Anthony Almudevar

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The calculation of maximum likelihood pedigrees for related organisms using genotypic data is considered. The problem is formulated so that the domain of optimization is a permutation space. This is a feature shared by the travelling salesman problem, for which simulated annealing is known to be effective. Using this technique it is found that pedigrees can(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is mediated by a proinflammatory cytokine network with TNF at its apex. Accordingly, drugs that block TNF have demonstrated significant efficacy in the treatment of RA. A great deal of experimental evidence also strongly implicates B cells in the pathogenesis of RA. Yet, it remains unclear whether these two important players and(More)
BACKGROUND Single measurements of peak oxygen uptake (VO2) have been shown to predict mortality in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) although no longitudinal study of serial measurements has been reported in children. A study was undertaken to determine whether the initial, final, or the rate of fall of forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) or peak(More)
OBJECTIVE We conducted a cohort study of parturient women in an area with endemic Q fever infection to determine whether those seropositive for Coxiella burnetii had evidence of adverse birth outcomes. STUDY DESIGN From June 1997 to November 1998, the cord blood of all women delivered at our health center was tested for antibodies to C burnetii by(More)
Ultraviolet (UV) light is a complete carcinogen inducing and promoting squamous-cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin. Recent work has shown that SCC initiation and promotion are enhanced by prostaglandin E2 (PGE2). PGE2 interacts with specific EP receptors to regulate cellular functions. Previous work from our group has shown that the prostaglandin E2 EP2(More)
MOTIVATION Quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) is one of the most widely used methods to measure gene expression. Despite extensive research in qPCR laboratory protocols, normalization and statistical analysis, little attention has been given to qPCR non-detects-those reactions failing to produce a minimum amount of signal. RESULTS We show that the common(More)
Self-report instruments commonly used to assess depression in adolescents have limited or unknown reliability and validity in this age group. We describe a new self-report scale, the Kutcher Adolescent Depression Scale (KADS), designed specifically to diagnose and assess the severity of adolescent depression. This report compares the diagnostic validity of(More)
BACKGROUND 10 days of amoxicillin/clavulanic acid high dose and 5 days of cefdinir have been the preferred first- or second-line antibiotics for treatment of children with acute otitis media (AOM) since 2004, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the USA, but no head-to-head comparison study has been done. OBJECTIVE The purpose of the(More)
Cross-sectional data do not truly convey the manner in which declining lung function affects peak oxygen uptake (peak VO2) within a given patient with cystic fibrosis. We hypothesized that there would be a concomitant decline in peak VO2 with FEV1 over time. Twenty-eight children aged 8-17 years with cystic fibrosis performed annual ergometer tests over a(More)