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Nondigital lower extremity ulcers are a difficult to treat complication of scleroderma, and a significant cause of morbidity. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of nondigital lower extremity ulcers in scleroderma and describe the associations with autoantibodies and genetic prothrombotic states. A cohort of 249 consecutive scleroderma(More)
Chronic non-healing wounds are a major health problem with resident bacteria strongly implicated in their impaired healing. A rapid-screen to provide detailed knowledge of wound bacterial populations would therefore be of value and help prevent unnecessary and indiscriminate use of antibiotics—a process associated with promoting antibiotic resistance. We(More)
BACKGROUND Patients' illness beliefs have been associated with glycaemic control in diabetes and survival in other conditions. OBJECTIVE We examined whether illness beliefs independently predicted survival in patients with diabetes and foot ulceration. METHODS Patients (n=169) were recruited between 2002 and 2007. Data on illness beliefs were collected(More)
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