Hellen L Matthews

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Maternal nicotine exposure interferes with the extracellular formation of the connective tissue framework of the neonatal lung, a process that is dependent on copper-dependent lysyl oxidase. It has been shown that, during the phase of lung development associated with alveolarization, maternal nicotine exposure resulted in a reduction in the copper content(More)
Twenty patients are described in whom liver damage appeared to be directly related to the administration of methyldopa. Sixteen had hepatitic syndromes from which they recovered on stopping methyldopa; four of these patients had recurrences of jaundice after a second course of the drug. Features suggestive of active chronic hepatitis were found in two(More)
Changes in values for myoglobin, total creatine kinase (EC, and creatine kinase B-subunit in the serum of patients with thyroid disease are compared with values for these during the 24-h after myocardial infarction. Concentrations of all three of these muscle-derived proteins were significantly higher than normal in patients with primary(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the single greatest contributor to the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Our objective is to determine if holistic CVD risk assessment, introduced as part of the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Adult Health Check (AHC), results in better identification of elevated(More)
Although several studies have examined the effects of cimetidine on pituitary-thyroid function, few have investigated ranitidine in this respect. We found no changes in thyroid-stimulating-hormone (TSH) or prolactin responses to TSH-releasing-hormone (TRH) in 10 patients with peptic ulcer disease given oral ranitidine. Serum total and free thyroxine (TT4(More)
The performance and clinical utility of a 'C-terminal' parathyroid hormone (PTH) radioimmunoassay (Dac-Cel, Wellcome Diagnostics) is described. Parathyroid hormone, as measured by the Dac-Cel method, is stable in whole blood samples for at least 24 h. 84% of patients with hypercalcaemia due to primary hyperparathyroidism have values above the upper limit(More)