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Transverse sections of rat tibial nerve were scanned with an automated flying-spot microscope and the pictures examined in a one bit (black-and-white) form. Computer programs have been developed, and are described briefly, to isolate individual nerve fibres in the field of view, and to measure axon area and myelin area, from which it is trivial to calculate(More)
We present a study on thick Si-rich nitride/polycrystalline Si/silicon oxide multilayer-stacks made by LPCVD and PECVD techniques. The pattern transfer into the multilayer-stacks is achieved by dry etching techniques such as SF 6-based ICP plasma and the so-called Bosch processes. The steep profiles and high selectivity obtained for the developed processes(More)
The case of a patient who repeatedly injected himself intravenously with elementary mercury in suicide attempts is presented and the toxicological effects of this chemical form and route of exposure of mercury are examined. A review of the literature reveals that elemental mercury, when injected as opposed to inhaled, causes few of the effects typical of(More)
A 59 year-old woman with chronic renal disease presented in renal failure with a creatinine of 4.1 mg %. She had had a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass performed 10 years earlier. A diagnosis of oxalate nephropathy was made on renal biopsy. Oxalate nephropathy is a known complication of gastric bypass. Calcium and oxalate in the intestine form calcium oxalate(More)
Results are presented to demonstrate and establish a methodology of comparison of pedobarograph (PBG) images. Dynamic PBG images were processed so that contours of equal pressure could be extracted. After normalization for size, position and orientation, a representative contour was selected from each image and compared with the representative contours from(More)
A method is outlined for extracting contours of the pressure exerted by feet on the ground, either directly or through the soles of shoes, and of the wear patterns on shoe soles. The method is applied to two types of image: shoeprint images made in the laboratory, and pedobarography images recording the distribution of pressure under the foot during a(More)
Denervation of the hindpaw in rodents triggers autotomy, a behaviour of licking, scratching and self-mutilation of the denervated paw. This behaviour has been used as a model of paraesthesia, dysaesthesia and neuropathic pain. HA and LA rats are lines that have been genetically selected for high or low levels of autotomy, respectively. Compared to intact LA(More)