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With the rapid growth of online social networking for health, health care systems are experiencing an inescapable increase in complexity. This is not necessarily a drawback; self-organising, adaptive networks could become central to future health care delivery. This paper considers whether social networks composed of patients and their social circles can(More)
In the wild, western lowland gorillas consume a diet high in fiber and low in caloric density. In contrast, many gorillas in zoos consume a diet that is high-calorie and low in fiber. Some items commonly used in captive gorilla diets contain high levels of starch and sugars, which are minimal in the natural diet of gorillas. There is a growing concern that(More)
GEM 231, a second-generation antisense oligonucleotide targeted against the RIalpha subunit of protein kinase A (PKA) was co-administered with the chemotherapeutic agent irinotecan, a topoisomerase-I inhibitor, to study the antitumor efficacy of the combination in nude mice bearing various human tumor xenografts. The combination treatment of GEM 231 and(More)
A variety of biologic processes are perturbed when exposed to microgravity (space flight) for more than 7 days, including testicular function. Suspension of rats in a special harness (caudal elevation) to induce thoracic pooling of blood fluids and remove the support function of the hind limbs is used to mimic, on earth, the effects of microgravity(More)
In response to new recommendations for feeding giraffe in zoos, giraffe (n = 6) were transitioned from a typical hoofstock diet to diets containing reduced starch, protein, Ca and P and added n3 fatty acids. This diet was fed as a 50:50 mix with alfalfa and grass hay. Over the next 4 years, serum Ca, P, and fatty acids were measured every 6 months (summer(More)
Pimozide and haloperidol were found to be equally effective in the treatment of acute schizophrenia in a double-blind clinical trial involving 22 patients. Drug plasma levels measured by radioimmunoassay (RIA) did not correlate with clinical response following either drug. Nor was there any correlation between clinical response and the dopamine receptor(More)
Plasma cortisol, ACTH and beta endorphin were measured before and after dexamethasone in 8 severely depressed patients and 8 age- and sex-matched controls to examine the relationship of ACTH and endogenous opioids to cortisol in depression. Despite having significantly higher plasma levels of cortisol than the controls, the depressed patients did not have(More)
Hindlimb pressures and flows were measured 3 months after insertion of simple and sequential iliofemoral grafts in the hindlimbs of dogs to determine which type of graft provides the highest blood flow under resting and vasodilated conditions. Under resting conditions, the sequential graft had 94 percent greater distal blood flow than the simple graft. The(More)
Free thyroxin (FT4) concentrations, total thyroxin/thyroxin-binding globulin (T4/TBG) ratios, and thyrotropin (TSH) and albumin concentrations were measured in serum in a longitudinal study in each of the three trimesters of 25 normal pregnancies. In late pregnancy, FT4 estimates by assays reputedly either affected or unaffected by albumin were in the lower(More)
A tail-suspension (TS) rat model used to simulate microgravity was tested for its effects on the anatomy, cell structure, and function of the testis and epididymis in sexually mature male rats. Rats suspended for 7 days without inguinal canal ligation exhibited a significant (P less than or equal to 0.05) reduction in testis weight compared with controls(More)