Ruth Alicia Fernández

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Current diagnosis of chronic Chagas disease relies on serologic detection of specific immunoglobulin G against Trypanosoma cruzi. However, the presence of parasites detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in patients without positive conventional serologic testing has been observed. We determined the prevalence and clinical characteristics of persons(More)
We conducted an epidemiological approach to identify the negative impact of the vascular risk factors (such as hypertension, diabetes and hypercholesterolemia) over cognition. The interesting aspect of this study was that the survey was conducted in all age groups through a voluntary call (n = 1365; ≥18 years old, both sexes; age 49 ± 15 y, female 75.7%).(More)
UNLABELLED Until recently, suicidal behaviour in children and adolescents was associated to less serious psychopathological disorders, such as adjustment disorder. In the last decades, according to international sources, psychopathological disorders associated to suicide attempts have become more serious. OBJECTIVE To describe the frequency of mental and(More)
The aim of this study was to survey the frequency of experimentation and consumption of drugs in high-school students in Cordoba, Argentina, relating it to socio-demographic variables. An observational-analytical method was employed, on the basis of the records of the Secretary for the Planning of Drug-Addiction Prevention and Fighting of Drug-Trafficking.(More)
A review of narrative literature is performed, aimed at exploring psychosocial intervention models in disaster situations. The documents reviewed were retrieved from PubMed, SciELO, GoogleScholar, and Medline, correspond to the period 1980-2014, and are written in Spanish, English and French. Web pages of international and government organizations were also(More)
With the purpose of assessing the current program and to adequate its activities to the students' needs, we perform periodical evaluations based on the opinions of the participants involved. During 2002, a new academic plan was implemented for the optional Module "Introduction to Family Medicine", destined to generate professional abilities according to the(More)
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing and pretest/posttest counseling are central components in prevention efforts in the United States. Yet, not all persons return for their test results and posttest counseling. Based on an exploratory study at four community health centers in South Florida, the authors determined the percentage of patients who(More)
The oral health status of people aged 60 years or over in S. Paulo in 1989 is discussed. According to data relating to dental caries, periodontal diseases, need and use of prosthesis and prevalence of hard and soft oral tissue pathologies, this study concludes that elder people present a very bad oral health status. The definition of a policy and dental(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze mortality from suicide in children, adolescents and youth aged 5 to 24 years by gender, method used, place where the incident occurred and residence (province) in Argentina over the period 2005-2007. METHOD Data of Statistical Death Reports were used. Mortality rates from suicide were estimated per 100 000 inhabitants using ICD-10(More)
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