Michela Blain

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BACKGROUND Treatment of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is a key component in U.S. tuberculosis control, assisted by recent improvements in LTBI diagnostics and therapeutic regimens. Effectiveness of LTBI therapy, however, is limited by patients' willingness to both initiate and complete treatment. We aimed to evaluate the demographic, medical,(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to assess knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding healthcare-related mobile phone use and text messaging among persons at risk for or infected with tuberculosis (TB) or the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). METHODS An anonymous survey was conducted in three groups of subjects: (1) HIV-infected persons(More)
BACKGROUND Community-based screening for TB, combined with HIV and syphilis testing, faces a number of barriers. One significant barrier is the value that target communities place on such screening. METHODS Integrated testing for TB, HIV, and syphilis was performed in neighborhoods identified using geographic information systems-based disease mapping. TB(More)
Monensin is a veterinary antibiotic with a narrow therapeutic window that has led to lethal intoxication in many animal species. Only two prior cases of human toxicity have been reported, both fatal. We present the first case of survival from severe toxicity following monensin ingestion. A 58-year-old man presented with 8 days of vomiting and abdominal(More)
A 36-year-old woman developed severe arterial hypertension after taking for five consecutive years increasing dose (up to 10 mg per day) of phenoxazoline HCl in nasal spray. A relationship between the abuse of this sympathomimetic drug and the hypertension was suggested by the unusual appearance of renal arteries on arteriography (stenosis and dilatations(More)
BACKGROUND Fever during neutropenia and after neutrophil engraftment (post-engraftment fever) occurs commonly during autologous transplantation (ASCT), but infections are infrequently identified. Tests that reliably exclude infection may reduce the cost and toxicity of unnecessary diagnostic testing and empiric treatment. We assessed whether serum levels of(More)
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