Timothy A. Dobbins

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OBJECTIVE To present updated national birthweight percentiles by gestational age for male and female singleton infants born in Australia. DESIGN AND SETTING Cross-sectional population-based study of 2.53 million singleton live births in Australia between 1998 and 2007. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Birthweight percentiles by gestational age and sex. RESULTS(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine secular trends in overweight/obesity among 7- to 15-year-olds for the periods 1985, 1997, and 2004. RESEARCH METHOD AND PROCEDURES Data from representative surveys conducted in New South Wales, Australia, in 1985, 1997, and 2004 were analyzed. Height and weight were measured, and BMI categories were created using International(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examines the prognostic significance of human papillomavirus (HPV) in patients with locally advanced oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) treated primarily with surgery or definitive radiotherapy. METHODS One hundred and ninety-eight patients with Stage 3/4 SCC were followed up for recurrence in any form or death from any cause(More)
PURPOSE To examine secular trends, seasonal and socioeconomic differences in physical activity participation among Australian adolescents in 1997 and 2004. METHODS Repeat cross-sectional school survey, conducted in 1997 and 2004. School students were randomly selected from grades 8 and 10 in New South Wales Australia (1997, N = 2026; 2004 N = 1771). Time(More)
PURPOSE This study examines the prognostic significance of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expression in relation to human papillomavirus (HPV) status in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS Pathological diagnosis of 270 oropharyngeal SCCs was verified by the study pathologist; clinical details were extracted from(More)
Although willingness, attitudes and beliefs surrounding solid-organ donation have been extensively investigated, much less is known about corneal donation. Despite evidence that a substantial number of families who agree to multiorgan donation also specifically refuse corneal donation, it is unclear why this occurs and what can be done to increase rates of(More)
BACKGROUND One of the most serious, yet common co-morbidities of obesity is insulin resistance, which if untreated may progress to type 2 diabetes. This paper describes the insulin and glucose concentration distributions, the prevalence of elevated insulin, the associations between insulin and body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, waist-to-height(More)
This study provides Australian data on the incidence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oropharyngeal cancer to aid the debate on extending the HPV vaccination programme to males. The HPV status for 302 oropharyngeal cancers diagnosed between 1987 and 2006 was determined by HPV E6-targeted multiplex real-time PCR/p16 immunohistochemistry. The overall(More)
AIM To determine whether consent to corneal donation is related to which next of kin is asked to consent, the age of the potential donor and the indication about donation made by the deceased on their driving licence. METHOD The Lions New South Wales Eye Bank (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) provides the corneal transplantation service for Australia's(More)
PURPOSE Constitutional MLH1 epimutations manifest as promoter methylation and silencing of the affected allele in normal tissues, predisposing to Lynch syndrome-associated cancers. This study investigated their frequency and inheritance. METHODS A total of 416 individuals with a colorectal cancer showing loss of MLH1 expression and without deleterious(More)