Christian Surber

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BACKGROUND Although non-adherence to an immunosuppressive regimen (NAH) is a major risk factor for poor outcome after renal transplantation (RTx), very few studies have examined non-adherence intervention in this context. This pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) tested the efficacy of an educational-behavioural intervention to increase adherence in(More)
BACKGROUND There are no predictors known that can identify COPD patients who will respond to treatment with ICS. METHOD We investigated 30 patients (median age 65 (range 44-83, 12 females) with mild to moderately severe COPD. All patients had post bronchodilator FEV1/forced vital capacity ratio of less than 70% and a reversibility of less than 12% and 200(More)
Sun protection is a major concern for outdoor workers as they are particularly exposed to solar ultraviolet radiation and therefore at increased risk of developing some forms of skin cancer, cataract and ocular neoplasm. In order to provide an overview of outdoor workers' sun-related knowledge, attitudes and protective behaviours as reported in the(More)
To optimize a topical formulation for therapeutic effect generally implies that the flux of drug into the skin be maximized. This requirement means that the product of drug concentration in the vehicle (C v) and drug partition coefficient (PC) between stratum corneum (SC) and vehicle be as large as possible. While C v is a formulation variable which can be(More)
AIMS To investigate the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of nasal formulations containing midazolam (5-30 mg ml(-1)) complexed with cyclodextrin. METHODS An open-label sequential trial was conducted in eight healthy subjects receiving single doses of 1 mg and 3 mg intranasally and 1 mg midazolam intravenously. Pharmacokinetic parameters were obtained(More)
BACKGROUND Elevated concentrations of doxorubicin are found in eccrine sweat glands of the palms and soles. We therefore evaluated an antiperspirant as preventive treatment for palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia (hand-foot syndrome) in patients with metastatic breast cancer treated with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin. PATIENTS AND METHODS An(More)
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been assigned a promising role in the chemoprevention of various malignancies. However, epidemiological data on the association between NSAID use and nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) are limited. To explore whether patients regularly exposed to systemic NSAIDs are at a reduced risk of basal cell carcinoma(More)
BACKGROUND In hospitals and other healthcare institutions drugs are routinely stored in designated satellite areas on the wards. Often ad hoc decisions are made by clinicians and nurses regarding drug type and quantity to be stored. As a result the number of different drugs and drug packages in storage tends to increase, which may lead to inefficient drug(More)
The local tissue damage after intramuscular injection caused by various commercially available injection solutions was determined in the albino rat, by measuring plasma activities of creatine phosphokinase, aspartate aminotransferase, and lactic dehydrogenase, the tissue activity of creatine phosphokinase, and macroscopic changes in the muscle at the(More)
INTRODUCTION Therapy of atopic dermatitis encloses use of medicated and nonmedicated preparations. Results of clinical and biophysical procedures indirectly describe the condition of the impaired skin barrier (SB). Direct evaluation of SB integrity is only possible by electron microscopical visualization, e.g. intercellular lipid lamellae (ICLL)(More)