Linda M L Lai

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Inflammation is an adaptive response to surgery. When the pro-inflammatory responses are unregulated and become over reactive, systemic inflammatory response syndrome may occur. Postoperative systemic inflammation is more common than is generally acknowledged and is observed in about 10-15% of elderly patients undergoing major surgery. Although the vast(More)
There is concern about infants born to drug-dependent women with regard to whether illicit drug use during pregnancy adversely affects structural fetal development. To assess the risk of fetal exposure to psychoactive drugs in-utero, a study of infants born to drug-dependent women enrolled in Family Center, a program providing prenatal care, counseling and(More)
BACKGROUND Preoperative anxiety is a significant problem worldwide that may affect patients' surgical outcome. By using a simple and reliable tool such as the Amsterdam Preoperative Anxiety and Information Scale (APAIS), anaesthesiologists would be able to assess preoperative anxiety adequately and accurately. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to(More)
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