L Suarez

Summary

Affiliation: Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit
Country: USA

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Maternal stress, social support, and risk of neural tube defects among Mexican Americans
    Lucina Suarez
    Texas Department of Health, Austin, TX 78756, USA
    Epidemiology 14:612-6. 2003
  2. ncbi request reprint The effect of fever, febrile illnesses, and heat exposures on the risk of neural tube defects in a Texas-Mexico border population
    Lucina Suarez
    Epidemiology Research Services, Texas Department of Health, Austin, Texas 78756 3199, USA
    Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol 70:815-9. 2004
  3. ncbi request reprint Neural tube defects among Mexican Americans living on the US-Mexico border: effects of folic acid and dietary folate
    L Suarez
    Texas Department of Health, Austin 78756, USA
    Am J Epidemiol 152:1017-23. 2000
  4. ncbi request reprint Maternal serum B12 levels and risk for neural tube defects in a Texas-Mexico border population
    Lucina Suarez
    Texas Department of Health, Austin 78756, USA
    Ann Epidemiol 13:81-8. 2003
  5. ncbi request reprint Knowledge, behavior, and fears concerning breast and cervical cancer among older low-income Mexican-American women
    L Suarez
    Texas Department of Health, Austin, USA
    Am J Prev Med 13:137-42. 1997
  6. doi request reprint The prevalence and predictors of anencephaly and spina bifida in Texas
    Mark A Canfield
    Birth Defects Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, TX, USA
    Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol 23:41-50. 2009
  7. ncbi request reprint Blood folate levels on the Texas-Mexico border
    Marilyn Felkner
    Texas Department of Health, T 801, 1100 W 49th St, Austin, TX 78756, USA
    Tex Med 98:58-60. 2002
  8. ncbi request reprint Effects of hyperinsulinemia and obesity on risk of neural tube defects among Mexican Americans
    K A Hendricks
    Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance, Texas Department of Health, Austin 78756, USA
    Epidemiology 12:630-5. 2001
  9. ncbi request reprint Prevalence of craniorachischisis in a Texas-Mexico border population
    Kelly M K Johnson
    Texas Department of Health, Austin, Texas, USA
    Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol 70:92-4. 2004
  10. ncbi request reprint Health risks of residential exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
    Jean D Brender
    Texas Department of Health, Austin, Texas, USA
    Arch Environ Health 58:111-8. 2003

Detail Information

Publications40

  1. ncbi request reprint Maternal stress, social support, and risk of neural tube defects among Mexican Americans
    Lucina Suarez
    Texas Department of Health, Austin, TX 78756, USA
    Epidemiology 14:612-6. 2003
    ..We examined whether maternal stress and lack of social support contribute to NTD risk in a population living along the Texas-Mexico border...
  2. ncbi request reprint The effect of fever, febrile illnesses, and heat exposures on the risk of neural tube defects in a Texas-Mexico border population
    Lucina Suarez
    Epidemiology Research Services, Texas Department of Health, Austin, Texas 78756 3199, USA
    Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol 70:815-9. 2004
    ..Elevated maternal body temperatures may also place the developing human embryo at risk. We examined the relation between maternal hyperthermia and the development of NTDs in a high-risk Mexican-American population...
  3. ncbi request reprint Neural tube defects among Mexican Americans living on the US-Mexico border: effects of folic acid and dietary folate
    L Suarez
    Texas Department of Health, Austin 78756, USA
    Am J Epidemiol 152:1017-23. 2000
    ..73; 95% CI: 0.31, 1.72). The fact that the primary folic acid exposure was in the form of dietary polyglutamates rather than the more easily absorbed supplemental monoglutamates may explain an apparent decreased effect in this population...
  4. ncbi request reprint Maternal serum B12 levels and risk for neural tube defects in a Texas-Mexico border population
    Lucina Suarez
    Texas Department of Health, Austin 78756, USA
    Ann Epidemiol 13:81-8. 2003
    ..We determined the effect of maternal serum B(12) levels, measured postpartum, on the risk of NTDs among a high risk Mexican American population...
  5. ncbi request reprint Knowledge, behavior, and fears concerning breast and cervical cancer among older low-income Mexican-American women
    L Suarez
    Texas Department of Health, Austin, USA
    Am J Prev Med 13:137-42. 1997
    ..We documented the knowledge and fears concerning cancer of an older population of Mexican-American women and how these factors relate to screening behavior and sociodemographic characteristics...
  6. doi request reprint The prevalence and predictors of anencephaly and spina bifida in Texas
    Mark A Canfield
    Birth Defects Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, TX, USA
    Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol 23:41-50. 2009
    ..Hispanic ethnicity was an important predictor for anencephaly, along with sex, maternal age, parity and border residence. However, only border residence and delivery year were significant predictors for spina bifida...
  7. ncbi request reprint Blood folate levels on the Texas-Mexico border
    Marilyn Felkner
    Texas Department of Health, T 801, 1100 W 49th St, Austin, TX 78756, USA
    Tex Med 98:58-60. 2002
    ..However, more data are needed before we can assess the impact of food fortification on NTD rates on the border...
  8. ncbi request reprint Effects of hyperinsulinemia and obesity on risk of neural tube defects among Mexican Americans
    K A Hendricks
    Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance, Texas Department of Health, Austin 78756, USA
    Epidemiology 12:630-5. 2001
    ..45, 95% CI = 0.84-2.51). Hyperinsulinemia is a strong risk factor for neural tube defects and may be the driving force for the observed risk in obese women...
  9. ncbi request reprint Prevalence of craniorachischisis in a Texas-Mexico border population
    Kelly M K Johnson
    Texas Department of Health, Austin, Texas, USA
    Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol 70:92-4. 2004
    ..We describe the prevalence of craniorachischisis among the Texas-Mexico border population during the period 1993-1999...
  10. ncbi request reprint Health risks of residential exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
    Jean D Brender
    Texas Department of Health, Austin, Texas, USA
    Arch Environ Health 58:111-8. 2003
    ..02). With adjustment for environmental worry, reports of chronic bronchitis and difficulties becoming pregnant did not differ significantly between target and comparison residents (p > 0.05)...
  11. ncbi request reprint Why a peer intervention program for Mexican-American women failed to modify the secular trend in cancer screening
    L Suarez
    Texas Cancer Registry, Texas Department of Health, Austin 78756 3199, USA
    Am J Prev Med 13:411-7. 1997
    ..We evaluated an intervention program for Mexican-American women to increase Pap smear and mammography screening...
  12. ncbi request reprint Maternal exposures to cigarette smoke, alcohol, and street drugs and neural tube defect occurrence in offspring
    Lucina Suarez
    Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit T 711, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, TX 78756, USA
    Matern Child Health J 12:394-401. 2008
    ..We investigated whether maternal cigarette smoking, secondhand smoke exposure, and alcohol or street drug use contributed to neural tube defect (NTD) occurrence in offspring...
  13. ncbi request reprint Iron status indicators in women with prior neural tube defect-affected pregnancies
    Marilyn M Felkner
    Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, TX 78756, USA
    Matern Child Health J 9:421-8. 2005
    ..We describe the association of various iron-deficiency indices with risk of neural tube defect (NTD) among a high-risk Mexican-American population...
  14. ncbi request reprint Folic acid awareness and supplementation among Texas women of childbearing age
    Mark A Canfield
    Birth Defects Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Texas Department of State Health Services, 1100 West 49th Street, Austin, TX 78756, USA
    Prev Med 43:27-30. 2006
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  15. ncbi request reprint Hepatitis C virus seroprevalence: selected health care settings in Texas
    Sharon K Melville
    HIV STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin 78756, USA
    Tex Med 102:56-61. 2006
  16. doi request reprint Maternal serum homocysteine and risk for neural tube defects in a Texas-Mexico border population
    Marilyn Felkner
    Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, Texas
    Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol 85:574-81. 2009
    ..The authors examined independent and joint associations of serum homocysteine, B12, and folate and red blood cell (RBC) folate with NTD-affected pregnancies...
  17. ncbi request reprint Association of paternal age with prevalence of selected birth defects
    Natalie P Archer
    Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit, Texas Department of State Health Services, 1100 West 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756, USA
    Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol 79:27-34. 2007
    ..We used cases from the Texas birth defect registry, born during 1996-2002, to evaluate the association of paternal age with the prevalence of selected structural birth defects...
  18. ncbi request reprint Neural tube defects, micronutrient deficiencies, and Helicobacter pylori: a new hypothesis
    Marilyn Felkner
    Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, Texas 78756, USA
    Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol 79:617-21. 2007
    ..Helicobacter pylori could cause nutrient loss to the fetus. Folate, B12, and ferritin are depleted in H. pylori infection; these same deficiencies are related to NTD risk...
  19. ncbi request reprint Maternal exposures to hazardous waste sites and industrial facilities and risk of neural tube defects in offspring
    Lucina Suarez
    Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, TX 78756, USA
    Ann Epidemiol 17:772-7. 2007
    ..We examined the relationship between maternal proximity to hazardous waste sites and industrial facilities and neural tube defect (NTD) risk...
  20. ncbi request reprint Exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls and risk of neural-tube defects in a Mexican American population
    Lucina Suarez
    Epidemiology Research Services Branch G 401, Division of Prevention and Preparedness, Texas Department of State Health Services, 1100 West 49th Street, Austin, TX 78756 3199, USA
    Int J Occup Environ Health 11:233-7. 2005
    ..The maternal serum PCB levels in this study population (median PCB 153 level: 18 ng/g) were comparable to those with background exposure and do not appear to have contributed to the high prevalence of NTDs in this population...
  21. ncbi request reprint Implementation and outcomes of recommended folic acid supplementation in Mexican-American women with prior neural tube defect-affected pregnancies
    Marilyn Felkner
    Texas Department of Health, Austin, TX, USA
    Prev Med 40:867-71. 2005
    ..This paper describes compliance of this population with USPHS folic acid recommendations and the impact of supplementation on pregnancy outcomes...
  22. ncbi request reprint Diarrhea: a new risk factor for neural tube defects?
    Marilyn Felkner
    Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance Division, Texas Department of Health, Austin, Texas 78756, USA
    Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol 67:504-8. 2003
    ..Gastrointestinal disturbances, such as those caused by diarrhea, might negatively affect the availability of these vitamins, thereby increasing the risk of these birth defects...
  23. doi request reprint Maternal residential proximity to waste sites and industrial facilities and conotruncal heart defects in offspring
    Peter H Langlois
    Defects Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, TX 78714 9347, USA
    Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol 23:321-31. 2009
    ..In this study population, maternal residential proximity to waste sites or industries with reported air emissions was not associated with conotruncal heart defects or its subtypes in offspring, with the exception of truncus arteriosus...
  24. ncbi request reprint Texas physician immunization practices
    R A Roche
    Associateship for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas Department of Health, Austin 78756, USA
    Med Care 38:686-92. 2000
    ..We report on a survey measuring the immunization knowledge and practice of Texas pediatricians, family practitioners, and general practitioners...
  25. pmc Exposure to fumonisins and the occurrence of neural tube defects along the Texas-Mexico border
    Stacey A Missmer
    Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Environ Health Perspect 114:237-41. 2006
    ..These results also call for population studies that can more directly measure individual fumonisin intakes and assess effects on the developing embryo...
  26. ncbi request reprint Parental occupation, Hispanic ethnicity, and risk of selected congenital malformations in offspring
    Jean D Brender
    Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Texas A and M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health, College Station, Texas 77843 1266, USA
    Ethn Dis 18:218-24. 2008
    ..Because few studies have examined the effect of Hispanic ethnicity on occupational associations, we examined whether risk associated with certain occupations was heightened in Hispanics compared with non-Hispanic Whites...
  27. pmc Validity of parental work information on the birth certificate
    Jean D Brender
    Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Texas A and M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, 201 SRPH Administration Building, College Station, Texas, 77843 1266, USA
    BMC Public Health 8:95. 2008
    ..Because such information might be useful in the surveillance of job-related risk areas, we assessed the quality of parental work information on the U.S. birth certificate...
  28. ncbi request reprint Parental occupation and neural tube defect-affected pregnancies among Mexican Americans
    Jean Brender
    Department of Health Services Research, Southwest Texas State University, 601 University Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA
    J Occup Environ Med 44:650-6. 2002
    ..5; 95% CI, 1.1 to 82.2) or health care occupations (OR 3.0; 95% CI, 1.0 to 9.0) than control women. No compelling associations were found between paternal work exposures or occupations and NTDs in offspring in this population...
  29. ncbi request reprint Maternal exposure to arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury and neural tube defects in offspring
    Jean D Brender
    Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Texas A and M School of Rural Public Health, Texas A and M University System Health Science Center, Bryan, TX 77802, USA
    Environ Res 101:132-9. 2006
    ..However, the elevated urinary mercury levels found in this population and exposures to the combustion of treated wood may warrant further investigation...
  30. ncbi request reprint Residential proximity to waste sites and industrial facilities and chromosomal anomalies in offspring
    Jean D Brender
    Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Texas A and M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, College Station, TX 77843 1266, USA
    Int J Hyg Environ Health 211:50-8. 2008
    ..8, 95% CI 1.2-42.8). Study findings suggest some relation between residential proximity to industries with emissions of solvents or heavy metals and chromosomal anomalies in births to older mothers...
  31. ncbi request reprint Promoter haplotype combinations for the human PDGFRA gene are associated with risk of neural tube defects
    Huiping Zhu
    Center for Environmental and Genetic Medicine, Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas A and M University System Health Science Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA
    Mol Genet Metab 81:127-32. 2004
    ..5, 95%=0.8-3.1). Our study suggests that the reduced transcriptional activity of PDGFRA gene could increase the risk of having an NTD-affected pregnancy...
  32. ncbi request reprint Linking environmental hazards and birth defects data
    Jean D Brender
    Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Texas A and M School of Rural Public Health, College Station, Texas 77843 1266, USA
    Int J Occup Environ Health 12:126-33. 2006
    ..In linking environmental and health outcome databases, researchers should be aware of factors that may confound associations between exposure and outcomes...
  33. ncbi request reprint Maternal residential proximity to waste sites and industrial facilities and oral clefts in offspring
    Jean D Brender
    Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Dr Brender, Texas A and M School of Rural Public Health, College Station, Texas 77843, USA
    J Occup Environ Med 48:565-72. 2006
    ..This study examined the association between oral clefts and maternal residential proximity to waste sites or industries...
  34. ncbi request reprint GIS-EpiLink: a spatial search tool for linking environmental and health data
    F Benjamin Zhan
    Texas Center for Geographic Information Science, Department of Geography, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas 78666, USA
    J Med Syst 30:405-12. 2006
    ..The tool was used in a research project and it successfully provided the necessary data for epidemiological analyses. This tool should be very useful to epidemiologists in environmental health research...
  35. ncbi request reprint Dietary nitrites and nitrates, nitrosatable drugs, and neural tube defects
    Jean D Brender
    Department of Health Services Research, Texas State University at San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas 78666, USA
    Epidemiology 15:330-6. 2004
    ..Data are lacking on whether dietary intake of nitrates and nitrites modifies the association between maternal nitrosatable drug exposure and neural tube defects (NTDs) in offspring...
  36. ncbi request reprint Homocysteine remethylation enzyme polymorphisms and increased risks for neural tube defects
    Huiping Zhu
    Center for Environmental and Genetic Medicine, Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas A and M University System Health Science Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA
    Mol Genet Metab 78:216-21. 2003
    ..These results did not appear to be influenced by maternal periconceptional folic acid intake. However,the sample size of this study was limited, and a larger population study is needed to pursue these initial observations...
  37. ncbi request reprint Match rate and positional accuracy of two geocoding methods for epidemiologic research
    F Benjamin Zhan
    Department of Geography, Texas Center for Geographic Information Science, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA
    Ann Epidemiol 16:842-9. 2006
    ..This study compares the match rate and positional accuracy of two geocoding methods: the popular geocoding tool in ArcGIS 9.1 and the Centrus GeoCoder for ArcGIS...
  38. ncbi request reprint Predictors of digital rectal examination in U.S. Latinos
    Gregory A Talavera
    Division of Health Promotion, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92123 4311, USA
    Am J Prev Med 22:36-41. 2002
    ..S. Latino men. Even less is known about the population's subgroup variations. This study assessed predictors of having obtained digital rectal examinations (DREs) among four Latino subgroups...
  39. ncbi request reprint Cancer risk factors among men of diverse Hispanic or Latino origins
    Amelie G Ramirez
    Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, San Antonio, TX 78230, USA
    Prev Med 39:263-9. 2004
    ..However, routine risk factor data on Latino groups are lacking. Knowledge of cancer risk prevalence by ethnoregional groups is particularly important for development of effective prevention and control strategies...
  40. ncbi request reprint A national agenda for Latino cancer prevention and control
    Amelie G Ramirez
    Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 78230, USA
    Cancer 103:2209-15. 2005
    ..The results laid the foundation for a national Redes En Accion Latino cancer agenda, thus providing a useful tool for individuals and organizations engaged in cancer prevention and control efforts among the Hispanic-Latino population...