Robin Jean Bell

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CONTEXT Changes in androgen levels across the adult female life span and the effects of natural menopause and oophorectomy have not been clearly established. OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to document the effects of age on androgen levels in healthy women and to explore the effects of natural and surgical menopause. DESIGN, SETTING, AND(More)
Mental rotation is a task known to activate the parietal cortical regions. The present study aimed to investigate whether there is differential activation of regions within the parietal lobe and to reveal functional subspecialisation of this region by examining the effects of increasing angle of rotation. Functional magnetic resonance imaging was performed(More)
CONTEXT It has been proposed that dehydroepiandrosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) exert neuroprotective effects in the brain, yet evidence of associations between the endogenous levels of these steroids and measures of cognitive function is lacking. OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to investigate whether circulating levels of(More)
CONTEXT It has been proposed that low sexual desire and sexual dysfunction are associated with low blood testosterone levels in women. However, evidence to support this is lacking. OBJECTIVE To determine whether women with low self-reported sexual desire and sexual satisfaction are more likely to have low serum androgen levels than women without(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate whether subclinical thyroid disease is associated with impaired health-related quality of life and a more adverse cardiovascular disease risk profile. DESIGN A community-based cross-sectional study. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS A total of 1423 non-healthcare-seeking women, aged 18-75 years were randomly(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the beliefs held by breast cancer (BC) survivors about the factors that contribute to the development of their BC.   METHODS The BUPA Health Foundation Health and Well-being after Breast Cancer Study is a prospective cohort study of 1684 women recruited within 12 months of their first diagnosis with invasive BC. Participants completed(More)
OBJECTIVES Urinary incontinence in women is common and has a significant impact on the physical, psychological and socio-economic aspects of life. The aims of this study were to review the published reports on the prevalence and incidence of urinary incontinence in Australian women and to examine the methodological issues associated with these studies. (More)
INTRODUCTION Breast cancer (BC) remains the most common non-skin cancer in women and an increasing number are living as BC survivors. AIM The aim of this article is to evaluate the impact of the first diagnosis of invasive BC and its treatment, menopausal symptoms, and body image on sexual function. METHODS The BUPA Foundation Health and Wellbeing after(More)
BACKGROUND Patients are playing an increasingly active role in decision-making about their care and are becoming increasingly informed about their health. Traditionally, sources of information about pregnancy and birth were family and friends and, in more recent times, antenatal classes. Evidence suggests that the media, particularly the Internet, is an(More)