Martin Binks

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BACKGROUND Systemic sclerosis (SSc, scleroderma) in either its diffuse or limited skin forms has a high mortality when vital organs are affected. No treatment has been shown to influence the outcome or significantly affect the skin score, though many forms of immunosuppression have been tried. Recent developments in haemopoietic stem cell transplantation(More)
BACKGROUND The Internet holds promise for the delivery of evidence-based weight loss treatment to underserved populations. However, most studies do not reflect the more naturalistic and common ad libitum, or freely at will, use of the Internet. Randomized clinical trials, for example, typically include at least some direct contact with participants and(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the rate of remission of metabolic syndrome (Met Syn) among patients undergoing a brief, low-calorie lifestyle change weight loss intervention and to compare the baseline characteristics of patients who were remitted and not remitted from Met Syn at post-treatment. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES Obese adults (N=36) meeting criteria(More)
This article links two formerly separate areas of research associated with Parkinson's disease (PD): speech and memory. It is proposed that speech deficits occur in PD not merely at the level of muscular control, as is commonly termed dysarthria, but also at the level of speech planning and programming, more aptly described as a form of apraxia. It is(More)
The present study attempted to predict weight loss in, and completion of, low-calorie diet (LCD, n=167) and very low-calorie diet (VLCD, n=96) weight loss programs. Program completion and weight loss were examined in association with three groups of variables: demographic (e.g., age), medical/physical (e.g., body mass index [BMI]), and(More)
Human food intake is regulated by physiological energy homeostatic mechanisms and hedonic mechanisms. These are affected by both very short-term and longer-term calorie restriction (CR). To date, there are parallel discussions in the literature that fail to integrate across these disciplines and topics. First, much of the available neuroimaging research(More)
Identifying and implementing thoughtful, evidence-based (or at least evidence-informed) public health approaches to influencing obesity is a complex issue fraught with multiple challenges. These challenges begin with determining whether obesity policy approaches should be implemented. This is considered within the broader context of how common public health(More)
The issue of whether or not Parkinson's disease (PD) patients process information more slowly than normal is unresolved. Across a range of paradigms the evidence for slowing is scant, and many show no slowing. Even the results of a single experimental paradigm can be conflicting; some studies have obtained evidence for slowed memory scanning in subgroups of(More)