Timothy K. Roberts

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OBJECTIVE To detect Anaplasma platys and Babesia canis vogeli infection, using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based assays, in free-roaming dogs associated with eight Aboriginal communities in remote areas of Australia and to determine the impact of infection through the assessment of platelet numbers. PROCEDURES Blood samples from 215 dogs were screened(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the detection of Ehrlichia platys in free-roaming dogs in Central Australia. PROCEDURE Blood samples were collected from four dogs and examined for bacterial 16S ribosomal DNA using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based assays. The three positive samples obtained were then sequenced and identification of the PCR product carried out.(More)
This study compares two PCR assays for the detection of Anaplasma platys in dog blood using primers based on the A. platys 16S rRNA gene. The first approach utilized a "standard" PCR protocol composed of a "single-step" direct amplification using an Ehrlichia genus-specific primer set. The second assay being a "nested" PCR screen that first involved a(More)
Full blood counts, ESR, CRP, haematinics and markers for oxidative stress were measured for 33 patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and 27 age and sex matched controls. All participants also completed symptom questionnaires. CFS patients had increases in malondialdehyde (P <0.006), methaemoglobin (P <0.02), mean erythrocyte volume (P(More)
Forty-six patients presenting with chronic orofacial muscle pain and eight age- and sex-matched control subjects were investigated for the carriage prevalence of, and exotoxin production by, coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS). The eight control subjects were selected from an initial group of 41 subjects on the basis of the absence of musculoskeletal(More)
Faecal samples from humans, herbivores, carnivores and birds as well as samples from septic tanks and effluents from a sewage treatment plant (STP) were extracted and analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for faecal sterols including coprostanol, epicoprostanol, cholestanol, cholesterol, stigmasterol, campesterol, 24-ethylcoprostanol and(More)
Autism is a complex and life-long behavioural disorder of unknown aetiology. Recent reports have indicated the involvement of digestive tract dysfunction and possible complications from inadequate nutrition. In this study, 34 autistic children (12 untreated and 22 receiving therapeutic treatments related to digestive function and nutritional uptake) and 29(More)
The authors validated use of the rosette inhibition test for the detection of early pregnancy factor (EPF) in human pregnancy, first by optimizing conditions for the assay, using known pregnant and nonpregnant sera, and second, by examining the performance of this assay in three clinical situations: a "blind" study involving coded first-trimester sera(More)
We propose that, in addition to its function of gas exchange, the erythron provides a mechanism for the inactivation of reactive oxygen and oxide radicals in vivo. In carrying out this function, individual erythrocytes undergo changes in biochemical and structural properties, which are reflected by shape and functional alterations. The changes indicate(More)
Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have a broad and variable spectrum of signs and symptoms with variable onsets. This report outlines the results of a single-blind, cross-sectional research project that extensively investigated a large cohort of 100 CFS patients and 82 non fatigued control subjects with the aim of performing a case-control(More)