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To understand better the origin of protein rejection observed with surface-bound poly(ethylene oxide) (or PEO), we have measured fibrinogen adsorption for a series of linear and branched, low-molecular-weight PEOs bound to solid polystyrene surfaces. The results show that a dependence on molecular weight is found below 1500 g mol-1 for linear PEO. Branched(More)
We present a novel ice/firn core melter system that uses fraction collectors to collect discrete, high-resolution (<1 cm/sample possible), continuous, coregistered meltwater samples for analysis of eight major ions by ion chromatography (IC), >32 trace elements by inductively coupled plasma sectorfield mass spectrometry (ICP-SMS), and stable oxygen and(More)
UNLABELLED PURPOSE; Advances in chemotherapy have led to greater longevity and paternity may be an important consideration for postchemotherapy survivors of childhood cancers. While traditionally considered sterile, men who are azoospermic after chemotherapy can be treated with microdissection testicular sperm extraction (TESE) and intracytoplasmic sperm(More)
There is much interest in attaching polyethylene glycol (PEG) and other hydrophilic, neutral polymers to surfaces to reduce the extent of protein and cell adsorption. Interestingly, these same surface-bound polymers are effective in masking surface charge and reducing electrokinetic effects such as particle electrophoretic mobility, streaming potential, and(More)
Samples were collected from a snow pit and shallow firn core near Kahiltna Pass and reveals clusters of ice layers interpreted as summertime intervals of above-freezing temperatures. High correlation coefficients (0.75–1.00) between annual ice-layer thickness and regional summertime station temperatures for 4 years (n = 4) indicate ice-layer thickness is a(More)
PURPOSE Several surgical techniques are available to treat anterior urethral stricture. The choice of surgical technique largely depends on the severity of stricture disease. The U-score (urethral stricture score) is based on urethral stricture characteristics, namely length (1 to 3 points), number (1 or 2 points), location (1 or 2 points) and etiology (1(More)
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) use is increasing, primarily in men with symptomatic hypogonadism. There are many benefits associated with TRT use, including improved sexual function, improved bone mineral density, and increased free fat mass and strength. As TRT use increases, its role on cardiovascular health must be explored. While previous(More)
Zolpidem (trade name Ambien ®) is commonly prescribed. Case reports and popular media suggest potential dangers exist and may result in unanticipated complications. The primary aim was to determine how commonly zolpidem ingestion results in hospital evaluation and admission. The secondary aim of this study was to determine what patient and clinical(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether the use of a choice-based conjoint analysis (CA) exercise decreased patients' decisional conflict about treatment preferences for surgical management of urethral stricture disease. Understanding patient preferences for treatment decisions assists in shared decision-making and emphasizes patient-centered outcomes. CA offers a(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP) has emerged as an effective debulking procedure for prostatic urinary obstruction. Surgical technique for the most efficient vaporization has, however, received little scientific investigation. We used an ex-vivo bovine prostate model to investigate how variation in the angle of laser(More)