Cristina Z Xenachis

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The internal thoracic artery (ITA) is the conduit of choice for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). This study, utilizing a canine model, evaluates cryopreserved ITA. Sixteen ITAs were harvested and cryopreserved according to United CryoInstitute protocol. Test conduits, 5 cm long and 4 mm mean diameter, were anastomosed to the ligated carotid artery of(More)
Forty-eight morbidly obese patients were placed on a very low calorie (800 kcal) formula diet (OPTIFAST) for a 10-week period with the goal of achieving 10% weight loss within this time. Weekly serum leptin measurements were performed to determine whether changes in this adipose protein would serve as a useful marker of acute and chronic weight loss(More)
BACKGROUND The rearranged during transfection (RET) V804M proto-oncogene mutation is rare and associated with medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC). We present 40 members from a total cohort of 107 family members with this mutation. METHODS Family members were tested for RET mutations, calcitonin levels, and screened for pheochromocytoma and primary(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the use of the very-low-calorie formula diet (VLCD) in the indigent population of Newark, NJ, with the goal of achieving 10% weight loss within a relatively short period of 10 weeks. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES We accepted 131 morbidly obese indigent women into our study program. The study was limited to women only and the average(More)
BACKGROUND Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) may function as modifiers of the RET proto-oncogene, resulting in the expression of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) and papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). We present 2 non-related Italian-American families (Family 1, n = 107; Family 2, n = 31) with the RET V804M mutation. We have correlated the presence of(More)
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