Rebecca Hardy

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Blood pressure is a heritable trait influenced by several biological pathways and responsive to environmental stimuli. Over one billion people worldwide have hypertension (≥140 mm Hg systolic blood pressure or  ≥90 mm Hg diastolic blood pressure). Even small increments in blood pressure are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. This(More)
The monoclonal antibody O4 has been used to define a biologically distinct stage of the oligodendroglial lineage in vitro. Furthermore, O4+ oligodendroglial progenitors have been found in cell cultures derived from mature tissue, leading to speculation about the presence of oligodendroglial progenitors in the adult central nervous system (CNS). However, the(More)
We show that GGF/neuregulin is a mitogen for prooligodendrocytes (O4+/O1- cells), oligodendrocytes (O4+/O1+ cells), and type-2 astrocytes. Heregulin beta 1, another neuregulin isoform, is also mitogenic. The proliferative effect of glial growth factor (GGF) does not require, but is greatly potentiated by, serum factors. GGF also promotes the survival of(More)
qkI, a newly cloned gene lying immediately proximal to the deletion in the quakingviable mutation, is transcribed into three messages of 5, 6, and 7 kb. Antibodies raised to the unique carboxy peptides of the resulting QKI proteins reveal that, in the nervous system, all three QKI proteins are expressed strongly in myelin-forming cells and also in(More)
Dense mammographic parenchymal patterns are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Certain features of body size have been found to be associated with breast cancer risk, but less is known about their relation to breast density. We investigated the association of birth size, childhood growth and life-course changes in body size with Wolfe grade(More)
We have followed the development of the O-2A progenitor cell from the neonatal rat forebrain, both in dissociated cell culture and in cryostat sections, using immunocytochemical techniques employing a panel of antibodies that recognise the cells at different stages of their development. This included the monoclonal antibody LB1, which binds to the surface(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify clinical markers available within the first 48 hours of admission that are associated with poor outcome in infective endocarditis. DESIGNS Retrospective cohort study. SETTING Teaching hospital. PATIENTS 208 of 220 patients with infective endocarditis. METHODS Consecutive patients with infective endocarditis presenting between(More)
The investigation of heterogeneity is a crucial part of any meta-analysis. While it has been stated that the test for heterogeneity has low power, this has not been well quantified. Moreover the assumptions of normality implicit in the standard methods of meta-analysis are often not scrutinized in practice. Here we simulate how the power of the test for(More)
The discovery of molecular markers which are selectively expressed during the development of specific classes of rat central nervous system macroglia has greatly advanced our understanding of how these cells are related. In particular, it has been shown in tissue culture that oligodendrocytes and some astrocytes (type-2) may be derived from a common(More)
OBJECTIVE To do a quantitative systematic review, including published and unpublished data, examining the associations between individual objective measures of physical capability (grip strength, walking speed, chair rising, and standing balance times) and mortality in community dwelling populations. DESIGN Systematic review and meta-analysis. DATA(More)