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Palygorskite, a fibrous clay mineral, is being used as a substitute for asbestos in some applications. Nine specimens obtained from different geological locales were studied for mineral purity, elemental composition, fibre size distribution, and surface binding characteristics. The membranolytic activity of each was determined using a human erythrocyte(More)
OBJECTIVES This study in patients with diabetes mellitus was undertaken 1) to evaluate cardiac sympathetic innervation in diabetic patients using metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) imaging; 2) to study the relation between autonomic function assessed by clinical maneuvers and abnormalities in MIBG uptake; and 3) to examine the basis for our previous observation(More)
BACKGROUND Diminished heart rate variability is associated with less favorable prognosis after myocardial infarction. However, the prognostic value of early (first 48 hours) measurement and the influence of thrombolytic strategies, myocardial infarction location, left ventricular function, ST-segment shift, and infarct-related artery patency on heart rate(More)
OBJECTIVES We hypothesized that QT dispersion would be increased in patients with diabetes mellitus and autonomic dysfunction and that QT dispersion would be related to abnormal iodine-123 (I-123) metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) uptake. BACKGROUND Patients with diabetes mellitus and autonomic dysfunction have an increased incidence of sudden death. This(More)
Chrysotile formation arises through serpentinization of ultramafics and silicified dolomitic limestones. Rock types tend to control the trace metal content and both the nature and amounts of admixed minerals in the ore, such as fibrous brucite (nemalite) and tremolite. Some associated minerals and trace metals are thought to play a role in biological(More)