Melinda Braskett

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Inadequate secretion of vasopressin during fluid removal by hemodialysis may contribute to the cardiovascular instability that complicates this therapy and administration of exogenous hormone, by supporting arterial pressure, may facilitate volume removal. To test this, we measured plasma vasopressin in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) during(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Current understanding of the role of oxidative stress in airway inflammation suggests that antioxidant therapy may be important to optimize the treatment. This review summarizes recent investigations of novel antioxidant agents for upper airway inflammation, with selected studies focused on lower airway disease as additional candidate(More)
Catalytic antibody 15A10 hydrolyzes the benzoyl ester of cocaine to form the nonpsychoactive metabolites benzoic acid and ecgonine methylester. Here, we report biochemical and structural studies that characterize the catalytic mechanism. The crystal structure of the cocaine-hydrolyzing monoclonal antibody (mAb) 15A10 has been determined at 2.35 A(More)
Chemotherapy desensitization protocols are safe, but labor-intensive, processes that allow patients with cancer to receive medications even if they initially experienced severe hypersensitivity reactions. Part I of this column discussed the pathophysiology of hypersensitivity reactions and described the development of desensitization protocols in oncology(More)
BACKGROUND Most patients with a history of penicillin allergy can tolerate penicillin. Skin testing can identify tolerant patients, but not all known allergenic determinants are commercially available. Protocols exist that use only available reagents, but the sensitivity and safety of these protocols, particularly for hospitalized patients, are(More)
Hypersensitivity reactions to chemotherapeutic agents can cause the discontinuation of first-line therapies. Chemotherapy desensitization is a safe, but labor-intensive, process to administer these important medications. A desensitization protocol can enable a patient to receive the entire target dose of a medication, even if the patient has a history of(More)
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