The Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds: How well does it reflect the Canadian population?
The representativeness of the Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds (CAHHM-HSR) cohort was evaluated by comparing to region matched respondents of the 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey Rapid Response module (CCHS-RR). CAHHM-HSR participants were older, more often women, more likely Chinese, and had higher education, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and cardiac testing than the general Canadian population. Despite these differences, the INTERHEART risk score was similar.
Associations between the neighbourhood characteristics and body mass index, waist circumference, and waist-to-hip ratio: Findings from Alberta’s Tomorrow Project
This study estimated the associations between neighbourhood characteristics and self-reported body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) risk categories among Canadian men and women.
Reduced Cognitive Assessment Scores Among Individuals With Magnetic Resonance Imaging–Detected Vascular Brain Injury
This study investigated if scores on a cognitive screen were lower in individuals with higher cardiovascular risk, and those with covert vascular brain injury. Among a middle-aged community-dwelling population, scores on a cognitive screen were lower in individuals with higher cardiovascular risk factors or MRI vascular brain injury. Much of the population attributable risk of low cognitive scores can be attributed to lower educational attainment, higher cardiovascular risk factors, and MRI vascular brain injury.
The Epidemiology of Weight Perception: Perceived Versus Self-reported Actual Weight Status among Albertan Adults
They analyzed data from the Tomorrow Project from 7436 people in Alberta between the ages of 35-69 which looked at weight perception accuracy. It seemed that women were more accurate about determining whether they were overweight or not, whereas the men were not always aware.
Perceived susceptibility to developing cancer and mammography screening behaviour: a cross-sectional analysis of Alberta’s Tomorrow Project
This article highlights the percevied suspectibility with cancer screening. It also showed there was higher perceived risk/chance of cancer was associated with mammography screening. They used an individualized approach to encourage more people to get screened.
Validation of drug prescription records for senior patients in Alberta’s Tomorrow Project: Assessing agreement between two population-level administrative pharmaceutical databases in Alberta, Canada.
This study was done to examine the pharamceutical information network (PIN) and the Alberta Blue Cross dataset to see the medical records of all senior patients in Alberta matched up. It was found that the PIN had a fairly good completing at capuring the ABC medications for senior patients in Alberta.
A population-based study of the associations between neighbourhood walkability and different types of physical activity in Canadian men and women.
The purpose for this study was to determine whether there was difference between neighbourhood walkability differed amongst men/women. They examined perceived walkability and examined how the two sexes percevied walkability in their neighbourhoods.
The individual and combined effects of alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking on site-specific cancer risk in a prospective cohort of 26,607 adults: results from Alberta’s Tomorrow Project.
This study examined the invidual and synergistic effects of modifiable lifestyle factors on overall cancer risks. The conclusions of this study were that while alcohol did not really cause a cancer risk, smoking was definitley attributed to be a factor wherein females were more affected. Those who smoked and drank were at a higher risk of developing colon/prostate cancers.
A methodologic framework to evaluate the number of cancers attributable to lifestyle and environment in Alberta
The team wanted to devise a way estimate the number of incident cancers that could be attributed to factors that can be varied or modified in someone`s life. They looked at 24 cancer risk factors and used estimates to quantify an exposure. By having this data, they can figure out ways to modify lifestyle and lower risk of cancer incidence.
Anthropometric changes and risk of diabetes: are there sex differences? A longitudinal study of Alberta’s Tomorrow Project
The objective this was study was see if there was an association with antropometric change and risk of diabetes. There was a positive association between anthropometric changes and risk of diabetes was found more in men than women.