Spinmaster Lands on Virtual Console

The Virtual Console may be picking up a small glimmer of life, assuming titles like Spinmaster keep being released. Developed exclusively for the Neo Geo MVS and AES systems, Spinmasters may be one of the most colorful platformers ever released. The heavy, weighted shading used for the sprites is truly remarkable, delivering intense color depth and style to a game with admittedly little freshness otherwise.

Players control one of two cowboy-like characters as they traverse all of the usual video game perils, with a design from the same people who gave us Joe & Mac. The main weapon is, of all things, a yo-yo, inspiring flashbacks of Yo-Noid! on the NES. Other power-ups includes bombs and ice shards, blasting enemies off the stage with kid-friendly reactions as they fly off the stage.

For an arcade game, Spinmasters is a breeze, minimal difficulty but with plenty of replayability. With around 30 or so minutes of playtime, Spinmasters isn’t long, but it’s everything platformers of the era were about, with the addition of those massive sprites and smooth mechanics.

For 900 Wii Points, it’s much preferred over the current $150 for the original home cart.

Researchers at Far Eastern Memorial Hospital target langerhans-cell histiocytosis. website langerhans cell histiocytosis

Biotech Week October 28, 2009 According to recent research from Taipei, Taiwan, “We report an extremely rare case of Langerhans’ cell histiocytosis involving isolated cervical lymph nodes, and we discuss the diagnosis and treatment of this infrequent disease. We present a case report and literature review concerning this disease entity.” “A 54-year-old man presented with persistent, multiple, left neck masses. Histopathological study of lymph node specimens showed proliferation of Langerhans’ cells coupled with eosinophilic and neutrophilic microabscesses. Positive immunohistochemical staining for Cluster of Differentiation la (CD1a) in Langerhans’ cells confirmed the diagnosis. No other abnormalities were noted on a series of image studies. The patient was managed with ‘watchful waiting’ without subsequent therapy. The neck lesions regressed gradually over time, and the patient did well over a two-year follow-up period. The clinical presentation of Langerhans’ cell histiocytosis is highly variable, and the choice of treatment depends on the involved organs. Definitive diagnosis depends on identification of characteristic immunohistochemical or ultrastructural features of the biopsy specimen,” wrote W.C. Lo and colleagues, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital (see also Langerhans-Cell Histiocytosis). in our site langerhans cell histiocytosis

The researchers concluded: “Watchful waiting may be an effective management strategy in cases of adult isolated lymph node Langerhans’ cell histiocytosis, due to its possible spontaneous regression.” Lo and colleagues published their study in the Journal of Laryngology and Otology (Isolated adult Langerhans’ cell histiocytosis in cervical lymph nodes: should it be treated? Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 2009;123(9):1055-1057).

For additional information, contact P.W. Cheng, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, Dept. of Otolaryngology, 21, Sect 2, Nan Ya S Rd., Taipei 220, Taiwan.

Publisher contact information for the Journal of Laryngology and Otology is: Cambridge University Press, Edinburgh Bldg, Shaftesbury Rd., CB2 8RU Cambridge, England.

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