Somdat Mahabir

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the association between birthplace (Mexico or U.S.) and obesity in men and women and to analyze the relationship between duration of U.S. residency and prevalence of obesity in Mexican immigrants. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES We used cross-sectional data from 7503 adults of Mexican descent residing in Harris County, TX, to(More)
PURPOSE To understand the mechanism through which obesity in breast cancer patients is associated with poorer outcome, we evaluated body mass index (BMI) and response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NC) in women with operable breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS From May 1990 to July 2004, 1,169 patients were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at M. D.(More)
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may reduce lung cancer risk. Dietary boron may have actions similar to those of HRT; however, no previous study has reported the associations between dietary boron intake and lung cancer risk or the joint effects of boron intake and HRT use on lung cancer risk. The authors examined the associations between boron intake and(More)
Of the few studies that have examined alcohol consumption in relation to risk of renal cell cancer (RCC), most are case-control studies. The extent to which alcohol affects RRC risk is unclear. We prospectively examined the association between total alcohol intake as well as specific types of alcoholic beverage and RCC in a large cohort of Finnish male(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the associations between serum folate concentration and measures of adiposity in postmenopausal women. DESIGN This study was conducted as a cross-sectional analysis within the control segment of a randomized, crossover trial in which postmenopausal women (n=51) consumed 0 g (control), 15 g (one drink) and 30 g (two drinks) alcohol(More)
BACKGROUND Using data from a case-control study, we previously reported that low dietary intakes of magnesium (Mg), iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), but not selenium (Se) and calcium (Ca), were associated with increased lung cancer risk. Due to dietary recall bias in case-control studies, our objective was to assess whether these findings hold in a(More)
BACKGROUND Physical activity energy expenditure (EE) is an important determinant of health, and epidemiologists have used various methods, such as physical activity and energy intake recalls and records, to estimate energy cost. However, most epidemiologic studies have not validated these methods against the doubly labeled water (DLW) technique for(More)
In a randomized double-blind trial of alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E), we investigated the effects of alpha-tocopherol supplementation on lipid- and water-soluble antioxidants in plasma and DNA repair activities in peripheral mononuclear leukocytes. Baseline levels of antioxidants and DNA repair activities were assessed twice before alpha-tocopherol(More)
BACKGROUND Both obesity and sex hormones are known risk factors for postmenopausal breast cancer. Although adiposity and sex hormones have been studied in the past, previous reports in postmenopausal women have not been conducted under carefully controlled dietary conditions. In this study, we investigated the usefulness of body mass index (BMI) as a(More)