Peter Middleton

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This paper shows how the concepts of lean manufacturing can be successfully transferred from the manufacture of cars and electrical goods to software development. The key lean concept is to minimize work in progress, so quickly forcing any production problems into the open. Production is then halted to allow each problem with the system producing the goods,(More)
Respiratory samples from cystic fibrosis outpatients were cultured on Sabouraud's dextrose agar (SABD) containing antibiotics, Mycosel, and Scedosporium-selective medium (SceSel+). Thirty-two (14.7%) of 218 specimens from 11/69 (15.9%) patients yielded a Scedosporium sp., most frequently Scedosporium aurantiacum (17/218). Scedosporium was recovered on(More)
We report the results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in nine cystic fibrosis (CF) subjects receiving cationic liposome complexed with a complementary DNA encoding the CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), and six CF subjects receiving only liposome to the nasal epithelium. No adverse clinical effects were seen and nasal biopsies showed(More)
This case study examines how the lean ideas behind the Toyota production system can be applied to software project management. It is a detailed investigation of the performance of a nine-person software development team employed by BBC Worldwide based in London. The data collected in 2009 involved direct observations of the development team, the kanban(More)
The proinflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) is strongly implicated in graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and other acute bone marrow transplant (BMT) complications. The antiinflammatory interleukin-10 (IL-10) antagonizes TNF-alpha and reduces GVHD. We previously showed association of recipient TNF (TNFd) and IL-10 (IL-10(-1064)) gene(More)
We report gene transfer to the Edinburgh insertional mutant mouse (cf/cf), delivering CFTR cDNA-liposome complexes into the airways by nebulization. We show full restoration of cAMP related chloride responses in some animals and demonstrate, in the same tissues, human CFTR cDNA expression. Overall, a range of correction was seen with restoration of about(More)
It is now well known that the initial phase of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) involves cytokine release during preconditioning of the recipient of an allogeneic bone marrow transplant (BMT). Tumor necrosis factor (TNF), in particular, has been implicated in pathological damage and is released pretransplant due to irradiation and cytotoxic preconditioning(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to determine the extent of agreement between central venous and arterial values for pH, bicarbonate, base excess, and lactate in a group of intensive care unit (ICU) patients. METHODS A prospective study of a convenience sample of patients deemed by their treating doctor to require blood gas analysis as part of their clinical(More)
The bifunctional alkylating agent, melphalan, forms adducts on DNA that are recognized by two previously described monoclonal antibodies, MP5/73 and Amp4/42. Immunoreactivity to MP5/73 was lost when alkylated DNA was exposed to alkaline pH, while Amp4/42 only recognized the structures formed after the alkali treatment. Competitive enzyme-linked(More)
Aerosolized hypertonic saline is currently being investigated as a new agent for the treatment of impaired mucociliary clearance which occurs in many respiratory diseases. Mannitol aerosols, in particular dry powder inhalers, have been proposed as an alternative treatment to saline, offering the same osmotic load with other benefits. However, the effects of(More)