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BACKGROUND Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) constitutes a major clinical problem. Minimally invasive therapies for the treatment of symptomatic BPH include Transurethral Needle Ablation (TUNA), but it is unclear what impact this technique has on the disease and its role among other currently available therapeutic options. The objective of this study is to(More)
AIMS Availability of normative reference values for cardiac chamber quantitation is a prerequisite for accurate clinical application of echocardiography. In this study, we report normal reference ranges for cardiac chambers size obtained in a large group of healthy volunteers accounting for gender and age. Echocardiographic data were acquired using(More)
The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of balloon kyphoplasty (BK) in the management of vertebral compression fractures (VCFs). This study is based on a systematic review of the literature (until October 2004) and meta-analysis of clinical studies assessing the efficacy and safety of BK in the treatment of VCFs. Estimates of effect(More)
BACKGROUND Overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions in Latin America. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to explore social and behavioral factors associated with obesity in Peruvian cities. DESIGN Between 1998 and 2000 health examination surveys were conducted among adults in 1176 families identified in six cities. Stratified by(More)
The HER2/neu oncogene product, p185(HER2/neu), is overexpressed on the surface of many human breast cancers. Strains of transgenic mice have been developed that express the rat neu oncogene in mammary epithelial cells and develop spontaneous mammary tumors that overexpress p185neu. This model provides an ideal system for testing interventions to prevent(More)
We describe a preliminary clinical experience with 3D transesophageal echocardiography (3D TEE) in an 84-year-old man with severe aortic stenosis and multiple comorbidity, who underwent percutaneous aortic valve implantation. Although 3D TEE monitoring is not a standard procedure during aortic valve replacement procedure (PAVR), when used in combination(More)
Exercises after arteriovenous fistula (AVF) creation may help to improve maturation; however, their usefulness has only been examined in indirect, non-comparative studies or small trials. Between June 2013 and November 2014, we included all ambulatory patients with stages 5-5D chronic kidney disease who were candidates for the creation of a native AVF in(More)
BACKGROUND Availability of normative reference values for cardiac chamber dimensions, volumes, mass, and function is a prerequisite for the accurate application of echocardiography for both clinical and research purposes. However, due to the lack of consistency in current echocardiographic 'reference values', their use for clinical decision-making remains(More)
AIMS Reference values for Doppler parameters according to age and gender are recommended for the assessment of heart physiology, specifically for left ventricular (LV) diastolic function. In this study, we report normal reference ranges for Doppler parameters obtained in a large group of healthy volunteers. Echocardiographic data were acquired using(More)
INTRODUCTION The use of urinary output and vital signs to guide initial burn resuscitation may lead to suboptimal resuscitation. Invasive hemodynamic monitoring may result in over-resuscitation. This study aimed to evaluate the results of a goal-directed burn resuscitation protocol that used standard measures of mean arterial pressure (MAP) and urine(More)