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BACKGROUND We evaluated laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) on major co-morbidities (hypertension, type 2 diabetes / impaired glucose tolerance, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) and on American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) operative risk score in high-risk super-obese patients undergoing two-stage laparoscopic biliopancreatic diversion with(More)
OBJECTIVES The use of laparoscopy to treat malignant hematological diseases is not completely accepted. Our aim was to analyze operative and postoperative results of laparoscopic splenectomy performed for benign versus malignant hematological disorders. METHODS Between 1994 and 2003, 76 consecutive patients underwent laparoscopic splenectomy. The first 38(More)
We study heating and heat dissipation of a single C(60) molecule in the junction of a scanning tunneling microscope by measuring the electron current required to thermally decompose the fullerene cage. The power for decomposition varies with electron energy and reflects the molecular resonance structure. When the scanning tunneling microscope tip contacts(More)
We present results for a simulated inelastic electron-tunneling spectra (IETS) from calculations using the "gDFTB" code. The geometric and electronic structure is obtained from calculations using a local-basis density-functional scheme, and a nonequilibrium Green's function formalism is employed to deal with the transport aspects of the problem. The(More)
We investigate the influence of molecular vibrations on the tunneling of electrons through an octane−thiolate sandwiched between two gold contacts. The coherent and incoherent tunneling currents are computed using the non-equilibrium Green's functions formalism. Both the system Hamiltonian and the electron−phonon interaction are obtained from(More)
We introduce the conductance point group which defines the symmetry of single-molecule conduction within the nonequilibrium Green's function formalism. It is shown, either rigorously or to within a very good approximation, to correspond to a molecular-conductance point group defined purely in terms of the properties of the conducting molecule. This enables(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) has become the most popular bariatric intervention in Europe. International guidelines recommended age limits for bariatric surgery of 18-60 years. The aim of this study was to evaluate the immediate results in morbidly obese patients >55 years old, treated with LAGB. METHODS Between January 1996(More)
Measurements of shot noise from single molecules have indicated the presence of various conduction channels. We present three descriptions of these channels in molecular terms showing that the number of conduction channels is limited by bottlenecks in the molecule and that the channels can be linked to transmission through different junction states. We(More)
BACKGROUND An association between obesity and cancer has been shown in large epidemiological studies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence and types of malignancies in an Italian cohort of obese patients referred to a bariatric center. METHODS A retrospective, observational study was conducted. Between Jan 1996 and Dec 2004, 1,333 obese(More)
White light emitting diodes (LEDs) based on III-nitride InGaN/GaN quantum wells currently offer the highest overall efficiency for solid state lighting applications. Although current phosphor-converted white LEDs have high electricity-to-light conversion efficiencies, it has been recently pointed out that the full potential of solid state lighting could be(More)