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This paper outlines a three-step procedure for determining the low bit error rate performance curve of a wide class of LDPC codes of moderate length. The traditional method to estimate code performance in the higher SNR region is to use a sum of the contributions of the most dominant error events to the probability of error. These dominant error events will(More)
PURPOSE The objective of the study was to evaluate the effects of moderate hypoxia and hypocapnia on the latency and amplitude of cortical somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEPs) in conscious human subjects. METHODS In ten volunteers the amplitude and latency of the cortical somatosensory evoked potentials were recorded during stimulation of the left(More)
Subluxation of the hip is common in patients with intermediate spinal muscular atrophy. This retrospective study aimed to investigate the influence of surgery on pain and function, as well as the natural history of subluxed hips which were treated conservatively. Thirty patients were assessed clinically and radiologically. Of the nine who underwent surgery(More)
PURPOSE The incidence of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) varies from 50% to 75% after gynaecological surgery under general anaesthesia. This study evaluates the dose-response relationships, safety, and efficacy of the new 5-HT3 antagonist, dolasetron mesylate, in the prevention of PONV in women undergoing total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH). (More)
DHA-paclitaxel is a conjugate of paclitaxel and the fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid. Preclinical studies have demonstrated increased activity, relative to paclitaxel, with the potential for an improved therapeutic ratio. We conducted a phase I study to determine the maximum tolerated doses of DHA-paclitaxel and carboplatin when administered in combination.(More)
A total of 53 women with chemotherapy-naïve stage Ic-IV ovarian cancer were treated with four cycles of carboplatin area under the curve 7 every 3 weeks, followed by four cycles of paclitaxel 70 mg m(-2) (days 1, 8, and 15) and gemcitabine 1000 mg m(-2) (days 1 and 8) every 3 weeks. In all, 37 (70%) had stage III/IV disease, with 22 (42%) having tumour >2(More)
Optimal treatment for acromioclavicular (AC) dislocation is unknown. Numerous surgical procedures for AC injuries have been described with little comparison. This study sought to compare the clinical and radiographic results of various surgical techniques in order to identify the optimal surgical technique. Ninety patients met inclusion criteria of AC(More)
Autologous pericranium, fascia lata (either as autograft or allograft), bovine pericardium (DuraGuard), fetal bovine tissue (Durepair), processed collagen matrix (DuraGen), and synthetic fabrics (e.g., synthetic Goretex graft) have all been used for duraplasty in Chiari decompression surgery, and no consensus exists as to the optimal material. We reviewed(More)