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A new diagnostic indicator of FDG PET scan abnormality, based on age-adjusted t statistics and an automated voxel-based procedure, is presented and validated in a large data set comprising 110 normal controls and 395 patients with probable Alzheimer's disease (AD) that were studied in eight participating centers. The effect of differences in spatial(More)
BACKGROUND Tamoxifen has been the standard adjuvant treatment for postmenopausal women with hormone-responsive early breast cancer for more than 20 years. However, the third-generation aromatase inhibitor anastrozole has proven efficacy and tolerability benefits compared with tamoxifen when used as initial adjuvant therapy. We investigate whether women who(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical trials indicate a beneficial effect of intracoronary infusion of progenitor cells on myocardial function in patients with ischemic heart disease. The extent and potential determinants of proangiogenic progenitor cell homing into the damaged myocardium after intracoronary infusion and the underlying mechanisms are still unknown. METHOD(More)
PURPOSE Adjuvant therapy for breast cancer can be associated with decreased bone mineral density (BMD) that may lead to skeletal morbidity. This study examined whether zoledronic acid can prevent bone loss associated with adjuvant endocrine therapy in premenopausal patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS This study is a randomized, open-label, phase III, four-arm(More)
A proteomic examination of Sinorhizobium meliloti strain 1021 was undertaken using a combination of 2-D gel electrophoresis, peptide mass fingerprinting, and bioinformatics. Our goal was to identify (i) putative symbiosis- or nutrient-stress-specific proteins, (ii) the biochemical pathways active under different conditions, (iii) potential new genes, and(More)
Conventional radiotherapy after breast-conserving therapy is confined to 50-55 Gy external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) to the whole breast and 10-16 Gy external boost radiation to the tumour bed or brachytherapy to the tumour bed. Local recurrence rate after breast-conserving surgery varies between 5 and 18%. External boost radiation can partially miss(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether the addition of aminoglutethimide to tamoxifen is able to improve the outcome in postmenopausal patients with hormone receptor-positive, early-stage breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 2,021 postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to receive either tamoxifen for 5 years alone or tamoxifen in combination with(More)
AIM Paraneoplastic syndromes (PS) comprise a variety of clinical symptoms and diseases associated with underlying malignancy. Differentiation towards benign autoimmune diseases is necessary due to different therapeutic options. This diagnostic challenge includes cost- and time-consuming methods and is not successful in many cases. The aim of this study was(More)
BACKGROUND A multicenter phase II study was conducted to analyze the clinical activity of the steroidal aromatase inhibitor exemestane in the neoadjuvant treatment of post-menopausal women with strongly ER- and/or PgR- positive operable breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS From September 2000 to December 2003, 80 women were recruited for treatment with(More)
A G309D mutation in the PINK1 gene in a consanguineous Spanish kindred with seven siblings, three of whom are clinically affected, has recently been shown to be a cause of the PARK6 form of autosomal-recessive Parkinson's syndrome. In this family, we studied pre- and postsynaptic dopaminergic function using 123I-FP-CIT- and 123I-iodobenzamide-SPECT to(More)