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The heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) plays a crucial role in the stability of several proteins that are essential for malignant transformation. Hsp90 is therefore an interesting therapeutic target for cancer therapy. In this paper, we investigated whether an oxidative stress generated during ascorbate-driven menadione redox cycling (ascorbate/menadione),(More)
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been available since 1975 as a therapy of last resort to provide adequate oxygenation for term infants with acute lung disorders that do not respond to maximal medical therapy. Virtually all term infants with serious lung disease have persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) characterized by(More)
This study was undertaken in an attempt to characterize the acoustic properties of snoring sounds in the time and frequency domains, and to correlate between these properties and the mechanical events underlying their production. Three experimental set-ups were used: 1) Dog model--six mongrel dogs, in which partial upper airway obstruction was created by an(More)
The utilisation of nocturnal wheeze monitoring and quantification for assessment of asthma activity was studied in symptomatic school-aged children before and during treatment. Twelve children 6-14 yrs of age with mild or moderate untreated asthma were studied at home three times: before, 48 h and 6 weeks into treatment with 5 mg montelukast daily. Lung(More)
PURPOSE Cochlear implantation (CI) represents the gold standard in the treatment of children born deaf and postlingually deafened adults. Initial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was contraindicated in CI users. Meanwhile, there are specific recommendations concerning MRI compatibility depending on the type of CI system and the device manufacturer. Some CI(More)
BACKGROUND Esophageal perforations are the most frequent complications of endoscopy of the upper gastrointestinal tract. Life-threatening consequences such as mediastinitis, septic disease, or multiple organ failure are possible. Traditional surgical and conservative methods of treatment should be distinguished. In serious cases, thoracotomy in particular(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To evaluate the use of a rapid strip test for the quick evaluation of sputum quality. DESIGN Prospective, double-blind study. Sputum and saliva samples were collected. Sputum quality was assessed by the presence of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) and squamous epithelial cells (SECs) per low-power (microscopic) field (LPF) [x10(More)
A theoretical approach has been developed that allows the geometric transfer function component for conventional scintillation camera collimators to be predicted in closed form. If transfer function analysis is to be useful in describing imaging system performance, the image of a point source must not depend on source position in a plane parallel to the(More)
Three patients with intractable epilepsy, two with brain tumors, and one with encephalitis were imaged with magnetic resonance (MR) and positron emission tomography (PET). MR data were used to construct a three-dimensional (3D) computer model of the brain surface depicting the precentral (movement), postcentral (sensation), left inferior frontal (speech),(More)