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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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
E Oren, M H Fiero, E Barrett, B Anderson, M Nuῆez, F Gonzalez-Salazar
BACKGROUND: Migrant farmworkers are among the highest-risk populations for latent TB infection (LTBI) in the United States with numerous barriers to healthcare access and increased vulnerability to infectious diseases. LTBI is usually diagnosed on the border using the tuberculin skin test (TST). QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) also measures immune response against specific Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigens. The objective of this study is to assess the comparability of TST and QFT-GIT to detect LTBI among migrant farmworkers on the border, as well as to examine the effects of various demographic and clinical factors on test positivity...
November 3, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Ameer E Hassan, Gabriela A Villanueva, Ahmed A Malik, Sonia Shariff, Adnan I Qureshi
OBJECTIVE Recent studies have found an underutilization of in-hospital procedures in treatments of Hispanic patients admitted with coronary artery disease in states along the US-Mexico border ("border states"). The purpose of this study was to determine any treatment disparities between patients treated for subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) in border and nonborder states and whether this disparity was associated with differential hospital charges. METHODS Using the National (Nationwide) Inpatient Sample, the authors retrieved data of Hispanic and non-Hispanic patients who were admitted in 2011 for SAH in a border state (California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas) or nonborder state (the remaining 46 US states)...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Maia Ingram, Nicole Marrone, Daisey Thalia Sanchez, Alicia Sander, Cecilia Navarro, Jill Guernsey de Zapien, Sonia Colina, Frances Harris
UNLABELLED: Hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline and impairment in daily living activities. Access to hearing health care has broad implications for healthy aging of the U.S. POPULATION: This qualitative study investigated factors related to the socio-ecological domains of hearing health in a U.S.-Mexico border community experiencing disparities in access to care. A multidisciplinary research team partnered with community health workers (CHWs) from a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in designing the study...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Teresa Dodd-Butera, Penelope J E Quintana, Martha Ramirez-Zetina, Ana C Batista-Castro, Maria M Sierra, Carolyn Shaputnic, Maura Garcia-Castillo, Sonja Ingmanson, Stacy Hull
Environmental exposures along the US-Mexico border have the potential to adversely affect the maternal-fetal environment. The purpose of this study was to assess placental biomarkers of environmental exposures in an obstetric population at the California-Baja California border in relation to detoxifying enzymes in the placenta and nutritional status. This study was conducted on consenting, full-term, obstetric patients (n=54), delivering in a hospital in Tijuana, Baja California (BC), Mexico. Placental polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-DNA adducts were measured in addition to placental glutathione-S-transferase (GST) activity and genotype, maternal serum folate, and maternal and umbilical cord blood lead and cadmium levels...
January 2017: Environmental Research
Minghui Shen, Yunwei Gai, Li Feng
OBJECTIVE: Using large national databases, we investigated how living in the US-Mexico border region further limited access to healthcare among the non-elderly Hispanic adult population after controlling individual and county-level characteristics. METHODS: The 2008-2012 individual-level data of non-elderly Hispanic adults from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) were merged with county-level data from Area Health Resources File (AHRF). Multivariate logistic analyses were performed to predict insurance status and access to doctors using residency in the US-Mexico border region as the key predictor, adjusting individual and county-level factors...
September 2016: American Journal of Health Behavior
Gordon P Watt, Kristina P Vatcheva, Derek M Griffith, Belinda M Reininger, Laura Beretta, Michael B Fallon, Joseph B McCormick, Susan P Fisher-Hoch
INTRODUCTION: Hispanic men have higher rates of illness and death from various chronic conditions than do non-Hispanic men. We aimed to characterize the health of Mexican American men living on the US-Mexico border in South Texas and elucidate indications of chronic disease in young men. METHODS: We sampled all male participants from the Cameron County Hispanic Cohort, an ongoing population-based cohort of Mexican Americans in Brownsville, Texas. We calculated descriptive statistics and stratified the sample into 3 age groups to estimate the prevalence of sociodemographic, behavioral, and clinical factors by age group and evaluated differences between age groups...
August 25, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Eunjeong Ko, María Luisa Zúñiga, Diana Peacher, Helen Palomino, Mercedes Watson
Quality of clinician-patient cancer communication is vital to cancer care and survivorship. Racial/ethnic minority patients in rural regions may have unique characteristics including cultural beliefs, language barriers, and low health literacy which require effective cross-cultural cancer communication. Despite the growing US population of racial/ethnic minorities and widespread emphasis on culturally appropriate health communication, little is known about challenges and facilitators of cancer communication among underserved rural Latino cancer patients in the US-Mexico border region...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
Enrique Chacon-Cruz, Cesar Adrian Martinez-Longoria, Eduardo Llausas-Magana, Antonio Luevanos-Velazquez, Jorge Alejandro Vazquez-Narvaez, Sandra Beltran, Ana Elena Limon-Rojas, Fernando Urtiz-Jeronimo, Jose Luis Castaneda-Narvaez, Francisco Otero-Mendoza, Fernando Aguilar-Del Real, Jesus Rodriguez-Chagoyan, Rosa Maria Rivas-Landeros, Maria Luisa Volker-Soberanes, Rosa Maria Hinojosa-Robles, Patricia Arzate-Barbosa, Laura Karina Aviles-Benitez, Fernando Ivan Elenes-Zamora, Chandra M Becka, Ricardo Ruttimann
OBJECTIVES: Meningococcal meningitis is reported as a rare condition in Mexico. There are no internationally published studies on bacterial causes of meningitis in the country based on active surveillance. This study focuses on finding the etiology of bacterial meningitis in children from nine Mexican Hospitals. METHODS: From January 2010 to February 2013, we conducted a three years of active surveillance for meningitis in nine hospitals throughout Mexico. Active surveillance started at the emergency department for every suspected case, and microbiological studies confirmed/ruled out all potentially bacterial pathogens...
January 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Vaccines
Tara F Carr, Paloma I Beamer, Janet Rothers, Debra A Stern, Lynn B Gerald, Cecilia B Rosales, Yoshira Ornelas Van Horne, Oksana N Pivniouk, Donata Vercelli, Marilyn Halonen, Mercedes Gameros, Fernando D Martinez, Anne L Wright
BACKGROUND: Mexican-born children living in the United States have a lower prevalence of asthma than other US children. Although children of Mexican descent near the Arizona (AZ)-Sonora border are genetically similar, differences in environmental exposures might result in differences in asthma prevalence across this region. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine if the prevalence of asthma and wheeze in these children varies across the AZ-Sonora border...
January 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
Emily Wentzell, Yvonne N Flores, Jorge Salmerón, Roshan Bastani
Mexican and Mexican-American women bear high cervical cancer burdens, yet relationships between mothers' experiences of vaccinating daughters against cervical cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) on both sides of the border are unknown. We surveyed 400 Mexican-born women in Oxnard, California, United States and Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, about their beliefs and practices regarding daughters' HPV vaccination, conducting in-depth interviews with 35 participants. Contextualizing interview findings in survey data, we identify key factors influencing mothers' experiences regarding daughters' HPV vaccination in both countries...
October 2016: Family & Community Health
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