Harlan Austin

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BACKGROUND Effective ways to prevent arthropathy in severe hemophilia are unknown. METHODS We randomly assigned young boys with severe hemophilia A to regular infusions of recombinant factor VIII (prophylaxis) or to an enhanced episodic infusion schedule of at least three doses totaling a minimum of 80 IU of factor VIII per kilogram of body weight at the(More)
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta2 is a pleiotropic cytokine associated with remissions in multiple sclerosis (MS) and amelioration of allergic encephalomyelitis. We assessed the safety of TGF-beta2 in an open-label trial of 11 patients with secondary progressive (SP) MS. Five patients had a reversible decline in the glomerular filtration rate. There(More)
The risk of contrast-associated nephrotoxicity (CAN) is increased in the presence of preexisting renal disease. Although routine determination of serum creatinine (Cr) prior to imaging studies is the traditional method of assessing renal function, it is a costly and time-consuming practice. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a patient(More)
In a case-control study of 217 hospitalized incident cases of ischemic heart disease and 261 controls we compared various anthropometric indices for the strength of their associations to the outcome event. The ratio of supine sagittal abdominal diameter to midthigh girth ("abdominal diameter index"; ADI) was the simple index that best discriminated cases(More)
Multiple pseudocysts exist in 5% to 10% of all patients with pancreatic pseudocysts. No procedural recommendations have been previously offered for the elective treatment of coexisting mature pseudocysts. In 10 patients with large (greater than 5 cm in diameter) adjacent pseudocysts, a segment of the common wall was removed (internal cystocystostomy) to(More)
The authors analyzed renal function in 25 patients with progressive MS. The mean glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was 92 mL/min/1.73 m(2), compared to the predicted GFR of 110 (p < 0.001). Nine of the 25 (36%) patients had abnormally low GFR (<90). The mean serum creatinine for patients with MS was lower than predicted normal values and poorly estimated GFR(More)
Decreased von Willebrand factor cleaving protease activity (VWFCP, ADAMTS 13) leads to persistence of unusually large multimers of von Willebrand factor that bind to platelets, causing platelet aggregates, microangiopathic hemolysis, and thrombocytopenia in patients with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). The clinical value of measuring ADAMTS 13(More)
The relation between cigarette smoking and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, grade III (CIN III), and cervical cancer was examined among a cohort of 6,812 women in Tromsö, Norway, between 1980 and 1989. During the 52,844 person-years of observation, 185 incident cases (177 women with CIN III and eight with cervical cancer) were recorded in the regional(More)