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AIMS Dialysis patients experience an excess mortality, predominantly of sudden cardiac death (SCD). Accumulating evidence suggests a role of vitamin D for myocardial and overall health. This study investigated the impact of vitamin D status on cardiovascular outcomes and fatal infections in haemodialysis patients. METHODS AND RESULTS 25-hydroxyvitamin D(More)
BACKGROUND There are only a few risk factors known for primary patency loss in patients with an arteriovenous graft or fistula. Furthermore, a limited number of studies have investigated the association between arteriovenous access modality and primary patency loss and mortality. The aim of this study was to investigate risk factors for patency loss and to(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare two temporal abstraction procedures for the extraction of meta features from monitoring data. Feature extraction prior to predictive modeling is a common strategy in prediction from temporal data. A fundamental dilemma in this strategy, however, is the extent to which the extraction should be guided by domain knowledge, and to which(More)
Prognostic models are tools to predict the future outcome of disease and disease treatment, one of the fundamental tasks in clinical medicine. This article presents the prognostic Bayesian network (PBN) as a new type of prognostic model that builds on the Bayesian network methodology, and implements a dynamic, process-oriented view on prognosis. A PBN(More)
The aim of aetiologic studies in epidemiology is to investigate whether factors are causally related to diseases and therefore become a potential target for therapeutic interventions. Mendelian randomization enables estimation of causal relationships in observational studies using genetic variants as instrumental variables. An instrumental variable is a(More)
A prognostic Bayesian network (PBN) is new type of prognostic model that implements a dynamic, process-oriented view on prognosis. In a companion article, the rationale of the PBN is described, and a dedicated learning procedure is presented. This article presents an application here of in the domain of cardiac surgery. A PBN is induced from clinical data(More)
This paper presents a method to choose the threshold for dichotomization of survival outcomes in a structured fashion based on data analysis. The method is illustrated with an application to the prediction problem of the outcome length of stay at Intensive Care Unit (ICU LOS). Threshold selection is based on comparing the calibration of predictive models(More)
BACKGROUND Catheter use has been associated with an increased mortality risk in haemodialysis patients. However, differences in the all-cause and cause-specific mortality risk between catheter use and arteriovenous access use in young and elderly haemodialysis patients have not yet been investigated. METHODS In this prospective cohort study of 1109(More)
BACKGROUND Low levels of circulating fetuin-A are associated with increased mortality in dialysis patients. This study aimed to examine a potential causative role for fetuin-A on mortality by investigating whether a functional polymorphism in the alpha2-Heremans-Schmid glycoprotein (AHSG) gene associates with mortality, and by estimating the causative(More)
INTRODUCTION Ethnic minority patients on dialysis are reported to have better survival rates relative to Caucasians. The reasons for this finding are not fully understood and European studies are scarce. This study examined whether ethnic differences in survival could be explained by patient characteristics, including psychosocial factors. METHODS We(More)