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The lifetime incidence and prevalence of low back pain among 32 retired wrestlers (ages 39 to 62 years) and 13 retired heavyweight lifters (ages 40 to 61 years) were evaluated and compared to the corresponding results in a cross-sectional study of 716 men (ages 40 to 47 years). The radiologic findings and the findings upon physical examination in the(More)
The aim of the present study is to compare the effect of electrical muscle stimulation combined with voluntary muscle contractions with a program only with voluntary muscle contractions during immobilization in casts after anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Twenty-three patients, 7 women and 16 men with a mean age of 28 yr, were randomized into two groups:(More)
BACKGROUND The role of measurement of reticulocytes and their parameters is growing in sports medicine. The use of reticulocyte counts in protocols for evaluating and screening for the suspected abuse of hormones that stimulate the bone marrow is an example. Reticulocytes are also important for evaluation of the performance and general health status of(More)
D-dimer testing is currently considered a cornerstone in the diagnostic approach of patients with suspected venous thromboembolism (VTE) across different health-care settings, including the emergency department (ED). Nevertheless, inappropriate or incorrect activities developing throughout the total testing process may substantially impair the clinical(More)
The atrophy was evaluated by using muscle biopsies, computed tomography and measuring tape. Ten well functioning below-knee amputees with a mean age of 56 years participated. The amputees had 33 per cent type I fibres in the amputated leg compared to 38 per cent in the non-amputated leg, the difference not being significant. In the amputated leg there was(More)
BACKGROUND Recent data show that markers of inflammation, endothelial perturbation as well as activation of the coagulation and fibrinolytic systems are altered in unstable angina. The purpose of this study was to compare the 30-day prognostic value of the indexes of inflammation [interleukin-6 (IL-6)], endothelial activation [von Willebrand factor antigen(More)
Eight below-knee amputees performed isokinetic training of knee extensor- and knee-flexor muscles for a period of 8-12 weeks at angular velocities of 60 degrees/s, 180 degrees/s and 240 degrees/s. Before and after training isokinetic and isometric knee extensor/flexor strength was measured. Muscle biopsies were taken from the vastus lateralis and the(More)
Kinetic and clinical evaluation of cefotiam, a new cephalosporin, is reported. It was found that the drug is rapidly distributed to the tissues. Equilibrium between tissues and plasma is reached in about an hour. Some 90-91% of the dose administered is excreted in the urine, and accumulation does not occur. A clinical cure was obtained in 27 of a series of(More)