Terence A. Gerace

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BACKGROUND Excess body weight among adults is associated with increased risk of disease. Therefore, we sought predictors of weight gain that might be used to prevent increases in weight. METHODS Participants were 438 male fire service personnel, 20-58 years of age, who filled out a questionnaire in 1984 and were weighed in 1984 and 1991. RESULTS(More)
Behavior pattern was assessed by interview for 3,110 men at eight centers in the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial (1973-1976). The Type A pattern was not significantly associated with risk of first major coronary events (coronary death and definite nonfatal myocardial infarction) after a mean follow-up of 7.1 years. Crude relative risks for Types(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to examine the cancer risk associated with firefighting. METHODS Standardized incidence ratio analysis (SIR) was used to determine the relative cancer risk for firefighters as compared with the Florida general population. RESULTS Among 34,796 male (413,022 person-years) and 2,017 female (18,843 person-years)(More)
Recruiting participants for large prevention trials is time consuming and costly. In order to test various recruitment techniques, we conducted two studies of response rates to recruitment mailings for the Women's Health Trial. The potential participants, 50- to 79-year-old women, were requested to return an enclosed postcard to learn more about the trial.(More)
This study of 220 wives of participants from four of the 22 clinics in the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial (MRFIT) addresses the question of whether spouses of men exposed to a continuous coronary heart disease (CHD) risk-factor intervention program (SI group) make changes in their own risk status compared to wives of men who did not receive the(More)
Cigarette smoking cessation was examined for its impact on diastolic blood pressure, weight, and plasma lipids in 3,470 special intervention males in the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial. Change in smoking status (quitters vs nonquitters) was not independently associated with change in diastolic blood pressure or the subsequent use of(More)
One method of increasing the cost-effectiveness of worksite health promotion programs is to develop programs that also have an impact on risk factors of family members and friends of the employees. In this study, 41 wives of fire fighters were interviewed concerning changes the fire fighters and they had made in their health habits--exercise, weight, and(More)
The Women's Health Trial: Feasibility Study in Minority Populations (WHT:FSMP), a randomized trial of 2208 women, was conducted to investigate three questions. First, can women from minority and low-socioeconomic-status populations be recruited in numbers sufficient to evaluate a dietary intervention designed to lower fat intake. Second, the efficacy of a(More)
The Miami Structured Interview--1 was developed to assess Type A behavior in preadolescents and adolescents in the United States and Greece. This report describes the interrater and test-retest reliability of the Miami Structured Interview--1, and the effect of different interviewers on the assessment process. Interrater agreements on the A vs not A scale(More)
BACKGROUND Exposure to occupational hazards among firefighters may lead to increased mortality from cancer, lung, or heart disease. METHODS Age- and gender-adjusted mortality rates of 34,796 male and 2,017 female Florida professional firefighters between 1972 and 1999 were compared with the Florida general population. RESULTS One thousand four hundred(More)