1. Female Rats Demonstrate Improved Locomotor Recovery and Greater Preservation of White and Gray Matter after Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Compared to Males.

    Journal of Neurotrauma 32(15):1146 (2015) PMID 25715192

    The possibility of a gender-related difference in recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI) remains a controversial subject. Current empirical animal research lacks sizable test groups to definitively determine whether significant differences exist. Evaluating locomotor recovery variances between ...
  2. HIV infection Worsens Age-Associated Defects in Antibody Responses to Influenza Vaccine.

    Journal of Infectious Diseases 211(12):1959 (2015) PMID 25556252

    Antibody responses to seasonal influenza vaccines are defective during older age and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. The effect of HIV on immune function in aging is relatively unknown. HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected young women (age, 19-54 years) and older women (age, >55 years) ...
  3. New baseline environmental assessment of mosquito ecology in northern Haiti during increased urbanization.

    Journal of Vector Ecology 40(1):46 (2015) PMID 26047183 PMCID PMC4458708

    The catastrophic 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, led to the large-scale displacement of over 2.3 million people, resulting in rapid and unplanned urbanization in northern Haiti. This study evaluated the impact of this unplanned urbanization on mosquito ecology and vector-borne diseases...
  4. Gender and ethnic differences in health-promoting behaviors of rural adolescents.

    Journal of School Nursing 31(3):219 (2015) PMID 25037685

    Although much is known about health-risk behaviors of adolescents, less is known about their health-promoting behaviors. The purpose of this analysis was to compare health-promoting behaviors in adolescents in Grades 9-12 by gender and ethnicity and explore how these behaviors changed over time....
  5. Home-based diabetes symptom self-management education for Mexican Americans with type 2 diabetes.

    Health Education Research 30(3):484 (2015) PMID 25953971 PMCID PMC4434953

    This pilot study evaluated an innovative diabetes symptom awareness and self-management educational program for Mexican Americans, a fast growing minority population experiencing a diabetes epidemic. Patients with diabetes need assistance interpreting and managing symptoms, which are often annoy...
  6. Dry eye specific quality of life in veterans using glaucoma drops.

    Contact Lens and Anterior Eye 38(3):220 (2015) PMID 25737401

    To evaluate the frequency of ocular surface symptoms and their potential impact on dry eye specific quality of life (QoL) in patients using versus not using glaucoma medications. The study was a single-center, cross-sectional survey of patients seen at the Miami Veterans Affairs (VA) ophthalmolo...
  7. Effect of ethnicity on weight loss after bariatric surgery.

    Obesity Surgery 25(5):769 (2015) PMID 25430619

    Previous studies have reported better weight loss after bariatric surgery among non-Hispanic whites (NHW) versus non-Hispanic blacks (NHB) and Hispanics. The majority of these studies took place in areas where NHW are the majority. This study aimed to compare post-surgery weight outcomes by ethn...
  8. Changes in ethnic identity and competence in middle adolescents.

    Journal of Transcultural Nursing 26(3):227 (2015) PMID 24782146

    Evidence suggests that the construct of ethnic identity (EI) in adolescents changes over time and is related to factors including social connectedness, social competence, coping, and self-worth. Transitional changes of EI in middle adolescence have not been studied. This analysis, part of a long...
  9. Relationship between parent demographic characteristics, perinatal and early childhood behaviors, and body mass index among preschool-age children.

    Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 17(2):414 (2015) PMID 25062613

    Approximately 25 % of US 2-to-5-year olds are overweight and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately affected. We explored the relationship between parent demographic characteristics, various perinatal/early childhood (EC) factors, and child body mass index (BMI) to determine possible cont...
  10. Double gloves: a randomized trial to evaluate a simple strategy to reduce contamination in the operating room.

    Anesthesia & Analgesia 120(4):848 (2015) PMID 24836472

    Oral flora, blood-borne pathogens, and bacterial contamination pose a direct risk of infection to patients and health care workers. We conducted a study in a simulated operating room using a newly validated technology to determine whether the use of 2 sets of gloves, with the outer set removed i...
  11. Obesity and cardiometabolic disease risk factors among US adolescents with disabilities.

    World Journal of Diabetes 6(1):200 (2015) PMID 25685291 PMCID PMC4317313

    To generate prevalence estimates of weight status and cardiometabolic disease risk factors among adolescents with and without disabilities. Analysis of the 1999-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data was conducted among 12-18 years old with (n = 256) and without disabilities ...
  12. Obesity and cardiometabolic disease risk factors among US adolescents with disabilities.

    World Journal of Diabetes 6(1):200 (2015) PMID 25685291

    To generate prevalence estimates of weight status and cardiometabolic disease risk factors among adolescents with and without disabilities. Analysis of the 1999-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data was conducted among 12-18 years old with (n = 256) and without disabilities ...
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  13. Obesity and cardiometabolic disease risk factors among US adolescents with disabilities.

    World Journal of Diabetes 6(1):200 (2015) PMID 25685291 PMCID PMC4317313

    To generate prevalence estimates of weight status and cardiometabolic disease risk factors among adolescents with and without disabilities. Analysis of the 1999-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data was conducted among 12-18 years old with (n = 256) and without disabilities ...
  14. Influence of socio-demographic characteristics on eye care expenditure: data from the medical expenditure panel survey 2007.

    Ophthalmic Epidemiology 22(1):28 (2015) PMID 23662909

    ABSTRACT Objective: To evaluate the association between sociodemographic factors and eye care expenditure and to assess the burden of ocular expenditure compared to total health care expenditure. A retrospective analysis of ocular expenditure in participants of the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel...
  15. Influence of socio-demographic characteristics on eye care expenditure: data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey 2007.

    Ophthalmic Epidemiology 22(1):28 (2015) PMID 23662909

    To evaluate the association between sociodemographic factors and eye care expenditure and to assess the burden of ocular expenditure compared to total health care expenditure. A retrospective analysis of ocular expenditure in participants of the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Data from 2...
  16. Association between cardiovascular fitness and metabolic syndrome among american workers.

    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 57(2):129 (2015) PMID 25654514

    To explore the association between cardiovascular fitness and metabolic syndrome across occupational groups using a nationally representative sample of the US population. Respondents aged 18 to 49 years from the 1999 to 2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were evaluated for car...
  17. Influence of socio-demographic characteristics on eye care expenditure: data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey 2007.

    Ophthalmic Epidemiology 22(1):28 (2015) PMID 23662909

    To evaluate the association between sociodemographic factors and eye care expenditure and to assess the burden of ocular expenditure compared to total health care expenditure. A retrospective analysis of ocular expenditure in participants of the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Data from 2...
  18. Association between cardiovascular fitness and metabolic syndrome among american workers.

    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 57(2):129 (2015) PMID 25654514

    To explore the association between cardiovascular fitness and metabolic syndrome across occupational groups using a nationally representative sample of the US population. Respondents aged 18 to 49 years from the 1999 to 2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were evaluated for car...
  19. Irrigation in the arid regions of Tunisia impacts the abundance and apparent density of sand fly vectors of Leishmania infantum.

    Acta Tropica 141(Pt A):73 (2015) PMID 25447265 PMCID PMC4312219

    The distribution expansion of important human visceral leishmaniasis (HVL) and sporadic cutaneous leishmaniasis (SCL) vector species, Phlebotomus perfiliewi and P. perniciosus, throughout central Tunisia is a major public health concern. This study was designed to investigate if the expansion of...
  20. Effect of childhood victimization on occupational prestige and income trajectories.

    PLoS ONE 10(2):e0115519 (2015) PMID 25723670 PMCID PMC4344214

    Violence toward children (childhood victimization) is a major public health problem, with long-term consequences on economic well-being. The purpose of this study was to determine whether childhood victimization affects occupational prestige and income in young adulthood. We hypothesized that yo...