Rachel Huber

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Rapid diagnosis of acute toxoplasmosis during pregnancy permits timely treatment and prevents or attenuates congenital toxoplasmosis. Specific IgM antibodies to Toxoplasma as marker of acute infection are often poorly informative, meaning that a complementary technique is needed to reach a diagnosis on the first sample. Here we evaluated 2 commercial kits(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate a 12-week weight management intervention involving computerized self-monitoring and technology-assisted feedback with and without an enhanced behavioral component. METHODS 120 overweight (30.5±2.6kg/m(2)) adults (45.0±10.3 years) were randomized to one of three groups: computerized(More)
BACKGROUND The Illinois WISEWOMAN Program (IWP) was designed to address the disproportionate risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among disadvantaged, low-income women. In total, 1021 women aged 40 to 64 years were recruited from the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. The women were randomized to either a minimum intervention (MI) or an enhanced(More)
Physical inactivity is an important contributor to the development of numerous chronic conditions and alone is an independent risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and depression and yet, most Americans consistently fail to achieve the recommended amount of physical activity. As part of Project HealthDesign, we designed and prototyped a personal(More)
BACKGROUND Few lifestyle intervention programs address the needs of financially disadvantaged, low literacy populations. The overall goal of the Illinois WISEWOMAN Program (IWP) was to design such a program and test its effectiveness in reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, specifically physical activity and nutrition factors. The purpose of this(More)
This exploratory study was designed to learn more about the needs of the survivors of hospice patients. A transitions framework is proposed as a way to conceptualize both hospice care and anticipatory grief, and a new clinical tool--the 10-Mile Mourning Bridge--is presented for survivors' assessments of their progress in bereavement. Survivors perceived(More)
There are a number of factors that can limit the power conversion effi ciency (PCE) of organic photovoltaics, including the effi ciency of exciton generation and separation, [ 1–4 ] the mobilities of the subsequently generated electrons and holes, [ 5–8 ] and the nanometer-scale morphology of the bulk heterojunction (BHJ) network that determines how easily(More)
Poly(fluorene-alt-thiophene) (PFT) is a conjugated polyelectrolyte that self-assembles into rod-like micelles in water, with the conjugated polymer backbone running along the length of the micelle. At modest concentrations (∼10 mg/mL in aqueous solutions), PFT forms hydrogels, and this work focuses on understanding the structure and intermolecular(More)