N. Nicosia

Learn More
We examined the relationship between parent-perceived neighborhood safety and children's physical activity, sedentary behavior, body mass, and obesity status using 9 years of longitudinal data (1999-2007) on a cohort of approximately 19,000 US kindergartners from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study. Children's height and weight measurements and parent(More)
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Many people have contributed their information, ideas, and time to the Cal-Learn Demonstration Project. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their generous help and support. This project would not have been possible without the cooperation of the young parents in the survey sample, who confided numerous details about(More)
The purpose of this article is to examine variation in resource utilization across and within patient stays in the context of Medicare's per diem payment system for hospice. Visit-level resource utilization data were linked to patient-level diagnosis and demographics covering more than 68,000 Medicare patients admitted in 2002 and 2003. Our findings suggest(More)
Enforcement efforts are the primary approach to reducing illegal drug use in the U.S., but evidence on their effectiveness is mixed. We provide new evidence on the effectiveness of enforcement efforts by using rich administrative records and the staggered implementation of state laws targeting over-the-counter medicines that can be used to produce(More)
BACKGROUND Errors in reported height and weight raise concerns about body mass index (BMI) and obesity estimates obtained from self or proxy reports. Researchers have corrected BMI using linear statistical models, primarily with adult samples. We compared the accuracy of BMI correction in children for models that included child or parent reports versus both(More)
This paper describes three typical architectures of boards based on Fuzzy Processor: W.A.ILP. (Weight Associative Rule Processor). In particolar we will describe the base achitecture of the W.A.R.P.-ADB board we use in the development phase of a fuzzy control. Then we will show two tipical architectures available for applications that need fuzzy(More)
This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law as indicated in a notice appearing later in this work. This electronic representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for non-commercial use only. Unauthorized posting of RAND electronic documents to a non-RAND website is prohibited. RAND electronic documents are protected under(More)
BACKGROUND In the UK and USA, various jurisdictions have launched new approaches for managing alcohol-involved offenders that might have public health implications. These programmes require participants to abstain from alcohol and submit to frequent alcohol testing with swift, certain, and modest sanctions for violations, with the aim to reduce crime and(More)
  • 1