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Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) tests are used to diagnose and monitor inflammatory activity in the primary systemic small vessel vasculitides. ANCA is best demonstrated in these diseases by using a combination of indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) of normal peripheral blood neutrophils and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) that detect(More)
BACKGROUND Topical and systemic corticosteroids are the first choice in medical treatments for sinonasal polyposis, but surprisingly, there is no high-level evidence for the efficacy of oral corticosteroids. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to establish the efficacy of a short course of oral prednisolone in ameliorating the symptoms of sinonasal(More)
Common variable immune deficiency (CVID) is the most frequent symptomatic primary immune deficiency in adults. The standard of care is intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) or subcutaneous immunoglobulin (scIG) therapy. The cause of CVID is currently unknown, and there is no universally accepted definition of CVID. This creates problems in determining which(More)
The rate and pattern of recovery of total lymphocytes, T cell subsets, B cells and NK cells were compared for 12 months following recovery phase peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) autotransplantation (n = 49), autologous (n = 7) and allogeneic BMT (n = 11). The PBSC group had a significantly faster recovery of total lymphocyte count, total T cells (CD3+(More)
Common variable immunodeficiency disorders (CVIDs) are the most frequent symptomatic primary immune deficiency condition in adults. The genetic basis for the condition is not known and no single clinical feature or laboratory test can establish the diagnosis; it has been a diagnosis of exclusion. In areas of uncertainty, diagnostic criteria can provide(More)
We assessed the usefulness of 5-color multiparameter flow cytometry to detect leukemia-associated phenotypes (LAPs) in the bone marrow of patients with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and determined its usefulness for detection of minimal residual disease (MRD). Overall, 94% of patients (51/54) with AML had LAPs at diagnosis. The frequency of(More)
BACKGROUND Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease occurring in genetically susceptible individuals. The precipitating cause is unclear. Recently, the Second Lebanon War exposed a large civilian population in northern Israel to significant psychological stress in the form of repeated barrages of missile attacks. HYPOTHESIS We hypothesized that trends in(More)
Human interleukin (IL)-5 receptors were characterized by means of binding studies using bioactive 125I-labeled IL-5. Of purified primary myeloid cells, eosinophils and basophils but not neutrophils or monocytes expressed surface receptors for IL-5. Binding studies showed that eosinophils expressed a single class of high affinity receptors (Ka = 1.2 x 10(10)(More)
BACKGROUND Although protein electrophoresis of serum (SPEP) and urine (UPEP) specimens is a well-established laboratory technique, the reporting of results using this important method varies considerably between laboratories. The Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists recognized a need to adopt a standardized approach to reporting SPEP and UPEP by(More)
Menthol has recently been added to various cooling products that claim to enhance athletic performance. This study assessed the effect of two such solutions during exercise in warm, humid conditions. Twelve participants (22 ± 2.9 years; $$ \dot{V}{\text{O}}_{{2{\text{peak}}}} $$ 47.4 ± 6.2 mL kg−1 min−1) completed a peak power (POpeak) test and three(More)