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BACKGROUND Taxanes are among the most active drugs for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer, and, as a consequence, they have also been studied in the adjuvant setting. METHODS After breast cancer surgery, women with lymph node-positive disease were randomly assigned to treatment with fluorouracil, epirubicin, and cyclophosphamide (FEC) or with FEC(More)
There is clear value, in both industrial and government settings, derived from performing statistical analyses that, in effect, integrate data in multiple, distributed databases. However, the barriers to actually integrating the data can be substantial or even insurmountable. Corporations may be unwilling to share proprietary databases such as chemical(More)
Syndromic surveillance has, so far, considered only simple models for Bayesian inference. This paper details the methodology for a serious, scalable solution to the problem of combining symptom data from a network of U.S. hospitals for early detection of disease outbreaks. The approach requires high-end Bayesian modeling and significant computation, but the(More)
Reliable surveillance models are an important tool in public health because they aid in mitigating disease outbreaks, identify where and when disease outbreaks occur, and predict future occurrences. Although many statistical models have been devised for surveillance purposes, none are able to simultaneously achieve the important practical goals of good(More)
A prospective study of 81 heart transplant (HT) patients was carried out in order to evaluate the evolution of brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels in HT patients and compare them with the degree of rejection as determined by endomyocardial biopsy. All patients were subjected to endomyocardial biopsy (532), and determination of BNP and creatinine levels(More)
INTRODUCTION Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI) is associated with endothelial dysfunction and proinflammatory effects. Maraviroc (MVC) is an antagonist of CCR5 receptor. CCR5 is the receptor of RANTES (Regulated on Activation, Normal T Cell Expressed and Secreted), a mediator of chronic inflammation and endothelial function. Our aim was to(More)
Novel strategies are necessary to decrease inflammatory parameters in successfully treated HIV-infected patients. Our aim was to evaluate the maintenance of viral suppression and potential changes in inflammatory, immune-activation and coagulation biomarkers in virologically suppressed HIV-infected patients switched to a nucleoside reverse transcriptase(More)