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We studied all patients with community-acquired pneumonia who were admitted to our 800-bed adult acute care hospital from 1 November 1981 to 15 March 1987. The 719 patients had a mean age of 63.2 years; 18% were admitted from nursing homes, and 18% required ventilatory assistance as part of the therapy for pneumonia. Patients with nursing home-acquired(More)
Thirty-three cases (24 definite, nine probable) of Q fever were diagnosed in Victoria County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia from May to August, 1985. Twenty-six of the cases occurred in residents of Baddeck (population 900, attack rate 2.8 percent), and 21 of the cases occurred during the month of June. There was geographic clustering of the cases: 14 of the 33(More)
AIMS The Glycine389 variant of the beta-1 adrenergic receptor generates markedly less cAMP when stimulated in vitro than the more prevalent Arginine389 variant and may confer protection against coronary events similar to that observed with beta-blockers. The aim of this study was to ascertain whether this Glycine389 variant protects against coronary events.(More)
We describe an outbreak of Q fever affecting 16 of 32 employees at a truck repair plant. None of the cases were exposed to cattle, sheep or goats, the traditional reservoirs of Q fever. The cases did not work, live on, or visit farms or attend livestock auctions. One of the employees had a cat which gave birth to kittens 2 weeks prior to the first case of Q(More)
We used an indirect immunofluorescence assay to determine antibody titers to phase I and phase II Coxiella burnetii antigens in serum samples from a variety of wild animals in Nova Scotia. Forty-nine percent of the hares, 16.5% of the moose, 7.1% of the raccoons, and 1.5% of the white-tailed deer tested had antibodies to phase I antigen. We conclude that(More)
4 patients with atypical pneumonia and a history of exposure to wild rabbits were found to have antibodies to Coxiella burnetii but not to the other organisms also commonly associated with atypical pneumonia. 10 (45%) of 22 snowshoe hares caught in the area where 1 of the patients snared his rabbits had antibodies to Coxiella burnetii. Q fever ought to be(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the effects of splinting alone in the treatment of ulnar nerve lesion at the elbow with the effects of applying a local steroid injection in addition to splinting. DESIGN Twelve nerves of 10 patients were randomly assigned into two groups: 5 nerves in Group A were treated with elbow splinting only; 7 nerves in Group B were treated(More)
Twenty-eight previously unreported cases of appendiceal diverticula were found in a 15-year retrospective review of records at five hospitals. The incidence is probably higher than is realized. Data drawn from the review indicated that the age of the patient and a history of previous attacks might be slight clues to distinguishing between diverticulum and(More)
Lanthanum (La) is a phosphate binder used in patients on dialysis in the UK. As it has only recently been in use, there are no long-term data about safety of this rare metal in human subjects with renal failure on renal replacement therapy. La has not been previously reported to cause any adverse reactions apart from nausea, sickness, dialysis graft(More)