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    • Feasibility of At-Home Serial Testing Using Over-the-Counter SARS-CoV-2 Tests With a Digital Smartphone App for Assistance: Longitudinal Cohort Study

      Herbert, Carly; Broach, John; Heetderks, William; Qashu, Felicia; Gibson, Laura; Pretz, Caitlin; Woods, Kelsey; Kheterpal, Vik; Suvarna, Thejas; Nowak, Christopher; et al. (2022-10-18)
      Background: The ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic necessitates the development of accurate, rapid, and affordable diagnostics to help curb disease transmission, morbidity, and mortality. Rapid antigen tests are important tools for scaling up testing for SARS-CoV-2; however, little is known about individuals' use of rapid antigen tests at home and how to facilitate the user experience. Objective: This study aimed to describe the feasibility and acceptability of serial self-testing with rapid antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2, including need for assistance and the reliability of self-interpretation. Methods: A total of 206 adults in the United States with smartphones were enrolled in this single-arm feasibility study in February and March 2021. All participants were asked to self-test for COVID-19 at home using rapid antigen tests daily for 14 days and use a smartphone app for testing assistance and to report their results. The main outcomes were adherence to the testing schedule, the acceptability of testing and smartphone app experiences, and the reliability of participants versus study team's interpretation of test results. Descriptive statistics were used to report the acceptability, adherence, overall rating, and experience of using the at-home test and MyDataHelps app. The usability, acceptability, adherence, and quality of at-home testing were analyzed across different sociodemographic, age, and educational attainment groups. Results: Of the 206 enrolled participants, 189 (91.7%) and 159 (77.2%) completed testing and follow-up surveys, respectively. In total, 51.3% (97/189) of study participants were women, the average age was 40.7 years, 34.4% (65/189) were non-White, and 82% (155/189) had a bachelor's degree or higher. Most (n=133/206, 64.6%) participants showed high testing adherence, meaning they completed over 75% of the assigned tests. Participants' interpretations of test results demonstrated high agreement (2106/2130, 98.9%) with the study verified results, with a κ score of 0.29 (P<.001). Participants reported high satisfaction with self-testing and the smartphone app, with 98.7% (157/159) reporting that they would recommend the self-test and smartphone app to others. These results were consistent across age, race/ethnicity, and gender. Conclusions: Participants' high adherence to the recommended testing schedule, significant reliability between participants and study staff's test interpretation, and the acceptability of the smartphone app and self-test indicate that self-tests for SARS-CoV-2 with a smartphone app for assistance and reporting is a highly feasible testing modality among a diverse population of adults in the United States.
    • Building integrative functional maps of gene regulation

      Xu, Jinrui; Pratt, Henry; Moore, Jill E.; Gerstein, Mark B.; Weng, Zhiping (2022-09-09)
      Every cell in the human body inherits a copy of the same genetic information. The three billion base pairs of DNA in the human genome, and the roughly 50 000 coding and non-coding genes they contain, must thus encode all the complexity of human development and cell and tissue type diversity. Differences in gene regulation, or the modulation of gene expression, enable individual cells to interpret the genome differently to carry out their specific functions. Here we discuss recent and ongoing efforts to build gene regulatory maps, which aim to characterize all sequences in a genome for their roles in regulating gene expression. Many researchers and consortia have identified such regulatory elements using functional assays and evolutionary analyses; we discuss the results, strengths, and shortcomings of their approaches. We also discuss new techniques the field can leverage and emerging challenges it will face while striving to build gene regulatory maps of ever-increasing resolution and comprehensiveness.
    • Shear stress activates nociceptors to drive Drosophila mechanical nociception

      Gong, Jiaxin; Chen, Jiazhang; Gu, Pengyu; Shang, Ye; Ruppell, Kendra Takle; Yang, Ying; Wang, Fei; Wen, Qi; Xiang, Yang (2022-09-02)
      Mechanical nociception is essential for animal survival. However, the forces involved in nociceptor activation and the underlying mechanotransduction mechanisms remain elusive. Here, we address these problems by investigating nocifensive behavior in Drosophila larvae. We show that strong poking stimulates nociceptors with a mixture of forces including shear stress and stretch. Unexpectedly, nociceptors are selectively activated by shear stress, but not stretch. Both the shear stress responses of nociceptors and nocifensive behavior require transient receptor potential A1 (TrpA1), which is specifically expressed in nociceptors. We further demonstrate that expression of mammalian or Drosophila TrpA1 in heterologous cells confers responses to shear stress but not stretch. Finally, shear stress activates TrpA1 in a membrane-delimited manner, through modulation of membrane fluidity. Together, our study reveals TrpA1 as an evolutionarily conserved mechanosensitive channel specifically activated by shear stress and suggests a critical role of shear stress in activating nociceptors to drive mechanical nociception.
    • Performance of Screening for SARS-CoV-2 using Rapid Antigen Tests to Detect Incidence of Symptomatic and Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection: findings from the Test Us at Home prospective cohort study [preprint]

      Soni, Apurv; Herbert, Carly; Lin, Honghuang; Pretz, Caitlin; Stamegna, Pamela; Orwig, Taylor; Wright, Colton; Tarrant, Seanan; Behar, Stephanie; Suvarna, Thejas; et al. (2022-08-06)
      Background: Performance of Rapid Antigen Tests for SARS-CoV-2 (Ag-RDT) varies over the course of an infection, and their performance is not well established among asymptomatic individuals. Objective: Evaluate performance of Ag-RDT for detection of SARS-CoV-2 in relation to onset of infection for symptomatic and asymptomatic participants. Design setting and participants: Prospective cohort study conducted from October 2021 to February 2022 among participants > 2 years-old from across the US who enrolled using a smartphone app. During each testing encounter, participants self-collected one nasal swab and performed Ag-RDT at home; at-least fifteen minutes later, a second nasal swab was self-collected and shipped for SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR at a central lab. Both nasal swabs were collected 7 times at 48-hour intervals (over approximately 14 days) followed by an extra nasal swab collection with home Ag-RDT test 48-hours after their last PCR sample. Each participant was assigned to one of the three emergency use authorized (EUA) Ag-RDT tests used in this study. This analysis was limited to participants who were asymptomatic and tested negative by antigen and molecular test on their first day of study participation. Exposure: SARS-CoV-2 positivity was determined by testing a single home-collected anterior nasal sample with three FDA EUA molecular tests, where 2 out 3 positive test results were needed to determine a SARS-CoV-2 positive result. Onset of infection was defined as day on which the molecular PCR comparator result was positive for the first time. Main outcomes and measures: Sensitivity of Ag-RDT was measured based on testing once (same-day), twice (at 48-hours) and thrice (at 96 hours). Analysis was repeated for different Days Post Index PCR Positivity (DPIPP) and stratified based on symptom-status on a given DPIPP. Results: A total of 7,361 participants enrolled in the study and 5,609 were eligible for this analysis. Among 154 eligible participants who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection based on RT-PCR, 97 were asymptomatic and 57 had symptoms at onset of infection (DPIPP 0). Serial testing with Ag-RDT twice over 48-hours resulted in an aggregated sensitivity of 93.4% (95% CI: 89.1-96.1%) among symptomatic participants on DPIPP 0-6. Among the 97 people who were asymptomatic at the onset of infection, 19 were singleton RT-PCR positive, i.e., their positive test was preceded and followed by a negative RT-PCR test within 48-hours. Excluding these singleton positives, aggregated sensitivity on DPIPP 0-6 for two-time serial-testing among asymptomatic participants was lower 62.7% (54.7-70.0%) but improved to 79.0% (71.0-85.3%) with serial testing three times at 48-hour interval. Discussion: Performance of Ag-RDT within first week of infection was optimized when asymptomatic participants tested three-times at 48-hour intervals and when symptomatic participants tested two-times separated by 48-hours.
    • Finding a Needle in the Haystack: Design and Implementation of a Digital Site-less Clinical Study of Serial Rapid Antigen Testing to Identify Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection [preprint]

      Soni, Apurv; Herbert, Carly; Pretz, Caitlin; Stamegna, Pamela; Filippaios, Andreas; Shi, Qiming; Suvarna, Thejas; Harman, Emma; Schrader, Summer; Nowak, Chris; et al. (2022-08-05)
      Background: Over-the-counter rapid antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 with an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the United States generally include a condition of authorization to evaluate the test's performance in asymptomatic individuals when used serially. A goal of this study was to investigate the performance of SARS-CoV-2 antigen serial testing and generate data to support regulatory decisions. Objective: To describe a novel study design to evaluate serial use of rapid antigen tests in detecting SARS-CoV-2 virus among asymptomatic individuals. Design: Prospective cohort study using a decentralized approach. Eligible participants from across the U.S. could enroll and complete this study from their home environment through a study app. Participant enrollment was prioritized based on regional 7-day case rates, participants' vaccination status, and sociodemographic characteristics prior to enrollment.Prioritization criteria were adjusted on a daily or weekly basis. Enrolled participants were mailed rapid antigen tests and molecular comparator collection kits and asked to test every 48 hours for 15 days. Three companies' rapid antigen tests were used in the study; assignment of participant to a test was criteria-based and non-random, precluding head-to-head comparison between the tests. Participants: Mainland United States residents over 2 years old with no reported COVID-19 symptoms in the 14 days prior to study enrollment. Main measures: Participant demographics, COVID-19 vaccination status, and geographic distribution were used to understand the impact of the site-less recruitment and enrollment strategy. Key results: A total of 7,361 participants enrolled in the study between October 18, 2021 and February 15, 2022. Throughout the study, 369 participants tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, including 167 who were asymptomatic and tested negative on SARS-CoV-2 molecular assays to start the study. This exceeded the initial enrollment goals of 60 positive participants. We enrolled participants from 44 of the 48 mainland U.S. states, and geographic distribution of participants shifted in accordance with the changing COVID-19 prevalence nationwide. Conclusions: The novel, digital site-less approach employed in the 'Test Us At Home' study enabled rapid, efficient, and rigorous evaluation of rapid diagnostics for COVID-19, and can be adapted across research disciplines to optimize study enrollment and accessibility.
    • Use of a Digital Assistant to Report COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Self-test Results to Health Departments in 6 US Communities

      Herbert, Carly; Shi, Qiming; Kheterpal, Vik; Nowak, Chris; Suvarna, Thejas; Durnan, Basyl; Schrader, Summer; Behar, Stephanie; Naeem, Syed; Tarrant, Seanan; et al. (2022-08-01)
      Importance: Widespread distribution of rapid antigen tests is integral to the US strategy to address COVID-19; however, it is estimated that few rapid antigen test results are reported to local departments of health. Objective: To characterize how often individuals in 6 communities throughout the United States used a digital assistant to log rapid antigen test results and report them to their local departments of health. Design, setting, and participants: This prospective cohort study is based on anonymously collected data from the beneficiaries of the Say Yes! Covid Test program, which distributed more than 3 000 000 rapid antigen tests at no cost to residents of 6 communities (Louisville, Kentucky; Indianapolis, Indiana; Fulton County, Georgia; O'ahu, Hawaii; Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan; and Chattanooga, Tennessee) between April and October 2021. A descriptive evaluation of beneficiary use of a digital assistant for logging and reporting their rapid antigen test results was performed. Interventions: Widespread community distribution of rapid antigen tests. Main outcomes and measures: Number and proportion of tests logged and reported to the local department of health through the digital assistant. Results: A total of 313 000 test kits were distributed, including 178 785 test kits that were ordered using the digital assistant. Among all distributed kits, 14 398 households (4.6%) used the digital assistant, but beneficiaries reported three-quarters of their rapid antigen test results to their state public health departments (30 965 tests reported of 41 465 total test results [75.0%]). The reporting behavior varied by community and was significantly higher among communities that were incentivized for reporting test results vs those that were not incentivized or partially incentivized (90.5% [95% CI, 89.9%-91.2%] vs 70.5%; [95% CI, 70.0%-71.0%]). In all communities, positive tests were less frequently reported than negative tests (60.4% [95% CI, 58.1%-62.8%] vs 75.5% [95% CI, 75.1%-76.0%]). Conclusions and relevance: These results suggest that application-based reporting with incentives may be associated with increased reporting of rapid tests for COVID-19. However, increasing the adoption of the digital assistant may be a critical first step.
    • Validation of DREADD agonists and administration route in a murine model of sleep enhancement

      Ferrari, Loris L; Ogbeide-Latario, Oghomwen E; Gompf, Heinrich S; Anaclet, Christelle (2022-07-30)
      Chemogenetics is a powerful tool to study the role of specific neuronal populations in physiology and diseases. Of particular interest, in mice, acute and specific activation of parafacial zone (PZ) GABAergic neurons expressing the Designer Receptors Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADD) hM3Dq (PZGABA-hM3Dq) enhances slow-wave-sleep (SWS), and this effect lasts for up to 6 h, allowing prolonged and detailed study of SWS. However, the most widely used DREADDs ligand, clozapine N-oxide (CNO), is metabolized into clozapine which has the potential of inducing non-specific effects. In addition, CNO is usually injected intraperitoneally (IP) in mice, limiting the number and frequency of repeated administration.
    • Healthcare use in commercially insured youth with mental health disorders

      Hugunin, Julie; Davis, Maryann; Larkin, Celine; Baek, Jonggyu; Skehan, Brian; Lapane, Kate L (2022-07-26)
      Background: The objective of this study is to describe age-related patterns of outpatient healthcare utilization in youth and young adults with mental health disorders. Method: We used the IBM® MarketScan® Commercial Database to identify 359,413 youth and young adults (12-27 years) with a mental health disorder continuously enrolled in private health insurance in 2018. Exploratory analysis was used to describe patterns of outpatient healthcare use (e.g., primary, reproductive, mental health care) and therapeutic management (e.g., medication prescriptions, psychotherapy) by age. Period prevalence and median number of visits are reported. Additional analysis explored utilization patterns by mental health disorder. Results: The prevalence of outpatient mental health care and primary care decreased with age, with a larger drop in primary care utilization. While 74.0-78.4% of those aged 12-17 years used both outpatient mental health care and primary care, 53.1-59.7% of those aged 18-27 years did. Most 18-19-year-olds had a visit with an internal medicine or family medicine specialist, a minority had a pediatrician visit. The prevalence of medication management increased with age, while the prevalence of psychotherapy decreased. Conclusions: Taken together, this descriptive study illustrates age-related differences in outpatient healthcare utilization among those with mental health disorders. Additionally, those with the most severe mental health disorders seem to be least connected to outpatient care. This knowledge can inform efforts to improve utilization of healthcare across the transition to adulthood.
    • Prevalence of Bipolar Disorder in Perinatal Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

      Masters, Grace A; Hugunin, Julie; Xu, Lulu; Ulbricht, Christine M; Moore Simas, Tiffany A; Ko, Jean Y; Byatt, Nancy (2022-07-13)
      Objective: To estimate overall prevalence of bipolar disorder (BD) and the prevalence and timing of bipolar-spectrum mood episodes in perinatal women. Data Sources: Databases (PubMed, Scopus, PsycINFO, CINAHL, Cochrane, ClincalTrials.gov) were searched from inception to March 2020. Study Selection: Included studies were original research in English that had (1) populations of perinatal participants (pregnant or within 12 months postpartum), aged ≥ 18 years, and (2) a screening/diagnostic tool for BD. Search terms described the population (eg, perinatal), illness (eg, bipolar disorder), and detection (eg, screen, identify). Data Extraction: Study design data, rates, and timing of positive screens/diagnoses and mood episodes were extracted by 3 independent reviewers. Pooled prevalences were estimated using random-effects meta-analyses. Results: Twenty-two articles were included in qualitative review and 12 in the meta-analysis. In women with no known psychiatric illness preceding the perinatal period, pooled prevalence of BD was 2.6% (95% CI, 1.2%-4.5%) and prevalence of bipolar-spectrum mood episodes (including depressed, hypomanic/manic, mixed) during pregnancy and the postpartum period was 20.1% (95% CI, 16.0%-24.5%). In women with a prior BD diagnosis, 54.9% (95% CI, 39.2%-70.2%) were found to have at least one bipolar-spectrum mood episode occurrence in the perinatal period. Conclusions: Our review suggests that the perinatal period is associated with high rates of bipolar-spectrum mood episodes and that pregnant and postpartum women represent a special risk population. This review may help to inform clinical care recommendations, thus helping to identify those who may have.
    • Development and test-retest reliability of a screening tool for axial spondyloarthritis

      Shridharmurthy, Divya; Lapane, Kate L.; Khan, Sara; Yi, Esther; Baek, Jonggyu; Kay, Jonathan; Liu, Shao-Hsien (2022-07-08)
      Background: People with axial Spondyloarthritis (axSpA) suffer from lengthy diagnostic delays of ~7 years. The usage of screening tools to identify axSpA patients in primary care can reduce diagnostic delays by facilitating early referral to rheumatologic care. The purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of a potential screening tool for patients with axSpA. Method: Content validity was evaluated by soliciting feedback from 7 rheumatologists regarding the relevance and content representativeness of the proposed screening questions. For the test-retest study, participants ≥18 years of age with chronic back pain (≥3 months) without a diagnosis of mechanical or inflammatory back pain (n = 91) were e-recruited through ResearchMatch. Participation included completing identical baseline and follow-up questionnaires ~14 days apart. Weighted quadratic kappa was used to measure test-retest reliability between the two ratings of the ordinal scales. Construct validity was examined using exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and items with factor loadings ≥0.6 were extracted. Scale dimensionality and simplified factorial solutions were measured using Kaiser's criteria (Eigenvalue >1). Cronbach's alpha was used to measure internal consistency. Results: Most participants were women, non-Hispanic white, and had at least some college education, with a mean age of 45 years. On average, the age at onset of back pain was 31 years. Eleven questions yielded test-retest reliabilities ranging from 0.6 to 0.76. Results from EFA extracted two factors relating to: 1) how pain affects daily life functioning and 2) whether pain improves with movement. Internal consistency was high for questions evaluating how pain affects life, with a Cronbach's alpha of 0.81. Following assessment for validity and reliability, the questionnaire was revised to create the 6-item screening tool. Conclusions: The 6-item SpA-SED screening tool designed to identify potential cases of axSpA was found to have good test-retest reliability and high internal consistency.
    • Elevated TNF-α Leads to Neural Circuit Instability in the Absence of Interferon Regulatory Factor 8

      Feinberg, Philip A; Becker, Shannon C; Chung, Leeyup; Ferrari, Loris; Stellwagen, David; Anaclet, Christelle; Durán-Laforet, Violeta; Faust, Travis E; Sumbria, Rachita K; Schafer, Dorothy P. (2022-07-05)
      Interferon regulatory factor 8 (IRF8) is a transcription factor necessary for the maturation of microglia, as well as other peripheral immune cells. It also regulates the transition of microglia and other immune cells to a pro-inflammatory phenotype. Irf8 is also a known risk gene for multiple sclerosis and lupus, and it has recently been shown to be downregulated in schizophrenia. While most studies have focused on IRF8-dependent regulation of immune cell function, little is known about how it impacts neural circuits. Here, we show by RNAseq from Irf8 -/- male and female mouse brains that several genes involved in regulation of neural activity are dysregulated. We then show that these molecular changes are reflected in heightened neural excitability and a profound increase in susceptibility to lethal seizures in male and female Irf8 -/- mice. Finally, we identify that TNF-α is elevated specifically in microglia in the CNS, and genetic or acute pharmacological blockade of TNF-α in the Irf8 -/- CNS rescued the seizure phenotype. These results provide important insights into the consequences of IRF8 signaling and TNF-α on neural circuits. Our data further suggest that neuronal function is impacted by loss of IRF8, a factor involved in neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT Here, we identify a previously unknown and key role for interferon regulator factor 8 (IRF8) in regulating neural excitability and seizures. We further determine that these effects on neural circuits are through elevated TNF-α in the CNS. As IRF8 has most widely been studied in the context of regulating the development and inflammatory signaling in microglia and other immune cells, we have uncovered a novel function. Further, IRF8 is a risk gene for multiple sclerosis and lupus, IRF8 is dysregulated in schizophrenia, and elevated TNF-α has been identified in a multitude of neurologic conditions. Thus, elucidating these IRF8 and TNF-α-dependent effects on brain circuit function has profound implications for understanding underlying, therapeutically relevant mechanisms of disease.
    • Comprehensive fitness landscape of SARS-CoV-2 M(pro) reveals insights into viral resistance mechanisms

      Flynn, Julia; Samant, Neha; Nachum, Gily S.; Bakan, David T.; Yilmaz, Nese Kurt; Schiffer, Celia A.; Moquin, Stephanie A.; Dovala, Dustin; Bolon, Daniel N. (2022-06-20)
      With the continual evolution of new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are more virulent, transmissible, and able to evade current vaccines, there is an urgent need for effective anti-viral drugs SARS-CoV-2 main protease (M(pro)) is a leading target for drug design due to its conserved and indispensable role in the viral life cycle. Drugs targeting M(pro) appear promising but will elicit selection pressure for resistance. To understand resistance potential in M(pro), we performed a comprehensive mutational scan of the protease that analyzed the function of all possible single amino acid changes. We developed three separate high-throughput assays of M(pro) function in yeast, based on either the ability of M(pro) variants to cleave at a defined cut-site or on the toxicity of their expression to yeast. We used deep sequencing to quantify the functional effects of each variant in each screen. The protein fitness landscapes from all three screens were strongly correlated, indicating that they captured the biophysical properties critical to M(pro) function. The fitness landscapes revealed a non-active site location on the surface that is extremely sensitive to mutation making it a favorable location to target with inhibitors. In addition, we found a network of critical amino acids that physically bridge the two active sites of the M(pro) dimer. The clinical variants of M(pro) were predominantly functional in our screens, indicating that M(pro) is under strong selection pressure in the human population. Our results provide predictions of mutations that will be readily accessible to M(pro) evolution and that are likely to contribute to drug resistance. This complete mutational guide of M(pro) can be used in the design of inhibitors with reduced potential of evolving viral resistance.
    • Perspectives on addressing bipolar disorder in the obstetric setting

      Masters, Grace A; Xu, Lulu; Cooper, Katherine M; Moore Simas, Tiffany A; Brenckle, Linda; Mackie, Thomas I; Schaefer, Ana J; Straus, John; Byatt, Nancy (2022-05-25)
      Objective: Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs have emerged to help obstetric professionals meet the needs of perinatal individuals with mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder (BD). We elucidate obstetric professionals' perspectives on barriers and facilitators to managing BD in perinatal patients, and how Access Programs may affect these processes. Methods: We conducted three focus groups with obstetric professionals, two with- and one without-exposure to an Access Program, the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for Moms. Focus groups discussed experiences, barriers, facilitators, and solutions to caring for perinatal individuals with BD. Qualitative data were coded and analyzed by two independent coders; emergent themes were examined across exposure groups. Results: Thirty-one obstetric professionals (7 without-exposure, 24 with-exposure) participated. Identified themes included: (1) gaps in perinatal BD education; (2) challenges in patient assessment; (3) MCPAP for Moms as a facilitator for addressing BD; and (4) importance of continued outreach and destigmaization to increase care collaboration. Conclusions: Barriers to obstetric professionals accessing adequate mental healthcare for their patients with BD abound. With psychiatric supports in place, it is possible to build obstetric professionals' capacity to address BD. Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs can facilitate obstetric professionals bridging these gaps in mental health care.
    • Prevalence of diagnosed eating disorders in US transgender adults and youth in insurance claims

      Ferrucci, Katarina A; Lapane, Kate L; Jesdale, Bill M (2022-05-07)
      Objective: We estimated the prevalence of diagnosed eating disorders, overall and by select demographics, among commercially insured individuals identified as transgender in a national claims database. Methods: From the 2018 IBM® MarketScan® Commercial Database, there were 10,415 people identifiable as transgender based on International Classification of Disease (ICD-10) codes and procedure codes, specific to gender-affirming care, from inpatient and outpatient claims. Eating disorders were identified from ICD-10 codes and included anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, eating disorder not otherwise specified, avoidant restrictive feeding and intake disorder, and other specified feeding and eating disorders. We estimated the prevalence of specific eating disorders diagnoses by selecting patient characteristics. Results: Of individuals receiving some form of gender-affirming care, 2.43% (95% confidence interval: 2.14%-2.74%) were diagnosed with an eating disorder: 0.84% anorexia nervosa, 0.36% bulimia nervosa, 0.36% binge eating disorder, 0.15% avoidant restrictive feeding and intake disorder, 0.41% other specified feeding and eating disorders, and 1.37% with an unspecified eating disorder. Among transgender-identifiable patients aged 12-15 years, 5.60% had an eating disorder diagnosis, whereas 0.52% had an eating disorder diagnosis in patients aged 45-64 years. Discussion: In patients identifiable as transgender, with receipt of gender-affirming care, the prevalence of diagnosed eating disorders was low compared to extant self-reported data for eating disorder diagnosis in transgender individuals. Among this population, eating disorders were highest in adolescents and young adults. Clinically verified prevalence estimates for eating disorder diagnosis in transgender people with a history of gender-affirming care warrant further investigation. Public significance: The present study aims to provide clinically validated, contemporary prevalence estimates for diagnosed eating disorders among a medically affirmed population of transgender adults and children in the United States. We report low prevalence of having any eating disorder relative to prevalence estimates reported in prior literature without clinical validation. These findings may be explained by access to affirming care and medical care generally.
    • Mental Health Utilization in Youth and Young Adults

      Hugunin, Julie; Baek, Jonggyu; Lapane, Kate L (2022-05-01)
      Comment on: Impact of Mental Health Insurance Legislation on Mental Health Treatment in a Longitudinal Sample of Adolescents. Heboyan V, Douglas MD, McGregor B, Benevides TW. Med Care. 2021 Oct 1;59(10):939-946. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001619. PMID: 34369459
    • Trajectories of physical frailty and cognitive impairment in older adults in United States nursing homes

      Yuan, Yiyang; Lapane, Kate L; Tjia, Jennifer; Baek, Jonggyu; Liu, Shao-Hsien; Ulbricht, Christine M (2022-04-19)
      Background: U.S. nursing homes provide long-term care to over 1.2 million older adults, 60% of whom were physically frail and 68% had moderate or severe cognitive impairment. Limited research has examined the longitudinal experience of these two conditions in older nursing home residents. Methods: This national longitudinal study included newly-admitted non-skilled nursing care older residents who had Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 (2014-16) assessments at admission, 3 months, and 6 months (n = 266,001). Physical frailty was measured by FRAIL-NH and cognitive impairment by the Brief Interview for Mental Status. Separate sets of group-based trajectory models were fitted to identify the trajectories of physical frailty and trajectories of cognitive impairment, and to estimate the association between older residents' characteristics at admission with each set of trajectories. A dual trajectory model was used to quantify the association between the physical frailty trajectories and cognitive impairment trajectories. Results: Over the course of the first six months post-admission, five physical frailty trajectories ["Consistently Frail" (prevalence: 53.0%), "Consistently Pre-frail" (29.0%), "Worsening Frailty" (7.6%), "Improving Frailty" (5.5%), and "Consistently Robust" (4.8%)] and three cognitive impairment trajectories ["Consistently Severe Cognitive Impairment" (35.5%), "Consistently Moderate Cognitive Impairment" (31.8%), "Consistently Intact/Mild Cognitive Impairment" (32.7%)] were identified. One in five older residents simultaneously followed the trajectories of "Consistently Frail" and "Consistently Severe Cognitive Impairment". Characteristics associated with higher odds of the "Improving Frailty", "Worsening Frailty", "Consistently Pre-frail" and "Consistently Frail" trajectories included greater at-admission cognitive impairment, age ≥ 85 years, admitted from acute hospitals, cardiovascular/metabolic diagnoses, neurological diagnoses, hip or other fractures, and presence of pain. Characteristics associated with higher odds of the "Consistently Moderate Cognitive Impairment" and "Consistently Severe Cognitive Impairment" included worse at-admission physical frailty, neurological diagnoses, hip fracture, and receipt of antipsychotics. Conclusions: Findings provided information regarding the trajectories of physical frailty, the trajectories of cognitive impairment, the association between the two sets of trajectories, and their association with residents' characteristics in older adults' first six months post-admission to U.S. nursing homes. Understanding the trajectory that the residents would most likely follow may provide information to develop a comprehensive care approach tailored to their specific healthcare goals.
    • Usability of a smartwatch for atrial fibrillation detection in older adults after stroke

      Ding, Eric Y; CastañedaAvila, Maira; Tran, Khanh-Van; Mehawej, Jordy; Filippaios, Andreas; Paul, Tenes; Otabil, Edith Mensah; Noorishirazi, Kamran; Han, Dong; Saczynski, Jane S; et al. (2022-04-18)
      Background: Smartwatches can be used for atrial fibrillation (AF) detection, but little is known about how older adults at risk for AF perceive their usability. Methods: We employed a mixed-methods study design using data from the ongoing Pulsewatch study, a randomized clinical trial (NCT03761394) examining the accuracy of a smartwatch-smartphone app dyad (Samsung/Android) compared to usual care with a patch monitor (Cardea SOLO™ ECG System) for detection of AF among older stroke survivors. To be eligible to participate in Pulsewatch, participants needed to be at least 50 years of age, have had an ischemic stroke, and have no major contraindications to anticoagulation therapy should AF be detected. After 14 days of use, usability was measured by the System Usability Scale (SUS) and investigator-generated questions. Qualitative interviews were conducted, transcribed, and coded via thematic analysis. Results: Ninety participants in the Pulsewatch trial were randomized to use a smartwatch-smartphone app dyad for 14 days (average age: 65 years, 41% female, 87% White), and 46% found it to be highly usable (SUS ≥68). In quantitative surveys, participants who used an assistive device (eg, wheelchair) and those with history of anxiety or depression were more likely to report anxiety associated with watch use. In qualitative interviews, study participants reported wanting a streamlined system that was more focused on rhythm monitoring and a smartwatch with a longer battery life. In-person training and support greatly improved their experience, and participants overwhelmingly preferred use of a smartwatch over traditional cardiac monitoring owing to its comfort, appearance, and convenience. Conclusion: Older adults at high risk for AF who were randomized to use a smartwatch-app dyad for AF monitoring over 14 days found it to be usable for AF detection and preferred their use to the use of a patch monitor. However, participants reported that a simpler device interface and longer smartwatch battery life would increase the system's usability.
    • Association of Mass Distribution of Rapid Antigen Tests and SARS-CoV-2 Prevalence: Results from NIH-CDC funded Say Yes! Covid Test program in Michigan [preprint]

      Soni, Apurv; Herbert, Carly; Baek, Jonggyu; Shi, Qiming; Marquez, Juan; Harman, Emma; Kheterpal, Vik; Nowak, Chris; Suvarna, Thejas; Lin, Honghuang; et al. (2022-04-02)
      Soni A, Herbert C, Baek J, Shi Q, Marquez J, Harman E, Kheterpal V, Nowak C, Suvarna T, Lin H, Heetderks W, Zai A, Cohen-Wolkowiez M, Corbie-Smith G, Kibbe W, Gerber BS, Hafer N, Barton B, Broach J, McManus D. Association of Mass Distribution of Rapid Antigen Tests and SARS-CoV-2 Prevalence: Results from NIH-CDC funded Say Yes! Covid Test program in Michigan. medRxiv [Preprint]. 2022 Apr 2:2022.03.26.22272727. doi: 10.1101/2022.03.26.22272727. PMID: 35411342; PMCID: PMC8996630.
    • Cumulative exposure to state-level structural sexism and risk of disordered eating: Results from a 20-year prospective cohort study

      Beccia, Ariel L; Austin, S Bryn; Baek, Jonggyu; Agénor, Madina; Forrester, Sarah; Ding, Eric Y; Jesdale, William M; Lapane, Kate L (2022-04-01)
      Background: Gendered inequities in disordered eating are well-documented, yet few studies have examined their structural drivers. To help fill this gap, we investigated whether cumulative exposure to state-level structural sexism from childhood through young adulthood potentiates differences in disordered eating risk between cisgender girls/women and boys/men. Methods: Participants came from the Growing Up Today Study (N = 16,875), a cohort of children aged 9-14 years in 1996 who we followed through 2016. Using a composite index of relevant state policies and social inequalities from the Institute for Women's Policy Research, we categorized states as having high or low levels of structural sexism and summed the number of years participants had lived in a high structural sexism state during the study period to quantify their cumulative exposure. We fit sequential conditional mean models to estimate the effect of cumulative exposure on risk of four outcomes (chronic dieting, purging, binge eating, and overeating), controlling for individual- and state-level confounders via propensity scores. We then tested whether effects differed between girls/women and boys/men by including cumulative-exposure-by-gender-identity interaction terms and calculating the relative excess risk due to interaction (RERI). Results: In the full sample, each additional year of living in a high structural sexism state was associated with a 5% increased risk of purging (95% confidence interval (CI): 3%, 7%), an 8% increased risk of binge eating (95% CI: 6%, 10%), and a 9% increased risk of overeating (95% CI: 8%, 11%). Risk increases were larger on average for girls/women than for boys/men, and girls/women who had lived in a high structural sexism state for four or more years had excess risk of chronic dieting (RERI: 0.64, 95% CI: 0.18, 1.10), purging (RERI: 2.64, 95% CI: 1.24, 4.30), and binge eating (RERI: 2.21, 95% CI: 0.93, 3.50). Conclusions: Structural sexism may contribute to inequities in disordered eating between cisgender girls/women and boys/men. Future research should include transgender and gender diverse participants, explore intersectional effects, and identify underlying mechanisms to inform policy-oriented interventions.
    • If you build it, will they use it? Use of a Digital Assistant for Self-Reporting of COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Results during Large Nationwide Community Testing Initiative [preprint]

      Herbert, Carly; Shi, Qiming; Kheterpal, Vik; Nowak, Chris; Suvarna, Thejas; Durnam, Basyl; Schrader, Summer; Behar, Stephanie; Naeem, Syed; Tarrant, Seanan; et al. (2022-04-01)
      Importance Wide-spread distribution of rapid-antigen tests is integral to the United States’ strategy to address COVID-19; however, it is estimated that few rapid-antigen test results are reported to local departments of health. Objective To characterize how often individuals in six communities throughout the United States used a digital assistant to log rapid-antigen test results and report them to their local Department of Health. Design This prospective cohort study is based on anonymously collected data from the beneficiaries of The Say Yes! Covid Test program, which distributed 3,000,000 rapid antigen tests at no cost to residents of six communities between April and October 2021. We provide a descriptive evaluation of beneficiaries’ use of digital assistant for logging and reporting their rapid antigen test results. Main Outcome and Measures Number and proportion of tests logged and reported to the Department of Health through the digital assistant Results A total of 178,785 test kits were ordered by the digital assistant, and 14,398 households used the digital assistant to log 41,465 test results. Overall, a small proportion of beneficiaries used the digital assistant (8%), but over 75% of those who used it reported their rapid antigen test results to their state public health department. The reporting behavior varied between communities and was significantly different for communities that were incentivized for reporting test results (p < 0.001). In all communities, positive tests were less reported than negative tests (60.4% vs 75.5%; p<0.001). Conclusions and Relevance These results indicate that app-based reporting with incentives may be an effective way to increase reporting of rapid tests for COVID-19; however, increasing the adoption of the digital assistant is a critical first step.