Lung Diseases, Interstitial

Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

BACKGROUND: In Japan, studies on acupuncture therapy for respiratory disease have rarely been reported. Additionally, most of the reports are difficult for overseas researchers to access because they are written in Japanese and cannot be located using Medline. PURPOSE: To review studies on acupuncture and moxibustion therapy for respiratory disease conducted in Japan. DATA SOURCES: The results of a literature search using "Igaku Chuo Zasshi Web" and the Medical Online Library, both of which are Japanese databases, covering the period between 1979 and 2006.

Author(s): 
Suzuki, Masao
Yokoyama, Yoko
Yamazaki, Hiroshi
Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

BACKGROUND: In Japan, studies on acupuncture therapy for respiratory disease have rarely been reported. Additionally, most of the reports are difficult for overseas researchers to access because they are written in Japanese and cannot be located using Medline. PURPOSE: To review studies on acupuncture and moxibustion therapy for respiratory disease conducted in Japan. DATA SOURCES: The results of a literature search using "Igaku Chuo Zasshi Web" and the Medical Online Library, both of which are Japanese databases, covering the period between 1979 and 2006.

Author(s): 
Suzuki, Masao
Yokoyama, Yoko
Yamazaki, Hiroshi
Publication Title: 
Statistics in Medicine

In this paper, we develop a Bayesian method for joint analysis of longitudinal measurements and competing risks failure time data. The model allows one to analyze the longitudinal outcome with nonignorable missing data induced by multiple types of events, to analyze survival data with dependent censoring for the key event, and to draw inferences on multiple endpoints simultaneously. Compared with the likelihood approach, the Bayesian method has several advantages. It is computationally more tractable for high-dimensional random effects. It is also convenient to draw inference.

Author(s): 
Hu, Wenhua
Li, Gang
Li, Ning
Publication Title: 
Chest

BACKGROUND: The Scleroderma Lung Study (SLS) demonstrated significant treatment-associated improvements in pulmonary function and symptoms when patients with scleroderma-related interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD) were treated with a 1-year course of cyclophosphamide (CYC) in a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial. This study examined thoracic high-resolution CT (HRCT) scans obtained during the SLS for treatment-associated changes over time.

Author(s): 
Goldin, Jonathan
Elashoff, Robert
Kim, Hyun J.
Yan, Xaiohong
Lynch, David
Strollo, Diane
Roth, Michael D.
Clements, Philip
Furst, Daniel E.
Khanna, Dinesh
Vasunilashorn, Srainnapha
Li, Gang
Tashkin, Donald P.
Publication Title: 
Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate an improved quantitative lung fibrosis score based on a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system that classifies CT pixels with the visual semi-quantitative pulmonary fibrosis score in patients with scleroderma-related interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD). METHODS: High-resolution, thin-section CT images were obtained and analysed on 129 subjects with SSc-ILD (36 men, 93 women; mean age 48.8±12.1 years) who underwent baseline CT in the prone position at full inspiration. The CAD system segmented each lung of each patient into 3 zones.

Author(s): 
Kim, H. G.
Tashkin, D. P.
Clements, P. J.
Li, G.
Brown, M. S.
Elashoff, R.
Gjertson, D. W.
Abtin, F.
Lynch, D. A.
Strollo, D. C.
Goldin, J. G.
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