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On November 23, 2019, please join us for the Fall START Event! It will be an afternoon filled with fun activities, music, and food! We have a special painting session, hosted by the talented artist, Zunaira Mufti. We hope to see you there!
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Providing further understanding of the link between low birth weights and obesity later in life, researchers found nutritionally deprived newborns are "programmed" to eat more because they develop less neurons in the region of the brain that controls food intake
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Have you read the latest START newsletter? In this edition, we cover Sleep Apnea, a condition that affects many South Asians. There is also a fun word search just for kids!
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The South Asian Birth Cohort Sub-study: Optimal Perinatal Health Behaviours from the Perspectives of Grandmothers- officially released by Canadian Institute of Health Research in the 'Video Talks' competition for 2016.
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Here are answers to some questions you may have for us.
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We now have 1012 mothers enrolled in the START study!
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The primary outcome of START is the body composition of newborns and the growing infants. In START, all newborns and infants will have their skinfold thickness and Mid Upper Arm Circumference measured at birth and at each annual visit during the follow-up. These measurements will be used to estimate the percent body fat and standardized per body weight. . The secondary outcomes include assessment of maternal glucose status during pregnancy, diet and physical activity, maternal depression and the genetic analysis of the mothers and the newborns. The association between these outcomes and adiposity will be assessed at birth and in the growing offspring.