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Within- and cross-center test-retest studies were conducted to study the reliability of a new, semistructured, comprehensive, polydiagnostic psychiatric interview being used in a multisite genetic linkage study of alcoholism. Findings from both studies indicated that reliability for the Semi-Structured Assessment for the Genetics of Alcoholism (SSAGA) was(More)
OBJECTIVE Reliability of diagnostic criterion items for psychoactive substance dependence and the impact of each on the reliability of the diagnosis were analyzed. METHOD As part of a reliability study for a new interview developed for the multisite Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA), data were collected from both within-center and(More)
OBJECTIVE Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) have been associated with hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis alterations, i.e., mild hypocortisolism and enhanced feedback sensitivity. We tested the hypothesis of reduced cortisol release in response to a psychosocial stressor and pharmacological stimulation. Furthermore,(More)
In addition to neuroendocrine changes PTSD pathophysiology may also involve dysfunction of the innate immune inflammatory system. PTSD patients have been found to exhibit increased concentrations of circulating inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein and interleukin-6, suggesting dysfunction of the innate immune inflammatory system. However, few(More)
OBJECTIVE Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) has been associated with decreased cortisol secretion. Patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) exhibit similar hypocortisolism in the context of increased negative feedback sensitivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Because trauma and PTSD have been associated with fibromyalgia, we(More)
OBJECTIVES Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is a frequent gynecological complaint. The pathophysiology of CPP is not fully understood. The aim of this study was to determine whether the presence of depressive symptoms is associated with hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction in CPP. METHODS We measured neuroendocrine responses to a standardized(More)
Spinocerebellar ataxia type-3 (SCA3) is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by a polyglutamine repeat expansion in the ataxin-3 protein. Cleavage of mutant ataxin-3 by proteolytic enzymes yields ataxin-3 fragments containing the polyglutamine stretch. These shorter ataxin-3 fragments are thought to be involved in SCA3 pathogenesis due to their increased(More)
In this study the Clock Drawing Test (CDT) is used in a geriatric department to search for dementia in a population with somatic disorders (N=236). The demented group (N=113) has significant lower scores on every item and on the total score of the scoring method, compared to the non-demented group (N=123). A factor analysis of the scoring method shows that(More)
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