Michael Pearson

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PURPOSE Rituximab has been reported to have little activity in small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)/chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and to be associated with significant infusion-related toxicity. This study sought to decrease the initial toxicity and optimize the pharmacokinetics with an alternative treatment schedule. PATIENTS AND METHODS Thirty three(More)
1. The extent of nodulation and nitrogen fixation by a population ofHippophaë rhamnoides bushes occurring on a sand dune system on the east coast of England has been studied. 2. Nodules were found on all plants (the latter ranged from 3 to 16 years in age) and using the isotope N15 it was confirmed that these nodules fixed nitrogen. The nodules on the(More)
Rituximab is a chimeric monoclonal antibody directed at CD20 with significant activity in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). A variety of pathways of tumor cytotoxicity different from cytotoxic chemotherapy have been proposed for this therapeutic antibody including antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity and(More)
PURPOSE Rituximab has clinical activity in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and has a variety of proposed mechanisms, including apoptosis, complement-dependent cell lysis (CDC), and antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC). Here we examine pretreatment biologic features that promote resistance to apoptosis and CDC in CLL patients and(More)
High resolution computed tomography (CT) was performed on 11 homosexual men with the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). All had bronchoscopically proven Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP). Six patients were re-scanned following treatment and symptomatic recovery. All the scans were abnormal, most showing fine diffuse bilateral alveolar(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to compare the distribution and configuration of lung opacities in patients with cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis and asbestosis by high resolution computed tomography. METHODS Eighteen patients with cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis and 24 with asbestosis were studied. Two independent observers assessed the type and(More)
Mitozantrone (Novantrone) has recently been incorporated into a new combination chemotherapy regimen with mitomycin-C and methotrexate (MMM) against advanced breast cancer. We have compared MMM (mitozantrone 8 mg m-2 i.v. q 3 weekly, methotrexate 35 mg m-2 i.v. q 3 weekly, mitomycin-C 8 mg m-2 i.v. q 6 weekly) with CMF (cyclophosphamide 100 mg orally, days(More)
The aim of this study was to describe a scoring system for high resolution computed tomographic (HRCT) scans analogous to the International Labour Office (ILO) scoring system for plain chest radiographs in patients with asbestos related disease. Interstitial fibrosis, pleural disease, and emphysema were scored, the reproducibility and the interobserver(More)
BACKGROUND Significant morbidity and mortality result from the ineffective evacuation of empyema. Failure of conventional first line treatment with closed intercostal tube drainage and antibiotic therapy may result in fibrin deposition and loculated empyema. Enzymatic debridement using intrapleural instillation of streptokinase is a non-invasive therapeutic(More)
The cell type of bronchial carcinoma predicted from the results of bronchial biopsy at fibreoptic or rigid bronchoscopy or of percutaneous aspiration lung biopsy was compared with the type determined by histological examination of specimens obtained by thoracotomy, biopsy of an extrapulmonary metastasis, or necropsy in 180 cases. The rates of agreement with(More)