H. D. Fischer

Learn More
The relations between a perinatal exposure schedule and the outcome of dopamine (DA) release from striatum slices on the one hand and behaviour on the other, were studied in order to identify the vulnerable period. A mild chronic postnatal hypoxia (2nd-10th day of life) induces long-term effects on the DA release rate (FER) from striatum slices. A 10 h(More)
Piracetam (PIR) and dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) were tested with respect to their ability to prevent changes of the locomotor behaviour and of the dopamine release from striatum slices after an intermittent postnatal hypoxia in the rat (2nd-10th day of postnatal life). The drugs given to pregnant rats (from 12th day of gestation) and continued after(More)
Fusaric acid (FA) is shown to induce inhibition of noradrenaline and dopamine uptake in synaptosomes from rat hypothalamus and corpus striatum. The basal overflow of noradrenaline and dopamine from "brain stem" and corpus striatum slices is stimulated by FA. While this influence of FA on noradrenaline release is further enhanced by other stimuli (raised K+(More)
OBJECTIVES Evaluation and optimization of antibiotic use (antibiotic stewardship) is being increasingly promoted as a means to reduce antibiotic resistance, adverse events, treatment complications and costs within institutions. Our goal was to examine the prevalence of antibiotic use among long-term care facility residents and the extent of variability(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether current antipsychotic use among older persons without diabetes is associated with a higher risk of hospital visits for hyperglycemia, as previous studies in this population have yielded conflicting results. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS A nested case-control study within a population-based cohort of persons aged 66 years(More)
BACKGROUND Unplanned hospital readmissions are common, expensive and often preventable. Strategies designed to reduce readmissions should target patients at high risk. The purpose of this study was to describe medical patients identified using a recently published and validated algorithm (the LACE index) as being at high risk for readmission and to examine(More)
OBJECTIVE To quantify the effect of levothyroxine dose on risk of fractures in older adults. DESIGN Nested case-control study. SETTING Population based health databases, Ontario, Canada. PARTICIPANTS Adults aged 70 or more prescribed levothyroxine between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2007 and followed for fractures until 31 March 2008. Cases were cohort(More)
BACKGROUND Hospitals in Canada manage their formularies independently, yet many inpatients are discharged on medications which will be purchased through publicly-funded programs. We sought to determine how much public money could be saved on chronic medications if hospitals promoted the initiation of agents with the lowest outpatient formulary prices. (More)
OBJECTIVE Lithium is an important treatment for mood disorders, but concern about its association with renal disease has contributed to its limited use, particularly in older adults. Because high-quality evidence examining renal disease in this population is lacking, this study aims to quantify the prevalence and identify clinical correlates of renal(More)