H Kutt

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We determined the concentrations of manganese in whole blood and hair in 52 epileptics, 6 blood relatives, and 24 normal controls. Blood, and possibly hair manganese content, was significantly lower in treated epileptics than in controls (p less than 0.002). Although not all patients showed reduced tissue manganese levels, most of those with frequent(More)
Seventeen patients with advanced Parkinson's disease who had fluctuations in motor performance while taking standard Sinemet (STD) 25/100 underwent daylong pharmacokinetic and clinical observation studies while taking both STD and Sinemet CR, a new controlled-release formulation containing 50 mg carbidopa and 200 mg levodopa. During treatment with Sinemet(More)
A recent clinical trial of controlled-release carbidopa/levodopa preparation afforded us the opportunity to examine the effects of chronically increasing circulating 3-O-methyldopa (OMD) levels on the clinical response to levodopa. In patients taking standard Sinemet, both mean plasma OMD levels and the area under the plasma concentration-versus-time curve(More)
The slow potassium channel blocker 3,4-diaminopyridine (DAP) enhances acetylcholine release from the nerve terminal and improves conduction in unmyelinated nerve. In this open label pilot study, we examined the effect of DAP combined with inpatient rehabilitation in seven patients with motor weakness due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). A single(More)
A few neonates born to mothers receiving anticonvulsant drugs during pregnancy have shown defects in vitamin K dependent clotting factors with or without clinical bleeding. Experimentally, phenytoin (diphenyl hydantoin, DPH) has induced clotting defects in cats and inhibited production of clotting factors in rat liver slices. Phenobarbital has produced(More)
The kindling of amygldaloid and cortical seizures in cats was used to study the prophylactic effects of phenobarbital, phenytoin, ethosuximide, acetazolamide, and dexamethason. Phenobarbital prevented the evolution of such seizures beyond stage 4 in all amygdaloid-kindling animals during 160 days of study. The prophylactic effect persisted on periodic(More)
Six patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and therapeutic response fluctuations (RF) on levodopa treatment participated in an open-label trial of L-deprenyl (Eldepryl) in conjunction with Sinemet. Deprenyl (10 mg/day) allowed a slight but not statistically significant 22% reduction of total daily levodopa intake after 4 weeks of treatment, with a(More)
Sixteen patients with Parkinson's disease and therapeutic response fluctuations entered an open-label trial of a controlled-release carbidopa/levodopa preparation, Sinemet CR4. Sinemet CR4 behaved as a slow release preparation. At the end of 6 weeks CR4 treatment, there was an increase in percent "on" time and mean interdose interval; the number of daily(More)
The effect of doubling carbidopa intake on single dose bioavailability of L-Dopa was examined in five parkinsonian patients. Increasing carbidopa from a mean of 145 to 290 mg/day caused a mean increase in peak plasma Dopa concentrations from 1,893 +/- 476 to 2,733 +/- 607 ng/ml and area under the Dopa plasma concentration versus time curve of 24.6 +/-(More)