John Kestner

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The authors compared results for accuracy and precision obtained by a semiautomated prototype International Remote Imaging Systems, Inc. (IRIS) urinalysis workstation (IUW) with those from quantitative manual urinalysis (QMU). Three technologists skilled in urinalysis each performed 172 urinalyses with both the IUW and QMU methods. The results show that the(More)
We examined the effect of endogenous free fatty acids (FFA) on the measurement of free thyroxin (FT4) by five different methodologies represented in 16 different assays in a large number of patients with nonthyroidal illness (NTI). Some, but not all, one-step (analog) FT4 RIAs negatively correlated with FFA concentration. All two-step FT4 RIAs, equilibrium(More)
The rate of the Jaffé reaction depends on the concentration of sodium hydroxide; the pseudo-first-order rate constant of the reaction, at 37 degrees C in 10 mmol/L picrate solution, is 0.004 mmol/L. We formulated an automated method to determine urinary creatinine directly without manual sample dilution. The conditions are as follows: 10 mmol/L picrate and(More)
The proportional bias of four methods frequently used for determining low concentrations of protein was evaluated with human serum protein fractions (Cohn Fractions II, III, IV, and V). Each fraction was assigned a protein concentration value as determined by the biuret method, calibrated with purified human serum albumin monomer. All four methods(More)
We propose a tangible interface concept for communicating personal financial information in an ambient and relevant manner. The concept is embodied in a set of wallets that provide the user with haptic feedback about personal financial metrics. We describe how such feedback can inform purchasing decisions and improve general financial awareness.
We studied the correlation of thyroxin (T4)-binding proteins with the apparent free T4 (FT4) in 101 patients with nonthyroidal illness (NTI). Most patients (95%) were seriously ill at the time of blood collection. Concentrations of T4-binding prealbumin (transthyretin), albumin, and T4-binding globulin (TBG) often were low in the sera of these patients.(More)
We applied stepwise regression for multivariate analysis of data for free thyroxin (FT4) in serum and for other laboratory tests of thyroid function in patients with nonthyroidal illness. Using the maximum R2 improvement and backward elimination methods to test five variables [prealbumin, albumin, T4-binding globulin (TBG), free fatty acids (FFA), and(More)
We describe a practical vision of ubiquitous computing with tangible interfaces, that orbits around an individual and is mediated by his or her personal consumer electronic devices. We illustrate this with a software and hardware platform for creating a personal area network of information accessories, connecting people physically with network-accessible(More)