Debulon E. Bell

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BACKGROUND & AIMS In patients with cirrhosis, hepatic encephalopathy (HE) has acute but reversible as well as chronic components. We investigated the extent of residual cognitive impairment following clinical resolution of overt HE (OHE). METHODS Cognitive function of cirrhotic patients was evaluated using psychometric tests (digit symbol, block design,(More)
Levels of staffing and access to diagnostics at weekends are recognised to be significantly lower than on weekdays. It is unclear if subsequent inpatient mortality and readmission rates for acute medical admissions are increased for weekend admissions compared to those on a weekday. A large Canadian study demonstrated increased weekend mortality but does(More)
OBJECTIVES:Cirrhosis and hepatic encephalopathy (HE) can adversely affect survival, but their effect on socioeconomic and emotional burden on the family is not clear. The aim was to study the emotional and socioeconomic burden of cirrhosis and HE on patients and informal caregivers.METHODS:A cross-sectional study in two transplant centers (Veterans and(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Patients with cirrhosis and minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) have driving difficulties but the effects of therapy on driving performance is unclear. We evaluated whether performance on a driving simulator improves in patients with MHE after treatment with rifaximin. METHODS Patients with MHE who were current drivers were randomly(More)
The pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy(HE) is unclear. However gut flora changes, inflammation and neuro-glial injury have been implicated. The aim was to evaluate factors that were associated with HE recurrence after lactulose withdrawal by analyzing the clinical phenotype, stool microbiome and systemic metabolome longitudinally. HE patients on a(More)
UNLABELLED Patients with minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) have impaired driving skills, but association of MHE with motor vehicle crashes is unclear. Standard psychometric tests (SPT) or inhibitory control test (ICT) can be used to diagnose MHE. The aim was to determine the association of MHE with crashes and traffic violations over the preceding year(More)
BACKGROUND Dietary assessment tools are often too long, difficult to quantify, expensive to process, and largely used for research purposes. A rapid and accurate assessment of dietary fat intake is critically important in clinical decision-making regarding dietary advice for coronary risk reduction. We assessed the validity of the MEDFICTS (MF)(More)
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