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BACKGROUND AND METHODS Although their clinical efficacy is unclear and they may cause serious adverse effects, systemic glucocorticoids are a standard treatment for patients hospitalized with exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We conducted a double-blind, randomized trial of systemic glucocorticoids (given for two or eight weeks)(More)
Although dysphagia is a common problem for many Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, the effect of deep brain stimulation (DBS) on swallowing is unclear. Fourteen subjects with advanced PD underwent videofluorographic swallowing studies prior to bilateral DBS of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) and at 3 and 12 months postprocedure. They were tested under several(More)
FEV(1) is an objective measure of airflow obstruction used in clinical practice and in therapeutic trials. The precise relationship of FEV(1) to clinical outcomes is generally uncertain. As part of a randomized trial to assess systemic corticosteroid efficacy, we obtained serial FEV(1) measurements in patients hospitalized for exacerbations of chronic(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare a short and long interval between hCG administration and IUI after superovulation for the treatment of infertility. DESIGN Prospective, randomized clinical trial. SETTING University hospital-based fertility clinic. PATIENT(S) Patients planning superovulation and IUI for the treatment of infertility. INTERVENTION(S) Patients with(More)
Sedation of patients for deep small bowel enteroscopy presents unique challenges and is traditionally provided by anesthesiologists. No study has directly evaluated gastroenterologist-guided, nurse-administered sedation for deep enteroscopy. Further, no comparison exists between gastroenterologist-guided versus anesthesiologist-guided sedation during deep(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the management of acute gastrointestinal bleeding in the critically ill patient in a two part presentation. DATA SOURCES Articles and a review of studies reported from 1991 to 2001 and identified through a MEDLINE search of the English language literature on acute gastrointestinal bleeding. SUMMARY OF REVIEW Oesophageal varices are a(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the management of acute gastrointestinal bleeding in the critically ill patient in a two part presentation. DATA SOURCES Articles and a review of studies reported from 1991 to 2001 and identified through a MEDLINE search of the English language literature on acute gastrointestinal bleeding. SUMMARY OF REVIEW Gastrointestinal bleeding(More)
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