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BACKGROUND Neurocognitive dysfunction is reported in women with breast cancer even prior to receipt of adjuvant therapy; however, there is little understanding of underlying mechanisms. We tested the hypothesis that pretreatment neurocognitive dysfunction in newly diagnosed patients is related to immunological activation, as indexed by pro-inflammatory(More)
OBJECTIVE To improve assessment of arthritis joint pain in American Indians by describing how symptoms are communicated. METHOD In-depth interviews were conducted with American Indians who experience chronic joint pain (n = 56), to elicit descriptions and self-reported ratings of pain, disability, and beliefs associated with the pain for affected joints(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if selective immune unresponsiveness to microbial antigens is associated with predisposition to rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Proteins from Proteus mirabilis lysate were isolated by SDS-PAGE and examined by Western blotting for antibody responses in sera from patients with RA compared to healthy subjects and patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the correlation between patient self-report joint counts and standard physician joint counts, and to compare pictorial (Mannequin) and text (Rapid Assessment of Disease Activity in Rheumatology, RADAR) formats for obtaining patient self-reports. METHODS Baseline patient self-report joint counts were mailed and completed by 60(More)
There have been many reports of the inadvertent removal of an ectopic thyroid gland that was mistaken for a thyroglossal duct cyst. The differentiation of these two conditions is extremely important, because inadvertent removal of an ectopic thyroid gland may result in profound hypothyroidism. The authors report the case of a 5-year-old girl with an ectopic(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the interrater reliability of rheumatologist diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the concordance between rheumatologist and computer algorithms for assessing the accuracy of a diagnosis of RA. METHODS Self-reported data regarding symptoms and signs for a diagnosis of RA were considered by a panel of rheumatologists and by(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effectiveness of the Spanish Arthritis Empowerment Program as presented by the Arthritis Foundation, Southern California Chapter, in Orange County, California. METHODS Participants with arthritis (n = 141) enrolled in the program between October 1999 and May 2001. All materials were in Spanish. Written pretest, 6-week posttest,(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) starter set of quality measures for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in an actual patient cohort that preceded publication of the quality measures. METHODS We retrospectively applied the 2006 ACR quality criteria to a prospectively studied cohort of 568 patients with RA treated by 1,932 unique(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the development and evaluation of a patient self-report case-finding method for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) not dependent on direct contact with the treating physicians. METHODS The American College of Rheumatology criteria for RA diagnosis were adapted for patient self-report using a questionnaire, and alternative scoring algorithms(More)