Takamura Ashikaga

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BACKGROUND The introduction of duty-hour restrictions has impacted surgical training. Several strategies were introduced by training programs in response to these restrictions. The purpose of this study was to assess the various strategies employed by residency programs to comply with work-hour restrictions with respect to the impact on the quality of(More)
PURPOSE Transperineal ultrasound (TPUS) allows for continuous imaging of the prostate gland, but the accuracy of TPUS has not been rigorously studied. We determined the feasibility of prostate imaging with TPUS and subsequently compared prostate localization with TPUS and computed tomography (CT). METHODS AND MATERIALS We completed 2 sequential(More)
Neoadjuvant systemic therapy (NST) for operable breast cancer can increase the options for conservative surgery in patients with breast cancer. We performed an analysis of a breast cancer outcomes database as a quality assessment of neoadjuvant therapy use in relation to breast conservative rate (BCR). Data were reviewed from a breast cancer database(More)
A small proportion of miscarriage specimens obtained by uterine evacuation exhibit increased perivillous fibrin/oid deposition (PVFD). To understand the significance of this finding, the authors reviewed cases from 5/20/02 to 11/10/04 in which surgical pathologists recognized this finding and documented it in their reports. Of 55 cases initially collected,(More)
Previous studies have suggested that excessive losses of FVC and FEV1 were occurring in Vermont granite workers despite the fact that mean quartz levels existing in the industry were below the current OSHA standard of 100 micrograms/m3. We reexamined these losses in granite workers over an 8-year period, testing the workforce biennially from 1979 to 1987.(More)
The issue of whether low levels of granite dust exposure lead to radiographic abnormalities after a lifetime of exposure has not been settled. In 1983, we carried out a radiographic survey of the Vermont granite industry, consisting of quarry and stone shed workers who had been exposed to the low dust levels prevailing in the industry since 1938 to 1940.(More)
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