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Complementary feeding and the early origins of obesity risk: a study protocol (2016)
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Muniandy, N. D., Allotey, P. A., Soyiri, I. N., & Reidpath, D. D. (2016). Complementary feeding and the early origins of obesity risk: a study protocol. BMJ open, 6(11), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011635

Introduction The rise in the prevalence of childhood obesity worldwide calls for an intervention earlier in the life cycle. Studies show that nutrition during early infancy may contribute to later obesity. Hence, this study is designed to determine i... Read More about Complementary feeding and the early origins of obesity risk: a study protocol.

Coming of age, becoming obese: A cross-sectional analysis of obesity among adolescents and young adults in Malaysia (2016)
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Pell, C., Allotey, P., Evans, N., Hardon, A., Imelda, J. D., Soyiri, I., …The SEACO Team, . (2016). Coming of age, becoming obese: A cross-sectional analysis of obesity among adolescents and young adults in Malaysia. BMC public health, 16(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3746-x

© 2016 The Author(s). Background: Malaysians have become increasingly obese over recent years. The transition from adolescence to early adulthood is recognized as critical for the development of eating and activity habits. However, little obesity-rel... Read More about Coming of age, becoming obese: A cross-sectional analysis of obesity among adolescents and young adults in Malaysia.

Building a recruitment database for asthma trials: a conceptual framework for the creation of the UK Database of Asthma Research Volunteers (2016)
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Nwaru, B. I., Soyiri, I. N., Simpson, C. R., Griffiths, C., & Sheikh, A. (2016). Building a recruitment database for asthma trials: a conceptual framework for the creation of the UK Database of Asthma Research Volunteers. Trials, 17(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-016-1381-6

Background Randomised clinical trials are the ‘gold standard’ for evaluating the effectiveness of healthcare interventions. However, successful recruitment of participants remains a key challenge for many trialists. In this paper, we present a concep... Read More about Building a recruitment database for asthma trials: a conceptual framework for the creation of the UK Database of Asthma Research Volunteers.

TOUCAN: A randomised phase II trial of carboplatin and gemcitabine +/- vandetanib in first line treatment of advanced urothelial cell cancer in patients who are not suitable to receive cisplatin. (2016)
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Jones, R. J., Crabb, S. J., Chester, J. D., Elliott, T., Huddart, R. A., Birtle, A. J., …Griffiths, G. (2016). TOUCAN: A randomised phase II trial of carboplatin and gemcitabine +/- vandetanib in first line treatment of advanced urothelial cell cancer in patients who are not suitable to receive cisplatin. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 34(2_suppl), 448-448. https://doi.org/10.1200/jco.2016.34.2_suppl.448

Background: Whilst cisplatin combination therapy remains the standard of care for patients with advanced urothelial cancers, many patients are unsuitable for cisplatin and go on to receive carboplatin combination therapy. Although responses are frequ... Read More about TOUCAN: A randomised phase II trial of carboplatin and gemcitabine +/- vandetanib in first line treatment of advanced urothelial cell cancer in patients who are not suitable to receive cisplatin..

Does more education always lead to better health? Evidence from rural malaysia (2015)
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Leeves, G., & Soyiri, I. (2015). Does more education always lead to better health? Evidence from rural malaysia. Biomed research international, 2015, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/539212

Background. Education is usually associated with improvement in health; there is evidence that this may not be the case if education is not fully utilised at work. This study examines the relationship between education level, occupation, and health o... Read More about Does more education always lead to better health? Evidence from rural malaysia.

Double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of octreotide in malignant bowel obstruction (2014)
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Currow, D. C., Quinn, S., Agar, M., Fazekas, B., Hardy, J., McCaffrey, N., …Clark, K. (2015). Double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of octreotide in malignant bowel obstruction. Journal of pain and symptom management, 49(5), 814-821. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2014.09.013

Context Does octreotide reduce vomiting in cancer-associated bowel obstruction? Objectives To evaluate the net effect of adding octreotide or placebo to standardized therapies on the number of days free of vomiting for populations presenting with vom... Read More about Double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of octreotide in malignant bowel obstruction.

The Use of Quantile Regression to Forecast Higher Than Expected Respiratory Deaths in a Daily Time Series: A Study of New York City Data 1987-2000 (2013)
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Soyiri, I. N., & Reidpath, D. D. (2013). The Use of Quantile Regression to Forecast Higher Than Expected Respiratory Deaths in a Daily Time Series: A Study of New York City Data 1987-2000. PloS one, 8(10), e78215. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0078215

Forecasting higher than expected numbers of health events provides potentially valuable insights in its own right, and may contribute to health services management and syndromic surveillance. This study investigates the use of quantile regression to... Read More about The Use of Quantile Regression to Forecast Higher Than Expected Respiratory Deaths in a Daily Time Series: A Study of New York City Data 1987-2000.

Validity of self-measured waist and hip circumferences: results from a community study in Malaysia (2013)
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Reidpath, D. D., Cheah, J. C. H., Lam, F., Yasin, S., Soyiri, I., & Allotey, P. (2013). Validity of self-measured waist and hip circumferences: results from a community study in Malaysia. Nutrition Journal, 12(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/1475-2891-12-135

Background: Measures of central adiposity are better predictors of adverse health events than BMI. Nonetheless, BMI is more widely used in health research. One reason for this may be the limited research supporting the self-measurement of waist and h... Read More about Validity of self-measured waist and hip circumferences: results from a community study in Malaysia.

Predictors of fetal anemia and cord blood malaria parasitemia among newborns of HIV-positive mothers (2013)
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Laar, A. K., Grant, F. E., Addo, Y., Soyiri, I., Nkansah, B., Abugri, J., …Quakyi, I. A. (2013). Predictors of fetal anemia and cord blood malaria parasitemia among newborns of HIV-positive mothers. BMC research notes, 6(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/1756-0500-6-350

Background: Malaria and HIV infections during pregnancy can individually or jointly unleash or confound pregnancy outcomes. Two of the probable outcomes are fetal anemia and cord blood malaria parasitemia. We determined clinical and demographic facto... Read More about Predictors of fetal anemia and cord blood malaria parasitemia among newborns of HIV-positive mothers.

Humans as Animal Sentinels for Forecasting Asthma Events: Helping Health Services Become More Responsive (2012)
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Soyiri, I. N., & Reidpath, D. D. (2012). Humans as Animal Sentinels for Forecasting Asthma Events: Helping Health Services Become More Responsive. PloS one, 7(10), e47823. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0047823

The concept of forecasting asthma using humans as animal sentinels is uncommon. This study explores the plausibility of predicting future asthma daily admissions using retrospective data in London (2005-2006). Negative binomial regressions were used... Read More about Humans as Animal Sentinels for Forecasting Asthma Events: Helping Health Services Become More Responsive.

Semistructured black-box prediction: proposed approach for asthma admissions in London (2012)
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Reidpath, D. D., & Soyiri, I. N. (2012). Semistructured black-box prediction: proposed approach for asthma admissions in London. International Journal of General Medicine, 5, 693-705. https://doi.org/10.2147/IJGM.S34647

Asthma is a global public health problem and the most common chronic disease among children. The factors associated with the condition are diverse, and environmental factors appear to be the leading cause of asthma exacerbation and its worsening dise... Read More about Semistructured black-box prediction: proposed approach for asthma admissions in London.

Forecasting peak asthma admissions in London: an application of quantile regression models (2012)
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Soyiri, I. N., Reidpath, D. D., & Sarran, C. (2013). Forecasting peak asthma admissions in London: an application of quantile regression models. International Journal of Biometeorology, 57(4), 569-578. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00484-012-0584-0

Asthma is a chronic condition of great public health concern globally. The associated morbidity, mortality and healthcare utilisation place an enormous burden on healthcare infrastructure and services. This study demonstrates a multistage quantile re... Read More about Forecasting peak asthma admissions in London: an application of quantile regression models.

An overview of health forecasting (2012)
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Soyiri, I. N., & Reidpath, D. D. (2013). An overview of health forecasting. Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine, 18(1), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12199-012-0294-6

Health forecasting is a novel area of forecasting, and a valuable tool for predicting future health events or situations such as demands for health services and healthcare needs. It facilitates preventive medicine and health care intervention strateg... Read More about An overview of health forecasting.

Prevalence of hepatitis B virus infection among blood donors at the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Ghana (2009) (2012)
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Dongdem, J. T., Kampo, S., Soyiri, I. N., Asebga, P. N., Ziem, J. B., & Sagoe, K. (2012). Prevalence of hepatitis B virus infection among blood donors at the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Ghana (2009). BMC research notes, 5, https://doi.org/10.1186/1756-0500-5-115

Background: Despite education and availability of drugs and vaccines, hepatitis B virus (HBV) is still the most common severe liver infection in the world accounting for >1 million annual deaths worldwide. Transfusion of infected blood, unprotected s... Read More about Prevalence of hepatitis B virus infection among blood donors at the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Ghana (2009).

Lessons learned from a family-focused weight management intervention for obese and overweight children (2012)
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Twiddy, M., Wilson, I., Bryant, M., & Rudolf, M. (2012). Lessons learned from a family-focused weight management intervention for obese and overweight children. Public health nutrition, 15(07), (1310-1317). doi:10.1017/s1368980011003211. ISSN 1368-9800

Treatment for childhood obesity is characterised by high attrition rates and failure to achieve weight maintenance. It is therefore important to develop more effective programmes. The aim of the present qualitative study was to explore the views of p... Read More about Lessons learned from a family-focused weight management intervention for obese and overweight children.

Asthma length of stay in hospitals in London 2001-2006: demographic, diagnostic and temporal factors (2011)
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Soyiri, I. N., Reidpath, D. D., & Sarran, C. (2011). Asthma length of stay in hospitals in London 2001-2006: demographic, diagnostic and temporal factors. PloS one, 6(11), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0027184

Asthma is a condition of significant public health concern associated with morbidity, mortality and healthcare utilisation. This study identifies key determinants of length of stay (LOS) associated with asthma-related hospital admissions in London, a... Read More about Asthma length of stay in hospitals in London 2001-2006: demographic, diagnostic and temporal factors.

Clinical and technical outcomes from a randomized clinical trial of endovenous laser ablation compared with conventional surgery for great saphenous varicose veins (2011)
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Carradice, D., Mekako, A. I., Mazari, F. A. K., Samuel, N., Hatfield, J., & Chetter, I. C. (2011). Clinical and technical outcomes from a randomized clinical trial of endovenous laser ablation compared with conventional surgery for great saphenous varicose veins. British journal of surgery : BJS, 98(8), 1117-1123. https://doi.org/10.1002/bjs.7615

Background:This report describes the clinical effectiveness and recurrence rates from a randomized trial of endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and surgery for varicose veins.Methods:Some 280 patients were randomized equally using sealed opaque envelope... Read More about Clinical and technical outcomes from a randomized clinical trial of endovenous laser ablation compared with conventional surgery for great saphenous varicose veins.

Randomized clinical trial of endovenous laser ablation compared with conventional surgery for great saphenous varicose veins (2011)
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Carradice, D., Mekako, A. I., Mazari, F. A. K., Samuel, N., Hatfield, J., & Chetter, I. C. (2011). Randomized clinical trial of endovenous laser ablation compared with conventional surgery for great saphenous varicose veins. British journal of surgery : BJS, 98(4), 501-510. https://doi.org/10.1002/bjs.7394

Background: Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is a popular minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. Surgical treatment, featuring junctional ligation and inversion stripping, has shown excellent clinical and cost effectiveness. The clinical ef... Read More about Randomized clinical trial of endovenous laser ablation compared with conventional surgery for great saphenous varicose veins.

Risk factors for malnutrition among children 5-years and younger in the Akuapim-North District in the eastern region of Ghana (2010)
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Alex Kojo Anderson, , Whitney Bignell, , Sophie Winful, , Ireneous Soyiri, , & Matilda Steiner-Asiedu, . (2010). Risk factors for malnutrition among children 5-years and younger in the Akuapim-North District in the eastern region of Ghana. Current research journal of biological sciences, 2(3), 183-188

Malnutrition remains a significant public health problem in developing countries. The aim of this study was to identify risk factors for malnutrition among preschool children in the Akwapim-North District in the Eastern Region of Ghana. This was a cr... Read More about Risk factors for malnutrition among children 5-years and younger in the Akuapim-North District in the eastern region of Ghana.

Public health significance of viral contamination of drinking water (2009)
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Dongdem, J. T., Soyiri, I., & Ocloo, A. (2009). Public health significance of viral contamination of drinking water. African Journal of Microbiology Research, 3(12), 856-861

Water-borne enteric viruses pose a threat to both human and animal life causing a wide range of illnesses. Groundwater is the commonest transmission route for these viruses. About 50% of groundwater related disease outbreaks are attributable to virus... Read More about Public health significance of viral contamination of drinking water.