Stephanie Stevens

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Case studies and small trials suggest that acupuncture may effectively treat hypertension, but no large randomized trials have been reported. The Stop Hypertension with the Acupuncture Research Program pilot trial enrolled 192 participants with untreated blood pressure (BP) in the range of 140/90 to 179/109 mm Hg. The design of the trial combined rigorous(More)
PURPOSE To assess the role of the transforming growth factor (TGF)ss system in formation of corneal haze after excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), levels of mRNAs for three TGFss isoforms (TGFss1, TGFss2, and TGFss3), the TGFss type II receptor (TssRII), and extracellular matrix (ECM) genes including fibronectin (FN), collagen I, collagen III,(More)
Hypertension is a major public health problem with serious medical and financial consequences. Barriers to successful conventional pharmacological treatment include side effects, out-of-pocket expenses, patient noncompliance and insufficient dosages. Acupuncture has been studied as an alternative therapy for controlling blood pressure (BP) but previous(More)
Beta-hemolysin production is a variable trait of the Lancefield group D streptococcus, Enterococcus faecalis. The E. faecalis hemolysin is encoded by large transmissible plasmids. The variable nature of this putative virulence factor provided an ideal system for testing its contribution in experimental endophthalmitis. In this study, isogenic E. faecalis(More)
The pantetheinase vanin-1 generates cysteamine, which inhibits reduced glutathione (GSH) synthesis. Vanin-1 promotes inflammation and tissue injury partly by inducing oxidative stress, and partly by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) expression. Vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) contribute to neointimal hyperplasia in response to(More)
PURPOSE To compare the reproducibility of computerized videokeratoscopy systems by using normal eyes and calibrated objects. METHODS We evaluated the reproducibility of three commercially available videokeratoscopes [EyeSys, TechnoMed C-Scan, and PAR Corneal Topography System (CTS)] with the manual keratometer (Bausch & Lomb) by using calibration spheres(More)
A mirror needle holder has been designed to facilitate the passage of a needle through the ciliary sulcus during transscleral fixation of posterior chamber (PC) intraocular lens (IOLs). Two human postmortem eyes were used to demonstrate the efficacy of this mirror used as the needle holder. This method was compared with the current method of passing sutures(More)
Three different isoforms of the inhibitory guanine nucleotide-binding protein a-subunit (G,J have been cloned. However, little information on the cardiac-specific expression of these isoforms is available. The deduced amino acid sequence of a full-length Gu.2 complementary DNA from a canine ventricular library displays several unique residues compared with(More)
The measurement of the corneal radius of curvature centrally and in the corneal periphery is exceedingly difficult because of variables in photography and data acquisition. We present a technique of Automated image scanning of corneal photographs which provides a more accurate and reproducible analysis of the paracentral corneal contour. We analyzed the(More)
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