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

    Factors associated with secondhand smoke incursion into the homes of non-smoking residents in a multi-unit housing complex: a cross-sectional study in Seoul, Korea

    In a multi-unit housing (MUH) complex, secondhand smoke (SHS) can pass from one living space to another. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of SHS incursion, and to establish the relationshi...

    Jeonghoon Kim, Kiyoung Lee and KyooSang Kim

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:739

    Published on: 25 September 2017

  2. Study protocol

    A prospective cohort study on ambient air pollution and respiratory morbidities including childhood asthma in adolescents from the western Cape Province: study protocol

    There is evidence from existing literature that ambient air pollutant exposure in early childhood likely plays an important role in asthma exacerbation and other respiratory symptoms, with greater effect among...

    Toyib Olaniyan, Mohamed Jeebhay, Martin Röösli, Rajen Naidoo, Roslynn Baatjies, Nino Künzil, Ming Tsai, Mark Davey, Kees de Hoogh, Dilys Berman, Bhawoodien Parker, Joy Leaner and Mohamed Aqiel Dalvie

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:712

    Published on: 16 September 2017

  3. Research article

    A socio-ecological analysis of barriers to the adoption, sustainablity and consistent use of sanitation facilities in rural Ethiopia

    Despite evidence showing that access to and use of improved sanitation is associated with healthier households and communities, barriers influencing the adoption and sustainablity of sanitation facilities rema...

    Fikralem Alemu, Abera Kumie, Girmay Medhin, Teshome Gebre and Phoebe Godfrey

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:706

    Published on: 13 September 2017

  4. Research article

    Maternal cell phone use in early pregnancy and child’s language, communication and motor skills at 3 and 5 years: the Norwegian mother and child cohort study (MoBa)

    Cell phone use during pregnancy is a public health concern. We investigated the association between maternal cell phone use in pregnancy and child’s language, communication and motor skills at 3 and 5 years.

    Eleni Papadopoulou, Margaretha Haugen, Synnve Schjølberg, Per Magnus, Gunnar Brunborg, Martine Vrijheid and Jan Alexander

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:685

    Published on: 5 September 2017

  5. Research article

    Exploring the determinants of health and wellbeing in communities living in proximity to coal seam gas developments in regional Queensland

    There is some concern that coal seam gas mining may affect health and wellbeing through changes in social determinants such as living and working conditions, local economy and the environment. The onward impac...

    Fiona Mactaggart, Liane McDermott, Anna Tynan and Christian A. Gericke

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:51

    Published on: 3 August 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  6. Research article

    Successive monitoring surveys of selected banned and restricted pesticide residues in vegetables from the northwest region of China from 2011 to 2013

    A wide range of pesticides is applied for crop protection in vegetable cultivation in China. Regulation of pesticide maximum residue limits (MRLs) in vegetables is established but not fully enforced. And pesti...

    Yan Yu, Senke Hu, Yuxuan Yang, Xiaodan Zhao, Jianjun Xue, Jinghua Zhang, Song Gao and Aimin Yang

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:91

    Published on: 2 August 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  7. Study protocol

    Household preferences for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in four European high-income countries: Does health information matter? A mixed-methods study protocol

    It is now universally acknowledged that climate change constitutes a major threat to human health. At the same time, some of the measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, so-called climate change mitigation...

    Alina Herrmann, Helen Fischer, Dorothee Amelung, Dorian Litvine, Carlo Aall, Camilla Andersson, Marta Baltruszewicz, Carine Barbier, Sébastien Bruyère, Françoise Bénévise, Ghislain Dubois, Valérie R. Louis, Maria Nilsson, Karen Richardsen Moberg, Bore Sköld and Rainer Sauerborn

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:71

    Published on: 1 August 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:679

  8. Research article

    Housing conditions of urban households with Aboriginal children in NSW Australia: tenure type matters

    Housing is a key determinant of the poor health of Aboriginal Australians. Most Aboriginal people live in cities and large towns, yet research into housing conditions has largely focused on those living in rem...

    Melanie J Andersen, Anna B Williamson, Peter Fernando, Darryl Wright and Sally Redman

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:70

    Published on: 1 August 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  9. Research article

    Pesticide poisoning in Chitwan, Nepal: a descriptive epidemiological study

    Globally, there is a growing concern over pesticides use, which has been linked to self-harm and suicide. However, there is paucity of research on the epidemiology of pesticides poisoning in Nepal. This study ...

    Deepak Gyenwali, Abhinav Vaidya, Sundar Tiwari, Prakash Khatiwada, Daya Ram Lamsal and Shrikrishana Giri

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:619

    Published on: 3 July 2017

  10. Research article

    Built environment and physical activity: domain- and activity-specific associations among Brazilian adolescents

    Physical activity is likely to be determined as a complex interplay between personal, interpersonal, and environmental factors. Studying the built environment involves expanding the focus from the individual p...

    Inácio Crochemore Mohnsam da Silva, Adriano Akira Hino, Adalberto Lopes, Ulf Ekelund, Soren Brage, Helen Gonçalves, Ana B Menezes, Rodrigo Siqueira Reis and Pedro Curi Hallal

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:616

    Published on: 3 July 2017

  11. Research article

    Correlates of domestic waste management and related health outcomes in Sunyani, Ghana: a protocol towards enhancing policy

    Domestic waste generation has contributed significantly to hampering national waste management efforts. It poses serious threat to national development and requires proper treatment and management within and o...

    Henry O. Addo, Elvis J. Dun-Dery, Eugenia Afoakwa, Addai Elizabeth, Amposah Ellen and Mwinfaug Rebecca

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:615

    Published on: 3 July 2017

  12. Research article

    Effects of air pollution and seasons on health-related quality of life of Mongolian adults living in Ulaanbaatar: cross-sectional studies

    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, is known as severely air-polluted city in the world due to increased coal consumption in the cold season. The health effects of air pollution in Mongolia such as mortality, morbidity and...

    Motoyuki Nakao, Keiko Yamauchi, Yoko Ishihara, Hisamitsu Omori, Dashtseren Ichinnorov and Bandi Solongo

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:594

    Published on: 23 June 2017

  13. Research article

    Food insecurity and food consumption by season in households with children in an Arctic city: a cross-sectional study

    High rates of food insecurity are documented among Inuit households in Canada; however, data on food insecurity prevalence and seasonality for Inuit households with children are lacking, especially in city cen...

    Catherine Huet, James D. Ford, Victoria L. Edge, Jamal Shirley, Nia King and Sherilee L. Harper

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:578

    Published on: 15 June 2017

  14. Research article

    Cross-sectional assessment of infants’ exposure to toxic metals through breast milk in a prospective cohort study of mining communities in Ghana

    Although breastfeeding of infants is recommended globally, the fact that maternal toxic metal stores are mobilised into breast milk implies infants, whose mothers live and work in mining communities, are at ri...

    David Kwaku Bansa, Adolf Kofi Awua, Rose Boatin, Theodosia Adom, Edward Christian Brown-Appiah, Kennedy Kwame Amewosina, Akusika Diaba, Dominic Datoghe and Wilhelmina Okwabi

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:505

    Published on: 25 May 2017

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