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1.  Anthropometric and Hemodynamic Profiles of Athletes and Their Relevance to Performance in the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope 
Purpose
Many factors influence athletes’ performance including anthropometric, physiological and environmental parameters. High altitude is characterized by adverse environmental conditions that are not found at sea level. We investigated the influence of some anthropometric and physiological factors on performance in the context of the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope.
Methods
Age, height, weight, blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rate of 83 finisher athletes of both genders were collected during medical checkup, and race time was recorded at the arrival line. Measured and calculated data association with performance was assessed.
Results
The race time was significantly influenced by the area of training (p=0.0022), and gender (p=0.0036) of athletes; BMI showed significant association with race time in the overall athletes’ population; this was confirmed in male (r=0.565; p=0.034) but not in female athletes (r=0.749; p=0.058). Weight class showed significant association to performance, the lighter athletes performing better than the heavier (p<0.00001). None of the investigated physiological parameters showed association to the race time.
Conclusions
We hypothesized that high altitude training and body size are significantly influential on athletes’ performance in the Mount Cameroon race of hope and similar mountain races.
PMCID: PMC3426728  PMID: 22942995
Anthropometry; Blood Pressure; Mountaineering; Altitude; Performance; Cameroon
2.  Burns in pregnancy: a case report from Buea Regional Hospital, Cameroon  
Background
To the best of our knowledge similar cases of severe burns in pregnancy have not been published in Cameroon; indicating the rarity of this devastating condition and therefore the dilemma that practitioners may be confronted with in its management. This report is to help the Physician understand the factors that should determine his/her management decisions by reviewing the limited literature of burns in pregnancy. A multidisciplinary approach by a team of Obstetricians, Anesthetist/Intensive care Physicians, Pediatricians and Surgeons is indispensible. Adequate resuscitation, fight against sepsis, the gestational age and the severity of the burn will determine the outcome or prognosis.
PMCID: PMC2984292  PMID: 21532730
Burns ;  pregnancy ;  multidisciplinary approach ;  prognosis
3.  Meckel’s diverticulum: a case report from the University Hospital Center Yaoundé, Cameroon  
To the best of our knowledge there is no reported case of Meckel’s diverticulum (MD) in Cameroon. The prevalence of MD in the general population is 2–3 %. The aim of this paper is to recapitulate the role of this pathology in acute abdomens and abdominal pain of uncertain aetiology in young patients and to review the medical literature.
PMCID: PMC2984297  PMID: 21532715
Meckel’s diverticulum ;  acute abdomen ;  difficult diagnosis ;  Cameroon

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