M L Bassett

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High affinity recognition sites for benzodiazepines are part of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) supramolecular complex on the plasma membrane of neurons in the mammalian brain. Synthetic agonist benzodiazepines promote GABA-ergic neurotransmission, and hence the hypnotic and anxiolytic effects of this class of drugs, by binding to these sites. A normal(More)
Two patients with severe liver damage induced by sodium valproate are described. Both were adults. One had taken valproate for longer than one year before complications developed. The other, in whom the disorder was fatal, had a predominantly 'hepatic' pattern of liver damage with centrilobular necrosis and he also developed pancreatitis. The first patient,(More)
Two patients presented with similar peripheral neuropathic symptoms. Muscle denervation was shown by electromyography and muscle biopsy. Motor and sensory nerve conduction studies were normal. Both patients had intestinal giardiasis: 1 had asymptomatic steatorrhoea, and the other had diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Treatment with metronidazole abolished the(More)
A study of 18 unrelated families with idiopathic haemochromatosis (I.H.C.) was undertaken to define the relative values of HLA typing and serum-ferritin estimation in the early detection of the disease. Sharing of both HLA haplotypes with the proband indicated a high risk of I.H.C. in siblings; but HLA typing was of limited value in detecting affected(More)
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