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Current cervical total disc replacement (TDR) designs incorporate a variety of different biomaterials including polyethylene, stainless steel, titanium (Ti), and cobalt-chrome (CoCr). These materials are most important in their utilization as bearing surfaces which allow for articular motion at the disc space. Long-term biological effects of implanted(More)
Use of cocaine in the USA, has reached epidemic proportions since 1983, when "crack" was introduced, its higher potency compared with cocaine HCl has been associated with a tremendous increase in the incidence of strokes. This study reports our experience with 55 cases of neurovascular events (25 ischemic and 30 hemorrhagic) related to cocaine use in 54(More)
Rhabomyolysis with myoglobinuria has been added relatively recently to the neurologic complications associated with the increased use of cocaine and the introduction of its alkaloid form (crack). This retrospective study reports our experience with 14 patients who presented with rhabdomyolysis after cocaine use in a municipal hospital over a 3-year period.(More)
The incidence of spinal epidural abscess and disk space infection appears to be rising in intravenous drug-using patients. We report 18 cases seen over three years in two municipal hospitals. Staphylococcus aureus was the most common infective agent, but two patients had Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. Computed tomography of the spine facilitates(More)
DNA repair plays a critical, but imprecisely defined role in neuronal survival during cortical neurogenesis. We examined cortical development in mice deficient for the DNA end-joining protein, Ku70. At gestational day 14.5, corresponding to the peak of neurogenesis, the Ku70(-/-) embryonic cerebral cortex displayed 25- to 30-fold more cell death than(More)