Lida M Becerra

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the safety, tolerability, and amyloid beta (Abeta) response to the gamma-secretase inhibitor LY450139 in Alzheimer disease. DESIGN Multicenter, randomized, double-blind, dose-escalation, placebo-controlled trial. SETTING Community-based clinical research centers. Patients Fifty-one individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer(More)
OBJECTIVES The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is likely to vary among racial/ethnic groups because its use is related to cultural and health beliefs. Understanding patterns of CAM use among ethnic groups could inform clinical practice and the study of CAM use in a diverse population. The authors compared CAM use among Asian-Americans,(More)
This study examines the effects of community-level and individual-level factors on access to ambulatory care for lower-income adults in 54 urban metropolitan statistical areas in the United States. Drawing on a conceptual behavioral and structural framework of access, the authors developed multivariate models for insured and uninsured lower-income adults to(More)
BACKGROUND Impaired antioxidant defenses are implicated in neurodegenerative disease. The plasma levels of urate, a water-soluble antioxidant, are reduced in Alzheimer's disease (AD). OBJECTIVE We aimed to test the hypotheses that high plasma urate at baseline is associated with: (1) a reduced rate of conversion from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to AD(More)
OBJECTIVE To define differences in optic disc, retinal nerve fiber layer, and macular structure between healthy participants of African (AD) and European descent (ED) using quantitative imaging techniques in the African Descent and Glaucoma Evaluation Study (ADAGES). METHODS Reliable images were obtained using stereoscopic photography, confocal scanning(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify factors accounting for differences in glaucoma onset and rate of progression between individuals of African descent and European descent. DESIGN A prospective, multicenter observational cohort study of 1221 participants of African descent and European descent with no glaucoma (normal), suspected glaucoma, and glaucoma. Six hundred(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the predictive ability of baseline confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (CSLO) Glaucoma Probability Score (GPS) for the development of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and to compare it with the Moorfields regression analysis (MRA) classification, other topographic optic disc parameters, and stereophotograph-based cup-to-disc(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate differences in visual function between the healthy eyes of people of African (AD) and European descent (ED). METHODS Visual function was assessed in 393 AD and 367 ED participants selected from the African Descent and Glaucoma Evaluation Study and the Diagnostic Innovations in Glaucoma Study. Participants had normal appearance of(More)
CONTEXT In California, the adolescent birthrate among Hispanics is three times that among whites. Because Hispanics are projected to make up one-half of the state's adolescents by 2020, it is important to determine how cultural and health policy-relevant factors are linked to this group's use of family planning services. METHODS Data from the 2001(More)
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