Donna Jo Blake

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The relationship of arthritis and sexual dysfunction was investigated among 169 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and spondyloarthropathy, 130 of whom were pair-matched to controls. Assessments of marital happiness and depressed mood were also made using the CES-D and the Azrin Marital Happiness Scale (AMHS). Sexual dysfunctions were found(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive neurologic disease clinically characterized by episodes of focal disorder of the cranial nerves, spinal cord, and the brain. MS affects a significant number of young adults, and they most often face a future of progressive functional losses as more of their central nervous system and cranial nerves are affected. As(More)
The relationship between intelligence and money-(nickel-)reinforced operant behaviors were compared in 115 six year old children. The Operant Test Battery (OTB) consists of tasks thought to engender responses dependent upon specific brain functions that include motivation, color and position discrimination, learning, short-term memory, and time estimation.(More)
The effect of stimulant medication on recognition memory was examined in 18 children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Recognition memory was assessed using a delayed matching-to-sample task at 6 delays ranging from 1 to 32 s. Each child was tested on 2 separate occasions, once 60 to 90 min after taking stimulant medication and the other(More)
The influence of age, sex, and intelligence (IQ) on performance of a delayed matching-to-sample (DMTS) task, commonly used with animals and adult human subjects to study aspects of short-term memory, was examined for 674 children, 5 to 13 years old. The data suggest that younger children were less accurate at short delays and displayed a greater decrease in(More)
We investigated the effects of tinnitus on measures of arousal and attention at various levels of the neuraxis to derive a profile of the pathophysiology of tinnitus. Individuals with tinnitus of at least 6 months' duration (14 male, 15 female) and healthy controls (14 male, 21 female) were tested for arousal and habituation to repetitive stimulation at the(More)
Multiple-limb loss due to war-theater injuries results in a unique group of servicemembers requiring intensive rehabilitation and diverse prosthetic devices. This article compares the Vietnam and the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) groups with war-theater-associated multiple-limb loss to document significant changes in health(More)
Twenty-four post-penile implantation patients and 13 partners, who had not been subjected to formal psychiatric screening prior to surgery, were given psychiatric follow-up by interview in order to evaluate postoperative psychologic adjustment in a "natural" control group. No subject had spontaneous complaints. One subject appeared to have poor psychologic(More)
Ninety-six patients who had coronary artery bypass grafting showed improvement on the Psychosocial Adjustment to Illness Scale at six months postoperatively. Findings of improved sexual function and vocational status were unexpected in light of previous studies. Older patients showed less psychologic distress than younger ones after coronary artery bypass(More)
Space motion sickness (SMS) is a problem during the first 72 h of space flight and during transitions from different gravity environments. There currently are no effective drug countermeasures for SMS that also accommodate the retention of optimal cognitive function. This creates a dilemma for astronauts because cognitive skills are particularly important(More)