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The effects of sublingual nifedipine, a calcium antagonist vasodilator, were assessed in 43 patients with moderate to severe hypertension in an emergency room setting. Following a no-response placebo treatment period, the patients with supine diastolic blood pressure of less than 110 mm Hg (group A, n equals 17) received 10 mg of sublingual nifedipine, and(More)
To examine the accuracy, feasibility and benefits of screening for hepatitis C virus core antigen (HCVAg) using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test in pools. Many countries cannot afford to test blood donations for hepatitis C using molecular methods. Screening individual units using the ELISA HCVAg test is an acceptable, yet still expensive,(More)
Calcium entry blockers (diltiazem, nifedipine, and verapamil) are currently indicated for the treatment of patients with vasospastic and chronic stable angina pectoris. The calcium entry blocking actions of these drugs cause potent peripheral vasodilatory and antihypertensive effects in human subjects. The drugs have proved beneficial in the treatment of(More)
The provision of a Home Visiting Nursing Service, as part of the total rehabilitation team, plays an important part in preventing re-admission to hospital of spinal cord injured patients suffering from urinary tract infections or pressure sores. The Home Visiting Nurse provides discharged patients with a reinforcement of the educational aims of the(More)
BACKGROUND Screening blood units for hepatitis C virus (HCV) with nucleic acid testing (NAT) reduces the risk associated with the long "window period" (8-9 weeks) after HCV infection. The feasibility of adding the HCV core antigen assay in pools to the existing anti-HCV individual screening was examined as an alternative of NAT, for early detection of HCV.(More)
There are complications of spinal cord paralysis peculiar to the extended care period. These may be motor skeletal, neurogenic, visceral and psychogenic. If practised regularly, prevention can be very effective in reducing the disability in all groups. Limb oedema, joint contractures, myasthenia and pain can be materially reduced by regular activity,(More)
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