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    Molly E Waring PhD

    TitleAssistant Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentQuantitative Health Sciences
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    55 Lake Avenue North
    Worcester MA 01655
      Other Positions
      InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
      DepartmentObstetrics and Gynecology

      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentClinical Population Health Research

      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentMasters in Clinical Investigation

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        Dr. Waring earned her PhD in Epidemiology from Brown University. Dr. Waring is an epidemiologist with a program of research focusing on obesity and weight change, in particular leveraging technology and online social networks to promote weight management and lifestyle change among childbearing women. She is the PI of 3 current or recent grant-funded grants examining weight management among childbearing women, including 2 to develop and test the feasibility of interventions that deliver evidence-based weight loss strategies via online social networks. Dr. Waring also has a secondary line of research focused on lifestyle change and health promotion among adults with heart disease, with a focus on weight management, healthy diet, physical activity, and patient-provider communication.

        Dr. Waring tweets about obesity, weight loss, diet and physical activity, pregnancy, parenting, sleep, mhealth, and academia at https://twitter.com/DrMollyWaring.

        Areas of interest: obesity, weight change, weight gain prevention, pregnancy, gestational weight gain, post-partum weight retention, social media, mhealth, behavioral informatics, social networks, cardiovascular epidemiology, methodology

         



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        1. Evans M, Faghri PD, Pagoto SL, Schneider KL, Waring ME, Whited MC, Appelhans BM, Busch A, Coleman AS. The weight loss blogosphere: an online survey of weight loss bloggers. Transl Behav Med. 2016 Sep; 6(3):403-9.
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        2. Waring ME, Schneider KL, Appelhans BM, Simas TA, Xiao RS, Whited MC, Busch AM, Evans MM, Pagoto SL. Interest in a Twitter-delivered weight loss program among women of childbearing age. Transl Behav Med. 2016 Jun; 6(2):277-84.
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        3. Parikh NI, Jeppson RP, Berger JS, Eaton CB, Kroenke CH, LeBlanc ES, Lewis CE, Loucks EB, Parker DR, Rillamas-Sun E, Ryckman KK, Waring ME, Schenken RS, Johnson KC, Edstedt-Bonamy AK, Allison MA, Howard BV. Reproductive Risk Factors and Coronary Heart Disease in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study. Circulation. 2016 May 31; 133(22):2149-58.
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        4. Chasan-Taber L, Silveira M, Waring ME, Pekow P, Braun B, Manson JE, Solomon CG, Markenson G. Gestational Weight Gain, Body Mass Index, and Risk of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy in a Predominantly Puerto Rican Population. Matern Child Health J. 2016 Mar 22.
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        5. Cespedes EM, Hu FB, Tinker L, Rosner B, Redline S, Garcia L, Hingle M, Van Horn L, Howard BV, Levitan EB, Li W, Manson JE, Phillips LS, Rhee JJ, Waring ME, Neuhouser ML. Multiple Healthful Dietary Patterns and Type 2 Diabetes in the Women's Health Initiative. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Apr 1; 183(7):622-33.
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        6. Pagoto S, Waring ME, May CN, Ding EY, Kunz WH, Hayes R, Oleski JL. Adapting Behavioral Interventions for Social Media Delivery. J Med Internet Res. 2016; 18(1):e24.
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        7. Tisminetzky M, Gurwitz J, McManus DD, Saczynski JS, Erskine N, Waring ME, Anatchkova M, Awad H, Parish DC, Lessard D, Kiefe C, Goldberg R. Multiple Chronic Conditions and Psychosocial Limitations in Patients Hospitalized with an Acute Coronary Syndrome. Am J Med. 2016 Jun; 129(6):608-14.
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        8. McManus DD, Saczynski JS, Lessard D, Waring ME, Allison J, Parish DC, Goldberg RJ, Ash A, Kiefe CI. Reliability of Predicting Early Hospital Readmission After Discharge for an Acute Coronary Syndrome Using Claims-Based Data. Am J Cardiol. 2016 Feb 15; 117(4):501-7.
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        9. Schneider KL, Panza E, Handschin B, Ma Y, Busch AM, Waring ME, Appelhans BM, Whited MC, Keeney J, Kern D, Blendea M, Ockene I, Pagoto SL. Feasibility of Pairing Behavioral Activation With Exercise for Women With Type 2 Diabetes and Depression: The Get It Study Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Behav Ther. 2016 Mar; 47(2):198-212.
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        10. Pagoto SL, Waring ME, Schneider KL, Oleski JL, Olendzki E, Hayes RB, Appelhans BM, Whited MC, Busch AM, Lemon SC. Twitter-Delivered Behavioral Weight-Loss Interventions: A Pilot Series. JMIR Res Protoc. 2015; 4(4):e123.
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        11. Waring ME, McManus DD, Lemon SC, Gore JM, Anatchkova MD, McManus RH, Ash AS, Goldberg RJ, Kiefe CI, Saczynski JS. Perceiving one's heart condition to be cured following hospitalization for acute coronary syndromes: Implications for patient-provider communication. Patient Educ Couns. 2016 Mar; 99(3):455-61.
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        12. Liu SH, Waring ME, Eaton CB, Lapane KL. Association of Objectively Measured Physical Activity and Metabolic Syndrome Among US Adults With Osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2015 Oct; 67(10):1371-8.
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        13. Goldberg RJ, Saczynski JS, McManus DD, Waring ME, McManus R, Allison J, Parish DC, Lessard D, Person S, Gore JM, Kiefe CI. Characteristics of contemporary patients discharged from the hospital after an acute coronary syndrome. Am J Med. 2015 Oct; 128(10):1087-93.
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        14. Byatt N, Xiao RS, Dinh KH, Waring ME. Mental health care use in relation to depressive symptoms among pregnant women in the USA. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2016 Feb; 19(1):187-91.
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        15. Xiao RS, Simas TA, Person SD, Goldberg RJ, Waring ME. Diet quality and history of gestational diabetes mellitus among childbearing women, United States, 2007-2010. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015; 12:E25.
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        16. Xiao RS, Hayes RB, Waring ME, Geller AC, Churchill LC, Okuyemi KS, Adams M, Huggett KN, Ockene JK. Tobacco counseling experience prior to starting medical school, tobacco treatment self-efficacy and knowledge among first-year medical students in the United States. Prev Med. 2015 Apr; 73:119-24.
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        17. Greenberg JA, Manson JE, Buijsse B, Wang L, Allison MA, Neuhouser ML, Tinker L, Waring ME, Isasi CR, Martin LW, Thomson CA. Chocolate-candy consumption and 3-year weight gain among postmenopausal U.S. women. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Mar; 23(3):677-83.
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        18. Waring ME, Moore Simas TA, Rosal MC, Pagoto SL. Pregnancy intention, receipt of pre-conception care, and pre-conception weight counseling reported by overweight and obese women in late pregnancy. Sex Reprod Healthc. 2015 Jun; 6(2):110-1.
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        19. Deng N, Anatchkova MD, Waring ME, Han KT, Ware JE. Testing item response theory invariance of the standardized Quality-of-life Disease Impact Scale (QDIS(®)) in acute coronary syndrome patients: differential functioning of items and test. Qual Life Res. 2015 Aug; 24(8):1809-22.
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        20. Lo CB, Waring ME, Pagoto SL, Lemon SC. A television in the bedroom is associated with higher weekday screen time among youth with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). Prev Med Rep. 2015; 2:1-3.
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        21. Kabat GC, Heo M, Van Horn LV, Kazlauskaite R, Getaneh A, Ard J, Vitolins MZ, Waring ME, Zaslavsky O, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Rohan TE. Longitudinal association of anthropometric measures of adiposity with cardiometabolic risk factors in postmenopausal women. Ann Epidemiol. 2014 Dec; 24(12):896-902.
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        22. Boudreaux ED, Waring ME, Hayes RB, Sadasivam RS, Mullen S, Pagoto S. Evaluating and selecting mobile health apps: strategies for healthcare providers and healthcare organizations. Transl Behav Med. 2014 Dec; 4(4):363-71.
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        23. Appelhans BM, Fitzpatrick SL, Li H, Cail V, Waring ME, Schneider KL, Whited MC, Busch AM, Pagoto SL. The home environment and childhood obesity in low-income households: indirect effects via sleep duration and screen time. BMC Public Health. 2014; 14:1160.
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        24. Agha G, Loucks EB, Tinker LF, Waring ME, Michaud DS, Foraker RE, Li W, Martin LW, Greenland P, Manson JE, Eaton CB. Healthy lifestyle and decreasing risk of heart failure in women: the Women's Health Initiative observational study. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Oct 28; 64(17):1777-85.
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        25. Xiao RS, Kroll-Desrosiers AR, Goldberg RJ, Pagoto SL, Person SD, Waring ME. The impact of sleep, stress, and depression on postpartum weight retention: a systematic review. J Psychosom Res. 2014 Nov; 77(5):351-8.
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        26. Waring ME, Moore Simas TA, Barnes KC, Terk D, Baran I, Pagoto SL, Rosal MC. Patient report of guideline-congruent gestational weight gain advice from prenatal care providers: differences by prepregnancy BMI. Birth. 2014 Dec; 41(4):353-9.
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        27. Pagoto S, Schneider KL, Evans M, Waring ME, Appelhans B, Busch AM, Whited MC, Thind H, Ziedonis M. Tweeting it off: characteristics of adults who tweet about a weight loss attempt. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Nov-Dec; 21(6):1032-7.
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        28. Waring ME, Moore Simas TA, Xiao RS, Lombardini LM, Allison JJ, Rosal MC, Pagoto SL. Pregnant women's interest in a website or mobile application for healthy gestational weight gain. Sex Reprod Healthc. 2014 Dec; 5(4):182-4.
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        29. Waring ME, Schneider KL, Appelhans BM, Busch AM, Whited MC, Rodrigues S, Lemon SC, Pagoto SL. Early-treatment weight loss predicts 6-month weight loss in women with obesity and depression: implications for stepped care. J Psychosom Res. 2014 May; 76(5):394-9.
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        30. Whited MC, Schneider KL, Appelhans BM, Ma Y, Waring ME, DeBiasse MA, Busch AM, Oleski JL, Merriam PA, Olendzki BC, Crawford SL, Ockene IS, Lemon SC, Pagoto SL. Severity of depressive symptoms and accuracy of dietary reporting among obese women with major depressive disorder seeking weight loss treatment. PLoS One. 2014; 9(2):e90361.
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        31. Appelhans BM, Waring ME, Schneider KL, Pagoto SL. Food preparation supplies predict children's family meal and home-prepared dinner consumption in low-income households. Appetite. 2014 May; 76:1-8.
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        32. Rillamas-Sun E, LaCroix AZ, Waring ME, Kroenke CH, LaMonte MJ, Vitolins MZ, Seguin R, Bell CL, Gass M, Manini TM, Masaki KH, Wallace RB. Obesity and late-age survival without major disease or disability in older women. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Jan; 174(1):98-106.
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        33. Schneider KL, Andrews C, Hovey KM, Seguin RA, Manini T, Lamonte MJ, Margolis KL, Waring ME, Ning Y, Sims S, Ma Y, Ockene J, Stefanick ML, Pagoto SL. Change in physical activity after a diabetes diagnosis: opportunity for intervention. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 Jan; 46(1):84-91.
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        34. Richardson MP, Waring ME, Wang ML, Nobel L, Cuffee Y, Person SD, Hullett S, Kiefe CI, Allison JJ. Weight-based discrimination and medication adherence among low-income African Americans with hypertension: how much of the association is mediated by self-efficacy? Ethn Dis. 2014; 24(2):162-8.
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        35. Bertoia ML, Triche EW, Michaud DS, Baylin A, Hogan JW, Neuhouser ML, Tinker LF, Van Horn L, Waring ME, Li W, Shikany JM, Eaton CB. Mediterranean and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension dietary patterns and risk of sudden cardiac death in postmenopausal women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Feb; 99(2):344-51.
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        36. Moore Simas TA, Waring ME, Sullivan GM, Liao X, Rosal MC, Hardy JR, Berry RE. Institute of medicine 2009 gestational weight gain guideline knowledge: survey of obstetrics/gynecology and family medicine residents of the United States. Birth. 2013 Dec; 40(4):237-46.
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        37. Holland E, Moore Simas TA, Doyle Curiale DK, Liao X, Waring ME. Self-reported pre-pregnancy weight versus weight measured at first prenatal visit: effects on categorization of pre-pregnancy body mass index. Matern Child Health J. 2013 Dec; 17(10):1872-8.
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        38. Appelhans BM, Bleil ME, Waring ME, Schneider KL, Nackers LM, Busch AM, Whited MC, Pagoto SL. Beverages contribute extra calories to meals and daily energy intake in overweight and obese women. Physiol Behav. 2013 Oct 2; 122:129-33.
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        39. Camhi SM, Waring ME, Sisson SB, Hayman LL, Must A. Physical activity and screen time in metabolically healthy obese phenotypes in adolescents and adults. J Obes. 2013; 2013:984613.
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        40. Schneider KL, Busch AM, Whited MC, Appelhans BM, Waring ME, Pagoto SL. Assessing depression in obese women: an examination of two commonly-used measures. J Psychosom Res. 2013 Nov; 75(5):425-30.
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        41. Pagoto S, Schneider KL, Whited MC, Oleski JL, Merriam P, Appelhans B, Ma Y, Olendzki B, Waring ME, Busch AM, Lemon S, Ockene I, Crawford S. Randomized controlled trial of behavioral treatment for comorbid obesity and depression in women: the Be Active Trial. Int J Obes (Lond). 2013 Nov; 37(11):1427-34.
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        42. Cook NL, Bonds DE, Kiefe CI, Curtis JP, Krumholz HM, Kressin NR, Peterson ED. Centers for cardiovascular outcomes research: defining a collaborative vision. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2013 Mar 1; 6(2):223-8.
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        43. Busch AM, Whited MC, Appelhans BM, Schneider KL, Waring ME, DeBiasse MA, Oleski JL, Crawford SL, Pagoto SL. Reliable change in depression during behavioral weight loss treatment among women with major depression. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Mar; 21(3):E211-8.
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        44. Waring ME, Moore Simas TA, Liao X. Gestational weight gain within recommended ranges in consecutive pregnancies: a retrospective cohort study. Midwifery. 2013 May; 29(5):550-6.
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        45. Waring ME, McManus RH, Saczynski JS, Anatchkova MD, McManus DD, Devereaux RS, Goldberg RJ, Allison JJ, Kiefe CI. Transitions, Risks, and Actions in Coronary Events--Center for Outcomes Research and Education (TRACE-CORE): design and rationale. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2012 Sep 1; 5(5):e44-50.
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        46. Clarke JG, Waring ME. Overweight, obesity, and weight change among incarcerated women. J Correct Health Care. 2012 Oct; 18(4):285-92.
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        47. Bertoia ML, Waring ME, Gupta PS, Roberts MB, Eaton CB. Implications of new hypertension guidelines in the United States. Hypertension. 2012 Sep; 60(3):639-44.
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        48. Appelhans BM, Waring ME, Schneider KL, Pagoto SL, DeBiasse MA, Debiasse MA, Whited MC, Lynch EB. Delay discounting and intake of ready-to-eat and away-from-home foods in overweight and obese women. Appetite. 2012 Oct; 59(2):576-84.
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        49. Appelhans BM, Whited MC, Schneider KL, Ma Y, Oleski JL, Merriam PA, Waring ME, Olendzki BC, Mann DM, Ockene IS, Pagoto SL. Depression severity, diet quality, and physical activity in women with obesity and depression. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 May; 112(5):693-8.
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        50. Simas TA, Waring ME, Liao X, Garrison A, Sullivan GM, Howard AE, Hardy JR. Prepregnancy weight, gestational weight gain, and risk of growth affected neonates. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012 Apr; 21(4):410-7.
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        51. Nguyen HL, Saczynski JS, Gore JM, Waring ME, Lessard D, Yarzebski J, Reed G, Spencer FA, Li SX, Goldberg RJ. Long-term trends in short-term outcomes in acute myocardial infarction. Am J Med. 2011 Oct; 124(10):939-46.
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        52. Waring ME, Saczynski JS, McManus D, Zacharias M, Lessard D, Gore JM, Goldberg RJ. Weight and mortality following heart failure hospitalization among diabetic patients. Am J Med. 2011 Sep; 124(9):834-40.
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        53. Wu WC, Waring ME, Lessard D, Yarzebski J, Gore J, Goldberg RJ. Six-month mortality and cardiac catheterization in non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction patients with anemia. Coron Artery Dis. 2011 Aug; 22(5):317-23.
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        54. Heffner KL, Waring ME, Roberts MB, Eaton CB, Gramling R. Social isolation, C-reactive protein, and coronary heart disease mortality among community-dwelling adults. Soc Sci Med. 2011 May; 72(9):1482-8.
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        55. Lapane KL, Waring ME, Dubé C, Schneider KL. E-PRESCRIBING AND PATIENT SAFETY: RESULTS FROM A MIXED METHOD STUDY. Am J Pharm Benefits. 2011; 3(2):e24-e34.
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        56. Eaton CB, Abdul Baki AR, Waring ME, Roberts MB, Lu B. The association of low selenium and renal insufficiency with coronary heart disease and all-cause mortality: NHANES III follow-up study. Atherosclerosis. 2010 Oct; 212(2):689-94.
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        57. Waring ME, Eaton CB, Lasater TM, Lapane KL. Correlates of weight patterns during middle age characterized by functional principal components analysis. Ann Epidemiol. 2010 Mar; 20(3):201-9.
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        58. Waring ME, Eaton CB, Lasater TM, Lapane KL. Incident diabetes in relation to weight patterns during middle age. Am J Epidemiol. 2010 Mar 1; 171(5):550-6.
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        59. Waring ME, Roberts MB, Parker DR, Eaton CB. Documentation and management of overweight and obesity in primary care. J Am Board Fam Med. 2009 Sep-Oct; 22(5):544-52.
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        60. Lu B, Zhou J, Waring ME, Parker DR, Eaton CB. Abdominal obesity and peripheral vascular disease in men and women: a comparison of waist-to-thigh ratio and waist circumference as measures of abdominal obesity. Atherosclerosis. 2010 Jan; 208(1):253-7.
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        61. Waring ME, Lapane KL. Overweight in children and adolescents in relation to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: results from a national sample. Pediatrics. 2008 Jul; 122(1):e1-6.
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        62. Gramling R, Klein W, Roberts M, Waring ME, Gramling D, Eaton CB. Self-rated cardiovascular risk and 15-year cardiovascular mortality. Ann Fam Med. 2008 Jul-Aug; 6(4):302-6.
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        63. Lapane KL, Waring ME, Schneider KL, Dubé C, Quilliam BJ. A mixed method study of the merits of e-prescribing drug alerts in primary care. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Apr; 23(4):442-6.
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