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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Deaths from ischemic disease, anthropometry and cardiac biometry

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    Leal, A; de Oliveira, J.; Amado, J.; Gomes, L.; Magalhaes, T.

    2005-01-01

    Rev Port Cardiol. 2005 Apr;24(4):521-30. Deaths from ischemic disease, anthropometry and cardiac biometry. [Article in English, Portuguese] Leal A, Oliveira J, Amado J, Gomes L, Magalhães T. Instituto de Ciencias Biomédicas Abel Salazar-Saúde Comunitária, Porto, Portugal. Abstract INTRODUCTION: The relation between body mass index (BMI)/obesity and left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in ischemic heart disease (IHD) has not been completely established, based o...

  4. Fetal Biometry of Head Circumference for Malaysian Pregnant Women

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    Ramli, Remsen Maizan; Jaafar, M. S.; Ismail, N. E.; Saltani, Hend A. A.; Ahmad, A. L.; Bermakai, M. Yahaya

    2010-07-01

    The purpose of this research is to study the fetal head circumference (HC) biometry for local population. Retrospective study was selected, done at Hospital Pulau Pinang and 5551 files of pregnant women were collected. The HC mean values of this study (HCmean) was compared with other published studies to see whether there was any difference between the various populations in the world. Comparison of means, regression analysis and paired sample t-test in SPSS software version 11.5 were used in the analysis. A total of 9874 HC data (mm) were recorded for gestational age (GA) of 12 to 41 weeks. The HC growth rate in second trimester (11.32 mm/week) has decreased to nearly half than in third trimester (5.53 mm/week). The HCmean was found to be highly significant difference (SD) than other 9 studies and only lower than HC values of USA, UK and Zimbabwe populations. The HC values of German show close similarity with HCmean. From 45 comparisons done, more than three-quarter of the comparisons resulted as SD (37) compared to insignificant differences (8). Consequently, each country should have their own standard HC of fetus biometry of the various gestations for their own population.

  5. OCULAR BIOMETRY IN ANGLE CLOSURE GLAUCOMA AND SENILE CATARACT

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    WANG Yu-lan; SHENG Yao-hua; YE Xiang-yu

    2008-01-01

    Objective To compare ocular biometric values in angle closure glaucoma and cataract in senile population.Methods Ocular biometry was performed in eyes classified to have angle closure glaucoma (29 eyes) and senile cataract (31 eyes). Ocular biometry readings between two groups were compared and analyzed statistically. Intraocular pressure was also recorded before and after lens extraction.Results Anterior chamber depth was shallower in patients with angle closure glaucoma group [(1.79±0.56) mm] compared with senile cataract group [(2.69±0.40) mm] (P<0.01). Lens thickness was greater in angle closure glaucoma group [(5.30±0.61) mm] than that in senile cataract group [(3.84±0.61) mm] (P<0.01). Phacoemusification was performed in 5 patients with persistent acute attack of angle closure glaucoma. IOPs were controlled in all five cases after lens extraction.Conclusion Eyes with angle closure glaucoma seems to have significantly shallow anterior chamber and greater lens thickness compared to senile cataract eyes in the same age. Lens extraction might be effective in those cases with such anatomy features.

  6. Fetal Biometry Studies of Malaysian Pregnant Women and Comparison with International Charts

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    Adam, N.; Ramli, R. M.; Jaafar, M. S.

    2010-07-01

    Fetal biometry is a measurement done on fetus anatomy to relate the fetus growth with gestational age (GA). In this study [1], fetal biometry that was studied consists of biparietal diameter (BPD), abdominal circumference (AC) and femur length (FL). Studies were carried out at Maternity Unit, Hospital Pulau Penang. From the finding, it is understood that fetal biometry distinguish the normal from abnormal fetal structures and it vary among different populations, depending upon their racial [2,3] and nutrition [4,5,6]. True findings are valuable in estimating the gestational age of the fetus, abnormalities in fetus and the consideration of maternal health specific to the Malaysian population.

  7. 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.

  8. Biometry traits and geometric morphometrics in sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax from different farming systems

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    Emilio Tibaldi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available 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 farmed extensively from those cultured under intensive conditions. Geometric morphometrics has been shown to be a valuable tool for describing changes in shape features and could result a useful technique to be associated to biometry traits in the context of fish quality assessment.

  9. Laser optical method of visualizing cutaneous blood vessels and its applications in biometry and photomedicine

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    Asimov, M. M.; Asimov, R. M.; Rubinov, A. N.

    2011-05-01

    We propose and examine a new approach to visualizing a local network of cutaneous blood vessels using laser optical methods for applications in biometry and photomedicine. Various optical schemes of the formation of biometrical information on the architecture of blood vessels of skin tissue are analyzed. We developed an optical model of the interaction of the laser radiation with the biological tissue and a mathematical algorithm of processing of measurement results. We show that, in medicine, the visualization of blood vessels makes it possible to calculate and determine regions of disturbance of blood microcirculation and to control tissue hypoxia, as well as to maintain the local concentration of oxygen at a level necessary for the normal cellular metabolism. We propose noninvasive optical methods for modern photomedicine and biometry for diagnostics and elimination of tissue hypoxia and for personality identification and verification via the pattern of cutaneous blood vessels.

  10. 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 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.

  11. 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.

  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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Simultaneous refraction measurement and OCT axial biometry of the eye during accommodation (Conference Presentation)

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    De Freitas, Carolina; Hernandez, Victor M.; Ruggeri, Marco; Durkee, Heather A.; Williams, Siobhan; Gregori, Giovanni; Ho, Arthur; Manns, Fabrice; Parel, Jean-Marie

    2016-03-01

    The purpose of this project is to design and evaluate a system that will enable objective assessment of the optical accommodative response in real-time while acquiring axial biometric information. The system combines three sub-systems which were integrated and mounted on a joystick x-y-z adjustable modified slit-lamp base to facilitate alignment and data acquisition: (1) a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor for dynamic refraction measurement, provided software calculates sphere, cylinder and axis values, (2) an extended-depth Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) system using an optical switch records high-resolution cross-sectional images across the length of the eye, from which, dynamic axial biometry (corneal thickness, anterior chamber depth, crystalline lens thickness and vitreous depth) can be extracted, and (3) a modified dual-channel accommodation stimulus unit based on the Badal optometer for providing a step change in accommodative stimulus. The prototypal system is capable of taking simultaneous measurements of both the optical and the mechanical response of lens accommodation. These measurements can provide insight into correlating changes in lens shape with changes in lens power and ocular refraction and ultimately provide a more comprehensive understanding of accommodation, presbyopia and an objective assessment of presbyopia correction techniques.

  16. Prevalence of Corneal Astigmatism and Anterior Segmental Biometry Characteristics Before Surgery in Chinese Congenital Cataract Patients.

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    Lin, Duoru; Chen, Jingjing; Liu, Zhenzhen; Wu, Xiaohang; Long, Erping; Luo, Lixia; Lin, Zhuoling; Li, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Li; Chen, Hui; Liu, Jinchao; Chen, Weirong; Lin, Haotian; Liu, Yizhi

    2016-02-25

    The prevalence and the distribution characteristics of corneal astigmatism (CA) and anterior segment biometry before surgery in Chinese congenital cataract (CC) patients are not completely understood. This study involved 400 CC patients from the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center enrolled from February 2011 to August 2015. Data on CA, keratometry, central corneal thickness (CCT) and anterior chamber depth (ACD) were measured by the Pentacam Scheimpflug System. The mean age of patients was 54.27 months, and the ratio of boys to girls was 1.53:1. The mean CA was 2.03 diopters (D), and 39.25% of subjects had CA values ≥2 D. The most frequent (71.8%) diagnosis was with-the-rule astigmatism. Oblique astigmatism was present in 16.2% of cases, and 12% of cases had against-the-rule astigmatism. The mean keratometry measurement of cataractous eyes in bilateral patients was significantly larger than that in unilateral patients. Girls had a larger mean keratometry but a thinner CCT than did boys. The CA, CCT, and ACD of cataractous eyes were significantly larger than those of non-cataractous eyes in unilateral patients. The CA, mean keratometry, CCT, and ACD in CC patients varied with age, gender, and laterality. Fully understanding these characteristics may help inform guidelines and treatment decisions in CC patients.

  17. 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 (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. PMID:27555746

  18. BIOMETRY AND TESTICULAR GROWTH INFLUENCED BY NUTRITION ON PREPUBERTAL PELIBUEY LAMBS

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    J.M. MARTINEZ

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The growth and testicular development was studied in 48 Pelibuey male lambs 76.6±3.0 days of age and 12.7±1.9 kg body weight (BW, two groups were designed (n=24. 1: Intensive rotational grassing (IRG, 2: Intensive rotational grassing plus nutritional supplement (IRGS. BW was recorded every 15 days from 75 days of age to the onset of puberty. The animals grazed on Panicum maximum. IRGS received a concentrate with 15% of protein. The testicular biometry included scrotal circumference (SC and testicular volume (TV. Blood samples were collected each 15 days from 90 to 190 days of age for evaluate the testosterone concentrations. BW, SC and TV at histological puberty was higher in IRGS than IRG; 22.5±1.5 vs. 16.06±1.5 kg, 22.0±1.0 vs. 12.2±1.5 cm, 60.5±1.7 vs. 12±3.5 cm3 respectively (P<0.05 with an average age for the two groups of 162±7.0 days. The correlation coefficient (R was higher (P<0.05 for SC vs BW than age vs BW (0.884 vs 0.816 and the TV vs. BW than TV vs. age (0.849 vs. 0.777 in the IRGS; the IRG showed lower R for the same comparisons (P<0.05. Seminiferous tubules showed lumen by day 142, spermatids and spermatozoids by day 171 for IRGS, meanwhile in the IRG only showed gonocytes and Sertoli cells. Testosterone concentrations reached a peak (2.5 ng/ml at 168 days of age for the IRGS meanwhile the IRG showed lower levels than 0.05 ng/ml. Testicular development and testosterone concentrations depends more on BW than age; and they are modified by the nutritional management in prepuberal male lambs.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. Fruit and seed biometry and germination of Victoria amazonica (Poepp. J.C. Sowerby (Nymphaeaceae from the Pantanal floodplain

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    Luiz Ricardo dos Santos Tozin

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Numerous plant species are easily established in the wide flood plains of the Pantanal wetlands due to the environmental heterogeneity. The aquatic macrophytes excel in permanently flooded areas, particularly Nymphaeaceae species. Victoria amazonica, popularly known as the vitória-régia, is hallmarked for its beauty. However, the biology and conditions necessary for the seed germination of this flowering plant remain unknown. In the present study, the fruit and seed morphology and biometry were described and the seed germination was evaluated under different abiotic conditions. To this end, mature fruits of V. amazonica were collected from the bays near Paraguay River in the south Pantanal floodplain. The fruits and seeds were described and measured using digital caliper. Intact and mechanically scarified seeds were germinated under different temperature, light and substratum conditions, and the initial development was described. The fruits measured 67.5 x 119.7 mm in size and contained 100-700 seeds. The average seed measured 10.6 mm in length and 9.8 mm in width. The highest germination occurred at 25oC, independent of the light condition. The seeds were considered neutral photoblastic. The seedlings showed heterophylly, and the main root was degenerated, forming adventitious roots. Morphological differences were observed in seedlings developed under different light conditions.

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

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    Ozdemir Ozdemir

    2015-06-01

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Blood and seminal plasma concentrations of selenium, zinc and testosterone and their relationship to sperm quality and testicular biometry in domestic cats.

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    Villaverde, Ana Izabel S B; Fioratti, Eduardo G; Ramos, Renata S; Neves, Renato C F; Ferreira, João Carlos P; Cardoso, Guilherme S; Padilha, Pedro M; Lopes, Maria Denise

    2014-11-10

    The aim of this study was to assess seminal plasma (SP) and serum concentrations of zinc (Zn), selenium (Se) and testosterone (T) in domestic cats and determine whether these are related to sperm quality and testicular biometry. Six tomcats were collected using an artificial vagina and sperm analysis included motility by CASA, morphology, plasma membrane integrity, and sperm count. Serum and SP were submitted to total T concentration determination using a solid-phase radioimmunoassay technique while Zn and Se were measured by atomic absorption spectroscopy. Serum T concentrations were greater compared to SP concentrations, but both values were significantly correlated. Se concentrations were higher in serum, whereas SP had greater Zn values. Concentrations of Se, Zn and T were not correlated with each other either in serum or SP. Negative correlations were detected between Se concentrations in SP and total sperm head defects, and between Se concentrations in serum and VAP, VSL, STR, and LIN. Serum concentrations of Zn were negatively correlated with total abnormal sperm and midpiece defects and positively related to progressive motility. Both serum and SP concentrations of T had no relationship with sperm quality. Concentrations of Se exhibited a negative correlation with total testicular weight, whereas T concentrations in SP and serum were correlated with total testicular volume and weight. In conclusion, both Se and Zn concentrations in serum were correlated to sperm quality variables in the domestic cat, thus, making these potential candidates for fertility markers.

  5. 角膜塑形术后眼前节形态及调节功能%Anterior segment biometry and accommodative function after orthokeratology

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    朱伟根; 张莎莎; 邵一磊; 袁一民; 沈梅晓; 瞿佳

    2016-01-01

    Objective To investigate the changes in accommodative response and anterior segment biometry during accommodation in young progressive myopes who wear overnight orthokeratology lenses.Methods Eighteen children (age:14.4±2.6 years) were enrolled in this prospective experimental study and were tested before wearing orthokeratology (OK) lenses and after wearing them for three months.Using a Badal optical system,the refractive error of each subject was corrected before and after lens wear,and then accommodative stimuli of 3 D and 5 D were presented.A custom-built optical coherence tomographer (OCT) with a long scan depth was used to image the entire anterior segment through the pupil,and to obtain the anterior segment biometry including pupil diameter (PD),anterior chamber depth (ACD),lens thickness (LT) and the lens anterior surface's radius of curvature (LAC).An auto-refractometer (WAM-5500) was used to measure ocular refraction during accommodation,which was used to calculate the accommodative response.The measurements of anterior segment biometry and accommodative response were repeated twice under each accommodative state.Results After wearing orthokeratology lenses for one to three months,an improvement in the accommodative response was evident under both the 3 D (1.72±0.59 D vs.2.42±0.84 D) and 5 D (3.09±0.63 D vs.3.61±0.86 D) accommodative states (paired t-test,t=2.84,2.12,P<0.05).During accommodation,△PD,△ACD,△LT,and △LAC changed obviously.Compared with baseline (before wearing OK lenses),accommodation-related changes in △ACD (3 D:-0.11±0.04 mm vs.-0.16±0.06 mm,t=3.88,P<0.01;5 D:-0.15±0.05 mm vs.-0.20±0.07 mm,t=2.37,P<0.05),△LAC (3 D:-2.60±0.79 mm vs.-3.81±1.08 mm,t=3.96,P<0.01;5 D:-3.57±1.14 mm vs.-4.32±1.36 mm,t=2.08,P<0.05) and △LT (3 D:0.22±0.13 mm vs.0.27±0.06 mm,t=-1.94,P<0.05;5 D:0.26± 0.09 mm vs.0.30±0.10 mm,t=-1.99,P<0.05) showed statistically significant increases.Conclusion After wearing orthokeratology

  6. Biometry of anterior segment of human eye on both horizontal and vertical meridians during accommodation imaged with extended scan depth optical coherence tomography.

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    Full Text Available To determine the biometry of anterior segment dimensions of the human eye on both horizontal and vertical meridians with extended scan depth optical coherence tomography (OCT during accommodation.Twenty pre-presbyopic volunteers, aged between 24 and 30, were recruited. The ocular anterior segment of each subject was imaged using an extended scan depth OCT under non- and 3.0 diopters (D of accommodative demands on both horizontal and vertical meridians. All the images were analyzed to yield the following parameters: pupil diameter (PD, anterior chamber depth (ACD, anterior and posterior surface curvatures of the crystalline lens (ASC and PSC and the lens thickness (LT. Two consecutive measurements were performed to assess the repeatability and reproducibility of this OCT. They were evaluated by calculating the within-subject standard deviation (SD, a paired t-test, intra-class correlation coefficients (ICC and the coefficient of repeatability/reproducibility (CoR.There were no significant differences between two consecutive measurements on either horizontal or vertical meridians under both two different accommodative statuses (P>0.05. The ICC for all parameters ranged from 0.775 to 0.998, except for the PSC (0.550 on the horizontal meridian under the non-accommodative status. In addition, the CoR for most of the parameters were excellent (0.004% to 4.89%. In all the parameters, only PD and PSC were found different between the horizontal and vertical meridians under both accommodative statuses (P<0.05. PD, ACD, ASC and PSC under accommodative status were significantly smaller than those under the non-accommodative status, except that the PSC at the vertical meridian did not change. In addition, LT was significantly increased when accommodation.The extended scan depth OCT successfully measured the dimensions of the anterior eye during accommodation with good repeatability and reproducibility on both horizontal and vertical meridians. The asymmetry

  7. 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

  8. [Morphology and biometry of eggs and larvae of Strongyloides sp. Grassi, 1879 (Rhabditoidea: Strongyloididae), a gastrointestinal parasite of Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766) (Rodentia: Hydrochaeridae), in the municipality of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil].

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    Vieira, Fabiano M; Lima, Sueli de S; Bessa, Elisabeth Cristina de A

    2006-01-01

    An important method to diagnose and study the helminthofauna of wild animals is to examine the host's feces to find eggs and larvae, seeking to identify the parasites and study their morphobiology. The objective of the present work is to provide morphological and biometric data on the eggs and larvae of Strongyloides sp., a capybara gastrointestinal parasite. Using the technique of Gordon and Whitlock, simple flotation and the modified Baermann examination, capybara fecal samples were selected based on a criterion of the highest proportion of eggs and larvae in the initial development stages, for morphometric description of eggs, L1, L2 and L3 of Strongyloides sp. From past reports of parasitism in Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, we suspect that the eggs and larvae in this study are of Strongyloides chapini Sandground, 1925, which constitutes the first description of these stages for this species of nematode. Nevertheless, the morphology and biometry data of these stages demonstrate that they are similar to those of other species of the Strongyloides genus.

  9. 基于谱域OCT图像的人眼前节生物学参数自动测量%Automated biometry of human ocular anterior segment based on spectral domain optical coherence tomography

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    陈思思; 朱德喜; 马庆凯; 沈梅晓

    2016-01-01

    ocular anterior segment.However,the measurement of the dimension of anterior segment from the OCT image with high speed and precision is a challenge at present.The software of automatic data processing is still lack in analyzing spectral domain OCT.Objective This study was to perform the automatic biometry and data processing of human ocular anterior segment OCT image by using self-developed automatic detection software and evaluate the accuracy and repeatability of this method.Methods Twenty eyes of 10 normal subjects were included in Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University from June to July 2013.The OCT image of anterior eye segments were obtained with custom-made ultra-long scan depth OCT under the informed consent.Anautomatic software algorithm was developed for the biometric measurement on these OCT images,including boundary segmentation,image registration and optical correction of OCT images.The boundary segmentation algorithm utilized the axial gradient information of OCT images and the shortest path search principal based on the dynamic programming to optimize edge finding.Central corneal thickness (CCT),anterior chamber depth (ACD),pupil diameter (PD),lens thickness (LT),radius of lens anterior curvatures (LAC) and radius of lens of posterior curvatures (LPC) were automatically and manually measured,and the validity of automatic detection algorithm was assessed by calculating the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) between the automatic and manual measurements,and the repeatability was validated by calculating the coefficient of repeatability (COR) between repeated measurement.This study was approved by the Ethic Committee of Wenzhou Medical University and informed consent was obtained from all subjects.Results There were no significant differences in the results of CCT,ACD,PD,LT,LAC and LPC between the automatic and manual measurements (P =0.205,0.167,0.285,0.127,0.102,0.074).The results were consistent between automatic and manual measurements (all at

  10. Lenstar LS900与IOLMaster测量眼前节生物参数及人工晶状体度数的比较%Comparison of anterior segment biometry and intraocular lens power measured by Lenstar LS900 and IOLMaster

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    叶向彧; 纪建丽; 张广斌; 王乐; 毛益辉; 何雪洪

    2011-01-01

    目的 精确的眼生物测量对人工晶状体(intraocular lens,IOL)度数计算至关重要,尤其是眼轴及角膜曲率的测量.本研究将对比新一代光学低相干反射生物测量仪Lenstar LS900 (Haag-Streit)与IOLMaster对眼前节参数及IOL测算的差异.方法 应用Lenstar LS900和IOLMaster分别对30例(60眼)老年性白内障患者进行眼轴长度、前房深度、角膜曲率和散光轴方面的测量比较;分别利用2种设备计算IOL度数,均选用SRK/T计算公式和SA60AT(Alcon)IOL,在确定同一度数的前提下比较目标屈光度的差异.结果 Lenstar LS900和IOLMaster测量眼轴长度、前房深度、平均角膜曲率、陡峭轴角膜曲率之间差异均无统计学意义(均为P>0.05),且均具有良好的相关性(相关系数分别为0.999、0.955、0.936、0.845),而两种设备测得陡峭轴之间相关欠佳(r =0.579).Lenstar LS900和IOLMaster所获得的术后目标屈光度值分别为(-0.02±0.17)D和(-0.07±0.23)D,差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).Bland-Altman分析显示,2种设备获得的目标屈光值具有良好的一致性.结论 Lenstar LS900和IOLMaster两种设备测量眼前节参数及IOL度数具有良好的一致性.同时,Lenstar LS900还可以快速、准确的为白内障患者和屈光医师提供更多的眼生物参数.%Objective To compare the difference of anterior segment biometry and intraocular lens (IOL) power measured by a new noncontact optical biometer Lenstar LS9O0 (Haag-Streit) using optical low-coherence reflectometry and IOLMaster. Methods Biometry measurements in 60 eyes of 30 patients scheduled for cataract surgery by the same examiner with Lenstar LS900 and IOLMaster, the axial length (AL) .anterior chamber depth (ACD) and keratometric (K) were compared,IOL power for AcrySof SA60AT( Alcon) measure by two devices using SRK/T formulas was calculated, and the difference of targeted diopter under same IOL power was compared. Results There was no statistical

  11. Using dysphonic voice to characterize speaker's biometry

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    Gómez Vilda, Pedro; San Segundo, Eugenia; Mazaira Fernández, Luis Miguel; Álvarez Marquina, Agustín; Rodellar Biarge, M. Victoria

    2015-01-01

    Phonation distortion leaves relevant marks in a speaker's biometric profile. Dysphonic voice production may be used for biometrical speaker characterization. In the present paper phonation features derived from the glottal source (GS) parameterization, after vocal tract inversion, is proposed for dysphonic voice characterization in Speaker Verification tasks. The glottal source derived parameters are matched in a forensic evaluation framework defining a distance-based metric specification. Th...

  12. Biometry, biometrics, biostatistics, bioinformatics,..., bio-X.

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    2005-03-01

    Recent scientific evolutions force us to rethink our profession's position on the scientific map, in relation to our neighboring professions, the ones with which we traditionally have strong collaborative links as well as the newly emerging fields, but also within our own, diverse professional group. We will show that great inspiration can be drawn from our own history, in fact from the early days of the Society. A recent inspiring example has been set by the late Rob Kempton, who died suddenly just months before he was to become President of the International Biometric Society.

  13. Hepatometria ultra-sonográfica em crianças: proposta de novo método Sonographic biometry of the liver in children: proposal of a new method

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Padronizar método ultra-sonográfico de biometria hepática em crianças, visando estabelecer maior precisão nos planos de corte e minimizar o fator operador-dependência; testar a reprodutibilidade intra-observador. CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODO: A hepatometria ultra-sonográfica foi realizada em 32 crianças, entre 0 e 6 anos de idade, sem doença hepática ou das vias biliares. Todas as crianças foram examinadas por um mesmo observador, em duas ocasiões diferentes (exames 1 e 2. Os planos seccionais foram estabelecidos inter-relacionando linhas de orientação externas a reparos anatômicos intra-abdominais, extra e intra-hepáticos. Para análise comparativa das medidas dos exames 1 e 2 foi utilizado o teste t pareado. O coeficiente de Pearson foi empregado para análise de correlação: a dos parâmetros entre si; b entre a idade das crianças e a diferença das medidas dos exames 1 e 2. RESULTADOS: À análise estatística não houve: a diferença significante no estudo da variabilidade intra-observador; b correlação significante entre a diferença das medidas e as idades dos pacientes. Verificamos que os parâmetros estão, no geral, direta e altamente correlacionados entre si (r > 0,60. CONCLUSÃO: O método é reprodutível por um mesmo observador. As medidas dos diâmetros crânio-caudal na linha médio-esternal e crânio-caudal posterior na linha hemiclavicular, usando referenciais anatômicos intra-hepáticos, mostraram-se precisas e mais práticas que as demais.OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study are: (1 to standardize the sonographic biometry method to determine the size of the liver in children in order to obtain a greater precision of the section planes and to minimize operator-dependant error; (2 to test intra-observer reproducibility. CASUISTIC AND METHOD: Sonographic measurements of the liver were performed by a single examiner in 32 children (aged 0 to 6 years with no liver or biliary system disease. The

  14. Biometria de frutos e sementes e germinação de Plathymenia reticulata benth. e Plathymenia foliolosa benth. (Fabaceae - mimosoideae Biometry of fruits and seeds and germination of Plathymenia reticulata benth. and Plathymenia foliolosa benth. (Fabaceae - mimosoideae

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    Renata de Melo Ferreira Lopes

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo objetivou comparar características biométricas de frutos e sementes e o efeito de diferentes escarificações, temperaturas e luz na germinação de Plathymenia reticulata Benth. e Plathymenia foliolosa Benth. Foram registrados comprimento, largura, espessura, massa da matéria seca e fresca de frutos (n = 100 e sementes (n = 100 de cada espécie. Os diferentes tratamentos foram escarificações mecânica e química e temperaturas (fotoperíodo/nictoperíodo de 20, 30 e 35/15 °C (12/12 e 0/24 e 25 e 35 °C (12/12. Os frutos de P. foliolosa mostraram-se mais largos, espessos e pesados e as sementes, mais compridas e espessas do que as de P. reticulata. As sementes de ambas as espécies não apresentaram fotoblastismo. A escarificação ácida não aumentou significativamente a germinabilidade das sementes em relação ao grupo-controle, enquanto a escarificação mecânica incrementou significativamente a germinabilidade apenas de P. foliolosa. As germinabilidades a 25 °C das sementes de P. reticulata intactas, escarificadas com ácido e lixa foram, respectivamente, de 55%, 60% e 89%. Para as sementes de P. foliolosa esses valores foram 48%, 37,5% e 83%, respectivamente.Esses resultados apontam limitações na germinação de P. foliolosa impostas pelo tegumento, entretanto o efeito deste restringindo a germinação das sementes intactas decresceu com a elevação da temperatura.This study aimed to compare the biometry of fruits and seeds, as well as the effect of different scarification, temperature and light conditions on the germination of Plathymenia reticulata Benth. and Plathymenia foliolosa Benth. We measured the length, width, thickness, and fresh mass of fruits (n= 100 and seeds (n= 100 of each specie. The different treatments were mechanic and acid scarification, temperatures (photoperiod/nictoperiod of 20, 30 and 35/15 °C (12/12 and 0/24 and 25 and 35 °C (12/12. P. foliolosa fruits were wider, thickener and heavier

  15. Morfologia e biometria do ligamento apical do pênis de touros da raça Girolando Morphology and biometry of the apical ligament of the penis of Girolando race bulls

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    Júlio Roquete Cardoso

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se descrever a morfologia e biometria do ligamento apical do pênis de 32 touros da raça Girolando (Bos taurus indicus X Bos taurus taurus, Linnaeus - 1758, com idade de 36 a 48 meses e pesando de 480 a 540kg. As peças anatômicas foram obtidas em frigorífico e mantidas congeladas até dissecação. O ligamento originou-se a 15,1±2,9cm distalmente à curvatura caudal da flexura sigmoide e inseriu-se a 1,4±0,7cm proximalmente ao colo da glande, medindo 18,9±2,6cm de comprimento. Apresentou largura de 1,9±0,6mm na sua origem, 2,2±0,8mm na inserção e 35,2±10mm na altura da inserção da lâmina interna do prepúcio. A espessura média ao longo de sua extensão variou de 0,7 a 1,9mm. Próximo à coroa da glande, o ligamento apical se posiciona principalmente na superfície dorsolateral esquerda desse órgão, e a característica da sua fixação na albugínea apresentou variações ao longo de sua extensão. Em sua origem e inserção e na face esquerda do pênis, o ligamento apical é firmemente aderido à túnica albugínea, mas na face dorsal e direita do pênis essa união é realizada por meio de tecido conjuntivo frouxo. Verificou-se correlação média entre o comprimento e a circunferência do pênis com o comprimento do ligamento apical, mas a correlação entre essas variáveis do pênis e a largura do ligamento apical foi baixa.The aim of this study was to describe the morphology and biometry of the apical ligament of the penis of Girolando bulls. For this purpose, it was dissected 32 penis of Girolando bulls obtained from slaughterhouses and kept frozen until their dissection. The animals were 36 to 48 month old and weighted between 480 and 540kg. The origin of the apical ligament occurred at 15.1±2.9cm distally to the caudal loop of the sigmoid flexure and its insertion occurred at 1.4±0.7cm proximally to the neck of the glans. The length of the apical ligament was 19.9±2.6cm. The width was 1.9±0.6mm at its

  16. 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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    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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Dynamic iris biometry: a technique for enhanced identification

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    McDowell Douglas R

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The iris as a unique identifier is predicated on the assumption that the iris image does not alter. This does not consider the fact that the iris changes in response to certain external factors including medication, disease, surgery as well as longer term ageing changes. It is also part of a dynamic optical system that alters with light level and focussing distance. A means of distinguishing the features that do not alter over time from those that do is needed. This paper applies iris recognition algorithms to a newly acquired database of 186 iris images from four subjects. These images have greater magnification and detail than iris images in existing databases. Iris segmentation methods are tested on the database. A new technique that enhances segmentation is presented and compared to two existing methods. These are also applied to test the effects of pupil dilation in the identification process. Findings Segmentation results from all the images showed that using the proposed algorithm accurately detected pupil boundaries for 96.2% respectively of the images, which was an increase of 88.7% over the most commonly used algorithm. For the images collected, the proposed technique also showed significant improvement in detection of the limbal boundary compared to the detection rates using existing methods. With regard to boundary displacement errors, only slight errors were found with the proposed technique compared to extreme errors made when existing techniques were applied. As the pupil becomes more dilated, the success of identification is increasingly more dependent on the decision criterion used. Conclusions The enhanced segmentation technique described in this paper performs with greater accuracy than existing methods for the higher quality images collected in this study. Implementation of the proposed segmentation enhancement significantly improves pupil boundary detection and therefore overall iris segmentation. Pupil dilation is an important aspect of iris identification; with increasing dilation, there is a greater risk of identification failure. Choice of decision criterion for identification should be carefully reviewed. It needs to be recognised that differences in the quality of images in different databases may result in variations in the performance of iris recognition algorithms.

  1. Fruit biometry and seed germination of Syagrus romanzoffiana (Cham. Glassm

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    Flora Goudel

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Syagrus romanzoffiana (Cham. Glassm. is a species native to Brazil that is of ecological and aesthetic importance. This study aims to describe the biometric characteristics of S. romanzoffiana fruits and to assess the effects that treatments meant to overcome dormancy and partial drying have on seed germination. For biometric characterization, each repetition consisted of 50 fruits from eight clusters (total, 400 fruits. To evaluate methods for overcoming dormancy, seeds representative of populations were treated by perforation of the operculum; perforation of the operculum and immersion in water for 24 hours; cracking; exposure to fire for three minutes; and non-removal of fibers. There was also a control group. In a second experiment, seeds were partially dried. We determined the proportional moisture content of newly harvested seeds (20.2% and dried them down to moisture contents of 15.5% and 12.7%. All seeds were subjected to a germination test at 30ºC. The fruits showed biometric variations, with an average of 21.7 mm in longitudinal diameter and 19.7 mm in polar diameter, and a fresh mass of 5.61 g, of which 59.29% was pulp. The highest germination rates and vigor to overcome dormancy occurred after the operculum was perforated and the seeds were soaked in water for 24 hours. The results of the partial drying treatments did not differ sufficiently to discourage dormancy in any significant manner.

  2. On the morphology, biometry and biogeography of Lamtopyxiscallistoma (Amoebozoa: Arcellinida).

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    Todorov, Milcho

    2015-01-01

    The ultra-structure of the shell and the morphometric variability of soil inhabiting testate amoeba Lamtopyxiscallistoma 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. Apoderavas, Alocoderacockayni, Certesellacertesi, Certesellamartiali, etc.), can be used as an example that in free-living microbial eukaryotes 'not everything is everywhere'.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Biometrie und Datenschutz; Bedrohungen und Privacy-Enhancing Technologies

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    Borking, J.J.; Verhaar, P.J.A.

    1999-01-01

    Dies er Beitrag beschreibt Bedrohungen der Privatsphare, die durch den Einsatz und die Nutzung biometrischer Technologien entstehen können. Die Autoren skizzieren, welche (technischen) Massnahmen ergriffen werden können, um die Auswirkungen dieser Bedrohungen zu verringern oder sogar zu beseitigen

  6. Biometrie et croissance des jeunes crevettes Penaeus de la Guadeloupe

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    Rojas-Beltrán, Ricardo

    1981-01-01

    Les plus importantes relations biométriques pour les juvéniles de Penaeus (Melicertus) aztecus subtilis, P. (M.) brasiliensis et P. (M.) duorarum notialis de la mangrove guadeloupéenne, ont été calculées. Les relations concernant les tailles (longueur céphalothoracique – longueur totale – longueur a

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Eficácia do eugenol extraído da planta Eugenia aromática como anestésico para realização de biometrias em adultos de tilápia do Nilo (Oreochromis niloticus - doi: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v32i4.9973 Efficacy of eugenol extracted from the plant Eugenia aromatica as an anesthetic for the biometry procedures in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus adults - doi: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v32i4.9973

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    Carlos Riedel Porto Carreiro

    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

  10. Ocular biometry in an urban Indian population: the Singapore Indian Eye Study (SINDI).

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    Pan, Chen-Wei; Wong, Tien-Yin; Chang, Lan; Lin, Xiao-Yu; Lavanya, Raghavan; Zheng, Ying-Feng; Kok, Yee-Onn; Wu, Ren-Yi; Aung, Tin; Saw, Seang-Mei

    2011-08-22

    PURPOSE. To describe the distribution and determinants of ocular biometric parameters in adult Singapore Indians. METHODS. A population-based, cross-sectional study was conducted on 3400 Indians aged 40 to 83 years residing in Singapore. Ocular components including axial length (AL), anterior chamber depth (ACD), and corneal radius (CR) were measured by partial coherence interferometry. Refraction was recorded in spherical equivalent (SE). RESULTS. After 502 individuals with previous cataract surgery were excluded, ocular biometric data on 2785 adults were analyzed. The mean AL, ACD, and CR were 23.45 ± 1.10, 3.15 ± 0.36, and 7.61 ± 0.26 mm, respectively. The mean AL/CR ratio was 3.08 ± 0.13. The mean AL was 23.53, 23.49, 23.35, and 23.25 mm in 40- to 49-, 50- to 59-, 60- to 69-, and 700 to 83-year age groups, respectively (P Singapore was similar to that of Malays in Singapore, but longer than that of Indians living in India. Time spent reading, height, and educational level were the strongest determinants of AL. AL was the strongest predictor of SE in all age groups.

  11. Anterior segment biometry using ultrasound biomicroscopy and the Artemis-2 very high frequency ultrasound scanner

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    Al-Farhan HM

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Haya M Al-Farhan, Reem N AlMutairiKing Saud University, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaPurpose: To compare the precision of anterior chamber angle (ACA and anterior chamber depth (ACD measurements taken with ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM and the Artemis-2 Very High Frequency Ultrasound Scanner (VHFUS in normal subjects.Design: Prospective study.Methods: We randomly selected one eye from each of 59 normal subjects in this study. Two subjects dropped out of the study; the associated data were excluded from analysis. ACA and ACD measurements were obtained using the VHFUS and the UBM. The results were compared statistically using repeated-measures analysis of variance for the intraobserver repeatability, unpaired t-test, and limits of agreement.Results: The average ACA values for the UBM and the VHFUS (±standard deviation were 41.83° ± 5.03° and 33.36° ± 6.03°, respectively. The average ACD values were 2.96 ± 0.34 mm and 2.87 ± 0.31 mm. The intraobserver repeatability analysis of variance P-values for ACA and ACD measurements using UBM were 0.10 and 0.68, respectively; for the Artemis-2 VHFUS, the respective values were 0.68 and 0.09. The difference in ACA measurements was statistically significant (t = 8.41; P < 0.0001, while the difference in ACD values was not (t = 1.51; P < 0.13. The mean ACA difference was 8.50° ± 2.50°, and the limits of agreement were +13.30° to −3.60°. The mean ACD difference was 0.09 ± 0.27 mm, and the limits of agreement ranged from 0.61 mm to −0.43 mm. The mean difference percentage of ACD was 3.1% for both instruments.Conclusion: In case of the ACD, both instruments can be used interchangeably; however, with the ACA instruments, they cannot be used interchangeably.Keywords: anterior chamber angle, anterior chamber depth, Artemis-2 VHF scanner, ultrasound biomicroscope, normal eyes

  12. 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’.

  13. Accuracy of optical biometry combined with Placido disc corneal topography for intraocular lens power calculation

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    Savini, Giacomo; Hoffer, Kenneth J.; Barboni, Piero; Balducci, Nicole; Schiano-Lomoriello, Domenico; Ducoli, Pietro

    2017-01-01

    Purpose To investigate the accuracy of a new optical biometer for intraocular lens (IOL) power calculation in eyes undergoing cataract surgery. Methods Consecutive eyes of patients undergoing cataract surgery with the same IOL model were enrolled in a prospective cohort study. Axial length (AL) and corneal power were measured with an optical biometer based on optical low-coherence interferometry and Placido-disc corneal topography. IOL power was calculated with the Hoffer Q, Holladay 1 and SRK/T formulas. For each formula the lens constant was optimized in retrospect in order to achieve a mean prediction error (PE) of zero (difference between the predicted and the postoperative refraction). Median absolute error (MedAE) and percentage of eyes with PE ±0.50 D were calculated. Results Seventy-four eyes of 74 cataract patients were enrolled. The MedAE was 0.25 D with all formulas. A PE within ±0.50 D was obtained in 89.04% of cases with the Hoffer Q and SRK/T formulas, and in 87.67% of cases with the Holladay 1 formula. Conclusions The optical biometer investigated in the present study provides accurate measurements for IOL power calculation. PMID:28231267

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

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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...

  17. Use of Non-invasive Methods for Evaluating the Testicular Biometry in Collared Peccaries (Pecari tajacu Linnaeus, 1758).

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    Peixoto, G C X; Silva, M A; Lima, G L; Campos, L B; Paiva, A L C; Paula, V V; Ricarte, A R F; Silva, A R

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    The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of two methods used to estimate testicular volume in the collared peccary. Calliper and ultrasonographic measurements of testicular dimensions (length, width and height) of both testes were taken on five adult collared peccaries. The testicular volume was calculated by Lambert's empiric formula: length (L) × width (W) × height (H) × 0.71, the formula of an ellipsoid L × W × H × 0.52, and Hansen's formula: L × W(2)  × 0.52. The calculated volumes were then compared with the actual ones, which were estimated by water displacement. The mean of true testicular volume was 22.65 ± 1.52 ml. Lambert's formula estimated testicular volume more accurately when ultrasound measurements were taken. However, when the calliper was the methodology used, the results were closest to the true volume, especially when Ellipsoid formula and Hansen's formula were applied, and underestimated the true volumes by 1.53 ± 1.75 ml and 1.53 ± 1.65 ml, respectively. This specific application of technologies in wild animals has the potential to revolutionize the selection process for the collared peccary entering artificial insemination or natural breeding programmes.

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

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    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.

  19. 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)

    2009-07-26

    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.

  20. 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

    2015-01-01

    ·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.

  1. Determinants of female fecundity and outcome of pregnancy : epidemiological cohort studies to the effects of age, biometry and life style habits

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    B.M. Zaadstra (Baukje Marijke)

    1993-01-01

    textabstractBecoming a mother is no more a matter of destiny only, but increasingly a matter of choice as wel!. Until recently, having children was as natura! as eating, drinking and dying. Children just "happened" during the course of (married) life. However in modem societies life does not just "h

  2. 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.

  3. Oogonial biometry and phylogenetic analyses of the Pythium vexans species group from woody agricultural hosts in South Africa reveal distinct groups within this taxon.

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    Spies, Christoffel F J; Mazzola, Mark; Botha, Wilhelm J; Van Der Rijst, Marieta; Mostert, Lizel; Mcleod, Adéle

    2011-02-01

    Pythium vexans fits into the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) clade K sensu Lévesque & De Cock (2004). Within clade K, P. vexans forms a distinct clade containing two enigmatic species, Pythium indigoferae and Pythium cucurbitacearum of which no ex-type strains are available. 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. This study aimed to investigate the diversity of South African P. vexans isolates, mainly from grapevines, but also citrus and apple using (i) phylogenetic analyses of the ITS, cytochrome c oxidase (cox) I, cox II, and β-tubulin regions and (ii) seven biometric oogonial parameters. Each of the phylogenies clustered P. vexans isolates into a single well-supported clade, distinct from other clade K species. The β-tubulin region was phylogenetically uninformative regarding the P. vexans group. The ITS phylogeny and combined cox I and II phylogenies, although each revealing several P. vexans subclades, were incongruent. One of the most striking incongruences was the presence of one cox subclade that contained two distinct ITS subclades (Ib and IV). Three groups (A-C) were subjectively identified among South African P. vexans isolates using (i) phylogenetic clades (ITS and cox), (ii) univariate analysis of oogonial diameters, and (iii) multivariate analyses of biometric oogonial parameters. Group A is considered to be P. vexans s. str. since it contained the P. vexans CBS reference strain from Van der Plaats-Niterink (1981). This group had significantly smaller oogonial diameters than group B and C isolates. Group B contained the isolates from ITS subclades Ib and IV, which formed a single cox subclade. The ITS subclade IV isolates were all sexually sterile or produced mainly abortive oospores, as opposed to the sexually fertile subclade Ib isolates, and may thus represent a distinct assemblage within group B. Although ITS subclade Ib included the P. indigoferae ex-type sequence, this group was considered to be P. vexans since South African isolates in this clade produced globose sporangia. Group C contained four apple isolates that were related to, but distinct from P. cucurbitacearum. Although P. vexans groups A-C might be distinct species, they are not described here as such due to (i) these groups only representing some of the known diversity in P. vexans, (ii) conflicting gene tree phylogenies preventing phylogenetic species identification, and (iii) sexually sterile isolates preventing the broad application of biometrical data.

  4. 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 < 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. PMID:27403339

  5. 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.

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

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    Temtanakitpaisan, Teerayut [Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen (Thailand); Chantarason, Varisara [Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Bumrungrad Hospital, Bangkok (Thailand); Bunyavejchevin, Suvit [Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok (Thailand)

    2016-01-15

    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. 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. 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/m{sup 2}, 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 cm{sup 2}, 17.50±4.81 cm{sup 2}, and 9.69±2.09 cm{sup 2}, 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). 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.

  7. Observations sur les migrations et la biometrie de l'Alouette des Champs (Alauda arvensis en automne au Pays-Basque

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    VIGNES, J.C.

    2001-01-01

    La repartición de talla de la envergadura y de las alas es bimodal, siendo los machos más grandes y el 62% de las aves capturadas, hembras. El número de migraciones parece disminuir regularmente después de varias décadas.

  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. 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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    McGinty, Patricia

    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.

  10. Oligo-Miocene foraminiferal record (Miogypsinidae, Lepidocyclinidae and Nummulitidae) from the Western Taurides (SW Turkey): Biometry and implications for the regional geology

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    Özcan, Ercan; Less, György; Báldi-Beke, Mária; Kollányi, Katalin; Acar, Ferhat

    2009-05-01

    The marine Oligo-Miocene units of western Taurides, deposited under different tectonic regimes (in Bey Dağları platform in foreland and coeval sequences in hinterland), were studied to establish a high-resolution biostratigraphic framework. Biometric study of the full spectrum of larger foraminifera in a regional scale allowed us correlating them with the shallow benthic zonation (SBZ) system introduced by [Cahuzac, B., Poignant, A., 1997. Essai de biozonation de l'Oligo-Miocène dans les bassins européens à l'aide des grands foraminifères néritiques. Bulletin de la Société géologique de France 168, 155-169], and to determine the ages of these sites on zonal precision for the first time. In correlating these assemblages to standard shallow benthic zones, planktonic data were also used whenever possible. Taxa, classified under the genera Nummulites, Miogypsina, Miolepidocyclina, Nephrolepidina, Eulepidina, Heterostegina, Operculina and Cycloclypeus (?) and their assemblages, closely resemble to the fauna described from European basins. These groups characterize the SBZ 22B to 25 zones referring to a time interval from early Chattian to Burdigalian. However, a main gap in late Chattian (SBZ 23) and in early part of the Aquitanian (SBZ 24) is also recorded in the platform succession. In the meantime, rare Eulepidina in the Burdigalian levels suggest a clear Indo-Pacific influence. Based on the discovery of early Chattian (SBZ 22B) deposits (previously mapped under Eocene/Miocene units), the Oligo-Miocene stratigraphy of the Bey Dağları platform is also revised. A more precise chronology for regional Miocene transgression is presented based on the miogypsinid evolutionary scale.

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

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    Kizungu, V.

    1996-01-01

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. Market uptake of pegylated interferons for the treatment of Hepatitis C in Europe : meeting abstract ; 53. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie e.V. (GMDS), 15. bis 18.09.2008, Stuttgart

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    Mühlberger, Nikolai; Lettmeier, Beate; Schwarzer, Ruth; Sroczynski, Gaby; Zeuzem, Stefan; Siebert, Uwe

    2008-01-01

    Introduction and Objectives Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a leading cause of chronic liver disease with life threatening sequelae such as end-stage liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. It is estimated that the infection annually causes about 86,000 deaths, 1.2 million disability adjusted life years (DALYs), and ¼ of the liver transplants in the WHO European region [1]. Presently, only antiviral drugs can prevent the progression to severe liver disease. Pegylated interferons combined with ...

  14. Comparison and evaluation of ocular biometry using the noncontact Lenstar, IOL-Master and contact ultrasound A-scan%Lenstar与A超及IOL-Master进行眼部生物测量比较研究

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    李炳震; 梁晨; 冬雪川; 孙岩秀; 郝燕生

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate a new noncontact optical biometer (Lenstar) using optical low-coherence reflectometry and to compare the biometric measurements (axial length,AL and anterior chamber depth,ACD) with those obtained from current clinical instrumentation (IOL-Master and ultrasound A-scan).Methods In this prospective clinical study,measurements of AL and ACD obtained from 123 eyes of 78 subjects with the Lenstar were compared with those obtained with the IOL-Master or ultrasound A-scan.The results were evaluated using Bland-Altman analyses.The differences between both methods were assessed using the paired t test,and its correlation was evaluated by Pearson coefficient.Results Lenstar measurements of AL and ACD were similar to the IOL-Master (average difference=-0.003±0.048mm,P =0.517; average difference=-0.044±0.091mm,P =0.573),respectively.Lenstar measurements of AL and ACD were significantly longer than those of A-scan (average difference=0.117±0.195mm,P <0.001; average difference=0.080±0.253mm,P <0.001),respectively.A Pearson correlation revealed a high correlation for AL and ACD (r ≥0.916 for all,P <0.001for all).Bland-Altman plots showed good agreements for AL measurements and ACD between Lenstar and IOL-Master and the level of agreement was not acceptable betweenLenstar and A-scan.Conclusions For the measurement of AL and ACD,there is goodagreement between Lenstar and IOL-Master.Nevertheless,Lenstar and A-scan cannot beused interchangeably.The results,coupled with a unique ability to analyze the ocular structures non-contactly make the Lenstar a promising new instrument for ocular evaluation in research and clinical practice.%目的 比较Lenstar与IOL-Master及A超在测量眼轴长度(axial length,AL)、前房深度(anterior chamber depth,ACD)时的差异,分析三种测量方法的一致性,为Lenstar的临床应用提供依据.方法 前瞻性临床研究.对2011年12月至2012年3月在北医三院眼科的白内障术前患者及志愿者计78例123只眼,分别应用Lenstar与IOL-Master及A超进行AL、ACD测量,Lenstar与IOL-Master及A超测量值间的差异采用配对t检验,相关性采用Pearson相关分析,一致性采用Bland-Ahman统计分析.结果 Lenstar与IOL-Master测量AL及ACD的平均值差值分别为(-0.003±0.048)mm及(-0.044±0.091) mm,其差异均无统计学意义(P =0.517;P=0.573,P>0.05).Lentar与A超测量AL及ACD的平均值差值分别为(0.117±0.195) (0.080±0.253) mm,其差异均有统计学意义(P<0.01).三种测量方法所获得的AL及ACD均具有密切的线性相关差异有统计学意义(r≥0.916,P<0.01).Bland-Altman分析显示,在测量AL及ACD时,Lenstar与IOL-Master的一致性较好,与传统A超测量值的一致性较差.结论 在测量眼轴长度及前房深度时,Lenstar与IOL-Master的一致性较好,与传统A超测量值的一致性较差,由于Lenstar具有一次测量可获得多项数据、简单快捷、非接触等优点,是一种在临床中可选择的准确性较高地生物学测量仪器.

  15. Innovative virtual reality measurements for embryonic growth and development

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    C.M. Verwoerd-Dikkeboom (Christine); A.H.J. Koning (Anton); W.C.J. Hop (Wim); P.J. van der Spek (Peter); N. Exalto (Niek); R.P.M. Steegers-Theunissen (Régine)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractBackground Innovative imaging techniques, using up-to-date ultrasonic equipment, necessitate specific biometry. The aim of our study was to test the possibility of detailed human embryonic biometry using a virtual reality (VR) technique. Methods In a longitudinal study, three-dimensional

  16. 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; Daniela Maria Bastos de Souza; Maria Juliana Teixeira; Áurea Wischral

    2009-01-01

    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...

  17. 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.

  18. 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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    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...

  19. A conversation with Professor Tadeusz Caliński

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    Tadeusz Caliński was born in Poznań, Poland in 1928. Despite the absence of formal secondary eduction for Poles during the Second World War, he entered the University of Poznań in 1948, initially studying agronomy and in later years mathematics. From 1953 to 1988 he taught statistics, biometry and experimental design at the Agricultural University of Poznań. During this period he founded and developed the Poznań inter-university school of mathematical statistics and biometry, which has become...

  20. A Conversation with Professor Tadeusz Caliński

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    Tadeusz Caliński was born in Poznań, Poland in 1928. Despite the absence of formal secondary eduction for Poles during the Second World War, he entered the University of Poznań in 1948, initially studying agronomy and in later years mathematics. From 1953 to 1988 he taught statistics, biometry and experimental design at the Agricultural University of Poznań. During this period he founded and developed the Poznań inter-university school of mathematical statistics and biometry, which has become...

  1. Post-embryonic development and the phylogeny of geophilomorph centipedes (Chilopoda)

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    Minelli, Alessandro

    1985-01-01

    The post-embryonic development of six geophilomorph species is investigated using histology, biometry and field observations. No instance of anamorphosis was observed. Sexual maturity is reached at the 5th post-foetal stage in Schendyla nemorensis, Dicellophilus carniolensis, Henia (Chaetechelyne) v

  2. 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,…

  3. 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 re

  4. Engineering and Development Support of General Decon Technology for the U.S. Army’s Installation Restoration Program. Task 11. Composting of Explosives

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    Goya ; E.G. Kayser; C.L. Groves and M.E. Sitzmann (1978), "Biodegradability of TNT: a three year pilot study," Naval Surface Weapons Center, White Oak...nitroaromatic compounds," A•.I. Environ. Microbiology, 31(6), p. 949-958. Sokal, R.R. and F.J. Rohlf (1969), Biometry. W.H. Freeman and Co., San Francisco . Won

  5. Familial nanophthalmos : Management and complications

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    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanophthalmos is a rare form of congenital hypermetropia, in which, the individual is at a high risk of developing angle-closure glaucoma. We report a family of nanophthalmos affecting a brother and sister, as confirmed by biometry. Genetic analysis revealed an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance. The sister developed angle-closure glaucoma, which was refractory to medical and laser therapy. She underwent surgical interventions which resulted in complications. The clinical presentation, management, and complications encountered are discussed

  6. Mechanism and Etiology of Primary Chronic Angle Closure Glaucoma

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    The ocular anatomic features, pupil-blocking force, status of angle synechiae closure and positivity of provocative tests were compared between the primary chronic angle closure glaucoma (PCACG) and primary a-cute angle closure glaucoma (PAACG) by using ultrasonic biometry, computerized anterior ocular segment image processing technique, gonioscopy and provocative tests. The studies showed that the anterior chamber depth of PAACG was shallower than that of PCACG; the pupil-blocking force of PAACG was st...

  7. Trends in Human-Computer Interaction to Support Future Intelligence Analysis Capabilities

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    strategies including (DARPA, 2011a): • Intelligent interruption to improve limited working memory ; • Attention management to improve focus during...complex tasks; • Cued memory retrieval to improve situational awareness and context recovery; • Modality switching (i.e., audio, visual) to increase...www.biometry.com www.handresearch.com Vein pattern palm reading by Fujitsu www.dealspwn.com 16 Augmented Cognition / Brain Computer Interfaces NeuroSky MindSet OCZ

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Effect of Axial Eye Length on Retinal Vessel Parameters in 6 to 12-Year-Old Malay Girls

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    Tai, Evelyn Li Min; Li, Ling-Jun; Wan-Hazabbah, Wan Hitam; Wong, Tien-Yin; Shatriah, Ismail

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    Purpose Retinal vessel analysis is affected by both systemic and ocular factors. Malays are the major ethnicity in South East Asia. Data on the retinal microvasculature in Malays is limited, especially among children. We aim to evaluate the influence of ocular biometry on retinal vessel parameters in young Malay girls. Methods This was a cross-sectional, hospital-based study involving 86 Malay girls aged 6 to 12 years old in Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia from 2015–2016. Ocular examination, refraction, biometry, retinal photography, and anthropometric measurements were performed. The central retinal arteriolar equivalent (CRAE), central retinal venular equivalent (CRVE) and overall fractal dimension (Df) were measured using validated computer-based methods (Singapore I vessel analyzer, SIVA version 3.0, Singapore). The associations of ocular biometry and CRAE, CRVE and Df were analyzed using multivariable analysis. Results The mean CRAE, CRVE and Df in Malay girls were 171.40 (14.40) um, 248.02 (16.95) um and 1.42 (0.05) respectively. Each 1 mm increase in axial length was associated with a reduction of 4.25 um in the CRAE (p = 0.03) and a reduction of 0.02 in the Df (p = 0.02), after adjustment for age, blood pressure and body mass index. No association was observed between axial length and CRVE. Anterior chamber depth and corneal curvature had no association with CRAE, CRVE or Df. Conclusion Axial length affects retinal vessel measurements. Narrower retinal arterioles and reduced retinal fractal dimension were observed in Malay girls with longer axial lengths. PMID:28107389

  11. What Factors Affect Intraocular Lens Power Calculation?

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    Fayette, Rose M; Cakiner-Egilmez, Tulay

    2015-01-01

    Obtaining precise postoperative target refraction is of utmost importance in today's modern cataract and refractive surgery. Emerging literature has linked postoperative surprises to corneal curvature, axial length, and estimation of the effective IOL position. As demonstrated in this case presentation, an inaccuracy in the axial length measurement can lead to a myopic surprise. A review of the literature has demonstrated that prevention of postoperative refractive surprises requires highly experienced nurses, technicians, and/ or biometrists to take meticulous measurements using biometry devices, and surgeons to re-evaluate these calculations prior to the surgery.

  12. A Survey of Biometric keystroke Dynamics: Approaches, Security and Challenges

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    Full Text Available Biometrics technologies are gaining popularity today since they provide more reliable and efficient means of authentication and verification. Keystroke Dynamics is one of the famous biometric technologies, which will try to identify the authenticity of a user when the user is working via a keyboard. The authentication process is done by observing the change in the typing pattern of the user. A comprehensive survey of the existing keystroke dynamics methods, metrics, different approaches are given in this study. This paper also discusses about the various security issues and challenges faced by keystroke dynamics..Keywords- Biometris; Keystroke Dynamics; computer Security; Information Security; User Authentication.

  13. 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

  14. Reliable and valid assessment of ultrasound operator competence in obstetrics and gynecology

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    Tolsgaard, M G; Ringsted, C; Dreisler, E;

    2014-01-01

    and gynecology were included. The novices had less than 1 month of experience, the intermediate group had 12-60 months of experience and the senior participants were all consultants. Fifteen participants performed transabdominal fetal biometry and the other 15 participants performed systematic transvaginal...... gynecological ultrasound scans. All scans were video-recorded and assessed by two blinded consultants using the OSAUS scale. The OSAUS scores were compared between the groups using the Kruskal-Wallis test, and pass/fail scores were determined using the contrasting-groups method of standard setting. RESULTS...

  15. 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...

  16. A Conversation with Professor Tadeusz Cali\\'{n}ski

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    Tadeusz Cali\\'{n}ski was born in Pozna\\'{n}, Poland in 1928. Despite the absence of formal secondary eduction for Poles during the Second World War, he entered the University of Pozna\\'{n} in 1948, initially studying agronomy and in later years mathematics. From 1953 to 1988 he taught statistics, biometry and experimental design at the Agricultural University of Pozna\\'{n}. During this period he founded and developed the Pozna\\'{n} inter-university school of mathematical statistics and biomet...

  17. Conference on Bootstrapping and Related Techniques

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    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. 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

    both for clinical and scientific reasons. The currently used fetal growth references are derived mainly from North American and European population and may be inappropriate for international use, given possible variances in the growth rates of fetuses from different ethnic population groups. WHO has...... 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...

  19. Addition of Amylase from Aspergillus Awamori to the Diet of Broiler Chickens

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Two experiments were performed to evaluate the hematological and blood biochemistry parameters, biometry of digestive organs, enzyme activities, protein content and absolute weight of the pancreas of broilers fed pre-starter and pre-starter diets supplemented or not with amylase from Aspergillus awamori. In total, 120 male Cobb chicks were housed in heated cages in each experiment. A completely randomized experimental design, with two treatments (feed with and without amylase and six replicates per treatment of 10 birds each was applied. The data were subjected to analysis of variance using the F-test at 5% probability level. The dietary amylase addition did not affect hematological and blood biochemistry parameters and the biometry of the gastrointestinal tract of 7- and 21-d-old broilers, nor the absolute weight, enzyme activities or protein concentration of the pancreas of 7-d-old broilers. However, the inclusion of amylase in the diet reduced amylase activity and pancreatic protein concentration in 21-d-old broilers. The application of amylase to broiler chicken pre-starter and starter feeds is not justified given the pancreatic amylase activity and protein concentrations.

  20. 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.

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

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    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.

  2. 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)

  3. 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...

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

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  5. [Usefulness of ultrasound in the delivery room].

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    Triunfo, S; Guariglia, L; Rosati, P; Scambia, G

    2011-10-01

    The use of diagnostic ultrasound and the diffusion of the technique improved the obstetric treatment and the usefulness of ultrasound increases in the delivery room for maternal and fetal care and as method of diagnosis of some obstetric complications. The knowledge of intrapartum ultrasound imaging can be considered useful for the obstetric team, since there is evidence that ultrasound can improve the obstetric management. The mean indications are described: fetal biometry and estimated fetal weight, amniotic fluid volume, fetal situation and presentation, placental localization and anatomy, assessment of size and location of uterine leiomyomas, fetal cardiac activity, evaluation of umbilical cord and fetal cardinal movements intrapartum. Besides, the use of ultrasound is reported in obstetric and postpartum complications. Actually ultrasonography, as a non-invasive, safety and low-cost technique, offers a diagnostic method in particular conditions during labour, delivery and postpartum.

  6. [Patient satisfaction-subjective quality assessment by patients and success factor for clinics].

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    Olandt, H; Krentz, H

    1998-12-01

    In the field of measuring patient satisfaction (in other words, the quality perceived subjectively by hospital patients) there is still a great need for more knowledge. Therefore, the Institute of Medical Computer Science and Biometry of the University of Rostock carried out a questioning of 497 patients at the Hospital for Internal Medicine of the University Rostock to measure the patient satisfaction with the hospital. In addition, an employee questioning was performed in order to gain further information. In addition to univariate and bivariate analyses a special focus was set on the analysis of the hospitals' competitive situation, to take into account the importance of patient satisfaction as strategic success factor within the competitive situation. A competition analysis and a Key-Issue Analysis were performed. Finally, focus is on the problems of external hospital comparison and a comparison of trends of patient satisfaction at hospitals in Hamburg and Rostock was made.

  7. 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...

  8. Pros and cons of immediately sequential bilateral cataract surgery (ISBCS).

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    Grzybowski, Andrzej; Wasinska-Borowiec, Weronika; Claoué, Charles

    2016-01-01

    Immediately sequential bilateral cataract surgery (ISBCS) is currently a "hot topic" in ophthalmology. There are well-documented advantages in terms of quicker visual rehabilitation and reduced costs. The risk of bilateral simultaneous endophthalmitis and bilateral blindness is now recognized to be minuscule with the advent of intracameral antibiotics and modern management of endophthalmitis. Refractive surprises are rare for normal eyes and with the use of optical biometry. Where a general anesthetic is indicated for cataract surgery, the risk of death from a second anesthetic is much higher than the risk of blindness. A widely recognized protocol from the International Society of Bilateral Cataract Surgeons needs to be adhered to if surgeons wish to start practicing ISBCS.

  9. 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...

  10. Choroidal thickness in relation to birth parameters in 11- to 12-year-old children

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    Li, Xiao Q; Munkholm, Anja; Larsen, Michael;

    2015-01-01

    to -1] μm, P = 0.04) compared with appropriate for gestation children. Longer birth length was associated with a thicker subfoveal choroid (2 [1-4] μm/cm, P = 0.005). Macular choroidal thickness at 16 extrafoveal locations was measured in a subset of children and found to have the same associations......PURPOSE: To examine choroidal thickness in a population-based child cohort in relation to birth parameters. METHODS: The Copenhagen Child Cohort 2000 Eye Study examined 1406 children aged 11 to 12 years using enhanced depth imaging spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (EDI-OCT), ocular...... biometry and measurement of height, weight, refraction, and self-reported pubertal development status. Birth parameters were obtained from the Danish Medical Birth Registry. RESULTS: The subfoveal choroid in low birth weight children (

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Health care transition in Germany – standardization of procedures and improvement actions

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    Full Text Available Claudia Pieper, Izabela KolankowskaInstitute for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, University Hospital of Essen, Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, GermanyAbstract: Previous studies have assessed an increase in the number of people in need and emphasized the advantages of structured discharge management and health care transition. Therefore, our study evaluated the status quo of transition in a major German city after standardization of procedures and implementation of standard forms. Satisfaction with handling of standard forms and improvement of procedures was evaluated. Additionally, patients who had recently been hospitalized were asked about the hospital discharge process. The results show that the recent efforts of standardization helped to improve interface management for health care workers and patients and showed further improvement options.Keywords: hospital discharge process, standard forms, long-term care, aftercare

  14. An Observed Voting System Based On Biometric Technique

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    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.)

  17. Effect of Led Lighting Colors for Laying Japanese Quails

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Time of exposure and light intensity rearing house may affect the performance and egg quality of laying quails. This research aimed at evaluating the live performance, egg quality, biometry of the reproductive system, and the gastrointestinal tract of Japanese quails (Coturnix coturnix japonica exposed to artificial light-emitting diodes (LED of different colors in comparison with fluorescent lamps. A total of 240 Japanese quails were distributed in completely randomized experimental design with four treatments (fluorescent lamp, and green, red, or blue LED lamps with six replicates of 10 birds each. Average egg weight and eggshell thickness were different (p0.05. The oviduct of 64-d-old hens exposed to green LED lighting was shorter (p<0.05 than those exposed to the fluorescent lamp. Red LED can be used to replace the fluorescent lamps, as they promote the same live performance, egg quality, and morphological development of the reproductive tract of laying Japanese quails.

  18. Robert Heath Lock and his textbook of genetics, 1906.

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    Edwards, A W F

    2013-07-01

    Robert Heath Lock (1879-1915), a Cambridge botanist associated with William Bateson and R. C. Punnett, published his book Recent Progress in the Study of Variation, Heredity, and Evolution in 1906. This was a remarkable textbook of genetics for one appearing so early in the Mendelian era. It covered not only Mendelism but evolution, natural selection, biometry, mutation, and cytology. It ran to five editions but was, despite its success, largely forgotten following Lock's early death in 1915. Nevertheless it was the book that inspired H. J. Muller to do genetics and was remembered by A. H. Sturtevant as the source of the earliest suggestion that linkage might be related to the exchange of parts between homologous chromosomes. Here we also put forward evidence that it had a major influence on the statistician and geneticist R. A. Fisher at the time he was a mathematics student at Cambridge.

  19. Use of synthetic data to test biometric algorithms

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    Murphy, Thomas M.; Broussard, Randy; Rakvic, Ryan; Ngo, Hau; Ives, Robert W.; Schultz, Robert; Aguayo, Joseph T.

    2016-07-01

    For digital imagery, face detection and identification are functions of great importance in wide-ranging applications, including full facial recognition systems. The development and evaluation of unique and existing face detection and face identification applications require a significant amount of data. Increased availability of such data volumes could benefit the formulation and advancement of many biometric algorithms. Here, the utility of using synthetically generated face data to evaluate facial biometry methodologies to a precision that would be unrealistic for a parametrically uncontrolled dataset, is demonstrated. Particular attention is given to similarity metrics, symmetry within and between recognition algorithms, discriminatory power and optimality of pan and/or tilt in reference images or libraries, susceptibilities to variations, identification confidence, meaningful identification mislabelings, sensitivity, specificity, and threshold values. The face identification results, in particular, could be generalized to address shortcomings in various applications and help to inform the design of future strategies.

  20. 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.

  1. Effect of Cycloplegia on Keratometric and Biometric Parameters in Keratoconus

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    2016-01-01

    Purpose. To obtain information about effect of cycloplegia on keratometry and biometry in keratoconus. Methods. 48 keratoconus (Group 1) and 52 healthy subjects (Group 2) were included in the study. We measured the flat meridian of the anterior corneal surface (K1), steep meridian of the anterior corneal surface (K2), lens thickness (LT), anterior chamber depth (ACD), and axial length (AL) using the Lenstar LS 900 before and after cycloplegia. Results. The median K1 in Group 1 was 45.64 D before and 45.42 D after cycloplegia, and the difference was statistically significant (P 0.05). There were significant differences in SE, LT, ACD, and RLP between before and after cycloplegia in either Group 1 (all P keratoconus patients were detected. PMID:28058115

  2. Twins eye study in Tasmania (TEST): rationale and methodology to recruit and examine twins.

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    Mackey, David A; Mackinnon, Jane R; Brown, Shayne A; Kearns, Lisa S; Ruddle, Jonathan B; Sanfilippo, Paul G; Sun, Cong; Hammond, Christopher J; Young, Terri L; Martin, Nicholas G; Hewitt, Alex W

    2009-10-01

    Visual impairment is a leading cause of morbidity and poor quality of life in our community. Unravelling the mechanisms underpinning important blinding diseases could allow preventative or curative steps to be implemented. Twin siblings provide a unique opportunity in biology to discover genes associated with numerous eye diseases and ocular biometry. Twins are particularly useful for quantitative trait analysis through genome-wide association and linkage studies. Although many studies involving twins rely on twin registries, we present our approach to the Twins Eye Study in Tasmania to provide insight into possible recruitment strategies, expected participation rates and potential examination strategies that can be considered by other researchers for similar studies. Five separate avenues for cohort recruitment were adopted: (1) piggy-backing existing studies where twins had been recruited, (2) utilizing the national twin registry, (3) word-of-mouth and local media publicity, (4) directly approaching schools, and finally (5) collaborating with other research groups studying twins.

  3. 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

    2015-01-01

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Advanced intraligamentary pregnancy: case report; Gravidez abdominal intraligamentar avancada: relato de caso

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    Holzhacker, Suzane; Elito Junior, Julio; Santana, Renato Martins; Hisaba, Wagner [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP/EPM), SP (Brazil). Escola Paulista de Medicina. Dept. de Obstetricia

    2008-09-15

    Intraligamentary pregnancy is an ectopic pregnancy developing within the broad ligament of the uterus. A case of a 20-year-old primigestation primipara woman is reported. The patient at 10 weeks of gestation, presented acute and continuous hypo gastric pain and was referred to ultrasonography examination, showing ectopic pregnancy and oligamnios. Another exam revealed right para-uterine abdominal pregnancy, fetal biometry of 16 weeks, placenta attached to mesosalpinx and severe oligamnios. Considering the fetal prognostics and the proximity of the placenta to iliac blood vessels, artheriographic examination was performed for evaluation of placenta insertion. Surgical procedures as salpingo-oophorectomy at the right side, appendectomy and removal of the fetus were performed.

  6. More than four decades of medical informatics education for medical students in Germany. New recommendations published.

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    Winter, A; Hilgers, R-D; Hofestädt, R; Knaup-Gregori, P; Ose, C; Trimmer, A

    2013-01-01

    The publication of German competency-based learning objectives "Medical Informatics" for undergraduate medical education gives reason to report on more publications of the German journal GMS Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology ( MIBE ) in Methods. The publications in focus deal with support of medical education by health and biomedical informatics, hospital information systems and their relation to medical devices, transinstitutional health information systems and the need of national eHealth strategies, epidemiological research on predicting high consumption of resources, and with the interaction of epidemiologists and medical statisticians in examining mortality risks in diabetes, in genome wide association studies and in dealing with limits and thresholds. This report is the beginning of an annual series intending to support better international cooperation to achieve good information as a basis for good medicine and good healthcare.

  7. Monola oil versus canola oil as a fish oil replacer in rainbow trout feeds: effects on growth, fatty acid metabolism and final eating quality.

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    Turchini, G M; Moretti, V M; Hermon, K; Caprino, F; Busetto, M L; Bellagamba, F; Rankin, T; Keast, R S J; Francis, D S

    2013-11-15

    Monola oil, a high oleic acid canola cultivar, and canola oil were evaluated as replacers of fish oil at three levels of inclusion (60%, 75% and 90%) in rainbow trout diets. After a 27-week grow-out cycle, the diet-induced effects on growth, fatty acid metabolism and final eating quality were assessed. Overall, no effects were noted for growth, feed utilisation or fish biometry, and the fatty acid composition of fish fillets mirrored that of the diets. Dietary treatments affected fillet lipid oxidation (free malondialdehyde), pigmentation and flavour volatile compounds, but only minor effects on sensorial attributes were detected. Ultimately, both oils were demonstrated to possess, to differing extents, suitable qualities to adequately replace fish oil from the perspective of fish performance and final product quality. However, further research is required to alleviate on-going issues associated with the loss of health promoting attributes (n-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids) of final farmed products.

  8. Standardization of 2-phenoxyethanol as anesthetic for juvenile Brycon cephalus (Gunther, 1869: the use in field procedures

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    Inoue Luis Antônio Kioshi Aoki

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Hyper motility is a negative factor in fish handling procedures due to the risks of damages to the animals. Chemicals are widely used to anesthetize fish during biometry and many other handling procedures. 2-Phenoxyethanol is largely employed, but many studies are necessary about tropical fish responses. The present research evaluated the anesthesia induction time for juvenile matrinxã submitted to eight different levels of 2-phenoxyethanol. The range of 2-phenoxyethanol concentration was 250-600mg liter-1. Induction time of anesthesia decreased as a function of 2-phenoxyethanol concentrations. Fish were safely anesthetized approximately after one minute of exposure to 2-phenoxyethanol batches in concentrations above 400mg/liter, and the recover period was about one minute for all anesthetic concentrations. 2-Phenoxyethanol is a safe anesthetic for juvenile matrinxã even in exposures up to 600mg liter-1 being recommended for many field procedures of fish handling.

  9. Cataract Surgery with a Refractive Corneal Inlay in Place

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To present a case of cataract surgery performed in a patient with a refractive corneal inlay in place. Methods. A 48-year-old female patient presented to our institute with bilateral cataract. The patient had undergone refractive corneal inlay implantation three years ago in her right, nondominant eye for presbyopia correction. Biometry and intraocular lens (IOL power calculation were performed without removing the inlay. Phacoemulsification and IOL insertion were carried out in both eyes in a usual manner. Results. On day one postoperatively, the patient achieved binocular uncorrected distance visual acuity 20/20 and uncorrected near visual acuity J1. The vision remained stable during the one-year follow-up period. Conclusion. Cataract surgery was performed in a standard manner in a patient with Presbia Microlens corneal inlay in place. Visual outcomes for both near and distance vision were satisfactory.

  10. Memorandum "Open Metadata". Open Access to Documentation Forms and Item Catalogs in Healthcare.

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    Dugas, M; Jöckel, K-H; Friede, T; Gefeller, O; Kieser, M; Marschollek, M; Ammenwerth, E; Röhrig, R; Knaup-Gregori, P; Prokosch, H-U

    2015-01-01

    At present, most documentation forms and item catalogs in healthcare are not accessible to the public. This applies to assessment forms of routine patient care as well as case report forms (CRFs) of clinical and epidemiological studies. On behalf of the German chairs for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology six recommendations to developers and users of documentation forms in healthcare were developed. Open access to medical documentation forms could substantially improve information systems in healthcare and medical research networks. Therefore these forms should be made available to the scientific community, their use should not be unduly restricted, they should be published in a sustainable way using international standards and sources of documentation forms should be referenced in scientific publications.

  11. The Relationship between Crystalline Lens Power and Refractive Error in Older Chinese Adults: The Shanghai Eye Study

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    He, Jiangnan; Lu, Lina; He, Xiangui; Xu, Xian; Du, Xuan; Zhang, Bo; Zhao, Huijuan; Sha, Jida; Zhu, Jianfeng; Zou, Haidong; Xu, Xun

    2017-01-01

    Purpose To report calculated crystalline lens power and describe the distribution of ocular biometry and its association with refractive error in older Chinese adults. Methods Random clustering sampling was used to identify adults aged 50 years and above in Xuhui and Baoshan districts of Shanghai. Refraction was determined by subjective refraction that achieved the best corrected vision based on monocular measurement. Ocular biometry was measured by IOL Master. The crystalline lens power of right eyes was calculated using modified Bennett-Rabbetts formula. Results We analyzed 6099 normal phakic right eyes. The mean crystalline lens power was 20.34 ± 2.24D (range: 13.40–36.08). Lens power, spherical equivalent, and anterior chamber depth changed linearly with age; however, axial length, corneal power and AL/CR ratio did not vary with age. The overall prevalence of hyperopia, myopia, and high myopia was 48.48% (95% CI: 47.23%–49.74%), 22.82% (95% CI: 21.77%–23.88%), and 4.57% (95% CI: 4.05–5.10), respectively. The prevalence of hyperopia increased linearly with age while lens power decreased with age. In multivariate models, refractive error was strongly correlated with axial length, lens power, corneal power, and anterior chamber depth; refractive error was slightly correlated with best corrected visual acuity, age and sex. Conclusion Lens power, hyperopia, and spherical equivalent changed linearly with age; Moreover, the continuous loss of lens power produced hyperopic shifts in refraction in subjects aged more than 50 years. PMID:28114313

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Accuracy of Corneal Power Measurements for Intraocular Lens Power Calculation after Myopic Laser In situ Keratomileusis

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    Helaly, Hany A.; El-Hifnawy, Mohammad A. M.; Shaheen, Mohamed Shafik; Abou El-Kheir, Amr F.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the accuracy of corneal power measurements for intraocular lens (IOL) power calculation after myopic laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Methods: The study evaluated 45 eyes with a history of myopic LASIK. Corneal power was measured using manual keratometry, automated keratometry, optical biometry, and Scheimflug tomography. Different hypothetical IOL power calculation formulas were performed for each case. Results: The steepest mean K value was measured with manual keratometry (37.48 ± 2.86 D) followed by automated keratometry (37.31 ± 2.83 D) then optical biometry (37.06 ± 2.98 D) followed by Scheimflug tomography (36.55 ± 3.08). None of the K values generated by Scheimflug tomography were steeper than the measurements from the other 3 instruments. Using equivalent K reading (EKR) 4 mm with the Double-K SRK/T formula, the refractive outcome generated 97.8% of cases within ± 2 D, 80.0% of cases within ± 1 D, and 42.2% of cases within ± 0.5 D. The best combination of formulas was “Shammas-PL + Double-K SRK/T formula using EKR 4 mm.” Conclusion: Scheimflug tomography imaging using the Holladay EKR 4 mm improved the accuracy of IOL power calculation in post-LASIK eyes. The best option is a combination of formulas. We recommended the use the combined “Shammas-PL ± Double-K SRK/T formula using EKR 4 mm”h for optical outcomes. PMID:26957851

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

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    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

  17. 新型光学低相干反射仪Lenstar与IOLMaster测量人工晶状体度数的比较研究%Comparison of Lenstar and IOLMaster for intraocular lens power calculation

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    黄锦海; 杨欣; 王勤美; 成拾明; 陈洁

    2012-01-01

    目的 比较新型光学低相干反射仪Lenstar与IOLMaster测量人工晶状体(IOL)度数的一致性和准确性.方法 前瞻性对照研究.同一观测者分别应用光学低相干反射仪Lenstar和IOLMaster V5.4测量98例白内障患者157只眼的眼轴长度(AL),角膜曲率值(Km)和前房深度(ACD),比较两种仪器测量眼前节参数的相关性和差异性,并且比较分别使用4种IOL公式(SRK/T、Holldav I、Hoffer Q和Haigis)计算的IOL度数,目标屈光度设定为正视眼.两组数据间比较采用t检验或Wilcoxon检验,两种仪器测量数据进行IOL度数计算的一致性研究采用Bland-Altman法.结果 Lenstar和IOLMaster测量AL的平均值分别为(23.65±1.17)mm和(23.65±1.16)mm,Km值分别为(44.15±1.58)D和(44.17±1.58)D,差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05),ACD分别为(3.09 ±0.41)mm 和(3.05 ±0.41)mm,差异有统计学意义(P=0.001).两仪器测量同一参数结果均具有高度相关性(所有r>0.9,P<0.001).两种仪器应用4种IOL公式计算结果一致性较好,其中应用SRK/T公式计算差异最小,Haigis公式差异相对较大.结论 应用Lenstar测量眼球生物参数具有准确性、非接触性、操作简便、安全而且患者易于接受的优点,为我们提供了白内障术前准确可靠的数据,在白内障人群中与IOLMaster比较具有较好的一致性.%Objective To evaluate the precision of Intraocular Lens (IOL) power calculation using a new optical low-coherence reflectometry biometer (Lenstar) and compare the results with those obtained with IOLMaster.Methods It was a prospective controlled study.Biometry measurements in 157 eyes of 98 cataract patients were performed by the same examiner with Lenstar and IOLMaster.Axial length (AL),corneal keratometry readings (Km),and anterior chamber depth (ACD) were obtained.Correlation and differences of biometry measurements obtained with two biometers were made.Intraocular Lens power were calculated using 4 formulas and the

  18. FETOMETRIA ULTRASSONOGRÁFICA EM PORCAS GESTANTES COMO MÉTODO COMPLEMENTAR PARA AVALIAÇÃO DA MORFOLOGIA E DETERMINAÇÃO DA IDADE FETAL

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    Mildre Loraine Pinto

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    Full Text Available Faced with the advance in the use of reproductive biotechniques and few data reporting of gestational development in swines, it is necessary to apply efficient method of pregnancy diagnosis and estimation of fetal age. Thus, were subjected to ultrasound, B-mode, seven pregnant sows, Landrace, at different stages of pregnancy in order to diagnose pregnancy and study parameters on the development of embryonic and fetal pigs. It was concluded that ultrasonography has proved to be a very suitable and accurate method for diagnosing pregnancy and in the assessment of biometry fetal and morphology, and the biparietal diameter had the largest number of measurements when compared with the other variables. Such measures were considered accurate because the dates of mating and birthing are known. However, further studies should be performed in swine, compared to the technique of fetal biometry in different races and different stages of pregnancy.Frente ao avanço na utilização das biotécnicas reprodutivas e aos poucos dados referentes ao desenvolvimento gestacional em suínos, faz-se necessária a aplicação de método eficiente de diagnóstico de gestação e da estimativa de idade fetal. Assim, foram submetidas a exames ultrassonográficos, em modo-B, sete fêmeas suínas gestantes, da raça Landrace, em diferentes estádios gestacionais com objetivo de diagnosticar a gestação e estudar parâmetros sobre o desenvolvimento embrionário e/ou fetal dos leitões. Concluiu-se que a ultrassonografia mostrou ser um método bastante acurado e apropriado no diagnóstico gestacional e na avaliação da biometria e morfologia fetais, sendo que o diâmetro biparietal teve o maior número de mensurações quando comparado às demais variáveis, sendo as mesmas consideradas acuradas em virtude das datas de cobertura e de parto serem conhecidas. No entanto, novos estudos devem ser realizados na espécie suína, comparando-se a técnica de biometria fetal em

  19. A previsibilidade biométrica nas lentes intra-oculares multifocais Biometric predictability in multifocal intraocular lens

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    Augusto Cézar Lacava

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Apresentar a previsibilidade biométrica, avaliando a refração pós-operatória e acuidade visual (AV, em olhos submetidos a implante de lente intra-ocular multifocal. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo em 88 olhos de 50 pacientes, submetidos à facoemulsificação com implante de lentes multifocais, de três marcas comerciais ReSTOR, ReZoom e Tecnis. No exame biométrico foram utilizados a biometria óptica ou biometria por interferometria de baixa coerência, associada ao uso de tomógrafo de segmento anterior e à fórmula biométrica Holladay II. Com a refração pós-operatória, acuidade visual e a dioptria da LIO implantada, segundo a fórmula Holladay II, calculamos o valor da lente intra-ocular (LIO a ser implantada caso utilizássemos as fórmulas SRKT e Haigis. Os resultados foram avaliados por métodos estatísticos. RESULTADOS: Todos os olhos obtiveram AV igual ou maior a 20/40 e J3 sem correção. As fórmulas Holladay II, SRKT e Haigis apresentaram performance semelhante em todos os grupos de olhos. CONCLUSÃO: A utilização de novas tecnologias, como a biometria óptica e fórmulas de última geração, favorecem a obtenção do resultado refracional almejado com grande previsibilidade.PURPOSE: To present biometric predictability, evaluating postoperative refraction and visual acuity in eyes submitted to multifocal intraocular lens implantation. METHODS: Retrospective study in 88 eyes of 50 patients, submitted to phacoemulsification with multifocal lens implant of three commercial brands: ReSTOR, ReZoom and Tecnis. For biometric examination were used: optic biometry associated to the use of tomography of anterior segment and Holladay II biometric formula. With postoperative refraction, visual acuity and implanted IOL, according to Holladay II formula, we calculated the value of IOL to be implanted in case we used SRKT and Haigis formulas. The results were evaluated according to statistical methods. RESULTS: All eyes

  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. Biometrické rozpoznávání 3D modelů obličeje

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    Michálek, Martin

    2014-01-01

    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. This thesis is about biometric 3D face r...

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

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    R.M.R. Sousa

    2012-02-01

    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.

  3. 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

    2016-03-01

    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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Cohort profile: Shahroud Eye Cohort Study.

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    Fotouhi, Akbar; Hashemi, Hassan; Shariati, Mohammad; Emamian, Mohammad Hassan; Yazdani, Kamran; Jafarzadehpur, Ebrahim; Koohian, Hassan; Khademi, Mohammad Reza; Hodjatjalali, Kamran; Kheirkhah, Ahmad; Chaman, Reza; Malihi, Sarvenaz; Mirzaii, Mehdi; Khabazkhoob, Mehdi

    2013-10-01

    The Shahroud Eye Cohort Study was set up to determine the prevalence and incidence of visual impairment and major eye conditions in the 40-64-year-old population of Shahroud as a Middle Eastern population. The first phase of the study was conducted in 2009-10. Using random cluster sampling, 6311 Shahroud inhabitants were invited for ophthalmologic examinations; of these, 5190 participants completed phase 1 (participation rate of 82.2%). All participants were interviewed to collect data on participants' demographics, occupation status, socioeconomic status, history of smoking, and medical and ophthalmic history, as well as history of medication, and the quality and duration of their insurance. DNA and plasma samples, as well as four dots of whole blood were collected from participants. Extensive optometric and ophthalmologic examinations were performed for each participant, including lensometry of current glasses, testing near and far visual acuity; determining objective and subjective refraction; eye motility; cycloplegic refraction; colour vision test; slit-lamp biomicroscopy and intraocular pressure measurement; direct and indirect fundoscopy; perimetry test; ocular biometry; corneal topography; lens and fundus photography; and the Schirmer's (1008 participants) and tear breakup time tests (1013 participants). The study data are available for collaborative research at Noor Ophthalmology Research Center, Tehran, Iran.

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

  9. Photonics and web engineering in Poland, WILGA 2009

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    Romaniuk, Ryszard S.

    2009-06-01

    The paper is a digest of work presented during a cyclic Ph.D. student symposium on Photonics and Web Engineering WILGA 2009. Symposium is organized by ISE PW in cooperation with professional organizations IEEE, SPIE, PSP and KEiT PAN. There are presented mainly Ph.D. and M.Sc. theses as well as achievements of young researchers. These papers, presented in such a big number, more than 250 in some years, are in certain sense a good digest of the condition of academic research capabilities in this branch of science and technology. The undertaken research subjects for Ph.D. theses in electronics is determined by the interest and research capacity (financial, laboratory and intellectual) of the young researchers and their tutors. Basically, the condition of academic electronics research depends on financing coming from applications areas. During Wilga 2009 there were organized, and thus the paper debates, the following topical sessions concerning applications of advanced electronics and photonics systems: merging of electronic systems and photonics, Internet engineering, distributed measurement systems, security in information technology, astronomy and cosmic technology, HEP experiments, environment protection, image processing and biometry. The paper contains also more general remarks concerning the workshops organized by and for the Ph.D. students in advanced photonics and electronics systems.

  10. An Intrauterine Device Detected in Ovary during Cesarean Section: A Case Report

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    Fazil Avci

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The copper T Intrauterine Device is a common method of contraception used throughout the world. Intrauterine or ectopic pregnancies may be caused by complications with an IUD. The aim of this study was to present an ongoing term pregnancy with a copper T extrauterine device localized in the ovary. Assessment of the clinical features of a term pregnancy complicated by an IUD. A 32-year-old female was fitted with a copper T IUD in October 2009. She was hospitalized due to a term pregnancy with recurrent cesarean history and had the IUD where was not known. Laboratory values and fetal biometry were normal. A viable normal 3750 g male infant with 8/9 Apgar score was delivered by cesarean section without any abnormalities. In pelvic exploration, the IUD was localized in the left ovary and removed. Mother and infant were discharged without any complications after 24 hours. Counselling should be provided about the potential risks of an ongoing pregnancy for all patients with the complication of copper T in place. It is rare to have a successful delivery of a term normal pregnancy complicated with an IUD.

  11. Prenatal brain MRI of fetuses with Zika virus infection

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    Guillemette-Artur, Prisca [Centre Hospitalier de Polynesie Francaise, Service de Radiologie, Pirae, Tahiti (Country Unknown); Besnard, Marianne [Centre Hospitalier de Polynesie Francaise, Service de Reanimation Neo-natale, Pirae, Tahiti (Country Unknown); Eyrolle-Guignot, Dominique [Centre Hospitalier de Polynesie Francaise, Service d' Obstetrique, Pirae, Tahiti (Country Unknown); Jouannic, Jean-Marie [Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Service de Medecine Foetale, Hopital d' Enfants Armand-Trousseau, Paris (France); Garel, Catherine [Hopital d' Enfants Armand-Trousseau, Department of Radiology, Paris (France)

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    An outbreak of Zika virus was observed in French Polynesia in 2013-2014. Maternal Zika virus infection has been associated with fetal microcephaly and severe cerebral damage. To analyze the MRI cerebral findings in fetuses with intrauterine Zika virus infection. We retrospectively analyzed prospectively collected data. Inclusion criteria comprised cases with (1) estimated conception date between June 2013 and May 2014, (2) available US and MRI scans revealing severe fetal brain lesions and (3) positive polymerase chain reaction for Zika virus in the amniotic fluid. We recorded pregnancy history of Zika virus infection and analyzed US and MRI scans. Three out of 12 cases of severe cerebral lesions fulfilled all inclusion criteria. History of maternal Zika virus infection had been documented in two cases. Calcifications and ventriculomegaly were present at US in all cases. MRI showed micrencephaly (n = 3), low cerebellar biometry (n = 2), occipital subependymal pseudocysts (n = 2), polymicrogyria with laminar necrosis and opercular dysplasia (n = 3), absent (n = 1) or hypoplastic (n = 1) corpus callosum and hypoplastic brainstem (n = 1). Severe cerebral damage was observed in our series, with indirect findings suggesting that the germinal matrix is the principal target for Zika virus. The lesions are very similar to severe forms of congenital cytomegalovirus and lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus infections. (orig.)

  12. Anterior chamber depth during hemodialysis

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    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

  13. 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.

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

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    Sabrina M Suita

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    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.

  15. 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.

  16. Restoring lens capsule integrity enhances lens regeneration in New Zealand albino rabbits and cats.

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    Gwon, A; Gruber, L J; Mantras, C

    1993-11-01

    In studies conducted by numerous investigators for 150 years, lenses regenerated following endocapsular lens extraction in New Zealand albino rabbits have been irregular in shape, appearing primarily doughnut-shaped as a result of lack of lens growth at the site of the anterior capsulotomy and its adhesion to the posterior capsule. In the present study, we restored the lens capsule integrity by inserting a collagen patch at the time of surgery to seal the anterior capsulotomy and to improve the shape and structure of the regenerated lenses. We then filled the capsule bag with air to prevent adhesions between the anterior and posterior capsule and maintain capsule tautness and shape. Lens regeneration was first noted as early as one to two weeks. Regenerated lens filled approximately 50% of the capsule bag at two weeks and 100% by five weeks. Subsequent growth was in the anterior-posterior direction and measured by A-scan biometry. Lens thickness increased by 0.3 mm per month. The regenerated lenses were spherical with normal cortical structure and a nuclear opacity. In conclusion, restoration of lens capsular integrity with a collagen patch following endocapsular lens extraction enhanced the shape, structure, and growth rate of the regenerated lenses. In addition, lens regeneration was shown to occur in two cats.

  17. 3D digitization methods based on laser excitation and active triangulation: a comparison

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    Aubreton, Olivier; Mériaudeau, Fabrice; Truchetet, Frédéric

    2016-04-01

    3D reconstruction of surfaces is an important topic in computer vision and corresponds to a large field of applications: industrial inspection, reverse engineering, object recognition, biometry, archeology… Because of the large varieties of applications, one can find in the literature a lot of approaches which can be classified into two families: passive and active [1]. Certainly because of their reliability, active approaches, using imaging system with an additional controlled light source, seem to be the most commonly used in the industrial field. In this domain, the 3D digitization approach based on active 3D triangulation has had important developments during the last ten years [2] and seems to be mature today if considering the important number of systems proposed by manufacturers. Unfortunately, the performances of active 3D scanners depend on the optical properties of the surface to digitize. As an example, on Fig 1.a, a 3D shape with a diffuse surface has been digitized with Comet V scanner (Steinbichler). The 3D reconstruction is presented on Fig 1.b. The same experiment was carried out on a similar object (same shape) but presenting a specular surface (Fig 1.c and Fig 1.d) ; it can clearly be observed, that the specularity influences of the performance of the digitization.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Paediatric intraocular lens implants: accuracy of lens power calculations.

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    O'Gallagher, M K; Lagan, M A; Mulholland, C P; Parker, M; McGinnity, G; McLoone, E M

    2016-09-01

    PurposeThis study aims to evaluate the accuracy of lens prediction formulae on a paediatric population.MethodsA retrospective case-note review was undertaken of patients under 8 years old who underwent cataract surgery with primary lens implantation in a regional referral centre for paediatric ophthalmology, excluding those whose procedure was secondary to trauma. Biometric and refractive data were analysed for 43 eyes, including prediction errors (PE). Statistical measures used included mean absolute error (MAE), median absolute error (MedAE), Student's t-test and Lin's correlation coefficient.ResultsThe mean PE using the SRK-II formula was +0.96 D (range -2.47D to +2.41 D, SD 1.33 D, MAE 1.38 D, MedAE 1.55, n=15). The mean PE was smaller using SRK/T (-0.18 D, range -3.25 D to +3.95 D, SD 1.70 D, MAE 1.30 D, MedAE 1.24, n=27). We performed an analysis of the biometry data using four different formula (Hoffer Q, Holladay 1, SRK-II and SRK/T). Hoffer Q showed a smaller MedAE than other formulae but also a myopic bias.ConclusionOur clinical data suggest SRK/T was more accurate in predicting post-operative refraction in this cohort of paediatric patients undergoing cataract surgery. Hoffer Q may have improved accuracy further.

  1. 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.

  2. Intraocular Pressure, Tear Production, and Ocular Echobiometry in Guinea Pigs (Cavia porcellus).

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    Rajaei, Seyed Mehdi; Mood, Maneli Ansari; Sadjadi, Reza; Azizi, Farzaneh

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate intraocular pressure (IOP) by means of rebound tonometry, to assess tear production by using the endodontic absorbent paper point tear test (EAPTT) and phenol red thread test (PRTT), and to determine the effects of time of day on IOP and tear production in guinea pigs. The study population comprised 24 healthy adult guinea pigs (12 male, 12 female; 48 eyes) of different breeds and ranging in age from 12 to 15 mo. IOP and tear production were measured at 3 time points (0700, 1500, and 2300) during a 24-h period. Overall values (mean ± 1 SD) were: IOP, 6.81 ± 1.41 mm Hg (range, 4.83 to 8.50); PRTT, 14.33 ± 1.35 mm (range, 12.50 to 16.83); and EAPTT, 8.54 ± 1.08 mm (range, 7.17 to 10.0 mm). In addition, ultrasound biometry was performed by using a B-mode system with linear 8-MHz transducer. This study reports reference values for IOP and tear production in guinea pigs.

  3. Ultrasound Determination of Gestational Age Using Placental Thickness in Female Dogs: An Experimental Study

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    André Luiz Louzada Maldonado

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To verify if the placental thickness allows determining the gestational age, evaluating the correlation between the referred gestational age with the studied one, and the accuracy of the placental thickness measurement (biometry with fetal morphologic parameters in bitches. Methods. The placental thickness of 336 bitches of diverse breeds was evaluated. Bitches were divided in three groups by body weight: small, medium, and big large size. The gestations pregnancies were evaluated by ultrasound from the third week of gestation. An analysis was performed between the mean values of the gestational age obtained of placental thickness by adjustment of curves and the reported gestational age. Student's t-test was applied to compare the mean of reported and placental thickness gestational age. Significance was defined as P<0.05. Results. A positive and statistically significant correlation exists between the placental thickness and gestational age. The expression that presents the best correlation coefficient and explanation was thickness of placenta = 0.021x gestational age −0.314. Conclusion. It is possible to determine the gestational age in relation to the placental thickness measured by ultrasound in bitches with a satisfactory accuracy in relation to fetal morphologic parameters as gestational vesicle, ribs, or kidneys.

  4. Hatchery production of European lobster (Homarus gammarus, L.: broodstock management and effects of different holding systems on larval survival

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    Rodolfo Ballestrazzi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The biometry of wild berried females was collected during an entire reproductive season at the South-Wexford Lobster Co-op hatchery in Nethertown, Ireland. Second degree regressions between total body weight (TW, g and carapace length (CL, mm (TW=CL2 -36.675CL+1793.2, R2=0.9022 and number of “weaned” larvae and carapace length (Larvae number=1.217CL2–21.777CL-5281.1, R2 =0.743 were observed. Afterwards, berried females were divided according to two variables: 1. holding system: recirculating system (Rs vs barrel (Bar; 2. CL size: 120 mm (C. The total weight of larvae (212.5 vs 92.4 g and their numbers (7788 vs 5679 were significantly higher for the largest females than for the smaller sizes (P<0.01. The maximum survival rate of larvae (77.86% was noted for initial stocking density <1000 individuals/hopper, but the optimal stocking density for management purposes in the hatchery is higher (2001-3000 individuals/hopper.

  5. 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.

  6. [Computed tomography and cranial paleoanthropology].

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    Cabanis, Emmanuel Alain; Badawi-Fayad, Jackie; Iba-Zizen, Marie-Thérèse; Istoc, Adrian; de Lumley, Henry; de Lumley, Marie-Antoinette; Coppens, Yves

    2007-06-01

    Since its invention in 1972, computed tomography (C.T.) has significantly evolved. With the advent of multi-slice detectors (500 times more sensitive than conventional radiography) and high-powered computer programs, medical applications have also improved. CT is now contributing to paleoanthropological research. Its non-destructive nature is the biggest advantage for studying fossil skulls. The second advantage is the possibility of image analysis, storage, and transmission. Potential disadvantages include the possible loss of files and the need to keep up with rapid technological advances. Our experience since the late 1970s, and a recent PhD thesis, led us to describe routine applications of this method. The main contributions of CT to cranial paleoanthropology are five-fold: --Numerical anatomy with rapid acquisition and high spatial resolution (helicoidal and multidetector CT) offering digital storage and stereolithography (3D printing). --Numerical biometry (2D and 3D) can be used to create "normograms" such as the 3D craniofacial reference model used in maxillofacial surgery. --Numerical analysis offers thorough characterization of the specimen and its state of conservation and/or restoration. --From "surrealism" to virtual imaging, anatomical structures can be reconstructed, providing access to hidden or dangerous zones. --The time dimension (4D imaging) confers movement and the possibility for endoscopic simulation and internal navigation (see Iconography). New technical developments will focus on data processing and networking. It remains our duty to deal respectfully with human fossils.

  7. Artificial Neural Network Analysis in Preclinical Breast Cancer

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    Gholamreza Motalleb

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: In this study, artificial neural network (ANN analysis of virotherapy in preclinical breast cancer was investigated.Materials and Methods: In this research article, a multilayer feed-forward neural network trained with an error back-propagation algorithm was incorporated in order to develop a predictive model. The input parameters of the model were virus dose, week and tamoxifen citrate, while tumor weight was included in the output parameter. Two different training algorithms, namely quick propagation (QP and Levenberg-Marquardt (LM, were used to train ANN.Results: The results showed that the LM algorithm, with 3-9-1 arrangement is more efficient compared to QP. Using LM algorithm, the coefficient of determination (R2 between the actual and predicted values was determined as 0.897118 for all data.Conclusion: It can be concluded that this ANN model may provide good ability to predict the biometry information of tumor in preclinical breast cancer virotherapy. The results showed that the LM algorithm employed by Neural Power software gave the better performance compared with the QP and virus dose, and it is more important factor compared to tamoxifen and time (week.

  8. Seasonal Variations in the Use of Profundal Habitat among Freshwater Fishes in Lake Norsjø, Southern Norway, and Subsequent Effects on Fish Mercury Concentrations

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    Tom Robin Olk

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available This study is based on monthly sampling of fish from grates mounted at an industrial water intake, located at a depth of 50 m in Lake Norsjø (Southern Norway during the year 2014, to investigate seasonal variations in the use of the profundal habitat and subsequent variations in total Hg-concentrations in profundal fish. Data on various fish present in a cold and dark hypolimnion of a large, deep, dimictic lake within the upper temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere are rare. While predominant species such as A. charr (Salvelinus alpinus and E. smelt (Osmerus eperlanus were continuously present in this habitat, whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus occupied this habitat primarily during wintertime, while other common species like brown trout (Salmo trutta, perch (Perca fluviatilis and northern pike (Esox lucius were almost absent. Besides stomach analyses (diet and biometry, stable isotope analyses (δ15N and δ13C and total mercury (Tot-Hg analyses were carried out on the caught fish. The δ13C signature and stomach analyses revealed a combined profundal-pelagic diet for all three species, A. charr with the most profundal-based diet. Length was the strongest predictor for Hg in whitefish and A. charr, while age was the strongest explanatory variable for Hg in E. smelt. A. charr was the only species exhibiting seasonal variation in Hg, highest during winter and spring.

  9. A Novel Method for 3D Face Detection and Normalization

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    Robert Niese

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available When automatically analyzing images of human faces, either for recognition in biometry applications or facial expression analysis in human machine interaction, one has to cope with challenges caused by different head pose, illumination and expression. In this article we propose a new stereo based method for effectively solving the pose problem through 3D face detection and normalization. The proposed method applies a model-based matching and is especially intended for the study of facial features and the description of their dynamic changes in image sequences under the assumption of non-cooperative persons. In our work, we are currently implementing a new application to observe and analyze single faces of post-operative patients. In the proposed method, face detection is based on color driven clustering of 3D points derived from stereo. A mesh model is matched with the post-processed face cluster using a variant of the Iterative Closest Point algorithm (ICP. Pose is derived from correspondence. Then, pose and model information is used for the synthesis of the face normalization. Results show, stereo and color are powerful cues for finding the face and its pose under a wide range of poses, illuminations and expressions (PIE. Head orientation may vary in out of plane rotations up to ±45°.

  10. Ultrasonographic assessment of fetal growth in miniature "Shiba" goats (Capra hircus).

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    Kandiel, Mohamed M M; Watanabe, Gen; Taya, Kazuyoshi

    2015-11-01

    The aim of the present study was to monitor fetal growth in relation to gestational stage to generate formulae which could be used to estimate fetal age in goats. Eight miniature Shiba goats (Capra hircus) were examined weekly by transrectal and transabdominal ultrasound scanning during the gestation period between Day 21 and 126 days of gestation. For accurate judgment, all fetometric parameters were measured at least three times per one examination for each animal. Quantification of the growth of the fetus allowed the development of a number of predictors of fetal age. Low correlations were associated with measurement of the chest diameter (R(2)=0.869), trunk diameter (R(2)=0.8969), tibia length (R(2)=0.8662) and placentome diameter (R(2)=0.8999). Moderate correlation was assessed by calculation of the length of six successive lumbar vertebrae (R(2)=0.9296), femur length (R(2)=0.9278), heart axis length (R(2)=0.9382 and 0.9589; for the longitudinal and transverse axis, respectively), occipitonasal length (R(2)=0.9527), umbilical cord diameter (R(2)=0.9119) and orbit diameter (R(2)=0.9239). A high correlation was estimated in investigating the length of six successive thoracic vertebrae (R(2)=0.9674), braincase diameter (R(2)=0.9831) and crown rump length (R(2)=0.9848). In conclusion, the intrauterine fetal biometry estimation through ultrasound might be useful to predict the accurate gestational age in miniature goats.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Customized computer models of eyes with intraocular lenses

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    Rosales, P.; Marcos, S.

    2007-03-01

    We compared experimental wave aberrations in pseudophakic eyes with aspheric intraocular lenses (IOLs) to simulate aberrations from numerical ray tracing on customized computer eye models using corneal topography, angle λ, ocular biometry, IOL geometry, and IOL tilt and decentration measured on the same eyes. We found high correlations between real and simulated aberrations even for the eye with only the cornea, and these increased on average when the IOL geometry and position were included. Relevant individual aberrations were well predicted by the complete eye model. Corneal spherical aberration and horizontal coma were compensated by the IOL, and in 58.3% of the cases IOL tilt and decentration contributed to compensation of horizontal coma. We conclude that customized computer eye models are a good representation of real eyes with IOLs and allow understanding of the relative contribution of optical, geometrical and surgically-related factors to image quality. Corneal spherical aberration is reduced by aspheric IOLs, although other corneal high order aberrations are still a major contributor to total aberrations in pseudophakic eyes. Tilt and decentration of the IOLs represent a relatively minor contribution of the overall optical quality of the eye.

  14. 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.

  15. Landscaping biostatistics education in India.

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    Singh, Ranjana; Zodpey, Sanjay P; Sharma, Kavya; Bangdiwala, Shrikant I; Ughade, Suresh

    2012-01-01

    Biostatistics plays an important role in measuring, understanding, and describing the overall health and well-being of a population. Biostatistics as a subject evolved from the application of statistics in various research aspects of biology, biomedical care, and public health. However, with a recent increase in number of health and pharmacy related research, the demand for trained biostatisticians is also increasing. The present paper is an attempt to undertake a situational analysis of biostatistics education in India. A systematic, predefined approach, with three parallel strategies was used to collect and assemble the data regarding training in biostatistics in India. Our study results show that there is paucity of programs providing specialized training in biostatistics in India. Only about 19 institutions in India are offering various courses in biostatistics/medical statistics/health statistics/biometry. It is important to look into the current capacity building initiatives in this domain. Some other means for giving importance to biostatistics could be by making it a separate branch/specialization in a majority of the institutions, particularly in medical colleges.

  16. Evidence for two different morphotypes of Difflugia tuberspinifera from China.

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    Yu, Zheng; Zhang, Wenjing; Liu, Lemian; Yang, Jun

    2014-04-01

    Difflugia is a morphologically diverse genus of testate amoebae, which are common components of freshwater ecosystems. We observed a new morphotype similar to Difflugia tuberspinifera but without spine in four Xiamen reservoirs, Fujian Province, southeast China. We investigated its morphology and biometry using light and scanning electron microscopy. The linear discriminant analysis and principal component analysis of biometric characters revealed that the spiny and spineless forms of D. tuberspinifera differed only in the presence or absence of spine. Shell height, shell diameter, aperture diameter and collar height did not differ significantly between the two morphotypes. The number of conical spines varies from 0 to 8. However, the distribution of spine numbers showed two main modes at 0 (spineless form 45.1% of individuals) and 4-6 (38.9%), suggesting the possible existence of two genetically distinct lineages. Spines may have ecological and evolutionary significance. Our results suggested that the spiny and spineless morphotypes of D. tuberspinifera represent either a single variable taxon with different ecotypes or sibling species. Further morphological studies on clonal variations and molecular approaches are needed to clarify if the spineless morph represents an independent species or not.

  17. 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.

  18. Birch Stands Growth Increase in Western Siberia

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

    2014-01-01

    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.

  19. Induction policy and missed post-term pregnancies: a mathematical model.

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    Mongelli, M; Wong, Y C; Venkat, A; Chua, T M

    2001-02-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the clinical performance of ultrasound dates and ultrasound dates combined with menstrual dates for the detection of post-maturity. A computer model was designed which uses the statistical distributions of the duration of normal pregnancy, day of ovulation in relation to the menstrual cycle and ultrasound error for estimating gestational age. The clinical performance of the different dating methods was then analysed from these variables, on simulations of 30,000 cases. The efficacy of different dating methods for detecting post-maturity was determined by generating receiver-operator characteristics (ROC) curves. The proportion of post-term pregnancies (294 days and over) predicted by the model (3.5%) agrees with published values. There is a steep rise in missed cases if induction is delayed beyond 10 days from the expected date of delivery, reaching 20% on day 294. Elective delivery on day 290 will detect 98.9% of cases destined to deliver post-term, with an induction rate of 10%; the respective figures for induction on day 294 are 79% and 3.8%. The ROC curves for the detection of post-maturity suggest that use of the mid-trimester biparietal diameter (BPD) is better than a 7-day or 10-day rule. Timing of elective delivery is the most important variable affecting the detection rate for post-maturity There is no advantage in using menstrual dates when ultrasound biometry is available.

  20. Ocular biometric changes after trabeculectomy

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    Azam Alvani

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This review article aimed to evaluate ocular biometric changes after trabeculectomy. The PubMed database was searched using the keywords “axial length” (AL, “anterior chamber depth” (ACD, “corneal astigmatism,” “corneal topography” and “trabeculectomy.” The extracted studies were categorized based on the evaluated parameters and the biometry method (contact and non-contact. Comparable studies with respect to their sample size were combined for statistical analysis. Twenty-five studies including 690 individuals which met the inclusion criteria were selected. After trabeculectomy, a significant and persistent AL reduction, with a range of 0.1-0.19 and 0.1-0.9 mm measured with contact and non-contact methods, respectively, was observed. With respect to topographic changes, 0.38-1.4 diopters (D with-the-rule (WTR astigmatism was induced postoperatively. All studies revealed ACD reduction immediately after surgery, which gradually deepened and approximated its preoperative levels on day 14. ACD reduction was not significant after that period in the majority of cases. In conclusion, changes in ACD is of small amount and of short period, thus it can be ignored; however, reported changes in AL and keratometry are of sufficient magnitude and can affect the refractive prediction of combined cataract surgery and trabeculectomy.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

    2008-01-01

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Comparing the importance of prognostic factors in Cox and logistic regression using SAS.

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    Heinze, Georg; Schemper, Michael

    2003-06-01

    Two SAS macro programs are presented that evaluate the relative importance of prognostic factors in the proportional hazards regression model and in the logistic regression model. The importance of a prognostic factor is quantified by the proportion of variation in the outcome attributable to this factor. For proportional hazards regression, the program %RELIMPCR uses the recently proposed measure V to calculate the proportion of explained variation (PEV). For the logistic model, the R(2) measure based on squared raw residuals is used by the program %RELIMPLR. Both programs are able to compute marginal and partial PEV, to compare PEVs of factors, of groups of factors, and even to compare PEVs of different models. The programs use a bootstrap resampling scheme to test differences of the PEVs of different factors. Confidence limits for P-values are provided. The programs further allow to base the computation of PEV on models with shrinked or bias-corrected parameter estimates. The SAS macros are freely available at www.akh-wien.ac.at/imc/biometrie/relimp

  5. Wood anatomical relationships within Abies spp. from the Mediterranean area: a phyletic approach

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    Esteban, L. G.; Palacios, P. de; Garcia Fernandez, F.; Martin, J. A.

    2009-07-01

    An analysis was made of the wood anatomy of seven species, one subspecies and two varieties of the genus Abies from the Mediterranean area (A. alba, A. borisii-regis, A. cephalonica, A. cilicica, A. nordmanniana, A. nordmanniana subsp. equi-trojani, A. numidica, A. pinsapo, A. pinsapo var. marocana and A. pinsapo var. tazaotana) in order to find phyletically relevant features to help clarify and complement the evolutionary patterns based on molecular studies. The wood structure within the genus was qualitatively similar, except for specific features characteristic of certain provenances. However, the wood biometry allowed the different taxa to be grouped in accordance with their anatomical similarity. A. alba, A. pinsapo, A. pinsapo var. marocana and A. pinsapo var. tazaotana possess biometric features which distinguish them from the other Mediterranean firs. Furthermore, A. numidica showed biometric features which distinguish it from the eastern firs (A. borisii-regis, A. cephalonica, A. cilicica, A. nordmanniana and A. nordmanniana subsp. equi-trojani) and place it closer to certain Iberian populations of A. pinsapo. The maximum ray height in number of cells, frequency of rays with more than 30 cells and tracheid length can be regarded as specific patterns of the Mediterranean fir phylum. (Author) 72 refs.

  6. Analysis of capture-recapture data

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    McCrea, Rachel S

    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...

  7. Detection and visualization of non-linear structures in large datasets using Exploratory Projection Pursuit Laboratory (EPP-Lab software

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    Souad Larabi Marie-Sainte

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available This article consists of using biologically inspired algorithms in order to detect potentially interesting structures in large and multidimensional data sets. Data exploration and the detection of interesting structures are based on the use of Projection Pursuit that involves the definition and the optimization of an index associated with each direction or projection. The optimization of a projection index should provide a set of multiple optima that is expected to correspond to interesting graphical representations in low dimensional space. The implementation of the bio-inspired algorithms along with the projection pursuit develops a new software called EPP-Lab. Projection pursuit is widely used in different scientific domains (biology, pharmacy, bioinformatics, biometry, etc but not widely present in the well-known softwares. EPP-Lab is dedicated to recognize and visualize clusters and outlying observations on one dimension from high dimensional and multivariate data sets. It includes different statistical techniques for results analysis. It provides several features and gives the user the option to adjust the parameters of the selected bio-inspired methods or to use defaults values. EPP-Lab is a unique software for detection, visualization and analysis of non-linear structures. The performance of this tool has been validated by testing different real and simulated data sets.

  8. 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

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    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.

  9. 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.

  10. GERMINAÇÃO E MORFOLOGIA DE SEMENTES E PLÂNTULAS DE Albizia edwallii (Hoehne Barneby & J. W. Grimes

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    MANOELA MENDES DUARTE

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    Full Text Available This study aimed to characterize the morphology of seeds and seedlings and evaluate the germination of seeds of Albizia edwallii submitted to different substrates and temperatures. In physical characterization were evaluated thousand seed weight, the number of seeds per kilogram and moisture content. To determine the morphological characteristics, it was evaluated the biometry of 50 seeds, as well as its internal and external characteristics. Germination was conducted at three temperatures (20 ° C, 25 ° C and 30 ° C and three substrates (sand, vermiculite and blotting paper with five replications of 40 seeds per treatment, in a factorial 3 x 3 and completely randomized design. The variables were germination percentage, germination rate index, mean germination time, and synchronization index. The thousand seed weight was 47.7 g, while the number of seeds per kilo was 20.964 for the moisture content of 13.1%. The seeds have an elliptical shape, no endosperm and have persistent funiculus. Germination is epigeal, and the seedling is phanerocotylar being fully formed at 15 days. Temperatures of 20 ° C and 25 ° C provide the highest germination rates, 42 and 38%, respectively, and germination speed index (GSI. The use of sand as a substrate provided better germination percentage than the other substrates. Thus, it is recommended to use sand as a substrate and temperatures of 20 ° C and 25 ° C in A. edwalli germination tests.

  11. 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.)

    2004-05-01

    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.)

  12. Spring and autumn migration of the red-breasted flycatcher through the Kizilirmak delta, Turkey

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    Kiraz ERCIYAS-YAVUZ; Piotr ZDUNIAK; Y Sancar BARI

    2015-01-01

    The red-breasted flycatcherFicedula parva is a small passerine bird that breeds in Eastern Europe and across central Asia and winters on the Indian subcontinent.Birds from the western extreme of the breeding range migrating to and from the wintering grounds utilise a large longitudinal component en route that is not typical of the majority of European passerines. Therefore, it is one of the lesser-known species in Europe with respect to migration and biometrics. The aim of this study is to describe the numbers, phenology and biometry of the red-breasted flycatcher in relation to age, sex and migration season at a stopover site in northern Turkey. The number of individuals ringed in autumn was six times higher than in the spring passage. Furthermore, the period of the spring passage was shorter than in autumn, and in spring males migrate six days earlier than fe-males and juveniles; no such differences were found in autumn. Moreover, migrants carried more fuel reserves in spring than in autumn and no differences were recorded in the length of stopover duration. The study underlines the importance of further re-search into passerine migration across Turkey to better understand the whole migratory system of movements of the Palaearctic migratory passerine populations [Current Zoology 61 (3): 412–420, 2015].

  13. Effect of primary iris and ciliary body cyst on anterior chamber angle in patients with shallow anterior chamber

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    Bing-hong WANG; Yu-feng YAO

    2012-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the prevalence of primary iris and/or ciliary body cysts in eyes with shallow anterior chamber and their effect on the narrowing of the anterior chamber angle.Methods:Among the general physical check-up population,subjects with shallow anterior chambers,as judged by van Herick technique,were recruited for further investigation.Ultrasound biomicroscope (UBM) was used to detect and measure the cysts located in the iris and/or ciliary body,the anterior chamber depth (ACD),the angle opening distance at 500 μm (AOD500),and the trabecular-iris angle (TIA).A-scan ultrasonography was used to measure the ocular biometry,including lens thickness,axial length,lens/axial length factor (LAF),and relative lens position (RLP).The effect of the cyst on narrowing the corresponding anterior chamber angle and the entire angle was evaluated by the UBM images,ocular biometry,and gonioscopic grading.The eye with unilateral cyst was compared with the eye without the cyst for further analysis.Results:Among the 727 subjects with shallow anterior chamber,primary iris and ciliary body cysts were detected in 250 (34.4%) patients; among them 96 (38.4%) patients showed unilateral single cyst,21 (8.4%) patients had unilateral double cysts,and 42 (16.8%) patients manifested unilateral multiple and multi-quadrants cysts.Plateau iris configuration was found in 140 of 361 (38.8%) eyes with cysts.The mean size of total cysts was (0.6547±0.2319) mm.In evaluation of the effect of the cyst size and location on narrowing the corresponding angle to their position,the proportion of the cysts causing corresponding angle narrowing or closure among the cysts larger than 0.8 mm (113/121,93.4%) was found to be significantly higher than that of the cysts smaller than 0.8 mm (373/801,46.6%),and a significant higher proportion was also found in the cysts located at iridociliary sulcus (354/437,81.0%) than in that at the pars plicata (131/484,27.1%).In evaluating the effect

  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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    Mauro Alves da Cunha

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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. Welche Kompetenzen in Medizinischer Informatik benötigen Ärztinnen und Ärzte? Vorstellung des Lernzielkatalogs Medizinische Informatik für Studierende der Humanmedizin [What competencies in Medical Informatics are required for physicians? Presentation of a catalog regarding learning objectives for medical students

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    Dugas, Martin

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available [english] Competencies in Medical Informatics are important for all physicians, for instance regarding electronic health records or digital imaging systems. Physicians spend more than 25% of their working time with information management. The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA recommends 40 hours of curricular training dedicated to Medical Informatics for physicians. In this context, a national project group of the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology developed a catalog of learning objectives for medical students regarding Medical Informatics. Seven areas of competencies were identified: Medical documentation and information processing, medical classifications and terminologies, information systems in healthcare, health telematics and telemedicine, data protection and security, access to medical knowledge and medical signal-/image processing. Overall, 42 learning objectives were identified and consented. For each objective a rationale why a physician needs this competence was provided. In addition, each objective was categorized according to competence context (A=covered by Medical Informatics, B=core subject of Medical Informatics, C=optional subject of Medical Informatics, competence level (1=referenced knowledge, 2=applied knowledge, 3=routine knowledge and CanMEDS competence role (1=Medical Expert, 2=Communicator, 3=Collaborator, 4=Manager, 5=Health Advocate, 6=Professional, 7=Scholar. [german] Von der GMDS-Projektgruppe „MI-Lehre in der Medizin“ wurde unter Beteiligung aller Standorte, an denen derzeit Lehrveranstaltungen in diesem Fach durchgeführt werden, in einem mehrstufigen Verfahren ein national konsentierter Lernzielkatalog Medizinische Informatik (MI für Studierende der Humanmedizin erarbeitet, der sich am Konzept des Nationalen Kompetenzbasierten Lernzielkatalogs Medizin (NKLM orientiert.

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

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    D'Apuzzo, Nicola

    2005-01-01

    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.

  17. Pregnancy and menopause in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and/or antiphospholipid syndrome. Practical messages from the EULAR guidelines.

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    Vagelli, Roberta; Tani, Chiara; Mosca, Marta

    2017-01-25

    Over the last few decades, reproductive medicine has observed an improvement in the management and outcome of pregnancy in connective tissue diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). However, pregnancy and related issues remain a challenge in these patients. In routine clinical practice, health professionals dealing with SLE and APS need to consider the numerous aspects of the reproductive life of their patients, such as pregnancy, family planning, fertility, contraception, cancer surveillance, and menopause. The new European League Against Rheumatism recommendations for women's health and family planning reflect the need for a novel approach to communication in the patient-physician relationship. Preconception counseling is essential to ensure optimal pregnancy outcomes through a careful risk stratification involving disease activity, organ involvement, autoantibody profile, use of drugs, and previous pregnancy outcomes, as well as to ensure better preventive and therapeutic strategies to limit complications. In patients with stable/inactive disease and low risk of thrombosis, adequate hormonal contraception and menopausal replacement therapy should be recommended. Assisted reproductive techniques can be safely used in these patients, but anticoagulation or low-dose aspirin (or both) should be added in those with positive antiphospholipid antibody titers. All menstruating women should be counseled on the possibility to preserve fertility with gonadotropin- ‑releasing hormone analogues if receiving alkylating agents. Strict clinical, serological, laboratory, and multidisciplinary monitoring during pregnancy is mandatory to early recognize and effectively treat disease flares or obstetric complications. Doppler ultrasonography and fetal biometry should be regularly performed, especially in the second and third trimesters. Physicians should recommend screening for cervical dysplasia related to human papillomavirus

  18. 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.

  19. AXIAL LENGTH, CORNEAL CURVATURE AND THEIR ASSOCIATION WITH THE REFRACTIVE STATUS OF THE EYE

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    Karunakar

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available AIM To establish a definite correlation between the axial length, radius of cornea curvature and the refractive status of the eye. METHODS All cases of emmetropia, myopia, hypermetropia, astigmatism between 20-30 years attending the Outpatient Department of Ophthalmology were informed about the purpose for the tests and the following were done. Visual acuity without and with correction, Subjective refraction, Fundus evaluation, Intraocular pressure, Keratometry. Ultrasound biometry to assess anterior chamber depth, lens thickness, axial length and vitreous chamber depth in all subjects in both eyes. RESULTS Correlation between SE (Spherical equivalent and AL/CRC; AL (Axial length, and CRC (Corneal radius of curvature, the highest and lowest AL/CRC values were seen in eyes with high myopia and high hyperopia, respectively. Mean AL/CRC was 3.49 in eyes with myopia greater than -5.0D; this value decreased linearly and reached a minimum of 2.65 in cases with hyperopia more than 2.0D. Linear regression showed a shift of 11.46D in SE refractive error towards myopia with every 1 unit increase in AL/CRC (P<0.001. CONCLUSION Refractive error cannot be determined by a single optical component. It is the result of a combined interactive effect. The ratio of axial length and corneal radius of curvature seem to be a very reliable index of estimating the kind of resultant refractive error one might have. Axial length is the most influential factor in determining refraction radius curvature.

  20. 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.

  1. COMPARISON OF ANTERIOR CHAMBER REACTION WITH SINGLE-PIECE AND THREE-PIECE INTRAOCULAR LENSES IN MANUAL SMALL INCISION CATARACT SURGERY

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    Usha

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To study the anterior chamber reaction between single-piece and three-piece intraocular lenses in manual small incision cataract surgery. METHODS: Prospective study done at Mysore Race Club Charitable Eye Hospital. 140 Patients underwent suture less sclerocorneal tunnel cataract surgeries with single-piece or three-piece Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA intra ocular lenses (3-piece IOL. Accurate Keratometry was done with the help of Bausch and Lomb Keratometer. IOL power was calculated by using SRK (Sanders-Retzlaff-Kraff II formula, with the help of non-immersion, contact type of A-Scan biometry. Single-piece IOLs were inserted in 70 patients. Three-piece IOL inserted in rest of 70 patients. Slit lamp examination for anterior chamber cells was graded according to Hogan system. Aqueous cells were measured by counting within the visible field under Slit lamp, keeping the beam at maximum intensity. Anterior chamber reaction (AC in 1stPostoperative week and at 8 weeks are compared and analyzed by ANOVA statistics. RESULTS: Single piece IOL group had anterior chamber reaction ranging from 1 to 2+ cells i.e., in 97%. In three-piece IOL group, 70%of eyes had 2+ cells and 12.8% had 3± cells. At 8 weeks, single- piece IOL showed either no cells or occasional cells in 98.6% of patients, compared to three –piece IOL group showing in 77%of cases. 23% had 1+ cells in later group. CONCLUSION: Single-piece implanted IOLs had significant less number of cells were seen in anterior chamber from 1 week to 8 weeks as compared to three-piece IOLs.

  2. Stem cell clonality -- theoretical concepts, experimental techniques, and clinical challenges.

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    Glauche, Ingmar; Bystrykh, Leonid; Eaves, Connie; Roeder, Ingo

    2013-04-01

    Here we report highlights of discussions and results presented at an International Workshop on Concepts and Models of Stem Cell Organization held on July 16th and 17th, 2012 in Dresden, Germany. The goal of the workshop was to undertake a systematic survey of state-of-the-art methods and results of clonality studies of tissue regeneration and maintenance with a particular emphasis on the hematopoietic system. The meeting was the 6th in a series of similar conceptual workshops, termed StemCellMathLab,(2) all of which have had the general objective of using an interdisciplinary approach to discuss specific aspects of stem cell biology. The StemCellMathLab 2012, which was jointly organized by the Institute for Medical Informatics and Biometry, Medical Faculty Carl Gustav Carus, Dresden University of Technology and the Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Epidemiology, Medical Faculty, University of Leipzig, brought together 32 scientists from 8 countries, with scientific backgrounds in medicine, cell biology, virology, physics, computer sciences, bioinformatics and mathematics. The workshop focused on the following questions: (1) How heterogeneous are stem cells and their progeny? and (2) What are the characteristic differences in the clonal dynamics between physiological and pathophysiological situations? In discussing these questions, particular emphasis was placed on (a) the methods for quantifying clones and their dynamics in experimental and clinical settings and (b) general concepts and models for their description. In this workshop summary we start with an introduction to the current state of clonality research and a proposal for clearly defined terminology. Major topics of discussion include clonal heterogeneity in unperturbed tissues, clonal dynamics due to physiological and pathophysiological pressures and conceptual and technical issues of clone quantification. We conclude that an interactive cross-disciplinary approach to research in this

  3. Seed and Germination Characteristics of 20 Amazonian Liana Species

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Lianas are an important component of tropical forests, and may reach their highest densities in disturbed areas. However, information on seed and germination characteristics is scarce. Twenty Amazon liana species were screened for their germination characteristics, including light dependence, tolerance of desiccation and of alternating temperatures; these characteristics are considered important for the germination success in areas with relatively open canopies. Between 31–1,420 seeds per species were available, as 15 species seeds came from one mother plant. We studied seed biometry and conducted germination trials with fresh seeds (12 h light daily, or dark and desiccated seeds at 25 °C. Germination at alternating temperatures (20/30 °C, 15/35 °C was analyzed for nine species. Of the 20 species, eight species with the largest seeds had desiccation sensitive seeds; this is the first record for species of four genera and one family, where only desiccation tolerant seeds are otherwise recorded. Light-dependent germination was found in three species (0.01–0.015 g and is the first record for two; however, results were based on seeds from one plant per species. Alternating temperatures of 15/35 °C decreased final germination of four out of nine species, and response to 20/30 °C cycles varied compared to constant 25 °C. Seed and germination characteristics of the species ranged from pioneer to climax traits indicating that establishment of lianas from seeds may be confined to species specific niches.

  4. Fetal Growth and Neurodevelopmental Outcome in Congenital Heart Disease

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    Fifer, William P.; Andrews, Howard

    2017-01-01

    We evaluated differences in growth between fetuses with and without congenital heart disease (CHD) and tested associations between growth and early childhood neurodevelopment (ND). In this prospective cohort study, fetuses with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), transposition of the great arteries (TGA), and tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) and controls had biparietal diameter (BPD), head (HC) and abdominal circumference (AC), femur length (FL), and estimated fetal weight (EFW) recorded serially during pregnancy at 18and controls were assessed using–26 weeks GA (F1), at 27–33 weeks GA (F2), and at 34–40 weeks GA (F3). CHD subjects underwent Bayley Scales of Infant Development-III ND testing at 18 months. Differences between CHD fetuses and controls were assessed using t tests and generalized linear modeling. Correlations between biometry and ND informed regression modeling. We enrolled 41 controls and 68 fetuses with CHD (N = 24 HLHS, N = 21 TGA, N = 23 TOF), 46 of whom had ND scores available. At 18–26 weeks, CHD fetuses were smaller than controls in all biometric parameters. Differences in growth rates were observed for HC, BPD, and AC, but not for FL or EFW. Cognitive score correlated with HC/AC at F2 (r = −0.33, P = 0.04) and mean HC/AC across gestation (r = −0.35, P = 0.03). Language correlated with FL/BPD at F2 (r = 0.34, P = 0.04). In stepwise linear regression, mean HC/AC predicted Cognition (B = −102, P = 0.026, R2 = 0.13) and FL/BPD at F2 predicted Language score (B = 127, P = 0.03, R2 = 0.12). Differences in growth between CHD fetuses and controls can be measured early in pregnancy. In CHD fetuses, larger abdominal relative to head circumference is associated with better 18-month neurodevelopment. PMID:25753684

  5. 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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    2014-09-01

    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

  6. 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

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    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.

  7. Measurement of Second-trimester Placental Volume by Ultrasound: Prediction of Fetal Intrauterine Growth%超声测量中孕期胎盘容积预测胎儿发育

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    王慧芳; 李慰玑; 黄幼珍; 王新房

    1993-01-01

    本文对中孕期胎盘容积的增长和胎盘循环进行了纵向性监测,发现中孕期胎盘容积增长较快,且有二个加速期,即15~17孕周,19~21孕周.胎盘容积发育不良或胎盘循环功能受损,均能影响胎儿宫内生长发育.中孕期胎盘发育的超声监测对预测胎儿宫内生长发育迟缓有价值,而中孕期胎儿生物学测量对胎儿宫内生长发育迟缓预测价值不大.%Placental volume includes the placental cellular mass and placental circulating blood volume.The development of placental volume was not even during pregnancy.A longitudinal ultrasonic study of placental volume and placental circulation were performed.The results were that placental vol-nme developed rapidly during second-trimester and has two quickened phases at 15~17 weeks and 19 ~21 weeks of gestation respectively.Both abnormal placental volume and placental circulation could in-fluence the fetal growth.The developmentof second-trimester placental volome monitored by ultra-sound Was proved to be valuable in predicting fetal intrauterine growth retardation(IUGR).Fetal biom-etry during second-trimester has little value in predicting IUGR.

  8. QOI8/456: Quality Criteria for Electronic Publications in Medicine

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    Schulz, S; Auhuber, T; Schrader, U; Koop, A; Kreutz, R; Oppermann, R; Simm, H; Klar, R

    1999-01-01

    If compared with printed media, the prospect for the success of health-related WWW publications lies in the added value of motivation and efficacy, due to the multi-modal coding of contents, in the possibility to provide search facilities and the flexibility of interaction with the user. An important advantage over the off-line distribution of disks or CD-ROMs is the automated diffusion and update of the contents. Whereas more and more medical WWW sites are launched, their acceptance and utilisation, especially in medical education is still unsatisfactory. Obviously, one reason for this phenomenon is the lack of quality. Many authors, developers and software publishers ignore that the design of high-quality electronic publications is a cost-intensive process. As key qualifications we identify: domain competence, software engineering skills, media production proficiency, GUI design competence, and didactic qualifications. On behalf of the German Association of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS), the authors have co-ordinated the development of a catalogue of "Quality Criteria for Electronic Publications in Medicine". This catalogue defines as Electronic Publications in Medicine any software containing health-related generic knowledge, with WWW publications being an important group. The criteria catalogue is divided into the sections contents, technical aspects, coding of information, ergonomy, dialogue and didactics. According to these items, typical faults and deficiencies of medical electronic publications are elucidated and possible solutions are given. Our criteria are intended to support the formative evaluation during the development of electronic publications, and to provide a basis for the summative evaluation of medical WWW and offline publications. The catalogue of "Quality Criteria for Electronic Publications in Medicine" is available in German, English, Portuguese and Spanish, at: http://www.imbi.uni-freiburg.de/medinf/gmdsqc/.

  9. 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

  10. Analyzing noninferiority trials: it is time for advantage deficit assessment – an observational study of published noninferiority trials

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    Full Text Available Beryl Primrose Gladstone, Werner Vach Clinical Epidemiology Group, Center for Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics, Medical Center, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany Abstract: The concept of noninferiority (NI trials is based on a belief that the new therapy may potentially offer a benefit for the patient or society in spite of it having a slightly lower efficacy. We introduce advantage deficit assessment (ADA, a simple framework similar to the benefit-risk assessment in superiority trials. ADA balances the advantage gained against the deficit in efficacy on a two-dimensional plane. It requires that NI trials provide quantitative information on both the advantage as well as on efficacy on scales, which can be compared in a meaningful manner. From this perspective, we study the feasibility of ADA among a set of NI trials published in four major medical journals. Among 113 published NI trials, about half assessed and reported at least one claimed advantage. For most other studies, an assessment seems to be feasible if considered in the planning of the study. Many studies claiming noninferiority report a positive gain in advantage. These trials have the potential to demonstrate a significant net benefit in an ADA, substantially changing the final judgment of the study results. ADA seems promising as it overcomes the current limitation of NI trials to demonstrate “only” noninferiority and brings them back to the mainstream of superiority trials by aiming to demonstrate a positive net benefit. ADA seems to be feasible in the majority of NI trials. Keywords: noninferiority, new treatment, potential advantage, advantage deficit assessment, benefit-risk assessment, loss of efficacy

  11. OBML - Ontologies in Biomedicine and Life Sciences.

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    Herre, Heinrich; Hoehndorf, Robert; Kelso, Janet; Loebe, Frank; Schulz, Stefan

    2011-08-09

    The OBML 2010 workshop, held at the University of Mannheim on September 9-10, 2010, is the 2nd in a series of meetings organized by the Working Group "Ontologies in Biomedicine and Life Sciences" of the German Society of Computer Science (GI) and the German Society of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS). Integrating, processing and applying the rapidly expanding information generated in the life sciences - from public health to clinical care and molecular biology - is one of the most challenging problems that research in these fields is facing today. As the amounts of experimental data, clinical information and scientific knowledge increase, there is a growing need to promote interoperability of these resources, support formal analyses, and to pre-process knowledge for further use in problem solving and hypothesis formulation.The OBML workshop series pursues the aim of gathering scientists who research topics related to life science ontologies, to exchange ideas, discuss new results and establish relationships. The OBML group promotes the collaboration between ontologists, computer scientists, bio-informaticians and applied logicians, as well as the cooperation with physicians, biologists, biochemists and biometricians, and supports the establishment of this new discipline in research and teaching. Research topics of OBML 2010 included medical informatics, Semantic Web applications, formal ontology, bio-ontologies, knowledge representation as well as the wide range of applications of biomedical ontologies to science and medicine. A total of 14 papers were presented, and from these we selected four manuscripts for inclusion in this special issue.An interdisciplinary audience from all areas related to biomedical ontologies attended OBML 2010. In the future, OBML will continue as an annual meeting that aims to bridge the gap between theory and application of ontologies in the life sciences. The next event emphasizes the special topic of the ontology

  12. Coccolithophore responses to environmental variability in the South China Sea: species composition and calcite content

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    Jin, Xiaobo; Liu, Chuanlian; Poulton, Alex J.; Dai, Minhan; Guo, Xianghui

    2016-08-01

    Coccolithophore contributions to the global marine carbon cycle are regulated by the calcite content of their scales (coccoliths) and the relative cellular levels of photosynthesis and calcification rates. All three of these factors vary between coccolithophore species and with response to the growth environment. Here, water samples were collected in the northern basin of the South China Sea (SCS) during summer 2014 in order to examine how environmental variability influenced species composition and cellular levels of calcite content. Average coccolithophore abundance and their calcite concentration in the water column were 11.82 cells mL-1 and 1508.3 pg C mL-1, respectively, during the cruise. Water samples can be divided into three floral groups according to their distinct coccolithophore communities. The vertical structure of the coccolithophore community in the water column was controlled by the trophic conditions, which were regulated by mesoscale eddies across the SCS basin. The evaluation of coccolithophore-based calcite in the surface ocean also showed that three key species in the SCS (Emiliania huxleyi, Gephyrocapsa oceanica, Florisphaera profunda) and other larger, numerically rare species made almost equal contributions to total coccolith-based calcite in the water column. For Emiliania huxleyi biometry measurements, coccolith size positively correlated with nutrients (nitrate, phosphate), and it is suggested that coccolith length is influenced by light and nutrients through the regulation of growth rates. Larger-sized coccoliths were also linked statistically to low pH and calcite saturation states; however, it is not a simple cause and effect relationship, as carbonate chemistry was strongly co-correlated with the other key environmental factors (nutrients, light).

  13. 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

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

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    Boillot, Thomas; Rosolen, Serge G; Dulaurent, Thomas; 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

  15. 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

    2010-12-15

    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

  16. Efficient Server-Aided Secure Two-Party Function Evaluation with Applications to Genomic Computation

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    Full Text Available Computation based on genomic data is becoming increasingly popular today, be it for medical or other purposes. Non-medical uses of genomic data in a computation often take place in a server-mediated setting where the server offers the ability for joint genomic testing between the users. Undeniably, genomic data is highly sensitive, which in contrast to other biometry types, discloses a plethora of information not only about the data owner, but also about his or her relatives. Thus, there is an urgent need to protect genomic data. This is particularly true when the data is used in computation for what we call recreational non-health-related purposes. Towards this goal, in this work we put forward a framework for server-aided secure two-party computation with the security model motivated by genomic applications. One particular security setting that we treat in this work provides stronger security guarantees with respect to malicious users than the traditional malicious model. In particular, we incorporate certified inputs into secure computation based on garbled circuit evaluation to guarantee that a malicious user is unable to modify her inputs in order to learn unauthorized information about the other user’s data. Our solutions are general in the sense that they can be used to securely evaluate arbitrary functions and offer attractive performance compared to the state of the art. We apply the general constructions to three specific types of genomic tests: paternity, genetic compatibility, and ancestry testing and implement the constructions. The results show that all such private tests can be executed within a matter of seconds or less despite the large size of one’s genomic data.

  17. Effect of Biometric Characteristics on the Change of Biomechanical Properties of the Human Cornea due to Cataract Surgery

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    Xuefei Song

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To determine the impact of biometric characteristics on changes of biomechanical properties of the human cornea due to standard cataract surgery using biomechanical analysis. Patients and Methods. This prospective consecutive cross-sectional study comprised 54 eyes with cataract in stages I or II that underwent phacoemulsification and IOL implantation. CH, CRF, IOPg, and IOPcc intraocular pressure were measured by biomechanical analysis preoperatively and at 1 month postoperatively. Changes (Δ were calculated as preoperative value versus postoperative value. Biometrical data were extracted from TMS-5 (CSI and SAI, IOLMaster (AL, and EM-3000 (CCT and ECC preoperatively. Results. The average values of the changes were ΔCH=-0.45±1.27 mmHg, ΔCRF=-0.88±1.1 mmHg, ΔIOPg=-1.58±3.15 mmHg, and ΔIOPcc=-1.45±3.93 mmHg. The higher the CSI the smaller the decrease in CH (r=0.302, P=0.028. The higher the CCT the larger the decrease in CRF (r=-0.371, P=0.013. The higher the AL the smaller the decrease in IOPg (r=0.417, P=0.005. The higher the AL, SAI, and EEC the smaller the decrease in IOPcc (r=0.351, P=0.001; r=-0.478, P<0.001; r=0.339, P=0.013. Conclusions. Corneal biomechanical properties were affected by comprehensive factors after cataract surgery, including corneal endothelium properties, biometry, and geometrical characteristics.

  18. ROLE OF B - SCAN ULTRASONOGRAPHY IN CATARACT PATIENTS IN A TERTIARY CARE CENTRE

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    Vepa

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available AIM : To study the role of B - SCAN as a diagnostic tool in preoperative evaluation of posterior segment in m ature catar act patients posted for surgery. MATERIALS & METHODS: B - SCAN ultrasonography was performed using a standard USG machine (sonomed B5500 equipped with a real - time high - frequency probe with the contact method in 490 eyes of 475 patients with mature cataract who came for cataract surgery to R.S.P.R Govt. Regional Eye hospital Visakhapatn am ,Andhrapradesh from surrounding villages and tribal areas between December 2014 to March 2015. Detailed history and the basic examination with Slit lamp biomicroscopy , Tonometry ,A - Scan biometry etc were done in all the patients and any H/O trauma , Hypertension , Diabetes etc. were noted and the results were analyzed. RESULTS: Out of 490 eyes of 475 patients 54 [11.02%] patients were found to be having some posterior segment pathology diagnosed by B - SCAN . Out of the 54 positive cases 1 5 cases were seen in patients with history of Trauma . In 15 cases b ilatera l mature cataracts were noticed . Out of the Positive cases RD was noticed in 14 cases [2. 85%] , Vitreous haemorrhage was noticed in 10 cases [2.09%] , PVD was noticed in 6 cas es [1.22%], Posterior staphyloma was noticed in 4 cases[0.8%] , Asteroid Hyalosis was noticed in 4 cases [0.8%],Vitreous opacities were noticed in 8 cases[1.6%], Difference in the axial length of eye ball was noticed 6cases[1.22%], and coloboma choroid wa s noticed in 1 patient [0.2%]and IOFB in 1 patient[0.2%] CONCLUSION : B - Scan ultrasonography is useful in evaluating the posterior segment lesions in mature cataract patients and helpful in assessing the prognosis where the medial haziness do not permit the evaluation of posterior segment

  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

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available 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. Methods: Nursing-home residents aged 77 years and older with impaired mobility were recruited in Berlin, Germany. The eight-week exercise program consisted of progressive resistance training twice a week. Mobility (primary outcome was assessed with the Elderly Mobility Scale (zero = worst, 20 = best at baseline and after 8 weeks. Muscle strength (secondary outcome was determined by the eight-repetition maximum. The Short Form-36 Health Survey was used to assess quality of life. Results: Of the 15 participants (mean age 84 years, range 77–97 years, ten completed the 8-week program. Mobility (Elderly Mobility Scale mean ± standard deviation pre 14.1 ± 3.2 and post 17.5 ± 3.6; P = 0.005 as well as muscle strength of upper and lower limbs improved (from 62% at chest press up to 108% at leg extension machine, whereas most quality of life subscales did not show considerable change. Conclusion: Resistance training twice a week over 2 months seemed to considerably improve mobility and muscle strength in persons aged 77–97 years with impaired mobility. Keywords: elderly, resistance training, mobility, muscle strength, nursing home

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

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    Stefano Mattioli

    2003-10-01

    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

  1. 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.

  2. Comparison of Venae Sectio vs. modified Seldinger Technique for Totally Implantable Access Ports; Portas-trial [ISRCTN:52368201

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    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The insertion of a Totally Implantable Access Port (TIAP is a routinely employed technique in patients who need a safe and permanent venous access. The number of TIAP implantations is increasing constantly mainly due to advanced treatment options for malignant diseases. Therefore it is important to identify the implantation technique which has the optimal benefit/risk ratio for the patient. Study design A single-centre, randomized, controlled superiority trial to compare two different TIAP implantation techniques. Sample size: 160 patients will be included and randomized intra-operatively. Eligibility criteria: Age equal or older than 18 years, patients scheduled for primary elective implantation of a TIAP in local anaesthesia and a signed informed consent. Primary endpoint: Primary success rate of the randomized technique. Intervention: Venae Sectio in combination with the Seldinger Technique (guide wire and a peel away sheath will be used to place a TIAP. Reference treatment: Conventional Venae Sectio will be used with a direct insertion of the TIAP without guide wire or peel away sheath. Duration of study: Approximately 20 months. Organisation/Responsibility The trial will be conducted in compliance with the protocol and in accordance 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 trial will also be carried out in keeping with local and regulatory requirements. The Klinisches Studienzentrum Chirurgie (KSC – Centre of Clinical Trials in Surgery at the Department of Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg is responsible for planning and conduction of the trial. Documentation of patient's data will be accomplished via electronical Case Report Files (eCRF with MACRO®-Software by the KSC. Randomization, data management, monitoring and biometry are provided by the independent Koordinierungszentrum f

  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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    Linderson, Maj-Lena [Lund University, Lund (Sweden). Geobiosphere Science Centre, Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystems Analysis; Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde (Denmark). Risoe National Laboratory, Bio Systems Department; Iritz, Zinaida [Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Stockholm (Sweden); Lindroth, Anders [Lund University, Lund (Sweden). Geobiosphere Science Centre, Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystems Analysis

    2007-07-15

    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. (author)

  4. The ophthalmic branch of the Gutenberg Health Study: study design, cohort profile and self-reported diseases.

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    René Höhn

    Full Text Available This paper describes the study design, methodology, cohort profile and self-reported diseases in the ophthalmological branch of the Gutenberg Health Study (GHS.The GHS is an ongoing, prospective, interdisciplinary, single-center, population-based cohort study in Germany. The main goals of the ophthalmological section are to assess the prevalence and incidence of ocular diseases and to explore risk factors, genetic determinants and associations with systemic diseases and conditions. The eye examination at baseline included a medical history, self-reported eye diseases, visual acuity, refractive errors, intraocular pressure, visual field, pachymetry, keratometry, fundus photography and tear sampling. The 5-year follow-up visit additionally encompassed optical coherence tomography, anterior segment imaging and optical biometry. The general examination included anthropometry; blood pressure measurement; carotid artery ultrasound; electrocardiogram; echocardiography; spirometry; cognitive tests; questionnaires; assessment of mental conditions; and DNA, RNA, blood and urine sampling.Of 15,010 participants (aged 35-74 years at the time of inclusion, ocular data are available for 14,700 subjects (97.9%. The mean visual acuity (standard deviation, mean spherical equivalent, median decimal visual acuity, and mean intraocular pressure were 0.08 (0.17 logMar, -0.42 (2.43 diopters, 0.9 and 14.24 (2.79 mm Hg, respectively. The frequencies of self-reported strabismus, glaucoma, surgery for retinal detachment and retinal vascular occlusions were 2.7%, 2.3%, 0.2% and 0.4%, respectively.The GHS is the most extensive dataset of ophthalmic diseases and conditions and their risk factors in Germany and one of the largest cohorts worldwide. This dataset will provide new insight in the epidemiology of ophthalmic diseases and related medical specialties.

  5. Bias-reduced and separation-proof conditional logistic regression with small or sparse data sets.

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    Heinze, Georg; Puhr, Rainer

    2010-03-30

    Conditional logistic regression is used for the analysis of binary outcomes when subjects are stratified into several subsets, e.g. matched pairs or blocks. Log odds ratio estimates are usually found by maximizing the conditional likelihood. This approach eliminates all strata-specific parameters by conditioning on the number of events within each stratum. However, in the analyses of both an animal experiment and a lung cancer case-control study, conditional maximum likelihood (CML) resulted in infinite odds ratio estimates and monotone likelihood. Estimation can be improved by using Cytel Inc.'s well-known LogXact software, which provides a median unbiased estimate and exact or mid-p confidence intervals. Here, we suggest and outline point and interval estimation based on maximization of a penalized conditional likelihood in the spirit of Firth's (Biometrika 1993; 80:27-38) bias correction method (CFL). We present comparative analyses of both studies, demonstrating some advantages of CFL over competitors. We report on a small-sample simulation study where CFL log odds ratio estimates were almost unbiased, whereas LogXact estimates showed some bias and CML estimates exhibited serious bias. Confidence intervals and tests based on the penalized conditional likelihood had close-to-nominal coverage rates and yielded highest power among all methods compared, respectively. Therefore, we propose CFL as an attractive solution to the stratified analysis of binary data, irrespective of the occurrence of monotone likelihood. A SAS program implementing CFL is available at: http://www.muw.ac.at/msi/biometrie/programs.

  6. 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.

  7. New trends in intraocular lens imaging

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    Millán, María S.; Alba-Bueno, Francisco; Vega, Fidel

    2011-08-01

    As a result of modern technological advances, cataract surgery can be seen as not only a rehabilitative operation, but a customized procedure to compensate for important sources of image degradation in the visual system of a patient, such as defocus and some aberrations. With the development of new materials, instruments and surgical techniques in ophthalmology, great progress has been achieved in the imaging capability of a pseudophakic eye implanted with an intraocular lens (IOL). From the very beginning, optical design has played an essential role in this progress. New IOL designs need, on the one hand, theoretical eye models able to predict optical imaging performance and on the other hand, testing methods, verification through in vitro and in vivo measurements, and clinical validation. The implant of an IOL requires a precise biometry of the eye, a prior calculation from physiological data, and an accurate position inside the eye. Otherwise, the effects of IOL calculation errors or misplacements degrade the image very quickly. The incorporation of wavefront aberrometry into clinical ophthalmology practice has motivated new designs of IOLs to compensate for high order aberrations in some extent. Thus, for instance, IOLs with an aspheric design have the potential to improve optical performance and contrast sensitivity by reducing the positive spherical aberration of human cornea. Monofocal IOLs cause a complete loss of accommodation that requires further correction for either distance or near vision. Multifocal IOLs address this limitation using the principle of simultaneous vision. Some multifocal IOLs include a diffractive zone that covers the aperture in part or totally. Reduced image contrast and undesired visual phenomena, such as halos and glare, have been associated to the performance of multifocal IOLs. Based on a different principle, accommodating IOLs rely on the effort of the ciliary body to increase the effective power of the optical system of the

  8. Cataract and progressing keratoconus — solution?

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    K. B. Pershin

    2015-01-01

    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. 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.  

  10. Fetal growth in pregnancies conceived after gastric bypass surgery in relation to surgery-to-conception interval: a Danish national cohort study.

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    Lone Nikoline Nørgaard

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To describe early and late fetal growth in pregnancies conceived after gastric bypass surgery in relation to time from surgery to conception of pregnancy. METHODS: National cohort study on 387 Danish women, who had laparoscopic or open gastric bypass surgery prior to a singleton pregnancy in which first trimester screening was performed between January 2008 and June 2011. Data were derived from national registers (Danish National Registry of Patients and Danish National Birth Registry, Pregnancy Complications and Abortion-clinical quality database (PreCAb and the Danish Fetal Medicine Database. Main outcome measures were early and late fetal growth in relation to time from bariatric surgery to conception of the pregnancy. Early fetal growth was expressed as "Fetal Growth Index": the ratio between the estimated number of days from first trimester ultrasound to second trimester ultrasound biometries and the actual calender time elapsed in days. Late fetal growth was expressed as the observed versus expected birthweight according to gestational age (GA. RESULTS: The surgery-to-conception interval ranged from 3 to 1851 days with a mean value of 502 (SD, 351 days. The mean "fetal growth index" was 0.99 (SD, 0.02 days/day and thus significantly lower than in the background population (mean, 1.04 (SD, 0.09 days/day, p<0.0001. The proportion of infants being small for gestational age was 18.8% and the proportion of large for gestational age infants was 6.7%. The correlation coefficients between surgery-to-conception time and "fetal growth index" and birthweight according to GA were 0.01 (p = 0.8 and 0.04 (p = 0.4, respectively. CONCLUSION: Fetal growth index was lower than reported in the background population. No correlation was found between the surgery-to-conception interval and early or late fetal growth in pregnancies conceived after gastric bypass surgery.

  11. Intricate decision making: ambivalences and barriers when fulfilling an advance directive

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    Full Text Available Lars Schröder,1 Gerhard Homme,1,2 Stephan Sahm3,4 1Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Center of Integrated Oncology, University Hospital Bonn, Bonn, 2Institute of Medical Biometry, Epidemiology and Informatics, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, 3Department of Gastroenterology and Oncology, Ketteler Hospital, Offenbach, 4Institute for Ethics and History of Medicine, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany Background: Despite a recent statutory ruling stating the binding nature of advance directives (ADs, only a minority of the population has signed one. Yet, a majority deem it of utmost importance to ensure their wishes are followed through in case they are no longer able to decide. The reasons for this discrepancy have not yet been investigated sufficiently.Patients and methods: This article is based on a survey of patients using a well-established structured questionnaire. First, patients were asked about their attitudes with respect to six therapeutic options at the end of life: intravenous fluids, artificial feeding, antibiotics, analgesia, chemotherapy/dialysis, and artificial ventilation; and second, they were asked about the negative effects related to the idea of ADs surveying their apprehensions: coercion to fulfill an AD, dictatorial reading of what had been laid down, and abuse of ADs.Results: A total of 1,260 interviewees completed the questionnaires. A significant percentage of interviewees were indecisive with respect to therapeutic options, ranging from 25% (analgesia to 45% (artificial feeding. There was no connection to health status. Apprehensions about unwanted effects of ADs were widespread, at 51%, 35%, and 43% for coercion, dictatorial reading, and abuse, respectively.Conclusion: A significant percentage of interviewees were unable to anticipate decisions about treatment options at the end of life. Apprehensions about negative adverse effects of ADs are widespread. Keywords: advance directive, living

  12. Refraction and eye anterior segment parameters in schizophrenic patients

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    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. Tree growth rates in an Amazonian evergreen forest: seasonal patterns and correlations with leaf phenology

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    Wu, J.; Silva Campos, K.; Prohaska, N.; Ferreira, M. L.; Nelson, B. W.; Saleska, S. R.; da Silva, R.

    2014-12-01

    Metabolism and phenology of tropical forests significantly influence global dynamics of climate, carbon and water. However, there is still lack of mechanistic understanding of the controls on tropical forest metabolism, particularly at individual tree level. In this study, we are interested in investigating (1) what is the seasonal pattern of woody growth for tropical trees and (2) what is the mechanistic controls onwoody growth at individual level?To explore the above questions,we use two data sources from an evergreen tropical forest KM67 site (near Santarem, Brazil). They are: (1) image time series from a tower mounted RGB imaging system, with images recordedin10 minutes interval since October 2013.Images near local noon homogeneous diffuse lighting were selectedfor leaf phenologymonitoring; (2) ground based bi-weekly biometry survey (via dendrometry band technique) for 25 trees from random sampling since September 2013. 12 among 25 trees are within the tower mounted camera image view. Our preliminary resultsdemonstrate that 20 trees among 25 trees surveyed significantly increase woody growth (or "green up") in dry season. Our results also find thatamong those 20 trees, 12 trees reaches the maximum woody increment rate in late dry season with a mean DBH (Diameter at Breast Height) around 30 cm,while 8 trees reaching the maximum in the middle of wet season, with a mean DBH around 90 cm. This study,though limited in the sample size, mightprovide another line of evidence that Amazon rainforests "green up" in dry season. As for mechanistic controls on tropical tree woody control, we hypothesize both climate and leaf phenology control individual woody growth. We would like to link both camera based leaf phenology and climate data in the next to explorethe reason as to the pattern found in this study that bigger trees might have different seasonal growth pattern as smaller trees.

  14. Retinal thinning in tree shrews with induced high myopia: optical coherence tomography and histological assessment.

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    Abbott, Carla J; Grünert, Ulrike; Pianta, Michael J; McBrien, Neville A

    2011-02-09

    This study determined retinal thinning in a mammalian model of high myopia using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and histological sections from the same retinal tissue. High myopia was induced in three tree shrews (Tupaia belangeri) by deprivation of form vision via lid suture of one eye, with the other eye a control. Ocular biometry data was obtained by Ascan ultrasonography, keratometry and retinoscopy. The Zeiss StratusOCT was used to obtain Bscans in vivo across the retina. Subsequently, eyes were enucleated and retinas fixed, dehydrated, embedded and sectioned. Treated eyes developed a high degree of axial myopia (-15.9 ± 2.3D; n = 3). The OCT analysis showed that in myopic eyes the nasal retina thinned more than the temporal retina relative to the disc (p=0.005). Histology showed that the retinas in the myopic eyes comprise all layers but were thinner than the retinas in normal and control eyes. Detailed thickness measurements in corresponding locations of myopic and control eyes in superior nasal retina using longitudinal reflectivity profiles from OCT and semithin vertical histological sections showed the percentage of retinal thinning in the myopic eyes was similar between methods (OCT 15.34 ± 5.69%; histology 17.61 ± 3.02%; p = 0.10). Analysis of retinal layers revealed that the inner plexiform, inner nuclear and outer plexiform layers thin the most. Cell density measurements showed all neuronal cell types are involved in retinal thinning. The results indicate that in vivo OCT measurements can accurately detect retinal thinning in high myopia.

  15. 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

    2016-07-01

    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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. ASAS Centennial Paper: Animal breeding research and the Journal of Animal Science: A century of co-evolution.

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    Hohenboken, W D

    2009-01-01

    Animal breeding reports in the Journal of Animal Science (JAS) and in its predecessor, Proceedings of the American Society of Animal Production, were counted and categorized. In 22 volumes of the Proceedings of the American Society of Animal Production, 155 articles had animal breeding content, of which 54% were research reports, 17% extension communications, and 28% syntheses or reviews. Several of the latter featured advice from the livestock industry to the scientific community. Thirty-one percent of articles concerned swine, whereas beef cattle, dairy cattle, and sheep each accounted for an additional 20%. In the 67 yr of JAS publication, 3,045 research papers were identified with animal breeding content, nearly half of them published since 1990. Growth in publication output was modest during the 1950s, robust in the 1960s through 1980s, moderate in the 1990s, and static in the 2000s. Important topics included genetic resource evaluation (a subject in 55% of all manuscripts), genetic parameter estimation, selection programs, and nonrandom mating systems. Maternal effects and genotype x environment interactions were featured in 17 and 15% of all manuscripts, respectively, whereas 6% dealt with a simply inherited trait. Only 4% of manuscripts included economic analysis of a breeding program or intervention. Interest in molecular biology and biometry has surged in the 1990s and 2000s. Approximately 50% of all papers involved cattle, a fifth of which concerned dairy cattle or beef x dairy crossbreds. A quarter of papers concerned swine, 15% concerned sheep, and 3% considered laboratory rodents, with the proportional contribution of sheep research decreasing across time. Authors from the Midwestern and Southern sections of the American Society of Animal Science had greater proportional contributions than Western and Northeastern section authors, and contributions of university and state experiment station authors outnumbered those of USDA-ARS authors. The

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

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    2013-07-01

    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

  1. Teaching Soil Science in Primary and Secondary Schools

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    Levine, Elissa R.

    1998-01-01

    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.

  2. Zusammenfassungen in Deutsch

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    Nora Wiedenmann

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available 1. Eine hybride Heuristik zur Lösung des Triangulations-ProblemsGloria Cerasela Crişan, Camelia Mihaela Pintea2. Vorschlag einer datenbasierten Architektur für eine Kardiologie-Netzwerk-AnwendungHorea Adrian Greblă, Călin Ovidiu Cenan3. Erziehungswissenschaftliche Forschung: zur technologischen Dimension des PrivatlebensLiliana Mâţă4. Ausgewählte Operationen für Assembler EncodingTomasz Praczyk5. Computerbasierte Programme zur Sprechtherapie bei Dyslalie und Dyslexie-DysgraphieIolanda Tobolcea, Mirela Danubianu6. Gedacht soap, jedoch gesagt ‘oaps’. Der Lautvorspann (Sound Preparation Period: Backward Calculation von der Äußerung bis zur Muskel-InnervierungNora Wiedenmann7. State of the Art: Lösungskonzepte für KoalitionsspieleSimina Brânzei8. Die Faktoren von Intelligenz-Entwicklung und individuelle PerformanzGheorghe Dumitriu9. Einige Ergebnisse zur Fuzzy-TheorieAngel Garrido10. Wissensfusion in akademischen NetzwerkenHorea Adrian Grebla, Calin Ovidiu Cenan, Liana Stanca11. Eine Delphi-Anwendung für die syntaktische und lexikalische Analyse eines Phrasen verwendenden Cocke-Younger-Kasami -Algorithmus.Bogdan Pătruţ, Ioana Boghian12. Über ein Problem von Passdaten bei Gebrauch von Bézier-KurvenCarmen Violeta Muraru13. State of the Art: Verifizierung von Unterschriften-Biometrie-DatenMohamed Soltane, Noureddine Doghmane, Noureddine Guersi14. Die Neurowissenschaften des Lehrens von Erzähltexten: zur Erleichterung der sozialenund emotionalen EntwicklungLisa Whalen15. Logische Grundlagen der Künstlichen IntelligenzAngel Garrido16. Psychologisch-mystische Aspekte zu St. Evagrius Ponticus und St. Maximus dem BekennerGheorghe Teofil Popovici17. Geo-spatiale Analyse-StrukturElisabeta Antonia Haller18. Henric Sanielevici – von der Literaturkritik zur Anatomie oder Wie beeinflusst der Schädelumfang die Literatur?Adrian Jicu19. Wie komplex das menschliche Gehirn funktioniert: die beiden HemisphärenIulia Cristina Timofti20

  3. Diabetes prevalence and metabolic risk profile in an unselected population visiting pharmacies in Switzerland

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    Rey A

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Alexandre Rey,1 Martin Thoenes,1,2 Rolf Fimmers,3 Christoph A Meier,4 Peter Bramlage51Sanofi Aventis, Medical Department, Meyrin, Switzerland; 2Institute for Clinical Pharmacology, Medical Faculty Carl Gustav Carus, Technical University Dresden, Germany; 3Institut für Medizinische Biometrie, Informatik und Epidemiologie, Universität Bonn, Germany; 4Klinik für Innere Medizin, Stadtspital Triemli, Zürich, Switzerland; 5Institut für Pharmakologie und präventive Medizin, Mahlow, GermanyBackground: Diabetes represents one of the major health challenges in Switzerland, and early diagnosis and treatment is mandatory to prevent or delay diabetes-related morbidity and mortality. For the purpose of identifying affected individuals, early screening in pharmacies is a valuable option. In this survey, we aimed to determine blood glucose and metabolic control in an unselected population of individuals visiting Swiss pharmacies.Methods: The subjects responded to a short questionnaire and underwent a single capillary blood glucose test for screening purposes. They were classified as normal, indeterminate, impaired fasting glucose, and diabetes according to predefined blood glucose levels.Results: A total of 3135 individuals (mean age 56 years in 18 cantons were screened in November 2010; of these, 4.2% (95% confidence interval [CI] 3.5–4.9 had previously been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes was newly diagnosed in 1.9% (95% CI 1.5–2.4, and 11.5% (95% CI 10.4–12.6 had impaired fasting glucose. Subjects with impaired glucose control had an increased body mass index, a frequent family history of diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, smoking, and a low level of physical activity. Prevalence of impaired glucose control was different between the French/Italian-speaking part of Switzerland (new diabetes 4.9%; impaired fasting glucose 12.7% and the German-speaking part (new diabetes 1.9%; impaired fasting glucose 10.3%.Conclusion: Our study shows a

  4. 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

    2011-12-01

    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

  5. 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

  6. Relationship between refractive error and influencing factors in Children%儿童屈光不正与各屈光参数关系

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    石海军; 胡安丽; 竺泓

    2014-01-01

    目的:研究眼轴、角膜屈光力、晶状体屈光力与儿童屈光不正的关系。  方法:通过睫状肌麻痹检影验光及光学生物测量仪( IOL-Master)获得44例88眼的屈光不正度数、眼轴、角膜屈光力、前房深度等参数,经计算得到晶状体度数。按屈光不正度数分为远视组、正视组、近视组,直线相关与回归比较年龄和屈光不正与各屈光参数之间的关系。  结果:受试者44例88眼,平均年龄9.04±2.39岁,等效球镜(SE)-3.50~+8.75D;远视组眼轴比近视正视组短(P  结论:儿童随年龄增长,SE向近视发展,眼轴变长,晶状体屈光力增强;SE越偏远视,眼轴越短、晶状体屈光力越弱。%AIM: To evaluate the relationship between axial length ( AL ) , corneal and lens refractive power, and the refractive error in children. METHODS:Totally 44 children 88 eyes with refractive error who underwent retinoscopy with cycloplegia, to be measured spherical equivalent refractive error. Axial length was measured by a noncontact optical biometry ( ZEISS IOL-Master) , and corneal K and anterior chamber depth ( ACD) were also measured by the same machine. The refractive power of the lens was calculated by using the SRK formula. The patients were divided into 3 groups, myopia (SE+0. 50D) and emmetropia ( 0 to + 0. 50D ). Linear Correlation and Regression were used to evaluate the correlation among the optical parameters. RESULTS:Totally 44 subjects, 88 eyes, average 9. 04±2.39 years, spherical equivalent (SE) -3. 50D to +8. 75D. Hyperopic AL was shorter than the other two groups ( P CONCLUSION:As the children's growing up, SE trends to myopia, and AL becomes longer, and lens power is stronger.

  7. Modeling of mouse eye and errors in ocular parameters affecting refractive state

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    Bawa, Gurinder

    eye and suggest that extra efforts should be directed towards increasing the linear resolution of the rodent eye biometry and obtaining more accurate data for the refractive indices of the lens and vitreous.

  8. Maternal Administration of Sildenafil Citrate Alters Fetal and Placental Growth and Fetal-Placental Vascular Resistance in the Growth-Restricted Ovine Fetus.

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    Oyston, Charlotte; Stanley, Joanna L; Oliver, Mark H; Bloomfield, Frank H; Baker, Philip N

    2016-09-01

    Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) causes short- and long-term morbidity. Reduced placental perfusion is an important pathogenic component of IUGR; substances that enhance vasodilation in the uterine circulation, such as sildenafil citrate (sildenafil), may improve placental blood flow and fetal growth. This study aimed to examine the effects of sildenafil in the growth-restricted ovine fetus. Ewes carrying singleton pregnancies underwent insertion of vascular catheters, and then, they were randomized to receive uterine artery embolization (IUGR) or to a control group. Ewes in the IUGR group received a daily infusion of sildenafil (IUGR+SC; n=10) or vehicle (IUGR+V; n=8) for 21 days. The control group received no treatment (n=9). Umbilical artery blood flow was measured using Doppler ultrasound and the resistive index (RI) calculated. Fetal weight, biometry, and placental weight were obtained at postmortem after treatment completion. Umbilical artery RI in IUGR+V fell less than in controls; the RI of IUGR+SC was intermediate to that of the other 2 groups (mean±SEM for control versus IUGR+V versus IUGR+SC: ∆RI, 0.09±0.03 versus -0.01±0.02 versus 0.03±0.02; F(2, 22)=4.21; P=0.03). Compared with controls, lamb and placental weights were reduced in IUGR+V but not in IUGR+SC (control versus IUGR+V versus IUGR+SC: fetal weight, 4381±247 versus 3447±235 versus 3687±129 g; F(2, 24)=5.49; P=0.01 and placental weight: 559.7±35.0 versus 376.2±32.5 versus 475.2±42.5 g; F(2, 24)=4.64; P=0.01). Sildenafil may be a useful adjunct in the management of IUGR. An increase in placental weight and fall in fetal-placental resistance suggests that changes to growth are at least partly mediated by changes to placental growth rather than alterations in placental efficiency.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Double-blinded, randomized controlled trial comparing real versus placebo acupuncture to improve tolerance of diagnostic esophagogastroduodenoscopy without sedation: a study protocol

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    Plaschke K

    2011-02-01

    by the independent Institute for Medical Biometry and Informatics (IMBI and the Center of Clinical Trials (KSC at the Department of General, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, University of Heidelberg. Trial registration The trial is registered at Germanctr.de (DRKS00000164 on December 10th 2009. The first patient was randomized on February 2nd 2010.

  13. Does a research group increase impact on the scientific community or general public discussion? Alternative metric-based evaluation

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    De Gregori M

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Manuela De Gregori,1-3,* Valeria Scotti,4,* Annalisa De Silvestri,4 Moreno Curti,4 Guido Fanelli,2,5,6 Massimo Allegri,2,5,6 Michael E Schatman,2,7 1Pain Therapy Service, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy; 2Study In Multidisciplinary PAin Research Group, Parma, Italy; 3Young Against Pain Group, Parma, Italy; 4Center for Scientific Documentation and Biometry Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy; 5Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Parma, Italy; 6Anesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Therapy Service, Azienda Ospedaliero, Universitaria di Parma, Parma, Italy; 7US Pain Foundation, Bellevue, WA, USA *These authors contributed equally to this work. Abstract: In this study, we investigated the impact of scientific publications of the Italian SIMPAR (Study In Multidisciplinary PAin Research group by using altmetrics, defined as nontraditional metrics constituting an alternative to more traditional citation-impact metrics, such as impact factor and H-index. By correlating traditional and alternative metrics, we attempted to verify whether publications by the SIMPAR group collectively had more impact than those performed by its individual members, either in solo publications or in publications coauthored by non-SIMPAR group investigators (which for the purpose of this study we will refer to as “individual publications”. For all the 12 members of the group analyzed (pain therapists, biologists, and pharmacologists, we created Open Researcher and Contributor ID and Impact Story accounts, and synchronized these data. Manually, we calculated the level metrics for each article by dividing the data obtained from the research community by those obtained from the public community. We analyzed 759 articles, 18 of which were published by the SIMPAR group. Altmetrics demonstrated that SIMPAR group publications were more likely to be saved (77.8% vs 45.9%, discussed

  14. ST segment depression in hypertensive patients: A comparison of exercise test versus Holter ECG

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    Sakir Uen

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Sakir Uen1, Rolf Fimmers2, Burkhard Weisser3, Osman Balta1, Georg Nickenig1, Thomas Mengden11Division of Hypertension and Vascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine II, University Clinic, Bonn, Germany; 2Department of Biometry and Medical Statistics, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany; 3Department of Sports Medicine, University of Kiel, Kiel, GermanyIntroduction: This study compared ST segment depression (ST depression during cycle ergometry (ergometry versus simultaneous 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure measurement and electrocardiogram recording (24-h ABPM/ECG during everyday life.Methods: In a German multicenter study, ergometry and 24-h ABPM/ECG records of 239 hypertensive patients were retrospectively analyzed. ST depression was defined as an ST segment depression (1 mm limb or chest recordings V1 to V6 in an incremental cycle ergometry, or 1 mm in the 24-h ABPM/ECG recording under everyday conditions. Blood pressure parameters at the onset of ST depression in the context of the respective method were compared.Results: 18 patients had ST depression only in ergometry (group B, 23 had ST depression only during 24-h ABPM/ECG monitoring (group C and 28 patients had ST depression with both methods (group D. Group A had no ST depression with any method. In group D, at the onset of ST depression with 24-h ABPM/ECG investigation, all parameters except diastolic blood pressure were significantly lower compared with the corresponding parameters at the onset of ST depression with ergometry (systolic blood pressure: 148 ± 19 vers 188 ± 35 mmHg, p < 0.001; heart rate: 93 ± 12 vs 120 ± 21 beat/min, p < 0.0001; double product: 13,714 ± 2315 vs 22,992 ± 3,985 mmHg/min, p < 0.0001.Conclusion: ST depressions during everyday life detected by 24-h ABPM/ECG are characterized by a substantially lower triggering threshold for blood pressure level parameters compared with ergometry. The two methods detecting ischemia do not replace but complement

  15. Astigmatism management in cataract surgery with Precizon® toric intraocular lens: a prospective study

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    Vale, Carolina; Menezes, Carlos; Firmino-Machado, J; Rodrigues, Pedro; Lume, Miguel; Tenedório, Paula; Menéres, Pedro; Brochado, Maria do Céu

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    Purpose The purpose of this study was to evaluate the visual and refractive outcomes and rotational stability of the new aspheric Precizon® toric intraocular lens (IOL) for the correction of corneal astigmatism in cataract surgery. Setting Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital Geral de Santo António – Centro Hospitalar do Porto, EPE and Hospital de Pedro Hispano, Matosinhos, Portugal. Design This was a prospective clinical study. Patients and methods A total of 40 eyes of 27 patients with corneal astigmatism greater than 1.0 diopter (D) underwent cataract surgery with implantation of Precizon® toric IOL. IOL power calculation was performed using optical coherence biometry (IOLMaster®). Outcomes of uncorrected (UDVA) and best-spectacle corrected distance visual acuities (BCDVA), refraction, and IOL rotation were analyzed at the 1st week, 1st, 3rd, and 6th month’s evaluations. Results The median postoperative UDVA was better than preoperative best-spectacle corrected distance visual acuity (0.02 [0.06] logMAR vs 0.19 [0.20] logMAR, P<0.001). At 6 months, postoperative UDVA was 0.1 logMAR or better in 95% of the eyes. At last follow-up, the mean spherical equivalent was reduced from −3.35±3.10 D to −0.02±0.30 D (P<0.001) with 97.5% of the eyes within ±0.50 D of emmetropia. The mean preoperative keratometric cylinder was 2.34±0.95 D and the mean postoperative refractive cylinder was 0.24±0.27 D (P<0.001). The mean IOL rotation was 2.43°±1.55°. None of the IOLs required realignment. Conclusion Precizon® toric IOL revealed very good rotational stability and performance regarding predictability, efficacy, and safety in the correction of preexisting regular corneal astigmatism associated with cataract surgery. PMID:26855559

  16. 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

  17. Methodological choices for the clinical development of medical devices

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Alain Bernard,1 Michel Vaneau,2 Isabelle Fournel,3 Hubert Galmiche,2 Patrice Nony,4,5 Jean Michel Dubernard6 1Department of Thoracic Surgery CHU Bocage, Dijon, France; 2Department for Assessment of Medical Devices, HAS (French National Authority of Health, Saint-Denis La Plaine, France; 3Centre of Epidemiology of the Populations, Burgundy University, Dijon, France; 4Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Lyon University CNRS, Lyon, France; 5Laboratory of Biometry and Biology, CNRS, Lyon, France; 6HAS Board (French National Authority of Health, Saint-Denis La Plaine, France Abstract: Clinical evidence available for the assessment of medical devices (MDs is frequently insufficient. New MDs should be subjected to high quality clinical studies to demonstrate their benefit to patients. The randomized controlled trial (RCT is the study design reaching the highest level of evidence in order to demonstrate the efficacy of a new MD. However, the clinical context of some MDs makes it difficult to carry out a conventional RCT. The objectives of this review are to present problems related to conducting conventional RCTs and to identify other experimental designs, their limitations, and their applications. A systematic literature search was conducted for the period January 2000 to July 2012 by searching medical bibliographic databases. Problems related to conducting conventional RCTs of MDs were identified: timing the assessment, eligible population and recruitment, acceptability, blinding, choice of comparator group, and learning curve. Other types of experimental designs have been described. Zelen's design trials and randomized consent design trials facilitate the recruitment of patients, but can cause ethical problems to arise. Expertise-based RCTs involve randomization to a team that specializes in a given intervention. Sometimes, the feasibility of an expertise-based randomized trial may be greater than that of a conventional trial. Cross-over trials

  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

    2013-03-01

    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. 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.

  20. 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

  1. Long-term use of amiodarone before heart transplantation significantly reduces early post-transplant atrial fibrillation and is not associated with increased mortality after heart transplantation

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Rasmus Rivinius,1 Matthias Helmschrott,1 Arjang Ruhparwar,2 Bastian Schmack,2 Christian Erbel,1 Christian A Gleissner,1 Mohammadreza Akhavanpoor,1 Lutz Frankenstein,1 Fabrice F Darche,1 Patrick A Schweizer,1 Dierk Thomas,1 Philipp Ehlermann,1 Tom Bruckner,3 Hugo A Katus,1 Andreas O Doesch1 1Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Pneumology, 2Department of Cardiac Surgery, Heidelberg University Hospital, 3Institute for Medical Biometry and Informatics, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany Background: Amiodarone is a frequently used antiarrhythmic drug in patients with end-stage heart failure. Given its long half-life, pre-transplant use of amiodarone has been controversially discussed, with divergent results regarding morbidity and mortality after heart transplantation (HTX.Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of long-term use of amiodarone before HTX on early post-transplant atrial fibrillation (AF and mortality after HTX.Methods: Five hundred and thirty patients (age ≥18 years receiving HTX between June 1989 and December 2012 were included in this retrospective single-center study. Patients with long-term use of amiodarone before HTX (≥1 year were compared to those without long-term use (none or <1 year of amiodarone. Primary outcomes were early post-transplant AF and mortality after HTX. The Kaplan–Meier estimator using log-rank tests was applied for freedom from early post-transplant AF and survival.Results: Of the 530 patients, 74 (14.0% received long-term amiodarone therapy, with a mean duration of 32.3±26.3 months. Mean daily dose was 223.0±75.0 mg. Indications included AF, Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome, ventricular tachycardia, and ventricular fibrillation. Patients with long-term use of amiodarone before HTX had significantly lower rates of early post-transplant AF (P=0.0105. Further, Kaplan–Meier analysis of freedom from early post-transplant AF showed significantly lower rates of AF in this

  2. Advantageous effects of immunosuppression with tacrolimus in comparison with cyclosporine A regarding renal function in patients after heart transplantation

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    Full Text Available Matthias Helmschrott,1 Rasmus Rivinius,1 Arjang Ruhparwar,2 Bastian Schmack,2 Christian Erbel,1 Christian A Gleissner,1 Mohammadreza Akhavanpoor,1 Lutz Frankenstein,1 Philipp Ehlermann,1 Tom Bruckner,3 Hugo A Katus,1 Andreas O Doesch1 1Department of Cardiology, Angiology, Pneumology, 2Department of Cardiac Surgery, 3Institute for Medical Biometry and Informatics, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany Background: Nephrotoxicity is a serious adverse effect of calcineurin inhibitor therapy in patients after heart transplantation (HTX.Aim: In this retrospective registry study, renal function within the first 2 years after HTX in patients receiving de novo calcineurin inhibitor treatment, that is, cyclosporine A (CSA or tacrolimus (TAC, was analyzed. In a consecutive subgroup analysis, renal function in patients receiving conventional tacrolimus (CTAC was compared with that of patients receiving extended-release tacrolimus (ETAC.Methods: Data from 150 HTX patients at Heidelberg Heart Transplantation Center were retrospectively analyzed. All patients were continuously receiving the primarily applied calcineurin inhibitor during the first 2 years after HTX and received follow-up care according to center practice.Results: Within the first 2 years after HTX, serum creatinine increased significantly in patients receiving CSA (P<0.0001, whereas in patients receiving TAC, change of serum creatinine was not statistically significant (P=not statistically significant [ns]. McNemar’s test detected a significant accumulation of patients with deterioration of renal function in the first half year after HTX among patients receiving CSA (P=0.0004. In patients receiving TAC, no significant accumulation of patients with deterioration of renal function during the first 2 years after HTX was detectable (all P=ns. Direct comparison of patients receiving CTAC versus those receiving ETAC detected no significant differences regarding renal function between

  3. 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

  4. 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

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    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.

  5. Some Uterine and Ovarian Biometric Changes in Pregnant Maradi Female Goats (Capra aegagrus hircus L.

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    Chidozie Nwabuisi OKOYE

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to determine the changes in the biometry of the ovaries, of the uteri and its contents in the Maradi doe-goat during the three terms of pregnancy. Pregnant uteri from 28 female goats and their corresponding ovaries were used to study the biometric changes in the ovaries, gravid uteri, amniotic and allantoic fluids volumes, fetuses and plancentomes during the three terms of pregnancy. The results revealed that there was no significant variation in the ovarian weight during the three terms of pregnancy. However, there were significant variations in the ovarian length (left ovary 2.15 ± 0.16 cm; right ovary 2.10 ± 0.10 cm and width (left ovary 1.77 ± 0.19 cm; right ovary 1.60 ± 0.10 cm in the third term of pregnancy compared to the ovarian length and width in the first term of pregnancy. The uterine weight showed significant variation in the first term, second term   and in the third term of pregnancy. The uterine length of both horns also showed significant variations in the first term (left side 31.40 ± 1.79 cm; right side 28.22 ± 0.98 cm, second term (left side 51.58 ± 4.14 cm; right side 50.51 ± 3.62 cm and in the third term (left side 70.67 ± 1.76 cm; right side 80.38 ± 2.75 cm of pregnancy but only in the third term of pregnancy was a significant difference in the lengths of the left side uterine horn (70.67 ± 1.76 cm compared to the right side (80.38 ± 2.75 cm. The number of plancentomes was constant in both uterine horns throughout gestation; however the mean caruncular diameter increased progressively from the first term of gestation through the third term of pregnancy. The smallest and largest caruncles were observed on the ventral surfaces of the uterine horns, and the plancentomes were observed to be aligned in a linear manner along the longitudinal axis of the uterine horns. This study shows that there are differences in the biometrics of the ovary and uterus in Maradi goats compared to some other breed.

  6. 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

  7. Hepatic stereology of schistosomiasis mansoni infected-mice fed a high-fat diet

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    Renata Heisler Neves

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    Full Text Available High-fat diets induce weight gain and fatty liver in wild-type mice. Schistosomiasis mansoni infection also promotes hepatic injury. This study was designed to quantify hepatic alterations in schistosomiasis mansoni-infected mice fed a high fat-rich chow compared to mice fed a standard rodent chow, using stereology. Female SW mice fed each either high-fat diet (29% lipids or standard chow (12% lipids over 8 months, and then were infected with Schistosoma mansoni cercariae. Four experimental groups were studied: infected mice fed a high-fat diet (IHFC or standard chow (ISC, uninfected mice fed a high-fat diet (HFC or standard chow (SC. Mice were sacrificed during early infection (9 weeks from exposure. The following hepatic biometry and the stereology parameters were determined: volume density (hepatocytes [h], sinusoids [s], steatosis [st] and hepatic fibrosis [hf]; numerical density (hepatocyte nuclei - Nv[h]; absolute number of total hepatocyte N[h], normal hepatocyte N[nh], and binucleated hepatocyte N[bh], percentage of normal hepatocyte P[nh] and binucleated hepatocyte P[bh]. IHFC and HFC groups exhibited TC, HDL-C, LDL-C, and body mass significantly greater (p < 0.05 than control group. No significant differences were found regards liver volume (p = 0.07. Significant differences were observed regards P[nh] (p = 0.0045, P[bh] (p = 0.0045, Nv[h] (p = 0.0006, N[h] (p = 0.0125, N[bh] (p = 0.0164 and N[nh] (p = 0.0078. IHFC mice group presented 29% of binucleated hepatocytes compared to HFC group (19%, ISC group (17% and SC (6%. Volume density was significantly different between groups: Vv[h] (p = 0.0052, Vv[s] (p = 0.0025, Vv[st] (p = 0.0004, and Vv[hf] (p = 0.0007. In conclusion, schistosomiasis mansoni infection with concurrent high-fat diet promotes intensive quantitative changes in hepatic structure, contributing to an increasing on hepatic regeneration.

  8. 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

  9. Predictors of poor perinatal outcome following maternal perception of reduced fetal movements--a prospective cohort study.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Maternal perception of reduced fetal movement (RFM is associated with increased risk of stillbirth and fetal growth restriction (FGR. RFM is thought to represent fetal compensation to conserve energy due to insufficient oxygen and nutrient transfer resulting from placental insufficiency. OBJECTIVE: To identify predictors of poor perinatal outcome after maternal perception of reduced fetal movements (RFM. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. METHODS: 305 women presenting with RFM after 28 weeks of gestation were recruited. Demographic factors and clinical history were recorded and ultrasound performed to assess fetal biometry, liquor volume and umbilical artery Doppler. A maternal serum sample was obtained for measurement of placentally-derived or modified proteins including: alpha fetoprotein (AFP, human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG, human placental lactogen (hPL, ischaemia-modified albumin (IMA, pregnancy associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A and progesterone. Factors related to poor perinatal outcome were determined by logistic regression. RESULTS: 22.1% of pregnancies ended in a poor perinatal outcome after RFM. The most common complication was small-for-gestational age infants. Pregnancy outcome after maternal perception of RFM was related to amount of fetal activity while being monitored, abnormal fetal heart rate trace, diastolic blood pressure, estimated fetal weight, liquor volume, serum hCG and hPL. Following multiple logistic regression abnormal fetal heart rate trace (Odds ratio 7.08, 95% Confidence Interval 1.31-38.18, (OR diastolic blood pressure (OR 1.04 (95% CI 1.01-1.09, estimated fetal weight centile (OR 0.95, 95% CI 0.94-0.97 and log maternal serum hPL (OR 0.13, 95% CI 0.02-0.99 were independently related to pregnancy outcome. hPL was related to placental mass. CONCLUSION: Poor perinatal outcome after maternal perception of RFM is closely related to factors which are connected to placental dysfunction. Novel tests of

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

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    Moore, Kerryn A; Simpson, Julie A; Thomas, Kyla H; Rijken, Marcus J; White, Lisa J; Dwell, Saw Lu Moo; Paw, Moo Kho; Wiladphaingern, Jacher; Pukrittayakamee, Sasithon; Nosten, François; Fowkes, Freya J I; McGready, Rose

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    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 absence of

  11. Myocardial stereology in captive Callithrix kuhlii (Callitrichidae, Primates: healthy animals versus animals affected by wasting marmoset syndrome (WMS Estereologia do músculo cardíaco em Callitrhix kuhlii cativos (Primatas, Callithrichidae: animais sadios versus animais afetados pela síndrome do emagrecimento progressivo (SEP

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    Thalita A. Pissinatti

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    Full Text Available This study comprised 12 hearts of Wied´s black-tufted-ear marmoset, Callithrix kuhlii (Coimbra-Filho 1985, 6 with Wasting Marmoset Syndrome (WMS and 6 non-affected. Biometry was performed after death. After necropsy, the hearts were weighed, dissected, fixed in 10% formalin solution (pH 7.2, and processed for optical microscopy at 5µm sections stained with Haematoxylin-Eosin. Quantitative analysis was performed by stereological techniques. The statistical differences between the biometrical and stereological parameters were assessed by the Mann-Whitney test. The morphometric results showed that WMS causes a significant reduction in body and cardiac weights, and also in the volume density of vessels in those animals. Further studies are necessary to understand some of the results shown here.Neste estudo, foram utilizados corações de 12 Sagui-de-Wied, Callitrhix kuhlii (Coimbra-Filho 1985, sendo 6 animais afetados pela SEP e 6 animais normais. Após a morte foi realizada a biometria seguida de necropsia. Os corações foram fixados em formol tamponado a 10%, pesados e dissecados, sendo processados através de técnicas histológicas de rotina para microscopia óptica em cortes de 5µm corados por Hematoxilina-Eosina. As análises quantitativas foram feitas com o uso de técnicas estereológicas. As diferenças estatísticas entre os parâmetros biométricos e estereológicos foram avaliadas usando o test Mann-Whitney. Os resultados encontrados através da morfometria mostraram que a SEP causa uma redução significante do peso tanto corporal quanto do músculo cardíaco, e também uma redução no volume dos vasos nestes animais. Novos estudos são necessários para entender alguns dos resultados mostrados aqui.

  12. [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

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    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

  13. A simple heuristic for Internet-based evidence search in primary care: a randomized controlled trial

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    Eberbach A

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    Full Text Available Andreas Eberbach,1 Annette Becker,1 Justine Rochon,2 Holger Finkemeler,1Achim Wagner,3 Norbert Donner-Banzhoff1 1Department of Family and Community Medicine, Philipp University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany; 2Institute of Medical Biometry and Informatics, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany; 3Department of Sport Medicine, Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen, Giessen, Germany Background: General practitioners (GPs are confronted with a wide variety of clinical questions, many of which remain unanswered. Methods: In order to assist GPs in finding quick, evidence-based answers, we developed a learning program (LP with a short interactive workshop based on a simple ­three-step-heuristic to improve their search and appraisal competence (SAC. We evaluated the LP ­effectiveness with a randomized controlled trial (RCT. Participants (intervention group [IG] n=20; ­control group [CG] n=31 rated acceptance and satisfaction and also answered 39 ­knowledge ­questions to assess their SAC. We controlled for previous knowledge in content areas covered by the test. Results: Main outcome – SAC: within both groups, the pre–post test shows significant (P=0.00 improvements in correctness (IG 15% vs CG 11% and confidence (32% vs 26% to find evidence-based answers. However, the SAC difference was not significant in the RCT. Other measures: Most workshop participants rated “learning atmosphere” (90%, “skills acquired” (90%, and “relevancy to my practice” (86% as good or very good. The ­LP-recommendations were implemented by 67% of the IG, whereas 15% of the CG already conformed to LP recommendations spontaneously (odds ratio 9.6, P=0.00. After literature search, the IG showed a (not significantly higher satisfaction regarding “time spent” (IG 80% vs CG 65%, “quality of information” (65% vs 54%, and “amount of information” (53% vs 47%.Conclusion: Long-standing established GPs have a good SAC. Despite high acceptance, strong

  14. Nurses and opioids: results of a bi-national survey on mental models regarding opioid administration in hospitals

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    Full Text Available Charlotte Guest,1 Fabian Sobotka,2 Athina Karavasopoulou,3 Stephen Ward,3 Carsten Bantel4,5 1Pain Medicine, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK; 2Division of Epidemiology and Biometry, Department of Health Services Research, Faculty 6, Medicine and Health Sciences, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany; 3Pain Service, Barts Health, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, UK; 4Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Pain Therapy, Oldenburg University, Klinikum Oldenburg Campus, Oldenburg, Germany; 5Department of Surgery and Cancer, Anaesthetics Section, Imperial College London, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Campus, London, UK Objective: Pain remains insufficiently treated in hospitals. Increasing evidence suggests human factors contribute to this, due to nurses failing to administer opioids. This behavior might be the consequence of nurses’ mental models about opioids. As personal experience and conceptions shape these models, the aim of this prospective survey was to identify model-influencing factors. Material and methods: A questionnaire was developed comprising of 14 statements concerning ideations about opioids and seven questions concerning demographics, indicators of adult learning, and strength of religious beliefs. Latent variables that may underlie nurses’ mental models were identified using undirected graphical dependence models. Representative items of latent variables were employed for ordinal regression analysis. Questionnaires were distributed to 1,379 nurses in two London, UK, hospitals (n=580 and one German (n=799 hospital between September 2014 and February 2015. Results: A total of 511 (37.1% questionnaires were returned. Mean (standard deviation age of participants were 37 (11 years; 83.5% participants were female; 45.2% worked in critical care; and 51.5% had more than 10 years experience. Of the nurses, 84% were not scared of opioids, 87

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

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    Sheng Hui

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    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

  16. 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

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

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    Marco Antonio da Rocha

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    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

  18. Risk factors for severe proliferative diabetic retinopathy%不同病程糖尿病增殖型视网膜病变危险因素对比研究

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    王月欣; 陈松; 段红涛; 孔佳慧; 董蒙; 李泽东; 王昀

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    Objective To investigate the different risk factors and biological ocular structures between the diabetes duration less than 10 years and more than 10 years in type 2 diabetes with severe proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR).Methods The clinical data of 186 severe PDR patients were analyzed retrospectively.Systemic condition,results of laboratory examination,fundus examination and the characteristics of ocular biometry structures that collected from group A (61 type 2 diabetic patients with diabetes less than 10 years) and group B (125 type 2 diabetic patients with diabetes more than 10 years) were comparatively analyzed.Ocular biometry,including axial length (AL),anterior chamber depth (ACD) and lens thickness (LT) were comparatively analyzed among group A,group B and group C (100 type 2 diabetic patients without DR).Factors with P<0.05 were included in multivariate logistic regression models.Results In the systemic factors,there were significant differences of the diagnosis age,use of insulin,fasting plasma glucose and postprandial blood glucose between group A and group B (P <0.05).In the ocular factors,there were significant differences of AL,ACD and LT between the severe PDR and control groups (P <0.05).Type 2 diabetic patients occurred severe PDR with diabetes duration less than 10 years attended to have a shorter AL than diabetes duration more than 10 years,the differences was significant (P <0.05).Multivariate Logistic regression analysis showed the diagnosis age and axial length were independent risk factors (OR=0.366,2.909,P <0.05).Conclusions There are differences risk factors between the diabetes duration less than 10 years and more than 10 years in type 2 diabetes with severe PDR.The diagnosis age and axial length play an important role in type 2 diabetes with severe PDR less than 10 years since diagnosis.%目的 对比分析不同病程2型糖尿病(DM)并发严重增殖型糖尿病视网膜病变(PDR)的全身危险因素

  19. Ocular biological structures and relevant risk factors in the occurrence of diabetic retinopathy in diabetes mellitus patients%糖尿病患者发生视网膜病变的眼部生物结构特征及其危险因素分析

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    蒋晶晶; 黎晓新; 元力; 纪立农; 吴夕

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨糖尿病患者发生视网膜病变的眼部生物结构特征及其危险因素.方法 回顾性病例系列研究.收集118例病程超过10年的2型糖尿病患者临床资料进行回顾性分析,包括患者全身和实验室检查情况、眼底改变、糖尿病视网膜病变(DR)程度、相干光生物测量仪及屈光检测资料.同时以50例非糖尿病性白内障患者的临床资料进行对比.根据病变程度,将糖尿病患者分为3组:0组无DR,1组轻中度DR,2组威胁视力DR.采用广义估计方程模型控制来自同一患者双眼数据的关联性,将眼部生物结构指标包括眼轴长度、前房深度、角膜直径、角膜曲率及屈光度数等变量指标分别纳入Logistic回归分析.结果 除外全身因素,眼部各变量因素分析,显示118例糖尿病患者的眼轴长度为(23.22±1.46)mm,前房深度为(3.01 ±0.42)mm,角膜直径为(11.60 ±0.48)mm,角膜曲率为(44.84±1.44)D;与对照组眼轴长度(23.87±1.55)mm、前房深度(2.59 ±0.41)mm、角膜直径(11.59 ±0.41)mm及角膜曲率(44.54 ±1.71)D比较,其中眼轴长度和前房深度差异有统计学意义(OR=1.358,5.955;P<0.05).糖尿病患者3组间比较,显示眼轴长度越短、前房深度越浅,DR发生和发展的危险性越大(OR=16.869,7.248,6.577;P<0.05),其中DR分型和黄斑水肿类型的危险性尤为突出.远视眼发生严重DR病变的危险性显著增加(OR=1.301,95% CI=1.044 ~1.621,P<0.05).结论 病程10年以上的2型糖尿病患者中,眼部危险因素主要为眼轴长度和前房深度,其具有促使DR发生及病情进展的作用.%Objective To investigate the characteristics and risk factors of biological ocular structures in the development of diabetic retinopathy in diabetes mellitus (DM) patients.Methods Retrospective case series study.Systemic condition,results of laboratory examination,fundus examination,refractive status and ocular biometry measured by IOL Master

  20. Seed morphology of Iberian species of the genus Aconitum L.

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    Molero, Julià

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    Full Text Available A biometric-morphological study of' the seeds of the taxons of the genus Aconitum L. occurring in the Iberian peninsula is given. The following features are treated: 1 arrangement of the seeds on the follicle, 2 definition of the parameters (general shape and ornamentation of the episperm, 3 biometry, and 4 description of the seeds of the Iberian taxa. Microcharacteristics related to the seed coat, shape and ornamentation or the insertion base (hilum and surrounding cells have been found most useful in differentiating the taxa; furthermore, they may provide more phylogenetic information than other features. The results given agree generally with those reported by other authors (Seitz, 1969; Cappeleti & Poldini, 1984 but some important discrepancies have been noted with reference to seminal morphology, particularly episperm ornamentation in the species A. anthora. A. napellus s.l., A. burnatii and A. vulparia subsp. ranunculifolium. Seminal polymorphism is frequently observed in different geographically isolated colonies or the same species or subspecies. both in the Iberian Peninsula and in Central and Southern Europe. We conclude that polymorphism is further evidence of the phenotypical flexibility of this genus, probably owing to genetic drift in the populations. This flexibility is particularly important in colonizing species or wide ecological valence (A . napellus, s. l.; A. vulparia s.l..

    [ca] Es presenta un estudi morfològica-biomètric de les granes dels tàxons del gènere Aconitum L. presents a la Península Ibèrica. Es tracten aspectes que fan referència a: 1 disposició de les granes al fol-licle. 2 definició de paràmetres (forma general i ornamentació de l'episperma, 3 biometria i 4 descripció de les granes dels representants ibèrics. Els microcaràcters relacionats fonamentalment amb el relleu epispèrmic, forma i ornamentació de la base d'inserció (hílum i

  1. Comparison between carbachol iontophoresis and intravenous pilocarpine stimulated accommodation in anesthetized rhesus monkeys.

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    Wendt, Mark; He, Lin; Glasser, Adrian

    2013-10-01

    latency after i.v. pilocarpine was 0.31 ± 0.03; 0.25-0.34 min with a time constant of 0.19 ± 0.07; 0.11-0.31 s. During i.v. pilocarpine stimulated accommodation in five monkeys, lens diameters decreased by 0.54 ± 0.09; 0.42-0.64 mm with a rate of change of 0.052 ± 0.002; 0.050-0.055 mm/D. Accommodative responses with i.v. pilocarpine were more rapid, consistent and stable than those with carbachol iontophoresis. The accommodative decrease in lens diameter with i.v. pilocarpine as a function of age was consistent with previous results using constant topical pilocarpine. Intravenous pilocarpine stimulated accommodation is safe, more consistent and more rapid than carbachol iontophoresis and it requires no contact with or obstruction of the eye thus allowing continuous and uninterrupted refraction and ocular biometry measurements.

  2. 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

  3. Correlação entre o Diagnóstico Morfológico Pré e Pós-Natal das Nefrouropatias Fetais Correlation Between Pre- and Postnatal Morphologic Diagnosis of Fetal Nephrouropathies

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    Alamanda Kfoury Pereira

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    Center of UFMG with suspicion of these anomalies. Fetal biometry, growth, vitality, and associated malformations were evaluated. Finally, a detailed description of the renal system was made to define the prenatal morphologic diagnosis of the malformations to be compared with the postnatal diagnosis. Results: based on the kappa index (statistical method that measures the concordance between different measurements, methods or measurement instruments: below 0.40, poor agreement; between 0.40 and 0.75, good agreement; above 0.75, excellent ageement, the authors found an excellent concordance (kappa index 0.95. Among the 127 cases, there were only 9 misdiagnoses, all of them of obstructive uropathies: 6 cases showed different obstruction levels after delivery and in three cases there were confounding diagnosis with multicystic kidney. Conclusions: the detailed ultrasonographic description of the renal system is a good method for prenatal diagnosis of the fetal nephropathies, allowing some options to modify the outcome of these fetuses, like to send them to specialized centers, to anticipate delivery and even to apply intrauterine therapy, in order to preserve the renal function. Serial echography and amnioinfusion can be used to improve the precision of prenatal diagnosis.

  4. Componentes oculares em anisometropia The ocular components in anisometropia

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    David Tayah

    2007-06-01

    with anisometropia of two or more diopters, assisted at the Ophthalmological Clinic from "Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina" of São Paulo University. All participants were submitted to ophthalmologic examination which included objective and subjective cycloplegic refratometry, keratometry and ultrasonic biometry. RESULTS: No significant difference between measures of ocular components of the eyes with higher and lower ametropias was observed. The eyes with lower ametropia presented the same significant correlations observed in emmetropic eyes: of refraction with anterior segment length and axial length, and of the axial length with corneal power and vitreous length. The eyes with higher ametropia presented significant correlation of refraction with the axial length and of the axial length with vitreous length. Furthermore, we observed in both eyes, significant correlation of the power of the crystalline lens with the anterior chamber depth. CONCLUSION: The eyes with lower ametropia presented correlations more frequently observed in emmetropia. The eyes with higher ametropia did not present the same correlations observed in emmetropic eyes.

  5. 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

  6. 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

    1998-07-01

    (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.

  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. 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

  9. Prevalence of mild cognitive impairment in employable patients after acute coronary event in cardiac rehabilitation

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    Salzwedel A

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    Full Text Available Annett Salzwedel,1 Maria-Dorothea Heidler,1,2 Kathrin Haubold,1 Martin Schikora,2 Rona Reibis,3 Karl Wegscheider,4 Michael Jöbges,2 Heinz Völler1,5 1Center for Rehabilitation Research, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, 2Brandenburg Klinik, Bernau, 3Cardiological Outpatient Clinic, Am Park Sanssouci, Potsdam, 4Institute for Medical Biometry and Epidemiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, 5Klinik am See, Rüdersdorf, Germany Introduction: Adequate cognitive function in patients is a prerequisite for successful implementation of patient education and lifestyle coping in comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation (CR programs. Although the association between cardiovascular diseases and cognitive impairments (CIs is well known, the prevalence particularly of mild CI in CR and the characteristics of affected patients have been insufficiently investigated so far. Methods: In this prospective observational study, 496 patients (54.5 ± 6.2 years, 79.8% men with coronary artery disease following an acute coronary event (ACE were analyzed. Patients were enrolled within 14 days of discharge from the hospital in a 3-week inpatient CR program. Patients were tested for CI using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA upon admission to and discharge from CR. Additionally, sociodemographic, clinical, and physiological variables were documented. The data were analyzed descriptively and in a multivariate stepwise backward elimination regression model with respect to CI. Results: At admission to CR, the CI (MoCA score < 26 was determined in 182 patients (36.7%. Significant differences between CI and no CI groups were identified, and CI group was associated with high prevalence of smoking (65.9 vs 56.7%, P = 0.046, heavy (physically demanding workloads (26.4 vs 17.8%, P < 0.001, sick leave longer than 1 month prior to CR (28.6 vs 18.5%, P = 0.026, reduced exercise capacity (102.5 vs 118.8 W, P = 0.006, and a shorter 6-min walking distance

  10. 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

    2006-03-01

    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

  11. Comparison of the different intraocular lens power calculation in cataract patients%白内障术前测算人工晶状体屈光度不同方法的对比研究

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    叶向或; 张广斌; 王乐; 毛益辉; 李孟琼

    2011-01-01

    目的 对比研究光学低相干反射生物测量仪( Lenstar LS 900)、光学相干生物测量仪(IOL Master)及A型超声扫描3种方法测量眼轴、前房深度及计算所需IOL屈光度,比较3种方法所测数据之间的差异.方法 应用Lenstar LS 900、IOL Master及A型超声扫描仪分别对50例(80眼)白内障患眼进行眼轴及前房深度测量;利用3种设备分别计算所需IOL屈光度,均选用SRK/T计算公式和SA 60 AT(Alcon)人工晶状体,在确定同一度数的前提下比较目标屈光度的差异.结果 Lenstar LS900、IOL Master及A超测量眼轴长度及前房深度,三者所测的数据之间差异无统计学意义,具有良好的相关性.Lenstar LS 900和IOL Master所获得的术后目标值差异无统计学意义(P>0.05),而B超所获得的术后目标值与另二者获得的结果差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).Bland-Altman分析显示,3种设备获得的目标屈光值具有良好的一致性,尤其是Lenstar LS 900和IOL Master之间.结论 在白内障患眼的生物测量中,Lenstar LS 900、IOL Master和A超有良好的一致性.同时,Lenstar LS 900还可以快速、准确的为白内障和屈光医生提供更多眼生物信息.%Objective To evaluate axial length (AL),anterior chamber depth (ACD) ; and intraocular lens (IOL) power calculation using a new optical low-coherence reflectometry biometer( Lenstar LS 900) and compare the results with those obtained with a partial coherence intefferometry optical biometer (IOL Master) and A-type ultrasound scan.Methods Biometry measurements in 80 eyes of 50 subjects scheduled for cataract surgery were done by the same examiner with Lenstar LS 900,IOL Master and A-scan.After determination of AL and ACD,IOL power calculation for an AcryS of SA60 AT (Alcon) was compared between the 3 devices using SRK/T formula.Results For the AL and ACD,there were significant linear correlation between the Lenstar LS 900,IOL Master and A-scan.The mean differences in IOL power

  12. Lenstar LS900与A超测算白内障患者人工晶状体度数对比研究%Comparison of the Lenstar LS 900 with A-scan for intraocular lens power calculation in cataract patients

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    王乐; 张广斌; 叶向彧; 毛益辉; 何雪洪

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate axial length (AL),anterior chamber depth (ACD) and intraocular lens (IOL) power calculation using a new optical low-coherence reflectometry biometer (Lenstar LS 900) and compare the results with those obtained with A-scan applanation ultrasound scan.Methods Biometry measurements in 80 eyes of 50 subjects scheduled for cataract surgery by the same examiner with Lenstar LS 900 and A-scan.After determination of axial length (AL),and anterior chamber depth (ACD),IOL power calculation for an AcrySof SA60AT (Alcon) was compared between the 2 devices using SRK/T formulas.Results For the AL and ACD,there were significant linear correlation between the Lenstar LS 900 and A-scan.Bland-Altman plots showed comparable degrees of agreement in IOL power measurements as determined by SRK/T formulas by the 2 devices.Conclusions Lenstar LS 900 measurements has better agreement with A-scan in cataractous eyes.It can provide additional information of interest to any cataract or refractive surgeon,such as corneal thickness,lensthickness and so on.%目的 评估及比较A超、Lenstar LS900光学生物测量白内障患者眼轴长度、前房深度、人工晶状体度数的差异.方法 分析2011年3月行白内障超声乳化摘除及人工晶状体植入术的白内障患者50例(80只眼),分别用接触式A超和Lenstar LS900光学生物测量两种方法测量眼轴长度及前房深度差异.选用SRK/T公式及SA60AT (Alcon)人工晶状体常数计算人工晶状体度数,在确定同一度数的前提下比较目标屈光度的差异.结果 Lenstar LS900及A超测量眼轴长度及前房深度之间差异无统计学意义,具有良好的相关性.Bland-Altman分析显示,两种设备获得的人工晶状体目标屈光值具有良好的一致性.结论 Lenstar LS900及A超对白内障术前生物测量结果准确,可靠,可用于白内障术前检查.同时,Lenstar LS900能测量角膜厚度,前房深度、晶状体厚度,视网膜厚度和瞳孔大

  13. Concordancia oftalmólogo-enfermera en la primera exploración post-quirúrgica de la cirugía de cataratas Agreement between ophthalmologist and nurse in the first postoperative exploration following cataract extraction

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    M.N. Soto

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Introducción. La actividad de enfermería en el proceso quirúrgico de la catarata engloba, desde la realización de la biometría en el preoperatorio y la colaboración en la cirugía, hasta la administración de los primeros cuidados en el postoperatorio y la información al paciente y a la familia durante todo el proceso. El objetivo del presente trabajo es analizar la concordancia entre oftalmólogo y enfermera en los hallazgos de la primera exploración postquirúrgica de los pacientes intervenidos de cataratas mediante facoemulsificación y sin complicaciones en la cirugía. Metodología. El estudio se realizó entre mayo y junio de 2005 en 129 pacientes intervenidos de cataratas, 78 mujeres y 51 hombres con edad media de 73,1 años. Se definieron las variables a valorar en la primera exploración postquirúrgica y se estudió la concordancia entre oftalmólogos y enfermeras en la identificación de las complicaciones más frecuentes de la cirugía de cataratas. Resultados. La concordancia fue del 100% de los casos en la presión intraocular >22 mm de Hg, la irregularidad pupilar, la reacción inflamatoria de cámara anterior y el prolapso de iris; del 65,9% en la presencia de Seidel, y del 60,5% en el edema corneal severo. Conclusiones. El alto índice de concordancia médico-enfermera encontrado en 4 de las variables, puede ofrecer la posibilidad de que la enfermera realice esta primera exploración postquirúrgica. Sin embargo, una concordancia moderada en el resto hace necesario un mayor periodo de formación del personal de enfermería, para conseguir aumentar estos valores.Introduction. Nursing activity in the cataract extraction process extends from carrying out biometry in the preoperative stage and collaboration in surgery, to providing the initial care in the postoperative stage and keeping the patient and family informed throughout the whole process. This article analyses agreement between ophthalmologists and nurses in the

  14. Analysis of malignancies in patients after heart transplantation with subsequent immunosuppressive therapy

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    Full Text Available Rasmus Rivinius,1 Matthias Helmschrott,1 Arjang Ruhparwar,2 Bastian Schmack,2 Berthold Klein,2 Christian Erbel,1 Christian A Gleissner,1 Mohammadreza Akhavanpoor,1 Lutz Frankenstein,1 Fabrice F Darche,1 Dierk Thomas,1 Philipp Ehlermann,1 Tom Bruckner,3 Hugo A Katus,1 Andreas O Doesch11Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Pneumology, 2Department of Cardiac Surgery, 3Institute for Medical Biometry and Informatics, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, GermanyObjective: The aim of this study was to analyze the distribution of malignancies in patients after heart transplantation (HTX and to evaluate the risk factors including immunosuppressive therapy with regard to the development of malignancies and survival. Special emphasis was placed on the effects of a mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR containing immunosuppressive regimen.Methods: A total of 381 patients (age ≥18 years receiving HTX were included in the present analysis. All patients were followed-up at the University of Heidelberg Heart Center, Heidelberg, Germany. Data were retrieved from the Heidelberg Registry for Heart Transplantation being collected between 1989 and 2014. According to center standard, all patients received induction therapy with anti-thymocyte globulin guided by T-cell monitoring since 1994. The initial immunosuppressive regimen consisting of cyclosporine A (CsA and azathioprine (AZA was replaced by CsA and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF in 2001 and by tacrolimus (TAC and MMF in 2006. Additionally, mTOR inhibitors (everolimus/sirolimus were applied since 2003.Results: Mean recipient age at HTX was 51.2±10.5 years and the mean follow-up period after HTX was 9.7±5.9 years. During follow-up, 130 patients developed a neoplasm (34.1% of total. Subgroup analysis revealed 58 patients with cutaneous malignancy only (15.2%, 56 patients with noncutaneous malignancy only (14.7%, and 16 patients with both cutaneous and noncutaneous malignancy (4.2%. Statistically significant

  15. 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

  16. A eficácia do mentol como anestésico para tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum, Characiformes: Characidae Efficacy of menthol as an anesthetic for tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum, Characiformes: Characidae

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    Michelle Ferreira Façanha

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    Full Text Available Os anestésicos são importantes na piscicultura para reduzir o estresse e a mortalidade no manejo. Este trabalho tem como objetivo determinar a eficácia do mentol para tambaqui durante o manejo. Na primeira série de testes, foi examinado o efeito da concentração de anestésico sobre indução à anestesia e o estresse de tambaqui. Na segunda série de testes, foi avaliada a recuperação dos peixes após a exposição a uma concentração de 150 mg/L de mentol por diferentes tempos. Na terceira série, foi avaliada se a melhor concentração encontrada para juvenil (150 mg/L também era adequada para peixes maiores. A melhor concentração para uma anestesia cirúrgica foi 150 mg/L, pois o tempo de indução é rápido, porém a recuperação é significativamente mais demorada do que para as menores concentrações testadas. Para uma anestesia, com finalidade de biometria, a melhor concentração foi 100 mg/L. Nesta concentração o tempo de indução à anestesia é prolongado, porém o tempo de recuperação está dentro da faixa considerada adequada. O tempo de recuperação do tambaqui quando exposto a 150 mg/L é significativamente igual para 10, 20 e 30 minutos de anestesia. Os resultados obtidos mostram que o mentol é um anestésico eficiente para o tambaqui.Anesthetics are important in fish culture to reduce handling stress and mortality. The objective of this work is to investigate menthol as an anesthetic for tambaqui. In the first series of tests, fish were exposed to various concentrations of menthol to evaluate induction time and stress responses. The second series examined the effect of exposure period to menthol at 150 mg/L on recovery time. The third assessed the best dosage for juveniles in larger tambaqui. The best concentration for surgical anesthesia is 150 mg/L. At this concentration the induction time is short, but their recovery time is significantly longer than that for lower concentrations. For biometry procedures

  17. 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

  18. Analysis of refractive factors of pupils with poor eyesight in Changning District%上海市长宁区视力不良小学生屈光要素分析

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    戴寅妍; 沈斌; 蔡蔚; 朱剑锋; 夏庆华

    2012-01-01

    Objective To analyze the refractive status, the biometry data of refractive factors of pupils with pnnr eyesight in Changning District and the relationship between them as well. Methods A cluster sampling method was used to select 8 primary school students from Changning district. The visual acuity (VA) was measured. If a child's VA of one eye was <5.0, eye refraction test was taken. Statistical analysis and multiple linear regression analysis were conducted. Results Most of the pupils with poor eyesight were mild myopia which may develop with age. The multivariate linear regression formula of the relationship between refractive diopter (y) and refractive factors including length of optic axis (xx ) and corneal refractive power (x2) was y = 55. 622 -1. 334 x1 - 0. 585 x2 (R = 0.777). Conclusion The length of optic axis is the main factor to myopia. It's meaningful to carry out targeted refractive screening in school-age children to discover and prevent refractive errors in time.%目的 了解长宁区视力不良小学生屈光状态及眼球生物测量相关指标,为学龄儿童近视防治计划的制定提供依据.方法 随机整群抽取长宁区8所小学5937名学生进行远视力检查,以任意一眼裸眼视力<5.0者为调查对象,再作屈光度数、眼轴长度、角膜曲率的测量及统计学分析.结果 视力不良小学生屈光类型以近视为主,且呈进行性发展.不同屈光组别、不同性别之间眼轴及角膜曲率差异均具有统计学意义.屈光度(y)与眼轴长度(x1)、角膜曲率(x2)间关系的多元线性回归方程为:y =55.622-1.334x1-0.585 x2(R=0.777).结论 眼轴长度是近视发生、发展的主要影响因素.在学龄儿童中开展有针对性的屈光筛查对早期发现、及时防治屈光不正是有意义的.

  19. 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.

  20. Estudo prospectivo comparativo dos ciclos de ultra-som 14% e 67% do WhiteStarTM na cirurgia de catarata por facoemulsificação com a técnica " nuclear preslice" Comparative prospective study of 14% and 67% duty cycles of the ultrasound power with WhiteStarTM in the phacoemulsification cataract surgery using the nuclear preslice technique

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    Antonio Eduardo Pereira

    2008-10-01

    élulas endoteliais.PURPOSE: To compare the 14% and 67% duty cycles of ultrasound power, continuous module, manual pulse control in the Sovereign® phacoemulsification system with WhiteStarTM power modulation for cataract surgery. The phacoemulsification nuclear preslice technique was used to evaluate effective ultrasound time, ultrasound percentage, salt solution amount and endothelial cell loss. METHODS: This was a prospective and comparative clinical trial in 32 patients (38 eyes with senile nuclear cataract NO3 NC3 and NO4 NC4 (LOCS III divided into two groups: A and B. To perform the cataract surgery phacoemulsification with nuclear preslice technique, manual pulse control was used; for group A with 14% duty cycle (n=21 and group B with 67% duty cycle (n=17. Both groups were subdivided according to crystalline opaque level in two subgroups. Preoperative measures included complete ophthalmologic examination, biometry, pachymetry and specular microscopy and 3 months after surgery specular microscopy. RESULTS: The surgeries that were used with the 67% duty cycle had significantly more ultrasound effective time than the 14% group in more dense cataracts. The ultrasound percentage in the 67% duty cycle, in different cataract densities, was significantly higher than in the 14% duty cycle. There was no difference in the salt solution amount used in the surgeries. There was no statistically significant difference of endothelial cell loss between both ultrasound cycles. There was a statistically significant correlation between the endothelial cell loss and the variables: ultrasound effective time (EPT and salt solution amount used in surgeries in both cycles. CONCLUSIONS: This clinical trial showed less effective time of ultrasound and ultrasound percentage in the 14% duty cycle for more dense cataracts. The salt solution amount used and the endothelial cell loss were the same in both cycles. The ultrasound effective time and the salt solution amount used in the surgery were correlated

  1. 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

    2012-12-01

    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

  2. 白内障患者手术年龄和眼轴长度与晶状体厚度相关性分析%Correlation of operation age, axial length and lens thickness in cataract

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    孙小银; 徐唐

    2013-01-01

    AIM: To study the correlation of operation age, axial length and lens thickness in cataract eyes. METHODS: A total of 319 patients ( 393 eyes ) were divided into non -high myopia cataract group ( 198 patients, 237 eyes) and high myopia cataract group (121 patients, 156 eyes ) according to the axial length.Axial length and lens thickness were measured with A-mode ultrasound biometry. RESULTS:There were statistical difference in operation age (t=3.614, P=0.000), lens thickness (t=-3.081, P=0.002) between the non-high myopia cataract group and high myopia cataract group.The operation age of high myopia cataract group was younger than that of non-high myopia cataract group.The lens thickness in high myopia cataract group was thicker than that in non-high myopia cataract group. There was no significant correlation between age and axial length in the non-high myopia cataract group (r=-0.081, P=0.214).Age and lens thickness had positive correlation in the non-high myopia cataract group (r=0.178, P=0.006).Axial length and lens thickness had no significant correlation in the non-high myopia cataract group (r=-0.050, P=0.442). There was a negative correlation between age and lens thickness in the high myopia cataract group ( r=-0.211, P=0.008).Age and lens thickness had no significant correlation in the high myopia cataract group ( r=0.078, P=0.332).Axial length and lens thickness had positive correlation in the high myopia cataract group ( r=0.207, P=0.010). CONCLUSION: For the non -high myopia cataract patients, the cataract aggravate as the age increase.The operation age will not change as the axial length change. For the high myopia cataract patients, the cataract will not aggravate as the age increase, and the longer of the axial length, the younger of the operation age.%目的:探讨白内障患者手术年龄、眼轴长度、晶状体厚度之间相关性。方法:将319例393眼白内障患者根据眼轴长度分为非高度近视白内障组198例237

  3. Influence of supplying bullfrog tadpoles with feed containing 28% crude protein on performance and enzymatic activities Influência do fornecimento de uma ração comercial com 28% de proteína bruta sobre o desempenho e a atividade de enzimas digestivas de girinos de rã-touro

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    José Teixeira de Seixas Filho

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was evaluate the influence of feeding bullfrog tadpoles on commercial feed containing 28% crude protein (CP, on their digestive enzyme performance and activities. The experiment lasted 60 days, at the density of one tadpole/L in boxes containing 30 L water. A hundred and twenty tadpoles at the 25 Gosner stage averaging weight and length was 0.046 g and 6.22 mm, respectively, were used. Survival rate, length, final weight, weight gain, feed consumption, apparent food conversion, specific growth rate and activities of chime, amylase, lipase and trypisin were the parameters evaluated, biweekly, in five biometries. Quadratic effect was observed for the length and the weight. There was larger growth of the tadpoles from the 15th to the 45th day (19.82 mm. On the 15th day, the tadpoles presented the largest specific growth rate (16.93%/day, and the largest weight gain (5.460 g, feed intake (14.099 g and the best apparent food conversion (2.46 was from the 45th to the 60th day. The specific activity of amylase was 205 times greater at 60 days when compared to the beginning of the experiment. The results demonstrated that, for the three enzymes studied, the action capacity over the tadpole chime increased significantly after the 30th experimental day. Moreover, they suggested a greater capacity of tadpoles to digest carbohydrates in detriment to proteins, and this fact was accentuated in the initial phase of the exogenous feeding of this amphibian. The commercial feed with 28% CP provide good performance in the bullfrog tadpoles, indicating the juvenile formation within commercial bullfrog farming standards.Objetivou-se com este trabalho avaliar a influência da alimentação de girinos de rã-touro com ração comercial contendo 28% de proteína bruta (PB no desempenho e nas atividades de enzimas digestivas desses animais. Utilizaram-se 120 girinos no estágio 25 de Gosner com 0,046 g e 6,22 mm, respectivamente, mantidos em

  4. Polyculture of fresh water shrimp Macrobrachium amazonicum (Heller, 1862 wifh Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus feeding with ration pelleted and mashed / Policultivo do camarão de água doce Macrobrachium amazonicum (Heller, 1862 com a Tilápia do Nilo (Oreochromis niloticus alimentadas com rações peletizada e farelada

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    Leandro Bohnenberger

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to evaluate the influence of fresh water shrimp Macrobrachium amazonicum (Heller, 1862 in performance of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus cultivated in polyculture system and feeding with ration pelleted and mashed. The work was realized in Centro de Pesquisa em Aqüicultura Ambiental-CPAA/IAP – Toledo/PR during 37 days. Were utilized like experimental unit 16 ponds excavated, covered with concrete but with bottom of soil with dimension the 4 x 3 m and useful volume the 3,5 m3. Were utilized 30 tilapias e 150 shrimps for experimental unit distributed at an entirely randomized design with 4 treatments and 4 replications, where TF: tilapia feeding with ration mashed; TCF: tilapia and shrimp feeding with ration mashed; TP: tilapia feeding with ration pelleted; TCP: tilapia and shrimp feeding with ration pelleted. The density used were the 2,6 fishes/m2 with medium initial weight the 5,58 ± 0,10 g and initial length the 5,56 cm, and the density of shrimp was the 13 shrimps/m2 with initial length the 1,04 cm. The temperature was gauged daily, while the variables dissolved oxygen, pH and electrical conductivity, weekly. The quantity of ration supplied was the 10% of total biomass of fishes, with feed frequency the 4 times a day, being corrected weekly in function of the biometry. During the experimental period the medium values of temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH and electrical conductivity of the ponds water were 23,42 ± 0,83ºC, 5,32 ± 0,52 mg/L, 7,02 ± 0,39, e 100,96 ± 1,81 µS/ cm respectively. Won´t registering any influence of shrimp during the cultivation and the ration pelleted provide the better conversion alimentary and performance of tilapias.O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a influência do camarão de água doce Macrobrachium amazonicum (Heller, 1862 no desempenho da Tilápia do Nilo (Oreochromis niloticus cultivada no sistema de policultivo e alimentada com rações peletizadas e fareladas

  5. 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.

  6. Estudo refracional em crianças pseudofácicas Refraction study on pseudophakic children

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    Gerson López Moreno

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar as alterações refratométricas em olhos de crianças submetidas à cirurgia de catarata com implante de lente intra-ocular (LIO e pesquisar a previsão da biometria nesses casos. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 33 olhos com medição prévia da acuidade visual com indicação cirúrgica de catarata com implante de lente intra-ocular no Ambulatório de Catarata Congênita da Escola Paulista de Medicina - Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP-EPM, desde janeiro de 1998 até dezembro de 2000. No pós-operatório foi realizada a refração, prescritos os óculos com o adequado tratamento para estimulação visual da criança e a medida da acuidade visual final com a correção. Foram analisadas: refrações finais, a acurácia da biometria e os possíveis fatores de erros. RESULTADOS: Foram realizadas 33 cirurgias em 29 crianças. O seguimento teve média de 10,15 meses com variação de 2 até 34 ±8,18 meses. Em 43% dos casos obteve-se visão igual ou maior que 20/50. Quarenta e seis por cento dos pacientes apresentaram refração final entre +1,00 e -1,00 dioptrias esféricas. CONCLUSÃO: O tratamento da catarata congênita mediante implante de lente intra-ocular continua controverso, sendo que os resultados a longo prazo não são conhecidos. Número grande de pacientes foram operados tardiamente evoluindo com ambliopia e baixa acuidade visual mesmo após o tratamento devido a grande dificuldade de acesso ao tratamento adequado e precoce. Apesar da refração residual os pacientes obtiveram boa acuidade visual. Em 21% dos casos que permaneceram com alteração refratométrica com hipermetropia ainda terão aumento no seu diâmetro axial e conseqüentemente miopização com redução de sua refração.PURPOSE: To verify the refractive alterations in eyes of children submitted to surgery with implant of intraocular lens (IOL and to investigate prediction of biometry in these cases. METHODS: Thirty-three eyes were studied with

  7. 黏度5500 mPas硅油填充眼超声生物学测量的准确性%The accuracy of ultrasonography in 5500 mPas silicone-tamponade eyes

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    孙琼琼; 刘国军; 臧新杰; 王秀萍

    2016-01-01

    Als were measured again using A-scan ultrasound and B-scan ultrasound 3 months after the removal of the silicone oil.The outcomes were compared and the correlations were evaluated among different measuring methods.The vitrous length values before and after removal of the oils,and the diopters before and after intraocular pressure (IOP) implantation were compared to varify the results of B-type sonography for 5 500 mPas silicone-tamponade eyes.Results The transmitting speed of sound wave in 5 500 mPas silicone oil was 1 023 m/second with the conversion factor 0.668 between silicon oil eyes and vitreous cavity,and the corrected formula for AL measurement was:the length form cornea apex to the posterior pole of lens or the center of the capsular membrane+ 0.668×the length form posterior pole of lens or the center of the capsular membrane to the macular area.No significnant differences were found in the AL values among the corrective-B scan,IOL Master method,postoperative Bscan method and A-scan method both in the AL<26 mm group and the AL≥26 mm group (AL<26 mm:F=0.108,P =0.955;AL ≥ 26 mm:F =0.011,P =0.998),and the AL values by corrective B-scan was significantly correlated with that by IOL Master,postoperative B-scan and A-scan,respectively (AL<26 mm group:r =0.876,0.921,0.809,all at P<0.01;AL ≥ 26 mm group:r =0.943,0.956,0.955,all at P<0.01).The vitreous cavity depth was (20.78 ±2.13)mm by corrective B-scan in 1 day before the removal of silicone,and that in 3 months after removal of silicone was (20.89±2.16) mm,without statistical diference between them (t =0.795,P =0.219).The actual postoperative refraction in 16 eyes with IOL was (-1.25 ± 1.69) D,and preoperative refrection was (-1.50 ±0.00) D,the difference was not statistically significant (t =0.585,P =0.284).Conclusions The biometry of B-scan ultrasonography for silicone-tamponade eye is accurate and simple,with a good feasibility in clinical measurement.

  8. Determination of gestational age by ultrasound.

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    Butt, Kimberly; Lim, Ken

    2014-02-01

    Objectif : Aider les cliniciens à attribuer un âge gestationnel en fonction des résultats de la biométrie échographique. Issues : Déterminer si la datation par échographie offre une évaluation plus précise de l’âge gestationnel que la datation en fonction des dernières règles avec ou sans recours à l’échographie. Offrir, aux praticiens et aux chercheurs du domaine des soins de maternité, des lignes directrices factuelles en matière d’attribution de l’âge gestationnel. Identifier les paramètres biométriques échographiques qui sont de fiabilité supérieure lorsque l’âge gestationnel est incertain. Déterminer la rentabilité de l’évaluation de l’âge gestationnel par échographie. Résultats : La littérature publiée a été récupérée par l’intermédiaire de recherches menées dans PubMed ou MEDLINE et The Cochrane Library en 2013 au moyen d’un vocabulaire contrôlé et de mots clés appropriés (p. ex. « gestational age », « ultrasound biometry » et « ultrasound dating »). Les résultats ont été restreints aux analyses systématiques, aux essais comparatifs randomisés / essais cliniques comparatifs et aux études observationnelles rédigés en anglais. Aucune restriction n’a été appliquée en matière de dates. Les recherches ont été mises à jour de façon régulière et intégrées à la directive clinique jusqu’au 31 juillet 2013. La littérature grise (non publiée) a été identifiée par l’intermédiaire de recherches menées dans les sites Web d’organismes s’intéressant à l’évaluation des technologies dans le domaine de la santé et d’organismes connexes, dans des collections de directives cliniques, dans des registres d’essais cliniques et auprès de sociétés de spécialité médicale nationales et internationales. Valeurs : La qualité des résultats est évaluée au moyen des critères décrits dans le rapport du Groupe d’étude canadien sur les soins de santé pr