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BACKGROUND In June 2008, burning peat deposits produced haze and air pollution far in excess of National Ambient Air Quality Standards, encroaching on rural communities of eastern North Carolina. Although the association of mortality and morbidity with exposure to urban air pollution is well established, the health effects associated with exposure to(More)
We conducted a study to compare the efficacy in migraine headache of nasal sumatriptan and intravenous ketorolac. The study was a prospective, double-blind study done with a convenience sample of 29 patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with acute migraine. Patients received either 20 mg of nasal sumatriptan or 30 mg of intravenous ketorolac.(More)
A case of severe multiple acyl-CoA dehydrogenation disorder is described. This is the second such case reported to have had an elevated maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein and normal amniotic alpha-fetoprotein. The child's 3-day extrauterine life was characterized by intractable acidosis, respiratory distress, and ventricular fibrillation. The characteristic(More)
The effect of stimulation of discrete areas of the retina on visual evoked potentials (VEP) was studied in 16 normal volunteers. The stimulus consisted of a constant luminance 2 degrees 18' field containing checks of 34'30' reversing at a frequency of 500 msec. The amplitude of the VEP was highest at the fixation point and inside the 2 degrees isopter.(More)
The financial impact of Hurricane Floyd on the medical community is still being tabulated. Initial estimates indicate a $5.8 million loss to UHS in operating revenue. Additional hospital costs include $568,000 for overtime pay, $310,000 for special equipment including helicopters and general supplies, and $1.2 million in "bonus pay" to the hospital's 6000(More)
Confrontation field examination, perimetry, visual evoked potentials (VEPs) to pattern hemi-field stimulation and visual evoked spectrum array to flash stimulation were compared in 50 patients with homonymous hemianopsia. Visual field could be examined by confrontation in all patients and demonstrated the field defect in 96% of cases. Goldmann perimetry(More)
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