Agatha P. Colbert

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This qualitative study examined the medication-taking behaviors and attitudes of participants determined to be 100% adherers to antiretroviral therapy from a NIH-funded study testing a 12-week telephone adherence intervention. Using open-ended questions, interviewers collected data on a sample of 13 informants, whose medication adherence to a randomly(More)
While mammography has been shown to decrease breast cancer mortality, many African-American women are not receiving annual screenings. African-American women's reasons for not having mammograms are not well understood. This study therefore surveyed 164 African-American women concerning barriers to mammography screening. Outreach coordinators in two urban(More)
According to conventional wisdom within the acupuncture community, acupuncture points and meridians are special conduits for electrical signals. This view gained popularity after anecdotal reports and clinical studies asserted that these anatomical structures are characterized by lower electrical impedance compared to adjacent controls. To ascertain whether(More)
There is increasing interest in the application of magnetic/electromagnetic fields for therapeutic purposes. Magnetotherapy provides non-invasive, safe and easy to apply methods to directly treat the site of injury, the source of pain and inflammation as well as other types of dysfunction. This review summarizes several decades of experience worldwide in(More)
OBJECTIVES To test whether electrical skin impedance at each of three acupuncture points (APs) is significantly lower than at nearby sites on the meridian (MP) and off the meridian (NP). DESIGN Two instruments - Prognos (MedPrevent GmbH, Waldershof, Germany), a constant-current (DC) device, and PT Probe (designed for this study), a 100-Hz(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the feasibility of conducting trials of static magnetic field (SMF) therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), to collect preliminary data on the effectiveness of 2 SMF dosages, and to explore the influence of an SMF on median nerve conduction. DESIGN Randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled trial with a 6-week intervention and a(More)
OBJECTIVES To summarise the acu-magnet therapy literature and determine if the evidence justifies further investigation of acu-magnet therapy for specific clinical indications. METHODS Using various search strategies, a professional librarian searched six electronic databases (PubMed, AMED, ScienceDirect College Edition, China Academic Journals,(More)
A survey was conducted to acquire information on the current pattern of respiratory device usage for patients with progressive neuromuscular diseases. Questionnaires were sent to 240 directors of Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) clinics. Of the 132 respondents, 32 (24%) physicians provide no respiratory support systems, 44 (33%) prescribe such systems(More)
Static magnetic field (SMF) therapy, applied via a permanent magnet attached to the skin, is used by people worldwide for self-care. Despite a lack of established SMF dosage and treatment regimens, multiple studies are conducted to evaluate SMF therapy effectiveness. Our objectives in conducting this review are to:(i) summarize SMF research conducted in(More)
The ventilator management protocol followed over the last 12 years in 23 patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and six polio survivors with chronic respiratory failure (CRF) secondary to the late effects of poliomyelitis or postpolio syndrome (PPS) is reviewed. After the onset of respiratory failure, patients with DMD continued to show a classic(More)