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1.  Trends in Post-mastectomy Reconstruction: A SEER Database Analysis 
Journal of surgical oncology  2013;108(3):163-168.
Background and Objectives
This study was performed to investigate recent trends and factors associated with immediate breast reconstruction (IBR) using a large population-based registry. We hypothesized that rates of IBR have increased since passage of the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998.
The SEER (Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results) database was used to evaluate Stage I–III breast cancer (BC) patients who underwent total mastectomy from 1998–2008. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to study predictors of IBR.
Of 112,348 patients with BC treated by mastectomy, 18,001 (16%) had IBR. Rates of IBR increased significantly from 1998–2008 (p<0.0001). Use of IBR significantly decreased as patient age increased (p<0.0001), as stage increased (p<0.0001), and as the number of positive lymph nodes increased (p<0.0001). Estrogen receptor +/progesterone receptor + (ER+/PR+) patients had significantly higher IBR rates than ER−/PR− patients (p<0.0001). IBR was used in 3615 of 25,823 (14.0%) of patients having post-mastectomy radiation (XRT) and in 14,188 of 86,513 (16.4%) of those not having XRT (p<0.0001).
The utilization of IBR has increased significantly over the last decade. IBR was found to be significantly associated with age, race, geographical region, stage, ER, grade, LN status, and XRT (p<0.0001).
PMCID: PMC4035023  PMID: 23861196
SEER; breast cancer; mastectomy; immediate breast reconstruction
2.  Use of Sugar on the Healing of Diabetic Ulcers: A Review 
With the advent of several innovative wound care management tools, the choice of products and treatment modalities available to clinicians continues to expand. High costs associated with wound care, especially diabetic foot wounds, make it important for clinician scientists to research alternative therapies and optimally incorporate them into wound care protocols appropriately. This article reviews using sugar as a treatment option in diabetic foot care and provides a guide to its appropriate use in healing foot ulcers. In addition to a clinical case study, the physiological significance and advantages of sugar are discussed.
PMCID: PMC2956799  PMID: 20920433
diabetic foot ulcers; sugar; wound healing
3.  The Micrograft Concept for Wound Healing: Strategies and Applications 
The standard of care for wound coverage is to use an autologous skin graft. However, large or chronic wounds become an exceptionally challenging problem especially when donor sites are limited. It is important that the clinician be aware of various treatment modalities for wound care and incorporate those methods appropriately in the proper clinical context. This report reviews an alternative to traditional meshed skin grafting for wound coverage: micrografting. The physiological concept of micrografting, along with historical context, and the evolution of the technique are discussed, as well as studies needed for micrograft characterization and future applications of the technique.
PMCID: PMC2909510  PMID: 20663442
diabetic foot ulcers; micrografting; wound healing

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