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Environmental health

Section edited by Michelle Turner, Mahfuzar Rahman, David Stieb

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

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  1. Content type: Study protocol

    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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  2. Content type: Research article

    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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  3. Content type: Research article

    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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  4. Content type: Research article

    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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  5. Content type: Study protocol

    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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  6. Content type: Research article

    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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  7. Content type: Research article

    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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  8. Content type: Research article

    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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  9. Content type: Research article

    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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  10. Content type: Study protocol

    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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  11. Content type: Research article

    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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  12. Content type: Research article

    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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  13. Content type: Research article

    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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  14. Content type: Research article

    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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  15. Content type: Research article

    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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  16. Content type: Study protocol

    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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  17. Content type: Research article

    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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  18. Content type: Research article

    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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  19. Content type: Study protocol

    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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  20. Content type: Research article

    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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  21. Content type: Research article

    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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  22. Content type: Study protocol

    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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  23. Content type: Research article

    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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  24. Content type: Research article

    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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  25. Content type: Research article

    In the current context of climate change, climate forecasts for the province of Quebec (Canada) are a lengthening of the thunderstorm season and an increase in episodes of intense precipitations. These changes...

    Authors: Pierre Valois, Maxime Caron, Anne-Sophie Gousse-Lessard, Denis Talbot and Jean-Sébastien Renaud

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:245

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  26. Content type: Research article

    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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  27. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare wastes (HCWs) are one of the most hazardous wastes globally; second to only radiation waste. HCW management needs to be prioritized because of the devastating effects on human health and environment...

    Authors: Solomon Tsebeni Wafula, Julian Musiime and Frederick Oporia

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:203

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  28. Content type: Study protocol

    The health impacts of community design have been studied extensively over the past two decades. In particular, public transportation use is associated with more walking between transit stops and shops, work, h...

    Authors: Lawrence D. Frank, Jennifer L. Kuntz, James E. Chapman, Eric H. Fox, John F. Dickerson, Richard T. Meenan, Brian E. Saelens, Deborah R. Young, Janne Boone-Heinonen and Stephen P. Fortmann

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:200

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  29. Content type: Research article

    In low-income countries such as Nepal, indoor air pollution (IAP), generated by the indoor burning of biomass fuels, is the top-fourth risk factor driving overall morbidity and mortality. We present the first ...

    Authors: Saruna Ghimire, Shiva Raj Mishra, Abhishek Sharma, Adugna Siweya, Nipun Shrestha and Bipin Adhikari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:195

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Exposure to carbon monoxide (CO), the odorless, colorless gas resulting from incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons, is preventable. Despite the significant risk of morbidity and mortality associated with CO po...

    Authors: Gina Oda, Russell Ryono, Cynthia Lucero-Obusan, Patricia Schirmer and Mark Holodniy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:190

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  31. Content type: Research article

    In Xuan Wei, China, the lung cancer mortality rate is rising significantly more than that of the nation overall. However, it remains unclear 1) if improved diagnosis can just partially explain this observation...

    Authors: Jinhui Li, Wenbo Guo, Jinjun Ran, Robert Tang, Hualiang Lin, Xiao Chen, Bofu Ning, Jihua Li, Yongchun Zhou, Lung-Chi Chen, Linwei Tian and Yunchao Huang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:173

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The ger (“tent city”) areas in Mongolia are a product of rapid urbanization and transitional economic development combine with lack of institutional, administrative and financial capacity of governments to cope w...

    Authors: Erdenechimeg Erdenebayar, Keilah Dos Santos, Alexjandria Edwards, Nyam-Osor Dugersuren, Chimedsuren Ochir and Jerome Nriagu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:163

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The German cockroach, Blattella germanica, is one of the most challenging pests to eradicate from indoor environments. Professional pest control is often prohibitively expensive, prompting low-income residents to...

    Authors: Zachary C. DeVries, Richard G. Santangelo, Jonathan Crissman, Russell Mick and Coby Schal

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:96

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Pit latrine operational management and sludge accumulation rate, presents a challenging sanitation problem in low-income urban settlements. However, these challenges have been under-researched. This study was ...

    Authors: Fredrick Owino Gudda, Wilkister Nyaora Moturi, Omondi Steve Oduor, Edward Wanee Muchiri and Jeroen Ensink

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:68

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Vulnerable population groups in South Africa, especially those living in poverty, young children, women, the elderly and people with pre-existing diseases, are susceptible to new or exacerbated health threats ...

    Authors: Busisiwe Shezi, Angela Mathee, Wellington Siziba, Renée A. Street, Nisha Naicker, Zamantimande Kunene and Caradee Y. Wright

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:54

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Carbon-monoxide (CO) poisoning is a substantial cause of preventable mortality. In Turkey, no nationwide data are being collected nowadays. In our study, we aimed to assess the trend in deaths related to CO ex...

    Authors: Günay Can, Uğurcan Sayılı, Özden Aksu Sayman, Ömer Faruk Kuyumcu, Duygu Yılmaz, Eren Esen, Eray Yurtseven and Ethem Erginöz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:9

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Although self-rated health (SRH) independently predicts mortality, the biological background of this association remains unexplained. This study aimed to examine the association between SRH and serum high-sens...

    Authors: Takashi Tamura, Mariko Naito, Kenta Maruyama, Mineko Tsukamoto, Tae Sasakabe, Rieko Okada, Sayo Kawai, Asahi Hishida and Kenji Wakai

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1380

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Many youth and young adults experience high noise exposure compounded by lack of access to hearing health education. Although the need for hearing health education programs is evident, the efficacy of these pr...

    Authors: Khalid M. Khan, Sylvanna L. Bielko and Marjorie C. McCullagh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1286

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Growing evidence suggests social disadvantage magnifies the harmful health effects of environmental hazards; however, there is limited research related to perceptions of risk among individuals who live near su...

    Authors: Kristen N. Arthur, Rhonda Spencer-Hwang, Synnøve F. Knutsen, David Shavlik, Samuel Soret and Susanne Montgomery

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1089

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Communities with large minority populations often are located near sources of pollution and have higher crime rates, which may work in combination with other factors to influence health. Poor self-rated health...

    Authors: Judy Y. Ou, Junenette L. Peters, Jonathan I. Levy, Roseann Bongiovanni, Alina Rossini and Madeleine K. Scammell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:970

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Numerous cross-sectional studies have consistently demonstrated an association between attributes of urban form or ‘walkability’ and individual- and population-level physical activity (PA) patterns. However, i...

    Authors: Patricia A. Collins, Justin Tait, Allan Fein and James R. Dunn

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:933

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The built and natural environment and health are inextricably linked. However, there is considerable debate surrounding the strength and quality of the evidence base underpinning principles of good practice fo...

    Authors: E. L. Bird, J. O. Ige, P. Pilkington, A. Pinto, C. Petrokofsky and J. Burgess-Allen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:930

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  43. Content type: Research article

    PM2.5 has become a major component of air pollution in China and has led to a series of health problems. The mortality rate caused by lung cancer has reached the point where it cannot be ignored in China. Air ...

    Authors: Qilong Cao, Guoqiang Rui and Ying Liang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:925

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