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We have performed comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) analysis of single blastomeres from human preimplantation embryos of patients undergoing preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for inherited structural chromosome aberrations and from embryos of IVF couples without known chromosomal aberrations. The aim was to verify the PGD results for the(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effects of dexmedetomidine, an alpha-2 agonist, as an intravenous sedative drug and the effects of atipamezole, an alpha-2 antagonist, on recovery. DESIGN Randomized, double-blind study with three parallel groups. An open dose-finding study preceded it to optimize the atipamezole dose. SETTING Outpatient operating room at(More)
Approximately 20 cases of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) occur annually in Finland. The known endemic areas are situated mainly in the archipelago and coastal regions of Finland, with highest incidence in Aland islands. Ixodes ricinus panels collected in 1996-1997 from two endemic areas were screened for the presence of RNA. Two distinct RT-PCR methods were(More)
BACKGROUND The number of intensive care units (ICU) using a clinical information system (CIS) is increasing. It is believed that replacing manual charting with an automatic documentation system allocates nurses more time for patient care. The objective of this study was to measure changes in nurses' working time utilization after the implementation of a CIS(More)
OBJECTIVES The treatment of postoperative pain after uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) and tonsillectomy presents a challenge. Opioids can cause sedation and respiratory depression. Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs can increase postoperative bleeding. The authors have evaluated the severity of postoperative pain and the consumption of opioid in 53 adult(More)
OBJECTIVE In our previous study, we reported that both uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) and tonsillectomy are associated with unacceptable intense pain during the first 24 hours after surgery. To investigate the pain progression at home, we followed the same 53 patients for 14 days after surgery. Twenty-two patients underwent tonsillectomy and 31 patients(More)
Periplakin is a member of the plakin family of cytolinkers that connect cytoskeletal networks to each other as well as to the cell junctional complexes. Here, we demonstrate a direct molecular interaction between actin and periplakin. Furthermore, the oligomerization state of periplakin was shown to determine specificity of its binding to intermediate(More)
Cadherin-based molecular complexes play a major role in cell-cell adhesion. At the adherens junctions the intracellular domain of cadherins specifically interacts with beta-catenin and p120ctn, members of the Armadillo repeat protein family. Differential splicing and utilization of the alternative translation initiation codons lead to many p120ctn isoforms.(More)
Ninety-six women undergoing laparoscopic tubal ligation were randomized to receive intravenously either 0.2 or 0.4 microgram/kg of dexmedetomidine, 60 micrograms/kg of oxycodone, or 250 micrograms/kg of diclofenac for postoperative pain in a double-blind study design. The study drugs were administered in the recovery room for moderate or severe pain and(More)