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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the association between chronic opioid use for non-cancer pain and fracture risk by conducting a meta-analysis of cohort studies. METHODS Cohort studies were identified by searching PubMed and EMBASE from their inception to July 2014. A fracture was considered an endpoint. The information was extracted by two authors independently.(More)
This study sought to evaluate whether restrictive blood transfusion strategies are associated with a risk of infection in orthopedic patients by conducting a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). RCTs with restrictive versus liberal red blood cell (RBC) transfusion strategies were identified by searching Medline, Embase, the Cochrane Central(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to explore a clinical index that could predict the decline of serum albumin (ALB) in elderly patients (over 60 years old) with hip fractures in 2014. METHODS All the data came from the retrospective survey, and the correlations between the ALB changes and acute infection markers were then analyzed using correlation(More)
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