Maria E. Bleil

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OBJECTIVE To examine whether psychological distress predicts IVF treatment outcome as well as whether IVF treatment outcome predicts subsequent psychological distress. DESIGN Prospective cohort study over an 18-month period. SETTING Five community and academic fertility practices. PATIENT(S) Two hundred two women who initiated their first IVF cycle.(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess depression, anxiety, and anger as well as the variance that these emotions share (conceptualized as negative affect) in relationship to high-frequency heart rate variability (HF-HRV), a specific indicator of parasympathetic cardiac autonomic function related to premature cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Although individual trait(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether anger-related personality traits are associated with carotid artery atherosclerosis in untreated hypertensive patients. METHODS Study participants were 237 men with elevated blood pressure (systolic 140-180 mm Hg and/or diastolic 90-110 mm Hg) but untreated for hypertension. Average age was 56 years; 80% of subjects were(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the effect of length variation in the serotonin transporter gene-linked polymorphic region (5-HTTLPR) on individual differences in cardiovascular response to psychological challenge. METHODS Heart rate (HR) and systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP, DBP) responses to computerized versions of two psychological challenges, the(More)
BACKGROUND We reported previously that the socio-economic status (SES) of individuals predicts variation in brain serotonergic responsivity, as assessed by neuropharmacological challenge in an adult community sample, and that this association is qualified by allelic variation in the serotonin transporter gene-linked polymorphic region (5-HTTLPR). Here we(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to characterize the backgrounds of women who have repeat abortions. STUDY DESIGN In a cross-sectional study of 259 women (mean age, 35.2 ± 5.6 years), the relation between adverse experiences in childhood and risk of having 2 or more abortions vs 0 or 1 abortion was examined. Self-reported adverse events occurring(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the influence of parent-child relationship quality on the association between illness-related functional status and depressive symptoms in children with asthma. METHODS Questionnaire data were collected from the child, caregiver, and physician. Fifty-five children with asthma (8-17 years of age), their caregivers, and physicians(More)
OBJECTIVE The menopausal transition is associated with an increase in risk for cardiovascular disease; however, whether variability in reproductive aging relates to cardiovascular risk factors in the premenopausal period has not been studied. METHODS In a multiethnic sample of 951 healthy, regularly cycling women aged 25 to 45 years (mean [SD] age, 35.2(More)
BACKGROUND Socioeconomic adversity in early life is related to cardiovascular risk in adulthood; however, no studies have examined whether such adversity may be related to endogenous sex hormones, which are themselves associated with cardiovascular outcomes, or whether the timing of adversity exposures (childhood vs. puberty) matters. OBJECTIVE The goal(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether reproductive age, as indexed by a validated marker of ovarian reserve (antimüllerian hormone [AMH]), varies among women of different race/ethnic backgrounds. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTING Community-based sample. PATIENT(S) Multiethnic sample of 947 (277 white, 237 African American, 220 Latina, and 213 Chinese)(More)