Pamela Paparone

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Lyme disease constitutes a major health hazard with an increased incidence throughout the United States, in particular the eastern states. Human ehrlichiosis, also a tick-borne illness, has recently been identified. It is characterized by fever, headache, malaise, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and elevated liver enzyme titers, and has been reported to occur(More)
As illustrated by the case described in this report, the possibility of ehrlichiosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of sulfasalazine toxicity/drug fever and other febrile illnesses presenting with pancytopenia/leukopenia and pulmonary abnormalities, when patients have been exposed to known tick-infested areas. Furthermore, the(More)
Lyme disease can be seen as localized, disseminated, acute, or chronic and can mimic other, more serious diseases. Even though it is a multisystemic illness, very few spirochetes are present; yet, once established in the host, it can persist for years. The antibody response is slow and variable, and the spirochete is difficult to isolate from clinical(More)
Lyme disease is a multisystem illness that may affect the central nervous system and subsequently produce mild to severe psychiatric disorders. Physicians who treat patient with Lyme disease need to be aware of its neuropsychiatric symptoms, which may emerge months to years after the initial infection. Prompt diagnosis and effective treatment are needed to(More)
Lyme disease is a multisystem illness that may affect the heart. Borrelia burgdorferi infection should be suspected in all patients with unexplained cardiac symptoms who are or who have been exposed to endemic areas. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are needed to avoid potentially life-threatening complications, as well as the inappropriate insertion of a(More)
OBJECTIVE The leadership styles of healthcare organizations and the attitudes of nurses toward the adoption of evidence-based practice (EBP) were examined to provide a predictor of influenza vaccination intent (VI) and improve the current inadequate vaccination rate among nurses. BACKGROUND Influenza is a costly and potentially serious disease. The United(More)
This case report demonstrates the need to consider Lyme disease in older patients who present with nonspecific signs and symptoms often seen in polymyalgia rheumatica, particularly a markedly elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). ESRs greater than 100 mm/hr are common in polymyalgia rheumatica, but rates higher than 85 mm/hr are also possible in(More)
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