Environmental health

Section edited by Michelle Turner and Mahfuzar Rahman

This section aims to publish studies on the environmental correlates of health and disease.

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  1. Research article

    Food insecurity and food consumption by season in households with children in an Arctic city: a cross-sectional study

    High rates of food insecurity are documented among Inuit households in Canada; however, data on food insecurity prevalence and seasonality for Inuit households with children are lacking, especially in city cen...

    Catherine Huet, James D. Ford, Victoria L. Edge, Jamal Shirley, Nia King and Sherilee L. Harper

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:578

    Published on: 15 June 2017

  2. Research article

    Cross-sectional assessment of infants’ exposure to toxic metals through breast milk in a prospective cohort study of mining communities in Ghana

    Although breastfeeding of infants is recommended globally, the fact that maternal toxic metal stores are mobilised into breast milk implies infants, whose mothers live and work in mining communities, are at ri...

    David Kwaku Bansa, Adolf Kofi Awua, Rose Boatin, Theodosia Adom, Edward Christian Brown-Appiah, Kennedy Kwame Amewosina, Akusika Diaba, Dominic Datoghe and Wilhelmina Okwabi

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:505

    Published on: 25 May 2017

  3. Research article

    A cross-sectional analysis of green space prevalence and mental wellbeing in England

    With urbanisation increasing, it is important to understand how to design changing environments to promote mental wellbeing. Evidence suggests that local-area proportions of green space may be associated with ...

    Victoria Houlden, Scott Weich and Stephen Jarvis

    BMC Public Health 2017 17(Suppl 1):460

    Published on: 17 May 2017

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 17 Supplement 1

  4. Research article

    Maternal blood cadmium, lead and arsenic levels, nutrient combinations, and offspring birthweight

    Cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb) and arsenic (As) are common environmental contaminants that have been associated with lower birthweight. Although some essential metals may mitigate exposure, data are inconsistent. Thi...

    Yiwen Luo, Lauren E. McCullough, Jung-Ying Tzeng, Thomas Darrah, Avner Vengosh, Rachel L. Maguire, Arnab Maity, Carmen Samuel-Hodge, Susan K. Murphy, Michelle A. Mendez and Cathrine Hoyo

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:354

    Published on: 24 April 2017

  5. Research article

    Exhaled carbon monoxide: a non-invasive biomarker of short-term exposure to outdoor air pollution

    In urban settings of Africa with rapidly increasing population, traffic-related air pollution is a major contributor to outdoor air pollution (OAP). Although OAP has been identified as a leading cause of globa...

    Herve Lawin, Lucie Ayi Fanou, Vikkey Hinson, Jacqueline Wanjiku, N. Kingsley Ukwaja, Stephen B Gordon, Benjamin Fayomi, John R Balmes, Parfait Houngbegnon, Euripide Avokpaho and Ambaliou Sanni

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:320

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  6. Research article

    Noise sensitivity, rather than noise level, predicts the non-auditory effects of noise in community samples: a population-based survey

    Excessive noise affects human health and interferes with daily activities. Although environmental noise may not directly cause mental illness, it may accelerate and intensify the development of latent mental d...

    Jangho Park, Seockhoon Chung, Jiho Lee, Joo Hyun Sung, Seung Woo Cho and Chang Sun Sim

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:315

    Published on: 12 April 2017

  7. Research article

    How does the media portray drinking water security in Indigenous communities in Canada? An analysis of Canadian newspaper coverage from 2000-2015

    Drinking water insecurity and related health outcomes often disproportionately impact Indigenous communities internationally. Understanding media coverage of these water-related issues can provide insight into...

    Steven Lam, Ashlee Cunsolo, Alexandra Sawatzky, James Ford and Sherilee L. Harper

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:282

    Published on: 27 March 2017

  8. Research article

    The short-term health and psychosocial impacts of domestic energy efficiency investments in low-income areas: a controlled before and after study

    Research suggests that living in fuel poverty and cold homes contributes to poor physical and mental health, and that interventions targeted at those living in poor quality housing may lead to health improveme...

    Charlotte N. B. Grey, Shiyu Jiang, Christina Nascimento, Sarah E. Rodgers, Rhodri Johnson, Ronan A. Lyons and Wouter Poortinga

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:140

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  9. Research article

    The English national cohort study of flooding and health: cross-sectional analysis of mental health outcomes at year one

    In winter 2013/14 there was widespread flooding in England. Previous studies have described an increased prevalence of psychological morbidity six months after flooding. Disruption to essential services may in...

    Thomas David Waite, Katerina Chaintarli, Charles R. Beck, Angie Bone, Richard Amlôt, Sari Kovats, Mark Reacher, Ben Armstrong, Giovanni Leonardi, G. James Rubin and Isabel Oliver

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:129

    Published on: 28 January 2017

  10. Research article

    Disposal practices of unused and expired pharmaceuticals among general public in Kabul

    Most of the medicine users remain unaware about the disposal of unused or expired medicines. The aim of this study was to know the disposal practices of unused and expired medicines among the general public in...

    Mohammad Bashaar, Vijay Thawani, Mohamed Azmi Hassali and Fahad Saleem

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:45

    Published on: 7 January 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:231

  11. Research article

    A comparative assessment of major international disasters: the need for exposure assessment, systematic emergency preparedness, and lifetime health care

    The disasters at Seveso, Three Mile Island, Bhopal, Chernobyl, the World Trade Center (WTC) and Fukushima had historic health and economic sequelae for large populations of workers, responders and community me...

    Roberto G. Lucchini, Dana Hashim, Sushma Acquilla, Angela Basanets, Pier Alberto Bertazzi, Andrey Bushmanov, Michael Crane, Denise J. Harrison, William Holden, Philip J. Landrigan, Benjamin J. Luft, Paolo Mocarelli, Nailya Mazitova, James Melius, Jacqueline M. Moline, Koji Mori…

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:46

    Published on: 7 January 2017

  12. Study protocol

    Sun protection to improve vaccine effectiveness in children in a high ambient ultraviolet radiation and rural environment: an intervention study

    Vaccination is a mainstay of preventive healthcare, reducing the incidence of serious childhood infections. Ecological studies have demonstrated an inverse association between markers of high ambient ultraviol...

    Caradee Y. Wright, Patricia N. Albers, Angela Mathee, Zamantimande Kunene, Catherine D’Este, Ashwin Swaminathan and Robyn M. Lucas

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:37

    Published on: 6 January 2017

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