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Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening tests often have a trade-off between efficacy and patient acceptability/cost. Fecal tests (occult blood, methylation) engender excellent patient compliance but lack requisite performance underscoring the need for better population screening tests. We assessed the utility of microRNAs (miRNAs) as markers of field(More)
PURPOSE The biologic potential of nonfunctioning pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNETs) is highly variable and difficult to predict before resection. This study was conducted to identify clinical and pathologic factors associated with malignant behavior and death in patients diagnosed with PNETs. METHODS We used International Classification of Diseases(More)
BACKGROUND This is a retrospective study of 136 patients with Cushing disease treated with transsphenoidal microsurgery. OBJECTIVE To evaluate factors influencing immediate postoperative results and long-term outcomes. METHODS Data regarding clinical presentation, endocrine evaluation, imaging studies, surgical technique, immediate postoperative(More)
OBJECTIVE Brain changes occurring early in HIV infection are not well characterized. The Chicago Early HIV Infection Study aimed to evaluate the presence and extent of structural brain alterations using quantitative MRI. METHODS Forty-three HIV and 21 control subjects were enrolled. Mean length of infection was estimated as less than 1 year based on assay(More)
Because bone metastases cause significant pain, we developed a questionnaire to evaluate its nature, severity, and impact. This 16-item questionnaire is the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Bone Pain (FACT-BP). We also developed a 13/18-item questionnaire, the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Treatment Satisfaction-Bone Treatment(More)
OBJECTIVES Using patient and expert provider input, we previously developed a 15-item index of the most important symptoms and concerns of people being treated for advanced kidney cancer, the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy - Kidney Symptom Index (FKSI). These 15 concerns are a mixture of disease-related symptoms and treatment-related side effects.(More)
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS The objectives of this study are to analyze the surgical outcomes of women undergoing obstetric fistula repair operations at the ECWA Evangel VVF Center, Jos, Nigeria, and to identify factors associated with postoperative urinary continence. METHODS Sociodemographic and clinical data were abstracted retrospectively from the(More)
The fission yeast Mcs6-Mcs2-Pmh1 complex, homologous to metazoan Cdk7-cyclin H-Mat1, has dual functions in cell division and transcription: as a partially redundant cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK)-activating kinase (CAK) that phosphorylates the major cell cycle CDK, Cdc2, on Thr-167; and as the RNA polymerase (Pol) II carboxyl-terminal domain (CTD) kinase(More)
BACKGROUND Our objective was to compare hospital charges and both perioperative and mid-term quality of life between single- (SILC) and multi-incision (MILC) laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a randomized controlled trial. METHODS Patients with acute or chronic biliary disease were invited to participate. Pain scores, quality of life, and perioperative(More)
The p21-activated kinase (PAK) homolog, Shk1, is a critical component of a multifunctional Ras/Cdc42/PAK complex required for viability, polarized growth and cell shape, and sexual differentiation in the fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Substrate targets of the Shk1 kinase have not previously been described. Here we show that the S. pombe cell(More)