Elizabeth D Ankers

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Studies examining the relationship between total circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels and bone mineral density (BMD) have yielded mixed results. Vitamin D-binding protein (DBP), the major carrier protein for 25(OH)D, may alter the biologic activity of circulating vitamin D. We hypothesized that free and bioavailable 25(OH)D, calculated from(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Evidence exists that variability in hemoglobin may be an independent risk factor for mortality among hemodialysis patients. These observations were based on a 1996 cohort, a time when anemia management differed greatly from present. Design, settings, participants and measurements: A retrospective cohort study of patients incident(More)
There is an association between hemodialysis session length and mortality independent of the effects of session duration on urea clearance. However, previous studies did not consider changes in session length over time nor did they control for the influence of time-dependent confounding. Using data from a national cohort of 8552 incident patients on(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to compare the risk of giving birth to large-for-gestational-age (LGA) infants in women with and without preeclampsia, after adjustment for obesity and glucose intolerance. STUDY DESIGN We conducted secondary analysis of a prospective database of pregnant women with and without preeclampsia who delivered infants from 1998 through 2006(More)
Prior studies showed conflicting results regarding the association between 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) levels and mineral metabolism in end-stage renal disease. In order to determine whether the bioavailable vitamin D (that fraction not bound to vitamin D-binding protein) associates more strongly with measures of mineral metabolism than total levels, we(More)
African Americans have a markedly higher incidence of ESRD compared with other racial groups. Two variants in the APOL1 gene, to date observed only among individuals of recent African ancestry, associate with increased risk for renal disease among African Americans. Here, we investigated whether these risk alleles also associate with age at initiation of(More)
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) prevalence is greater in racially/ethnically diverse groups compared with non-Hispanic white populations. Although race has been shown to modify other cardiovascular disease risk factors in postpartum women, the role of race/ethnicity on GDM and subsequent hypertension has yet to be examined. The aim of this study was to(More)
BACKGROUND Blood pressure variability (BPV) is one putative risk factor for cardiovascular disease and mortality in hemodialysis patients. The purposes of this study are to identify a suitable metric of long-term BPV in this population and determine whether an association between BPV and all-cause mortality exists. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective cohort study.(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The mechanisms underlying erythropoietin resistance are not fully understood. Carbamylation is a post-translational protein modification that can alter the function of proteins, such as erythropoietin. The hypothesis of this study is that carbamylation burden is independently associated with erythropoietin resistance. DESIGN,(More)
Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) suffer exceptionally high mortality rates in their first year of chronic hemodialysis. Both vitamin D and fibroblast growth factor (FGF)-23 levels correlate with survival in these patients. Klotho is a protein in the vitamin D/FGF-23 signaling pathway that has been linked with accelerated aging and early(More)