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The Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice is a refereed online journal that explores the dimensions of health disparities globally. The Journal invites submission of original manuscripts from researchers, public health, behavioral health, clinical and social science experts and practitioner that seek to continue the discussion of health disparities in order to eradicate them.

See the Aims and Scope for a complete coverage of the journal. If you have questions, please contact the editors.

Current Issue: Volume 9, Issue 5 (2016) Special Issue - NIDDK STEP UP

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The STEP UP Program
Lawrence Agodoa, MD

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Induction of DUSP9 in Xenografts from Human Breast Cancer Cell Lines increases Mammary Cancer Stem Cells
Albert Barrios; Meher Parveen, PhD; Easter Thames; Melanie Baker; and Shelha Pervin, PhD

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Potential Cost Savings of Not Doing CD4 Counts in HIV Positive People In Rhode Island With An Undetectable Viral Load
Ruth Dele-Oni; Ferdinand Schumacher; Zachary Markus; and Timothy Flanigan, MD

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Nitric Oxide and Cyclic GMP Signaling in Cancer Therapy
Armond Dorsey; Ferid Murad, MD, PhD; and Ka Bian, MD, PhD

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The Role of Integrin-associated Protein “PINCH” in Kidney Development
Tyrone Gamble Jr; Roy Zent, PhD; and Bertha C. Elias, PhD

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COX2 Plays an Important Role in Maintenance of Mammary Cancer Stem Cell Population in Human Breast Cancer Cell Lines
Mayra Garcia; Shehla Pervin, PhD; Easter Thames; Meher Parveen, PhD; and Melanie Baker

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Sex Differences in the Sex Differences in the Effects of Environmental Enrichment After an Early Life Stressor
Alfredo Gutierrez; Annelyn Torres-Reverón, PhD; and Raura Doreste-Méndez

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Collagen IV Assembly: Production of a Recombinant Construct for Mechanistic Studies
Kennedy Harris; Billy Hudson, PhD; Isi Ero-Tolliver, PhD; and Kyle Brown, PhD

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Role of HIV-1 Nef Lysine Residues 4 and 7 in the Interaction with Calnexin and Inhibition of ABCA1 Activity
Valeria Kaufman; Michael Burkinsky, MD, PhD; and Ruth Hunegnaw, MSc, PhD Candidate

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Design and Optimization of a Mycoplasma Detection Assay
Carlos J. León-Rodríguez; Richard J. Noel, Jr., PhD; and Tirtsa Porrata-Doria, MS

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Exploration of Antagonist Efficacy for LPrA2 Like Peptide
Ayobami Loye and Ruben R. Gonzalez-Perez, PhD

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Application of the Transtheoretical Model in Hispanic and African American Populations to Assess Deceased Kidney Donor Noncompliance
Cynthia Mancilla; Amy D. Waterman, PhD; Crystal Kynard-Amerson, MPH; and AuBre Parnicky, MSW

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Dietary Restriction in Drosophila melanogaster Increases Flight Duration
Nelson Nunez; Mark Frye, PhD; and Mehmet Keles, PhD Candidate

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RGS2 and Human Adipogenesis
Kaia Partlow; Alma Madrigal; and Yuanxiang Zhao, PhD

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Glioblastoma Stem Cells
Michael Quintero; Qi Cui; and Yanhong Shi, PhD

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Elucidating the Expression Profile of EZH2 Isoforms in Endometriosis: An immunohistochemical study
John Soto-Vargas; Idhaliz Flores, PhD; Mariano Colón-Caraballo; and Andrés Velázquez-Garcia

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Low Alcohol Beneficial Effects on the Cardiac Function During Cardiac Hypertrophy
Kiera Williams; Georges E. Haddad, PhD; Sima Tarzami, PhD; and Mustafa Baker

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Mapping Snail Spatial Distribution in Guam’s Rivers
Anna Katrina Aragon and Timothy Righetti, PhD

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West Nile Virus and Pattern Recognition Receptors
Jordan Boswell; Verma Saguna, PhD; and Chih-yun Lai

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Banded Application of GeoJute® Barriers to a Representative Area in Guam’s Pago Watershed
Joseph L. Casila; Laura Biggs, PhD; Victoria Flisco; and Bart Lawrence

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Banded Application of Phosgard 0-40-0 to a representative area in Guam’s Pago Watershed
Victoria Flisco; Laura Biggs, PhD; Bart Lawrence; Mohammad Golabi, PhD; and Joseph Casila

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Antibacterial Activity of Extracts from Physalis peruviana (Poha Berry)
Rachel Higaki; Leng C. Chang, PhD; and Mayuramas Sang-ngern

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The Genetic and Environmental Etiology of Schizophrenia in Palau
Elora James; William Byerley, MD; and Christopher U. Kitalong, PhD

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Starch-Based Diet and Type 2 Diabetes
Rosper John Jr and Tetaake Y. Ting

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Isolated Cardiomyocytes from Transgenic Mouse Hearts Show Tissue-specific mTOR Overexpression
Regina Kuhia; Takashi Matsui, MD, PhD; Jason K. Higa, PhD; Naaiko Yorichika, MS; and Briana K. Shimada, BA

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Wellness from Diabetes: Community Health and Diabetes Assessment
Kelly Lorennij; Alexander Hirata, MA; and Emily Gifford, MPH

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Sodium Chloride Affects Growth in Taro
Inny Mareko and Ian Gurr, MS

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Effectiveness of Traditional Treatments of Diabetes in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
Sonsha Padock; Nacanieli Tuivavalagi, PhD; Fredson Ardos, AS; Jackson Philip, BS; and Paul Dacanay, MD

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Traditional Medicine as a Treatment for Type II Diabetes Mellitus
Ronalei Ronny and Christopher U. Kitalong, PhD

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Diet, Water, and Exercise: Impacts on Non-Communicable Disease in Madolenihmw and Uh Municipalities on Pohnpei Island, Federated States of Micronesia
Johner Sehna; Nacanieli Tuivavalagi, PhD; Fredson Ardos, AS; Jackson Philip, BS; and Paul Dacanay, MD

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Reducing Solid Waste Quantities Headed For the Landfill in Futiga
Jacob Van der Ryn; Mia Theresa Comeros, MSc; and Ione Tomanogi, MST

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Marine Pollution Prevention in American Samoa
Taufagalupe Ve'e and Mia Theresa Comeros, MSc

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The Importance of Scientific Mentoring Programs for Underrepresented Youth
Bonnie Halpren-Felsher, PhD and Sheila McLaughlin, MFA

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Decellularized Pancreatic Tissue
Andrea L. Alfonso; Alice E. Jung Lee, PhD; Pamela Hitscherich, MS; and Xiatong Ma, MS

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EHop 167 Innovator Molecule Against Cancer
Gabriela M. Asencio-Torres and Linette Castillo-Pichardo, PhD

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Mapping the Learning Pathways of Larval Zebrafish through Positively Stimulating Their Reward Pathways Using Paramecium
Emily Bryant; Kristen Taylor, MS; Francesca Oltrabella; Amber Simmons; Adam Abate, PhD; and Su Guo, PhD

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The Effects of Pharmacogenetic Activation or Inhibition of the Infralimbic Cortex on Fear Conditioning
Héctor A. Haddock Martínez; James Porter, PhD; Anixa Hernández-López; and Lizette Maldonado-Laboy

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Immunohistochemistry in Irradiated Skin Tissue
Breeann J. Lansiquot; Regina Day, PhD; and Elizabeth A. McCart

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Understanding the Effect of Body Weight on Muscle Activity During Unilateral Hopping
Christian Lopez; Michael Soucy, BS; John Mercer, PhD; and Taylor Lau

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Dynamic Modeling of Fluid Flow within Three-Dimensional Perfusion Bioreactor
Zulikayida Maimaiti; Max J. Lerman, BS; John P. Fisher, PhD; and Jesse K. Placone, PhD

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Lipid Metabolism
Paige Moore; Lawrence Chan, DSc, MBBS; and Elaine Chen

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The Effect of Endogenous Expression of HIV-1 gp120 on Glutamate Metabolism in Human Astrocytes
Richard J. Noel Torres; Vanessa Rivera-Amill, PhD; Fabian Vázquez-Santiago; Yashira García-Flores; and Eileen Pabón-Cruz

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THY-1 Cell Surface Protein and Human Cytomegalovirus Infection
Carson Peters, Dr. Qingxue Li, and Dr. Jeffery Cohen

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A Cholecystokinin B Receptor-Specific Aptamer Does Not Activate Receptor Signaling
Wells Powell; Samuel S. Linton; Christopher O. McGovern; and Gail L. Matters, PhD

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Role of Endomucin in Hypoxia-Induced Retinopathy of Prematurity
James Salvador Niffenegger; Cindy Park-Windhol, PhD; and Patricia A. D'Amore, PhD, MBA

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In Vitro Effect of Ascorbic Acid in HIV-1 Infected CD4+ T-cells
José Santiago Echevarria; Martin Hill, PhD; Lenin Godoy, BS; and Elinette Albino, PhD

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Prostate Cancer and External Beam Therapy
Jordyn Solis and Yu Kuang, PhD

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Detection of Dengue Virus in Acutely Febrile Children in Kenya
Raymond Thicklin; Claire Heath, PhD; Elysse Grossi-Soyster, MS; David Vu, MD; and Angelle Desiree Lebeaud, MD, MS

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Prescription Drug Costs: Does Neighborhood Matter?
Abigayle Alexander and Lisa M. Lapeyrouse, PhD

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The Role of IFN-α/β in Host Antiviral Response to T3D Mammalian Orthoreovirus
Kaitlyn Alvord; Kelli Boyd, DVM, PhD, DACVP; Allen Wu, MD; and Terence Dermody, MD

Traditional Foods: Impacting Type 2 Diabetes for Menominee People
Corryn Arthur; Carolee Dodge Francis, EdD; and Cherie Thunder

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Pilot Study: Placental Weight Ratio in Diabetic Women with Preeclampsia
Lindsey Hancock; Misti Leyva, PhD, RD/LD; and Christopher Ashton, PhD

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The Contributions of Skeletal Muscle PKC Theta to Diet-Induced Obesity
Erika Harness; Joseph S. Marino, PhD; and Yvette Huet, PhD

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Investigating the Role of the Retinoblastoma Protein in the Expression of Immunosuppressive Factors
Felipe Pérez Deliz; Pedro Santiago-Cardona, PhD; J. González, PhD; and Jaileene Pérez-Morales, MEng

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Indirect ELISA for Detection of Fascioliasis IgG Antibodies in Human Sera
Ernesto R. Ramos Maldonado and Ana M. Espino, PhD

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MT1a mRNA Expression in Human Lung Cells (BEAS 2B) After Airborne PM10 and Copper Exposure: A Possible Biomarker for Asthma
Mariela Rosa-Casillas; Noé Crespo-Hernández, BS; Mario Ortiz-Martínez; and Braulio Jiménez-Vélez

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Polymer Antimicrobial Synergy Research
Samuel Smith and Charles V. Rice, PhD

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Protein Expression of Steroid Receptors in Macaca mulatta endometriotic Lesions
Héctor Torres; Lynette Ruiz, PhD; Olga Gonzalez, DVM; and Luisa Morales, DrPH

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HIV-1 Vpr Causes Synaptodendritic Damage in Neurons
María A. Torres Rivera; Richard Noel, Jr., PhD; Bethzaly Velázquez-Pérez; and Neysha Martínez-Orengo, MS

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The Role of SUMO and Coilin in the Cajal Body
Shanya Whitehorse and Mario Izaguirre-Sierra, PhD

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Anticancer Effect of Moringa oleifera Leaf Extract in Human Cancer Cell Lines
María Del Mar Zayas-Viera; Pablo Vivas-Mejia, Ph.D; and Jeyshka Reyes, PhD