Morris E. Franklin

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While the incidence of back pain during pregnancy has been shown to be high, few studies have investigated postural changes that occur during pregnancy and their relationship to back pain. The purpose of this study was to determine if posture and back pain changed from the first to the third trimester of pregnancy and whether there was a relationship(More)
Bortezomib inhibits nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB). Cetuximab is a chimeric mouse-human antibody targeted against epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). We hypothesised that concomitant blockade of NF-kappaB and EGFR signalling would overcome EGFR-mediated resistance to single-agent bortezomib and induce apoptosis through two molecular pathways. The(More)
The onset latencies of automatic muscle responses to backward translations of the support surface in standing subjects were assessed to test two longstanding hypotheses: that (1) the ankle, hip, and suspensory muscle patterns represent discrete synergies; and (2) the suspensory pattern cannot be mixed with the ankle and the hip patterns (based on(More)
BACKGROUND Frequently, critically ill patients suffer from intraabdominal pathology, such as sepsis or ischemia, either as a cause of a critical illness or as a complication from another illness requiring an intensive care unit (ICU) admission. These complications are associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality (between 50% to 100%). The diagnosis(More)
UNLABELLED The purpose of this study was to determine whether antidepressant, antimania, antipsychotic, antihistamine, or antiparkinsonian drugs are associated with eyelid and facial dyskinesias; whether discontinuing such drugs results in improvement in the facial dyskinesias; and whether response to botulinum toxin treatment is influenced by such(More)
OBJECTIVES Needlescopic cholecystectomy (NC) is a refinement of laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) using 2-mm instruments compared with the standard 5-mm and 10-mm ports. We review our experience with needlescopic cholecystectomy. METHODS From 1994 to 2004, 303 patients underwent NC. All patients were operated on using 2-mm instruments and one 10-mm trocar(More)
INTRODUCTION Loop ileostomy reduces the morbidity associated with pelvic sepsis. However, its reversal carries a 10% to 30% complication rate. We present our technique for laparoscopic ileostomy closure. METHODS We conducted a retrospective chart review of subjects undergoing laparoscopic-assisted loop ileostomy closure between 2006 and 2009. Operating(More)
BACKGROUND Omental harvest for complex poststernotomy mediastinal wounds has traditionally required a formal laparotomy in often high-risk patients, thus making it the procedure of last resort. METHODS The charts of all patients who underwent a laparoscopic omental harvest at the Texas Endosurgery Institute were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS Seven(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Laparoscopy in patients with poor cardiac function has been the subject of controversy and is considered by many surgeons a relative contraindication. METHODS We report the case of a patient who presented with acute cholecystitis and choledocholithiasis concurrent with unstable angina. Our experience in laparoscopic management of(More)