Merel van Diepen

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Cardiovascular mortality is high in ESRD, partly driven by sudden cardiac death and recurrent heart failure due to uremic cardiomyopathy. We investigated whether speckle-tracking echocardiography is superior to routine echocardiography in early detection of uremic cardiomyopathy in animal models and whether it predicts cardiovascular mortality in patients(More)
BACKGROUND Although many studies have suggested an association between higher uric acid (UA) and both development of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and faster decline in renal function in Stage I and II CKD, it is not clear whether this effect is consistent throughout higher CKD stages. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between baseline(More)
The correlation between the antigen content of inactivated Newcastle disease (ND) oil emulsion-vaccines and the serological response after immunisation was studied. The haemagglutinin-neuraminidase (HN) and fusion (F) proteins of Newcastle disease virus (NDV) were quantified in 33 inactivated oil-adjuvanted ND vaccines using isopropylmyristate(More)
The presence of tumor-infiltrating immune cells is associated with longer survival and a better response to immunotherapy in early-stage melanoma, but a comprehensive study of the in situ immune microenvironment in stage IV melanoma has not been performed. We investigated the combined influence of a series of immune factors on survival and response to(More)
STUDY QUESTION What is the predicted risk of acute kidney injury after orthopaedic surgery and does it affect short term and long term survival? METHODS The cohort comprised adults resident in the National Health Service Tayside region of Scotland who underwent orthopaedic surgery from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2011. The model was developed in 6220(More)
Deep invasion of the normal surrounding tissue by primary cervical cancers is a prognostic parameter for postoperative radiotherapy and relatively worse survival. However, patients with tumor-specific immunity in the blood at the time of surgery displayed a much better disease free survival. Here we analyzed if this was due to a more tumor-rejecting immune(More)
In many fields, including the field of nephrology, missing data are unfortunately an unavoidable problem in clinical/epidemiological research. The most common methods for dealing with missing data are complete case analysis-excluding patients with missing data--mean substitution--replacing missing values of a variable with the average of known values for(More)
The potency of each batch of inactivated Newcastle disease virus (NDV) vaccine is measured in either a vaccination-serology or a vaccination-challenge experiment. We have developed an antigen quantification assay as an in vitro alternative for these currently prescribed in vivo potency assays. The in vitro assay consists of extraction of the viral antigens(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) hyperuricemia is common. Evidence that hyperuricemia might also play a causal role in vascular disease, hypertension and progression of CKD is accumulating. Therefore, we studied the association between baseline uric acid (UA) levels and the rate of decline in renal function and time until start of(More)
BACKGROUND While some prediction models have been developed for diabetic populations, prediction rules for mortality in diabetic dialysis patients are still lacking. Therefore, the objective of this study was to identify predictors for 1-year mortality in diabetic dialysis patients and use these results to develop a prediction model. METHODS Data were(More)