Gregory C. Makris

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INTRODUCTION Statins are currently used for hyperlipidaemia control and considered useful for protection from cardiovascular events. In addition, there is increasing evidence for the potential use of statins in preventing and treating infections. METHODS We performed a systematic review of the literature that compared the outcome between statin and(More)
BACKGROUND Early switch to oral antibacterials is recommended for the treatment of hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). However, its efficacy and safety in patients with more severe forms of CAP have not been well established. OBJECTIVE To evaluate early switch to oral treatment in hospitalized patients with moderate to severe(More)
AIM The early results of a randomised clinical trial comparing local anaesthesia endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) with concurrent phlebectomies versus ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy (UGFS) into the great saphenous vein (GSV) revealed that laser was more expensive but the results on abolition of reflux were similar. The interim results at 15 month(More)
Bacterial interference refers to the antagonism between bacterial species during the process of surface colonisation and acquisition of nutrients. The clinical evidence on the potential applications of microorganisms for the prevention and/or treatment of infections in the upper respiratory, urogenital and gastrointestinal tracts was reviewed through the(More)
INTRODUCTION The early identification of the unstable carotid plaque together with the best medical treatment, are two missing parts of the stroke-prevention puzzle. This review summarizes the available evidence on the effects of statins on carotid plaque morphology. METHODS A systematic review of the PubMed, Scopus and Cochrane Library databases was(More)
AIM To assess the utilisation of an interventional radiology day unit (RDU), the rates of on-time discharges, the financial performance of the unit, and finally, the patient satisfaction rates. MATERIALS AND METHODS Data regarding the unit utilisation, discharge times, and complications were retrospectively collected for the first 2 years of operation of(More)
BACKGROUND In the era of the World Wide Web we sought to examine whether the use of PubMed and Google can help physicians to improve their diagnostic skills. METHODS Twenty-six diagnostic cases presented in the case records of the New England Journal of Medicine during 2005 were used for our analysis. Three investigators (one trainee doctor and two final(More)
OBJECTIVES The effectiveness of supervised exercise programs (SEPs) for the management of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can be hampered by low accessibility and poor compliance. The current international availability and use of SEPs was evaluated and the evidence on alternative approaches such as structured, home-based exercise programs (HEPs) was(More)
We evaluated the clinical evidence regarding probiotic use for the prevention of respiratory tract infections (RTIs). Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) studying the effects of probiotics for the prevention of upper or lower RTIs were systematically identified. Fourteen RCTs (twelve involving healthy subjects and two involving patients with RTIs) were(More)
To the Editor, During his inspiring Dotter Lecture at the last SIR 2016 in Vancouver, Dr Scott Trerotola emphasized on the need for Interventional Radiologists to compete [1]. Indeed, as a specialty, we probably spend too much time complaining about how other specialties want to take over our practice and how unfair that is. Competition is a fact in every(More)