Ms Amy Anderson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise
Antenatal health behaviours, particularly alcohol use Health behaviours Public health guideline adherence Predictors of negative health behaviours Women's health

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Pregnancy
  • Women's health
  • Health behaviour

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 75
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified 25
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (23 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Ridgley LA, Anderson AE, Pratt AG, 'What are the dominant cytokines in early rheumatoid arthritis?', Current Opinion in Rheumatology, 30 207-214 (2018)

Copyright © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Purpose of review Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease of evolving immune dysregulation that culmina... [more]

Copyright © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Purpose of review Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease of evolving immune dysregulation that culminates in joint destruction and disability. The principle by which pro-inflammatory cytokines may be therapeutically targeted to abrogate disease is well established, but has yet to translate into reliable cures for patients. Emerging insights into cytokine-mediated pathobiology during rheumatoid arthritis development are reviewed, and their implications for future treatment strategies considered. Recent findings Accumulating data highlight cytokine perturbations before the clinical onset of rheumatoid arthritis. Some of these have now been linked to the arthritogenic activation of autoantibodies and associated pain and bone destruction in affected joints. These observations suggest cytokines may trigger the transition from systemic immunity to arthritis. Cytokine exposure could furthermore 'prime' synovial stromal cells to perpetuate a dominant pro-inflammatory environment. By facilitating cross-talk between infiltrating immune cells and even sustaining ectopic lymphoid structure development in some cases, cytokine interplay ultimately underpins the failure of arthritis to resolve. Summary Successful therapeutic stratification will depend upon an increasingly sophisticated appreciation of how dominant players amongst cytokine networks vary across time and anatomical space during incipient rheumatoid arthritis. The prize of sustained remission for all patients justifies the considerable effort required to achieve this understanding.

DOI 10.1097/BOR.0000000000000470
2017 Loxton D, Dolja-Gore X, Anderson AE, Townsend N, 'Intimate partner violence adversely impacts health over 16 years and across generations: A longitudinal cohort study', PLOS ONE, 12 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0178138
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Xenia Doljagore, Deborah Loxton
2017 Powers JR, Loxton D, Anderson AE, Dobson AJ, Mishra GD, Hockey R, Brown WJ, 'Changes in smoking, drinking, overweight and physical inactivity in young Australian women 1996-2013 (vol 28, pg 255, 2017)', HEALTH PROMOTION JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 28 266-266 (2017)
DOI 10.1071/HE16085_CO
Co-authors Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton
2017 Powers JR, Loxton D, Anderson AE, Dobson AJ, Mishra GD, Hockey R, Brown WJ, 'Changes in smoking, drinking, overweight and physical inactivity in young Australian women 1996-2013', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 28 255-259 (2017) [C1]

© Australian Health Promotion Association 2017. Issue addressed Smoking, risky drinking, overweight and obesity, and physical inactivity are health-risk factors (HRFs) that contri... [more]

© Australian Health Promotion Association 2017. Issue addressed Smoking, risky drinking, overweight and obesity, and physical inactivity are health-risk factors (HRFs) that contribute significantly to morbidity worldwide. Several initiatives have been introduced over the past two decades to reduce these HRFs. This paper examines changes in the prevalence of HRFs in young women (aged 18-23 years) between 1996 and 2013, overall and within demographic groups. Methods Data from two cohorts of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, born in 1973-78 (n=14247) and 1989-95 (n=17012) were weighted to provide national estimates. Prevalence ratios were used to compare HRFs in 2013 relative to 1996. Results In 1996, 32% were current smokers, 38% were risky drinkers, 22% were overweight or obese and 7% were physically inactive. In 2013, corresponding estimates were 19%, 35%, 33% and 6%. Between 1996 and 2013, overall smoking prevalence decreased, but remained over 43% among least educated women. Overweight and obesity increased in all demographic groups. Conclusions The findings suggest that only smoking, which has been the subject of changes in taxation, legislation and regulation, declined significantly, in all except the least educated women. In contrast, the prevalence of overweight and obesity, which has largely been addressed through awareness campaigns and voluntary actions by the food industry, increased markedly in all demographic sub-groups. So what? The findings show that comprehensive health promotion interventions, such as those for tobacco control, are successful (but may still be ineffective among less educated women). In contrast the measures to control population weight gain among young women have been futile so far.

DOI 10.1071/HE16085
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton
2016 Coles J, Anderson A, Loxton D, 'Breastfeeding Duration after Childhood Sexual Abuse: An Australian Cohort Study.', Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association, 32 NP28-NP35 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0890334415590782
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Deborah Loxton
2015 Powers JR, Anderson AE, Byles JE, Mishra G, Loxton DJ, 'Do women grow out of risky drinking? A prospective study of three cohorts of Australian women', Drug and Alcohol Review, (2015) [C1]

Introduction and Aims: To examine women's drinking behaviour relative to Australian guidelines and identify associated factors over the lifespan. Design and Methods: Data cam... [more]

Introduction and Aims: To examine women's drinking behaviour relative to Australian guidelines and identify associated factors over the lifespan. Design and Methods: Data came from three prospective cohorts of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health aged 18-23 (n=14247), 45-50 (n=13715) and 70-75 years (n=12432) when first surveyed in 1996. The same women were re-surveyed at roughly 3-year intervals until 2012. At each survey, four drinking behaviours were based on two guidelines: long-term drinking (no more than two standard drinks per day) and episodic drinking (no more than four standard drinks on an occasion): (i) no risk (within both guidelines); (ii) low episodic risk (less than once a month); high episodic risk (at least once a month); long-term risk (more than two drinks per day regardless of episodic drinking). Results: No risk drinking increased with age, low episodic risk drinking remained almost constant between ages 18 and 39, and high episodic risk drinking declined rapidly. Few women drank at long-term risk. Factors associated with risky drinking varied with age; however, being a past or current smoker consistently increased the risk, and risks for smokers increased with age. Risky drinking was less likely to be practised by women providing care and needing help with daily tasks, or by pregnant women and those living with children. Discussion and Conclusions: Risky drinking behaviour should be addressed in younger women and in those who smoke. Interventions to reduce risky drinking, possibly in combination with reducing smoking, could be offered through general practice centres.

DOI 10.1111/dar.12246
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Jenny Powers, Julie Byles
2015 Masca NGD, Hensor EMA, Cornelius VR, Buffa FM, Marriott HM, Eales JM, et al., 'RIPOSTE: a framework for improving the design and analysis of laboratory-based research', ELIFE, 4 (2015)
DOI 10.7554/eLife.05519
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10
2015 Loxton D, Powers J, Anderson AE, Townsend N, Harris ML, Tuckerman R, et al., 'Online and Offline Recruitment of Young Women for a Longitudinal Health Survey: Findings From the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health 1989-95 Cohort', JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH, 17 (2015)
DOI 10.2196/jmir.4261
Citations Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Melissa Harris, Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton, Julie Byles
2015 Loxton D, Powers J, Anderson AE, Townsend N, Harris ML, Tuckerman R, et al., 'Online and Offline Recruitment of Young Women for a Longitudinal Health Survey: Findings From the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health 1989-95 Cohort', JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH, 17 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.2196/jmir.4261
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 20
Co-authors Melissa Harris, Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton, Julie Byles
2014 Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Forder PM, Powers J, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Risky drinking patterns are being continued into pregnancy: a prospective cohort study.', PLoS One, 9 e86171 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0086171
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Jenny Powers, Peta Forder, Alexis Hure, Frances Kaylambkin
2014 Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Women's perceptions of information about alcohol use during pregnancy: a qualitative study.', BMC Public Health, 14 1048 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1048
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Frances Kaylambkin, Deborah Loxton, Alexis Hure
2014 Purvis HA, Anderson AE, Young DA, Isaacs JD, Hilkens CMU, 'A negative feedback loop mediated by STAT3 limits human Th17 responses', Journal of Immunology, 193 1142-1150 (2014)

The transcription factor STAT3 is critically required for the differentiation of Th17 cells, a T cell subset involved in various chronic inflammatory diseases. In this article, we... [more]

The transcription factor STAT3 is critically required for the differentiation of Th17 cells, a T cell subset involved in various chronic inflammatory diseases. In this article, we report that STAT3 also drives a negative-feedback loop that limits the formation of IL-17- producing T cells within a memory population. By activating human memory CD4+CD45RO+ T cells at a high density (HiD) or a low density (LoD) in the presence of the pro-Th17 cytokines IL-1b, IL-23, and TGF-b, we observed that the numbers of Th17 cells were significantly higher under LoD conditions. Assessment of STAT3 phosphorylation revealed a more rapid and stronger STAT3 activation in HiD cells than in LoD cells. Transient inhibition of active STAT3 in HiD cultures significantly enhanced Th17 cell numbers. Expression of the STAT3-regulated ectonucleotidase CD39, which catalyzes ATP hydrolysis, was higher in HiD, than in LoD, cell cultures. Interestingly, inhibition of CD39 ectonucleotidase activity enhanced Th17 responses under HiD conditions. Conversely, blocking the ATP receptor P2X7 reduced Th17 responses in LoD cultures. These data suggest that STAT3 negatively regulates Th17 cells by limiting the availability of ATP. This negative-feedback loop may provide a safety mechanism to limit tissue damage by Th17 cells during chronic inflammation. Furthermore, our results have relevance for the design of novel immunotherapeutics that target the STAT3-signaling pathway, because inhibition of this pathway may enhance, rather than suppress, memory Th17 responses. Copyright © 2014 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.

DOI 10.4049/jimmunol.1302467
Citations Scopus - 8
2014 Hure A, Gresham E, Lai J, Anderson A, Martin J, Fealy S, Blumfield M, 'Nutrition in pregnancy: The balancing act', International Journal of Birth and Parent Education, 1 7-12 (2014) [C2]
Co-authors Shanna Fealy, Alexis Hure
2013 Loxton D, Powers J, Fitzgerald D, Forder P, Anderson A, Taft A, Hegarty K, 'The Community Composite Abuse Scale: Reliability and Validity of a Measure of Intimate Partner Violence in a Community Survey from the ALSWH', Journal of Women's Health, Issues & Care, 2 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.4172/2325-9795.1000115
Co-authors Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton, Peta Forder
2013 Bowman J, Fletcher A, Wiggers J, Anderson AE, McElwaine K, Bartlem K, et al., 'Psychologists and Smoking Cessation Intervention: Unrealised Potential', Journal of Smoking Cessation, 8 76-84 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1017/jsc.2013.24
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Kate Bartlem, John Wiggers
2013 Anderson AE, Bowman JA, Knight J, Wye PM, Terry M, Grimshaw S, Wiggers JH, 'Smoking cessation care provision and support procedures in Australian community mental health centers', Psychiatric Services, 64 707-710 (2013) [C1]

Objective: The study assessed the association of supportive clinical systems and procedures with smoking cessation care at community mental health centers. Methods: Managers (N584... [more]

Objective: The study assessed the association of supportive clinical systems and procedures with smoking cessation care at community mental health centers. Methods: Managers (N584) of community mental health centers in New South Wales, Australia, were asked to complete a survey during 2009 about smoking cessation care. Results: Of the 79 managers who responded, 56% reported that the centers assessed smoking for over 60% of clients, and 34% reported that more than 60% of clients received minimum acceptable smoking cessation care. They reported the use of guidelines and protocols (34%), the use of forms to record smoking status (65%), and the practice of always enforcing smoking bans (52%). Minimum acceptable smoking cessation care was associated with encouraging nicotine replacement therapy for staff who smoke (odds ratio [OR]59.42), using forms for recording smoking status (OR55.80), and always enforcing smoking bans (OR53.82). Conclusions: Smoking cessation care was suboptimal, and additional supportive systems and procedures are required to increase its delivery.

DOI 10.1176/appi.ps.201200213
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 8
Co-authors John Wiggers, Jenny Bowman
2013 Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Forder P, Powers JR, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Predictors of antenatal alcohol use among Australian women: A prospective cohort study', BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 120 1366-1374 (2013) [C1]

Objective To identify predictors of antenatal alcohol consumption among women who usually consume alcohol. Design Prospective cohort study. Setting Australian Longitudinal Study o... [more]

Objective To identify predictors of antenatal alcohol consumption among women who usually consume alcohol. Design Prospective cohort study. Setting Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH). Population or Sample A total of 1969 women sampled from the ALSWH 1973-78 cohort. Methods Women were included if they were pregnant in 2000, 2003, 2006 or 2009. The relationship between antenatal alcohol consumption and sociodemographics, reproductive health, mental health, physical health, health behaviours, alcohol guidelines and healthcare factors was investigated using a multivariate logistic regression model. Main outcome measures Alcohol use during pregnancy. Results Most (82.0%) women continued to drink alcohol during pregnancy. Women were more likely to drink alcohol during pregnancy if they had consumed alcohol on a weekly basis before pregnancy (odds ratio [OR] 1.47; 95% confidence interval [95% CI] 1.13-1.90), binge drank before pregnancy (OR 2.28; 95% CI 1.76-2.94), or if they were pregnant while alcohol guidelines recommended low alcohol versus abstinence (OR 1.60; 95% CI 1.26-2.03). Drinking during pregnancy was less likely if women had a Health Care Card (OR 0.63; 95% CI 0.45-0.88) or if they had ever had fertility problems (OR 0.64; 95% CI 0.48-0.86). Conclusions Most Australian women who drank alcohol continued to do so during pregnancy. Prepregnancy alcohol consumption was one of the main predictors of antenatal alcohol use. Alcohol guidelines, fertility problems and Health Care Card status also impacted antenatal alcohol consumption. © 2013 RCOG.

DOI 10.1111/1471-0528.12356
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Frances Kaylambkin, Deborah Loxton, Alexis Hure, Jenny Powers, Peta Forder
2013 Loxton D, Chojenta C, Anderson AE, Powers JR, Shakeshaft A, Burns L, 'Acquisition and Utilization of Information About Alcohol Use in Pregnancy Among Australian Pregnant Women and Service Providers', Journal of Midwifery & Women¿s Health, 58 523-530 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/jmwh.12014
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Catherine Chojenta, Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton
2012 Carey ML, Anderson AE, Sanson-Fisher RW, Lynagh MC, Paul CL, Tzelepis F, 'How well are we meeting haematological cancer survivors' preferences for involvement in treatment decision making?', Patient Education and Counseling, 88 87-92 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.pec.2011.12.014
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Marita Lynagh, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Flora Tzelepis, Mariko Carey
2012 Paul CL, Carey ML, Anderson AE, Mackenzie LJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Courtney RJ, Clinton-Mcharg TL, 'Cancer patients' concerns regarding access to cancer care: Perceived impact of waiting times along the diagnosis and treatment journey', European Journal of Cancer Care, 21 321-329 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2011.01311.x
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Lisa Mackenzie, Mariko Carey, Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2012 Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Powers JR, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Determinants of pregnant women's compliance with alcohol guidelines: A prospective cohort study', BMC Public Health, 12 1-10 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Jenny Powers, Alexis Hure, Deborah Loxton, Frances Kaylambkin
2011 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Anderson AE, D'Este CA, 'Strategies to increase community-based intervention research aimed at reducing excessive alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm', Drug and Alcohol Review, 30 659-663 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste, Conor Gilligan
2010 Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Stewart JM, Anderson AE, 'Being sorry is not enough: The sorry state of the evidence base for improving the health of indigenous populations', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 38 566-568 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.amepre.2010.02.001
Citations Scopus - 23Web of Science - 26
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul
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Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Forder P, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Predictors of Antenatal Alcohol Consumption in Australia', Brisbane, QLD, Australia (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Frances Kaylambkin, Peta Forder, Alexis Hure, Deborah Loxton
2013 Harris ML, Anderson A, Rich J, Loxton D, 'Drinking alcohol during pregnancy: how do women experience information delivery?', Edmonton, Canada (2013)
Co-authors Melissa Harris, Jane Rich, Deborah Loxton
2013 Chojenta C, Anderson A, Gresham E, Harris ML, Rich J, 'Australian Longitudinal Study on Women¿s Health: insights from research higher degree students', Sydney, Australia (2013)
Co-authors Melissa Harris, Catherine Chojenta, Jane Rich
2012 Anderson AE, Loxton DJ, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Powers JR, 'Compliance with alcohol guidelines for pregnant women: Using data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health', Journal of Women's Health, Washington, DC (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Jenny Powers, Frances Kaylambkin
2008 Bowman JA, 'Psychologists and smoking cessation intervention: Unrealised potential', 2008 UK National Smoking Cessation Conference - Archive, London (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Kate Bartlem
2004 Mansfield PK, Carey M, Anderson A, Barsom SH, Koch PB, 'Staging the menopausal transition: Data from the TREMIN Research Program on Women's Health', Women's Health Issues (2004)

The present study was conducted to test the assumptions of a staging system of reproductive aging that was proposed at the Stages of Reproductive Aging Workshop (STRAW) in 2001. U... [more]

The present study was conducted to test the assumptions of a staging system of reproductive aging that was proposed at the Stages of Reproductive Aging Workshop (STRAW) in 2001. Using longitudinal data provided by 100 women over a period of 3-12 years, we asked whether midlife women move in a uniform progression from pre- to peri- to postmenopause, as refuted by earlier studies but proposed by the STRAW model, or whether they differ from this assumed pattern. Participants were recruited from the TREMIN Research Program on Women's Health, the oldest ongoing study of menstruation and women's health in the world. Eligibility criteria included reaching menopause during the course of the study and not using exogenous hormones. Participants provided annual self-reports of menopausal stage based on observations of their menstrual cycles ("regular," "changing," and "menopausal"). Findings revealed a lack of uniformity as women progressed toward menopause. From 8 to over 20 different perimenopausal stage patterns were observed, depending on the analysis. While the most common pattern was to progress from regular to changing to menopause, some women experienced menstrual bleeding after a year or more of amenorrhea, others flip-flopped between stages, and still others skipped directly from regular bleeding to menopause. We conclude that there is considerable variation in women's movement across menopausal status categories and urge researchers to accommodate such findings in their model building.

DOI 10.1016/j.whi.2004.08.002
Citations Scopus - 28
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Report (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Mishra G, Loxton DJ, Anderson A, Hockey R, Powers J, Brown W, et al., 'Health and wellbeing of women aged 18 to 23 in 2013 and 1996: findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women¿s Health', Department of Health, 183 (2014)
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Jenny Powers, Meredith Tavener, Melissa Harris, Julie Byles
2012 Dobson A, Byles JE, Brown W, Mishra G, Loxton DJ, Hockey R, et al., 'Adherence to health guidelines: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health', Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, 90 (2012) [R1]
Co-authors Julie Byles, Deborah Loxton, Alexis Hure, Catherine Chojenta, Jenny Powers
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $25,000

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20131 grants / $25,000

A life course perspective on the identification of risk factors for low birth weight$25,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Doctor Alexis Hure, Professor Deb Loxton, Doctor Catherine Chojenta, Ms Amy Anderson, Doctor Melissa Harris
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300904
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
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Ms Amy Anderson

Alcohol during pregnancy

November 19, 2013

Study shows 80% of expectant mothers consume alcohol during their pregnancy.

Ms Amy Anderson

Position

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Hunter New England Population Health
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email amy.anderson@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4924 6289
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Office

Room Room 2213
Building Booth Building
Location Wallsend Campus

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