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  1. Content type: Research Article

    The Quality of Life in Alzheimer’s disease scale (QoL-AD) is a widely used Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) instrument. However, studies investigating the instrument’s inter-rater reliability (IRR) are m...

    Authors: Martin Nikolaus Dichter, Eva-Maria Wolschon, Christian G. G. Schwab, Gabriele Meyer and Sascha Köpke

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:145

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    Older emergency department patients are more vulnerable than younger patients, yet many risk factors that contribute to the mortality of older patients remain unclear and under investigation. This study endeav...

    Authors: Carmen García-Peña, Mario Ulises Pérez-Zepeda, Leslie Viridiana Robles-Jiménez, Sergio Sánchez-García, Ricardo Ramírez-Aldana and Pamela Tella-Vega

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:144

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    Disturbances in sleep and circadian rhythms are common among residents of long-term care facilities. In this systematic review, we aim to identify and evaluate the literature documenting the outcomes associate...

    Authors: Elizabeth Capezuti, Rana Sagha Zadeh, Kevin Pain, Aleksa Basara, Nancy Ziyan Jiang and Ana C. Krieger

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:143

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  4. Content type: Research Article

    Studies on persistence of benzodiazepine agonist (BZDA) withdrawal in older outpatients are few, and few studies on long-term persistence over years have yet been published. To describe the persistence of tema...

    Authors: Juha Puustinen, Ritva Lähteenmäki, Janne Nurminen, Tero Vahlberg, Pertti Aarnio, Markku Partinen, Ismo Räihä, Pertti J. Neuvonen and Sirkka-Liisa Kivelä

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:142

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Alzheimer’s disease (AD) dementia, a progressive neurodegenerative disease, exerts significant burden upon patients, caregivers, and healthcare systems globally. The current study investigated the associations...

    Authors: William Montgomery, Amir Goren, Kristin Kahle-Wrobleski, Tomomi Nakamura and Kaname Ueda

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:141

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The ability of acute care providers to cope with the influx of frail older patients is increasingly stressed, and changes need to be made to improve care provided to older adults. Our purpose was to conduct a ...

    Authors: Olga Theou, Emma Squires, Kayla Mallery, Jacques S. Lee, Sherri Fay, Judah Goldstein, Joshua J. Armstrong and Kenneth Rockwood

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:139

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  7. Content type: Research article

    A first step to offer community-dwelling older persons proactive care is to identify those at risk of functional decline within a year. This study investigates the predictive value of registered information, q...

    Authors: Sophie C. E. van Blijswijk, Jeanet W. Blom, Anton J. M. de Craen, Wendy P. J. den Elzen and Jacobijn Gussekloo

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:140

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    Poor nutrition and age per see add to the development of sarcopenia, i.e. loss of muscle mass and strength, which contributes to increased risk of impaired activities of daily living (ADL) and reduced independ...

    Authors: Helena Grönstedt, Sofia Vikström, Tommy Cederholm, Erika Franzén, Åke Seiger, Anders Wimo, Gerd Faxén-Irving and Anne-Marie Boström

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:138

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Adherence to recommendations and medication is deemed to be important for effectiveness of case management interventions. Thus, reasons for non-adherence and effects on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) s...

    Authors: Gundula Krack, Rolf Holle, Inge Kirchberger, Bernhard Kuch, Ute Amann and Hildegard Seidl

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:136

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are increasingly used in daily clinical practice in elderly patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) despite limited evidence. The purpose of this study was to asses...

    Authors: Xiaojing Chen, Salim Bary Barywani, Runa Sigurjonsdottir and Michael Fu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:137

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  11. Content type: Research Article

    Elderly patients are vulnerable to adverse drug reactions (ADRs). Drug-related readmissions (DRRs) can be a major consequence of ADR. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the effects of a ward-based, com...

    Authors: R. Lenssen, K. Schmitz, C. Griesel, A. Heidenreich, J. B. Schulz, C. Trautwein, N. Marx, C. Fitzner, U. Jaehde and A. Eisert

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:135

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  12. Content type: Research article

    There is insufficient evidence regarding the relationship of home environment with functional capacity among community-dwelling older people without disabilities. We conducted a population-based longitudinal c...

    Authors: Kimiko Tomioka, Norio Kurumatani and Hiroshi Hosoi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:132

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Many survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred in 2011 were at risk of deteriorating health, especially elderly people living in disaster-stricken areas. The objectives of this prospective stu...

    Authors: M. Tsubota-Utsugi, Y. Yonekura, K. Tanno, M. Nozue, H. Shimoda, N. Nishi, K. Sakata and S. Kobayashi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:133

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  14. Content type: Research article

    People with dementia and informal carers often access formal care late in the process of dementia. The barriers and facilitators to service use from the perspectives of different stakeholders involved are not ...

    Authors: Astrid Stephan, Anja Bieber, Louise Hopper, Rachael Joyce, Kate Irving, Orazio Zanetti, Elisa Portolani, Liselot Kerpershoek, Frans Verhey, Marjolein de Vugt, Claire Wolfs, Siren Eriksen, Janne Røsvik, Maria J. Marques, Manuel Gonçalves-Pereira, Britt-Marie Sjölund…

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:131

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  15. Content type: Research Article

    Nursing home residents in Sweden are old, frail and usually have multiple morbidities which often make dying a prolonged suffering. It has been found that older persons at nursing homes receive far less pallia...

    Authors: Helene Åvik Persson, Anna Sandgren, Carl-Johan Fürst, Gerd Ahlström and Lina Behm

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:134

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) generally includes handgrip strength (HGS) as a measure of overall muscle strength that is associated with various health characteristics in geriatric outpatients. Whet...

    Authors: Suey S. Y. Yeung, Esmee M. Reijnierse, Marijke C. Trappenburg, Gerard J. Blauw, Carel G. M. Meskers and Andrea B. Maier

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:130

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The protective, custodial, task-oriented care provided in residential aged care facilitates decreases health and wellbeing of residents. The aim of the study was to conduct a feasibility study of LifeFul – a 1...

    Authors: Lee-Fay Low, Shruti Venkatesh, Lindy Clemson, Dafna Merom, Anne-Nicole Casey and Henry Brodaty

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:129

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  18. Content type: Correction

    Following the publication of this article [1], the authors noticed that the results presented in the results section of the article were erroneously reported in the results section of the abstract.

    Authors: Sebastian Rios, Christopher M. Perlman, Andrew Costa, George Heckman, John P. Hirdes and Lori Mitchell

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:128

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    The original article was published in BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:244

  19. Content type: Research Article

    Older people who present to the Emergency Department (ED) experience high rates of prevalent and incident delirium. This study aimed to determine whether an assistant workforce in the ED could effectively cond...

    Authors: Carolyn Hullick, Jane Conway, Isabel Higgins, Jacqueline Hewitt, Bernadette Stewart, Sophie Dilworth and John Attia

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:126

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  20. Content type: Research Article

    With the rapid growth of elderly patients visiting the Emergency Department (ED), it is expected that there will be even more hospitalisations following ED visits in the future. The aim of this study was to ex...

    Authors: C. P. Launay, A. Kabeshova, A. Lanoé, J. Chabot, E. J. Levinoff and O. Beauchet

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:127

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  21. Content type: Study protocol

    Depression and hypertension are common, costly, and destructive conditions among the rapidly aging population of China. The two disorders commonly coexist and are poorly recognized and inadequately treated, es...

    Authors: Shulin Chen, Yeates Conwell, Jiang Xue, Lydia W. Li, Wan Tang, Hillary R. Bogner and Hengjin Dong

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:124

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Polypharmacy has not been investigated in patients living with HIV in developing countries. The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence of polypharmacy, the factors associated with polypharmacy and...

    Authors: Michael Ssonko, Fiona Stanaway, Harriet K. Mayanja, Tabitha Namuleme, Robert Cumming, John L. Kyalimpa, Yvonne Karamagi, Barbara Mukasa and Vasi Naganathan

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:125

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Community health professionals play a significant role in dementia care. However, little is known about community health professionals’ capacity in dementia care, especially in low and middle-income countries....

    Authors: Yao Wang, Lily Dongxia Xiao, Yang Luo, Shui-Yuan Xiao, Craig Whitehead and Owen Davies

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:122

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  24. Content type: Research Article

    Iron deficiency is one of the most common causes of anemia in geriatric patients. Although the oral iron intake is often inadequate, the potential of iron dense foods in the daily meals of geriatric institutio...

    Authors: Baerbel Sturtzel, Ibrahim Elmadfa, Brigitte Hermann, Walter Schippinger and Gerald Ohrenberger

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:123

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Orofacial pain in people with dementia is difficult to detect, and often under-treated. Our aim was to investigate the prevalence of orofacial pain in people with dementia in acute hospitals in the UK. Seconda...

    Authors: Liza J. M. van de Rijt, Roxane A. F. Weijenberg, Alexandra R. Feast, Victoria Vickerstaff, Frank Lobbezoo and Elizabeth L. Sampson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:121

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Vascular risk factors increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), but there is limited evidence on whether comorbid vascular conditions and risk factors have an impact on disease progression. The aim of thi...

    Authors: Rannveig Sakshaug Eldholm, Karin Persson, Maria Lage Barca, Anne-Brita Knapskog, Lena Cavallin, Knut Engedal, Geir Selbaek, Eva Skovlund and Ingvild Saltvedt

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:120

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies have demonstrated that life story work has positive effects when used on older adults. This study aimed to examine the effect of life story work on the general mental well-being, self-esteem, ...

    Authors: Claudia K. Y. Lai, Ayumi Igarashi, Clare T. K. Yu and Kenny C. W. Chin

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:119

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Falls are a major cause of disability and death in older people, particularly women. Cross-sectional surveys suggest that some risk factors associated with a history of falls may be sex-specific, but whether r...

    Authors: Catharine R. Gale, Leo D. Westbury, Cyrus Cooper and Elaine M. Dennison

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:117

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Low muscle mass and strength are highly prevalent in inpatients. It is acknowledged that low muscle mass and strength are associated with falls in community-dwelling older adults, but it is unknown if these mu...

    Authors: Jeanine M. Van Ancum, Mirjam Pijnappels, Nini H. Jonkman, Kira Scheerman, Sjors Verlaan, Carel G. M. Meskers and Andrea B. Maier

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:116

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  30. Content type: Research Article

    Osteoporosis is an important morbidity factor for ageing populations in developed countries. However, compared to the amount of information available on diabetes and cardiovascular disease, little is known abo...

    Authors: Jean-Pierre Gutzwiller, Jean-Pierre Richterich, Zeno Stanga, Urs E. Nydegger, Lorenz Risch and Martin Risch

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:115

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Pre-death grief (PDG) is a key challenge faced by caregivers of persons with dementia (PWD). Marwit-Meuser Caregiver Grief Inventory (MM-CGI) and its abbreviated MM-CGI-Short-Form (MM-CGI-SF) are among the few...

    Authors: Tau Ming Liew, Philip Yap, Nan Luo, Soo Boon Hia, Gerald Choon-Huat Koh and Bee Choo Tai

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:114

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are universal and associated with multiple negative outcomes. This pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluated the effect of using the WeCareAdvis...

    Authors: Helen C. Kales, Laura N. Gitlin, Barbara Stanislawski, H. Myra Kim, Katherine Marx, Molly Turnwald, Claire Chiang and Constantine G. Lyketsos

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:113

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  33. Content type: Research Article

    Balance performance is considered as an indicator of functional status in the elderly, a large scale population screening and evaluation in the community context followed by proper interventions would be of gr...

    Authors: Jingjuan Ju, Yu Jiang, Peng Zhou, Lin Li, Xiaolei Ye, Hongmei Wu, Bin Shen, Jialei Zhang, Xiaoding He, Chunjin Niu and Qinghua Xia

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:112

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Heart failure (HF) is associated with a high rate of readmissions within 30 days post-discharge and in the following year, especially in frail elderly patients. Biomarker data are scarce in this high-risk popu...

    Authors: Cristina Pacho, Mar Domingo, Raquel Núñez, Josep Lupón, Julio Núñez, Jaume Barallat, Pedro Moliner, Marta de Antonio, Javier Santesmases, Germán Cediel, Santiago Roura, M. Cruz Pastor, Jordi Tor and Antoni Bayes-Genis

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:109

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  35. Content type: Study protocol

    There are effective non-pharmacological treatment programs that reduce functional disability and changed behaviours in people with dementia. However, these programs (such as the Care of People with dementia in...

    Authors: Lindy Clemson, Kate Laver, Yun-Hee Jeon, Tracy A Comans, Justin Scanlan, Miia Rahja, Jennifer Culph, Lee-Fay Low, Sally Day, Monica Cations, Maria Crotty, Susan Kurrle, Catherine Piersol and Laura N. Gitlin

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:108

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  36. Content type: Research Article

    Peripheral neuromuscular dysfunctions were found in elderly individuals, and spinal microglia/monocyte plays an important role on this process. This study aims to test whether the glial cell line-derived neuro...

    Authors: Fei Xie, Fan Zhang, Su Min, Jingyuan Chen, Jun Yang and Xin Wang

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:110

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Aging sarcopenia characterized by low muscle mass with low muscle strength affects men and women differently. The contribution of interleukin-6 (IL-6) to sarcopenia has been suggested based on a negative corre...

    Authors: Alexandra Mikó, László Pótó, Péter Mátrai, Péter Hegyi, Nóra Füredi, András Garami, Anita Illés, Margit Solymár, Áron Vincze, Márta Balaskó, Gabriella Pár, Patrícia Sarlós, Judit Bajor, Judit Tenk, Ildikó Rostás and Erika Pétervári

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:107

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Frailty is a state of vulnerability to stressors that is prevalent in older adults and is associated with higher morbidity, mortality and healthcare utilization. Multiple instruments are used to measure frailt...

    Authors: Jorge G. Ruiz, Shivani Priyadarshni, Zubair Rahaman, Kimberly Cabrera, Stuti Dang, Willy M. Valencia and Michael J. Mintzer

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:106

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  39. Content type: Research Article

    The question of an age dependence of individual radiosensitivity has only marginally been studied so far. Therefore, we analyzed blood samples of healthy individuals and cancer patients of different ages to de...

    Authors: Barbara Schuster, Anna Ellmann, Theresa Mayo, Judith Auer, Matthias Haas, Markus Hecht, Rainer Fietkau and Luitpold V. Distel

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:105

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  40. Content type: Study protocol

    Approximately 20% of community-dwelling older adults discharged from the emergency department (ED) return to an ED within 30 days, an occurrence partially resulting from poor care transitions. Prior published ...

    Authors: Ranran Mi, Matthew M. Hollander, Courtney M. C. Jones, Eva H. DuGoff, Thomas V. Caprio, Jeremy T. Cushman, Amy J. H. Kind, Michael Lohmeier and Manish N. Shah

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:104

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Two-thirds of older Australians are sedentary. Fitness trackers have been popular with younger people and may encourage older adults to become more active. Older adults may have different gait patterns and as ...

    Authors: Elissa Burton, Keith D. Hill, Nicola T. Lautenschlager, Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Gill Lewin, Eileen Boyle and Erin Howie

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:103

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The association between low socioeconomic status (SES) and dementia is reportedly mediated by lifestyle-related diseases (i.e., diabetes) in European countries and the United States; however, in Japan, the lin...

    Authors: Nobue Nakahori, Michikazu Sekine, Masaaki Yamada, Takashi Tatsuse, Hideki Kido and Michio Suzuki

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:102

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Mobility is a key outcome in older patients with cognitive impairment. The de Morton Mobility Index (DEMMI) is an established measure of older people’s mobility that is promising for use in older patients with...

    Authors: Tobias Braun, Christian Grüneberg, Christian Thiel and Ralf-Joachim Schulz

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:100

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  44. Content type: Research Article

    Geriatric Patients Living with HIV/AIDS (GEPPO) is a new prospective observational multicentre cohort consisting of all the HIV-positive geriatric patients being treated at 10 clinics in Italy, and HIV-negativ...

    Authors: G. Guaraldi, A. Malagoli, A. Calcagno, C. Mussi, B. M. Celesia, F. Carli, S. Piconi, G. V. De Socio, A. M. Cattelan, G. Orofino, A. Riva, E. Focà, S. Nozza and G. Di Perri

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:99

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  45. Content type: Research Article

    Elderly people often have more complicated healthcare needs than younger adults due to additional functional decline, physical illness, and psychosocial needs. Unmet healthcare needs increase illness severity,...

    Authors: Yoon-Sook Kim, Jongmin Lee, Yeonsil Moon, Kyoung Jin Kim, Kunsei Lee, Jaekyung Choi and Seol-Heui Han

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:98

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  46. Content type: Research Article

    The principal aim of this study was to investigate whether a caregiver-inclusive assistive technology intervention improved older care recipients’ functional autonomy and decreased the perceived burden of thei...

    Authors: W. Ben Mortenson, Louise Demers, Marcus J. Fuhrer, Jeffrey W. Jutai, Jessica Bilkey, Michelle Plante and Frank DeRuyter

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:97

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have evaluated the characteristics of elderly patients with polypharmacy refusing deprescribing. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) u...

    Authors: Junpei Komagamine, Kenichi Sugawara and Kazuhiko Hagane

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:96

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