Lynda Walker

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We examine how worker productivity differs when performance-based compensation is based on measures of quantity, creativity, or the product of both measures. In an experimental task in which participants design “rebus puzzles,” we find that quantitybased compensation increases the number of puzzles produced, and that creativity-based compensation improves(More)
Alpha-thalassemia is a common hereditary anemia due to decreased or absent synthesis of alpha-globin chains. The most common causes of alpha-thalassemia are deletions that remove one or both functional alpha-globin genes, with a small proportion of cases involving nondeletional mutations of the alpha2- or alpha1-globin genes. Herein, we describe a(More)
Over the past decade, we have characterized at the DNA level a total of 116 hemoglobin H (Hb H) disease patients living in Canada. The majority of patients were of southeast Asian descent (Chinese, Filipino, Laotian, Vietnamese), with a small number being of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern or East Indian background. A total of 15 distinct genotypes were(More)
A Chinese patient with Hb H (beta4) disease was found to be a compound heterozygote for a 2.4 kb alpha(+)-thalassemia (thal) deletion and the common Southeast Asian alpha0-thal deletion. The endpoints of the 2.4 kb deletion were identified by sequence analysis of the deletion junction. The deletion removes the entire alpha1-globin gene and leaves the(More)
We report three new beta-globin gene promoter mutations identified in newborns with hemoglobin (Hb) profiles consistent with Hb S/beta(+)-thalassemia (thal) (Hbs FSA). All three mutations are in close proximity to the conserved ATAA sequence located at positions -31 to -28 relative to the mRNA Cap site. Two cases involved single base substitutions at(More)
We report three new alpha-thalassemia (thal) point mutations detected during newborn screening for hemoglobinopathies. The first mutation is a single nucleotide deletion (-A) that abolishes the translation initiation codon of the alpha2-globin gene, detected in a newborn of Hmong ethnicity who carried the Southeast Asian alpha(0)-thal deletion(More)
In 1989, the Province of Ontario established a molecular diagnostic laboratory for carrier detection and prenatal diagnosis of hemoglobinopathies. Over the past 15 years, the laboratory has provided prenatal diagnosis for 672 pregnancies at-risk for severe hemoglobinopathies: 276 (41%) for homozygous beta-thalassemia or hemoglobin (Hb) E/beta-thalassemia,(More)
UNLABELLED Several nasal nitric oxide (NO) measurement techniques have been described, but there is not a widespread measurement technique for measurement of nasal NO. In this study we evaluated the repeatability of one technique of nasal NO measurements using the nasal application of the NIOX system. METHODS Three nasal NO measurements (NIOX Nitric Oxide(More)
We describe a complicated genetic counseling and prenatal diagnostic case involving an East Indian couple that had lost two consecutive pregnancies. Hemoglobinopathy screening was conducted to investigate the possibility of Hb Bart's hydrops fetalis or Hb H hydrops fetalis. The initial work-up indicated that alpha-thalassemia was not a contributing factor,(More)