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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The long-term effects of 6-weeks whole-body vibration, as a novel method of somatosensory stimulation, on postural control and activities of daily living were compared with those of 6 weeks of exercise therapy on music of the same intensity in the postacute phase of stroke. METHODS Fifty-three patients with moderate to severe(More)
BACKGROUND In non-thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, endothelin (ET)-1 levels are increased and correlate with the hemodynamic severity of the disease. Whether such correlations exist in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is unknown, nor whether ET-1 levels correlate with hemodynamic outcome after pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA). (More)
BACKGROUND Despite its frequency and impact, delirium is poorly recognized in postoperative and critically ill patients. EEG is highly sensitive to delirium but, as currently used, it is not diagnostic. To develop an EEG-based tool for delirium detection with a limited number of electrodes, we determined the optimal electrode derivation and EEG(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify evidence-based prognostic factors in the subacute phase after stroke for activities of daily living (ADL) and ambulation at six months to one year after stroke. DESIGN Systematic literature search designed in accordance with the Cochrane Collaboration criteria with the following data sources: (1) MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Current(More)
A stereophotogrammetric method is presented to reconstruct the course of a curve in the three-dimensional space. This method is exclusively suitable as a non-destructive tool to determine the surface fiberstructure of ligaments, tendons and other organised collagenous structures. In addition, it is a convenient tool to measure the geometry of articular(More)
The aim of this study was to reach consensus about the prognostic factors when deciding the discharge destination from a hospital stroke unit, and to construct a prognostic conceptual framework. To realise an optimal integration of knowledge from research findings and from clinical experience by expert opinions we used a 'modified Delphi Technique', which(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the pattern of stress distribution in the vertebral body just behind the endplate, and to document its changes due to sustained loading. METHODS Twelve fresh bovine coccygeal motion segments were dissected and tested. Each specimen was axially loaded with a sustained compressive force of 50% of its estimated compressive strength.(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate which factors during the subacute phase post stroke have predictive value for the discharge outcome from the hospital stroke unit. METHODS In a prospective cohort of 338 patients admitted to a hospital stroke unit 26 potentially prognostic factors, arranged in clinical and social subdomains, were scored and analysed by binary(More)