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CONTEXT Practice guidelines need to be up-to-date to be useful to clinicians. No published methods are available for assessing whether existing practice guidelines are still valid, nor does any empirical information exist regarding how often such assessments need to be made. OBJECTIVES To assess the current validity of 17 clinical practice guidelines(More)
Ms. Rhodes explores URL stability, measured by the prevalence of link rot over a three-year period, among the original URLs for law-and policy-related materials published to the web and archived though the Chesapeake Project, a collaborative digital preservation initiative under way in the law library community. The results demonstrate a significant(More)
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OBJECTIVES To compare the efficacy of Spiggle and Merocel foam packs following routine nasal surgery. DESIGN Prospective, randomised, single-blind, paired study. PARTICIPANTS Twenty adult patients undergoing elective nasal surgery. INTERVENTION At the end of nasal surgery patients were randomised to have a Spiggle pack inserted in one nasal cavity and(More)
BACKGROUND Antibiotic use in industrial hog operations (IHOs) can support the emergence of antibiotic-resistant (ABR) Staphylococcus aureus. The extent of ABR S. aureus exposure in IHO workers and children living in their households remains unclear. OBJECTIVE We investigated ABR S. aureus nasal carriage prevalence among adults with versus without(More)
A total of 192 children and adolescents undergoing renal transplantation were randomly chosen to receive tacrolimus, azathioprine and corticosteroids (TAS, n = 93) or tacrolimus, azathioprine, corticosteroids and two doses of basiliximab (TAS + B, n = 99). Six-month outcome data have previously been reported; this manuscript reports the 2-year data.(More)
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