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Biodegradable microspheres were manufactured from a high molecular weight copolymer of 50% lactic and 50% glycolic acid and the antibiotic tobramycin. It was hypothesized that the microspheres would be more effective than polymethylmethacrylate beads in the local delivery of tobramycin and that the microspheres would not inhibit bone healing. Osteomyelitis(More)
Since their discovery in 1949, cyanoacrylates have evoked interest as being a possible ideal "tissue glue." Several different forms of these compounds have been developed in order to try to reduce or eliminate tissue toxicity. Butyl-2-cyanoacrylate (Histoacryl) appears to be the closest ideal material as it induces low tissue reactivity and toxicity. It has(More)
Our expanding understanding of the physiological and immunological conditions of the skin and, in particular, the aging face, has prompted a growing field of aesthetic technology. Restorative procedures are taking advantage of improved and refined biotechnology, which continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Whereas surgical correction of skin laxity was the(More)
Within the framework of the NASA-Israeli MEIDEX project, the averaged 3D-distribution of Saharan dust was estimated and analyzed. This averaged distribution was based on the 2.5-year database of 48-h dust forecasts produced by the dust prediction system, which had been developed earlier at the University of Athens and subsequently modified in Tel Aviv(More)
UNLABELLED End stage renal disease (ESRD) is a growing problem. The effect of patient counseling is to be defined on health-related quality of life. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to find out the impact of patient counseling in health related quality of life (QoL). METHODS In this prospective interventional study, the Karnofsky Performance(More)
BACKGROUND Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis worldwide and is a major cause of pain and disability in elderly people. The health economic burden of osteoarthritis is increasing commensurate with obesity prevalence and longevity. Osteoarthritis has a strong genetic component but the success of previous genetic studies has been restricted(More)
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a prevalent, heritable degenerative joint disease with a substantial public health impact. We used a 1000-Genomes-Project-based imputation in a genome-wide association scan for osteoarthritis (3177 OA cases and 4894 controls) to detect a previously unidentified risk locus. We discovered a small disease-associated set of variants on(More)
Nerve growth factor (NGF)-induced neurite outgrowth from rat PC12 cells was coincident with elevated (>/=2-fold) levels of endogenous ubiquitin (Ub) protein conjugates, elevated rates of formation of 125I-labeled Ub approximately E1 (Ub-activating enzyme) thiol esters and 125I-labeled Ub approximately E2 (Ub carrier protein) thiol esters in vitro, and(More)
TRPV1 is a nociceptive ion channel activated by polymodal stimuli such as capsaicin, proton, and noxious heat. Multiple inflammatory mediators activate protein kinases, especially protein kinase C (PKC), which phosphorylates TRPV1. Emerging evidence suggests that phosphorylation of TRPV1 constitutes specific signals underpinning pathological nociception.(More)
The amount and complexity of scientific and clinical evidence for aesthetic use of botulinum neurotoxin type A (BoNT-A) has expanded rapidly in recent years, especially for abobotulinumtoxinA, necessitating reassessment of current knowledge about aesthetic use of abobotulinumtoxinA and other BoNT-A preparations. A committee of 13 plastic surgeons, facial(More)