John R. Kirk

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Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and cognitive impairment, no dementia (CIND) are controversial emerging terms that encompass the clinical state between elderly normal cognition and dementia. This article reviews recent work on the classification of MCI and CIND, their prognosis, and diagnostic approaches and presents evidence-based recommendations approved(More)
BACKGROUND Mild cognitive impairment and cognitive impairment, no dementia, are emerging terms that encompass the clinical state between normal cognition and dementia in elderly people. Controversy surrounds their characterization, definition and application in clinical practice. In this article, we provide physicians with practical guidance on the(More)
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and cognitive impairment, no dementia (CIND) might be the optimum stage at which to intervene with preventative therapies. This article reviews recent work on the possible treatment and presents evidence-based recommendations approved at the meeting of the Third Consensus Conference on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia(More)
Improvements in implantable ventricular assist device (VAD) performance will be required to obtain patient outcomes that are comparable with those of heart transplantation. The HeartQuest VAD (WorldHeart, Oakland, CA, U.S.A.) is an advanced device, with full magnetic suspension of the rotor, designed to address specific clinical shortcomings in existing(More)
The very limited options available to treat ventricular failure in patients with congenital and acquired heart diseases have motivated the development of a pediatric ventricular assist device (VAD). Our effort involves a consortium consisting of the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, World Heart(More)
This paper reports on a mixed-method study that compared the perceptions of genderbased barriers experienced by 49 men who were enrolled in an online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree completion program with those they experienced in their previous traditional on-campus nursing programs. The subjects responded to an online adaptation(More)
Accordingly to HIRSA, 35,000 health professionals need to be trained in recognition and acute field treatment of victims of bioterrorism within year 2004 alone The Department of Defense anticipates even larger numbers. Training of very large number of healthcare workers is particularly daunting in the context of "just-in-time" education. The paper presents(More)
The very limited options available to treat ventricular failure in children with congenital and acquired heart diseases have motivated the development of a pediatric ventricular assist device at the University of Pittsburgh (UoP) and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Our effort involves a consortium consisting of UoP, Children's Hospital of(More)