Crystal L. Laurvick

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OBJECTIVE To examine the prevalence, cumulative incidence, and survival in an Australian cohort with Rett syndrome (RTT). STUDY DESIGN The Australian Rett Syndrome Database is a longitudinal data collection that included 276 verified female cases at the end of 2004. Survival was calculated using the Kaplan-Meier product limit method, and cumulative(More)
The etiology of childhood cancers is largely unknown, although the early age at diagnosis has led to particular interest in in utero and perinatal factors. Birth weight is the most frequently studied perinatal factor in relation to risk of childhood cancers, and results have been inconsistent. We investigated whether the risk of CNS tumors and lymphomas in(More)
The authors examined the relation between birth weight, intrauterine growth, and risk of childhood leukemia using population-based linked health data from Western Australia. A cohort of 576,593 infants born in 1980-2004 were followed from birth to diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) (n = 243) or acute myeloid leukemia (AML) (n = 36) before their(More)
Using population-based linked health data, we investigated whether the risk of certain childhood non-CNS solid tumours (n=186) was associated with intra-uterine growth. The risk of retinoblastoma and rhabdomyosarcoma, but not other tumour types, was positively associated with increased growth, suggesting a possible role of fetal growth factors. Larger(More)
This paper describes the development of a video-based evaluation tool for use in Rett syndrome (RTT). Components include a parent-report checklist, and video filming and coding protocols that contain items on eating, drinking, communication, hand function and movements, personal care and mobility. Ninety-seven of the 169 families who initially agreed to(More)
Increases in the incidence of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have been reported in some countries, while other reports from similar geographical regions have indicated stable rates. The reasons for the discrepancies have been debated in the literature, with the focus on whether the observed increases are "real" or an artifact resulting from(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the trends in incidence and mortality and estimate survival for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Western Australia. CASE SELECTION AND METHODS: There were 1,336 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1982-98. Age-standardised rates were calculated by the direct method. Age-period and age-cohort models were analysed by Poisson(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies reported an increase in the rates of operation following the publication of major trials that demonstrated the benefit of carotid endarterectomy in reducing stroke. The aim of this study was to determine whether carotid endarterectomy rates have continued to rise despite the reducing trend in most manifestations of(More)
In their recent study of birth weight, miscarriage and childhood cancer, Dorak et al. [1] reported a non-linear trend across quintiles of unadjusted birth weight in boys (P = 0.008) in relation to risk of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), which was not observed in girls. The association was reported to be stronger among children younger than 5 years. As(More)