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We describe a pilot study designed to assess the comparability of measurements of glycated haemoglobin among 15 laboratories in the North of England. We also evaluated a means of improving agreement and aligning results by referencing locally measured values to those obtained by the central biochemistry laboratory of the Diabetes Control and Complications(More)
We assessed the HemoCue system for measuring glucose in 5 microL of whole blood. A glucose dehydrogenase-based reaction is used with dried reagents contained in disposable microcuvettes, which are filled with blood by capillary action. Automated hexokinase and YSI 23AM glucose analyzer methods were used for comparison. Overall imprecision (CV) was better(More)
Using a variety of radioimmunoassay methods, plasma digoxin concentrations were measured in two patients before and after the administration of ovine Fab antibody fragments to remove the effects of digoxin. Gross method-dependent anomalies in the results due to in vitro drug interaction were observed. More widespread use of immunotherapy may invalidate data(More)
BACKGROUND We describe an Anglo-French evaluation of a new analyzer. METHODS The Tosoh HLC-723 GHb V, A1c2.2 glycohemoglobin analyzer is an HPLC instrument with primary blood tube sampling, bar-code reading, cap piercing, and the ability to chromatographically separate labile hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). We evaluated two analytical protocols, 2.2 and 3.0 min,(More)
1. It has been suggested that tubular damage may precede glomerular damage at the onset of diabetic nephropathy. This may be reflected by increased urinary excretion of low-molecular-mass proteins, such as retinol-binding protein. 2. We have measured the urinary excretion rate of retinol-binding protein overnight, during orthostasis and during a(More)
A potent virucidal mixture containing amyl metacresol and dichlorobenzyl alcohol at low pH inactivated enveloped respiratory viruses influenza A, respiratory synctial virus (RSV) and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) but not viruses with icosahedral symmetry, such as adenoviruses or rhinoviruses. A titre of approximately 3.5 log10(More)
Insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia cluster with microalbuminuria in both diabetic and nondiabetic subjects, but the mechanism underlying this association is unknown. To test the hypothesis that insulin influences protein permeability, we measured the albumin transcapillary escape rate (TER) by the (131)I-labeled albumin technique in 12 healthy(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between markers of tubular function, markers of glycaemic control and erythrocyte sodium-lithium countertransport activity (SLC) in 40 normotensive, normoalbuminuric insulin-dependent diabetic (IDDM) subjects and 11 normal control subjects. Nine IDDM subjects had SLC > 0.40 mmol lithium h-1 litre RBC-1.(More)
The Ames Seralyzer reflectance photometer and disposable reagent strips for the determination of plasma creatinine were evaluated in the laboratory and on a urology ward over a 3-month period. Principles of the instrument used are described, as are details of the evaluation procedures. Reproducibility of results under optimum conditions gave coefficients of(More)