George L Wehby


Affiliation: University of Iowa
Country: USA


  1. Guarnizo Herreño C, Lyu W, Wehby G. Children's Oral Health and Academic Performance: Evidence of a Persisting Relationship Over the Last Decade in the United States. J Pediatr. 2019;: pubmed publisher
    ..This evidence highlights the need for broad population-wide policies and integrated approaches to reduce academic deficits and promote children's health and development, of which oral health is an important component. ..
  2. Wehby G, Shane D. Genetic variation in health insurance coverage. Int J Health Econ Manag. 2018;: pubmed publisher
    ..That genes have meaningful effects on the insurance status suggests an important source of heterogeneity in insurance take up. ..
  3. Wehby G, Ohsfeldt R, Murray J. 'Mendelian randomization' equals instrumental variable analysis with genetic instruments. Stat Med. 2008;27:2745-9 pubmed publisher
  4. Wehby G. Genetic predisposition to obesity widens and skews the BMI distribution. Obes Res Clin Pract. 2018;12:401-402 pubmed publisher
  5. Wehby G, Tyler M, Lindgren S, Romitti P, Robbins J, Damiano P. Oral clefts and behavioral health of young children. Oral Dis. 2012;18:74-84 pubmed publisher
    ..Also, the findings emphasize the need to study the representation of behavioral health professionals on cleft teams and access to behavioral health care. ..
  6. Wehby G, Scholder S. Genetic instrumental variable studies of effects of prenatal risk factors. Biodemography Soc Biol. 2013;59:4-36 pubmed publisher
    ..Finally, we offer suggestions for researchers contemplating the use of these variants as instruments. ..
  7. Wehby G. Breastfeeding and child disability: a comparison of siblings from the United States. Econ Hum Biol. 2014;15:13-22 pubmed publisher
    ..We conclude that very short breastfeeding durations are unlikely to have an effect on reducing disability risk. ..
  8. Wehby G, Gili J, Pawluk M, Castilla E, López Camelo J. Disparities in birth weight and gestational age by ethnic ancestry in South American countries. Int J Public Health. 2015;60:343-51 pubmed publisher
    ..Researchers and policymakers should acknowledge these disparities and develop research and policy programs to effectively target them. ..
  9. Wehby G, Domingue B, Boardman J. Prevention, Use of Health Services, and Genes: Implications of Genetics for Policy Formation. J Policy Anal Manage. 2015;34:519-36 pubmed
    ..Use of curative services does not appear to be influenced by genes. Our findings offer several implications for policymakers and researchers and suggest that genetics could be informative for health services and policy research. ..

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  1. DeRoo L, Wilcox A, Lie R, Romitti P, Pedersen D, Munger R, et al. Maternal alcohol binge-drinking in the first trimester and the risk of orofacial clefts in offspring: a large population-based pooling study. Eur J Epidemiol. 2016;31:1021-1034 pubmed
    ..Repeated heavy maternal alcohol consumption was associated with an increased risk of cleft lip only in offspring. There was little evidence of increased risk for other cleft types or alcohol measures. ..
  2. Wehby G, Giménez L, Lopez Camelo J. The impact of unemployment cycles on child and maternal health in Argentina. Int J Public Health. 2017;62:197-207 pubmed publisher
    ..Unemployment rise in Argentina has adversely affected certain infant and maternal health outcomes, but several measures show no evidence of significant change. ..
  3. Gallagher E, Collett B, Barron S, Romitti P, Ansley T, Wehby G. Laterality of Oral Clefts and Academic Achievement. Pediatrics. 2017;139: pubmed publisher
    ..Children with left-sided clefts had poorer academic performance than their classmates or children with right-sided clefts, who showed similar academic achievement compared with their unaffected classmates. ..
  4. Wehby G, Trujillo A. Differences in early cognitive and receptive-expressive neurodevelopment by ancestry and underlying pathways in Brazil and Argentina. Infant Behav Dev. 2017;46:100-114 pubmed publisher
  5. Wehby G, Uribe L, Wilcox A, Christensen K, Romitti P, Munger R, et al. Interaction between smoking and body mass index and risk of oral clefts. Ann Epidemiol. 2017;27:103-107.e2 pubmed publisher
    ..BMI was not protective for the effects of smoking; a clinically relevant increase in smoking-related cleft risk was still present among heavier women. ..
  6. Wehby G, Pedersen D, Murray J, Christensen K. The effects of oral clefts on hospital use throughout the lifespan. BMC Health Serv Res. 2012;12:58 pubmed publisher
    ..The results suggest that individuals with oral clefts have higher hospitalization risks than the general population throughout most of the lifespan. ..
  7. Wehby G, López Camelo J. Maternal Education Gradients in Infant Health in Four South American Countries. Matern Child Health J. 2017;21:2122-2131 pubmed publisher
    ..However, the positive association between maternal education and use of prenatal services and technology is more consistent across examined countries. ..
  8. Wehby G, McCarthy A. Economic gradients in early child neurodevelopment: a multi-country study. Soc Sci Med. 2013;78:86-95 pubmed publisher
    ..Furthermore, wealth gradients in child neurodevelopment appear to be dynamic rather than fixed and sensitive to population characteristics that modify their intensity. ..