1. A Self-Assembling Injectable Biomimetic Microenvironment Encourages Retinal Ganglion Cell Axon Extension in Vitro.

    ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8(32):20540 (2016) PMID 27434231

    Sensory-somatic nervous system neurons, such as retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), are typically thought to be incapable of regenerating. However, it is now known that these cells may be stimulated to regenerate by providing them with a growth permissive environment. We have engineered an injectable...
  2. Interrelation of Cadmium, Smoking, and Cardiovascular Disease (from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey).

    The American Journal of Cardiology 118(2):204 (2016) PMID 27316775

    Cadmium biomarker levels are associated with both cigarette smoking and cardiovascular disease. In this cross-sectional survey, we explore whether the association between cadmium and cardiovascular disease differs between cigarette smoking states. A cross-sectional analysis using the National He...
  3. A cross-sectional survey of cadmium biomarkers and cigarette smoking.

    Biomarkers 21(5):429 (2016) PMID 26983064

    Cadmium contamination of tobacco may contribute to the health hazards of cigarette smoking. The 2005-2012 United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data provided a unique opportunity to conduct a cross-sectional survey of cadmium biomarkers and cigarette smoking. Among a sam...
  4. Changes in Cigarette Smoking Behavior Among US Young Workers From 2005 to 2010: The Role of Occupation.

    Nicotine & Tobacco Research 18(6):1414 (2016) PMID 26508398

    Young adult workers (18-24 years) in the United States have been identified as a high-risk group for smoking. This study compares changes in smoking behavior by occupational class among this group between 2005 and 2010. Data were pooled from the Tobacco Supplement in the 2005 and 2010 National H...
  5. Occupational Skin Conditions in the Emerging US Green Collar Workforce.

    Dermatitis (formerly American Journal of Contac... 27(3):155 (2016) PMID 27172317 PMCID PMC4868391

  6. Linking the National Health Interview Survey with the Florida Cancer Data System: A Pilot Study.

    Journal of registry management 43(1):16 (2016) PMID 27195994

    Cancer registry data are vital for the surveillance of cancer trends, but registries are limited in the number of data items that can be collected for hypothesis-driven research. Linkage with other databases can add valuable information and is a potentially effective tool for increasing our unde...
  7. Factors Associated With Ocular Health Care Utilization Among Hispanics/Latinos: Results From an Ancillary Study to the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL).

    JAMA Ophthalmology 134(3):320 (2016) PMID 26821791

    Regular ocular care is critical to early detection and prevention of eye disease and associated morbidity and mortality; however, there have been relatively few studies of ocular health care utilization among Hispanics/Latinos of diverse backgrounds. To examine factors associated with ocular hea...
  8. Are Cancer Survivors Physically Active? A Comparison by US States.

    Journal of Physical Activity and Health 13(2):159 (2016) PMID 26107718

    Cancer survivors who engage in physical activity (PA) have improved quality of life, reduced fatigue, and lower mortality rates. We compare the percentage of cancer survivors meeting PA recommendations for US states, stratified by age and gender, to identify the need for PA education and interve...
  9. MicroRNA-203 Modulates the Radiation Sensitivity of Human Malignant Glioma Cells.

    International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Bio... 94(2):412 (2016) PMID 26678661

    We investigated whether miR-203 could modulate the radiation sensitivity of glioblastoma (GBM) cells and which target gene(s) could be involved. Three human malignant glioma (MG) cell lines and normal human astrocytes were transfected with control microRNA, pre-miR-203, or antisense miR-203. Rea...
  10. Smoking behavior among adult childhood cancer survivors: what are we missing?

    Journal of Cancer Survivorship 10(1):131 (2016) PMID 26031234

    Childhood cancer survivors are a growing population at increased risk for smoking-related health complications. This study compared smoking prevalence, age at smoking initiation, and time trend of smoking prevalence from 1997 to 2010 between adult survivors of childhood cancer and adults without...
  11. Erratum: Ankyrin-mediated self-protection during cell invasion by the bacterial predator Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus.

    Nature Communications 7:10483 (2016) PMID 26792139 PMCID PMC4736091

  12. Sleep Apnea Is Associated with Hearing Impairment: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos.

    Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : off... 12(5):719 (2016) PMID 26951413 PMCID PMC4865559

    Sleep apnea (SA) may promote hearing impairment (HI) through ischemia and inflammation of the cochlea. Our objective was to assess an independent association between SA and HI in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) participants. We used data from the HCHS/SOL, a multi...
  13. Correlates of smoking among youth: the role of parents, friends, attitudes/beliefs, and demographics.

    Tobacco Induced Diseases 14:9 (2016) PMID 27013933 PMCID PMC4806458

    Family engagement has been shown to play a crucial role in youth cigarette use prevention and uptake. We examine cross-sectional and longitudinal data to determine whether changes in parental monitoring factors influence changes in smoking susceptibility. Two cross-sectional surveys of Florida y...
  14. Longitudinal relationships between visual acuity and severe depressive symptoms in older adults: the Salisbury Eye Evaluation study.

    Aging and Mental Health 20(3):295 (2016) PMID 25673222 PMCID PMC4534361

    To assess the longitudinal relationship between visual acuity (VA) and depressive symptoms (DSs) among older adults. A population-based sample of 2520 white and black individuals aged 65-84 years in 1993--1995 was assessed at baseline and at two, six, and eight years later. Presenting and best-c...
  15. A Multi-Center Diabetes Eye Screening Study in Community Settings: Study Design and Methodology.

    Ophthalmic Epidemiology 23(2):109 (2016) PMID 26949832 PMCID PMC4915052

    Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20-74 years within the United States. The Innovative Network for Sight Research group (INSIGHT) designed the Diabetic Eye Screening Study (DESS) to examine the feasibility and short-term effectiveness of non-mydriatic diab...
  16. A nerve guidance conduit with topographical and biochemical cues: potential application using human neural stem cells.

    Nanoscale Research Letters 10(1):972 (2015) PMID 26071111 PMCID PMC4469602

    Despite major advances in the pathophysiological understanding of peripheral nerve damage, the treatment of nerve injuries still remains an unmet medical need. Nerve guidance conduits present a promising treatment option by providing a growth-permissive environment that 1) promotes neuronal cell...
  17. Kidney function changes with aging in adults: comparison between cross-sectional and longitudinal data analyses in renal function assessment.

    Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition 36(9):613 (2015) PMID 26301459

    The study evaluated whether the renal function decline rate per year with age in adults varies based on two primary statistical analyses: cross-section (CS), using one observation per subject, and longitudinal (LT), using multiple observations per subject over time. A total of 16628 records (394...
  18. Smoking cessation among U.S. Hispanic/Latino adults: Findings from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL).

    Preventive Medicine 81:412 (2015) PMID 26515291

    This paper examines patterns of smoking cessation among Hispanics/Latinos with particular attention to gender, acculturation, and national background. Data are from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, a population-based study of 16,415 non-institutionalized Hispanics/Latinos ag...
  19. Working with cancer: health and employment among cancer survivors.

    Annals of Epidemiology 25(11):832 (2015) PMID 26320705

    Cancer affects a growing proportion of US workers. Factors contributing to whether they continue or return to work after cancer diagnosis include: age, physical and mental health, health insurance, education, and cancer site. The purpose of this study was to assess the complex relationships betw...
  20. Smoking and survival in male breast cancer patients.

    Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 153(3):679 (2015) PMID 26409835

    The purpose of the article was to assess whether smoking affects survival in male breast cancer patients for the overall population and when stratified by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Data were obtained by linking the 1996-2007 Florida Cancer Data System, the Florida Agency for Hea...