Lorena DeMeo

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In this qualitative study, four participants diagnosed with a mental illness were interviewed to explore their experiences while attending a post-secondary school. Each participant described how education helped them to find a sense of purpose in their lives. Education is also described as a means of transition from the patient role to other roles such as(More)
The gastric cholecystokinin-B/gastrin receptor (CCK-BR) is a key regulator of enterochromaffin-like cell function and proliferation. Over the last decade, a number of small non-peptide CCK-BR "antagonists" have been discovered. Here, we demonstrate that some of these non-peptide ligands in fact possess significant ability to activate the human CCK-BR, and(More)
Voided urine samples from persons with and without human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection were examined for mycoplasmas. Mycoplasma hominis organisms were identified in cultures of urine from 32 (18%) of 180 HIV-positive individuals and from 8 (21%) of 38 HIV-negative individuals. In contrast, glucose-utilizing mycoplasmas were identified in the urine(More)
OBJECTIVE Our purpose was to compare Affirm VP, a new deoxyribonucleic acid probe test, with standard "wet preparation" microscopic examinations and culture for the identification of Trichomonas vaginalis organisms in vaginal secretions. STUDY DESIGN We examined vaginal samples from 615 women with symptoms or signs of vaginitis for T. vaginalis using the(More)
The Digene Hybrid Capture II (HCII CT/GC) test is a combination test designed to detect Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in a single specimen. It is a nucleic acid hybridization test which uses signal amplification to increase sensitivity. We compared its performance to that of culture on cervical specimens from 1,370 women. Direct(More)
BACKGROUND The clinical diagnosis of primary and secondary syphilis can be difficult because of the wide variability of lesions. The available laboratory tests (dark-field microscopy and direct fluorescent antibody) require specialized microscopes and skilled technicians, and serologic tests are insensitive in early infection. METHODS Dark-field(More)
OBJECTIVES Ligase chain reaction (LCR) technology has dramatically increased the sensitivity of tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It is unknown whether low copy infections (LCR positive, culture negative) have any clinical consequences. We assessed the clinical significance of untreated low copy Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria(More)
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