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BACKGROUND Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI)-Imaging is an ultrasound-based elastography method enabling quantitative measurement of tissue stiffness. The aim of the present study was to evaluate sensitivity and specificity of ARFI-imaging for differentiation of thyroid nodules and to compare it to the well evaluated qualitative real-time elastography(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the hip and ankle range of motion and hip muscle strength in 8-11 year old novice female ballet dancers and controls. METHODS Subjects were 77 dancers and 49 controls (mean (SD) age 9.6 (0.8) and 9.6 (0.7) years respectively). Supine right active hip external rotation (ER) and internal rotation (IR) were measured using an(More)
Pluripotent stem cells must strictly maintain genomic integrity to prevent transmission of mutations. In human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), we found that genome surveillance is achieved via two ways, namely, a hypersensitivity to apoptosis and a very low accumulation of DNA lesions. The low apoptosis threshold was mediated by constitutive p53(More)
Since many years, medical researchers have investigated the mechanisms that may cause a septic shock. Despite many approaches that analyzed smaller parts of the relevant data or single variables, respectively, no larger database with all the possible relevant data existed. Our work was to bridge this gap. We built a large database for abdominal septic shock(More)
BACKGROUND Total thyroidectomy is increasingly used as a surgical approach for many thyroid conditions. Subsequently, postoperative hypocalcaemia is observed with increasing frequency, often resulting in prolonged hospital stay, increased use of resources, reduced quality of life and delayed return to work. The administration of vitamin D is essential in(More)
BACKGROUND Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Growing evidence indicates that tumor-initiating cells (TICs) are responsible for tumor growth and progression. Conventional chemotherapeutics do not sufficiently eliminate TICs, leading to tumor relapse. We aimed to gain insight into TIC biology by comparing the(More)
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