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The effects of air pollution on pulmonary function and respiratory status was evaluated in 1,626 school aged children from a European Alpine region. Based on measurements of SO2, NO2, and O3 as well as infrared imaging and lichen mapping, three zones of exposure were defined. Results of standardized respiratory questionnaires, medical examinations, and lung(More)
Meningitis associated with spinal anaesthesia is a rare but well-known complication. We report on a case of fatal bacterial meningitis following spinal anaesthesia in a former preterm infant. The aetiology of this meningitis could not be established. Former preterm infants represent a high-risk population because of their susceptibility to group B(More)
BACKGROUND Granulocyte-colony stimulating factor-mobilized allogeneic peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPCs) are replacing bone marrow in transplantation for the treatment of several hematologic malignancies. The advantages of PBPCs are offset by the donor-associated disadvantages of granulocyte-colony stimulating factor side effects and the risk of(More)
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