Erica Christen

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OBJECTIVE The view that everyday function is preserved in mild cognitive impairment may be problematic. The objectives of this study were to determine the magnitude of impairment in everyday function in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease using a novel sensitive performance-based measure (the UCSD Performance-Based Skills(More)
BACKGROUND Nondiarrheal or Streptococcus pneumoniae-related hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) represents a heterogeneous group of disorders. This study was performed to: (1) describe the current incidence, causes, demographic features, hospital courses, and short-term outcomes of non-enteropathic HUS; (2) compare findings in patients with non-enteropathic HUS(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Diarrhea-associated hemolytic uremic syndrome (D+HUS) is a common cause of acute kidney injury in children. Mutations in alternative pathway (AP) complement regulatory proteins have been identified in severe cases of thrombotic microangiopathy, but the role of the AP in D+HUS has not been studied. Therefore, we determined whether(More)
Background: Diarrhea-associated hemolytic uremic syndrome (D+HUS) causes acute renal failure. Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalcin (NGAL) is an early indicator of kidney injury. Objective: To determine if urinary NGAL excretion is a biomarker of severe renal injury and predicts the need for dialysis in D+HUS. Methods: Patients were randomly selected(More)
CONTEXT Diarrhea-associated hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is the most common cause of acute renal failure in children. Most cases are caused by an intestinal infection with Shiga toxin-producing strains of Escherichia coli. OBJECTIVE To determine if administration of an oral agent that binds Shiga toxin could diminish the severity of diarrhea-associated(More)
Diarrhea-associated hemolytic uremic syndrome (D+HUS) is characterized by endothelial injury and activation of inflammatory cytokines. Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) is an angiogenic peptide released in response to vascular damage. The plasma concentrations and urinary excretion of bFGF during the course of D+HUS were determined, in comparison with(More)
OBJECTIVES Behavioral disturbances occur in nearly all Alzheimer disease (AD) patients together with an array of cognitive impairments. Prior investigations have failed to demonstrate specific associations between them, suggesting an independent, rather than shared, pathophysiology. The objective of this study was to reexamine this issue using an extensive(More)
AIM To characterize progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD) using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H MRS). METHODS Eleven subjects with mild to moderate AD underwent neurocognitive testing and single-voxel (1)H MRS from the precuneus and posterior cingulate region at baseline, after 24 weeks of monotherapy with a cholinesterase inhibitor, and(More)
BACKGROUND Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H-MRS) studies on healthy aging have reported inconsistent findings and have not systematically taken into account the possible modulatory effect of APOE genotype. We aimed to quantify brain metabolite changes in healthy subjects in relation to age and the presence of the APOE E4 genetic risk factor for(More)
OBJECTIVE The authors sought to directly examine compromises in the semantic system in mild cognitive impairment and their possible relationship to everyday functional competencies. METHOD Study participants were 25 patients who met criteria for amnestic mild cognitive impairment, 27 patients with mild or moderate Alzheimer's disease, and 70 healthy(More)