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We report an unusual case of bilateral eyelid erythema caused by eyelash glue. A 22-year-old woman presented with a 3-day history of bilateral eyelid dermatitis after attaching false eyelashes by using latex-containing glue. Slit-lamp examination revealed erythema and swelling of the upper lids of both eyes. The skin prick test was positive for eyelash glue and her total tear IgE score was high. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of bilateral eyelid dermatitis caused by eyelash glue.

Concepts: Allergy, Eye, Skin, Greatest hits, Skin allergy test, Eyelid, Eyelash


BACKGROUND: While single-port laparoscopy for abdominal surgery is technically challenging, the Da Vinci Single-Site® robotic surgery platform may help to overcome some of the difficulties of this rapidly evolving technique. The authors of this article present a case of single-incision, robotic right colectomy using this device. METHODS: A 74-year-old female with malignant polyp of caecum was operated on with a single-site approach using the Da Vinci Single-Site® robotic surgery device. Resection and anastomosis were performed extra-corporeally after undocking the robot. RESULTS: The procedure was successfully completed in 200 min. No surgical complications occurred during the intervention and the post-operative stay and no conversion to laparotomy or additional trocars were required. CONCLUSIONS: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of right colectomy using the Da Vinci Single-Site® robotic surgery platform to be reported. The procedure is feasible and safe and its main advantages are restoration of triangulation and reduced instrument clashes. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Concepts: Surgery, John Wiley & Sons, Laparoscopic surgery, Greatest hits, Laparotomy, Robotic surgery, The Da Vinci Code, Leonardo da Vinci


We present a case of progressive disseminated histoplasmosis in an immunocompetent traveler. Histoplasmosis was acquired in South America; its manifestations included prolonged fever, splinter hemorrhages, erythema multiforme, arthritis, and mediastinal lymphadenopathy. To the best of our knowledge no splinter hemorrhages had previously been reported in a patient with histoplasmosis.

Concepts: Symptoms, Lymphadenopathy, Greatest hits albums, South America, Greatest hits, Histoplasmosis, Progressive disseminated histoplasmosis


The authors present a case of anterior sacral meningocoele demonstrating a clinical picture of cauda equina syndrome. To the best of our knowledge, such presentation has not yet been reported.

Concepts: Greatest hits albums, Greatest hits, Cauda equina, Cauda equina syndrome


Both enchondroma and atypical cartilaginous tumors (ACT) are not considered malignant, so inactive and asymptomatic tumors might not need surgery. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study that has been done to evaluate the natural course of conservative-treated enchondroma and ACT in the long bones.

Concepts: Bone, Cancer, Oncology, Medical terms, Greatest hits albums, Greatest hits, Radiohead


Research institutions could do more to support scientists who are pregnant or have young children.

Concepts: Greatest hits albums, Greatest hits


eLife is publishing a collection of articles and interviews with scientists who are parents to explore how to get the best of both worlds.

Concepts: Greatest hits albums, 2006 albums, Greatest hits, Compilation albums


Nanostructures are known to be exquisitely sensitive to the chemical environment and offer ultra-high sensitivity for gas-sensing. However, the fabrication and operation of devices that use individual nanostructures for sensing is complex, expensive and suffers from poor reliability due to contamination and large variability from sample-to-sample. By contrast, conventional solid-state and conducting-polymer sensors offer excellent reliability but suffer from reduced sensitivity at room-temperature. Here we report a macro graphene foam-like three-dimensional network which combines the best of both worlds. The walls of the foam are comprised of few-layer graphene sheets resulting in high sensitivity; we demonstrate parts-per-million level detection of NH(3) and NO(2) in air at room-temperature. Further, the foam is a mechanically robust and flexible macro-scale network that is easy to contact (without Lithography) and can rival the durability and affordability of traditional sensors. Moreover, Joule-heating expels chemisorbed molecules from the foam’s surface leading to fully-reversible and low-power operation.

Concepts: Graphene, Suffering, Greatest hits, Highly sensitive person


On a daily basis, healthcare providers, especially those dealing with terminally ill patients, such as hospice workers, witness how advance directives help ensure the wishes of patients. They also witness the deleterious consequences when patients fail to document the care they desire at their end of life. To the best of our knowledge there are no data concerning the prevalence of advance directives among hospice healthcare providers. We, therefore, explored the prevalence and factors influencing completion rates in a survey of hospice healthcare providers.

Concepts: Health care, Health care provider, Medicine, Medical ethics, Medical terms, Life, Illness, Greatest hits


Seniors need sufficient balance and strength to manage in daily life, and sufficient physical activity is required to achieve and maintain these abilities. This can be a challenge, but fun and motivational exergames can be of help. However, most commercial games are not suited for this age group for several reasons. Many usability studies and user-centered design (UCD) protocols have been developed and applied, but to the best of our knowledge none of them are focusing on seniors' use of games for physical activity. In GameUp, a European cofunded project, some prototype Kinect exergames to enhance the mobility of seniors were developed in a user-centered approach.

Concepts: Scientific method, Cultural studies, Design, Greatest hits, Usability, Interaction design, User-centered design, Usability testing