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A community-wide study was conducted in 16 short-stay hospitals in metropolitan Worcester, Mass, to examine the incidence and case-fatality rates of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in patients hospitalized between July 1, 1985, and December 31, 1986. The average annual incidence of deep vein thrombosis alone was 48 per 100,000, while the(More)
Autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) utilizing a myeloablative regimen containing total body irradiation has been performed in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), but with substantial toxicity. We, therefore, conducted a phase I non-myeloablative autologous HSCT study in 10 patients with SSc and poor prognostic features. PBSC were(More)
We report the first chemical probe for bioorthogonal chemical tagging of post-translationally cholesterylated proteins with an azide in living cells. This enables rapid multiplexed fluorescence detection and affinity labelling of protein cholesterylation, as exemplified by Sonic hedgehog protein, opening up new approaches for the de novo identification of(More)
Peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) were mobilized in 130 patients with autoimmune diseases undergoing autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation using cyclophosphamide 2 g/m(2) and either granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) 5 mcg/kg/day (for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, SPMS) or G-CSF 10(More)
The clinical data, technical considerations, early and late post-operative complications, and long-term follow-up results of esophagocoloplasty in the management of 176 patients with postcorrosive stricture of the esophagus are presented. All 176 colon segments were placed in the isoperistaltic position. Left colon transplants were used in 66.47% and the(More)
We examined hand hygiene practices in surgical wards in 9 countries in Europe and Israel through direct practice observation. There was marked interhospital variation in hand hygiene compliance (range, 14%-76%), as well as glove and alcohol-based handrub use. After multivariable analysis, surgical subspecialty, professional category, type of care activity,(More)
For correcting collapsed alae, blunt dissection of the septal mucoperichondrium through the transfixion incision is extended on both sides up to the vault of the upper lateral cartilages, which are severed from their insertion. I remodel the lower lateral cartilage and secure the lateral crus together with the upper alar groove in a less concave position(More)
Overexpression of Hedgehog family proteins contributes to the aetiology of many cancers. To be highly active, Hedgehog proteins must be palmitoylated at their N-terminus by the MBOAT family multispanning membrane enzyme Hedgehog acyltransferase (Hhat). In a pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) cell line PANC-1 and transfected HEK293a cells Hhat localized(More)
INTRODUCTION/AIM Intravascular device placement (IVD) is a part of everyday medical practice, however, its application is associated with a high risk of onset of nosocomial infections (NI) and increased mortality and morbidity. Nosocomial blood infections (NBIs) account for 10% of all the registered NI. NBIs are more frequent in patients with a placed IVD(More)