Jo-Ann du Plessis

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The presenting features and treatment responses of six children with junctional ectopic tachycardia are evaluated. Two of the patients were siblings and both presented in early childhood with cardiopulmonary failure. The elder sibling died, the surviving sibling was controlled on a combination of amiodarone, digoxin, and sotalol. The remaining four patients(More)
Vervet monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops pygerethrus) were fed cholesterol-free, semipurified diets containing 40% sucrose, 25% casein, 15% cellulose and 14% peanut oil (PNO), randomized peanut oil (RPNO) or corn oil (CO). After 4 months, serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels, serum lecithin-cholesterol acyl transferase (LCAT) activity and plasma(More)
A three-community study of rural Afrikaans-speaking Whites in the south-western Cape revealed that the major reversible risk factors hypercholesterolaemia, hypertension and smoking, as well as 'minor' factors such as inactivity, obesity, hyperuricaemia, coronary-prone behaviour and the irreversible risk factors of chest pain, ischaemic changes on the ECG(More)
BACKGROUND Economic theory and limited empirical data suggest that costs per unit of HIV prevention program output (unit costs) will initially decrease as small programs expand. Unit costs may then reach a nadir and start to increase if expansion continues beyond the economically optimal size. Information on the relationship between scale and unit costs is(More)
Vervet monkeys ( Ceropithecus aethiops pygerethrus ) were placed on semipurified diets containing 14% fat of which 3.2 or 6.0% was present as trans-unsaturated fatty acid (t-FA). Two groups were fed the high and low levels of t-FA for a year and two others were fed t-FA for 6 months and then returned to the control diet for 6 months more. One other group(More)
Clinically silent endocarditis was detected in 4 (11%) of 36 hospitalized children with staphylococcal bacteremia who underwent echocardiographic examination. Pericarditis was detected in two further children. Only one child had underlying cardiac disease (patent ductus arteriosus). Echocardiography should be considered in children with staphylococcemia(More)
The frequency of low nutrient intakes was investigated in areas of moderate and high oesophageal cancer incidence in Transkei by means of 24-hour recall and habitual intake studies in children and nursing mothers. The results in moderate- and high-risk regions were similar and habitual intakes of protein, energy, phosphorus, iron, thiamine and vitamin A(More)