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– With the increasing importance of e-commerce across the Internet, the need for software agents to support customers and suppliers in buying and selling goods/services is growing rapidly. It is becoming increasingly evident that in a few years the Internet will host a large number of interacting software agents. Most of them will be economically motivated,… (More)
— A novel approach for blood and wall signal separation in Doppler ultrasound is proposed in the wavelet timescale domain. The Doppler signals of different clutter-to-blood ratios from a femoral artery were simulated and used in the experiments. Compared with the conventional high-pass filtering and the signal separation in the spectrogram, the new method… (More)
We forecast a future in which the global economy and the Internet will host a large number of interacting software agents. Most of them will be economically motivated, and will negotiate a variety of goods and services. It is therefore important to consider the economic incentives and behaviours of economic software agents, and to use all available means to… (More)
BACKGROUND Benzydamine, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) in use for more than four decades, has been reported to cause photosensitivity. OBJECTIVES To study the results of photopatch testing to benzydamine and the clinical features of the dermatitis during a 3-year period (2006-2008). PATIENTS AND METHODS During this period, 74 patients… (More)
Multiple minute digitate hyperkeratosis is a rare, non-follicular dermatosis, with fewer than 30 cases described worldwide. It can be either acquired or inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern. We describe the case of an 83-year old patient with life-long, multiple, digitate, milimetric lesions, and a positive family history for the same dermatosis.
Benign follicular tumors comprise a large and heterogeneous group of neoplasms that share a common histogenesis and display morphological features resembling one or several portions of the normal hair follicle, or recapitulate part of its embryological development. Most cases present it as clinically nondescript single lesions and essentially of… (More)
Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is a rare disease, but commonly related to important morbidity. PG was first assumed to be infectious, but is now considered an inflammatory neutrophilic disease, often associated with autoimmunity, and with chronic inflammatory and neoplastic diseases. Currently, many aspects of the underlying pathophysiology are not well… (More)
Generalized lichen nitidus is an uncommon chronic inflammatory dermatosis with very characteristic histological findings. Its pathogenesis is still unclear; very rarely it has been associated with genetic disorders. Herein we report the case of a 12-year-old boy with Niemann-Pick disease who developed generalized lichen nitidus.
A retrospective study of poliomyelitis in Sergipe, Northeast of Brazil, is presented by the authors. The study was divided in three periods, taking in consideration the notification rate of positive cases and emphasizing the period from 1979 to 1989 through the study of 159 consecutive cases. The following information was gathered for each case: sex, age,… (More)