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Recent Publications

Public Health Nutr. 2013 Nov 14. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Greathouse KL, Chriqui J, Moser RP, Agurs-Collins T, Perna FM.

Objective: The current research examined the association between state disfavoured tax on soda (i.e., the difference between soda sales tax and the tax on food products generally) and a summary score representing the strength of state laws governing competitive beverages (beverages that compete with the beverages in the federally funded school lunch programme) in US schools. Design: ... more

Nicotine Tob Res. 2014 Nov 10. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Nadell MJ, Mermelstein RJ, Hedeker D, Marquez DX.

Introduction: Physical activity (PA) and smoking are inversely related. However, evidence suggests that some types of PA, namely work-related PA, may show an opposite effect. Despite growing knowledge, there remains a paucity of studies examining the context of these behaviors in naturalistic settings or in... more

Am J Public Health. 2014 Nov;104(11):2170-2178.
Authors: Zenk SN, Powell LM, Rimkus L, Isgor Z, Barker DC, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Chaloupka F.

Objectives: We examined associations between the relative and absolute availability of healthier food and beverage alternatives at food stores and community racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and urban-rural characteristics. Methods: We analyzed pooled, annual... more

Prev Med. 29 Oct 2014. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Ohri-Vachaspati P, Isgor Z, Rimkus L, Powell LM, Barker DC, Chaloupka FJ

Background: Children who eat fast food have poor diet and health outcomes. Fast food is heavily marketed to youth, and exposure to such marketing is associated with higher fast food consumption. Purpose: To examine the extent of child-directed... more

J Behav Med. 2014 Oct 28. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Pepper JK, Emery SL, Ribisl KM, Rini CM, Brewer NT.

We sought to understand smokers' perceived likelihood of health problems from using cigarettes and four non-cigarette tobacco products (NCTPs: e-cigarettes, snus, dissolvable tobacco, and smokeless tobacco). A US national sample of 6,607 adult smokers completed an online survey in March 2013. Participants viewed e-cigarette use as less likely to cause lung cancer, oral cancer, or heart disease compared to... more

Health Expect. 2014 Oct 10. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Molina Y, Kim S, Berrios N, Calhoun EA.

Medical mistrust is salient among African American women, given historic and contemporary racism within medical settings. Mistrust may influence satisfaction among navigated women by affecting women's perceptions of their health-care self-efficacy and their providers' roles in follow-up of abnormal test results. Objective: To (i) examine whether general medical mistrust and health-care... more

Obes Rev. 2014 Oct;15 Suppl 4:62-92. 
Authors: Kong A, Tussing-Humphreys LM, Odoms-Young AM, Stolley MR, Fitzgibbon ML.

Behavioural interventions incorporating features that are culturally salient to African American women have emerged as one approach to address the high rates of obesity in this group. Yet, the systematic... more

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 Oct 3;11(10):10345-61.
Authors: Pepper JK, Ribisl KM, Emery SL, Brewer NT.

The aim of our study was to explore reasons for starting and then stopping electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use. Among a national sample of 3878 U.S. adults who reported ever trying e-cigarettes, the most common reasons for trying were curiosity (53%); because a friend or family member used, gave, or offered e-cigarettes (34%); and quitting or reducing smoking (30%). Nearly two-thirds (65%) of people who started... more

Health Educ Behav. 2014 Oct;41(1 Suppl):62S-69S. 
Authors: Smith-Ray RL, Makowski-Woidan B, Hughes SL.

Introduction: Fall prevention is important for maintaining mobility and independence into old age. Approaches for reducing falls include exercise, tai chi, and home modifications; however, causes of falling are multifactorial and include not just physical but cognitive factors. Cognitive decline occurs with age, but older adults with the greatest declines in executive function experience more falls. The purpose of... more

Addict Behav. 2014 Sep 28. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Selya AS, Updegrove N, Rose JS, Dierker L, Tan X, Hedeker D, Li R, Mermelstein RJ.

Introduction: Theories of nicotine addiction emphasize the initial role of positive reinforcement in the development of regular smoking behavior, and the role of negative reinforcement at later stages. These theories are tested here by examining the effects of amount smoked per smoking event on smoking-related mood changes, and how nicotine dependence (ND)... more