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Calcium supplementation is effective in reducing blood pressure in various states of hypertension, including pregnancy-induced hypertension and preeclampsia. In addition, calcitropic hormones are associated with blood pressure. The hypothesis is that short-term therapy with calcium and vitamin D(3) may improve blood pressure as well as secondary(More)
Specific receptors for vitamin D have been identified in human muscle tissue. Cross-sectional studies show that elderly persons with higher vitamin D serum levels have increased muscle strength and a lower number of falls. We hypothesized that vitamin D and calcium supplementation would improve musculoskeletal function and decrease falls. In a double-blind(More)
OBJECTIVE Pump-driven extracorporeal gas exchange systems have been advocated in patients suffering from severe acute respiratory distress syndrome who are at risk for life-threatening hypoxemia and/or hypercapnia. This requires extended technical and staff support. DESIGN We report retrospectively our experience with a new pumpless extracorporeal(More)
The purpose of this study was to prospectively evaluate the effect of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) on the healing of diabetic lower extremity wounds. Ten consecutive insulin-dependent diabetic patients with chronic lower extremity wounds were referred for HBO2 treatment. The control group consisted of five patients, two claustrophobic and three rural. The(More)
UNLABELLED In 242 community-dwelling seniors, supplementation with either 1000 mg of calcium or 1000 mg of calcium plus vitamin D resulted in a decrease in the number of subjects with first falls of 27% at month 12 and 39% at month 20. Additionally, parameters of muscle function improved significantly. INTRODUCTION The efficacy of vitamin D and calcium(More)
BACKGROUND Hypercapnic respiratory failure in patients with COPD frequently requires mechanical ventilatory support. Extracorporeal CO2 removal (ECCO2R) techniques have not been systematically evaluated in these patients. METHODS This is a pilot study of a novel ECCO2R device that utilizes a single venous catheter with high CO2 removal rates at low blood(More)
BACKGROUND The Canadian Continuous Positive Airway Pressure for Patients with Central Sleep Apnea and Heart Failure trial tested the hypothesis that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) would improve the survival rate without heart transplantation of patients who have central sleep apnea and heart failure. METHODS After medical therapy was(More)
OBJECTIVE High dosages of catecholamines induce cardiomyocyte necrosis and interstitial fibrosis in rats. We investigated whether this initial damage is followed by the development of heart failure and assessed the particular role of the renin-angiotensin system using ramipril. METHODS AND RESULTS Following the administration of 0 mg or 150 mg(More)
BACKGROUND In the main analysis of the Canadian Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) for Patients with Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) and Heart Failure Trial (CANPAP), CPAP had no effect on heart transplant-free survival; however, CPAP only reduced the mean apnea-hypopnea index to 19 events per hour of sleep, which remained above the trial inclusion(More)
Because onset of autonomic neural dysfunction in the diabetic syndrome has not been well established, sensitive and quantitative measures of autonomic nervous system (ANS) function were made in 19 non-insulin-dependent (NIDD) and 14 insulin-dependent (IDD) recent-onset diabetic subjects. The known duration of diabetes mellitus in the NIDD subjects was less(More)