Cindy Proulx

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BACKGROUND Defining the complication rate of endoscopy performed across an entire city will capture usual as opposed to referral center data. OBJECTIVE Our purpose was to evaluate the current practice of colonoscopy and complications associated with lower GI endoscopy in usual clinical practice. DESIGN All admissions within 30 days of an outpatient(More)
Sympathetic fiber innervation of the damaged region following injury represents a conserved event of wound healing. The present study tested the hypothesis that impaired scar healing in post-myocardial infarction (post-MI) rats was associated with a reduction of sympathetic fibers innervating the infarct region. In 1-wk post-MI rats,(More)
Intrathymic clonal deletion is thought to be the major mechanism responsible for tolerance to nonsequestered antigens such as the ones expressed by bone marrow-derived cells. In the case of sequestered antigens that potentially do not come in contact with T cells in the thymus, it is thought that autoreactive T cells are present in periphery but are tightly(More)
It has previously been observed that (a) following 15 min of intense exercise, esophageal temperature (Tes) remains elevated at a plateau value equal to that at which active vasodilation had occurred during exercise (i.e., esophageal temperature threshold for cutaneous vasodilation [ThVD]); and (b) exercise/recovery cycles of identical intensity and(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of exercise on the subsequent post-exercise core temperature thresholds for vasodilation and sweating. METHODS On two separate days, with 6 subjects (3 males and 3 females), a whole-body water-perfused suit decreased mean skin temperature until the threshold for vasoconstriction was(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of exercise on the subsequent postexercise thresholds for vasoconstriction and shivering. On two separate days, with six subjects (3 women), a whole body water-perfused suit slowly decreased mean skin temperature (approximately 7.0 degreesC/h) until thresholds for vasoconstriction and shivering were(More)
Neural stem cells were identified in the rat heart and during scar formation and healing participated in sympathetic fiber sprouting and angiogenesis. In the setting of diabetes, impaired wound healing represents a typical pathological feature. These findings provided the impetus to test the hypothesis that experimental diabetes adversely influenced the(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Certain clinical conditions are related to the presence of platelet-specific alloantibodies in the patient's serum. We studied the molecular diversity of HPA-1a antibodies to analyze some peculiarities of this antibody response. MATERIALS AND METHODS Human antibody Fab fragments that bind to the platelet alloantigen HPA-1a on(More)
We analysed the titre and isotype composition of antibodies produced by mothers giving birth to babies with or without neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenic purpura (NAITP) and patients with post-transfusion purpura (PTP). All these individuals produced an antibody specific for the HPA-1a allotype present on the platelet glycoprotein IIb-IIIa (GPIIb-IIIa).(More)
To examine the biological impact of locally expressed stromal cell-derived factor-1α (SDF-1α) during the acute phase of remodeling after myocardial infarction (MI), rats were treated with the selective CXCR4 receptor antagonist AMD3100 (1 mg/kg; given 24 h post-MI and continued for 6 days). In 1-week post-MI rats, intense SDF-1 immunoreactivity was detected(More)