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BACKGROUND The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence and incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in a representative Lebanese cohort and to describe practice prevalence trends, disease characteristics, and impact on quality of life (QoL) of IBD patients in Lebanon. METHODS All of a university-based health program's 2000-2004(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the safety and efficacy of high dose gabapentin (GBP) monotherapy (3,000-4,800 mg/day) in patients with medically refractory partial epilepsy. METHODS GBP monotherapy at daily doses up to 4,800 mg was attempted in patients participating in the open-label phase of a double-blind, dose-controlled, GBP monotherapy trial. For those who(More)
BACKGROUND Colonoscopy preparation regimens are often poorly tolerated because they require use of large-volume bowel preparation solution and diet restrictions for adequate cleansing. This study evaluated the efficacy and tolerability of a split-dose polyethylene glycol-electrolyte solution plus bisacodyl and a regular diet. METHODS A total of 187(More)
BACKGROUND A high incidence of thrombotic events in thalassemia intermedia (TI) patients led to the identification of a hypercoagulable state. Brain involvement has not been widely studied in TI, although limited reports confirm a low incidence of overt stroke and high incidence of silent brain infarcts. PATIENTS/METHODS This was a prospective study(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the effect of intermittent photic stimulation (IPS) and frequency of asymmetric driving responses in patients with occipital spikes. METHODS The amplitude of the driving response at 4 flash frequencies was measured from a referential montage in 60 patients with occipital spikes and in 60 normal EEG records from age-matched patients.(More)
INTRODUCTION Colonic lipomas are rare subepithelial benign tumors affecting mainly middle-aged women. They are usually asymptomatic and, hence, are discovered incidentally on autopsy, surgery, or colonoscopy. There is a wide range of presentations like abdominal pain, bleeding per rectum, intussusception, etc. The latter picture constitutes the usual(More)
This a prospective study comparing 2 interventions, incentive-based and audit-feedback, for measuring compliance to the World Health Organization's My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene among nursing staff in a Lebanese tertiary care center over 21 weeks. Compliance was not achieved by default. The incentive-driven intervention helped boost compliance, and the(More)
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