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OBJECTIVE To identify patients with heart failure (HF) by using language contained in the electronic medical record (EMR). METHODS We validated 2 methods of identifying HF through the EMR, which offers transcription of clinical notes within 24 hours or less of the encounter. The first method was natural language processing (NLP) of the EMR text. The(More)
The purpose of this study was to offer detailed information about stimulant medication treatment provided throughout childhood to 379 children with research-identified attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the 1976-1982 Rochester, MN, birth cohort. Subjects were retrospectively followed from birth until a mean of 17.2 years of age. The complete(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between stimulant treatment and the risk for substance abuse among young adults with a childhood diagnosis of attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). METHODS Subjects included 295 research-identified ADHD incidence cases treated with psychostimulant medication and 84 ADHD cases not(More)
This article provides an overview of the latest knowledge and understanding of childhood febrile seizures. This review also discusses childhood febrile seizure occurrence, health services utilization and treatment costs. Parental reactions associated with its occurrence and how healthcare providers can assist parents with dealing effectively with this(More)
OBJECTIVE An observational safety study of the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV4) in women was conducted. This report presents findings from autoimmune surveillance. Design.  Subjects were followed for 180days after each HPV4 dose for new diagnoses of 16 prespecified autoimmune conditions. SETTING Two managed care organizations in(More)
AD (Alzheimer's disease) is characterized neuropathologically by the presence of amyloid plaques, neurofibrillary tangles and profound grey matter loss. The 'amyloid' hypothesis postulates that the toxic Abeta (amyloid beta) peptide, enzymatically derived from the proteolytic processing of a larger protein called APP (amyloid precursor protein), is one of(More)
BACKGROUND Prostatitis and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have been positively associated with prostate cancer in previous case-control studies. However, results from recent prospective studies have been inconclusive. METHODOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We investigated the association between prostatitis, STDs, and prostate cancer among African American,(More)
BACKGROUND To understand racial and ethnic disparities in health care utilization and their potential underlying causes, valid information on race and ethnicity is necessary. However, the validity of pediatric race and ethnicity information in administrative records from large integrated health care systems using electronic medical records is largely(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the risk of death in relation to apolipoprotein E (APOE) genotype and to evaluate how APOE genotype interacts with dementia and with other major medical conditions to affect survival. DESIGN A 6-year prospective cohort study of dementia, APOE genotype and survival. SETTING Health maintenance organization in southern California. (More)
BACKGROUND Reasons for attrition in studies vary, but may be a major concern in long-term studies if those who drop out differ systematically from those who continue to participate. Factors associated with dropout were evaluated in a twelve-year community-based, prospective cohort study of urologic disease in men. METHODS During 1989-1991, 2,115 randomly(More)