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We propose that a cell's life is divided into two fundamentally different parts. Some time after mitosis all cells enter a state (A) in which their activity is not directed towards replication. A cell may remain in the A-state for any lenght of time, throughout which its probability of leaving A-state remains constant. On leaving A-state, cells enter(More)
We have generated RANK (receptor activator of NF-kappaB) nullizygous mice to determine the molecular genetic interactions between osteoprotegerin, osteoprotegerin ligand, and RANK during bone resorption and remodeling processes. RANK(-/-) mice lack osteoclasts and have a profound defect in bone resorption and remodeling and in the development of the(More)
Recent research has emphasized the importance of the metabolic cluster, which includes glucose intolerance, dyslipidemia, and high blood pressure, as a strong predictor of the obesity-related morbidities and premature mortality. Fundamental to this association, commonly referred to as the metabolic syndrome, is the close interaction between abdominal fat(More)
Diagnostic peritoneal lavage (DPL) and computed tomography (CT) are the primary diagnostic modalities in the evaluation of patients with suspected blunt abdominal trauma (BAT). Diagnostic peritoneal lavage is fast and accurate but associated with complications. Computed tomography is also accurate, yet requires that patients be stable and transportable. A(More)
PURPOSE We have previously identified paclitaxel as an active single agent in the treatment of esophageal cancer. We performed a phase II trial of paclitaxel in combination with cisplatin and fluorouracil (5-FU), conventionally used chemotherapy for esophageal cancer. The antitumor response, toxicity, and survival of patients treated with the three-drug(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the sensitivity, specificity, and predictive value of diagnostic laparoscopy (DL) in a large group of stable patients with abdominal gunshot wounds (ABGSWs). DESIGN This study was a prospective case series developed by management protocol. MATERIALS AND METHODS In a 2 1/2-year period, DL was performed(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the utility of an exercise program, which included aerobic, flexibility and strengthening elements, in the treatment of fibromyalgia (FM). FM is a chronic musculoskeletal condition characterized by diffuse musculoskeletal pain and aching. It has been suggested that aerobic exercise is helpful in its treatment. METHODS We studied 60(More)