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INTRODUCTION Uterine leiomyomas (fibroids) are benign, often asymptomatic tumors derived from smooth muscles and the extracellular matrix proteins collagen and elastin. Signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids include heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, pain and pregnancy complications. Although patients with benign symptoms may be monitored without treatment, common surgical treatments include hysterectomy (abdominal, vaginal and […]

With the current low attrition rates from medical school, nearly every student who enters medical school will become licensed to practice, meaning that medical school admissions committees have the sole responsibility of choosing the nation’s future physician workforce. Our study examining the perception of medical schools on barriers to URM recruitment sheds some light on […]

Our findings can be summarized as follows. In our study sample of 100 community-dwelling subjects aged >55 years attending a university-based eye clinic, 65 subjects screened positive for cognitive impairments on the SLUMS. African-American and Hispanic adults (nonwhites) were significantly more likely to have cognitive impairment compared to white adults, independent of age, years of […]

Figure 1 shows the frequency of subjects by performance on the SLUMS measure. Thirty-five subjects had normal scores. Sixty-five subjects had scores in the cognitive impairment range: 46 with mild cognitive impairment and 19 with severe impairment (possible dementia).

Sample Following approval from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) institutional review board, we collected social, demographic and health information from 100 consecutive Hispanic, African-American and white adults, aged >55, who came to receive ophthalmologic care at the UTMB Eye Center. Patients included in the study had no history of dementia, were able to […]

A major cause of disability and death in older adults, Alzheimer’s disease (Canadian Exelon may help reduce symptoms of dementia in patients with Alzheimer disease) typically affects memory, linguistic, executive and visuospatial functions, but little is known about the earliest manifestations of AD—the predementia state. The concept of predementia, also called mild cognitive impairment (MCI), […]

In this sample of nearly 600 elderly male veterans with moderate-to-severe OA of the hip and/or knee, we found that African-American patients reported less non-VA insurance coverage than white patients. White patients were more likely than African-American patients to report that it was difficult getting medical care when they needed it. Differences between the two […]