Estelle Benson

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Metabolism of free and esterified cholesterol and triacylglycerol was compared in cultured neuronal cells, glial cells, and fibroblasts grown from chick embryos. Cellular contents of free and esterified cholesterol were comparable in these cells and triacylglycerol content in the neuronal cells was about 40% of that in the other cell types. Cholesterol(More)
OBJECTIVE To define the neuropsychological deficits present in mild human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) associated with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) dementia complex (ADC) and to develop a rational neuropsychological test battery for its diagnosis. DESIGN Survey. SETTING Subjects were recruited from large metropolitan hospital(More)
OBJECTIVE To provide an evidence-based statement to guide physicians in the management of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). METHODS Literature search and derivation of evidence-based statements concerning the use of immunotherapy were performed. RESULTS Treatment with plasma exchange (PE) or IV immunoglobulin (IVIg) hastens recovery from GBS. Combining the(More)
A multidisciplinary consensus group searched MEDLINE from 1966 to May 2003, extracted relevant references, and prepared recommendations on supportive care for Guillain-Barré syndrome. In the absence of randomized controlled trials, we agreed on recommendations by consensus based on observational studies and expert opinion. In the acute phase in bed-bound(More)
Covert orienting of visuospatial attention (COVAT) was examined in 88 homosexual or bisexual men: 12 with mild HIV-associated dementia complex (ADC), 30 neurologically intact with AIDS (NI-AIDS), 23 asymptomatic HIV+ (HIV+ASX), and 23 HIV-negative control subjects. In mild ADC, COVAT was normal for spatial but impaired for nonspatial cues; 17% of NI-AIDS(More)
Using infrared oculography, we recorded the eye movements in a group of patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), with or without the AIDS dementia complex (ADC). Our aim was to determine whether the severity of dementia could be correlated with abnormalities of eye movement and whether eye movement abnormalities could be detected prior to(More)
Studies of cognition in patients with the human immunodeficiency virus must take into account the effects of mood. Standardised mood-rating questionnaires are oftentimes consuming and fatiguing for such patients and so may be omitted from experiments. Visual analogue rating scales for affective state are rapidly administered and are quite acceptable to(More)
The origin of this overview dates back to 1982 when Estelle Benson, emotionally traumatized by her husband Robert' s bout with paralyzing Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), sought a means to help others deal with this disorder. She brought some recovered patients together around her dining room table in suburban Philadelphia to start a support organization.(More)
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