The laboratory of Lifestyle Epidemiology focuses on the study of the main preventable risk factors for tumors, cardiovascular diseases and other chronic diseases.
Monitoring trends of alcohol, tobacco consumption, smoking and obesity in Italy and Europe
Among the main preventable causes of morbidity and mortality we find alcohol, obesity and smoking. In Italy, in particular, more than 70 thousand deaths are attributable just to tobacco smoke. Then, we have to add to these numbers people who have never smoked, whose death is caused by exposure to passive smoking. In order to study these risk factors, we systematically collect data about the spread and the smoking trend, by availing standardized and epidemiological methods applied on representative samples of Italian and European population. Thus, effective strategies for controlling alcohol consumption, obesity and in particular smoking are developed thanks to these methods.
Impact of new generation tobacco products (such as electronic cigarettes)
In Italy, the sale of electronic cigarettes is started some years ago. Recently, heated tobacco cigarettes (such as IQOS or glo) are also available. Although all these products are likely to be less harmful than conventional cigarettes, they are not without any risks. Furthermore, it seems that they are not able to reduce the consumption of conventional cigarettes. Our studies allows the analysis of the impact of new-generation tobacco products (such as electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco cigarettes) on tobacco control.
Tinnitus: prevalence and potential risk factors
Tinnitus is an auditory disorder characterized by the perception of sounds, such as whistling, buzzing or rustling, in one or both ears or in the head. Although it is a very frequent disabling patology (1-2% of the population suffers from a severe form of tinnitus), very little is known about its epidemiology. Our studies aim to provide original data on the prevalence of tinnitus in Italy and other European countries. Furthermore, by performing systematic reviews and observational epidemiological studies, we provide evidences about the risk factors for this disease.
International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.