Catherine H. MacLean

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Guidelines and recommendations developed and/or endorsed by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) are intended to provide guidance for particular patterns of practice and not to dictate the care of a particular patient. The ACR considers adherence to these guidelines and recommendations to be voluntary, with the ultimate determination regarding their(More)
CONTEXT Omega-3 fatty acids are purported to reduce the risk of cancer. Studies have reported mixed results. OBJECTIVE To synthesize published and unpublished evidence to determine estimates of the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on cancer risk in prospective cohort studies. DATA SOURCES Articles published from 1966 to October 2005 identified through(More)
BACKGROUND Although several agents are available to treat osteoporosis, the relative efficacy and toxicity of these agents when used to prevent fractures has not been well described. PURPOSE To compare the benefits in fracture reduction and the harms from adverse events of various therapies for osteoporosis. DATA SOURCES MEDLINE (1966 to November 2007)(More)
BACKGROUND While falls and urinary incontinence are prevalent among older patients, who sometimes rely on proxies to provide their health information, the validity of proxy reports of concern about falls and urinary incontinence remains unknown. METHODS Telephone interviews with 43 consecutive patients with falls or fear of falling and/or bothersome(More)
We estimate the returns to college using administrative data on college enrollment matched to administrative data on weekly earnings. Utilizing the fact that colleges dismiss low-performing students based on exact GPA cutoffs, we use a regression discontinuity design to estimate the earnings impacts of college. Dismissed students are permitted to apply for(More)
This study examines the impact of marital dissolution on women's school investment. Using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 Cohort, I use a semiparametric model to estimate both short-term and long-term effects of marital dissolution on women's school enrollment and educational attainment. The results indicate that women's school enrollment(More)
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The goals of this systematic review and meta-analysis were to ascertain whether studies of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) summarized in the FDA reviews are ultimately published, to compare the methodologic and population characteristics of studies summarized in the FDA reviews with those reported in peer reviewed literature, and to compare(More)
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