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PURPOSE The authors evaluated the variable deployment of the Bird's Nest filter, including frequency and extent of prolapse in clinical use, and analyzed the effects of this variability on clot-trapping efficiency with an in vitro model. MATERIALS AND METHODS In the clinical placement of 20 filters, the average length of cephalic filter wires from the(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE Evaluate dabigatran adverse event reports with a reported bleeding event and/or reported fatal outcome compared with warfarin. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) database. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS We identified reports from October 1, 2010, through December 31, 2011, in the United States(More)
The objective of this study was to examine the extent to which aldosterone synthase genotype (CYP11B2) and genetic ancestry correlate with atrial fibrillation (AF) and serum aldosterone in African Americans with heart failure. Clinical data, echocardiographic measurements, and a genetic sample for determination of CYP11B2 -344T>C (rs1799998) genotype and(More)
BACKGROUND A series of state-level statute changes have allowed pharmacists to provide influenza vaccinations in community pharmacies. The study aim was to estimate the effects of pharmacy-based immunization statutes changes on per capita influenza vaccine prescriptions, adult vaccination rates, and the utilization of other preventive health services. (More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether there were differential quit rates between African Americans (AA) and European Americans with the experimental treatment naltrexone, and examine the role of genetic ancestry on these outcomes among AAs. METHODS Data from a previous randomized trial of 315 smokers to naltrexone versus placebo were reanalyzed using West(More)
In the United States, occupational regulations influence the work tasks that may legally be performed by dentists and dental hygienists. Only a dentist may legally perform most dental procedures; however, a smaller list of basic procedures may be provided by either a dentist or a dental hygienist. Since dentists and hygienists possess different levels of(More)
BACKGROUND Rapid steroid withdrawal (RSW) is used increasingly in kidney transplantation but long-term outcomes in African-American (AA) recipients are not well known. We compared 1 and 5 year transplant outcomes in a large cohort of AA patients who were maintained on continued steroid therapy (CST) to those who underwent RSW. METHODS Post-transplant(More)
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