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Current user interfaces for automated patient and consumer health care systems can be improved by leveraging the results of several decades of research into effective patient-provider communication skills. A research project is presented in which several such "relational" skills - including empathy, social dialogue, nonverbal immediacy behaviors, and other(More)
Relational agents are computational artifacts, such as animated, screen-based characters or social robots, that are designed to establish a sense of rapport, trust, and even therapeutic alliance with patients, using ideal therapeutic relationships between human counselors and patients as role models. We describe the development and evaluation of several(More)
Sublines from the small cell lung cancer (SCLC) cell lines U1285 and U1690, denoted U1285-100, U1285-250, U1690-40 and U1690-150, were adapted to grow in the continuous presence of 100, 250, 40 and 150 ng ml-1 doxorubicin (Dox), respectively. The Dox resistance was accompanied by cross-resistance to vincristine (Vcr), Vp-16 and for U1285-100 also to(More)
Blood transfusion is a well-documented route of transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV). However, a persisting high frequency of HCV infections was recorded in our haematology ward even after screening of blood donors had been introduced. We investigated the viral strains in 37 patients with haematological malignant diseases who had developed hepatitis C(More)
We have developed an animated PDA-based advisor that can engage sedentary adults in dialogues about their physical activity throughout the day. An integrated accelerometer enables the advisor to initiate interactions and provide real-time feedback. Results of preliminary usability testing of interaction modalities are presented and a planned efficacy study(More)
Telomerase activity, associated with cellular immortalization and tumorigenesis, is suppressed during terminal differentiation of HL-60 promyelocytic leukaemic cells. However, it is poorly understood how telomerase activity is regulated in differentiated HL-60 cells. In the present study, we demonstrate that the down-regulation of telomerase reverse(More)
Activation of telomerase is essential for in vitro cellular immortalization and tumorigenesis. In the present study, we investigated telomerase activation and its implications in plasma cell dyscrasias including monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), multiple myeloma (MM) and plasma cell leukaemia (PCL). All 5 patients with MGUS(More)
By using a quantitative RNA-RNA solution hybridisation method, the average number of mdr1 RNA transcripts per cell was measured in total nucleic acid extracts of leukaemic cells from patients with acute leukaemia. The results in different types of leukaemia were (number of patients with detectable mdr1 RNA/total number of patients; median number of(More)
Many children are identified as unaffected carriers for cystic fibrosis (CF) through newborn screening (NBS) programs. The aim of this study was to improve parental understanding of positive NBS results using an educational video in addition to genetic counseling. One hundred parents of infants identified as CF carriers through NBS were randomly assigned by(More)
By using a quantitative RNA-RNA solution hybridisation method, the average number of mdrl RNA transcripts per cell was measured in total nucleic acid extracts of leukaemic cells from patients with acute leukaemia. The results in different types of leukaemia were (number of patients with detectable mdrl RNA/total number of patients; median number of(More)