Title Authors Year Published Journal Description
Altruism in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Traditional Parental Manipulation and Ancestor-Descendant Conflict Kathryn Coe, Craig T. Palmer 2013 N/A Altruism in Cross-Cultural Perspective provides such a scholarly overview, examining the intersection of culture and such topics as evolutionary accounts of altruism and the importance of altruism in ritual and religion. The past decade has seen a proliferation of research on altruism, made possible in part by significant funding from organizations such as the John Templeton Foundation.
The housing first model (HFM) fidelity index: designing and testing a tool for measuring integrity of housing programs that serve active substance users Dennis P Watson, John Orwat, Dana E Wagner, Valery Shuman and Randi Tolliver 2013 Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy The Housing First Model (HFM) is an approach to serving formerly homeless individuals with dually diagnosed mental health and substance use disorders regardless of their choice to use substances or engage in other risky behaviors.
Understanding the Critical Ingredients for Facilitating Consumer Change in Housing First Programming: A Case Study Approach Dennis P. Watson PhD, Dana E. Wagner MA, Michael Rivers MA 2013 The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research Housing First is a form of permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless consumers with mental health and substance abuse issues. In light of the model’s growing popularity and wide diffusion, researchers and policy makers have identified a need to better understand its critical ingredients and the processes through which they affect consumer outcomes.
Inclusion of minorities and women in cancer clinical trials, a decade later: Have we improved? Kat Kwiatkowski MPH, Kathryn Coe PhD, John C. Bailar MD, G. Marie Swanson PhD, MPH 2013 Cancer Inclusion of diverse groups of participants in cancer clinical trials is an important methodological and clinical issue. The quality of the science and generalizability of results depends on the inclusion of study participants who represent all populations among whom these treatment and prevention approaches will be used.
Promotion and Tenure for Community-Engaged Research: An Examination of Promotion and Tenure Support for Community-Engaged Research at Three Universities Collaborating through a Clinical and Translational Science Award Marrero, D. G., Hardwick, E. J., Staten, L. K., Savaiano, D. A., Odell, J. D., Comer, K. F. and Saha, C. 2013 Clinical and Translational Science Community-engaged health research, an approach to research which includes the participation of communities, promotes the translation of research to address and improve social determinants of health.
A Model for Estimating the Economic Impact of Secondhand Smoke Exposure: A Study in Indiana Saywell, Robert M. Jr PhD, MPH; Zollinger, Terrell W. DrPH; Lewis, Cynthia K. MPH; Jay, Stephen J. MD; Spitznagle, Miranda H. MPH 2013 Public Health Management & Practice This study estimated the economic cost of health services and premature loss-of-life costs from secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in Indiana.
Comparison of methods to estimate health state utilities for ovarian cancer using quality of life data: A Gynecologic Oncology Group study Lisa M. Hess, William E. Bradyb, Laura J. Havrileskyc, David E. Cohnd, Bradley J. Monke, Lari Wenzelf, David Cellag 2013 Gynecologic Oncology Cost-effectiveness/cost-utility analyses are increasingly needed to inform decisions about care. Algorithms have been developed using the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy (FACT) quality of life instrument to estimate utility weights for cost analyses. This study was designed to compare these algorithms in the setting of ovarian cancer.
Patient Recall of Health Care Events and Time to Diagnose a Suspected Ovarian Cancer Lisa M. Hess, Michael W. Method, Frederick B. Stehman, Tess D. Weathers, Paridha Gupta, Jeanne M. Schilder 2012 Clinical Ovarian and Other Gynecologic Cancer Patient recall is often used by clinicians to create a history of care leading to consultation with a gynecologic oncologist. Although patient recall may be an efficient method to explore the context of the patient's concerns, the accuracy of recall and its potential impact on care are unknown. This study sought to explore the consistency of patient recall compared with data found in health care records.
Effect of Personal Characteristics on Individual Support for Indoor Smoke-Free Air Laws, Indiana, 2008 Terrell W. Zollinger, DrPH; Robert M. Saywell Jr, PhD, MPH; Joshua J. Robinson, MPH; Stephen J. Jay, MD; Miranda H. Spitznagle, MPH 2008 Preventing Chronic Disease Policy makers should understand the attitudes and beliefs of their constituents regarding smoke-free air legislation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of selected personal characteristics on attitudes and beliefs about secondhand smoke in Indiana and on support for smoke-free air laws.
Identification of the optimal pathway to reach an accurate diagnosis in the absence of an early detection strategy for ovarian cancer Lisa M. Hess Frederick B. Stehmana, Michael W. Methodc, Tess D. Weathersb, Paridha Guptab, Jeanne M. Schildera 2012 Gynecologic Oncology There is a lack of knowledge about the health care events experienced by individual patients that lead to a definitive diagnosis of ovarian cancer (OC). The goal of this study was to describe the various pathways and to identify an optimal path to accurate diagnosis.
Saintly Sacrifice: The Traditional Transmission of Moral Elevation Craig T. Palmer, Ryan O. Begley, Kathryn Coe 2013 Zygon This paper combines the social psychology concept of moral elevation with the evolutionary concept of traditions as descendant-leaving strategies to produce a new explanation of the role of saints in Christianity.
Investigating Social Ecological Contributors to Diabetes within Hispanics in an Underserved U.S.-Mexico Border Community Jean Chang, Mignonne C. Guy, Cecilia Rosales, Jill G. de Zapien, Lisa K. Staten, Maria L. Fernandez, Scott C. Carvajal 2013 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Hispanics bear a disproportionate burden of diabetes in the United States, yet relations of structural, socio-cultural and behavioral factors linked to diabetes are not fully understood across all of their communities. The current study examines disparities and factors associated with diabetes in adult Hispanics of Mexican-descent (N = 648) participating in a population survey of an underserved rural U.S.-Mexico border community.
Mothers, Traditions, and the Human Strategy to Leave Descendants Kathryn Coe, Craig T. Palmer 2013 Evolution's Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women  
Values-based action in fibromyalgia: results from a randomized pilot of acceptance and commitment therapy Jennifer L. Steiner, Leah Bogusch, Silvia M. Bigatti 2013 Health Psychology Research The present study was part of a randomized pilot study of an 8-week Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) intervention compared to education in a sample of 28 women with FMS. The Chronic Pain Values Inventory was administered at baseline, postintervention, and 12 week follow-up. Both groups showed significant improvements in family success, which were maintained at follow-up. 
Religion, Kinship and Health Behaviors of African American Women Kathryn Coe, Colleen Keller, Jenelle R. Walker 2013 Journal of Religion and Health A positive relationship exists between functional health and religion. We present an empirical definition of religion and describe the key elements of religious behavior, building a model that can be used to explore the presumed relationship between religion and health.
Violence Among Young Adults Receiving Housing Assistance: Vouchers, Race, and Transitions Into Adulthood Tamara G.J. Leech 2013 The Journal of Housing Policy Debate Scholarly literature has been very attentive to violence among adolescents whose families receive vouchers. Yet, it provides little information about violence among the more than 400,000 very young adults who head households that receive vouchers. This article explores this relationship, paying particular attention to life course considerations and racial context.
Trajectory of change in pain, depression, and physical functioning after physical activity adoption in fibromyalgia Jennifer L Steiner, Silvia M Bigatti, Dennis C Ang 2013 Journal of Health Psychology Fibromyalgia is associated with widespread pain, depression, and declines in physical functioning. The purpose of this study was to examine the trajectory of these symptoms over time related to physical activity adoption and maintenance via motivational interviewing versus education, to increase physical activity.
The Resolution of Conflict: Traditional African Ancestors, Kinship, and Rituals of Reconciliation Kathryn Coe, Craig T. Palmer and Khadijah elShabazz 2013 African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review Although debates continue over the type and frequency of conflict in human societies, it is clear that some amount of conflict has been common. As conflict can damage the social relationships that have been important to human survival and well-being, it is important to identify methods that have been shown to be effective across cultures in protecting important social relationships and mending them when broken. In this paper, we focus on conflicts that were localized and internal, as were those found in precolonial Africa, and on traditions used across centuries and perhaps millennia for reconciliation. These traditions were established upon and bound by complex and intertwined ties of religion, shared ancestry, and kinship. We discuss this social system and explain how the key elements worked together to end conflict. We conclude by arguing that as these traditions were widespread, found in many parts of the world, and lasted for many hundreds and possibly thousands of years, they may yield insights and approaches that can be useful today.
Association of Nut Consumption with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality Ying Bao, M.D., Sc.D., Jiali Han, Ph.D., Frank B. Hu, M.D., Ph.D., Edward L. Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D., Meir J. Stampfer, M.D., Dr.P.H., Walter C. Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H., and Charles S. Fuchs, M.D., M.P.H. 2013 The New England Journal of Medicine Increased nut consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of major chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus. However, the association between nut consumption and mortality remains unclear.
Poverty, Health, and Law: Readings and Cases for Medical–Legal Partnership Ross D. Silverman J.D., M.P.H.a 2013 Journal of Legal Medicine Poverty, Health and Law, edited by Elizabeth Tobin Tyler, Ellen Lawton, Kathleen Conroy, Megan Sandel, and Barry Zuckerman, brings together a team of experts from fields such as public health and poverty law, civil public interest law, health policy advocacy, and medicine to discuss the scope and depth of the problem of poverty in the United States and a wide variety of ways to structure and sustain local MLPs. It offers scholars, teachers, and practitioners in law, public health, medicine, nursing, and social work, as well as community leaders and advocates for vulnerable populations, a powerful, comprehensive, and stimulating resource to guide interdisciplinary efforts to improve community health. Furthermore, it offers both a critical new lens through which to examine law and policy education in medical, nursing, and public health schools and an important new pathway for employment in public health law.
The Enigma of the Stigma of Hair Loss: Why is Cancer-Treatment Related Alopecia so Traumatic for Women? Coe, Kathryn, Staten, Lisa
Rosales, Cecilia
and Swanson, Marie
2013 The Open Cancer Journal In both developed and developing countries, breast cancer is now one of the most commonly diagnosed reproductive cancers and a primary cause of death among women. Women treated for breast cancer are likely to receive either radiation or chemotherapy, both of which have secondary effects. Chemotherapeutic treatment produces a range of relatively immediate effects, including pain, nausea, fatigue, mouth sores, depression, problems sleeping, and temporary hair loss. Of these, women across cultures often report that hair loss is one of the more troublesome; it makes them feel unattractive and look like they are sick or dying. Further, they often feel stigmatized by others. In this paper we look at the cross-cultural patterns of responses to hair loss and examine its possible evolutionary roots. We argue that there is a deep biological basis for these emotions and that; consequently, it is important to develop specific and culturally-tailored interventions to provide support for these women.
Mobile Health Applications: The Patchwork Of Legal And Liability Issues Suggests Strategies To Improve Oversight Y. Tony Yang, Ross D. Silverman 2013 Health Affairs Mobile health (mHealth) technology has facilitated the transition of care beyond the traditional hospital setting to the homes of patients. Yet few studies have evaluated the legal implications of the expansion of mHealth applications, or “apps.” Such apps are affected by a patchwork of policies related to medical licensure, privacy and security protection, and malpractice liability. For example, the privacy protections of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 may apply to only some uses of the apps. Similarly, it is not clear what a doctor’s malpractice liability would be if he or she injured a patient as the result of inaccurate information supplied by the patient’s self-monitoring health app. This article examines the legal issues related to the oversight of health apps, discusses current federal regulations, and suggests strategies to improve the oversight of these apps.
Human Categories and Health: The Power of the Concept of Ethnicity Kathryn Coe PhD, Craig T. Palmer PhD 2014 Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention The inclusion of ethnic minorities in cancer prevention studies is a scientific, logistic, cultural, and ethical issue. Ethnic minorities made up approximately significant percentage of the population of the USA, yet many issues raised above remain unanswered. In this chapter we describe the disparities that occur across the continuum of cancer, from early detection, to treatment quality, to survival.
Moral Elevations and Traditions: Ancestral Encouragement of Altruism through Ritual and Myth Craig T. Palmer, Ryan O. Begley, Kathryn Coe, and Lyle Steadman 2013 Journal of Ritual Studies This paper presents an explanation of one of the most striking aspects of Christianity throughout its history: the written and visual depiction of the stories of saints. This explanation combines the psychological concept of moral elevation with a theory of cultural traditions as descendant-leaving strategies.
Cholecystectomy, Gallstones, Tonsillectomy, and Pancreatic Cancer Risk: A Population-Based Case-Control Study in Minnesota Jianjun Zhang, Anna Prizment, Ishwori Dhakal, and Kristin Anderson 2014 British Journal of Cancer Jianjun Zhang, MD, PhD and his collaborators investigated associations between medical conditions and pancreatic cancer in a population-based case-control study conducted during 1994-1998 in Minnesota. After adjustment for confounders, subjects who had cholecystectomy or gallstones experienced a significantly higher risk of pancreatic cancer than those who did not, whereas opposite results were observed for tonsillectomy. Identifying risk factors for pancreatic cancer would contribute to an improved understanding of the etiology and prevention of this fatal disease.
Religiosity and Spirituality as Resiliency Resources: Moderation, Mediation, or Moderated Mediation? Kirby K. Reutter Silvia M. Bigatti 2014 Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion A growing body of literature indicates a modestly positive association between religiosity and spirituality as predictors of psychological health (anxiety and depression), suggesting they serve as personal resiliency factors. The purpose of this study was to expand our understanding of the relationships among these constructs. Using Lazarus's Transactional Model of Stress as a theoretical framework, we examined: (a) the extent to which spirituality and religiosity mediated and/or moderated the association between perceived stress and psychological health and (b) whether there was a moderated (religiosity) mediation (spirituality) between stress and health.
Correlating Remote Sensing Data with the Abundance of Pupae of the Dengue Virus Mosquito Vector, Aedes aegypti, in Central Mexico Moreno-Madriñán MJ, Crosson WL, Eisen L, Estes SM, Estes Jr. MG, Hayden M, Hemmings SN, Irwin DE, Lozano-Fuentes S, Monaghan AJ, Quattrochi D, Welsh-Rodriguez CM, Zielinski-Gutierrez E. 2014 ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information Using a geographic transect in Central Mexico, with an elevation/climate gradient, but uniformity in socio-economic conditions among study sites, this study evaluates the applicability of three widely-used remote sensing (RS) products to link weather conditions with the local abundance of the dengue virus mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti (Ae. aegypti).
Performance of the MODIS FLH algorithm in estuarine waters: a multi-year (2003–2010) analysis from Tampa Bay, Florida (USA) Moreno-Madriñán MJ, Fisher, AM 2013 International Journal of Remote Sensing Although satellite technology promises great usefulness for the consistent monitoring of chlorophyll-α concentration in estuarine and coastal waters, the complex optical properties commonly found in these types of waters seriously challenge the application of this technology. Blue–green ratio algorithms are susceptible to interference from water constituents, different from phytoplankton, which dominate the remote-sensing signal. Alternatively, modelling and laboratory studies have not shown a decisive position on the use of near-infrared (NIR) algorithms based on the sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence signal. In an analysis of a multi-year (2003–2010) in situ monitoring data set from Tampa Bay, Florida (USA), as a case, this study assesses the relationship between the fluorescence line height (FLH) product from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) and chlorophyll-α.

The Public Health Impact of a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) in Indiana

ICREED Testimony

 

Stephen J. Jay, MD Gregory Steele, MPH, DrPH Tess D. Weathers, MPH 2006   Combustion of fossil fuels is the primary source of fine particle emissions. 7 In 2004, power plants were responsible for roughly two-thirds of sulfate emissions, about 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, and 22 percent of nitrogen oxides. Because of their small size, fine particles can be inhaled deeply into the lungs, and may enter the bloodstream. 8 “Over 2,000 peer-reviewed studies published since 1996 provide overwhelming evidence of the many adverse health effects of particulate pollution…”9 There is broad scientific consensus that fine particle pollution endangers our health. These health effects range in severity from minor symptoms to chronic, serious and fatal outcomes.

Sildenafil Use and Increased Risk of Incident Melanoma in US Men A Prospective Cohort Study

 

Wen-Qing Li, PhD; Abrar A. Qureshi, MD, MPH; Kathleen C. Robinson, PhD; Jiali Han, PhD 2014 JAMA Internal Medicine The RAS/RAF/mitogen-activated protein kinase and extracellular signal–regulated kinase (ERK) kinase/ERK cascade plays a crucial role in melanoma cell proliferation and survival. Sildenafil citrate (Viagra) is a phosphodiesterase (PDE) 5A inhibitor commonly used for erectile dysfunction. Recent studies have shown that BRAF activation down-regulates PDE5A levels, and low PDE5A expression by BRAF activation or sildenafil use increases the invasiveness of melanoma cells, which raises the possible adverse effect of sildenafil use on melanoma risk.

 

Association between Cutaneous Nevi and Breast Cancer in the Nurses' Health Study: A Prospective Cohort Study

Mingfeng Zhang, Xuehong Zhang, Abrar A. Qureshi, A. Heather Eliassen, Susan E. Hankinson, Jiali Han 2014 PLOS Medicine Cutaneous nevi are suggested to be hormone-related. We hypothesized that the number of cutaneous nevi might be a phenotypic marker of plasma hormone levels and predict subsequent breast cancer risk.

Association of Nut Consumption with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality

 

Ying Bao, M.D., Sc.D., Jiali Han, Ph.D., Frank B. Hu, M.D., Ph.D., Edward L. Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D., Meir J. Stampfer, M.D., Dr.P.H., Walter C. Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H., and Charles S. Fuchs, M.D., M.P.H. 2013 The New England Journal of Medicine Increased nut consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of major chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus. However, the association between nut consumption and mortality remains unclear.

Addressing the Demand for Cultural Relevance in Intervention Design

Colleen S. Keller, PhD, Kathryn Coe, PhD, Nancy Moore, PhD 2014 Health Promotion Practice This article describes the development of a model to promote physical activity in Hispanic women that embeds a life course perspective and culture to enhance comparative effectiveness in intervention design. When working with diverse cultural groups, researchers often struggle with intervention designs and strategies to enhance cultural relevance; they do so based on the assumption that this will enhance efficacy and make interventions more sustainable.

Using remote sensing to monitor the influence of river discharge on watershed outlets and adjacent coral Reefs: Magdalena River and Rosario Islands, Colombiasing the Demand for Cultural Relevance in Intervention Design

Max J. Moreno-Madriñána, Douglas L. Rickmanb, Igor Ogashawarac, Daniel E. Irwind, Jun Yee, Mohammad Z. Al-Hamdanf 2015 International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation In this case study, we explored the applicability of using remote sensing (RS) technology to detect and monitor the relationship between water quality at the coral reefs around the Rosario Islands, in the Caribbean Sea and the rainfall patterns in the Magdalena River watershed.

Improving Inland Water Quality Monitoring through Remote Sensing Techniques

Igor Ogashawara and Max J. Moreno-Madriñán 2014 International Journal of Geo-Information Chlorophyll-a (chl-a) levels in lake water could indicate the presence of cyanobacteria, which can be a concern for public health due to their potential to produce toxins. Monitoring of chl-a has been an important practice in aquatic systems, especially in those used for human services, as they imply an increased risk of exposure. Remote sensing technology is being increasingly used to monitor water quality, although its application in cases of small urban lakes is limited by the spatial resolution of the sensors. Lake Thonotosassa, FL, USA, a 3.45-km2 suburban lake with several uses for the local population, is being monitored monthly by traditional methods. We developed an empirical bio-optical algorithm for the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) daily surface reflectance product to monitor daily chl-a. We applied the same algorithm to four different periods of the year using 11 years of water quality data. Normalized root mean squared errors were lower during the first (0.27) and second (0.34) trimester and increased during the third (0.54) and fourth (1.85) trimesters of the year. Overall results showed that Earth-observing technologies and, particularly, MODIS products can also be applied to improve environmental health management through water quality monitoring of small lakes.