Sarah J. Ramer

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The effects of corticosteroid given in vivo on human lymphocyte subpopulation function were investigated using an in vitro system of pokeweek mitogen-stimulated immunoglobulin production. Peripheral blood lymphocytes were obtained from normal volunteers before and 4 h after the intravenous administration of methylprednisolone. Unfractioned peripheral blood(More)
BACKGROUND Fatigue is a common debilitating symptom in chronic kidney disease patients on maintenance hemodialysis. However, little is known about its pathogenesis and association with survival. METHODS This study examines the correlates and outcomes of fatigue among 1,798 hemodialysis patients enrolled in the HEMO study. Fatigue was assessed using the(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Poor mental health over time is significantly associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the general population, which is the leading cause of death in dialysis patients. Most studies of dialysis patients, however, have investigated the relationship between baseline mental health measurements and all-cause mortality(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about acute hemodialysis in the US. Here we describe predictors of receipt of acute hemodialysis in one state and estimate the marginal impact of acute hemodialysis on survival after accounting for confounding due to illness severity. MATERIALS AND METHODS This is a retrospective cohort study of acute-care hospitalizations in(More)
BACKGROUND Non-dialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease (CKD) and dialysis-dependent Stage 5 CKD (CKD5) are associated with a significant physical and psychosocial burden. Little is known, however, about the impact of stressful life events on CKD and CKD5 patients. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of stressful life events in CKD and CKD5(More)
Human peripheral blood lymphocytes were cultured for 48 hr with concanavalin A. The amount of [3H]thymidine incorporated during the last 4 hr of culture, as well as the percentage of rosettes of activated lymphocytes generated, were assayed at the 48th hr. Adding 0.1 M alpha-methyl-D-mannoside (MAM) at progressively later times after the initiation of(More)
Human peripheral blood mononuclear cell preparations, after treatment by neuraminidase plus galactose oxidase, stimulated untreated lymphocytes. The increases in tritiated thymidine incorporation in the responder lymphocytes were observed after 48 h of mixed cell cultures. Monocytedepleted lymphocyte preparations were equally effective stimulator cells.(More)
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