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We acquired T2*-weighted echo planar imaging (EPI) images with BOLD contrast on a 1.5 tesla Siemens Sonata magnetic resonance scanner (imaging parameters: 280 volumes; 2 mm slice thickness; 1 mm inter-slice gap; tilted plane acquisition sequence 29). T1-weighted structural images were co-registered with mean EPI images, and averaged across subjects to allow… (More)
Selection pressures from pathogens impact on the worldwide geographic distribution of polymorphisms in certain pathogen-response-associated genes. Such gene-specific effects could lead to confounding by geographic disease associations. We wished to determine if such constraints impinge on the genetic structure of a population of Irish patients and whether… (More)
BACKGROUND The recessive disorder trimethylaminuria is caused by defects in the FMO3 gene, and may be associated with hypertension. We investigated whether common polymorphisms of the FMO3 gene confer an increased risk for elevated blood pressure and/or essential hypertension. METHODS FMO3 genotypes (E158K, V257M, E308G) were determined in 387 healthy… (More)
A routine aerobic culture of purulent material from a draining sinus tract of a patient with chronic lymphadenitis yielded growth of a fastidious gram-negative coccobacillus later identified as Brucella suis biotype 1. The patient responded to administration of antibacterial drugs and surgical drainage.
The recent completion of the International HapMap Project has rapidly advanced our understanding of linkage disequilibrium (LD) in the human genome. Today, tagging SNPs (tSNPs) can be quickly and easily selected and consequently HapMap data are regularly applied to both small- and large-scale genetic mapping studies. However, to correctly interpret the… (More)
A total of 180 selected strains of gram-negative bacilli were tested for susceptibility to nine antibiotics by the prototype General Susceptibility Card and reference broth microdilution MIC method, and 112 of 180 were tested by the modified Gram-Negative General Susceptibility-Plus Card (Vitek Systems, Inc., Hazelwood, Mo.). When category… (More)
Keynote address: " Sweet dreams: using genome wide association methods to find genes for diabetes and obesity " Irish Travellers are a nomadic people in whom early marriage, frequent child bearing and consanguinity are cultural norms. They number 22,445, <0.5% of the Irish population, 9.6% of the 1465 patients listed at NCIMD on January 1 st 2007 were… (More)