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David Plaut: Off the Cuff

Two CF Victories
February 27, 2014 9:00 AM by David Plaut
There are an estimated 30 000 patients (1 in 3900 births) in the US with cystic fibrosis (CF). This is a life-limiting, multisystem disease characterized by thick viscous secretions leading to recurrent lung infections, bronchiectasis, and progressive Read More...
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Chimeric Antigen Receptors
February 25, 2014 11:18 AM by David Plaut
Many years ago, I gave a lecture on enzyme assays in the laboratory. When I was done talking about LDH, CPK, GGT, SGOT and SGPT; it occurred to me that anyone walking into that room who wasn't a laboratorian would wonder what language we were speaking. Read More...
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Two Bright Lights
February 17, 2014 11:46 AM by David Plaut
At this time there about 16,000 Americans awaiting liver transplants. This year only about 7000 will receive them due to a shortage of viable livers. A team in Japan, where only 1 in 10 patients needing a liver will get one, described the beginning to Read More...
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Vitamin D Intoxication
February 12, 2014 11:58 PM by David Plaut
The current interest in vitamin D has increased significantly the number of persons supplementing their diet with vitamin D preparations (More than 50% of Americans use dietary). While rare, vitamin D intoxication can be life-threatening. Three cases Read More...
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