Casey Coons

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To develop a quick, practical tool to identify home environments likely to be suboptimal for the development of children, we adapted segments of the Home Observation for Measurement of the Environment (HOME) Inventory, which assesses the environments of children from birth to 6 years, and devised the Home Screening Questionnaire (HSQ). Whereas the HOME(More)
We conducted a retrospective, non-randomized, cost-minimization study, from the perspective of the Ministry of Health, to compare the cost of managing cancer patients who required narcotic infusions, in hospital and at home. Our medical costs averaged $369.72 per inpatient day and $150.24 per outpatient day (saving $219.48 per diem, 1988 Canadian dollars),(More)
Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is an important member of the cytokine superfamily, exerting pleiotropic actions on many physiological processes. Over-production of IL-6 is a hallmark of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases such as Castleman's Disease (CD) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Antagonism of the interleukin IL-6/IL-6 receptor (IL-6R)/gp130 signaling complex(More)
Prevention of mental retardation is discussed in terms of etiology and level of prevention (primary, secondary or tertiary). The aim of primary preventive medicine is to avert the disease before its onset. Secondary preventive medicine involves early identification and treatment of a disease to reduce its duration and/or severity. Tertiary prevention limits(More)
Several types of portable infusion devices are now available, allowing patients to receive continuous parenteral narcotics at home. Six of the most commonly used pumps in Canada are presented. Various features of the pumps are compared including cost, flow rate, bolus capability, ease of operation, medication preparation and safety. Consideration of all(More)
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