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The risk of hypertension and related target organ damage is much greater in African Americans than in Caucasians. The risk of hypertensive end-stage renal disease is approximately five-fold higher in African Americans. Many studies have shown that low birth weight is strongly associated with increased risk of hypertension, stroke, and myocardial infarction.(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess prevalence, incidence, and persistence of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and associated symptoms over a one-year period in a working population. METHODS We conducted a one-year prospective study of 418 active workers in 12 worksites. Detailed health interviews, psychosocial questionnaires, and(More)
Introduction Questionnaires that measure functional status such as the Disability of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (QuickDASH) and the Medical Outcomes Study 12-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-12) can quantify the impact of health on performance. Little is known about whether these questionnaires can be used as a tool for measuring disabilities among(More)
BACKGROUND Few large epidemiologic studies have used rigorous case criteria, individual-level exposure measurements, and appropriate control for confounders to examine associations between workplace psychosocial and biomechanical factors and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). METHODS Pooling data from five independent research studies, we assessed associations(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of low birthweight on chronic renal failure among young Medicaid patients with diabetes and/or hypertension. METHODS The study included Caucasian and African American young adults, aged 18-50, who enrolled in the Medicaid program from 1993 to 1996 in South Carolina and were diagnosed with(More)
BACKGROUND Lateral epicondylitis is a common work-related musculoskeletal disorder. The objective of this study was to identify risk factors associated with lateral epicondylitis among active workers. METHODS Seven-hundred thirty-three workers in 12 Washington worksites participated in structured interviews, physical examinations, and individual exposure(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify factors associated with rotator cuff syndrome (RCS) among active workers. METHODS Seven hundred thirty-three workers in 12 worksites participated in a cross-sectional study with individual structured physical and psychosocial health interviews, physical examinations, and exposure assessments of biomechanical factors. Work(More)
The purpose of this article was to assess validity of the regional Disabilities of Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (QuickDASH) and Short-Form 12 (SF-12) for surveillance purpose. We compared the predictive, discriminate, and concurrent validity of the QuickDASH and SF-12 among 231 workers with specific clinical diagnoses of neck or upper extremity musculoskeletal(More)
BACKGROUND Workers with depression and frequent mental distress (FMD) have lost work productivity. Limited systematic comparisons exist for the prevalence of depression and FMD across occupational groups. METHODS Using a state-added question for occupation coupled to measures of depression and FMD on the Washington State (WA) 2006 and 2008 Behavioral Risk(More)
BACKGROUND Hand symptom diagrams (HSDs) for rating the distribution of paraesthesias are proposed for use in epidemiological studies of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). AIM To assess the validity of HSDs in a working population of manufacturing and service workers participating in a prospective study of musculoskeletal disorders. METHODS Assessment of each(More)