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The concept of a SOC platform architecture introduces the concept of a communication infrastructure. In the transaction-level a finite set of architecture components (memories, arithmetic units, address generators, caches, etc) communicate among each other over shared resources (buses). Until recently, modeling architectures required pin-level hardware(More)
BACKGROUND Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs) play a role in the processes of extracellular matrix degradation. Changes in their expression levels have been observed in various tumor types, including lung carcinoma. However, their clinical significance and their prognostic importance in the progression of(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To determine whether nonoperative management can be applied to iatrogenic postintubation tracheobronchial rupture (TBR). DESIGN Prospective cohort study. PATIENTS AND INTERVENTIONS Thirty consecutive patients with TBR complicating intubation between June 1993 and December 2005 entered the study. Patients not receiving mechanical(More)
After years of research, full electric vehicles are starting to be commercialized. The main limitations that full electric vehicles have are large costs, limitations in battery technologies, limited driving range and lack of adequate electrical infrastructure. This work, starting from the state of the art of the connection protocols between electric vehicle(More)
In the last years power dissipation has assumed a more and more relevant role in the design of complex integrated circuits, within the which embedded systems represent an important category. Among the currently available design languages, SystemC represents a suitable choice for the modelling of embedded architectures, due to the to its capability to model(More)
OBJECTIVES Forty sites were involved in this multicenter and multivendor registry, which sought to evaluate indications, spectrum of protocols, impact on clinical decision making and safety profile of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR). MATERIALS AND METHODS Data were prospectively collected on a 6-month period and included 3376 patients (47.2 ± 19 years;(More)
BACKGROUND Diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma is a challenging issue. Potential markers in mesothelioma diagnosis include soluble mesothelin-related peptides (SMRPs) and osteopontin, but no subsequent validation has been published yet. METHODS We prospectively evaluated SMRPs in serum and pleural effusion from patients with mesothelioma (n = 74),(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was undertaken to determine factors associated with in-hospital mortality among patients after general thoracic surgery and to construct a risk model. METHODS Data from a nationally representative thoracic surgery database were collected prospectively between June 2002 and July 2005. Logistic regression analysis was used to predict(More)
BACKGROUND This study was designed to assess the early and long-term results, and determine suitable indications of anterior mediastinal tracheostomy, after radical resection for cervicothoracic malignancies. METHODS From 1985 to 2009, 13 patients ranging in age from 40 to 75 years underwent an anterior mediastinal tracheostomy for malignancy, 2 as an(More)