from Okinawa. Proloculus volume is thus more influenced by internal (genetic) factors than to external (ecological) ones. Parameter b shows a different trend, related to the intensity of growth. The naturally grown specimens from different geographic localities show higher

  13. Analysis of male reproductive parameters in a murine model of mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I)

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    do Nascimento, Cinthia Castro; Junior, Odair Aguiar; D’Almeida, Vânia

    2014-01-01

    Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) I is a lysosomal storage disorder (LSD) that is characterised by alpha-L-iduronidase (Idua) deficiency and continuous deposition of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which consequently interferes with cell signalling mechanisms and results in multisystemic and progressive symptoms. The animal model of MPS I (Idua-/-) has been widely studied to elucidate the consequences and progression of the disorder; however, studies specifically assessing the male reproductive tract are lacking. The aim of this study was to evaluate some of the reproductive characteristics of male MPS I mice in two phases of life. Reproductive organ biometry, sperm counts, sperm morphological evaluation, plasma testosterone measurements and histopathological, histomorphometrical and immunohistochemical analysis were performed in 3- and 6-month-old C57BL/6 Idua+/+ and Idua-/- mice. Seminal vesicle weights were decreased in both the 3- and 6-month-old Idua-/- mice. Decrease in sperm counts and the majority of the histopathological signs were observed in the 6-month-old Idua-/- mice. No differences were detected in the sperm morphological analysis. Immunohistochemistry revealed that seminiferous tubules from 3-month-old Idua-/- mice were more intensely stained with anti-caspase-3 than 3-month-old Idua+/+ mice, but no difference was found at 6 months. These results suggest that MPS I interferes with male reproductive parameters both in 3 and 6-month-old animals and histopathological signs are more pronounced in 6-month-old mice, indicating that the effects of the disorder may intensify with the disease progression. PMID:25031781

  14. Commercial capture of the mangrove crab, Ucides cordatus (L., 1763, in the Gargaú mangrove, RJ

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    Ana Paula Madeira Di Beneditto

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    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was analyze the biometry of the mangrove crab, Ucides cordatus (L., 1763, captured commercially in the Gargaú Mangrove (RJ, comparing common practices with the demands of Law no 52/2003 of IBAM A – Brazilian Agency of Environment and Natural Resources – and making inferences about the fishing community’s perception of the species. From April 2002 to March 2003, 571 specimens were analyzed and the highest frequency of males and females was registered in a carapace width of 6,0 6,5cm. The exploration of the mangrove crab is conducted all year round and the gear known as “redinha” is used in its capture, disrespecting the abovementioned law. However, the capture excludes ovigerous females and small-sized specimens, which reflects the fishing community’s concerns about this resource. The exploitation of this crab population probably interferes in its growth pattern, and managerial action needs to be implemented, considering not only the recommendations of scientific studies, but also the local fishermen’s knowledge of the species.

  15. Construction of modern Australian first trimester ultrasound dating and growth charts

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    Full text: Accurate pregnancy dating is vital to obstetric management. However, first trimester fetal charts commonly used in Australia rely on data reported more than three decades ago. This study reports first trimester dating and growth charts for crown-rump length between 5 and 14 weeks of gestation and biparietal diameter between 9 and 14 weeks of gestation on an Australia population using modern real-time ultrasound equipment. All consenting eligible women attending a large Sydney clinic for first trimester ultrasound between March 2005 and December 2006 were recruited. Measurements were carried out to Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine standard protocols. Statistical analyses were undertaken using polynomial regression models and thorough diagnostic checks made. Overall 396 eligible women consented to the study, with 268 between 9 and 14 weeks of gestation. The average participant age was 34 years (range 22-45 years), 371 and all yielded valid biometry measurements. Equations, means and 90% reference intervals for crown-rump length measurements and biparietal diameter measurements were derived using polynomial regression models. Thorough residual and diagnostic checks were made. Once validated by others, we believe they will warrant consideration for use by Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine.

  16. Laser speckle decorrelation for fingerprint acquisition

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    Biometry is gaining popularity as a physical security approach in situations where a high level of security is necessary. Currently, biometric solutions are embedded in a very large and heterogeneous group of applications. One of the most sensible is for airport security access to boarding gates. More airports are introducing biometric solutions based on face, fingerprint or iris recognition for passenger identification. In particular, fingerprints are the most widely used biometric, and they are mandatorily included in electronic identification documents. One important issue, which is difficult to address in traditional fingerprint acquisition systems, is preventing contact between subsequent users; sebum, which can be a potential vector for contagious diseases. Currently, non-contact devices are used to overcome this problem. In this paper, a new contact device based on laser speckle decorrelation is presented. Our system has the advantage of being compact and low-cost compared with an actual contactless system, allowing enhancement of the sebum pattern imaging contrast in a simple and low-cost way. Furthermore, it avoids the spreading of contagious diseases. (paper)

  17. Chronic central serous choroidopathy with severe visual loss in hyperopic microphthalmic identical twins

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    Fabry, Annelies

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    Full Text Available Objective: To report chronic central serous choroidopathy with severe visual loss in hyperopic microphthalmic identical twins. Methods: The index patient was first examined in 1994, at age 31, and has been followed up closely for 17 years. He had repeated fluorescein and indocyanine green angiograms, OCT, ultrasound biometry, and recently also autofluorescence and EDI OCT. His twin brother was first examined in 2010, at age 47, and had a similar extensive exploration. Results: The index patient had a mean refractive error of +6 D OU and VA was 20/32++ in the RE and 20/200 in the LE in 1994. Vision slowly went down to 20/800+ in the RE and 20/600 in the LE in 2011. His twin brother has a mean refractive error of +6 D OU and VA 20/400 OU. Both have a short axial length of the eye, a thick choroid with dilated vessels, and central serous choroidopathy with cystic degeneration of the macula and retina in the posterior pole. Conclusions: We add to the reported complications of microphthalmos, chronic central serous choroidopathy.

  18. Biology of the citrus blackfly, Aleurocanthus woglumi Ashby (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae), in three host plants

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    The citrus blackfly, Aleurocanthus woglumi Ashby, was detected in Brazil in 2001. The aim of this research was to evaluate the biology, biometry and host preference of A. woglumi in sweet orange, acid lime Tahiti and mango. Experiments were set in laboratory conditions with insects collected in rangpur lime plants in Manaus, State of Amazonas, from January to June of 2006. The following parameters were evaluated: number of spirals (ovo positions) and eggs per plant, number of eggs by spiral per plant, survival of the immature (eggs, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th instars), and length and survival of the immature stage. The mean embrionary period was 15 days for the three hosts. The 4th nymph (puparium) was the longest during nymph development. Second and third instars had the highest survival. The mean length of the egg-adult cycle was 70 days for the three hosts evaluated. The eggs were laid in a spiral shape on the adaxial leaf surface. The 1st instars moved to short distances from the spiral, while the 2nd, 3rd and 4th are sessile and have bristles on the whole body. Based on the highest oviposition and the highest survival of the immature stage of the citrus blackfly in acid lime Tahiti, this plant can be considered the most suitable host to A. woglumi. (author)

  19. Efeitos do trimetilaminoetano (TES e ringer lactato em sêmen de macacos-aranha mantidos em cativeiro ( Ateles paniscus e A. marginatus

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    Full Text Available The performances of the diluents TES and CEBRAN II were compared as cryopreservatives of semen from non human primates of the genus Ateles. The experiment was carried out using one Ateles marginatus and two Ateles paniscus specimens, males and adults, maintained in the same captivity conditions at the National Center of Primates (CENP-SVS/MS. The animals were subjected to clinical and andrological examinations - testicular biometry - before the semen collection by eletroejaculation. Evaluations of motility and forward movement in the fresh semen were made. Semen were made dilution was made with the diluents TES and CEBRAN II. The ejaculates were diluted with the diluents (2:1proportion, packed in 0.25mL plastic straws and cryopreserved in liquid nitrogen. After thawing, the packed ejaculates were appraised in thermo resistance test (TTR. The averages of volume and concentration were, respectively, 1.94mL (0.83 and 3,020,000 sptz/mL (275.97. The pH 8 and seminal coagulation were observed in all samples. The results suggest that the TES diluent presents better efficiency in the preservation of Ateles semen than CEBRAN II.

  20. Greater rhea (Rhea americana) external morphology at different stages of embryonic and fetal development.

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    de Almeida, Hatawa Melo; Sousa, Renata Patrícia; Bezerra, Dayseanny Oliveira; Olivindo, Rodrigo Fernando Gomes; das Neves Diniz, Anaemilia; de Oliveira, Sâmia Clara; Feitosa, Matheus Levi Tajra; de Moura Fortes, Eunice Anita; Ferraz, Maíra Soares; de Carvalho, Yulla Klinger Pereira; de Menezes, Danilo José Ayres; de Carvalho, Maria Acelina Martins

    2015-11-01

    Knowledge of wild species embryonic development is important for their maintenance in captivity or the wild. The objective of the present study was to characterize the external morphology and define the biometry of greater rhea embryos and fetuses at different stages of development. A total of 41 embryos and fetuses were analyzed to describe their external morphology using a stereoscopic microscope. The crown-rump (CR), total length (TL), cephalocaudal length (CCL), biparietal diameter (BPD), beak, humerus and tibio-tarsal lengths were measured by digital pachymeter, millimetric scale ruler and cotton thread. The weight of the embryos and fetuses was measured on digital scales. The greater rhea embryos at 5, 6 and 7 days incubation presented a "C" shape. At 9, 10 and 11 days the eyes were big and pigmented. At 11, 12 and 13 days the eyelid covered more than half the eye, resulting in an oval slit. In 14 and 15 day-old embryos, the skin was still thin and the ribs evident, but at 18 days this structure was thicker. In embryos at 21 and 27 days of development closed eyelids were observed forming an eyelid slit, and the eye ball was less pronounced at 27 days. Weight gain presented an exponential growth curve, while measurements such as TL, DBP, beak, humerus and tibio-tarsal length had linear growth over time. Thus it was possible to characterize the greater rhea embryos and fetuses at several incubation ages using their external morphology and morphometric analyses. PMID:26432389

  1. Recovery of the commercial sponges in the central and southeastern Aegean Sea (NE Mediterranean after an outbreak of sponge disease

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    Full Text Available The distribution and biometry of commercial sponges (Porifera in coastal areas of the central and southeastern Aegean Sea was investigated to estimate the recovery progress of the populations eight years after the first appearance of sponge disease. Signs of the disease were detected only in 1.6% of the harvested sponges. Multivariate analysis on the percentage abundance of sponges showed two distinct groups among the sixteen fishing grounds studied: the eight deep (50-110 m and the eight shallow ones (<40 m. The group from the deep depths consisted of Spongia officinalis adriatica, S. agaricina and S. zimocca. The infralittoral zone was characterized by the presence of Hippospongia communis, S. officinalis adriatica and S. officinalis mollissima. These bath sponges showed an enhanced abundance in the eastern Cretan Sea (S. Aegean Sea. In addition, their dimensions, particularly height, increased with increasing depth. It is indicated that the hydrographic conditions prevailing in the eastern Cretan Sea affected the repopulating processes of sponge banks. In each species, the biometric characteristics of the experimental specimens were similar to those of the sponges found in the market and harvested at respective depths prior to the appearance of sponge disease.

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    José Teixeira de Seixas Filho

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available We used 525 bullfrog tadpoles, distributed into 15 boxes with one tadpole per liter. The water was daily renewal (200%. The feeding regimes were constituted of five arrangements using seven commercial rations with levels of 22, 28, 32, 36, 40, 45 and 55% of crude protein (CP, supplied every 15 days. We used a random blocks design, subdivided plots with three replications. The subplots were constituted of five biometries: at the beginning of the experiment, at 15, 30, 45, and 60 days. The tadpoles submitted to feeding regime FR1, with 22, 32, 36, and 40% of CP, presented the highest consumption and the same performance as the others. Tadpoles that received FR5, with 40, 45, 45 and 50% of CP, presented greater weight, however, they showed smaller weight gain, greater consumption, conversion and mortality, indicating that this regime is expensive and not adequate for management. Feeding regimes FR2, with 28, 32, 36 and 40% of CP, and FR3, with 32, 36, 40 and 45% of CP, were more adjusted to this kind of management. Animals in all treatments showed higher performance that animals fed traditionally.

  3. Optical coherence tomographic view of persistent primary fetal vasculature

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    Purpose was to report on the posterior segment changes in a patient with bilateral persistent primary fetal vasculature as detected by optical coherence tomography. An 18-year-old lady with poor vision, left esotropia and bilateral posterior polar cataract was found to have dysplasia of the macula in the both eyes. Fundus fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography, ''A'' scan biometry and genetic work up was performed as a part of investigation. There was increase in thickness of the macular area in both the eyes (450-500mm). The left eye showed a ''sail like'' fold extending over macula, from nasal to temporal side. The tissue had the same sensitivity and thickness as inner the retinal layers (180-200). There was no detectable nerve fibre layer in the macula of either eye. Fundus fluorescein angiography was normal in the right eye, and showed hyperfluorescence at the inferior pole of the disk in the left eye corresponding to the Bergmeister papilla. There was no staining of the membrane with the dye. Evaluation of the posterior segment is important in predicting the visual outcome in patients with any from of PFV. Optical coherence tomography is an adjuvant to direct visualization and aids in further delineating posterior segment changes seen in this condition. (author)

  4. Cat, cougar, and jaguar spermatogenesis: a comparative analysis

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    Deiler Sampaio Costa

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available This work presents a comparative review about the spermatogenic process in cats (Felis domestica, jaguars (Panthera onca and cougars (Puma concolor, with emphasis on testicular biometry, gonadossomatic index, volumetric proportion of testicular parenchyma components, tubular diameter, seminiferous epithelial height and seminiferous tubule length. It was an approach of the differences among the cell proportions that allowed conclusions about the overall yield of spermatogenic process and Sertoli cell index in three feline species.O processo espermatogênico do gato doméstico (Felis domestica, da onça-pintada (Panthera onca e da onça-parda (Puma concolor são analisados de forma comparativa, dando-se ênfase à biometria testicular, ao índice gonadossomático, à proporção volumétrica dos constituintes do parênquima testicular, ao diâmetro tubular, à altura do epitélio seminífero e ao comprimento dos túbulos seminíferos. Abordam-se ainda as diferenças entres as razões celulares que permitem conclusões sobre o rendimento do processo espermatogênico e índices de células de Sértoli das três espécies.

  5. Biometric analysis of uterine cervix during pregnancy using trans vaginal ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging

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    Objective: To evaluate the uterine cervix length with magnetic resonance imaging in comparison with findings at trans vaginal ultrasonography. Materials and methods: Twenty pregnant women between the 19th and 30th gestational weeks underwent magnetic resonance imaging and trans vaginal ultrasonography for evaluation of their uterine cervix. Measurements by means of magnetic resonance imaging were performed by two specialists in imaging diagnosis for calculating the interobserver variability of the method. Results: Calculation of the Pearson's correlation coefficient between measurements of the cervical length demonstrated a significant correlation between the results of both methods (r=0.628; p<0.01). The paired t test demonstrated no statistically significant difference between measurements obtained by trans vaginal ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging (p=0.068). Interobserver agreement in cervical measurements by magnetic resonance imaging was high (α=0.96), demonstrating the reliability of the method. Conclusion: The comparison between both imaging methods in the evaluation of cervical biometry showed no statistically significant difference thus reinforcing the utilization of ultrasonography. However, in some cases where trans vaginal ultrasonography is contraindicated, magnetic resonance imaging can be alternatively utilized for measurement of the cervical length. (author)

  6. Accuracy of Intraocular Lens Power Calculation Formulas for Highly Myopic Eyes

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    Zhang, Yichi; Liang, Xiao Ying; Liu, Shu; Lee, Jacky W. Y.; Bhaskar, Srinivasan; Lam, Dennis S. C.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose. To evaluate and compare the accuracy of different intraocular lens (IOL) power calculation formulas for eyes with an axial length (AL) greater than 26.00 mm. Methods. This study reviewed 407 eyes of 219 patients with AL longer than 26.0 mm. The refractive prediction errors of IOL power calculation formulas (SRK/T, Haigis, Holladay, Hoffer Q, and Barrett Universal II) using User Group for Laser Interference Biometry (ULIB) constants were evaluated and compared. Results. One hundred seventy-one eyes were enrolled. The Barrett Universal II formula had the lowest mean absolute error (MAE) and SRK/T and Haigis had similar MAE, and the statistical highest MAE were seen with the Holladay and Hoffer Q formulas. The interquartile range of the Barrett Universal II formula was also the lowest among all the formulas. The Barrett Universal II formulas yielded the highest percentage of eyes within ±1.0 D and ±0.5 D of the target refraction in this study (97.24% and 79.56%, resp.). Conclusions. Barrett Universal II formula produced the lowest predictive error and the least variable predictive error compared with the SRK/T, Haigis, Holladay, and Hoffer Q formulas. For high myopic eyes, the Barrett Universal II formula may be a more suitable choice. PMID:27119018

  7. Anterior chamber depth during hemodialysis

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    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Carolina Pelegrini Barbosa Gracitelli,1 Francisco Rosa Stefanini,1 Fernando Penha,1 Miguel Ângelo Góes,2 Sérgio Antonio Draibe,2 Maria Eugênia Canziani,2 Augusto Paranhos Junior1 1Ophthalmology Department, 2Division of Nephrology, Federal University of São Paulo – UNIFESP, São Paulo, Brazil Background: Exacerbation of chronic glaucoma or acute glaucoma is occasionally observed in patients undergoing hemodialysis (HD because of anterior chamber depth changes during this therapy. Purpose: To evaluate anterior chamber depth and axial length in patients during HD sessions. Methods: A total of 67 eyes of 35 patients were prospectively enrolled. Axial length and anterior chamber depth were measured using ultrasonic biometry, and these measures were evaluated at three different times during HD sessions. Body weight and blood pressure pre- and post-HD were also measured. Results: There was no difference in the axial length between the three measurements (P = 0.241. We observed a significantly decreased anterior chamber depth (P = 0.002 during HD sessions. Conclusion: Our results support the idea that there is a change in anterior chamber depth in HD sessions. Keywords: anterior chamber, hemodialysis, axial length, acute angle-closure glaucoma

  8. BIOMETRIA TESTICULAR DE CORDEIROS EM DIFERENTES IDADES E ALIMENTADOS COM NÍVEIS CRESCENTES DE FIBRA EM DETERGENTE NEUTRO ORIUNDA DA FORRAGEM

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    Roberta Moura Assis

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The experiment was conducted at the Federal University of Lavras. We used 64 lambs, which, after birth, were divided into four treatments: Diet A - 8.67; Diet B - 17.34, Diet C - 26.01 and Diet D - 34.68% neutral detergent fiber from forage (NDFf in the diet. At three days of age, lambs were separated from their mothers and began receiving sheep milk replacer until weaning at 55 days. The experimental diets were isonitrogenous, formulated to meet the nutritional requirements of growing lambs, except for energy. Four digestibility diet essays were conducted for determining of metabolizable energy (ME at different ages (43, 83, 123 and 173 days of life. The biometric variables analyzed were weight, testis weight, scrotal circumference and volume. The experimental design was in randomized blocks (DBC, in a 4 x 4 factorial arrangement (four levels of dietary NDFf and four slaughter ages, with 4 replicates per treatment. The estimation of scrotal circumference by weight proved to be more efficient than in function of age. The prediction of the size and weight of the testes through scrotal circumference was more efficient than by the age and body weight. Animals fed diets with less fiber from forage, that is, with greater amount of energy, showed better results of testis biometry compared to the animals fed smaller amounts of energy.

  9. Pediatric cataract: challenges and future directions.

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    Medsinge, Anagha; Nischal, Ken K

    2015-01-01

    Cataract is a significant cause of visual disability in the pediatric population worldwide and can significantly impact the neurobiological development of a child. Early diagnosis and prompt surgical intervention is critical to prevent irreversible amblyopia. Thorough ocular evaluation, including the onset, duration, and morphology of a cataract, is essential to determine the timing for surgical intervention. Detailed assessment of the general health of the child, preferably in conjunction with a pediatrician, is helpful to rule out any associated systemic condition. Although pediatric cataracts have a diverse etiology, with the majority being idiopathic, genetic counseling and molecular testing should be undertaken with the help of a genetic counselor and/or geneticist in cases of hereditary cataracts. Advancement in surgical techniques and methods of optical rehabilitation has substantially improved the functional and anatomic outcomes of pediatric cataract surgeries in recent years. However, the phenomenon of refractive growth and the process of emmetropization have continued to puzzle pediatric ophthalmologists and highlight the need for future prospective studies. Posterior capsule opacification and secondary glaucoma are still the major postoperative complications necessitating long-term surveillance in children undergoing cataract surgery early in life. Successful management of pediatric cataracts depends on individualized care and experienced teamwork. We reviewed the etiology, preoperative evaluation including biometry, choice of intraocular lens, surgical techniques, and recent developments in the field of childhood cataract. PMID:25609909

  10. Study of Some Morphological Characters of Three Trout Breed Farmed in Salmonid Exploitations from Moldova

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    Cătălin Emilian Nistor

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Study of morphological characters at fish by means of biometry is a frequently utilized method and consists in determining the variability of characters in groups of individuals, by direct measurement, weighting and statistical processing of obtained data.Effectuation of body measurements and weighting is used to determine the increase in length of fish and to evaluate the general physiological condition. Brook trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout were the object of the current study by analyzing of 50 individuals, 10 individuals in each batch (F1, F2, C1 C2 and I1, from two trout farms from Moldova. After processing the obtained data were calculated the most representative indexes and maintenance coefficients. The obtained values were between 3.49 at batch F1 and 3.94 at batch I1 for profile index; 1.5 at batch I1 and 1.75 at batch F1 for Fulton coefficient; 1.47 at batch F2 and 1.6 at batch I1 for Kiselev index; 41.36 for batch F1 and 47.94 at batch C2 for thickness index; 19.94 C1 batch and 22.08 at F1 batch for fleshy index I, and 19.05 C2 batch and 21.2 at I1 batch for fleshy index II. Having in view the obtained results we can conclude that the analyzed fishes had a good state of maintenance.

  11. Phytoaccumulation of uranium by Phaseolus Vulgaris

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    Radioactive contamination of the environment surrounding facilities where uranium has been mined and processed has occurred in many countries. If phytomanagement of uranium contaminated areas is envisaged, the impact of the contamination on the vegetation has to be investigated. Uranium is a radiotoxic and chemotoxic heavy metal. Mechanisms of toxicity have been predominantly studied on man and on some animal species. For plants, little information on uranium toxicity at the cellular level is available. In plants facing environmental stress, for example contamination by heavy metals, an increase in the formation of highly reactive oxygen species (ROS) is often observed. ROS are naturally produced in the plant cells and consequently, cells have developed several anti-oxidative defense mechanisms in order to control the redox state of the cell, an essential parameter for normal physiological and biochemical functioning. The defense system comprise antioxidative enzymes (superoxide dismutases, peroxidases, catalases, glutathione reductase) and antioxidants (e.g. glutathione, ascorbate,I). The presence of heavy metals, in particular uranium, results in an enhancement of the antioxidative defense mechanism. The objective of the study was to analyze the biological effects (biometry, stress enzyme and antioxidant content, DNA integrity) induced by bioaccumulation of uranium in the bean Phaseolus vulgaris, to evaluate whether the various investigated biomarkers are related and to define possible dose-effect relationships

  12. PERIPHERAL RETINAL DEGENERATION IN HIGH MYOPES

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    Rani

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available AIM: Study of peripheral retinal degeneration in relation to axial length of eyeball in myopic patient. METHOD: Study of 200 eyes of 100 patients who attended our hospital between 2010-2012.Detailed history was taken in every case. Inclusion criteria were patient with age group of 11years -70years, Patient with myopia. Exclusion criteria were patient with photopsia, history of trauma, diabetes hypertensive and undergone RD surgeries. Vision and refraction with Streak Retinoscopy was done. Axial length was recorded by A-scan biometry. Fundoscopy was done in all cases. RESULT: In our study number of males was 54 and females were 46. Peripheral chorioretinal lesions were noted to be associated with increased axial length of eye1, 2 .Greater the antero-posterior ocular diameter the greater chance of peripheral chorioretinal degeneration2. CONCLUSION: Examination of periphery of retina is important in all myopic cases. Lattice degenerations are most common lesions1, 3. 60% of lesions are found in superotemporal quadrant. Tendency of bilaterality4 is noted in all degenerations except paving stone degeneration. Prevalence of lattice degeneration is maximum in axial length between 28-30mm5.

  13. Ultrafast High-Resolution Mass Spectrometric Finger Pore Imaging in Latent Finger Prints

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    Elsner, Christian; Abel, Bernd

    2014-11-01

    Latent finger prints (LFPs) are deposits of sweat components in ridge and groove patterns, left after human fingers contact with a surface. Being important targets in biometry and forensic investigations they contain more information than topological patterns. With laser desorption mass spectrometry imaging (LD-MSI) we record `three-dimensional' finger prints with additional chemical information as the third dimension. Here we show the potential of fast finger pore imaging (FPI) in latent finger prints employing LD-MSI without a classical matrix in a high- spatial resolution mode. Thin films of gold rapidly sputtered on top of the sample are used for desorption. FPI employing an optical image for rapid spatial orientation and guiding of the desorption laser enables the rapid analysis of individual finger pores, and the chemical composition of their excretions. With this approach we rapidly detect metabolites, drugs, and characteristic excretions from the inside of the human organism by a minimally-invasive strategy, and distinguish them from chemicals in contact with fingers without any labeling. The fast finger pore imaging, analysis, and screening approach opens the door for a vast number of novel applications in such different fields as forensics, doping and medication control, therapy, as well as rapid profiling of individuals.

  14. Analysis of the horizontal corneal diameter, central corneal thickness, and axial length in premature infants

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    Ozdemir Ozdemir

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To determine the horizontal corneal diameter, central corneal thickness, and axial length in premature infants. Methods: Infants with a birth weight of less than 2,500 g or with a gestation period of less than 36 weeks were included in the study. Infants with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP were allocated to Group 1 (n=138, while those without ROP were allocated to Group 2 (n=236. All infants underwent a complete ophthalmologic examination, including corneal diameter measurements, pachymetry, biometry, and fundoscopy. Between-group comparisons of horizontal corneal diameter, central corneal thickness, and axial lengths were performed. Independent sample t-tests were used for statistical analysis. Results: Data was obtained from 374 eyes of 187 infants (102 female, 85 male. The mean gestational age at birth was 30.7 ± 2.7 weeks (range 25-36 weeks, the mean birth weight was 1,514 ± 533.3 g (range 750-1,970 g, and the mean postmenstrual age at examination was 40.0 ± 4.8 weeks. The mean gestational age and the mean birth weight of Group 1 were statistically lower than Group 2 (p0.05. Conclusions: The presence of ROP in premature infants does not alter the horizontal corneal diameter, central corneal thickness, or axial length.

  15. Dextrose as carbon source in the culture of Litopenaeus vannamei (Boone, 1931 in a zero exchange system

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    Sabrina M Suita

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available This work compared the use of dextrose and molasses as carbon sources for biofloc development, water quality maintenance, microorganism composition and growth performance of Litopenaeus vannamei juveniles in biofloc technology (BFT. Two treatments, dextrose and molasses, were tested with four replicates each. Carbon was added to achieve a C:N-AT (N-(NH3+NH4+ ratio of 6:1. Physical and chemical water quality variables were monitored daily, and shrimp growth was estimated through periodic biometry. After 30 days, survival, final biomass, and feeding conversion rate (FCR were determined. Dissolved organic carbon, chlorophyll-a, floc volume, total ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and phosphate concentrations, and microorganisms (qualified by groups, were measured every three days. Water quality variables remained within acceptable levels throughout the experimental period, except for nitrite, which reached higher levels than recommended for this species. The use of dextrose resulted in higher water transparency, which influenced the remaining centric diatoms. A superior shrimp performance was observed at this treatment, presumably because of variations on the microbial community. Therefore, it is concluded that the addition of dextrose results in a superior growth performance of L. vannamei when cultured in BFT systems.

  16. DNA-based association and description of the larval stage of Apatania helvetica Schmid 1954 (Trichoptera, Apataniidae) with notes on ecology and zoogeography

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    WARINGER, JOHANN; LUBINI, VERENA; HOPPELER, FELICITAS; PAULS, STEFFEN U.

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes the hitherto unknown larva of Apatania helvetica Schmid 1954. Sequence data from the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase region were used to associate adult females and larvae. Genetic data confirmed the autochthonous status of this taxon within the parthenogenetic Apatania muliebris complex (‘sous groupe’) sensu Schmid 1954. Information on the morphology of the larva is given, and the most important diagnostic features are illustrated. Apatania helvetica is morphologically close to Apatania muliebris McLachlan 1866 and A. fimbriata (Pictet 1834). In the context of Apataniidae, this trio of species can be separated by the presence of long tapering setae with flexuous tips at the anterior border of the pronotum, by a central gap within the transverse setal band on the 1st abdominal dorsum, by biometry of the frontoclypeal setation and by their distribution ranges in Europe. With respect to European ecoregions (Graf et al. 2008), Apatania muliebris has been recorded from the Alps, the central plains and highlands, the Baltic province, Great Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia; A. fimbriata is known from the Alps, the western and central highlands, the western plains, the Hungarian lowlands and the Carpathians. A. helvetica is restricted to the Alps and has only been recorded in Switzerland. PMID:26624099

  17. Snímač otisku prstu

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    Kovář, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Diplomová práce se zabývá problematikou snímání otisku lidského prstu, která je v současnosti velmi aktuální a představuje nejrozšířenější biometrickou technologii. Teoretická část práce seznamuje čtenáře se základy daktyloskopie a biometrie a pojednává o technologiích využívaných ke snímání otisků, o metodách předzpracování pořízených obrazů a o komerčně dostupných bezkontaktních optických snímačích. Praktickou částí práce je realizace bezkontaktního optického snímače založeného na minipočít...

  18. Contributions on biomedical imaging, with a side-look at molecular imaging; Beitraege zur biomedizinischen Bildgebung mit einem Seitenblick auf Molecular Imaging

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    Winkler, G. (ed.)

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    This report is intended as a brief introduction to the emerging scientific field of biomedical imaging. The breadth of the subject is shown and future fields of research are indicated, which hopefully will serve as a guide to the identification of starting points for the research in 'Biomedical and/or Molecular Imaging' at the GSF-National Research Center for Environment and Health. The report starts with a brief sketch of the history. Then a - necessarily incomplete - list of research topics is presented. It is organized in two parts: the first one addresses medical imaging, and the second one is concerned with biological point aspects of the matter. (orig.) [German] In diesem Bericht sind einige Beitraege zum Gebiet 'Bildgebende Verfahren in Biologie und Medizin' zusammengestellt. Sie stammen saemtlich aus dem Institut fuer Biomathematik und Biometrie, IBB, am Forschungszentrum fuer Umwelt und Gesundheit, GSF, in Muenchen/Neuherberg, und seinem engeren Umfeld. Ziel war es, zu sichten, was in und um diesen Themenkreis herum an Wissen und sonstiger Kompetenz hier vorhanden ist. Einige am IBB etablierte Gebiete wie Roentgen-Mammographie oder funktionelle Magnetresonanztherapie wurden ausgeblendet. Der Grund ist die Fokussierung auf ein nicht exakt definierbares, neues Gebiet der Bildgebung, das unter dem Namen 'Molecular Imaging' kursiert und derzeit Furore macht macht. (orig.)

  19. Analysis of capture-recapture data

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    2014-01-01

    An important first step in studying the demography of wild animals is to identify the animals uniquely through applying markings, such as rings, tags, and bands. Once the animals are encountered again, researchers can study different forms of capture-recapture data to estimate features, such as the mortality and size of the populations. Capture-recapture methods are also used in other areas, including epidemiology and sociology.With an emphasis on ecology, Analysis of Capture-Recapture Data covers many modern developments of capture-recapture and related models and methods and places them in the historical context of research from the past 100 years. The book presents both classical and Bayesian methods.A range of real data sets motivates and illustrates the material and many examples illustrate biometry and applied statistics at work. In particular, the authors demonstrate several of the modeling approaches using one substantial data set from a population of great cormorants. The book also discusses which co...

  20. Development of a human eye model incorporated with intraocular scattering for visual performance assessment

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    Chen, Yi-Chun; Jiang, Chong-Jhih; Yang, Tsung-Hsun; Sun, Ching-Cherng

    2012-07-01

    A biometry-based human eye model was developed by using the empirical anatomic and optical data of ocular parameters. The gradient refractive index of the crystalline lens was modeled by concentric conicoid isoindical surfaces and was adaptive to accommodation and age. The chromatic dispersion of ocular media was described by Cauchy equations. The intraocular scattering model was composed of volumetric Mie scattering in the cornea and the crystalline lens, and a diffusive-surface model at the retina fundus. The retina was regarded as a Lambertian surface and was assigned its corresponding reflectance at each wavelength. The optical performance of the eye model was evaluated in CodeV and ASAP and presented by the modulation transfer functions at single and multiple wavelengths. The chromatic optical powers obtained from this model resembled that of the average physiological eyes. The scattering property was assessed by means of glare veiling luminance and compared with the CIE general disability glare equation. By replacing the transparent lens with a cataractous lens, the disability glare curve of cataracts was generated to compare with the normal disability glare curve. This model has high potential for investigating visual performance in ordinary lighting and display conditions and under the influence of glare sources.

  1. A COMPARATIVE STUDY IN AXIAL LENGTH OF EYE AND RADIUS OF CURVATURE OF CORNEA BETWEEN MYOPES AND EMMETROPES IN INDIAN POPULATION

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    Md. Abdul

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The refractive state of the human eye is dependent on the balance of change in eye size and refractive components, namely, the cornea and crystalline lens. The axial length (AL is the distance from the corneal surfa ce to an interference peak corresponding to the retinal pigment epithelium. Myopia is one of the most common causes of visual impairment worldwide. It is proved in earlier studies that the eye shape is different in myopic and non - myopic children even at a very young age. AIM: The present study was conducted to compare the axial lengths of eye in myopes and emmetropes. MATERIALS & METHODS: Study comprised of Healthy individuals visiting for routine eye check - up and clinically diagnosed Myopia patients visiting outpatient department of Ophthalmology at Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bangalore. Sample size was 380 . A - Scan Biometry was used to determine the Axial Length of the eye. We compared axial length of eye in myopes & emmetropes. RESULTS: Out of 380 subjects 278 were myopes & 102 were emmetropes. Majority of the subjects (45.6% belong to age group between 21 - 30 years. Axial length was significantly (p<0.05 more in myopes (24.25±0.96 than emmetropes (23.52±0.96 in both the eyes. CONCLUSION: A greater AL of the eye was observed in the ccase group examined. Hence, axial lengthening is the main morphological factor related to myopia.

  2. Sensitivity and specificity of pulsatility index umbilical artery and middle cerebral artery in detecting intra uterine growth restriction

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    To determine the sensitivity and specificity of the pulsatile index in umbilical artery (PI-UA) and pulsatile index in middle cerebral artery (PI-MCA) in detecting IUGR by comparing it with the birth weight. Study Design: Validation Study. Place and Duration of Study: Study was conducted in Department of Radiology, Military Hospital and Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi, which was equipped with the (Aloka SSD-5500) using 3.5 MHz transducer after seeking permission from hospital ethical committee from 1st January 2010 to 10th January 2010. Subjects and Methods: Two hundred and fifty pregnant women with IUGR in third trimester were included in the study. Ultrasound estimation of fetal weight (using fetal biometry) below 10th percentile for that gestational age was labeled as IUGR. PI-MCA value of less than 11 was labeled as abnormal. PI-UA value of more than 1.451 was labeled as abnormal. Birth weight was taken as gold standard. Results: Sensitivity of PI-UA were 94.8% and 79.8%, respectively. Specificity of PI-UA and PI-MCA were 36.8% and 90.7%, respectively. Conclusion: Raised PI value of UA is highly sensitive of IUGR; lower PI value of MCA is highly specific of IUGR and grave sign of fetal demise. (author)

  3. Accuracy of Intraocular Lens Power Calculation Formulas for Highly Myopic Eyes.

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    Zhang, Yichi; Liang, Xiao Ying; Liu, Shu; Lee, Jacky W Y; Bhaskar, Srinivasan; Lam, Dennis S C

    2016-01-01

    Purpose. To evaluate and compare the accuracy of different intraocular lens (IOL) power calculation formulas for eyes with an axial length (AL) greater than 26.00 mm. Methods. This study reviewed 407 eyes of 219 patients with AL longer than 26.0 mm. The refractive prediction errors of IOL power calculation formulas (SRK/T, Haigis, Holladay, Hoffer Q, and Barrett Universal II) using User Group for Laser Interference Biometry (ULIB) constants were evaluated and compared. Results. One hundred seventy-one eyes were enrolled. The Barrett Universal II formula had the lowest mean absolute error (MAE) and SRK/T and Haigis had similar MAE, and the statistical highest MAE were seen with the Holladay and Hoffer Q formulas. The interquartile range of the Barrett Universal II formula was also the lowest among all the formulas. The Barrett Universal II formulas yielded the highest percentage of eyes within ±1.0 D and ±0.5 D of the target refraction in this study (97.24% and 79.56%, resp.). Conclusions. Barrett Universal II formula produced the lowest predictive error and the least variable predictive error compared with the SRK/T, Haigis, Holladay, and Hoffer Q formulas. For high myopic eyes, the Barrett Universal II formula may be a more suitable choice. PMID:27119018

  4. Accuracy of Intraocular Lens Power Calculation Formulas for Highly Myopic Eyes

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    Yichi Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate and compare the accuracy of different intraocular lens (IOL power calculation formulas for eyes with an axial length (AL greater than 26.00 mm. Methods. This study reviewed 407 eyes of 219 patients with AL longer than 26.0 mm. The refractive prediction errors of IOL power calculation formulas (SRK/T, Haigis, Holladay, Hoffer Q, and Barrett Universal II using User Group for Laser Interference Biometry (ULIB constants were evaluated and compared. Results. One hundred seventy-one eyes were enrolled. The Barrett Universal II formula had the lowest mean absolute error (MAE and SRK/T and Haigis had similar MAE, and the statistical highest MAE were seen with the Holladay and Hoffer Q formulas. The interquartile range of the Barrett Universal II formula was also the lowest among all the formulas. The Barrett Universal II formulas yielded the highest percentage of eyes within ±1.0 D and ±0.5 D of the target refraction in this study (97.24% and 79.56%, resp.. Conclusions. Barrett Universal II formula produced the lowest predictive error and the least variable predictive error compared with the SRK/T, Haigis, Holladay, and Hoffer Q formulas. For high myopic eyes, the Barrett Universal II formula may be a more suitable choice.

  5. Ouabain inhibition of Na/K-ATPase across the retina prevents signed refractive compensation to lens-induced defocus, but not default ocular growth in young chicks [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/rt

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    Melanie J Murphy

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    Full Text Available Purpose: The relevance of retinal integrity and energy pathways to ocular growth and induction of refractive errors has seldom been investigated. Thus, we used ouabain to target the channels that are essential for the maintenance of membrane potentials in cells, sodium potassium ATPase (Na/K-ATPase, to examine refractive compensation and ocular growth in response to lens-induced defocus in the chick. Methods:  A single intravitreal injection of 1 mM ouabain in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO carrier or DMSO alone was followed by monocular defocus with positive or negative 10 D lens (or no lens from post-hatching days 5-9 under 12/12 hr light/dark conditions. Biometry and dark-adapted flash and electroretinography (ERG were conducted on day 9, followed by immunohistological analyses. Results: Ouabain inhibited differential ocular growth and refractive compensation to signed defocus compared to DMSO. By 4-days post-ouabain injection all components of the typical ERG responses to light had been eliminated, and widespread histological damage was apparent, though some ‘default state’ ocular growth was measurable. Immunohistochemistry demonstrated reduction in the specialized water channel Aquaporin 4 (AQP4 expression and increased evidence of caspase 3 expression (a cell death associated protein in ouabain-treated eyes compared with DMSO alone. Conclusion: The current study demonstrates that blockade of photoreceptor and inner retinal responses to light onset and offset by ouabain inhibits differential refractive compensation to optical blur, but does not prevent ocular growth.

  6. IGFBP-1 marker of cervical ripening and predictor of preterm birth.

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    Mešić Ðogić, Larisa; Mićić, Dragana; Omeragić, Feđa; Kovač, Refka; Fazlagić, Seid

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    Aim To establish a correlation between positive values of IGFBP-1(>10 mg/L, Actim Partus Test, APT) and premature cervical ripening in imminent preterm labor. Methods A prospective study was conducted in primary health care centers in Tuzla, Gynecology and Obstetrics Clinic of the University Clinical Centre in Tuzla and General Hospital Tešanj. The study included 50 women (singleton pregnancy, 28-37 week) with imminent preterm labor diagnosed by cervical biometry and modified Bishop score) (examinees) and 30 healthy pregnant women (control group). The presence of IGFBP-1 was tested in cervical secretion several times in weeks 28-37 until a positive test was shown. Results IGFBP-1 was positive in 43 (86%) examinees and in six (20%) patients from the control group (p=0.001). In 31 (62%) examinees APT was positive in weeks 28-30, and in nine (18%) in weeks 31- 33, while three (6%) examinees had positive test in 34-37 week; in the control group, three (10%) were tested positive in weeks 31-33 and three (10%) in weeks 34-37. At first testing (28-30 weeks) APT was statistically significantly more frequently positive in the examined group (pIGFBP -1 in cervical secretion were highly correlated with preterm labor. Screening for IGFBP could help in preventing preterm labor and its complications. PMID:27452330

  7. The health burden of pollution: the impact of prenatal exposure to air pollutants.

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    Vieira, Sandra E

    2015-01-01

    Exposure to atmospheric pollutants in both open and closed environments is a major cause of morbidity and mortality that may be both controlled and minimized. Despite growing evidence, several controversies and disagreements exist among the studies that have analyzed the effects of prenatal pollutant exposure. This review article aims to analyze primary scientific evidence of the effects of air pollution during pregnancy and the impact of these effects on the fetus, infant health, and in particular, the respiratory system. We performed a review of articles from the PubMed and Web of Science databases that were published in English within the past 5 years, particularly those related to birth cohorts that began in pregnancy with follow-up until the first years of life. The largest reported effects are associated with prenatal exposure to particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, and tobacco smoke. The primary effects affect birth weight and other parameters of fetal biometry. There is strong evidence regarding the impact of pollutants on morbidity secondary to respiratory problems. Growing evidence links maternal smoking to childhood asthma and wheezing. The role of passive maternal smoking is less clear. Great heterogeneity exists among studies. There is a need for additional studies on birth cohorts to monitor the relationship between the exposure of pregnant women to pollutants and their children's progress during the first years of life. PMID:26089661

  8. Effect of dietary aloe vera on growth and lipid peroxidation indices in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).

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    Golestan, Ghazale; Salati, Amir Parviz; Keyvanshokooh, Saeed; Zakeri, Mohammad; Moradian, Hossein

    2015-01-01

    Aloe vera has been used worldwide in pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries due to the plethora of biological activities of its constituents. This study was done to evaluate the effects of dietary aloe vera on growth and lipid peroxidation in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). A total number of 480 O. mykiss (mean weight 9.50 ± 0.85 g) were randomized into four experimental groups including one control and three experimental groups that aloe vera was incorporated in their diet at 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 g kg(-1). Trial was done for eight weeks. Then biometry and blood sampling were done. Plasma malondialdehyde, ferric reducing ability of plasma and growth index were estimated at the end of study. The results showed that aloe vera extract did not affect growth indices. Malondialdehyde was increased in the experimental group compared to the control group but ferric reducing ability of plasma showed a decrease in experimental groups (p aloe vera have adverse effects on antioxidant defense system in O. mykiss. PMID:25992253

  9. The Effect of Gestational Age on Axial Length of the Eyes of Premature Infants

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    Mehmet Ali Sekeroglu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The aim of the present study is to evaluate the axial length of the eyes of premature infants without retinopathy of prematurity and to document the relationship with gestational age and changes as infants grew-up. Material and Method: The axial length of the eyes were measured by using a mobile A-scan ultrasonographic biometry device just before the first retinopathy of prematurity screening examination and 4-weeks thereafter. Results: One-hundred and thirty-six infants with a mean gestational age of 31,7±2,7 weeks and a birth-weight of 1561.0±379.3 g were included in the study. Axial length measurements were done at a mean postconceptional age of 35.8 ±2.6 (31-40 and 39.8±2.7 (35-44 weeks, consecutively. The mean axial length at first and second visits were 16.43±0.42 mm (15.28-17.13 and 16.69±0.41 mm (15.60-17.70, consecutively (p

  10. Investigation of parasites of pikes (Esox lucius Linnaeus, 1785) from Chamkhale River, Anzali and Amirkelayeh wetlands, Iran.

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    Sadrinejad, Ali; Khara, Hossein; Gudarzi, Majid

    2016-09-01

    To investigate the health status, the parasite diversity and abundance were studied in three pike populations. For this purpose, totally 90 fish were caught from three natural habitats of pike including Chamkhale River, Anzali and Amirkelayeh wetlands, Iran. After biometry and age determination, fish were dissected and parasites were investigated in intestine, gill and eye. According to results, five parasite species were identified in whole body of pikes including Eustrongylides exises, Raphidascaris acus and Triaeophorus crassus in intestine, Tetraonchus monenteron in gill and Diplostomum spathaceum in eye. The highest values of quantitative indices of parasite population [i.e. incidence percent (86.66 %), mean intensity (60.83 ± 39.92), mean abundance (58.14 ± 34.6) and abundance range (1-232)] were recorded for T. monenteron in all three sampling regions. The lowest values of these quantitative indices were found for D. spathaceum, E. exises and Tetraonchus crassus in Anzali wetland, Chamkhale River and Amirkelayeh wetland respectively. In 2, 3 and 4 years old pikes, T. monenteron had the highest values of quantitative indices of parasite population. In conclusion, our results showed that Anzali wetland have more parasite pollution compared to other sampling regions. This may be due to the more rapid eutrophication in this wetland compared to Amirkelayeh wetland and Chamkhale River. PMID:27605833

  11. The effect of anterior chamber depth on endothelial cell count and postoperative corneal edema in phacoemulsification surgery

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    Ekrem Kadıoğlu

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available To investigate the effect of anterior chamber depth on corneal endothelial cell loss and development of postoperative corneal edema in patients undergoing phacoemulsification surgery.Materials and methods: The effect of preoperative anterior chamber depth was evaluated by ultrasound biometry of 35 eyes with senile cataract and treated with phacoemulsification on intraoperative endothelial cell loss and at postoperative central corneal thicknesses by specular microscopy.Results: The mean age was 64.8 ± 10.7 years (range 42-84. Preoperative anterior chamber depth, cell density and central corneal thickness were 3.37 ± 0.51 mm (1.61-4.33 mm, 2345 ± 341 cell/mm² (1600-2915 cell/mm² and 536 ± 32 μ (457-588 μ respectively. Postoperative endothelial cell densities were detected 1876 ± 443 cell/mm², 1882 ± 457 cell/mm² and 1920 ± 456 cell/mm² at first week, first month and at third month respectively. Compared to preoperative values, decreases of endothelial cell densities at postoperative first week, first month and third month were found to be significant (p0.05.Conclusion: Phacoemulsification surgery leaded to more endothelial cell loss than expected in patients with shallow anterior chamber. Anterior chamber depth should preoperatively be evaluated especially in the elderly and/or patients with endothelial dystrophy.

  12. Milestones in the History of Behavioral Genetics: Participant Observer%一个参与者眼中的行为遗传学史上的里程碑

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    Irving I. Gottesman

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    行为遗传学的历史,从横切面看,就好似一个由心理学、遗传学、生物学、进化论、人类学、人口学、生物统计、社会学以及法哲学等学科组合成的万花筒.任何一对学科的演进都呈正相关.虽然任何一对学科都不至于相互否定,但是,他们各自独特的历史和人物,又使得每一对学科并不完全相似.%The history of Behavioral Genetics and (now) genomics, viewed in cross-section, is a kaleidoscopic pattern derived from the individual histories of the psychology of individual differences, plant, animal, and human genetics, biology, evolution, anthropology, demography, biometry, sociology, jurisprudence, and some of their neighboring disciplines. There will be positive correlations between any two renditions of the historian's task, but the idiosyncratic experiences of any two with the listed contributors to the pattern guarantees that the correlations may be modest, without invalidating either one.

  13. Biometrické rozpoznávání 3D modelů obličeje

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    Michálek, Martin

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    Tato práce se zabývá rozpoznáváním 3D modelů obličeje. Seznamuje s pojmy z oblasti biometrie a s fungováním biometrického systému. Popsané jsou zde metody pro rozpoznávání 2D i 3D modelů obličeje. Následně je navrhnutý a implementovaný systém pro rozpoznávání 3D obličejů. Tento systém rozděluje obličej na několik oblastí podle polohy významných bodů a pak je porovnává samostatně. Výsledný systém slučuje výsledky algortimů vlastních obličejů a ARENA....

  14. "Describing our whole experience": the statistical philosophies of W. F. R. Weldon and Karl Pearson.

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    Pence, Charles H

    2011-12-01

    There are two motivations commonly ascribed to historical actors for taking up statistics: to reduce complicated data to a mean value (e.g., Quetelet), and to take account of diversity (e.g., Galton). Different motivations will, it is assumed, lead to different methodological decisions in the practice of the statistical sciences. Karl Pearson and W. F. R. Weldon are generally seen as following directly in Galton's footsteps. I argue for two related theses in light of this standard interpretation, based on a reading of several sources in which Weldon, independently of Pearson, reflects on his own motivations. First, while Pearson does approach statistics from this "Galtonian" perspective, he is, consistent with his positivist philosophy of science, utilizing statistics to simplify the highly variable data of biology. Weldon, on the other hand, is brought to statistics by a rich empiricism and a desire to preserve the diversity of biological data. Secondly, we have here a counterexample to the claim that divergence in motivation will lead to a corresponding separation in methodology. Pearson and Weldon, despite embracing biometry for different reasons, settled on precisely the same set of statistical tools for the investigation of evolution. PMID:22035721

  15. Biology of the citrus blackfly, Aleurocanthus woglumi Ashby (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae), in three host plants; Biologia da mosca-negra-dos-citros, Aleurocanthus woglumi Ashby (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae), em tres plantas hospedeiras

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    Pena, Marcia R.; Silva, Neliton M. da [Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM), Manaus, AM (Brazil).Lab. de Entomologia Agricola], e-mail: marciarpena@yahoo.com.br, e-mail: nmarques@ufam.edu.br; Venframim, Jose D.; Haddad, Marineia de L. [Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ/USP), Piracicaba, SP (Brazil). Lab. de Resistencia de Plantas e Plantas Inseticidas], e-mail: jdvendra@esalq.usp.br, e-mail: mlhaddad@esalq.usp.br; Lourencao, Andre L. [Instituto Agronomico de Campinas (IAC), SP (Brazil)], e-mail: andre@iac.sp.gov.br

    2009-03-15

    The citrus blackfly, Aleurocanthus woglumi Ashby, was detected in Brazil in 2001. The aim of this research was to evaluate the biology, biometry and host preference of A. woglumi in sweet orange, acid lime Tahiti and mango. Experiments were set in laboratory conditions with insects collected in rangpur lime plants in Manaus, State of Amazonas, from January to June of 2006. The following parameters were evaluated: number of spirals (ovo positions) and eggs per plant, number of eggs by spiral per plant, survival of the immature (eggs, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th instars), and length and survival of the immature stage. The mean embrionary period was 15 days for the three hosts. The 4th nymph (puparium) was the longest during nymph development. Second and third instars had the highest survival. The mean length of the egg-adult cycle was 70 days for the three hosts evaluated. The eggs were laid in a spiral shape on the adaxial leaf surface. The 1st instars moved to short distances from the spiral, while the 2nd, 3rd and 4th are sessile and have bristles on the whole body. Based on the highest oviposition and the highest survival of the immature stage of the citrus blackfly in acid lime Tahiti, this plant can be considered the most suitable host to A. woglumi. (author)

  16. Biometric and Ultrasonographic Evaluation of the Testis of One-humped Camel (Camelus dromedarius

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    Riaz Hussain Pasha, Anas Sarwar Qureshi*, Laeeq Akbar Lodhi1 and Huma Jamil1

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Twenty four adult clinically healthy one-humped male camels (Camelus dromedarius were examined three times (beginning, mid and end in each season (winter, spring, summer and autumn for establishing the normal ultrasonic appearance and seasonal changes in the testicular parenchyma in the natural ecology of Punjab, Pakistan. The testes of each camel were scanned by using a B-mode real time ultrasound scanner fitted with a 7.5-MHz linear-array transducer. Scrotal biometry was done with the measuring tape during all the seasons of year. The tunics of the testes appeared as hyperechoic lines surrounding the homogenous, moderately echogenic parenchyma of the testis. The mediastinum testis was visualized as hyperechoic central line and a spot, in longitudinal and transverse sections, respectively. During winter season, the parenchyma was hyperechoic and mediastinum testis was seen as thin hyperechoic line. In spring, the echogenicity of parenchyma was moderate and mediastinum appeared relatively thick central hyperechoic line. In summer and autumn, less echoic parenchyma and thick band of mediastinum was recorded. Biometric studies showed significantly (P<0.01 higher scrotal length and width of the testis during winter and spring season as compared to summer and autumn. Present study revealed that the ultrasonic structure of camel testis resembles other mammals and season has an apparent effect on the testicular size and echogenicity of the testicular parenchyma in the one-humped camel.

  17. Echobiometrics kidney and renal artery triplex doppler of canine fetuses

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    M.A.R. Feliciano

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    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to assess the sogographic parameters and biometry of canine fetal kidneys using the B mode, and to determinate the vascular index of the fetal renal arteries using the Doppler Triplex. Twenty four Shi-tzu and Pug, weighting between 4 and 10kg, aging between 4 and 6 years old were evaluated. The B mode, the fetal renal echobiometry and regularity of the renal surface, echotexture and cortex:medular ratio were evaluated during the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th weeks of pregnancy. At the same time point of the B mode evaluation, the Doppler Triplex was carried out to assess the sistolic peak velocity (SPV, end diastolic velocity (EDV, vascular resistive (RI and pulsatility index (PI. B mode revealed no fetal renal abnormalities and echobiometry showed important measurements during fetal development (P0.05. B mode and Doppler Triplex were important tools for the assessment of fetal renal development, using echobiometry and renal arterial index in canie fetuses.

  18. Use of External Cephalic Version and Amnioreduction in the Delivery of a Fetal Demise with Macrocephaly Secondary to Massive Intracranial Teratoma

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    Matthew J. Blitz

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction - Congenital intracranial tumors are rare and often incidentally diagnosed on routine ultrasound. We report a case of a fetal demise with a massive intracranial teratoma at 25 weeks of gestation and the management of her delivery in the setting of macrocephaly, breech presentation, and polyhydramnios. Case - A 31-year-old G3P1011 woman at 25 weeks' gestation presented with a recent fetal demise and a fetal intracranial tumor first identified at 16 weeks' gestational age. The patient had declined termination of pregnancy. Biometry was consistent with 24 weeks' gestation, except for a head circumference of 394.4 mm consistent with 39 weeks' gestation. The fetus was in a breech presentation. An external cephalic version (ECV was successfully performed under epidural anesthesia and an amnioreduction was then performed to stabilize the fetal position. Immediate induction of labor and vaginal delivery followed. Discussion - ECV and amnioreduction may help facilitate delivery in cases of fetal demise complicated by macrocephaly, malpresentation, and polyhydramnios.

  19. Factors Influencing Efficacy of Peripheral Corneal Relaxing Incisions during Cataract Surgery

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    Nino Hirnschall

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate influencing factors on the residual astigmatism after performing peripheral corneal relaxing incisions (PCRIs during cataract surgery. Methods. This prospective study included patients who were scheduled for cataract surgery with PCRIs. Optical biometry (IOLMaster 500, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Germany was taken preoperatively, 1 week, 4 months, and 1 year postoperatively. Additionally, corneal topography (Atlas model 9000, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Germany, ORA (Ocular Response Analyzer, Reichert Ophthalmic Instruments, USA, and autorefraction (Autorefractometer RM 8800 Topcon were performed postoperatively. Results. Mean age of the study population n=74 was 73.5 years (±9.3; range: 53 to 90 and mean corneal astigmatism preoperatively was −1.82 D (±0.59; 1.00 to 4.50. Mean corneal astigmatism was reduced to 1.14 D (±0.67; 0.11 to 3.89 4 months postoperatively. A partial least squares regression showed that a high eccentricity of the cornea, a large deviation between keratometry and topography, and a high preoperative astigmatism resulted in a larger postoperative error concerning astigmatism. Conclusions. PCRI causes a reduction of preoperative astigmatism, though the prediction is difficult but several factors were found to be a relevant source of error.

  20. Anterior Eye Imaging with Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Huang, David; Li, Yan; Tang, Maolong

    The development of corneal and anterior segment optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology has advanced rapidly in recently years. The scan geometry and imaging wavelength are both important choices to make in designing anterior segment OCT systems. Rectangular scan geometry offers the least image distortion and is now used in most anterior OCT systems. The wavelength of OCT light source affects resolution and penetration. An optimal choice of the OCT imaging wavelength (840, 1,050, or 1,310 nm) depends on the application of interest. Newer generation Fourier-domain OCT technology can provide scan speed 100-1000 times faster than the time-domain technology. Various commercial anterior OCT systems are available on the market. A wide spectrum of diagnostic and surgical applications using anterior segment OCT had been investigated, including mapping of corneal and epithelial thicknesses, keratoconus screening, measuring corneal refractive power, corneal surgery planning and evaluation in LASIK, intracorneal ring implantation, assessment of angle closure glaucoma, anterior chamber biometry and intraocular lens implants, intraocular lens power calculation, and eye bank donor cornea screening.

  1. IMAS-Fish: Integrated MAnagement System to support the sustainability of Greek Fisheries resources. A multidisciplinary web-based database management system: implementation, capabilities, utilization and future prospects for fisheries stakeholde

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    S. KAVADAS

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available This article describes in detail the “IMAS-Fish” web-based tool implementation technicalities and provides examples on how can it be used for scientific and management purposes setting new standards in fishery science. “IMAS-Fish” was developed to support the assessment of marine biological resources by: (i homogenizing all the available datasets under a relational database, (ii facilitating quality control and data entry, (iii offering easy access to raw data, (iv providing processed results through a series of classical and advanced fishery statistics algorithms, and (v visualizing the results on maps using GIS  technology. Available datasets cover among others: Fishery independent experimental surveys data (locations, species, catch compositions, biological data; Commercial fishing activities (fishing gear, locations, catch compositions, discards; Market sampling data (species, biometry, maturity, ageing; Satellite derived ocean data (Sea surface temperature, Salinity, Wind speed, Chlorophyll-a concentrations, Photosynthetically active radiation; Oceanographic parameters (CTD measurements; Official national fishery statistics; Fishing fleet registry and VMS  data; Fishing ports inventory; Fishing legislation archive (national and EU; Bathymetry grids. Currently, the homogenized database holds a total of more than 100,000,000 records. The web-based application is accessible through an internet browser and can serve as a valuable tool for all involved stakeholders: fisheries scientists, state officials responsible for management, fishermen cooperatives, academics, students and NGOs.

  2. Effectiveness and consistency of a suite of descriptors for assessing the ecological status of seagrass meadows (Posidonia oceanica L. Delile)

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    Rotini, Alice; Belmonte, Alessandro; Barrote, Isabel; Micheli, Carla; Peirano, Andrea; Santos, Rui O.; Silva, João; Migliore, Luciana

    2013-09-01

    The increasing rate of human-induced environmental changes on coastal marine ecosystems has created a demand for effective descriptors, in particular for those suitable for monitoring the status of seagrass meadows. Growing evidence has supported the useful application of biochemical and genetic descriptors such as secondary metabolite synthesis, photosynthetic activity and genetic diversity. In the present study, we have investigated the effectiveness of different descriptors (traditional, biochemical and genetic) in monitoring seagrass meadow conservation status. The Posidonia oceanica meadow of Monterosso al Mare (Ligurian sea, NW Mediterranean) was subjected to the measurement of bed density, leaf biometry, total phenols, soluble protein and photosynthetic pigment content as well as to RAPD marker analysis. This suite of descriptors provided evidence of their effectiveness and convenient application as markers of the conservation status of P. oceanica and/or other seagrasses. Biochemical/genetic descriptors and those obtained by traditional methods depicted a well conserved meadow with seasonal variability and, particularly in summer, indicated a healthier condition in a portion of the bed (station C), which was in agreement with the physical and sedimentological features of the station. Our results support the usefulness of introducing biochemical and genetic approaches to seagrass monitoring programs since they are effective indicators of plant physiological stress and environmental disturbance.

  3. Cataract surgery following KAMRA presbyopic implant

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    Tan TE

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Tien-En Tan,1,2 Jodhbir S Mehta2–4 1Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore; 2Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore; 3Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore; 4Department of Clinical Sciences, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore Abstract: Intrastromal corneal inlays are an emerging treatment for presbyopic patients. The KAMRA™ small aperture inlay was the first such inlay to receive Conformité Européenne (CE marking in 2005. It has been shown to improve uncorrected near and intermediate visual acuity without adversely affecting uncorrected distance visual acuity. Due to the age of presbyopic patients, they may eventually develop cataracts. In two such cases, we found that cataract surgery with the KAMRA implant left in place was not technically more difficult, and that the surgical procedure could be improved by additional ocular rotations to improve visualization. Biometry readings were reliable, and it appeared that the SRK/T formula was accurate for calculation of intraocular lens power. Cataract surgery with the KAMRA implant left in situ is a viable option for patients. Keywords: cataract surgery, KAMRA, corneal inlay, AcuTarget, presbyopia

  4. Correction for near vision in pseudophakic patients

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    Dujić Mirjana

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective of the study was to show the mean values of correction for near vision and to discuss the presbyopic correction in pseudophakic patients. Setting was the Eye department where authors work. Inclusion criteria for 55 patients were native or corrected distant vision of 0.8-1.0 on Snellen's chart; 0,6 on Jagger's chart for near vision; round pupil and good position of the implant. Biometry of the anterior chamber depth with Alcon biophysics during distant and near vision was performed in our study. „Hi square" test was carried out and it was concluded that patients younger than 59 years (41 eyes had median correction of +2.0 dsph, while patients older than 60 years (36 eyes had correction of+3.0 dsph, but it was not statistically significant. There was no statistically significant difference of the correction between pseudophakic (41 and phakic (19 eyes in patients younger than 59 years. The anterior movement of the IOL was 0.18 mm in the younger group and 0.15 mm in the older group. With good IOL movement and new materials which could have changeable refractive power, the problem of pseudophakic correction for near vision might be solved.

  5. Birch Stands Growth Increase in Western Siberia

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    Kharuk, Viacheslav I.; Kuzmichev, Valeriy V.; Im, Sergey T.; Ranson, Kenneth J.

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    Birch (Betula pendula Roth) growth within the Western Siberia forest-steppe was analyzed based on long-term (1897-2006) inventory data (height, diameter at breast height [dbh], and stand volume). Analysis of biometry parameters showed increased growth at the beginning of twenty-first century compared to similar stands (stands age = 40-60 years) at the end of nineteenth century. Mean height, dbh, and stem volume increased from 14 to 20 m, from 16 to 22 cm, and from approx. 63 to approx. 220 cu m/ha, respectively. Significant correlations were found between the stands mean height, dbh, and volume on the one hand, and vegetation period length (r(sub s) = 0.71 to 0.74), atmospheric CO2 concentration (r(sub s) = 0.71 to 0.76), and drought index (Standardized Precipitation-Evapotranspiration Index, r(sub s) = -0.33 to -0.51) on the other hand. The results obtained have revealed apparent climate-induced impacts (e.g. increase of vegetation period length and birch habitat drying due to drought increase) on the stands growth. Along with this, a high correlation of birch biometric parameters and [CO2] in ambient air indicated an effect of CO2 fertilization. Meanwhile, further drought increase may switch birch stand growth into decline and greater mortality as has already been observed within the Trans-Baikal forest-steppe ecotone.

  6. OCT在小鼠眼底检查中的研究进展%Developments in mice fundus examination using optical coherence tomography

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    孙杏红; 宋清露; 聂桥; 袁松涛

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    OCT是应用测量光回波时间延迟的原理而获得被测组织的分层,该成像技术提供的视网膜断层截面图与组织形态学有很好的相关性 . 该技术目前也广泛应用于动物实验研究,特别是在小鼠的视网膜疾病研究中可以获取高分辨率的活体组织图像.现对小鼠视网膜OCT图像的成像装置、成像质量、图像分析、血流成像、疾病模型研究等方面的进展进行综述.%Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) is a method that provides depth profiles of the fundus that correlate well with histological data based on the measurement of light echo time delay,It has been used in animal experiments in recent years,especially in the study of the retina in mice.It produces a high-quality live image of mice retina in vivo.This review presents the most recent progress on the value of using OCT devices for research on image quality,biometry,retinal blood flow imaging and disease models.

  7. Phase-sensitive multiple reference optical coherence tomography (Conference Presentation)

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    Dsouza, Roshan I.; Subhash, Hrebesh; Neuhaus, Kai; Hogan, Josh; Wilson, Carol; Leahy, Martin

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    Multiple reference OCT (MR-OCT) is a recently developed novel time-domain OCT platform based on a miniature reference arm optical delay, which utilizes a single miniature actuator and a partial mirror to generate recirculating optical delay for extended axial-scan range. MR-OCT technology promises to fit into a robust and cost-effective design, compatible with integration into consumer-level devices for addressing wide applications in mobile healthcare and biometry applications. Using conventional intensity based OCT processing techniques, the high-resolution structural imaging capability of MR-OCT has been recently demonstrated for various applications including in vivo human samples. In this study, we demonstrate the feasibility of implementing phase based processing with MR-OCT for various functional applications such as Doppler imaging and sensing of blood vessels, and for tissue vibrography applications. The MR-OCT system operates at 1310nm with a spatial resolution of ~26 µm and an axial scan rate of 600Hz. Initial studies show a displacement-sensitivity of ~20 nm to ~120 nm for the first 1 to 9 orders of reflections, respectively with a mirror as test-sample. The corresponding minimum resolvable velocity for these orders are ~2.3 µm/sec and ~15 µm/sec respectively. Data from a chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) model will be shown to demonstrate the feasibility of MR-OCT for imaging in-vivo blood flow.

  8. Productive performance of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus fed at different frequencies and periods with automatic dispenser

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    R.M.R. Sousa

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    Full Text Available The performance of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus raised in cages furnished with an automatic dispenser, supplied at different frequencies (once per hour and once every two hours and periods (daytime, nighttime and both was evaluated. Eighteen 1.0m³ cages were placed into a 2000m² pond, two meters deep with a 5% water exchange. One hundred and seventy tilapias, with initial weight of 16.0±4.9g, were dispersed into each 1m³ cage and the feed ration was adjusted every 21 days with biometry. Data was collected from March to July (autumn and winter. Significant difference to final weight (P<0.05 among treatments was observed. The increase in feeding frequency improves the productive performance of Nile tilapias in cages and permitted better management of the food. The better feed conversion rate for high feeding frequency (24 times day-1 can result in saving up to 360kg of food for each ton of fish produced, increasing the economic sustenance for tilapia culture and suggesting less environmental pollution.

  9. SONOGRAPHIC EVALUATION OF PLACENTAL THICKNESS – AN INDICATOR OF GESTATIONAL AGE

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    Full Text Available AIMS AND OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to evaluate the placental thickness by sonography in normal singleton pregnancies at different stages of gestation in order to develop this as a useful tool for gestational age estimation. MATERIALS AND METHODS We evaluated 310 normal singleton pregnancies and calculated the fetal gestational age using sonographic biometric criteria for different periods of gestation. Placental thickness was measured by sonography at the site of umbilical cord insertion using the standardized technique. Mean placental thickness along with its standard deviation and 95 % confidence interval was calculated for each week of gestation. We used correlation regression analysis to study the relationship between placental thickness and gestational age. RESULTS Mean placental thickness (in mm closely matched the gestational age (in weeks between 10 to 30 weeks of gestation. We established a nomogram for placental thickness measurements with increasing gestational age. CONCLUSIONS Placental thickness has a linear relationship with gestational age especially during the second trimester of pregnancy. Placental thickness measurements when used along with fetal biometry can increase the accuracy of predicting gestational age during pregnancy. The regression equation and nomogram developed by us can be used to calculate the gestational age with minimal error.

  10. Prenatal maternal mental health and fetal growth restriction: a systematic review.

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    Lewis, A J; Austin, E; Galbally, M

    2016-08-01

    Maternal mental disorders during pregnancy are associated with a range of adverse health outcomes for offspring. This systematic review examines studies reporting on the relationship between maternal depression, anxiety or stress during pregnancy and fetal growth measured during pregnancy using ultrasound biometry. A systematic search of PsycINFO, Medline, Scopus, Web of Science and Embase was conducted and 1575 records were identified, with nine studies meeting inclusion criteria gathering data from over 7000 participants. All studies measured depression, six examined anxiety and depression, and five examined all three exposures. The majority measured symptoms rather than clinically diagnosable disorder. Studies consistently reported significant associations between maternal mental health, particularly anxiety symptoms, and reduced fetal head growth. Other fetal growth parameters showed inconsistent findings. A number of studies suggest that cortisol dysregulation associated with maternal mental health may play a role in fetal growth restriction. However, heterogeneity in the timing of growth measurement, assessment measures used for mental health and inconsistencies in adjustment for confounders, limits the synthesis and interpretation of findings. Future studies should consider differences in the timing, intensity and duration of mental health symptoms over pregnancy and should employ diagnostic assessment of mental disorders. Fetal growth should be repeatedly measured and further work is needed to establish the biological mechanisms involved. PMID:26983652

  11. In situ effects of metal contamination from former uranium mining sites on the health of the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus, L.).

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    Le Guernic, Antoine; Sanchez, Wilfried; Bado-Nilles, Anne; Palluel, Olivier; Turies, Cyril; Chadili, Edith; Cavalié, Isabelle; Delahaut, Laurence; Adam-Guillermin, Christelle; Porcher, Jean-Marc; Geffard, Alain; Betoulle, Stéphane; Gagnaire, Béatrice

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    Human activities have led to increased levels of various pollutants including metals in aquatic ecosystems. Increase of metallic concentrations in aquatic environments represents a potential risk to exposed organisms, including fish. The aim of this study was to characterize the environmental risk to fish health linked to a polymetallic contamination from former uranium mines in France. This contamination is characterized by metals naturally present in the areas (manganese and iron), uranium, and metals (aluminum and barium) added to precipitate uranium and its decay products. Effects from mine releases in two contaminated ponds (Pontabrier for Haute-Vienne Department and Saint-Pierre for Cantal Department) were compared to those assessed at four other ponds outside the influence of mine tailings (two reference ponds/department). In this way, 360 adult three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) were caged for 28 days in these six ponds before biomarker analyses (immune system, antioxidant system, biometry, histology, DNA integrity, etc.). Ponds receiving uranium mine tailings presented higher concentrations of uranium, manganese and aluminum, especially for the Haute-Vienne Department. This uranium contamination could explain the higher bioaccumulation of this metal in fish caged in Pontabrier and Saint-Pierre Ponds. In the same way, many fish biomarkers (antioxidant and immune systems, acetylcholinesterase activity and biometric parameters) were impacted by this environmental exposure to mine tailings. This study shows the interest of caging and the use of a multi-biomarker approach in the study of a complex metallic contamination. PMID:27272751

  12. Laser speckle decorrelation for fingerprint acquisition

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    Schirripa Spagnolo, Giuseppe; Cozzella, Lorenzo

    2012-09-01

    Biometry is gaining popularity as a physical security approach in situations where a high level of security is necessary. Currently, biometric solutions are embedded in a very large and heterogeneous group of applications. One of the most sensible is for airport security access to boarding gates. More airports are introducing biometric solutions based on face, fingerprint or iris recognition for passenger identification. In particular, fingerprints are the most widely used biometric, and they are mandatorily included in electronic identification documents. One important issue, which is difficult to address in traditional fingerprint acquisition systems, is preventing contact between subsequent users; sebum, which can be a potential vector for contagious diseases. Currently, non-contact devices are used to overcome this problem. In this paper, a new contact device based on laser speckle decorrelation is presented. Our system has the advantage of being compact and low-cost compared with an actual contactless system, allowing enhancement of the sebum pattern imaging contrast in a simple and low-cost way. Furthermore, it avoids the spreading of contagious diseases.

  13. AVALIAÇÃO HISTOPATOLÓGICA DO FÍGADO DE Brachyplatystoma rousseauxii (CASTELNAU, 1855 DA BAÍA DO GUAJARÁ, BELÉM, PARÁ HISTOPATHOLOGICAL EVALUATION OF THE LIVER OF Brachyplatystoma rousseauxii (CASTELNAU, 1855 FROM GUAJARA’S BAY, BELÉM, PA

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    Full Text Available The species Brachyplatystoma rousseauxii is one of the most important economic resources of the Amazon region. The objective of the present work was to analyze the histopathology of the liver of B. rousseauxii and to indicate this species as a biomonitor of the environmental quality of the Guajará Bay. Samples were collected in four areas: a control area and three areas identified as discharge sites of solid and liquid wastes. Sampling was carried out in four season periods: dry/wet season, wet season, wet/dry season and dry season. The number of collected specimens was 36. The fishes were submitted to biometry after catching. They presented mean total length of 33.45 cm (±7.72, total weight of 239.21 g (±135.24, and liver weight of 1.22 g (±0.56. Liver fragments were processed for light microscopy analysis. Histopathologic analysis demonstrated that 70% of the fish presented hepatitis, inflammation, fatty degeneration, and congestion, and that 30% presented well-organized liver structures, and they were considered healthy. The hepatic changes observed and the number of specimens collected suggest that the environmental quality of the Guajará Bay is affected and that the species B. rousseauxii  is probably adapted to the areas where there are waste discharges.

    KEY WORDS: Amazonian biome, biomonitor, liver, histopathology, fish.

    The species Brachyplatystoma rousseauxii is one of the most important economic resources of the Amazon region. The objective of the present work was to analyze the histopathology of the liver of B. rousseauxii and to indicate this species as a biomonitor of the environmental quality of the Guajará Bay. Samples were collected in four areas: a control area and three areas identified as discharge sites of solid and liquid wastes. Sampling was carried out in four season periods: dry/wet season, wet season, wet/dry season and dry season. The number of collected specimens was 36. The fishes were

  14. Anesthesia of silver catfish with eugenol: time of induction, cortisol response and sensory analysis of fillet Anestesia de jundiás com eugenol: tempo de indução, resposta ao cortisol e análise sensorial do filé

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    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to identify the time of anesthetic induction and recovery of silver catfish (Rhamdia quelen exposed to eugenol. It was also determined the efficacy of the anesthetic as a stress reducing agent and performed a sensory analysis of the fillets from fish exposed to this substance. The silver catfish were exposed to air for 1min to carry out biometry, and blood was collected at 0, 1 and 4 hours later. Eugenol can be used in the range of 20-50mg L-1 for anesthetic induction in silver catfish, and recovery time from anesthesia was not affected by eugenol concentration. The control group showed significantly higher cortisol levels 4 hours after biometry than at time zero. Fish anesthetized with eugenol (50mg L-1 presented significantly lower plasma cortisol levels than control fish at the same time. These data indicate that eugenol inhibits the rise of cortisol in the blood. The sensory analysis test demonstrated that eugenol modifies the flavor of the fillet and therefore is contra-indicated for anesthetization of silver catfish that are intended for human consumption.O objetivo deste estudo foi identificar o tempo de indução e recuperação anestésica de jundiás (Rhamdia quelen expostos ao eugenol, bem como a eficácia desse anestésico na inibição do estresse e realizar análise sensorial dos filés dos peixes expostos a essa substância. Os jundiás foram expostos ao ar por um minuto para realização da biometria, e o sangue foi coletado zero, uma e quatro horas depois. O eugenol pode ser usado na faixa de 20-50mg L-1 para a indução da anestesia em jundiás, e o tempo de recuperação da anestesia não foi afetado pela concentração do eugenol. O grupo de controle mostrou níveis significativamente mais elevados do cortisol quatro horas após a biometria que no tempo zero. Os peixes anestesiados com eugenol (50mg L-1 apresentaram níveis significativamente mais baixos do cortisol plasmático do que peixes do grupo

  15. Front Matter.

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    The European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) Association is the leading organisation in medical informatics in Europe as a federation of national societies of 30 countries. EFMI is organized as a non-profit organization concerned with the theory and practice of information science and technology within health and health science in a European context. The objectives of the EFMI are: • To advance international co-operation and dissemination of information in medical informatics at the European level; • To promote high standards in the application of medical informatics; • To promote research and development in medical informatics; • To encourage high standards in education in medical informatics; • To function as the autonomous European Regional Council of IMIA. This year is a special year for EFMI as it celebrates its 40th anniversary; the Federation was founded in 1976. Therefore, different special events have been organized including several conferences, work shops special issues in journals. In view of this special year for EFMI also the Medical Informatics Europe (MIE) conference, one of EFMI's top conferences, is organized in a special way. Considering the complexity and interrelation of the health domain and as a sign of the long-lasting collaboration of major societies in the field a special joint conference was set up that unities the conferences of the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS), the German Society for Epidemiology (DGEpi), the International Epidemiological Association - European Region and the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI). The societies involved have longstanding experience in integrating the disciplines of medical informatics, biometry, epidemiology and health data management. The collaboration will not only offer a unique opportunity for integration but also strengthen each of the disciplines involved both on a national and international level. The event is

  16. Evaluation of ocular refraction in silicone oil temponade eyes by the IOL-Master system%IOL-Master测量硅油填充眼屈光结果分析

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    邵珺; 朱弼珺; 樊莹

    2010-01-01

    目的 评价IOL-Master测量硅油填充眼屈光度数的准确性并分析不同因素与术后屈光误差的关系.方法 29例(29眼)硅油填充眼行硅油取出联合人工晶状体(IOL)植入术,术前用IOL-Master进行IOL测量.根据不同病因、硅油放置时间、眼轴、术后并发症等因素进行分类,研究术后视力恢复情况及测量误差产生的原因.结果 术后视力较术前均有不同程度的提高,屈光度数的平均预测误差为0.329±0.846 (-1.5~-2.0D),眼轴长度(P>0.05)、病因 [裂孔源性(t=0.478,P=0.637)、黄斑裂孔(t=0.135,P=0.895)]、是否近视(t=0.435,P=0.667)与术后产生的屈光误差均无相关性,硅油存留时间<1年者术后矫正视力恢复好.结论 硅油填充眼患者采用硅油取出联合IOL植入术对视力有一定提高,IOL-Master测量硅油填充眼IOL度数是相对准确、安全、方便的方式.%Background The combination procedure of the removal of silicon oil and cataract extraction+intraocular lens (IOL) implantation is the main method of treating cataract in silicone oil tamponade eye.However,the conventional measuring method of the IOL power is limiting in eyes with silicone oil tamponade.The IOL-Master system is confirmed to be an ideal non-contact optical measuring instrument in vivo.Objective The aim of this study is to measure the preoperative IOL power,evaluate the accuracy of biometry with the IOL-Master system and compare the relationship between different factors and refractive error.Methods IOL power was measured in 29 silicone oil tamponade eyes of 29 patients prior to the silicone oil removal combining IOL implantation with the IOL-Master system according to different factors such as placement time,axis oculi,complications and so on.The reasons of visual acuity recovery and measurement error were discussed.Results Postoperative visual acuity was improved in all of the patients.The average predictive refractive error was 0.329±0.846 (-1.5--2D

  17. A prospective observational study of early fetal growth velocity and its association with birth weight, gestational age at delivery, preeclampsia, and perinatal mortality

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    Objectives: We aimed to measure early fetal growth velocity and to correlate this with the birth weight, gestational age at delivery, and with the incidence of adverse pregnancy outcomes specifically preeclampsia and perinatal mortality. Methods: A data based prospective observational study, wherein sonographic biometry data and specific pregnancy outcome related data were collected from pregnant women's records, starting soon after their first antenatal visit. Early fetal growth velocity was measured using BPD growth between 11 and 14 weeks scan and anomaly scan and standardizing this by Z scoring. Results: Out of 607 fetuses, 41 (6.7%) were slow growing, 531 (87.4%) normally growing, and 35 (5.7%) fast growing (Z scoring <10th, 10–90th, and >90th percentiles respectively). As fetal growth velocity increased, the mean birth weight decreased from 2958.7 ± 388.9 (<10th centile), 2742.1 ± 576.6 (10–90th centile), to 2339.3 ± 729.4 (>90th centile); and gestational age at delivery decreased from 38.5 ± 1.3 (<10th centile), 37.5 ± 2.1 (10–90th centile), to 36.4 ± 2.2 (>90th centile), and both these trends were statistically significant (p < 0.001).Faster growing fetuses had a higher risk of preterm delivery(spontaneous + indicated) compared to other 2 groups [OR 4.42 (2.18,8.98)], and slower growing fetuses had a higher risk of postdated deliveries compared to other 2 groups [OR 3.042 (1.44, 6.45)].We found no significant association between early fetal growth velocity and incidence of small for gestational age at birth/low birth weight at term, preeclampsia, and perinatal mortality. Conclusions: Early fetal growth velocity between first and second trimesters, may be one of the important factors influencing ultimate birthweight and gestational age at delivery

  18. [Environmental Hazards Assessment Program annual report, June 1992--June 1993

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    It is becoming increasingly clear that human health is intricately related to our chemical and physical surroundings. Recognizing the interdependence between health and environment, the Medical University of South Carolina has begun to implement a graduate program in Environmental Risk Assessment. While the infrastructure for such a program had been in place for quite a while, providing education in biostatistics, epidemiology, and mathematical modeling, specific courses in risk assessment were not available. To expedite the educational process in this area, the Department of Biometry and Epidemiology offered the course Special Topics in Risk Analysis in the Spring semester of 1993. This course was intended as an introduction for graduate students, but one faculty and one postdoctoral fellow also enrolled. The course was organized in the form of a seminar, with students or faculty presenting selected materials from the literature that covered some of the central issues in risk analysis. The presentations were subsequently written up as reports and revised according to suggestions by the instructor. This technical report comprises the presentations and reflects what has been learned in the course Special Topics in Risk Analysis. It also may serve as an easy to read introduction to the complex area of risk analysis. By the very nature of the course and this report, most of the presented material is not original. It does not necessarily reflect the authors' or the editor's opinion and is not intended for citation. Nonetheless, the students and the instructor have paid attention to citing relevant literature in order to enable the reader to trace ideas back to the original sources. As an Appendix, this volume contains the course syllabus as well as hand-out material that the students prepared independently and that has not been edited or revised

  19. Latest Early Pleistocene remains of Lynx pardinus (Carnivora, Felidae) from the Iberian Peninsula: Taxonomy and evolutionary implications

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    Boscaini, Alberto; Alba, David M.; Beltrán, Juan F.; Moyà-Solà, Salvador; Madurell-Malapeira, Joan

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    The Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) is a critically endangered felid that, during the last fifty years, has been subject to an intensive conservation program in an attempt to save it from extinction. This species is first recorded at ca. 1.7-1.6 Ma (late Villafranchian, late Early Pleistocene) in NE Iberian Peninsula, roughly coinciding with the large faunal turnover that occurred around the middle to late Villafranchian boundary. Here we describe the largest collection of L. pardinus remains available to date from the Iberian late Early Pleistocene (Epivillafranchian), including localities from the Vallparadís Section (Vallès-Penedès Basin, NE Iberian Peninsula) and Cueva Victoria (Cartagena, SE Iberian Peninsula). The morphology and biometry of the studied material attests to the widespread occurrence of L. pardinus in the Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula since the latest Early Pleistocene, i.e., about 0.5 million years earlier than it was generally accepted (i.e., at the beginning of the Middle Pleistocene). Based on the features observed in the large sample studied in this paper, we conclude that Lynx spelaeus is a junior synonym of L. pardinus and further propose to assign all the Epivillafranchian and younger fossil lynxes from SW Europe to the extant species L. pardinus. Due to the arrival of the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) into Europe at the beginning of the Late Pleistocene, the attribution of specimens younger than MIS 5e to either this species or L. pardinus solely on morphological grounds has proven equivocal. Here we discuss the main diagnostic features of both species of European lynxes and further review their evolutionary history and paleobiogeography throughout the Pleistocene.

  20. The Biometric Values of Affected and Fellow Eyes in Patients with Acute Attack of Primary Angle Closure

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    Mohammad Reza Razeghinejad

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: It has been estimated that 67 million peopleworldwide are affected with a primary glaucoma and that onethirdhave primary angle closure glaucoma. We aimed to determinethe biometric differences between the eyes of patientswith acute attack of primary angle closure and their noninvolvedfellow eyes.Methods: Twenty eight patients with acute attack of primary angleclosure were recruited in this prospective study. Three weeksafter laser iridotomy and resolution of corneal edema, all patientshad a complete ocular examination including slit lamp biomicroscopy,pachymetry, keratometry, and ocular biometry. The followingA-scan parameters were measured: anterior chamberdepth, lens thickness, axial length, lens– axial length factor, relativelens position, and corrected anterior chamber depth.Results: There were 22 (78.5% women and six (21.5% menwith mean age of 52.82±9.25 years. There were no statisticallysignificant differences in the biometric figures between theaffected and fellow eyes [anterior chamber depth (P=0.4, lensthickness (P=0.4, axial length (P=0.7, lens-axial length factor(P=0.6, relative lens position (P=0.7, and corrected anteriorchamber depth (P=0.8]. The mean ± standard deviation ofcentral corneal thickness in the affected and fellow eyes were560.12±41.93 and 557.727±18.53, respectively (P=0.806.There was no statistically significant difference between theboth eyes in the mean keratometric diopters in the affected andin the fellow eyes (45.05±2.02 v 44.91±1.73; P=0.78.Conclusion: The present study did not reveal any statisticallysignificant differences regarding the ocular biometricparameters between the affected and fellow eyes in patientswith acute primary angle closure. The biometric parameterswere similar between male and female patients as well.

  1. Retreatments after multifocal intraocular lens implantation: an analysis

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    Gundersen, Kjell Gunnar; Makari, Sarah; Ostenstad, Steffen; Potvin, Rick

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To determine the incidence and etiology of required retreatment after multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and to evaluate the methods and clinical outcomes of retreatment. Patients and methods A retrospective chart review of 416 eyes of 209 patients from one site that underwent uncomplicated cataract surgery with multifocal IOL implantation. Biometry, the IOL, and refractive data were recorded after the original implantation, with the same data recorded after retreatment. Comments related to vision were obtained both before and after retreatment for retreated patients. Results The multifocal retreatment rate was 10.8% (45/416 eyes). The eyes that required retreatment had significantly higher residual refractive astigmatism compared with those who did not require retreatment (1.21±0.51 D vs 0.51±0.39 D, P<0.01). The retreatment rate for the two most commonly implanted primary IOLs, blended bifocal (10.5%, 16/152) and bilateral trifocal (6.9%, 14/202) IOLs, was not statistically significantly different (P=0.12). In those requiring retreatment, refractive-related complaints were most common. Retreatment with refractive corneal surgery, in 11% of the eyes, and piggyback IOLs, in 89% of the eyes, was similarly successful, improving patient complaints 78% of the time. Conclusion Complaints related to ametropia were the main reasons for retreatment. Residual astigmatism appears to be an important determinant of retreatment rate after multifocal IOL implantation. Retreatment can improve symptoms for a high percentage of patients; a piggyback IOL is a viable retreatment option. PMID:27041983

  2. Patterns of NPP, GPP, Respiration and NEP During Boreal Forest Succession

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    Goulden, Michael L.; McMillan, Andrew; Winston, Greg; Rocha, Adrian; Manies, Kristen; Harden, Jennifer W.; Bond-Lamberty, Benjamin

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    We deployed a mesonet of year-round eddy covariance towers in boreal forest stands that last burned in ~1850, ~1930, 1964, 1981, 1989, 1998, and 2003 to understand how CO2 exchange changes during secondary succession.The strategy of using multiple methods, including biometry and micrometeorology, worked well. In particular, the three independent measures of NEP during succession gave similar results. A stratified and tiered approach to deploying eddy covariance systems that combines many lightweight and portable towers with a few permanent ones is likely to maximize the science return for a fixed investment. The existing conceptual models did a good job of capturing the dominant patterns of NPP, GPP, Respiration and NEP during succession. The initial loss of carbon following disturbance was neither as protracted nor large as predicted. This muted response reflects both the rapid regrowth of vegetation following fire and the prevalence of standing coarse woody debris following the fire, which is thought to decay slowly. In general, the patterns of forest recovery from disturbance should be expected to vary as a function of climate, ecosystem type and disturbance type. The NPP decline at the older stands appears related to increased Rauto rather than decreased GPP. The increase in Rauto in the older stands does not appear to be caused by accelerated maintenance respiration with increased biomass, and more likely involves increased allocation to fine root turnover, root metabolism, alternative forms of respiration, mycorrhizal relationships, or root exudates, possibly associated with progressive nutrient limitation. Several studies have now described a similar pattern of NEP following boreal fire, with 10-to-15 years of modest carbon loss followed by 50-to-100 years of modest carbon gain. This trend has been sufficiently replicated and evaluated using independent techniques that it can be used to quantify the likely effects of changes in boreal fire frequency and

  3. The effect of water availability on stand-level productivity, transpiration, water use efficiency and radiation use efficiency of field-grown willow clones

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    The effect of water availability on stand-level productivity, transpiration, water use efficiency (WUE) and radiation use efficiency (RUE) is evaluated for different willow clones at stand level. The measurements were made during the growing season 2000 in a 3-year-old plantation in Scania, southernmost Sweden. Six willow clones were included in the study: L78183, SW Rapp, SW Jorunn, SW Jorr, SW Tora and SW Loden. All clones were exposed to two water treatments: rain-fed, non-irrigated treatment and reduced water availability by reduced soil water recharge. Field measurements of stem sap-flow and biometry are up-scaled to stand transpiration and stand dry substance production and used to assess WUE. RUE is estimated from the ratio between the stand dry substance production and the accumulated absorbed photosynthetic active radiation over the growing season. The total stand transpiration rate for the 5 months lies between 100 and 325 mm, which is fairly low compared to the Penman-Monteith transpiration for willow, reaching 400-450 mm for the same period. Mean WUE of all clones and treatments is 5.3 g/kg, which is high compared to earlier studies, while average RUE is 0.31 g/mol, which is slightly low compared to other results. Generally, all clones, except for Jorunn, seem to be better off concerning biomass production, WUE and RUE than the reference clone. Jorr, Jorunn and Loden also seem to be able to cope with the reduced water availability with increase in the water use efficiency. Tora performs significantly better than the other clones concerning both growth and efficiency in light and water use, but the effect of the dry treatment on stem growth shows sensitivity to water availability. The reduced stem growth could be due to a change in allocation patterns

  4. Postnatal Anthropometric and Body Composition Profiles in Infants with Intrauterine Growth Restriction Identified by Prenatal Doppler

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    Mazarico, E.; Martinez-Cumplido, R.; Díaz, M.; Sebastiani, G.; Ibáñez, L.; Gómez-Roig, M. D.

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    Introduction Infant anthropometry and body composition have been previously assessed to gauge the impact of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) at birth, but the interplay between prenatal Doppler measurements and postnatal development has not been studied in this setting. The present investigation was performed to assess the significance of prenatal Doppler findings relative to postnatal anthropometrics and body composition in IUGR newborns over the first 12 months of life. Patients and Methods Consecutive cases of singleton pregnancies with suspected IUGR were prospectively enrolled over 12 months. Fetal biometry and prenatal Doppler ultrasound examinations were performed. Body composition was assessed by absorptiometry at ages 10 days, and at 4 and12 months. Results A total of 48 pregnancies qualifying as IUGR were studied. Doppler parameters were normal in 26 pregnancies. The remaining 22 deviated from normal, marked by an Umbilical Artery Pulsatility Index (UA-PI) >95th centil or Cerebro-placental ratio (CPR) <5th centile. No significant differences emerged when comparing anthropometry and body composition at each time point, in relation to Doppler findings. Specifically, those IUGR newborns with and without abnormal Doppler findings had similar weight, length, body mass index, lean and fat mass, and bone mineral content throughout the first 12 months of life. In a separate analysis, when comparing IUGR newborns by Doppler (abnormal UA-PI vs. abnormal CPR), anthropometry and body composition did not differ significantly. Conclusions Infants with IUGR maintain a pattern of body composition during the first year of life that is independent of prenatal Doppler findings. Future studies with larger sample sizes and correlating with hormonal status are warranted to further extend the phenotypic characterization of the various conditions now classified under the common label of IUGR. PMID:26938993

  5. Digitization of the human body in the present-day economy

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    In this paper we report on the historic development of human body digitization and on the actual state of commercially available technology. Complete systems for the digitization of the human body exist since more than ten years. One of the main users of this technology was the entertainment industry. Every new movie excited with attractive visual effects, but only few people knew that the most thrilling cuts were realized by using virtual persons. The faces and bodies of actors were digitized and the "virtual twin" replaced the actor in the movie. Nowadays, the state of the human body digitization is so high that it is not possible any more to distinguish the real actor from the virtual one. Indeed, for the rush technical development has to be thanked the movie industry, which was one of the strong economic motors for this technology. Today, with the possibility of a massive cost reduction given by new technologies, methods for digitization of the human body are used also in other fields of application, such as ergonomics, medical applications, computer games, biometry and anthropometrics. With the time, this technology becomes interesting also for sport, fitness, fashion and beauty. A large expansion of human body digitization is expected in the near future. To date, different technologies are used commercially for the measurement of the human body. They can be divided into three distinguished groups: laser-scanning, projection of light patterns, combination modeling and image processing. The different solutions have strengths and weaknesses that profile their suitability for specific applications. This paper gives an overview of their differences and characteristics and expresses clues for the selection of the adequate method. Practical examples of commercial exploitation of human body digitization are also presented and new interesting perspectives are introduced.

  6. Pediatric cataract: challenges and future directions

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    Full Text Available Anagha Medsinge,1,2 Ken K Nischal1,2 1Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus, and Adult Motility, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, (UPMC 2University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA Abstract: Cataract is a significant cause of visual disability in the pediatric population worldwide and can significantly impact the neurobiological development of a child. Early diagnosis and prompt surgical intervention is critical to prevent irreversible amblyopia. Thorough ocular evaluation, including the onset, duration, and morphology of a cataract, is essential to determine the timing for surgical intervention. Detailed assessment of the general health of the child, preferably in conjunction with a pediatrician, is helpful to rule out any associated systemic condition. Although pediatric cataracts have a diverse etiology, with the majority being idiopathic, genetic counseling and molecular testing should be undertaken with the help of a genetic counselor and/or geneticist in cases of hereditary cataracts. Advancement in surgical techniques and methods of optical rehabilitation has substantially improved the functional and anatomic outcomes of pediatric cataract surgeries in recent years. However, the phenomenon of refractive growth and the process of emmetropization have continued to puzzle pediatric ophthalmologists and highlight the need for future prospective studies. Posterior capsule opacification and secondary glaucoma are still the major postoperative complications necessitating long-term surveillance in children undergoing cataract surgery early in life. Successful management of pediatric cataracts depends on individualized care and experienced teamwork. We reviewed the etiology, preoperative evaluation including biometry, choice of intraocular lens, surgical techniques, and recent developments in the field of childhood cataract. Keywords: children, pediatric cataract, infantile

  7. A Novel Semiautomated Fractional Limb Volume Tool for Rapid and Reproducible Fetal Soft Tissue Assessment.

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    Mack, Lauren M; Kim, Sung Yoon; Lee, Sungmin; Sangi-Haghpeykar, Haleh; Lee, Wesley

    2016-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to document the reproducibility and efficiency of a semiautomated image analysis tool that rapidly provides fetal fractional limb volume measurements. Fifty pregnant women underwent 3-dimensional sonographic examinations for fractional arm and thigh volumes at a mean menstrual age of 31.3 weeks. Manual and semiautomated fractional limb volume measurements were calculated, with the semiautomated measurements calculated by novel software (5D Limb Vol; Samsung Medison, Seoul, Korea). The software applies an image transformation method based on the major axis length, minor axis length, and limb center coordinates. A transformed image is used to perform a global optimization technique for determination of an optimal limb soft tissue boundary. Bland-Altman analysis defined bias with 95% limits of agreement (LOA) between methods, and timing differences between manual versus automated methods were compared by a paired t test. Bland-Altman analysis indicated an acceptable bias with 95% LOA between the manual and semiautomated methods: mean arm volume ± SD, 1.7% ± 4.6% (95% LOA, -7.3% to 10.7%); and mean thigh volume, 0.0% ± 3.8% (95% LOA, -7.5% to 7.5%). The computer-assisted software completed measurements about 5 times faster compared to manual tracings. In conclusion, semiautomated fractional limb volume measurements are significantly faster to calculate when compared to a manual procedure. These results are reproducible and are likely to reduce operator dependency. The addition of computer-assisted fractional limb volume to standard biometry may improve the precision of estimated fetal weight by adding a soft tissue component to the weight estimation process. PMID:27269002

  8. Cataract and progressing keratoconus — solution?

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    K. B. Pershin

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To develop an uniform method of the treatment for patients with progressive keratoconus (stage 1‑2 and cataract. Patients and methods: 4 patients (5 eyes with cataract and progressive keratoconus stage 1‑2 were enrolled in the study. Mean age was 42 years. In all patients, standard ophthalmic examination as well corneal topography, anterior segment optical coherence tomography, biometry, and IOL power calculations using IOLMaster were performed. Mean uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA was 0.1 while mean best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA was 0.4. Surgical technique included two steps. The first step was the creation of corneal tunnels with femtosecond laser with subsequent phaco and monofocal aspheric IOL implantation. The second step (1‑2 weeks later was the implantation of intrastromal ring segments based on corneal topography and corneal crosslinking.Results: After the first step, all patients had myopic refraction (from –1.0 D to –2.5 D. Cylindrical component was almost unchanged. After the second step, the patients reported the vision improvement, mainly due to UCVA. Both spherical (myopic and cylindrical components decreased, mainly due to the steep meridian. After the treatment, optical power of the cornea decreased, mainly due to the steep meridian. UCVA was 0.6 or more in 60 % of cases, final BCVA was 0.8‑1.0 in 80 % of cases. Neither intraoperative nor postoperative (follow-up was 2 years complications were observed.Conclusions: Combined phaco and prior creation of corneal tunnels with subsequent intrastromal ring segment implantation and crosslinking in patients with cataract and progressive keratoconus stage 1‑2 is safe, provides good predictable outcome and significantly reduces rehabilitation period.

  9. Causes of subnormal vision in patients following cataract surgery at a tertiary hospital in Kashmir.

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    Ahangar, Andleeb; Sufi, Aalia Rasool; Nabi, Mushood; Rather, Muddasar Hassan

    2014-10-01

    Cataract surgery is aimed at restoring sight to near normal vision. This study, conducted at the Department of Ophthalmology, Government Medical College, Srinagar, is an attempt to determine the causes of subnormal vision in patients following cataract surgery at a tertiary hospital in Kashmir. One hundred patients who underwent cataract surgery with an unaided visual acuity of <6/9 at 16 weeks postoperatively were included in the study. Postoperative follow-up examinations were conducted until the 16th week. Intraoperative and postoperative complications were recorded to determine the cause of subnormal vision. Of 100 patients, 40 underwent extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE), 30 underwent small incision cataract surgery (SICS) and 30 underwent phacoemulsification. Seventy-five percent of the patients who underwent ECCE had postoperative astigmatism with a mean astigmatism of 2.2 ± 0.81 diopters at 16 weeks, with the majority having with-the-rule astigmatism. In the SICS group, 17 (56.6 %) patients had a mean postoperative astigmatism of 0.75 ± 0.40 diopters, with the majority (82.3 %) having against-the-rule (ATR) astigmatism. In the phacoemulsification group, 13 (43.3 %) of the patients had a mean postoperative astigmatism of 0.48 ± 0.23 diopters with the majority having ATR astigmatism. Other causes of subnormal vision were pseudophakic ametropia, posterior capsular opacity and intraoperative complications like posterior capsular rent and vitreous loss. Postoperative astigmatism was the major cause of subnormal vision with greater astigmatism seen in the ECCE group. Therefore, procedures like smaller incision sutureless surgery and careful biometry are advocated to improve visual outcome and patient satisfaction. PMID:24522881

  10. Obstetric Ultrasound Simulator With Task-Based Training and Assessment.

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    Liu, Li; Kutarnia, Jason; Belady, Petra; Pedersen, Peder C

    2015-10-01

    The increasing use of point-of-care (POC) ultrasound presents a challenge in providing efficient training to POC ultrasound users for whom formal training is not readily available. In response to this need, we developed an affordable compact laptop-based obstetric ultrasound training simulator. It offers a realistic scanning experience, task-based training, and performance assessment. The position and orientation of the sham transducer are tracked with 5 DoF on an abdomen-sized scan surface with the shape of a cylindrical segment. On the simulator, user interface is rendered a virtual torso whose body surface models the abdomen of the pregnant scan subject. A virtual transducer scans the virtual torso by following the sham transducer movements on the scan surface. A given 3-D training image volume is generated by combining several overlapping 3-D ultrasound sweeps acquired from the pregnant scan subject using a Markov random field-based approach. Obstetric ultrasound training is completed through a series of tasks, guided by the simulator and focused on three aspects: basic medical ultrasound, orientation to obstetric space, and fetal biometry. The scanning performance is automatically evaluated by comparing user-identified anatomical landmarks with reference landmarks preinserted by sonographers. The simulator renders 2-D ultrasound images in real time with 30 frames/s or higher with good image quality; the training procedure follows standard obstetric ultrasound protocol. Thus, for learners without access to formal sonography programs, the simulator is intended to provide structured training in basic obstetrics ultrasound. PMID:25993700

  11. A prospective observational study of early fetal growth velocity and its association with birth weight, gestational age at delivery, preeclampsia, and perinatal mortality

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    Vasudeva, Akhila, E-mail: akhilavasudeva@gmail.com [Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal 576104, Karnataka State (India); Abraham, Anu Annie, E-mail: anuannieabraham@yahoo.com [Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal 576104, Karnataka State (India); Kamath, Asha, E-mail: aashakamat@gmail.com [Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, A Constituent College of Manipal University (India)

    2013-08-15

    Objectives: We aimed to measure early fetal growth velocity and to correlate this with the birth weight, gestational age at delivery, and with the incidence of adverse pregnancy outcomes specifically preeclampsia and perinatal mortality. Methods: A data based prospective observational study, wherein sonographic biometry data and specific pregnancy outcome related data were collected from pregnant women's records, starting soon after their first antenatal visit. Early fetal growth velocity was measured using BPD growth between 11 and 14 weeks scan and anomaly scan and standardizing this by Z scoring. Results: Out of 607 fetuses, 41 (6.7%) were slow growing, 531 (87.4%) normally growing, and 35 (5.7%) fast growing (Z scoring <10th{sup ,} 10–90th, and >90th percentiles respectively). As fetal growth velocity increased, the mean birth weight decreased from 2958.7 ± 388.9 (<10th centile), 2742.1 ± 576.6 (10–90th centile), to 2339.3 ± 729.4 (>90th centile); and gestational age at delivery decreased from 38.5 ± 1.3 (<10th centile), 37.5 ± 2.1 (10–90th centile), to 36.4 ± 2.2 (>90th centile), and both these trends were statistically significant (p < 0.001).Faster growing fetuses had a higher risk of preterm delivery(spontaneous + indicated) compared to other 2 groups [OR 4.42 (2.18,8.98)], and slower growing fetuses had a higher risk of postdated deliveries compared to other 2 groups [OR 3.042 (1.44, 6.45)].We found no significant association between early fetal growth velocity and incidence of small for gestational age at birth/low birth weight at term, preeclampsia, and perinatal mortality. Conclusions: Early fetal growth velocity between first and second trimesters, may be one of the important factors influencing ultimate birthweight and gestational age at delivery.

  12. Refraction and eye anterior segment parameters in schizophrenic patients

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    Tongabay Cumurcu

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Purpose: To evaluate the difference in terms of refractive errors and anterior segment parameters between schizophrenic patients and healthy volunteers. Methods: This study compared 70 patients (48 men who were diagnosed with schizophrenia with a control group of 60 (35 men who were similar in terms of age, gender, education, and socioeconomic level. Anterior segment examination was performed using a Scheimflug system. Axial length and lens thickness (LT were measured using optic biometry. The following tests were administered to the psychiatric patient group: Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS, Scale for the Assessment of Negative Symptoms (SANS, and Scale for the Assessment of Positive Symptoms (SAPS. Results: Mild myopia was detected in both the schizophrenic and control groups, with no statistically significant difference (p>0.005. Corneal volume (CV, anterior chamber volume (ACV, anterior chamber depth (ACD, and central corneal thickness (CCT values were lower in the schizophrenic group, and there was a statistically significant between-group difference (p=0.026, p=0.014, p=0.048, and p=0.005, respectively. LT was greater in schizophrenics, and the difference was found to be statistically significant (p=0.006. A statistically significant negative correlation was found between SAPS and cylinder values (p=0.008. The axial eye length, cylinder value, pupil diameter, mean keratometric value, and anterior chamber angle revealed no statistically significant difference between the groups (p>0.05. Conclusion: No statistically significant difference was detected in terms of refraction disorders between schizophrenics and the healthy control group, while some differences in anterior chamber parameters were present. These results demonstrate that schizophrenics may exhibit clinical and structural differences in the eye.

  13. Protocol of an expertise based randomized trial comparing surgical Venae Sectio versus radiological Puncture of Vena Subclavia for insertion of Totally Implantable Access Port in oncological patients

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    Radeleff Boris

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Totally Implantable Access Ports (TIAP are being extensively used world-wide and can be expected to gain further importance with the introduction of new neoadjuvant and adjuvant treatments in oncology. Two different techniques for the implantation can be selected: A direct puncture of a central vein and the utilization of a Seldinger device or the surgical Venae sectio. It is still unclear which technique has the optimal benefit/risk ratio for the patient. Design A single-center, expertise based randomized, controlled superiority trial to compare two different TIAP implantation techniques. 100 patients will be included and randomized pre-operatively. All patients aged 18 years or older scheduled for primary elective implantation of a TIAP under local anesthesia who signed the informed consent will be included. The primary endpoint is the primary success rate of the randomized technique. Control Intervention: Venae Sectio will be employed to insert a TIAP by a surgeon; Experimental intervention: Punction of V. Subclavia will be used to place a TIAP by a radiologist. Duration of study: Approximately 10 months, follow up time: 90 days. Organisation/Responsibility The PORTAS 2 – Trial will be conducted in accordance with the protocol and in compliance with the moral, ethical, and scientific principles governing clinical research as set out in the Declaration of Helsinki (1989 and Good Clinical Practice (GCP. The Center of Clinical Trials at the Department of Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg is responsible for design and conduct of the trial including randomization and documentation of patients' data. Data management and statistical analysis will be performed by the independent Institute for Medical Biometry and Informatics (IMBI, University of Heidelberg. Trial Registration The trial is registered at ClinicalTrials.gov (NCT00600444.

  14. Personal A-constant in relation to axial length with various intraocular lenses

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    Mohamed A Eldaly

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To study the relationship between the axial length and personal A-constant for the 1-piece Tecnis (Abbott ZCB00, AcrySof MA60AC (Alcon and the Quatrix aspheric preloaded (CROMA intraocular lenses (IOL. Materials and Methods: Patients matching the inclusion criteria were further subdivided according to the implanted IOL in this prospective comparative study. The obtained refractive outcomes were introduced into the formula installed in the biometry machine (Humphrey model 820 ultrasonic biometer to obtain the personal A-constant for each eye. Polynomial regression analysis was done to study the individualized A-constant for each type of IOL in relation to preoperative axial length measurement. Results: Two hundred and forty five eyes of 186 patients were enrolled into this study, of whom 73 eyes with Tecnis 1-piece, 116 eyes with MA60AC, and 56 eyes with Quatrix. The median of personalized A-constant for Tecnis 1-piece, MA60AC, and Quatrix were 119.21 (SD 1.3, Std. Mean error 0.15, 119 (SD 1.2, Std. Mean error 0.11 and 120.4 (SD 1.2, Std. Mean error 0.16 respectively. Regression plots for the same range of axial length among all the groups showed that the Tecnis1 group followed the same pattern of the Quatrix group in which there was a linear relationship of a trend towards myopia when the axial length had increased and a hyperopic shift when decreased. This relationship changed into a plateau when the axial length became in the range of 23.5 mm to 27 mm in the MA60AC group. Conclusions: Personal A-constant follows different trends with different IOLs even for the same range of axial length.

  15. Simultaneous mode A and mode B echobiometry of senile cataractous eyes in dogs Ecobiometria simultânea em modos A e B de olhos acometidos por catarata senil, em cães

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    B.C. Martins

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The evaluation of lens by ultrasonography, previously to phacoemulsification, can offer relevant information, markedly such as aspects and dimensions, allowing design safer surgical strategies with enhanced outcomes. Within the contents of this research, the biometry was performed in lens of dogs with senile immature, mature, and diabetic cataracts, previously to phacoemulsification, using mode A and mode B ultrasonography, simultaneously. The values obtained for axial diameter of the eyes, anterior chamber, lens, and vitreous chamber were, respectively, 19.22mm, 2.35mm, 7.94mm, and 8.94mm. Diabetic cataractous lens were larger (8.90mm, compared to mature cataract (8.12mm. Lens with immature cataract were smaller in dimension than those with mature and diabetic cataracts.A avaliação da lente pela ultrassonografia, previamente à facoemulsificação, pode fornecer informações relevantes, notadamente, quanto ao seu aspecto e dimensões, que permitem delinear estratégias cirúrgicas mais seguras e com melhores resultados. Nesta pesquisa, realizou-se a biometria da lente de cães acometidos por catarata senil imatura, madura ou diabética, previamente à facoemulsificação, valendo-se da ultrassonografia em modo A e B, simultaneamente. Os valores obtidos para o diâmetro axial do bulbo do olho, câmara anterior, lente e câmara vítrea foram, respectivamente, 19,22mm, 2,35mm, 7,94mm e 8,94mm. Lentes cataratogênicas pertencentes a animais diabéticos apresentaram dimensões maiores (8,90mm, comparativamente àquelas que apresentavam catarata madura (8,12mm. Lentes acometidas por catarata imatura apresentaram menor dimensão (7,06mm, comparativamente às demais.

  16. Orbit as a Mirror of Systemic Disease; '' Epidemiologic, Clinical and Imaging ''

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    Aliakbar Ameri

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available   "n1- Infectious: toxoplasmosis , toxocariasis ,TB , syphilis , leprosy , HIV , CMV. "n2- Non infectous: endocrine, diabetes, thyroid, connective tissue disease ''RA, SLE, wegeners, PAN, systemic sclerosis'', vasculitides, GCA'', sarcoidosis, behcet's disease, vogt koyangi harada syndrome, phakomatoses. "nAll diseases should be demonstrated by clinical images and imaging slides. "n-imaging "nX-RAY, high frequency US and color doppler, 2D and 3D X-RAY CT, MRI: "n1- X-RAY: in fractures, foreign bodies, skull combined anomalies and few other cases. "n2-High-frequency ultrasound for posterior chamber and ciliary body micro-anatomic changes '' tumors granulations''. "nColor Doppler study for vascular lesions, central retin artery, tumors in the globe and retrobulbar region. "n3- X-RAY CT for tumors, 2D and 3D for fractures, 3D for bone anatomy, foreign body '' modality of choice is 2directional 2D CT scan '', sino-nasal diseases, CT-angiography or phlebography in large vessel evaluation, DSA for small vessel anatomy. "n4- MRI for tumors and infection also granulation process. "nMRI and MRV in large vessel anatomy, functional – MRI for the visual pathway, tractography. "nConclusion : "nModality of choice : "n1- CT for foreign bodies '' MRI is contra-indicated in the first step specially in metallic fragments ''. CT for micro-calcification '' retinoblastoma '',CT for fractures. "n2- MRI for tumors, biometry, soft tissue disease and functional imaging. "n3- DSA for vascular disease of the eye. "n4- U.S for biometery, posterior Chamber, iris and ciliary body lesions. 5- Fluorescein angiography for the retina.  

  17. The health burden of pollution: the impact of prenatal exposure to air pollutants

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Sandra E Vieira Pediatrics Department, Medical School, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil Abstract: Exposure to atmospheric pollutants in both open and closed environments is a major cause of morbidity and mortality that may be both controlled and minimized. Despite growing evidence, several controversies and disagreements exist among the studies that have analyzed the effects of prenatal pollutant exposure. This review article aims to analyze primary scientific evidence of the effects of air pollution during pregnancy and the impact of these effects on the fetus, infant health, and in particular, the respiratory system. We performed a review of articles from the PubMed and Web of Science databases that were published in English within the past 5 years, particularly those related to birth cohorts that began in pregnancy with follow-up until the first years of life. The largest reported effects are associated with prenatal exposure to particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, and tobacco smoke. The primary effects affect birth weight and other parameters of fetal biometry. There is strong evidence regarding the impact of pollutants on morbidity secondary to respiratory problems. Growing evidence links maternal smoking to childhood asthma and wheezing. The role of passive maternal smoking is less clear. Great heterogeneity exists among studies. There is a need for additional studies on birth cohorts to monitor the relationship between the exposure of pregnant women to pollutants and their children’s progress during the first years of life. Keywords: air pollutants, pregnancy, birth weight, lung disease, tobacco, fetal development

  18. Determination of morphological, biometric and biochemical susceptibilities in healthy Eurasier dogs with suspected inherited glaucoma.

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    Full Text Available In both humans and dogs, the primary risk factor for glaucoma is high intraocular pressure (IOP, which may be caused by iridocorneal angle (ICA abnormalities. Oxidative stress has also been implicated in retinal ganglion cell damage associated with glaucoma. A suspected inherited form of glaucoma was recently identified in Eurasier dogs (EDs, a breed for which pedigrees are readily available. Because of difficulties in assessing ICA morphology in dogs with advanced glaucoma, we selected a cohort of apparently healthy dogsfor the investigation of ICA morphological status, IOP and plasma concentrations of oxidative stress biomarkers. We aimed to establish correlations between these factors, to identify predictive markers of glaucoma in this dog breed. A cohort of 28 subjects, volunteered for inclusion by their owners, was selected by veterinary surgeons. These dogs were assigned to four groups: young males, young females (1-3 years old, adult males and adult females (4-8 years old. Ocular examination included ophthalmoscopy, tonometry, gonioscopy, biometry and ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM, and the evaluation of oxidative stress biomarkers consisting of measurements of plasma glutathione peroxidase (GP activity and taurine and metabolic precursor (methionine and cysteine concentrations in plasma. The prevalence of pectinate ligament abnormalities was significantly higher in adult EDs than in young dogs. Moreover, in adult females, high IOP was significantly correlated with a short axial globe length, and a particularly large distance between Schwalbe's line and the anterior lens capsule. GP activity levels were significantly lower in EDs than in a randomized control group of dogs, and plasma taurine concentrations were higher. Hence, ICA abnormalities were associated with weaker antioxidant defenses in EDs, potentially counteracted by higher plasma taurine concentrations. This study suggests that EDs may constitute an appropriate canine model for

  19. Can the anterior-posterior thigh diameter be used as an indicator for fetal age using two-dimensional sonography?

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    This study evaluated the usefulness and direct correlation of a simple new method of predicting fetal age by measurement of the anterior-posterior thigh diameter (APTD) in a normal 18 to 28 week pregnancies using two-dimensional sonography. Little published research exists in the area of fetal thigh biometry, specifically in the use of the anterior-posterior fetal thigh diameter (APTD). The only study I found was that of fetal thigh circumference. Continuing review of existing practices needs to be coupled with evaluation of alternate or additional methodology. Materials and methods: This was a quantitative prospective study of 55 patients in High Level General Hospital, Alberta, Canada. Anterior-posterior thigh diameters (APTD) were sonographically measured. The normal range for each week of pregnancy was determined five times for reliability. Results: Significant correlation was found between (APTD) and fetal age from simple line regression analysis, with 99.993% confidence intervals at each week from 18 to 28 weeks gestation. There was a correlation of 1 mm APTD per 1 week of fetal age. In addition R > 0.93, P < 0.001. The residual scatter plots confirmed the APTD validity. Conclusion: APTD is a reliable and valid method for assessing fetal age in a normal pregnancy and may be particularly useful when other parameters are unable to accurately predict fetal age. An accurate linear measurement of multiple fetal parameters allows a more complete profile of fetal growth and estimated date of delivery (EDD). APTD may also be useful in identifying fetal growth problems. All of the values of fetal age lie directly on the 'best-fit' regression line. Since the coefficient of determination (Rsq) is very high, this model is very effective

  20. Marine diatoms sustain growth of bivalves in a Mediterranean lagoon

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    Pernet, Fabrice; Malet, Nathalie; Pastoureaud, Annie; Vaquer, André; Quéré, Claudie; Dubroca, Laurent

    2012-02-01

    Carbon stable isotopes and fatty acids were measured in the suspended particulate organic matter (POM) of the Thau lagoon to study its qualitative temporal changes in relation to environmental factors and to identify the food sources of bivalves over a one-yr-cycle in relation to their growth. Reciprocally, the impact of shellfish farming on POM was also studied. Oysters and mussels were sampled and measured for biometry, stable isotopes and fatty acid composition. Water samples were collected at two sites, both inside and outside of the shellfish farming area, to determine concentrations in POM, chlorophyll a (Chl a) and stable isotopes. Carbon isotopes and fatty acids in bivalves reflected seasonal changes in food sources, which varied consistently with the environment. Seasonal changes in δ13C and fatty acids in the bivalves suggested that dietary phytoplankton contribution varied according to season. Terrestrial organic matter and bacteria can contribute to the diet of bivalves during non-bloom periods. Mussels seemed to rely more on diatoms and less on terrestrial organic matter and bacteria than oysters did, particularly when phytoplankton biomass was low during the summer. Although one- and two-yr-old oysters showed similar δ13C, their fatty acid dynamics differed slightly. Periods of high growth rate in bivalves were mainly fuelled by diatoms, thus highlighting the importance of seasonal blooms of microphytoplankton during the critical period of bivalve growth and gamete production. Although there was no significant effect of shellfish farms on Chl a and POM δ13C, consistent differences indicate that stable isotopes could be used successfully to investigate the effects of bivalve aquaculture.

  1. Mesola red deer: physical characteristics, population dynamics and conservation perspectives

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    Stefano Mattioli

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    Full Text Available Abstract The biometry, demography and genetics of red deer Cervus elaphus of Mesola Wood (NE Italy, are presented and discussed in relation to the conservation of this population. Modest body size, low stature, oversimplified antlers and a low reproductive performance characterise red deer from Mesola Wood. The mitochondrial genome showed a private haplotype, different from other red deer in Italy and central Europe. The uniqueness of this nucleus and its biogeographic importance make a long-term conservation plan particularly urgent. Management measures such as fallow deer reduction, winter feeding and pasture mowing were tested, giving promising results. The physical condition of the animals improved, calf and adult mortality declined, and a few cases of antlers with bez tine or crown were reported in this study after four decades. Riassunto Il Cervo della Mesola: caratteristiche fisiche, dinamica di popolazione e prospettive di conservazione La biometria, la demografia e la genetica del cervo Cervus elaphus del Gran Bosco della Mesola (Italia nord-orientale, vengono presentate e discusse in relazione alla salvaguardia di questa popolazione. Il cervo della Mesola risulta caratterizzato dalle modeste dimensioni corporee, dalla struttura semplificata dei palchi e da un basso rendimento riproduttivo. L'analisi del genoma mitocondriale ha evidenziato un aplotipo privato, diverso da quello degli altri cervi italiani e centroeuropei. L'unicità di questo nucleo e la sua importanza biogeografica rendono particolarmente urgente un piano di conservazione a lungo termine. Sono stati verificati interventi gestionali quali la riduzione numerica dei daini, il foraggiamento invernale e lo sfalcio delle superfici a pascolo, con risultati promettenti. Le condizioni fisiche degli animali sono migliorate, la mortalità tra i piccoli e gli adulti è diminuita, e sono stati registrati alcuni

  2. RESISTÊNCIA DO LIGAMENTO DA CABEÇA DO OSSO FEMORAL EM CÃES

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    Full Text Available The growing number of pets, as well as the increase of their life expectancy and, in many cases, the wrong way to raise them have led to a concurrent increase of a variety of diseases, such as joint pathologies, which demand studies. The aim of this study was to determine the maximum strength of the dog’s ligament of the femoral bone head until its rupture, in order to establish correlations between charges carried (kg, displacement of the extension grip (mm, and variation of the time (s by means of electronic instrumentation systems that provide measurement of forces and displacement control. We used 42 mongreel adult dogs with body mass from 4.5 to 26 kg. Initially, we performed biometry, and then the animal’s pelvis was isolated, removing adjacent structures, exposing coxal joint. The pieces were divided into two hemicoxals, the femur was fractured in the middle, and the joint capsule withdrawn to show the ligament of the the femoral bone head, which underwent destructive mechanical testing. From the animals studied, eight showed less bone strength than ligamentous resistance, generating fractured femoral head at least on one side. The dimensions and body mass of the individual interfered in the resistance of the ligament of the femoral bone head. In females, the ligament showed resistance of 22kg ± 8.55 on the right antimere, and 21.18kg ± 8.45kg on the left. In males it was 21.76kg ± 9.3kg on the right antimere, and 23.55kg ± 9.06kg on the left. The main purpose of this study was to provide technical and scientific information to professionals who work in different areas of veterinary medicine and medical engineering to develop technologies for the elaboration of materials that are substitutes for natural tissues.

  3. Relationships among frozen-thawed semen fertility, physical parameters, certain routine sperm characteristics and testosterone in breeding Murrah buffalo (Bubalus bubalis bulls

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    Full Text Available Aim: The present study was carried out to examine the relationships among frozen-thawed semen fertility, physical parameters, seminal quality, and testosterone concentration in Murrah buffalo bulls. Materials and Methods: A total of 30 breeding Murrah buffalo bulls (either progeny tested or under progeny testing program were randomly selected from two government bull farms in Punjab. None of the bulls selected for this study had any preceding physical abnormality. A field fertility trial was conducted to determine the first service conception rate (FSCR. The number of females inseminated per bull semen was 10. All the bulls were inspected for structural soundness, measurement of scrotal circumference, testicular biometry, and internal pelvic area (IPA. Frozen-thawed semen was evaluated for total motility, progressive motility, viability, concentration, abnormality, and hypo-osmotic swelling test (HOST. Testosterone was estimated in blood plasma, seminal plasma as well as frozen-thawed semen extracts for establishing relationship. Results: The FSCR was 48% in the bulls having a scrotal circumference of ≥44 cm, although, there was no significant correlation between FSCR and scrotal circumference. Similarly, no consistent relationship existed between sperm concentration and scrotal circumference. A positive correlation was observed between IPA and FSCR (r=0.294. Of the six post-thaw seminal components (total motility, progressive motility, viability, HOST (%, total abnormality and concentration only total motility had a high significant (p<0.01 correlation with FSCR (r=0.694. Varied correlations existed between other seminal parameters and fertility. Using a simple regression analysis, the post-thaw motility, IPA, prepuce length and testosterone (independent variables combined to explain approximately 62% of the variation in the FSCR (dependent variable. Conclusion: The present study indicated that despite low to high correlations between seminal

  4. Clinical applications and limitations of anterior segment optical coherence tomography%眼前节相干光断层扫描技术的临床应用进展

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    洪佳旭; 孙兴怀

    2010-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is being employed more and more often to facilitate the diagnosis and management of the anterior eye segment diseases. The cross-sectional imaging capability of its higher resolution allows OCT to measure and visualize clear anatomic structures, specifically in anterior chamber biometry, corneal pachymetric mapping, and anterior chamber angle. Fourier-domain OCT technique which achieves higher speed and higher resolution and time-domain OCT technique have driven their further application in ophthalmological practice. In this review, we describe the principles and characteristics of OCT, summarize the recent utility and the limitations of anterior segment OCT in the pathologies and surgical planning of anterior chamber, cornea and surrounding areas, and prospect its future development.%近年来,相干光断层扫描(OCT)技术在眼前节疾病诊治中的应用飞速发展.由于OCT的分辨率更高、成像效果更好且为无创的非接触测量,所以它在前房参数测量、角膜地形测量及房角测量等方面具有明显的优势.高速、高分辨率的傅立叶OCT技术与传统的时域OCT技术相辅相成,推动和发展OCT在眼科临床中的应用.本文介绍了眼前节OCT的成像原理,结合相应的临床应用展示了OCT在眼前节疾病发病机制研究及诊疗中的价值与局限,并对OCT技术未来的发展进行展望.

  5. A Novel Method of Quantitative Anterior Chamber Depth Estimation Using Temporal Perpendicular Digital Photography

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    Zamir, Ehud; Kong, George Y.X.; Kowalski, Tanya; Coote, Michael; Ang, Ghee Soon

    2016-01-01

    Purpose We hypothesize that: (1) Anterior chamber depth (ACD) is correlated with the relative anteroposterior position of the pupillary image, as viewed from the temporal side. (2) Such a correlation may be used as a simple quantitative tool for estimation of ACD. Methods Two hundred sixty-six phakic eyes had lateral digital photographs taken from the temporal side, perpendicular to the visual axis, and underwent optical biometry (Nidek AL scanner). The relative anteroposterior position of the pupillary image was expressed using the ratio between: (1) lateral photographic temporal limbus to pupil distance (“E”) and (2) lateral photographic temporal limbus to cornea distance (“Z”). In the first chronological half of patients (Correlation Series), E:Z ratio (EZR) was correlated with optical biometric ACD. The correlation equation was then used to predict ACD in the second half of patients (Prediction Series) and compared to their biometric ACD for agreement analysis. Results A strong linear correlation was found between EZR and ACD, R = −0.91, R2 = 0.81. Bland-Altman analysis showed good agreement between predicted ACD using this method and the optical biometric ACD. The mean error was −0.013 mm (range −0.377 to 0.336 mm), standard deviation 0.166 mm. The 95% limits of agreement were ±0.33 mm. Conclusions Lateral digital photography and EZR calculation is a novel method to quantitatively estimate ACD, requiring minimal equipment and training. Translational Relevance EZ ratio may be employed in screening for angle closure glaucoma. It may also be helpful in outpatient medical clinic settings, where doctors need to judge the safety of topical or systemic pupil-dilating medications versus their risk of triggering acute angle closure glaucoma. Similarly, non ophthalmologists may use it to estimate the likelihood of acute angle closure glaucoma in emergency presentations. PMID:27540496

  6. Audit of exracapsular cataract extraction with posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation in a tertiary eye care center in Ethiopia.

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    Tilahun, Yonas; Sisay, Alemayehu

    2006-01-01

    A retrospective audit of records of 370 eyes of 315 patients for whom extracapsular cataract extraction with posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation (ECCE-PC IOL) was performed between 1998 and 1999 was made to determine postoperative visual outcome and complications. One hundred and ninety three patients were males and one hundred and seventy seven were females making a male to female ratio of 1:0.9. At two months postoperatively 82 (30.4%) of eyes had uncorrected visual acuity of 6/18 or better; while 176 (53.7%) of eyes attained an uncorrected visual acuity between 6/18 and 6/60, and 31 (11.5%) had visual acuity between 3/60 and 6/60. 340 of 358 (94.9%) had a preoperative visual acuity of < 3/60. As a result of the surgery, the percentage of blind eyes dropped from 94.9% to 4.4%. The commonest intra operative and early postoperative complications encountered were posterior capsular tear with vitreous loss (5.7%) and striate keratopathy (11.1%) respectively. Posterior capsular opacity was documented in 17 (4.6%) eyes as a late postoperative complication. Routine biometry, to calculate Intra ocular Lens (IOL) power was not done and this was the major limitation of the study. In conclusion, the study increases awareness of cataract surgery outcomes and provides a feedback to achieve better results both in terms of quality and quantity in cataract surgery. Further study with biometric measurement is recommended. PMID:17447364

  7. Patterns of NPP, GPP, respiration, and NEP during boreal forest succession

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    Goulden, M.L.; Mcmillan, A.M.S.; Winston, G.C.; Rocha, A.V.; Manies, K.L.; Harden, J.W.; Bond-Lamberty, B. P.

    2011-01-01

    We combined year-round eddy covariance with biometry and biomass harvests along a chronosequence of boreal forest stands that were 1, 6, 15, 23, 40, 74, and 154 years old to understand how ecosystem production and carbon stocks change during recovery from stand-replacing crown fire. Live biomass (Clive) was low in the 1 and 6 year old stands, and increased following a logistic pattern to high levels in the 74 and 154year old stands. Carbon stocks in the forest floor (Cforest floor) and coarse woody debris (CCWD) were comparatively high in the 1year old stand, reduced in the 6 through 40year old stands, and highest in the 74 and 154year old stands. Total net primary production (TNPP) was reduced in the 1 and 6year old stands, highest in the 23 through 74year old stands and somewhat reduced in the 154year old stand. The NPP decline at the 154year old stand was related to increased autotrophic respiration rather than decreased gross primary production (GPP). Net ecosystem production (NEP), calculated by integrated eddy covariance, indicated the 1 and 6 year old stands were losing carbon, the 15year old stand was gaining a small amount of carbon, the 23 and 74year old stands were gaining considerable carbon, and the 40 and 154year old stands were gaining modest amounts of carbon. The recovery from fire was rapid; a linear fit through the NEP observations at the 6 and 15year old stands indicated the transition from carbon source to sink occurred within 11-12 years. The NEP decline at the 154year old stand appears related to increased losses from Clive by tree mortality and possibly from Cforest floor by decomposition. Our findings support the idea that NPP, carbon production efficiency (NPP/GPP), NEP, and carbon storage efficiency (NEP/TNPP) all decrease in old boreal stands. ?? 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  8. Twenty-five years of confirmatory adaptive designs: opportunities and pitfalls.

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    Bauer, Peter; Bretz, Frank; Dragalin, Vladimir; König, Franz; Wassmer, Gernot

    2016-02-10

    'Multistage testing with adaptive designs' was the title of an article by Peter Bauer that appeared 1989 in the German journal Biometrie und Informatik in Medizin und Biologie. The journal does not exist anymore but the methodology found widespread interest in the scientific community over the past 25 years. The use of such multistage adaptive designs raised many controversial discussions from the beginning on, especially after the publication by Bauer and Köhne 1994 in Biometrics: Broad enthusiasm about potential applications of such designs faced critical positions regarding their statistical efficiency. Despite, or possibly because of, this controversy, the methodology and its areas of applications grew steadily over the years, with significant contributions from statisticians working in academia, industry and agencies around the world. In the meantime, such type of adaptive designs have become the subject of two major regulatory guidance documents in the US and Europe and the field is still evolving. Developments are particularly noteworthy in the most important applications of adaptive designs, including sample size reassessment, treatment selection procedures, and population enrichment designs. In this article, we summarize the developments over the past 25 years from different perspectives. We provide a historical overview of the early days, review the key methodological concepts and summarize regulatory and industry perspectives on such designs. Then, we illustrate the application of adaptive designs with three case studies, including unblinded sample size reassessment, adaptive treatment selection, and adaptive endpoint selection. We also discuss the availability of software for evaluating and performing such designs. We conclude with a critical review of how expectations from the beginning were fulfilled, and - if not - discuss potential reasons why this did not happen. PMID:25778935

  9. Growth pattern differences of captive born Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus) calves and those rescued in the Brazilian northeastern coast.

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    Borges, João Carlos Gomes; Freire, Augusto Carlos da Bôaviagem; Attademo, Fernanda Loffler Niemeyer; Serrano, Inês de Lima; Anzolin, Daiane Garcia; de Carvalho, Paulo Sérgio Martins; Vergara-Parente, Jociery Einhardt

    2012-09-01

    The aim of this work was to analyze whether there are differences between the development pattern of Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus) calves born in captivity and those rescued and kept under rehabilitation. Biometrics data were collected from 1990 to 2010 from 38 calves, 29 of which still had the remnants of the umbilical cord and had been rescued from the Brazilian northeastern coastline (Group I), and nine individuals that were born in captivity and remained with their mothers (Group II). Among the measures obtained through biometry, the total length and weight of the animal were recorded. Given that the breastfeeding of calves occurs approximately until the age of 2 yr, data obtained until the 24th month of life of each individual were evaluated. An average increase in weight of 53.50 +/- 38.54 kg (mean +/- standard deviation [SD]) was detected in Group I and a gain of 106.87 +/- 47.21 kg (mean +/- SD) in Group II. From months 13 to 24, no significant difference in the weight increment was observed. A similar pattern occurred with regard to the increase in the overall length during the first year, where animals from Group I grew 34.81 +/- 17.94 cm (mean +/- SD) and from Group II grew 83.83 +/- 28.21 cm, a statistically significant difference. The growth was not significantly different from 13 to 24 mo. The results found in this study identified the need for a review of the nutritional diet offered to orphaned calves rescued and kept in captivity. The results also support the need for a better adequacy of facilities for these animals as a way to encourage the management strategies adopted for manatee calves maintained in captivity. PMID:23082512

  10. Morphometrical development of tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum, Cuvier, 1818 under different photoperiods

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    Pedro Pierro Mendonça

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The experiment was performed with 160 tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum with average weight 11.01±2.08 g and total length 7.8±0.18 cm. Fishes were kept in sixteen aquariums with 56 L of water at 29.1±0.4 ºC of temperature, initial stocking density 1.97 g/L and constant aeration. The objective of this study was to assess the influence of photoperiod on fish performance. Treatments consisted of four photoperiods: T1 = 6 hours; T2 = 12 hours; T3 = 18 hours and T4 = 24 hours, with four replicates each. Fishes were fed twice a day with commercial extruded feed (28% of crude protein. The experiment was developed in closed circulation system, with volume of water renewal for each experimental unit equivalent to 40 times daily. Fish biometry was performed at the beginning of the experiment and at every 16 days, in order to follow the effects of treatments on juvenile development. Final weight, total length, standard length, height, feed intake, weight gain, feed conversion, survival, specific growth rate, protein efficiency rate and protein retention efficiency were assessed. Statistical analysis of variables was performed with application of the software SAEG version 9.1, for analysis of variance, regression analysis and Pearson correlation. Positive influence of photoperiod was observed for the studied variables in this study. The studied variables enhanced as the photoperiod increased, mainly between 15 and 22 hours. The photoperiod has significant influence upon growth traits of tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum.

  11. Determination of Morphological, Biometric and Biochemical Susceptibilities in Healthy Eurasier Dogs with Suspected Inherited Glaucoma

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    Goulle, Frédéric; Thomas, Philippe; Isard, Pierre-François; Azoulay, Thierry; Lafarge-Beurlet, Stéphanie; Woods, Mike; Lavillegrand, Sylvie; Ivkovic, Ivana; Neveux, Nathalie; Sahel, José-Alain; Picaud, Serge; Froger, Nicolas

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    In both humans and dogs, the primary risk factor for glaucoma is high intraocular pressure (IOP), which may be caused by iridocorneal angle (ICA) abnormalities. Oxidative stress has also been implicated in retinal ganglion cell damage associated with glaucoma. A suspected inherited form of glaucoma was recently identified in Eurasier dogs (EDs), a breed for which pedigrees are readily available. Because of difficulties in assessing ICA morphology in dogs with advanced glaucoma, we selected a cohort of apparently healthy dogsfor the investigation of ICA morphological status, IOP and plasma concentrations of oxidative stress biomarkers. We aimed to establish correlations between these factors, to identify predictive markers of glaucoma in this dog breed. A cohort of 28 subjects, volunteered for inclusion by their owners, was selected by veterinary surgeons. These dogs were assigned to four groups: young males, young females (1–3 years old), adult males and adult females (4–8 years old). Ocular examination included ophthalmoscopy, tonometry, gonioscopy, biometry and ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM), and the evaluation of oxidative stress biomarkers consisting of measurements of plasma glutathione peroxidase (GP) activity and taurine and metabolic precursor (methionine and cysteine) concentrations in plasma. The prevalence of pectinate ligament abnormalities was significantly higher in adult EDs than in young dogs. Moreover, in adult females, high IOP was significantly correlated with a short axial globe length, and a particularly large distance between Schwalbe's line and the anterior lens capsule. GP activity levels were significantly lower in EDs than in a randomized control group of dogs, and plasma taurine concentrations were higher. Hence, ICA abnormalities were associated with weaker antioxidant defenses in EDs, potentially counteracted by higher plasma taurine concentrations. This study suggests that EDs may constitute an appropriate canine model for the

  12. Multi-image encryption based on synchronization of chaotic lasers and iris authentication

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    Banerjee, Santo; Mukhopadhyay, Sumona; Rondoni, Lamberto

    2012-07-01

    A new technique of transmitting encrypted combinations of gray scaled and chromatic images using chaotic lasers derived from Maxwell-Bloch's equations has been proposed. This novel scheme utilizes the general method of solution of a set of linear equations to transmit similar sized heterogeneous images which are a combination of monochrome and chromatic images. The chaos encrypted gray scaled images are concatenated along the three color planes resulting in color images. These are then transmitted over a secure channel along with a cover image which is an iris scan. The entire cryptology is augmented with an iris-based authentication scheme. The secret messages are retrieved once the authentication is successful. The objective of our work is briefly outlined as (a) the biometric information is the iris which is encrypted before transmission, (b) the iris is used for personal identification and verifying for message integrity, (c) the information is transmitted securely which are colored images resulting from a combination of gray images, (d) each of the images transmitted are encrypted through chaos based cryptography, (e) these encrypted multiple images are then coupled with the iris through linear combination of images before being communicated over the network. The several layers of encryption together with the ergodicity and randomness of chaos render enough confusion and diffusion properties which guarantee a fool-proof approach in achieving secure communication as demonstrated by exhaustive statistical methods. The result is vital from the perspective of opening a fundamental new dimension in multiplexing and simultaneous transmission of several monochromatic and chromatic images along with biometry based authentication and cryptography.

  13. Changes in choroidal thickness after prophylactic iridectomy in primary angle closure suspect eyes using enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography

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    Wei Wang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of surgical peripheral iridectomy (SPI on choroidal thickness in primary angle-closure suspect (PACS eyes. Materials and Methods: This was a prospective observational case series of 30 subjects with PACS. Ocular biometry was performed before SPI (baseline and then 1 week later. Choroid was imaged by enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography (EDI-OCT. The choroidal thickness of the subfoveal area at 1 and 3 mm diameter around the fovea was determined. Central anterior chamber depth (ACD, lens thickness (LT, vitreous chamber depth (VCD, and axial length (AL were measured by A-scan ultrasound. Parameters were compared before SPI (baseline and 1 week later. Results: Thirty eyes of 30 patients with mean age of 61.53 ± 7.98 years were studied. There was no significant difference in the choroidal thickness at all macular locations before and after SPI (all P > 0.05. Mean subfoveal choroidal thickness was 279.61 μm ± 65.50 μm before and 274.54 μm ± 63.36 μm after SPI (P = 0.308. There was also no significant change in central ACD, LT, VCD, and LT after SPI (all P > 0.05. Conclusions: SPI does not appear to alter choroidal thickness in PACS eyes, as assessed using EDI-OCT. Long-term follow-up of PACS eyes treated with SPI may provide further insight into the effects of this treatment modality on the choroid.

  14. A POPULATION BASED STUDY OF REFRACTIVE ERRORS IN CHILDREN AMONG AGE GROUP OF 7-15 YEARS

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    Dhanya

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION Refractive error is the most common cause of visual impairment around the world and the second leading cause of treatable blindness. Very early detection and treatment of visual impairment in children results in a reduction in the number of school children with poor sight being uncorrected. AIM To study the prevalence of uncorrected refractive errors among children of 7-15 years of age group. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 958 children of age group 7-15 years were examined during a time period of 1 year from June 2014 to May 2015. The examination included visual acuity, slit lamp examination, auto refractometer, keratometry, A-Scan Biometry and fundoscopic examination. Patients were then taken to assess the refractive error under the cycloplegic effect of 1% homatropine by streak retinoscopy. Hyperopia was defined as spherical power of >+2.00 D, Myopia as -0.50 D. RESULTS Visual impairment (VA of 6/12 or worse in better eye was present in 8.14% of the children examined. The prevalence of myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism was 4.70%, 1.24%, 2.2% respectively, Myopia was commonly seen in older age group children. CONCLUSION Refractive error was the main cause of visual impairment in children between 7-15 years. Myopia was the most common refractive error particularly in older children. Uncorrected refractive errors among children have a considerable impact on learning and their academic achievement. Diagnosis and correction of refractive error is the most effective form of eye care. As it is an easily treatable cause of visual impairment, effective strategies should be developed to eliminate refractive error in children.

  15. Fetal size in the second trimester is associated with the duration of pregnancy, small fetuses having longer pregnancies

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    Rasmussen Svein

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Conventionally, the pregnancy duration is accepted to be 280–282 days. Fetuses determined by ultrasound biometry to be small in early pregnancy, have an increased risk of premature birth. We speculate that the higher rate of preterm delivery in such small fetuses represents a pathological outcome not applicable to physiological pregnancies. Here we test the hypothesis that in low-risk pregnancies fetal growth (expressed by fetal size in the second trimester is itself a determinant for pregnancy duration with the slower growing fetuses having a longer pregnancy. Methods We analysed duration of gestation data for 541 women who had a spontaneous delivery having previously been recruited to a cross-sectional study of 650 low-risk pregnancies. All had a regular menses and a known date of their last menstrual period (LMP. Subjects were examined using ultrasound to determine fetal head circumference (HC, abdominal circumference (AC and femur length (FL at 10–24 weeks of gestation. Length of the pregnancy was calculated from LMP, and birth weights were noted. The effect of fetal size at 10–24 weeks of gestation on pregnancy duration was assessed also when adjusting for the difference between LMP and ultrasound based fetal age. Results Small fetuses (z-score -2.5 at second trimester ultrasound scan had lower birth weights (p Conclusion Fetal size in the second trimester is a determinant of birth weight and pregnancy duration, small fetuses having lower birth weights and longer pregnancies (up to 13 days compared with large fetuses. Our results support a concept of individually assigned pregnancy duration according to growth rates rather than imposing a standard of 280–282 days on all pregnancies.

  16. Fishery of the Uçá Crab Ucides Cordatus (Linnaeus, 1763 in a Mangrove Area in Cananéia, State of São Paulo, Brazil: Fishery Performance, Exploitation Patterns and Factors Affecting the Catches

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    Luis Felipe de Almeida Duarte

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    Full Text Available The fishery of the mangrove crab (Ucides cordatus is one of the oldest sources of food, income and extractive activity in the estuarine systems of Brazil. The state of São Paulo has the largest population of any Brazilian state, and the city of Cananéia, in the Brazilian southeast has the highest recorded level of exploitation of the uçá-crab. Since 1990, this species has been under intense exploitation pressure due to the unauthorized use of a type of trap called 'redinha'. This type of fishing gear is considered harmful and is prohibited by Brazilian law, although its use is very common throughout the country. This study aims to evaluate the exploitation patterns of U. cordatus based on landing data and monitoring of the crab fishermen to verify the population structure of the crab stock and to identify the factors that influence the catches. A general view of the sustainability of the fishery for this resource is also provided for five defined mangrove sectors (areas A to E at Cananéia. For this purpose, fishery data were recorded during 2009-2010 by the Instituto de Pesca (APTA/SAA-SP, and monitoring of the capture procedures used by two fishermen was conducted to obtain biometry data (CW, carapace width and gender data for the captured crabs. The redinha trap was very efficient (86.4% and produced sustainable catches because the trapped crabs were legal-sized males (CW>60 mm, although some traps are lost or remain in the mangrove swamps and can cause pollution by introducing plastic debris. The fishery data were evaluated with a General Linear Model (GLM based on six factors: the characteristics of the crab fishermen, the time of capture (by month and year, the lunar phase, the productive sector and the reproductive period. The individual crab fishermen's empirical knowledge, the year of capture and the productive sector were the strongest influences on the crab catch per unit effort (CPUE. Differing extraction patterns were found in

  17. Phakic anterior chamber intraocular lens (Verisyse™ implantation in children for treatment of severe ansiometropia myopia and amblyopia: Six-month pilot clincial trial and review of literature

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    Amir Pirouzian

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    Full Text Available Amir Pirouzian1,3, Kenneth C Ip2, Henry S O’Halloran31The Permanente Medical Group, Santa Clara, CA, USA; 2The Permanente Medical Group, San Francisco, CA, USA; 3Rady’s Children’s Hospital of San Diego, San Diego, CA, USAPurpose: The current study aims to evaluate both safety and efficacy of Verisyse™ (AMO, Irvine, CA phakic anterior chamber intraocular lens (IOL in the reduction of clinically significant (>-8 D myopic anisometropia in children who are noncompliant to traditional medical treatment including spectacle correction or contact lenses.Design: Retrospective interventional case series.Methods: Six anisometropic myopic pediatric patients in one practice were identified through chart-review. None of the patients were compliant with specatacle correction or contact lens wear and as a result had dense amblyopia of less than 20/400 by Snellen or Allen visual acuity (mean <20/400. All patients underwent Verisyse™ phakic IOL implantation in the more myopic eye by one surgeon (AP. Pre- and post-operative visual acuity, anterior/posterior segment examination, stereoacuity, axial biometry measurements, cycloplegic refraction, and endothelial cell counts were performed in all patients whenever feasible.Results: The age of patients ranged from 5–11 years. The mean post-operative follow-up time was six months from the time of IOL insertion. Improvement in visual acuity >6 lines was achieved in four patients (mean visual acuity of 20/70 at six months. Improvement in stereoacuity was noted in all six patients (from total mean zero seconds-arc to six-months post-operative mean of 500 seconds-arc by randot stereoacuity testing. Improvement of >2 lines of visual acuity lines was achieved in the other two patients. No patient lost any lines of visual acuity. Enhanced physical activity, coordination, and improved social interaction were noted in patients and were reported by the parents. No intra/post-operative complications were noted

  18. Thoracic and heart biometrics of non-anesthetized agouti (Dasyprocta primnolopha Wagler, 1831 measured on radiographic images

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    Anaemilia das N. Diniz

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    visualized dorsal-cranially and located right of the midline. The data obtained allowed the acquisition of the first reference values for biometry of the heart of agoutis, contributing to better understanding of cardiac morphology and identification of cardiomyopathy in these animals.

  19. Estimating Gestational Age in Late Presenters to Antenatal Care in a Resource-Limited Setting on the Thai-Myanmar Border.

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    Kerryn A Moore

    Full Text Available Estimating gestational age in resource-limited settings is prone to considerable inaccuracy because crown-rump length measured by ultrasound before 14 weeks gestation, the recommended method for estimating gestational age, is often unavailable. Judgements regarding provision of appropriate obstetric and neonatal care are dependent on accurate estimation of gestational age. We determined the accuracy of the Dubowitz Gestational Age Assessment, a population-specific symphysis-fundal height formula, and ultrasound biometry performed between 16 and 40 weeks gestation in estimating gestational age using pre-existing data from antenatal clinics of the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit on the Thai-Myanmar border, where malaria is endemic. Two cohorts of women who gave birth to live singletons were analysed: 1 250 women who attended antenatal care between July 2001 and May 2006 and had both ultrasound crown-rump length (reference and a Dubowitz Gestational Age Assessment; 2 975 women attending antenatal care between April 2007 and October 2010 who had ultrasound crown-rump length, symphysis-fundal measurements, and an additional study ultrasound (biparietal diameter and head circumference randomly scheduled between 16 and 40 weeks gestation. Mean difference in estimated newborn gestational age between methods and 95% limits of agreement (LOA were determined from linear mixed-effects models. The Dubowitz method and the symphysis-fundal height formula performed well in term newborns, but overestimated gestational age of preterms by 2.57 weeks (95% LOA: 0.49, 4.65 and 3.94 weeks (95% LOA: 2.50, 5.38, respectively. Biparietal diameter overestimated gestational age by 0.83 weeks (95% LOA: -0.93, 2.58. Head circumference underestimated gestational age by 0.39 weeks (95% LOA: -2.60, 1.82, especially if measured after 24 weeks gestation. The results of this study can be used to quantify biases associated with alternative methods for estimating gestational age in the

  20. Testicle size as indicator of fertility in bulls

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    Prka Igor

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Male calves from the high value parents, bull fathers and bull dams, enter the selection for artificial insemination. After laboratory tests, the calves are taken to the center for artificial insemination, and after a stay in quarantine the are moved to a test station. At the age of twelve months they are measured for assessing the value of each calf exterior. One of the measures recorded was the testicle scope. On the basis of testicle size, it is possible to predict sperm production potential. For the determination of testicle size (testicular biometry, tapes or rulers were used. The aim of this work was to investigate the possible effect of testicle size on sperm production in young bulls used for artificial insemination. For that purpose there were used the data on circumference of testicles of one year old bulls just starting production of sperm, and then compared with certain semen quality parameters such as: volume of ejaculate and concentration and percentage of alive and progressively mobile spermatozoa. The investigation included all young bulls that started production in the period from 2010. to 2012., that is 36 bulls of various breeds (Simmental, Holstein Friesian, Montafon. After the testicle scope measuring in these bulls, there were observed the parameters of the sperm quality during the following one year period. The obtained results showed that the increased testicle size was followed by the increased average ejaculate quantity, in other words: 3.7 ml in group of bulls with testicle circumference below 30 cm, to 6.7 ml in bulls whose testicle circumference was over 40 cm. Also, the results showed that there was a correlation between the increased testicle size and the increased spermatozoa concentration. The values grow to testicle scope of 36 cm, and above that they were still high but with some oscillations. When it came to relation between testicle scope and the percentage of alive and progressively mobile spermatozoa, the

  1. Bridging local scale ground-based tree assessments to large scale inventory and remote sensing data to quantify landscape representativeness of an atmospheric study tower

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    Bizjack, M.; Brooks, B.; Dietze, M. C.; Serbin, S. P.

    2012-12-01

    Observations of an ecosystem's capacity to sequester carbon from the atmosphere (e.g. net ecosystem exchange, NEE) are important measurements for validating results from model simulations and for determining the effects that climate change is having on the world's biomes. Eddy covariance towers in the Chequamegon Ecosystem Atmosphere Study domain (ChEAS) in northern Wisconsin were established to quantify this interaction between the terrestrial biosphere and the atmosphere. Data assimilation systems and modeling studies such as the PaleoEcological Observatory Network (PalEON) incorporate in situ data from ChEAS in order to determine climate change effects across landscapes. However, implicit to studies that use tower data is the assumption that the flux footprint is representative of the larger domain. In this study we quantify the forest landscape sampled by a tower and compare that to the landscape outside the flux footprint. To determine similarity indices and ecological-representativeness we canvassed small areas surrounding ChEAS flux towers and made ground-based biometry and forest composition measurements and combined these with remote sensing (LandSat), and Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data. We estimated landscape similarity based on tree species richness, composition and stand structure and extrapolated our plot-scale (20m2) ground-based measurements using a semi-supervised k-means clustering approach of satellite surface reflectance data. Because the productivity and ecology within a limited tower footprint (1km2) can still reflect the productivity and ecology of a larger region (100km2) despite different species composition, we collected additional growth data through a rapid tree assessment by measuring DBH and coring of dominant, codominant, and suppressed trees in each plot. We combined our ground-based data that is limited in extent with wide-ranging remote sensing data to develop similarity values across the region, which can be used to

  2. Proximate and microbiological characterization of nuggets of mandi-pintado (Pimelodus britskiiCaracterização centesimal e microbiológica de nuggets de mandi-pintado (Pimelodus britskii

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    Aldi Feiden

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to evaluate centesimal and microbiological parameters of mandi-pintado nuggets. With the results from the biometry of the fish, it was possible to observe that the species shows high main trunk yield and low content of visceral fat. After the utilization of the body proportions, the steaks were grounded and breaded, and the samples (in natura and nuggets were separated to carry out centesimal and microbiological composition. The patties show 14,67% protein, 10,12% lipids, 16,43% carbohydrates, 2,70% mineral matter and 56,08% humidity, therefore fitting the patterns required by the Brazilian legislation. The microbiological results indicated that both the prime matter and the nuggets developed were ready for the processing and for the consumption. Therefore, mandi-pintado shows a high yeald of main trunk and a low content of visceral fat, besides from being an ideal raw for the development of nuggets that not only are a highly nutritious kind of food, but can also be easily prepared and have a high aggregated value.Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar os parâmetros centesimais e microbiológicos de nuggets de mandi-pintado. Com os resultados da biometria dos peixes pode-se observar que a espécie trabalhada apresenta alto rendimento de tronco limpo e baixo teor de gordura visceral. Após a realização das proporções corporais, os filés foram moídos e empanados, e as amostras (in natura e de nuggets foram separadas para a realização da composição centesimal e microbiológica. Os empanados apresentaram 14,67% de proteína, 10,12% de lipídios, 16,43% de carboidratos, 2,70% de matéria mineral e 56,08% de umidade, ou seja, dentro dos padrões exigidos pela legislação brasileira. Os resultados microbiológicos indicaram que tanto a matéria prima quanto os nuggets desenvolvidos estavam aptos para o processamento e/ou consumo. Portanto, o mandi-pintado apresenta alto rendimento de tronco limpo e baixo teor de gordura

  3. A comparative study of a modified filtering trabeculotomy and conventional trabeculectomy

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    Matlach J

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Juliane Matlach,1,* Matthias Hipp,1,* Martin Wagner,2,3 Peter U Heuschmann,2,3 Thomas Klink,1 Franz Grehn11Department of Ophthalmology, 2Institute of Clinical Epidemiology and Biometry, 3Comprehensive Heart Failure Center, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany*These authors contributed equally to this workPurpose: The objective of the study reported here was to evaluate the outcome of a modified filtering trabeculotomy (FTO without iridectomy in open-angle glaucoma compared with that of conventional trabeculectomy (trab.Patients and methods: Thirty eyes of 30 patients who underwent modified FTO were prospectively followed for 1 year and were compared with 87 conventional trab patients (87 eyes, matched for age and preoperative intraocular pressure (IOP. The FTO procedure consisted of a deep sclerectomy and trabeculotomy preserving the trabeculo-Descemet membrane, without iridectomy. Main outcome measures were complete success (IOP <18 mmHg and >/=30% IOP reduction, without medication, IOP, visual acuity, medication, complications, and subsequent surgeries.Results: In the conventional trab group, the median preoperative IOP was 23.0 mmHg (interquartile range 20.0–27.0 with 3.0 (2.0–3.0 medications, compared with 23.0 mmHg (20.0–27.0 and 3.0 (2.8–4.0 in the modified FTO group. Median postoperative IOP at 12 months was 12.0 mmHg (10.0–13.0 in the conventional trab and 11.0 mmHg (8.0–14.0 in the modified FTO group (P=0.3. The complete success rate at 1 year was 83.1% and 79.3% in the conventional trab group and modified FTO group, respectively (P=0.8. The complications hypotony (20.7%, 24.1%, choroidal detachment (2.3%, 10.3%, and bleb scarring (17.2%, 13.8%, were present in the conventional trab group and modified FTO group, respectively.Conclusion: The outcomes of reduced IOP and medications in the FTO group were not different to those in the conventional trab group over 1 year, but some complications were more often seen with

  4. Myopic shift and outdoor activity among primary school children: one-year follow-up study in Beijing.

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    Yin Guo

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To assess whether a change in myopia related oculometric parameters of primary school children in Beijing was associated with indoors and outdoors activity. METHODS: The longitudinal school-based study included school children who were examined in 2011 and who were re-examined in 2012. The children underwent a comprehensive eye examination including ocular biometry by optical low-coherence reflectometry and non-cycloplegic refractometry. Parents and children had a detailed interview including questions on time spent indoors and outdoors. RESULTS: Out of 681 students examined at baseline, 643 (94.4% returned for follow-up examination. Within the one-year period, mean time spent daily outdoors increased by 0.4±0.9 hours, mean axial length by 0.26±0.49 mm, the ratio of axial length divided by anterior corneal curvature (AL/CC by 0.03±0.06, and myopic refractive error by -0.06±0.89 diopters. In multivariate analysis, elongation of axial length was significantly associated with less total time spent outdoors (P = 0.02; standardized coefficient beta -0.12 and more time spent indoors with studying (P = 0.007; beta: 0.14 after adjustment for maternal myopia (P = 0.02; beta: 0.12. An increase in AL/CC was significantly associated with less time spent outdoors (P = 0.01; beta:-0.12 after adjustment for paternal myopia (P = 0.003; beta: 0.15 and if region of habitation was excludedors for leisure (P = 0.006; beta:-0.13, with less total time spent outdoors (P = 0.04; beta:-0.10, or with more time spent i. An increase in myopic refractive error, after adjustment for age, was significantly associated with less time spent outdo ndoors with studying (P = 0.005; beta: 0.13. CONCLUSIONS: A change in oculometric parameters indicating an increase in myopia was significantly associated with less time spent outdoors and more time spent indoors in school children in Greater Beijing within a study period of one year. Our

  5. Evolution of gene regulation of pluripotency - the case for wiki tracks at genome browsers

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    Struckmann Stephan

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    Lancet, Department of Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, Dr. Niels Grabe, TIGA Center (BIOQUANT and Medical Systems Biology Group, Institute of Medical Biometry and Informatics, University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany (nominated by Dr. Mikhail Gelfand, Department of Bioinformatics, Institute of Information Transfer Problems, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russian Federation and Dr. Franz-Josef Müller, Center for Regenerative Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA and University Hospital for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (part of ZIP gGmbH, University of Kiel, Germany (nominated by Dr. Trey Ideker, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla CA, United States.

  6. Atomoxetine affects transcription/translation of the NMDA receptor and the norepinephrine transporter in the rat brain – an in vivo study

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Patrick T Udvardi,1,2 Karl J Föhr,3 Carolin Henes,1,2 Stefan Liebau,2 Jens Dreyhaupt,4 Tobias M Boeckers,2 Andrea G Ludolph11Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, 2Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, 3Department of Anaesthesiology, 4Institute of Epidemiology and Medical Biometry, University of Ulm, Ulm, GermanyAbstract: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD is the most frequently diagnosed neurodevelopmental disorder. The norepinephrine transporter (NET inhibitor atomoxetine, the first nonstimulant drug licensed for ADHD treatment, also acts as an N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR antagonist. The compound's effects on gene expression and protein levels of NET and NMDAR subunits (1, 2A, and 2B are unknown. Therefore, adolescent Sprague Dawley rats were treated with atomoxetine (3 mg/kg, intraperitoneal injection [ip] or saline (0.9%, ip for 21 consecutive days on postnatal days (PND 21–41. In humans, atomoxetine's earliest clinical therapeutic effects emerge after 2–3 weeks. Material from prefrontal cortex, striatum (STR, mesencephalon (MES, and hippocampus (HC was analyzed either directly after treatment (PND 42 or 2 months after termination of treatment (PND 101 to assess the compound's long-term effects. In rat brains analyzed immediately after treatment, protein analysis exhibited decreased levels of the NET in HC, and NMDAR subunit 2B in both STR and HC; the transcript levels were unaltered. In rat brains probed 2 months after final atomoxetine exposure, messenger RNA analysis also revealed significantly reduced levels of genes coding for NMDAR subunits in MES and STR. NMDAR protein levels were reduced in STR and HC. Furthermore, the levels of two SNARE (soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor proteins, synaptophysin and synaptosomal-associated protein 25, were also significantly altered in both treatment groups. This in vivo study detected atomoxetine's effects

  7. Periodic limb movements during REM sleep in multiple sclerosis: a previously undescribed entity

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Christian Veauthier,1 Gunnar Gaede,2,3 Helena Radbruch,2 Joern-Peter Sieb,4,5 Klaus-Dieter Wernecke,6,7 Friedemann Paul2,8 1Interdisciplinary Center of Sleep Medicine, Charité University Medicine Berlin, Germany; 2NeuroCure Clinical Research Center, Charité University Medicine Berlin, Germany; 3Department of Neurology, St Joseph Hospital Berlin-Weissensee, Berlin, Germany; 4Department of Neurology, HELIOS Hanseklinikum Stralsund, Stralsund, Germany; 5Department of Neurology, University Hospital Bonn, Bonn, Germany; 6CRO SOSTANA GmbH, Berlin, Germany; 7Institute of Medical Biometry, Charité University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany; 8Clinical and Experimental Multiple Sclerosis Research Center, Department of Neurology, Charité University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany Background: There are few studies describing periodic limb movement syndrome (PLMS in rapid eye movement (REM sleep in patients with narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, REM sleep behavior disorder, and spinal cord injury, and to a lesser extent, in insomnia patients and healthy controls, but no published cases in multiple sclerosis (MS. The aim of this study was to investigate PLMS in REM sleep in MS and to analyze whether it is associated with age, sex, disability, and laboratory findings. Methods: From a study of MS patients originally published in 2011, we retrospectively analyzed periodic limb movements (PLMs during REM sleep by classifying patients into two subgroups: PLM during REM sleep greater than or equal to ten per hour of REM sleep (n=7 vs less than ten per hour of REM sleep (n=59. A univariate analysis between PLM and disability, age, sex, laboratory findings, and polysomnographic data was performed. Results: MS patients with more than ten PLMs per hour of REM sleep showed a significantly higher disability measured by the Kurtzke expanded disability status scale (EDSS (P=0.023. The presence of more than ten PLMs per hour of REM sleep was associated with a

  8. Características morfométricas de frutos e sementes e germinação de Thespesia populnea Morphometric characteristics of fruits and seeds and germination of Thespesia populnea

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    Celene de Albuquerque Camara

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    Full Text Available Thespesia populnea (L. Soland. ex Correa é espécie arbórea pertencente à família Malvaceae, característica dos estágios iniciais da sucessão, com potencial para uso em reflorestamento visando à recuperação de áreas degradadas, particularmente em regiões costeiras. O presente trabalho foi desenvolvido durante no período de 2005 e 2006, com objetivo de estudar a biometria e morfologia de frutos e sementes dessa espécie, bem como avaliar diferentes tratamentos para acelerar e/ou uniformizar a germinação das sementes, nas temperaturas de 25 e 30 ºC. O fruto é esquizocarpico, indeiscente, contendo, em média, 8 sementes angulares, dotadas de estrias e pelos em toda a superfície, com 6,3 mm de comprimento por 4,3 mm de largura, em média. O embrião é do tipo axial plicado, com eixo hipocótilo-radícula cilíndrico. A imersão das sementes em ácido sulfúrico concentrado por 30 minutos foi eficiente na superação da dormência dessa espécie, promovendo aumento na porcentagem e velocidade de germinação a 30 ºC.Thespesia populnea (L. Soland. ex Correa is a tree species of the Malvaceae family typical of the initial period of plant succession, with high potential for reforestation and recovery of degraded areas, particularly in coastal regions. This work evaluated the biometry and morphology of fruits and seeds of this species, as well as treatments to speed up and/or to synchronize seed germination at temperatures of 25 and 30 ºC. The results showed that the fruit is schizocarpic with eight angular seeds with 6,3 mm length and 4,3 mm width. The embryo is axial folded, with a cylindrical hypocotyl-radicle axis. The immersion of seeds in a concentrated solution of sulfuric acid for 30 minutes was efficient to overcome the dormancy of this species as well as to improve and to speed up the germination percentage. The temperature of 30 ºC conferred maximum germination.

  9. [Food and reproductive biology of Farlowella vittata (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) in Güejar River Basin, Orinoco, Colombia].

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    García-Alzate, Carlos A; Román-Valencia, César; Barrero, Ana M

    2012-12-01

    Neotropical fish live in streams with considerable spatial and temporal variability of their food items. Food availability depends on different factors such as discharge, channel morphology, physicochemical conditions and interactions with other species, as well as their food habits. On the other side, good food availability results in reproductive success. Because the study of those changes contributes to a better understanding of trophic interactions in fish populations, the present work describes and evaluates aspects of diet and reproduction of Farlowella vittata in Pringamosal Creek, Güejar River drainage, Orinoco River basin, Colombia. Five collecting expeditions were done during both high and low rain seasons of 2008 and 2009. Physical and chemical water parameters were measured, and fish were captured from several points along the total length of the 7km stream, to characterize their biometry and stomach contents. Our results showed that Pringamosal creek is a first order stream, about 3.5m wide and with an average depth of 1m in our study area. Dissolved oxygen values were 6.2mg/L during low water and 2.7mg/L during high water phase. The creek is classified as oligotrophic but with a tendency to eutrophication. A total of 130 fish samples were analyzed. Fishes were assigned to seven size range categories between 86.0 and 175.5mm standard length (SL). Stomach contents revealed that the diet of this species consisted mainly of algae (Bacillariophyceae) (84.6% Abundance Relative), but we observed a variation in the diet according to season; during low rainfall it feeds on phytoplankton (86.47% A.R.) and during high rainfall on zooplankton as well as plant material and organic material (0.685% A.R. and 18.83% A.R., respectively). A Kruskal-Wallis ANOVA showed statistically significant differences in food items between sexes. The condition factor (K) indicated that the species was well fed. Size at sexual maturity was 154mm SL for males and 124mm SL for

  10. Mid-term outcomes of patients with PCI prior to CABG in comparison to patients with primary CABG

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    Sandra Eifert

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Sandra Eifert1, Helmut Mair1, Anne-Laure Boulesteix2, Eckehard Kilian1, Martin Adamczak1, Bruno Reichart1, Peter Lamm11Department of Cardiac Surgery, 2Department of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (IBE, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, GermanyAbstract: The number of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI prior to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG increased drastically during the last decade. Patients are referred for CABG with more severe coronary pathology, which may influence postoperative outcome. Outcomes of 200 CABG patients, collected consecutively in an observational study, were compared (mean follow-up: 5 years. Group A (n = 100, mean age 63 years, 20 women had prior PCI before CABG, and group B (n = 100, mean age 66, 20 women underwent primary CABG. In group A, the mean number of administered stents was 2. Statistically significant results were obtained for the following preoperative criteria: previous myocardial infarction: 54 vs 34 (P = 0.007, distribution of CAD (P < 0.0001, unstable angina: 27 vs 5 (P < 0.0001. For intraoperative data, the total number of established bypasses was 2.43 ± 1.08 vs 2.08 ± 1.08 (P = 0.017, with the number of arterial bypass grafts being: 1.26 ± 0.82 vs 1.07 ± 0.54 (P = 0.006. Regarding the postoperative course, significant results could be demonstrated for: adrenaline dosage (0.83 vs 0.41 mg/h; [p is not significant (ns] administered in 67 group A vs 47 group B patients (P = 0.006, and noradrenaline dosage (0.82 vs 0.87 mg/h; ns administered in 46 group A vs 63 group B patients (P = 0.023, CK/troponine I (P = 0.002; P < 0.001, postoperative resuscitation (6 vs 0; P = 0.029, intra aortic balloon pump 12 vs 1 (P = 0.003, and 30-day mortality (9% in group A vs 1% in group B; P = 0.018. Clopidogrel was administered in 35% of patients with prior PCI and in 19% of patients without prior PCI (P = 0.016. Patients with prior PCI presented for CABG with more severe CAD. Morbidity

  11. A HEALTHY APPROACH TO HEALTHY FOOD FROM THE HEALTHY SEA: EVALUATION OF FISH ORIGINATING FROM THE PROTECTED AREA

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    Ivana Bušelić

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The Lastovo Archipelago Nature Park (NP adopted a special fishing protocol in conformity with its Code of Conduct. The present study analyses the littoral fisheries resources of the NP and compares them to baseline data from 2010 to evaluate possible changes produced by the proclaimed fisheries management. Littoral fisheries resources were sampled by experimental trammel net. Analyses were performed on total fish abundance and biomass, diversity indices and multivariate abundance and biomass structure of caught assemblages. Although no significant difference in the catches was found regarding average species richness, total abundance and biomass, there appears to be a weak indication of change. Namely, an inclining trend was observed at protected zones (14% higher species richness, 9% higher total abundance and 19% higher total biomass, while fishing zones showed a declining trend (7% lower species richness, 12% lower total abundance and 24% lower total biomass. Since the variation in average species richness, total abundance and biomass is not significant and could therefore be coincidental (reflecting natural spatial and temporal variability, it is necessary to analyse the 2012 catch data in order to establish whether the observed trends continued and whether they could be attributed to differing levels of protection. Average catch per unit effort - CPUE (unit effort being a 33 m long trammel net is x ± SE = 1,6 ± 0,1 kg / net, which is rated as a 'very good' catch. In this respect the situation is quite favourable in the study area compared to many other sites in the Adriatic. However, biometry characteristics of commercially highly valuable and thus most targeted species show that average landing sizes are more than half the size of those attainable. Overall, plausible explanation for the observed limited effects of protection for the recovery of fisheries resources to date is that not enough time has passed to allow for significant

  12. Direct comparison of the FibroScan XL and M probes for assessment of liver fibrosis in obese and nonobese patients

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    Durango E

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    Full Text Available Esteban Durango,1,* Christian Dietrich,1,* Helmut Karl Seitz,1 Cornelia Ursula Kunz,2 Gilles T Pomier-Layrargues,3 Andres Duarte-Rojo,4 Melanie Beaton,5 Magdy Elkhashab,6 Robert P Myers,7 Sebastian Mueller1,3 1Department of Medicine and Center for Alcohol Research, Liver Disease and Nutrition, Salem Medical Center, 2Institute of Medical Biometry and Informatics, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany; 3Liver Unit, Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, Hôpital Saint-Luc, Montréal, Quebec, 4Toronto Western Hospital Liver Centre, Toronto, Ontario; 5Multi-Organ Transplant Unit, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario; 6The Toronto Liver Centre, Toronto, Ontario; 7Liver Unit, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada *These authors contributed equally to this researchBackground: A novel Fibroscan XL probe has recently been introduced and validated for obese patients, and has a diagnostic accuracy comparable with that of the standard M probe. The aim of this study was to analyze and understand the differences between these two probes in nonobese patients, to identify underlying causes for these differences, and to develop a practical algorithm to translate results for the XL probe to those for the M probe.Methods and results: Both probes were directly compared first in copolymer phantoms of varying stiffness (4.8, 11, and 40 kPa and then in 371 obese and nonobese patients (body mass index, range 17.2–72.4 from German (n = 129 and Canadian (n = 242 centers. Liver stiffness values for both probes correlated better in phantoms than in patients (r = 0.98 versus 0.82, P 10 kPa for F0, F1–2, F3, and F4 fibrosis, respectively significantly improved agreement between the two probes from r = 0.655 to 0.679.Conclusion: Liver stiffness can be measured in significantly more obese and nonobese patients using the XL probe than the M probe. However, the XL

  13. Teaching Soil Science in Primary and Secondary Schools

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    Levine, Elissa R.

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    general community. Students benefit by having a "hands-on"experience in science, math, and technology, using their local environment as a learning laboratory, as well as contact with scientists and other students around the world. Soil investigations have become an essential component of GLOBE. The protocols that have been developed so far within the GLOBE program include GPS Location, Atmosphere/Climate, Soil Characterization, Soil Moisture and Temperature, Land Cover/Biometry, Hydrology, and Satellite Image Classification. For the GLOBE Soil Characterization Protocol, students explore the physical. chemical, and morphological properties of the soil at their study site. They are asked to dig a pit or use an auger to about 1 meter at at least 2 sites.

  14. Comparison of two optical biometers in intraocular lens power calculation

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    Sheng Hui

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims: To compare the consistency and accuracy in ocular biometric measurements and intraocular lens (IOL power calculations using the new optical low-coherence reflectometry and partial coherence interferometry. Subjects and Methods: The clinical data of 122 eyes of 72 cataract patients were analyzed retrospectively. All patients were measured with a new optical low-coherence reflectometry system, using the LENSTAR LS 900 (Haag Streit AG/ALLEGRO BioGraph biometer (Wavelight., AG, and partial coherence interferometry (IOLMaster V.5.4 [Carl Zeiss., Meditec, AG] before phacoemulsification and IOL implantation. Repeated measurements, as recommended by the manufacturers, were performed by the same examiner with both devices. Using the parameters of axial length (AL, corneal refractive power (K1 and K2, and anterior chamber depth (ACD, power calculations for AcrySof SA60AT IOL were compared between the two devices using five formulas. The target was emmetropia. Statistical analysis was performed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences software (SPSS 13.0 with t-test as well as linear regression. A P value < 0.05 was considered to be statistically significant. Results: The mean age of 72 cataract patients was 64.6 years ± 13.4 [standard deviation]. Of the biometry parameters, K1, K2 and [K1 + K2]/2 values were significantly different between the two devices (mean difference, K1: −0.05 ± 0.21 D; K2: −0.12 ± 0.20 D; [K1 + K2]/2: −0.08 ± 0.14 D. P <0.05. There was no statistically significant difference in AL and ACD between the two devices. The correlations of AL, K1, K2, and ACD between the two devices were high. The mean differences in IOL power calculations using the five formulas were not statistically significant between the two devices. Conclusions: New optical low-coherence reflectometry provides measurements that correlate well to those of partial coherence interferometry, thus it is a precise device that can be used for the

  15. Sequence check method for prenatal screening in the application of color Doppler ultrasound%顺序检查法在彩超产前筛查中的应用

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    王婷; 王东潮; 刁晖霞

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    目的:探讨顺序检查法在彩超产前筛查中的应用价值.方法:对来香洲区人民医院进行产前筛查的孕周为16~40周的孕妇,按子宫-胎儿生物测量-胎儿结构-胎儿附属物的步骤进行彩超筛查,其中胎儿结构的检查顺序为颅脑、脊柱、骨及四肢、颜面、颈项、胸腔、腹腔、盆腔、心脏及大血管:胎儿附属物的检查顺序为胎盘、羊水、脐带.结果:6 728例胎儿中发生各种胎儿畸形85例(1.26%),超声筛查检出胎儿畸形79例,检出率为92.94%.结论:在彩超产前筛查中应用顺序检查法可提高胎儿畸形的检出率,是一种重要且可行的方法,值得推广应用.%Objective: To investigate the methods and application of the check method of Prenatal ultrasound screening. Methods: To our hospital for prenatal screening for gestational age was 16-40 weeks pregnant, according to the uterus - Fetal biometry - fetal structure - the steps of fetal ultrasound screening of appendages, of which the structure of the examination of fetal order; cranial brain, spine, bones and limbs, face, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, heart and great vessels; fetal appendage check the following order; the placenta, am-niotic fluid, umbilical cord. Results:subjects in the 6 728 cases, 85 cases of fetal malformations (1. 26% ) , ultrasound detected a total of 79 cases of fetal malformation, and the detection rate of 92. 94%. Conclusion: The application of ultrasound prenatal screening method can be examined in order to improve the detection rate of fetal malformations is an important and feasible, should be widely applied.

  16. The how and why of a $10 optical coherence tomography system

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    Leahy, M. J.; Wilson, C.; Hogan, J.; O'Brien, Peter; Dsouza, R.; Neuhaus, K.; Bogue, D.; Subhash, H.; O'Riordan, Colm; McNamara, Paul M.

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    sufficient for many medical imaging and biometry applications.

  17. Induced astigmatism after cataract surgery - a retrospective analysis of cases from the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

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    A. O. Adio

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    Full Text Available Visual rehabilitation after cataract surgery may often be disappointing due to induction of corneal astigmatism following issues in realigning, point to point, the corneal wound margin in the process of surgery despite biometry and use of the appropriateintraocular lens. The purpose of this study is to determine the amount of surgically induced astigmatism after sutured cataract extraction-extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE and intracapsular cataract extraction (ICCE and intraocular lens (IOLimplantation in the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Folders of all cataract patients operated on in the eye theatre of the aforenamed tertiary facility between2002 and 2006 were considered.  Relevant patient details and intraoperative and postoperative management were examined and reported upon. One hundred and fourteen eyes (114 of one hundred patients who had cataract surgeries done within the five-year period of this study were examined. ECCE + IOL implantation were examined in the period under review. The post-operative refraction objectively and subjectively was retrieved from the records of each patient. The post-operative cylinderpower (total astigmatism was recorded.Of 114 eyes, only 83 eyes (72.8% had refraction results postoperatively due to loss of fol-low-up. The total number with astigmatism was 57(68.7%. Forty-two had against-the-rule (73.7%, twelve (21.1% with-the-rule, while five (0.09% were oblique. The mean post-operative astigmatism was 1.85 D. The surgically induced corneal astigmatism was highest with ECCE with PCIOL. Astigmatism less than 2 D was highest in this group (ECCE with IOL while ICCE with ACIOL had the highest number with astigmatism in the range between 2 D and 4 D. The total astigmatism which was mainly with-the-rule (vertical plus cylinder did not seem to impair severely the post-operative visual acuity of the patients.In conclusion, surgically induced astigmatism affected almost

  18. Influence of the sample anticoagulant on the measurements of impedance aggregometry in cardiac surgery

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    Cristina Solomon

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Cristina Solomon1, Michael Winterhalter1, Isabel Gilde1, Ludwig Hoy2, Andreas Calatzis3, Niels Rahe-Meyer11Department of Anesthesiology, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany; 2Institute for Biometry, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany; 3Department Hemostasis Transfusion Medicine, University Hospital Munich, Munich, GermanyBackground: The standard method of assessment of platelet function is represented by light transmission aggregometry (LTA, performed in citrated platelet-rich plasma (PRP. With LTA, decrease and subsequent post-cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB recovery of platelet function have been reported during cardiac surgery. Multiple electrode aggregometry (MEA may be used as point-of-care method to monitor perioperative changes in platelet function. Since MEA assesses macroaggregation which is influenced by the plasmatic levels of unbound calcium, citrate may be inadequate as anticoagulant for MEA. We used citrate and heparin for MEA samples, to see with which anticoagulant the intraoperative decrease and postoperative recovery in platelet function previously described with other aggregometric methods in cardiac surgery may be observed with MEA.Methods: Blood was obtained from 60 patients undergoing routine cardiac surgery and the samples were collected in standard tubes containing unfractionated heparin (50 U/mL or trisodium citrate (3.2%. The samples were obtained before CPB, at 30 minutes on CPB, end of CPB and on the first postoperative day. MEA was performed using the Multiplate® analyzer. Collagen (COLtest, 100 μg/mL and TRAP-6 (thrombin receptor activating peptide, TRAPtest, 1mM/mL were used as aggregation agonists.Results: Platelet aggregometric response decreased significantly during CPB. Platelet aggregation assessed using TRAP-6 as agonist on heparinized blood significantly correlated with the duration of CPB (r = −0.41, p = 0.001, 2-tailed Pearson test. The aggregometric analysis performed on the first

  19. New Approaches to Treatment of Severe Intrauterine Growth Restriction

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    Zhanar Kurmangali

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR is a leading cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality due to placental insufficiency. Currently, one of the new approaches to treating this disease is the injection of nutrients to the fetus through intravascular port-systems (catheters.Objective. To assess the impact of nutrient injections as treatment to fetuses with severe growth retardation.Materials and methods. Pregnant women with IUGR (abdominal circumference (AC < 5th percentile with the absence of diastolic flow in the umbilical artery and a fetal gestational age of less than 30 weeks were randomly divided into two groups. The treatment group included six pregnant women who had an intravascular port-system for the infusion of nutrients (amino acids and glucose in the umbilical vein of the fetus for 14 ± 3 days. The control group consisted of eight patients who received only traditional dynamic monitoring and delivery at the optimum time of pregnancy. Fetal status was assessed using ultrasound equipment Accuvix V20 (Medison, South Korea by examining indicators of biometry and Doppler study of blood flow in utero, umbilical arteries, middle cerebral artery, and ductus venosus with fetal vascular resistance index calculation - pulsatility index (PI. Criteria for blood flow disturbances in the vessels were considered PI values above normal values for their gestational age, which were defined as absence or reverse blood flow in a diastole in the umbilical artery.Results. In a comparative analysis of the two groups, the treatment led to a 44.7% increase in AC of the fetus (121.0 ± 11.5 mm and 219.3 ± 18.3 mm, respectively, p ˂ 0.001. In all cases, the profile of blood flow in the umbilical artery had a positive diastolic component. As a result, there was a 45.3% decrease in PI in the umbilical artery (2.14 ± 0.54 and 1.17 ± 0.15, respectively, p < 0.05. Average fetal weight in the study group was not significantly higher than the

  20. Abacaxi 'Turiaçu': cultivar tradicional nativa do Maranhão Turiaçu: a pineapple cultivar traditional and native from Maranhão, Brazil

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    José Ribamar Gusmão Araujo

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se caracterizar a biometria da planta e analisar física e quimicamente frutos de abacaxi da cultivar Turiaçu e proceder à análise comparativa com outras cultivares tradicionais e melhoradas. Trata-se de uma seleção nativa da Amazônia Maranhense que apresenta importância socioeconômica no Estado do Maranhão. As plantas e frutos foram avaliados no período de 2007 a 2009, em um experimento de campo, no espaçamento de 1,0 x 0,40 m, para o qual se utilizaram mudas tipo filhote com 35 a 40 cm de comprimento. Os dados foram analisados por técnicas da estatística descritiva, obtendo-se a média de cada caráter e os coeficientes de correlação linear simples entre nove caracteres priorizados. Os resultados indicam que o peso médio do fruto de 1.620 g, coroa média, o teor de sólidos solúveis totais de 16,1 ºBrix e a coloração amarela da polpa configuram um produto que atende às exigências comerciais. O teor de acidez é baixo, requerendo ajuste no ponto de colheita para aproveitamento industrial. A elevada produção de filhotes por planta assegura a renovação das áreas de cultivo.Characterize the biometry of plant and analyze physical and chemically pineapple fruits of Turiaçu cultivar and proceed comparative analysis with others traditional and improved cultivars, were the main objectives of this study. 'Turiaçu' is considered a native selection from the Eastern Amazon Basin and of great importance to the State of Maranhão. The field experiment was conduced from 2007 to 2009, using spacing in simple rows of 1.0 x 0.40 m. The medium-slips for planting got 35 to 40 cm. The data were analyzed by descriptive statistics leading to get the average of each character and the coefficient of linear correlation between nine main characters. The average fruit weight (1,620.0 g, medium crown, total soluble solids content (16.1ºBrix and the pulp of yellow color, configure a product suitable to market exigencies. The acidity

  1. Refractive cylinder outcomes after calculating toric intraocular lens cylinder power using total corneal refractive power

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    Davison JA

    2015-08-01

    . Consideration of measured posterior corneal astigmatism, rather than a population-averaged value, appears advantageous.Keywords: toric IOL, posterior corneal astigmatism, astigmatism, keratometry, biometry, TCRP

  2. Astronaut Preflight Cardiovascular Variables Associated with Vascular Compliance are Highly Correlated with Post-Flight Eye Outcome Measures in the Visual Impairment Intracranial Pressure (VIIP) Syndrome Following Long Duration Spaceflight

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    Otto, Christian; Ploutz-Snyder, R.

    2015-01-01

    The detection of the first VIIP case occurred in 2005, and adequate eye outcome measures were available for 31 (67.4%) of the 46 long duration US crewmembers who had flown on the ISS since its first crewed mission in 2000. Therefore, this analysis is limited to a subgroup (22 males and 9 females). A "cardiovascular profile" for each astronaut was compiled by examining twelve individual parameters; eleven of these were preflight variables: systolic blood pressure, pulse pressure, body mass index, percentage body fat, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, use of anti-lipid medication, fasting serum glucose, and maximal oxygen uptake in ml/kg. Each of these variables was averaged across three preflight annual physical exams. Astronaut age prior to the long duration mission, and inflight salt intake was also included in the analysis. The group of cardiovascular variables for each crew member was compared with seven VIIP eye outcome variables collected during the immediate post-flight period: anterior-posterior axial length of the globe measured by ultrasound and optical biometry; optic nerve sheath diameter, optic nerve diameter, and optic nerve to sheath ratio- each measured by ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), intraocular pressure (IOP), change in manifest refraction, mean retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) on optical coherence tomography (OCT), and RNFL of the inferior and superior retinal quadrants. Since most of the VIIP eye outcome measures were added sequentially beginning in 2005, as knowledge of the syndrome improved, data were unavailable for 22.0% of the outcome measurements. To address the missing data, we employed multivariate multiple imputation techniques with predictive mean matching methods to accumulate 200 separate imputed datasets for analysis. We were able to impute data for the 22.0% of missing VIIP eye outcomes. We then applied Rubin's rules for collapsing the statistical results across our 200 multiply imputed data sets to assess the canonical

  3. Morfologia de frutos, sementes e plântulas de castanheira (Terminalia catappa L. - COMBRETACEAE Morphology of the fruit, the seed and the seedlings of chestnut tree (Terminalia catappa L. - COMBRETACEAE

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    Silvia de Azevedo Ivani

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available O trabalho foi realizado com o objetivo de descrever morfologicamente os frutos, sementes e plântulas de castanheira. Foi feita a biometria dos frutos e das sementes e sua caracterização quanto à forma, por meio de mensurações com paquímetro e observações realizadas em estereomicroscópio com câmara clara. Os frutos de castanheira são carnosos, indeiscentes, do tipo nucóide, glabros, de coloração verde a vinácea, projeção das nervuras carpelares externamente evidentes, com epicarpo delgado, mesocarpo carnoso e esponjoso de coloração vinácea, com feixes vasculares conspícuos em corte transversal. Geralmente, cada fruto contém apenas uma semente. As sementes são exalbuminosas, de formas alongadas e cilíndricas, recobertas por endocarpo rígido de coloração marrom; possuem cerca de 2,5cm, 0,7cm e 0,7cm, de comprimento, largura e espessura, respectivamente. A germinação das sementes de castanheira é epígea, e a plantula é fanerocotiledonar.The work was carried out with the objective of describing morphologically the fruits, seeds and seedlings of chestnut tree. It was made the biometry of the fruits and seeds with a digital pachymeter and its characterization in relation to the shape, in stereomicroscope with clear chamber. It can be evidenced that the chestnut tree fruits are fleshly, indehiscent, nucoid, glabrous, from green to purple coloration, with evident projection of the carpel ribbings, with a fleshly and spongy epicarp and mesocarp, of purple color, with conspicuous vascular bundle in transversal cut. Generally, it has a seed per fruit. The seeds are unalbuminous, of prolongated and cylindrical shape and recovered with a rigid endocarp of brown coloration. The seeds possess about 2,5; 0,7 and 0,7 cm, of length, width and thickness, respectively. The germination of the seeds of chestnut tree is epigeal and the seedling is fanerocotyledonary.

  4. Benzocaine hydrochloride anesthesia in carp (Cyprinus carpio / Cloridrato de benzocaína na anestesia de carpas (Cyprinus carpio

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    Marco Antonio da Rocha

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Fish anesthesia is indicated to allow the accomplishment of several procedures such as biometry, tagging, transportation, physical examination, surgical procedures, and reproductive management. The doses of benzocaine in the carp anesthesia (Cyprinus carpio were determined, carrying through six phases with 40 fish each. The average weight of carps in each phase was of 147.45±7.99g, 173.32±9.15g, 191.26±14.05g, 269.84±19.24g, 285.25±17.97g, and 300.91±16.45g. In each phase, fish had been captured and placed in four containers each one with different concentrations of benzocaine (100, 140, 180 and 220 mg/L respectively. The induction time (IT was registered for each fish and after that the anesthetic induction biometry was performed. In each phase the minimal dose of benzocaine was calculated using the Linear Response Plateau (LRP, in a model that included dose and IT. The LRP was calculated for each phase: 125.79mg/L in 114.33s, 155.68mg/L in 115.75s, 145.33mg/L in 102.52s, 149.50mg/L in 140.53s, 166.42mg/L in 116.15s, and 158.34mg/L in 102.00s. The optimal dose was related with the weight, resulting in the equation: dose=114.230+0.158 x weight (r2=0.53. The equation shows that an increase in the weight in 1g corresponds to an increase of 0.158 mg/L in the dose of benzocaine hydrochloride for carps.A anestesia em peixes é indicada para permitir a realização de diversos procedimentos como: biometria, marcação, transporte, exame físico, procedimentos cirúrgicos e manejo reprodutivo. Determinou-se a dose de benzocaína na anestesia de carpas (Cyprinus carpio, com a realização de seis etapas com 40 peixes cada. O peso médio das carpas em cada etapa foi de 147,45±7,99g, 173,32±9,15g, 191,26±14,05g, 269,84±19,24g, 285,25±17,97g, e 300,91±16,45g. Em cada etapa, os peixes foram capturados e colocados em quatro recipientes com benzocaína nas concentrações de 100, 140, 180 e 220 mg/L respectivamente. O tempo de indução (TI foi

  5. Avaliação de germinação e dormência de ecótipos de arroz-vermelho Seed germination and dormancy of red rice ecotypes

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    A.M.L. Schwanke

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar aspectos relativos à germinação e dormência de 16 ecótipos de arroz-vermelho provenientes de lavouras comerciais dos Estados do Rio Grande do Sul e Santa Catarina. Os ecótipos foram estudados e comparados com os cultivares BR-IRGA 409, BR-IRGA 410, IRGA 417 e El Paso L 144, em condições de casa de vegetação. Os experimentos foram realizados durante o ano agrícola 2001/02, na Embrapa Clima Temperado - Estação Experimental de Terras Baixas, no município de Capão do Leão, RS. Foram avaliadas em laboratório a biometria e a massa de mil grãos, além de testes de germinação e dormência aos 30, 60, 90, 120 e 150 dias após a colheita dos genótipos. Os resultados evidenciaram grande variabilidade nas características morfofisiológicas dos ecótipos estudados. Os ecótipos de arroz-vermelho avaliados, procedentes de lavouras de arroz irrigado do RS e SC, apresentaram alta variabilidade quanto às características das sementes e à intensidade e duração da dormência. Alguns ecótipos avaliados apresentaram sementes com período de dormência maior que 150 dias após a colheita. Os resultados deste trabalho confirmam também que o êxito no manejo do arroz-vermelho em lavouras infestadas depende da recomendação e adoção por parte dos produtores não de medidas isoladas, mas de um grupo de medidas complementares que, quando adotadas conjuntamente, permitem minimizar os problemas com o arroz-vermelho.The objective of this work was to evaluate aspects related to the phenotypic characterization of red rice ecotypes collected in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. The ecotypes were studied and compared to the commercial rice cultivars BR-IRGA 409, BR-IRGA 410, IRGA 417, and El Paso L 144. In the laboratory experiment, seed biometry, 1000 seed-weight and seed germination and dormancy 30, 60, 90, 120, and 150 days after harvesting were evaluated. The red rice ecotypes from the

  6. BIOMETRIA, DORMÊNCIA E VIABILIDADE DE SEMENTES DE SENNA MACRANTHERA

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    Marilda Torres Capucho

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available With the aim of study biometry, dormancy and viability of Sena macranthera seeds. The studies were accomplished out at the Seed Laboratory from the Center of Agrarian Sciences of Federal University of Espírito Santo (CCA-UFES, and on the farm Tecnotruta, in the Serra do Caparaó. Were carried two experiments in statistical completely randomized, with four replications of 25 seeds. At first, the treatments used were: immersion in water at 70 ºC for 1, 2 and 3 minutes; immersion in water at 90 ºC for 1, 2, 3, 10 and 20 minutes; immersion in boiling water (97 ºC to 5, 10 and 15 minutes; immersion in boiling water (97 ºC until cool; immersion in concentrated sulfuric acid (98% to 10, 15, 20, 30, 40 and 60 minutes, mechanical scarification and intact seeds as control. In the second, the seeds were packed in metalized BOPP packaging and stored in the fridge and in the natural environment in laboratory conditions in the Serra do Caparaó. The germination and vigor were evaluated of 12 months. The seeds present impermeability of integument; that mechanical and chemical scarification with sulfuric acid are more efficient to overcome the dormancy, with germination percentage higher than 88%; the viability of the seeds remains unchanged in the fridge and in the natural environment in a laboratory conditions in the Serra do Caparaó for 12 months. Objetivou-se no presente trabalho estudar a biometria, dormência e viabilidade de sementes de Senna macranthera. O estudo foi conduzido no Laboratório de Sementes do Centro de Ciências Agrárias da Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (CCA-UFES, e na Fazenda Tecnotruta, na Serra do Caparaó. Foram conduzidos dois experimentos em um delineamento inteiramente casualizado com quatro repetições de 25 sementes. No primeiro, os tratamentos utilizados foram: imersão em água a 70 oC por 1, 2 e 3 minutos; água a 90 oC por 1, 2, 3, 10 e 20 minutos; água a 97 oC por 5, 10 e 15 minutos; água a 97 oC at

  7. Assessment and restoring soil functionality in degraded areas of organic vineyards. The preliminary results of the ReSolVe project in Italy

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    Priori, Simone; Agnelli, Alessandro; Castaldini, Maurizio; D'Avino, Lorenzo; D'Errico, Giada; Gagnarli, Elena; Giudi, Silvia; Goggioli, Donatella; Lagomarsino, Alessandra; Landi, Silvia; Leprini, Marco; Pellegrini, Sergio; Perria, Rita; Puccioni, Sergio; Simoni, Sauro; Storchi, Paolo; Valboa, Giuseppe; Zombardo, Alessandra; Costantini, Edoardo

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    In both conventional and organic Italian vineyards, it is quite common to have areas characterized by problems in vine health, grape production and quality, often caused by improper land preparation before vine plantation and/or management. Causes for soil malfunctioning can include: reduced contribution of the soil fauna to the ecosystem services (i.e. nutrient cycles), poor organic matter content, imbalance of some element ratio, altered pH, water deficiency, soil compaction and/or scarce oxygenation. ReSolVe is a transnational and interdisciplinary 3-years research project aimed at testing the effects of selected organic strategies for restoring optimal soil functionality in degraded areas within vineyard. The different restoring strategies implemented in each plot will be: i) compost produced on farm by manure + pruning residue + grass, ii) faba bean and barley green manure, iii) sowing and dry mulching with Trifolium squarrosum L. During two years of such treatments, the trend of the soil features and the grapevine status will be monitored in detail, to reveal the positive and negative effects of such treatments. The project involves 8 research groups in 6 different EU countries (Italy, France, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, and Turkey), with experts from several disciplines, including soil science, ecology, microbiology, grapevine physiology, viticulture, and biometry. The experimental vineyards are situated in Italy (Chianti hills and Maremma plain, Tuscany), France (Bordeaux and Languedoc), Spain (La Rioja) and Slovenia (Primorska) for winegrape, and in Turkey (Adana and Mersin) for table grape. Soil features before implementing restoring strategies showed lower content of soil organic matter and enzyme activities, and higher carbonates in degraded areas than in the non-degraded areas. The Biological Soil Quality values of microarthropods were always high, in comparison with data registered in similarly managed vineyards or stable ecosystems, and the data showed

  8. Tamaño y forma de los ovarios y del cérvix en novillas y vacas del cruzamiento absorbente holstein x cebú (Size and shape of the ovaries and cervix in heifers and cows of the absorbent crossbred holstein x zebu

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    Luís O. Alba Gómez

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    Full Text Available Resumen Por biometría directa se determinó el tamaño y la forma ovárica y cervical de novillas y vacas Holstein x Cebú (F1 sacrificadas en matadero e indirectamente por estimación táctil a través del recto de vacas F2, F3 y F4. De acuerdo al tamaño, los ovarios se clasificaron en pequeños (1,0-2,4 cm; medianos (2,5-3,5 cm y grandes (3,6-5,0 cm. El 59 y el 51% de las novillas F1 mostraron ovarios pequeños y medianos respectivamente. El 34, 53 y 13% de las vacas F1 presentaron gónadas pequeñas, medianas y grandes respectivamente. El 88 y el 12% de las vacas F2; el 87 y el 13% de las F3 y el 80 y el 20% de las F4 tuvieron ovarios pequeños y medianos respectivamente. El tipo de ovario grande y aplanado no se encontró en estas vacas. La cérvix de tamaño grande, típica del ganado Cebú, se observó en el 10% de las vacas F1, en el 4% de las F2, en el 6% de las F3 y en el 10% de las F4. A medida que el cruzamiento absorbente tendió hacia el Bos taurus, la frecuencia de aparición de los tres tipos de ovarios, principalmente el grande y abollonado, disminuyó hasta casi desaparecer ya en el cruce F2, pero el tipo de ovario pequeño se mantuvo con una frecuencia alta. En cambio, la cérvix del tipo grande y encorvada tendió a disminuir con el incremento de genes Bos taurus. Abstract For this work was carried out the direct biometry of ovaries and cervix of 80 heifers and 80 cows crossbred Holstein x Zebu (F1 slaughtered. In the crossbred cows F2, F3 and F4 the measures of those organs were estimated clinically. According to their size, the ovaries were classified in small (1.0-2.4 cm, medium (2.5-3.5 cm and big (3.6-5.0 cm. The 59 and 51% of the heifers F1 showed small and medium ovaries respectively. The 34, 53 and 13% of the cows F1 had small, medium and big gonads respectively. The 88 and 12% of the cows F2; 87 and 13% of F3 and 80 and 20% of F4 had small and medium ovaries respectively. The ovaries of big size were not found in

  9. Tamaño y forma de los Ovarios y del Cérvix De Hembras Cebu De Cuba Y Sus Relaciones Con La Eficiencia Reproductiva (Size and shape of the ovaries and cervix of female zebu from cuba and their relationship with the reproductive efficiency

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    Luis O. Alba Gómez,

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    Full Text Available Resumen Se realizó un estudio biométrico directo de los órganos genitales de 100 novillas y 150 vacas Cebú comercial sacrificadas en matadero. Según el diámetro mayor, los ovarios se clasificaron en pequeños (1,0-2,4 cm y redondeados, medianos (2,5-3,5 cm y redondeados u ovoides y grandes (3,6-5,5 cm y aplanados. En las novillas predominaron los ovarios medianos (62% y pequeños (36% y en las vacas medianos (65% y grandes (20%. El 45% de las vacas tuvo cervices grandes y encorvados. Además, se realizó la biometría indirecta por vía rectal de 200 novillas y 200 vacas Cebú cubana. En las novillas el 75% de ovarios fue pequeño y el 25% medianos. En las vacas el 78% de los ovarios fue pequeño y el 21% mediano. La frecuencia de ovarios pequeños fue el doble más alta en la raza Cebú cubana que en la Cebú comercial. Las diferencias entre los valores de IPPI, PS e II para los tres tamaños de ovarios en las dos épocas del año (lluvia y seca, no fueron significativas. Los coeficientes de correlación entre el tamaño de los ovarios y el IPPI, la masa corporal y la edad fueron de r = 0,057, r = 0,084 y r = 0,098 respectivamente. Los cuellos uterinos hipertrofiados y desviados no afectaron la permeabilidad del conducto ni la fertilidad. Se concluye que, los ovarios y la cérvix de las hembras Cebú pueden ser diferentes de las Bos taurus en cuanto a su tamaño y a su forma. It was carried out a direct biometrics study of the genital organs of 100 heifers and 150 cows commercial Zebu breed slaughtered. According to the larger diameter, the ovaries were classified into three groups: small (1.0-2.4 cm and rounded; medium (2.5-3.5 cm and rounded or ovoid and big (3.6-5.5 cm and smoothed. In heifers prevailed the medium ovaries (62% and small (36% and, in cows the medium (65% and big (20%. 45% of the cows had big and curved cervixes. Also, it was carried out an indirect biometry for rectal route of 200 heifers and 200 cows Cuban Zebu breed

  10. TESTICULAR BIOMETRIC CHARACTERISTICS IN SANTA INÊS SHEEP SUBMITTED TO PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTATION AND ANTI-HELMINTH TREATMENTS CARACTERÍSTICAS BIOMÉTRICAS TESTICULARES EM CARNEIROS SANTA INÊS SUBMETIDOS A DIFERENTES REGIMES DE SUPLEMENTAÇÃO PROTÉICA E TRATAMENTOS ANTI-HELMÍNTICOS

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    Helder Louvandini

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    Biometric testicular traits were evaluated on 24 entire male Santa Inês lambs, with mean initial weight of 24.5 kg ± 2.88. These were distributed in four treatments (n=6: HPv (animals drenched + high protein concentrate, HPn: (animals not drenched + high protein concentrate, LPv: (animals drenched + low protein concentrate, LPn: (animals not drenched + low protein concentrate for eight and a half months. Before slaughter testicular measurements were taken in situ. Scrotal perimeter (SC was measured using tape as well as length (LENG and width (WID using calipers. Testicular shape and volume (using prolate and cylinder equation were calculated. After slaughter the measurements were taken in vitro. Real testicle volume (VOLR was measured using water displacement. Length (LENGV and width (WIDV were measured with calipers after skin removal. The testicles were symmetrical and calipers were an accurate means of in situ measurement of the testicle size. The form of the testicles affected the volume. The average of the prolate sphere and cylinder equations gave the best estimate for real testicle volume. High protein levels in the diet accompanied by antihelminth treatment led to higher body weight in the sheep, this being the main factor for variation in testicle biometric traits.

    KEY WORDS: Shape, sheep, testicle biometry, volume.

    Para avaliar as características biométricas testiculares de carneiros da raça Santa Inês, 24 cordeiros machos, inteiros, com peso médio inicial de 24,5 kg ± 2,88, aos quatro meses de idade, foram distribuídos em quatro tratamentos: APv (animais vermifugados + concentrado com alta proteína, APn (animais não-vermifugados + concentrado com alta proteína, BPv (animais vermifugados + concentrado com baixa proteína, BPn (animais não vermifugados + concentrado com baixa proteína durante 8

  11. L’identification biométrique : vers un nouveau contrôle social ? Biometric Identification: a New Social Control?

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    Gérard Dubey

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    Full Text Available La biométrie se définit aujourd’hui comme la possibilité d’identifier sur la base de critères purement techniques un individu dans une masse et dans des flux. Elle est indissociable du processus d’informatisation de la société et de l’impéra­tif de traçabilité (des signes, des choses et aujourd’hui des êtres vivants qu’im­pose le recouvrement du monde réel par son image numérique contrôlée et contrôlable. Le déploiement des dispositifs d’identification biométrique illustre ainsi la convergence qui s’opère entre la logique étatique du contrôle à distance et la logique propre au Macro-Système-Technique. Telle est la première thèse défendue dans cet article qui interroge ensuite le type de contrôle et de pouvoir induit par ces nouvelles modalités. La thèse d’un nouveau contrôle social est discutée depuis les données empiriques recueillies auprès des premiers usagers de ces dispositifs et son déterminisme est mis en cause. Le contrôle social auto­matisé, qui épouse les contours du Macro-Système-Technique, mime les mou­vements de la société réelle plus qu’il ne les contrôle. En cela réside sa limite.Biometry is defined today as the possibility of identifying an individual on the basis of purely technical criteria in a mass and in flux. It is indissociable from the process of digitalization of the society and the imperative of traceability (signs, things and today living beings imposed by the covering of the real world by its controlled and controllable numerical image. The spread of biometric identification mechanisms thus illustrates the convergence in operation between the State logic of long-distance control and the logic proper to Technical-Macro-Systems. That is the first thesis defended in this article, which then asks about the type of control and power exercised by these new means. The thesis of a new social control is discussed based on the empirical data gathered among the

  12. Initial development of pumpkin and squash cultivars submitted to salt stress=Desenvolvimento inicial de cultivares de abóboras e morangas submetidas ao estresse salino

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    Francisco de Assis de Oliveira

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    Full Text Available Irrigation with saline water is a challenge both for scientists and farmers. The success of utilizing such water depends on crop tolerance to salinity. A trial was carried out in a greenhouse at UFERSA, Mossoró, RN, Brazil, aiming at evaluating the effects of irrigation water salinity on initial growth and characteristics related to leaf anatomy in cultivars of pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata D. and moranga (Cucurbita maxima D.. The experiment was arranged in a completely randomized design with a 4 x 2 factorial scheme and three replications. Treatments resulted from the combinations of four genotypes (Pumpkin Xingó jacarezinho “casca grossa”, Pumpkin mini Paulista Isabela, Moranga Crioula Pataka and Moranga Coroa with two irrigation water salinity levels (0.5 and 3.5 dS m-1. Plants were collected 40 days after seeding. The following variables were analyzed: main stem length, root collar diameter, leaf number, leaf area, leaf dry mass of, stem dry mass, shoot dry mass, specific leaf area and leaf area ratio. Initial growth and leaf biometry in pumpkin and moranga plants were influenced by irrigation water salinity, which response was cultivar dependent. Genotypes Moranga Crioula pataka and Moranga Coroa showed larger tolerance to irrigation water salinity=O uso de água salina na irrigação é um desafio para os pesquisadores e produtores rurais. O êxito da utilização destas águas é dependente da tolerância das plantas cultivadas à salinidade. O experimento foi desenvolvido em casa de vegetação na UFERSA, Mossoró, RN, com o objetivo de avaliar o efeito da salinidade da água de irrigação sobre o desenvolvimento inicial e as características relacionados à biometria foliar de cultivares de abóboras e morangas. O experimento foi instalado no delineamento inteiramente casualizado, com três repetições, em esquema fatorial 4 x 2. Os tratamentos resultaram da combinação de quatro genótipos (Abóbora Xingó jacarezinho

  13. Long-term efficacy and safety of oxycodone–naloxone prolonged release in geriatric patients with moderate-to-severe chronic noncancer pain: a 52-week open-label extension phase study

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    Full Text Available Fabio Guerriero,1,2 Anna Roberto,3 Maria Teresa Greco,4 Carmelo Sgarlata,1 Marco Rollone,2 Oscar Corli3 1Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Therapy, Section of Geriatrics, University of Pavia, 2Department of Geriatrics, Agency for Elderly People of Pavia, Santa Margherita Institute, Pavia, 3Department of Oncology, Pain and Palliative Care Research Unit, IRCCS-Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, 4Unit of Medical Statistics, Biometry and Epidemiology GA Maccacaro, Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, University of Milan, Milan, Italy Background: Two-thirds of older people suffer from chronic pain and finding valid treatment options is essential. In this 1-yearlong investigation, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of prolonged-release oxycodone–naloxone (OXN-PR in patients aged ≥70 (mean 81.7 years.Methods: In this open-label prospective study, patients with moderate-to-severe noncancer chronic pain were prescribed OXN-PR for 1 year. The primary endpoint was the proportion of patients who achieved ≥30% reduction in pain intensity after 52 weeks of treatment, without worsening bowel function. The scheduled visits were at baseline (T0, after 4 weeks (T4, and after 52 weeks (T52.Results: Fifty patients completed the study. The primary endpoint was achieved in 78% of patients at T4 and 96% at T52 (P<0.0001. Pain intensity, measured on a 0–10 numerical rating scale, decreased from 6.0 at T0 to 2.8 at T4 and to 1.7 at T52 (P<0.0001. Mean daily dose of oxycodone increased from 10 to 14.4 mg (T4 and finally to 17.4 mg (T52. Bowel Function Index from 35.1 to 28.7 at T52. No changes were observed in cognitive functions (Mini-Mental State Examination evaluation, while daily functioning improved (Barthel Index from 53.1 to 61.0, P<0.0001. The Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain-Revised score at 52 weeks was 2.6 (standard deviation 1.6, indicating a low risk of aberrant medication

  14. Refração e seus componentes em anisometropia Refraction and its components in anisometropia

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    David Tayah

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Em anisométropes comparar os valores médios individuais dos componentes oculares de ambos os olhos, correlacionar as diferenças dos componentes com as diferenças de refração; e identificar o menor número de fatores que contenham o mesmo grau de informações expressas no conjunto de variáveis que influenciam a diferença refrativa. MÉTODOS: Realizou-se estudo transversal analítico em população de 77 anisométropes de 2 D ou mais, atendida no ambulatório de Oftalmologia do Hospital Universitário da Faculdade de Medicina Nilton Lins, Manaus. RESULTADOS: Os anisométropes foram submetidos à refração estática objetiva e subjetiva, ceratometria e biometria ultrassônica A-scan. A análise dos dados foi feita por meio dos seguintes modelos estatísticos: análise univariada, multivariada, de regressão múltipla e fatorial. CONCLUSÕES: Não houve diferenças significativas na comparação dos valores médios individuais dos componentes oculares entre os olhos. Houve correlação negativa média entre a diferença refrativa e a diferença de comprimento axial (r= -0,64 (pPURPOSE: To compare the individual means of ocular components of both eyes in patients with anisometropia; to correlate the differences of the components with refractive differences; and to identify the smallest number of factors that contain the same level of information expressed in the set of variables that influence refractive difference. METHODS: An analytical transversal study was carried out in 77 patients with anisometropia of two or more dioptres seen at the Ophthalmologic Clinic, University Hospital, Nilton Lins Medical School, Manaus. RESULTS: All participants were submitted to ophthalmologic examination which included objective and subjective cycloplegic refractometry, keratometry and ultrasound biometry. Data analysis comprised the following statistical models: univariate, multivariate, multiple and factorial regression analyses. CONCLUSIONS

  15. Combined treatment with olmesartan medoxomil and amlodipine besylate attenuates atherosclerotic lesion progression in a model of advanced atherosclerosis

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    Full Text Available Philipp Sievers,1 Lorenz Uhlmann,2 Sevil Korkmaz-Icöz,3 Christian Fastner,1 Florian Bea,1 Erwin Blessing,1 Hugo A Katus,1 Michael R Preusch11Department of Internal Medicine III, 2Institute of Medical Biometry and Informatics, 3Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, GermanyIntroduction: Besides their blood pressure-lowering effects, olmesartan medoxomil and amlodipine besylate exhibit additional anti-inflammatory mechanisms in atherosclerosic disease. Most of the studies investigating the effects of atherosclerosis focused on early atherosclerotic lesions, whereas lesions in human disease, at the time when medical treatment is started, are already well established. Therefore, we set up a model of advanced atherosclerosis and investigated the effects of olmesartan medoxomil, amlodipine besylate, and the combination of both on atherosclerotic lesion size and lesion composition.Materials and methods: Olmesartan medoxomil (1 mg/kg/day, amlodipine besylate (1.5 mg/kg/day, and the combination of both was added to chow and was fed to apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE-/- mice at 25 weeks of age. Mice were sacrificed after 25 weeks of drug administration and perfused with formalin. Innominate arteries were dissected out and paraffin embedded. Serial sections were generated, and lesion sizes and their composition – such as minimal thickness of the fibrous cap, size of the necrotic core, and presence of calcification – were analyzed. Electrophoretic mobility shift assays were used to detect DNA-binding activity of the transcription factor nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB in aortic tissue.Results: Treatment with the combination of olmesartan medoxomil and amlodipine besylate led to a significant reduction in atherosclerotic lesion size in ApoE-/- mice (olmesartan medoxomil/amlodipine besylate: 122,277±6,795 µm2, number [n]=14; versus control: 177,502±10,814 µm2, n=9; P<0.001. Treatment with amlodipine besylate (n=5 alone

  16. Técnicas de controle de qualidade utilizadas na criação de tilápia do Nilo (Oreochromis niloticus - DOI: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v20i0.4471 Quality control techniques used in the breeding of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus - DOI: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v20i0.4471

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    Júlio Hermann Leonhardt

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    (LSL. By means of Pareto’s techniques and knapsack problem used, results presented the best solution for problems of predators, biometry and diseases with the maximized function Z* objective. Quality control techniques have made possible an increase of stocking rate in the tanks without a reduction of the individual growth rate and with high productions of good quality fish.

  17. Caracterização citogenética em Anadenanthera colubrina (Vell. Brenan (Mimosoideae e Guazuma ulmifolia Lam. (Sterculiaceae Cytogenetic characterization in Anadenanthera colubrina (Vell. Brenan (Mimosoideae and Guazuma ulmifolia Lam. (Sterculiaceae

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    Flavia Aparecida Ortolani

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    Full Text Available Análises cariotípicas são importantes ferramentas de auxílio aos estudos de relações taxonômicas dentro dos grupos vegetais. Espécies arbóreas nativas encontradas no cerrado brasileiro têm sido pouco analisadas do ponto de vista citogenético e citotaxonômico. Com o objetivo de determinar o número cromossômico diplóide, a biometria e a morfologia cromossômica de Anadenanthera colubrina (angico-branco e Guazuma ulmifolia (mutambo, sementes dessas espécies foram coletadas no município de Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil. A utilização de 8-hidroxiquinoleína 0,003M a 36ºC, durante três horas possibilitou a separação cromossômica. Coloração Giemsa 2% por três minutos permitiu o estudo cariológico. A classificação cromossômica foi baseada no índice centromérico. Anadenanthera colubrina possui 2n = 26 cromossomos com comprimento cromossômico médio de 1,349 µm ± 0,017 e formulação cariotípica 8SM + 14M + 2T + 2AC. Guazuma ulmifolia apresenta 2n = 16 cromossomos com comprimento médio de 1,225 µm ± 0,023 e formulação cariotípica 4SM + 10M + 2T. Esses resultados podem subsidiar estudos de taxonomia, de manipulação cromossômica, bem como auxiliar na produção de progênies híbridas em programas de melhoramento.Karyotype analyses are important aid tools for taxonomic relationship studies. Native arboreal species found in the Brazilian "cerrado" have been poorly analyzed cytogenetically and cytotaxonomically. To determine diploid chromosome number, biometry and chromosome morphology of Anadenanthera colubrina ("angico-branco" and Guazuma ulmifolia ("mutambo", seeds of these species were collected in Três Lagoas municipality, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. The use of 8-hydroxiquinoleine 0.003M at 36ºC, for three hours caused chromosome separation. Giemsa coloration 2% for three minutes allowed the karyological study. Chromosome classification was based on the centromeric index. Anadenanthera colubrina

  18. Correlação entre a espessura corneana central e o comprimento axial ocular nos portadores de glaucoma e em olhos normais Correlation between central corneal thickness and axial length in patients with glaucoma and normal eyes

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    Paula Resende Aquino de Assis Pereira Mello

    2009-08-01

    normal eyes of 31 individuals. The central corneal thickness and the axial length were measured by ultrasonic pachymeter and biometry by A-scan ultrasound, respectively. RESULTS: The results showed a mean of 535.1 mm central corneal thickness in primary angle-closure glaucoma group, 520.6 mm in primary open-angle glaucoma group and 519.2 mm in normal eyes (p=0.18. The ocular axial length on primary angle-closure glaucoma group was 22.16 mm and on primary open-angle glaucoma and normal eyes group was 22.68 mm and 22.64 mm, respectively (p=0.13. There was no significant correlation between corneal thickness and axial length in the primary angle-closure glaucoma group (r=-0.085; p=0.65, the open-angle glaucoma group (r=-0.070; p=0.69 and the normal eyes group (r=-0.120; p=0.52. CONCLUSIONS: The results of this assay suggest that there is no correlation between the central corneal thickness and the axial length in patients with glaucoma and individuals with normal eyes.

  19. Clinical and pharmacological properties of incobotulinumtoxinA and its use in neurological disorders

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Wolfgang H Jost,1 Reiner Benecke,2 Dieter Hauschke,3 Joseph Jankovic,4 Petr Kaňovský,5 Peter Roggenkämper,6 David M Simpson,7 Cynthia L Comella81Department of Neurology, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany; 2Clinic and Policlinic for Neurology, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany; 3Institute of Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany; 4Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA; 5Department of Neurology, Palacky University Olomouc, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and University Hospital, Olomouc, Czech Republic; 6University Eye Clinic of Bonn, Bonn, Germany; 7Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA; 8Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USABackground: IncobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin® is a purified botulinum neurotoxin type A formulation, free from complexing proteins, with proven efficacy and good tolerability for the treatment of neurological conditions such as blepharospasm, cervical dystonia (CD, and post-stroke spasticity of the upper limb. This article provides a comprehensive overview of incobotulinumtoxinA based on randomized controlled trials and prospective clinical studies.Summary: IncobotulinumtoxinA provides clinical efficacy in treating blepharospasm, CD, and upper-limb post-stroke spasticity based on randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials with open-label extension periods (total study duration up to 89 weeks. Adverse events were generally mild or moderate. The most frequent adverse events, probably related to the injections, included eyelid ptosis and dry eye in the treatment of blepharospasm, dysphagia, neck pain, and muscular weakness in patients with CD, and injection site pain and muscular weakness when used for treating spasticity. In blepharospasm and CD, incobotulinumtoxinA was investigated in clinical trials permitting flexible intertreatment intervals based on the individual patient’s clinical need

  20. BIOMETRIA DE MUDAS DE CAJUEIRO ANÃO IRRIGADAS COM ÁGUAS SALINAS E USO DE ATENUADORES DO ESTRESSE SALINO

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    Eliésia Carla de Medeiros Torres

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    Full Text Available A salinidade hídrica é fator de estresse que altera o crescimento de mudas de frutíferas. Objetivou-se avaliar o crescimento de mudas de cajueiro anão precoce em substratos irrigados com águas salinas e adição de biofertilizante bovino e cobertura com biomassa vegetal no Seridó Paraibano. O experimento foi instalado em delineamento em blocos casualizados, com três repetições, em arranjo fatorial 5 x 2 x 2, correspondente a cinco níveis de salinidade da água de irrigação (0,5; 3,5; 6,5; 9,5 e 12,5 dS m-1, no solo sem e com biofertilizante bovino, numa alíquota de 0,2 dm-3 por planta, sem e com cobertura morta com 3 cm de casca de arroz. As taxas de crescimento absoluto e relativo em altura, em diâmetro caulinar, número de folhas, área foliar, comprimento da raiz e fitomassa fresca do cajueiro anão precoce foram influenciados negativamente pela salinidade da água de irrigação. O biofertilizante mitigou os efeitos depressivos dos sais no crescimento absoluto das plantas irrigadas com água de salinidade até 3,5 dS m-1. O uso simultâneo do biofertilizante e cobertura morta foi eficiente na redução dos efeitos dos sais nas plantas irrigadas com águas de 3,5 e 6,5 dS m-1, promovendo aumento no número de folhas. O biofertilizante incrementou a fitomassa fresca total das plantas irrigadas com água de maior condutividade elétrica.Palavra-chave: agroecologia, biofertilizante, crescimento, fruticultura, salinidade. SEEDLING OF DWARF CASHEW BIOMETRY IRRIGATED WITH SALINE WATER AND SALT STRESS ATTENUATORS USE   ABSTRACTThe water salinity is a stress factor that alters the growth of fruit seedlings. This study aimed to evaluate the growth of dwarf cashew seedlings in substrates irrigated with saline water and bovine bio fertilizer addition and cover with vegetable biomass in Seridó, Paraiba. The experiment was arranged in a randomized block design with three replications in a factorial 5 x 2 x 2, corresponding to five

  1. Prospective Observational Study of Ocular Health in ISS Crews - The Ocular Health Study

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    Otto, C.; Barr, Y.; Platts, S.; Ploutz-Snyder, R.; Sargsyan, A.; Alexander, D.; Riascos, R.; Gibson, C.; Patel, N.

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    INTRODUCTION: The Visual Impairment Intracranial Pressure (VIIP) syndrome is currently NASA's number one human space flight risk. The syndrome, which is related to microgravity exposure, manifests with changes in visual acuity (hyperopic shifts, scotomas), changes in eye structure (optic disc edema, choroidal folds, cotton wool spots, globe flattening, and dilated optic nerve sheaths), and in some cases with documented increased intracranial pressure (ICP) postflight. While the eye appears to be the main affected end organ of this syndrome, the ocular effects are thought to be related to underlying changes in the vascular system and the central nervous system. The leading hypotheses for the development of VIIP involve microgravity-induced head-ward fluid shifts along with a loss of gravity-assisted drainage of venous blood from the brain, leading to cephalic congestion, decreased CSF resorption and increased ICP. Since 70% of ISS crewmembers have manifested clinical signs or symptoms of the VIIP syndrome, it is assumed that the majority have some degree of ICP elevation in-flight compared to the ground. Prolonged elevations of ICP can cause long-term reduced visual acuity and loss of peripheral visual fields, and have been reported to cause mild cognitive impairment in the analog terrestrial population of Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH). These potentially irreversible health consequences underscore the importance of identifying the factors that lead to this syndrome and mitigating them. METHODS: The Ocular Health study expands on the required in-flight medical testing required of long-duration crewmembers assigned to an International Space Station (ISS) mission, to include 13 sessions over a three-year period. Pre- and postflight evaluations include functional eye exams (visual testing), structural eye exams (fundoscopy, ocular ultrasound, optical coherence tomography, optical biometry and biomicroscopy), intraocular pressure (IOP, tonometry

  2. Perioperative Complications Prognosis Based on Local Neurocirculatory and Trophic Changes in the Anterior Eye Segment in Pseudoexfoliation Syndrome (Report II

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    A.V. Petrayevsky

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Purpose To develop clinical method of prognosis of cataract surgery possible complications in pseudoexfoliation syndrome (PES patients convenient for routine practice of the ophthalmosurgeon. Material and methods We examined 111 patients (111 eyes between the ages of 58 and 76, who were operated for cataract. Of those, 66 patients (66 eyes had cataract combined with PES and 45 patients (45 eyes had cataract without PES signs. We used the following examination methods: visometry, eye anterior segment biomicroscopy with estimation of severity of iris trophic changes and pseudoexfoliation signs according to special classification schemes, computer tonography, ultrasonic biometry, ophthalmometry, vasotonometry in anterior ciliary arteries (ACA, and pupil cycle time (PCT calculation. The patients with cataract were operated by extracapsular extraction using corneal access in 60% of cases, and by mechanical phacofragmentation using scleral access in 40% of cases. All patients were implanted posterior chamber intraocular lenses (IOL. In the patients with cataract and PES we additionally used intracapsular extraction with implantation IOL RSP3 in 15% of cases. Results In operated patients, we recorded such complications of cataract sur gery as lens posterior capsule rupture, zonula fibers rupture, fibrinoidtype reactions, and postoperative ocular hypertension. The rate of complications was higher in PES patients (37,9% and lower in patients without PES (17,8%. An average PCT was 1840±82 ms in PES against 1186±35 ms without PES. ACA blood pressure in the PES-patients was 44,1±1,0 mm Hg against 53,1±0,98 mm Hg in the patients without PES. The rate of iris trophic changes was significantly higher in PES-patients than in the patients without PES. The rate of complications depended on frequency and severity of iris trophic changes and intensity of PES. Most of complicated cases were observed in the PES-patients with III–IV grade of PES

  3. The effectiveness of prisms combined with plus lenses on the progression of myopia in Chinese children%棱镜组合式透镜对中国儿童近视发展的影响作用

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    刘雯; 蓝卫忠; 杨智宽; 陈林兴; 卢金华

    2012-01-01

    .00 D add) (n=42).The primary outcomes,that included myopic progression,ocular biometry and heterophoria status,were assessed every 6 months.Results 75/89 children in the SVL group,28/40 in the PCPL 1 group and 31/42 in the PCPL 2 group completed the two-year study.The changes in phoria at distance were 0.22±1.97△,0.29±3.01△ and 0.13±2.16△ (Pgroup=0.17,Ptime<0.01),respectively.The SER changes in the respective groups with SVLs,PCPLs 1 and PCPLs 2 were-1.50±0.67 D,-1.18±0.60 D and -1.04±0.66 D (P<0.01),with axial length elongations of 0.74±0.43 mm,0.44±0.38 mm and 0.42±0.30 mm (P<0.01).Conclusion The results of the two-year study show that,compared with SVLs,PCPLs can slow myopia progression and reduce the elongation of axial length.The adaptability to PCPLs is lower than SVLs and has no clinical effect on distance phoria.However,the long-term effect of PCPLs needs further study.

  4. Determination of the optimal dose of benzocaine hydrochloride in anesthesia of tilápia (Oreochromis niloticusDeterminação da dose ótima de cloridrato de benzocaína na anestesia de tilápias (Oreochromis niloticus

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    Marco Antonio da Rocha

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    Full Text Available Fish anesthesia is indicated for several management procedures such as capturing, biometry, tagging, transporting, physical examination, reproductive management and surgical procedures. In this study the dose of benzocaine hydrochloride necessary for tilápia (Oreochromis niloticus anesthesia was determined through six phases with 240 fish. In each phase 40 fish were evaluated. The interval between phases was two months. Mean values for weight and (allometric condition factor, in each phase, were 25.64 (2.56, 167.58 (2.88, 286.12 (2.57, 388.24 (2.50, 518.19 (2.89, 592.71 (2.67, respectively. The values for allometric condition factors showed that the animals included in the experiments were in good body conditions (P > 0.05. In each phase, fishes were captured and kept in four containers with five liters of water and benzocaine hydrochloride diluted in 20 mL of ethanol, in concentrations of 100, 140, 180, and 220 mg/liter of water. The time of induction in seconds (TI was registered for each fish, and after the anesthetic induction the biometric analysis was conducted at fixed time of 10 minutes. After, the fishes were transferred to containers with 20 liters of water under constant flow, in order to evaluate the recovering time in seconds (TR. At each phase the minimum dose of benzocaine hydrochloride concentration was calculated using LRP (Linear Response Plateau. The model included the dose of benzocaine (mg/L and the time of induction in seconds. The values of LRP were, respectively, 146.60 and 67.45, 155.95 and 76.33, 160.45 and 87.42, 167.00 and 108.14, 165.87 and 174.03, 164.00 and 139.80. The optimum dose was related to the mean weight in each phase, resulting in the equation: Dose = 149.65 + 0.03183 x weigh (r2 = 0.73. This equation showed that an increase of 1g in the body weight corresponded to an increase of 0.032 mg/L in the dose of benzocaine hydrochloride.A anestesia em peixes é indicada para auxiliar a realização de diversos

  5. Continental and Marine Environmental changes in Europe induced by Global Climate variability and Regional Palaeography Changes

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    My PhD and post-doctorate researches have focused on paleo-climatic, paleo-geographical and paleo-environmental reconstruction of the Mediterranean Basin and its adjacent seas (i.e. the residual former Paratethys) since 11 Ma. I selected this region because it is very rich in long and continuous sediment archives, which document: (1) climate evolution of the Northern Hemisphere during the Late Cenozoic with respect to vegetation changes, and (2) progressive evolution of initially marine environments towards brackish and freshwater ones. The brackish to fresh environments had a profound effect on the marine organisms (especially dino-flagellates) that responded to the stress by developing a large variety of cyst morphologies, often described as new genera and/or species. Methods. The comparative analysis of pollen grains and dinoflagellate cysts from the same samples is rarely performed for such a long time-interval because it needs a deep knowledge in taxonomy and ecology of the both complementary proxies. I reached this parallel expertise, having the benefit of training in (1) botanical identification of pollen grains from the tropical to boreal zones and their ecological significance by Dr. J.-P. Suc, (2) taxonomy and ecology of dinoflagellate cysts by Pr. M. J. Head. To achieve an understanding of the primary factor inducing morphological variations of dinoflagellate cysts, I developed a biological approach. The simultaneous work on living and fossil (using bio-metry and associated statistical analyses) dinoflagellate cysts has allowed me to initiate the development of a transfer function, widely valid and able for the modelling of the physical parameters of sea-surface waters (salinity, temperature, nutrient contents). Such analyses were performed at high- to very high-chronological resolution, as resulting from the following approach: (1) independently established age-model, based on classical bio-stratigraphy or radiocarbon ages (for recent sediments

  6. ENDOCRINE ALTERATIONS IN REPRODUCTIVE SWINES OF HIGH PERFORMANCE ALTERAÇÕES ENDÓCRINAS EM REPRODUTORES SUÍNOS DE ALTO DESEMPENHO

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    Ana Luisa Neves Alvarenga

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    The aim of this work was to describe the sexual and reproductive behavior of male swines of high performance, submitted to a training protocol for semen collection so that they were incorporated in breeding of reproducers of the Swine Production Sector of the Animal Science Department of the Federal University of Lavras. Animals had been submitted to measurements of testicular biometry and weighing for evaluations of testicular development and of daily gain weight (DGW. After the training period, blood samples  were collected for accomplishment of hormonal analyses of serum testosterone, oestradiol, FSH, and LH. Differences were observed in testosterone and oestradiol levels, average number of daily dummy jumps, and average ejaculation time. Animal A presented a volume of 369.68 mL and 412.67 mL, to the right and left testicle, respectively, on average eight daily dummy jumps during the period of training and the average ejaculation time was of 261 seconds. The Animal B did not carry through jump during the training and presented testicular volume of 359.76 mL right and left of 315.10 mL. Hormonal levels for animal A had been of 0.0153 ng/mL and 0.7015 ng/mL for testosterone and oestradiol, respectively. On the other hand, Animal B presented plasmatic concentration of testosterone of 0.0011 ng/mL and 0.0241 ng/mL of oestradiol. The concentrations of FSH and LH had been similar between the animals being 0.10 mU/mL and 0.10 U/L, respectively. These differences observed possibly explain both males’s sexual behavior during the period of training and semen collected.

    KEY WORDS: Boar, libido, hormones, sexual behavior.

    Objetivando descrever o comportamento sexual e reprodutivo de machos suínos de alto desempenho, submeteram-se os animais a um protocolo de treinamento para colheita de sêmen, a fim de que fossem incorporados ao plantel de reprodutores do Setor de Suinocultura do Departamento de Zootecnia da UFLA. Submeteram

  7. IOLMaster与A型超声校正法测量硅油眼眼轴的对照研究%A comparative study about axial length measurement between IOLMaster and adjusted A-scan ultrasound methods in silicone-filled eyes

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    袁梦克; 王凯; 姜燕荣

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    bias to the actual levels. The optical coherence biometry technology has been widely used in the measurement of IOL, but little studies have been conducted to demonstrate the IOL power difference between those methods. Objective This study was to evaluate the predictability of IOL power calculations using the IOLMaster and adjusting contact ultrasound A-scan method in silicone oil-filled eyes. Methods Forty-four silicone-filled eyes of 42 patients were divided into 2 groups according to the intraocular pressure (IOP) ( group A: ≥ 10 mmHg group,29 eyes;group B:<10 mmHg group, 15 eyes). IOLMaster and ocular ultrasonic measurement were used to measure the axis length before and after silicone oil was removed. The preoperatively measured eye axis and cornea curve were used to calculate the theoretical IOL. Results In normal IOP group ( T≥ 10 mmHg,29 eyes), the precision and stability of IOLMaster for axial length ( AL ) measurements and IOL power calculations were better than adjusted ultrasound A-scan( ZIOLMasterdependent = -2. 236, P = 0. 025 ), although in low IOP group ( T< 10 mmHg, 15 eyes),there were too much differences in axial length mesurement and IOL power calculation between the IOLMaster and adjusted ultrasound A-scan, so the post-operative imformation was not predicted accurately. Conclusion For anticipatory normal postoperative IOP eyes, the refractive outcome in cataract surgery in silicone oil-filled eyes can be predicted reliably and accurately with IOLMaster. But for complicated or anticipatory unstable postoperative IOP eyes,secondary implantation of IOL would be better.

  8. Níveis de proteína e de arginina digestível na ração pré-inicial de frangos de corte Protein and digestible arginine levels in pre-starter broiler rations

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    Mônica Schaitl Thon

    2010-05-01

    21 days of age. A total of 600 Cobb chicks was assigned to a block randomized design in a 4 × 2 factorial arrangement consisting of 4 levels of digestible arginine (1.363; 1.463; 1.563 and 1.663% and two levels of crude protein (20 and 22% with eight treatments, each one with five replicates of 15 broilers each. For the experiment, weight gain, feed intake, feed conversion ratio, gastrointestinal biometry, digestibility and retention of dry matter and nitrogen were evaluated. The highest weight gain from 1 to 14 days old was obtained with the 22% crude protein feed. The levels of digestible arginine had a quadratic effect in feed conversion from 1 to 10 days old. The esophagus and crop weights were higher for broilers fed 20% crude protein based diet; however, there was a quadratic effect of the digestible arginine levels on the intestine length at the age of 10 days and on the esophagus + crop weight at 3 days of age. At 14 days of age, there was interaction among crude protein and digestible arginine levels for liver relative weight, which showed quadratic response to 20% of crude protein, and for intestine length, whose highest value was obtained with 22% of crude protein and 1.603% of digestible arginine. Nitrogen balance and retention were the highest for levels of 22% of crude protein. The level of 1.363% of digestible arginine meets nutritional requirements of pre-starter broilers.