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BACKGROUND Exacerbations of asthma are associated with substantial morbidity and mortality and with considerable use of health care resources. Preventing exacerbations remains an important goal of therapy. There is evidence that eosinophilic inflammation of the airway is associated with the risk of exacerbations. METHODS We conducted a randomized,(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of three postoperative dressings on orthopaedic wound healing. METHOD Three hundred orthopaedic patients were divided into three treatment groups and allocated to management with one of three dressings: Primapore, Tegaderm with pad, and OpSite Post-Op. Staff completed a questionnaire to evaluate the wound progression.(More)
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a potentially fatal hyperinflammatory syndrome with prolonged high fever, hepatosplenomegaly and characteristic laboratory findings. HLH may be inherited (primary) or may be secondary to any severe infection, malignancy or rheumatologic condition. The last several years have witnessed an explosion in our(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the proportion, geographic variation, and predictors of infant hospital readmission within 6 weeks of the postbirth discharge. METHODS A cross-sectional, population-based study was conducted of all infants who were born from 1997 through 2001, linkable to the birth mother, and discharged alive from the hospital (N = 68 681) using(More)
The nature of cancer control is changing, with an increasing emphasis, fuelled by public and political demand, on prevention, early diagnosis, and patient experience during and after treatment. At the same time, primary care is increasingly promoted, by governments and health funders worldwide, as the preferred setting for most health care for reasons of(More)
The Internet provides a common interface between diierent types of computers and networks, and various applications and protocols are constantly being developed. A new protocol or application after being developed has to be tested on the real Internet or simulated on a testbed for debugging and performance evaluation. A protocol developer typically requires(More)
The accuracy of partial weightbearing was assessed in six healthy volunteers and 23 patients who had sustained either a fracture of a lower limb or surgery. They were trained to weightbear partially using the conventional bathroom scale method and were assessed in a gait laboratory using force platforms. The amount of weight exerted on the involved limb(More)
EvA (Emphysema versus Airway disease) is a multicentre project to study mechanisms and identify biomarkers of emphysema and airway disease in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The objective of this study was to delineate objectively imaging-based emphysema-dominant and airway disease-dominant phenotypes using quantitative computed tomography(More)
BACKGROUND High-resolution CT (HRCT) scanning is part of the management of severe asthma, but its application varies between centers. We sought to describe the HRCT scan abnormalities of a large severe asthma cohort and to determine the utility of clinical features to direct the use of HRCT scanning in this group of patients. METHODS Subjects attending(More)