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  • G Abbiendi, K Ackerstaff, +141 authors Heisenberg Fellow
  • 1999
Cross-sections and angular distributions for hadronic and lepton pair final states in e + e − collisions at a centre-of-mass energy near 189 GeV, measured with the OPAL detector at LEP, are presented and compared with the predictions of the Standard Model. The results are used to measure the energy dependence of the electromagnetic coupling constant α em ,(More)
The phospholipids of avian spermatozoa are characterized by high proportions of arachidonic (20:4n-6) and docosatetraenoic (22:4n-6) fatty acids and are therefore sensitive to lipid peroxidation. Alpha-tocopherol and glutathione peroxidase [GSH-Px] are believed to be the primary components of the antioxidant system of the spermatozoa. The present study(More)
This study was designed to evaluate whether hair calcium concentration reflects the mortality from coronary heart disease on a UK-wide basis and to determine the effect--if any--of environmental factors which might affect calcium metabolism on this relationship. The study was based on our earlier findings of an inverse relationship between hair calcium(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether the decline in selenium intake and selenium status in men in the West of Scotland might be a contributory factor to male subfertility. PATIENTS AND METHODS Two semen samples were collected from patients attending a subfertility clinic and those patients with samples showing reduced motility were invited to participate in an(More)
1. The effect of a range of supplementations of vitamin A to the laying hen on the concentration of vitamins A, E, ascorbic acid and carotenoids in the maternal liver, the egg yolk and the embryonic liver were investigated. 2. Four groups of 25 Rhode Island Red hens were fed on standard layer-breeder diets with concentrations of supplemented vitamin A(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the ability of designer eggs enriched in vitamin E, lutein, selenium (Se) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) to deliver micronutrients to the human in a palatable and visually acceptable form. DESIGN Double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, two treatment groups balanced for sex and age. SETTING Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition,(More)
Hair calcium concentration is biologically regulated and inversely correlated to the concentration in the aorta. Populations generally divide into high and low hair calcium groups which differ significantly from each other. It has been found that about 90% of people who suffer an acute myocardial infarction belong to the low hair calcium group. It follows(More)
Production of events with hadronic and leptonic final states has been measured in e + e − collisions at centre-of-mass energies of 130–172 GeV, using the OPAL detector at LEP. Cross-sections and leptonic forward-backward asymmetries are presented, both including and excluding the dominant production of radiative Zγ events, and compared to Standard Model(More)
  • G Abbiendi, K Ackerstaff, +164 authors Heisenberg Fellow
  • 1997
A search for pair produced scalar fermions with couplings that violate R-parity has been performed using a data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 56 pb −1 at a centre-of-mass energy of √ s = 183 GeV collected with the OPAL detector at LEP. An important consequence of R-parity breaking interactions is that the lightest supersymmet-ric(More)
Selenium concentrations were determined via hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry in more than 100 convenience and fast foods including 34 vegetarian dishes. The foods were purchased mainly in Ayrshire, Scotland but some came from other parts of the UK. The results indicate a considerable amount of selenium in certain mushrooms, spinach, fish,(More)