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STUDY OBJECTIVES To evaluate the ability of the Sonomat to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). DESIGN Prospective and randomized. SETTING Sleep laboratory and home. PARTICIPANTS 62 subjects; 54 with a clinical history of OSA and 8 normal control subjects. INTERVENTIONS N/A. MEASUREMENTS AND RESULTS Simultaneous PSG and Sonomat recordings were(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)
Proinflammatory cytokines including interferon-gamma (IFNgamma), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNFalpha) are implicated in the pathogenesis of acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD). Cytokine gene polymorphism is associated with functional differences in cytokine regulation and altered clinical performance in a variety of diseases.(More)
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a common, serious, inherited disease. The major cause of mortality in CF is lung disease, due to the failure of airway epithelial cells to express a functional product of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. A potential treatment for CF lung disease is the expression of CFTR in the airways following(More)
The emergence of Scedosporium infections in diverse groups of individuals, which are often treatment refractory, warrants timely and accurate laboratory diagnosis. Species- or group-specific primers based on internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequence polymorphisms were designed for Scedosporium aurantiacum, Scedosporium dehoogii, Scedosporium prolificans,(More)
This paper examines the efficiency and effectiveness of a prescriptive systems development methodology in practice. The UK Government's mandatory Structured Systems Analysis and Design Method (SSADM) was examined to determine its value to software projects. The evidence was collected from interviews with 17 project managers, discussions with participants on(More)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Burkholderia cepacia are the major pathogens that colonize the airway surface and cause progressive respiratory failure and high mortality, especially in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. Tobramycin is the treatment of choice, but persistent usage enables the infectious organisms to activate defence mechanisms, making eradication(More)
New treatments for cystic fibrosis (CF), including gene therapy, are currently being assessed. These aim to correct the basic defects of increased sodium absorption and decreased chloride secretion in airway epithelia. Assessment of these bioelectric parameters, particularly in the nasal epithelium, is likely to be used as a measure of treatment efficacy.(More)