Joseph Arnold Weiner

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BACKGROUND Asthma, together with, in some cases, anaphylaxis, was observed in seven subjects following ingestion of royal jelly, a secretion of honey bees which is used as a health tonic. OBJECTIVE To determine if reactions were IgE-mediated and to identify allergenic components of royal jelly. METHODS Skin-prick tests, immunoassays for specific IgE(More)
STUDY DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE We sought to determine whether financial relationships with industry had any impact on operative and/or complication rates of spine surgeons performing fusion surgeries. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Recent actions from Congress and the Institute of Medicine have highlighted the importance of conflicts of(More)
Mercury exposure was studied among dental personnel with the use of urinary mercury excretion rates and questionnaires. The study covered 314 dentists and dental nurses employed in public clinics and private practices in Stockholm. The obtained urinary mercury excretion rates were analyzed by stepwise regression for assigning them to different origins, such(More)
STUDY DESIGN Retrospective study. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate associations between spine surgeon demographics and the rate at which elective spine fusion is performed. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Rapidly increasing rates of elective spinal fusion in the United States have given rise to important questions about what factors may(More)
While inhibition of bone healing and increased rates of pseudarthrosis are known adverse outcomes associated with cigarette smoking, the underlying mechanisms by which this occurs are not well understood. Recent work has implicated the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (Ahr) as one mediator of the anti-osteogenic effects of cigarette smoke (CS), which contains(More)
Biological systems have evolved to utilize numerous proteins with capacity to bind polysaccharides for the purpose of optimizing their function. A well-known subset of these proteins with binding domains for the highly diverse sulfated polysaccharides are important growth factors involved in biological development and tissue repair. We report here on(More)
BACKGROUND Approximately 300,000 U.S. adolescents sustain concussions annually while participating in organized athletics. This study aimed to track sex and sport-specific trends among high school sports-related concussions over time, to identify whether a particular sport predisposes athletes to a higher risk, and to assess whether traumatic brain injury(More)
STUDY DESIGN Retrospective cohort. OBJECTIVE Determine whether surgeon demographic factors influence postoperative complication rates after elective spine fusion procedures. BACKGROUND Surgeon demographic factors have been shown to impact decision making in the management of degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Complication rates are frequently(More)
STUDY DESIGN A retrospective review of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Database. OBJECTIVE Utilizing Open Payments data, we aimed to determine the prevalence of industry payments to orthopedic and neurospine surgeons, report the magnitude of those relationships, and help outline the surgeon demographic factors associated with industry(More)
BACKGROUND Periprosthetic joint infection following hip and knee arthroplasty leads to poor outcomes and exorbitant costs. Topical vancomycin powder has been shown to decrease infection in many procedures such as spine surgery. The role of vancomycin powder in the setting of total joint arthroplasty remains undefined. Our aim was to evaluate the efficacy of(More)