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BACKGROUND A novel approach to increasing erythropoietin (EPO) using oxygen (O2) (the 'normobaric oxygen paradox') has been reported in healthy volunteers. We investigated whether the EPO increase is sufficient to induce erythropoiesis by comparing two protocols of O2 administration. METHODS We compared the effect of daily versus alternate days 100% O2,(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The aim of the study is to relate our five years experience with laparoscopic colorectal surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS One hundred-thirteen procedures were performed between October 1990 and February 1996, 7% of which were performed as emergencies. Elective indications (93%) included 45 cancers, 31 cases of diverticulosis, 18 cases of(More)
From November 1992 to June 1996, 27 laparoscopic Heller's myotomies without antireflux procedure were performed. One mucosal tear occurred and was treated by open surgery. There was no mortality; one case of sepsis with a good outcome was observed on the converted patient. The mean length of hospital stay was 5.5 days. The immediate functional result was(More)
BACKGROUND The remuneration system of General Practitioners (GPs) has changed in several countries in the past decade. The aim of our study was: to establish the effect of these changes on the revenues and income of GPs in the first decade of the 21st century. METHODS Annual GP revenue and practice costs were collected from national institutes in the(More)
The gluteal region is an important pressure zone in every day life. Defects associated with bone exposure in the sacral region are more frequent among pressure sores. The gold standard treatment consists in a musculocutaneous gluteal flap; it can have as side effects functional deficits for walking and an important scar. In order to diminish the donor site(More)
Following the commitments of the Tallinn Charter, Belgium publishes the second report on the performance of its health system. A set of 74 measurable indicators is analysed, and results are interpreted following the five dimensions of the conceptual framework: accessibility, quality of care, efficiency, sustainability and equity. All domains of care are(More)
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