Tabassum Z Insaf

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BACKGROUND Studies exploring CRC testing prevalence and correlates within US populations have provided limited and sometimes conflicting information. The most recent national-level reports have described US usage of CRC tests but none have considered only those tests done specifically for screening reasons as an outcome variable. METHODS Using the NHIS(More)
BACKGROUND Few studies have examined the degree to which racial disparities in the development of diabetes are accounted by differences in lifecourse socioeconomic position (SEP). We assessed the association between race, lifecourse SEP measures and prevalence of diabetes in a representative US sample of black and white adults. METHODS A generalised(More)
BACKGROUND Studies on the relationship between prenatal psychosocial risk factors and breastfeeding are sparse, particularly in Hispanic women. METHODS We evaluated this association among 424 participants in Proyecto Buena Salud, an ongoing prospective cohort of pregnant Hispanic women in Western Massachusetts. The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), the(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess sociocultural factors associated with delaying routine healthcare among Latinas. METHODS Using community-based participatory research; we interviewed 287 Latinas from the Capital District, NY. The Andersen model of healthcare utilization was used to assess predisposing, enabling and need factors influencing delay in seeking care.(More)
OBJECTIVE A time-series study was used to assess the effect of temperature variation during summer on respiratory disease in New York State. METHODS Daily respiratory admissions were linked with various meteorological indicators including daily and weekly temperature variation from June-August, 1991-2004. Two-stage Bayesian hierarchical models were used(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the geographic distribution of Low Birth Weight (LBW) in New York State among singleton births using a spatial regression approach in order to identify priority areas for public health actions. METHODS LBW was defined as birth weight less than 2500g. Geocoded data from 562,586 birth certificates in New York State (years 2008-2012)(More)
INTRODUCTION Few studies have analyzed the cohort effects of lifecourse socioeconomic position (SEP) on racial disparities in body mass index (BMI) trajectories. We assessed the contribution of lifecourse SEP on racial differences in BMI trajectories among two different age cohorts of women. METHODS Four waves of the Americans' Changing Lives' study(More)
BACKGROUND Many individuals with congenital heart defects (CHDs) discontinue cardiac care in adolescence, putting them at risk of adverse health outcomes. Because geographic barriers may contribute to cessation of care, we sought to characterize geographic access to comprehensive cardiac care among adolescents with CHDs. METHODS Using a population-based,(More)
An enhanced research paradigm is presented to address the spatial and temporal gaps in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) measurements and generate realistic and representative concentration fields for use in epidemiological studies of human exposure to ambient air particulate concentrations. The general approach for research designed to analyze health impacts(More)
The objective of this study was to assess the utility of endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) morphology of lymph nodes in predicting benign cytology of transbronchial needle aspirates in a prospective observational study. Five ultrasonic morphological characteristics of mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes were recorded: size, shape, margins, echogenic appearance(More)