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BACKGROUND Previous studies have suggested that the frequency of cancer is higher in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) than in the general population, but have not established whether this increase is confined to certain cancers or to certain categories of ESRD patients. The aim of this study was to examine the risk of cancer in a large cohort of(More)
We examined 502 subjects, 247 of whom had occupational elemental mercury exposures 20 to 35 years previously, to identify potential exposure-related neurological abnormalities. Few significant (p less than 0.05) differences existed between exposed and unexposed subjects. However, multiple linear regression analysis demonstrated several significant(More)
Associations among measures of median, ulnar, and sural nerve conduction and age, skin temperature, sex, and anthropometric factors were evaluated in a population of 105 healthy, asymptomatic adults without occupational exposure to highly repetitive or forceful hand exertions. Height was negatively associated with sensory amplitude in all nerves tested (P(More)
A new class of asymptotically nonparametric two-sample approximate tests for discrete interval-censored data is proposed. This class extends the family developed by Pepe and Fleming (1989, Biometrics 45, 497-507) for right-censored data and is based on an integrated weighted difference in survival function estimates. The tests are sensitive to the(More)
Time-dependent covariates are an essential data analysis tool for modeling the effect of a study factor whose value changes during follow-up. However, survival analysis models can yield conclusions that are contrary to the truth if such time-dependent factors are not defined and used carefully. We outline some of the biases that can occur when(More)
In this communication we describe serum-free culture conditions for the serial propagation of the C6 glioma cell line. The growth rate, saturation density, and morphology of these cells are equivalent to those of their serum-grown counterparts when cultured in a 3:1 mixture of Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium and Ham's medium F-12 supplemented with trace(More)
In 1996, CMS launched the end stage renal disease (ESRD) managed care demonstration to study the experience of offering managed care to ESRD patients. This article analyzes the financial impact of the demonstration, which sought to assess its economic impact on the Federal Government, the sites, and the ESRD Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare's costs for(More)
The effects of cholinergic and adrenergic blocking agents on the period and amplitude of sustained oscillations in plasma levels of insulin and glucose were studied in 16 overnight-fasted conscious rhesus monkeys. Blood samples were withdrawn at 2-min intervals before and during or following administration of drugs that affect neurotransmission. Cholinergic(More)
We cultured single cell suspensions derived from enzymatically digested rat and mouse brains in the serum-free, hormone-supplemented media originally established for culturing glioma (C6) and neuroblastoma cell lines (B104). We succeeded in selecting different cell types by varying the hormones added to the culture medium. In addition to the medium the(More)
In this paper, we propose a model for medical costs recorded at regular time intervals, e.g. every month, as repeated measures in the presence of a terminating event, such as death. Prior models have related monthly medical costs to time since entry, with extra costs at the final observations at the time of death. Our joint model for monthly medical costs(More)