Miranda R. Andrus

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Illiteracy has become an increasingly important problem, especially as it relates to health care. A national survey found that almost half of the adult population has deficiencies in reading or computation skills. Literacy is defined as the basic ability to read and speak English, whereas functional health literacy is the ability to read, understand, and(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the safety and cardiovascular benefits of beta-blocker therapy in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). DATA SOURCES Clinical literature was accessed through MEDLINE (1966-February 2003). Key search terms included chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and adrenergic beta-antagonists. DATA SYNTHESIS(More)
A 47-year-old woman developed confusion, incoordination, and hypertension after she was given linezolid in addition to sertraline for 5 days. Her symptoms resolved within 4 days of discontinuing linezolid. One and a half months later, she received a second course of linezolid; sertraline was discontinued on day 1 of linezolid therapy. On day 9 of therapy,(More)
This study sought to determine the differences in the level of diabetes care of patients in a rural family practice clinic and an urban internal medicine clinic in Alabama. Medical records of patients with diabetes were reviewed and management practices were compared to current American Diabetes Association (ADA) standards of care. The rural practice had(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess physician knowledge regarding acetaminophen dosing, toxicity, and recognition of acetaminophen-containing products and counseling practices when prescribing acetaminophen-containing medications. METHODS Resident and faculty physicians at 1 internal medicine and 2 family medicine residency programs in Alabama were asked to participate(More)
Nicotine has been documented to regulate the release of plasma arginine vasopressin (AVP). The literature is inconclusive about the effects of nicotine replacement therapy on AVP release, although cigarette smoking has been shown to increase the release of AVP. No clinical case reports have documented the possible association between nicotine replacement(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the use of topiramate for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). DATA SOURCES Ovid MEDLINE (1950 to June week 4, 2010), International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (1970 to May 2010), ISI Web of Science (1945 to July 3, 2010), and Iowa Drug Information Service (searched July 6, 2010) were searched using the terms(More)
A 67-year-old man receiving a stable maintenance dosage of warfarin experienced an increased international normalized ratio (INR) without bleeding when his atorvastatin therapy was switched to fluvastatin. His warfarin dosage was reduced and his INR stabilized. The fluvastatin was switched back to atorvastatin, and the warfarin dosage was increased to(More)
The incidence of and mortality from both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) increase with age. In addition, the average age of patients with COPD and CVD is also increasing as a result of improvements in both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments. Coronary artery disease is a compelling indication for(More)