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Image by Paige Blumer/ UICHealth Promot Pract. 2016 Nov;17(6):880-890.
Authors: Martin MA, Floyd EC, Nixon SK, Villalpando S, Shalowitz M, Lynch E.

This article describes formative work conducted to inform design of an intervention targeting asthma control in overweight/obese children. Using a PRECEDE-PROCEED framework and a community-based participatory research... more

Front Pub Health. 3 June 2016. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2016.00113
Authors: Thrun E, Leider J, Chriqui JF.

The abstract of the accepted manuscript:

Background: In response to traditional zoning codes that contribute to car-dependent, sprawling, and disconnected neighborhoods, communities are reforming their land use laws to create pedestrian-friendly... more

Psychol Addict Behav. 2016 Jun;30(4):475-483.
Authors: Hertel AW, Mermelstein RJ.

Abstract from the authors' accepted manuscript:

Adolescents who smoke are more likely to escalate their smoking frequency if they believe smoking is self-defining. Knowing factors... more

J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 2016 Aug;142(8):1715-26.
Authors: Peterson CE, Khosla S, Chen LF, Joslin CE, Davis FG, Fitzgibbon ML, Freels S, Hoskins K.

PURPOSE: Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) incidence is increasing, and evidence suggests survival disparities between non-Hispanic (nH) black and white males. However, temporal changes in HNSCCs and factors contributing to survival differences have not been examined at the national level. METHODS: National Cancer Database (NCDB) cases were used to evaluate temporal trends in HNSCC anatomical sites and site groupings (i.e., oral cavity, oropharyngeal, non-oropharyngeal), and... more

Biol Psychol. 2016 Jul;118:107-13.
Authors: Crane NA, Gorka SM, Giedgowd GE, Conrad M, Langenecker SA, Mermelstein RJ, Kassel JD.

INTRODUCTION: Vulnerability factors like respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) may help identify adolescents at risk for nicotine dependence. We examined... more

Authors: Rauscher GH, Campbell RT, Wiley EL, Hoskins K, Stolley MR, Warnecke RB.
Am J Epidemiol. 2016;183(10):884-893.

Hispanic and non-Hispanic black breast cancer patients are more likely than non-Hispanic white patients to be diagnosed with breast cancer that is negative for estrogen and progesterone receptors (ER/PR-negative). This disparity might be transmitted through socioeconomic and reproductive factors. Data on 746 recently diagnosed breast cancer patients (300 non-Hispanic white, 303 non-Hispanic black, 143 Hispanic) were obtained from the population-based Breast Cancer Care in Chicago Study... more

Front Public Health. 2016 May 9;4:89. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2016.00089
Authors: Slater SJ, Nicholson L, Abu Zayd H, Chriqui JF.

BACKGROUND: Environmental and policy factors play an important role in influencing people's lifestyles, physical activity (PA), and risks for developing obesity. Research suggests that more walkable communities are needed to sustain lifelong PA behavior, but there is a need to determine what local built environment features facilitate making... more

Dual Diagn (Foster City). 2016;1(2).
Authors: Dierker L, Selya A, Rose J, Hedeker D, Mermelstein R.

"Alcohol-related problems are a consistent risk factor for nicotine dependence over and above measures of drinking and smoking."


Background: Despite the highly replicated relationship between symptoms associated with both alcohol and nicotine, little is known about this association across time and exposure to both drinking and smoking. In the present study, we evaluate if problems associated with alcohol use are related to... more

Curr Obes Rep. 2016 Jun;5(2):184-191.
Authors: Odoms-Young A, Singleton CR, Springfield S, McNabb L, Thompson T.

Increasing attention has been given to the role of retail food environments in shaping dietary behavior and obesity risk. Studies have generally shown an association between living in a neighborhood with or in close proximity to certain types of food outlets and/or the availability of healthy food options and better dietary quality, higher fruit/vegetable intakes, and a lower risk of overweight, even after controlling for individual/family level characteristics. However,... more

Nicotine Tob Res. 2016 Oct;18(10):1973-80.
Authors: Stoklosa M, Drope J, Chaloupka FJ.

INTRODUCTION: Many European Union (EU) Member States have expressed the need for EU legislation to clarify the issue of e-cigarette taxation, but the economic evidence to inform creation of such policies has been lacking. To date, only one study -- on the United States only -- has examined responsiveness of e-cigarette demand to price changes. 

METHODS: We used 2011-2014 pooled time-series data on e-cigarette sales, as well as e-cigarette and cigarette prices for six EU markets... more