Elliot Abemayor

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PURPOSE We have previously shown that a transcriptome is found in saliva and subpanels of these mRNAs can be used as oral cancer biomarkers. In this study, we measured the presence of microRNAs (miRNA) in saliva and determined their potential as an additional set of oral cancer biomarkers. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN A total of 314 miRNAs were measured using(More)
PURPOSE Oral fluid (saliva) meets the demand for noninvasive, accessible, and highly efficient diagnostic medium. Recent discovery that a large panel of human RNA can be reliably detected in saliva gives rise to a novel clinical approach, salivary transcriptome diagnostics. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the diagnostic value of this new approach(More)
PURPOSE Treatment regimens for head and neck cancer patients profoundly affect several quality-of-life domains. Rehabilitative needs have been identified through cross-sectional analyses; however, few studies have prospectively assessed quality of life, included assessment of psychosocial variables, and identified predictors of long-term follow-up. (More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence and causes of perioperative complications in patients who undergo microvascular free flap procedures for reconstruction of the head and neck. SETTING Academic tertiary care medical center. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 400 consecutive microvascular free flap procedures were performed for reconstruction of the head(More)
Cigarette smoking is a major risk factor for head and neck cancer, and individuals who continue to smoke past diagnosis and treatment are at elevated risk for further disease. In a randomized controlled trial, a state of the art provider-delivered smoking cessation intervention was compared to a usual care advice control condition. The intervention(More)
The UCLA experience with juvenile angiofibroma (JNA) over a 25-year period is reviewed. There were 83 patients, the majority being adolescent males. Surgery was the primary method of treatment for disease not extending intracranially; 63 of 68 patients (92.5%) became asymptomatic with this modality. In patients treated with a single course of primary(More)
Because of anatomical deformity, trismus, or for other reasons, it may on occasion be impossible to visualize a larynx by the usual laryngoscopy methods. Such difficulties in patients who have paralytic dysphonia may also make it impossible to effect improved vocal cord closure by the usual techniques of Teflon injection. We have applied a new technique,(More)
OBJECTIVE To further understanding of treatment of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). DESIGN The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program database was searched for patients who had undergone surgery for PTC. SETTING Areas covered by Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results population-based registries. PATIENTS Patients who had undergone(More)
Functional electric stimulation is a new method for dynamic rehabilitation of paralyzed muscles. The output of such prosthetic devices needs to be modulated by some index of the muscle movement. In facial paralysis a measure of the muscle contractions of the normal contralateral side seems to be an appropriate input. In the rabbit, we simultaneously(More)
OBJECTIVE Human papilloma virus (HPV) and p16INKa (p16) positivity in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs) is currently thought to be an encouraging prognostic indicator. However, the histopathologic changes responsible for this behavior are poorly understood. It is our objective to elucidate these histopathologic characteristics to help define(More)