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OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to perform imaging of cartilage at high resolution with a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) with a combination of iterative decomposition of water and fat with echo asymmetry and least-squares estimation (IDEAL) with parallel imaging at 3 T and spoiled gradient echo (SPGR) imaging. The findings with the combined(More)
Corticosteroids can inhibit the inflammatory process and the formation of fibrosis. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the concurrent use of steroids at the time of talc-slurry pleurodesis would influence the development of the pleurodesis. One group of rabbits received an intrapleural injection of talc (400 mg/kg) and an intramuscular(More)
Synthetic corticosteroids are frequently used to manage asthma and other inflammatory diseases. The timing of such drugs (whether ingested, inhaled, or infused) in relation to body rhythms influences the magnitude of both desired and undesired effects. It is crucial that corticotherapy be correctly scheduled to the circadian system of the(More)
The effects of differently timed, but equivalent TheoDur (Key Pharmaceutical Co.) dosage schedules--twice-daily equally divided 12 hr (BID), once-daily evening (OD-PM) and once-daily morning (OD-AM)--were compared under steady-state conditions in 10 adult asthmatics with a documented history of nocturnal dyspnea. Assessments of airways function by(More)
The mechanisms leading to a pleurodesis after the intrapleural injection of a sclerosing agent are not completely understood. The purpose of the present study was to make serial observations over 28 days on the pleural fluid findings and the gross and microscopic changes in the pleura after talc slurry administered intrapleurally at a high dose. Sixty-six(More)