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Race/ethnicity and advanced stage of renal cell carcinoma in adults: results from surveillance, epidemiology, and end results program 2007-2015.

Alyssa C Dobyns, Nino A Coutelle, Corey Y Suthumphong, Pura E Rodriguez, Grettel Castro, Marcia H Varella,

Non-Hispanic Blacks were shown to have an earlier stage of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) at diagnosis compared to non-Hispanic Whites. It is less clear whether disparities in RCC staging occurs for other minority races/ethnicities. We aimed to assess the association between racial/ethnic minorities and stage at diagnosis of RCC, and ... Read more >>

Eur J Cancer Prev (European journal of cancer prevention : the official journal of the European Cancer Prevention Organisation (ECP))
[2021, :]

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Poster Exhibit 1: Prostate Cancer.

Can Urol Assoc J (Canadian Urological Association journal = Journal de l'Association des urologues du Canada)
[2021, 15(6 Suppl 2):S67-S83]

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Illicit Substance Use Disparities Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual High School Students in the U.S. in 2017.

Jessica Fernandez, Roberto Gonzalez, Juan C Oves, Pura Rodriguez, Grettel Castro, Noël C Barengo,

<h4>Purpose</h4>Studies have demonstrated a disparity in sexual minority adolescents and substance use, possibly due to factors contributing to minority stress. The objective of this study is to investigate the association between self-identifying as lesbian, gay, or bisexual and illicit substance use compared to those who identify as heterosexual among high ... Read more >>

J Adolesc Health (The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine)
[2021, 68(6):1170-1175]

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Association Between Diabetes Mellitus and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Results From the United States National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.

Jason Low, Adrian Kong, Grettel Castro, Pura Rodriguez de la Vega, Juan Lozano, Marcia Varella,

Background Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common compression neuropathy in the upper limb. While various risk factors have been linked to CTS, the role of diabetes mellitus (DM) in the development of CTS remains unclear. Previous studies have failed to consistently demonstrate a clear association between DM and CTS ... Read more >>

Cureus (Cureus)
[2021, 13(3):e13844]

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Ethnic Disparities and Incidence of Postoperative Complications in Obese Patients Undergoing Total Knee Arthroplasty: Analysis of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Data Set.

Robert Alfaro, Kevin Kinter, Alexander Mihas, Grettel Castro, Pura Rodriguez, Juan Zevallos, Adel Elkbuli, Noel Barengo, Juan Ruiz-Pelaez,

<h4>Introduction</h4>Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is common but complex operation. A paucity of literature exists on differences between Hispanics and non-Hispanics with TKA. Our study aims to investigate the association between Hispanic ethnicity and complications in obese patients undergoing TKA.<h4>Methods</h4>This is a retrospective cohort study using the National Surgical Quality Improvement ... Read more >>

J Am Acad Orthop Surg (The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
[2021, :]

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Association of insurance disparities and survival in adults with multiple myeloma: A non-concurrent cohort study.

Sarah S Makhani, Dana Shively, Grettel Castro, Pura Rodriguez de la Vega, Noël C Barengo,

<h4>Background</h4>Multiple myeloma (MM) accounts for 10 % of all hematological malignancies. As recent advances in MM treatment continue to improve survival rates, socioeconomic barriers need to be identified to ensure equal treatment. This study evaluates the association between insurance status and survival in patients with MM.<h4>Methods</h4>This study analyzed patients with ... Read more >>

Leuk Res (Leukemia research)
[2021, 104:106542]

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AUTHOR REPLY.

Dhaval Jivanji, Scott Jamieson, Chase Mallory, Grettel Castro, Noël C Barengo, Alan M Nieder,

Urology (Urology)
[2021, 148:190-191]

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The Association between Social Determinants of Health and Self-Reported Diabetic Retinopathy: An Exploratory Analysis.

Emily L Silverberg, Trevor W Sterling, Tyler H Williams, Grettel Castro, Pura Rodriguez de la Vega, Noël C Barengo,

One-third of Americans with diabetes will develop diabetic retinopathy (DR), the leading cause of blindness in working-age Americans. Social determinants of health (SDOHs) are conditions in a person's environment that may impact health. The objective of this study was to determine whether there is an association between SDOHs and DR ... Read more >>

Int J Environ Res Public Health (International journal of environmental research and public health)
[2021, 18(2):]

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Comparing the Effects of General Versus Regional Anesthesia on Postoperative Mortality in Total and Partial Hip Arthroplasty.

Irfan A Khan, Raihan Noman, Nabeel Markatia, Grettel Castro, Pura Rodriguez de la Vega, Juan Ruiz-Pelaez,

Purpose Total hip arthroplasty (THA) and partial hip arthroplasty (PHA) are performed in patients with hip joint dysfunction such as osteoarthritis or hip fractures and are associated with complications including mortality. There is a lack of evidence in the literature regarding whether the type of anesthesia (regional vs. general) is associated ... Read more >>

Cureus (Cureus)
[2021, 13(1):e12462]

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The Association Between Race and 5-year Survival in Patients With Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma: A Cohort Study.

Dhaval Jivanji, Scott Jamieson, Chase Mallory, Vivian Wong, Sidney Barrau, Elias Atri, Grettel Castro, Noël C Barengo, Alan M Nieder,

<h4>Objective</h4>To determine if race was associated with 5-year cause-specific survival in patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma.<h4>Materials and methods</h4>Outcomes were investigated using the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results database with data from 13 states between the years 2007-2015. Covariates included age, sex, insurance, marital status, and tumor stage at ... Read more >>

Urology (Urology)
[2021, 148:185-191]

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Impact of Insurance Status on Diagnostic Stage in Hodgkin's Lymphoma in the United States: Implications for Detection and Outcomes.

Daniel Rapado, Sean Chowdhari, Chan Gu, Marcia Varella, Grettel Castro, Pura Rodriguez de la Vega, Juan Lozano,

Introduction and objective Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) is a form of cancer originating from white blood cells that presents upon diagnosis with well-characterized symptoms (palpable lymph nodes, fever, night sweats, weight loss). HL is currently one of the most treatable cancers, with a successful treatment rate of 75% worldwide. The objective ... Read more >>

Cureus (Cureus)
[2020, 12(11):e11600]

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Association Between Marijuana Use and Cardiovascular Disease in US Adults.

Dhaval Jivanji, Maverick Mangosing, Sean P Mahoney, Grettel Castro, Juan Zevallos, Juan Lozano,

Introduction The prevalence of marijuana use has increased by about 16% since 2006, translating to approximately 200 million people worldwide. Being so widely used, long-term effects of marijuana use on cardiovascular health are largely unknown. Previous studies have had conflicting results, either showing marijuana use having a negative impact or ... Read more >>

Cureus (Cureus)
[2020, 12(12):e11868]

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The Association Between Social Support and Psychological Distress in Latina Mothers Living in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Jake W Levine, Pedro Ferrer, Anton J De Witte, Fallon H Levitt, Grettel Castro, Marcia Varella, Patria Rojas, Juan M Acuna,

<h4>Background</h4>This study analysed the relationship between social support and psychological distress in Latina women in Miami-Dade County. Acculturation was examined as a modifying factor.<h4>Methods</h4>A 2005 data set from interviews of 155 Latina mothers in Miami-Dade County, from mother-daughter dyads, was analysed. Social support was measured using the Interpersonal Support Evaluation ... Read more >>

Cureus (Cureus)
[2020, 12(10):e10848]

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Use of E-Cigarettes and Self-Reported Lung Disease Among US Adults.

Robelyn Barrameda, Trisha Nguyen, Vivian Wong, Grettel Castro, Pura Rodriguez de la Vega, Juan Lozano, Juan Zevallos,

<h4>Objectives</h4>Initially marketed for smoking cessation, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are commonly regarded as safer than combustible cigarettes because they usually contain less nicotine and do not use combustion. However, few studies have examined the health effects of e-cigarettes. The objective of this study was to examine whether e-cigarette use had a ... Read more >>

Public Health Rep (Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974))
[2020, 135(6):785-795]

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The Association between Race and Survival among Pediatric Patients with Neuroblastoma in the US between 1973 and 2015.

Farouk S Farouk, Omar A Viqar, Zaid Sheikh, Grettel Castro, Noël C Barengo,

<i>Background</i>: Conclusive information regarding the influence of race on survival among neuroblastoma patients is limited. Our objective is to investigate the association between race and cause-specific survival in pediatric patients diagnosed with neuroblastoma in the US between 1973 and 2015. <i>Methods</i>: This was a retrospective cohort study using the Surveillance, ... Read more >>

Int J Environ Res Public Health (International journal of environmental research and public health)
[2020, 17(14):]

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The association between taking a course or class in self-managing diabetes with diabetic ocular complications including diabetic retinopathy: A cross-sectional study.

Alexis Gregorio, Shannon Vice, Alexandra Witt, Grettel Castro, Pura Rodriguez, Noël C Barengo, Juan Acuna,

<h4>Aims</h4>Diabetes currently affects 30.3 million people in the United States. The objective of this study was to investigate the association between taking a course in self-managing diabetes and diabetic ocular complications including diabetic retinopathy diagnosis (OC-RD).<h4>Methods</h4>The sample was from the 2017 CDC's BRFSS participants. We included adults who self-reported they ... Read more >>

Prim Care Diabetes (Primary care diabetes)
[2021, 15(1):121-125]

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Predictors of adherence to physical activity guidelines in patients with diabetes mellitus in the US in 2017: An exploratory analysis.

Greisy Martinez-Harvell, Florencia Goluboff, Pura Rodriguez, Grettel Castro, Noël C Barengo,

<h4>Aims</h4>To identify if there is an association between socio-economic or demographic factors, lifestyle habits, or chronic conditions and meeting the current exercise recommendations for adult patients with Diabetes Mellitus 2 in the United States.<h4>Methods</h4>This secondary analysis of a cross sectional study used data from participants who reported having diabetes and ... Read more >>

Prim Care Diabetes (Primary care diabetes)
[2020, 14(6):645-653]

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First Year Burnout and Coping in One US Medical School.

Nathaly Shoua-Desmarais, Heidi von Harscher, Melanis Rivera, Tatiana Felix, Nancy Havas, Pura Rodriguez, Grettel Castro, Ellen Zwingli,

<h4>Objective</h4>Physician burnout is increasingly recognized as important for patient safety and physician wellness. Though several studies have examined burnout among medical students, few studies have examined the relationships between coping strategies and burnout. We hoped to preliminarily examine these relationships among first year medical students.<h4>Methods</h4>This cross-sectional study administered to first ... Read more >>

Acad Psychiatry (Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry)
[2020, 44(4):394-398]

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Pre- and Post-Immigration Correlates of Alcohol Misuse among Young Adult Recent Latino Immigrants: An Ecodevelopmental Approach.

Eli Levitt, Bar Ainuz, Austin Pourmoussa, Juan Acuna, Juan Acuna, Mario De La Rosa, Juan Zevallos, Weize Wang, Pura Rodriguez, Grettel Castro, Mariana Sanchez,

Latinos in the United States experience numerous alcohol-related health disparities. There is accumulating evidence that pre-immigration factors are associated with post-immigration alcohol use, but the explanation for health disparities remains unclear. The present study is a secondary analysis of data from the Recent Latino Immigrant Study (RLIS), the first community-based ... Read more >>

Int J Environ Res Public Health (International journal of environmental research and public health)
[2019, 16(22):]

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Does Health Insurance Modify the Association Between Race and Cancer-Specific Survival in Patients with Urinary Bladder Malignancy in the U.S.?

Juliana Morales, Aaron Malles, Marrell Kimble, Pura Rodriguez de la Vega, Grettel Castro, Alan M Nieder, Noël C Barengo,

<i>Background</i>: Scientific evidence on the effect of health insurance on racial disparities in urinary bladder cancer patients' survival is scant. The objective of our study was to determine whether insurance status modifies the association between race and bladder cancer specific survival during 2007-2015. <i>Methods</i>: The 2015 database of the cancer ... Read more >>

Int J Environ Res Public Health (International journal of environmental research and public health)
[2019, 16(18):]

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Association between Knowledge of Zika Transmission and Preventative Measures among Latinas of Childbearing Age in Farm-Working Communities in South Florida.

Naiya Patel, Moneba Anees, Reema Kola, Juan Acuña, Juan Acuña, Pura Rodriguez de la Vega, Grettel Castro, Juan G Ruiz, Patria Rojas,

Zika infection, an otherwise usually mild disease, is of serious public health concern due to the potential teratogenic effects of the virus. The incidence of Zika infection is difficult to document since it is mostly asymptomatic and detection of those carrying Zika is usually not possible. Currently, there is no ... Read more >>

Int J Environ Res Public Health (International journal of environmental research and public health)
[2019, 16(7):]

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Analyzing the Association Between Depression and High-Risk Sexual Behavior Among Adult Latina Immigrant Farm Workers in Miami-Dade County.

Hyunjean Kim, Yingxin He, Ryan Pham, Gira J Ravelo, Patria Rojas, Pura Rodriguez, Grettel Castro, Noël C Barengo, Juan M Acuña, Elena Cyrus,

Latinas are often more affected by HIV due to their socio-economic and demographic profiles and are also less likely to receive proper mental health care. Latina immigrants are often even more vulnerable due to socio-economic and cultural factors that place them at higher risk. The current study seeks to examine ... Read more >>

Int J Environ Res Public Health (International journal of environmental research and public health)
[2019, 16(7):]

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Insurance status as a modifier of the association between race and stage of prostate cancer diagnosis in Florida during 1995 and 2013.

Evelyn Ramirez, Julieta Morano, Tiffany Beguiristain, Grettel Castro, Pura Rodriguez de la Vega, Alan M Nieder, Noël C Barengo,

BACKGROUND:Cancer stage at diagnosis is a critical prognostic factor regarding a patient's health outcomes. It has yet to be shown whether insurance status across different race has any implications on the stage of disease at the time of diagnosis. This study aimed to investigate whether insurance status was a modifier ... Read more >>

Cancer Epidemiol (Cancer epidemiology)
[2019, 59:104-108]

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Demographic Variation in the Frequency of Gliomas in Florida.

Dharam Persaud-Sharma, Joseph Burns, Jeran Trangle, Grettel Castro, Noel Barengo, Sabyasachi Moulik, Juan Manuel Lozano,

<i>Background and objectives:</i> Glial brain cancers affect nearly 20,000 individuals in the United States (USA) annually. SEER database data exploring the relationship between race and gliomas is now available and have shown that cerebral gliomas occur at a higher frequency in Caucasian men. However, such analyses did not include demographic ... Read more >>

Medicina (Kaunas) (Medicina (Kaunas, Lithuania))
[2019, 55(1):]

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First Time Cannabis Use and Sexual Debut in U.S. High School Adolescents.

Mohamed El-Menshawi, Grettel Castro, Pura Rodriguez de la Vega, Juan Gabriel Ruiz Peláez, Noël C Barengo,

<h4>Purpose</h4>Use of illicit drugs by adolescents might facilitate or trigger other risky behaviors, including early sexual initiation (ESI), multiple partners, and unprotected sex. This study examines whether the age at which adolescents initiate cannabis use is associated with the age of their first sexual intercourse in the U.S. in 2015.<h4>Methods</h4>A ... Read more >>

J Adolesc Health (The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine)
[2019, 64(2):194-200]

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