Research and Scientific Publications

Role of Mycoplasmal Infections in Fatigue Illnesses: Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Syndroms, Gulf War Illness and Rheumatoid Arthritis
G.L. Nicolson, PhD, M.Y. Nasralla, PhD, A.R. Franco, MD, K. De Meirleir, MD, N.L. Nicolson, PhD, R.Ngwenya, MD, and J.Haier, MD, PhD,
Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Minireview-Microbiology) 

Diagnosis and Integrative Treatment of Intracellular Bacterial Infections in Chronic Illnesses: Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Syndromes, Gulf War Illness, Rheumatoid Arthritis and other Chronic Illnesses
Garth L. Nicolson, PhD, Marwan Y. Nasralla, PhD, A. Robert Franco, MD, Nancy L. Nicolson, PhD Robert Erwin, MD, Richard Ngwenya, MD, and Paul A Berns, MD.
Clinical Practice or Alternative Medicine (Official Journal of the American College of Advancement in Medicine) Submitted.

Detection of Mycoplasmal Infections in Blood of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
J.Haier, M.Nasralla, A.R.Franco and G.L. Nicolson
Rheumatology 1999; 38:504-509

Multiplex PCR for the Detection of Mycoplasma fermentans, M. hominism, and M. penetrans in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrom, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Gulf War Syndrome.
Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MT, Al Robert Franco, MD
Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Vol. 5., No.  . 1999, pp. 187-197

"The Lancet" Reports Remissions, Reversals in Harvard Scleroderma Study
The Lancet

Antibiotic Minocycline Reverses Disfiguring and Debilitating Skin Disease Scleroderma
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Cooperated with Dr. William A. D'Angelo as a Fellow in Rheumatology in the following 4 research projects which have been presented at scientific meetings and/or published:

ARA Criteria for Scleroderma Subcommittee. Clinical Criteria for Early Diagnosed Systemic Sclerosis (SS):  Preliminary Results of the ARA Multicenter Cooperative Study.  (Abstr.)  Arthritis and Rheumatism.  21:576, 1978

Prevalence of Scleroderma Capillary Abnormalities in Connective Tissue Diseases.  (Abstr.) Arthritis and Rheumatism.  21:576, 1978

Diagnosis Potential of In Vivo Capillary Examination for Scleroderma (Systemic Sclerosis) and Related Disorders

Study of Prevalence of Camptodactilia and Clinodactilia as a genetic marker in patients with Connective Tissue Diseases and the relatives.




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     *The information in this website is not intended to replace a rheumatology textbook nor be a complete update of the rheumatology scientific literature.  It should not be misconstrued as personal medical advice.  Rather, it portrays Dr. Al Robert Franco's interests in the field of rheumatology, namely, the interrelationship between infections and rheumatic diseases and how this applies to the treatment of arthritis.