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BACKGROUND Studies have shown the benign to malignant ratio of excised pigmented skin lesions is suboptimal in primary care. OBJECTIVES To assess the impact of dermoscopy and short-term sequential digital dermoscopy imaging (SDDI) on the management of suspicious pigmented skin lesions by primary care physicians. METHODS A total of 63 primary care… (More)
BACKGROUND Porcine neonatal islet-like cell clusters (NICC) are being considered as a source of β-cell replacement. However, the lag time to full function due to hormonal immaturity remains a problem. This study aimed to determine whether time in culture was important for NICC function in vivo. METHODS Neonatal islet-like cell clusters were isolated from… (More)
A growing body of literature illustrates that bronchoalveolar lavage is a reliable and efficient means of diagnosing primary and secondary malignancies in the lung. Its safety in severely compromised patients often makes it preferable to other biopsy procedures. However, a variety of reparative and degenerative pulmonary disorders may result in cytologic… (More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine the effect of timing of the cervical smear test on sample adequacy. METHODS Inadequate and negative smears from pre-menopausal women, with a regular menstrual cycle and who were not undertaking any hormone therapy, were selected and re-screened. The inadequate smears were then categorized according to the… (More)
Cytologic identification of Aspergillus is usually based on recognition of hyphal elements; conidia are rarely seen. We report a case of autopsy-proven pulmonary Aspergillosis which was studied antemortem by bronchoalveolar lavage. This mass arose in the clinical setting of chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis. The specimen contained numerous… (More)
Preliminary evidence is presented on the basis of pre- and post- zinc supplementation zinc studies of seven patients, that suggests that sweat zinc measurements may be a useful adjunct in the clinical assessment of zinc status and may be a more sensitive index than either serum or hair zinc levels.