Ghasi S. Phillips

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OBJECTIVE Previous studies have consistently identified maternal obesity and gestational weight gain (GWG) as risk factors for macrosomia, but little is known about the effects of central adiposity and body fat distribution. Using self-reported data from the Black Women's Health Study (BWHS), a large follow-up study of US black women, we examined the risk(More)
PURPOSE To examine the association between prepregnancy depressive symptoms and preterm birth. METHODS The present study is a prospective investigation of prepregnancy depressive symptoms-measured by the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D)-and risk of preterm birth reported in the Black Women's Health Study. With data on 2,627(More)
We examined the effect of cholecystokinin octapeptide on electrolyte transport across isolated guinea pig mucosa. Segments of distal ileum stripped of longitudinal muscle and bathed on both sides with a Krebs'-bicarbonate buffer responded to cholecystokinin octapeptide when studied under short-circuited conditions. Cholecystokinin octapeptide (0.5-50(More)
OBJECTIVES We prospectively assessed the association between alcohol consumption and onset of perimenopause in women of late reproductive age using data from the Harvard Study of Moods and Cycles. Specific types of alcoholic beverages - red wine, white wine, beer, and liquor - were evaluated. METHODS Among 502 women aged 36-45 years residing in seven(More)
Relative income may be a better predictor of health outcomes than absolute income. We examined two measures of relative income-income incongruity and relative household income-in relation to preterm birth in a study of U.S. Black women. Income incongruity is a measure that compares the median household income of an individual's residential area with that of(More)
This study examines the association between neighborhood socioeconomic status (SES) and preterm birth among U.S. black women. A composite variable for neighborhood SES, derived from 7 U.S. Census Bureau indicators, was assessed in relation to self-reported preterm birth (505 spontaneous and 452 medically indicated) among 6,390 women in the Black Women's(More)
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