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Vaping epidemic a major threat to public health

16th October 2019: A 17 year old in New York is now youngest victim of outbreak of of vaping-related lung illness. Death toll has risen to 26.

Nearly 1,300 possible cases of lung illness associated with e-cigarettes have been reported across the US. Although a cause has not been identified and a clear connection between the reported deaths has not been made, all cases have used e-cigarettes, with some also containing cannabinoid products.

The FDA is taking action to stop what is being called a vaping epidemic.

Want to learn more about vaping? Visit our dedicated page to view research published in BMC Public Health.

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Featured article & blog: What are the characteristics of patients with Lyme disease in England and Wales?

New Content ItemIn this study, John Tulloch et. al. describe the sociodemographics of a population in England and Wales affected by Lyme disease and how patients with the disease are managed within hospitals and the NHS.

Learn more in John Tulloch's blog on the study.

Call for Papers: Developments in Global Tobacco and Alcohol Policy

BMC Public Health is pleased to announce an upcoming cross-journal series to focus on tobacco and alcohol policy. Read the full 'Call for Papers' description for more information. 

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Call for Papers: Environmental Justice and Policy Research

BMC Public Health is delighted to announce the launch of a new thematic series. Read the full 'Call for Papers' description for more information. 

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Featured collection: Ebola research highlights

New Content ItemOn 17 July 2019, the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization. Please click here to find relevant research published in BMC Public Health and other journals.

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Featured article: Income inequality and mass shootings in the United States

Counties with growing levels of income inequality are more likely to experience mass shootings, suggesting that income inequality fosters an environment of anger and resentment that ultimately leads to violence.

Featured article: The effect of smoke-free legislation on the mortality rate of acute myocardial infarction: a meta-analysis

Smoke-free legislation could significantly reduce acute myocardial infarction mortality rate by 8%, with this reduction more significant in studies with more comprehensive laws, without prior smoke-free bans, with a smaller sample size, at the regional level, and with a location in Europe.

Featured article: How many cigarettes are there in a bottle of wine?

The well-established link between cancer and tobacco may provide a way to help explain possible links between alcohol and cancer, and raise public awareness of alcohol-associated cancer risks.

Theresa Hydes discusses their novel research in the following blog.

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BMC Public Health is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on the epidemiology of disease and the understanding of all aspects of public health. The journal has a special focus on the social determinants of health, the environmental, behavioral, and occupational correlates of health and disease, and the impact of health policies, practices and interventions on the community.

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  • Megan Barling, BioMed Central
  • Maxine Dillon, BioMed Central
  • Kevin Zhu, BioMed Central​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Shankar Viswanathan, Section Editor

Dr. Shankar Viswanathan is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health. He received his doctoral degree in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His methods research focuses on multivariate survival analysis, longitudinal data, and missing data analysis. His applied area focusses on Global Health, Injury Epidemiology, and Chronic Disease Epidemiology. He joined the Editorial Board of BMC Public Health in 2018.

Summer Hawkins, Section Editor

Associate Professor Summer Sherburne Hawkins, PhD, MS, joined the Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW) faculty in 2012. She is a social epidemiologist with an interest in addressing policy-relevant research questions in maternal and child health. Her research examines the impact of policies on health disparities in parents and children, particularly using methodology that integrates epidemiology and economics. She joined the Editorial Board of BMC Public Health in 2018.

Zohra Lassi, Section Editor

Dr. Lassi, Section Editor of the Global health section, is a Perinatal Epidemiologist working as a NHMRC Public Health and Health Services Fellow at the University of Adelaide. Her research work has primarily focused on maternal, child and adolescent health and nutrition issues particularly in marginalized and low resource settings. She joined the Editorial Board of BMC Public Health in April of 2019.

Jianguang Ji, Section Editor

Associate Professor Jianguang Ji, Section Editor of the Chronic disease epidemiology section, is a Senior Research Fellow in Medical Epidemiology at Lund University. His research has a strong focus on the influence of genetic and environmental factors on chronic diseases, with a main focus on cancer incidence and mortality.

Noriko Cable, Section Editor

Dr. Noriko Cable, Section Editor of the Mental health section, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London. She works on social relationships, alcohol use and mental health from childhood to late adulthood as well as cross-national examinations of mental health.

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