Dawn W. Blackhurst

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BACKGROUND The use of magnetic resonance imaging has led to the diagnosis of abnormalities of the central nervous system associated with apparent idiopathic scoliosis. The indications for magnetic resonance imaging for presumed adolescent idiopathic scoliosis have not been established. METHODS One thousand, two hundred and eighty children with presumed(More)
BACKGROUND Despite being a major determinant of functional independence, ambulation after major limb amputation has not been well studied. The purpose, therefore, of this study was to investigate the relationship between a variety of preoperative clinical characteristics and postoperative functional outcomes in order to formulate treatment recommendations(More)
BACKGROUND Bariatric surgery (BAR) has been established as an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in obese patients. However, few studies have examined the mid- to long-term outcomes of bariatric surgery in diabetic populations. Specifically, no comparative studies have broadly examined major macrovascular and microvascular complications(More)
BACKGROUND The Shriners Hospital for Children Upper Extremity Evaluation (SHUEE) is a video-based tool for the assessment of upper extremity function in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. This tool includes spontaneous functional analysis and dynamic positional analysis and assesses the ability to perform grasp and release. The purpose of the present(More)
The belief that young women develop more aggressive forms of breast cancer than other women is controversial. The purpose of this study was to determine if women 40 years of age and under with breast cancer have more negative prognostic indicators and a higher 5-year mortality than those women over 40 years of age. From January 1998-December 2002, all women(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the effect of incubator management on assisted reproductive technology (ART) outcomes. DESIGN Series of retrospective and controlled, randomized studies. SETTING Tertiary care infertility practice. PATIENT(S) Mammalian gametes/embryos. INTERVENTION(S) Evaluation of human and bovine oocytes/embryos cultured in various environmental(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to compare a modified Burch procedure with a suburethral sling for the treatment of stress incontinence complicated by a low-pressure urethra. STUDY DESIGN Thirty-six women with stress incontinence, low-pressure urethra, and urethral hypermobility (straining cotton swab angle >/=30 degrees ) were randomly assigned to(More)
BACKGROUND Morbid obesity is associated with the development of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. Several studies have shown that bariatric surgery results in risk factor reduction; however, studies correlating bariatric surgery to the reduced rates of myocardial infarction, stroke, or death have been limited. METHODS We conducted a large(More)
BACKGROUND The floor-reaction ankle-foot orthosis is commonly prescribed for children with cerebral palsy who walk with excessive ankle dorsiflexion and excessive knee flexion during the stance phase of gait. The purposes of this study were to evaluate the efficacy of this orthosis objectively and to identify clinical parameters that may compromise its(More)
Associations of age, gender, cardiac procedure (coronary artery bypass grafting or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty), risk stratification, and number of comorbidities with health-related quality of life (HRQL) were examined among 217 men and 84 women (mean age, 63+/-11 years) consecutively enrolled in a phase II cardiac rehabilitation program.(More)