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Janet Wojcicki, PhD, MPH

Title(s)Associate Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-476-2380
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    Stress, Obesity and Telomere Length in Latino Infants and Toddlers
    NIH/NIDDK R03DK097458Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Maternal Depression and Child Weight Gain in a Latino Cohort
    NIH/NIDDK K01DK080825Jul 21, 2009 - Jun 30, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Epel ES, Hartman A, Jacobs LM, Leung C, Cohn MA, Jensen L, Ishkanian L, Wojcicki J, Mason AE, Lustig RH, Stanhope KL, Schmidt LA. Association of a Workplace Sales Ban on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages With Employee Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Health. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 Oct 28; 1-8. PMID: 31657840.
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    2. Ville A, Levine E, Zhi D, Lararia B, Wojcicki JM. Alterations in the Gut Microbiome at 6 Months of Age in Obese Latino Infants. J Am Coll Nutr. 2019 Sep 09; 1-7. PMID: 31498715.
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    3. Kjaer TW, Faurholt-Jepsen D, Medrano R, Elwan D, Mehta K, Christensen VB, Wojcicki JM. Higher Birthweight and Maternal Pre-pregnancy BMI Persist with Obesity Association at Age 9 in High Risk Latino Children. J Immigr Minor Health. 2019 Feb; 21(1):89-97. PMID: 29397484.
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    4. Wojcicki JM. Dying alone: the sad irrelevance of naloxone in the context of solitary opiate use. Addiction. 2019 Mar; 114(3):574-575. PMID: 30461114.
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    5. McCallister M, Medrano R, Wojcicki J. Early life obesity increases the risk for asthma in San Francisco born Latina girls. Allergy Asthma Proc. 2018 Jul 01; 39(4):273-280. PMID: 30095392.
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    6. Cabeza de Baca T, Wojcicki JM, Epel ES, Adler NE. Lack of partner impacts newborn health through maternal depression: A pilot study of low-income immigrant Latina women. Midwifery. 2018 Sep; 64:63-68. PMID: 29990627.
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    7. Ju AC, Heyman MB, Garber AK, Wojcicki JM. Maternal Obesity and Risk of Preterm Birth and Low Birthweight in Hawaii PRAMS, 2000-2011. Matern Child Health J. 2018 06; 22(6):893-902. PMID: 29492739.
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    8. Wojcicki JM, Elwan D, Lin J, Blackburn E, Epel E. Chronic Obesity and Incident Hypertension in Latina Women Are Associated with Accelerated Telomere Length Loss over a 1-Year Period. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2018 08; 16(6):262-266. PMID: 29750592.
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    9. Wojcicki JM, Prather AA, Epel E, Wang D, Dubal DB. Cord blood klotho levels are inversely associated with leptin in healthy Latino neonates at risk for obesity. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Apr 25; 31(5):515-520. PMID: 29648999.
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    10. Nagata JM, Gomberg S, Hagan MJ, Heyman MB, Wojcicki JM. Food insecurity is associated with maternal depression and child pervasive developmental symptoms in low-income Latino households. J Hunger Environ Nutr. 2019; 14(4):526-539. PMID: 31673300.
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    11. Verstraete SG, Wojcicki JM, Perito ER, Rosenthal P. Bisphenol a increases risk for presumed non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in Hispanic adolescents in NHANES 2003-2010. Environ Health. 2018 02 01; 17(1):12. PMID: 29391015.
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    12. Kjaer TW, Faurholt-Jepsen D, Mehta KM, Christensen VB, Epel E, Lin J, Blackburn E, Wojcicki JM. Shorter preschool, leukocyte telomere length is associated with obesity at age 9 in Latino children. Clin Obes. 2018 Apr; 8(2):88-94. PMID: 29271129.
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    13. Wojcicki JM, Medrano R, Lin J, Epel E. Increased Cellular Aging by 3 Years of Age in Latino, Preschool Children Who Consume More Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: A Pilot Study. Child Obes. 2018 04; 14(3):149-157. PMID: 29148828.
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    14. Wojcicki JM. Silence sexual and reproductive health discussions and we fuel the rise of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Reprod Health. 2017 Oct 17; 14(1):131. PMID: 29041933.
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    15. Crabtree KL, Wojcicki JM, Minhas V, Kankasa C, Mitchell C, Wood C. Association of Household Food- and Drink-Sharing Practices With Human Herpesvirus 8 Seroconversion in a Cohort of Zambian Children. J Infect Dis. 2017 10 17; 216(7):842-849. PMID: 28961804.
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    16. Beck AL, Heyman M, Chao C, Wojcicki J. Full fat milk consumption protects against severe childhood obesity in Latinos. Prev Med Rep. 2017 Dec; 8:1-5. PMID: 28856083.
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    17. Wojcicki JM, Rehkopf D, Epel E, Rosenthal P. Shorter Leukocyte Telomere Length in Relation to Presumed Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Mexican-American Men in NHANES 1999-2002. Int J Hepatol. 2017; 2017:8435178. PMID: 28740738.
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    18. de Schweinitz PA, Wojcicki JM. First Nations Approaches to Childhood Obesity: Healthy Lifestyles in Canada Compared with Alternatives for Alaska Native Communities. Children (Basel). 2017 May 11; 4(5). PMID: 28492517.
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    19. Fleck-Derderian S, McClellan W, Wojcicki JM. The association between cytomegalovirus infection, obesity, and metabolic syndrome in U.S. adult females. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2017 03; 25(3):626-633. PMID: 28229547.
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    20. Wojcicki JM. Antiretroviral Therapy for Perinatal HIV Prevention. N Engl J Med. 2017 02 16; 376(7):699. PMID: 28207205.
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    21. Ville AP, Heyman MB, Medrano R, Wojcicki JM. Early Antibiotic Exposure and Risk of Childhood Obesity in Latinos. Child Obes. 2017 Jun; 13(3):231-235. PMID: 28165758.
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    22. Wojcicki JM. Time to Consider Moving Beyond Exclusive Breastfeeding in Southern Africa. Children (Basel). 2017 Jan 24; 4(1). PMID: 28125026.
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    23. Wojcicki JM, de Schweinitz P. Store owners as potential agents of change: energy drinks in the interior of Alaska. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2017; 76(1):1400362. PMID: 29157188.
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    24. Rehkopf DH, Needham BL, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Zota AR, Wojcicki JM, Epel ES. Leukocyte Telomere Length in Relation to 17 Biomarkers of Cardiovascular Disease Risk: A Cross-Sectional Study of US Adults. PLoS Med. 2016 Nov; 13(11):e1002188. PMID: 27898678.
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    25. Wojcicki JM. Antiretroviral exposure in utero and infancy: what do we know about African children in the age of option B+? AIDS. 2016 07 31; 30(12):2003-4. PMID: 27428580.
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    26. Wojcicki JM, Heyman MB, Elwan D, Lin J, Blackburn E, Epel E. Early exclusive breastfeeding is associated with longer telomeres in Latino preschool children. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 08; 104(2):397-405. PMID: 27440083.
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    27. Wojcicki JM, Shiboski S, Heyman MB, Elwan D, Lin J, Blackburn E, Epel E. Telomere length change plateaus at 4 years of age in Latino children: associations with baseline length and maternal change. Mol Genet Genomics. 2016 Jun; 291(3):1379-89. PMID: 26965507.
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    28. Robson JO, Verstraete SG, Shiboski S, Heyman MB, Wojcicki JM. A Risk Score for Childhood Obesity in an Urban Latino Cohort. J Pediatr. 2016 05; 172:29-34.e1. PMID: 26952117.
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    29. Elwan D, de Schweinitz P, Wojcicki JM. Beverage consumption in an Alaska Native village: a mixed-methods study of behaviour, attitudes and access. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2016; 75:29905. PMID: 26928369.
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    30. Wojcicki JM, Olveda R, Heyman MB, Elwan D, Lin J, Blackburn E, Epel E. Cord blood telomere length in Latino infants: relation with maternal education and infant sex. J Perinatol. 2016 Mar; 36(3):235-41. PMID: 26633142.
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    31. Olp LN, Minhas V, Gondwe C, Kankasa C, Wojcicki J, Mitchell C, West JT, Wood C. Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy on Kaposi's Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus (KSHV) Transmission Among HIV-Infected Zambian Children. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015 Oct; 107(10). PMID: 26185193.
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    32. Wojcicki JM, Nxumalo NC, Masuku S. Preventing mother-to-child transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus in Southern Africa. Acta Paediatr. 2015 Dec; 104(12):1211-4. PMID: 26080651.
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    33. Wojcicki JM, Heyman MB, Elwan D, Shiboski S, Lin J, Blackburn E, Epel E. Telomere length is associated with oppositional defiant behavior and maternal clinical depression in Latino preschool children. Transl Psychiatry. 2015 Jun 16; 5:e581. PMID: 26080316.
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    34. Nagata JM, Hagan MJ, Heyman MB, Wojcicki JM. No Association between Obesity and Behavior in Low-income, Preschool Latino Children. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2015 May; 26(2):410-20. PMID: 25913339.
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    35. Wojcicki JM, Young MB, Perham-Hester KA, de Schweinitz P, Gessner BD. Risk factors for obesity at age 3 in Alaskan children, including the role of beverage consumption: results from Alaska PRAMS 2005-2006 and its three-year follow-up survey, CUBS, 2008-2009. PLoS One. 2015; 10(3):e0118711. PMID: 25793411.
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    36. Nxumalo NC, Wojcicki JM, Magowe MK. The changing role of the primary school teacher in Swaziland in the context of HIV/AIDS: teacher as caretaker and economic provider. Malawi Med J. 2015 Mar; 27(1):29-33. PMID: 26137196.
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    37. Wojcicki JM. The double burden household in sub-Saharan Africa: maternal overweight and obesity and childhood undernutrition from the year 2000: results from World Health Organization Data (WHO) and Demographic Health Surveys (DHS). BMC Public Health. 2014 Oct 31; 14:1124. PMID: 25361562.
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    38. Verstraete SG, Heyman MB, Wojcicki JM. Breastfeeding offers protection against obesity in children of recently immigrated Latina women. J Community Health. 2014 Jun; 39(3):480-6. PMID: 24249439.
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    39. Crabtree KL, Wojcicki JM, Minhas V, Smith DR, Kankasa C, Mitchell CD, Wood C. Risk factors for early childhood infection of human herpesvirus-8 in Zambian children: the role of early childhood feeding practices. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Feb; 23(2):300-8. PMID: 24296855.
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    40. Wojcicki JM. Hyperphosphatemia is associated with anemia in adults without chronic kidney disease: results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES): 2005-2010. BMC Nephrol. 2013 Aug 21; 14:178. PMID: 23965134.
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    41. Holbrook KE, White MC, Heyman MB, Wojcicki JM. Maternal sociodemographic characteristics and the use of the Iowa Infant Attitude Feeding Scale to describe breastfeeding initiation and duration in a population of urban, Latina mothers: a prospective cohort study. Int Breastfeed J. 2013 Jul 08; 8(1):7. PMID: 23835065.
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    42. Wojcicki JM, Geissler JD, Stokes CW, Heyman MB, Tran CT. The use of the RESPeRATE device to lower blood pressure in inner city obese adolescents and children: a pilot feasibility study. High Blood Press Cardiovasc Prev. 2013 Jun; 20(2):89-92. PMID: 23653175.
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    43. Wojcicki JM. Healthy hospital food initiatives in the United States: time to ban sugar sweetened beverages to reduce childhood obesity. Acta Paediatr. 2013 Jun; 102(6):560-1. PMID: 23445326.
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    44. Wojcicki JM, Geissler J. The Spanish translation of the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale and the use of the word "desgraciada". Transcult Psychiatry. 2013 Feb; 50(1):152-4. PMID: 23589481.
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    45. Zahir N, Heyman MB, Wojcicki JM. No association between childcare and obesity at age 4 in low-income Latino children. Pediatr Obes. 2013 Apr; 8(2):e24-8. PMID: 23239621.
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    46. Dalal DH, Patton D, Wojcicki JM, Clark AL, Garnett EA, Heyman MB. Quality of life in patients postcolectomy for pediatric-onset ulcerative colitis. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 Oct; 55(4):425-8. PMID: 22437468.
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    47. Wojcicki JM, Jimenez-Cruz A, Bacardi-Gascon M, Schwartz N, Heyman MB. Bimodal distribution of risk for childhood obesity in urban Baja California, Mexico. J Urban Health. 2012 Aug; 89(4):628-38. PMID: 22669641.
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    48. Wojcicki JM, Schwartz N, Jiménez-Cruz A, Bacardi-Gascon M, Heyman MB. Acculturation, dietary practices and risk for childhood obesity in an ethnically heterogeneous population of Latino school children in the San Francisco bay area. J Immigr Minor Health. 2012 Aug; 14(4):533-9. PMID: 22101726.
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    49. Wojcicki JM, Heyman MB. Reducing childhood obesity by eliminating 100% fruit juice. Am J Public Health. 2012 Sep; 102(9):1630-3. PMID: 22813423.
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    50. Wojcicki JM, Heyman MB. Adolescent nutritional awareness and use of food labels: results from the National Nutrition Health and Examination Survey. BMC Pediatr. 2012 May 28; 12:55. PMID: 22639924.
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    51. Nattiv R, Wojcicki JM, Garnett EA, Gupta N, Heyman MB. High-dose infliximab for treatment of pediatric ulcerative colitis: a survey of clinical practice. World J Gastroenterol. 2012 Mar 21; 18(11):1229-34. PMID: 22468086.
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    52. Wojcicki JM. Peptide YY in children: a review. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2012; 25(3-4):227-32. PMID: 22768648.
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    53. Wojcicki JM, Heyman MB. Use of food labels, awareness of nutritional programmes and participation in the special supplemental program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC): results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2005-2006). Matern Child Nutr. 2013 Jul; 9(3):299-308. PMID: 22171961.
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    54. Wild YK, Heyman MB, Vittinghoff E, Dalal DH, Wojcicki JM, Clark AL, Rechmann B, Rechmann P. Gastroesophageal reflux is not associated with dental erosion in children. Gastroenterology. 2011 Nov; 141(5):1605-11. PMID: 21820389.
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    55. Wojcicki JM, Holbrook K, Lustig RH, Caughey AB, Muñoz RF, Heyman MB. Infant formula, tea, and water supplementation of latino infants at 4-6 weeks postpartum. J Hum Lact. 2011 May; 27(2):122-30. PMID: 21527796.
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    56. Minhas V, Crabtree KL, Chao A, Wojcicki JM, Sifuniso AM, Nkonde C, Kankasa C, Mitchell CD, Wood C. The Zambia Children's KS-HHV8 Study: rationale, study design, and study methods. Am J Epidemiol. 2011 May 01; 173(9):1085-92. PMID: 21447476.
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    57. Wojcicki JM. Maternal prepregnancy body mass index and initiation and duration of breastfeeding: a review of the literature. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011 Mar; 20(3):341-7. PMID: 21434834.
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    58. Wojcicki JM, Holbrook K, Lustig RH, Epel E, Caughey AB, Muñoz RF, Shiboski SC, Heyman MB. Chronic maternal depression is associated with reduced weight gain in latino infants from birth to 2 years of age. PLoS One. 2011 Feb 23; 6(2):e16737. PMID: 21373638.
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    59. Jiménez-Cruz A, Wojcicki JM, Bacardí-Gascón M, Castellón-Zaragoza A, García-Gallardo JL, Schwartz N, Heyman MB. Maternal BMI and migration status as predictors of childhood obesity in Mexico. Nutr Hosp. 2011 Jan-Feb; 26(1):187-93. PMID: 21519746.
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    60. Wojcicki JM, Heyman MB. Malnutrition and the role of the soft drink industry in improving child health in sub-Saharan Africa. Pediatrics. 2010 Dec; 126(6):e1617-21. PMID: 21059717.
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    61. Wojcicki JM, Heyman MB. Maternal omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and risk for perinatal maternal depression. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2011 May; 24(5):680-6. PMID: 20925595.
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    62. Patton D, Gupta N, Wojcicki JM, Garnett EA, Nobuhara K, Heyman MB. Postoperative outcome of colectomy for pediatric patients with ulcerative colitis. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Aug; 51(2):151-4. PMID: 20410838.
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    63. Wojcicki JM, van der Straten A, Padian N. Bridewealth and sexual and reproductive practices among women in Harare, Zimbabwe. AIDS Care. 2010 Jun; 22(6):705-10. PMID: 20467936.
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    64. Wojcicki JM, Heyman MB. Let's Move--childhood obesity prevention from pregnancy and infancy onward. N Engl J Med. 2010 Apr 22; 362(16):1457-9. PMID: 20393165.
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    65. Bongiovanni TR, Clark AL, Garnett EA, Wojcicki JM, Heyman MB. Impact of gluten-free camp on quality of life of children and adolescents with celiac disease. Pediatrics. 2010 Mar; 125(3):e525-9. PMID: 20156892.
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    66. Wojcicki JM, Gugig R, Tran C, Kathiravan S, Holbrook K, Heyman MB. Early exclusive breastfeeding and maternal attitudes towards infant feeding in a population of new mothers in San Francisco, California. Breastfeed Med. 2010 Feb; 5(1):9-15. PMID: 19772374.
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    67. Wojcicki JM, Gugig R, Kathiravan S, Holbrook K, Heyman MB. Maternal knowledge of infant feeding guidelines and label reading behaviours in a population of new mothers in San Francisco, California. Matern Child Nutr. 2009 Jul; 5(3):223-33. PMID: 19888918.
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    68. Wojcicki J, Mwanahamuntu M, Minhas V, Djokic B, Kankasa C, Klaskala W, Brayfield B, Phiri S, Wood C, Mitchell CD. Mortality among HIV-1- and human herpesvirus type 8-affected mother-infant pairs in Zambia. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008 Sep; 17(9):2238-43. PMID: 18768489.
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    69. Wojcicki JM, Hessol NA, Heyman MB, Fuentes-Afflick E. Risk factors for macrosomia in infants born to Latina women. J Perinatol. 2008 Nov; 28(11):743-9. PMID: 18596709.
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    70. Heyman MB, Garnett EA, Wojcicki J, Gupta N, Davis C, Cohen SA, Gold BD, Kirschner BS, Baldassano RN, Ferry GD, Winter HS, Kaplan S. Growth hormone treatment for growth failure in pediatric patients with Crohn's disease. J Pediatr. 2008 Nov; 153(5):651-8, 658.e1-3. PMID: 18589450.
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    71. Golden DW, Wojcicki JM, Jhee JT, Gilpin SL, Sawyer JR, Heyman MB. Body mass index and elbow range of motion in a healthy pediatric population: a possible mechanism of overweight in children. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2008 Feb; 46(2):196-201. PMID: 18223380.
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    72. Wojcicki JM, Kankasa C, Mitchell C, Wood C. Traditional practices and exposure to bodily fluids in Lusaka, Zambia. Trop Med Int Health. 2007 Jan; 12(1):150-5. PMID: 17207159.
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    73. Wojcicki JM, Heyman MB. Healthier choices and increased participation in a middle school lunch program: effects of nutrition policy changes in San Francisco. Am J Public Health. 2006 Sep; 96(9):1542-7. PMID: 16873747.
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    74. Wojcicki JM. Socioeconomic status as a risk factor for HIV infection in women in East, Central and Southern Africa: a systematic review. J Biosoc Sci. 2005 Jan; 37(1):1-36. PMID: 15688569.
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    75. Wojcicki JM, Newton R, Urban M, Stein L, Hale M, Patel M, Ruff P, Sur R, Bourboulia D, Sitas F. Low socioeconomic status and risk for infection with human herpesvirus 8 among HIV-1 negative, South African black cancer patients. Epidemiol Infect. 2004 Dec; 132(6):1191-7. PMID: 15635980.
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    76. Choi KH, Wojcicki J, Valencia-Garcia D. Introducing and negotiating the use of female condoms in sexual relationships: qualitative interviews with women attending a family planning clinic. AIDS Behav. 2004 Sep; 8(3):251-61. PMID: 15475674.
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    77. Wojcicki JM. Traditional behavioural practices, the exchange of saliva and HHV-8 transmission in sub-Saharan African populations. Br J Cancer. 2003 Nov 17; 89(10):2016-7. PMID: 14612917.
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    78. Wojcicki JM, Newton R, Urban MI, Stein L, Hale M, Patel M, Ruff P, Sur R, Bourboulia D, Sitas F. Risk factors for high anti-HHV-8 antibody titers (> or =1:51,200) in black, HIV-1 negative South African cancer patients: a case control study. BMC Infect Dis. 2003 Sep 12; 3:21. PMID: 12971827.
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    79. Wojcicki JM. "She drank his money": survival sex and the problem of violence in taverns in Gauteng province, South Africa. Med Anthropol Q. 2002 Sep; 16(3):267-93. PMID: 12227257.
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    80. Wojcicki JM. Commercial sex work or ukuphanda? Sex-for-money exchange in Soweto and Hammanskraal area, South Africa. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2002 Sep; 26(3):339-70. PMID: 12555904.
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    81. Wojcicki JM, Malala J. Condom use, power and HIV/AIDS risk: sex-workers bargain for survival in Hillbrow/Joubert Park/Berea, Johannesburg. Soc Sci Med. 2001 Jul; 53(1):99-121. PMID: 11380165.
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