Irene Yen, PhD, MPH

SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
Address3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights
San Francisco CA 94118
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    Educational trajectories & health: when people finish school and how it matters
    NIH/NIA R01AG056360Sep 30, 2017 - May 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Measuring neighborhood: Key aspects for multiethnic older adults'health status
    NIH/NIA K01AG027273Sep 1, 2006 - May 31, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Van Natta M, Burke NJ, Yen I, Rubin S, Fleming MD, Thompson-Lastad A, Shim JK. Complex care and contradictions of choice in the safety net. Sociol Health Illn. 2018 Mar; 40(3):538-551. PMID: 29424102.
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    2. Napoles TM, Burke NJ, Shim JK, Davis E, Moskowitz D, Yen I. Assessing Patient Activation among High-Need, High-Cost Patients in Urban Safety Net Care Settings. J Urban Health. 2017 Dec; 94(6):803-813. PMID: 28597203.
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    3. Thompson-Lastad A, Yen I, Fleming MD, Van Natta M, Rubin S, Shim JK, Burke NJ. Response to commentary, "Trauma and the structuring of complex care: Back to the settlements?" by Elizabeth Bowen. Soc Sci Med. 2017 11; 192:28-29. PMID: 28957781.
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    4. Thompson-Lastad A, Yen I, Fleming MD, Van Natta M, Rubin S, Shim JK, Burke NJ. Defining trauma in complex care management: Safety-net providers' perspectives on structural vulnerability and time. Soc Sci Med. 2017 Aug; 186:104-112. PMID: 28618290.
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    5. Fleming MD, Shim JK, Yen I, Thompson-Lastad A, Rubin S, Van Natta M, Burke NJ. Patient engagement at the margins: Health care providers' assessments of engagement and the structural determinants of health in the safety-net. Soc Sci Med. 2017 Jun; 183:11-18. PMID: 28445806.
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    6. Chitewere T, Shim JK, Barker JC, Yen I. How Neighborhoods Influence Health: Lessons to be learned from the application of political ecology. Health Place. 2017 May; 45:117-123. PMID: 28342425.
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    7. Conroy SM, Shariff-Marco S, Koo J, Yang J, Keegan TH, Sangaramoorthy M, Hertz A, Nelson DO, Cockburn M, Satariano WA, Yen I, Ponce NA, John EM, Gomez SL. Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Impact of Neighborhood Social and Built Environment on Breast Cancer Risk: The Neighborhoods and Breast Cancer Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 04; 26(4):541-552. PMID: 28196846.
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    8. Yi SS, Trinh-Shevrin C, Yen I, Kwon SC. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Associations Between Neighborhood Social Cohesion and Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines, United States, 2013-2014. Prev Chronic Dis. 2016 12 08; 13:E165. PMID: 27930284.
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    9. Young CA, Stookey J, Patel AI, Chan C, Evans J, Cohn K, Agana L, Yen I, Fernandez A, Cabana MD. San Francisco childcare centers' preparedness in the prevention and management of asthma among preschool-aged children. J Asthma. 2016 09; 53(7):691-8. PMID: 27164036.
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    10. Mosadeghi S, Ren H, Catungal J, Yen I, Liu B, Wong RJ, Bhuket T. Utilization of fecal occult blood test in the acute hospital setting and its impact on clinical management and outcomes. J Postgrad Med. 2016 Apr-Jun; 62(2):91-5. PMID: 27089107; PMCID: PMC4944357.
    11. Thrasher AD, Wells AM, Spencer SM, Cofie L, Yen I. Workplace Discrimination Is Associated With Alcohol Abuse Among Ethnically Diverse Hospital Staff. Workplace Health Saf. 2016 May; 64(5):202-9. PMID: 27034406.
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    12. Kelley EA, Kandula NR, Kanaya AM, Yen I. Neighborhood Walkability and Walking for Transport Among South Asians in the MASALA Study. J Phys Act Health. 2016 05; 13(5):514-9. PMID: 26529292.
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    13. Fahimi J, Larimer E, Hamud-Ahmed W, Anderson E, Schnorr CD, Yen I, Alter HJ. Long-term mortality of patients surviving firearm violence. Inj Prev. 2016 Apr; 22(2):129-34. PMID: 26506959.
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    14. Young CA, Chan C, Stookey J, Patel AI, Evans J, Cohn K, Agana L, Yen I, Fernandez A, Cabana MD, et al. Development of a Tool to Evaluate Asthma Preparedness and Management in Child-Care Centers. Pediatr Allergy Immunol Pulmonol. 2015 Jun 01; 28(2):121-128. PMID: 26155370.
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    15. Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S, DeRouen M, Keegan TH, Yen I, Mujahid M, Satariano WA, Glaser SL. The impact of neighborhood social and built environment factors across the cancer continuum: Current research, methodological considerations, and future directions. Cancer. 2015 Jul 15; 121(14):2314-30. PMID: 25847484; PMCID: PMC4490083.
    16. Nicklett EJ, Anderson LA, Yen I. Gardening Activities and Physical Health Among Older Adults: A Review of the Evidence. J Appl Gerontol. 2016 06; 35(6):678-90. PMID: 25515757; PMCID: PMC4469628 [Available on 06/01/17].
    17. Michael YL, Yen I. Aging and place--neighborhoods and health in a world growing older. J Aging Health. 2014 Dec; 26(8):1251-60. PMID: 25502240.
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    18. Hoyt LT, Kushi LH, Leung CW, Nickleach DC, Adler N, Laraia BA, Hiatt RA, Yen I. Neighborhood influences on girls' obesity risk across the transition to adolescence. Pediatrics. 2014 Nov; 134(5):942-9. PMID: 25311606; PMCID: PMC4533282.
    19. Anderson LA, Slonim A, Yen I, Jones DL, Allen P, Hunter RH, Goins RT, Leith KH, Rosenberg D, Satariano WA, McPhillips-Tangum C. Developing a framework and priorities to promote mobility among older adults. Health Educ Behav. 2014 Oct; 41(1 Suppl):10S-8S. PMID: 25274706; PMCID: PMC4447193.
    20. Sutton P, Kavanaugh-Lynch MH, Plumb M, Yen I, Sarantis H, Thomsen CL, Campleman S, Galpern E, Dickenson C, Woodruff TJ. California Breast Cancer Prevention Initiatives: Setting a research agenda for prevention. Reprod Toxicol. 2015 Jul; 54:11-8. PMID: 25277312.
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    21. Razani N, Hilton JF, Halpern-Felsher BL, Okumura MJ, Morrell HE, Yen I. Neighborhood Characteristics and ADHD: Results of a National Study. J Atten Disord. 2015 Sep; 19(9):731-40. PMID: 25028386.
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    22. Deierlein AL, Galvez MP, Yen I, Pinney SM, Biro FM, Kushi LH, Teitelbaum S, Wolff MS. Local food environments are associated with girls' energy, sugar-sweetened beverage and snack-food intakes. Public Health Nutr. 2014 Oct; 17(10):2194-200. PMID: 24821228; PMCID: PMC4314505.
    23. Yen I, Fandel Flood J, Thompson H, Anderson LA, Wong G. How design of places promotes or inhibits mobility of older adults: realist synthesis of 20 years of research. J Aging Health. 2014 Dec; 26(8):1340-72. PMID: 24788714; PMCID: PMC4535337.
    24. Shariff-Marco S, Yang J, John EM, Sangaramoorthy M, Hertz A, Koo J, Nelson DO, Schupp CW, Shema SJ, Cockburn M, Satariano WA, Yen I, Ponce NA, Winkleby M, Keegan TH, Gomez SL. Impact of neighborhood and individual socioeconomic status on survival after breast cancer varies by race/ethnicity: the Neighborhood and Breast Cancer Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 May; 23(5):793-811. PMID: 24618999; PMCID: PMC4018239.
    25. Yen I, Gregorich S, Cohen AK, Stewart A. A community cohort study about childhood social and economic circumstances: racial/ethnic differences and associations with educational attainment and health of older adults. BMJ Open. 2013; 3(4). PMID: 23562813; PMCID: PMC3641446.
    26. Yen I, Leung CW, Lan M, Sarrafzadeh M, Kayekjian KC, Duru OK. A pilot study using global positioning systems (GPS) devices and surveys to ascertain older adults' travel patterns. J Appl Gerontol. 2015 Apr; 34(3):NP190-201. PMID: 24652872.
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    27. Kersten E, Laraia B, Kelly M, Adler N, Yen I. Small food stores and availability of nutritious foods: a comparison of database and in-store measures, Northern California, 2009. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012; 9:E127. PMID: 22789445; PMCID: PMC3468308.
    28. Kim Y, Yen I, Rabow MW. Comparing Symptom Burden in Patients with Metastatic and Nonmetastatic Cancer. J Palliat Med. 2016 Jan; 19(1):64-8. PMID: 22663083.
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    29. Tester JM, Yen I, Laraia B. Using mobile fruit vendors to increase access to fresh fruit and vegetables for schoolchildren. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012; 9:E102. PMID: 22632739; PMCID: PMC3457766.
    30. Yen I, Anderson LA. Built environment and mobility of older adults: important policy and practice efforts. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 May; 60(5):951-6. PMID: 22568533; PMCID: PMC4534005.
    31. Deardorff J, Fyfe M, Ekwaru JP, Kushi LH, Greenspan LC, Yen I. Does neighborhood environment influence girls' pubertal onset? findings from a cohort study. BMC Pediatr. 2012 Mar 13; 12:27. PMID: 22414266; PMCID: PMC3376028.
    32. Yen I, Shim JK, Martinez AD, Barker JC. Older people and social connectedness: how place and activities keep people engaged. J Aging Res. 2012; 2012:139523. PMID: 22272374; PMCID: PMC3261464.
    33. Leung CW, Laraia BA, Kelly M, Nickleach D, Adler NE, Kushi LH, Yen I. The influence of neighborhood food stores on change in young girls' body mass index. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Jul; 41(1):43-51. PMID: 21665062; PMCID: PMC3115539.
    34. Kochtitzky CS, Freeland AL, Yen I. Ensuring mobility-supporting environments for an aging population: critical actors and collaborations. J Aging Res. 2011; 2011:138931. PMID: 21766029; PMCID: PMC3134094.
    35. Chew KW, Yen I, Li JZ, Winston LG. Predictors of pneumonia severity in HIV-infected adults admitted to an Urban public hospital. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2011 May; 25(5):273-7. PMID: 21488749; PMCID: PMC4056456.
    36. Wallerstein NB, Yen I, Syme SL. Integration of social epidemiology and community-engaged interventions to improve health equity. Am J Public Health. 2011 May; 101(5):822-30. PMID: 21421960; PMCID: PMC3076386.
    37. Tester JM, Yen I, Pallis LC, Laraia BA. Healthy food availability and participation in WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) in food stores around lower- and higher-income elementary schools. Public Health Nutr. 2011 Jun; 14(6):960-4. PMID: 21205402; PMCID: PMC4577276.
    38. Tester JM, Stevens SA, Yen I, Laraia BL. An analysis of public health policy and legal issues relevant to mobile food vending. Am J Public Health. 2010 Nov; 100(11):2038-46. PMID: 20864711; PMCID: PMC2951932.
    39. Gillen M, Cisternas MG, Yen I, Swig L, Rugulies R, Frank J, Blanc PD. Functional recovery following musculoskeletal injury in hospital workers. Occup Med (Lond). 2010 Oct; 60(7):532-9. PMID: 20682740; PMCID: PMC2980941.
    40. Leung CW, Gregorich SE, Laraia BA, Kushi LH, Yen I. Measuring the neighborhood environment: associations with young girls' energy intake and expenditure in a cross-sectional study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2010 Jun 01; 7:52. PMID: 20515487; PMCID: PMC2893449.
    41. Galvez MP, Pearl M, Yen I. Childhood obesity and the built environment. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2010 Apr; 22(2):202-7. PMID: 20090524; PMCID: PMC2896907.
    42. Hammond WP, Gillen M, Yen I. Workplace Discrimination and Depressive Symptoms: A Study of Multi-Ethnic Hospital Employees. Race Soc Probl. 2010 Mar 01; 2(1):19-30. PMID: 20463846.
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    43. Tester JM, Yen I, Laraia B. Mobile food vending and the after-school food environment. Am J Prev Med. 2010 Jan; 38(1):70-3. PMID: 20117559; PMCID: PMC4577277.
    44. Yen I, Michael YL, Perdue L. Neighborhood environment in studies of health of older adults: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2009 Nov; 37(5):455-63. PMID: 19840702; PMCID: PMC2785463.
    45. Weir RC, Tseng W, Yen I, Caballero J. Primary health-care delivery gaps among medically underserved Asian American and Pacific Islander populations. Public Health Rep. 2009 Nov-Dec; 124(6):831-40. PMID: 19894426; PMCID: PMC2773947.
    46. Michael YL, Yen I. Invited commentary: built environment and obesity among older adults--can neighborhood-level policy interventions make a difference? Am J Epidemiol. 2009 Feb 15; 169(4):409-12; discussion 413-4. PMID: 19153213; PMCID: PMC2640165.
    47. Yen I, Hammond WP, Kushel MB. From homeless to hopeless and healthless?: the health impacts of housing challenges among former foster care youth transitioning to adulthood in California. Issues Compr Pediatr Nurs. 2009; 32(2):77-93. PMID: 21992092.
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    48. Leu J, Yen I, Gansky SA, Walton E, Adler NE, Takeuchi DT. The association between subjective social status and mental health among Asian immigrants: investigating the influence of age at immigration. Soc Sci Med. 2008 Mar; 66(5):1152-64. PMID: 18191317; PMCID: PMC2810405.
    49. Yen I, Stewart AL, Scherzer T, PĂ©rez-Stable EJ. Older adults' perspectives on key domains of childhood social and economic experiences and opportunities: a first step to creating a multidimensional measure. Epidemiol Perspect Innov. 2007 Nov 06; 4:14. PMID: 17986341; PMCID: PMC2186311.
    50. Yen I, Scherzer T, Cubbin C, Gonzalez A, Winkleby MA. Women's perceptions of neighborhood resources and hazards related to diet, physical activity, and smoking: focus group results from economically distinct neighborhoods in a mid-sized U.S. city. Am J Health Promot. 2007 Nov-Dec; 22(2):98-106. PMID: 18019886.
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    51. Kushel MB, Yen I, Gee L, Courtney ME. Homelessness and health care access after emancipation: results from the Midwest Evaluation of Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007 Oct; 161(10):986-93. PMID: 17909143.
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    52. Yen I, Yelin E, Katz P, Eisner MD, Blanc PD. Impact of perceived neighborhood problems on change in asthma-related health outcomes between baseline and follow-up. Health Place. 2008 Sep; 14(3):468-77. PMID: 17950654; PMCID: PMC2600882.
    53. Gillen M, Yen I, Trupin L, Swig L, Rugulies R, Mullen K, Font A, Burian D, Ryan G, Janowitz I, Quinlan PA, Frank J, Blanc P. The association of socioeconomic status and psychosocial and physical workplace factors with musculoskeletal injury in hospital workers. Am J Ind Med. 2007 Apr; 50(4):245-60. PMID: 17311255.
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    54. Archea C, Yen I, Chen H, Eisner MD, Katz PP, Masharani U, Yelin EH, Earnest G, Blanc PD. Negative life events and quality of life in adults with asthma. Thorax. 2007 Feb; 62(2):139-46. PMID: 16928721; PMCID: PMC2111249.
    55. Yen I, Yelin EH, Katz P, Eisner MD, Blanc PD. Perceived neighborhood problems and quality of life, physical functioning, and depressive symptoms among adults with asthma. Am J Public Health. 2006 May; 96(5):873-9. PMID: 16571704; PMCID: PMC1470572.
    56. Blanc PD, Yen I, Chen H, Katz PP, Earnest G, Balmes JR, Trupin L, Friedling N, Yelin EH, Eisner MD. Area-level socio-economic status and health status among adults with asthma and rhinitis. Eur Respir J. 2006 Jan; 27(1):85-94. PMID: 16387940.
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    57. Yen I. Historical perspective: S. Leonard Syme's influence on the development of social epidemiology and where we go from there. Epidemiol Perspect Innov. 2005 May 25; 2:3. PMID: 15916710; PMCID: PMC1175097.
    58. Blanc PD, Eisner MD, Katz PP, Yen I, Archea C, Earnest G, Janson S, Masharani UB, Quinlan PJ, Hammond SK, Thorne PS, Balmes JR, Trupin L, Yelin EH. Impact of the home indoor environment on adult asthma and rhinitis. J Occup Environ Med. 2005 Apr; 47(4):362-72. PMID: 15824627.
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    59. Gordon DR, Ames GM, Yen I, Gillen M, Aust B, Rugulies R, Frank JW, Blanc PD. Integrating qualitative research into occupational health: a case study among hospital workers. J Occup Environ Med. 2005 Apr; 47(4):399-409. PMID: 15824632.
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    60. Leung MW, Yen I, Minkler M. Community based participatory research: a promising approach for increasing epidemiology's relevance in the 21st century. Int J Epidemiol. 2004 Jun; 33(3):499-506. PMID: 15155709.
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    61. Rugulies R, Braff J, Frank JW, Aust B, Gillen M, Yen I, Bhatia R, Ames G, Gordon DR, Janowitz I, Oman D, Jacobs BP, Blanc P. The psychosocial work environment and musculoskeletal disorders: design of a comprehensive interviewer-administered questionnaire. Am J Ind Med. 2004 May; 45(5):428-39. PMID: 15095425.
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    62. Frank JW, Cohen R, Yen I, Balfour J, Smith M. Socioeconomic gradients in health status over 29 years of follow-up after midlife: the Alameda county study. Soc Sci Med. 2003 Dec; 57(12):2305-23. PMID: 14572839.
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    63. Cisternas MG, Blanc PD, Yen I, Katz PP, Earnest G, Eisner MD, Shiboski S, Yelin EH. A comprehensive study of the direct and indirect costs of adult asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2003 Jun; 111(6):1212-8. PMID: 12789219.
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    64. Ragland DR, Greiner BA, Yen I, Fisher JM. Occupational stress factors and alcohol-related behavior in urban transit operators. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2000 Jul; 24(7):1011-9. PMID: 10924004.
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    65. Yen I, Ragland DR, Greiner BA, Fisher JM. Racial discrimination and alcohol-related behavior in urban transit operators: findings from the San Francisco Muni Health and Safety Study. Public Health Rep. 1999 Sep-Oct; 114(5):448-58. PMID: 10590767; PMCID: PMC1308517.
    66. Yen I, Kaplan GA. Neighborhood social environment and risk of death: multilevel evidence from the Alameda County Study. Am J Epidemiol. 1999 May 15; 149(10):898-907. PMID: 10342798.
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    67. Yen I, Kaplan GA. Poverty area residence and changes in depression and perceived health status: evidence from the Alameda County Study. Int J Epidemiol. 1999 Feb; 28(1):90-4. PMID: 10195670.
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    68. Yen I, Ragland DR, Greiner BA, Fisher JM. Workplace discrimination and alcohol consumption: findings from the San Francisco Muni Health and Safety Study. Ethn Dis. 1999; 9(1):70-80. PMID: 10355476.
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    69. Yen I, Syme SL. The social environment and health: a discussion of the epidemiologic literature. Annu Rev Public Health. 1999; 20:287-308. PMID: 10352860.
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    70. Yen I, Moss N. Unbundling education: a critical discussion of what education confers and how it lowers risk for disease and death. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1999; 896:350-1. PMID: 10681919.
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    71. Yen I, Kaplan GA. Poverty area residence and changes in physical activity level: evidence from the Alameda County Study. Am J Public Health. 1998 Nov; 88(11):1709-12. PMID: 9807543; PMCID: PMC1508581.
    72. Lynch JW, Kaplan GA, Pamuk ER, Cohen RD, Heck KE, Balfour JL, Yen I. Income inequality and mortality in metropolitan areas of the United States. Am J Public Health. 1998 Jul; 88(7):1074-80. PMID: 9663157; PMCID: PMC1508263.
    73. Dressel P, Minkler M, Yen I. Gender, race, class, and aging: advances and opportunities. Int J Health Serv. 1997; 27(4):579-600. PMID: 9399108.
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    74. Yen I, Khoury MJ, Erickson JD, James LM, Waters GD, Berry RJ. The changing epidemiology of neural tube defects. United States, 1968-1989. Am J Dis Child. 1992 Jul; 146(7):857-61. PMID: 1496959.
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