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One of the major challenges for chemistry in the opening years of the new millennium is therefore the development of new methods for the clean production of these chemicals generic skelaxin 400mg with amex. In the last few years a new purchase 400mg skelaxin with mastercard, intrinsically more powerful approach has been pioneered. Green chemis- try, as it has been called, involves the redesign of chemistry, such that the desired products from a reaction are obtained without generating waste. This massive undertaking involves a wide range of approaches, from the 59 60 D. MACQUARRIE invention of new reactions to developing new catalysts (chemicals which are themselves not used up in the reaction, but which allow the reaction partners to be transformed more rapidly, using less energy, and often more selectively, generating fewer byproducts) which allow more selective reac- tion to take place, to biotransformations and novel engineering concepts, all of which can also be used to minimise waste. Catalysts can sometimes be developed which allow inherently clean reactions to be invented. A very important part of such an undertaking is to be clear about what stages of a chemical process generate the most waste. Often this is found to be the separation stage, after the transformation of reactants to products, where all the various components of the final mixture are separated and purified. Approaches to chemical reactions which help to simplify this step are particularly powerful. This is an area of chemistry where the catalysts used are typ- ically solids, and the reactants are all in the liquid or gas phase. The catalyst can speed up the reaction, increase the selectivity of the reaction, and then be easily recovered by filtration from the liquid, and reused. One of the newest areas in the realm of catalysis is that of tailored mesoporous materials, which are finding many uses as highly selective cat- alysts in a range of applications. A mesoporous material is one which has cavities and channels (pores) in the range of 2–5nm (a nanometre is 10 9m) – for comparison, a typical chemical bond is of the order of 0. Such mesoporous mate- rials can be thought of as being analogous to the zeolites, which came to prominence in the 1960s. Zeolites are highly structured microporous inor- ganic solids (pores 2nm), which contain pores of very well defined sizes, in which catalytic groups are situated. A wide range of zeolites is known, each having different pore sizes and channel dimensions. For example, many of the components of petrol are prepared using zeolites, as are precursors for terephthalic acid, used for the manufacture of PET bottles, processes in which millions of tonnes of material is produced annually. Zeolites are prepared by the linking of basic structural units around a template molecule. The structural units are typically based on oxides of silicon and aluminium, and the templates are usually individual small molecules. Under the right conditions, the silicon and aluminium oxide precursors will link up around the template to form a crystalline three- dimensional matrix containing the template molecules. Representation of the pore structure of HZSM5, one of the most important zeolites industrially. The vertical cylinders represent one pore network, and the other cylinders an interconnecting network. The narrow pores, and their almost complete uniformity, means that only some molecules can enter. Others are excluded, and cannot react at the active sites, which are found within the structure. Thus, the reactivity of a molecule is determined by its shape and size, rather than by its electronic properties. Such a situation is almost unique, with the only exception being enzymes, where molecules must fit into the enzyme active site in order to react. This leaves a highly regular structure which has holes where the template molecules used to be. It is in these pores and cages, also of very regular size and shape, that the catalytically active groups can be found (Figures 4. As we will see, it is this exceptional degree of regularity which is the key to the success of these materials.

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All patients with congenital myopathy should have a baseline evaluation of their respiratory status generic 400mg skelaxin free shipping. Children with a vital capacity of less than 50% of their pre- dicted value should be evaluated at least annually discount skelaxin 400 mg without a prescription. Evaluations include lung function testing (vital capacity, FEV1, and maximal inspiratory and expiratory pressures), waking and sleep oximetry and capnography, and an assessment of bulbar function. Respiratory infections should be treated early and aggressively, including antibiotics where indicated. Some children will require short-term assisted ventilation during intercurrent illness. The patient and their family should be educated with respect to the possibility of ultimate respiratory insufficiency and options for home mechanical ventilation. Indications for ventilatory support include CO2 retention (pCO2> 50 mmHg), chronic hypoxia (pO2 < 90 mmHg), very restricted vital capacity for size (less than 1 L in adults), and recurrent pneumonia. The preferred method of home mechanical ventilation will depend on the clinical status of the patient, the rate of progression and the natural history of the underlying disorder, and should be determined in con- junction with an experienced physician, the patient and their family. Options include bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) by nasal or facial mask and tracheostomal ventilation if noninvasive means are not feasible. The institution of home ventilation may not be appropriate in all cases. Aggressive management is commonly more appropriate for the older child, for whom assisted ventilation will often result in marked improvement in quality of life. Feeding Difficulties Inability to feed sufficiently to sustain weight and growth, necessitating gavage feed- ing, is common in newborn infants with congenital myopathy. In others persisting feeding difficulties even- tually necessitate insertion of a gastrostomy tube, with or without fundoplication. In older patients bulbar dysfunction can cause chewing and swallowing difficulties and recurrent aspiration, and in combination with facial weakness may cause dysarthria and poor control of secretions. Ideally, such a program should become integrated into the child’s day-to-day activities. Orthotics, splinting and serial casting may be necessary for mild joint contractures. Surgical release may be indicated for contractures that do not respond to aggressive physiotherapy. All patients with congenital myopathy should be monitored for the develop- ment of scoliosis and kyphosis. Progressive spinal deformity can cause pain, impede motor function and independence, and further compromise respiratory function. Spinal bracing does not cor- rect, prevent or reverse spinal curvature but may improve sitting stability and is an option in nonambulatory children. Surgery is indicated if the curve is progressing, pulmonary function is impaired, and spinal fusion is unlikely to impair motor func- tion. The most important factors related to the timing of surgery are a persisting degree of flexibility of the spine and a stable pulmonary forced vital capacity that is more than 30% predicted value. PROGNOSIS Most of the congenital myopathies are static or slowly progressive disorders. Man- agement of these conditions is predicated on prediction and prevention of disease complications. Over the next few years, it is likely that genetic loci for the majority of congenital myopathies will be identified, in the first step towards a better under- standing of the pathogenesis of these disorders, and the development of curative rather than symptomatic therapies. INTRODUCTION Spinal muscular atrophy is a term applied to both a specific and common disorder, and to a group of related but individually rare disorders. The specific, common dis- order is also known as childhood spinal muscular atrophy, proximal spinal muscular atrophy, and historically has been broken up into several subgroups labeled SMA 1 (Werdnig Hoffmann disease), SMA 2 (intermediate childhood SMA), and SMA 3 (Kugelberg Welander disease). All of these labels refer to a recessively inherited genetic disorder caused by mutation of the survival motor neuron gene, SMN.

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Ellis had just seen the last patient at strator of pathology and his knowledge of this his fracture clinic at St skelaxin 400mg otc. As an orthopedic surgeon discount 400 mg skelaxin with visa, Elmslie was one of the greatest of his day, next only to Robert Jones and perhaps Tubby. His ability to think clearly, his wisdom, imperturbability and admirable judg- ment were his powerful assets. Indeed the writer has never worked with anyone whose judgment always proved so sound; it seemed that he was incapable of being wrong. He was a competent and neat operator who devized several first-class procedures. His only expressed vanity was to pride himself on sewing skin in, as he put it, “the manner of those who know best how to sew— women. He was in great demand for committee work in his own hospital, government departments, the Royal College of Surgeons (on the council of which he served from 1933 until his death), the British Orthopedic Association, the British Medical Association, the Chartered Society of Physiother- 96 Who’s Who in Orthopedics apy, and the Central Council for the Care of Crip- second year of residency at the Pennsylvania ples. His clear and logical exposition before the Crippled Children’s Hospital in Elizabethtown, Select Committee of the House of Lords is said he decided that working with crippled children to have carried the greatest weight in deciding the was to be his specialty. As a man, Elmslie lacked the warmth Washington, DC area and began his practice, of Robert Jones, whose friend and admirer he which was to continue until his retirement in always was. He started as assistant to another physician, reserve did not prevent him inspiring the greatest but he was impatient to do more work with crip- enthusiasm and devotion in his pupils, which pled children and saw a glaring need for such they still retain. The area had no facilities that special- ized in orthopedic deformities, which were far more common in the past than they are today. Poliomyelitis was a major problem, and club foot, dislocated hips, osteomyelitis, and curvature of the spine also contributed to the need for recon- structive surgeons and long-term hospital care. Engh opened his own practice in 1938, in his home in Alexandria, Virginia, but he had a desire to own a clinic or hospital. He bought land in Arlington and established offices, which he called the Anderson Clinic. He also established a crippled children’s program through the Arlington Health Department. Previously, such children, especially in rural areas, were being seen only once or twice a year, and few operations were being done. In addi- tion, he instituted community-based clinics for handicapped children at Gallinger Hospital (now DC General Hospital) in Washington and at Arlington Hospital in Arlington. Engh traveled throughout the metropolitan Washington area to see patients at a half-dozen Otto Anderson ENGH hospitals, frequently taking his wife and three 1904–1988 children with him on weekends. Engh converted the physical- Otto Engh was a native of Johnstown, Pennsyl- therapy floor of the Anderson Clinic into an 18- vania. One of six sons of immigrants—his father, bed hospital, complete with iron lungs, to treat a foreman in a steel mill, had come from Sweden, victims of poliomyelitis, because of the desperate and his mother from Norway—he and his broth- need for beds for such patients. The construction ers were given the middle name of Anderson, of an entire hospital for orthopedic surgery fol- which had been their father’s name before he lowed a few years later. In the 1950s, the hospital’s name was musician; he almost became a professional changed to the National Hospital for Orthopedics performer, but his wife encouraged him to pursue and Rehabilitation, new wings were added, and his medical career. Engh received his medical degree from and early 1960s, the hospital was designated Temple University, Philadelphia. During his by the federal government to serve as a pilot 97 Who’s Who in Orthopedics demonstration project on rehabilitation. The hos- world and art books in which pictures of defor- pital remains a private, non-profit institution. Engh served as President of the Virginia Orthopedic Society, the District of Columbia Orthopedic Society, and the Alexandria Medical Society. He was Chief of Staff at Alexandria Hospital as well as at the National Hospital for Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. Engh was a distinguished orthopedic surgeon and a leader in the field of orthopedics. He is particularly remembered in his community for his early work with children who were crip- pled by poliomyelitis, his founding of the National Hospital for Orthopedics and Rehabili- tation, and the Anderson Clinic, a practice that continues under the direction of his two sons. Otto Anderson Engh died at his home in Falls Church, Virginia, on April 11, 1988.

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Carbamazepine has also been used to treat chorea order skelaxin 400 mg amex, but its mechanism of action is unknown cheap 400mg skelaxin with amex. Some authors have postulated that it stimulates cholinergic pathways and others have implicated structural similarity to tricyclic antidepressants and phenothiazines. Surgical Therapy Surgical approaches for the treatment of chorea are unproven. Deep brain stimula- tion (DBS) of the thalamus and pallidotomy have been performed in a small number of cases with mixed results. Chorea in Children 137 Therapy in Sydenham’s Chorea Since treatment is symptomatic and not curative, the decision to initiate therapy in patients with SC is based on the degree of patient disability, whether due to chorea, behavioral, or psychiatric symptoms. Numerous neuropsychiatric problems are seen in association with SC, including emotional lability, irritability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and psycho- sis, and specific therapy may be required to address these issues (see appropriate chapters). Studies in patients with SC have shown improvement of chorea with the use of anticonvulsants. In limited trials, there were no significant differences between val- proic acid and carbamazepine in the time to clinical improvement, time to complete remission, duration of therapy, or recurrence rates. Other therapies have included neuroleptics, such as haldol and pimozide. In most patients, chorea improved dra- matically and the duration of therapy, although variable, ranged from 3 to 6 months. Immunomodulatory therapies, such as corticosteroids, plasmapheresis, and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), have been used to treat SC. Case reports and retrospec- tive reviews of corticosteroid therapy in SC suggest that they may shorten the time to recovery. These data, however, should be interpreted with caution, because there were few studies and these were retrospective or uncontrolled. A prospective, uncon- trolled trial of intravenous methylprednisolone followed by oral prednisone for refractory SC was just published (Cardoso). Several patients with recalcitrant SC have received IVIG or plasmapheresis ther- apy, the latter resulting in fewer recurrences of chorea. In summary, because patient numbers are so small, firm conclusions cannot be drawn regarding the efficacy of immunomodulatory therapies. The only clear consensus in the treatment of SC is the recommendation for prophylactic penicillin to prevent re-infection with group A beta-hemolytic strepto- coccus (GABHS) and potential cardiac problems. Secondary prophylaxis with peni- cillin has been shown to prevent the recurrence of rheumatic fever and chorea. For dosing and additional information, consult the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. PROGNOSIS Prognosis for children with chorea clearly depends upon its etiology. Chorea second- ary to a cerebral infarction is unlikely to remit, whereas chorea secondary to medica- tion often subsides soon after the medication is withdrawn. The natural history of Sydenham’s chorea presents symptoms for 3–6 months followed by spontaneous remission; the recurrence rate for SC is between 10% and 25%. Clinicians obviously must be mindful of an individual patient’s prognosis when counseling families about the risks and benefits of treatment. SUMMARY Chorea, particularly Sydenham’s chorea, remains an important public health problem in many parts of the world. Chorea is among the most challenging 138 Jordan and Singer neurologic disorders to treat. There is still no consensus regarding appropriate treatment other than penicillin prophylaxis for SC. A decision to treat chorea should be based upon patient disability and an awareness of the risk-benefit and side effect profiles of the various treatment options. Studies to date are limited and comprise primarily case reports and retrospective reviews. The limited data, however, support pharmacologic therapy as the logical first step, with anticonvulsants such as valproic acid or carbamazepine as the initial drugs of choice in most circumstances. Polytherapy may be necessary, and rational drug combinations would include a dopamine receptor blocker (higher risk of tardive dyskinesia) or a GABAmimetic drug such as clonazepam. Additional large, randomized, controlled studies are needed to further explore therapy for chorea.

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