Christine J O'Neill

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This work was conducted to determine if methane emissions from sheep immunized with an anti-methanogen vaccine were significantly lower than methane emissions from non-immunized sheep, to test the effectiveness of two different vaccine formulations (VF) on methane abatement, and to compare methane emissions measured using a closed-circuit respiration(More)
CONTEXT Polyalanine tract variations in transcription factors have been identified for a wide spectrum of developmental disorders. The thyroid transcription factor forkhead factor E1 (FOXE1) contains a polymorphic polyalanine tract with 12-22 alanines. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) close to this locus are associated with papillary thyroid cancer(More)
IMPORTANCE BRAF V600E is a prominent oncogene in papillary thyroid cancer (PTC), but its role in PTC-related patient mortality has not been established. OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationship between BRAF V600E mutation and PTC-related mortality. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Retrospective study of 1849 patients (1411 women and 438 men) with a(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the prognostic value of BRAF V600E mutation for the recurrence of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC). PATIENTS AND METHODS This was a retrospective multicenter study of the relationship between BRAF V600E mutation and recurrence of PTC in 2,099 patients (1,615 women and 484 men), with a median age of 45 years (interquartile range [IQR],(More)
1. We have used gait analysis to investigate the efficacy of maintenance therapy with a levodopa/carbidopa combination in patients with idiopathic Parkinsonism, who do not have overt fluctuations in control in relation to administration of medication. 2. Fourteen patients (aged 64 to 88 years) receiving maintenance therapy with levodopa and carbidopa(More)
Work on the causation of idiopathic parkinsonism is limited by relying on gross clinical definition and lack of studies in the old. A prognostic index for parkinsonism, based on hypo/bradykinesia of gait, had considerably higher values in spouses of 20 aged suffers, who had been cohabiting for about half a century, than in 40 controls. Postural abnormality,(More)
INTRODUCTION The number of incidentally discovered adrenal lesions is increasing due to the widespread use of abdominal imaging. Although most incidentalomas are benign, larger suspicious lesions will require adrenalectomy. The aim of this study is to determine the risk of malignancy in patients undergoing surgery for adrenal incidentaloma; and to compare(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to determine whether instructing surgical trainees in technically demanding procedures causes alterations in heart rate variability (HRV) and mental strain in supervising surgeons. METHODS A prospective study of HRV in two consultant surgeons and three endocrine surgical fellows undertaking 50 total thyroidectomy(More)
In 144 healthy, active, asymptomatic volunteers (aged 30-88 years), age explained 33% of the variance in free walking speed. This could not be ascribed simply to differences in physique at maturity, since height had a more important effect on speed (p less than 0.0001) than did leg length (p less than 0.01). Multiple linear regression was used to fit models(More)
CONTEXT Individualized management, incorporating papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) variant-specific risk, is conceivably a useful treatment strategy for PTC, which awaits comprehensive data demonstrating differential risks of PTC variants to support. OBJECTIVE This study sought to establish the differential clinicopathological risk of major PTC variants:(More)