Prospective epidemiologic data of the American Cancer Society disclosed that reported usual sleep durations among groups who complained of insomnia and sleeping pill use "often" overlapped with those of groups who had no complaints. Reports of insomnia were not consistently associated with increased mortality when several factors were controlled; however,… (More)
BACKGROUND To date, drug response genes have not proved as useful in clinical practice as was anticipated at the start of the genomic era. An exception is in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection with pegylated interferon-alpha and ribavirin (PegIFN/R). Viral clearance is achieved in 40%-50% of patients. Interleukin 28B… (More)
In a [99mTc]-hexamethylpropyleneamine oxime single photon emission computed tomography study of cerebral blood flow (CBF) in a visual activation paradigm (awake, eyes closed versus eyes open viewing a reversing checkerboard pattern), the authors systematically measured previously observed qualitative alterations in frontal blood flow associated with visual… (More)
BACKGROUND Calls have been made for governments to adopt a cohesive approach to rare diseases through the development of national plans. At present, Australia does not have a national plan for rare diseases. To progress such a plan an inaugural Australian Rare Diseases Symposium was held in Western Australia in April 2011. This paper describes the key… (More)
The problem of chemically contaminated water supplies are in general terms followed by a description of three examples of water supply problems in China. A large-scale prospective epidemiological study, now in the early planning stages, to be carried out in China is also described.