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Design and preliminary analysis of a vaginal inserter for speculum-free cervical cancer screening

Objective Cervical cancer screening usually requires use of a speculum to provide a clear view of the cervix. The speculum is one potential barrier to screening due to fear of pain, discomfort and embarrassment. The aim of this paper is to present and dem ...

Clinical relevance of thrombocytosis in primary care: a prospective cohort study of cancer incidence using English electronic medical records and cancer registry data

Background Thrombocytosis (raised platelet count) is an emerging risk marker of cancer, but the association has not been fully explored in a primary care context. Aim To examine the incidence of cancer in a cohort of patients with thrombocytosis, to deter ...

Physical activity infographics

A new tool has been distributed to GPs to help highlight the importance of physical activity. Consisting of three infographics covering the age groups 0-5 years, 5-18 years, and adults and older people, it is designed to encourage health professionals to ...

Cumulative risk of breast cancer screening outcomes according to the presence of previous benign breast disease and family history of breast cancer: supporting personalised screening

Background: Our aim was to assess the cumulative risk of false-positive screening results, screen-detected cancer, and interval breast cancer in mammography screening among women with and without a previous benign breast disease and a family history of br ...

Comparison of general obesity and measures of body fat distribution in older adults in relation to cancer risk: meta-analysis of individual participant data of seven prospective cohorts in Europe

We evaluated the associations of anthropometric indicators of general obesity (body mass index, BMI), an established risk factor of various cancer, and body fat distribution (waist circumference, WC; hip circumference, HC; and waist-to-hip ratio, WHR), wh ...

Clinical relevance of thrombocytosis in primary care: a prospective cohort study of cancer incidence using English electronic medical records and cancer registry data

Background Thrombocytosis (raised platelet count) is an emerging risk marker of cancer, but the association has not been fully explored in a primary care context. Aim To examine the incidence of cancer in a cohort of patients with thrombocytosis, to deter ...

Results From Ireland North and South's 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

10.14655/11971-1065934 Harrington D.M. Murphy M. Carlin A. Coppinger T. Donnelly A. Dowd K.P. Teresa Keating T. Niamh Murphy N. Murtagh E. O’Brien W. Wood C., and Belton S. Sedentary, Sport, School, Transport, Play Background: Physical activity (PA) is a ...

Cook, cut and walk- top tips for Obesity Awareness Week

This Obesity Awareness Week (9-15 January) the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging everyone to try to cook healthier recipes, cut out snacks and get a bit more active. Caroline Bloomfield, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Senior Manager at th ...

The availability and price of food in rural Northern Ireland

10.14655/11971-1058474 Kevin P. Balanda, Niamh Shortt, Orla Walsh, Jorun Rugkasa Food, Rural Area, Remote Area, Cost of Living Request the full-text to ask the authors to provide the full-text version. Obesity Obesity Research and Evaluation Other Outputs ...

The influence of socio‐economic status on salt consumption in Northern Ireland

10.14655/11971-1058465 Joanna Purdy, Gillian Armstrong, Heather McIlveen Salt Intake, Low Salt, Hypertension, Processed Foods The long-established association between high salt consumption and hypertension has led to calls for a reduction in salt intake. ...

Three scaling methods for consumer rating of salt intensity

10.14655/11971-1058459 JOANNA M.A. PURDY, GILLIAN A. ARMSTRONG, HEATHER McILVEEN Salt, Concentration, Sampling This study aimed to identify a scaling technique, which would offer the greatest degree of discrimination and accuracy in an evaluation of soup ...

Food Culture in rural Northern Ireland- Results from an exploratory ethnographic study undertaken in the 'Decent Food for All (DFfA)' study areas

10.14655/11971-1057968 Jorun Rugkåsa, Kevin P Balanda, Orla Walsh Food, Nutrition, Eating Habits, Lifestyle Results from an exploratory ethnographic study undertaken in the 'Decent Food for All (DFfA)' study areas Obesity Obesity Research and Ev ...

Prevalence of overweight and obesity and its contribution to Disease Burden in Ireland:1990–2010

10.14655/11971-1056993 S Chakraborty, K Balanda, IJ Perry, Z Kabir Overweight, Obesity, Weight Management Background The alarming increase in overweight and obesity is a global public health challenge. Accurate estimates of related disease conditions are ...

Prevalence of Diabetes in the Republic of Ireland: Results from the National Health Survey (SLAN) 2007

10.14655/11971-1056991 Kevin P Balanda, Claire M Buckley, Steve J Barron, Patricia M Kearney Diabetyes, Undiagnosed Diabetes Current estimates of diabetes prevalence in the Republic of Ireland (RoI) are based on UK epidemiological studies. This study uses ...

Pre-diabetes in adults 45 years and over in Ireland: The Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition in Ireland 2007

10.14655/11971-1056989 C M Buckley, J Madden, K Balanda, P M Kearney Diabetes, Lifestyle Objectives Pre-diabetes is an important indicator of future diabetes burden and many countries are reporting prevalence estimates of pre-diabetes. To date in Ireland, ...

Overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland: an estimation of costs

10.14655/11971-1056974 Anne Dee, Aoife Callinan, Edel Doherty, Ivan J Perry Overweight, Obesity, Eating Habits Objectives The increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity worldwide continues to compromise population health and creates a wider societal ...

OP68 Burden of selected non-communicable diseases and related risk factors in the republic of Ireland, 1990-2010

10.14655/11971-1056973 S Chakraborty, K Balanda, IJ Perry, Z Kabir Disease, Risk Factors, Lifestyle, Alcohol, Smoking, Obesity, Inactivity Background National burden of disease studies are crucial for informing national health policies. Non-communicable d ...

Application of the UK Foresight Obesity Model in Ireland: The Health and Economic Consequences of Projected Obesity Trends in Ireland

Laura Keaver, Laura Webber, Anne Dee, Frances Shiely, Tim Marsh, Kevin Balanda, Ivan Perry Overweight, Obesity, Economic burden Given the scale of the current obesity epidemic and associated health consequences there has been increasing concern about the ...

All Island All Active: An innovative top-down/bottom-up cross-border approach to increasing physical activity levels

Fiona Chambers, Deirdre Brennan, Gavin Breslin, Kevin Balanda, Paul Donnelly, Peter Smyth Physical Activity, Exercise, Health National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin: Volume 6, Issue 3- June 2012 Obesity Research and Evaluation Other Outpu ...

Is your waistline creeping up on you? poster (male)

This poster was produced to support the choosetolivebetter campaign aimed at raising awareness of the health risks associated with overweight and obesity in men Northern Ireland. 10.14655/6744-933910 Public Health Agency Obesity, Overweight, Weight manage ...