Judy Y Ou

Judy Y Ou
University of Utah | UOU · Huntsman Cancer Institute

PhD

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September 2010 - present
Boston University
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Publications (32)
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Background: Radon and smoking synergistically increase risk of lung cancer, particularly for small cell and squamous cell carcinoma; however, associations by sex and race/ethnicity have not been reported. Methods: We used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and SEER21, excluding A...
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The study objective was to identify sociodemographic and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) factors that are associated with COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors. Eligible participants were 18 years or older and were diagnosed with cancer as an AYA (ages 15-39 years) and received services through an AY...
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Purpose: To describe adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients’ and survivors’ experiences with telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Eligible participants were identified through the Huntsman Intermountain Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Care Program, which provides age-specific programming and patient navigation to AYA cancer...
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Utah’s low-smoking population and high population density concentrated in mountain valleys, with intermittent industrial activity and frequent temperature inversions, have yielded unique opportunities to study air pollution. These studies have contributed to the understanding of the human health impacts of air pollution. The populated mountain vall...
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Previous studies of the environment and cancer have focused on etiology, showing that extrinsic factors in the environment contribute to 70% to 90% of cancers. Cancer patients and survivors often continue to live in the same neighborhoods they resided in before their cancer diagnosis. Thus, patients and survivors are exposed to the same environment...
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Radon (²²²Rn), a radioactive gas, is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. Classroom radon concentrations in public schools in our target area had never been measured or had not been measured in many years. We had university students, primarily enrolled in environmental health courses, measure radon concentrations in 2289 class...
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Background: Air pollution is a carcinogen and causes pulmonary and cardiac complications. We examined the association of fine particulate matter pollution (PM2.5) and mortality from cancer and all causes among pediatric, adolescent, and young adult (AYA) patients with cancer in Utah, a state with considerable variation in PM2.5. Methods: We foll...
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Purpose: Describe associations between changes in employment during the COVID-19 pandemic and financial toxicity among adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients and survivors. Methods: Eligible individuals were diagnosed between 15-39 years of age, currently age ≥18, and recruited through the Huntsman-Intermountain Adolescent and Young Adult...
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Background: Adolescents and young adults (AYA, age 15–39 years) with cancer may be at elevated risk for late morbidity following their cancer treatment, but few studies have quantified the excess burden of severe disease in this population. Using population-based data from Utah, we examined the risk of inpatient hospitalizations among AYA cancer su...
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Purpose Incompleteness of treatment data is a recognized limitation of cancer registry data. An all-payer claims database (APCD) is a tool that states use to capture health care information across systems and payer. We linked the Utah Cancer Registry (UCR) records to Utah’s statewide APCD and evaluated how this linkage led to improvements in the ca...
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Hispanics have the lowest colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates of all racial/ethnic groups and comprise the largest proportion of low-income manual laborers in the nation. We partnered with businesses to implement a community health worker (CHW)-led intervention among Hispanic workers in service-related and manual labor occupations, which often...
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In the United States, Latinos are more likely to be uninsured and diagnosed with later stage cancer than non-Hispanic whites. Promotoras (lay health educators) help improve cancer knowledge and facilitate access to cancer screenings. We tested a promotora led workplace-based intervention to improve knowledge of and adherence to breast, cervical, an...
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Some chemotherapies that treat childhood cancers have pulmonary-toxic properties that increase risk for adverse respiratory-health outcomes. PM2.5 causes similar outcomes but its effect among pulmonary compromised cancer survivors is unknown. This case-crossover study identified the PM2.5-associated odds for primary-respiratory hospitalizations and...
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Background Children and adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer often experience severe respiratory morbidity and mortality from the therapies used to treat their cancers. Few studies have examined respiratory outcomes among this population using emergency department (ED) visits as an objective measure of respiratory health. Methods ED vis...
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Background: Communities with large minority populations often are located near sources of pollution and have higher crime rates, which may work in combination with other factors to influence health. Poor self-rated health is related to chronic health conditions and premature mortality, with minority populations most likely to report poor health. T...
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Background: Hispanics report the lowest CRC screening rate of any ethnic group in the United States. Hispanics comprise 14% of Utah's population and are growing rapidly. Most of the Hispanics in Utah are foreign-born immigrants who work low-wage jobs that do not offer health benefits, making them a high-risk population for low CRC screening rates....
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Purpose: Cancer survivorship clinics manage cancer-related health complications and are available primarily in urban areas. We examine how demographic, clinical, and geographic-based characteristics are associated with attendance at the only pediatric survivorship clinic in a largely rural, multistate region. Methods: One thousand eight hundred...
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Background: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in Utah despite having the nation's lowest smoking rate. Radon exposure and differences in lung cancer incidence between nonmetropolitan and metropolitan areas may explain this phenomenon. We compared smoking-adjusted lung cancer incidence rates between nonmetropolitan and me...
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Background: Survival estimates for soft tissue sarcomas (STS) and malignant bone tumors (BT) diagnosed in pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients are not easily available. We present survival estimates based on a patient having survived a defined period of time (conditional survival). Conditional survival estimates for the short-term were...
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Background: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) has a high survival rate, but cancer-related late effects in the early post-treatment years need documentation. Hospitalizations are an indicator of the burden of late effects. We identify rates and risk factors for hospitalization from five to ten years after diagnosis for childhood and adolescent AL...
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s: Ninth AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved; September 25-28, 2016; Fort Lauderdale, FL Background: Cancer late effects clinics are important to manage health complications experienced by cancer survivors, but little is known about potential barriers to attendance i...
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Urban environmental justice populations are exposed to a variety of environmental and social stressors, including pollution, neighborhood crime and financial instability. Deciding which interview instruments to use when attempting to characterize these stressors is challenging. It involves locating previously published instruments from disparate di...
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Purpose: The results of a study evaluating all patients treated with adjunctive low-dose ketamine for analgesia over a three-year period are presented. Methods: A retrospective single-center analysis evaluated all adult patients who received adjunctive low-dose i.v. ketamine infusions from September 2010 to September 2013. Patients were excluded...
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Proximity to a park does not necessarily imply access or use, and the social environment may positively or negatively influence the positive intentions of the built environment. To investigate parks, park use and physical activity, and their associations with exposure to community violence, we interviewed residents (n = 354) of a densely populated...
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Studies of the built environment and community health commonly exclude important aspects of the social environment. For example, studies of the association between proximity to green space and physical activity often do not account for fear of neighborhood violence, which may prevent residents from utilizing green spaces and being physically active...
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This study identified contributing risk factors in the occurrence of work-related injuries among university students employed at a single university. Four hundred seventy-six student employees completed the survey in March 2010. The majority of respondents were female (66%) and the average age of all respondents was 20.7 yr. A pre-validated survey...
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University student employees are exposed to environments that may place them at risk for injury. Factors in the workplace that could increase the risk of injuries specifically in student employees have not been widely identified. Lack of experience, stress from school, and relationships with co-workers may influence student injury rates. Research...
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Issues: Many people throughout the United States face language barriers that inhibit their access to quality medical care. Some immigrants, refugees, and other foreign and native-born residents have limited English proficiency (LEP) and often receive inferior medical care due to the inability to communicate effectively in a health care setting. In...

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