Benjamin J. Houghton

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Hepatobiliary dysfunction in rheumatoid arthritis has been suggested on the basis of raised serum activity of alkaline phosphatase, 5-nucleotidase, lactic dehydrogenase and gamma-glutamyl transferase, but a specific pathological lesion has not been demonstrated and serum transaminases and bilirubin are almost invariably normal. This paper reports a series(More)
15 N-ammonium chloride was given orally to 17 individuals in 20 studies. Retention of 15N by those with normal renal function was inversely proportional to the protein intake; enrichment of albumin with 15N increased during protein restriction. Protein restriction appeared to be a more potent stimulus to the synthetic use of ammonia than a large pool of(More)
The concentration of 21 amino acids was measured in the venous plasma of 41 patients with cancer of the gastrointestinal tract who had lost weight, 12 patients who had lost a similar amount of weight from non-malignant, non-septic conditions (benign weight loss), 12 patients with cancer of the gastrointestinal tract who had not lost weight and 21 control(More)
Although glucocorticoid replacement is conventionally administered twice daily, the pharmacokinetics of hydrocortisone would predict very low levels of plasma cortisol by mid-afternoon. This study compared plasma cortisol day profiles in 7 hypoadrenal patients while on twice daily and thrice daily hydrocortisone replacement. The twice daily regimen was(More)
Pituitary-thyroid function was investigated in 60 patients with chronic renal failure and 18 normal subjects. Serum triiodothyronine and free thyroxine levels were lower in patients treated by either haemodialysis or continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis compared with the normal subjects. Serum thyroxine and free thyroxine index were significantly lower(More)