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Recent Publications

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

Prev Med. 2014 Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Slater S, Chriqui J, Chaloupka FJ, Johnston L.

Objective: Joint use policies (JUP) encourage shared facility use, usually between schools and a city or private organization, for both physical activity-related and non-physical activity-related programs. Little is known about JUP's impact on physical activity (PA). This study examined whether more specific JUPs were associated... more

Health Serv Outcomes Res Methodol. 2 September 2014. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Pugach O, Hedeker D, Mermelstein R.

A bivariate mixed-effects location-scale model is proposed for estimation of means, variances, and covariances of two continuous outcomes measured concurrently in time and repeatedly over subjects. Modeling the two outcomes jointly allows... more

Gynecol Oncol. 2014 Aug 27. [Epub ahead of print]
Auhtors: Joslin CE, Brewer KC, Davis FG, Hoskins K, Peterson CE, Pauls HA.

Background: Less than half of women with ovarian cancer and blacks specifically receive therapy adherent to National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines. The purpose is to assess the effect of neighborhood-level socioeconomic status (SES) on black-white treatment differences in a population-based analysis in... more

J Registry Manag. 2014 Spring;41(1):24-30.
Authors: Silva A, Rauscher GHFerrans CEHoskins K, Rao R.

Introduction: The quality of population-based cancer registries are largely defined by the completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of incident cases and demographics reported. However, both Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) cancer registries and non-SEER population-based state cancer registries have been regularly... more

Am J Prev Med. 2014 Aug;47(2 Suppl 1):S87-9.
Author: Mermelstein RJ.

Patterns of youth tobacco use in the U.S. are becoming increasingly complex with the greater availability, marketing, and promotion of a diverse set of tobacco products. Using data from the 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), the series of papers in this issue present a multifaceted examination of the attitudes and behaviors surrounding the diversity of tobacco products with a nationally representative sample of middle and high school students. Taken together, these papers represent one of the most... more

Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Jul 22. [Epub ahead of print] 
Authors: Gordon HS, Pugach O, Berbaum ML, Ford ME.

Objective: To examine the associations of several characteristics with patients' trust in physician and the healthcare system. Methods: A prospective cohort of patients were followed after an exacerbation of heart failure at one of two veterans affairs (VA) hospitals. Patients rated pre-visit and post-visit trust... more

Health Place. 2014 Jul 30;29:124-131.
Authors: Powell LM, Wada R, Kumanyika SK.

Obesity prevalence and related health burdens are greater among U.S. racial/ethnic minority and low-income populations. Targeted advertising may contribute to disparities. Designated market area (DMA) spot television ratings were used to assess geographic differences in child/adolescent exposure to food-related advertisements based on DMA-level racial/ethnic and income characteristics. Controlling for unobserved DMA-level factors and time trends, child/adolescent exposure to food-related ads, particularly... more

Childhood Obesity. 2014 Aug;10(4):349-356.
Authors: Turner L, Chaloupka FJ.

Background: Updated standards for meals sold through the USDA’s National School Lunch Program took effect at the beginning of the 2012–2013 school year. The current study assessed the perceptions of school staff regarding student reactions to these changes in school lunches and how perceptions varied across schools. Methods: Mailback surveys were... more

Public Health Nutr. 2014 Jul 30:1-11. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Kornfield R, Szczypka G, Powell LM, Emery SL.

Objective: To examine levels of exposure and content characteristics for recent televised obesity-prevention campaigns sponsored by state and community health departments, federal agencies, non-profit organizations and television stations in the USA. Design:... more