John Wesley Brown

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In the mega-diverse insect order Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths; 165,000 described species), deeper relationships are little understood within the clade Ditrysia, to which 98% of the species belong. To begin addressing this problem, we tested the ability of five protein-coding nuclear genes (6.7 kb total), and character subsets therein, to resolve(More)
BACKGROUND Higher-level relationships within the Lepidoptera, and particularly within the species-rich subclade Ditrysia, are generally not well understood, although recent studies have yielded progress. We present the most comprehensive molecular analysis of lepidopteran phylogeny to date, focusing on relationships among superfamilies. METHODOLOGY(More)
This paper addresses the question of whether one can economically improve the robustness of a molecular phylogeny estimate by increasing gene sampling in only a subset of taxa, without having the analysis invalidated by artifacts arising from large blocks of missing data. Our case study stems from an ongoing effort to resolve poorly understood deeper(More)
Transthoracic diaphragmatic plication is a simple and effective means of treatment for phrenic nerve injury and resultant diaphragmatic paralysis, and should be undertaken as soon as the diagnosis of diaphragmatic paralysis is established in a child with substantial respiratory difficulty. Seven of more than 1,500 patients sustained phrenic nerve injury(More)
BACKGROUND The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) model was developed to improve access to care for underserved populations with complex health problems such as hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. With the use of video-conferencing technology, the ECHO program trains primary care providers to treat complex diseases. METHODS We conducted a(More)
PURPOSE This study investigated the association of COPD and postoperative cardiac arrhythmias, specifically supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), as well as mortality in patients undergoing pulmonary resection for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS A retrospective chart review of 244 patients who had undergone lung resection for NSCLC at Indiana(More)
BACKGROUND Aortic valve replacement in children remains challenging because of constraints imposed by available prosthetic devices. Potential risks of anticoagulation with mechanical valves and degeneration of other biological substitutes have kindled interest in the Ross procedure. This study outlines the evolution of our 27-year experience with prosthetic(More)
This study of Israeli and American preadolescent children examined characteristics of friendship in 44 children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (HFASD) compared to 38 typically developing children (TYP), as they interacted with a close friend Participants were 8-12 years of age (HFASD: Israel, n = 24; USA, n = 20; TYP: Israel, n = 23; USA, n(More)
This study was designed to evaluate the incidence and risk factors associated with the occurrence of junctional ectopic tachycardia (JET) in patients after congenital heart surgery. We prospectively analyzed cardiac rhythm status in 336 consecutive patients undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease at our institution during a 1-year period. The(More)
BACKGROUND Aortic stenosis (AS) is encountered in approximately 5% of children with heart disease. The indications for surgery and the surgical techniques for AS are well established. This report focuses on the early and long-term outcomes in children with AS over a 40-year period. METHODS Included in this study were 508 patients ranging in ages from 1(More)