Avron Spiro

Summary

Affiliation: Boston University
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc Integrating health into cognitive aging: toward a preventive cognitive neuroscience of aging
    Avron Spiro
    Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center, VA Boston Healthcare System, Massachusetts, USA
    J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 66:i17-25. 2011
  2. ncbi Posttraumatic stress disorder and health status: the veterans health study
    Avron Spiro
    Normative Aging Study, Boston VA Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 29:71-86. 2006
  3. pmc Interaction of the delta-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase polymorphism and lead burden on cognitive function: the VA normative aging study
    Pradeep Rajan
    Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    J Occup Environ Med 50:1053-61. 2008
  4. pmc Cumulative lead exposure in community-dwelling adults and fine motor function: comparing standard and novel tasks in the VA normative aging study
    Rachel Grashow
    Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    Neurotoxicology 35:154-61. 2013
  5. ncbi Cumulative lead exposure and cognitive performance among elderly men
    Marc G Weisskopf
    Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA
    Epidemiology 18:59-66. 2007
  6. pmc Stress as a potential modifier of the impact of lead levels on blood pressure: the normative aging study
    Junenette L Peters
    Department of Environmental Health, Harvard Shool of Public Health, Boston, MA 02215, USA
    Environ Health Perspect 115:1154-9. 2007
  7. ncbi Comprehensive health status assessment of centenarians: results from the 1999 large health survey of veteran enrollees
    Alfredo J Selim
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bedford, MA, USA
    J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 60:515-9. 2005
  8. doi Distinguishing late-onset stress symptomatology from posttraumatic stress disorder in older combat veterans
    Carrie M Potter
    VA National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA
    Aging Ment Health 17:173-9. 2013
  9. pmc Childhood and adult socioeconomic position, cumulative lead levels, and pessimism in later life: the VA Normative Aging Study
    Junenette L Peters
    Department of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health, 715 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118, USA
    Am J Epidemiol 174:1345-53. 2011
  10. pmc Lead burden and psychiatric symptoms and the modifying influence of the delta-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase (ALAD) polymorphism: the VA Normative Aging Study
    Pradeep Rajan
    Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    Am J Epidemiol 166:1400-8. 2007

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Publications87

  1. pmc Integrating health into cognitive aging: toward a preventive cognitive neuroscience of aging
    Avron Spiro
    Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center, VA Boston Healthcare System, Massachusetts, USA
    J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 66:i17-25. 2011
    ..Once age is removed from consideration, other truly causal explanations for "cognitive aging" must be identified. We argue that health and disease represent an important class of explanatory variables for age-related cognitive changes...
  2. ncbi Posttraumatic stress disorder and health status: the veterans health study
    Avron Spiro
    Normative Aging Study, Boston VA Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 29:71-86. 2006
    ..Mental health treatment alleviated some of this burden. The potential impact of PTSD on health status should be more widely recognized...
  3. pmc Interaction of the delta-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase polymorphism and lead burden on cognitive function: the VA normative aging study
    Pradeep Rajan
    Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    J Occup Environ Med 50:1053-61. 2008
    ..We evaluated the modifying influence of a delta-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase (ALAD) polymorphism on the relation between lead burden and cognition among older men...
  4. pmc Cumulative lead exposure in community-dwelling adults and fine motor function: comparing standard and novel tasks in the VA normative aging study
    Rachel Grashow
    Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    Neurotoxicology 35:154-61. 2013
    ....
  5. ncbi Cumulative lead exposure and cognitive performance among elderly men
    Marc G Weisskopf
    Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA
    Epidemiology 18:59-66. 2007
    ..Recent evidence suggests that cumulative lead exposure among adults in nonoccupational settings can adversely affect cognitive function. Which cognitive domains are affected has not been explored in detail...
  6. pmc Stress as a potential modifier of the impact of lead levels on blood pressure: the normative aging study
    Junenette L Peters
    Department of Environmental Health, Harvard Shool of Public Health, Boston, MA 02215, USA
    Environ Health Perspect 115:1154-9. 2007
    ..Lead exposure and psychological stress have been independently associated with hypertension in various populations, and animal studies suggest that when they co-occur, their effects may be exacerbated...
  7. ncbi Comprehensive health status assessment of centenarians: results from the 1999 large health survey of veteran enrollees
    Alfredo J Selim
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bedford, MA, USA
    J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 60:515-9. 2005
    ..Information on the health status of centenarians provides a means for understanding the health care needs of this growing population. Therefore, we examined the health status of a national cohort of centenarian veteran enrollees...
  8. doi Distinguishing late-onset stress symptomatology from posttraumatic stress disorder in older combat veterans
    Carrie M Potter
    VA National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA
    Aging Ment Health 17:173-9. 2013
    ..To assess the discriminant validity of late-onset stress symptomatology (LOSS) in terms of its distinction from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...
  9. pmc Childhood and adult socioeconomic position, cumulative lead levels, and pessimism in later life: the VA Normative Aging Study
    Junenette L Peters
    Department of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health, 715 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118, USA
    Am J Epidemiol 174:1345-53. 2011
    ..Results demonstrate an interrelated role of lead burden and SES over the life course in relation to psychological functioning in older age...
  10. pmc Lead burden and psychiatric symptoms and the modifying influence of the delta-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase (ALAD) polymorphism: the VA Normative Aging Study
    Pradeep Rajan
    Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    Am J Epidemiol 166:1400-8. 2007
    ..004). These results augment evidence of a deleterious association between lead and psychiatric symptoms...
  11. doi Lifestyle change and high-density lipoprotein change: the US Department of Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study
    Catherine Rahilly-Tierney
    Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology and Research Information Center, Boston VA Healthcare System, USA
    Clin Cardiol 35:437-42. 2012
    ..We sought to determine whether lifestyle modifications are associated with high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) change in a cohort with long-term follow-up...
  12. ncbi Change in health status and mortality as indicators of outcomes: comparison between the Medicare Advantage Program and the Veterans Health Administration
    Alfredo J Selim
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research, A Health Services Research and Development Field Program, VA Medical Center, Bedford, MA, USA
    Qual Life Res 16:1179-91. 2007
    ..We compared the Medicare Advantage Program (MAP) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) with regard to changes in health status and mortality...
  13. pmc Interaction of stress, lead burden, and age on cognition in older men: the VA Normative Aging Study
    Junenette L Peters
    Department of Environment Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA
    Environ Health Perspect 118:505-10. 2010
    ..However, the modifying potential of psychosocial stress on the neurotoxicity of lead and their combined relationship to aging-associated decline have not been fully examined...
  14. pmc Modification by hemochromatosis gene polymorphisms of the association between traffic-related air pollution and cognition in older men: a cohort study
    Melinda C Power
    Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Environ Health 12:16. 2013
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  15. doi Differences in risk-adjusted mortality between medicaid-eligible patients enrolled in medicare advantage plans and those enrolled in the veterans health administration
    Alfredo J Selim
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research, VA Medical Center, Bedford, Massachusetts, 01730, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 32:232-40. 2009
    ..We compared risk-adjusted mortality rates between Medicaid-eligible patients in the Medicare Advantage plans ("MA dual enrollees") and Medicaid-eligible patients in the Veterans Health Administration ("VHA dual enrollees")...
  16. ncbi The health status of elderly veteran enrollees in the Veterans Health Administration
    Alfredo J Selim
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research, Veterans Affairs VA Medical Center, Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 52:1271-6. 2004
    ..To examine the health status of elderly veteran enrollees, stratified by age group, and compare with nonveteran populations...
  17. doi Improving risk adjustment of self-reported mental health outcomes
    Amy K Rosen
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research a VA HSR and D Center of Excellence, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA, 01730, USA
    J Behav Health Serv Res 37:291-306. 2010
    ..425). The best predictive ability was obtained when baseline mental health and 1 year of psychiatric diagnoses were added to sociodemographic models; however, the "best" risk-adjustment model differed between inpatients and outpatients...
  18. doi Optimism in relation to inflammation and endothelial dysfunction in older men: the VA Normative Aging Study
    Ai Ikeda
    Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Psychosom Med 73:664-71. 2011
    ..This study examines the association of optimism with change in inflammation and endothelial function over time in men...
  19. ncbi Measurement comparisons of the medical outcomes study and veterans SF-36 health survey
    Lewis E Kazis
    Health Services Department, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02118, USA
    Health Care Financ Rev 25:43-58. 2004
    ..The gains in precision for the Veterans SF-36 provide evidence for the use of this version in future applications for assessing patient outcomes across health care systems...
  20. pmc Effects of hypertension and diabetes on sentence comprehension in aging
    Dalia Cahana-Amitay
    Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Boston University, MA, USA
    J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 68:513-21. 2013
    ..To assess the impact of hypertension and diabetes mellitus on sentence comprehension in older adults...
  21. ncbi Prospective study of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and coronary heart disease in the Normative Aging Study
    Laura D Kubzansky
    Harvard School of Public Health, Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study, Veterans Affairs Boston Health Care System, Boston University School of Medicine, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Arch Gen Psychiatry 64:109-16. 2007
    ..To our knowledge, no prospective studies to date have evaluated whether PTSD is associated with increased risk of CHD...
  22. ncbi Effects of age and hypertension status on cognition: the Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study
    Christopher B Brady
    Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02130, USA
    Neuropsychology 19:770-7. 2005
    ..These and previous findings illustrate that health conditions such as hypertension should be regularly considered in studies of "normal" cognitive aging...
  23. ncbi Mental disorders and medical care utilization of VA ambulatory care patients: the veterans health study
    Cheryl S Hankin
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research CHQOER, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 29:51-60. 2006
    ....
  24. pmc Pessimistic orientation in relation to telomere length in older men: the VA normative aging study
    Ai Ikeda
    Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    Psychoneuroendocrinology 42:68-76. 2014
    ..However, this is the first study to look not only at effects of pessimistic orientation on average LTL at multiple time points, but also at effects on the rate of change in LTL over time...
  25. ncbi Cumulative lead exposure and prospective change in cognition among elderly men: the VA Normative Aging Study
    Marc G Weisskopf
    Department of Environmental Health, Occupational Health Program, Harvard School of Public Health, Landmark Center, 401 Park Drive, PO Box 15697, Boston, MA 02215, USA
    Am J Epidemiol 160:1184-93. 2004
    ..The data suggest that higher patella bone lead levels, a marker of mobilizable accumulated lead burden, are associated with a steeper decline over time in performance on the MMSE test among nonoccupationally exposed elderly men...
  26. pmc Modifying roles of glutathione S-transferase polymorphisms on the association between cumulative lead exposure and cognitive function
    Ki Do Eum
    Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    Neurotoxicology 39:65-71. 2013
    ..We investigated whether the GSTP1 Val105 and GSTM1 deletion polymorphisms modify the lead-cognitive function association...
  27. doi Is DSM-IV criterion A2 associated with PTSD diagnosis and symptom severity?
    Princess E Osei-Bonsu
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA, USA
    J Trauma Stress 25:368-75. 2012
    ..25, .25, and .27, respectively) even with trauma exposure in the model. Thus, although A2 may not be a necessary criterion for PTSD diagnosis, its association with PTSD symptom severity warrants further exploration of its utility...
  28. ncbi Assessing late-onset stress symptomatology among aging male combat veterans
    Lynda A King
    Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, and National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston University, 150 S Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130, USA
    Aging Ment Health 11:175-91. 2007
    ..Discussion of the potential uses of the scale, future directions for psychometric research, and suggestions for generalizing the LOSS construct to other trauma populations are provided...
  29. pmc Development and validation of a measure of pediatric oral health-related quality of life: the POQL
    Noelle L Huntington
    Division of General Pediatrics, Children s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    J Public Health Dent 71:185-93. 2011
    ..To develop a brief measure of oral health-related quality of life (OHQL) in children and demonstrate its reliability and validity in a diverse population...
  30. ncbi High homocysteine and low B vitamins predict cognitive decline in aging men: the Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study
    Katherine L Tucker
    Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Am J Clin Nutr 82:627-35. 2005
    ..It is not clear whether the observed associations between homocysteine and cognitive measures are causal or whether they are due to homocysteine, to independent actions of the B vitamins, or to both...
  31. ncbi Alcohol dependence, other psychiatric disorders, and health-related quality of life: a replication study in a large random sample of enrollees in the Veterans Health Administration
    David Kalman
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse 30:473-87. 2004
    ..As comorbid psychiatric disorders are often associated with poorer treatment outcome, findings also provide strong corroboration for the importance of treating other psychiatric disorders concurrently with alcohol dependence...
  32. pmc Effects of health status on word finding in aging
    Martin L Albert
    Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Boston University, Boston, MA 02130, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 57:2300-5. 2009
    ..To evaluate effects of health status on word-finding difficulty in aging, adjusting for the known contributors of education, sex, and ethnicity...
  33. ncbi Depression and smoking across 25 years of the Normative Aging Study
    Taru Kinnunen
    Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Int J Psychiatry Med 36:413-26. 2006
    ..The aim of the present study is to examine the stability of the relationship between depressive symptoms and smoking status and to determine whether the presence of depressive symptoms predicts continued smoking...
  34. pmc Tooth loss and periodontal disease predict poor cognitive function in older men
    Elizabeth Krall Kaye
    Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 58:713-8. 2010
    ..To determine whether rates of tooth loss, periodontal disease progression, and caries incidence predict cognitive decline in men...
  35. pmc Mitochondrial haplogroups modify the effect of black carbon on age-related cognitive impairment
    Elena Colicino
    Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Environ Health 13:42. 2014
    ..The aim of this study was to investigate whether mtDNA haplogroups determined differential susceptibility to cognitive effects of long-term exposure to black carbon (BC), a marker of traffic-related air pollution...
  36. doi Long-term effects of coping with extreme stress: longitudinal study of Vietnam-era repatriated prisoners of war
    Anica Pless Kaiser
    VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA 02130, USA
    J Trauma Stress 24:680-90. 2011
    ..Lower endorsement of approach-based coping was associated with better long-term mental health for prisoners who reported the most injuries at the time of capture...
  37. pmc Bilateral brain regions associated with naming in older adults
    Loraine K Obler
    Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
    Brain Lang 113:113-23. 2010
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  38. ncbi Improving the response choices on the veterans SF-36 health survey role functioning scales: results from the Veterans Health Study
    Lewis E Kazis
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA 01730, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 27:263-80. 2004
    ..Additional work needs to test these improvements in other populations and to expand the analysis to track the responsiveness of the modified scales to clinically and socially important changes over time...
  39. ncbi The influence of place of administration on health-related quality-of-life assessments: findings from the Veterans Health Study
    Donald R Miller
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economics Research CHQOER, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA 01730, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 28:111-24. 2005
    ..Findings from this study suggest that more favorable measures of self-reported functional status and well-being may be expected from clinic administrations of instruments...
  40. ncbi Measuring clinically meaningful change following mental health treatment
    Susan V Eisen
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research CHQOER, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, 200 Springs Road 152, Bedford, MA 01730, USA
    J Behav Health Serv Res 34:272-89. 2007
    ..Regarding clinically meaningful improvement and decline, SEM was most concordant with all three outcome measures; regarding no change, RCI was most concordant with all three measures...
  41. ncbi Comparison of patient-based oral health outcome measures
    Judith A Jones
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research CHQOER, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA 01730, USA
    Qual Life Res 13:975-85. 2004
    ..This project examined psychometric characteristics of four measures of oral-specific health-related quality of life...
  42. doi Gender differences in veterans health administration mental health service use: effects of age and psychiatric diagnosis
    Sharmila Chatterjee
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research CHQOER, Bedford VAMC 152, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730, USA
    Womens Health Issues 19:176-84. 2009
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  43. pmc A new brief measure of oral quality of life
    Nancy R Kressin
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, 200 Springs Road, Building 70 152, Bedford, MA 01730, USA
    Prev Chronic Dis 5:A43. 2008
    ..We developed a brief measure of the impact of oral conditions on individual functioning and well-being, known as oral quality of life...
  44. doi Patients' self-report of diseases in the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey based on comparisons with linked survey and medical data from the Veterans Health Administration
    Donald R Miller
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, VA Medical Center, Bedford, MA 01730, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 31:161-77. 2008
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  45. ncbi Assessment of long-term complications due to type 2 diabetes using patient self-report: the diabetes complications index
    B Graeme Fincke
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research CHQOER, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 28:262-73. 2005
    ..23, P = .0001). The DCI shows promise as an efficient method for assessing the effects of type 2 diabetes on HRQOL and predicting utilization of medical resources...
  46. ncbi Measurement strategies designed and tested in the Veterans Health Study
    Katherine M Skinner
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research CHQOER, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, Mass 01730, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 27:180-9. 2004
    ..Included is a discussion of staffing and the training methods developed. The article concludes with lessons learned that may be of interest to other researchers conducting similar health outcomes studies...
  47. ncbi Patient-based measures of illness severity in the Veterans Health Study
    Jack A Clark
    Department of Health Services, Boston University School of Public Health, Massachusetts 02118, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 28:274-85. 2005
    ..The 6 measures may complement measures of health-related quality of life in providing more comprehensive assessments of health status in Veterans Affairs patients...
  48. ncbi Tooth loss and dentures: patients' perspectives
    Judith A Jones
    The Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA 01730, USA
    Int Dent J 53:327-34. 2003
    ..The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of tooth loss and denture wearing on their day-to-day lives from the patient perspective...
  49. ncbi Is depressive symptomatology associated with worse oral functioning and well-being among older adults?
    Nancy R Kressin
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, VAMC, 200 Springs Road, Building 70 152, Bedford, MA 01730, USA
    J Public Health Dent 62:5-12. 2002
    ..The objective of this study was to examine the association between depressive symptomatology and oral quality of life...
  50. ncbi Patient-reported measures of health: The Veterans Health Study
    Lewis E Kazis
    Center for Health Quality Outcomes, and Economic Research CHQOER, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, Mass 01730, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 27:70-83. 2004
    ....
  51. ncbi Measuring the quality of depression care in a large integrated health system
    Andrea Charbonneau
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730, USA
    Med Care 41:669-80. 2003
    ..Guideline-based depression process measures provide a powerful way to monitor depression care and target areas needing improvement...
  52. doi Chronic postconcussion symptoms and functional outcomes in OEF/OIF veterans with self-report of blast exposure
    Mieke Verfaellie
    Memory Disorders Research Center, VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts 02130, USA
    J Int Neuropsychol Soc 19:1-10. 2013
    ..These findings highlight the role of mental health in both outcomes, but additionally point to the impact of mTBI with LOC on long-term psychosocial adjustment...
  53. pmc Traffic-related air pollution and cognitive function in a cohort of older men
    Melinda C Power
    Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA
    Environ Health Perspect 119:682-7. 2011
    ..Traffic-related particles induce oxidative stress and may exert adverse effects on central nervous system function, which could manifest as cognitive impairment...
  54. ncbi Comparing the health status of VA and non-VA ambulatory patients: the veterans' health and medical outcomes studies
    William H Rogers
    Department of Clinical Care Research, New England Medical Center, 750 Washington St, Box 345, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 27:249-62. 2004
    ..Current economic condition and service-connected disability explain most, if not all, of the differences. The differences were clinically and socially meaningful and would be consistent with substantially higher expected healthcare use...
  55. doi Relation between high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and survival to age 85 years in men (from the VA normative aging study)
    Catherine R Rahilly-Tierney
    Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology and Research Information Center MAVERIC, Boston VA Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Am J Cardiol 107:1173-7. 2011
    ..78 to 0.96) decrease in risk of mortality before 85 years of age. In conclusion, after adjusting for other factors associated with longevity, higher HDL cholesterol levels were significantly associated with survival to 85 years of age...
  56. doi The incremental value of self-reported mental health measures in predicting functional outcomes of veterans
    Susan V Eisen
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, 200 Springs Road 152, Bedford, MA 01730, USA
    J Behav Health Serv Res 38:170-90. 2011
    ..Inclusion of self-report measures may be a useful addition to performance measurement efforts...
  57. pmc Use of patient self-report oral health outcome measures in assessment of dental treatment outcomes
    Wanda G Wright
    Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research, Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA 02118, USA
    J Public Health Dent 69:95-103. 2009
    ..To assess the sensitivity of a newly developed brief measure of oral health-related quality of life (OQOL)...
  58. ncbi Relationship of bone and blood lead levels to psychiatric symptoms: the normative aging study
    Daniel Rhodes
    Occupational Health Program, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    J Occup Environ Med 45:1144-51. 2003
    ..05 level. Tibia and blood lead had similar associations. We conclude that cumulative lead exposure, which bone lead levels reflect, could be a risk factor for psychiatric symptoms even at modest levels of exposure...
  59. ncbi The Revised Behavior and Symptom Identification Scale (BASIS-R): reliability and validity
    Susan V Eisen
    Center for Health Quality Outcomes and Economics Research, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Med Care 42:1230-41. 2004
    ..During the past 3 years, multiple methods were used to revise the instrument to improve reliability, validity, and applicability to diverse groups of mental health service recipients...
  60. ncbi Lead exposure biomarkers and mini-mental status exam scores in older men
    Robert O Wright
    Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Children s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
    Epidemiology 14:713-8. 2003
    ..We studied whether lead exposure biomarkers are associated with cognitive test scores, as well as the modifying effects of age on the lead-cognition relationship...
  61. ncbi Hostility and urine norepinephrine interact to predict insulin resistance: the VA Normative Aging Study
    Jianping Zhang
    Department of Psychology, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
    Psychosom Med 68:718-26. 2006
    ..We hypothesized that hostility may interact with circulating norepinephrine (NEPI) levels, indexed by 24-hour urine concentrations, to affect insulin resistance...
  62. ncbi Daily stressors and memory failures in a naturalistic setting: findings from the VA Normative Aging Study
    Shevaun D Neupert
    Department of Psychology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695 7650, and Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, USA
    Psychol Aging 21:424-9. 2006
    ..These stressors were also associated with an increase in memory failures from one day to the next. The findings may be important for preventions to mitigate age-related cognitive decline...
  63. ncbi Risk-adjusted mortality as an indicator of outcomes: comparison of the Medicare Advantage Program with the Veterans' Health Administration
    Alfredo J Selim
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research, A Health Services Research and Development Field Program, VA Medical Center, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730, USA
    Med Care 44:359-65. 2006
    ....
  64. ncbi Modeling intraindividual change in personality traits: findings from the normative aging study
    Daniel K Mroczek
    Department of Psychology, Fordham University, Bronx, New York 10458, USA
    J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 58:P153-65. 2003
    ..These findings suggest that there is a good deal of variability in personality trajectories, and that some of this variability can be explained by birth cohort as well as by age-graded life events...
  65. ncbi Need for dental care in older veterans: assessment of patient-based measures
    Judith A Jones
    VA Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 50:163-8. 2002
    ..There is a need for brief and accurate identification of older patients in need of dental care. This study examines the sensitivity and specificity of two screening instruments...
  66. ncbi Validation of the primary care alcohol severity measure
    Dorcas Mansell
    University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and Birmingham VAMC, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 29:87-97. 2006
    ..It may be a useful tool to improve the quality of care for primary care patients with alcohol-related disorders...
  67. ncbi Effect of negative emotions on frequency of coronary heart disease (The Normative Aging Study)
    John F Todaro
    Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, Brown Medical School and The Miriam Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, USA
    Am J Cardiol 92:901-6. 2003
    ..06, 95% CI 1.01 to 1.12, p = 0.02) A linear, dose-response relation was observed (chi-square 10.8, degree of freedom 2, p = 0.005): participants who had the highest level of negative emotions experienced the greatest incidence of CHD...
  68. ncbi Development and validation of a psychiatric case-mix system
    Kevin L Sloan
    VA Puget Sound Health Care System, and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98108 1597, USA
    Med Care 44:568-80. 2006
    ..Although difficulties in applying risk-adjustment measures to mental health populations are increasingly evident, a model designed specifically for patients with psychiatric disorders has never been developed...
  69. ncbi Suppressed hostility predicted hypertension incidence among middle-aged men: the normative aging study
    Jianping Zhang
    Department of Psychology, Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202, USA
    J Behav Med 28:443-54. 2005
    ..Among older participants, the HoxSuppression interaction was not predictive of HTN incidence. These results provide support for the Suppressed Hostility hypothesis in middle-aged men...
  70. ncbi Change in life satisfaction during adulthood: findings from the veterans affairs normative aging study
    Daniel K Mroczek
    Department of Psychology, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, USA
    J Pers Soc Psychol 88:189-202. 2005
    ..The findings are at odds with prior (cross-sectional) research showing that subjective well-being improves with aging...
  71. ncbi Change in object naming ability during adulthood
    Lisa Tabor Connor
    Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Box 8225, 4525 Scott Avenue, St Louis, MO 63110, USA
    J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 59:P203-9. 2004
    ..Cross-sectional analyses produced greater estimates of change with age than did longitudinal analyses...
  72. pmc Personality change influences mortality in older men
    Daniel K Mroczek
    Department of Child Development and Family Studies, Center on Aging and the Life Course, Purdue University, IN 47907 2055, USA
    Psychol Sci 18:371-6. 2007
    ..These findings suggest that it is not just the level of personality traits, but their direction of change, that is related to mortality...
  73. ncbi Monitoring depression care: in search of an accurate quality indicator
    Andrea Charbonneau
    Division of General and Geriatric Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS 66160, USA
    Med Care 42:522-31. 2004
    ..Linking process and outcomes is critical to accurately estimating healthcare quality and quantifying its benefits...
  74. ncbi Burden of medical illness in women with depression and posttraumatic stress disorder
    Susan M Frayne
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, Calif, USA
    Arch Intern Med 164:1306-12. 2004
    ..Depression is known to be associated with poor physical health; however, associations between physical health and PTSD, a common comorbidity of depression, have received less attention...
  75. pmc Neuroticism moderates the daily relation between stressors and memory failures
    Shevaun D Neupert
    Department of Psychology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695 7650, USA
    Psychol Aging 23:287-96. 2008
    ..The findings may have important implications for age-related cognitive decline...
  76. ncbi Coping, affect, and the metabolic syndrome in older men: how does coping get under the skin?
    Loriena A Yancura
    Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Hawai i at Manoa, Manoa, HI, USA
    J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 61:P295-303. 2006
    ..The metabolic syndrome was related to positive coping as operationalized by self-regulatory strategies. The results of this study suggest that the influence of coping on physical health may occur through emotional regulation...
  77. doi Anxiety characteristics independently and prospectively predict myocardial infarction in men the unique contribution of anxiety among psychologic factors
    Biing Jiun Shen
    Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089 1061, USA
    J Am Coll Cardiol 51:113-9. 2008
    ..4 years and whether this relationship was independent of other psychologic variables and risk factors...
  78. ncbi Are metabolic risk factors one unified syndrome? Modeling the structure of the metabolic syndrome X
    Biing Jiun Shen
    Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, Brown University and The Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI, USA
    Am J Epidemiol 157:701-11. 2003
    ..This study provides an empirical foundation for conceptualizing and measuring the metabolic syndrome that unites four related components (insulin resistance, obesity, lipids, and blood pressure)...
  79. ncbi Hostility, the metabolic syndrome, and incident coronary heart disease
    Raymond Niaura
    Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown Medical School, Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, The Miriam Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, USA
    Health Psychol 21:588-93. 2002
    ..Ho's effects on CHD may be mediated though mechanisms other than factors that constitute the metabolic syndrome...
  80. ncbi Structural modeling of dynamic changes in memory and brain structure using longitudinal data from the normative aging study
    John J McArdle
    Department of Psychology, PO Box 400400, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22906 4400, USA
    J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 59:P294-304. 2004
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  81. ncbi The illness burden of alcohol-related disorders among VA patients: the veterans health study
    Dorcas Mansell
    University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and Birmingham VAMC, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 29:61-70. 2006
    ..Efforts to increase detection and treatment of alcohol-related disorders may lessen the illness burden and cost of alcohol-related disorders...
  82. ncbi Combined effect of the metabolic syndrome and hostility on the incidence of myocardial infarction (the Normative Aging Study)
    John F Todaro
    Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, Brown Medical School, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
    Am J Cardiol 96:221-6. 2005
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  83. ncbi Personality structure and process, variance between and within: integration by means of a developmental framework
    Daniel K Mroczek
    Department of Psychology, Fordham University, Bronx, New York 10458, USA
    J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 58:P305-6; author reply P311-2. 2003
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  84. ncbi Associations between repression, general maladjustment, body weight, and body shape in older males: the Normative Aging Study
    Raymond S Niaura
    Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, Brown Medical School and The Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI 02903, USA
    Int J Behav Med 10:221-38. 2003
    ..Health behaviors including smoking did not mediate relationships between repression, maladjustment, and body shape, but might be considered in future studies as mechanisms underlying links between personality and body shape...
  85. pmc The prospective contribution of hostility characteristics to high fasting glucose levels: the moderating role of marital status
    Biing Jiun Shen
    Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Diabetes Care 31:1293-8. 2008
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  86. ncbi A longitudinal study of retirement in older male veterans
    Paula P Schnurr
    Veterans Affairs Medical Center, National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, White River Junction, VT 05009, USA
    J Consult Clin Psychol 73:561-6. 2005
    ..Results indicate that clinicians should recognize and address the potential for older individuals with PTSD to experience difficulties during retirement...
  87. pmc Traffic-related particles are associated with elevated homocysteine: the VA normative aging study
    Sung Kyun Park
    Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 109 S Observatory Street, SPH II M6240, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
    Am J Respir Crit Care Med 178:283-9. 2008
    ..Particulate air pollution has been related to cardiovascular death and hospital admission, but the underlying mechanisms are not fully elucidated...