Francis X. Smith

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BACKGROUND Compliance with an allergy immunotherapy regimen is obviously the difference between a potentially successful or unsuccessful outcome. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess retrospectively compliance of patients receiving immunotherapy in a private allergy practice. METHODS The study evaluated retrospectively patient compliance(More)
This brief report summarizes a survey of high school and college representatives and their awareness toward gambling-related problems. The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling developed a survey instrument to review the policies and training programs of 20 high schools and 10 colleges that were located within the catchment areas of Massachusetts(More)
As lifelong statistical learners, humans are remarkably sensitive to the unfolding of elements and events in their surroundings. In the present work, we examine the timecourse of non-local dependency learning using a self-paced moving window display. We expose participants to an artificial grammar of shape sequences and extract processing times, or how long(More)
Scube genes encode a small group of secreted plasma membrane-associated proteins characterised by a N-terminal signal peptide sequence, multiple EGF domains, a N-linked glycosylated spacer region and a C-terminal CUB region. Here we describe expression of the mouse Scube3 gene during early embryonic development. Transcripts were initially localised to(More)
Polyoma virus nephropathy is an important cause of graft dysfunction in kidney transplant recipients and screening to prevent disease has been advocated. Although screening incurs new costs, our hypothesis is that savings from less immunosuppression in those with positive screening tests could pay for overall costs of screening. In 134 consecutive(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE Chiari malformation is defined as herniation of the cerebellar tonsils through the foramen magnum, also known as cerebellar tonsillar ectopia (CTE). CTE may become symptomatic following whiplash trauma. The purpose of the present study was to assess the frequency of CTE in traumatic vs non-traumatic populations. STUDY DESIGN(More)
The levels of the degradation product, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF), in Dextrose Injection USP were determined by spectrophotometry. A freshly prepared solution of dextrose (1 g/2 ml) had a 5-HMF level of 0.10 mug/ml. The level in 50% dextrose injection, within 24 hours of manufacturing, was 0.72 mug/ml. The level of 5-HMF in 50% dextrose injection,(More)
Knowledge monitoring is an important metacognitive process which can help students improve study habits and thereby increase academic performance. Which is more useful in predicting test performance: knowing what you know, or knowing what you do not know? Two distinct constructs of knowledge monitoring calibration, sensitivity and specificity, were used(More)
Highly predictive sentential contexts can facilitate the generation of expectancies for low-level physical form-based properties of upcoming linguistic input. When contextual information (such as words in a sentence) constrains upcoming input to a specific syntactic category, words with category-typical physical form-based properties are processed more(More)