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In 2005, the first guidelines were published on the management of patients with multiple myeloma (MM). An expert panel reviewed the currently available literature as the basis for a set of revised and updated consensus guidelines for the diagnosis and management of patients with MM who are not eligible for autologous stem cell transplantation. Here we(More)
BACKGROUND In-hospital mortality rates for left-sided infective endocarditis (IE) exceed 20%. We investigated the outcomes of an aggressive approach to mitral valve IE that emphasizes early surgical intervention and preferential performance of mitral valve repair. METHODS We reviewed 89 consecutive operations in 87 patients for native mitral valve IE at a(More)
Immunoglobulin heavy chain gene (IgH gene) rearrangements are found in the majority of patients with B lineage acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Two hundred and three bone marrow samples from 54 patients (33 adults and 21 children) were analysed by PCR within specific time-points after diagnosis (ie 1, 2-3, 4-6 and 7-12 months) using FR1 and JH primers(More)
Immunoglobulin heavy chain gene (IgH gene) rearrangements are found in the majority of cases of B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). We have examined bone marrow samples taken at presentation or relapse from 109 patients (79 adults and 30 children) and have performed sequence analysis of the complementarity determining region 3 (CDR3) on 65(More)
Binding of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) envelope gp120 glycoprotein to CD4 and CCR5 receptors on the plasma membrane initiates the viral entry process. Although plasma membrane cholesterol plays an important role in HIV entry, its modulating effect on the viral entry process is unclear. Using fluorescence resonance energy transfer imaging, we have(More)
This sketch presents a solution for creating expressive computer facial animation using off-the-shelf software. We will describe how to apply dynamic skin deformation on a CG character using Maya Cloth and how to create artist-friendly animation controls. Historically, facial animation with sophisticated skin deformation based on physical characteristics of(More)
BACKGROUND The pectoralis major muscle plays a crucial role in implant-based breast reconstruction. The goal of this study is to document variations of the origin of the pectoralis major muscle (PM). We hope to understand how many women have anatomy allowing for total submuscular coverage of an implant with the PM alone in immediate breast reconstruction.(More)
An abstract animation produced by a collaboration of a digital artist, choreographers, and musicians in New York and Italy. The animation is purely about motions and emotions. To create the animation, I animated a dance performance of two CG characters in Maya based on choreography by Harumi Terayama and Idan Sharabi from the Juilliard School. The dance(More)
Radial forearm free flap phalloplasty is the most commonly performed flap for neophallus construction in the female-to-male (FtM) transgender patient. Urological complications, however, can arise quite frequently and can prevent the patient from urinating in the standing position, an important postsurgical goal for many. Using mucosa to construct the fixed(More)
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