Benjamin D Pollock

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OBJECTIVE To examine changes in representation of women among first authors of original research published in high impact general medical journals from 1994 to 2014 and investigate differences between journals. DESIGN Observational study. STUDY SAMPLE All original research articles published in Annals of Internal Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine,(More)
OBJECTIVE Female sex is considered a risk factor for adverse outcomes following isolated coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. We assessed the association between sex and short-term mortality following isolated CABG, and estimated the 'excess' deaths occurring in women. METHODS Short-term mortality was investigated in 13 327 consecutive isolated(More)
Studies examining outcomes after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) by gender and/or race have shown conflicting results. It remains to be determined if, or how, gender and race are independent risk factors for CABG operative mortality. Using all consecutive patients who underwent isolated CABG at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, from(More)
This study was performed to assess the acute intraprocedural effects of transcatheter direct mitral annuloplasty using the Cardioband device on 3-dimensional (3D) anatomy of the mitral annulus. Of 45 patients with functional mitral regurgitation (MR) enrolled in a single arm, multicenter, prospective trial, 22 had complete pre- and post-implant 3D(More)
PURPOSE Type A personality, characterized by action-oriented tendencies, has been linked to cardiovascular disease in middle-aged and elderly adults. Alternatively, limited research has tested whether personality type A/B and cardiovascular (CVD) risk are linked prior to adulthood. Therefore, we used the Hunter-Wolf A/B personality score to determine(More)
BACKGROUND There may be sex-specific cardiometabolic mechanisms early in life that affect the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) through mid-adulthood. However, few studies have examined whether early life course interactions between cardiometabolic risk factors and sex are associated with incident T2DM. METHODS This study followed 7725(More)
AIMS To evaluate several adult diabetes risk calculation tools for predicting the development of incident diabetes and pre-diabetes in a bi-racial, young adult population. METHODS Surveys beginning in young adulthood (baseline age ≥18) and continuing across multiple decades for 2122 participants of the Bogalusa Heart Study were used to test the(More)
Inverse associations between Body Mass Index (BMI) and Body Surface Area (BSA) with mortality in patients after Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) have been reported. This “obesity paradox” is controversial, and it remains unclear which parameter, BMI or BSA, is of greater prognostic value. The aim of this study was to investigate the(More)
OBJECTIVES The high prevalence of obesity makes accurately estimating the impact of anthropometric measures on cardiac surgery outcomes critical. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery risk model includes body surface area (as a continuous variable, using spline functions), but most studies apply various categorizations(More)
The effects of a number of liquids and liquid mixtures in sensitizing primary explosives were investigated by the ball drop method. Partly wetted lead azides were found to exhibit enhanced sensitivity to impact as compared to like compounds in the dry state. Lead styphnate and tetracene were desensitized by all experimental liquids. A tentative explanation(More)