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The costs and consequences of donepezil versus placebo treatment in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD) were evaluated as part of a 1-year prospective, double-blind, randomized, multinational clinical trial. Patients received either donepezil (n = 142; 5 mg/day for 28 days followed by 10 mg/day according to the clinician's judgement) or(More)
BACKGROUND The literature on predictors of response to treatment of nonchronic major depression has identified shorter duration of illness, acute onset, and less severity of illness as positive predictors. Unfortunately, there are almost no data on predictors of response to treatment for chronic depression. This study examined predictors of response to(More)
BACKGROUND This study examined the validity of the early-late onset subtyping distinction in dysthymic disorder. METHODS Participants were 340 out-patients meeting DSM-III-R criteria for dysthymia and a concurrent major depressive episode (MDE). The sample was drawn from a 12-site double-blind randomized parallel group trial comparing the efficacy of(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic depressions are common, disabling, and undertreated, and prior chronicity predicts future chronicity. However, few studies directly inform the acute or maintenance phase treatments of chronic depressions and even less is known about the effects of treatment on psychosocial functioning. METHOD We describe the design and rationale for 2(More)
In this work some dosimetric characteristics of MD-55-2 GafChromic films were studied in a low energy proton beam (21.5 MeV) directly in a water phantom. The nonlinearity of the optical density was quantified by a factor P(lin). A correction factor P(en), that accounts for optical density dependence on the energy, was empirically determined. The effects of(More)
The dosimetric behaviour of a Scanditronix p-type silicon diode and a PTW natural diamond detector was studied in low-energy proton beams in the 8.3-21.5 MeV range. The properties investigated were linearity, reproducibility, dose rate dependence, energy and linear energy transfer (LET) dependence. The influence of detector thickness on the results of depth(More)
BACKGROUND While it has been well documented that patients with untreated panic disorder frequently utilize emergency room (ER) and laboratory services, no published data evaluate whether selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) treatment of patients with panic disorder is associated with decreased use of these services in the managed care organization(More)
The calibration factor variation for a PTW natural diamond detector and a Scanditronix p-type stereotactic silicon diode (designed for use in photon beams) was studied in the 10-59 MeV range. Irradiations were performed in a water phantom with the 60 MeV ocular therapy beam at the CCO (UK). The diamond detector showed a sensitivity increase with energy,(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of an educational intervention program on clinical outcomes and on compliance with medical therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM), hypertension, or both. STUDY DESIGN Six-month randomized unblinded study. METHODS Three hundred fifty-two patients were screened, and 347 were randomized to the intervention(More)