Jenny A Cunningham

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Human ehrlichiosis is due to infection by tick transmitted bacteria of the genus Ehrlichia. Based on a hypothesis for the biogeography of deer tick transmitted infections, we undertook a focused search for the Eurasian E. muris in North American deer ticks. The search was stimulated by anecdotal reports of E. muris-like infection in human ehrlichiosis(More)
The role of lone star ticks as vectors for Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) remains poorly described. We compared the entomological inoculation rates (EIRs) for Rickettsia spp. for representative sites in Missouri and Kansas, states that frequently report RMSF each year. Host-seeking ticks were collected during 2006 and pooled tick homogenates analyzed(More)
We report a rare case of a 24-year-old woman who presented during her second trimester of pregnancy with a presumptive diagnosis of right-sided xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis (XGP). Despite attempted conservative management, the patient ultimately required a right nephrectomy without complications to either the patient or fetus. Pathology confirmed the(More)
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is prevalent and often related to an unhealthy diet and hyperlipidemia. The diagnosis of hyperlipidemia should be carefully made, using more than one measurement in the manner described. An assessment of risks allows one to decide whom to treat. Patients with CHD should be treated aggressively but it is less clear how aggressive(More)
The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1987 limited the use of psychotropic medications in residents of long-term care facilities. Updates of OBRA guidelines have liberalized some dosing restrictions, but documentation of necessity and periodic trials of medication withdrawal are still emphasized. Antidepressant drugs are typically underutilized in(More)
BAACKGROUND Preimplantation genetic diagnosis was developed as an alternative to prenatal diagnosis for couples with a family history of genetic disease. After in vitro fertilization, the embryos can be analysed to ensure that only healthy embryos are transferred to the uterus. Past studies have suggested that couples who wish to avoid having a child with(More)
Secondary involvement of the genitourinary tract with malignant melanoma is a common autopsy finding, but rarely evident clinically. We report a rare case involving a previously asymptomatic patient presenting with gross hematuria and a large renal mass, which was found to be metastatic melanoma. We propose that metastatic melanoma to the kidney, although(More)