Matthew Meerkin

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AIM To evaluate the efficacy and safety of an annual intramuscular injection of cholecalciferol for vitamin D deficiency. DESIGN Prospective open-label study. PARTICIPANTS Five men and 45 women (mean age 66.3 years) with vitamin D deficiency who were given a single therapeutic intramuscular injection of 600 000 IU (15 mg) cholecalciferol (vitamin D(3)).(More)
BACKGROUND Very little effort has been directed to enable GPs to better informed decisions about PSA screening among their male patients. OBJECTIVES To evaluate an innovative programme designed to enhance GPs' capacity to promote informed decision making by male patients about PSA screening. METHODS The study design was a cluster randomised controlled(More)
Serum ferritin was measured in 61 patients with autosomal dominant hereditary spherocytosis (HS), 44 splenectomized and 17 with intact spleens. In the majority (78%) the serum ferritin concentration was not elevated. Thirteen (22%) had midly elevated levels, including five splenectomized females (range 181--236 microgram/l), and eight males, two with intact(More)
Aerobic exercise is now a common form of recreational exercise among young women. In a previous study, more than a third of a group of young mothers volunteering blood samples to establish a creatine kinase (CK) reference range for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) carrier detection regularly participated in aerobic exercise programs. Aerobic exercise(More)
The aluminium content of several commercially available infant milk formulas was measured by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry. Results were compared with those for fresh breast milk, cow's milk, and local tap water. Differences in aluminium concentration of greater than 150-fold were found, with the lowest concentrations in breast milk.
Although the effect of exercise on serum creatine kinase (CK: EC 2.7.3.2) activity is well known, no standard protocol for blood collection conditions has been developed. Variable frequency distributions of CK activities have been reported for reference range samples from different laboratories and have been attributed to laboratory differences. In this(More)
Serum creatine kinase (CK) values in reference populations generally vary by greater than one order of magnitude. This large range of variation overlaps the range of values found in female carriers of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and limits the clinical usefulness of serum CK testing. In order to examine whether the source of this variation is intrinsic(More)
In June 1979, 245 Hindu and 240 Moslem women of childbearing age (14-45 yr) living in a semi-rural area north of Lautoka were tested for anemia and for iron-deficiency. Ninety-six (39%) of the 245 Hindu women and 77 (32%) of the 240 Moslem women were anemic according to World Health Organization criteria. Most of the cases of anemia were due to(More)