Accomplishments: Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

June 22, 2020
John Olawepo, Jennifer Pharr, Axenya Kachen, Babayemi Olakunde, and Francisco Sy (all Environmental and Occupational Health) and Chad Cross (Medicine) recently published an article, "Changes in Body Mass Index among People Living with HIV Who Are New on Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis" in the journal AIDS Care.  
June 19, 2020
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy), Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) and former UNLV student co-authors recently published an article, "Financial difficulty in community-dwelling persons with lower limb loss is associated with reduced self-perceived health and well-being” in the journal Prosthetics and Orthotics International. The study interviewed 90 participants with limb loss and found the experience of financial difficulty negatively impacted physical and emotional...
June 17, 2020
Paula Frew and Laura Randall (Environmental & Occupational Health) recently had their article "Patient Decision Making Related to Maternal and Childhood Vaccines: Exploring the Role of Trust in Providers Through a Relational Theory of Power Approach" published in Health Education & Behavior. 
June 11, 2020
Ann M. Vuong (Environmental & Occupational Health) published an article on "Prenatal Exposure to a Mixture of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Child Reading Skills at School Age" in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. Prenatal exposure to persistent organic pollutants may affect child neurobehavior; however, exposures to mixtures of POPs have rarely been examined. The study revealed inverse associations between prenatal polybrominated diphenyl ethers...
June 9, 2020
L.-W. Antony Chen (Environmental and Occupational Health), in collaboration with faculty at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, received an award from the National Science Foundation for a three-year project that will study the impact of wildfires in the Arctic region, with emphasis on brown carbon, a unique air pollutant and climate forcer. UNLV's portion of the grant is $134,526, and the research project is expected to involve three or more undergraduate students.
June 4, 2020
Paula Frew (Environmental & Occupational Health) recently published the article "Factors Associated With Referring Close Contacts to an App With Individually-Tailored Vaccine Information" in Vaccine.
May 26, 2020
Sanae El Ibrahimi (Environmental and Occupational Health), along with  colleagues from Comagine Health and the Oregon Health Sciences University, published an abstract at the Academy Health 2020 Annual Research meeting titled “A Comparison of Trends in Opioid Dispensing Patterns between Medicaid Pharmacy Claims and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Data." The oral presentation in Boston has been canceled because of the pandemic. Virtual presentations are being planned. The conference...
May 19, 2020
Anjala S. Krishen (Marketing & International Business) had a paper, "Harnessing the Waiting Experience: Anticipation, Expectations, and WOM," accepted in Journal of Services Marketing. This interdisciplinary work was conducted in collaboration with the Shark Reef Exhibit at Mandalay Bay and co-authored with Brian Robison and two UNLV doctoral alums, Orie Berezan, assistant professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Shaurya Agarwal, assistant professor at University of...
May 18, 2020
Sheniz Moonie, and Karen Gutierrez (both Environmental and Occupational Health), along with Julia Anderson, '19 PhD Public Health, co-authored a study on "Factors and Cost Associated with Atopic Dermatitis in Nevada" in the journal Postgraduate Medicine. Atopic dermatitis (AD), or eczema, is an inflammatory illness that impacts individuals of all ages. The cost of treating AD and the impact on the quality of life have not been well documented in Nevada. This study seeks to fill this gap by...
May 14, 2020
Mark Buttner and Patricia Cruz (both Environmental and Occupational Health) received a 10-month, $1 million award through the Nevada department of health and human services to conduct molecular microbiological environmental monitoring and research.
May 13, 2020
Ann M. Vuong (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently published an article on "Maternal Cadmium Exposure and Neurobehavior in Children: The HOME Study" in the journal Environmental Research. The objective of the study was to examine the potential associations between Cd exposure during pregnancy and neurobehavior among children.
May 13, 2020
Qing Wu, Xiangxue Xiao, and Yingke Xu (all Environmental and Occupational Health) recently published two studies together in the Journal of Clinical Medicine: "Evaluating the Performance of the WHO International Reference Standard for Osteoporosis Diagnosis in Postmenopausal Women of Varied Polygenic Score and Race"   "Performance of FRAX in Predicting Fractures in US Postmenopausal Women with Varied Race and Genetic Profiles" Xiao and Xu are both doctoral students at the School of Public...