Anne Marie Kavanagh

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OBJECTIVES To examine whether area level socioeconomic disadvantage and social capital have different relations with women's and men's self rated health. METHODS The study used data from 15 112 respondents to the 1998 Tasmanian (Australia) healthy communities study (60% response rate) nested within 41 statistical local areas. Gender stratified analyses(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the association between education level and food purchasing behaviour and the contribution of dietary knowledge to this relationship; and the association between household income and purchasing behaviour and the contribution made by subjective perceptions about the cost of healthy food. DESIGN AND SETTING The study was conducted in(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the relationship between the mean daily concentration of respirable particles arising from bushfire smoke and hospital presentations for asthma. DESIGN AND SETTING An ecological study conducted in Darwin (Northern Territory, Australia) from 1 April - 31 October 2000, a period characterised by minimal rainfall and almost continuous(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine whether the accuracy of screening mammography varies according to symptomatic status reported at the time of screening. SETTING Victoria, Australia, where free biennial screening is provided to women aged 40 and older. METHODS We examined the sensitivity, specificity, and the positive predictive value of screening mammography by(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence of a relationship between residential retail food environments and diet-related outcomes is inconsistent. One reason for this may be that food environments are typically defined in terms of the absolute number of particular store types in an area, whereas a measure of the relative number of healthy and unhealthy stores may be more(More)
BACKGROUND Material circumstances and collective psychosocial processes have been invoked as potential explanations for socioeconomic inequalities in health; and, linking social capital has been proposed as a way of reconciling these apparently opposing explanations. METHODS We conducted multilevel logistic regression of self-rated health (fair or poor vs(More)
BACKGROUND A number of widely prevalent job stressors have been identified as modifiable risk factors for common mental and physical illnesses such as depression and cardiovascular disease, yet there has been relatively little study of population trends in exposure to job stressors over time. The aims of this paper were to assess: (1) overall time trends in(More)
BACKGROUND Radial scars are benign lesions that may mimic breast carcinoma on mammography and usually are managed by excision biopsy. The authors report their experience with stereotactic needle core biopsy (SNCB) in sampling these lesions. METHODS A prospective study examined a consecutive series of 75 mammographically detected radial scars from a(More)
Risk has become a dominant way to interpret who gets sick and why. A distinction has been drawn between two categories of risk: those arising from the environment, and those resulting from an individual's lifestyle. We identify a third category that might be called corporeal or embodied risk which has received little scholarly attention. Embodied risks are(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the effects of the publicity surrounding Kylie Minogue's diagnosis with breast cancer on doctor-referred breast imaging, image-guided biopsy, and cancer excisions among a low-risk population of women in Australia. Method We examine changes in unilateral and bilateral breast imaging, image-guided breast biopsies, and surgical excisions(More)