Nick McNally

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BACKGROUND The environment plays an important part in the aetiology of atopic eczema, but specific causes are unknown. Exposure to hard water is thought to be a risk factor for eczema. We undertook an ecological study of the relation between domestic water hardness and the prevalence of eczema among Nottinghamshire schoolchildren. METHODS Questionnaire(More)
Some studies have suggested that the prevalence of atopic eczema may vary between geographical regions. This descriptive study investigates the regional and subregional geography of reported and examined eczema prevalence at the age of 7, 11 and 16 years in Britain using data from the 1958 birth cohort study (n = 828). Estimates of the relative risk of(More)
Atopic eczema is the most common inflammatory skin disease in children, affecting around 10% of children in the developed world. It can be a distressing condition, influencing children's well-being, personal and educational development, and family life, and it has huge economic implications for health services and individual budgets. Like other atopic(More)
BACKGROUND Reviews of peer-reviewed health studies have highlighted problems with their methodological quality. As published health studies form the basis of many clinical decisions including evaluation and provisions of health services, this has scientific and ethical implications. The lack of involvement of methodologists (defined as statisticians or(More)
BACKGROUND There is strong evidence to suggest that the prevalence of atopic eczema is increasing in developed countries. Environmental factors have been implicated in the disease. OBJECTIVES This descriptive case-control study sheds light on the possible association between atopic eczema in school children and various home environmental factors, and(More)
Informed consent for any use of data beyond immediate care and treatment is fundamental to meeting the requirements of the Data Protection Act. It is important to identify data owners and controllers and to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities to ensure that data is held securely. No data should be passed to third parties without written(More)
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