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    The relationship between obesity and body compositions with respect to the timing of puberty in Chongqing adolescents: a cross-sectional study

    It is well known that excess adiposity during childhood may influence pubertal development. However, the extent to which body compositions vary in throughout puberty in boys and girls is currently unknown. The...

    Fang He, Peiyu Guan, Qin Liu, Donna Crabtree, Linli Peng and Hong Wang

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:664

    Published on: 18 August 2017

  2. Research article

    Australian adolescents’ beliefs and help-seeking intentions towards peers experiencing symptoms of depression and alcohol misuse

    Many young people are reluctant to seek professional help for mental health problems, preferring to rely on their friends for support. It is therefore important to ensure that adolescents can identify signs of...

    D. I. Lubman, A. Cheetham, A. F. Jorm, B. J. Berridge, C. Wilson, F. Blee, L. Mckay-Brown, N. Allen and J. Proimos

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:658

    Published on: 16 August 2017

  3. Research article

    Dietary pattern and other lifestyle factors as potential contributors to hypertension prevalence in Arusha City, Tanzania: a population-based descriptive study

    High blood pressure is increasing worldwide, disproportionately so in developing countries. Inadequate health care systems and adoption of unhealthy lifestyles have been linked to this emergent pattern. To bet...

    L. K. Katalambula, D. N. Meyer, T. Ngoma, J. Buza, E. Mpolya, A. H. Mtumwa and P. Petrucka

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:659

    Published on: 16 August 2017

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    Acute effects of reducing sitting time in adolescents: a randomized cross-over study

    Levels of sitting among adolescents are high, especially during the school day. The acute cognitive and health consequences associated with prolonged sitting are poorly understood in adolescents. This randomiz...

    Anisse Penning, Anthony D. Okely, Stewart G. Trost, Jo Salmon, Dylan P. Cliff, Marijka Batterham, Steven Howard and Anne-Maree Parrish

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:657

    Published on: 15 August 2017

  5. Research article

    Local measles vaccination gaps in Germany and the role of vaccination providers

    Measles elimination in Europe is an urgent public health goal, yet despite the efforts of its member states, vaccination gaps and outbreaks occur. This study explores local vaccination heterogeneity in kinderg...

    Linda Eichner, Stephanie Wjst, Stefan O. Brockmann, Kerstin Wolfers and Martin Eichner

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:656

    Published on: 14 August 2017

  6. Research article

    Fatigue in the general population- associations to age, sex, socioeconomic status, physical activity, sitting time and self-rated health: the northern Sweden MONICA study 2014

    Fatigue is widespread in the population and a common complaint in primary care. Little is known about prevalence of fatigue in the population and its predictors.

    Isak Engberg, Johan Segerstedt, Göran Waller, Patrik Wennberg and Mats Eliasson

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:654

    Published on: 14 August 2017

  7. Research article

    Development of the Adolescent Preoccupation with Screens Scale

    Although public health concerns have been raised regarding the detrimental health effects of increasing rates of electronic screen use among adolescents, such effects have been small. Instruments currently ava...

    Simon C. Hunter, Stephen Houghton, Corinne Zadow, Michael Rosenberg, Lisa Wood, Trevor Shilton and David Lawrence

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:652

    Published on: 11 August 2017

  8. Research article

    Validation of verbal autopsy: determination of cause of deaths in Malaysia 2013

    Mortality statistics by age, sex and cause are the foundation of basic health data required for health status assessment, epidemiological research and formation of health policy. Close to half the deaths in Ma...

    Shubash Shander Ganapathy, Yi Yi Khoo, Mohd Omar Azahadi, Mohamad Anuar Mohamad Fuad, Chandrika Jeevananthan and Chalapati Rao

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:653

    Published on: 11 August 2017

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    Prevalence, awareness, treatment and control of dyslipidemia in older persons in urban and rural population in the Astana region, Kazakhstan

    Despite high cardiovascular mortality in Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union, there is limited information about major risk factors, including blood lipids. We investigated the prevalence of imp...

    Adil Supiyev, Talgat Nurgozhin, Zhaxybay Zhumadilov, Anne Peasey, Jaroslav A. Hubacek and Martin Bobak

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:651

    Published on: 11 August 2017

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    Validity of the global physical activity questionnaire (GPAQ) in Bangladesh

    Feasible and cost-effective as well as population specific instruments for monitoring physical activity (PA) levels are needed for the management and prevention of non-communicable diseases. The WHO-endorsed G...

    Shirin Jahan Mumu, Liaquat Ali, Anthony Barnett and Dafna Merom

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:650

    Published on: 10 August 2017

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    Network analysis of inter-organizational relationships and policy use among active living organizations in Alberta, Canada

    Coordinated partnerships and collaborations can optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of service and program delivery in organizational networks. However, the extent to which organizations are working toge...

    Christina C. Loitz, Jodie A. Stearns, Shawn N. Fraser, Kate Storey and John C. Spence

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:649

    Published on: 9 August 2017

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    High burden of hypertension across the age groups among residents of Gondar city in Ethiopia: a population based cross sectional study

    According to a report on the worldwide trends in blood pressure from 1975 to 2015, mean blood pressure is increasing in low and middle income countries while it is either decreasing or stabilizing in high inco...

    Abayneh Girma Demisse, Ermias Shenkutie Greffie, Solomon Mekonnen Abebe, Abera Balcha Bulti, Shitaye Alemu, Bewketu Abebe and Nebiyu Mesfin

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:647

    Published on: 9 August 2017

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    Adolescent alcohol use and parental and adolescent socioeconomic position in six European cities

    Many risk behaviours in adolescence are socially patterned. However, it is unclear to what extent socioeconomic position (SEP) influences adolescent drinking in various parts of Europe. We examined how alcohol...

    Marina Bosque-Prous, Mirte A. G. Kuipers, Albert Espelt, Matthias Richter, Arja Rimpelä, Julian Perelman, Bruno Federico, M. Teresa Brugal, Vincent Lorant and Anton E. Kunst

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:646

    Published on: 8 August 2017

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    Using lot quality assurance sampling to assess access to water, sanitation and hygiene services in a refugee camp setting in South Sudan: a feasibility study

    Humanitarian agencies working in refugee camp settings require rapid assessment methods to measure the needs of the populations they serve. Due to the high level of dependency of refugees, agencies need to car...

    Elizabeth Harding, Colin Beckworth, Jean-Francois Fesselet, Annick Lenglet, Richard Lako and Joseph J. Valadez

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:643

    Published on: 8 August 2017

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    Hospital admissions due to alcohol related disorders among young adult refugees who arrived in Sweden as teenagers – a national cohort study

    Psychological distress and lack of family support may explain the mental health problems that are consistently found in young unaccompanied refugees in Western countries. Given the strong relationship between ...

    Hélio Manhica, Karl Gauffin, Ylva B. Almquist, Mikael Rostila, Lisa Berg, Ainhoa Rodríguez García de Cortázar and Anders Hjern

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:644

    Published on: 8 August 2017

  16. Research article

    The protective effect of helmet use in motorcycle and bicycle accidents: a propensity score–matched study based on a trauma registry system

    Transportation by motorcycle and bicycle has become popular in Taiwan, this study was designed to investigate the protective effect of helmet use during motorcycle and bicycle accidents by using a propensity s...

    Spencer C. H. Kuo, Pao-Jen Kuo, Cheng-Shyuan Rau, Yi-Chun Chen, Hsiao-Yun Hsieh and Ching-Hua Hsieh

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:639

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  17. Research article

    Condom use peer norms and self-efficacy as mediators between community engagement and condom use among Chinese men who have sex with men

    Community engagement strategies are often integrated in public health interventions designed to promote condom use among men who have sex with men (MSM), a key population for HIV prevention. However, the ways ...

    Haochu Li, Li Xue, Joseph D. Tucker, Chongyi Wei, Maya Durvasula, Wenqi Hu, Dianming Kang, Meizhen Liao, Weiming Tang and Wei Ma

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:641

    Published on: 7 August 2017

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