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There is much variation in the implementation of the best available evidence into clinical practice. These gaps between evidence and practice are often a result of multiple individual decisions. When making a decision, there is so much potentially relevant information available, it is impossible to know or process it all (so called 'bounded rationality').(More)
Genetic factors play a major role in the aetiology of idiopathic generalised epilepsies (IGEs). The present genome scan was designed to identify susceptibility loci that predispose to a spectrum of common IGE syndromes. Our collaborative study included 130 IGE-multiplex families ascertained through a proband with either an idiopathic absence epilepsy or(More)
As a basis for both a genetic and a biochemical approach to a study of metal ion effects, a method for quantitating the toxic response of Drosophila to metal ions was developed. The response to 13 metal ions has been examined, including several chemical groups from the periodic table: the IIb ions Zn2+, Cd2+, and Hg2+; the IIa ions, Be2+, Mg2+, Sr2+, and(More)
A previous study of 34 nuclear pedigrees segregating juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) gave significant evidence of linkage with heterogeneity to marker loci on chromosome 15q13-14 close to the candidate gene CHRNA7 (Hum. Mol. Genet. 6 (1997) 1329). The aim of this work was to further evaluate the putative aetiological role of CHRNA7 in JME within the 34(More)
The term epilepsy encompasses a heterogeneous group of disorders, with a lifetime cumulative incidence of 3%. Genetic factors are thought to contribute to the aetiology in up to 60% of cases. Various molecular and cellular mechanisms give rise to epilepsy, and epilepsy genes fall into several distinct categories. They include genes in which mutations cause(More)
PURPOSE A recent genome-wide scan revealed a major susceptibility locus for idiopathic generalized epilepsies (IGEs) in the chromosomal region 8p12 in 32 IGE families without members with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME). This study explored the presence of an IGE locus in the chromosomal region 8p12. METHODS Our study included 176 multiplex families of(More)
A recent genome-wide scan showed strong evidence for a major locus for common syndromes of idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE) at the marker D18S474 on chromosome 18q21.1 (LOD score 4.5/5.2 multipoint/two-point). The present replication study tested the presence of an IGE locus in the chromosomal region 18q21.1. Our linkage study included 130 multiplex(More)