Alport Patients without Classic Ocular Symptoms Have Smaller Lens Diameter.
CONCLUSIONS Alport syndrome patients without classical ophthalmological findings have smaller crystalline lens diameter and lower lens power. These signs may support the diagnosis of Alport syndrome. Ophthalmologists should not only seek for the known classic signs, but also the parameters of the crystalline lens, especially if genetic testing is not available. PMID: 30919828 [PubMed - in process]
ConclusionsAn inexpensive reusable non-commercial LP simulator can be an effective method for teaching invasive procedures like LPs, especially if it can be used both for palpation and US-guided procedures. The method outlined here can be easily reproduced in a relatively short amount of time. We recognize one limitation in the widespread dissemination of this technique being access to a 3D printer and digital designs for printing. Future studies will be necessary to determine the efficacy of the homemade LP simulator in teaching neurointensivist in training.
Patients interested in testing themselves at home for sleep apnea now have a few more options. Earlier this year Itamar Medical Ltd. introduced its third-generation WatchPAT home sleep apnea test (HSAT), the WatchPAT 300, and in June 2019, it debuted WatchPAT ONE, which the company calls the first and only disposable HSAT in the market. This month Blue Shield of California (BSC) and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Plan (BCBS FEP) included WatchPAT as a covered HSAT, Itamar reported in a news release. It added that changes in the U.S. Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services (CMS) 2020 Fee Schedule are expect...
ConclusionsWe suggest this score as a very strong predictor for CBD stones, and to reduce the strength of total bilirubin and transaminases as predictors.
Publication date: Available online 20 November 2019Source: Arab Journal of GastroenterologyAuthor(s): Shogo Nakano, Kosuke Minaga, Yukitaka Yamashita
MRI-guided focused ultrasound provides durable relief in patients with medication-refractory essential tremor and should be considered a safe and effective therapeutic option, researchers say.Medscape Medical News
Publication date: Available online 20 November 2019Source: International Journal of PharmaceuticsAuthor(s): Flavia Bongiovì, Calogero Fiorica, Fabio Salvatore Palumbo, Giovanna Pitarresi, Gaetano GiammonaAbstractMicrofluidics is emerging as an innovative technique for the “on chip” fabrication of nanoparticles for drug delivery applications. Here, by using an amphiphilic derivative of hyaluronic acid as a starting macromolecule, nanohydrogels loaded with Imatinib were produced by the microfluidic procedure in order to develop an innovative therapeutic tool for the treatment of retinal neovascularization....
Authors: Sari A, Eroglu A Abstract BACKGROUND: Injections is a good alternative to conventional treatment-resistant cases with rotator cuff (RC) lesions before operation. Currently, different injection methods are used in RC lesions. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of different injection methods (platelet-rich plasma [PRP], corticosteroid [COR] and prolotherapy [PRO]) in RC tendon lesions. METHODS: One hundred and twenty-nine patients were divided into 4 groups as PRP, COR, PRO and the lidocaine group. Subacromial injection was applied to all groups. They were evaluated using the Visual Analogue Scale (...
Conclusions: Leptospiral uveitis patient serum contains antibodies that cross-react with multiple lens proteins that have a role in maintaining lens transparency. And, these antibodies could act as a potential trigger for cataractogenesis. PMID: 31746662 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Authors: Stiefel HC, Kopplin LJ, Albini T, Chang M, Vegunta S, Suhler EB Abstract Purpose: To determine the efficacy of pegylated interferon alfa-2A in the treatment of refractory inflammatory cystoid macular edema (CME)Methods: Retrospective chart reviewResults: Treatment with pegylated interferon alfa-2A led to an improvement in CME in all eyes of seven included patients, with a mean decrease in CMT from 478 µm to 310 µm (p
Conclusions: CVI was significantly increased in SO, representing a novel noninvasive biomarker of disease activity. SS-OCT provides a useful qualitative and quantitative parameter, which can be potentially explored in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with SO. PMID: 31743045 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]