Ross F. Walker

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Statistical Geometric Features (SGF) have recently been proposed for the classification of image textures. The SGF method is easily extended to use other geometric properties of connected regions. Following a brief review of the method, we propose such an extension to the set of SGF features for the purpose of classifying cervical cell textures. The(More)
The current status of the saliva dexamethasone suppression test (DST) is discussed and results from the literature reviewed. Evidence is presented that demonstrates that the efficacy of the salivary-based test is equal to that of the plasma DST provided that specifically developed radioimmunoassays are used for determination of salivary cortisol. Such(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine if serotonin (5-HT) is secreted by the pineal gland and also to define the parameters of its secretion. After radiolabelling the endogenous 5-HT pool, individual pineal glands were placed within perifusion chambers and stimulated with norepinephrine (NE). [3H]5-HT was rapidly released within 1 min of stimulation(More)
Concentrations of cortisol in saliva and plasma were compared in matched samples during a standard 1 mg dexamethasone suppression test. The study involved 185 routine psychiatric admissions, all of whom were classified according to DSM-III criteria. In a group of 122 matched samples of saliva and plasma, there was a Pearson correlation coefficient of 0.867(More)
This study was designed to determine if norepinephrine (NE) stimulated release of pineal serotonin (5-HT) is receptor mediated and to identify the receptor(s) most influential in the release process. Efflux of 3H-5-HT from rat pineals in vitro was significantly increased within 5 min after NE was added to perifusion buffer in concentrations ranging from 0.1(More)
BACKGROUND We assessed associations of mood at 5-6 weeks postpartum with peripartum saliva cortisol and progesterone profiles. METHOD A prospective study involved 120 primiparous women free of major marital, socioeconomic and health problems, who collected saliva twice daily from 2 weeks before delivery to day 35 postpartum. This allowed intensive(More)
The incidence of post-natal depression is high, and dramatic changes in steroid hormones and prolactin occur in the post-partum period. In an attempt to correlate these events, 147 mothers, six to eight weeks after delivery of a healthy infant, completed standard psychological tests, including the Edinburgh, Montgomery-Asberg, and Raskin scales. They also(More)
We describe a direct radioimmunoassay for cortisol in 10-microliter volumes of parotid saliva or whole saliva. Binding proteins are absent from these fluids, as demonstrated by the excellent correlation between results for samples assayed directly and by a comparison procedure involving extraction with 1,2-dichloroethane. The direct assay is specific,(More)