Christopher Ma

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BACKGROUND Ulcerative colitis (UC) patients failing medical management require colectomy. This study compares risk estimates for predictors of postoperative complication derived from administrative data against that of chart review and evaluates the accuracy of administrative coding for this population. METHODS Hospital administrative databases were used(More)
Background. Biologic agents targeting tumor necrosis factor alpha are effective in the management of ulcerative colitis (UC), but their use is often postponed until after failure of other treatment modalities. Objectives. We aim to determine if earlier treatment with infliximab or adalimumab alters clinical and surgical outcomes in UC patients. Methods. A(More)
Cancer is a disease characterized largely by the accumulation of out-of-control somatic mutations during the lifetime of a patient. Distinguishing driver mutations from passenger mutations has posed a challenge in modern cancer research. With the advanced development of microarray experiments and clinical studies, a large numbers of candidate cancer genes(More)
Dieulafoy's lesions are a rare cause of gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Extragastric Dieulafoy's lesions are even more uncommon. We report the case of a 75-year-old woman who presented with gastrointestinal bleeding from a transverse colonic Dieulafoy's lesion. She presented with two episodes of melena followed by one episode of fresh blood per rectum. In(More)
Structural alignment has been shown to be an effective computational method to identify structural noncoding RNA (ncRNA) candidates as ncRNAs are known to be conserved in secondary structures. However, the complexity of the structural alignment algorithms becomes higher when the structure has pseudoknots. Even for the simplest type of pseudoknots (simple(More)
An effort is made to systematically investigate the best process conditions that ensures synthesis of different types of one dimensional cadmium selenide nanostruc-tures with high yield and reproducibility. Through a designed experiment and rigorous statistical analysis of experimental data, models linking the probabilities of obtaining specific(More)
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