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A comprehensive investigation in Lorraine from 1975 to 1990 identified 127 children (73 boys, 54 girls) under 16 years with chronic renal failure (CRF). From 1975–1980 to 1985–1990 the mean annual incidence of pre-terminal CRF decreased from 12.7 to 7.5 per million children under 16 years of age. The incidence of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in children(More)
CONTEXT Since the first modern clinical description of infective endocarditis (IE) at the end of the 19th century, the profile of the disease has evolved continuously, as highlighted in epidemiological studies including a French survey performed in 1991. OBJECTIVE To update information gained from the 1991 study on the epidemiology of IE in France. (More)
OBJECTIVES Characterize the incidence, clinical and etiologic features and outcomes of advanced congestive heart failure. BACKGROUND This condition is frequent, severe and costly, yet no population-based epidemiological data are available that take into account modern advances in diagnosis and therapy. METHODS The EPICAL (Epidémiologie de l'Insuffisance(More)
OBJECTIVE Patient compliance is considered necessary for the success of drug treatment in chronic diseases. We document compliance with drug treatment and the factors affecting it in a cohort of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS A prospective cohort study of 556 patients with RA followed for 3 years in 4 counties: Oslo, Norway; Groningen,(More)
Recently, a new instrument was developed to measure social support. It consists of two parts; the Social Support Questionnaire for Transactions (SSQT) and the Social Support Questionnaire for Satisfaction with the supportive transactions (SSQS). The SSQT measures the number of supportive interactions and has proved to have good psychometric properties. From(More)
Various types of visual analogue scales (VAS) are used in epidemiologic and clinical research. This paper reports on a randomized controlled trial to investigate the effects of variations in the orientation and type of scale on bias and precision in cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses. This trial was included in the pilot study of the SU.VI.MAX(More)
To adapt the DUKE Health Profile, a 17-item self-report generic health related quality of life measure cross-culturally in french. A multidisciplinary expert committee was provided with three translations independent of each other, each backtranslated to the original language, and produced a synthesis version equivalent to the original. A cohort of 963(More)
Social support is supposed to have a beneficial effect on the health and wellbeing of people. It is a central concept in the 'EUropean Research on Incapacitating DIseases and Social Support' (EURIDISS). In general, two main distinctions concerning social support are made in the literature, providing four basic dimensions or types of social support: a(More)
The iron status of a national sample of adults living in France and participating in the SU.VI.MAX cohort, was assessed using serum ferritin and hemoglobin concentrations. Complete data were obtained for 6648 women 35-60 y old and for 3283 men 45-60 y old. Assessment of iron dietary intakes was realized on a subsample of 3111 women and 2337 men who reported(More)
BACKGROUND It has been suggested that a low dietary intake of antioxidant vitamins and minerals increases the incidence rate of cardiovascular disease and cancer. To date, however, the published results of randomized, placebo-controlled trials of supplements containing antioxidant nutrients have not provided clear evidence of a beneficial effect. We tested(More)