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The aim of this study was to describe principal problems and to analyse transport times, stabilizing procedures, adverse events during transfer, outcome, effectiveness and the care of infants transferred by air from district general hospitals and maternity homes to a central hospital. Transfer times, equipment adverse events and clinical deterioration were(More)
AIM The prevalence of asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (AR) and eczema among children has increased worldwide in the last four decades, but recent studies disagree as to whether the prevalence is continuing to rise or is levelling off or declining. The aim of this study was to assess time trends in a subarctic population. METHODS A cross-sectional,(More)
Among children in the western world, atopic diseases are a major cause of morbidity. However, several prevalence studies have indicated that the frequency of these diseases displays both geographic and ethnic variations. In 1995, we conducted a questionnaire-based, cross-sectional survey in northern Norway. Atopic diseases among 8676 schoolchildren, aged(More)
BACKGROUND The neonatal death rate (death < or = 28 days/1000 live births) has decreased and the level is now so low that it has been questioned whether further improvement is possible. The aim of this study was to categorize nonmalformed infants of 34 weeks' or more gestational age dying in the neonatal period to analyze if these deaths might have been(More)
BACKGROUND As small obstetrical departments may not be able to give second-level perinatal care, the delivery unit at Lofoten hospital was for the years 1997-98 reorganized to a modified midwife managed unit. Women at low obstetrical risk were delivered at this unit and women at high risk were referred to the central hospital. We assessed the effectiveness(More)
Eculizumab is a humanized IgG2/4 chimeric anti-complement C5 antibody used to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) or atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether or not the complement activity in newborns from pregnant women who receive eculizumab is impaired. A novel eculizumab-C5 complex(More)
INTRODUCTION Exhaled nitric oxide (FENO) measurements are recommended to be performed before spirometry and exercise challenge tests because forced breathing might influence FENO values. Information on the effect of exercise on FENO is lacking in non-asthmatic children. AIM   To investigate the effect on FENO of a standardized exercise challenge test on a(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have shown that the prevalence of asthma and allergy in children is lower in Eastern than Western Europe. METHODS We have compared the prevalence of asthma, respiratory symptoms, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, and atopic dermatitis in schoolchildren aged 7-13 years in a questionnaire-based study conducted in the city of Nikel on(More)
The prevalence of asthma and allergy in children is increasing. In order to investigate time trends, follow-up studies conducted several years apart and with identical study designs are essential. We compared two identical, cross-sectional and questionnaire-based studies of asthma and allergy in north-Norwegian schoolchildren (7-13 years of age). The first(More)