Caroline E. Reinke

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This paper presents a new method for optimal matching in observational studies based on mixed integer programming. Unlike widely used matching methods based on network algorithms, which attempt to achieve covariate balance by minimizing the total sum of distances between treated units and matched controls, this new method achieves covariate balance(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Laparoscopic appendectomy remains one of the most common emergency general surgical procedures in the United States. In an era of increasing focus on costs in medical care, we sought to evaluate the use of polymeric clips to secure the appendiceal base during laparoscopic appendectomy. METHODS We performed a prospective cohort(More)
DISCLAIMER: This document is a DRAFT. The findings and conclusions in this draft guideline have not been formally disseminated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy. DISCLAIMER: This document is a DRAFT. The findings and conclusions in this draft guideline have not been(More)
Spigelian hernias are rare, making up only 1-2% of all hernias. Like other hernias, they may contain abdominal contents but are more likely to be incarcerated due to the small size of the fascial defect.(1) We describe here the case of a 71-year-old female with a 10-year history of right lower quadrant pain that remained undiagnosed despite multiple imaging(More)
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