Marie J Stuart

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BACKGROUND Nocturnal oxyhaemoglobin desaturation might have a role in CNS complications related to sickle cell disease, and rates of painful crises. We attempted to examine the biological relations, and describe the haematological risk factors for oxyhaemoglobin desaturation. METHODS The study population included children with sickle cell disease and(More)
Several lines of evidence suggest that sickle cell disease (SCD) is associated with a chronic inflammatory state. In this study of 70 children with SCD at steady state evaluated by a broad panel of biomarkers representing previously examined mechanisms of pathogenicity in SCD, high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), a marker of low-grade, systemic(More)
Effects of irradiation on vascular tissue include endothelial cell degeneration, vasoconstriction, and thrombus formation. The effect of irradiation on the in-vitro production of prostacyclin (PGI2) was evaluated, since it is a potent antithrombotic metabolite and vasodilator. After a single dose of 200 rad, umbilical artery PGI2 levels were much decreased(More)
OBJECTIVE Tested a family-based group problem-solving intervention, "Families Taking Control," (FTC) to improve school functioning and health-related quality of life (HRQL) for children with sickle cell disease. METHOD Children and caregivers completed questionnaires assessing HRQL and school functioning and children completed performance-based measures(More)
This 4 1-year-old man presented with a 2-year history of symptoms and signs of sciatic nerve compression. Imaging studies revealed a large ossified fragment within the biceps muscle of the thigh abutting the sciatic nerve at the level of the lesser trochanter. The bony fragment resulted from an unrecognized apophyseal avulsion fracture of the ischial(More)
Prostacyclin production in neonates born at various gestational ages (28 weeks to term) was compared with that in neonates born of pregnancies complicated by various acute and chronic placental insufficiency states. Prostacyclin levels were reflected by the amount of conversion of 14C arachidonic acid to 6-keto-PGF1 alpha (the stable end-product of(More)
Testing the procoagulant activity (P.C.A.) of cerebrospinal fluid (C.S.F.) by measuring its effect on plasma-recalcification time is a useful indicator of central-nervous-system damage. C.S.F. from 22 normal children and adolescents aged 6 months to 17 years had a mean +/- S.D. P.C.A. of 14 +/- 6%. P.C.A. in 13 children with C.N.S. infection was(More)
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