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The respiratory abilities of a group of 19 speech-disordered subjects with idiopathic Parkinson's disease were assessed using both spirometric and kinematic techniques and compared to those of a group of 19 nonneurologically impaired controls matched for age and sex. Results of the spirometric assessment showed that only a minority of the Parkinson's(More)
IMPORTANCE Macrolide antibiotics such as erythromycin may improve clinical outcomes in non-cystic fibrosis (CF) bronchiectasis, although associated risks of macrolide resistance are poorly defined. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the clinical efficacy and antimicrobial resistance cost of low-dose erythromycin given for 12 months to patients with non-CF(More)
OBJECTIVE To review studies of patient-centered asthma education. METHOD CINAHL, Medline, Psycinfo, Eric, PsycARTICLES, and web of science databases were searched. RESULTS Asthma education programs are often based on health behavior theories. Many studies lack rigor in the assessment of the program's efficacy and effectiveness. Asthma education that(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of Buteyko breathing techniques (BBT) in the management of asthma. DESIGN Prospective, blinded, randomised study comparing the effect of BBT with control classes in 39 subjects with asthma. The study was conducted from January 1995 to April 1995. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING Subjects recruited from the community, aged 12 to(More)
In this study, we set out to determine if home intravenous (i.v.) antibiotic therapy in adult patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) is a feasible, effective and less costly alternative to hospitalization, and to assess the impact of home therapy on quality of life. The study was a prospective, randomized, two-factor mixed design involving adults presenting(More)
BACKGROUND Although anti-pseudomonal antibiotics are routinely used in the treatment of acute respiratory exacerbations of adult cystic fibrosis (CF), the specific efficacy of such treatment remains uncertain, the mechanism of action of these agents is not fully understood, and the role of sputum susceptibility testing in clinical decision making is(More)
Autosomal dominant hereditary sensory neuropathy (HSN I) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of disorders, and in some families it is due to mutations in the serine palmitoyltransferase (SPTLC1) gene. We have characterized two families with HSN I associated with cough and gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR). From a large Australian family, 27(More)
Although heparin is used as an anticoagulant, its biologic function remains unclear. Substantial evidence exists that suggests it may modulate many aspects of immune function and inflammation. We demonstrated, in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study involving 10 allergic subjects, that a small dose of heparin (25 U/kg) administered(More)
Four randomised, placebo-controlled trials have previously documented the clinical benefits of azithromycin (AZM) in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. The present study examined whether the beneficial effect of AZM is equivalent when administered daily or weekly. A double-blind, randomised study was carried out in 208 CF patients aged 6-58 yrs who were(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Both the speed of commencement and the appropriateness of i.v. antibiotic administration influence outcomes in patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). While quality improvement projects have been linked to better CAP management and outcomes, there are limited data evaluating simple and achievable(More)