Linda K Perry

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Chili peppers (Capsicum spp.) are widely cultivated food plants that arose in the Americas and are now incorporated into cuisines worldwide. Here, we report a genus-specific starch morphotype that provides a means to identify chili peppers from archaeological contexts and trace both their domestication and dispersal. These starch microfossils have been(More)
To assess the importance of skin flora in the pathogenesis of infection complicating total parenteral nutrition and the predictive value of positive skin cultures for the development of infection 54 patients, who received 59 courses of total parenteral nutrition, were followed up. Three times per week, at the time of dressing and line changes, the skin at(More)
Over the past decade, increasing attention to the recovery and identification of plant microfossil remains from archaeological sites located in lowland South America has significantly increased knowledge of pre-Columbian plant domestication and crop plant dispersals in tropical forests and other regions. Along the Andean mountain chain, however, the(More)
No studies testing the safety of changing intravenous systems containing in-line burettes at 72 hours in an intensive care setting have been performed. Patients entering a medical or surgical intensive care unit were alternatively assigned to have any line with an in-line burette changed at either 48 hour (105 patients) or 72 hour (65 patients) intervals.(More)
Excavations at Guilá Naquitz and Silvia's Cave, two dry rockshelters near Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico, yielded the remains of 122 chili peppers dating to the period A.D. 600-1521. The chilies can be assigned to at least 10 cultivars, all belonging to the species Capsicum annuum or Capsicum frutescens. The specimens are well enough preserved to permit an(More)
Archaeological studies of plant remains have indicated that an increase in seed size is frequently correlated with both intensive cultivation and domestication of seed crop plants. To test if starch granules of domesticated root crops are significantly larger than those of wild or less intensively cultivated plants, archaeological and modern specimens of(More)
BACKGROUND A number of factors can lead to adverse events (AEs) in patients taking warfarin. Performing a root cause analysis (RCA) of serious AEs is one systematic way of determining the causes of these events. METHODS Multidisciplinary teams were formed at Michigan Anticoagulation Quality Improvement Initiative (MAQI2) sites with organized(More)
A bioluminescence method for screening urine cultures to provide rapid reporting of negative specimens and to select appropriate urine cultures for direct application of automated identification methods was evaluated. A total of 2,000 specimens were processed in the Lumac Biocounter (3M, St. Paul, Minn.), and the results were compared with quantitative(More)
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