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OBJECTIVE To identify the socio-demographic and behavioural characteristics associated with perceptions of weight-related health risk among the parents of overweight children. METHODS Baseline data from a cohort of parents of children aged 4-11 years in five areas in England in 2010-2011 were analysed; the sample was restricted to parents of overweight(More)
A real-time PCR assay was developed to identify common staphylococcal species. A single set of consensus primers was designed to amplify a portion of the 16S rRNA gene, and a pair of fluorescence resonance energy transfer probes was used to identify species based on the unique melt properties of the probes resulting from sequence variations in the amplicons(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Childhood obesity is a major problem in the United States, yet screening and treatment are often inaccessible or ineffective. Health information technology (IT) may improve the quality, efficiency, and reach of chronic disease management. The objective of this study was to review the effect of health IT (electronic health records(More)
BACKGROUND Small-scale evaluations suggest that the provision of feedback to parents about their child's weight status may improve recognition of overweight, but the effects on lifestyle behaviour are unclear and there are concerns that informing parents that their child is overweight may have harmful effects. The aims of this study were to describe the(More)
BACKGROUND The National Child Measurement Programme was established to measure the height and weight of children at primary school in England and provides parents with feedback about their child's weight status. In this study we will evaluate the impact of the National Child Measurement Programme feedback on parental risk perceptions of overweight,(More)
AIMS To investigate whether the use of carbamazepine is associated with reduced risk of Parkinson's disease. METHODS We conducted a population-based, matched case-control study of patients randomly selected from the UK General Research Practice Database. We identified 8549 patients with Parkinson's disease using diagnosis criteria with a positive(More)
Clustering of abnormal metabolic traits, the Metabolic Syndrome (MetS), has been associated with an increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. Several algorithms including the MetS and other risk factors exist for adults to predict the risk of CVD. We discuss the use of MetS scores and algorithms in an attempt to predict later cardiometabolic risk in(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the acceptability of implementing an online tool for the assessment and management of childhood obesity (Computer-Assisted Treatment of CHildren, CATCH) in primary care. DESIGN AND SETTING An uncontrolled pilot study with integral process evaluation conducted at three general practices in northwest London, UK (November 2012-April(More)
BACKGROUND Adiposity in childhood is associated with later cardiovascular disease (CVD), but it is unclear whether this relationship is independent of other risk factors experienced in later life, such as smoking and hypertension. Carotid-intima media thickness (cIMT) is a measure of subclinical atherosclerosis that may be used to assess CVD risk in young(More)
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