Laura Thibodeau

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INTRODUCTION More than 2 million persons are incarcerated in the United States. Most are young minority men, soon to reenter the community. The majority are also lifelong smokers with high rates of health-related problems. As prisons implement smoking bans, it is not known whether health behavior change that is mandated, rather than selected, can be(More)
The authors performed an in vivo experiment in a canine model to study the natural history of spinal stability as a function of healing time post-injury. Three injuries, in addition to sham, were investigated: 1) transection of supra- and interspinous ligaments at C4-C5; 2) laminectomy at C4; and 3) bilateral facetectomy at C4-C5. Standardized functional(More)
This report describes a case of primary leptomeningeal sarcomatosis in a 50-year-old man who presented with progressive deficits involving multiple cranial nerves and spinal roots. Despite the clinical evidence supporting a diffuse process involving the leptomeninges, radiological, serological, and cerebrospinal fluid examinations failed to reveal the cause(More)
Greater understanding of barriers to risk reduction among incarcerated HIV+ persons reentering the community is needed to inform culturally tailored interventions. This qualitative study elicited HIV prevention-related information, motivation and behavioral skills (IMB) needs of 30 incarcerated HIV+ men and women awaiting release from state prison. Unmet(More)
Prison smoking bans are increasingly common. It is important to consider how those who are incarcerated respond to these bans and to the subsequent development of contraband tobacco markets. Since there are high rates of smoking in individuals who become incarcerated, along with high rates of chronic illnesses that are exacerbated by smoking, it is critical(More)
There is a need for new, targeted smoking cessation interventions for smokers living with HIV. The Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills (IMB) model has been applied effectively to HIV-related health behaviors and was used in this qualitative study to elicit factors that could lead to the development of innovative and successful cessation interventions(More)
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