Suzanne Groah

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BACKGROUND Rising prevalence of secondary conditions among persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) has focused recent attention to potential health promotion programs designed to reduce such adverse health conditions. A healthy lifestyle for people with SCI, including and specifically, the adoption of a vigorous exercise routine, has been shown to produce an(More)
Clinical dogma is that healthy urine is sterile and the presence of bacteria with an inflammatory response is indicative of urinary tract infection (UTI). Asymptomatic bacteriuria (ABU) represents the state in which bacteria are present but the inflammatory response is negligible. Differentiating ABU from UTI is diagnostically challenging, but critical(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether intensive electrical stimulation (ES) can reduce femoral bone mineral density (BMD) loss in acute spinal cord injury (SCI). DESIGN Randomized controlled trial. SETTING Inpatient rehabilitation hospital. PARTICIPANTS Twenty-six subjects with C4 to T12 American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale A or B SCI less(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to describe cardiometabolic risk factors and risk clustering in people with spinal cord injury (SCI). METHODS This was a cross-sectional study of 121 subjects aged 18 to 73 years (mean, 37 ± 12 years) with chronic, motor complete SCI between C5 and T12. Assessments included demographic, social, and medical history;(More)
BACKGROUND Lipid optimization comprises a therapeutic cornerstone of primary and secondary cardiovascular disease prevention. This systematic review and meta-analysis sought to clarify patterns of lipid profiles in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients compared to able-bodied individuals as well as among subgroups of SCI patients stratified by sex, activity(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence suggests an elevated prevalence of cardiometabolic risks among persons with spinal cord injury (SCI); however, the unique clustering of risk factors in this population has not been fully explored. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to describe unique clustering of cardiometabolic risk factors differentiated by level of injury. (More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate whether the risk of bladder cancer is greater in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) than in the general population and whether indwelling catheter (IDC) use is a significant independent risk factor for bladder cancer. DESIGN Historical cohort study in which subjects with SCI were stratified according to bladder management(More)
Population aging, caused by reductions in fertility and increasing longevity, varies by country and is anticipated to continue and to reach global proportions during the 21st century. Although the effects of population aging have been well documented for decades, the impact of aging on people with spinal cord injury (SCI) has not received similar attention.(More)
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES To examine nutrient intake and body mass index (BMI) in the spinal cord injury (SCI) population according to level of injury and sex. DESIGN Cross-sectional study conducted at 2 SCI treatment centers. PARTICIPANTS/METHODS Seventy-three community-dwelling individuals with C5-T12 ASIA Impairment Scale (AIS) A or B SCI. Subjects were(More)
Study design:This manuscript summarizes recommendations from the State of the Science Conference in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation 2011.Objectives:To develop an agenda for spinal cord injury (SCI) rehabilitation research in the next decade.Setting:Participants scheduled planning meetings and then gathered at the 2011 joint meeting of the American Spinal(More)