Publications

These publications are examples of research made possible with data from CanPath and its regional cohorts.

2020

The Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds: How well does it reflect the Canadian population?

Authors: Ruth E. Hall, Natasa Tusevljak, C. Fangyun Wu, Quazi Ibrahim, Karleen Schulze, Anam M. Khan, Dipika Desai, Philip Awadalla, Philippe Broet, Trevor J.B. Dummer, Jason Hicks, Jean-Claude Tardif, Koon K. Teo, Jennifer Vena, Douglas Lee, Matthias Friedrich, Sonia S. Anand, Jack V. Tu

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.

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2020

Associations between the neighbourhood characteristics and body mass index, waist circumference, and waist-to-hip ratio: Findings from Alberta’s Tomorrow Project

Authors: Vikram Nichani, Liam Turley, Jennifer Vena, Gavin McCormack

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.

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2020

Reduced Cognitive Assessment Scores Among Individuals With Magnetic Resonance Imaging–Detected Vascular Brain Injury

Authors: Sonia S. Anand, Matthias G. Friedrich, Dipika Desai, Karleen M. Schulze, Philip Awadalla, David Busseuil, Trevor J.B. Dummer, Sébastien Jacquemont, Alexander Dick, David Kelton, Anish Kirpalani, Scott A. Lear, Jonathan Leipsic, Michael D. Noseworthy, Louise Parker, Grace Parraga, Paul Poirier, Paula Robson, Jean-Claude Tardif, Koon Teo, Jennifer Vena, Salim Yusuf, Alan R. Moody, Sandra E. Black, Eric E. Smith,

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.

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2020

The Epidemiology of Weight Perception: Perceived Versus Self-reported Actual Weight Status among Albertan Adults

Authors: J Linder, L McLaren, G Siou, I Cszimadi, P Robson

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.

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2019

Perceived susceptibility to developing cancer and mammography screening behaviour: a cross-sectional analysis of Alberta’s Tomorrow Project

Authors: M Gilfoyle, J Garcia, A Chaurasia, M Oremus

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.

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2019

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.

Authors: Ming Ye, Jennifer Vena, JY Xu, DT Eurich

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.

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2019

A population-based study of the associations between neighbourhood walkability and different types of physical activity in Canadian men and women.

Authors: Nichani V, Vena, J; Friedenreich, CM; Christie, C; McCormack GR

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.

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2019

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.

Authors: B Viner, AM Barberio, TR Haig, CM Fredenreich, D Brenner

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.

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2019

A methodologic framework to evaluate the number of cancers attributable to lifestyle and environment in Alberta

Authors: Anne Grundy, Christine M. Friedenreich, Abbey E. Poirier, Farah Khandwala, Darren R. Brenner

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.

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2019

Anthropometric changes and risk of diabetes: are there sex differences? A longitudinal study of Alberta’s Tomorrow Project

Authors: Ming Ye, Paula Robson, Dean Eurich, Jennifer Vena, Jian-Yi Xu, Jefferey A Johnson

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.

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