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A biotin-avidin amplified ELISA was used to measure antigen-specific IgE for ragweed, representative members of the gourd family (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, zucchini, and cucumber), and banana in the sera of 192 allergic patients, each with an IgE greater than or equal to 180 microns/ml. Sixty-three percent (120/192) of the sera contained(More)
BACKGROUND Inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) nonadherence is common among patients with asthma; however, interventions to improve adherence have often been complex and not easily applied to large patient populations. OBJECTIVE To assess the effect of supplying patient adherence information to primary care providers. METHODS Patients and providers were(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have shown differences in adherence to inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) by race-ethnicity, yet little is known about factors that contribute to adherence within these groups. Environmental stressors, such as crime exposure, which has been associated with asthma morbidity, might also predict ICS adherence. OBJECTIVE We sought to(More)
Fel d I has been found in almost all houses investigated, including those in which cats have never been present. These observations have not been explained. We measured Fel dI in samples of carpet dust from ten newly built model homes, 14 occupied homes, six allergists' offices, five hospital corridors, and three shopping mall stores. We also measured Fel d(More)
To improve quality and efficiency, Henry Ford Health System developed and implemented a new obstetrics application that displays pertinent clinical practice guideline information and standardizes documentation. The initial application included an overview of the patient's vital sign history, a structured note appropriate for each visit and patient(More)
BACKGROUND The infant gut's ability to suppress immunologic reactions to food proteins could be influenced by levels of TGFβ in breast milk. We hypothesized that lower levels of TGFβ(1) in the breast milk (BM) of mothers in the WHEALS birth cohort are associated with atopy at infant age 2-3 yrs. METHODS We used data collected during infancy in addition to(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effects of the Tobacco Use Cessation (TUC) Automated Clinical Practice Guideline (ACPG) (a variation of the US Department of Health and Human Services Clinical Practice Guideline on Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence) on guideline adherence in a multisite health system. STUDY DESIGN The study used a pre-post cross-sectional(More)
OBJECTIVE To test the effects of written emotional disclosure on the health of adolescents with asthma and to examine how language in disclosures predicts outcomes. METHODS We randomized 50 adolescents with asthma to write for 3 days at home about stressful events (disclosure) or control topics. At baseline and 2 months after writing, we assessed(More)