A Milford Ward

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The incidence of respiratory symptoms caused by grain dust during harvesting was surveyed in a group of Lincolnshire farmers. A quarter complained of respiratory distress after working on combine harvesters or near grain driers and elevators, with cough, wheezing, and breathlessness, sometimes so severe as to prevent work. The airborne dust around combine(More)
Anti-endothelial and other cell membrane-reactive antibodies in scleroderma were characterized by immunoblotting sera with membrane and cytosol preparations of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC), dermal fibroblasts and a T cell lymphoma HUT78. Antibodies reactive with HUVEC membranes were found in 17 of 20 patients with scleroderma (33 bands) in(More)
An external quality assessment survey of immunochemical assays of 9 proteins (immunoglobulins G, A and M, complement components C3 and C4, alpha1-antitrypsin, orosomucoid, haptoglobin and transferrin) in 5 European countries (Austria, France, Hungary, Italy and UK) showed inter-country differences in the mean values obtained. Reprocessing of the results(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the clinical utility of six commercial assays for free prostate specific antigen (fPSA) and the derived ratio of fPSA to total PSA in distinguishing between patients with prostate cancer or benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). MATERIALS AND METHODS Each assay was evaluated against a panel of serum samples comprising those from patients(More)
Plasma levels of the factor VIII complex (von Willebrand factor antigen, factor VIII coagulant and ristocetin co-factor) were measured in 28 patients with systemic sclerosis. Elevated von Willebrand factor antigen was found in 12 patients overall and in 10 of 16 patients characterized by severe extensive visceral disease, with a resulting positive(More)
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