Amadeo J Pesce

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BACKGROUND Improvement in reference interval estimation using a new outlier detection technique, even with a physician-determined healthy sample, is examined. The effect of including physician-determined nonhealthy individuals in the sample is evaluated. METHODS Traditional data transformation coupled with robust and exploratory outlier detection(More)
Reference intervals serve as the basis of laboratory testing and aid the physician in differentiating between the healthy and diseased patient. Standard methods for determining the reference interval are to define and obtain a healthy population of at least 120 individuals and use nonparametric estimates of the 95% reference interval. This method is less(More)
To assess the degree of ethanol absorption and subsequent formation of urinary ethyl glucuronide (EtG) and ethyl sulfate (EtS) following sustained application of hand sanitizer, 11 volunteers cleansed their hands with Purell(™) hand sanitizer (62% ethanol) every 5 min for 10 h on three consecutive days. Urine specimens were obtained at the beginning and end(More)
We propose a new methodology for the estimation of reference intervals for data sets with small numbers of observations or for those with substantial numbers of outliers. We propose a prediction interval that uses robust estimates of location and scale. The SAS software can be readily modified to do these calculations. We compared four reference interval(More)
BACKGROUND The term drug screen is a misnomer since it implies screening for all drugs, which is not possible. Current practice is to limit the testing to the examination of serum for several drugs such as ethanol, acetaminophen, salicylate, and of urine for several specific drugs or classes of drugs. In the emergency setting the screen should be performed(More)
To determine the degree of ethanol absorption and the resultant formation and urinary excretion of its conjugated metabolites following intensive use of high ethanol content mouthwash, 10 subjects gargled with Listerine(®) antiseptic 4 times daily for 3¼ days. First morning void urine specimens were collected on each of the four study days and post-gargle(More)
The predominantly human sequence, high-affinity anticocaine monoclonal antibody (mAb) 2E2 was cleared slowly from mouse blood by a first-order process with an elimination t(1/2) of 8.1 days. Infused 2E2 also produced a dramatic dose-dependent increase in plasma cocaine concentrations and a concomitant decrease in the brain cocaine concentrations produced by(More)
The pharmacokinetics of a single oral dose of amitriptyline were examined in five functionally anephric patients undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). The concentration of the parent drug and its major metabolite nortriptyline in plasma were measured by high performance liquid chromatography. Patients on CAPD did not have a(More)
Liver transplantation is an accepted therapy for end-stage liver disease. After allografting, a variety of clinical problems may require laboratory involvement for accurate and timely diagnosis and intervention. Critical factors in the choice of a laboratory test menu to support a transplant program include turnaround times that support clinical(More)
The growth characteristics and metastatic behavior of human tumors growing in athymic nude mice were studied. Human tumor cell lines HEp-2 (carcinoma or larynx) and SW480 (colon carcinoma) were transplanted into athymic nude mice of BALB/c origin. Tumor cells (1 x 10(6) and 2 x 10(7)) were given either s.c. or i.p. Following s.c. injection tumors developed(More)