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

    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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Research article

    Identifying mechanisms for facilitating knowledge to action strategies targeting the built environment

    In recent years, obesity-related diseases have been on the rise globally resulting in major challenges for health systems and society as a whole. Emerging research in population health suggests that interventi...

    Ghazal S. Fazli, Maria I. Creatore, Flora I. Matheson, Sara Guilcher, Vered Kaufman-Shriqui, Heather Manson, Ashley Johns and Gillian L. Booth

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:1

    Published on: 3 January 2017

  8. Research article

    Residential neighbourhood greenspace is associated with reduced risk of incident diabetes in older people: a prospective cohort study

    Three cross sectional studies suggest that neighbourhood greenspace may protect against incident diabetes. This study uses data from a longitudinal study with a large sample size to investigate the association...

    Alice M. Dalton, Andrew P. Jones, Stephen J. Sharp, Andrew J. M. Cooper, Simon Griffin and Nicholas J. Wareham

    BMC Public Health 2016 16:1171

    Published on: 18 November 2016

  9. Research article

    Obesity, diet quality, physical activity, and the built environment: the need for behavioral pathways

    The built environment (BE) is said to influence local obesity rates. Few studies have explored causal pathways between home-neighborhood BE variables and health outcomes such as obesity. Such pathways are like...

    Adam Drewnowski, Anju Aggarwal, Wesley Tang, Philip M. Hurvitz, Jason Scully, Orion Stewart and Anne Vernez Moudon

    BMC Public Health 2016 16:1153

    Published on: 10 November 2016

  10. Research article

    Knowledge and perceptions of air pollution in Ningbo, China

    The residents’ knowledge, attitudes and practices related to ambient air pollution and health will help to improve the understanding of environmental protection and make environmental health policies more targ...

    Xujun Qian, Guozhang Xu, Li Li, Yueping Shen, Tianfeng He, Yajun Liang, Zuyao Yang, Wan Wei Zhou and Jiaying Xu

    BMC Public Health 2016 16:1138

    Published on: 5 November 2016

  11. Research article

    Older People’s External Residential Assessment Tool (OPERAT): a complementary participatory and metric approach to the development of an observational environmental measure

    The potential for environmental interventions to improve health and wellbeing has assumed particular importance in the face of unprecedented population ageing. However, presently observational environmental as...

    Vanessa Burholt, Matthew Steven Roberts and Charles Brian Alexander Musselwhite

    BMC Public Health 2016 16:1022

    Published on: 29 September 2016

  12. Research article

    Occupational hazards and health cost of women cotton pickers in Pakistani Punjab

    Farm workers and female cotton pickers are exposed to residual impacts of pesticide use in cotton production, in addition to dust, ultraviolet radiation, etc. Cotton picking causes various health hazards among...

    Khuda Bakhsh, Naeem Ahmad, M. Asif Kamran, Sarfraz Hassan, Qasir Abbas, Rashed Saeed and M. Sadiq Hashmi

    BMC Public Health 2016 16:961

    Published on: 13 September 2016

  13. Research article

    Neighborhood environment correlates of physical activity and sedentary behavior among Latino adults in Massachusetts

    U.S. Latinos experience high rates of cardio-metabolic diseases and have high rates of physical inactivity and sedentary behavior. Understanding the environmental factors associated with physical activity and ...

    Valerie J. Silfee, Milagros C. Rosal, Meera Sreedhara, Vilma Lora and Stephenie C. Lemon

    BMC Public Health 2016 16:966

    Published on: 13 September 2016

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