J. David Edgar

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Neutrophil elastase (NE) is thought to be the most important protease which damages the cystic fibrosis (CF) lung. Attempts have been made to suppress this activity using the plasma-derived inhibitor, alpha(1)-antitrypsin (AAT). In this pilot study, the safety and efficacy of inhaled recombinant human AAT (rAAT) as a treatment for CF were investigated.(More)
Decreased survival in patients with cystic fibrosis has been related to FEV1, BMI, and infection with Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC). We have assessed the relationship of blood, sputum, and urine inflammatory markers to lung function, BMI, colonization with B cenocepacia (Bc), and patient survival. Thirty-nine stable cystic fibrosis (CF) patients (10(More)
BACKGROUND Fruit and vegetable (FV) intake, which is often low in older people, is associated with reduced chronic disease risk. OBJECTIVE We determined whether increased FV intake improves measures of immune function. DESIGN We conducted a randomized controlled trial (The Ageing and Dietary Intervention Trial) in 83 healthy volunteers aged 65-85 y with(More)
BACKGROUND Fruit and vegetable (FV) based intervention studies can be effective in increasing short term FV consumption. However, the longer term efficacy of such interventions is still unclear. The aim of the current study was to examine the maintenance of change in FV consumption 18-months after cessation of a FV intervention and to examine the effect of(More)
Fruit and vegetable (FV) intake, which is often low in older people, may be associated with improved muscle strength and physical function. However, there is a shortage of intervention trial evidence to support this. The current study examined the effect of increased FV consumption on measures of muscle strength and physical function among healthy,(More)
Fruit and vegetable (FV) intake is associated with reduced risk of a number of non-communicable diseases. Research tends to focus on antioxidants, flavonoids and polyphenols contained in FV as the main beneficial components to health; however, increasing FV may also alter overall diet profile. Extra FV may be substituted for foods thought to be less(More)
A significant, previously unreported, adverse reaction to interferon-alpha therapy is reported. Immediately after the commencement of low dose therapy a man with hepatitis-C associated cryoglobulinaemia developed a purpuric rash and a severe, reversible impairment of renal function. This observation may elucidate the immunopathogenesis of vasculitis.
A 77-year-old lady initially presented to her family doctor in January 1987. She complained of a painful left ear with associated hearing loss and dizziness. There were vesicles on the left pinna, and she had a left lower motor neurone facial palsy. She was treated for five days with oral acyclovir and topical idoxuridine, but her symptoms did not resolve.(More)
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