Brenda Thompson

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Marriage presents the single greatest risk for HIV infection among women in rural Mexico. We drew on 6 months of participant observation, 20 marital case studies, 37 key informant interviews, and archival research to explore the factors that shape HIV risk among married women in one of the country's rural communities. We found that culturally constructed(More)
Cavitation of xylem elements diminishes the water transport capacity of plants, and quantifying xylem vulnerability to cavitation is important to understanding plant function. Current approaches to analyzing hydraulic conductivity (K) data to infer vulnerability to cavitation suffer from problems such as the use of potentially unrealistic vulnerability(More)
Heart failure continues to be diagnosed at unprecedented rates. It is essential that the affiliated professional, including the nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, and physician assistant, be aware of the current treatments and technology that improve symptoms and reduce mortality rates in patients with heart failure. Medications remain critical(More)
This report documents a research project that developed a model of mid-block crossing difficulty as perceived by pedestrians. Four aspects of the research are reported: research design issues, selection of potential determinants, data collection, and statistical analysis. This model was done through a statistical calibration and validation process involving(More)
Sanitation workers (SW) are exposed to a wide range of biological, chemical, and physical hazards. Needlestick injuries constitute a recognized physical hazard, but few studies have been conducted to document the magnitude of the problem among SW. Contaminated sharp objects can transmit bloodborne pathogens, such as human immunodeficiency (HIV), hepatitis B(More)
Nursing personnel have consistently been ranked among the top ten professions impacted by musculoskeletal injuries. Inpatient pediatric nurses witnessed an increase in injuries and upon discovering limited evidence applicable to pediatrics, conducted a research study to evaluate the effectiveness of a safe patient handling program. Surveys were distributed(More)
Cardiovascular nurses play a key role in caring for the post myocardial infarction (MI) patient. That role includes reducing the risk of MI recurrence and the progression to heart failure. Equally important is evaluating for the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). Although drugs such as beta blockers and angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are(More)
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