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BACKGROUND Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a common disabling disease. Limited studies have demonstrated that prolotherapy with dextrose or with prolozone can be helpful in the treatment of patients with KOA. OBJECTIVES In the current study, we compared the results between these two treatment methods. PATIENTS AND METHODS In the current randomized clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Disk herniation (DH) is one of the most common disk lesions, inducing low back pain (LBP). Various therapeutic options have been proposed for treatment of disk herniation (DH). Intradiscal injection of ozone has been suggested for treatment of DH. OBJECTIVES To determine the effect of intradiscal ozone injection on pain score and disability in(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of hybrid natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) nephrectomy with standard laparoscopic instruments through a modified vaginal trocar in a canine model. MATERIALS AND METHODS Ten cross-bred adult female dogs were used for right (n = 4) and left (n = 6) transvaginal(More)
BACKGROUND The caudal approach to the epidural space has been used for decades to treat low back pain caused by lumbosacral root compression. The use of fluoroscopy during epidural steroid injection is the preferred method for placing the needle more accurately in the sacral hiatus, but it carries the risk of radiation hazard. OBJECTIVES The aim of the(More)
A method of noise variance estimation in BayesShrink image denoising is presented. The proposed approach competes with the well known MAD-based method and outperforms this method in more than 99% of our experimental results. The approach, called Residual Autocorrelation Power (RAP), provides a more accurate noise variance estimate and results in a smaller(More)
Salicylic acid (SA) may reduce the negative impact of water deficit on growth and metabolite yield of Thymus daenensis Celak subsp. daenensis Celak. The effect of foliar application of SA and reduced irrigation on growth, oil yield, chemical components, and antibacterial and antioxidant activities of T. daenensis in field condition were investigated.(More)
A denoising technique based on noise invalidation is proposed. The adaptive approach derives a noise signature from the noise order statistics and utilizes the signature to denoise the data. The novelty of this approach is in presenting a general-purpose denoising in the sense that it does not need to employ any particular assumption on the structure of the(More)
We study behavior of the Bayesian estimator for noisy General Gaussian Distributed (GGD) data and show that this estimator can be well estimated with a simple shrinkage function. The four parameters of this shrinkage function are functions of GGD's shape parameter and data variance. The Shrinkage map, denoted by Rigorous BayesShrink (R-BayesShrink), models(More)
Successful establishment of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) is often challenging. The objective of this study was to improve switchgrass stand establishment through integrated management practices that included cover crops, tillage systems and herbicide application. The study was conducted at the University of Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station(More)
We present a novel approach to estimating the mean square error (MSE) associated with any given threshold level in both hard and soft thresholding. The estimate is provided by using only the data that is being thresholded. This adaptive approach provides probabilistic confidence bounds on the MSE. The MSE bounds can be used to evaluate the denoising method.(More)