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BACKGROUND No guidelines exist to help physicians determine whether functional and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) changes observed following treatment of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) represent important benefits. These analyses were undertaken to help define a minimally important difference (MID) in exercise capacity, measured(More)
Neutrophils and cytokines are directly involved in the pathophysiology of adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Pentoxifylline (PTX) has been shown in vitro to protect against the inflammatory effects of neutrophils and cytokines. The same protective effects have been demonstrated on animal models of lung injury. These results suggested that PTX might(More)
BACKGROUND Fatigue is increasingly recognized as an important symptom in fibromyalgia (FM). Unknown however is how fatigue is experienced by individuals in the context of FM. We conducted qualitative research in order to better understand aspects of fatigue that might be unique to FM as well as the impact it has on patients' lives. The data obtained(More)
The prevalence and causes of visual impairment and blindness were determined in 29 048 children < 16 years in all households of 5 camps for internally displaced people in Khartoum State, Sudan. After house-to-house visits by trained health care workers, 916 children received further assessment, 2.7% of whom were found to be blind, 1.6% to be severely(More)
INTRODUCTION Asthma is a common condition on the island of La Reunion but there are no epidemiological studies that analyse the prevalence, severity and management of the patients. METHODS Two studies were undertaken: a CPAM (health insurance) study of 187 patients and an analysis of the data from 253 patients attending a specialist hospital clinic. (More)
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