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Chronic disease epidemiology

This section aims to publish studies on the epidemiology of chronic diseases and the use of public health interventions for their control.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Several studies have shown positive associations between higher WBC count and deaths from all-causes, CHD, stroke and cancer among occidental populations or developed countries of Asia. No study on the associa...

    Authors: Tao Wang, Chao Qiang Jiang, Lin Xu, Wei Sen Zhang, Feng Zhu, Ya Li Jin, G. Neil Thomas, Kar Keung Cheng and Tai Hing Lam

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1232

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    The aim was to analyse participation trajectories in organised breast and cervical cancer screening programmes and the association between socioeconomic variables and participation.

    Authors: Maria Michela Gianino, Jacopo Lenzi, Marco Bonaudo, Maria Pia Fantini, Roberta Siliquini, Walter Ricciardi and Gianfranco Damiani

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1236

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  3. Content type: Study protocol

    There is a major need for longitudinal research examining the experiences of people with dementia and their primary carers, as relatively little is known about how the factors associated with capability to ‘li...

    Authors: Barbora Silarova, Sharon M. Nelis, Rosalie M. Ashworth, Clive Ballard, Marta Bieńkiewicz, Catherine Henderson, Alexandra Hillman, John V. Hindle, Julian C. Hughes, Ruth A. Lamont, Rachael Litherland, Ian R. Jones, Roy W. Jones, Martin Knapp, Piers Kotting, Anthony Martyr…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1214

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The associations of famine exposure with diabetes risk in adulthood are still unclear. This study aimed to explore the association between famine exposure in early life and risk of diabetes in adulthood.

    Authors: Zhenghe Wang, Zhiyong Zou, Zhongping Yang, Yanhui Dong, Jieyun Song, Bin Dong, Jun Ma and Luke Arnold

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1205

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is one form of degenerative arthritis that results from the breakdown of cartilage and underlying bone. The prevalence of KOA is considerably higher in women than in men; however, the...

    Authors: Min Zhou, Jianghao Chen, Dongming Wang, Chunmei Zhu, Youjie Wang and Weihong Chen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1192

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Obesity and overweight are related to changes in blood pressure, but existing research has mainly focused on the impact of body mass index (BMI) on short-term blood pressure variability (BPV). The study aimed ...

    Authors: Haojia Chen, Ruiying Zhang, Qiongbing Zheng, Xiuzhu Yan, Shouling Wu and Youren Chen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1193

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Even with the widespread recognition of non- communicable diseases (NCDs) in sub-Saharan Africa region, yet, sufficient evidence-based surveillance systems to confirm the prevalence and correlates of these dis...

    Authors: Sanni Yaya, Michael Ekholuenetale and Ghose Bishwajit

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1168

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Over the past decade, lung cancers have exhibited a disproportionately high mortality and increasing mortality trend in Thailand, especially in the northern region, and prevention strategies have consequently ...

    Authors: Apinut Rankantha, Imjai Chitapanarux, Donsuk Pongnikorn, Sukon Prasitwattanaseree, Walaithip Bunyatisai, Patumrat Sripan and Patrinee Traisathit

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1138

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Recently, the number of patients diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has increased in Korea. Risk factors of GERD include age, sex, medication use, lack of physical exercise, increased psycho...

    Authors: Oksoo Kim, Hee Jung Jang, Sue Kim, Hea-Young Lee, Eunyoung Cho, Jung Eun Lee, Heeja Jung and Jiyoung Kim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1133

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  10. Content type: Research article

    To analyse trends over the period 1991–2013 in systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP) and the prevalence of hypertension in adults aged 25–64 years in Samoa; and to assess the contributi...

    Authors: Christine Linhart, Take Naseri, Sophia Lin, Richard Taylor, Stephen Morrell, Stephen T. McGarvey, Dianna J. Magliano and Paul Zimmet

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1122

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Different dietary patterns and the risks of hypertension in various diet exposures among multi-ethnic population in southwest China remain extremely scarce. The aim of this study is to identify dietary pattern...

    Authors: Yuan Ruan, Yongshou Huang, Qiang Zhang, Shu Qin, Xiaoxia Du and Yongxin Sun

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1106

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Epidemiologic studies have presented protective effects of alcohol against cardiovascular (CV) events. However, such studies were performed mainly on Westerners. We investigated the effects of alcohol on the s...

    Authors: Jeonggeun Moon, In Cheol Hwang, Kyoung Kon Kim, Woong Chol Kang, Ji-Young Cha and Young-Ah Moon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1091

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Since 2005, Thailand has scaled up one of the largest antiretroviral treatment (ART) programs in South East Asia. Although diabetes mellitus (DM) incidence is increasing in low and middle-income countries, its...

    Authors: Ninutcha Paengsai, Gonzague Jourdain, Romanee Chaiwarith, Apichat Tantraworasin, Chureeratana Bowonwatanuwong, Sorakij Bhakeecheep, Tim Roy Cressey, Jean Yves Mary, Nicolas Salvadori and Natapong Kosachunhanun

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1079

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Multi-item rating scales for depression informs about the level of depression, but does not allow individuals to state by self-evaluation whether they feel depressed or not. The insider perspective on depressi...

    Authors: Tore Bonsaksen, Tine K. Grimholt, Laila Skogstad, Anners Lerdal, Øivind Ekeberg, Trond Heir and Inger Schou-Bredal

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1076

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Patient reports of health related quality of life can provide important information about the long-term impact of prostate cancer. Because patient symptoms and function can differ by age of the survivor, the a...

    Authors: Christine J. Kurian, Amy E. Leader, Melissa S. Y. Thong, Scott W. Keith and Charnita M. Zeigler-Johnson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1060

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Pain is an important health problem adversely affecting functionality and quality of life. Though self- rated health (SRH) is a major predictor of mortality, its relationship with pain is not well understood. ...

    Authors: Batholomew Chireh and Carl D’Arcy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1006

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  17. Content type: Research article

    High sodium diets with inadequate potassium and high sodium-to-potassium ratios are a known determinant of hypertension and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The Caribbean island of Barbados has a high prevalence ...

    Authors: Rachel M. Harris, Angela M. C. Rose, Ian R. Hambleton, Christina Howitt, Nita G. Forouhi, Anselm J. M. Hennis, T. Alafia Samuels and Nigel Unwin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:998

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in economically active populations. The aims of this study were to estimate the prevalence and to identify risk factors for diabetic retinopathy in patien...

    Authors: Laura Gomes Nunes Melo, Paulo Henrique Morales, Karla Rezende Guerra Drummond, Deborah Conte Santos, Marcela Haas Pizarro, Bianca Senger Vasconcelos Barros, Tessa Cerqueria Lemos Mattos, André Araújo Pinheiro, Felipe Mallmann, Franz Schubert Lopes Leal, Fernando Korn Malerbi and Marilia Brito Gomes

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:989

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Methanol poisoning (MP) often causes acute mortality and morbidities; however, the association between MP and subsequent mortality has not been well studied.

    Authors: Jui-Yuan Chung, Chung-Han Ho, Yi-Chen Chen, Jiann-Hwa Chen, Hung-Jung Lin, Jhi-Joung Wang, Chien-Chin Hsu and Chien-Cheng Huang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:985

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  20. Content type: Study protocol

    While some of the variance observed in adiposity and weight change within populations can be accounted for by traditional risk factors, a new factor, the gut microbiota, has recently been associated with obesi...

    Authors: Lara R. Dugas, Louise Lie, Jacob Plange-Rhule, Kweku Bedu-Addo, Pascal Bovet, Estelle V. Lambert, Terrence E. Forrester, Amy Luke, Jack A. Gilbert and Brian T. Layden

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:978

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  21. Content type: Technical advance

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is not only the primary cause of death in developed western countries, but also its disease burden is increasing in China. The purpose of constructing population cardiovascular hea...

    Authors: Yingying Jiang, Fan Mao, Yichong Li, Jing Liu, Yan Zhang, Yong Jiang, Dong Zhao, Weiwei Chen, Stephen Nicholas, Yong Huo, Junbo Ge, Linhong Wang and Maigeng Zhou

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:937

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  22. Content type: Research article

    The use of solid biomass as cooking fuel could be a potential risk factor for chronic bronchitis (CB) and airflow obstruction (AFO) among never-smoking women. The disease burden in India among women is general...

    Authors: Asmi Panigrahi and Bijaya K. Padhi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:924

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is on the increase globally. Prevention of this condition is ideal, however early detection of the disease becomes desirable where the disease process has begun as there are known ...

    Authors: Adaobi I. Bisi-Onyemaechi, Henrietta U. Okafor and Maduka D. Ughasoro

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:922

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The association between obesity and depression has been documented in previous systematic studies but remains controversial. Many prospective studies have focused on children and youth, and several studies hav...

    Authors: Huiqiang Luo, Jijie Li, Qi Zhang, Peiya Cao, Xiaohui Ren, Aiping Fang, Haiying Liao and Lijuan Liu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:909

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Prostate cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths among Caribbean men. However, little data exists on the influence of social factors on prostate cancer in the Caribbean setting. This article supports...

    Authors: Catherine R. Brown, Ian Hambleton, Shawn M. Hercules, Nigel Unwin, Madhuvanti M. Murphy, E. Nigel Harris, Rainford Wilks, Marlene MacLeish, Louis Sullivan and Natasha Sobers-Grannum

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:900

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Mission of Mercy (MOM) emergency dental clinics are a resource for populations lacking access to dental care. We designed a MOM event incorporating health equity components with established community partners ...

    Authors: Devlon N. Jackson, Susan Passmore, Craig S. Fryer, Jie Chen, Dushanka V. Kleinman, Alice M. Horowitz, James Butler III, Mary A. Garza, Sandra C. Quinn and Stephen B. Thomas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:878

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Research on the relationship between metabolic syndrome (MetS), its components and eating speed is limited in China. The present study aimed to clarify the association between MetS, its components and eating s...

    Authors: Lixin Tao, Kun Yang, Fangfang Huang, Xiangtong Liu, Xia Li, Yanxia Luo, Lijuan Wu and Xiuhua Guo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:855

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes is commonly missed in most health facilities in Nigeria. Adequate knowledge of childhood diabetes is necessary for the recognition and possible intervention for the control of ...

    Authors: Ugo Nnenna Chikani, Adaobi Ijeoma Bisi-Onyemaechi, Tagbo Oguonu, Shalewa Modupe Ugege and Chinwe Ogugua

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:852

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of multimorbidity, defined by having two or more chronic diseases, is increasing in many Western countries. Simultaneously, the migrant population in Western countries has increased, making up a...

    Authors: Nasim Taleshan, Jorgen Holm Petersen, Michaela Louise Schioetz, Helle Gybel Juul-Larsen and Marie Norredam

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:844

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity has been shown to attenuate the age-associated decline in lung function; however, there is little research evaluating different movement behaviours as potential correlates of lung function. M...

    Authors: Shilpa Dogra, Joshua Good, Matthew P. Buman, Paul A. Gardiner, Michael K. Stickland and Jennifer L. Copeland

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:818

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Chronic pain is currently a significant health problem in the United States. A comprehensive strategy is needed to increase prevention of chronic pain and to improve care for chronic pain patients. However, de...

    Authors: Jennifer Malon, Parth Shah, Woon Yuen Koh, Gary Cattabriga, Edward Li and Ling Cao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:810

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Our study aimed to investigate the prevalence of two conditions, angina and stroke, and relevant risk factors among older adults in...

    Authors: Ye Ruan, Yanfei Guo, Yang Zheng, Zhezhou Huang, Shuangyuan Sun, Paul Kowal, Yan Shi and Fan Wu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:778

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Ethnic minority populations in the United States (US) are disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, including hypertension, overweight/obesity, and diabetes. The size and divers...

    Authors: Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, Elizabeth Selvin, Jonathan Aboagye, Ruth-Alma Turkson-Ocran, Ximin Li, Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, Rexford S. Ahima and Lisa A. Cooper

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:773

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  34. Content type: Study protocol

    Immigrants to the United States are usually healthier than their U.S.-born counterparts, yet the health of immigrants declines with duration of stay in the U.S. This pattern is often seen for numerous health p...

    Authors: Gilbert C. Gee, A. B. de Castro, Catherine M. Crespi, May C. Wang, Karen Llave, Eleanor Brindle, Nanette R. Lee, Maria Midea M. Kabamalan and Anna K. Hing

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:771

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Daytime napping has been postulated as both a protective and a risk factor for depression in previous studies. In addition to these conflicting results, research gaps also exist with regard to controlling conf...

    Authors: Yuning Liu, Tingting Peng, Siqiao Zhang and Kun Tang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:759

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Diabetes mellitus, ischemic heart disease, and chronic kidney disease are three major chronic conditions that develop with increasing risks among adults as they get older. The interconnectedness of these three...

    Authors: Chathura Siriwardhana, Eunjung Lim, James Davis and John J. Chen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:752

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  37. Content type: Research article

    People with psychosis die on average 25 years earlier than those in the general population, with cardiovascular disease (CVD) contributing to much of the excess mortality. This cross-sectional study aimed to i...

    Authors: Doreen Mucheru, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Linda E. Campbell, Mark McEvoy and Lesley MacDonald-Wicks

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:742

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the correlates of self-rated health (SRH) can help public health professionals prioritize health-promotion and disease-prevention interventions. This study aimed to investigate the association be...

    Authors: Xingyue Song, Jing Wu, Canqing Yu, Wenhong Dong, Jun Lv, Yu Guo, Zheng Bian, Ling Yang, Yiping Chen, Zhengming Chen, An Pan and Liming Li

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:744

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Both short and long sleep duration have been consistently studied as a risk factor for obesity, hyperglycemia and hypertension. In this cross-sectional study, we provide an updated analysis of the Health Exami...

    Authors: Claire E. Kim, Sangah Shin, Hwi-Won Lee, Jiyeon Lim, Jong-koo Lee, Aesun Shin and Daehee Kang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:720

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and hypertension (HT) are major noncommunicable health problems in both developing and developed countries, including Thailand. Each year, a large amount of money is budgeted fo...

    Authors: Tawatchai Apidechkul

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:694

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the main cause of mortality in low- and middle-income countries like Nepal. Different risk factors usually cluster and interact multiplicatively to increase the risk of develo...

    Authors: Mahesh Kumar Khanal, M. S. A. Mansur Ahmed, Mohammad Moniruzzaman, Palash Chandra Banik, Raja Ram Dhungana, Pratiksha Bhandari, Surya Devkota and Arun Shayami

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:677

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  42. Content type: Study protocol

    High quality, contemporary data regarding patterns of chronic disease is essential for planning by health services, policy makers and local governments, but surprisingly scarce, including in rural Australia. T...

    Authors: Kristen M. Glenister, Lisa Bourke, Leslie Bolitho, Sian Wright, Stuart Roberts, William Kemp, Leigh Rhode, Ravi Bhat, Sönke Tremper, Dianna J. Magliano, Mike Morgan, Rodrigo Mariño, William Adam and David Simmons

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:670

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  43. Content type: Study protocol

    Prospective cohort studies are considered ideal choices to study multiple outcomes and risk factors for Non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Our aim is to set-up the protocol and analyze risk factors, incidence r...

    Authors: Arsalan Khaledifar, Morteza Hashemzadeh, Kamal Solati, Hosseion Poustchi, Valentina Bollati, Ali Ahmadi, Soleiman Kheiri, Keihan Ghatreh samani, Mehdi Banitalebi, Morteza Sedehi and Reza Malekzadeh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:660

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  44. Content type: Research article

    With the social development and lifestyle transition, increasing trends of overweight and obesity prevalence are commonly reported worldwide. Data focusing on overweight and obesity trends in rural residents a...

    Authors: Ye Wang, Li Pan, Shaoping Wan, Huowuli Yi, Fang Yang, Huijing He, Zheng Li, Jia Zhang, Xiaoyang Wang, Zhengping Yong and Guangliang Shan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:659

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  45. Content type: Research article

    While the direct (medical) costs of arthritis are regularly reported in cost of illness studies, the 'true' cost to indivdiuals and goverment requires the calculation of the indirect costs as well including lo...

    Authors: Deborah Schofield, Michelle Cunich, Rupendra N. Shrestha, Robert Tanton, Lennert Veerman, Simon Kelly and Megan E. Passey

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:654

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  46. Content type: Research article

    We describe hospital-based management of acute ischaemic stroke patients in 2010–2013 in Barbados, by comparing documented treatment given in the single tertiary public hospital with international guideline re...

    Authors: Asanchia S. Harewood-Marshall, Leslie S. Craig, Tanya P. Martelly, David O. C. Corbin, Lauren Maul, Damani McIntosh-Clarke, Tracey Blackman, Kenneth S. George, Anselm J. M. Hennis, Ian R. Hambleton and Angela M. C. Rose

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:648

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  47. Content type: Research article

    An elevated alanine aminotransferase (ALT) level is a surrogate marker of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the most common liver disorder in adolescents. The majority of previous NAFLD studies in ado...

    Authors: Ju Whi Kim, Kyung Jae Lee, Hye Ran Yang, Ju Young Chang, Jin Soo Moon, Young-Ho Khang and Jae Sung Ko

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:617

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