Carole A. Lunny

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INTRODUCTION Despite questionable efficacy and safety, many women use a variety of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies to relieve menopause symptoms. METHODS We examined the determinants and use of CAM therapies among a sample of menopausal-aged women in Canada by using a cross-sectional Web-based survey. RESULTS Four hundred(More)
BACKGROUND The increases in STI rates since the late 1990s in Canada have occurred despite widespread primary care and targeted public health programs and in the setting of universal health care. More innovative interventions are required that would eliminate barriers to STI testing such as internet-based or mail-in home and community service testing for(More)
BACKGROUND We aimed to examine physical trauma as a risk factor for the subsequent diagnosis of MS. METHODS We searched for observational studies that evaluated the risk for developing MS after physical trauma that occurred in childhood (≤20 years) or "premorbid" (>20 years). We performed a meta-analysis using a random effects model. RESULTS We(More)
BACKGROUND Globally, the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STI) is rising, posing a challenge to its control and appropriate management. Text messaging has become the most common mode of communication among almost six billion mobile phone users worldwide. Text messaging can be used to remind patients about clinic appointments, to notify patients(More)
BACKGROUND Three meta-analyses and one systematic review have been conducted on the question of whether self-collected specimens are as accurate as clinician-collected specimens for STI screening. However, these reviews predate 2007 and did not analyze rectal or pharyngeal collection sites. Currently, there is no consensus on which sampling method is the(More)
OBJECTIVES Locating overviews of systematic reviews is difficult because of an absence of appropriate indexing terms and inconsistent terminology used to describe overviews. Our objective was to develop a validated search strategy to retrieve overviews in MEDLINE. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING We derived a test set of overviews from the references of two(More)
BACKGROUND Although the global prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is increasing, the relationship between CKD and active TB is not well described. OBJECTIVE To conduct a systematic review to evaluate active TB risk in CKD populations. METHODS We searched Ovid Medline, EMBASE and Cochrane databases and relevant journals to identify multicentre or(More)
BACKGROUND Overviews of systematic reviews attempt to systematically retrieve and summarise the results of multiple systematic reviews into a single document. Methods for conducting, interpreting and reporting overviews of reviews are in their infancy. To date, there has been no systematic review or evidence map examining the range of methods for overviews(More)
BACKGROUND Although the precise etiology of multiple sclerosis is largely unknown, there is some speculation that a prior history of surgery may be associated with the subsequent risk for developing the disease. Therefore, we aimed to examine surgery as a risk factor for the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. METHODS We searched for observational studies(More)
OBJECTIVE HIV/AIDS conferences provide an opportunity to review current research from around the world. Conferences are a good gauge of the amount of research conducted on HIV/AIDS and women because papers are disseminated widely and publicly, and can represent published or unpublished material. The objective of this study was to conduct content analysis(More)