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The clinical symptoms of 55 patients with primary fibromyalgia (PF) were studied and compared with 30 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The PF patients expressed a more intense feeling of illness than did the RA patients. Stiffness occurred just as often in PF as in RA. Trigger points occurred less frequently in RA patients. Muscular fatigue appeared(More)
The clinical utility of detecting minimal residual disease (MRD) in children with neuroblastoma (NB) by quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (QRT-PCR) is not clear. This in part reflects the lack of uniform methodology for analysis and reporting. Reference laboratories across Europe have therefore established standard operating(More)
This study demonstrates for the first time in humans that UV light induces an increase of the melanocyte population in exposed skin as well as in shielded areas. Because an increased mitotic activity could promote tumor development, UV exposure might play a role in melanoma development not only in exposed but also in covered skin. In addition, it was found(More)
BACKGROUND Analysis of drugs in hair has been used on a qualitative basis to estimate earlier exposure to drugs. Clinical applications are rare because of the lack of dose-response relationships in the studies performed to date, and questions remain regarding the mechanisms of drug incorporation into hair. Several human studies have shown differences in(More)
N-Acetylcysteine was given intravenously and as three fast dissolving and one slow-release formulation, on separate occasions, as a single dose of 600 mg to 10 fasting (5 men and 5 women) healthy volunteers. Blood and urine were sampled for the following 12 h. Renal clearance constituted around 30% of total body clearance, which was 0.21 l/h/kg. Volume of(More)
Cadmium induced renal effects were examined in 60 workers (58 men, 2 women) previously exposed to cadmium. Tubular damage in the form of beta 2-microglobulinuria was found in 40%, and urinary albumin and orosomucoid increased significantly with increasing urinary cadmium and increasing relative clearance of beta 2-microglobulin. It is suggested that(More)
It has earlier been claimed that clinical improvement of patients with Parkinson's disease is obtained by treatment with NADH. This has to be verified by double-blind, clinical studies and measurement of biochemical effects of the treatment. In a double blind study five patients with clinically moderate Parkinson's disease were treated with NADH, 25 mg,(More)
The cyanide metabolite 2-aminothiazoline-4-carboxylic acid (ATC) was converted to N-carbamylcysteine and analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and fluorometric detection. ATC was first separated from interfering substances by passing through the cation exchanger AG 50W-X8. Interfering disulfides were converted to thiols by reduction of(More)
In multicentre studies of malignant and inflammatory diseases, whole blood, cell or tissue samples are often collected for analyses of gene expression to predict or monitor treatment effects. For correct analysis, sample stability during handling and transport is crucial. In developing the logistics for multicentre studies in malignant melanoma and(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate if multiple sclerosis (MS) is associated with vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency. METHODS We measured serum vitamin B12, plasma folate, serum methylmalonic acid (MMA), plasma homocysteine (tHcy) and also cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) MMA and tHcy in 72 patients with MS and 23 controls. RESULTS The mean plasma(More)