William Hwang

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This work improves monolingual sentence alignment for text simplification, specifically for text in standard and simple Wikipedia. We introduce a method that improves over past efforts by using a greedy (vs. ordered) search over the document and a word-level semantic similarity score based on Wiktionary (vs. WordNet) that also accounts for structural(More)
Several studies have compared the results of unrelated donor bone marrow transplantation (UBMT) and unrelated donor cord blood transplantation (UCBT). To objectively analyze these data, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of pooled data on comparative studies of UCBT and UBMT in patients requiring hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.(More)
In 2007 the WMDA responded to the publication of two manuscripts suggesting a causal link between G-CSF and myeloid malignancies in healthy donors by convening an international symposium to examine this issue. At the time, registries reviewed the long-term follow-up of their healthy donors, which suggested no excess of leukaemia in PBSC donors compared with(More)
We performed a Phase I/II clinical trial to study the feasibility, toxicity and efficacy of allogeneic cytokine-induced killer (CIK) cell expansion, and treatment for patients with haematological malignancies who relapsed after allogeneic haemopoietic SCT (allo-HSCT). Allogeneic CIK cells were successfully generated for a total of 24 patients, including(More)
The main obstacles to successful hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in blast crisis (BC) are increased post-transplant relapse and high treatment-related mortality. We report a patient with CML in BC who was treated initially with imatinib mesylate and was then concurrently treated with a(More)
BACKGROUND AIMS Cytokine-induced killer (CIK) cells have shown remarkable cytotoxicity against various tumors in vitro and in animal studies. We report on the clinical outcome of autologous CIK cells for patients with acute (AML) and chronic (CML) myeloid leukemia in remission. METHODS Eleven of the 13 recruited AML patients undergoing autologous(More)
We initiated a randomized study of amifostine (the organic thiophosphate formerly known as WR-2721) given to patients during myeloablative conditioning therapy for allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. Amifostine was given at a dose of 1000 mg/day of conditioning and was well tolerated if attention was given to serum calcium levels, blood pressure and(More)
The hematopoietic SCT (HSCT) activity in nine Asian countries/regions was surveyed to overview the current situation. Data of 58 113 HSCTs (allogeneic: 63% vs autologous: 37%) performed between 1986 and 2006 by 432 transplant teams were collected. The number of HSCTs has been increasing in the past two decades in most countries/regions. The increase in(More)
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only known curative therapy for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), but is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The recent introduction of imatinib mesylate (STI-571) and reduced intensity transplant regimens has made the choice of primary treatment for patients with(More)