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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761794/newly-incident-cannabis-use-in-the-united-states-2002-2011-a-regional-and-state-level-benchmark
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Jacob P Leinweber, Hui G Cheng, Catalina Lopez-Quintero, James C Anthony
BACKGROUND: Cannabis use and cannabis regulatory policies recently re-surfaced as noteworthy global research and social media topics, including claims that Mexicans have been sending cannabis and other drug supplies through a porous border into the United States. These circumstances prompted us to conduct an epidemiological test of whether the states bordering Mexico had exceptionally large cannabis incidence rates for 2002-2011. The resulting range of cannabis incidence rates disclosed here can serve as 2002-2011 benchmark values against which estimates from later years can be compared...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740845/perspectives-on-a-us-mexico-border-community-s-diabetes-and-health-care-access-mobilization-efforts-and-comparative-analysis-of-community-health-needs-over-12%C3%A2-years
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Cecilia Ballesteros Rosales, Jill Eileen Guernsey de Zapien, Jean Chang, Maia Ingram, Maria L Fernandez, Scott C Carvajal, Lisa K Staten
This paper describes a community coalition-university partnership to address health needs in an underserved US-Mexico border, community. For approximately 15 years, this coalition engaged in community-based participatory research with community organizations, state/local health departments, and the state's only accredited college of public health. Notable efforts include the systematic collection of health-relevant data 12 years apart and data that spawned numerous health promotion activities. The latter includes specific evidence-based chronic disease-preventive interventions, including one that is now disseminated and replicated in Latino communities in the US and Mexico, and policy-level changes...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713805/the-benefits-and-challenges-of-managing-asthma-in-hispanic-families-in-south-texas-a-mixed-methods-study
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Genny Carrillo, Maria J Perez-Patron, Rose L Lucio, Lucia Cabrera, Alyssa Trevino, Xiaohui Xu, Nelda Mier
BACKGROUND: Understanding the experience of Hispanic parents of children diagnosed with asthma can be useful in the delivery of effective and meaningful asthma education. In order to assess the needs of Hispanic families with asthmatic children in South Texas, investigators utilized a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed (1) to assess the impact of asthma in the quality of life of Hispanic children and their families and (2) to identify barriers and challenges to asthma management as perceived by parents of children diagnosed with asthma...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713804/facilitating-and-inhibiting-factors-of-sexual-behavior-among-migrants-in-transition-from-mexico-to-the-united-states
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Jesús Alejandro Guerra-Ordoñez, Raquel A Benavides-Torres, Rogelio Zapata-Garibay, Dora Julia Onofre-Rodríguez, María Aracely Márquez-Vega, Gabriela Zamora-Carmona
INTRODUCTION: Human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases in the border region of Mexico due to the flow of migrants under desperate conditions, encouraging casual and unprotected sex. Since this has become a binational public health problem, it is important to understand the factors that predict these sexual behaviors. The aim of the current study was to investigate the facilitators and inhibitors of transition in the sexual behavior of migrants from two border regions on the Mexico-United States (US) border...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703726/motherhood-and-risk-for-human-immunodeficiency-virus-sexually-transmitted-infections-among-female-sex-workers-in-the-mexico-us-border-region
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Argentina E Servin, Elizabeth Reed, Kimberly C Brouwer, Carlos Magis-Rodriguez, Sabrina Boyce, Steffanie A Strathdee, Jay G Silverman
BACKGROUND: Globally, female sex workers (FSWs) have been identified as a high-risk group for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, as women of reproductive age, FSWs also have children. Few studies have investigated if financial responsibilities associated with motherhood increase women's vulnerability to HIV and STIs among FSWs. METHODS: From March 2013 to March 2014, 603 FSWs aged ≥18 years were recruited from Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez (Mexico) to participate in a study assessing HIV/STI risk environments...
August 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580355/adults-experiencing-homelessness-in-the-us-mexico-border-region-a-photovoice-project
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Eva Margarita Moya, Silvia M Chavez-Baray, Jacqueline Loweree, Brian Mattera, Nahomi Martinez
Homelessness is a social, economic, and political crisis in the United States. In particular, the US-Mexico Border region has seen a surge of homelessness, specifically among veterans, women victims of intimate partner violence, and immigrants. In 2014, 12 persons in El Paso, TX, with experience of being homeless used the photovoice methodology to participate in a project titled, "The Voices and Images of the Residents of the Opportunity Center for the Homeless: A Visual Project on the Identity and Challenges Homeless Adults Face on the Border Region...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468671/assessing-real-time-zika-risk-in-the-united-states
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Lauren A Castro, Spencer J Fox, Xi Chen, Kai Liu, Steven E Bellan, Nedialko B Dimitrov, Alison P Galvani, Lauren Ancel Meyers
BACKGROUND: Confirmed local transmission of Zika Virus (ZIKV) in Texas and Florida have heightened the need for early and accurate indicators of self-sustaining transmission in high risk areas across the southern United States. Given ZIKV's low reporting rates and the geographic variability in suitable conditions, a cluster of reported cases may reflect diverse scenarios, ranging from independent introductions to a self-sustaining local epidemic. METHODS: We present a quantitative framework for real-time ZIKV risk assessment that captures uncertainty in case reporting, importations, and vector-human transmission dynamics...
May 4, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463096/border-injuries-an-analysis-of-prehospital-demographics-mechanisms-and-patterns-of-injuries-encountered-by-usbp-ems-agents-in-the-el-paso-texas-usa-sector
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Russell A Baker
Study Objective The aim of this study was to evaluate Emergency Medical Services (EMS), use, injury mechanisms, prehospital assessments, and injuries among those receiving aid from the United States Border Patrol (USBP) in the El Paso (Texas USA) Sector. DESIGN: This is a time-series, retrospective analysis of all prehospital data for injuries among patients receiving care from USBP EMS on the US Mexico border in the El Paso sector from February 6, 2014 to February 6, 2016. RESULTS: A total of 473 documented EMS encounters occurred in this two-year period and demonstrated a male gender predominance (male 63%; female 37%) with the most prominent ages between 22-40 years old...
August 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450813/self-reported-general-health-physical-distress-mental-distress-and-activity-limitation-by-us-county-1995-2012
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Laura Dwyer-Lindgren, Johan P Mackenbach, Frank J van Lenthe, Ali H Mokdad
BACKGROUND: Metrics based on self-reports of health status have been proposed for tracking population health and making comparisons among different populations. While these metrics have been used in the US to explore disparities by sex, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic position, less is known about how self-reported health varies geographically. This study aimed to describe county-level trends in the prevalence of poor self-reported health and to assess the face validity of these estimates...
2017: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446196/self-reported-general-health-physical-distress-mental-distress-and-activity-limitation-by-us-county-1995-2012
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Laura Dwyer-Lindgren, Johan P Mackenbach, Frank J van Lenthe, Ali H Mokdad
BACKGROUND: Metrics based on self-reports of health status have been proposed for tracking population health and making comparisons among different populations. While these metrics have been used in the US to explore disparities by sex, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic position, less is known about how self-reported health varies geographically. This study aimed to describe county-level trends in the prevalence of poor self-reported health and to assess the face validity of these estimates...
April 26, 2017: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406058/the-migrant-border-crossing-study-a-methodological-overview-of-research-along-the-sonora-arizona-border
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Daniel E Martínez, Jeremy Slack, Kraig Beyerlein, Prescott Vandervoet, Kristin Klingman, Paola Molina, Shiras Manning, Melissa Burham, Kylie Walzak, Kristen Valencia, Lorenzo Gamboa
Increased border enforcement efforts have redistributed unauthorized Mexican migration to the United States (US) away from traditional points of crossing, such as San Diego and El Paso, and into more remote areas along the US-Mexico border, including southern Arizona. Yet relatively little quantitative scholarly work exists examining Mexican migrants' crossing, apprehension, and repatriation experiences in southern Arizona. We contend that if scholars truly want to understand the experiences of unauthorized migrants in transit, such migrants should be interviewed either at the border after being removed from the US, or during their trajectories across the border, or both...
April 13, 2017: Population Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372745/microbial-and-size-characterization-of-airborne-particulate-matter-collected-on-sticky-tapes-along-us-mexico-border
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Amir González-Delgado, Manoj K Shukla, David W DuBois, Juan P Flores-Márgez, Joel A Hernández Escamilla, Evangelina Olivas
Particulate matter (PM) emissions from various sources can affect significantly human health and environmental quality especially in the Chihuahuan Desert region along US-Mexico border. The objective of this study was to use the low-cost sticky tape method to collect airborne PM for size characterization and identification of fungal spores. Sticky tape samplers were placed at 1.0 and 2.0m above the ground surface at experimental sites in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and at 0.6, 1.2 and 1.8m at New Mexico sites, USA...
March 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329741/drugs-violence-and-trauma-in-m%C3%A3-xico-and-united-states
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Juan Carlos Puyana, Juan Carlos Jacob Puyana, Andres Mariano Rubiano, Jorge Hernan Montenegro, Glyn O Estebanez, Alvaro Ignacio Sanchez, Felipe Vega-Rivera
The impact of illicit drug markets on the occurrence of violence varies tremendously depending on many factors. Over the last years, Mexico and United States (US) has increased security border issues that included many aspects of drug-related trade and criminal activities. Mexico experienced only a small reduction of trauma deaths after severe crime reinforcement policies. This strategy in the war on drugs is shifting the drug market to other Central American countries. This phenomenon is called the ballooning effect where by pressure to control illicit drug related activities in one particular area forces a shift to other more vulnerable areas that lead to increase crime and violence...
March 21, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284258/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-among-persons-who-inject-drugs-in-san-diego-california
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R F Armenta, K M Collins, S A Strathdee, M A Bulterys, F Munoz, J Cuevas-Mota, P Chiles, R S Garfein
BACKGROUND: Persons who inject drugs (PWID) might be at increased risk for Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and reactivation of latent tuberculous infection (LTBI) due to their injection drug use. OBJECTIVES: To determine prevalence and correlates of M. tuberculosis infection among PWID in San Diego, California, USA. METHODS: PWID aged 18 years underwent standardized interviews and serologic testing using an interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) for LTBI and rapid point-of-care assays for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207949/alcohol-use-patterns-and-dsm-5-alcohol-use-disorder-on-both-sides-of-the-u-s-mexico-border
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Thomas K Greenfield, Yu Ye, E Anne Lown, Cheryl J Cherpitel, Sarah Zemore, Guilherme Borges
BACKGROUND: Alcohol consumption patterns on the U.S.-Mexico border and their relationships with DSM-5 alcohol use disorders (AUD) have been understudied. Yet, the effects of drinking by Mexican-origin individuals may differ between cities on versus off the border both in the United States and in Mexico. We characterize prior 12-month drinking patterns and examine their relationships with AUD, in border and off-border cities of Texas and adjacent Mexican states. METHODS: Data come from the U...
April 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176029/summarizing-us-wildlife-trade-with-an-eye-toward-assessing-the-risk-of-infectious-disease-introduction
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K M Smith, C Zambrana-Torrelio, A White, M Asmussen, C Machalaba, S Kennedy, K Lopez, T M Wolf, P Daszak, D A Travis, W B Karesh
The aim of this study was to characterize the role of the USA in the global exchange of wildlife and describe high volume trade with an eye toward prioritizing health risk assessment questions for further analysis. Here we summarize nearly 14 years (2000-2013) of the most comprehensive data available (USFWS LEMIS system), involving 11 billion individual specimens and an additional 977 million kilograms of wildlife. The majority of shipments contained mammals (27%), while the majority of specimens imported were shells (57%) and tropical fish (25%)...
March 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118455/trends-and-patterns-of-disparities-in-cancer-mortality-among-us-counties-1980-2014
#17
Ali H Mokdad, Laura Dwyer-Lindgren, Christina Fitzmaurice, Rebecca W Stubbs, Amelia Bertozzi-Villa, Chloe Morozoff, Raghid Charara, Christine Allen, Mohsen Naghavi, Christopher J L Murray
Introduction: Cancer is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and results in a high economic burden. Objective: To estimate age-standardized mortality rates by US county from 29 cancers. Design and Setting: Deidentified death records from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and population counts from the Census Bureau, the NCHS, and the Human Mortality Database from 1980 to 2014 were used. Validated small area estimation models were used to estimate county-level mortality rates from 29 cancers: lip and oral cavity; nasopharynx; other pharynx; esophageal; stomach; colon and rectum; liver; gallbladder and biliary; pancreatic; larynx; tracheal, bronchus, and lung; malignant skin melanoma; nonmelanoma skin cancer; breast; cervical; uterine; ovarian; prostate; testicular; kidney; bladder; brain and nervous system; thyroid; mesothelioma; Hodgkin lymphoma; non-Hodgkin lymphoma; multiple myeloma; leukemia; and all other cancers combined...
January 24, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118172/knowledge-perceptions-and-attitudes-toward-pelvic-organ-prolapse-and-urinary-incontinence-in-spanish-speaking-latinas
#18
Elisha Jackson, Loretta Hernandez, Veronica T Mallett, T Ignacio Montoya
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to explore individual views and perceptions of Spanish-speaking Latinas living on the US/Mexico border toward pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and urinary incontinence (UI), including awareness of conditions, implications of diagnoses, knowledge, and attitudes toward available treatment options. METHODS: Spanish-speaking Latina women were recruited from clinics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. Focus group discussions were conducted, addressing topics including female pelvic anatomy, perceived etiology and course of POP and UI, and attitudes toward treatment options...
January 24, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911976/demographic-and-clinical-characteristics-of-a-predominantly-hispanic-population-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-on-the-us-mexico-border
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Antonio Mendoza Ladd, Yi Jia, Christine Yu, Sherif Elhanafi, Alok Dwivedi, Jiayang Liu, Giangqing Song, Mark Hall, Marc J Zuckerman
OBJECTIVES: Information regarding Hispanics with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is scarce. In this study we aimed to describe a predominantly Hispanic population with IBD in a city located along the US-Mexico border and to identify clinical or demographic differences between Hispanics and non-Hispanics. METHODS: Retrospective cohort analysis of patients with IBD between 2003 and 2013 at a tertiary care center. Information collected included age, sex, ethnicity, diagnosis, diagnosis status (new vs old), endoscopic extent of disease (EOD), extraintestinal manifestations, medical treatment, and surgeries performed...
December 2016: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818411/the-i-vivir-mejor-i-consortium-a-rural-us-m%C3%A3-xico-collaborative-model-to-prevent-and-treat-diabetes
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Susan Kunz, Maia Ingram, Rosalinda Piper, Sylvia Ochoa, Alicia Sander, Cecilia Navarro, Sean McKenzie
The Vivir Mejor! (Live Better!) System of Diabetes Prevention and Care Consortium is a multi-sector partnership to establish an integrated diabetes system of care in Santa Cruz County, Arizona on the U.S.-Mexico border. Major outcomes include improved healthy eating and active living knowledge and behaviors and lowered HbA1c.
2016: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
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