Ray M. Lowenthal

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High-dose cytarabine (ara-c) may overcome cytarabine resistance in leukemic blasts. It has been used as a successful salvage and in postremission therapy but not as initial induction treatment. Patients aged 15 to 60 years, presenting with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) were randomized to receive either high-dose cytarabine, 3 g/m2 12 hourly(More)
BACKGROUND Previous pooled analyses have reported an association between magnetic fields and childhood leukaemia. We present a pooled analysis based on primary data from studies on residential magnetic fields and childhood leukaemia published after 2000. METHODS Seven studies with a total of 10,865 cases and 12,853 controls were included. The main(More)
In this prospective multicentre trial, 90 patients undergoing autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) were randomised to receive (n=43) or not receive (n=47) amifostine 910 mg/m(2) prior to melphalan 200 mg/m(2). Patients were monitored for regimen-related toxicity, engraftment, supportive care, response and survival. Both groups underwent ASCT at a(More)
Induction therapy of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with standard dose chemotherapy will result in approximately 55-75% of patients achieving a complete remission (CR). Intensification of induction treatment with etoposide and high dose cytarabine does not alter the CR rate but appears to significantly improve the subsequent outcome. Updated results of the(More)
Whilst the role of ceramide, a second messenger of the sphingolipid family, in the initiation of receptor-mediated apoptosis is controversial, a growing body of evidence is emerging for a role of ceramide in the amplification of apoptosis via mitochondrial perturbations that culminate in the activation of execution caspases. Treatment of Jurkat T cells with(More)
All cases in a population-based series of myeloproliferative and lymphoproliferative (LP) disorders diagnosed in usual residents of Tasmania between 1972 and 1980 were asked for occupational histories and the occurrence of similar diseases in their close relatives. Occupational risks were observed for males who had farmed, mined, or worked in foundries and(More)
We have used the technique of human haemopoietic cell culture in agar to study the peripheral blood and bone marrow colony forming capacity of 23 patients with Ph(1) + ve chronic granulocytic leukaemia (CGL) before and after treatment. In comparison with normal controls the number of colony forming cells (CFC) is moderately increased (about three-fold) in(More)
We describe the induction of sustained remissions and possible cure of severe erosive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by bone marrow transplantation (BMT) in 2 patients. BMT was used to treat severe aplastic anemia which was caused by gold in one case and D-penicillamine in the other. In the 8 and 6 years since the transplants (representing 8 and 4 years since(More)
PURPOSE The standard treatment for relapsed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is salvage chemotherapy followed by high-dose therapy and autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT). The impact of maintenance rituximab after ASCT is not known. PATIENTS AND METHODS In total, 477 patients with CD20(+) DLBCL who were in their first relapse or refractory to(More)
Congenital dyserythropoietic anemia type II (CDA II) or HEMPAS is a genetic disease caused by plasma membrane abnormality. The enzymic defect of HEMPAS has been suggested to be the lowered activity of N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase II, resulting in lack of polylactosamine formation on proteins and leading to accumulation of polylactosaminyl lipids. In(More)