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Environmental health

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

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  1. Depression is a psychological dysfunction that impairs health and quality of life. However, whether environmental tobacco smoke exposure (ETSE) is associated with depression is poorly understood. This study wa...

    Authors: Akinkunmi Paul Okekunle, Jeffery Osahon Asowata, Jung Eun Lee and Onoja Matthew Akpa

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1755

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  2. Flood disaster preparedness among the community seldom received attention. Necessary intervention must be taken to prevent the problem. Health Education Based Intervention (HEBI) was developed following the He...

    Authors: M. N. Mohd Tariq, Hayati Kadir Shahar, Mohd Rafee Baharudin, Sharifah Norkhadijah Syed Ismail, Rosliza Abdul Manaf, Md Said Salmiah, Jamilah Ahmad and Sri Ganesh Muthiah

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1735

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  3. Global asthma-related mortality tallies at around 2.5 million annually. Although asthma may be triggered or exacerbated by particulate matter (PM) exposure, studies investigating the relationship of PM and its...

    Authors: Yu-Ni Ho, Fu-Jen Cheng, Ming-Ta Tsai, Chih-Min Tsai, Po-Chun Chuang and Chi-Yung Cheng

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1593

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  4. There existed evidence that type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) prevalence and control rate have seasonal variation. Our study aimed to examine the ambient temperature and fasting plasma glucose (FPG) association ...

    Authors: Jiali Luo, Guanhao He, Yanjun Xu, Zihui Chen, Xiaojun Xu, Jiewen Peng, Shaowei Chen, Jianxiong Hu, Guiyuan Ji, Tao Liu, Weilin Zeng, Xing Li, Jianpeng Xiao, Lingchuan Guo, Qun He and Wenjun Ma

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1534

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  5. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to the adverse health effects of extreme temperature-related events. A growing body of literature highlights the importance of the natural environment, including air po...

    Authors: Anam M. Khan, Jessica M. Finlay, Philippa Clarke, Ketlyne Sol, Robert Melendez, Suzanne Judd and Carina J. Gronlund

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1484

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  6. Many countries have developed heat-health watch and warning systems (HHWWS) or early-warning systems to mitigate the health consequences of extreme heat events. HHWWS usually focuses on the four hottest months...

    Authors: Mahamat Abdelkerim Issa, Fateh Chebana, Pierre Masselot, Céline Campagna, Éric Lavigne, Pierre Gosselin and Taha B. M. J. Ouarda

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1479

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  7. Lung disease caused by exposure to chemical substances such as polyhexamethylene guanidine (PHMG) used in humidifier disinfectants (HDs) has been identified in Korea. Several researchers reported that exposure...

    Authors: Hyeonsu Ryu, Yoon-Hyeong Choi, Eunchae Kim, Jinhyeon Park, Seula Lee, Jeonggyo Yoon, Eun-Kyung Jo, Youngtae Choe, Jung Heo and Wonho Yang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1458

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  8. Ingestion and inhalation are common routes of exposure for lead in humans. Developing countries still have unacceptably high rates of lead toxicity, especially in children. Studies on probable risk factors of ...

    Authors: Hedieh Ahangar, Afsoon Karimdoost, Amir Salimi, Maryam Akhgari, Scott Phillips, Nasim Zamani, Nasibeh Hassanpour, Ali-Asghar Kolahi, Gary R. Krieger and Hossein Hassanian-Moghaddam

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1437

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  9. Natural disasters are increasingly affecting a larger segment of the world’s population. These highly disruptive events have the potential to produce negative changes in social dynamics and the environment whi...

    Authors: Ilan Cerna-Turoff, Hanna-Tina Fischer, Hani Mansourian and Susannah Mayhew

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1249

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  10. An urgent transition to more sustainable diets is necessary for the improvement of human and planetary health. One way to achieve this is for sustainable practices to become mainstream. We estimated the potent...

    Authors: Emma Patterson, Patricia Eustachio Colombo, James Milner, Rosemary Green and Liselotte Schäfer Elinder

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1332

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  11. Typhoons greatly threaten human life and property, especially in China. Therefore, it is important to make effective policy decisions to minimize losses associated with typhoons.

    Authors: Xiangxue Zhang, Juan Nie, Changxiu Cheng, Chengdong Xu, Xiaojun Xu and Bin Yan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1260

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  12. Pacific Island countries, many of which are low- and middle-income countries, have some of the highest rates of diet-related non-communicable diseases (DR-NCDs) globally. These countries also face some of the ...

    Authors: Amy Savage, Hilary Bambrick, Lachlan McIver and Danielle Gallegos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1231

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  13. Elevated blood lead level (EBLL) is a public health problem in both developing and industrialized countries. Being a petrochemical-based economy, lead (Pb) levels are expected to be high in Kuwait, but systema...

    Authors: Reem Jallad, Muddanna S. Rao and Abdur Rahman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1189

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  14. It is helpful for collaboration if professionals from the field of health and social welfare and the field of city planning are aware of each other’s concepts of what a healthy living environment entails and w...

    Authors: Kristine Mourits, Koos van der Velden and Gerard Molleman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1085

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  15. Ground-level ozone (O3) pollution is currently the one of the severe environmental problems in China. Although existing studies have quantified the O3-related health impact and economic loss, few have focused on ...

    Authors: Zihan Zhang, Minghong Yao, Wenjing Wu, Xing Zhao and Juying Zhang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1069

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  16. Suicide is among the top 10 leading causes of premature morality in the United States and its rates continue to increase. Thus, its prevention has become a salient public health responsibility. Risk factors of...

    Authors: Sierra Cheng, Rebecca Plouffe, Stephanie M. Nanos, Mavra Qamar, David N. Fisman and Jean-Paul R. Soucy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:974

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  17. Attendance at healthcare facilities provides an opportunity for smoking cessation interventions. However, the smoking behaviours of patients seeking healthcare in Vietnam are not well-understood. We aimed to e...

    Authors: Wan-Chun Huang, Ngoc Yen Pham, Thu Anh Nguyen, Van Giap Vu, Quy Chau Ngo, Viet Nhung Nguyen, Becky Freeman, Stephen Jan, Joel Negin, Guy B. Marks and Gregory J. Fox

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:845

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  18. Mesoamerica is severely affected by an epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of non-traditional origin (CKDnt), an epidemic with a marked variation within countries. We sought to describe the spatial distribution...

    Authors: Erik Hansson, Ali Mansourian, Mahdi Farnaghi, Max Petzold and Kristina Jakobsson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:840

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  19. Studies have demonstrated that noise is associated with various health problems, such as obesity and hypertension. Although the evidence of the associations of noise with obesity and hypertension is inconsiste...

    Authors: Sha Li, Daniel Yee Tak Fong, Janet Yuen Ha Wong, Bradley McPherson, Esther Yuet Ying Lau, Lixi Huang and I. P. Mary Sau Man

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:815

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  20. Mental health disorders appear as a growing problem in urban areas. While common mental health disorders are generally linked to demographic and socioeconomic factors, little is known about the interaction wit...

    Authors: Ingrid Pelgrims, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Madeleine Guyot, Hans Keune, Tim S. Nawrot, Roy Remmen, Nelly D. Saenen, Sonia Trabelsi, Isabelle Thomas, Raf Aerts and Eva M. De Clercq

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:635

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  21. Participation in on-the-land programs that encourage traditional cultural activities may improve health and well-being. The Income Security Program (ISP) − a financial incentive-based on-the-land program − for Ee...

    Authors: Robert J. Moriarity, Aleksandra M. Zuk, Eric N. Liberda and Leonard J. S. Tsuji

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:628

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  22. This study aims to assess the interactive effects of Brazilian public interventions, environmental health programs (access to water, sanitation and solid waste collection) and a Conditional Cash Transfer Progr...

    Authors: Anelise Andrade de Souza, Sueli Aparecida Mingoti, Rômulo Paes-Sousa and Leo Heller

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:627

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  23. Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is a recognised public health, social and educational issue, which must be achieved to allow the realisation of human rights. People with disabilities are likely to experienc...

    Authors: Jane Wilbur, Shubha Kayastha, Thérèse Mahon, Belen Torondel, Shaffa Hameed, Anita Sigdel, Amrita Gyawali and Hannah Kuper

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:476

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  24. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health concerns today. While numerous factors are known to affect anxiety disorders, the ways in which environmental factors aggravate or mitigate anxiety are...

    Authors: Buwei Chen, Wen Ma, Yu Pan, Wei Guo and Yunsong Chen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:429

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  25. Sedentary behavior is influenced by contextual, social, and individual factors, including the built environment. However, associations between the built environment and sitting time have not been extensively i...

    Authors: Alex Antonio Florindo, Gavin Turrell, Leandro Martin Totaro Garcia, João Paulo dos Anjos Souza Barbosa, Michele Santos Cruz, Marcelo Antunes Failla, Breno Souza de Aguiar, Ligia Vizeu Barrozo and Moises Goldbaum

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:347

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  26. Household air pollution (HAP) is a recognised risk factor for many diseases, including respiratory diseases, cardiovascular/circulatory disorders, adverse pregnancy outcomes and cataracts. Population exposure ...

    Authors: Miranda Baame Esong, André Pascal Goura, Bertrand Hugo Ngahane Mbatchou, Berenice Walage, Herman Styve Yomi Simo, Romarique Mboumo Medjou, Martial Pianta Sonkoue, Cyrielle Douanla Djouda, Rose Suzie Fowoh Ngnewa, Milaine Sandra Teugueu Guiagain, Brice-Donald Kemnang Agokeng, Olivia Tania Megaptche Homla, Dan Pope and Jerome Ateudjieu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:318

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  27. Few studies have considered aircraft noise annoyance and noise sensitivity in analyses of the health effects of aircraft noise, especially in relation to medication use. This study aims to investigate the mode...

    Authors: Clémence Baudin, Marie Lefèvre, Wolfgang Babisch, Ennio Cadum, Patricia Champelovier, Konstantina Dimakopoulou, Danny Houthuijs, Jacques Lambert, Bernard Laumon, Göran Pershagen, Stephen Stansfeld, Venetia Velonaki, Anna L. Hansell and Anne-Sophie Evrard

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:300

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  28. Exposure to extremely or moderate low temperatures is associated with increased morbidity and mortality risk. Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a slow and progressive circulation disorder. Given that cold t...

    Authors: Jin-young Min, Yeon-Soo Choi, Hyeong-Seong Lee, Sohyae Lee and Kyoung-bok Min

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:294

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  29. Many studies have investigated the association between the built environment and physical activity behavior in urban settings. However, most of the studies conducted in low- and middle-income countries were cr...

    Authors: Alex Antonio Florindo, Inaian Pignatti Teixeira, Ligia Vizeu Barrozo, Flávia Mori Sarti, Regina Mara Fisberg, Douglas Roque Andrade and Leandro Martin Totaro Garcia

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:283

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  30. Greenspace has been associated with health benefits in many contexts. An important pathway may be through outdoor physical activity. We use a novel approach to examine the link between greenspace microenvironm...

    Authors: William Mueller, Paul Wilkinson, James Milner, Sotiris Vardoulakis, Susanne Steinle, Juha Pärkkä, Eija Parmes, Luc Cluitmans, Eelco Kuijpers, Anjoeka Pronk, Denis Sarigiannis, Spyros Karakitsios, Dimitris Chapizanis, Thomas Maggos, Asimina Stamatelopoulou and Miranda Loh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:282

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  31. The implementation of road safety interventions in many developing countries usually focuses on the behavior of users. In order to draw more attention on the role of road infrastructure and physical environmen...

    Authors: Yolaine Glèlè-Ahanhanzo, Alphonse Kpozèhouen, Charles Sossa-Jerôme, Ghislain E. Sopoh, Huguette Tedji, Koovy Yete and Alain Levêque

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:162

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  32. Air pollution has been linked to increased mortality and morbidity. The Program 4 of the Healthy Aging in Industrial Environment study investigates whether the health and wellbeing benefits of physical activit...

    Authors: S. Elavsky, V. Jandačková, L. Knapová, V. Vašendová, M. Sebera, B. Kaštovská, D. Blaschová, J. Kühnová, R. Cimler, D. Vilímek, T. Bosek, J. Koenig and D. Jandačka

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:126

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  33. The COVID-19 has caused a sizeable global outbreak and has been declared as a public health emergency of international concern. Sufficient evidence shows that temperature has an essential link with respiratory...

    Authors: Gaopei Zhu, Yuhang Zhu, Zhongli Wang, Weijing Meng, Xiaoxuan Wang, Jianing Feng, Juan Li, Yufei Xiao, Fuyan Shi and Suzhen Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:117

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  34. Noise is a major public health issue because of its negative impacts on health, including annoyance, sleep disturbance, cardiovascular diseases and altered cognitive performance among children. Self-rated heal...

    Authors: Clémence BAUDIN, Marie LEFÈVRE, Patricia CHAMPELOVIER, Jacques LAMBERT, Bernard LAUMON and Anne-Sophie EVRARD

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:116

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  35. Latinx children in the United States are at high risk for nature-deficit disorder, heat-related illness, and physical inactivity. We developed the Green Schoolyards Project to investigate how green features—tr...

    Authors: Kevin Lanza, Melody Alcazar, Deanna M. Hoelscher and Harold W. Kohl III

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:98

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  36. Dust storms affect human health by impairing visibility and promoting interactions with microscopic organisms, such as bacteria and fungi. Although ST-elevation MI (STEMI) and non-ST-elevation MI (NSTEMI) diff...

    Authors: Suji Lee, Whanhee Lee, Eunil Lee, Myung Ho Jeong, Seung-Woon Rha, Chong-Jin Kim, Shung Chull Chae, Hyo-Soo Kim, Hyeon-Cheol Gwon and Ho Kim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:68

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  37. Pneumonia is one of the principal reasons for incidence and death in the world. The former research mainly concentrated on specific sources of patients. Besides, due to the heterogeneity among regions, there a...

    Authors: Jianzhong Zhang, Dunqiang Ren, Xue Cao, Tao Wang, Xue Geng, Xin Li, Jinglong Tang, Shuguang Leng, Hongmei Wang and Yuxin Zheng

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:66

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  38. The impact of weather on morbidity from stroke has been analysed in previous studies. As the risk of stroke was mostly associated with changing weather, the changes in the daily stroke occurrence may be associ...

    Authors: Jone Vencloviene, Ricardas Radisauskas, Daina Kranciukaite-Butylkiniene, Abdonas Tamosiunas, Vidmantas Vaiciulis and Daiva Rastenyte

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:42

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  39. The Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is endemic in Iran and has a high fatality rate. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between CCHF incidence and meteorological variables in Zahed...

    Authors: Sairan Nili, Narges Khanjani, Yunes Jahani and Bahram Bakhtiari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1893

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  40. The major population vulnerable to hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is children aged less than 5 years, particularly those who are cared for at day care centers (DCCs). This study aimed to assess the associ...

    Authors: Pussadee Laor, Tawatchai Apidechkul, Siriyaporn Khunthason, Vivat Keawdounglek, Suntorn Sudsandee, Krailak Fakkaew and Weerayuth Siriratruengsuk

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1829

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  41. Crop residue burning adversely affects air quality and consequently human health. India, being one of the largest agro-economies of the world, produces around 500 Million tonnes of crop residue annually most o...

    Authors: Tanwi Trushna, Vishal Diwan, Subroto Shambhu Nandi, Satish Bhagwatrao Aher, Rajnarayan R. Tiwari and Yogesh Damodar Sabde

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1824

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  42. The Household Air Pollution Intervention Network (HAPIN) trial aims to assess health benefits of a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cookfuel and stove intervention among women and children across four low- and mi...

    Authors: Sankar Sambandam, Krishnendu Mukhopadhyay, Saritha Sendhil, Wenlu Ye, Ajay Pillarisetti, Gurusamy Thangavel, Durairaj Natesan, Rengaraj Ramasamy, Amudha Natarajan, Vigneswari Aravindalochanan, A. Vinayagamoorthi, S. Sivavadivel, R. Uma Maheswari, Lingeswari Balakrishnan, S. Gayatri, Srinivasan Nargunanathan…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1799

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  43. Large-scale natural disasters disproportionally affect both the medically complex and the older old, groups that are responsible for most medical surge after a disaster. To understand how to ameliorate this su...

    Authors: Tamar Wyte-Lake, Claudia Der-Martirosian, Karen Chu, Rachel Johnson-Koenke and Aram Dobalian

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1796

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  44. Many cardiovascular patients suffer from respiratory failure. Environmental conditions can exacerbate symptomatology. It is necessary to prevent exposure to dust by taking educational steps to identify and mod...

    Authors: Farzaneh Noroozi, Kumars Eisapareh, Alireza Bahadori, Leila Ghahremani, Rosanna Cousins and Hamidreza Mokarami

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1779

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  45. Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Healthcare facilities (HCFs) is of significant public health importance. It is associated with a reduction in the transmission of healthcare acquired infections...

    Authors: Denis Kayiwa, Richard K. Mugambe, Jane Sembuche Mselle, John Bosco Isunju, John C. Ssempebwa, Solomon Tsebeni Wafula, Rawlance Ndejjo, Winnie K. Kansiime, Aisha Nalugya, Brenda Wagaba, Jude B. Zziwa, Constance Bwire, Esther Buregyeya, Martin Othieno Radooli, Ceaser Kimbugwe, Emily Namanya…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1767

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  46. Industrial and agricultural activities result in elevated levels of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) in the local environment. PTEs can enter the human body through the food chain and pose severe health risks...

    Authors: Ping Liu, Yahong Zhang, Ningchuan Feng, Meilin Zhu and Juncang Tian

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1729

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