Tarik D. Walker

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Prompt definitive diagnosis of acute bacterial endocarditis in febrile injection drug users (IDUs) remains problematic because of delays associated with blood culture. Rapid detection of bacteremia by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) by use of "universal" primers has been hampered by background bacterial contamination. Broad-range eubacterial primers(More)
BACKGROUND Two cases of allergic (IgE-mediated) reaction to bovine collagen are described. Both patients developed conjunctival oedema in response to the topical application of highly purified bovine collagen to the eye during opthalmic surgery (corneal shields and catgut suture material). One patient developed periocular angioedema and angioedema of the(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a significant source of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Colonoscopy can be an extension of the care provided by a family physician to help substantially reduce CRC morbidity and mortality. Family physicians trained in colonoscopy can provide access to care in rural and medically underserved(More)
Pressure ulcers are a common and serious secondary complication of spinal cord injury. In addition to being costly and difficult to treat, pressure ulcers may interfere with many aspects of patient and family life, including the ability to meet educational, vocational, and social goals. Treatment of pressure ulcers includes weekly assessment by a clinician,(More)
Bone grafting provides a method of enhancing bone healing in veterinary orthopedic patients. Specifically, autogenous cancellous bone graft provides the cellular components and matrix proteins that can accelerate bone healing, dramatically. Allografts provide immediate mechanical support for fracture repair and patient function, but these grafts do not(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify challenges primary care providers (PCPs) experience providing a Medical Home for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and to describe the role developmental behavioral pediatricians (DBPs) play in the Medical Home Neighborhood. METHODS The authors used purposeful sampling to recruit 25 PCPs from around Colorado to(More)
BACKGROUND Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a progressive lung disease that impairs health-related quality of life (HRQL). OBJECTIVE To develop and conduct initial testing of ATAQ-LAM (A Tool to Assess Quality of Life in LAM). METHODS A pilot version of the questionnaire was administered to respondents with LAM. We used a deletion algorithm to retain(More)
BACKGROUND Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a rare, progressive disease that affects patients and their loved ones on many levels. We sought to better understand the needs and interests of PF patients and their loved ones (collectively "reader-participants") by systematically analyzing their engagement with the World Wide Web (the current version referred to as(More)
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