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Ganoderma australe is a white-rot fungus that causes a selective wood biodelignification in some hardwoods found in the Chilean rainforest. Ceriporiopsis subvermispora is also a lignin-degrading fungus used in several biopulping studies. The enzymatic system responsible for lignin degradation in wood can also be used to degrade recalcitrant organic(More)
In this paper we summarize the research activities at the Instituto de Telecomunicações--Pólo de Aveiro and University of Aveiro, in the field of fiber Bragg grating based sensors and their applications in dynamic measurements for Structural Health Monitoring of slender structures such as towers. In this work we describe the implementation of an optical(More)
Inflammatory muscle involvement during the course of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is described and guidelines are suggested for its differentiation from the myopathy associated with azidothymidine (AZT) therapy. Six patients infected with HIV presented with proximal muscle weakness, biochemical and electromyographic abnormalities consistent(More)
Crohn's disease is a chronic granulomatous disorder, which may involve any segment of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. Although extraintestinal manifestations are frequent, involvement of skin distant to the gastrointestinal tract is uncommon. We report a case of Crohn's disease affecting penile and scrotal skin.
PURPOSE We identify risk factors associated with chronic postoperative penile pain after inflatable prosthesis insertion. MATERIALS AND METHODS We performed a case control study to determine the incidence of prolonged penile pain in 65 men who underwent prosthesis insertion. The association of various potential risk factors, including diabetes mellitus,(More)
OBJECTIVE This open-label study investigated the efficacy of sildenafil citrate at 12 hours postdose among prior treatment responders. PATIENTS AND METHODS Eight 100-mg doses of sildenafil were provided to 40 eligible patients with erectile dysfunction (ED), who were to record the results of each sexual attempt in a patient diary. Each patient was(More)
PURPOSE We compared the advantages and disadvantages of initial penile implantation with vs without prior dilation of the corpora cavernosa. MATERIALS AND METHODS Patients implanted for the first time with a 700CX or an antibiotic coated 700CX InhibiZone 3-piece prosthesis by a single surgeon during January 2005 to December 2006 were included in the(More)
Penile implants offer a dependable way of restoring erections in virtually all motivated patients. The satisfaction rate among both patients and partners using these devices is high. Advances in technology have reduced the infection rate and increased the mechanical reliability of these products. However, too often, urologists do not present this option(More)
Occipital condyle syndrome (OCS) results from a unilateral occipital pain associated with an ipsilateral paresis of the 12th cranial nerve (hypoglossal), and is typically caused by metastasis of the skull base. OCS diagnosis occurred, in all cases described in the published literature, when metastatic prostate cancer (MPC) was previously known. We present a(More)
The major reviews of the literature support the idea that a significant proportion of patients with schizophrenia present cognitive deficits in several domains, more marked in the domains of verbal memory, vigilance and attention, memory, intellectual quotient, language and executive functioning. Such deficits appear to be one of the main determinants of(More)