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Section Editor: Massoud Mahmoudi


Dr. Massoud Mahmoudi graduated from the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences/ Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994. He works in Los Gatos, CA and specializes in Allergy & Immunology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Mahmoudi is affiliated with El Camino Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital.

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  1. An infant with esophageal atresia (EA) had delayed diagnosis of proximal tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) and severe tracheomalacia. We recommend bronchoscopy via laryngeal mask or rigid bronchoscopy to rule ou...

    Authors: Candice Bjornson, Mary Brindle, JA Michelle Bailey, Ian Mitchell and Melissa Soles
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:113
  2. Despite some progress in the treatment of glioblastoma, most patients experience tumor recurrence. Imatinib mesylate, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor of platelet derived growth factor receptor-alpha and -beta, c-f...

    Authors: Marco Ronald Hassler, Mariam Vedadinejad, Birgit Flechl, Christine Haberler, Matthias Preusser, Johannes Andreas Hainfellner, Adelheid Wöhrer, Karin Ute Dieckmann, Karl Rössler, Richard Kast and Christine Marosi
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:111
  3. Open and laparoscopic tension-free techniques of hernia repair using synthetic meshes are a well-accepted practice with an excellent patient comfort and a low recurrence rate. It is well known that, direct con...

    Authors: Osman Nuri Dilek
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:107
  4. Patients with renal diseases associated with salt-losing tubulopathies categorized as Gitelman and classic form of Bartter syndrome have undergone genetic screening for possible mutation capture in two differe...

    Authors: Amar Al-Shibli, Madinah Yusuf, Issam Abounajab and Patrick J Willems
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:96
  5. Heart rate (HR) reduction is essential to achieve good image quality for cardiac computed tomography (CCT). We evaluated the efficacy of a bolus injection of landiolol, an ultra-short acting β-blocker, without...

    Authors: Yoshitaka Nakamura, Kyohei Yamaji, Tatsunori Saho, Zyousin Matsuzaki, Itsuo Yuda, Yoshimitsu Soga, Shinichi Shirai, Kenji Ando and Masakiyo Nobuyoshi
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:93
  6. In the context of the DAWN-2 initiatives, the BENCH-D Study aims to test a model of regional benchmarking to improve not only the quality of diabetes care, but also patient-centred outcomes.

    Authors: Antonio Nicolucci, Maria C Rossi, Fabio Pellegrini, Giuseppe Lucisano, Basilio Pintaudi, Sandro Gentile, Giampiero Marra, Soren E Skovlund and Giacomo Vespasiani
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:83
  7. Systematic evaluation of child and adolescent psychiatric outpatient treatment is important but time-consuming. The aim of this paper was to study whether Interactive Voice Response (IVR) is a more effective m...

    Authors: Claes Andersson, Susanne Danielsson, Gunilla Silfverberg-Dymling, Gunnel Löndahl and Björn Axel Johansson
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:77
  8. The purpose of this study was to investigate the utility incremental diagnostic value of combined assessment with coronary CT angiography (CCTA) and myocardial CT perfusion imaging (CTP) using dual-energy tech...

    Authors: Teruhito Kido, Kouki Watanabe, Hideyuki Saeki, Susumu Shigemi, Takeshi Matsuda, Masaya Yamamoto, Akira Kurata, Rene Epunza Kanza, Toshihide Itoh and Teruhito Mochizuki
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:75
  9. Mesenteric panniculitis is a chronic inflammatory process involving the adipose tissue of the mesentery. The etiology is unknown, and it is rare in children. We report a 5 year old girl who presented with abdo...

    Authors: Nisreen Rumman, George Rumman, Barakat Sharabati, Rami Zagha and Nimer Disi
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:73
  10. A 65-year-old Japanese male with therapy-related myelodysplastic syndrome was admitted for unrelated cord blood transplantation. A cord blood unit from a male donor was obtained from the Japan Cord Blood Bank ...

    Authors: Kuniki Kawaguchi, Takayuki Nakamura, Masayuki Nohara, Satoko Koteda, Kei Nomura, Satoshi Morishige, Eijiro Oku, Rie Imamura, Fumihiko Mouri, Ritsuko Seki, Koichi Osaki, Michitoshi Hashiguchi, Kohji Yoshimoto, Koji Nagafuji and Takashi Okamura
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:72
  11. Aortography for detecting hemorrhage is limited when determining the catheter treatment strategy because the artery responsible for hemorrhage commonly overlaps organs and non-responsible arteries. Selective c...

    Authors: Hiroki Minamiguchi, Nobuyuki Kawai, Morio Sato, Akira Ikoma, Hiroki Sanda, Kouhei Nakata, Fumihiro Tanaka, Motoki Nakai, Tetsuo Sonomura, Kazuhiro Murotani, Seiki Hosokawa and Tadayoshi Nishioku
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:67
  12. An association of cigarette smoking with breast cancer risk has been hypothesized. However, results from previous studies have been inconsistent. This case-control study investigated the association of cigaret...

    Authors: Yoshikazu Nishino, Yuko Minami, Masaaki Kawai, Kayoko Fukamachi, Ikuro Sato, Noriaki Ohuchi and Yoichiro Kakugawa
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:65
  13. Cluster headache is a primary headache by definition not caused by any known underlying structural pathology. Symptomatic cases have been described, for example tumours, dissections and infections, but a causa...

    Authors: Bengt Edvardsson
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:64
  14. In management of patients with pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis, organism isolation by biopsy is generally considered to be of primary importance when constructing a treatment plan. In our clinical practice, h...

    Authors: Toshiya Tachibana, Tokuhide Moriyama, Keishi Maruo, Shinichi Inoue and Shinichi Yoshiya
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:62
  15. In 1987, a group infection of hepatitis in patients receiving a contaminated fibrinogen product was first reported to the Japanese regulatory agency. Eventually, this serious drug incident involved more than 1...

    Authors: Hisashi Urushihara, Gen Kobashi, Hideaki Masuda, Setsuko Taneichi, Michiko Yamamoto, Takeo Nakayama, Koji Kawakami, Tsutomu Matsuda, Kaori Ohta and Hiroki Sugimori
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:51
  16. Mycosis Fungoides (MF) is a rare malignant T-cell lymphoma, involving mainly the skin. In 50%–75% of cases, it can involve organs other than skin, with a 11%–14% Central Nervous System involvement (CNS).

    Authors: Elisa Giorli, Elisabetta Traverso, Luana Benedetti, Simona Zupo, Bruno Del Sette, Giannamaria Cerruti and Massimiliano Godani
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:29
  17. This study explores the effect of age and chronic conditions on public perceptions of the health system, as measured by the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of healthcare, in the province of Alberta in Canada...

    Authors: Abu Sadat Nurullah, Herbert C Northcott and Michael D Harvey
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:28
  18. To prospectively evaluate the role of fluorescence-guided cystoscopy in a high-risk bladder cancer population undergoing screening based on a multi-marker panel of urine-tests (UroScreen-study).

    Authors: Marcus Horstmann, Severine Banek, Georgios Gakis, Tilman Todenhöfer, Stefan Aufderklamm, Joerg Hennenlotter, Arnulf Stenzl and Christian Schwentner
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:24
  19. Painful plantar heel spur (PPHS) is a benign disorder with painful heels as a result of plantar calcaneal bone spur. Exact etiological factors are still unclear. Treatment typically consists of osteoarthritis ...

    Authors: Timur Koca, Ayşen Aydın, Duygu Sezen, Hamit Başaran and Sibel Karaca
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:21
  20. We present a case of endoscopically unmanageable hemorrhagic diverticulum in the ascending duodenum. The ventral and dorsal walls of the ascending duodenum were supplied from the first jejunal artery (1JA) and...

    Authors: Hiroki H Sanda, Nobuyuki N Kawai, Morio M Sato, Fumihiro F Tanaka, Kouhei K Nakata, Hiroki H Minamiguchi, Motoki M Nakai and Tetsuo T Sonomura
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:17
  21. Chemotherapy for lung cancer can have a detrimental effect on white blood cell (WBC) and red blood cell (RBC) counts. Physical exercise may have a role in improving WBCs and RBCs, although few studies have exa...

    Authors: Kristina H Karvinen, David Esposito, Thomas D Raedeke, Joshua Vick and Paul R Walker
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:15
  22. Fibrates are used especially in patients with hypertriglyceridaemia, a feature of the metabolic syndrome. Elevated LFTs are often observed in these patients perhaps related to fatty infiltration.

    Authors: Nirav Gandhi, Richard Lenton, Mithun Bhartia, Ahmed Abbas, Jessie Raju and Sudarshan Ramachandran
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:14
  23. The aim of this experimental animal model study is to investigate the effects of caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) and melatonin on the maturation of newly-formed regenerated bone in distraction osteogenesis.

    Authors: Mehmet Erdem, Deniz Gulabi, Cengiz Sen, Seyit Ahmet Sahin and Ergun Bozdag
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:8
  24. Dose escalation and modification of CHOP has improved the prognosis of patients with aggressive lymphoma; even in the rituximab era, dose escalation for high-risk patients is exploited and frequently limited b...

    Authors: Karin Hohloch, Carsten Zwick, Marita Ziepert, Dirk Hasenclever, Ulrich Kaiser, Andreas Engert, Heinz-Gert Höffkes, Frank Kroschinsky, Rolf Mesters, Andreas C Feller, Markus Löffler, Lorenz Trümper and Michael Pfreundschuh
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:5
  25. Pulmonary complications in patients with hematological malignancies are often caused by infection but are sometimes associated with an underlying disease such as organizing pneumonia (OP). Here, we report a ca...

    Authors: Takeru Asano, Nobuharu Fujii, Daigo Niiya, Hisakazu Nishimori, Keiko Fujii, Ken-ichi Matsuoka, Koichi Ichimura, Toshihisa Hamada, Eisei Kondo, Yoshinobu Maeda, Yasushi Tanimoto, Katsuji Shinagawa and Mitsune Tanimoto
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:3
  26. Surgery for pelvic organ prolapse is a common surgical procedure. There is little research studying post-operative pain, contrasting with extensive literature on pain after childbirth trauma which shows that s...

    Authors: Turlough Maguire, Christopher Mayne, Janet Willars and Douglas Tincello
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:1
  27. Empiric therapy of inpatient skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) generally require methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) coverage. Limited data are available to directly compare the effect of ini...

    Authors: Ewa Szczypinska, Alexander Velazquez, Diana Salazar, C Andrew DeRyke, Beata Raczynski and Mark R Wallace
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:696
  28. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) ranges from simple steatosis to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH, which is accompanied by increased oxidative stress and inflammation in the liver, is associ...

    Authors: Takafumi Sumi, Yohei Shirakami, Masahito Shimizu, Takahiro Kochi, Tomohiko Ohno, Masaya Kubota, Makoto Shiraki, Hisashi Tsurumi, Takuji Tanaka and Hisataka Moriwaki
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:690
  29. Mutations of the proto-oncogene BRAF have been described in many cancers. Mutated BRAF causes overactive downstream signaling via MEK and ERK leading to excessive cell proliferation and survival. Their identif...

    Authors: Sabrina Boyrie, Isabelle Fauquet, Michel Rives, Caroline Genebes and Jean-Pierre Delord
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:679
  30. There is an overall paucity of data regarding the outcomes of patients with acetaminophen-associated toxic hepatitis in Taiwan. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to recruit a larger number of patients a...

    Authors: Yi-Chou Hou, Ja-Liang Lin, Wen-Hung Huang, Cheng-Hao Weng, Shen-Yang Lee, Ching-Wei Hsu, I-Kuan Wang, Chih-Chia Liang, Chiz-Tzung Chang, Wey-Ran Lin and Tzung-Hai Yen
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:674
  31. Guava (Psidium guajava L) is native to South America and exists as both wild and cultivated. Guava has been used as a source of food and raw materials for pharmaceuticals. The aim of this study was to determine b...

    Authors: Mercy Liharaka Kidaha, Amos Emitati Alakonya and Aggrey Benard Nyende
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:670
  32. Nasal obstruction is a primary symptom of common upper respiratory tract disorders. In clinical practice nasal saline solutions are recommended for the cleansing of nasal cavities and relieving nasal symptoms.

    Authors: Desiderio Passali, Jacopo Cambi, Francesco Maria Passali and Luisa Bellussi
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:668
  33. We retrospectively evaluated our experience of transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) of the sacral GCT with use of a spherical permanent embolic agent, superabsorbant polymer microsphere (SAP-MS) as an alt...

    Authors: Katsuyuki Nakanishi, Keigo Osuga, Shinichi Hori, Kenichiro Hamada, Nobuyuki Hashimoto, Nobuhito Araki, Hideki Yoshikawa and Noriyuki Tomiyama
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:666
  34. Little is known about differences in amounts of antioxidants or oxidative stress at different stages of knee osteoarthritis. This study investigated the relationship between concentrations of antioxidants, iro...

    Authors: Chayanin Angthong, Noppawan Phumala Morales, Werasak Sutipornpalangkul, Anuwat Khadsongkram, Piya Pinsornsak and Boonchana Pongcharoen
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:652
  35. Granular cell tumor (GCT) is a rare and usually benign lesion of neural / schwannian origin, most frequently found in middle-age women. The appendicular involvement is extremely rare: in over half a century on...

    Authors: Luca Roncati, Gianrocco Manco, Sebastiano Italia, Giuseppe Barbolini, Antonio Maiorana and Aldo Rossi
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:649
  36. Inspissated bile syndrome in a 6 week old boy was unresponsive to oral ursodesoxycholic acid. Intraoperative cholangiography revealed complete obstruction of the common bile duct. Therefore, the gallbladder fu...

    Authors: Steffen Berger, Susanne Schibli, Enno Stranzinger and Dietmar Cholewa
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:648
  37. The management and removal of thoracostomy tubes for trauma-related hemothorax and pneumothorax is controversial. General recommendations exist; however, institutional data related to an algorithmic approach h...

    Authors: Mersadies Martin, Cory T Schall, Cheryl Anderson, Nicole Kopari, Alan T Davis, Penny Stevens, Pam Haan, John P Kepros and Benjamin D Mosher
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:642
  38. The difference in predictors of bacteremia between elderly and non-elderly patients is unclear despite the aging of society. The objective was to determine predictors of bacteremia among elderly patients aged ...

    Authors: Tomohiro Taniguchi, Sanefumi Tsuha, Yoshihiro Takayama and Soichi Shiiki
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:624
  39. Dienogest is a novel synthesized progestin used for treatment of endometriosis. This is the first case report describing a therapeutic effect of dienogest on a gynecologic malignancy. The patient was a 44-year...

    Authors: Nobutaka Tasaka, Koji Matsumoto, Toyomi Satoh, Takeo Minaguchi, Mamiko Onuki, Hiroyuki Ochi, Yumiko O Tanaka, Akiko Sakata, Masayuki Noguchi and Hiroyuki Yoshikawa
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:618