T H Doolittle

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PURPOSE To measure the functional status and well-being of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and compare them with those of a general population group and six disease comparison groups. PATIENTS AND METHODS The subjects of the study were patients with CFS (n = 223) from a CFS clinic, a population-based control sample (n = 2,474), and disease(More)
We identified the cytokines interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta), tumor necrosis factor (TNF), and interleukin-6 (IL-6) by specific radioimmunoassays in the CSF of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurologic diseases (OND). There was a high incidence of detectable IL-1 beta in patients with active MS compared with inactive MS or OND patients. TNF(More)
PURPOSE Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) currently is defined by a working case definition developed under the leadership of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based on a consensus among experienced clinicians. We analyzed the experience from one large center to examine the adequacy of the case definition. PATIENTS AND(More)
Inheritance of T cell receptor beta chain (TCR beta) genes was analyzed in families of 40 sibling pairs concordant for the relapsing-remitting form of multiple sclerosis (MS). TCR beta haplotypes were determined by segregation analysis of polymorphic markers within the TCR beta complex. The mean proportion of TCR beta haplotypes identical by descent (IBD)(More)
OBJECTIVE Chronic fatigue syndrome is an illness of unknown origin that begins abruptly with a flulike state and has symptoms suggesting both a chronic viral encephalitis and an affective disorder. We compared single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scans of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome with those of patients with AIDS dementia complex(More)
Several lines of evidence suggest that the anterior pituitary hormone prolactin has a stimulatory role on immune function and that pharmacological suppression of prolactin secretion with the dopamine-agonist bromocriptine suppresses both humoral and cellular immunity. Here, we describe the effects of prolactin-suppression on the course of experimental(More)
Existing diagnostic criteria for multiple sclerosis present significant limitations when assessing multiplex families for three reasons: (1) restricting age of onset to 10 to 50 years is likely to exclude 10% of patients known to have a later onset, (2) diagnoses based on subjective information can potentially result in a false-positive diagnosis, and (3)(More)
We evaluated 48 relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (R/R MS) sibling pairs derived from 44 families for age and date of onset of MS symptoms, clinical course, and family history of MS. Age- and sex-matched R/R MS clinic patients provided a statistical comparison group. The age of onset tended to cluster within multiplex families. The initial symptom of(More)
BACKGROUND Results of readily available clinical laboratory tests in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome were compared with results in healthy control subjects. METHODS Cases consisted of all 579 patients who met either the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga, British, or Australian case definition for chronic fatigue syndrome. They(More)
To determine whether the naturally occurring amino acid threonine, a potential precursor for glycine biosynthesis in the spinal cord, has an effect on spasticity in multiple sclerosis, 26 ambulatory patients were entered into a randomized crossover trial. Threonine administered at a total daily dose of 7.5 g reduced signs of spasticity on clinical(More)