Philip O. Ozuah

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OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of elevated urinary mercury (Hg), as a marker of exposure, in a population of children drawn from an inner-city community with documented access to elemental mercury. METHODS A prospective consecutive patient series was conducted from November 1998 to January 1999 at an inner-city clinic in New York. Anonymous urine(More)
BACKGROUND Psychosocial factors can limit one's ability to effectively manage asthma. This can result in asthma morbidity that limits quality of life. While self-perceptions of asthmatic children and parents have been studied, less is known about self-perceptions of inner-city adolescents with asthma. OBJECTIVE To examine perceptions and attitudes to(More)
CONTEXT Universal tuberculin skin testing of children has been shown to be costly and inefficient. In response, several authorities have recommended targeted screening based on epidemiological risk. In 1996, the New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH) developed questions to identify children who require a tuberculin skin test. OBJECTIVE To determine(More)
Many people on the waiting list for organ donation die each year without receiving organs. The shortage of organs is even more pronounced in minority communities. Despite the fact that minorities are at higher risk, they may be less likely to support or consent to organ donation. This investigation was undertaken to study racial factors in organ donation,(More)
BACKGROUND Health literacy measures the degree to which individuals understand health information. It has not been studied among parents with limited English proficiency (LEP). OBJECTIVE We aimed to determine how well Spanish-speaking Latino parents with LEP understood the written instructions accompanying a routinely prescribed medication. DESIGN AND(More)
  • P O Ozuah
  • Journal of the National Medical Association
  • 2001
Human beings have used elemental mercury (also known as metallic mercury) for thousands of years. Early ignorance of its potential toxicity resulted in devastating adverse effects, including neurodevelopmental and behavioral deficits among exposed persons. These adverse effects most commonly resulted from exposure to the vapor of elemental mercury.(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate asthma management policies and protocols in Bronx, New York, public elementary schools in light of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Resolution on Asthma Management in Schools. An anonymous survey was conducted in November 2001 of principals, teachers, counselors, and nurses at five Bronx(More)
BACKGROUND About 40% of adult Americans use complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) for health problems. OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of reported use of CAM in a population of urban adolescents with asthma. DESIGN/METHODS We used a multistaged, stratified sample approach at an inner-city high school. An asthma screening survey was(More)
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE Treatment of dehydrating gastroenteritis, a major cause of morbidity in children, remains controversial. Practice parameters issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend oral rehydration therapy (ORT) as the preferred treatment for losses from both mild and moderate dehydration. The objective of this study was to test(More)