H de V Heese

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An epidemiological study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of asthma in young urban and rural black (Xhosa) children. One thousand three hundred and seventy five children were studied, 694 from a Cape Town african township and 671 from a rural area in Transkei. The exercise tolerance test which required free range running at maximum effort for 6(More)
Vitamin A deficiency associated with preterm delivery is not readily reversible using the recommended supplement of 1500 IU per day. It has been reported that 2000 IU of intramuscular vitamin A administered on alternate days for 28 days will correct the deficiency. The objective of this study was to compare this regime with the practice in our nursery of(More)
Kwashiorkor may occur when an imbalance between pro- and antioxidants in malnourished children results in an excess of free radicals. The concentrations of the antioxidant enzymes catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD), reduced glutathione (GSH) and glutathione peroxidase (GPX) were measured in erythrocytes of 22 children with kwashiorkor on admission(More)
Reference serum selenium and manganese concentrations were established for healthy nulliparas aged 18-23 years resident in Cape Town. Measurements were determined for selenium in 100 female students who had been taking low-dosage triphasic contraceptive medication for a minimum of 3 months and in 100 female students who were not on contraceptive therapy.(More)
In a population characterized by short and underweight mothers, weight gain during the third trimester and post-delivery weight were found to be more important determinants of birth weight than was maternal height. These findings suggest that maternal energy stores during pregnancy, rather than genetic factors or childhood nutrition as reflected by height,(More)
Plasma zinc, copper, selenium, ferritin and whole blood manganese concentrations were measured in 22 children with kwashiorkor on admission to hospital and on days 5, 10 and 30 of refeeding. Twenty similarly aged, healthy, well nourished children served as controls. The mean (SEM) zinc, copper and selenium concentrations of 7.5 (0.93), 10.8 (0.64) and 0.29(More)