Mary Ellen Meadows

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Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) is a polypeptide that supports the survival of brain cells (including neurons, glia, and endothelia) and protects neurons against a number of toxins and insults in vitro. This factor is also a potent dilator of cerebral pial arterioles in vivo. In previous studies, we found that intraventricularly administered bFGF(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the efficacy of donepezil hydrochloride for the treatment of Alzheimer disease in patients drawn from clinical practice. DESIGN Two-center, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-masked crossover study. SETTING Memory disorders units at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's hospitals, Boston. PATIENTS Sixty individuals(More)
Lyme encephalopathy, primarily manifested by disturbances in memory, mood, and sleep, is a common late neurologic manifestation of Lyme disease. We compared 20 patients with Lyme encephalopathy with 11 fibromyalgia patients and 11 nonpsychotically depressed patients using the California Verbal Learning Test, Wechsler Memory Scale, Rey-Osterrieth Complex(More)
Autonomic and subjective responses to emotional and neutral slides were studied in patients with right hemisphere damage (RHD), left hemisphere damage (LHD) and normal controls (CON). Orienting and habituation to a series of pure tones (1000 Hz) were also examined. All subjects showed appropriate slide recognition and there were no group differences in(More)
All 7th, 9th, and 11th grade students in 129 school districts responded to a 466-variable survey that primarily assessed drug use but also contained questions about involvement in various activities. Meaningful relationships were obtained between students' involvement in school, family, and church activities and reported use of tobacco, alcohol, and(More)
A small percentage of Lyme patients develop mild to moderate encephalopathic symptoms months to years after diagnosis and treatment. Their symptoms typically include fatigue, memory loss, sleep disturbance, and depression. However, the etiology of this syndrome remains controversial. It is generally thought that Lyme patients with abnormal cerebral spinal(More)
We compared the relative value of neuropsychological and event-related potentials (ERPs) obtained during both passive and active auditory oddball paradigm measures for determining functional outcome in dementia 4 years following initial assessment. Functional outcome was assessed by structured interview of family members of 29 patients with dementia, and(More)
Seven variations of a letter cancellation test were used to examine how varying attentional demands affect hemispatial neglect in patients with right hemisphere lesions. While the 14 targets always remained in the same location, the number of distractors (zero, nine, 28, or 82) as well as their complexity (one letter or nine different letters) were varied.(More)
Three models of interprofessional education appropriate for serving youth at risk for substance abuse are described. One of the models, the team case study, was evaluated by school personnel trained in its use. Results indicated that participants were more sensitive to the multiple needs of youth at risk, experienced increased comfort in seeking(More)