Christine A. Stone

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BACKGROUND The DOTS (directly observed treatment short-course) strategy for tuberculosis (TB) control is recommended by the World Health Organization globally. However, there are few studies of long-term TB treatment outcomes from DOTS programs in high-burden settings and particularly settings of high drug resistance. A DOTS program was implemented(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe the epidemiology of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in Victoria. STUDY DESIGN Population study of all women having singleton births in Victoria in 1996. METHODS Probabilistic record linkage of routinely collected data and capture-recapture techniques to provide an estimate of the incidence of GDM. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Risk(More)
The haemochromatosis gene (HFE) is linked to both HLA-A and D6S105 on the short arm of chromosome 6 but these markers are separated by approximately 2 Mb of DNA. Most chromosomes carrying HFE have a common haplotype which extends from HLA-A to D6S105 and includes HLA-F. To localise the gene more precisely we have examined 10 microsatellite markers extending(More)
The gene for hereditary haemochromatosis (HC) is linked to HLA-A and D6S105 on chromosome 6p. Both markers have also been reported to display linkage disequilibrium with the disease. However, their physical localization relative to one another has not been established. We demonstrate by fluorescent in situ hybridisation that D6S105 lies at least 1-2 Mb(More)
Outpatient non-attendance is a common source of inefficiency in a health service, wasting time and resources and potentially lengthening waiting lists. A prospective audit of plastic surgery outpatient clinics was conducted during the six months from January to June 1997, to determine the clinical and demographic profile of non-attenders. Of 6095(More)
The Victorian Gambling Study 2008–2012 (VGS) is a large, multi-design study of gambling among Victorian adults aged 18 and older at baseline. The objectives were to estimate prevalence and incidence, investigate gambling risk transitions, identify risk factors and explore gambling and health. The VGS will provide an evidence base for strategies and programs(More)
Chorea-acanthocytosis (CHAC) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by progressive neurodegeneration and unusual red-cell morphology (acanthocytosis), with onset in the third to fifth decade of life. Neurological impairment with acanthocytosis (neuroacanthocytosis) also is seen in abetalipoproteinemia and X-linked McLeod syndrome. Whereas the(More)
The cause of the hepatic siderosis and iron overload that is common in porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT) is uncertain. Heterozygosity for genetic hemochromatosis has been supported by some studies of the association between the HLA-A3 antigen and porphyria cutanea tarda but not by others. The hemochromatosis gene is now believed to be located telomeric to(More)
Chitosan is a derivative of chitin, extracted from the exoskeleton of lobsters, crabs and shrimps. As a semi-permeable biological dressing, it maintains a sterile wound exudate beneath a dry scab, preventing dehydration and contamination of the wound to optimise conditions for healing. In this study, evaluation of healing at split skin graft donor sites,(More)
OBJECTIVES To measure population prevalence and determine potential predictors of neural tube defects. METHOD Analysis of all births reported to a mandated collection of perinatal data, and terminations prior to 20 weeks' gestation that have been reported to a data collection of birth defects in Victoria from 1983 to 1997. Prevalence at birth and risk(More)