Laurine Sperry

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BACKGROUND Low albumin level is a strong predictor of mortality and morbidity among hemodialysis patients, yet few interventions are available to improve albumin levels. Moreover, the relative importance of nutritional barriers versus inflammation in contributing to hypoalbuminemia is unclear. We sought to determine whether targeting specific nutritional(More)
Although subjects often report difficulty with swallowing shortly after receiving neuromuscular blocking agents, difficulty with swallowing during recovery from neuromuscular blocking agents appears to be infrequent. We have used electromyography to compare onset and recovery at the diaphragm and geniohyoid airway muscles after an intubating dose of(More)
Both the orbicularis oculi (OO) and the adductor pollicis (AP) muscles have been used to indirectly quantify the extent of neuromuscular block of the respiratory muscles. To clarify any differences in response of these muscles to neuromuscular blocking drugs, the effects of two different doses of atracurium, mivacurium, and vecuronium on the AP and OO were(More)
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