Laura Russell

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Comorbidity, urea kinetics (Kt/V and normalized protein catabolic rate), dietary protein, total calorie intake, and plasma albumin were measured in 97 continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis patients followed prospectively for 30 months. Comorbid disease was graded severe in 12 patients, intermediate in 29, and absent in 56. At entry to the study(More)
BACKGROUND Several risk factors for patients treated with peritoneal dialysis (PD) have now been identified. These include age, comorbid disease, nutritional status, loss of residual renal function (RRF) and high peritoneal solute transport. This is not the same, however, as knowing what actually happens to these patients, particularly in the long-term. The(More)
BACKGROUND Although ongoing legislative changes are important to protect the rights of all involved in assisted reproductive technologies, it cannot be guaranteed that legislation will ensure the successful operation of reproductive health clinics, as is indicated by ongoing reports of a dearth of donor sperm in clinics in some countries. METHODS Data(More)
A rare case of incomplete tracheal duplication with severe unilateral lung hypoplasia is presented. Photo-documentation of the gross post-mortem specimens is presented so that the anatomical aspects of this unusual anomaly can be recognized and appreciated. Clinical information is presented in the hope that successful premorbid identification of potential(More)
It is increasingly clear that peritoneal membrane transport status has clinical implications. The role of the peritoneum in dialysis delivery becomes paramount once residual renal function is lost, particularly as the membrane characteristics may change for the worse with time on treatment. These findings have several important implications: Clinicians need(More)
OBJECTIVE To conduct a comparison of two methods of dietary assessment in patients on peritoneal dialysis. DESIGN Comparative, cross-sectional study of two methods of dietary assessment (3-day diet diary and 24-hour recall). Data was collected simultaneously by a single experienced dietitian. Each assessment was coded and analyzed blind. SETTING(More)
The dyslipidemia of chronic renal failure may worsen after the commencement of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). The purpose of this study was to relate baseline and longitudinal changes in the lipid profile to anthropometrics (weight, mid-arm circumference), aspects of treatment (albumin, total protein losses, peritoneal solute transport(More)
Dietary protein and calorie intake, protein catabolism and peritoneal kinetics were measured in 97 CAPD patients to establish the effect of peritoneal glucose absorption on appetite and survival. There was a large variability in the number of calories obtained from the dialysate, mean 5.89 cal/kg (median 5.43 cal/kg), with a skewed distribution, due to the(More)
OBJECTIVE The authors examined the relationship between cholesterol metabolism and suicidality in carriers of Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome and their families. This population has a partial deficiency in 7-dehydrocholesterol reductase (DHCR7), the enzyme that catalyzes the last step in cholesterol biosynthesis. METHOD Suicidal behavior, depression, misuse of(More)