Richard Roberts

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Familial pulmonary fibrosis is a heterogeneous group of interstitial lung diseases of unknown cause that is associated with multiple pathologic subsets. Mutations in the surfactant protein C (SP-C) gene (SFTPC) are associated with familial desquamative and nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis. Genetic studies in familial usual interstitial pneumonitis have(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the independent contributions of family and neighbourhood environments to changes in youth physical activity and body mass index (BMI) z-score over 5 years. METHODS In 2001, 2004 and 2006, 301 children (10-12 years at baseline) had their height and weight measured (BMI was converted to z-scores using Centers for Disease Control and(More)
Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a well recognized respiratory pathogen in children and young adults. In addition, M. pneumoniae infections may also involve other organ systems. Reviewed here are the various clinical syndromes in adults caused by this infectious agent, with emphasis on those which have recently been seen at The New York Hospital. Two previously(More)
We studied 81 men (79 homosexuals and 2 drug abusers) with persistent lymphadenopathy to determine whether those at risk for AIDS-related opportunistic infections could be identified prospectively. (Sixty-nine of 76 [91 per cent] had antibodies to human T-cell lymphotropic virus Type III [HTLV-III], and 76 of 79 [96 per cent] had abnormal T4/T8 cell(More)
Risk factors and mortality associated with vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VREF) infection or colonization were examined at a tertiary care hospital by comparing 145 patients who had VREF isolates (cases) to 145 patients with vancomycin-susceptible Enterococcus faecium (VSEF) isolates (controls). The number of deaths per 100 person-days of(More)
The increase in costs of hospitalization for patients with drug-resistant infection may be associated with drug resistance itself or with the severity of the underlying illness that predisposes patients to acquire the drug-resistant infection. To address this issue, risk factors and cost of hospitalization were compared for patients infected or colonized(More)
Ribavirin is a broad-spectrum antiviral drug that has in vitro activity against human immunodeficiency virus. To determine the kinetics of ribavirin, 17 symptom-free homosexual men with lymphadenopathy were studied. Single doses of ribavirin, 600, 1200, or 2400 mg, were given orally or intravenously. The plasma ribavirin concentration-time profiles were(More)
The viridans streptococci are a heterogeneous group of organisms frequently associated with microbial endocarditis. Isolates from consecutive patients with endocarditis due to viridans streptococci who were seen at The New York Hospital from 1944 to 1955 and from 1970 to 1978 were speciated, and the relative frequencies and patterns of sus ceptibility to(More)