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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017; 14(1): 98.
Authors: Shang C, Huang J, Cheng KW, He Y, Chaloupka FJ.

INTRODUCTION: The Guidelines for the implementation of Article 11 of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) require that cigarette health warning labels should include pictures and take up 50% or more of the principal display area. This study examined how the association between large pictorial warnings, those covering ≥50% of the front and back of the package, and the prevalence of cigarette smoking varies by educational attainment. METHODS... more

J Aging Phys Act. 2017 Jan 17:1-30.
Authors: Marquez DX, Wilson R, Aguiñaga S, Vásquez P, Fogg L, Yang Z, Wilbur J, Hughes S, Spanbauer C.

Disparities exist between Latinos and non-Latino whites in cognitive function. Dance is culturally appropriate and challenges individuals physically and cognitively, yet the impact of regular dancing on cognitive function in older Latinos has not been examined. A two-group pilot trial was employed among inactive, older Latinos. Participants (N = 57) participated in the Bailamos dance program, or a health education program. Cognitive test scores were converted to z-scores and... more

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017;14(1):62.
Authors: Shang C, Chaloupka FJ.

Some manufacturers of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) voluntarily carried health warnings in their advertisements. This study examined these voluntary warnings in magazine ads and plotted their trends between 2012 and early 2015. ENDS magazine ads were obtained through Kantar media and warnings were collected from the Chicago Public Library or the Trinkets and Trash surveillance system. The prevalence of voluntary warnings, warnings with the specific capitalized word "WARNING", and MarkTen warnings were examined after being... more

BMC Pediatr. 2016 Dec 1;16(1):198.
Authors: Martin MA, Rothschild SK, Lynch E, Christoffel KK, Pagán MM, Rodriguez JL, et al.

Background: The objective of this study was to design and test the feasibility and impact of a community health worker (CHW) intervention for comorbid asthma and obesity.

Methods: Using a proof of concept study design, we collected pre/post outcomes from a single intervention cohort of urban low-income in a single community area. A community-... more

Tob Control. 2016 Oct;25(Suppl 1):i32-i37.
Authors: DeLong H, Chriqui J, Leider J, Chaloupka FJ.

From the open-access manuscript:

Background: Native American tribes, as sovereign nations, are exempt from state tobacco excise taxation, and self-govern on-reservation activity in the USA. Under Federal law, state excise taxes are owed by non-members purchasing... more

Prev Med. 2016 Oct 3. pii: S0091-7435(16)30305-X.
Authors: Chriqui JF, Leider J, Thrun E, Nicholson LM, Slater SJ.

Can zoning regulations moderate inequities by income in active travel and taking public transit to work?

Dr. Jamie Chriqui led a research team in examining this question using data they collected of municipal and county zoning regulations that cover about 72% of the U.S. population. They found:

"Certain pedestrian-oriented zoning provisions (e.g., crosswalks, bike-pedestrian connectivity, street connectivity, bike lanes, bike parking, and more zoning... more

Health Serv Outcomes Res Methodol. 2016 Sep;16(3):117-131.
Authors: Hedeker D, Mermelstein RJ, Demirtas H, Berbaum ML.

In health studies, questionnaire items are often scored on an ordinal scale, for example on a Likert scale. For such questionnaires, item response theory (IRT) models provide a useful approach for obtaining summary scores for subjects (i.e., the model's random subject effect) and characteristics of the items (e.g., item difficulty and discrimination). In this article, we describe a model that allows the items to additionally exhibit different within-subject variance, and also... more

Health Place. 2016 Nov;42:47-53.
Authors: Taber DR, Chriqui JF, Quinn CM, Rimkus LM, Chaloupka FJ.

We examined racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and urban/rural disparities in food policy enactment across different sectors, as well as retail food access, throughout the United States. Policy and retail food store data were obtained from 443 communities as part of the Bridging the Gap Community Obesity Measures Project. Our results indicated that median household income was inversely associated with healthier retail food zoning policies in Hispanic communities, where competitive food policies for schools were also... more

Nicotine Tob Res. 2016 Aug 3. pii: ntw197.
Authors: Pugach O, Cannon DS, Weiss RB, Hedeker D, Mermelstein RJ.

INTRODUCTION: Prior research suggests the CHRNA5A3B4 and CHRNB3A6 gene clusters have independent effects on smoking progression in young smokers. Here classification tree analysis uncovers conditional relations between these genes. METHODS: Conditional classification tree and random forest analyses were employed to predict daily smoking at 6-year follow-up in a longitudinal sample of young smokers (N = 480) who had smoked at least one puff at baseline and were of European... more

J Behav Med. 2017 Apr;40(2):343-351.
Authors: Tejeda S, Gallardo RI, Ferrans CE, Rauscher GH.

Cultural beliefs about breast cancer may act as a barrier to Latina women seeking preventive services or timely follow-up for breast symptoms regardless of access. This study examines the association between factors and breast cancer cultural beliefs and the extent to which cultural beliefs are associated with delays in breast cancer care. Participants who were Latina, ages 30-79, and had been diagnosed with a primary breast cancer were examined (n = 181). Interviews included a 15-item cultural beliefs scale... more