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CONTEXT Adolescent drinking is a major public health concern. The federal government does not restrict alcohol advertising to adolescents, but relies on the alcohol industry for self-regulation. OBJECTIVES To investigate recent alcohol advertising in magazines and to determine whether advertising frequency is associated with adolescent readership. (More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the prevalence of and to identify factors associated with prolonged emergency department length-of-stay (ED-LOS) for admitted children. METHODS Data were from the 2001-2006 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. The primary outcome was prolonged ED-LOS (defined as total ED time >8 hours) among admitted children. Predictor(More)
INTRODUCTION We investigate the safety and efficacy of single-site robotic cholecystectomy compared to laparoscopic cholecystectomy at an inner-city academic medical center. MATERIALS AND METHODS Retrospective analysis comparing single-site robotic to laparoscopic cholecystectomies from August 1, 2013, to January 31, 2015, was conducted. Age, gender,(More)
OBJECTIVES Pregnancy rates among Filipino American adolescents exceed those of other Asian and Pacific Islander adolescents. Strong parent-adolescent communication may promote healthy sexual development and protect against adolescent sexual risk behaviors. We explored communication barriers between Filipino American parents and adolescents. METHODS Using(More)
Dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) is the major metabolic enzyme in the catabolism of 5-fluorouracil, and the activity in normal tissues shows a wide variation among individuals. Recent studies demonstrate the relevance of DPD in the pharmacokinetics, toxicity, and antitumor efficacy of 5-fluorouracil. We investigated the DPD activity in peripheral blood(More)
OBJECTIVE A longitudinal pediatric palliative care curriculum was introduced into the pediatric residency program at the University of California, Los Angeles. The present study explores the possible effects of this curriculum on the interns' self-assessed comfort levels regarding caring for children with life-threatening conditions. METHODS A newly(More)
The number of patients on chronic dialysis is steadily increasing each year. There is little data that describes the outcomes in dialysis patients following elective ventral hernia repair, one of the most common general surgery procedures. Our objective was to compare the mortality and morbidity rates in dialysis versus nondialysis patients following(More)
Our objective was to examine the academic literature covering quality of childhood preventive care in the United States and to identify barriers that contribute to poor or disparate quality. We systematically reviewed articles related to childhood preventive care published from 1994 through 2003, focusing on 58 large observational studies and interventions(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the perspectives of low-income parents on redesigning well-child care (WCC) for children aged 0 to 3 years, focusing on possible changes in 3 major domains: providers, locations, and formats. METHODS Eight focus groups (4 English and 4 Spanish) were conducted with 56 parents of children aged 6 months to 5 years, recruited through a(More)