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Araki H, Gustat J, Kawaguchi T, Berenson GS. The association between changes in smoking status and cardiovascular disease risk factors from childhood to young adulthood in longitudinal cross-sectional cohorts: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Showa Univ J Med Sci 18(1), 29-42; March 2006. 


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Battilana J, Fagundes NJ, Heller AH, Goldani A, Freitas LB, Tarazona-Santos E, Munkhbat B, Munkhtuvshin N, Krylov M, Benevolenskaia L, Arnett FC, Batzer MA, Deininger PL, Salzano FM, Bonatto SL. Alu insertion polymorphisms in Native Americans and related Asian populations.  Ann Hum Biol. 2006 Mar-Apr;33(2):142-60.

Batzer MA, Deininger PL, Jurka J, Moran JV. Introduction for the Gene special issue dedicated to the meeting "Genomic impact of eukaryotic transposable elements" at Asilomar.  Gene. 2007 Apr 1;390(1-2):1-2.

Bazzano LA. The high cost of not eating fruits and vegetables. J Am Diet Assn. 2006;106:1364-1368.

Bazzano LA, Gu D, Reynolds K, Wu X, Chen CS, Duan X, Wildman RP, Klag MJ, He J. Alcohol consumption and risk of stroke among Chinese men. Annals of Neurology. 2007;62 (in press).

Bazzano LA, He J. Lifestyle and blood pressure. In: Comprehensive Hypertension. Eds. Greg Lip, John Hall. (Elsevier: New York, NY) 2007.

Bazzano LA, He J, Whelton PK. Blood pressure in westernized and isolated populations. In: Comprehensive Hypertension. Eds. Greg Lip, John Hall. (Elsevier: New York, NY) 2007.

Bazzano LA, Khan Z, Reynolds K, He J. Effect of nocturnal nasal continuous positive airway pressure on blood pressure in obstructive sleep apnea. Hypertension. 2007; 50:417-23.

Bazzano LA, Reynolds K, Holder K, He J. Effect of folate supplementation on risk of cardiovascular diseases: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. JAMA. 2006; 296:2720-2726.

Bedimo-Rung AL, Gustat J, Tompkins BJ, Rice J, Thomson J.  Development of a direct observation instrument to measure environmental characteristics of parks for physical activity.  JPAH 2006 (1) S171-S184.

Beilke MA, Traina-Dorge VL, Sirois M, Bhuiyan A, Murphy EL, Walls JM, Fagan R, Winsor EL, Kissinger PJ.  Relationship between Human T Lymphotropic Virus (HTLV) Type ½ viral burden and clinical and treatment parameters among patients with HIV Type 1 and HTLV-1/2 coinfection.  CID 2007; 44:1229-34.

Belancio VP, Hedges DJ, Deininger P. LINE-1 RNA splicing and influences on mammalian gene expression.  Nucleic Acids Res. 2006 Mar 22;34(5):1512-21.

Belancio VP, Whelton M, Deininger P. Requirements for polyadenylation at the 3' end of LINE-1 elements.  Gene. 2007 Apr 1;390(1-2):98-107.

Berenson GS for the Bogalusa Heart Study Group. Childhood risk factors predict adultcardiovascular risk and strategies for prevention: The Bogalusa Heart Study. In: Gaziano JM, Braunwald E (eds). Atlas of cardiovascular risk factors. Philadelphia, Current Medicine LLC, Chapter 20, 262-272, 2006.

Berenson GS.  Apple vs Pear. The Beefmaster Cowman. Mar 2007. Berenson GS.  Heart Disease and Cow People. The Beefmaster Cowman. Dec 2006.

Berenson GS.  Hypertension – A Stress of Importance, High Blood Pressure. The Beefmaster Cowman. Jan 2007.

Berenson GS.  Try to Change What you Can; Don't Sweat What you Can't Change. The Beefmaster Cowman. Feb 2007. Berenson GS.  What Are Your Numbers? The Beefmaster Cowman. Nov 2006.

Berenson G, Srinivasan S, Chen W, Li S, Patel D. Racial (black-white) contrasts of risk for hypertensive disease in youth have implications for preventive care: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Ethn Dis. 16:S4-2-9, 2006

Bhuiyan AR, Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Rice J, Boerwinkle E, Berenson GS. G-6A polymorphism of angiotensinogen gene modulates the effect of blood pressure on carotid artery intima-media thickness: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Am J Hypertens (in press)

Bhuiyan AR, Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Rice J, Mock N, Tang R, Bond MG, Boerwinkle E, Berenson GS. Nitric Oxide Synthase Gene Polymorphism (G894T) Influence on Carotid Artery Intima-Media Thickness in Adults: The Bogalusa Heart Study. JASH (in press).

Bhuiyan AR, Srinivasan SR, Chen W, Paul TK, Berenson GS. Correlates of vascular structure and function measures in asymptomatic young adults: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Atherosclerosis.189:1-7, 2006.

Brooks BM, Rajeshwari R, Nicklas TA, Yang S, Berenson GS. Association of calcium intake, dairy product consumption with overweight status in young adults (1995-1996): The Bogalusa Heart Study. J Am Coll Nutr, 25:523-532,2006

Buekens P, Almendares O, Carlier Y, Dumonteil E, Eberhard M, Gamboa-Leon  R, James M, Padilla N, Wesson D and Xiong X. Mother-to-Child Transmission of Chagas' Disease in North America: Why don't we do more? Maternal and Child Health Journal 2007 June (DOI 10.1007/s 10995-0246-8)

Buekens P, Xiong X, Harville E. Hurricanes and pregnancy. Birth 2006;33:91-93.

Chen J, Gu D, Chen CS, Wu X, Hamm LL, Muntner P, Batuman V, Lee CH, Whelton PK, He J. Association between the metabolic syndrome and chronic kidney disease in Chinese adults. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2007;22:1100-6.

Chen J, He J, Wildman RP, Reynolds K, Streiffer RH, Whelton PK. A randomized controlled trial of dietary fiber intake on serum lipids. Euro J Clin Nutr 2006;60:62-68.

Chen W, Berenson GS. Metabolic syndrome: definition and prevalence in children. J Pediatr 2007;83:1-3.

Chen W, Li S, Srinivasan SR, Boerwinkle E, Berenson GS. A genome scan for loci influencing levels and trends of lipoprotein lipid-related Traits since childhood: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Atherosclerosis 2006 May 5 [Epub ahead of print].

Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. Path Analysis of Metabolic Syndrome Components in Black versus White Children, Adolescents and Adults: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Annals of Epidemiol (in press)

Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Boerwinkle E, Berenson GS. Beta-adrenergic receptor genes are associated with arterial stiffness in black and white healthy adults: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Am J Hypertens (in press).

Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Li S, Berenson GS. Clustering of long-term trends in metabolic syndrome variables from childhood to adulthood in blacks and whites: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Am J Epidemiol 2007 Jun 14; [Epub ahead of print]

Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Li S, Berenson GS. Different effects of atherogenic lipoproteins and blood pressure on arterial structure and function: The Bogalusa Heart Study. J Clin Hypertens 2006;8:323-329.

Chew GL, Wilson J, Rabito FA, Grimsley F, Iqbal S, Reponen T, et al.  Mold and endotoxin levels in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: a pilot project of homes in New Orleans undergoing renovation. Environ Health Perspect. 2006;114(12): 1883-9.

Clark RA, Theall KP, Amedee AM, Kissinger PJ.  Frequent douching and clinical outcomes among HIV-infected women.  Sex Transm Dis. 2007 Nov; 34 (11).

Clark RA, Theall KP, Amedee AM, Dumestre J, Wenthold L, Kissinger, PJ.  Lack of association between genital tract HIV-1 RNA shedding and hormonal contraceptive use in a cohort of Louisiana women.  Sex Transm Dis. 2007 Nov; 34(11).

Clark RA, Theall KP, Kissinger P.  Consideration for Empiric Trichomonas vaginalis treatment among selected high-risk HIV-infected female populations with concurrent Neisseria gonorrhea or Chlamydia trachomatis cervical infections.  Sex Transm Dis. 2006 Feb;33(2):124-5. 

Clark RA, Theall K, Kissinger PJ. Reply t Microscopy and culture for Trichomonas vaginalis: are both required?  Int J STD AIDS. 2007 Mar;18(3):220

DeSalvo KB, Bloser N, Reynolds K, He J, Muntner P. Mortality prediction with a single general self-rated health question. A meta-analysis.  J Gen Intern Med. 2006;21:267-75.

Deshmukh-Taskar P, Nicklas TA, Morales M, Yang SJ, Zakeri I, Berenson GS. Tracking of overweight status from childhood to young adulthood: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Eur J Clin Nutr 60:48-57, 2006.

Deshmukh-Taskar P, Nicklas TA, Yang S, Berenson GS. Does food group consumption vary by differences in socioeconomic, demographic, and lifestyle factors in young adults? The Bogalusa Heart Study.J Am Diet Assoc. 107:223-234, 2007.

Faramawi MF, Gustat J, Wildman RP, Rice J, Johnson E, Sherwin R. Cardiovascular Health Study Investigators. Relation between depressive symptoms and common carotid artery atherosclerosis in American persons > or =65 years of age. Am J Cardiol. 2007 Jun 1;99(11):1610-3.

Freedman DS, Mei Z, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS, Dietz WH. Cardiovascular risk factors and excess adiposity among overweight children and adolescents: The Bogalusa Heart Study.  J Pediatr. 150:12-17, 2007.

Galassi A, Reynolds K, He J. Metabolic syndrome and risk of cardiovascular disease: a meta-analysis of observational studies.  Am J Med 2006;119:812-819.

Gasior SL, Palmisano M, Deininger PL.  Alu-linked hairpins efficiently mediate RNA interference with less toxicity than do H1-expressed short hairpin RNAs. Anal Biochem. 2006 Feb 1;349(1):41-8.   Gasior SL, Preston G, Hedges DJ, Gilbert N, Moran JV, Deininger PL. Characterization of pre-insertion loci of de novo L1 insertions. Gene. 2007 Apr 1;390(1-2):190-8.

Gasior SL, Wakeman TP, Xu B, Deininger PL. The human LINE-1 retrotransposon creates DNA double-strand breaks.  J Mol Biol. 2006 Apr 14;357(5):1383-93.

Gu D, He J, Duan X, Reynolds K, Wu X, Chen J, Huang G, Chen CS, Whelton PK.  Body weight and mortality among men and women in China.  JAMA. 2006; 295:776-83

Gu D, Ge D, Snieder H, He J, Chen S, Huang J, Li B, Chen R, Qiang B. Association of α1A adrenergic receptor gene variants on chromosome 8p21 with human stage 2 hypertension. J Hypertens. 2006;24:1049-56.

Gu D, Rice T, Wang S, Yang W, Gu C, Chen CS, Hixson JE, Jaquish CE, Yao ZJ, Liu DP, Rao DC, He J. Heritability of blood pressure responses to dietary sodium and potassium intake in a Chinese population. Hypertension. 2007;50:116-22.

Gu D, Wildman RP, Wu X, Reynolds K, Huang J, Chen CS, He J. Incidence and predictors of hypertension over 8 years among Chinese men and women. J Hypertens. 2007; 25:517-523.

Haji SA, Ulusoy RE, Patel DA, Srinivasan SR, Chen W, Delafontaine P, Berenson GS. Predictors of left ventricular dilatation in young adults (from the Bogalusa Heart Study). Am J Cardiol 2006;98:1234-1237.

Hallman DM, Srinivasan SR, Chen W, Boerwinkle E, Berenson GS. Relation of PCSK9 mutations to serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in childhood and adulthood (from The Bogalusa Heart Study). Am J Cardiol 2007;100:69-72.

Hallman DM, Srinivasan SR, Chen W, Boerwinkle E, Berenson GS.  Longitudinal analysis of haplotypes and polymorphisms of the APOA5 and APOC3 genes associated with variation in serum triglyceride levels:The Bogalusa Heart Study. Metabolism 55:1574-81, 2006                    

Harrison SR, Toriello P, Pavluck A, Ellis R, Pedersen E, Gaiennie R, Kissinger P.  The impact of a brief induction on short-term continuation in a therapeutic community.  Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2007;33(1):147-53.

Harville E, Savitz D, Dole N, Thorp J, Herring A. Psychological and biological markers of stress and bacterial vaginosis in pregnant women. BJOG 2007; 114:216-223.

Harville EW, Savitz DA, Dole N, Herring AH, Thorp JM, Light KC. Patterns of salivary cortisol secretion in pregnancy and implications for assessment protocols.  Biol Psychol. 2007 Jan;74(1):85-91. The GenSalt Collaborative Research Group (He, J. - Principal Investigator and Study Chair). GenSalt: rationale, design, methods, and baseline characteristics of study participants. J Human Hypertens. 2007; 21:639-46.

He J, Reynolds K, Chen J, Chen CS, Wu X, Duan X, Reynolds R, Bazzano LA, Whelton PK, Gu D. Cigarette smoking and erectile dysfunction among Chinese men without clinical vascular disease.  Am J Epidemiol. 2007 Jul 10; [Epub ahead of print]

Hedges DJ, Deininger PL. Inviting instability: Transposable elements, double-strand breaks, and the maintenance of genome integrity.  Mutat Res. 2007 Mar 1;616(1-2):46-59.

Hyre AD, Muntner P, Menke A, Raggi P, He J. Trends in ATP-III-Defined High Blood Cholesterol Prevalence, Awareness, Treatment and Control Among U.S. Adults. Ann Epidemiol. 2007;17:548-555. 

Johnson HM, Douglas PS, Srinivasan SR, Bond MG, Tang R, Li S, Chen W, Berenson GS, Stein JH. Predictors of carotid intima-media thickness progression in young adults. The Bogalusa Heart Study. Stroke 2007;38:900-905.

Kabir AA, Whelton PK, Khan MM, Gustat J, Chen W. Association of symptoms of depression and obesity with hypertension: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Am J Hypertens 19:639-45,  2006

Kale SP, Moore, L, Deininger, PL, Roy-Engel, AM.  Heavy Metals Stimulate Human LINE-1 Retrotransposition. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2005, 2(1), 14–23.

Kissinger P, Schmidt N, Mohammed H, Leichliter JS, Gift TL, Meadors B, Sanders C, Farley TA. Patient-delivered partner treatment for Trichomonas vaginalis infection: a randomized controlled trial.  Sex Transm Dis. 2006 Jul;33(7):445-50.

Kissinger P, Schmidt N, Sanders, C, Liddon N.  The effect of the Hurricane Katrina disaster on sexual behavior and access to reproductive care for young women in New Orleans.  Sex Transm Dis. 2007 July; 34 (7).

Lee CH*, Wu DC, Lee JM, Wu IC, Goan YG, Kao EL, Huang HL, Chan TF, Chou SH, Chou YP, Lee CY, Chen PS, Ho CK, He J, Wu MT. Carcinogenetic impact of alcohol intake on squamous cell carcinoma risk of the oesophagus in relation to tobacco smoking. Eur J Cancer. 2007;43:1188-99.

Lentz J, Pan F, Ng SS, Deininger P, Keats B.  Ush1c216A knock-in mouse survives Katrina.  Mutat Res. 2007 Mar 1;616(1-2):139-44.

Li H, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. Comparison of the measures of pulsatile arterial function between asymptomatic younger adult smokers and former smokers: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Am J Hypertens.19:897-901, 2006.          

Li S, Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Boerwinkle E, Berenson GS. Influence of lipoprotein lipase gene Ser447Stop and beta(1)-adrenergic receptor gene Arg389Gly polymorphisms and their interaction on obesity from childhood to adulthood: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Int J Obes (Lond) 2006;30:1183-1188.

Li S, Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Tang R, Bond MG, Berenson GS. Race (black-white) and gender divergences in the relationship of childhood cardiovascular risk factors to carotid artery intima-media thickness in adulthood: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Atherosclerosis 2006 Nov 21; [Epub ahead of print].

Luo ZC, Fraser WD, Julien P, Deal CL, Audibert F, Smith GN, Xiong X, Walker M. Tracing the origins of "fetal origins" of adult disease: programming by oxidative stress? Medical Hypotheses. 2006;66:38-44.

Magnus M, Schillinger JA, Fortenberry JD, Berman SM, Kissinger P. Partner age not associated with recurrent Chlamydia trachomatis infection, condom use, or partner treatment and referral among adolescent women.  J Adolesc Health. 2006 Sep;39(3):396-403. Epub 2006 Jul 10.

Menke A, Muntner P, Wildman RP, Reynolds K, He J. Measures of adiposity and cardiovascular disease risk factors. Obesity. 2007;15:785-95.

Mohammed H, Kissinger P. Disclosure of HIV serostatus to sex partners in rural Louisiana.  AIDS Care. 2006;18 Suppl 1:S62-9.

Muntner P, DeSalvo KB, Wildman RP, Raggi P, He J, Whelton PK.  Trends in the prevalence, awareness, treatment, and control of cardiovascular disease risk factors among noninstitutionalized patients with a history of myocardial infarction and stroke. Am J Epidemiol. 2006;163:913-20.

Muntner P, Menke A, Batuman V, Rabito FA, He J, Todd AC.  Association of tibia lead and blood lead with end-stage renal disease: A pilot study of African-Americans. Environ Res. 2007; 104:396-401

Mzayek F, Hassig S, Sherwin R, Hughes J, Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. The assocation of birth weight with developmental trends in blood pressure from childhood through mid-adulthood. The Bogalusa Heart Study. Am J Epidemiol  2007 May 24; [Epub ahead of print]

Oberhelman RA, Soto-Castellares G, Caviedes L, Castillo ME, Kissinger P, Moore DA, Evans C, Gilman RH. Improved recovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from children using the microscopic observation drug susceptibility method.Pediatrics. 2006 Jul;118(1):e100-6. 

Patel DA, Srinivasan SR, Xu JH, Chen W, Berenson GS. Adiponectin and its correlates of cardiovascular risk in young adults: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Metabolism 2006;55:1551-1557.

Patel DA, Srinivasan SR, Xu JH, Chen W, Berenson GS. Persistent elevation of liver function enzymes within the reference range is associated with increased cardiovascular risk in young adults: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Metabolism. 2007;56:792-798.

Patel DA, Srinivasan SR, Xu JH, Li S, Chen W, Berenson GS. Distribution and metabolic syndrome correlates of plasma C-reactive protein in biracial (black-white) younger adults: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Metabolism 55:699-705, 2006

Rabito FA, Iqbal SI, Holt E, Grimsley LF, Islam T, Scott SK.  Regional variation in dust allergen levels in the homes of urban children with asthma.  Journal of Urban Health. doi: 10.1007/s11524-007-9216-0.

Rabito FA, Iqbal S, Kiernan MP, Holt E, Chew GL, Children's Respiratory Health and Mold Levels in New Orleans Post-Katrina:  A preliminary look.  Journal of Asthma and Clinical Immunology (in press)

Rabito FA, Iqbal S, Shorter C, et al.  The association between demolition activity and children's blood lead levels. Environmental Research 2007;103:345-351.

Reynolds K, Chin A, Lees KA, Nguyen A, Bujnowski D, He J. A meta-analysis of the effect of soy protein supplementation on serum lipids. Am J Cardiol. 2006;98:633-40.

Reynolds K, Gu D, Muntner P, Kusek JW, Chen J, Wu X, Duan X, Chen CS, Klag MJ, Whelton PK, He J. A population-based, prospective study of blood pressure and risk for end-stage renal disease in china. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2007;18:1928-35.

Reynolds K, Gu D, Whelton PK, Wu X, Duan X, Mo J, He J.  Prevalence and risk factors of overweight and obesity in China. Obesity 2007:15:10-18.

Scott SK, Rabito FA, Price PD, Butler NN, Schwartzbaum JA, Jackson BM. Love RL, Harris RE.  Comorbidity among the morbidly obese: A comparative study of 2002 US hospital patient discharges. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2006;02:105-111.

Shen J, Deininger P, Hunt JD, Zhao H. 8-Hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OH-dG) as a potential survival biomarker in patients with nonsmall-cell lung cancer.  Cancer. 2007 Feb 1;109(3):574-80.

Shen J, Deininger PL, Zhao H.  Applications of computational algorithm tools to identify functional SNPs in cytokine genes.  Cytokine. 2006 Jul;35(1-2):62-6.

Srinivasan SR, Frontini MG, Xu J, Berenson GS. Utility of childhood non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in predicting adult dyslipidemia and other cardiovascular risks: The Bogalusa Heart Study.  Pediatrics. 118: 201-6.2006

Srinivasan SR, Myers L, Berenson GS. Changes in metabolic syndrome variables since childhood in prehypertensive and hypertensive subjects. The Bogalusa Heart Study.  Hypertension. 48:33-9,2006

Theall KP, Clark RA, Powell A, Smith H, Kissinger P. Alcohol consumption, ART usage and high-risk sex among women infected with HIV.  AIDS Behav. 2007 Mar;11(2):205-15.

Toriello PJ, Morse P, Morse EV, Kissinger P, Pedersen-Wasson E.  The resuscitation of a New Orleans substance abuse treatment agency after Hurricane Katrina.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2007: 18:482-486.

 Xing J, Wang H, Belancio VP, Cordaux R, Deininger PL, Batzer MA. Emergence of primate genes by retrotransposon-mediated sequence transduction.  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Nov 21;103(47):17608-13.

Xiong X, Buekens P, Fraser WD, Beck J, Offenbacher S. Periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes: A systematic review. BJOG 2006;113:135-143.

Xiong X, Buekens P, Pridjian G, Fraser W. Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension and Perinatal Mortality. Journal of Reproductive Medicine. 2007;52:402-406.

Xiong X, Buekens P, Vastardis S, Pridjian G. Periodontal disease and gestational diabetes mellitus. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2006;195:1086-9.

Xiong X, Buekens P,  Vastardis S, Wu T. Periodontal Disease as One Possible Explanation for the Mexican Paradox. Medical Hypotheses 2006;67:1348-54.

Xiong X, Vastardis S, Buekens P. Periodontal disease and pregnancy outcomes: State-of -the science. Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey 2007;62:605-615.

Xiong X, Wightkin J, Magnus JH, Pridjian G, Acuna J, Buekens P. Birth weight and infant growth: Optimal infant weight gain versus optimal infant weight. Maternal Child Health Journal 2007;11:57-63.

Yang W, Kelly T, He J. Genetic epidemiology of obesity. Rev. Epidemiol Rev. 2007;29:49-61

Zhao H, Shen J, Deininger P, Hunt JD. Abasic sites and survival in resected patients with non-small cell lung cancer.  Cancer Lett. 2007 Feb 8;246(1-2):47-53.

Zhao Q, Fan Z, He J, Chen S, Li H, Zhang P, Wang L, Hu D, Huang J, Qiang B, Gu D. Renalase gene is a novel susceptibility gene for essential hypertension: a two-stage association study in northern Han Chinese population. J Mol Med. 2007;85:877-85.



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