Krista Hill

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Although feelings of anxiety and depression are common in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), estimates of their prevalence vary considerably. This probably reflects the variety of scales and methods used to measure such symptoms. Regardless of whether anxiety and depression are considered separately or as a single construct, their(More)
BACKGROUND Preliminary evidence suggests individuals with COPD exhibit deficits in balance. Further investigation of balance and risk of falls is warranted in these patients. The objective of this study was to determine the clinical measures that discriminate fallers from non-fallers among patients with COPD. METHODS A cross-sectional study design was(More)
PURPOSE Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) impair health-related quality of life (HRQL). We evaluated the effect of an abbreviated repeat pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) program on HRQL after an AECOPD. METHODS Patients who had completed PR were followed for up to 12 months to identify an AECOPD and then placed in(More)
Inhalation of silica dust is associated with pulmonary fibrosis. Therefore, substitute abrasive materials have been suggested for use in abrasive blasting operations. To date, toxicological evaluation of most substitute abrasives has been incomplete. Therefore, the objective of this study was to compare the pulmonary toxicity of a set of substitute(More)
Periarteritis nodosa occurs also in children and has the same wide spectrum of signs and symptoms as in adults. In a 4 1/2 year-old girl the disease at first was characterised by cerebral, encephalitis-like symptoms, arterial hypertension, intestinal wall necrosis and, finally, pericardial tamponade as a result of rupture of an arteritic coronary artery(More)