S. R. Venugopalan

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MicroRNAs are known to regulate gene function in many tissues and organs, but their expression and function, if any, in tooth development are elusive. We sought to identify them by microRNA screening analyses and reveal their overall roles by inactivating Dicer1 in the dental epithelium and mesenchyme. Discrete sets of microRNAs are expressed in molars(More)
OBJECTIVE The face is a complex architectural structure in the body and is a high-risk site for fractures. Hospitalization is necessary for adequate treatment. The objective of this study is to examine hospitalization outcomes associated with reduction in facial fractures in the United States. METHODS The Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) of the health(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine if there is regionalization of orthognathic surgeries to teaching hospitals during the study period. STUDY DESIGN The Nationwide Inpatient Sample for years 2000-2008 was used. Every hospitalization that had an orthognathic surgery was selected. Patient and hospital level variables were examined. The odds of(More)
The integration of basic and clinical sciences in dental curricula enhances the application of basic science principles to clinical decision making and improves students' critical thinking. The aim of this study was to define the characteristics of U.S. dental schools' curricula with regard to level of course integration and degree of incorporation of(More)
PURPOSE The objective of this study is to provide nationally representative estimates of cleft palate correction and revision procedures performed in hospitalized patients, as well as to examine patient- and hospital-level factors associated with hospitalization charges. MATERIALS AND METHODS The Nationwide Inpatient Sample for the year 2007 was used. All(More)
OBJECTIVES The objectives of this study were to determine the number of hospital emergency department (ED) visits with a diagnosis of herpetic gingivostomatitis (HGS) for 2007 in the United States and to identify the possible comorbid conditions associated with HGS. STUDY DESIGN The Nationwide Emergency Department Sample for 2007 was used in this study.(More)
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