Kathryn E. Smith

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Alcohol consumption and abuse can have a variety of cutaneous manifestations. In addition to the well-recognized stigmata of the chronic alcoholic patient, even early abuse can result in distinctive skin changes or exacerbate existing cutaneous disorders. An accurate history of alcohol intake will facilitate recognition of these alcohol-induced cutaneous(More)
Mechanical in vitro preconditioning of tissue engineered heart valves is viewed as an essential process for tissue development prior to in vivo implantation. However, a number of pro-inflammatory genes are mechanosensitive and their elaboration could elicit an adverse response in the host. We hypothesized that the application of normal physiological levels(More)
Patient care is complex and demands that health professionals work together effectively. Interprofessional education (IPE) encourages collaboration by educating students from different professions together. This study examined the effectiveness of IPE in terms of changing students’ perceptions of teamwork, professional identity, role, competency and(More)
In 1999, a community college in Florida initiated a study abroad program that included a transcultural nursing Web-based course and a 2-week clinical component in Ecuador. The investigator collected data from 36 participants using Zorn's International Education Survey to measure 4 dimensions of impact of the international experience. Results revealed that(More)
The Stern (2006) and Garnaut (2008) Reviews argued for strong and early action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, while Nordhaus (2001, 2006, 2008a, 2010a) has consistently argued for weaker and more gradual policy action. While the economic debate immediately following the Stern Review focused on discount rates, the more recent literature draws(More)
The cell response to an implant is regulated by the implant's surface properties including topography and chemistry, but less is known about how the mechanical properties affect cell behavior. The objective of this study was to evaluate how the surface stiffness and chemistry of acrylate-based copolymer networks affect the in vitro response of human MG63(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Secondary prevention in ischaemic stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is dominated by pharmacological interventions with evidence for non-pharmacological interventions being less robust. This systematic review and meta-analysis examines the impact of lifestyle interventions on secondary prevention in stroke or TIA. METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND Transition from bivalirudin to long-term warfarin therapy is often difficult to execute due to bivalirudin prolongation of the international normalized ratio (INR), and literature to help guide this transition is extremely limited. OBJECTIVE To assess the transition from bivalirudin to warfarin after implementation of an institution-wide(More)
Undifferentiated connective tissue that arises during embryonic development and some healing processes contains pluripotent mesenchymal stem cells. It is becoming increasingly evident that the mechanical environment is an important differentiation factor for these cells. In our laboratory, we have focused on the potential for mechanical signals to induce(More)