Ana M. Lopez

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OBJECTIVE The diagnosis of breast cancer, the most common type of cancer among American women, elicits greater distress than any other diagnosis regardless of prognosis. Therefore, the present study examined the efficacy of a stress reduction intervention for women with breast cancer. METHODS As part of a larger, randomized, controlled study of the(More)
BACKGROUND Heightened risks of second cancers have been reported in patients with nonmelanoma cancer of the skin (NMSC), but this association has not been studied in a large, ethnically diverse, multigeographic population. METHODS This cross-sectional study assessed the association of NMSC with another malignancy in the Women's Health Initiative(More)
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to explore the intra- and interpersonal consequences of swearing. Specifically, it investigated what implications swearing has for coping with and adjustment to illness. METHODS The present project combined data from two pilot studies of 13 women with rheumatoid arthritis and 21 women with breast cancer. Participants(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To examine the effectiveness of a telephone interpersonal counseling (TIP-C) intervention compared to a usual care attentional control for symptom management (depression and fatigue) and quality of life (positive and negative affect, stress) for women with breast cancer. DESIGN Experimental with repeated measures. SETTING Academic(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the extent of interdependence on anxiety within dyads where one person was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Perceptions of relationship quality were expected to mitigate the anxiety experienced by both members of the dyad. 96 dyads participated in a 3-wave longitudinal study that took place over 10 weeks.(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that disturbances in levels of plasma melatonin differentiate pregnant and postpartum women with major depression from matched pregnant and postpartum healthy comparison women. METHOD Participants were 25 pregnant women (10 with major depression, 15 healthy) and 24 postpartum women (13 with(More)
Modern management has discovered in knowledge a never ending source of wealth and competitive advantage for organisations. Nevertheless, for this to be as effective as it promises, a sound conceptual framework and good methodologies for Knowledge Management (KM) are needed. This paper addresses these two critical aspects of KM, focusing on the assessment(More)
This study explored the feasibility and potentials of a naturalistic observation approach to studying dyadic coping in everyday life. Specifically, it examined the natural context and content of the spontaneous cancer conversations of couples coping with cancer, and how they relate to patients' and spouses' psychological adjustment. Women with breast cancer(More)
INTRODUCTION Chronic non-communicable diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, except in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nonetheless, one of these conditions, dementia, is the major contributor to disability-adjusted life years in people aged ≥60 years. Few epidemiological studies exist of the prevalence and impact of dementia and selected chronic diseases in(More)
Wake therapy improves mood in Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), a depressive disorder in DSM-IV. We tested the hypothesis that the therapeutic effect of wake therapy in PMDD is mediated by altering sleep phase with melatonin secretion. We measured plasma melatonin every 30 min (18:00-09:00 h) in 19 PMDD and 18 normal control (NC) women during(More)