Patricia Lanoie Blanchette

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BACKGROUND The efficacy of calcium with vitamin D supplementation for preventing hip and other fractures in healthy postmenopausal women remains equivocal. METHODS We recruited 36,282 postmenopausal women, 50 to 79 years of age, who were already enrolled in a Women's Health Initiative (WHI) clinical trial. We randomly assigned participants to receive 1000(More)
BACKGROUND Constipation is frequent in PD, although its onset in relation to clinical PD has not been well described. Demonstration that constipation can precede clinical PD could provide important clues to understanding disease progression and etiology. The purpose of this report is to examine the association between the frequency of bowel movements and(More)
CONTEXT The projected expansion in the next several decades of the elderly population at highest risk for Parkinson disease (PD) makes identification of factors that promote or prevent the disease an important goal. OBJECTIVE To explore the association of coffee and dietary caffeine intake with risk of PD. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Data were(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence suggests that nigrostriatal system disorders are associated with PD and adiposity. Whether patterns of adiposity coexist or predate clinical PD is unknown. This report examines the relation between midlife adiposity and the risk of PD. METHODS Measurement of adiposity occurred from 1965 to 1968 in 7,990 men in the Honolulu Heart(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine prevalence of dementia and its subtypes in Japanese-American men and compare these findings with rates reported for populations in Japan and elsewhere. DESIGN AND SETTING The Honolulu Heart Program is a prospective population-based study of cardiovascular disease established in 1965. Prevalence estimates were computed from cases(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the relation between milk and calcium intake in midlife and the risk of Parkinson disease (PD). METHODS Findings are based on dietary intake observed from 1965 to 1968 in 7,504 men ages 45 to 68 in the Honolulu Heart Program. Men were followed for 30 years for incident PD. RESULTS In the course of follow-up, 128 developed PD(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the attitudes and knowledge of medical students (MS1-3), internal medicine residents (postgraduate years 1 to 3 (PGY1-3)), and geriatric medicine fellows about elderly patients before implementation of a new geriatrics curriculum. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTING An academic medical center. PARTICIPANTS Two hundred eleven(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the relationship between total cholesterol (TC) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and the incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) in elderly men. DESIGN Prospective. SETTING Population based. PARTICIPANTS A sample of 2,424, Japanese-American men aged 71 to 93 was used. MEASUREMENTS Six years of data on incident(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the effect of intervention by geriatric medicine fellows and a geriatrician on medication cost among long term care residents with polypharmacy. DESIGN Interventional study. SETTING A single hospital-affiliated long term care facility. PARTICIPANTS Long term care residents with polypharmacy, defined as being on 9 or more(More)
CONTEXT Parkinson disease (PD) has an unknown cause; however, convincing evidence is emerging that indicates pesticides can selectively injure the dopaminergic system in laboratory animals. Retrospective studies in humans demonstrate a link between exposure to agricultural lifestyle factors and PD. OBJECTIVE To determine whether working on a plantation in(More)