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Author(s): E. Tassone, M.L. Miranda, and A. Gelfand
Summary - We consider joint spatial modelling of areal multivariate categorical data assuming a multiway contingency table for the variables, modelled by using a log-linear model, and connected across units by using spatial random effects. With no distinction regarding whether variables are...
Author(s): M.L. Miranda, P. Maxson, S. Edwards
Abstract - One of the most persistent disparities in American health status is the pronounced difference in birth outcomes between non-Hispanic black and non-Hispanic white women. Poor pregnancy outcomes have a substantial impact on mortality, morbidity, and health care costs. Increasing evidence...
Author(s): M.L. Miranda, D. Kim, J. Reiter, M.A. Overstreet
Abstract - Extensive research shows that blacks, those of low socioeconomic status, and other disadvantaged groups continue to exhibit poorer school performance compared with middle and upper-class whites in the United States’ educational system. Environmental exposures may contribute to the...
Author(s): J.L. Purser, M.N. Kuchibhatla, M.L. Miranda, D.G. Blazer, H.J. Cohen, G.G. Fillenbaum
Abstract: Aim - To examine environmental sociodemographic risks of high IL-6, a marker of chronic inflammation in older adults.
Author(s): R.A. Kramer, K.L. Dickinson, R.M. Anderson, V. G. Fowler, M.L. Miranda, C.B. Mutero, K.A. Saterson, and J.B. Wiener
Abstract - Malaria and other vector-borne diseases represent a significant and growing burden in many tropical countries. Successfully addressing these threats will require policies that expand access to and use of existing control methods, such as insecticide-treated bed nets and artemesinin...
Author(s): M.L. Miranda, M. A. Overstreet Galeano, E. Tassone, K.D. Allen, R.D. Horner
Abstract: Background - Veterans of the 1991 Gulf War have an increased risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but the etiology is unknown.
Author(s): M.L. Miranda
Several years ago, I was in a meeting with a roomful of university researchers talking about a research program we had started at the university several years before that. Somehow, we got into a discussion about what was the best thing that came out of that research program. Amidst comments that...
Author(s): S. Gray, S. Edwards, and M.L. Miranda
Abstract - The link between air pollution exposure and adverse birth outcomes is of public health concern due to the relationship between poor pregnancy outcomes and the onset of childhood and adult diseases. As personal exposure measurements are difficult and expensive to obtain, proximate...
Author(s): D. Kim, M.A. Overstreet Galeano, A. Hull, and M.L. Miranda
Abstract: Background - Preventive approaches to childhood lead poisoning are critical for addressing this longstanding environmental health concern. Moreover, increasing evidence of cognitive effects of blood lead levels
Author(s): M.L. Miranda, M. Keating, and S. Edwards
Abstract - This paper presents a geographic information systems (GIS) methodology for evaluating the environmental justice implications of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Burden Reduction Rule, which was issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in December 2006 under the authority of...
Author(s): M.L. Miranda, D. Kim, M.A. Overstreet Galeano, C.J. Paul, A.P. Hull, and S.P. Morgan
Abstract: Background - Childhood lead poisoning remains a critical environmental health concern. Low-level lead exposure has been linked to decreased performance on standardized IQ tests for school-aged children.
Author(s): K. Pezzoli, R. Tukey, H. Sarabia, I. Zaslavsky, M.L. Miranda, W.A. Suk, A. Lin, M. Ellisman
Abstract: Background - Two devastating hurricanes ripped across the Gulf Coast of the United States during 2005. The effects of Hurricane Katrina were especially severe: The human and environmental health impacts on New Orleans, Louisiana, and other Gulf Coast communities will be felt for decades...
Author(s): J. Hays, J. Davis, and M.L. Miranda
ABSTRACT - Environmental quality is a leading indicator of population health. Environmental health content has been integrated into the curriculum of an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for second-degree students through development of an environmental health nursing module for...
Author(s): M.L. Miranda, D. Kim, A.P. Hull, C.J. Paul, and M.A. Overstreet Galeano
Abstract: Background - More municipal water treatment plants are using chloramines as a disinfectant in order to reduce carcinogenic by-products. In some instances, this has coincided with an increase in lead levels in drinking water in those systems. Lead in drinking water can be a significant...
Author(s): G. Xia, M.L. Miranda, and A. Gelfand
Abstract - Environmental health research considers the relationship between exposures to environmental contaminants and particular health endpoints. Due to spatial structure associated with either exposures or outcomes, spatial modeling is making rapid inroads in environmental health. Our focus in...
Author(s): M.L. Miranda, J.M. Silva, M.A. Overstreet Galeano, J.P. Brown, D.S. Campbell, E. Coley, C.S. Cowan, D. Harvell, J. Lassiter, J.L. Parks, and W. Sandelé
ABSTRACT - State government, university, and local health department (LHD) partners collaborated to build the geographic information system (GIS) capacity of 5 LHDs in North Carolina. Project elements included procuring hardware and software, conducting individualized and group training, developing...
Author(s): M.L. Miranda and B.W. Hale
Abstract - In this study, we investigate the conclusions of a previous study by the authors regarding the competitiveness of waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies with data from Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico's situation matches many of the conditions laid out in the earlier study and the island is...
Author(s): M.L. Miranda and D. Dolinoy
Abstract - Environmental threats to children's health are complex and multifaceted; consequently, children's environmental health research strives to identify areas of elevated exposure, determine whether particular demographic groups are inequitably exposed, and link exposures to incidence of...
Author(s): W.R. Thomann, M.L. Miranda, M. Stiegel, and M.A. Overstreet Galeano
ABSTRACT - This project was designed to assess allergens and asthma triggers in the indoor homeenvironment. Because the Southeast has been the subject of relatively little research on indoor environmental health issues, despite having a climate very favorable to the growth andpersistence of molds,...
Author(s): D. Dolinoy and M.L. Miranda
Abstract - The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) requires facilities with 10 or more full-time employees that process > 25,000 pounds in aggregate or use > 10,000 pounds of any one TRI chemical to report releases annually. However, little is known about releases from non-TRI-reporting facilities...

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