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Neuromuscular disorders like myotonic dystrophy (dystrophia myotonica or Steinert's disease) and spinal muscular atrophy are associated with perioperative complications related to muscle weakness. These patients have an increased sensitivity to non-depolarising neuromuscular blocking agents, which can lead to postoperative residual curarization (PORC) and(More)
As requested by the House Judiciary Committee, transmitted herewith is a study prepared by the Office of Research examining the costs of first-degree murder cases in Tennessee. The report compares the costs of Tennessee's life, life without parole, and capital cases. The report also makes recommendations for policy changes that may streamline the(More)
Two multiple-choice questions were designed to assess pediatric knowledge of two statistical concepts: (1) correlation and (2) probability values for statistical significance. One question was administered to 684 residents from 24 major pediatric training programs; this response rate represented 84% of all residents in these programs (PL-1, PL-2, and PL-3(More)
Histopathology and special stains of a brain biopsy specimen from a 42-year-old man revealed numerous gram-positive bacilli arranged in branching filaments, suggesting Nocardia infection. Antibiotic therapy with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole markedly decreased the abscess size, and the patient improved. DNA was analyzed from formalin-fixed sections of the(More)
The synethesis of a new retinoid, N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-all-trans-retinamide, which has useful biological properties, is described. This retinoid was more potent than retinyl acetate in reversing keratinization caused by retinoid deficiency in tracheal organ culture. It was markedly less toxic than retinyl acetate when fed p.o. to rats over 2-week or 6-month(More)
The goal of surveillance is to identify patterns of disease occurrence, detect disease outbreaks, develop clues about possible risk factors, find persons that need further investigation, and anticipate health service needs. Two sources of data are available for the purposes of surveillance: primary data, such as those arising from health surveys or local(More)
Human natural killer (NK) cells play an important role in anti-viral immunity. However, studying their activation kinetics during infection is highly problematic. A clinical trial of a therapeutic virus provided an opportunity to study human NK cell activation in vivo in a controlled manner. Ten colorectal cancer patients with liver metastases received(More)
In this study, two commercially available quantitative neuromuscular function monitoring techniques, electromyography (EMG) and kinemyography (KMG), were compared with respect to repeatability and accuracy during late recovery from neuromuscular blockade. Train-of-four (TOF) ratios were recorded in 30 patients using KMG and EMG at the adductor pollicis(More)
Three groups of residency programs were compared: 11 externally funded to provide mandatory behavioral training, seven not externally funded but providing mandatory training, and six controls not requiring training. At the beginning and end of 1980-1981, 569 residents (70%) completed questionnaires assessing attitudes regarding behavioral disorders,(More)