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Fernandez-Fairen M.,Institute Cirugia Ortopedica Y Traumatologia Of Barcelona | Hernandez-Vaquero D.,Hospital de San Agustin | Murcia A.,Hospital de Cabuenes | Torres A.,Hospital Universitario Santa Lucia | Llopis R.,Hospital Universitario Santa Cristina
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research | Year: 2013

Background: Porous tantalum is an option of cementless fixation for TKA, but there is no randomized comparison with a cemented implant in a mid-term followup. Questions/purposes: We asked whether a tibial component fixed by a porous tantalum system might achieve (1) better clinical outcome as reflected by the Knee Society Score (KSS) and WOMAC Osteoarthritis Index, (2) fewer complications and reoperations, and (3) improved radiographic results with respect to aseptic loosening compared with a conventional cemented implant. Methods: We randomized 145 patients into two groups, either a porous tantalum cementless tibial component group (Group 1) or cemented conventional tibial component in posterior cruciate retaining TKA group (Group 2). Patients were evaluated preoperatively and 15 days, 6 months, and 5 years after surgery, using the KSS and the WOMAC index. Complications, reoperations, and radiographic failures were tallied. Results: At 5-year followup the KSS mean was 90.4 (range, 68-100; 95% CI, ± 1.6) for Group 1, and 86.5 (range, 56-99; 95% CI, ± 2.4) for Group 2. The effect size, at 95% CI for the difference between means, was 3.88 ± 2.87. The WOMAC mean was 15.1 (range, 0-51; 95% CI, ± 2.6) for the Group 1, and 19.1 (range, 4-61; 95% CI, ± 2.9) for Group 2. The effect size for WOMAC was -4.0 ± 3.9. There were no differences in the frequency of complications or in aseptic loosening between the two groups. Conclusions: Our data suggest there are small differences between the uncemented porous tantalum tibial component and the conventional cemented tibial component. It currently is undetermined whether the differences outweigh the cost of the implant and the results of their long-term performance. Level of Evidence: Level I, therapeutic study. See Instructions to Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence. © 2013 The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons®. Source


Miar A.,University of Oviedo | Miar A.,Instituto Universitario Oncologico Del Principado Of Asturias Iuopa | Hevia D.,University of Oviedo | Hevia D.,Instituto Universitario Oncologico Del Principado Of Asturias Iuopa | And 8 more authors.
Free Radical Biology and Medicine | Year: 2015

The role of manganese-dependent superoxide dismutase (SOD2/MnSOD) during tumor progression has been studied for several decades with controversial results. While SOD2 downregulation was initially associated with tumor initiation and was proposed as a tumor suppressor gene, recent studies have reported that SOD2 might favor tumor progression and dissemination. To our knowledge this is the first time that changes in SOD2 expression in three different types of tumors, i.e., prostate, lung, and colon cancer, are studied by analyzing both SOD2 mRNA and protein levels in a total of 246 patients samples. In prostate samples, SOD2 protein levels were also increased, especially in middle stage tumors. In the case of colon and lung tumors both mRNA and protein SOD2 levels were increased in malignant tissues compared to those in nontumor samples. More importantly, all metastases analyzed showed increased levels of SOD2 when compared to those of normal primary tissue and healthy adjacent tissue. Together, these results suggest that a common redox imbalance in these three types of tumor occurs at intermediate stages which then might favor migration and invasion, leading to a more aggressive cancer type. Consequently, the ratios SOD2/catalase and SOD2/Gpx1 could be considered as potential markers during progression from tumor growth to metastasis. © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source


Alamo-Junquera D.,University Pompeu Fabra | Sunyer J.,Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology | Sunyer J.,Institute Municipal dInvestigacio Medica Hospital Del Mar | Sunyer J.,University Pompeu Fabra | And 16 more authors.
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology | Year: 2015

Objective We sought to assess the association between prenatal head growth and child neuropsychological development in the general population. Study Design We evaluated 2104 children at the age of 14 months from a population-based birth cohort in Spain. Head circumference (HC) was measured by ultrasound examinations at weeks 12, 20, and 34 of gestation and by a nurse at birth. Head growth was assessed using conditional SD scores between weeks 12-20 and 20-34. Trained psychologists assessed neuropsychological functioning using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development. Head size measurements at birth were transformed into a 3-category variable: microcephalic (<10th percentile), normocephalic (<10th and <90th percentile), and macrocephalic (<90th percentile) based on the cohort distribution. P values <.05 were considered statistically significant. Results No overall associations were observed between HC or head growth and mental and psychomotor scores. In particular, no associations were found between HC at birth and mental scores (coefficient, 0.04; 95% confidence interval, -0.02 to 0.09) and between interval head growth (20-34 weeks) and mental scores (0.31; 95% confidence interval, -0.36 to 0.99). Upon stratification by microcephalic, normocephalic, or macrocephalic head size, results were imprecise, although there were some significant associations in the microcephalic and macrocephalic groups. Adjustment by various child and maternal cofactors did not affect results. The minimum sample size required for present study was 883 patients (β = 2, α = 0.05, power = 0.80). Conclusion Overall prenatal and perinatal HC was not associated with 14-month-old neuropsychological development. Findings suggest HC growth during uterine life among healthy infants may not be an important marker of early-life neurodevelopment but may be marginally useful with specific populations. © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source

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