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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the interobserver repeatability of measurement of the pubovisceral muscle and levator hiatus, and the position of related organs, during rest, muscle contraction and Valsalva maneuver using three- and four-dimensional (3D and 4D) transperineal ultrasound. METHODS Seventeen women were included in the study. The position and dimensions(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to assess the prognostic value of cardiac troponin I levels, measured with a new high-sensitivity assay, in low-risk patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) and to contrast its determinants and prognostic merit with that of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-TnT). BACKGROUND New, highly sensitive(More)
Reports of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) causing hospital infections are increasing, and it is questionable whether the existing molecular definition of CA-MRSA is suitable for the characterization of all strains involved. The 821 methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) isolates recovered from patients in Health(More)
PURPOSE To investigate long-term development of sickness absence and disability pension among colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors compared to matched cancer-free controls, and to assess to what degree socio-demographic and disease characteristics influence these outcomes. PATIENTS AND METHODS In a register-based cohort study with data from the Cancer(More)
OBJECTIVES Assessing comorbidity using the Cumulative Illness Rating Scale for Geriatrics (CIRS-G) and its comprehensive manual is time consuming. We investigated if similar information could be obtained by a simpler assessment based on the original CIRS. MATERIALS AND METHODS Data from a randomized chemotherapy trial (RCT) on advanced NSCLC (non-small(More)
BACKGROUND Infection is the most common reason for early revision after hip and knee arthroplasty, and the revision rate is increasing. Surgical site infection (SSI) surveillance data are important to assess the true infection rate. There is little information regarding the potential time trend in SSI incidence following orthopaedic surgery. AIM To(More)
There is growing concern in the scientific community that many published scientific findings may represent spurious patterns that are not reproducible in independent data sets. A reason for this is that significance levels or confidence intervals are often applied to secondary variables or sub-samples within the trial, in addition to the primary hypotheses(More)
To explore if vitamin D modulates interferon-β1a treatment effects in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, we examined relationships between serum vitamin D and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) activity and ten systemic inflammation markers in 88 patients, before and during treatment. Odds ratios for all MRI parameters were negatively associated with(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the Severity of Dependence Scale (SDS) in people with primary chronic headache and analyse the pattern of medication overuse. DESIGN Cross sectional epidemiological survey. A posted questionnaire screened for chronic headache. Neurological residents interviewed those with self-reported chronic headache. The International(More)
OBJECTIVE Level of functioning is positively associated with subjective quality of life for people with severe mental illness, but a detailed relationship between functioning and satisfaction with various life domains is largely unknown, and this gap prompted this study. METHODS Demographic and clinical data were obtained from 149 patients engaged with 12(More)