Brian J. Maurer

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PURPOSE This work addresses the unanswered question of whether multidisciplinary care (MDC) of heart failure (HF) can reduce readmissions when optimal medical care is applied in both intervention and control groups. METHODS In a randomized, controlled study, 98 patients (mean age, 70.8 +/- 10.5 years) admitted to hospital with left ventricular failure(More)
BACKGROUND Despite a growing body of data demonstrating the benefits of multidisciplinary care in heart failure, persistently high rates of readmission, especially within the first month of discharge, continue to be documented. AIMS As part of an ongoing randomized study on the value of multidisciplinary care in a high risk (NYHA Class IV), elderly (mean(More)
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) have the potential to differentiate into many adult cell types, and they are being explored as a resource for cell replacement therapies for multiple diseases. In order to optimize in vitro differentiation protocols, it will be necessary to elucidate regulatory mechanisms that contribute to lineage specification. MicroRNAs(More)
The quantitative assessment of the age-dependent number of neuritic plaques is essential for the diagnosis of Alzheimer type dementia. This study reports the superiority of a modified Hortega-Globus stain compared to Bielschowsky and Bodian stains applied to samples obtained from ten brains of patients with a clinical history of progressive dementia. In two(More)
Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP) during sleep may be a useful adjunct to medical therapy in patients with stable severe congestive heart failure (CHF), particularly when there is a coexisting respiratory sleep disorder. However, the direct haemodynamic effects of NCPAP in patients with severe stable CHF have not yet been adequately(More)
Although cardiac involvement in the form of conduction abnormalities or aortic regurgitation occurs in 5 to 10% of patients with ankylosing spondylitis, few studies have assessed left ventricular (LV) function. This study assesses the prevalence of both systolic and diastolic LV dysfunction and other cardiac abnormalities in patients with ankylosing(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To determine if plasma levels of atrial natriuretic peptide are elevated in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and to determine the relationship of atrial natriuretic peptide to symptoms and echocardiographic indices of left ventricular structure and diastolic function in these patients. DESIGN A prospective study in which atrial(More)
The long arm of the human Y chromosome is required for male fertility. Microdeletions in three different regions of the human Y chromosome, designated AZFa, AZFb and AZFc, respectively, are frequently associated with male infertility. The varying frequency of Y microdeletions found in cohorts of infertile men (0.4-55.5%) is probably related to the criteria(More)
In previous work, several methotrexate (MTX)-resistant variants were isolated frm the human cell line HeLa BU25, which exhibited a high degree of dihydrofolate (DHFR) gene amplification (estimated to be 250- to 300-fold). These variants did not contain any chromosome with a homogeneously staining region (HSR) and exhibited only a small average number of(More)