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Recent Publications

J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Jun 2. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Rimkus L, Isgor Z, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Zenk SN, Powell LM, Barker DC, Chaloupka FJ.

Background: National surveillance data identify disparities in low-fat milk consumption by race/ethnicity and income. Some localized studies have shown disparities in access to low-fat milk by community characteristics. ... more

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015 May 29;64(20):541-6.
Authors: Chriqui J, DeLong H, Chaloupka F, Edwards SM, Xu X, Promoff G.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Increasing the unit price on tobacco products is the most effective tobacco prevention and control measure. Illicit tobacco trade (illicit trade) undermines high tobacco prices by providing tobacco users with cheaper-priced alternatives. In the United States, illicit trade primarily occurs when cigarettes are bought from... more

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015 May 29;64(20):547-50.
Authors: Ross H, Husain MJ, Kostova D, Xu X, Edwards SM, Chaloupka FJ, Ahluwalia IB.

An estimated 11.6% of the world cigarette market is illicit, representing more than 650 billion cigarettes a year and $40.5 billion in lost revenue. Illicit tobacco trade refers to any practice related to distributing, selling, or buying tobacco products that is prohibited by law, including tax evasion (sale of tobacco products without payment of applicable taxes), counterfeiting, disguising the origin... more

Addict Behav. 2015 Oct;49:33-9.
Authors: Crane NA, Langenecker SA, Mermelstein RJ.

Introduction: As prevalence of marijuana use increases, it is important that we better understand how factors like gender, cigarette use, and depression are related to marijuana use during adolescence and young adulthood. We examined longitudinal relationships among these variables in adolescents moving into young adulthood who were studied longitudinally for six years. Methods: 1263... more

Am J Prev Med. 2015 May;48(5):575-9.
Authors: Kornfield R, Alexander GC, Qato DM, Kim Y, Hirsch JD, Emery SL.

Introduction: TV accounts for more than half of pharmaceutical direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) spending in the U.S. The purpose of this study is to quantify average household exposure to branded and non-branded (help-seeking) televised prescription drug advertisements and describe variation over time and... more

J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 May 12. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Sheean P, Kabir C, Rao R, Hoskins K, Stolley M.

Background: Historically, women with metastatic breast cancer are excluded from lifestyle interventions under the assumptions that diet and physical activity will have little impact on their disease trajectory. However, recent treatment advances have led to significant increases in survivorship that pose challenges to this assumption. Objective: The... more

Prev Chronic Dis. 2015;12:140472.
Authors: Schermbeck RM, Powell LM.

We compare the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative’s (CFBAI’s) April 2014 list of food and beverage products approved to be advertised on children’s television programs with the federal Interagency Working Group’s nutrition recommendations for such advertised products. Products were assessed by using the nutrients to limit (saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, and sodium) component of the Interagency Working Group’s recommendations. Fifty-three percent of the listed products did not... more

Am J Prev Med. 2015 Sep;48:79-88.
Authors: Zenk SN, Powell LM, Isgor Z, Rimkus L, Barker DC, Chaloupka FJ.

Introduction: Prepared, ready-to-eat foods comprise a significant part of Americans' diets and are increasingly obtained from food stores. Yet, little is known about the availability and healthfulness of prepared, ready-to-eat food offerings at stores. This study examines associations among community... more

Psychol Assess. 2015 Apr 20. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Schuster RM, Mermelstein RJ, Hedeker D.

Neuropsychological performance has historically been measured in laboratory settings using standardized assessments. However, these methods may be inherently limited in generalizability. This concern may be mitigated with paradigms such as ecological momentary assessment (EMA). We evaluated the initial feasibility and acceptability of administering a visual working... more

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2015 Apr 16. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Daubresse M, Hutfless S, Kim Y, Kornfield R, Qato DM, Huang J, Miller K, Emery SL, Alexander GC.

Rationale: The United States is one of only two countries that permit direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription drugs, and many questions remain regarding its effects. Objective: To... more