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BACKGROUND Our country suffers from a chronic shortage of organ donors, and the list of individuals in desperate need of life-saving organ transplants is growing every year. Family consent represents an important limiting factor for successful donation. We hypothesize that specific barriers to obtaining family consent can be identified and improved upon to(More)
Adult growth hormone deficient patients are known to exhibit reduced sweating and their ability to thermoregulate is diminished. Treatment of these patients with recombinant human growth hormone (r-hGH) is claimed to reverse these abnormalities. We have investigated this claim, as well as the mechanism underlying these altered sweating responses in(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to identify steps during family approach for organ donation that may be modified to improve consent rates of potential organ donors. METHODS Retrospective study of our local organ procurement organization (OPO) database of potential organ donors. Modifiable variables involved in the family approach of potential(More)
Cutaneous lesions of the legs have been linked to Helicobacter species in a number of patients with X-linked agammaglobulinaemia (XLA), a primary immunodeficiency. We describe a 26-year-old patient with XLA, who was referred with an extensive skin ulcer that enlarged gradually over the course of 7 years. The ulcer resembled pyoderma gangrenosum (PG), and(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Although probiotics are not new, 5 new commercially available products have been launched onto the South African market in the last 2 years. Evaluations of products in the USA and Europe shown poor correlation between label claims and actual contents. We undertook an evaluation of 9 products currently available on the shelves in(More)
Background: It is known that HIV infects the central nervous system (CNS) early after infection. If untreated, CNS infection results in significant cognitive deficit (e.g. AIDS dementia complex). Although HIV treatment (such as HAART) controls peripheral viral replication there is some doubt whether the drug is able to penetrate the CNS. The quantitative(More)
Forty two white patients of British or Irish descent with coeliac disease and 28 with dermatitis herpetiformis were typed for class I HLA-A, B, and C, and class II DR and DQ antigens. In coeliac disease there was a significant increase in the frequencies of A1, B8, DR3, DR7, and DQw2 compared with controls but no increase of DR2. In dermatitis herpetiformis(More)
One hundred six infants with birth weights less than or equal to 1,000 gm were born at a Perinatal Center in 1979 and 1980. Eighty-three (78%) were born to women transferred to the Center because of antenatal problems. The most common obstetric problem was premature labor with or without premature rupture of the membranes. Seventy-two infants (68%)(More)
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