Alicia Giron

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Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) breathing can be delivered using the demand-flow (DF) or continuous-flow (CF) system. A modified CF system, the flow-by (FB) system, operates with preset base-flow (BF) values between 5 and 20 L/min. The DF depends on changes in pressure for opening the pneumatic valve of the system (pressure sensitivity). In(More)
In hamsters, acute cigarette smoke inhalation increased serum levels of the hormone calcitonin; and, in humans, smoking of two high-nicotine content cigarettes increased serum and urine levels of this hormone. The source of this immunoreactive calcitonin (iCT) does not appear to be the thyroid gland, since previously thyroidectomized patients demonstrated a(More)
The objective of the present study was to determine if patients with COPD who were taking Theo-Dur bid or tid (total dose 400 to 900 mg per day) could be safely switched to Uni-Dur, 800 mg given qd at bedtime. Twenty-eight patients were enrolled in the study, and 23 completed the study. The mean daily dose of theophylline prior to the study was 828 mg,(More)
We have previously shown that the exercise performance of patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be increased with the administration of oral morphine (0.8 mg.kg-1). The purpose of this study was to determine whether the administration of dextromethorphan (DXT), an antitussive structurally similar to codeine, would result in(More)
Pioneering scientific information in underdeveloped areas poses several problems, such as (1) lack of understanding on the part of key functionaries as to the why, what, and when of information services; (2) lack of trained personnel to assume the responsibility for such services; (3) lack of economic resources; and (4) lack of information pertaining to(More)
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