Robert M. Bernstein

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STUDY DESIGN Literature review. OBJECTIVE To establish consistent parameters for future adolescent idiopathic scoliosis bracing studies so that valid and reliable comparisons can be made. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Current bracing literature lacks consistency for both inclusion criteria and the definitions of brace effectiveness. METHODS A total of 32(More)
OBJECTIVE Different sets of diagnostic criteria have been proposed for Sjögren's syndrome (SS), but none have been validated with a large series of patients or in a multicenter study. We conducted the present study involving 26 centers from 12 countries (11 in Europe, plus Israel), with the goals of reaching a consensus on the diagnostic procedures for SS(More)
BACKGROUND Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients have a significantly increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) that is not fully explained by classic risk factors. Endothelial dysfunction is an early stage in the process of atherogenesis. Our aim was to determine whether endothelial dysfunction occurs in SLE and whether it is associated with the(More)
Studies of growth regulation and cellular transformation will be assisted by the identification of proteins that are preferentially synthesized in dividing cells. The 'proliferating cell nuclear antigen' ( PCNA ), distinguished by its apparent association with cell division, is defined by reaction with an antibody found in the autoimmune disease systemic(More)
Three different assessment methods for the classification of Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) were compared. These were (i) a previously validated method using colour charts supplemented with a short questionnaire, (ii) answers to a questionnaire based on criteria derived from the consensus opinion of a group of clinicians, and (iii) individual clinician's(More)
The relation between clinical and serological findings was studied in 75 patients with definite progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS). Antinuclear antibodies were detected by indirect immunofluorescence in 95% of the patients by means of HEp-2 cells. The centromere pattern was observed in 50% of the patients with calcinosis, Raynaud's phenomenon, oesophageal(More)
The clinical and laboratory features of 29 patients who had one of three anti-aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase autoantibodies, anti-Jo1 (histidyl-tRNA synthetase), anti-PL12 (alanyl-tRNA synthetase) or anti-PL7 (threonyl-tRNA synthetase) were analysed and compared with the findings of other published reports. These autoantibodies were found to be associated with a(More)
The sera of six patients with autoimmune disease, predominantly myositis with pulmonary fibrosis, contain antibodies of the PL-12 specificity. These autoantibodies react with both protein and RNA components of human cells. The protein has a subunit molecular mass of 110 kD, and the RNA comprises a group of bands in the tRNA size class. Aminoacylation(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence of arthralgia and fatigue complicating B19 infection, along with associated B19 markers and autoantibodies. METHODS We studied patients with acute B19 infection (n = 51), patients followed from the time of acute B19 infection (mean 22.5 mo) (n = 39), and healthy controls (n = 50). Clinical details were collected using(More)
This study aimed to establish the relationship between depression, illness perception, coping strategies, and adverse childhood events in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Sixty-two out-patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Illness Perception Questionnaire, London Coping with Rheumatoid Arthritis(More)