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UNLABELLED <i> BACKGROUND </i> Patients with advanced cancer face multiple challenges to their quality of life (QOL). The goal of this study was to investigate the impact of participation in a multidisciplinary intervention, including a social service component, on improving the QOL of patients with advanced cancer undergoing radiation therapy. <i> … (More)
Most studies of depression after stroke have included heterogeneous samples of patients. These studies have generally not qualified patients as to age, absence of neurologic, psychiatric, and substance abuse histories, and other complicating factors. Of 155 inpatient rehabilitation admissions after acute unilateral cerebrovascular accident, only 26 met the… (More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES This pilot study explored the sensitivity and specificity of a brief survey to determine the presence of cataplexy. We hypothesized that the brief questionnaire could provide a quick, sensitive, and specific screening tool to identify those patients with cataplexy, which would result in more timely referrals for further diagnostic testing.… (More)
A 45-year-old woman traveled over 1000 miles from a major metropolitan area to obtain another opinion for medically refractory diarrhea. She had an extremely complicated medical history with no outside records or family members accompanying her to give collateral history. She had multiple previous diagnostic evaluations including 13 surgical procedures and… (More)
BACKGROUND Patients experience reductions in quality of life (QOL) while receiving cancer treatment and several approaches have been proposed to address QOL issues. In this project, the QOL differences between older adult (age 65+) and younger adult (age 18-64) advanced cancer patients in response to a multidisciplinary intervention designed to improve QOL… (More)
Disulfiram has been widely used as an adjunct in the treatment of alcoholism and has relatively few side effects. An alcoholic patient who developed hepatotoxic reaction while on disulfiram therapy is described. Although such reactions may occur, the dangers of continued drinking outweigh the dangers of taking disulfiram for the alcoholic.
ECT is often a necessary treatment for severe psychiatric disorders in patients with medical or neurologic comorbidity. Although the available data consist largely of cases and case series, ECT is effective in treating psychopathology despite the comorbidity. With appropriate precautions and monitoring during and after ECT, complications can be minimized.