Steven N Mink

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) and its effectiveness in improving pulmonary function, exercise capacity and quality of life in a population of emphysema patients referred to and screened in a single centre. DESIGN A prospective case series. SETTING A Canadian tertiary care hospital. PATIENTS Patients with severe emphysema,(More)
RATIONALE In severe pulmonary emphysema, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) improves pulmonary function over a 2-yr period in selected patients. However, the changes in lung function and maximal flow (Vmax) occurring immediately postoperatively are not clear and may contribute to the high morbidity observed. In the present study, we used a chronic canine(More)
BACKGROUND The development of lactic acidemia (LA) in septic shock (SS) is associated with an ominous prognosis. We previously showed that the mechanism of LA in SS may relate to impaired hepatic uptake of lactate, but the mechanism was not clear. Uptake of lactate by the liver occurs by a membrane-associated, pH-dependent, antiport system known as the(More)
We previously showed that lysozyme (Lzm-S), derived from leukocytes, caused myocardial depression in canine sepsis by binding to the endocardial endothelium to release nitric oxide (NO). NO then diffuses to adjacent myocytes to activate the cGMP pathway. In a canine right ventricular trabecular (RVT) preparation, Lzm-S also decreased the inotropic response(More)
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