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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effects of low-power light therapy on pain and disability in elderly patients with degenerative osteoarthritis of the knee. DESIGN Partially double-blinded, fully randomized trial comparing red, infrared, and placebo light emitters. PATIENTS Fifty patients with degenerative osteoarthritis of both knees were randomly assigned to(More)
OBJECTIVE Primary generalized osteoarthritis (OA), the most prevalent joint disease, is usually symmetric. Sporadic case reports mention decreased OA manifestations in limbs in which there are neurologic deficits, but no systematic research has been published. The aim of the present study was to examine these observations in a planned and controlled survey(More)
A 65-year-old man in generally good health presented with symptoms of sepsis and mental confusion. Corynebacterium haemolyticum was isolated from three blood cultures, and a significant increase in the titer of immunofluorescent antibodies to the infecting organism was observed. Antigen of C. haemolyticum was demonstrated by double immunodiffusion in(More)
After her daughter died, depression developed in a 93-year-old woman with congestive heart failure receiving digoxin therapy. After treatment with fluoxetine hydrochloride she became anorexic and her serum digoxin level increased. A possible interaction, which has not been reported in the literature, may have occurred between fluoxetine and digoxin.
A case of renal failure due to sarcoidosis with hypercalciuria and nephrocalcinosis is described. Prolonged treatment with inorganic absorbable phosphate significantly deteriorated the patient's renal function. After a sodium cellulose phosphate treatment, renal failure was completely reversed. We suggest that sodium cellulose phosphate is the treatment of(More)
Cancer is an age-associated disease, and 55% of newly diagnosed cases and 67% of cancer deaths are in those above 65 years. There has recently been increasing interest in geriatric oncology, and more of the elderly are being screened for early cancer detection. Elderly cancer patients present problems not only because of their primary disease, but also(More)
Digital rectal examination (DRE) is frequently performed in nursing home patients and may be associated with pain, discomfort and electrocardiographic disturbances. In view of the high number of demented residents in long-term care, and the communication difficulties due to their condition, we performed ECG monitoring during rectal examination in order to(More)