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Environmental health

Section edited by Michelle Turner, Mahfuzar Rahman and David Stieb.

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

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  1. Maternal exposure to air pollution is related to fetal dysplasia. However, the association between maternal exposure to air pollution and the risk of congenital hypothyroidism (CH) in the offspring is largely ...

    Authors: Li Shang, Liyan Huang, Wenfang Yang, Cuifang Qi, Liren Yang, Juan Xin, Shanshan Wang, Danyang Li, Baozhu Wang, Lingxia Zeng and Mei Chun Chung

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1412

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  2. Noise exposure is considered a stressor that may potentially exert negative health effects among the exposed individuals. On a population basis, the most prevalent and immediate response to noise is annoyance,...

    Authors: Heidi A. R. Jensen, Birgit Rasmussen and Ola Ekholm

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1508

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  3. Air pollution is a global public health concern. The World Health Organization has recently set up a goal of saving 7 million people globally by 2030 from air pollution related death. We conducted an ecologica...

    Authors: Shih-Yung Su, Yung-Po Liaw, Jing-Rong Jhuang, Shu-Yi Hsu, Chun-Ju Chiang, Ya-Wen Yang and Wen-Chung Lee

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1496

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  4. Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) incidence is a critical challenge to disease control and prevention in parts of China, particularly Guangxi. However, the association between socioeconomic factors and meteo...

    Authors: Huan Liu, Genxin Song, Nan He, Shiyan Zhai, Hongquan Song, Yunfeng Kong, Lizhong Liang and Xiaoxiao Liu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1491

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  5. Previous studies have associated elevated mortality risk in central Appalachia with coal-mining activities, but few have explored how different non-coal factors influence the association within each county. Co...

    Authors: Ruoding Shi, Susan Meacham, George C. Davis, Wen You, Yu Sun and Cody Goessl

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1484

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  6. The incidence of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) varies over space and time and this variability is related to climate and social-economic factors. Majority of studies on HFMD were carried out in humid reg...

    Authors: Jie Li, Xiangxue Zhang, Li Wang, Chengdong Xu, Gexin Xiao, Ran Wang, Fang Zheng and Fang Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1482

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  7. Ischemic heart disease (IHD) is one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide and causes a tremendous disease burden. Temperature is an important environmental determinant among the many risk factors for IHD. ...

    Authors: Jing Huang, Qiang Zeng, Xiaochuan Pan, Xinbiao Guo and Guoxing Li

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1465

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  8. Urbanization and aging are global phenomena that offer unique challenges in different countries. A supportive environment plays an important role in addressing the issues of health behavioral change and health...

    Authors: Zhi-jian Wu, Yanliqing Song, Hou-lei Wang, Fan Zhang, Fang-hui Li and Zhu-ying Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1459

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  9. In the winter of 2016–2017, the number of deaths recorded in the north-west Europe was significantly higher than that in previous years. This spike in mortality was attributed principally to an influenza epide...

    Authors: Rossella Murtas and Antonio Giampiero Russo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1445

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  10. A rapidly growing body of research suggests that qualities of the built environment can promote active living among children and youth. Nevertheless, shortcomings in the current evidence for understanding whic...

    Authors: Emma Charlott Andersson Nordbø, Ruth Kjærsti Raanaas, Helena Nordh and Geir Aamodt

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1426

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  11. Information on the effects of haze on health and corresponding knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) will improve self-care ability against the ill effects of haze pollution and make environmental health p...

    Authors: Minghui Zhao, Meiling Zhang, Jie Ying, Shouqi Wang, Ying Shi, Huanhuan Li, Yuan Li, Zhuangjie Xing and Jiao Sun

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1396

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  12. Lung cancer is the most common cancer in China. Previous studies have indicated that lung cancer incidence exhibits remarkable spatial heterogeneity, and lung cancer is related to outdoor air pollution. Howeve...

    Authors: D. F. Xing, C. D. Xu, X. Y. Liao, T. Y. Xing, S. P. Cheng, M. G. Hu and J. X. Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1377

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  13. Many studies have reported the impact of air pollution on cardiovascular disease (CVD), but few of these studies were conducted in severe haze-fog areas. The present study focuses on the impact of different ai...

    Authors: Fengzhu Tan, Weijie Wang, Sufen Qi, Haidong Kan, Xinpei Yu, Yi Liu, Duanyang Wu, Bin Xu, Fan Meng and Sicen Liu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1366

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  14. There is valid evidence that air pollution is associated with respiratory disease. However, few studies have quantified the short-term effects of six air pollutants on influenza-like illness (ILI). This study ...

    Authors: Wei Su, Xiuguo Wu, Xingyi Geng, Xiaodong Zhao, Qiang Liu and Ti Liu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1319

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  15. The concentration of fluoride in ground drinking water greater than the world health organization standard value imposes a serious health, social and economic problem in developing countries. In the Ethiopian ...

    Authors: Habtamu Demelash, Abebe Beyene, Zewdu Abebe and Addisu Melese

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1298

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  16. Improper solid waste management (SWM) is a major public health and environmental concern in the urban areas of many developing countries such as Asella Town. The aim of this study was to assess the status of S...

    Authors: Gorfnesh Lema, Million Getachew Mesfun, Amade Eshete and Gizachew Abdeta

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1261

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  17. Climate change is associated with greater frequency, duration, intensity and unpredictability of certain weather-related events, including floods. Floods harm mental health. There is limited understanding of t...

    Authors: J. M. Longman, J. Bennett-Levy, V. Matthews, H. L. Berry, M. E. Passey, M. Rolfe, G. G. Morgan, M. Braddon and R. Bailie

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1255

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  18. Altering micro-scale features of neighborhood walkability (e.g., benches, sidewalks, and cues of social disorganization or crime) could be a relatively cost-effective method of creating environments that are c...

    Authors: Madeleine Steinmetz-Wood, Kabisha Velauthapillai, Grace O’Brien and Nancy A. Ross

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1246

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  19. Water advisories, especially those concerning boiling drinking water, are widely used to reduce risks of infection from contaminants in the water supply. Since the effectiveness of boil water advisories (BWAs)...

    Authors: Susanne Hyllestad, Lamprini Veneti, Annechen Bahr Bugge, Thea Grav Rosenberg, Karin Nygård and Preben Aavitsland

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1188

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  20. Though lead (Pb)-gasoline has been banned for decades in China, Pb continues to be a vital risk factor for various diseases. Traditional studies, without large sample size, were unable to identify explicitly t...

    Authors: Han Song, Jianchao Liu, Zipeng Cao, Wenjing Luo and Jing-Yuan Chen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1170

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  21. Social participation is a modifiable health determinant influenced by physical and social aspects of the environment. Little is known about aging women’s and men’s community activities and barriers according t...

    Authors: Daniel Naud, Mélissa Généreux, Jean-François Bruneau, Aline Alauzet and Mélanie Levasseur

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1124

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  22. Infant and young children stools are often considered innocuous, and are not disposed of safely despite having a higher pathogen load than adult feces. In Ethiopia, sanitary management of young children’s stoo...

    Authors: Biniyam Sahiledengle

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:970

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  23. Low-level lead exposure has harmful and persistent effects on behaviour. Recent studies have linked environmental lead exposure and the development of aggressive, violent and criminal behaviour. This protocol ...

    Authors: Thokozani P. Mbonane, Angela Mathee, André Swart and Nisha Naicker

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:932

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  24. Open drains are common methods of transporting solid waste and excreta in low-income urban neighborhoods. Open drains can overflow due to blockages with solid waste and during rainfall, posing exposure risks. ...

    Authors: David M. Berendes, Juan S. Leon, Amy E. Kirby, Julie A. Clennon, Suraja J. Raj, Habib Yakubu, Katharine A. Robb, Arun Kartikeyan, Priya Hemavathy, Annai Gunasekaran, Sheela Roy, Ben Chirag Ghale, J. Senthil Kumar, Venkata Raghava Mohan, Gagandeep Kang and Christine L. Moe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:926

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  25. The effect of secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure on child psychological problems remained inconclusive in previous studies. The aim of this study is to explore the association between SHS exposure and psychologic...

    Authors: Hui Wang, Fei Li, Yunting Zhang, Fan Jiang and Jun Zhang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:923

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  26. Childhood asthma is a significant health issue with 8.3% prevalence in the U.S. Its prevalence is particularly higher among low-income communities in the Texas-Mexico border region, as they often lack access t...

    Authors: Juha Baek, Ke Huang, Lucia Conner, Niko Tapangan, Xiaohui Xu and Genny Carrillo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:912

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  27. Growing evidence links household air pollution exposure from biomass-burning cookstoves to cardiometabolic disease risk. Few randomized controlled interventions of cookstoves (biomass or otherwise) have quanti...

    Authors: Bonnie N. Young, Jennifer L. Peel, Megan L. Benka-Coker, Sarah Rajkumar, Ethan S. Walker, Robert D. Brook, Tracy L. Nelson, John Volckens, Christian L’Orange, Nicholas Good, Casey Quinn, Joshua P. Keller, Zachary D. Weller, Sebastian Africano, Anibal B. Osorto Pinel and Maggie L. Clark

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:903

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  28. Depression has become a severe societal problem in China. Although many studies have analyzed how environmental characteristics within neighborhoods affect depression, only a few have dealt with developing cou...

    Authors: Ruoyu Wang, Ye Liu, Desheng Xue and Marco Helbich

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:887

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  29. Considering the lack of studies that examine built environmental factors associated with life satisfaction among old people in developing countries, particularly those focused on Brazil, the aim of this study ...

    Authors: Camila Teixeira Vaz, Amanda Cristina de Souza Andrade, Fernando Augusto Proietti, César Coelho Xavier, Amélia Augusta de Lima Friche and Waleska Teixeira Caiaffa

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:861

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  30. A challenge in environmental health research is collecting robust data sets to facilitate comparisons between personal chemical exposures, the environment and health outcomes. To address this challenge, the Ex...

    Authors: Diana Rohlman, Holly M. Dixon, Laurel Kincl, Andrew Larkin, Richard Evoy, Michael Barton, Aaron Phillips, Elena Peterson, Christopher Scaffidi, Julie B. Herbstman, Katrina M. Waters and Kim A. Anderson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:854

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  31. The presence of urban rats in the neighbourhood environment may negatively impact the physical and mental health of residents. Our study sought to describe the experiences with, perceptions of, and feelings to...

    Authors: Kaylee A. Byers, Susan M. Cox, Raymond Lam and Chelsea G. Himsworth

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:853

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  32. Unimproved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) behaviors are key drivers of infectious disease transmission and influencers of mental well-being. While WASH is seen as a critical enabler of health, important...

    Authors: Maryann G. Delea, Jedidiah S. Snyder, Mulusew Belew, Bethany A. Caruso, Joshua V. Garn, Gloria D. Sclar, Mulat Woreta, Kassahun Zewudie, Abebe Gebremariam and Matthew C. Freeman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:801

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  33. The food environment can influence opportunities and barriers to food access. This study aimed to investigate whether access to healthy foods varies according to store types and the socioeconomic status of the...

    Authors: B. V. L. Costa, M. C. Menezes, C. D. L. Oliveira, S. A. Mingoti, P. C. Jaime, W. T. Caiaffa and A. C. S. Lopes

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:775

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  34. Few cases of organophosphate poisoning in developing countries have been investigated using clinical and epidemiological methods. On 30 October 2015, 3 students at Mukuju School, Tororo District, Uganda, died ...

    Authors: Benon Kwesiga, Alex R. Ario, Lilian Bulage, Julie Harris and Bao-Ping Zhu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:767

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  35. Indoor environmental quality significantly influences the occurrence of asthma attack. Zunyi District has abundant coal reserves and is regarded as one of the cities that are most severely polluted by high lev...

    Authors: Shixu Li, Jie Xu, Zhigang Jiang, Ya Luo, Yu Yang and Jie Yu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:723

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2019 19:1052

  36. To mitigate air pollution-related health risks and target interventions towards the populations bearing the greatest risks, the City Health Outlook (CHO) project aims to establish multi-scale, long-lasting, re...

    Authors: Lu Liang, Peng Gong, Na Cong, Zhichao Li, Yu Zhao and Ying Chen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:711

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  37. Air pollution is becoming an increased burden to the world. Previous studies have confirmed its effects on adverse birth outcomes, but few associated with premature small for gestational age (SGA). We report a...

    Authors: Shushu Li, Huaiyan Wang, Haiting Hu, Zeying Wu, Kejin Chen and Zhilei Mao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:705

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  38. Tobacco remains a leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., responsible for more than 440,000 deaths each year. Approximately 10% of these deaths are attributable to exposure of non-smokers to secondhand...

    Authors: Rodrigo Arce Cardozo, Alexis Feinberg, Albert Tovar, M. J. Ruzmyn Vilcassim, Donna Shelley, Brian Elbel, Sue Kaplan, Katarzyna Wyka, Ana M. Rule, Terry Gordon and Lorna E. Thorpe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:666

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  39. There has been growing global concern about air pollution due to its great risk to public health. In Japan, although industrial- and traffic-related air pollution has been decreasing, concerns about particulat...

    Authors: Motoyuki Nakao, Keiko Yamauchi, Satoshi Mitsuma, Hisamitsu Omori and Yoko Ishihara

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:620

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  40. Life satisfaction is a cognitive and evaluative judgement of one’s outlook on life and an integral component of subjective wellbeing. There is a strong association between life satisfaction and mental and phys...

    Authors: Nikita B. Rajani, Vassilis Skianis and Filippos T. Filippidis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:534

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  41. Thirdhand smoke (THS) is the persistent residue resulting from secondhand smoke (SHS) that accumulates in dust, objects, and on surfaces in homes where tobacco has been used, and is reemitted into air. Very li...

    Authors: E. Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, Georg E. Matt, Eunha Hoh, Penelope J. E. Quintana, Lara Stone, Maegan A. Geraci, Chase A. Wullenweber, Gena N. Koutsounadis, Abigail G. Ruwe, Gabriel T. Meyers, Mark A. Zakrajsek, John K. Witry and Ashley L. Merianos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:491

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  42. Indoor air pollution, including fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and carbon monoxide (CO), is a major risk factor for pneumonia and other respiratory diseases. Biomass-burning cookstoves are major contributors to ...

    Authors: Anne M. Weaver, Emily S. Gurley, Christina Crabtree-Ide, Henrik Salje, Eun-Hye Yoo, Lina Mu, Nasrin Akter and Pavani K. Ram

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:425

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  43. This study explored the role of outdoor air pollution [nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2)] and indoor air quality (measured with damp or condensation and secondhand smoke exposures) at age 9 months ...

    Authors: Emily Midouhas, Theodora Kokosi and Eirini Flouri

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:406

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  44. Despite health benefits of sanitation, an estimated 12% of the global population practices open defecation, including an estimated 50% of the population of India. Current estimates, however, do not include hou...

    Authors: Bethany A. Caruso, Gloria D. Sclar, Parimita Routray, Fiona Majorin, Corey Nagel and Thomas Clasen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:322

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  45. Few studies in China have examined personal ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure using polysulfone dosimetry.

    Authors: Michael G. Kimlin, Liwen Fang, Yajing Feng, Linhong Wang, Ling Hao, Jing Fan, Ning Wang, Fanwen Meng, Ruilan Yang, Shu Cong, Xiaofeng Liang, Baohua Wang, Martha Linet, Nancy Potischman, Cari Kitahara, Ann Chao…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:281

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  46. Crude measures of exposure to indicate indoor air pollution have been associated with the increased risk for acquiring tuberculosis. Our study aimed to determine an association between childhood pulmonary tube...

    Authors: Nkosana Jafta, Prakash M. Jeena, Lars Barregard and Rajen N. Naidoo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:275

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  47. Active travel to and from a transit station may provide significant amounts of physical activity and improve health. The ease with which people can traverse the distance to the transit station may impede or su...

    Authors: Abiodun O. Oluyomi, Gregory Knell, Casey P. Durand, Clara Mercader, Deborah Salvo, Ipek N. Sener, Kelley Pettee Gabriel, Deanna M. Hoelscher and Harold W. Kohl

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:238

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