The effect of marijuana and placebo on pain tolerance was compared in cannabis-experienced and naive subjects. A statistically significant increase in tolerance was observed after smoking marijuana. Although there was no statistically significant interaction between the drug effect and having had previous cannabis experience, there was a definite trend… (More)
BACKGROUND Previous research has demonstrated that the psychological morbidity experienced by informal caregivers is associated with increased vulnerability to infectious diseases, in particular influenza. A pragmatic trial was conducted to examine whether a stress management intervention (SMI) could reduce psychological morbidity and enhance the antibody… (More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the outcome, with respect to treatment modality, of patients treated with spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas (SDAVF). METHOD Retrospective cohort study of patients with SDAVF assessed at a single tertiary referral centre, between 1999 and 2009. Intervention type, pre-/ post-intervention Aminoff-Logue disability score (ALDS) and… (More)
The effects of marijuana and a placebo on perceptual-motor coordination, motor ability, and visual perception were compared in cannabis-experienced and naïve subjects. Impairments in coordination were observed in both groups. However, the impairment was greater in the experienced than in the naïve group.
Alkaptonuria is a rare autosomal recessive metabolic disease that leads to the deposition of homogentisic acid. Ochronotic arthropathy is the articular manifestation of alkaptonuria with the most common clinical feature being severe spondyloarthropathy. We present the case of a 58-year-old woman with back pain. Radiographs and magnetic resonance imaging… (More)
End-to-side, laser-assisted vascular anastomosis (LAVA) using a Nd: YAG laser was successfully performed on rat carotid arteries. A midline neck incision allowed isolation and approximation of both carotid arteries in an end-to-side fashion using four 10-0 nylon stay sutures. The laser parameters used for vessel fusion were 0.3-second 5-W pulses at a spot… (More)