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UNLABELLED <u> BACKGROUND </u> Vitamin D insufficiency is common in cystic fibrosis (CF) and vitamin D repletion may have an important role in improving clinical outcomes in CF. This randomized, placebo-controlled, pilot study examined the feasibility and impact of a single, large dose of cholecalciferol on vitamin D status and clinical outcomes in(More)
BACKGROUND There is a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the critically ill patient population. Several intensive care unit studies have demonstrated an association between vitamin D deficiency [25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) < 20 ng/mL] and increased hospital length of stay (LOS), readmission rate, sepsis and mortality. MATERIAL AND METHODS Pilot,(More)
CONTEXT Dietary fructose induces unfavorable lipid alterations in animal models and adult studies. Little is known regarding metabolic tolerance of dietary fructose in children. OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to evaluate whether dietary fructose alters plasma lipids in children with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and in healthy children. (More)
In patients at high risk for recurrence of malignant melanoma, interferon-α (IFN-α), a stimulator of innate immunity, appears to induce distinct neurobehavioral symptom dimensions: a mood and anxiety syndrome, and a neurovegetative syndrome, of which the former is responsive to prophylactic administration of paroxetine. We sought to determine whether(More)
OBJECTIVES Natural medicines derived from plants are drawing more and more interest in the prevention and treatment of diseases because of their unique characteristics, which include having fewer adverse effects and being more suitable for long-term use compared with synthesized chemicals. To explore the potentially health-promoting role of genistein, we(More)
Aromatase inhibitors have become the standard of care for the adjuvant treatment of postmenopausal, hormone-sensitive breast cancer. Meanwhile, more and more breast cancer patients who are treated with aromatase inhibitors as adjuvant therapies often experience arthralgias and musculoskeletal aching, in some cases, have necessitated discontinuation of(More)
In many biomedical studies that involve correlated data, an outcome is often repeatedly measured for each individual subject along with the number of these measurements, which is also treated as an observed outcome. This type of data has been referred as multivariate random length data by Barnhart and Sampson (1995). A common approach to handling such type(More)
BACKGROUND Limited data exist on patients with mycosis fungoides (MF) and Sézary syndrome (SS) from the southeastern United States, a region with a high proportion of African Americans (AA). OBJECTIVES We sought to determine clinical characteristics, prognostic factors, and survival of patients with MF/SS in a southeastern US cohort, compare with other(More)
OBJECTIVES Although postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT) has been shown to reduce breast cancer burden and improve survival, PMRT may negatively influence outcomes after reconstruction. The goal of this study was to compare current opinions of plastic and reconstructive surgeons (PRS) and surgical oncologists (SO) regarding the optimal timing of breast(More)
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