Ann K. Richardson

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We investigated whether there is an association between cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) IgG levels and risk of breast cancer before age 40 years. CMV and EBV IgG levels were measured in stored plasma from 208 women with breast cancer and 169 controls who participated in the Australian Breast Cancer Family Study (ABCFS), a population-based(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated whether elevation in serum cytomegalovirus (CMV) or Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody levels precedes the development of breast cancer. METHODS A nested case-control study was carried out within the Janus Serum Bank cohort. Two serum samples, one taken at least 4 years before diagnosis (sample 2) and an(More)
Findings of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) studies of cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and breast cancer vary, making it difficult to determine whether either, both, or neither virus is causally associated with breast cancer. We investigated CMV and EBV in paired samples of breast cancer and normal breast tissue from 70 women using(More)
BACKGROUND Health care is a less important determinant of health than behaviour and the environment but paradoxically, spending on health in most countries suggests the opposite. What determines these health policy and funding decisions, and might there be ways to increase investment in public health? METHODS Published papers, reviews and reports on the(More)
New Zealand is a high risk region for multiple sclerosis (MS). The aim of this study was to investigate demographic, clinical and temporal factors associated with disability status in the New Zealand National Multiple Sclerosis Prevalence Study (NZNMSPS) cohort. Data were obtained from the 2006 NZNMSPS with MS diagnosis based on the 2005 McDonald criteria.(More)
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