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INTRODUCTION Indicators of socioeconomic status, health behaviours and health histories are important for evaluating population health and indicators associated with 'indigeneity' features, prominently as determinants of health for Indigenous peoples. Health surveillance of young children, who represent society's most vulnerable, can provide meaningful data(More)
BACKGROUND Blood lead levels (BLLs) were measured in the adult Inuit population of Nunavut, Northern Canada, during the Inuit Health Survey (IHS) in 2007-2008. Approximately 10% of the adult participants had BLL over the Health Canada's guidance of 100μg/L. OBJECTIVES 1) To repeat the measurement of BLL among the IHS participants with high BLL and(More)
Carnitine palmitoyltransferase 1A (CPT1A), encoded by the gene CPT1A, is the hepatic isoform of CPT1 and is a major regulatory point in long-chain fatty acid oxidation. CPT1A deficiency confers risk for hypoketotic hypoglycaemia, hepatic encephalopathy, seizures, and sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). It remains controversial whether the CPT1A gene(More)
INTRODUCTION In Nunavut, 60-80% of pregnant women report smoking in pregnancy, a rate five times the Canadian average. Nunavut also has the highest rates of preterm birth and low birth weight infants in Canada. The present study assessed whether the number of cigarettes smoked per day, as recorded in the first trimester, influenced birth outcomes. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVES Assess the prevalence of food insecurity by region among Inuit households in the Canadian Arctic. STUDY DESIGN A community-participatory, cross-sectional Inuit health survey conducted through face-to-face interviews. METHODS A quantitative household food security questionnaire was conducted with a random sample of 2,595 self-identified Inuit(More)
UNLABELLED OBJECTIVE. Although infants living in the north of Canada have been reported to have one of the highest rates of hospital admission for bronchiolitis in the world, the economic effects of this condition have not been reported. Passive immunization against the Respiratory Syncytial Virus, the most common causative agent of infant bronchiolitis, is(More)
BACKGROUND The northern territory Nunavut has Canada's largest jurisdictional land mass with 33,322 inhabitants, of which 85% self-identify as Inuit. Nunavut has rates of infant mortality, postneonatal mortality and hospitalisation of infants for respiratory infections that greatly exceed those for the rest of Canada. The infant mortality rate in Nunavut is(More)
BACKGROUND Community members, Aboriginal organizations, public servants and academics have long been describing a desperate situation of food insecurity in the Eastern Canadian Arctic. OBJECTIVE The Nunavut Food Security Coalition, a partnership of Inuit Organizations and the Government of Nunavut, is collaborating to develop a territorial food security(More)
Dietary transition in the Arctic is associated with decreased quality of diet, which is of particular concern for women of childbearing age due to the potential impact of maternal nutrition status on the next generation. The study assessed dietary intake and adequacy among Inuit women of childbearing age living in three communities in Nunavut, Canada. A(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence rate of active tuberculosis (TB) disease in the Canadian Territory of Nunavut has shown a rising trend over the past 10 years. In 2010 it was 60 times greater than the national incidence rate. The objective of the Taima (translates to "stop" in Inuktitut) TB study was to implement and evaluate a public health campaign to enhance(More)