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Katrina Abuabara, MD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Dermatology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-7736-6946 Additional info
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    Harvard Medical SchoolMD
    University of PennsylvaniaResidency
    Stanford UniversityBA, MA
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    American Academy of Dermatology2019Young Investigator of the Year
    National Institute on Aging2018Butler Williams Scholar
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation2016Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
    The Dermatology Foundation2015Career Development Award

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    Dr. Abuabara is working to develop innovative methods to bridge the gap between evidence generated from population-based studies and decision making for individual patient care. Her current research focuses on the chronic inflammatory disease eczema, which is one of the 50 most prevalent diseases worldwide. She seeks to understand why some individual have skin disease that resolves, while others have recurrences throughout life. Her background in the social sciences, experience analyzing multidimensional data, and clinical training enable her to take an interdisciplinary scientific approach that combines genomic, physiological, environmental, and psychosocial variables to understand patient outcomes over time. Her goal is to develop truly personalized interventions that address both the pathophysiological and sociocultural aspects of chronic disease, and improve the lives of patients with chronic skin conditions.

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    1. Schonmann Y, Mansfield KE, Hayes JF, Abuabara K, Roberts A, Smeeth L, Langan SM. Atopic eczema in adulthood and risk of depression and anxiety: a population-based cohort study. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2019 Aug 31. PMID: 31479767.
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    2. Abuabara K, You Y, Margolis DJ, Hoffmann TJ, Risch N, Jorgenson E. Genetic ancestry does not explain increased atopic dermatitis susceptibility or worse disease control among African American subjects in 2 large US cohorts. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2019 Jul 29. PMID: 31369801.
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    3. Abuabara K, Ye M, McCulloch CE, Sullivan A, Margolis DJ, Strachan DP, Paternoster L, Yew YW, Williams HC, Langan SM. Clinical onset of atopic eczema: Results from 2 nationally representative British birth cohorts followed through midlife. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2019 Sep; 144(3):710-719. PMID: 31260715.
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    4. Ramirez FD, Chen S, Langan SM, Prather AA, McCulloch CE, Kidd SA, Cabana MD, Chren MM, Abuabara K. Association of Atopic Dermatitis With Sleep Quality in Children. JAMA Pediatr. 2019 May 01; 173(5):e190025. PMID: 30830151.
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    5. Ramirez FD, Chen S, Langan SM, Prather AA, McCulloch CE, Kidd SA, Cabana MD, Chren MM, Abuabara K. Assessment of Sleep Disturbances and Exhaustion in Mothers of Children With Atopic Dermatitis. JAMA Dermatol. 2019 May 01; 155(5):556-563. PMID: 30892577.
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    6. Cenzer I, Nkansah-Mahaney N, Wehner M, Chren MM, Berger T, Covinsky K, Berger K, Abuabara K, Linos E. A multiyear cross-sectional study of U.S. national prescribing patterns of first-generation sedating antihistamines in older adults with skin disease. Br J Dermatol. 2019 Apr 25. PMID: 31021412.
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    7. Abuabara K, van Zuuren EJ, Flohr C. Why does the BJD require registration of systematic reviews and meta-analyses? Br J Dermatol. 2019 02; 180(2):249-250. PMID: 30714103.
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    8. Ascott A, Mulick A, Yu AM, Prieto-Merino D, Schmidt M, Abuabara K, Smeeth L, Roberts A, Langan SM. Atopic eczema and major cardiovascular outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis of population-based studies. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2019 May; 143(5):1821-1829. PMID: 30576754.
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    9. Abuabara K, Magyari A, McCulloch CE, Linos E, Margolis DJ, Langan SM. Prevalence of Atopic Eczema Among Patients Seen in Primary Care: Data From The Health Improvement Network. Ann Intern Med. 2019 Mar 05; 170(5):354-356. PMID: 30508419.
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    10. Mulick AR, Allen V, Williams HC, Grindlay DJC, Pearce N, Abuabara K, Langan SM. Classifying atopic dermatitis: protocol for a systematic review of subtypes (phenotypes) and associated characteristics. BMJ Open. 2018 09 17; 8(9):e023097. PMID: 30224395.
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    11. Silverwood RJ, Forbes HJ, Abuabara K, Ascott A, Schmidt M, Schmidt SAJ, Smeeth L, Langan SM. Severe and predominantly active atopic eczema in adulthood and long term risk of cardiovascular disease: population based cohort study. BMJ. 2018 05 23; 361:k1786. PMID: 29792314.
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    12. Dizon MP, Yu AM, Singh RK, Wan J, Chren MM, Flohr C, Silverberg JI, Margolis DJ, Langan SM, Abuabara K. Systematic review of atopic dermatitis disease definition in studies using routinely collected health data. Br J Dermatol. 2018 06; 178(6):1280-1287. PMID: 29336013.
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    13. Chalmers JR, Thomas KS, Apfelbacher C, Williams HC, Prinsen CA, Spuls PI, Simpson E, Gerbens LAA, Boers M, Barbarot S, Stalder JF, Abuabara K, Aoki V, Ardeleanu M, Armstrong J, Bang B, Berents TL, Burton T, Butler L, Chubachi T, Cresswell-Melville A, DeLozier A, Eckert L, Eichenfield L, Flohr C, Futamura M, Gadkari A, Gjerde ES, van Halewijn KF, Hawkes C, Howells L, Howie L, Humphreys R, Ishii HA, Kataoka Y, Katayama I, Kouwenhoven W, Langan SM, Leshem YA, Merhand S, Mina-Osorio P, Murota H, Nakahara T, Nunes FP, Nygaard U, Nygårdas M, Ohya Y, Ono E, Rehbinder E, Rogers NK, Romeijn GLE, Schuttelaar MLA, Sears AV, Simpson MA, Singh JA, Srour J, Stuart B, Svensson Å, Talmo G, Talmo H, Teixeira HD, Thyssen JP, Todd G, Torchet F, Volke A, von Kobyletzki L, Weisshaar E, Wollenberg A, Zaniboni M. Report from the fifth international consensus meeting to harmonize core outcome measures for atopic eczema/dermatitis clinical trials (HOME initiative). Br J Dermatol. 2018 05; 178(5):e332-e341. PMID: 29672835.
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    14. Abuabara K, Asgari MM, Chen SC, Dellavalle RP, Kalia S, Secrest AM, Silverberg JI, Solomon JA, Weinstock MA, Wu JJ, Chren MM. How data can deliver for dermatology. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 08; 79(2):400-402. PMID: 29574090.
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    15. Abuabara K, Flohr C. Is new better than tried and tested? Topical atopic dermatitis treatment in context. Br J Dermatol. 2018 03; 178(3):583-584. PMID: 29595233.
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    16. Naik HB, Abuabara K. Systematic reviews of case reports and case series: from anecdote to evidence. Br J Dermatol. 2018 02; 178(2):317-318. PMID: 29441546.
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    17. Ban L, Langan SM, Abuabara K, Thomas KS, Abdul Sultan A, Sach T, McManus E, Santer M, Ratib S. Incidence and sociodemographic characteristics of eczema diagnosis in children: A cohort study. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018 05; 141(5):1927-1929.e8. PMID: 29382597.
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    18. Abuabara K, Yu AM, Okhovat JP, Allen IE, Langan SM. The prevalence of atopic dermatitis beyond childhood: A systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal studies. Allergy. 2018 03; 73(3):696-704. PMID: 28960336.
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    19. von Kobyletzki LB, Beckman L, Smeeth L, McKee M, Quint JK, Abuabara K, Langan S. Association between childhood allergic diseases, educational attainment and occupational status in later life: systematic review protocol. BMJ Open. 2017 Oct 11; 7(10):e017245. PMID: 29025838.
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    20. Flohr C, Abuabara K, Bath-Hextall F, Nast A, van Zuuren E. Introducing the new Evidence-Based Dermatology section. Br J Dermatol. 2017 10; 177(4):885-887. PMID: 29052892.
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    21. Ascott A, Yu AM, Schmidt M, Abuabara K, Smeeth L, Langan SM. Association between eczema and major cardiovascular outcomes in population-based studies: a systematic review protocol. BMJ Open. 2017 Sep 29; 7(9):e017979. PMID: 28965102.
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    22. von Kobyletzki LB, Beckman L, Smirnova J, Smeeth L, Williams HC, McKee M, Abuabara K, Langan SM. Eczema and educational attainment: a systematic review. Br J Dermatol. 2017 09; 177(3):e47-e49. PMID: 27995605.
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    23. Abuabara K, Hoffstad O, Troxel AB, Gelfand JM, McCulloch CE, Margolis DJ. Patterns and predictors of atopic dermatitis disease control past childhood: An observational cohort study. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018 02; 141(2):778-780.e6. PMID: 28629748.
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    24. Abuabara K, Langan SM, Yu AM. Conclusions about atopic dermatitis persistence might be premature. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 05; 76(5):e177-e178. PMID: 28411793.
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    25. Abuabara K, Margolis DJ, Langan SM. The Long-Term Course of Atopic Dermatitis. Dermatol Clin. 2017 Jul; 35(3):291-297. PMID: 28577798.
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    26. Abuabara K, Magyari AM, Hoffstad O, Jabbar-Lopez ZK, Smeeth L, Williams HC, Gelfand JM, Margolis DJ, Langan SM. Development and Validation of an Algorithm to Accurately Identify Atopic Eczema Patients in Primary Care Electronic Health Records from the UK. J Invest Dermatol. 2017 08; 137(8):1655-1662. PMID: 28428130.
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    27. Langan SM, Abuabara K, Henrickson SE, Hoffstad O, Margolis DJ. Increased Risk of Cutaneous and Systemic Infections in Atopic Dermatitis-A Cohort Study. J Invest Dermatol. 2017 06; 137(6):1375-1377. PMID: 28202403.
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    28. Dizon M, Linos E, Arron ST, Abuabara K, Ruiz de Luzuriaga AM, Jin C, Boscardin WJ, Chren MM. Comparisons of patients' satisfaction should take expectations into account. Br J Dermatol. 2017 Jan; 176(1):252-254. PMID: 27203511.
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    29. Barbarot S, Rogers NK, Abuabara K, Aubert H, Chalmers J, Flohr C, Hanifin J, Naldi L, Margolis DJ, Paul C, Ridd MJ, Schuttelaar MA, Simpson E, Tauber M, Volke A, Weidinger S, Wilkes SR, Wollenberg A, Thomas KS. Strategies used for measuring long-term control in atopic dermatitis trials: A systematic review. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016 11; 75(5):1038-1044. PMID: 27522613.
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    30. Chalmers JR, Simpson E, Apfelbacher CJ, Thomas KS, von Kobyletzki L, Schmitt J, Singh JA, Svensson Å, Williams HC, Abuabara K, Aoki V, Ardeleanu M, Awici-Rasmussen M, Barbarot S, Berents TL, Block J, Bragg A, Burton T, Bjerring Clemmensen KK, Creswell-Melville A, Dinesen M, Drucker A, Eckert L, Flohr C, Garg M, Gerbens LA, Graff AL, Hanifin J, Heinl D, Humphreys R, Ishii HA, Kataoka Y, Leshem YA, Marquort B, Massuel MA, Merhand S, Mizutani H, Murota H, Murrell DF, Nakahara T, Nasr I, Nograles K, Ohya Y, Osterloh I, Pander J, Prinsen C, Purkins L, Ridd M, Sach T, Schuttelaar ML, Shindo S, Smirnova J, Sulzer A, Synnøve Gjerde E, Takaoka R, Vestby Talmo H, Tauber M, Torchet F, Volke A, Wahlgren CF, Weidinger S, Weisshaar E, Wollenberg A, Yamaga K, Zhao CY, Spuls PI. Report from the fourth international consensus meeting to harmonize core outcome measures for atopic eczema/dermatitis clinical trials (HOME initiative). Br J Dermatol. 2016 Jul; 175(1):69-79. PMID: 27436240.
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    31. Margolis DJ, Abuabara K, Hoffstad OJ, Wan J, Raimondo D, Bilker WB. Association Between Leukemia and Topical Use of Pimecrolimus-Reply. JAMA Dermatol. 2015 Dec 01; 151(12):1391-1392. PMID: 26650662.
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    32. Abuabara K, Margolis DJ. Databases for Clinical Research. J Invest Dermatol. 2015 Aug; 135(8):1-4. PMID: 26174540.
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    33. Margolis DJ, Abuabara K, Hoffstad OJ, Wan J, Raimondo D, Bilker WB. Association Between Malignancy and Topical Use of Pimecrolimus. JAMA Dermatol. 2015 Jun; 151(6):594-9. PMID: 25692459.
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    34. Abuabara K, Hoffstad O, Troxel A, Gelfand JM, Margolis DJ. Atopic dermatitis disease control and age: A cohort study. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Jul; 136(1):190-192.e3. PMID: 25935107.
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    35. Ahluwalia J, Abuabara K, Perman MJ, Yan AC. Human herpesvirus 6 involvement in paediatric drug hypersensitivity syndrome. Br J Dermatol. 2015 Apr; 172(4):1090-5. PMID: 25369238.
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    36. Cobos G, Braunstein I, Abuabara K, Chu EY, James W. Mucinous nevus: report of a case and review of the literature. JAMA Dermatol. 2014 Sep; 150(9):1018-9. PMID: 25029469.
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    37. Margolis JS, Abuabara K, Bilker W, Hoffstad O, Margolis DJ. Persistence of mild to moderate atopic dermatitis. JAMA Dermatol. 2014 Jun; 150(6):593-600. PMID: 24696036.
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    38. Sagdeo A, Gormley RH, Abuabara K, Tyring SK, Rady P, Elder DE, Kovarik CL. The diagnostic challenge of vulvar squamous cell carcinoma: Clinical manifestations and unusual human papillomavirus types. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Mar; 70(3):586-8. PMID: 24528909.
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    39. Abuabara K, Samimi S, Chu EY, Bluebond ND, James WD, Merkel PA. Alcohol-induced vasculitis: case report and commentary. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Feb; 70(2):e42-3. PMID: 24438980.
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    40. Abuabara K, Margolis DJ. Do children really outgrow their eczema, or is there more than one eczema? J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Nov; 132(5):1139-40. PMID: 24094545.
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    41. Braunstein I, Wanat KA, Abuabara K, McGowan KL, Yan AC, Treat JR. Antibiotic sensitivity and resistance patterns in pediatric staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome. Pediatr Dermatol. 2014 May-Jun; 31(3):305-8. PMID: 24033633.
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    42. Abuabara K, Freeman EE, Dellavalle R. The role of systematic reviews and meta-analysis in dermatology. J Invest Dermatol. 2012 Nov; 132(11):e2. PMID: 23069910.
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    43. Abuabara K, Wan J, Troxel AB, Shin DB, Van Voorhees AS, Bebo BF, Krueger GG, Callis Duffin K, Gelfand JM. Variation in dermatologist beliefs about the safety and effectiveness of treatments for moderate to severe psoriasis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013 Feb; 68(2):262-9. PMID: 22910105.
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    44. Wan J, Abuabara K, Troxel AB, Shin DB, Van Voorhees AS, Bebo BF, Krueger GG, Callis Duffin K, Gelfand JM. Dermatologist preferences for treatments to compare in future randomized controlled comparative effectiveness trials for moderate to severe psoriasis. Arch Dermatol. 2012 Apr; 148(4):539-41. PMID: 22508884.
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    45. Wan J, Vittorio CC, Abuabara K, Kurd SK, Musiek A, Steinemann JM, Gelfand JM. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled proof of concept trial of topical cidofovir, 1% and 3%, for the prevention of beard hair growth in men. Arch Dermatol. 2012 Feb; 148(2):257-9. PMID: 22351834.
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    46. Abuabara K, Lee H, Kimball AB. Association of systemic psoriasis therapies and incidence of myocardial infarction: reply from authors. Br J Dermatol. 2012 Jan; 166(1):233. PMID: 21966952.
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    47. Wan J, Abuabara K, Kurd SK, Musiek A, Steinemann JM, Vittorio CC, Gelfand JM. Reliability and validity of a photographic method for measuring facial hair density in men. Arch Dermatol. 2011 Nov; 147(11):1328-9. PMID: 22106126.
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    48. Abuabara K, Lee H, Kimball AB. The effect of systemic psoriasis therapies on the incidence of myocardial infarction: a cohort study. Br J Dermatol. 2011 Nov; 165(5):1066-73. PMID: 21777216.
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    49. Wan J, Abuabara K, Shin DB, Troxel AB, Bebo BF, Gelfand JM. Dermatologist response rates to a mailed questionnaire: a randomized trial of monetary incentives. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Jan; 66(1):e18-20. PMID: 22036576.
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    50. Wan J, Abuabara K, Troxel AB, Shin DB, Van Voorhees AS, Bebo BF, Krueger GG, Callis Duffin K, Gelfand JM. Dermatologist preferences for first-line therapy of moderate to severe psoriasis in healthy adult patients. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Mar; 66(3):376-86. PMID: 21856040.
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    51. Dommasch ED, Abuabara K, Shin DB, Nguyen J, Troxel AB, Gelfand JM. The risk of infection and malignancy with tumor necrosis factor antagonists in adults with psoriatic disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Jun; 64(6):1035-50. PMID: 21315483.
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    52. Seminara NM, Abuabara K, Shin DB, Langan SM, Kimmel SE, Margolis D, Troxel AB, Gelfand JM. Validity of The Health Improvement Network (THIN) for the study of psoriasis. Br J Dermatol. 2011 Mar; 164(3):602-9. PMID: 21073449.
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    53. Abuabara K, Azfar RS, Shin DB, Neimann AL, Troxel AB, Gelfand JM. Cause-specific mortality in patients with severe psoriasis: a population-based cohort study in the U.K. Br J Dermatol. 2010 Sep; 163(3):586-92. PMID: 20633008.
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    54. Gelfand JM, Abuabara K. Diet and weight loss as a treatment for psoriasis. Arch Dermatol. 2010 May; 146(5):544-6. PMID: 20479304.
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    55. Lima XT, Abuabara K, Kimball AB, Lima HC. Briakinumab. Expert Opin Biol Ther. 2009 Aug; 9(8):1107-13. PMID: 19569977.
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    56. Abuabara K, Chang AL. Oral contraceptives for acne and sexual practices. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2009 Mar; 60(3):515-6. PMID: 19231651.
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    57. Díaz-Olavarrieta C, Paz F, Abuabara K, Martínez Ayala HB, Kolstad K, Palermo T. Abuse during pregnancy in Mexico City. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2007 Apr; 97(1):57-64. PMID: 17307181.
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    58. Lara D, Abuabara K, Grossman D, Díaz-Olavarrieta C. Pharmacy provision of medical abortifacients in a Latin American city. Contraception. 2006 Nov; 74(5):394-9. PMID: 17046381.
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    59. Westley E, Bigrigg A, Webb A, Haskell S, Blanchard K, Loftus-Granberg B, Sorhaindo A, Johnston K, Spiers A, Abuabara K, Ellertson C. Risk of pregnancy and external validity in clinical trials of emergency contraception. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care. 2006 Jul; 32(3):165-9. PMID: 16857070.
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    60. Grossman D, Ellertson C, Abuabara K, Blanchard K, Rivas FT. Barriers to contraceptive use in product labeling and practice guidelines. Am J Public Health. 2006 May; 96(5):791-9. PMID: 16449602.
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    61. Espinoza H, Abuabara K, Ellertson C. Physicians' knowledge and opinions about medication abortion in four Latin American and Caribbean region countries. Contraception. 2004 Aug; 70(2):127-33. PMID: 15288217.
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    62. Abuabara K, Becker D, Ellertson C, Blanchard K, Schiavon R, Garcia SG. As often as needed: appropriate use of emergency contraceptive pills. Contraception. 2004 Apr; 69(4):339-42. PMID: 15033411.
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    63. Blanchard K, Haskell S, Ferden S, Johnstone K, Spears A, Evans M, Leadbetter C, Carlson S, Meehan A, Abuabara K, Ellertson C. Differences between emergency contraception users in the United States and the United Kingdom. J Am Med Womens Assoc (1972). 2002; 57(4):200-3, 214. PMID: 12405237.
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