Natasa D. Miljkovic

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OBJECTIVE As adult cartilage has very limited potential to regenerate, cartilage repair is challenging. Available treatments have several disadvantages, including formation of fibrocartilage instead of hyaline-like cartilage, as well as eventual ossification of the newly formed tissue. The focus of this review is the application of bone morphogenetic(More)
A series of thermosensitive copolymer hydrogels, aminated hyaluronic acid-g-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (AHA-g-PNIPAAm), were synthesized by coupling carboxylic end-capped PNIPAAm (PNIPAAm-COOH) to AHA through amide bond linkages. AHA was prepared by grafting adipic dihydrazide to the HA backbone and PNIPAAm-COOH copolymer was synthesized via a facile(More)
Aging has become an important topic for scientific research because life expectancy and the number of men and women in older age groups have increased dramatically in the last century. This is true in most countries of the world including the Republic of Korea and the United States. From a rehabilitation perspective, the most important associated issue is a(More)
Osteochondral defects are frequent, painful, debilitating and expensive to treat, often resulting in poor results. The goal of the present study was to synthesize and characterize a novel biocompatible and biodegradable hydrogel comprised of poly(ethylene glycol), gelatin, and genipin, and examine the hydrogel as an injectable biomaterial in combination(More)
Nonhealing wounds remain a significant challenge for plastic surgeons. More than 600,000 people suffer from venous ulcers and 1.5 to 3 million people are being treated for pressure sores every year in the United States. The use of tissue engineering techniques such as stem-cell therapy and gene therapy to improve wound healing is a promising strategy.(More)
Calcium aluminate (CaAl), arginine-glycine-aspartic acid-modified CaAl, and beta-tricalcium phosphate (TCP) implants were studied in a rat calvarial critical-sized defect model. The rates of newly formed bone and osteointegration were measured using 3 different methods: radiography, micro-computed tomography, and histologic examination. After 4 weeks, there(More)
OBJECTIVE To report our clinical experience using continuous intrathecal baclofen (ITB) trials prior to permanent pump implantation. DESIGN Retrospective chart review. SETTING An inpatient neurosurgery unit and outpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics. PARTICIPANTS Fifty-seven patients with refractory spasticity who underwent a(More)
OBJECTIVES: We previously demonstrated that diaspirin crosslinked hemoglobin (DCLHb, Baxter Healthcare Corp.) improves systemic oxygen uptake in sepsis. Therefore, our objective was to study the effects of DCLHb on microcirculatory blood flow in septic rats. DESIGN: Prospective and randomized experimental study in a university-affiliated laboratory.(More)
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