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OBJECTIVE To asses the presence of steatosis and other histological changes in patients with chronic hepatitis C. METHODS Liver biopsy samples were reviewed for presence of steatosis, its degree and other histological changes of hepatitis C including necro-inflammatory score, fibrosis grade and these changes were correlated with liver function tests. (More)
BACKGROUND To explore the interaction between vision impairment, perceived quality of life loss and willingness to trade remaining life for vision gain. DESIGN Community-based cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS Legally blind or severely vision-impaired people selected randomly from the Association for the Blind of Western Australia register. METHODS(More)
Fibre supplementation can potentially reduce energy intake and contribute to weight loss. The mechanism may be reduced frequency of eating, resulting in reduced food consumption. The objective of this research was to determine the effectiveness of fibre supplementation with PolyGlycopleX® (PGX®), on body weight and composition, frequency of eating and(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether blindness in older people is associated with increased health service use and mortality. DESIGN Retrospective matched cohort study from July 1, 1999, through June 30, 2010. PARTICIPANTS A blind cohort 65 years of age and older from a volunteer blind register and a cohort of age- and gender-matched controls selected randomly(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate the impact of blindness on hospitalization rates of children. DESIGN Matched cohort study. PARTICIPANTS Children confirmed as legally blind (2003-2009), age- and gender-matched to control cohort of normally sighted children from the state register of births. METHODS The rates and reasons for admission to hospital were compared(More)
BACKGROUND Surgeons are noticing increasing numbers of cholecystectomy waiting list patients presenting with complications of their gallstones. In this study, we analysed the outcome of these to ascertain natural history and outcome. METHODS Data for 5298 waiting list patients in Western Australia, from 1999 to 2006, were analysed. Negative binomial(More)
AIM Determine whether blindness in people aged 18-65 years was associated with increased rates of mortality, hospitalisation and length of stay. METHODS A retrospective matched cohort study of legally blind people and normally sighted controls, aged 18-65 years, comparing mortality rates and hospital morbidity records. RESULTS Together, 419 blind and(More)
The harmful use of alcohol places a considerable burden on the community, both socially and financially. The aim of this study was to determine if the use of implant naltrexone is associated with a reduction in health care events and costs in patients treated for problematic alcohol use. Ninety four patients (60.6% male) treated between 2002 and 2007 were(More)
AIM To determine the prevalence of blinding eye disease in Western Australia using a capture and recapture methodology. METHODS Three independent lists of residents of Western Australia who were also legally blind were collated during the capture periods in 2008-9. The first list was obtained from the state-wide blind register. A second list comprised(More)