This collection includes articles written by the faculty of the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health about environmental health risks including lead poisoning, invasive species, polychlorinated biphenyls (PBCs)


Submissions from 2020

Examining Determinants of Metabolic Syndrome in People With Intellectual Disabilities, Ram Lakhan, Vinayak K. Nahar, Louisa Summers, and Manoj Sharma

Can Vitamin E Slow Down Mild Cognitive Impairment in Elderly People?, Ram Lakhan DrPH and Manoj Sharma MBBS, MCHES, PhD


Factors Impacting Swimming Participation and Competence: A Qualitative Report, Todd E. Layne, Carol C. Irwin, Jennifer Renee Pharr, and Richard L. Irwin

Factors Affecting Occupational Hazards among Operating Room Personnel at Hospitals Affiliated in Western Iran: A Cross-Sectional Study, Javad Y. Lebni, Farbod E. Azar, Manoj Sharma, Alireza Zangeneh, Neda Kianipour, Seyyed A. Azizi, Amir Jalali, and Arash Ziapour

Teachers’ Self-Efficacy and Technology Integration in K-12 Education: A Meta-Analysis, Chengcheng Li; Yichen Yang; Qing Wu; Shaoan Zhang; and Bowen Liu University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Statewide Stay‐At‐Home Directives on the Spread of COVID‐19 in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties in the United States, Ge Lin, Tonglin Zhang, Ying Zhang, and Quanyi Wang

Developing an Indicator System for a Healthy City: Taking an Urban Area as a Pilot, Tingting Li, Yong Fang, Dewei Zeng, Zumin Shi, Manoj Sharma, Huan Zeng, and Yong Zhao

2020 Blood Lead Testing and Response Plan, Erika Marquez, Erick B. López, Amber Osterholt, Natascha Kotte, Josh Huebner, and Eddy Virgen

Body Functions of Individuals with Poly-trauma and Chronic Pain, Armando S. Miciano Jr., MD and Chad L. Cross PhD, MFT, PStat(R), C-MDI

Contribution of Kinesiophobia in Individuals with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Chronic Pain, Armando S. Miciano Jr., MD and Chad L. Cross PhD, MFT, PStat(R), C-MDI

Physical Function and Fatigue in Community-Dwelling Older Adults with High Fall Risk, Armando S. Miciano Jr., MD and Chad L. Cross PhD, MFT, PStat(R), C-MDI

Urinary Symptoms and Infections Among Female Garment Factory Workers in Bangladesh, Jacxelyn Moran, Taylor Jennelle Fitch, Gabriela Villanueva, Mohammad Morshedul Quadir, Lung-Chang Chien, and Hasnat Alamgir


Readability and Suitability Assessment of Educational Materials in Promoting the Quality of Life for Postmenopausal Women, Mohammad Ali Morowatisharifabad, Nooshin Yoshany, Manoj Sharma, Narjes Bahri, and Sara Jambarsang

Male Addicts’ Experiences on Predictors of Relapse to Drug Use: A Directed Qualitative Content Analysis, Amirabbas Mousali, Latif Moradveisi, Majid Barati, Babak Moeini, Saeed Bashirian, Manoj Sharma, and Younes Mohammadi

Factors Associated with Initiation and Sustenance of Stress Management Behaviors in Veterinary Students: Testing of Multi-Theory Model (MTM), Vinayak K. Nahak, Julia K. Wells, Robert E. Davis, Elizabeth C. Johnson, Jason W. Johnson, and Manoj Sharma

Determinants of Exclusive Breast-Feeding Discontinuation in Southeastern Brazil, 2008-2013: A Pooled Data Analysis, Edinalva Neves Nascimento, Cláudio Leone, Luiz Carlos De Abreu, and Gabriela Buccini

HIV-Related Risk Behaviors and HIV Testing Among People With Sensory Disabilities in the United States, Babayemi O. Olakunde and Jennifer R. Pharr

HIV Testing Among Pregnant Women With Prenatal Care in the United States: An Analysis of the 2011–2017 National Survey of Family Growth, Babayemi O. Olakunde, Jennifer R. Pharr, and Daniel A. Adeyinka


Individual- and Country-Level Correlates of Female Permanent Contraception Use in Sub-Saharan Africa, Babayemi O. Olakunde, Jennifer R. Pharr, Lung-Chang Chien, Rebecca D. Benfield, and Francisco S. Sy

Veterinarians’ Attitudes and Practices Regarding Opioid-Related Vet Shopping in Tri-State Appalachian Counties: An Exploratory Study, Falguni C. Patel, Jeffrey A. Raines, Richard W. Kim, Karen Gruszynski, Robert E. Davis, Manoj Sharma, Gilbert Patterson, Jason W. Johnson, and Vinayak K. Nahar

Exploring Factors Influencing Whether Residents Participate in Square Dancing Using Social Cognitive Theory: A Cross-Sectional Survey in Chongqing, China, Feng Peng, Hongjia Yan BS, Manoj Sharma PhD, Ying Liu BS, Ying Lu BS, Shijie Zhu BS, Peiqian Li BS, Nianyong Ren BS, Ting Li BS, and Yong Zhao MD


Exercise as a Mitigator of Poor Mental Health Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults, Jennifer R. Pharr, Jason D. Flatt, Lung-Chang Chien, Axenya Kachen, and Babayemi O. Olakunde

Physical Activity Guidelines Compliance and Its Relationship With Preventative Health Behaviors and Risky Health Behaviors, Jennifer R. Pharr, Mary Angela M. Terencio, and Timothy Bungum

The Association Between Etiology of Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Race‐Ethnicity in Florida, Paulo S. Pinheiro, Heidy Medina, Karen E. Callahan, Patricia D. Jones, Clyde Perry Brown, Sean F. Altekruse, Katherine A. McGlynn, and Erin N. Kobetz

The Association Between Etiology of Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Race‐Ethnicity in Florida, Paulo S. Pinheiro, Heidy Medina, Karen E. Callahan, Patricia D. Jones, Clyde Perry Brown, Sean F. Altekruse, Katherine A. McGlynn, and Erin N. Kobetz

Posttraumatic Cranial Suture Diastasis in Pediatric Temporal Bone Fractures, Nathaniel Reeve, Jacob B. Kahane, Jordan Miller, Chad Cross, Allen Young, and Matthew Ng

An Assessment of the Campus Food Environment at a Large Urban University, Brianna Rivera, Alexis Carter, Samantha Ray, John Iannuzzi, and Sheila Clark


A National Study on the Physical and Mental Health of Intersex Adults in the U.S., Amy Rosenwohl-Mack, Suegee Tamar-Mattis, Arlene B. Baratz, Katharine B. Dalke, Alesdair Ittelson, Kimberly Zieselman, and Jason D. Flatt

Efficacy of Endoscopic-Guided Needle-Based Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy in Diagnosis of Pancreatic Lesions: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Syed Saghir, Banreet Dhindsa, Sarav Gunjit Singh Daid, Harmeet Mashiana, Amaninder Dhaliwal, Chad L. Cross, Shailander Singh, Ishfaq Bhat, Gordon V. Ohning, and Douglas Adler

Efficacy of Single Incision Needle Knife Biopsy for the Diagnosis of Upper Gastrointestinal Subepithelial Tumors: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Amaan Shafi, Banreet Dhindsa, Syed Saghir, Amaninder Dhaliwal, Harmeet Mashiana, Daryl Ramai, Chad L. Cross, Ishfaq Bhat, Shailender Singh, and Vishvinder Sharma

Accurate Confidence Intervals for Proportion in Studies With Clustered Binary Outcome, Guogen Shan

Two-Stage Optimal Designs Based on Exact Variance for a Single-Arm Trial With Survival Endpoints, Guogen Shan

Missed Physical Therapy Treatments in the Acute Hospital Toward a More Complete Understanding, Guogen Shan, Stephen Lee Johnson, Joseph Fertitta, Jesse Kim, Patrick Williams, Qing Wu, Ge Kan, Jehangir Daruwalla, Stephen D. Benning, and Daniel L. Young


Correlation Coefficients for a Study with Repeated Measures, Guogen Shan, Hua Zhang, and Tao Jiang

Predictors of Behaviour Change for Unhealthy Sleep Patterns Among Indian Dental Students, Ankur Sharma, Meena Jain, Vinayak K. Nahar, and Manoj Sharma

Applications of the Fourth-Generation Multi-Theory Model (MTM) of Health Behavior Change to Obesogenic Behaviors in College Students, Manoj Sharma

Marijuana Use in Older Adults: Need for Educational, Screening and Policy Interventions, Manoj Sharma

Planning and Evaluation Methods for Alcohol and Drug Educators, Manoj Sharma

Potential of Weight Gain During COVID-19 Community-Wide Quarantine, Manoj Sharma

Alcohol Advertising: Implications for Reducing the Negative Impact on Underage Drinking, Manoj Sharma, Kavita Batra, and Ram Lakham DrPH

Alcohol Consumption in COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Alcohol Education, Manoj Sharma, Kavita Batra, and Vinayak K. Nahar

Foundations of Mental Health Promotion, Manoj Sharma MBBS, PhD, MCHES and Paul Branscum PhD, RD, FAAHB

Introduction to Community and Public Health, Manoj Sharma MBBS, MCHES, PhD and Paul W. Branscum PhD, RD

Thematic Analysis for Fruits and Vegetable Consumption Behavior Among Asian Americans, Manoj Sharma PhD; Taj Haider MPH; Chia-Liang Dai PhD, CHES; and Hema Sunchu MBBS

Association Between Alcohol and Drugs and Juvenile Delinquency: Implications for Alcohol and Drug Education, Manoj Sharma and Xiaoli Su PD

Testing the Multi-Theory Model for Initiation and Sustenance of Smoking Cessation at Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Nepal: A Cross-Sectional Study, Sumitra Sharma, Umesh R. Aryal, and Manoj Sharma

Evolution of Source Contributions During Heavy Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Pollution Episodes in Eastern China Through Online Measurements, Juanyong Shen, Qianbiao Zhao, Zhen Cheng, Juntao Huo, Wenfei Zhu, Yihua Zhang, Yusen Duan, Xiaoliang Wang, Lung-Wen Antony Chen, and Qingyan Fu

Non-Traditional and Non-Invasive Approaches in Facial Rejuvenation: A Brief Review, Abigail M. Smith, Taylor Ferris, Vinayak K. Nahar, and Manoj Sharma

Comparison of Signaling Profiles in the Low Dose Range Following Low and High LET Radiation, Deepa M. Sridharan, Lung-Chang Chien, Francis A. Cucinotta, and Janice M. Pluth

The Relationship Between Fighting Style, Cognition, and Regional Brain Volume in Professional Combatants: A Preliminary Examination Using Brief Neurocognitive Measures, Steve J. Stephen, Guogen Shan, Sarah J. Banks, Charles Bernick, and Lauren L. Bennett

Physical Activity Among School-Aged Children and Interventions Using Self-Determination Theory (SDT): A Scoping Review, Tameka Stewart and Manoj Sharma

Introduction to Special Issue on Sexual Health Risks and Assessments, Markie L.C. Twist

Introduction to Special Issue on Digihealth and Sexual Health, Markie L.C. Twist and Neil McArthur

Prenatal Exposure to a Mixture of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Child Reading Skills at School Age, Ann M. Vuong, Changchun Xie, Roman Jandarov, Kim N. Dietrich, Hongmei Zhang, Andreas Sjodon, Antonia M. Calafat, Bruce P. Lanphear, Lawrence McCandless, Joseph M. Braun, Kimberly Yolton, and Aimin Chen


Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE) and Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Exposures During Pregnancy and Maternal Depression, Ann M. Vuong, Kimberly Yolton, Joseph M. Braun, Andreas Sjodin, Antonia M. Calafat, Yingying Xu, Kim N. Dietrich, Bruce P. Lanphear, and Aimin Chen


Reduction of Secondary Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Households by Face Mask Use, Disinfection and Social Distancing: A Cohort Study in Beijing, China, Yu Wang, Huaiyu Tian, Li Zhang, Dandan Guo, Wenting Wu, Xingxing Zhang, Ge Lin Kan, Lei Jia, Da Huo, Beiwei Liu, Xiaoli Wang, Ying Sun, Quanyi Wang, Peng Yang, and C. Raina MacIntyre

Using Multi Theory Model (MTM) Of Health Behavior Change to Explain Intention for Initiation and Sustenance of the Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables Among African American Men From Barbershops in Mississippi, Jaelrbreiret L. Williams, Manoj Sharma, Vincent L. Mendy, Sophia Leggett, Luma Akil, and Samuel Perkins

Instrument Validation Using Multi Theory Model (MTM) To Measure Change in Fruits and Vegetables Consumption Among African American Men, Jaelrbreiret Williams MBBS, MCHES, PhD; Manoj Sharma MBBS, MCHES, PhD; Vincent Mendy MPH, DrPH, CPH; Sophia Leggett MPH, PhD; Luma Akil PhD; and Samuel Perkins PhD

Association Between Self-Reported Food Preferences and Psychological Well-Being During Perimenopausal Period Among Chinese Women, Tingting Wu, Xiaorong Hou, Fan Zhang, Manoj Sharma, Yong Zhao, and Zumin Shi

Changes in Preventive Care Utilisation and Its Influencing Factors Among Chinese Adults Before and After the Healthcare Reform: Cross-Sectional Evidence From the China Health and Nutrition Survey in 2004-2015, Tingting Wu, Wei Wei Liu, Mao Zou, Xun Lei, Qiang Yang, Manoj Sharma, Yong Zhao, and Zu Min Shi

Maternal Cadmium Exposure and Neurobehavior in Children: The HOME Study, Weili Yang, Ann M. Vuong, Changchun Xie, Kim N. Dietrich, Margaret R. Karagas, Bruce P. Lanphear, Joseph M. Braun, Kimberly Yolton, and Aimin Chen

Using Mobile Health Tools to Engage Rural Underserved Individuals in a Diabetes Education Program in South Texas: Feasibility Study, Zenong Yin MA, PhD; Janna Lesser RN, FAAN, PhD; Kristi A. Paiva MPH; Jose Zapata Jr, MSS; Andrea Moreno-Vasquez MPH; Timothy J. Grigsby PhD; Stacy R. Ryan-Pettes PhD; Deborah Parra-Medina MPH, PhD, FAAHB; Vanessa Estrada MSc; Shiyu Li MSc; and Jing Wang MPH, PhD, RN, FAAN

Spatiotemporal Epidemiology of Varicella in Chongqing, China, 2014-2018, Hua Zhu, Han Zhao, Rong Ou, Qing Zeng, Ling Hu, Hongfang Qiu, Manoj Sharma, and Mengliang Ye

Educational Needs Assessment Among 10-14-Year-Old Girls About Puberty Adolescent Health of Ardebil, Arosh Ziapour, Manoj Sharma, Nazila NeJhaddadgar, Afrouz Mardi, and Sedigheh S. Tavafian

Submissions from 2019


Sex Differences in Cognitive Changes in De Novo Parkinson’s Disease, Ece Bayram, Sarah J. Banks, Guogen Shan, Nikki Kaplan, and Jessica Z.K. Caldwell

Longitudinal Change in Regional Brain Volumes with Exposure to Repetitive Head Impacts, Charles Bernick, Guogen Shan, Henrik Zetterberg, Sarah Banks, Virendra R. Mishra, Lynn Bekris, James B. Leverenz, and Kaj Blennow

The Effect of Age of First Exposure to Competitive Fighting on Cognitive and Other Neuropsychiatric Symptoms and Brain Volume, Barry R. Bryant, Bharat R. Narapareddy, Michael J.C. Bray, Lisa N. Richey, Akshay Krieg, Gougen Shan, Matthew E. Peters, and Charles B. Bernick

Hepatocellular Carcinoma Among Hispanics: An Understudied Public Health Priority, Karen E. Callahan MPH and Paulo S. Pinheiro MD, PhD


Low Colorectal Cancer Survival in the Mountain West State of Nevada: A Population-Based Analysis, Karen E. Callahan, Carmen P. Ponce, Chad L. Cross, Francisco S. Sy, and Paulo S. Pinheiro

Evaluation of the Oxidation Flow Reactor for Particulate Matter Emission Limit Certification, Junji Cao, Qiyuan Wang, Li Li, Yue Zhang, Jie Tian, L.W. Antony Chen, Steven Sai Hang Ho, Xiaoliang Wang, Judith C. Chow, and John G. Watson

Development and Acceptability of a Video-Based Vaccine Promotion Tutorial for Obstetric Care Providers, Allison T. Chamberlain, Rupali J. Limaye, Sean T. O'Leary, Paula M. Frew, Sarah E. Brewer, C. I. Spina, Mallory K. Ellingson, Matthew Z. Dudley, Walter A. Orenstein, Meghan A. Donnelly, Laura E. Riley, Kevin A. Ault, Daniel A. Salmon, and Saad B. Omer

Bioaerosol Concentrations and Size Distributions during the Autumn and Winter Seasons in an Industrial City of Central China, Lung-Wen Chen, Ting Liu, Mi Zhang, John G. Watson, Judith C. Chow, Junji Cao, Hongyu Chen, Wei Wang, Jiaquan Zhang, Changlin Zhan, Hongxia Liu, Jingru Zheng, Naiwen Chen, Ruizhen Yao, and Wensheng Xiao

An Evaluation of Food Insecurity and Its Correlates in a Filipino American Study Sample Residing in Clark County, Nevada, Prescott Cheong, Courtney Coughenour, Maya Shegog, Saruna Ghimire, Lawrence Sagadraca, and Francisco Sy


Identifiying High Risk Areas of Zika Virus Infection by Meteorological Factors in Columbia, Lung-Chang Chien, Francisco Sy, and Adriana Perez


Changes in PM2.5 Peat Combustion Source Profiles with Atmospheric Aging in an Oxidation Flow Reactor, Judith C. Chow, Junji Cao, Lung-Wen Anthony Chen, Xiaoliang Wang, Qiyuan Wang, Jie Tian, Steven Sai Hang Ho, Adam C. Watts, Tessa B. Carlson, Steven D. Kohl, and John G. Watson

Engaging Rural Nevadans in Participatory Research to Explore and Explain the Community Food and Physical Activity Context, Courtney Coughenour, Anne R. Lindsay, Holly Gatzke, Juliana Baker-Tingey, and Steve Lewis

Evaluation and Management of Exposure to Infectious Agents, Patricia Cruz Perez, Janet M. Macher, Deborah Gold, Jennifer S. Kyle, Timur S. Durrani, and Dennis Shusterman

The Relationships Between Emerging Adult Transition Themes, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Substance Use Patterns Among a Community Cohort of Hispanics, Myriam Forster, Steven Vetrone, Timothy J. Grigsby, Christopher J. Rogers, and Jennifer B. Unger

"To Me, Everybody is Infected": Understanding Narratives About HIV Risk Among HIV-Negative Black Men Who Have Sex With Men in the Deep South, Paula Frew PhD, MA, MPH; Damian J. Denson PhD, MPH; Deborah Gelaude MA; Heather Saul; Alisú Schoua-Glusberg; Laura A. Randall MPH; Katherine Kenward MA; Elizabeth Gall MHS; DeMarc Hickson; and Jay Schamel

Made to Order: Using Gubernatorial Executive Orders to Promote Health in All Policies, Maxim Gakh

The Relationship between School Absenteeism and Substance Use: An Integrative Literature Review, Maxim Gakh, Courtney Coughenour, Bertille Octavie Assoumou, and Melissa Venderstelt

Concomitant Utilization of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY) Among Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men in Los Angeles County, California, Ian W. Holloway, Diane Tan, Robert A. Bednarczyk, Vincent L. Fenimore, Laura Randall, Chelsea S. Lutz, and Paula M. Frew

The Relations Among Depression, Cognition, and Brain Volume in Professional Boxers: A Preliminary Examination Using Brief Clinical Measures, Bern Lee, Lauren L. Bennett, Charles Bernick, Guogen Shan, and Sarah J. Banks


Implementation of National Policies for a Total Asbestos Ban: A Global Comparison, Ro-Ting Lin PhD, Lung-Chang Chien DrPH, Masamine Jimba PhD, Sugio Furuya Bec, and Ken Takahashi PhD


Patient and Provider Perspectives on How Trust Influences Maternal Vaccine Acceptance Among Pregnant Women in Kenya, Stacy W. Nganga, Nancy A. Otieno, Maxwell Adero, Dominic Ouma, Sandra S. Chaves, Jennifer R. Verani, Marc-Alain Widdowson, Andrew Wilson, Irina Bergenfeld, Courtni Andrews, Vincent L. Fenimore, Ines Gonzalez-Casanova, Paula M. Frew, Saad B. Omer, and Fauzia A. Malik

HIV Testing Among Men in Nigeria: A Comparative Analysis Between Young People and Adults, Babayemi O. Olakunde, Daniel A. Adeyinka, John O. Olawepo, and Jennifer R. Pharr

Towards the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Nigeria: A Health System Prespective of the Achievements and Challenges, Babayemi O. Olakunde, Daniel A. Adeyinka, John O. Olawepo, Jennifer R. Pharr, Chamberline E. Ozigbu, Sabastine Wakdok, Tolu Oladele, and Echezona E. Ezeanolue

HIV-Related Risk Behaviors and Testing Among Adolescent Gay and Bisexual Boys in the United States, Babayemi O. Olakunde, Jennifer Pharr, Daniel A. Adeyinka, and Philip Danquah

Uptake of Permanent Contraception Among Women in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Literature Review of Barriers and Facilitators, Babayemi O. Olakunde, Nadia A. Sam-Agudu, Tanviben Y. Patel, Aaron T. Hunt, Aurora M. Buffington, Tara D. Phebus, Ebube Onwasigwe, and Echezona E. Ezeanolue

Social Marketing: Changing consumer’s behavior for their good., Jennifer R. Pharr and Nancy L. Lough


Health and Sociodemographic Differences between Individual and Team Sport Participants, Jennifer R. Pharr, Nancy L. Lough, and Mary Angela Terencio

Liver Cancer: A Leading Cause of Cancer Death in the United States and the Role of the 1945–1965 Birth Cohort by Ethnicity, Paulo S. Pinheiro, Karen E. Callahan, Patricia D. Jones, Cyllene Morris, Justine M. Ransdell, Deukwoo Kwon, Clyde Perry Brown, and Erin N. Kobetz

Disaggregated Hispanic Groups and Cancer: Importance, Methodology, and Current Knowledge, Paulo S. Pinheiro, Karen E. Callahan, and Erin N. Kobetz


Risk of Cancer Death Among White, Black, and Hispanic Populations in South Florida, Paulo S. Pinheiro, Karen E. Callahan, Tulay Koru-Sengul, Justine Ransdell, Layla Bouzoubaa, Clyde P. Brown, and Erin Kobetz

Exact Confindence Limits for Proportion Difference in Clinical Trials with Bilateral Outcomes, Guogen Shan

Exact Tests for Disease Prevalence Studies With Partially Validated Data, Guogen Shan PhD

Exact Unconditional Tests for Dichotomous Data When Comparing Multiple Treatments With a Single Control, Guogen Shan PhD, Carolee Dodge-Francis Ed.D., and Gregory E. Wilding PhD

Efficient Statistical Inference for a Parallel Study with Missing Data by Using an Exact Method, Guogen Shan, Alan Hutson, Gregory E. Wilding, and Guo-Liang Tian

Rejoinder to "Efficient Statistical Inference for a Parallel Study with Missing Data by using and Exact Method", Guogen Shan and Hua Zhang

Association of Organic Solvents and Occupational Noise on Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Among Adults in the US, 1999-2004, Amanda M. Staudt, Kristina W. Whitworth, Lung-Chang Chien, Lawrence W. Whitehead, and David Gimeno Ruiz de Porras