Sherry Miller

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There is an increased need for rapid, inexpensive tests to diagnose Helicobacter pylori infection. Our objective was to determine the performance characteristics of an immunochromatographic test (ICT) for detection of anti-H. pylori IgG antibodies. A commercially available ICT kit (FlexSure ® HP) was tested with a well-characterized cohort of banked sera as(More)
The upper esophageal sphincter (UES) forms a barrier between the pharynx and the esophagus. When closed, the barrier function serves to prevent reflux and aerophagia; when open, swallowing, belching and vomiting are possible. The closing muscles include caudal parts of the inferior pharyngeal sphincter and cranial parts of the upper esophagus musculature.(More)
The laryngeal adductor reflex and the pharyngoglottal closure reflex protect the trachea and lower respiratory tract against the entrance of foreign material. The laryngeal expiration reflex and the cough reflex serve to propel foreign material, which has penetrated in the cranial direction. The inspiration reflex, the sniff reflex, and the swallowing(More)
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a non-invasive, painless method used to stimulate areas of the brain through the intact skull by means of magnetic fields. Depending on the stimulation frequency, the effect on concurrent brain areas is either inhibiting or exciting. As a result, it should be possible to inhibit compensatory(More)
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