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1.  Effect of methionine loading on pulse wave analysis in elderly volunteers 
Postgraduate Medical Journal  2006;82(970):524-527.
To test the hypothesis that an acute increase in plasma homocysteine produced by methionine is associated with an acute increase in pulse wave velocity.
A double blind, cross over, placebo controlled design was used and pulse wave velocity, plasma homocysteine, total cholesterol: high density lipoprotein ratio, plasma triglyceride, oxidised low density lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations, apolipoproteins A1 and B, and C reactive protein were measured between 12.5 and 20 hours after methionine loading or placebo.
Between 12.5 and 20 hours after exposure to a methionine loading test, arterial pulse wave velocity showed no significant difference compared with placebo. At 12 hours after exposure to the methionine loading test, in the presence of a controlled diet, triglyceride concentration significantly increased by 32.6% (p<0.02), cholesterol: high density lipoprotein ratio increased significantly by 22.5% (p<0.05) compared with placebo. Simultaneously, systolic blood pressure increased significantly by 4.9% (p<0.02).
In elderly volunteers, acute hyperhomocysteinaemia induced by methionine loading resulted in no overall significant delayed reduction in peripheral arterial distensibility. A significant deterioration in the lipid profile and increased blood pressure was seen during acute hyperhomocysteinaemia.
PMCID: PMC2585702  PMID: 16891444
blood pressure; cardiovascular risk; cholesterol:HDL ratio; lipid profile; methionine
2.  Chlormethiazole and temazepam. 
British Medical Journal  1980;280(6227):1322.
PMCID: PMC1601574  PMID: 6104531
3.  The use of over-the-counter medication by elderly medical in-patients. 
Postgraduate Medical Journal  1997;73(865):720-722.
Use of over-the-counter (OTC) medications by elderly patients is often not identified. This survey was performed to study the use of OTCs by medical in-patients aged 65 and over. Data on the use of OTC medications before and during hospital admission were collected by questioning patients and case notes were examined for documentation of their use of OTC medications. OTC medications were used by 44 of 138 (32%) patients interviewed. Patients used a total of 70 OTC medications before admission and six OTC medications were being used during hospital admission. There was no documentation of pre-admission and in-hospital OTC medicine use in the clinical notes and patients had little knowledge of the potential harm some products can cause. As more products become available over the counter, doctors should record their use in patients' notes and patients should be encouraged to seek professional advice before purchasing OTC medicines and to read the product information leaflets.
PMCID: PMC2431570  PMID: 9519186

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