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Abstract

Background

Parental obesity is a predominant risk factor for childhood obesity. Family factors including socio-economic status (SES) play a role in determining parent weight. It is essential to unpick how shared family factors impact on child weight. This study aims to investigate the association between measured parent weight status, familial socio-economic factors and the risk of childhood obesity at age 9.

Methodology/Principal Findings

Cross sectional...

10 Nov 2011

Background

The association of infants’ birth-weight (BW) with cardiovascular diseases and mortality of their adult elative support foetal origins hypothesis.  We prospectively examine this relationship with grandparents in a unique three-generation familial cohort.

Methods

In 2001 a cohort of 1082 families was established at antenatal stage.  At baseline 1231 grandparents provided their diagnosed stats in myocardial infarction (MI), stroke and diabetes; and underwent anth...

9 Nov 2011

Association of Schools of Public Health in Europe (ASPHER) meeting, Copenhagen, Nov 2011) – Awarded Platinum prize by Young Researchers Forum

2 Nov 2011

Aim

Test the association between job strain and acute myocardial infarction/unstable angina in a sample of the general Irish population, with particular reference to older workers

Background

Well established association between cardiovascular health and job strain, however, this is not so clear for the older worker increasing retirement age and ageing population makes this an important issue to investigate

CARDI's 'Ageing Globally - Ageing Locally; International Co...

1 Nov 2011

Abstract

Associations between waist circumference, Body Mass Index (BMI), food habits and perceived stress were investigated in urban dwelling South Indian adults (N=347). The questionnaire was informed by prior qualitative research, piloted and administered by interview-assisted survey in English and Tamil. A 25-item Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) assessed eating habits on a seven point scale from “never” to “five times daily”. Perceived stress (PS) was assessed using PSS4 “global...

16 Sep 2011

Purpose

The association between infants’ birth-weight (BW) and cardiovascular (CVD) morbidity or mortality of their grandparents has been reported by only three studies, but has not been investigated with antenatally measured CVD risk clinical parameters. Such antenatal clinical parameters studies are rare even with parents’ data. We prospectively examined the relationship between measured CVD risk profile of grandparents and their grandchild’s (proband’s) measured BW. As sex differen...

15 Sep 2011

Abstract

Objective

To estimate the potential reduction in Irish cardiovascular (CVD) mortality possible by decreasing salt, trans fat and saturated fat consumption, and by increasing fruit and vegetable consumption.

Methods

The previously validated IMPACT Food Policy Model was used to estimate potential annual CVD mortality reductions associated with various dietary policy scenarios. Two scenarios were modelled. Firstly, a conservative scenario which involved a sm...

15 Sep 2011

Abstract

Introduction

Several screening tools are now available to estimate 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). This study aimed to quantify the differences in CVD risk estimates derived from four widely-used risk scoring tools: Framingham, QRISK2, ASSIGN and SCORE with each tool applied in both a primary care and an occupational screening setting.

Methods

 The primary care sample data were derived from a cross-sectional study of 1016 men and women aged...

14 Sep 2011

Abstract

Background and objective

Ireland does not have a national strategy for diabetes management akin to policy frameworks developed in other European countries. In 2006, the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) established an Expert Advisory Group for diabetes, to act ‘as the HSE’s primary source of operational policy and strategic advice'. The aim of this study is to examine the Diabetes Expert Advisory Group (EAG) process as an instrumental case study of policy formulation...

1 Sep 2011

Purpose

Any association between infants’ birth-weight and chronic morbidity of their adult relatives supports the foetal origins of disease hypothesis.

Methods

 In 2001 a cohort of 1082 families was established ante-natally. At baseline 1231 grandparents provided their diagnosed status on myocardial infarction (MI), stroke and diabetes. In 2005, their general practitioners provided an update for 731 grandparents. The odds were examined in logistic regression models of gra...

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