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In palliative cancer care situations, invasive palliative interventions are frequently considered. The perception of invasiveness has a wide range and is subjective. A structured palliative care approach can guide decisional processes. It may contain 6 key elements: (1) multidimensional and multiprofessional assessment patients current priorities, (2)(More)
UNLABELLED To compare the prediction of hip fracture risk of several bone ultrasounds (QUS), 7062 Swiss women > or =70 years of age were measured with three QUSs (two of the heel, one of the phalanges). Heel QUSs were both predictive of hip fracture risk, whereas the phalanges QUS was not. INTRODUCTION As the number of hip fracture is expected to increase(More)
UNLABELLED Bone ultrasound measures (QUSs) can assess fracture risk in the elderly. We compared three QUSs and their association with nonvertebral fracture history in 7562 Swiss women 70-80 years of age. The association between nonvertebral fracture was higher for heel than phalangeal QUS. INTRODUCTION Because of the high morbidity and mortality(More)
Twenty-one adult patients were randomised to receive ghrelin on days 1 and 8 and placebo on days 4 and 11 or vice versa, given intravenously over a 60-min period before lunch: 10 received 2 microg kg(-1) (lower-dose) ghrelin; 11 received 8 microg kg(-1) (upper-dose) ghrelin. Active and total ghrelin, growth hormone (GH), and insulin-like growth factor 1(More)
Because of the important morbidity and mortality associated with osteoporosis, it is essential to detect subjects at risk by screening methods, such as bone quantitative ultrasounds (QUSs). Several studies showed that QUS could predict fractures. None, however, compared prospectively different QUS devices, and few data of quality controls (QCs) have been(More)
PURPOSE Spirituality encompasses a wide range of meanings between holistic wellbeing and mysticism. We explored advanced cancer patients' spiritual experiences of transcendence. METHODS A total of 251 patients with advanced cancer were included and observed (participant observation) over 12 months by a psycho-oncologist/music-therapist. She recorded and(More)
PURPOSE End-of-life care is designed as response to patients' verbally communicated needs. The concept of dying as a process would allow us to improve care. This concept may combine the needs of the dying, their outburst of emotions, gradual maturation, family processes, acute problems such as decreasing independence, with their inner experience and(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the long-term effects of nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) ventilation in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) on body composition (BC) and IGF1. DESIGN Observational study. SUBJECTS Seventy-eight (11 females and 67 males) OSAS patients who were compliant with CPAP (age 51+/-1.1 years)(More)
The effect of mild vitamin A deficiency or vitamin A supplementation on methylbenzylnitrosamine (MBN; CAS: 937-40-6)-induced esophageal carcinogenesis was examined in Sprague-Dawley rats. The animals were fed semipurified diets containing levels of retinyl acetate, which were adequate (2.2 mg/kg diet), deficient (0.30 mg/kg diet), or supplemented (29.9(More)